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posted 3 Jul 2015, 05:52 by Allen Smalls   [ updated 3 Jul 2015, 05:56 ]

A small team travelled to Southampton for the 3rd Southern Athletics
League match of the season. The team rallied very hard in a close match to finish 3rd just 1.5 points behind 2nd. The match culminated with the relay races where the club excelled winning 3 out of 4 of them. All club members got behind their teammates in some great battles. The men won their first senior relays of the season - the 4x100m team of Joe Wilkin, Jake Young, Connor Oliver and Tom Mitchell, and the 4x400m team of Oliver, Young, Jack Keane and Matt Rose fought hard to stave of tough opposition. In the women’s 4x400, Helen Bloomfield, Jessica Francis, and Ella Neale handed over the baton to Heather Rose in 3rd place. Rose ran a storming leg to take the team into the lead with a superb 58.7s split.

There were several personal best performances throughout the competition. Jake Young ran a commanding 800m race to win in a time of 1.58.9, his first time under 2 mins. Jade Morgan had a busy and successful day – she leapt an impressive 5.64m to win the long jump (PB) as well as victories in the triple jump with a season’s best of 11.92m, and B string shot (9.78m) and javelin (29.59m). Connor Oliver sprinted to a PB time of 11.2 for 2nd place and backed this up with 22.9 in the 200m. Catherine Holdsworth managed a new PB in the hammer with 41.83m for a B string win, securing a double victory with Philippa Davenall winning the A string in 45.58m. Holdsworth was also victorious in the shot (12.16m) and javelin, with a 2nd place in the discus, her least favoured event.

The sprints proved a valuable source of points. In the women’s

200m, Kelly Sutton and Heather Rose secured a double victory having already run strongly in the
100m. They also competed in the long jump (2nd) and 400mH (3rd) respectively. Joe Wilkin meanwhile, won the B string men’s 200m in 24.9 and achieved 2nd place in the B string 400m. Jack Keane, making his debut for the senior men, ran 55.9 in his 400m race. In the women’s 400m, Helen Bloomfield secured a victory with an impressive 63.0s run and Jessica Francis, running for the club for the first time, managed 2nd place. They both scored more valuable points in the high jump, with Bloomfield keeping busy also winning the 400mH and running the 1500m and 100mH. Matt Rose ran a brilliant 110mH race to beat the field in a time of 16.4, supported by Rob Smith who achieved 2nd, after they had achieved two 2nd places in the 400mH. They both took on even more events with Rose pole vaulting 3.40m for 2nd and competing in the triple jump, discus and shot. Smith won his 800m race and ran a strong steeplechase.

Ella Neale jumped to first place with 9.23m in the triple jump and found it tough on the track running in both the 800m and 1500m, running 2min27.2 in the former. Denise Morley

unfortunately sustained an injury during her 800m but still battled on to win the B string. Tom Mitchell secured double 2nd places in the A string javelin (44.67m) and B string discus. Jordan Fester also threw the javelin 33.86m and jumped a PB 5.16m in the long jump. James Grant was another to sustain an injury during his 100m but he was still able to pick up vital points in the shot putt. In the men’s distance races, Colin Ridley doubled up in the 1500m and 5000m supported by Pete West in the 1500m and Carwyn Jones in the 5000m, who ran a PB.

Final score: 1st Southampton 209, 2nd Bedford 178, 3rd Colchester Harriers 176.5, 4th Blackheath & Bromley 146.5

15 June 2015 : eyal cambridge‏

posted 3 Jul 2015, 05:44 by Allen Smalls

Colchester Harriers made their way to Cambridge for the 3rd EYAL of the season. Number of athletes were down on previous meetings due to exams and Essex Schools the previous day, but those that competed for the club had only PBs and points on their minds.

In the Under 13 Girls there were outstanding performances with several Girls gaining PBs. Mary Robinson jumped 3.68m in Long Jump & ran 14.9 in 70m Hurdles.  Hannah Rodgers 70m H 15.3 & 1500m 5.45.6 both PB s. Niamh Higgins 1500m 5.37.1. Mia Farrell improved her time in the 100m 16.0. PB. Isabella Minder gained a PB in Shot Putt 4.33m & 200m. Eliza Betts High jump 1.36m. Mya Obwoya ran a strong 100m with a PB of 15.5.

