AFD is a thriving athletics club with approximately 500 members offering training facilities and competition throughout the year. We welcome participants of all ages, genders and experience, and encourage integrated training for able body and disabled athletes in all events.
We particularly pride ourselves on our young membership of both sexes, accepting children from the age of 9 and upwards. Our teams in the younger age groups consistently outperforms nearly every club in the country, with outstanding success in Middle-Distance Running, Road Racing, Cross-Country and Race Walking.
We encourage any field event athlete, or those interested in beginning to take part in field events, to join us to complement our strength on the track. We can offer the same support to develop and compete if desired to do so.
See the members Notice Board for annual subscription rates. There are no extra fees for training at the Military Stadium, Queens Ave, Aldershot and entry for league competitions is also included.
Main training times are Sunday morning 10:00 to 12:00 (11:30 for Younger age groups), Tuesday and Thursday evenings: 18:30 – 20:30 at the Military Stadium. It should be noted that the Younger age groups finish at 20:00.
Options available for a range of training on the track, on grass or on roads.
How to join AFD is set out on the Membership part of the site.
Emily Wicks with husband Phil broke the World record for the fastest Marathon run by a married couple in the London Marathon. There aggregate time of 4hr 58min and 22seconds beat the current listed record in the Guinness World Records of 5hr 41min and 36seconds set by the Tonouka in Tokyo on the 24th Feb 2013. ://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/6000/fastest-marathon-run-by-a-married-couple-aggregate-time
Team AFD did well in a very good National Champs in Coventry.
AFD Senior Race Walking Ladies National 20km Team Champs. Kristina Belka and Sue Davies.
Chris Snook, Silver u15 National Champs.
Tim Snook, 7th U17 National Champs.
Emily Wicks going off the mass start was the 176 and second women home from the mass start in a time of 2hr 39min 18sec. Including the Elite Women Emily was the 4th fastest British Women and 2nd English Woman.
The first Alder Valley Girls League Match got off to a good start, the sun was shining!
Although numbers were low due to the Road Relays taking part in Birmingham and injuries, each girl that took part on Sunday gave it their all and managed to attain points for the club.
One particular athlete, Leanne Davies, taking part in the U17 Javelin not only managed to get a new PB of 39.22m she is now ranked no.2 in the UK in her age group and has qualified for English Schools. So a big Well Done Leanne and we look forward to hearing more good things from you.
Whether taking part in a League for the very first time, trying out a new event or helping coach the younger athletes, everyone pulled together as a team and the atmosphere was very positive.
We were only 10 points off catching the next club in the rankings so with a few extra athletes at the next match on 19th May in Guildford let’s see if we can do this.
Margarette Goddard – Alder Valley Team Manager
Even by AFD high standards Saturday 13th April will rank as outstanding. The Senior ladies went to Sutton park for the National 6 stage road relays quietly determine, the supports for the squad round the course was great.
The final result was fantastic with AFD “A” team winning in 1hr 37min 56 sec, a time only beaten by AFD last year.
Five minutes after the AFD A squad of Montana Jones, Emily Pidgeon, Stephanie Twell, Alison Greggor, Lillian Partridge and Georgie Bruinval, the B team of Emily Hosker-Thornhill, Rachel Robinson, Laura Gent, Bryony Proctor, Natasha Doel and Louise Small came second in 1hr 46min 03seconds
The club also cheered home the C team (Melanie WoodCiara Dullaghan, Poppy Daisey May, Susan Shiel Ranking, Naomi Lename, and Ruth Hayes) who came 17th in 1hr 50min 53seconds
Verity’s talent has been recognised in that she has been appointed Team leader for England at the IAAF Race Walking Challenge, Podebrady, Czech Republic. on the 13th April.
Two AFD runners Daisy D'Santos & Jack Boswell traveled to
Dinefwr Park, Llandello, Carmarthenshire, Wales on Saturday
the 23 March to represent England in the Schools Home
Daisy came 7th & was 6th scorer for the team in the Inter Girls
(8 in a team) and Jack came 11th in the Junior Boys race.
The AFD runners selection to represent Great Britain at the World Cross Country Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland on Sunday 24 March. In the Senior Ladies Stephanie Twell finished 40th and Emily Wicks 65th
In the Junior Ladies race Emelia Gorecka finished 16th to lead home the UK team to Bronze medals.
After Camellia Hayes win at England Athletics Under 20 Indoor High Jump Championships at Birmingham Indoor Arena on the 24th Feb. Camillia was selected to represent England in a home international Under 20 match in Cardiff on the 10th March. She won in 1.77.
Great jumping from Camellia Hayes in clearing 1.81 to win the England Athletics Under 20 Indoor High Jump Championships at Birmingham Indoor Arena on the 24th Feb. Congratulations to Camellia