Weekly Round-Up w/e 9th 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)


Back in March the club signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant which is a pledge that together we acknowledge and understand that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, should be treated with fairness and respect in the communities, economy and society they serve. A few weeks ago, Hilary Bevan accepted this on behalf of the club in a meeting in London.

If you’d like more information about it, you can read about it here

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 end of July to mid August after an issue has delayed the rebuild which is out of the clubs and council’s control.

Race Result

Tuesday night saw the return of the Bridges of the Tyne 5 mile race, a fast and flat out and back event along Newcastle’s quayside. We had two competitors in action on the evening, Emma Morley who has done this race on multiple occasions finished 300th in 42:44…unfortunately the cameraman seems to have captured finishers 299th and 301st and missed you out! Shirley Gibson was our second runner, who again is a familiar runner to this event finished 355th in 46:40. great running by you both, full results can be found here.

Wednesday evening saw the annual Pitstop races at Croft Circuit which has been ongoing since 2001. This club race has always had a great deal of interest with this race being on an actual racing circuit. Before getting into the results of the races, huge thank you to each and everyone of our helpers who came along on the night to ensure that the event was a success, every role adds value so huge thank you on behalf of the club.

In the U13’s 2km race the Harriers dominated the positions claiming 5 of the top 6 with Ollie Curran taking the win in 7:04 while Paul Gilsenan was first Harrier over the line in the 5km finishing in 3rd position on the night in 17:46. Colin Taylor was first Harrier to finish in the 10km race crossing the line in 37:50. All results for the club members can be found below with excellent performances throughout.

Full results for all of these races can be found here

Michael Harcourt was in action at the Inclined to Madness race in the North Yorkshire Moors, a tough off road race over 6.8miles and over 1200ft on climbing to ensure. Sounds fun! Michael who has been in tremendous form over the last 12 months (and more) finished 3rd in 49:04 only 19 seconds from 1st place. Excellent work Michael.

Hilary Bevan took on the DalesRunner 30, a 20mile race with around 3000ft of elevation running from Swaledale up to the Tan Hill Inn. The route takes competitors on the Coast to Coast path to the tiny hamlet of Ravenseat before heading up and across some of the country’s remotest expanses of moorland to reach the Tan Hill Inn. A section of the Pennine Way then takes runners back down to Swaledale, with a stiff ascent of the spectacular Swinner Gill to follow. From there, the fast, flying descent on moorland tracks and the final dash to the finish line through Muker’s iconic Swaledale flower meadows….very tough! Hilary, running with former member Danielle finished the event in 6hrs 31. Great effort from you both! Full results can be found here

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