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Moorways Stadium now closed until 2 December

Moorways Athletic Stadium is now closed for the duration of lockdown, until at least Wednesday 2 December.

We know athletes will be disappointed after so many of you had made such a positive start back.

Please all take care of yourselves and stay safe. Remember you can still exercise outside, alone or with members of your household – or with one friend, as long as you are in a public place, like a park, a street, or in the countryside.

Some coaches may be supplying training programmes to follow during lockdown. Please contact your coach directly or keep an eye on the DAC Facebook group.

Stay fit, stay well and follow the guidance. We hope to see athletes all in December!

DAC members can train on the track at Moorways again

Good news for athletes – Derby Athletic Club members can train on the track at Moorways again from Tuesday 25 August 2020. Many thanks for your patience while a restart to training has been organised.

Training sessions

Initial sessions will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Training, including session times, is only through agreement with your coach, as group sizes initially need to be limited. Please do not turn up at the track without liaising with your coach.

To train at Moorways as a DAC athlete, you need to have paid your annual fee or (at least) have submitted your membership form. http://derbyathletic.club/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/DerbyAC-Renewal-Form-2020-GG-1.docx (We are aware there have been issues around accessing the payment portal.) This is to ensure we have full details of who is at the track, to comply with COVID-19 rules.

If you want to train, please liaise with your coach to arrange a session. If you are a senior athlete who does not have a regular coach, please email volunteer@derbyathleticclub.co.uk

Age limits

The club committee has agreed to relax the age limits for athletes in training groups to return to the track – so U11 and U13 athletes who are part of a training group are now welcome to re-register and return to training.

However, at this time we are not restarting the Induction group:

  • Numbers would be difficult to manage within COVID-19 restrictions
  • We need more coaches to help with this group

Other information

Initially training will be on the track only, including sprints, middle distance and long-distance running.

There will be no toilets or catering facilities.

A one-way system will be in operation at Moorways.

Athletes will need to sign in with their coach on arrival, and maintain social distancing and good hand hygiene.

Please do not come to Moorways if you or anyone in your household has tested positive for COVID-19 or has any of the main symptoms of COVID-19:

  • A continuous cough
  • Fever
  • Loss of taste or smell

For further information about how Derby Athletic Club is working to keep our training sessions COVID-secure, please see the additional information in our guidance document.

Can you volunteer to help support Derby Athletic Club?

The club is moving through a challenging time and hopes soon to return to Moorways. Derby Athletic Club needs as much help as possible to get back on track so that we can offer the best level of administration, coaching, competitive opportunities and fun and friendship to members.

Please consider whether you can volunteer some time to make a difference to the future of Derby Athletic club. To help us, we are asking members to complete this short Volunteer Survey asking a few questions about your skills, experiences or passion. 

We have vacancies on the committee for Chairperson, Admin Officer and Membership Officer, and we can send you more information if you tick that box in the survey. But even if you can commit to only an hour a month, that would be really useful.

Please respond to this survey by Friday 14 Aug or email Natalie  volunteer@derbyathleticclub.co.uk to discuss any of the above.

Please share this with any athlete parents whom you know that might not be members, and encourage anyone who might be able to contribute to get in touch. You will be supported to volunteer in a way that works for you. Many thanks in advance for any help that you can give.

Track to reopen to U15s and above in August – please complete membership form

Derby Athletic Club is delighted to be in a situation where the club is working towards an August reopening of the track and is able to take membership fees once again. Please download and complete the membership form below. Once this is returned by email you will receive, within 48 hours, a link to pay through your England Athletics Portal.

Please note that this renewal form and payment are required before athletes can return to train at Moorways. We have also produced an infographic to clarify the key steps to ensure our safe return to training as a club. Please note that for the first phase of reopening, the track will not be available to u11s or u13s. For other age groups, a prebooking system with club coaches will be required.

Many thanks for your support and patience during this time.

Update on Moorways and thank you to club coaches

On behalf of the Club’s Committee can we say a big thank-you to all the coaches who have continued to work with many of the club’s members. Your efforts, enthusiasm and inspiration have been much appreciated.

Initial plans to reopen the track at Moorways have not yet been agreed and signed off by Derby City Council.

The planned phased reopening of Moorways restricts the numbers of athletes using the track at any one time, so Derby Athletic Club members will not be able to start using the track in the way we have been used to.

