A marathon story you really need to read

Here’s the marathon story of an ex Colchester Harrier, Tom Cutts, who competed for the club as a teenager in the noughties.  I’m sure some of you will remember Tom, an excellent javelin thrower with a good turn of speed over 400m. The marathon was on Sunday but why has Tom not posted on Facebook, after all he loves to post. Well it’s been a tough time for Tom the last few days and it will be for a few more! So in Tom’s word here we go... 6:36:07.  If you know me I’m competitive, I had already lowered my target due to my injuries/MS mishaps but this was nearly two... read more

Almost 24 hours to Machico by Allen Smalls

Even by his own standards Colchester Harriers Allen Smalls ran an epic race at the Madeira Island ultra trail run over 115km and 4,700m climb of mountainous terrain with the added problem of a midnight start. With a lot of the worlds best ultra runners on the start line it was a top class affair and Smalls stuck solidly to the task, moving up from 472nd position early on to reach Rosairo roughly the end of the first Marathon in 352nd spot. At 81km roughly two marathons Smalls continued to climb well to Chao Da Lagona and up to 236th, finally reaching the finish at Machico at 115km (71... read more

SOUTHERN ATHLETIC LEAGUE MATCH 1   NORWICH

SOUTHERN ATHLETIC LEAGUE MATCH 1 NORWICH

Colchester Harriers headed off to Norwich for their first match of the season on Saturday. The conditions on the day were more suitable for a winter’s cross country league, despite the cold and blustery conditions, the Harriers put up a good fight for a close fought 3rd position, just behind Chelmsford AC and hosts Norwich. There were some terrific individual performances on the day and some really encouraging debuts from our younger athletes, making the move from Junior to senior athletics. Women Heather Rose ran her first race of the season over 400m and in tough conditions came in... read more

Good results for the green vests over the Easter break

Colchester Harriers turned out at numerous events over the Bank Holiday weekend with the green vests successful everywhere they competed. The Sudbury 5 mile race on Good Friday is a very popular event attracting over 500 runners and the Harriers pack were near the front of the race. Jason Gunn led the Harriers home in fourth spot clocking 28m 16s, then came Mark McKeown sixth in 28m 30s, Tom Cresswell ninth in 29m 02s and James Wright 12th in 29m 19s, the final Harrier to go sub 30 minutes. The next three home for the club we over 50 athletes with Colin Ridley 19th (first in the age... read more

Record Result for Opening Meet

Despite the mercury hovering just over 3 degrees as the coach set off for Peterborough en-route to the first EYAL meet of the year, Sunday 14 April may well be remembered as one of the coldest meets, but also one with potentially the largest opening meet scores for the club.  The junior green vests put in a magnificent display to finish in a fantastic second place with a provisional score of 605.  A great start to the track and field season placing the club in 9th position in the league after just one meet. How different from a year ago, when the team only managed to recruit 11... read more

Mitchell has great run at Manchester

The Manchester Marathon is becoming a top class event and a handful of Colchester Harriers were involved this year with some superb results. Ed Mitchell who has won a handful of good quality races in the last year including an Essex 5 and 10 mile road Championship was in sparkling form at Manchester clocking a personal best 2h 31m 46s to finish 23rd overall. Veteran Paul Preston is also in cracking form and came home in a new personal best 2h 49m 00s, knocking four minutes off his previous standing. They were followed home by Mark McKeown 2h 56m 47s, Richard Flutter 3h 10m 21s (PB), Jay... read more

Another junior club record for Jeggo

A number of the club’s junior athletes took advantage of an open meeting at Lee Valley on Saturday. In what proved to be difficult sprinting conditions, with a cold and swirling wind, all the athletes competed admirably on the back of their winter training. Having been cajoled into her first individual 400m race, Rebecca Jeggo found herself up against the 2018 English Schools’ champion. She acquitted herself well, keeping in touch with the leader until the 250m mark, finishing third in a new Junior Harriers’ club record time of 57.92s. In the 400m Jake Young ran a solid 50.19s... read more

Veteran Mingay takes gold at the Essex 5 mile championships

The Essex 5 mile Championship was held at Great Leighs showground on Sunday. Making his debut for Colchester Harriers was number one British ranked veteran over 60 in road running Paul Mingay. Mingay now nearly 63 took the county gold in his age group in a superb time of 28m 50s for 24th place overall, Colin Ridley took the over 50 silver 35th in 29m 50s, while Annette Oakman continued her fine form with a county bronze in the over 45 age group in 35m 21s and in the new under 20 road running category Fergus Crouch took silver in 30m 29s finishing overall 43rd. Other Harriers competing... read more

Global green news from Croatia, Wales, Dorset, Buckinghamshire…. and even closer to home

The Harriers twice Olympian race walker Dominic King continued his superb form with his second fastest 50km walk and fifth fastest ever in the UK all time rankings. King's time of 3h 56m 35s in Dudinska, Croatia qualified him for the World  Championships in Doha. King went through the half marathon in 1h 38m and the marathon in 3h 17m, a truly superb effort. His 5km splits were very even especially in the first half of the race at 23:09, 23:12, 23:16, 23:11, 23:11, 23:12, 23:31, 23:54, 24:46, 25:14. Allen Smalls took on the 33 mile Lulworth Cove challenge in Dorset finishing in... read more

Impressive Weekend Results Create New Club Records and PB’s

Impressive Weekend Results Create New Club Records and PB’s

Sunday 24 March saw twenty athletes competing at a Development Run Jump Throw competition hosted at the track. This was a great opportunity for fledgling athletes to gain experience within a relaxed atmosphere.  It also allowed Maxinne Simon and Chris Sale, two new Harrier officials, to judge a couple of field events, practising skills gained at last autumns officials course and gaining knowledge as we head towards the outdoor season. The competition was the culmination of a six- week multi event course organised for Sunday athletes, which saw three of Harriers older “junior”... read more