Welcome to Denby Dale Athletics Club
The club is based at The George Inn in the West Yorkshire village of Upper Denby with training nights for adults aged 16 and upwards on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 7pm. (Please note - Thursday evening training is temporarily suspended.) 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 16. Currently around 40 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.
Travellers 6 - Sun 17th December 2023
Club News - Seniors
Tuesday night runs
Tuesday club runs start from behind The George Inn in Upper Denby HD8 8UE. Please arrive at 6.45pm so groups can set off sharply at 7pm. There are usually options for both road and off-road runs. On darker nights, please bring your head torch / running lights and hi viz to ensure you are visible to other road / footpath users. Do stay for a post-run drink - the landlord, Dean Wyatt, and his team always do there best to make us feel welcome.
Dates for your diary 2024
Senior Parkrun Challenge 2023/24
This favourite club competition is back - suitable for senior members of all running abilities. For those who have not taken part before, all you have to do is register with parkrun (recording your club as Denby Dale AC) and bring along your barcode to the events below:
14th Oct – Locke Park, Barnsley
4th Nov - Temple Newsam
25th Nov - Penistone
16th Dec - Nostell Priory
13th Jan – Concord Park, Sheffield
3rd Feb - Rother Valley
2nd Mar - Middleton Woods
23rd Mar – Manor Park, Glossop
The scoring system is as follows:
Best 6 runs count
10 Points for running
10 Points for a PB
10 points for running all 8
5 Points for getting within 20 seconds of your PB
5 Bonus Points for spot position (12 x tables!) 1st, 12th, 24th, 36th etc.
A new PB will automatically be set at your first challenge event. We will not be using previous parkrun PB’s. If a parkrun is cancelled due to bad weather it will be run the following week. If you have any questions, please contact Rosalind Bedford, our event organiser.
2024 Combined Senior club championship
This year's club championship once again features a mixture of mostly 'local' road, fell & trail races and uses a performance-based scoring system. The competition features 20 events; 12 ‘short’, 5 ‘medium’ and 3 ‘long’ with best scores from up to 6 races to count.
Full details & league table can be found on the Combined 2024 page via the ''Club Championships' drop-down on the menu bar.
The first race in this year's combined championship is:
Dentdale Run (road) 7.9 miles – Sat 9th March at 1pm
(also 14.2 mile option)
Please contact Anne Middleton if you do any races of half marathon or longer distances so they can be added to your score.
2024 Club Fell Championship
After a lull for a few years the Club is reinstituting a Fell Championship for 2024. Fell Captains Johnny & Sam have proposed a championship comprising 12 races; with 4 'short’, 4 'medium' and 4 'long' to choose from, with best scores from 3 races to count.
Full details & league table can be found on the 2024 Fell Championship page via the ''Club Championships' drop-down on the menu bar.
The first race in this year's Fell championship is:
Doctors Gate (AL) 12.7m 2,822ft - Sun 25th Feb 2024 at 11am
Other notable dates
Yorkshire Vets XC – Penistone – Sun 24th March
Deffer Dash – Tues 7th May, 2nd July, 3rd Sept at 7pm
Calderdale Way Relay – Sun 19th May
Joe Percy 10K – Wed 12th June at 7.30pm
Barnsley Boundary Relay – Sat15 th June
Damflask Road Relays – Tues 18th June
Cross Keys Road & Fell relay – Sat 14th Sept at 1pm
WYXC – dates in Oct – Dec tbc
British Athletics Fell & Hill Relay, Appletreewick, organised by Wharfedale Harriers – Sat 19th October
Annual Subs (Apr'23 - Mar'24)
Annual membership subs for 2023/24 is £25, to be paid ideally 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 George Inn. Please note there are separate accounts for junior and senior sections of the club.
Senior club vests & T-shirts
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