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
Hilary Bevan and Lizzie Hugill showcased incredible strength and determination at the Hardmoors Goathland half marathon in Whitby over the weekend. The challenging circular course, featuring over 2000ft elevation, is certainly a test for even the most seasoned off-road runners.
Despite the demanding terrain, Hilary and Lizzie ran side by side, embracing the route and supporting each other. Their efforts and teamwork paid off as they crossed the finish line together, completing the half marathon in an impressive 4 hours, 52 minutes, and 17 seconds. Congratulations to both of these remarkable athletes on their outstanding achievement!
For those interested in the full results of the event, they can be found here.
In the Heaton Harriers Town Moor 10km race, an event that provided a traffic-free course on the footpaths around Newcastle’s Town Moor. This particular 10k race incorporated prestigious competitions, including the 2023 North Eastern Counties Athletics Association and the North East Masters Athletics Association Men’s and Women’s 10K Road Racing Championships.
Among the participants, Paul Allan led the way for our group of four athletes, securing an impressive 66th place finish with a time of 36 minutes and 57 seconds. Following close behind was Andrew Glencross, finishing in 53 minutes and 44 seconds. Shirley Gibson showcased her strength and skill, not only securing a commendable time of 59 minutes and 13 seconds but also achieving first place in her age category. Ian Barnes also put forth a strong performance, finishing in 67 minutes and 11 seconds and similarly earning the top spot in his age category.
Congratulations to all the athletes for their outstanding efforts and achievements in this challenging race! For those interested in viewing the complete results of the event, they can be accessed here.