Archive for May, 2016
Following a month of heavy rainfall, the full force of Storm Desmond hit Glenridding on the afternoon of Saturday 5th December 2015. Frantic efforts to protect homes and businesses proved fruitless as the full devastating impact of the storm hit. Glenridding beck burst its banks in the village in the early evening and the next morning it was flowing freely down Eagle lane, across the car park, and right through the Glenridding Hotel. It also brought with it thousands of tonnes of silt, gravel and stone, carried down the fells from landslips all the way up to Helvellyn. The village was now cut off – the lake road was impassable and the road between Glenridding and Patterdale was to remain underwater for three days.
It wasn’t just Glenridding that was ravaged by Storm Desmond. In Patterdale, Grisedale Bridge burst its banks, causing landslips up the valley, ripping up the road outside Patterdale Hall and flooding all the properties at Grisedale Bridge. Goldrill Bridge was underwater. Landslips on Place Fell narrowly avoided crushing houses, instead leaving a trail of mud, debris and stone on the roads to Rookings. Further up the Dale there was a landslide at Noran Bank which blocked the main road, the beck bank was washed out at Lanefoot in Deepdale and in Hartsop the road was again under water by Cow Bridge, with devastation to the walls and fields from Kirkstone down.
From the very first day the community rallied to recover from the devastation and quickly set up a Community Flood Group to coordinate the recovery efforts. An appeal was also launched to raise much needed funds to assist with the recovery. So far over £20,000 has been raised from individual donors and the community are very grateful for all the support they have received.
The fund raising is still ongoing as the community still have much work to do, both in terms of recovering from December as well as resilience measures to ensure they are more prepared for future events.
One of the current biggest challenges is the restoration of Jenkins Field, which will take many months of hard work. Over 20,000 tonnes of gravel and stone was removed from Glenridding Beck following the storm and it was all put on Jenkins Field.
Jenkins Field is home to numerous events throughout the year which brings many visitors to the Glenridding and Patterdale area. It is also the home of many an activity for younger children, from playing football on the grass to orienteering and learning about the lake and the wildlife from the numerous information boards that were placed around the field. In the height of summer you would often see families picnicking on the edge of the lake or resting on a park bench and taking in the peaceful view of Ullswater.
The community flood group are now focusing on the removal of all the storm debris and then restoring the field to its former glory.
Epic Kidz have donated £500 of the funds put aside to help out communities following Storm Desmond to assist with the restoration of Jenkins Field.
You can find out more about the community flood group HERE. The best ways to help the local communities is to go and visit, enjoy the views, stay in a local B&B or visit the local businesses. You can also make donations via the community flood fund website or even sign up to be a volunteer.
Savannah Morgan first started competing as a 10 year old in the field of triathlon. She competed for several years and soon realised that her bike times were quite good. On the back of this revelation, she had a go at some local crit racing in 2013 and eventually rode in the Dolan series and CDNW races.
In 2014 Savannah joined Liverpool Century CC and started crit racing around the North West, gaining some results as well as starting to train on the Velodrome.
2015 was a breakthrough year for Savannah which involved her winning the Dolan series at Victoria Park and competing in the Youth Tour of Scotland with the “Cycle Wright” team. By the summer, she had gained enough youth A points to be able t ride in the E1234 races where she successfully gained wins throughout the season.
Savannah was also picked for the Hoy Future Stars races at the Revolution series following finishing 9ths in the points race at the National Youth Track Championships.
By October 2015 Savannah was ranked 3rd overall nationally in the under 16 girls until she suffered a serious accident at the Velodrome which resulted in a broken elbow and ruled her out of the Revolution series. Despite the accident she still managed to hold onto 5th place in the national rankings and gained her CAT 2 licence for 2016.
Not one to be put off and ever determined, Savannah overcame her injuries and rode in Glasgow at the Revolution series (under doctors orders to “not fall off”).
2016 sees 16year old Savannah riding for Team 22 WRT, a North West based women’s road racing team. So far she has finished 10th on the 1st stage and 15th on the 2nd stage of the Holme Valley 2 day event and thus 2nd Junior overall as well as finishing 1st and 2nd at local Criterium races.
Recently Savannah has ridden in the first ever junior women’s road race where she was just beaten in the uphill sprint finish but gained an excellent 4th position against some of the best juniors in the country. She also raced in the prestigious Lincoln GP against some of the country’s best elite women as well as racing up the infamous cobbled road of Michaelgate.