Under 13 boys, who are in short supply again performed well, with Graig Anya Joseph winning his 100 and 200m and 2nd in new event discus.Finlay McBrayne had pbs in 200m, shot and Javelin, as did Ziggy Lambton in High jump, Long jump and discus.

Callum McKay broke the u15 club record for 100m in 11.4, whilst Mufaro Shava had a pb in 200m and both boys had pbs in discus. Charlie Pitt pb 100m with Jedidiah Amesota and Daniel Jones gaining pbs in 300m and long jump.In the longer distance of 1500m Danny Milward, Max Caulfield and Joseph Boden all had pbs, with a pb at  800m for Sam Horn.

In the U15 everyone achieved a PB in at least one of their events: Kira Wealls 100 (13.3) & 200 (27.4), Savanna Harrison 300 (45.0) & shot (5.89), Rachel Hoddell 300 (47.4), long jump (3.81) & shot (6.98), Katie White 800 (2.52.2), high jump (1.30) & long jump (3.65), Jasmine West 1500 (5.24.6) & javelin (16.89), Charlotte Hoskyns - high jump (1.35), long jump (4.44) & 200 (30.4), Lauren Strutt -shot (6.15), 100 (14.1) & long jump (4.40), Georgia Smith - shot (4.95) & discus (6.81), Lily Waterson - discus (12.86) & javelin (21.82), Hollie Speller - 300 (47.8) & shot (5.85), Katie Rice - 300 (48.2) and Ellie Mitchell - long jump (3.78).
Rebecca Jeggo 1st in 100m 12.4, breaking the club record again, !st in 200m and pb in javelin. Millie Belbin 1st in 100m, 1st in 200m pb 27.4 and pb in long jump 4.93 and Yasmin Othman 1st in discus with pb and broke her javelin club record again 30.03.
The u17men were not to be left out of the pbs, at 800m Jake Young 2.00.6 and Max Williams 2.05.9 both1st with pbs, Charlie Everest 1500m pb and scored valuable points in triple jump. James Hoddell jumped 10.83 in triple jump pb while Tom Mitchell had pb in all 3 throwing events. Michael Everitt was back to compete for the club and tried his first hammer event and gained points in 3 throwing events too.
A great achievement from the athletes, especially for those who had competed the previous day.

15 June 2015 : Special report Colchester Harriers

posted 3 Jul 2015, 05:43 by Allen Smalls   [ updated 3 Jul 2015, 05:46 ]

A massive well done to Rebecca Jeggo, Philippa Davenall and Callum Mckay from Colchester Harriers who have  made the Essex team for the English Schools championships at Gateshead in July.
Rebecca has been chosen for the intermediate girls 200m , Philippa is selected for the intermediate girls hammer and Callum has been selected for the Junior boys 100m. This is a fantastic achievement for all three of of the young athletes.

14 June 2015 : Road and Trail

posted 3 Jul 2015, 05:41 by Allen Smalls

Colchester Harriers were competing in numerous events in the last week, Martyn's Clarke was competing in the East Berlin half at Potsdam where he ran 1.34 , Jason BIlton completed his training for the Ultra race the West Highland way with a good finish of 4.20 at the Stour Valley hilly off road marathon. Nic Rogers ran 10.19 in the Southern 3000m track Championship of Essex. Paul Preston ran a 10km at Bedford in 37.42, Danny MIllward won his first Park Run at Great Cornard in 19.28 . AT the Maldon Promenade 5km it was Personal Bests for Andy Raynor 18.20, Danny MIllward 18.28, and Paul Rogers 18.34. Good time came from Paul Preston 18.23 and Chris Manby 19.00. 
The Southend half marathon was held in warm conditions and a Colchester Harrier team finished third. Ged McMillan knocked a good chunk off. His personal best to come home 8th in 1.18.08, McMillan was backed up   By Mark Harrod 1.21.14 19th , and Paul Rogers with his second Pb of the week coming home in 1.24.20 for 31st overall.

