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24-06-14 - ROAD RUNNERS LIFT SURREY 10K TITLE
 
While Hercules Wimbledon athletes were in action on the track at Tooting Bec, Ewell and Bedford, it was the club's road runners who stole the limelight over the weekend by taking gold team medals in the Surrey 10km road running championship at Petersham on Sunday.
 
It was Hercules Wimbledon's first Surrey road running success since winning the Surrey road relay title at Wimbledon Park last September. Three of the six-strong road relay-winning team made up the winning team at Petersham. The trio were led in by Kieran White who finished eighth of almost 500 runners in 33 minutes 59 seconds. Joseph Clark was 14th in 34:50 and Rob Tuer, who ran the opening leg for the road relay title-winning team, 20th in 35:17.
 
Surrey 10km championship teams: 1 Hercules Wimbledon 40; 2 Ranelagh 52; 3 Herne Hill 52.
 
Two of Hercules Wimbledon's young sprinters posted lifetime best times competing in the England under 20 championships at Bedford . Theo Etienne, the South of England bronze medallist, reached the 100m final by finishing third in his semi-final in 10.70 but was forced to pull out of the race because of the recurrence of a hamstring problem. Earlier, he went even faster clocking 10.66 in finishing second in his heat. Clubmate Max Mondelli just failed to make the final as he finished fifth in his semi-final in 10.93 after clocking a faster 10.70 in finishing third in his heat.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's older athletes made history by winning a Southern Veterans League match at Ewell Court for the first time. A quartet of wins by team captain Dave Orchard in the over 50 pole vault, triple jump, shot and hammer laid the foundations for the triumph along with victories by Esmond Ferns (over 35 800m), Mark White (over 40 200m), Stephen McDuell (over 40 800m) and Charles Hampden-Smith (over 50 800m).
 
Match result: 1 Hercules Wimbledon 139; 2 Epsom & Ewell 131; 3 Kingaton & Polytechnic 125; 4 Striders of Croydon 98; 5 Croydon Harriers 63; 6 Dorking & Mole Valley 47; 7 Walton 41.
 
Only success in the women's match was in the 3000m where Anna Garnier won the over 50 race.
 
Hercules Wimbledon had a hat-trick of parkrun winners on Saturday. Liam White headed home a 155-strong field in Bishop's Park, Fulham, where he made a winning debut in 16:17. Jonathan Cornish beat almost 250 runners in Abingdon in 16:31, while Lisa Thomas managed to better her own club women's over 45 record in winning the women's race on Wimbledon Common in 19:24. Overall, she was 18th out of 355 finishers.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's sprinters led the way in the third of the club's Southern Men's League Division One ,matches at Tooting Bec on Saturday. Fresh from his success in the Surrey Schools Championships, teenager Rechmial Miller won the 100m A race in 11.26 with Joseph Chukwuadinula taking the B race in the same time. South of England champion Dwayne Cowan won the 200m in 21.56 with Chukwuadinula finishing second in the B race. He linked up with Miller, Cowan and Antonio Douglas to form the winning sprint relay quartet. Steve Bayton and Alex Robinson gained maximum points in the 5000m taking the A and B races, respectively while all-rounder David Harris won the 400m hurdles and pole vault B events.
 
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's are competing in the South London Athletics Network under 17/under 20 meeting at Woodcote School, Coulsdon, on Saturday. Next Wednesday, the club's men's and women's teams are in action in the fourth of this season's Rosenheim League Eastern Division meetings at Battersea Park, starting at 6.45pm. 
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17-06-14 - NOW WOMEN MAKE HISTORIC CLEAN SWEEP

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club athletes won titles and medals in the London and Surrey Schools and South of England Championships over the weekend just days after the club's women's team celebrated going to the top of the Rosenheim League Eastern Division table for the first time in their history. The women also made history by becoming the first club to win all four individual events and the sprint relay in the same match.
 
Leading the title-winning elite was Dwayne Cowan who smashed his own club 200m record in lifting the South of England 200m title at Crystal Palace in 21.02 seconds. He went even faster in winning his semi-final in 21.00 to improve on his previous club record of 21.08 set in the UK Inter-Counties Championships at Bedford last August. Cowan also won his first round heat at Crystal Palace in 21.28.
 
Although he was the only title winner among the half-dozen Hercules Wimbledon athletes in action at Crystal Palace, only one of the four others failed to come away with medals. Two of Hercules Wimbledon's talented young sprinters came away with medals in a high standard under 20 100m final. Surrey silver medallist Max Mondelli stormed to the silver medal in 10.79 with clubmate Theo Etienne, who missed the Surrey championships, sharing the bronze medal in 10.81.Alex Bruce-Littlewood also took silver in the senior men's 1500m in 3:52.53 while Emily Martin, who took the silver medal in the Surrey Championships a three weeks earlier, won the bronze medal in the senior women's long jump, matching her performance in 2013, with a season's best leap of 5.73m.
 
A seventh Hercules Wimbledon athlete, teenager Cassian Hyde, just missed out on a medal as he finished fourth in the men's under 20 5000m in 16:01.35 on Sunday. It was his second championship of the weekend having taken the bronze medal in the senior boys 3000m in 9:15.59 at the Surrey Schools Championships at Kingsmeadow on Saturday where Hercules Wimbledon athletes gained a hat-trick of titles.
 
Teenager Rechmial Miller added the schools intermediate boys 100m title to the county one he lifted last month when he stormed home in 10.96, third Hercules Wimbledon teenager to go sub 11 seconds over the weekend. . He made himself favoruite for the title after winning his heat in 11.12, the fastest of the eight qualifiers. Marko Ravic succeeded his Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Max Jacobs as the Surrey Schools senior boys javelin champion with a throw of 42.14m while Joshua Lessey won the intermediate biys long jump title with a leap of 6.12m.
 
