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The final race of the Ambleside junior championship tempted a massive 27 of you to face the chilly sunshine, was it the knowledge of great cakes?! We had competitors running hard in all age groups, which was great to watch.






The fast uphill / downhill route seemed to favour all our runners with Ambleside doing very well in the prizes, winning 7 out of the 10 categories! A special well done to Tom A for competing in his 1st Ambleside race and finishing in a notable 5th place, and to Alaana for notching up her 1st win in the U8G.






Arnside Knott Junior Results 2015

Arnside Knott Photos 2015





Cross Country

The cross country season is now upon us, a good way to build up speed and stamina in the winter months. The Cumbria series is very friendly and a good introduction to x country running. See reports below from the series so far. The remaining Cumbria x country series dates are:

Dec 6th Carlisle 12noon Sheepmount Stadium – CANCELLED, to be rescheduled either 3rd or 31st jan
Dec 12th Keswick 12noon Fitz Park CANCELLED, to be rescheduled

Cumbria x country flyer 2015


County Cross Country Races

Well done to everyone who represented Cumbria Schools at the Inter Counties Cross Country Match in Stoke and at the English Schools Cross Country Cup at Bolton on Saturday. You all ran well in terrible conditions!


Cumbria Cross Country – Round 2: Penrith

_DSC6204What a day for the 2nd round of the Cumbria Cross Country league – I don’t think any of you escaped the mud in these conditions. It was a great course over undulating farmland and it brought out the best in you. Today we have to call out the hero role of honour for those of you who battled with illness as well as the elements. 3 of you were struck down with a dodgy vomiting bug which stopped William and Courtney in their tracks but amazingly James T managed to carry on for his second lap and finish his race – you obviously felt better for being a bit lighter James, that showed real guts and determination! Poor Harry B wasn’t able to start and Harry S couldn’t overcome his asthma which ruined his race and forced him to pull out after the first lap, we hope you’re all back on full form again soon.

_DSC6208The Cross Country League is not just about individual results but the all important team prize, which Ambleside have a real chance of winning in several categories if enough people complete the series. Joe was having a tough day and many others would have pulled out, especially when his brother Ben was putting in such a great performance, but he carried on because he didn’t want to let the team down – thank you Joe, your team mates will appreciate it when you bring the trophy home. Because of this Ambleside took 1st place as U15 boys’ team. Similarly Tessa, Giselle and Melissa turned out to join Bethan, Emily and Chloe and make up the 2nd place U13 girls’ team – a great show as we didn’t have enough runners to count last time. Cal, Rowan and James B made up the 2nd place U11 boys’ team. Jess, Olivia and Sophie were the winning U11 girls’ team.


Congratulations to Chloe, Sophie and James B who all won their races and well done to Paula who was the only coach to run the race – it must be tough racing against your son! Luke was racing for Kendal AC, so didn’t count for Ambleside. Oli was our highest placed runner in the U15’s and Daniel in the U13’s – well done everyone!!

Cumbria Cross Country Results – Penrith

Cumbria Cross Country Photos – Penrith


**BOFRA Championship Silver Medalists**

Congratulations to Joe Edmondson – 2nd in the U17 and Ben Edmondson – 2nd in the U15 BOFRA Championship. What do you feed them on Mrs Jo?

BOFRA Championship Results 2015


Wasdale Show

Just a few of the toughest took on the steep slopes of Kirk Fell for the last race in the BOFRA series. There are some great photos here and a video of the U12’s being chased by pack hounds here courtesy of Brathay Running.

Fantastic results for Joe (2nd), Courtney (3rd) and Ben (3rd). A great run too for Jess.

Wasdale Show Fell Race Results 2015


Cumbria Cross Country – Round 1: Cockermouth

Cumbria Cross Country

Well done to everyone who came to Cockermouth for round 1 of the Cumbria Cross Country League. The U13 boys won the team event and stand a really good chance of winning the team prize for the league overall if you can all make it to the other races. There were podium finishes for Oli, Chloe, Daniel and Sophie with the rest of you well up in the rankings.

