Weekly Round-Up w/e 21st 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 Bank Holiday Monday we had a small number of our senior athletes head out to Boston to take on one of the big 6 marathons in the USA, the 128th edition.  Conditions on the day weren’t ideal for running with some sunshine hitting our athletes during the course of the run which ranges from flat sections to sometimes hilly sections.  The Marathon route starts on Route 135 in Hopkinton, a suburban community with gently rolling hills in the countryside the west-south-west of Boston. The racecourse continues east on Route 135 through the rural and suburban towns of Ashland, Framingham, Natick, and Wellesley.  Through this stretch, the rolling terrain also continues, punctuated by small stretches of more pronounced hills.  Even though the changes in elevation mostly seem fairly subtle, competitors who are accustomed to training only on flatter ground may begin to feel some unexpected fatigue. 

In Wellesley, Route 135 merges into Route 16.  The race continues east on Route 16 into the Newton Lower Falls area of Newton, just to the east of Route 128, where it merges right at the firehouse onto Commonwealth Avenue (Route 30).  The race continues on Comm Ave through the four challenging Newton Hills, including the notorious Heartbreak Hill. At the Chestnut Hill Reservoir, racers bear right at Chestnut Hill Ave to Beacon Street in Brookline until they reach Fenway Park and Kenmore Square, where they veer right onto Comm Ave again and run a few more blocks toward the city.  At Hereford Street, the Marathon route turns right, and then turns left onto Boylston Street for the final 4 blocks.  The race finishes in Copley Square near the Boston Public Library. 

On a tough day at the office for our fab 4 runners but all got round safely and in time for a few celebratory beers!!  Well done guys.

Full results for the event can be found here

Congratulations to our 2 Junior athletes representing the North East in today’s London Mini Marathon UK Road Championship. A fantastic privilege and experience for Ollie and Charlotte, both lower year athletes in their age groups for this event. Results for the run can be found here

On Sunday it was the turn of our London marathon runners to get prepared to run the 26.21miles around the streets of our capital city.  The most important information about the London Marathon route is that by and large it’s flat and a great route for PB seekers. Lee Johnson was first home in a very impressive 2:37:06 as he used the run as an actual progression run for the first 25km…impressive! Gareth Kyle not listed as a Harrier but a 100 Marathon club runner finished sub 2:54 as he crossed in 2:53:50, ahead of Ian Brown in 3:30:33. Linda Noble was next home finishing in 3:51:13 ahead of Jamie Baldasera in 3:57:34, again running with friends after completing Manchester the previous week. Coincidentally the two crossed nearly together on the day (picture below, Linda left in club vest, Jamie in charity Orange vest).

Catherine Anderson making her marathon debut ran a superb 4:19:46 alongside partner (in crime) Philip Doonan, Catherine achieving 36th fastest in her age category while Sarah Neve finished in 5:57:45 and Harry Singh 7:21:09, Harry walking the event as a V80. Amazing achievements by you all.

Full results can be found here

Big shout out to our senior league who finished the first meet of the season as winners beating the likes of the mighty Morpeth and Gateshead in a very tough league. The league competition may get even tougher for our senior athletes with athletes returning from Spring marathon action to compete in the next meet but we have complete faith in our men and women. Well done everyone who competed or officiated for the club.

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