View from Oban Bothy

View from Oban Bothy

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Hashing around Mobberley, Tuesday 11th April 2017

A 6 mile run from the Frozen Mop, Mobberley

My little legses had successfully got over the shock of the previous weekend so a little trot was in order. Apart from anything else I hadn’t been out for two days and that really is quite enough rest for a chap.

I decided on a little cross-country run with the fine ladies and gentlemen of the Cheshire Hash House Harriers, it’s Tuesday and they always run on a Tuesday and always at 7.45pm. Except sometimes.

Anyroadup, at 7.45pm Rob, who planned the route, gave his victims the runners a quick talk before we all set off into the unknown.

 

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Rob, in charge, telling everyone like it is

Off went jolly-well went, charging around the countryside, scaring the living daylights out of the gentlefolk of Mobberley and the cows in the fields as we searched in vain for the route we were supposed to take.

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Looking for the route…and no, NOT stopping for a wee

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Pleasantly surprised to see that the Roebuck in Mobberley has re-opened after many years of closure. Time will tell though, it’s the Mobberley 8 on Friday – will the pub be able to cope?

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Not a brilliant photograph of moonrise over Mobberley. Photo was taken on my Samsung S5 phone. A proper camera would be better.

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Our start & finish, the Frozen Mop. I’ll be back there on Friday – on my bicycle.

Where we went, anti-clockwise:

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6 miles and fairly flat.

We were out for 1hr 16mins, which considering we were having to route-find in failing light wasn’t too bad.

I didn’t stop for beer or chips, I’ve an early morning appointment with a chainsaw.

It was a nice route, mostly off-road, and most of the ground was quite dry. There were some quite long stretches in between checks – but that’s to be expected when Rob plans a route, he likes that sort of thing!

Thanks again to CH3 for making me feel so welcome – I WILL stop for beer next time!

Monday, 10 April 2017

More from Glenridding

 

Photos expertly taken by Big Ian:

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And one of the man himself, courtesy of Paul Wells:

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Hopefully this link will work: Sunday’s Fell Race, courtesy of Wilson

Gadding about Glenridding, 7th–9th April 2017

Just a few photographs:

Fridays walk up Grisedale:

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Friday evening:

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Taylor try to convince the membership that a chap doesn’t need trousers to prove that he’s a man. The jury’s still out…

Saturday:

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The Club’s latest trophy: The Potter Cup…..presented to, er, anyone who’ll have it

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England’s finest

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A fine figure of an electronics engineer

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20170408_131646Uphill…

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…and yet more uphill

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Hon Sec just chillin’

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Red Tarn

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Red Tarn on a tilt.

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The ‘A’ Team

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Greenside prayer flags

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Hon Sec in Chairman of the Handicap Commitee mode

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Well-qualified Chairman of the Handicap Commitee taking his duties seriously

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Hon Treas having drunk away Club funds

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Brown in relaxation mode

Sunday:

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Prez Park with the Side Pike Bottle.

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Navigationally Confused of Glenridding

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Geoff, eyes closed, trying to guess the contents of his butties by flavour only

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Racing off to catch the steamer back to the pub Glenridding

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Made it!

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Hashing around Hale, Tuesday 21st February 2017

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The Cheshire Hash House Harriers (A drinking club with a running problem) always run on Tuesday evenings at 7.45pm. Except sometimes, Their website is a mine of information and is worth checking out. I’ve run with other hashes (they can be found all over the world) buth the Cheshire Hash are, in my humble opinion, the finest.

I used to run with CH3 fairly regularly – until my Tuesday evenings got so busy that something had to go….and that was the Hash. Things have quietened off of late and now that my Tuesdays are less busy it was time to get down to some evening running.

Around 15 runners and one doggy gathered in Hale, a fairly upmarket (posh) suburb of Manchester. After a quick speech from Andy, the trail-layer, the throng set off, much to the amusement of Hale’s gentlefolk.

The first mile or so was inevitably on tarmac, even so, every opportunity to run on footpaths was exploited to the full. Eventually we hit the path on the banks of the River Bollin. I’ve used this path in the past and I know that it gets horribly muddily slippy after not a lot of rain. We’d had not a lot of rain and therefore the path was very muddy in parts – I’m surprised that everyone managed to stay upright.

The trail led us alongside, and sometime across, parts of Hale Golf Course. We were on a public footpath but the golf club members would have had a fit if they’d spotted us charging across there precious fairway.

Slipping and sliding our wobbly way, we passed under the M56 and hit even squelchier ground. My nice clean trail running shoes were no longer nice and clean. We were still running alongside the River Bollin.

Skirting the edge of Sunbank Wood, we gradually turned to head back towards Hale, leaving the River Bollin. More bits of tarmac took us over the M56 and then over another section of Hale Golf course, narrowly avoiding The Priory, the private hospital for those with lots of money. Or private medical cover. Whatever, charging back over the golf course would have upset the gold club members, big time. Oh well.

It was nearly all tarmac back to base now. There was the odd treacherously muddy path but nothing too challenging. Not for the Cheshire Hash anyway.

It was a good run, just what I needed – lots of fun and in very good company. There were some new faces, inevitable considering how long it’s been since my last Hash, but there were lots of old faces too Smile

No photographs I’m afraid, I just didn’t have the time. No beer either – I had to charge off as soon as we’d completed the run. This Tuesday evening ended up getting busy again!

