Track and field teams Summer 2017

The track and field season runs from April through to September each year. The club provides competition for athletes of all ages and standards through its teams which are entered in a variety of national, regional and local league competitions. In addition there are various Open meetings (not team competitions) which are typically advertised/listed in Power of Ten:  (Athletics Weekly)  magazine or on club notice-board at Hornchurch. Athletes can also enter Essex, South of England, East of England or National (England Athletics) Championships, where necessary subject to reaching qualifying standards. 

The club has set series of aims that we want our teams to achieve - click here for details.

A brief explanation of our track and field teams and the leagues they compete in is set out below. All leagues (apart from YDL - U17/U20) are made up of teams with two athletes (A & B strings) in each event, with a full events programme:

  • Men's British Athletics League (National Div 3) The senior men's team regained their British League status in 2009 after five years out of the national scene. The division comprises six teams who compete against each other in four fixtures during the summer. The team were promoted to National 3 Division for 2016 and retained their place. In 2017 we will face Bedford & County, Chelmsford, Derby/Mansfield (composite), Notts AC, Rugby & Northants, Southend, Trafford, & Yeovil.  Team Manager: Peter Estcourt

  • UK Women's League (Division 2) This is the club's fifteenth successive season in this National League which provides competition for Senior & Junior (U20) Ladies only. We have held our position in Division 2 since 2009.  The competition structure and promotion/ relegation arrangements involves eight clubs who compete against each other in three fixtures during the summer. The opposition in summer 2017 will be: Crawley, Herts Phoenix, Milton Keynes, Newham & EB, Reading AC, Sale Harriers (Manchester) & Wigan. Team Manager: Tony Benton


  • Southern Athletics League (Division 2) This league provides competition for Senior & U20 Men & Ladies and U17s can also compete. There are 16 clubs who meet each other once in five fixtures through the season, with the top and bottom teams usually going up or down.  We entered this new league in summer 2011 and in 2017 we are in Division 2.  Team Manager: Kevin White (Men) & Irene Brennan (Women)

  • Youth Development League - U17s & U20s- (South Premier 2) This new league started in summer 2013 bringing together the former National Junior League format with Under 17s from the former National Young Athletes' League. We have been promoted to Southern Premier 2 Division where our opponents in 2017 will be  Chelmsford, Enfield & Haringey, Stevenage, Team Bedfordshire & Tonbridge. There are four league fixtures and the divisional winner is promoted to Southern Premier 1 Division. Team Managers: John Duncan (men) & Louise Nash (Women)


  • Youth Development League - U13s & U15s - (South Premier 1) This new league started in summer 2013 replacing the National Young Athletes' League. We have been promoted in successive years and are now in the highest possible division - Southern Premier 1 where our opponents in 2017 will be Blackheath & Bromley, Bracknell, City of Portsmouth, Southampton & Windsor SEH. There are four league fixtures. Team Managers: Emily Brown, Steve Hewitt, Martin Chester,  & Jerry Canty




  • Eastern Young Athletes League This regional league brings together boys and girls from clubs all around East Anglia in five fixtures throughout the summer. With non-scoring events running alongside the scoring events there are opportunities for athletes of all standards to compete and stake a place in the team. The top six teams in the Division compete in the end of season Trophy Final. Team Managers: Emily Brown, Martin Chester, Gary Atkins, Steve Hewitt & Jerry Canty


For details of summer 2017 fixtures click here.  

Cross Country and Road Race teams

From October throughout the winter the club takes part in the Essex Cross Country League which offers competition for runners of all standards from 11 year olds to veterans. The club also enters teams in various road races and relays and county, regional and national championships. For the club winter fixtures click here