Six Southern medals and Surrey League round-up, 14-15th Jan ’23

16 Jan 2023

There were six medals for Croydon Harrier young athletes at the South of England Indoor Championships at Lee Valley at the weekend. 

Prodigious talent Farrell Fabusiwa would secure double gold in the Under 15 boys 60m and 200m, with the latter being a championship best performance of 22.82secs. There was a one-two in the Under 13 girls 60m thanks to the efforts of Caiselle Murray and Saray Destiny Crosdale. 

More medals came courtesy of Tochi Davids in the Under 15 girls 200m and Kalvyn Mills would secure bronze in the Under 13 boys 60m.

Fourth place finishes came courtesy of Gabby Reid (U13 Girls 60m) and Gabriella Tcheukam (Under 15 Girls shot putt, PB). 

In Surrey cross-country league action, over forty Croydon Harriers took part across the age groups. 

There was a spectacular win in the women’s 2nd division for Penny Oliver who clocked 29:59 for the 8km course. Madeleine-Armstrong Plieth (17th), Katherina Warren (45th, 1st U20), Miriam De Souza (132nd) and Rosa Brookes (141st) completed the team in the 216-strong field. They’d finish 10th overall. 

The men’s team would field a team of 24 runners in their 1st division fixture, led home by newly crowned Surrey County champion Dom Nolan who would finish runner-up in a high-class field covering the 4.75 mile course in 25 minutes 26 seconds. James Hancock would place 11th continuing his fine form in 26:10. 

Phil Symonds enjoyed a top 50 position, with solid support from Isaac Flanagan (71st), Douglas Aikman (3rd U20) and Luke Wakeling (103rd). The rest of the scoring ten consisted of Alex Penfold (144th), Ashley George (155th), Tom Keenan (185th) and Dave Brown (197th). A further 13 Croydon athletes would cross the finish line, including Colin Oxlade would place 3rd in the M60 race. 

In the Young Athletes ranks, a dozen Croydon Harriers kept the flag flying throughout the races with age group leaders including Ernesto Kelly (8th, U13 Boys), Millicent Figueira (17th, U17 Women), Kyron Bailee-Burke (19th, U17 Men), Holly Smith (26th, U15 Girls) and Aida Palomares-Dominguez (31st, U13 Girls).

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