by: Croydon Harriers | 29th Oct 2014 22:49:47
Two major training updates to report.

The Under 11's group with Coach Clarence will now be at Trinity School on Tuesdays at 6pm. There is a small cost per athlete to cover the cost of the hall hire. This will remain the case until the Spring.

Meanwhile our Wednesday road running group will return in the Spring 2015 with Coach Neil .

If in doubt with regards to training, please speak to your coach.

by: Croydon Harriers | 28th Oct 2014 11:25:22
Thirteen Croydon Harriers took on the best young athletes in Surrey at the Bruce Judd cross-country relays in Guildford on Saturday. The under 17 men bagged the club's highest finish over the 2.5km course in seventh position.

The trio of Omar Harhara (7minutes 25seconds, 18th overall), Luke Wakeling (7:43, 25th) and Kieron Connor (7:32, 22nd) improving on their displays twelve months ago.

The under 13 girls also impressed in 20th, the first time Croydon have had a team in this age group for over a decade. Cassandra Howard , Leanne Moore and Kyra Sethna-McIntosh comprised the scoring team.

There were also Harriers in action in three other age groups during the afternoon. Jordan O'Dongo (7:55) was 25th overall in the under 15 boy's category, Lexus Croydon 3k winner Jessica Moore (8:32) was 13th and Zachary Blair (9:47) was 63rd in the under 13 boy's race.

Sasha Howard, Saarah Nawaz, Adam Shew and Marcus Stoute were also in action.

At the East Surrey League, nine Croydon Harriers were in action at the season's curtain-raiser at Lloyd Park.

David Brown led the hosts home in fifth in the 60-strong field, covering the 5-mile course in 31:12. Alan Burn (10th, 32:21) was the 2nd M45 athlete home and was supported by training partners Neil Aikman (15th, 33:12) and Glenn Barden (17th, 33:31) completed the scoring quartet. They placed third in the team race.

Non-scoring support came courtesy of Abdesselam Moustakim (34:29, 24th), Andy Del Nevo (42nd, 39:27), Robert Rye (43rd, 39:36), Norman Hemming (51st, 41:34) and Jules Williams (53rd, 43:51).

With thanks to the many people who helped and made the race possible namely Peter (Results), Mike, Alan, Don and Carol (Finish line), Roisin, Amy, Eric, CoLinda, Andy, Glenn and Norman for marking the course and also pre and post race course marking.

At the Amsterdam Marathon, Mohsin Harhara booked his place at the Virgin London Marathon thanks to a 3:09.47 lifetime best performance.

In the pick of the ParkRun action, Jake English was runner-up at Lloyd Park in 17:41 and Sam Clayton was fifth in 19:06.

by: Croydon Harriers | 20th Oct 2014 21:37:46
The Lexus Croydon 10K & 3k fun run proved to be a resounding success this year with over 450 finishers in the main race, and another 65 in the fun run for young athletes.

Many thanks to the 75+ marshals who gave up their time to help with the event, your efforts are so greatly appreciated. Thanks also to everyone that helped out on refreshments to raise crucial club funds, those that helped stuff and hand out goody bags/water/medals, those that put up and took down signs and those that helped general setup on the morning. You were all great! These events can't happen without your efforts so many thanks!

Onto the races then, and it was a double Croydon win in the young athletes 3k race with Jordan O'Dongo reigning supreme six seconds clear of Joseph Lucas who picked off the field throughout the race. Jessica Moore finished fifth overall but won the girl's race comfortably, with her training partner Saarah Nawaz in runners-up spot and Cassandra Howard third. 10 young Harriers were in action.

In the main 10K race, Peter Chambers secured his 2nd Lexus Croydon 10K title in a new lifetime best of 32:21. Incredibly the next three Harriers home also got PB's after swapping positions throughout the race. David White broke his 3 year-old best in 33:58 in his finale race before moving to New Zealand for the winter. Ben Savill continued his rapid rise clocking 34:26 and Jake English's improvement was evident in his 35:14. They were 4th, 5th and 6th.

Kartik Iyer (Wilson's School) got the better of a number of teachers also in action in 38:00 battling hard with colleague David Brown who was two seconds behind him. They were 15th and 16th.

Sam Clayton was 23rd in 38:32 and Omar Harhara was 25th on his senior 10k debut in a solid 38:47. Laurence Johnston's return from injury continued encouragingly clocking 39:38 for 29th. Colin Oxlade meanwhile was one second on the wrong side of the 40 minute barrier, but a cracking run still meant he broke the M55 club record for the 10K course in the process.

