Good results for Croydon Harriers

First published in Athletics

Three Croydon Harriers enjoyed top 100 finishes while representing Surrey at the English Schools cross-country championships in Somerset, writes Matthew Kiernan.

Mark Plackett bowed out of the young athlete ranks in style finishing in 53rd in 24:55 over the 7.05km course in the senior boy’s race. He was the first finisher for Surrey. Peter Chambers was 78th (25:22) out of the 311 finishers, with the pair helping the county finish ninth in the team race.

Holly Haile’s solid form continued at apace thanks to a 47th place finish in the inter-girls category. She clocked 15.25 for the 3.75km course. She was the third Surrey finisher and helped the county take the team title and the overall aggregate point’s trophy.

In ParkRun action, Stevie Lawrence notched her fifth victory in the women’s race at Lloyd Park, winning in a new lifetime best of 20:18.

Omar Harhara (fourth overall, 19.31), Josie Kavanagh (fourth, 21.58), Ellie McCormack (fifth, 22.18) and Abbie Burrett (seventh, 23.35) were all in action at Roundshaw Downs.

On the road, Virgin London Marathon hopeful Mohsin Harhara completed the Spitfire 20 mile road-race in Cranleigh in two hours 55 minutes.

At the British Masters indoor championships at Lee Valley, Andy Del Nevo led the way with a gold medal in the M40 pole vault with a 2.90m effort.

Mandy Rowley-Jones bagged two W50 silvers in the triple jump (8.59m) and javelin (19.64m) in club record performances. Also on the field, Tony Richards also notched two medals with a bronze in the M60 discus (39.71m) and silver in the javelin (36.27m).

Colin Oxlade narrowly missed out in the M50 3000m having to settle for fourth in 10.05.57, while Linda Harrison topped the standings in the triple jump.

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