Get to Know Your Running Clubs - Vancouver Falcons Athletics Club
In this edition of Get To Know Your Running Clubs we spoke with Nicholas Browne, a Canadian-living Kiwi since 2012. Nicholas has completed the 6x World Marathon Majors and has been the VFAC President since 2015. You'll find the Vancouver Falcons Athletic Club training on Stanley Park trails, and Point Grey High School / Memorial South Park tracks.
Want to learn more about them? Read on!
Hi Nicholas! Tell us a bit about your club history, how long has the club been around?
The Vancouver Falcons Athletics Club (VFAC) formed in 1987 to offer members weekly coaching and a supportive environment in which to train in a group.
Club coach John Hill hosts twice weekly trainings with one in Stanley Park (longer), and the other on either Point Grey High School, or Memorial South Park tracks (shorter). Each member is given individual workout schedules and target times, developed around their ability and goals.
In addition to these scheduled sessions, members often meet up informally to run on other days, particularly for Tuesday Tempo runs, and Sunday long runs.
Tell us a bit about your membership? What level of runners do you cater to?
The club caters to senior and masters runners who tend to be more competitive and goal orientated in their age groups. Their focuses are generally towards road running, with a lot of athletes also competing on the track and in the trails.
As a guideline, club workouts are geared towards runners quicker than about 1:45 half marathons or about 45min 10ks. But it's always best for interested runners on the cusp to call coach John and discuss their goals, motivation, potential, etc.
Where/when does your club usually meet/run?
Thursdays, 6:30pm Brockton Oval car park for Stanley Park intervals.
Saturdays, 9:45am Point Grey High School or Memorial South Park tracks.
Any cost to be a member/join?
~$100 for VFAC and BC Athletics membership +$200 for club-subsidized coaching fees (per half year). Potential members are encouraged to come along and try some workouts to see if the group will work for them.
Is your group affiliated with any events?
VFAC Summerfast 10k is our club's annual race. It`s held in the first half of July each year, starting 8am on a Saturday morning around Stanley Park seawall. (15 July 2017)
The event is best known for its delicious array of home-baked goods provided by club members for post-race feasting! It`s also a great event to chase a 10k PB without the crowds that can be a hindrance in bigger races like the Sun Run.
Any cool routes/favourite areas to run in your city that you would like to recommend to other runners? Why do you like those?
Loops on the trails inside of Stanley Park. They're so close to the city but feel like they're in the middle of no where! So many people run around the outside on the seawall with the amazing views, but I get so much more from the trails, trees, and hills inside the park.
Do you have any favourite local races? Outside of anything that you're affiliated with of course :)
Longest Day Road Race in mid-June. Great event, and an awesome BBQ afterwards!
Anything else that we should know?
The club hosts weekly post workout coffee socials on Saturdays as well as monthly pub meet-ups after Thursday workouts, and after local races. Our social highlight of the year is the trip to Whistler for the Whistler 50 mile relay in which we usually send 2-3 teams to compete and celebrate appropriately after!
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Thanks for chatting with us, Nicholas! Want to learn more?
Want to connect with the Vancouver Falcons Athletics Club, or just learn a bit more about them? Check out their information below:
Looking for runs around Vancouver?
You can find a full list of runs and races happening around Vancouver at www.runguides.com/vancouver/runs