Club History

Local athletics enthusiasts Eileen Kear, her husband Charles, Jill Slatter and Vie Franks founded Radley Ladies AC in 1972 and are still involved in the club today. The club grew from this point and evolved into a premier athletics club for females in Oxfordshire and the South of England region.

During 2002 the club voted to extend its membership to include male athletes and became the club we know today as Radley Athletic Club. Today it has over 200 members from all different abilities and age groups.

The club was first based at the cinder track at Radley College, this being the origin of the club's name. The club trained there from 1972 until the new grounds at Tilsley Park were built in 1996 which offered better training facilities.


Past office holders (Chairpersons)
Chairperson Years served
Bob Plummer 1972
Charles Kear 1973 - 1998
Jim Kent 1999 - 2000
Mick Patteric 2001 - 2002
Kay Reynolds 2003 - 2006
Ray Lacy 2007 - 2008
Alex Ahmet 2009 - 2010
Kay Reynolds 2011 - present

 

Eileen's MBE

During 2006 Eileen Kear, the founder of Radley ladies AC, received an MBE in recognition for her services to athletics. Mrs Kear joined Oxford Ladies in 1947 and was a member for 25 years before forming a new club with her husband Charles. Mrs Kear said ‘We have developed into a flourishing club and I am so pleased to have helped in its progress. It is so satisfying to coach young people and see them come forward'