About Us

Looking for a local running club in South London? Then you’ve come to the right place! Despite our name, we are very much a London running and athletics club.

Kent AC is an old and established athletics club. We are one of South London’s top athletics and running clubs. We cater for both Men and Women. We are based at Ladywell Track, Lewisham only 15 mins from Central London. We regularly compete on road, cross-country and track.

We cater for men and women of all abilities from the fun runner wanting to get fit, to the serious international athlete and those making a ‘comeback’. Most of our training sessions are in or around Ladywell track near Lewisham. You are very welcome to come along and take a look and, of course, join in.

Track and field Athletics
– We had another successful year on the track with our A team doing well in British League Division 1 and this ranks us in the top 16 of athletics clubs in Great Britain. Our B team competes in the Southern League having won Division 2 in 2011 and Division 1 in 2013 and 2014 – mainly through the use of our exceptional batch of young athletes. Our women undertake a series of Open Meetings throughout the summer.

Road Racing – Kent AC finished in the top 12 for the last 2 years in the National 6 stage and an outstanding 6th in the National 12 stage road relays last year and in 2015 were Assembly League champions – winning both the A and B team events. In 2015 we also won both the A and B team events for Women (to go with our win in the A competition in 2014). We also won the Southern 6 Stage Road Relay in 2012 and have been 2nd in the Southern 12 Stage Road Relay in 2014 and 2015. We have won the UKA National Marathon team champs for the last 3 years at the London Marathon.

Cross Country Running – we hold our own across a full range of fixtures last winter and have featured in the top 10 teams in the National XC Champs regularly in recent years. Our best places were in 2006/07 achieving 5th place in the National XC in Sunderland with 2 finishers in the top 8 and 6th place in the 2012/13 National when all 6 of our scoring team were in the Top 100. We have a strong Vets section and have consistently finished in the top 2 Kent County M40 XC Championships for the last consecutive 7 years. Our men’s team competes in the Surrey XC League where we won Div 1 at the first attempt in 2012/13 after 3 consecutive promotions since joining the league in Division 4. We have won Division 1 for the last 3 seasons and are looking to retain the title yet again. We also won the 6 and 12 to score Kent County Champs in 2015 and our Women won the 4 and 8 to score events. Our Women’s team also competes in the Surrey League and are on course for promotion to Division 1 in 2015/16.

Club History

Kent AC is Lewisham’s athletics club being based since its formation over 120 years ago in that part of south London. The club’s name is something of a handicap, although retained for reasons of consistency and nostalgia, though hardly of accuracy. The club has its origins in two older organisations, Lewisham Hare and Hounds, founded in c. 1885 and West Kent Harriers, founded c. 1887 who amalgamated in 1898.

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Training Groups

Our training groups are made up of all levels of runners from newcomers to International athletes who come from London and some from further afield.

Most training groups normally operate at the club (Ladywell Arena, Catford, SE6 4QX) on Tuesday evenings throughout the year.

Ladywell Arena is only 4 miles from Central London and is well served by public transport being only 13 min by train from London Bridge and has 8 bus routes serving it.

There are a number of organised groups who train with qualified coaches all of whom are CRB checked.

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We aim to keep our fees low, whilst offering a wide range of competition. Membership includes race entry to a number of cross country fixtures, club track championships races, and some road fixtures such as the assembly league series of races. It also includes a club vest on joining the club.

The annual fees for 2016 are:

Senior men – £35
Senior women – £35
Under 17 – £25
Students / unwaged – £25
Life membership – £350

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Some of our athletes