When we have more detail to share about when and how DAC wil return to Moorways, we will share it on this website, on the Club Facebook page and on Twitter.

In the meantime, please stay safe and well and keep fit and healthy. Many thanks for your patience.

Committee Vacancy

VOLUNTARY ADMINISTRATION OFFICER/SECRETARY

It is about seven weeks since the Annual General Meeting and there are some vacancies on the Committee which remain unfilled. The Committee is discussing changing its legal status in terms of administration. The role of Administration Officer is vital to that change.

The Club would like to appoint a volunteer to fulfil this very important role.

The Club would consider a role share if more than one person is interested which would spread the workload.

Do you think you could fill the vacancy?

The role involves –

  • Initiating, coordinating and managing the administration of the Club when necessary and if a fellow Officer is not directly involved
  • Being the first contact for the Club for outside bodies and organisations
  • Advising other Officers and Members of the interpretation and application of the Constitution
  • Keeping the Constitution up-to-date
  • Calling regular Committee Meetings
  • Ensuring that the business of the Club is accurately recorded and stored
  • Notifying club members of the Annual General Meeting and /or Extraordinary General Meeting
  • Recording the Minutes of the AGM and/or EGM
  • Collating the Annual Report
  • Possibly representing the Club in other organisations when appropriate

If you are interested please send an application, by email, to the Club Chair as soon as possible.

Contact the Chair if you would like to discuss the role further before applying.

Chair’s email is chair@derbyathleticclub.co.uk

Club Membership Renewals Postponed

Derby Athletic Club has made the decision to postpone membership renewals due to Government action over Covid-19 which has caused the club to close and competitions to be cancelled (at the moment until the end of May – and this includes training at the club).

England Athletics has extended the athlete registration deadline and reduced the fee from £16 to £15, meaning we can delay the payment of subs and consider how we may be flexible with fees to reflect the situation, so please bear with us while we consider the best options for you all.

Athlete Eligibility
In the event of a licensed competition taking place during the summer (prior to 31 August), all athletes who were registered during 2019/2020 will be eligible for competition up until 31 August. Competition checker facilities will be amended to reflect this decision. Any new athletes entering competition will need to be registered prior to the date of the event.

We as a club will keep you updated as much as we can through emails and social media platforms and if you wanted to read more directly from England Athletics please see https://www.englandathletics.org/athletics-and-running/news/coronavirus-statement/

Many thanks to al, our members for their understanding and please stay safe in these unprecedented times.

Statement from England Athletics: athletics in England suspension extended until 31 May 2020

The following statement has been sent to Derby Athletic Club by England Athletics:

24 March 2020: following the further restrictions on movement put in place by the UK Government last night, UKA and the Home Country Athletics Federations have made the following updates to our previous statement issued on 17 March:

  1. Extending the suspension of all athletics activity in England to 31 May. (Initially this had been agreed to the end of April). This suspension includes all organised athletics activity in the UK, including all competitions, formal club activities, running groups, and all education activity (coach, official, teacher).
  2. Strengthening our position on coaching activity. We are now mandating that all physical coaching ceases, and only be conducted via virtual means during this period. Bringing groups of people together to train, however small, can no longer be permitted under the strict ‘stay at home’ measures implemented by the UK Government.

These decisions have not been taken lightly and have been made in light of the continuing and real risk to life and to the NHS posed by the spread of the COVID-19 virus in England. We must now do all we can do. We would ask that the athletics community in England continues to help one another by staying connected and supportive of each other whilst at home in these unprecedented times. We will continue to review the situation in line with Government and Public Health guidance.

In addition to providing clarity to clubs, athletes, runners, coaches and officials, we are acutely aware that a number of competition providers have already made the bold decision to postpone their events in recognition that they stand to incur additional contractual costs on facilities that they have booked, should they not make that decision now. We will continue to review this decision as the Government guidance evolves, but one thing is clear – and that is that athletics, running and sport in general, is special and is an important contributor to our way of life, but it is very much secondary to protecting and saving lives at this current time.

In its latest measures to contain the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), the UK Government has announced that everyone must now stay at home except in exceptional circumstances.

From last night (Monday 23 March), the only permissible reasons to leave your home are as follows:

  • To shop for basic necessities and that should be limited to once a day
  • To take exercise once a day – but alone or with those you live with, no gatherings of more than two people
  • For medical reasons or to care for a vulnerable person
  • To travel to essential work if that cannot be done at home. Further guidance to employers is pending.

