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Relay Round-Up

Sunday 7 July 2024

The Essex track relays in Southend on Sunday saw the Colchester and Tendring Under 15 boys sprinters secure a gold medal in the 4x100 relay. The talented team of Finn Bates, Judah Asamoah, Jacob Narhkom and Feyi Atiku (pictured) secured a club record of 47.0 despite the adverse weather conditions. The Under 15 boys B team (Jacob Allam, Esirueme Alegeh, Oshiotse Alegeh and Victor Yeboa-Henaku) finished in a commendable 53.5 considering half the team were stepping up from Under 13 level. The U17 men’s team (Oliver Bennett, Lain Vearer, Quentin Cook and Iain Mante) finished fourth in 46.9, while the Under 15 girls’ team (Chloe Allam, Rose Hewitt, Sara Kelly and Ava Morley Robertson, again including two Under 13 athletes) finished fifth. The Under 15 boys middle distance team of Ethan Zinzan, Hayden Fox and Silas Roper ran the 3x800m in terrible weather conditions, finishing in a commendable bronze medal position in 7:05.4.

Meanwhile, other Club athletes were competing in the Ipswich Ekiden Relays, which attract runners from all over East Anglia. For the junior races, teams of four ran one mile legs each. In the Under 11 age category, the CATs girls’ team of Ivy Rose Hallahan, Kirsten Townsend, Ronni Townsend and Kacie Langton finished in first place in 28:16. Second place finishes were secured by the Under 11 boys team of Greg Fry, Dominic Bisoni, Byron Mooney and Rowan Stringer (26:28) and the Under 11 mixed team of Samuel Green, Aiden Burgoyne, Mason Patridge and Sofia Little (29:39). In the older junior age category (12+), the girls’ team of Imogen Stringer, Mia Lawes, Naomi Sandercock and Sophia Harvey again finished second (25:01), while the boys (Eli Wiggington, Francis Bisoni, Noah Vivian and Alex Blanco) finished 7th (24:45).

The senior 26.2 mile race was run by teams of six as a relay, with various legs of 5k, 7.2k and 10k. The men’s vets team (Sam Ndungu, Al Wheatley, Gerald Buck, Rob Milburn, Jason Townsend and Chris Harvey) finished fifth in their age category in 2:54:40. In the Senior mixed category, the CATs A team (Ben Howard, Carys Sergeant, Talie Stevenson, Lucy Thompson, Amy Milburn and Darren Green) finished 7th in 3:14:09, while the B team (Andy Stringer, Matt Vivian, Andrew Gooby, Sarah Brown, Rosanna Holden and Lisa Harvey) finished 24th in 3:41:53.


Essex Schools Year 7 and 8 Championships

26 June 2024

Congratulations to talented Colchester and Tendring Under 13 athletes Mia Lawes and Chloe Allam who secured medals at the Essex Schools Championships.

Mia was crowned 1500m champion after a fantastic run in 5:01, which saw several seconds knocked off her personal best to consolidate her position in the Top 15 in the UK rankings. Chloe competed in the 200m, securing a personal best of 27.85 in her heat and going on to win the silver medal in the final, edging her nearer to the Top 30 of the UK rankings


East Anglian League Match 3

Sunday 23 June 2024

The final East Anglian League match of the season saw Colchester and Tendring finish second overall, with a range of strong performances which will hopefully allow several age groups to progress to the finals in September. 

The Under 13 girls team did particularly well, finishing top of their age group. There were first place finishes for Chloe Allam (70m hurdles and shot put), Mia Lawes (800m), Ivy-Rose Hallahan (1500m and high jump) and the relay team (pictured). There were also strong B string performances from Esme Bohanon (high jump), Rose Hewitt (100m) and Kacie Langton (200m). 

The Under 15 girls team finished second overall, with wins for Sophia Harvey (800m) and Adanna Udechuku (shot put and discus) and Amy N’dungu second in the long jump. Evie Foster was the fastest B string in the 800m, and Bethany Hall did well in the long jump.

Also finishing second overall were the Under 15 boys team, with the sprinters (Finn Bates, Jacob Narhkom, Judah Asamoah and Victor Yeboa-Henaku) putting in strong performances to dominate the 100m, 200m and relay.  Ethan Holland finished second in the 300m, and Silas Roper was second in the triple jump and a close third in the 800m.

The Senior Women team’s second place finish was aided by victories and significant personal bests for Naomi Sandercock (stepping up from her Under 17 age group) in both the 400m and 1500m. Abbey Narhkom won the high jump, and Angel Wright ran well in the sprints for second place finishes.

There were also wins for Lucy Thompson (Under 17 1500m), Will Hancock (Under 17 long jump), Louis Agostini (Under 17 shot put and discus) and Stefan Godron (Senior Men’s javelin). Other notable performances included Jacob Allam (Under 13) finishing second in the 75m hurdles; Oliver Bennett (Under 17) jumping second furthest in the long jump competition as B string; and Finley Holland (Senior Men) finishing second in the 400m.


Southern Athletics League Match 2

Saturday 15 June 2024

The composite Ipswich Harriers and Colchester and Tendring team secured another second place finish against tough competition at the match in Eton. It was a great team effort all round, with many athletes stepping up to cover events to ensure the team could gain as many points as possible in poor weather conditions.

For the women's team, Naomi Sandercock (U17) was third in the 400m (61.43) and fourth in the 1500m (4:58), and also contributed to a third place finish for the A string mixed 4x400m relay team. Lucy Thompson (U17, pictured) won the 1500m steeplechase (5:54), was fifth in the 800m (2:26) and contributed to a third place finish for the B string mixed 400m relay team. Amy Milburn (U20) was fourth A string in the pole vault (1.20m) and second B string in the 5000m (20:32), 400m hurdles (91.62) and 1500m steeplechase (6:40). 

For the men, Emeka Udechuku (M40) secured a win in the discus (46.36m); Abdulai Conteh (U20) finished fourth in the 100m (11.44); Rob Milburn (M50) was third B string in the 400m hurdles (80.12); and Stefan Godron (U23) was third in the javelin (39.82m) and fifth in the shot put (8.59m).


EYAL Match 3 - Bury St Edmunds

Sunday 2 June 2024

The third match of the season in the Eastern Young Athletes League (EYAL) saw Colchester and Tendring up against some strong clubs, resulting in a fifth place finish overall.

For the Under 13 girls, Chloe Allam (pictured second right, photo courtesy of Steve Wilkin) continued her excellent season with wins in all her events – 100m (13.3), 70m hurdles (12.2) and shot put (7.09m) – with Laura Walecka throwing the second furthest shot of the day to win the B string (6.74m). Another talented CATs athlete, Mia Lawes, won the discus (14.92m) and javelin (16.46m) and was second over 1500m (5:07.8). Kacie Langton was fourth in the 800m (2:53.2), closely followed by Ivy-Rose Hallahan (2:54.4), with non-scorer Freya Bailey also proving her potential (2:49.4). Ivy-Rose was third in the high jump (1.20m), with Esme Bohannon also jumping well (1.15m). Rose Hewitt ran well in the B string 100m and 200m for third (14.4 and 31.1), with Esme Bohannon and Nyssa Charles running solid non-scoring races (14.5 and 15.1 respectively).

For the Under 13 boys, Esirhueme Alegeh won the 200m (28.4) and finished a close second in the 100m (13.7) and high jump (1.30m). Toby Ketterer was second in the B string 100m (14.4) and third in the 1500m (5:03.2). Over the 75m hurdles, Jacob Allam finished third (14.6) but sadly had to pull out of the remainder of the competition due to injury. Arthur Davis and Arlo Waterman both performed well in the long jump (3.92m and 3.43m), with Samuel Green jumping 3.35m in the non-scoring competition. Enzi Luvisah’s best throws were 5.18m for shot put and 11.85m for discus, while brother Shani finished fourth in the B string 200m (31.8).

Under 15 female athletes included Ava Morley Robertson, who finished fourth in the 100m (13.9) and 200m (29.2), with Imogen Stringer running B string 200m (29.1). Sophia Harvey was third in both the 300m (44.8) and 800m (2:32.5), competing alongside Evie Foster in B string (49.3 and 2:47.9). Imogen Stringer and Amy Hill ran the 1500m (5:42.1 and 5:42.9), with Amy also competing in the long jump alongside Evie Foster (3.75m and 3.66m). In the throws, Adanna Udechuku was second in the shot put (10.52m), third in discus (20.76m) and fourth in a very competitive hammer competition (28.72m). Mistie Henington threw 5.09m in the B string shot put, and 10.45m in the javelin alongside Sophia Harvey (12.73m).

