Young Athletes EYAL match – Norwich

  • Colchester Harriers youth contingent took the long Journey up to Norwich on
    Sunday 8th July to compete in their 4thEYAL meeting of the season against
    teams from City of Norwich, Basildon, Stevenage, West Suffolk, Team Norfolk
    and Waveney Valley. Temperatures were touching 30 degrees for much of the
    day and athletes and supporters were looking for shade wherever possible.
    The team that took to the Track & Field had been decimated with lots of
    unavailability due to Little Mix choosing to bring their considerable talents to
    Colchester as part of their UK tour which has proved quite popular with a
    number of our female squad, however despite this the team sheet declared for
    action was still strong testament to the strength in depth the youth section now
    Provisional results put Colchester Harriers in 3rdplace with a very respectable
    points total of 460 beating local side Team Norfolk in the process and also
    Stevenage who Colchester have now leapfrogged into 12th place in the table,
    meaning should they remain in the top 12 following the final round of fixtures
    they will have made the end of season plate final.
    Yet again the outstanding performance of the day was delivered by Milly
    Presland in the U15 Girls 800m won in a club record time of 2.22.7 in a fantastic
    race where Milly led out the final lap only to be passed on the final bend by her
    City of Norwich competitor, unperturbed Milly held it together and outsprinted
    her rival for a fantastic win.
    There were other victories and maximum points scored by Olivia Simon in the
    Girls U15 Pole Vault 2.50 m and Hammer 34.02m, Mary Olayiwola in the Ladies
    U17 300m 44.0s and B String Triple Jump 8.57m both new Personal Bests for
    Mary, a 3rd PB was also delivered by Mary in the Long Jump pit with 4.24m. It
    was a win double in the Ladies U17 Triple Jump as Eliza Betts also took first
    place in the A String competition, her jump of 10.02m seeing off her rivals.
    Not to be outdone by our fantastic female athletes our Male athletes delivered
    victories in the Boys U15 100m B String courtesy of George Lavender in a new
    PB of 12.2 s, it was a win double in the Boys U15 A & B String 200m with Oliver
    Mitchell winning the A race in a new PB of 23.8s and Sam Shippey winning the B
    race in a time of 24.6s. Sam also helped deliver a pair of victories in the Boys
    U15 800m winning the A race in a time of 2.13.4 and a winning distance of half a
  • straight and was joined by George Mann who won the B race in a time of 2.22.9.
    Kai Chilvers also delivered a victory in the B String Javelin with a new PB of
    32.0m. In the Men’s U17 800m Thomas Palmer again led from start to finish
    winning the A string race in a time of 2.04.01, not to be outdone Ziggy Lambton
    also delivered a brilliant start to finish victory in the A String Men’s U17 1500m
    smashing his PB in the process, his new mark being 4.17.4 a super effort in that
    One of the reasons Colchester find themselves in the lofty heights of 12th
    in the EYAL table is the consistency of performances across each and every
    member of the team, each Athlete striving to better their PB’s and deliver
    crucial points for their team.
    There were PB’s for Jessica Scotchmer in the Girls U13 200m of 31.3s and High
    Jump 1.10m, Hollie Martin-Whymark also setting a new PB in the Girls U13 High
    Jump, her new best being 1.15m. Grace Kelway set new PB’s on her debut for
    Colchester Harriers in the Girls U13 70m Hurdles with 13.8s, Girls U13 Shot,
    her new mark of 6.37 beating her last mark by a full metre and completing the
    set with 13.65m in the Girls U13 Javelin an improvement of over 2metres. Daisy
    Rickwood also set a pair of PB’s in the Girls U13 Discus bettering her previous
    mark by over 2.5 metres her new PB being 11.64m, Daisy also setting a new best
    in the 200m of 34.2s. Lastly in only her 2nd
    ever meeting Georgia Payne set two
    new PB’s in the Girls U13 100m 16.8s and 200m 36.8s.
    The Girls U15s also had many athletes setting new PB’s. A pair of new marks was
    set in both the 100m & 200m A & B String races, Lilly Sillett with 13.6s and
    Lauren Roan 14.1s in the 100m with Zion Ateba 28.0s and Raine Tylor 33.2s in
    the 200m. Lilly Sillett, Raine Tylor made it a hat-trick of PB’s for the day as
    Lilly bettered her 75m Hurdles with a new time of 13.0s and stretched her Long
    Jump best to 3.95m whilst Raine improved her 100m time to 15.4s and Long
    Jump best to 3.27m . Excellent performances by Madeleine Claydon in the A
    String 300m shaved over half a second off her PB with a new mark of 44.7s,
    whilst in the field Mia Farrell set a new PB of 7.20m in the Shot and Katherine
    Harvey launched the Javelin out to 11.76m in the B String competition taking
    over 2m off her previous best, and made it a trio of PB’s with 14.7 in the 100m
    and 15.0s in the 75m Hurdles.
  • The Ladies U17’s also had a few more notable performances leading to new PB’s
    Megan Stevens 1.25m and Chanel Mba 1.25m setting new marks in the High
    Jump. Aliyah Soames set a new PB of 23.30m in the Hammer with Victoria Utti
    setting pair of PBs in the Shot 9.48m and 100m 13.5s.
    The Boys U13 athletes maybe don’t share the same enthusiasm for Little Mix as
    their female counterparts as a full side (minus the hurdles) also delivered some
    good points for the team, A trio of PB’s being set by William Long with 15.0s in
    the 100m, 5.08.8 in the A String 1500m a super performance given the quality
    of field and the mid afternoon heat and lastly the High Jump with 1.15m.
    Thomas Ashley also managed 3 PB’s on the day with 5.06m in the Shot, 10.85m in
    the Discus and 5.17m in the Javelin. Harrison Leek set 2 PB’s in the Shot 4.87m
    and 200m 36.2s. The boys U13 1500m gave the most light hearted moment of
    the day as B String competitor Theo Gardiner having lapped the last competitor
    down the back straight, had obviously miscounted his laps and took the sound of
    the bell to mean he had another lap, poor Theo only being informed he’d finished
    over a minute ago by a kind hearted official once he’d done another 350m! Theo
    had earlier smashed his Javelin PB by over 4 metres setting a new best of
    In the Boys U15 events Oliver Mitchell followed up his win in the 200m with a
    new PB in the Long Jump of 4.66m. Sebastien Jacobs set new PB’s in the 300m
    48.1s and Shot 6.54m, Kai Chilvers followed his win in the Javelin with a new
    1500m PB of 4.30.5 only just being edged out for a 2nd
    win by a few strides.
    Jack Banyard also set two new PB’s in the Shot 5.82m and 100m 13.6s.
    The day was finished up with some creditable performances in the 4x100m
    Relays, the highlight being the super victory delivered by the Boys U15 team
    who won their race by 40metres.
    The next meeting for the young Harriers is in Peterborough on the 5th
    Augustwhen Holiday disruptions are hopefully kept to a minimum, The Harriers know
    that if they can beat Nene Valley who they will be competing directly against
    and/or hope that Stevenage do not better their result by 2 places in their
    meeting at Barnet that a place in the season ending plate final will be theirs.