Weekly Round-Up w/e 23rd July

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)


Back in March the club signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant which is a pledge that together we acknowledge and understand that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, should be treated with fairness and respect in the communities, economy and society they serve. A few weeks ago, Hilary Bevan accepted this on behalf of the club in a meeting in London.

If you’d like more information about it, you can read about it here

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. 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

This week’s cool conditions couldn’t have been any better for the weeks road races with Redcar and Sunderland 5km on the cards as well as the next instalment of the clubs Monthly Mile race series. Starting at Redcar on Wednesday night, it was John Clifford who was first home in 16th place crossing the line in 17:14 while Ted Kerby ran a personal best of 18:15 to finish in 26th place. Rachel Emmott was another to achieve a personal best as she clocked 20:49 while Shirley Gibson finished her race in 28:14.

Full results can be found here (non chip times below), picture of super Ted demonstrating perfect running technique as he crosses the line….but at least the shorts are of an appropriate length!

On Wednesday night at South Park the club supported Viv Power with her fight again Cancer in the form of a 5km fun run. A huge amount of money was raised (over £2000) on the night which is incredible. Massive thank you to each and everyone of you who supported the event. Results for the event can be found here, first round on the night was Ian Brown. Photos for the event can be found here taken by the brilliant Karen Harland.

The following night saw a bigger turn out of Harriers at Silkworth, Sunderland for the very popular, fast PB potential 5km course. This is a race which attracts PB hunters from the local clubs with a very fast downhill start and a flat course there’s a high chance of you achieving a good time as like minded runners sweep you along with them. The night is split into two races with the ladies and over 50’s racing first before the mens race sets off. To show the level of quality in these races, Lee Johnson’s 15:52 was only good enough for 34th place and Michael Harcourt’s 17:25 saw him dip into the top 100! Some impressive running across both races with Zara Jones, Macy Kelly, Shaun Marshall, Gareth Kyle, Owen Ovens, Jake Brown all achieving big new personal bests with Ellie Howarth and Michael Harcourt registering an official 5km road race. Lee was first across the line for the club but didn’t achieve a PB and Jeff Miller was 6th in the V60 race.

Full results can be found here for the ladies and V50’s and the mens race here. Below Gareth, Michael, Owen, Jake and Adam below.

Thursday saw the 4th instalment of the clubs Monthly Mile race at South Park, with competition ramping up for the best 3 performances. Again we saw some tremendous running from the club with Matthew Foster taking the honours with a 5.10 and 2nd on the night but Ollie Curran proving to be number 1 in age grading with an impressive 5:29 from the U11 athlete. Results for this race can be found on the club website here where age grading and series results can be found. Big shout out to all of the organisers and supporters of this event which is proving very popular. Rhys, Ollie, Pauline, Catherine, Sarah, Laurie, Shirley, Daniel and Matthew from the nights race.

Chris Fothergill was our only competitor at the Trail Outlaws Durham Coastal Half marathon, a tough off road race with plenty of interest for the athletes. Chris, who has renamed himself Hanimal Gump for reasons only he will know or understand finished in an impressive 2nd place ahead of the GB athlete Kate Avery from Shildon. Not sure if that means you Gaz-gumped her Chris?

Full results can be found here and below a picture of Chris recreating that special E.T moment

Last but my no means least, Lesley Miller took on the Trek26 mile challenge to raise money and awareness for Alzheimer’s. This event is a trek across the North Yorkshire Moors for those who are impacted in their families with Dementia. On the day Lesley finished in 20th position in 8hrs 02:28.

You can make a donation to the cause via her Just Giving page which can be found here Well done Lesley, i’m sure your dad is very proud!

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