During their preparations for the Virgin London Marathon 2017 Jo Pavey and David Weir visited our newly refurbished Southwark Athletics Centre. The athletes met runners from London City Athletics Club and King’s College London Athletics Club also running this years marathon and mini marathon.
Félicitations to all our London City AC runners in Paris last weekend for the Paris Marathon. A massive 43,754 athletes competed in the world-famous City of Light. Even under sweltering skies, London City AC smashed it with Personal Bests aplenty.
The fifth and final race of the Met League Cross Country 2016/17 season was at Alexandra Palace Park on 11th February 2017. Going into the race our women’s team were top of Division 2 by just 62 points. This is equivalent to one high scoring runner. Both women’s and men’s teams turned up in high numbers to race and to support the women’s race.
In the end our women’s team absolutely smashed it and finished the season 172 points ahead, thus securing top spot, promotion to division 1 and winning our club’s first ever trophy comprehensively. We enjoyed plenty of cake, mud, war paint and in the end a shiny trophy to shamelessly show off to anyone who will listen. All our runners took points all over the place and the men’s team will be inspired by the women’s team come the next Met League season and hopefully for this summers Surrey Road League.
Rather than harp on anymore about how great we are and how amazing our runners are, here is a film by our members Nigel Shardlow and Andy Melrose so you can see what a Cross Country event is like!
Tuesday 4 October 2016 was a momentous day for London City AC as we took to the newly refurbished athletics track in Southwark Park for our inaugural track training session.
Over 100 athletes participated in coached sessions in endurance running, sprints and throws. It was a truly exciting evening after over two years of waiting. The first night on the track did not disappoint. The opening was covered by Southwark News.
London City AC are working in collaboration with King’s College London AC to offer track training, which is exclusive to club members, every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6pm until 8:30pm. The sessions are open to all London City AC members and suitable for runners and athletes of ALL abilities.
London City Athletics Club celebrated its official launch by hosting a 10K race in Southwark Park. A sunny Mother’s Day morning set the scene for almost 200 runners to tackle three laps of the park to mark the creation of London’s newest athletics club.
The race was started by Simon Hughes, former MP for Bermondsey & Old Southwark, who in a pre-race speech provided runners with an historical picture of the park.
Andy Greenleaf of Winchester & District Athletics Club was first across the line in 32:13 and over 20 seconds clear of his neaest challenger. Jess Fawcett of London City AC breached the 40 minute mark to take first place in Senior Womens category with 39:50.
The London City AC launch race was a UK Athletics licensed event. The race which also featured a Junior 3K race was organised in a partnership between London City AC and the RUN! Southwark’s Athletics Activator. London City AC will now be looking to compete regularly in regional road running, cross country and track field competitions at senior and junior level. Results can be found here.