by: Croydon Harriers | 15th Apr 2014 09:50:22
Nearly thirty Croydon Harriers were in action at the full and mini versions of the Virgin London Marathon on Sunday.

24 Harriers in total were representing the Borough of Croydon over a course which is the final three miles of the London Marathon route.

Stevie Lawrence grabbed the highest finish by a Croydon runner during the morning's three mile races, finishing in 13th in 18 minutes and 39 seconds.

Naomi Carty (51st), Atlanta Drummond (87th) and Fiona Walker (124th) produced solid finishes to help the Borough to sixth place in the team competition out of the 33 competing boroughs.

In the under 15 boy's race, Kieron Connor (17:29) shone with a 32nd position, and was backed up by Luke Wakeling (44th, 17:46) and Dane Lawrence (45th, 17:47) as the first three home for the Borough. They helped Croydon to sixth in the team standings.

Rob Spalding and Kartik Iyer clocked the fastest times by Harriers on the morning in 17:13 for 70th and 71st respectively.

In the pick of the other races, Jordan O'Dongo (Under 13 boys, 50th, 18:47), Saarah Nawaz (Under 13 girls, 93rd, 21:47) and Abbie Burrett (Under 15 girls, 72nd, 21:23) were the first Harriers across the line.

The Borough's other teams placed in the middle of the pack with the under 13 boys (16th), under 17 men (12th), under 13 girls (14th) and under 15 girls (19th).

In the full race, Neil Aikman (1718th) was the first Harrier home in three hours, five minutes and 26 seconds and guarantees a place in next year's race as a result. Sophie Bates eclipsed her previous best by ten minutes clocking 3:19.43 for 346th. Rob Rye (3:31.21) and Mark Maginn (3:37.25) also notched personal bests on their London debuts.

WITH THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO CAME TO SUPPORT THE HARRIERS at the 25.5 mile point on Victoria Embankment. Including - the Oxlade, Kirby-Walker, Matlock, Yehekzel, Lucas, Kavanagh, Chambers, White, Burn, Spalding, Stoute & Sexton families. Also to Laurence, Luke, Jim, Kartik, Mark. And a very special thank you to Simon who bagged the bench at 8.10am! Great effort!



In the pick of the ParkRun action, Alex Penfold bagged a win at Banstead Woods (17:32) and David Brown made it two victories in as many weeks at Riddlesdown in 17:54.

by: Croydon Harriers | 13th Apr 2014 16:20:29
Over thirty Croydon harriers kicked off their summer campaigns at the Wimbledon open meeting.

Under 13 sprinters Charles Hagan and Marcia Sey impressed with performances which ranked them in the top 3 of the UK rankings for their age.

Hagan's storming run of 12.30secs in the 100m propelled to top of the UK standings in his debut outdoor season.

Sey's winning run meanwhile in the under 13 girl's 200m of 28.06secs is the fastest outdoor time this year in the UK for her age group.

Other sprinters who also shone included Chuks Ajeh (under 15 boys 100m, 2nd in 12.06secs), Kayla Bowley (under 13 girls 100m, 3rd in 13.79secs) and Tosin Salami (under 15 girls 100m, 3rd in 13.16secs).

In the middle- distance events, Stevie Lawrence bagged third in the Dave Clarke mile in five minutes and 17 seconds and Patrick Lucas was fifth in the male equivalent in 4:36. Omar Harhara was the pick of middle distance runners finishing joint fourth in the under 17 men's 1500m in 4:26.

On the field, Emma Fossett laid down a solid opening marker in the under 17 women's javelin topping the standings with a throw of 38.14m, eclipsing the English Schools standard in the process.

There were also wins for Anieshka Mido (under 20 women's shot, 8.73m) and Zoe Fossett (Under 20 women's javelin, 27.49m).

In ParkRun action, David Brown triumphed at Riddlesdown in 18:00 and there were runners-up spots for Alex Penfold (Roundshaw Downs, 17:46) and Glenn Barden (Pymmes, 19:29).

by: Croydon Athletics Academy | 8th Apr 2014 13:57:59
The Croydon Athletics Academy has been going from strength to strength on Monday evenings since it begun last autumn.

Under the watchful eye of lead coach James Eccles , with assistants Rob, Daniel, Saskia, Amal and Urban...

...there are now regularly 20-30 youngsters aged 6-14 year-olds attending the Monday evening sessions at Croydon Arena.

The Academy is now on a break for Easter, with the first session being back on the 28th April at 5.15pm.

All members of the Academy are encouraged to compete in our summer track & field season this year. Here is a comprehensive guide for all Academy members produced by Jim .

The Academy is now also looking for assistant coaches to help on Mondays. Please get in contact with him directly if you are interested in helping

by: Croydon Harriers | 31st Mar 2014 22:46:43
The 2014 track & field season is nearly upon us and with this in mind please find below the welcome and information letters for all those in the squads this summer.

As always, members of all abilities are welcome to compete in these competitions.

Please ensure you've paid your membership fees otherwise you will not be eligible to compete.

Last year was excellent (as you can see from the photos on the sidebar) let's make this year even better.



by: Croydon Harriers | 30th Mar 2014 22:19:01
Important notice to the middle-distance and endurance groups for Thursday 3rd April.

On Thursday 3rd April, the club are competing in the East Surrey Road Race, starting at Ewell Court Athletics Track at 7pm. ALL MEMBERS are welcome to attend this.

2 miles for young athletes
4 miles for under 20's and adults. - Everyone starts at 7pm.

If you are planning on running, please let us know. Arrive from 6pm to sign in and run. It is highly recommended for those running in the London Mini-Marathon.

Training however does remain on, with coaches Alan and Mike that evening.

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