NO TRAINING THURSDAY 31st MAY, BUT KILLINGTON SPORTS IS ON IF YOU FANCY A FUN NIGHT OF RACING
Always bring your bumbags with waterproof jacket, hat and gloves, even if the sun is shining!
If you are looking for photos from last year they are now archived under the 2017 link. They are still in the Juniors dropdown menu under the Club Photos tab. All the photos from the year are there – club members are welcome to download and keep for your own use (make sure you download as full size – see Club Photos tab)
Sat 26th May – West Nab, 4th English Champs race, put it on the calendar every single one of you counts!
Thurs 31st May – Killington sports
Sun 3rd June – Coniston gullies (BOFRA), straight up and down!
Sat 16th June – Clougha Pike, the penultimate English champs and a club champs, nice and near so lets see a sea of blue and green vests!
Dates for your diary
FRA ENGLISH CHAMPIONSHIPS – We need all of you!! Become a member of the FRA for your points to count here
March 25th – Todd Crag, Ambleside
April 14th – Blacko, Lancs
May 19th – Malham
May 26th – West Nab
June 16th – Clougha Pike
Malham Fell Race – FRA English Championship: Race 3
Great weather, great racing and great performances from all of you!
Well done to all who took part – you are all superstars!
Blacko Fell Race – FRA English Championship: Race 2
After our success at the first English Championship race at Todd Crag, hopes were high as we headed to Lancashire for the second round of the series at Blacko. We had a smaller turnout but some fine performances over very different terrain to our lakeland fells. In place of technical trails and steep ascents we had fields of bog, stiles and long courses to contend with.
Particular mention has to go to Harvey who had a stunning race in the U11B. He led all the way from the start to the finish field and the race was so close that a slip on the final corner cost him the win and he finished a very close 2nd place. That’s the nature of racing at a National level and it can be cruel sometimes, but what a performance – congratulations, Harvey!
The last race of the Kendal Winter League saw some fantastic results. Due to the cancellation of Cunswick best 4 races (6 for seniors) to count.
Todd Crag Junior Fell Race – FRA English Championship: Race 1
The clocks changed to herald the start of spring and the weather did not disappoint. A glorious day for the first race of the English Junior Fell Champs.
360 runners over 6 races tackled the brutal hill before going over the stile to the technical fell section up to Lily Tarn and beyond.
I hope you looked up at least once to enjoy the stupendous views before the breakneck descent into the park and the cheering crowds.
Thank you to all our helpers – without you we could not hold these events. You are amazing!
We had podium finishes for Rowan 3rd (U13B), Charlie 2nd and James 3rd (U15B) and Chloe 1st (U17G). Everyone who took part put in fantastic performances. You were racing the best of the best and we showed the rest of the country how good our little club is.
British Inter Counties XC Championships
Congratulations to James, Harry, Sophie, Daniel, Chloe, Holly, Luke and Hannah who represented Cumbria at the (muddiest ever!) British Inter Counties XC Championships down at Prestwold Hall in Loughborough. 8 county standard runners in a little club like ours is pretty impressive and you all did brilliantly!
The “beast from the east” may have been tamed but its effects were certainly still visible! Sleet and snow showers, frozen ground meant that your inner toughness had to be reached for, you found it!! Fantastic racing by all of you.
Beautiful sunshine, frozen ground and no water jump = perfect days racing!
For those of you that like it muddy this was the race for you! A lung busting ascent right from the start, followed by a frantic grassy descent into the finish funnel hidden from view. Some of you seemed to race toward the cake stall veering to the finish with the frenzied yelling from your parents and Tom in his throne with the perfect vantage point. Good luck cleaning the shoes, I’m sure its the kids turn! Well done to all of you who kept smiling in challenging conditions, coaches included!!
Now Barbon is steep, seriously steep. And today it had a river running down it… and it was snowing! So anyone who turned up had to be tough – and you were. What a proud group of parents and coaches there was standing on the side of a muddy fell in the middle of nowhere watching you all tear up and down the hillside.
There were fantastic performances, some for pure speed, some for bravery on the terrifying descent and some for sheer guts and determination. Every one worthwhile and a joy to watch. Anyone who raced here today can truly call themselves a fell runner.
A beautiful frosty,sunny morning for a short, sharp up and down, definitely one for the speed demons amongst you! The first decision was to decide which route to take out of the quarry before digging in for the climb. A quick turn around the cairn before letting those legs fly! Fantastic to see some of you new members regularly getting out there each week, your grit and determination will pay off, keep up the hard work!
Northern Schools Inter County Cross Country
Well done to all of you who braved the snow and mud at Barnard Castle to represent your county at the Northern Schools. Harry, James, Sophie, Holly, Chloe, Luke and Hannah had been picked by the county selectors and showed some great performances to help Cumbria win some trophies. If you finished in the top 5 Cumbrians you will be selected for the National Final in March and a further 3 to make up a team of 8 at the selectors discretion.
A fantastic sea of blue and green vests for the 1st club champs race of the year! A fast start across the bracken to the slippery steep ascent and muddy descent, let the thighs burn and hope you tied your laces tight. An awesome days running with 2 firsts, 3 thirds and 25 finishers. Well done everyone!
Only the brave, or could it be mad, tackled the full arctic conditions at Giggleswick! You endured snow/sleet/hail and every other form of winter precipitation going! I hope your toes, and lets be honest every other part of you, has defrosted after a hard core race and water jump. What a race to pick as your 1st one, well done Daisy, keep up that determination!
Also well done to Claire for finishing her first senior fell race, surely it can only get better after that, I hope Seren ran you a lovely toe thawing bath!
Next weeks Whitestones race is the 1st race in this years club Champs, get some points on the board!!
A glorious frosty morning tempted 30 of our juniors out to the first race of the Kendal Winter League. Some of you had to move up to new age groups but this didn’t seem to phase you at all, with Daniel and Chloe winning the U17s and Sophie and Holly 1st and 2nd in the U15Gs! A particular well done to Frankie who had a very last minute age change and still held his own over the bigger distance. In the U13s some awesome finish line battles between Cal and Rowan and Harvey and Richard made for some exciting spectating.Well done to all you first timers too, it is a tough age group to run in and will stand you in good form in the FRA smaller age groups. Keep up the fantastic running!!
The final fell race of our club championships did not disappoint! A fantastic turnout of seasoned runners and new faces alike, 37 runners!!.
A cold and crispy day perfect for tackling the wooded climbs and fast descents of the course,but tricky to know how many layers to wear. The first race was awash with a sea of blue and green vests and was the start of some amazing results.
A clean sweep of the U9 boys and U11 girls podium places,1st in U9G,U11B, U15G, 2nd in U13G and 3rds in U11B, U15G, U17B and Luke won the seniors race outright!! What a days racing!
X-Country has started!
When we find ourselves standing in a wet and windy field wondering where the summer went it must be x-country season! Just 3 of you turned out for some autumn speed training in the first Cumbria League race at Cockermouth (although there were a couple of Bowens in strange green and red vests as well!) Congratulations to all of you, the consistent training will pay off over time.
Orton Fell Race
A fantastic turn out of our younger runners, and some amazing results!
