ONE of Cumbria’s fastest growing running clubs has bid farewell to soggy cross county meetings after securing funding for a special events tent.

Members of Leven Valley AC had until recently been forced to face the elements before and after every race they competed in, but now have a warm and dry base in which to get changed and wait for their race after local charitable trust the Hornby Foundation stepped in.

"This has made such a difference when we are competing," said the club’s safeguarding and welfare officer Kim Everett.

"At this time of year, the weather can be pretty atrocious, so the tent has been very welcome and other clubs have been saying how amazing it looks."

Hornby Foundation chairman John Hornby said the organisation was delighted to assist Levens AC.

"The volunteers who run it have done a fantastic job of building membership numbers and the club has some amazing, talented runners," he said.

“They make every effort to raise money themselves to keep costs down for their members, so it was our pleasure to be able to help by providing the grant for this tent."

Leven Valley AC was established in 2015 and now has more than 100 runners of all abilities who train twice a week in Ulverston.

More details are available on the club's Facebook page.