Weekly Update w/e 9th June

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

Thursday evening saw the second instalment of the clubs Monthly Mile series. Some top performances from many of our club members, Ollie Curran taking the win on the night in 5mins 22 ahead of Daniel Callaghan in 5mins 26. Impressive running from our U13 boys. Big shout out to our organisers and supporters to make these events happen.

Sunday saw the return of the 9th of June race…The Blaydon Race, a 5.8 (approx) race starting in Newcastle City Centre running to Blaydon. Fairly flat, very fast and very popular with the North East population. Some impressive results on the day including Wes Tarn finishing 4th V45 over the distance, Louise Talman 2nd V40 and Barry Talman’s 8 pints of Moretti celebrating his birthday within record time. Steven Wilkinson completed his 26th consecutive Blaydon race on the day which in itself is impressive! Well done to all of our athletes.

Full results can be found here

The annual Swaledale Marathon took place this weekend through some of Swaledale’s finest scenery. The 24 mile course (well 23 and a bit) is a fell run, challenge walk event with competitors navigating themselves around the course within 10 hours. This race has been organised and ran by Swaledale Outdoor Club since 1979. Mark Milner who seems to get better and faster as he gets older finished in 4hrs 22, 3 minutes quicker than he has ever completed the course. Val Clarke also competing on the day (Time TBC) is another of our veteran athletes who get better with age and experience. With over 4000ft of climbing involved in this event it’s not one for the feint hearted! Top job as always both of you. Results will appear here

Brian Thompson was in action at the flat and fast Southend half marathon this weekend. Competing as the only Harrier on the day, Brian completed the race in 2 hours 16mins and 30seconds. Well done Brian.

Full results can be found here

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