Arnside Knott Fell race
Arnside has a reputation for delivering fantastic weather when we go to race there and this year was no exception – fantastic racing conditions and the views from up on the course are stunning. There was a swarm of blue and green vests on the fell with so many of you turning out to fight for those all important club championship points for our last race of the season.
Congratulations to everyone who took part, especially those of you who used it to complete your 6 champs races for the year and claim your end of year prize.
For some of you this was your first race and we hope you enjoyed it. Racing as part of the Ambleside team helps to make friendships that last a lifetime so be sure to come again – it gets better every time!
English schools fell running championship
Congratulations to all our runners who ran in a variety of coloured vests in the sunshine on Sunday. It was a tough course with stream crossings, steep ascents and slippy descents but you were amazing. Silver medals to Rowan, James B and Chloe, team medals to Cal, Emma, Harry B, Jack and Sophie. 20 of you ran your legs off and did yourselves proud.
High Sweden bridge downhill only race
What a fantastic sight to see, 31 runners hurtling down routes from high Sweden bridge to Low! Battles and skids across the finish line with smiles on their faces! Well done to all of you who tackled the fast, thigh burning descent!
Up the Nab – the last English champs race + British Inter Counties junior fell race
On a scorching hot day 8 of you travelled to the edge of the peak district to fight for the last few points in the English Champs. Doused with water and trying to keep the suncream out of your eyes, you tackled the tough steep climbs and fast lengthy descents. In the U17 race Chloe and Daniel had been selected to run for Cumbria and all of you were truly awesome.
As a small little club we have come 2nd overall!!
Chloe is English U17G champion and British Inter counties champion!
Rowan is English U13B bronze medallist!
Charlie pipped into 4th in the U15B!
Chloe helped Cumbria get U17G team bronze and Daniel U17B team silver
Harvey has completed all 6 races showing drive and determination in his 1st year of running! meaning he will get a rare and exclusive English champs hoody
GO TEAM AMBLESIDE THE FUTURE LOOKS AMAZING
Clougha Pike – the penultimate English Champs race
A hardy bunch faced the rain, wind and knee high grass of Clougha Pike. Rough farmland and tricky wooded routes meant an inner toughness was required even to line up at the start line. Congratulations to our podium finishers Chloe and Harvey, and all team Ambleside for some amazing racing and breath taking sprint finishes!
Also a big thank you to all the parent supporters who stood out for hours in that atrocious weather, you are as hard core as the kids!
West Nab – Race 4 of English Championship
An awesome select few undertook the journey to West Nab on the moors near Huddersfield. A scorching day saw you weave through the Bilbury bushes on narrow single track up some killer hills onto the moor and back. Maximising overtaking opportunities was the order of the day and you guys did just that. Podium places for Rowan – 2nd, Charlie 3rd and a special congratulations to Chloe who had a tremendous battle into 1st place! She is now the U17English Champ and qualifies to run for England in the Home International in Ireland!!!
As a team we have broken clear of Wharfedale into a clear second place, and we are gaining on Rossendale. We eagerly await the tables update after this weekends fantastic racing. WELL DONE TEAM AMBLESIDE!!!!
Malham Fell Race – FRA English Championship: Race 3
Great weather, great racing and great performances from all of you!
Well done to all who took part – you are all superstars!
Blacko Fell Race – FRA English Championship: Race 2
After our success at the first English Championship race at Todd Crag, hopes were high as we headed to Lancashire for the second round of the series at Blacko. We had a smaller turnout but some fine performances over very different terrain to our lakeland fells. In place of technical trails and steep ascents we had fields of bog, stiles and long courses to contend with.
Particular mention has to go to Harvey who had a stunning race in the U11B. He led all the way from the start to the finish field and the race was so close that a slip on the final corner cost him the win and he finished a very close 2nd place. That’s the nature of racing at a National level and it can be cruel sometimes, but what a performance – congratulations, Harvey!
The last race of the Kendal Winter League saw some fantastic results. Due to the cancellation of Cunswick best 4 races (6 for seniors) to count.
Todd Crag Junior Fell Race – FRA English Championship: Race 1
The clocks changed to herald the start of spring and the weather did not disappoint. A glorious day for the first race of the English Junior Fell Champs.
