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26-03-13 - RUNNERS BRAVE THE SNOW IN THE PARK

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club runners braved wintry weather to compete in an inter-club cross country match in Richmond Park on Saturday.

Despite the snow, which forced the cancellation of many other sporting events, the race took place with more than 40 runners battling their way round the 4.9 miles course as the snow fell steadily. The irony was the match, organised by the Bank of England athletic club, was postponed from January when heavy snow caused the cancellation of most cross country events in London.

Teenager Connor Bindler, a relative newcomer to cross country racing, ran strongly to take second place in 29 minutes 29 seconds, just 21 seconds behind the race winner. He finished 12 seconds ahead of his Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Matt Gibbons who the previous weekend was the fifth Surrey finisher in the English schools junior boys cross country championship in Derbyshire. At the other end of the age scale, over 40 veteran Stedwart Bond was 14th in 32:26. Hercules Wimbledon were runners-up in the team contest behind Milocarians.

Hercules Wimbledon's Kieran White was a member of the winning Royal Air Force team in the Teddy Hall Relays at Oxford. He clocked the third best time on the second leg covering the 3.6 miles leg in 18:39 to lift the RAF team from fifth to third place.

Best Hercules Wimbledon runner in action was Andrew Penney who clocked 18:16 in anchoring the Oxford University team to second place. He was the second fastest member of the Oxford quartet. Joe Toomey clocked 19:42 on the opening leg to help Liverpool University to ninth place out of more than 100 teams in the men's race. Dominic Kiralyfi anchored the Oxford University team to victory in the mixed team race clocking 18:45, the second fastest time of the quartet.

Adam Harwood was the top Hercules Wimbledon finisher in the weekly Wimbledon Common parkrun taking fourth place out of 150 runners in 20:07. Over 40 veteran Gordon Lilly was 11th in 21:17 with over 45 veteran Morris Tarragano 14th in 21:41 ahead of his teenage son Tomer who was 15th in a personal best of 21:42. He took 24 seconds off his previous best set in April last year.

Adam Fenton was fifth veteran over 50 finishing 29th in 22:29 and Charles Hampden-Smith seventh over 50 veteran taking 34th place in 23:27. Charles Lawrie was top veteran over 60 finishing 43rd in 23:45.
 
Several Hercules Wimbledon endurance runners with their eyes on next month's Virgin London Marathon were in action in distance events. Over 45 veteran Tom Cheetham was 112th out of more than 3300 runners in the Hastings half-marathon in 1:28:03 while Ian Pegler was 169th out of more than 2000 runners in the B&Q 10km road race at Eastleigh.
 
Sean Crummy was 15th in the Self Transcendence 10 miles road race in Battersea Park in 59:10 with Frank Wood 22nd, and second veteran over 45 finisher, out of almost 200 runners in 1:02:40. Angela Kikigawa broke the Hercules Wimbledon women's over 50 record with a time of 1:28:09. She was the second over 50 finisher on the day.

This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon is sending a squad of runners to the Isle of Man to compete in the island's Easter running festival. The squad will be aiming to regain the overall title they won in 2011 but just lost out last year to a strong Cambridge University team. Next Thursday (April 4th) Hercules Wimbledon are in action in the East Surrey League road races at Ewell Court, starting at 7pm.
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19-03-13 - TEENAGER LIVINGSTONE WINS NATIONAL TITLE

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club teenager Tim Livingstone has won a national title - at rowing.
Livingstone, a talented all-rounder who helped Wandsworth to runners-up spot, just one point behind Croydon, in the 2012 London Youth Games, has decided to concentrate on rowing this summer because he has the right build for the sport.
 
In his first rowing competition of the year he won the Year 12 Boys two kilometres title at the National Indoor Rowing Championships at Lee Valley Athletics Centre in 6 minutes 17.3 seconds.
 
He competed in four sports for Wandsworth at last year's London Youth Games to win the Dave Burns award as the best competitor from the borough in th event for the third consecutive year at the Active Wandsworth awards evening last month. In addition to winning gold at rowing, he was also a member of the silver medal-winning cross country team and also competed in the aquathlon and basketball competitions.
 
Livingstone is also one of Hercules Wimbledon's top teenage endurance athletes and is planning to combine his rowing with some racing on the track this summer. He finished third in the under 17 race in the 2XU Surrey cross country league race at Ham Fields in January and last May he just missed out on a medal in the Surrey men's under 17 800m championship where he was fourth.
 
Over 45 veteran Stuart Fraser posted his first win in the event since August 2007 when he headed a 200-strong field home in the Wimbledon Common 5km parkrun on Saturday. Fraser crossed the line in 18:04 to win by nine seconds and post the event's top age-graded performance. It was only his second success in 23 appearances in the Wimbledon Common event.
 
Elliot Mier, 14, one of the youngest competitors taking part, was 12th in 19:48 with his twin brother Harris 15th in 20:13. Another Hercules Wimbledon veteran Gordon Lilly was 30th in 21:17 with teenager Neil Arora 41st in 22:09 and Adam Fenton 41st and fifth veteran over 50 finisher in 22:09. Charles Lawrie was 47th and top over 60 finisher in 22:58.
 
Teenager Matt Gibbons had a good run in the English Schools cross country championships at Catton Hall, Walton-upon-Trent, Derbyshire, on Saturday. He finished 98th out of 323 runners in the junior boys championship in n16:12. Gibbons, competing in the championships for the first time, was the fifth Surrey finisher and helped the team to ninth place.
 
