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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.


The Derby Athletic Club Northern League team.

Tickets for British Championships for DAC members

Derby AC has been invited to put forward an Under 15 Boys and Under 20 Women’s 4 x 100m relay teams in the Club: Connect Relays prior to the Diamond League Competition at Alexander Stadium, Birmingham on Sunday 18 August at 11.50am.

UKA are providing complimentary tickets for the British Championships the following weekend, 24 and 25 August, to any Derby AC members (sitting in the back straight stand).

If anyone would like tickets please forward your name, email address, number wanted to Barry Parker by Friday 16 August at 12noon. Barry’s Club email address is Chair.derbyac@gmail.com.

Double success for DAC athletes

A great weekend for Derby Athletic Club saw club athletes winning a gold medal in the Youth Nations Cup and a bronze in the England Athletics Combined Events championships.

Competing for England in Dublin in the Youth Nations Cup was Hannah Barnden, who this year has moved from multi eventing to focus on the javelin.

In a close-fought contest, a delighted Hannah threw 45.99 to take gold from Ireland’s Aobhin McMahon in second place with 45.40.

And in the England Combined Events championships in Manchester at the Sports City stadium, U15 multi eventer Patricija Nemanyte scored a pb in the hexathlon with a total of 3320 points. She gained bronze medal overall in a hotly contested event, and won gold as the Midlands champion.

Well done to both athletes!

Hannah Barnden celebrates gold in Dublin.
Patricija Nemanyte with her medals from the Manchester combined events.

Level 1 officials course at Moorways in September

Great news for budding Track & Field Technical Officials. A Level 1 Technical Officials course has been arranged at Derby on Saturday 28 September starting at 10.30am.

All of the disciplines will be available, Track judging, Field Judging, Timekeeping, Starter/Starters Assistant and Photo-finish. The Health & Safety module needs to be completed on line.

For more information contact Mike Heffernan, Barry Parker or Ernie Cripps. To book go to https://www.athleticshub.co.uk/course-list/eng Select post code DE24 28 Sept 19 then select the discipline you want to book on to.

Don’t forget to Complete the H&S Module before attending the course. The Course cost is £20 the H&S is free.

Please consider doing this course to support the club – we need more qualified officials!

Athletes brave rain to battle for Carson Cup

Congratulations to the 30 athletes who braved the wet conditions at this year’s Derby Athletic Club Carson cup handicap race on Tuesday (30 July).

Jack Finnegan, Carson Cup winner, and Sam Wood, fastest Under 15 boy.

Well done to Jack Finnegan, who was the winner of the Carson Cup with a dominant victory. Fastest female was Bethan Hudson, with the trophy for fastest male and fastest overall time going to Dan Haymes.

Dan Haymes, fastest man, and fastest overall runner.

Fastest under 15 girl for the second year running was Betty Cresswell and the fastest under 15 boy was Sam Wood

Bethan Hudson, fastest woman.

Some athletes were competing in the Carson Cup for the first time, so the club hopes you enjoyed it and we will see you next year. Many thanks to race organisers and officials who ensured it all ran smoothly despite the wet weather.

Hannah to throw javelin for England

Javelin thrower Hannah Barnden.

Derby Athletic Club’s Hannah Barnden is delighted to have been chosen to compete for her country.

Promising javelin thrower Hannah is one of two girls nationally chosen to throw for England in Dublin at the U18 Youth Nations Cup on Saturday (3 August).

Hannah will be looking to build on her success in English Schools, where she finished fifth out of 16 in a challenging senior girls final.

She wanted to thank all her DAC supporters and coaches, and those who helped her throw the qualifying distance, especially Steve Palmer, Suzzanne Palmer, Paul Martin, Paul Blakey and Barry Parker, as well as her current coach David Turner.

DAC athlete to compete for England

Alice Crane.

Congratulations to Alice Crane who has been selected to compete for England in the WMRA International under 18 youth cup in Susa, Italy.

Alice secured her selection by winning the fell trails race in the Lake District the day after competing in the English schools 3000m final.

Good luck Alice from all of us at Derby AC.

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.

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