Whipper In – The Northumberland And Durham Paperchase League

The North East Harrier League is the oldest cross country league in the country, it evolved from the Northumberland and Durham Paperchase League and it was 1950/51 before it changed from the old hare and hounds` tradition using a `whipper in` and a `sprint in` to an `all-out` race. In the north east, pedestrianism, had been popular since the early 1800s, and throughout the century, the region had many rowing and pedestrian heroes. However, compared to the growth of football and harrier running nationally, the area lagged behind in the development of harrier running clubs. Monumental industrial growth and...

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