Hallam Chase 2013 report and results

Runners competing in the 2012 Hallam Chase
Runners competing in the 2012 Hallam Chase

A good turnout of 57 runners endured the grey drizzle to compete in the 2013 Hallam Chase in Crosspool last week.

Den Bank was greasy but the rest of the route was good underfoot and allowed John Alexander (CGCC) to lead the men home and Katy Bennett (Dark Peak), the ladies. Peter Stenton (Dark Peak) retained the youngest runners prize and Gerry Lax (Dark Peak) the oldest.

Being handicapped, with the slower runners off first and the fastest 10-15 minutess later, the actual fastest runners was David Lunn (Dark Peak) in a time of 24 minutes 22 seconds. John Spencer ranked the runners in the handicap and deserves praise as the runners returned in a good group.

Prizes where donated by local solicitors, Taylor and Emmet. They have helped out for many years; without their generosity the event wouldn’t work as well.

Next year’s event will be on Tuesday 27 May 2014 (and for those who want to prepare its Tuesday 26 May for 2015!)

Thanks also go to Richard Storer and the Hallam Cricket Club for hosting the event, Ian and Judy Thomas for managing the results, plus Les Outwin and David Price for officiating.

The event now has a website www.thehallamchase.org.uk containing event information and recent results. Hallamshire Harriers, who marshal the event, train in Hillsborough Tuesday and Thursday evening and can be contacted via www.hallamshireharriers.co.uk.

Hallam Chase 2013 results (PDF, 45KB)

The Real Food Club launches in Crosspool

A new food club to help people to eat healthily launches on Wednesday 29 May in Crosspool.

The Real Food Club is designed to be more than just a slimming club. It encourages people to make small changes to their diet to give big results. You don’t even have to be looking to lose weight to join.

The Real Food Club launches in Crosspool
The Real Food Club launches in Crosspool

Each family-friendly session includes:

  • Weigh-in or measure (private from others)
  • Education session or outside speakers
  • Group discussion on the week- optional to join in
  • Menu plan
  • Two recipes
  • Unlimited email and phone support

Come along on a Wednesday night from 8:15pm to Hallam FC, Sandygate Road. The first session is just £3 and after that it is £5.50 a session.

The club is run by Hannah Bailey from Wise Choice Nutrition. Hannah is a qualified nutritionist with three years experience of helping people lose weight and lead a healthy lifestyle.

She set up the Real Food Club to offer an alternative for people dissatisfied with current weight loss clubs and looking for something which would give long term benefit.

For more information visit www.the-real-food-club.blogspot.com or email info@wisechoicenutrition.co.uk or call Hannah on 07912 556470. You need to book the first session.

You can also follow The Real Food Club on Facebook and Twitter.

Historic Hallam Chase fell race returns to Crosspool on Tuesday 28 May

Runners competing in the 2012 Hallam Chase
Runners competing in the 2012 Hallam Chase

Tuesday 28 May sees the historic Hallam Chase return to Crosspool, an annual fell race organised by Hallamshire Harriers and hosted by Hallam Cricket Club.

At 8pm on the Tuesday evening after the second bank holiday in May, runners set off from Hallam Football/Cricket Club’s Sandygate ground, go down Den Bank through the Rivelin Valley and up to Stannington church, before returning by the same route. The run 3¼ miles long, with 800 feet of climb.

The record time of 19 minutes 42 seconds was set in 1968 by Trevor Wright.

Find out more on the Hallam Chase and Hallamshire Harriers websites.

Spring snow causes disruption in Crosspool

Friday: welcome to Crosspool
Welcome to Crosspool

Snow falling in Crosspool over the last 36 hours has caused problems on local roads and disruption to public transport and events.

The snowfall in Crosspool seems to be around 15cm, although the wind has caused drifts in some places of up to 50cm.

The 51 bus has been disrupted, with a Saturday morning update on the Travel South Yorkshire website stating the service was terminating at Brook hill and Gleadless.

The snow is still falling, with main roads and side roads not clear at 11am today. Some forecasts are indicating that the snow may ease off this afternoon.

Do check up on your neighbours who may feel isolated and vulnerable during the cold spell.

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Snow causes disruption in Crosspool

Crosspool precinct this morning
Crosspool precinct this morning

Snow falling in Crosspool over the last 48 hours has caused problems on local roads and disruption to public transport and events.

Major roads were gritted in preparation for the snowfall, which was over 10cm deep in some areas.

On Friday night, 51 buses were terminating at Crosspool instead of Lodge Moor, and Gleadless Town End instead of Charnock going the other direction. As of 12pm Saturday, the service was reported to be running as normal. Latest updates to public transport are on the Travel South Yorkshire website.

