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Dorking & Mole Valley AC

  • When did it all begin? In 1994 Dorking St.Paul's joined forces with Mole Valley AC to usher in a new running era in the heart of Surrey.
  • Current strength? We're a big club. 100 juniors plus maybe 250/300 active seniors, although officially there are 500 on the books.
  • So a young, keen outfit? More than that! Our juniors are competing successfully at county level but we have two growing beginners groups and quite a few runners past the first flush of youth!
  • Where's the action? Tuesday's we meet at Ranmore for a cross-country run - usually a three figure turnout although we split into five groups so everyone can run at their own pace.
  • What about the hard sessions? Thursday is track night. We have a grass track at Pixham Lane and the coaches can be relied upon to test the teens, and the septagenarians!
  • So DMVAC is well-prepared for competition? We do take part in various leagues - summer and winter. The Surrey Road League and the Surrey Cross-Country League always attract a big turnout from the club. As do the MABAC events - Sunday mornings, cross-country and a nice relaxed atmosphere.
  • Nice locations for the MABAC events? They're all scenic but Farley Green is a particular favourite, nice open countryside - not too tough.
  • Your big event of the year? Has to be the Dorking 10 in June. It's the 10 mile county championship event and attracts a high quality field of 800 runners. All the members rally round for marshalling, water station and catering duties.
  • Talking of rallying round, who are the club stalwarts? Dave Stead is a long-term member who no longer runs but is an enthusiastic coach and administrator. With a big junior waiting list, enthusiasts like Dave are worth their weight in gold.
  • Any other famous members? The very unassuming Graham Taylor still enjoys running at 65 although he once mixed it with the marathon elite.
  • How so? Graham won the old and much revered Polytechnic Marathon in 1966 in a time of 2:19:04. Other winners of that event were Ron Hill and Jim Peters, while Basil Heatley actually broke the world marathon in the 1964 race.
  • And DMVAC isn't just about running? No, we've got a very active triathlon section. We're close to Box Hill where Bradley Wiggins rode the Zig Zag road to Olympic gold so plenty to inspire the cyclists.
  • Tell us about big club trips? There's usually a party that heads down to Devon for the notoriously tough Grizzly race in March but to be honest there are so many high quality events close at hand that we don't have to travel far for the best of race action!

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