Summer and Autumn 2017 Fixtures  








Entry Closing Date 


22 Aug 2017 


Held under UKA rules Runbritain licence number 2017:28174 

Race Walking Association (RWA) Permit No 7037-5 

(Category B) 

Course certified accurate  

Battersea Park Series 

5 mile Masters road race.  

5th Grand Prix Event 

(see info in text below) 

Masters guests welcome 

5 mile Open  


Guests welcome.  

Battersea Park, London 

SW11 4NJ 

Close to Millennium Arena 



Course Map  

Start time: 7pm 

Online entry preferred via BMAF OpenTrack .  

Entries accepted on the day. Guests welcome. £4 VAC and BMAF members, £5 guests. More info below. 

Enquiries: Race Secretary  

Closing date for online entry: 21 August. 

Entries on the day accepted 


27 Aug 2017 


(Also SCVAC Championships)  


VAC Track & Field Championships (also SCVAC Champs)  

Events: 100m 200m 400m 800m 1500m 5000m shortH longH 3km walk LJ HJ TJ PV SP DT JT HT.  

5 year age bands from 35 to 100+. 

Kingsmeadow Stadium,  

Kingston Road, Kingston upon Thames  

KT1 3PB 

Provisional timetable  

VAC/SCVAC £7 for first event, £3 for additional & subsequent events. Other BMAF members and Masters guests welcome . Enter via Login at BMAF OpenTrack . Enquiries: Entries Secretary  

Closing date:  

13 August 

No late entries or entries on the day 

Sat 2 Sept 2017 


British Masters Throws Pentathlon Championships 


Sheffield Hallam University,  

Woodbourn Rd,  


S9 3HL 

Provisional timetable  

Enter via Login at BMAF OpenTrack  

Closing date:  

21 August 


2nd-3rd Sept 2017 


British Masters Heptathlon and Decathlon Championships 

Sheffield Hallam University,  

Woodbourn Rd,  


S9 3HL 

Provisional timetable

Enter via Login at BMAF OpenTrack  

Closing date:  

21 August 

Sun 3 Sept 


St Mary’s Richmond Athletics Club 

Masters’ Throws (Shot, Discus, Hammer) 

Also an Open Meeting: Track: 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 3000m 

Field: PV, HJ, LJ, TJ, SP, DT, HT & JT 

Sir Mo Farah Athletics Track, 

Waldegrave Road 


TW1 4SX 

VAC members are welcome, especially in the Masters’ Throws.  

Online entry – follow link on St Mary’s website  

Timetable . 

Online entry closes 25 August. Entries on day are accepted (except for Pole Vault) 


9th-10th Sept 2017 

Surrey County Athletics Association 

Surrey County AA Combined Events, Steeplechase and 3,000m Walks Champs. Features a Men’s Masters Pentathlon (JT, LJ, 200m, DT, 1500m) and a Women’s Masters Pentathlon (Hurdles, SP, HJ, LJ, 800m). 

David Weir Leisure Centre,  

Middleton Rd, Carshalton  

SM5 1SL 

Surrey qualified athletes and Guest athletes welcome. 

Use OpenTrack login.  

Online entry and provisional timetable

Entries close at MIDDAY on Thursday 31 August 


13 Sept 2017 


VAC 10,000m track championships 


Two seeded races.  

Millennium Arena, Battersea Park, London  

SW11 4NJ 


First race: 6.30pm 

Second race: 7.30pm 

Faster runners in the first race. VAC/BMAF £7. Limit of 20 entrants for each race. Enter via Member Login at BMAF OpenTrack . Enquiries: Entries Secretary  

Closing date: 

6 Sept 

Saturday 16 Sept 2017 

Hampstead Heath parkrun 

5km run 

Featuring VAC “mob match” 

Hampstead Heath, London NW3. Course details. Two courses are used. Depends on conditions.  Check parkrun News page .   

Start time: 9am 

New parkrunners must pre-register with parkrun to obtain a Barcode.  

More detail in text below. 

Enter on the day (but need your Barcode) 


10 Sept  

and Sat/Sun 16th-17th Sept 

Kent County Athletics Association 

Masters Track & Field Championships (for Kent qualified athletes) and Open Meeting (for all Masters athletes) 

On 10 Sept: Norman Park, Bromley,  

BR2 9EJ 

On 16/17 Sept: David Ives Stadium (Erith Stadium), Avenue Road,  

Erith, Kent,  

DA8 3AT 

Full programme of Masters T&F events.  

