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.
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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.
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
Dave McKenna was in action at the MoRun, half marathon in Nottingham supporting a friend who was running the event. Movember is the only charity tackling men’s health on a global scale, year round. Movember raises funds & awareness for prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention so a very worthwhile event to be involved in. Dave finished in 18th place overall despite running at a much slower pace for the first 10km with his friend.
Anne Hutchinson headed over to the US this week to run one of the World Major Marathons… the New York marathon. The race began in 1970 with just 127 entrants running four laps around Central Park, and expanded citywide in 1976. Each year, runners tour New York City’s five boroughs, starting on Staten Island at the foot of the Verrazzano Narrows Bridge, and running through the neighbourhoods
of Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx, before ending in Manhattan at the iconic Central Park finish line. The marathon celebrated its 50th running in 2021, and returned to full capacity in 2022 with nearly 50,000 finishers.
Anne who’s been carrying an injury leading into the run still got round in a solid time of 4hr 48 to tick another of the big 6 of the list. Well done Anne, great running!
Full results can be found here
Sunday also saw five of our club runners take the trip south to compete in the Guy Fawkes 10mile race, a race which has a few tough climbs starting and finishing at Ripley Castle. Steve Wilkinson (pictured below in the pack) was first home in 71:54 in 78th position but 10th M50, Graham O’Hara was next home in 145th in 77:19, Graham also finishing 6th in his category. Val Clarke was 3rd F60 in 84:14 ahead of Nicky Young 90:28 and Shirley Young in 1hr 46:35 but 2nd F70. Great running by you all on a tough course.
Full results can be found here
We are still waiting for the results of Sunday’s NYSD Foxrush, Cross Country at Redcar so more to follow.