Closure Update 10 May 2020

Parking at the Keepmoat:

If you are training at the track do not park in car park 1 or 3. Use car park 2 or the slip road to park next to the track. During this lockdown the ANPR is working in 1 and 3.

Following the Prime Ministers statement tonight (10 May) our Club remains closed until social distancing is not necessary.

Next review 1st July.

Stay safe everyone.


During the coming weeks and perhaps months it is clear that we need to limit contact with each other to help fight Corona virus. As such, all training sessions at the club are cancelled until further notice. This includes all senior and junior groups and the Saturday Club.

Cancelled events (entries will be carried over to next year)

Spring Open Meeting – Was 11 April 2020

Sandall Beat 10k – Was 10 June 2020

Doncaster 5k – Was 15 July 2020

End of Season Sprint/Endurance Evening – Was 23 September 2020

Cusworth 10k – Was 4 October 2020

Our Awards night has been postponed.

You will have also seen many, if not all competition meetings / races have been cancelled or postponed that were in the next few months so please check.

Club and activities at club are our community and it is very disappointing to have this temporarily end, but we all have to act responsibly and we hope all members will support this.

If you are driving past the track, please help us to keep an eye on it.

Where possible, athletes and runners at all levels are encouraged to maintain their own personal fitness and keep active during this time, while following government guidelines about safe distance and safe exercise environments.

During this time, please keep in touch with each other and if anyone requires assistance please ask on our social media channels. We wish all our members the best of health and we look forward to normality returning. Doncaster Athletic Club 💙💚🤍

We are sending some of our stock from the tuck shop, near to be out of date, to local food banks. Doing our bit in difficult times.

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Results update 25 March 2020 – Thirsk 10, Spen 20, Stafford Half and parkruns

The last set of results before everything was cancelled or postponed, well done all:

Thirsk 10 – 15 March 2020

Well done to Tammy Cullen finished the race with a time of 1:37:26 in 774th place.

Spen 20 – 15 March 2020

Mark Webster and Kirsty Laing finished in 105th and 106 respectively with a time of 3:04:40. They were both marathon training so keep that endurance in the bank for all the rescheduled races.

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Stafford Half Marathon – 15 March 2020

Lucy completed this half marathon in 2:10:23 but unfortunately picked up an injury. Wishing you a fast recovery Lucy.


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Your never too old to compete at a high level

Doncaster AC vet 45 athlete Darren Otter continues his excellent form In the track and field indoor season with a second overall place in the vets high jump, with a first time clearance of 1.75m in the vet masters competition held at Lee Valley Last week.  Darren started the competition with first time clearances at 160, 1.65, 1.70 and 1.75 and was leading the competition.  At 1.80 Darren narrowly failed all three of his attempts at this height with Kaspers Kazemacs vet35, clearing the bar on his final attempt.  Darren won his age group category vet 45 and currently ranked number 1 in the uk rankings list.

Darren puts his form down to hard work, quality gym sessions and track training, together with the high jump technical sessions with his dad at the EIS.

Darren box jump training during a Plyometrics session in the gym.

Mike Cooke a uk level 4 coach for both sprints and hurdles is also looking for new  athletes to train during the summer months, interested then give him a call or text on 07890452790.

GB Ultras Chester 50 (44) – 2020

This was my second time at the Chester 50 and was looking forward to it, last year I ran it with my son Scott , this year I would be on my own but with the help of my wingman Kevin Waugh to carry my extra kit and meet me at each check point, it is a great feeling knowing that someone will be at each check point to give you words of encouragement, with Kev it was usually get your finger out your losing places which did actually help.

So due to flooding the first part along the river Dee was cut short, so from 50 miles down to 44 mile should be a doddle right, wrong, first 4 mile along the canal instead to what should have been check point 2, no need to stop water bottles still full so on to check point 3 more canal paths nice and dry, then in to the fields up to Dunham on the hill, wow mud standing water everywhere looking for a way round it but not a chance, had to just wade through it, feet sinking up to your calfs it was trying to pull the trainers off your feet and draining the energy from your legs.

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Results update 10 March 2020 – Retford Half Marathon, Normanby Hall adventure run, ETU Standard GB AG duathlon, Darley Dale Fell Race and parkruns

Our Park Run Grand Prix starts on Saturday 14th March. (This has nothing to do with the club Championship) – Just take part in a parkrun on Saturday 🙂

Retford Half Marathon – 8 March 2020

What a great turnout, the club endurance championships have been updated by Mark Webster and can be found by clicking on the rankings menu. i have tried to highlight the PB’s on the results. Thanks to all the support crew.

The men’s all time top 10 gets an update with Lee and James entering it for the first time and David’s time is improved (despite falling 100m before the finish). Great team work by these 3 athletes.

The conditions were not the easiest, the main issue being the wind again, but it was not terrible this week.

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Inter Country XC Champs and Yorkshire Vets XC Champs

Inter Country XC Championships – 7 March 2020

Representing your country is a great achievement and the club is proud of our athletes who had qualified earlier in the year, and who competed in the competition last weekend at Prestwold Hall, Loughborough.

In the U17 men we had George Rowland finishing with a time of 23:39 on the 6km course. We also had Henry Cullen who finished with a time of 25:40

In the U20 men we had Joe Phillips finishing with a time of 37:15 on the 9.1km course.

Yorkshire Vet AA Cross Country – 8 March 2020

One of the benefits of being a member of Doncaster Athletic Club is our affiliation to Yorkshire Veterans Athletic Association (this race was their championship) as well as Northern Athletics, British Triathlon and of course UK Athletics.

Thank you to all who represented, and to Rose for managing the team on the day and sorting the flag and tent. Well done to Simon Wright winning the 2nd race and winning his age group. For me this is the last cross country race of the season, I have competed in 10 🙂

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The course was muddy and wet in areas, mainly undulating with one fairly severe climb. great running all 🙂

The race was well organised and it was great to see Chris Lawson with his timing system.

Race 1 – 5km

38Diane Polwin30:36F45
67Susan Forbes42:47F60

Race 2 – 10km

1Simon Wright37:42M55
59Pete Wade49:19M60
67Malcolm Leggett50:45M60
77Rose James53:31F35
100Angela Clarke1:10:52F40

Race 3 – 10km

33Martin James42:55M40