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Young Athlete Competitions

The main competitions open to young athlete members of Colchester Harriers are listed below with further information.
Other fixtures are also available throughout the year including open events and county/regional championships and details of these will appear on the junior fixtures page (Fixtures)
If you require further information about any of these events please talk to your coach or team manager.
Track and Field
Eastern Young Athletes League (EYAL)
 Age groups U13, U15, U17 (see information on age groups below)
 When Sundays from 11-45 to around 17-30
 Frequency 5 fixtures between April and August. Possible final in September
 Where Spread across the counties of Essex (including East London), Suffolk, Norfolk, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire
 Cost Entry is free. The club often offers a coach for distant fixtures with a subsidised cost.
 Registration Talk to team managers before fixture so team can be selected
 Kit Full club kit required (some spare vests will be available to borrow)
The EYAL is a great introduction to track and field for all abilities. Each athlete can compete in up to 3 events during the day plus a relay (additional AAA's restrictions apply). These events can be runs (100m up to 1500m and sprint hurdles), jumps (long jump, high jump, pole vault (U15, U17) triple jump (U17)) or throws (javelin, shot put, discus, hammer (U15,U17)), or any combination.
The league also allow for non-scoring athletes in certain events allowing everyone the chance to try something new.
Currently there are 28 clubs in this league, with each fixture against 6 other clubs. Most events have 2 athletes per team, one is the A stream the other the B stream. Each athlete scores points in their stream in their event towards the teams overall score (an athlete can be in different streams or a non-scorer for each event). At the end of the season the top 6 teams go to the main final and the next 6 go to the plate final
For further information see the EYAL website
Cross Country
53-12 League
 Age groups U11, U13, U15, U17 (see information on age groups below)
 When Sundays 10am (senior race starts at 10:45)
 Frequency 6 fixtures between October and February.
 Where Spread across mid and north Essex and South Suffolk
 Cost Entry is free.
 Registration Turn up on the day and run (although please advise team manager of availability)
 Kit Full club kit required (some spare vests will be available to borrow)
A cross country league with a family atmosphere. These races are run before the senior race allowing children and parents to compete on the same courses. The Junior races are run on a shorter version of the senior course and are around 1mile in length (senior course is around 5miles).
The junior race is a mass start with U13, U15 and U17 boys and girls all starting together
These courses can be very muddy and quite demanding but are a well supported. These fixtures also tend to be close to home with the most distant fixtures held in Chelmsford, Harwich, Ipswich and Hadleigh Suffolk
Essex League
 Age groups U13, U15, U17 (see information on age groups below)
 When Saturdays 11am to 2pm
 Frequency 5 fixtures between October and February.
 Where Spread across Essex including outskirts of London
 Cost Entry is free.
 Registration Turn up on the day and run (although please advise team manager of availability)
 Kit Full club kit required (some spare vests will be available to borrow)
This cross country league is generally of a  much higher standard than the 53-12 league but with the courses being far easier with less mud.
Races are run in individual age groups with distances increasing from around 2000m for U13s up to 5000m for U17s
 Age groups U13 and U15 (see information on age groups below)
 When Saturdays or Sundays (times differ for each fixture)
 Frequency 4 to 6 fixtures between September and December
 Where Spread across Essex including outskirts of London and Ipswich
 Cost Around £6
 Registration Register in advance on Essex Network website or on day
 Kit Club kit is optional (most compete in T-shirt of own choice)
SportsHall is an indoor form of track and field for children between the ages of 4 and 16.
Events include running races (run between bounce boards at opposite ends of a sport hall), throwing events (shot put, turbo javelin), jumping events (vertical jump, standing long and standing triple jump), and agility events such as speed bounce.
These events are a great way to let of steam and improve athletic technique. There are a range of events to choose from with each entry covering up to 4 events.
These events are suitable for all abilities.
For further information see the SportsHall website
Age groups
The competitions above use the AAA's age groups. These ensure that athletes compete against other athletes of a similar age. These age groups are explained below
The exact age rules are often complex to understand as they are based on the age of the athlete on a given day during that season. The cut off dates also differ slightly for different competitions.
The easiest way to determine the age group is based on the athlete's current school year, and the type of event, i.e. "Track and Field" or "Other"
If in doubt please talk to a coach or team manager at the club.
  Track and Field Other
  EYAL and other outdoor and indoor track and field Cross country, SportsHall
 U11 School year 5* School year 6
 U13 School years 6 and 7* School years 7 and 8
 U15 School years 8 and 9* School years 9 and 10
 U17 School years 10 and 11* School years 11 and 12
* The track and field season runs from 1st October to 30th September so for track and field fixtures held in September use the previous school year. If in doubt please ask your coach or team manager or refer to the entry forms of the specific event.
Note that in the 53-12 league, all junior athletes run at the same time. At the end of the race the results are split based on the following age groups
U11 boys
U11 girls
U13 boys
U13 girls
U15 and U17 boys - both AAA age groups treated as one
U15 and U17 girls - both AAA age groups treated as one