by: Croydon Harriers | 27th Jul 2015 12:40:12
Three young sprint relay teams from Croydon Harriers tasted victory in the Club Connect 4x100m races at the Anniversary Games at the Olympic stadium last Friday evening. Eight teams from Croydon got the chance to compete in the invitational event organised by British Athletics.

English schools trio Marcia Sey, Rhiannon Gayle, Mariam Ojobowale were joined by Kayla Bowley to clinch victory in the under 15 girl's race in 48.15secs by just five hundredths of a second from an ever closing Enfield and Haringey.

The performance sends them to number one in the UK for their age group (even ahead of County teams) and betters the club record set earlier in the season.

There were also wins for the Under 17 men (Dylan Gordon, Chuks Ajeh, Verter Opong-Kyei and Tyrese Johnson-Fisher ) and the Under 13 girls.

The Under 13 boy's quartet finished 2nd (Ayo Salako, Tyvon Inniss, Raid Boukari and Ange Gbeyo ) and broke an eight year club record in the process with a time of 50.58secs. The junior male counterparts were third in their race but the team of Shanard Jackson, Daniel Luke, Robert Sakala and Aaron Adekoya broke a 29 year-old club record in 42.89secs.

The under 20 women finished fourth after three disqualifications from other teams in their race and the under 15 boys were runners-up.

But there was heartbreak for the under 17 women, who were disqualified after a dropping the baton at the first changeover.


In the main event itself, Martyn Rooney finished 6th in 45.73secs in the 400m. In the 100m, James Dasaolu made the final with a season's best of 10.12secs.

At the Lily B League, Croydon's girls booked their place in the final by winning their fixture at Sutton Arena by over 100 points from closest rivals Herne Hill.

Elsewhere at the UKYDL U20s U17s Southern Premier 2 fixture at a rain affected meeting at the K2 at Crawley, Croydon's junior team had their relegation confirmed after another sixth place finish.

There were however bright notes in the form of a new club record in the under 17 women's 4x300m and Emma Fossett beating this year's English Schools champion in the under 20 women's javelin.

In Masters action, Tony Richards scooped four medals at the British Masters Championships in Birmingham. He struck silver in the javelin (31.06m) and shot putt (10.93m) and bronze in the discus (38.77m) and weight throw (10.11m). Linda Oxlade was third in the W60 triple jump.

In road running action, at the Elmbridge 10K, Glenn Barden kept the Croydon flag flying with his 2nd quickest time over the distance in 36 minutes and 36 seconds finishing in 38th. James Moore (115th, 40:30) and Norman Hemming (19th M60, 57:49) completed the scoring trio.

In ParkRun action, Jake English was first home at Crystal Palace (18:01), while Saarah Nawaz and Anna Corby were 2nd and 3rd in the women's category at Lloyd Park. Jordan O'Dongo was third in the men's category.

by: Croydon Harriers | 17th Jul 2015 12:05:48
Coach Clarence (pictured on the left) is away for the next fortnight, meaning there is no Under 11 session on Tuesdays at 6.15pm.

All under 11's are instead encouraged to attend the Croydon Athletics Academy sessions instead on Mondays and Wednesdays with Coach Jim and his coaching team at 5.15pm, also at Croydon Arena.

Coach Clarence returns on the 4th August

by: Croydon Harriers | 14th Jul 2015 15:01:39
Croydon Harriers' young sprinters will get the chance to compete at the Anniversary Games at the Olympic Stadium, having been invited to compete in the Club Connect relay challenge on the evening of Friday 24th July.

Croydon have always enjoyed a rich sprinting heritage, and have enjoyed much success in the 4x100m over the years especially recently under the guidance of Coach Paul .

Just this year, our under 15's girls broke the club record in 49.0secs, and they went onto set a championship record at the London Youth Games in the same event.

Croydon will be competing in all 4 young athlete age groups, ranging from Under 13s,15s,17s and 20s, boys and girls. So 8 races in all.

If you are a sprinter, Coach Paul will have details shortly. It could be you going to the Olympic Stadium to compete in front of tens of thousands of people!

by: Croydon Harriers | 9th Jul 2015 08:40:07
Attention Croydon Harrier members! For those of who have visited the track recently will know that the building work for the new Oasis Academy Arena is well under way. As such, we will be moving out of our current clubhouse (which is set for demolition) and into the new one by the start finish line very shortly.

Therefore! Clubhouse moving days will be as follows:

Sunday 26th July - 9am onwards until dusk - main objectives to pack up what we want to move and throw out / put aside what we are not moving.

Sunday 2nd August 9am onwards until dusk - the actual moving of things from clubhouse to clubhouse and into storage units.

The above tasks are not easy and we will need substantial help. Even if you can only contribute a few hours, all help will be really appreciated for this.

Andy Del Nevo is organising this please get in contact if you can help. Many thanks!

by: Croydon Harriers | 6th Jul 2015 13:49:05
Croydon Harriers' men's and women's team kept up their promotion hopes to the Southern Athletics League's top tier after a hard fought runner-up finish at Croydon Arena on Saturday. The hosts lost out to division leaders Belgrave, who were bolstered by GB international Will Sharman who broke the league and stadium record in the 110m hurdles during the meeting.

Croydon had been trailing in third for most of the day, but a late rally soon saw them pull clear of Bexley (181pts) on 193pts, 17 shy of Belgrave.

It was a fruitful day in the middle-distance ranks, with Dom Nolan making a welcome return to the Croydon fold winning tactical 800m (2:01.5) and 1500m (4:12.37) races respectively. He was backed up by Kieron Connor (2:01.91) and Alex Penfold (4:24.75) respectively in the B races to secure maximum points.

Women's captain Stevie Lawrence (800m, 2:20.67) and debutant Saron Haileselase (1500m, 4:49.15) secured wins in the women's equivalent events.

In the men's 3000m steeplechase, Ernie Hann won on his event debut in a well paced 10:57.59 and Glenn Barden pulled away in the B event in a lifetime best of 11:13.70 to make a double first.

Sam Haswell (3.60m) and Emmanuel Thomas (3.10m) bagged a double win in the pole vault.

Croydon's 4x100m team recorded a time of 44.75secs to edge home as victors. Twinelle Hopeson enjoyed a double win in the 100m (12.21sec) and 100m hurdles (15.00secs).

On the field Cora Sexton leapt to 9.48m on her competitive return by just 3cm, and Zoe Fossett won the B event by 7cm in 8.49m. Zoe would also secure a B win in the javelin with younger sister Emma topping the A standing in 34.34m. Saskia Navratnam was a clear victor in the discus in 34.60m.

The team was also crucially underpinned with team members rallying in unfamiliar events. James Eccles (six events) and women's team manager Amy Dowsett (six events and both relays) provided vital contributions and scored 20 points between them.

The senior's squad's fate will be decided in the final fixture of the season at fellow promotion hopefuls Dartford on the 15th August.

At the London Youth Games, a joint outfit from Croydon and South London Harriers teamed up to represent the Borough of Croydon.

The girl's squad would finish fifth overall, the Borough's highest finish in over five years, and the boy's would place eighth out of the 32 competing Boroughs.

English Schools hopefuls Marcia Sey and Rhiannon Gayle teamed up with Kayla Bowley and Ines Karel-Zepa to set a new championship record of 49.3secs in the girl's 4x100m for a dominating victory. The boy's team of Luke Mulley, Israel Ospinah, Ezra Rodrigues and Sheyon Sinclair won bronze. Rodrigues had earlier scooped silver in the individual 200m.

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