Weekly Round-Up w/e 5th May

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

Hugo Douglas-Reeve had the privilege of holding the Prince Hassan Pacha Challenge Cup this week, a trophy which has been awarded to the champion of the Amateur Athletic Association’s 100 yards since 1871. Previous winners of this stunning trophy include E. McDonald Bailey & Don Quarrie while Harold Abrahams (Chariots of Fire), Alan Wells & Linford Christie won it in the same year as their Olympic victories.

The local connection can be seen in the photos alongside Hugo. Former Darlington football player Arthur ‘Kwame’ Wharton, who would go on to become the first professional black footballer, was an all-round sportsman and won the trophy in both 1886 & 87, claiming the world record for the 100 yards in the process, the first ever official fastest man.

The midweek Darlington Trail Series brought success for one of our runners as Kim Stephenson took the ladies race win over the 3mile course at Cummings finishing in an excellent 19:38. Colin Taylor finished 5th in 19:07 from the top 15 runners on the night.

Love birds Steve Wilkinson and Nicky Young were in action at the weekends Melmerby 10km run, a fast course which starts and finishes in the village and enjoyed by runners of all abilities. Steve was first of our two back finishing in 40:28 for 6th V50 while Nicky finished 5th in her F50 race in 49:01. Well done guys!

Full results can be found here

We had two of our club runners taking part in the Gateshead events this weekend. These races take in the famous landmarks of Gateshead including Gateshead Millennium Bridge, The Glasshouse ICM, BALTIC, Tyne Bridge, Swing Bridge and finishes in the iconic Gateshead International Stadium.

Paul Dunne running with his brother on the day finished in 1:43:36 in the half marathon while Peter Armstrong finished the full marathon in 4:02:04 as part of his “The Wall” training which he will be undertaking later this year.

All results can be found here

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