History

This is a timeline of our great clubs history dating all the way back to 1891. We have had many fantastic athletes, coaches, volunteers and people at our club over the years and continue to do so today.

This site is to capture specific moments of history, newspaper clippings, key moments or achievements. Any information which is incorrect including dates or if you have additional information (or anything we can add to the site) please contact us through the clubs contact us pages, all information would be gratefully received.

Current race reports (predominately 2015 onwards) can be found on our website.

Thank you for reading and for being a part of our clubs history and future.

Timeline

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1891
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Club Formation

Thomas ‘Tom’ Henry Mountford 1861-1939 and his brother Charles Mountford 1864 -1931 were co-founders of the Harriers with Robert Eden. Both brothers were very keen sportsman throughout their lives. As well as athletics in their younger days they both played for Darlington Rugby Club, Charles also played cricket for Darlington and was actively involved in this club too becoming club president. Thomas was also a member of Darlington Cycling Club and he even did a bit of boxing too!  The original Harriers which hunted with a pack of beagles were disbanded in 1889 when the pack were sold.  When the..Read More

1892
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Inaugural AGM

First AGM of the newly formed Darlington Harriers Club, 1892, held at The Black Bull Hotel, which became a regular establishment for the club’s AGM.  This is now next to the Pennyweight and is situated on the market square.    

1893
2nd Annual Dinner

2nd Annual Dinner

North Star, 20th March 1893 – 3 Mile handicap race, Stones storming to victory North Star, March 1893 and an End of year prize giving

1894

Promoting Heath and Fitness

Even back in 1890’s the club was promoting health and fitness

1895
One Mile Foot Race

One Mile Foot Race

Beautiful gilt pen and ink stand with the inscription “One Mile Foot Race James Blenkhorn Darlington June 1st 1895 Time 4 Minutes 27 Seconds.”

1896
One Mile Foot Race

One Mile Foot Race

Tea Service presented to James ‘Jim’ Blenkhorn in 1896 which was awarded to him for a one mile flat race which apparently he won in a time of 4 minutes and 30 seconds a good time even by today’s standards. Interestingly the race was held in Brotton; which is on the coast between Saltburn and Loftus some way out of Darlington.

1897
Club Photo

Club Photo

Darlington Harriers 1897-1898 – Used with permission from the Centre for Local Studies at Darlington Library’. Thomas Mountford can be seen 5th from the left smoking a pipe.

1898
North Eastern Counties Cross Country Association

North Eastern Counties Cross Country Association

A solid gold medal from North Eastern Counties Cross Country Association inscribed “Senior J Blenkhorn 1898.” Now sits proudly with his grandson Jim Blenkhorn. His grandson was led to believe that he stopped racing when he was leant on more than once to throw a race for money! Apparently, in those days, illegal bets were placed at these athletic meetings which were held all over the North of England and his Grandfather was very good at running and winning hence the pressure being applied to him to make him throw a race. Some other items such as clocks, silver trays,..Read More

1898
8th Annual Dinner

8th Annual Dinner

Fleece Hotel Blackwellgate, Darlington, the venue for the Harriers dinner. Unfortunately the Hotel was demolished in the late 1960’s/early 1970’s

1898
Darlington Beagles

Darlington Beagles

December 2nd 1898 – The North Star

1900
Club Photo

Club Photo

Mountford can be seen to the right of the middle doorway, back row