by: Croydon Harriers | 7th Oct 2015 12:16:05
Croydon Harriers opened their East Surrey League campaign at Lloyd Park on Saturday with a respectable fourth place finish.

The hosts were led home by Ernie Hann who was fifth in 30 minutes and 37 seconds in the near 74-strong field over the five-mile course.

He was backed by up by masters Alan Burn (2nd M50, 32:35), Neil Aikman (4th M40, 33:18) and Colin Oxlade (4th M50, 34:35).

The B team of James Moore (5th M40, 35:16), Oliver Hosken (42nd, 38:11), Andy Del Nevo (47th, 38:35) and Peter Howes (5th M60) were 11th out of the 21 teams that closed in.

In the young athletes ranks, twenty young Harriers took part in the 2-mile contest. Riddlesdown pupil Omar Harhara led the Croydon challenge in fourth in 11:59.

He was well supported by Dane Lawrence (11th, 12:40), Jake Cork (3rd U13, 12:42) and Isaac Flanagan (4th U15, 12:44).

The youngsters would place third in the team race out of the five competing clubs.

In the girl's race, Jessica Moore was the 1st Under 15 girl home in 14:01 and was fifth overall. Megan Driver (2nd U15G, 14:08) and Saarah Nawaz (3rd U15G, 14:20) were in close contention. 56 runners closed in.


With thanks to: Emily, Suzie, team Moore, Don, Norman, Colin, Nicola, Carol, David, John, Pearl, Alan D, Alan B, Andy, Jules, Lee and many more for all your help in organising and officiating.


In ParkRun action, Carole Chambers won the "Furthest ParkRunner of the Week" award for her efforts at Weymouth. Mark Lynch was runner-up in said competition for his 6th place finish at Huntingdon.

Anna Corby (Lloyd Park) and Ellie McCormack both enjoyed 1st's in the women's category of their respective events.

FULL list of ParkRunners last weekend

by: Croydon Harriers | 6th Oct 2015 16:02:09
Paul's young athlete sprinting groups will be back at Croydon Arena as usual in the coming weeks.

The Older group return Tuesday October 13th at 7.15

And the Younger group Tuesday November 3rd at 6.15

Please clarify with Coach Paul if any queries.

Any sprinter aged 16+ that aren't in the above groups / are new are encouraged to train with Coach Matt Pepper, sessions 7pm both Tuesdays and Thursdays.

by: Croydon Harriers | 28th Sep 2015 18:51:30
Croydon Harrier athletes travelled far and wide last weekend as the build-up towards the cross-country season gathers apace.

Two recent recruits tackled the Berlin Marathon. Dan Barnes completed the course in 3:23.09.

University of Manchester student Muhammed Chilongani battled home in 4:33.38.

At the Barns Green Half Marathon, Ben Savill propelled himself onto the club's all-time rankings for the 13.1 mile distance (no mean feat) recording a time of 73 minutes and 26 seconds for bronze medal position in the 1084-strong field.

He goes to 14th on the all-time list, one second shy of the last person to break through onto the list which was David White back in 2010 at Gosport. Coach Simon Loughran also enjoyed a good outing, finishing 15th in a lifetime best of 81:31.

Closer to home , three Harriers tacked the Switchback 5 at Lloyd Park. Ultra-marathoner Mark Lynch was 23rd in 34:30 and Andy Del Nevo continued his recovery from injury in 41st in 37:38.

Coach Neil Aikman finished sixth at the Dartford Bridge 10K and was 4th M40 home in 38:45. Son Douglas made it a family affair and was 2nd Under 11 in the fun run.

At the Robin Hood Half Marathon, James Moore clocked a six minute PB in 92:24 for 447th out of over seven thousand competitors. Not to be outdone daughters Jessica and Leanne were 18th and 106th respectively in the mini-marathon.

In the pick of the ParkRun action there were three wins for Croydon, with Harriers being spotted at 13 different events on Saturday morning. Alex Penfold set a new club best at Brockwell in 17:39 eclipsing the old mark set by David Chambers by nearly a minute. Speaking of the latter, David made a welcome return to action at Banstead Woods after a year in Australia. He will be off to New Zealand in the coming weeks.

Ernie Hann was 1st at Lloyd Park with six other Harriers in tow, while Jake English triumphed at Crystal Palace.

Glenn Barden was 2nd at Chippenham ParkRun and took the scalp of former GB runner Amy Chalk in the process.

The furthest ParkRunners of the week award goes to team Moore who were all in action at the Derby ParkRun becoming the first Harriers to complete that event.

This weekend sees the cross-country season kick off fully with the East Surrey League at Lloyd Park. Helpers still needed to be marshals, please come forward if you can. The young athlete's race of 2 miles at 2.30pm and the adults are off at 3pm for 2x2.5mile laps.

by: Croydon Harriers | 24th Sep 2015 12:18:46
Eight Croydon Harrier teams closed home at the prestigious South of England road relay championships at Rushmoor Arena in Aldershot this weekend. The under 17 men enjoyed the club's highest position across the two-day event and finished 24th from the 40 teams that competed.

Kieron Connor (13 minutes 35 seconds), Luke Wakeling (14:14), Dane Lawrence (14:47) and Omar Harhara (13:55) completed the scoring quartet over the 4x3.8km course.

