Weekly Round Up w/e 14th November

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Up & Coming Events

  • NEYDL AGM – 12th November
  • NYSD XC Croft – 21st November
  • Croft 5k – 4th December 10:30
  • NYSD XC Summerhill, Hartlepool – 5th December
  • McTaggart Trot – 19th December
  • Club Handicap – December TBC
  • Jolly Holly Jog – 28th December
  • NYSD XC Ormesby Hall – 9th January
  • Temple Newsam Ten – 9th January
  • Brass Monkey Half Marathon – 16th January
  • Marathon Paarlauf – 23rd January
  • NYSD XC Richmond – 6th February
  • Muddy Boots – 6th February
  • NYSD XC Whitby – 6th March

How do I?….

Race Results

The English Schools (ESAA) Cross Country Regional finals took place on Saturday, for more information on how our young starlets performed take a look at Dave Bell’s report that can be found here (No spoilers from me!)

Lee and Libby Hammond were both in action at the weekend at the Alton Towers 5km event, one of three events taking place on the day. Libby was first of the father-daughter team to finish, finishing 5th overall from all women’s ages in 22.11 with Lee 80th in 25:19.

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Libby finishing strong
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You can stop now Lee you’ve finished

Full results can be found here

Trevor Mitchell and Hilary Bevan were performing in Durham on Sunday at the Saturn Running Remembrance Run event. At these events the competitors can choose the distance they would like to run with our pair choosing to run a half marathon. Trevor completed his in 2:05:19 and Hilary 2:30:32. Great work guys! Full results can be found here

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Trevor and Hilary

We had three of our athletes competing at Sunday’s Heaton Memorial 10km race all with excellent success in their respective races. Paul Allan was first of the three to finish in a new personal best of 32:48 for the distance for 15th position completing his comeback from injury with John Clifford closely behind in 33.10, 19th place, but first in his age category. Shirley Gibson, never one to be put in the shade by fellow athletes also finished 1st in her age category in 53.05.

Question marks have been raised over the distance as all athletes seem to measure short by 100m+ but putting that to one side, tremendous running by our trio.

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Full results can be found here

Amanda Trees was our only competitor racing at Slaley Hall at the mornings 10km race which was on a completely bone dry course as per the picture below! Amanda finished the event in 1hr and 58 seconds finishing 8th lady.

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Full results can be found here

Other News

Great news on the Track improvements as the final hurdle for the development at Eastbourne Complex has been passed and we can now look forward to not only a new track in Spring but better parking, changing facilities, lighting and security…..bye bye bikes on the track, you shall not be missed!

Don’t forget we have some events coming up which the club will need your support with. Next Sunday is Croft XC so we will need people to support marshalling and setting up the course as well as people running! On the 4th December we have the 5km event at Croft Circuit, once again, support from people would be very much appreciated!

A Bit of History

(From ‘Athletic News’ 24th April 1899)

The Darlington Harriers on Wednesday evening last (19th April) ran off their Four Miles Handicap Steeplechase for the cup presented by the borough member, Mr. H. Pike Pease. Twenty-four competitors faced the starter. W. Tait eventually won by about eighteen yards with a start of 200 yards, the second man being T.H. Holborn (scratch), the third R.T. Stockdale (450 yards), the fourth J. Blenkhorn (100 yards), and the fifth F.G. Curry (350 yards).

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Tait’s time was 21min. 30sec. for the four miles.

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Afterwards, at a smoker presided over by the President (Mr. H.G. Stevenson), the cup was formally presented to the winner; and Mr. H. Beswick, for many years a well-known Darlington Harrier, was handed a purse of gold upon taking unto himself a wife.

by ‘Bonzo’