360 runners over 6 races tackled the brutal hill before going over the stile to the technical fell section up to Lily Tarn and beyond.
I hope you looked up at least once to enjoy the stupendous views before the breakneck descent into the park and the cheering crowds.
Thank you to all our helpers – without you we could not hold these events. You are amazing!
We had podium finishes for Rowan 3rd (U13B), Charlie 2nd and James 3rd (U15B) and Chloe 1st (U17G). Everyone who took part put in fantastic performances. You were racing the best of the best and we showed the rest of the country how good our little club is.
British Inter Counties XC Championships
Congratulations to James, Harry, Sophie, Daniel, Chloe, Holly, Luke and Hannah who represented Cumbria at the (muddiest ever!) British Inter Counties XC Championships down at Prestwold Hall in Loughborough. 8 county standard runners in a little club like ours is pretty impressive and you all did brilliantly!
The “beast from the east” may have been tamed but its effects were certainly still visible! Sleet and snow showers, frozen ground meant that your inner toughness had to be reached for, you found it!! Fantastic racing by all of you.
Beautiful sunshine, frozen ground and no water jump = perfect days racing!
For those of you that like it muddy this was the race for you! A lung busting ascent right from the start, followed by a frantic grassy descent into the finish funnel hidden from view. Some of you seemed to race toward the cake stall veering to the finish with the frenzied yelling from your parents and Tom in his throne with the perfect vantage point. Good luck cleaning the shoes, I’m sure its the kids turn! Well done to all of you who kept smiling in challenging conditions, coaches included!!
Now Barbon is steep, seriously steep. And today it had a river running down it… and it was snowing! So anyone who turned up had to be tough – and you were. What a proud group of parents and coaches there was standing on the side of a muddy fell in the middle of nowhere watching you all tear up and down the hillside.
There were fantastic performances, some for pure speed, some for bravery on the terrifying descent and some for sheer guts and determination. Every one worthwhile and a joy to watch. Anyone who raced here today can truly call themselves a fell runner.
A beautiful frosty,sunny morning for a short, sharp up and down, definitely one for the speed demons amongst you! The first decision was to decide which route to take out of the quarry before digging in for the climb. A quick turn around the cairn before letting those legs fly! Fantastic to see some of you new members regularly getting out there each week, your grit and determination will pay off, keep up the hard work!
Northern Schools Inter County Cross Country
Well done to all of you who braved the snow and mud at Barnard Castle to represent your county at the Northern Schools. Harry, James, Sophie, Holly, Chloe, Luke and Hannah had been picked by the county selectors and showed some great performances to help Cumbria win some trophies. If you finished in the top 5 Cumbrians you will be selected for the National Final in March and a further 3 to make up a team of 8 at the selectors discretion.
A fantastic sea of blue and green vests for the 1st club champs race of the year! A fast start across the bracken to the slippery steep ascent and muddy descent, let the thighs burn and hope you tied your laces tight. An awesome days running with 2 firsts, 3 thirds and 25 finishers. Well done everyone!
Only the brave, or could it be mad, tackled the full arctic conditions at Giggleswick! You endured snow/sleet/hail and every other form of winter precipitation going! I hope your toes, and lets be honest every other part of you, has defrosted after a hard core race and water jump. What a race to pick as your 1st one, well done Daisy, keep up that determination!
Also well done to Claire for finishing her first senior fell race, surely it can only get better after that, I hope Seren ran you a lovely toe thawing bath!
Next weeks Whitestones race is the 1st race in this years club Champs, get some points on the board!!
A glorious frosty morning tempted 30 of our juniors out to the first race of the Kendal Winter League. Some of you had to move up to new age groups but this didn’t seem to phase you at all, with Daniel and Chloe winning the U17s and Sophie and Holly 1st and 2nd in the U15Gs! A particular well done to Frankie who had a very last minute age change and still held his own over the bigger distance. In the U13s some awesome finish line battles between Cal and Rowan and Harvey and Richard made for some exciting spectating.Well done to all you first timers too, it is a tough age group to run in and will stand you in good form in the FRA smaller age groups. Keep up the fantastic running!!