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31-03-15 - CAROLINE WINS CYPRUS MARATHON

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s Caroline Jackson was an impressive winner of the women’s title in sweltering heat in the Limmasol marathon in Cyprus on Sunday.
 
Jackson won the event by more than 17 minutes and was then handed an enormous trophy at the awards ceremony which she was “was almost bigger than the FA Cup”. A delighted Caroline said:”It was a tough run and the heat started to get to me six miles from the finish. I really enjoyed it though although I’ve never made use of all the water stations especially in those last six miles.”
 
“My legs and everything felt great. It was just the heat. I thought I’d wake up with a sore head on Monday from all the drinks people were buying me at the post-race party at the finish line but I was fine.”
 
Meanwhile, on what was a great weekend for Hercules Wimbledon’s women’s runners, the club filled the top three women’s places in the Wimbledon Common park run on Saturday with Lisa Thomas taking the honours and celebrating her 50th birthday by setting a Hercules Wimbledon club record of 20 minutes 17 seconds. It was also the top age-graded performance. She was only three seconds outside her best time this year in posting her fifth parkrun women’s win of 2015.
 
Making it a Hercules Wimbledon top three were Gina Galbraith (20:32) and Medena Knespl (20:46). Best of the 21 Hercules Wimbledon runners in action on Saturday was Adam Harwood who finished fifth out of 343 runners in 18:27 with 13-year-old Henry Silverstein, one of the youngest runners in the event, seventh in 18:55.
 
Another Hercules Wimbledon teenager, Sam Barker, also 13, chopped 41 seconds off his previous best in posting a personal best 19:08 in 10th place just ahead of club mate Simon Bodle (19:20), the top veteran over 50 finisher. Charles Hampden-Smith  was second over 50 finisher taking 17th place in 20:02 and just beating fellow over 50 veteran Adam Fenton to the line by line second.
 
A second Hercules Wimbledon parkrun winner was Chris Ore who took the honours at Burgess Park in 16:58, slicing six seconds off his previous best set a fortnight earlier as he beat the 17 minute barrier for the first time. Meanwhile, Rob Tuer was just 10 seconds behind the winner in finishing third in the Bishop’s Park event in 16:49.
 
Hercules Wimbledon’s Anna Garnier won the women’s over 60 title in the European Veterans cross country championships in Torun, Poland, on Friday, covering the 5km in 18:17 to win by more than one-and-a-half minutes. Also in Europe, Matthew Sharp finished 41st out of 5860 runners in the Stamlilano half-marathon in Milan, Italy, on Sunday.
This weekend a contingent of Hercules Wimbledon runners are off to the Isle of Man to take part in the island’s annual Easter running festival starting on Good Friday and ending on Easter Monday.
24-03-15 -RECORD-BREAKING WARM-UP FOR LONDON

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s top woman marathon runner, Claire Grima, warmed-up for next month’s Virgin London Marathon by breaking her own club record in posting a lifetime best in the Reading half-marathon on Sunday.
 
Grima, 37, crossed the finishing line in one hour 18 minutes 42 seconds to chop 64 seconds off her previous best and Hercules Wimbledon women’s record set in the same race last year. However, this year, the Reading promotion, which incorporated the England championships, was staged over a new, faster course although the blustery conditions slowed the 13000 plus runners taking part.
 
Grima finished 237th overall and was 19th woman and sixth veteran woman to cross the line. Husband Dave also posted a lifetime best time in finishing 204th in 1:17:19 to improve by 26 seconds on the time he posted in the Brighton half-marathon in February last year.
 
He was the second Hercules Wimbledon finisher on Sunday. Top runner from the club was Joe Clark, who also posted a lifetime best in finishing 87th in 1:12:20. Clark, who also runs in the London marathon, took almost three minutes off his previous best half-marathon time.
 
Second Hercules Wimbledon finisher was another London marathon entrant, Rob Tuer, who was 232nd at Reading in 1:18:23. Over 45 woman veteran, who missed the weekend’s Wimbledon Common park run where she is a regular racer, competing almost 200 times, also posted a personal best time of 1:29:05, improving on her time of 1:30:33 set in the Ealing half-marathon last September.
 
Another Hercules Wimbledon runner in the London Marathon, Tom Cheetham, continued his preparations by competing for the 18th time in the Hastings half-marathon on Sunday where he was 95th out of 3000 runners in 1:27:43. He as eighth in the veteran over 45 category. His best time of 1:26:58 was achieved last year.
 
Running the longest race of his life, Matthew Gibbons finished third lot of 564 runners in the Saloman City Rail Richmond 10km road race on Sunday in 36:21. Veteran Peter Collins was fifth in a personal best of 38:14, slicing more than a minute for his previous best set in 2012. Kieran White was fourth over 35 veteran in the Eastleigh 10km road race on Sunday in 32:44. He was 23rd overall out of 2152 runners.
 
Hercules Wimbledon runners took top places in both the men’s and women’s categories in the Bishop’s Park 5km park run in Fulham on Saturday. Dominic Kiralfyi, who is also doing the London marathon, made a winning debut heading home the 226-strong field in 16:05, to also post the top age-graded performance of the day. Isabelle Ellis was first woman in 20:56 while her younger sister Emily, 13, was fourth woman finisher in a personal best of 22:11, taking 56 seconds off her previous best time. Best of the 15 Hercules Wimbledon runners in the Wimbledon Common event was Stuart Fraser, contesting his first parkrun since November, taking fourth place in 18:16
 
Hercules Wimbledon runners are competing in the final East Surrey League fixture of the season, a four mile road race, at Ewell Court next Thursday (April 2nd), starting at 7pm. 
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17-03-15 - QUARTET OF PARK RUN WINNERS

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club enjoyed another successful weekend with a record-equaling number of victories in Saturdays parkrun races.
 
Jonathan Cornish posted his ninth consecutive win in heading home 302 runners in the Richmond Park event covering the 5km in 16 minutes 43 seconds to win by exactly a minute with his Hercules Wimbledon club mate Jack Collins finishing third in 17:45.
 
Rob Tuer beat a 252-strong field to post his first win in four appearances in the Longrun Meadow event in Taunton, clocking 16:42 to chop more than a minute off his previous best time for the course set on Christmas Day last year.
 
Hercules Wimbledon also had two women winners with Isabelle Ellis triumphant in Bishop’s Park, Fulham, in 19:17, and Lisa Thomas continuing her winning streak on Wimbledon Common in 20:14, where she once again posted the top age-graded performance.
 
Top Hercules Wimbledon finisher out of 315 runners on Wimbledon Common was teenager Henry Silverstein who smashed his previous best for the course with 18:32 in fifth place. He chopped 75 seconds off his previous best time for the event which was achieved at the end of February.
 
Neil Fraser, competing in the event for the first time, was eighth in 19:04 with over 40 veteran Felix Allen 11th in 19:16 and Charles Hampden-Smith 16th and top over 50 finisher in 19:43.
 
Joe Toomey took 70 seconds off his previous best time in finishing fourth out of 200 runners in Finsbury Park in 17:11 while Chris Ore was runner-up out of 142 runners in Burgess Park in 17:04, shaving four seconds off his previous best time for the course set exactly a year ago. James Moorcroft was also fourth in his debut appearance in the Brandon County Park event in Suffolk clocking 19:28.
 
Down under, Hercules Wimbledon’s David Scrimshaw was sixth out of 164 runners in the Cornwall Park race in Auckland, New Zealand in 19:55.
 
On the road, Hercules Wimbledon’s Dom Kiralyfi finished sixth out of almost 5000 runners in the Vitality North London Half Marathon from Allianz Park to Wembley Stadium and back again on Sunday in 1:13:25.
 
Hercules Wimbledon’s Tom Cheetham was second over 45 veteran in the Thames Meander Marathon in Kingston on Saturday in 3:06:48 while club mate Caroline Jackson was fourth in the women’s race in 3:22:04.
 
Hercules Wimbledon veteran Peter Giles followed up his British title-winning indoor track double at Lee Valley the previous weekend by taking the silver medal in the over 70 category in the British Masters 6km cross country championships in Ruithiun, Wales, in 27:33.
 
This weekend Hercules Wimbledon are competing in a cross country match in Richmond Park on Saturday, hosted by the Bank of England Athletic Club. The race starts at Sheen cross roads at 3pm. There is are races for young athletes over 3.3 miles and for seniors over six miles.
 
Hercules Wimbledon are holding their annual general meeting and awards evening at the Wimbledon Park Golf Club next Wednesday (March 25th), starting at 7.30pm.
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10-03-15 - STUNNING ENGLAND DEBUT FOR MILLER

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s outstanding young sprinter Rechmial Miller made a superb international debut when he raced for England in an under 20 indoor international meeting against Wales in Cardifff on Sunday.
 
Miller,16, stormed to victory in his 60m race in 6.78 seconds to better his previous best time of 6.81 set when finishing fourth in the England championships in Sheffield the previous weekend but, more significantly, smashing the meeting record of 6.8 which was set by Olympic sprinter Harry Akines-Aryeetey in 2011.
 
It crowned an impressive indoor season for Miller, who helped England to a comfortable team victory in the match, during which he also took the silver medal in the South of England under 20 indoor 60m championship in January.
 
Hercules Wimbledon athletes at the other end of the age scale were also in fine form at true British Masters Indoor Championships at Lee Valley, North London, where they lifted a total of five titles. Best of the bunch was Anna Garnier who produced a double gold medal winning performance taking the women’s over 60 1500 and 3000m titles in Herculkes Wimbledon club record times of 5:30.58 and 11:44.59.
 
Former Scottish Commonwealth Games pole vaulter Alison Murray won the women’s over 45 category with club record of 3.11m while Pete Giles took the men’s over 70 1500m in 5:20.08. Completing the gold medal-winning squad was Dominic Bokor-Ingram who won the men’s over 45 400m title in 54.66.
 
Giles completed a successful weekend by taking the British Masters men’s over 70 10 miles road running title at Sidcup on Sunday in a Hercules Wimbledon club record time of 1:10:57.
 
Hercules Wimbledon’s Dimos Evangelidis headed home a 113-strong field to win the Ellis Trophy inter-club 3.8 miles cross country race in warm sunshine in Richmond Park on Saturday in 21:07 in s print finish in which the second runner clocked the same time. Barnaby Woods was top under 20 finisher taking sixth place in 21:16 with Phil Glynn seventh in 22:13 and Ben Tatters top under 15 finisher taking 10th place in 22:38.
 
Hercules Wimbledon’s Cassian Hyde was in action for Surrey in the UK Inter-Counties cross country championships in Cofton Park, Birmingham, on Saturday. He helped the under 20 team to the bronze medals finishing 85th out of the 186 runners in his race.
 
Hercules Wimbledon’s Lisa Thomas continued her domination of the women’s event in the Wimbledon Common park run on Saturday when she again posted a win in 20:27 finishing 18th overall out of more than 300 runners. She was among 14 Hercules Wimbledon runners in the event. Top Hercules Wimbledon finisher was Adam Harwood who finished fourth in 18:46. Simon Bodle was second veteran over 50 finisher in seventh place in 19:40.
 
Heather Letley was third woman finisher in the Great Lines Park park run in Gillingham where she was 38th out of 248 runners in 23:00. 
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3-03-15 - TWO IN ENGLAND SPRINT FINAL AND RECORD PARKRUN WINNERS
 
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club enjoyed another successful weekend with a record number of victories in Saturdays parkrun races and two of the clubs young sprinters reaching the same final at the England indoor Championships in Sheffield.
 
However teenager Rechmial Miller just missed out on a medal in the under 20 60m sprint finishing fourth in 6.84 seconds with club ate Theo Etienne sixth in 6.99. It was the first time for almost half a century that Hercules Wimbledon had two representatives in the same national sprint final. Earlier Miller, the South of England and silver medallist, posted a lifetime best time of 6.81 in winning his semi-final race. Etienne was also faster in the semi-final where he clocked 6.93.
 
Miller looked set for at least a medal after winning his first round heat in 6.94the third fastest of the 78 sprinters.
However, he just missed out but had the consolation of at least posting a lifetime best time in Sheffield.
 
Meanwhile Hercules Wimbledon runners had a record number of successes in Saturdays parkrun events.
 
Ben Toomer headed home a 276 strong field at Chipping Sodbury winning by 11 seconds in 16:54. Eileen Bradley was third in the women's race. Rob Tuer also triumphed in Bishop's Park, Fulham, where he clocked 16:33 to slice 15 seconds of his previous best time set in June 2014. It was also his first win in the event since August last year.
 
Lisa Thomas returned to winning ways in the Wimbledon Common parkrun where she took the women's event in 20:42 to post the top age graded performance of the day. Top Hercules Wimbledon finisher on the common was over 50 veteran Simon Bobrow who finished fourth in 19:42 out of almost 250 runners. Twelve-year-old Henry Silverstein, one of the youngest runners in the event, finished fifth in a personal best of 19:47 to slice seven seconds of his previous best set last November.
 
Completing the quartet of winners was Francesca Clarke who took the women's event in the Richmond parkrun.
Meanwhile on Sunday, Hercules Wimbledon's Ellen Weir was top girl finisher in the Wimbledon Park junior 2km parkrun.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon conclude their cross country programme with an interclub match in Richmond Park on Saturday. The event starts and finishes near the Pembroke Lodge car park. Runners set off at 3pm. 
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24-02-15 - SPRINT TRIO CHASING NATIONAL TITLES

Three of Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s top young sprinters will be chasing titles in the England Athletics age group indoor championships in Sheffield this weekend.
 
Brothers Rechmial and Chad Miller will be aiming to add to their South of England medals where they both took silver in their respective 60m championships at Lee Valley. Rechmial, who is ranked sixth in the UK this winter, will be going in the under 20 category. He took the under 17 gold medal in 2014.
 
Chad, who took silver in the South of England 200m championship at lee Valley, goes in the under 17 60m event in Sheffield.
 
However, the strongest Hercules Wimbledon title contender is Theo Etienne in the under 20 60m sprint where he is ranked second in Britain this season with his 6.80 seconds timing at an indoor meeting at Lee Valley at the beginning of the month. Etienne, who finished seventh in last year's England championships, was ranked fourth in the UK over the distance in 2014.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's UK under 13 60m record-holder Jaleel Roper who has just celebrated his 12th birthday earlier this month, showed another impressive turn of speed with a hat-trick of victories in an open meeting at Lee Valley over the weekend. He won his first round 60m race in 7.57 and then speeded up to 7.53, just one-hundredths of a second outside his UK record, in winning his round two race. He also won his 200m race in 24.77, just eighth-hundredths of a second outside his lifetime best.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's cross country runners produced their best performances for half-a-century in the English national cross country championships at Parliament Hill Fields on Saturday. Fred Slemeck, finishing 69th out of more than 2000 runners in the senior men's championship, led the team to 21st place in the six-to-score contest, which equalled the club's 21st place at Luton in 1979. Other members of the team were Joe Toomey (208th), Jonathan Cornish (214th), Kieran White (231st), Matt Sharp (246th) and Joe Clark (269th). There were 145 teams in the six-to-score contest. Sharp was racing the day after competing in the Armagh International 5km road race where he was 75th in a personal best of 15:28.59. It chopped 19 seconds off his previous best set at Battersea Park in June 2013.
 
