by: Croydon Harriers | 26th Jul 2016 09:56:12
There are various holidays for our club coaches coming up, if you are a club member please see below to see if you are affected.

Tuesday 2nd August - Coach Alan is away, his group will be with Coach Matthew instead on this evening.

Tuesday 2nd and Thursday 4th August - Coach Paul is away so the usual sprinting sessions he runs will be postponed. He returns on the 9th August. If Under 14 sprinters would like to continue training in his absence then you can attend the Croydon Athletics Academy on Monday 1st or Wednesday 3rd, or attend Coach Alan's group on the Tuesday or Thursday which starts at 7pm. Sprinters over the age of 16 and wish to continue training can join Coach Matt Pepper on these dates if they wish to continue training.

Tuesday 16th and Thursday 18th August - Coach Matt (middle-distance / endurance groups) is away. Training remains on as usual for the middle-distance and endurance groups. Matt returns on the 23rd August.

Coach Mike will be away for the duration of the Rio Olympics.

Coach Paul and his young charges #mülleranniversarygames

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by: Croydon Harriers | 25th Jul 2016 16:18:28
Five Croydon Harrier young athlete sprint relay teams were victorious at the Anniversary Games on Friday evening in front of a packed house at the Olympic Stadium.

he 4x100m teams were competing in the Club Connect relays organised by British Athletics.

The Under 15 girls quartet ran the 2nd fastest time for their age group in history for the 4x100m in 47.61secs thanks to Marcia Sey, Kayla Bowley, Toni Bryan and Zoe Dake .

The Under 17 women's squad (Tosin Salami, Rhiannon Gayle, Esinam Dake and Chanice Gordon ) broke the club record in 47.64secs.

Another club record fell courtesy of the Under 17 men (Ayo Daniel, Samir Williams, Micah Francis-Dwyer and Romell Glave ) who clocked 42.09secs.

The Under 13 Boys (Reshayne Bailey, Ayo Salako, Xander Collins and Russell S Dacosta ) and Under 13 Girls (Serena Angoua, Tamia Meggie-Graham, Shannon Hutchinson and India Toasland ) were also triumphant.

The Under 15 Boys were 2nd, Under 20 women 3rd and Under 20 Men were fourth.

On Sunday, Croydon's junior team took a surprise win at home at Croydon Arena in the season's finale of the UK Youth Development League.

Lekan Ogunlana triumphed in the high jump in 1.80m.

Jordan O'Dongo won the under 17 men's 800m and Ezra Rodrigues also topped the 100m hurdles standings in the same age group.

Emmanuel Thomas enjoyed a double 1st in the high jump and pole vault.

In the Under 17 women's section, Jessica Moore won the 1500m in 5:08.4 and Ola Olufemi-Krakue enjoyed a double 1st in the long and triple jump.

Event Lge Event Lge Event Lge
1 K&P 1769 19 1 CRD 489 7 1 Kingston AC & Polytechnic 2185 23
2 C&W 1723 17 2 BTN 445 6 2 Camberley/Woking AC 2166 22
3 STN 1513 15 3 C&W 443 5 3 Croydon Harriers 1918 17
4 WNC 1455 13 4 K&P 416 4 4 Southampton AC 1886 17
5 CRD 1429 10 5 TSX 376 3 5 Winchester & D AC 1759 14
6 BTN 1189 6 6 STN 373 2 6 Brighton & Hove AC 1634 12
7 TSX 1048 4 7 WNC 304 1 7 Team Sussex 1424 7

With thanks to all our helpers and officials, you are all stars!

At the Elmbridge 10K, six Harriers kept the Croydon flag flying. Jake English continued his recent good to finish 13th in the Surrey Road League race in 34:51.

Mark Lynch was 58th (37:45) followed by Glenn Barden in 38:27 (73rd). The rest of the team comprised of James Moore (40:58, 125th), Oliver Hosken (225th, 45:53) and Keith Brown (14th M60, 47:42) out of the 584 finishers.

