by: Croydon Harriers | 21st Jul 2014 09:18:01
Croydon's young athletes gained promotion to the top tier of the UK Youth Development for the first time this weekend, finishing runners-up in their Premier Two clash at Hornchurch.

In the blistering sunshine, Croydon's Under 13 and 15 boys and girls edged home were in the end comfortable runners-up on 489 points, behind division winners Harrow (515) but clear of fellow promotion challengers Windsor, Slough, Eton and Hounslow (465.5).

Fresh from winning the English Schools Championships junior boy's 100m last weekend, Tyrese Johnson-Fisher led from the front with three individual events wins. He triumphed in the under 15 boy's 100m in 11.2secs with Chuks Ajeh (11.5secs) to take the A and B event honours, and gained another maximum with Verter Oppong-Kyei (5.69m) in the long jump leaping to 5.98m. His third win came in the shot putt (12.82m).

Oppong-Kyei gained a win of his own in the under 15 boy's pole vault with a 2.50m clearance in his debut in the event. Sprint hurdlers Obi Onyejekwe (11.9secs) and Ezra Rodrigues (13.1secs) notched a maximum in the 80m hurdles.

Another sprinting protege Charles Hagan (ranked 3rd in the UK in the Under 13 boy's 100m) bagged two wins. The first came in the 100m in 12.2secs, and then teamed up with Seedorf Attah in the 200m to gain an event maximum. Ange Gbeyo triumphed in the shot putt (10.34m).

In the under 13 girl's ranks, Marcia Sey scooped three individual event wins. She teamed with Toni Bryan in the 75m and then Kayla Bowley in the 150m to take maximum honours, and was well clear in the 70m hurdles in 11.2secs.

Croydon concluded the day with a clean sweep in the four sprint relays.

The youngsters will now take their place in Premier One for the first time since the league's conception two years ago.

THANKS TO Mike, Martin, Carol, Caroline, Don and Stuart for their officiating prowess, 35 points to you!

AND MANY THANKS to Paul Weston for his tireless team managing efforts

ROLL ON 2015!

In ParkRun action, there were three wins this week for Harriers thanks to David Chambers (Riddlesdown), Glenn Barden (Beckton) and Simon Loughran (Nonsuch).

by: Croydon Harriers | 19th Jul 2014 19:56:45
Croydon Harriers are proud to announce that our FREE Athletics Summer School is coming to Croydon Arena this August.

We've been fortunate enough to have been awarded a grant from FreeSport (a programme from the GLA) to host SIX free athletics sessions for those aged between 6 and 18.

All sessions are open to everyone, including Harriers members. If you are a Harrier member this is great opportunity to A - bring your friends along to try athletics and B - try different events not normally available on a club training evening.

Events on offer will include middle-distance running, sprinting, jumping and pole vaulting. Our athletes are pictured on the sidebar

Did we mention this is all FREE!

Sessions will be held on the following dates starting at Midday running until 1.30pm.
Monday 4th August
Wednesday 6th August
Thursday 7th August
Friday 8th August
Monday 11th August
Tuesday 12th August

Sign in within the clubhouse and then you will be allocated a group to attend based on your event preferences and age.

When we last held this week of activities following London 2012, we were fortunate enough to have 90-100 attendees on a daily basis. We hope to match those figures this time round!


To pre-register your interest email Matthew or just turn up.

With special thanks to the GLA, Croydon Council and Scott, Luke, Rob and Adam at Croydon Arena for making this possible.

by: Croydon Harriers | 14th Jul 2014 15:21:02
Croydon Harrier Tyrese Johnson-Fisher tore up the record books after he was crowned English Schools champion for the junior boy's 100m at Birmingham this weekend. The 14 year-old who is schooled at Oakham in Leicestershire, stormed to a 10.91sec clocking to take the gold and break the Championship record in the process.

It ranks him third on the all-time UK rankings for the event and his age group.

Two more bronze medals achieved from his Croydon Harrier colleagues. Harris Crystal Palace student Robert Sakala ran a lifetime best of 13.28secs in the heats of inter-boy's 100m hurdles and then clocked 13.44secs to sneak home in third.

Edenham's Verter Oppong-Kyei also leapt to a personal best breaking the six-metre barrier in the junior boy's long jump, reaching 6.14m 9cm clear of fourth.

There were a further seven top ten finishes for Croydon athletes who were all representing Surrey Schools. David Olajiga (fourth, inter boy's shot putt), Omar Reid (fourth, senior boy's shot putt), Damien Powell (fifth, senior boy's 100m), Mityrae Brooks (eighth, inter boy's high jump), Shirin Irving (eighth, senior girl's 100m hurdles) and Bradley Simms (inter boy's discus, 10th) all impressed.

Also in action were Daniel Luke (inter boy's 200m), Obi Onyejekwe (junior boy's 80m hurdles) and Ashleigh Clarke (inter girl's 100m).


At the Southern Athletics League at Croydon Arena, Croydon's men's and women's team gave themselves a fighting chance of Division One survival heading to the final round of fixtures thanks to a hard-earned runners-up finish that went down to the last event.

Victories were hard to come by on a competitive afternoon, but Cora Sexton (10.02m) and captain Zoe Fossett (9.45m) bagged an event maximum in the women's triple jump.

Another event maximum came in the women's discus thanks to Saskia Navratnum (33.54m) and Tamara Reid (28.99m), while Emma Fossett (35.33m) teamed with her sister Zoe (28.67m) to take the A and B honours in the javelin.

