UK marathon record for veteran Mingay

Colchester Harriers Super-vet Paul Mingay has run his way into the record books with an outstanding performance in the Valencia Marathon.  The 62 year old Feering based athlete recorded a remarkable time of 2:45:14 and in doing so broke the UK record for the fastest ever marathon ran by an over 60 athlete, beating the previous record set in 1991 by over a minute.  Mingay was also over 4 minutes ahead of his nearest rival on the day in what was a top quality international field.  Harrier’s international race walker Daniel King also ran in the event, finishing his first... read more

Annual Boxing Day Runners versus Riders cross country races

The 2019 Runners vs Riders cross country races (Colchester Harriers/CATS vs Colchester Rovers) takes place at Friday Woods, Colchester on Boxing Day. There is a junior race run over one lap (approx. 1.5miles) starting at 10:00am with the senior race taking place at 11:00am with ladies running two laps and men three laps. The undulating course will be almost certainly be muddy so suitable for spikes or trail shoes. Park in the car park in Bounstead Road near the start of the race; please car share where possible. Images from the 2008 Runner vs Riders ... read more

2019 Colchester Sports Personality Awards

Congratulations to the seven Colchester Harriers who won awards at the prestigious Colchester Sports Personality Awards evening held at the Community Stadium on Monday. Wyatt Larkins - Under 14 Boy (commendation) Isla Widdowson - Under 14 Girl (commendation) John Wheatley - Eric Chapman Award (commendation) Daniel Summersgill - Bill Tucker Award (commendation) Steve Garnham - Coach of the Year (winner) Joy Ogunleye - Female (commendation) Rebecca Jeggo - Female... read more

News from a quiet weekend

Colchester Harriers’ athletes have made a strong start to the International Running Challenge in Lanzarote, an annual competition drawing athletes from across Europe.  The Vince Regan 10K, the first of four races in four days, saw Colin Ridley clock 37:56 to win the V55 category by over two minutes and place just outside the top 20 in a field of over 400 athletes.  Simon Ford crossed the line in 41:08 whilst Andrew Conway ran 49:37. Back in the UK, on a quiet weekend for road racing Ian Rattray ran a time of 41:27 to post a Personal Best (PB) at the Olympic Park 10K in... read more

Juniors Shine at Annual Awards

Sunday 17 November saw the Pegasus Clubhouse packed for the annual awards celebration. Club stalwart, Rachel Abbot kindly agreed to be guest of honour to present the awards, with Chris Akehurst acting as host as well as quiz master to provide entertainment. Celebrations included achievements across Cross Country, Park Runs, road running as well as Track and Field where the young green vests had enjoyed one of their best seasons to date having regained the NESS Trophy and placing 10th in the EYAL league. Members were applauded for their contributions to the successes as well as to... read more

This weeks Road, Cross Country and Parkrun news roundup

The Club were out in force at this year’s Chelmsford 10K, with our athletes making the most of good conditions to post some fast times.  Keith Marley continued his purple patch, leading the club home to clock a Personal Best (PB) of 36:40 and finish first V50.  Kevin Higgins, another runner currently in fine form, was close behind in a PB of 37:09, finishing third V45.  Next to finish was Andrew Lovelock in 38:12, followed by experienced vet Colin Ridley who finished first V55 in 38:40 and Jennifer Lovelock who recorded 40:01 to just miss out on the sub-40 minute time she... read more

Several personal bests at the Stebbing 10

Several personal bests at the Stebbing 10

Colchester Harriers’ men were among the medals as they enjoyed a successful day at the Stebbing Remembrance Day 10 Road Race, which this year doubled as the Essex County 10 mile championships.  James Wright was first home for the club, recording a Personal Best (PB) of 57:39 to finish 16th overall and take home the silver medal in the 2019 V40 Essex Grand Prix series.  Keith Marley ran 1:00:46 (PB) to win the silver medal in the V50 category, closely followed by the fast-improving Kevin Higgins who took a massive 6 minutes off his PB to finish in a time of 1:01:32.  Simon Miller crossed... read more

Harriers in action all over the world…. with wins in Essex, Norfolk, West Midlands, Merseyside and even Australia!

Colchester Harriers continued their defence of the Ellisons Cross-country League title with a convincing victory in the second race of the season in Colchester.  Spring-like sunshine at Hilly Fields saw Harriers take the first 3 positions in the Men’s race with Angus Holford first home, closely followed by Ram Osman and Edward Mitchell.  The winning trio were well backed up by Chris Sellens 5th, Andrew Jobling 14th, Cameron Humphries 16th, James Wright 18th and new boy Dan Widdowson who completed the scoring team in 20th place.  The green vests had another eight men finish... read more

The final Harriers action from a busy October

Harriers stormed to victory at the Wix 5 mile road race on Sunday, winning the men’s team even with Mark McKeown, recovered from his exertions at the Chicago Marathon, finishing third in 27:38, Andy Jobling fourth in 27:47 and Jason Gunn fifth in 28:16.  The ladies race saw Kate Sandercock win the over 45 trophy in 36:21, whilst Thomas Colsell was first under 18, clocking 30:12. The Ghent Marathon in Belgium saw Richard Millward run 3h 29m, with Graham Langford crossing the line in 4h 04m despite carrying an injury for the second half of the race.  In the 10K event Richard... read more

Hammer Circle

Hammer Circle

British Association of Hammer Thrower by Rob Earle Several of Harriers successful throws group attended and competed at the annual Hammer Circle Reunion held in Hull over 12 / 13 October 2019. The weekend was a gathering of some of the finest hammer throwing talent, in many age groups from around the UK, Including world finalist Nick Miller, who was very close to a podium finish in Doha. On a fine Autumn day on the Saturday, Josephine Larkins threw a solid 47.51m for overall second place in the Under 17 age group. This was followed by a Club Record, and PB in the weight throw... read more