by: Croydon Harriers | 3rd May 2016 15:58:19
Croydon's junior team put up a brave effort at the season's opening UK Youth Development League at Southampton, but could only finish sixth out of the seven competing clubs.

Despite this there were positive signs for the season ahead that Croydon will be able to bounce back thanks to fourteen event victories, six of which were maximums.

The sprints proved a happy hunting ground for the Croydon team. Ashleigh Clarke made a welcome return to the competitive fold clocking 12.7secs for the U20 women's 100m, with Esinam Dake winning the B race in 13.6secs. Dylan Gordon won the under 20 men's 100m and the Under 17 men's duo of Rommel Glave (11.6secs) and Ayo Daniel (12.0secs) followed suit with a double win. Clarke and Glave also bagged wins in the 200m and were supported by Ezra Rodrigues (U17M, 24.5secs) and Rhiannon Gayle (U17W, 26.4secs).

Rodrigues won also triumph in the 100m hurdles (14.6secs), while Gayle won the 300m in the 42.1secs.

Also in the sprint hurdles, three-time English Schools silver medallist Sophie Elliss won the under 20 women's event in 15.3secs, closely followed by teammate Sonyce Archer (16.5secs).

In the pick of the middle-distance events, Kieron Connor and Troy Jones secured maximum points in the under 20 men's 800m.

On the field, there were further wins for Emma Fossett (Under 20 women's javelin, 35.69m), Alex Wiafe (Under 17 men's shot putt, 12.11m) and Emmanuel Thomas (Under 17 mne's pole vault, 3.90m).

There were three 4x100m relay wins to end the day thanks to the under 17 women (50.5secs), under 20 women (50.3secs) and the under 20 men (45.0secs).

1 Winchester & D AC 589
2 Kingston AC & Polytechnic 525
3 Southampton AC 513.5
4 Camberley/Woking AC 499
5 Brighton & Hove AC 489
6 Croydon Harriers 467
7 Team Sussex 376.5

Several Croydon Harriers represented their universities at the British University and Colleges Championships at Bedford over the weekend. Samuel Osewa won 100m silver representing Nottingham Trent University clocking 10.40secs to finish just shy of gold. Omar Reid (Bath Uni) finished 4th in the discus thanks to a 44.80m lifetime best throw. His twin sister Tamara (also Bath Uni) was 12th in the hammer with a 40.16m effort. Stevie Lawrence quailed for the 1500m final as a fastest loser in 4:46.56 before going onto finish 11th in 4:46.03.

At the Richmond Half Marathon, Croydon began their Surrey Road League campaign with a respectable 15th place finish out of the thirty clubs in the County. Glenn Barden finished 48th in a stellar field crossing the line in 83 minutes and 26 seconds. Neil Aikman (90th, 87:59) and James Moore (129th, 91:09) complete the team with non-scoring support from Norman Hemming (701st, 2:14.25).

In the pick of the ParkRun action, Louise Locke was the first female finisher at Crystal Palace, and Saarah Nawaz was fourth at Lloyd Park.

by: Croydon Harriers | 26th Apr 2016 10:11:53
Croydon Harriers' young athletes faced tough opposition in the season's opening UK Youth Development League on Saturday at Harrow, finishing fifth out of the six competing clubs. There were however encouraging signs for the summer ahead thanks to fourteen A event wins for the Croydon team.

Israel Ospina won the under 15 boy's 300m in 39.1secs, while in the girl's event Zoe Dake (43.9secs) and Nayana Brown (44.8secs) secured maximum points in the A and B disciplines.

Another profitable event proved to be the 75m hurdles where National indoor champion Marcia Sey opened with a National standard 11.4secs. Xander Collins shot up to 2nd in the UK rankings winning the under 13 boy's version of the event in 12.8secs, well supported by Ayo Salako in the B race in 16.5secs who also triumphed. The talented pairing then repeated their success in the high jump clearing heights of 1.44m and 1.25m respectively to take the spoils.

