Welcome to Denby Dale Athletics Club
The club is based at the Pie Hall in the West Yorkshire village of Denby Dale with training nights for adults aged 16 and upwards on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 7pm. There are groups for all abilities, so if you are interested in running, either competitively or just to keep fit, why not pop down one evening. We would be very pleased to see you!
Launched in April 2015, the club also has a Junior Section based at Shelley College for children aged 8 to 18. Currently around 60 juniors attend training sessions on Wednesday evenings based around the key skills of running, jumping and throwing. Sessions are suitable for novices as well as more experienced junior athletes. Further details are available on the Junior pages of the website here.
Club members of all ages also participate in a wide range of events throughout the course of the year, details of which can be found on the relevant website pages.
Club News - Seniors
In the light of EA & national guidance, Tuesday & Thursday evening sessions for seniors will be suspended from 18th March.
Trail Championship 2020
The first race in the 2020 championship has been POSTPONED:
Trunce 1 - Mon 30th March at 18.45
Club AGM - Tues 31st March in the Pie Hall at 8.15pm
The AGM has been CANCELLED.
Fell Championship 2020
The second race in the 2020 championship is currently :
Newlands Memorial Race - Sat 18th Apr 2020 at 11:30
Road Championship 2020
The second race in the 2020 championship was to have been :
Vale of York 10 Sun 19th April 2020 - NOW POSTPONED
Senior club championships
Details of the 2020 championships, including the new trail championship can be found on the individual road, fell and trail pages via the 'Club Championships' drop-down on the menu bar. League tables for each championship can be found at the top of each championship page.
Dates for your diary (subject to change in response to COVID-19) :
Calderdale Way Relay – Sun 17th May 2020
This is one of the highlights of the Club year. The race is a team relay run on tracks and footpaths around the perimeter of Calderdale, with 12 runners per team running in pairs. The 6 stages are as follows:
Leg1 - West Vale to Cragg Vale, Hinchcliffe Arms (10.55m)
Leg 2 - Cragg Vale to Todmorden, Centre Vale Park (8.46m)
Leg 3 - Todmorden to Blackshaw Head (4.80m)
Leg 4 - Blackshaw Head to Wainstalls (9.36m)
Leg 5 - Wainstalls to Bridle Stile Road, Shelf (7.55m)
Leg 6 - Shelf to Clay House Park, West Vale (10.50m)
This year there will be 2 men's & a ladies team. If you are interested in taking part please contact our team organiser Ralph Barker.
Club Handicap Race - Tues 19th May at 7pm
Starting from The Pie Hall, this annual off-road club race over approx.10K, involves visiting a number of control points by any legal route! It's an event that anyone can win, as slower runners start first. Further details available soon from organisers Andy Kirby & Rosalind Bedford.
Barnsley Boundary Relay - Sat 6th June 2020
This is a 10-stage off-road relay on tracks and footpaths around Barnsley District with one runner per leg or you can run as a pair if you prefer. The race is organised by Penistone Footpath Runners. For information about the route and GPS files to download, see Event website. If you would like to run, please contact club captains Abbie Dagg, Phil Ellis or Katie Sharp.
Can You Beat Badger? - Tues 9th June at 7pm
Venue - Kirklees Light Railway, Clayton West (HD8 9XJ)
One of the highlights of the Club calendar since its inception in 2006; the evening includes a train ride on the Kirklees Light Railway from Clayton West to Shelley, calling at Cuckoo's nest & Skelmanthorpe with runners then racing the train back to Clayton West. The distance is just over 4 miles on footpaths, bridleways & a short section of quiet road.
There is no charge for the train ride although donations to The Forget-Me-Not Children's Hospice are invited. This year the club has been allocated 60 places on the train Every effort will be made to share these out as fairly as possible to make it an enjoyable evening for members young & old.
Dam Flask Relays - Tues 23rd June
A 3.5 mile undulating road course around the Damflask reservoir from Lower Bradfield, with teams of 3 for the ladies and 4 for the men. If you would like to run, please contact club captains Abbie Dagg, Phil Ellis or Katie Sharp.
Senior membership subs (Apr'20 - Mar'21)
Annual membership subs are due on 1st April. 2020/21 subs to be ratified at the club's AGM on Tues 31st March. Membership subs can be paid by bank transfer to the senior club account (contact Jon for details) or in cash to Jon O'Hanlon (Senior section - Treasurer) on Club nights at the Pie Hall. Please note there are separate accounts for junior and senior sections of the club.
Club buffs, senior vests & T-shirts
Buffs with club logo can be ordered direct from giraffe uk. Cost £8.99. See page 2.
Ladies club vests are available from Abbie Dagg.
Men's vests and club T-shirts are available from Steve Blackford.
Photos Courtesy of Steve Frith
Thursday Evening Club Sessions for Seniors
Thursday evening sessions focus on building speed and stamina working as a group. Runners of all abilities are very much welcome.
These sessions are great for improving general fitness and preparing for races. Why not come along and give it a try! Thursdays at 7pm from the Pie Hall.
For latest arrangements, check Denby Dale AC - Seniors Facebook (club members only).
For further information about the club's Senior-section, email Andy Kirby (club secretary).