by: Croydon Harriers | 17th May 2016 09:34:35
Croydon Harriers brought home over thirty medals at the Surrey County Championships at Kington last weekend, fifteen of which were gold.

Kayla Bowley enjoyed a double win in the under 15 girl's 200m (25.54s) and in the 100m (12.56s) where she led home training partners Toni Bryan (12.68s) and Marcia Sey (12.73s) to lead a clean sweep of the podium.

There were two championship best performances from Croydon athletes thanks to Robert Sakala in the under 20 men's 100m hurdles in 14.08s and Zoe Dake in the under 15 girl's 300m (42.94s).

The sprints proved a happy hunting ground for the Harriers with further success coming courtesy of Romell Glave (Under 17 men's 100m, 11.39s), Ayo Salako (Under 13 boy's 100m, 13.33s) and Russell Dacosta (under 15 boy's 200m, 27.15s).

On the field, national hopefuls Paul Ogun (men's long jump, 6.88m) and Ned Quiney (men's pole vault, 4.40m) both recorded outdoor season's bests. Emmanuel Thomas cleared 3.70m in the under 17 men's pole vault to triumph, while Emma Fossett picked up her third career Surrey gold in the javelin (36.11m)

Israel Ospina shot to the top of the under 15 boy's 300m UK rankings thanks to a 36.63secs finish which also broke the club record.

Over the sprint hurdles, Ezra Rodrigues won the 100m hurdles for under 17 men in 14.45secs and Twinelle Hopeson went one hundredth of a second quicker in the women's equivalent event for similar success.

Paul Ogun , Men's long jump, 7.00m (6.88m legal)
Ned Quiney , Men's pole vault, 4.40m
Robert Sakala , Under 20 Men's 100m hurdles, 14.08secs CBP
Emmanuel Thomas , Under 17 Men's pole vault, 3.70m
Ezra Rodrigues , Under 17 Men's 100m hurdles, 14.45s
Romell Glave , Under 17 Men's 100m, 11.39s
Israel Ospina , Under 15 Boy's 300m, 36.63s
Russell Dacosta , Under 13 Boy's 200m, 27.15s
Ayo Salako , Under 13 Boy's 100m, 13.33s
Twinelle Hopeson , Women's 100m hurdles, 14.44s
Emma Fossett , Under 20 women's javelin, 36.11m
Marcia Sey , Under 15 girl's 75m hurdles, 11.27s
Kayla Bowley , Under 15 girl's 200m, 25.54secs
Zoe Dake , Under 15 girl's 300m, 42.94secs CBP
Kayla Bowley , Under 15 girl's 100m, 12.56s
Lekan Ogunlana , Under 20 men's high jump, 1.90m
Lekan Ogunlana , Under 20 men's javelin, 46.94m

Dom Nolan , Men's 5000m, 15:15
Verter Oppong-Kyei , Under 20 Men's triple jump, 11.95m
Romell Glave , Under 17 Men's 200m, 22.48s
Russell Dacosta , Under 13 Boy's 100m, 13.55s
Sonyce Archer , Under 17 women's long jump, 4.93m
Emma Fossett , Under 20 women's hammer, 37.67m
Ashleigh Clarke , Under 20 women's 200m, 25.75m
Ashleigh Clarke , Under 20 women's 100m, 12.51sec
Stevie Lawrence , Under 20 women's 1500m, 4:50.39
Sophie Elliss, Under 20 women's 100m hurdles, 14.47s
Toni Bryan , Under 15 girl's 100m, 12.68s
Ola Olufemi-Krakue , Under 17 women's triple jump, 10.80m

Ayo Salako , Under 13 Boys 28.08secs
Zoe Fossett , Women's pole vault, 2.80m
Sonyce Archer , Under 20 women's 100m hurdles, 15.68s
Tosin Salami , Under 17 women's 100m, 12.28s
Toni Bryan , Under 15 girl's 200m, 26.49s
Marcia Sey , Under 15 girl's 100m, 12.73s
Emmanuel Thomas , Under 17 men's high jump, 1.75m
Reuben Vaughan , Under 17 men's discus, 38.47m

With thanks to our officials who were in action over the weekend namely John, David, Martin, Carol, Nicola, Lorraine and many more!

Well done to all who competed over the two day event!

by: Croydon Harriers | 12th May 2016 10:43:05
Croydon Harriers' girl's team secured a victorious start to their Lily B league campaign last week finishing well clear in the league curtain raiser.

English Schools hopeful Kayla Bowley won the 200m in 26.4secs, while Kyra Sethna-McIntosh secured a tactical win in the under 13 girl's 800m in 2:38.9. Bowley would later win the long jump in 4.96m.

There were maximum points in Under 17 women's 300m thanks to Chloe Howard (46.7s) and Monique Akinbale (48.7s).

There were four wins out of a possible five in sprint relays, with the under 15 girls particularly shining in 50.9secs.

On the field there were 1st for Serena Angoua (Under 13 girl's high jump, 1.20m), Jennifer Chukwu (Under 15 girl's discus and shot) and Glalys DaCosta (Under 15 girl's hammer).

1st Croydon Harriers 260 points
2nd Herne Hill Harriers 233 points
3rd Reigate Priory AC 168 points
4th South London Harriers 156 points
5th Hercules Wimbledon 113 points
6th Walton AC 103 points

Croydon's boy's team finished runners-up in their bid for promotion in the season's opening Ebbisham League at Walton on Sunday.

Russell DaCosta won every event he entered in the under 13's ranks triumphing in the 100m, 200m and long jump.

Xander Collins blew away the competition in the 75m hurdles in 12.7seconds a time good enough to win the 1st division fixture. He was also 1st in the high jump in 1.30m.

In the pick of the middle-distance races, Jake Cork won the under 13 boy's 800m in 2:27.7.

In the under 15 ranks, Damani Mauge (24.4secs) and Louis Smithen (25.8secs) enjoyed a double 1st in the 200m.

The under 13 boys and under 15 boys 4x200m won their events to ensure Croydon would finish comfortable runners-up.

Such performances are encouraging ahead of the Surrey County Championships this weekend at Kingston.
164 Epsom & Ewell
148 Croydon
113 Sutton
103 Holland
54 Hercules Wimbledon
0 London City

Ebbisham Boys League Gallery

In the latest round of the Surrey road League, nine Harriers competed at the Sutton 10K on Sunday. Neil Aikman (74th, 41:27) and Jessica Moore (197th, 47:46) led the club contingent home. The event was particularly notable for the six Croydon women flying the club flag.

73rd Neil Aikman M V40 Croydon Harriers 00:41:27
77th Colin Oxlade M V50 Croydon Harriers 00:41:42
182nd James MOORE M V40 Croydon Harriers 00:46:48
196th Jessica Moore F SEN Croydon Harriers 00:47:46
242nd Saarah Nawaz F SEN Croydon Harriers 00:51:08
276th MIRIAM DE SOUZA F V35 Croydon Harriers 00:53:20
313th Norman HEMMING M V60 Croydon Harriers 00:56:29
318th Jules Williams F V35 Croydon Harriers 00:57:01
376th Imke Gellersen F SEN Croydon Harriers 01:02:35
404th Radhika Shan F V35 Croydon Harriers 01:05:41

SUTTON 10K Gallery

In the pick of the ParkRun action, Alex Penfold was 1st at Bognor Reigs in 17:22 and Mark Lynch was fourth in 19:21 at Lloyd Park.


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.

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