Harriers rise to the challenge of busy cross country weekend

A huge weekend of cross country running saw Colchester Harriers maintain their challenge on two different fronts. The fourth fixture in the Essex Cross Country League calendar on Saturday saw teams from across the county descend on Colchester’s aptly named Hilly Fields Course.  A good turnout saw Harriers emerge victorious in the senior women’s event –  new girl Kat Rigby leading the way with an impressive eighth position, closely followed by Heidi Steele (9th) with veteran Denise Morley (13th) and Andrea James (15th) completing the scoring team.  The Harriers’... read more

Bronze medals for Milly and senior ladies at Basildon

Colchester Harriers’ ladies continued their run of success at the Essex County Cross Country Championships at a sunny Gloucester Park, Basildon.  Milly Presland led the way, running a strong race to secure the overall bronze medal in the U17 Women’s race whilst in the senior women’s race Laura Hubbard (14th) combined with Sarah Stradling (17th), Kat Rigby (an excellent 22nd on her club debut) and Denise Morley (23rd) to come away with the team bronze.  The ladies B team comprising Andrea James (26th), Ella Jeffries (40th), Becky Cooke (46th) and Tina Southgate (58th) placed an... read more

Essex Cross Country League fixture Saturday 11th January at Hilly Fields, Colchester

Marshals required for both the course and the for car parking As fixture hosts we are required to marshal the course which requires at least 12 people plus 2 car park assistants. The first of five races starts at 10:30 with the final race starting at 12:45. Car park assistants are required from 9:15 to 12:15. Marshals are required from 9:50 to 13:45. If you are able to help please add your name to the list on the club notice board by 7th January or respond to this post by e-mailing me - [email protected]uk. A number of volunteers have already offered to marshal the junior... read more

Runners vs Riders 2019

Competitors once again battled it out for the Markham Cup  in the Annual Boxing Day Runners v Riders event at Friday Woods now in its 89th year. Though the conditions of the extended course were challenging with a mixture of muddy Essex clay and woodland trails this seemed to have little effect on the confident cyclists who dominated the race from the start, led by the highly rated individual winner 19 year old Cameron Hurst who flew round the 4 1/2 mile course in 19m 29secs, this was the fourth time he has won this race – a unique achievement.  The team event was... read more

Many Harriers in action over the Christmas period.

The Witham Boxing Day 5 saw 19 Colchester Harriers lining up on the start line and they showed few signs of over-indulgence over the Christmas period, recording a string of impressive performances. Mark McKeown led the way clocking 27:56 to finish twelfth overall and first home for the club and he was closely followed across the finish line by Tom Creswell, continuing his comeback with an impressive 29:28.  Keith Marley also went under 30 minutes to finish first V50 in 29:34, an on-form Dan Summersgill posted a Personal Best (PB) 30:10 with Simon Ford also running his fastest ever 5... read more

Latest Harriers news from Essex…, and further afield.

The festive trail racing season reached its climax with three events over three days, with the wet weather making for testing conditions.  The 10K search for Santa event from Littley Green saw Melissa Dowell finish first lady after benefiting from time bonuses to record a time of 28:26. Dowell was then in action again a few days later in Little Baddow, running 1:17:58 to finish second female in the 13K race.  Meanwhile Malcolm Statham clocked 1:45:46 at the Elves 11 trail from Maldon. In parkrun action the Colchester Castle event survived the wet conditions with 24 Colchester... read more

Membership Rates 2020/2021 Season

Membership Rates 2020/2021 Season

Please find below a list of the Membership Fees for the 20/21 Season, which commences on 1st April 2020. Membership Rates 20/21Adult First Claim - 55.00 * (approved at AGM)Adult Second Claim - 39.00Junior - 37.50 * (approved at AGM)Post 16 Student - 37.50 *Distant Member - 40.00 *Family 2 Adult 1 Child - 132.50 **Family 1 Adult 2 Child - 115.00 **Family 0 Adult 3 Child - 97.50 **Social - 12.00Coach - 12.00* Includes £16.00 England Athletics Affiliation Fee** Includes 3 x £16.00 England Athletics Fee Membership Fees have not risen since 2015, when... read more

Ladies and under 15 girls shine at a muddy Writtle

The third fixture of the Essex Cross Country League on a muddy course at Writtle College saw Colchester Harriers’ women’s team hold on to their third place after finishing third on the day.  Heidi Steele shrugged off injury concerns to finish in 11th position, with Denise Morley (14th and first V50), Rachel Dale (29th) and Alexandra Hennessey (32nd) completing the scoring team.  Debbie Cattermole also had a good day, finishing 43rd and second V55. Thomas Palmer was the first man home for the club, finishing 41st although he was closely followed by Cameron Humphries (42nd)... read more

Harriers win six medals at Oxford

Colchester Harriers’ Men’s Vet 50 team were in top form once again as they travelled to Oxford for the South of England Masters Cross Country Championship.  The quartet of Allen Smalls, Keith Marley, Paul Spowage and Colin Ridley saw off tough opposition from Guildford and Godalming AC on their way to the silver medals.  Meanwhile running for Essex in the Under 13's Inter Counties event Lyla Belshaw finished in an impressive ninth position, also helping her team into the silver medal position. In the under 17's event Milly Presland finished 21st as the Essex team took bronze... read more

UK marathon record for veteran Mingay

Colchester Harriers Super-vet Paul Mingay has run his way into the record books with an outstanding performance in the Valencia Marathon.  The 62 year old Feering based athlete recorded a remarkable time of 2:45:14 and in doing so broke the UK record for the fastest ever marathon ran by an over 60 athlete, beating the previous record set in 1991 by over a minute.  Mingay was also over 4 minutes ahead of his nearest rival on the day in what was a top quality international field.  Harrier’s international race walker Daniel King also ran in the event, finishing his first... read more