Irving's four-some weekend

4:54pm Thursday 8th March 2012

Shrin Irving won her fourth National title after triumphing in the under 17 women’s pentathlon at the England combined events championships in Sheffield.

The 15 year-old Croydon Harrier, won the 60m hurdles (8.92secs), shot (10.41m) and long jump (5.59m), and combined with her performances in the high jump (1.54m) and 800m (2:29.80) it proved just enough to earn gold in the 25-strong field.

Over forty of her club colleagues were in action at the Surrey indoor championships at Sutton Arena. Croydon brought home eight gold, three silver and four bronze medals in all.

Taylor Campbell stood out from the field with a championship best performance in the under-15 girl’s 60m hurdles in 9.44secs to rank her ninth in the UK. Training partner Kertis Beswick (under 15 boys, 60m hurdles) was also victorious, while Eleanor Smith-Hahn (under 17 women) and Ashleigh Clarke (under 15 girls) won over the 60m flat.

On the field, there was twin gold for brother and sister Omar Reid (under 17 men) and Tamara (under 17 women) in the shot putt. Max Karacuns (under 17 men, pole vault) and Femi Agbeyotin (under 17 men, long jump) also triumphed.

In cross-country action, nearly one hundred young athletes lined up at Lloyd Park in a bid to qualify to represent the Borough at the Virgin London Mini-Marathon.

Three-time winner of the London race, Peter Chambers, led the race home and won the club under-17 title in the process.

Josie Kavanagh (under-13 girls), Stevie Lawrence (under 15 girls), Josh Haasz (under 15 boys) and Omar Harhara (under 13 boys) all retained their club age group titles, with Charlotte Cavanagh taking the under 17 women’s honours.

In the inter-club senior races, Andy Simms crossed the line first, and Isobel Harrington won the club’s women’s title.

In the pick of the ParkRun action, Mark Plackett won at Riddlesdown in a new under-20 course best of 16.09, over two minutes clear of his nearest challenger.

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