**ENGLISH CHAMPIONSHIP SILVER MEDALIST**
*ENGLISH CHAMPIONSHIP BRONZE MEDALIST*
Congratulations to Chloe who was crowned English Champion at the FRA presentation on Saturday. Congratulations also to Harry B for his silver medal and Sophie for her bronze medal. Such a fantastic achievement for all of you!!!
As a club we finished 5th, which is fantastic for such a small club. We didn’t have many go to the first race as it clashed with the English Nationals x-country final and it really affected how we did. If we had done as well in that race as all the others, we would have been English Champions as a club. There’s a thought for next year! It’s not just about the few at the top but a team effort and we really can can win this title!
A fantastic turnout at the traditional lakeland fair, though I am surprised how you ran the fell race with such success after all the sac, egg and spoon and flat races! It must have been all the sugar from the winnings!
2 new course records from Tom and Rowan, 6 winners and podium finishers in all junior categories.
Congratulations to Harvey for his 3rd U9 place having only joined the club a few weeks ago!
The BOFRA Helm races are short, sharp and frantic. 8 of you battled through the bracken via various routes to the ridge for a super fast descent to the finish funnel. Well done to everyone who took part.
The final English Champs race was not only tough for the runners but also extreme parking conditions had to be tackled before the start! Drizzle/rain and mud made for tough running conditions but your enthusiasm and energy was not broken. In fact you were all awesome!! We won U9B, U11B, U13B, U15B, U15G!! and amazing performances from all!
Well done to Hannah, Ben and Luke who had been selected to run for Cumbria at the Inter Counties race also being held within the U17 and U19 races. They helped team Cumbria to win bronze in the U17G and gold in U19B!!
Thank you to all parents who risked being stuck in the field and Stu I am not sure your van will ever be clean!
Gt Whernside Uphill only
After some torrential showers during registration the sun shone and the wind was behind you for some fantastic racing! The routes started at the bottom of the fell and rapidly ascended up the grass track, scramble and bog (depending on your age) to the trig point on the top of Gt. Whernside. Thank you to all parents who undertook the drive to Kettlewell our runners did us proud. Team Ambleside is now in joint 7th place out of 37 teams, with 1 race to go.
The 4th English Champs and a very early start for a bank holiday! Fantastic to see so many Amblesiders making the trip with runners in all age groups. Lovely to see Izzie racing for the 1st time so far away from home. You all survived the man eating bog, though Luke did have to be pulled out by a passing spectator! All your efforts have been rewarded with the team now 7th out of 37 overall, with 2 races to go.
The final race in the Kendal Winter League is always a relaxed affair as there are no points on offer. Not so many in fancy dress this year but plenty of fun to be had.
The presentation ceremony to celebrate the final standings at the end of the Kendal Winter League followed the race – congratulations to Daniel S, Chloe R, James B and Sophie R for winning their categories.
Wow! Stunning Weather, a stunning true fell course and stunning performances! Straight up from the start to the Catbells ridge! Along the ridge dodging the tourists admiring the view and fast descents to the finish funnel.
27 of you raced, and it was great to see some new faces on the English Champs circuit. Of the 10 categories we had podium finishers in 7! with Rowan taking his 1st ever win in an English Championship race!
The lure of the chocci prizes tempted you all up the steep, technical banks of Todd Crag. People came from as far a field as Wales to race at the home of fell running. Some intense battles were won and lost both on the fell and on the sprint finish across the park, well done to everyone who took part.
Thank you to all who helped, without your support we couldn’t hold the event.
A particular thank you to Lettie and the ladies serving tea and cake all evening we really appreciated it!!
Thanks to Steve Ashworth for the photos.
Round 2 of the English Championship took us to West Nab, not far from Huddersfield. It was worth the drive as Ambleside runners were AWESOME!!!! The gauntlet was laid down by Tom A who stormed home in the U9B race with a commanding lead to take out the win. He was our only U9 racer but what an impact he made! Well done, Tom! Surely there are some more of you who want a bit of glory at a national level? There are so many of you who would do really well and the depth of our team is growing every year.
The pressure was on for all who followed and you replied in style!
Brother Rowan was also flying and a fantastic effort earned him 2nd place in the U11B race .
What a start to the day!
He was chased home by Jess of the unicorn leggings and Ellen of the amazing pink socks – great run girls!
Next up were the U13’s – fiercely contested because this is the age when you’re awarded points towards the national standings to crown the fastest boy, fastest girl and fastest team in England.
James B won emphatically and Harry B was 2nd for the boys. So impressive, both of you!
William D was doing so well but went for a little wander part way round and took in a few extra sights along the way with some friends.
In the U13G race Sophie R had an epic battle with her friend Lauren from Buxton AC. If it wasn’t for these English Champs races they would never have met and it’s great to see the friends you make along the way.
She came in for an impressive 3rd place – well done!
Chloe R was our only runner for the U15’s and she had a cracking race to win by a country mile.
And what a hurdle of that fence before the stream crossing! Glad you made it!
U19 boys and girls ran separate races. Hannah D never ceases to impress and had a really strong run, even finding time for a little sit down in the stream on the way round (sorry Hannah!).
For the boys, Luke B had to line up with the U23’s and the seniors but didn’t look phased at all. Great run, Luke!
Yr 5/6/7 National Schools xc
Congratulations to all our runners who were selected to run for Cumbria. You tackled a fast flat course on a sunny day with 300 runners per race with true determination! A massive well done to James B who is Yr 7b National Champion!!!
Just 3 to represent the club at the first English Champs race over on the North York Moors and what a brutal course! It was a steep up straight out of the blocks with a long climb up onto the moor before a mad dash back to the finish field with the odd stile leap / gate hop to contend with at high speed.
Well done to Ellen, Chloe and Ben for making the journey over to the North East and congratulations to Chloe for your win.
Only the toughest of the tough braved the storm in Longsleddale today. We had driving rain, howling wind, slippery rocks, bog and flooding rivers – fell running at its gnarly best! Well done to everyone who raced – consider yourselves officially awesome!
(Sorry, no other photos from Longsleddale)
English Schools XC Championships
Congratulations to Daniel, Chloe, Oli, Luke and Hannah for representing Cumbria at the English Schools XC Champs in Norfolk this weekend.
Grit and determination were needed today to battle the many slopes of The Helm, especially those of you who had represented Cumbria the day before at the British Inter-counties. You guys had plenty! 2 races left, make sure you complete your 5!
A return to the fells saw some awesome running, and falls, for the 2nd club championship race.You tackled the steep unforgiving terrain with cuts and bruises, 1 shoe and still could not be stopped! 29 of you braved the exhausting course with some outstanding performances; in the U15B Daniel led from start to finish, hitting the home straight as the 2nd runner started his descent! The U13B is a particularly hard fought race and Rowan has been making his mark every week! 9 Amblesiders in the top 20- FANTASTIC
The mud at Sedbergh was especially thick this year and those of you who braved it are the toughest of them all! A special mention has to go to all the parents who hosed down your shoes just so they could untie the laces before getting them cleaned and dried in time for your next adventure in bog trotting.
