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ODG rooms – 16/12/17.

From Helen: Just had a call from Neil at the ODG…he has 2 rooms spare from a cancellation last minute. One room sleeps a double and 2 singles and the other is a double and single. He is happy for a 4th to bunk in the second room also. He will obviously do you a deal as its so last minute. Contact Neil direct 015394 37272.

Club Championship results with 1 race to go

The latest results are here with only the Kirkstone Handicap remaining – Tuesday 12th December

Thanks to Jim Tyson

Wansfell Race – 27th December 2017 Help required please!

Full information for competitors is available under the “Races” drop down. This bit is the annual call to arms for help!

Hey Amblesiders,

It’s almost time for the annual mince pie attrition that is Wansfell:-)

If 4k of thigh burning up and lunatic descent ain’t your thing then I’d love you to come and help me if you can. It’s always a popular wee race and I need help with:

Registration+ Kit check (Mike Barron, Lou R, Alice + Rich S)
Sign Putter Outer (Rich Stevens)
Cattle grid and road marshals (Jim Sinton + 1)
First fell gate (Niki + Sophie Rylance))
Bridge marshals (Jim, Sam + Joss Tyson)
Summit Marshals (Dan, Paul Wright + Stu S)
Sweeper/sheepdog (Gary T)
Finish + Timings (Lou R, Peta + 2)
Photographer! (Mac’s Laura!)
Kitchen staff ( Rachel Wright + Alice T)

Baking (Chris Hodgson, Michelle + as many as offer. Ambleside AC’s Christmas Bake Off!)

We’re an awesome club and I’m always really touched by the many, many offers of help I and our other ROs get for races. Your contribution might not seem much but we host some of the best races in the calendar and they make a lot of people happy. So, sign up for a job and have a great day out with the nicest people I know.

Michelle x

All offers of help to Michelle Foxwell

07956 040211

Kirkstone Handicap: Tuesday 12th December, 6.30pm

No matter how hard and fit you are, this is a 3 miler that is going to HURT! It’s beauty lies in its simplicity…

Arrive at the salt box at the bottom of Kirkstone for 6.30 (6.45 is fine  if you’ve already told Paul Knowles that you’re running as he’ll have fixed you a handicap in advance). The  rugby club will be open to drop kit from 6.15/20.

Runners are set off with the slower/injured/recovering runners setting off first and the fasties chasing hard. Paul’s handicapping system is usually so near perfect that all of the runners generally arrive within a few minutes of each other at the top! Run as hard and fast as you can to the Kirkstone Inn at the top, chasing the head torches in front and trying to avoid being caught by those that set off after you.

Enjoy a sociable jog down and meet in the Golden Rule for prizes, a wee bit of food and a pint. The rugby club will be open for showers afterwards.


As it’s the last of the club champs, there may well be a lot of runners wanting to run so, if you are sure you’re coming, please let Paul Knowles know asap so he can rock up with most of the handicaps set which will save time at the start:-)


Ambleside AC AGM Tuesday 5th December 2018

The AGM is on Tuesday 5th December at 8pm in the Badger Bar. There will be a usual Tuesday evening training session from 6.30pm from the Badger Bar. Meet at Badger Bar car park so groups can decide what they want to do. Bring off road shoes and a head torch.

The AGM is for everyone and you are all most welcome to attend. Your club needs you!


XMAS DO 2017 Sat 16th December

XMAS DO 2017

Hi folks, its that time again. Hot buffet booked for Saturday 16th December at the ODG. £15 per person. As usual Neil will provide a good wholesome meal with a selection of puddings.

There may be a few rooms still available so please contact the ODG direct to book those on 015394 37272.

Neil has said that he is happy for camper vans to be parked in the car parks or tents on his back lawn.

Please pay your money directly in to the Club account 20-04-68 90381535 quoting your name so we can collate numbers.



Club Achievement Award – get voting!


For those new to the club; every year we nominate, then vote for a male and female deserving of this prestigious award. Those attending the AGM vote on the evening, if you can’t make this then please email me your nominees prior to this.
It is the chance to recognise those who have achieved in the running world, or really achieved something for the club during the year. Think outside the box, not just for those with a stack of medals and prizes, perhaps those who have really inspired you to keep pulling on the fell shoes and getting out of the door. The prizes will be awarded at the club dinner on Saturday 16th December.

It is, as ever, so hard as so many people in our club are inspiring, demonstrate such commitment to running and our club.
Get thinking, then email me or be ready to vote at the AGM. 
Jane Reedy

Bike Tour Talk

Hugh and Pauline Symonds have been travelling on their bikes and are doing a talk at Sedbergh. Ben is happy to go and share lifts.
From Hugh and Pauline:
‘Attached is a poster advertising a presentation which we will be giving in Sedbergh at the end of November. Approximately an hour and twenty minutes plus interval (bar). Thanks,
Hugh and Pauline’
More info here

Red Flag Award – get voting!

For those of you that aren’t aware of The Red Flag Award, this was an award that was presented for a number of years at the Club Christmas Dinner.
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A red flag was presented to the person who was deemed to have carried out the biggest act of gross incompetence or stupidity on the fells – either on a training run, reccie or race etc. – perhaps a navigational blunder, turning up to a race on the wrong day, arriving on the start-line having forgotten to get changed out of their pyjamas… You get the idea.
That was until, rather ironically, it was lost by a previous recipient who shall remain (maybe) nameless.

Now the point I am getting to is this: I, and others, would like to resurrect the Award, but first I need to get some nominations. Please send them to me and not reply to all!!! A brief explanation of why said person should be nominated


would be helpful.

If I get enough nominations/suggestions etc in the next couple of weeks I will go ahead and put together an Award for presentation at the Club DInner in December.

Many thanks,


ben_abdelnoor at yahoo dot com



Twenty Years in Blue and Green

Dan has written an entertaining piece on his time in the club.

You will find it here

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