19 medals at the Surrey Indoor Championships for Croydon athletes
Croydon Harriers won nineteen medals, including seven gold at the Surrey Indoor Athletics Championships at the David Weir Leisure Centre last weekend.
The 60m proved to be the club’s most fruitful event, with four Croydon athletes triumphing in their respective age groups. Casielle Murray won gold in the Under 13 girl’s 60m, closely followed by her teammate Saray-Destiny Crosdale. There was a similar one-two in the Under 20 men’s race, with Ethan Mauge taking the title just ahead of training partner Henry Thomas in a photo-finish.
Tochi Davids took the spoils in the Under 17 women’s 60m with bronze going to Inessa-Renee Atta-Fynn. Farrell Fabusiwa continued his dominant form with a solid victory in the Under 15 boys 100m following up on his England title from a few weeks ago.
On the field, there were three golds in the horizontal jumps. British Championship finalist Paul Ogun cleared the seven metre barrier once again to win the men’s long jump, while Ethan Cort leapt to an impressive 5.63m in the Under 17 men’s event. Lia Bonsu would win the Under 20 women’s triple jump with a 12.05m effort.
In the throws, there were two silver medals in the shot putt thanks to Gabriella Tcheukam (Under 17 women) and Cerys Aboagye (Under 20 women). Croydon’s best hurdles finish came courtesy of Ama Amiaka in the Under 15 girl’s category, while Alex Giles would notch the club’s best high jump finish winning bronze in the same age group for the boys.
At the East Surrey Cross-Country race at Lloyd Park, Phil Symonds won the 8km race by 19 seconds in a field of 118 finishers. He was well supported by Douglas Aikman (6th, 1st U20M), Ashley George (15th) and Dave Brown (17th) to ensure the men’s squad placed runner-up on the day. In the women’s race, Kat Warren would finish 7th, while Laura Marshall was 1st W45.
In the young athletes ranks, Kyron-Bailee Burke and Zoha Jetha were the first young athletes home for Croydon, both finishing fourth. Other age group leaders included Aida Palomares-Dominguez (6th, U13G), Ernesto Kelly (4th, U13B), Aren McCarthy (13th, U15B) and Holly Smith (5th, U15G).