Hercules Wimbledon posted their highest-ever placing in the nine-to-score event finishing 15th out of 74 teams. The three additional Hercules Wimbledon scorers were Rob Tuer (406th), Stuart Fraser (490th) and Phil Glynn (559th). A total of 19 Hercules Wimbledon runners completed the senior men's race.
 
Continuing her build-up for April's London Marathon, Hercules Wimbledon's Claire Grima finished 36th out of 865 runners in the senior women's championship, the highest finishing position by a club runner since Bridget Cushen was 31st in 1973. Lisa Thomas (202nd), Eileen Bradley (446th) and Kirsty Wheeler (628th)  completed the team which finished 42nd , the second highest ever placing in the club's history and second only to 32nd place in 1979.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's Cassian Hyde beat a 900-strong field to post his first-ever win in the Bushy Park 5km parkrun on Saturday. He was runner-up twice in 17 appearances in the event in June and October 2013. He won by nine second in 16:42, 17 seconds slower than his best time for the course. A second parkrun winner was Francesca Clarke who took the women's race in the Kingston event in 21:14 finishing alongside husband Dave who was top veteran over 55 finisher.
 
Adam Harwood was the best of 14 Hercules Wimbledon runners in the Wimbledon Common event finishing fourth out of 252 runners in 19:06. Meanwhile, Gina Galbraith was fourth woman finisher on her debut appearance in the Brockenhurst parkrun in 20:23.Completing a hat-trick of Hercules Wimbledon parkrun wins, Sophie Elder was top girl in the Wimbledon Park junior 2km parkrun on Sunday in 10:13.
 
On the road, Hercules Wimbledon'sd Dom Kiralyfi was second out of 1377 runners in the Hampton Court half-marathon on Sunday 1:11:35, just 14 second behind the winner.
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17-02-15 - ROPER BREAKS UK SPRINT RECORD AGAIN

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s talented young sprinter, Jaleel Roper, improved on his own UK under 13 boys indoor 60m sprint record when he lifted the Surrey title at the David Weir Leisure Centre, Carshalton, over the weekend.
 
Racing just six days after celebrating his 12th birthday, first cruised to a comfortable win in his heat in 7.72 seconds, easily the fastest of the 18 first round competitors. He then speeded up dramatically to take his semi-final in a much faster 7.52 to smash the 7.54 UK record he set in winning the London Indoor Games title last month which itself improved on the 7.56 record he set in the South London Athletics Network Open Meeting at the David Weir Leisure Centre on January 4th.
 
Roper then went on to take the final in a fractionally slower 7.53 which was itself inside his previous record mark. "It was a really impressive series of runs," said his coach, Paul Miller. "Our next target is the England indoor championships in Sheffield at the end of the month. He will be competing in the under 15 age group and against much older runners it will be a good experience for him."
 
A second Hercules Wimbledon young sprinter, Miles Ayoola, who is only in his first winter of athletics under the guidance of coach Miller, took the bronze medal in 8.39 after winning his heat (8.42) and finishing second in his semi-final (8.51).
 
Another Hercules Wimbledon title-winner at Carshalton was long jumper Emily Martin who improved on her silver medal in the senior women's competition last year to take the gold medal with a leap of 5.56m. Clubmate David Harris picked up a bronze medal in the senior men's pole vault.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's Surrey 400m representative Dwayne Cowan showed his best indoor form for the distance when he competed in the Sainsbury's Indoor British Championships in Sheffield over the weekend. He was runner-up in his heat in 47.67 and was then second in his semi-final in 48.10 on Sunday before finishing fifth in the final later in the day in 48.26. It was only his second indoor meeting. A fortnight earlier he won his 400m race on his indoor debut in the Ireland Indoor Games in Athlone in 48.49.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's long serving official, Pete Mulholland, already crowned England Athletics London Region Volunteer of the Year for 2014, received another accolade at the Active Wandsworth Awards. Mullholland, 75, who has been involved in the sport for 50 years, was voted the winner of the outstanding services to sport and physical activity in Wandsworth for 2014. Another winner was Hercules Wimbledon's general secretary Sheila White who took an award in the voluntary services to sport category.
 
Hercules Wimbledon secured a hat-trick of winners in last weekend's parkrun 5km races. Lisa Thomas and Gina Galbraith were top women finishers on Wimbledon Common and Chichester while Madeleine Casey was top girl finisher in the Wimbledon Park junior park run over 2km on Sunday. Teenager Jack Collins came close to making it another win when he finished runner-up out of 323 runners in the Richmond Park event.
 
Top HerculesWimbledon finisher on Wimbledon Common was Adam Harwood, who was third. Harwood won the event the previous weekend. Thomas completed a weekend double when she took the women's veterans over 45 prize in the Valentine 10km road race at Chessington on Sunday.
 
