Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Northern Road Relays

The Northern 12 Stage Road Relay Championships are being held this weekend at Sefton Park, Liverpool. Keswick are sending a strong men's team with the aim of finishing in the top 25 and thereby securing a place at the National Championships. Competition will be fierce with all the top clubs from across the region participating.
Here's the team. Wish them luck!
1. Marc Brown
2. Patrick Malkinson
3. Sam Stead
4. Chris Edis
5. Peter George
6. Adam Campion
7. Steve Hebblethwaite
8. Andrew Slattery
9. Ian Davies
10. Steve Jones
11. Lee Newton
12. Chris Brewer
Reserve: Rob Wynne
Legs 1, 3, 5, and 7 are approx 4.9 miles, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 are approx 2.8 miles.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

A Grand Day Out for Keswick Fellrunners

Saturday 28th February saw the first fell race of KAC's fell running championship at High Cup Nick with an excellent turn out from the club. The promised rain held off and the prevailing wind blew us up the valley but made for a very chilly and tough return on the shoulder above the nick. As ever, the running up the valley was very muddy, tussocky and energy sapping but the stream of golden Keswick vests inspired us all to some of our best running. Nearly everyone improved their previous time, most notably Rachel Findlay-Robinson who, in spite of a heavy fall, came in third place amongst the Keswick Ladies helping them to the team prize alongside Angela Wakefield, an impressive fourth lady and Lyn Thompson. The men also took the team prize with Sam Stead proving he is as good on the fell as he is on the road and on cross country. He came an impressive second to the incredible Ricky Lightfoot who broke the course record. It was a great day out for our runners of all abilities and particularly good to see Steve Harwood back out on a fell race for the first time in some years and finishing very strongly.

The previous Saturday, a group of intrepid runners went to the Loughrigg Silver Howe race. Most were lost in the blizzard at some point as the navigation there is challenging there even on a clear day. Particularly good results were by Cat Spurden, second lady and Phil Winskill, fourth man.
Recently our long distance expert, Dave Troman, had a podium finish at the Osmotherly trail marathon and Keswick runners were to be seen doing well as far afield as Bodmin (Sam Stead) and Portsmouth (Adam and Peggy Campion).

The road runners have also had a busy few weeks with several good results recorded with Sam Ayers first lady at both the Lancaster 10 and Netherhall 10 with many other runners getting well placed and achieving personal best times.

KAC is not just about racing though. It offers social runs as well as planned training sessions (both daytime and evening) to improve speed and stamina. Anyone who would like to join us is very welcome. Just check out the training page on the Keswick AC website or email

Haweswater Half Marathon

10 hardy Keswick AC runners battled the elements at this Sunday’s Haweswater Half Marathon.  The hilly route set by organising club Eden Valley Runners was made all the more challenging due to 25mph winds and sleet showers.

At the sharp end, the race was won by James Buis (1.12.51) of Border Harriers who was given a good battle by Derwent AC’s Tom Durcan (1.13.06).  In 3rd and 1st V40 was John Clifford of New Marske Harriers (1.14.24).

The women’s race was more spread out with Heidi Dent of Howgill Harriers building a strong lead from the outset to finish 38th overall in a time of 1.26.51.  Jessica Wilson-Young travelling from Edinburgh AC was 2nd and 1st V40 (1.29.16) followed by Paula Irons of Black Coombe Runners in 1.30.28.  Keswick’s Sam Ayers finished a strong 5th and 2nd V40 in 1.32.04.  However, the best race goes to Annabelle Holmes who raced brilliantly to gain a massive personal best of seven minutes over the half marathon distance.

James Christmas
Samantha Ayers
Annabel Holmes
Suzanne Smith
Keith Hill
Rachel Mellor
Mike Beechey
Daniel Barton
Libbie Graham
Juliet Grieves

The next road outing for Keswick AC will be the Lorton 10K on Saturday 21st March, from Lorton School.  Details can be found on the RunBritain website.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Lancaster Valentines 10K – 14th February 2015

A number of Keswick runners decided to celebrate St Valentine’s Day in the usual manner – a 10K dash around Lancaster!

Well done to Siobhan Brewer (44:25) and Sam Stead (32:49) who both clocked personal best times.  Sam was at the head of the field and was narrowly beaten by Border’s Jonathan Fletcher who took the win by 15 seconds.

Congratulations also to Sam Ayers who took victory in the ladies race in a time of 40:44, some 30 seconds ahead of her nearest rival, Louise Goddard, of local club Lancaster & Morecambe.

Full results at:

Monday, February 16, 2015

Buttermere Round

Yesterday we held an informal 'Buttermere Round' 34k race in an attempt to prove that the many regulations that have put us off registering the event officially have not put off the runners!
Six brave hearty soles get out for a tough work out in training for their Marathon aspirations later in the year.
Steve Hebblethwaite was first home in 2 hours, 31min, 7 Secs taking it easy for the first half and using it as a good long run for his Marathon training but he still had enough strength to run at 5.45 mile to get way from Tom Durcan who was 2nd in 2h, 32min, 3secs, 3rd was Mike Winter from Morpeth Harriers 2h, 47min, 45 secs.
Full results below:

1st Steve Hebblethwaite 2:31.07
2nd Tom Durcan 2:32.03
3rd Mike Winter 2:47.45
4th Tony Davis 2:55.05
5th Howard Seal 3:04.28
6th Andy Rodger 3:27.39
Many thanks to Russell for organising. We are looking to grow this race without registering it officially, perhaps with official timing next year. Would you like to see it back in the calendar?

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Club Championship 2015 races

There are some great races in the 2015 Club Championships. Have you got the dates in your diary yet?

Best 4 results from 7 to count in both the Road and the Fell Championship. Full details over at

Road Championship 2015

Sat 21 March - Lorton 10K
Sun 3 May - Keswick Half
Weds 3 June - Carlisle Tri 10K
Sun 30 August - Sport in Action 10K
Sun 13 September - Cumberland Ale 10
Sun 15 Novemeber - Brampton-Carlisle 10
Sat 5 December - Langdale 10K

The start of the Lorton 10K in 2012

Fell Championship 2015

Sat 28 February - High Cup Nick
Sat 4 April - New Dungen Ghyll
Sun 24 May - Helvellyn and the Dodds
Sat 20 June - Great Lakes
Weds 5 August - Steel Fell
Sat 26 Septemeber - Orton 10K
Sat 21 Nov - Badger Bar Blast 

Phil Winskill enjoying Steel Fell in 2008

Mid Lancs League XC fixtures

There are two fixtures remaining this season, in the excellent Mid Lancs League, for anyone who may be looking for a high quality xc race to add to their racing programme.

Sat 14th Feb - Blackpool, Lawson's Ground
Sat 7th March - Lancaster, Rylands Park

All details here: