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Derby athletes sit at top of Northern League after June fixture

Derby Athletic Club seniors are delighted to be top of the Northern Athletics League after Sunday 16 June’s team fixture at Moorways.

Competing against five other clubs – from Doncaster, Hull, Rotherham and two from Sheffield – DAC athletes gave their best on track and field to go into the final fixture in the lead after winning the Moorways event by 44 points.

Many athletes competed in four or more events, including Karla Teece, Manuel Díaz Brito, Shelley Morse, Isaac Wood, Bethan Hudson and Kelse Hutchinson. Making their Northern League debuts were Alice Crane and Mya Wright.

Impressive performances abounded on the day. In the sprints, Filippo Zambon recorded a PB of 11.60 to come second in his 100m race, later adding a PB in his 200m, while Florence Beedie and Ella Blakey came first and second respectively in their 100m. U17 athlete Eliott Archibald came first his 200m race, and Ella and Lauren Blakey both won their 200m races for the women’s team. In the 400m, Matthew Ward and Angelica Oparinde both claimed second places.

Eliot Archibald on his way to a 200m victory.

Middle distance was as strong as ever, with 800m wins for Jude Bush, Matthew Ward and Molly Hudson. Richard Weir (1500), Alice Crane and Jasmine Cooper (both 3000m) all posted wins. Guillem Moreno and Richard Weir both bagged wins in the 3000m steeplechase.

Molly Hidson storms to victory in the 800m.
Jude Bush fights his way through to win a tough 800m race.

In the relays, Derby were dominant, with the men coming fourth in the 4 X 100 and first, with an SB, in the 4 X 400, and the women claiming a PB to win the 4 X 100, plus a strong second in the 4 X 400.

Richard Weir claims victory for Derby in a close finish for the 4 x 400m relay.
The victorious men’s 4×400 relay team – Richard Weir, Jude Bush, Kenneth Walcott, Matthew Ward.

In the field events, Hana Klimentova achieved a PB of 2.70 in the pole vault and came second in her javelin contest. Other athletes showing strength on the field, many in a range of events, included Karla Teece, Barry Hawksworth, Shelley Morse, Kenneth Walcott and Danny McCrea. Isaac Wood came third in the shot, second in the hammer and javelin and first in the discus, while Hannah Barnden threw a PB to win her javelin competition.

Kenneth Walcott in the high jump.
Florence Beedie in the long jump.
Hama Klimatova posted a PB in the pole vault.

The final meeting is on Sunday 14 July in Hull.

Athletes log PBs in latest DADA track event

Derby Athletic Club athletes made the most of calm cool (though somewhat wet!) conditions to log PBs in the latest DADA track event on 18 June.

Showing strongly in the sprints, Thomas Silcock (u17) and Karanjot Singh (u15) both bagged PBs in the 100m and the 200m.

As ever, DAC looked positive in middle distance, fielding a good number of athletes across the age groups for the 1500m. PBs for many of them, including Ben Cook, George Stock and Ruby Davies among others in the u13 race, and in the mixed-age races, Charlie Haste, Sam Sawczuk-Wood, Jack Davies, Ernie Cresswell, Corey Rose and Lillie Jeffries-Williams, just a few of some very impressive athletes on the night.

The final race of the night saw Sonny Jamieson finishing strongly to win with a PB, with Derby athletes Bethan Hudson and Polly Edwards also gaining PBs in that race.

DADA stands for Derby Athletics Development Association, and over the summer it is staging a series of five evening track-only meetings at Moorways Stadium.

The Tuesday evening meetings are aimed at U13 up to masters athletes, and offer graded races including sprints, middle and long distance. The final two of the summer are on 16 July and 13 August, starting at 7pm and finishing around 9pm.

Download an entry form – entries close the Thursday before the event.

DAC athletes qualify for Mason Trophy

Athletes from Derby Athletic Club were among those competing at the Derbyshire Schools championships on Saturday 8 June at Moorways. A big positive was the track, newly marked out and looking great. A negative was the rainy and windy weather, but despite this there were some good results and even PBs from DAC competitors.

The big prize from the day is the chance to compete at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium on 15 June in the Mason Trophy; first and second placed athletes qualified.

Hannah Barnden took gold in senior women’s javelin.

