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28-06-16 - MILLER RUNS 100M PB IN GERMANY

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s teenage sprinter Rechmial Miller confirmed his rating as Britain’s top under 20 100m runner when he stormed to a lifetime best time in an international meeting in Germany last weekend.
 
A week after clinching his place in Britain’s IAAF World Junior Championships team to compete in Poland next month by winning the England under 20 men’s title at Bedford, Miller, who celebrated his 18th birthday on Monday, clocked inside 10.30 seconds for the first time in his young life. He raced to victory in 10.23, beating his previous fastest of 10.34 set at the Loughborough international meeting in May.
 
However, while his performance in Loughborough was achieved with a legal 1.4 metres per second following wind, he was helped by an above legal limits 2.4 metres per second tailwind in the Bauhaus Juniorengala Meeting in Mannheim.
Significantly, though, Miller was the second fastest of the 30 young sprinters, several of whom will be racing against him in next month’s IAAF World Junior Championships in Poland. The only runner to go faster than Miller was Australian Jack Hale who clocked 10.21 in winning his heat.
 
“Although I had a big following wind, I was pleased to achieve a personal best time and it shows I’m in good shape to get at least a medal in Poland”, said Miller.
 
Meanwhile, Hercules Wimbledon’s Dwayne Cowan reached a top class men’s 400m final in the British Athletics Championships in Birmingham over the weekend. Cowan finished seventh in Sunday’s final 46.48. He was disappointed with his run as he was aiming to get inside 46 seconds to clinch his place in the British team for this summer’s European Championships. He seemed to be in good form as he did clock a lifetime best of 46.02 in winning a National League race in Manchester three weeks earlier.
Earlier, he won his heat on Saturday in 47.26 and then speeded up to finish second in his semi-final in 46.87. Cowan is ranked sixth in the UK over the distance.
 
A second Hercules Wimbledon athlete in action in Birmingham, sprinter Theo Etienne, also failed to find his best form. He was third in his heat in 10.55 and fifth in his semi-final in 10.58, compared with his best time of 10.35 set at an open meeting in East London earlier this month.
 
Hercules Wimbledon runners gained a hat-trick of parkrun victories on Saturday. Ben Toomer led the charge with a comfortable victory own Wimbledon Common in 17:16. It maintained an impressive record and was his 16th win in 18 appearances in the Wimbledon Common event since March 2014. In beating almost 300 runners, he led 17 Hercules Wimbledon runners over the line.
 
MonikaCrouse was top woman finisher on Tooting Common in 20:43 while Gina Galbraith made a winning debut in Lowestoft where she won the women’s race in 19:49, finishing fifth overall out of 170 runners.
 
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon’s youngsters compete in the third of this season’s Lily B Girls League meetings at Guildford on Saturday. 
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21-06-16 - MILLER CLINCHES WORLD CHAMPS PLACE

Birthday celebrations started early for Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s talented young sprinter Rechmial Miller when he clinched his place in Britain’s team for this summer IAAF World Junior Championships in blustery conditions at the Bedford International Stadium on Saturday.
 
Eight days before he turned 18, Miller secured his call-up by taking the junior men’s 100m title in 10.47 seconds running into a slight 0.8 metres per second headwind. It was the only occasion during his afternoon’s there races when the elements were against him. Earlier, he won his heat with the backing of a forceful 3.3 metres per second headwind in 10.43, easily the fastest of the 42 runners taking part to set himself up as favourite to take gold. The wind dropped slightly for his semi-final to 2.6 metres per second and he again posted a comfortable win in 10.45, again the fastest time of  the 23 semi-finalists.
 
Miller didn’t disappoint in the final which he won by a comfortable five-hundredths of a second - about half-a-metre - to clinch his place in the team for Poland. The IAAF World Junior Championships are being held in Bydgoszcz from July 20th to 24th.
 
Teenager Miller, who won silver and bronze medals, respectively, at last year’s Commonwealth Youth Games and IAAF World Youth Championships said: “I’m obviously very pleased to have made the team. It’s been my main target for this season. I now hope to run faster than ever in Poland.”
 
Miller is Britain’s top under 20 100m runner this season with his 10.34 clocking in the Loughborough International Meeting in May. That time took five-hundredths of a second off his previous legal lifetime best for the distance set when racing to silver in the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa last September, although he did clock a wind-assisted 10.35 at the Bedford International Games in May last year.
 
At the other end of the age range, Hercules Wimbledon’s men’s veterans team looks set to reach the Southern Veterans League final for the first time in their history. They have a comfortable lead in the South London division after winning their third match at Wimbledon Park. The team was just beaten in their opening match at Kingsmeadow but secured victory in their second encounter at Ewell Court.
 
The win was underpinned by a trio of club age records and a host of winners. Dean Cheeseman gained a double success in he over 35 high jump and triple jump while Mike Amsden won the 200m in that age group. He then linked up with Vic Ray, Dominic Bokor-Ingram and Mark White to win the 4x200m relay.
 
Bogor-Ingram and White also won the over 40 and over 50 200m events. Other over 40 winners were Stephen McDuell (800m) and Stuart Fraser (5000m). Charles Laurie took the over 60 triple jump while Peter Giles broke the club age record in winning the over 70 800m.
 
Match result: 1 Hercules Wimbledon 161; 2 Epsom & Ewell 139; 3 Crydon 124; 4 Kingston & Polytechnic 119; 5 Striders of Croydon 104; 6 Walton 42.5; 7 Dorking & Mole Valley 42. Standings after there matches: 1 Hercules Wimbledon 23 league points (433 match points); 2 Epsom & Ewell 20 (396.5); 3 Kingston & Polytechnic 19 (368.5); 4 Croydon 15.5 (299.5); 5 Striders of Croydon 12.5 (274); 6 Walton 9 (136.5); 7 Dorking & Mole Valley 6 (122).
 
Hercules Wimbledon’s women also posted their best team effort in finishing joint third with Gina Galbraith setting club veterans over 40 records in the 800 and 5000m and Anna Garner breaking the Hercules Wimbledon over 60 record in the 5000m.
 
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon’s youngsters compete in the second of this season’s Ebbisham Boys League meetings at Tooting Bec on Saturday. Next Wednesday, Hercules Wimbledon are in action in the fourth Rosenheim League Eastern Division meeting in Battersea Park, starting at 6.45pm. The club’s women’s team will be aiming to maintain their unbeaten run in the league this season while the men will be hoping to improve their position in the overall table.
 
