Weekly Round-Up w/e 2nd 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)


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

The next instalment of the Darlington Trail series, the Baydale Beck 5k took place this week. This series seems to have gained a lot of momentum of late with a higher number of runners on show. Chris Fothergill once again took the win to lead the series, Matthew Foster also high up in the finishing order in 4th. Laura Ripley, Gillian Johnson and Emma Arrowsmith also amongst the field of runners.

On Thursday evening the club held the next instalment of the Monthly Mile at South Park. These events organised by Trevor and Linda McDermot have become very popular, very quickly due to the organisation and efficiency at which they were held. Big thanks to Trevor, Linda and all the marshals for making this event happen. Watch out for the next event, details of which can be found in this update. Junior Harrier, Owen Ovens was fastest of the day clocking a speedy 5 minutes 10 seconds. Full results can be found here

On Friday evening we saw a good turnout at the flat and fast Ali Brownlee 5km which starts just outside the Riverside Stadium and finishes on the pitch. This course has been amended over the years and now loops back on itself around the industrial park before bringing runners onto the pitch to run 3 sides of the ground. On a cool night we saw some excellent results from our runners on show with plenty personal bests amongst this. Shaun Marshall leading the troops home with a 16:44 and new personal best for him and Louise Talman and Jeff Miller both picking up 2nd place finishes for their respective Age Categories. Full results can be searched here

Sunday also saw the return of the Great North 10km although with a slightly altered route due to a closure impacting the northbound carriageway of the A167 central motorway. With temperatures cooling from the previous week the weekend was great for racing although winds had picked up. Despite this Tony Williams was first home for the club in 48:31 with Stephen Dent following him home in 51:51. Andrew Glencross who’s been battling his way back from a serious knee injury for some time still achieved a very respectable 53:21 with Lynne Pape and Laura Ripley also breaking the hour mark finishing in 58:23 and 59:57 respectively.

Not to be upstaged by husband Tony, Janet Williams crossed the line in 62:03 ahead of Gillian Johnson in 63:47, Kathryn Bailey in 74:07 and Emma Arrowsmith in 74:14. Well done everyone, got round and now have the medals to show for it!

Results can be found here

Nicky Young and Steve Wilkinson headed back to Harrogate this weekend to take on the Harmony Energy Run 10km race an undulating route that is approximately 70% tarmac road, with the rest on good footpaths. Two good performances from our travelling twosome with Steve finishing 73rd in 43:21 which was good enough for 4th place in the M50 category and Nicky who placed 342nd overall in 55:21. I’m personally relieved that the papparazzi didn’t intrude the course too much to take photos of ‘Hollywood’ Wilkinson. Great running guys!

Last but definitely not least we had some of our super talented juniors competing at the English Schools for their respective County. High level of results are as follows:

  • In the 80mH from Hugo Douglas-Reeves (Durham) smashed his PB finishing in 11.73, the 7th fastest time over 2 heats and went on to finish 6th place in the Final, running 11.86.
  • Izzy Edinboro, representing Cleveland, was 15th fastest overall out of 27 athletes in the Junior Girls 300m with 42:01
  • Zara Jones was 12th for Durham in a fast 1500m heat. She ran a season’s best time of 4:44.17
  • Jess Sweet (Durham) came 12th with 9.97m in the Intermediate Girls Triple Jump.
  • Macy Kelly (Durham) ran 5:05.82 in Senior Girls 1500m
  • Lottie Graves (Durham) achieved 9.97m in the Junior Girls Shot.
  • Alex Boyer (Durham) finished in 22nd place in the Intermediate Boys 1500m with a time of 9:16.31
  • Thomas Hill equalled his SB of 3.70m in the Intermediate Boys Pole Vault for joint 5th place overall
  • Hugo and Thomas finished 11th in the Intermediate Mixed relay for Durham
  • Izzy Edinboro won bronze as part of the Junior Mixed Relay for Cleveland

Exceptional performances by all of our athletes. Results can be found here and photos can be found here

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