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March Newsletter

Info and stuff to read. Currently waiting for a permanent home and archive on the website but March 2019 is here.

Newsletter March 2019


The evenings are drawing out and it’s becoming increasingly hard to ignore the siren call of the fells after five months of dark adventures. If, like me, you’ve been dreaming of beautiful evenings scampering over the fells with your mates, here’s a new training schedule for Tuesday nights to take us through to October. It’s really hard to keep everyone happy and there are a few gaps for folk to put suggestions out there – always best discussed on a Tues night after a good hard run with a glass of your favourite in a nice pub!


Uphill and Downhill Race dates for Club Champs 2019


Tuesday 16th July 2019: NEW ROUTE! Grasmere, Tweedies door to Silverhow summit. Estimated winning time sub 15 mins. Shorter than previous years (Pavey Ark) and suitable for some older juniors – probably over 12/13 years? It is the day before Blisco but the calendar is pretty chocca for rest of month.


Thursday 29th August 2019: THE USUAL! Red Screes to The Rule as usual. It is a Thursday but junior coaches could still get to start at Red Screes summit for 7.30pm.
We are hoping to try and get some food on for afterwards at both events.

Loughrigg Silver Howe “Race” Results Sun 24th Feb 2019

Hey Y’all
Thank you for coming out to play this morning on a stunning and unseasonably warm and sunny Lakeland day. 23 set out and 23 returned with the seasoned, experienced runners generally showing the youngsters clean heels…and which way to go in several cases!

It’s a great race, full of history and the outcome is always dependent upon knowing the best lines or backing a good horse for a follow.

For me, it’s just a pleasure to see friends old and new, from different clubs, enjoying themselves. Thanks to Chris Hodgson for his help on the finish, to Cath for her fantastic action pics (on the club’s FB page), to new member James H who brought cakes to share (Ambleside lad for sure!) and to everyone who supported it. Maybe in future years, I’ll put it out there again like I used to under full FRA rules as I know it’s popular. However, the purist fell runner in me quite likes the Old Skool, take responsibility for yerself, rock up and run vibe!

Next stop: Loughrigg Orienteering Event. 1 hour score on a Tues night in the Easter hols (date tbc).


Loughrigg Silver Howe Results 2019

First Aid Course “GET BACK ALIVE” Info

Following the recent first aid course attended by many of you, here’s some useful info on how to ensure you and your mates get back alive.
Get Back Alive

Possible Ambleside Parkrun – volunteers needed!

There are plans for possibly two new Parkruns for the Ambleside area.

This is a global network of free 5k runs for all ages and all abilities, held every Saturday morning at 9am.

But nothing will happen without a volunteer team. The Parkrun ambassadors want to meet anyone who would like to be involved. They say, it doesn’t take a lot of your time, and it doesn’t mean YOU never get to run.

“There’s some background admin to do, course setting up, timing and barcode duties, but the more volunteers, the more everyone gets their chance to run as well.”

They are hosting a meeting at the Golden Rule in Ambleside on Wednesday March 20 at 7pm. If you can’t make it, but want to be part of the team, please email Everyone is welcome: runners, walkers, people who want to be part of a fun and lively community event, youngsters, retired runners.

“We have potentially two routes for the Ambleside area. It’s now up to the community to come forward and volunteer.”

Come on Ambleside, we can do it!

Navigation training opportunity

Hi Ambleside AC
As part of my London Marathon fundraising (I run it each year in memory of my mum raising money for Macmillan Cancer support – every year for last 20 years raising £61k), this year I have been running navigation training days for members of Eden Runners. Have done 6 days for 23 people so far, with about 12 more signed up.
Day (typically a Sunday) starts in a cafe at 9am to cover the basics and then usually head out onto fell by 11am aiming to return to cars and finish at 5pm.
Have based days on old mountain trial routes but adapt according to experience of group members.
Am charging  £40 per person per day, all money going to Macmillan Cancer Support.
Minimum group size per day 3 people , maximum 5.
If you think there might be Ambleside members interested can you circulate and ask them to message Ben Ab and we can set some dates.
Next ones available Sunday 3rd March – 4 places, Sunday 14 April – 3 places.
Jonathan Tombs, Eden Runners

SPRING SOCIAL: Tues eve run and food at Wilfs

Tuesday 2nd April.

Wilfs Café Staveley
Food at 8pm.
Look out for details of the runs that night on the club website – it is the first Tuesday after the clocks change so we will be meeting at an exciting & different running location!
£12 per person paid on the night to Wilfs
Bring your own booze. They do sell soft drinks
I have arranged for a gf/dairy free lamb hot pot, veggie lasagne and fruit crumble with custard/cream. If these are fine no instruction necessary.
If you need gf/dairy free/veggie there is the Wilfs bean chilli available but I need to know.

Please email me on

to confirm attendance so I can give them numbers.

Thanks all,

LOUGHRIGG – SILVER HOWE CHASE – Sunday 24th February

We’ve had a busy season last year, asking a lot of folk to help out, so this one’s an under the radar job just for our club again and mates from Kendal/Helm etc. so long as they know it’s not under any rules and is technically just a timed run! Same format: no pins, no entry fee, no numbers, no marshals, no prizes and defo no GPS. So, the race that’s not a race but everyone knows that it is really a race to the death!

Meet at the cattle grid by the park (no grid refs either!) for about 10.40 where I can write your names down and we’ll aim for an 11.00am start. Any route you like to the following CPs:

Loughrigg summit trig (you must touch the trig)
Silver Howe summit cairn (you must touch the cairn with your hand)
Loughrigg summit trig (again you must touch the trig)
Lily Tarn (there will be an orienteering kite with a label on it. There will be a picture of an animal on it – you have to look at it and tell me on the finish line what the animal was as proof you’ve been. Open to all manner of abuse I know but hey?! I can tell you that it won’t be Nessie again:-)

You must be careful and switch you brain on at Red Bank Road going out and back. I’ll try to get a Caution Runners sign up in both directions but it won’t be marshalled. Easier said than done when you’ve got your race head on but please do be smart there.

There is a high chance of home baking on the finish line.


Club committee meeting Tuesday 29th Jan

Hi all
There is a club committee meeting after the run on Tuesday (29th Jan) in the Golden Rule – 8.15 for a prompt 8.30 start. As always all members are welcome to attend, whether on the committee or not. Among other things we will be discussing upcoming club trips for 2019, the revamped club champs, the International Youth World Cup to be held in Ambleside in 2020, a possible club attempt at the Bob Graham Relay in June and what to do with the surplus money the club has. It is exciting times to be an AAC member. Get involved!