***update*** For 2017, all runners in junior categories (under 19 on Dec 31st 2017) can enter the fell race for free. Seniors (19 or over on Dec 31st 2017) are £2 per person. Normal gala entry fee applies for all competitors.
Sunday 2nd July 2017
A favourite event for many of the juniors, the Langdale Gala Junior Races take place as part of the Langdale Gala. With extensive facilities, local crafts and other sporting events for young and old alike, the Gala offers a pleasant afternoon out for all ages with a bit of exertion thrown in.
The junior races start in the Gala field from around 14:30 onward. They proceed up the hill onto the lower slopes of Silver Howe, giving breathtaking views of Great Langdale and many of the higher fells, though the junior routes themselves are short by competition standards and none of them go higher than 800ft. The U9s and under 11s get a route that can be run the whole way, whereas the older classes get the opportunity to do some steeper ascending and descending.
All timings below are approximate.
14:30 U9s race. 1.0 km with 66m of ascent.
14:45 U11s race. 1.36km with 75m of ascent.
15:00 U13s race. 1.45km with 108m ascent.
15:25 U15/U17/U19 race. 1.90km with 178m of ascent.
15:55 Senior race. 1.90km with 178m of ascent.
Small prizes will be awarded from 16:30 for 1st, 2nd & 3rd boy & girl in each category, with 1st boy & girl receiving a trophy from the Gala Queen. Please note trophies are owned by the Gala and must be returned in time for next year’s race, thank you. The Gala will also provide a medal and small treat for every junior finisher.
All races held under FRA rules. Min age 6 on the day. Age category determined by age on Dec 31st 2017 in accordance with FRA rules. All races involve steep, loose terrain. Courses are fully flagged and marshalled. All competitors (or their legal guardians) must assess that they are fit & able to participate safely in this event. All competitors enter at their own risk and agree to abide by the FRA’s Requirements for Runners, a copy of which will be on display at the race organiser’s tent and which can be viewed in advance at the FRA’s website (http://www.fellrunner.org.uk/
All competitors must bring, and be prepared to carry, suitable fell running clothing including waterproof full body cover, hat & gloves for seniors, and waterproof top & leggings for juniors. These requirements may be relaxed on the day at the sole discretion of the race organiser.
Race report 2015
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!