The LAC is the oldest independent track and field club in the world. It was founded in 1863 and has recently celebrated its 150th anniversary.
During its long history the Club has nurtured over 60 Olympic athletes, among them Harold Abrahams and Lord Burghley both immortalised in ‘Chariots of Fire’, Douglas Lowe, Jack Powell, Freddy Wolff, Brian MacCabe, Michael Pope, John Disley, Jack Parker, and most recently the high jumper Geoff Parsons. Several members have gone on to become top administrators in UK athletics, notably Lord Burghley and Sir Arthur Gold.
The club was originally based at Stamford Bridge (now the Chelsea Football Ground) and then at White City (since demolished), Hurlingham in Fulham and Motspur Park in New Malden. It has now recently moved its base to Barn Elms in Barnes where it shares a new pavilion with local football, rugby and crickets clubs courtesy of the Barn Elms Sports Trust.
The track at Barn Elms is an all-weather track in good condition and the Club is applying for funding to upgrade the field equipment.
The club competes in the Men’s Southern Athletics League. At the start of each season in April the club organises a weekend coaching session and there is a coaching presence on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the track during the summer.
If you would like to join or just pay us a visit, please use the contact form here to find out when our next meeting is.
We look forward to welcoming you.