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's cross country runners will be in action in the English championships being staged on what is considered the spiritual home of cross country running, Parliament Hill Fields, North London, on Saturday.
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10-02-15 -YOUNGSTERS END SEASON ON WINNING HIGH

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s young athletes set the pace in the final 2XU Surrey Men’s cross country league meeting of the season in Richmond Park with an impressive team win.
 
They were led in by Jack Collins who finished fifth out of 46 runners in the joint under 15 and under 17-year-olds race covering the 2.84 miles in 16 minutes 12 seconds. With Ben Tatters 10th in 16:31, Zac Purnell 12th in 16:35 and Matt Gibbons 13th in 16:36 the gold and red sash-vested Hercules Wimbledon youngsters saw off the opposition to post their first team win of the season.
 
Daniel Illis and George Trimm were 14th and 17th out of 43 runners in the under 13’s race in 18:00 and 18:18, respectively, to lead Hercules Wimbledon to fifth team place.
 
The club’s senior team also finished strongly to take fourth spot out of the nine competing Division One teams. There were a bumper 28 Hercules Wimbledon runners in the 174-strong field and leading the way home was Fred Slemeck who was 12th covering the 5.65 miles in 30:14. Ben Toomer was 21st in 30:33, Matthew Sharp 25th in 30:47, Kieran White 31st in 30:51, Jonathan Cornish 39th in 31:17, Joe Clark 41st in 31:26, Barnaby Woods 58th and third under 20 in 32:17, just one place and three seconds ahead of Rob Tuer, with Phil Glynn 71st in 32:50 and Alex Bellew 73rd in 32:54 completing the scoring team of 10 runners.
 
Meanwhile, Hercules Wimbledon’s Claire Grima was top woman veteran over 35 finisher in the final 2XU Surrey Ladies League Division One race on Farthing Downs, Coulsdon. She was fourth out of 163 runners in 31:47, leading the Hercules Wimbledon team in. Over 40 veteran Gina Galbraith was 27th in 33:05 with Alice Ebbage, making her Hercules Wimbledon debut, 32nd in 36:02, Alison Purnell 76th in 39:34 and Francesca Clarke 77th in 39:38, completing the scoring team.
 
Hercules Wimbledon’s Adam Harwood headed home a 306-strong field to win the Wimbledon Common 5km parkrun by 18 seconds on Saturday in 18:34. It was his first park run victory in 71 races dating back to June 2009. For the second weekend, his Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Simon Bodle was the top veteran over 50 finisher in 19:33, with Richard Fenton and John Krause second and third in the over 50 category in 19:56 and 20:03.
 
Hercules Wimbledon had another park run winner in Richmond Park where Amelia Casey was first woman in a personal best of 21:25, a 22 second improvement on her previous best time set in November.
 
Hercules Wimbledon’s Caroline Jackson was top veteran over 35 woman finisher in the Run Eton Dorney 10km race in Berkshire in 41:55, a personal best time for the distance by almost a minute.
 
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon athletes will be in action in the Surrey Indoor track and field championships being held at the David Weir Leisure Centre, Carshalton, on Saturday and Sunday. Sprinting brothers Chad and Rechmial Miller, who both took silver medals in the South of England Championships 60m events at Lee Valley athletics centre last month are in action in the under 20 and under 17 60m while Jaleel Roper, who has twice broke the UK under 13 record this winter, is also entered on Saturday.
 
Just 48 hours later, Chad and Rechmial Miller fly out with a party of 16 Hercules Wimbledon athletes and officials for a seven-day trip to Cuba in the latest international exchange organised by Hercules Wimbledon’s Maurice Sharp.
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3-02-15 - NOW ETIENNE WINS AT LEE VALLEY

Another Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club young sprinter, Theo Etienne, showed impressive form at the London Indoor Games at Lee Valley over the weekend, following in the footsteps of UK under 13 record holder Jaleel Roper and teenage brothers Chad and Rechmial Miller, who took silver medals in the South of England indoor championships, in the preceding weekends.
 
Etienne, 18, last season's English schools senior boys 100m bronze medallist, opened his season in by winning the men's under 20 60m event at the London Indoor Games in 6.80 seconds, just four-hundredths of a second outside his personal best set in the Czech Republic last January. However, he was considerably faster than all his other 60m times last season when he took silver in the Surrey indoor championships 60m at the David Weir Leisure Centre in 6.85.
 
Etienne improved on his first round effort at Lee Valley of 6.83. The previous weekend, Roper twice bettered his own UK under 13 boys 60m record at Lee Valley with 7.55 and 7.54 first and second round victories. His times improved on the 7.56 UK record he broke in the South London Athletics Network open indoor meeting at the David Weir Leisure Centre at the beginning of January.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's veterans Lisa Thomas and Gina Galbraith were among a group of clubs runners who took part in two races on Wimbledon Common on Saturday in the space of a few hours. First, they were in action in the Wimbledon Common parkrun where they were first and second in the women's race in 20:32 and 20:42 and then went on to compete in the East Surrey League cross country relays four hours later. Thomas's run was the top age graded performance of the day.
 
