|Steve Garnham||4||Sprints, Jumps (level 3), Throws (level 2)|
|Linda Garnham||3||Sprints, Throws (level 2)|
|Chris Akehurst||3||Sprints, High Jump, Young Athletes||At school in the 1960's the only athletics that I enjoyed was middle distance running (880 yards or the mile) and cross country running. After leaving school I did very little sport but became very interested in watching athletics on the TV mainly because of the Coe, Ovett rivalry in the late 1970's. However, it was the first London Marathon in 1981 that made me think about starting running. It didn't happen straight away and it was not until September 1984 when a work colleague suggested that I do a 12.5 mile fun run that I started training. I enjoyed my first race finishing in the top half of the field and soon afterwards joined Medway Athletic Club and started regularly competing in local road races.|
In 1988 I moved to Colchester and continued running, eventually joining Colchester Joggers the following year after seeing that they were a very successful running club. I continued to compete regularly for the club, which became Colchester Harriers AC in 1995, until 2005 during which time I competed in several hundred races mainly road, cross country and trail races plus a few track races and the odd jump and throw.
By the time I retired from running I had been coaching young athletes for around ten years. I started coaching sprints before moving on to mainly coach high jump, long jump and pole vault from 2009. I am very interested in multi events and have closely followed our top heptathaletes for the last twenty years. One of my Facebook friends for the last 10 years is none other than Katarina Jompson-Tohnson.
|Dave Smith||3||Endurance, Sprints (level 2), Throws (level 2)|
|John Hyland||3||Middle distance|
|Melvyn Smith||3||Long distance/Endurance|
|Tonie Wilson||2||Middle Distance|
|Clive Thomas||2||Endurance||Having run and had an interest in athletics from an early age (meeting then heroes David Hemery and Alan Pascoe in 1972), Clive focussed primarily on middle and long distance running. He runs most days, mainly in circles.|
Having coached and assisted others for a number of years he finally became formally qualified in 2015 prior to joining Colchester Harriers later that year.
Clive assists with taking sessions for the Senior Endurance Group, he also coaches athletes outside of the Harriers.
|Steph Horner||2||Endurance||Steph was a qualified endurance coach when joining the Harriers to compete for the club in 2015.|
Successfully winning the Female Vet 45 category in the Essex Road Running Grand Prix Series, she went on to do the same for Halstead marathon in 2017.
Still competing for the club, Steph helps to coach the Elite road runners. Taking a particular interest in technique and form which aids performance improvement, she hopes to develop her interest in the science of biomechanics.
|Annette Bland||2||Sprints and Jumps|
|Gemma Smith||1||Young Athletes|
|Dave Wright||1||Leader in Running Fitness|
|Glyn Wyman||1||Assistant coach|
|Jonathan Creak||1||Coaching Assistant|
|Pete West||1||Leader in Running Fitness|
|Lydia Cunningham||1||Leader in Running Fitness||I have always run and can’t exactly pinpoint why I have this passion (my family are all artists and I certainly am not), however, what I can say is that my running brings me calm, wellbeing, motivation and happiness in my life: It must be the endorphins! I started running in primary school and was the fastest female 100 metre sprinter in Essex when I was 11 and 12 years old. Now I focus on off road, longer distances and have completed many ultras and marathons. The beauty of running for me is its accessibility; just need a good pair of trainers and a decent sports bra and that’s it, you’re off – no matter how slow or how quick! The Tuesday sessions I take comprises a combination of social runs with both hill and speed efforts. This mixed ability group is great for anyone new to running, returning to running or simply wanting to maintain a good level of fitness within a friendly group.|