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The Helm

_DSC2860The penultimate race in the Kendal Winter League was treated to glorious sunshine at The Helm. Isn’t it so much better when the wind doesn’t howl and you don’t have to squint your eyes against the rain? The close cropped grass and dry conditions made for a very fast race and we had some great performances. It was great to see Tom and Hannah Nicholson running well. Apologies to Tom – Jon didn’t catch your photo as he was busy looking for Ambleside colours. New vests are on the way and we’ll get you kitted up!

The Hannahs ruled in the sunshine – there must be some kind of “Spontaneous Outburst of Joy” award for the springtime lamb-leap that Hannah Durkin pulled off on top of the ridge – way to go Hannah!

_DSC2909Full Helm Results



1 Mile Handicap Challenge

Well done to everyone who took up the challenge of the Ambleside Juniors 1 Mile Handicap. It was run along the Rydal Track with a measured 1/2 mile out to the turn around point and a mad dash back to the start / finish. We hope you all enjoyed it, the results are now in. This was not determined on who the fastest runner was but on who could estimate their running time most accurately.

1 Mile Handicap Challenge Results 15.03.15


Cautley Spout


At last a dry day, if windy. The route went up, up, up, down, down, down! It may take several days for our legs to recover – this was a true fell race. Well done to all of you who battled the crosswinds, the longer routes and the leg-busting descent. This was a race for those of you who can switch off your brains and let fly. It’s getting towards the end of the series and final positions hang in the balance – every race counts and Ambleside are vying for some top positions. Only 2 to go…


Full Cautley Spout Results



UK Inter Counties Cross Country Championship



Congratulations to our runners who took part in the UK Inter Counties Cross Country Championship yesterday. We had Luke and Oli in the U17’s and Chloe in the U13’s.





It was an enormous event, running against the best of the best who had qualified from the County Championships, with runners coming from all corners of the British Isles.




Oli and Luke had 301 runners in their event and came 132nd and 169th respectively. Chloe had 305 runners in her event and came 76th. It was a fantastic performance by all against incredibly stiff competition – well done!

UK Inter Counties XC Results



Cunswick Scar

The weather man said it was the first day of spring – not at Cunswick Scar, it wasn’t. It was another round of the sleet and snow fest for all our brave runners, well done to everyone for taking part. This was the 2nd race in our Ambleside AC Junior Championship and loads of you turned out to get some valuable points towards the trophies._DSC1867


The U12’s were lucky to have the best of the weather but even they had a battle with the wind as the new, longer route sent them out over the golf course, leaping the dry stone walls as they went.



We could all learn a thing or two from Charlie’s determination not to be defeated by the elements. There was a wild beast behind those eyes – great effort, Charlie!

By the time the U14’s headed up onto the scar the wind was building and Matt, Harry and Cole really had to work hard all the way.

The U17’s had a further 1300m or so of exposed running before they could head for home and it was obvious as Luke, Jake and Hannah returned that conditions had been tough. But, spare a thought for your poor old coaches who faced 5 miles of it, just as the hail started, and by the time they crawled their way back over the finish line it was a full-on blizzard!

Full Cunswick Scar Results



Sedbergh School

_DSC1740Normal winter league conditions resumed with wind, rain, sleet, mud, MUD and more MUD!!!! A fantastic junior turnout despite this and I hope you have all defrosted and found all your fingers and toes. Today was a classic x-country course with undulating terrain, slippy cambers, a water/bog jump and a log jump. Well done to all of you who ventured out, parents and runners alike. As you huddled inside the Ambleside tent you must have wondered if this was really such a good idea! A big welcome back to Jake who certainly picked a day to have his post injury debut.


Full Sedbergh School Results




This is the race everyone talks about! “It’s the steepest race in the Winter League”; “Last year a man broke his collar bone”; “It’s so steep you have to _DSC1539slide down on your bum!” All true, but this did not deter our amazing Ambleside Juniors. You took on the mountain and you conquered it. What a day – gorgeous sunshine and dry underfoot – _DSC1588unheard of in the Winter League. Spring must be on its way! We had supporters from valley floor and stretching way up the fell – thank you, your encouragement makes a big difference to kids and adults alike. You are the unsung heroes of the club and a big part of our enjoyment and success. A special mention has to go to William, who proved his racing pedigree with a blistering performance, and to Cole who’s running has really improved over recent races.

