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The Vegetarian Cycling and Athletic Club, originally the Vegetarian Cycling Club, was established in 1888 to demonstrate that vegetarians could compete against meat eaters on an equal footing. Now in our 125th year we have members of all abilities from commuting cyclists to high class competitors. Mainly based in the United Kingdom and participating in running, cycling and multisport we welcome all vegetarian sports people.

First and second claim members welcome.

Affiliated to England Athletics, British Cycling, Cycling Time Trials, British Triathlon Federation, the Vegetarian Society.


A reminder that membership renewals are now due for those who pay their subs yearly - thanks to members who have already renewed. New members are always welcome whatever your ability.

Membership renewal and application forms can be found here.

5km League Update

A new entry to the 5km handicap league with Emily Collinge going straight to the top of the time competition in her first Parkrun. An impressive time and first woman at the Brighton & Hove parkrun!

Members are reminded that if they submit their 5km times we can include you in the leagues. Last seasons final placings are available here.

A Batch of Halfs

Mark Scothern

Good start to the VC&AC cycling year with Mark Scothern spinning to 4th place at the Yorkshire Cycling Federation Medium Gear 10 on a windy day.

Our runners have been active on and off road with half marathons seemingly the flavour of the month for February. Paul Horne had a good run at the Great Bentley Half finishing 260/748 overall and 27th in his age group with 1:41:09. Stephen Wells ran 2:09 at the Sleaford Half and Nik Windle 1:55 at the Brighton Half.
Guy Riddell and Dave Anderson (the Elder) must have been feeling adventurous as they met up for a fine day out at the Osmotherly Trail Half - one of the notorious Hardmoors series. Dave's done a fine write-up of his suffering race on his blog linked here - a short extract copied below:

Guy Riddell and Dave Anderson

"Where I live, I’d describe it as being “hilly”, but I realise now it’s more “not quite flat”. The bigger hills had flagstones laid an age ago and worn by the boots of years gone by. Eventually we reached the moor tops and the view back north was amazing – I would have been tempted to take pictures if I wasn’t concentrating all my energies on keeping moving.

The weather couldn’t have been better, mild sun, virtually no wind and a few happy cloud scuttling across the skies. The usual loveliness of runners in the mid-to-back of the pack was on show as people passed the time of day while they overtook and were overtaken. It honestly brings a bit of a lump to my throat thinking back on it – in my experience the longer the distance, the harder the course the stronger the sense of camaraderie between runners."