14 June 2015 : South of England Athletics Championships‏

posted 3 Jul 2015, 05:41 by Allen Smalls

At the South of England Athletic Under 20 and Senior Championships, Colchester Harriers had some great performances, particularly in the Under 20 men’s Hammer competition, where James Hamblin produced a new personal best and club record, with a throw of 66.35m, which earned him a Silver medal and was only beaten by a new national record.
Kelly Sutton came back from a short lay off to come 5th in her heat of the Senior Women’s 100m with a 12.75secs and made it through to the final of the 200m recording 25.55secs in the process.
Connor Oliver was also in action in the Under 20 men’s producing 2 personal best’s in another superb performance, recording 22.77secs in his heat and 22.61secs in his final, where he finished in 6th place.

25 May 2015 : Essex County Championships Melbourne Park Chelmsford

posted 27 May 2015, 05:45 by Allen Smalls

Colchester Harriers had 2 of their most successful days ever in the 2015 Essex championships at Chelmsford collecting a fantastic 18 medals including 8 golds, 8 silvers a 2 bronze.

Rebecca Jeggo won gold in a tremendously hard fought 200m. 20m down off the bend she forced her way back into the race down the home straight to win gold on the dip by 200ths of a second against a quality field.

Connor Oliver won gold in the u20s mens 400m leading from the start and clocking 50.18 a new PB

Tom Mitchel won gold in the mens u17 Javelin with a throw of 47.88 m

Callum Mckay blasted off in the 200m U15 boys to clock an impressive 23.46 a massive PB and gold medal

Helen Bloomfield produced a vintage display to win gold in the vets 300m

Nicola Martell Smith showed her class in the 400m hurdles winning gold

Daniel King was also a class above winning gold in the senior mens 3000 walk clocking 12.28

Yasmin Othman threw the javelin out to 26.92 in the u17 women to win gold

25 May 2015 : Bupa London 10km

posted 27 May 2015, 05:43 by Allen Smalls   [ updated 27 May 2015, 05:49 ]

Ridley third in age group

The Bupa London National 10km Championships is a huge race , and this year the overall winners were Andy Vernon 28-38 and Jo Pavey 32-56. Best individual performance on the day from Colchester Harriers was from super veteran over 50 Colin Ridley who clocked 34-51 and 3rd in his age group to take the bronze medal. Sarah Stradling ran her normal excellent race to come home 33rd lady in 36-27. The Harriers ladies team was completed by Sarah Ivory 88th 39-28, and Laura Shewbridge 107th 40-32, also running well were Sara Wallace 44-26, and Hazel Harvey 46-05. For the men it was Chris Sellens first home for the green vests the Halstead marathon winner was not at his best but still was 142nd in 34-39, then came Ridley 153rd 34-51 ,and final scorer Ged Mcmillan 203rd 35-50. The other men for Harriers were Mark Harrod 216th 36-00, and Paul Rogers 346th 38-02.

Maldon Summer Promenade 5km series

Fastest six men from Harriers as Sellens and Stradling set records

The first race of the summer Promenade Handicap 5km series held at Maldon Park saw Colchester Harriers monopolise the race with the six fastest men and course records for Chris Sellens and Sarah Stradling. Sellens only a couple of weeks after becoming Essex Marathon Champion tore around the course in 16-18 to beat his own and the races old record set last year. Sellens victory was mirrored by Sarah Stradling who while using the race for a warm up for the London 10km was first lady in 18-01 and 8th fastest overall on the night. After Sellens Harriers filled the next 5 places with 2 Carwyn Jones 16-46 (Pb), 3. Jon Nears 16.54 ( Pb), 4 Colin Ridley 17-05, 5 Ged McMillan 17-15, and 6 Mark

Harrod ( Pb). Laura Shewbridge is edging towards a sub 19 finishing runner up in 19-08. Other Harriers were 11 Paul Preston 18-25, 14 David Wright 18-34, 18 Paul Rogers 18-46, 19 Danny Millward 18-53 (Pb) 20 Joseph Boden 18-56 (Pb), 21 Chris Manby 19.00, 24 Richard Boden 19-10, 33 Richard Millward 20-01, 34 Simon Smith 20-01, 39 Jerry Walder 21-00 (Pb), 45 Dan Wilkinson 21-23 (Pb), 52 Dave Gayer 21-50, 59 Hannah Rogers 23-24, 69 John Wheatley 25-02.

