Club Trip: Berlin Marathon 2018

A few lucky lottery entrants, a park run tourist and a superb support crew made up the London City AC Berlin marathon squad. With a summer of intense heat and intense training behind us, we all managed to get to the start line in one piece and were ready to enjoy this famously fast race. What transpired was a world record breaking performance from Eliud Kipchoge, followed by a slew of solid performances from the London City AC team of Florie Lhuillier, James Screen, Jo Tillman, Laura Chesham, Marie Duignan, and Mat Barber. From a runners perspective it was a great course – fast, flat, wide open roads, mixture of the city landmarks and quieter neighbourhoods, and great support along the way from locals, tourists and a whole array of musical entertainment! Our own support crew managed to pop up in a few places along the route, although I was apparently faster than the u-Bahn train at one point so I didn’t see them at 20k!!

Once we had all passed through the infamous Brandenburg gate and then sprinted for the finish line, our targets were smashed, PBs were a plenty, and qualification times for London, Boston and a whole host of other races were achieved. Somehow we all managed to rendezvous both in the finisher’s village for the 40,000 plus runners and then met the others at the carefully selected beer garden for the all important post race rehydration and refuelling. No surprises that Nick Sutcliffe and Andy Melrose were instrumental in that part of the organisation!

All in all, it was a most successful weekend away for runners and supporters alike!

Southern Athletics League 2018

London City AC’s debut season at the Southern Athletics League track and field matches has been a display of both experienced and emerging talent, hard work, lots of fun and a great squad of support. From the first fixture back in April with a handful of members competing in as many events as they possibly could, to the last match at Tooting Bec where we had sprinters sprinting, jumpers jumping, throwers throwing and distance runners racing middle distance (and not doing a bad job!), the blue and yellow of London City AC made a colourful impact on the league and we could not be more proud! Well done to every single member who took part, both those who provided the team with valuable experience (including teaching us how to hand over a relay baton!) and those who turned up and had a go, whether they had done the event before or not. We had it all! From my personal perspective as a long time marathoner and ultra-marathoner, the idea of track racing horrified me at first. But after attending a couple of fixtures to spectate and cheer, FOMO took hold fast and the excitement of racing on a track intrigued me, so I was quickly convinced to give it a try. By the last fixture I’d bought myself a pair of track spikes and loved every second of racing! Granted, I stuck to the relative safe zone of track running, whereas I think huge kudos has to go to the members who threw their hat in at the throws and jumps, some of whom had not competed at these events before, ever! And of course I think the biggest cheers go to our now seasoned steeple-chasers who took on the challenge of possibly the hardest event of the match and did it with style and finesse.
It’s been a season of firsts, of PBs and of great team-work. I HIGHLY recommend anyone and everyone to give it a try next season. All we need to add to Melrose’s list of ‘Heroes’ is a few officials for each match. Providing officials is part of the club’s obligations as a league member, so any budding authority figures (who want to help refresh the look and feel of the official side of proceedings!) keep a look out for upcoming official courses that will be advertised soon!

Congratulations, Coach McLachlan!

Congratulations to Vikki McLachlan, our Junior Club Secretary, who recently qualified as an Athletics Coach through England Athletics.

Vikki McLachlan

Vikki has followed in the footsteps of Andy Melrose, who qualified in July. So we now have two fully qualified coaches on our club committee! Vikki has been working with the Juniors since she joined the committee this year. Her tireless efforts have resulted in a significant increase in junior membership and participation at the track training sessions and competitions. You will also find her at the sprints session on the track nights, where she has been both assistant coaching and training, week in week out. Vikki passed her final formal assessment on Sunday 1st October, 2017. We are so proud to welcome her as the newest member of London City AC’s coaching team. Well done, Coach McLachlan!  

The BIG Announcement!!

We are very excited to announce that London City Athletics Club has been awarded 60 community entries for the next big race to hit our streets – The Big Half, taking place on March 4th, 2018.

“Created by London Marathon Events Ltd, The Big Half is a new one day festival centred around the half marathon distance, which aims to be truly global and uniquely local in a celebration of the wonderful cultural diversity of the great city of London.”

As some of you may know, general entries have already sold out. But the organisers ring-fenced a number of entries specifically for local community groups in the four London boroughs on the route – Southwark, Lewisham, Tower Hamlets and Greenwich. We have 60 of those entries to offer to our members and they only cost £10 each!

Who can enter?

Any current senior member of London City AC!

You may be….

  • a seasoned half marathoner and looking for a PB
  • in marathon training (perfect timing for Spring marathons!) and need a build-up race
  • someone who has never run a half marathon before but always wanted to give it a go
  • someone who has never run a half marathon before and didn’t want to give it a go, but this chance to race on your doorstep and for a bargain price of £10, so it’s too good to turn down

Details on how to apply have been posted to the member’s Facebook group and sent via email. Please refer to those for further information. All other club fixtures can be found on our upcoming fixtures pages.