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Club champs Leg 1 race results – Seat Sandal

Sorry for the delay. Here they are.

Loughrigg Results

Here are the Loughrigg results – thanks to Ben, Britta and all the helpers



This has come through from Dave Rawood. It looks like a really lovely way to spend a few days with your cycling pals.
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Causey Pike Fell Race

Race report

Causey 2018 Harry Shuell Causey Pike Fell Race
Harry Shuell

The sun, as is traditional, shone on Stair for Causey race on Saturday, warming the muck on the parking field to a fine aroma. A few Amblesiders rolled up and with Harry Shuell looking keen we remembered the victorious 2017 Causey team – unfortunately Joe Mann was recovering from jetlag and couldn’t make it this year. We warmed up, double checked the route and Harry had a gel. He’d regret that in about twenty minutes’ time.

As the minutes ticked towards 2pm, runners gathered by the bridge. The field was huge, with a lot of Northern Fells and CFR vests. It turned out they were both out for club champs, contributing to the total field of 152. The pace was fairly gentle up the road, set by Jebby, Josh Jardine and Martin Mikkelsen-Barron. Josh had evidently been recceing carefully, adding an extra few metres with a loop up the road before being shouted back by Rob.

Causey 2018 Paul Cornforth Causey Pike Fell Race
Paul Cornforth

At first, Harry led up the climb to Rowling End. About half way up though, the side effects of the gel started to kick in and he flagged. It was tempting to take advantage of the easing pace but once we hit a wider section of trod I forced myself to speed up. The rest of the climb to Causey was hard, with the nasty running section (I hate running) after the first top. Victoria Wilkinson and Simon Netherway passed me (I think), but I managed to keep pushing and had them in sight over the summit. A neglect for personal safety can get you a long way on a descent, and although my legs wouldn’t thank me for it afterwards I passed them on the steep section and ran down the track alone. I could see Ted Ferguson’s purple vest in the distance but there was no chance it was getting any closer.

I found the secret beck crossing (just) and heard some splashing in the beck upstream which put a bit of fear into me for the last blast on the road. Stupidly going for the flamboyant cattle grid leap I stuck my foot through the final bars. Nobody saw and it came back out straight away so I was able to make a dash to the finish and hold on to 6th, despite Daniel Connolly from Mercia coming up fast behind. Victoria won the open women and Martin M-B won the open men. From Ambleside, Jo Simpson was second U23 and Jane Reedy was fourth V40, Harry saved himself for Carrock the next day and placed 17th, Paul Cornforth was 20th and first V50, Paul Knowles 39th, Paul Simpson 78th and Richard Tait 142nd.

Causey 2018 Paul Simpson Causey Pike Fell Race
Paul Simpson

No Easter eggs for the Ambleside team this year but if we keep Joe off international flights we could be in for a shout in a year’s time.

Tom Simpson

Full results are here:

Thanks to Steve Razzetti for the photos – more are available on his Facebook page.

Thursday night reps!

Tomorrow night! The first of our summer hill reps sessions! Meet at the entrance to Rothay Park (next to the primary school) at 1830. Sessions will all start from Ambleside but the hill will change each week so check back here for details. The warm up will start at 1830, but reps won’t actually begin til about 1845, so anyone doing juniors training who wants to participate will have time to leg it to the designated hill 1f642 Thursday night reps!This week will be a pyramid of sorts on the road up Loughrigg: 2 sets of (1 min/1.5 min/2 min/1.5 min/1 min) hard uphill, with a jog-down-to-start recovery between reps and a little rest between sets. This will mean that everyone will be able to regroup during the recovery between each rep so it will be a sociable kind of session. I am hoping to make it in time after work, but if not Joe Mann will be there with clipboard, whistle and sweatband to officiate.

Check Facebook (or speak to someone who does!) for information on future locations and sessions.

Thanks, Sarah Mc


Huge thanks to so many of you who came out to play on Loughrigg last night. Great effort and great craic afterwards:-) Thanks also to Chris Hodgson and Jim Tyson for kindly volunteering to go out this morning and round up all of the kites – much appreciated.

Results here.

Black Combe race report

“Is a green and blue vest faster than a brown, purple and yellow one?”

(and more importantly does it look as good?)

Black Combe 2018 Matt Elkington Black Combe race report
Race winner Matt Elkington
The Dark Peak vest is a beautiful sight: supposedly based on the brown of the peat bogs, the purple of the gorse bushes, and the yellow of the sun, it’s a combination that shouldn’t work but does (honest). It’s a vest I’ve grown pretty fond of over the last two years but after moving to Ulverston in September (and a lot of ‘gentle encouragement’ from certain AAC members), come the turn of the year I finally gave in and joined my new local (pretty much anyway, sorry Black Combe) club.

A few England Athletics based faffs and letters later (in an only slightly convoluted fashion I’m a member of 3 different running clubs, one for every occasion) and I was ready to make my debut. With the Edale Skyline being in March it was a great opportunity to start my Ambleside career with a Champs race on my former home soil, and contribute to Captain Jack’s plans of world domination. Then I remembered that I’m a wimp and that I don’t do long races, so instead I pencilled in the much more enjoyable (to me anyway) Black Combe on the day before.

