Tribute to top sportsman at iconic Lakes event

A new award will be made at Ambleside Sports this summer in memory of one of the event’s stalwart supporters who died last year.

The Gerry Meneaud Memorial Trophy will be presented to the top hound trailer at the Sports at the end of this month.

Gerry Meneaud, well known on the local sports scene, particularly as a fell runner, was also an expert trail setter for the hound races. He was part of an elite team who drag a highly-scented rag for up to nine miles over the fells for the hounds to follow as they race.

new trophy pic

“Gerry was a loyal and hardworking member of our committee and he is very sadly missed,” said Sports chairman Jak Hirst. He’s pictured here showing the trophy to Gerry’s daughter, Carolyn Meneaud, also a fell runner, who will this year take on the organising of the first main event at the sports, the Rydal Round race.

gerry and thatch

Laying the trail: the late Gerry Menaud (right) with colleague Mike Thornton in the fells

Said Jak: “We wanted to show our appreciation and honour his memory and we thought this was a really good way to keep his name alive.”

Ambleside Sports will be held on Thursday July 27 at Rydal Park, with wrestling, cycling and children’s races along with fell-running and houndtrails. There will be many stalls, entertainment, refreshments and a beer tent. Gates open at 10am and the Rydal Round will start at 12 noon. Full details: http://amblesidesports.co.uk/

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