by: Croydon Harriers | 12th Nov 2014 21:53:07
Croydon Harriers' men's team battled hard in the face of stiff opposition on Saturday at the 1st Division of the 2XU Surrey cross-country league at Lloyd Park.

The hosts had 22 men in the main field boasting some of the best athletes in the County, and eventually placed eighth in the nine-team fixture.

Lexus Croydon 10K winner Peter Chambers led the squad home in ninth in 26 minutes and 58 seconds, the same position he placed in the first fixture last month.

He was backed up by Sussex student Ben Savill (51st, 29:13), Jake English (76th, 30:21), Brunel student Alex Penfold (94th, 31:10), David Brown (97th, 31:19) and Loughborough student Patrick Lucas (111th, 31:56).

The scoring ten was completed by Alan Burn (118th, 32:12), Laurence Johnston (122nd, 32:37), Neil Aikman (125th, 32:49) and a returning Sam Clayton (126th, 33:01). 190 finished the race.

The result leaves Croydon occupying one of the relegation berths with two fixtures remaining.

Glenn Barden, Colin Oxlade, Mark Maginn, Kartik Iyer, Derham Moustakim, James Moore, Julian Dillow, Robert Rye, Andy Del Nevo, Keith Brown and Eric Campbell were also in action.

Full result: Kent (193), Thames Hare & Hounds (316), South London (377), Hercules Wimbledon (383), Belgrave (406), Herne Hill (417), Ranelagh (534), Croydon (698), Reigate (771).

Standings after two fixtures: Kent (411), Thames Hare & Hounds (615), South London (742), Hercules Wimbledon (783), Herne Hill (855), Ranelagh (954), Belgrave (1011), Croydon (1310), Reigate (1509).

In the young athlete's race, Omar Harhara led the Croydon contingent home with a thirteenth position in the 115-strong field. The rest of the scoring quartet consisted of Kieron Connor (25th), Luke Wakeling (27th) and Jordan O'Dongo (44th) to ensure the team placed fifth overall.

In the Under 13 ranks, Matis Godet was first home for the hosts in 89th and followed by Fergus Smith (92nd), Robbie Tambling (101st) and Theo Flanagan (105th). The team finished 10th overall.

Adam Shew, Dane Lawrence, Sherwin Ataee, Caleb & James Drummond were also in action.

This weekend sees the Borough of Croydon take on the best runners in London at the 38th Balfour Beatty London Youth Games at Parliament Hill.

Special thanks to all those who helped and made today happen, you are all stars including: Mike S, Nicola, Carol, Caroline, Don, Gordon, John, Simon, Marney, James, Jessica, Leanne, Glenn, Keith, Amy, Rob, Mohsin .

With thanks to Andy at ReportLab who helped us get the results out so quickly.

This week's ParkRun results
This week's winner of the furthest Croydon ParkRunner of the week award goes to young Kyra Sethna-McIntosh for her efforts at Exeter Riverside, becoming the first Croydon Harriers to run there.

by: Croydon Harriers | 11th Nov 2014 09:23:08
We are excited to announce that we've been given seven nominations in the Sports Awards organised by ESSN Media (who produce the Croydon Advertiser)! In the Sports Star of the Year Category - Martyn Rooney has been nominated after his 4th at the Commonwealth Games 400m.

He then added double Gold at the European Championships (moments I'm sure our members will never forget that's for sure!) - Voting Code 5004

In the Young Sports Star category - English Schools junior boys 100m champion Tyrese Johnson-Fisher (Code 5021) and English Schools finalist Damien Powell (5019) are nominated for their great sprinting seasons.

In the Young team of the year category - The London Youth Games Gold medal winning 4x100m team of Chanice Gordon, Ola Olufemi-Krakue, Toisin Salami & Naomi Hoosang-Robinson feature (5031) and the entire junior team features for their efforts in Prem 2 of the UKYDL (5033).

In the Sporting Moment of the year category - Lisa Harris is nominated after winning the women's race at the Croydon Half Marathon back in the spring.

In the Coach of the Year section Matthew Kiernan is nominated (5036), and also featuring is William Tambling - father of Under 13 cross-country runner Robbie Tambling who does some great charity work for Shelton Athletic FC (5040).

To vote, text to 63333 - SU SPORT the voting code your door number and then your post code so for example "SU SPORT 5019 1 SE25 4QL" or pick up a Croydon Advertiser and use the coupon. Voting closes on the 23rd Nov.

Well done to all who are nominated.

by: Croydon Harriers | 7th Nov 2014 12:48:38
The 2014 Club Awards dinner is nearly here! Taking place at Trinity School on Friday 28th November, 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

Here is the link to book and pay for places at the ceremony - book your place today!

Double European gold medallist Martyn Rooney is a confirmed guest for the evening.

Everyone is welcome to attend this great club event. All award winners have been notified separately via email.

Attendees will receive a three-course meal. The awards will be accompanied by a multimedia presentation (which will be available a few days afterwards in video form) and music idents for each award winner. There will also be a club raffle - prizes to be confirmed.

Club legend Don Webb will be presenting once again, and is currently preparing all the trophies for the presentation.

A selection of photos from last year's ceremony can be viewed on the sidebar.

For all things club awards based, check out our Club Awards page which has previous photo galleries, videos and a database of all previous awards winners for over a hundred trophies.

by: Croydon Harriers | 3rd Nov 2014 22:09:06
Croydon Harrier Peter Chambers clocked the second and fourth fastest individual times at the Priory cross-country relays in Reigate on Saturday. The UCL student's recent good form continued at apace on leg one in the competitive field, clocking 13 minutes and 18 seconds.

It was the fourth fastest time of the day, for the 2.5 mile course and he handed over in the lead. The remaining members of the scoring quartet Glenn Barden (16:44, 87th), Derham Moustakim (17:45, 129th) and Neil Aikman (17:08, 106th) ensured Croydon would place 17th in the 54 team field.

Chambers would later run on third leg for the B team and went three seconds quicker than his first effort to record the second fastest time of the afternoon. The B squad would eventually finish 29th, with Robert Rye (181st, 19:42), Matthew Kiernan (105th, 17:08) and Andy Del Nevo (172nd, 19:21) completing the squad. 213 runners completed the race.

In the women's event, Stevie Lawrence particularly shone, finishing eighth in a field of over a hundred runners in 17:18. Radhika Shanmuganathan and Jules Williams completed the trio and ensured the team finished 27th with 35 teams closing in.

The event also served as a chance to give outgoing road running secretary and all-round club legend Mike Caudwell his cup for outstanding service. He was awarded it from his successor Neil Aikman .


At the Downs League at Epsom racecourse, four young Harriers tackled treacherous conditions on Sunday morning. Kyra Sethna-McIntosh (28th) and Leanne Moore (36th) kicked off proceedings in the under 11 race. Jordan O'Dongo propelled himself to sixth in the under 15's race and Jessica Moore was third in the girl's competition.


In the pick of the ParkRun action, Croydon had a double first at Lloyd Park and four of the top six overall. Rob Spalding picked up his third ParkRun win in 18:37 and was closely followed by Kieron Connor (4th, 19:00), Sam Clayton (5th, 19:03) and Alan Burn (6th, 19:07). Wallington pupil Jessica Moore was first home in the women's category in 23:23.

This week's "Further Harrier ParkRunner of the Week" Awards goes to Terry Hall who raced at Hereford ParkRun, the first Harrier to do so.

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 .

Park sessions will be held on the Sunday 9th and 16th November at Lloyd Park at 10am. And potentially one at Farthing Downs on the 30th at Midday for anyone keen.

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

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