A Club for all
Thanet Roadrunners AC is home to a huge variety of runners, not only in age but also by ability.
From beginners through to the more advance runners we make sure to incorporate all abilities in training sessions and events. Our athletes can utilise our varied coaching facilities as well as participate in the Kent leagues (road running and cross country) and the Kent Grand Prix series, track and field events. Be sure to take note of the Club Championship Races, you will get a club medal for completing them all!
Members are encouraged to take an active role in the club by marshalling at club organised events which in turn provide funds for local charities and organisations as well as subsidising the club’s running costs thus keeping membership costs down. Our latest financial statements can be found here
Whether you are a social runner or a competitive athlete Thanet Roadrunners AC welcomes everyone and you will be sure to find many others who share your enthusiasm and passion for running.
Thanet Roadrunners AC participate in the Kent Fitness League. There are 7 races which run between October to February on Sunday mornings. TRAC generally host one of the races in January at Minnis Bay. The club pays the entrance fee for all club members. These are great events to be part of the club team, fun is had by all as even adults enjoy getting a bit muddy. All of the races are slightly different and may include grass, woodlands, hills and water at a 8-9k average race distance.
TRAC participate in the East Kent Relay Series. These road relays are held between May and July on Tuesday evenings. This is a team event within your age groups competing against other clubs around East Kent. TRAC hosts its relay at Minnis Bay on the sea front. This series is a great way to work on your speed work as they are all a max of 4k. It is also a great way to spend time with other club members and be part of a team.
Kent Grand Prix
The Kent Grand Prix is made up of 10 races of varying lengths which covers the Kent area. Individuals are scored on their position within the race and are also combined for the clubs points. The club uses these races and might add a couple which will make up the Club Championships. Awards are given at our prize giving in the early year with awards are presented at our annual presentation evening held early in the following new year. The races that form the club championship will be published on the website at the start of each year.
Couch To 5k
Our first Couch to 5K session had over 90 participants ranging from youngsters to pensioners, all shapes and sizes and varying degrees of fitness. Some had run before, others had not, but all had one thing in common, a desire to improve their fitness and general health by staring the training course.
We are following the official NHS C25K program, which can be downloaded onto your phone. What you can’t download is the fun and friendship you will experience by starting one of our programs! The volunteers who run these sessions and the beginners taking part all agree that this is a fantastic way to help others and themselves towards a healthier lifestyle. We run plan to run two 9 week programs a year, so get in touch for more details.
Some people might be put off by the thought of track training, is it too elitist, repetitive, hard core racing? Do I need spike shoes? Well nothing could be further from the truth. Track training is for everyone, fun, varied, with lots of different sessions including relay runs, interval training, short sprint work and all manner of varied runs guaranteed to stretch the legs and improve that speed. Our resident expert TRAC coach is a whizz at making everyone who attends his sessions feel like they’ve achieved something every time.
You cannot avoid hills so train for them! Come and join in this Kenyan hills style training session and fear hills no more. The hills session will last around 30 minutes with a cool down afterwards. Gain confidence and fitness and you’ll soon be overtaking up hills.
Thanet Roadrunners AC have trained and supported junior athletes for over 10 years, helping them compete for Kent and Great Britain. We have an excellent fully qualified coaching team, that cover track, road and cross country running.
We are proud to be an England Athletic affiliated club. England Athletics is the membership and development body for athletics and running clubs in England. Amongst the benefits of being part of the countries athletic community you will also receive discounted race entries when affiliated through Thanet Roadrunners AC.
In addition to the physical benefits and improvements that can be gained from running with Thanet Roadrunners AC, we also have an extensive social side to encourage a more inclusive, relaxed series of events throughout the year including a whole series of Summer BBQs, and our fabled TRAC Christmas party. Benefits for the mind as well as the body!