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Our “cautious restart” has been a great success. So good to see people out enjoying the run and the craic on a Tuesday evening. Here’s the new Tuesday Training Schedule. Looking forward to seeing lots of you there.



Langdale Horseshoe 2020 cancelled

Sadly, the Langdale Horseshoe Fell Race this year is cancelled. Despite our best efforts, it will not be possible to organise the event within the present COVID restrictions. The race will be back in 2021 all being well.


Recent guidance from England Athletics states that runners and athletes can now meet to train in groups of unlimited numbers provided that environment is COVID secure and social distancing is observed. With this in mind, the committee decided that we can make a cautious return to Tuesday evening club runs for those who wish to return.

Schedule and further guidance for keeping it safe here.


AAC Summer 2020 Skyline Challenge (Juniors and Seniors!)

Hello all you AAC runners. Loads of us have enjoyed the orienteering events kindly put together by club members these last few weeks. Huge thank you to those people! It looks like it’ll be a while yet before we can play and train in more than twos so here’s another challenge (modelled on Helm Hill’s “Club Colours”) to keep us together. This challenge is primarily aimed at our junior runners but there’s no reason why seniors can’t join in the fun either!

Runners have the option of completing either the Full Skyline Challenge (all 20 challenges) or the Half Skyline Challenge (10 out of 20 challenges). All juniors completing either challenge will receive an award, probably in the form of a cloth badge which can be sewn onto their vest of power:-) Hopefully, we will present these at the annual junior presentation at the end of the year.

Runners can send photos, articles and completed challenge sheets to myself or Niki (contact details on the challenge sheets) and we will put them in the junior section of the website. Happy running,


Download the AAC Summer Skyline Challenge here:

AAC Juniors Summer 2020

AAC Coronavirus response

AAC Coronavirus response for members

With the latest government advice to socially distance and avoid unnecessary gathering, the club has had to cancel/postpone the following club events:

Wilfs Meal on March 24th
Braemar weekend April 3/4/5th
Loughrigg Race April 8th
Fairfield Horseshoe Race May 23rd

Junior training is also cancelled for the foreseeable future. In addition to this the club will also suspend formal training for seniors on Tuesday mornings and evenings, Thursday evenings and Friday mornings. Members may still wish to run together and are free to use the club Facebook and WhatsApp groups to arrange this. Please do be mindful that government advice is to not gather unless necessary. For those wishing to run with others, Mike Troup has kindly compiled this helpful guidance:

Keep your distance

Don’t touch each other

Cough/sneeze/blow nose as far away from others as possible, down wind, and not onto hands. Use your sleeve if you need to

Decide on a running order – stay in it – stay apart

First person open gates, stands as far from the path as possible; others pass through and wait – apart – for the first person to resume their place at the front.

Ideally no cafe/pub post run

Wash hands 1/ before run 2/ as soon as you get home 3/ after putting running stuff in the washing machine

We will reassess the situation as things develop. In this difficult time, please look after your club mates, particularly those who are self isolating for whatever reason.

AAC committee

Wilf’s Spring Meal 24th March

Hi all,
The annual club celebration of flowers flowering, lambs frolicking and clocks changing is here: the Wilf’s Spring Meal. We’ll be heading to Wilf’s cafe in Staveley on Tuesday 24th March with an optional club run before – this will be the last club run in the dark before the changing clocks let us back out on the fells in the evening!
Please arrive from 7pm, with food served at 8pm. Cost is £13 per person – please sign up using the Google sheet here where you’ll also find the club’s account details and reference for payment. The deadline for sign-up is TUESDAY 17TH MARCH so I can let Wilf’s know numbers.

AAC members – rights and responsibilities!

Hi members
In the committee meeting on Wednesday it was discussed that it might be time for a friendly reminder for newer members, and indeed all of us, that there are many benefits of being a member of The Greatest Fell Running Club in The World and also some responsibilities that come with it.
You may do some, or all, of the following: race for the club in races or relays, attend training on Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays, compete in the club champs, enjoy club events like the orienteering, uphill and downhill races, travel with the club to races or weekends away, attend events such as the nutrition, first aid or navigation courses or simply just arrange runs (or enjoy the banter) with clubmates on the Facebook group!
The cost of all this is covered (or subsidised) by our £10 annual membership fee and the small profit that our eleven club races make. Most fell runners would agree that one of the best things about fell running is the club-led, informal, cheap races that are the heart of the sport and our races listed below offer great value and are an excellent example of that.
The committee and club’s race organisers ask that those members who access the benefits, give back to the club in some way, and the easiest way of doing this is by helping at our races.
At the meeting everyone agreed that we are lucky to have so many members who help as much as they do! However, at the moment it is a dedicated, and reasonably small, number of fantastic folk that are helping at a large number of races and can be relied upon time and again.
We would like to widen this so that all club members get involved and commit to volunteering at AAC events once or twice a year. If you are new to this, there’s lots to do: you could park cars (and still race), summit marshal (and still get a decent hike in) or help with entries and registration (and stay warm and dry!). There’s something for everyone. Whatever your age or experience please get involved – your club needs you! Our races are listed below and the organisers always put a shout out for help a month or couple of weeks in advance so offer to help then if you can.
As a small club, we only manage to put on so many fantastic events due to the generous help that is readily given. See you at the next one – long live fell running!
AAC Races 2020
Loughrigg – Wed 8th April 7pm start
Fairfield Horseshoe – Sat 23rdMay 12 noon start
Todd Crag Juniors – Sat 20thJune 10am start
International Youth Cup – Sat 20thJune 2pm start
Great Lakes – Sat 27thJune 11am start
Blisco Dash – Wed 15thJuly 7pm start
Rydal Round – Thur 30thJuly 12 noon start
Arnison Dash – Sun 28thJune 2pm start
Langdale Gala – Sun 5thJuly 2pm start
Three Shires – Sat 19thSept 11am start
Langdale Horseshoe – Sat 10thOct 11am start
Wansfell – Sun 27th Dec 12 noon start

Inter Counties selection race info

Good runner?

Want to represent Cumbria at the Inter Counties this year?

More info here

Skelghyll Woods ‘O’

Come along tonight (Wed) for an orienteering event in Skelghyll Woods – it’s on our doorstep!
There are two technical courses, a Long of 2.9km and 17 controls. and a Short of 2.0km and 10 controls.
This is one of the LOC Night Series and is the first ‘proper’ orienteering event that Graham Patten has planned – all helping with doing his Level 2 Orienteering Coaching. Registration and Download are indoors, in the Waterside Bar, YHA Ambleside, which also does good food and beer, if you want to be sociable afterwards!! Parking across the road in the Pay & Display car park, or on road verges if you know where to look!
Night Terrain 4 – Skelghyll Woods Part of 2019/2020 Night Event Series Wed 5 Feb 2020. The controls, including the finish, will be enabled in contactless mode so that those with SIAC dibbers should not need to physically punch the controls.
I look forward to seeing you there!
Graham Patten
(07413) 957205

Club Champs Uphill and Downhill 2020

A couple of dates for your diary:
🏆Tuesday 2nd June 8pm Club Champs Downhill – ***Old Man Kamikaze Death Plunge*** Mass start from summit of Coniston Old Man to the Sun pub. Go whichever way you like!
🏆Tuesday 8th Sept 6.45pm Club Champs Uphill (Mass start up Red Screes from the Rule) Reverse of the previous 3 years downhill route.
There are clashes with other Lakes races but I have tried to avoid other club champs, AAC races and British and English Champs👍
Dan D