CROYDON HARRIERS 1980-2000

1980

The Surrey Men’s Cross-Country Championships were held at Milford on 5 January. Croydon placed fifth. Croydon’s team was led by Don Faircloth, who finished fifth in 42 minutes 05. Clive Thomas was seventh (42.48) with Martin Walmsley 43rd, Pete Yarlett 45th and Bob Benn 46th. Croydon placed third in the youths’ event, led by Ken Penney who finished seventh. Gary Bishop was 13th and Ian Wright 22nd.

In Melbourne on 16 January, Dave Chettle set a club 10000 metre record of 28 minutes 19.3.

In Auckland on 16 February, Deansie Phillips ran a lifetime best of 2 minutes 08.5 for the 800 metres.

1979/80 was the first season of the Surrey Women’s Cross-Country League. Croydon finished fifth.

The Surrey Cross-Country League 1979/80 season finished with matches on 1 March. For the first time, two teams were promoted from Division Two to Division One. Having been relegated in 1977/78, Croydon had narrowly failed to regain their Division One status in 1978/79 when they were beaten by Ranelagh. In 1979/80 Belgrave won Division Two to gain promotion back to Division One after just one season, while Croydon Harriers finished second and were also promoted.

Epsom won the East Surrey League for the fourth successive year with Croydon second. Croydon finished on a high note by winning the road race at Ewell in April, where they had the first three finishers. The individual winner was Don Faircloth, who finished in exactly 22 minutes, with Robin Dickson second (22.12) and Victor Maughn third (23.03).

At Wimbledon on 27 April, Allison Manley won the Surrey pentathlon with a championship best performance of 3829 points. Deansie Phillips was second in the Surrey women’s 3000 metre championship (10.00.2).

At Crawley on 4 May, Allison Manley set a lifetime best of 11.9 for the 100 metres.

The Surrey Championships took place at Motspur Park on 17 May. Max Little won the 5000 metres in 14 minutes 32.6. Allison Manley won the women’s long jump with a championship best performance of 6 metres 37. She also won the high jump (1.75) and placed second in the 100 metres (12.4). Chris King was fourth in the hammer (40.22). Byron White was fifth in the 100 metres (11.7). Dennis Wallington was sixth in the long jump (6.57). Shireen Hassan placed fifth in the women’s 400 metres (57.8).

At the Kent Championships, Judy Oakes won the shot putt with 16 metres 69, only five centimetres outside the personal best she had achieved in a Southern Womens League match the previous week.

In the Inter-Counties Championships at Birmingham, Keith Stock won the pole vault (5.10).

At Crystal Palace on 14 June, Keith Stock set a club pole vault record of 5 metres 30.

On 29 June Blackheath Harriers organised a 100 x 1 mile relay at Crystal Palace. They won with 8 hours 46 minutes 7 seconds. Croydon placed third with 8 hours 57 minutes 29 seconds. Croydon’s fastest runner was Dave Chettle, who ran 4 minutes 26. Their fastest over-40 was Mike Fleet, who ran 4 minutes 56.

The Rosenheim League completed its seventeenth season, with the league final taking place at Tooting on 20 August. Croydon won this for the first time since 1974.

Belgrave held their annual 20-mile road race on 19 July. Croydon’s Don Faircloth placed second in 1 hour 44 minutes 44. South London Harriers held their annual 30-mile road race on 6 September. Don Faircloth won for the fourth time, in 2 hours 52 minutes 25.

At Crystal Palace on 3 September, Deansie Phillips set a club record of 9 minutes 21.9 for the women’s 3000 metres. At the same track two days later, she set a club record of 4 minutes 24.2 for the women’s 1500 metres.

Don Faircloth won the first Surrey Cross-Country League Division One race of the season, held at Walton in October. Chris Stebbings placed fourth.

The Surrey Women’s Cross-Country Championships were held at Camberley on 13 December. The race was won by Diane Chettle, who led Croydon to the team prize: Glenda Goscombe placed 8th and Jill Burchett 20th.

1981

The men’s Surrey Cross-Country Championships championships were held at Old Coulsdon on 3 January. The winner was former Croydon Harrier Max Little, running for Ranelagh Harriers. Epsom won the team event with Croydon second. Croydon’s team comprised Don Faircloth (4th), Dave Chettle (7th), John Lee (12th), Clive Thomas (16th), Martin Walmsley (25th) and Dave Warren (56th).

Mitcham AC held their annual 25-kilometre road race on 10 January. Cambridge Harriers won the team event with Croydon second. Croydon’s team comprised Don Faircloth (10th, 81.32), Martin Walmsley (15th, 82.44) and John Lee (20th, 84.20). Gillian Drake was the first woman to finish, placing 88th overall.

The Surrey Cross-Country League completed its 19th season with matches on 21 February. Croydon Harriers finished fourth.

The Surrey Womens Cross-Country League completed its second season with a match at Brockwell Park on the same day. Croydon won the league by just one point from Epsom. Three of the four races were won by Croydon runners: New Zealander Gill Drake won the first race, Australian Diane Chettle won the third race, and Deansie Phillips won the final race. Diane Chettle won the individual league title.

In the Woking 10-mile road race on 1 March Dave Chettle set a club record of 48 minutes 03, while Gill Drake was the first woman to finish, setting a club women’s record of 56 minutes 25.

The East Surrey League held its annual road relay at Box Hill on 14 March. Croydon led from start to finish to win by almost three minutes. The winning team comprised Don Faircloth (10.31), Dave Chettle (9.59), Robin Dickson (10.39) and Martin Walmsley (10.26).

In Memphis on 28 March, Allison Manley set a club heptathlon record of 5383 points.

The first London Marathon took place on 29 March. 22,000 people applied to take part. The field was limited to 7,500 entrants, of which 6,700 actually finished. The first local runner was Don Faircloth, who finished tenth in 2 hours 16 minutes 36, which was his fastest time since 1973. Gill Drake was the second woman to finish, in a personal best 2 hours 38 minutes 57. Three other Croydon Harriers finished in under three hours: John Lee (2.33.53), Bernard Imber (2.53.48) and Phil Fenton (2.58.20). Diane Chettle ran a personal best of 3 hours 8 minutes.

The East Surrey League held its annual road race at Ewell on 14 April. Epsom won the team event with Croydon second. For Croydon, Brock Hinzmann was third, Martin Walmsley 4th, Robin Dickson 6th and Peter Yarlett 7th. This gave Croydon the league title, with Epsom second and Croydon’s B team third.

On 20 April Dave Chettle finished eighth in the Boston Marathon in 2 hours 12 minutes 23 seconds.

On 25 April Herne Hill held their annual ten-mile road race at Brockwell Park. Don Faircloth placed second in 50 minutes 10, while John Lee was 14th in 53 minutes 30. Gill Drake won the women’s race, placing 44th overall in 57 minutes 13.

At Wimbledon on 26 April, Deansie Phillips was second (for the second successive year) in the Surrey women’s 3000 metre championship (10.01.0). Shireen Hassan was second in the Surrey women’s 800 metre championship (2.14.1).

At Murray (in Kentucky) on 1 May, Allison Manley set a club 100 metre hurdles record of 13.86 seconds.

The AAA Marathon Championship was held on a hilly course at Rugby on 10 May. Don Faircloth placed seventh in 2 hours 20 minutes 27.

The Surrey Championships took place at Motspur Park on 17 May. 19-year-old Dave Cocks won the senior 800 metres in 1 minute 53.7 seconds. Allison Manley won the women’s high jump (1.70) and was third in the long jump (5.84). Deansie Philips was second in the women’s 1500 metres (4.34.6). Chris King was fourth in the hammer (40.52).

The Polytechnic Marathon took place on 13 June. Croydon won the team event with Don Faircloth second in 2 hours 25 minutes 23. The team was completed by John Lee and Brock Hinzmann, who both recorded 2 hours 36 minutes 19 for 11th and 12th places.

On 27 June Dave Chettle finished third in the Southern 5000 metre championships at Crystal Palace. His time of 13 minutes 58.3 seconds was only 12 seconds outside his own club record.  

During the 1970s, the only road races which Croydon Harriers had organised had been an annual inter-club road relay at the Crystal Palace Sports Centre. However, following the interest in running which was aroused by the first London Marathon, the club decided to launch a ten-mile road race, which took place for the first time on 18 October. The race organiser was Don Faircloth, who devised a somewhat complex one-lap course which started and finished at Croydon Arena. To quote from the course description in the Croydon Advertiser:

“The course starts at Croydon Sports Arena and runs via Belmont Road, Portland Road, Woodside Green, Morland Road, Lower Addiscombe Road, St James Road, London Road, North End, High Street, Coombe Road, Oaks Road, Upper Shirley Road, Wickham Road, Orchard Avenue, Woodmere Avenue, Gladeside, Bywood Avenue, Long Lane, Spring Lane, Albert Road, and back to the Sports Arena.”

This course produced some traffic problems, particularly with the two crossings of the A222, and a safer two-lap course, on the roads around Lloyd Park in the Shirley/Park Hill area,  was introduced for the following year. Bob Treadwell of Surrey Beagles won the race in 49 minutes 18 seconds. Croydon’s Martin Walmsley dead-heated for second place with Ray Marriott (South London Harriers). The first under-20 was Croydon’s 18-year-old Gary Bishop, who finished in 54 minutes 30 seconds. The first over-40 was Croydon’s Ted Tunley in 56 minutes 21. The first woman was Croydon’s Jane Tomley, who finished in 73 minutes.

1982

The Surrey Cross-Country Championships were held at Wimbledon Common on 2 January. Croydon placed second. The team comprised Clive Thomas (4th); Don Faircloth (8th); John Lee (18th); Martin Walmsley (20th); Peter Yarlett (43rd) and Robin Dickson (70th).

The Surrey Cross-Country League completed its 20th season with matches on 20 February. Croydon Harriers finished third in Division One.

The Surrey Womens Cross-Country League completed its third season with a match at Brockwell Park on 27 February. Croydon finished third.

On 14 March Don Faircloth placed second in the Barcelona Marathon, recording 2 hours 20 minutes 48 seconds.

On 28 March Shireen Hassan won a women’s mile race at Crystal Palace in a club record of 4 minutes 56.6 seconds.

Mitcham AC’s annual 25-kilometre road race had originally been scheduled for January, but had had to be postponed because of icy roads. It was eventually held on 11 April. Croydon won the team event. Martin Walmsley finished second (82.30) with John Lee dead-heating for third (83.10) and Robin Dickson tenth (86.52).

The East Surrey League’s annual road race took place at Ewell on 13 April. Croydon made sure of retaining the league title, winning the team event with all four scorers finishing in the first six. The team comprised Don Faircloth (2nd, 21.30); John Lee (3rd, 21.40); Gary Bishop (4th, 21.44) and Robin Dickson (6th, 22.21).

On 18 April Don Faircloth continued his preparations for the London Marathon by taking second place in the Inter-Counties 20 mile road race at Finchley, recording 1 hour 43 minutes 09.

On 24 April Shireen Hassan won the Surrey women’s 800 metre championship at Wimbledon, running 2 minutes 12.4 seconds. Samantha Lloyd was sixth in the women’s 3000 metres (11.36.3). Gary Bishop was fourth in the under-20 men’s 3000 metres (9.00.0).

The second London Marathon took place on 9 May. Don Faircloth repeated his tenth place of 1981, in a slightly faster time of 2 hours 15 minutes 50. Three more Croydon Harriers finished in under 2 hours 40. John Lee ran 2 hours 24 minutes 30 while Martin Walmsley, in his first marathon, ran 2 hours 26 minutes 46 and Robin Dickson ran a personal best 2 hours 37 minutes 45.

The Surrey Championships were held at Motspur Park on 15 May. Shireen Hassan won the women’s 400 metres in a championship best performance of 55.5 seconds, with Jane Tomley fifth (59.9). Chris King was third in the hammer (42.84). Clive Thomas was sixth in the 1500 metres (3.56.8). Sean Hannan was second in the under-20 400 metres (51.5). Devon Wright was third in the under-20 100 metres (11.3). Michael O’Hanlon was third in the under-20 long jump (6.67). Mary Berkeley won the under-17 women’s long jump (5.91). Sharron Burke was second in the under-17 women’s 100 metres (12.1) and 200 metres (24.8).

At Crystal Palace on 3 June, Ros Few set a club high jump record of 1 metre 81.

Don Faircloth placed tenth in the AAA Marathon at Gateshead on 13 June, with a time of 2 hours 17 minutes 09.

On 20 June Dave Chettle placed second in the Southern 5000 metre championship at Crystal Palace, recording 14 minutes 03.0 seconds. On 14 August he won the Shaftesbury 10-mile road race in 48 minutes 22 seconds, finishing a minute ahead of his nearest rival. A week later he won the Inter-Counties 10000m track championship at Birmingham in 29 minutes 03.97, covering the last lap in 60 seconds.  

Shireen Hassan won the 800 metres in the Southern Championships, and in July she gained her first British vest in an international in Oslo, where she ran a personal best of 2 minutes 3.2 seconds.

Judy Oakes won the WAAA shot putt in a championship best performance of 17.59 metres, and equalled the British record of 17.84 metres in the Welsh Games at Cwmbran.

For the first time, Croydon fielded two teams in the Southern League: an A team in Division One and a B team in Division Six. The Division One team finished 17th out of 25 teams.

On 11 September Croydon placed third in the Surrey Road Relay at Brockwell Park. This was the first time for ten years that Croydon had taken part in this event. Dave Chettle ran the fastest time of the day on the second leg. The other team members were Gary Bishop, Alan Dolton, Mike Townley, Robin Dickson and Martin Walmsley.

The 1982 Commonwealth Games were held in Brisbane in October. Judy Oakes won the women’s shot with a putt of 17.92 metres, which was a new UK record and a new Commonwealth Games record. Shireen Hassan ran in the women’s 800 metres and placed fifth in 2 minutes 02.21.

The second Croydon 10-mile road race was held on 17 October, on a two-lap course beginning in Oaks Road and finishing in the grounds of John Ruskin School (which has subsequently been demolished). The race was well promoted by Croydon Council, and attracted more than 1000 entrants, mostly local ‘fun runners’ rather than members of athletic clubs. The race was won by Dave Lockley (South London Harriers) in 50 minutes 41, while his wife Margaret (London Olympiades) completed a family double by winning the women’s race in 58 minutes 02, more than ten minutes ahead of her nearest rival. Croydon had four runners in the top seven: Don Faircloth placed third in 51.39 and was followed by Martin Walmsley (5th, 53.07), Gary Bishop (6th, 53.57) and Alan Dolton (7th, 54.16).

The East Surrey League held its annual cross-country race in Lloyd Park on 23 October. Croydon won the team event with Alan Dolton second (29.00), Ian Wright third (29.02) and Gary Bishop fourth (29.05). The Under-17 race was won by Croydon’s Colin McCauley, who lived in Addiscombe. Colin was tragically killed just a month later, at the age of 16. On a very stormy November evening he was running along the alleyway between Canning Road and Clyde Road when a section of the wall gave way and collapsed on top of him.

1983

The Surrey Cross-Country Championships were held at Frimley on 8 January. Croydon’s men finished eighth. Don Faircloth was 21st and Martin Walmsley 31st.

The Surrey Women’s Cross-Country League completed its fourth season. Croydon won the title for the second time, finishing two points clear of Epsom. The Surrey Cross-Country League completed its 21st season. Croydon finished sixth and were relegated to Division Two.

Robin Dickson had celebrated his 40th birthday in November 1982, and made a successful start to his first year as a veteran. On 12 March he made his indoor debut in the National Veterans’ Championships at Cosford and placed second in the 1500 metres in 4 minutes 21.6. In the Southern Veterans’ Championships at West London Stadium, Robin placed second in the 5000 metres in 15 minutes 41.6, and third in the 1500 metres (4.14.0). In the National Veterans’ Championships, held at Melksham in Wiltshire, he placed fourth in the 5000 metres in 15 minutes 31.2.

In the Fleet Half-Marathon on 20 March, John Lee ran a lifetime best 68 minutes 08.

The East Surrey League completed its programme with the traditional road race at Ewell. The race was won by Croydon’s 19-year-old Gary Bishop. Croydon won the league title, with Hercules-Wimbledon second.

The third London Marathon took place on 16 April. Don Faircloth finished 66th in 2 hours 17 minutes 42. Martin Walmsley ran a personal best 2 hours 26 minutes 22. Four other Croydon Harriers finished in under three hours: John Lee (2.32.30); Bernard Imber (2.50.02); Chris Stebbings (2.55.00) and Peter Lill (2.58.33).

At Croydon on 24 April, Sharon Glover won the Surrey women’s 400 metre hurdles championship (63.9). Mike Carlile was second in the under-17 men’s 400 metres (50.4). Gavin Glover was third in the under-17 1500 metre steeplechase (4.59.8). Barney Gardner was third in the under-17 high jump (1.80). Emma Axbey was third in the under-17 pentathlon with 2578 points. Niobe Menendez was third in the under-17 women’s 3000 metre walk (17.26.3).

The Surrey Championships were held at Motspur Park on 21 May. Mary Berkeley won the women’s long jump (5.52) and was second in the 100 metres (12.5). Shireen Bailey (formerly Shireen Hassan) won the women’s 400 metres for the second successive year (55.7). Bolaji Odunsi was second in the men’s 400 metres (49.0). Bruce Smith was fourth in the high jump (1.95). Devon Wright was third in the under-20 200 metres (22.4). Sharron Burke won the under-17 women’s 100 metres (12.3). Niobe menendez won the under-7 women’s 1500 metres (4.58.8). Mike Carlile was second in the under-17 men’s 800 metres (1.57.0).

At Crystal Palace on 23 July, Bob Benn ran a lifetime best of 1 minute 48.96 seconds for 800 metres, the second fastest time ever recorded by a Croydon Harrier.

At Brighton on 7 August, Shireen Bailey set a club record of 4 minutes 18.9 for the women’s 1500 metres.

The IAAF World Championships were held in Helsinki in August. Croydon’s Judy Oakes competed in the women’s shot and placed 12th with a putt of 17.52 metres.

At Oslo on 23 August, Shireen Bailey set a club record of 1 minute 59.54 for the women’s 800 metres.

The Surrey Road Relay was held at Brockwell Park on 10 September. Home club Herne Hill led from start to finish to win this event for the first time for 21 years. There was a close battle for second place between South London Harriers, Croydon Harriers and Woking. SLH finished nine seconds ahead of Croydon, with Woking a further seven seconds behind. All six Croydon runners were within ten seconds of each other. The team comprised Alan Dolton (12.48), Alex Nisbett (12.44), Ken Penney (12.42), Ian Wright (12.38), Don Faircloth (12.40) and Gary Bishop (12.43).

The annual London to Brighton road race took place on 1 October. James Zarei completed the course in 7 hours 9 minutes, becoming only the fourth member of Croydon Harriers to complete this event.

The third annual Croydon 10-mile road race took place on 23 October. It was held on the same course as the previous year: a relatively fast two-lap course starting in Oaks Road and finishing in the grounds of John Ruskin School. The race attracted a large field of 1200 runners, more than 60 of whom completed the course in less than an hour.  Andy Evans of South London Harriers won by almost two minutes in 49 minutes 19 seconds. Croydon had two athletes in the first six, with Gary Bishop finishing fifth in 52 minutes 16 and Alan Dolton sixth in 52 minutes 44.

The Surrey Veterans’ Cross-Country Championship was held at Richmond Park in November. Robin Dickson placed third and led Croydon to the team prize, with Barry O’Gorman fifth and John Garber 17th. Croydon’s Bob Penney was the first over-60.

The Surrey Womens Cross-Country Championships were held at Morden on 10 December. Croydon finished third. The team comprised Jill Burchett (10th), Karen Ellis (11th) and Samantha Lloyd (25th).  Niobe Menendez won the under-17 race while Karen Sutton won the under-13 race. Croydon won the under-13 team event with Nicola Cook finishing fourth and Rona Smith fifth.

1984

The Surrey Cross-Country Championships took place at Frimley on 7 January. Croydon placed ninth in the team event with Ken Penney 17th, Alan Dolton 36th and Martin Walmsley 48th.

In the the WAAA Indoor Championship at Cosford Judy Oakes won the shot with a putt of 17.67 metres. She was selected for the European Indoor Championships, but withdrew because of injury.

The Surrey Womens Cross-Country League completed its fifth season with a match at Brockwell Park on 11 February. Croydon won the league for the second successive year. They won three of the four matches and also had the individual winners in three of the four: teenager Niobe Menendez won the first and third races, while Karen Ellis won the final race.

The Surrey Cross-Country League completed its 22nd season with matches on 17 February. Division Two saw a three-way battle involving Croydon and Ranelagh, both of whom had been relegated from Division One the previous year, and Division Three champions Omega, a short-lived club who had been formed as a breakaway from Walton AC. Omega won two of the first three matches with Croydon winning the second match. However Ranelagh turned out their strongest team of the season for the final match at Lightwater. They won the match by a sufficiently large margin to take the second promotion spot behind Omega.

The East Surrey League held its annual road relay at Boxhill on 10 March. The race was won by Epsom, while Crawley, who had entered the league for the first time despite being based outside Surrey, took second place. Croydon’s hopes of retaining the league title suffered a setback when some poor team selection saw their B team finish third, one place ahead of their A team. Croydon turned out a full-strength team for the final race of the season, which was the annual road race at Ewell on 11 April. They comfortably won the team event with Alan Dolton winning the race, Ken Penney finishing third, Gary Bishop fourth and Robin Dickson sixth. However this was not enough to stop Crawley from taking the overall league championship.

The first part of the Surrey Championships was held at Croydon Arena on 28 and 29 April. Karen Ellis won the women’s 800 metres (2.17.8). Ken Penney won the 3000 metre steeplechase in 9 minutes 35.2 seconds, with Alex Nisbett fifth (10.26.8). Croydon won the 4 x 400 metre relay: the team comprised Ian Grant, Mike Carlile, Sean Hannan and Dapo Laifa. Niobe Menendez was second in the women’s 3000 metre walk (17.36.4). She was also third in the women’s 3000 metres (11.09.0) with Samantha Lloyd fifth (11.38.8). Sharon Glover was second in the women’s 400 metre hurdles (67.0). Alan Dolton placed third in the 10000 metres (31.55.8). Jackie Baker was third in the women’s javelin (30.88).Mike Carlile was second in the under-20 pentathlon (2592 pts). Ian Statter was sixth in the decathlon (4053 pts) with Ricky Toomey seventh (3819 pts). Tom Haynes won the under-17 400 metre hurdles (58.2). Joanne Simons was second in the under-17 women’s javelin (30.00).

The fourth London Marathon took place, on 13 May. Don Faircloth, who had run 2 hours 20 minutes 58 in Bermuda earlier in the year, ran 2 hours 27 minutes 17 seconds. (This was the first time in four London Marathons that Don had run outside 2 hours 20 minutes.) John Lee ran 2 hours 28 minutes 10.

The Surrey Championships took place at Motspur Park on 19 May. Bolaji Odunsi won the 400 metres in 48.8. Shireen Bailey won the women’s race (for the third successive year) in 56.8. Sharron Burke won the women’s 100 metres (12.2) and was second in the 200 metres (25.1). Mary Berkeley won the long jump (6.06) and was third in the 100 metres (12.4). Karen Ellis won the women’s 1500 metres (4.43.8) with Tania Hassan sixth (5.02.1). Devon Wright was second in both the 100 metres (11.2) and 200 metres (22.6). Caroline Grassie was fourth in the women’s shot (11.07) and discus (32.74). Bruce Smith was fifth in the high jump (2.00). Chris King was fifth in the hammer (43.44). Mike Carlile was second in the under-20 400 metres (51.3). Andrew Murray was second in the under-20 discus (39.60). Tom Haynes was second in the under-17 100 metre hurdles (14.4). Michelle Erskine was second in the under-17 women’s 100 metres (12.4). Brenda Smith was third in the under-17 women’s 80 metre hurdles (12.8). Bernadette Glen was third in the under-17 women’s high jump (1.65).

The Olympic Games were held in Los Angeles in August. Two Croydon Harriers competed. Judy Oakes placed fourth in the women’s shot with a putt of 18.14 metres. Helen Barnett reached the semi-finals of the 400 metres, running 52.26 seconds. She also ran in the women’s 4 x 400 relay, where the British team placed fourth in a new national record of 3 minutes 27.68 seconds.

Croydon’s men finished 11th in Division One of the Southern League.

On 13 October Croydon’s 17-year-old Niobe Menendez won the first Surrey Women’s Cross-Country League race of the season, also leading Croydon to victory in the team event.

The fourth annual Croydon 10-mile road race took place on 21 October. It was held on the same course as the two previous years. Surrey Beagles’ international Bob Treadwell won in 49 minutes 22 seconds. The first Croydon Harrier was Alan Dolton who placed seventh (52.25).

The Surrey Womens Cross-Country Championships were held at Frimley on 8 December. Croydon placed fourth in the team event with Karen Ellis 14th, Juliet Waters 16th and Samantha Lloyd 21st. Karen Sutton was second in the under-15 race.

1985

The Surrey Cross-Country Championships took place at Brockwell Park on 5 January. Croydon were eighth in the team event with Ken Penney 27th, Alan Dolton 48th and Ian Wright 50th.

The completion of the M25 was marked by a ten-mile road race, starting and finishing at the Leatherhead junction, on 27 January. Cambridge Harriers won the team event with Croydon second. Alan Dolton was 7th (53.11), Martin Walmsley 9th (53.22) and Robin Dickson 17th (54.29).

The Surrey Women’s Cross-Country League completed its sixth season with a match on a snow-covered Brockwell Park on 9 February. Croydon won the league title for the third successive year. The team comprised Karen Ellis (8th), Juliet Waters (10th), Rochelle Fairchild (16th) and Samantha Lloyd (20th).

The Surrey Cross-Country League completed its 23rd season with matches on 16 February. Woking were already almost certain of the Division Two championship before the final match at Lightwater, but there was a close battle for the second promotion place between Croydon and Thames Hare & Hounds. Before the match Croydon had 765 points while Thames had 776. Croydon clinched promotion, winning a close match with 182 points, while Thames scored 191 and Woking 200. Croydon’s team was led by Ken Penney (5th), Jimmy Zaple (6th), Dave Dymond (8th) and Don Faircloth (11th).

On 2 March Croydon’s shot putter Judy Oakes competed in the European Indoor Championships in Athens, finishing sixth with a putt of 17 metres 83.

Croydon won the East Surrey League’s annual road relay on 9 March at Box Hill. The team comprised Martin Walmsley (10.21), Alan Dolton (10.20), Peter Yarlett (10.44) and Gary Bishop (10.18). They finished just over a minute ahead of Hercules-Wimbledon.

The English Schools Cross-Country Championships were held at Norwich on 23 March. Croydon’s Karen Sutton placed seventh in the junior girls’ race. This gained her selection for the English team in a ‘Home Countries’ international at Denbigh a week later, where she went one better by placing sixth.

The East Surrey League held its annual road race at Ewell on 9 April. Mark Greenaway of Crawley won in 21 minutes 20, with Alan Dolton finishing second in 21 minutes 25. Crawley won the team event with Croydon second. In the overall league table, Croydon and Hercules-Wimbledon placed equal first with Crawley third.

The first Southern Women’s League match of the season took place on 20 April. Croydon won their match. There were senior A-string wins for Helen Barnett (100m and 200m), Niobe Menendez (3000m), Judy Oakes (shot and discus), Maggie Lynes (javelin) and the 4 x 100m relay team.

The fifth London Marathon was held on 21 April. The first Croydon Harrier was Keith Pearson, who ran 2 hours 37.

The first part of the Surrey Championships was held at Croydon Arena on 27 and 28 April. Croydon won the 4 x 400 metre relay for the second successive year. The team comprised Dapo Laifa, Bolaji Odunsi, Tony Overton and Dave Cocks. Ken Penney was second in the 3000 metre steeplechase (9.23.6). Niobe Menendez was second in the women’s 3000 metre walk (17.35.5) and fifth in the women’s 3000 metres (10.51.9). In the 10000 metres, two Croydon Harriers fought out the bronze medal in a sprint finish. Alan Dolton took third in 31 minutes 50.5, with Martin Walmsley fourth in a lifetime best 31 minutes 50.6. Alison Price was third in the women’s heptathlon (2848 points). Karen Ellis was fourth in the women’s 800 metres (2.20.2). Jackie Baker was fourth in the women’s javelin (32.00) with Joanne Simons sixth (28.88). Julie Moore was second in the under-17 women’s 400 metre hurdles (68.0).

Croydon’s first Southern Men’s League match of the season took place at Portsmouth on 4 May. Croydon gained their best-ever score in the league, winning with 152 points while second-placed Highgate scored 113. There were A-string wins for George Sarkodie (100m and 200m), Dapo Laifa (400m), Ian Wright (800m), Hopeton Lindo (high jump), Alan Laifa (long and triple jump), Julian Hislop (javelin), Chris King (hammer) and the 4 x 400m relay team. This was Julian Hislop’s league debut for Croydon: he had previously been with local rivals South London Harriers.

On 11 May Croydon’s women won their home Southern League match at Croydon Arena. There were senior A-string wins for Sharron Burke (100m), Karen Ellis (800m), Mary Berkeley (100m hurdles and long jump), Sharon Glover (400m hurdles), Karen Gomes (high jump), Judy Oakes (shot) and the 4 x 100m relay team.

The main Surrey Championships were held at Motspur Park on 18 May. Dapo Laifa won the men’s 400 metres (47.8), and 18-year-old Sharron Burke gained a double win in the women’s 100 metres (12.0) and 200 metres (24.7). Devon Wright was second in the men’s 100 metres (11.2) and 200 metres (22.6). Mary Berkeley was second in the women’s long jump (6.28) and third in the 100 metre hurdles (15.1). Ian Wright was third in the 800 metres (1.53.8). Karen Ellis was fourth in the women’s 1500 metres (4.39.1). Sharon Glover was sixth in the women’s 400 metres (59.7). Andy Vermes was sixth in the hammer (43.74). Anil Karpal won the under-20 javelin (49.48). George Sarkodie was second in the under-20 100 metres (11.1) and third in the 200 metres (22.6). Ray Burke won the under-17 100 metres (11.2) and 200 metres (23.1). Samantha Farquharson won the under-17 women’s 80 metre hurdles (12.0). Richard Sexton was second in the under-17 men’s 100 metre hurdles (15.4). David McKenzie gained a hat-trick of wins in the under-15 boys’ 100 metres (11.6), 200 metres (23.4) and 400 metres (51.7). Karen Sutton won the under-15 girls’ 1500 metres in 4 minutes 41.1 seconds. The youngest Croydon winner was 12-year-old Donna Fraser, who gained a double win in the under-13 100 metres (13.2) and 200 metres (26.9).

Judy Oakes competed in the Kent Championships and gained a hat-trick of wins in the shot (17.66), discus (49.42) and javelin (42.60).

The second Southern Men’s League match of the season took place at Norman Park on 25 May. Croydon won with 153 points, while host club Blackheath placed second with 112. The eight field events produced 77 points for Croydon (with 13 wins and three second places). There were A-string wins for Dapo Laifa (400m), Julian Hislop (110m hurdles, discus and javelin), Gareth Brock (400m hurdles), Hopeton Lindo (high jump), Alan Laifa (long and triple jump), Marcus Joseph (shot) and both relay teams. After two matches three clubs had scored a maximum of ten league points, but Croydon’s total of 305 match points placed us on top of the table.

The third Southern Women’s League match of the season took place at Reading on 15 June. Croydon won with 189 points, 17 ahead of second-placed Reading. There were senior A-string wins for Mary Berkeley (100m hurdles and long jump), Judy Oakes (shot and discus), Maggie Lynes (javelin) and the 4 x 100m relay team. On the same day, in the Southern Championships at Crystal Palace, Dapo Laifa set a club 400 metre record of 47.14, beating the previous record set by Bob Benn in 1975.

The third Southern Men’s League match of the season took place at Oxford on 29 June. Croydon gained another clear win, scoring 140 points. Haringey placed second with 104.5. There were A-string wins for Dapo Laifa (400m), Bob Benn (800m), Julian Hislop (110m hurdles and shot), Alan Laifa (triple jump) and both relay teams. At the halfway stage of the season, both Croydon and Old Gaytonians (based in Harrow) had 15 league points, but Croydon had 11 more match points.