Six of the nine Hercules Wimbledon athletes in action at Kingsmeadow posted medal-winning performances. Chad Miller, 14, narrowly failed to match his elder brother's gold medal 100m run but ran the fastest two races of his young life as he took the silver medal in the junior boys 100m in 11.67. Earlier, he won his heat in a faster 11.63 to improve on the 11.7 he clocked at the Surrey Championships where he took the bronze medal.
 
Ralphael Buckle, also 14, was the sixth Hercules Wimbledon medallist finishing third in the junior boys 200m in 24.51 after just missing out on a medal in the county championships. He qualified for the final by winning his heat in a faster 24.15.
 
Hercules Wimbledon youngsters collected a hat-trick of silver medals in the London Schools Championships at Battersea Park. They were Andrei Smirnov (intermediate boys 100m hurdles), Toby Weston (intermediate boys high jump) and Belmiro Costa (junior boys 300m). The only other Hercules Wimbledon athlete in action, Bella Padt, just missed out on a medal in finishing fourth in the intermediate girls 300m.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's women's Rosenheim League team made history at Wimbledon Park when they won all five events in the third Eastern Division match of the season. Emily Martin gained a double triumph taking the long jump and javelin, Emilie Bokor-Ingram won the 400m while Claire Grima took the 1500m in a new club veterans over 35 record time of 4:52.0. Bokor-Ingram then linked up with Laura Wignall, Heather Letley and Florence King to anchor the 4x200m relay team to victory.
 
Another record-breaker was Lisa Thomas who set a new club veteran over 45 mark in the 400m and three days later she also set new figures in the Wimbledon Common parkrun where she was the first woman finisher in 19:32.Shed was one of a quintet of Hercules Wimbledon parkrun victors. Kieran White beat a 900-plus strong field in Bushy Park and the others were Jonathan Cornish (Abingdon) and Olly Laws and Lisa Crow (both at Whitstable).
 
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are in action in a Southern Men's League Division One match at Tooting Bec on Saturday, starting at 1pm. 
 
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10-06-14 - WOMEN TRIUMPH IN HOME LEAGUE MATCH

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's women's track and field team continued their impressive start to their summer season when they won their second Southern Women's League match of the season in bright sunshine at Wimbledon Park on Saturday.
 
During the afternoon, five club records were broken and Hercules Wimbledon athletes gained maximum points in six events. Marathon runner Claire Grima gained a record-breaking double in the 1500 and 3000m. She was cheered home by her two young sons, Luca and Jasper, who encouraged Grima with cries of "Come on mummy" as she raced home a clear winner in 4 minutes 57.7 seconds and 10:21.4 to set club women's veteran over 35 records.
 
Other record-breakers were Alison Murray with a new veteran over 45 high jump mark, Lisa Thomas, who earlier in the day won the women's event in the Wimbledon Common parkrun, with a new veteran over 45 1500m mark, and Ann Martin with a new veteran over 50 record in the discus.
 
Hercules Wimbledon gained maximum points in eight events. Emma Headley and Hannah Fernando won the 800m A and B races, Zoe Illis took the 1500m B race and Amy Aronson the 3000m B race.
 
Teenager Tallulah Atkin gained a double in the under 15 100m and shot with Elizabeth Thatcher taking the 100m B race and Chloe Lord the shot B. Rebekah Riches and Amelia Casey took the 800m A and B races Other A string winners were Emilie Bokor-Ingram (400m) joint team manager Heather Letley (400m hurdles) and Chloe Lord (under 15 75m hurdles).
 
Hercules Wimbledon ended the day with victory in both senior relays. Laura Wignall, Florence King, Shirley Denchie and Emilie Bokor-Ingram took the 4x100m event while Wignall, Zoe Illis, Lisa Thomas and Bokor-Ingram won the 4x400m.
Overall, Hercules Wimbledon ran out convincing match winners, overcoming Haywards Heath who beat Hercules Wimbledon by more than 150 points in the opening match at Erith.
 
Match result: 1 Hercules Wimbledon 302pts; 2 Haywards Heath 281; 3 Dorking & Mole Valley 229; 4 Harlow 149; 5 Paddock Wood 90; 6 Chiltern Runners 63; 7 Swale Combined 53.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's double Surrey silver medallist Jaleel Ropar broke two club records in the second of this season's Ebbisham Boys League matches at Walton on Sunday. He took the under 13 boys 100 and 300m in 12.4 and 40 6. He equalled the 100m record set by Martin Giraud in 1990 and the 300m mark of 47.7 set by James Forde last year. His 100m time ranks him fifth in the UK in his age group this season.
 
Another Hercules Wimbledon sprinter in form is Max Mondelli who warmed up for this weekend's South of England Championships at Crystal Palace by gaining a sprint double at the London Inter-Club Challenge meeting at Allianz Park, Hendon. He took the 100 and 200m in personal best times of 10.75 and 21.82. His 100m time, which improved on his 10.85 in the Surrey Championships at Kingsmeadow last month, ranks him ninth in the UK in his age gorup this season.
 
There were three Hercules Wimbledon winners in the weekend's parkruns. Ben Toomer headed home a 249-strong field on Wimbledon Common in 17:22. Lisa Thomas posted the top age-graded performance in winning the women's race in 19:44, 11 seconds slower than her best time for the course. Meanwhile, in Fulham's Bishop Park, Alexie Calvert-Ansari headed home a 150-strong field in a personal best time of  17:13.It took seven seconds off his previous best as he posted his second win in three appearances in Bishops Park.
 
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters are in action in the London and Surrey Schools Championships at Battersea Park and Kingsmeadow on Saturday. The club's older athletes compete in the South of England senior and under 20 championships at Crystal Palace on Saturday and Sunday. Meanwhile, the club's older athletes compete in the third of this season's Southern Veterans League meetings at Ewell Court on Monday evening starting at 6.30pm.
 
