This year the Montane Lakeland 100 competitors have raised in excess of £42,000.00 for Epic Kidz. The Lakeland 100 event has a huge and dedicated team of hard working volunteers and this year we have asked all of the checkpoint owners and checkpoint managers from the event to nominate a group or charity to receive an Epic Kidz donation. Over the coming few months we will be blogging about all the donations made to all the good causes nominated by the Lakeland 100 family.
Our next donation in the series has come from Martin Bergerud, the manager of the small but picturesque ‘Petzl’ checkpoint located in Boot, on the Lakeland 100 course. Martin has chosen Keswick Athletics Club Juniors to receive his £500 donation.
Keswick AC Juniors was formed when local runners Angela Turnbull and Sarah Bennett were ‘complaining’ that there was no local running club aimed at children so that their children could meet others of similar ages and go running. They decided to ask a few of their friends if they wanted to meet up with their children, on the side of Latrigg, and go for a run. That was in May 2013 and the informal group has been growing ever since. The group was completely self funded, purchasing their own equipment etc. Word got around and Keswick Lions offered them some funding so that they could gain some official coaching qualificiations and shortly thereafter, along with a couple of other parents, they became affiliated with Keswick Athletics Club.
Keswick AC Juniors now have 40 regular children training with them all year round, whatever the weather. They also have half this number again on the waiting list.
The club regularly organise junior races throughout the season and have had some great results in the XC leagues but their biggest achievement as a club so far is inspiring so many youngsters to exercise, enjoy running and appreciate the fells. Not all their runners are racers and the club encourages anyone who wants to just enjoy being out running and being with other like minded children.
The £500 Epic Kidz donation will enable Keswick AC Juniors to get more parents trained up as coaches so as to allow more children to join the club. They will also be able to invest in some training apparatus like hurdles and ladders as well as some safety essentials like spare head torches for the winter months.
Find out more about Keswick AC Juniors at http://www.keswickac.org.uk/junior_section