The fourth Southern Women’s League match of the season took place at Crawley on 6 July. Croydon won the match, finishing eight points ahead of Radley. There were senior A-string wins for Sharron Burke (100m and 200m), Mary Berkeley (100m hurdles), Sharon Glover (400m hurdles), Karen Gomes (high jump) and the 4 x 100m relay team.

The fourth Southern Men’s League match of the season took place on 20 July. Croydon’s first three matches had been on synthetic tracks, but this match was hosted by Woking and held on the cinder track at Motspur Park. Croydon’s opponents included the other unbeaten club, Old Gaytonians, and third-placed Hercules-Wimbledon. With five track events remaining and Croydon enjoying a narrow lead over Old Gaytonians, the meeting was halted by a fierce thunderstorm which temporarily flooded the track. After a delay of almost a hour, the track referee ruled that the track was too dangerous to hold the 200m, the steeplechase or the 4 x 100m relay, but that the 1500m and the 4 x 400m relay could go ahead. Croydon won four A-string events, through Dapo Laifa (400m), Bob Benn (800m), and Julian Hislop (shot and discus). Consistent second and third places meant that Croydon won the match with 126 points, ahead of Old Gaytonians (122) and Hercules-Wimbledon (120).

The fifth Southern Men’s League match of the season took place at Bedford on 3 August. Croydon won with140 points, while GEC Avionics were second with 120. Julian Hislop won the shot, discus and 110m hurdles. There were also A-string wins for Devon Wright (100m), Dapo Laifa (400m) and both relay teams.

The fifth Southern Women’s League match of the season took place at West London Stadium on 10 August. Croydon gained their fifth successive win, 25 points ahead of Hounslow. There were senior A-string wins for Sharron Burke (100m and 200m), Judy Oakes (shot), Maggie Lynes (javelin) and the 4 x 100 metre relay.

The final Southern Men’s League match of the season took place at Colindale on 17 August. Croydon made sure of winning the league title for the first time in the club’s history with an emphatic win, scoring 151 points while Metropolitan Police were second with 103. There were A-string wins for George Sarkodie (200m), Dapo Laifa (400m), Hopeton Lindo (high jump), Alan Laifa (long jump), Gareth Brock (triple jump), Julian Hislop (shot and javelin) and both relay teams.

The final Southern Women’s League match of the season took place at Enfield on 7 September. Croydon had won the previous five league matches, but fielded their weakest team of the season and finished third in the match, with only one senior A-string win: Maggie Lynes in the shot. They still managed to win the Division One title.  

On the same day Croydon’s men travelled to Luton to contest the British League Qualifying Match for the first time since they had narrowly lost their British League status in 1975. Competing against seven other clubs including the champions of the other four regional leagues, they won 10 of the 19 A-string events, plus five B-string events, and won the match with 397 points. Old Gaytonians were second with 359, while GEC Avionics were third with 293. The Croydon team was:

EVENT        A STRING        B STRING

100m        1 George Sarkodie 11.1        1 Devon Wright 11.2

200m        1 George Sarkodie 21.9        1 Devon Wright 22.2

400m        1 Dapo Laifa 47.8        1 Dave Cocks 49.1

800m        1 Bob Benn 1.51.8        4 Alan Burn 1.56.6

1500m        2 Ian Wright 3.55.8        6 Gary Bishop 4.07.1

5000m        2 Martin Stock 14.31.0        4 Alan Dolton 15.11.0

110m hurdles        2 Julian Hislop 15.2        2 Gareth Brock 16.4

400m hurdles        5 Gareth Brock 56.6        3 Mark Hunter 56.7

Steeplechase        1 Ken Penney 9.05.7        3 Ian Statter 9.41.3

High Jump        2 Hopeton Lindo 2.00        3 Barney Gardner 1.80

Long Jump        1 Alan Laifa 6.71        5 Julian Hislop 6.08

Triple Jump        4 Alan Laifa 14.21        3 Gareth Brock 13.40

Pole Vault        7 Barney Gardner 3.10        7 Ian Statter 2.30

Shot        1 Julian Hislop 13.65        1 Marcus Joseph 13.11

Discus        1 Julian Hislop 39.74        3 Tony Richards 34.48

Javelin        4 Julian Hislop 56.31        3 Tony Richards 44.86

Hammer        2 Andy Vermes 43.40        1 Chris King 41.64

4 x 100        1 G.Sarkodie, G.Brock, D.Cocks, D. Wright 42.6

4 x 400        1 B.Benn, M.Hunter, D.Cocks, D.Laifa 3.17.3

On 14 September Croydon’s women competed in the UK Womens League Qualifying Match at Warley. Warley was the venue where Croydon’s men had narrowly lost their British League status in 1975 when they placed third in the Qualifier. It also proved to be unlucky for Croydon’s women, as they finished third in the match, beaten by Bournemouth and Chelmsford who retained their league status, having finished in the bottom two places in UK Womens League Division Four. With both Judy Oakes and Mary Berkeley competing in an international at Crystal Palace, Croydon’s only senior A-string wins came from Sharron Burke, who won both the 100m and 200m. For the under-17s, Samantha Farquharson won both the 80 metre hurdles and 200 metre hurdles. For the under-15s, Annabel Soper won both the 100 metres and 200 metres, while 12-year-old Donna Fraser won the B 200 metres. Annabel and Donna teamed up with Michelle Steen and Fiona Brady to win the girls’ 4 x 100m relay.

Donna Fraser placed top of the national under-13 rankings for 1985 at both 100 metres (12.7) and 200 metres (25.9).

The fifth annual Croydon 10 mile road race took place on 20 October, over the same two-lap course as had been used for the previous three years. (This was the final time that the race was held over ten miles: in 1986 it changed to a one-lap race over the current distance of ten kilometres.) The race was won by Lawrence Marsh of South London Harriers in 51 minutes 41. Croydon had the next two finishers with Alan Dolton second in 52 minutes 11 and John Lee third in 52 minutes 17. Croydon’s Heather Fenton was the second woman to finish, in 67 minutes 10.

The Surrey Veterans Cross-Country Championships took place on 27 October at Richmond Park. Robin Dickson was second in the over-40 race, while Bob Penney won the over-60 race for the second successive year.

The Surrey Women’s Cross-Country Championships were held at Frimley on 14 December. Croydon Harriers were second in the team event. Croydon’s team was led by Karen Ellis who finished eighth. Juliet Waters was 14th while Heather Fenton completed the team in 21st. Croydon’s Karen Sutton won the under-15 race. Donna Fraser placed sixth in the under-13 race.

1986

The Surrey Cross-Country Championships were held at Frimley on 4 January. Croydon finished ninth in the team event. Ken Penney was 30th, Gary Bishop 52nd, Alan Dolton 64th and Peter Yarlett 70th.

The final match of the Surrey Cross-Country League Division One was held at Coulsdon on 15 February. Croydon finished sixth of the seven clubs, and were relegated to Division Two. The final match of the Surrey Womens Cross-Country League was held two weeks later, at a snow-covered Brockwell Park. Croydon finished fifth in the table.

February 1986 saw the amalgamation of Mitcham AC with Sutton & Cheam Harriers. Both clubs had been based at Carshalton Arena (subsequently renamed Sutton Arena) for many years. Following the merger, two of Sutton’s best athletes, Richard and David Haizelden, joined Croydon.

The East Surrey League held its annual road relay on 8 March at Box Hill. Croydon placed second. Croydon’s team comprised Gary Bishop (10.24), Ken Penney (10.09), Alan Dolton (10.28) and Ian Statter (10.57).

The Sutton Half-Marathon took place on 29 March. Croydon won the team event, led by Don Faircloth who placed third in 71 minutes 03. Robin Dickson was ninth in 75 minutes 15.

The East Surrey League held its annual road race at Ewell on 8 April. Box Hill Racers won the team event and won the league championship with the maximum possible points total of 48, having won all four events during the season. Croydon again placed second.

The sixth London Marathon was held on 20 April. Croydon’s first finisher was John Lee in 2 hours 35 minutes 48, while Keith Pearson ran a personal best 2 hours 36 minutes 04. 18-year-old Sue Spenceley made her marathon debut, placing 110th in the women’s race in 3 hours 13 minutes 32.

The first part of the Surrey Championships were held at Tooting on 26 and 27 April. Sharon Glover was second in the women’s 400 metre hurdles (63.3). Niobe Menendez was second in the women’s 3000 metre walk (16.11.5). Karen Ellis was third in the women’s 3000 metres (10.04.5) and fifth in the 800 metres (2.16.4). Alan Laifa was third in the triple jump (14.12). Alan Dolton placed fifth in the 10000 metres (31.33.1). Joanne Simons was fifth in the women’s javelin (30.68). Ian Statter was sixth in the 3000 metre steeplechase (9.52.8). Karen Sutton won the under-17 women’s 3000 metres in a championship best performance of 10 minutes 27.6, having earlier placed third in the 800 metres (2.15.2), where Rona Smith was second (2.15.1). Julie Moore won the under-17 women’s 400 metre hurdles (64.9). Jason Davenhill was second in the under-17 men’s 400 metre hurdles (58.1). Julie Roberts was third in the under-17 heptathlon (3826 pts). Donna Fraser won the under-15 girls’ 800 metres (2.21.2).

Having won the Southern Womens League in 1985 but narrowly failed to gain promotion to the UK Womens League, Croydon’s women began the 1986 season by winning their first match on 19 April. There were senior A-string wins for Sharron Burke (100m), Lynne Draper (200m), Sharon Glover (400m and 400m hurdles) and the 4 x 100m relay team.

The second Southern Women’s League match of the season took place at Tooting on 3 May. Croydon won with 195 points while Plymouth were second with 141. There were senior A-string wins for Sharron Burke (100m), Lynne Draper (200m), Karen Ellis (800m), Sharon Glover (400m hurdles), Mary Berkeley (long jump), Judy Oakes (shot and discus) and both relay teams.

The main Surrey Championships took place at Motspur Park on 17 May. For Croydon, Bolaji Odunsi won the 400 metres in 49.3 seconds, while Lynne Draper gained a double win in the women’s 100 metres (11.9) and 200 metres (24.5). Mark Hunter was third in the 800 metres (1.53.3). Karen Ellis was fourth in the women’s 1500 metres (4.40.9). Chris King was fifth in the hammer (43.82). David Haizelden won the under-20 400 metres (51.3). Anil Karpal won the under-20 javelin (54.84). Kevin Fitzpatrick was second in the under-20 100 metres (11.1) and third in the 200 metres (22.8). David McKenzie won the under-17 400 metres (49.6) and was second in the 200 metres (22.9). Ray Burke won the under-17 100 metres (11.3). Richard Sexton won the under-17 100 metre hurdles (14.9). Samantha Farquharson won the under-17 women’s 80 metre hurdles (11.8) with Julie Roberts second (12.3). Rona Smith won the under-17 women’s 400 metres (57.3) with Julie Moore second (59.0). Karen Sutton was third in the under-17 women’s 1500 metres (4.48.5). Nicola Cook was third in the under-17 women’s high jump (1.45). Donna Fraser won the under-15 girls’ 200 metres (25.8), having earlier placed second in the 100 metres (12.8), behind club colleague Annabel Soper (12.6). Michelle Pierre placed second in the under-13 100 metres (13.9) and 200 metres (28.2).

The UK Championships were held at Cwmbran on the last weekend in May. Judy Oakes won the shot putt with a new UK record of exactly 19 metres. Helen Barnett placed third in the 400 metres (53.46), while Mary Berkeley placed fourth in the long jump (6.20).

The Surrey Schools Championships took place at Motspur Park on 14 June. Among the Croydon winners were David McKenzie in the under-17 boys’ 400 metres (49.9); Karen Sutton in the under-17 girls’ 1500 metres (4.44.8); Donna Fraser in the under-15 girls’ 200 metres (26.8), and Mark Purser in the under-15 boys’ 80 metre hurdles (12.2).

The third Southern Women’s League match of the season took place at Havering on 21 June. Croydon gained their third successive victory. There were senior A-string wins for Helen Barnett (400m), Mary Berkeley (100m hurdles and long jump), Julie Moore (400m hurdles), Karen Gomes (high jump), Judy Oakes (shot and discus), Maggie Lynes (javelin) and both relay teams.

On 28 June James Zarei won a 24-hour track race, organised by Sri Chinmoy AC, at Gateshead Stadium. James’ distance of 147 miles placed him more than 14 miles ahead of his nearest rival.

The English Schools Championships took place at Portsmouth on 12 July. Donna Fraser won the under-15 girls’ 200 metres in 24.9 seconds.

The fourth Southern Women’s League match of the season took place at Woking on 19 July. Croydon gained their fourth successive victory. There were senior A-string wins for Lynne Draper (100m and 200m), Judy Oakes (shot, discus and javelin) and the 4 x 100m relay team. With two matches left, Croydon were second in the table behind Essex Ladies, who had also won their first four matches and had more match points.

The Commonwealth Games were held in Edinburgh in the last week of July. Judy Oakes placed second in the women’s shot (18.75). The winner, Gael Martin of Australia, had been allowed back into athletics after previously being banned for taking steroids. Mary Berkeley gained a silver medal in the long jump with a leap of 6 metres 40. Helen Barnett competed in the 400 metres but failed to qualify for the final.

The fifth Southern Women’s League match of the season took place on 9 August. Essex Ladies won the match with Croydon second. Lynne Draper won the 100m and 200m, while Judy Oakes won the shot and was second in the discus and javelin.

On the following day Croydon’s women won their GRE Jubilee Cup semi-final at Haringey to qualify for the final – an excellent achievement for a club which was not yet in the UK Womens League. The Croydon team was:

100m        3 Helen Barnett 12.13

200m        2 Helen Barnett 24.24

400m        1 Helen Barnett 53.4

800m        6 Karen Sutton 2.14.67

1500m        6 Clare Moss 4.59.61

3000m        5 Karen Sutton 10.32.24

100m hurdles        2 Mary Berkeley 14.62

400m hurdles        5 Julie Moore 64.76

High Jump        3 Karen Gomes 14.65

Long Jump        1 Mary Berkeley 6.58

Shot        1 Maggie Lynes 14.55

Discus        1 Judy Oakes 49.32

Javelin        2 Judy Oakes 42.46

4 x 100m        2 Julie Moore, Mary Berkeley, Lynne Draper, Helen Barnett 46.24

4 x 400m        4 Cathy Enright, Michelle Baker, Lynne Draper, Helen Barnett 5.52.9

The European Championships were held in Stuttgart in the last week of August. Judy Oakes competed in the women’s shot, placing 14th (17.85).

Croydon Harriers’ men, back in the British League for the first time since 1975, finished fourth in Division Five.

The final Southern Women’s League match of the season took place at Norman Park on 6 September. Croydon won the match to make sure of finishing second, behind Essex Ladies, in the final league table. There were senior A-string wins for Lynne Draper (100m and 200m), Karen Gomes (high jump) and the 4 x 100m relay team.

On 13 September Croydon’s women competed in the GRE Jubilee Cup final at Cwmbran, finishing sixth of the eight clubs. Judy Oakes won the shot (17.99) and was second in the discus (47.54). Mary Berkeley was third in the long jump (6.03).

The UK Womens League Qualifying Match took place at Derby on 20 September. Croydon won with 389 points, with Leeds second (361) and Reading third (336). Judy Oakes won the shot (17.33), discus (49.30) and javelin (42.80). There were also A-string wins for Sharron Burke (200m), Mary Berkeley (100m hurdles and long jump), Annabel Soper (under-15 100m), Donna Fraser (under-15 200m), Emma Terriere (under-15 high jump and 75m hurdles), and both the senior and under-15 4 x 100m relay teams. Croydon thus regained their place in the UK Womens League after a nine-year absence, having been relegated in 1977.

Croydon Harriers’ annual road race took place on 19 October and was held over 10 kilometres for the first time, replacing the previous distance of ten miles which had been used since the race began in 1981. The race continued to start in Oaks Road and finish in John Ruskin School (which has subsequently been demolished and replaced by Postmill Close). The route was lengthened by including the uphill climb from Lower Addiscombe Road to Grimwade Avenue for the first time. From Grimwade Avenue it followed the current route until the roundabout at the north end of Park Hill Road. From there it followed the old route west past the Law Courts before returning along Park Lane and Coombe Road (whereas the current route turns left up Park Hill Road and includes a further climb into Selborne Road). Croydon had the first two finishers, with Graham Hansen winning in 31 minutes 26 and Alan Dolton second in 32 minutes 07.

