Broughton Runners was set up in 1983 as the Ambleside Junior section. We’re still affiliated and we’re a thriving club for fellrunners, orienteers and cross country runners, with over 60 members between the ages of 6 and 18. For eleven years the group has grown and gained its reputation regionally and has even had national recognition with several young people running for England over the years. The fact is that if you want to run and you live in the South West Lakes then Broughton Runners is the place to be. Members come from Coniston, Millom, Bootle, Ulverston and all points between every Tuesday night (for 9 year olds upwards) and Friday evenings (for the under 9s) to train and to improve. Within the town of Broughton roughly 30% of the local primary school are enthusiastic members. Meaning Broughton has one of the fittest groups of children in the country!
All of the qualified coaches are keen and committed and have been involved with the club for years some for the whole of the last 11 years. And whether the young people come to hone their racing abilities or simply to keep fit, they all work very hard once the sessions start. For the younger group the accent is very much on having fun and our winter headtorch runs through the woods are enjoyed every bit as much as the ‘rolling’ descents and ‘puddle runs’ of the summer.
This year Lauryn Kirkbride, Joe and Ben Edmondson, Alfie Thorpe, Katie Wright and Gavin Lloyd have been chosen to represent Cumbria at Cross Country. Alfie, Ben, Joe and Eilidh Miller are in the top few of their England Fellrunning Championship classes with Ben medalling. Gavin has represented Cumbria in the Senior Inter-Counties Fellrunning Championships and ex-member Jack Wright has twice been second in the England Under 23 Championship. On two occasions last year Katie ran for the England Orienteering Team and many other members have won junior fell races across South Cumbria. Joe Edmondson this year won both of the classic ‘Blue Riband’ fell races at Grasmere and Ambleside Sports.
And all this started back in 2003 when John Kidger, Selwyn Wright and June Birkett got together a tiny group of children to train simply because there was nothing like it this side of Kendal. Five coaches now work with the children and two of the coaches visit a number of local primary schools to deliver orienteering and athletics coaching. Last June the club welcomed around 200 young fellrunners from all over England to an ‘Uphill Only’ race at Turner Hall Farm in the Duddon Valley as part of the English Championship, and ended up third team in the country.
The Club has had fantastic support from the local community throughout its life. Winter training is held in the Victory Hall and at Eccleriggs Leisure Club, and in the Summer training sessions are based at the Parsonage Room in Broughton. The CGP Duddon Trust along with the Parish Pump have helpfully provided funding at various stages for the club’s development and we were very grateful recently for another donation from the Agnes Dixon Trust, this time to subsidise waterproof kit for new members and to keep our coaches up to date with practice. We have recently received donations from the Keswick-Barrow Walk and from the Lakeland 100 event.
New members are very welcome at 6.30 on Tuesday (9-17 yr olds) or at 5pm on Fridays (6 9yr olds). Ring 716797 or e mail Selwyn.Wright@btinternet.com for more details.
And yes we do run right through the holidays!
Jane Rousseau, Jackie Casey, Tim Miller, Richard Lecky-Thompson and Selwyn Wright
Broughton Runners is officially attached to Ambleside AC and three of the coaches, Lecky, Tim and Selwyn, are individual members of the club. Jack Wright and Adam Crowe are the only Broughton runners so far to have become adult members of Ambleside, although others are surely in the pipeline!