Winter Monday Night Program 2016

Bradwell Moor Trig
A night run on Bradwell Moor

Monday winter night program.

As the nights draw in and the weather deteriorates. We have looked at the format for the Monday night program for the winter season.

We have decided to adopt a mixed program, alternating between interval training and away day runs. So next Monday (10th Oct)will be a hill training session, the week after aa away fun run, the next week an interval session and so on.
At the moment, with the dry weather, we can run almost anywhere. But as we move into the wetter season, please try and choose less muddy routes.

Please, please can we have volunteers to lead both types of runs.

Tideswell Fell Race 2016

Photo: Tideswell Fell Race Website.

The evening of June 24th saw the 2016 Tideswell Fell Race. The race takes place at Tideswell Dale. This year, 85 runners took part, which is a good turnout.  I think there were a few more than last year.

Rain threatened to make the fell race a cold and wet affair.  Dark clouds hovered overhead and they unloaded a cache of large hailstones.  Luckily the skies cleared and blue skies soon replaced the dark clouds.


Tideswell Fell Race is a nice run with a really tough climb quite early on.


The race organisers always use the money raised to aid a local cause or charity. This year the money raised was to go to rebuilding Tideswell Youth Club, which tragically burnt down last year.

Will & Glen…enjoying the rainbow.

There were a few runners from Tideswell Running Club taking part. Myself, Will Brindley, Glenn Cropper, Pete Walliss, Louise Handley and Paul Weir.

The Race Begins

The race tends to start at a cracking pace, plunging down the track from the bassalt quarry and into the dale. Run down Tideswell Dale and into Litton Mill.

Turning right over the river bridge and up the windy path to the Monsal Trail. Straight over and up the steep steps at the side of the old packhorse bridge that crosses the old railway line.

Then a steep, steep climb to the top. It all depends on how you approach this bit. It can be pleasant if a breeze is blowing, or it can a few minutes of hot, quadbusting hell.

When you hit the top, you will find your legs again and begin to run. Onto the hard farm track and down the bank before turning up to the cottage on the crest of the hill.

As soon as you hit the downhill,  You can increase the speed. Buy vary to save some energy for the tarmac and the race back up Tideswell Dale.

The descent plunges down a green hillside and then into a small wood.  The path is muddy and rocky. It ends with a long set of steep steps, which are lethal when wet. The steps seem to go on forever and are very steep.

The Tar Stretch

Over the bridge at the bottom and you hit tar. If there is a time to reel a few people in, this is it. Catch them up and push for home as soon as you hit the bottom gates of Ravens Tor Youth Hostel,

The ascent backup Tideswell Dale is a long, drag especially when you’ve just done the best part of a fell race. Disengage the brain and power through it, do not think. Or you’ll end up grabbing a breather.

Pressed hard on the final stretch going through the gate just before the quarry.  Not far now.

Nothing left to do now but finish strongly.

Glen Cropper - TRC
Glen the first TRC finisher


Petes comes in Strong


Will Brindley
Will Brindley


Colette at the finish. Photo: Andy Watkins


Phil in his sprint finish Photo: Jo Shimwell

Some great running from team TRC this year. Well done everyone.

Related Links:

Facebook: Tideswell Fell Race
Phils Blog: My Tideswell Fell Race 2015
My Tideswell Fell Race 2016

Ben’s 7 in 7 – 7 Marathons in 7 Days

7 Marathons in 7 days (7 in 7)
Ben Brindley on his challenge – 7 in 7 Days

Our Very Own Ben Brindley is be taking on his biggest challenge yet, his  7 in 7- seven marathons in 7 days – to raise money for Buxton Mountain Rescue Team.

Ben, believes the work the team does is amazing and wants to help them out by raising money and awareness.

Ben said: “They are an emergency service but rely solely on donation. I have always given to the charity as an insurance policy but now I want to do more.

Previously, Ben had run in a week was 73 miles, but completing the 26.2 miles of a marathon every day, (the 7 in 7) will take his total up to more than 180.

He said:

“I became a dad seven months ago and my running took a back seat, so it is going to be really hard to push myself to that kind of distance but it will be worth it.”

As a father working for himself, Ben did not want his challenge to take him too far away from home – so he will be running around the Peak District between Sunday June 11 and Saturday June 18.

Ben is a member of Tideswell Running Club and will be shadowed by some of his running buddies.

“I have timed it so there will be days when I am running when the club is on, and will do the last five miles with them which will be great,” he said.

