Foyle Valley Athletics Club is a very successful, dynamic club that encompasses runners of all levels. The club is Derry ~ Londonderry based and attracts members from throughout the city and neighbouring border villages and towns.
Our Club was formed in 1992 and we currently have over 170 members. Our membership has grown steadily over the years with a particular hike in membership in 2013 following on the legacy of the inaugural Walled City Marathon.
Our Club Committee oversee the smooth running of the club and committed to supporting all members.
Aims of the Club
· To encourage members of all abilities to enjoy and to have fun through running.
· To promote the health and fitness of members through running.
· To provide social activities for members of the Club.
· To promote Amateur Athletics.
The Club has qualified coaches, Gabriel Bell; Declan Doherty (Head Coach); Billy Orr, Tony Grant, Deirdre Quigg and Noreen Hyndman. This expertise has assisted us in attracting, retaining and developing members of all abilities. We offer varied training programmes, suited to all levels. Where possible we try to meet the wants and needs of our members should they wish to train for marathons or whether they want to specialise in shorter distances.
There is a training session most nights of the week and on Saturday and Sunday mornings at 8.00am from the Templemore Sports Complex for the weekend long runs. There is a further training session on Saturday mornings at 10.15am at St Columbs Park aimed at Cross Country, Short or Middle distance training.
The Monday and Wednesday training group meet at St Columbs Park at 5.45pm throughout the year. This group is led by Gabriel Bell, Declan Doherty, Donal Dunne & Charlie Mc Gilloway.
The Tuesday and Thursday group meet at Templemore Sports Complex at 5:30pm This group is led by coaches Billy Orr & Tony Grant.
During the year we organise and manage two very successful local races. Wilkies Race in May and Marty’s Run in October. Wilkies Race attracts upwards of 100 plus entrants. In 2013 Marty’s Run attracted over 900 runners and walkers making it the largest 5k event in Northern Ireland.