Club Trip: Vilnius 2017

Congratulations to all our runners at this year’s club trip! This year’s destination was the beautiful city of Vilnius in Lithuania. The event was host to races of various distances from Marathon to the unusual distance of 4.2k. Our runners went mostly for the Half Marathon, and two smashed the full Marathon. However, it wasn’t all about the running, as we enjoyed some excellent tourism which included a visit to the Vilnius Museum of Illusions!

Thank you to Audinga Andruskeviciute, one of our members who is from Vilnius and was an excellent tour guide for our team. Also thanks to Tony Wilson, who took many pictures and made a fantastic film of our trip (below).

Special congratulations to Laura Chesham who achieved a fantastic half marathon personal best. She achieved this despite suffering some nasty injuries after a fall during the race.

Marathoners

Shakir Khan 04:28:29
Hannu Simola 03:23:18

Half Marathoners

Maria Butylina 01:55:38
Laura Chesham 01:45:10
Sarah Deeny 01:57:19
Andrew Firth 01:53:04
Heather Haggis 01:47:48
Joe Jenkinson 01:40:09
Adam Millbery 01:26:44
Nick Sutcliffe 01:55:17
Jo Tillman 01:47:48
Rachel Wilson 02:06:34

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.

Surrey Road League 2017

The Surrey Road League is over for 2017! The League is a made up of seven road races hosted by six clubs throughout the summer months. It was London City AC’s fourth year competing in the league and our best so far! Our Men’s team finished 3rd and our Women’s team finished 6th out of over 30 clubs. This is an extraordinary achievement in only our fourth year since our club formed and our first after moving into our new home at Southwark Athletics Centre. By comparison, the winners this year, Ranelagh Harriers were formed in 1881! Many teams including Ranelagh Harriers were taking the league very seriously this year and some extraordinary performances were witnessed – including the course record at the Wimbledon 5k being broken by the first two finishers.

Congratulations to our top individual performers this year. Jo Tillman who finished 3rd in her category and Calvin Mullings who finished 6th in his. Special congratulations and thanks goes to our long standing club General Secretary, Denise Watson, who was not only the sole representative for the women’s team at the Wimbledon 5k, but she raced being 7 months pregnant and still finishing in a stellar time. The final league tables can be viewed here.

Whilst there is an elite end, these races are comfortable for all levels of running which make them great social occasions for our club. With an entry start on Sunday mornings and the races out of the way by mid morning, the rest of the summers day can be enjoyed in a pub garden. But now we look forward to winter and the Metropolitan League Cross Country starting in October.

Paris Marathon 2017

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.