Ram wins the 2019 Colchester half marathon

Ramadan Osman raced to his second half marathon victory of the year in Sunday's Colchester half marathon clocking 68m 45s to win by over a minute. Ram, who also won the race in March 2018, was nearly a minute quicker this year. He also improved his personal best, set when he won the Great Bentley half marathon in early February, by nine seconds. Jason Gunn was 12th in 1h 15m 55s followed by Richard Heath who ran sub 80 minutes clocking 1h 18m 47s. Several Harriers finished in the next few minutes led by Robert Smith 1h 22m 57s, Keith Marley 1h 22m 59s (first over 50), Barry Frost... read more

More news from the last couple of weeks

Harriers athletes have posted more excellent results during the last couple of weeks including some very good half marathon performances and trophy winners at the Colchester 15 and 7.5 mile road races which was staged by the club and was enjoyed by all the runners on a sunny but windy morning. Surrey half marathon (last weekend) - Helen Taczynski 1h 30m 28s (PB) and Andy Taczynski 1h 35m 24s.London Vitality half marathon (last weekend) - Ed Mitchell 1h 10m 09s (PB), Mark McKeown 1h 17m 55s, Barry Frost 1h 24m 44s.Brentwood half marathon - Keith Marley 1h 24m 20sFleet Army Championship... read more

Medals galore at the Essex Road Relays

Colchester Harriers runners were out in force at the Essex Road Relays held on a very windy seafront at Harwich on Saturday morning. The Green vests were in outstanding form claiming seven sets of team medals, a club record. Women race The green vests showed tremendous team spirit to win the womens race and take the gold medals in the over 35 team race in an exciting race which saw three teams break the hour mark.  The victorious Harriers team clocking 59m 33s to win the over 35 race by more than four minutes from Saffron Striders. The experienced Sarah Stradling clocked 20m 33s for... read more

Juniors in action

Six Harriers took part in the under 13/15 indoor open meeting at Lee Valley on Saturday. In the 60m sprint races the four girls recorded personal best performances. Under 13 Hollie Martin-Whymark was the quickest clocking 8.81s and 8.80s to improve her PB, set in the Essex indoor championships last month, by 0.11s. Under 15 Talia Wynter dipped under 9 seconds for the first time in the first of her two races clocking 8.91s. Under 15 Raine Tylor's fastest run was timed at 9.29s with under 13 Jessica Scotchmer stopping the clock at 9.35s in her first run. In the 200m races under 15... read more

Highwoods Park run off to a fine start

The Club were out in force as the Town celebrated the arrival of a second Park run to help take the pressure off Colchester Castle which is seeing increasing numbers every Saturday morning. With the two runs starting at the same time at different ends of the town it is hoped to level things out more, however the first running at Highwoods saw an impressive 275 runners take part, while the Castle Park numbers only dropped marginally with 375 turning out. So even on the first day another 150 runners appeared and this was on the day when the Majors 5km Big Run, which attracted around 200... read more

English Champs Create Club Records for Ogunleye and Akinboh.

English Champs Create Club Records for Ogunleye and Akinboh.

Three teenage Harriers took the journey to Sheffield to compete in the England Athletics Age Group Championships held over the weekend of 23rd and 24th February. On Saturday Joy Ogunleye successfully worked her way through three rounds to find herself in the final of the U20 women’s 60m.  Once again utilising her lightening start to gain her a good advantage from the gun and showing composure in round two as her semi-final was thwarted by a delayed recall on a false start. In an exciting and much anticipated final, she displayed a great return to form to cross the line in a very... read more

Weekly roundup

The Harriers competed in numerous events during the week starting indoors at Lee Valley where a handful of Harriers competed in an open meeting on Wednesday. Young Thomas Palmer won his 800m race in 2m 00.12. In the next 800m race Danny Millward was also a winner in 2m 09.93s with Tom Cresswell runner up 2m 20.09s and Paul Preston 3rd in 2m 23.71s. In the 1,500m races Ermeas Aferwerki clocked 4m 12.85s in his race. Danny Millward was runner up in his race in 4m 20.47s. Tom Cresswell set a personal best in 4m 42.79s and Paul Preston also set a new indoor best of 4m 52.05s. At the... read more

Dobson joins list of top Harriers Athletes

The Club's Senior Awards night for 2018 performances saw highly ranked GB international under 20 sprinter Charlie Dobson take the coveted Harriers Athlete of the Year. Dobson had a phenomenal year both indoors and outdoors culminating in him taking the silver medal in the IAAF under 20 World Championships held at Tampere, Finland in July, clocking an amazing 20.57s in the final, missing out on the gold medal by less than 1/10th of a second. Dobson ran 20.53s in the semi final which took him to the number two spot in UK 2018 under 20 rankings and number nine in the UK 2018 overall... read more

Brilliant Double By Harriers

Colchester Harriers seniors duly wrapped up the North Essex and South Suffolk Cross Country League with another easy victory at the final fixture at a very spring like Gosfield School. The juniors also were league winners and matched the seniors with five victories from the six races and both squads were  runner up in the other match. Ramadam Osman won the race with ease, after it had been restarted when the field all went off course due to a missing marshal early on. Osman was his normal talented self,  running away from the field early on. The reliable Chris Sellens was... read more