PRESS RELEASES for Hercules Wimbledon AC
15-08-17 - COWAN WINS WORLD RELAY BRONZE
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s Dwayne Cowan made history when he became the first athlete
from the club to win a World Athletics Championships medal at the London Stadium, Stratford, on Sunday. He did
so when he ran a superb second leg in the men’s 4x400m relay to put the Great Britain quartet on the road to
winning the bronze medals behind Trinidad and Tobago and the USA, writes Tom Pollak.
Cowan, 32, who only took up athletics five years ago after being inspired at the London Olympics, was the
fastest member of the team completing his leg in 44.2 seconds to help the quartet go inside three minutes with
2:59.00, the fastest time this summer by a British 4x400m relay team. It was a fine conclusion to his competing in
the biggest competition of his life, after earlier reaching the individual 400m semi-finals.
Television pundit Michael Johnson, a former winner of the World 200 and 400m titles, commented: “I’m impressed
with Dwayne Cowan.” His fellow commentator, Steve Cram, a former World 1500m champion, also praised the Hercules
Wimbledon runner’s performances during the 10-day championships.
Hercules Wimbledon chairman, David Clarke, himself a former cross country international and former British team
manager, said: “We’re obviously delighted for Dwayne that he was able to perform at his best in the World
Championships and get a medal. People also need to be aware that, unlike most of the British team, Dwayne receives
no funding from British Athletics and my club has been supporting him financially to enable him to compete in
meetings around the world to qualify for the GB team.”
Clarke, himself an outstanding athlete, winning the English senior men’s cross country title three times in
1982, 1987 and 1988, the Stockholm marathon in 1989, and running in the World Championships 5000m in Helsinki in
1983 added: “Cowan has fully justified the support Hercules Wimbledon has given him and as I see it, his
performances at the World Championships were a good return for the investment we made. Well done Dwayne. We’re
extremely proud of you.”
Cowan’s next competition will be at the televised British Grand Prix meeting in Birmingham on Sunday. The 4x400m
relay team is the headline act on the British Athletics website promoting the event. It states: “Britain’s world
4x400m relay heroes will be among a stellar line up of 19 London 2017 world champions and 40 medallists, competing
at the Müller Grand Prix Birmingham this Sunday.”
Hercules Wimbledon’s Andrew Penney celebrated his 26th birthday on Sunday morning by taking the bronze medal in
the Surrey 5km road running championship which was staged in conjunction with the Perseverance Hercules Wimbledon
Dash at Wimbledon Park athletics stadium. More than 200 runners took part with Penney posting a lifetime best of
15:22 behind Croydon’s Peter Chambers who broke the course record by six seconds with a winning time of 15:00 and
Belgrave’s Phil Wicks who was also inside the previous mark with 15:05. There was a thrilling finish to the race as
Chambers overhauled Wicks in the final 300m on the track after entering the stadium about 40 metres down.
Making his Hercules Wimbledon debut Robbie Hynes was the second runner from the club to finish in 16:57 in 19th
place with Zac Purnell the first of five Hercules Wimbledon teenagers in 17:18 in 24th place.
Elsewhere, Ben Toomer headed home a 995-strong field to win the Pride 10km road race in Victoria Park, North
London, on Saturday in a personal best of 31:53, shaving just one second off his previous best set in the London
10km event on May 29th. Tom Cheetham was first over 50 finisher in the Thames Meander marathon in Kingston where he
was sixth overall out of 170 runners.
Rob Tuer led in 442 runners, including 15 from Hercules Wimbledon, in the Wimbledon Common 5km parkrun on
Saturday in 17:30 with Alex Binley top woman finisher in 19:58. Teenager Ellen Weir was top female finisher in the
Isle of Wight event while further afield Richard Clark was fourth in Cork, Ireland, Samuel Masters seventh in
Calgary, Canada and Jessame Coulson was 84th out of 722 runners in Johannesburg, South Africa. Meanwhile, Morgan
Rennie headed home a 129-strong field in the Wimbledon Park junior 2km parkrun on Sunday.
Hercules Wimbledon face a busy weekend with the senior men’s and women’s team making the trip to Hastings on
Saturday for their final Southern Athletics League meeting of the season, some of the club’s top youngsters
competing in the South of England age group championships at Crystal Palace on both days, and other youngsters
competing in the South London Athletics Network Super 8 meeting at the David Weir Leisure Centre on Sunday starting
Dwayne Cowan (second from right) celebrating with his team-mates after winning the 4x400m bronze medal for
Cowan is congratulated by his dad and coach, Lloyd, the former Olympic hurdler
8-08-17 - COWAN REACHES WORLD SEMIS
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s top one lap runner Dwayne Cowan gave another impressive
performance to reach the 400m semi-finals at the IAAF World Championships at the London Stadium, Stratford,
writes Tom Pollak.
Cowan, who was inspired to take up athletics after watching the 2012 London Olympics in the same stadium,
started cautiously but then powered down the home straight to snatch the third automatic qualifying place in his
heat in 45.39 seconds, just three-hundredths of a second outside his lifetime best time achieved a few weeks
earlier at the London Diamond League meeting at the same venue.
He was the only one of the three British athletes in the event to gain automatic qualification. He said
afterwards: “I had a few weeks off so I was a bit rusty getting into a race pattern again, so I went through the
300m a bit too slow. Hopefully in the semi-finals I can go faster.”
He found the atmosphere in the London stadium quite inspiring. “When the crowd heard my name, and the big roar,
I was like ‘Wow,’ I have to turn up and do something. I did that by getting through to the semi-finals.” Cowan,
competing in the biggest competition of his athletics career, added: “I hope to go a bit harder and a bit faster in
the next round. I started athletics very late, when I was 28 years old. I am still young and the message to
everyone out there is to never give up hope.
“I’m 32 years old but I keep up in training with the 18 and 20-year-olds. My whole aim today was to get through
the first round and reach the semi-finals which I’ve done.”
However, in Sunday evening’s semi-final round, Cowan tried different tactics. He went off really fast but faded
in the home straight to trail home in eighth place in a slightly slower 45.96. Cowan, who had a large plaster on
his right calf, had no regrets about his choice of tactics. “I felt good, so there are no excuses. I don’t know
what happened. I think I went out too fast and I paid for it.
“I was trying to do something different, because if I’d ran the way I ran yesterday I would have been out
anyway, so I thought I’d try and go for it. It didn’t work but at least I went for it. No regrets. I had to do
something different from the first round.”
Meanwhile, Anna Garner won a second gold medal when she took the women’s over 60 5000m title at the World
Masters Championships in Aarhus, Denmark. Her winning time of 21:18.53 also broke her own Hercules Wimbledon
club record of 22:12.2 set in a Southern Veterans League match at Wimbledon Park on June last year. She previously
won the 1500m gold. Making it a hat-trick of Hercules Wimbledon golds in Denmark was pole vaulter Alison Murray who
took the over 50 title with a 2.90m clearance.
Dominic Bokor-Ingram picked up a pair of silver medals in the men’s over 45 400 and 800m events breaking his own
Hercules Wimbledon over 40 club record with 51.74 in the 400m. It bettered his previous mark of 52.04 set in the
British Masters championships in Birmingham in June. He also competed in the 200m where he finished eighth in the
final. There was a family record-breaking double as his wife, Emilie, broke her own women’s over 35 400m mark with
61.48 in finishing seventh. She previously set the record of 62.1 at a Rosenheim League meeting at Tooting Bec last
Her Hercules Wimbledon clubmate, Mark White, just missed out on a medal in the over 50 400m where he finished
fourth in a personal best of 54.85.
Hercules Wimbledon’s Fred Slemeck headed home a 553-strong field to win the Newcastle-upon-Tyne 5km parkrun
while teenager Ellen Weir was second female finisher in the Isle of Wight event. Another youngster, Alexander
Buchanan, finished third out of 96 runners in the Wimbledon Park junior parkrun on Sunday in a personal best of
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon host the Surrey 5km road running championship from their Wimbledon Park track
headquarters, starting at 9.30am. Next Wednesday evening (Augusy 16th), Hercules Wimbledon women’s team compete in
the Rosenheim League finals at Kingsmeadow Stadium, starting at 6.30pm.
Dominic Bokor-Ingram who won two silver medals at the Word Masters championships
Dwayne Cowan in action in the 400m heats
1-08-17 - EURO GOLD FOR VETERAN ANNA
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s Anna Garnier made a winning debut in the European Masters track and field
championships when she took the women’s over 60 1500 metres title in Aarhaus, Denmark, on Sunday, writes Tom
Garnier, 63, gained a narrow victory in the metric mile beating two German athletes to the gold medal. She
crossed the finishing line in 5 minutes 46.93 seconds to win by just over half-a-second from Rita Schubert. “It was
a really tight finish and I had to battle all the way to the line,” said Anna, “but I’m really thrilled to have won
a gold medal on my first European Masters track Championships.”
Garnier, 63, was competing in her third European Masters championships meeting. She made her debut back in 2009
when she finished just outside the medals in fourth spot in the European Masters women’s over 55 cross country
championship in Ancona, Italy, then, two years ago, she took gold in the European Masters over 60 cross country
championship in Torun, Poland.
Anna was the first of a quartet of Hercules Wimbledon golden oldies in Denmark to strike gold. The other three
all looked set to pick up medals as they progressed through the qualifying rounds of their events.
Husband and wife Dominic and Emilie Bokor-Ingram looked set to pick up medals as they reached their respective
400m finals. Dominic was the fastest qualifier for the men’s over 45 400m final as he won his semi-final on Monday
in 52.30, only just outside his lifetime best of 52.04 set in taking the silver medal in the British Masters
Championships in Birmingham in June. Earlier, he easily won his heat in a comfortable 53.96. He also reached the
100 final where he was a disappointing eighth in 12.12 after posting faster times of 11.84 and 11.94 in finishing
second and fourth in his heat and semi-final.
Emilie also reached the women’s over 35 400m final in finishing fourth in her heat on Monday in 62.36. Earlier,
she bettered her Hercules Wimbledon club age group 100m record of 13.7 in finishing fifth in her heat in 13.68. A
fourth Hercules Wimbledon athlete in Denmark, Mark White, also reached the men’s over 50 400m final. He was the
third fastest qualifier going through the rounds on Monday winning his heat in 55.32 and was second in his
semi-final in a slightly slower 55.82.
Performing impressively on the international stage by these Hercules Wimbledon veterans followed closely on the
heels on their younger clubmates Chad Miller and Theo Etienne who last month won medals in the Commonwealth
Youth Games and European under 23 championships and Rechmial Miller who raced for Britain in the European under 20
Four of the Hercules Wimbledon’s youngest athletes linked up to win the girls under 11 4x100m relax in the South
London Athletics Network’s meeting at Coulsdon on Sunday. The winning quartet was Willow Scales, Chinelo Onyejekwe,
Ezinwa Onyejekwe and Mabel Rose-Scales. Earlier Chinelo and Willow won their individual 100 and 200m races.
Hercules Wimbledon’s Surrey 100m champion Nkasi Onyejekwe helped Surrey to finish third out of 13 teams in the
Derek Crookes under 13 inter-counties meeting at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Saturday when she ran the anchor leg for
the third placed Surrey 4x100m relay team. She also finished fourth in her 100m race. She was in action again on
Sunday winning her 100m race at Coulsdon.
Hercules Wimbledon’s Claire Grima was forced to give way to Olympic marathon runner Mara Yamauchi for the
veterans over 40 prize in the Wedding Day 7km event in Bushy Park own Friday night. Grima was 35th out of 580
runners and fourth woman in 26:10.
Hercules Wimbledon had a hat-trick of parkrun winners over the weekend. Joe Toomey headed home a 386-strong
field on Wimbledon Common and Jonathan Cornish won at Abingdon while Lauren Ermitage beat 87 other youngsters to
win the junior parkrun in Wimbledon Park.
Anna Garnier tops the medal rostrum after winning the over 60 1500 metres
The winning under 11 girls relay quartet at Coulsdon
25-07-17 - MEDAL-WINNING BRACE FOR CHAD
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s teenage sprinter Chad Miller gained an impressive-winning
double at the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas over the weekend, writes Tom Pollak.
Competing in the biggest competition of his young life, 17-year-old Miller raced to bronze in a closely
contested 200 metres final and then helped the mixed 4x200m relay team to silver medals. He looked set for a medal
after finishing third in his first round heat in Nassau on Friday in 21.76 seconds, the third fastest time recorded
by competitors in the event. He then again clocked 21.76 in finishing third in his semi-final the following
day. Then, in a very competitive final on Sunday, he snatched the bronze medal in a faster 21.65 racing into a
stiff 1.6 metres per second headwind to finish just four hundredths of a second behind the silver medallist and
eight-hundredths of a second behind the gold medal winner.
Later, he ran the opening leg for the mixed 4x200m relay team which took the silver medals just 0.27 seconds
behind the winning team from the Bahamas. Chad was following in the footsteps of his elder brother Rechmial who in
2015 took the 100m silver medal at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa.
His father and coach Paul Miller said: “Getting two medals on the biggest stage he has performed on is an
excellent result. Both races were very tight and he only just missed out on silver in the individual 200m. It is a
just reward for the hard work he has put in this year.”
There were mixed performances for the Miller family over the weekend. Elder brother Rechmial also looked set for
a medal in the European under 20 championships in Grosetto, Italy, after posting the third fastest time in the 100m
heats. Miller, 19, was the first of three British sprinters in action at the championships and comfortably
won his heat in 10.55, the third fastest time of the round, from the outside lane. However, in his semi-final, he
pulled up with a calf-muscle twinge and trailed home in a disappointing eighth place in a 10.94.
Hercules Wimbledon’s women’s team is celebrating winning the Rosenheim League Eastern division
title for the fourth successive season. They clinched victory by winning the final match at Tooting Bec on
Wednesday of last week. Outstanding member of the team was Emilie Bokor-Ingram who won the 100m in a club
veterans over 35 record-breaking 13.7 and 200m in 28.2 before setting another veterans over 35 club record in
finishing runner-up in the 00m. She ended a successful meeting by running the opening leg for the winning
4x200m relay team. Other members of the quartet were Amy Sedghi, Eileen Brandley and Zoe Leake. Earlier,
Brandley had finished third in both the 1500 and 3000m and Leake was third in the discus, hammer and long
jump. Alison Murray won the pole vault with 2.90m while team captain Heather Letley was second in the 400m
Match result: 1 Hercules Wimbledon 57pts; 2 Serpentine 46; 3 Herne Hill 45; 4 Belgrave 41; 5 Croydon 10. Final
standings: 1 Hercules Wimbledon 26; 2 Serpentine 25; 3 Belgrave 20; 4 Herne Hill 18; 5 Croydon 10; 6 Holland Sports
Hercules Wimbledon will now contest the Rosenheim League women’s final at Kingsmeadow Stadium on August 16
alongside the top western division teams.
The day after celebrating her 40th birthday, Hercules Wimbledon’s Claire Grima set her first club record in the
age group when she was top woman finisher in the Wimbledon Common 5km parkrun on Saturday in 18:41Clubmate Harris
Mier was second out of 445 runners in 16:45. Joe Toomey was also runner-up of 453 runners in the Tooting Bec event
while Russell Price was fourth out of 233 runners in the parkrun in Portrush, County Antrim.
On the road, Hercules Wimbledon’s Peter Giles smashed his own club veterans over 70 10 miles record in the
Elmbridge event at Walton on Sunday with a time of 41:17. It bettered by almost two minutes the time he achieved in
Richmond just over a year ago. Tom Cheetham was the top veteran over 50 finisher in the Royal Parks Summer Series
10km race in Regents Park also on Sunday.
18-07-17 - YOUNG AND OLD MAKING HISTORY
This has been an amazing few weeks in Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s history. Four of its athletes have been
selected for the top four international meetings this summer - the IAAF World, European under 23 and European
junior championships and the Commonwealth Youth Games - while, at the other end of the age scale, winning all four
of their men’s Southern Counties Veterans Athletics League meetings for the first time, writes Tom Pollak.
Hercules Wimbledon’s Theo Etienne ran the opening leg for the British 4x100m relay team which was
just pipped for gold medals in the European under 23 championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, on Sunday. The
quartet were edged out by Germany in the tightest of finishes in which both the British and German teams
clocked the same time of 39.11 seconds.
After missing the England under 20 championships at Bedford earlier this month, the trial event
for the European junior championships in Mannheim, Germany, Hercules Wimbledon’s Rechmial Miller has secured
selection for the championships with an impressive 100m win in the Bauhaus Junioren Gala meeting earlier this
month to clinch the third 100m sprint spot in the British team.
Meanwhile, Dwayne Cowan has been selected for the 400m and 4x400m relay in next month’s IAAF World Championships
in London and 17-year-old Chad Miller is in the English squad for the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas.
Hercules Wimbledon’s top sprint coach Paul Miller, himself three times winner of the Surrey senior men’s 100m
title two decades ago, commented: “Hercules Wimbledon is truly on the map and is represented in every major
competition this year. That is an impressive achievement.”
Hercules Wimbledon’s men’s team completed a quartet of victories in the Southern Counties Veterans League in
winning their final match at Croydon with a record score of 150 points to comfortably retain the South London
division title and qualify for the finals at Ashford, Kent, on September 3rd.
The team secured 10 individual wins including victory in the javelin by the club’s oldest athlete, John Webster,
78 at the end of June. Webster, who has been competing since a teenager at school, was also runner-up in the high
jump and long jump There were a hat-trick of club records, the best of which was the over 60 13.4 100m victory by
Geoff Walcott. The other record-breakers were Victor Ray and Richard Weston in the 2000m walk where Weston set a
club over 70 record.
Dominic Bokor-Ingram gained a double victory in the over 35 100 and 400m with Mike Amsden taking the B races,
Stuart Milton took the shot and discus and Dean Cheeseman the high jump. Mark White won the over 50 100 and 400m
and team manager Dave Orchard, leading by example, the over 50 javelin as well as picking up valuable points in the
high jump, long jump and shot.
Hercules Wimbledon’s women’s team produced their best team performance of the season in finishing runners-up and
were just edged out of second overall spot. Seven club records were set. Annette Barrett broke the over 55 triple
jump record, Lisa Thomas set an over 50 record in the 2000m walk, Maria Kirkbride set two over 55 records in the
2000m walk and high jump, Anna Garnier broke the over 60 100m record and Harsha Naik set two over 50 records in the
100m and triple jump.
Hercules Wimbledon’s Peter Giles was also in record-breaking form in the Veteran Athletic Club’s 5km road
running championship in Battersea Park. Giles, 73 last month, set an over 70 course record and Hercules Wimbledon
club record of 19:25. It smashed both his own club record of 19:57 set in Bushy Park in November 2014 and his
course record of 20:07 set in July 2016.
Also on the road, Hercules Wimbledon’s Claire Grima was first woman finisher in the Elmore 7 miles race in
Chipstead while Hercules Wimbledon provided both men’s and women’s winners in the Wimbledon Common 5km parkrun on
Saturday with Joe Toomey heading home the 496-strong field in 17:02 and Alex Bindley first woman in 19:11.
Successful women's veteran team members left to right Emilie Bokor-Ingram, Gina Galbraith, Lisa Thomas, Harsha
Naik and Anna Garnier
11-07-17 - COWAN MAKES WORLDS CHAMPS TEAM
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s top one-lap runner Dwayne Cowan produced the best form of his life at the
Diamond League meeting at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford on Sunday to clinch a place in Britain’s team for the
IAAF World Athletics Championships which are being staged at the same venue next month, writes Tom Pollak.
Despite drawing the difficult outside lane in the 400 metres, Cowan used all his experience to run a sensible
race. He kept something in store over the first 300 metres and, as his British rivals gathered to pick him off as
they drew level entering the home straight, he stepped up a gear to finish third behind two USA runners but, more
crucially, was the top British finisher in a lifetime best time of 45.36 seconds. His time took one-tenth of a
second off his previous best set when winning the European team championship 400m in Lille, France, a fortnight
earlier and lifts him to second in this year’s British rankings.
“Being given the outside lane was always going to make my task of getting into the team more difficult. I was
really pleased to run a pb in this important selection race and I hope I’ve done enough to make the team,’ said
Cowan, who was one of only three British runners to have achieved the 400 metres qualifying standard of 45.50.
Cowan, 32, who has been knocking on the door of international selection for many years, has finally shown his true
potential and carries the good wishes of his Hercules Wimbledon clubmates at the World Championships.
In the team that was announced on Tuesday, Cowan was one of three British athletes selected for the individual
400 metres as well as being in the squad for the 4x400m relay. A second Hercules Wimbledon athlete in action at
Sunday’s prestigious meeting at the Olympic Stadium was Theo Etienne who ran the opening leg for the British under
23 team in the 4x100 metres relay. Etienne has been selected for the sprint relay squad for the European
Championships being held in Poland later this month.
Another Hercules Wimbledon young sprinter Jaleel Roper raced to victory in the English schools
championships at Birmingham on Saturday. Roper, 14, lifted gold in the junior boys 100 metres championship in
11.09 after posting a lifetime best and Hercules Wimbledon club record time of 11.04 in winning his
semi-final. His best time before Birmingham was a wind-assisted 11.11 at Lee Valley last August. His best
legal 100 time before last weekend was 11.23 in finishing fourth in the England championships at Bedford in
August last year.
Young sprinters Jeremy Miller-Annor and Andrew Sarong were double winners in the third of this season’s Ebbisham
League meetings at Woodcote School, Coulsdon, on Sunday winning the under 15 100 and 200 metres A and B races.
Another doubt winner was Edward Newton who took the triple jump and 800 metres B race.
Hercules Wimbledon’s Alex Binley was top woman finisher in the Wimbledon Common 5km parkrun on Saturday in a
personal best of 19:30. She sliced 11 seconds off her previous best set in May. Adam Harwood was the fastest of 14
Hercules Wimbledon runners in action finishing fifth out of 383 runners in 17:55. Eileen Brandleyw as second woman
finisher in the Northampton 5km parkrun also in a personal best of 19:59. She chopped two minutes 25 seconds
off her previous best set in October 2015 in finishing 13th out of 516 runners.
Hercules Wimbledon’s men’s and women’s teams compete in their final Rosenheim League Eastern division fixture of
the season at Tooting Bec next Wednesday (July 19th). The meeting starts at 6.45pm. The top four men’s and top
three women’s teams qualify for the final at Kingsmeadow on August 16th.
Dwayne Cowan heads British contingent home in 400m in the Olympic stadium
4-07-17 - MILLER IN FOR COMMONWEALTH TEAM
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s teenage sprinter Chad Miller faces the biggest competition of
his young life when he competes in the Commonwealth Youth Games being held in the Bahamas, starting in July
18th, writes Tom Pollak.
Miller, 17, will be making his international debut as one of 25 track and field athletes in the England team
which will be competing against 70 other Commonwealth countries. He has been selected for the 200 metres following
an outstanding run in the England under 20 championships at Bedford last month where he finished fifth in the
personal best of 21.34 seconds to confirm himself as the top UK under 18-year-old over the distance this
Chad will be following in the footsteps of his elder brother Rechmial who took the 100m silver medal at the last
Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa in 2015.
“It must be unique for two brothers to compete in the Commonwealth Youth Games and Chad’s selection is the
reward for all his hard work this year in which he has managed to post lifetime bests for both the 100 and 200
metres”, said his father and coach Paul, himself a three times Surrey senior 100 metres champion.
Meanwhile, another Hercules Wimbledon athlete, Dwayne Cowan, faced a nailbiting 48 hours to find out whether he
had done enough to make Britain’s team for next month’s IAAF World Championships at the Olympic Stadium in London
after finishing fourth in the British Championships, which incorporated the UK trials, in Birmingham on Sunday.
There was heartbreak for Cowan who just missed out on a medal by one-hundredths of a second and a third place in
Birmingham would have been enough to make the individual event as he was only one of three British athletes to have
achieved the qualifying time. Cowan, who the previous weekend won the European team championship 400m in Lille,
France, looked favourite for a medal after he was the fastest of the eight qualifiers for the final winning his
heat on Saturday in 45.87 seconds from the tight inside lane. But, despite getting one of the favoured middle lanes
in the final, he was unable to repeat his fine form in the heat as he was just edged out of third place clocking
Cowan, 32, had to wait on the selectors to see whether they would pick him for the 4x400m relay squad.
The elder of the Miller brothers, Rechmial, was hoping he had done enough to convince the British
team selectors of his fitness after winning his 100m race in the Bauhaus Junioren Gala meeting in Mannheim on
Saturday in an impressive 10.28 seconds. Miller, 19, pulled out of the trial event in Bedford last month
because of a muscle twinge and was targeting the third 100m place in the team for Mannheim.
Hercules Wimbledon’s Heather Jones helped Surrey to victory in the senior women’s inter-counties meeting at
Kingsmeadow Stadium on Sunday by winning the 400m hurdles B race while Ben Toomer and Fred Slemeck helped the
county win the combined team trophy by finishing second and first, respectively, in the men’s 5000m A and B races.
A fourth Hercules Wimbledon athlete in action, Sean Hall, was a comfortable winner of the 800m A race.
Toomer warmed up for his race on Sunday by beating a 405-strong field to win the Wimbledon Common 5km parkrun
one Saturday while Jonny Earl won at Kingston.
Hercules Wimbledon’s women’s team are heading for this year’s Rosenheim League finals at Kingsmeadow Stadium on
August 16th after finishing runners up in their fourth Eastern division match of the season at Battersea Park.
Emilie Bokor-Ingram win the 100 metres while Laura Wignall took the 200 metres and they then inked up to help the
club win the 4x200 metres relay.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon’s athletes travel to Horsham for their fourth Southern Athletics League meeting
of the season on Saturday, while on Sunday, the club compete in the third of this season’s Ebbisham Boys League
meetings at Woodcote School, Coulsdon. On Monday, at the other end of the age scales, the club’s older athletes
contest their fourth and final Southern Veterans League meeting at Croydon Sports Arena where the men are poised to
retain their South London division team title.
Dwayne Cowan on his way to fourth in the British 400 metres final