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3-06-14 - MEN BOUNCE BACK TO WIN SECOND MATCH

What a difference a fortnight makes! After making a disastrous start to their 2014 Rosenheim League Eastern Division programme by finishing last in the opening match at Battersea Park, Hercules Wimbledon's men's team bounced back to win the second encounter at Croydon Arena. Not to be outdone, the club's women's team, who shared the honours at Battersea Park, put up a strong fight before being pipped by a single point in their contest.
 
The men's team led from the start of the evening meeting with Rob Tuer scoring a runaway victory in the 2000m steeplechase in 6 minutes 47.81 seconds, beating his only opponent by more than two minutes. He headed a quartet of individual winners with sprinter Joseph Chukwuadinula gaining a fine double in the 100 and 200m in 11.17 and 22.78. The other success came in the high jump where all-rounder Oliver Tresise cleared a winning 1.65m.
 
It was a solid team performance by Hercules Wimbledon's athletes who were placed in the top three in all 12 events. Tresise was also runner-up in the 400m and discus, Tuer followed up his steeplechase win by finishing second in the 1500m with teenager Cassian Hyde also finishing second in the 800m. Backing up the four wins, Kieran White was third in the 3000m, over 40 veteran David Harris third in the long jump and over 50 veteran Kevin Snelling was third in the hammer. The club also finished third in the 4x200m relay.
 
Match result: 1 Hercules Wimbledon 48; 2 Belgrave 45; 3 Croydon 35; 4 Serpentine 26; 5 Herne Hill 14.
Standings after two matches: 1 Belgrave 8; 2 Croydon 6 (72 match points); 3 Hercules Wimbledon 6 (70); 4 Herne Hill 6 (57); 5 Serpentine 4.
 
The quartet of Heather Letley, Emilie Bokor-Ingram, Hannah Fernando and Laura Wignall were club's only success in the women's match taking the 4x200m relay. Letley was also second in the high jump and third in the discus with Bokor-Ingram third in the 100m and Fernando third in the 3000m.
 
Match result: 1 Belgrave 19, Hercules Wimbledon 18; 3 Serpentine 11, 4= Croydon and Herne Hill 9 each.
Standings after two matches: 1 Belgrave 9.5; 2 Hercules Wimbledon 8.5; 3 Serpentine 5; 4 Croydon 3.5; 5 Herne Hill 1.5.
 
The next Rosenheim League Eastern Division match is at Wimbledon Park on Wednesday, June 11th, starting at 6.45pm. Because of continuing problems replacing pole vault equipment which was vandalised last summer, the scheduled pole vault will be replaced by a high jump competition for both men and women. In the following match at Battersea Park on July 2nd, the scheduled high jump will be replaced by a pole vault competition for both men and women.
 
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon host a Southern Women's League Division One match at their Wimbledon Park track headquarters on Saturday, starting at 12noon.On Sunday, the club's youngsters travel to Woodcote School, Coulsdon, for their second Ebbisham Boys League meeting of the season.
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27-05-14 - SPRINTER MILLER RACES TO COUNTY GOLD

Sprinter Rechmiel Miller was the star of the large contingent of Hercules Wimbledon medallists in the annual Surrey track and field championships at Kingsmeadow Stadium over the weekend. The 15-year-old stormed to a thrilling victory in the men's under 17 100m event on Sunday in a lifetime best of 10.83 seconds to snatch the gold medal by a whisker. He would have gone even faster had he not been racing into a 1.8 metres per second headwind.
 
It was the first time he had broken the 11 second barrier with his previous non wind-assisted best time 11.01 set in July last year. His younger brother Chad came close to making it a family double but he was narrowly beaten in the boys under 15 boys 200m final in a lifetime best of 23.82, taking the silver medal. His time smashed his previous best of 25.6 set last season. Earlier, he won his heat in 24.05. Chasing him to the line was his Hercules Wimbledon club mate Ralphael Buckle who took the bronze medal in 24.40 after clocking a faster 24.05 in finishing second in his heat. Chad also took the bronze medal in the 100m in 11.82 after clocking a lifetime best of 11.7 in his heat.
 
Another Hercules Wimbledon title-winner was javelin thrower Marco Ravic who took the gold medals in the men's under 20 event with a lifetime best throw of 40.67m.
 
The youngest of the Hercules Wimbledon sprint contingent in action was Jaleel Roper who raced to two silver medals in the boys under 13 100 and 200m events in lifetime bests of 12.49 and 25.52. Max Mondelli had to settle for silver in the men's under 20 in 10.86. Another sprinting medallist was Tallulah Atkin who took bronze in the girls under 1`5 100m in 13.81, also a personal best time. Emily Martin took silver in the senior women's long jump with 5.57m.
 
Teenager Cassian Hyde was just pipped in a tight battle for the men's under 20 3000m gold medal where he had to settle for silver in 9:01.49. David Harris took silver in the pole vault with 2.70m after  clearing a personal best of 2.80m at Watford three days earlier. Fred Slemeck was the club's eighth men's silver medal winner finishing runner-up in the 1500m in 4:04.55.
 
On the road, Hercules Wimbledon's Claire Grima followed up her record-breaking run in April's London marathon by breaking her club 10km record in the BUPA London 10km road race on Sunday. She clocked 37:06 to smash her previous mark of 37:23 set in June 2011. Lisa Thomas also broke the club women's over 45 record with a time of 39:43. She took almost two minutes off her previous mark of 41:40 set at Chessington in February.
 