Where we went (anticlockwise):

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6.45 miles with not a lot of up – maybe 350ft.

Thanks to Andy for planning and setting a really excellent trail, and the CH3 membership for making me feel very welcome….like I’d not even been away!

Monday, 20 February 2017

Trotting around Saddleworth, Saturday 18th Feb 2017

18 runners (well some of them were runners) gathered at the Cross Keys in Uppermill on a pleasantly mild afternoon in order to drink lots of JW Lees go for a run around some of the hilly bits of the area.

Only 17 runners actually set off on the trail, Merciless deciding to go home when he realised he’d be better off putting his feet up in front of the telly.

I set off with Whitworth and Bell, always good company, and after a good 10 minutes of faffing about trying to locate the route we finally set off in a muddy direction, sort of northerly.

Running parallel to Running Hill Gate (a misnomer if ever there was one) through Running Hill Head and then by Big Rough (about right) our trail led us to Diggle. The ground wasn’t too bad, being only a bit incredibly muddy, but there you go. My tastefully coloured brand-new pair of La Sportiva Raptors (yellow & black) will never be the same again.

We tried to run but the ground wasn’t too good here-abouts.

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No idea, it just seems to be an odd place for a statue (about a mile E of Diggle)

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In the middle of nowhere…situated almost directly above the Standedge Tunnel

Built in 1859, this building may have had something to do with the reservoirs, Brun Clough Res is just to the east.

The route became moderately runnable, the mud wasn’t as squelchy as on our last little outing 2 weeks previously – although there were some quite bad bits. Hon Pres Park came into view, he’d set off 10 minutes after us and was making good time.

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Whitworth & Bell keeping their distance from Park

The running on Standedge was good. We were afforded excellent views over Delph, Oldham and Shaw. The breeze was quite chilly on the tops, it was good to keep moving. The edge was popular with walkers, we met a goodly number – all going the other way.

Park stopped to chat to a sweet young thing at the trig point, obviously attracted to the pack of egg sandwiches she was trying to hide from him. Foiled by her determination not to share her lunch, we continued on our way – still heading north, and still not always too sure that we were on our route. Nowt new there then.

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Millstone Edge, Standedge

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Marsden Moor, Castleshaw Reservoirs in the distance

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Park burning off the opposition

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Still keeping to the high edges, and still enjoying good ground, were began changing direction – bearing over to the west. We kept Park in view for quite some time but he was determined to avoid our company (wise man that he is) – at least we didn’t have to worry about going wrong as long as we could see him….assuming that he was on the right trail.

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Castleshaw Reservoirs

No photos, but the faster runners were now coming into view. It would be a while before the caught us but spotting them spurred us on. But only a bit.

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Oldham Council Waterworks stuff at Castleshaw

According to the O.S., Castleshaw is the site of a Roman Fort. Interestingly, when I lived in Newhey, a few miles to the west, locals often referred to a local footpath as being a Roman Road.

We were now heading south, downhill too, on Moor Lane. This was (is!) a very good track although the trail we were following wasn’t always that obvious, the trail-layers were probably yakking and had forgotten to put sufficient sawdust down for us to follow. Oh well.

The trail-layers were Taylor & Wells, Wells being a stand-in for Old Markham who needed to stay at home to deal with ill-health in his family.

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Daisy

Faster runners now caught us up. Wilson and Burston being the first. They stopped to chat, we stopped to chat….and then the Fast Pack caught up with us. And still we chatted. Well, it had been two weeks since we last saw them, there was a lot of catching up to do.

Downhill and more downhill, eventually reaching the Huddersfield Narrow Canal and Standedge Tunnel. The running now was very easy….having said that, Bell took a tumble at one point. Being the finely honed athlete that he is he was soon back on his feet.

Standedge Tunnel is over 3 miles long, running from Diggle to Marsden – the site of the tea stop on the Point-to-Point route from Newhey to Holme a couple of years ago. The tunnel was dug over 200 years ago which means it’s even older than Taylor and Wells’s ages combined. Just.

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A bit of muddy up and downery needed to be traversed before we got back to the Cross Keys….and because we weren’t, er,  the fastest runners, the bath water was a bit gritty. I needed a shower when I got home.

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Riley relaxing. That’s what he said he was doing anyway.

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Chillin’ after the run…and waiting for dinner.

We were relegated to the barn, not only for changing and bathing, but for dining too. We were served meat & potato pie, or more accurately patato and a bit of meat pie and chips. Apple crumble & custard finished the job. It would have been nice to have our meals served on real plates and to be allowed to use real knives & forks. Perhaps they don’t think we’re ready to eat like the grown-ups yet. Plastic utensils and polystyrene chippy-type plates aren’t brill.

Whatever, it was cheap, and the food was warming and plentiful. The JW Lees MPA was on fine form.

Around 9.4 miles with 1450’ of ascent. 

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It would have been less than 9.4 miles, but some silly sod laid a nice clump of sawdust right by the way we normally leave the venue. We wasted a good bit of time trying to find the right way.

This was a really excellent route, hard enough but without being stupid = very enjoyable. We missed the company of Old Markham of course, he probably had more than a little influence on the route choice – being as wot he lives in the area. Thanks to Whitworth & Bell for their very entertaining company, Taylor & Wells for laying a damned good trail (even if we couldn’t always find it!)…..and John Willie Lees for his Manchester Pale Ale.