It was a furiously busy weekend of racing for the club with no less than SEVEN members racing on both Saturday and Sunday. Here are the details:

From Jenn for the KAC Ladies…. There’s been a fair few ladies out and about at some recent events which is great to see…Angela Davies trudged through the mud at Cartmel Sticky Toffee trail race, Cat Evans (1st) Jo Gillyon (2nd) and Lindsay Walker (hard as nails) raced in the Borders, Marie Nunes conquered ‘the hill’ at Lorton 10k and 6 amazing bods made it to Edale in Derbyshire and finished 3rd ladies team in the first English Fell Champs counter, to name a few!

Saturday saw a 12 strong men’s team head down to Birkenhead Park on the Wirral for the Northern 12 Stage Road Relay Championships. Featuring four ‘long legs’ of 8.5K and eight ‘short legs’ of 4.5K, the event always attracts the cream of running talent as the best clubs in the region battle it out for the best part of 4 hours.

With the strongest team for many years, the boys in yellow were hopeful of beating their previous best of 18th place. Alas, it was not to be, but the team battled through with remarkable consistency from 22nd after leg 1 to 19th at the finish. Perhaps if the star quartet of Sam Stead, Chris Edis, Phil Winskill and Simon Netherway not been racing the day before, things may have been different? More on that later.

KAC John Battrick

Keswick results:
Mark Lamb (21) 24:46
S Hebblethwaite (22) 12:53
Sam Stead (20) 25:11
Christopher Edis (21) 13:55
John Battrick (20) 25:23
Simon Netherway (20) 13:10
Callum Tinion (21) 26:43
Phil Winskill (21) 13:24
Eddie Fletcher (20) 12:41
Graham Airey (20) 13:39
Ross Butler (19) 12:51
Bobby Hagan (19) 13:45
Full results: https://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2018/n1218.htm

Other performances on Sunday included a win for Catherine Spurden at Northern Fells Running Club excellent Carrock Fell race with Eddie Fletcher, Gary Mason, Vic Haworth, Lyn Thompson (new FV55 record), Owen Mills, Chris Clark and Kim Clark all representing the club well. Full results: http://fellrunner.org.uk/results/race18/18_Carrock.pdf

Not to be outdone, Craig Marsh came third in the High Terrain Events Buttermere 10 Trail Race in an excellent PB for the course.

Saturday saw the club organise the Causey Pike Fell Race, with many notable performances. Well done to winners Martin Mikkelsen-Barron and Vic Wilkinson, and to our runners Simon Netherway, Chris Edis, Phil Winskill, Tom Day, Adam Maynard, Craig Smith, Cat Spurden, Paul Fullwood, Pez Bullen, Michael Mallen, Gary Mason, Vic Haworth, Kerry Cornforth, Chris Smith, Keith Loan, George Blenkinship, Julie Carter, Owen Mills and Annabel Holmes. Recognise any names from Carrock and the road relays? Full results:  http://keswickac.org.uk/kac-races/causey-pike/#results

KAC Ladies at Causey Pike Fell Race

Those who weren’t at Causey Pike were probably at the Coniston 14 Race, where Sam Stead took an excellent win in 1:14:40, Rachel Mellor finished 9th lady, and David Rice, David Ferrier and Patric Gilchrist all running hard, with David Ferrier showing that hard training pays dividends with a massive 18 minute PB. Nice work David! Full results: https://www.tdleventservices.co.uk/event-results/events?event=2824

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