Barry Talman

Over time, we’re going to introduce our members by way of a series of questions we’ve put to them; they’ve kindly agreed to let us publish their answers. On this occasion, it’s the turn of Barry Talman

How long have you been a member:

Around 5 years now.

Why did you start:

We had began running park run as a family and our kids Sam and Freya were enjoying running so we made enquiries about joining a club. I knew Paul Dalton (previously from Quakers) and to be fair to him he pointed us in the direction of Harriers. After a few park runs Paul Cook had already contacted us too. Now for joining Harriers I get various Whatsapp video’s from him on a daily basis that make your eyes water. Generally just to get fit and something the whole family could enjoy.

Favourite type of running (Road, XC, T&F, Fell etc):

Road by miles though I run the XC and track season too.

Best event you’ve taken part in (and why):

Berlin marathon was a great weekend as a whole. The run was tough towards the end due to the weather but that didn’t stop it being a great experience and Jeff Miller and I had our first experience of pace making in a major marathon which we both look forward to doing again. The whole weekend was great as a lot of our training group attended whether running or not and we got to experience Watt Bar and our own private Oktoberfest. Great weekend that most of us can only remember in parts and a fantastic city to visit.

Event you’re looking forward to (and why):

If it goes ahead Darlington 10k. A race in your home time where you give your all on the road then we meet up in Tapas Bar afterwards and then a curry. We’ve had some great times after the race over the last few years and I’m sure we will have many more. The Monday after off work is mandatory.

What’s on your headphones while you train:

Never wear them. If it’s a race too busy dying to listen to music and if training it would spoil the social aspect especially on easy runs between reps etc.

Favourite training session (and why):

Tapas or Hash Bar after Darlington 10k.

Running wise 4 times Gilling West Hill with jog down recovery. Unbelievably hard but great training a 0.8 mile hill at about 60*. Those who have done it will 100% know what I mean and a few such as Paul Cook, Paul Allan, Simon Rogers and Paul Lowe will remember doing it in a snow storm. Character building.

Do you take your trainers on holiday? If yes, where is the best place you’ve trained/ran?:

Yes but they don’t get used that often. We ran Cairns park run in Australia where I got beat by a 70 year old.

A lot of our training group are going (hopefully) to Portugal in October so they may get used a bit when we are there.

Pre race food & drink of choice:

Toast and Weetabix unless before Amsterdam 8k with a few others from our training group. Not an athletes preparation the day before and we barely made the start line. Though we just went to enjoy the weekend away and hadn’t planned on running seriously.

Post race food & drink of choice:

After races I like to have a curry and a cold lager.

Favourite place to run:

Nowhere in particular but enjoy our training groups long runs and the group ‘chats’ we have. Can’t really mention any of them on here though!

Best Club related memory:

Quite a few.

Those that spring to mind are:

At the 2019 Snake Lane myself, Louise, Karl and Peter Armstrong were queueing for the portaloo’s in a big queue and Peter was getting impatient. He noticed a toilet with a green sign that he was sure was unoccupied and no one approaching it so decided to storm to it. Unfortunately as he swung the door open he was met with a guy with trousers round his ankles stood up with tissue in hand. The whole queue were also met with this sight. Peter proceeded to slam the door shut and beat Usain Bolts 100m world record. I was still laughing at mile 5 of a 10 mile run.

As a club the Northern Counties 12 stage relays in Liverpool last year to not only raise a team but to qualify for the National finals as a small club was a great achievement and a reward to Paul Harker for all his hard work with our group and we beat Sunderland ! It was disappointing this years was cancelled as we would have gone better. It was also a great day out with a fantastic group and the bus trip especially home was brilliant. Just a shame this years Olympics are off or Daz Thompson was guaranteed for a gold medal. More recently At the North East Road relay championships managing to be part of the Veterans team who came third with the ladies also placing third and medalling showed how we were improving as a club and Paul’s training was improving us all. Again next year I’m sure we can all go at least one better and hopefully win gold. As I always say the relays are a true testament of performance for a runner and club.

If you could go for a long chatty run with anyone, who would it be and why:

Graham Hindmarsh just to prove he hadn’t retired and we can discuss how tough Hexham was.

Describe our club in three words:

Best in Darlington