In 1886 C, Rogers of Southampton Harriers won the A.A.A. 4 miles title. Hampshire A.A. have had an enquiry from a lady about her grandfather who was cycling down from a village outside Andover in the 1890’s to run (in hobnail boots) in cross-country and Hare & Hounds. As he was the hare sometimes, this again supports a local club membership. H.A.A.A. was formed in 1927. Probably due to the clash Hampshire Athletic Club changed its name to Southampton Amateur Athletic Club on 15th February, 1932. A Ladies Section was added on 14th December, 1949 for cross-country but track and field, badminton and netball quickly followed. The club amalgamated with Eastleigh Amateur A.C. on 1st December, 1970.to form Southampton & Eastleigh A,C. Later names were Southampton City A.C. and after amalgamation with Team Solent in November, 2004 Team Southampton. The next amalgamation was with Southampton R.C. on 1ST April, 2010 to become the present Southampton A.C. As no club was dissolved to form Southampton A.C. I have used members of all the named clubs, except the Harriers, to assemble these records. I am particularly indebted to Rod Davies and Aaron Bennett for their data. So far there is one deliberate mistake and doubtless many unintentional ones. I am only too happy to be corrected, so inundate me with e-mail at email@example.com.
The clubs have competed on the grass tracks at the County Cricket Ground, the Civil Service Ground and Fleming Park, and the Redgra Education track at Redbridge. The Sports Centre Has been used as a grass track and money has been raised to convert it first to a six-lane all weather surface and later to eight lanes. Due to the lack of facilities the clubs have purchased and installed three pre-fabs. Despite repairs they are now at the end of their tether. They will be replaced by one larger hut which will have some changing accommodation. The Sports Centre is operated by the Charity Active Nation for the owners Southampton City Council. Southampton Athletic Club and its Academy are Register Charity Number 1158398.