Lake District based cottage company Heart of the Lakes continues to support one of the most prestigious fell races in the annual calendar – the ‘Heart of the Lakes Rydal Round’ at Ambleside Sports – is a traditional sporting event where super-fit competitors pit their endurance and nerve against a gruelling ascent and heart-stopping descent of the fells.
The cottage company is proud to have sponsored the challenging 9-mile fell race that takes in the iconic Fairfield Horseshoe for the past 23 years. Heart of the Lakes took over the sponsorship from Reebok in the early 1990’s and now contributes £500 per year in prize money.
The Heart of the Lakes Rydal Round was the first race of the day at Ambleside Sports on Thursday 25 July 2019. The nine mile race around one of Lakeland’s best known walks known as the Fairfield Horseshoe attracted over 100 runners. This year’s winners were Ricky Lightfoot (Winner) and Keilli Roberts (1st Female 2019).
Matt Hartnett, Marketing Manager Heart of the Lakes, said: “With strong roots in the local community we have been supporting the Heart of the Lakes Rydal Round Fell Race for 23 years. It’s a demanding challenge and we would like to congratulate all who took part in this classic Lakeland sporting event. Events like this reflect the distinct Lake District culture that makes this such a special place to be and brings our World Heritage Site story to life.”
Officially set up in the Golden Jubilee year of Queen Victoria’s reign in 1886, for over 200 years Ambleside Sports has been delighting locals and visitors alike who have enjoyed watching and participating.