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 23 track and field coaches, of which 5 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 use the Contactsection of our website, if you have an enquiry about joining us. Alternatively, if you are enquiring about a year 2-7, please contact Petra Carroll (see below) or for older athletes, please contact Deborah Keenleyside:  deborahk@dacorumandtringac.org.uk

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 Squads

Coaches:   Petra Carroll, Robert Wright, Lauren Leach, Mark Whyte, Rebecca Foy. Contact: pcarroll@dacorumandtringac.org.uk

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.

This 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 a number of athletes who have competed at the English Schools X-C/Track & Field Champs: Olivia Edwards, Stella Whitlum, Thomas Ashton, Joseph Chamberlain, Tom Gaunce, Sam Burnell and Freddie Truman-Williams. 
Brooke Evans, Amy Lane, Milla Walsh, Tim Fryer, George Hawkins, Florence Crowley, Thea Gray and Jude McKay have competed at the National Schools X-C Champs.
Athletes formally coached by Mike include Hannah Walker (International) and Kristian Imroth (National Cross-Country Champion).

Coach: Cathie Woolfrey

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.

Coaches: Deborah Keenleyside, assisted by Alison Parker.Contactdeborahk@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 Mia McIntosh (English Schools and National Champion) and 
Amelia Woodnick (English Schools semi-finalist),

Coaches: Trevor Ratcliffe and Charlie Rowlands. 

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. 

Coach: Rob Wright
Rob coaches two groups of horizontal jumpers. The Tuesday group 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.

Competitions

At Dacorum and Tring we currently compete in 3 Track and Field leagues in the summer season. Click on the tabs below to find out more.

Officials play a key part in making these competitions happen and as we grow as a club we might be able to enter other competitions but cannot do this without enough officials. If you are interested in becoming an official please get in contact.

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  • EYAL
  • SAL
  • Vets League
  • YDL

The Eastern Young Athletes League (EYAL) provides a good level of competion for 11-16 year old athletes.

There are currently about 25 clubs that are competing in the EYAL. Clubs play in a round-robin system at 5 different fixtures throughout the summer with a Cup and Plate final for the top clubs (finishing 1-6 and 7-12). Scoring is points based rather than medal based. Athletes score points for each event (1st=6, 2nd=5, 3rd=4, 4th=3, 5th=2, 6th=1, no athlete entered=0) and scores are added up to decide the winner of the match. So it is a combination of athletes doing well and ensuring we enter every single event. For each event and age group (u13, u15, and u17 Boys and Girls) there is an A and a B competition and we can enter 1 athlete for each. There are also non-scoring competitions where athletes compete but do not score points for the club (a great way to get experience!).

If you would like to take part and haven’t already spoken with the team manager do get in touch with them (details on contact page).

The Southern Athletics League (SAL) provides a good level competition for Senior, U20, and U17 Men and Ladies. Only senior weight (throws) and heights (hurdles) are used.

There are currently over 100 teams that are competing in SAL. The league is split into three tiers. We are currently in Division 2 West, 16 clubs meet each other once in a round-robin system at 5 different fixtures throughout the summer. In Division 2W there are 4 teams (men and women) competing in each match. Scoring is points based rather than medal based. Athletes score points for each event (1st=4, 2nd=3, 3rd=2, 4th=1, no athlete entered=0) and scores are added up to decide the winner of the match. So it is a combination of athletes doing well and ensuring we enter every single event. For each event, there is an A and a B competition and we can enter 1 athlete for each. There are also non-scoring competitions where athletes compete but do not score points for the club (a great way to get experience!).

If you would like to take part and haven’t already spoken with the team manager do get in touch with them (details on contact page).

All clubs need to provide Timekeepers, Track Judges and Field Officials for every match. Each official scores two points per match. If you are interested in becoming an official or a volunteer for the team please contact us.

Age is no barrier when it comes to athletics!!

Once you reach the age of 35 there are leagues allowing you to compete with athletes of a similar age (5-year bands). These range from local to international competitions (the term Masters rather then Vets is used at the national and international level).

As a club we compete in the Southern Vets league with matches on Monday nights.

We are planning to enter a team in the 2020 Youth Development League (Upper Age Group).

Updates to follow soon.

EYAL League Table - 2019

ClubMatch PointsLeague Points
Havering354,255
Dacorum and Tring333,955.5
Shaftesbury Barnet333,855
Norwich324,023.5
Chelmsford323,854.5
Thurrock303,686.5
Basildon283,620
Ipswich283,381.5
Bedford263,028.5
Colchester Harriers262,965
Cambridge and Coleridge25
Watford23
St Albans23
Stevenage22
Nene Valley21
Bedfordshire Lions18
Herts Phoenix18
Peterborough14
Harlow13
Colchester and Tendring13
Team Norfolk12
Braintree12
North Suffolk11
HAWCS / Enfield and Haringey9
West Suffolk8

SAL League Table - 2019

ClubLeague PointsMatch Points
City of Salisbury181,119.5
Marshall Milton Keynes181,092.5
Basingstoke and Mid Hants171,094.5
Dacorum and Tring15996.5
Radley13981
Epsom and Ewell13965
Newbury13949.5
Croydon Harriers13921
Aldershot, Farnham and District12931
South London Harriers12917.5
Hillingdon11877
Kingston AC and Polytechnic11858
Yeovil Olympiad11822.5
Bedford and County9854
Walton7815.5
St Albans7799

Vets League Table - 2019

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Club Rankings

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Competing for us

Dacorum and Tring AC places a strong emphasis on competition for all. 

We compete in several team competitions and ask all athletes (and parents and carers) to make a concerted effort to be available for their relevant club matches.  Competing to the best of your ability is doing a great service to the club. Failing to attend without good reason is putting extra pressure on your team-mates, manager, captain and coaches.  Even non-scoring athletes have a role to play, not just in the building of competitive skills, but also as a back-up team in case of injury, illness, etc.

In summary we expect the following of athletes:

  • Work with your coach to get yourself in the best shape for a competition (they will advise on and adjust training accordingly and help you balance other demands such as school competitions and exams).
  • Know when your competitions are. Use the club fixture list and put relevant competition dates in a diary/calendar/on phone etc.
  • Make yourself available for as many club matches as possible.
  • When at club matches, be willing to do another event: in many competitions just completing an event (crossing the line, making a legal jump or throw) earns valuable points for the club and could make all the difference at promotion/demotion time.
  • Speak to your coach about entering yourself for other competitions e.g. County Champs, Regional Champs, Open meetings, Parkruns.
  • Wear your club vest at competitions and be a good ambassador for the club.
  • If you feel concerned or daunted in any way about competing, discuss this with your coach: they will be very happy to help you with anything from nerves to understanding the rules and procedures. This is particularly important if you are going to compete in a higher level competition where there are ‘call-up’ procedures.
  • U13s should aim to represent Dacorum and Tring in AT LEAST two competitions per year. One of these should be a ‘representative’ experience i.e. a club league match. All U13s are encouraged to take part in Club Champs.
 

 

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