Tonbridge AC Masters/Vets Runners
Men and Women over 35
Tonbridge AC encourages all members to "Race" for the Club and the Masters Section gives the opportunity for those over 35 to be competitive and score for a team in races. Depending on the particular event, age groups are in 5 year or 10 year blocks. We are the only people in the Club who are happy to have birthdays at 50, 55, 60, 65 etc!!!!
We race on the Road, Cross Country and compete in Track and Field.
We welcome all abilities and will adapt sessions to meet needs. Training is aimed at increasing speed and endurance, so will suit those wanting to reduce their times. A competitive nature helps!
We have a growing Vets group run by Alan Newman (Level 3 endurance Coach) who is a prolific Masters (M60) competitor attending events around the world. The group is aimed at runners hoping to break 25 mins for a 5km distance. This suits those running up to 28 mins, but wanting to go faster. You will need attend training on a regular basis to achieve these goals. Once you have achieved this you will be able to merge with other training groups at Tonbridge AC. Faster runners can train with either the Senior athletes or the U17 age group. Parents wanting to assist with the groups where their children are involved are most welcome as well, the Club is keen to send parents on Assistant Coaching courses to assist with the logistics of these groups.
Middle Distance Running:
6.30pm on a Monday is a 8-12km run, mixed abilities.
6.30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays
6.30pm on a Wednesday is Circuit training at The Judd School.
9.30am on a Sunday is “Long Run” day, distances from 8km to 18km, options.
Saturdays often races or one-off training session.
Sprint and Field:
6.15pm on a Tuesday and Thursday at Tonbridge School Track / Indoors depending on weather (these sessions have a rolling warm up, so arriving at 6.30pm is fine)
11.00am on a Sunday at Tonbridge School Track.
Please enquire for field event specialism training times.
As a Member of Tonbridge AC you will have access to all these training sessions. There are no track fees to pay, just one subscription of £95, including EA registration of £14 (with which you can gain a reduction on most road races etc), this represents excellent value compared to most pay as you go training groups. You can select which ones suit you, one of the important things as a Masters athlete is to "Train Smart" rather than simply volume!
Membership runs from 1st April to 31st March. There is a pro-rata rate for January, February and March.
The main events that we enter as Masters are:
- Southern Road Relays - September
- National Road Relays - May
- Kent Masters XC Champs - December
- Southern Masters XC Champs – December
- Various Indoor T&F Champs (Kent, Southern and National)
- National Masters XC Champs - March
- National Masters 10K Road champs*
- National Masters XC Relays October*
- Kent Vets T&F league 6 meetings April to July, Division 1 both Men and Women
- Kent Vets T&F Champs
- Southern and National T&F champs
- Beckenham Relays
- Club parkrun age graded grand prix
*Dependent on location
Club membership also includes entry to all events that have a team element (those the Club enter you for) those listed above plus non-masters National, Southern & Kent XC champs, 4 x Kent League XC, many other races such as South of Thames events.
Both our Men's and Women's Veterans Track and Field teams are in Div 1 of the SCVAC Kent Vets T&F league (6 meetings) which take place on Monday and Friday nights from April to July, we will welcome new members for this team. Both Men and Women finished 2nd in Division 1 this year, which qualified us for the area final for teams in the South East (London, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Hertfordshire, Hampshire, Surrey ) where they both finished 3rd out of 7. We will be holding some more Field event sessions in early Spring 2018 as we hope to strengthen our teams.
One of the features of TAC is the integrated training with youngsters and Masters together. At first this may feel a little intimidating, however it is great for speed work and race days become very special when the famous multi-generation TAC support lifts you round the course.
Please do not hesitate to contact if you would like more information, or find us on Facebook.