Kirkby Community Centre once again welcomes all BOFRA members to Kirkby Gala.
Members are welcome to camp on the Gala field on Friday and/or Saturday (£10 per family per night, including hot showers).
However there is one difference this year and we are seeking BOFRA members’ cooperation, please:
A young man called Steve, well known and well-loved in the village, died at a much too young age (38) this year. His family and friends are organising a 5-a-side football tournament in his memory at this year’s Gala, and they are going to have two football pitches across the top end of the football field, towards the tennis courts.
Therefore we would ask BOFRA members not to set up camp in the cordoned-off area until after the memorial tournament ends on Saturday around 4.30 to 5pm.
If you wish to camp along the bottom hedge on Friday or Saturday, that will be fine, but please squeeze up as we are going to be a bit tighter for space than usual. If you are only camping on Saturday it would help us if you just parked your car or van along that field hedge on the south side of the Gala field, and didn’t actually set up your camp until the end of the day.
This should be the last year our fell-running friends should have to put up with 1950s facilities at Kirkby. Our plans for two new changing rooms and a complete re-modelling of the rest of the buildings have been passed, and we have so far been awarded grants totalling £160,000 out of the £220,000 we need to fully refurbish the Community Centre. (We have applications in for the rest of the money we need.)
Our builder starts in December, and by the time you come in 2019 the new changing rooms at least should be completed.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE WITH WHAT WE KNOW ARE RATHER SUB-STANDARD FACILITIES UP TO NOW!
Lowgill Sports is a new event on the BOFRA calendar and a BOFRA Championship fell race for 2018. It is a traditional country sports, so as well as the fell race there are a host of other activities which make for an entertaining afternoon/evening.
Entry is £3 for adults and 50p for children, with no additional charge for the fell races, so quite a bargain compared to some shows and sports.
There is free parking in the field which is open from 3pm. There are children’s sports from 3.30pm and registration for the fell race will also open at 3,30pm, with the children’s fell races at 4.30pm. Senior fell race is 6pm. Entries for the fell races close 30 mins before each event.
For more info look at the BOFRA webpage which has maps for the fell race and also the sports own website.
Please note that Coniston Trails Marathon and Half Marathon will be taking place around Coniston Lake on Sunday. So please allow a little extra time as their may be congestion due to additional traffic and runners crossing roads, etc.
The start and finish for the trail events are at Coniston Old Hall so hopefully will not impact our parking, and they should have cleared the part of their course which overlaps with ours, by the time of our races.
However it's best to be prepared.
Parking for the Coniston Gullies Race. Parking will be in the school grounds at the John Ruskin School, Lake Road Coniston. Cost of parking will £3 per car, a bargain considering the local car parks are charging £1.80 for an hour.
Please do not park on the road up to the Gullies, because it makes access difficult for the residents living up the road, and makes us and the association very unpopular with them and the locals.
Race registration will be in the school grounds and all competitors and spectators MUST walk to the start. Please allow 10-15 minutes to get to the start. The start is through the stile at the beginning of the original race route and along the wall.
Also if its a fine and warm day, many of us will go down to the lake afterwards for a barbecue
|Vets, in each category||£15|
|U12||Trophies down to 5th place|
|U9||Trophies down to 5th place|
Prizes are equal for male and female