Harriers History 1950-1959

Harriers History 1950-1959

Minutes taken by the club, beautifully recorded in the Early 1950's by the then club secretary.

Ian Barnes

What can be said about Ian Barnes that hasn't been written before.  Ian who didn't start running until his 40's and still running into his 80's was crowned European Indoor 1500m champion as V60, competed in World Championships, represented England broke national records (2 of which he still holds of time of writing November 2017) and represented Northumberland and Durham over many years.  Above this Ian broke many club records at different age levels some of which stand today, has been club Chair/Vice Chair amongst his many roles as well as being a genuinely nice guy.  The Ian Barnes Award was introduced in 2015 to award both male and female runners with the best age grading performance for the season.

Here's a tiny snippet of some of Ian's achievements

Year Distance Detail
1956 880yards Short limit handicap at Feethams Darlington 4th in a time of 2m2.3 seconds . Winner Derek Johnson who went on to win an Olympic silver medal at the Melbourne Games/
1958 880 yards Northumberland and Durham (N&D) T&F championships 3rd 1m 59secs.
1961 mile N&D championships 2nd time 4m22.3 secs. Also 4th in 880 yards 1min 57.7 sconds/
1963 3mile N&D Championships 4th time unknown but below 15 mintes.
1963 Represented N&D in the Inter counties championships XC at Reading . 5th counter out of our team of 5
1966 2mile Indoor open at RAF Leeming . 2nd in time of 9m18.1secs. (ahead of Yorkshire 3&6 Mile Champion)
1967 One mile One off race at Billingham Synthonia prior to soccer match time 4m 16.6 seconds position 2nd.
1984 Member of NE Veterans AA. For results please refer to the NEMAA website where the records Ian achieved (listed in the Statistics and Archives sections)
1997 1500m European indoor championships 1st M60 4m 52secs,
1999 1500m World championships at Gateshead 10th M60 4.52
1986-2004 Competed in the national Track Championships from 1986 to 2004. Where I managed to gain several wins in my various age groups.
2016 3000mBroke national V80 record
2017 1 mileBroke national V80 record

Here are some of Ian's records (Sue Phillips also amongst these records, another superb club runner who has represented England).

Top left, 1959, school children with 'potential' offered free memberships at the club. John Winn and Ida Nobbs both winning a pair of spikes. Bottom left gives a summary of the results with a full list far right.  John Winn is showing as a Senior male however was only 15 at the time, the age of school leavers in 1959.