Best of the Hercules Wimbledon men in action was Alex Bruce-Littlewood who was fifth in 30:13 with Jonathan Cornish 63rd in 32:49, Alex Bellew 79th in 34:55 and Rob Tuer, who finished fifth in the Surrey 5000m championship the previous day, 140th in 34:55.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's Andrew Penney made a winning debut in the Bishop's Park parkrun in Fulham on Saturday when he headed home an 84-strong field in 16:07. It was the first time he had competed in a parkrun since 2008 when he won the Wimbledon Common event in 16:53. It was only his second race of the year. In his only previous appearance, he ran the fourth leg for the Hercules Wimbledon team in the England National 12-stage road relay championship at Sutton Coldfield in April.
 
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's older athletes are in action in the Surrey Masters track and field championships which are being staged at Ewell Court, Poole Road, Ewell on Sunday. The first field events, the pole vault and women's hammer are at 10am. The first track event, the 400m hurdles is at 11.30am and the final races over 400m are at 5.30pm.
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20-05-14 - WOMEN MAKE SOLID TRACK SEASON START

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's senior women's track and field team have made a solids start to their track and field programme sharing the honours in their opening Rosenheim League match and finishing an encouraging third in their opening Southern Women's League meeting.
 
Over 45 veteran Lisa Thomas led a record-breaking start as she bettered a hat-trick of club marks in the Rosenheim League Eastern Division meeting at Battersea Park. Another two club records were bettered at the opening Southern Women's League Division One match at Erith Stadium on Saturday.
 
Thomas set veteran over 45 records in the Rosenheim League match over 400m, 800m and 3000m. Newcomer Maria Antoniou was Hercules Wimbledon's only individual winner taking the triple jump with 9.05m.Laura Wignall was second in the 200m. Wignall ran the opening leg for the 4x200m relay team which finished runners-up. Other members of the squad were Hannah Fernando, Heather Letley and Emilie Bokor-Ingram.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's Emily Martin warmed up for this weekend's Surrey championships with a double win in the Southern Women's League match. She took the 100m and long jump and then anchored the 4x100m relay team to runners-up spot. Another winner was Emilie Bokor-Ingram who took the 400m while teenager Emma Headley and Hannah Fernando secured maximum points in the 800m by winning the A and B string races. Fernando also won the 1500m B race with Amy Aronson winning the A string race. Aronson also took the 3000m.
 
Best individual Hercules Wimbledon effort came from Alison Murray who set a new club record in winning the pole vault with 3.10m. Joint team managers Letleyand Fernando set by example competing in 10 individual events between them as well as both relays. They linked up with Bokor-Ingram and Maria Antoniou,  who was also third in the triple jump A and second in the long jump B, to secure second place in the 4x400m relay. Letley was also second in the 200m and 400m hurdles A races and won the high jump B. Fernando was also third in the 100 and 200m B races and was second in the triple jump B.
 
Ann Martin set a Hercules Wimbledon veteran over 50 record in the shot and also contested the hammer. Daughter Emily was also second in the javelin A and fourth in discus and hammer A contests.
 
Hercules Wimbledon teenager Theo Etienne showed impressive form in the Loughborough international meeting on Sunday where he was sixth in his 100m race in a lifetime best of 10.71 seconds. Etienne, who won the Surrey men's under 17 100 and 200m titles last season, improved on his previous best of 10.93 set at the South of England Students Championships at Lee Valley at the end of last month. His run ranks him ninths in the UK this season in his age group.
His fellow Hercules Wimbledon sprinter Joseph Chukwuadindula gained a fine double in the Soleus Southern Men's League Division One meeting at Mile End on Saturday taking the 100 and 200m in 11.27 and 22.62. Kieran White and Jonathan Cornish gained maximum  points in the 5000m where they won the A and B races.
 
All-rounder David Harris had` a successful week pole vaulting. He secured his first-ever victory when he won the event at the Rosenheim League meeting at Battersea Park and he also won the B event at Mile End.Jared Finn won the steeplechase B race at Mile End.
 
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon athletes will be chasing titles and medals in the annual Surrey track and field championships at Kingsmeadow Stadium. Action begins at 10am on both Saturday and Sunday. Rechmial Miller, the England indoor 60m sprint champion, will be aiming for gold in the men's under 17 100m with his younger brother Chad also chasing gold in the under 15 100m event. Hercules Wimbledon contest their second Rosenheim League Eastern Division meeting of the season at Croydon Sports Arena next Wednesday (May 28th) starting at 6.45pm. 
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13-05-14 - ANOTHER MILLER SMASHES CLUB RECORD

The younger of Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's Miller sprinting brothers, Chad, followed in his elder brother's footsteps when he smashed the club's boys under 15 300m record in winning the event at the Merton Schools Championships at Wimbledon Park.
 
Chad, 14, was one of more than a dozen Hercules Wimbledon winners at the borough schools championships when he took the title in 40.1 seconds to eclipse the old mark of 48.19 set in the Surrey championships at Kingsmeadow in 2012 by Edward Grindrod. It was the first time Miller, the South of England boys under 15 indoor 60m silver medallist,  had raced over the distance.
 
A few days earlier his brother Rechmial smazshed the Hercules Wimbledon men's under 17 200m record in clocking 22.04 seconds in an open meeting at Tooting Bec. Miller junior collected a brace of titles at the Merton Schools Championships as he also took the under 15 boys 100m title in a personal best of 11.93. His Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Ralphael Buckle also clocked a personal best time in winning the boys under 15 100m B race in 11.9. It was an impressive improvement for 14-year-old Buckle who dipped under the 12 second barrier for the first time in improving on his previous best of 12.36 set at the Hercules Wimbledon Young Athletes Open meeting at Wimbledon Park last month. Buckle also took the 200m in 25.3 in his first race over the distance.
 
Both Miller and Buckle are competing in the 100m at the Surrey track and field championships at Kingsmeadow Stadium on May 24th/25th.
 
Molly McNamara-Langton gained a hat-trick of wins at the schools meeting. The 15-year-old, who was competing in her first track meeting, won the girls under 17 1500 and 3000m and the discus. Fellow teenager Matthew Gibbons gained two titles taking the under 17 boys 1500 and 3000m events. He clocked a personal best of 9:56.97 in taking the 3000m and was within a second of his lifetime best in taking the 1500m in 4:40.3.
 
Two other Hercules Wimbledon athletes to gain wins were Chloe Lord who took the girls under 15 200m and 75m hurdles and Zara Hashmi who won the girls under 17 100 and 300m titles.
 
On the road, Hercules Wimbledon's Chris Ore won the Dulwich Park parkrun on Saturday in a personal best 17:01. He wn by five seconds in beating more than 200 runners. He posted his first win in three appearance in the event and his time improved on his previous best of 17:25 set in April last year.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's over 45 veteran Lisa Thomas again headed home the women's field in Saturday's Wimbledon Common parkrun 5km race. She posted the top age-graded performance in clocking 19:43 in finishing 11th overall out of almost 300 runners. Her time was just 10 seconds outside her personal best set last month. She was the best of the 15 Hercules Wimbledon runners taking aprt in the event. She finished six seconds ahead of Charles Hampden-Smith who was the top veteran over 50 finisher. Second over 50 finisher was Adam Fenton who was 17th in 20:25 with over 45 veterans Frank Wood and John Townsend 19th and 20th in 2:35 and 20:36, respectively. Gina Galbraith was the second woman finisher in 20:51, finishing 22nd overall.
 
Meanwhile, London marathon runner Tom Cheetham was the top veteran over 45 finisher in the Bishop's Park parkrun in Fulham. He was sixth out of 150 runners in 19:10 with fellow over 45 veteran Jeremy Purnell 13th in 19:51.
 
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon travel to Mile End to compete in their second Soleus Southern Men's league meeting of the season. The team will be looking for success after being pipped by four points in the opening match at Wimbledon Park. Meanwhile, the cloub's women's athletes are travelling to the Julie Rose Stadium, Ashford, to contest their opening Southern Women's league meeting. On Sunday, the club contest the opening Ebbisham Boys League meeting at Kingsmeadow Stadium while, at the other ed of the age scale, the club's older athletes compete in their second Southern  Veterans League meeting at Croydon Sports Arena on Monday, starting at 6.30pm.  
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6-05-14 - TEENAGER MILLER SMASHES CLUB RECORD
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's teenage sprinter Rechmiel Miller boosted his hopes of gaining medals in the Surrey track and field championships later this month when he smashed the Hercules Wimbledon men's under 17 200m record when he finished runner-up in a 200m race at an open meeting at Tooting Bec on Sunday.
 
Miller, 15, winner of the England men's under 17 indoor 60m title at Sheffield in March, clocked 22.04 seconds to erase the long-standing club record of 22.1 set by Malcolm Fitter in 1976. Miller himself improved on his previous best of 22.58 set at an open meeting at Lee Valley last month when he broke the 23 second barrier for the first time. His best time before the start of this season was 23.31.
 
Miller also posted a personal best 100m time at Tooting on Sunday when he won his race in 10.83, with the benefit of a sizeable 2.8 metres per second following wind. It improved on his previous best of 10.98, also with a strong following wind, at Lee Valley in July last year. His best legal time is 11.01 also set at Lee Valley last season.
 
Miller had a busy weekend as on Saturday he helped Hercules Wimbledon to a close runners-up spot in their opening Soleus Southern Men's League Division One match at Wimbledon Park. There, Miller was third in the senior men's 100m in 11.14. He also helped Hercules Wimbledon win the sprint relay. Joseph Chukwuadinula won the 100m B race in 11.22 before anchoring the relay team, to victory.Hercules Wimbledon's sprinters also did well in the 200m where Max Mondelli was runner-up in the A race in a personal best of 22.32, running into a slight headwind, while Theo Etienne also posted a lifetime best of 22.57 in winning the B race. Etienne's 200m effort came three days after he posted a lifetime 100m best time of 10.93 in the Southern England Student Sports Association's Championshjips at Lee Valley where he took the bronze medal.
 
Hercules Wimbledon performed well on the track with Hamed Agboke winning the 400m A race and James Moorcroft, Nicholas Bland and Steve Bayton won  the 800m, 1500m, 5000m B races. Ben Toomer and David Harris also won the 3000m steeplechase and 110m hurdles B races. Rob Truer and Oliver Tresisi were second in the steeplechase and hurdles A races  while Tresisi also won the long jump B and was third in the high jump and discus A. Another winner was Ben Deuchar in the javelin B with Max Jacobs finishing second in the A competition. Cassian Hyde and Fred Slemeck also finished runners-up in the 1500 and 5000m A races.
 
Hercules Wimbledon produced their best-ever team result in the Southern Veterans League when they were pipped to the post in their opening match at Kingsmeadow by just two points. It was also a night for records as Lisa Thomas posted new club bestover 45 age marks in winning the 1500m in 5:24.3 and finishing third in the 400m . Esmond Ferns also set a new club veterans over 35 record in winning the men's 400m in 53.9. He was also runner-up in the 100m. At the end of the evening he anchored the Hercules Wimbledon team to victory in the Medley relay in another club record time of 4:09.6. Other members of the record-breaking team were Mark White, Emil Hage and Stuart White. Mark White also won the over 40 100m while Paul Lemmon won the over 50 1500m and was second in the 5000m. Team captain Dave Orchard won the over 50 hammer and was third in both the pole vault and long jump while Charles Lawrie took the over 60 100m in 68.3.
 
Veteran marathon runner Claire Grima won the women's race in the Killerton 10km multi-terrain event in Devon on Sunday in 43:08 while husband Dave was second of almost 200 finishers in 42:20. "It was extremely hilly and at some points I was clambering rather than running up the hills," said Dave. "It was all good fun, though and good training."
 
Hercules Wimbledon youngsters filled two of the top three placings in the junior parkrun 2km event in Wimbledon Park on Sunday through Zac Purnell and Caspar Parsons. Hercules Wimbledon's over 45 veteran Lisa Thomas was once again top woman finisher in the Wimbledon Common parkrun  5km event on Saturday in 19:59. She was 17th overall out of 350 runners, posting the top age-graded performance, and the third Hercules Wimbledon finisher. Ahead of her were over 40 veteran Felix Allen, 11th in 19:39 and Charles Hampden-Smith, top over 50 veteran finisher in 16th place in 19:58.  
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29-04-14 - TOOMER WINS PERSONAL BEST TIME  IN SOMERSET
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's Ben Toomer raced his way to lifetime best time when he won the Chipping Sodbury park run 5km race in the West Country on Saturday in 16 minutes 22 seconds. Toomer made a winning debut in the Chipping Sodbury event and his time took seven seconds off his previous best park run time set in the Little Stoke Park event at the end of last year. He beat a 128-strong field in the West Country and won the race by 17 seconds.
 
Meanwhile, over 45 veteran Lisa Thomas won the women's race in the Wimbledon Common park run in 20:05. She was 16th overall out of more than 300 runners. Best of more than 20 Hercules Wimbledon runners competing opn Wimbledopn Common was veteran Peter Collins who was third in 18:18 with over 50 veteran Charles Hampden-Smith 12th in 19:52. Other leading Hercules Wimbledon finishers were Stephen McDuell (18th in 20:33), Felix Allen (19th in 20:31), Dan Bratton (21st in 20:37), Adam Fenton (22nd in 20:38) and Frank Wood (25th in 20:42).

Hercules Wimbledon teenager Cassian Hyde also had a good run in the Bushy Park event where he finished ninth out of more than 980 runners in 16:37 while veteran Stuart Fraser was runner-up in ythr Bishop's Patrk event in Fulham in 17:11.Andrew Davies was seventh in 18:43, and veteran marathon runners Tom Cheetham and Jeremy Purnell 15th and 18th in 19:27 and 19:39.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's James Hodgkinson was runner-up in the junior parkrun in Wimbledon Park on Sunday in 7:50, finishing 25 seconds behind the winner. Michael Lammie was fourth out of more than 50 runners in 8:19.
 
Surrey steeplechase medallist Rob Tuer was the best p[laced Hercules Wimbledon finisher in the Sward Trophy meeting at Kingsmeadow Stadiumn on Saturday. He was runner-up in the 2000m steeplechase. David Kail was also runner-up in the B race. Hamed Agboke was third in the 400m and also helped Hercules Wimbledon to second spot in the 4x400m relay.
 
Also on the track, Belmiro Costa and Zoe Illis were the top placed Hercules Wimbledon athletes in the South London Athletics Network Meeting at Tooting Bec on Sunday. Costa was second in the under 17 men's 400m with Ilis runner-up in the under 20 women's 1500m.
 
Hercules Wimbledon open their Soleus Southern Men's League programme this weekend by hosting a Division One match at Wimbledon Park on Saturday. It will be the first league meeting to be staged there since 2011. The match kicks off at 1pm with the pole aunt and hammer. The first track event, the 400m hurdles is at 2.15pm with the final event, the 4x400m relay, due off at 5pm. Other eams taking part in the match are Herne Hill, Kent AC, South London Harriers, Victoria Park & Tower Hamlets, Queen's Park Harriers & London AC and Dorking & Mole Valley & Reigate Priory. 
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22-04-14 - EVENT TO MARK LIFE OF CLUB PRESIDENT

A service to celebrate the life of the late Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club president, David Littlewood, MBE, will be held at Sandown Park, Esher, next month.
 
Littlewood, who lived in New Malden, was one of Britain's top athletics officials, passed away in March after a short illness. He was 76. Hundreds of people from all levels of the world of athletics are expected at the event.
 
Representatives from the International Association of Athletic Federations, the IAAF, where Littlewood was a member of the technical committee at the time of his death, and UK Athletics and England Athletics, the two domestic governing bodies, are expected.
 
There will also be scores of Littlewood's fellow officials from all parts of the country. Littlewood received the England Athletics Services to Officiating Award in 2012. He was presented with the MBE, awarded in recognition of his volunteer service to athletics, by The Queen at Windsor Castle on his 73rd birthday in 2010.
 
He was the UK representative on the IAAF Technical Committee and was Out of Stadium Competition Director at the 2012 London Olympics, responsible for overseeing the marathon and race walking events. He was Virgin Money London Marathon men's race referee for almost 30 years.
 
Littlewood was a lifelong member of Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club and, after serving as treasurer for a record 43 years, was elected president in 2004. He was also a vice-president of Surrey County Athletic Association.
 
Former staff from Isleworth Grammar School where he was a teacher and became head of geography, and some of his former fellow pupils from Battersea Grammar School, are also expected at the Sandown Park event.
 
Hercules Wimbledon teenager Cassian Hyde warmed-up for the coming track season with a personal best performance in the Bushy Park 5km parkrun on Saturday. Hyde finished third out of more than 1200 runners in 16 minutes 25 seconds to chop 13 seconds off his previous best time set in June last yedar. His time is also the second best ever clocked over the distance by a Hercules Wimbledon under 17-year-old.  Over in Richmond Park, another Hercules Wimbledon teenager, Jack Collins was second out of 354 runners in the parkrun there in 18:18. It was his highest placing in 12 appearances in the event.
 
