In 1964 The West Hill Boys Club set up Hastings AC under the leadership of Brian Griffin. In December 1966 it was decided that athletics in the town would be better served by renaming the group as Hastings Athletic Club. The Club’s first chairman was John Alexander and the AC came to William Parker School to use the newly opened running track in 1968, opened by Olympians Robbie Brightwell and Anne Packer.
Today, Hastings Athletic Club continues to grow with its grass roots ethos helping athletes of all levels achieve their potential. Hastings Athletic Club is open to all age groups from 8 upwards, who are keen to participate in or help in all areas of the sport. All aspects of the sport are covered, Track and Field, Road Running and Cross Country. Hastings AC regularly enters teams and individuals into various County and National Events covering all disciplines from age 11 up. We have a team of qualified coaches and run various sessions over each week for all abilities.
We have had some incredibly inspiring athletes from the club who have gone on to represent us at National and International Level:
Brian Hull: Schools Triple Jump
Derek Stevens: Marathon
Luke Verness: English Schools Cross Country and 3000m Champion as 16 year old: 1500m and 3000m Internationally
Nick Dawson: 200m
Sean Baldock: Former British Sprinter: Competed 2000 and 2004 Olympics: Winning Commonwealth, World Indoor and Wold Cup Medals
Cara Pain: Schools 300m Hurdles
Elise Lovell: British Heptathlon/ Long Jump
Grace Baker: Cross Country
Louisa James: Hammer
Adam Clarke: U23 National 5,000m champion and in 2015 a finalist in the 1500m British Trials. Represented Team GB at the European Cross Country Championships 2018 and on the track.