Sunday, August 2, 2015

Borrowdale 2015

Possibly the most prestigious individual race in the fell running calendar, the Borrowdale Fell Race took place yesterday and saw some excellent performances from the 21 Keswick AC athletes taking park
Such is the prestige attached to the event, The Borrowdale Trophies are awarded to the first Keswick athletes to finish. These honours will this year be presented to Mark Lamb (13th, 3:15.22) and Hannah Horsburgh (2nd Lady, 3:42.59), who were both competing in the event for the first time.
Hannah was joined by Catherine Spurden (3:45.45) and Rachel Findlay-Robinson (4:27.15) to win the Ladies team prize.
Other notable performances included Steve Angus (3:32.55) taking over 10 minutes from his personal best and Kirsten Ogden smashing her 5 hour target with 4:51.06.
The race was won in dominant fashion by Ricky Lightfoot (2:54.14). Jasmin Paris (3:15.33) recorded an equally dominant win in the Ladies race and missed the record by only 15 seconds.
Other Keswick Results:
31st David Birch M45 03:32:37
36th Lee Newton M 03:36:43
39th Sam Ware M 03:37:11
93rd Donald Ferguson M50 04:02:04
106th Craig Smith M45 04:09:59
122nd Tom Loan M 04:16:13
127th Robert Jones M 04:21:02
158th Damian Kimmins M40 04:38:11
164th Keith Loan M55 04:40:42
167th Ivan Holroyd M40 04:42:20
172nd Sarah Massey F40 04:44:11
174th Adrian Bacon M40 04:45:04
179th Annabel Holmes F45 04:47:37
183rd Angela Wakefield F 04:48:34
188th Kirsten Ogden F40 04:51:06
208th Lesley Malarkey F65 05:00:23

Saturday, July 25, 2015

FRA 'Do'

The annual FRA Dinner & Dance is this year being held at the Daffodil Hotel, Grasmere on 21st November. This is a great opportunity for a unique social event with other club members and fell runners from across the country, plus a chance to congratulate those who win medals in the English & British Championships (there will be some!)
We are hoping to block book at least a couple of tables for Keswick AC, and to arrange transport between Keswick and Grasmere for club members.
The 'Badger Bar Blast' Fell Race is being organised on the same day and is in the club championships.
Please register your interest by emailing me at with the number of places you would like - please do not book directly with the organisers as I will be looking to negotiate a bulk discount.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Run ABC North Article

The club are featured in the September issue of Run ABC North Magazine. A taster is posted below, I will bring my copy to training for people to have a browse. Sam.

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.