Cumbria Cross Country Results – Round 1: Cockermouth

Cumbria Cross Country Photos – Round 1: Cockermouth


English schools fell running championship

English Schools Fell Running Championship 2015Several of you suffered the crack of dawn start to get to Calder high School, Mythelmroyd for some impressive racing. Fortunately the fog lifted just in time for you to be able to see your way up the truly steep and long climb. English Schools Fell Running Championship 2015


The courses were much longer than usual and you lined up with some top runners. The starts were aggressive with hundreds of runners battling for position, you all did yourselves and the club proud. English Schools Fell Running Championship 2015

Congratulations to Chloe silver medallist in Y8-9 girls! To Daniel who was pipped to the post into 4th place in Y7 boys and Bethan an incredible 6th (Y7 girls).

English Schools Fell Running Championship 2015 Results

English Schools Fell Running Championship Photos





Orion Fell Race 2015Orton Fell Race 2015


Easy terrain led to a very fast course on a beautifully sunny day. Some of you even kept your feet dry by using the bridge over the ford – you know
who you are! All U12 age groups ran together making it a tight start, but you soon left the rest for dust. One champs race left to go!

Orton Fell Race 2015 Results

Orton Fell Race Photos 2015




Gt. Westmorland Trail

Ambleside dominated all age groups at Crosby Garrett today. A short sharp trip out of the village up onto the moor and back again for a piece of cake! Well done to all of you who risked the ford to get there and the weather. I don’t think you left many prizes for anyone else! Only 2 races left in the Ambleside Championship to go!


Great Westmorland Trail Photos 2015


Ambleside Sports

DSC_0392-001What a perfect day! Sunshine, dry(ish) under foot and 31 of you took on the infamous course! You all ran with smiles on your faces and sheer determination in your legs. You battled bracken, thistles and THE HILL and should be exceedingly proud of yourselves no matter where you came.DSC_0305 The club is certainly proud of you.

It was amazing to see waves of Ambleside vests descending out of the bracken down the hillside with 5 of you consecutively coming home in the top 10 of the u12’s race. Again a special well done to the girls, with Chloe R being 1st u12G and Hannah D being 3rd u14G. A fantastic start to the summer hols!DSC_0863


Thanks to Dave & Eileen Woodhead at Woodentops for the photos.


Ambleside sports 2015 results

Woodentops photos


Langdale Gala

What an amazing Ambleside junior turnout in all races, fell, sprint and sack! A special well done to Joss, Maesie, Emma, and Jack B for braving the rocky course as your 1st race. A tough one!

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!

Langdale Gala 2015 Results

Langdale Gala Photos 2015


The Helm (BOFRA)

Well done to everyone who took part in The Helm fell race. It was a total change from the day before at Turner Uphill as we had glorious sunshine and there was even a downhill after all the effort of the up! A special mention goes to Amber for a great run in the U9’s and Courtney had a fantastic race to take 3rd in the U14’s.

The Helm Fell Race Results 2015


English Championship Results

_DSC3872After the final race in the FRA English Championship we were well represented with some great performances. Well done to Chloe who was runner up in the series with 2nd place overall in the U12 category. Everyone who completed 1 race or more was given a position and the best 4 race scores were accumulated to decide the winners. We had several runners in the top ten for their age category so it was a great series for the club which finished in 8th position out of 58 clubs.

English Championship Results 2015


Turner Uphill

Turner Uphill Fell Race Photos 2015The final race in the English Championship saw some epic battles on the Walna Scar Road in the Duddon Valley. There were big crowds for this event which was uphill only for U12’s and older but up and down for U8’s and U10’s.

Turner Uphill Fell Race Photos 2015
There were various degrees of clag to run in and stiff competition in all the races. Prizes were won by Sam Thornley (3rd U8 Boy); James Bowen (1st U10 Boy); Harry Bowen (2nd U10 Boy); Sophie Rylance (2nd U10 Girl) and Chloe Rylance (2nd U12 Girl). We were 5th in the team rankings.

Turner Uphill Fell Race Photos 2015


Well done to everyone who took part and thank you to all who came out to support the team. Special mention has to go to Jake who travelled all the way over to support even though he couldn’t run because of injury – we hope you’re back running soon Jake.

Turner Uphill Results 2015

Turner Uphill Photos 2015


Hawkswick Dash

Some of you just can’t resist the urge to race can you? Luke, Oli, Courtney, Harry, James and Jess all trekked out to Hawkswick to race – well done.

Photos can be found on the Woodentops website.

