Weekly Round-Up w/e 13th August

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 and fencing installed. 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

Laurie Cummings was the only Harrier at the midweek Quayside 5k, a race that sees competitors run and out and back route along the Quayside of the Tyne before crossing the Millennium Bridge to the finish in Baltic Square. It was no surprise to see the V80 athlete finish 1st in his age category as he crossed the finish line in 27:05 over 18 minutes ahead of the other V80 runner. Great work Laurie.

Full results can be found here

Val Clarke and Hilary Bevan were in action at the DalesRunner 20 race (18.3km) at low Fremington, Reeth, a tough course with many technical sections along the route. Val Clarke was first of our two runners to finish the race in 2:18:09 also finishing as 1st FV60 on the day while running the route with former Harrier Danielle Clark, Hilary completed the course in 3:48:39. Well done both of you!

Full results can be found here

Michael Harcourt was in action at the Branches and Bays 10km trail race near Seaham in the historic area of County Durham which is part of the Urban Trails series of races by Trail Outlaws. The race starts in the local village of Hawthorn, the route taking competitors through the Durham Wildlife Trust and National Trust managed woodland of Hawthorn Dene and into the Bays of Hawthorn Hive and The Blast Beach. Tasking on the 10km route Michael finished 1st in 46:05 a good 47 seconds clear of his nearest competitor.

10km results can be found here

On a non racing front a group of Senior Harriers headed to Yorkshire to take on the 3 peaks in a 12 hour challenge. Few of the many pictures captured by the group below who all completed the 3 peaks well within the 12hour limit. Well done everyone!

Useful Info

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