Green vests virtually take on the Team of ’93

Although training has been continuing during lockdown on a solo basis, with running events in limbo Colchester Harriers’ athletes are finding it increasingly difficult to maintain the sharpness required for racing. With this in mind, various virtual competitions including a 100km relay, an Easter marathon competition, and an Ekiden Marathon 6 stage relay have  been organised by the club during lockdown, and in the latest of them at the current crop of runners took on a legendary Harriers team from yesteryear. In 1993  the club recorded its fastest ever time in the in the... read more

Valhalla Throws Academy Virtual Throws Competition

Valhalla Throws Academy Virtual Throws Competition

by Rob Earle As a boredom breaker in these challenging times and to create a focal point for Shot Putters, the Valhalla Academy, based in York, organised an online Shot competition for Saturday 2nd May 2020. Although not official, itprovided the throwing community an opportunity for 200 athletes from around the globe whilst raising money for NHS charities. Those entered were asked to be creative in their facilitation of throwing “circles” if they had no access to specific competition areas or specific equipment. The highlight of the day was a screened competition on the Vinco... read more

Lydia’s Endurance Group 5 Mile Challenge

Lydia’s Endurance Group 5 Mile Challenge

In order to sustain a level of fitness and motivation in a time in which we are unable to run together, we all agreed to complete a challenge; a simple formula which involved running 5 miles each week over 4 weeks and recording the time. A bottle of wine was the incentive for the fastest boy and fastest girl. 22 of us took part and each week submitted our fastest time and there certainly were some quick times and great overall improvements in terms of speed and time. Lou Yates at 38.02 and Arthur Whiston at 35.55 won, with the quickest time and are owed a bottle of wine each - well... read more

Developing a New Strategy for England Athletics in 2021

Developing a New Strategy for England Athletics in 2021

England Athletics are in the process of reviewing their strategy with the aim of launching a new plan to start in 2021. Below outlines our current strategy, challenges and future priorities; to help shape the future strategy and direction of our sport. Current Strategy The current strategy Athletics For Everyone: Forever has been in place since 2017. Successes we have seen during the past three years, include: 7,000 more licensed leaders, 2,000 more licensed coaches and 300 more licensed officials.The number of affiliated athletes and runners has increased by 20,000 to... read more

Coronavirus Statement

Coronavirus Statement

Athletics in England suspension extended until 31 May 2020 Following the further restrictions on movement put in place by the UK Government last night, UKA and the Home Country Athletics Federations have made the following updates to our previous statement issued on 17 March: 1. Extending the suspension of all athletics activity in England to the 31 May. Initially this had been agreed to the end of April]. This suspension includes all organised athletics activity in the UK, including all competitions, formal club activities, running groups, and all Education activity... read more

Membership Renewals Notice

Membership Renewals Notice

The Management Committee has decided that, with the current situation regarding the COVID-19 virus, now is not the right time to ask you to renew your Colchester Harriers memberships. We will continue to closely monitor the situation and when, hopefully in the not too distant future, circumstances return to some form of normality, we will invite you to renew your club membership. You should not worry that your membership will show as expiring at the end of March 2020 on WebCollect. You do not need to do anything at this time. We will keep you updated as and when necessary, via... read more

Medals galore at road relays

The club confirmed their position as one of the counties’ leading running clubs with an incredible medal haul at the Essex Road Relays Championships, held on their home turf at Abbey Fields, Colchester. Colchester Harriers finished second in both the men’s and women’s senior competition.  Jennifer Lovelock, Laura Hubbard and Heidi Steele were the successful women’s trio with Steele running 19:22, the fastest anchor leg of the day, to overhaul Southend and clinch silver.  The men’s quartet of Chris Sellens, Ramadan Osman, Dan Widdowson and Dean Williamson pushed Ilford hard all... read more

CANCELLATION OF TRAINING AT THE GARRISON TRACK

CANCELLATION OF TRAINING AT THE GARRISON TRACK

Following advice given by the government yesterday afternoon regarding the spread of the COVID19 virus, the club's management committee (in consultation with the our coaches), and taking into consideration our responsibility to protect athletes, coaches and other club members, has decided that it has no alternative but to cancel all training at the Garrison track WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT. I can assure you that this decision has not been taken lightly. The committee will closely monitor developments over the coming months and will let you know via the club website and other social media... read more

Harriers wrap up the Ellison’s XC League in style

Colchester Harriers romped to victory in the Eillisons Cross Country League, wrapping up both the senior and junior titles with a barnstorming performance in the final fixture of the season in Hadleigh.  Colchester have dominated the senior competition all season and it was business as usual at Hadleigh with Chris Sellens, Nate Filer, Dan Widdowson, Dan King, Paul Rodgers, Tom Cresswell, Jon Nears and Thomas Palmer finishing in the top 14 for the men and Aiko Hennington, Kat Rigby, Denise Morley and Ellie Mayne all featuring in the top 10 of the women’s race. Alexandra Hennessey backed... read more