Fleet & Crookham AC was founded in 1960 by a group of enthusiastic individuals, including our current President, Malcolm Steggles (a Major in the Parachute Regiment). We have maintained strong links with the armed forces, notably the Army over the years – as shown in the organisation of the Fleet Half-Marathon (Inter-Services Championships).
The success of the Club developed further under the inspiration of the Honorary Club Secretary, Peter Driver. In the momentous year for running of 1954 - the year of Bannister’s 4 minute mile - Peter Driver played his part in England’s golden haul at the Empire Games in Vancouver by winning a gold medal in the six miles event. Peter Driver (1932-1971) took up running when with South London Harriers. He ran his first international for England in 1952 and then had considerable success both on the track and at cross-country. In 1953 he became National Junior Cross Country Champion and in the Games of 1954 also won the AAA six miles track championship.
Peter moved to Fleet in 1961 and joined Fleet & Crookham AC, then a very small new club. He became Secretary and helped to improve and enlarge the club, giving it the base from which it has flourished.
The Peter Driver Memorial Road Races were inaugurated in 1972, soon after his untimely death. The main event, a 6 miles road race (now a 10k), was to commemorate his Empire Games victory and as a tribute to his contribution to athletics in the area.
Peter Driver, instrumental in the growth of our club in its early years
Our Club today
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It’s not about winning, it’s about taking part, finding new friends and feeling good. We welcome new members interested in all athletic disciplines and of all standards, from fun runner to county standard.
You just need to be interested in any aspect of the sport. This may mean you want to run a few miles (or just a few hundred metres) with a group of like-minded people. You may have taken part in athletics or cross-country at school or in years gone by and wish to recapture that feeling of fitness.
We know, from bitter experience, that it can be hard work to regain fitness or to move on to the next level of competition: training with others is a positive step because friends help you build towards your goal – whatever it is. Competition within the Club is positive – we encourage all our members to compete in local events, at their own level. By taking part in races or athletic meetings you learn so much about yourself and gain confidence.
Please be assured that we genuinely encourage and accept all abilities from non runners right through. There is only one winner in a race and its not a race if only those expecting to win turn up. Come and try us out and decide for yourself before joining.
We accept new members from the age of 8 for our Junior Section which now has about 120 members and provide coaching twice a week all year round. Adults are welcomed to all our sessions (Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 19.00 are the main ones) and groups of Club members arrange additional session to suit their own needs, time available and particular interests.
Currently we train on the Aldershot track every second Wednesday and in the build up to the Half Marathon provide a Sunday morning training run which often continues after the Half Marathon race date.