Posted on January 1, 2019
British Liverpool Cross Challenge xc
A small group faced the fast and furious flatlands of Sefton Park. Phenomenal running saw Harvey into 4th place only a few seconds off the podium, AMAZING!
What a fantastic way to end the season!! 27 blue and green vests tearing up the fell and tearing down again!
The limestone was slippery in the mizzle but that did not stop any of you, 10 podium finishers!! didn’t leave much for the other clubs! Go Ambleside the best running club in the world!!!
Now that the clocks have changed we are staying
on the fells a bit longer by training on a Sunday morning. Awesome autumn fun with friends. There are loads of groups like this careering round Todd Crag so may not be the best place for your quiet Sunday stroll!
Summer training Fun
WE ARE ENGLISH CHAMPIONS!!!!!
CHARLIE IS ENGLISH U15B CHAMPION
ROWAN IS U13B SILVER MEDALIST
JAMES IS U15B SILVER MEDALIST
THOMAS IS U15B BRONZE MEDALIST
CHLOE IS U17G BRONZE MEDALIST
Up the Nab
With everything to play for a small but strong team set off to the slopes of the Nab for final English Champs race. With the sun blazing Joe G blasted onto the podium in the U9s, Harvey and Tom 1st and 3rd in the U11s, things were looking great. The course was hot, hilly with a rough 90 degree turn to the uphill finish. We waited to see your silhouettes come onto the skyline before storming to the finish, Riley taking 3 on the uphill sprint finish! Everyone giving their all AND you did it. English Champions!!
A phenomenal result, congratulations to every single one of you who has turned out for the team. Massive thank you to all the parents/grandmas who have driven to these far flung races. The best club in the world!!
Hot, Hot, hot!! Pre and post race water over the head was essential for all of you who tackled the rough farmland loops. But what a fantastic turnout!
Our biggest U9 team yet!
Freddie, Josh and Alfie’s first race!
Freya’s first podium position!
Harvey & Tom taking gold and bronze!
An unstoppable U15B train, Charlie, James, Thomas, Harry 1,2,3,4!
Every Amblesider running their legs off!
We are still winning the English champs with 1 race to go!!!
7th July Up the Nab, we need you all, we can do this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
A club champs not for the fainthearted! The clag was down to obscure the turns and the pouring rain made it treacherous underfoot, A steep rocky sheep trod, slippery mud and a sprint finish you certainly deserve your points! Undeterred by this gnarly course, you all made it up and down in 1 piece, the blue and green fearless machine!!
Sedbergh English Champs
What a monumental success for our little club at the Sedbergh English Champs race! We are so proud of all of you who raced – 24 runners at a Champs race must be some kind of record and it showed! We are now top of the table with just 2 races to go – how exciting is that?! Don’t be thinking it’s only the people who win that count, those of you who come just a little further back push back the runners from the other clubs just one place each and it all makes a difference. It was a fantastic team effort – well done, you are all amazing!
But it was so steep, wasn’t it? Some of you chose this as your first race – respect! (Mad fools!) For the U9’s it was a heart-pounding dash up through the farmer’s fields to the fell wall and then tearing back to the finish at breakneck speed. Well done to Freya, Isobel, Joss, Joe Gardiner, Magnus and Joe Green (fantastic 3rd place for Joe Green!). It’s likely that somebody you raced there will be a world champion one day, it might even be you!
The U11 race went way up onto the fell and what a result for Harvey (2nd), Ruby (4th) and Tom (4th) with Zeke, Cara and Rosie following quickly behind. 6 runners in the top 10 – that’s the 10 fastest fell runners in England by the way, phenomenal!
The U15 boys team is a dominating force in fell running nationally at the moment. Charlie marked his return to form with an emphatic win, closely followed by James B (2nd) Thomas (5th) and Harry B (6th) – that’s 4 of the top 6 places in the country taken up by Ambleside runners! Sophie dropped like a stone on the descent for 8th place as our only U15 girl and William beat a lot of strong runners to take 25th.
Chloe and Daniel were our only 2 in the U17 race and stormed home in 2nd and 6th place, respectively. A really big round of applause to all of you who turned out for the club and of course the parents who made it all possible, trekked up the hill (several times in some cases) and showed why Ambleside AC is the best club in the world.
Round 3 of the English Champs was a bit of a trek down to Mytholmroyd but those of you who made the effort certainly shone in the bank holiday sunshine.
There were great wins for and Harvey and Thomas – well done. We are second on the English Champs table so all to race for in the final 3 races.
Wansfell Uphill Only Club Champs
What a fantastic night for racing up hill, sunshine and a light breeze and a bunch of energetic post school kids, perfect! Tough routes for all age groups, U9 + U11 the bridge, U13 the wall and U15 + U17 the top! (Tough for the marshals to be in place before the speedy kids). Amazing sprint finishes despite the leg burning, lung busting climbs! Well done to you all, valuable points collected in the club champs.
