Healthy Darlington Photo’s #darlo10k
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Darlington’s super-successful 10km Road Race is now in its 28th year and this year proved why it’s such an amazing event – I’m sure these images will tell you the story!
Headline sponsors Sherwoods Vauxhall have once again provided help for the 10km to take place. Mizuno, The Northern Echo, Northumbrian Water and TFM Radio have also committed their support and resources to the event.
The day saw the family fun run take place at 9:00am. It was fantastic seeing all the youngsters enjoying that same feeling the seasoned competitors got, but in a very relaxed and fun environment. They also got to warm up with these guys!
They took two laps of a low-distance circuit within the town centre and every person was given a medal to show off to all of their family and friends. I showed these images to my daughters they both wanted one.(I’ll see if I can get them running at next year’s event) From seeing all those involved you just know some of them are going to catch that bug for running!
This year they created a junior 3km run which started at 9:45am. This was a little more competitive. You can see a glint in their eyes showing that they are focused, ready and willing to give it 100% on the course. I was not disappointed seeing all the runners ascend Houndgate on to Coniscliffe Road. It is here where you see the potential and determination in young athletes for real. I know I’ll be seeing some of these runners again over the years.
The main event, the 10km, started at 10:30am. This year I went over to Stanhope Road to catch the pure mass of bodies heading out on the first lap. The starting spot on Houndgate is always busy, and looks fantastic in photo’s, but I find a lot of people capture that moment and the rest of the beautiful course gets hardly any exposure on social media and press. So I grabbed myself a place on a roundabout at first (shared with two Police Community Supprt Officers who were making sure I was kept in-check). These images speak for themselves and give you an idea of the amount of entries the Darlington 10km received this year.
I moved over to Carmel Road North to grab a shot of the road-shaped body of athletes.
I stopped at the water station…(bin)
…and then went down to the end where it meets with Coniscliffe Road at the Elm Ridge Garden Centre.
I continued through towards town snapping a few shots on my bike (that’s how I got to where I needed to be; on my trusty fixie!)
I ended up right back at the Market Square & Dolphin Centre.
You have to hand it to them at Darlington Borough Council and the Healthy Darlington team along with all the supporters, race-makers and the many, many marshalls, volunteers and staff from all businesses involved. This has been one of those truly successful events that’s going to stick in my memory for time to come! I want to give a big thank you to the events team at Darlington Borough Council for asking me along to create some images that represent the true greatness that is the Darlington 10km!