ARCC Huts closed with immediate effect

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I am very sorry to announce that, having given much thought to the situation, the Management Committee now believe that the Club is left with no choice but to close all three huts with immediate effect.  
Since my correspondence to members several days ago it has come to light that other clubs, including the Fell and Rock and the Climbers Club, have already taken this action.
We are becoming more aware of the dangers of this virus, the ease with which it is transferred from one individual to another and the devastating outcome it can have for some.  We believe that keeping the huts open would contravene government advice to avoid any non essential social interactions, with the chance that the Club could find itself in a very difficult position if someone were to become ill as a result of staying at one of its huts.  
The Management Committee therefore asks that all members of the ARCC do not attend Bishop’s Scale, Little Ground House or Tyn Twr until government guidelines change.
I hope that all ARCC members stay healthy during this very difficult time and l look forward to resuming Club activities as soon as it is reasonably possible.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if any member has any queries about this notice.  
Chris Lloyd ARCC Chairman

Club meets cancelled with immediate effect

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Unfortunately, given the most recent government guidelines, I have to inform members that for the foreseeable all Achille Ratti meets will be cancelled.  As a consequence, the Bishop’s Scale maintenance meet and all following meets will not take place until a further announcement is made.  This will certainly include the Dungheon Ghyll fell race which was scheduled to take place on the 4th April and is very likely to include the Old County Tops which is scheduled to take place on 16th May.  I won’t make the final announcement in relation to the Old County Tops for another couple of weeks but the chances of it going ahead are looking slim.
For the time being the huts will remain open and available for members to use, but members do so at their own risk and should be aware of the current government advice which is to discourage any non-essential social interaction.  
Please do NOT use the huts if you display any of the publicised coronavirus symptoms and if you do go to a hut please take extra precautions regarding hygiene and cleanliness by, for example, regularly wiping down contact/work surfaces and washing hands frequently.  
A further notice to members will be sent if the situation changes in a way that further impacts the Club. 
This notice will also go on the facebook page and website, but if you know of a member who does not have email please let them know.  
I wish all members well during this very difficult period.
Chris Lloyd, ARCC Chairman

The 26 Lake, Meres and Waters – Update

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The Club is pleased to announce that the number of finishers of this tough challenge has increased by 25% during 2019 thanks to completions by Tony Marlow in June and Nathaneal Ingram in November. Tony and Nathaneal are the 7th and 8th members of this very select group of Ultra Runners. We would like to congratulate them on their fantastic achievements. Reports and photographs of Tony and Nathaneal’s runs can be found in the archive section of this website.

Bespoke certificates, made by Andy Ford (Otter Maps), are coming to the end of the design process and will soon be awarded to Tony, Nathaneal and all others who have completed the challenge. Further information about the challenge can be found in the fell running section of this website.

Annual General Meeting and Club President

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The Club AGM took place at Chapel Stile Village Hall on Saturday 16th November 2019. The minutes will be published here soon. We were pleased to welcome the new President of ARCC to the meeting. With the agreement of the Bishop of Lancaster, the Management Committee has appointed Fr John Moriarty as Club President. Fr John is currently Director of Castlerigg Manor in Keswick. He has been a member of ARCC since 2005. Fr John celebrated Mass for Deceased Members in the club Chapel after the AGM.

Funeral Arrangements for Father Elder

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These are the arrangements for Father Elder’s funeral

The funeral will be held at St Mary & St Michael’s Catholic Church in Garstang. There will be a Mass at 7pm on Thursday 5th September for the Reception of the Body. Father Elder’s body will remain in the church overnight, and then there will be a funeral Mass at 11.30am on Friday 6th September. All are welcome.

Father David Elder

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It is with great sadness that we share the news that Father David Elder, our ARCC President, passed away yesterday, Monday 19th August. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. We will share funeral details in due course, but we know that it will be within the next 2 weeks in Garstang.

Important announcement

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As a result of a recent incident during which unauthorised access was gained to the hut, the lock on the front door of Bishop’s Scale has been upgraded and the code has been changed. 
We have sent the new code to everyone on the club email address list. If you have not received an email from us then either we don’t have your email address at all, or you need to update it. Please get in touch with any committee member with your current email address to make sure that you receive important communications about the club. 
Thanks 😊

Land’s End to John O’Groats Cycle Ride

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On the 7th June 2019 John McGonagle completed a month long Land’s End to John O’Groats cycle ride.  We spent a wonderful ten days touring through Cornwall and Devon using mainly ‘B’ roads.  Very lumpy.    During this section I suffered recurring bouts of dizziness and balance problems necessitating a visit to an ear specialist and two hospitals in Cornwall and taking a course of antibiotics.

John meanwhile rode on and I ended up playing catch-up by taxi.  This put paid to my ride being an E to E attempt. Because of the effects of the antibiotics I abandoned the ride at Newport, South Wales. John carried on up through Wales to home in Blackburn, where he was just in time to plant his spuds and sort out a rebellious swarm of bees in one of his allotment hives! On the whole the weather during the ride up to then had been good, particularly in the south west. 

From here going north it took on a different complexion.  John battled on, day after day in unrelenting driving, cold rain.  He never gave up.  He had a day of 88 miles and one of over 90 miles arriving at the booked B & B after sunset.  At Fort William on a wet day he reckoned he had the ride ‘in the bag’! In a rain storm he made John O’ Groats feeling “Bright Eyed and Bushy Tailed”. I never doubted he would do it. Mick Mcgovern.