Donate to Ben’s 7 in 7 Fundraiser

Click to Make a Donation at Justgiving

Article amended from Buxton Advertiser.

Run a Race To Test Yourself

There is much therapy to be gained from running. Almost every runner I speak to, comments on the therapeutic nature of getting outside on a run. Yet, It’s racing that I want to comment on today. I started running to get fit, and once you’re feeling an improvement in your fitness trying your hand at a race is the next logical challenge, as well as a good benchmark as to how your improving.

Run a Race – Competition is good

Run a Race for fun
Grindleford Fell Race 2015

When you run a race, you get the true rewards of all the hard work you’ve put in. You don’t have to be fast, or even all that good, but to compete against one’s peers, is to embrace our raw human nature, we are born to compete.

Many people are nervous about racing because they think they won’t be any good at it. Also, they are worried that they might embarrass themselves. The reality is that races almost always improve your performance, allowing you to surpass times and efforts that you would normally do in training.

Pre race excitement is hard to take.

When I race, I’m racing against myself as much as any other runner. I’m challenging myself to run harder, faster and longer than I normally do in training. If I can pass other people in the process, then all the better.

The Only way is up

To illustrate my point, This year (2015), I came last in the Shining Tor Fell Race. After just a few minutes, I realised that I was a bit out of my depth in terms of fitness. You might think that would dent one’s spirits, but in truth, it took the pressure off, allowing me to relax, run at a comfortable pace and to take in the stunning scenery of the Derbyshire Cheshire border. I ran badly, but despite my heavy legs, stopping for a wee, and falling twice. I had still run a 10k fell race in a time that I was proud of, against a more experienced field. I felt no shame in being last, in fact, it provided me with the perfect springboard for the rest of the season, because you can’t come lower than last. Later this year I put in a much better performance at the Grindleford Fell Race.

Tideswell Running Club Team - Grindleford Fell Race
The Support of your Team Mates Helps

So, to those who haven’t yet taken the plunge of doing their first race, I say forget about the fear of not performing and test yourself, you might surprise yourself.

TRC at the Dronfield 10k 2015

March 8th saw a small team from Tideswell Running Club venture over to Dronfield for the annual 10k road race.

The Dronfield course is involves a couple of loops, one repeated, through the Western end of the town.  Gentle slopes interspersed with steady inclines, short sharp hills and long pleasant downhills made for an interesting course.  The huge turnout of runners across all abilities and the impressive organisation made it a most enjoyable race.  Great crowds including the TRC Supporters Club around the course offered encouragement and support.

The Tideswell Team consisted of Pete Hawkins, Paul Thorn, Heather Marsden & Phil Gregory, with support from Ben & Kathryn Brindley and Fiona Newman.

The race which is organised by the 7th Dronfield Scout Group, had a very professional start with each runner wearing an electronic chip on their shoe, which really is necessary in a race with 839 runners, because it takes about a minute from the time the gun goes off to get over the start line.

The course is run on the roads around Dronfield Woodhouse. Starting at the Jolly Farmer pub, runners have to complete one lap of the small loop and 2 of the larger loop. Dronfield 10K Route

TRC Dronfield 10k Results

  • Pete Hawkins: 49:49
  • Paul Thorn:54:56
  • Heather Marsden:57:10
  • Phil Gregory:1:01:58

Pete Hawkins - TRC
Pete Hawkins (above) said this about the race:

“Dronfield 10K…  the day of the first 10K race of the year dawned cold, windy and with a threat of rain.  That and a right foot pain that had prevented any running the previous week so far for ideal preparation.

Definitely one for next year’s calendar and who knows, a bit more discipline on those hills with slightly less walking and that 10K PB may be goner too.”

Paul Thorn
Heather Marsden

Phil Gregory

Phil Gregory (above) said:

“Despite doing a good recce of the race the course the week before, I had a real shocker. I didn’t warm up sufficiently and struggled with pacing. Ben Brindley our Chairman helped me on the 2nd lap though by pacing me, and helped me save face a bit. 

A tough course, but definitely a course for a PB if you come with the right attitude. Really well organised too”

Tideswell Running club members at Dronfield 10k


2014 Litton Christmas Cracker Goes Off With A Bang

2014 Litton Christmas Cracker Goes Off With A Bang

Litton Christmas Cracker goes off with a Bang

The first annual Litton Christmas Cracker Fell Race got off with a bang this sunday. 165 runners registered for the race and expectations were high.

