17 Jul

This is our third newsletter. We aim to send newsletters out periodically to keep you updated on club news; including results from recent competitions, future events, and some of the things that go on behind the scenes to make sure the club runs smoothly.  We would like to hear your feedback on what you may like to see included too. Please e mail thurrockharrierssecretary@outlook.com with your feedback. 

The clubhouse and refreshments are now open providing refreshments to users of the stadium and income to the club. The next relaxation of covid rules is expected on the 19th July 2021. 

There have being a number of open meetings of which some of the results for Thurrock athletes are included below. The club takes part in three Track and Field Leagues which give members the opportunity to compete at no cost and to be part of a team. We compete in the Eastern Young Athletes League (EYAL) for the Under 17’s, the Southern Athletes League (SAL) for Under 17 upwards and the Eastern Masters Athletes Club League (EMAC) for Over 35’s.
Funminiyi Olajade 8th in UK Senior Championships and Olympic Trials
Although Funminiyi spends most of her time competing in the US it was a great to see her competing for Thurrock at the recent Olympic trials. Although she has being injured for the last month, she still managed 8th Place in the Long Jump with a distance of 6.05m. She was the first U20 in the competition and is currently ranked top of the UK U20 rankings. She is now looking forward to the European Junior Championships.
Thurrock second place in Southern Athletics League
Despite competing against bigger clubs Havering, Woodford Green, Ilford, and Newham, Thurrock did exceptionally well to come second at the Southern Athletics League held at Havering on the 20th June. It was particularly pleasing to see our Junior athletes, and some of our veteran athletes performing very well.  
Results are summarised as follows.
Malik Pitt 100m A string 5th 11.80s, 200m A string 4th 24.29s
Mason Carpenter-Prout  100m B string 4th 12.06s, LJ B string 2nd 5.57m, HJ A 4th 1.65m
Micheal Shortall 200m B string  5th 24.47s, 110mH A string 1st 18.08s, LJ A string 2nd 5.59m, TJ A string  3rd 10.61m
Leon Wheeler 800m A string 1st 1:58.80, 5000m A string 2nd 16:28.12
Taylor Newall 800m B string 1st 2:00.11
Ben Prior 1500m A string 4th 4:14.19
Sunny Vehit 1500m B string 3rd 4:43.36
Robert Doyle 5000m B string  2nd 18:05.90, 2000mC/C B string 2nd 7:38.7
Alec Finch 2000mS/C A string 3rd 6:46.7
Tosin Olajide HJ B string 2nd 1.60m, JT A string 4th 33.25m
Abdulahman Akende SP A string 3rd 9.83m, DT A string 4th 21.10m
Kosi Okonyia SP B string 3rd 7.86m
Nigel Instance DT B string 2nd 20.33m, HT A string 4th 16.98m, JT B string 2nd 29.05m
4x100m relay – 4th 46.63 s, Mason Carpenter-Prout, Liam Chivers, Abdulahman Akende, Malik Pitt
4x400m relay- 4th 3:38.57, Micheal Shortall, Leon Wheeler, Taylor Newall, Liam Chivers
Jodie Self 100m A string 4th 13.06s, LJ B string 1st 4.95m
Victoria Staines 100m B string 3rd 13.44s, 200m B string 4th 29.18s
Natalie Le Beau 200m A string 27.13
Jayne Elvin 400m A string 3rd 59.75
Leah Brewer 400m B string 2nd 64.77, TJ B string 1st 8.87
Demi Eves 800m A string 3rd 2:18.62
Hayley Instance 800m B string 2nd 2:20.06
Kathryn Spring 3000m A string 1st 11:19.04
Jodie Farrell 2000m S/C A string 2nd 9:54.7
Ogechukwa Nzekwe HJ A string 2nd 1.40m, LJ A  string 1st 5.13m
Ema Aldea HJ B string 2nd 1.35m
Sara Sardi TJ A string 1st 10.03m
Ruby Bridger SP A string 1st 9.70m, JT B string 1st 23.30m
Sue Lawrence SP B string 1st 9.25m, DT B string 2nd 27.12m, HT A string 1st 34.28m, JT A string 2nd 25.19m
Caroline Drewitt DT A string 3rd 30.14m
Emily Butler HT B string 2nd 33.25m
4x100m relay – 2nd 52.47s , Jodie Self, Victoria Staines, Ogechukwa Nzekwe, Natalie Le Beau
4x400m relay – 3rd 4:11.87 , Jayne Elvin, Leah Brewer, Hayley Instance, Demi Eves 

