Welcome to Darlington Harriers Weekly Round-up Report, keep reading to see what has occurred this week and what is coming up for club members.
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Our club was formed in 1891, but how did the club become Darlington Harriers? Who were the people that founded the club? Read about some of the great athletes that have graced our club, Olympians George Butterfield, Robert Hawkey and Joy Grieveson. Read about Fred Wyers who competed in the 1958 Commonwealth Games and other notable athletes such as Bob Stockdale, William Wylie, Ian Barnes, Paul Harker, Lewis Moses, Kieran Maxwell who have graced our club over the years and let’s not forget all the current members. The club is steeped in the town’s history from basic beginnings to current day and these pages will be updated daily as I trawl through the British Newspaper Archives.
We want to see the club colours at all of our events, especially team events such as relays, National, Northern or North-Eastern where we can get together as a group, support each other and make these events a social occasion. So let me introduce you to our Senior Club Captains.
In addition to athletes, we are always looking for volunteers to support club and local events so please reach out to Sarah Johnson as your first point of contact if you can support in any way shape or form. Thank you! #UTH
We had some of our masters in competition this weekend as the outdoor Track & Field season comes to a close. In the 10000m race Michael Harcourt finished 2nd in his V35 category race in 35:02 while Laurie Cummings finished 1st V80 in 55:52. 10,000m results can be found here. Sarah Johnson was competing in the senior women’s pentathlon championships and finished 1st after some excellent performances which included breaking her personal best over the 100m hurdles and running her 2nd fastest 800m. Terrific achievements by you all, well done! Results for the Pentathlon can be found here
This weekend saw Steve Wilkinson and partner in crime Nicky Young head to Northumberland for the mornings Coastal Half Marathon Run. The Northumberland Coastal Run is back to starting on the beach this year and heading south to Alnmouth. There are a couple of small route changes for the runners but the whole route remains on the Coastal Path, where possible. Steve was first round in 40th place overall in 1:39 and 5th in his age category, Nicky 233rd and 7th in hers. Good work guys! Full results can be found here
Chris Fothergill was at the Ambleside 50k Ultra race, a race which starts from Rothay Park in Ambleside, climbing steeply on good tracks towards Loughrigg and Skelwith Bridge, before passing rivers and waterfalls as you head towards Grizedale forest, Coniston and around Little Langdale. Another steep climb takes runners up overlooking Grasmere before returning to flatter ground for the home straight back to Rothay Park. On the day Chris finished in an impressive 4th place just 3 minutes from a podium place. Top running Forrest!
Mark Milner Hardmoors completed his 7th Hardmoors 60 on a route that follows the Cleveland Way from Guisborough to Filey passing through coastal resorts and fishing villages such as Saltburn, Staithes, Robin Hoods Bay, Ravenscar, Scarborough and Filey while following cliff tops for the main duration of the race. On the day competitors have 18 hours to complete the 62 miles which Mark achieved with plenty to spare as the ‘Ultra Beast’ finished in a time of 14 hours 53 minutes, Top running Mark! Full results can be found here Great photo of Mark below questioning his life’s choices at this point…
Sunday also saw the return of the Teesdale Triathlon, which is one of the most popular events on the North-East calendar. This sprint-distance triathlon consists of a 400m (16 lengths) pool swim, an 18-mile bike section and a three-mile, off-road run from Teesdale Leisure Centre, Barnard Castle. On the day we had club members competing and marshalling the route. Jake Brown finished 8th overall and 2nd in his category, Jade Hutchinson also 2nd in her category and 19th overall. Dean Standish 26th and Ian Brown 32nd, ian finishing as 1st in his category. Well done all of you! Full results for this event can be found here