Weekly Round-Up w/e 31st December

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

Another event to take place was the low key Town Moor events, a multi loop event around Newcastle’s town moor. Harry Singh was our only competitor in the full marathon event with only 35 runners taking part on the day. Harry who has completed what must be 200 marathons now ran this in 6hours 32minutes and 23 seconds. Incredible achievement by our V80 athlete. In the Half marathon event it was Gareth Kyle who was our only representative finishing in an impressive 4th place in 1hr 21.03 from the 101 competitors. Great work gentleman! Sadly no photos of the day can be found 🙁

Full results for both the full and half marathon can be found here

Lee Johnson was our only competitor at the weekends Ribble Valley 10km, a race which attracts some of the best local talent from the North of England. Lee finished 100th on the day in an excellent 33.54. Local Richmond athlete Marc Scott took the win.

Full results can be found here and footage of the race can be found here

We had 6 of our senior Harriers running at the festive Jolly Holly Jog 10km run at Ripon. This event is fun with a mix of terrain to run across and a little bit of mud too! Steven Wilkinson was first of the group to get round the course in 68th place with experienced JHJ runner Val Clarke 194th and 3rd FV60 on the day. Nicky Young finished 267th ahead of two other veteran JHJ competitors in Emma Morley, 383rd and Shirley Gibson, 547th while Hilary Bevan finished 736th. Great event to do as well as burn off some of that Christmas Turkey!

Full results can be found here and photos here

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