When the rain came down, you kept running. When the wind howled, you kept running. And at the point of exhaustion on the last uphill to the finish line there were some amazing sprint finishes – inspirational!
English Nationals xc
Congratulations to Sophie, James, Harry, Chloe, Courtney and Luke who battled enormous numbers of runners and leg sapping bog lap after lap! You all performed brilliantly!!
Welcome to Tilly who joined the club recently and came in as second Ambleside AC girl in the U13’s race – 9th overall.
We took all 3 podium places in the U13 boys race which is a fantastic result – what a team! There were brilliant performances from all of you who put in maximum effort, each and every one of you.
The next Winter League race is at Sedbergh School over their classic cross country course with the infamous water jump!
A huge well done to those of you who tackled a fierce hill in fierce weather! If you can face a wild freezing wind, sleet and a ferocious hill you can do anything!!!
WOW! 33 of you fantastic Ambleside runners faced the short sharp ascent and fast descent of Birkrigg to get some valuable championship points on the board. The fast course must have suited you as we had some amazing results:
Luke 1st U21M, Chloe 1st U15G, James 1st U13B, Ben 2nd U15B, Harry 2nd U13B, Sophie 2nd U13G!!!
A special congratulations to Charlie A who only joined the club on Thursday and then blasted into 3rd place on Sunday! and to Noa and Matthew for braving their 1st race!
As the sleet cleared you lined up amongst the bracken to fight for your positions for the steep up and down. Not one for the faint hearted.
There were some fantastic efforts and brave descents – well done!
Congratulations to Hannah D who survived the freezing man eating bog to get 2nd LU21!
Northerns Cross Country Championships
Congratulations to Holly, Sophie, Harry, James, Chloe, Ben, Hannah, Oli and Luke who ran at the Northerns at Knowsley Safari Park on Saturday.
Another great turnout for a fast cross country route, with the notorious stream jump! 13 of you raced the twists and turns around the undulating course and what style over the stream! Not only were the juniors amazing but look out for the photographic evidence of your coaches in action! That second lap is a killer!
A fantastic 29 Amblesiders turned out at the 1st race in the KWL! The start lines stretched into the fog as you were tested on the rough limestone tracks and fought hard for your positions against the other athletes! Lovely to see Toby out in an Ambleside vest and a huge well done to Ben R for braving the start line of 100 runners! We had podium places in U13B, U13G, U15G,U21G. Keep it up you are AMAZING!
Cumbria XC Championship
Congratulations to all of you who faced the very flat xc course by the River Eden on Saturday. You were racing the best of the best and produced some fantastic results, with Luke, Oli, Hannah, Chloe, Ben, James, Harry and Sophie now going to represent Cumbria at the British Inter Counties!
Arnside Knott Fell Race
Glorious weather for the Arnside Knott Fell Race and a fantastic turnout from the club for our final race in the Club Championship. We had podium places in every category except 1 with wins for Tom A, Ruby, Cal, Jess, James B, Sophie and Chloe. Courtney had a big step up to the U16 age group and came back with a strong 2nd. Luke was racing in the U23 category, in the same race as the adults and beat almost all of them (including Jon) to finish 2nd in his category and a fantastic 5th overall.
Cumbria XC League: Race 3 Keswick
The third round of the Cumbria XC League took place at Fitz Park in Keswick. It was great to see Seren turn out for her first race, well done! And well done to Sophie for her 3rd win, which means she will win the series.
Cumbria XC League: Race 2 Penrith
The Cumbria XC League rolls on with another fast paced race around the fields of Penrith. It’s a really good way to keep fitness over this autumn period when the fell racing has stopped. Go on, give it a go!
Congratulations to Jack Dixon for 3rd U12B and Courtney for 4th U14G at Wasdale Show, the last race in the BOFRA Calendar.
Cumbria XC League: Race 1 Cockermouth
Well done to everyone who ran the first of the Cumbria XC League races in glorious sunshine.
ENGLISH SCHOOLS FELL RUNNING CHAMPIONS!!!
Congratulations to James and Chloe for their wins at the English Schools Fell Running Championship.
Orton Fell Race
It was a day for the U8’s/U10’s and U12’s at Orton Autumn Fair today as you turned out in force. There were some fantastic performances and it great to see 2 of our newer runners trying their first fell race – well done to Sarah and Richard, you are now truly fell runners and it was great to see you out enjoying the racing. We hope it has inspired you to come back for more as you both did really well and Arnside Knott is not far away.
We had 2 winners: Ruby Duxbury U8G and Jack Dixon U12B – congratulations to both of you and also to everyone who turned out. Whether you came first or last or anywhere in between we hope you had fun, we think you’re amazing!
WELL DONE!!!!! to Joe Edmondson who ran for England at the Home Counties International in Keswick on September 17th. This was a tough uphill only race to the top of Skiddaw and you did your country, let alone your club, proud – a fantastic achievement!
A fantastic turn out despite the very damp weather! 35 of you battled the lung busting hill, disappearing into the cloud to fight the bracken before the thigh burning descent! But what a team, with podium finishers in 7 of the 8 races!!!!
Another fantastic race organised by our very own coach, Todd – thanks to him and to all the marshals who gave up their time so the races could happen. As ever, the competition started well before the fell race with the sack races and various other gala activities.
Once the fell races started, Ambleside came to life! In the U8 races Ellen Dickson was 1st, Ruby Duxbury 2nd, Alaana Coates 3rd and for the boys Jamie Graham came 2nd – what a start!
The U10 team was incredible! We had an unbelievable 11 runners in the top 12 positions! You are surely the stars of the future and we definitely need you racing the English Championships over the coming years – you guys are awesome! Top 3 boys were Cal McVey 1st, Alex Graham 2nd and Jack Benson 3rd. For the girls we had Jess Edmondson 1st and Joss Evans 3rd.
In the U12 race James B won with Harry B 3rd and Sophie was 2nd in the girls race.
For the U14s we had Chloe 1st for the girls and Ben and Dan 2nd and 3rd respectively for the boys.
We had the top 2 spots in the U17 race with Joe 1st and Luke 2nd, topping off an Ambleside domination! Massive well done to everyone who raced.
U14 ENGLISH CHAMPION!!!
U12 ENGLISH SILVER MEDALIST!!!
OVERALL TEAM SILVER MEDAL!!!
Stretton English Championship Race
Congratulations to everyone who helped the team to their silver medal – 2nd place by just 2 points (out of 866), beating 57 other clubs.
Individually, Chloe is U14 English Champion and James B is U12 silver medalist at the end of the series.
Ben and Sophie just missed out on bronze medals by the narrowest of margins.
The U8’s and U10’s are not included in the battle for the English Championship titles by the FRA but their achievements have been just as stunning! Big congratulations to Ellen and Jess for 2nd place each in their races. It looks like Ambleside could dominate in the years to come with such depth of talent across the age groups.
As well as being the last English Champs race this was also the British Inter Counties Championship for U16 and U18 age groups. Hannah and Joe represented Cumbria with Joe helping the U16 boys team to silver medal. Well done to both of you!