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14-06-16 - WOMEN CONTINUE UNBEATEN RUN

Winning Rosenheim men's and women's relay teams  of (left to right) Filip Dabinski, Antonio Douglas, Dwayne Cowman and Dominic Bokor-Ingram and Heather Jones, Zoe Leake, Natasha Hibberd and Laura Wignall
 
 
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s Rosenheim League women’s squad maintained their domination of the Eastern Division table when they completed a hat-trick of wins in their home match at Wimbledon Park Athletics Stadium.
 
Team manager Heather Jones led by example with a hat-trick of wins in the 100m hurdles, high jump and long jump before linking up with Laura Wignall, Natasha Hibberd and Zoe Leake as a member of the winning 4x200m relay team.
Hercules Wimbledon won eight of the 12 events with debutantes Zoe Leake and Kim Jansenn winning the shot and javelin and Laura Wignall gaining a sprint double in the 100 and 200m.
 
The team finished on a winning note with Laura Wignall, Natasha Gibbered and Zoe Leake linking up to take the 4x200m relay.
 
Hercules Wimbledon won the match with 65 points from Herne Hill (56), Serpentine (38), Belgrave (24) and Croydon (20). After three matches, Hercules Wimbledon lead the Eastern Division table with the maximum 18 league points ahead of Herne Hill (14), Croydon (10), Belgrave (10), Serpentine (8) and Holland Sports (2).
 
The men’s team just failed to make it a Hercules Wimbledon double as they were pipped by just one point by Croydon. Best individual performance of the match came from Cassian Hyde who took the 800m while Antonio Douglas and Jonathan Cornish were runners-up in the 100 and 3000m events.
 
Like the women, the men’s quartet of  Antonio Douglas, Dwayne Cowan, Filip Dabinski and Dominic Bokor-Ingram
also finished on a winning note taking the 4x200m relay.
 
Match result: 1 Croydon 45; 2 Hercules Wimbledon 44; 3 Belgrave 42; 4 Serpentine 40; 5 Herne Hill 35; 6 Holland Sports 33. Standings after three matches: 1 Croydon 16.5; 2 Belgrave 15; 3 Serpentine 9.5; 4 Hercules Wimbledon 9; 5 Herne Hill 8; 6 Holland Sports 5.
 
Hercules Wimbledon’s talented young sprinter Jaleel Roper will make his English Schools debut next month after winning the junior boys 200m at the London Schools Championships at Battersea Park on Saturday in a personal best of 23.25 seconds. He took one-tenth of a second off his previous best and ranks seventh in the Uk over the distance this summer. Roper, 13, is also ranked second under 15 over 100m in 2016. Another Hercules Wimbledon schools winner was Harris Mier who won the junior boys 800 metres in the Cornwall Championships at Par.
 
Three Hercules Wimbledon athletes just missed out on medals in the South of England Championships at Lee Valley Athletics Centre. Chad Miller, 16, ranked sixth in his age group over the distance this summer, finished fourth in the under 20 200m in 22.24 while Jonathan Cornish was fourth in the senior men’s 5000m and Sam Barker was fourth in the under 17 3000m.
 
Dominic Bokor-Ingram broke the 38-year-old over 40 veterans 400m club record of 52.7 held by European 400m hurdles representative Robin Woodland when he won the Surrey Masters title at Ewell in 52.65. He also took gold in the 100m and was second in the 200m.
 
Hercules Wimbledon’s oldest athlete, John Webster, who will be 77 at the end of June, gained five gold medals in the over 75 pole vault, discus, hammer, heavy hammer and javelin events, setting championship records in the hammer and heavy hammer and breaking the club age record in the discus. Peter Giles set two championship records in winning the over 70 800 and 1500m. Other Hercules Wimbledon winners were Mark White and Peter Lee in the over 50 200 and 5000m, Dave Orchard (over 55 shot and hammer), Paul Wignall (over 60 100 and 200m) and Vikki Filsell (over 45 women’s 5000m).
 
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon host their third Sweatshop Southern Athletics League meeting of the season at their Wimbledon Park Stadium on Sunday starting at 12noon. Visiting teams are South London Harriers, Sutton & District and Holland Sports.
 
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7-06-16 - GOLDING’S TWO SPRINT RECORDS

Zipporah who broke two club records on Saturday
 
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s talented young sprinter, Zipporah Golding showed further impressive form when she broke a pair of  club sprint records in the second of this season’s Lily B Girls League meetings at Croydon Sports Arena on Saturday.
 
Golding, 12, stormed to victory in the under 13 girls 100m in 13 seconds to shave three-hundredths of a second off her own club record set in winning the Surrey title last month. Her time is the third fastest by a UK under 13-year-old this summer. She then completed the sprint double winning her 200m race in 27.0 to take a fifth of a second off the previous club record set by Amanda O’Shea in 1992, 12 years before Golding was born. Her time is the fifth fastest by a UK girls in her age group this summer.
 
Another winner in the under 13 age group was Darcy O’Shea who took the high jump with a personal best of 1.35m. Two other Hercules Wimbledon athletes to post personal bests were Rhianna Gale and Isabelle Ellis in winning their under 17 300 and 800m races.
 
Also showing good form on the track was Hercules Wimbledon’s Dwayne Cowan who shaved 15 hundredths of a second off his lifetime best  and club record when he won the British Athletics League Premier Division 400m  in Manchester on Sunday in 46.02. His previous best was set in Florida in April. His time ranks him fifth in the UK this summer and is just 0.32 seconds outside the qualifying time for this summer’s European Championships.
 
Taking advantage of a strong 3.1 metres per second tailwind, Hercules Wimbledon’s Theo Etienne posted a lifetime best 100m time of 10.35 in the Active Newham Open meeting in East London on Sunday. He was also inside his legal best of 10.62 set at the Loughborough International meeting last month in clocking 10.37 in his heat where he was helped by an even stronger 4.1 metres per second tailwind.
 
Hercules Wimbledon runners dominated the Wimbledon Common 5km parkrun on Saturday with six runners among the top eight finishers. Ben Toomer, completed a hat-trick of wins this year when he headed the 440-strong field home in 16:53, eight seconds faster than his previous best 2016 time, with Joe Toomey runner-up in 17:15. Peter Collins was top over 45 veteran finishing fourth in 17:59 just one second ahead of teenager Matt Gibbons who was four seconds outside his lifetime best for the course. Russell Price was seventh in a personal best of 18:24, a 40-second improvement on his debut appearance in the event last November, while Adam Harwood was eighth in 18:42. A total of 23 Hercules Wimbledon runners took part.
 
Marathon man David Grima was victorious in Wales where he made a winning debut in the Newport parkrun in 17:29, eight seconds clear of the second runner. Second claimer Dimos Evangelidis headed home a 1050-strong field in Bushy Park in 15:51, well clear of the second finisher who was more than a minute behind. He also posted the top age-graded performance for the event.
 
Ellen Weir, 12, one of the youngest runners in the 236-strong field, gained another victory in the Newport women’s event on the Isle of Wight in 21:56. Thomas Beare  gained a narrow victory in the Junior 2km parkrun in Wimbledon Park on Sunday in 7:43. He won by just one second. Valerie Parocki was top girl finisher in 8:12 ahead of Hercules Wimbledon clubmates Albane Fery (8:23) and Selma Hegvold (9:54).
 
Hercules Wimbledon’s Richard McDowell completed one of the toughest races of his life in winning The Hurt 21km Trial Race in the Surrey Hills on Saturday. McDowell, 37, smashed the course record in reaching the finish in 1:34:29, more than two minutes ahead of his nearest rival. “My legs are still a mess two days later,” he said at the start of the week. “The time might not sound very fast but it was a trail and only an idiot would have attempted to run several of the ridiculously steep climbs!”
 
On the road, Claire Grima broke her own club record when she finished 19th in the women’s race in the Vitality 10km London Run in Central London in 36:14. It improved on the 37:06 record  she set in the same event last year. Fastest of the 18 Hercules Wimbledon runners in the event was Jonathan Cornish who finished 10th of more than 12000 runners in a personal best of 31:07. It was 498 seconds faster than he managed last year.
 
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon’s youngsters will be in action in the London and Surrey schools championships at Battersea Park and Kingsmeadow, respectively. On Monday, Hercules Wimbledon host the second of this season’s Southern Veterans League meetings at Wimbledon Park, starting at 6.30pm.
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31-05-16 - QUARTET HEAD FOR WORLD CHAMPS

Four Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club athletes are in action in the World Duathlon Championships which are being held in Aviles, Spain, this weekend.
 
Three of the four athletes heading for Spain. From second left Richard Evans, Charles Hamden-Smith and Simon Bodle. On the left wearing a GB swim cap is John Krause who missed out on qualifying for Spain but managed to qualify for the World Ironman championship in Poland in July.
 
Only woman in the quartet is Gina Galbraith who qualified for the sprint championship in her first crack at the event at Bedford in March. Duathlon is a combination of running and cycling. Galbraith, who will be competing in the 40-44 years age group, will first run 5km, cycle 10km and finish off with a 2.5km run.
 
The three Hercules Wimbledon men, Simon Bodle (50-55) and Charles Hampden-Smith and Richard Evans (55-59), who qualified in events at Clumber Park in Nottingham’s Sherwood Forest in March and in Windsor Great Park in April will compete over double the distance - 10km run followed by a 40km bike ride and concluding with a 5km run.
 
To complete one marathon is an achievement but to complete two in 24 hours is an amazing feat. But that is just what Hercules Wimbledon’s ultra-distance runner Caroline Jackson did last weekend. The 37-year-old first ran in the Kent Road Runners’ event in Gravesend where she was first woman veteran over 35 in 3:32:11. Then she made the 250 mile dash to Merseyside where she ran in the Rock ’n roll marathon in Liverpool on Sunday finishing 325th out of 2524 runners in 3:36:54. She is a prolific marathon runner having completed the distance more than a dozen times this year. Her best time is 3:16:35 achieved also winning the women’s veterans over 35 category at Gravesend last year.
 
One of Hercules Wimbledon’s promising young teenagers, Darcey O’Shea, was the outstanding individual athlete in the Thomas’s Schools athletics meeting in Battersea Park, which is open to independent schools. Darcey, who is a Year 6 pupil at The Study Preparatory School in Wimbledon Village, won gold in four individual events, the 100 and 400m on the track and the high jump and long jump. She also helped her school to victory in the sprint relay. She won the trophy for the best individual girl athlete for the second successive year.
 
Her mum, Stella, said: “Darcey does not normally do the long jump and has never had any practice or training in that event. She was only asked to do it as one of her teammates, who normally does it, was ill and could not attend. They were only allowed a total of two jumps. Her second was 4.24m which not only won the event but also broke the Independent Association of Prep schools National record which was previously 4.10m.”
 
Hercules Wimbledon’s Jonathan Cornish continued his impressive winning run in the Bushy Park 5km parkrun when he posted his sixth victory in the event since March on Saturday to take the race in 15 minutes 52 seconds, beating a 1098-strong field. He won by 35 seconds. Richard McDowell posted his best time of the year in beating a 345-strong field on Tooting Common, winning by 54 seconds in 16:44. Meanwhile, Ophelia Lanfranchi was first girl in the junior 2km parkrun in Wimbledon Park on Sunday in a personal best of 9:25. Monika Crouse, Ellen Weir and Lisa Thomas were third women finishers at Tooting Common, Newport, Isle of Wight and Wimbledon Common, respectively.
 
All eight Hercules Wimbledon youngsters who took part in the South London Athletics Network Open Meeting at Coulson on Saturday posted personal best times. Best of the bunch were Eitan Orenstein, Sam Barker and Ben Tatters who filled the top three places in the 800m.
 
Hercules Wimbledon’s women’s team maintained their domination of the Rosenheim League Eastern Division by winning their second match at Croydon to establish a clear lead over their rivals. Individual wins were posted by Heather Jones (long jump), Lisa Thomas (400m) and Sarah Bond (high jump) and, in the final event, the 4x200m relay, they linked up with Kirsty Wheeler to post another win.
 
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon athletes both young and old, will be in action on Saturday in the Lily B Girls League match at Croydon and the Surrey Masters Championships at Ewell. The club’s road runners compete in the Dorking 10 miles road race on Sunday, which is part of the Surrey road league. Hercules Wimbledon’s women defend their unbeaten record when the club stages the third of this season’s Rosenheim League East Division meetings at Wimbledon Park next Wednesday, starting at 6.45pm.
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24-05-16 - MILLER POSTS ANOTHER LIFETIME BEST 

Hercules Wimbledon trio at Loughborough International left to right Rechmial Miller, Dwayne Cowan, Theo Etienne 
 
 
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s teenage sprint star Rechmial Miller cemented his position at the top off this summer UK under 20 100 metres rankings with a lifetime best at the Loughborough International Meeting on Sunday. 
 
Representing GB Juniors, Miller clocked 10.34 seconds in finishing fourth in the match 100m race just four-hundredths of a second behind race winner Olympic sprinter Harry Aikines-Aryeetey. It was a significant improvement on his previous best time of 10.39 set when winning the silver medal at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa last September. 
 
