Weekly Round-Up w/e 28th 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

The Spring Coast 5km race took place midweek down between New Marske and Redcar seafront. Despite all the rain we have had over the last few months this race seemed to have timed it perfect with a gap in the downpour to let runners push their times. A staggering 27 runners finished the 5km in under 18minutes so conditions were ideal on this flat and fast course. Michael Harcourt was first of our runners across the line in 16:51 just ahead of the Vet John Clifford only 2 seconds behind. Andrew Bainbridge took a huge chunk of his previous best to finish in a fantastic 17:20 while good runs from Stephen Dent (20:20) Brian Thompson (25:25) and Shirley Gibson (29:36) completed our club runners night.

Full results can be found here

Another event to happen midweek was the clubs South Park 1 mile relays an event organised between Ian Barnes and Trevor McDermot with support from club volunteers. Darlington Times listed below, Kirsten-Ky Sridhar taking top honours with a 5:12 effort. Well done everyone who ran or supported the event. Next event will be 29th May.

On a wet Sunday morning, five of our veteran Harriers took on the Hartlepool Marina 5mile race, an out and back along the sea front. Stephen Dent was first of our runners home finishing 3rd V55 in 35:21 ahead of Sue Phillips who claimed 2nd V60 in 39:19. Laurie Cummings, Shirley Gibson and Ian Barnes claimed 1st category prizes finishing in 44:03, 50:07 and 57:56 respectively. Pretty respectable day with all runners finishing in a podium position. Well done all.

Full results can be found here

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