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Committee meeting 8.30pm Traveller’s Rest, Grasmere Tuesday 23rd April

Committee meeting after the run from Dunmail on Tuesday (tomorrow). 8.30pm start at the Traveller’s Rest pub Grasmere.

Amongst other things, we will be discussing the Tuesday club run start times, getting a defibrillator for AAC events, possible 2019 socials and club trips, waste reduction at AAC races and a possible new vest style!

All members are welcome as always, so why not come along and have your say:-)


A warm and fair morning turned a little damp and drizzly for tonight’s orienteering event. However, despite the damp conditions, 26 Amblesiders (plus guests, Phil and Darren – lovely to meet you both) turned out to “get lost” on Loughrigg. It was also brilliant to see some of our speedy, older juniors out giving their adults a hard time and a fast ride!

Huge thanks to Chris Hodgson for help with giving out maps, timing and checking score cards; it wouldn’t be easy or indeed possible to turn it around so quickly without a second pair of hands.

Apologies for the disappearance of CP4 (obviously removed innocently or deliberately this afternoon) and for the possible interference with CP15. Without making the event too technical (which would deter many) by using finer knolls, depressions and re-entrants way off any paths, it is impossible to guarantee that the CPs won’t be interfered with. I added large, clear labels to all of them politely requesting that, as essential safety features, they be left alone. All runners who said they had visited CP 4 and CP 15 received the points for those controls. Despite this understandable frustration, most people seemed to enjoy themselves. For the few grumpy and disgruntled souls who felt the need to have a moan at the end: 1. You organise it so I can gather some much needed champs points. 2. We do it for fun!

Over the years, it has become increasingly difficult to find enough new features to use as CPs that are accessible enough for beginners and challenging enough for our brilliant navigators. With this in mind, I’m planning to change the format of the event next year to a series of “butterfly loops” from a central base (start – complete a short loop which visits a few CPs in a set order and return to start – repeat with a new loop etc.). Watch this space!



Loughrigg Results and Report

Thanks to Ben and all his helpers

Results here

A record turn-out and a new mens record saw an exciting start to the mid-week fell racing season at Loughrigg. The four-mile route to the summit of Loughrigg and back, with 1000 feet of climbing, saw Keswick AC’s Jacob Adkin take a new course record in 25 minutes and 59 seconds and Sarah McCormack of Ambleside AC take her third win in a row in a time of 30 minutes and 41 seconds.

A field of 269 runners set off from Rothay Park with Adkin making his mark with a strong lead at the summit. Dogged determination from Dan Howarth (Matlock AC) saw him turn at the summit in second, and hang on for second place at the finish (26-51), with Nathan Lawson turning at the top in 3rd place. Josh Jardine of Helm Hill overhauled Lawson on the descent to secure third place (27-05), with Lawson fourth(27-18).

Tom Tipping of Helm Hill was the first V50 & V40 in 23rd place (30-17), whilst Michael Mallen of Keswick AC was the first V60 (35.19) and Eddie Dealtry of Kendal AC first V70 (48-10). Daniel Sanderson of Ambleside AC had an impressive run to finish 28th overall and first under 18 (30-46).

McCormack, the course record holder and four-times previous winner, had another strong race, finishing with a comfortable lead over Eden Runners’ Eve Panone in second place (32-12). McCormack finished 27th overall, leaving her record time intact, whilst Panone finished 44th overall. Catherine Spurden finished in third place for Keswick and 57th overall (33-01).

Bianca Dyer of Helm Hill was the first V40 in 99th place and 7th woman (35-42), whilst Lyn Thompson of Keswick AC was first V50 & V60 (40-19). Fellow team mate Lesley Malarky finished first V70 (46-04). Amy Slattery of Sedbergh was the first under 18 woman (37-50).

Adkin was unaware of the course record and admitted to being distracted in the race: “I really enjoyed the race, and it was difficult not to stop at the top to watch the sunset! I hadn’t realised about the course record; kudos to Tom Addison for keeping it so long [2014].”