Arant Haw marks the end of the Kendal Winter League prize giving and celebration. As there are no points awarded for this race people often run in fancy dress and there’s a lot more chatting with friends from other clubs than actual racing goes on.
For any of you who completed the Kendal Winter League series but couldn’t attend the prize giving, Niki has your prizes and they will be given out at training this Thursday.
The 2nd round of the English Champs was Kettlewell, Yorkshire and it was a fantastic course with steep ups, glorious scenery and superfast downs. It was great to see so many Amblesiders racing for the club and doing SO well – congratulations to everyone who raced, you were fantastic!
The next round is Coiners on 6th May when we will continue our campaign to prove we are the best club in the world! There will be quite a few of us who will be travelling down so come and join us – it’s another course with a great descent.
What a way to spend a sunny evening!! Fantastic routes, lung busting climbs, leg burning descents, chocolate prizes and a shaving foam start line, what more could you want from a race?!
The 1st English Champs race, steep climbs, tricky descents on the slopes of Threlkeld Knott. 300 runners took part from all over the country and we are 3rd overall, just 3 points behind the joint leaders! A fantastic opener, lets keep up the pressure at Kettlewell!!
The penultimate KWL race saw you battling the headwinds, and each other every which way over the Helm. Having had Cautley cancelled the rules now are 4 races for a T shirt but you still need 5 races for your champs points. Several of you working hard for podium places with only Elterwater to go!
An amazing sight to see on a blustery February day, 26 blue and green vests blazing around the fast undulating slopes of Cunswick Scar. Tough decisions pre race on how many layers to wear or not to wear! 9 Podium finishers! and every single one of you doing yourselves proud! Keep battling, several of you are fighting crucial final podium points with 3 races to go in the series. All of you make sure you’ve done 5 races for a prize.
What a fantastic day for running – glorious sun & no wind. It was shorts and vest tops for the first time for many of you but judging by the collapsed bodies on the finish line it may have been a bit of a shock to the system to actually feel warm in February!
For those of you who have been turning up week in, week out to race the KWL, you will feel the stamina in the summer races from this consistency so keep it up. It is a sport that rewards those people who just keep at it, so don’t worry if a particular race hasn’t gone how you wanted it to – just keep enjoying your running and getting out there, the rest will follow.
Congratulations to everyone who raced at Longsleddale, especially those of you who chose this as your first race – well done!
We had 8 podium finishers, which is absolutely incredible, and some fantastic performances no matter where you finished. Special mention has to go to James B, Harry B and Thomas B who took 1st, 2nd and 3rd for a clean sweep in the U15 boys’ race! It was a really impressive performance and you all looked so strong – the other clubs will be wondering how they’ll stand a chance for the English Champs races.
Barbon – the race that eats its young! It is the best and worst race on the calendar. There’s nothing else like it and everyone who wants to call themselves a fell runner should experience it at least once in their life. It is epic in every way. Huge respect to those of you who braved the mountain and lived to tell the tale. All other races will now seem flat.
Northern Schools Inter Counties XC
Well done to Rowan, Freddie, James, Harry, Thomas, Sophie, Daniel and Chloe who ran for Cumbria at the Northern Schools Inter Counties XC. Congratulations to those of you who qualified for the English Schools XC in March.
Wow, that wind was something else! Each of these Kendal Winter League races presents it’s own challenge and this one was definitely learning the art of running against a gale force wind.
You all did so well! Seeing you all overcoming the elements and running headlong down a steep hill with tears from the wind streaming down your faces was inspirational. If you found it tough out there, it’s ok – everybody did and it makes the days when the sun is shining and everything is easy seem so much better.
Keep at it everyone, we have a great team and it’s so good to see you all progressing.
Just keep running and having fun – the rest will follow!
Whitestones is a great course if you like it steep, narrow, slippery and a bit rocky. Looks like you did as you were all amazing!
High wind and horizontal rain greeted you for the 2nd Kendal Winter League race over the fast-paced x-country course and the notorious stream crossing of Giggleswick School. A variety of river crossing techniques were employed including the stop’n plop, the leap of faith, the face plant and the (not to be recommended) hesitant indecision. We hope you have managed to get the mud out of your ears, but don’t try too hard, it’ll only come back next weekend!
Oh my word, how hard core are you! The maelstrom didn’t stop you awesome lot. I think William said it all as he ran head first into the bracing wind and rain “this is the hardest race I’ve ever done”. But you all did it, the race in the spring will seem like a stroll up a grassy knoll in comparison!
You know it must be the start of a new year and the KWL when rows of juniors can be seen lined up on a muddy fell side in the clag!
A fantastic turn out by the blue and greens with several 1st timers giving it their all. Well done to you all, stick at it and you will reap the rewards! Don’t forget to keep your number for the whole series, 5 races means a prize! (Sorry adults 7 for you).