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Remember – refreshments are on sale on club nights!

Just a reminder to all athletes and parents – the club’s catering team is in the clubhouse on club nights, Tuesday and Thursday, from 6pm – 7.30pm, selling a range of refreshments.

This includes hot drinks, including hot chocolate and coffee; soup; cold drinks including juice and water; and a range of sweets and other snacks. Please bring along some cash and come and support your club, and have a sit down and a chat while you warm up in the club house!

Christmas puddings and hampers for DAC runners

While Derby Athletic Club members were gaining all the prizes in the Derby 10-mile race, other Derby AC members were busy sweating bits and pieces off to earn Christmas puddings at the 10k Matthew Walker Pudding Run.

Notable and honourable mentions (on a muddy, cold and excessively hilly course) go to:

Chrissie Dover who was second woman home, secured her 10k PB with 38:37 and won the vets class and a hamper;

Russell Parkin who stormed home in 38.32, won his age group, came 10th overall and also won a hamper;

George Kirkman who came 19th in a well judged 39 minutes dead;

Amanda Young who came seventh in her age group, in 47.06;

Mick Butterly who came fourth in his age group, and finished in 1:02.45;

Imogen Moorland, doing her first 10k, who came 25th in her age group in 53.40, and her mum Dawn Morland who finished in 1:07.40;

And Rob Dover, our YDL team manager, who completed his first 10k race in 1:19.29 – and is unlikely to stop going on about it…

Determination etched in the faces of the DAC runners!

DAC athletes score success at Derby 10-mile race

Derby Athletic Club had a fantastic morning at the Western Power Derby 10-mile race on Sunday 17 November. Our very own Ben Connor won the race in a new event record time of 49:42, only three seconds ahead of the second-placed athlete, Dougie Musson from Notts AC.

Kev Farrow came a strong fourth in 54:47, and Alun Thomas was 17th in 59:42, with Richard Wilson, running as a V40, in 22nd place in just over one hour. The Derby AC men’s team came first overall, with Ian Stevens (1.05:04) completing the successful line-up.

Some members of the victorious men’s team.

For the women, Tracey Hinxman was impressive, coming second in 1.02:48, just two seconds behind the first-placed woman. Bethan Hudson was seventh woman to finish in 1.06:12, and Jill Burke was fastest V55 woman in 1.12:02. The combined effort of these three athletes saw the club do the team double with another first place.

Two members of the winning women’s team.

Well done to all competitors in a rainy race – with a route that had to be redrawn because of flooding at Elvaston Castle.

Magnificent win for Corey in North Mids cross country

There was a great turnout for Derby AC at the second North Midlands cross country league at Corby on Saturday 9 November with 42 athletes competing with a great team spirit throughout.

Thank you to all the club parents who got the juniors down to Corby – and many thanks to Mick and Sue Heffernan for their time as officials.

Performances of note included a magnificent individual win for Corey Rose in the U15 boys, particularly pleasing in view of recent disappointment in other events. There was also great support from Paddy Welsh and Charlie Haste, both coming back from injury, with a third and sixth respectively and a win in the team competition for the lads.

Just as commanding was Jack Davies winning the U17 men’s. The fast improving Ben Draper, competing in his first cross country season, finished in the top 10.

For the U15 Girls there were great runs from Sarah Bourne and Jessica Robertson-Dover, finishing third and eighth respectively, and Sophie Robertson-Dover finished third for the U13 girls.

Our Senior Women gave a good showing in a very strong race with the in-form Chrissie Dover finishing seventh, Alice Crane in her second senior race finishing 14th, and Charlotte Reading bringing the team home in 24th.

The next North Midlands cross country is at the muddy Shipley Park on Saturday 7 Dec.

Sportshall success at Chesterfield for U13 boys

There was a good turnout on Sunday 10 November at the indoor Sportshall event in Chesterfield, with some great individual performances and plenty of DAC athletes winning their events.

One highlight was a great victory for the U13 boys in their section, winning by a margin of 23.5 points. If we could have a few more athletes joining in we could do even better!

The next sportshall is on Sunday 1 December. Events start at 1.30pm, and the whole competition is usually finished before 4pm. Sign-up sheets will be up in the club room from Thursday 14 November.

Sportshall is a great event, especially if a younger athlete has not competed often – or at all – before. And of course the weather doesn’t matter as the event is indoors. It is aimed at U11s, U13s and U15s, boys and girls.

For winter competitions, U11s are years 4 (but they must be nine years old) 5 and 6; U13s are years 7 and 8; U15s are years 9 and 10. Children aged under nine can compete in a non-scoring U9s race.

Sportshall events include sprint and distance races, relays and indoor field events. On 1 December the events on offer include standing long jump, speed bounce, shot and hi-stepper (for U11s), as well as sprints and distance races. Athletes can compete in up to three events plus a relay.

Remember that the older children in each of those age groups will go up a group for the summer (so year 10 athletes will be U17).

Cross country winter warmers at Moorways

The club’s marvellous catering team is putting on refreshments for the Mini League cross country event at Moorways in December – so bring some cash for a winter warmer!

The team will be on site from 10am on Saturday 14 December, serving bacon butties and sausage cobs, plus a range of hot drinks including soup and hot chocolate, to warm up anyone who is feeling the chill as they compete (or as they watch their child running!).

Please come and support the club on the morning. Many thanks.

Christmas close-down 2019

Derby Athletic Club facilities at Moorways will be shut for Christmas from Sunday 22 December 2019 until Thursday 2 January 2020. The final evening training session of the year will be on Thursday 19 December, and the track will then be open for Sunday morning training on 22 December. Merry Christmas all!

Christmas fuddle – put the date in your diary!

Derby Athletic Club coaches are delighted once again to invite athletes to the Christmas fuddle on Thursday 19 December 2019, in the club room.

Food will be provided by the club coaches, but further donations of delicious eatables will be most welcome. If you can let your coach know what you are planning to bring that’s really helpful.

The fuddle will start when training finishes at 7.30pm. That will be the final evening training session before the club’s Christmas break. The track will be open on Sunday 22 December 2019 in the morning, and after that it will close until evening training restarts on Thursday 2 January 2020.

DAC awards finalists feature in Telegraph supplement

Three members of Derby Athletic Club featured in the Derby Telegraph as part of a supplement on the paper’s annual sports awards.

All the finalists are profiled in the supplement, published in the paper on 31 October, including DAC members Paul Martin, up for Volunteer of the Year, Ernie Cripps, a possible winner for Service to Sport, and Ben Connor as finalist in Sportsman of the Year.

The winners of all 14 categories will be announced on November 6 at the ceremony at The Roundhouse in Derby. Good luck to all the DAC finalists!

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!

Mini League success for club – could you take part?

Sunday 19 October saw the second Mini League Sports Hall event in Chesterfield. It was good to see more athletes competing as these events are a great introduction to competitive athletics with events for age groups from under 11 to under 15.

The top points scorers on the day were:
Max Bishop – 26
Sammy Coulson – 23.5
Olivia Bartlett – 22
Kayne – 22
Levi Heath – 20
Tilly Thompson – 16
Eleanor Watson – 13
Millie Eagles – 9
Miles Heath – 5
Lucy Dursley – 4

Only the first two athletes in any event score points, so many thanks to those who competed, even if they didn’t score, you added to the great team spirit and your effort is appreciated.

Sports Hall matches are held at Queens Park Sports Centre, Chesterfield on Sunday afternoons. First events start at 1.30pm. The remaining matches this season are on 10 November, 1 December, 19 January and 23 February.

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Remember – refreshments are on sale on club nights!

Just a reminder to all athletes and parents – the club’s catering team is in the clubhouse on club nights, Tuesday and Thursday, from 6pm – 7.30pm, selling a range of refreshments. This includes hot drinks, including hot chocolate and coffee; soup; cold drinks including juice and water; and a range of sweets and other […]

Christmas puddings and hampers for DAC runners

While Derby Athletic Club members were gaining all the prizes in the Derby 10-mile race, other Derby AC members were busy sweating bits and pieces off to earn Christmas puddings at the 10k Matthew Walker Pudding Run. Notable and honourable mentions (on a muddy, cold and excessively hilly course) go to: Chrissie Dover who was […]

DAC athletes score success at Derby 10-mile race

Derby Athletic Club had a fantastic morning at the Western Power Derby 10-mile race on Sunday 17 November. Our very own Ben Connor won the race in a new event record time of 49:42, only three seconds ahead of the second-placed athlete, Dougie Musson from Notts AC. Kev Farrow came a strong fourth in 54:47, […]

Magnificent win for Corey in North Mids cross country

There was a great turnout for Derby AC at the second North Midlands cross country league at Corby on Saturday 9 November with 42 athletes competing with a great team spirit throughout. Thank you to all the club parents who got the juniors down to Corby – and many thanks to Mick and Sue Heffernan […]

Sportshall success at Chesterfield for U13 boys

There was a good turnout on Sunday 10 November at the indoor Sportshall event in Chesterfield, with some great individual performances and plenty of DAC athletes winning their events. One highlight was a great victory for the U13 boys in their section, winning by a margin of 23.5 points. If we could have a few […]

Cross country winter warmers at Moorways

The club’s marvellous catering team is putting on refreshments for the Mini League cross country event at Moorways in December – so bring some cash for a winter warmer! The team will be on site from 10am on Saturday 14 December, serving bacon butties and sausage cobs, plus a range of hot drinks including soup […]

Christmas close-down 2019

Derby Athletic Club facilities at Moorways will be shut for Christmas from Sunday 22 December 2019 until Thursday 2 January 2020. The final evening training session of the year will be on Thursday 19 December, and the track will then be open for Sunday morning training on 22 December. Merry Christmas all!

Christmas fuddle – put the date in your diary!

Derby Athletic Club coaches are delighted once again to invite athletes to the Christmas fuddle on Thursday 19 December 2019, in the club room. Food will be provided by the club coaches, but further donations of delicious eatables will be most welcome. If you can let your coach know what you are planning to bring […]

DAC awards finalists feature in Telegraph supplement

Three members of Derby Athletic Club featured in the Derby Telegraph as part of a supplement on the paper’s annual sports awards. All the finalists are profiled in the supplement, published in the paper on 31 October, including DAC members Paul Martin, up for Volunteer of the Year, Ernie Cripps, a possible winner for Service […]

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 […]

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