Coach Paul and his young charges #mülleranniversarygames

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by: Croydon Harriers | 21st Jul 2016 15:27:08
This summer Croydon Council and Croydon Harriers are proud to launch our FREE Athletics Summer School for children aged 6-18 thanks to the Mayor of London's FreeSport scheme.

Children will be given the chance to try out running jumping and throwing, with all sessions led by our experienced coaches.

All sessions take place at Croydon Arena and start at 1.30pm.

They will be taking place on the following dates:
22nd August
23rd August
24th August
25th August
30th August
31st August
1st September

Could you be a future member of team GB?!

Book your place today by emailing Matt on the following link, supplying your child's full name and age

See you there!

by: Croydon Harriers | 18th Jul 2016 12:06:17
Croydon's young athletes finished a solid third place in the UK Youth Development League Southern Premier 2 finale at Croydon Arena on Saturday.

The hosts finished third on a competitive afternoon in the league's 2nd tier, which lifted them above Herne Hill in the final league standings to finish in the same position. The result means they finish just outside the top two promotion berths.

Xander Collins won the under 13 boy's 75m hurdles by a hair's breadth, before assisting Russell S Dacosta take maximum points in the shot putt. He also jumped 1.30m in the B high jump, while debutant Ovie Whiskey cleared 1.43m to take the spoils.

English Schools champion Kayla Bowley continued her impressive form winning the under 15 girl's 100m (12.3s) and 200m (24.9s), the latter was an even maximum thanks to fellow English Schools representative Toni Bryan who won the B race in 25.7s.

In the under 13 girl's ranks, India Toasland and Shannon Hutchinson ensured a double win in the 75m.

The sprint relay teams won all four races, a fact which bodes well ahead of Croydon's trip to the Olympic stadium on Friday where they will be competing at the Anniversary Games in the Club Connect Relays.

1 PSM 538.5 1 City of Portsmouth AC 2123 23
2 HVG 527 2 Havering AC 2050.75 19
3 HHH 508 3 Croydon Harriers 1954.75 14
4 CRD 492.5 4 Herne Hill Harriers 1922 14
5 HRW 400 5 Harrow AC 1745.25 10
6 E&H 294 6 Enfield & Haringey AC 1078 4

Dom Nolan clocked 3 minutes 53.36 seconds for the 1500m at the British Milers Club meeting at Watford. He moves up to 13th on the club's all-time lists.

The ever-improving Romell Glave finished 1st at the SIAB International in the intermediate boy's 200m representing the English Schools.

Five Harriers were in action at the high class Loughborough EAP Open meeting on Saturday. Paul Ogun won the long jump by a centimetre with a 7.06m effort. Twinelle Hopeson put her injury worries behind her with a new lifetime best of 14.04seconds over the 100m hurdles. It moves her up to 8th on the all-time club rankings list.

In the third heat of 100m, three Croydon athletes all raced each other with Samuel Osewa winning in 10.56secs from Lee McLaughlin (10.71secs). Tyrese Johnson-Fisher was 5th in that heat in 11.03secs. All three lowered their times in the 2nd round of races to 10.38s / 10.66s / 10.99secs respectively.

McLaughlin also ran the 200m in 21.89secs.

At the Elmore 7-mile road race, Croydon finished an unofficial 6th position their best result in many years in the Surrey Road League competition.

Jake English finished 10th in 40:45, Ernie Hann was 35th (45:20) and Glenn Barden 44th (46:43). Keith Brown supplied non-scoring support in 149th in the 300-strong field.

At the Newham 10K, Alex Penfold finished 14th in 35:42 and Ben Savill finished 4th at the Brighton Phoenix 10K in 32:19.

Croydon Harriers Vets teams (Over 35), completed their Summer series of League competitions, at Croydon Arena with both the men's and women's team finishing one place higher than last year in the final standings.

