Colchester Harriers’ Callum McKay and Graig Anya-Joseph strike gold at Essex Schools Championships

The Colchester Harriers duo of Megan Stevens and Katie Rice, who competed over 100m and the 80m hurd

The Colchester Harriers duo of Megan Stevens and Katie Rice, who competed over 100m and the 80m hurdles respectively - Credit: Archant

Colchester Harriers’ young athletes were again out in force, mostly competing for the North-East Essex team at the annual Essex Schools Track & Field Championships, staged in Chelmsford last Saturday.

Colchester Harriers’ young athletes were again out in force, mostly competing for the North-East Essex team at the annual Essex Schools Track & Field Championships, staged in Chelmsford last Saturday.

There were some fantastic performances in some extremely challenging conditions ,with the sprinters running into a fierce head-wind.

Callum McKay put his injury-hit season well-and-truly behind him to storm through in the intermediate boys’ 100m to take the gold medal in 11.7 seconds, into a -4.1 head-wind

Fellow sprinter Graig Anya-Joseph is going from strength to strength and he also took gold in the junior boys’ 100m, producing a commanding run to clock 11.67secs into a -3.5 headwind


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Thierry Ajala took a fantastic silver medal in the intermediate boys’ 400m, just pipping his club-mate Jed Assemota, who took the bronze with a massive personal best of 51.37secs.

Danny Millward again showed his immense potential with a gutsy performance, taking bronze in the intermediate boys’ 3,000m, thanks to a fantastic finish.

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Meanwhile, Megan Stevans had a good day in the intermediate girls’ 100m. She finished strongly in her heat to clinch a place in the final, where she finished a creditable sixth in 13.8secs into a -3.7 headwind.

Aliyah Soames threw 25 metres in the junior girls’ javelin, while Kayleigh Hale, who recently joined Colchester Harriers from Chelmsford, threw an impressive 26m in the same competition.

Also new to the Harriers is Kausara Ayoola. In only her second competitive race, she qualified for the final of the junior girls’ 200m final, finishing sixth in a fine 27.99 into a -2.9 headwind.

Lauren Strutt placed sixth in the intermediate girls’ long jump, setting a PB of 4.79m, and Katie Rice was again very impressive in the girls’ 80m hurdles. She ran a PB of 13.69secs, finishing just outside the medals into a strong headwind.

Elsewhere, Millie Presland was fifth in the junior girls’ 1,500m in 5:08.00, and Savannah Harrison just missed out on the final of the inter girls’ 300m, running 46.2

Max Caulfield also just missed out on the medals despite a strong finish for fourth place in the inter boys’ 1,500m.

Madeleine Claydon competed in the junior girls’ high jump, where she equalled her PB with a 1.30m clearance.

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