Zoe Illis was the second London finisher in the intermediate girls race where she was 159th out of 331 runners in 15:32. A third Hercules Wimbledon runner in action at Catton Hall, Cassian Hyde, was forced to drop out after taking a tumble in the intermediate boys championship.
 
Several Hercules Wimbledon endurance runners continued their build-up for next month's Virgin London Marathon by competing in races over half the distance. Alison Purnell set a club women's veteran over 50 record in clocking 1:39:08 in the Fleet half-marathon where she was 573rd out of 2286 runners. Stewart Bond was 219th in 1:29:22.
 
Monika Crouse clocked a personal best of 1:34:36 in the Reading half-marathon where she was 14th woman over 35 veteran finisher. Her time took more than two minutes off her previous best set in the Watford half-marathon last month.
 
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon cross country runners get a final chance to compete in a cross country event with a match in Richmond Park on Saturday. The race, originally scheduled to take place in January, was postponed due to snow. The race over 4.9 miles starts near Roehampton Gate at 3pm.
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12-03-13 - QUARTET REPRESENT SURREY IN BIRMINGHAM

Four Hercules Wimbledon athletes were in action for Surrey in the UK Inter-Counties cross country championships in Cofton Park, Birmingham, on Saturday and helped the county regain the Ken Rickuss Trophy as the county with the best overall aggregate score across the 10 championship races. Surrey last won the trophy in 2011 but lost out to Yorkshire last year.

Best of the bunch was Ruth Clifton who was 52nd out of 291 finishers in the senior women's 8km championship in 29 minutes 44 seconds and helped Surrey to lift team silver medals. Clifton was fifth Surrey finisher.

Two Hercules Wimbledon runners were in action in the final event of the day, the senior men's 12km championship. They just missed out on a set of team medals as Surrey took fourth spot. Oxford blue Andrew Penney was fifth scorer finishing 110th out of 290 37:56. His Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Kieran White was the sixth member of the scoring team finishing 148th in 38:39.

Hercules Wimbledon teenager Cassian Hyde, initially named as a reserve, was called into the men's under 17 team at a late stage. He justified his selection finishing 186th out of 276 runners in 20:56 and was the seventh Surrey runner to complete the 6km race. It proved a useful warm up for this weekend when he represents Surrey in the English Schools cross country championships at Walton-upon-Trent, Derbyshire.

Hercules Wimbledon's more seasoned runners got among the medals in the British Masters Indoor championships at Lee Valley over the weekend. Peter Giles, 68, the oldest Hercules Wimbledon athlete in action there took the silver medal in the over 65 3000m in 11:51:58.

Adam Bellis also took silver in the over 35 400m in 51.59 while Mark White won the over 45 200m B final in 25.98 and was third in the 400m B final in 59.84.

Husband and wife duo Dave and Fran Clarke continued their preparations for next month's Virgin London Marathon when they competed in the Milton Keynes half-marathon on Sunday. They were 321st and 322nd out of more than 2700 runners in 1:34:38. Peter Lee, who is also running in the London event, was 132nd out of more than 2000 runners in the Bath half-marathon in 1:18:53.

Adam Harwood was the top Hercules Wimbledon finisher in the Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday. He was ninth out of almost 300 finishers in 19:23 with teenage twins Elliot and Harris Mier 23rd and 25th in 20:40 and 20:45, respectively. Veteran Gordon Lilly was 33rd in 21:09 with Alex Abraham 50th in 22:30 just five places and 20 seconds ahead of fellow teenager Neil Arora. Veteran Charles Lawrie was second over 60 finisher in 23:42.

This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon teenagers Matt Gibbons and Cassian Hyde are competing in the English schools cross country championships in Derbyshire on Saturday. Meanwhile, their clubmates are in action in the East Surrey League road relays in the shadow of Box Hill near Dorking.
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5-03-13 - CHANCE TO FOLLOW IN STARS' FOOTSTEPS

Young athletes from all over the country are expected to take part in Hercules Wimbledon's Young Athletes open meeting which is being staged at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre on Sunday, April 7th.

The meeting, which is being staged for the 32nd time, has proved a valuable stepping stone for many youngsters aiming to compete in the Olympics.
Teenager Adam Gemili, who made his Olympic debut by reaching the 100m semi-final at last year's London Games, made a double appearance in the 2011 Hercules Wimbledon Young Athletes open meeting where he won the under 20 100 and 200m in 10.75 and 22.02 seconds which are currently the meeting records for the events.

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

One of the longest standing meeting records was set by Olympic marathon runner Mark Steinle. As an under 13-year-old, he set the 1500m record of 4:41.5 in 1987.
 
Traditionally, the young athletes meeting has frequently featured youngsters from overseas and last year a team from the Czech Republic club T J Liaz from Jablonec took part. Two of the meeting records were set by foreign athletes Cuban Nieves Luna set the women's under 17 shot putt mark with 12.26m in 2008 while Yanis Ramirez from Nicaragua holds the women's under 17 javelin record with a throw of 50.22m achieved in 2006.