Bury to Clare , 18 Mile Challenge and Suffolk Border run

Another victory for Smalls

Colchester Harriers ultra expert Allen Smalls stormed to victory at the first running of the Bury to Clare Challenge an 18 mile mixture of road and trail finishing at the old Clare Railway station. Samlls ran 2-04 and was over 20 minutes clear of the runner up. Team Mate Simon Smith was 14th in 2-44. At the Suffolk Border run held at Wiston , the 9 mile trail course saw Allen Smalls and Richard heath share the 1st spot in 1-06. Jo Hudson and David Wright finished in 1-15, Hudson was first lady, while Lyn Higgs, Gary Abbott, and John Carter all finished well.

ETU Middle distance European Triathlon Championships , Italy

Gold medal for Dowell

Colchester Harriers Mellissa Dowell strode to victory in Rimini, Italy, in the European Triathlon Championships winning her age group in all three disciplines to take the European gold medal.

Colchester Castle 5km Park Run

Harriers lead from the front

The last two Castle 5kms have seen tremendous running from the Colchester Harriers . In the first it was a double victory for mark Harrod 17-39, and Laura Shewbridge 19-32, with Jon Nears runner up in 18-05, and Ged mcmillan 3rd in 18-23. Also in the top20 finshers of the 330 starters were 6 Ethan Thrower 18-41, 8 Harry Verala 18-47 (Pb), 9 Andy Raynor 18-50, 10 lee Hykel 18-51, 11 David Wright 18-54, 12 Danny Millward 19-19, and 18 Max Caulfield 19-48. Kelly Haniver was 2nd llady in 20-04, while Rob Lane ran a Personal best 23-22.

The latest Castle race saw another big battle between the Harriers. New signing Richard Heath was the victor in 17-18 outdoing allen Smalls runner up in 17-29. Ged Mcmillan was 4th 18-11, with Ethan Throwe running a personal best 18-17 5th, Danny Millward was flying 18-53 8th, with Paul Rogers 9th 18-55, and David Wright 10th 18-58. Laura Shewbridge won again in 19-48 to record her 20th victory at the Castle, 5more then any other runner. Other notable times form the Harriers in the field of 263 were 129 Shanai Luckham 26-16 (Pb) , 135 Rachel Abbott 26-32,163 Rachel Sandercock 28-24,164 Kate Sandercock 28-24,191 Rachel Richardson- Wright 29-44,204 Fay Smalls 30-35, and 220 Jackson Runnicles 32-35.

