Announcing the Passing of Rob Deane

It is with great sadness that we have to announce the very sudden death of our much-loved chairman and dear friend Rob Deane who passed away on Friday after a very short and sudden illness.  He is survived by his three daughters.

I know all the club will be shocked and devasted to hear this news.  Rob undertook many roles – athlete, coach, field official, mentor and friend to so many.  He was elected as club chairman in February 2020 and during the last 4 years, he had delivered many changes including the club name and vest along with making sure that the club operated efficiently and successfully.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all his family and friends at this very sad time.

Rob Deane in running gear
Rob Deane, relaxing with a drink

New Name, New Look, Same Club

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.

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Events

The summer competition season is now in full swing.  Where possible we will add these to our Events Calendar on this site.

Returning to the Track Guidance

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.

Keeping Fit in the Lockdown

In these difficult times we have updated our website to offer advice on how you can maintain your physical fitness and mental wellbeing..

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

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.

Rob Deane
Chairman – Dacorum & Tring AC

New Members Welcome

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.

Track and Field

The backbone of Dacorum AC is its track and field section, which boasts over 300 active members, from year 5 through to master athletes in the 70+ 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.

Our YDL team (under 17 and under 20) came 3rd in the National Final in 2023 and our EYAL team (under 12, under 15 and under 17) came 4th in the Final.  We also compete in Senior and Masters leagues.

Road running

The Dacorum AC Road Runners section is open to all standards of runners (both male and female) in a safe and friendly atmosphere. We train every Tuesday and Thursday. 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.

Cross Country

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

Our Coaching Inspires success

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. 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.

High Performance Programme

The High-Performance Programme (HPP) was launched to provide the club’s high-performing athletes with the support and guidance they require to achieve their true potential and continue their rise up the Power of 10 rankings. The hope is that one day they will be selected to represent their country at a Senior Level.

The programme applies to athletes who are first claim members of Dacorum AC and in the U15 age group (or higher) and taking part in officially recognised U15 through to Senior competitions.

Our Coaching Inspires success

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.

Click on the button below for more detailed profiles.

Club Records

We track our records across the events and the ages.  

We love athletics

About Us

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.

The About Us page (click the button below) has more about:

  • Club history
  • Buying kit
  • Policies and documents

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Members and Helpers

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.

Photo Albums

Social Events

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….

Events Calendar

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).

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News and Updates

Another EYAL Victory

A second great win for the EYAL (Eastern Young Athletes League) team! In their second league match, the team of Dacorum youngsters finished 1st again,

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EYAL Success in First Match

In the opening outdoor match of the season, our track and field athletes performed superbly to win their Eastern Young Athletes League (EYAL) match by

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Awards Evening – 2023

Saturday 14th October 2023 – John F Kennedy School, Hollybush Lane, HP1 2PH  Our annual awards night is an important event in the club calendar as

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