Clougha Pike English Championship Race
What a great turnout we had at Clougha Pike for race 5 of the English Championship series. Well done! You have taken us within just 1 point of the title! If we do the same again at Stretton we will be English Champions, oh yeah! It’s not the podium places that James B (1st) and Chloe (1st) took that gave us the extra point, it was the rest of you who gave your all and pushed back the other runners that made the difference. When we all come together as a club we are unstoppable!
Just 2 more weeks to the final race in the series at Stretton. This race will also be the U16 / U18 British Inter Counties Championship where Hannah and Joe will be representing Cumbria so, although it is quite a trek to get to, anyone who takes part will experience a full British Championship race and will stand a chance of getting an English Championship team medal – could it be gold?
Clougha Pike is part of Quernmore Sports, a little village fête with some great events like the tug of war (which we won), the epic “Cresta Run” toboggan run, sack races, flat races, hockey, egg and spoon, obstacle course and the amazing chuck the egg competition. Somewhere in there they found time for the fell race.
Turner Hall Uphill English Championship race
This event has become renowned as a super-tough test of pure climbing speed. It winds relentlessly up and up to the point of collapse and only the U8’s and U10’s get to enjoy the downhill. The rest of you were left broken and exhausted at the summit finish to face a slow walk back down, mostly discussing just how difficult it had been. It’s a wonder so many of you keep coming back to do it again!
This year Ambleside AC were amazing!!! We were 3rd team on the day, which takes us up to 2nd in the overall team rankings for the season. C’mon Ambleside, we’re only 2 points off winning and we’re 7 points clear of third place. If we can get lots of you coming to Clougha Pike (near Lancaster) this coming Saturday we can surely take top spot and be crowned the best club in England!
It’s not just the top counters who make this happen, it’s those of you who come further down the field but push runners from the other teams further back that makes the difference. Clougha Pike is a great day out at Quernmore Sports – a village fête with stalls, games, ice creams, egg and spoon / sack races etc. After all, there’s more to this fell running lark than just the races…
…like hangin’ out…
…and sitting in pipes?!…
…with your mates!
Congratulations to Chloe for her win, becoming the Uphill English Champion and to James 2nd, Ruby and Joe 3rd and to everyone else who bust a gut on the fell.
They completed the swim in memory of David Benjamin who passed away last year from skin cancer.
If anyone would like to support them with their fundraising effort donations can be made through the website
Malham Kirkby English Championship race
What a fantastic turnout for another great days racing in the sun. The 3rd English champs race and an Ambleside championship race. A fast start through the streams and then up onto the fell overlooking Malham Cove.
The girls were the stars of the day with Hannah D and Sophie R achieving 3rd places and Chloe a 1st. Team Ambleside retains its 3rd in the champs and is breaking clear of the 4th team.
A special well done to Beren who only joined the club on Thursday and put in a stunning race to finish 23rd and 3rd Ambleside!!!
There is so much more than the racing at these English Championship events. If anyone is wondering whether to do one but has never tried, it is well worth the extra bit of travelling for the atmosphere alone. No matter where you place you get to race against the best runners in the country and after the racing there are new places to explore and plenty of time for games in the sun with friends.
Hawkswick English Championship race
What wasn’t to like? Sun, ice cream, becks to swim in and fantastic racing! All courses started up on the fell and went up from the start line. They kept on going up and up with long races for all and fast descents! Team Ambleside put in a tremendous effort!
Well done to Ellen for being our only u8 competitor, to Jess for coming in 4th despite having a nasty fall and leaving a lot of skin behind as a memento.
To Courtney for shear determination to finish the course and Ollie for showing anyone trying to overtake him what the bracken looks like up close!
The rest of the team: Sophie, James, Harry, William, Emily, Ben, Chloe, Luke and Hannah raced hard with stunning results and team Ambleside moved up into 3rd place overall!!!! Individual winners were James 2nd and Chloe 1st.
Look out Malham here we come!
The traditional finale to the Kendal Winter League is the Arant Haw race. Fancy dress for those who are brave enough and presentations afterwards in Sedbergh Peoples’ Hall. It marks the end of racing every weekend and the start of the summer fair races. Congratulations to everyone for your efforts this winter.
Todd Crag English Championship Race
This was the first English Championship race of 2016 and the first time that this race had been used for the Championship. Well done to Eleanor and the team for the fantastic organisation and hard work put in by all. The racing was steep and strenuous for all age groups with many of you moving up an age category. It was fantastic to have so many top athletes from around the country turn up to race with 325 juniors taking part.
As a club we performed extremely well with 4th team place out of 38 clubs. There were some fantastic individual performances with 2nd place in U12 boys & U14 girls, 3rd place in U8 boys and numerous other high ranking finishes. Particular mention to all of you who ran your first fell race in an Ambleside vest!
Full Race photos by Woodentops here.
Well done to everyone who ran at Elterwater for the final qualifying race in the Kendal Winter League. That completes the series and Ambleside have podium places in every junior category with overall wins for Joe in U17B and Chloe in U14G, both with maximum 500 points. Everyone who completed the series should feel very proud – to turn out week in / week out and race around the fells in the worst winter weather is tough, your prizes are well deserved and will be handed out at the presentation after the Arrant Haw race ( see above). Congratulations to our star coach Eleanor for her win in the V40 category!
A warm and sunny day with dry conditions under foot meant some fast and furious racing! Despite wild cows and horses you turned in some stunning performances. Well done to all of you who raced, some fantastic results! A big thank you to Rory who seemed to be everywhere supporting the adults race, it really helps to keep us going. Only 1 KWL to go
Thule National Yr 5/6/7 Schools X-Country Championship
NATIONAL CHAMPION AND NATIONAL SILVER MEDALIST!!!
Congratulations to James, Harry, Sophie, Daniel and Eva who all represented Cumbria at the English XC Championship for Years 5,6 &7 on Saturday. James won his race to become English Champion and Sophie was 2nd in her race. Well done to all of you!
The sun was shining, the tops were out and you were phenomenal!! Despite a lot of you racing the day before you pulled some amazing performances out of the bag. A quick sprint along the track before turning for the Big climb! Joe’s descent was incredible, hitting the track before anybody else had even come over the crest of the hill! Ben and Chloe pulling of a clear Ambleside 1, 2 and James for being the most amazing supporter ever being at the top of the U17 and adult hills! Well done to all of you who beat the hill, as Paula said “what doesn’t beat you makes you stronger” You are all stronger!
British Athletics Inter Counties Cross Country Championships
Fantastic performances from James, Chloe, Emily, Oli, Joe, Ben and Luke at this UK wide National Cross Country event held at Cofton Park in Birmingham. Poor Harry B had a last minute call up to the team over breakfast but he wasn’t feeling well and had to pull out half way round. This is the most competitive race of the year as every county in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland picks its best 8 runners at the regional cross country trials that happen earlier in the season.
You all ran really well against top quality competition – well done!
New Balance English Schools Cross Country Championships
Congratulations to Luke, Oli, Joe, Ben & Chloe who represented their county at the National Schools XC Champs this weekend. This race was a far cry from our local fell races – runners packed in like sardines, no hills to speak of and a tented city set up in the grounds of an old mansion. It was an amazing atmosphere with so many of the country’s best runners all gathered in one place with the same goal. Be proud of yourselves, it is an amazing achievement which we hope you enjoyed.
