Harriers History 1980-1989

Harriers History 1980-1989

The club crest how it was pre 1980

Paul Harker

Paul Harker actually joined the Harriers back in 1973, receiving a free membership after winning the area schools 3000m and was a member till 1987.  Paul later joined Sunderland Harriers where he ran for 3 years running a total of 63000 miles in training over the years, running 431 races (131 first position) (58 second) (23 3rd).  Here is some of Paul's achievements.

North east senior 1500m champion 1977,1979,1980,1982. Runner up 1981
North east junior 1500m champion 1975
North east junior 800m runner up 1975
North east Senior 5000m 1984, 3rd 14.26. Winner S Cram
North east Senior 10,000m 3rd 1986
North Yorkshire South Durham Cross Country, Senior 1979,1980,1981
North east cross country 3rd 1980
Northern Senior 1500m 3rd 1980
U.K. Olympic trials 1500m 1980 Crystal Palace 9th in the final
U.K. Championships 1500m 1983 Meadowbank 7th in the final
Represented England in a triangular 4x 1500m match v Scotland ,Wales ,Ireland, 1979 at Spenbrough.
Brewer Mile 1981, 1st
Represented A.A.A (England) v Loughborough university 1981 and 1982
Was invited to run in Gateshead Philips games , Amoco games ,Manatoo games
Gateshead v NOTTS Forrest Euro cup winners half time mile race 2nd 4.06 1983. Presented with trophy off Brian Clough
Cwmbran classic meeting 4th 1500m 3.45
Stretford British milers club 1500m 4th 1980 3-44.2 PB winner Geoff Smith
Stretford British milers club mile 2nd 4-03 PB winner Steve Binns
North east v army v services 3000m at Gateshead 1980 2nd 8-02.2 winner m . McLeod 8-01.8
Gateshead international cross country middle distance race 3rd in 1980
Le Touquet 20k international road race (as a Sunderland Harrier) 61.15 1987 - 12th 
Represented North east cross country team 1976 to 1987
Flymo race Half marathon 1981
Middleton Teasdale Half marathon 1982
Hartlepool Half marathon 1982
Appleton whiske Half marathon 1985
Burnley 1987 Half marathon (as a Sunderland Harrier) 1987, 1st
Northern Echo midweek series (as a Sunderland Harrier) 1st
Darlington 10k (as a Sunderland Harrier) 1st
Norman woodcock at Newcastle 1980

Paul Harker receives a certificate for his 10 mile effort at Hartlepool, 1980

Paul's collection of Championship medals

A photo from 1980 with Paul's prizes and trophies which includes silver cups North east 1500m cup, Norman woodcock road race cup, Blaydon relays XC fastest lap cup and the clubs cross country cup.

A North Yorkshire south Durham cross country certificate which Paul won. Paul actually won 14 consecutive senior men's races between 1979/81 winning the season title 3 years running

Paul's coaching pass for Lewis Moses Silver Medal at the UK AAA Indoor Championship 1500m

Northern Echo feature Paul Harker on 14th June 1980, in the mind of a local legend

Check out Paul in the North East Championships 1500m final Gateshead https://youtu.be/hoeMmzzKmEw

Here's Paul again in competitive action this time at Presto International middle distance race 1980, Gateshead


and here at the BMC, Stretford in a very tough 1500m field https://youtu.be/srX-0CxdcYQ

McKee at the Gosforth Relays

Paul wins the Middleton Half marathon

Hartlepool Half marathon 1981, Paul finishes 2nd place

winning the Hartlepool 1/2 marathon 1981 after winning the Brewer mile at Middlesbrough the day before 

Gateshead International XC, Paul finishing 3rd 

Pre race tactics with Ken Sanderson at the Middleton half marathon 1982

Hartlepool 10 mile race, Paul finishing 2nd

A picture of Andrew Lawrence 2nd to Tony Morrell north east 800m 1982 Middlesbrough

The first ever Great North Run...spot the Harrier!

David Nelson, part of Branksome School cross country team and Darlington Harriers

National Road relays

David winning the 3000m at Claireville

Pete Nelson at the Hurworth Half Marathon 1982

Mayoral Support, Darlington Mayor Bill Stenson in March 1982 with 17 year old Harriers, left to right, Lorraine Souter, Diane Robinson, Lesley Walker and Susan Raine

David takes first place at the Colts race, Town Moor (The Sherman Cup Winning)

North Eastern 1500m winner David Nelson

David finishes 2nd to Neil McRobb (Rotherham) at Gateshead's International Cross Country 

Morpeth road race

David Nelson in action for the County 

Star of tomorrow David Nelson following in the footsteps of Steve Ovett....not a bad comparison!

David wins the NYSD race at Longfield School

David winning the Darlington Schools Cross Country

I think we need a bigger trophy cabinet....


David Nelson wins the Filey Cliffs race 

David Nelson's tracksuit from the early 1980's

Some fantastic memrobilia from David's collection

David Nelson and Stephen Priestman celebrate success at the junior Great North Run

Stephen Priestman

Paul Harker powers home to win the Norman Woodcock race in 1980

More success for Paul Harker

Coverage of Paul Harker's win at Norman Woodcock

Sunday morning run in hamsterly Forrest 1980 - Back row , Cliff Shutt, Brian Jones, Michael Trees, Alan Bowie, Richard Jackson, Paul Bennet, Geoff, Mike Brown Front row,Ian Young,Colin Graydon, Paul Harker.

The Harriers presentation night, 1982 with Paul Harker with the XC cup along with Steve Cram, Arthur Richmond, chairman and Susan Raine, Woman's XC champion

Colin Graydon, Paul Harker and Mike Brown

Paul Harker back in action at Stetford  finishing the mile in 4.03

Paul Harker winning the North East 1500m race at Gateshead which he did 4 times

Coverage of the North-eastern Counties Championships

Paul Harker, again in action this time where the Harriers won the XC at Cockermouth and Blaydon relays.

Dennis Bradley storms to the front of the Great North Run 1983, can be seen to the right of the white lines

During the 80's the junior girls section won the national cross country under 17 womans team race at carlisle in 1982, as well as the under 15 girls team won AAA NATIONAL ROAD RELAYS 1983,1986 and 1989 the under 13 girls also won the AAA ROAD RELAYS in 1989.

The junior girls also won the AAA 4 X 800M  national track championship at Birmingham all under the the great coaching and dedication of Wally Lawson.

Jo Scott putting in an impressive 17:01 for 3rd place at the Northern Women's CC League, Yeasdon 20/4/1986

4th March 1988, Northern Echo coverage of the new all weather track

More coverage of the track development, 14th march 1988

2nd July 1988, Darlington & Stockton Times cover the move to Eastbourne Complex with their all new weather track

Ian Barnes far left with Robin Rutherford at the clubs presentation night

57 - R Green, 65 K kell (Gateshead), 61 L Carr (Cramlington) at the North Easterns

J Keenan

R Williams

63 J Keenan, 130 V Bothams (Morpeth)

2 H Blanchard, 51 D Lowe (Morpeth), North Eastern

Jo-anne Scott North Easterns, 1988

Harriers in action 1988

Claire Nicholson at the Clive Cookson Road race, 14.11.87

Robin Rutherford sporting a pair of short-shorts

First, Second and Hird place for Harriers at the Girls 1.5 mile race

Claire Nicholson, Tracy Miller and Bernadette Taylor in action at the Nike International Road Race

Third pace for Bernadette Taylor at the Presto meeting at Gateshead in the Minor Girls 1.9km race

Junior girls take 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th at the Durham County schools Cross Country Championships

Junior girls win Puma Durham City Young Athletes Cross Country Relays just 24 hours after coming runners up at the National Women's Cross Country Championships in Leeds

Record breaking Harriers at the NYSD road relays in Richmond

Claire Nicholson wins the Elswick Road Races after a seven month injury break

Darlington girls are National Champions 1988 in the 4 x 800m relays

Three first team placing for Harriers at the Morpeth Road Races (1988)

Gold, silver and bronze medals for the Harrier girls in the Northern Women's Road Relay Championships

Northern Women's road relay winners

Metro Centre Road Relay winners as well (Darlington and Stockton Times 03.09.88)

Harrier Ladies and Girls winning at Gateshead

Promotion to Division One of the Tees Division

A visit to Amiens, Northern France

Success at the Northern Inter-Counties Track and Field Championships (Darlington and Stockton Times 23.07.88)

Six trophies from Mansfield! (Darlington and Stockton Times 03.09.88)

Three first place trophies from Berwick Round The Walls race (Darlington and Stockton Times 24.09.88)

A PB for Lesley Harrison winning the intermediate women's high jump at Newcastle and a 12th North-Eastern Counties medal for Helen Blanchard at Gateshead (Darlington and Stockton Times 10.09.88)

Three first team placings at Morpeth Road Races

Free membership to the first three in every race at Darlington Schools Cross County Championships!

Three first team places at Heaton Road Races

Gold, Silver and Bronze at the Northern Cross-Country Championships

More success at at the Northern Women's Cross Country Championships in Bolton

Gold medals at the North-Eastern Indoor Championships at Gateshead 

More success for Senior, Intermediate and Junior Harriers at Durham County Schools cross country championships at Bishop Aukland

Vine and Mark McKie hep win Gold at Derby

Vince McKie selected to represent England at the English Schools' Cross Country Championships

Silver for the girls at Women's National Cross Country Championships

Darlington Girls win the team trophy for Durham

Further report on the Girls win at English Schools National Cross Country Championships

Darlington Harriers own Bernadette wins Team Gold and Individual Silver at the European Catholic Schools Cross Country Championships

Further report of Harrier Girls representing Great Britain at the European Catholic Schools Cross Country Championships

Two First Team and a Second Team prize for Darlington Harriers at the Elswick Road Races

Four races won at the Richmond Road Relays, including  a new record in the minor girls and junior ladies events

A great start to the season for the Harriers

A close second place for Bernadette in the girls 1500m

Nine titles won at the North-East Athletics Championships at Jarrow

Jeff Abbot sets a new record for the 3000m boys race at the Giro Young Athletes League, as well as being named  Man off the Match and gained the first national league record by a Darlington athlete since joining the league