Details of the meeting, including the events, a timetable, how to get to Crystal Palace and an online entry form can be found on the Hercules Wimbledon website at www.herculeswimbledonac.org.uk/YA-Open.html. The closing date for entries is Friday, March 22nd. Any questions about entries should be addressed to the entries coordinator Sheila White at sheila@herculeswimbledonac.org.uk Entries cost £4 for the first event and £3 for each subsequent event. The meeting is scheduled to start at 11am with the under 13 girls 1500m and the under 15 girls high jump, under 13 and under 15 girls and the under 15 boys long jump. The final event, at around 5pm, is the men's under 20 200m.

Hercules Wimbledon dominated an inter-club cross country match in Richmond Park on Saturday taking both the individual and team honours. Pat Wright led the field home winning the 3.86 miles race in 21:28 with teenager Cassian Hyde, warming up for his appearance in the English schools cross country championships later this month, taking second placed in 22:35. Matt Gibbons, another youngster running in the English Schools championships on March 16th, also had a good run finishing fourth in 23:45.
 
At the other end of the age scale, over 45 veteran Stewart Bond was sixth in 24:40 with another teenager Augustin Mallon was ninth in 25:34 and twins Elliot and Harris Mier, two of the youngest runners in the race 11th and 12th in 26:21 and 26:30. Mark Livingstone was 15th in 26:43 and two other youngsters Jack Hawkins and Findlay White 23rd and 24th in 29:45 and 29:57.

Hercules Wimbledon's Ruth Clifton is included in Surrey's senior women's team to compete in the in the UK Inter-Counties cross country championships in Birmingham on Saturday. Emma Headley and Zoe Illis have both been named as reserves for Surrey's under 17 women's team while Cassian Hyde has been named as a reserve for the men's under 17 team.
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26-02-13 - ROOKIE ETIENNE TAKES ENGLAND BRONZE
 
Fresh from his silver medal-winning performance in the Surrey indoor championships, Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club teenager Theo Etienne snatched a superb bronze medal in the England indoor championships in Birmingham on Saturday.

Etienne, 16, taking part in only his fourth meeting since switching to athletics in the autumn, snatched third place in a blanket finish in a fiercely contested men's under 17 60m final. He snatched a medal in 7.01 seconds finishing behind the winner and silver medallist who clocked 6.98 and 7.00, respectively. Etienne, who was just pipped for the Surrey title a week earlier when he clocked the same time as the winner, this time edged out the fourth finisher who also clocked 7.01.
 
The teenager made a promising start to his first appearance on the national stage by asily winning his first round heat in 7.11.He was fifth fastest of the 68 sprinters in the nine first round heats. He then secured his place in the final by taking second spot in his semi-final in 7.04, the fourth best of the 24 semi-finalists and then speeded up to take an impressive bronze medal.
 
His coach, former Hercules Wimbledon sprinter Mark Giraud, was naturally delighted with his run. "To take a medal in your first-ever national championship is some achievement," said Giraud, who started coaching the youngster in the autumn when he turned up at Hercules Wimbledon's Wimbledon Park training track.
 
A second Hercules Wimbledon runner also won his heat. Rechmiel Miller took the eighth heat in 7.22 and although he went faster with 7.21 in his semi-final, this was not good enough to make the last eight. Miller, 14, who took the bronze medal in the Surrey championships, is coached by his dad, Paul, a former Surrey senior men's sprint champion, and has another year in the under 17 age group. His younger brother Chad was also in action in Birmingham but went out in the heats of the boys under 15 60m finishing sixth in his race in 8.05.

At the other end of the age scale, Hercules Wimbledon's Pete Giles was in action in the South of England Masters indoor championships at Lee Valley where he took the silver medal in the over 65 3000m in 12:20.55.
 
Hercules Wimbledon runners took both the men's and women's honours in the Wimbledon Common parkrun. Ben Green headed home the 265-strong field in 17:00. Ruth Clifton was first woman finishing third overall in 18:14 and posting the top age-graded performance. Other Hercules Wimbledon finishers included Andrew Davies, 10th in 18:48, Peter Collins, 12th and top veteran over 40 finisher in 18:57 and teenager Matt Gibbons, 14th in a personal best of 19:05shaving eight seconds off his previous best set last October.

Another Hercules Wimbledon teenager, Alex Lloyd-Jones was third out of more than 200 runners in the Richmond Park parkrun in 17:43.On the road, Hercules Wimbledon's James Davis was third out of more than 200 runners in the Last Friday of the Month 5km race in Hyde Park in 15:59 while over 45 veteran Tom Cheetham was 19th out of 200 runners in the Capital Runners 10km race in Richmond Park on Sunday in 41:46.
 
Several Hercules Wimbledon runners made the trip to the English cross country championships over mud saturated courses in Herrington Park, Sunderland. Fred Slemeck finished 111th out of almost 1100 runners in the senior men's race in 46:33 with Phil Glynn 213th in 49:14, Matt Sharp 252nd in 50:22 and Sean Crummy 257th in 50:26.
 
Cassian Hyde was 111th in the men's under 17 race in 23:06 while Liam White was 43rd out of 142 finishers in the men's under 20 championship in 37:11 with Joe Toomey 70th in 38:47.

This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's cross country runners are in action in an inter-club match in Richmond Park. The race over 3.84 miles starts at 3pm next to Sidmouth Wood which is close to the Pembroke Lodge car park.
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19-02-13 - TEENAGER ETIEENE'S IMPRESSIVE WARM-UP

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club teenager Theo Etienne warmed up for the biggest race of his evolving athletics career by taking the silver medal in the Surrey indoor athletics championships at Sutton Arena on Saturday.
 
Etienne, 16, who started training at Wimbledon Park only six months ago, came tantalisingly close to lifting the title as he matched the 7.00 seconds time of the winner Zanson Plummer who is ranked number one in the UK for his age group.

Etienne, who was competing in only his third meeting since switching to athletics from football, made a good start in his bid to become Surrey under 17 60m champion as he won his heat in 7.15, the fastest of the 21 first round competitors. He then ran a faster 7.08 to win his semi-final race, slower than Plummer's 6.96 in winning the other semi-final and then fought all the way in the final to miss out on gold by less than the thickness of his vest.
 
A second Hercules Wimbledon athlete, Rechmial Miller, just 14, took the bronze medal in 7.12 after moving up from the boys under 15 age group where he took the Surrey outdoor 100m title at Kingsmeadow Stadium last summer. Miller, who was racing over 60m for the first time, also won his first round heat in 7.28, improving to 7.12 in finishing behind Plummer in his semi-final and repeating that time in the final.

Both Miller and Etienne will come up against Plummer again this coming weekend when they compete in the England age group indoor championships at Birmingham's National Indoor Arena.

Hercules Wimbledon's Emily Martin won the senior women's indoor long jump title at Sutton Arena with a leap of 5.74m which was close to her lifetime best of 5.80m set in 2007.Richard Agyapong got through to the semi-finals of the senior men's 60m where he as fourth in his race in 7.14 while Philip Mauge was third in his under 20 men's semi-final race in 7.26.
Hercules Wimbledon's Lisa Crow battled through ankle-deep to finish a strong 50th out of more than 250 runners in the South of England senior women's cross country championship at Parliament Hill Fields last Saturday. Best of the depleted senior men's squad was Phil Glynn who was 93rd out of 541 finishers in the senior men's 15km championship.
Hercules Wimbledon's best runners were saving themselves for this weekend's English National cross country championships which are being staged at Herrington Park, Sunderland, on Saturday.

Hercules Wimbledon's women athletes have been showing good form in road races. Amy Aronson won first woman finisher in the 26.2 Road Runners Club's Valentine 10km road race at Chessington on Sunday in 38:45. She took almost a minute off her previous best time for the distance set in September last year when she finished 25th overall out of 360 runners. Meanwhile, continuing her preparations for April's Virgin London Marathon, Claire Grima set a Hercules Wimbledon women's veterans over 35 record in the Brighton half-marathon on Sunday.

Mother of two Claire clocked 1:22:40 in finishing fourth in the women's race and overall 82nd out of 7539 runners. Her husband David was top Hercules Wimbledon finisher taking 37th place in 1:19:05. His brother, Alex was 112th in 1:24:16 while another Hercules Wimbledon finisher was Rob Tuer who was 44th in 1:19:54.
 
Francesca Clarke also continued her preparations for the London marathon by finishing second in the women's category in the Kingston parkrun on Saturday in 20:55. Further afield Joe Toomey was third out of 163 runners in the Liverpool parkrun in 16:46.
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12-02-13 - TEENAGER HYDE GAINS FIRST LEAGUE WIN

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club teenager Cassian Hyde celebrated his selection for the Surrey schools team to compete in the English schools championships in Derbyshire next month with an outstanding run in the final 2XU Surrey men's cross country league meeting of the season at Farthing Downs, Coulsdon, on Saturday.

Hyde, 16, stormed home an impressive winner of the 2.5 miles race over a testing, undulating course in 15 minutes 13 seconds, beating rival Merhawi Yemane from Herne Hill by seven seconds. It was his first-ever victory in the Surrey League after finishing runner-up in his three previous races this season. His victory, following his third place in the Surrey schools cross country championships at Reigate the previous weekend, is bound to boost his chances of being included in the Surrey County team to compete in the UK Inter-Counties cross country championships in Birmingham next month.

Hyde also took the overall league title for his age group and was presented with a gift voucher as his reward. With Matthew Gibbons, ninth in 17:12, Alex Bond 15th in 19:51, Dominic Howe 17th in 20:34 and Robert Howe 17th in 21:53, Hercules Wimbledon were third in the team event.
 
Another Hercules Wimbledon runner to take an overall league title for the season was Jonathan Cornish who won himself a £50 gift voucher in taking the under 20 title. After finishing top under 20 runner in his previous three appearances this season, Roehampton University student Cornish had to settle for runners-up spot in the age category in the final league race of the season behind his Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Liam White who was competing in the Surrey League for the first time this winter.

White was also the top Hercules Wimbledon finisher taking 10th place in 30:00 ahead of Kieran White (15th in 30:08), Cornish (38th in 31:42), Matt Sharp (50th in 32:15), Phil Glynn (52nd in 32:22), veteran Stuart Fraser (56th in 32:47), David Grima (79th in 34:21), Ian Pegler (87th in 35:59), Andrew Davies (89th in 36:08) and veteran Stewart Bond (98th in 36:56).The Hercules Wimbledon team finished sixth on the day to take fourth place in the overall rankings.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's under 13 cross country runners produced their best team performance of the season and were just pipped for the honours. They gained the same number of points as the winners and were beaten on countback.
They were led in by twins Elliot and Harris Mier who were fourth and fifth in 18:16 and 18:20. James Hodkinson was sixth in 19:30, James Forde 11th in 20:28 and Oscar Wainman 12th in 20:33.

Hercules Wimbledon's women's cross country runners also finished their league season strongly in taking fourth place in the final Max Sports Surrey Ladies League meeting of the season at Denbies Vineyard, Dorking. They were led in by marathon-running mum Claire Grima who was ninth in 36:40. Amy Aronson was 16th in 37:52, Lisa Crow 26th in 38:49, Emma Henderson 24th in 40:04, and Francesca Clarke 67th in 42:15. Best of the youngsters at Dorking was Zoe Illis who was eighth in the under 15 and under 17 race in 16:38.

Hercules Wimbledon newcomer Theo Ettiene produced another outstanding run at an open indoor meeting at Crystal Palace when he won his race in 7.00. It was the third fastest time recorded by a UK under 17-year-old this season. It improved on his previous best of 7.16 set at Crystal Palace last month. He finished ahead of Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Richard`Agyapong who also clocked a personal best of 7.09.
 
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's cross country runners compete in the South of England cross country championships at Parliament Hill Fields, North London, on Saturday, while the club's track and field athletes are in action in the Surrey indoor championships at Sutton Arena on Saturday and Sunday.
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5-02-13 - YOUNG DUO TO RUN IN NATIONAL SCHOOLS

Two Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club youngsters ran their way into Surrey's teams to compete in the English Schools cross country championships in Walton-on-Trent, Derbyshire, next month, with superb runs in the rescheduled Surrey Schools cross country championships at Reigate's Priory Park on Saturday. The event was due to be staged on January 19th but had to be called off due to heavy snow.

Cassian Hyde ran the race of his young life to take the bronze medal in the intermediate boys championship to secure a place in the county team. He finished third out of 60 runners in 19 minutes 15 seconds, just 40 seconds behind the race winner, to secure a place in the county team at his third attempt. It was a massive improvement on his previous two performances. Hyde, 16, who has shown good form in league races this winter, finished 16th in last year's intermediate boys race and eighth in the junior boys championship in 2011.
 
The second Hercules Wimbledon teenager to make the Surrey schools squad for the English Schools championships on March 16th is Matthew Gibbons who was making his debut in the county schools championships. He finished fifth out of 71 finishers in the junior boys championship in 14:12, just 14 seconds behind the race winner. It was also his best-ever cross country performance after finishing 30th in the Surrey County championships at Croydon last month.
 
Hercules Wimbledon had half-a-dozen of its members in action for their respective universities in the British Universities cross country championships at Leeds on Saturday. Best of the bunch was Liam White, representing Bristol, who was 65th out of more than 300 runners in the senior men's championship in 36:36. Andrew Penney, representing Oxford, was 76th in 37:01, and Joe Toomey, running for Liverpool, 177th in 20:53. Jonathan Cornish, representing Roehampton, was 203rd in 41:43 with his fellow Roehampton University student Chris Donnellan 252nd in 44:56. Dominic Kiralyfi was 73rd out of more than 400 runners in the B race in 30:33.

Hercules Wimbledon's depleted senior men's team finished just outside the top three in the East Surrey cross country relays on Wimbledon Common on Saturday. They were the fourth A team with marathon man Alex Urban fastest of the quartet covering the 1.9 miles lap in 11:06. Second leg runner Jeremy Brown was second fastest in 11:28 with veteran over 40 runner Peter Collins just one second slower on the third leg third. Teenager Neil Arora, making his Hercules Wimbledon debut, completed the team in 12:28.

Over 45 veteran Jeremy Purnell was best B team runner covering the course in 11:40 on the third leg with fellow veteran Frank Wood clocking 12:22 on the opening leg. Anchor leg runner Robert Howe was best of the young athletes relay team which finished second in completing the anchor leg in 13:15. Other members of the trio were Alex Bisnouth (13:21) and Jack Wintour (14:13).

Hercules Wimbledon's Emma Klugman was top girl finisher in the under 13 race. She was fourth out of 21 runners in 12:31. Bella Seymour was third girl in 12:50 with Alex Abraham top Hercules Wimbledon boy finishing eighth in 13:02.

David Grima continued his build-up for April's London Marathon by finishing 10th out of more than 900 runners in the Bushy Park parkrun in 18:17, just seven seconds outside his best time for the course. Adam Harwood was the top Hercules Wimbledon finisher in the Wimbledon Common parkrun taking sixth place out of 260 runners in 19:23.Andrew Davies was 11th in 19:43, James Wallace first veteran over 55 finisher in 20:51 and Charles Hampden-Smith, who later in the day ran a leg in the East Surrey League cross country relays, top veteran over 50 finisher in 21:07.

This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's cross country runners compete in the final 2XU Surrey Men's cross country league meeting at Farthing Downs, Coulsdon, and the final Max Sports Surrey ladies League meeting at Denbies Vineyard, Dorking. Th senior women's race there starts at 12noon followed by races for younger athletes. The youngsters' race at Coulsdon is at 2.30pm with the seniors due off at 3pm.
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29-01-13 - CLAIRE'S RECORD BUILD-UP FOR LONDON

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's marathon running mum Claire Grima continued her preparations for this year's Virgin London Marathon in April with a club record-breaking run in the Bushy Park parkrun 5km race on Saturday.

She was forced to miss the London race in Olympic year because she was expecting her second child, Jasper, who was born in the late summer. She resumed running in September after a seven month break from racing. She was third woman and 20th overall out of almost 950 runners when she clocked 18 minutes 49 seconds to set a Hercules Wimbledon women's veterans over 35 record. Her time beat the time of fellow marathon runner Francesca Clarke of 20:05 set in the Kingston parkrun in June 2011.

It was a debut appearance in Bushy Park for Claire who usually turns out in the Wimbledon Common parkrun where she has competed 33 times, most recently on November 3rd when she was first in the women's race.
Husband David with whom she has regularly run in the London marathon, competed in the Wimbledon Common parkrun more recently, finishing 29th in 21:12 on January 19th.

The last time she ran in the London, in April 2011, Claire broke the Hercules Wimbledon club record in winning the women's race in 2:49:10. The time took three minutes 46 seconds fof her previous best set in the London race in 2009 as she missed the 2010 event to have her first baby son, Luca.
 
Claire and husband David also ran their way into the Guinness Book of Records as the fastest married couple to complete a marathon. David was 587th in the men's race, almost four minutes behind his Mrs with a time of 2:53:01. He closed the gap when he ran in last year's London finishing 580th in 2:51:25.

The couple are looking forward to running in this year's London race on April 21st when they are bound to try to improve on the Guinness Book of Records performance of 2011.

Hercules Wimbledon teenager Connor Bindler also showed good form as he raced to a personal best of 18:55 in the Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday where he finished runner-up out of 242 runners. It was his sixth appearance in the Wimbledon Common race and his time was 20 seconds faster than he clocked in finishing 10th in the event in December. He was a member of the Hercules Wimbledon bronze medal-winning team in the Surrey cross country championships men's under 17 race at Lloyd Park, Croydon, earlier this month.
 
Bindler led 11 Hercules Wimbledon runners home on Wimbledon Common. Peter Collins was first veteran over 40 in 20:01, Charles Hampden-Smith second veteran over 50 in 21:04 and David Harris second in the over 35 category in 21:23. Alex Abrahams was second 14-year-old to finish in 23:49 with Bella Seymour third 14-year-old girl in 24:34.
Over in Richmond Cassian Hyde was just four seconds outside his best time for the course when he finished sixth out of more than 300 runners in the park run there. He was also the first teenager to cross the finishing line.
 
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are staging the annual East Surrey League cross country relays on Wimbledon Common. The races start and finish near the junction of the Causeway and West Place. The youngsters race for under 13's over 1.9 miles starts at 2.30pm, with the relays for the remaining age groups scheduled for 3pm. Meanwhile, some of Hercules Wimbledon's younger runners will be competing in the Surrey schools cross country championships at Priory Park, Reigate on Saturday. The championships have been rescheduled from January 19th when they had to be cancelled because of heavy snow.
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22-01-13 - TOOMEY TRIUMPHS IN THE ICE AND SNOW

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's Joe Toomey battled through snow and ice to beat 69 other runners to win the Princes Park parkrun 5km race in Liverpool on Saturday. It was a good return to winning form for Toomey who was disappointed after dropping out of the Surrey under 20 cross country championships in Croydon's Lloyd Park at the beginning of the year.
 
Now back in the north west, where he is a student at Liverpool University, Toomey, 20, was only two seconds off his best time for the course set in rather better conditions on his only previous appearance in the event in November 2011 when he finished runner-up. His winning time was 18 minutes 11 seconds.
 
More than a dozen other Hercules Wimbledon runners, including Joe's mum Sophie, braved the bitterly cold conditions to join more than 200 competitors in the Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday. Leading the Hercules Wimbledon contingent home was over 40 veteran Peter Collins who was ninth in 19:56. Andrew Davies was 11th in 20:00, teenager Matt Gibbons 14th in 20:17, Adam Harwood 19th in 20:29 and Charles Hampden-Smith 22nd and second veteran over 50 in 20:46. All-rounder David Harris was 23rd in 20:53 with David Grima 29th in 21:12 and veteran over 50 Kevin Allen 70th in 23:49.
 
Charles Lawrie was top veteran over 60 to finish in 24:15 ahead of teenager Rebecca Stone who was 12th in the women's race in 24:43, beating her dad Patrick, who was 121st in 26:25.
 
Elsewhere, Hercules Wimbledon runners were left frustrated as races were cancelled due to the wintry conditions. Victims of the weather were the Surrey schools cross country championships in Reigate, where Hercules Wimbledon had many youngsters due to take part, the Veterans Athletic Club championships on Wimbledon Common, and the traditional match with the Bank of England in Richmond Park which, according to Hercules Wimbledon cross country secretary Pete Mulholland, was not held for the first time since the 1960's.
 
The wintry weather is having an unprecedented impact on cross country running with the Southern cross country championships, due to be staged at Parliament Hill Fields on Saturday, being called off due to the state of the course. It is the first time in living memory that the event has been cancelled because of the weather.
 
Hercules Wimbledon seems to have discovered a talented young sprinter in Theo Etienne who won his 60m race at an open indoor meeting at Crystal Palace in 7.16, the sixth fastest time by a UK under 17-year-old so far this year. He clocked a slower 7.46 in winning his first race of the evening.
 
Best of the eight-strong Hercules Wimbledon contingent in action was Kyran Mitchell-Nanton who won two of his races in 7.11, just one-hundreds of a second slower than his best time for the distance set in the South London Athletics Network meeting at Sutton Arena earlier this month. Richard Agyapong had a best time of 7.21 and was third fastest of the Hercules Wimbledon contingent in action who were using the event as a warm-up for the Surrey indoor championships being held at Sutton Arena on February 16th/17th.
 
While this weekend's Southern cross country championships have been cancelled, Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters will be in action in the third of this winter's Surrey Sportshall meetings at the Spectrum Leisure Centre, Guildford, on Sunday. The meeting starts at 1pm.
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15-01-13 - CORNISH TOP UNDER 20 FINISHER AT HAM

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's newly crowned Oxfordshire champion Jonathan Cornish was the top under 20 finisher in the third of this season's 2XU Surrey Men's cross country league meetings on a waterlogged Ham Lands on Saturday.
The course runs alongside the River Thames at Teddington Lock and Cornish was among the near 200-strong field which was forced to race through water which was knee-deep in places. Cornish finished 67th in 32 minutes 8 seconds to strengthen his chances of taking the overall league prize for the top under 20 runner this season.
 
A week after leading the club to team silver in the Surrey cross country championships at Croydon, Kieran White was again the leading Hercules Wimbledon finisher taking 12th place in 29:20. Not far behind was James Davis who was 17th in 29:29 with Fred Slemeck, back from the skiing holiday which prevented him contesting the Surrey championships, 19th in 29:38.
 
Next Hercules Wimbledon finisher was Phil Glynn (34th in 30:34) followed by Matt Sharp (53rd in 31:16) and Alex Robinson (63rd in 31:52). Completing the scoring 10 were Adam Przedrzymirski (68th in 32:11), Alex Urban (72nd in 32:15) and David Grima (78th in 32:32).
 
Hercules Wimbledon put in another slid team performance, beating Surrey champions Belgrave, to finish fourth of the nine clubs and retain fourth spot overall.
 
Teenagers Cassian Hyde and Tim Livingstone followed up their team bronze medal-winning efforts in the Surrey championships the previous weekend by taking second and third spots in the men's under 17 2.5 miles race in 16:07 and 16:29. Elliot Laville (19th in 20:58), Fredrik Milesi (21st in 21:36) and Alex Bond (22nd in 21:47) completed the team which finished in runners-up spot.
 
Alexander Abraham led the Hercules Wimbledon youngsters to third place in the under 13 race finishing fifth in 21:19, 20 seconds ahead of clubmate Zac Purnell who was seventh with Lucas Jeffs eighth in 21:44 and James Forde ninth six seconds later.
 
Marathon running mum Claire Grima achieved her highest league placing of the winter when she finished 17th in the third Surrey Ladies League Division One meeting on Mitcham Common. She clocked 35:38 in beating clubmate Amy Aronson who was 23rd in 36:41 with new signing Emma Henderson, making her league debut, 46th in 38:26, Fran Clarke 55th in 39:25 and walking international Estle Viljoen 69th in 40:48.The team finished a solid seventh out of 15 and are secure in the top division with one match remaining.
 
Bella Seymour was 11th in the girls under 13 race in 12:11 and Celine Atwell was 26th in the under 15 girls race in 19:38.
 
Sam Oswald was just one second outside his best time for the event when he finished 29th out of more than 300 runners in the Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday.It was his highest placing in eight appearances in the event where he achieved his best time in October. The 14-year-old also managed to beat his dad, James, who finished 33rd in 21:11, nine seconds slower than his best time in the event. David Gold and David Harris were 37th and 38th in 21:20 and 21:23.
 
Over 50 veteran Charles Hampden-Smith was fifth veteran over 50 in 21:34 while Charles Lawrie was top over 60 finisher in 24:14 with teenager Rebecca Stone was ninth in the women's race in 24:05.
 
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's cross country runners are in action in Richmond Park and at Reigate on Saturday.
The club's senior runners compete in an inter-club cross country match organised by the Bank of England which starts near Roehampton Gate at 2.30pm while some of Hercules Wimbledon's younger runners will be competing in the Surrey Schools cross country championships at Reigate with the first race due off at 10am.
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8-01-13 - BEST SURREY TEAM EFFORT FOR 34 YEARS

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's senior men's cross country runners made a flying start to 2013 by producing the club’s best team performance in the Surrey cross country championships on Saturday since the Hercules Wimbledon won the senior men's title on the same course back in 1979.
 
Even more impressive was that the sextet managed to beat defending champions Herne Hill to take the silver medals behind Belgrave Harriers at Croydon's Lloyd Park.
 
Among those cheering the runners on was Hercules Wimbledon chairman Dave Clarke, three times English senior men's cross country champion, who himself won the Surrey senior men's title at Milford in 1980. Congratulating the team, Clarke said: "It was great to see so many Hercules Wimbledon runners on the course and to end up as silver medallists as superb."
 
Spearheading the Hercules Wimbledon team t the silver medals were Kieran White and Andrew Penney who ran together for most of the three lap race near the front of the 173-strong field. White, who like Penney, was a member of the Hercules Wimbledon team which too the silver medals in the Surrey road relay championships at Wimbledon in September, managed to edge ahead in the closing stages to finish seventh in 44 minutes 9 seconds, and boost his chances of running for Surrey in the UK Inter-Counties cross country championships in Birmingham in March. Penney was not far behind finishing ninth in 44:13.
 
With James Davis running a superb race to finish 11th in 44:39, Phil Glynn 22nd in 46:32Matt Sharp 27th in 46:48 and Johnnie Bland, who ran in the senior race after missing the start of the junior championship, 29th in 46:50, Hercules Wimbledon clinched the silver medals with 105 points, four points less than reigning champions and bronze medallists Herne Hill.
 
Other leading Hercules Wimbledon finishers were David Grima (45th in 49:01), veteran Peter Lee (46th in 49:07), Alex Urban (54th in 50:09), Sean Crummy (59th in 50:23) and Neil Fraser on a Christmas break from Beijing, China, 64th in 50:53. In total, Hercules Wimbledon had 16 runners in the race, more than any other club.
Hercules Wimbledon's senior women's team were pipped by just two points for a set of medals and had to settle for fourth spot. They were led in by marathon running mum Claire Grima who was 16th in 35:04 with Amy Aronson 22nd in 35:54, Zoe Pike 28th in 36:27 and Fran Clarke 48th in 39:03. Other leading finishers were Monika Crouse (55th in 39:57) and Chloe Hawkins (62nd in 40:21).
 
Hercules Wimbledon returned from Croydon with a hat-trick of team medals. The women's under 17 team of Zoe Illis (ninth in 21:17), Maire Gilmartin (11th in 22:24) and Emma Headley (12th in 22:33)and the men's under 17 team of Cassian Hyde (10th in 28:27), Tim Livingstone (14th in 29:11) and Augustin Mallon (30th in 32:21) and Connor Bindler (32nd in 32:58) both secured bronze medals in their respective championships.
 
Highest place Hercules Wimbledon runner in any of the 10 championships was Liam White who finished fifth in the under 20 men's 6.5km race in 27:10.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's over 40 veteran Emma Henderson made an impressive debut in the Richmond Park parkrun 5km race on Saturday when she won the women's event in 20:32. Meanwhile, Peter Collins was first veteran over 40 finisher in the Wimbledon Common parkrun when he finished eighth out of 374 runners in 18:52 in the event's sixth anniversary race. Charles Hampden-Smith was fourth veteran over 50 in finishing 38th in 20:59.
 
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are in action in the third of this season's 2XU Surrey Men's cross country league meetings at Ham. The youngsters race starts at 2,30pm with the seniors off at 3pm. Meanwhile,the club's women runners are competing in then penultimate Max Sports Surrey Ladies League cross country meeting of the season on Mitcham Common. The senior race starts at 12noon.
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1-01-13 - PENNEY'S WINNING ENDS TO OLD YEAR

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's Oxford University cross country blue Andrew Penney warmed up for this coming weekend's Surrey cross country championships with an impressive win in the Hercules Wimbledon/Lauriston five miles multi-terrain race on Wimbledon Common on Saturday - his final race of the old year.
 
Penney crossed the finishing line in 26 minutes 37 seconds , 37 seconds clear of runner-up Chris Busailah of Herne Hill. Several other Hercules Wimbledon runners who will be in action in the Surrey championships, the opening test of 2013 in Croydon's Lloyd Park, were also testing their post-Christmas form on Wimbledon Common. Joe Toomey was fourth in 27:50 ahead of Matt Sharp (28:28) and Sean Crummy (28:59).
 
Veteran Peter Lee was eighth of the 34 finishers in 29:24 with Tim Livingstone, who will be running in the men's under 17 championship, where he finished just outside the medals in fourth place at Dorking last year, taking 12th spot in 29:48 in his first cross country race of the winter. Andrew Davies was 14th in 31:45, just ahead of Stewart Bond (15th in 31:50) and fellow veteran Frank Wood (17th in 33:19).
 
Kieran White, who is expected to spearhead the Hercules Wimbledon challenge in the senior men's race in the Surrey championships took the chance to check out the course when he turned out in the Lloyd Park parkrun last Saturday where he faced stiff opposition from Croydon runner Peter Chambers who led the field home in 17:32 to beat White by five seconds.
 
However, White was more than a minute shower than the 16:33 he managed when winning at Croydon in August.
Other key members of the Hercules Wimbledon team chasing medals in the senior men's race at Croydon on Saturday are Fred Slemeck, James Davies, Liam White and Alex Robinson.
 
After some fine runs in the Surrey League races, Cassian Hyde has fine hopes of a medal in the men's\under 17 championship while Zoe Illis and Emma Headley could make the Surrey team for the UK Inter-Counties championships at Birmingham in March with good runs in the women's under 17 championship.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's senior women's challenge is led by marathon racing mum Claire Grima and Amy Aronson.
Hercules Wimbledon's Ruth Clifton warmed up for this weekend's Surrey championships by winning the women's race in the Wimbledon Common parkrun last Saturday in 18:41. Zoe Shannon, who has returned to action after a period off through injury, was second woman in 19:57. Peter Harwood was 11th overall in 19:44 just ahead of clubmate Adam Harwood (19:45). Charles Hampden-Smith was 25th and third veteran over 50 in 21:25 while Charles Lawrie was 61st out of 186 finishers and top veteran over 60 in 24:41.
 
The Hercules Wimbledon pair of Matt Sharp and Frank Wood beat 11 other teams to win the Lauriston Runners' Club's 30-minute paarlauf on Christmas Day covering five miles 822 yards. They won comfortably from Jack Hylands and Andrew Davies(5-716) and David Grima and Anne Hegvold (5-588).
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