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21 July 2013 : Eastern Young Athletes League, Bedford

posted 28 Jul 2013, 12:46 by Allen Smalls   [ updated 28 Jul 2013, 12:49 ]
The athletes of Colchester Harriers made the long journey to Bedford to compete in round 4 of the Eastern Young Athletes league, the meeting started under grey skies and cool temperatures which for many was a relief against the heat of Basildon a few weeks earlier.

The most note able performance of the day was that of Finn O’Reilly breaking the clubs javelin record with a throw of 27m62 he achieved a new pb in the 75m hurdles 16.0s and 3rd in the long jump, new club signing Callum McKay came up against one of the top ranked U13 sprinters from Thurrock he wasn’t fazed by the competition pushing right to the line to be pipped into 2nd Callum followed this with a strong show in the 200 coming 1st in 26.4, George Dobson in his first scoring outing for the club also performed well L/J – 2nd 4.64, 2nd in the 100, 3rd in the 200 these performances were supported well with Max Caulfield running strongly in the 1500, Max also did the shot & discus, Jonah Varela ran a new pb 800 – 2.48.9, and with no coaching threw the javelin 18.79m, the final members of the team Josh Waylett added excellent points through his 75m hurdles 16.4, and Ben Smith 800 – 3.09.8, 4 x 100 relay team came 3rd

U15 boys found the going tough against some very strong opposition but to their credit they kept to the task, Charlie Dobson & James Hoddell did well in both the 100 & 200 with Dobson running a pb in the 2 of 26.4, Charlie went on to long Jump 4.72PB James jumped his best jump of the season with 4.90 just 9cms from his PB. James then
went on to run the 300 in 43.0 supported by Rob Harvey 45.0, in the middle distances there were excellent runs by Harry Varela 2.17, Thomas Harrison 2.33, in the 1500 the 3 harriers helped each other to PB’s Sam Comisky 5.13, Matthew Harrison 5.04 and Jack Shepherd 5.08, Jordon Fester ran well in the 200 coming 4th in 28.2 he then went on to jump 1.20 high jump, finally Tom Mitchell had an excellent series in the jvelin placing 2nd with a throw of 34.61, shot 8.56 Tomwas well supported in the throws with Jack singleton placing 3rd Javelin 15.88, shot 6.67 both competed in the Discus, the U15 relay team came 4th.

The U17’s saw Ben Gale run a solid 100 & 200m – 11.9 & 23.9 his times were supported by Connor Oliver – 100m 11.9 and 200m Joseph Wilkin came 4th 25.2, Callum Pettit-coombes came 2nd in a closely contested 100m hurdles in 15.5 he then threw the discus 16.82.

The Girls came with a much weakened team from Basildon but they all did the club, Lauren Strutt did PB’s in 800 – 2.52.9, 70m hurdles 15.8 taking over a second off her previous best and Shot putt 4.03, Rachel Hoddell went out of her comfort zone and ran the 1500 she also competed in shot 4th 5.28, Francesca Harley had a good run 100m 4th 14.4, long jump 4th 3.68, 200m 4th 30.2, Savanna Harrison – 100m’s 3rd 16.1, Javelin PB 8.82, Rachel Harvey showed consistency in the long jump finishing with 3.65 & 4th, the Under 15 girls performed well with Caitlin O’Reilly placing 2nd 100 – 13.2, 2nd 200m in 28.0, PB Javelin 16.28 and 5th, Faith Alao supported the team well with 100m 2nd 14.1, Shot Put 7m50 2nd, Discus 11.45 – 4th, Phillipa Davenall threw the discus an impressive 22.76 for 2nd shot put 8.60 for 3rd and high jumped 1.30, Eliza Ridley-Johnson showed a strong finish in the 800 – 5th 2.44.4, Eliza also competed alongside Courtney bland in the long jump gaining valuable points for the club, Megan Sifford made the long journey to race the 1500 in what was now warm temperatures she stuck to her task and finished 7th in 5.48.6, The U17’s girls was well supported with Charlotte Head placed 4th long jump 4.28, 5th Shot Put 6.12, Javelin, Joy Huggins placed 5th 800m 2.42.3, 2nd shot put 4.27 & javelin, Katherine- Jayne Watts ran a strong 1500 leading the field by a good margin finishing 1st 5.01.2 Harriers finished the day a creditable 5th