For the U15 boys, Finn Bates continued to demonstrate his sprinting ability with a win in the 100m (11.8) and second place finish in the 200m (23.8). Judah Asamoah won both B string races (12.1 and 25.5), and Jacob Narhkom also performed strongly as a non-scorer (12.4 and 24.5) alongside Victor Yeboa-Henaku (12.9 and 26.0). Hayden Fox was second in the 300m (39.9) and won the 800m in a new personal best of 2:09.1, with Silas Roper the fastest B string 800m runner (2:11.3). Adam Hart was fourth in the 1500m (personal best of 4:45.7), alongside Daniel Mee (5:19). In the field events, Oshiotse Alegeh was second in the high jump (1.60m) and long jump (4.88m) and fourth in shot put (9.09m). In the discus, Judah Asamoah threw 19.21m and Victor Yeboa-Henaku 13.75m.

At Under 17 level, Heidi Booth ran the 100m (14.0), while Lucy Frank was fourth in the A string 200m (27.0) and Naomi Sandercock second in the B string race (27.1). Lucy Frank finished third over 300m (43.8), with Lucy Thompson second in the B string race (44.8). There were victories over middle distance for Naomi Sandercock, who ran a confident 800m (2:18.6 personal best), and Lucy Thompson who picked up the pace in the last lap to take the lead in the 1500m (5:10). For the men, Lain Vearer competed in the 100m (11.9) and long jump (5.65m), alongside Oliver Bennett in the 100m B string (13.0) and long jump (5.35m). Amani Luvisiah was fourth in the 400m (57.0) and fifth in the discus (18.53m), while Edward Crook threw 21.78m in the javelin and 6.62m in the shot put. Kester Waterman competed in the 800m (2:25.7), long jump (4.54m) and triple jump (10.12m).

The mixed relays at the end of the day saw commendable second place finishes for the Under 13 and Under 15 teams.


Southern Athletics League (SAL) - Match 1

Saturday 18 May 2024

Colchester and Tendring athletes joined Ipswich Harriers in a composite team to compete in the first Southern Athletics League (SAL) meeting of the season. The team had their first successful season in Division 1 last year, and are looking to consolidate their position in the top division in 2024.

In a very competitive match in Norwich, there were some great performances from CATs athletes, with the composite team finishing in third place overall, only a few points behind Chelmsford. For the women, Angel Wright (U20) finished third in the A string shot put with a personal best (PB) of 7.45m, and fourth in the B string 100m (13.2), as well as winning a non-scoring 200m race (27.7) and forming part of the women’s 4x100m relay team. Lucy Frank (U17) was fifth in the A string 200m (27.2 PB). Naomi Sandercock (U17), although a non-scorer, was first across the line in the B string 400m race in a new PB of 60.6, and finished third overall in the 1500m with another PB of 4:56.2. Carey Hollick (W50) threw in the B string discus (20.04m) and hammer (15.36m), and competed as a non-scorer in the shot put (5.87m).

Amy Milburn (U20), always willing to try new events, entered the 400m hurdles (91.3 PB) and pole vault (1.16m). Lucy Thompson (U17) also tried the pole vault, and was fourth in the 800m (2:25). Lucy and Amy (pictured) finished in third (8:21.4) and fourth (8:30.9) place respectively in the 2000m steeplechase, with Lucy going straight into a 4x400m relay race afterwards. Along with Naomi Sandercock and two Ipswich team mates, they achieved a strong second place finish in an exciting race, with Naomi running an excellent final lap (4:14.5).

For the men, Stefan Godron (U23) won the javelin (44.71m) and also competed in the B string shot put (8.80m) and non-scoring discus (23.68m). Father Peter Godron (M55) competed in the non-scoring hammer (21.38m), shot put (8m) and javelin (19.85m). Fellow veteran athlete Rob Milburn (M50) competed in the 3000m steeplechase (12:27.4) and pole vault (2.30m).

Abdulai Conteh (U20) took part in the 100m and 200m as a non-scorer, achieving PBs in both (11.4 and 24.1), and had his first attempt at the 4x400m relay, with the team finishing in fourth place (3:50.8).


Masters Athletics update

April - May 2024

This year’s outdoor track and field season started at the very rainy East Anglian League in Cambridge on 28 April, where we saw many of our Masters athletes (35+ years) compete in the Senior men’s and women’s teams. Competing in the 800m were Joan Carles Blanco (M55, 2:38.5), Glenn Hobbs (M45, 2:45.9) and Paul Mee (M55, 5:47.3), with Glenn and Paul also competing in the 1500m and crossing the line together in 5:47.3. Darren Green (M45) took part in the triple jump (8.27m PB), long jump (4.19m) and 1500m (6:06.1). Peter Godron (M55) was back doing all four throws with senior weights, attaining 7.68m in the 7.26kg shot put, 21.64m in the 2kg discus, 17.45m in the 7.26kg hammer and 21.50m in the 800g javelin. On the women’s team we had many Masters athletes come out, including new athletes Silvie Snaselova (W45) and Suzzanne King (W65). Rowena de Belligny (W40) was back as well competing in the 800m A race (2:57.1), triple jump (7.35m) and javelin (20.17m PB). Silvie achieved 3.79m in the long jump and threw the javelin in a PB of 17.83m. Carey Hollick (W50) was back throwing after having eight months off from athletics, throwing shot (5.82m), discus (18.18m) and hammer (16.80m). Suzzanne threw in the 4kg shot (4.59m) and javelin (8.59m).

In the first EMAC Track and Field League of the year on 1 May in Chelmsford, Colchester and Tendring teamed up with Ipswich Harriers again. We had a great showing on the night with six women from Colchester and Tendring and five women from Ipswich (pictured) achieving an overall finish of third place. Three of the women were new to EMAC: Silvie Snaselova (W45), Suzzanne King (W65) and Sally Dalton (W65). Carey Hollick (W50), Rachel Newenham (W50) and Rowena de Belligny (W40) also competed for the team on the night. Rowena competed in the 800m (2:52.8 PB), 3000m (12:42.1), shot put (6.15m) and discus (17.32m PB), as well as taking part in the second place finishing W35 4x100m relay team. Rachel entered the 800m (3:18.6), 3000m (15:22.0), long jump (2.18m) and winning W50 4x100m relay. Silvie competed in the long jump (3.82m PB) and high jump (1.24m). Carey and Suzanne threw 3kg shot put (7.08m and 5.08m respectively) and discus (20.73m and 10.98m). Sally achieved a long jump of 2.23m.

On the men’s team we had seven men from Colchester and Tendring and five from Ipswich. The Southern division men’s teams are very competitive so we came fifth place on the night. We had a new competitor for the team in Jason Townsend (M45), who ran the 100m (14.8) and 800m (2:26.2). Justin Hubbard (M45) had his comeback in the 100m where he broke the club record in the M45 age category with a time of 12.6 and took part in the EMAC league record 4x100m relay team. Gerald Buck (M40) returned and ran a club record in the 3000m (10:01.9). Chris Harvey (M50) also returned and ran in the M50 3000m (11:21.5), took part in the winning M50 4x100m relay and came second place in the M50 high jump (1.30m). Rob Milburn (M50) also competed in many events including the 100m (15.0), 800m (2:30.9), long jump (3.79m) and the M50 winning 4x100m relay. Peter Godron (M55) threw 6kg shot (8.69m) and 1.5kg discus (23.42m). Another new athlete for the Club in the EMAC was William Haining (M65) who ran in the 100m in a club record of 17.7s and the 3000m in a time of 12:33.4.