Jack Ennis also enjoyed further victorious fortunes in the high jump, clearing 1.61m in the under 15 boy's event for a new lifetime best.

In the flat sprints, Russell DaCosta continued his early season form with a double win in the 100m (13.2secs) and 200m (27.5secs).

The pick of the middle-distance results came courtesy of Kyra Sethna-McIntosh and Amelia Middleton who enjoyed a double runners-up finish in the under 13 girl's 1200m.

Kayla Bowley won the under 15 girl's long jump in some style, notching a national standard of 5.25m. Tamia Maggie-Graham matched that feat in the under 13 girl's category, leaping to 3.98m to win by just 2cm.

There were four victories in the sprint relays. Dake, Bowley and Sey combined with Toni Bryan to clock 50.1secs the fastest time in the UK this year for the under 15 girls 4x100m. The under 13 boys quartet of Collins, Salako, DaCosta and Lewis Graham also won in 55.9secs, and the under 15 boys followed suit thanks to Ospina, Damani Mauge, Ange Gbeyo and Adeoluwa (47.1secs). The under 15 girl's 4x300m team of Brown, Tatjana Hopkins, Glalys DaCosta and Jennifer Chukwu set a club record of 3:09.1.

Final results
1 City of Portsmouth AC 511
2 Havering AC 505.5
3 Herne Hill Harriers 500.5
4 Harrow AC 482
5 Croydon Harriers 473
6 Enfield & Haringey AC 289

At the Virgin London Marathon, Mohsin Harhara led the ten-strong Croydon contingent home breaking the three-hour mark for the first time in the process.

Harhara clocked two hours 57 minutes and 13 seconds, a lifetime best of over six minutes to finish 1500th. Neil Aikman (3:01.32) just edged ahead of David Brown (3:01.53, PB) in the latter stages, while Dan Barnes (3:11.56) followed closely behind.

The remainder of Croydon's team included Colin Oxlade (3:21.07), Rush Yadave (3:32.01), Sarah Bruce-Green (4:16.49), Claire Turner (4:44.36) and Cristiane Martini (5:17.55).

Well done to you all! A record Harriers turnout!

Mini Marathon Report to follow

by: Croydon Harriers | 17th Apr 2016 23:37:41
Croydon Harriers men's and women's team grabbed a surprise win at Cambridge on Saturday in the season's opening 2nd division fixture of the Southern Athletics League..Croydon, who finished fourth in the 2nd division table last year, enjoyed their first match win outside of London since the league formed.

Ned Quiney kicked off proceedings with his best high jump performance in seven years, clearing 1.90m to secure victory. Emmanuel Thomas (3.90m) and Sam Haswell (3.30m) secured maximum points in the pole vault, while Richmond Baah eclipsed the fifty metre mark by 11 centimetres to bag 1st in the javelin.

In the pick of the men's track races, 400m runners Harvey Stainthorpe (51.5secs) and Patrick Lucas (52.6secs) were 1st and 2nd in the A and B events respectively.

The women's side particularly shone with four event maximums amongst the successes. Tosin Salami (12.5secs) and Chrissy-Marie Nangban (13.0secs) cruised home in the 100m, while Twinelle Hopeson (25.6secs) and Rhiannon Gayle (25.8secs) enjoyed similar success in the 200m. The four of them successfully combined in the 4x100m, where they triumphed in 49.0secs, just two tenths off breaking the division record which is also held by Croydon.

Sonyce Archer won the 100m hurdles in 16.1secs, and was backed by Zoe Fossett who won the B event and also the A pole vault in 2.60m.

Women's captain Emma Fossett claimed victory in the women's javelin with a 35.10m effort and then won the B discus with Saskia Navratnam taking the spoils in the A event.

On an afternoon where every point counted, James Eccles and Zoe Fossett competed in eleven between them notching 28 points for their combined efforts.

The Harriers finished the day with a clean sweep of all the relays for the first time since 2012. The men's 4x100m team of Romell Glave, Verter Oppong-Kyei, Brandon Mitchell and Shanard Jackson clocked 44.7secs. The 4x4 team of Lucas, Stainthorpe, Matthew Pepper and Rob Spalding crossed the line in 3:37.4. The women's 4x400m squad of Gayle, Nangban, Hopeson and Stevie Lawrence secured the club's first ever win in this event in league history in 4:21.4.

Croydon finished on 182pts seven clear of hosts Cambridge and Coleridge and ahead of Havering (170pts) and Basildon (147pts). They will be hoping for more of the same come the 22nd May at Erith for the 2nd round of fixtures.


With thanks to John, Don, Martin, Caroline, Charlie, Linda and Colin for officiating and to all other helpers throughout the day!

In ParkRun action, Jessica Moore led home the women's field at Lloyd Park in 22 minutes and 4 seconds. Club colleagues Saarah Nawaz (24:04) and Anna Corby (24:32) were 3rd and 4th respectively.

by: Croydon Harriers | 13th Apr 2016 19:12:24
We are very sorry to report the passing of club's vice-presidents Juliet Dowsett .

Juliet was our fixtures secretary for many years, as well as a dedicated team manager.

Her daughter Amy remains an active member of the club as women's team manager.

Funeral details are as follows:
Service of thanksgiving to be held on Thursday 28th April 11.30 at Wesley Hall Church, Sydenham

Followed by cremation at Beckenham Crematorium and wake at Elm T ree.

by: Croydon Harriers | 11th Apr 2016 09:07:36
Over thirty young Croydon athletes opened up their summer track and field campaigns at the Wimbledon Open.

Ange Gbeyo won the under 15 boy's shot putt with a 10.75m effort and Xander Collins triumphed in the under 13 boy's long jump.

There were two one-two's for Croydon's sprinters in the 100m, Russell S.Dacosta clocked 13.35secs and Ayo Salako was close behind on 13.55secs.

Marcia Sey (13.15secs) and Toni Bryan (13.19secs) matched that feat in the under 15 girl's 100m. Tyrese Johnson-Fisher won the under 17 men's 100m in 11.07secs. In the pick of the middle-distance races, Kyra Sethna-McIntosh clung onto victory in the under 13 girl's 800m in 2:36.10.

Javelin thrower Emma Fossett threw 38.86m to win the under 20 women's event and to retain her UK no 1 ranking for the age group.

On Thursday evening, over twenty Harriers tackled the East Surrey League road race at Ewell. Alex Penfold led the Croydon charge winning the 4.25mile road race in 24 minutes and 4 seconds. Glenn Barden (8th, 25:20), Mark Lynch (12th, 25:39) and Neil Aikman (21st, 27:54) completed the team.

In the young athlete's race, Isaac Flanagan spearheaded the young Harriers finishing in 20th in the 61-strong field. Amelia Middleton stormed home to 9th in the girl's race despite being one of the youngest in the field. Jessica Moore (33rd) and Caleb Drummond (35th) completed the scoring team who placed fourth on the evening.

At the Croydon Half Marathon, David White finished fourth in 79 minutes and 22 seconds. He was well supported by David Brown (9th, 83:89), Dan Barnes (18th, 88:36), James Moore (39th, 93:31), Colin Oxlade (46th, 96:30) and Oliver Hosken (107th).

The women's team consisted of Miriam De Souza (176th), Cristiane Martini (243rd) and Radhika Shan (247th).

Mark Maginn lowered his lifetime best at the Manchester Marathon by over half an hour, clocking 3:07.30 for the Manchester Marathon to finish 611th. He moves to 37th on the club's all-time standings.

In the pick of the ParkRun action, Glenn Barden was 2nd at Pomphrey Hill, Mark Lynch was third at Lloyd Park while Jessica Moore was 1st in the women's category.

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