While athletics is predominantly an outdoor sport that allows athletes to exercise in the fresh air, the message to all of us is clear: we must play our part in containing the spread of COVID-19. We urge our members to utilise the opportunity to exercise as laid out by the Government, but as such, any informal small group training sessions of athletes or face-to-face coached sessions must now cease (unless they are with your own household members as above).

We have witnessed some very creative home and/or garden-based training sessions (safely of course) during the last week, and we would urge clubs and coaches to continue to be innovative during this period. A number of schools have also been task setting for their pupils and it would be of immense value to continue to engage athletes and your members in similar style tasks for athletics.

There are numerous ways in which people can remain active, whether that be core strength training at home, HIIT, circuits, running and so on (whilst adhering to the government guidance) so we will be actively promoting these. We will of course be pushing out digital content relating to exercising at home during this week thanks to the work of our respective coaching and athlete development team members.

England Athletics CEO Chris Jones comments: “We all have a responsibility to play our part in mitigating risk and in reducing the spread of this virus. It will be deflating to many but if we do pull together and adhere to the guidance issued then we will come through this period. In the meantime we will be working tirelessly as partners to provide value to our member clubs, athletes, runners, coaches and volunteers and will be organising activities and providing resources utilising a range of methods such as online forums, webinars and podcasts that will help people prepare for a time when we can all look forward with renewed optimism as an athletics and running family.”

These decisions are difficult ones to make, but right now, it is our shared responsibility to prioritise the health of our local communities by working together to follow the Government guidelines. In doing so, this will ensure that we all get back to competing in the sport we love so much sooner.

Good luck and stay safe!

Derbyshire County Championships among events cancelled for 2020

Derbyshire Athletics has announced, with regret, that all athletics events are suspended, with venues closed for the foreseeable future. This includes the Derbyshire Athletics Track and Field County Championship, due to take place on 30 and 31 May at Harvey Hadden Stadium in Nottingham. This event is cancelled and will not be held at any time in 2020 even if the situation returns to normal soon. Please observe ALL recommendations about social distancing. Stay healthy, stay safe and try to stay fit.

Important message: Moorways closed until further notice

Important message for all DAC athletes: with regret we announce that Derby City Council has closed all sports and leisure centres – including Moorways Stadium – as from, and including, today (Thursday 19 March), until further notice.

Please do not go to Moorways from today. You will need to train at home or elsewhere. Children and young people will have time to train during the day when schools close for most as from tomorrow (Friday 20 March). Whatever you do keep safe and healthy.

Please try to stay in touch with and support fellow athletes and coaches using social and other electronic media. Many thanks for your support in this.

No training at Derby Athletic Club until mid-April

All athletes, parents, coaches and other volunteers need to be aware that following the latest Government advice on Covid-19 (Coronavirus) on 16 March 2020, and updated guidance from England Athletics, all athletic coaching sessions at Moorways track will be cancelled until mid-April at the earliest.

This also means that the first events of the summer track and field season, the Derbyshire Mini League on Saturday 4 April, and the DADA flat track event on Tuesday 7 April, will not now go ahead.

A decision on other fixtures towards the end of April will be made nearer the time.

Derby Athletic Club is disappointed to have to make this decision so near the start of the summer season, but in view of the national guidance about social distancing, we need to prioritise the health and safety of our athletes and of our volunteers, many of whom are in the vulnerable older age bracket.

Club members may wish to continue to train at home or in their local area, and we would encourage them stay in touch with coaches and fellow athletes via social media and other electronic means of communication, in order to support each other through this challenging time.

Please continue look at this website and the club’s Facebook group for updates. Many thanks for your continuing support.

Track and field summer events – download the pdf

Lots of parents have asked about a list of track and field events for summer 2020. You can download a pdf which gives details of club and some open events from April to August 2020.

There are events for all ages, from U11 to Masters, though some meetings are aimed at a specific age range. All are for males and females.

Sign-up sheets for club events will be available in the DAC clubhouse a few weeks before each event.

We encourage all athletes to compete for the club. Parents are also very welcome to get involved in track and field events as volunteers, whether on track, field or catering team.

