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Nine DAC athletes compete in English Schools

A group of nine Derby AC athletes competed in the prestigious English Schools championships in Birmingham on Friday and Saturday, 12 and 13 July.

Perhaps the top performance for the club came from debutant at the event Ben Stevenson in the junior boys 800m. He qualified to the final with a PB of 2min 4sec on the Friday. In the final Ben ran the race of his life, making a late challenge for medals but just missing out with a sixth place but was rewarded with a massive PB of 2min 2secs.

Sarah Bourne, also making her debut at these championships in the junior girls 1500m, finished 12th in her heat in a time of 4min 57sec. Corey Rose also making his debut in the junior boys 1500m, finished ninth in his heat in a time of 4min 27sec; unfortunately neither made it to the final.

Valentina Costa, intermediate girl, was competing in her third 800m at these championships, but also didn’t get through the heats, finishing sixth (2min 23sec).

Another debutant, Alice Crane competed in the senior girls 3000m. She found herself in a tough straight final and finished 12th (10min 31sec)

Molly Hudson in the senior girls 1500m, competing in a quality field, finished in a very respectable sixth and was rewarded with a PB 4min 36sec.

Patricija Nemanyte competed in the junior girls shot and was disappointed to come 17th out of 24, throwing just over 10m, having thrown over 11m earlier this season. The occasion may have got to her as she was in the first event on the first day.

The experienced Hannah Barnden got to the final of the senior girls javelin but was disappointed to be just out of the medals, finishing in fifth place out of 16.

Also on the field, discus specialist Shay Tarbit, in another quality field, threw just under 41m, but couldn’t match the PB throw that took him to the competition and finished 13th out of 18.

All the DAC athletes represented club and county with great distinction and it’s a real achievement to get to English Schools, so they can all be justly proud of that.

Derby athletes compete in English championships

Four athletes from DAC travelled to Bedford to take part in the England Athletics U20/U23 Championships in June.
Athletes have to make a tough qualifying standard just to enter the event.
The four were:
Florence Beedie (100m)
Hannah Barnden (javelin)
Isaac Wood (discus)
Ella Blakey (100m)
Molly Hudson also qualified but was unable to attend due to family commitments.
The Derby athletes faced a strong field in every event, and conditions which made PBs elusive across the board, with strong winds.
Florence came sixth in her 100m heat, while Ella came fifth in hers, reaching the semi final.
Isaac came ninth in his discus competition, and Hannah came fourth in the javelin, throwing strongly but just missing a medal.
Sprints and jumps coach Paul Blakey commented: “It was a really tough competition, and all the athletes achieved amazingly just to qualify. It’s quite an experience for them to compete against some of the top names in their disciplines.”

Pictured below, from top: Ella, Isaac, Florence and Hannah.

Nine DAC athletes qualify for English Schools

Nine Derby Athletic Club athletes are delighted to have been selected to compete at the English Schools Championships this month.
The event, to be held at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium, aims to bring together the best young athletes from each county to compete.
Athletes are chosen based on performances through the season, including at the Derbyshire County Championships.
The nine selected from Derby are:
Hannah Barnden, senior girls javelin
Sarah Bourne, junior girls 1500m
Alice Crane, senior girls 3000m
Valentina Costa, inter girls 800m
Molly Hudson, senior girls 1500m
Patricija Nemanyte, junior girls shot
Corey Rose, junior boys 1500m
Ben Stevenson, junior boys 800m
Shay Tarbit, inter boys discus.
Of the group, Sarah, Alice, Corey, Ben and Patricija are making their debuts in this competition, though Patricija competed in the English Schools multi-event in September last year.
Those finishing first or second in their English Schools event are selected for the international meeting, competing against Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
DAC coach Paul Martin, who trains several of the athletes in the group, said: “The standard is so high, this really is an elite competition with the chance for our athletes to compete against some if the best in the country.”
It will also be the final chance to compete at the Alexander Stadium, as it is due to be demolished in 2020 to make way for the new stadium for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Back, from left, Corey Rose, Sarah Bourne, Alice Crane, Hannah Barnden, Patricija Nemanyte. Front, Ben Stevenson, Molly Hudson, Valentina Costa. Below: Shay Tarbit.

Could you nominate someone for the Derby Telegraph Sports Awards?

The Derby Telegraph has launched its annual sports awards and is looking for nominations in a range of categories, including young sportsman and sportswoman, coach, team and junior team of the year.

