Children’s Races

Special track for toddlers and children age 4-11. Sprints, ‘bean and bucket’ and sack races.  Rosettes and lollies for all! Races for children from toddlers up to age 11 are held on a specially prepared track at the eastern side of the sports field.These are extremely popular and begin at 2pm prompt and last for about an hour. In each race …

Grass Track Cycling

Watch this exciting sport in the arena. The races range from 500m to 3200m. The premium cycle event of the afternoon is the “Devil Take Hindmost” where the last competitor is eliminated at the end of each circuit until the prizes goes to the “last man standing”.  The cycling events have had a chequered history in the sports. It was …

Track Races

Handicapped track races are held in the arena for seniors and youths under 17 . In the nineteenth century and for much of the twentieth, this section would have been more correctly named “field & track” as running, high leap, putting the stone, hop skip and jump, hurdles and running long jump were all included in the early contests. Pole …

Fell and Guide Races

Junior and Senior Guide races plus the prestigious nine mile Rydal Round Fell Race. In this section of the programme we have a senior guide race with prizes for male and female. The junior guide races are separate for boys and girls in the categories under 9’s, under 12’s, under 14’s and under 17’s. The first event of the day …

Hound Trailing

Five exciting races on a pre-laid trail around the surrounding fells. Bookies are in attendance! The sport of Hound Trailing probably dates from the eighteenth century but it was the formation of the Hound Trailing Association (HTA) in 1906 which brought about a formal set of rules and regulations for events to take place. The sport has its origins in the …

Wrestling

Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling, for men, ladies and children.    The wrestling programme at Ambleside Sports has always been one of the main attractions – way back in 1809 a Silver Wrestling Belt and 5 guineas were offered in prizes. The “back hold” is crucial to this style of wrestling. Competitors stand face to face and link their hands behind …