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.