Surrey Beagles staged their third annual ten-mile road race at Coulsdon on 9 November. Colin Walker of Gateshead won in a course record of 49 minutes 3 seconds. Croydon won the team event: the team comprised Graham Hansen (8th, 52.56), Alan Dolton (11th, 53.48), Don Faircloth (16th, 55.04) and Robin Dickson (21st, 56.01).

The Surrey Cross-Country Championships were held at Frimley on 13 December. For the first time, the men’s and women’s races were held at the same venue and on the same day. Karen Sutton won the under-17 women’s race. Croydon won the team event in this age-group: their other team members were Cathy Enright who placed eighth and Claire Moss who placed ninth. Susie Cook was third in the under-15 girls’ race, and her sister Lucy Cook was second in the under-13 race. Croydon’s senior women were eighth, led by Juliet Waters (17th), Rochelle Fairchild (31st) and Heather Fenton (37th). The senior men placed ninth, led by Graham Hansen (39th) and Don Faircloth (47th).

1987

The European Indoor Championships were held in Lievin (France) on 22 February. Judy Oakes placed sixth in the shot putt, recording 18 metres 14.

The Surrey Cross-Country League completed its 25th season. Croydon finished third in Division Two. The Surrey Womens Cross-Country League completed its eighth season. Croydon finished fourth.

The East Surrey League held its annual road relay at Box Hill on 14 March. Hercules-Wimbledon gained a clear win, with national cross-country champion Dave Clarke setting a new course record of 9 minutes 19 seconds. Croydon placed second: their runners were Gary Bishop (10.11), Graham Hansen (10.12), Alan Dolton (10.18) and Barry Cooke (10.30).

The final East Surrey League event of the season was the annual road race, at Ewell on 7 April. Box Hill won the team event while Croydon placed third. Box Hill also won the league title for the second successive year, with Croydon second.

The first part of the Surrey Championships took place at Tooting on 25 and 26 April. Croydon won all four senior relays: the men’s and women’s 4 x 100 and 4 x 400m. In the 4 x 400, the women’s team of Coral Davis, Karen Ellis, Lynne Draper and Janice Minott set a club record of 3.50.3. The men’s team of Dave Cocks, Richard Haizelden, George Sarkodie and Bolaji Odunsi won in 3.37.17. The men’s 4 x 100 team of Ray Burke, Richard Haizelden, Cocks and Sarkodie won in 41.8. The women’s team of Karen Hollinghurst, Lynne Draper, Annabel Soper and Sharron Burke won in 48.0. Sharon Glover won the women’s 400 metre hurdles (61.9) with Julie Moore second (65.3). Ken Penney was second in the men’s 1500 metres (3.53.3). In the 10000 metres Alan Dolton placed second in a lifetime best 31 minutes 01.9, two-tenths of a second behind Barry Attwell of Hercules-Wimbledon. David Morrish won the under-20 400 metre hurdles (57.6) with Richard Sexton second (57.7). Anil Karpal was third in the under-20 pentathlon (2605 pts). Jodie Millott was third in the under-20 2000 metre steeplechase (6.31.5). David Toye won the under-17 400 metre hurdles (58.5) with Mark Purser second (60.0). Julie Roberts was second in the under-17 women’s heptathlon (3982 pts). Donna Fraser won the under-15 girls’ 800 metres (2.19.0).

Croydon won the first UK Womens League Division Four match of the season, at Leicester on 10 May, finishing 20 points ahead of second-placed Mitcham & Sutton. Judy Oakes won the shot, discus and javelin. There were also A-string wins for Mary Berkeley (100m), Sharon Glover (400m hurdles), Lea Haggett (high jump), Annabel Soper (under-17 100m and 200m), Donna Fraser (under-15 100m and 200m), Hayley Payne (under-15 1500m) and both senior relay teams.

The majority of the Surrey Championships were held at Tooting on 17 May. Richard Haizelden won the 200 metres (22.1) while Bolaji Odunsi won the 400 metres (48.6), Lynne Draper won the women’s 100 metres (11.9) and was second in the 200 metres (24.2). Devon Wright was second in the 100 metres (11.1) and third in the long jump (6.72). Ken Penney was third in the 800 metres (1.53.2). Coral Davis was third in the women’s 400 metres (56.5) with Sharon Glover fifth (57.3) and Janice Minott sixth (58.3). Karen Hollinghurst was third in the women’s 100 metres (14.9) with Julie Moore fifth (15.7). Chris King was fourth in the hammer (43.74). Richard Sexton won the under-20 110 metre hurdles (15.6). Anil Karpal won the under-20 javelin (52.60). Ade Odunsi was second in the under-20 400 metres (50.9). Jason Livingston won the under-17 100 metres (11.0). David McKenzie won the under-17 200 metres (22.1). Mark Purser won the under-17 100 metre hurdles (14.0). Stuart dent won the under-17 hammer (55.34). David Toye was second in the under-17 800 metres (2.01.9). Donna Fraser gained a double win in the under-15 100 metres (12.4) and 200 metres (25.1).

On 27 June David Haizelden won the 400 metre hurdles in the Southern Championships at Crystal Palace, setting  a new club record of 51.65 seconds.

The second UK Womens League Division Four match of the season took place at Enfield on 28 June. Croydon won with 309 points, while Enfield were second with 258. There were senior A-string wins for Lynne Draper (100m and 200m), Coral Davis (400m), Sharon Glover (400m hurdles), Lea Haggett (high jump), Maggie Lynes (shot) and both relay teams.

The English Schools Championships were held in Birmingham on 10 and 11 July. Croydon had three winners. 16-year-old  David McKenzie (Stanley Tech) won the intermediate 400 metres in 49.0 seconds, while 15-year-old Annabel Soper (Shirley High School) won the intermediate girls’ 100 metres (12.2). 14-year-old Donna Fraser (St Mary’s) won the junior girls’ 200 metres for the second successive year, recording 24.5. Another Croydon competitor, Mark Purser of Edenham, placed a close third in the intermediate boys’ 100 metre hurdles (13.8). A week later Mark won the 100 metre hurdles at the AAA Under-17 Championships at Birmingham. His time of 13.43 seconds was a Croydon under-17 club record.

The WAAA Championships were held in Birmingham on 25 July. Croydon had two senior champions and three champions in the younger age-groups. At senior level, Judy Oakes won the shot with a putt of 18 metres 44, while Mary Berkeley won the long jump with a leap of 6 metres 52. Croydon’s Lea Haggett won the under-17 high jump with a clearance at 1.75 metres, while Annabel Soper gained a double win in the under-17 100 metres (12.06) and 200 metres (24.28). Donna Fraser won the under-15 200 metres (24.59).

On 2 August, Croydon won the national under-17 4 x 100 metre relay, held as part of the AAA championships. Croydon’s team comprised Mark Purser, David McKenzie, Mark McIntyre and Jason Livingston. On the same day Croydon’s women finished second in their GRE Jubilee Cup semi-final at West London Stadium. Judy Oakes won the shot and discus, while Mary Berkeley won the 100 metres and Lynne Draper won the 400 metres.

The European Junior Championships were held in Birmingham on 8 and 9 August. Croydon’s 15-year-old Annabel Soper gained selection for the 200 metres as one of the youngest members of the British team. Competing against athletes four years older than her, she did well to reach the semi-finals, running 24.74 seconds.

The GRE Jubilee Cup Final took place at Birmingham on 16 August. Croydon Harriers seventh of the eight clubs. Mary Berkeley won the long jump with a leap of 6 metres 39, while Maggie Lynes won the shot with a putt of 15 metres 44.

The IAAF World Championships were held in Rome in the last week of August. Croydon’s Judy Oakes competed in the women’s shot, but her best putt of 18 metres 43 was not enough to qualify for the final.

On 29 August Croydon’s women won the final UK Womens League Division Four match of the season, at Tooting. Croydon gained 304 points, while Leeds were second with 242. There were senior A-string wins for Mary Berkeley (100m and long jump), Lynne Draper (200m), Helen Barnett-Burkart (400m) and both relay teams. For the under-17s, Annabel Soper won the 100m and 200m, while Karen Sutton won the 800m. For the under-15s, there were wins for Donna Fraser (100m and 200m), Susie Cook (800m), Dawn Grazette (shot) and Jacqui Livingston (javelin). Having won all three of the league matches, Croydon gained promotion to Division Three.

Croydon’s men finished third in Division Five of the British League, narrowly failing to gain promotion.

On 9 September Dave Cocks, a member of the Croydon team which had won the Southern League in 1985, and a former Surrey 800 metre champion, died on a training run, at the age of 25. He had been diagnosed as having a heart problem in 1983, but had continued to compete.

The second Croydon 10K was originally scheduled for Sunday 18 October, but had to be postponed because a heavy storm on the previous Thursday led to fallen trees blocking the course in Oaks Road. The race was eventually held on Sunday 15 November. The winner was Lawrence Marsh of South London Harriers, in 31 minutes 15 seconds. The first Croydon Harrier was Alan Dolton who placed fourth (32.09).

The Surrey Cross-Country Championships were held at Coulsdon on 12 December. Croydon’s Karen Sutton won the under-17 women’s race. Lucy Cook was second in the under-13 girls’ race with Rachel Crane third. Susie Cook was third in the under-15 girls’ race. In the senior women’s race Juliet Waters was 22nd and Heather Fenton 28th. Croydon’s senior men placed ninth, with Graham Hansen 52nd, Julian Dillow 54th, Barry Cooke 62nd, Steve Bishop 65th and Dave Warren 67th.

1988

The Surrey Cross-Country League completed its 26th season with matches in February. Croydon finished third in Division Two.

The eighth London Marathon took place on 17 April. The first Croydon Harrier was Tony Walsh, who ran 2 hours 38 minutes 38 seconds.

The first part of the Surrey Championships took place at Woking on 23 and 24 April. David Haizelden won the 400 metre hurdles in a championship best performance of 53.0, with Jason Davenhill second (55.9). Sharon Glover won the women’s 400 metre hurdles (61.9) with Julie Moore third (66.2). Ken Penney was second in the 1500 metres (3.52.5). Sylvia Kerambrum was second in the women’s 3000 metres (9.50.8) with Heather Fenton sixth (10.45.4). David Criscuolo was third in the decathlon (5181 pts). Alan Dolton was sixth in the 10000 metres (32.06.3). Karen Sutton was sixth in the women’s 800 metres (2.17.5). Bernard O’Hara was second in the under-20 3000 metre walk (15.43.3). His sister Maria O’Hara won the under-17 women’s 3000 metre walk (17.10.4). Dawn Grazette won the under-17 women’s shot (11.20). Matthew Beavis won the under-17 400 metre hurdles (63.6). Nwabueze Amiaka won the under-17 triple jump (12.74). Matthew Swain was second in the under-17 javelin (44.68). Susie Cook was second in the under-17 women’s 800 metres (2.18.8).

The first UK Women’s League Division Three match of the season took place at Coventry on 8 May. Croydon won with 275 points, eight points ahead of Coventry. There were A-string wins for Lynne Draper (100m and 200m), Maggie Lynes (shot), Donna Fraser (under-17 200m), Dawn Grazette (under-17 shot), Lorraine Williams (under-17 javelin) and the under-17 relay team.

The Surrey Championships were held at Tooting on 15 and 16 May. Donna Fraser gained a hat-trick of wins in the under-17 women’s 100 metres (12.4), 200 metres (24.6) and 400 metres (55.3). This was Donna’s debut at the 400 metres and was a championship best performance. Ken Penney won the 3000 metre steeplechase in a championship best performance of 8 minutes 52.9. David McKenzie won the 400 metres (48.9) with Jason Davenhill third (49.8). Mary Berkeley gained a double win in the women’s 100 metres (12.0) and long jump (6.42). Lynne Draper won the women’s 400 metres in a championship best performance of 54.5, with Coral Davis second (55.4) and Sharon Glover sixth (57.9). Samantha Farquharson won the women’s 100 metre hurdles (14.2) with Pippa Mole second (14.7). Karen Sutton was third in the women’s 1500 metres (4.33.7). Nicola Cook was third in the women’s high jump (1.50) and fourth in the shot putt (7.34). Debbie Greenwood was fourth in the women’s 200 metres (28.8). Hopeton Lindo was fourth in the high jump (2.05). Richard Haizelden was fifth in the 100 metres (11.0). Gary Bishop was fifth in the 5000 metres (15.15.3). Tony Richards was fifth in the discus (38.66) and sixth in the shot (11.94). Chris King was fifth in the hammer (44.32). Jason Livingston won the under-20 100 metres (11.1) and was third in the 200 metres (22.7). Jason Davenhill won the under-20 400 metres (49.8) with David Toye third (51.6). Lea Haggett was third in the under-17 women’s 400 metres (59.0). Susie Cook was third in the under-17 women’s 1500 metres (4.49.8).

The second UK Women’s League Division Three match of the season took place at Derby on 3 July. Croydon won with 260 points, ahead of Hounslow (258) and Derby (253). There were A-string wins for Lynne Draper (long jump), Judy Oakes (shot and discus), Donna Fraser (under-17 200m), Dawn Grazette (under-17 shot), Lorraine Williams (under-17 javelin) and Michelle Pierre (under-15 100m and 200m).

In the English Schools Championships at Yeovil, Donna Fraser was second in the under-17 girls’ 200 metres (24.9).

On 31 July Croydon’s women placed second in their GRE Jubilee Cup semi-final at West London Stadium. Judy Oakes won the shot and discus, while Lynne Draper won the 100m and 15-year-old Donna Fraser won the 200m (24.8).

In the WAAA Intermediate Championships in Birmingham, Donna Fraser won the 200 metres (24.14) and 400 metres (55.05).

The GRE Jubilee Cup Final took place at Haringey on 20 August. Croydon placed sixth of the eight clubs. Judy Oakes won the shot (19.13) and was second in the discus, while Mary Berkeley won the long jump and Lynne Draper was third in the 200m.

The final UK Women’s League Division Three match of the season took place at Battersea on 27 August. Croydon won with 300 points, while Hounslow were second with 246. There were A-string wins for Lynne Draper (200m), Coral Davis (400m), Mary Berkeley (long jump), Judy Oakes (shot), Donna Fraser (under-17 100m and 200m), Dawn Grazette (under-17 shot), Michelle Pierre (under-15 100mand 200m) and Erica Gonthier (under-15 high jump). This gained Croydon promotion to Division Two of the league for the first time.

For the second successive year Croydon’s men finished third in Division Five of the British League, narrowly failing to gain promotion.

The Olympic Games were held in Seoul, in Korea, in late September. Croydon’s Judy Oakes competed in the shot, but her best putt of 18 metres 34 was not sufficient to qualify for the final. Mary Berkeley had a disappointing long jump, with a best legal jump of 5.04 metres, more than a metre below her best.

The third Croydon 10K road race was held on 16 October. Croydon had three of the first four finishers. Gary Bishop won in 31 minutes 31 seconds with Alan Dolton second (32.10). Henry Galvan of Philips Striders was third in 32.12 while Croydon’s Barry Cooke was fourth in exactly the same time.

The Surrey Cross-Country Championships were held at Coulsdon on 10 December. Karen Sutton was third in the senior women’s race (24.17). Karen led Croydon to second in the team event, with support from Kate Grierson (9th, 25.32) and Juliet Waters (25th, 28.18). Lucy Cook won the under-13 girls’ race. Ron Harris was third in the under-20 men’s race. Susie Cook was fifth in the under-17 women’s race. Croydon’s senior men placed 12th, with Don Faircloth 44th and Julian Dillow 54th.

1989

Croydon’s 18-year-old Karen Sutton ran for Britain’s under-20 team in the World Cross-Country Championships in Norway.

The Surrey Womens Cross-Country League completed its tenth season, with a record entry of 25 clubs all combined into one division. Croydon finished 15th.

The Surrey Cross-Country League completed its 27th season with matches on 4 March. Croydon again placed third in Division Two.

The old cinder track at Croydon Arena was used for the final time with a pre-season meeting on Sunday 5 March. A new synthetic surface was laid during the summer.

The first part of the Surrey championships were held at Woking on 22 and 23 April. Croydon’s David Criscuolo won the decathlon with a championship best performance of 5727 points. Karen Sutton was fourth in the women’s 800 metres (2.15.2). Bernard O’Hara was second in the under-20 3000 metre walk (15.55.3). Lee Beadon won the under-17 pentathlon (2609 pts) with Donovan Broderick third (2402 pts). Susie Cook won the under-17 women’s 800 metres (2.17.9). Dawn Grazette won the under-17 women’s shot (11.64). Nwabueze Amiaka won the under-17 triple jump (13.49). Matthew Swain was third in the under-17 javelin (48.30). Erica Gonthier was third in the under-17 women’s high jump (1.55).

The first UK Women’s League Division Two match of the season took place at Coatbridge in Scotland on 14 May. Croydon won the match. Lynne Draper won the 100m, 200m and long jump. There were also A-string wins for Samantha Farquharson (100m hurdles), Sharon Glover (400m hurdles), Lea Haggett (high jump), Maggie Lynes (shot), Donna Fraser (under-17 100m and 200m), Dawn Grazette (under-17 shot), Amanda Hart (under-15 long jump), Donna Newsom (under-15 shot), and the senior 4 x 100m relay team.

The Surrey Championships were held at Tooting on 20 and 21 May. For the second successive year, Donna Fraser gained a hat-trick of wins in the under-17 women’s 100 metres (12.2), 200 metres (24.4) and 400 metres (55.3). Linda Smith won the senior women’s 400m (56.5) with Sharon Glover-Vecchi third (57.3). Sharon was also third in the 200 metres (25.9). Samantha Farquharson won the women’s 100 metre hurdles (14.3). Karen Sutton was second in the women’s 1500 metres (4.27.8). Lea Haggett was third in the women’s high jump (1.75). David Morrish was third in the men’s 400 metres (49.9). Russell Jones was fourth in the pole vault (3.60). Julie Moore was fourth in the women’s javelin (32.88). Chris King was fifth in the hammer (42.90). Jason Livingston gained a double win in the under-200 100 metres (10.8) and 200 metres (21.9). Neil Owen won the under-17 110 metre hurdles in a championship best performance of 13.8 seconds, and also won the 200 metres (23.6). Shane Roiser won the under-17 100 metres (11.4) with Jermaine Lindo second (11.7). David Simpson won the under-17 400 metres (50.8). William Gilles won the under-17 high jump (1.94) with Lee Beadon second (1.80). Michelle Pierre was second in the under-17 women’s 200 metres (25.5). Hayley Payne was second in the under-17 women’s 400 metres (62.8).

The second UK Women’s League Division Two match of the season took place at Liverpool on 24 June. Croydon finished third in the match, but remained on top of the Division Two table. There were A-string wins for Samantha Farquharson (100m hurdles), Maggie Lynes (shot), Frances Rooney (under-15 high jump) and Amanda Hart (under-15 long jump).

In the English Schools Championships at Wigan, Donna Fraser won the under-17 girls’ 200 metres (24.3)

On 15 and 16 July David Criscuolo placed fifth in the Southern decathlon championship at Waltham Forest, setting a new club record of 6080 points. Later that week former club president Jo Carlile died of cancer at the age of 48. She was the sister of Croydon’s former international shot putter Nick Morgan.

On 23 July Croydon’s women finished third in the GRE Jubilee Cup Final at Cwmbran. Maggie Lynes won the shot (16.24) and discus (37.44). Lea Haggett won the high jump (1.75). Croydon’s men competed in the GRE Gold Cup at the same venue and finished sixth. Hopeton Lindo won the high jump with a personal best of 2.18 metres.

In the WAAA Championships in Birmingham, Donna Fraser won the under-20 200 metres (24.14).

Croydon’s men finished fourth in British League Division Five. Their penultimate match, at Swansea, was Julian Hislop’s last appearance for the club: he fell heavily in the 110m hurdles and badly injured a knee.

The final UK Women’s League Division Two match of the season took place at Feltham on 27 August. Croydon won the match by just half a point from Shettleston. Croydon also won the Division Two championship and gained promotion to Division One for the first (and so far the only) time. Judy Oakes won the shot (17.96) and discus (50.44). There were also A-string wins for Sharon Glover-Vecchi (400m hurdles), Lea Haggett (high jump), Maggie Lynes (javelin) and Donna Newsom (under-15 shot). 16-year-old Amanda Bridge showed excellent team spirit by competing in the 800 metres, 1500 metres and 3000 metres against senior opponents to gain valuable points.

Also on 27 August, Donna Fraser was competing in the European Under-20 Championships in Varazdin (Yugoslavia), where she helped Britain to finish fifth in the women’s 4 x 100 metre relay.

The new synthetic track at Croydon Arena was completed in September, although the track was not reopened for training until December, after a dispute between Croydon Council and the contractors. Although the track was still closed for training, Croydon Harriers were allowed to hold a track meeting there on 1 October. Devon Wright won the 100 metres (11.2) while Ade Odunsi won the 800 metres in a club junior record of 1 minute 51.5. Tom Connell won the mile (4.29.1). Among those present were three Harriers who had taken part in the first ever meeting at the Arena when it was opened as a cinder track in 1953: Austin Fox, Jim Hurley and Edwin Short.

The fourth Croydon 10K road race took place on 15 October, and attracted an unusually strong field, with six runners finishing in under 32 minutes. Johan Engholm of Sweden won in a course record of 30 minutes 06 (which was beaten by Australian Peter Brett two years later). The first Croydon Harrier was Alan Dolton, who placed sixth in 31 minutes 59.

The Surrey Cross-Country Championships were held at Frimley on 9 December. For the first time for many years, Croydon failed to complete a team in the senior men’s race, having only five runners. Julian Dillow led them home in 67th place. Croydon had no competitors in the senior women’s race. Amanda Bridge was ninth in the under-17 women’s race. Rachel Crane was fifth in the under-15 girls’ race.

1990

The Commonwealth Games took place in Auckland in January 1990. Croydon’s Judy Oakes gained a silver medal in the shot putt, recording 18 metres 43. She was beaten by her England team-mate and local rival Myrtle Augee of Bromley Ladies, who won the event by five centimetres.

The Surrey Cross-Country League completed its 28th season with matches on 10 February. Croydon placed fourth in Division Two.

The Surrey Womens Cross-Country League completed its eleventh season with a match at Brockwell Park on 24 February. Croydon finished eleventh. At the subsequent League AGM it was agreed to split the league into two divisions from the 1991/92 season.

The East Surrey League held its annual road race at Ewell on 10 April. Box Hill Racers won the team event. Croydon placed second: their team comprised Alan Dolton (6th, 22.00), Graham Hansen (7th, 22.00), Barry Cooke (9th, 22.08) and Ron Harris (13th, 22.30). Croydon placed fourth in the final league table.

The first part of the Surrey championships took place on 22 April at Woking. David Criscuolo won the decathlon for the second successive year, with a championship best performance of 6071 points.  Croydon won the women’s 4 x 100m relay (47.4): the team comprised Natasha McLean, Lynne Draper, Annabel Soper and Michelle Pierre. Croydon had two medallists in the 10000 metres with Gary Bishop second in 32 minutes 17.0 and Alan Dolton third in 32 minutes 27.1. Paul Cripps was second in the triple jump (12.64). Linda Dunglison was second in the women’s 400 metre hurdles (62.2). Susie Cook was third in the women’s 800 metres (2.25.0). William Gilles was second in the under-20 high jump (1.95). Donovan Broderick won the under-17 pentathlon (2633 pts). Duncan Macdonald won the under-17 javelin (56.82). Lucy Cook won the unuder-15 girls’ 800 metres (2.21.3).

On 12 May Croydon had their first match in Division One of the UK Women’s League. They finished third of the six competing clubs. Lea Haggett, who had celebrated her 18th birthday three days earlier, won the high jump with a club record 1.83 metres. There were also A-string wins for Maggie Lynes (shot), Michelle Pierre (under-17 200 metres), Lucy Cook (under-15 800m), Amanda Hart (under-15 long jump) and Annabel Ledford (under-15 discus).

The main Surrey Championships took place at Croydon Arena on 19 and 20 May. Croydon had all the first five finishers in the women’s 100 metres. 18-year-old Annabel Soper won in 12.1, with 20-year-old Samantha Farquharson second (12.4) and 17-year-old Donna Fraser third (12.4). Val Theobalds was fourth (12.4) and Yvonne Cole fifth (12.7). Croydon also had all three medallists in the women’s 200 metres, with Donna Fraser first (24.0), Val Theobalds second (24.5) and Linda Smith third (24.9). Linda had previously won the women’s 400 metres (55.5). Samantha Farquharson won the women’s 100 metre hurdles (13.8). The best performance from Croydon’s men came from David McKenzie who won the 200 metres in 21.7. Lea Haggett was second in the women’s high jump (1.80). Russell Jones was third in the pole vault (3.80). Barry Cooke was fifth in the 3000 metre steeplechase (9.50.2). Dennis Wallington was fifth in the long jump (5.80). Michelle Steen was sixth in the women’s long jump (4.81). Michelle Pierre gained a hat-trick of wins in the under-17 women’s 100 metres (12.6), 200 metres (25.1) and 400 metres (58.5). Mark Purser won the under-20 110 metre hurdles (15.7), and also placed second in the 100 metres (11.4), behind club colleague Shane Roiser (11.2). Nwabueze Amiaka won the under-20 triple jump (13.79). 16-year-old Duncan Macdonald won the under-20 javelin (56.68). William Gilles was third in the under-20 long jump (6.52). Neil Owen was second in the under-17 100 metres (11.7). Stephen Lynch was second in the under-17 hammer (37.70). Natasha McLean was third in the under-17 women’s 100 metres (12.9). Amanda Hart won the under-15 girls’ 100 metres (13.0) and long jump (5.29).

The English Schools Championships were held at Derby on 14 July. Three Croydon athletes won gold medals. Donna Fraser won the senior 200 metres (23.9), while Annabel Soper won the senior 100 metres (11.5) and Dawn Grazette won the shot putt (13.27). Michelle Pierre placed third in the under-17 400 metres (58.3). Mark Purser placed fifth in the senior 400 metre hurdles (55.5).

On 15 July Croydon’s women finished second, just three points ahead of Coventry, in their GRE Jubilee Cup semi-final at Dudley. There were wins for Donna Fraser (200m, 24.1), Lea Haggett (high jump, 1.85), Maggie Lynes (shot, 15.57) and the 4 x 100m relay team of Val Theobalds, Annabel Soper, Lynne Draper and Donna Fraser (46.3).

Croydon’s men were competing in Division Five of the British League for the fifth successive year. They placed third in the first two matches and second in the third match. In the final match, at Liverpool on 11 August, they won with 247 points, finishing ahead of Liverpool (237) and London Irish (232).  There were A-string wins for William Gilles in the high jump (1.85) and veteran Eric Barker in the hammer (44.52). Croydon also won both relays. The 4 x 100m team of David McKenzie, Richard Haizelden, Devon Wright and Mark McIntyre won in 42.3. The 4 x 400m team of David McKenzie, Richard Haizelden, David Criscuolo and Duane Hart won in 3.18.2. This win gave Croydon second place in the final Division Five table, and promotion to Division Four.

Four Croydon athletes competed in the World Junior Championships, held in Bulgaria from 8 to 17 August, and all four won medals. Jason Livingston placed second in the 100 metres, recording 10.25 seconds. Britain took second place in the women’s 4 x 100 relay, with a team which included two Croydon runners in Annabel Soper and Donna Fraser. Lea Haggett was third in the high jump, equalling her personal best of 1 metre 88.

On 18 August Croydon’s women finished fifth in the GRE Jubilee Cup Final at Gateshead. Judy Oakes won the shot (18.55) and placed second in the discus (49.26). Lea Haggett won the high jump (1.80). Samantha Farquharson was second in the 100m hurdles (13.75) and Helen Burkart was third in the 400m (54.90).

The final UK Womens League Division One match of the season was at Birmingham on 25 August. After placing third in the first match, Croydon had finished last in the second match at Edinburgh, and needed to beat host club Birchfield to avoid relegation. Croydon finished fifth in the match, beating Birchfield by 16 points to stay in Division One. Judy Oakes won the shot (18.40) and discus (50.76) while Maggie Lynes won the B-string in both events. Lynne Draper won the long jump (5.80) while Cathy Warner won the B event (5.60). Samantha Farquharson won the 100m hurdles (14.12) and Croydon finished second in both senior relays.

The Surrey Womens Cross-Country League began its 12th season with a race at Tilford on 13 October. This was the final season in which all 24 clubs competed in the same division. The under-17 race was won by Jeina Mitchell, making her debut for Croydon. She lived in Mitcham and had previously competed for Hercules-Wimbledon, and at the English Schools Championships she had won the under-17 women’s 1500 metres, finishing ten seconds ahead of Bedford’s Paula Radcliffe.

The fifth annual Croydon 10K road race was held on 21 October. The winner was Steve Harris of Boxhill Racers in 30 minutes 27. For Croydon, Barry Cooke was third (32.37) with Alastair Da Costa fourth (32.48) and Alan Dolton fifth (33.02).

The Surrey Cross-Country Championships were held at Coulsdon on 8 December, with snow falling during the races. Croydon’s Jeina Mitchell won the under-17 women’s race. Croydon placed third in the team event, with Lisa Fillingham 19th and Amanda Bridge 21st. Karen Sutton was eighth in the senior women’s race. With Juliet Cleghorn 36th and Rochelle Roy 44th, Croydon placed eighth in the team event. Croydon’s senior men also placed eighth, with Barry Cooke 34th, Richard Knight 45th, and Julian Dillow 63rd. Deron Fagan was tenth in the under-17 race. Yacin Yusuf was third in the under-13 boys’ race.

The annual Tadworth 10-mile road race took place on 30 December. The race was won by former London marathon winner Mike Gratton of Invicta, in 50 minutes 06. Croydon won the team event. Their team comprised Alan Dolton (16th, 55.06); Alastair Da Costa (17th, 55.07) and Julian Dillow (18th, 55.15).

1991

1991 saw the Surrey Cross-Country League complete its 29th season. Heavy snow caused the cancellation of the final Division One match, scheduled to be held at Coulsdon on 9 February. The final Division Two match at Tilford went ahead, although the snow prevented many runners from the London area from reaching the venue. Croydon were third in the table before the match, safe from relegation and with only a small chance of promotion: the team obeyed the weather forecasters’ advice to avoid unnecessary travel, and did not compete.

The Surrey Womens Cross-Country League completed its 12th season with a match at Coulsdon on 24 February, with all 24 clubs competing in the same division for the final time. Croydon finished 12th and were relegated to the newly-formed Division Two.

The first part of the Surrey Championships was held at Kingsmeadow on 21 April. Gary Bishop was fourth in the 10000 metres (31.07.4). William Gilles won the under-20 pentathlon (2751 pts) and high jump (1.93). Anthony Scott won the under-17 400 metre hurdles (64.1). Alison Williams was third in the under-17 women’s heptathlon (2830 pts).

The Surrey Championships were held at Croydon Arena on 18 and 19 May. Donna Fraser won the women’s 400 metres with a championship best performance of 54.4 seconds, with Lynne Draper-Boult second (55.2). Judy Oakes won the women’s shot with a championship best performance of 18.55 metres, and also won the discus (49.94). Annabel Soper won the women’s 100 metres (11.8) with Valerie Theobalds second (12.2). Earlier Valerie had won the women’s 200 metres (25.2) with Sharon Vecchi fourth (26.4) and Michelle Pierre sixth (26.6). Dawn Grazette was second in the women’s shot (14.59) and fifth in the discus (37.62). Lea Haggett was second in the women’s high jump (1.85). Chris King was third in the hammer (42.94). Russell Jones was fifth in the pole vault (3.70). Richard Haizelden was fifth in the 200 metres (23.1). Gary Bishop was sixth in the 5000 metres (14.46.5). Mark Purser won the under-20 200 metres (22.9) with Neil Owen second (23.2). Earlier Neil had won the under-20 100 metres with Mark second, both recording 11.6 seconds. David Simpson won the under-20 400 metres (49.2). William Gilles won the under-20 triple jump (12.71), and was also third in the long jump (6.34). Duncan Macdonald won the under-20 javelin (53.60). Philip Blatch was third in this event (43.82), second in the under-17 high jump (1.80) and third in the under-17 shot (11.09). Amanda Hart won the under-17 women’s long jump (5.18). Natasha McLean was second in the under-17 women’s 100 metres (13.1) and 200 metres (26.2). Anthony Scott was second in the under-17 100 metre hurdles (15.2). Lucy Cook was third in the under-17 women’s 400 metres (62.1). Natasha Danvers won the under-15 75 metre hurdles (12.5).

