Victoria Park and Connswater AC

“If you want to be a lion, you must train with lions”

At Victoria Park & Connswater AC we welcome members of various disciplines – we run marathons and ultras, we run track and throw shot. We work hard and we value athletes of all abilities who want to be the best that they can be.

About

Victoria Park in East Belfast is our home and we meet several times a week to train. We work hard and we encourage a supportive atmosphere within our club. With experienced and passionate coaches, we are here to help you achieve your best. Get in touch if you’d like to come along to a training session, we’d love to have you.

If you want to work hard to be the best that you can be at your discipline then we are here to help you achieve that. Get in touch!

Gerry Carson

Gerry Carson

Honorary President

Ghislain Demeuldre

Ghislain Demeuldre

Chairperson

Ralph Coetzee

Ralph Coetzee

Vice Chairperson

Deane Fisher

Deane Fisher

Head Coach

Gary Keenan

Gary Keenan

Club Coach

Jenny Black

Jenny Black

Communications officer

Leann Gibson

Leann Gibson

Club Captain

Stuart Wilson

Stuart Wilson

Club Captain

Kelly Squance

Kelly Squance

Club Vice Captain

Roy Roulston

Roy Roulston

Club Vice Captain

Mark McFeeters

Mark McFeeters

Welfare Officer

Training

Our training sessions take place in Victoria Park, Belfast BT3 9EF.

Our weekly training:

Session Day/Time Location Coach
Tempo Monday
6:30pm*
Victoria Park Gary Dane
Intervals Wednesday
6:30pm*
Victoria Park / Bangor Track Deane Fisher
Intervals Thursday
6:30pm*
Victoria Park Gary Keenan
Long run Sunday (locations and distances posted in club WhatsApp chat)

* Warmed up and ready to start at 6:30pm

Our athletes represent the club at all sorts of events from road races to mountain ultras. We regularly take part in parkrun and help out with Jog Belfast  programmes.

Competitive membership costs £50 a year and includes: registration with Athletics NI, strength and conditioning sessions, club vest, entry to club supported races, long sleeved training top and more!

Club Records

1500m 5:57 Edyta Różycka-Gabryś 2018
Mile (Road) 5:43 Sarahjane Cooke 2018
Mile (Track) 4:52 Ed Cooke
Mile (Road) 4:55 Steve Goan 2020
3000m 11:04 Jenny Black 2018
3000m 8:45 John Craig 2020
5K 17:19 Sarahjane Cooke 30/5/2021 Down Royal
5K 15:37 Peter Thompson 2022 Rathfarnam
5 miles 29:57 Leann Gibson 2020
10K 35:40 Sarahjane Cooke 3/7/2021 Coastal 10K
10K 32:04 John Craig 2019
10 miles 1:06:15 Leann Gibson 2018
10 miles 54:19 Stephen Wylie 2018
Half marathon 1:16:43 Sarahjane Cooke 29/8/2021 Antrim Coast Half Marathon
Half marathon 1:11:51 Stephen Wylie 2020
Marathon 2:46:49 Natalie Hall 25/4/2021 Wrexham
Marathon 2:33:09 Chris Hutchinson 2019

Club Honours

2017 Male 🥈 NI Half Marathon Road Championship Silver Medalists (Team)
2018 Male 🥈 NI 10K Road Championship Silver Medalists (Team)
2018 Female 🥉 NI Master Road Relay Championship Bronze Medalists
2019 Male 🥈 NI Master Road Relay Championship Silver Medalists
2021 Female 🥈 NI 5K Road Championship Silver Medalists (Team)
2021 Female 🥈 NI 10K Road Championship Silver Medalists (Team)
2022 Female 🥈 NI Half Marathon Road Championship Silver Medalists (Team)
2022 Female 🥇 NI 10K Road Championship Gold Medalists (Team)
2022 Leann Gibson 🥉 NI Half Marathon Road Championship Bronze Medal (Individual)

Contact

If you’re interested in training with us or have any questions please get in touch and we’ll do our best to help.