Ambleside AC was formed in 1983 by a few keen local runners – many are still members. We now have a senior membership of about 150 and also 70 junior members and still growing!
You’ll see our mens and ladies teams in our blue and green vests at English and British Championship races, relays and local races, plus often other races up and down the country and abroad. Our teams have been captained by Todd Oates and Astrid Gibbs since 2014. The club has many talented and recognised fell-runners as members, resulting in several successes over the years. The men won the British Championships in 1991, 1992 and 1993 and again in 2003. They were 3rd in the English Championships in 2010, and took 3rd place in both British and English Champs in 2013. The ladies team have gone from strength to strength over the past few years achieving wins in the British and English Championships in 2013, 2014 and 2015 and also Vets team wins in the British in the same years and the English in 2015. The ladies also won the prestigious Ian Hodgson Mountain Relays in 2013, 2014 and 2015 and the British Fell & Hill Relays in 2014 and 2015.
We have many social events throughout the year including BBQs and meals at various pubs and cafe’s, plus the popular Christmas Do in December. We also have away meets in Ireland and Wales for the British Championship races. The annual club handicap race prior to Christmas is always well attended starting from the Golden Rule in Ambleside and finishing at the top of Kirkstone Pass every year – a 3 mile uphill race.
During winter months we run from the Ambleside Rugby Club on Tuesday evenings either on the roads around Ambleside or by torchlight on the fell, and in the summer months we’re out on the beautiful Lake District fells meeting at local pubs which then have our support after the run! Some of our keener members also meet on Thursday nights in Kendal to do a hard training session, and there are Tuesday and Friday morning runs every week for those who are retired or with a day off work. Sundays throughout the year are almost always on the fells and start and finish from various venues. See here for training schedule.
Any runners interested in joining us for the odd time whilst on holiday or if you are moving into our area will be most welcome. Contact us here.