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Ambleside stages first fell race since lockdown

Scout Adkin, first woman, approaching the summit alongside Billy Cartwright (photo James Kirby)

The first fell race since March was staged by Ambleside AC in a thrilling uphill-only time trial.

Some 150 runners setting off at 30 second intervals raced from the town centre to the summit of 1500ft Wansfell.

Fastest to the top was Jacob Adkin in 13 minutes 53 seconds. He was followed by Chris Richards (14.47) and Rob Jebb (14.51). Scout Adkin was first female in 15.50, followed by Jess Bailey (17.54) and Nichola Jackson (17.58).

Ambleside AC’s junior Sophie Rylance (photo James Kirby)

The race was a fund-raiser for the Junior World Mountain Running Cup which will be staged in the town next year after its postponement this summer. It was sponsored by Pete Bland Sports, and the iconic Herdy company, who provided spot prizes.

Organiser Duncan Richards, who is leading the team organising the world cup races, paid tribute to the volunteers and the runners for enabling a Covid-secure event to go ahead.

And the runners themselves were thrilled to be back racing, the event attracting a top quality field.

Full results: http://results.opentracking.co.uk/event/wansfell20?fbclid=IwAR1zZPVEGZpSsT3k0Ft6JXQYlZNG5v_9LV9QLaISmCi9WooGookrsRzjLHE

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