15 May 2015 : Braintree League Meeting

posted 27 May 2015, 05:36 by Allen Smalls

Colchester Harriers arrived to a breezy Braintree for the second league meeting of the season with U13 boys 100m opening the account with Graig Anya Joseph, 1st in 12.8  (pb)  followed by Pb in long jump 4m73 and 200m 26.4, with Finlay McBrayne gaining 200m and 800m pb too. Ziggy Lambton smashed his pb in Javelin and 1500m coming in first, whilst Jacob Saunders made his debut for the club at this distance gaining points for the club. Matthew Wisdom set a Pb in Javelin and James Setford in Long jump and hurdles.
U15 Callum McKay began his outdoor season winning 100m and Pb 23.6 in 200m, Jed Asemota joined the pb tally in 200m and 300m winning both his heats also, Daniel Jones 300m pb and Mufaro Sharva 1st in his 100m heat. Danny Milward and Joseph Boden both had pbs in 1500m with Max Caulfield adding to them in the 800m. Not to be out done after a trip just to do throws Marcus Holmes threw pbs in shot and Javelin.
For U17men Charlie Dobson had Pbs in 100m and long jump along with James Hoddell adding to long jump, 200m and triple jump, Oscar Dawson in 400m and triple jump and Jake Young in 200m. Jordan Fester threw a new pb in shot and Javelin while Charlie Everest had pb in 1500m with Ben Halls gaining points in this event and ran his first 400m.
Rebecca Jeggo took to the track at 100m 1st place and new event 300m where she won and equalled the club record of 41.5 and 2nd in long jump. Millie Belbin won her 100m heat, long jump with a pb 4.75 and 2nd in triple jump A, Courtney Bland won her triple jump B. Yasmin Ottoman didn't quite achieve her club record throw she recorded at Ipswich of 29.21 in the windy conditions but gained points in Javelin and making up a relay team.
The U15 girls Savanna Harrison, Jasmine Marley, Leena Mandray, Rachel Hoddell Jasmine West and Pippa Garbutt all achieved pbs in their track events, most of them trying new events and gaining wins as well as experience. 
Harriers again had a high turn out of younger girls and the u13 girls were not to be out done in the pb stake. Mary Robinson, Eliza Betts, Isabelle Minder, Rhianne Boatswain, Amelia Dean, Jessica Walker, Jessica Elmer, Nuala Brosnan,  all competed as non scoring and are fighting to gain a place on the scoring team. Aliyah Soames threw a new pb in shot.
The day finished with the relays and as ever an exciting culmination to another great day on the track for the young Harriers.

11 May 2015 : Halstead marathon

posted 11 May 2015, 05:26 by Allen Smalls

Harriers men dominate

Colchester Harriers men dominated the Halstead Marathon over the new course which if anything had an extra hill to add to the already tough 26.2 miles of Essex Countryside, the weather got hotter as the morning went on, but it could not stop Colchester Harriers Chris Sellens becoming Essex Champion clocking an amazing 2-37-56 and outpacing a Spanish runner in the last couple of miles to finish strongly, with the Spaniard not counting in the Essex Championship 2nd place went to the talented Carwyn Jones 2-43-46 who knocked a huge 16 minutes off his personal best, 3rd spot only 7 seconds behind Jones in 2-44-53 was Allen Smalls who had run 2-36 at London only two weeks ago. Smalls took the Essex senior bronze medal, the Essex veteran gold, and along with Jones and Sellens the team golds, a fine day for the green vests . Chris Manby continued his long distance training with a fine run of 3-14-45, while Malcolm Statham continued his quest for 200 Marathons with another good race.

Colchester 10km

Mussett and Stradling dominate again

It was total domination by Colchester Harriers Adrian
Mussett and Sarah Stradling yet again at the Colchester 10km where 470 runners completed the course. Mussett ran 32-11 to finsh over 3 minutes clear of Haverings Richard Heath who still clocked a fine 35-28 although going well off course and having to come back from 25th place at 4km ,Heath is moving to Colchester and joining Harriers shortly. It was 3rd place overall for the amazing over 50 Colin Ridley 35-29 with team mate Mark Harrod just behind in 4th spot just missing a personal best by aa second in 35-52, Harriers obviously won the team prize. Sarah Stradling was pushed by Jo Coates of St Edmunds pacers on the first half of ther ace but finished a minute clear of her at the tape in 36-11 and was a superb 6th place overall in the race. Other Harriers were 16 David Wright 38-23, 17 Paul Rogers 38-33, 23 Richard Boden 39-34 (PB), 24 Paul Preston 39-49,

27 Keith Marley 39.56, 28 Simon Smith 39-55 (PB), 41 Arthur Whiston 40-54, 46 Richard Milward 41-51, 57 Ellie Mayne 42-42 63 Kevin Higgens 42-54, 76 Pat marsh 43-34, 79 Jerry Walder 43-56, 84 Ian Haw 44-24, 93 James Taylor 44-54, 97 Dan Wilkinson 45-16 (Pb)122 Rachel Taylor 46-16, 134 John Wheatley 47-14, 149 David Larner 45-52, 156 Charlotte Allen 48-24, 165 Fiona Wattam 48-54, 211 Anita Vaz 50-59, 341 Fay Smalls 58-24.