Race organiser Ben Abdelnoor, stepping down after ten years of organising the race, is looking forward to taking part next year. “It’s been great fun organising this event for so long. I’d like to thank everyone who has volunteered to help out over the years to make this such a popular event. Ambleside AC is a great club to belong to and I’m hoping to get a chance to race at Loughrigg in 2020.”

Loughrigg Race Photos

For those of you who like to relive the pain and see yourselves at your exhausted, sweaty best I have put some photos on the website from the magnificent Loughrigg race on Wed. You can find them here:

March Newsletter

Info and stuff to read. Currently waiting for a permanent home and archive on the website but March 2019 is here.

Newsletter March 2019


The evenings are drawing out and it’s becoming increasingly hard to ignore the siren call of the fells after five months of dark adventures. If, like me, you’ve been dreaming of beautiful evenings scampering over the fells with your mates, here’s a new training schedule for Tuesday nights to take us through to October. It’s really hard to keep everyone happy and there are a few gaps for folk to put suggestions out there – always best discussed on a Tues night after a good hard run with a glass of your favourite in a nice pub!


Uphill and Downhill Race dates for Club Champs 2019


Tuesday 16th July 2019: NEW ROUTE! Grasmere, Tweedies door to Silverhow summit. Estimated winning time sub 15 mins. Shorter than previous years (Pavey Ark) and suitable for some older juniors – probably over 12/13 years? It is the day before Blisco but the calendar is pretty chocca for rest of month.


Thursday 29th August 2019: THE USUAL! Red Screes to The Rule as usual. It is a Thursday but junior coaches could still get to start at Red Screes summit for 7.30pm.
We are hoping to try and get some food on for afterwards at both events.

Loughrigg Silver Howe “Race” Results Sun 24th Feb 2019

Hey Y’all
Thank you for coming out to play this morning on a stunning and unseasonably warm and sunny Lakeland day. 23 set out and 23 returned with the seasoned, experienced runners generally showing the youngsters clean heels…and which way to go in several cases!

It’s a great race, full of history and the outcome is always dependent upon knowing the best lines or backing a good horse for a follow.

For me, it’s just a pleasure to see friends old and new, from different clubs, enjoying themselves. Thanks to Chris Hodgson for his help on the finish, to Cath for her fantastic action pics (on the club’s FB page), to new member James H who brought cakes to share (Ambleside lad for sure!) and to everyone who supported it. Maybe in future years, I’ll put it out there again like I used to under full FRA rules as I know it’s popular. However, the purist fell runner in me quite likes the Old Skool, take responsibility for yerself, rock up and run vibe!

Next stop: Loughrigg Orienteering Event. 1 hour score on a Tues night in the Easter hols (date tbc).


Loughrigg Silver Howe Results 2019

First Aid Course “GET BACK ALIVE” Info

Following the recent first aid course attended by many of you, here’s some useful info on how to ensure you and your mates get back alive.
Get Back Alive

Possible Ambleside Parkrun – volunteers needed!

There are plans for possibly two new Parkruns for the Ambleside area.

This is a global network of free 5k runs for all ages and all abilities, held every Saturday morning at 9am.

But nothing will happen without a volunteer team. The Parkrun ambassadors want to meet anyone who would like to be involved. They say, it doesn’t take a lot of your time, and it doesn’t mean YOU never get to run.

“There’s some background admin to do, course setting up, timing and barcode duties, but the more volunteers, the more everyone gets their chance to run as well.”

They are hosting a meeting at the Golden Rule in Ambleside on Wednesday March 20 at 7pm. If you can’t make it, but want to be part of the team, please email Everyone is welcome: runners, walkers, people who want to be part of a fun and lively community event, youngsters, retired runners.

“We have potentially two routes for the Ambleside area. It’s now up to the community to come forward and volunteer.”

Come on Ambleside, we can do it!