We have a our long history and are looking forward to the future…
Haslemere Border Athletic Club (HBAC) was founded in 1959 by Bill Sykes and was known as Border AC. Initially the club was founded as a track and field club, and was one of the founder members of the Men’s Southern League. Over the years the club enjoyed some success in the League and at its peak fielded two teams in Division 2 and Division 8. The first training days were held at Hindhead playing fields whilst members spent spare time constructing facilities and digging footings for a club pavilion to be built in the grounds of Woolmer Hill School.
Even in the early days training had its fun side. Bill challenged everyone to a walking race from Midhurst to Woolmer in the snow. Fred Bush now president and still an active member and then only 17, finished third in less than one and a half hours. All members helped raise money for the pavilion and on 9th May 1964 it was opened by Robbie Brightwell, European 400m champion.
In 1971 the club became known as Haslemere Border A.C. as a tribute to the council for providing the new athletics facilities at Woolmer Hill School. From the interest generated by the club’s League activity, over the years the club produced athletes of all standards; several County champions, many ranked in the UK listings, and some competing for their country at international level as well as a world indoor record holder.
The Ladies section of the club expanded in the 1970s, also developing international athletes. On the Junior side, the Club entered teams in the Ebbisham League (Boys) and the Lily B League (Girls) providing the opportunity to introduce youngsters to the various different disciplines.
The club has entertained many well known athletes and officials both in competitions and on social occasions. A farewell dinner was held in the pavilion for the British Olympic team before they left for Mexico. Amongst those present were Geoff Capes, John and Shelia Sherwood and David Emery who went on to win gold in the 400m hurdles.
The club re-established its Junior section in 2011 and it is going from strength to strength. A new cadre of coaches have been awarded the necessary qualifications to coach youngsters in the full range of skills across Track and Field disciplines.
If you have experience in this area, or indeed know someone with UK Athletics accredited qualifications who is keen to help develop Haslemere Border’s new talent, we would very much like to hear from you. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
In the meantime, details of the training programme can be found on the juniors page of the Athletics & Running section of this site.