HJ, LJ, PV & TJ on 10 Sep.  

Track and Throws on 16/17 Sep.  

VAC members are invited to enter. 

Details and online entry.  

Closing date: 

24 August. 

No late entries 


23 Sept 


Herne Hill Harriers 

Throws Fest 

(featuring Hammer, Discus, Shot put, Javelin and Masters Weight Throw) 

Tooting Bec Athletics Track, 

Tooting Bec Road, London  

SW17 3NP 

Open meeting. 

VAC members are welcome. 

Timetable and entry info to follow. 

Entries on the day allowed  

Saturday 30 Sept 2017 

RunThrough Events 

Lee Valley Velopark 


Incorporates VAC 10 Mile Road Championships.  


Lee Valley Velopark, 

Abercrombie Rd, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park,  


E20 3AB 

Start time 10 mile: 9.15 am. 10 laps of Velopark circuit. 

5 year age bands. VAC medals. Entry directly through Event website or via BMAF OpenTrack . VAC members enter coupon code "veteransac" in basket before checkout to get £4 discount. 

Closing date 30 Sept but earlier if limit of 400 is reached. 

VAC members 

ENTER EARLY and use Code "veteransac" 




1 Oct  


Allan Williams (London Pole Vault Academy) 

Masters introduction to Pole Vault. Coaching session with Allan Williams. 

Sutton Arena (David Weir Leisure Centre),  

Middleton Rd, Carshalton  

SM5 1SL  

All Masters athletes welcome. Details to follow. 

Booking details to follow. 


1 Oct  


Lewes Athletic Club 

Lewes 10 Mile and 5 Mile Downland Runs 

HQ: Wallands County Primary School, Lewes BN7 1PU 

See Lewes AC website for details and entry. Masters athletes welcome. Medals to Masters athletes in 5 year age bands.  

Runbritain online entry available up to race day. Entries on the day accepted. 


14 Oct 2017 

Men’s Surrey League  

Division 4 

Cross Country Race Match 1 

(VAC Men’s team) 

(VAC is also co-hosting this fixture – offers of help are welcome) 

Wimbledon Common 

Start time: 2pm 

All VAC men (1st and 2nd claim) are eligible. Details in text below. Enquiries: Entries Secretary or Team Manager Paddy Clark  

Enter on the day. Advance notice to Paddy Clark  


4 Nov 


Loughton Athletic Club 

Annual Vets Inter-Club Cross Country race 


Register at the clubhouse at the end of South View Rd, Loughton,  

IG10 3LG. 

Start time: 11am 

Five mile course. Men and women. VAC members are invited to take part and form a team. 

Enter on the day. 


11 Nov 2017 

Men’s Surrey League  

Division 4 

Cross Country Race Match 2 

(VAC Men’s team) 


Epsom Downs 

(Near Tattenham Corner) 

(Venue to be confirmed) 

Start time: 3pm 

All VAC men (1st and 2nd claim) are eligible. Details in text below. Enquiries: Entries Secretary or Team Manager Paddy Clark  

Enter on the day. Advance notice to Paddy Clark  


18 Nov 2017 

BMAF and Country Associations of England, Scotland, Wales, N.Ireland and Republic of Ireland  

British & Irish Masters International Cross Country Champs. 


Northern Ireland 

England team details and forms on EAMA website . See VAC News for information for VAC members. 

Closing date 30 Sept for England team applications. 


25 Nov 2017  


England Athletics Masters Association 

England Masters Cross Country Inter Area Challenge  

6km cross country races.   

Kings Park Athletics Centre, Kings Park Drive, Boscombe, Bournemouth BH7 6JD  

Open to all BMAF members. VAC teams to enter. Men and Women. Details to follow. 

Closing date: 19 Nov 


2 Dec 


Men’s Surrey League  

Division 4 

Cross Country Race Match 3 

(VAC Men’s team) 


Roundshaw Playing Fields, South Beddington 

CR0 4RW (approx. post code).  

Start time: 2.30pm 

All VAC men (1st and 2nd claim) are eligible. Details in text below. Enquiries: Entries Secretary or Team Manager Paddy Clark  

Enter on the day. Advance notice to Paddy Clark  


For other regional/national/international masters events refer to the BMAF website here 

For enquiries and further information please contact the Entries Secretary or the relevant race secretary. 