Key performances from the endurance groups included a confident win in the senior women’s 1500m for Molly Hudson and victory for Alice Crane in the senior women’s 3000m with a PB of 10.31.

Jude Bush won the senior men’s 800m, Senay Guzai won the senior men’s 3000m and Valentina Costa the intermediate girls’ 800m. Some races were hotly contested despite the weather, and Ben Stevenson stood out in a strong junior boys’ 800m event, winning both his heat and the final, the day’s last race in a burst of rain, in fine style.

Also for the junior boys, Corey Rose pulled well clear of a good field to win the 1500m, while Jack Davies came third and gained a massive PB of 4.55 in the intermediate boys’ steeplechase.

Orla McGinty threw a PB of 9.37m in the intermediate girls’ shot to take silver, and Shay Tarbit won the intermediate boys’ discus, with Freddie Burton third. Patricija Nemanyte came second in the junior girls’ high jump and Danny McCrea took gold in the senior men’s long jump. Hannah Barnden took gold in the senior women’s javelin.

Shay Tarbit (gold) and Freddie Burton (bronze) in the inter boys’ discus.

In the sprints, there were golds for Florence Beedie (senior women’s 100m), Elliot Archibald (senior men’s 100m), Lauren Blakey (senior women’s 200m) and Angelica Oparinde (intermediate girls’ 300m). Karanjot Singh came second in the junior boys’ 300m and Eddie Fenton was second in the intermediate boys’ 400m, while Toritse Etuwewe also won silver in the intermediate girls’ 200m. Thomas Silcock was just edged into bronze in the intermediate boys’ 200m but still got a PB. Also gaining bronze was Imogen Morland in the junior girls’ 300m.

Imogen Morland won bronze in the junior girls’ 300m.

Many thanks to all involved in organising the event, including officials, school PE staff, coaches, parents and athletes – not forgetting the very busy people on the catering team!

Gold for Molly in Northern champs

Derby Athletic Club U20 distance runner Molly Hudson was delighted to win gold in her 800m race at the Northern Athletics Championships over the weekend of 1-2 June.

The open event, for U20 and senior athletes, was held at Sport City in Manchester. Victory in the Derbyshire County Championships earlier this month assured competitors of a place at the Manchester event. Molly ran well in a good field to finish in gold medal position with a time of 2:13.43.

In the sprints, Lauren Blakey (U20) and her sister Ella (senior) competed for DAC alongside U20 athlete Florence Beedie. The competition was tough and Florence came fourth in her heat of the 100m, in a strong time of 12.57, but not making the final.

Lauren came sixth in her 200m heat, running 26.74, while Ella came second in her 100m heat in a PB of 12.11, then coming fifth in a strong field in the final. In the 200m final she came fourth in 24.91, after setting a PB of 24.90 in the heat.

The meeting was also memorable for DAC volunteer Bemigho Etuwewe, who, after two days’ hard work as a Field Judge at the event, has gained his Level 2 Officiating Qualification.

  • There was a great result for Derby Athletic Club runner Ben Connor, who finished an impressive fourth in the London Vitality 10k in 29.07. The event, on Bank Holiday Monday, was won by one Mo Farah in 28.15, with Andy Butchart and Nick Goolab in second and third place.  Ben has followed up that impressive result by getting selected to run for Great Britain in the European Cup 10k in London on July 6.

Saturday morning training update

Saturday morning training at Derby Athletic Club was launched earlier this summer; but due to the high volume of athletics meetings at Moorways on Saturdays, along with some extra events, we have unfortunately not been able to run as many sessions as we had hoped. Apologies to athletes who were keen to train on Saturdays. Due to Mini-League, YDL events and other meetings, the track will not be available at all on Saturdays in June. Saturday training will be reviewed for July – details will be posted on the website. For Sunday morning training, please contact your coach to discuss.

Moorways track not available this week

Please note that the track will not be available for training from Monday 3 to Friday 7 June. The lines on the track are being re-painted. Training is continuing on normal club nights this week, if agreed with coaches, but will be on grass, away from the track. Because of the track closure, the usual new starters session for the induction group is cancelled; the next new starters session will now be the first week in July.

