Weekly Round up w/e 4th December

The Weekly round-up of club activities covering all disciplines and age groups. This report will not provide you with a detailed account of each event but should give you enough information about what’s occurred the previous week, who’s participated and links to photographs and results. We encourage all members, parents and anyone associated with the club to provide us with any content that may enhance the information that is shared each week.

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Volunteering Awards

Friday saw the annual England Athletics Awards take place at ‘Sid’ James Park in Newcastle. These annual awards are in place to recognise individuals and clubs alike for their work in the sport and in and around the community. It was a very successful night for the club with us picking up a number of awards. We had nominations within the following categories:

Club of the Year – This is targeted at affiliated clubs. Club of the Year will focus on clubs that have strived to improve by working towards achieving club standards, can demonstrate what they are doing to improve member experience and how the club is inclusive in its approach.

Community Project of the Year – This award provides affiliated clubs, RunTogether groups and associated partners a platform to highlight the projects they have put in place that benefit the community. This could be a project that has raised funds for a local charity, supported deprived individuals or engaged with different sectors of the community. This award is more than athletics and running – it is about how projects linked to athletics and running have had a positive impact on the community.

Club Leader of the Year – This is targeted at a current club leader from an affiliated club who is highly visible. The award highlights the importance of leadership within clubs and is targeted at committee members, working group leads and individuals who have been instrumental in their club’s development and driving change/club improvements.

Inspiring Officials – This award is targeted at all licenced officials.  The award celebrates excellence across officiating – this could be for service to the sport for many years, the dedication and commitment an individual has shown to progress through the officiating pathway, officiating at major competitions or an official who has gone above and beyond. This award is an opportunity to thank officials who make our licenced competitions happen.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to these awards over the course of the year and it’s great to see the club achieving back to back recognition for the work that we do in and around the Darlington area. Big congratulations to Mark Tallon who has started to make a big name for himself around the officiating circuit and a thank you to Hilary Bevan for taking time out to write a nomination for myself…too kind!

  • Darlington Harriers – North East Region Club of the year
  • Mark Tallon – Inspiring Official Winner
  • Darlington Harriers – Project of the Year Runner up
  • Paul Cook – Club Leader of the Year Runner up

More details on the awards can be found here

Mark Tallon scoops up the Inspiring Official award
Paul from England athletics presenting Mark with his winners award
Linda McDermott, David Tomlinson, Paul Cook, Mark Tallon and David Nalder with the clubs haul

Race Results

We had three of our athletes in action at the Lanzarote half marathon this weekend. The event also offers a full marathon which takes in coastal municipalities of Costa Teguise, Arrecife, San Barlotomé and Puerto del Carmen and starts in Costa Teguise and goes around Arrecife following the promenade, turns around between Matagorda and Puerto Del Carmen and returns along the same route making it a fairly straightforward out and back. The half marathon offering starts from the mid-way point of the marathon near Matagorda. On the day it was Dave McKenna who was first of the trio across the line finishing in 1hr 33.52, while Anne Hutchinson crossed in a time of 2.09.32 running alongside Iain Girard (2.09.35). Results can be found here

Anne and Iain

Saturday also saw the return of the clubs Croft 2k and 5km races at the racing circuit just outside of Darlington. Weather was pretty much perfect on the day for running and cool without being cold. As always it’s the people at the club that can allow these events to go ahead so thank you to everyone from the club who came along and supported the races.

Full results can be found here

David Nalder was our only competitor at the weekends Dalton park 10km race, a race which starts near Shopping Outlet that includes 1km on trail tracks but mainly tarmac paths. David clocked 6.7miles on that day but crossed the line in 53:05. Results for the 10k can be found here

David in the shopping outlet doing his Christmas shopping

This weekend also saw the latest event of the Cross Country season, at Summerhill, Hartlepool. A mixed set of results across the age groups but all good fun and plenty mud for everyone involved! Results for club members below.

Daniel displays a new technique while Monty follows suit
Over the water for Ellis
Sasha navigating the water jump
Jade enjoying XC life
Sue and Val high up the pecking order
Michael first of our trio
New spikes for Jeff
Day after his 5km effort at Croft, graham is back at it
6th place for Graham

Full list of the days XC results can be found here

Saturday also saw some of our junior athletes in action at the Schools Cross Country Cup Final which took place at The Leeds Grammar School. After only just qualifying by snatching the 3rd and final place at the Regional Final, Hummersknott Junior Boys were up against 25 other schools in the National Final. Some great performances over the 1.5 mile course saw the boys finish an excellent but unexpected 6th out of 26 teams. Well done to all of the boys.

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