Miller, 17, is now a firm favourite to make Britain’s team for the IAAF World Junior Championships in Poland in July. He is the only British sprinter to have achieved the qualifying time of 10.45 for the event and his time on Sunday was almost two seconds faster than the second ranked British junior sprinter. 
 
“I knew I was against some tough opposition so I was really pleased to finish fourth and to post a pb was icing on the cake,” said a delighted Miller. 
 
Three Hercules Wimbledon athletes were in action in the prestigious Loughborough International Meeting on Sunday, the first time in the club’s history more than a single club athlete has been in action at this traditional opener to the summer track and field season. 
 
Such of England senior men’s 200m champion Dwayne Cowan raced to victory running for England in the match 400m in 46.62. Cowan, who was making his international debut, is currently ranked fourth one lap runner in the UK. Although he was shy of his best time of 46.40 set at the Florida Relays in the USA in March, he was much faster than the 49.35 he clocked at the same meeting last year. 
 
He faces a tough challenge to make the team for the Rio Olympics but could still qualify for the European Championships in Amsterdam in July where the selection standard is 45.70, almost half-a-second faster than his best time. 
 
The third Hercules Wimbledon athlete in action at Loughborough was Theo Etienne who finished sixth in the invitation 100m race 10.62, his fastest time of the year. 
 
Hercules Wimbledon could have done with this trio on their home Southern Athletics League match at Wimbledon Park on Sunday. At the end of a tough five hour contest, the team finished third with 247 points behind Epsom & Ewell (272) and Eastbourne Rovers (258) beating Kent AC (183). 
 
Best individual efforts came from Tabita Botuli who, fresh from her Surrey bronze medal-winning performance the previous weekend, took both the 100 and 200m in 12.7 and 25.8. Former Commonwealth Games representative Slison Murray broke her own club record in winning the women's pole vault with 3.30m while Claire Grima broke her own club women’s veteran over 35 record in finishing second in the 5000m in 17:48.0. Grimm was also second in the 1500m. 
 
Surrey champion Sean Hall raced to a comfortable victory in the senior men’s 800m in 1:52.9, reaching the bell in 55 seconds. Joe Toomey was an equally impressive winner in the 1500m in 4:21.6, almost three seconds clear of his nearest rival, while george Longworth took the B race. Rufus Nugent (6.32m) and Andrew Bullimore (6.11m) secured maximum points in the long jump while Nnamdi Odum won the triple jump with 12.65m. Hamed Agboke won the 400m (52.0) and anchored the 4x400m relay team to victory. 
 
Hercules Wimbledon got off to a winning start in the track with Heather Jones and Lisa Thomas gaining maximum points in the 400m hurdles. Julia Nilova and Emily Martin gained maximum points in the triple jump, winning the A and B competitions with Surrey champion Martin runner-up in the long jump. On a busy afternoon, she was also seconds in the shot, discus, hammer and javelin. 
 
Over 50 veteran Lisa Thomas had a busy weekend. In Sunday’s match, she was also second in the 1500m steeplechase A and third in the 800m A races and anchored the 4x400m relay team to second place. The previous day, she was first woman in the Wimbledon Common 5km parkrun, her first victory in the event since March. Ellen Weir was first girl in Sunday’s 2km junior parkrun in Wimbledon Park. 
 
On the road, Annmarie Seymour was second out of 133 runners in the Hogsmill Women’s five miles race on Sunday. 
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon’s youngsters are in action in the South London Athletics Network development fixture at Woodcote School, starting at 12.30pm. 
  
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17-05-16 - LUCKY 13 AT SURREY CHAMPIONSHIPS 

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club enjoyed one of their best-ever years at the annual Surrey track and field championships at Kingsmeadow Stadium over the weekend, providing 13 medallists, four of them title winners.
 
Best of the quartet of gold medallists was 12-year-old Zipporah Golding who stormed to victory in the girls under 13 100m in a lifetime best of 13.03 seconds. Her time also topped the 2016 UK rankings for her age group and broke the 23-year-old club record for the event. Her time was achieved into a 1.1 metres per second headwind and improved on her wind-assisted 13.37 set at Lee Valley at the end of last month.
 
Golding easily won her heat in 13.69 and speeded up to take her semi-final in 13.57 before producing her gold medal-winning performance.
 
No less than four Hercules Wimbledon youngsters made the under 13 girls 100m final with Adaeze Onyejekwe taking the bronze medal in 13.72, easily her fastest time this season, with Tara Bartlett fifth in 14.04 and Darcy O’Shea eighth in 14.19. Bartlett clocked a faster 13.94 in finishing second in her semi-final while Darcy clocked a personal best of 14.15 in finishing fourth in her semi-final.
 
With Golding giving the 200m on Sunday a miss, Onyejekwe and Bartlett took silver and bronze in a season’s best of 28.51 and a personal best of 28.58, respectively. There were also four Hercules Wimbledon girls in this final with Tamira Webster fifth 28.70 and O’Shea eighth in 29.49 after clocking faster times of 28.19 and 29.28, respectively, in their semi-final.
 
Another member of the Paul Miller sprint-training group, Jaleel Roper, took silver in the boys under 15 100m in a lifetime best of 11.53 after also improving own his previous best of 11.6 set in winning the London Schools title last June in winning his heat in 11.57. Two other members of the Miller sprint group to medal were Raphael Buckle and Tabita Botuli who took bronze medals in the under 17 men’s 100m and senior women’s 200m in 11.68 and 25.93, respectively.


Hercules Wimbledon girls under 13 100 metres gold and bronze medallists
Zipporah Golding and Adaeze Onyejekwe on the presentation rostrum
 

Miller’s sprint group won seven medals between them. “We did far better than I expected,” said a delighted Miller. “Everyone ran up to expectation but they will all improve as the season progresses. I was protecting Golding and Roper by pulling them out of the 200m and Roper will go faster as he’s still nursing the after-effects of a hamstring injury he suffered in February.”
 
Hercules Wimbledon enjoyed a hat-trick of senior gold medallists. Sean Hall and Claire Grima, making their county championship debuts won the 800m and 3000m titles in 1:53.76 and 10:32.35 while Emily Martin retained her long jump title with 5.34m. All four Hercules Wimbledon senior women in action at Kingsmeadow came away with medals with Heather Jones taking silver in the 400m hurdles.
 
A fourth silver medallist was Harry Wright in the under 17 high jump where he cleared a personal best of 1.75m, also on his county championship debut. Completing the 13 medallists was Alex Forbes who clocked a lifetime best of 2:18.96 in taking bronze in the boys under 13 800m. Forbes, who was also making his Surrey debut, chopped more than 11 seconds off his best before the championships.
 