Phil Glynn was the best of more than a dozen Hercules Wimbledon runners in the Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday. He was fourth out of 346 runners in 17:29, eight seconds ahead of clubmate Peter Collins who was fifth in a new personal best. His time sliced five seconds off his previous best set when finishing fourth the previous Saturday. Clubmate James Moorcroft was ninth in 18:25 with Charles Hampden-Smith second veteran over 50 finisher in a new personal best of 19:11. Hampden-Smith, who has contested the Wimbledon Common event more than 250 times, took seven seconds off his previous best time for the course set in May 2012.
 
Fred Slemeck was the best of the Hercules Wimbledon squad that spent the Easter Bank Holiday weekend competing in the Isel of Man Easter Running Festival. He was 14th out of 240 runners in the 10km road race on Good Friday in 32 minutes 17 seconds, leading the team to sixth place. Other members odf the quartet were Kieran White, 20th in 32:54, Alex Robinson 22nd three seconds later and Liam White, 26th in 33:18.
 
On Easter Saturday, Slemeck was top finisher in the Hill Race, finishing in sixth spot with Robinson 18th, Kieran White 26th and Liam White 34th. Liam White was the fastest member of the relay quartet that finished seventh in the 4x5km event on Sunday.
 
Hercules Wimbledon open their 2014 summer track and field season when they compete in the Sward and Kinnaird Trophy meeting at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Saturday. The meeting starts at 12noon with the hammer and pole vault and runs through until the final event, the 4x400m relay, at 4.45pm. 
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15-04-13 - CLAIRE GRIMA'S RECORD MARATHON RUN

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's Claire Grima finished a brilliant sixth in the women's championship race in the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday.

Grima, 36, who was running in the event with her husband, Dave, ran a reactively steady race passing the half-way just past Tower Bridge in one hour 20 minutes 49 seconds and reaching the finish in The Mall in 2:45:51 to smash her previous club record of 2:49:10 she set in London in 2011.

"I was very pleased to improve on my own record," said Claire. "As usual, the atmosphere throughout the race was fantastic and I felt good most of the way. It was relatively mild but there was a swirling wind in some places."
Claire, who first ran in the London race in 2014, is ranked fourth among UK over 35 women marathon runners this year as a result of her performance in the London race on Sunday. Her sixth place in the women's race was a significant improvement on her previous highest finishing position of 10th in 2011.
 
Husband Dave, although finishing almost three minutes behind Claire, was able to emulate her achievement with a lifetime best performance. He clocked 2:48:35 to slice 10 seconds off his previous best time set in the Amsterdam Marathon in October last year. Top Hercules Wimbledon finishing among the 36,000 runners in Sunday's race was Joe Clark who also posted a best marathon time of 2:39:09 for 171st place. Clark, who was competing in the London event for the seventh consecutive year, chopped more than eight minutes off his previous best marathon time set in London in 2013. He was timed at 2:47:17.
 
Rob Tuer was just 20 seconds behind Clark also significantly improving on his previous best marathon time. He was 182nd in 2:39:29 o improve on his previous best time of 2:47:45 posted in the London race last year. Andrew Blake also got inside the three hour barrier with 2:56:35 while David Scrimshaw just missed out clocking 3:00:29. Hercules Wimbledon chairman Dave Clarke, winner of the Stockholm marathon in 1989, and three times English senior men's cross country champion, was hampered by calf muscle and hamstring problems in his bid to get inside the three hour barrier on Sunday and finished in 3:08:53. Charles Hampden-Smith was Hercules Wimbledon's top veteran over 50 finisher in 3:06:49, just 19 seconds outside his best marathon time set in London 2012. There were a total of 13 Hercules Wimbledon runners in Sunday's main race.
 
More than 20 Hercules Wimbledon youngsters took part in the Virgin Money Giving mini marathon races over the final there miles of the main marathon course from Old Billingsgate to The Mall. Highest place finisher was Zoe Illis whom was 11th oout off more than 200 runners in the girls under 17 race in 18:27 with her Wandsworth team-mate Emma Headley 22nd in 19:15. Oscar White led the Wandsworth team to third spot in finishing 12th in the boys under 13 race in 17:30 while Matt Gibbons was 13th for Merton in the boys under 15 race in 16:52.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's Liam White headed home a 200-plus field in the Bishop's Park park run in Fulham in 15:42 ahead of club mates Alex Bellew (16:03) and Alex Robinson (16:07). Hercules Wimbledon's over 45 veteran Lisa Thomas was the top woman finisher in Saturday's Wimbledon Common park run 5km event in 19:33. Stuart Fraser was second out of 322 finishers in the men's race in 17:26, 10 seconds behind the winner, with Peter Collins fourth in 17:42. Chris Ore was also runner-up in Burgess Park in 17:13. 
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8-04-14 - HW MARATHON DOZEN IN LONDON EVENT

Husband and wife marathon running duo David and Claire Grima head a dozen-strong Hercules Wimbledon contingent running in Sunday's Virgin Money London Marathon from Blackheath to The Mall.
 
Past holders of the Guinness World record for the fastest aggregate time by a married couple in a marathon, the Grimas will be racing in the London race together for the fourth time. David posted his best time last year when he clocked two hours 48 minutes 45 seconds to Claire's 2:49:19, although, mother of two, Claire went 10 seconds faster in 2011. She missed the 2010 and 2012 races to have sons Luca and Jasper.
 
Running the Virgin London marathon for the fifth time will be Hercules Wimbledon chairman Dave Clarke. Now 56, Clarke was an outstanding runner in his younger days winning the English national senior men's cross country title three times in the 1980's and winning the Stockholm marathon in 1989 in 2:13:34. He returned to marathon racing in 2008 to accompany his wife Fran in the London race but will be running solo in the event for the first time this year and is aiming to beat the three hour barrier. He clocked 2:52:11 last year and has a best London time of 2:45:45 in 2010.
 
