by: Croydon Harriers | 1st Feb 2016 13:55:16
Croydon Harrier Tyrese Johnson-Fisher stormed to the top of the UK indoor rankings for the under 17 men's 60m after triumphing at the London Indoor Games.

The 2014 English Schools 100m gold medallist clocked 6.89secs.

17 year-old Robert Sakala matched Johnson-Fisher's feat after he clocked 7.92secs for the 60m hurdles event to also go to the top of the UK rankings for the event.

Also in action over the men's 60m flat, were Lee McLaughlin (6.88secs), Damien Powell (6.98secs PB), Edwin Miles (7.16secs) and Oje Izirein (7.65secs).

At the South of England indoor championships, Harvard University student Elliot Safo clocked 7.01secs in his 60m quarter-final. Paul Ogun was fourth in the long jump final in 6.95m.

Nearly thirty Croydon Harriers took on the best in the South of England cross-country championships at Parliament Hill.

Three teams closed in in the young athlete's ranks with the under 13 boy's quartet faring the best of them in 29th. The team consisted of Zachary Blair (239th), Imran Salim (240th), Douglas Aikman (261st) and Murali Varathan (263rd).

The under 13 girls finished 33rd after being led home by Kyra Sethna-McIntosh (136th), Cassandra Howard (233rd), Sasha Howard (242nd) and Leanne Moore (250th).

In the Under 15 boy's ranks, Jordan O'Dongo (234th) led home the Croydon challenge, and was supported by Adam Shew (244th), Jonathon Long (248th) and Neal Kesterson (255th). Caleb Drummond and Ifetobi Salako provided non-scoring support.

There was also representation in other young athlete age groups thanks to Emily Howe (Under 20 women's race, 74th), Jessica Moore (142nd Under 15 girls) and Dane Lawrence (162nd Under 17 men).

In the men's race, Croydon placed 50th out of the 70 teams who closed in. Mark Lynch was 363rd, and good packing then followed thanks to David Brown (388th), Glenn Barden (394th), Dan Barnes (528th), Neil Aikman (619th) and Mark Maginn (620th).

In the pick of the ParkRun action, Jake English was 1st at the Crystal Palace ParkRun in 17 minutes and 41 seconds.

Alex Penfold finished third at the London Winter Run 10k in 33 minutes and 47 seconds.

by: Croydon Harriers | 18th Jan 2016 12:30:56
Thanks to the hard work of club members Atlanta Drummond and Ernie Hann - Addington Runners, a new Sunday road running group is beginning to take off since it's formation two months ago.

Meeting every Sunday at 10am at the Addington Interchange, the group caters for all abilities and does runs of 5km up to 10 miles. In short, all are welcome.

All those who have trained with the Addington Runners group thus far are more than welcome to join with the other Croydon Harrier sessions in the week which include Tuesday and Thursday session at Croydon Arena (6.45 for a 7pm start) and Wednesday road runs with Coach Neil at 6.30pm also from Croydon Arena.

Likewise all those who regularly attend the Croydon Arena sessions are also encouraged to attend the Addington Runners sessions.

Well done Atlanta and Ernie !

by: Croydon Harriers | 17th Jan 2016 22:08:52
Croydon Harriers' men's hopes of an immediate return to the top flight of the 2XU Surrey cross-country league hang in the balance after a fifth place finish at Priory Park in Reigate. The result leaves Croydon in 2nd place overall.

Just ten points adrift of leaders Dorking and Mole Valley and 18 points clear of Dulwich, with just two promotion slots available.

Ben Savill led the Croydon challenge, finishing fourth in 32 minutes and 39 seconds over the 5.5 mile course in the near 200 strong field. David White (20th, 34:28), Alex Penfold (21st, 34;38), Ernie Hann (25th, 34:54) and Jake English (34th, 36:30) enjoyed solid packing.

The remainder of the scoring ten consisted of Glenn Barden (60th, 36:36), Mark Lynch (63rd, 36:52), David Brown (64th, 36:58), Simon Loughran (86th, 38:34) and Neil Aikman (89th, 38:57).

A further nine Harriers supplied non-scoring support.



In the Surrey Women's League, Anna Corby kept the Croydon flag flying finishing 208th out of 380 competitors. Jessica Moore was 14th in the under 15 girl's race.

Kyra Sethna-McIntosh was the first under 13 girl home for Croydon in 15th in her highest finish in the league this season. Amelia Middleton (20th), Cassandra Howard (39th) and Sasha Howard (40th) completed the scoring quartet to ensure the Harriers finished seventh in the team race. Leanne Moore provided non scoring support in 41st.



At the Surrey Boy's league, Jordan O'Dongo (39th) was the first Harrier home, and was supported by Adam Shew (62nd) and Imran Salim (77th) out of 95 finishers.


