Summer, Autumn and Winter 2018/2019 Fixtures  








Entry Closing Date 

Friday 27 July 2018 


SOAR Summer Mile 


Masters athletes are invited to attend. 

London Marathon Community Track, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, E20 2ST 

Twelve seeded one mile races. Age-graded results and prizes. Pacemakers. Website . Entry through this OpenTrack link

Entries closed 


7 August 2018 


Held under UKA rules. Runbritain Licence Number 2018-35080 

Also with Race Walking Association (RWA) Permit: Category B 

No. RWA8039-5 

Course certified accurate  

Battersea Park Series 

5 Mile Masters road race.  

Fifth Grand Prix event 

(see info in text below) 


5 Mile Open  


Guests welcome.  

Battersea Park, London 

SW11 4NJ 

Close to Millennium Arena 

Athletes’ Instructions  


Course Map  

Start time: 7pm 

Online entry preferred. Enter via Member Login at BMAF OpenTrack .  

Entries accepted on the day. Guests welcome. More info below. 

Enquiries: Race Secretary  

Closing date for online entry: 6 August 

Entries on the day allowed 


25-26 August 2018 


British Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championships 2018  

Alexander Stadium  

Walsall Rd  

Perry Barr Birmingham  

B42 2LR  

100m 200m 400m 800m 1500m 5000m shortH longH 3km walk 5km walk SC LJ TJ HJ PV SP DT JT HT WT  

Closing date: 12 August  

Online entry via BMAF Member Login. 


19 Sept 2018 


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. Enter via Member Login at BMAF OpenTrack . Enquiries: Entries Secretary  

Closing date:  

Friday 14 Sept. 


22 Sept 2018 

Gunnersbury parkrun 

5km parkrun 

Featuring VAC “mob match” gathering. 

Gunnersbury Park, South Ealing,  

West London 

Course details  

Start time: 9am 

New parkrunners must register with parkrun to obtain a Barcode.  

Enter on the day (but need your Barcode) 


29 Sept 2018  

England Athletics Masters Association 


Hosted by Eastern Masters Athletic Club  

England Masters Inter Area Cross Country Challenge  


6km cross country race.    

Nowton Park, Bury Road, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk  

IP29 5LU 

VAC men’s and women’s teams. Team selection automatic. Points for first 10 Male and 10 Female club members, based on age-adjusted times. Individual entry via Member Login at BMAF OpenTrack (not yet open) 

Closing date:  

16 Sept. 


13 October 2018 

Men’s Surrey League  

Division 4 

Cross Country Race Match 1 

(VAC Men’s team) 


Venue to be decided. 

All VAC men (1st and 2nd claim) are eligible, subject to conditions. VAC vest necessary.Enquiries: Entries Secretary or Team Manager Paddy Clark  

Enter on the day. Advance notice to Paddy Clark  


10 Nov 2018 

Men’s Surrey League  

Division 4 

Cross Country Race Match 2 

(VAC Men’s team) 


Epsom Downs 

(Tattenham Corner) 

Approx. 5 miles (two laps) 

Start time: 3pm 

All VAC men (1st and 2nd claim) are eligible. VAC vest necessary.  

Enter on the day. Advance notice to Paddy Clark  


17 Nov 2018 

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

British & Irish Masters International Cross Country Champs. 


South Wales 

England team application forms are on EAMA website . See VAC website news item .  

Closing date for England applications: 3 October. 


12 Jan  


Men’s Surrey League  

Division 4 

Cross Country Race Match 3 

(VAC Men’s team) 


Oxshott Woods 


All VAC men (1st and 2nd claim) are eligible. VAC vest necessary. 

Enter on the day. Advance notice to Paddy Clark  


19 Jan  



VAC Cross Country Championships and Masters Open race (approx. 7km) 


Men and women run together. 

5 year age bands. 

Medals for first three VAC/BMAF finishers in each age category 


Wimbledon Common (Camp View end) SW19 4UL. Location and course map  

After race: refreshments and awards at Belgrave Hall Denmark Road, SW19 4PG 

Start time: 2pm 

Cost £4 for VAC/BMAF area club members. Masters guests welcome: cost £5. UKA Permit: entrants must be registered with England Athletics. Enter via Member Login at BMAF OpenTrack (not yet open) 

Online entry preferred but entry on day accepted 


9 Feb  


Men’s Surrey League  

Division 4 

Cross Country Race Match 4 

(VAC Men’s team) 


Lloyd Park, Croydon 


All VAC men (1st and 2nd claim) are eligible. VAC vest necessary. 

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 2018 


The 2018 dates and details are: 

·        17 April: 5 Mile road race and 5 Mile race walk 

·        15 May: 5 Mile road race and 5 Mile race walk 

·        19 June: VAC Championships for both 5 Mile road race and 5 Mile race walk 

·        10 July: VAC Championship for 5 Km road race and non-Championship 5 Mile race walk 

·        7 August : 5 Mile road race and 5 Mile race walk  

The races are held under UKA Rules (Licence Number 2018-35080), also with a Race Walking Association (RWA) Permit. Times achieved are eligible for Power of Ten profiles and Runbritain rankings and handicaps. 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). For further information, see the Athletes’ Instructions. Online entry is through the OpenTrack Member Login on the BMAF website. 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 2018 


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 was won in 2017 by M70, Brian James.   


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.