by: Croydon Harriers | 21st Apr 2014 18:18:59
The under 11's session normally run by Coach Clarence on the 22nd April is postponed as Clarence is away.

Sessions will resume on the 29th April as normal.

by: Croydon Harriers | 19th Apr 2014 22:57:19
Croydon Harriers had a tough start to their Southern Athletics League 1st division campaign, finishing fourth at the season's curtain raiser at Lee Valley. Reigning champions Southampton (226pts) won, followed by Enfield & Haringey (189pts) and Walton (153pts) with newly promoted Croydon on 133pts.

Damien Powell arguably produced the performance of the day for Croydon winning the men's 200m in 21.7secs, a time which would have ranked him in the top 15 in the UK for his age group last year.

Also in the sprints, Ashleigh Clarke won the women's 100m in 12.2secs in her second ever quickest time.

In the middle-distance events, Patrick Lucas (1:57.2) and David White (2:00.9) bagged maximum points in the 800m winning the A and B events, and Stevie Lawrence was runner-up in the women's 1500m.

In the 5000m, Alex Penfold was runner-up in 16 minutes 31.9seconds and Jake English was home soon after in 16:34.7 to take the B event honours.

On the field, Cora Sexton (9.84m) and women's captain Zoe Fossett (9.82m) bagged 2nd and 1st in the triple jump A and B events, while Anieshka Mido (35.11m) and Emma Fossett (33.28m) matched those positions in the women's hammer.

The men's 4x100m team of Aaron Adekoya, Tife Ajibade, Brandon Mitchell and Powell were just edged into runners-up spot in 43.2secs.

Croydon will now look to rebuild ahead of their next fixture in the league at Croydon Arena on the 17th May against Blackheath & Bromley, Bedford & County and Havering Mayesbrook.

In the pick of the ParkRun action, there were five top-three finishes across the events for Harriers including four runners-up spots for Ben Savill (Brighton, 17:55), David Brown (Riddlesdown, 17:39), Atlanta Drummond (Lloyd Park, 23:58) and Louise Locke (Crystal Palace, 21:24). David Chambers was third at Banstead Woods in 18:07.

by: Croydon Harriers | 15th Apr 2014 09:50:22
Nearly thirty Croydon Harriers were in action at the full and mini versions of the Virgin London Marathon on Sunday.

24 Harriers in total were representing the Borough of Croydon over a course which is the final three miles of the London Marathon route.

Stevie Lawrence grabbed the highest finish by a Croydon runner during the morning's three mile races, finishing in 13th in 18 minutes and 39 seconds.

Naomi Carty (51st), Atlanta Drummond (87th) and Fiona Walker (124th) produced solid finishes to help the Borough to sixth place in the team competition out of the 33 competing boroughs.

In the under 15 boy's race, Kieron Connor (17:29) shone with a 32nd position, and was backed up by Luke Wakeling (44th, 17:46) and Dane Lawrence (45th, 17:47) as the first three home for the Borough. They helped Croydon to sixth in the team standings.

Rob Spalding and Kartik Iyer clocked the fastest times by Harriers on the morning in 17:13 for 70th and 71st respectively.

In the pick of the other races, Jordan O'Dongo (Under 13 boys, 50th, 18:47), Saarah Nawaz (Under 13 girls, 93rd, 21:47) and Abbie Burrett (Under 15 girls, 72nd, 21:23) were the first Harriers across the line.

The Borough's other teams placed in the middle of the pack with the under 13 boys (16th), under 17 men (12th), under 13 girls (14th) and under 15 girls (19th).

In the full race, Neil Aikman (1718th) was the first Harrier home in three hours, five minutes and 26 seconds and guarantees a place in next year's race as a result. Sophie Bates eclipsed her previous best by ten minutes clocking 3:19.43 for 346th. Rob Rye (3:31.21) and Mark Maginn (3:37.25) also notched personal bests on their London debuts.

WITH THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO CAME TO SUPPORT THE HARRIERS at the 25.5 mile point on Victoria Embankment. Including - the Oxlade, Kirby-Walker, Matlock, Yehekzel, Lucas, Kavanagh, Chambers, White, Burn, Spalding, Stoute & Sexton families. Also to Laurence, Luke, Jim, Kartik, Mark. And a very special thank you to Simon who bagged the bench at 8.10am! Great effort!



In the pick of the ParkRun action, Alex Penfold bagged a win at Banstead Woods (17:32) and David Brown made it two victories in as many weeks at Riddlesdown in 17:54.

by: Croydon Harriers | 13th Apr 2014 16:20:29
Over thirty Croydon harriers kicked off their summer campaigns at the Wimbledon open meeting.

Under 13 sprinters Charles Hagan and Marcia Sey impressed with performances which ranked them in the top 3 of the UK rankings for their age.

Hagan's storming run of 12.30secs in the 100m propelled to top of the UK standings in his debut outdoor season.

Sey's winning run meanwhile in the under 13 girl's 200m of 28.06secs is the fastest outdoor time this year in the UK for her age group.

Other sprinters who also shone included Chuks Ajeh (under 15 boys 100m, 2nd in 12.06secs), Kayla Bowley (under 13 girls 100m, 3rd in 13.79secs) and Tosin Salami (under 15 girls 100m, 3rd in 13.16secs).

In the middle- distance events, Stevie Lawrence bagged third in the Dave Clarke mile in five minutes and 17 seconds and Patrick Lucas was fifth in the male equivalent in 4:36. Omar Harhara was the pick of middle distance runners finishing joint fourth in the under 17 men's 1500m in 4:26.

On the field, Emma Fossett laid down a solid opening marker in the under 17 women's javelin topping the standings with a throw of 38.14m, eclipsing the English Schools standard in the process.

There were also wins for Anieshka Mido (under 20 women's shot, 8.73m) and Zoe Fossett (Under 20 women's javelin, 27.49m).

In ParkRun action, David Brown triumphed at Riddlesdown in 18:00 and there were runners-up spots for Alex Penfold (Roundshaw Downs, 17:46) and Glenn Barden (Pymmes, 19:29).

by: Croydon Athletics Academy | 8th Apr 2014 13:57:59
The Croydon Athletics Academy has been going from strength to strength on Monday evenings since it begun last autumn.

Under the watchful eye of lead coach James Eccles , with assistants Rob, Daniel, Saskia, Amal and Urban...

...there are now regularly 20-30 youngsters aged 6-14 year-olds attending the Monday evening sessions at Croydon Arena.

The Academy is now on a break for Easter, with the first session being back on the 28th April at 5.15pm.

All members of the Academy are encouraged to compete in our summer track & field season this year. Here is a comprehensive guide for all Academy members produced by Jim .

The Academy is now also looking for assistant coaches to help on Mondays. Please get in contact with him directly if you are interested in helping

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