We are a small, friendly running club of mixed ability, age and gender, united through our wish to run with others in a social and motivating environment in and around Cockermouth, Cumbria.
Most of our twice weekly sessions are road based, 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.
Our club’s committee is made up of current members who have all volunteered to help with the general running and organisation of the club. Positions are reviewed and altered, if necessary, each year at our Annual General Meeting, held in December.
All members are welcome to attend the AGM and are encouraged to voice their opinions!
Committee meetings are held at least 3 times per year, and any member interested in applying to be on the club committee, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
We have three main Coaches and five Leaders who can support with training sessions and lead runs.
All Coaches and Leaders are fully qualified with UK Athletics to lead sessions. Many of our Coaches are members who have gone on to gain these qualifications through the Club, and we are always keen to support new members who are looking to develop in these roles.
CLUB WELFARE OFFICERS:
All our members have a responsibility to uphold the UKA and England Athletics’ welfare policies and procedures, to adhere to good practice and to respond to any suspected breaches.
To support our members and club in this role, Derwent AC have two Welfare Officers.
Their role is to advise and support the club officers and committee to implement UKA and England Athletics’ welfare policies and procedures. They are required to respond to any concerns regarding child protection and to ensure that all coaches/ officials/ volunteers have completed DBS and Independent Safeguarding Authority checks as required.
Our Team Captains play a leading role in welcoming new members to the club, encouraging members in their current goals, and organising the annual club championship and team events such as relays and social events. They are also committee members.
LADIES TEAM CAPTAIN:
Lisa took on the role of Ladies’ captain in April 2018. Lisa joined DAC in 2015 as a beginner, having only run for a couple of months. Lisa says, "I've never considered myself sporty and would never have dreamed of joining a running club but I took the plunge as the more I got into running, the more I wanted to get better at it. Everyone in the club is so welcoming, encouraging and supportive (whatever your running level) and always up for a laugh!”
MEN'S TEAM CAPTAIN:
Peter has been a member of DAC since 2012, and was 'recruited' by our head coach, Andy Adams, at the Cumberland Ale 10 race. Andy's welcoming approach gave Pete and his wife Emma the confidence to join a running club, as many people will experience, joining a club is a very nervous step. "But", says Pete after taking on the role of Men’s Captain in 2018, "here we are...Andy still pushing us all to do better...I wanted to be Men's Captain to give something back to a club that gives us all so much and so many friends".