by: Croydon Harriers | 28th Jun 2016 15:16:26

James Dasaolu guaranteed his Olympic spot for Rio after winning the men's 100m at the British Championships in Birmingham

The Loughborough based athlete clocked a wind-assisted 9.93secs to claim the title and place on the plane to Rio.

Reigning European 400m champion Martyn Rooney faces a nervous wait to see if he has qualified for an individual after finishing third in the final in 46.01secs. It should however ensure he is picked for the 4x400m relay.

Also in action were triple jumper Nana Owusu-Nyankteyki (15.06m, 14th) and 100m sprinter Lee McLaughlin (10.79secs). 100m hurdler Sophie Elliss clocked a new lifetime best in her heat of 13.95secs to go to 6th on the club's all-time rankings.

Samuel Osewa reached the semi-finals of the 100m but was disqualified in his semi.


At the Ebbisham Boy's League, Croydon's boys team bagged an emphatic win in the 2nd division by over forty points from their nearest rivals. The result puts them in pole position for promotion with one fixture remaining.

Israel Ospina (U15 200m), Jamal Ryan (U15 Shot putt), Ange Gbeyo (U15 Discus), Xander Collins (U13 70m hurdles), Jude Russell (U15 80m hurdles) and the 4x200m relay teams were amongst the winners.

With thanks to Coaches Jim, Neil and Ian for your help on the day, our officials David and Mike as well as all the parents for staying and showing their support. The last fixture is the 10th July at Coulsdon, we can go up as winners!

At the UK Youth Development League at Woking, Croydon all but ensure their safety in the league's third tier after a fourth place finish.

The sprints proved to be Croydon's most fruitful supply of points with six event victories. Samir Williams (U17M 100m, 11.4s) and Tosin Salami (U17W 200m, 25.4s)

Tyrese Johnson-Fisher and Micah Francis-Dwyer secured maximum points in the under 17 men's 100m, and Ashleigh Clarke and Ines-Karel Zepa matched that feat in the under 20 women's event.

In the 3000m Dane Lawrence won the under 20 men's event and Alex Wiafe broke the 12m barrier in the under 17 men's shot putt.

Emma Fossett and Coralie Mido secured an event maximum in the under 20 women's javelin.

The result leaves Croydon fifth comfortably ahead of avoiding the drop.

Well done to all who competed!


Kingston 6 19 522 678 1725
Camberley / Woking 7 17 593 579 1671
Southampton 5 14 428 491 1432.5
Winchester 4 14 393 429 1411
Croydon 3 10 390 533 1390
Brighton 2 6 328 360 1177
Sussex 1 4 244 403 1023.5

by: Croydon Harriers | 21st Jun 2016 09:55:05
PHOTO GALLERY - 240+ photos! Thanks to Ernie and Karen for your contributions!

Croydon Harriers secured their second Southern Athletics League victory of the season in the third round of fixtures at Croydon Arena on Saturday.

The hosts eventually pulled away from their opponents after a nervy start, finishing on 199 points from Luton (176), Ryston Runners (173.5) and Colchester & Tendring (164.5).

In the men's track action Surrey 10-mile road race champion Ben Savill comfortably won the 5000m in 15:50.2 followed by non-scoring 2nd claim member Peter Mills (16:00.5). Jake English would secure maximum points winning the B event in 16:39.8. Savill would then team up with fellow London 2012 Gamesmaker Dom Nolan to secure maximum points in the 1500m, with Nolan clocking 4:09.8.

On the field Emmanuel Thomas (3.80m) and Sam Haswell (3.40m) secured a double win in the pole vault. The quartet of Thomas, James Eccles (who did 8 events in all throughout the day), captain Kyle Andrews and Matt Pepper were triumphant in the 4x100m relay.

In the women's section, there were A wins in the 100m (Tosin Salami , 12.7s), 200m (Twinelle Hopeson , 25.5s) and 400m (Rhiannon Gayle , 59.4s). Hopeson would also triumph in the 100m hurdles in 15.0s, with Zoe Fossett securing the B victory.

Zoe also won the pole vault in 2.80m and then supported her sister and captain Emma Fossett in the javelin, with the latter winning in a new club record of 37.51m.

