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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 senior athletes rounded off a rollercoaster season in the Northern League with a third place to secure the club’s status in Division 2.

The final league meeting of the summer was in Rotherham and despite unseasonably windy weather, there was a great atmosphere in the club tent with brilliant support from all the team.

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

Special mentions go to Alice Crane, running a pb to come second in her 1500 race, Evie Jones in the 800m and Orla McGinty, in 400m hurdles, shot putt, long jump and high jump, for joining the team for the first time. Matt Ward and Tom Silcock battled through the wind to pb in the 400m, both coming second in their races. Tom also posted a pb in the triple jump.

Sprinters Ella Blakey and Mya Wright both came second in their 100m races, with Ella winning her 200m and Florence Beedie coming second in her 200m race. Florence also ran an sb in the 400m to finish third, while middle-distance runner Molly Hudson stepped up to second place in her 400m race. Molly also won her 800m, while her sister Bethan came second in the 3000m, with Polly Edwards winning for the B string.

For the men, Elliott Archibald came third in the 100m and second in the 200m, while Jack Dakin and Luke Ward deserve praise for running both 800m and 1500m races,.

The club looked as impressive as it has all season in relays, with Derby’s men third in the 4 X 100 relay and second in the 4 X 400, while the women’s team won both their relays.

On the field, Hana Klimentova, who also won the javelin, and Catalina Petrescu picked up valuable points in the pole vault, while Danny McCrea, who had also run the 100m, posted a pb of 6.50 to come third in the long jump. In the women’s long jump Orla McGinty was only 1cm off her pb. Isaac Wood threw a strong shot putt pb and also set a pb in the discus, coming second in that event. Kelse Hutchinson won her discus competition and also showed strongly in the hammer.

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

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 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.

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.

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