Club Records at the Essex Schools Championship for Jodie Self and Emily Butler   
The Essex Schools Junior and Intermediate Championship were held on the 12th June at Chelmsford. There was still a good representation from Thurrock Harriers despite there not being a District Championship. Jodie Self broke the club record in the 80mH with a time of 11.61s and Emily Butler beat the club record in the 3kg Hammer Throw with 38.00m.
Ogechuwu Nzekwe U17W 200m 3rd 26.43s
Millie Tredgett U17W 300m 6th 48.34s - PB
Ryan West U15M 800m 13th 2:21.13
Jayne Elvin U17W 800m 2nd 2:19.92
Sophie Matthews U15W 800m 3rd 2:32.7 4
Harry Wyatt U15M 1500m 4th 4:30.07
Lucy Chapelhow U15W 1500m 11th 5:18.82 - PB
Stephen Adesina U15M 80mH 7th 12.81 - PB
Shenaiah Allen- McKenna U17W 80mH 4th 12.66s - PB
Jodie Self U17W 80mH 1st 11.56s - PB
Ema Aldea U17W HJ 3rd 1.40m
Zion Ballou U17M LJ 4th 4.64m
Abdulahman Akenda U17M SP 1st 12.87m-PB
Emily Butler U17W HT 2nd 38.00m – PB
Alice Coshell Essex Schools Year 7 Champion 30th June 2021 
Alice Coshell, 75mH 1st  11.95s
Daniel Brown LJ 5th 4.35m
Cezar Draganescu LJ 10th 4.08m 

Thurrock Harriers has five combined event athletes representing Essex Schools 
Thurrock had five athletes representing Essex at the East Anglia Region Combined Events Championship at Corby on the 26th/27th June. Lucy Chapelhow was seventh in the Junior Girls Pentathlon with 2217 points, Stephen Adesina was fourth in the Junior Boys Pentathlon with 2255 points, Ogechuwu Nzekwe third in Girls Heptathlon with 4193 points and Jodie Self 8th in Girls Heptathlon with 3504 points. 

Gold in Essex 5000m championship for Kathryn Spring   
The Essex AA 5000m championship were held at Chelmsford on the 7th July. Kathryn won the female over 40 race with a time of 19:54.1.
Rob Doyle ran in the men’s race finishing in a time of 18:00.2.   

Open Meetings    
Eltham BMC and Open Races 23rd June 2021 
Harry Wyatt U15 800m BMC 2:06.01 – PB
Jayne Elvin U17 800m BMC 2:17.92
Sarab Dillon U23 1500m BMC 4:12.99
Sophie Matthews U15 800m 2:26.81 - PB
Ryan West U15 1500m 4:46.92 - PB 

Chelmsford Track Night 9th June 2021 
Olivia Forrest U13 800m 2:52.07 – PB
Isabel Forrest U13 800m 2:50.71   

Future Meetings   
Eastern Masters Athletic League 30th June - Thurrock
Essex Schools  30th  June -  Chelmsford Eastern Young Athletes League 4th July- Thurrock
Essex 5000m track championship 7th July - Chelmsford
Southern Athletics League 11th July - Woodford   
For upcoming events click here - Upcoming Fixtures - THURROCK HARRIERS (thurrockharriersac.com)                                             

Behind the scenes/Points from committee meetings   
Stadium Maintenance 
Stadium Floodlights; our stadium floodlights are obsolete and are increasingly difficult to repair. Work is currently underway to find the best option to replace with modern, high efficiency lighting.    
The council have confirmed that Planning consent is not required. Thurrock Council are one of the main potential sources of funding for the flood lights although we do not expect an answer from them until November 2021.
One of our storage containers is in a poor state and needs replacing. We are looking for a good value replacement.
Lawn Mower   
Our Lawn mower is continually breaking down and we are looking for a replacement. The council have done some emergency cuts for us, however this is not a long term option.
Public Address System   
Our PA system is old, unreliable and needs replacing. We have identified a ‘small project’ funding route that if successful would allow us to get a new PA system for summer 2022. 

We are always looking for funding to help pay for new items like the floodlights. This also helps keep the membership and track fees competitive. Anyone with idea’s for raising money, donations from local companies, please let us know. We have been successful with a number of donations, however we always need more. Those who shop at Asda will be aware of the Asda foundation and Green Token Giving. We were pleased to get rates rebate confirmed as 100% rebate for 2020/21 and 66% for 2021/22. 

Track Hire    
As you are aware hiring the track is a much-needed revenue for the club.   Although track hire is significantly down on previous years due to covid, the new school, Orsett Heath Academy, and the Football Association have started to use the track.     

Club House Refreshments 
The clubhouse has now opened to provide refreshments. 

Jack Petchey Awards    
Voting on the first two athlete awards is due to finish on the 12th July. Voting can either be done by survey monkey or by forms available at the clubhouse. We plan to make a Leader Award next and then two more Athlete Awards this year. 

Our club is run by volunteers and we are always looking for more; if you are interested then please let us know.  We are particularly interested in anyone who may have considered training to be a coach or an official and ask that they please contact anyone in the committee. Also, it would be useful to know of athletes or parents who have contacts or skills that may be useful to the club. A couple of examples is someone with contact with the local council and legal skills. 

We are re-opening our waiting lists to junior members. We have a lot of interest particularly from U11’s. What we really need are more coaches. 

Club Standards     
The first meeting has been held with England Athletics to start the process of implementing ‘Club Standards’. This is a relatively new initiative lunched by EA to ensure clubs are operated in a safe and responsible way. The ‘Club Standards’ cover the area of Governance and Duty of Care, and the main activity will be updating the club’s constitution, policies and procedures and improving club communication. 

Essex AA  
Essex AA are starting to pull together plans for the 2021/22 Cross Country Season. They are looking for clubs to host a race. The One Tree Hill is always a very popular course although we would need volunteers to help put on the event. 

Feed Back-    Any comments, feedback, ideas for future newsletters please e mail to Thurrockharrierssecretary@outlook.com