Hercules Wimbledon made a successful start to the defence of their Eastern Division women’s title when they won their opening Rosenheim League match at Battersea Park. Highlight was a veterans over 40 club record by Elizabeth Stavreski in winning the 3000m in 10:59.01. Only other wins were provided by Heather Jones in the 100m and triple jump. The men’s team were third in their match with 400m man Hamed Agboke the only winner.
 
Hercules Wimbledon’s men just missed out by three points on winning their opening Southern Veterans League match at Kingsmeadow. Neil Guthrie took the over 35 1500m, Dominic Bokor-Ingram won the over 40 400m and Mark White the over 50 100 and 400m. The club’s oldest athlete, John Webster, 77 next month, won the over 70 discus.
 
The women were third equal in their match. Gina Galbraith set a Hercules Wimbledon veteran women’s over 40 record in winning the 1500m with Fran Clarke taking the B race and Alison Murray winning the pole vault. Lisa Thomas won the over 50 400 and 1500m while Anna Garner took the over 60 400 and 1500m events.
 
Galbraith and Thomas were first and second women finishers in the Wimbledon Common 5km parkrun on Saturday while Claire Grima was third woman in Bushy Park in 17:59, just two seconds outside her club record.
 
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon host their second Southern Athletics League meeting at Wimbledon Park, on Sunday, starting at 12noon. Visiting teams are Epsom & Ewell, Kent AC and Eastbourne Rovers.
 
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9-05-16 - MILLER BROTHER QUALIFIES FOR WORLD CHAMPS 

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s IAAF World and Commonwealth Youth Games medallist Rechmial Miller boosted his chances of representing Britain in the IAAF World Junior Championships this summer when he got inside the 100m qualifying standard in only his second meeting of the summer.
 
Despite having to battle against a 1.9 metres per second headwind, Miller stormed to victory in his heat in the Newham Open Meeting in East London on Sunday in 10.44 seconds. Miller, 17, was four-hundredths of a second faster than he managed in his opening race of the season and his time tops the UK under 20 rankings by almost one tenth of a second. He was also just outside his club record of 10.39 set when taking the silver medal in the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa last September.
 
His younger brother, Chad, was also in fine form equalling his own Hercules Wimbledon under 17 200m record in finishing second in his race in 21.89. He set the record in the England Athletics championships at Bedford last year. His time is also the third fastest by a British under 17-year-old this summer.
 
Their dad, Paul, three times Surrey 100m champion, was delighted with their performances. “They’ve both made fine starts to their summer season and it proves their hard training is paying off. Competing in the World Junior Indoors is now a real prospect for Rechmial.”
 
At the other end of the age scale, Hercules Wimbledon’s oldest track athlete, Pete Giles, 71, has been smashing club age group records. He set a hat-trick of over 70 age group records in Hercules Wimbledon’s open track meeting at Wimbledon Park over 100, 200 and 400m.
 
Showing his considerable versatility, he was also the first veteran over 70 finisher in the Sutton 10km road race in Nonsuch Park on Sunday in 45:38. It is the second fastest time posted by a Hercules Wimbledon over 70-year-old. Maurice Sharp holds the record with 44:59 set at Eastleigh in March this year.
 
Hercules Wimbledon enjoyed hat-trick of parkrun winners on Saturday. Schoolteacher Jonathan Cornish headed home a 1240-strong field to complete a hat-trick of wins in the Bushy Park 5km event crossing the line in 15:45 and finishing almost one-and-a-half minutes ahead of the runner-up. Joe Toomey triumphed on Wimbledon Common in 17:07 beating a 460-strong field and posting his first win there since Christmas Day. It was also his sixth victory on Wimbledon Common. Hercules Wimbledon had three in the top six with Rob Tuer, making his debut in the event, Peter Collins and Adam Harwood finishing fourth, fifth and sixth. Gina Galbraith was first woman in 20:08 with Lisa Thomas third woman home. A total of 22 Hercules Wimbledon runners were in action. Son and father James and Gary Forde both clocked personal best time with 15-year-old James finishing more than a minute ahead of his dad.
 
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon will have a record of just under 100 athletes competing in the annual Surrey track and field championships at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Saturday and Sunday. Jaleel Roper, the Surrey under 13 100 and 200m champions in 2015, again is down to contest both distances but moves up an age group to under 15. Zipporah Golding, who is ranked fifth in the UK this summer, competes in the under 13 100m. Zipporah warmed up for the championships with a 100m victory in the opening Lily B League meeting at Kingsmeadow Stadium in a personal best 13.4. Meanwhile, Emily Martin defends her senior women’s long jump title.
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2-05-16 - SPRINTERS SHOW FINE FORM AT HOME AND ABROAD 

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s IAAF World and Commonwealth Youth Games medallist Rechmial Miller made a superb start to his outdoor season with an impressive 100m victory at Lee Valley while fellow club member Dwayne Cowan smashed two club records in the USA.
 
Miller, who took silver in Samoa and bronze in Columbia over 100 metres in the Commonwealth and World Youth Championships last summer, stormed to victory in 10.48 seconds, the fastest time by a British teenager this year. His time was significantly faster than the time he achieved in his opening 100m race last summer - 10.66, also at Lee Valley.
 
Miller, 17, winner of the under 20 60m silver medal in the England indoor championships in Sheffield in January, boosted his hopes of representing Britain in the IAAF World Junior Championships in Poland in July. His time was only three-hundredths of a second outside the World Championships qualifying time. He has a best of 10.35 set at the Bedford International Games last May which ranked him fourth under 20 100m runner in the UK in 2015.
 
“Rechmial has been training and racing hard throughout the winter,” said his dad Paul, himself a former Surrey 100m sprint champion. “He’s stronger and fitter than he was this time last year and on this form he should make the World Championships.”
 
Across the Pond, Cowan also showed stunning form at the NTC/Pure Athletics Spring Invitational Meeting at Clermont. He finished second in his 400m race in 46.17 to eclipse his previous club record of 46.25 to post a big lifetime best and, more significantly, clock a much faster time than international one lap runners and Rio team contenders Nigel Levine and Conrad Williams who clocked slower 46.50 and 46.70, respectively, at the same meeting.
 
Cowan, 31, boosted his hopes of representing Britain in either the Rio Olympics or the European Championships as only one British one-lap runner has posted a faster time this year. But, he needs to take almost half-a-second off his best time to achieve the Euro qualifying standard of 45.70 and go even faster, 45.40, to gain consideration for Rio. To underline the form he is in, though, he also broke his club 200m record of 21.08 at the same meeting by clocking 21.01. He is the current South of England senior men’s 200m champion.
 
