Friday, June 26, 2015

Club training on Thursday 2nd July

Meet at the village hall opposite Mill Inn at 6.30pm
Run starts from telephone box in Mungrisedale.
A choice of various routes depending on what people feel like doing
and weather conditions. We can do Bowscale Tarn and Bowscale Fell,
Souther Fell or Bannerdale Crags or up to Blencathra itself. Or all
of the above for the really keen!
If anyone wants to stay for a drink and/or something to eat in the pub 
after it would be good to do that too.
Please email me at to let me know if you are coming
so I can look out for you. Also if you require any further information.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Keswick runners set for record-breaking 'Billy Bland Challenge'

This weekend sees a team of 10 Keswick AC Vets take on the 'Billy Bland Challenge', a 5-stage paired relay over the route of the Bob Graham Round.
Starting and finishing at the Moot Hall in Keswick, the challenge covers 66 miles, 28,000 feet of climbing and 42 peaks and is split into the 5 traditional 'legs' of the BG.
The team are aiming to break the over-40 record of 17 hours 16 minutes, and have set themselves a schedule of 16:50. Team captain Nick Ogden said: 'We've all been reccying our respective legs and so we know that we're setting ourselves a very tough challenge. We'd welcome support along the way if anyone wants a run out, or just join us in the pub afterwards'.
Here's the team:
Leg 1 (Moot Hall to Threlkeld): Nick Ogden & Donald Ferguson
Leg 2 (Threlkeld to Dunmail Raise): Chris Brewer & Dave Prosser
Leg 3 (Dunmail Raise to Wasdale): Andrew Slattery & Steve Angus
Leg 4 (Wasdale to Honister): Dave Birch & Dave Troman
Leg 5 (Honister to Moot Hall): Mark McGlincy & Craig Smith

The boys will start at 3am this Saturday (27th) and are due to finish at the Moot Hall at 7:50pm. You will be able to follow them on a live tracker (link below) as well as getting updates here and on our twitter @KeswickAC.
Good luck lads!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015


Friday 19th June
Keswick AC Social, Keswick Football Club

6pm Runners meet outside football club - choice of a Parlauf round Latrigg, or just go for a steady run.  Football club will be open from 6.30pm so runners can come back and get showered in the football club.

7pm Informal get together for members, partners and families.  A BBQ will be on the go, please bring your own food for that.  If anyone would like to bring or make side salads and nibbles, and cake/biscuits to share that would be great.   Pints on offer for £1 a pint.  Squash available, and then anything else you want to drink, just bring it along.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Club training this week

There is now a good variety of training sessions available for club members. Details of all the club training sessions can be found on the website under the training sub-heading.

Training for the week beginning Mon 8th June:

Tues 9th...
Both sessions meet 6 for 6:15 in Fitz Park Pavillion
Grass session in Fitz Park (Steve Hebblethwaite) as follows: 5mins 'tempo-pace', 6 x 3mins off 90sec, 5mins 'tempo-pace'.
Intermediate session in Crow Park (with Lesley) up and down reps.

Weds 10th...
Midday session, meet 12 noon at Fitz Park Pavillion. All abilities catered for, including beginners.
Wednesday speed session: Warm up out on railway line. 6 x 2min efforts with 2min jog recovery along railway track. 3 out, turn & 3 back. Jog back recovery.
Ladies Social Run
Ladies Social Session ~ Mixed abilities, all welcome, meet 6:30pm at the Cenotaph, Penrith Road, Keswick.
Thurs 11th...
Fell run on High Rigg/Low Rigg
Meet 6.30pm at the carpark (grid ref 316194) on A591, just past the RH turning to cross Thirlmere Dam.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Last of the Bluebells Rannerdale social fell run. 

Thursday 21st May  6:20PM Fish Hotel car park, Buttermere, CA13 9XA  GR174169

4 miles 45 mins ish via Rannerdale and back or 5.7 miles if we decide to include the summit of Whiteless Pike 70 mins ish.  Optional food and/or a drink afterwards in the Fish, last orders for food 9PM. 

