by: Croydon Harriers | 23rd May 2015 22:46:05
Croydon Harriers notched 13 gold medals at the Surrey County Championships at Kingsmeadow this weekend.

In the showpiece men's 100m race, Lee McLaughlin stole the show winning in 10.69secs.

There was double gold on Sunday for multi-eventer Lekhan Ogunlana who threw 49.53m in the under 17 men's javelin and then leapt to 1.83m in the high jump.

Also on the field, 2014 English Schools Bronze medal winner Verter Oppong-Kyei jumped to 5.97m to win the under 17 mens long jump.

Three further triumphs came thanks to Croydon's throwers with Omar Reid (Under 20 Men's discus, 45.05m), Emma Fossett (Under 20 women's hammer, 34.57m) and Ange Gyebo (Under 13 Boy's shot, 10.95m) all finishing top of the pile.

The hurdles also proved a happy hunting ground for Croydon thanks to Obi Onyejekwe (Under 17 Men's 100m hurdles, 13.44secs) and Ezra Rodrigues (Under 15 Boy's 80m hurdles, 11.99secs). A returning Twinelle Hopeson triumphed in the women's 100m hurdles in 15.08secs.

Another three Gold's came courtesy of the 200m. Rhiannon Gayle particularly impressed in the Under 15 Girl's 200m in 25.41secs. Training partner Zoe Dake won the Under 13 Girl's 200m in 27.63secs and Daniel Luke stormed to a new lifetime best in the Under 20 Men's race in 21.94secs.

Omar Reid , Under 20 Men's discus, 45.05m
Obi Onyejekwe , Under 17 Men's 100m hurdles, 13.44secs
Ezra Rodrigues , Under 15 Boy's 80m hurdles, 11.99secs
Twinelle Hopeson , Women's 100m hurdles, 15.08secs
Rhiannon Gayle , Under 15 Girl's 200m, 25.41secs
Lee McLaughlin , Men's 100m, 10.69secs
Daniel Luke , Under 20 Men's 200m, 21.94secs
Verter Oppong-Kyei , Under 17 Men's long jump, 5.97m
Lekhan Ogunlana , Under 17 Men's high jump, 1.83m
Lekhan Ogunlana , Under 17 Men's javelin, 49.53m
Ange Gyebo , Under 13 Boy's shot putt, 10.95m
Emma Fossett , Under 20 women's hammer, 34.57m
Zoe Dake , Under 13 Girl's 200m, 27.63secs

Sam Haswell , Under 20 Men's pole vault, 3.55m
Kieron Connor , Under 17 Men's 800m, 1:59.15
Raid Boukari , Under 13 Boy's 75m hurdles, 13.62secs
Emma Fossett , Under 20 Women's javelin, 34.82m
Taylor Campbell , Under 20 Women's 100m hurdles, 15.93secs
Marcia Sey , Under 15 Girl's 75m hurdles, 11.40secs
Zoe Dake , Under 13 Girl's 100m, 13.25
Reegan Boyce , Under 17 Men's triple jump, 12.19m
Ange Gyebo , Under 13 Boy's 100m, 13.15m
Cassandra Howard , Under 13 Girl's javelin, 26.63m

Tyvon Inniss , Under 13 boy's 200m, 26.92secs
Zoe Fossett , Women's javelin, 27.48m
Sonyce Archer , Under 17 Women's javelin, 12.47secs
Tosin Salami , Under 17 Women's 100m, 12.36secs
Toni Bryan , Under 13 Girl's 100m, 13.32secs
Ugo Ajeh , Under 15 Boy's high jump, 1.55m
Zoe Fossett , Women's pole vault, 2.40m

by: Croydon Harriers | 18th May 2015 18:48:23
Plenty of volunteering opportunities coming up over the next weeks that we could do with some help with. Please come forward if you can!

Saturday 23rd May, Surrey Championships
We are selling a variety of spikes that have been donated to the club. Andy will be heading this up all day at Kingston however is competing between 10-12. If anyone is able to help with the stall between these hours your help would be greatly appreciated.

Wednesday 27th May, Rosenheim League 6-8.45pm
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.

Sunday 31st May, Southern Athletics League 12-4.45pm
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 | 18th May 2015 08:48:23
Croydon Harriers' junior team endured another tough afternoon in the UK Youth Development league Premier Two at Reading on Saturday. The under 17 and under 20 men and women finished sixth out of the six competing clubs, with squad numbers affected by injuries and exam season.

Despite this, a number of Croydon athletes posted encouraging performances ahead of the Surrey Championships.

Sprinters Chuks Ajeh (11.19secs, U17 Men's 100m) and Taylor Campbell (15.85m, Under 20 women's 100m hurdles) both notched wins.

Tosin Salami staked her claim for an English Schools place with a wind assisted double 1st in the under 17 women's 100m (12.27secs) and 200m (25.69secs).

She would later team up with Ola Olufemi-Krakue, Sonyce Archer and Chrissy-Marie Nangban to clock 49.70secs to secure victory in the 4x100m.

Emma Fossett (34.56m, Under 20 women's hammer) shone on the field and would later take 2nd in the javelin (35.23m) with Saskia Navratnam (14.69m) winning the B event.

The junior squad will be hoping to turn around their fortunes with two fixtures remaining with the next one on the 28th June at Croydon Arena.


The girl's team enjoyed better fortunes at the Lily B girl's league at Guildford finishing as runners-up.


On Wednesday, Croydon's men's team placed fourth overall out of the six competing clubs at the Rosenheim League at Battersea Park.

There were three third's courtesy of Jake English (3000m, 9:10), Chris King (hammer, 22.83m) and Andy Del Nevo (pole vault, 2.00m).

