Filer wins inaugural Reservoir race by David Wright

The first running of the Race the Reservoir 10 mile multi terrain event was held at the weekend in glorious weather, giving the runners an opportunity of good times and excellent views across the watery expanse. Colchester Harriers filled the first seven places with Nath Filer running an exceptional time of 1h 01m 03s to set the standard for next year and breeze to victory with team mates Richard Heath 1h 05m 09s and Allen Smalls 1h 06m 15s filling the minor places. Smalls was the first veteran while Jenny Richardson was the first over 50 lady. Other Harriers times were 4th Ian Haw 1h... read more

David Heather, 81 years. Past President and Life Member

David Heather, 81 years. Past President and Life Member

David died in Colchester Hospital on Sunday 2nd June 2019,  following a very short illness. For several years he had been resident at Mistley Manor Nursing Home. Mistley, Essex. Margaret and I have visited him along with other  members of our Club. David was a Trustee at Hamilton Lodge, Great Bromley, a home for adults with learning difficulties. For many years Colchester Joggers/Harriers supported the home and raised monies towards projects and gifts for residents at Christmas. We also had access to their large gardens and lawned areas for events and a location to start races... read more

Harriers at Essex Schools Track and Field Championships

Harriers at Essex Schools Track and Field Championships

On Saturday 8 June, twenty junior athletes from Harriers Athletics Club represented North East Essex at the Essex County Schools 88th Track and Field Championships 2019, held at Chelmsford Athletic Centre. Participants were vying for team selection to compete at the prestigious English Schools Championships in July. One of the earliest competitors to take on the challenge was Sean Emeka-Ugwuadu. A recent transferee, Sean has proved himself invaluable to the EYAL team and regularly scores highly in both Long and High Jump as well as sprints.  For the Championships he could only... read more

HARRIERS HAMMER THROWERS by Rob Earle

HARRIERS HAMMER THROWERS by Rob Earle

Hammer throwers, Billy Pram Singh and James Hamblin produced excellent performances over the weekend of 1st & 2nd June. Competing at the South of England U20 and Senior Championships in Bedford on Sunday 2nd, Billy, contested for the first time since an unfortunate knee injury, and following six weeks of focused rehab, produced one of his best national standard performances to claim a silver medal. He placed second with a best of 54.08 m and a put together a series of throws which indicate that a PB is on the cards in the coming weeks. He also has an England U23 championships top... read more

Jones does well in iconic race

Colchester Harriers were competing at many events over the last week, Pete Jones got the green vests off to a great start running in the iconic London to Brighton 100km, Jones clocked 13 hours 50 mins over the tough hilly course to finish 53rd out of 800 runners, it was a fine effort by Jones in his first 100km race Experienced distance runner Allen Smalls took the notorious Stour Valley marathon held over the tough terrain of Suffolk in his stride finishing joint third in 3h 38m, with the winner the British 100km Champion who clocked 6h 44m this year over that distance taking first place... read more

Club Records tumble at hottest meet of Year

Club Records tumble at hottest meet of Year

On Sunday 2 June, Colchester Harriers Juniors travelled down the A12 to compete their toughest match of the season.  Facing host team Chelmsford as well Basildon and Havering - three of the top clubs in the eastern region - as well as teams from CATS and North Suffolk, points were of the essence.  Provisional results placed the team in a great 4th place finish with 595 points. This maintains the team in 9th position in the league and – all going well over the next two matches - in line for a chance to compete once again in the plate final. Little Lyla Belshaw made history in... read more

Southern Athletics League match 2   Eton

Southern Athletics League match 2 Eton

SWith many athletes unavailable this weekend due to international competition, GCSE exams and injury's, it was a depleted team that traveled to Eton for our 2nd league match of the season. For those that made the trip, there were some amazing performances and an abundance of support and encouragement. We may have come 4th in the match, but we fought to the end for every point. For the women, many were competing in events for the first time, in the sprints Ella Gray took 3rd in the 100m and 4th in the 200m. In the B string Megan Stevens took 4th in 100m and Jenny Palmer took 4th in the... read more

Frost wins Paras 10

Barry Frost strode to victory in the Paras 10 held from Abbey Fields and taking in a host of terrains including stream crossings in what is now an established Colchester event. Harriers Alex Sales, Ian Haw and Natasha Rice, were also well to the fore. The Cader Idris Fell race held in Dolgellau in mid Wales is a real test with the summit of the mountain of Idris the half way point of this tough 12 mile event. The three intrepid Harriers Richard Flutter, Debbie Cattermole and Becky Cooke made it to the misty summit and then completed the reverse downward run back to the town. In... read more

Harriers at Loughborough International

Harriers at Loughborough International

Three Colchester Harriers competed at the Loughborough International Athletics meeting on Sunday 19 May 2019. The event included national teams from England, Scotland & Wales, as well as teams from GB Juniors, British Universities and a team from the host club. Fresh from her BUCS’ success Philippa Davenall was the first to compete, representing the British Universities team in the hammer.  She continued her season’s good form launching the hammer to her third best ever distance of 58.04m to take a credible 7th place in the match. Charlie Dobson continued his return to... read more

This weeks busy road running round up

Adrian Mussett, although 47, continues to inspire younger runners. The Veteran runner won the high quality Grand East Anglian 10km Run in Kings Lynn in a superb time of 32m 46s, yet again leaving the field in his wake. Anita Mussett clocked a good 48m 04s. At the tough Halstead Marathon it was team silver medals for the Green vests, Nate Filer 2h 40m, James Wright 2h 52m,  Chris Manby 3h 11m, with his first ever Essex medal, who took the honours. Nate Filer  was third overall and so took the Essex individual bronze medal while James Wright's eighth position saw him awarded the veteran... read more