There have been many new club records for the Masters men and women so far this season, including:

  • Suzzanne King (W65) in the 3kg shot put (5.08m), 4kg shot put (4.59m), 600g javelin (8.59m) and 1kg discus (10.98m)

  • Rachel Newenham (W50) for the 800m (3:18.6)

  • Silvie Snaselova (W45) for long jump (3.82m), high jump (1.24m) and 600g javelin (17.83m)

  • Sally Dalton (W65) for long jump (2.23m)

  • Justin Hubbard (M45) for the 100m (12.6)

  • William Haining (M65) for the 100m (17.7) and 3000m (12:33.4)

  • Gerald Buck (M40) for the 3000m (10:01.9)

  • Emeka Udechuku (M45) in discus (46.65m), securing the Gold medal at the Essex Track and Field Championships on 11 May.


Essex Track and Field Championships

11 - 12 May 2024

There was a strong turnout of Colchester and Tendring athletes at the Essex Track and Field Championships in Chelmsford over the weekend, with an impressive number of personal bests (PBs) secured.

Special mention goes to Under 13 athlete Chloe Allam (pictured) who showed her strength as a multi-event athlete, securing a silver medal in the shot put (7.46m), bronze medal over 100m (13.40), fourth place in both 200m (28.00) and 70m hurdles (12.39) and fifth place in long jump (3.78). Brother Jacob also took part in all five events at Under 13 level, gaining PBs in the 100m (14.61), 200m (29.57), 75m hurdles (14.85) and shot put (5.85m). Competing alongside them was Esirhueme Alegeh and Kacie Langton who both gained PBs for 100m.

For the Under 15s, Finn Bates was again in fine form, with a gutsy 100m run having qualified through to the semi-final in 12.01, then gained another automatic slot through to the final in 11.90. He went on to earn a very decent bronze medal after a photo finish placed him and another athlete on exactly the same time of 11.66, another great PB. He also qualified for the final of the 200m the following day, narrowly missing out on a medal with a fourth place finish in a PB of 23.64. Another Under 15 sprinter to brave both days was Feyi Atiku, who opened up his season with a great PB of 12.28 and an automatic place in the 100m semi-final, where he was joined by Oshiotse Alegeh who had gained a fastest loser slot into the semi with a PB of 12.54. Both boys committed well but neither progressed through having finished in 5th and 6th place respectively. Over 200m, Feyi struggled to apply strength at the start, but pulled through off the bend to finish fifth with a fabulous PB of 24.61 (from 26.22), showing that there is definitely more to come from this young man.

Also noteworthy was Under 17 athlete Samantha Yearwood, who despite being in full exam mode, turned out on both days to compete. Drawn in a quick 100m heat, her time of 13.20 was quicker than that of other heats but sadly did not gain her an automatic qualifying place through to the final. Also competing in the same heat was Heidi Booth, who clocked 13.83. Samantha did gain a well-deserved place in the 200m final, running a strong first 100m to come off the bend in third place, but was just not able to hold the position finishing in a creditable fifth place in 26.75. Yambo Phiri and Miles Davis were the only two representatives from the Club in the Under 17 men’s 100m, with Yambo clocking a good time of 11.76 to take fourth place. Miles, who has struggled with a niggly injury, crossed the line in 12.50.

In the throws, former Team GB athlete Emeka Udechuku won the discus competition (46.65m), with daughter Adanna (Under 15) following in his footsteps to gain personal bests across all four throwing events and winning the silver medal in the shot put (10.86m). Laura Walecka and Ivy-Rose Hallahan (Under 13) also secured PBs in the shot put. In the jumps, Francesca Booth (Under 20) achieved 8.87m in the triple jump and Ivy-Rose Hallahan (Under 13) gained a PB of 1.15m in the high jump.

The middle distance races were tough in the heat, but a number of athletes rose to the challenge to secure PBs, including Mason Partridge and Mia Lawes (Under 13) and Hayden Fox (Under 15) in the 800m; and Ethan Zinzan and Sophia Harvey (Under 15) in the 1500m. Naomi Sandercock (Under 17) ran a strong personal best of 43.37 in the 300m final.


Eastern Young Athletes League - Match 2

Sunday 5 May 2024

The second EYAL match of the season saw Colchester and Tendring finish in third place overall, with some sterling performances from athletes across all age groups.

For the Under 13 girls, Chloe Allam continued her strong form with a win in the 70m hurdles (13.1) and second place finishes in the 100m (13.6) and 200m (28.6). Rose Hewitt also ran well for a second place B string finish in the 100m (14.8). Mia Lawes secured another convincing win in the 1500m (5:15.9), with Elizabeth Whall the first B string finisher (5:48.9). Mia also turned her hand to javelin, finishing second (11.96m). Laura Walecka was not far behind (11.42m), and also achieved a second place finish in shot put (7.32m). Kacie Langton achieved a commendable 3.57m in the long jump to finish joint second.

For the Under 13 boys, Ruru Alegeh won the high jump (1.32m) and was second in the 100m (13.6) and 200m (29.6). Jacob Allam won the 75m hurdles (14.7) and the B string 100m (14.2). Samuel Green also ran a strong 75m hurdles (15.0) and finished third in the 1500m (5:34.7). There were a number of field successes, including Mason Partridge winning the long jump (3.80m) and Joshua Westall winning the discus (17.60m) and finishing second in javelin (24.31m), with Rafael de Belligny also throwing well (17.23m).

At Under 15 level, Adanna Udechuku demonstrated her strength in the throwing events, winning shot put (10.54m) and finishing second in both discus (21.88m) and hammer (29.86m). Oshiotse Alegeh won the long jump (5.16m) and came second in the 200m (25.8), with Jacob Narhkom winning the B string 100m (12.3). Over the longer distances, Sophia Harvey had an excellent run to win the 800m (2:27.8), with Imogen Stringer finishing top of the B string (2:36.2). Also securing success was Hayden Fox (pictured), who was the fastest 300m runner of the day despite being B string (41.0), and also won the 800m in a new personal best of 2:12.6.

For the Under 17s, the top performance of the day was Jack Izzet, who comfortably won the 1500m (4:13.5). There were a number of second place finishes, including Lucy Frank in the 200m (27.5) and 300m (45.1); Lucy Thompson in the 1500m (5:03.8); and Daisy Benson in the long jump (4.08m). Naomi Sandercock ran an excellent B string 300m (43.2) and gained a personal best in a very competitive 800m race (2:19).


East Anglian League - Match 1

Sunday 28 April 2024

Colchester and Tendring athletes defied the cold, wet weather in Cambridge with some excellent performances at the first EAL meeting of the season.

The Under 15 boys’ sprinters were the outstanding performers of the day. Finn Bates was victorious in both the 100m (11.9 PB) and 200m (24.5), with Judah Asamoah winning the B string races (12.2 and 25.6 respectively). Jacob Narhkom also ran well to gain personal bests as a non-scorer (12.6 and 25.9). This strength in depth enabled the Under 15 team to convincingly win the 4x100m relays (51.1).

Samantha Yearwood (U17) was first across the line in the 200m (27.3), with Lucy Frank winning the B string race (27.8 PB). Samantha was also victorious in the 300m (45.4) and second in the 100m (13.0).  For the U17 men, Yambukani Phiri finished second in the 200m (24.0).

For the Under 13s, Chloe Allam finished second in the 70m hurdles (13.0 PB), 100m (13.4 PB) and 200m (29.9), with Esme Bohannon winning the B string 200m (31.1). Jacob Allam gained a personal best to win the 75m hurdles (14.8), with Samuel Green the first B string hurdler (15.8). For the senior men, Brendan Cooke also gained a personal best in the 110m hurdles (20.4).

There were a number of successes across middle distances races. For the Under 17s, Lucy Thompson won the 800m (2:24.2), and Jack Izzet finished second in the 1500m (4:25.2). Particularly impressive was Under 13 athlete Mia Lawes, who confidently won the 1500m (5:31.5), finishing a good 200m ahead of the competition.

In field events, there were some commendable performances, including several athletes who picked up additional events to score points for the team. In the U13 boys long jump, Arthur Davis gained a personal best of 4.05m, the second furthest jump of the day despite being a non-scorer. Jacob Narhkom (U15) won the shot put with a personal best (7.49m). In javelin, senior athlete Stefan Godron finished second (41.59m), as did Under 13 athlete Rafael de Belligny (15m), with Enzi Luvisiah also throwing well as a non-scorer (13.39m).

Sterling efforts by athletes across all age groups, including the growing senior teams, enabled the Club to finish the first match in third position overall.


Eastern Young Athletes League - Match 1

Sunday 14 April 2024

The first Eastern Young Athletes League meeting of the season in Norwich saw some great performances from Colchester and Tendring athletes.

