The backbone of Dacorum & Tring AC is its track and field section, which boasts over 300 active members, from 10 years of age through to veteran athletes in the 60+ category. We welcome new members at any time of the year and encourage everyone to come to training regularly and to compete for the club in various meetings and leagues catering to the different age groups throughout the spring and summer season.
JUNIOR TRACK AND FIELD:
Coaches: Petra Carroll, Danni Town, Robert Wright with event specific support from John Hopper and Jamie Bradley
The youngest members (school years 5-7), train with the Junior group. Athletes of all abilities participate in a variety of sessions aimed at introducing them to all aspects of track and field athletics. Our structured programme allows and encourages many competitive opportunities in which the children strive to reach their potential.
We compete in the Eastern Young Athlete League throughout the season as well as Club and County Championships.
A significant number of these athletes have been selected to represent Hertfordshire at the Annual U13 Inter-Counties match held in Kingston and Herts Schools Cross-Country Championships.
In 2016, a satellite group on a Saturday morning was started by Petra Carroll, John Hopper , Winston Thomas and Amber Carroll, to cater for younger children within our community. This session is aimed at school years 3-5 who are not old enough to join the main club. The session is very popular and several youngsters have progressed and joined the main Junior groups in the weekday training sessions.
The group is now coached by Petra Carroll and Sean Wall, assisted by U15 athlete Zoe Carroll who supports the children. These sessions focus on the England Athletic programmes of 365 and ABC ( Agility, Balance and Co-ordination). We try to deliver sessions that are fun and teach the basics of all movements needed for the athletic events.
A number of these youngsters have taken the opportunity to participate in the Minithon ( 3 events) held at Lee Valley over the Winter, supported by the coaches.
DEVELOPMENT GROUP (AGE 10 AND OVER):
Coach: Cathie Woolfrey, Jamie Bradley, Summer Clark This is for School year 8 & 9 who have progressed through from the Junior group or just starting in Athletics. Athletes participate in runs. jumps and throws. Once they have decided which event they would like to specialise in and and we feel they are ready – they will move to the event specific group. Athletes in this group have the opportunity to compete in the Eastern Young Athletes League.
MIDDLE DISTANCE GROUP (AGE 10 AND OVER):
Coach: Mike Dunphy coaches the Middle Distance Squad, for committed runners from age 10. Mike is a national level coach who coached former BUCS 5,000m and cross-country champion Hannah Walker to her first England vest. Mike’s group, now comprising some 40 members, has had great success at recent track and cross-country events: his squad won six of the eight races at the 2014 District Cross Country Championships and took 12 of the 24 podium spots!
For more on the Middle Distance squad, click here: Middle Distance Squad page.
SPRINT SQUAD (AGE 13 AND OVER)
Coaches: Gavin and Sarah Town head up the sprint squad, for athletes age 13 and over, and have had remarkable success in recent years: U17 sprinter Dom Ashwell was the top-ranked 100m runner in his age group in 2015, with a PB of 10.57, while Chenna Okoh, in only his first year in the U17 age group, was ranked in the top-10 for both the 100m and the 400m.
Gavin also coaches Mitchell Camp, a young athlete who won gold in the long jump and silver in the 100m at the 2015 Special Olympics in Los Angeles.
SQUAD 300m & 400m Hurdles / 300 & 400m squad / Sprint Hurdles & Masters
Coach: Deborah Keenleyside.
Represented Great Britain (senior level) at 400m H (1981). Represented Great Britain (V35) for 100mH at World Champs 1995(4th) and 1997 (4th) and for 100mH and Triple Jump at European Champs 1996 (finished 4th and 6th respectively). Competed at English Schools Champs over 100mH (1976). British Universities Champion (1979). Member of National Hurdles Squad 1979-1982.
Training times: Tuesdays and Thursdays 7-8.30pm, Sundays 10.45-12.30pm. Mid September- mid August.
Types of sessions: Conditioning, track running, hurdling technique, hills, plyometrics, core work, resistance work.
Ages coached: Mostly 12 and over.
Standards coached: All standards welcome. Athletes are prepared for Club fixtures, County, South of England, National Championships and International competitions.
Squad members include/have included:
– Phillipa Lowe –
Great Britain international athlete. Silver medallist for 4 x 400m relay at European Indoor Champs in Belgrade (2017). Finished 4th (400m) at British Indoor Champs (2017).Selected to run 400 and 4 x 400m for England (2016). Ranked 7th in Senior women’s 400mHurdles (2016). England Champion for 400m (2016). 5th in 400H at British Champs (2016). 3rd in 400m at British indoor Champs (2016). Won South of England Championships 400mH (2015), 2nd BUCS 400m H (2015), 3rd BUCS 400m i (2015).
– Ben McGuinness – 1st in SM County Indoor 200m (2017). 2nd in SM County Indoor 400m (2017).
– Amelia Woodnick– County Pentathlon Champion (2017). Competed in 75mH (2016) and 80mH (2017) at English Schools Champs.
– Zoe Carroll – 5th in County Schools 75m hurdles (2017).
– Olive Coles -4th in U20 400mH atEnglish Schools Champs (2017). 2nd in South of England U20 400mH (2017). 6th in National U20 400mH (2017). 4th in 400m at British U20 Indoor Champs (2017).1st in U20 South of England Indoor 400m (2017). Ranked 7th nationally for U20 400mH(2017). 5th in South of England U17G 300mH (2016).
– Eliot Copperwhite – County U20M 100m and 200m Champion (2014), competed at English Schools Champs (2014), 9th at English Schools U20M 100m (2013).
– Natasha Brunning–
World PV Champion (V35-40, 2009), European PV Champion (V35-40, 2010)
Coaches: Trevor Ratcliffe and Douglas Greer. Our javelin squad is coached by two former world-class throwers . Trevor has been a member of Dacorum & Tring since 1976, and over the past 35 years he has won medals and championships at every age group. More recently, in 2013 he was the top-ranked javelin thrower in the UK in the V45 age group, and as a Veteran athlete, he has won numerous national and international competitions, including the World Masters Indoor Championships in France in 2008.
The latest addition to our javelin coaching team is Douglas Greer, who competed for GB in both the 1994 Paralympic world championships (silver medallist) in 1994 and the Paralympics in Atlanta in 1996, where he finished fourth after suffering an undiagnosed shoulder injury.
During his school days, Doug won a number of Herts school competitions and won the 3 A’s county championships for able-bodied athletes, as well as gold medals in a range of disabled multi-event competitions. He was coached by John Trower and trained alongside Steve Backley and Mick Hill, and by the summer of 1995 he was ranked the number 1 Paralympic thrower in the world.
After the 1996 Paralympics, his shoulder injury was diagnosed as a fractured ball shoulder socket joint, which was serious enough to end his competitive career. He then went back to school, achieving a 2:1 BSc Hons in Sports Science and Technology and has spent the last decade working in recruitment consultancy. But the call of sport was strong, and in the spring of 2015 he decided it was time to get back into it as a coach – and he’s been working with an enthusiastic and talented group of 10-17 year olds ever since!
Coach: Andy Jackson heads up our specialist pole vault squad, which trains every Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm. He has coached numerous vaulters to county, regional and national success, including:
– Natasha Brunning, who won World, European and British championships for veteran ladies age 35 and over.
– James Weller, who was ranked third in the UK at the U15 level, fifth in the UK at U17, won a bronze medal at the U15 UK championships and represented the South of England in the Sainsburys Games as a test event at the Olympic stadium.
– Michael Fryer won a bronze medal at the 2014 English Schools athletics championships. In his first year in the U17 age group, 15-year old Michael is currently ranked eighth in the UK, after finishing 2014 ranked second overall in the U15s. He is also the 26th highest-ranked U15 pole vaulter of all time in the UK, with his PB of 3.90, and earlier this month, he won the U17Hertfordshire county championships with a jump of 3.60m.
– Jessica O’Sullivan won a bronze medal at the South of England U17 champs last year, and in 2015 is ranked in the top 20 in the UK for U17 women.
– Alice King is the 2015 county champion for the U15 girls group, clearing 2.35m at the event in Watford in May, and is already ranked in the UK top-20.
Andy started out as a pole vaulter himself when he was 11 years old, encouraged by his PE teacher who was the national pole vault coach. At the age of 12, he’d set a British age best of 3.05m , and then at 15, he set another age best of 3.90m. At the age of 18, he set a British junior indoor record of 4.70m. Before the age of 20, he’d represented GB five times and England twice.
Andy was named Community Coach of the Year in the 2015 Dacorum Sports Awards.
HIGH JUMP GROUP
Coach: John Hopper;
Open to all athletes moving on from the junior group who want to further develop their high jump skills. John runs a High Jump specific coaching session on Tuesdays 18:45 – 20:00. John is an ex-GB Junior international high jumper and 2 x English Schools High Jump champion who is now a UKA qualified coach.
SPECIALIST THROWING, JUMPING AND MULTI-EVENTS
Coach: John Garner
Competed for Great Britain as a Decathlete 1982-1992. Junior National Champion 1984. England Athletics & Multi-Events Team Manager 1990s.
Training times: Tuesdays and Thursdays 7-8.30pm, Sundays 10.30-12.30pm.
Ages coached: 14 and over.
Squad members include:
Milly Gall -1st in U15 English Schools LJ (2017)2nd in U15 South of England Schools Pentathlon(2017). 3rd at National Indoor Pentathlon (2017). Ranked 10th on the UK all-time list for points scored in an U15 Pentathlon competition. County Schools Pentathlon winner (2016 & 2017). Finished 4th in National Indoor U15 LJ and 8th in 60mH. Won South of England Indoor 60mH (2017). Finished 6th in National U15 Pentathlon (2016).
Demi Tuinema -6th in English Schools Combined-Events (2017). 2nd in South of England Pentathlon (2017). 3rd in U15 South of England Schools Pentathlon. 3rd in County Schools Pentathlon (2017). Competed at English Schools Champs over 200m (2017). 10th in National Indoor Pentathlon (2018).
Milly Soanes – County Pentathlon Champion (2017). 9th at South of England Schools Pentathlon (2017). 34th at English Schools Combined-Events (2017). 24th in National Indoor Pentathlon (2018).
Also coaches Dan Hopper (LJ County Champion from 2015-17, 3rd at English Schools in 2016 and 2nd at South of England U20 Champs 2017).
THROWS – DISCUS AND HAMMER
Coach: Paul Dickenson
Paul is a Level 3 Performance Coach and represented Great Britain at 2 Olympic Games for the Hammer event. He is also the President of Dacorum & Tring AC. Since retiring from the BBC he has put his energy into coaching and has produced a very successful group of hammer throwers.
The Eastern Young Athletes League (EYAL) is for both boys and girls from 11-16 years of age, covering all events, but with restrictions in the younger age groups. There are five matches throughout the summer (see Fixtures) on all-weather surfaces, and these matches are on Sundays. At least one of the matches is at our home track at Jarman Park.
Our men and women compete in Division 2 of the Southern Athletics League (SAL). Juniors and U17s can also compete in this league. There are five matches held on Saturdays from April to September (see Fixtures), and again, at least one of these matches is held at Jarman Park.
Veteran athletes (over the age of 35 for both men and women) are well catered for and have a team in the North of the Thames mid-week league. We have athletes who regularly compete at national, European and World Championship level.
Training is held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the Sportspace Athletics track, Jarman Park in Hemel Hempstead, between 6.30pm and 8.30pm. Times vary for the different age groups, so please check with the relevant coaches.
Training fees are £3.50 per session- £2.00 for members.
Many thanks to our dedicated and generous photographers who have contributed to these galleries: Gary Mitchell, Barry Cornelius, Mark Easton and Keith Stonehouse.