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27-06-17 - COWAN WINS EURO TITLE IN LILLE

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's top one lap runner Dwayne Cowan ran the race of his life to win the European Team Championship Super league 400m title in Lille, France, in a personal best time, to boost his chances of representing Great Britain in the IAAF world athletics Championships in London in August, writes Tom Pollak.

Cowan went sprawling after giving his all in Saturday's final crossing the line in second place in 45.46 seconds to break his own Hercules Wimbledon record of 45.75 set in the USA in April. He was later promoted to winning spot after the Dutch winner was disqualified for an infringement.

Cowan, who earlier one his heat in 46.04 seconds was delighted with his performance, battling all the way. He said: “I’m pretty pleased. It was perfect conditions for a 400m and I knew I had more there from the first round and had a lot more. "

Because of the bruising he suffered as a result of his fall, Cowan, who is coached by his father, Lloyd, the former Olympic hurdler, was unable to take part in the 4 x 400m relay. More importantly, he hopes to have recovered in time to complete in the British trials for the World Championships being held in Birmingham this weekend. Cowan's run lifted him to third place in this year's UK rankings and another good performance will secure a place in the British team for the IAAF World Championships in London in August.

Meanwhile another Hercules Wimbledon athlete has been selected to represent Great Britain in the European under 23 Championships being held in Poland next month. Theo Ettienne, who finished fifth in the European indoor Championships 60m final in Belgrade in March has been selected for the 4 x 100m relay squad for the event being held from July 13 to 16th.   He secured his placed after finishing seventh in the 100m in the England under 23 championships at Bedford earlier this month.

Four Hercules Wimbledon athletes have been selected to represent Surrey in the eight counties senior inter-county match at Kingsmeadow  Stadium on Sunday. Max Mondelli, the Surrey champion over the distance runs in the 200m and sprint relay, Sean Hall is selected for the 800m while Fred Slemeck and Ben Toomer run in the 5000m.

The meeting starts at 10amwith the first track event at 11am and runs through until 4:30pm.

A small squad of five Hercules Wimbledon's older athletes showed good form in the British Masters track and field Championships in Birmingham last weekend with one of the club's oldest track runners, Peter Giles, gaining a hat-trick of gold medals. Giles, 72, won the over 70 800, 1500 and 5000m titles in 2:51.02, 5:26.33 and 20:06.38, a Hercules Wimbledon club record. His time was a big improvement on his Hercules Wimbledon over 70 age record of 20:22.3 set in the same event two years ago. He clearly shows no signs of slowing down.

Dominic Bokor-Ingram, who will be 50 next Fairbury, broke the club men's over 40 400m record for the third time in a month in taking the silver medal in the over 45 event in Birmingham in 52.04.

Alison Murray was another record-breaker winning the women's over 50 pole vault record with a winning clearance of 3.10m while Mark White was another winner taking the over 50 400m gold in 55.75.


Dwayne Cowan goes sprawling after winning the European Team Championships Super League 400m in Lille, France, in a club record.


Earlier in the race challenging for honours.

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20-06-17 - COWAN GAINS FIRST BRITISH VEST

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s top one-lap runner Dwayne Cowan has been selected to represent Great Britain over 400m in the European Athletics Team Championships in Lille, France, starting on Friday (June 23rd), writes Tom Pollak.

Although he has previously represented England in representative matches, his selection for Lille will mark his British international debut at the age of 32. Cowan has been selected on the back of a series of strong performances this summer which have been highlighted by a lifetime best 45.75 seconds clocking in the USA in April. He is ranked fourth in the UK this summer and a strong performance in the Lille event, will boost his chances of competing in the IAAF World Championships which are being held in London in August.

Meanwhile, Hercules Wimbledon teenager Chad Miller strengthened his chances of representing England in the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas next month by reaching the England under 20 Championships 200m final at Bedford on Sunday. He finished fifth in 21.54 after clocking a lifetime best of 21.34 in finishing second in his semi-final. He clocked inside the Commonwealth Youth Games qualifying time of 21.60 in all three of his races, taking second place in his first round heat in 21.44. Miller confirmed his ranking as Britain’s top under 18 sprinter this summer.

Two other Hercules Wimbledon sprinters in action in the England championships at Bedford both reached the finals. Max Mondelli posted a lifetime best of 21.33 in his semi-final on his way to finishing sixth in the under 23 200m final on Sunday in 21.93. European indoor 60m finalist Theo Etienne raced to seventh place in the under 23 100m final on Saturday in 10.48 after clocking a faster 10.38 in taking second place in his semi-final.

Two of Hercules Wimbledon’s young guns posted good efforts in the South East schools inter-counties meeting at Basingstoke. Surrey champion Jaleel Roper was close to his best time as he took the junior boys 100m in 11.4 while Sussex champion Ada Onyejekwe was third in the junior girls 100m in 13.47.

Elsewhere, it was third time lucky for Hercules Wimbledon’s Southern Athletics League track and field team who comfortably won their match at Tooting Bec on Saturday with more than 30 event winners. Hardest working of the team was women’s manager Heather Jones who led by example, accumulating a mass of points by competing in 10 events and winning the 100m hurdles.

Husband and wife Dominic and Emilie Bokor-Ingram were in record-breaking form in the men’s 400m and women’s 100m with Hercules Wimbledon club age record of 52.3 and 13.8. Emilie also won the 200 and 400m. Sam Hitchings gained a hat-trick of wins in the throws, taking the shot, discus and hammer, while Alex Robinson gained a track double winning the 800 and 1500m.

Another record-breaker was Anne Hegvold who set a Hercules Wimbledon veterans over 50 record in winning the 3000m B race. Marathon runner Claire Grima gained a double in winning the 1500 and 3000m A races which proved a warm-up for her run in the Ranelagh Richmond 10km road race the next day where she was top woman over 35 finisher in the event which also incorporated the Surrey championships.

Hercules Wimbledon’s golden oldies continued their winning streak in the Southern Veterans League South London division completing a hat-trick of wins in taking the third men’s match at Kingsmeadow Stadium. Emilie Bokor-Ingram set women’s veteran over 35 club records in the 200 and 800m, Annette Barrett set a club over 45 record in winning the triple jump, while Harsha Naik broke the over 50 triple jump record. The women finished third.

The Hercules Wimbledon trio of Claire Grima, Anne Hegvold and Gina Galbraith were veteran women’s winners in the Thames Hare & Hounds annual Parkland Relay in Richmond Park.

Hercules Wimbledon compete in the fourth of this season’s Rosenheim League Eastern division matches at Battersea Park next Wednesday evening, starting at 6.45pm.


Dwayne Cowan who makes his British debut in Lille this weekend

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13-06-17 - SPRINT TRIO CHASE ENGLISH TITLES

Three of Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s most talented sprinters will be chasing medals in the England under 20 and under 23 championships at Bedford this weekend with the prospect of selection for European Championships and the Commonwealth Youth Games also in their sights, writes Tom Pollak.

Best of the trio, teenager Rechmial Miller, 19 at the end of this month, will be defending his under 20 100m title. He goes into the championships as firm favourites to retain his title as he tops the rankings with a personal best time of 10.33 seconds set at Lee Valley last month. His target is to retain his title and gain selection for the European junior championships being held in Grosseto, Italy, in July.

His younger brother, Chad, 17, warmed up for Bedford by posting two lifetime best times of 10.61 and 21.44 for the 100 and 200m at Lee Valley. Chad, who competes in only the short sprint, is the top ranked under 18-year-old eligible to represent England in the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas this summer but needs to post a legal sub-10.75 time to satisfy the selectors. His 10.61 posting was achieved with a 4.8 metres per second tailwind. He has a legal best time of 10.94 this summer.

Meanwhile, the third Hercules Wimbledon sprinter in action at Bedford, Theo Etienne, who reached the 60m final at the European indoor championships in Belgrade in March, needs to produce his best form to gain selection for the Euro under 23 championships in Poland next month. Etienne, 20, warmed up for Bedford with a useful 10.48 100m posting at an international meeting in Geneva. It was slightly slower than his season’s best of 10.33 set at last month’s Loughborough international meeting which was shy of his lifetime best of 10.23 set last season when he also posted a wind-assisted 10.14.

Hercules Wimbledon boasts an English aquathlon champion. Anne Hegvold took the women’s over 50 gold medal in the English Championships at Leeds.

Hercules Wimbledon teenager Rebekah Riches showed the best form of her life when she won the London Schools junior girls 800m title at Battersea Park in 2:19.21. It was her first athletics title and her time took a second off her previous best for the distance. Another Hercules Wimbledon medallist was Alexander Abrahams who took silver in the intermediate boys 1500m.

Hercules Wimbledon’s Jaleel Roper posted his best time of the season in winning the Surrey Schools junior boys 100m title at Kingsmeadow in 11.37. Roper, 14, was returning to the track where he won the Surrey County sprint titles last month. Training partner Robbie Philpott took silver in the junior boys 200m in a personal best of 23.66. He shaved 0.16 seconds off his previous best set finishing just outside the medals at the Surrey County Championships.

Hercules Wimbledon’s Surrey champion Max Mondelli took bronze in the South of England senior men’s 200m championship at Crystal Palace in 22.09 after clocking a faster 22.01 in winning his heat. Sean Hall missed out on a medal by just four-hundredths of a second in finishing fourth in the 800m in 1:54.99. He wasn’t that far behind the winner either. He clocked 1:54.38.

Hercules Wimbledon’s youngsters once again dominated the Wimbledon Park junior parkrun 2km event on Sunday with William Belton heading home the 222-strong field in 7:13 and Lauren Ermitage, Cate Coverley, Francesca Mowat and Livonia Adegboyega the first four girls.

The previous day, Hercules Wimbledon had a hat-trick of senior parkrun winners with Ben Toomer heading home a 483-strong field on Wimbledon Common, Jonny Cornish leading 515 runners in at Guildford and Chris Ore beating 380 runners in Leeds.

This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon host their third Southern Athletics League match at Tooting Bec track on Saturday, starting at 12noon.

 
Jaleel Roper, the Surrey schools junior boys 100m champion
Anne Hegvold tops the medal rostrum in the English aquathlon championships in Leeds

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6-06-17 - SEXTET OF PARKRUN WINNERS

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club runners dominated the weekly Wimbledon Common 5km parkrun on Saturday as well as providing the winners at four other parkrun events. A Hercules Wimbledon runner was the second British finisher in the Stockholm marathon while its older athletes enjoyed considerable success in the Surrey Masters championships, writes Tom Pollak.

Hercules Wimbledon runners filled three of the top four places in the 5km Wimbledon Common event with Ben Toomer heading the 500-strong field home in 16 minutes 21 seconds ahead of teenager Henry Silverstein (18:09) with Russell Price fourth in 18:17. Richard Evans was top veteran over 55 finisher in 18:56, posting the event’s top age-graded performance with teenager Hector Revill posting a new personal best of 18:57in finishing 10th, slicing two seconds off his previous best set a month earlier.

Teenager Joseph Brien also set a new personal best in finishing 15th in 19:35 with Alex Binley the top woman finishing 20th in 20:03. A total 22 Hercules Wimbledon were runners in action.

Meanwhile, Hercules Wimbledon’s Jonny Cornish broke the course record in beating a 382-strong field to win the Abingdon parkrun in 15:38. Alex Robinson posted an even faster time of 15:27, to move up to sixth on the Hercules Wimbledon all-time list, in winning by more than a minute, heading home a 560-strong field in Nottingham. His time took 22 seconds off his previous best set in 2010. Richard McDowell also won by more than a minute in winning at Brockenhurst, Hampshire in 16:42. Ellen Weir was top female finisher on the Isle of Wight.

Jonny Earl and Joe Toomey were runners-up in the Norwich and Tooting Bec events. Hercules Wimbledon’s Lauren Ermitage, Cate Coverley and Hannah Hegvold were the top three girls to finish the Wimbledon Park 2km junior parkrun on Sunday.

Hercules Wimbledon’s Neil Fraser was the second British runner to finish the Stockholm marathon on Saturday. He clocked a personal best time of 2:42:05 finishing 49th out of more than 13500 finishers. His time took more than 14 minutes off his previous best set in London last year. He was following in the footsteps of the current Hercules Wimbledon chairman, Dave Clarke, who won the Stockholm marathon in 1989 in 2:13:34 which is still the club marathon record.

Hercules Wimbledon’s oldest active athlete, John Webster, 78 at the end of June, came away with six gold medals from the Surrey Masters Championships at Ewell Court on Sunday. He won the over 75 pole vault, shot, discus, hammer, javelin and Weight. His 10.56m throw in the weight was a new championship and Hercules Wimbledon club records. “I entered six events not planning to do all of them” said Webster. “But then I thought I’ve paid the money so I might just as well do all six.” It meant he started at 9am with the pole vault and was still in action almost nine hours later. “I felt pretty tired by the end of the day”, he admitted.

Pete Giles, 73 this month, gained a hat-trick of wins on the track taking the over 70 800, 1500 and 5000m titles. He broke the 5000m championship and Hercules Wimbledon club records.

Emilie Bokor-Ingram also gained a hat-trick of titles winning the women’s over 35 100, 200 and 400m events, setting a Hercules Wimbledon over 35 100m record of 14.01. Husband Dominic broke the championship recording winning the men’s over 45 400m in 52.76.

Other Hercules Wimbledon winners at Ewell Court were Mark White (over 50 200 and 400m) and Stuart White (over 55 100 and 200m). So, the small seven-strong squad gained 14 gold medals.

This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon youngsters will be in action in the London and Surrey Schools Championships at Battersea Park and Kingsmeadow on Saturday while older club athletes are competing in the South of England senior and under 20 championships at Crystal Palace. Hercules Wimbledon’s more seasoned athletes go for a hat-trick of wins in the Southern Veterans League South London division meeting at Kingsmeadow on Monday evening after the men’s team won their first two matches.


Hercules Wimbledon's oldest athlete John Webster won six golds at the Surrey Championships

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30-05-17 - SECOND WIN FOR GOLDEN OLDIES

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s more seasoned athletes struck winning form again when their men’s team won their second Southern Counties Veterans League match at Ewell Court to consolidate their position at the top of the South London Division table and strengthen their chances of retaining the title they won for the first time in 2016.
 
Meanwhile, some of Hercules Wimbledon’s young sprinters showed their best form of the summer at open meetings in North and East London.
 
Hercules Wimbledon’s oldest active athletes were in the winning team at Ewell Court. John Webster, who celebrates his 78th birthday in June, and won his first Surrey titles as a teenager back in 1958, won the over 70 hammer at Ewell with his best throw for two seasons of 31.35m, one of the top throws by a British over 75-year-old this summer. He was also third in the over 60 pole vault.
 
Meanwhile, Peter Giles, who will be 73 next month gained valuable points by finishing runner-up in the over 70 200m in 33.5 seconds and second in the over 60 800m in 2:43.3, his fastest time this season. Hercules Wimbledon’s younger veteran athletes performed solidly too with Dominic Bokor-Ingram, Britain’s top-ranked over 45 400m runner last season, taking the over 35 200m in a season’s best of 24.4 and winning the over 35 800m making his debut over the distance. He then linked up with Richard McDowell, Mark White and Vic Ray to run the anchor leg for the winning 4x400m relay team.
 
Earlier, McDowell won the 800m B race and was second in the 3000m A race while White won the over 50 200m. Other individual winners were Mike Amsden (over 35 200m B), Michael Franklin (over 35 pole vault), Kevin Snelling (over 35 hammer) and Peter Lee (over 50 3000m).
 
Match result: 1 Hercules 145pts; 2  2 Epsom & Ewell 124; 3 Kingstopn & Polytechnic 90;  4 Striders of Croydon 59; 5 Croydon Harriers 52; 6 Dorking & Mole Valley 48; 7 Walton 47.
 
Standings after two matches: 1 Hercules Wimbledon 14 league pts (288 match pts); 2 Epsom & Ewell 12 (257); 3 Kingston & Polytechnic 10 (192); 4 Striders of Croydon 8 (137); 5 Croydon Harriers 6 (118) 6 Dorking & Mole Valley 4 (100) 7 Walton 2(98).
 
Hercules Wimbledon’s Veteran Women’s team also performed well finishing in third place. Vicki Filsell gained a double win in the over 35 800 and over 50 3000m. Other winners were Nataliya Khromey (over 35 3000m B) and Anna Garnier (over 60 800m).
 
Hercules Wimbledon’s young sprint guns continued to show good form. Surrey 200m champion Max Mondelli produced his best 100m form of the season in winning two races at Lee Valley in 10.84 and 10.92 while Chad Miller clocked a lifetime best legal 200m of 21.61 at the same meeting which ranks him 10th under 20 in the UK this summer. His elder brother, international Rechmial, posted a personal best legal 100m time of 10.33 to cement his position at the top of this season’s UK under 20 rankings. Meanwhile, Theo Etienne, ranked sixth fastest under 23 UK 100m runner this summer, won his 100m race at Newham on Sunday in a swift 10.68.
 
Hercules Wimbledon had a hat-trick of parkrun winners on Saturday. Jonny Earl headed home  a 469-strong field, which included 23 Hercules Wimbledon runners, on Wimbledon Common, Jonny Cornish won at Nonsuch Park and Ellen Weir was top female finisher on the Isle of Wight. Meanwhile, Hercules Wimbledon again provided the top three girl finishers in the Wimbledon Park junior 2km parkrun on Sunday through Cate Coverley, Rivonia Adegboyega and Sankara Adegboyega.
 
Hercules Wimbledon host the third of this season’s Rosenheim League East Division matches at Tooting Bec next Wednesday (June 7th), starting at 6.45pm. This weekend, the club’s youngsters compete in the second of this season’s Lily B Girls League and Ebbisham Boys League meetings at Croydon on Saturday and Kingsmeadow on Sunday. More seasoned athletes will be in action in the Surrey Masters Championships at Ewell Court on Sunday while road runners will be competing in the Dorking 10 miles event, which incorporates the Surrey championships, also on Sunday.
 
 
The winning Veteran Men's 4x400m relay team L-R Dominic Bokor-Ingram, Vic Ray, Mark White, Richard McDowell
The seven-strong veteran women's team which finished third
 
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23-05-17 - SPRINTING DUO POST FASTEST TIMES

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s top sprinting duo Rechmial Miller and Theo Etienne boosted their young reputations with impressive runs in the prestigious Loughborough International meeting on Sunday with two fine individual performances, writes Tom Pollak.
 
Competing in the match 100m, teenager Miller confirmed his rating as Britain’s fastest junior sprinter this season as he crossed the line in 10.30 seconds, the fastest time he has ever posted this early in the season. Admittedly, he was helped by a marginally above the legal limit following wind of 2.1 metres per second but he was still much faster than the 10.34 he managed at the same meeting last year.
 
Etienne also showed his best-ever form so early in the season. Competing in the best of the guest 100m races he finished third in 10.33 with a legal following wind of just one metre per second. He also posted his fastest time of the season and was also much faster than the 10.62 he clocked at the same meeting in 2016.
 
Top Hercules Wimbledon sprint coach, Paul Miller, said: “These were very impressive performances for so early in the season and, for Rechmial in particular, it puts him on course to make the European Junior Championships in Italy this summer while Theo is in line to run for Britain in the European under 23 championships in Poland.” Etienne is currently ranked fourth in the UK under 23 listings.
 
A third Hercules Wimbledon athletes in action in Loughborough was one lap runner Dwayne Cowan. Representing England in the match, he was third in 46.77. Disappointingly, it was the slowest of his four 400m races this year and just a second outside his lifetime best of 45.75 set in the USA last month. He is ranked third in the UK 400m listings this year.
 
Meanwhile, at the other end of the distance range, six Hercules Wimbledon runners all clocked personal bests in the Night of the 10000m PB’s meeting, which incorporated the British Championships and IAAF World Championships trials, at Parliament Hill Fields, North London, on Saturday. This is the furthest distance regularly raced on the track and fastest of the sextet was Jonny Cornish who clocked 31:23.27, taking more than six seconds off his previous best set in the same meetings last year. Ben Toomer clocked 31:33.98 in his track debut over the distance although he took more than half-a-minute off his best 10km road time of 32:12.
 
Belal Ahmed clocked 32:18.38, also on his track debut over the distance, while Matt Sharp took 25 seconds off his previous best set in 2014 in posting a time of 32:20.5. Jonny Earl also clocked a best of 33:45.8. Claire Grima, also making her track debut over the distance, clocked 37:32.84, the fourth fastest by a British veteran over 35 this year.
 
Hercules Wimbledon’s women’s team narrowly won their section of their second Southern Athletics League match at Dartford on Saturday. Team manager Heather Jones led by example competing in six individual events and winning five of them - the 100 and 400m hurdles A races, the 1500m steeplechase, the long jump B and the triple jump B. Tabita Botuli and Laura Wignall gained maximum points in the 100 and 200m taking the A and B races between them. Boutili also won the 400m A race.
 
Zoe Leake also had a busy time in the field events winning the long jump A and shot putt A and taking second place in the high jump A, triple jump A, discus A and hammer A. Anne Hegvold broke the club veterans over 55 record in finishing second in the 5000m whileAnn Martin broke her own veteran over 55 record in winning the hammer B event.
 
Chad Miller and Armani Thomas gained maximum points in the men’s 200m taking the A and B string events while Kieran White broke the club over 40 3000m steeplechase record set in 1993 in winning the event. Jaleel Hussey and Hamed Agboke also gained maximum points in the 400m while Sam Hitchings and Kevin Snelling won the hammer A and B competitions.
 
Hercules Wimbledon runners Alex Binley, Eileen Brandley and Ellen Weir, filled the top three women’s places in the Wimbledon Common 5km parkrun on Saturday while Lauren Armitage and Cate Coverley were the top two girls in the Wimbledon Park 2km junior parkrun on Sunday.
 
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16-05-17 - YOUNG SPRINTERS SHOW TOP FORM

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s top sprinters Rechmial Miller and Theo Etienne warmed up for their appearance in Sunday’s prestigious Loughborough International Meeting with some impressive performances in an international meeting in Jamaica, writes Tom Pollak.
 
Miller, 18, in his first races since reaching the 100m final in last season’s IAAF World Junior Championships in Poland, raced to the top of the 2017 UK under 20 rankings for both the 100 and 200m. He clocked 10.36 seconds over the shorter distance and then stormed to victory in his 200m race in 21.07, his first appearance over the longer sprint distance since June 2014 when he clocked 21.24. His 200m time also broke the long-standing Hercules Wimbledon junior club record of 20.4 set by Jason Halifax back in 1986 - 13 years before Miller was born. His performance also puts him sixth in the Surrey all-time junior rankings.
 
Miller’s performances proved he has fully recovered from the hamstring injury he sustained in the 100m final in Poland   last July when he limped over the line in eighth place. He was in with a chance of a medal after showing good form in his heat and semi-final clocking 10.37. Miller will be looking to improve on his legal lifetime best of 10.34 set at the Loughborough meeting last season when he returns there on Sunday.
 
Meanwhile, Etienne, in his first race since reaching the European indoor 60m final in Belgrade in March won his 100m race in 10.37, the fastest time he has achieved so early in the season, better than the 10.62 he managed at Loughborough 12 months ago and not far off his legal personal of 10.23 set at Lee Valley last July.
 
Top Hercules Wimbledon sprint coach, Paul Millar, who took the pair to Jamaica, said: “It was good to see Rechmial has fully recovered from the injury and disappointment he suffered in Poland last year. He will be competing for the GB Junior team in the match event on Sunday while Theo will be in a guest race.”
 
They will both be targeting major championships in July - Miller the European junior championships in Italy and Etienne the European under 23 championships in Poland.
 
Some of Paul Miller’s charges showed winning form at the annual Surrey track and field championships at Kingsmeadow Stadium over the weekend as Hercules Wimbledon runners dominated the sprint events. He had a hat-trick of winners with Jaleel Roper and Zipporah Golding the taking the boys and girls under 15 100m gold medals and Nkasi Onyejekwe the girls under 13 title while another Hercules Wimbledon sprinter, Max Mondelli, taking a year out from studying at Harvard University took gold in the senior men’s 200m in 21.74 to make it a quartet of sprint titles.
 
Golding improved three times on her previous best of 12.80 set in April when she clocked 12.65 and 12.60  in her heat and semi-final before taking the gold medal in 12.48. Onyejekwe also twice improved own her previous best of 13.74 set last season in winning her heat and final in 13.55 and 13.52.
 
A fifth Hercules Wimbledon gold medal winner at Kingsmeadow was Sean Hall, who retained his senior men’s 800m title taking the lead after the first bend to win in 1:54.05. Darcy O’Shea took silver in the under 13 girls high jump, Ben Toomer and Fred Slemeck took silver and bronze in the senior men’s 5000m and Heather Jones took bronze in the senior women’s 400m hurdles.
 
Hercules Wimbledon had a pair of parkrun winners on Saturday with Jonny Cornish heading home a 1330-strong field at Bushy Park in 15:38 and David Grima winning at Kingston while Lauren Ermitage and Sophie Crump were the first two girls in the Wimbledon Park junior parkrun on Sunday.
 
Hercules Wimbledon face a busy few days competing in their second Southern Athletics League match at Dartford on Sunday, their second Southern Veterans League London South division match at Ewell on Monday and their second Rosenheim League Eastern Division match at Croydon on Wednesday. The men’s will be icing to repeat their first matchh success in the Southern Veterans League at Kingsmeadow. The midweek matches both start at 6.30pm.
 

Three Hercules Wimbledon runners in the Surrey 5000m championship L-R Alex Robinson (4th), Ben Toomer (2nd), Fred Slemeck (3rd)
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9-05-17 - ALLEN THIRD IN SEVEN DAY RACE

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s ultra long-distance runner Felix Allen is back in London after finishing third out of almost 80 competitors in the gruelling Sahara Race over seven days and covering 259 kilometres, writes Tom Pollak.
 
The 4 Deserts Race Series is widely recognised as the most prestigious outdoor footrace series in the world. The series consists of the Sahara Race (Namibia), Gobi March (China), Atacama Crossing (Chile) and The Last Desert (Antarctica). Competitors in the races cover 250 kilometres in seven days over rough country terrain with only a tent and water provided.
 
Allen was competing in his third 4 Deserts Race which was relocated from the Sahara to Namibia because of the unstable political situation in North Africa. He went into the event as one of the leading contenders after impressive finishes in his first two ultra-distance 4 Deserts Races. He was fourth in the Atacama Crossing in Chile in 2014 and eighth in the Gobi March in China the following year.
 
He achieved his best placing in taking third place in 29 hours one minute 45 seconds for the testing event, less than four minutes behind winner Mo Foustok of Saudi Arabia. Allen, who has also completed the Marathon des Sables, a seven day 156-mile event across the Sahara said: “Truth is I love it and the 4 Deserts puts on a great show.”
 
Also among more than 70 Hercules Wimbledon athletes in action at Kingsmeadow is Jonny Earl who runs in the senior 5000m. He prepared for the championships by heading home a 537-strong field in the Wimbledon Common 5km parkrun in 16:51, winning comfortably by almost a minute, to post is first win in the event since last October. It was his eighth Wimbledon Common parkrun win since making his debut in the event in May 2014. He was one of 27 Hercules Wimbledon runners in action with Eileen Brandley second in the women’s race.
 
Hercules Wimbledon enjoyed a hat-trick of parkrun wins with Jonny Cornish scoring a runaway victory at Reading beating a 462-strong, clocking 15:58 to finish 56 seconds ahead of the second runner and Jim Davis who enjoyed an even bigger margin of victory at Pegwell Bay, Kent, where he beat a 199-strong field to cross the line in 17:29, 88 seconds clear.
 
In other parkruns, former race walking international Estle Viljoen was women’s runner-up on her debut appearance in the Banstead Woods event, Rob Tuer was runner-up out of 359 runners at Taunton in 17:36, Richard McDowell was runner-up on Tooting Common in 17:00 and Matt Sharp third out of more than 300 runners in Dulwich Park in 16:15. Rachel Brenton was third woman finisher in Tredegar, Wales and Darren Keane fourth in Cabinteely Park, Dublin.
 
Hercules Wimbledon youngsters dominated the Wimbledon Park junior 2km parkrun on Sunday morning with William Schneider taking the individual honours from a  record 206-strong field in a personal best of 7:03, a 25-second improvement on his previous best set last October. He won by more than half-a-minute with clubmate Sunny Paterson third also in a personal best of 7:49, improving by 61seconds on his previous best set the last time he contested the event in May last year.
 
Hercules Wimbledon also provided the top three girls to finish in Cate Coverley (7:58), Amelia Cheeseman (8:38) and Eloise Davies (9:02). Coverley took 21 seconds off her previous best time set last October while Cheeseman chopped 31 seconds off her previous best set in May 2015.
 
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2-05-17 - YOUNGSTERS IN GOOD FORM
 
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's younger athletes showed good form over the weekend in meetings at Sutton and Tooting Bec, writes Tom Pollak.
 
Teenager Rebekah Riches raced to a lifetime best 800m time in the South London Athletics Network open meeting at Tooting Bec on Saturday. She clocked two minutes 24.5 seconds to take almost four seconds of her previous best time of 2:28.2 set at Coulsdon in May last year. She was the best performing of five Hercules Wimbledon athletes at the meeting.
 
Hercules Wimbledon youngsters posted 10 winners in the opening Ebbisham Boys League meeting at Sutton on Sunday.
Robert Philpott scored a Sprint double in the boys under 15 events taking the 100 and 200m A races. Charlie Shinn and Miles Ayoola ensured maximum points by winning their respective 100 and 200m B races.
 
Josh Tatters and Sam Masters also gained maximum points in the under 15 800m taking the A and B races.
 
William Schneider was the best of a quartet of under 13 winners taking the 1500m A race in a personal-best of 4:56.4. William Belton took the B race Thomas Beare and Samuel Spencer took top points in the 800m as A and B string winners.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's Ben Toomer had a busy weekend. On Saturday he headed home a 509-strong field to win the Wimbledon Common 5m parkrun for the eighth time this year in 16:59. He was the best of 26 Hercules Wimbledon athletes in action. Jonny Earl was second in 17:03 with Peter Collins 10th and Andrew Davies 11th. Ellen Weir was the second female finisher with Eileen Bradley third.
 
On Sunday Toomer finished second out of 658 runners in the Richmond half marathon in the 71:40. Over in East London club mate Andrew Penney finished fourth in the Run Hackney half marathon in 72:09.
 
In other parkruns Anna Garnier won at Melton Mowbray for the second successive weekend in a personal best of 21:44 also posting a very impressive top age graded performance in excess of 90 per cent. Knut Hegvold was 13th out of 377 runners in Bishops Park, Fulham while Peter Lee was also 13th out of 1290 runners in Bushy Park.
 
Hercules Wimbledon athletes face a busy few days at the weekend. On Saturday the youngsters are competing in the opening Lily B Girls League meeting of the season at Sutton. On Sunday road runners are competing in the Surrey Road League 10km event un Nonsuch Park. Monday sees the opening Southern Veterans League South West London division match at Kingsmeadow stadium starting at 6.30pm while Hercules Wimbledon compete in the opening Rosenheim League Esstern division match at the Millennium Arena, Battersea Park, also starting at 6:30pm.


Hercules Wimbledon's William Schneider (H) and William Burton (HH) the under 13 boys 1500m A and B string winners at the opening Ebbisham boys league match at Tooting Bec with non-scorer Reuben Gallagher.

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25-04-17 - CLAIRE MAINTAINS LONDON DOMINANCE

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s top woman marathon runner Claire Grima maintained her unbeaten record in the family stakes when she once again finished ahead of husband Dave in the Virgin Money London Marathon from Blackheath to The Mall on Sunday, writes Tom Pollak.
 
Running in the event for the 11th time, Claire managed to make the slightly faster start and was seven seconds ahead by the five kilometres point at Woolwich but Dave reduced the margin to two seconds by the time they reached the Cutty Sark at 10km.
 
They then ran together reaching the half-way point just past Tower Bridge in 1:19:52 before Claire began pulling ahead and was six seconds clear at 25km near Canary Wharf on the Isle of Dogs.She then steadily edged ahead and opened the gap to almost a minute over the next five kilometres towards the end of the Isle of Dogs section and continued to pull ahead to beat Dave by just over two minutes reaching The Mall in 2:43:20 to finish a good ninth in the women’s championship race, to match her 2016 placing. However, she was slower than her best time of 2:42:51 set last year.
 
Dave, who was running London for the eighth time, finished 553rd in the men’s race in 2:45:14, also slower than his best time of 2:43:50 set last year. Making their marathon debuts, Alex Binley was 255th in 3:13:59 and while Estle Viljoen broke the Hercules Wimbledon women’s veteran over 45 record in finishing in 3:41:18.
 
Joe Clark and Richard McDowell battled it out to be Hercules Wimbledon’s top finishers in this year’s race. McDowell, who was running his second London, made the more cautious start and was trailing by almost half-a-minute at the Cutty Sark. Clark continued to steam ahead and crossed Tower Bridge almost two minutes ahead of his clubmate.
 
Clark found the second half of the race tough going and McDowell gradually reined him in and at the 30km point at Canary Wharf was just a minute behind. Over the next five kilometres going through Poplar and lImehouse, Clark hit a rough patch and by the time he reached Shadwell at 35km McDowell was 28 seconds ahead, increasing the gap to more than three minutes by the time he reached The Mall in  2:35:17, a big improvement on his previous London time of 2:42:16 set on his debut in 2016. He finished 144 out of the record of almost 40000 starters. Clark finished 266th in 2:38:42, well outside his best London time of 2:33:27 set in 2015.
 
Running only his second marathon, Will Russell showed a massive improvement on his debut time of 3:18:26 in 2010 as he finished 280th in 2:39:03 with Rob Tuer next Hercules Wimbledon finisher in 2:44:52. A total of 25 Hercules Wimbledon runners completed the course.
 
Twenty-three Hercules Wimbledon youngsters were in action in the Virgin Money Giving Mini London marathon over the final three miles of the course from Old Billingsgate. Best performer was Alexander Abraham with a time of 16:53 finishing 28th out of 171 runners representing Wandsworth in the boys under 15 race. Henry Silverstein (17:00) and Sam Barker (17:07), running for Wandsworth and Merton were 44th and 60th out of 144 runners in the under 17 race, with Sam Barker, also representing Mertionm, 44th in 17:07. Lloyd Hodgson (17th in 17:46) and William Schneider (25th in 18:12) were the top finishers for Merton and Hammersmith and Fulham n the under 13 race.
 
Fastest Hercules Wimbledon runner in the girls races was Georgina Clarke who was eighth out of 180 runners representing Wandsworth in the under 13 race in 18:32. Ellen Weir (31st in 19:33) was the top Merton finisher. Rebekah Riches finished 39th for Wandsworth in the under 15 race in 20:23.
 
Elsewhere, Hercules Wimbledon had a pair of parkrun winners with Ben Toomer heading home a 505-strong field on Wimbledon Common in 15:54, where there were 23 Hercules Wimbledon runners in action, and Jonny Cornish triumphed over a 528-strong field  at Guildford in a personal best of 15:34.
 
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon youngsters will be in action in the second South London Athletics Network development meeting at Tooting Bec on Saturday, starting at 12noon, with the under 13’s and under 15’s competing in the opening Ebbisham Boys League meeting at Sutton on Sunday.
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18-04-17 - MARRIED COUPLE HEAD LONDON EFFORT

Seasoned marathon runners Claire and Dave Grima are heading the Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club challenge in Sunday’s Virgin Money London Marathon over 26.2 miles from Blackheath to The Mall, writes Tom Pollak.
 
Between them the married couple have completed the London event a total of 17 times. After starting from different points for several years, last year saw a first when they were both allocated a spot in the championship start from which they will be starting again on Sunday. Last year they both managed personal bests with Claire keeping up her record of  always finishing ahead of husband Dave. She was ninth in the women’s championship in 2016 with a time of two hours 42 minutes 51 seconds, taking almost two minutes off her previous best, while Dave was not that far behind with 2:43:50, more than a minute faster than he achieved in 2015.
 
Claire made her London marathon debut in 2004 and apart from three years to get married in 2007 and have two sons, Luca and Jasper, in 2010 and 2012, has run each year. Dave made his London marathon debut in 2009 and in 2011 they ran themselves into the Guinness Book of Records as the fastest marathon running couple with a combined time of five hours 43 minutes 51 seconds.
 
The closest Dave ever came to beating his wife was in 2015 when he reached The Mall finish just one second behind, although the official times taken from when they crossed the starting pads, show a 13 second difference. However, Claire thinks he may win the private family battle this year.
 
“We covered 13 miles in training last Sunday which was our final long run. We’re now easing down and doing about five miles each day up to the weekend,” said Claire. “Our preparation has been similar to last year but we were disappointed with our runs in the Reading half-marathon last month but it was windy and cold.”
 
She added: “Because we’re both in the championship race we’ll be able to run together for as long as we can which is quite nice. We’re obviously hoping for pb’s again.”
 
The two boys, who are now aged six and four, will stay with their grandparents on Saturday night and then watch the race near Big Ben. Afterwards they’ll be reunited with their parents near the finish line.
 
Other Hercules Wimbledon runners in London marathon action include over 50 veteran Tom Cheetham who will be running in his 15th London and Joe Clark who will be running for the eighth time. His best effort was in 2015 when he clocked 2:33:27. Oldest of the Hercules Wimbledon contingent will be over 70 veteran Maurice Sharp.
 
Hercules Wimbledon’s Dwayne Cowan showed good early season form when he finished third in the 400m in an invitation meeting in Claremont, USA, on Saturday, in 46.22, the second fastest time by a British athlete this year.
 
Hercules Wimbledon’s Sean Hall also made a good start to the track season when he took the Man of the Match award for his winning 800m performance of 1:56.38 in the Southern Athletics League match at Sutton. Eitan Orenstein gained maximum points by winning the B race.
 
Hercules Wimbledon had a quintet of parkrun winners on Saturday. Warming up for the London Marathon, Richard McDowell headed home the 326-strong field on Tooting Common in a massive personal best of 15:52 with the event’s top age-graded performance. He took 52 seconds off his previous best set in May last year.
 
Ben Toomer also won at Chipping Sudbury in Wiltshire in 15:25, a one second improvement on his previous best, with Eileen Brandley second in the women’s race also in a personal best of 20:53, a big improvement on her previous best of 23:31 set in December. Toomer was also the top age-graded runner. Jonny Cornish also posted a personal best in beating  the 191-strong field at Didcot in 15:58, taking 36 seconds off his previous best set a fortnight earlier.
 
Georgina Clarke, one of the youngest runners in the 401-strong field was first female finisher in Richmond Park in 19:51, taking 47 seconds off her previous best with the top age-graded effort of the event. Over 40 veteran Gina Galbraith made a winning debut in the Leamington event where she was first woman finisher in 20:11.
 
Elsewhere, over 40 veteran Jim Carrington also posted a personal best in finishing fifth out of 428 runners on Wimbledon Common in 18:54, the best of 23 Hercules Wimbledon runners in the event, while Stuart Fraser was third out of 286 runners in Bishop’s Park and Ellen Weir was second female finisher at Newport, Isle of Wight.
 
Hercules Wimbledon track and field athletes will be in action in the Kinnaird and Sward Trophy meeting at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Saturday, starting with the hammer at 10am.
 


Dwayne Cowan who made an impressive start to his summer season in the USA

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11-04-17 - MIXED FORTUNES FOR TEENAGER ROPER

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s top teenage sprinter Jaleel Roper enjoyed mixed fortunes in his club’s annual open young athletes track and field meeting at the David Weir Leisure Centre, Sutton, on Sunday, writes Tom Pollak.
 
Roper, 14, was among the many athletes who revelled on the hottest day of the year to produce some outstanding performances as he raced to victory in the boys under 15 300m in a meeting record time of 36.61 seconds. Roper was an easy winner of the event finishing almost 10 metres ahead of the second runner in a time which takes him straight to the top of the UK rankings for the event this season.
 
While he looked commanding in the 300m, there was a different story in the 100m, less than an hour later when he suffered an untimely hamstring injury when leading at 70m and limped over the line in last place. After seeking medical treatment he spent the race of the afternoon hobbling around on crutches.
 
His coach, Paul Miller said: “Jaleel has a slight hamstring pull. He will be out of racing for two to three weeks. It is unfortunate that he suffered the problem at this stage of his preparations for the season ahead but I expect him to make a full recovery and he will soon be racing again.”
 
Miller hopes Roper will be fully fit for the annual Surrey track and field championships at Kingsmeadow Stadium on the weekend of May 13th/14th.
 
Despite competing in a higher age group,  12-year-old Darcy O’Shea made a winning start to her season when she shared the honours in the girls under 15 high jump. There were other good performances among more than 50 Hercules Wimbledon athletes in action at the six-hour meeting. Lucas Norfolk was second in the men’s under 17 400m with Sam Barker runner-up in the 1500m.
Nathaniel Pongolati was second in his under 15 boys 100m race while Marcus Gayle and Thomas Beare also took the silver medals in the bus under 13 100 and 200m, respectively, with Maya Marek and Madeleine Orenstein silver medallists in the women’s under 17 200 and 800m.
 
Zipporah Golding, who won the Surrey girls under 13 100m title last summer, moved up an age group to finish second in the girls under 15 300m and third in the 100m. Another Hercules Wimbledon athlete to get among the medals on Sunday was Jacob Bescoby who was third in the under boys 13 long jump.
 
On an ideal day for good performances, there were a total of six meeting records. Apart from Roper’s boys under 15 300m record, Croydon’s Zoe Drake and Israel Ospina set new marks in the girls under 15 300m and men’s under 17 400m, South London Harriers’ Charlie Goriup broke the men’s under 20 400m record and Sutton’s Lucy Hoad set new figures for the under 20 women’s 100m. Oliver Harding from Invicta East Kent broke the boys under 11 1000m record.
 
At the other end of the age range, Hercules Wimbledon’s Peter Giles took silver in the British Masters over 70 10km road running championship at Gravesend while Kevin Snelling gained a hat-trick of wins in an open meeting at Eton taking the over 55 shot, hammer and discus. Kieran White was second veteran over 40 finisher fun the Brighton 10km road race.
 
Hercules Wimbledon finished a solid 34th out of 67 teams in the English road relay championships at Sutton Park, Birmingham, on Saturday. Fastest long stage runner was Ben Toomer who gained four places on the third leg to hand over in 29th place. Alex Robinson was second fastest with newcomer William Russell third best. Connor Bindler, Finn Johnson and Justin Reid were the three fastest Hercules Wimbledon short leg runners.
 
Hercules Wimbledon youngsters also did well in senior parkruns Georgina Clarke, 12, was the top female finisher in the Bois de Boulogne event in Paris where she finished sixth out of 126 runners. Teenager Ellen Weir was also top female finisher on the Isle of Wight. Another teenager, Declan Connolly, took the boys under 15 bronze medal in the Middlesex indoor championships at Lee Valley.
 
Elsewhere Adam Harwood headed home 16 Hercules Wimbledon runners in the Wimbledon Common parkrun finishing fourth out of 488 runners and Chris Ore was third out of 293 runners in Brockwell Park
 
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon’s senior men’s and women’s team open their summer track and field season with a Southern Athletics League fixture at the David Weir Leisure Centre, Sutton, on Saturday.
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4-04-17 - RUNNING IN FOOTSTEPS OF OLYMPIANS

Competitors taking part in Sunday’s Hercules Wimbledon Young Athletes Open Meeting will be following in the footsteps of Olympic sprinters Adam Gemili and Diana Asher-Smith, writes Tom Pollak.
 
Gemini and Asher-Smith both competed in the Hercules Wimbledon meeting as teenagers at a time when they were cutting their teeth in the sport before rising to the top echelons of athletics.  Asher-Smith, who finished fifth in last season’s Rio Olympics women’s 100m, completed the double double when she won the 100 and 200m at the Hercules Wimbledon open meeting at Crystal Palace in 2009 and 2011. Gemili, who took the 100m bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics and just missed out finishing fourth in the Rio 100m last season, won the under 20 100 and 200m at the Hercules Wimbledon meeting in 2009.
 
They are the best of many athletes who have used the Hercules Wimbledon meeting as a stepping stone on their rise to international level including Hercules Wimbledon’s own Rechmial Miller who won the 100 and 200m in 2013 and last season was Britain’s top ranked junior 100m runner reaching the IAAF World Junior Championships 100m final in Poland.
 
Hundreds of entries have been received for the meeting which, this year, is being staged at the David Weir Leisure Centre, Sutton, after a disastrous fire badly damaged the 56-year-old stand and put the club’s Wimbledon Park track headquarters out of action. It is the 36th time the meeting has been staged and action starts at 11am with the girls sand boys under 15 300m, the boys under 15 long jump and the boys under 13 and under 15 and girls under 13 and under 15 shot. It runs through till almost 5pm with 200m races for all age groups and the men’s under 17 and under 20 long jump and the men’s and women’s under 17 and under 20 javelin, the final events on the track and in the field.
 
Hercules Wimbledon’s Ben Toomer and Jonny Cornish warmed up for this weekend’s England 12-stage road relay championship in Sutton Park, Birmingham, with wins in 5km parkrun events on Wimbledon Common and at Didcot. Toomer confirmed his return to fitness after injury when he headed home  the 465-strong field on Wimbledon Common in a personal best of 15 minutes 41 seconds finishing more than 90 seconds ahead of the second runner. His time chopped 23 seconds off his previous best set last August. Twenty-four Hercules Wimbledon runners took part in the event. Richard Evans was eighth while Eileen Brandley was third in the women’s race. Cornish also posted an impressive win at Didcot where he won by 74 seconds in 16:34, beating a 197-strong field.
 
Hercules Wimbledon’s Fred Slemeck and Alex Robinson also warmed up for Saturday’s Sutton Park event by taking first and second spot in the 5000m at an open meeting at Tooting Bec where Jaran Finn won the 2000m steeplechase. Several Hercules Wimbledon youngsters were in action with Sam Barker winning his 1500m race and Ben Tatters and Eitan Ornstein also showing useful  early season form with Tatters best of the trio clocking a personal best of 4:25.13, taking almost 10 seconds off his previous best set in 2015.
 
Elsewhere, Chris Ore was 12th out of 332 runners in Brockwell Park parkrun and Hercules Wimbledon runners dominated Sunday’s Wimbledon Park junior 2km parkrun providing both the boys and girls winners. Thomas Beare posted a personal best time of 7:28 to win the event by 49 seconds taking nine seconds off his previous best set in October. Cate Coverley was first girl in 8:21 with Anna Barker and Scarlett Miller second and third girls both in personal best times of  8:51 and 9:08.
 
Hercules Wimbledon’s Richard Agyepong warmed-up for the coming track season by winning the 80m at the Crawley Pre-season open meeting. At the same meeting Mabel-Rose Scales won the under 11 girls long jump and her 150m race and was second in the 60m. 
L-R Sam Barker, Eitan Ornstein and Ben Tatters who showed good early season form at Tooting Bec
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