The UK Championships took place at Cardiff on 8 and 9 June. Judy Oakes won the women’s shot with 18 metres 37, and Lea Haggett won the women’s high jump with 1 metre 85.

The Surrey Schools Championships were held at Kingsmeadow on 8 June. Croydon athletes won both the senior 100 metres titles. Shane Roiser won the boys’ title in a new championship record of 11.0 seconds, while Annabel Soper won the girls’ title in 12.1 seconds. Among the other Croydon winners were Mark Purser in the 110 metre hurdles (14.2) and Michelle Pierre in the senior girls’ 400 metres (57.6).

The English Schools Championships were held at Stoke on 13 July. Croydon’s Donna Fraser retained her 200 metres title, winning in 23.89 seconds. This was the sixth successive year that Donna had won an English Schools title: she had been junior champion in 1986 and 1987, and intermediate champion in 1988 and 1989. Another Croydon winner was Jeina Mitchell, who won the intermediate 1500 metres (4.28.30).

At the European Junior Championships, held in August in Thessalonika, Donna Fraser won the 400 metres in a new Surrey women’s record of 52.54 seconds. She also helped Britain to finish second in the women’s 4 x 100 metre relay.

The World Championships took place in Tokyo in August. Judy Oakes placed eighth in the shot with a putt of 17.81 metres.

The Rosenheim League Final was held at Tooting on 21 August. Croydon won the title for the third time in four years. The Eastern Division of the league had consistently seen good fields in the men’s events, but poor fields in the women’s events. The League AGM subsequently agreed to discontinue the separate women’s events, although women could still compete as non-scorers. The women’s events were not reinstated until 2004.

Croydon’s men narrowly retained their status in Division Four of the British League, avoiding relegation by just one place. Croydon’s women were competing in Division One of the UK Womens League for the second time. They had a disappointing season, finishing last in every match, and were duly relegated.

The Surrey Womens Cross-Country League began its 13th season on 12 October at Wimbledon, with the clubs being split into two divisions for the first time. Croydon Harriers gained a clear win in the Division Two match with 42 points, led by Karen Sutton who was the individual winner. Juliet Cleghorn was third with Glynis Evans 11th, Nicola Cook 13th, Olive Burke 14th and Rochelle Roy 15th. Jeina Mitchell won the under-17 race.

The sixth Croydon 10K road race was held on 20 October. It was won by Australian Peter Brett, running for Swansea Harriers, in a course record of 30 minutes 03 seconds. The first Croydon Harrier was Alan Dolton who placed 13th in 33 minutes 13. Karen Sutton was the second woman to finish (37.58).

The Surrey Cross-Country Championships were held at Frimley on 14 December. Jeina Mitchell won the under-17 women’s race, and led Croydon to victory in the team event with Lucy Cook eighth and Emma Withrington 13th. Croydon’s senior women were fifth, led by Karen Sutton who placed fourth. Wendy Cottrell was ninth with Glynis Evans 25th and Heather Fenton 35th. Croydon’s senior men were sixth, led by Stuart Nash who finished fifth. Richard Knight was 14th, Barry Cooke 23rd and Eddie Knox 46th.

1992

The Surrey Cross-Country League completed its 30th season with matches on 15 February. Croydon placed second in Division Two, regaining their Division One status after six seasons. In the final match at Lloyd Park, Jimmy Zaple was fourth with Richard Knight 8th, Barry Cooke 16th and Dave Warren 28th.

The Surrey Womens Cross-Country League completed its 13th season with a match at Coulsdon on 22 February. Dulwich won Division Two with Croydon also gaining promotion in second place. In the final match, Wendy Cottrell-Teahan was third with Glynis Evans 21st, Olive Burke 29th and Rochelle Roy 33rd.

The English Schools Cross-Country Championships were held at Bristol on 7 March. Jeina Mitchell finished third.

The Polytechnic Marathon took place on 8 March, being held for the first time since 1987. The winner was former London Marathon champion Hugh Jones. The first over-40 was Croydon’s Stan Collie, who placed fifth in a lifetime best of 2 hours 34 minutes 59 seconds (which was also a Croydon over-40 record).

Croydon Council transferred the administration of Croydon Arena to a limited company (which operated the Arena until 1995).

The East Surrey League held its annual road race at Ewell on 14 April. Stuart Nash was second, and led Croydon to victory in the team event. Richard Knight was fifth, Sean Sanders ninth and Barry Cooke 11th.

The first part of the Surrey Championships took place at Kingsmeadow on 2 and 3 May. Jeina Mitchell won the women’s 3000 metres (9.40.7) with Wendy Teahan second (9.42.3). 18-year-old Christian Verheyden won the senior men’s javelin (48.66). Richard Knight was third in the 10000 metres (32.12.1) with Alan Dolton fourth (33.38.2). William Gilles won the under-20 pentathlon (2740 pts) and high jump (1.85). Jon McCallum won the under-17 3000 metres (9.10.1). Deron Fagan was third in the under-20 3000 metres (9.20.8). Danny Ravate won the under-17 400 metre hurdles (61.9). Clare Turner was third in the under-17 women’s 300 metre hurdles (50.9). Abby Penlington was third in the under-17 women’s high jump (1.35).

The main Surrey Championships took place at Croydon Arena on 16 and 17 May. 18-year-old Michelle Pierre won the senior women’s 400 metres in 55.7 seconds. Yvonne Cole won the 100 metres (12.5) with Donna Fraser second in (12.6). Donna was also second in the 200 metres (25.2), with Yvonne third (26.0). Jeina Mitchell won the women’s 1500 metres (4.25.7) with Wendy Teahan third (4.33.3). Olive Burke won the women’s 100 metre hurdles (15.2) and was second in the 400 metre hurdles (62.7). David Morrish was third in the men’s 400 metres (51.3) with Mark Purser fourth (52.3). Gary Bishop was fourth in the 5000 metres (14.47.0). Sam Kabiswa was fifth in the 100 metres (11.5) and 200 metres (22.9). Chris King was fifth in the hammer (43.42). William Gilles won both the under-20 110 metre hurdles (16.4) and triple jump (12.82), and was second in the long jump (6.57). Duncan Macdonald won the under-20 javelin (60.40) with Christian Verheyden third (50.56). Rodney Browne was second in the under-20 men’s 200 metres (22.6) and third in the 100 metres (11.5). Ada Nwosu won the under-17 women’s 100 metres (13.0) and was third in the 200 metres (26.1). Amanda Hart won the under-17 women’s long jump (4.91). Jon McCallum won the under-17 men’s 1500 metres (4.11.3). Scott Perry was third in the under-17 discus (36.30). Lucy Cook was third in the under-17 women’s javelin (35.84). Natasha Danvers won the under-15 girls’ 75 metre hurdles in a championship best performance of 11.3 seconds.

The English Schools Championships took place at Hull on 11 July. Jeina Mitchell won the senior 1500 metres (4.23.91). Natasha Danvers was second in the junior 75 metre hurdles (11.27).

Croydon finished fourth in Division Two of the UK Womens League. Croydon’s men finished third in Division Four of the British League. They won the final match of the season, at Jarrow on 22 August.

Croydon’s men also finished third in the Surrey Road League, behind Box Hill Racers and Thames Hare & Hounds.

The seventh Croydon 10K was held on 19 October. The race started and finished at Lloyd Park Avenue for the first time, following the closure of John Ruskin High School which had previously been used as the finish. (The school buildings were subsequently demolished, and Postmill Close now stands on the site.) Former Croydon Harrier Ken Penney, now running for Box Hill Racers, won in 30 minutes 59. The first Croydon Harrier was Richard Knight  who placed fourth (32.32). Karen Sutton won the women’s race (35.56).

The Surrey Cross-Country Championships were held were held at Happy Valley in Old Coulsdon on 12 December. Croydon’s women placed third. They were led by Karen Sutton who was fourth, while Jeina Mitchell was sixth and Merrill April was 31st. Croydon’s men placed sixth. Stuart Nash finished fourth with Richard Knight sixth, Barry Cooke 29th and Julian Dillow 50th. Yacin Yusuf finished second in the under-15 boys’ race with Robert South fifth. Vicki Goodwin was sixth in the under-17 women’s race.

1993

The Surrey Cross-Country League completed its 31st season with matches on 13 February. Croydon finished eighth in Division One, and were relegated to Division Two.

The Surrey Womens Cross-Country League completed its 14th season with a match at Lloyd Park on 13 March. Croydon finished third in Division One. Karen Sutton and Jeina Mitchell each won one of the four league races. They were supported by Alison Parry, Juliet Cleghorn, Merrill April, Glynis Evans and Christine James.

The East Surrey League held its annual road relay at Box Hill on 13 March. Croydon were second, behind Hercules-Wimbledon. Croydon’s team comprised Stuart Nash (10.04), Eddie Knox (10.25), Richard Knight (10.44) and Barry Cooke (10.22).

The first part of the Surrey Championships took place at Wimbledon on 2 May. Jeina Mitchell won the women’s 3000 metres in 9 minutes 34.2. Manny Nsudoh won the triple jump (14.16). Anthony Scott won the under-20 men’s 400 metre hurdles (57.8). Christian Verheyden was second in the under-20 javelin (49.18). Deron Fagan was second in the under-20 3000 metres (9.15.8). Clover Wynter-Pink won the under-17 women’s heptathlon (4674 pts). Abby Penlington was second in the under-17 women’s high jump (1.40).

The Surrey AA had not yet begun holding separate veterans’ championships (these did not start until 1995). However the meeting at Wimbledon did include Surrey veterans’ championships for the 100, 200 and 400 metres. Graham Pope won both the 100 metres (12.6) and 200 metres (25.3), while Dave Hayward won the 400 metres (54.6).

The main Surrey Championships took place at Croydon Arena on 15 and 16 May. Sam Kabiswa won the men’s 400 metres (49.0) and was fifth in the 100 metres (11.2). Annabel Soper won the women’s 100 metres (12.3) and was second in the 200 metres (25.1). Dawn Grazette won the women’s shot (14.00). William Gilles was second in the 110 metre hurdles (16.9), and fifth in both the high jump (1.85) and long jump (6.42). Olive Burke was second in the women’s 400 metre hurdles (62.2). Brian Downer was third in the long jump (6.56) with Manny Nsudoh fourth (6.50). Mark Purser was fourth in the 400 metres (50.6). Chris King was fourth in the hammer (42.94). Dave Warren was fifth in the 3000 metre steeplechase (10.47.0). Julie Cruse was fifth in the women’s 800 metres (2.18.6) with Susie Cook sixth (2.21.5). Jeina Mitchell gained a double win in the under-20 800 metres (2.14.7) and 1500 metres (4.37.1). Lucy Cook won the under-20 women’s javelin (37.64). Rodney Browne was second in the under-20 men’s 100 metres (11.5) and 200 metres (23.5). Karl Jackson won the under-17 pole vault (3.10) and was third in the high jump (1.75). Scott perry was second in both the under-17 discus (39.56) and javelin (46.66). Kulwent Hayre was second in the under-17 triple jump (2.50) and third in the pole vault (2.50). Umut Erol was second in the under-17 hammer (37.08). Ada Nwosu was second in both the under-17 women’s 100 metres (12.7) and 200 metres (26.9). Clover Wynter-Pink was second in both the under-17 women’s long jump (5.18) and javelin (40.52). Lisa Gilles became the first Croydon woman to compete in the pole vault, placing third in the under-17 event by clearing 1 metre 90. Julie O’Shaughnessy was third in the under-17 women’s 100 metres (12.8).

The Southern Under-20 Championships took place at Barking on 30 May. Natasha Danvers won the 100 metre hurdles in 13.98 seconds, while Jeina Mitchell won the 1500 metres (4.26.86).

The Surrey Schools Championships took place at Norbiton on 12 June. For Croydon, Rodney Browne won the senior 200 metres (22.9), while Robert South won the under-17 3000 metres in 9 minutes 24.3.

In the AAA under-20 championships at Bedford on 4 July, Jeina Mitchell won the 1500 metres in 4 minutes 25.47, with future marathon international Liz Talbot of Bedford placing second. Liz, who is now better known under her married name of Liz Yelling, gained her revenge six days later, beating Jeina in the English Schools Championships at Blackpool on 10 July, where she ran 4 minutes 27.82 while Jeina ran 4.29.09. Also at the English Schools Championships, Natasha Danvers won the under-17 300 metre hurdles in 41.99 seconds. Natasha also won the 300 metre hurdles at the AAA under-17 championships at Birmingham, recording 42.61.

On 1 August Croydon’s women finished second in their GRE Jubilee Cup semi-final at West London stadium. There were wins for Donna Fraser (200m, 24.10), Samantha Farquharson (100m hurdles, 13.76) and Olive Burke (400m hurdles, 61.38). The 4 x 400m team of Simone Harrison, Olive Burke, Julie Cruse and Linda Smith won in 3.55.9.

Both Croydon’s men and women had disappointing league seasons; the men were relegated from Division Four of the British League while the women were relegated from Division Two of the UK Womens League.

On 30 August Croydon’s women finished sixth of eight clubs in the GRE Jubilee Cup Final at Sheffield. Maggie Lynes was second in the shot (15.86) and third in the discus (44.76). Alison Parry was second in the 800 metres (2.08.49). Donna Fraser was third in the 200m (23.85) and Olive Burke was fourth in the 400m hurdles (60.61).

The eighth annual Croydon 10K took place on 17 October. The first Croydon Harrier was Martin Walmsley, who placed tenth in 34 minutes 51.

The Surrey Cross-Country Championships were held at Frimley on 11 December. Croydon won the under-15 team event with Neil Cahillane fourth, Steve Bayliss seventh, Duncan Woolmer eighth and Chris Purser 18th. Yacin Yusuf was second in the under-17 race. Croydon’s senior men placed 13th, led by Eddie Knox (27th) and Richard Knight (46th). Vicki Goodwin was seventh in the under-17 women’s race, and Kate Hays was fifth in the under-15 girls’ race. Croydon had no senior women.

1994

The Surrey Cross-Country League completed its 32nd season with matches on 12 February. Croydon finished second in Division Two. In the final match at Wimbledon, they were led by Sean Sanders (14th), Jimmy Zaple (15th), Eddie Knox (17th) and Richard Knight (18th).

The Surrey Womens Cross-Country League completed its 15th season with a match at Reigate on 19 February. Croydon finished bottom of Division One, and were relegated to Division Two.

The East Surrey League held its annual road race at Ewell on 12 April. Croydon won the team event with Richard Knight second, Barry Cooke third, Deron Fagan 7th and Dave Warren 9th. Hercules-Wimbledon won the league title with 41 points, just one point ahead of Croydon.

At Wimbledon on 7 May, Vicki Goodwin was second in the Surrey under-20 women’s 3000 metre championship (11.21.1). On the following day Jon McCallum won the under-20 men’s 3000 metres (8.53.3). Katherine Lee was third in the under-17 women’s 800 metres (2.21.9).

