Ambleside AC is a grass roots fell running club based in Ambleside in the heart of the English Lake District. We are an informal and friendly club who enjoy training, racing and socialising together. We have various training sessions throughout the week and our members can be found racing every weekend in the Lakes and further afield. As a club, we organise some of the most iconic races in fell running – check out the AAC races page here. We have a very active social scene and organise day and weekend trips away to races and evening socials throughout the year.
Ambleside AC was formed in 1983 by a few keen local runners – many are still members. We now have a senior membership of almost 300 but strive to retain our small, informal and friendly club ethos.
We have a proud history of racing at the highest level. AAC men won the British Championships in 1991, 1992 and 1993 and again in 2003. They were 3rd in the English Championships in 2010, and took 3rd place in both British and English Champs in 2013. The women’s team were crowned British and English Champions in 2013, 2014 and 2015 and also Vets team wins in the British in the same years and the English in 2015. The women also won the prestigious Ian Hodgson Mountain Relays in 2013, 2014 and 2015 and the British Fell & Hill Relays in 2014 and 2015.
Ambleside AC have always upheld and will continue to uphold the traditional values unique to fell running. Some of our founder members were involved in the formation of the Fell Runners Association and resolving the pro – amateur debate of the 1980s. More recently, the club campaigned to get GPS disallowed as a tool for navigation in fell races.
The junior section of the club was started in 2011 and has grown, with over 60 active members currently. AAC juniors were crowned English Champions in 2019. The juniors train weekly and race throughout the year. See the junior pages here.
There are various club training sessions each week. They vary depending on the time of year. See the training pages here.