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Awards at city sports event for Barry and Hannah

Two Derby Athletic Club members had their contribution recognised when they stopped awards at the Derby City Sport Forum event.

The awards night, at Derby Council House on Thursday (10 October) saw club chairman Barry Parker receive a Lifetime Service award while U20 javelin thrower Hannah Barnden was awarded Junior Sportswoman of the Year.

Hannah has this year made the tough decision to switch from multi-evening and competing in the heptathlon, where she had achieved considerable success, to the specialising in her best event, the javelin. By achieving the 45m standard for the 500gm javelin, she earned selection for the Under 18 Nations Youth Cup in Dublin, competing in an England vest, and took gold in the event. She has backed up this success with a successful summer competing for the club in YDL and was also one of the club’s seven competitors at English Schools.

Barry has been committe to athletics since being an athlete of national standard in his younger days, winning the ESAA Junior Boys 880yds title, competing for Cambridgeshire and later Derbyshire. He has also coached, taught PE for 30 years and turned to officiating in 1987. He moved up through the ranks as an Official and eventually was selected for National and International meetings. He has officiated in all the major Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field Championships held in England since 2002 including the 2012 Olympics, Paralympics and 2017 World and World Para Athletics Champs in London.

He commented: “It is now my pleasure to encourage younger people to compete, coach and train to be Officials particularly those who are members of Derby AC.”

Well done to both Barry and Hannah!

There may be more good news, as club volunteers coach Paul Martin and official Ernie Cripps are both finalists in the Derby Telegraph Sports Awards. That ceremony is in early November – watch this space and fingers crossed for the result!

No more new starters sessions until January

Derby Athletic Club has been running introductory sessions on the first Tuesday and Thursday of the month for potential athletes wishing to join the Club’s induction group.

Unfortunately, due to the group being at capacity, the sessions will be taking a short break and no more new starters can be accepted into the induction group until January 2020.

The next new starters sessions will be on 7 and 9 January. If you are interested in coming to the session in January please email comms.derbyac@gmail.com.

No new starters’ session at induction on Tuesday 1 October

There will be no session for new starters at the club on Tuesday 1 October, due to issues with staffing the session. Apologies to anyone affected by this.

The club hopes to run the new starters’ session on Thursday 3 October at 6pm as normal. Please check back on the website or our Twitter feed to confirm.

Training unlikely tonight due to wet weather

If you are planning to come to the Club’s Tuesday night training session tonight (Tuesday 24 September), please be aware that Derby City Council staff have warned us that if the current rain continues, the Moorways track will be closed due to standing water presenting a health and safety issue.

The grass area around the track is also in a dangerous condition for runners after the weekend’s cycling event and today’s rain.

Some coaches have already called off their sessions, including sprints and jumps group. If you are in any doubt, please check the Club’s Facebook page or contact your coach direct.

Many thanks and apologies for any inconvenience.

Success in Northern Road Relays

Athletes from Derby posted some great results in the Northern Road Relays in Manchester at the weekend.

In the U13 girls’ event, first year runners Sophie Robertson-Dover 14.23 and Ruby Davies 14.27 were in 10th position but unfortunately the team was incomplete so they were unable to finish.

The U15 boys did magnificently and finished 11th. Corey Rose got taken out 10metres into the race and recovered to run the 23rd fastest time of the day with 11.55 (over 3.5kms), whilst Paddy Welsh and Ben Stevenson both ran 12.26 and equal 43rd fastest leg.

The club fielded one team and one incomplete team in the U15 girls’ event. The complete team finished 28th overall, with Jessica Robertson-Dover coming in 14th at the first leg with 13.24, Imogen Morland 15.45, and Amy Rouse, 15.23.

The incomplete U15 female side came in 48th after their two legs, Isabella Rouse 15.37 and Phoebe Harrison 16.33.

And there was a fantastic top 10 finish for the Senior Women’s team, with Molly Hudson and Alice Crane competing in their first senior relays accompanied by Bethan Hudson and Becca Miller to finish 9th overall.

Corey Rose on the track at Manchester.
Action from the road relays.
The senior women’s team, Molly Hudson, Bethan Hudson, Becca Miller and Alice Crane.