It was ideal race conditions, vest and shorts weather but impossible to see anything for 70% of the race, just what you want when you’ve bothered to do a recce. The fields at the start were a bit of a slog but I didn’t feel too bad climbing up to Seaness and just about got there at the front. Heading up the main track I felt really good and ran every step up to the summit, getting a bit of a lead in the process.

Black Combe 2018 Michelle Foxwell Black Combe race report
Women’s winner Michelle Foxwell
It was a bit of a lonely run from here, the main things I can remember are singing ‘just keep swimming’ to myself in my head (a personal favourite when racing), saying hello to some sheep and wondering what would be in the pies at the finish (“meat” was the answer). Despite a recce I still had to get my map out to check I was heading in mostly the right direction round towards White Combe (everything just looks the same), before a fluorescent jacketed marshal made finding the fodder rack a lot easier than it usually is.

When I recce’d the route I probably had about 5 sit downs and a picnic on the second climb up Black Combe, it’s horrendously brutal and I can probably count the number of steps I ran up it using one hand, unfortunately a cheeky look back over my shoulder had revealed Ali McLeod about a minute behind me at the stream crossing so I had to resist the urge to have a little lie down in the increasingly painful yet ever-comfier looking moss and just plough on up the hill.

After about 3 hours (it may have been less) of climbing I was delighted to find a bit of rocky ground that I knew was just round from the cairn. Over to the checkpoint and I finally let myself start enjoying it a bit. A small part of me thought about just relaxing for the last downhill but there’s a descent record down to the bottom which I had been eying up a little bit. I managed to get a good line to the track and then it was a matter of just flogging myself all the way down. 8:44 to Nic Barber’s 8:20 from 2014. Damn (my excuse is that I tried too hard on the climb up to it, next year I’m gunna jog round the rest of the course and save myself for the down). But I did hold on for the win, every cloud and all that.

Black Combe 2018 Dan Duxbury Black Combe race report
Dan Duxbury
It was great to see Michelle (who I must point out isn’t a wimp about long races but an unfortunate victim of “Edale-gate”) take the win in the ladies’ race, although when I asked her if she enjoyed it her response was “I would rather do Edale twice than do that”; each to their own I suppose. And Selwyn made the cut-offs so that’s probably more of an achievement than mine.

Apologies that Jack made me write this (I don’t remember it being included in my contract negotiations, next he’ll be wanting me to do long races too) but I hope you enjoyed at least some of it.

Matt Elkington (Kenilworth Runners/Ambleside AC/Hoad Hill Harriers)


The (North-West) Mail’s report on the race is available here, and confirms that Matt ran the two-mile descent from the south summit in a scarcely believable 8m 44s.

Many congratulations to both Matt and Michelle on an Ambleside double! Full results are available here.

Club Champs Leg 4 Relay race RESULTS

Thanks everyone for coming along. We got some good feedback on the proposed route. Big thanks to Michelle, Stu, John G, Roger and Ken for helping out. Results are here

They are certainly not completely accurate so please contact our club champs co-ordinator Jim Tyson for any corrections:

See you for the next one – Proposed Leg 1 – a loop of Seat Sandal (4.5 miles/2300ft) on Tuesday 24th April at 6.45pm from the Travellers Rest


Todd Crag Junior English Champs race – final info

We are looking forward to seeing you all on Sunday.

The race page is here

The final race info document is here


Club Champs – Heron Pike and Stone Arthur Round Tuesday 27th March

Heron Pike – Stone Arthur Round 4 miles 2000ft 
(proposed Leg 4 of the British Relays): Next Tuesday 27th March

Leg 4 satellite image 622x339 Club Champs   Heron Pike and Stone Arthur Round Tuesday 27th March

The Club champs this year contains 3 races round each of the proposed legs 1, 2 and 4 in March, April and May this year. As well as giving us some excellent courses to race round on a Tuesday, it will also help us troubleshoot, get some feedback and obtain a better estimate of winning leg times. It will also a be a good chance for a hard run out and a bit of inter club banter as runners from other Lakes clubs have been informally invited to join us.

Leg 4 of the relay is the first one up, next Tuesday 27th March, setting off from the fields south of the Traveller’s Rest pub on the A591. It visits Alcock Tarn (south end), Heron Pike and Stone Arthur (see map). We estimate the men’s winning time to be around 40-45 mins. This leg will be fully flagged and suitable for 16 year olds at the relay in October and at the informal ‘race’ next Tuesday. It will start promptly at 6.45pm. There is no need to register at all, but please don’t be late.

Leg 4 map image 466x622 Club Champs   Heron Pike and Stone Arthur Round Tuesday 27th March


We really need anyone from the club who is willing to take times at the end, or even better, stand on one of the summits checking if the radios work. Let Dan know if you can help.

Please note that runners will be totally responsible for themselves on the evening. This is not a proper race, there will be no entry fee, numbers, prizes or marshals. There will be published times for all runners. You may be asked to carry FRA kit to keep things fair and safe, so come prepared. Add a head torch to your kit if you expect to be out for more than an hour.
Spread the word and hopefully see as many Amblesiders there as possible.

The dates for the other 2 leg races are:

Leg 1 – Seat Sandal (45/50 mins) – Tuesday 24th April 6.45pm
Leg 2 – Great Rigg – Fairfield – Cofa – Grisedale Tarn (70 mins) – Tuesday 22nd May 6.45pm

Any questions, ask Dan: