by: Croydon Harriers | 24th Feb 2015 23:54:21
Croydon Harriers junior team scooped the Young Team of the Year Award at the Croydon Advertiser Sports Awards this month.

At the prestigious event at the Harlequin Theatre at Redhill, Croydon were announced the winners after a public vote which was held in the autumn.

Zoe and Emma Fossett , two dedicated members of the junior team throughout 2014 were present on the evening to collect the award on the club's behalf.

The club's achievements for maintaining its position in the Southern Premier 2 were particularly commended.

GB international runner Emelia Gorecka was on hand giving out the awards on the evening.

In the Coach of the Year award, Matthew Kiernan finished 3rd.

All of us at the club would like to thank everyone that voted for us in the ESSN Sports Awards

by: Croydon Harriers | 24th Feb 2015 23:04:24

Over thirty Croydon Harriers took on England's best at the English national cross-country championships at Parliament Hill on Saturday.

A club record turnout at this event of 36 athletes tackled the quagmire-like course throughout the day.

As has been the way this season, 18 year-old Stevie Lawrence enjoyed the club's highest individual finish in her fourth National, finishing 57th in the junior women's race in a field of 130.

Croydon managed to fill four scoring teams throughout the day, with the under 17 men securing the club's best finish of 22nd.

Omar Harhara , who was selected this week to represent Surrey at the English Schools championships in March, finished 180th in a field of 280. Riddlesdown colleague Luke Wakeling was next home in 200th, with support from Rob Spalding (214th) and Kieron Connor (229th) to complete the team.

The club bagged more solid positions in the under 13's boys and girls categories. The boys were spearheaded by Isaac Flanagan (153rd), with Matis Godet (332nd), Theo Flanagan (341st) and Zachary Blair (342nd) in close quarters in a field where 395 finished. The result of 40th was Croydon's best in this competition in five years.

The girl's meanwhile finished a scoring team for the first time in decades, closing home in 44th. Cassandra Howard was first across the line in 248th, and was shortly followed by Kyra Sethna-McIntosh (260th), Megan Driver (269th) and Leanne Moore (417th).

In the showpiece men's event where over 2,000 runners finished, David Brown fronted the Croydon challenge with his best finish in this championship completing the 7.5mile mud-bath in 706th. He was backed up by Glenn Barden (783rd), Alan Burn (943rd), Mark Maginn (964th), Mark Lynch (1204th) and Neil Aikman (1215th). The team finished 95th in the six-to-score competition out of 145 clubs. James Moore (1218th), Matthew Kiernan (1337th) and Rod Harrington (1426th) completed the nine-to-score team, with Croydon placing 56th out of the 76 teams that closed in.

David Warren completed his 35 National event! Well done Dave!

Croydon's other first finishers in the other age categories included Jessica Moore (Under 15 girls, 229th), Jules Williams (Under 17 women, 636th), Caleb Drummond (Under 15 boys, 370th) and Jake English (Junior Men, 149th).

by: Croydon Harriers | 15th Feb 2015 21:39:03
At the Surrey Indoor Championships at Sutton Arena, Croydon's youngsters scooped three gold's, eight silver's and four bronze medals.

2014 English Schools junior boy's 100m champion Tyrese Johnson-Fisher continued his rapid rise taking the under 17 men's 60m title in 6.95secs. It ranks him fourth in the UK for his age group.

In the Under 15 Boy's sprint hurdles, Ezra Rodrigues struck gold in 9.46secs and Toni Bryan also triumphed after three rounds of competition in the under 13 girl's 60m. Rodrigues would add a 60m bronze to his weekend's efforts.

There was double silver for Marcia Sey in the under 15 girl's 60m and 60m hurdles, with Obi Onyejekwe also bagging two medals thanks to a silver in the under 17 men's 60m hurdles and bronze in the 60m flat.

In the junior men's 60m Boluwatife Ajibade bagged silver in 7.18secs, while young Ange Gbeyo matched that feat in the under 13 boy's category.

The club's sole long jump medal of the weekend came courtesy of the under 17 men's age group with Verter Oppong-Kyei leaping to 6.14m.

Three further bronze medals were notched on the field, one coming in the under 13 boy's high jump thanks to Jack Ennis (1.40m) and the other two by pole vaulters Sam Haswell (Under 20 Men, 3.40m) and Sabrina Stoute (under 17 women, 2.40m).

