by: Croydon Harriers | 1st Jul 2015 11:38:56
Croydon Harriers suffered heartbreaking relegation in the UK Youth Development U20's and Under17's Southern Premier 2 division on Sunday at Croydon Arena.

Needing at least a fourth in the six-club match to provide hope going into next month's final fixture, the hosts placed sixth for the third successive match.

Despite this however, there were still a number of positive performances from those who present particularly from Croydon's sprinters.

Daniel Luke picked up a double win in the under 20 men's 100m (11.17secs) and 200m (22.39secs), while Patrick Lucas triumphed in the 400m (51.37secs).

In the under 17 section, last year's English Schools 100m champion Tyrese Johnson-Fisher won the 100m (11.00secs) with Chuks Ajeh (11.18secs) making it an event maximum.

On the field, Sam Haswell leapt to a new lifetime best in the pole vault of 3.70m. In the throws, Omar Reid was a part of two event maximums, firstly winning the under 20 men's discus (43.41m) alongside Giacomo Spagnoli (32.67m), and then winning the B shot putt in 11.47 to back up David Olajiga's 13.49m in the A event.

In the women's section, Chrissy-Marie Nangban was a convincing winner in the under 17 women's 300m in 42.99secs, and was well supported by Naomi Hoosang-Robinson in 44.09secs.

Recent English Schools selectee Sophie Elliss won the 80m hurdles in 11.61secs, and Sonyce Archer was a clear victor in the B race in 12.89secs.

There were two relay wins which came in the under 17 women's 4x100m in 50.1secs and the under 20 men's 4x400m team recorded the fastest time by a Croydon quartet in this age group in many years to win in 3:30.51.

At the British Miler's Club meeting at Eltham, Dom Nolan (1:54.58) and Kieron Connor (1:57.6) set new lifetime bests in 800m. Loughborough student Nolan then travelled to Watford on Saturday and clocked 3:55.51 to move to 16th on the club's all-time rankings for the 1500m.

In ParkRun action, there were two first's for Harrier athletes. Jake English was first at Crystal Palace and Glenn Barden matched that feat at Harlow.

by: Croydon Harriers | 30th Jun 2015 09:48:23
HELP NEEDED for this Saturday!

Refreshments helpers needed for this Saturday 4th July at Croydon Arena, currently we don't have anyone down so anyone that can help with this your help would be massively appreciated. Please come forward if you can.

We are also after a results recorder (basically just inputting results into a laptop very straightforward).

Only enthusiasm needed for these roles! Please come forward if you can.

UKYDL at Croydon Arena 26th July 2015
Refreshments helpers needed, currently we don't have anyone down so anyone that can help with this your help would be massively appreciated. Please come forward if you can.

Only enthusiasm required for the above positions! Please get in contact if you'd like to help!

by: Croydon Harriers | 22nd Jun 2015 11:57:22
Croydon Harriers' men's and women's team gave their promotion chances to the top tier in the Southern Athletics League a timely boost with a hard fought win at Eltham on Saturday.

The over fifty strong Croydon squad notched six event maximums and fifteen A event victories throughout the afternoon.

In the throws, the women's team scored 31 out of a possible 32 points with dominant displays. Sisters Emma (35.77m) and Zoe Fossett (27.75m) took maximum points in the javelin. The duo of Saskia Navratnam and a returning Tamara Reid also scooped double 1sts in the shot putt and discus.

Sonyce Archer set a lifetime best in the long jump of 5.20m to triumph, and team captain Stevie Lawrence led from the front to win the 400m in 60.96secs. Lawrence had earlier won the B pole vault in 2.20m with Zoe Fossett (2.65m) setting six personal bests to win clearly.

Former GB junior international Twinelle Hopeson enjoyed two wins in the 100m (12.39secs) and 100m hurdles (15.11secs), the latter moving her up to 78th in the UK rankings for the season.

Hopeson combined with Archer, Chanice Gordon and Irene Afriye to win the 4x100m in 50.52secs.

In the men's section, Omar Reid (40.43m) and Giacomo Spagnoli (29.10m) took double 1st in the discus, and Patrick Lucas (1:58.77) and Kieron Connor (1:59.25) replicated that feat in the 800m. There were also wins for 2014 junior boy's English Schools champ Tyrese Johnson-Fisher (100m, 11.01secs), Surrey Schools silver medallist Harvey Stainthorpe (400m, 51.93secs), GB junior cross-country international Peter Chambers (5000m, 15:32) and Yusuf Erol (Hammer, 34.61m).

Final results - Croydon (211), Ashford (194), Ipswich (169) and Cambridge (136).

Croydon will be hoping for more of the same at their next fixture at Croydon Arena on the 4th July.

In the England Championships at Bedford, Damien Powell (10.97secs, Under 20 men's 100m) and Robert Sakala (14.27secs, Under 18 boy's 100m hurdles) were in action.

At the under 15s and 13's UK Youth Development League at Reading, Croydon's squad finished in fourth, representing their best result in this league. More to follow

Four Croydon Harriers pulled on Surrey colours to represent the County at the Under 17 South-East Inter Counties at Erith. Aliyah Headley threw a lifetime best in the hammer (36.61m) to finish sixth, and Ola Olufemi-Krakue went one better in the triple jump leaping to 10.08m. Lekan Ogunlana enjoyed two events, finishing fourth in the javelin with a 48.45m effort and leaping to 1.85m in the high jump for joint third. Chuks Ajeh won his 100m race in 11.31secs and Sophie Ellis celebrated her English Schools selection with a 11.54secs win in the 80m hurdles.

At the Richmond 10K, David Brown led the charge with a personal best of 36:21 to finish 57th. Glenn Barden was eighteen seconds behind in 60th. Ultra-marathoner Mark Lynch was the club's third scorer in 111th in 38:54. The scoring trio finished 13th of the 28 teams which closed in. Neil Aikman, James Moore, Keith Brown and Norman Hemming also ran.

This weekend sees the junior team continue their UKYDL Southern Premier 2 campaign at Croydon Arena on Sunday. They will be hoping for a good result to boost their survival chances.

by: Mike Fleet & Contributions | 17th Jun 2015 09:11:22
We are sad to report Robin Dickson sadly passed away this month at the age of 73.

He was one of those greatly valued members of the athletic community who after a long, varied and successful competitive career reinvested much of his time and expertise in the sport he loved.

His transition from athlete to coach was a smooth one, and he quickly became an effective and respected coach.

Robin joined Croydon Harriers in 1970, developing into a key member of the club's track , cross-country and road running teams. The longer distances were his forte and such was the subtlety of his progress with seemingly not a week passing without a personal best being set, that he affectionately became known as PB Dickson.

Of course Robin wasn't in athletics for that type of gain, relishing the club cause and enjoying his own success. That he appeared in the top twelve in the Croydon club's rankings in eight events from 1500m to marathon speaks volumes for his versatility and application.

During his Croydon years he also served on committee a cross-country secretary and was elected a Vice President in recognition of his active and organisational participation.

Robin was a private, generous man who made many friends and who at times surprised and amused them with a dry sense of humour. At one time he became aware that the outstanding Kenyan Kip Keino had been racing in a flat cap, which he would throw to the side at the bell before sprinting of for an unassailable last. Robin acquired similar headgear and tried the tactic on more than one occasion before realising that it was no quick fix to world class running.

On a club tour to Sweden, the tourists were challenged by their broad minded Scandinavian hosts to a post-competition "skinny dip" and a post plunge photo to record the uninhibited spirit of all concerned. "Would Robin join in?" was the question on everyone's lips. Not only did he join in, very discretely of course, but he organised what turned out to be a truly artistic Matisse-like picture of British naked decency, with "guess who" front centre ensuring no camera action would occur until modest was guaranteed.

Many local athletes have Robin to thank for introducing them to high class sherry. It should be explained that this came about not through any malicious, plot but rather through Robin's employment with the Domecq Sherry Company whom he persuaded to sponsor a series of road relays on the former motor racing track at the Crystal Palace Recreation Centre. Almost needless to say, Robin featured in the successful Croydon team which won a dozen bottles of the fine fortified wine.

Eighteen Croydon Harriers veteran men's track records currently stand in Robin's name. He placed in the top ten in the Surrey senior 10,000m four times and he won the M50 1500m title in 1994. He backed up a very respectable 37th in the county cross-country championships, with ten top 10 veteran placings.

Away from athletics, Robin was kind hearted as evidenced when offered to dog minder for club friends at the time of their daughter's birth forty years ago. He could hardly have imagine that Milly the retriever would be delivered to his basement flat door at midnight but true form he calmly took his canine guest in and word has it that she was fitter and thinner when she was returned to her owners. Doubtless a few training runs were introduced during her stay at "Dickson Kennels"

Robin transferred his first claim allegiance to Thames Hare Hounds club in 1997 successfully continuing as veteran competitor

He evolved as a much appreciated coach and was Surrey Women's Cross-country team manager, still actively involved in both capacities until early this year.

In most recent years, Robin has remained a second claim member competing for us at SCVAC league competitions as well as the East Surrey League as an M70.

His training group at Kingston was well renowned throughout the County and consisted of a plethora of athletes all over the region. Andy Del Nevo, Colin Oxlade and Terry Lapins were amongst some of the Harriers to be regulars of that group.


Tribute from Peter Yartlett
I joined Harriers a short time before Robin and we quickly struck up an excellent training relationship as well as forming part of the road racing team in the 1970s along with Don and Mike Caudwell . Robin knew exactly how to exert minimum training effort to achieve maximum racing success. Whilst some of us attempted to achieve better times through LSD Robin would look at the weather and decide what sort of session was required. Sometimes preferring to sit out a session if he felt that rest was better conditioning. It did him no harm as his race times show that he was a superb club performer with a fine finishing burst that took many by surprise. He was equally at home on road or track and, although not preferring x-country, he got stuck in and performed well in league and Surrey Championships. Robin also ran well over 100 races in the North Surrey League, a feat that few have equalled.

A memory that lingers is regularly meeting with Robin on Saturday mornings in the lower Lloyd Park field to run 300 metre repetitions. Again his turn of speed was astonishing as we channelled our energies on an uphill slope. I recall with amusement an occasion for us both when running through West Croydon in severe snow and ice conditions. Firstly Robin slipped and fell, followed very shortly by myself. With both of us laying in the road laughing passers-by were scratching their heads as they cautiously made their way past us. Of such incidents are friendships forged and not forgotten. In recent years we had gone our separate ways but the sight of Robin running with his upright style, arms pumping and with his face framed by heavy rimmed spectacles will be an abiding memory

by: Croydon Harriers | 16th Jun 2015 10:04:25
There were medals aplenty for Croydon Harrier athletes at the Surrey Schools Championships on Saturday at Kingston, as competitors sought coveted spots for the English Schools Championships next month.

Marcia Sey ran the 2nd quickest under 15 girl's 75m hurdles time in the UK this year to win gold in 11.21secs to all but secure her place in the Surrey team.

Training partner Rhiannon Gayle also bagged an English Schools entry standard in the 200m of the same age group, running 25.8secs to take 1st.

Senior Boys David Olajiga (Shot putt) and Rob Sakala (110m hurdles) also won golds with national standard performances to put themselves in the frame for selection.

Other gold medallists included Chrissy-Marie Nangban (Inter girl's 200m), Irene Afriye (Senior girl's 100m), Chuks Ajeh (Inter boy's 100m) and Saskia Navratnam (senior girl's discus).

Amongst the silver medal winners were Emma Fossett (senior girl's javelin), Ezra Rodrigues (Junior boy's 80m hurdles), Taylor Campbell (senior girl's 100m hurdles), Harvey Stainthorpe (senior boy's 400m), Tife Ajibade (senior boy's 100m) and Amanfi Aggrey (Junior boy's 100m).

All athletes now face a nervous wait over the coming days to see if they've done enough to earn selection to the prestigious English Schools Championships in Gateshead next month.

At the South of England championships at Lee Valley, Lee McLaughlin finished an agonising fourth in the showpiece event the men's 100m.

The ever improving 24 year-old won his 1st round and semi-final, before clocking 10.80secs in the final. It will come as good experience as he travels to the British Championships in Birmingham next month.

Damien Powell reached the semi-finals of the same event, while Oje Izirien and Rhys Edwards-Whittle were in action in the 1st round.

At the Rosenheim League, Croydon virtually secured their place in the August final with a third place finish at Wimbledon. Harvey Stainthorpe won the 400m (51.3secs), with Jake English (1500m) and Nate Standing (high jump and long jump) also featuring highly notching runners-up spots.

Croydon's boy's team were fifth at the Ebbisham League 1st Division match at Coulsdon. More to follow

In road running action Alex Penfold won the gruelling Tour of Epsom event which entrails five races in as many days. The Brunel student outright won each of the individual stages to guarantee victory by over a minute.

In ParkRun competition, there were three 1st's for Croydon athletes including Anna Corby in the women's category at Lloyd Park, Mark Lynch (Sligo) and Glenn Barden (Hastings).

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