Torbay Athletic Club

DATE: 26/11/2015 LOCATION: RICC, Torquay EVENT: Torbay Sports Awards 2015 CAPTION: Club of the Year runner-up Torbay Athletic Club/Tri Club PHOTOGRAPHY: Andy Uglow Pyramid Torbay PhotographyWelcome to TORBAY ATHLETIC & TRI CLUB website..

Our main base is in Torquay for all running, cycling and circuit training sessions. We do organise swimming sessions in Paignton and Brixham.

We meet regularly for running and track and field sessions at Torbay Athletic Club. We meet regularly for sea swims, pool swims, road bike rides and indoor turbo cycle brick sessions with Torbay Tri Club.

Athletic Weekly 2015Members enjoy free run and free bike ride session (outdoors) after joining and sea swims £1 per session. Membership can be paid by post. Membership includes free car parking permit at the Riviera Centre in Torquay during winter training period.

Our club has inspired many over the years to take up the challenge. Would you like to be a runner or triathlete? Whether you want to run for health, fitness and weight loss, competition, or fun, our club has got all the expertise to help beginners get running, cycling and swimming. Learn how to run, swim and bike properly.

We aim to provide consistent, high quality training allowing all our Facebook Groupsmembers to achieve their potential. Our members are sportsmen and women of all backgrounds, runners and tri athletes of all abilities are most welcome.

We cater for a wide range of ages, speeds and distances. We are always looking for new members, of every standard of fitness and experience. We are a thriving club with well over 300 members (including juniors),  Torbay Athletic and Tri Club is renowned for being a very friendly club.

Torbay Athletic and Tri Club hosts a number of events throughout the year, including the Torbay Half Marathon, Torbay 10k and Brixham Aquathlon.

WhereWeTrainTorbay Athletic Club was formed in 1970 when Paignton Athletic Club merged with Torquay Athletic Club. We are affiliated to England Athletics for road running, multi terrain running, cross country running and track and field events. We have qualified coaches for our running, track and field sessions

Torbay Tri Club was formed 2007 and is affiliated to Triathlon England and Cycle Time Trial for multi sport like triathlons, duathlons, aquathlons and cycling. Many of our members join the Mid Devon Cycle Club to

DATE: 26/11/2015 LOCATION: RICC, Torquay EVENT: Torbay Sports Awards 2015 CAPTION: Coach of the Year Jon Pressling PHOTOGRAPHY: Andy Uglow Pyramid Torbay Photography

DATE: 26/11/2015
EVENT: Torbay Sports Awards 2015
CAPTION: Coach of the Year Jon Pressling
PHOTOGRAPHY: Andy Uglow Pyramid Torbay Photography

compliment their training. Membership cost £15 per year. . We have BTF

qualified coaches for our triathlon sessions. We organise our own coach pool swims on Wednesday evenings from October to May at Brixham Pool. Our members also attend triathlon pool swims organised by Torquay Leander Swim Club on Tuesday mornings from Plainmoor Pool.

We are the biggest and most successful running and triathlon club in Torbay and South Devon area. Most of our members live in Torbay but we also have many members living in Totnes, Newton Abbot, Teignmouth, Dawlish, Exeter and beyond.

We have 7 running group levels from

Coach Brian Lewis – email
Walk / Running meeting at Tor Abbey Gardens Shelter.
8 week course starts 5th January 2016.
Next Course after may start late March TBC

Ideal for people who would like to take up running to get fitter and will start out using a walk/run training plan, where the first few weeks you will walk more then run and gradually the walking breaks get shorter and shorter and the running parts longer. The first few weeks will take around 30 minutes.

Once beginners can run 5 miles with out having to stop they are ready and welcome to try our group level 2 improvers session. This is an endurance run on a Tuesday or try our Thursday speed session. Try a session for free before deciding to join Torbay Athletic club.

Pace 9.30–12.00 – Distance 5½ – 6½ miles
Coach by Jenny Lister / Andrew Parks

Pace 8.45–9.30 – Distance 7 – 9 miles
Coach by Tessa Hearfield, Janine Callard, Anita Merritt, Julia Schofield

Pace 8.15–8.45 – Distance 7½ – 9½ miles
Coach by Jonathan Cowling, Brian Lewis, Graham Reynolds, Graham Kay, Mike Davies, Greg Fine

Pace 7.15–8.15 – Distance 7½ – 10 miles
Coach by Peter McCaig, Stephen Wilbraham

Pace 6.30–7.15 – Distance 7½ – 11 miles
Lead by Kevin Fine, Stephen Wilbraham

Pace 5–6.30 – Distance 7½ – 11 miles
Coach by Jon Parkinson and Andrew Longthorpe
Some sessions will be suitable for group level 6 Sub-Elite members

Thursday all groups run together.
Tuesday there no beginners group level 1 session.

Everyone is friendly and new members are always welcome.