The catering team will be operating a snacks and drinks service during meetings at Moorways stadium, so please support them.

If you have any questions about competitions, please speak to any club official or your coach.

Success for DAC athletes over busy weekend of events

A busy weekend for Derby Athletic Club saw athletes competing in Nationals cross country at Wollaton Park, the England Indoor National U15, U17 and U20 championships at the EIS in Sheffield, and the final Sportshall Mini League event in Chesterfield.

Florence, Tom and Angelica at the EIS.

Sprinters Florence Beedie, Tom Silcock and Angelica Oparinde all qualified for the England Championships. Tom and Angelica came away with SB times in the 60m and 400m respectively. Florence gained axPB in the 60m, progressing to the semi final. Valentina Costa qualified for the 800m at Sheffield. Patricija Nemanyte competed in the high jump, coming 10th with 155cm, throwing 11.44 in the shot and setting an indoor pb in the 60m hurdles with 9.87.

Standout performances at the cross country event included Jasmine Cooper running back to her near best again with 27th and not far behind her Alice Crane with a credible 42nd in the Jun Women.

Sarah Bourne gained an impressive bottom age 42nd place in the under 15 Girls. Paddy Welsh continued his gradual improvement with 50th in the under 15 boys. Sophie Robertson Dover under 13 Girls got inside the top 100 with 65th place.

For the Senior Women Chrissie Dover continued her fine form with 76th, following in behind with a return to form was Bethan Hudson in 90th place.

Overall there were a lot of gutsy performances from DAC athletes in very challenging conditions.

Also running cross country in DAC colours was Jack Davies, who finished an impressive fifth in the Welsh U17 Championships.

The final Sportshall match of the season saw lots of great performances from the Derby athletes competing. Many thanks to all the athletes who have competed in any or all of the six matches this winter, and the parents and officials who have supported. The club won no silverware but the u13 boys came close with second place.

Special mention to Max Bishop who once again broke his own Sportshall record for the u15 speed bounce. It was an immense performance, well done.

Congratulations to all DAC athletes competing and many thanks to all who support them, whether parents, friends, coaches or officials. We really appreciate your efforts.

Success for sprints group at indoor events

Derby Athletic Club athletes from the sprints ad jumps group have scored successes in indoor championships this winter.

Runners from the group competed in the Northern Championships at the EIS in Sheffield in January, with great effort from Eliott, Tye, Ella, Mya, Florence, Angelica and Jade.

Keith Bullock with (from left) Elliot, Tye, Ella and Mya.

They gave a good account of themselves in a challenging competition. Gaining PBs were Eliott (60m), Tye (60m), Mya (60m) and Jade (200m) with SBs for Ella (60m), Florence (200m) and Angelica (400m).

Athletes at Sheffield EIS, from left, Florence, Ella, Lauren and Jade.

And sprinters Tom and Manuel competed in open events at the EIS in January February, with Tom gaining a PB in the 200m and Manuel an SB in the long jump.

Manuel and Tom.

Florence was also competing at the EIS in February at the Sheffield Festival, medalling in the 60m with a second place.

Florence with her medal.

Four of the group, Tom, Florence, Mya and Angelica, have qualified for the England Indoor Championships at the EIS later in February.

Senior Women’s success at northern cross country

The club’s Senior Women were successful at the Northern cross country championships at Bedale in North Yorkshire on 25 January on a tough and muddy course.

The Senior Women finished 8th overall, their highest position for many years, beating some big established teams:
Lisa Palmer-Blount was 30th
Chrissie Dover was 33rd
Charlotte Reading was 61st
Rebecca Miller was 65th

The senior women who scooped eighth place.

The club’s only Senior Man to race, Chris Jordan, ploughed his way through the mud finishing 378th.

Jack Davies, U17 Men, running at the bottom of the age group, finished in a very creditable 24th.

Results for the U15 Girls:
Jessica Robertson Dover finished 62nd
Annabelle Ita 103rd
Imogen Moorland 147th

For the U15 boys, Paddy Welsh had a strong run finishing 32nd, Drew Birkett continues his good form coming home 88th and Charlie Haste came home in a competitive 110th.

For the U13 Girls, Sophie Robertson Dover finished in a credible 37th as a bottom age athlete, supported by Bethany Dye 103rd and Ruby Davies 123rd.

U13 girls with coach Paul Martin. Nice face paint!