Also in the States, Hercules Wimbledon’s Max Mondelli showed good form in the Virginia Challenge Meeting in Charlottesville finishing second in his 200m race in 21.65 and fifth in his 100m in 10.88.
 
Two other Hercules Wimbledon youngsters to also show impressive form at Lee Valley were Chad Miller and Zipporah Golding. The younger Miller brother, 16, clocked a personal best 100m of 11.15 to improve on the 11.18 he clocked at the Hercules Wimbledon Young Athlete Open Meeting last month. He ranks eighth in the UK for his age group this year. Golding, 12, posted a lifetime best of 13.37 for 100m, a time which ranks her second in the UK for her age group this year.
 
Hercules Wimbledon’s Jonathan Cornish completed a hat-trick of wins when he beat a 1177-strong field to win the Bushy Park 5km parkrun on Saturday. He clocked 15:44 to win by exactly a minute. It was his fifth win in the event since making his debut in June last year. Hercules Wimbledon runners packed well on Wimbledon Common filling three of the top four places with Richard McDowell, Jonny Earl and Finn Johnson finishing second, third and fourth in 17:32, 17:38 and 17:45, respectively. Lisa Thomas posted the top women’s age-graded performance in finishing third in the women’s race in 21:03. Twenty-six Hercules Wimbledon runners were among the 373 finishers.
 
Hercules Wimbledon youngsters took the individual honours in the Wimbledon Park junior 2km parkrun on Sunday. Teenager Sacha Ormiston headed home the 118-strong field to win in 7:50 to post his sixth win in the event since his debut appearance in February last year. He was just 10 seconds outside his best time. Selma Hegvold was third and first girl in a personal best of 8:31. She shaved three seconds off her previous best set in February. It was her first win since October last year. Sonny Peterson also clocked a personal best in finishing fifth in 8:50 with Cate Coverley ninth and third girl in 9:15 on her debut appearance. Rob Tuer was runner-up out of 259 runners in Brockwell Park in a personal best of 17:16. His previous best was 17:44 on his debut appearance back in August 2011. Chris Ore was third out of 219 finishers in Burgess Park in 17:19.
 
Hercules Wimbledon’s Andrew Penney just missed out on an individual when he finished fourth in the longest race of his life, the Richmond half-marathon, in 1:14:38. Penney, 24, missed out by just 20 seconds on third place. His previous longest race was less than half the distance, 10km.
 
Hercules Wimbledon athletes of all ages face a busy few days. The youngsters are involved in the opening Ebbisham Boys League meeting at Stompond Lane, Walton on Sunday with the senior runners competing in the second Surrey Road League race over 10km at Nonsuch Park, Cheam, starting at 9.30am. Older club athletes are in action in the opening Southern Veterans League meeting at Kingsmeadow Stadium, starting at 6.30pm and then, both men’s and women’s track and field teams take part in the opening Rosenheim League East Division match of the season at Battersea Park’s Millennium Arena, next Wednesday (May 11th) starting at 6.45pm.
 
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25-04-16 - AHMED’S IMPRESSIVE MARATHON DEBUT 

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s IAAF World Half-Marathon representative Belal Ahmed made an impressive debut over the 26.2 miles distance when he led the record 26-strong Hercules Wimbledon contingent home in Sunday’s Virgin Money London Marathon. 
 
Belal, 29, whose previous longest race was the half-marathon in which he represented his native Egypt in last month’s IAAF event in Cardiff, started strongly and churned out kilometre splits inside three minutes 30 seconds for the first half of the race, reaching the half-way mark just past Tower Bridge in 1:12:33. 
 
It was only in the final 10km of the race from Canary Wharf that his pace slowed and he ran kilometre splits slower than 3:30 to reach the finishing line in The Mall in 2:29:57. To get inside 2:30 on his marathon debut was an impressive performance and it ranks him 14th on the Hercules Wimbledon all-time list. He was 72nd out of more than 39,000 finishers. 
 
“I was pleased with that,” said Ahmed. “I was aiming at 2:26 and everything went well until the final three miles past Tower Bridge for the second time. My legs were really tired but my breathing was good. The final stages proved tough but the crowd was there to cheer me on. They were quite amazing and there were a lot of Hercules Wimbledon people among them as they kept shouting ‘come on Hercules’, as I was wearing a club vest, which was very encouraging.” 
 
Less than four minutes behind Ahmed was the second Hercules Wimbledon finisher, Kieran White, also running the gruelling event for the first time, who broke the club veterans over 40 record with 2:33:38, finishing 17th in the over 40 category. His time broke the 2:36:49 set by Maurice Sharp in the London event 30 years ago. Sharp, who was entered for Sunday’s race, pulled out with a slight injury. Next Hercules Wimbledon finishers were Joe Clark and Dominic Kiralfyi who were both slightly outside their bests with 2:36:27 and 2:36:46 in 180th and 193rd places, respectively. 
 
Then came Richard McDowell who chopped almost nine minutes off his previous best with 2:42:16, to put him third on the Hercules Wimbledon veterans over 35 all-time list. Less than half-a-minute behind was Joe Toomey who clocked 2:42:42 on his marathon debut. 
 
Making it eight Hercules Wimbledon runners inside 2:45:00 were husband and wife Dave and Claire Grima, both in personal best times. It was the seventh time they have raced in the London event together and Claire maintained her record of beating her husband each time. She also broke her Hercules Wimbledon women’s and veterans over 35 record of 2:44:39 with 2:42:51 to finish ninth in the women’s championship race. Husband Dave also bettered his previous best of 2:44:52 by more than a minute in clocking 2:43:50. His time puts him fourth on the Hercules Wimbledon over 35 all-time list with David Grimshaw clocking 2:49:30, more than five minutes faster than his previous marathon best, ranking fifth on the over 35 all-time list. 
 
Khaled Diaw also made an impressive marathon debut as he finished in 2:54:47 to go fifth on the Hercules Wimbledon over 45 all-time rankings. Neil Fraser was the 12th Hercules Wimbledon runner to get inside three hours clocking 2:56:26. Richard Evans was 134th in the veteran over 50 category in 3:02:07 which outs him fourth on the Hercules Wimbledon age all-time list. Hercules Wimbledon chairman, Dave Clarke, who holds the club record with 2:13:34 in winning the Stockholm event in 1989, was disappointed with his 3:03:54 on Sunday which placed him 30th in the veterans over 55 category and second on the club’s all-time list for that age group. Charles Hampden-Smith, posted the fourth best time by a Hercules Wimbledon over 55-year-old with 3:16:47. 
 
