Competition round-up 9-12th July 2021
At the English Schools Championships in Birmingham, Suhuyini Osman won silver in the senior boy’s 100m in 10.79s. Rachael Largie-Poleon ran a season’s best in the senior girl’s final finishing 7th in 12.24s. Lia Bonsu would match that position in the inter-girls sprint hurdles.
Klaysen Kafuti cleared 1.80m in the inter-boys high jump to place 11th.
At the Southern League, Croydon’s men’s and women’s squad enjoyed a surprise win at Battersea Park against Belgrave, Herne Hill and South London Harriers.
Croydon enjoyed a particularly fruitful day on the field. There were maximum points in the men’s and women’s long jump courtesy of Henry McGoldrick (5.79m) and Simon Kpangi in the former, and Tamia Meggie-Graham (5.29m) and Jessica Duggan in the latter.
In the men’s throws, Richmond Baah threw 46.88m in the men’s javelin on his competitive return, while Reuben Vaughan was just 20cm behind that in the men’s discus. Lynchpin James Eccles won the B event in both those events to secure maximum points.
Phoebe Broadhead (women’s hammer, 35.80m) and Cerys Aboagye (women’s shot, 10.39m) won their respective events, with Christiana Kamdom Kemege triumphing in the B events. Further A events wins came courtesy of Ursula Moore (women’s high jump, 1.45m), Andy Del Nevo (men’s pole vault, 2.50m) and Sonyce Archer (women’s sprint hurdles, 17.4secs). Rachael Largie-Poleon and Zoe Dake secured a track maximum in the women’s 100m.
Croydon’s sprinters wrapped up the 4x100m races in both the women’s (Largie-Poleon, Duggan, Dake and Renika Hayden) and men’s (Louis Smithen, Matthew Pepper, Sean Edwards and Oje Izirein) categories.
At the Nonsuch Park relays, the men’s and women’s quartets would finish fourth overall in their categories.
Alex Penfold, Isaac Flanagan, Ashley George and James Hancock would finish 55 seconds shy of team bronze. Hancock clocked the fastest time of the night clocking 8 mins 44 seconds for his 3k leg. The women’s team would be just three seconds short of team bronze, thanks to Penny Oliver, Jessica Moore, Alice Maingay and Leanne Moore.
At the Dorking 10 mile and 10k races, Croydon’s men finished 9th in the men’s race led home by David Brown (37th, 64:45), James Moore (8th M50, 70:18), Jacob Armstrong-Plieth (27th M40, 71:46) and Murray Gordon (41st M40, 79:18). Laura Marshall was the club’s leading woman, finishing 12th in 73:46. Jessica, Leanne and Antara ran in the 10k. Laura and Leanne would later travel from Dorking to Battersea to copy twice in a day!