by: Croydon Harriers | 29th Sep 2014 18:56:07
There are less than three weeks to go until the annual Lexus Croydon 10K comes to town - one of the most popular road races held in the region.

This well-established race, hosted by Croydon Harriers athletics club, will be taking place on Sunday 19th October normally attracting fields of nearly 500 runners.

The race often attracts some of the best athletes in the region and starts at Lloyd Park Avenue before heading out to Sandilands and the surrounding area.

There is also a corporate team challenge with squads from Trinity School and Southwark Council already entered.

Prizes are on offer for all age groups from junior men & women to veterans aged 80+.

Runners of all abilities are always welcome to enter and for many runners every year this is often their first ever event.

For budding young athletes there is always the 3KM fun run which always proves a popular event for 9-14 year-olds.

The Lexus Croydon 10K has also acted as a fundraiser for many great causes over the years, and this time will be no different. A team of nearly 40 forty teachers from Fairchildes primary school are set to run to raise money for one of their pupils Malachi Reid to have a life changing operation.

10 year-old Malachi has cerebral palsy but has just been accepted to have an operation called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) in the US meaning he will have the chance to walk unaided. Malachi needs to raise 80K to cover the cost of the operation and the intense physiotherapy required after the operation.

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The Lexus Croydon 10K takes place on the 19th October 2014 for entry and event details visit here:

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This race can't happen without the help of nearly a hundred volunteers. If you can spare your time and want to come and volunteer for example in marshalling, setting up or refreshments then all help is very much appreciated.

by: Croydon Harriers | 29th Sep 2014 18:29:07
All of us at Croydon Harriers who would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Clive Thomas, a Croydon Harrier member in the 1970's and 80's.

Clive was a prodigious talent during his short time with us as a second claim member, helping Croydon to team silver at the Surrey cross-country championships on two occasions

He finished in the top ten in that event as an individual seven times.

He was a six-time gold medallist at the Surrey Outdoor Track and Field Champs, twice over 800m and four times over 1500m.

His lifetime bests speak for themselves:
800m - 1:51.2
1500m - 3:46.9
1 mile - 4:04.8
3000m - 8:07.6
5000m - 13:42.73
10000m - 30:13.3
3000m Steeplechase - 8:38.2


Clive attended our 90th anniversary dinner at Trinity School in 2010, please find his photo on the sidebar of this news item.

A full biography of Clive's life in athletics can be found below courtest of the Surrey County Athletics Association:
We regret to report the death of Clive Thomas on 22nd September 2014. Clive was a first-claim member of Thames Valley Harriers who he represented in Surrey Championships over 800m/1500m on the track and a second-claim member of Croydon Harriers who he represented in the cross-country championships during the 1970s and 1980s.

He represented Surrey at 3000m Steeplechase in the 1975 CAU Inter-Counties and was county 1500m champion in 1974, 1975 & 1976. He won the AAA Indoor 1500m title in 1974. His best performances include 1:51.3 for 800m, 3:43.6 for 1500m, 4:01.0 for the Mile, 13:42.73 for 5000m and 8:37.8 for 3000m steeplechase. He competed in the first London Marathon where his time was 2:29:58.

Clive was born in Wales and won the Welsh 1500m title in 1973. Whilst he was a teacher at Stockwell Manor School he discovered a rare talent in Wayne Tarquini who, as a member of Herne Hill Harriers, won the AAA Youth 800 metres in 1973. Both athletes were coached by Frank Horwill. Clive is remembered by the Hercules Wimbledon middle-distance runners as he used to train from Lauriston on Sunday mornings. Later, Clive and his wife Angela moved to Somerset when he took up a teaching post at Millfield School. He became a well-respected coach at Wells City Harriers.

Contributions from Pete Mulholland, David Cocksedge, Mike Fleet, Bob Holt, Steve Smythe & Clive Williams

by: Croydon Harriers | 22nd Sep 2014 23:17:32
Croydon Harriers young and old took on the best endurance athletes in Southern England last weekend at the South of England Road Relay championships in Aldershot. Five teams closed in across the age groups, including in the under 13 girls and women's fields for the first time in decades in this competition.

The Under 17 men enjoyed the highest position from the club during the weekend coming home in the top 25 out of the 46 teams that started.

Omar Harhara, Kieron Connor, Luke Wakeling and Rob Spalding completed their 4x3.8km race to finish 23rd.

The Under 13 girls trio of Cassandra Howard, Megan Driver and Kyra Sethna-McIntosh were 44th out of the 83 teams competing in the 3x2.2km challenge.

Josie Kavanagh and Fiona Kirby-Walker were also in action in the under 17 women’s race.

In the Under 15 boy's ranks, the quartet of Jordan O'Dongo, Emmanuel Thomas, Caleb and James Drummond were 44th out of the 55 teams that toed the start-line.

