Junior News

Summer Term 2022

There will be no athletics on 13th & 20th April due to the Easter break. Training resumes on Wednesday 27th April.  

Junior Parkrun Challenge 2021

This favourite club competition is back - suitable for junior members of all running abilities - it's just you against the clock.

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 remember to take your barcode with you. If you are already registered, please check that your profile states that you are a member of Denby Dale Athletics Club. This helps us check your times. 

Depending on your preferred distance, juniors have a choice of :

  • attending the following 5K senior parkruns (9am on Saturday mornings): 

  • 9th October Huddersfield

  • 23rd October Middleton Woods

  • 13th November Nostell

  • 27th November Thornes

  • 18th December Frickley Country Park

  • (the last four events coincide with DDAC senior parkrun challenge events)

Or alternatively,

  • attending Shelley 2K junior parkrun (9am on Sunday morning) on 10th & 24th Oct, 14th & 28th Nov & 19th Dec.

The scoring system is as follows:

  • Best 4 runs count

  • 10 Points for running

  • 10 Points for a PB

  • 5 Points for getting within 20 seconds of your PB

  • 5 Bonus Points for a spot position 1st, 5th, 10th, 25th, 50th,75th, 100th, 125th 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. The winners of the 2021 Junior Parkrun Challenge will be announced shortly.


Keeping active in challenging times

England Athletics have made 2 resources available free of charge to help parents and children remain active whilst staying@home:

Junior Club fees (April 2021 - March 2022)

The weekly session fee is currently £2.50 and annual club membership fees are as follows:

Under 9's - £12 

9 - 16 years - £17

(see How to pay, below)

By becoming a member, your child will be able to compete for the club in various events, should they wish. 

How to pay

Payments can either be by cheque payable to 'Denby Dale Athletics Club' or ideally bank transfer to the club account (contact Anne Middleton, Junior section Treasurer for account details). Please ensure you annotate your payment with your child's name. Please also note there are separate accounts for junior and senior sections of the club. 

Waiting list

Due to success in attracting young athletes, we currently have a waiting list. Please contact Anne Middleton, Junior- section Membership Secretary, if you would like your child to be added to the waiting list or are interested joining the coaching team.

Club Kit

We have a good stock of junior vests (£13.20 - full range of sizes) which can be purchased at Shelley training sessions.  

Other items of clothing incorporating the new club and junior logos can be ordered from Blackford Barnsley Ltd.

Click here for more information

Celebrating 1 year of DDAC Juniors - May 2016

DDAC Junior Trophy Competitions


2019 Junior Trophy winners 

Congratulations to winners of the 6 trophy competitions:

Fell Trophy - Sylvie Ellis & Kian Ball

Parkrun Champion - Abigail Schoolar & Thomas Schoolar

Trunce Champion - Abigail Schoolar & Thomas Schoolar

Deffer Dash Trophy - Evie Mollart & Stanley Mumford

Athletics Trophy - Sylvie Ellis & Harvey Smither

Most Improved Athlete - Lily Addy & Ben Preston




Recent Events


Can you Beat Badger? - 18th June 2019

28 Juniors together with friends and family 'raced the train' this year, raising an amazing£1600 for the Forget-Me-Not Children's Hospice. Thomas Schoolar was first junior, finishing the 4 mile route in  25:24 and 4th overall (only just beaten by Badger). Abbie Schoolar was first girl. Fantastic running with lots of smiles from everyone. 

DDAC Off-road Training - 10th February 2019

Juniors, parents and coaches enjoyed off road training at Hade Edge on a chilly morning. Lots of mud, hills, streams and stiles. Everyone worked really hard - even on the big steep hills! A great session with lots of positive attitude and good training for the club's junior Fell Championship.

Off-road trainng at Hade Edge - February 2019

Oughtibridge Gala - June 2017