Wow a sunday with sun and racing! No battling the weather meant you could concentrate on battling each other! A fast and tough x country course, with the decision whether to venture into the deep, freezing water/mud jump to be made. Unlike your poor coaches whose decision was made for them and we had to go in 3x! Fantastic racing by all!
Saucony National Cross Country Championships, Donington Park
Well done to James, Joe, Ben, Courtney and Chloe who represented the club at the National X-country champs today. There were around 400 competitors in each race and you all did amazingly well. Results can be found here.
I think KWL has become synonymous with atrocious weather! The course was very windy, very wet and very muddy!
You had to battle not only each other but your inner selves who would have preferred to snuggle in the warm at home.
Well done to all of you who raced and got valuable points in the Ambleside league championship.
A massive thanks to all the parents for your support and for scrubbing the kit!
Northern Inter Counties XC
Well done to all our runners who ran for Cumbria in the copious mud,sleet and rain. This was a mentally hard race as well as tough on the legs! You helped Cumbria have a fantastic trophy haul winning Junior girls (Chloe coming 2nd), Junior Boys, Inter girls, Inter boys, senior girls, senior boys, overall girls, overall boys and overall winners!!! Congratulations to Joe, Oli, Ben, Chloe and Luke (reserve) who now go on to the ESAA National final, in Nottingham.
Also congratulations to Sophie,Eva, James B, Harry B, Daniel and James T (reserve) who are through to the first Yr5/6/7 National final in Leicester! Go Ambleside and team Cumbria!
It’s a good, fast course at Birkrigg and the U12 course is the essence of what fell racing is all about – first person to the top of the hill and back wins – simple. Now some days fell running seems easy – you look up to a fantastic view across the fells and feel the warmth of the sun on your back. Not today. Today was a grit and determination day – you all did amazingly well to get on with it and still put in some amazing performances. Everyone who ran in the fog and the drizzle today then shivered their way back to the car wondering how they were going to get their shoes off with numb fingers should feel very proud of themselves – we’re certainly proud of you! Well done to you all!
A really big well done to Chloe, Courtney, Emily, Joe, Ben, Oli and Luke (even if he ran in Kendal colours) for being the 1st Ambleside team to ever enter the Northern XC Championship! Knee deep mud, driving hail and arctic winds didn’t stop any of you, but i pity us Mums trying to get your kit washed for tomorrow! Congratulations especially to Chloe for bringing home the silver medal in the U13Gs and to Joe (it’s a bit flat) for being the 1st Ambleside home in the U15Bs in 43rd!
A steep, narrow and very exciting course for runners and spectators. The start is crucial with a sprint through the bracken before starting the relentless climb and fast descent!
Fantastic U12G win for Sophie R, her first KWL win.
Congratulations also to Alfie for his first race in an Ambleside vest and to Luke and Jake for the most exciting inter team sprint for the finish!
May I send a BIG THANK YOU to all the supporters who stayed to cheer on our valiant runners, both kids and coaches alike, through the hardest wind blown hail stones and the deepest mud. I hope everyone has found their toes again. Well done to Jack B for competing in his first winter race and to Maisie and Joss for getting a 2nd tough one under their belts. They must also be the loudest supporters, cheering “the other Ambleside ladies team”. We really needed you!!
Cumbria County XC Champs
Well done to all of you who ran the fast and muddy courses at Crooklands. The results prove that every team member counts! Not only did Ambleside come away with 6 individual medals! but also the
U11B team gold
U13G team gold
Special well done to Chloe, Joe, Ben, Oli and Luke who have qualified to represent Cumbria at the inter counties championship in Birmingham in March.
Ambleside had runners in all ages groups and, as the weather and mud deteriorated, you became champions.
What a start to 2016! We had winners in U12 boys, U14 girls, U14 boys and a pack finish in U16 boys with 2nd, 3rd and 4th! No pressure on the coaches racing after you then!!!
Remember to keep your race number for the whole of the KWL 2016 series.
Cumbria Cross Country – Round 3: Penrith, Frenchfields
The second day of 2016 and the rescheduled race saw you burning off the pigs in blankets. Tackling a fast, very flat course with spirals and jumps seemed to suit you though as team Ambleside blasted away the competition. Well done to you all. We had 1st U11 girl, 1st U11 girls’ team, 1st U11 boy, 1st U13 girl, 2nd and 3rd U15 boy and 2nd U17 boy.
The final race of the Ambleside junior championship tempted a massive 27 of you to face the chilly sunshine, was it the knowledge of great cakes?! We had competitors running hard in all age groups, which was great to watch.
The fast uphill / downhill route seemed to favour all our runners with Ambleside doing very well in the prizes, winning 7 out of the 10 categories! A special well done to Tom A for competing in his 1st Ambleside race and finishing in a notable 5th place, and to Alaana for notching up her 1st win in the U8G.
The cross country season is now upon us, a good way to build up speed and stamina in the winter months. The Cumbria series is very friendly and a good introduction to x country running. See reports below from the series so far. The remaining Cumbria x country series dates are:
Dec 6th Carlisle 12noon Sheepmount Stadium – CANCELLED, to be rescheduled either 3rd or 31st jan
Dec 12th Keswick 12noon Fitz Park CANCELLED, to be rescheduled
County Cross Country Races
Well done to everyone who represented Cumbria Schools at the Inter Counties Cross Country Match in Stoke and at the English Schools Cross Country Cup at Bolton on Saturday. You all ran well in terrible conditions!
Cumbria Cross Country – Round 2: Penrith
What a day for the 2nd round of the Cumbria Cross Country league – I don’t think any of you escaped the mud in these conditions. It was a great course over undulating farmland and it brought out the best in you. Today we have to call out the hero role of honour for those of you who battled with illness as well as the elements. 3 of you were struck down with a dodgy vomiting bug which stopped William and Courtney in their tracks but amazingly James T managed to carry on for his second lap and finish his race – you obviously felt better for being a bit lighter James, that showed real guts and determination! Poor Harry B wasn’t able to start and Harry S couldn’t overcome his asthma which ruined his race and forced him to pull out after the first lap, we hope you’re all back on full form again soon.
The Cross Country League is not just about individual results but the all important team prize, which Ambleside have a real chance of winning in several categories if enough people complete the series. Joe was having a tough day and many others would have pulled out, especially when his brother Ben was putting in such a great performance, but he carried on because he didn’t want to let the team down – thank you Joe, your team mates will appreciate it when you bring the trophy home. Because of this Ambleside took 1st place as U15 boys’ team. Similarly Tessa, Giselle and Melissa turned out to join Bethan, Emily and Chloe and make up the 2nd place U13 girls’ team – a great show as we didn’t have enough runners to count last time. Cal, Rowan and James B made up the 2nd place U11 boys’ team. Jess, Olivia and Sophie were the winning U11 girls’ team.
Congratulations to Chloe, Sophie and James B who all won their races and well done to Paula who was the only coach to run the race – it must be tough racing against your son! Luke was racing for Kendal AC, so didn’t count for Ambleside. Oli was our highest placed runner in the U15’s and Daniel in the U13’s – well done everyone!!