Other Events round up

New record for West

Colchester Harriers Pete West got the weekend off to a good start by setting a new 50-54 record at the Maldon Promenade park run in 18-36 in windy conditions, Hannah Watson was first lady home in a personal best of 20-48. At the Colchester Castle 5km, Laura Shewbridge was first lady and 11th overall in 19-40, while the men saw 8 green vests in the first 12 home, 3 Anthony Barraclough, 5 Mark Harrod, 6 Ethan Thrower, 7 Lee Hykel, 8 Harry Varela 19-06 (Pb), 9 David Wright, 10 Andy Raynor, and 12 Danny Millward.

Martyn Clarke ran very well in the Burleigh 20 mile obstacle race, , 4000 runners took part in waves of 250, and Clarke finished 2nd in his wave and 124th overall, it included a swim across a reservoir , 8ft climbing walls and and a lot of mud.

Rachel Richardson-Wright completed the tough sprint distance Redricks triathlon at Sawbridgeworth in a good time.

Sara Wallace knocked a huge chunk off her personal best half marathon time clocking 1-39 at the Leeds event.

3 May 2015 : Kings Lyn Great East 10km

posted 6 May 2015, 04:13 by Allen Smalls

Mussett has great run in terrible conditions

The Kings Lyn 10km is one of the highest quality races on the calendar. Colchester Harriers Adrian Musset has run the event many times and is always up with the leading pack. This year strong winds and heavy rain dampened the finishing times but Mussett still managed to produce a great race coming home 3rd overall and first veteran in 32-28. Jon Nears also was on top form clocking 34-42 16th overall and was third veteran over 40. Sarah Stradling was 4th lady and first veteran in 36-30, with Colin Ridley winning the over 50 award in a superb 35-43. Anita Mussett coped well with the conditions in 47-41.

Belfast marathon

McMillan busts 3 hours

Colchester harriers Ged McMillan finally got over his injuries and illnesses to clock a superb 2-53 at the Belfast marathon a tough affair with a 13 mile climb from the city. This was McMillans first sub 3 marathon.

Heritage Half marathon

Smalls takes his chance

Allen Smalls was the suprise winner of the Heritage off road half marathon held from Thorpeness clocking 1.22. Mark Harrod was runner up in 1-24,team mate Carwyn Jones led the race for 6 miles then went off course, giving Allen Smalls the lead . Samlls was surprised to be the winner as he expected Jones to be on the finish line when he came home, but Jones had run an extra 2 miles, and came back in 8th spot. Les Dunham ran 1-54, and Malcolm Statham completed the marathon in 3-44.

Three Forts Challenge, South Downs

Dowell in top form

Mellissa Dowell was in top form at the tough 27.2 mile Three Forts Marathon Challenge held over the South Downs. The severe winds and rain made going very difficult but iron lady Dowell was second overall in 4-02, Briony Downes

struggled but was pleased with her 4-31. Simon Smith did the Half marathon in 1-50.

Park Runs

Watson wins Maldon

Colchester Harriers were well to the fore at the latest batch of park Runs with Hannah Watson 1st female at Maldon Esplanade in 21-00 a personal best. Drew Olley was 8th at Great Cornard in 20-57, while nine Harriers were in the first 12 in a field of 331 at Colchester Castle, Allen Smalls was 2nd 17-41, then came 3 Mark Harrod 17-50, 4 Pete West 18-31, 5 Jon Nears 18-32, 6 Ethan Thrower 18-32, 7 lee Hykel 18-36, 9 Robert Smith 18-40, 11 David Wright 18-58, and 12 Simon Taylor 19-01. Well to the front of the field were Danny Millward 19-05, Andy Raynor 19-24, ans Simon Smith 20-13. Arthur Whiston clocked 20-14, followed by Richard Millward 20-31, Harry Varla 2-13, Mark Baker 21-30, Ian Haw 22-06, Dan Wilkinson 22-26, Shanai luckham 26-33, Mellissa Wyard 26-46, and Rachel Richardson-Wright 29-59.

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