Torbay Athletic Club — 67 Comments

  1. Hi , I did the slippers to trainers last summer which was great , I run 5 k about three times a week and have signed up for my first 10k , however I am pretty slow ,I did the park run in just over 33 minutes . Would that be too slow to join you ?

    • No Level 2 run 5 to 6 miles with lots of regroups in just over a hour on a Tuesday from Riviera Centre 6:30pm.
      On a Thursday we do a speed session using the seafront or harbour area of Torquay. This efforts with lots of recoveries in between efforts. Its all group levels from 2 up to 7 as a big group. I recommend you come a long on Thursday and give it a go. Your speed is more than ok, just need bit more endurance maybe but with Thursday session you can decide when you have had enough and your half mile jog back to Riviera centre, maybe bit further if we doing a harbour session. Hope that helps Zoe. You be most welcome by our members. Ask for me when you arrive.
      Stephen Wilbraham 🙂

  2. Hi my colleague and I are currently running in accordance with the sofa to 5k program. We are looking to join a club to improve our fitness and running ability. Can you confirm if we could join your beginners on Wednesday’s and if so at what time? Do we need to complete a membership form or pay subs as we go?
    Look forward to hearing from you.

  3. Hi my running has been dogged by a persistent knee injury. Would anyone know a local physiotherapist who they would recommend?

  4. Hi – I’m moving to the area in the new year and looking for a club with an adult sprint training group – do you guys have one?? Thanks, Rose

    • Hi Rose
      Unfortunately the nearest track is Exeter Arena (25 miles) and Plymouth Brixfields (40 miles).
      Torbay Athetic Club only has a grass track from May to October. During the winter we do speed work on Torquay Seafront. We have many junior and some senior members doing the Devon Open track and field series which is during the Summer. Considering Torbay Athletic Club does not have a real all weather track and field facilities we did amazingly well this year beating Exeter and Plymouth clubs finish 3rd out of the 12 clubs. North Devon and Tavistoke (1st and 2nd) both have all weather track facilities. Torbay results at Devon Open We really need a track in South Devon, very sad considering the population of Torbay is over 135000. We have 160 juniors and about 175 seniors members. There will be a new 5k parkrun starting on New Year Eve 9am at the Torbay Velopark in Paignton. This event will be every Saturday 9am and details will be available on the parkrun website from 9th December.

      We train Tuesday and Thursday 6:30pm meeting at the Riviera Centre.
      On a Thursday we have all group doing a speed session on Torquay Seafront.
      On a Tuesday we only have one speed group for our fastest runners.
      Feel free to try a couple of sessions before joining.

      Kind regards
      Stephen Wilbraham Webmaster

  5. Hi my son is 11 years old and very good at throwing, he would love to give javelin ago, do you do this if so can he just turn up or is there days that he can turn up or is there anywhere that does javelin in Torbay any help would by great many thanks ian

  6. Number 1681 torbay half place 267 is incorrect it should be me as number was transferred. Have contacted multiple people with no reply. Was A PB and would like my name in. Chris Sharp, 35, south west road Runners

    • Hi Chris
      I will forward your message to Greg Fine Race Director.
      Full on sport I think did the results so I expect Greg will forward your message to Fullonsport so they can correct 🙂
      Stephen Wilbraham Torbay Athletic Club Webmaster

  7. Hi if race number has not arrived is there any opportunity to pick up on the day for Torque 1/2 marathon Sunday

    • Go to Shoreline Cafe behind Apollo Cinema,
      If you have enter very recently it wont be sent.
      If it has been lost in post, we will find you a new number on race day, please bring proof of your entry if you can 🙂

  8. Hello I registered for the half marathon before the 16th but have not received my number yet, are they still being sent out?

    • Hi
      Race numbers are being sent out by Fullonsport. If it does not arrive, go to race HQ Shoreline Cafe 8:30pm latest, cafe is behind Apollo Cinema and we will give you your race number, please bring copy of email. Your number may be at HQ anyway 🙂

  9. Dear All,

    Trying to contact the race organisers of the Torbay Half as I’ve just realised I’ve changed address and was hoping I could let them know before the numbers are sent out.


    Iain Curr

  10. Hi I just would like to confirm tha the club is by the rugby club, I went see if I could see the Atlantics club HQ but I could see it. I am new in Torquay so please forgive me. I just want to neon time for tomorrow’s level 2 training.

  11. Hi, I’ll be down in Torquay this summer 16th-24th July and was hoping to be able to find a race while I’m down there, preferably local to Torquay. Do you know of anything that will be going on around then? Will be bringing my Congleton Harriers vest with me for a bit of Devon sun 🙂
    thanks in advance

    • Hi
      Sorry I don’t have a phone number but only an email address.

      Below I have copied and paste the message on the junior page with Eve Bates email address 🙂

      Torbay Junior’s is now FULL and we have a waiting list in operation

      Due to the high level of requests to join our junior section, we are temporarily closing our waiting list.

      If you have a child aged 8-18 years of age who wishes to join the club please check this web page regularly for an update.

