Thursday, 30 November 2006


"It doesn't matter to what degree you become involved whether it be as a runner, organiser, or social supporter. We want you. Remember though that being a member of VPH&THAC isn't just about fitness, it isn't just about friendship; it's more than that, it's truly a way of life."
Wayne DuBose, Life Vice President

So – the Olympics are just around the corner! Do you have a 9 year old & up son or daughter who you reckon could be a Gold Medallist?!

Well – why not get them around to Victoria Park Harriers for a life changing event? Not only will they bring home a Gold Medal for Leabank Square – and let’s face it – they can walk home from the stadium with it – they will start on a healthy & fun road to life-long happiness. Just ask Chris Akabusi!!

Victoria Park Harriers & Tower Hamlets AC formed in 2001 bringing together two well-established clubs with over 100 years' experience of providing athletics for the local community in Tower Hamlets, Hackney and the City of London. The Club is a charitable trust (Registered Charity No.1091712) which aims to provide a friendly environment for the local community to take part in athletics and associated social activities.

VPH&THAC membership is open to anyone, regardless of standard, ages 9 years and older.

The Club has its own substantial headquarters at St.Augustine's Hall, Cadogan Terrace, Victoria Park which provides changing, showering, a hall for indoor training, a weights room with multi-gym and free-weight equipment, a meeting room and a licensed bar. The Clubhouse is open five days a week and its use is free to all full Club members.

The Clubhouse is located on the edge of Victoria Park giving direct access to the traffic-free running environment provided by the Park, the local canal towpaths, Hackney Marshes and the River Lea towpath.

In addition, the Club uses the 8-lane, floodlit track at Mile End Stadium, Rhodeswell Road for track & field training on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and at weekends.

The Club provides numerous coached groups for a range of different athletic events and also brings in outside coaches in the few events it is unable to cover itself.

How to join
There are two types of members we're looking for.....road runners and track & field athletes. Any age from 9 upwards, male or female. Any ability.

If you're aiming to run a mile in 10 minutes or aiming to win an Olympic Gold Medal, we want you to join our club. Actually, we're also always looking for people to join and be trained to become officials, coaches, timekeepers, starters, whatever is needed to run a club of hundreds of members. No experience necessary.

If you're interested in road running, simply turn up at our Cadogan Terrace HQ on a Tuesday or Thursday and be ready to run at 7 pm. Ask for the training organiser and he/she will ensure you're put with those of similar ability.

If you're interested in track & field, simply turn up at our home track, Mile End Stadium on Rhodeswell Road, E14 on a Tuesday or Thursday at 6:30 to 7 pm. Click
here for more specifics of the track.

Ask to speak to one of the VPH&THAC coaches who'll give you advice as to which group to train with.

If you're interested in joining to get involved more on the organisational side, then send a note to the e-mail address below.

Bear in mind that the first two weeks are absolutely free to give you the time to decide whether you want to join or not.

Annual Subscriptions:
· First Claim Senior Men and Women - £80
· OAPs - £50
· Second Claim, Associate, 18 - 19 year olds, full-time students, unemployed - £20
· 13-17 - £20 plus a free club vest
· Age 17 and under - £5
If you have any questions, please send them to

See you at the club!

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