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.
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
At Thursday’s monthly mile race it was our U15 athlete Matthew Foster who led the field home with an excellent 5mins and 8 secs. This was the 6th event in the series and has proved very popular with the local athletes who want to improve on their top end speed. Full results from the event can be found here Picture below from this Sunday’s NYSD XC at Acklam of Matthew Foster.
Saturday saw nothing occur at parkrun…..
Jake’s run puts him 21st fastest Harrier at Darlington parkrun since it’s introduction but here’s some other fun facts about Darlington South parkrun from the Harriers.
Chris Fothergill was at the Penshaw 10km Trail race this weekend a race which is part of the Urban Trails series of races by Trail Outlaws. The Penshaw 10K is set on the fantastic trails surrounding Penshaw Monument and the River Wear (superior to the Tyne….). This race has an undulating route although some would say that this course is brutal for a 10k! Of course this is never an issue to Forrest Gump Fothergill as he stormed to victory in a time of 45.48 taking his foot of the gas but still 4 minutes clear. Full results can be found here
Jeff Miller and Sean Craggs were competing at the weekends the Loch Ness Marathon, a race which follows a spectacular point-to-point route alongside world famous Loch Ness, starting in an atmospheric moorland setting and continues through stunning Highland scenery, taking you along the south-eastern shores of Loch Ness, across the River Ness, to finish in Inverness, capital city of the Highlands. The race itself is quite a good one for the first 10miles in particular as each mile you are on the descent but there are a couple of ‘speedbumps’ to tackle towards the end of the run. Jeff, a seasoned campaigner over the distance finished in under the 3:30 mark and described it as the toughest marathon he has done (you forget 2018 London Mr Miller??). Sean Craggs running his first ever (and probably last) marathon finished in an excellent 4hrs 03. All those early hours training before his post round clearly paid off. Well done both of you, marathons are never ever easy so well done for toughing it out!
Full results can be found here
Full results can be found here
Sunday saw the return of the Cross Country season starting at Acklam which is pretty much a trail race rather than the usual mud and guts type event of the season. As always we had some impressive performances right the way through our age groups including U13 & 15 boys, Under 15 Girls and the senior ladies taking the team win with a 1-2 for India Pentland and Zara Jones. Well done to all runners and riders! Full results can be found here