Senior Athletes

Training times: 6:45 PM to 8:00 PM (Tuesday and Thursday)

You can join DAC as a senior athlete at any age from 16 upwards. As well as friendship, encouragement and training advice you’ll find plenty of motivation. All members are automatically registered with England Athletics which – amongst other benefits – provides REDUCED RACE ENTRY FEES. Relay races are often FREE with costs paid by the club and if you fancy trying your hand at cross-country – in the extremely popular Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League – the club again pays your entry fees so you can cover yourself in clarts for nowt!

To promote competition between club members and to give you something to aim for at the Presentation Night we run an annual Cross-Country Grand Prix and Road Running Grand Prix. There’s also a Club Handicap series which takes place on the first Tuesday of every month to help you to stay focused. Links to current standings for all competitions can be found on the Downloads page.

DAC members at X-country
DAC Junior Girls

Junior Athletes

Training times: 6.00 PM to 7:00 PM (Monday) and 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM (Thursday)

Our junior athletes participate in a wide range of track & field events – running, jumping and throwing – where they learn new skills and have fun amidst healthy, friendly and respectful competition. Coaches emphasise the importance, to every youngster, of achieving their ‘personal best’.

In spring and summer, older athletes compete on the track in the North East Youth Development League (NEYDL), the North East Grand Prix (NEGP) series, North Eastern championships and various open competitions. Autumn and winter brings cross-country in the North Eastern Harrier League (NEHL). Under-11s (U11) meanwhile, compete separately in competitions hosted by North of Tyne Athletics Network (NOTAN) during spring and summer. 

The Durham Association of Boys & Girls Clubs (DABGC) also organises athletics and cross-country events – at Middlesbrough and Birtley – as well as activity adventure days, go-karting and first-aid courses. County Durham Athletics Network (CDAN) provides track & field competition in spring and summer at Shildon and Maiden Castle. 

We also participate in sports hall athletics: U11’s compete at Sedgefield while U13 and U15 competitions are held at North Durham Academy (NDA) in Stanley. Athletes are able to gain selection to represent County Durham in regional finals from where several DAC athletes have gone on to compete at the UK national final in Manchester – we’ve even had a national champion!

Ability Group

Training times: 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM (Tuesday)

The content of the Ability Group is currently being reviewed. In the meantime, please use contact us if you have any questions.

DAC Ability Group