Athletics: Harriers show great team spirit.

The three regular mainstays of the team, Dan George, Mark Jenkins and Michael Shortall all turned in their usual selfless contributions. The ultimate team man, Michael Shortall, covered 5 events and both relays
to contribute 13 points to the total. His best event was the 58s 400m hurdles for 2nd place. Dan and Mark were hampered by injuries but helped out the team filling in in throws and jumps. Dan notched up 8 points before ‘retiring hurt’ while Mark, restricted to 3 events,brought his 30 years league experience to the team ethos.

Athletics: Cambridge meet brings glittering prizes

Thurrock had only a handful of athletes competing and all did well. James Pearson won a silver medal in the 100m with a time of 12.47s U15B. Liam Barnard and Tom Wakeling ran the U13B 75mH. Liam came in 3rd with a personal best time of 14.19 and Tom came in 4th with a time of 16.80.

Athletics: Track and road success for Harriers

Again the triumvirate of Mark Jenkins, Michael Shortall and Dan George notched up half the team’s points total. They also covered half the
events. Dan George, whose work committment and recent bout of ill health have restrictred his training, notched up many good performances
in the jumps and throws. The best performance was a 1.85m high jump.

Athletics: Haul of medals for Harriers at Essex Champs

Damien Nugent ran a pb of 12.59 in 100m for the U17m and was followed by James Pearson who also ran a pb 12.07 in 100m for the U15m winning the final. Shannon Jameson ran 100m U15w and came 4th in her heat with a time of 13.38. Lyn Talbert ran a season’s best performance in 15.38 for the V50 and a pb in the 300m 48.77.

Athletics: Excellent start for men at Bedford

His highlight of the afternoon was just missing victory in the B string 110m hurdles. The middle distance squad, in addition to Alec Finch, notched up good performances. Dennis Cross contributed 10 points in the
800m, 1500m and 3k steeplechase. Nick Houghton ran a good 5k in 17m9.7 as did Adam Essa who recorded 17m18.

Athletics: Young harriers run free at first track meet of the season

Long jump provided some good results and was kicked off by Jamie Kensey who came in 1st place with a jump 5.79m. Jack Farmer also came in 1st place with a seasons best performance with 5.27m. Yinka Sudipo came in 1st place with a jump of 4.32 and Charlie Splarn jumped a respectable 3.85m. Yet again Liam Barnard produced another fine performance with a personal best of 3.77 to win. Toyin Olufemi jumped a seasons best of 3.83 and Beth James jumped 4.24m.

Athletics: James goes from strength to strength

After going through many rounds of the Aviva SportsHall Athletics with the Essex squad, James Pearson attended the National Finals at the LG Arena, Birmingham on the 21st April and took part in the U13 boys (years 7 &8) shot putt final. Being invited to the competition as an individual James’ 2nd putt of 13.73m proved to be the winner and saw James win the Aviva SportsHall UK Final U13 shot putt.

Athletics: Harriers magnificent fourteen conquer London Marathon

Steve Prosser, who has been injured for most of the winter, finished 415 in the 37,000 competitors. His time of 2h 47m16s was outside his pb but a remarkable performance given his unpromising preparation. After his usual cautious start Scott Rice moved smoothly through to an excellent pb of 2hr49m58s just missing a place in the top 500.

Thurrock Harriers rock at Lee Valley

Samuel Ekunole and Tyler came 2nd and 3rd respectively for taking part in the U15 shot putt and Tyler Chu improved his pb in Javelin which he set last week with a throw of 19.52m and proving that the javelin is becoming a successfull event for the Harrier squad, Alice Martin also threw a pb of 19.79 and Lucy Jewel in yet another event throwing a seasons best of 16.74m.

Athletics: Simple as ABC for Harriers

Rebecca Barnard kicked off her season with a 400m of 70.37 and Sarah Driver 800m in 2:38.16. Elle Smith ran 800m in 2:41.96 and is promising a great season. Sarah March came in 3rd for Thurrock in the 1500m in a time of 5:31.71.

Athletics: Double first for Harriers in 10K

Alex Houghton, the first runner home in 34mins 11secs told the Harlow Star: “It’s a perfect day for running. “It’s a great event and it’s always nice to help a charity and I hope St Clare is able to raise a lot of money from today. It was a great course and well marshaled– fantastic.”

Athletics: Four golds for Hayley in indoor sweep

RISING track star, Hayley McLean scooped four gold medals at the Essex and Eastern Indoor Championships this week. The Great Britain 400m hurdle international picked up gold in the under-20 women’s 200m, 400m, 60m and 60m hurdles at the indoor track at Lee Valley Stadium.

Gem Gemma wins Essex Cross Country Champs

The Essex Schools Cross Country Championships, held at Gloucester Park, Basildon on Saturday , saw 14 year old Gemma Holloway, a year 10 pupil from William Edwards School, take on some tough competition in her 4.6k race, up against girls three years older than her. Despite being scored separately, the Inter Girls (year 10 & 11) and Senior Girls (year 12 & 13) ran together to make up the 87 runners on the cold and windy start line.