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Athletics and Cross Country


Club Captain: Maddie George 
Coaches: Max Coleby, Julie Coleby, Cian O’Ryan, Pete Grimoldby, Mark Ellis 


Durham University Athletics and Cross-Country Club (DUAXC) caters for athletes of all abilities. DUAXC helps athletes to improve through regular training, with experienced coaches running sessions for sprinters, distance runners, and field eventers. We have a vast number of athletes who regularly compete on the national stage, as well as many members who come to training simply to keep fit, have fun, and make new friends.

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Athletics has a strong tradition at Durham and the club accommodates all distances on the track. Training for sprinters, distance runners, and jumping events takes place at The Sport and Wellbeing Park. Athletes who wish to focus exclusively on pole vault and throws usually train at the Gateshead International Stadium – where there are indoor and outdoor facilities, located half an hour north of Durham by car and also accessible by public transport. 

Athletes train throughout the year, focussing primarily on fitness and conditioning throughout autumn and winter. Athletes compete in a wide variety of both BUCS and non-BUCS events such as The Steel Cup during both the indoor and outdoor season. 


Cross Country 

Cross country is a very popular aspect of DUAXC, with a large, friendly, and welcoming training group. Over the Michaelmas term, the club competes across the UK, sending athletes to the likes of Manchester, Edinburgh, and Leeds. Many athletes also choose to compete for local club Durham City Harriers in the local North of England League. The highlight of the whole cross-country season is the BUCS Cross Country Championships, which takes place in February.

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Spotlight on Athletics at Durham


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Additional Information

Please see below the main training groups for athletes at Durham:

Long Sprints Group

Events: 100m / 200m / 400m / 400m Hurdles / 800mTraining times: 18:30 Tuesdays and Thursdays / 09:30 Saturdays / 10:30 Sundays

Venue: Sport and Wellbeing Park

XC/Distance Group

Events: 800m / 1500m / 3000m / 5000m / 10,000m / Cross country / Road RacesTraining times: 19:00 Tuesdays and Thursdays / 09:00 Saturdays / 09:00 Sundays

Venue: Sport and Wellbeing Park

Field Events (Throws)

Events: All Throws

Training times: TBC Mondays / Saturdays / Sundays 

Venue: Gateshead International Stadium 

Field Events (Jumps):

Events: Long Jump / Triple Jump / High Jump Training times: 19:00 Thursdays / 18:00 Fridays 

Venue: Sport and Wellbeing Park / Gateshead International Stadium 

Field Events (Pole Vault):

Events: Pole VaultTraining times: 17:00 Mondays / 17:30 Thursdays 

Venue: Gateshead International Stadium


    Pole Vault Athletics

    Trail running


Pole Vault Athletics


Trail running

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