The main roads through Crosspool were also clear of snow on Saturday morning. However, surface snow and ice on side roads were continuing to cause problems for cars and pedestrians.

If you fancy helping clear the pitch at Sandygate, Hallam FC are looking for volunteers. Soup and sandwiches will be provided for anyone who turns up to lend a hand!

An Open Day at Hillside Harvest has also fallen victim to the weather.

Do also check up on your neighbours who may feel isolated and vulnerable during the cold spell.

Wrapping up warm at the shops
Wrapping up warm at the shops
Clearing snow at Sandygate
Clearing snow at Sandygate
Gritting Cardoness Road
Gritting Cardoness Road
Cairns Road
Cairns Road
Manchester Road snow sculpture. Photo: David Rumsey
Manchester Road snow sculpture. Photo: David Rumsey
A lorry stuck in the ice at the top of Darwin Lane
A lorry stuck in the ice at the top of Darwin Lane

Church services and carols this Christmas in Crosspool

Tapton Hill Congregational Church, Crosspool
Tapton Hill Congregational Church, Crosspool

The four local Crosspool churches have announced their programme of services for the Christmas season.

In addition to the church services, Loxley Silver Band will be playing local carols and Christmas tunes from 8.30pm at The Sportsman pub on Sunday 9 December, and there are also carols at Sandygate on Thursday 20 December.

St Columba’s Church of England

16 December 10am Family Communion; 4pm Carol Service (with Stephen Hill Methodist Church)
23 December 10am Morning Worship
24 December 4pm Candlelight Nativity Service
25 December 10am Christmas Family Communion

St Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church

24 December 4pm Children’s Nativity Service; 8pm Christmas Night Mass
25 December 10am Christmas Day Mass

Tapton Hill Congregational Church

23 December 2.45pm Candlelight Service
25 December 10.15am Christmas Day Service

The Beacon at Stephen Hill Methodist

24 December 4pm Children’s Service with Christingles; 11.30pm Midnight Communion
25 December 10am Worship for all the family

Christmas carols at Sandygate on Thursday 20 December

Sandygate polling station
The 1860 suite at Sandygate

Hallam FC chaplain Reverend Peter Allan is to host an evening of Christmas carols, mulled wine and mince pies at Sandygate, the oldest football ground in the world.

From 7pm on Thursday 20 December Peter will lead a choir and guests through some best-loved carols around the tree in the 1860 Suite.

All the family are welcome and the bar will stay open afterwards.

Manchester City, Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United lined up for Hallam FC pre-season friendlies in Crosspool

Premier League champions Manchester City will send an under-18 team to Sandygate on Monday 16 July as part of Hallam FC’s pre-season preparation.

The Countrymen are also due to play Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday 24 July and Sheffield United on Monday 30 July. For these types of fixture, the Owls and the Blades often send a team of youngsters or reserves.

At a Sandygate pre-season fixture in August 2011, Hallam edged out a young Sheffield Wednesday team 3-2.

Hallam FC proposed pre-season schedule 2012:

Sandygate games in bold. Check with Hallam FC for confirmed details before you set off.

Tuesday 3 July Worksop Parramore (a) 7.45pm
Monday 16 July Manchester City (h) 7.45pm
Tuesday 24 July Sheffield Wednesday (h) 7.45pm
Saturday 28 July Harborough Town (a) 1pm
Monday 30 July Sheffield United (h) 7.45pm (provisional)

Hallam FC beat a SWFC XI 3-2 in August 2011
Hallam FC beat a SWFC XI 3-2 in August 2011

Hallam Chase 2012 in Crosspool

All eyes are on Crosspool tonight for the 2012 Hallam Chase.

At 8pm, runners will set off from Hallam Football/Cricket Club’s Sandygate ground, go down Den Bank through the Rivelin Valley and up to Stannington church, before returning by the same route. The run 3¼ miles long, with 800 feet of climb.

The Hallam Chase is an annual event organised by Hallamshire Harriers and hosted by the Hallam Cricket Club. Race records go back to 1862. It is open to male and female runners who are a member of a south Yorkshire running club. There is limited entry on the day (subject to places being available) – although you won’t be eligible for prizes.

Nick Spinks and Dean Drabble
Nick Spinks and Dean Drabble

Last year, 48 runners set off to cover the gruelling route on a bright and dry Tuesday night. First to the church was Dark Peak’s Brian Greaves, but he was eventually overhauled by Handsworth Road Hog’s Dean Drabble who won the handicapped event.

A close battle then ensued between two of the city’s best distance runners, Hallamshire Harriers’ pair Rob Baker and Andy Thake. In the end Andy just held on to take the fastest man title in an impressive 22 minutes 7 seconds. Dark Peak Fell Runner Nicky Spinks won both the ladies handicap and fastest female title in a time of 28 minutes 49 seconds.