The quartet of Salami, Hopeson, Ines Zepa and Esinam Dake won the 4x100m in 49.5secs.

With thanks to everyone who helped on the day and our supporters who cheered us on you know who you are, you are all stars! We are so grateful for your efforts.

A message from managers Amy & Matt : A great win, well done everyone! The following only applies to a very small minority of the team so bear with us. There were a significant number of people who had confirmed for this fixture and then pulled out on the day without making any effort to contact us to withdraw. This is completely unacceptable and means managers and athletes have to scramble around desperately to fill the gaps which these athletes have left. It is common courtesy to at the very least text us to pull out. We still haven't heard from some of these athletes in question two days after the event. It is also unacceptable to pull out of an event 15 minutes before it is due to start (having confirmed for it earlier) without having made effort to find a replacement for you. If it wasn't for the likes of Jim, Jordan, Matt Pepper, Ernie, Kyle and Chloe throwing themselves into the events people had withdrawn from then we wouldn't have won this fixture. Hopefully we can all move forwards from this in the future.

England U23/20 Champs results
U20 Men's 100m hurdles
Robert Sakala BRONZE 13.66s

U20 Women's 100m hurdles
Sophie Elliss, 7th, 14.39s

U20 Women's 100m
Ashleigh Clarke 12.12s in her semi-final. Had earlier run 12.08s wind assisted.

U20 Men's 100m
Tyrese Johnson-Fisher, 10.79s in his semi-final

Mike's report

A spirited effort from Croydon Harriers U13 and U15 boys and girls saw them finish a very frustrating third of the six competing clubs, just half a point behind runners up behind the runners-up, and seven and a half behind the home advantaged winners Havering in their National Development League match at Hornchurch on Sunday.

This Southern Premier Division encounter, leaves Croydon more comfortably placed fourth in the overall table ahead of Harrow and Enfield and Haringey.

The club's reputation for sprinting was clear to see, with 10 individual wins, plus three wins in the four short relays. Kayla Bowley registered a hat-trick of National standard performances. These saw her with comfortable wins in the 100m in 12.3sec, and the 200m in 25.3sec plus a second pot in the long jump ana a sharp leg in the winning U15 relay which clocked a first class 46.9sec

Sprinting apart, the star Croydon turn came in the U15 high jump, in which county schools champions Jack Ennis improved his PB to win at 1.75m, only to find the his B string partner Jude Russell suitably inspired, registering an astonishing 25cm improvement to achieve the same height to win his section. These two talented boys now rank in the national Top 20.

Ennis also won the long jump at 5.24m with B string Adrian Panton winning too, with his 5.12m effort. Whitgiftian Russell also finished a close up third in his red- hot 80m hurdles race, clocking 12.0sec

Star turns apart, the Croydon success was thanks to a true team effort, with some youngsters tacking tough track events, several for the first time, to pick up crucial points for the club.

Sasha Howard, Douglas Aikman, and Valentin Najorka were valiant in this category.

Israel Ospina excelled in the U15 300m finish in 0.7sec clear in 37.1sec. He backed this up with a close 200m second on 23.8sec and relay.

A further encouraging general feature was a distinct improvement across the board in the throws.

The final fixtures in this league will be at Croydon on Sunday 16th July. This coming weekend the club’s young boys will be taking part in match two of the Ebbisham League at Tooting Bec.

Richmond 10K results
62nd Mark Lynch 36:57
95th Christophe Dormenval 38:38
305th Keith Brown 47:12
448th Norman Hemming 54:27

by: Croydon Harriers | 13th Jun 2016 14:48:37
At the South of England championships at Lee Valley, Croydon Harrier Lee McLaughlin was crowned 200m champion. The 25 year-old clocked 21.66secs having earlier won his heat in 21.90secs.

He also added 100m bronze to his collection, crossing the line in 10.55secs. He now heads to the Olympic Trials in Birmingham next weekend.

Club colleague Paul Ogun leapt to 7.18m in the long jump to bag silver, and Sophie Elliss matched that feat in the under 20 women's 100m hurdles (14.59secs). A third silver came courtesy of Twinelle Hopeson in the women's 100m hurdles in 14.47secs.

