Seventeen go mad in Ambleside

There were lashing of hills as MFR went north for running adventures in the South Lakes at the weekend. Much fun was had romping around the undulations of Cumbria, armed with only maps, Kendal mint cake and double helpings of true British grit.

The second training weekend was a huge success, splendidly organised by our very own Julian aka Tom Blackburn. For those brave pioneers who arrived on Friday afternoon, there was a gentle ten km jaunt between Ambleside and Windermere, with those arriving later just making it in time for their first ginger beer and some supper.

Saturday was a glorious day and most of the gang set off at ten am for a tour of the super hills, choosing a 12 or 18 mile route. Two of the girls (Sarah and Kate) opted for a gentler 12 km run to Windermere and stopped mid way for cake and tea which proved most refreshing – hurrah!

After the running capers came yoga, with a session that helped ease away aches and pains and made some of the gang fall asleep. Three cheers were also pronounced later that evening after a scrummy tea of stew and dumplings with crumble for pudding.

There was yet more cake after a recovery run on the Sunday in Grasmere (where the hills were a bit beastly), and some of the best sconage seen for some time.

Another weekend in planned in March next year and is jolly good fun all round.

Author: Sarah R

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  1. Marvellous weekend, thanks to Tom B and Graham B for showing us the way!

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  2. Fabulous weekend away, and so lucky with the weather; many thanks for Tom B for organizing – can’t wait for March.

    The cake stop was, in retrospect essential, Sarah and I ran a whole 1 minute per k faster on the way back 😉

    Thanks Graham B for teaching me to read a map!

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  3. I am going to work a cake stop in to all long runs, was a boon

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