Derwentside AC was formed in October 1981 as a spin off from the Derwentside recreation scheme that was created after the closure of the Steel works in Consett.
The club was formed by Rippon Hall and our first Chairman was Jack Errington. The Club was orginally set up to cater for people of all abilities in the Stanley and surrounding area.
Derwentside AC was originally based at the Kingshead Running track from 1981 until the winter of 1992. During that winter a considerable amount of damage was done to our club house. We then became based at the Louisa Sports Centre Stanley.
We are now based at the North Durham Academy.
During the mid to late eighties Derwentside steadily built up a tradition of Marathon and Road Running in the club and produced some good senior and veteran athletes who were still producing good times well into the 1990’s.
During the mid nineties we once again started to compete in the North Eastern Harrier League encouraged by John Donneky Snr. After a few years we were managing to field a senior men’s team and eventually gained promotion from Division Two and then into Division One and we stayed there for a few years.
Also in the nineties a new tradition was started, one that has given the club members much to talk about over the years, that of doing long distance relays and challenges. Some of which have been used to raise money for local charities, these have included:
-The Coast to Coast Sustran’s route finishing at Roker beach in Sunderland in 1996.
-The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge in 1998
-The Coast to Coast route this time finishing at Tynemouth Priory in 2002
-St. Cuthbert’s Way (Melrose to Holy Island) in 2004
-The Three Peaks challenge, that’s the three highest peaks in Wales, England and Scotland in 24 hours in 2005
-Hadrian’s Wall in 2008
-St. Oswalds Way in 2011
-St.Cuthberts Way, (Holy Island to Durham Cathedral) 2012
-Weardale Way, (Killhope to Sunderland Roker Beach) 2013
-Source to the mouth of the Tyne in 2014
Derwentside AC used to have an annual 10-mile road race that was first organized in 1986 and ran until 2006. Due to the hilly course this was described by the R.R.C. as one of the toughest races in the country. Unfortunately due to the ever increasing costs of road closures and traffic management the club had to come up with an alternative event. The event that we came up with was the Hellhole 10k multi-terrain event which is usually staged in October and in keeping with our former race is a demanding course.
In 2018 it was decided to rename the Hellhole 10km to ‘Pedro’s 10k’ as a tribute to Gerrard Murray who sadly passed away in 2017.
We are part of the County Durham Athletics Network (CDAN), that is working to promote athletics in our area and provides us with funding to deliver athletics sessions in schools in the Derwentside Area. They also provide opportunities for coach and athlete development.
We also have representation on the Derwentside Athletics Action Group (DAAG); this group is made up of representatives from Leisureworks, Local athletics clubs, the schools Games organiser for the Derwentside area, and the Club and Coach Support officer from England Athletics. This group provides us with opportunities to become involved with school athletics competitions and taster sessions in the schools in our area.
If you would like to become a member of the club, please download and print this application form 2018 Membership form and bring it along to either Tuesdays or Thursdays training sessions.