Ashleigh Clarke ran a season's best in the under 20 women's final of 12.33secs to finish 6th.

Kieron Connor was 7th in the under 20 men's 800m in 2:00.65 and Stevie Lawrence was 5th in the under 20 women's 1500m in 4:47.93.

At the Surrey Masters championships, Croydon scooped a plethora of medals.

Linda Oxlade enjoyed double gold in the W65 long and triple jump, while Mandy Rowley-Jones's comeback trail continued finishing 1st in the W50 triple jump.

In the throws, Tony Richards won the M65 shot putt (10.92m), weight throw (10.21m), hammer (25.09m) and discus (37.30m) before adding silver in the javelin (32.48m). Oxlade later added the W65 weight throw, hammer and discus titles to her earlier tally.

Andy Del Nevo (M45 1500m, 5:12.03) and Colin Oxlade (M55 5000m, 19:37.22) were both 6th in their races, while Jules Williams (W45 5000m, 25:56.03) was 8th.

In ParkRun action, Jake English was 1st at Crystal Palace in 17:44 with Mark Maginn in 19:17. Alex Penfold was fourth at Nonsuch Park in 17:53 out of 543 participants. Mark Lynch was the first Harrier home at Lloyd Park in 19:15.

BOROUGH REPORT (athletes mentioned below are from a range of clubs and not all Croydon Harriers)

Almost 100 of Croydon's finest young athletes, representing North and South Croydon competed enthusiastically in the County Schools Championships at Kingsmeadow on Saturday.

Between them they won 14 gold, 14 silver and 9 bronze medals and many others achieved personal bests.

The senior boys' high jump rounded off a brilliant day of athletics with talented Whitgiftian Lekan Ogunlana (S) holding of the strong challenge from Mytrae Brooks (1.90m) Harris South Norwood, to win with a comfortable 1.94m clearance.

Further high jump success came Croydon way thanks to Jack Ennis (N) who took the junior boys title with an exciting 1.73m on count back with Joshua Udeje (S).

Inevitably Croydon's powerful sprinters made their mark in many events.

There was an excellent 1,2,3, in the intermediate boys 100m won by Samir Williams (S) in 11.44sec into a -1.8 wind. Team mate Daniel Wo took second in 11.78 with Jeremiah Ainsanya (N) third in 12.04sec. North Croydon juniors Danyaal St-Vie 12.16sec and Ange Gbeyo 12.18sec, certainly made their race a thriller with just .02sec separating them.

Toni Bryan (N) prevailed in a similarly tight finish to take the junior girls title in 12.61sec, while Kayla Bowley ran clear to win the 200m in 25.37sec. Chanice Gordon 26.84sec, won unpressed in the intermediate 200m.

Croydon Harrier Obi Onyejekwe , representing Waverley, won the intermediate boys 100m hurdles in scintillating style, to clock 13.88secs.

A really high quality junior boys 300m, saw North Croydon's Israel Osipina 37.47sec (37.09sec heat), outkicked in a brilliant battle by Rory Payne , Sutton, who clocked 36.36sec. These two are ranked 3rd and 4th nationally.

Harley Norman (S) was an impressive junior 800m champion with a 2:05.67 clocking following a brisk heat earlier in the day, while Whitgift colleague Rowan Fuss (S) ran a positive second in the 1500m in 4:20.81sec.

Throwers earned 5 gold medals for their respective Croydon Borough teams. Junior shot putter Sadia Kabaye was in a class of her own, 2m clear, with a best of 10.81m, with team mate Joanna Barnaby 's 29.38m best well beyond the reach of her nearest discus rival. The North Croydon boys matched this double, courtesy Alex Wiafe 12.15m, and Philip Bartlett 43.90m. Dele Aladese took senior discus gold with a best of 42.50m.

Croydon Harrier Emma Fossett , competing in S. Surrey colours, finished over 5m clear in the senior girls javelin with her 32.20m effort.

Croydon's horizontal jumpers shone too, with two wins. Ola Olufemi-Krakue (N) headed the intermediate girls triple jump field with a best of 11.14m followed home by Sky Udondem (N) 10.39m. Verter Oppong-Kyei (N) battled out the intermediate boys long jump woth Eric Sarfo (S), edging it with a 6.44m leap over his rivals 6.36m jump.

Soon, sixty or so of the young Surrey stars will learn whether or not they have earned selection for the English Schools' Championships, to be held at Gateshead next month.

by: Croydon Harriers | 8th Jun 2016 08:58:05
Croydon Harrier Ben Savill was crowned Surrey 10-mile road race champion at the Dorking 10 on Sunday.

The Brighton University student was agonisingly outsprinted just 100m from the line by Dacorum and Tring's Jack Parslow in the open race having led in the final few miles.

But Savill was the 1st Surrey athlete so picked up the County gold.

He also led home two two bronze medal winning Croydon contingents with Alex Penfold (14th, 59:19) and David Brown (33rd, 61:54) supporting to win County bronze, and they then teamed with Glenn Barden (56th, 64:44) for the Open race medal of the same colour. It Croydon's best result in the men’s category of this race in over a decade.

They were well supported by Mark Maginn (64th, 65:16), Neil Aikman (108th, 68:54), James Moore (116th, 69:24), Keith Brown (14th M60, 81:05), Oliver Hosken (84:01) and Norman Hemming (25th M60, 90:12).

At the Lily B Girl's league at Croydon Arena on Saturday, Croydon's girl's squad all but secured their spot in the end of season final with an emphatic win in their fixture.

Croydon scooped nine event maximums and a further eight individual victories on a dominant afternoon.

The sprints proved a fruitful source of points for the hosts, Toni Bryan and Marcia Sey both clocked 12.6secs in the under 15 girl's 100m, with the latter also triumphing in the 75m hurdles in 11.2secs.

Tosin Salami enjoyed her second quickest time of the season in the under 17 women’s 100m in 12.3secs with Esinam Dake winning the B event.

In the 200m Kayla Bowley (25.5secs) and Zoe Dake (26.5secs) notched a maximum in the under 15 girls, and Chanice Gordon (26.5secs) and Chloe Howard (29.1secs) matched that feat in under 17 women's category.

On the field, Tamia Meggie-Graham (4.26m) and Serena Angoura (3.25m) won the under 13 girl's long jump, while Ellie Catterall (under 13 girl's discus), Sasha Howard (under 13 girl's javelin), Esinam Dake (under 17 women's shot) and Glalys DaCosta (under 15 girl's hammer) also picked up wins.

Croydon enjoyed a clean sweep in the five sprint relays.
Croydon Harriers 280
Epsom & Ewell 231
Reigate 193
Hercules Wimbledon 114
Sutton & District 110
Walton 23

With thanks to the many people who helped make the day possible.

Awaiting results from the Surrey Masters Champs.

by: Croydon Harriers | 3rd Jun 2016 19:08:19
It has been a busy few weeks of competitions for the club in the latter half of May. Here is an update on our how our various squads have been doing in the Southern Athletics League (2nd Division), UK Youth League Lower Age Group (Southern Premier 2) and Upper Age Group (Southern 2), SCVAC Masters and the Rosenheim League.

Southern Athletics League
Herts Phoenix 193
London Heathside 193
Bexley 177
Croydon 173

The men's and women's team had to settle for fourth at Erith in the 2nd round of the SAL, despite an embattled performance.

The women's team threw everything they had to filling all the events with Zoe Fossett, Jules Williams, Miriam De Souza and manager Amy Dowsett setting a shining example for others to follow.

Ashleigh Clarke won the women's 100m, Rhiannon Gayle won the 200m and Sophie Elliss triumphed over the sprint hurdles. Sophie goes to 10th on the all-time rankings with this performance. They were well supported by Esinam Dake . Linda Oxlade officiated and competed as did partner Colin.

Emma Fossett who also completed her full complement of events, won the javelin with a throw in excess of 36m.

For the men, Lekan Ogunlana leaped to 1.98m in the high jump. He is now fifth on our all time rankings! He would later go on and win the javelin in 47.35m.

These would be the only A event victories during a tough afternoon's competition.