Could you nominate your coach, your team, a fellow athlete for the club or even yourself? Nominations must be received by midnight on 30 August. Finalists will be announced on 31 October and the awards evening is on 6 November at The Roundhouse, Derby.

For more details look at the awards website If you need any help putting together your nomination, please speak to your coach or a member of the club committee. If you’re not in it, you can’t win it!

Saturday morning training

Due to continuing weekend use of the track at Moorways for competitions through July, the club is shelving plans to continue Saturday morning training this summer.

If you are interested in training on a Saturday over the autumn/winter, please let your coach know so the club can gauge interest.

Patricija wins place at English Schools Combined Events

A big congratulations to Derby Athletic Club multi-eventer Patricija Nemanyte, who posted a PB points score in the Midlands Regional Combined Events final on 23 June to become the U15 girls regional champion.

Her winning points score of 2829 in the pentathlon, more than 100 points ahead of the second-placed athlete in a strong field of 20, means she goes forward to the English Schools Combined Events finals, being held this year in Exeter in September.

The Derbyshire U15 girls team also won the team event and will go through to the English Schools finals.

Over the course of one day, Patricija competed in 75m hurdles, where she came second in the fastest heat, high jump, long jump, where she came third, shot, where she won with 10.98 – just 12cm off her PB – and a final 800m.

Derby athletes sit at top of Northern League after June fixture

Derby Athletic Club seniors are delighted to be top of the Northern Athletics League after Sunday 16 June’s team fixture at Moorways.

Competing against five other clubs – from Doncaster, Hull, Rotherham and two from Sheffield – DAC athletes gave their best on track and field to go into the final fixture in the lead after winning the Moorways event by 44 points.

Many athletes competed in four or more events, including Karla Teece, Manuel Díaz Brito, Shelley Morse, Isaac Wood, Bethan Hudson and Kelse Hutchinson. Making their Northern League debuts were Alice Crane and Mya Wright.

Impressive performances abounded on the day. In the sprints, Filippo Zambon recorded a PB of 11.60 to come second in his 100m race, later adding a PB in his 200m, while Florence Beedie and Ella Blakey came first and second respectively in their 100m. U17 athlete Eliott Archibald came first his 200m race, and Ella and Lauren Blakey both won their 200m races for the women’s team. In the 400m, Matthew Ward and Angelica Oparinde both claimed second places.

Eliot Archibald on his way to a 200m victory.

Middle distance was as strong as ever, with 800m wins for Jude Bush, Matthew Ward and Molly Hudson. Richard Weir (1500), Alice Crane and Jasmine Cooper (both 3000m) all posted wins. Guillem Moreno and Richard Weir both bagged wins in the 3000m steeplechase.

Molly Hidson storms to victory in the 800m.
Jude Bush fights his way through to win a tough 800m race.

In the relays, Derby were dominant, with the men coming fourth in the 4 X 100 and first, with an SB, in the 4 X 400, and the women claiming a PB to win the 4 X 100, plus a strong second in the 4 X 400.

Richard Weir claims victory for Derby in a close finish for the 4 x 400m relay.
The victorious men’s 4×400 relay team – Richard Weir, Jude Bush, Kenneth Walcott, Matthew Ward.

In the field events, Hana Klimentova achieved a PB of 2.70 in the pole vault and came second in her javelin contest. Other athletes showing strength on the field, many in a range of events, included Karla Teece, Barry Hawksworth, Shelley Morse, Kenneth Walcott and Danny McCrea. Isaac Wood came third in the shot, second in the hammer and javelin and first in the discus, while Hannah Barnden threw a PB to win her javelin competition.

Kenneth Walcott in the high jump.
Florence Beedie in the long jump.
Hama Klimatova posted a PB in the pole vault.

The final meeting is on Sunday 14 July in Hull.

Athletes log PBs in latest DADA track event

Derby Athletic Club athletes made the most of calm cool (though somewhat wet!) conditions to log PBs in the latest DADA track event on 18 June.

Showing strongly in the sprints, Thomas Silcock (u17) and Karanjot Singh (u15) both bagged PBs in the 100m and the 200m.

As ever, DAC looked positive in middle distance, fielding a good number of athletes across the age groups for the 1500m. PBs for many of them, including Ben Cook, George Stock and Ruby Davies among others in the u13 race, and in the mixed-age races, Charlie Haste, Sam Sawczuk-Wood, Jack Davies, Ernie Cresswell, Corey Rose and Lillie Jeffries-Williams, just a few of some very impressive athletes on the night.