The Club was particularly dominant in the sprints, with Esirhuerne Alegeh winning both the 100m (13.9) and 200m (29.3) at Under 13 level and Finn Bates winning over both distances at Under 15 level (11.9 and 24.5 respectively). Finn was ably backed in the B string races by Judah Asamoah who won the 100m (12.0) and Oshiotse Alegeh who won the 200m (26.4). There were also some strong performances at Under 17 level, with Yambukani Phiri second in both A string 100m (11.8) and B string 200m (24.3) and Dylan Stewart coming second in A string 200m (23.5) and winning B string 100m (11.6). Jacob Allam (U13) also ran well to win the 75m hurdles (14.9). For the girls, Chloe Allam (U13) was second in both the 100m (13.6) and 70m hurdles (13.1), with Esme Bohannon winning the B string 100m (14.8). Samantha Yearwood (U17) finished second in the 100m (13.0), and Lucy Frank ran well in the B string 300m for first place (45.8).

Over middle distance, at Under 13 level Mia Lawes was victorious in the 800m (2:35.3), and Elizabeth Whall paced herself well in the 1500m for second place (5:43.2). For the Under 17s, Jack Izzet finished a clear second in the 1500m with a new personal best of 4:17.5, with Declan Capp also gaining a significant PB in the 800m (2:09.6). Naomi Sandercock finished second in the 800m (2:25) and doubled up to win the 1500m in a new PB (4:57.3), followed by Lucy Thompson in second place (5:01.4).

In the field events, Judah Asamoah won the Under 15 boys high jump (1.50m), while Adanna Udechuku (U15) convincingly won both the shot putt (10.26m) and hammer (29.44m) and was a close third in the discus (19.98m). Laura Walecka finished second in the Under 13 girl’s shot putt (5.99m) and Ivy Rose Hallahan was second in the B string competition (5.15m).

The day concluded with mixed relays. Reflecting the strength in sprints, the Under 13 mixed relay team won their race (57.6) and the Under 17 team were second over the line (49.4), with a fall sadly hampering the Under 15 team’s efforts.


Junior success in the Essex Road Relays

Sunday 7 April 2024

For the second year running, Colchester and Tendring’s Under 13 boys (pictured) took the Gold at the Essex Road Relays. Ethan Zinzan ran a fine first leg to set them up in 9:35 for the 2.6km course, with James Clarke (9:18) taking over and then Toby Ketterer coming home in 9.28. The Under 15 boys took Silver, with a blistering first leg by Declan Capp (8:27) and good back up from Lewis Turner (9:26) and Hayden Fox (9:29) earning the medals.

The Under 13 girls just missed out on medals, with good running by Mia Lawes (10:01), Evie Foster (11:38) and Liz Whall (10:37) for fourth. The Under 15 girls’ team of Naomi Sandercock (10:17), Nancy Hobbs (11:47) and Evie-Rose Edwardson (10:49) finished fifth.

For the senior men, Alex Gladley had the fastest 3 mile leg of the day with 14:29 to lead, although the fierce competition saw the team of Gerald Buck, Marc Day and Josh Beaumont slip to ninth. The Club also fielded women and veteran men’s teams.

Meanwhile at the Brighton Marathon, Rosanna Holden just beat the 4-hour barrier with 3:59:16.


Cross country season finale

March 2024

The last two weekends have seen the cross country season draw to a close. The Inter Counties Championships at Nottingham on 9th March saw the best athletes from all of Great Britain compete. Adam Hart (Under 13) had a fine race for 40th (second Essex boy home) in a giant field of 297, with all of the races having numbers near 300. Declan Capp (Under 15, pictured) also did well in his first Essex vest for 64th, with Amy Milburn (Under 17) coming in 123rd to achieve her target of making the top half of the field.

The following weekend saw the English Schools Championships, the race that all junior middle distance athletes aspire to do. Declan Capp was probably in the last thirty after a congested start, but the stamina he has built up over the winter season enabled him to pick off lots of athletes to earn 142nd out of 329. Amy Milburn came home 198th with still over 100 athletes behind her.

To complete a good weekend, former CATs athlete Alex Gladley broke the course record for the Colchester Half Marathon to finish in 1:07:44. Gerald Buck also ran well to finish 20th in 1:19:48 (second in the V40 age category). This was followed on Sunday afternoon with a friendly meeting with Colchester Harriers’ juniors, giving young athletes the chance to prepare for the forthcoming track and field season.   


Essex and Eastern Indoor Championships

2-3 March 2024

The Essex and Eastern Indoor Championships at Lee Valley saw Colchester and Tendring’s best attendance level and medal haul for many years. Leading the way was Lucy Thompson (Under 17, pictured) who won double Gold in the 800m with a personal best (PB) of 2:17.52. In the 60m hurdles, there was success at Under 13 level for Jacob Allam (Essex Gold and Eastern Silver, 11.19) and Mason Partridge (Essex Silver and Eastern Bronze, 12.21), while Chloe Allam won Essex Silver and Eastern Bronze in the girls’ race (10.58). In field events, Ivy-Rose Hallahan (U13) took Essex Silver and Eastern Bronze in the high jump.

For the sprinters, there was particular success in the 200m including Abdula Conteh (U20) winning Essex Gold and Eastern Bronze (24.55), Dylan Stewart (U17) winning Essex Silver and Eastern Bronze (23.59) and Finn Bates (U15) gaining a Bronze medal after getting a PB in each of three rounds to take his time to 24.18. Yambu Phiri (U17) reached the 200m final (23.93) and Naomi Sandercock (U17) competed in the 300m final (44.18).

Over 60m, Chloe Allam won Essex Bronze (8.58). Dylan Stewart won his heat and went on to achieve PBs of 7.23 and 7.21 in the semi-final and final. Judah Asamoah (U15) also won his heat and despite twinging his back decelerating after his first race, continued to PB in each round finishing in an extremely tight final in a commendable 7.54. Semi-final places were achieved by U17 athletes Obehi Uadiale (7.39), Yambu Phiri (7.47), Quentin Cook (7.51), Samantha Yearwood (8.26) and Heidi Booth (8.58), and U15 athlete Feyi Atiku (7.68).  

There were PBs for Angel Wright (U20) and Ava Morley Robertson (U15) in both the 60m and 200m, while U13 athletes Nahla Shana and Kacie Langton gained 60m PBs. Hayden Fox reached the final of the U15 800m after a strong performance in the heats (2:17.51).

Meanwhile, Sophia Harvey (7th) and Adam Hart (10th) took part in the ISA national cross country championships, with Sophia also taking 1st female at the Chelmsford 5k.


Sportshall and NESS League Finals

17-18 February 2024

On Saturday a number of Colchester and Tendring athletes competed for Essex in the Sportshall Regional Finals in Norwich. Esirhueme Alegeh, Esme Bohannon and Mason Partridge were part of the Under 11s team, while Judah Asamoah, Feyi Atiku and Yambo Phiri (pictured) formed part of the Under 15 boys team. After a successful day of competition, Team Essex were crowned Under 15 girls champions and finished second in every other age category.

In much muddier conditions at the final NESS cross country league race in Hadleigh on Sunday, Colchester and Tendring were crowned Junior Girls league winners across the season. Particular commendation goes to Under 13 athlete Mia Lawes who was the top performing junior female athlete and also first in her age category. Top three age group positions also went to Ronni Townsend (second, Under 11s), Naomi Sandercock and Sophia Harvey (second and third, Under 15s) and Lucy Thompson and Lucia Harvey (second and third, Under 17s).

The Junior Boys team finished in second position across the season, with a first place age category standing for Rowan Stringer (Under 11) and second place standings for Adam Hart (Under 13), Hayden Fox (Under 15) and Jack Izzet (Under 17).

There were also some strong runs from the seniors, including Amy Milburn finishing in 5th position for the ladies and Gerald Buck 11th for the men.


Essex Cross Country League Final Race

Saturday 10 February 2024

A successful end to the Essex Cross Country League season at Hainault Forest on Saturday saw Colchester and Tendring athletes win two age group prizes. Adam Hart, despite missing the race with a cold, had built up enough of a points lead across the season to take the individual gold for the Under 13 boys. Ethan Zinzan, the latest starlet, earned a fine 7th place, with Samuel Green 30th and Tristan De-Belligny 33rd. Under 17 athlete Amy Milburn was the other individual medallist, finishing 3rd on the day and earning the season bronze, with Lucy Thompson 9th (6th across the season) and for the boys, Jack Izzet 12th (and 12th across the season).

