The final fell race of our club championships did not disappoint! A fantastic turnout of seasoned runners and new faces alike, 37 runners!!.
A cold and crispy day perfect for tackling the wooded climbs and fast descents of the course,but tricky to know how many layers to wear. The first race was awash with a sea of blue and green vests and was the start of some amazing results.
A clean sweep of the U9 boys and U11 girls podium places,1st in U9G,U11B, U15G, 2nd in U13G and 3rds in U11B, U15G, U17B and Luke won the seniors race outright!! What a days racing!
X-Country has started!
When we find ourselves standing in a wet and windy field wondering where the summer went it must be x-country season! Just 3 of you turned out for some autumn speed training in the first Cumbria League race at Cockermouth (although there were a couple of Bowens in strange green and red vests as well!) Congratulations to all of you, the consistent training will pay off over time.
Orton Fell Race
A fantastic turn out of our younger runners, and some amazing results!
**ENGLISH CHAMPIONSHIP SILVER MEDALIST**
*ENGLISH CHAMPIONSHIP BRONZE MEDALIST*
Congratulations to Chloe who was crowned English Champion at the FRA presentation on Saturday. Congratulations also to Harry B for his silver medal and Sophie for her bronze medal. Such a fantastic achievement for all of you!!!
As a club we finished 5th, which is fantastic for such a small club. We didn’t have many go to the first race as it clashed with the English Nationals x-country final and it really affected how we did. If we had done as well in that race as all the others, we would have been English Champions as a club. There’s a thought for next year! It’s not just about the few at the top but a team effort and we really can can win this title!
A fantastic turnout at the traditional lakeland fair, though I am surprised how you ran the fell race with such success after all the sac, egg and spoon and flat races! It must have been all the sugar from the winnings!
2 new course records from Tom and Rowan, 6 winners and podium finishers in all junior categories.
Congratulations to Harvey for his 3rd U9 place having only joined the club a few weeks ago!
The BOFRA Helm races are short, sharp and frantic. 8 of you battled through the bracken via various routes to the ridge for a super fast descent to the finish funnel. Well done to everyone who took part.
The final English Champs race was not only tough for the runners but also extreme parking conditions had to be tackled before the start! Drizzle/rain and mud made for tough running conditions but your enthusiasm and energy was not broken. In fact you were all awesome!! We won U9B, U11B, U13B, U15B, U15G!! and amazing performances from all!
Well done to Hannah, Ben and Luke who had been selected to run for Cumbria at the Inter Counties race also being held within the U17 and U19 races. They helped team Cumbria to win bronze in the U17G and gold in U19B!!
Thank you to all parents who risked being stuck in the field and Stu I am not sure your van will ever be clean!
Gt Whernside Uphill only
After some torrential showers during registration the sun shone and the wind was behind you for some fantastic racing! The routes started at the bottom of the fell and rapidly ascended up the grass track, scramble and bog (depending on your age) to the trig point on the top of Gt. Whernside. Thank you to all parents who undertook the drive to Kettlewell our runners did us proud. Team Ambleside is now in joint 7th place out of 37 teams, with 1 race to go.
The 4th English Champs and a very early start for a bank holiday! Fantastic to see so many Amblesiders making the trip with runners in all age groups. Lovely to see Izzie racing for the 1st time so far away from home. You all survived the man eating bog, though Luke did have to be pulled out by a passing spectator! All your efforts have been rewarded with the team now 7th out of 37 overall, with 2 races to go.
The final race in the Kendal Winter League is always a relaxed affair as there are no points on offer. Not so many in fancy dress this year but plenty of fun to be had.
The presentation ceremony to celebrate the final standings at the end of the Kendal Winter League followed the race – congratulations to Daniel S, Chloe R, James B and Sophie R for winning their categories.
Wow! Stunning Weather, a stunning true fell course and stunning performances! Straight up from the start to the Catbells ridge! Along the ridge dodging the tourists admiring the view and fast descents to the finish funnel.
27 of you raced, and it was great to see some new faces on the English Champs circuit. Of the 10 categories we had podium finishers in 7! with Rowan taking his 1st ever win in an English Championship race!
The lure of the chocci prizes tempted you all up the steep, technical banks of Todd Crag. People came from as far a field as Wales to race at the home of fell running. Some intense battles were won and lost both on the fell and on the sprint finish across the park, well done to everyone who took part.
Thank you to all who helped, without your support we couldn’t hold the event.
A particular thank you to Lettie and the ladies serving tea and cake all evening we really appreciated it!!
Thanks to Steve Ashworth for the photos.
Round 2 of the English Championship took us to West Nab, not far from Huddersfield. It was worth the drive as Ambleside runners were AWESOME!!!! The gauntlet was laid down by Tom A who stormed home in the U9B race with a commanding lead to take out the win. He was our only U9 racer but what an impact he made! Well done, Tom! Surely there are some more of you who want a bit of glory at a national level? There are so many of you who would do really well and the depth of our team is growing every year.
The pressure was on for all who followed and you replied in style!
Brother Rowan was also flying and a fantastic effort earned him 2nd place in the U11B race .
What a start to the day!
He was chased home by Jess of the unicorn leggings and Ellen of the amazing pink socks – great run girls!
Next up were the U13’s – fiercely contested because this is the age when you’re awarded points towards the national standings to crown the fastest boy, fastest girl and fastest team in England.