Stellar efforts from DAC athletes at Inter-Counties

Stellar performances from U13 high jumper and hurdler Kevin Masukume and U15 middle-distance runner Ben Stevenson were among the highlights for Derby Athletic Club competitors at the Inter Counties championships.

The U13 and U15 event, on Saturday 14 September in Hull, saw 16 DAC youngsters chosen to compete as part of the Derbyshire team, against athletes from Warwickshire, South Yorkshire, Humberside, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire.

Kevin, who trains in multi events and looks a real prospect, started the day with an emphatic win in the 75m hurdles, leading all the way and finishing with clear daylight between him and the rest of the field in a PB time of 12.09, more than a second ahead of the second-placed athlete.

He then attacked the high jump competition with his usual vigour and enthusiasm, and cheered on by his supporters managed to beat his previous PB by 11cm, setting a new mark of 1.63, which puts him equal number one in the country for his age group.

Ben, who has impressed all summer in the 800m, ran a perfect race, tucked in on he shoulder of the Leicestershire runner for the first 600m, then at the final bend pulling away and using his strong finish to win the race in fine style in a time of 2.05.76, almost three seconds clear of the field.

Other DAC athletes proudly competing in the county vest were Anna Norman and Annabelle Ita in the U15 girls’ 800m (Annabelle also competed in the high jump); Levi Heath (U13) and Jake Horvath-Szovati (U15) in the boys’ 100m and 200m, Levi coming second in his 200m; Sarah Bourne in the U15 girls’ 1500m, posting a PB; Sam Coulson in the U13 boys’ 200m and high jump; Edward Smith (U15) and Stanley Lowe (U13) in the boys’ 800m; James Rouse in the U15 boys’ 1500m; Sophie Robertson-Dover in the U13 girls’ 70m hurdles; Jess Robertson-Dover in the U15 girls’ high jump; Patricija Nemanyte and Elisa Bououd in the U15 girls’ shot, Patricija coming second in her competition; and Karanjot Singh in the U15 boys’ relay.

Kevin Masukume, Sam Coulson and Levi Heath at the Hul Inter-Counties event.

Be aware – travellers at Moorways

There are travellers camped out in several caravans on the secured former swimming pool car park at Moorways Stadium. On Tuesday evening (17 September) you will encounter locked gates on the road into the stadium. Stadium staff will be there to unlock the gates and allow access to training and to the Club room. Similarly when leaving Moorways at the end of the evening.
A notice to vacate the space has been served and they should be gone by Wednesday. So far they have not caused any problems within the area and it should be safe to train during the evening.

Inter-counties at Hull on 14 September

The U13 and U15 Inter-counties Track and Field championship is at the Costello Stadium, Hull, HU4 6XQ on Saturday, 14 September.

Field events start at 11.45am and track events start at 12.30pm. Full timetable is attached, along with the details of athletes competing, including several from Derby AC.

Please note, there is no athlete or spectator parking at the stadium. Parking at the stadium is for officials only. Athletes and spectators have permission to use a school car park a short walk from the stadium, Sirius Academy West, Anlaby Park Road South, Hull, HU4 7JB.

Team manager contact details: Girls Sarah McGraw 07849532166; Boys Geoff Worsley 07512 961712 .

Good luck to all those taking part, and many thanks as ever to officials, parents and other volunteers for helping make the event a success.

DAC athletes meet stars at Diamond League

The club’s U20 woman had a fantastic day in Birmingham, when they were invited to take part in the relay as part of the Diamond League event.

A big thank you to distance runner Molly Hudson and multi eventer Karla Teece for stepping in when two sprinters were not available, alongside Lauren Blakey and Mya Wright, led by team captain Ella Blakey.

Derby had a huge task, facing top relay teams, including huge clubs such Cardiff, Birchfield Harriers, Gateshead, Manchester, Notts and Trafford. The club showed great team spirit and they coped admirably, helping the team to finish fifth, beating Gateshead and Manchester.


Ella Blakey, Team Captain, said she was so proud of Molly and Karla stepping into the team at short notice and equally proud of Mya, who is still U17, and Lauren, who had to run last leg for the first time.