VAC Battersea Park Masters road race and race walk series: April to August 2017 


The 2017 dates and details are: 

·        18 April: 5 mile road race and 5 mile race walk 

·        9 May: 5 mile road race and 5 mile race walk 

·        13 June: VAC Championships for both 5 mile road race and 5 mile race walk 

·        11 July: VAC Championship for 5 km road race and non-Championship 5 mile race walk 

·        22 August : 5 mile road race and 5 mile race walk  

The races are held under UKA Rules (Runbritain Licence Number 2017:28174), also with a Race Walking Association (RWA) Permit. Times achieved are eligible for Power of Ten profiles and Runbritain rankings and handicaps. Here are Instructions . The flat, accurately measured 5 Mile and 5 Km courses offer great opportunities to post fast times and to go head-to-head regularly with fellow Masters athletes across the age-groups. There is also a road race “Grand Prix” for VAC members (see below). The runs and walks take place entirely on Battersea Park’s traffic-free, tarmac, perimeter roads. The three lap (5 miles) and two-lap (5km) courses are shown on the Course Map.  The races take place on Tuesday evenings each month, starting at 7pm. Registration and pick-up of numbers is outside the Millennium Arena track in Battersea Park. The starts of the races are close by (see Course Map). Online entry through the OpenTrack Member Login on the BMAF website is preferred. Entries on the day are accepted, but please allow plenty of time for this. The charge for UKA-registered VAC and BMAF members is £4 for each race (£6 if not UKA-registered). Masters guests are welcome (£5 for UKA registered, £7 for non-registered). There is a race limit of 100 runners. Enquiries : Race Secretary  


VAC Battersea Park road race series Grand Prix 2017 


Starting in 2017, to add spice to the Battersea Park series, there is a “Grand Prix” to reward the VAC member with the highest average of their best three age-graded performances set during the series. To be eligible, members must register finishing times for at least three of the five races from April to August. The winner will be presented with the “Snow Cup”, a magnificent long-standing VAC trophy which had fallen into disuse.   


VAC “mob match” parkruns 

We combine VAC get-togethers with selected parkruns, three or four times a year. Many VAC members are regular parkrunners, who enjoy an early start on Saturday mornings and the conviviality and informality of the weekly runs in all sorts of locations, whilst benefiting from free entry and a measured 5k course. All ages and abilities are represented at these timed runs. The VAC targeted parkruns are an opportunity for VAC’s first and second claim runners to meet up, run and chat afterwards. We hope to see a good show of VAC vests so we can cheer each other on and raise the profile of the club. If members have recommendations or favourites in and around the London area, with good links to public transport, please make suggestions to Maggie Statham, the Entries Secretary. 

If you are new to parkruns, you must register in advance on the parkrun website and obtain your individual barcode, which must be shown at the end of the run in order to register your name and time. Entry is free. You do not need to pin on a run-number. Just turn up, line up at 9am, run, take a numbered disc when you finish and then take the disc and your barcode to the recorders at their table. Your time, position, age category and age grading will appear on the parkrun website later in the day. If you are already registered with parkrun, there is no need to change your club affiliation to VAC for the purposes of these “mob matches”. We can usually pick out the VAC members.   

Surrey League Men’s Cross Country 2017-18 

VAC men, first and second claimers, please consider running in the VAC team.  

VAC’s team is in Division Four of the Surrey County Athletics Cross Country League. There are four matches in the series: 

14 October 2017 (2pm): Wimbledon Common  

11 November 2017 (3pm): Epsom Downs, Tattenham Corner end (venue to be confirmed)   

2 December 2017 (2.30pm): Roundshaw Playing Fields, South Beddington 

10 February 2018 (2pm): Lloyd Park, Croydon 

First-claim VAC members are eligible to run for VAC. Also second claim members are allowed to run for VAC as long as they do not compete for their first claim club in any of the four league matches. This rule recognises that some athletes would prefer to provide much needed support and score for their Masters club in the less pressurised, but still highly competitive, races in Divisions Three and Four (run as one combined race of approximately 5 miles).  Ten men are needed for a full scoring team, but there is no limit on the numbers in each team. The more runners we have, the greater the impact and team spirit. Every VAC runner is appreciated.  Paddy Clark is the team manager. On the day, look out for him next to the big wooden VAC sign. The team declaration is made online beforehand, so please let him or the Entries Secretary know in advance of each race if you are planning to run for VAC.