Plenty of wins at the final meeting of the 1989 season of the Northern Women's League but just missed out on promotion 

Buckingham Cross Country Championships wins for Bernadette Taylor and Michelle Cox

Bernadette and Michelle winning again, this time at the Jarrow and Hebburn Road Races

Michelle Cox, Jeff Abbott and Bernadette Taylor all winning at Berwick Round the Walls race, with Michelle setting a new course record

Bernadette Taylor and Michelle Cox in action again at Houghton Feast Road Races 

*The girls in winning action at the Northern Women's Road Relays in Wakefield with the ladies coming third

*Darlington Harriers host NYSD Cross Country League

*Annette Smith competes in Holland with a 1h15mins 10 mile race

Reports from the National Women's Road Relay Championships, Heaton Memorial Races and Indoor Meeting at RAF Cosford. Placings all round!

WAAA National Road Relays titles taken by the minor and girls teams

Bernadette Taylor winning a premier award at the Darlington Young Sportswinner scheme

Bernadette Taylor presented with Athlete of the Month Award by Mayor Barrie Lamb

Bernadette with the Athlete of the Month Award

Claire Nicholson beats British International whilst still in the Intermediate age group at the Sunderland Cross-Country races

Bernadette Taylor wins the under 16 British Catholic Schools Cross Country championships gaining chance to compete as part of the British Catholic Schools' team in Spain

A strong turn out at the Great North Run

Second place for Bernadette

Sunderland Cross Country Races provides the first trophy of the season for Darlington Harrier Girls

Darlington Girls winning again at the Northern Road Relays Championships

Report from Derby Northern Counties Championships

A gripping battle between team mates Bernadette Taylor and Joanne Keenan

Weekly round up of Harrier successes in Cross Country, Road and Trail races

Bronze medal at the National women's Road Relays Championships

Girls 3000m race

Our Bernadette at it again!

Weather doesn't stop a Harrier!

Ian Barnes in action at the NE Vets, V50 XC Championships Feb 1988

First, Second and Third team prizes at the North-Eastern Women's Cross Country Championships

Bernadette Caygill in one of her earlier outings for the Harriers, battling it out with long term rival, Angie Foster of Morpeth, at the Good Friday road race in Elswick.

Another Harrier legend of the 1980's was Brian Lee.  Lee was a strong distance runner at the club who put in some fantastic performances from 1982-85 mainly but not exclusively in the longer events.

Here's Brian in action at the Cleveland Marathon, Middlesbrough on 11th October 1982.  Brian finished 8th in 2hrs 31:16

Brian Lee at one of the early Great North Run events

Brian lee finishing in 51:50 in the Cummins Road Race over 9.75 miles

Brian Lee finishing in 2:30:36 at the North Tyneside Marathon

Brian Lee again in action at the Great North Run 27th June 1982 finishing 70th in 73 minutes dead

Brian Lee being presented with the winners trophy with team mate Kevin Smith to his left

Brian Lee gives a big thumbs up despite the wet conditions at the Dalesman Half Marathon finishing 4th

Brian Lee finishes the 1984 London Marathon is 2:25:40 for 132nd

Confirmation of Brian's 4th position at the Dalesman Half Marathon

A 71 minute Half Marathon at the Great North Run in 1984

An impressive 54:20 for a 10 mile race

Confirmation of Brian lee's North Tyneside Marathon in 1983

A superb 53:02 over 10 miles for Brian Lee

J Pollard, J Todd and A Little all putting in impressive performances alongside Brian Lee in 1982 at the Cleveland County Marathon

More strong performances from Darlington Harriers at the Gateshead road race in 1983 

Superb running at the South Shields 20 mile race

Two years earlier, another impressive performance

Brian takes 3rd place at Darlington's Born To Run Half Marathon in 70:58.  Another Darlington runner Catherine Leroi in 87.4

Confirmation of Brian's time at the Cleveland County Marathon

Another impressive Marathon by Brian Lee finishing 4th in 2:29:37

Not quite 10 miles but a superb 51:50 for the 9.75mile race

Another sub 150 minute marathon as Brian finishes in  2:27:38

71:23 Half Marathon from Brian Lee

Newcastle City Marathon completed under 2 hours 30

Another 2hr 30 marathon from Brian Lee

A sub 70 Half marathon as Brian Lee finishes in 69:37

Paul Harker once again in Half Marathon success this time in Burnley

All weather track appeal 1988

Ready for the London Marathon

Medals galore at the Cyril Elliot Memorial meeting in Middlesborough and report from the first 12 hour race hosted by Darlington Harriers, starting at 7.30am and an impressive number of miles ran by 7.30pm

Two first team prizes, two second place prizes and one third place prize at the Houghton Feast Road Races

*Results from Elswick Road Races and several Harriers competed in the York half marathon in preparation for the London Marathon

*Bernadette winning Individual Silver and Team Gold at European Catholic Schools Cross Country Championships, after gaining automatic selection to the GB team

Paul Harker with son Adam picking up yet another piece of silverware

Paul Harker striding out in race action