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
Friday night saw two of our Harriers in action at the GNR 5km, a dash along Newcastle Gateshead Quayside, making it a safe and enjoyable experience for all participants. Nathan Price was first of our two to finish in 18:51 with Ian Barnes, who surprised everyone by running as a Triathlete, so much so Ian didn’t even know he could swim….and doesn’t have a bike finished in 33:12, incredible from the man approaching his 89th birthday! Full results can be found here
The AJ Bell Junior & Mini Great North Run took place on closed roads around the Minis aged 3-8 take on a daring 1.2km dash, while Juniors aged 9-16 tackle a 4km supercharged sprint. Full results can be found here
After finishing 2nd in the Senior Premier Track & Field NE division this year behind Gateshead, the club qualified for the Northern League Regional final match at Doncaster where the club got to compete against all of the other top clubs in the North. On the day the club performed brilliantly again finishing 4th just 4 pts behind City of York for a podium place. A fantastic achievement by all our team and officials in this years season. Congratulations to everyone who took part!
Sunday saw a large majority of our senior athletes competing in a half marathon, the first of which to start was the flat and fast Vale of York, another late in season Brass Monkey type event which sees competitors start and finish on the airfield but run through back country lanes. The weather would definitely have an impact on athletes this weekend with temperatures creeping up throughout the day. Gareth Kyle was first to finish after abandoning his sub 80 attempt to run in with Jake Brown and Ted Kerby who both finished in 1.28 which Jeff Miller finished in 1.30 to finish 4th V60 on the day. Trevor Mitchell was our only other competitor on the day, crossing the line on the 2hr mark. Well done all, tough conditions for any runner. Full results can be found here
At the weekend Great North Run we had a number of our club runners amongst the 43500 finishers. This popular race which has been ongoing since 1981 and of which Harry Singh and Paul Kelly from the club have ran every one runs from Newcastle to South Shields mainly on the dual carriageway with runners raising millions for charities far and wide. The race this year started at 11am for the main group (excluding elite women and wheelchair athletes who start slightly earlier), by which point that morning run started to climb. For those unfortunate to be starting in the back sections, this could be an additional 45mins minimum before they even reached the start line.
Despite this we had some really good performances from all of our runners on the day, I think under the circumstances getting round was an achievement in itself. Some of our runners on the day were supporting others achieve either a time or their first half marathon but still some personal bests achieved on the day despite the muggy/warm conditions. Gun times listed below and not actual times with a few photos of the day below. Congratulations everyone! Full results can be found here