The 4x200m relay team of Samson Chinaka, Colm Teeluck, Nate Standing and Matthew Pepper notched runners-up spot in 1:39.24.

At the Lee Valley open meeting, Oje Izirein, Damien Powell and Rhys Edwards-Whittle were in action. Izirein clocked a PB of 11.69secs, while Powell (10.95secs) and Edwards-Whittle (11.38secs) notched season's bests ahead of next week's Surrey Champs.

In other Opens, Lee McLaughlin broke his PB for the 400m at Newham winning the 400m in 48.76s. He now ranks 17th on the club's all-time rankings for that event. Ben Savill also clocked a lifetime best in the 3000m recording a time of 9:08 in Brighton.

In ParkRun action, Anna Corby was first home in the women's category at Lloyd Park in 24:44. Jordan O'Dongo was sixth overall in 19:45.

At the Sutton 10K, David Brown was the first Harrier home in 37:57 to finish 38th in a field of 472 finishers. James Moore (115th, 42:19) and Norman Hemming (336th, 53:46) were also in action.

This weekend, sees Croydon take on the best in the County at the Surrey championships at Kingsmeadow in Kingston.


by: Croydon Harriers | 4th May 2015 20:29:15
Croydon's Under 13 and 15's team battled hard at the UK Youth Development League Southern Premier division at Southampton on Saturday but had to settle for sixth in the six-club match after a spirited display.

The division, which is the highest in the South of England, made for a tough competition, but there was still hope for the remainder for the season with eight A event wins and three event maximums.

Rhiannon Gayle notched a double win in the under 15 girl's 200m (26.1secs) and 300m (42.2secs) with Nayana Brown providing support in the B 300m (43.2secs) to make it maximum points.

The 300m proved a happy hunting ground for Croydon, with Ezra Rodrigues (39.7secs) and Ayo Daniel (40.2secs) winning the boy's equivalent.

In the sprint hurdles, English Schools hopeful Marcia Sey won the under 15 girl's 75m hurdles in 11.6secs and Serena Mitchell won the B event in 12.4secs.

On the field Kayla Bowley (4.84m, under 15 girl's long jump) and Ange Gbeyo (10.97m, under 13 boy's shot putt) both impressed with wins.

The under 13 boy's and under 15 girl's sprint relay teams closed the day in fine fashion with comprehensive victories.

Their next fixture is the 30th May at Norman Park in Bromley.

With thanks to our officials - Mike, Martin, John, Don, Carol, Caroline, Pearl & James


At the British University and Colleges Championships in Bedford, Damien Powell (St Mary’s College) reached the semi-finals of the 100m clocking 11.08secs. He narrowly missed out on a place in the final in a photo finish. Ben Savill (Sussex) clocked a lifetime best of 16:00.27 in the 5,000m finishing 11th in his heat.

At the Loughborough Trials, Dom Nolan opened his season in the 1500m finishing in 4:07.69 for sixth. Bradley Sims finished 4th in the 1.5kg Under 18 discus competition with a 42.10m effort and Rob Sakala was 2nd in the Under 18 110m hurdles in 14.54secs. At the Wimbledon Open, Sophie Ellis recorded times of 13.16secs and 26.8secs for the 100m and 200m.

In ParkRun action, Jake English was first at Burgess Park clocking 16 minutes and 36 seconds. Stevie Lawrence was runner-up in the women's category at Lloyd Park, Mark Lynch was seventh in the men's category.

At the Richmond Half Marathon, which doubles up as the Surrey Road League's opening fixture, David Brown set a new lifetime best of 79 minutes and 36 seconds to finish 22nd in a near 700-strong field. Glenn Barden also set a personal best in 83:05 finishing 36th. Keith Brown (326th, 1:50.17) and Norman Hemming (416th, 1:56.49) were also in action, the team finished 12th out of the 15 clubs that closed in.

by: Croydon Harriers | 27th Apr 2015 14:44:32
Croydon Harriers' men's and women's team made a solid start to their 2nd division Southern Athletics League campaign edging home to 2nd at St Albans on Saturday. The Harriers picked up ten victories during the afternoon, to place three points ahead of Basildon (158pts) and well clear of Cambridge & Coleridge (144pts). St Albans topped the standings on 208.

15 year-old Chuks Ajeh picked up a double win in the 100m & 200m on his senior debut. Team captain Matthew Pepper made it an event maximum in the B 200m adding to his B 400m victory secured earlier in the day.

Sam Haswell leapt to a new lifetime best in the pole vault clearing 3.50m, with Andy Del Nevo winning the B string in 2.40m for maximum points.

In the horizontal jumps, Verter Oppong-Kyei leapt to wins in the long jump (5.96m) and the triple jump (11.71m).

Oppong-Kyei then teamed with Ajeh, Capre Cole and debutant Samson Chinaka to win the 4x100m in 46.1secs.

In the 4x400m relay, Patrick Lucas, Matthew Pepper, Jake English and Kieron Connor teamed to edge home to take victory in 3:43.8.

In the women's section the throwers particularly shone with Saskia Navratnam winning the discus thanks to a 31.11m effort.

There was also an event maximum for the Fossett sisters in the javelin, with Emma throwing 34.01m and Zoe notching 27.11m.

Elsewhere valiant gap filling added to the Croydon points tally, none more so than in team manager Amy Dowsett who racked up eleven points having completed over 5km of running across five different events.

Croydon's next fixture in this league will be the 31st May at Croydon Arena.

At the Virgin London Marathon, Neil Aikman clocked three hours 3 minutes and 47 seconds. Matthew Kiernan (3:48.08) and Terry Lapins (4:32.18) were the other Harriers in action.

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