Top Hercules Wimbledon finisher in the parkrun was one of the youngest runners in the race, 13-year-old Sam Barker who was fourth out of 224 runners in a personal best of 19:49. It chopped almost four minutes off his previous best of 23:29 set on his last appearance in the event in May last year. Simon Bodle was sixth and top over 50 finisher in 20:02 with Richard Evans 10th and second in the over 50 category in 20:23. Hercules Wimbledon provided top four veteran over 50 finishers with John Krause 18th in 21:07 and Charles Hampden-Smith, 19th in 21:10.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's Fred Slemeck was third out of 210 runners on his debut appearance in the Dulwich Park parkrun in 16:32. Teenager Jack Collins, also making his debut appearance in the event, was 10th out of 844 runners in the Bushy Park parkrun in 18:16. Josh Tatters, 12, also running in Bushy Park for the first time, was 34th in 19:52, three places ahead of clubmate Daniel Illis who clocked a personal best of 19:58.
 
Steeplechaser Rob Tuer was the fastest of the Hercules Wimbledon runners in the senior four-stage event in the East Surrey League cross country relays on Wimbledon Common. He clocked 10:19 for the 1,9 miles course in helping the team to third place. Over 45 veteran Stewart Bond (11:48), over 50 veteran Pete Clarke (11:01) and over 45 veteran Peter Lee (11:34) were other members of the team.
 
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's cross country runners are in action in ther final 2XU Surrey Men's and Ladies cross country league meetings of the season in Richmond Park and at Coulsdon, respectively. The men's races in Richmond Park start and finish near to the Pembroke Lodge car park with the young athletes 2.5 miles race off at 2.30pm and the senior five miles event starting at 3pm. The first race in the Surrey ladies League meeting on Farthing Downs is at 12noon with young athletes races following. in both matches, Hercules Wimbledon will be out to consolidate their Division One positions.
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27-01-15 - YOUNG ROPER BETTERS OWN UK MARK

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's Jaleel Roper underlined his potential and his status as one of Britain's most promising young sprinters when he bettered his own UK indoor boys under 13 60m record twice at the London Indoor Games at Lee Valley over the weekend.
 
Roper, who is still only 11, raced to victory in the opening round 60m dash in 7.55 seconds to shave just one-hundredth of a second off the record he set at the David Weir Leisure Centre, Carshalton, a fortnight earlier. Then, in the second round he again crossed the line first in 7.54, for another UK record-breaking performance, again by just one-hundredths of a second.
 
Roper was also in action in the 200m where he gained another win in 24.69 to shave one-hundredths of a second of his Hercules Wimbledon under 13 boys club record set at the SLAN Super 8 meeting at Wimbledon Park last August. His time ranks him 13th on the UK all-time list for his age group.
 
Roper was among a dozen Hercules Wimbledon sprinters in action at Lee Valley over the weekend. Teenager Ralphael Buckle twice improved his best times for the distance in winning his men's under 17 60m races in 7.32 and 7and 7.28 while Nathaniel Pongolati also clocked a personal best in winning his boys under 13 60m race in 8.98. Another under 13 sprinter, Miles Ayoola, clocked 8.36 and 8.37 in finishing behind Roper in both his race in third place. Josh Dillon also clocked a personal best 7.84 in winning his men's under 17 60m race. But, it proved a day of mixed fortunes for Dillon who was disqualified in the 200m for a false start.
 
Teenager Alice Keyser also clocked a personal best of 8.53 in winning her women's under 17 60m race. Another Hercules Wimbledon winner was Belmiro Costa who took the men's under 17 300m.
 
Two Hercules Wimbledon runners gained wins on parkrun 5km events on Saturday. Over 40 veteran Peter Collins headed home a 341-strong field on Wimbledon Common in 18:57 to gain only his second win there in 152 appearances. His first success came in November. Clubmate David Scrimshaw was fourth in 19:25 with Simon Bodle ninth and top veteran over 50 finisher in 19:54. Clubmate Richard Evans was 17th and third over 50 finisher in 20:25.
 
Lisa Thomas was second woman finisher in 20:48 before dashing off to Brighton to compete in the South of England cross country championships in Stanmer Park. Hercules Wimbledon's Gina Galbraith was also second woman to finish in the Bishop's Park event in Fulham.
 
Several hundred miles north of Wimbledon Common Joe Toomey triumphed in a 328-strong field in the Princes Park, Liverpool, parkrun in 17:01. He won by 10 seconds to gain only his second victory in six appearances in the Liverpool event. His first success there was in January 2013.
 
Teenager Jack Collins just missed out on making it a hat-trick of Hercules Wimbledon parkrun wins when he finished runner-up in Richmond Park out of 351 runners in 17:53. Amelia Casey was second woman finisher in 21:52. Over 40 veteran Francesca Clarke was fifth woman finisher in Bushy Park in 20:35. Felix Allen was third out of 134 runners in the Kingston event in 19:03.
 
After her parkrun, Lisa Thomas finished 105th out of 352 runners in the South of England senior women's cross country championship at Stanmer Park, Brighton. Jonathan Cornish led the Hercules Wimbledon contingent home in the senior men's championship finishing 77th  out of 857 runners. Matthew Sharp was 117th and Joe Clark 143rd.
 
