New Members Welcome

Welcome to the West Coast Athletic Club family – we hope you will enjoy running with us and we look forward to getting to know you! We are a great club, a lively social bunch of people from all walks (and runs) of life. We train hard and we play harder!

Please note we are no longer based at the Big Bay Lifesavers Club, our new temporary home is the Table View Tennis Club, behind the Virgin Active gym opposite Bayside Mall. “Temporary”, because we are in the process of fundraising to build our own club house on the Table View sports complex behind the tennis club.

Type in West Coast Athletic Club into Google Maps and you’ll find us!

As the club grows, it is imperative that EACH MEMBER please follows the 3 simple steps on our website to join the club – so that we can accurately record all member details on our database and also provide you with your ASA 2019 license number.

Long standing members, social members, newbies, juniors, couples – each and every individual member of our club must please register here :  https://westcoastathleticclub.co.za/membership/

 

CLUB MEETINGS & RUNS

Social media is the way to go – so please join our FACEBOOK pages for all the latest updates and for information on different runs, events and registration times (not to mention all our awesome photo’s too!)   There are 2 separate pages for our club – please see below:

https://web.facebook.com/groups/86765188229/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1948520678798185/

Our club pack run is on Tuesday evenings. We meet at the club house at 17:45 in summer for a warm up and a little earlier at 17:15 in winter. The summer run starts at 18:00 and in winter (from May) this changes to 17:30.

The pack runs either 5km, 8km or 10km and you are welcome to slot in wherever you feel comfortable.  You are also invited to stay afterwards to meet fellow runners, enjoy a cold drink at the bar and a chat!

On Thursday evenings our trail group run a very social 5/10kms around the vlei at McPhersons Nursery on Gill Road.  The run starts at 18:00 in summer (17h30 in winter) and has become a popular evening with beautiful views and it is something different for all to enjoy – walkers, juniors and even our dogs are all welcome too.  This is then followed by delicious burgers in the restaurant (at a discounted rate for our club runners) and then in winter the fire is always very popular as well.

McPhersons location

Our club monthly Time Trials take place on the first and third Tuesday of each month. These are timed runs and are updated on our website so you can track your progress each month. Options are either a 5km or 8km, alternatively if you choose not to run the time trials, you are welcome to still do the leisurely pack run with others.

During the summer months, early morning Sundays at 06h30 our members meet at the Virgin Active Table View Gym to share lifts and head off for the popular Centurions morning in the mountains around Kirstenbosch/Newlands Forest.  Distances vary from a beautiful 8km walk to a 21km run – a spectacular scenic route which then ends at UCT car park. Details are confirmed on our FB page each week and all are welcome to join.  Bruce Wood is the Centurions contact to chat to for more information.

Centurions runners

Cross Country is held during the winter months while Centurions is closed and it is a great way to keep fit and build strength while participating in a cheap and fun inter-club competition.  It is open to the whole family and juniors are especially encouraged to participate.  It is a fun day out and with different races on, there is really something for everyone!  Speak to Bruce Wood for more details.

 

Our monthly Club Night takes place on the first Tuesday evening of the month at 19:30.  We are often very fortunate to have a variety of guest speakers to join us for the evening.  Our social officer and club captain always surprise us with a delicious meal to purchase on these busy club nights.  The awards presentation is often entertaining although we do like to acknowledge our achievers on all levels and at the same time, “fine” those members for any fun wrong doings at races/events during the month….

Example of monthly awards

Please feel free to chat to me about the various Whatsapp groups in the club as there are a few of these!  Some offer (very) early morning starts during the week with runs between 8-10km from the local gyms and with some hill training too….  There is a slower “sloth” group that mostly runs in the evenings from Parklands as well as trail groups too – so let me know if you are keen to join these and I’ll get you added to these groups.

TRAINING PROGRAMMES

Coach Alan

We have our local coach, Alan Green, who has a wealth of experience and knowledge to assist with all your training requirements.  He is available for personal assessments / training programs and also leads various running groups.   Alan is very passionate about training the juniors, but all runners are welcome to contact him for any help with your own running goals.

Coach Alan has his own training blog on the club website packed with useful training advice: https://westcoastathleticclub.co.za/category/coachalan/

Contact Alan: 082 450 8034  ( Email: coachalan@westcoastathleticclub.co.za )

The club currently supports a training program which has been developed specifically for West Coast AC members by world renowned coach, Norrie Williamson. ( http://www.coachnorrie.co.za/ ) The program is designed for all levels of runners, whether you are a total newbie on the road or a runner with years of km’s under your belt!  There is an opportunity every 6 weeks to join the Norrie program and the cost is approximately R100 per month. 

Should you wish to find out more information about this program, our Vice Captain of Long Distance David Yuill, is the champion for this and can be reached on email: vicecaptainlong@westcoastathleticlub.co.za

 

 

 

 

CLUB KIT

Please adhere to our club rules regarding our kit and be advised that should you wish to participate in any of the ASA registered races, you will need to run in our official club kit.   Our kit consists of a red, white and blue vest which is branded with West Coast and royal blue shorts or leggings. 

Please note – no black is permitted.  Should you prefer to wear something under the club vest, please try keep this “neutral” with black, white, royal blue sleeves.

Contact person for our Club Kit – Iain Park Ross – 081 433 4768

Club vests are available from sizes XS to 3XL for both ladies and gents and cost R200 each.  Our T-shirts, at a cost of R250, are available in the same sizing.  We also have club vests for our juniors from aged 6/7years – R200 as well

Age tags available for those that require these at R5 each.

During the winter months, we will order buffs again and these are priced at R100 each

Please see below for our suggestions for suppliers of our ROYAL BLUE bottoms.

  • Sportsmans Warehouse – Cape Storm and Second Skins brands
  • JAN TEE Designs (preferred supplier) Please call her first to check stock available
    55 Morningside Drive Sunrise Circle Ndabeni Pinelands
    Call 021 531 4538  jantee@telkomsa.net
  • Funky Pants

We are still in the process of sourcing track suits as well as some other exciting gear for the club – so watch this space and chat to Iain if you have any queries!

For those that are needing assistance with sewing of numbers onto your club vest, you are welcome to leave your vest, license number, name and number with R50 in a bag with Iain. All monies for this service are going towards the building of our new clubhouse. 

Once again, welcome to our WEST COAST FAMILY and if you have any queries, please just give me a shout and I’ll gladly assist!

Look forward to meeting you and seeing you in club colours soon!

JACQUI GILES

082 4414320

Membership Secretary

Email: membership@westcoastathleticclub.co.za   

www.westcoastathleticclub.co.za