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Essex County Championships (Track Relays)

posted 2 Sept 2014, 03:40 by Paul Strutt

If Harriers youngsters were looking for inspiration in their quest for relay medals at this year’s Day three of the Essex County Athletics Association Track and Field Championships, held in Southend, then their formidable U17 men’s sprint team certainly provided it. 

In the 4 x 100m relay final, the team made up of Joe Wilkin, Callum Pettit-Coombes, Cassius Cracknell and Connor Oliver provided a thrilling battle for top spot finally having to settle for silver position in a photo finish and a time of 45.4s. Knocking a huge 1.1s off their previous record set earlier this season.

Success came sweeter still when later, Cassius, Callum and Connor were joined by newcomer Zak Johnson as they stormed to victory and were crowned Essex 4 x 400m champions in a time of 3:36.3s snatching a new club record along with their gold medals.  A fabulous finale for these boys who next year move up to U20 men.

Silver medals were presented to Harriers U15 men 4 x 300m team of Rocha Fosker, Charlie Dobson, Bradley Everitt and Robert Harvey setting a new club record of 2:50.8s. For Robert this was his second medal of the day, teaming up with Jack Shephard and Charlie Everest to form a strong U15 mens 3 x 800m team who claimed a well-deserved bronze place in a time of 7:16.2s. The talented U15 mens 4 x 100m team (Callum McKay, Charlie Dobson, James Hoddell and Julie’s Uwimana) were robbed of a bronze medal in a photo finish to be given 4th place in a new club record time of 48.3s.
Newcomers Kira and Louise Barrett teamed up with Millie Belbin and Rebecca Jeggo (in her first track event following injury) in the U15 womens 4 x 100m team to qualify through to their final.  In the unique 3 x 300m relay Milllie and Rebecca were joined by Megan Potter to create a new club record of 2:24.6s each making their debut as 300m runners.
U13 girls 4 x 100m team of Megan Stevens, Lauren Strutt, Ellie Hopgood and Kira Wealls ran well against strong competition to qualify through to their final where they finished fourth with a seasons best of 55.6s; in the same age category Ellie Lewis, Katie Rice and Jasmine Marley formed the 3 x 800m team to end their season each with new personal best lap times to take them into their winter training.
Harriers U13 boys (Josh Lord, Finlay Macbrayne, James Setford and Daniel Jones)  took on the might of the bigger clubs to run a clean 4 x 100m in 58.9s; Daniel (a talent to watch out for as he moves up into U15 next year) then joined Ziggy Lambton and James Setford in the 3 x 800m finishing a respectable 5th.

As well as the relays, Day 3 of the Championship saw Dominic and Daniel King contending for the gruelling 10k walk. Dominic being crowned Essex Champion in a time of 44:29.0s ahead of Daniel in second place in a time of 47:01.6s.

Colin Ridley took bronze medal and a Personal Best in men’s 10000m in a time of 35:19.8