DAC in strong position in YDL Upper Age Group

Derby Athletic Club is in a strong position in the Upper Age Group Youth Development League (YDL) after the meeting on Sunday at Burton involving a dedicated team of U17 and U20 athletes.
In the sprints, U20 men Kenneth Walcott (PB 100m, SB 200m) and Danny McCrea (SB 100m, PB 200m) both looked strong, while U17 men Thomas Silcock and Eddie Fenton showed well in the 200m, Tom just pipped into second place in his race with a PB, and Eddie winning his with an SB time, as well as chalking up a 400m win, while Tom also gained a PB in the 100m.
U20 athlete Lauren Blakey looked confident, winning her 100m in an SB time and coming second in her 200m, while for the U17s Angelica Oparinde and Toritse Etuwewe both ran excellent 300m races, Angelica coming second in hers and Toritse winning her race with an SB.
The club showed strongly as ever in middle distance; in the 800m, Jude Bush was second and Jake Martin first in their U20 races, and Ernie Cresswell took a second place for U17s. In the men’s 1500 DAC was again able to field three athletes, with strong runs from Senay Guzai, Sonny Jamieson and Matt Golder. For the women, Sosseh Badjie ran an SB in the U17 800m and Sarah Seal ran an SB for the U20 women.
In the men’s 3000m DAC was dominant, the only club out of 12 at the double-header meeting to field four athletes, with Senay joined in the U20 race by Jack Surgay, and Jack Davies and Ben Draper running for the U17s. Jasmine Cooper won the U20 women’s race with an SB. The club’s only hurdler on the day, Tobi Catsburg, posted an SB in the 400m hurdles.
On the field, a small team of athletes made a good impression, with high jumpers Kenneth Walcott (U20 men) and Orla McGinty (U17 woman) coming second and first respectively. Orla also posted PBs in the shot put and the long jump, while Danny McCrea and Jude Bush both jumped PBs in the U20 men’s long jump competition.
In the throws Shay Tarbit came second in the U17 shot put, and saved his best for the discus, where he threw an impressive PB of 43.91. Hannah Barnden, nursing an injured finger, came a positive second in the U20 women’s javelin, while Jasmine Teece, who had stepped up to run 800m, also competed in the shot and javelin for the U20 women. Also stepping out of their track comfort zones were Senay, Kenneth and Eddie, who all threw javelin for the club and Tom, who threw shot.

Great effort in Mini League by club’s younger athletes

The club’s U11, U13 and U15 athletes were in action on Saturday 25 May at Moorways for the second Derbyshire Mini League event of the season.

A day of glorious sunshine was matched by some marvellous athletics. There was a good turnout of competitors from all the Derbyshire clubs, even though it was Bank Holiday weekend and the start of half term.

Some great performances from Derby athletes included a win for the U15 girls’ 4x100m relay team while the boys’ U15 relay team of Karanjot Singh, Jake Horvath-Szovati, Thomas Holford and Will Annable was just squeezed into second place. U13 athlete Levi Heath scored two great track PBs, winning the 100m in 14.50, from Derby athlete Fisayo Atere in second place, and the 200m in an impressive 27.79. Fisayo (third) and Levi (fifth) also did well in the long jump, and the U13 boys came a narrow second in the relay.

For the U15 boys, Jake won his 100m and 200m races, while Karanjot won his 300m in a strong 39.19. Second in the 300m was Ben Stevenson, who also won his 1500m, with Derby athletes Charlie Haste in second and Sam Sawczuk in third.

Jack Finnegan won the U13 1500m in a convincing 5:14.85, and for the U11 boys Oliver Hume and William Rouse came third and fifth respectively in the 600m, while Oliver also grabbed a third place in the 80m. U11 Justin Bounoud threw the howler javelin 30.87 to come second.

The girls meanwhile not only won the U15 relay but also picked up points across the competition. In the U13 competition, Sophie Robertson-Dover is setting herself up as a future multi-eventer, looking strong in the 70m hurdles, finishing fifth overall in 13.10, and also impressing in the 1500m and the javelin, coming third in both. Grace Etuwewe sprinted well, coming fifth in a strong 100m field and second in the 200m with a time of 29.78.

