Final club champs results for 2018 are here
Well done to all winners!
Thanks to Jim Tyson for organising for the last few years
Information about the 2019 series is here
Thanks to Jim Evans for taking on the organisation for the coming year
Details from club member Richard Tait:
This event is held under LDWA rules and whilst that implies long distance walking rather than running, the trend nowadays is that we’re getting about two thirds runners on these events. Phil Pearson of Northern Fells won this year in 3.30ish. Good training runs.
There’s a few Ambleside runners turn out for the very similar “That’s Lyth” event which goes from Kendal in January.
Because Spring in Lakeland didn’t happen in 2017 and has had a patchy record, so our numbers were a bit down for 2018, but I’m expecting it to fill up ok to the 250 limit in 2019.
It would be great to see some more Ambleside members there and they’d be most welcome, it couldn’t be handier either starting from the Parish Centre.
My partner Karen Goodyear and myself are organising it, Karen has just joined AAC and she was marshalling with me at the Relays.
Here’s the links:
Let me know if you need any more info
Go on… you know you want to!
CLUB CHAMPS 2019 – Dates for your diary
13 Races, 5 to count including at least 1 Medium or Long
Jan 12 Clough Head S
Feb 9 Carnethy S
March 9 Blackcomb M
April 10 Loughrigg S
April TBC Orienteering S
May 4 Coniston M
June 1 Grasmere Gallop 10km M
June 9 Howtown L
July TBC Up Hill S
Sept 7 Grizedale Horseshoe L
Sept TBC Downhill S
Nov 16 Two Riggs S
Dec TBC Kirkstone Handicap S
Inform & encourage your AAC competitors. Get out there, get them out there!
A record 155 runners set off up the mist covered slopes of Wansfell today, marking the final race of 2018 for our club. We are a relatively small club and it’s been quite a ride this year, with AAC hosting the UK hill running relays in October in addition to all of our usual, iconic Lakes fell races. It’s been a year that’s asked a lot in terms of marshalling and organisational duties from a small group of people and has, as a result, brought a tight group of friends even closer and different generations of the club together. Many thanks to all of you who came out to play today and to all of you AAC who made it happen. So much truth in the adage, “Be part of something bigger than yourself.” Here’s to 2019!
Thank you to those people who have signed up to help; it’s very much appreciated by me and all of the runners.
I still have some “Situations Vacant”:
I know it’s been a big year for asking AAC to turn out and volunteer and the races we put on are massively appreciated and enjoyed by the fell running community. So it’s one last ask for 2018. Obviously, I’ve booked glorious sunshine! Whatever the weather, it’ll be a brill day out with the best people on the planet so just let me know which of the above glamorous jobs you’d like for the day:-)
AGM: Badger Bar 8pm, Tuesday 4th December
The Tuesday night runs will run from the lane at Rydal. Bring a head torch for some fell and trail fun. People are most welcome to still meet at the Rugby Club and run from there but it will not be open for showers/kit storage!
Committee Positions: Re-election & Vacant Positions
As part of the AGM, to which everyone is encouraged to attend, there are opportunities to be elected onto the committee. In particular there are three positions being vacated: Chairman, Treasurer and Membership Secretary.
The current committee members will be re-elected unless they wish to stand down or Club Secretary Paul Knowles has been informed of anyone interested in a position. You can inform Paul Knowles of your interest or put your hand up on the night. If there is more than one nomination for a post then there will be a vote among those present.
The current committee:
Chairman (Ben Abdelnoor – standing down)
Secretary (Paul Knowles)
Treasurer (Roger Bell – standing down)
Membership Secretary (Roger Bell – standing down)
Social Media Secretary (Jim Tyson)
Social Secretary (Helen Holcroft)
Mens Captain (Jack Wright)
Ladies Captain (Lou Roberts).
Please contact Paul Knowles (email@example.com) for further details or to put yourself forward for a position.
AGM: Badger Bar 8pm, Tuesday 4th December
Tuesday night Winter training starts NOW! Time to get lean and fast over the winter:-)
Meet at 6.40pm at Ambleside Rugby Club for a 6.45pm start.
What’s on Offer?
There’s something for everyone:
An easy, traily run for anyone wanting a steady run out 4-7 miles. This run is led by Sarah or Paul and is perfect for anyone who is new to the club and wants to get a feel for the pace, anyone who has raced hard and wants a steady one, anyone who is injured who needs to go easy or anyone who just wants to enjoy a run out at a steady pace. Bring a head torch.
There’s always a few who want to hit the fells so bring a head torch.
Hill reps for those in pursuit of hill speed and strength. Sometimes these will be the “classic” 7/8/9/10 hills of Ambleside taken at full gas with steady run in between each hill. New for Winter 2018/19 will be some Kenyan Hill sessions thrown in for those that fancy getting even more out of their hill training. These sessions build strength and stamina through increased time in your higher HR zone (approx. 80-90%). The difference between these and our usual hill efforts is that you run hard up the climb but not as insane as usual “7 hills” pace” as you don’t stop at the top or bottom of the climb to recover but instead focus on a steady, smooth down and flat (where the recovery happens). Essentially, it’s a continuous loop including one or two hills up to 1km in length. A session may be 2 x 10 minutes, 3 x 8 etc with a recovery in between. Thee sessions are best finished off with a few short, speedy efforts. In my college days, I ran for Sale Harriers and these sessions are really effective and were a staple session in our winter cross country training week, even if they do hurt like hell! I’m keen to get these sessions going if there’s enough interest:-)
So, bring: fell/road/trail shoes to suit, a headtorch and a few warm layers. And be sure to come for a drink in the Golden Rule afterwards.
Winter 2018/19 – BRING IT ON! The fun starts here:-)
Results will appear here after the race.
Update Friday evening:
Hi Langdale runners
The weather is still far from perfect but is not currently forecast as being so dire as to have to cancel or commit to a lower level route at this time. We have a large team of volunteers working hard to make the full route possible.
A final decision will be made by 8am tomorrow. I understand that this will be a bit frustrating for people travelling from away who want to know what they are in for, but if pressed to decide now about which route to run, the only safe decision would be a shortened, low level route. Keeping options open at this stage maintains the possibilty of the full route being doable.
Obviously, and as ever, the main consideration will be the safety of the marhals on the hill. They are in the same place in whatever weather presents itself, in some cases for 2 to 3 hours. If the decision is made to shorten the route, it will be to protect these volunteers. We have a couple of shortened, lower level route options, and unless there is unpassable flooding in the valleys or a parking nightmare on the field, you will get a race of some sort.
Please bring the extra kit outlined in the email you recieved on Wednesday and be prepared for every eventuality. You will find out on arrival at the event field what the plan is. There is no Internet or 4G down the valley. Please abide by whatever decision is made in good grace. We are all fell running volunteers working really hard to give you a great race. It is unlikely you will be able to register before 9.15am as we will have a lot of setting up to do which has not been possible today due to the strong winds.
A final word from me is that if you are not confident running and route finding in the hills in very poor visibility, strong winds and torrential rain, it might be worth giving it a pass this year and coming back next year when it will be glorious sunshine and 20 degrees.
See you tomorrow