Hawkswick Fell Race Results 2015



Several of you made the journey out to Kettlewell for this classic Yorkshire fell race. Well done to Oli and Ben for their 3rd places.

Photos can be found on the Woodentops website.

Kettlewell Fell Race Results 2015


Coniston Gullies

Well done to everyone who took part in the Coniston Gullies Fell Race on sunday. Thanks to Steve from MOViE iT for the photos…

Coniston Gullies Results 2015

Coniston Gullies Fell Race


Coniston Gullies Fell Race



Malham Kirkby English Championship Fell Race

Malham Kirkby Fell Race

Malham Kirkby Fell RaceMalham cove was the setting for the penultimate English Championship race and it was a great race run in near perfect conditions. This was the first time the race had been staged and Keighley & Craven AC put on a top class event. It had fast grassy sections through the meadow, several stream crossings and a steady climb amongst the limestone outcrops. Clubs from all round the country were represented which made for very competitive racing. Ambleside came away with two firsts, three seconds and a third place in the U8/U10/U12 age groups. As a team, we moved up into 8th place overall despite 5 trophy winners not being old enough to count for the team points.

Malham Kirkby Fell Race

Just 1 more race to go in the series, which is the Turner Uphill – this race is an uphill only championship in its own right and it would be great to see as many of you there as possible for this local race. It is also the next Ambleside AC Junior Club Championship race and there are 6 races left so if you have not entered any yet, you need to do this race to have a chance of winning the trophy. Some age groups have had very few entries so if you turn up you have a good chance. See the points table here to see how everyone is doing.


Malham Kirkby Fell Race Results 2015

Malham Kirkby Fell Race Photos 2015


Hutton Roof Fell Race

Hutton Roof Fell Race 2015

What a great day we had at Hutton Roof! Glorious sunshine and a great turnout as it was a counter for the Ambleside AC Junior Club Championship. The great turnout meant we had loads of winners in almost every age category we entered. Check out the results attached at the bottom of this report to see how well everyone did. It just goes to show what great talent we have throughout the club and there are lots of you who have not yet raced but would do really well. A special mention has to go to Freddie Dixon who won the U8 boys race – well done Freddie!

Hutton Roof Fell Race 2015

The great thing about these summer fayre races is all the other fun stuff that comes with them. After the race at Hutton Roof there were tug of war games, 3 legged races and wheelbarrow races – all free to enter and 50p prize money for the winners. As always, the competitive spirit of our runners didn’t end with the fell race and most people seemed to win something.


Hutton Roof Fell Race Results 2015

Hutton Roof Fell Race Photos


Inter Counties Fell Race Championships, Betws-Y-Coed


Congratulations to Joe Edmondson for representing Cumbria at the British Inter Counties Championship. He won a team medal as Cumbria came 3rd. It’s a great achievement Joe – well done!


Thanks to Jason
Edmondson for the photos.



Coiners English Championship Race

Despite a very early start on a Bank Holiday morning, 8 of you tossed aside your duvets and trekked to the bogs of Yorkshire for the 4th counter in the FRA English Championship. Described as “Testing routes with a tough uphill start” – they weren’t kidding! It was across the field, up through the woods and out onto the open fell, which after 2 days of torrential rain claimed the lives of many a fell shoe. The final descent brought out the best in the Usain Bolts of the downhill world and was much easier for those who still had 2 shoes on.


Great results all round with Chloe and Harry B winning and Sophie and James B taking second places. Rory, William, Oli & Luke all put in strong performances to bring our team position up to 9th place out of 54 teams. The next 2 races are more local and it would be fantastic to see some more faces experiencing the great atmosphere of these English Champs races. Turner uphill is even an Ambleside AC Junior Champs race and it’s only just over the hill!



Coiners English Championship Results 2015

Coiners English Championship Photos


Arant Haw 

The fancy-dress fell race finale! We started with a musical warm up overlooking the Yorkshire Dales. It was quite hard to watch tutus, tights, leg warmers and onesies jumping up and down, let alone having to listen to 1D blasting out across the fellside! The mass start was a sight to behold but there was more chatting than there was racing for some of you!


15 of you completed the series – well done, the regular racing will give you a good base for the rest of the year. In the podium positions we had Luke and Chloe finish 2nd overall in the U17 boys and U12 girls respectively and Harry B taking 3rd place in the U12 boys. A great effort! A special mention has to go to Rowan who was the only Amblesider to complete all 11 races. You surely saw the best and worst of the winter, Rowan.