**BOFRA Championship Silver Medalists**
Congratulations to Joe Edmondson – 2nd in the U17 and Ben Edmondson – 2nd in the U15 BOFRA Championship. What do you feed them on Mrs Jo?
Just a few of the toughest took on the steep slopes of Kirk Fell for the last race in the BOFRA series. There are some great photos here and a video of the U12’s being chased by pack hounds here courtesy of Brathay Running.
Fantastic results for Joe (2nd), Courtney (3rd) and Ben (3rd). A great run too for Jess.
Cumbria Cross Country – Round 1: Cockermouth
Well done to everyone who came to Cockermouth for round 1 of the Cumbria Cross Country League. The U13 boys won the team event and stand a really good chance of winning the team prize for the league overall if you can all make it to the other races. There were podium finishes for Oli, Chloe, Daniel and Sophie with the rest of you well up in the rankings.
English schools fell running championship
Several of you suffered the crack of dawn start to get to Calder high School, Mythelmroyd for some impressive racing. Fortunately the fog lifted just in time for you to be able to see your way up the truly steep and long climb.
Congratulations to Chloe silver medallist in Y8-9 girls! To Daniel who was pipped to the post into 4th place in Y7 boys and Bethan an incredible 6th (Y7 girls).
Easy terrain led to a very fast course on a beautifully sunny day. Some of you even kept your feet dry by using the bridge over the ford – you know
who you are! All U12 age groups ran together making it a tight start, but you soon left the rest for dust. One champs race left to go!
Gt. Westmorland Trail
Ambleside dominated all age groups at Crosby Garrett today. A short sharp trip out of the village up onto the moor and back again for a piece of cake! Well done to all of you who risked the ford to get there and the weather. I don’t think you left many prizes for anyone else! Only 2 races left in the Ambleside Championship to go!
What a perfect day! Sunshine, dry(ish) under foot and 31 of you took on the infamous course! You all ran with smiles on your faces and sheer determination in your legs. You battled bracken, thistles and THE HILL and should be exceedingly proud of yourselves no matter where you came. The club is certainly proud of you.
It was amazing to see waves of Ambleside vests descending out of the bracken down the hillside with 5 of you consecutively coming home in the top 10 of the u12’s race. Again a special well done to the girls, with Chloe R being 1st u12G and Hannah D being 3rd u14G. A fantastic start to the summer hols!
Thanks to Dave & Eileen Woodhead at Woodentops for the photos.
The blue and green vests were a formidable team and raced brilliantly over the varied terrain in a variety of weather. The younger ones coping with the heat and the U14’s and U17’s having incredibly slippy conditions in the downpour.
Congratulations to the girls – Emma Duxbury winning the U8 girls, Sophie R sprinting in to be the U10 girls winner and Chloe R not only winning the U14 girls trophy (having only turned 12 two days previously) but being the 1st lady home with a new course record!
Look out Ambleside sports here we come!
The Helm (BOFRA)
Well done to everyone who took part in The Helm fell race. It was a total change from the day before at Turner Uphill as we had glorious sunshine and there was even a downhill after all the effort of the up! A special mention goes to Amber for a great run in the U9’s and Courtney had a fantastic race to take 3rd in the U14’s.
English Championship Results
After the final race in the FRA English Championship we were well represented with some great performances. Well done to Chloe who was runner up in the series with 2nd place overall in the U12 category. Everyone who completed 1 race or more was given a position and the best 4 race scores were accumulated to decide the winners. We had several runners in the top ten for their age category so it was a great series for the club which finished in 8th position out of 58 clubs.
The final race in the English Championship saw some epic battles on the Walna Scar Road in the Duddon Valley. There were big crowds for this event which was uphill only for U12’s and older but up and down for U8’s and U10’s.
There were various degrees of clag to run in and stiff competition in all the races. Prizes were won by Sam Thornley (3rd U8 Boy); James Bowen (1st U10 Boy); Harry Bowen (2nd U10 Boy); Sophie Rylance (2nd U10 Girl) and Chloe Rylance (2nd U12 Girl). We were 5th in the team rankings.
Well done to everyone who took part and thank you to all who came out to support the team. Special mention has to go to Jake who travelled all the way over to support even though he couldn’t run because of injury – we hope you’re back running soon Jake.
Some of you just can’t resist the urge to race can you? Luke, Oli, Courtney, Harry, James and Jess all trekked out to Hawkswick to race – well done.
Photos can be found on the Woodentops website.
Several of you made the journey out to Kettlewell for this classic Yorkshire fell race. Well done to Oli and Ben for their 3rd places.
Photos can be found on the Woodentops website.
Well done to everyone who took part in the Coniston Gullies Fell Race on sunday. Thanks to Steve from MOViE iT for the photos…
Malham Kirkby English Championship Fell Race
Malham cove was the setting for the penultimate English Championship race and it was a great race run in near perfect conditions. This was the first time the race had been staged and Keighley & Craven AC put on a top class event. It had fast grassy sections through the meadow, several stream crossings and a steady climb amongst the limestone outcrops. Clubs from all round the country were represented which made for very competitive racing. Ambleside came away with two firsts, three seconds and a third place in the U8/U10/U12 age groups. As a team, we moved up into 8th place overall despite 5 trophy winners not being old enough to count for the team points.
Just 1 more race to go in the series, which is the Turner Uphill – this race is an uphill only championship in its own right and it would be great to see as many of you there as possible for this local race. It is also the next Ambleside AC Junior Club Championship race and there are 6 races left so if you have not entered any yet, you need to do this race to have a chance of winning the trophy. Some age groups have had very few entries so if you turn up you have a good chance. See the points table here to see how everyone is doing.
Hutton Roof Fell Race
What a great day we had at Hutton Roof! Glorious sunshine and a great turnout as it was a counter for the Ambleside AC Junior Club Championship. The great turnout meant we had loads of winners in almost every age category we entered. Check out the results attached at the bottom of this report to see how well everyone did. It just goes to show what great talent we have throughout the club and there are lots of you who have not yet raced but would do really well. A special mention has to go to Freddie Dixon who won the U8 boys race – well done Freddie!
The great thing about these summer fayre races is all the other fun stuff that comes with them. After the race at Hutton Roof there were tug of war games, 3 legged races and wheelbarrow races – all free to enter and 50p prize money for the winners. As always, the competitive spirit of our runners didn’t end with the fell race and most people seemed to win something.
Inter Counties Fell Race Championships, Betws-Y-Coed
Congratulations to Joe Edmondson for representing Cumbria at the British Inter Counties Championship. He won a team medal as Cumbria came 3rd. It’s a great achievement Joe – well done!
Thanks to Jason
Edmondson for the photos.
Coiners English Championship Race
Despite a very early start on a Bank Holiday morning, 8 of you tossed aside your duvets and trekked to the bogs of Yorkshire for the 4th counter in the FRA English Championship. Described as “Testing routes with a tough uphill start” – they weren’t kidding! It was across the field, up through the woods and out onto the open fell, which after 2 days of torrential rain claimed the lives of many a fell shoe. The final descent brought out the best in the Usain Bolts of the downhill world and was much easier for those who still had 2 shoes on.
