Weekly Round-Up w/e 25th June

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. We expect the work to be completed by early July after an issue has delayed the rebuild which is out of the clubs and council’s control.

Race Result

Hilary Bevan was in action this weekend at the ‘It’s Grim up North’ Black Sheep challenge, Masham. This event allows you to run as much as you want in a 6 hour period which each lap consisting of 3.45 miles of countryside. Hilary did 4 laps to cover a Half Marathon distance on very warm conditions.

Laura Ripley was at the Chopwell Woods 10k this weekend with her friend Emma, who was completing her first ever 10km. This testing off road event has plenty undulation to keep runners interested with a punishing second half of the race that is a gradual climb from 3.5miles. Laura completed the course in around 1hr 24, results for this event will be available here once published.

Barry Foster was running at Endure 24 this weekend. Held at the scenic Bramham Park near Leeds, it was his teams 3rd consecutive attempt at the 24 hour endurance race. Nicknamed ‘Glastonbury for Runners’, the event village and campsite caters for hundreds of runners from solos and pairs right up to teams of 12 people.

After spending Friday night at the bar, the hard work began at midday on Saturday, with the aim of completing as many 5 mile laps as possible in 24 hours. Only one team member can be on the course at any point, so an element of strategy comes into play to make best use of your time.

Barry and his 4 friends were in the ‘small team’ category against other teams containing 3-5 male runners. The weather was hot and humid from the outset and far from ideal for running. Between them, they managed 26 laps or 130 miles over the 24 hours, with Barry completing 5 laps (25 miles) for the team. This was just enough to secure an 8th place finish out of 23 teams, their highest finish and most completed laps from their 3 attempts at the race. Well done Barry and team!

Richmond and Zetland Harriers men won this category with an amazing 42 laps, and with only 4 runners too! That’s over 50 miles per runner averaging under 7 minute mile pace for 24 hours!

Emma Arrowsmith was at Herrington Park, Sunderland for one of the Saturn Running events where runners choose the distance they want to run. Emma completed her 4.4miles in 58:08 and has the medal to prove it. Full results can be found here

Grant McTaggart was again fundraising for St Teresa’s Hospice in Darlington over the weekend with the latest Yakman challenge. This years challenge was 8, 10km loops around Eppleby  starting and finishing at the Village Hall with one tiny ask of the athletes, to do this every 3 hours, starting at 6pm Friday running through the night into Saturday with the last 10km at 3pm. Well done to everyone who took part and to Grant for organising another excellent event for a worthwhile local charity.

Club members Barry Bell, Ian Brown, Andrew Walker, Jade and Anne Hutchinson took on a 150mile bike ride Coast to Coast In a Day (Seascale to Whitby), an event which has over 12000 feet of climbs. This is a huge undertaking but one the group managed to achieve with support from each other and a crew of friends who helped them along the way. Former Harrier Stephen McCallister along with Brian Richardson and Steven Major joined the team for a tough days riding. Incredible work, well done all of you.

Results will be made available here once published.

Don’t forget to check out how our Track & Field athletes got on at this weeks NEGP and Senior League this week, stories will be available via our club website front page.

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