The final race of the night saw Sonny Jamieson finishing strongly to win with a PB, with Derby athletes Bethan Hudson and Polly Edwards also gaining PBs in that race.

DADA stands for Derby Athletics Development Association, and over the summer it is staging a series of five evening track-only meetings at Moorways Stadium.

The Tuesday evening meetings are aimed at U13 up to masters athletes, and offer graded races including sprints, middle and long distance. The final two of the summer are on 16 July and 13 August, starting at 7pm and finishing around 9pm.

Download an entry form – entries close the Thursday before the event.

DAC athletes qualify for Mason Trophy

Athletes from Derby Athletic Club were among those competing at the Derbyshire Schools championships on Saturday 8 June at Moorways. A big positive was the track, newly marked out and looking great. A negative was the rainy and windy weather, but despite this there were some good results and even PBs from DAC competitors.

The big prize from the day is the chance to compete at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium on 15 June in the Mason Trophy; first and second placed athletes qualified.

Hannah Barnden took gold in senior women’s javelin.

Key performances from the endurance groups included a confident win in the senior women’s 1500m for Molly Hudson and victory for Alice Crane in the senior women’s 3000m with a PB of 10.31.

Jude Bush won the senior men’s 800m, Senay Guzai won the senior men’s 3000m and Valentina Costa the intermediate girls’ 800m. Some races were hotly contested despite the weather, and Ben Stevenson stood out in a strong junior boys’ 800m event, winning both his heat and the final, the day’s last race in a burst of rain, in fine style.

Also for the junior boys, Corey Rose pulled well clear of a good field to win the 1500m, while Jack Davies came third and gained a massive PB of 4.55 in the intermediate boys’ steeplechase.

Orla McGinty threw a PB of 9.37m in the intermediate girls’ shot to take silver, and Shay Tarbit won the intermediate boys’ discus, with Freddie Burton third. Patricija Nemanyte came second in the junior girls’ high jump and Danny McCrea took gold in the senior men’s long jump. Hannah Barnden took gold in the senior women’s javelin.

Shay Tarbit (gold) and Freddie Burton (bronze) in the inter boys’ discus.

In the sprints, there were golds for Florence Beedie (senior women’s 100m), Elliot Archibald (senior men’s 100m), Lauren Blakey (senior women’s 200m) and Angelica Oparinde (intermediate girls’ 300m). Karanjot Singh came second in the junior boys’ 300m and Eddie Fenton was second in the intermediate boys’ 400m, while Toritse Etuwewe also won silver in the intermediate girls’ 200m. Thomas Silcock was just edged into bronze in the intermediate boys’ 200m but still got a PB. Also gaining bronze was Imogen Morland in the junior girls’ 300m.

Imogen Morland won bronze in the junior girls’ 300m.

Many thanks to all involved in organising the event, including officials, school PE staff, coaches, parents and athletes – not forgetting the very busy people on the catering team!

Gold for Molly in Northern champs

Derby Athletic Club U20 distance runner Molly Hudson was delighted to win gold in her 800m race at the Northern Athletics Championships over the weekend of 1-2 June.

The open event, for U20 and senior athletes, was held at Sport City in Manchester. Victory in the Derbyshire County Championships earlier this month assured competitors of a place at the Manchester event. Molly ran well in a good field to finish in gold medal position with a time of 2:13.43.

In the sprints, Lauren Blakey (U20) and her sister Ella (senior) competed for DAC alongside U20 athlete Florence Beedie. The competition was tough and Florence came fourth in her heat of the 100m, in a strong time of 12.57, but not making the final.

Lauren came sixth in her 200m heat, running 26.74, while Ella came second in her 100m heat in a PB of 12.11, then coming fifth in a strong field in the final. In the 200m final she came fourth in 24.91, after setting a PB of 24.90 in the heat.

The meeting was also memorable for DAC volunteer Bemigho Etuwewe, who, after two days’ hard work as a Field Judge at the event, has gained his Level 2 Officiating Qualification.

  • There was a great result for Derby Athletic Club runner Ben Connor, who finished an impressive fourth in the London Vitality 10k in 29.07. The event, on Bank Holiday Monday, was won by one Mo Farah in 28.15, with Andy Butchart and Nick Goolab in second and third place.  Ben has followed up that impressive result by getting selected to run for Great Britain in the European Cup 10k in London on July 6.

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