The main Surrey Championships took place at Croydon on 14 and 15 May. Croydon’s best event was the women’s 400 metres where Donna Fraser won in 55.4 seconds, with club colleagues Nicki Lamb second in 56.3 and Michelle Pierre third in 56.4. Alison Parry won the women’s 800 metres (2.11.7) and was third in the 1500 metres (4.39.6). Gary Bishop won the men’s 5000 metres in 14 minutes 51.0. Annabel Soper was second in both the women’s 100 metres (12.0) and 200 metres (24.7). Lea Haggett was second in the women’s high jump (1.70). Michelle Steen was second in the women’s triple jump (9.30). Richard Sexton was second in the men’s 400 metre hurdles (56.5). Manny Nsudoh was second in the men’s triple jump (14.14) and third in the long jump (6.77). Brian Downer was second in the men’s long jump (6.81). William Gilles was third in the men’s pole vault (3.80), fourth in both the 110 metre hurdles (16.2) and long jump (6.48), and sixth in the javelin (39.78). Nicki Lamb was third in the women’s 200 metres (25.7). Julie Cruse was fourth in the women’s 800 metres (2.16.0). Sam Kabiswa was fifth in both the men’s 200 metres (22.3) and 400 metres (50.0). Jeremy Booth was fifth in the men’s long jump (6.47). Jonathan Nardinochi was fifth in the men’s javelin (39.92). Chris King was sixth in the men’s hammer (43.78). Steve Kempton won the under-20 men’s 200 metres (22.8) and was second in the 100 metres (11.1). Vicki Goodwin won the under-20 women’s 1500 metres (5.09.4) and was third in the 800 metres (2.28.5). Ada Nwosu won the under-20 women’s 200 metres (26.0) and was second in the 100 metres (12.7). Rodney Browne was second in the under-20 men’s 200 metres (22.9) and was third in the 100 metres (11.2). Lucy Cook was second in the under-20 women’s javelin (43.20). Croydon had all three medallists in the under-17 women’s 200 metres where Wooday Sidibe won (25.7) with Clover Wynter-Pink second (26.1) and Simone Harrison third (26.4). Wooday also won the 100 metres (12.5) while Simone won the 300 metres (41.6). Clover won both the high jump (1.55) and javelin (39.84) and was second in the long jump (4.84). Mike Nesbeth won the under-17 men’s triple jump (12.55) and was second in the 100 metre hurdles (15.7). James Morley won the under-17 men’s high jump (1.80). Umut Erol won the under-17 men’s hammer (42.64). Claire Pearson was second in the under-17 women’s discus (25.30). For the second successive year, some veterans’ events were included in the championships. Ken Crooke gained a double win in the over-60 5000 metres (21.29.1) and 10000 metres (44.51.7). Robin Dickson won the over-50 1500 metres (4.40.9) while Dave Hayward won the over-40 400 metres (55.5).

The Southern Under-20 Championships were held at Crystal Palace on 28 May. Natasha Danvers won the 100 metre hurdles for the second successive year, recording 14.2 seconds. Jeina Mitchell won the 800 metres in 2 minutes 09.46.

The Surrey Schools Championships were held at Norbiton on 11 June. For Croydon, Jon McCallum won the senior 1500 metres (4.12.7). Robert South won the under-17 3000 metres for the second successive year (9.47.7), with Steve Bayliss second (9.49.9). Chris Purser won the under-17 800 metres (2.05.9).

The AAA Under-20 Championships were held at Bedford on 3 July. Croydon’s Jeina Mitchell won the 800 metres in a personal best 2 minutes 05.85 seconds.

The English Schools Championships were held at Telford on 9 July. Croydon’s Natasha Danvers won the under-17 300 metre hurdles for the second successive year, recording 43.15 seconds. Yacin Yusuf won the under-17 3000 metres in 8 minutes 49.23.

At the AAA under-17 championships at Birmingham, Natasha Danvers won the 300 metre hurdles for the second successive year, recording 42.60 seconds.

The British Athletic League completed its 26th season with matches on 6 August. Croydon finished bottom of Division Five and only finished seventh in the Qualifying Match at Cannock, so that they were relegated back to the Southern League after nine years in the British League. However, Croydon’s women had a better season, finishing third in Division Three of the UK Womens League. Because the top two divisions were being enlarged, this was sufficient to gain promotion to Division Two.

On 20 and 21 August William Gilles placed second in the South of England decathlon championship at Copthall, recording 6255 points.

The Commonwealth Games took place in Edmonton in late August. Judy Oakes, competing in her fifth Commonwealth Games, won the women’s shot with a putt of 18 metres 16. Lea Haggett placed fifth in the high jump with 1 metres 88.

The ninth annual Croydon 10K took place on 16 October. Gary Bishop, running for Box Hill Racers, won in 31 minutes 43. (This was the final time that the Croydon 10K was held on its original course, as introduced in 1986. The route had involved two crossings of Park Hill Road, at the junctions with Fairfield Road and Coombe Road. Croydon Council subsequently decided that increasing traffic meant that this had become too dangerous. At the Council’s insistence, the race scheduled for October 1995 was cancelled at short notice. The race was subsequently revived on its current course in April 1996.)

The Surrey Cross-Country Championships were held were held at Happy Valley in Old Coulsdon on 10 December. Croydon’s senior men placed eighth, led by Barry Cooke who was 19th.  Croydon’s under-17s comfortably won their team event with Yacin Yusuf placing second, Robert South third, Steve Bayliss fifth and Neil Cahillane 19th. Croydon Harriers’ women were sixth, led by Julie Cruse (11th), Heather Fenton (39th) and Vicki Goodwin (46th). Katherine Lee placed second in the under-17 women’s race.

1995

The Surrey Cross-Country League completed its 33rd season with matches on 11 February. Croydon finished bottom of Division One.

In the AAA Indoor under-20 championships in Birmingham, Natasha Danvers won the 60 metre hurdles (8.60).

The Surrey Under-20 1500 metre championships were held at Wimbledon on 29 April. Yacin Yusuf won the men’s race in 4 minutes 09.3, while Katherine Lee won the women’s race in 5 minutes 00.6. On the same day Barry Cooke was second in the Surrey 3000 metre steeplechase championship (9.52.6). Jonathan Nardinochi was second in the Surrey decathlon championship (4698 pts).

The main Surrey Championships were held at Croydon Arena on 13 and 14 May. Croydon were particularly strong in the women’s sprints, taking all three medals in the 100 metres, 200 metres and 100 metre hurdles. Annabel Soper won the 100 metres (12.2) with Yvonne Cole second (12.3) and Francoise Moore third (12.4). Donna Fraser won the 200 metres (24.0) with Annabel Soper second (25.4), Michelle Pierre third (24.5) and Francoise Moore fourth (26.0). Natasha Danvers won the 100 metre hurdles in a championship best performance of 13.8, with Olive Burke second (14.6) and Clover Wynter-Pink third (14.7). Natasha also won the under-20 100 metres (12.3) and 200 metres (25.1), both of these being championship best performances. Michelle Pierre won the senior 400 metres (57.4) with Jeina Mitchell fourth (60.2) and Lucy Cook sixth (64.1). Judy Oakes gained a double win in the women’s shot (17.89) and discus (49.90). Julie Cruse was second in the women’s 800 metres (2.10.5) with Alison Parry third (2.11.5). Susie Cook was third in the women’s 1500 metres (5.26.5). Croydon’s men were outshone by the club’s women, but William Gilles was second in both the pole vault (3.80) and long jump (6.81), and third in the 110 metre hurdles (15.6). Mark Purser placed second in the 400 metre hurdles (54.8). Jeremy Booth was fourth in the long jump (6.54). Jon McCallum was fifth in the 800 metres (1.57.3). Barry Cooke was fifth in the 5000 metres (15.25.7) with Deron Fagan sixth (15.36.8). Chris King was fifth in the hammer (41.82) with Eric Barker sixth (41.16).

Katherine Lee won the under-20 women’s 800 metres (2.21.4). Clover Wynter-Pink won the under-20 long jump (5.40) and was second in both the 200 metres (25.3) and shot putt (11.51). Claire Pearson won both the under-20 discus (32.20) and the under-17 discus (31.32), and was also second in the under-17 shot (8.76). Simone Harrison was second in the under-20 400 metres (59.4). Abby Penlington was second in the under-20 high jump (1.40). Vicki Goodwin was third in the under-20 women’s 400 metre hurdles (70.0). Steve Bayliss won the under-17 men’s 3000 metres (9.16.2) with Duncan Woolmer third (9.47.6). Neil Cahillane won the under-17 800 metres in exactly 2 minutes. Mike Nesbeth won both the under-17 100 metre hurdles (14.4) and 400 metre hurdles (60.0). Kevin Eaves was second in the under-17 long jump (6.41). David Brown was second in the under-17 triple jump (11.64). Kate Hays was second in the under-17 women’s 800 metres (2.19.8). Alison Neall was third in the under-17 women’s javelin (34.98).

The Surrey Schools Championships took place at Norbiton on 10 June. For Croydon, Katherine Lee won the senior girls’ 800 metres in 2 minutes 22.3, while Clover Wynter-Pink won the 100 metre hurdles in 15.4 seconds. Yacin Yusuf placed second in the senior boys’ 1500 metres, narrowly outsprinted by Alister Moses of Reigate who had finished just behind Yacin in the Surrey Under-20 championship six weeks earlier. Steve Bayliss won the under-17 1500 metres in a personal best of 4 minutes 09.7, while Neil Cahillane won the under-17 800 metres (2.01.2). Kemila Brathwaite won the under-15 girls’ 800 metres.

The Southern Championships took place at Crystal Palace on 17 and 18 June. For Croydon, Judy Oakes won the women’s shot with a putt of 18.25 metres. Donna Fraser placed second in both the 100 metres (12.07) and 200 metres (24.28).

In the AAA under-20 championships at Bedford, Natasha Danvers won the 100 metre hurdles (13.51).

At Walton on 1 July, Kate Hays won the Surrey under-17 women’s 1500 metre championship (4.46.5).

The English Schools Championships were held at Nottingham on 8 July. Natasha Danvers won the senior girls’ 100 metre hurdles in 13.6 seconds. Club colleague Yacin Yusuf placed second in the senior boys’ 1500 metres in a personal best 3 minutes 53.82. Later in the month Natasha placed second in the 100 metre hurdles in the European Junior Championships in Hungary, running 13.46 seconds.

The World Championships took place in Gothenburg in August. Two Croydon athletes competed: Judy Oakes in the shot and Lea Haggett in the high jump, although neither of them managed to qualify for the final of their event.

Croydon’s women finished fourth in Division Two of the UK Womens League. Croydon’s men finished second in Division One of the Southern Men’s League, behind local rivals Herne Hill. Croydon won four of their six matches but were beaten by Herne Hill and Bedford. Despite finishing second in the Southern League, they were not invited to compete in the British League Qualifying Match.

The Surrey Cross-Country Championships took place at Frimley on 9 December. Jonathan McCallum won the under-20 men’s race with Robert South fifth.  Katherine Lee was second in the under-20 women’s race, while Kate Hays was second in the under-17 women’s race and Kemila Brathwaite was second in the under-15 girls’ race. Croydon’s senior men were seventh, led by Eddie Knox who placed 21st. In the senior women’s race Katherine Lee was 24th with Vicki Goodwin 41st and Susie Cook 42nd.

1996

The Surrey Womens Cross-Country League completed its 17th season with a match in Lloyd Park on 17 February. Jeina Mitchell won the race, but only two other Croydon women competed (Susie and Lucy Cook). The under-17s won the third match of the season, at Milford on 20 January, and finished second in the final league table.

The men’s Surrey League completed its 34th season with matches on the same day. Croydon finished second in Division Two. Steve Goss finished second in the final match at Richmond Park. Dave Dymond was 8th, Barry Cooke 11th and John Fitzpatrick 12th.

In the AAA Indoor under-20 championships in Birmingham, Natasha Danvers won the 60 metre hurdles for the second successive year (8.39).

In April 1996 Croydon Football Club took over the operation of Croydon Arena (following the failure of the limited company which had run it from 1992 to 1995).

The Surrey Championships took place at Croydon on 11 and 12 May. Michelle Pierre won the women’s 400 metres in a championship best performance of 53.9, and was fourth in the 200 metres (25.3). Samantha Farquharson won the 100 metre hurdles in a championship best performance 13.6 and Lea Haggett won the high jump with a championship best performance of 1.89. Jeina Mitchell won the 800 metres (2.12.3) and was third in the 400 metres (57.0). For Croydon’s men, Mark Purser won the 400 metre hurdles (54.5) and Jon McCallum won the 1500 metres (3.52.6).  Jeremy Booth was second in the triple jump (13.49). Manny Nsudoh was third in the long jump (6.90). Donna Fraser was fourth in the women’s 800 metres (2.17.4). Olive Burke was fourth in the women’s 100 metre hurdles (14.8). Chris King was fifth in the hammer (40.84).  Clover Wynter-Pink won both the under-20 women’s high jump (1.60) and long jump (5.19). Mike Nesbeth was second in both the under-20 110 metre hurdles (16.2) and long jump (6.61). Claire Pearson was second in both the under-20 women’s shot (8.80) and discus (32.58). Simone Harrison was second in the under-20 women’s 200 metres (25.4) and third in the 400 metres (60.5). Holly Lomax was third in the under-20 women’s 800 metres (2.25.3). Anthony Spratt won the under-17 men’s 100 metres (11.6). Kate Hays won the under-17 women’s 800 metres (2.19.3). Yusuf Erol won the under-17 hammer (36.44). Croydon won all three medals iin the under-17 women’s javelin with Alison Neall first (34.80), Karen Crouch second (33.64) and Gemma Hammond third (29.72). Kemila Brathwaite was second in the under-17 women’s 300 metres (42.1). Ben Poynter was second in the under-17 javelin (44.04). Liam Fitzpatrick was second in the under-17 discus (35.78) with Guy Wnuk third (35.66). Chris Purser was third in the under-17 400 metres (54.1).

At Walton on 16 June, Kate Hays was third in the Surrey under-17 women’s 1500 metre championship (4.51.6).

In the AAA under-20 championships at Bedford, Natasha Danvers won the 100 metre hurdles (13.78).

Three Croydon Harriers competed in the Olympic Games in Atlanta in early August. Judy Oakes was eleventh in the shot (18.34). Donna Fraser ran a personal best 51.58 in the 400 metres, while Lea Haggett cleared 1 metre 90 in the high jump.

The World Junior Championships were held in Sydney in late August. Natasha Danvers was sixth in the 100 metre hurdles (14.00).

Croydon finished seventh in Division Two of the UK Womens League, and were relegated to Division Three. Croydon’s men finished eighth in Division One of the Southern League.

On 28 September Barry Cooke won the fifth annual Switchback race in Addington Hills, promoted by local rivals Striders of Croydon (who had recently changed their name from Philips Striders).

On 5 October Croydon won the East Surrey League cross-country relay at Wimbledon. The team comprised Jon McCallum (9.21), Eddie Knox (9.38), Deron Fagan (9.58) and Barry Cooke (9.49).

The Surrey Cross-Country Championships took place at Coulsdon on 16 December. Jonathan McCallum placed third in the senior men’s race with Barry Cooke 23rd, Eddie Knox 26th and Mike Dawson 28th. Croydon were sixth in the team event. Susie Cook finished 19th in the women’s race with Vicki Goodwin 30th. Kemila Brathwaite was fourth in the under-17 women’s race with Alex Goodwin seventh.

1997

The Surrey Cross-Country League completed its 35th season with matches on 22 February. Croydon finished seventh in Division One, one place ahead of local rivals South London Harriers who were relegated. Croydon finished second in the East Surrey League, behind Box Hill Racers.

In the AAA Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Donna Fraser was third in the women’s 200 metres (24.15).

On 9 March Jonathan McCallum won the Wimbledon 10km road race in 30 minutes 05, the fastest time by a Croydon Harrier for 12 years. On the same weekend Donna Fraser was competing in the World Indoor Championships in Paris, helping Britain finish sixth in the women’s 4 x 400 metre relay.

The twelfth Croydon 10K was held on 6 April. The winner was Barry Cooke in 33 minutes 41. Julian Dillow was fifth (34.52) and Dave Warren seventh (34.55).

The 17th London Marathon took place on 13 April. Croydon’s John Fitzpatrick ran a lifetime best of 2 hours 31 minutes 23.

On 25 April, at Fullerton in the USA, Donna Fraser set lifetime bests of 11.32 seconds for the 100 metres and 22.90 seconds for the 200 metres.