Mia Lawes (Under 13, pictured with Samuel Green) was 4th (6th across the season), showing great promise for next winter when she will be in the upper end of the age group. Under 15 athlete Declan Capp finished 4th, having improved consistently from 8th in his first race in October, with Lewis Turner 17th and for the girls, Naomi Sandercock 11th (9th across the season) and Sophia Harvey 13th (14th across the season). Chris Harvey and Rob Milburn battled the mud for the seniors.

The 2023/24 season has seen a 100% increase in CATs Essex league numbers, rewarded in the final team standings with 2nd place for Under 17 girls’ team, 4th position for both the Under 13 girls and boys, 6th for Under 15 girls, and joint 7th for Under 15 boys.

Sunday saw the club take over the Colchester Junior park run with some great efforts from Club juniors.


South East Schools Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships

Saturday 3 February 2024

Congratulations to our three middle distance runners who competed in the South East Schools Inter County Championships at Ardingly Showground in Sussex on Saturday. In a highly competitive race, Naomi Sandercock (pictured) had an excellent run to finish in 26th position in the Inter Girls race, amongst a field of over 80 runners. Sophia Harvey was 45th in the Junior Girls race, while Declan Capp was 28th for the Inter Boys.


London Indoor Games and Southern Cross Country Championships

27-28 January 2024

There was a good turnout of Club sprinters at the London Indoor Games over the weekend. Particular congratulations are extended to Under 17 athlete Dylan Stewart, who achieved national qualifying standard in the 60m with fantastic times of 7.22 and 7.23, although sadly only a few days after entries closed. A number of fellow Under 17 athletes also ran well with many achieving personal bests (PBs), including Yambukani Phiri (7.47 PB), Lain Vearer (7.52 PB), Quentin Cook (7.55), Miles Davis (7.95), Samantha Yearwood (8.30) and Heidi Booth (8.47 PB). For the Under 15s, Otse Alegeh finished in a personal best of 7.98, and at Under 13 level Esirhueme Alegeh ran 8.83 (PB) and Mason Partridge 9.55. Mason is also to be congratulated on competing in his first 60m hurdles (12.97) alongside Ivy-Rose Hallahan (13.61).

There were also some strong performances in the 200m, including Yambukani Phiri (24.20 PB), Miles Davis (26.49), Samantha Yearwood (27.61) and Heidi Booth (28.46) at Under 17 level, Otse Alegeh winning his heat in 25.85 (PB) at Under 15 level, and for the Under 13s, Esirhueme Alegeh (29.39 PB) and Ivy-Rose Hallahan (35.03). Over a longer distance, Joel Yearwood (U17) ran his first 400m in 1:04.40

In the long jump, Lain Vearer jumped 5.55m for the Under 17s and Mason Partridge achieved 3.05m at Under 13 level. Miles Davis (U17) recorded 10.13m in the triple jump, while Ivy-Rose Hallahan (U13) competed in both the high jump (1.14m) and the shot put (5.02m).

Meanwhile, a small number of middle distance athletes were competing in the Southern Cross Country Championships at Beckenham Place Park on Saturday. Adam Hart finished in a commendable 24th position in the Under 13 boys race, and at Under 15 level Sophia Harvey (pictured with Adam) finished 87th for the girls and Lewis Turner 116th for the boys.


Essex and Suffolk Schools Cross Country

Saturday 22 January 2024

At the Essex Schools cross country on Saturday, Colchester and Tendring juniors were up to the task amongst a competitive field, with one athlete earning their first English Schools place and several progressing to inter-counties stage. On the short flat multi-lap course, Amy Milburn was rewarded for her commitment to training this season with 6th spot for the senior girls, earning an Essex vest.

For the Junior Boys, Adam Hart used his stamina to work his way through the field, progressing from 22nd after the first lap to 8th over the finish line, closing down on 7th. The Club had five boys in this race, all the others finishing in the 30s (Ethan Zinzan 31st, Hayden Fox 33rd, Silas Roper 34th and Francois Bollu 35th). For the Inter Boys, Declan Capp, the most improved runner this winter, also powered to 8th place, beating a lot of competitors a year older. Adam and Declan will be progressing to inter-counties alongside Naomi Sandercock (12th, Inter Girls) and Sophia Harvey (18th, Junior Girls). 

There were more encouraging races from athletes, some making their Essex Schools debuts. Lucy Thompson was 33rd and Evie-Rose Edwardson 34th in the Inter Girls race; Eve Boggis 21st and Evie Foster 31st for the Junior Girls; and Jack Izzet 23rd and Rhodri McDonald 28th for the Inter Boys.

Across the border in Suffolk, Sienna Cronk also ran well to qualify in 3rd position in the Junior Girls race.

Pictured (from left to right): Adam Hart, Hayden Fox, Sophia Harvey and Naomi Sandercock


Indoor Round-Up

December 2023 - January 2024

At the Lee Valley December Open, there were some great performances over 60m, with Adbulai Conteh (U20) securing a personal best of 7.65; Otse Alegeh (U15) running a season’s best of 8.14; and brother Ruru Alegeh (U13) finishing in 9.10.

Otse and Ruru (pictured) subsequently built on these performances to gain personal bests at the Lee Valley New Year’s Open, with Otse finishing in 8.00 and Ruru securing a Club record in 8.84. Also competing on New Year’s Day was Yambukani Phiri (U17), running a personal best of 7.61 in the 60m.

At the BFTTA Open meeting on 7 January, Lucy Frank (U17) competed in the 60m (8.76) and 200m (29.14). She also attended the SEAA Indoor Championships on 13-14 January, again competing in the 60m (8.77) and 200m (29.3) alongside teammate Heidi Booth (60m, 8.73). Yambukani Phiri reached the semi-final of the SEAA 200m, after an excellent run in a personal best of 24.29 to qualify.  


County Cross Country Championships

Saturday 6 January 2024

There was a good display from Colchester and Tendring’s Under 13 boys (pictured) at the Essex Cross Country Championships in Basildon on Saturday, with places in the Essex team at Nottingham up for grabs. Adam Hart finished second, just two seconds behind the winner after the gruelling hills. James Clarke (9th), Toby Ketterer (19th), Francois Bollu (21st) and Sam Green (52nd) showed the strength in depth at the Club by securing team Silver medals. For the Under 15 boys, Declan Capp (5th) also earned a place at Nottingham with his best race to date, ably backed by Lewis Turner (26th), Eddie Crook (29th) and Silas Roper (31st), finishing just outside the team medals.

The girls' ranks, though depleted by other commitments, had Under 13 athlete Mia Lawes finish 8th and Under 17 athlete Amy Milburn finish 7th, just missing out on Essex vests. Others running were Lizzie Whall (22nd, Under 13s), Naomi Sandercock (13th, Under 15s), and Jack Izzet (22nd) and Stanley Hobbs (28th) for the Under 17 men. Katie Whall (45th), Paul Mee (172nd) and Glenn Hobbs (197th) ran for the seniors.  

Congratulations also to Sienna Cronk who finished third in the Suffolk Cross Country Championships in the Under 13 girls race.


Essex Cross Country League home meeting

Saturday 16 December 2023

For the first time in several years, Colchester and Tendring and Colchester Harriers, along with Boxted Runners, hosted an Essex League cross country event at Hilly Fields.

For the CATs, the highlights were among the younger age groups. The Under 13 boys race saw Adam Hart finish in 4th and now on his way to claiming the Under 13 championship title. James Clarke (9th) and Francois Bollu (12th) were able backup, with Tristan De-Belligny 29th, now making team medals at the championships in January a possibility. For the Under 13 girls, Sienna Cronk (3rd), Mia Lawes (7th) and Liz Whall (17th) stared.

For the Under 15 boys, Declan Capp (6th, pictured) demonstrated his real improvement this winter, with Alex Cronk 17th, then Rhodri McDonald (18th), Ed Crook (22nd) and Silas Roper (27th) all making their cross country debuts. In the Under 15 girls race, Naomi Sandercock was 8th and Sophia Harvey 13th, with another debut from Ella Denham (24th).

