Welcome to Derwent Athletics Club

We are a friendly running club of mixed abilities and ages who want to run with others in a social and motivating environment in and around Cockermouth, Cumbria. We mostly run on roads but we also have a range of off-road training sessions and take part in a variety of races from 5ks to marathons, cross country, road and fell. We host four races a year; the Isel Cross, the Hay-O trail, The Lambfoot Loop and the Cumberland Ale 10.


DAC group shot, June 2016

New Members

New runners are always welcome to join our training and we have a range of sessions to suit all. Please come along and try us out, annual membership is £20 a year, but you are welcome to join us for a few runs before you commit.

People ask if we are a competitive running club. We certainly have members who enjoy races and seeing improvements with their performance but we also have several members who never enter races but come training to improve their fitness and to enjoy the social aspect of running in a group.

Our official training sessions are Tuesdays and Thursdays and you can find out more information on this in the training section of the website. We also do some longer runs on Sunday mornings for anyone who wants to run a bit further.

Our membership form can be found here.

For other local Cockermouth information please visit this website: Cockermouth Org

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Our Coaches

We have 3 main coaches; Andy, Steve and Phil and 2 support coaches Debbie and Hilary who can support with training sessions and lead runs. All coaches and support coaches are qualified with UK Athletics to lead sessions.

Head Coach- Andy Adams

Andy has a Diploma in Sports Physchology and has completed UK Athletics Level 2 endurance Training (Licence Number: 2718468).

He has 30 years of running experience.

Favourite training snack: Cheese cake

Favourite sports person: Paula Radcliffe and Steve Cram

Top training tip: Just do it! Life’s too short not to!

Memorable races: All the Potteries marathons- the local support was fantastic

Training aims: for all the club members to enjoy the training sessions and to see improvements in themselves.

Favourite training session: Pyramids around the church

Toughest training session: 16 x 400 metre runs with 1 minute recoveries.

Coach Andy

Coach- Stephen Hackley

Steve has completed the UK Athletics Coach in Running Fitness qualification (Licence No- 2799551)

Favourite training snack: Apples prior to racing give you a much needed electrolyte boost

Favourite sports person: Mo Farah- leaves no stone unturned to get the job done and Alison Felix- Almost faultless technique and a joy to watch in full flow

Top training tip: Stretching after sessions is vital to avoid injury

Memorable races: I have been involved in a number of visits to the Edinburgh marathon festival, where the club entered the hairy haggis relay. These races are always very memorable.

Training aims: To improve on current personal best performances by improving speed, strength and endurance.

Favourite training session: I am a big fan of hill interval training which increases lactic capability

Coach Steve

Coach – Phil Cueto

Phil recently gained his coaching assistant qualification through UK Athletics and is now assisting during training sessions.

Phil hopes to gain his full coaching qualification later in 2014.

Favourite training snack: Post training run you can’t beat a nice bacon sandwich and a cup of tea.

Favourite sports person: Steve Cram got me into running, watching him gave me a real want to become an athlete. Away from athletics I think the Brownlee brothers are tremendous.

Top training tip: You get out what you put in.

Memorable races: As a young athlete I have lots of memories of suffering at various cross country events. More recently the 2012 Edinburgh Hairy Haggis Relay was a real high, great competition, great crowds and a successful outcome.

Training aims: To help people achieve their goal and enjoy athletics.

Favourite Training Session: Pyramid session on the track, 100, 200, 400, 800, 400, 200, 100, good fun and a decent workout.

Toughest Training Session: The one on the Hay, gate and back, all the way to the top of the fell.

The first time I did this with Coach Andy I was sick at the top, a really gruelling session.

Assistant Coach Phil

Assistant Coach- Debbie Walker

Favourite training snack: Cake

Favourite sports person: The legend that is Joss Naylor

Top training tip: Avoid junk miles

Memorable races: My gold medal for British AAA ladies team 10 mile road race, ERewash, 1998... A long time ago.

Training aims: Inspire and entertain.

Favourite training session: Golf course hill reps.

Toughest training session: Anything short and quick..800 m or less!

Assistant Coach Debbie

Leader in Running Fitness- Hilary Royston-Bishop

Hilary qualified as a leader in running fitness in 2015.

Favourite training snack: Peanut butter on toast followed by a large glass of Ribena after training

Favourite sports person: Jo Pavey

Top training tip: Stick to the plan!

Memorable races: Gosforth 10k, my first ever race where I did better than I was expecting back then and where I got a new 10k PB a couple of years ago.

Training aims: To learn have fun and work hard

Favourite training session: Town Hall Session

Toughest training session: Running between the gates on the Hay

Leader in Running Fitness- Hilary

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