Dennis Williams became the oldest Hercules Wimbledon runner to complete a marathon with an inaugural over 70 club record of 5:04:01. Williams, 70 last November, has missed only two of the 36 London marathon races. 
 
Twenty-one Hercules Wimbledon youngsters, representing various London boroughs, were in action in the Virgin Money Giving Mini Marathon over the final three miles of the marathon course from Bishopsgate. Highest placed finisher was Isabelle Ellis, who was 11th in the under 17 women’s race for Hammersmith & Fulham. Rebekah Riches was 26th in the girls under 13 race representing Wandsworth, with Ellen Weir 27th leading the Merton team home. Henry Silverstainw as also 27th in the boys under 15 race representing Wandsworth with club mate Sam Barker 33rd leading the Merton team home. 
 
Hercules Wimbledon’s Jonathan Cornish posted his fourth victory in the event when he headed home an 1165-strong field to take the Bushy Park 5km parkrun on Saturday in 15:45, to win by half-a-minute. Chris Ore was runner-up in Burgess Park, two seconds behind the winner while Hercules Wimbledon had three of the top five finishers on Wimbledon Common with teenager Edward Charlesworth third in a personal best of 17:52, Knut Hegvold fourth and Adam Harwood fifth. 
 
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon’s youngsters contest the opening Lily B Girls League meeting at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Saturday, while on Sunday, the club’s road runners are in action in the opening Surrey Road League event of the year, the Richmond half-marathon at Petersham. 
18-04-16 - MARRIED COUPLE HEAD MARATHON SQUAD 

Husband and wife Dave and Claire Grima head the 19-strong Hercules Wimbledon continent competing in Sunday’s Virgin Money London Marathon. It will be the 10th time that Claire has battled it down the 26 miles 385 yards road from Blackheath to The Mall and the seventh time for her husband. 
 
It will also be the sixth time they have taken part together in the marathon but this year will be a first as they will both be in the championship race for the first time, enabling them to start alongside each other. On the previous five occasions, Claire was in the championship and Dave in the mass race. In 2011, they made it into the Guinness Book of Records as the fastest-ever marathon-running married couple. 
 
Claire made her London debut in 2004 and missed two years in 2007 and 2010 to have their two sons Luca, now six, and Jasper who will be four in July. Dave made his debut in 2009 and, apart from 2010, has competed in his London race since improving each year. The two boys are keen followers of their parents running and will stay with their grandparents from Friday night before going to watch their mum and dad in action and then be reunited with them after the finish. 
 
Both Claire and David clocked personal best times of two hours 44 minutes 39 seconds and 2:44:52, respectively, in last year’s race with Claire finishing 14th in the women’s over 35 category. 
 
“I’ve always finished behind Claire but this year I’m determined to change that,” said Dave. He got closest last year when he was just 13 seconds behind his wife. “It will be different starting together and being able to run alongside each other all the way. We will try to run together and help each other along. But, being such a long race we hit rough patches at different times so it will be interesting. We’re both hoping to run personal bests.”
 
 
He added: “In the run-up to the race, we will take things fairly easy as we’ve done all the hard work in preparation. The one thing we do is try to do is avoid picking up any bugs from the two boys. There’s tremendous support from the crowds most of the way but I find the Isle of Dogs and Docklands is the toughest part of the race as there are far fewer people to cheer you on.” 
 
Dave completed his racing programme for Sunday’s big race by running the anchor leg for the Hercules Wimbledon team in the English 12-stage road relay championship at Sutton Park last Saturday. Claire’s has enjoyed some good races this Spring helping Surrey to senior women’s bronze medals UK Inter-Counties cross country championships in Birmingham last month. She also had a good run in the Bath half-marathon where she was eighth in the women’s race. Her final race before Sunday was winning the women’s event in the Bushy Park 5km park run on April 9th. 
 
Hercules Wimbledon chairman Dave Clarke, three times winner of the English senior men’s cross country title in the 1980’s will be running in London for the sixth time. He has a best marathon time of 2:13:34 winning at Stockholm in 1989. His next marathon was in London in 2008 and he has completed the event four times since alongside his wife Fran. However, she won’t be running this year. He has a best London time of 2:45:45 in 2010. 
 
Former schoolteacher Maurice Sharp, 70, will be the oldest Hercules Wimbledon runner in action on Sunday. He clocked his best time in 2013 when he was 22nd in the over 65 category. It will be his fifth London. Joe Clarke will be competing for the seventh time following his debut in 2010. His best time is 2:33:27 last year. 
 
IAAF World half-marathon runner Belal Ahmed and Neil Fraser will be making their marathon debuts. More than a dozen Hercules Wimbledon youngsters will also be competing in the Virgin Money Giving mini-marathon race over the final three miles of the course from Old Bishopsgate. 
 
Andrew Penney (16:55) and Jonathan Cornish (28:16) were the fastest short and long leg runners for the Hercules Wimbledon team which was the second from Surrey in the English 12-stage road relay at Sutton Park. 
Elizabeth Stavreski made a record-breaking Hercules Wimbledon debut bettering the over 40 3000m mark in the opening Southern Athletics League meeting at Hastings last Saturday. Joint team manager Heather Jones led by example with a quartet of wins in the100m hurdles, 400m hurdles, high jump and triple jump B events. Sean Hall was best of the men winning the 800m in 1:59.8. 
 
Ellen Weir set two personal bests over the weekend. She was top girl finisher in the Wimbledon Park junior 2km parkrun on Sunday in a personal best of 8:02, taking 13 seconds off her previous best time set in February. The previous day, she was fourth in the women’s race in the Wimbledon Common 5km parkrun in 21:27, taking nine seconds off her previous best also set in February. After his win the previous weekend, Adam Harwood was the best of 17 Hercules Wimbledon squad finishing third out of 348 runners in 18:37 
 
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11-04-16 - ROPER MAKES WINNING SPRINT RETURN 

 
Jaleel Roper winning the boys under 15 100 metres on his return after two months out with injury. 
 
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s talented young sprinter Jaleel Roper made a winning return to action after two months out with a hamstring injury when he took the boys under 15 100m at Hercules Wimbledon’s annual young athletes open meeting at Wimbledon Park on Sunday. 
 
Roper, 13, the top UK under 13 sprinter last season, made a solid return to action in his first race since taking the silver medal in the England under 20 championships at Sheffield in February, where he picked up the hamstring injury. He won in 12.07 seconds battling against a strong 3.7 metres per second headwind. 
 
“I am happy with his form,” said Paul Miller, his coach. He was running strongly and with the strong wind against him I reckon his time was worth 11.4 or 11.5 if there had been no wind. He is clearly fit again and we can now get down to training for the challenges ahead this summer. Roper’s Hercules Wimbledon clubmate and training partner Miles Ayoola was second in 12.75. 
 