At Under 17 level, Amy Milburn came a fine 4th, with Lucy Thompson 8th and Lucia Harvey 13th, leaving the team in second position overall after four fixtures. Jack Izzet was 16th for the Under 17 boys, and just a few seniors ran having marshalled the course earlier in the day.


Sportshall Round 3

Saturday 2 December 2023

Congratulations to everyone who competed in the third round of the Sportshall events in Chelmsford. It was great to see so many CATs attending and enjoying themselves. The results are available here.

“I love doing Sportshall because we get to try lots of different events. My favourite is the over and under race. Everyone is friendly and I like hanging out with my friends.” Athlete

“I like watching the big kids do the races. My favourite events to watch are the races. In the break I got to try the speed bounce and high stepper. And it has a big park that I really like as well that has swings, a zip line and a climbing frame.” A little sister’s perspective

“Brilliant event again. Definitely the kind of event that brings our athletes together, probably because they’re all in close proximity and able to cheer each other on.” Parent

"Everyone can join in, there was no pressure so you could get full enjoyment in taking part.” Athlete


NESS Race 2

Sunday 26 November 2023

With a great turnout of 37 junior athletes, Colchester and Tendring took over the lead of the NESS Cross Country League at a muddy Gosfield School course on Sunday. Jack Izzet (pictured) earned his first win of the season to come home 20 seconds clear. Adam Hart (6th and first Under 13) and Freddie Dolman (9th) were the other scorers. Perhaps one for the future was Rowan Stringer (14th) who at age 9 beat every 10-11 year old in the field. Francis Bisoni (17th) was another athlete to show up well.

Naomi Sandercock (3rd) and the rapidly improving Sophia Harvey (4th) along with Lucy Thompson (6th) secured the points for CATs to win the girls race overall. Mia Lawes (8th) was first Under 13 girl, continuing her fine season, and Ronni Townsend (22nd) was the first school year 4 (another to watch for the future).

For the seniors, Amy Milburn (6th) and Sam Irungu (40th) were the Club’s leading runners, with the seniors now building up their numbers and regularly closing out teams.

Elsewhere CATs old boy Henry Dover earned his first GB vest by winning the Under 20 trials for the European Cross Country Championships in Liverpool.  


Sportshall Round 2

Saturday 11 November 2023

It was fantastic to see so many CATs vests and some super performances in the second Sportshall event on Saturday. Notable achievements include:

🥇🥈Isla Menzies and Ivy-Rose Hallahan - first and second in U11 over and under

🥉Esme Bohannan - third in U11 2 lap race

🥈Isla Menzies - second U11 obstacle race

🥉 Wilbur Wheatley - third U11 over and under

🥇 Esirhueme Alegeh - first U11 1 lap race and 2 lap race

🥉Wilbur Wheatley - third U11 2 lap race and third U11 obstacle race

🥉Kacie Langton - third chest push

🥇 Sofia Lyttle - first standing vertical jump

🥈Esme Bohannan - second standing vertical jump

🥇🥇Esme Bohannan and Isla Menzies - joint first speed bounce

🥉Sofia Lyttle - third speed bounce

🥇🥉Robbie Howard and Aidan Burgoyne - first and third chest push

🥉Aidan Burgoyne - third standing triple jump

🥉Mason Partridge - third high-stepper

🥈Robbie Howard - second target throw

🥉 Wilbur Wheatley - third target throw

🥉 Aidan Burgoyne - third javelin


Track & Field Awards Night 2023

Wednesday 8 November 2023

Thank you to everyone who competed for the Club during the summer 2023 track and field season. We had one of our most successful East Anglian League (EAL) seasons, with 6 of 8 teams qualifying for the finals. For our senior athletes and Under 17s there was the Southern Athletics League (SAL), in which we form a composite team with Ipswich Harriers. After securing promotion to the top division last year, we together finished 6th out of 18 teams and did extremely well. We hosted the first SAL meeting of the season in May at the track, which was a successful day thanks to all the hard work of officials and volunteers.

The following Club members were recognised for their efforts, achievements and commitment to the Club and to competition at our annual Track and Field Awards Ceremony for 2023: 

Under 11 Athlete of the Year
Winner: Esme Bohannon
Highly Commended: Jacob Allam, Isabelle Famojuro, Thomas Hall, Ivy-Rose Hallahan, Elizabeth Khan, Kacie Langton, Sofia Lyttle, Ayla Milner, Lisa Ndungu, Mason Partridge, Micah Udechuku, Noah Udechuku and Laura Walecka

Under 13 Athlete of the Year
Winner: Chloe Allam
Highly Commended: Samuel Green and Alex Blanco

Under 15 Athlete of the Year
Winner: Naomi Sandercock
Highly Commended: Judah Asamoah and Amani Luvisiah

Under 17 Athlete of the Year
Winner: Lucy Thompson
Highly Commended: Samantha Yearwood and Lucy Frank

Under 20 Athlete of the Year
Winner: Dylan Nyathi
Highly Commended: Francesca Booth and Ife Odunsi

Senior Athlete of the Year
Winner: Chris Harvey  
Highly Commended: Carey Hollick and Glenn Hobbs

Most Improved Male Athlete
Jack Izzet

Most Improved Female Athlete
Amy Milburn

Outstanding Effort Award

Adanna Udechuku

Commitment to Competition Award

Rob Milburn

Service to the Club Award

Quiana Cole

Coach of the Year Awards

Alison Bennett and Rebecca Clarke

John Cooke Award for Services to the Club

Dave Waterman (pictured)


Essex Cross Country League Round 3 - Writtle

Saturday 4 November 2023

Adam Hart scored another victory for the Under 13 boys in the Essex Cross Country League at Writtle on Saturday. With the courses now becoming very muddy, lightweight Adam floated over the mud to win convincingly and secure an Essex vest for Oxford in December. Samuel Green (42nd) and Aubrey Cartwright (46th) provided the backup. For the Under 13 girls, Mia Lawes finished an excellent 5th and Liz Whall 19th.

For the Under 15 team (pictured), Declan Capp had his best race to date with a fine 8th place after an early fall, with Lewis Turner coming in 21st. For the girls, Naomi Sandercock was 10th and Sophia Harvey achieved her highest finish this season in 12th. Under 17 athletes Amy Milburn (7th) and Lucy Thompson (17th) also both performed well. Katie Whall, Chloe Wilson, Chris Harvey and Rob Milburn tackled the muddy conditions for the seniors.

Meanwhile, Mason Partridge made his debut park run at Castle Park, beating club legend John Henington.


Cross Country Round-Up

28-29 October 2023

Adam Hart (pictured with coach Bob Kimber) secured his first Essex Cross Country League victory on Saturday, with the very hilly Basildon course suiting him well and enabling him to build a 20 second lead. James Clarke was a good 8th, with Samuel Green (34th) and Aubrey Cartwright (41st) completing the Under 13 boys team. Mia Lawes was a fine 8th for the Under 13 girls. For the Under 17s, Amy Milburn (4th) got the better of teammate Carys Sergeant (6th), with Lucy Thompson 12th and Jack Izzet finishing 24th for the boys. In the Under 15s race, Naomi Sandercock was first Club runner home in 13th, with Sophia Harvey 22nd.

The next day 40 Club athletes tackled the NESS Cross Country League at Writtle. Having won this for the last two years, it looks like it’s going to be more competitive this season for the juniors. The boys finished 3rd overall, with Jack Izzet finishing the race in 3rd, followed by Hayden Fox (7th) and Tristan De-Belligny (15th) as the three scorers. The junior girls were first overall, with scorers comprising Naomi Sandercock (2nd), Mia Lawes (3rd) and Lucy Thompson (7th). Eight senior men ran, with Gerald Buck a good 8th, Samuel Irungu 31st and Stanley Hobbs 38th. For the women, Amy Milburn was a commendable 4th.

Meanwhile Grainne Hallahan completed the Dublin Marathon in 4:13:14.


Ipswich Jaffa Relays

Sunday 22 October 2023

Three Club junior teams competed in the Ipswich Jaffa Relay Races at Bourne Park on Sunday, finishing in fourth place overall. The Under 11s mixed team (Ivy-Rose Hallahan, Mason Partridge and Kascie Langton) finished in a commendable second place, as did the Under 13 mixed team (Samuel Green, Mia Lawes and Evelyn Clapp). The Under 11 girls team put in a strong effort  (Sofia Lyttle, Bella Izzet and Esme Bohannon) finishing fourth.