The Surrey Championships were held at Wimbledon Park on 10 and 11 May. Michelle Pierre ran a championship best performance of 53.6 to win the women’s 400 metres for the third successive year. She also placed second in the 200 metres (25.0). Jeina Mitchell won the women’s 800 metres (2.06.2) and placed second in the 400 metres (55.9). Judy Oakes won the women’s shot (18.23), while Olive Burke won the 100 metre hurdles (14.5) and Lucy Cook won the javelin (40.60). Lea Haggett was second in the women’s high jump (1.80). Roger Jordan was third in the men’s 200 metres (22.1) and fourth in the 100 metres (11.6). William Gilles was third in both the 110 metre hurdles (15.5) and the long jump (6.67). Chris King was third in the hammer (43.70). Deron Fagan was fourth in the 1500 metres (4.08.8). Lisa Okafor was second in the under-20 women’s 400 metres (59.0) and third in the 200 metres (26.6). Alison Neall was second in the under-20 women’s javelin (39.18). Jonathan Barbour won the under-17 100 metres (11.0) and was second in the 200 metres (23.1). Kia Wnuk won the under-17 women’s pole vault (2.70). Kemila Brathwaite was second in the under-17 women’s 300 metres (42.5). Claire Sterry was second in the under-17 women’s high jump (1.55).

The Surrey Veterans’ Championships were held at Tooting on 24 May. Alan Dolton won the over-40 1500 metres in 4 minutes 32.1, while Ken Crooke won the over-65 5000 metres in 24 minutes 38.1.

In the UK Championships in Birmingham, Donna Fraser won the 400 metres (51.82) and was third in the 200 metres (23.61). In the AAA Championships at the same venue, she placed second in the 100 metres (11.74).

Three Croydon athletes were selected for the World Championships in Athens in August. Both Donna Fraser and Michelle Pierre ran in the 4 x 400 metre relay. This was Michelle’s first major Games: earlier in the year she had run a personal best of 52.77 for the 400 metres. The British women placed sixth in the final. The other Croydon athlete was shot putter Judy Oakes, who placed 14th in her event.

Croydon’s women suffered from a lack of distance runners and finished bottom of UK Womens League Division Three. Only seven women competed in the final match of the season, at Cardiff. Croydon’s men team finished 18th in Southern League Division One.

On 18 October Jonathan McCallum won the Surrey Cross-Country League Division One race at Brockwell Park, becoming the first Croydon Harrier to win a Division One race since Don Faircloth in 1980. On the same day second-claim Croydon Harrier Julie Mitchell (a student at Bristol University and no relation to Jeina) won the Surrey Womens League Division Two race.

The thirteenth Croydon 10K was held on 19 October. The two outstanding runners in the field were Stuart Major (South London Harriers) and Paul Holdham (Brighton). Unfortunately the race was marred when the lead car turned left into Mapledale Avenue rather than continuing along Lower Addiscombe Road to Sandilands as it should have done. The two leaders followed the car, thus shortening the distance which they ran. The result was allowed to stand, with Stuart Major winning the race. The rest of the field had been so far behind the two leaders that they followed the correct route. Croydon had the next two finishers with John Fitzpatrick third (34.23) and Julian Dillow fourth (35.26).

The Surrey Cross-Country Championships were held at Frimley on 13 December. Croydon’s men were led by Barry Cooke who placed 21st. Croydon’s women were led by Alex Goodwin who placed 23rd, while her elder sister Vicki Goodwin placed 26th.

1998

The Surrey Womens Cross-Country League completed its 19th season with a match at Lloyd Park on 21 February. Jeina Mitchell finished second.

On 22 February John Fitzpatrick finished second in the Kent AC ten-mile road race at Sidcup (53.47).

In the AAA Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Donna Fraser won the women’s 200 metres (23.15) and was third in the 60 metres (7.49).

The Surrey Cross-Country League completed its 36th season with matches on 28 February. Croydon finished bottom of Division One.

In the European Indoor Championships, in Valencia on 1 March, Donna Fraser placed fifth in the women’s 200 metres (23.53).

The National Veterans Cross-Country Championships were held in Lloyd Park on 28 March. Croydon’s Stan Collie placed 35th in the over-50 race, in 40 minutes 19.

The East Surrey League finished its season with the traditional road race at Ewell, on 7 April. Croydon’s John Fitzpatrick was third (20.51). Box Hill won the team event with 30 points, while Croydon were second with 34. Box Hill also won the overall league title with 48 points; Croydon were second with 43.

The fourteenth Croydon 10K was held on 19 April. Barry Cooke was third in 33 minutes 42. The first over-50 was Croydon’s Stan Collie, in 35 minutes 58. The first woman to finish was Croydon’s Heather Fenton, who placed 60th overall in 41 minutes 13 seconds.

The Surrey Championships took place on 9 and 10 May at Kingsmeadow. Paul Prater won the javelin (54.58) while Vicki Goodwin won the women’s 400 metre hurdles (68.0). Michelle Pierre was second in the women’s 200 metres (24.7). Jeina Mitchell was second in the women’s 400 metres (56.8) with Alexis Wotherspoon third (59.3). Chris King was sixth in the hammer (42.68). Mike Nesbeth won the under-20 triple jump (14.37) and was second in the long jump (6.60). Kemila Brathwaite won the under-20 women’s 400 metres (60.7). Alison Neall won the under-20 women’s javelin (39.48). Croydon’s pole vaulters took three gold medals: Anthony Rycraft (under-20 men, 3.80m), Cameron Johnston (under-17 men, 3.70m) and Kia Wnuk (under-17 women, 2.90m). Leroy Slue won the under-17 100 metres (11.4) and 200 metres (23.0). Masimba Mabika was second in the under-17 men’s long jump (6.05).

The first UK Womens League match of the season took place at Croydon Arena on 7 June. Judy Oakes won the shot (18.35) and placed second in the discus (49.14). Michelle Pierre was second in the 200 metres (25.2) and Kate Sepkes was third in the pole vault (2.60). However Croydon were hit by late withdrawals and fielded a very incomplete team, failing to comply with the league rule that clubs must contest at least two-thirds of the events. The team was subsequently expelled from the league and not allowed to compete in the remaining matches (although they were allowed into the end-of-season Qualifying Match).

The AAA Championships were held at Birmingham on 25 and 26 July. Natasha Danvers won the 400 metre hurdles (56.27) while Judy Oakes won the shot (17.82) and Donna Fraser was second in the 400 metres (51.57). In August Donna competed in the European Championships in Budapest. She placed sixth in the final of the 400 metres, running 51.53 seconds. She also helped the British 4 x 400 metre relay team to third place, behind Germany and Russia.

In the Southern Men’s League, Croydon finished 19th in Division One, narrowly avoiding relegation.

Having lost their league status earlier in the season, Croydon’s women were allowed to compete in the UK Womens League Qualifying Match at Stafford on 12 September. There were wins for Jeina Mitchell in the 800m (2.14.1), Gemma Hammond in the javelin (31.92), and the 4 x 400m relay team. Croydon finished fifth in the match.

The Surrey 10000 metre championship was held at Tooting on 19 September. Martin Walmsley was third (34.47.1) with Deron Fagan fourth (35.14.5). On the same day Dave Warren was fifth in the Surrey 3000 metre steeplechase championship (10.45.3).

The Commonwealth Games were held in Kuala Lumpur in September. Judy Oakes, who had missed the European Championships through injury, won the shot with a putt of 18.83 metres. Donna Fraser was third in the 400 metres (51.04). Natasha Danvers placed fifth in the 400 metre hurdles (56.39). Donna Fraser and Michelle Pierre helped England to second place in the 4 x 400 relay, where Donna produced an outstanding last leg of 50.2 seconds.

The fifteenth Croydon 10K was held on 11 October. The winner was Croydon’s Yacin Yusuf, who ran 31 minutes 37.

The Surrey Cross-Country Championships were held at Happy Valley in Old Coulsdon on 12 December. The men’s race was won by Yacin Yusuf, who became the first Croydon Harrier ever to win this event. Jonathan McCallum was 12th and Deron Fagan 38th. Croydon placed fifth in the team event.

1999

The Surrey Cross-Country League completed its 37th season with matches on 27 February. Croydon finished third in Division Two, behind Metropolitan Police and British Airways.

The sixteenth Croydon 10K road race was held on 11 April. The winner was Croydon’s Yacin Yusuf, who finished in 30 minutes 07 seconds, just one second ahead of Dave Taylor of Blackheath. The first over-50 was Croydon’s Stan Collie who placed 25th in 36 minutes 33. The first woman was Croydon’s Heather Fenton who placed 64th overall in 39 minutes 35.

On 13 April Yacin Yusuf also won the East Surrey League’s annual road race at Ewell. He covered the 4.2 mile course in 21 minutes 16 seconds. John Fitzpatrick was fifth (23.29), Julian Dillow seventh (24.08) and Barry Cooke ninth (24.12). Croydon won the team event. Martyn Rooney placed fourth in the under-13 race.

The Surrey Championships took place at Kingsmeadow on 8 and 9 May. Yacin Yusuf won the 1500 metres (3.54.4). Annabel Soper was second in both the women’s 100 metres (12.4) and 200 metres (24.9). Alexis Wotherspoon was second in the women’s 800 metres (2.19.6) and third in the 400 metres (59.7). Deron Fagan was second in the 5000 metres (15.38.1). Bill Wynn was second in the javelin (53.52) with Paul Prater third (52.69). Mike Nesbeth was third in the long jump (7.02). Vicki Goodwin was third in the women’s 400 metre hurdles (69.8) and sixth in the 400 metres flat (64.1). Lee Mitchell was sixth in the shot putt (11.05). Chris King was sixth in the hammer (39.39). Anthony Rycraft won the under-20 pole vault (3.80) with Warren White second (3.40). Kia Wnuk won the under-20 women’s pole vault (2.90).  Claire Sterry won the under-20 women’s high jump (1.61). Belinda Heil won both the under-20 women’s hammer (39.37) and discus (37.88), and was second in the shot (10.94). Leroy Slue was second in both the under-20 100 metres (11.1) and 200 metres (22.6). Kemila Brathwaite was second in the under-20 women’s 400 metres (58.2). Sophie Chapman was second in the under-20 women’s 3000 metres (12.15.1). Masimba Mabika was second in the under-20 long jump (6.53). Guy Wnuk was second in the under-20 discus (36.33). Yusuf Erol was second in the under-20 hammer (42.13). Amanuel Tshaye won the under-17 1500 metres (4.16.7). Gavin Dublin was second in the under-17 200 metres (23.0). Ugo Anomelechi was third in the under-17 100 metres (11.3). Jake Elsworthy was third in the under-17 pole vault (2.90).

On 19 June Jonathan McCallum won the South of England 1500 metre championship at Watford in 3 minutes 45.34 seconds. He had placed second in this event in both 1997 and 1998. On 25 July he placed third in the AAA 1500 metre championship at Birmingham, running 3 minutes 41.92. Club colleague Donna Fraser was fourth in the women’s 400 metres (53.22).

Two Croydon athletes competed in the European Under-23 Championships at Gothenburg in July. Natasha Danvers produced an excellent run to win the 400 metre hurdles in 56.00 seconds, while Yacin Yusuf placed eighth in the 1500 metres in 3 minutes 46.87. Croydon’s Donna Fraser competed in the 400 metres at the World Championships at Seville in August. However, despite running 52.01 seconds, she failed to qualify for the semi-finals.

Croydon finished second in Division One of the Southern League, winning their last four matches after only placing third in their second match. On 11 September they competed in the British League Qualifying Match at Watford, but failed to gain promotion, being beaten by Bedford and Rugby. Croydon gained maximum points in the 1500m with Jonathan McCallum winning the A race (3.56.8) and Yacin Yusuf wining the B race (4.00.8). Earlier Jonathan had placed second in the A 800m (1.52.5) while Yacin had won the B race (1.54.6). Cameron Johnston was second in the pole vault (4.30) while Manny Nsudoh was second in the long jump (6.96) and Gary Bishop was second in the 5000m.

Croydon’s women were relegated from Southern League Division One.

At Crawley on 12 September, Jake Elsworthy won the Surrey under-17 octathlon (3756 pts).

The seventeenth Croydon 10K took place on 17 October. Croydon’s Julian Dillow placed third (34.35).

2000

Judy Oakes received an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List.

From 1986 to 1998, the Surrey Cross-Country Championships had been held in December. However for the 1999/2000 season, the Surrey AA reverted to the previous practice of holding them in January. The championships were held on 8 January 2000, and were on our home course at Lloyd Park for the first time since 1979. Croydon’s men placed sixth. Deron Fagan was 35th and Julian Dillow 42nd. Sophie Chapman was second in the under-20 women’s race. Ammanuel Tshaye was second in the under-17 men’s race. Martyn Rooney was fifth in the under-13 boys’ race.

The Surrey Cross-Country League completed its 38th season with matches on 5 February. Croydon placed second in Division Two, making sure of promotion by winning the final match, at Lloyd Park. Jon McCallum won the race with Steve Goss sixth, Sean Sanders ninth and Dave Dymond 12th.

In the AAA Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Donna Fraser was second in the women’s 200 metres (23.43).

The East Surrey League held its annual road relay at Box Hill on 18 March. Box Hill Racers won with Croydon second. Jonathan McCallum ran the fastest time of the day, recording 9 minutes 44.

The 18th Croydon 10K took place on 9 April. The first Croydon Harrier was Barry Cooke who placed fourth (35.13).

The Surrey Championships were held at Croydon on Arena on 13 and 14 May. Judy Oakes won the women’s shot (17.67) and discus (45.70). Lea Haggett-Goodman won the women’s high jump (1.80) with Angela Unufe third (1.45). Bill Wynn won the 110 metre hurdles (15.5) and was also second in the long jump (6.42) and sixth in the 200 metres (23.8). Deron Fagan was third in the 5000 metres (16.28.2). Ada Nwosu was third in the women’s 100 metres (12.7) and fifth in the 200 metres (26.3). Alexis Wotherspoon was fifth in the women’s 400 metres (60.4). Joanna Trotman was fifth in the women’s long jump (5.65). Tony Muschette was fifth in the shot (12.21) with Lee Mitchell sixth (11.31). Chris King was sixth in the hammer (38.21). Aidan Syers won the under-20 100 metres (11.2). Jake Elsworthy won the under-20 400 metre hurdles (61.8) and was third in the pole vault (3.30).  Belinda Heil won the under-20 women’s shot (11.83), discus (34.86) and hammer (43.29). Azaria Francis was second in the under-20 women’s 100 metres (13.1) and third in the high jump (1.40).  Gavin Dublin won both the under-17 200 metres (22.8) and 400 metres (50.3). Ugo Anomelechi won the under-17 100 metres (11.5) and was third in the 200 metres (23.2). Matthew hall won the under-17 pole vault (3.10). Ammanuel Tshaye was second in the under-17 3000 metres (10.00.2). Richard Aidoo was second in the under-17 100 metre hurdles (14.6). Lucy Lynch was second in the under-17 women’s 300 metre hurdles (48.0). Danielle Fidge was second in the under-17 women’s high jump (1.55). Hannah Munns was second in the under-17 women’s pole vault (2.00) and third in the discus (23.25). Andrew Jenner was third in both the under-17 400 metres (53.1) and 800 metres (2.05.7).

In the Inter-Counties Championships at Bedford on 28 May, Donna Fraser was second in the 100 metres (11.51).

In the AAA Championships in Birmingham, Donna Fraser won the women’s 400 metres (50.94).

Croydon’s men finished 18th in Southern League Division One, avoiding relegation by winning their final match at Woodford. Manny Nsudoh won the long jump (6.52) and triple jump (13.81), while Bill Wynn won the 110m hurdles (15.3). Croydon’s women were relegated from Southern League Division Two (the fourth successive year in which they had been relegated).

In the AAA under-20 championships at Bedford on 27 August, Bernard Yeboah placed second in the long jump (6.65).

At Crawley on 10 September, Lucy Lynch was third in the Surrey under-17 women’s heptathlon (3143 pts).

In the Olympic Games in Sydney in late September, Donna Fraser had an outstanding run to finish fourth in the 400 metres in a lifetime best 49.79 seconds. She also competed in the 4 x 400 metre relay, where Britain placed sixth. Judy Oakes competed in the shot but her best putt of 17.87 failed to qualify for the final.

The summer of 2000 saw the opening of Tramlink, which made it easier for many athletes to travel to Croydon Arena for training.

The 19th Croydon 10K took place on 19 October. Stuart Major of South London Harriers gained an easy win in 32 minutes 19. Croydon’s Deron Fagan was second in 34 minutes 45.