On Tuesday 24 September, England Athletics CEO, Chris Jones took part in a club visit to Cornwall AC alongside colleagues, Rich Ayling, Charlotte Fisher, Spencer Duval and the chair of the South West Council, Richard Llewellyn-Eaton.
Cornwall Athletic Club was first established in January 1982, as a result of the amalgamation the Duchy of Cornwall Athletic Club and West Cornwall Athletic Club. Throughout its history CAC’s athletes, members, coaches, officials and volunteers have worked tirelessly to help make it one of the most successful clubs in the South West.
Today CAC are based at the Carn Brea Leisure Centre in Redruth, the track located in a stunning setting, with views of the historic Carn Brea Monument behind the back straight. Ever growing, they have a membership which includes all ages – Juniors (9+) up to Veterans (70+) – all abilities – able bodied and disabled athletes, from complete beginners to recreational, County, National and International level, competing in track and field disciplines plus road running, multi terrain and cross country events.
Last night’s club visit and coaching sessions formed part of their main weekly Tuesday night training. It was a packed night down at the track, with over 150 athletes and runners of all abilities and ages in attendance. Despite the wet weather, spirits were high, an exceptional show of the great team ethos at the club. Charlotte Fisher led a road race organisers workshop and Spencer Duval led an endurance training session. Chris Jones and Rich Ayling met with the committee volunteers and coaches to discuss and learn about current and past club successes and sought views of members on the sport and how it can be enhanced. Richard Llewellyn-Eaton joined to promote the SW competition programme to elicit more entries from SW member clubs. A fantastic trip, stunning setting and an incredibly welcoming and inclusive club and team spirit.
Cornwall Athletic Club offers the full range of Track and Field events, under the supervision of 30 UK Athletics qualified coaches. There’s also a strong Road Running section and in the winter Cross Country is a popular form of competition. The younger members also take part in the increasingly popular Sportshall athletic meetings.