Well done everyone and many thanks to all the coaches and parents who turned up to support.

Dates announced for summer Mini Leagues

Dates have now been announced for this summer’s Derbyshire Mini League track and field events.

There will be four meetings over the summer outdoor season, all at Derby AC’s home track at Moorways, all on Saturdays:

4 April
9 May
23 May
22 August

Events are aimed at U11, U13 and U15 athletes, boys and girls (school years 4-9) and are ideal for both new athletes and those with a bit more experience. In addition, for U13 and U15 athletes, results from the events will inform selection for the prestigious U13/U15 Inter-Counties event on 12 September.

Events include sprint hurdles, sprints, middle distance races and relays on the track, and shot put, javelin (or howler javelin), discus, long jump and high jump in the field.

There is no limit to the number of athletes who can take part in each event so the club would encourage all those eligible to come along.

Mini League events are on Saturday morning, with the first event starting at 10am, and the final race taking place around 2pm.

There is no charge for athletes to enter, as the fee is included in your club subscription. All you need a club vest and a number (issued by the team manager).

Watch out for a sign-up sheet for events in the clubhouse.

Hatful of trophies for Derby at North Mids Cross Country

Cross country runners from Derby Athletic Club set the seal on a great season with a hatful of individual and team wins at the fourth and final match in the North Midlands Cross Country League, at Wollaton Park, Nottingham.

The Senior Women, Chrissie Dover, Alice Crane, Bethan Hudson, Charlotte Reading and Rebecca Miller, went into the event in a comfortable lead, and they posted another convincing win to nail overall victory.

Senior women – Charlotte Reading, Bethan Hudson, Chrissie Dover, Alice Crane.

Alice Crane, making her senior cross country debut, finished third overall and won the U20 title, and Chrissie Dover won the overall Senior Women’s individual title with a second place on the day, while Tracy Hinxman won the Vet Women 45 title.

Chrissie Dover
Alice Crane
Tracey Hinxman

The club’s U13 Boys team of William Wright, Stanley Lowe and Luke Bradbury went into the competition with a six-point lead, and gave another a great team performance to seal the overall team title.

 William Wright, Stanley Lowe and Luke Bradbury

The U13 Girls had a similar six-point lead going into the event, and saw a great end to their north Midlands cross country league campaign by winning the team title. Well done to Bethany Dye, Elsie Jackson, Molly Hammond, Kira West, Amelia Robinson, Isobel Shipley and Sophie Robertson Dover. Sophie was also rewarded with a final individual position of third.

And the U15 Boys team of Corey Rose, Patrick Welsh and Charlie Haste, who had a comfortable 43-point lead on the morning, continued to dominate the event, winning the team competition, with Corey Rose finishing runner-up overall and Paddy Welsh in third.

Charlie Haste, Paddy Welsh and Corey Rose

Well done to all the athletes competing so well on the day and over the season, and many thanks to coaches for all their hard work.

Please sign up for the final two sportshall events

Calling all younger athletes – there are two more Derbyshire Sportshall events at Queen’s Park Leisure Centre on Boythorpe Road, in Chesterfield.

The final two matches in the winter indoor season are on Sunday 19 January and Sunday 23 February. Athletes can sign up for events on 19 January in the clubhouse now.

The sportshall events are ideal for U11, U13 and U15 athletes, with a relaxed atmosphere and space for any DAC athlete who wants to compete.

The events start at 1.30pm, and athletes should be at the venue for 1pm. If you are struggling with transport, please speak to a club official. Team manager is Richard Coulson.

More details on the different events at Sportshall on our Events page on this website.

DAC runners scoop individual and team wins at County Cross Country

Derby Athletic Club runners scooped a marvellous series of results at the Derbyshire Cross Country Championships at the weekend (Saturday 4 January).

The event, on a very muddy Shipley Park course, saw DAC dominant with individual wins for U13 Boys, U15 Boys, U15 Girls and Senior Women. There was also a team gold for the U13 Boys, a team silver for the U13 Girls, a team silver and bronze for the U15 Girls, a team silver for the U17 Men and a clean sweep of gold, silver and bronze team medals for the U15 Boys.

In total an impressive 45 DAC athletes completed the course, and the top eight athletes overall now have county selection to compete in the UK cross country championships in March.

