6th August 2018
We were delighted to present the trophies recently to the winners of a new race at Ambleside Sports…for runners under the age of nine!
When we came on board to sponsor the newest event at our oldest and most famous Lakeland traditional sports we had no idea how popular it was going to be.
The junior races have always attracted big entries, thanks to the efforts of the local club Ambleside AC, the local primary schools in Ambleside and Grasmere, and the British Open Fell Running Association.
So when there was a request to include an even younger age category, we hoped that there would be enough runners turn up on the day to make it happen.
And what did happen was an astonishing turnout of 40 youngsters whose enthusiasm for charging quickly up a steep and rocky hillside on a very hot day had the huge crowds cheering. One of the parents told us they were very grateful for the lower age category because it gave the younger runners a chance of a prize because they couldn’t compete equally in the older category.
Runners came from all over the north of England. We were very proud of all of them.
The first three boys were Jamie Dent, Josef Tancrel and Cooper Wadsworth, with Tom Ashworth in 8th place the first Ambleside runner.
The first three girls were Isla Ball, Lucy Bell and Isla Jebb. Our manager Nick was there to hand over the trophies, and we look forward to another exciting race day next summer.
Many thanks to Dave Woodhead for the photos.
29th May 2018
Young runners at Ambleside Sports. Photo: Steve Ashworth
A sponsorship deal with Elterwater Hostel means a new race for young runners at Ambleside Sports.
For the first time, this year there will be an “under-nines” category in the hugely popular Guides races, with our hostel funding ten new trophies.
The Guides races are easily viewed by spectators as they follow a direct course up and down the fell side. The Senior Guides race has seen epic battles over the years involving legendary names such as Bill Teasdale, Tommy Sedgewick, Fred Reeves and Pete Bland competing. There are already boys and girls races in the categories under 12, under 14 and under 17.
Ambleside Sports is one of the highlights of the year in this part of the world. We are very happy to encourage youngsters to take up running and to see their efforts rewarded. Many of our guests take their first steps onto the fells – walking or running – while staying with us, so this is a great way for us to be involved.
The Sports day is always the last Thursday in July, so this year will be held on July 26. The first event of the day is the major fell race, the Heart of the Lakes Rydal Round, a nine mile race around one of Lakeland’s best known routes, the Fairfield Horseshoe.
You have to be a pretty serious walker to even consider walking this magnificent route, never mind running it. We hope that the juniors who start in our race might go on to take part in this and other classic Lakeland fell races.
Marjorie Blackburn, chair of the organising committee, said: “There’s been a massive demand for a race for the youngsters thanks to the coaching efforts of our local club, Ambleside AC. We are delighted that our friends at Elterwater Hostel have stepped in to make sure it happens this year. Their support means we can offer five trophies to the boys and five to the girls.”