James B won emphatically and Harry B was 2nd for the boys. So impressive, both of you!
William D was doing so well but went for a little wander part way round and took in a few extra sights along the way with some friends.
In the U13G race Sophie R had an epic battle with her friend Lauren from Buxton AC. If it wasn’t for these English Champs races they would never have met and it’s great to see the friends you make along the way.
She came in for an impressive 3rd place – well done!
Chloe R was our only runner for the U15’s and she had a cracking race to win by a country mile.
And what a hurdle of that fence before the stream crossing! Glad you made it!
U19 boys and girls ran separate races. Hannah D never ceases to impress and had a really strong run, even finding time for a little sit down in the stream on the way round (sorry Hannah!).
For the boys, Luke B had to line up with the U23’s and the seniors but didn’t look phased at all. Great run, Luke!
Yr 5/6/7 National Schools xc
Congratulations to all our runners who were selected to run for Cumbria. You tackled a fast flat course on a sunny day with 300 runners per race with true determination! A massive well done to James B who is Yr 7b National Champion!!!
Just 3 to represent the club at the first English Champs race over on the North York Moors and what a brutal course! It was a steep up straight out of the blocks with a long climb up onto the moor before a mad dash back to the finish field with the odd stile leap / gate hop to contend with at high speed.
Well done to Ellen, Chloe and Ben for making the journey over to the North East and congratulations to Chloe for your win.
Only the toughest of the tough braved the storm in Longsleddale today. We had driving rain, howling wind, slippery rocks, bog and flooding rivers – fell running at its gnarly best! Well done to everyone who raced – consider yourselves officially awesome!
(Sorry, no other photos from Longsleddale)
English Schools XC Championships
Congratulations to Daniel, Chloe, Oli, Luke and Hannah for representing Cumbria at the English Schools XC Champs in Norfolk this weekend.
Grit and determination were needed today to battle the many slopes of The Helm, especially those of you who had represented Cumbria the day before at the British Inter-counties. You guys had plenty! 2 races left, make sure you complete your 5!
A return to the fells saw some awesome running, and falls, for the 2nd club championship race.You tackled the steep unforgiving terrain with cuts and bruises, 1 shoe and still could not be stopped! 29 of you braved the exhausting course with some outstanding performances; in the U15B Daniel led from start to finish, hitting the home straight as the 2nd runner started his descent! The U13B is a particularly hard fought race and Rowan has been making his mark every week! 9 Amblesiders in the top 20- FANTASTIC
The mud at Sedbergh was especially thick this year and those of you who braved it are the toughest of them all! A special mention has to go to all the parents who hosed down your shoes just so they could untie the laces before getting them cleaned and dried in time for your next adventure in bog trotting.
When the rain came down, you kept running. When the wind howled, you kept running. And at the point of exhaustion on the last uphill to the finish line there were some amazing sprint finishes – inspirational!
English Nationals xc
Congratulations to Sophie, James, Harry, Chloe, Courtney and Luke who battled enormous numbers of runners and leg sapping bog lap after lap! You all performed brilliantly!!
Welcome to Tilly who joined the club recently and came in as second Ambleside AC girl in the U13’s race – 9th overall.
We took all 3 podium places in the U13 boys race which is a fantastic result – what a team! There were brilliant performances from all of you who put in maximum effort, each and every one of you.
The next Winter League race is at Sedbergh School over their classic cross country course with the infamous water jump!
A huge well done to those of you who tackled a fierce hill in fierce weather! If you can face a wild freezing wind, sleet and a ferocious hill you can do anything!!!
WOW! 33 of you fantastic Ambleside runners faced the short sharp ascent and fast descent of Birkrigg to get some valuable championship points on the board. The fast course must have suited you as we had some amazing results:
Luke 1st U21M, Chloe 1st U15G, James 1st U13B, Ben 2nd U15B, Harry 2nd U13B, Sophie 2nd U13G!!!
A special congratulations to Charlie A who only joined the club on Thursday and then blasted into 3rd place on Sunday! and to Noa and Matthew for braving their 1st race!
As the sleet cleared you lined up amongst the bracken to fight for your positions for the steep up and down. Not one for the faint hearted.
There were some fantastic efforts and brave descents – well done!
Congratulations to Hannah D who survived the freezing man eating bog to get 2nd LU21!
Northerns Cross Country Championships
Congratulations to Holly, Sophie, Harry, James, Chloe, Ben, Hannah, Oli and Luke who ran at the Northerns at Knowsley Safari Park on Saturday.
Another great turnout for a fast cross country route, with the notorious stream jump! 13 of you raced the twists and turns around the undulating course and what style over the stream! Not only were the juniors amazing but look out for the photographic evidence of your coaches in action! That second lap is a killer!
A fantastic 29 Amblesiders turned out at the 1st race in the KWL! The start lines stretched into the fog as you were tested on the rough limestone tracks and fought hard for your positions against the other athletes! Lovely to see Toby out in an Ambleside vest and a huge well done to Ben R for braving the start line of 100 runners! We had podium places in U13B, U13G, U15G,U21G. Keep it up you are AMAZING!
Cumbria XC Championship
Congratulations to all of you who faced the very flat xc course by the River Eden on Saturday. You were racing the best of the best and produced some fantastic results, with Luke, Oli, Hannah, Chloe, Ben, James, Harry and Sophie now going to represent Cumbria at the British Inter Counties!