This years English Schools Athletics national championships were held in Gateshead’s International stadium at the weekend. Three young Colchester Harriers athletes were in action, one representing Suffolk and two helping the Essex team to overall victory.
Essex were crowned champions of the event and were helped by some exceptional performances, one being a Bronze medal winning performance from Philippa Davenhall in the senior girls Hammer.
Philippa qualified for the final comfortably on Friday and went into the event with the leading distance thrown in qualifying, giving her a great chance of a medal in the final, where she duly delivered with a superb throw of 53.76m for 3rd spot.
Rebecca Jeggo also scored great points and a final place in the inter girls 200m, clocking a best time of 25.1secs at the weekend, she came a superb 5th place in a hotly contested final.
Finn O’Reilly was representing Suffolk in the junior boys javelin. Finn finished 5th overall with a new PB and club record of 48.65 but narrowly missed a medal in a tight competition where 2nd to 6th places were separated by less then 3m
The competition was a great experience for the three of them in their development for the future