Other Harriers also in action were:
40:51 Neil Aikman
41:57 Abdesselam Moustakim
42:14 Dane Lawrence
43:46 Kieron Connor
43:56 Stevie Lawrence
44:42 Julian Dillow
47:09 Keith Brown
47:16 James Moore
50:21 Naomi Carty
55:05 Miriam De Souza
56:08 Yogesh Rathore
57:52 Josie Kavanagh

by: Croydon Harriers | 16th Oct 2014 07:44:36
Notice of the 2014 Annual General Meeting
to be held at
7.30pm on Wednesday 19th November in the Clubhouse

All Members are invited to attend the Club Annual General Meeting to choose the new Committee Members responsible for managing the Club and acting as Charity Trustees for the year ahead. Please put this date in your diary NOW and support your Club! Refreshments will be served and there may even be some cakes and biscuits.

Apart from appointing the new Club Officials and Committee, the official business of the AGM will be to receive the Annual Report and the audited Club accounts; to appoint any Life Members proposed by the Committee; to consider proposals to revise the Club rules, to determine the Club subscriptions for 2015 and to appoint the Club Auditor.

We would especially welcome suggestions from Members about anything extra they would like to see the Club or maybe isn't doing well enough or any other improvements they would like to see.

If you have any nominations for the Committee or other Club positions or for Life Membership, these should be sent to the address below so as to arrive no later than Friday 31st October using the slip below (and continuing on another sheet, if necessary). If you are not interested in holding an official position but would be happy to lend an occasional hand, then please feel free to come along and speak to one of our Committee Members at the AGM or on a training evening.

Just a couple of hours a month would make a valuable contribution!
You can also use the slip below to propose a topic for discussion at the formal AGM.

Kind regards,

Peter Roberts,
General Secretary
14th October 2014

by: Croydon Harriers | 13th Oct 2014 11:39:02
Croydon Harriers kicked off their cross-country winter campaign in encouraging fashion on Saturday at the Surrey men's and women's league races on Saturday. At Richmond Park Stevie Lawrence made her senior debut in the Surrey women’s league.

She finished fourth in the Under 20 category and 60th overall in 28 minutes and 15 seconds over the 6km course.

In the young athlete's races, Jessica Moore was 17th in the under 15's race with support from Ellie McCormack (35th), ensuring Croydon placed eighth in the team competition.

In the under 17 ranks, Naomi Carty (9th) returned to the fold with back-up from Josie Kavanagh (11th) contributing to the team finishing third overall.

The club's future looked encouraging in the under 13 girl's ranks with a Croydon trio led home by Cassandra Howard (49th) followed by Kyra Sethna McIntosh (52nd) and Leanne Moore (57th). The team placed 12th overall.

The men's team meanwhile made their first appearance in the league's top flight at Farthing Downs in Coulsdon for the first time in 15 years, following three promotions in five seasons.

The 22-strong Harriers outfit battled hard against tough opposition, and eventually placed 8th out of the nine competing teams.

Peter Chambers achieved his top ten aim at the first time of asking, finishing ninth and 1st under 20 male in a high quality field, finishing the 5.4 mile course in 29 minutes and 30 seconds.

He was backed up by Ben Savill (44th, 31:36), David White (51st, 31:57), Jake English (52nd & 3rd U20, 31:58) and Brendan Murphy (69th, 32:57).

The rest of the scoring ten comprised of Brunel's Alex Penfold (83rd, 33:31), senior débutante Kartik Iyer (115th, 35:33), Neil Aikman (36:03), Loughborough Uni's Patrick Lucas (122nd, 36:23) and club stalwart Alan Burn (126th & 7th M50, 36:40).

A further dozen Harriers were in action. Colin Oxlade, Glenn Barden, Mark Maginn, David Brown, Mohsin Harhara, Derham Moutaskim, Rod Harrington, Julian Dillow, Keith Brown, Robert Rye and Norman Hemming made up the rest of the team.

Full Result : Kent (218), Thames Hare & Hounds (299), South London (365), Hercules Wimbledon (400), Ranelagh (420), Herne Hill (438), Belgrave (605), Croydon (612), Reigate (738).

With just two clubs to go down, Croydon will hope for a timely boost at the next league fixture at Lloyd Park on the 8th November.

In the young athlete's race, Omar, Kieron, Jordan, Matis, Fergus and Emmanuel were in action against all clubs in Surrey in this newly revamped competition.

Omar was first home in 20th, with training partner Kieron hot on his heels in 21st. Jordan, fresh from his Riddlesdown ParkRun PB placed 58th. Matis was 75th and was closely followed by debutante Fergus Smith in 77th. They were 26th and 28th respectively in the under 13s race.

It isn't too late to enter the Lexus Croydon 10K road race, taking place on Sunday 19th October at Lloyd Park at 10.15am. Entries will be available on the day from 8.30am. All abilities welcome. For more information visit the Nice Work Website All voluntary help welcomed! Please come forward if you can spare a few hours to help us on Sunday morning!

Registered Charity No. 1125648