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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.

Thanks,
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.
Thanks,
Tom

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

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Want to represent Cumbria at the Inter Counties this year?

More info here


Skelghyll Woods ‘O’

AMBLESIDERS!
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!
Cheers,
Graham
Graham Patten
WARRIOR OC
(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

Club Championship 2020

Club Champs 2020

Welcome to the Club Championships for 2020!

I hope you enjoy the following selection of challenging races across the range of length, speed and height. Hopefully there is something in there for everyone. Particularly as this year only 4 races are needed to qualify. Results will be posted on the AAC Facebook page in the first instance and eventually make it onto here.

I will update you on the missing dates as the organisers publish them. And if you’re curious about the Wetherlam Chase; it has been proposed by Mike Troup as an age handicap run from Tilberthwaite up Steel Edge to the top of Wetherlam and over Black Sails, south to the Coppermines valley and back over Hole Rake. Someone needs to put their hand up to organise it as a club only race (Mike?) otherwise we’ll use the Youth Cup course as a Time Trial on the day the U18’s trial on it.

Enjoy! There are lots of prizes and kudos to be had.

Jim Ev

Stybarrow Dodd Feb 1st
Blackcombe March 7th
Loughrigg Orienteering April
Teenager with Altitude April 18th
Coniston May 2nd
Wetherlam Chase or IYC Course TT May TBC
Loughrigg Silverhowe June 21st
Club Uphill July? TBC
Borrowdale August 1st
Club Downhill Sept? TBC
Ambleside Parkrun October TBC
Dunnerdale Nov 14th

Navigation Course for members

Members Offer: NAVIGATION COURSE
AAC members have the opportunity to attend a one-day course led by Charlie Sproson of Mountain Run. www.mountainrun.co.uk
Date: Saturday 22nd February
Time: 9.00am – 4.30pm
Venue: Ambleside Parish Centre & Loughrigg
Cost: £20 per person, which has been subsidised by AAC
There is availability for 24 members to attend the course on a first-come basis. Please register your name below, including an email address, or email me Ben_Abdelnoor@yahoo.com. I will put a waiting list together if interest exceeds 24.
There will be four qualified mountain guides and the course will specifically be aimed at navigation for fell running, racing and mountain marathons. The course will be tailored to the needs and abilities of the group and split between an explanation of the theory of using a compass and reading a map, followed by a practical session on the fell.

 


‘April In Ambleside’ 4th April 2020

“April in Ambleside” event 4 April 2020

(previously “Spring in Lakeland”)

Brilliant 23 mile running event starting from Parish Centre, Ambleside!

Several Ambleside runners did this event last year, as in previous years, when it had the title of “Spring in Lakeland.”

The 2020 event will happen on 4 April and is now called “April in Ambleside” to differentiate it from the (entirely different and new) “Spring in Lakeland 50 miles” event on 18 April which starts from Staveley.

Confused? Don’t be! All you need to know is that if you enjoyed running “Spring in Lakeland” or thought about doing it in the past you should enter “April in Ambleside” next April 4th.

It’s a great training course for fell runners and trail runners alike, as well as an amazing day out. Last year’s winner was Jose Juan-Colas of Spain in a time of 3hrs 14.

The event follows a scenic route, with 4400ft of ascent, via Loughrigg Tarn, Skelwith Bridge, High Tilberthwaite, Coniston and Tarn Hows then Cumbria Way back to Ambleside. There are three checkpoints, all providing refreshments, one self-clip checkpoint, and we also provide a light meal at the end. Start time is 08.00 and the entry fee is set this year at £15, entries are limited to 250.

 

AAC members Richard Tait and Karen Goodyear are event organisers for the third year and all the detail is on https://www.sientries.co.uk/

 

An especially warm welcome to Ambleside runners!


Subs for 2020 – payment due now!

Subs for 2020 are now due

Thanks to everyone who paid their 2020 subs last week. Much appreciated.

If you haven’t yet paid they are now due so please transfer your £10 into the club account asap. Thanks

Don’t forget to include your name in the transfer, otherwise we don’t know who is paying us.

 

Any issues please contact:

Chris Giles

Club Treasurer

gilesc1814@gmail.com

07393 956533