The women's team completed Saturday's action with Lisa Harris handing over in 26th position in the 68 club strong field. Stevie Lawrence, Jules Williams and Amy Dowsett brought the squad home in 55th.

On Sunday the men's team matched their female colleagues and also finished 55th out of the 85 teams that started. Peter Chambers particularly shone with his best time on the 6km course finishing in 19 minutes and 25 seconds handing over in 26th position.

He was solidly backed up by Jake English (20:03) and David White (20:24). David Brown (22:10), Glenn Barden (23:58) and Matthew Kiernan (25:03) completed the team.

In the pick of the ParkRun action, Jake English was 1st home at Crystal Palace and Jessica Moore was the winner of the women’s category at Lloyd Park.


In half marathon action, Alex Penfold was 72nd at the Bristol Half Marathon in 79:09. Norman Hemming was 6th M60 at the Reigate Half.

by: Croydon Harriers | 14th Sep 2014 21:09:53
Croydon Harriers' men's team finished seventh in a high quality field at the Will Bolton Cross-country relays at Sparrows Den on Saturday. Peter Chambers spearheaded the team's challenge finishing 7th overall in a field of over 230 runners, completing the 2.5 mile leg in 13 minutes and 10 seconds.

Mark Plackett (13:44, 17th), Patrick Lucas (15:32, 56th) and David Brown (15:11, 50th) completed the quartet.

A further three Harriers teams were on show in the race which comprised of nearly 60 teams in all.

The B squad of Neil Aikman (72nd, 16:07), James Moore (131st, 17:20), Dane Lawrence (107th, 16:42) and David Chambers (15:18, 51st) ran solidly for 19th overall.

The women's squad of Jules Williams (20:41), Stevie Lawrence (17:03), Miriam De Souza (20:56) and Isobel Harrington (21:58) finished 15th of the 19 women's teams that closed in.

A Croydon mixed team (Yvonne, Neil, Alan, Peter) finished 33rd and the men's C team (Rod, Keith, Andy and Derham) were 40th.

The mixed young athlete's team of Megan Driver, Jessica Moore and Joseph Lucas were 12th.

In the under 11's competition, Douglas Aikman (5:28), Kyra Sethna-McIntosh (5:28) and Sasha Howard (5:42) were 6th, 7th and 8th in the 1km race.

At the Surrey multi-events championships, Emmanuel Thomas scooped silver in the under 15 boy's pentathlon. The Beacon school pupil won the final event the 800m (2:26.97) having earlier gained runners-up finishes in the 80m hurdles (13.09secs) and shot putt (9.41m).

In the under 13 boy's pentathlon, Jack Ennis placed eighth out of the 14 competitors.

In the pick of the ParkRun action, there were two Croydon wins on Saturday thanks to Alex Penfold at Bognor Regis and Jake English triumphing for the twelfth time at Crystal Palace.

by: Croydon Harriers | 7th Sep 2014 23:16:06
Croydon Harriers' men's team finished third at the Surrey County Road Relays at Wimbledon on Sunday, ending a wait of over thirty years for a team medal at the event in the process.

Peter Chambers kicked off proceedings in the six-man event with the fifth fastest time of the day over the 3-mile course in 14 minutes and 51 seconds to handover in 2nd.

Ben Savill (15:31, 25th overall), Alex Penfold (16:03, 40th), David White (15:49, 36th) and Jake English (15:36, 29th) kept Croydon in the hunt, with the squad third heading into the final leg.

David Chambers (16:27, 52nd) valiantly held onto bronze in a thrilling finale, edging a chasing Hercules Wimbledon's B team by 15 metres. 17 teams closed in.
The last time Croydon’s men won a team medal in this event was in 1983, which was also bronze.

Kartik Iyer provided non-scoring support in 17:07, 74th out of 106.

The women's squad were also in relay action, with two-time Surrey Road League champion Lisa Harris continuing her good form on 1st leg for Croydon with the third fastest time of the day in 16 minutes 44 seconds. Handing over in second, Stevie Lawrence (19:30, 31st) maintained Croydon’s position. Miriam De Souza and Rhadika Shan completed the team and the squad would finish twelfth out of the 15 teams who closed in. We think this is the first time a women's team has closed in at this event since 1986, well done ladies !

The M40 team of Andy Del Nevo, James Moore, Neil Aikman and Colin Oxlade finished eighth in the thirteen team field in the Masters competition.

In the pick of the ParkRun action, David Brown picked up his fourth win at Riddlesdown ParkRun, while Jessica Moore finished 1st at Lloyd Park. Other top five finishes included Jake English (2nd, Hilly Fields), Sam Clayton (4th, Lloyd Park) and David Chambers (5th, Greenwich).


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