Over the same distance, the women's squad improved six places on their position twelve months ago crossing the line in 47th. Anna Corby (17:17) and Jules Williams (19:21) battled valiantly before handing to Saron Haileselase who took 13 scalps by the end of her leg. Her time of 13:36 was the 21st fastest out on the afternoon of over 260 competitors. St Mary's College student Stevie Lawrence brought the team home with a run of 15:33. 64 teams competed.

The under 15 boys quartet of Jordan O'Dongo, Isaac Flanagan, Adam Shew and Ifetobi Salako were 46th in their 4x3km challenge while their female counterparts of Jessica Moore, Saarah Nawaz and Megan Driver bagged a club best finish in this event in 38th. The under 13 girls were 41st.

In the Master's races, Croydon's M40 team made their return to this event after almost an absence of over a decade with a 29th place finish. Colin Oxlade (24:20), Mark Maginn (23:06), Neil Aikman (23:39) and James Moore (24:40) completed the quartet over the 4x6km event. The B team of Andy Del Nevo (25:48), debutants Rush Yadave (26:46) and Peter Howes (30:35) combined with Oxlade (25:35) to finish a non-scoring 56th.

In the showpiece men's event, Croydon's men finished 63rd out of the 79 teams that competed in the 6x6km event, with Simon Loughran (21:03), Rob Spalding (21:43), Kartik Iyer (23:20) and Glenn Barden (21:58) amongst the stand out performers. Matthew Kiernan (25:02) and Neil Aikman (24:40) completed the team.

Team Result Summary
Under 13 Girls 41st (69)
Under 15 Boys 46th (58)
Under 17 Men 24th (40)
Under 15 Girls 38th (79)
Women 47th (64)
Men 63rd (79)
M40 A team - 29th (63)/ B team - 56th


In the pick of the ParkRun action, Ernie Hann was 2nd at Lloyd Park in 18:28 followed by Mark Lynch (5th, 19:52), Oliver Hosken (33rd, 23:12), Peter Howes (26:13) and Eric Campbell (36:59).

Jose Concha was eighth at Dulwich in 18:05 and Neil Aikman (19:37) led a quartet of Harriers home at Crystal Palace. Rod Harrington, Imran Salim and Douglas Aikman also finished.

Julian Dillow won the much coveted 'Furthest Parkrunner of the Week ' award for his efforts at Weymouth, narrowly ahead of Terry Hall's run at Braustone the first Croydon athlete to complete that event.

At the Reigate Half Marathon, Mohsin Harhara finished 49th overall and 11th M40 in 86:13 just outside his lifetime best. Stalwart Norman Hemming finished 15th in the M60 category in 2:00.46.

Pole vaulter Ned Quiney won the prestigious Jim Day Memorial Pole Vault Open at Sutton Arena beating 91 other competitors when he cleared 4.82m. The 23 year-old former British University champion cleared 5.15m in 2011 so encouraging signs ahead of 2016.

by: Croydon Harriers | 14th Sep 2015 18:10:15
Over thirty Croydon Harriers were in action at the Will Bolton Memorial cross-country relays on Saturday at Sparrows Den.

The men's A team finished 14th in the 4x4km event out of 52 teams that closed in.

Simon Loughran was 35th fastest overall (14:29), with Alan Burn (49th, 15:24), Neil Aikman (75th, 16:05) and Colin Oxlade (114th, 17:06) completing the line-up.

The women's team finished 9th overall in their race thanks to Anna Corby (184th, 20:07), Naomi Carty (155th, 18:26), Stevie Lawrence (96th, 16:42) and Jules Williams (198th, 22:20).

The B team of James Moore (94th, 16:39), Dane Lawrence (104th, 16:50), Matthew Kiernan (111th, 17:04) and Oliver Hosken (145th, 18:14) finished 25th overall.

Meanwhile the mixed team of Eric Campbell, Isobel Harrington, Keith Brown and Andy Del Nevo were 52nd.
In young athlete ranks, the under 15 boys finished seventh overall thanks to Jordan O'Dongo, Neal Kesterson and Isaac Flanagan who was fifth fastest individually.

The girl's trio of Jessica Moore, Saarah Nawaz and Megan Driver finished fifth.

In the under 13 boy's race the team of Jake Cork, Douglas Aikman and Krishiv Malik were sixth and their female counterparts of Kyra Sethna-McIntosh, Leanne Moore and Sasha Howard were one place lower in seventh.

In the under 11's race Holly Perks, Jessica Duggan and Jana Sethna-McIntosh kept the club flag flying.

At the Surrey Combined Events Championships at Sutton Arena, Atlanta Drummond won gold in the under 20 women's steeplechase.

Cassandra Howard enjoyed the club's highest finish in a multi-event placing sixth in the under 13 girl's pentathlon.

Theo Flanagan was tenth in the under 13 boy's equivalent and coach James Eccles was tenth in the gruelling decathlon with a tally of 4255pts.

In the relays the under 13 boy's team of Aidann Fletcher, Zola Dotting, Rohan Butler Kowlessar, Reshayne Bailey finished fifth in the 4x200m and fourth in the 4x100m.

At the Bristol Half Marathon Alex Penfold clocked 78 minutes 39 seconds for 71st.

In the ParkRun action, Ian Wright finished 2nd at Aldenham. New member Jose Conha was 8th at Crystal Palace.

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