Howick Athletic Club was founded in 1985 by a small group of keen runners, with Mike Peterson being the driving force behind the club’s formation. Running initially took place from Mike’s business premises in Howick.
With the help of around 40 members the first Howick 20-miler race was held from the Howick Sports Club. Later editions would be held at the clubs new home, Midmar Dam, after the club relocated there following a brief stay at the Howick Junior school. This move was made possible by Peter Kirkland of Natal Parks Board, who made a clubhouse facility available within the grounds of Midmar Dam.
The club grew from strength to strength through the 90’s thanks to the hard work of some key members, including; Brian Checkley, Hector McDonald, Clive Kelly, Harry Sykes, Giles King, Simon Addy, Nigel Kidgell, Neill Brand, Sally Davis, Gubba Willment and Oliver Tatham. We are very grateful that a number of these folks are still members to this day. With Comrades Marathon being somewhat of a local race, many Howick Athletic Club athletes have gone on to achieve fantastic results, including a number of permanent green numbers and double green numbers.
The hosting of the 20 Mile race continued until it was merged with the Umgeni Water Marathon which was being hosted by Collegians Harriers. Howick Athletic Club has since co-hosted the Umgeni Water Marathon with Collegians Harriers. We are very grateful for the continued support from Umgeni Water and other sponsors over the years to help present a fantastic event and a highlight on the running calendar.
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife have been very accommodating through all the years that the clubhouse has been within the Midmar Resort grounds. We are very lucky to be based in such a stunning venue where, besides the beauty, members and visitors are treated to a safe environment to run or walk, shower facilities, and a lovely clubhouse to socialize with friends.
Howick Athletic Club are very proud of being a club in the country where simple things are important and good friendships are made.