Welcome to Durham University Athletics and Cross Country
Durham University Athletics and Cross Country Club (DUAXC) is an amateur University club, run by students and in partnership with local club Durham City Harriers. We have over 170 members and are one of the largest and clubs at the University. Our reputation is strong and we perform to a high standard, being regularly recognized as one of the top 12 university clubs in the UK.
The club’s aim is to create a friendly and competitive atmosphere where those athletes who really want to push themselves and represent the university at the highest level are encouraged and able to do so. However, whilst we are delighted to incorporate some of the best athletic talent in the country, not everyone at the club is competing for Great Britain every weekend! A significant proportion of our members come along to training to keep fit, have some fun and make some new friends. We welcome everyone and gear our sessions to people of all abilities. We train at The Graham Sports Centre, Maiden Castle, where the experienced, professional and committed coaches from Durham City Harriers run sessions for a variety of disciplines, with students and club athletes of all ages training alongside each other. These sessions range from short and long sprinting and hurdle practice, to longer distance track, cross country and marathon training. There is some capacity for field events, however if necessary, provisions are made for athletes to train elsewhere for some events.
Being a large club, DUAXC not only hosts some fantastic socials, but also takes pride in an unrivaled team spirit. The club is represented by an extremely enthusiastic elected executive responsible for listening to the views of our members, and for driving the club forward to our goals. At competitions, we are always easy to spot- the Palatinate Army constantly cheering on our athletes and enjoying the positive, competitive atmosphere that athletics and cross country meets provide. DUAXC has several socials throughout the year. There are some traditions such as the ‘Full Kit Bar Crawl’ (you’d better hope it’s not raining and cold!), and there are often post-race socials especially after BUCS events. There is also a Warm Weather Training trip to Lanzarote in the Easter holidays; a great way to prepare for BUCS and get to know everyone: don’t worry they aren’t non-stop training!
By joining DUAXC you will be able to join and train with Durham City Harriers for free, compete in all DUAXC events including the 3 BUCS Championships but also smaller local competitions, be able to attend Warm Weather Training, vote in the AGM and basically do anything related to DUAXC. The atmosphere in the club is one of the best things about it. Everyone makes you feel welcomed and you really will get a lot out of it; whether this be athletic success or lifelong friends. The club subsidises to the best of its ability all trips and competitions. If you would like to find out more about the club, or are interested in joining us, please contact one of our Exec; contact details on the Exec tab