Savannah aims to be able to ride competitively at 2/3 day events but has been struggling due to the lack of a time trial bike. Her family were unable to purchase a TT bike together with the bike already purchased for the forthcoming season as well as all the race entry fees and travel expenses associated with her racing. The Dave Hitchen Fund stepped in and provided Savannah with £1000 which was used towards the purchase a TT bike from Dolan.
Savannah says “I would like to thank the Dave Hitchen Fund & Dolan for helping to contribute towards a time trial bike which will help me to take my fitness and breakaway ability to the next level over the coming months by competing in the TT events around the North West and hopefully achieving my aim of becoming one of the country’s best junior riders in 2016/2017 before then moving to the senior category in 2018.”
We can’t wait to read about Savannahs success over the rest of the season and it sounds like she will definitely be a name to watch out for in the future.
Wigan Triathlon Club are an extremely active North West Triathlon Club with a large, active juniors section.
One of the clubs key values, instilled by the previous chairman, is to make Triathlon available to families. As most adults can attest, Triathlon can be an expensive sport, and Wigan Triathlon Club aim to try to help families ease the financial burden so as to allow children to train and race within the sport of triathlon. In the past the club have purchased junior sized bikes that are used for the juniors to train on and they are able to loan for racing on.
With the support of Epic Kidz and Teckentrup, Wigan Triathlon Club have now purchased a stock of junior tri suits to loan out to the junior members of the club so they can race without having to spend money on an expensive tri suit. This means that as they grow they do not need to be buying new tri suits every year, but can race and feel part of the club.
Keep an eye out for the Wigan Triathlon Juniors at races throughout the summer season.
2nd Atherton Scout Group is growing rapidly from humble beginnings and there have been Beavers, Cubs and Scouts at 2nd Atherton for over 100 years.
Over the last few years the troops have been very active, meeting once a week, and have had many weekends away (primarily under canvas). The scouts take part in activities as diverse as kayaking, abseiling, expeditions overseas, photography, climbing and zorbing. They learn survival skills, first aid, computer programming, & even how to fly a plane.
On Wednesday 23rd March the scouts recently renovated camping trailer was stolen from outside their scout hut. The numerous camps for the entire group was placed at risk as there was no way of getting the considerable amount of camping equipment to the campsites all across the North West. Epic Kidz donated £600 to 2nd Atherton Scout Group to allow them to replace the stolen trailer so that they can now hit the road and attend the planned summer camps.
Chorley Athletic and Triathlon Club (or ‘Chorley’ for short) is a grass-roots club for people of all ages and abilities interested in road, cross country, trail, fell, multi-eventing, walking, track and field competition and/or just keeping fit and healthy.
The club in its present form was established in May 2012, and is now one of the largest clubs based in the North West of England with one of the biggest junior sections.
The juniors section has been going from strength to strength with over 100 juniors training and competing for the club on the athletics side. The juniors have also started to become more involved in the triathlon side of the club with many juniors competing in the NW series as well as many other junior races.
The club have been trying to develop the triathlon side and encourage new youngsters to get involved in the swim and the bike element as well as the run. They have some dedicated coaches but were lacking in equipment on the swimming side of things. Epic Kidz donated £310 to purchase a number of junior sized fins, hand paddles and open water safety floats so that the juniors can train and stay safe during the open water season.
You can find out more about Chorley Athletic & Triathlon Club via their website: www.chorley-athletic-and-triathlon.org
You can purchase junior sized fins, paddles and safety floats from www.theendurancestore.co.uk
Kendal Lads & Girls Club has been around since 1938 and has come on a long way over the years. From having their club house built back in 1965 the youth centre has grown to include a new skate park and refurbishments to allow the club to provide numerous activities for the young adults who go there.
Unfortunately the youth centre was closed in December following extensive damage from Storm Desmond. The River Kent passes close by the centre which burst its banks following the storm causing extensive flooding across the gardens and play areas. The main building was also flooded with water filling the cellar and rising to about 3 inches across the whole lower level.
Thanks to numerous donations, the Centre managed to raise funds to fix the storm damage and was able to reopen to the community at the end of January.
Epic Kidz donated £487 to Kendal Lads & Girls Club so that they could replace the sporting equipment that was lost due to Storm Desmond.
You can find out more about Kendal Lads & Girls Club at http://www.kendalladsandgirlsclub.com.