Tag Archives: Olympic Games

Festival fortnight offers food, football and fun

BERNARD WINCHESTER highlights the many varied activities to be found on the opening weekend of the South Norwood Arts Festival, from Olympic torches to WG Grace After missing out in 2012 (perhaps the Olympic organisers felt that the competition from … Continue reading

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Dasalou takes short route to Sweden in search of a medal

IAN LAMONT reports on the latest Croydon sportsman to make some international impact A mixture of excitement and relief accompanies James Dasaolu to Gothenburg, where he is representing Great Britain in the European indoor championships which start today. The Croydon … Continue reading

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Inspired by the Olympics? Try the race that’s too tough for Mo

Inspired by the Olympics? Want to set yourself a real challenge? There’s a very challenging – and that means a lot of hard hills – six-mile charity cross-country race on Streatham Common at the end of this month, where regular … Continue reading

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Go with Mo: Croydon takes part in world record attempt

A week on from Mo Farah winning his second Olympic gold medal in the 5,000 metres, Croydon’s runners have been playing their part in a world record attempt 5km run. ParkRun is an outstanding, nil-cost series of weekly races staged … Continue reading

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Croydon’s Olympic volunteers offered free photo-shoot

Were you an Olympic Games volunteer? A local business is offering a free photo-shoot of volunteers in their Olympic uniform together with their ID as a special thank-you for all their efforts during the London 2012 Games. The picture will … Continue reading

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Londoner forced to go to end of the earth in Olympic sacrifice

Ignore the statistics pumped out so far this week about the Olympic Games and Britain’s quest for 48 medals in the coming 16 days of high-octane sporting action. Here’s a set of stats much closer to home: London is a … Continue reading

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Remembering 8/8 risks provoking copycat troublemakers

8/8 One Year On: As we approach the anniversary of the London riots, we will be publishing readers’ and contributors’ memories of that darkest of nights, their views and hopes for the future. Some, though, including one regular reader from … Continue reading

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Travelling to London: check out this Olympic transport advice

London’s “Zil Lanes”, the network of restricted roads mainly in the centre of the city, go live this morning, barely 24 hours after the shut down of one Tube line and an overground railway line prompted transport chaos for 60,000 … Continue reading

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The day a flaming torch on London Road was a good thing

Yesterday’s visit of the Olympic Torch to Croydon was widely acclaimed as a terrific success, with thousands coming out on to the streets for what was only a briefest of glimpses of something which is supposed to symbolise the spirit … Continue reading

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“Misleading and clearly not the case”: Musker speaks out

To have one senior police officer issue a statement refuting a front-page story in a local newspaper must be embarrassing for the paper. But to have two such statements issued within a matter of days ought to be cause for … Continue reading

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Make it so! Waddon gets a flicker of the Olympic Flame

They say that the Olympics is a power for good, bringing people of the world together. And so it was in Waddon this lunchtime, as two cultural icons met for the first time: Sir Patrick Stewart, Captain Jean-Luc Pickard from … Continue reading

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All-singing sports agent will transfer attention to Olympic pool

The schools have broken up, everyone is setting off on holiday, but in his hill-top office just a free-kick away from the National Sports Centre at Crystal Palace, Athole Still is busier than ever, yet never knowing whether his work … Continue reading

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Carrying a torch for the Olympics: Croydon’s route

The Olympics come to Croydon, however briefly, on Monday.

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Police “extremely disappointed” with Olympic scare story

A senior Croydon police officer has today refuted completely an article published in a less reliable publication that claimed that parts of the borough could be reduced to having just a single constable on duty during the Olympic Games and, … Continue reading

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There will be no Olympic crime spree here, says Musker

Dave Musker, the borough police commander, today sought to reassure the Croydon public that there would be no reduction in service in the coming month because of the Olympic Games. “Anybody out there who thinks that there will be opportunities … Continue reading

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Grassroots sports clubs are facing an Olympic task

What lasting impact will the Olympics have on sport in Croydon? Not much, says STEVEN DOWNES It’s less than 50 days now until the Olympic Games begin in our city. But here, in Croydon, we seem almost untouched by the … Continue reading

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Croydon trio start to scale the Olympian heights in style

It is, in case you had not noticed, Olympic year, and last weekend saw three local athletes put down strong markers for the London Games, with Martyn Rooney and Lawrence Okoye both setting world-leading performances, and wheelchair racer David Weir … Continue reading

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Olympic Torch route for Croydon confirmed

Make a note of the time and date: 11.37am on Monday, July 23. That’s when the Olympic torch will be carried into Croydon, just four days before the Games are due to begin at the Olympic Stadium at Stratford. The … Continue reading

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1,000 Croydon kids to miss out as Boris breaks Olympic pledge

Around one thousand schoolchildren from Croydon look set to miss out on the chance of a lifetime, to watch Usain Bolt, Victoria Pendleton or Tom Daley competing at this summer’s London Olympic Games, and all because they have been let … Continue reading

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Boris fails to convince as he tries a bid for the sporting vote

There must be votes in sport. This morning, we received this press release, written and paid for by Council Tax-payers’ money at City Hall, issued on behalf of the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. The Mayor of London Boris Johnson … Continue reading

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