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
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
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
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.
9-05-16 - MILLER BROTHER QUALIFIES FOR WORLD
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
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
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
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.
2-05-16 - SPRINTERS SHOW FINE FORM AT HOME AND
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.
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
“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
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,
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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.