The Women's team finished 3rd on the night and third in the league, with notable performances from Mandy Rowley-Jones , who won the triple jump with a leap of 7.79m and was placed 3rd in the Javelin and Discus. Linda Oxlade was top points scorer on the night with seconds in the Triple Jump and Discus and two thirds in the Javelin and 100m. Miriam DeSouza making her season debut competed in the 400 and 1500m. Jules Williams was the teams other individual winner in the 2K Walk and had a second in the Discus, she also completed in the 100m and High Jump, whilst also picking up the award for most points scored throughout the season.

The Men's team finished 5th on the night, but fourth overall. Tony Richards was the only winner on the night in the in the Javelin, with a second in the shot. Ian Statter was Second in the 2k walk and top points scorer on the night also competing in the Javelin, high jump,long jump and 4 x 100m Relay. Chris King had a good second place in the Shot. The team were backed up by James Moore, Mark Maginn Dave Warren and Andy Del Nevo , who won the overall points trophy for the season.

by: Croydon Harriers | 12th Jul 2016 15:49:10
Croydon Harrier Martyn Rooney became a double European 400m champion in Amsterdam. He became the first Briton to defend his title since Roger Black.

Last year's captain for GB now faces an anxious wait to see if he has qualified for the individual 400m in Rio.

Fellow Croydon Harrier James Dasaolu bagged his first international relay medal when he helped GB win gold in the 4x100m. He teamed with Ujah, Ellington and Gemili.

Over a dozen Croydon Harriers were in action at the prestigious English Schools championships in Gateshead last weekend.

Kayla Bowley won the junior girl's 200m in 24.91secs to clinch gold. In the same event, Romell Glave won the inter boy's category in 22.00secs to also top the podium.

Marcia Sey glided to victory in the junior girl's 75m hurdles in 11.06secs.

Ashleigh Clarke was the club's fourth individual medal winner, notching bronze in the senior girl's 100m in 12.35secs.

Three-time English schools medallist Sophie Elliss just missed out on the podium placing fourth in the senior girl's 100m hurdles in 14.46secs. Israel Ospina also narrowly missed out on a medal in the junior boy's 300m, but did clock a club record in 36.54secs.

Further top eight finishes came courtesy of Ola (inter girl's triple jump, 8th), Emmanuel Thomas (inter boy's pole vault, 6th) and Tosin Salami (inter girl's 100m,7th).

Also in action for Surrey were Jude Russell (junior boy's 80m hurdles, 11.83secs), Lekan Ogunlana (senior boy's high jump, 1.94m), Rhiannon Gayle (inter girl's 300m, 42.53secs) and Toni Bryan (junior girl's 100m, 12.66secs).

At a high quality 2nd division fixture of the Southern Athletics League at Croydon Arena, Croydon's men's and women's team finished runners-up to division leaders Blackheath and Bromley.

Patrick Lucas enjoyed a dead heat win in the 400m (52.33secs) while there were clean sweeps in the endurance events thanks to Ben Savill (1500m & 3000m) with support from Jake English and Alex Penfold who provided B wins. James Eccles triumphed in the 110m hurdles and Paul Ogun scooped a double win in the long and triple jump. The men's 4x100m clocked their fastest time in two years thanks to captain Kyle Andrews, Sami Williams, Micah Francis-Dwyer and Ayo Daniel . A notable 2nd came from Richmond Baah in the javelin who threw over 50m to finish 2nd to a 71m effort from the National champion Matti Mortimore from Ipswich.

In the women's section, Twinelle Hopeson and Zoe Fossett secured maximum points in the 100m hurdles.

At the Ebbisham Boy's league in Coulsdon, Croydon's boy's squad returned to the 1st division as winners of the 2nd division title. With thanks to team managers Angela, Karen and Jim.

Croydon's master's men secured 4th and the master's women's team clinched 3rd after the season finale at Croydon Arena

In Inter-Counties action, Ned Quiney won the pole vault for Surrey in 4.84m. Kyle Andrews was 7th in the 100m. Emma Fossett missed on a club record by a centimetre throwing 37.50m to finish 4th.

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