For the U15 girls, Uzezi Awarota won the 100m in 13.85, while Annabelle Ita impressed in the 300m, coming second in 45.48. Annabelle also came third in the 1500m, a race won by Jess Robertson-Dover for Derby in 5:01.52. Patricija Nemanyte came second in 75m hurdles and won the long jump with 4.98 and the shot with 10.33.  

Thanks to the team manager Jasmine Teece, her assistant for the day Paul Martin, all officials, and the volunteers who were busy all day in catering.

The next Mini League event is at Moorways on Saturday 29 June. Why not come and compete? It’s a great event, especially for athletes who haven’t done many (or any) competitions before. Sign up at the DAC clubhouse or contact Jasmine Teece.

U15 relay team Karanjot, Jake, Thomas and Will, plus U13 athlete Levi.

Patricija wins gold at schools event

Upcoming DAC multi-eventer Patricija Nemanyte had a great day at Derbyshire schools combined events championships on Wednesday 22 May. The meeting, held at Mount St Mary’s College at Spinkhill, saw Patricija win gold in the U15 event to become Derbyshire schools champion 🥇with a new points PB of 2780. Well done Patricija!

Strength in depth on display over busy weekend for DAC athletes

Competitors from Derby Athletic Club showed their strength in depth at a series of events over the weekend of 12 and 13 May, with second and third place spots secured in three team competitions.
On Saturday 12 May in the British Masters Road Relays at Sutton Park, the club’s senior women’s team gained a silver medal, with a gold for the fastest leg of the day going to Lisa Palmer-Blount. The team effort was even more impressive after Chrissie Dover pulled her calf at 4k but still battled to finish fourth in her leg. Completing the team were Tracey Hinxman and Louise Insley, with Jill Burke managing the quartet.
Also on Saturday, the younger members of the club competed at the season’s second LAG YDL U13 and U15 event, at Moorways. Some excellent results and a great team spirit contributed to a good day’s athletics, with Derby placed second on the day.
Stellar performances included U15 sprinter Jake Horvath-Szovati, who won the 100m and 200m, scoring a PB in the 200, and threw a PB in the shot to come second in that event; U13 athlete Kevin Masukume who recorded a PB to win the 100m and also won sprint hurdles and high jump; and U15 athlete Annabelle Ita, who ran a PB to win her 300m race and also ran a PB time in the 200m. The relay teams also gave a strong showing, winning both boys’ sprint relays and the girls’ 4x300m event.
Middle distance was strong as ever, with PBs in the 1200m for U13 girls Elsie Jackson and Ruby Davies, and in the 1500 for Corey Rose, Samuel Sawczuk-Wood and Stanley Lowe. Strong U15 runner Sarah Bourne was three seconds outside her PB but won her 1500 race convincingly. Ben Stevenson and Charlie Haste won their 800m races with PBs and Sophie Robertson-Dover came second in her 800m with a PB as well as recording a PB in the sprint hurdles.
And on Sunday the senior athletes ravelled to Doncaster for the first Northern League event of the summer season. A strong effort saw the team achieve third place on the day, just 16 points off first.
Impressive showings on the field came from Hana Klimentova who posted a PB of 2.60 to come second in the women’s pole vault and threw a PB to come third in the javelin, and Danny McCrea (third in the A string) and Manuel Diaz Brito (second in the B string) in long jump. David Barranco Bartolome won the triple jump with an SB leap of 12.36 while Kelse Hutchinson came fourth in the discus with an SB throw.
On the track, Ella Blakey recorded a PB to come second in the 100m A race, with Florence Beedie getting SB to come second in the B race. In the 200m Ella won her race with an SB and her sister Lauren came second in her race, also with an SB. Molly Hudson and Valentine Costa both looked strong as they won their 800m races, Molly recording a PB. Many DAC athletes competed in multiple races on the day; Veleska Wills ran an SB to win the 3000m and followed it with a second place in the 1500.
For the men, Jude Bush looked impressive as he posted an SB time to win the 800m A race, while Senay Guzai won the B race, also with an SB. In the sprint hurdles Derby got two wins with strong performances from David Barranco Bartolome in the A race and Manuel Diaz Brito in the B. Both also raced well in the 400m hurdles, with a second for David and a first for Manuel. Relays were another strong event, with a first for the men’s 4×100 and third places in the other three relays.

Some of the senior DAC team at Doncaster after the Northern League match.
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