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon host the annual East Surrey League cross country relays on Wimbledon Common. The races start and finish on the common at the corner of The Causeway and West Place. The under 13 race starts at 2pm with the other young athletes and seniors going off at 2.30pm.
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20-01-15 - MILLER'S FINE FLYING START TO 2015
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's double England sprint champion Rechmial Miller made a superb start to his 2015 racing programme when he took the silver medal in the South of England indoor 60m championship at Lee Valley Athletics Centre on Saturday.
 
Miller, who won the England under 17 indoor 60m and outdoor 100m titles ast year, was having his first race since moving up to the under 20 age group. In his first meeting in the older age group, 16-year-old Miller was just edged out of another gold medal as he smashed his previous best for 60m of 6.92  set when winning his first South of England title at Lee Valley last year, in taking the silver medal in 6.83.
 
Miller showed both his ability and strength by speeding up as he progressed through the rounds. He seemed odds-on favourite for the title after comfortably winning his heat in 6.95, the fastest of the 21 semi-final qualifiers. He speeded up to 6.96 to win his semi-final where he was the only runner to clock inside seven seconds but Enfield's Reuben Arthur, who had ambled to an easy heat win, stepped up a few gears to win his semi in 6.87 and then the final in 6.82, edging the Hercules Wimbledon sprinter by just one-hundredths of a second - less than the thickness of a vest.
 
Miller emulated the achievement of his younger brother, Chad, who, at Lee Valley the previous weekend, took the silver medal in the South of England men's under 17 indoor 200m championship.
 
Like his younger brother he is coached by his dad, Paul, himself a former Surrey 100m champion. Proud dad Paul said: "For both of them to move up an age group and just miss out on gold medals is something. of an achievement.. They are right in there in the mix and look to have an impressive year ahead of them."
 
Best of the 10 Hercules Wimbledon runners in action in Veteran Athletic Club's 4.8 miles cross country championships on Wimbledon Common on Saturday was Paul Lemmon who finished ninth of the 48 runners in 29:22.
 
Connor Bindler was the best performing Hercules Wimbledon youngster among half-a-dozen club runners in the Surrey Schools cross country championships at Reigate Priory on Saturday. He was 13th in the senior boys championship in 26:48. Emma Headley was 14th in the senior girls race and Matthew Gibbons was 16th in the intermediate boys championship.
 
Leading Hercules Wimbledon finisher in the Wimbledon Common 5km parkrun on Saturday was Adam Harwood who was fourth out of 361 runners in 19:00. Zac Purnell was fifth in 19:42. Jack Collins was sixth out of 397 runners in Richmond Park in 17:39 with Ben Tatters 17th in 18:57.
 
Gina Galbraith was third woman finisher in Bishop's Park, Fulham, in a personal best time of 19:23. She finished 24 seconds ahead of clubmate Lisa Thomas.
 
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's cross country runners are in action in the South of England cross country championships at Stanmer Park, Brighton, on Saturday while the club's young athletes are due in action in the last of this winter's Surrey Sportshall Meetings at the Spectrum Leisure Centre, Guildford. 
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13-01-15 - SUPER SILVER FOR TEENAGER CHAD

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's teenage sprinter Chad Miller completed a hectic weekend at the South of England indoor championships at Lee Valley Athletics Stadium, North London, by taking the silver medal in the men's under 17 200m final on Sunday. It underlined his impressive start to 2015 after posting a lifetime best 60m time on New Year's Day.
 
The 14-year-old clinched the medal in his sixth race of the weekend in a lifetime best of 23.06 seconds, missing out on the gold medal by less than half-a-second. It was the first time he had run 200m indoors and his time improved on his 23.25 clocked on the outdoor track at Lee Valley last August. He did clock a faster wind-assisted 22.87 in taking the bronze medal in the England championships at Bedford in the same month.
 
What impressed Miller's coach, his dad Paul, himself a former Surrey 100m champion, was the way the young sprinter improved through the rounds. He won his heat in 23.65 and then took the semi-final in a faster 23.43 before going even faster in the final just half-an-hour later.
 
The previous day, young Chad was in action in the 60m championship. After finishing second in both his heat and semi-final in 7.31 and 7.25, he finished sixth in the final in a slower 7.37. "After the 60m, I thought about pulling him out of the 200m," said dad Paul. "But, I'm pleased I let him run. He is an impressively determined young runner."
 
Chad started the year in style by clocking a lifetime best 60m in the Lee Valley New Year Open on January 1st in winning his race in 7.22 to on his 7.45 set in finishing seventh in the England indoor championships in Sheffield last March. Last year Chad won the South of England 100m title, took silver medals in the South of England indoor 60m and Surrey outdoor 100 and 200m championships and climaxed 2014 by taking silver and bronze medals in the England 100 and 200m championships at Bedford at the end of August.
 
Chad Miller is not the only Hercules Wimbledon young gun to have started 2015 in style. Jaleel Roper, who won't be 12  until next month, smashed the UK Boys under 13 indoor 60m record at the South London Athletics Network's indoor open meeting at the David Weir Leisure Centre, Sutton.
 