Arant Haw

So the Winter League ends and the summer racing begins – that means summer fairs and ice cream but I’m sure some of you will find bog in even the driest conditions!

Arant Haw Photos


Kendal Colour Dash Sun 19.4.15

A few of our runners took part in the Kendal Colour Dash, a charity run round Kendal to raise money for St John’s Hospice. We turned up in plain white T-shirts but they didn’t stay white for long! As we ran round the course we were pelted with paint powder in all colours so that by the end there wasn’t an inch of us left clean. It was a great atmosphere and a lot of fun with 700 runners taking part. It would seem that even a charity fun run can’t suppress the competitive streak of some of our young runners who took to the front before they had even left the start on Kirkby Kendal School playing fields and stayed there! If we are still a bit purple round the edges at training on Thursday you will know why.

Kendal Colour Dash



West Nab English Championship Race

Only the brave took on the bilberry singletrack and the barbed brambles of West Nab for the 3rd English Championship counter on Saturday. We _DSC3512had glorious sunshine all day and what a battle for all involved. I think most of you will be nursing your wounds for a few days yet – this was a hard earned finish and a big “Well Done!” goes to all who made the two hour journey into the heart of Yorkshire.

The race is run over low fells so it involves several ups and down rather than the typical long slog up and hair-raising descent back down. It required some tactical thinking as there was no chance of moving up the field during the long sections of single track, so it was a fast start as everyone jostled for position and every opportunity had to be taken when the terrain opened up in the middle of the race.


Podium finishes for Sophie Rylance (2nd U10) and Chloe Rylance (2nd U12) – well done girls!

West Nab Fell Race Photos

West Nab English Championship Results 2015


Todd Crag Junior Fell Race

Todd Crag Junior Fell Race 2015 results

Todd Crag Fell race 2015


What a great night of running for the Todd Crag Race! The organisation was fantastic with a super-slick registration process and marshalls all over the fell to ensure none of our runners strayed from the course. Todd Crag Fell race 2015_DSC3034


Thank you Eleanor for all your hard work and to all the marshalls who gave up their time to ensure the race ran safely and smoothly.



As usual, fantastic weather was pre-ordered and the evening run in the sunshine was set against the backdrop of the Fairfield Horseshoe behind the start at Rothay Park in the centre of Ambleside.

_DSC3047We had runners from all round the country taking advantage of a great midweek race in the Easter holidays with the cake stall proving as popular as the fell race. Thanks to all who donated cakes or volunteered to man the stalls.


Tom N stormed to his first victory and Sam T wasn’t far behind to take 3rd place in the U8 boys’ race. For the girls, Jessica Edmondson romped home to win for our sister club Broughton Runners with her team-mate Olivia Swarbrick coming in 3rd. In the U12 race it was girl-power all the way as the first 3 Ambleside runners home were Chloe R (Winner of the girls’ race and 4th overall), Sophie R and Bethan R. Well done for giving the boys a lesson in how to run like a girl! In the U14 race Jessica’s brother Ben Edmondson was a convincing winner for Broughton and our U17 runners had a big step up as they ran (very successfully) in the adults’ race.


Todd Crag Junior Fell Race Photos 2015


Pendle English Championship Race

3 Ran at Pendle for the 2nd English Champs counter. We had a depleted team because of the Easter Holidays but Ollie came 16th, Jake 45th and Rory 68th – well done!



Elterwater Common (Final Kendal Winter League race)


Overall League Table


Errwood Hall English Championship Race

image001Yet more rain and wind greeted the four Ambleside runners as we arrived at Errwood Reservoir near Buxton for the first of the FRA English Championships. Fortunately, the clouds cleared as William D, Harry and James DSC_0087-001set off on the under 10’s route- a steady climb over track and moorland, then a quick turn and a flying descent back down to the finish. Fantastic results for our three under 10 runners; Harry first, James second and after a fall  and a slide in the peat bog, William finished seventh!

DSC_0095-001Luke made his debut in the under 16’s- a 5.3km route over track, through woodland and valley bottom and then a long climb to the moorland summit, finishing in a respectable twelfth place amongst a strong field of 42 runners.