Weekly Round-Up 18th June

How do I?…

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.

Get Involved

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

Don’t forget you can support the club by registering for the easyfundraising app and helping the club raise money. This is simple to do, download the App, link to the club then clicking on the easyfundaising app prior to making your online purchases (It’s only one additional step in the process)

Track Development – Feeling Blue?

You will have seen that our Track will be unavailable to train on as it undergoes a full refurbishment from March 13th. Work has actually already started with the lighting in and around the athletics track. We expect the work to be completed by end of June after an issue has delayed the rebuild which is out of the clubs and council’s control.

Race Result

Paul Gilsenan and his wife Tracy were taking part in the first of their two endurance events in 2023 to raise money for Heel & Toe Charity. For those who don’t know who the Heel & Toe Charity are, they are a charity who provide support to children and their families with Cerebral Palsy. The charity receive no government funding so donations can make an incredible difference to each child in their care.

Donations can be made to the cause here

This weekend was The Wall Ultra Marathon where Paul and Tracy had to complete 70 miles of running (with some walking too i’d imagine) following Hadrian’s Wall, beginning at Carlisle Castle and finishing on the Millennium Bridge, Gateshead.

Paul and Tracy finished the gruelling 70miles in 17hrs and 9 minutes, tremendous effort by you both! Full results can be found here

Jade and Anne Hutchinson along with Iain Girard took on the Half Lakesman event yesterday as part of a team relay in the heart of Cumbria, Keswick. The 1.2mile swim takes place in the crystal clear waters of Derwentwater, generally regarded on the Lake Districts most scenic lakes while the 56 mile bike route make their way to the west coast of Cumbria where competitors get to experience a side of the lakes often unvisited by tourists, with mountains on one side and the sea on the other. During the run stage (3 x 4.35m) athletes will have the opportunity of running through the countryside with views to the likes of Skiddaw as well as a the spectator section through Keswick town centre. Jade got the team off to good start as Jade was 15th quickest out of the water and through transition 1, Anne picking the virtual baton up for a gruelling 56miles on the bike in 3hrs 13 before Iain Girard finished with a run in 2hrs 19 for a combined total of 6hrs 9mins.42. Great effort by you all.

Full results can be found here

Competing in the full half event was Andy Dobson who completed his swim in just under 45minutes with a 3hrs 8min cycle and finished off with a 1hr 56 half. Exhausted thinking about it never mind actual doing it! Well done Andy

Big shout out to the following juniors who have been selected to to represent Durham in the English Schools’ Track and Field Championships.

  • Hugo Douglas-Reeves (80m Hurdles)
  • Alex Boyer (3000m)
  • Thomas Hill (Pole Vault)
  • Charlotte Graves (Shot)
  • Zara Jones (1500m)
  • Macy Kelly (1500m)

Don’t forget to check out how our Track & Field athletes got on at this weeks NEGP and Senior League this week, stories will be available via our club website front page.

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