Over 50 men give Harriers first ever Southern team road medals

The Southern Road Relays at Crystal palace are a very high class affair with most of the top runners from the region competing over the 6.5km course. Colchester Harriers for the first time, thanks to coach Richard Pickering, had teams in each of the three men’s categories and came up trumps in the over 50 competition. With no medals ever won at this event by Harriers the over 50 men produced the goods finishing runners up to take the silver medals behind Aldershot Farnham and District with South London Harriers third.  Great runs came from all four of the team with anchor man Allen... read more

Jeggo and Ogunleye End Season in Style

Jeggo and Ogunleye End Season in Style

It was a busy end to the season for Colchester Harriers Joy Ogunleye and Rebecca Jeggo. On Saturday both had an amazing experience competing at the Great North City Games. The event was held on a purpose-built track at the iconic Gateshead quayside. This included some of the top athletes from the UK as well as the Diamond league circuit, with whom Joy and Rebecca stayed at the same hotel as on the Friday.  They enjoyed dinner with GB sprinter Richard Kilty, before meeting others including Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford. Both Colchester athletes qualified for the event based on their... read more

South of England Intercounty championships

South of England Intercounty championships

5 of Colchester Harriers athletes were selected to represent Essex at the southern intercounty championships at a sunny Horspath oxford on Saturday U20 Joy Ogunleye, U20 Rebecca Jeggo, U20 Jake Young, U15 Sam Shippey. and U15  Olivia Simon And what a day it was for Sam Shippey and Rebecca Jeggo. Sam comfortably won his 300m heat in 37.88 and then took maximum points for Essex in the final winning in 36.89 just outside his PB Not to be out done Rebecca Jeggo went in the 200m again comfortably winning her heat jogging across the line in 25.65. Rebecca lined up in the final with the... read more

Harriers Hold Heads High

Harriers Hold Heads High

Junior members of CHAC can be justly proud of themselves having reached the Plate Final of the Eastern Young Athletics League for the first time ever. Once again defying the hot conditions, the team travelled to Stevenage on Sunday 2 September to compete against five other teams from across the region to decide 7th to 12th position placings. The last weekend of School holidays may have deprived the club of a fielding a full team, however despite this, there were many stand out performances and a strong team spirit which helped them finish in 6th place on the day.  The U15 Girls and... read more

Smalls Is Tip Top

Allen Smalls had another great run in his warm up for the 50 mile Dolgellau Ultra at the end of August. Smalls came runner up at the Hatfield Forest Half Marathon and first veteran over 50. David Wright at last put his injuries behind him to be the first over 60 in 32nd place. Fay Smalls also ran well in the severe conditions. Ed Mitchell led the Harriers contingent at the Ipswich Twilight 10km, clocking 34-05, Chris Manby ran well in 39-53, as did Keith Marley 39-36,then came Craig Mitchell 40-50, and Rebecca Cooke. Megan Yallop ran 54-57. Angus Holford ran a superb 3000m steeplechase... read more

Heroic Performances see Harriers through to Plate Final

Heroic Performances see Harriers through to Plate Final

This season’s dramatic heat wave has been matched by an equally phenominal increase in the number of Harrier Track and Field athletes.  The influx has ensured a new strength and depth to the teams, and so with their final match of the season in Peterborough on Sunday 5 August (always a tough month to get athletes out to compete), there were hopes that being able to cover as many events as possible would gain the green vests the score needed for a top three finish.  It was all about the points and  securing a place in the top 12 clubs in the Eastern region and with it a chance to... read more

Trio relay at Muller Games

Trio relay at Muller Games

On Sunday 22 July, Rebecca Jeggo and Joy Ogunleye, competing for their higher claim club Shaftesbury Barnett Harriers, took part in the Club Connect Relays as a prequel to the Muller Anniversary Games at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium. The Club Connect initiative has the objective of recognising and rewarding the significant contributions made by clubs in supporting athletes through all levels of their athletics journey. The initiative has gone from strength to strength since being launched in January 2014 and plans to continue growing! Clubs are the foundation of the athletics pyramid,... read more

World U20 Silver for Dobson

World U20 Silver for Dobson

In an almost unblemished season, Charlie Dobson went to the World U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland hoping to bring back a medal as part of the GB 4 x 100m relay squad and intrigued to see how he faired in his individual event. He opened his Championship campaign on Friday 12 July, Day 3 of the champs, in heat 4, lane 8 of the 200m;  the three previous heats had all been won in times quicker than his PB and knew he would have to pull something special out the bag to just qualify through.  He produced a blistering run, winning comfortably and in a new PB of 20.65 (w-0.1) taking .08 of... read more

Harriers win by one point at home meeting

Harriers win by one point at home meeting

Colchester Harriers continued their rise up the Southern Athletics league Division One table with an impressive one point victory over Blackheath and Bromley. On a swelteringly hot day at the Garrison track, Harriers were spearheaded by Man of the Match performances from Paul Clifford and Philippa Davenhall. Paul clinched victory in the 800 metres in 1.58.4s. This was Paul’s last race for the Harriers and we all wish him well at University in Manchester. With victory in the Hammer, Discus and Shot Put, Philippa led a spirited Women’s team who had various athletes away competing at... read more

English Schools athletic championships 2018

English Schools athletic championships 2018

The English Schools Athletics Championships were held at the Birmingham International Athletics Stadium over the weekend. School county teams are selected based on the athletes achieving performance standards. Four Colchester Harriers athletes competed Friday and Saturday. In the Senior Girls 100m Joy Ogunleye, Essex, had a tough heat and ran well. She finished third in a time of 12.25s, to qualify for the final. Also competing in the same event was Caitlin O'Reilly. Caitlin was representing Suffolk for the sixth time and was their women’s team captain for the event. Her time of 12.66s,... read more