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.
Congratulations to Dave Anderson (the elder) on completing the 55 mile Glasgow Edinburgh Ultra in April. The full story is best read on his blog linked here but here is an extract to give a feel for it.
"OK, well, it all started relatively well, I was feeling pretty frisky. It was drizzling, which was not much fun, I was definitely a bit damp, but never quite enough to put on a waterproof. Temperature was good, and it wasn’t blisteringly sunny, which worked in my favour. Saying which, I still came out of it with a bit of a tan.
Running with Jon was good company, a bit of chat about random things,as well as with the runners passing us and the occasional one we passed.
Out of the city and the canal became a bit more leafy and there were lots of greenery. For a while we ran with no. 131, Michael Muckian, a marvellous vegan of a man, and spent a while talking about all things veggie and vegan.
Around 18 miles in my left knee started to twinge a bit – not a good sign, we switched to a bit of a run/walk combo, trying for fifteen minutes running to five minutes of walking, which helped a bit, though the 15 minutes started to shrink quite quickly."
Meanwhile Mark Scothern has been busy representing the club on medium fixed gear coming 2nd at the Kiverton Park CC 10 with 26:15 as well as competing at several other 10 mile time trials including St Ives pictured.
Members have been active running in other events from parkruns to marathon including the Sleaford, Stowmarket and White Horse Halfs. Mark Tozer represented the club at the London Marathon, Guy Riddell at the Connemarathon in Ireland and Paul De Denis la Soie at the Paris marathon in France. Plenty more going on - check out our Events and Results pages.
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!