Essex Schools Champs 2016

The young Harriers were out in force in the County Schools Championships at Chelmsford with fifteen athletes representing the North East Essex District, many achieving personal best times and distances

The most successful event was the intermediate men’s 800M where Jake Young took gold ,1:59.6, and Oscar Dawson silver, 2:01.8, confirming their dominance in the event within the county.

The club’s sprinters remain particularly strong and this was evident with 5 medals being won.

Rebecca Jeggo continued her recent good form in winning the intermediate women’s 200m, crossing the line in a PB and schools National Standard of 24.93. Training partner Charlie Dobson won silver, also in a PB of 22.70 and Entry Standard, being pipped on the line by two hundredths of a second in exciting intermediate men’s 200m.

In the intermediate men’s 100m, arguably the most competitive race of the day with the top four athletes bettering the Entry Standard, first year Callum McKay took bronze in a photo finish with a PB of 11.11

The success continued in the longer sprints. Daniel Jones held his form throughout the junior boy 300m to move through the field to take bronze with a PB of 38.72. Jed Asemota also took bronze and produced a big PB of 52.46 in the intermediate men’s 400m with a consistent performance.

There was a bronze in the intermediate men’s javelin by Jordan Fester. This was also a PB of 48.65, improving on his previous best by 1.75m.

In the middle distances both Max Caulfield & Danny Millward progressed comfortably through their heats in the junior boys 1500M. In the final Max finished fifth with a PB of 4:35.3, and Danny seventh in a time of 4:41.8. Hannah Watson finished fifth in the intermediate women’s 1500m, 5:09.2

In the other field events, Lauren Strutt & Henry Lawes both competed in the junior long jump. Both finished seventh with jumps of 4.5m and an outdoor PB for Lauren & 5.3m for Henry.

Despite Aliyah Soames and Millie Belbin struggling with injuries, both still  contributed good points for the schools team with a fourth place in the junior girls javelin and fifth in the intermediate women’s long jump respectively.