Ilford AC Road and Cross Country Section


Ilford AC’s Road and Cross Country Section promotes running and a healthy lifestyle among its members. The Club has a large, and continuously growing endurance squad  made up of male and female runners of all abilities and ranges from young 20 somethings to over 70s. We currently operate 2 groups, The Warriors and The Harriers, which cater for different levels and running goals. More information on each group can be found on this page. Often members swap between the two groups.

We welcome you especially if you:

  •  Are new or coming back to running
  •  Are a long term runner but want to improve
  •  Have a target race and need more structured progressive training
  •  Want to make new friends through running

More details:

  •  Train and compete as part of a team
  •  Ages 17 years plus to 70 years plus
  •  Distances 5km- marathons
  •  Road running, Cross Country and track (including the ELvIS series, see Elvis page for more information)

Boxing Day Handicap 2013

The Warriors Training Group

The group provides coaching towards long term development of athletes at middle and long distance. We welcome anyone who recognises the need to use a structured approach towards improvement and believe that anyone can improve their running, no matter their initial standard.  The team compete in a range of distances and events all year round, with members of the group seeing their performances continually improve. Rob, the coach, has tagged his group as “The Warriors of Time” named after a song from the group Black Tide for in his own words  “We fight against the clock in races and age in life”.

The group meets three times a week for training. Details of the current weeks’ schedule is given below:

Tuesday Track Cricklefields stadium 6.45pm
Thursday Hills\Tempo Hainault 6.45pm
Sunday Long Runs (6 miles+) Hainault 9.30am

*Please note this changes every week.

For full details email using the Contact Us page Endurance contact


The Harriers Training Group

The Harriers running group is a specialised group geared towards beginners and improvers
Whatever your level we want to help you enjoy your running.
Some reasons to join Ilford Harriers
Fed up with running on your own? Want to join a running club but think you’re not fast enough?

Done a bit of running and want to improve? Training for your 1st Marathon or just interested in jogging?
Or just want to get fit.

The groups will be led by friendly and experienced runners who will be able to advise you and coordinate your needs. We will organise and supervise running and training groups for all levels
Whatever your reasons this club is for you. Don’t be shy, Don’t be nervous – take the plunge!
Come and join us on Wednesday evenings 7pm – Valentines Park (Melbourne Road Entrance). When daylight allows we run in the Park, otherwise a 2-3 mile for beginners on the road. We also have excellent facilities in Hainault Forest, Chigwell for off-road running and the track at Cricklefields Stadium.
Contact:Robin Davis or Billy Green

 Coaching Staff

The groups have a coaching staff of six led by Rob Sargent – UKA Level 3 endurance coach and on the England Athletics Development programme.

Rob Sargent

Rob Sargent

Assistant Coaches

Neil Crisp Steve Cheal
Neil_avatar1.jpg steve cheal

Run Leaders
Bill Green   Robin Davies   Suki Jandu

Where we are:-Cricklefields Athletic Stadium (opposite Cauliflower Public House) 3 Cricklefied Place, Ilford, IG1 1FY.  The stadium is situated behind The Isaac Newton Academy . On the main 86 bus route from Stratford to Romford and only 5 minutes walk from Seven Kings Railway station.
Road  and Cross Country Headquarters :88 Lambourne Road, Chigwell Row, IG7 6EN


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