Another of Miller’s training group, Zipporah Golding, also showed fine winning form in her first outdoor race of the year. She stormed to victory in the under 13 100m in a lifetime best of 13.5, a big improvement on her previous best of 13.9 set last September. 
 
Another Hercules Wimbledon winner was Ciara Kennedy who took the girls under 15 400m in an inaugural meeting record of 67.08 as the event was being staged for the first time. Despite the gusty conditions, more than half-a-dozen meeting records were broken. 
 
The meeting was being staged for the 35th time and among spectators was Ron Down, who was one of the organisers of the inaugural meeting at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre in 1980 where he was responsible for the printed programme. It was the third time the meeting has been staged at Hercules Wimbledon’s home track at Wimbledon Park. 
Hercules Wimbledon’s Chad Miller, the South of England 400m silver medallist also posted a lifetime best in finishing runner-up in the under 17 100m in 11.18, a four-hundredths of a second improvement on his 11.22 in the Rosenheim League Final last August. 
 
Freddie Arkell was a double winner taking his boys under 13 100 and 200m races while Alex Forbes won the under 13 800m. Tom Beare won his boys under 11 1000m race. Bella Williams won her girls under 11 600m race and Aklbane Ferry was first in her girls under 13 800m race with Tara Bartlett winning her 100m race in the same age group. 
 
Hercules Wimbledon’s Adam Harwood won the Wimbledon Common 5km parkrun on Saturday for the first time since February 2015. He has competed in the event more than 100 times since his debut in June 2009. He beat more than 200 runners to win in 18:12. Lisa Thomas posted the top age-graded performance finishing second in the women’s race with club mate Emilie Bokor-Ingram third. 
 
Over in Bishop’s Park, Fulham, Johnny Bland beat a 232-strong field to win in 16:08. It was only his second appearance in the event and his time improved on his 16:47 set on his debut in August last year. Club mate Richard McDowell was fourth in 16:47 on his first appearance there. Chris Ore was fifth in Burgess Park and Rob Tuer sixth out of more than 900 runners in Bushy Park. 
 
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon open their senior track and field programme with their first South Athletics League fixture at Hastings on Saturday. A minibus will leave Wimbledon Park at 9.45am.  
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4-04-16 - SPRINTER POWELL RETURNS TO INSPIRE 

One of Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s alumni, former international sprinter Mike Powell, returned to his roots when he presented the trophies at the club’s annual awards evening at Wimbledon Park Golf Club. 

Former international sprinter Mike Powell (fifth from right) with Hercules Wimbledon trophy winners at the club's presentation evening. Left to Right: Nimi Kolade, Jaleel Roper, Dave Clarke (Club chairman), Rebekah Riches, Vivien Urban, Valerie Parocki, Lisa Thomas, Zipporah Golding, Powell, Peter Giles, Henry Silverstein, Ben Toomer, Chad Miller 
 
Just like the current crop of young guns led by Commonwealth Youth Games 100m silver medallist Rechmial Miller and fellow international Theo Etienne, Powell was one of Britain’s top teenage sprinters around 30 years ago. He won the AAA under 20 100m title in 1980 in a club record time of 10.4 seconds and in 1981, he represented Britain over 100m in the European Junior Championships in Utrecht. In the same year he finished second in the 60m in an indoor international against Germany and also competed in an international meeting in Brisbane, Australia. 
 
Powell, now 53, said he was delighted to see the resurgence in sprinting at Hercules Wimbledon and was watching the club’s progress with interest. Neither Miller nor Etienne were at the presentation evening as they were warm weather training in Portugal to prepare for the summer season ahead. 
 
Miller was awarded the Wandsworth Schools Trophy for the outstanding club performance of 2015, his silver medal-winning 100m run at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa in 10.39, beating Powell’s long-standing club record in the process. Etienne was also given an award in his absence. The club’s two youngest sprinters, Jaleel Roper, who broke the UK under 13 60, 100 and 200m records in 2015, and Zipporah Golding, the Surrey indoor under 13 60m silver medallist in February, also collected awards. 
 
Meanwhile, Sean Hall made a promising start to his 2016 racing programme when he won the 800m at the Kinnaird Trophy meeting at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Saturday in 1:56.5, to also lift the CT Leslie Trophy. His win helped Hercules Wimbledon to third team place. Rob Tuer was second in the 3000m. Fran Clarke broke club veteran women’s over 50 800m record while Kirsty Wheeler won the 800 and 3000m B races and Miriam Orr took the 2000m steeplechase B race. 
 
Over 50 veteran Lisa Thomas had a busy time taking second place in the 400m hurdles and 2000m steeplechase and third in the 1500m. Emelie Bokor-Ingram and Laura Wignall gained valuable points in finishing second in the 400m A and B races while Vikki Filsell was second in the 3000m. Heather Jones won the 400m hurdles B race and was third in the 100m hurdles A race. 
 
While his wife was setting a club women’s 800m age record at Kingsmeadow, three times winner f the English senior men’s cross country title and now club chairman Dave Clarke made it as family double as he broke the Hercules Wimbledon veteran men’s over 55 half-marathon record at Reading. Continuing his preparations for this month’s Virgin Money London Marathon, Clarke clocked 1:19:20 to improve on the club age record of 1:20:52 set by Vince Hancock in 1999. Jonathan Cornish finished 18th out of almost 11000 runners in 1:09:42. Fraser Hagell was fifth out of 145 runners in the Energised Sports 10km road race on Wimbledon Common in 39:50. 
 
Hercules Wimbledon’s Jonny Earl headed home a 352-strong field to win the Wimbledon Common 5km parkrun event on Saturday in 18:00. Hercules Wimbledon had 21 runners in the event, filling three of the top five places, with Peter Collins third (18:30), Adam Harwood fourth (18:38) and Henry Silverstein fifth (18:45). Valerie Parocki was fourth woman finisher in Lloyd Park and Ellen Weir fourth woman at Newport, Isle of Wight. Charlotte Crump was second girl to finish in the junior 2km parkrun in Wimbledon Park on Sunday in 10:00. 
 
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon stage their annual Young Athletes Open meeting at Wimbledon Park on Sunday. It will be the second time the event, which is being staged for the 35th time, is being held at the club’s headquarters after traditionally being staged at Crystal Palace. Action starts at 11am and runs through to 5pm. Many future Olympic and international athletes have competed at the meeting over the years including Olympic sprinter Adam Gemili who won the under 20 100 and 200m at the 2011 edition of the event. 
 
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