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Great Lakes guaranteed entries open 1st May



The full list of those who qualify for Guaranteed Entry is here (English) and here (British).  To be guaranteed an entry you should enter by 16:00 on Friday 3rd May.

If you are NOT on the list PLEASE DO NOT ENTER during this period, otherwise your entry will be cancelled, your entry fee will be returned to you less an admin fee of £5 and you will not be allowed to take part in the race..

Entries for all remaining places will open at 08:00 on Saturday 4th May and a Waiting List will be used if the event becomes full.

TUESDAY NIGHT CLUB RUNS: New start time of 6.30pm

It was decided at the committee meeting on Tues 23rd April 2019 that Tues night club runs would start at the earlier time of 6.30pm. Here is the amended Tuesday night schedule.


Televisual opportunity

This recieved from the BBC – superstardom beckons (under 30s only)

Dear Ambleside AC,

I’m a producer working for BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat and I’m making a series of films about running; I’m writing to you in the hope that you might be able to help me get in touch with some of your members.

We’re hoping to speak to people who run for the therapeutic benefit it brings them, perhaps to help them cope with a particularly challenging period or event in their life. We’re looking for people who are really keen runners, but not necessarily in a competitive sense, and, crucially, under 30 years old.

We’ll be making a series of high-quality short films with the same theme, that we’ll be filming all over the country. I wonder if you might be able to help by putting me in touch with any of your members you think may be interested?

My email is and I’d be happy to chat further to anyone who’d like some more info.

With very best wishes,

Woody Morris

Club Championship latest results

Results after 5 races are here

Thanks to Jim E

23rd April club run start time 6.15pm Dunmail Raise

Just a heads up :-)


Committee meeting 8.30pm Traveller’s Rest, Grasmere Tuesday 23rd April

Committee meeting after the run from Dunmail on Tuesday (tomorrow). 8.30pm start at the Traveller’s Rest pub Grasmere.

Amongst other things, we will be discussing the Tuesday club run start times, getting a defibrillator for AAC events, possible 2019 socials and club trips, waste reduction at AAC races and a possible new vest style!

All members are welcome as always, so why not come along and have your say:-)


A warm and fair morning turned a little damp and drizzly for tonight’s orienteering event. However, despite the damp conditions, 26 Amblesiders (plus guests, Phil and Darren – lovely to meet you both) turned out to “get lost” on Loughrigg. It was also brilliant to see some of our speedy, older juniors out giving their adults a hard time and a fast ride!

Huge thanks to Chris Hodgson for help with giving out maps, timing and checking score cards; it wouldn’t be easy or indeed possible to turn it around so quickly without a second pair of hands.

Apologies for the disappearance of CP4 (obviously removed innocently or deliberately this afternoon) and for the possible interference with CP15. Without making the event too technical (which would deter many) by using finer knolls, depressions and re-entrants way off any paths, it is impossible to guarantee that the CPs won’t be interfered with. I added large, clear labels to all of them politely requesting that, as essential safety features, they be left alone. All runners who said they had visited CP 4 and CP 15 received the points for those controls. Despite this understandable frustration, most people seemed to enjoy themselves. For the few grumpy and disgruntled souls who felt the need to have a moan at the end: 1. You organise it so I can gather some much needed champs points. 2. We do it for fun!

Over the years, it has become increasingly difficult to find enough new features to use as CPs that are accessible enough for beginners and challenging enough for our brilliant navigators. With this in mind, I’m planning to change the format of the event next year to a series of “butterfly loops” from a central base (start – complete a short loop which visits a few CPs in a set order and return to start – repeat with a new loop etc.). Watch this space!



Loughrigg Results and Report

Thanks to Ben and all his helpers

Results here

A record turn-out and a new mens record saw an exciting start to the mid-week fell racing season at Loughrigg. The four-mile route to the summit of Loughrigg and back, with 1000 feet of climbing, saw Keswick AC’s Jacob Adkin take a new course record in 25 minutes and 59 seconds and Sarah McCormack of Ambleside AC take her third win in a row in a time of 30 minutes and 41 seconds.

A field of 269 runners set off from Rothay Park with Adkin making his mark with a strong lead at the summit. Dogged determination from Dan Howarth (Matlock AC) saw him turn at the summit in second, and hang on for second place at the finish (26-51), with Nathan Lawson turning at the top in 3rd place. Josh Jardine of Helm Hill overhauled Lawson on the descent to secure third place (27-05), with Lawson fourth(27-18).

Tom Tipping of Helm Hill was the first V50 & V40 in 23rd place (30-17), whilst Michael Mallen of Keswick AC was the first V60 (35.19) and Eddie Dealtry of Kendal AC first V70 (48-10). Daniel Sanderson of Ambleside AC had an impressive run to finish 28th overall and first under 18 (30-46).

McCormack, the course record holder and four-times previous winner, had another strong race, finishing with a comfortable lead over Eden Runners’ Eve Panone in second place (32-12). McCormack finished 27th overall, leaving her record time intact, whilst Panone finished 44th overall. Catherine Spurden finished in third place for Keswick and 57th overall (33-01).

Bianca Dyer of Helm Hill was the first V40 in 99th place and 7th woman (35-42), whilst Lyn Thompson of Keswick AC was first V50 & V60 (40-19). Fellow team mate Lesley Malarky finished first V70 (46-04). Amy Slattery of Sedbergh was the first under 18 woman (37-50).

Adkin was unaware of the course record and admitted to being distracted in the race: “I really enjoyed the race, and it was difficult not to stop at the top to watch the sunset! I hadn’t realised about the course record; kudos to Tom Addison for keeping it so long [2014].”

Race organiser Ben Abdelnoor, stepping down after ten years of organising the race, is looking forward to taking part next year. “It’s been great fun organising this event for so long. I’d like to thank everyone who has volunteered to help out over the years to make this such a popular event. Ambleside AC is a great club to belong to and I’m hoping to get a chance to race at Loughrigg in 2020.”

Loughrigg Race Photos

For those of you who like to relive the pain and see yourselves at your exhausted, sweaty best I have put some photos on the website from the magnificent Loughrigg race on Wed. You can find them here: