Category Archives: Athletics

Lloyd Park stages first track and race trial for England Athletics

MATTHEW KIERNAN reports on how local runners tried out the ‘new normal’ on Saturday. Photos: NIGEL BRAMLEY By this time of year usually, the country’s hardened distance runners, fun runners and joggers would be two months into their winter of … Continue reading

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Shearman is in the running to set Olympic record in Tokyo

The London Marathon takes place on Sunday. It will be 40th running, but entirely different from the previous 39 editions. And because of the special covid staging, a Purley-based sports photographer who has covered the race every year since the … Continue reading

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Libraries, pool and Arena may not open because of cash crisis

CROYDON IN CRISIS: More embarrassment for Tony Newman as Croydon-owned sports centre in his ward remains closed, while fears have been revived that the Labour-run council could flog off some libraries for housing Several of the borough’s public libraries and … Continue reading

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Virtual London Mini-Marathon opened up to primary schools

Cancelled because of covid-19 in April, the 2020 London Mini-Marathon could now be the biggest road running event for kids ever staged, as the organisers aim to get 45,000 youngsters from across the country to run 2.6 miles in a … Continue reading

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League promises to help Croydon’s homeless football club

NON-LEAGUE NEWS: Croydon FC kick-off their league season tomorrow with no certainty about when they will be able to start playing home games again at the council-owned Croydon Arena – if at all. Croydon Arena, which is operated on behalf … Continue reading

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Football club forced to play games away over Arena uncertainty

The borough’s longest-established non-league football club go into the new season forced into a nomadic existence, uncertain of when their home ground at Croydon Arena will be available to stage home games. The council-owned Arena, the home ground of Croydon … Continue reading

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Councillor claims: We can’t afford to reopen Arena stadium

Track where Olympic stars Donna Fraser, Martyn Rooney and Lawrence Okoye began their track and field careers is under threat after covid-19, as senior council figure claims it could cost £200,000 to reopen Oliver Lewis, the council cabinet member, last … Continue reading

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Shut Arena has Croydon trailing in national fitness campaign

With the government launching a £10million health awareness campaign to encourage the public to take more exercise and lead active and fitter lifestyles, it appears Croydon has made a false start. There’s mounting concern among some of the borough’s biggest … Continue reading

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Running club discovers £8,000 hidden treasure in the attic

A rare Art Deco vase that has been languishing forgotten in the attic of one of the country’s leading athletics clubs for decades will go for auction next month when it is expected to raise as much as £8,000. Hayes-based … Continue reading

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Frank Harmer Memorial 10km, Brockwell Park, Mar 1

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Blue plaque for Albert Hill, Tooting’s unsung Olympic hero

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College building in park could end Crystal Palace tram scheme

Any prospect of extending the tram network to Crystal Palace could hit the buffers before its backers even check-in at a platform, if the GLA gets its way. Piece by piece, the Greater London Authority, which has responsibility for the … Continue reading

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HHH Streatham Common 6M Cross-country, Sep 28

Streatham Common 6M XC Tough 6-mile cross country race, multiple undulating off-road laps of Streatham Common, organised by Herne Hill Harriers. 11.15am, Saturday September 28, 2019 Streatham Common, Covington Way, Streatham SW16

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Harriers’ Okoye steps back into the circle at Olympic Stadium

Seven years after competing in the Olympic discus final, Croydon Harrier Lawrence Okoye is set to make his return to the sport in the London Stadium at tomorrow’s Anniversary Games televised international meeting. Okoye quit track and field athletics in … Continue reading

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Croydon 10k road race, Lloyd Park, Oct 27

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Local runner has Sense of success after his marathon effort

Amish Patel completed his first London Marathon last Sunday, raising money for national charity Sense, having been inspired by his mother, who is registered blind. Patel, 34, from Croydon, a compliance analyst in finance, battled his way around the 26-mile … Continue reading

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Jubilee 10k road race, Selsdon, Jun 23

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Purley Downs golfers pitch in with £5,691 for Weir’s charity

We’re entering peak marathon season, with thousands of ordinary Londoners gearing themselves up for next month’s London Marathon and other long-distance challenges. On Sunday, in the Vitality Big Half, one far-from-ordinary Londoner, David Weir, the record-breaking wheelechair racer, was in … Continue reading

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‘Sir’ is back in the classroom having learned a running lesson

Mr Webb was back in front of his science class of 30 or so boisterous teens at Harris Academy South Norwood yesterday morning, as if nothing had changed. But it had. Jamie Webb was now a European athletics silver medallist. … Continue reading

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Co-op dish up food ideas to help Lloyd Parkrunners keep fit

Lloyd Park’s Parkrun runners – at least those who had not scooted north to Leeds for the National cross-country – had a special treat on Saturday as Co-op, the local community retailer, handed out free recipe boxes containing healthy food … Continue reading

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Whitgift School’s Olympic hero Okoye is arrested in Alabama

Lawrence Okoye, the former Whitgift School pupil and discus finalist at the  London Olympics who went to the United States to seek his fortune as an American football player, was arrested in Alabama last week on soliciting prostitution charges, placing … Continue reading

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Pool plans would make swims less accessible at Crystal Palace

The draft plans for the future of the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre being presented as the “final” consultation at the venue tomorrow would, if finally approved by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, make it virtually impossible for the elderly … Continue reading

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‘Unrealistic’ plans for Crystal Palace face a ‘final’ showdown

The latest draft of plans for the future of the National Sports Centre at Crystal Palace “falls way short” and is “unrealistic”, according to the campaign group which represents thousands of users of the Olympic legacy sports facilities. There is … Continue reading

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Race For Life puts everyone in the running in Lloyd Park

Race For Life returns to Croydon, Crystal Palace and other south London venues in 2019, with the organisers offering a 30 per cent discount on entry fees for anyone who signs up in January. Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life … Continue reading

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GLL Foundation seeks applications for 2019 round of funding

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