Derwentside AC
About
Formed
Derwentside AC was formed in October 1981 as a spin off from the Derwentside recreation scheme that was created after the closure of the Steel works in Consett. The club was formed by Rippon Hall and our first Chairman was Jack Errington. The Club was orginally set up to cater for people of all abilities in the Stanley and surrounding area.

Club Bases
Derwentside AC was originally based at the Kingshead Running track from 1981 until the winter of 1992. During that winter a considerable amount of damage was done to our club house. We then became based at the Louisa Sports Centre Stanley.

We are now based at the North Durham Academy.


Traditions
During the mid to late eighties Derwentside steadily built up a tradition of Marathon and Road Running in the club and produced some good senior and veteran athletes who were still producing good times well into the 1990's.

During the mid nineties we once again started to compete in the North Eastern Harrier League encouraged by John Donneky Snr. After a few years we were managing to field a senior men's team and eventually gained promotion from Division Two and then into Division One and we stayed there for a few years.


Also in the nineties a new tradition was started, one that has given the club members much to talk about over the years, that of doing long distance relays and challenges. Some of which have been used to raise money for local charities, these have included:


The Coast to Coast Sustran's route finishing at Roker beach in Sunderland in 1996.
The Yorshire Three Peaks Challenge in 1998.

The Coast to Coast route this time finishing at Tynemouth Priory in 2002.
St. Cuthbert's Way (Melrose to Holy Island) in 2004

The Three Peaks challenge, that's the three highest peaks in Wales, England and Scotland in 24 hours in 2005.
Hadrian's Wall in 2008.
St. Oswalds Way in 2011.
St.Cuthberts Way, (Holy Island to Durham Cathedral) 2012
Weardale Way, (Killhope to Sunderland Roker Beach) 2013
Source to the mouth of the Tyne in 2014


Club Events

Derwentside AC used to have an annual 10-mile road race that was first organized in 1986 and ran until 2006. Due to the hilly course this was described by the R.R.C. as one of the toughest races in the country. Unfortunately due to the ever increasing costs of road closures and traffic management the club had to come up with an alternative event. The event that we came up with was the Hellhole 10k multi-terrain event which is usually staged in October and in keeping with our former race is a demanding course.
Junior Section
We re-launched our junior section in January 2005 after a period of five years without this section in our club for the young people in our area. Since then the junior section has acheived a fair degree of success across a range of disciplines. Michael Wilson won the NECAA U15 boys Javelin in 2008 and returned a year later to win a silver medal in the same event.

Club Coaches and Leaders

Derwentside AC has four qualified coaches and two assistant coaches that coach our Junior Athletes. We also have five Running Leaders that take out groups of Senior Athletes. Please see the Coaches and Volunteers page for more details.

If any members are interested in Coaching our junior Athletes or are interested in becoming Running Leaders please see Brian or Peter who will be more than willing to provide you with further details and advice.


County Durham Athletic Network
We are part of the County Durham Athletics Network (CDAN), that is working to promote athletics in our area and provides us with funding to deliver athletics sessions in schools in the Derwentside Area. They also provide opportunities for coach and athlete development

We also have representation on the Derwentside Athletics Action Group (DAAG); this group is made up of representatives from Leisureworks, Local athletics clubs, the schools Games organiser for the Derwentside area, and the Club and Coach Support officer from England Athletics. This group provides us with opportunities to become involved with school athletics competitions and taster sessions in the schools in our area.


Club Sponsorship
Derwentside Athletics Club is sponsored by writer Terry Deary. The club is very grateful for the valuable contribution that Terry Deary makes to our club.


Club Presentation Evening and Awards
Derwentside AC has an annual presentation evening where the efforts and performances of both Junior and Senior athletes, of all abilities are celebrated. We also seek to recognize the valuable contribution made by the clubs volunteers and the good sportsmanship of the junior members at this occasion. The evening is usually held late January early February of each year at a price that is affordable to all the club’s members. We also have a range of monthly awards and use various schemes such as the Shine Awards and Quad Kids.


Join us
If you would like to become a member of the club, please download and print this
application form and bring it along to either Tuesdays or Thursdays training sessions.
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