Cat’s Grindleford Gallop Write Up…

On Saturday 9th March, a merry group of harriers headed over to Grindleford to complete what is described as ‘the infamous challenge through the hills of the peak district.’

The weather forecast was optimistic. Dry, sunny intervals and a bit of wind. Perhaps the optimism was a bit premature, as the weather & conditions underfoot were a little bit ‘challenging,’ with 40mph hail, rain & lots of mud… Raincoats and grippy shoes were essential!

One harrier was obviously delighted with the conditions and said ‘why waste money of expensive spa treatments when you can have your own hail & mud facial for a fraction of the price?’ Another commented on the excellent quality of the mud facial they got at Chatsworth, but were disappointed it (surprisingly) didn’t smell of sandalwood….


Despite the challenges of ‘mother nature’ allowing us to experience the weather of all 4 seasons in one day, we all completed the course in very respectable times! Ed James ran a fantastic race and claimed 8th place overall out of 467 runners! The on course support was superb, as were the fuel stations laden with cake and other delicious goodies. The post-race buffet of soup and (you guessed it) more cake were also much appreciated!

A fantastic & enjoyable day of running was had by all. 15 harriers entered and all completed the course. What a fantastic turnout!

If you haven’t run the Gallop before, get it in the diary for next year! It’s a fantastic day out, and certainly an experience you won’t forget!

Cat Johnson