Other performances
Men's 60m 1st round - Oje Izirein, 7.55secs / Rhys Edwards-Whittle, 7.44secs
Under 20 Men's 60m 1st round - Armani Thomas, 7.62secs
Under 20 Men's 60m Final - fourth - Ryan Lewis, 7.26secs
Under 17 Men's long jump - fifth - Reegan Boyce, 5.59m
Under 17 Men's 60m 1st round - Javon Reid 7.51secs / Rory Edwards-Bennett 7.62secs / Reegan Boyce 7.72secs / Chris Collins-Ahouzan 7.81secs
Under 17 Men's 60m semi-final - Chuks Ajeh 7.37secs
Under 17 Men's 60m hurdles - Emmanuel Thomas, 9.83secs
Under 17 Men's triple jump - fourth - Reegan Boyce, 11.97m
Under 15 Boy's long jump - fourth, Reuben Vaughan 4.78m / seventh, Jack Ennis 4.33m
Under 15 Boy's 60m semi-finals - Ugo Ajeh 8.21secs / Jack Ennis 8.72secs / Reuben Vaughan 8.20secs
Under 15 Boy's shot putt - fourth, Reuben Vaughan 9.47m
Under 13 Boy's long jump - fifth, Louis Smithen, 4.02m
Under 13 Boy's 60m semi-finals - Louis Smithen, 8.71secs
Under 13 Boy's 60m final - fourth, Tyvon Inniss 8.41secs / Raid Boukari 8.55secs
Under 17 Women's long jump - fourth, Sonyce Archer 4.77m / fifth Ola Olufemi-Krakue 4.75m / seventh Kirsty Fuggle 4.15m
Under 17 Women's 60m 1st round - Coralie Mido 8.73secs / Chrissy-Marie Nangban 8.27secs /
Under 17 Women's 60m Final - Tosin Salami qualified for the final (7.95secs)
Under 17 Women's triple jump - fourth, Ola Olufemi-Krakue 9.26m
Under 15 Girl's 60m 1st round - Renae Jenoure-Jackson, 8.39secs / Ines-Kerel Zepa 8.50secs / Chloe Howard 8.67secs
Under 15 Girl's 60m semi-finals - Nayana Brown 8.36secs / Esinam Dake 8.38secs
Under 13 Girl's 60m 1st round - Clarice Gnahoui 9.21secs /
Under 13 Girl's 60m final - Zoe Dake 8.52secs

Three Croydon Harriers competed on the National stage this weekend at the British Indoor championships at Sheffield.

South of England champion Paul Ogun fared the best of the trio, finishing seventh in the men's long jump thanks to a 7.22m effort.

Sprinters Lee McLaughlin (6.94secs) and Samuel Osewa (6.86secs) both made it through to the semi-finals in a high-class field.

At the South of England Masters at Lee Valley, Andy Del Nevo secured silvers in the M45 pole vault (2.60m) and 1500m (5:03.9).

In Parkrun action, 15 Harriers tackled Lloyd ParkRun on Saturday and there was a double win for the Harriers. Mark Plackett secured victory in 17:46 from Jake English (19:10) in 2nd. A further three Croydon athletes completed the top ten thanks to Alan Burn (4th, 19:20), Mark Lynch (6th, 20:24) and James Moore (10th, 21:33). James' daughter Jessica won the women's category in 22:33.


In other road races, Glenn Barden was 10th at the Tenterden 5 Mile, Mohsin Harhara was 46th at the Valentine's Day 10k and Neil Aikman ran two hours and 26 minutes at the Bramley 20 miles. All three were personal bests for the distances.

by: Croydon Harriers | 9th Feb 2015 13:21:43
Croydon Harrier Stevie Lawrence took the spoils in the junior women's category at the final Surrey women's cross country league at Farthing Downs.

The Warlingham school student, completed the 5-mile course in 34 minutes and 46 seconds to be the first junior woman home by nearly two minutes. She would finish 28th overall and 5th in the 2nd division.

She spearheaded the Croydon challenge with debutant Anna Corby (187th, 45:31), Jules Williams (220th, 47:41) and Jennifer Beecroft (235th, 48:46) enjoying good showings out of 324 finishers. The team were 17th out of the 35 featured clubs.

