by: Croydon Harriers | 14th Sep 2014 21:09:53
Croydon Harriers' men's team finished seventh in a high quality field at the Will Bolton Cross-country relays at Sparrows Den on Saturday.

Peter Chambers spearheaded the team's challenge finishing 7th overall in a field of over 230 runners, completing the 2.5 mile leg in 13 minutes and 10 seconds.

Mark Plackett (13:44, 17th), Patrick Lucas (15:32, 56th) and David Brown (15:11, 50th) completed the quartet.

A further three Harriers teams were on show in the race which comprised of nearly 60 teams in all.

The B squad of Neil Aikman (72nd, 16:07), James Moore (131st, 17:20), Dane Lawrence (107th, 16:42) and David Chambers (15:18, 51st) ran solidly for 19th overall.

The women's squad of Jules Williams (20:41), Stevie Lawrence (17:03), Miriam De Souza (20:56) and Isobel Harrington (21:58) finished 15th of the 19 women's teams that closed in.

A Croydon mixed team (Yvonne, Neil, Alan, Peter) finished 33rd and the men's C team (Rod, Keith, Andy and Derham) were 40th.

The mixed young athlete's team of Megan Driver, Jessica Moore and Joseph Lucas were 12th.

In the under 11's competition, Douglas Aikman (5:28), Kyra Sethna-McIntosh (5:28) and Sasha Howard (5:42) were 6th, 7th and 8th in the 1km race.

At the Surrey multi-events championships, Emmanuel Thomas scooped silver in the under 15 boy's pentathlon. The Beacon school pupil won the final event the 800m (2:26.97) having earlier gained runners-up finishes in the 80m hurdles (13.09secs) and shot putt (9.41m).

In the under 13 boy's pentathlon, Jack Ennis placed eighth out of the 14 competitors.

In the pick of the ParkRun action, there were two Croydon wins on Saturday thanks to Alex Penfold at Bognor Regis and Jake English triumphing for the twelfth time at Crystal Palace.

by: Croydon Harriers | 7th Sep 2014 23:16:06
Croydon Harriers' men's team finished third at the Surrey County Road Relays at Wimbledon on Sunday, ending a wait of over thirty years for a team medal at the event in the process.Peter Chambers kicked off proceedings in the six-man event with the fifth fastest time of the day over the 3-mile course in 14 minutes and 51 seconds to handover in 2nd. Ben Savill (15:31, 25th overall), Alex Penfold (16:03, 40th), David White (15:49, 36th) and Jake English (15:36, 29th) kept Croydon in the hunt, with the squad third heading into the final leg.

David Chambers (16:27, 52nd) valiantly held onto bronze in a thrilling finale, edging a chasing Hercules Wimbledon's B team by 15 metres. 17 teams closed in.
The last time Croydon’s men won a team medal in this event was in 1983, which was also bronze.

Kartik Iyer provided non-scoring support in 17:07, 74th out of 106.

The women's squad were also in relay action, with two-time Surrey Road League champion Lisa Harris continuing her good form on 1st leg for Croydon with the third fastest time of the day in 16 minutes 44 seconds. Handing over in second, Stevie Lawrence (19:30, 31st) maintained Croydon’s position. Miriam De Souza and Rhadika Shan completed the team and the squad would finish twelfth out of the 15 teams who closed in. We think this is the first time a women's team has closed in at this event since 1986, well done ladies !

The M40 team of Andy Del Nevo, James Moore, Neil Aikman and Colin Oxlade finished eighth in the thirteen team field in the Masters competition.

In the pick of the ParkRun action, David Brown picked up his fourth win at Riddlesdown ParkRun, while Jessica Moore finished 1st at Lloyd Park. Other top five finishes included Jake English (2nd, Hilly Fields), Sam Clayton (4th, Lloyd Park) and David Chambers (5th, Greenwich).


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by: Croydon Harriers | 25th Aug 2014 12:23:19
At the CAU inter-county championships in Bedford, Croydon Harrier Paul Ogun leapt to 14.71m in the triple jump to earn third position in a high class field. In the pick of the ParkRun action there were three 1st places for Croydon. David Chambers triumphed at Wimbledon Common in 17 minutes and 19 seconds,

Seven Harriers were in action at the Tooting Open:
Giacomo Spagnoli , U20M Discus, 34.37m
Reegan Boyce , U17M triple jump, 11.34m
David Olajiga , U17M 6kg shot, 15.13m (PB)
Ben Savill , U20M 1500m, 4;16.6
Daniel Luke , U17M 100m, 11.76secs
Dylan Gordon , U17M 100m, 11.87secs (W)
Rory Edwards-Bennett , U17M 100m, 12.51secs

Meanwhile David Brown bagged his third win at Riddlesdown in a course best of 17 minutes and 36 seconds.

13 year-old Jessica Moore was first in the women's category at Lloyd Park. There were eleven other Harriers in action in other ParkRun events.

At the Super 8 fixture at Sutton Arena, Croydon's under 13 and under 15 squads finished third and runners-up in their respective competitions.

Three athletes enjoyed overall victories in the multi-event challenge.

Jack Ennis topped the standings in the under 13 boy's category out of the 35 participants. He was the clear victor in the 75m sprint hurdles (14.10secs) and high jump (1.40m).

In the under 15 boy's ranks Emmanuel Thomas was also top individual out of a field of ten competitors, thanks to his run of 13.40secs in the 80m hurdles and 1.40m in the high jump.

Ola Olufemi-Krakue triumphed in the under 15 girls category with a 13.50secs clocking in the 100m and a 4.61m effort in the long jump.

Cassandra Howard was the leading light in the Under 13 girls standings in 11th. There were 20 Harriers in action overall.


by: Paul Weston | 25th Aug 2014 12:13:32
Tuesday 26th August will be the last training session of this season. We always take September & early October off to recover. Time to re-charge batteries and allow the body to recover and grow.

If the Surrey Relays take place on Sunday 14th September, I will contact athletes for an extra session on Thursday 11th September.

When will training start for next year?
Older Group will return on Tuesday 14th October . This will be all Year 10s and above plus a few invited younger athletes. Session begins at 7.15pm on Tuesdays & Thursdays. This group will have a limit of 22 athletes. Regular, committed athletes only . Must be prepared to train twice a week and compete regularly during the season.

Younger Group will return on Tuesday 4th November . Session begins at 6.30 so arrive at 6.15 on Tuesdays. All welcome providing athletes are in Years 6 - 9 at school.

During the break
Keep stretching at least 3 times a week.
Watch your diet (see below)

It has been a pleasure and privilege to work with you all again this season. It has been hugely successful with English Schools medals, South of England medals, County medals (lots), records (lots), promotion for the Younger YDL team and consolidation for the Older YDL team. Well done everybody.

Diet - Try to follow these guidelines (show them to your parents)
Drink plenty of still water. Not so much sugary coke etc
Eat plenty of fruit & vegetables. 5 portions a day.
Eat fewer fast food meals & ready meals. They are full of salt, sugar & other rubbish!
Eat more chicken & fish but less red meat (beef & lamb).
Have 3 regular meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner). Cut out the snacks!

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