Personal bests at Ambleside Sports

One of the cycling races at Ambleside Sports

One of the cycling races at Ambleside Sports

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More 1,000 competitors battled for supremacy on the fells, the track and in the wrestling arena at Ambleside Sports.

In the Rydal Round - a gruelling nine-mile fell race around the Fairfield Horseshoe - Sarah McCormack set a new course ladies record of 1hr 35min 41sec - beating the previous mark by more than a minute.

Helm Hill’s Alastair Dunn claimed his third Rydal Round victory, romping home nearly ten seconds ahead of his nearest rival.

Another experienced Kendal runner, Mark Addison, who also runs for Helm Hill, secured victory in the showpiece Senior Guides Race in an impressive personal best time of 13.59 minutes.

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History was made in the Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling arena as primary school children competed against each other for the first time.

The children, from Ambleside, Grasmere and Langdale, had been given expert coaching by wrestling legend John Wilson, paid for by the Ambleside Sports Scholarship Fund.

In the ladies’ tournament Tracy Hodgson blew away the competition.

Richard Fox delivered a wrestling masterclass, scooping the Outstanding Wrestler of the Day Award.

He faced three different Brocklebank brothers on his way to winning the 12.5stone and 14stone events, losing narrowly to Thomas, ‘the oldest and biggest’ Brocklebank, in the final of the open weight competition.

On the bike track, 40 racers meant that Ambleside Sports set the record for most competitors at any event this season.

Scott Fisher, Ulverston, was the pick of the youngsters, winning the 300m and 800m races while Sam Ross, Penrith, picked up the 500m, 800m and 3,200m titles in the senior competition.

Bob McLean, adjudicator at the event, said: “A lot of youngsters took part. Five riders were under 18 which is good because it’ll keep the sport going. It was also the best prepared the track has ever been.”

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