by: Croydon Harriers | 18th Aug 2014 18:13:32
Croydon Harrier Lisa Harris successfully defended her Surrey Road League title after taking bronze in the Wimbledon 5K on Sunday.

The 28 year-old wrapped up the women's category thanks to a run of 18 minutes and 14 seconds which also earned her silver in a race which doubled up as the Surrey County championship.

It caps off a string of impressive results for Harris who won the Dorking 10 mile and Sutton 10km road races in the league this season.

Also in action in the 244-strong field were David Chambers (24th, 17:24) 24 hours after finishing third at Lloyd ParkRun, and Keith Brown was 25th in the M50 category.

There was a double joy at the South of England Under 15 and 17 championships at Crystal Palace.

Robert Sakala capped off his season in the under 17 100m hurdles with a 13.35secs clocking to win the title. Fellow English Schools finalist David Olajiga topped the under 17 men's shot putt standings with a 15.17m effort.

Chuks Ajeh powered to silver in the under 15 boy's 100m with a huge personal best of 11.31secs, while Obi Onyejekwe bagged silver in the under 15 boy's 80m hurdles.

At the Lily B girl's League meeting at Sutton, Croydon booked their place in the main final in a fortnight's time thanks to a runner-up finish.

The sprints proved to be a happy hunting ground with a number of event maximums. Marcia Sey (11.3secs) and Kayla Bowley (13.0secs) wrapped up wins in the A and B under 13 girl's 70m hurdles. They repeated the result in the A and B 200m and long jump events.

Sonyce Archer (12.0secs) was comfortably ahead in the under 17 women's 80m hurdles.

Archer then triumphed in the B 100m (13.2secs) with training partner Coralie Mido (13.1secs) taking the spoils in the A race and then won the A 200m (27.6secs) later in the afternoon.

Multi-talented Mido gained another win in the B shot putt (8.69m), with Abigail Pennells (9.12m) victorious overall in the A event.

In the 100m Toni Bryan (13.7secs) and Nayana Brown (13.8secs) edged home in hard fought under 13's races, and in the 200m Tosin Salami (25.8secs) and Chanice Gordon (26.4secs) continued their good form with another event maximum.

On the field, Ola Olufemi-Krakue vaulted to 1st in the under 15 girl's pole vault with a 1.70m clearance and Sabrina Stoute topped the standings in the under 17 women's equivalent (2.30m).

The girls now look forward to the final at Ewell Court on the 30th August.

In the pick of the ParkRun action, Simon Loughran was sixth at Nonsuch Park, Joseph Jucas was eighth at Pegwell Bay, and sisters Cassandra and Sasha Howard were fourth and fifth in the women's category at Lloyd Park.

by: Croydon Harriers | 15th Aug 2014 18:15:14
Congratulations from all of us to James Dasaolu & Martyn Rooney for their recent victories at the European Championships in Zurich. Loughborough based Dasaolu became the fastest man in Europe after crossing the line in 10.06secs in the 100m.


Meanwhile, Martyn took the spoils in the one lap event, triumphing in 44.71secs, just holding off his nearest rival Matthew Hudson-Smith.

He would go onto run a sub 44second leg in the 4x400m to anchor the quartet home to Gold and help GB to the 6th fastest time on the all time GB lists.



by: Croydon Harriers | 11th Aug 2014 21:52:06
At the British Masters championships in Birmingham, several Croydon Harriers rolled back the years with medal winning performances.

Mandy Rowley-Jones scooped gold in the W50 triple jump, thanks to a leap of 9.25m.

Husband and wife team of Colin and Linda Oxlade scooped four medals between them with the former taking silver in the M55 5000m, and the latter winning a silver (W60 javelin) and two bronze medals (W60 weight throw & triple jump).

Ian Wright broke a 21 year-old club record in the M50 800m after a run of 2:14.97 in the heats. He would go onto win bronze in the final.

On the field and Tony Richards was also in prolific form taking silver in the M65 shot putt and bronze in the discus, but had to settle for fourth in the javelin.

Elsewhere, Croydon Harriers bagged a third place (under 13's) and a fifth (under 15's) at the South London Athletics Network Super 8 competition at Wimbledon Park.

Javon Reid led from the front in the Under 15 boy's category winning the 100m (11.8secs, PB), long jump (5.22m) before assisting the sprint relay team to victory (48.8secs).

There was double joy in the high jump for Jack Ennis (U13 boy's, 1.45m) and Emmanuel Thomas (U15 boy's, 1.50m), and more victors were found in the sprint hurdles thanks to Obadiah Angus (75m hurdles, 13.9secs) and Capre Cole (80m hurdles, 11,9secs).

Husseine Diallo won the under 15 boy's 800m in 2.16.0.

At the SEAA inter counties at Barnet Copthall, Omar Reid (50.18m, 2nd, discus), Tamara Reid (37.38m, 8th, hammer) and Stevie Lawrence (1500m, 4:48.6, 6th) all donned Surrey gold for the afternoon, helping the County to 1st and 3rd respectively in the team competitions.

In the pick of the ParkRun action, Jessica Moore was third in the women’s category at Lloyd Park, while Jordan O'Dongo was the club's first male finisher home in ninth. Simon Loughran finished eighth at Nonsuch Park.

by: Croydon Harriers | 6th Aug 2014 11:42:48
Ten Croydon Harriers were in action for Surrey in Southern inter-county fixtures last weekend.

At the U13s inter-counties in Kingston on Sunday, Marcia Sey set a new meeting and county record for the 70m hurdles

Her time of 11.05 seconds, ranks her number one in the UK for her age group.

Another UK leading performance came in the form of Charles Hagan who clocked 24.29secs in the 200m.

In the high jump, Ugo Ajeh cleared 1.40m for sixth and Breanna Francis matched that feat throwing 8.28m in the A shot putt.

Kayla Bowley completed the Croydon contingent winning the B long jump in 4.65m.

At the U17s meeting in Portsmouth, English Schools finalist Rob Sakala won the 100m hurdles in 13.7secs.

David Olajiga launched himself to third in the UK rankings for the shot putt for his age group, thanks to a 16.20m lifetime best to win the event.

Emma Fossett bagged another win in the B javelin in 37.29m and was also sixth in the A hammer in 37.30m.

Marcelle Rowe notched fourth in the 400m (52.6secs) and Lekan Ogunlana finished sixth in the A javelin in 42.41m.

English Schools finalist Damien Powell took the spoils in the 100m winning in the 11.0secs while Omar Reid enjoyed a double win in the U20 men's discus (40.46m) and hammer (39.47m).

Further wins came courtesy of Daniel Luke (U17 men's 100m, 11.4secs), Luke Wakeling (U17 1,500m, 4:41), Rob Sakala (U17 100m hurdles, 13.6secs) and Stevie Lawrence (U20 women's 1,500m, 4:52).

It was David Olajiga who stole the show however, throwing 16.62m in the U17 men's shot putt, a distance which would have earned him the English Schools title.

At the Elmbridge 10K, Lisa Harris took a huge step to making a successful defence of her Surrey Road League title finishing fourth Surrey runner home in 38 minutes and 55 seconds.

In parkrun action, Croydon had the first two men's finishers at Lloyd Park thanks to Brendan Murphy (first, 17 minutes three seconds) and Ben Savill (second in 17:26). This was also Brendan's final run with us until he moves to Spain, it was great to have so many Harriers come out and support and stick around for the post run festivities Lloyd ParkRun results here & PHOTO GALLERY HERE

Stevie Lawrence and Jessica Moore were second and third in the women's category.


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

They 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).

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