Surrey/Sussex Combined Multi-Events Championships

Croydon Harriers' two enthusiastic multi-eventers, U17 captain Mathew Hall and U20 Jake Elsworthy, acquitted themselves very well at the Haslett Avenue Stadium, Crawley, last weekend, both showing versatility and promise across the disciplines.

Elsworthy excelled in his decathlon, winning gold with a final flourish in the last of his ten testing events, the 1500m in which he effectively responded to a strong challenge in the final furlong. He crossed the line tired but triumphant in an impressive Pb of 4:44.9, which lopped some 15sec off his previous best.

However, he only cleared 3m in the high jump, 60cms below his best. The javelin was the best of his three throws, but he had hoped for better than the 35.52m he achieved here.

His other performances were: Long Jump 5.04m, Shop Put 10.51m, 110m hurdles 17.2sec and Discus 29.01m. His points total was 5,119.

Hall contested the Octathlon. He did very well on the track, with a win in the 400m of 54.7sec and a fighting 2nd in the 1500m at 4:34.7sec, having set the pace for most of the race. His 1.58m high jump also earned good points. He totalled 3515 for an encouraging 4th.

His other performances were 100m hurdles 17.0sec, London Jump 4.71m, Shot Put 8.27m, Discus 25.22m and Javelin 22.29m.


The Harriers U17 4x400m squad won a bronze medal at the National Auxiliary Cup Final in Birmingham on September 1, in a time of 3.37.95.

lThe Croydon 10km Road Race and Fun Run is on Sunday, October 21. New entrants can receive entry forms by sending an sae to Mike Fleet at 2 Ridge Park,

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