Just turn up if you fancy it, gentle prelude to Helvellyn?

Any questions please contact  Rob Wynne  via

Fish Inn main menu:

Prawn Salad    £11.50
Served with Marie Rose dressing & a bread roll.     
Ploughmans    £11.50
A selection of cheese, served with pickle & a bread roll.     
Ham Salad       £10.50
Home baked ham served with  a bread roll. 

Rump Steak     £14.40
Cooked to your preference. Accompanied  by  mushrooms & onion rings. Served with a salad garnish & a choice of chips or jacket potato.           
Grilled Gammon Steak            GF       £10.50
Accompanied by mushrooms & pineapple. Served with a salad garnish &  a choice of chips or jacket potato.     
Steak & Mushroom  Pot Pie    £9.50
Served with a salad garnish & a choice of chips or jacket potato.   
Roasted Half Chicken  £9.20
Served with a salad garnish &  a choice of chips or jacket potato.  
Cumberland Sausage  £9.90
Served with apple sauce, a salad garnish &  a choice of chips or jacket potato.     
Chilli con Carne          £9.20
Served with a salad garnish & a choice of chips or boiled rice.       
Lasagne           £9.50
Served with a salad garnish &  garlic bread.
Grilled Aberdeen Angus Cheese Burger         £7.60
Grilled burger topped with cheese served in a bun. Accompanied by a salad garnish, chips & relish.       

Deep Fried Scampi      £10.20
Served with a salad garnish & a choice of chips or jacket potato.   
King Prawn Thai Curry   GF     £11.20
Served with a salad garnish & a choice of chips or boiled rice.       
Salmon & Dill Fish Cakes       £9.40
Served with sweet  chilli dip  salad garnish &  choice of chips or jacket potato.     
 Grilled Local Rainbow Trout   GF       £12.50
Served with a salad garnish & a choice of chips or jacket potato.   

Three Cheese & Broccoli, Pasta Bake            £9.75
Served with a salad garnish & a choice of chips or jacket potato.   
Spicy Bean Chilli           GF      £9.20
Served with a salad garnish & a choice of chips or boiled rice.       
Tandoori Vegetable Massala  £9.50
Served with a salad garnish & a choice of chips or boiled rice.        

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Records Tumble at Keswick's 'Round the Houses' Race

All three records were broken at Keswick AC's annual 'Round the Houses' 10k road race on Wednesday night. The event also saw a near record turnout with nearly 200 runners turning out for a midweek classic.

The route starts and finishes in Fitz Park and includes a circuit of the town via the Hospital, Main St and the dreaded Manor Brow. On a balmy evening the entire route was lined with spectators enjoying the sunshine, making for a fantastic atmosphere.

The mens race was won by some distance by James Douglas in 31.32, who also completed a hat-trick of victories and course records since the course was extended in 2013.

                                          James Douglas cruising to victory
Winning the ladies race was Keswick's very own Hannah Horsburgh in another record time of 38.39, and completing the trio of records was Sam Stead who set a new Keswick AC record of 33.32.

                                                       Hannah Horsburgh - new ladies record
Despite being weakened by providing a tremendous 37 volunteers to organise the event, Keswick also bagged the mens and ladies team prizes, providing the icing on the cake for what was already a hugely successful evening for the club.