Running indoor for the first time, he clocked 7.56 in the fastest of his three races in 7.56 to slice three-hundredths of a second off the previous best UK mark set by London Schools 100m champion William Andoh at Newham in February last year. Roper, another member of Paul Miller's talented squad, clocked 7.58 and 7.59 in his other two races which impressive broke and equalled the previous UK record.
 
Suffering from the absence of some of their key runners and with Jonathan Cornish getting stuck in traffic and starting about five minutes behind the field, could only manage seventh team place in the third of this season's 2XU Surrey Men's League Division One cross country races in Streatham Common. They were led home by Matthew Sharp in 21st place closely followed by Joe Clark (22nd)and Kieran White (26th).With one match remaining, Hercules Wimbledon are in a comfortable fifth place.
 
Best of the youngsters was Jack Collins who finished fourth out of more than 50 runners in the under 17 race, leading the Hercules Wimbledon team to second place. Alexander Abrahams was top under 13 race finisher taking 13th spot out of 40 runners and leading the team to fourth place.
 
Marathon running Claire Grima led the Hercules Wimbledon runners home in the 2XU Surrey Ladies League Division One senior women's race on Wimbledon Common. She finished 10th out of more than 200 runners with Gina Galbraith 37th, Lisa Thomas 41st and Francesca Clarke 70th.Best of the Hercules Wimbledon runners in the youngsters' races were Madeleine Orenstein who was 13th out of more than 50 runners in the under 13 race and Isabelle Ellis who was 15th in the under 17 race.
 
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6-01-15 - TEAM MEDALS DOUBLE IN CROYDON MUD

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's cross country runners battled through wind, rain and mud to win two sets of team medals in the annual Surrey cross country championships at Lloyd Park,Croydon, on Saturday.
 
With three of last year's title-winning team missing from this year's line-up, Hercules Wimbledon's senior men did well to take the bronze team medals in typical cross country racing conditions missing out on silver by just three points. Ben Toomer and Liam White, who led the team to gold at Denbies Vineyard, Dorking, in 2014, were both absent along with James Davis who was the fourth scorer.
 
In their absence, it was left to Fred Slemeck to lead the mud-spattered gold and red vested Hercules Wimbledon runners home finishing 13th of the 236 runners and covering the 12km course in 43 minutes 33 seconds. Next was Joe Clark, 21st in 45:04 followed closely by Dominic Kiralfi (22nd in 45:07), Kieran White (26th in 45:52), Joe Toomey (27th in 45:37) and Matthew Sharp (30th in in 45:47). Hercules Wimbledon packed well with their scoring six runners completing the course before the first six scorers from the gold and silver medal-winning teams.
 
Other leading finishers were Alex Robinson (48th in 47:18) and Rob Tuer (53rd in 47:42) with George Longworth 64th in 48:18. Hercules Wimbledon had a record 18 runners in the senior race.
 
The other set of team medals were secured by the men's under 20 team of Cassian Hyde (10th in 20:30), Connor Bindler (12th in 20:35) and Barnaby Woods (15th in 20:55) who raced over 6km.
 
With husband David and sons Lucas and Jasper cheering her on, Claire Grima led the Hercules Wimbledon women's team to eighth place finishing 13th out of 129 runners covering the 8km course in 33:56. Gina Galbraith (37th inn 36:57), Lisa Thomas, who had earlier competed in the Wimbledon Common parkrun where she was third woman finisher (46th in 37:28) and Alison Purnell (65th in 39:20) completed the scoring team. Francesca Clarke (66th in 39:36) finished just outside the scoring quartet.
 
A total of 48 Hercules Wimbledon runners competed in the eight championship races. Zoe Illis was 13th in the under 20 women's 5.7km race in 29:07, and Ruby Shipton was 27th in the women's under 17 championship over the same distance in 32:33. Isabelle Ellis was 21st in the under 15 girls 4km race in 18:16while Madeleine Orenstein was the best of four Hercules Wimbledon runners in the under 13 girls 3km championship finishing 23rd in 12:28 and leading the team to 10th place.
 
Jack Collins led a trio of Hercules Wimbledon runners home in the men's under 17 6km championship finishing 11th in 21:22. Zac Purnell was 18th in the boys under 15 4km championship in 15:47 leading the club's runners to sixth team place. Daniel Illis led the Hercules Wimbledon runners home in the boys under 13 3km championship finishing 30th in 11:32. The team finished ninth.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's Jonathan Cornish clinched his place in the county team for the UK Inter-Counties championships in Birmingham in March when he finished seventh in the Oxfordshire cross country championships at Culham on Sunday.
More than a dozen Hercules Wimbledon runners were in action in the 60m sprints in the South London Athletics Network indoor meeting at the David Weir Leisure Centre, Sutton, on Sunday. Best of the batch was Philip Mauge who won his first round race in 7.03.
 
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club runners are competing in the third of this season's 2XU Surrey Men's and Ladies Leagues cross country meetings on Saturday on Streatham and Wimbledon Commons, respectively.
 
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