Great results all round with Chloe and Harry B winning and Sophie and James B taking second places. Rory, William, Oli & Luke all put in strong performances to bring our team position up to 9th place out of 54 teams. The next 2 races are more local and it would be fantastic to see some more faces experiencing the great atmosphere of these English Champs races. Turner uphill is even an Ambleside AC Junior Champs race and it’s only just over the hill!
The fancy-dress fell race finale! We started with a musical warm up overlooking the Yorkshire Dales. It was quite hard to watch tutus, tights, leg warmers and onesies jumping up and down, let alone having to listen to 1D blasting out across the fellside! The mass start was a sight to behold but there was more chatting than there was racing for some of you!
15 of you completed the series – well done, the regular racing will give you a good base for the rest of the year. In the podium positions we had Luke and Chloe finish 2nd overall in the U17 boys and U12 girls respectively and Harry B taking 3rd place in the U12 boys. A great effort! A special mention has to go to Rowan who was the only Amblesider to complete all 11 races. You surely saw the best and worst of the winter, Rowan.
So the Winter League ends and the summer racing begins – that means summer fairs and ice cream but I’m sure some of you will find bog in even the driest conditions!
Kendal Colour Dash Sun 19.4.15
A few of our runners took part in the Kendal Colour Dash, a charity run round Kendal to raise money for St John’s Hospice. We turned up in plain white T-shirts but they didn’t stay white for long! As we ran round the course we were pelted with paint powder in all colours so that by the end there wasn’t an inch of us left clean. It was a great atmosphere and a lot of fun with 700 runners taking part. It would seem that even a charity fun run can’t suppress the competitive streak of some of our young runners who took to the front before they had even left the start on Kirkby Kendal School playing fields and stayed there! If we are still a bit purple round the edges at training on Thursday you will know why.
West Nab English Championship Race
Only the brave took on the bilberry singletrack and the barbed brambles of West Nab for the 3rd English Championship counter on Saturday. We had glorious sunshine all day and what a battle for all involved. I think most of you will be nursing your wounds for a few days yet – this was a hard earned finish and a big “Well Done!” goes to all who made the two hour journey into the heart of Yorkshire.
The race is run over low fells so it involves several ups and down rather than the typical long slog up and hair-raising descent back down. It required some tactical thinking as there was no chance of moving up the field during the long sections of single track, so it was a fast start as everyone jostled for position and every opportunity had to be taken when the terrain opened up in the middle of the race.
Podium finishes for Sophie Rylance (2nd U10) and Chloe Rylance (2nd U12) – well done girls!
Todd Crag Junior Fell Race
What a great night of running for the Todd Crag Race! The organisation was fantastic with a super-slick registration process and marshalls all over the fell to ensure none of our runners strayed from the course.
Thank you Eleanor for all your hard work and to all the marshalls who gave up their time to ensure the race ran safely and smoothly.
As usual, fantastic weather was pre-ordered and the evening run in the sunshine was set against the backdrop of the Fairfield Horseshoe behind the start at Rothay Park in the centre of Ambleside.
We had runners from all round the country taking advantage of a great midweek race in the Easter holidays with the cake stall proving as popular as the fell race. Thanks to all who donated cakes or volunteered to man the stalls.
Tom N stormed to his first victory and Sam T wasn’t far behind to take 3rd place in the U8 boys’ race. For the girls, Jessica Edmondson romped home to win for our sister club Broughton Runners with her team-mate Olivia Swarbrick coming in 3rd. In the U12 race it was girl-power all the way as the first 3 Ambleside runners home were Chloe R (Winner of the girls’ race and 4th overall), Sophie R and Bethan R. Well done for giving the boys a lesson in how to run like a girl! In the U14 race Jessica’s brother Ben Edmondson was a convincing winner for Broughton and our U17 runners had a big step up as they ran (very successfully) in the adults’ race.
Pendle English Championship Race
3 Ran at Pendle for the 2nd English Champs counter. We had a depleted team because of the Easter Holidays but Ollie came 16th, Jake 45th and Rory 68th – well done!
Elterwater Common (Final Kendal Winter League race)
Errwood Hall English Championship Race
Yet more rain and wind greeted the four Ambleside runners as we arrived at Errwood Reservoir near Buxton for the first of the FRA English Championships. Fortunately, the clouds cleared as William D, Harry and James set off on the under 10’s route- a steady climb over track and moorland, then a quick turn and a flying descent back down to the finish. Fantastic results for our three under 10 runners; Harry first, James second and after a fall and a slide in the peat bog, William finished seventh!
Luke made his debut in the under 16’s- a 5.3km route over track, through woodland and valley bottom and then a long climb to the moorland summit, finishing in a respectable twelfth place amongst a strong field of 42 runners.
Here is the training schedule for the next few weeks:
- 19.3.15 Last session at the Phoenix Track
- 26.3.15 Meet at Elterwater Common at 5:45pm. Please wear fell shoes and bring head torches
- 2.4.15 No training due to lack of available coaches
- 8.4.15 Todd Crag Race (see club races page for details)
- 9.4.15 No training due to Todd Crag Race the previous day
- 16.4.15 Normal weekly fell training resumes – meet at Ambleside School at 5.30pm
(All children must wear fell shoes and carry bumbags containing a waterproof jacket, hat and gloves. Light, close-fitting clothing is advised as you will get hot and muddy)
The penultimate race in the Kendal Winter League was treated to glorious sunshine at The Helm. Isn’t it so much better when the wind doesn’t howl and you don’t have to squint your eyes against the rain? The close cropped grass and dry conditions made for a very fast race and we had some great performances. It was great to see Tom and Hannah Nicholson running well. Apologies to Tom – Jon didn’t catch your photo as he was busy looking for Ambleside colours. New vests are on the way and we’ll get you kitted up!
The Hannahs ruled in the sunshine – there must be some kind of “Spontaneous Outburst of Joy” award for the springtime lamb-leap that Hannah Durkin pulled off on top of the ridge – way to go Hannah!
1 Mile Handicap Challenge
Well done to everyone who took up the challenge of the Ambleside Juniors 1 Mile Handicap. It was run along the Rydal Track with a measured 1/2 mile out to the turn around point and a mad dash back to the start / finish. We hope you all enjoyed it, the results are now in. This was not determined on who the fastest runner was but on who could estimate their running time most accurately.
At last a dry day, if windy. The route went up, up, up, down, down, down! It may take several days for our legs to recover – this was a true fell race. Well done to all of you who battled the crosswinds, the longer routes and the leg-busting descent. This was a race for those of you who can switch off your brains and let fly. It’s getting towards the end of the series and final positions hang in the balance – every race counts and Ambleside are vying for some top positions. Only 2 to go…
UK Inter Counties Cross Country Championship
Congratulations to our runners who took part in the UK Inter Counties Cross Country Championship yesterday. We had Luke and Oli in the U17’s and Chloe in the U13’s.
It was an enormous event, running against the best of the best who had qualified from the County Championships, with runners coming from all corners of the British Isles.