They all enjoyed the great atmosphere of running in a packed stadium and rubbing shoulders with some of the world-class athletes such as Dina Asher-Smith, Adam Gemili, Shauna Miller-Uibo, Katarina Johnson Thompson and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce to name a few.

The DAC team, Lauren, Molly, Karla and Mya.
The team plus Ella meet Denise Lewis.
The girls with Adam Gemilli.
Lauren and Ella with Dina Asher-Smith.

Seniors battle to stay in Northern League division 2

Derby AC headed into their final senior league match of the season, at Rotherham, needing to finish in the top three on the day, in order not to finish in the bottom two overall and be relegated.

Team manager Richard Wilson had sent out the rallying call for seniors to pitch in and help the club, and the majority came forward, including some coaches.

The day went off to a flyer, with Orla McGinty winning the 400m hurdles, followed by Hana Klimentova (second) and Catalina Petrescu (first) in the pole vault. Orla went on to compete in shot, long jump and high jump. Then disaster struck: Catalina went over on her ankle whilst getting off the pole vault bed and could take no further action in her other event the triple jump, instead she had to be taken to A&E.

The team manager then got a call from one of the distance runners to say he could not make it, so frantic re-jigging ensued between Richard and senior sprint coach Paul Blakey. In the throwing events, the ever-reliable Kelse Hutchinson and Isaac Wood did not disappoint, both throwing three disciplines each, whilst carrying injuries. Isaac gained two PBs, in shot and discus. Sprinter Eddie Fenton helped out in the throws, doing several of the B throws, including javelin, coming second, alongside the ever-improving Sean Murray, gaining another PB.

In the woman’s javelin, coach Geraldine White made a fantastic comeback, coming second in the B and then watched her young athlete Hana, fresh from her success in the pole vault, win the A and gaining another PB.

In the triple jump, another young sprinter, Tom Silcock, helped out, coming third in a strong field of six, before going on to claim second place and a PB in the 400m B race. Matt Ward also claimed second and a PB in the A race.

There was still time for another PB and this was huge, Danny McCrea jumping 6.35 in the long jump and going even further to 6.50 to claim third in a very strong field.

Things were getting tight now between the teams and no one wanted relegation on the last day of the season. This is where calm heads and inspirational speeches need to be made and the two team captains for the day did just that, Matt Ward and Ella Blakey, both who have served the club for more than 10 years. The pair kept young and older athletes, calm, motivated and focused on getting the team over that finishing line and led by example, which they have done all season.

Jack Dakin and Luke Ward, both coming back from injury, did both the 800 and 1500, gaining valuable points, and were followed by Alice Crane and Beca Miller, both second in the 1500. In the 3000m, Bethan Hudson came second in her race and Polly Edwards came first for the B race. Team manager Richard Wilson, not to be left out, filled in the gaps in the team sheet by doing the hammer, hurdles and steeplechase.

The sprinters held their own again with Ella Blakey and Mya Wright both coming second in the two 100m races, followed by Ella winning the 200m and younger sister Lauren coming second in the B race. Molly Hudson and Florence Beedie both came second in the 400m, and Molly making her mark as so often this season with a confident 800m first place, with Evie Jones third in the B race.

Elliot Archibald and Danny McCrea both came third in the 100m with Paul Christodoulou and Elliot making up the 200m.

There were only two points in it heading into the relays, but the club was dealt a blow when as both the Derby athletes were making their way over to the men’s 5,000m, it started five minutes early, due to technical problems, so massive points were lost.

The men’s 4×100 relay team came third , needing maximum points for the woman’s relay. Mya, Florence, Lauren and Ella have never lost a relay together and they never looked in trouble with this one, winning in style. This now eased the pressure on the final two 4×400 relays, men coming second and the woman claiming first in their race.

Derby saved it on the last day of the season, coming fourth on the day, only one point behind third, but more importantly finishing fourth overall. There were huge celebrations, with Richard Wilson already planning to strengthen the team for next year.

The club is, as ever, grateful for all those who made the journey north to represent the club, and a big thank you to the coaches, officials and parents who drove them there.


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