Track & Field

The backbone of Dacorum & Tring AC is its track and field section, which boasts over 300 active members, from 9 years of age through to veteran athletes in the 60+ category. There are 26 coaches, of which 6 are ex-international athletes. Children progress through the U11 and U13 groups into the development squad or into the event specific squads.

However, new members can be placed accordingly and are welcome to join at any time of the year. Please contact John Slack, our membership secretary jslack@dacorumandtringac.org.uk or the coach for the specific event as shown below.

All athletes joining the club are expected to attend training regularly and compete for the club on at least 2 occasions during the year; this can include doing the Club Championships or the Club Pentathlon. 

TRAINING GROUPS
U11s (Years 2, 3, 4 & 5)
Coaches: Petra Carroll & Shaun Wall, assisted by Zoe Carroll.
Training time: Saturdays 10-11am.
Contact: email Petra Carroll

NB: This group has a waiting list.

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 annually take the opportunity to participate in the Minithon (3 events) held at Lee Valley over the winter.

U13s (Years 5, 6 & 7)
Coaches: Petra Carroll, Robert Wright, Amber Carroll, Lauren Leach, Mark Whyte.
Training times: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6.30-7.30pm. (Athletes attend one or the other per week).
Contact: pcarroll@dacorumandtringac.org.uk
NB: This group has a waiting list.

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 is based on the England Athletics scheme ‘365’, and develops both skills and fitness. It incorporates many competitive opportunities in which the children strive to reach their potential.

Athletes from this age group compete in the Chiltern Cross- Country League, the Eastern Young Athletes’ League, Club and County (Cross-country and Track and Field) Championships. A significant number are selected every year to represent Hertfordshire at the Annual U13 Inter-Counties match.

DEVELOPMENT GROUP (Years 8 & 9)
Coaches: Seb Wadlow & Peter Stansbury.
Training time: Saturdays 10-11am.
Contact: sebwadlow@dacorumandtringac.org.uk

This group caters for athletes who have progressed through from the U13 group or who are just starting athletics. Athletes are taught the techniques involved in hurdling, HJ, LJ, Shot, Discus, Javelin and relay running. An athlete who displays a particular competence will move from this group to the event specific squad.

Athletes in this group have the opportunity to compete in the Eastern Young Athletes League and Club Champs.

MIDDLE DISTANCE SQUAD (Year 7 and above)
Coach: Mike Dunphy, assisted by Jonathan Edwards.
Training times: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6.45-7.45pm. Also Saturday mornings for selected athletes.
Contact: mdunphy@dacorumandtringac.org.uk
NB: This group has a waiting list.

Mike is a UK Athletics Level 4 Performance Coach who has been the South of England Staff Coach for Middle-Distance events, Coach to the England U20 Athletics Team and National Secretary of the British Milers Club. His group comprises some 40 members, who are organised into five different sub-groups, designed to target differing abilities and age groups. Training sessions are aimed at developing 800m, 1500m, 3000m and cross-country runners, and a commitment to training and competing is required.

Athletes from this age group compete in the Chiltern Cross- Country League, the North West London Cross-Country League, the Eastern Young Athletes’ League, the Southern Athletics League, Club, County, Regional and National Championships.

Mike presently coaches several athletes who have competed at the English Schools X-C/Track & Field Champs: Scarlett Wager-Leigh, Indira Patel, Olivia Edwards, Stella Whitlum, Thomas Ashton, Joseph Chamberlain and Freddie Truman-Williams.

Brooke Evans, Amy Lane, Milla Walsh, Tim Fryer and Jude McKay have all competed at the National Schools XC Champs.

Athletes formerly coached by Mike include Hannah Walker (International), Kristian Imroth (National Cross-Country Champion) Neil Burton (third, England U20 Indoor Championships, 3000m).

SPRINTS SQUADS
We currently have 3 sprint groups, graded on age and ability, and focusing on the short sprints: 60m, 100m and 200m.

GROUP 1 (Year 9 and above)
Coaches: Danielle Town (assisted by Gavin Town)
Training times: Tuesdays and Thursdays 6.45-8.15pm, Sundays from 10.40-12.30pm.
Contact: dtown@dacorumandtringac.org.uk

Danielle is an ex-County 60m Champion and her squad is made up of our best performing sprinters who compete in the Eastern Young Athletes’ League, the Southern Athletics League, Club, County, Regional and National Championships.

Training sessions are designed to develop speed and speed endurance, effective use of blocks, acceleration and maximum velocity running. Conditioning work, resistance training and plyometrics are also included.

Danielle presently coaches Destiny Ogali (Silver medallist at English Schools) and Esme O’Connell (World Champion T20).

Gavin previously coached Dominic Ashwell (GB International), Chenna Okoh (Silver medallist at English Schools) and Mitchell Camp (gold, silver & bronze medallist, Special Olympics).

GROUP 2 (Year 8 and above)
Coach: Cathie Woolfrey
Training times: Tuesdays and Thursdays 6.45-8.15pm.
Contact: cathiew@dacorumandtringac.org.uk

This group is made up of developing sprinters (100m & 200m). They follow similar sessions to that of Group 1 but with a little less intensity.

Conditioning work, resistance training, plyometrics, speed work, sprint starts and speed endurance work are all covered.

Athletes in this group compete in the Eastern Young Athletes’ League, the Southern Athletics League, Club and County Championships.

GROUP 3 (Year 8)
Coach: Summer Clarke
Training times: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7- 8.15pm.
Contact: sclarke@dacorumandtringac.org.uk

This squad comprises a group of athletes who have shown great potential as U13s and who are now preparing to compete in the sprinting events (100m, 200m) as U15s. They work on sprint specific drills, sprint starts, resistance training (hills & harnesses) and speed work using ladders and the track. They also do some core strength work and plyometrics.

Athletes in this group have the opportunity to compete in the Eastern Young Athletes League, Club and County Championships.

300/400m SQUADS (Year 9 and above)
Coaches: Deborah Keenleyside, assisted by Ben McGuinness.
Training times: Tuesdays and Thursdays 6.45-8.15pm, Sundays 10.40-12.30pm.
Contact: deborahk@dacorumandtringac.org.uk

Deb is an ex-international athlete (400mH) and Ben is a former County Champion. This group is made up of athletes preparing to compete in 300m or 400m races. Training includes some endurance running, conditioning, track sessions, block work, hills, plyometrics, core work and resistance work.

Athletes in this group compete in the Eastern Young Athletes’ League, the Southern Athletics League, Club, County, Regional and National Championships.

Deb presently coaches Phillipa Lowe (GB international/Silver medallist in European Indoor 4 x 400m Champs).

Deb previously coached Olive Coles (4th at British U20 Indoor Champs).

HURDLES SQUAD (Year 7 and above)
Coaches: Deborah Keenleyside, assisted by Alison Parker.
Training times: Tuesdays and Thursdays 6.45-8.15pm, Sundays 10.40-12.30pm.
Contact: deborahk@dacorumandtringac.org.uk

The sprint hurdlers (70m, 75m, 80m, 100m, 110m) train with the sprinters on Tuesdays and Thursdays but do specialist hurdling sessions on Sunday mornings. They engage in hurdling drills, block work and technical sessions over the hurdles, developing both speed and efficiency. The 300m and 400m hurdlers train with the 300/400m squad on Tuesdays and Thursdays and work on their competition event on Sundays.

Athletes in this group compete in the Eastern Young Athletes’ League, the Southern Athletics League, Club, County, Regional and National Championships.

Deb presently coaches Amelia Woodnick (English Schools semi-finalist) and Mia McIntosh (English Schools and National Champion).

MULTI-EVENTS SQUAD (Year 9 and above)
Coach: John Garner
Training times: Tuesdays and Thursdays 7-8.30pm, Sundays 10.30-12.30pm.
Contact: jgarner@dacorumandtringac.org.uk

John was a GB Decathlete and has been the England Multi-Events Team Manager. During his sessions, he develops the techniques needed for the pentathlon/ heptathlon. This includes working on hurdling, shot putting, javelin throwing, long jumping, high jumping, 200m sprinting and 800m running.

Athletes in this group compete in individual events in the EYAL, SAL and County, Regional and National competitions but also compete in County, Regional and National multi-event competitions.

John is currently coaching Demi Tuinema (6th in English Schools Pentathlon) and has previously coached Milly Gall (6th in National Pentathlon) and Dan Hopper (2nd at English Schools long jump).

DISCUS AND HAMMER SQUADS (Year 8 and above)
Coach: Paul Dickenson & Seb Wadlow
Training times: Tuesdays and Thursdays 7-8.15pm.
Contact: pdickenson@dacorumandtringac.org.uk
and / or sebwadlow@dacorumandtringac.org.uk

Paul represented GB at two Olympic Games for the Hammer event. He is also the President of Dacorum & Tring AC and was an athletics presenter for the BBC. Paul coaches at Jarman Park every Tuesday. On Thursdays, the group at Jarman Park is led by Seb. Both coaches work on developing the athletes’ strength, speed and technical performance.

Athletes in this group compete in the Eastern Young Athletes’ League, the Southern Athletics League, Club, County, Regional and National Championships.

Paul is currently coaching Amy Wright (16th at English Schools) and Jake Norris (the top U20 thrower in the UK).

JAVELIN SQUADS (Year 8 and above)
Coaches: Douglas Greer, Trevor Ratcliffe and Charlie Rowlands.
Training times: Tuesdays 6.30-7.30/7.30-8.30 and Thursdays 7-8pm.
Contact: douggreer@dacorumandtringac.org.uk crowland@dacorumandtringac.org.uk    trevorr@dacorumandtringac.org.uk

Doug (Paralympic World Championships silver medallist), Trevor (World Masters Indoor Champion) and Charlie coach the young aspiring javelin throwers. Sessions involve the youngsters in the technical aspects of the event and develop their ability to throw from short/full run-ups.

Athletes in these groups compete in the Eastern Young Athletes’ League, the Southern Athletics League, Club, County, Regional and National Championships.

SHOT PUTT GROUP (Year 8 and above)
Coach: Trevor Ratcliffe
Training times: When Trevor is available on Tuesday/Thursday evenings.
Contact: trevorr@dacorumandtringac.org.uk

This is the only event which we do not have a regular coach for and we are currently seeking someone to take on this position. When Trevor can, he takes a group and works with them on their techniques. This incorporates standing throws and shifts.

Athletes in this group compete in the Eastern Young Athletes’ League, the Southern Athletics League, Club, County, Regional and National Championships.

POLE VAULT (Year 8 and above)
Coach: Andy Jackson
Training times: Tuesdays and Thursdays 6.30-7.30pm.
Contact: andypv@dacorumandtringac.org.uk

Sessions involve work on run-ups and technique over the bar.

As an ex-international pole-vaulter, Andy has coached numerous vaulters to county, regional, national and international success, including Natasha Brunning (V35 World, European and British champion), James Weller (3rd UK Champs) and Michael Fryer (bronze medallist English Schools).

Andy was named Community Coach of the Year at the 2015 Dacorum Sports Awards.

Athletes in this group compete in the Eastern Young Athletes’ League, the Southern Athletics League, Club, County, Regional and National Championships.

HIGH JUMP GROUPS (Year 8 and above)
Coach: John Hopper
Training times: Tuesdays 6.30-7.30pm/6.45-8.30pm.
Contact: johnh@dacorumandtringac.org.uk

John is an ex-GB Junior International high jumper who coaches two groups of high jumpers on Tuesday evenings. The 6.45-8.30pm group is for those athletes who have cleared more than 1.40m and the 6.30-7.30pm group consists of those who have a PB in the range of 1.20-1.39m. This allows for coaching to be directed to the level of ability of the athletes. Sessions involve technical work on run-ups, take-off and flight.

Athletes in this group compete in the Eastern Young Athletes’ League, the Southern Athletics League, Club, County, Regional and National Championships.

John is currently coaching Tom Wright (7th at English Schools) and Amy Thurgood (13th at English Schools).

LONG JUMP/TRIPLE JUMP GROUPS (Year 8 and above)
Coach: Rob Wright, Dan Hopper
Training times: Tuesdays and Thursdays 7.30-8.30pm.
Contact: rwright@dacorumandtringac.org.uk

Rob coaches two groups of horizontal jumpers. The Tuesday group is for the younger group and is mainly for U15s who are learning the basic technical aspects of the event. The older athletes work with Rob on Thursdays; they concentrate on the finer details of the run-up, take-off, flight and landing.
Rob is supported by Ian Roberts, a National coach, who comes to Jarman Park to do sessions with the jumpers from time to time.

Athletes in this group compete in the Eastern Young Athletes’ League, the Southern Athletics League, Club, County, Regional and National Championships.

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