There were however a number of high quality 2nd places thanks to Rommell Glave (100m, 11.3s), Kieron Connor (800m, 2:01), Ernie Hann (3kSC, 10:58), Ben Savill (3000m, 8:56), David White (1500m, 4:15). On another day these would have been clear wins!

James Eccles completed six events in a bid to mop up points, ultimately picking up 11.

Croydon notched 2 2nds in the relays.

With thanks to officials Martin, John, Carol, Caroline, Linda, Charlie, Colin and Eric - you are all stars.

We are now 9th in the league table. The next one is on the 18th June.


Rosenheim League
Croydon's men won their home fixture and the women's side were runners-up in the 2nd round of Rosenheim League fixtures.

There were wins for Kieron Connor (800m), David White (1500m) and the 4x200m team of Matthew Pepper, Chris Collins-Ahouzan, James Eccles and Connor .

In the women's team - Saarah Nawaz and Amy Dowsett notched impressive wins in the 800m and 100m respectively, while Jules Williams and Linda Oxlade amassed 22 points between them.

Jessica Moore and Rhiannon Gayle were also victorious on their Rosenheim League debuts against senior opposition in the 3000m and 200m.

Croydon now lie 2nd in the men's standings, and third overall in the women's.

With thanks to all our officials, volunteers, scorers and athletes who helped on the evening!

Croydon Harriers' young athlete's team bounced back in the 2nd round of UK Youth Development League Southern Premier 2, with a third place finish at Tooting on Saturday.

Croydon who were fifth after the first fixture and in the drop-zone propelled themselves up to third.

English Schools hopeful Israel Ospina won every event he competed in, including the under 15 boy's 200m (23.4s), 300m (40.6s) and pole vault (2.70m).

The sprints proved a happy hunting ground for Croydon throughout the afternoon. Ayo Salako (12.9s) and Russell Dacosta (13.4s) won the under 13 boy's A and B events in the 100m, while Kayla Bowley (12.4s) and Toni Bryan (12.7s) matched that feat in the under 15 girls ranks. Bowley added a 200m triumph in 25.1s. Young India Toseland broke the club record for the under 13 girl's 75m in 9.9secs to take the victory. On the field, the high jump produced the club's best results thanks to Jack Ennis clearing 1.60m (Under 15 Boys) and Xander Collins (1.45m) and Salako (1.33m) taking maximum points in the under 13 boy's event.

The Under 15 boy's and girl's won their respective 4x100m relays to finish the afternoon's action.

Event Lge Event Lge
1 PSM 548.67 6 1 City of Portsmouth AC 1034.6
2 HHH 524.67 5 2 Herne Hill Harriers 1025.1
3 CRD 504.67 4 3 Havering AC 990.6
4 HVG 485.17 3 4 Croydon Harriers 977
5 HRW 425.17 2 5 Harrow AC 907
6 E&H 296.67 1 6 Enfield & Haringey AC 555


Men Overall First match Todays scores To date Positions
1 K&P 150 99 249 3
2 HW 147 126 275 1
3 Epsom 146.5 110 256.5 2
4 Croydon 105.5 70 175.5 4
5 SOC 100 70 170 5
6 Walton 54 40 94 6
7 DMV 50 30 80 7

Overall First match Todays scores To date Positions
1 Epsom 148 119 267 1
2 K&P 100 90 190 2
3 HW 77 59 136 3
4 Croydon 77 41 118 4
5 Walton 4 33 37 5
6 SoC 3 20 23 6
7 DMV 0 0

The 2nd SCVAC league wasn’t finished due to a freak storm in the final 30minutes of the meeting. There was time however for the men and women to finish 4th overall, which is also where they lie in the standings after 2 fixtures. Chris King bagged the only individual win on the evening in the M40 hammer.

Andy Del Nevo, Peter Howes, Mark Maginn, Rush Yadave, Mark Lynch, Neil Aikman, Colin Oxlade, Tony Richards, Jules Williams, Linda Oxlade and Mandy Rowley-Jones were also in action.

1 Kingston AC & Polytechnic 678 7
2 Camberley/Woking AC 579 6
3 Croydon Harriers 533 5
4 Southampton AC 491 4
5 Winchester & D AC 429 3
6 Team Sussex 403 2
7 Brighton & Hove AC 360 1

More to follow.

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