Essex Cross Country League

Saturday 14 October 2023

It was a good start to the cross country season for the Club at Thurrock on Saturday. For the Under 17 girls (pictured), Carys Sergeant continued her fine summer form with a strong second place. Amy Milburn also had a good run to finish fourth. Lucia Harvey (17th) and Annabel Sergeant (21st) completed the team. The Under 13 girls saw Mia Lawes finish 6th and Elizabeth Whall 17th, both making their Essex league debuts, while for the Under 15s Sophia Harvey had a fine competition for 20th place.

For the first time in a few years the Under 13 boys turned out a team. Adam Hart finished third and James Clarke 10th, with both running really well and targeting an Essex vest this winter. They were backed up by Tristan De-Belligny (26th), Samuel Green (28th) and Aubrey Cartwright (35th). For the Under 15s, Lewis Turner was 20th (just in the top half of the field on his debut). The Under 17 boys saw the dependable Jack Izzet home in 20th.  

In the Under 11s race, Ivy-Rose Hallahan and Wilf Cartwright did well, as did the V50s Rob Milburn (153rd) and Chris Harvey (159th), with Katie Whall finishing 43rd for the ladies.


Sportshall and record-breaking Vets road racing

7-8 October 2023

Saturday saw the first Essex Athletics Network Sportshall event of the season in Chelmsford. Representing the Club were Kacie Langton, Ivy-Rose Hallahan, Robbie Howard, Joe Howard, Mason Partridge, Wilber Wheatley and Aidan Burgoyne – well done all on a great competition!

Several seniors were also competing on the road over the weekend. Philip Wood ran the Eindhoven Marathon, pacing the race perfectly and finishing in an excellent time of 3:27:54, taking the V35 club record. The V50 10 mile record was taken by John Henington at the Tiptree 10, with a time of 1:07:43. Last but not least, Samuel Ndungu ran the Royal Parks Half, finishing in a very commendable 1:25:02, only a day after achieving a 19:26 personal best in the Highwoods parkrun, finishing second behind talented junior athlete Alfie Cockx (19:04).


Weekend Round Up

23-24 September 2023

It was an action-packed weekend for Colchester and Tendring athletes. On Saturday, Ivy-Rose Hallahan (U11) ran the Vitality Westminster Mile family race in 6:54, finishing a fantastic 16th. Meanwhile at the Maldon half marathon, Andy Gooby (V35) ran well following the pace he had in his mind for marathon training. Also running was second claim club member Magdalena Komorowska, who enjoyed the hilly and windy but scenic course.

Club athletes were out in force at the Langham 10k on Sunday. Finn Rattray (pictured), running in the open age category, was first home in an excellent time of 34:10. Samuel Irungu (M40-49) also ran well to finish 14th in 39:18. Other athletes completing included Ben Howard (U17, 46:41), Philip Wood (48:57), Lucia Harvey (U17, 49:18), Chris Harvey (49:19) and Donna Howard (57:22).

Over 5k, second claim athlete Joshua Beaumont finished fourth in 17:00, John Henington was 13th (19:58), Eve Boggis (U15) was 22nd (22:16) and Florence Boggis was 67th (32:58). Mason Partridge (U10) ran the 2k in 9:22.

In the Colchester Junior Parkrun, Joe and Robbie Howard and Albert Gillett-Reubin ran PBs, with Albert achieving his half marathon wristband, and Daisy Meyers ran her first ever junior parkrun.


Essex Cross Country Relays

Saturday 16 September 2023

Colchester and Tendring secured triple joy at the Essex cross country relays this weekend. In the unusually warm and dry cross country conditions, the Club’s young female runners secured two sets of Bronze team medals. For the Under 13 girls, debut runner Elizabeth Whall backed up by the experienced Mia Lawes and Sienna Cronk started the season off well. The Under 17 women’s team of Carys Sergeant, Lucia Harvey and Amy Milburn also took Bronze. Two more teams of Under 15s and another Under 13 team also competed, with some making their cross country debuts for the Club.

For the boys, Adam Hart led off determinedly to be first Under 13 home, a position James Clarke held, with debut runner Francois Bollu bringing the team (pictured) home in Silver position. Sam Plummer ran the fastest leg of the day for the Under 17s, though the team missed out on medals this time. Two Under 15 teams and a few of the senior men and women also took part.


EAL Final

Sunday 3 September 2023

Congratulations to everyone who competed in the East Anglian League final in Bury St Edmunds.

For the Under 13 girls, there were some fantastic performances, including Sienna Cronk and Mia Lawes finishing second in the 800m and 1500m respectively, and Chloe Allan securing fourth place in the 100m and 70m hurdles. The relay team ran well to finish fourth overall.

Notable performances for the U15 girls included Naomi Sandercock finishing second in both the 300m and 800m, and Nia Lloyd finishing third in javelin with a throw of 21.94m.

The Under 17 women had the best overall age group placing, finishing fourth. Contributing to this included Samantha Yearwood who won the 100m and came second in the 200m, Zofia Krajewska who finished second in the B string 100m, Lucy Thompson who was second in the 800m and Carys Sergeant who was second in the 1500m.

For the Under 13 boys, Jacob Narkhom secured a second place finish in the 100m on his return from injury, while Samuel Green finished fourth in the 75m hurdles.

The Under 15 boys had several notable performances, including Finn Bates finishing second in the A string 100m and B string 300m and Iain Mante finishing third in the B string 100m. Yambukani Phiri was fourth in the 200m A string and second in the discus, while Judah Asamoah was second in the B string 200m and third in the long jump. Amani Luvisiah ran hard to finish third in the 800m as well as second in the B string discus, and Hayden Fox was fourth in the shot put. The relay team put in a strong performance to finish second.

For the senior men, Dylan Nyathi ran well in the 400m for third position. Bob Kimber made a rare competitive outing, with a 8.40m throw in the javelin to attain the V80 club record.


Southend Open

Monday 28 August 2023

A number of Club athletes were in action at the Southend Open on Bank Holiday Monday.

For the U11 girls, Ivy-Rose Hallahan gained a bronze medal in the 75m (12.52) and finished the 150m in 26.31. For the U11 boys, Mason Partridge also ran a great 75m (12.11) to gain a bronze medal in his heat, as well as competing in the 600m (2:17.96) and long jump (3.05m). Albert Gillett-Reubin earned bronze in his long jump group (2.65m) and also ran a good 75m (15.04).

Heidi Booth, Mistie Henington and Naomi Sandercock represented the Club at U15 level. Heidi gained a bronze medal in the 200m (29.89) and ran well in the 100m (14.02), as well as competing in the long jump (3.86m). Mistie gained a personal best in the 800m (2:56.85), while Naomi secured gold in the 1500m after an excellent finish (5:09.35).

At U17 level, Lucy Thompson gained a silver medal in the 800m (2:27.57) and a gold in the 1500m (5:09.91), as well as gaining a personal best in her first long jump of the season (3.80m). Francesca Booth (U20W) finished second in both the 100m (14.85) and long jump (3.68m).

For the vets, Aaron Bollu gained two silver medals in the 100m (13.06) and long jump (5.01m) and John Henington gained a personal best in the 800m (2:34.61).


Weekly roundup

9-13 August 2023

On the European stage, Jakub Walecki set another high jump personal best at the Under 20 European Championships in Jerusalem with a jump of 2.15m. The competition was so tight that he would have returned with a medal if he had cleared this height on the first attempt, however he finished in a creditable 5th place.

Adam Hart (U13) took part in the Southern England Athletics Championships at Lee Valley. Despite a challenging track season due to injury, he qualified for the 800m final with a personal best time. He improved his time further in the final, finishing in 6th place in 2:23.42.

