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Look out for announcement about summer Mini Leagues

Check out the Events page on this website soon for an announcement about 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.

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.

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).

Look out on the events page for the summer schedule and 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!

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 7.15pm. 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.

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Look out for announcement about summer Mini Leagues

Check out the Events page on this website soon for an announcement about 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. Events are aimed at U11, U13 and U15 athletes, boys and girls (school years 4-9) […]

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Please sign up for the final two sportshall events

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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 […]

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 […]

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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

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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 […]

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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 […]

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

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