In indoor athletics, Robert Sakala broke the seven second barrier in the 60m clocking 6.95secs. Ricardo King was also in action finishing in 7.48secs.

In ParkRun action, Isaac Flanagan was third at Lloyd Park, while Saarah Nawaz and Miriam De Souza scooped 1st and 2nd in the women's category.

Also at the Surrey League, Ben Savill and David Brown were belatedly presented their trophies won in 2015. Savill won the 10000m track trophy after his success at the Surrey championships and Brown won the men's cross-country, Surrey Road League and 10 mile road gongs.

by: Croydon Harriers | 12th Jan 2016 11:33:31
Croydon Harriers brought home four medals at the South of England Under 17/15 indoor championships at Lee Valley last weekend. Marcia Sey enjoyed a double gold in the under 15 sprint events first winning the 60m title in 7.82secs before doubling her tally of wins in the 60m hurdles triumphing in 8.83sec.

Both performances rank her number one in the UK for her age group this year, although it is still early days in the indoor season.

Training partner Rhiannon Gayle won silver in the under 15 girls 200m in 25.74secs. Kayla Bowley win bronze in the same race in 26.04secs. Bowley would also finish fourth in the 60m hurdles, and her male counterpart Ezra Rodrigues matched that feat in the boy's event in 8.60secs.

Mariam Ojobowale and Tosin Salami were in action in the 60m with the former just missing out on the final despite finishing runner-up in her semi-final. Salami also made the semis.

Ola Olufemi-Krakue was 11th in the under 17 women's triple jump.

Elsewhere over thirty Croydon Harriers competed at the Surrey cross-country championships at Denbies Vineyard in Dorking.

The men's team enjoyed their best team finish in the competition since 2004, placing 7th out of the 18 clubs who closed in. Sussex university student Ben Savill led home the Harriers finishing 16th in a stellar field of 231 finishers over the 7.5 mile course in 45:30. Loughborough student Dom Nolan (19th, 46:14) and debutant Chris Williams (32nd, 47:33) provided excellent support.

The remainder of the scoring six was completed by Mark Lynch (72nd, 50:57) who had finished 1st at Lloyd ParkRun 24 hours earlier, Colin Oxlade (115th, 54:15) and James Moore (139th, 56:22). Lynch was 53 places higher compared to last year.

In the junior women's race, St Mary's student Stevie Lawrence put herself in contention for county selection finishing sixth. Emily Howe (10th) and Anna Corby (12th) completed the scoring trio, with the squad finishing sixth overall in a competition jointly scored with the under 17 women's section.

Miriam De Souza kept the flag flying in the women's race.

Jessica Moore scooped the highest individual finish in the young athlete's ranks finishing 17th in the under 15 girls race. Kyra Sethna-McIntosh (32th) and Imran Salim (63rd) were the club's highest finishers in the under 13 girls and boys ranks while Dane Lawrence was 34th in the under 17 men's race.

The under 15 boys finished 9th thanks to Isaac Flanagan (36th), Jordan O'Dongo (44th), Adam Shew (60th) and Jonathon Long (67th).

by: Croydon Harriers | 4th Jan 2016 13:52:33
Over forty Croydon Harriers kicked off their indoor sprints season on Sunday at Sutton Arena at the South London Athletics Network open meeting. Two Croydon athletes topped their age groups over 60m on a competitive afternoon.

11 year-old Ayo Salako clocked 7.95secs in the under 13 boy's race, a time which would have ranked him third in the UK in the event in 2015.

Colleague Zoe Dake matched that feat in the under 13 girls ranks, crossing the line in 8.35secs, just two hundredths clear of teammate Rachel Largie-Poleon to make it a Croydon one-two in the age group. Both times would have ranked them in the top six for their age group in 2015.

Marcia Sey was a narrow runner-up in the under 15 girl's competition in a lifetime best of 7.85secs and Edwin Miles was also 2nd in the under 20 men's ranks in 7.11secs.

In the under 17 women's ranks there were two Croydon athletes in the top three, namely Mariam Ojobowale (7.90secs) and Tosin Salami (7.93secs) finishing second and third respectively.

Verter Oppong-Kyei was third in the under 17 men's competition in 7.32secs and Coralie Mido was fifth in under 20 women's category in 8.16secs.



In ParkRun action, there was a one-two-three for Croydon's girls at the Lloyd ParkRun thanks to Jessica Moore (24:15), Saarah Nawaz (25:38) and Anna Corby (26:13). Mark Lynch was runner-up overall in 19:59 the eighth time he has finished 2nd at the venue. Glenn Barden was fifth at Bromley in 18:22.

Norman Hemming completed the Tadworth Ten in 536th place.

This weekend sees Croydon's cross-country squad take on the best in the County at the Surrey Championships at Denbies Vineyard, and a clutch of sprinters travel to the South of England Indoor Championships at Lee Valley.

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