Full Barbondale results



Northern Schools Inter Counties X-country

Congratulations to Oli, Luke and Chloe who represented Cumbria at the Northern Schools Inter Counties X-country on Saturday. It was a fairly flat course around parkland at South Shields and the best runners from the north of England competed. Cumbria won every trophy! That’s the overall boys’, overall girls’ and overall team trophies. Each of our runners contributed to the win and should be very proud of their achievement. In the Inter Boys race Luke ran strongly against an older field to finish 44th; in the Junior Boys race Oli battled back from a week of illness and put in an amazingly gutsy performance for a very respectable 46th; in the Minor Girls race Chloe paced it very well from a frantic start and moved up the field from 18th at the first corner to finish 3rd, just 2 secs off 2nd and 10secs off the win. It was a valuable day to see how other clubs approach their running and how our performances stack up against tougher competition. Well done, you three! This is something to aspire to for our younger runners as we certainly have the talent and it really helps improve your fell running speed.

Individual Northern Schools Inter Counties results                                                    Team Northern Schools Inter Counties results


Birkrigg common


At last some sunshine and what a great turnout on a stunning day. No mud, no wind, no rain… no shoe cleaning – hooray! This was the first race in our Ambleside Junior Championship and 19 of you have points on the table! Hope your lungs have caught up with your legs after that brutal climb and warp speed descent. Most have a week off this weekend so plenty of time to prepare for the Barbondale vertical scree run?! Good luck to Oli, Luke and Chloe who are all in action at the Northern Schools Inter Counties X-country on Saturday.

Birkrigg Full Results





Sunday brought yet another battle against the elements. This time it was especially wet!! The steepest race so far, with lots of mud and bracken and a descent only for the brave. We had a fantastic Ambleside turnout with 16 runners having a go!

Well done to Hannah & Tom Nicholson – you picked a tough race for your first go. And special congrats to Harry S who flew into 9th place, our only U14 racer!

Next week is Birkrigg Common Fell Race. This is the first counter in the Ambleside AC Juniors Championship – let’s see all of you get points under your belts.

Whitestones Full Results





Despite the weather being perfect for penguins, 10 of you braced yourselves for running with no sensation in your hands or feet. The Giggleswick race was for those of you with real guts and determination. The route-walk in a blizzard tested our downhill penguin tactics perfectly! The knee deep stream traverse was good practice for those planning for future races in the Arctic! Warm ups of snowball-dodging and snowman-rolling made an interesting change and the post race warm down involved as many kids as possible balanced on a tarpaulin, accelerating down a steep snowy bank (I’m sure that’s in the official training manual somewhere!). What a great day and what amazing kids you are!

Special mention has to go to Amber who ran her first fell race, having only come to her first training session on Thursday!

Giggleswick Full Results


Arnside Knott Fell Race – What a fantastic turnout for the final Ambleside AC Juniors Club Championship race of the season. It went head to head for the U12 Boys Cup and the race within a race was very exciting for all of us spectating. Ambleside swept the board with the prizes, winning the U8 Boys, U10 Boys, U10 Girls, U12 Boys, U12 Girls & U16 Girls – all with new course records! Well done, you did the club proud!

Full results

Cross Country

Despite most fell races having finished, x-country is in full swing. We have 8 runners who are regularly participating in these races in very wintery weather. Some have shown real determination by even running in their socks!!! (James B at Maryport) when they ve forgotten their shoes. (He still came in 3rd!)

The latest of these races was: Penrith 6th Dec – a hilly, farmland course that suited our runners

  • U11 Girls Sophie R 3rd
  • U11 Boys Harry B 2nd / James B 3rd/ Daniels S 4th
  • U12 Girls Chloe R 2nd
  • U12 Boys Harry S 9th
  • U15 Boys – Luke B 2nd / Oli G 3rd (who both had to start 2 mins after the main pack as they are so fast!!)

News just in: The U11 Boys team has come 1st in the whole competition! Luke B is 2nd and Ollie G 3rd overall – well done boys!!