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Yes, we have our new name. As of 1st October 2021, the club has officially changed its name to Dacorum Athletics Club as voted for by our members in the summer. We have a new club logo too. Although the name has changed, our identity and ethos remain unchanged. We have built a proud heritage since the club was formed 45 years ago and our aim is for that to continue in the years to come under our new name. We will have more news for you soon on things like club kit. From now members entering any events should use our new name. All the major event organisers and governing bodies have been notified of the change.
We also have a new kit store in conjunction with Scimitar. There is only a limited range at the moment, but we will be adding to this (including our new kit when the voting has completed).
Come and join us now – we’re a fun and friendly, community-based club with something for everyone from beginner to international.
We are now back at the track training, but some restrictions are in place in line with guidance from the Government and UK Athletics. Please contact your coach if you have any questions.
In these difficult times we have updated our website to offer advice on how you can maintain your physical fitness and mental wellbeing..
In accordance with the latest advice from England Athletics, we are very sorry to announce that all club activities including training and competitions have been suspended until the end of April. An email with further details of this decision has been sent to all members.
Please read the full advice on the England Athletics website.
We will keep you updated re further developments in the days to come.
Chairman – Dacorum & Tring AC
As we return to the track we’ve seen our existing members return to training in great numbers and full of enthusiasm.
We’ve also had many new joiners who found time to exercise during lockdown and wanted to keep up the good work.
Why don’t you come and join us – we’re a fun and friendly, community-base club with something for everyone from beginner to international.
The backbone of Dacorum AC is its track and field section, which boasts over 300 active members, from 6 years of age through to veteran athletes in the 60+ category. There are 22 track and field coaches, of whom 4 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.
The Dacorum AC Road Runners section is open to all standards of runners (both male and female) in a safe and friendly atmosphere. We meet at the Athletics track at Jarman Park, Hemel Hempstead, every Tuesday and Thursday from 6.30pm. As we cater to a wide range of athletic abilities and aspirations (hares and tortoises), you’ll always be able to find a suitable running mate.
We train on the roads and footpaths around Hemel Hempstead and on the track, running from 2 to 8 miles each session. There are always several groups of varying speeds and abilities, from pure beginners to keen marathoners, and each group is led by England Athletics ‘Leadership in Running’ coaches.
New members from 16 years and up are always welcome, regardless of ability, and you don’t have to commit yourselves immediately; just try us out for a couple of weeks to ensure we meet with your approval!
Although competing in races is not essential, we are currently in Division 1 of the Chiltern Cross Country League, which involves five races throughout the winter months, and we also participate in local, regional and national road running events.
We are open to all members of the community, from those who just want to run for pleasure and to keep fit, to athletes who enjoy the competitive aspect of the sport and thrive on competition.
Dacorum AC athletes participate keenly in cross-country throughout the autumn and winter, with runners from age 10 all the way up to veterans in the V60+ category contesting the highly-competitive Chiltern League series; many youngsters also take part in the Northwest London Young Athletes (NWLL) League. The club has had considerable success at county and national level over the years, and our coaches encourage their athletes to take part, to build strength and endurance for the summer athletics season.
The five annual Chiltern League fixtures take place from October through February, and are held on Saturdays; Dacorum AC compete in Division 1, the top tier of the Chiltern League, which in itself is considered one of the top leagues in the country.
The Northwest London League, for runners between the ages of 10 and 17, also consists of five events and takes place on Saturdays.
While cross-country often involves mud, hills and adverse weather conditions, it’s also a lot of fun! The Middle Distance Squad and the Road Running section in particular incorporate cross-country into their winter training schedules and runners of all levels take part, to earn points for the team and to have a good day out
We have a strong and growing team of coaches at Dacorum. Many have international and national level experience. We are also actively developing new coaches through a combination of training and mentoring. Currently, we have 31 coaches of whom 5 are ex-internationals.
We have a strong and growing team of coaches at Dacorum and Tring. Many have international and national level experience. We are also actively developing new coaches through a combination of training and mentoring. Currently, we have 31 coaches of whom 5 are ex-internationals.
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Dacorum AC is the oldest athletics club in the borough of Dacorum. It was formed in 1995 when Dacorum Athletic Club and Tring Athletic Club joined forced to become Dacorum & Tring Athletics Club. Prior to that, each club had been in existence as individual clubs since 1976 and 1980 respectively.
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We are a large and growing club, but we can only function effectively through the efforts of our members and helpers. We have many exciting opportunities for you to become involved and learn new skills.
It’s not just about the training and competition. We need to enjoy the social side – whether it’s a weekly gathering after training or an annual event….
There is a range of events planned both internal to the club and externally. We aim to keep the calendar below up to date with internal and relevant external events. Any date with a dot is showing at least one event on that day. Click on the day to find out more about the event(s).