New athletics club launches with Southwark Park 10k
On Sunday the brand new London City Athletics Club celebrated its official launch by hosting a 10K race around Southwark Park. A sunny mother's day morning set the scene for 190 runners to tackle three laps of the park to mark the creation of Southwark's only athletics club.
The race was started by Simon Hughes MP for Bermondsey & Old Southwark who in a pre-race speech provided runners with an historical picture of the park which this year celebrates it 150th birthday. Tim Navin-Jones chairman and president on London City Athletics Club said "It's been a very exciting start to the summer and a perfect setting to showcase our brand new athletics club, thanks to the volunteers, spectators and runners who created such an incredible atmosphere".
Andy Greenleaf of Winchester & District Athletics Club was first across the line in a brisk 32:13 and over 20 seconds clear of his nearest challenger. Jess Forcett breached the 40 minute mark to take first place in Senior Womens category.
The London City Athletics Club Celebration launch was a UK Athletics licensed event and was sponsored by sports retailer Decathlon. The race which also featured a junior 3K race was organised in partnership between the newly formed committee of London City Athletics Club and the RUN! Southwark's Athletics Activator. The club will now be looking to compete regularly in regional road running, cross country and track field competitions at junior and senior level.
Source: Southwark Council Website - April 2014.
London City Runners receive England Athletics award
The achievements of London City Runners were last week acknowledged when they picked up a prestigious award at the England Athletics London Region awards. The annual awards hosted by Bob Smith, England Athletics London Regional Manager were held at the new Institute of Sport, Health & Fitness on Tottenham Court Road.
Club founder Tim Navin-Jones and key members Edwin Mooiman & Denise Mountain, the driving force behind the running group collected the award for "Run England group of the year" after London City Runners showed remarkable growth in the past 12 months by exceeding 2500 registered participants. The award was presented by Mara Yamauchi who finished 6th in the 2008 Olympic Marathon and also gave an insightful talk to the audience of 80 about her career and the importance of preparation at all levels of sport.
Tim Navin-Jones commented on the award by saying "It was a huge honour to receive this award amongst such inspirational people. It's been a great source of encouragement for our volunteers to be recognised by England Athletics in this way".
Throughout the next 12 months preparations are well underway to expand the club beyond recreational running and the affiliation process of a sister club called London City Athletics Club has started. London City Athletics Club will offer its members the opportunity to take part in competition road running and cross country competitions. It will also feature a junior club that launched in October and will be Southwark's first junior track & field club. Tim commented on these developments by saying 'Our club has enjoyed massive expansion and we're now in the process of formulating 'London City Athletics Club'. We're very grateful for the support of Southwark Council and England Athletics in this exciting new venture that we hope will be around for hundreds of years."