Reegan Boyce notched the only men's event win on the day, with the victory coming in the triple jump leaping to 11.88m.

The men's relay team of Colm Teeluck, Alex Penfold, Patrick Lucas and Chris Collins-Ahouzan finished third in the event's finale guaranteed the hosts runners-up spot narrowly ahead of Radley and Chelmsford.

Final Result: City of Portsmouth (219), Croydon (171), Radley (168), Chelmsford (144).

Croydon take on Stevenage and North Herts, Brighton & Hove and City of Norwich at Stevenage on the 2ndAugust in the league's finale.

In ParkRun action, Jessica Moore was first home in the women's category at Lloyd Park.

This weekend, Croydon's young athletes travel to Hornchurch to take in the final UK Youth Development League South Premier 2 fixture of the season, where they will be bidding for promotion to the top flight for the first time.

by: Croydon Harriers | 10th Jul 2014 10:52:09
All of us at Croydon Harriers would like to wish our 12 members who are travelling up to Birmingham for the prestigious English Schools Championships this weekend in Birmingham. Having come through a gruelling qualification process at the Surrey Schools championships, 11 athletes will be representing the County team.

In addition Tyrese Jonhson-Fisher , the recently crowned London Youth Games champion over 100m, will be representing Leicestershire Schools.

Obi Onyejekwe , Junior Boys sprint hurdles
Verter Oppong-Kyei , Junior Boys long jump
Damien Powell , Senior Boys 100m
Daniel Luke , Inter Boys 200m
David Olajiga , Inter Boys shot putt
Bradley Sims , Inter Boys discus
Omar Reid , Senior Boys discus
Ashleigh Clarke , Inter GIrls 100m
Robert Sakala , Inter Boys sprint hurdles
Shirin Irving , Senior Girls sprint hurdles
Mityrae Brooks , Inter Boys high jump

You can see some of team in action on the picture sidebar.

Coaches Paul Weston and Mike Fleet will be travelling up with the team helping the relay teams.

Good luck from all of us!

by: Croydon Harriers | 30th Jun 2014 14:11:38
Croydon Harrier Martyn Rooney became a five-time UK champion over the 400m after a narrow victory at the UK Championships in Birmingham on Sunday. The 27 year-old edged out Conrad Williams in the final in 45.78secs.

Rooney has already gained the qualifying A standard for the event this season for next month's European Championships in Zurich. He will also be representing England at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Former GB junior international Twinelle Hopeson was fourth in her 100m heat in 12.14secs and GB junior international Samuel Osewa was third in his 100m heat in 10.66secs. Osewa was the forced to withdraw from the semi-finals.

Croydon Harriers' junior team guaranteed their place in the Southern Premier 2 division in the UK Youth Development league for next season, thanks to a runner-up finish at Croydon Arena.

The hosts notched eight event maximums throughout the day with nine separate A event victories.

English Schools hopeful Damien Powell equalled his lifetime best in the 100m in 10.77secs and Edwin Miles took the B honours in 11.28secs.

Another English School's 100m hopeful Ashleigh Clarke also triumphed in 12.45secs. Her County teammates Robert Sakala (Under 17 men's 100m hurdles, 13.31secs), Omar Reid (under 20 men's discus, 46.11m) and Bradley Simms (under 17 men's discus, 39.08m) also warmed ahead of the season's show-piece event with wins.

The middle-distance events proved fruitful for Croydon with Kieron Connor (2.05.17) and Charlie Brackenborough (2.11.35) getting maximum points in the under 17 men's 800m, with Robert Spalding (4:39.74) and Dane Lawrence 1500m (5.01.35) enjoying similar success in the 1500m.

There were another three event maximums with two coming on the field, Saskia Navratnum (34.56m) and Tamara Reid (31.75m) topping the standings in the under 17 women's discus with Reid teaming up with Anieshka Mido (30.17m) in the hammer for more success.

Surrey finalists Taylor Campbell (12.23secs) and Sonyce Archer (12.44secs) made it two firsts in the under 17 women's 80 hurdles.

Further triumphs came courtesy of Peter Chambers (Under 20 men's 2000m Steeplechase, 6.34.42), Marcelle Rowe (Under 17 men's 400m, 52.61secs), Stevie Lawrence (2.23.56, Under 20 women's 800m), Sonyce Archer (50.04secs, Under 17 women's 300m hurdles), Emma Fossett (38.56m, under 17 women's javelin), Tamara Reid (9.02m, under 20 women's shot putt) and the under 17 women's 4x100m team.

Final Result - Enfield & Haringey (595), Croydon (549), Harrow (532), Stevenage & North Herts (521), Basildon Beagles (465), Chelmsford (402).

League Standings with one fixture to go: Enfield & Haringey (18, 1974), Stevenage & North Herts (13, 1763), Croydon (12, 1583), Harrow (10, 1349), Basildon Beagles (7, 1444), Chelmsford (3, 1120).

With thanks to all our volunteers and officials who helped make today possible: Alan, Simon, Marney, Carol, Caroline, Lorraine, Don, Angela, Pat, Bob, Martin, John, Sam, Charlie, Renzo, Kartik, Mike, Nicola, David x 2 .

And to our refreshments team of CoLinda, Andy, Amy, Alice, Andrew and to all those who donated rolls and cakes, your efforts are much appreciated.

In ParkRun action, Brendan Murphy(Riddlesdown) and David Chambers (Brandon Country Park) were both first across the line.

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