We’re less than a month away! Here are the race details – grab yourself a cup of tea….
Don’t look too closely, this is just a first mock up that the wonderful Marcus Kenyon has done for us so you get a quick look at the colour scheme for this year’s Grindleford Gallop buff.
If you’d like to add one to your order please use this link. You also have a last chance to order tshirts.
ORDERS WILL CLOSE AT 9PM THURSDAY 23rd NOVEMBER.
Please complete this form if you missed out on an entry, and we’ll send you an email if places become available!
Congratulations to Thomas in Class 3, this will look great on a t-shirt!
We are only ordering on demand this year, so if you’d like a t-shirt your only chance is to order one when signing up for the race – entries open tomorrow!
Entries for the next Grindleford Gallop on 16th March 2024 will open on Wednesday 15th November. Click on ‘enter race’ for the link you’ll need on the day!
Meanwhile, the children at school are busy designing a logo for 2024 and we’re updating the buff design as well!
Please get yourself a drink, sit somewhere comfortable and then click and read!
It feels all a little out of sync as we haven’t done the 2023 Gallop yet (postponed to October 14th due to the heavy snow, race full but a few entries becoming available now and again, no waiting list but please check https://www.fabian4.co.uk/default.aspx?EventID=3262 as entries are released as they become available).
This is what the start line looks like this morning. We are very disappointed to have to announce that the outside chance has happened and due to massive snowfall overnight, way more than anticipated, the Gallop will have to be postponed this year.
A couple of trees have come down overnight blocking local roads, the start line and most of the route is knee deep snow, Morrisons can’t deliver the bread rolls and there’s no parking available in the village as it’s all deep in snowdrifts. All this and more makes for a clear cut decision.
We are talking about what to do next, it’s likely we will defer the race until the Autumn similar to the lockdown year. We will be in touch with details when it’s been decided.
In the meantime, if anyone local can get safely to Grindleford, we’re likely to be selling cake and soup from the pavillion this afternoon…
To 2023 Gallopers,
Given that the current forecast is for it to stop snowing around midday tomorrow with a chance of it returning Saturday late afternoon there is excitingly a weather window for the event, so we are planning to go ahead. It is not forecast to be windy but it will be bitterly cold with obviously unusually snowy conditions underfoot. It’s going to be a fun adventure, although we’d be very surprised to see any course records!
There still remains the outside chance that we may have to cancel should the forecast be wrong and it looks likely that the roads become impassable into Saturday. We will avoid this if at all possible, and if it does become necessary will communicate this by email, Facebook and the website.
As we write this trains are running between Manchester and Sheffield and cars are getting to Grindleford from Bakewell and Sheffield, albeit cautiously.
Here are some points we wish you to consider:
- KIT – bring plenty of layers, spare gloves and full waterproofs. We will be checking this at registration so please come to register wearing your FULL kit (you’ll want to be wearing it anyway!).
- We have a couple of small marquees at registration but not enough shelter for everyone so bring a warm coat which you can leave in the kit store.
- Parking – some of the residential roads in Grindleford we usually use will not have been gritted therefore please try to park along the main road. Consider lift sharing or the train to Grindleford.
- The snow is going to slow you down therefore if you wish to change from a runner to a walker and set off earlier (7-9am) let us know at registration. You can still run even if entered as a walker but will have less time pressure. The only downside is the walkers are not eligible for the race prizes.
- Bring more food and water than you would normally. We may not be able to have the food and drinks station at White Rake as it is accessed by a minor road but Hassop and Baslow food stations will be open. We are also not sure our banana delivery will arrive!
- Before committing to each section of the race please consider whether you can happily continue, you are best placed to know your own limits and capabilities. We will endeavour to help withdrawals due to minor injury etc get back to Grindleford but we don’t have mass transport available.
- There is the option of warming up after finishing at the 2 pubs in the village – The Sir William and The Maynard.
- The 10am mass start may be icy and slippery so please take extra care.
We know a lot of people are excited about running in a winter wonderland and we have plenty of hot soup for you at the end.
We hope to see you Saturday, Gallop committee.
Please click http://www.grindlefordgallop.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/GG-instructions-2023.pdf to see this year’s final race details.
See you on Saturday!