The London 2012 Games are now over and it is now time to be a part of its legacy. If you or children you know were inspired by the track and field athletics then get in touch with your local athletics club and start training. Here are a list of athletics clubs with running tracks and fields in Essex. There are also many running clubs in Essex who do not have a track but meet in public venues for regular road runs.
Basildon Athletics Club
Basildon has a modern athletics club on Cranes Farm Road in Basildon. It was founded in 1955 (a legacy of the London 1948 Games?).
Basildon Athletic Club, Basildon Sporting Village, Gloucester Park North, Cranes Farm Road, Basildon, SS14 3GR. Web: http://basildonathleticsclub.co.uk/Web/
Braintree & District AC
Braintree and District athletics club was formed in 1977 but its current track dates from 1990. They provide event specific training throughout the week in the summer (evenings), including sprint sessions. endurance, discus and shot, javelin and long jump. They have an indoor sports hall for winter training.
Braintree & District Athletic Club, Braintree Leisure Centre, Panfield Lane, Braintree, Essex, CM7 1FF. Web: www.braintreeanddistrictac.co.uk
Chelmsford Athletic Club
Chelmsford Athletics Clubs trains twice a week, on Tuesday and Thursday from 7.00 pm onwards. They offer a full coaching programme and compete at all levels in Track & Field, Road Races, and Cross Countrys. Monthly induction programmes, details available from the club on training nights.
Melbourne Park, Chelmsford Sports and Athletics Centre, Salerno Way, Chelmsford, CM1 2EH. Web: www.chelmsfordac.org.uk
Colchester & Tendring AC
In the heart of Colchester. Training programmes for juniors and seniors. Compete in regional events. Training on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6.30pm.
Colchester Garrison Athletics Stadium, Colchester Garrison, Circular Road North, Colchester. Web: www.cat-ac.co.uk. Tel. 07840 935528.
Harlow Athletic Club
“Success and fun for everyone“. Minimum age for members is 8 years. Training is on Tuesdays and Thursdays 6.30 – 8.30 pm at Mark Hall Sports Centre.
Harlow Athletic Club, Mark Hall Sports, Centre, London Road, Harlow, CM17 9LR. Telephone: 01279 620 650. Web: www.harlowac.co.uk.
Harlow Running Club are also based in the same place so if you are interesting in endurance running this may be a better option.
Havering Mayesbrook AC
Athletics training for over 10 year-olds. Training takes place at Hornchurch Stadium and also Mayesbrook Park Arena.
Hornchurch Stadium, Bridge Avenue, Upminster, Essex RM14 2LX and Mayesbrook Park Arena, Lodge Avenue, Barking, Essex RM8 2JR. Web: www.havering-mayesbrook.org
Track and Field, Walking, Cross Country, Road and Triathlon Club. Structured coaching. 6 lane all weather track, throwing areas and swimming pool.
Cricklefields Stadium, High Road, Seven Kings (5 minutes walk from Seven Kings railway station). Web: www.ilfordathleticclub.co.uk
For runners, throwers, jumpers and walkers . With a Summer Training Programme, regular competitions. Training on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Beginners on Tuesdays.
The Pavilion, South View Road, Loughton, Essex. Web: www.loughtonac.org.uk
Newham & Essex Beagles AC
Not officially in Essex, but close for many residents. Plus it is where Mo Farah and Christine Ohuruogu train. They have an excellent competition record. Training for over 10 year-olds.
Training on Monday and Wednesday evening and Sunday morning.
Terence McMillan Stadium, Newham Leisure Centre, 281 Prince Regent Lane, Plaistow London E13 8SD. Web: www.newhamandessexbeagles.co.uk. Committee Chairperson Jaqui Ramsden on 0207 366 8587
They train at the Southend Leisure & Tennis Centre which also has the Southend Swimming & Diving Centre close by. Training on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings.
Garon Park, Eastern Avenue, Southend on Sea, Essex, SS2 4FA. Web: www.southend-on-sea-athletic-club.co.uk
Thurrock Harriers AC
Track and clubhouse with a field and under cover stadium. Training on Tuesdays, Thursday and Sundays.
Thurrock Harriers, Blackshots, Springfield Road, Grays, Essex, RM16 2QT. Tel: 01375 377 599. Web: http://thurrockharriersac.com/.
Woodford Green A.C.
Training throughout the week with beginners running/jogging, middle/long distance running, sprinting, field events. For athletes over 11 years old. Beginners / newcomers should go along on Tuesday evening between 6pm and 8pm.
Ashton Athletic Centre, Chigwell Road, Woodford Bridge, Essex, IG8 8AA. Web: http://www.wgel.org.uk
Photo of Hayley McLean from http://chelmsfordathleticsclub.hitssports.com