Ram storms to Benfleet 15 win

Ram Osman continued his fast start to 2020 by claiming victory in the 30th running of the Benfleet 15 in sunny conditions on the South Essex coast.  Osman completed the gruelling, muddy 15 mile off-road course in a remarkable 1:32:56 to finish over a minute ahead of second placed finisher, training partner Aaron Graves.  Paul Rodgers was next home for the club, coming home 23rd out of a field of nearly 900 in a time of 1:44:23, with Gavin Scanlon not far behind in 31st in 1:47:13.  James Wright recorded 1:48:41 as Chris Manby shrugged off injury concerns to run strongly to... read more

Sportshall Success for Harriers

On Sunday 19 January, Colchester Harriers were represented by three youngsters at the 2020 Sportshall UK Championships East Region Final which saw over 400 athletes compete for the first time at the University of Essex Sports Arena. For Amelie and Megan Taylor this was their second year competing for Team Essex and having not been selected last year, Florence Clark was delighted to join them following successful qualifying rounds held over the past few months in Chelmsford. Sportshall athletics, with its adapted athletic events, is an ideal fun opportunity to learn core skills and be... read more

Harriers rise to the challenge of busy cross country weekend

A huge weekend of cross country running saw Colchester Harriers maintain their challenge on two different fronts. The fourth fixture in the Essex Cross Country League calendar on Saturday saw teams from across the county descend on Colchester’s aptly named Hilly Fields Course.  A good turnout saw Harriers emerge victorious in the senior women’s event –  new girl Kat Rigby leading the way with an impressive eighth position, closely followed by Heidi Steele (9th) with veteran Denise Morley (13th) and Andrea James (15th) completing the scoring team.  The Harriers’... read more

Bronze medals for Milly and senior ladies at Basildon

Colchester Harriers’ ladies continued their run of success at the Essex County Cross Country Championships at a sunny Gloucester Park, Basildon.  Milly Presland led the way, running a strong race to secure the overall bronze medal in the U17 Women’s race whilst in the senior women’s race Laura Hubbard (14th) combined with Sarah Stradling (17th), Kat Rigby (an excellent 22nd on her club debut) and Denise Morley (23rd) to come away with the team bronze.  The ladies B team comprising Andrea James (26th), Ella Jeffries (40th), Becky Cooke (46th) and Tina Southgate (58th) placed an... read more

Essex Cross Country League fixture Saturday 11th January at Hilly Fields, Colchester

Marshals required for both the course and the for car parking As fixture hosts we are required to marshal the course which requires at least 12 people plus 2 car park assistants. The first of five races starts at 10:30 with the final race starting at 12:45. Car park assistants are required from 9:15 to 12:15. Marshals are required from 9:50 to 13:45. If you are able to help please add your name to the list on the club notice board by 7th January or respond to this post by e-mailing me - [email protected] A number of volunteers have already offered to marshal the junior... read more

Runners vs Riders 2019

Competitors once again battled it out for the Markham Cup  in the Annual Boxing Day Runners v Riders event at Friday Woods now in its 89th year. Though the conditions of the extended course were challenging with a mixture of muddy Essex clay and woodland trails this seemed to have little effect on the confident cyclists who dominated the race from the start, led by the highly rated individual winner 19 year old Cameron Hurst who flew round the 4 1/2 mile course in 19m 29secs, this was the fourth time he has won this race – a unique achievement.  The team event was... read more

Many Harriers in action over the Christmas period.

The Witham Boxing Day 5 saw 19 Colchester Harriers lining up on the start line and they showed few signs of over-indulgence over the Christmas period, recording a string of impressive performances. Mark McKeown led the way clocking 27:56 to finish twelfth overall and first home for the club and he was closely followed across the finish line by Tom Creswell, continuing his comeback with an impressive 29:28.  Keith Marley also went under 30 minutes to finish first V50 in 29:34, an on-form Dan Summersgill posted a Personal Best (PB) 30:10 with Simon Ford also running his fastest ever 5... read more

Latest Harriers news from Essex…, and further afield.

The festive trail racing season reached its climax with three events over three days, with the wet weather making for testing conditions.  The 10K search for Santa event from Littley Green saw Melissa Dowell finish first lady after benefiting from time bonuses to record a time of 28:26. Dowell was then in action again a few days later in Little Baddow, running 1:17:58 to finish second female in the 13K race.  Meanwhile Malcolm Statham clocked 1:45:46 at the Elves 11 trail from Maldon. In parkrun action the Colchester Castle event survived the wet conditions with 24 Colchester... read more

Membership Rates 2020/2021 Season

Membership Rates 2020/2021 Season

Please find below a list of the Membership Fees for the 20/21 Season, which commences on 1st April 2020. Membership Rates 20/21Adult First Claim - 55.00 * (approved at AGM)Adult Second Claim - 39.00Junior - 37.50 * (approved at AGM)Post 16 Student - 37.50 *Distant Member - 40.00 *Family 2 Adult 1 Child - 132.50 **Family 1 Adult 2 Child - 115.00 **Family 0 Adult 3 Child - 97.50 **Social - 12.00Coach - 12.00* Includes £16.00 England Athletics Affiliation Fee** Includes 3 x £16.00 England Athletics Fee Membership Fees have not risen since 2015, when... read more

Ladies and under 15 girls shine at a muddy Writtle

The third fixture of the Essex Cross Country League on a muddy course at Writtle College saw Colchester Harriers’ women’s team hold on to their third place after finishing third on the day.  Heidi Steele shrugged off injury concerns to finish in 11th position, with Denise Morley (14th and first V50), Rachel Dale (29th) and Alexandra Hennessey (32nd) completing the scoring team.  Debbie Cattermole also had a good day, finishing 43rd and second V55. Thomas Palmer was the first man home for the club, finishing 41st although he was closely followed by Cameron Humphries (42nd)... read more