Southern athletic league

Harriers finish third on home soil

Colchester Harriers claimed a solid third place in the latest Southern Athletics League Division One meeting at their home track.

In extremely hot conditions while missing a number of key athletes, Colchester hung on to a courageous third place which keeps them on pace with the top clubs in the league.

Jake Young and Stacey Eyers claimed the Man of the Match awards, Jake for his strong run in the 400 metres of 50.6s and Stacey for her hard fought second place in the women’s 800, crossing the line in 2.20.1s.

Both athletes were not finished there, Jake sprinting to second place in the 200m, clinching a personal best in the process. Despite carrying a small tear in her hamstring, Stacey found some strength in her legs to finish second in the A string 400m in 62.00 seconds.

Ramadan Osman took victory in the men’s A string 5000m with a courageous front run victory, leading from gun to tape in a time of 16.10.00s. With 12 and a half laps clearly not enough, just 45 minutes later Ramadan claimed a brilliant second place in the 1500m. He was followed in by fellow Harrier Max Caulfield who clinched a personal best of 4.22.2s when finishing second in the B race.

Chris Sellens won the 2000m Steeplechase in 6.50.7s and Ben Halls claimed a PB as he followed Sellens in with a time of 7.12.4s to win the B race. Nate Filer followed Ramadams’ earlier success with a victory in the B string 5000m in a time of 17.14.2s, his quickest time over that distance on the track.

Away from the longer distances, Matthew Rose won the 110m hurdles as well as coming second in the 400m hurdles, second in the High Jump and second in the Pole Vault.

Onto the field, there was double success in the Javelin as Paul Cooper won the A string in 47.20m, followed by Thomas Mitchell with a victory in the B string with a throw of 44.74m.

On the Women’s side, there were personal bests for Anna Taylor and Savanna Harrison in the 100m and 200m respectively.

Helen Bloomfield gained two personal bests with her second place of 5.02.9s in the 1500m and 70.8s for second place in the 400m hurdles. Samantha Hart also gained a personal best in her 1500m race with a time of 5.14.2s.

There was success for Jade Morgan with Victory in the A string Triple Jump as well as Lauren Strutt who won the B string High Jump.

Lucy Mapp showed once again her ability to compete in almost anything with a personal best in the 2000m steeplechase, a second place in the 3000m, third place in the high jump and Discus as well as a fourth place in the Hammer.

Colchester Harriers will be back in action at the next meeting on the 8th July in Chelmsford.

Other results:

100m – Joe Wilkin – 11.4. 200m – 23.7s. High Jump – 0.90m. Long Jump – 3.96m. 400m – Ross Livingstone – 52.1s. 800m – Paul Clifford – 2.01.2. Triple Jump – 10.50m. 800m – Oscar Dawson – 2.00.4s. Triple Jump – 9,59m. 110h – Robert Smith – 20.3s. 400h – 64.6s. Pole Vault – Anthony Barraclough – 1.00m. Long Jump – Daniel Jones – 3.81m. Discus – Rob Earle – 38.61m. Hammer – Paul Young – 15.84m. Hammer – Paul Srutt – 12.11m. 100m – Callum Mckay – 11.2s. 800m – Sam Shorter – 2:08.6s. 100m – Daniel Jones – 11.6s. 1500m – Fergus Crouch – 4:36.1s. 5000m – Jonathan Nears – 18:44.5s. 200m – Daniel Jones – 24.2s. 1500m – Tom Cresswell – 4:44.8s. 200m – Ross Livingstone – 23.8s. 1500m – Joseph Boden – 4:40.3s. 5000m – Mark Harrod – 17:35.5s. 2000SC = Dave Wright – 8:06.5. 5000m – Paul Rodgers – 17:53.2s. 1500m – Paul Rodgers – 4:58.9s. 200m – Sam Shorter – 24.9s. 1500m – Mark Harrod – 4:50.9s. Long Jump – Tito Sogeke – 3.53m. 100m – Megan Stevens – 13.3s. 200m – 27.3s. Shot Put – 6.34m. 800m – Denise Morley – 2.25.1s. 400mh – Filipa Mcqueen – 79.92s. Discus – 23.78m. Javelin – Hollie Speller – 17.76m.