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AGM 3rd Dec 8.30pm

This year’s AGM is at the Badger Bar on Tuesday 3rd December at 8.30pm. Come along, find out what is happening and get involved! Agenda items to Paul Knowles at

Further details (agenda, posts that need filling etc) to follow on club website and Facebook.


Club Xmas Do


Time for some eating, drinking and merriment.

Friday 13th December. Windermere Golf Club
2 courses for approx £18. Will cater for veggie/vegans. Around 7.30pm start.

Please let me know if you’re coming.

Helen Holcroft

Braemar Trip 2020

Hi All,
After the successful Newtonmore Scotland trip in April this year, I am planning the next one already! So on the 3rd April 2020 I plan to drive a minibus up to Braemar, do a shorter run on the Friday then i have booked group accommodation for 12 people at Braemar Lodge Bunkhouse (sole use). It’ll cost £36 per person, plus diesel costs if you choose to use the minibus. I will leave Kendal at approx 0930 and head up through Windermere and Ambleside onto A66 as last time. If we get more than 12 people there are lots of B and Bs locally in Braemar and campervan spots too. From a running viewpoint there’s loads to do, both lower hills and big stuff so all abilities are welcome. It could still be very much winter conditions, so microspikes and possibly ice axe could be added to your Christmas List if needs be.We can do a longer journey/run on the Saturday, eat out in Braemar saturday night and then do a morning run on Sunday 5th April before returning to Ambleside for about 17:00.
  • If you want a place reserving in the bunkhouse then let me know on here or message me on 07740873135. First come first served basis for the bunkhouse!
We can sort out payment to the AAC Account in January.
Please ask if you have any questions.
Matt Beresford

Langdale Horseshoe 2019 race report

After two years of fairly abysmal weather, the forecast was dry with sunshine for this year’s race. Assembled was the usual quality field, including a couple of in-form Langdale first timers in the shape of Keswick’s Brennan Townshend and British Champion, Lochaber’s Finlay Wild. Joining them was a record field of 397 runners, improving on the previous record of 396 runners when it was a Championship race in 2016.

Despite the glorious forecast, ten minutes before the start the Crinkles and Bowfell were shrouded in heavy clag, and in the event field, relaxed chat turned to concerned looks westwards as the heavens opened and jackets were donned.

True to form, Brennan and Finlay were away up the first climb, taking over a minute out of the chasers, ascending Thunacar in little over 30 minutes and at Esk Hause in under an hour. They were to stay away, working together and pushing each other over the rough terrain from Esk Hause to Bowfell.

Mountaincraft, and his ability to move well over the roughest of ground, saw Finlay gap Brennan after Bowfell and he pressed home his advantage over Blisco to finish in a highly respectable time of 2 hours and 51 seconds. Brennan swung too far right approaching Blisco and was overhauled by the group behind, eventually finishing 6th. Finlay won by almost 9 minutes, and his performance, being ‘only’ 6 minutes outside Andy Styan’s 1977 record of 1 hour 55 minutes and 55 seconds, represents a potential record breaking effort on a sloppy day not conducive to fast times. Get this race in the British Champs in 2021 and let’s see the best in the UK pushing each other to challenge the oldest record in fellrunning!

Local lad Garry Greenhow, Ambleside AC, had a storming run to come home second and first V40 ahead of Keswick’s Carl Bell in third and Ambleside’s George Foster showing impressive late season form to finish 4th. Ian Holmes was pushed all the way to the line to win the V50 title by 5 seconds from Shettlestone’s Kenny Richmond. Phillip Pearson of Northern Fells rounded off a great season to finish first V60 in 2 hrs 50 mins. Ken Taylor of Rossendale was the first of 3 male V70 finishers in a little under 3 hr 30.PHOTO 2019 10 12 17 15 26 622x467 Langdale Horseshoe 2019 race report PHOTO 2019 10 12 17 15 26 1 467x622 Langdale Horseshoe 2019 race report

In the women’s race, English Champion Kelli Roberts stormed ahead to win in 2 hrs 32 mins, fourteen minutes clear of Sharon Taylor in second and first V40. If Kelli loves this race and the rough stuff, it is fair to say Sharon does not. She pleaded at the finish to be banned from all future editions of Langdale – ‘too much walking’ was her reason. I am delighted to offer Sharon FREE ENTRY to Landgale as long as I am organiser (an offer too good for any Yorkshire man or woman to refuse, surely?)

A strong run by Annie Roberts of Todmorden in third and Anna Lupton of Black Combe ran well to come in fourth and second V40. Natasha Fellowes of Chorley AC was first V50 and Kate Ayres of Ambleside was first V60.

To our knowledge, no V70 female had ever completed Langdale, but this year that changed as the inspirational Lesley Malarkey completed the course in 3 hr 55 minutes, easily winning her category!

Ambleside edged out Keswick and Helm Hill to win the men’s team prize and Helm Hill were victorious in the women’s team competition.

A huge thanks to all the helpers and marshals, not least those who helped a runner who fell descending the bad step and required Mountain Rescue assistance. Several competitors also ‘threw’ their race to assist the stricken runner and I am very grateful for that.

Aside from the classic course, this race is rapidly gaining a reputation for the quality pies at the finish. This year we had several enquiries about who supplies them. They are from the Great North Pie Co who have a bakery and café in Ambleside. They do us a great deal on the pies for the race, so if you are in Ambleside, why not drop in and treat yourself?

Dan Duxbury

Langdale results

After the race the results will be here

Help needed for Langdale

Two weeks to go and still lots of jobs to fill:-)

If you can help, please reply to Dan on Facebook or at danmunro 2014  at gee mail dot comm

Change of venue for Tuesday club night

This week’s run is 6pm at Brotherswater Inn. Hodgson recce routes in all likelyhood!

Shires results

Shires results are here – well done to all who ran and thanks to Selwyn and team for organising!

“An Evening with Tierney’

‘An Evening with Tierney’

Thursday 26th September at the Parish Centre in Ambleside

Arrive from 7.00pm. The main event starts at 7.30pm

A chance to find out the full story behind Paul’s amazing Wainwrights record. It promises to be a fun packed night and we encourage audience members to bring their own booze to aid the frivolities. WARNING – the event is probably not suitable for delicate young ears😳

Entry costs £5 donation to MIND charity. Pay on the door, just turn up, no advance tickets. Club members and friends of the club are very welcome – the more the merrier👍

Ewan at Bandito Burrito has come up with an exceptional offer for anyone wanting food on the night. A top quality burrito and slice of chocolate brownie for only £5. BARGAIN! Please order below in the comments or email Jez Lefton with your order:

Menu – choose either:

Roasted chicken, grain and slaw salad with beetroot and horseradish chutney


Roasted veg, feta and humus, grain and slaw salad with beetroot and horseradish chutney.

Plus a chocolate brownie

See you there🔥

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Wilf’s Run and Meal – Tuesday 15th October


Wilfs, Staveley Tuesday 15th Oct 8pm

Two courses for £12. There will be lamb hot pot, veggie lasagne and their GF, dairy free bean chilli followed by fruit crumble.

Please let me know if you’re coming and then pay the money in to the club account by 8th Oct at the latest. NO turn up on the night or pay on the night I’m afraid folks as we have booked this as a function and as such needs to be paid for that way. Also I need definite numbers a week beforehand.

It’s really not hard folks, are you going or not 👍🤣

Email me if you’re coming please and your dietary requirements so I can give correct numbers for each choice of main