EYAL: Hemel Hempstead

Colchester Harriers made the trip to Hemel Hempstead for the 4th match of the EYAL, knowing they were up against 3 teams placed higher in the league, so expected strong competition .

The day started with some fine wins in the hammer event by Michael Everitt u17men, Philippa Davenall U17women, straight from winning a Bronze medal at English Schools and new comer David Ignioba U15boys throwing an amazing 32.27, which he followed up later on with a club record in shot of 12.52! Michael also went on to produce pbs in shot and discus later in the day.

Hurdlers were first  on the track  with Niamh Black u13 70mh, Katie Rice U15 80mh and Charlotte Hoskyn u15 80mh  (1st) all achieving pbs and starting the track events off positively.

Athletes continued to produce Pbs in all areas of track and field. Those producing fine runs in the 100m resulting in pb’s were Charlie Dobson u17, Jake Young u17, Daniel Jones u15, Charlie Walder and Gareth Thrower U13 along with Madeline Claydon, Jessica Elmer, Eleanor Hopgood, Olivia Horn u13 girls and Megan Stevens u15, who went on to also achieve pbs in 200m and shot.

Over 800m Oscar Dawson u17 lead from the start with a fine win whilst, Marcus Holmes u15 boys, Hannah Watson u15 girls and Pippa Garbutt (1st) U15 girls ran pb’s with Pippa and Hannah going on to jump pb’s in high jump, along with U15 Lauren Strutt and U13 Eleanor Hopgood.  The boys not wanting to be out done in the high jump had pb’s jumped by U13 Ziggy Lambton, Harry Varela U17 and Jake Young U17. Jake continued his fine form with a pb in 200m and a win for the u17m 4×100 relay at the end of the day.

The longer distance 1500m saw Max Caulfield u15, Archie French u15and  Maisie Waterson u13 run pbs too.

The changing weather didn’t hamper the pb’s continuing in any of the field or track events, as Matthew Wisdom u13 had pbs in long jump and javelin and Finlay Mac Brayne u13  200m.

Abigail Read u17 Jasmine West U15 and Aliyah Soames u13 had pb’s in Javelin, with Aliyah breaking her previous club record as well as a pb in shot. Hollie Speller u15 had a pb in shot, and discus saw Yasmin Othman u17 ,Lauren Strutt u15 and Maisie Waterson u13, Mufaro Shava u15 boy produce bests with Phillippa Davenall u17 gaining a valuable 1st in this event.

Max Caulfield u15 and Ziggy Lambton u13 also threw pb’s in Javelin.

As the sun shone for the final sprints of the day, 200m pb’s were achieved by Mufaro Shava u15, Madeline Claydon u13, Olivia Horn u13, Jessica Elmer u13.

Isabelle Minder jumped to a pb in long jump whilst Courtney Bland produced SB in long and triple jump.

The team finished a very creditable 4th overall for the day having shown true team spirit.

With one last push this season the club can break through the 600pts barrier. Last season we were pleased when we broke the 500 points barrier a feat we have not failed to achieve in the four fixtures this year.