Three Relay wins and Competition Round-Up, Early Sep ’20

07 Sep 2020

Croydon Harrier discus thrower Reuben Vaughan made his British Championships debut in Manchester last weekend finishing 7th.

The 19 year-old was the youngest in the field, throwing 46.49m, his 2nd furthest throw.

Elsewhere, six Croydon Harrier sprint relay teams took part in the Club Connect 4x100m relays at Lee Valley. It was the first set of relay events to take place this year.

The Under 20 men’s 4x100m Suhiyini Osman, Nick Hamilton, Derek Kinlock and Tyvon Innis wrapped up a comprehensive win in 41.14secs. Their Under 20 women’s teammates of Zoe Dake, Rachael Largie-Poleon, Ella Pippim and Rhiannon Gayle won their competition in 47.83s.

More success came courtesy of the Under 15 girls squad of Tochi Davids, Lia Bonsu, Shereese Miller and Gracelyn Kendeck who won their finale in 50.44s. The boys in the same age group would finish a comfortable third

There was mixed fortunes for the Under 17 squads, the men’s squad suffered a DQ while the women’s quartet placed sixth in their final.

Also in action at Lee Valley were Elliot Bailey (Men’s 400m, 7th), James Hancock (Men’s 3000m, 6th) and Alex Penfold (Men’s 3000m, 8th).

There was double joy at Tooting on Wednesday evening, with two 1sts in the 3000m. First Dom Nolan ran out a comfortable winner in the 3000m with a lifetime best of 8:27.48. Rob Spalding also notched a personal best of 9:22.12 to win the B race. Douglas (10:19.32) and Neil Aikman (11:56.17) were also in the field. 

At the South London Athletics Network Open at Tooting on Saturday seven Croydon athletes took part in the 800m races. Joachim Bambury would finish fourth in the Under 17 men’s category, while Faith Chen would match that feat in the equivalent women’s age group. Alice Maingay would finish one place behind Chen, while Gulcin Erten and Leah Allison were 12th and 13th respectively. 

Ebuka Nkamuo was 7th in the Under 15 boy’s race with brother Chizoba a place further back. 

In the 200m, Amber Bloomfield would finish 8th in the Under 15 girl’s race. 

At the Newham Sprints Open, Cheyanne Evans-Gray was comfortably the fastest woman of the competition with a 11.72s clocking. The rest of the Croydon contingent comprised of Micah Francis-Dwyer (11.00s SB), Louis Smithen (11.60s) Oje Izirein (11.73s), Mike Smalley (12.90s, PB).

At the Southampton Open, Kyra Sethna-McIntosh ran a season’s best of 62.52secs for the 400m, to finish third in the Under 17 women’s category.