Oli and Luke had 301 runners in their event and came 132nd and 169th respectively. Chloe had 305 runners in her event and came 76th. It was a fantastic performance by all against incredibly stiff competition – well done!
The weather man said it was the first day of spring – not at Cunswick Scar, it wasn’t. It was another round of the sleet and snow fest for all our brave runners, well done to everyone for taking part. This was the 2nd race in our Ambleside AC Junior Championship and loads of you turned out to get some valuable points towards the trophies.
The U12’s were lucky to have the best of the weather but even they had a battle with the wind as the new, longer route sent them out over the golf course, leaping the dry stone walls as they went.
We could all learn a thing or two from Charlie’s determination not to be defeated by the elements. There was a wild beast behind those eyes – great effort, Charlie!
By the time the U14’s headed up onto the scar the wind was building and Matt, Harry and Cole really had to work hard all the way.
The U17’s had a further 1300m or so of exposed running before they could head for home and it was obvious as Luke, Jake and Hannah returned that conditions had been tough. But, spare a thought for your poor old coaches who faced 5 miles of it, just as the hail started, and by the time they crawled their way back over the finish line it was a full-on blizzard!
Normal winter league conditions resumed with wind, rain, sleet, mud, MUD and more MUD!!!! A fantastic junior turnout despite this and I hope you have all defrosted and found all your fingers and toes. Today was a classic x-country course with undulating terrain, slippy cambers, a water/bog jump and a log jump. Well done to all of you who ventured out, parents and runners alike. As you huddled inside the Ambleside tent you must have wondered if this was really such a good idea! A big welcome back to Jake who certainly picked a day to have his post injury debut.
This is the race everyone talks about! “It’s the steepest race in the Winter League”; “Last year a man broke his collar bone”; “It’s so steep you have to slide down on your bum!” All true, but this did not deter our amazing Ambleside Juniors. You took on the mountain and you conquered it. What a day – gorgeous sunshine and dry underfoot – unheard of in the Winter League. Spring must be on its way! We had supporters from valley floor and stretching way up the fell – thank you, your encouragement makes a big difference to kids and adults alike. You are the unsung heroes of the club and a big part of our enjoyment and success. A special mention has to go to William, who proved his racing pedigree with a blistering performance, and to Cole who’s running has really improved over recent races.
Northern Schools Inter Counties X-country
Congratulations to Oli, Luke and Chloe who represented Cumbria at the Northern Schools Inter Counties X-country on Saturday. It was a fairly flat course around parkland at South Shields and the best runners from the north of England competed. Cumbria won every trophy! That’s the overall boys’, overall girls’ and overall team trophies. Each of our runners contributed to the win and should be very proud of their achievement. In the Inter Boys race Luke ran strongly against an older field to finish 44th; in the Junior Boys race Oli battled back from a week of illness and put in an amazingly gutsy performance for a very respectable 46th; in the Minor Girls race Chloe paced it very well from a frantic start and moved up the field from 18th at the first corner to finish 3rd, just 2 secs off 2nd and 10secs off the win. It was a valuable day to see how other clubs approach their running and how our performances stack up against tougher competition. Well done, you three! This is something to aspire to for our younger runners as we certainly have the talent and it really helps improve your fell running speed.
At last some sunshine and what a great turnout on a stunning day. No mud, no wind, no rain… no shoe cleaning – hooray! This was the first race in our Ambleside Junior Championship and 19 of you have points on the table! Hope your lungs have caught up with your legs after that brutal climb and warp speed descent. Most have a week off this weekend so plenty of time to prepare for the Barbondale vertical scree run?! Good luck to Oli, Luke and Chloe who are all in action at the Northern Schools Inter Counties X-country on Saturday.
Sunday brought yet another battle against the elements. This time it was especially wet!! The steepest race so far, with lots of mud and bracken and a descent only for the brave. We had a fantastic Ambleside turnout with 16 runners having a go!
Well done to Hannah & Tom Nicholson – you picked a tough race for your first go. And special congrats to Harry S who flew into 9th place, our only U14 racer!
Next week is Birkrigg Common Fell Race. This is the first counter in the Ambleside AC Juniors Championship – let’s see all of you get points under your belts.
Despite the weather being perfect for penguins, 10 of you braced yourselves for running with no sensation in your hands or feet. The Giggleswick race was for those of you with real guts and determination. The route-walk in a blizzard tested our downhill penguin tactics perfectly! The knee deep stream traverse was good practice for those planning for future races in the Arctic! Warm ups of snowball-dodging and snowman-rolling made an interesting change and the post race warm down involved as many kids as possible balanced on a tarpaulin, accelerating down a steep snowy bank (I’m sure that’s in the official training manual somewhere!). What a great day and what amazing kids you are!
Special mention has to go to Amber who ran her first fell race, having only come to her first training session on Thursday!
Arnside Knott Fell Race – What a fantastic turnout for the final Ambleside AC Juniors Club Championship race of the season. It went head to head for the U12 Boys Cup and the race within a race was very exciting for all of us spectating. Ambleside swept the board with the prizes, winning the U8 Boys, U10 Boys, U10 Girls, U12 Boys, U12 Girls & U16 Girls – all with new course records! Well done, you did the club proud!
Despite most fell races having finished, x-country is in full swing. We have 8 runners who are regularly participating in these races in very wintery weather. Some have shown real determination by even running in their socks!!! (James B at Maryport) when they ve forgotten their shoes. (He still came in 3rd!)
The latest of these races was: Penrith 6th Dec – a hilly, farmland course that suited our runners
- U11 Girls Sophie R 3rd
- U11 Boys Harry B 2nd / James B 3rd/ Daniels S 4th
- U12 Girls Chloe R 2nd
- U12 Boys Harry S 9th
- U15 Boys – Luke B 2nd / Oli G 3rd (who both had to start 2 mins after the main pack as they are so fast!!)
News just in: The U11 Boys team has come 1st in the whole competition! Luke B is 2nd and Ollie G 3rd overall – well done boys!!
Next races (See the RACES page for full details)
- Sun 21st Dec 10:30am CFR Xmas Pudding Trail Race at Cockermouth
- Sat 3rd Jan X-country at Penrith (must be age >9 to compete; U13 s and above compete for a Cumbria vest to represent the county; includes team prizes too so would be good to see lots of Ambleside vests on the start line)
What will 2015 bring?
Kendal Winter League – the 1st race is Sun 4th Jan at 12:00 at Scout Scar. Look out for the Ambleside flag as we will base ourselves around it. Try and turn up about 45mins – 1hr early and we will walk the course with you and warm you up ready for the off. Make sure you wear your vests as I think Ambleside could be well represented. And remember your fell shoes James B! New racers should check the kit list as usually a bumbag with waterproof top, hat and gloves are compulsory and it is strictly enforced.
We had 2 overall winners last year (Chloe R and Luke B) – let s see what we can do in 2015!
FRA U12 English Champion!!!!
Fantastic result for Chloe Rylance, who collected the winner’s trophy in the 2014 FRA National Championships, shared with joint winner Briony Holt of Clayton-le-Moors, as they were equal on points at the end of the series. A fabulous season for you Chloe, and we are very proud of your achievement.