Meanwhile, the men's top flight adventure came to an end on Saturday at Richmond Park as they finished ninth out of the nine competing clubs. They did however cling onto 8th overall in the 1st division ahead of Reigate, but the relegation to the league's 2nd tier was still confirmed however with the bottom two to go down.

There were still valiant efforts however from the 13 strong Croydon outfit with Mark Plackett (32nd) and Jake English (57th) shining in particular over the 5.4mile course. English was runner-up in the junior men's category and secured 3rd overall in the division's individual standings.

Others to feature in the overall individual standings were Norman Hemming (171st, 47:24) and Colin Oxlade (130th, 37:39) who were both 3rd in the M60 and M50 age groups respectively.

David Brown (88th, 33;37), Alan Burn (109th, 34:41), Glenn Barden (111th, 34:47), Mohsin Harhara (121st, 36:14), Neil Aikman (126th, 36:56) and Mark Lynch (127th, 36:58) were amongst the others in the scoring ten.

In the young athlete's ranks, Omar Harhara was 11th in the under 17/15 race with Dane Lawrence 32nd. The team finished the season in seventh. In the under 13 category Matis Godet crossed the line in 42nd. The Under 13's team finished the season in 10th.

At Lloyd ParkRun nine Harriers participated with five notching course bests. Mark Lynch was runner-up in 19:27 and Saarah Nawaz was 3rd in the women's category.

Terry Hall wins the much coveted "Furthest Croydon ParkRunner of the week" award for his efforts in Cardiff.

The club's next test comes on the 21st February at the English National championships at Parliament Hill.


by: Croydon Harriers | 4th Feb 2015 21:49:23
James Dasaolu shot to the top of the UK 60m rankings with a season opening 6.52secs run in Dusseldorf.

The Loughborough based Croydon Harrier was 2nd to America's Mike Rodgers in his heat where he ran 6.59secs.

He did finish comfortably ahead of Rodgers in the final, but was 2nd to former World 100m champion and evergreen Kim Collins.

Collins, was at Croydon Arena late last summer and posed for photos with some of our young athletes.

Four Croydon Harriers represented Surrey at the South Eastern Schools Inter County cross-country championships at Reigate on Saturday.

Warlingham student Stevie Lawrence continued her good form in the senior girl's race, crossing the line in tenth and was the first Surrey athlete home in a field of 73 finishers. She led the County to third overall in the six County contest.

In the inter boy's race Omar Harhara gave his English Schools selection hopes a timely boost finishing in 32nd and the sixth Surrey athlete to finish. As sixth scorer, his squad placed fifth. Training partner Kieron Connor was 77th in a field of 83.

Jessica Moore made her County debut in the junior girl's race, finishing 65th in the near 100-strong field.

At the British University and Colleges Championships Peter Chambers (UCL) finished 65th in the Men's A race at Brighton. Ben Savill (Sussex) and Alex Penfold (Brunel) were 139th and 201st respectively out of 314 finishers in the A race.

Croydon finished runners-up at the East Surrey cross-country relays at Wimbledon on Saturday, the club's best result at this race in many years.

The quartet of Mark Plackett (10:14), Alan Burn (11:01), Glenn Barden (11:16) and Mark Lynch (11:42) ensured the Harriers were comfortable runner's up in the 4x1.95mile challenge.

The B Team of Neil Aikman (12:30), Andy Del Nevo (12.22), Mark Plackett (10:22, who ran a 2nd leg) and Colin Oxlade (12:11) grabbed 7th in the 22-team field.

In the under 13's race, Megan Driver was the fifth girl home and 22nd overall. Kyra Sethna-McIntosh (26th), Cassandra Howard (31st), Adam Shew (32nd) and Sasha Howard (34th) provided solid support.

At the London Indoor Championships at Lee Valley, five Harriers continued their winter campaigns. Brittany Brown made her Croydon debut with a 5.02m effort in the women's long jump to finish sixth. Robert Sakala (Under 20 men's 60 hurdles, 8.60secs), Daniel Luke (U20M 200m, 23.19secs), Oje Izirein (Men's 200m, 24.61secs) and Mityrae Brooks (Under 20 men's high jump, 1.91m) completed the contingent.

In ParkRun action Jake English triumphed at Crystal Palace for the 21st time. There were ten Harriers competing at Lloyd Park, with Mark Lynch leading the team home in 5th, and young Saarah Nawaz won the women's race.


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