- Club History
The Club was founded in 1960 by a group of enthusiastic individuals, including our current President, Malcolm Steggles (a Major in the Parachute Regiment). We have maintained strong links with the armed forces, notably the Army over the years – as shown in the organisation of the Fleet Half-Marathon (Inter-Services Championships).
The success of the Club developed further under the inspiration of the Honorary Club Secretary, Peter Driver. In the momentous year for running of 1954 - the year of Bannister’s 4 minute mile - Peter Driver played his part in England’s golden haul at the Empire Games in Vancouver by winning a gold medal in the six miles event. Peter Driver (1932-1971) took up running when with South London Harriers. He ran his first international for England in 1952 and then had considerable success both on the track and at cross-country. In 1953 he became National Junior Cross Country Champion and in the Games of 1954 also won the AAA six miles track championship.
Peter moved to Fleet in 1961 and joined Fleet & Crookham Athletic Club, then a very small new club. He became Secretary and helped to improve and enlarge the club, giving it the base from which it has flourished.
The Peter Driver Memorial Road Races were inaugurated in 1972, soon after his untimely death. The main event, a 6 miles road race (now a 10k), was to commemorate his Empire Games victory and as a tribute to his contribution to athletics in the area.
The Peter Driver Sports Ground, where our Club meets, was named in tribute to him. We are proud that Peter’s two sons both still coach, compete and train with the Club: indeed they remain an integral part of the Club’s success.
In March 2014 Fleet and Crookham became a Registered Charity, reference number 1156074. With the objective to promote community participation in healthy recreation in particular by the provison of facilities and coaching for Athletics.