      Requests from those who have made contact already whose details are on the current waiting list will be offered a place to start training with us between now and April.

      Once we have cleared the current waiting list we will begin to take new membership requests.

      A link will be posted on this page.

      Thank you for your patience.

      Please email Eve Bates

  12. hi there I am 13 years old and I would like to join but I am wondering what group I would join and details.. bit confused if you guys could help out that would be muchly appreciated thanks…

    • Hi Hayden
      Please email Eve Bates
      Theres a waiting list for Track and Field junior groups.
      If you prefer to do distance road running, cross country, fun runs there a junior endurance group.
      Best you let Eve know what type of running you want to do. The waiting list for endurance maybe much shorter then track and field
      Stephen Wilbraham Webmaster

  13. Hi, I saw on the Torbay regatta web page that you are organising a regatta swim this sat 22nd august but I am struggling to find any info on it, could you let me know who I need to contact please, many thanks. 🙂

    • Hi
      We always have room for more new people in our senior running groups on Tuesday and Thursday.
      Please come along Tuesday 6:30pm Torre Valley North Sports Field by Cockington School on Avenue Road Torquay.
      We don’t cater for beginners on Tuesday but they are welcome on Thursday.
      Tuesday we cater for any runners who can run about 5 miles in one hour (level 2) They run up to about 6 miles. Pace is about 9 – 11 minutes per mile.
      We have faster groups up to level 6 elite catering for all abilities.
      Please feel free to ask any questions
      Stephen Wilbraham Webmaster

  14. Hi I am interested in joining the club as I need to do some serious training having entered the Black Pool Tri in June (this June). Currently doing training on my own. Urgent :-/ Who can I speak to to get on board? From George in the fast lane going slow. Tel 07818405088

  15. Totnes Sports Injury clinic
    Leatside Surgery
    Babbage Road
    Tq9 5RB

    Dear all

    We will be holding an evening seminar at the mansion Hall on Thu14th May from 6 till 9pm on Sport Nutrition for the sports professional and the sports person.

    The seminar will provide an overview of the some of the key nutritional factors affecting sports performance, based on up to date findings.

    A sports nutritionist will be taking the seminar and there will be a chance to ask questions and try samples after the meeting.

    We hope you will join us for this interesting ,informative and free event. We are just asking for donations to Devon Air Ambulance on the night.

    There are places if you havent booked already , just turn up on the night but it might be just standing places only.

    Please see attached poster.

    Jenny Pullman

  16. Hi I’m interested in joining the club at level 5. I live in Dartmouth and work away quite a bit which makes things tricky, but not impossible to make it to some mid week sessions. Are there any official or unofficial groups running on Saturday mornings? I’m signed up for Berlin marathon and want a sub 3 time so I’m really after help and coaching to make me ready!

  17. Hi, My 8 year old son would like to join your juniors club please. I have emailed your club and spoke to Steve Cottel in June last year and also had an email reply from MS Anita in June saying Aarin will be put on a waiting list. Many thanks.

  18. Hi, I would like to join your Running Club at Beginners Level One. If there are spaces for this group whom should I contact ?

    Thank you,

    • Hi Maria,

      How far can you run with out needing to stop?

      We always have room for beginners on a Thursday evening.

      Easiest Session is a Thursday, we meet at Riviera Centre for a 6:30pm.

      We jog out from Riviera Centre at 6:35 to Compass point (6:40pm aprox) which is marked on the ground between Princess Theatre and Pier. (1 kilometre)

      We then do some simple warm up exercises.

      We will then do some efforts with recoveries and it will be along the promenade.
      Everyone regroups and you go at your own pace. There no pressure to perform. You can decide when you have had enough and jog/walk back to Riviera Centre.

      Each member decides how fast and many loops they want to do depending on their level of fitness and how they feeling. Theres no pressure to over train.

      We use the Swimming pool changing rooms down stairs at Riviera Centre. You will need a £1 coin for a locker (Refundable)

      Parking is expensive so best park on Avenue Road and walk up.

      Members do get a free parking permit.

      Membership is £7.50 until end of March 2015. First Session is always free 🙂

      Look out for me on your arrival and best to arrive by 6:20 on your first session so I can introduce you to some pwople.

      Hope is helps and look forward to meeting you 🙂


  19. Hi, I would like my 8year son to join your club so I was wondering if you had any spaces for him and when and where you train please?

    Thank you. Emma

  20. Hi there, I was wondering about your groups I would probably put myself in level 2 I think , when are your sessions and is the level 2 sessions available ?
    Thank you

    • Hi Josh

      Sorry for long delay in replying,
      Our main website is
      I have started to build this new website and as a test put it on a new website that I thought no one knows about which is
      Hopefully I will get it finish soon.

      Anyway please come a long Tuesday and Thursday 6:30pm at the Riviera Centre Torquay.
      First run is free and if you like running with us then membership is £12.50 until 31st March 2015.
      Then after 12 months £25.00

      Stephen Wilbraham
      Webmaster Torbay Athletic and Tri Club

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