Dennis Williams, who has run in every London race since its inauguration in 1981 with one exception when injury forced him to drop out, will, at 68, be the oldest Hercules Wimbledon runner in Sunday's race. Over 45 veteran Tom Cheetham will be running  in his 50th marathon on Sunday when he takes to the London roads for the 12th time.
 
Siblings Zoe and Daniel Illis will be among a small Hercules Wimbledon squad competing in the Virgin Money Giving London mini marathon over the last three miles of the main course from Old Billingsgate to The Mall.
 
The transfer of the prestigious Hercules Wimbledon Young Athletes Open meeting to the club's Wimbledon Park track headquarters from Crystal Palace National Sports Centre where it had been staged for the previous 32 years proved an overwhelming success. More than 600 youngsters from all over the South East of England took part in the six hour meeting and spectators included Wimbledon Park Merton councillor and former Mayor Oonagh Moulton.
 
Surrey team manager Rob Russell, who was there with a group of athletes from Dorking & Mole Valley, summed up the views of many when he said: "We all thought the move to Wimbledon made the atmosphere even better as spectators, coaches, family and athletes were less spread out and were closer to the action."
 
Staging it at their home track proved a great incentive for Hercules Wimbledon athletes to take part and a record number of more than 70 of them were in action. Best of the bunch was South of England indoor 60m bronze medallist who celebrated his 14th birthday six days earlier by winning the boys under 15 100m in  a personal best of 11.93. He also posted a lifetime best in taking runners-up spot in the 200m in 24.92. He took sizeable chunks off his previous best times of 12.6 and 25.6 set last season.
 
Hercules Wimbledon newcomer Jaleel Ropar, a pupil at Haslemere Primary School, Mitcham, made an impressive track debut to win a hat-trick of medals. He took second place in the boys under 13 200 and 800m in 28.26 and 2:38.39 and third in the 100m in 13.80. Other Hercules Wimbledon youngsters to gain medals were Joe Lorenzo (third under 125 boys long jump), Oliver Mace (third under 13 boys shot), Ruby Henderson (third under 17 women's long jump) and Caspar Parsons (third under 11 600m).
 
The transfer of the meeting to Wimbledon Park also seemed to boost the standard of performance as no less than eight meeting records were broken. Kingston & Polytechnic's Mollie O'Sullivan bettered the under 15 girls 1500m mark of 4:41.8 dating back to 1985 with a winning time of 4:37.72 while Highgate's Georgia Fear took more than a second off the 1987 women's under17 1500m record with a winning time of 4:41.6. 
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1-04-14 - TOP YOUNGSTERS' MEETING COMES HOME
 
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club are to stage their popular Young Athletes Open Meeting at their Wimbledon Park track headquarters for the first time on Sunday. The meeting, which was first staged more than  three decades ago, has traditionally been wheremany youngsters start their summer track and field competition programme. Up till now, it has been held at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre but, this year, Hercules Wimbledon has decided to promote the event at their home track to mark the completing of around £100,000 renovation work to both the track and the stadium building.

Working in conjunction with Merton Council, Hercules Wimbledon has secured a full competition licence from UK Athletics for Wimbledon Park so that it can be used for track and field competitions for the first time since 2011. The Hercules Wimbledon young athletes open meeting has proved a valuable stepping stone for youngsters in their attempts to reach the top flight of the sport. Many future Olympic and international athletes have appeared at the event in previous years.Teenager Adam Gemili who reached the 100m semi-final on his Olympic debut in London in 2012 made a double appearance at the Hercules Wimbledon Young Athletes meeting in 2011 when he won the under 20 100 and 200m in 10.75 and 22.02 seconds, which are currently the meeting records for the event.

Past winners also include Olympic sprinter Montelle Douglas, who still holds the women's under 17 100 and 200m records of 11.9 and 24.6 she set in 2002 while another Olympian, Emeka Udechuku, still holds the men's under 17 shot and discus records of 18.03 and 57.18m he set in 1995.

One of the longest standing meeting records is held by Olympic marathon runner Mark Steinle. As a 12-year-old he set the under 13 boys 1500m record of 4:41.5 in 1987. The meeting, for youngsters between the ages of 10 and 19, starts at 11am and finishes around 5pm.

Hercules Wimbledon pole vaulter Alison Murray followed up her club age record-breaking performance the previous weekend by taking the silver medal in the World Masters Indoor Championships in Budapest. She cleared 2.80m to finish runner-up in the women's over 45 category.

Alsoin Budapest, Hercules Wimbledon's Anna Garnier finished fifth in the women's over 55 8km event in the World Masters cross country championships in 34:54, just over two minutes behind the winner.

Elsewhere, Hercules Wimbledon provided both the men's and women's winners in the Wimbledon Common parkrun 5km event on Saturday. Ben Toomer made a winning debut in taking the men's race in 17:06, heading home a 377-strong field, while Lisa Thomas was once again first woman in 20:02, finishing 26th overall. Adam Harwood was the second of a large Hercules Wimbledon contingent taking seventh place in 18:21 with Peter Collins 11th in 18:52 and over 50 veteran Charles Hampden-Smith 23rd in 19:54.

Stephen McDuell was 12th out of more than 100 finishers in the Kingston parkrun in 20:, James Moorcroft was 13th out of more than 1000 runners in the Bushy Park event in 17:48, while Jack Collins was 11th out of more than 300 runners in the Richmond Park event in 18:37 where Zoe Illis was first woman finisher in 20:05.

On the road, Kieran White was fifth out of 274 runners in true Serpentine Last Friday of the Month 5km race in Hyde Park in 16:13, Stuart Fraser was fifth in the Ravens 5km event in Wapping in 17L:28 while Matt Sharp was 74th out of more than 2000 runners in the Paddock Wood half-marathon in Kent in 1:28:18.
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