Individual wins came for Lisa Palmer-Blount (Senior Women), Sarah Bourne (U15 Girls), Paddy Welsh (U15 Boys) and William Wright (U13 Boys).

Derby’s senior women

·        Derby Athletic Club runner Jack Davies won the North Wales U17 cross country championships on the same day.

·        And DAC runners were also competing in the Leicestershire championships, with Chrissie Dover coming second Senior Woman and first Masters Woman. In the Seniors race she was second only to legendary British long distance runner and European gold medallist Gemma Steel. Her children Jess and Sophie came fifth and sixth respectively in their races at the same event.

And they’re off!

Full DAC results from Shipley Park:

U11 Girls:
4th Emily Whitehead
6th Tilly Thompson

U13 Girls:
5th Elsie Jackson
7th Isobel Shipley
9th Maggie Welsh
20th Kira West
Team Silver

Sarah Bourne on her way to victory in the U15 girls

U15 Girls:
1st Sarah Bourne
5th Poppy Mead
9th Amy Rouse
10th Annabelle Ita
11th Imogen Moorland 
13th Olivia Allen 
15th Betty Cresswell 
18th Phoebe Harrison
Team Silver and Bronze

U17 Women:
8th Evie Jones

Under 20 Women
1st Jasmine Cooper

U11 Boys:
4th William Rouse

U13 Boys:
1st William Wright
2nd Stanley Lowe
10th George Stock
12th Oliver Shipley
Team Gold

Victorious U13 boys team plus Club stalwart Alan Domleo.
Winner of the U15 boys race Paddy Welsh

U15 Boys:
1st Paddy Welsh
3rd Corey Rose
5th Drew Birkett
7th Charlie Haste
8th Ben Stevenson
10th James Rouse
11th Ashley Bellamy 
14th Adam Huddleston 
15th Samuel Sawczuk Wood 
19th Matt Huddleston
Team Gold, Silver and Bronze

Fantastic effort from U15 boys at the event with a clean sweep of medals.

U17 Men:
5th Ernie Cresswell
6th Sonny Jamieson
14th Jack Surgay 
17th Cameron Nightingale
Team Silver

Senior Women:
1st Lisa Palmer Blount
3rd Polly Edwards
6th Rebecca Miller
9th Bethan Hudson
26th Jill Burke
28th Amanda Young

Senior men
Alex and Ian Kiltie

Senior Men:
18th Martin Kerr
31st George Kirkman 
35th Chris Jordan 
69th Ian Kiltie

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.

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!

Development group sessions restart on 1 October 2020

U11 and U13 (plus U15 if appropriate) Thursday development group sessions available from 1 October.

It is essential to pay your membership before coming to training sessions at Moorways. If you have not already returned your renewal form, please do so, putting “development group” under the discipline section if you are planning to come to these sessions.

Coaches Karl Ponty and Geoff Worsley look forward to welcoming you back to development sessions from Thursday 1 Oct 6.15pm. 

For more info and to book on please email DerbyACJuniors@outlook.com

Sunday morning sessions with Keith Bullock are also available for U17+ (including U15 where appropriate).

Committee Vacancy

VOLUNTARY ADMINISTRATION OFFICER/SECRETARY

It is about seven weeks since the Annual General Meeting and there are some vacancies on the Committee which remain unfilled. The Committee is discussing changing its legal status in terms of administration. The role of Administration Officer is vital to that change.

The Club would like to appoint a volunteer to fulfil this very important role.

The Club would consider a role share if more than one person is interested which would spread the workload.

Do you think you could fill the vacancy?

The role involves –

  • Initiating, coordinating and managing the administration of the Club when necessary and if a fellow Officer is not directly involved
  • Being the first contact for the Club for outside bodies and organisations
  • Advising other Officers and Members of the interpretation and application of the Constitution
  • Keeping the Constitution up-to-date
  • Calling regular Committee Meetings
  • Ensuring that the business of the Club is accurately recorded and stored
  • Notifying club members of the Annual General Meeting and /or Extraordinary General Meeting
  • Recording the Minutes of the AGM and/or EGM
  • Collating the Annual Report
  • Possibly representing the Club in other organisations when appropriate

If you are interested please send an application, by email, to the Club Chair as soon as possible.

Contact the Chair if you would like to discuss the role further before applying.

Chair’s email is chair@derbyathleticclub.co.uk

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