More locally, a number of Club athletes were in action at the Colchester Northern Gateway road races on Friday night. Sam Plummer and Arthur Ballard (pictured) finished in 5th and 6th place in the Elite 5k race in fantastic times of 15:08 and 15:11 respectively, leaving them 6th and 8th on the British 5k road race rankings for their Under 17 age category. Under 17 athlete Alfie Cockx finished in 18:03, and for the seniors Samuel Irungu (18:33) and John Henington (19:40) also went under the 20 minute barrier. George Haberman (20:04), Glenn Hobbs (20:51), Katie Whall (21:49) and Chloe Wilson (24:14) also ran well. In the mile race, congratulations go out to Elizabeth Whall who finished second in her 11-12 age category (6:24), as did Mason Partridge in the 9-10 age category (7:23). Amy and Lisa Ndungu also both ran well to finish in 9:09 and 9:34 respectively.  


Essex 10k Track Championships

Friday 28 July 2023

Congratulations to Club athletes Alex Gladley and John Henington who gained medals at the Essex 10k Track Championships in Braintree on Friday. Alex won the silver medal in the Senior category in an excellent time of 31:43.4, while John was bronze medallist in the V50 category in a commendable 40:30.3.


EYAL Hemel Hempstead

Sunday 16 July 2023

There were some commendable performances from Colchester and Tendring athletes old and new at the EYAL meeting in Hemel Hempstead. This was sadly the final league competition of the season due to the cancellation of the Braintree event in August. 

In long jump, there was particular success for the U17 men who gained maximum points, with Lain Vearer securing first place with a personal best of 5.81m and William Hancock jumping the third furthest on the day (5.27m) as winner of the B string. For the Under 13 girls, Imogen Stringer was fourth in A string (3.80m), with Bethany Hall close behind (3.74m) in B string. Declan Capp (U15) finished fourth (4.45m) in his first competition, and Phoebe Adebambo was third in the U17 women’s triple jump (9.28m).

The throws were at times challenging in the gusty winds, but this did not stop Naomi Sandercock (U15) finishing third in her first javelin competition (14.79m). Fourth place finishes were secured by Annabelle Sergeant (U17, 12.98m) and Alex Blanco (U13, 10.68m). For the U15 boys, Isaac Harris-Scully threw a commendable 28.32m in his first competitive outing for the club, with Ethan Holland performing well too (23.65m). Isaac also secured a third place finish in hammer (13.46m). Adanna Udechuku (U13) was third in the discus (16.61m), and Enzi Luvisiah also did well for the U13 boys, finishing fourth with a throw of 8.48m.

In the sprints, there was an excellent run from Lain Vearer (U17, pictured) to finish second in the A string 100m (12.1). Yambukani Phiri, who has recently joined the club, ran well at U15 level (12.3) and finished third in the 200m (24.5). Phoebe Adebambo (U17) looked strong in the 200m, finishing second in her B string race (28.2), while Imogen Stringer (U13) was third at U13 level. There were commendable efforts over 300m and 400m, including Finley Holland (U17) finishing second in the B string 400m (56.6).

Over 800m, at U17 level Lucy Thompson comfortably won the race (2:23) with Hermione Lee gaining a personal best (2:43). For the U15s, Naomi Sandercock finished second (2:27) after a strong sprint finish, and Amani Luvisiah finished third (2:14). In the 1500m, Carys Sergeant comfortably won the U17 women’s race (5:09), with Amy Milburn gaining a personal best (5:33). Mia Lawes was second at U13 level (5:22), and Jack Izzet was third for the U17 men (4:23) after leading for most of the race.

The relays provided an entertaining finish to the day, and all the teams (both sprinters and non-sprinters alike) are to be commended on their valiant efforts. The U17 boys placed highest in fourth in a time of 49.0 after a spirited run by the team.


Southern Athletics League Match 3

9 July 2023

The combined Ipswich Harriers and Colchester & Tendring team again achieved an excellent second place finish in the third match of the Southern Athletics League (Division 1), behind hosts Blackheath and Bromley.

A number of the Club’s young sprinters attended the competition, with Under 17 Michael Akinyemi finishing second in the B string 100m (11.24) and 6th in the A string 200m (23.16). Quiana Cole (U20) ran in the B string 100m, finishing 5th in 13.37. In the 100m non-scoring races, Dylan Stewart (11.94), Samantha Yearwood (13.23), Ife Odunsi (13.46), Angel Wright (13.73) and Francesca Booth (14.40 PB) all ran well. Samantha (27.35), Quiana (28.19), Ife (28.85) and Angel (28.98) also competed in the non-scoring 200m races.

Over middle distance, Lucy Thompson (U17, pictured) secured victory in the A string 800m in a season’s best time of 2:18.33, and also finished second in her first 2000m steeplechase (8:15.15). Amy Milburn was the fastest B string runner (8:32.31), with father Rob Milburn finishing fourth in the 3000 steeplechase (12.37.61) and also competing in the pole vault (2.30m), long jump (3.73m) and javelin (21.84m).


Friday Five Series Round Up

July 2023

Colchester and Tendring Seniors were out in force for the last race of the Friday Five series at Great Bentley on 7th July. In total we had 11 runners out on the course on what proved to be a hot evening! Alex Gladley, who was running second claim for us, took an impressive victory in 24:50 and there were great runs and many PBs elsewhere. Philip Wood (34:30) took two minutes off his old best and Glenn Hobbs (34:11) took 44 seconds off his PB to edge closer to the 34 minute mark.

Chloe Wilson, Jess Cowie, George Haberman, Ben Howard and Samuel Irungu all got PBs by virtue of it being their first 5 Miler (they all count), although notably Ben Howard (34:03) got very close to 34 but still bagged bragging rights by finishing ahead of Coach Glenn! Samuel continued his excellent progress in all distances with a fantastic 30:53 - the epitome of going out hard and then hanging on. 

Notable others – by finishing Bentley, Neo Stacey and Rosanna Holden managed to complete three of the series and Don Howard managed two. Hopefully next year we'll have a few more runners and some of us might manage to complete the whole series!

Before the Seniors ran, the Junior races were held and whilst we only had one U9 in the shorter race, Rowan Stringer took another first place to add to the one he took in Stowmarket – certainly some exciting races ahead of him. In the Year 5 to 10 race, Imogen Stringer ran a solid sub-9 minute effort, continuing her improvement since joining the club. Kacie Langton had another good race to make it five races completed in the six race series, finishing 12th overall in her age group. Despite not running at Bentley, Mia Lawes finished 2nd overall in the series and is certainly going to have some exciting races against the series winner in the future. Samuel Green just missed out on 3rd place in the U11 on count back, but 4th is still a great result over the six race series!


English Schools and EYAL success

1-2 July 2023

Congratulations to Arthur Ballard who, on his English Schools track debut, finished in an excellent 4th position in the Inter Boys 3000m. In a crowded tactical race, Arthur managed to keep out of trouble towards the front of the pack and achieved an official time of 8:57.65.

The following day, Club members were out in force at the Eastern Young Athletes League meeting in Chelmsford. For the Under 13s, Sienna Cronk showcased her diverse talent by finishing second in both the 100m (13.9) and 1500m (5:23). There were also second place finishes for Bethany Hall in the long jump and Emily Edwardson in the javelin, while Chloe Allam (pictured) did well in the 70m hurdles. The stand-out performance for the Under 13 boys was Tristan de Belligny’s 28.12m throw which secured him victory in the javelin.

At Under 15 level, Finn Bates sprinted hard to win the 200m in 25.2, with Judah Asamoah also running well in the B string race to finish second in 26.4. Armani Luvisiah won the discus (23.32m) and finished second in the 800m (2:12), with Rhodri McDonald close behind to finish as first B string in 2:15. There were second place finishes for Joshua Famojuro in the 100m (12.1) and Naomi Sandercock in the 200m (28.2).

For the Under 17 women, there were second place finishes for Samantha Yearwood (200m, 27.2), Lucy Thompson (800m, 2:18), Carys Sergeant (1500m, 5:10) and Anjola Odunsi (long jump, 4.50m), while Hermione Lee ran a confident 300m to win the B string race as a non-scorer on her track and field debut. For the Under 17 men, Jack Izzet secured victory in the 800m (2:08) and valiantly doubled up to secure more points in the 1500m. Michael Akinyemi finished second in the 200m (23.1), and with fellow athletes Lain Vearer, Dylan Stewart and Leo Morley Robertson sprinted to victory in the 4x100m relay in a new club record time of 45.5.

Well done everyone for your fantastic team contribution. Let's try and fill all the gaps for the next EYAL on 16 July!

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