Newquay & Par AC is one of the premier athletic clubs in the south west with over 180 members. Formed by an amalgamation of two existing clubs – Par AC and Newquay AC in 1984, the club boasts an impressive history of athletic success including representations for over 20 international vests, including three athletes competing in the world junior cross country championships. The club has two active bases at Par Track and Newquay.
Today, Newquay & Par serves east, mid and north cornwall with year round training in track & field athletics, cross-country & junior sportshall. We have a bi-lateral agreement with Newquay Road Runners for anyone wanting to compete in this area of the sport.
Our members range from 8 to 60 years old with an equally diverse distribution in talent. Some members just enjoy keeping fit, some are more competitive, training hard to improve their personal bests whilst others are competing at the forefront of the international arena.
The home base of the athletic club is at the Par Athletic Track, which is owned by Cornwall County Council. From an existing cinder surface track it was upgraded to an all-weather surface with the aid of the national lottery funding and was reopened in July 2000, hosting the prestigious south west inter counties in July 2003.
With its all-weather surface, the six lane 400m track caters for all sprint, middle & long distance events, with full equipment for steeplechase and hurdles events. Par's athletic facilities include two long jump/triple jump beds and runways, plus full equipment provided in the high jump and pole vault areas. There are two javelin runways, a shot circle and a competition standard cage for discus and hammer.
The club had a team in division two of the British Athletics League in 2018, which is national level men’s athletics making the Newquay & Par men ranked in the top twenty four in the UK. However with a change in the league's format the club has been forced to pull out but have still maintained the core of the team.
The club therefore is focussing its energy on the Southern Athletics League – a league for combined men and women’s teams (following cessation of alternative southern leagues) which provides competition for both men and women throughout the South of England.
In addition it has teams in the South West League which caters for male and female athletes from the under 13 age group right through to seniors.
There are also a number of ‘open’ competitions organised by the club along with other Cornish and Devonian clubs.
During the winter the club competes in the Westward Cross Country League which caters for all age groups and even has development races for under 11.
On top of the league competitions and opens mentioned above, there are County, area and national championships as well as County schools championships in which Newquay & Par Athletic Club are active partners.
There are a number of qualified coaches situated at both Par track (club headquarters) and Newquay. Coaching is available in all events from the novice to national level. (see training and coaching)
Most coaches are encouraged to expand their knowledge and experience and ‘top up’ courses are run at the club for the benefit of coaches, athletes and their parents.
Some of the more experienced young athletes are encouraged to help with coaching and activities for the younger age groups.
We are signed up to the Club Mark scheme & take our responsibilities for child safety very seriously. We have volunteer child protection & welfare officers appointed & have a protection policy which can be viewed on the club notice board at Par track. All our coaches and officials are DBS checked and first aid certified coaches are available at all club training sessions.
Club Life Memberships:
These are some of our athletes who have been given life membership in recognition of their selection for Great Britain teams and service to the club:
Kevin Toher - competed in three world cross country championships as an under 20 and was the first GB junior across the line in Boston in 1992
Sarah Salmon - 1500m & cross country
Neil Caddy - European & world cross country championships & world youth games in the 1500m
Zoe Jelbert - European & world cross- country championships & world youth games 1500m
Jemma Simpson - world youth games 800m winner & 4th in 2002 world junior championships 800m. competed in the 2008 olympic games and the world championships in 2007 and 2009.
Dani Barnes - world youth games 1500m winner and 8 & 9th (two consecutive British team gold medals) at 2002 & 2003 European cross country championships., world cross country (second European) 2003 & 4th in 1500m world junior championships 2004. voted the sports writers junior athlete of 2004.
Brett Marsh - was awarded life membership in 2017 following the incredible feat of competing in the Newquay & Par senior men's team for 25 consecutive years!