1. J. Douglas (Border) - 31.32
2. S. Stead (Keswick) - 33.32
3. Mark Lamb (Keswick) - 34:07

19. Hannah Horsburgh (Keswick) - 38.39
48.  Karen Bridge (Eden) - 41.45
55. Viv Winter (Derwent) - 42.17

14. Jonny Hume 37.36
17. Adam Campion 38.18 (PB)
26. Steve Freeman 39.31 (1st V50)
27. Simon Jackson 39.40 (PB)
36. John Beetham 40.32
40. Rob Jones - 41.14
68. Stuart Edginton - 43.31
83. Louise Winter - 45.37
86. Craig Dring - 46.04
87. Keith Loan - 46.10
90. David Rice - 46.31
98. Lindsey Welch - 47.27
108. Louise Brown - 48.25
118. Joanne Kierney - 49.08
123. John Shaw - 49.40
139. Adrian Holme - 51.57
160. Suzanne Gilmore - 54.58
165. Linda Jubb - 55.44
169. Ella Scott - 56.20
179. Rachael Collins - 60.13

Monday, April 13, 2015

Keswick Take On Nation's Finest at National Championships

Keswick AC rose to the occasion of their first National 12 Stage Road Relays on Saturday, finishing 45th. The team were also the 14th highest placed Northern club - a superb result for a club with less than 200 first claim members.

The National 12 Stage Road Relay at Sutton Park is a classic event of the athletics calendar, and over the years has seen many of the greats of British distance running take part -Dave Moorcroft, Seb Coe, Brendan Foster, and Mo Farah to name just a few- and every year is of a high standard giving an opportunity  young runners to race against international athletes.

The event was again held at Road Running's equivalent of Wembley Stadium, Sutton Park in Birmingham. Despite the bright sunny day making for great spectating conditions the route was quite exposed and a brisk wind coupled with an undulating route made the challenge for the athletes all the more compelling. The spectators, many of whom consisted of runners waiting their turn, based themselves either side of the finishing straight. The Keswick boys made sure each of their compatriots were given an encouraging cheer as they slogged their way up the uphill finish.

The format of the 12-stage saw six runners having to tackle a long leg of 5.5 miles and the remaining sixmembers had to do a shorter 3.5 mile leg. 

Club captain Steve Hebblethwaite had selected a strong quartet of runners to tackle the longer legs.  Sam Stead kicked off the Keswick challenge on the first leg against an elite field headed by National XC Champion Charlie Hulson. Thriving off the electric atmosphere, he set Keswick's fastest long leg of the day in 29:13 to return the team in 34th place.  Pete George then ran a superb 3rd leg in 32.46 despite struggling with an achilles problem, but perhaps the gutsiest performance of the day went to Chris Brewer whose effort clear to see as he headed down the finishing straight of his leg of 32.56. Pat Malkinson followed with 33.20, and Keswick's strategy of placing stronger runners towards the end of the field paid off as Marc Brown (29:23) and captain Steve Hebblethwaite (29:41) clawed back 3 and 4 places respectively.

Interspersed with these runs were shorter legs run by Rob Wynne, Ian Davies, Rob Jones, Steve Jones, John Curran and Adam Campion, who demonstrated the strength in depth possessed by the club. Every runner is on their own personal journey and it is no different in this team - Rob W, Ian and John are all returning after injury, Steve Jones is training for an Ultra Marathon, Adam Campion for the Edinburgh Marathon and Rob Jones, competing in his first relay for the club, is chasing a long term target of a sub--40 10k. These individual journeys were set aside for a day and each athlete put their body on the line for their teammates, displaying some impressive times in the process. Of particular note was Ian Davies. who showed he is getting back to his best by setting the fastest short leg of the day for Keswick in 18:37. Adam Campion put the icing of the cake by finsihing the club in 44th place.

44 Keswick Aac 5:03:15

Sam Stead (34) 29:13 Rob Wynne (47) 19:07 Peter George (48) 32:43 Ian Davies (51) 18:37 Chris Brewer (51) 32:56 Steve Jones (53) 20:17 Patrick Malkinso (54) 33:20 Robert Jones (54) 20:15 Marc Brown (51) 29:23 John Curran (50) 19:02 S Hebblethwaite (46) 29:41 Adam Campion (45) 18:41

At the head of the field, Morpeth Harriers took their first ever Men's 12 Stage title and Aldershot, Farnham & District continued their dominance of Women's running by winning the 6 Stage title.