Other interesting news

Virgin Money London Marathon: 22 April 2018 

As an affiliated club, VAC has one guaranteed entry to the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon based on the number of first claim VAC members who are registered with England Athletics. Any paid-up first or second claim VAC member, whether a runner or walker, who wishes to be considered for the VAC place should apply to Ros Tabor, the Club Secretary, by 13 November 2017.  

Priority may be given to first-claim members and/or to those who were rejected in the public ballot or have not run the London Marathon recently. Please don’t be deterred. There may not be an obvious choice, in which case, a name will be drawn from a hat. Note that if selected, you will be required to pay the standard race entry fee.   

Applications should be made to Ros Tabor by email to secretary@vetsac.org.uk or telephone 020 7701 2546 or by post to 28 Kerfield Crescent, London SE5 8SU by 13 November 2017. 


“The Pacemakers” Documentary about Charles Eugster 24 August 2017

The long awaited documentary from film-maker, Selah Hennessy, on the late Charles Eugster is scheduled for screening at 20.00 on BBC2 on Thursday 24th August 2017. Selah has been filming him and other 80+ and 90+ year old athletes for some time. The programme is expected to feature events at the 2016 World Masters Athletics Championships in Perth, Australia. Charles was a VAC member and competed regularly in our club vest, particularly at the indoor track championships at Lee Valley.



This is the story of 42 marathon runners who were created as the ‘Ever-presents’ by the London Marathon in 1995 after they had run 15 consecutive Londons.

Their story is a testimony to a ‘never say die’ spirit that has sustained them during the thousands of marathons they have run all over the world.

Dale Lyons, one of the last 15, has combined a detailed factual record from his research, with many heart warming anecdotes and astonishing hardship stories in tracking the Ever-presents’ journey for 33 years since 1981.

Their triumphs and cruel disappointments, the amazing sums they have raised for countless charities, their incredible running records at home and abroad, their entertaining media coverage and their fascinating and colourful lives away from the marathon treadmill provides absorbing and enlightening reading.

This is a book to honour their commitment to the London, one of the great city Marathons and provides a lasting tribute to a rapidly diminishing group, decimated by injury, accident, illness and death.

The book will provide information, inspiration and motivation not only to marathon runners but to those watching the London each year thinking “that could be me!”


Available January 2014 price £6.99 + £2.60 pp.

Paperback version. 230 pages with photos.

For orders contact Dale Lyonse-mail  dale@5rhg.co.uk

5 Richmond Hill Gardens, Edgbaston Birmingham B15 3RW


“This remarkable book is a tribute to everyone of the Ever-presents. The London Marathon salutes them all!”
John Bryant. Author of The London Marathon book and Chairman of the London Marathon Charitable Trust.