Weekly Round-Up w/e 14th April

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.

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)

Race Result

On Wednesday night we saw the return of the Children With Cancer 5km Run. Massive thank you to everyone at the club who came along and supported the run, both running and volunteering. Despite not the greatest weather on the evening the night was a great success with money raised for the charity. Fun Run Results below.

We had two of our senior runners in action at the Ultra, Kielder osprey 82km race this weekend. The course incorporates a unique blend of some of the more remote areas of the forest and also the main attractions. This is a superb route which starts and finishes at Kielder Castle, Kielder Viaduct, Bakethin Reservoir nature reserve, Bellingburn Valley and sections of the Lakeside Way multi-user trail and the blue graded bike trail. The route also climbs onto open moorland to offer stunning panoramic views over the whole of Kielder Water and across to the Scottish Border. Chris finished on the podium in 7hrs 52 mins while Mark finished in an excellent 5th place. Bossed it lads. Official results yet to be released.

This weekend also saw the return of the annual Manchester marathon a flat and fast marathon starting in Old Trafford (not the stadium) and takes runners into the heart of the city before taking runners out of the city before looping back to the centre. Some absolutely terrific performances from all of our runners, finishing a marathon is an achievement so congratulations to all of our runners. Nathan price absolutely smashed the 3hr mark in a superb 2:53:31 followed by Paul Gilsenan in 2:54:51 who was pushing for a faster time before the marathon took a bite out of him in the closing 10km. Jake Brown was another who learned lessons from his last marathon outing by breaking 3hrs too in 2:59:03. Tom Leighton ran an excellent 3:07 while top performances from Barry Bell (3:52), Tony ‘aka Kenny’ Williams (4:01) and Jamie Baldasera who ran with friends finished in 4:03. Michael Watson was next home in 4:30 with Emma Morley shortly behind in 4:35 while Iain Girard crossed the finishing line in 4:46, Sam Stanley’s place taken by another runner on the day ahead of Brian Thompson who finished his run in 5hrs 10. Great achievement by you all.

Full results can be researched here

The Kieran Maxwell Memorial event also took place this weekend, to read more on this event click here Congratulations to Mark Tallon and all those that supported the event again this year, a fantastic event to remember our former member.

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