Weekly Round-up w/e 30th July

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)


Back in March the club signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant which is a pledge that together we acknowledge and understand that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, should be treated with fairness and respect in the communities, economy and society they serve. A few weeks ago, Hilary Bevan accepted this on behalf of the club in a meeting in London.

If you’d like more information about it, you can read about it here

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 July to mid August after an issue has delayed the rebuild which is out of the clubs and council’s control.

Race Result

At this weeks Willow miners trail run, part of the Darlington Trail Series it was Chris Fothergill who once again took top spot after a close race against Crook’s Lee Thompson. Matthew Foster was next home in 3rd place with Stephen Dent 12th and Barry Foster 14th. Great work all of you, Chris is looking strong for the overall series sitting proudly on top.

Ian Brown was another of our athletes in action this weekend but this time turning his hand to triathlon at the AJ Bell 2023 World’s on Roker Beach, Sunderland. Competing in the standard British Championship Ian finished in 384th place in a combined time of 2:48:19. Well done Ian, Full results can be found here

Our second claim runner Dawn Richardson was in action at Cotherstone on Saturday morning where the Charities to benefit from the local run were the Great North Air Ambulance service (GNAAS) and Pancreatic Cancer UK so definitely a run to get involved in next year. The event which last year was a 5km now has a 10km race added to the agenda around the local area. Despite some dubious marshalling and signposting in places Dawn was able to take the win overall on the day in around 44minutes. Well done Dawn.

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Diagram showing the clubs operating model, including partnerships, affiliations and competitions we are associated to
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