The Litton Christmas Cracker Fell Race 2014
The 2014 Christmas Cracker Fell Race gets underway

Nigel & Sue Jeff of Tideswell Running were the course masterminds, planning the clubs first official Fell race over the last year. The rest of Tideswell Running club have all played their part in helping to make sure the Fell race got off to a flying start.

Litton Christmas Cracker Fell Race 2014
Simon Bailey leads as he heads up towards the Trig Point

The course was a challenging 12 kilometers over mixed terrain. The overall winner was Simon Bailey of Mercia Fell Runners. Runners from Matlock AC, Dark Peak & Staffs Moorlands all performed well.

Fell Race Photos

For more photos  please see Tideswell Running Club Facebook Page

Prize Giving & Raffle

After The race most runners returned to Litton Club for the Prize giving and Raffle where there were many prizes consisting of yummy cakes and Secret santa surprises to be won.

LCC Trophies and Prizes
Litton Christmas Cracker Prizes & Trophies

All entrants competed the course, and the feedback received was positive.

See the Christmas Cracker Full Results here

Comments from runners

“Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed taking part in the first running of your “Litton Christmas Cracker”.

The course was a worthy challenge, especially the underwater section by the river ! Well marshaled and flagged and excellently organised by an obviously enthusiastic and friendly running club. Everyone seemed to enjoy the post race crack and even a barbecue in December!
The whole event made my journey from Norfolk worthwhile.
Well done to all concerned at Tideswell RC and thanks again.”

Nigel Horney (race no 25)
Keswick AC

“Just quick e- mail to say I enjoyed the Christmas cracker fell race, big thank you to all at the for organising the event , and hope you raised enough money for local school and your club,  the family atmosphere of your club showed on Sunday , ( if I lived near would join your club ) keep up the good work of friendly club.
Many thanks ”
David Jolley.
Killamarsh Kestrels

Tideswell RC would like to thank

  • Ashford Lane Garage – Main Sponsor
  • The Red Lion Pub – Litton
  • Friends of Litton
  • Local land owners who allowed access
  • Litton Parish Council
  • All who ran
  • All who marshalled or helped us prepare in anyway.

A Massive THANK YOU !!

TRC at the Heanor 10k Pud Run 2014

TRC at the Heanor 10k Pud Run 2014

With the end of 2014 looming and the start of the 2015 Club Championship about to start next month, Tideswell Running club produced a good team for the “Matthew Walker 10k Pudding Run” which was organised by Heanor Running Club.

The race was much anticipated by our club as we had heard from Ben that the course was a good one. We later learned that due to bad weather last year Heanor RC had been forced to change the route, so were really running blind, apart from the map featured on the HRC website we didn’t have much to go on.

Heanor Pud Run Route

Pudding Run Map
Heanor Pudding Run Map

Eight runners from Tideswell Running Club took part in the race, Ben Brindley and Pete Hawkins were our Group One speedsters and the rest of us were from Group Two. Victoria Fell, Colette Holden, Julie Nuttall, Kathryn Brindley, Andrew Turner and myself. We had Nadeen Plumtree & Sue Hawkins in support, taking photos, cheering us on and keeping our kit safe. Luckily, we managed to meet at the registration point so we were all in good spirits before the off.

Well Organised Race Event

Tideswell Running Club would like to offer our thanks and congratulations to Heanor RC for a very professional, fun, well organised and welcoming atmosphere with friendly and encouraging stewards on hand to help and guide runners.

Heanor Pud Run 2014
The race sold out it’s 1000 entries and 884 runners finished. Despite the removal of the “big hill”, there were still a good mix of terrain with plenty of uphill stretches, downhill, overtaking opportunities and long road/path stretches, so really something to suit all runners except perhaps the hardened ‘Fell’ types.

I personally found it a challenging course, perhaps because I didn’t know the course so it was pretty hard to set a common pace, hopefully I’ll master that with more experience  Our club chairman Ben Brindley was pushing himself so hard he was sick halfway round.  Tideswell RC all did really well even earning a few PB’s. As a club, this was  another good showing, considering most of us have been running less than a year. Well done everyone!

Tideswell Running Club @ Heanor
Tideswell RC with their Christmas Puds for Completing the 10k.

TRC times from the Pud Race

Tideswell Runners Times 2014
Ben Brindley 0:40:56
Pete Hawkins 0:48:55
Victoria Fell 0:59:23 *
Phil Gregory 0:59:34 * 
Colette Holden 1:00:53 * 
Julie Nuthall 1:04:26 *  (1st 10k race)
Andrew Turner 1:05:29 *  (1st 10k race)
Kathryn Brindley 1:08:16 *  (1st 10k race)