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29-03-16 - GALBRAITH QUALIFIES FOR WORLD CHAMPS
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s Gina Galbraith is celebrating qualifying for
the Duathlon World Championships which are being staged in Spain this summer - after competing
in her first-ever duathlon competition in Bedfordshire.
Galbraith, 39, clinched her place in the British team with an outstanding debut
performance in the fog-shrouded Bedford Autodrome Duathlon, a qualifying competition for the World
She finished 32nd out of more than 70 competitors and was sixth in the 40-44
age category which proved sufficient to make the team. The foggy conditions were no handicap for
Gina who got off to a flying start as she completed the initial 5km run in 18 minutes 41 seconds,
to finish second in her age category, just 13 seconds behind the age group winner. She slipped down
the overall rankings in the 20km bike ride where she clocked 38:01 but then bounced back in
the final 2.5km run where she clocked the third fastest time of 10:59, 43 seconds behind the
She lost about a minute on the two transitions but is confident she can
improve. She posted a total time of 1:10:09 about five minutes behind the event winner.
A delighted Gina said: “ Despite the surreal fog, or maybe even because of it,
I believed I could do it. I focussed on my strength and ran faster than I have ever run in my
entire life.” She added: “My transitions and my bike need work for sure but I did it. I qualified
to represent Great Britain in the 40-44 age group.” The World Championships are being held in
Aviles on June 4th and 5th.
Then she revealed a secret behind her success: “Twelve years ago I studied
hypnosis – not because I ever wanted to be a hypnotist but because I’m fascinated by communication
and was intrigued to learn more about the power of suggestion and sub-conscience. How small tweaks
to the way in which we approach things, think about things or the language we use can have
incredibly positive outcomes. You might be cynical about the “Power of Positive Thinking” but it’s
hard to argue with the fact that achieving something is far easier and more likely if you approach
it on the basis that you can succeed rather than you can’t or won’t.
“Anyway, the long and the short of it is that I decided that I really, really
wanted to wear a Great Britain trisuit with GALBRAITH across the back of it. So much so in fact
that I wasn’t prepared to let any limiting beliefs about what I might achieve, given I had never
actually done a duathlon in my life and I only started riding a road bike six weeks ago, get in the
way of my personalised GBR trisuit goal.”
Hercules Wimbledon’s Belal Ahmed posted a lifetime best time when he raced
through pouring rain in the IAAF World half-marathpn championship in Cardiff on Saturday.
Representing Egypt, he finished 77th in 1:11:29, taking almost two minutes off his previous best
set on his debut appearance over the distance in Wokingham last month.
Hercules Wimbledon had two parkrun race winners last Saturday. Jonathan Cornish
beat a 300-strong field to win by 59 seconds in Richmond Park in 16:33 while youngster Ellen Weir,
12, was top female finisher on the Isle of Wight in 20:57.
Hercules Wimbledon runners were runners-up in both the men’s and women’s
categories on Wimbledon Common with Edward Charlesworth second in the men’s race 18:12 and over 50
veteran Lisa Thomas second in the women’s race in 21:07, posting the top women’s age graded effort
of the day. It was Charlesworth’s third successive improvement after clocking 18:48 and 18:22 on
his two previous appearances on the Common. A total of 20 Hercules Wimbledon runners were in
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon open their track and field programme with both
men’s and women’s teams competing in the Kinnaird and Sward Trophies meeting at Kingsmeadow
Stadium. The match starts at 10am with the men’s hammer. The first track event is the men’s 400m
hurdles at 11.30am. The final track events are the men’s and women’s 4x400m relays at
22-03-16 - AHMED TO RUN IN WORLD CHAMPS
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s Belal Ahmed has been selected to run in the
IAAF World half-marathon championships which are being held in Cardiff on Saturday (March
Ahmed, 29, who has lived in London for almost a decade and joined Hercules
Wimbledon in 2007 will be making his international debut for his native Egypt. He has only run the
half-marathon distance once since arriving in this country and that was in February when he clocked
one hour 13 minutes 29 seconds in the Wokingham event.
He warmed up for the Cardiff by helping Hercules Wimbledon to 14th place in the
South of England 12-stage road relay championship at Gravesend on Sunday. Earlier this month, he
also made a winning parkrun debut at Highbury Fields earlier this month. In his only other two
races this year, he ran in the Hercules Wimbledon teams in the 2XU Surrey Men’s cross country
League Division One matches on Mitcham and Wimbledon Commons, helping the team to second place
overall, its best-ever placing.
Hercules Wimbledon athletes gained two gold medals in the British Masters Indoor
Championships at Lee Valley, North London. Peter Giles, 71, who took the 1500m silver medal in
last summer’s World Masters track and field championships in Lyon, France, successfully
defended the indoor title he won last year when he won the over 70 1500m gold medal in
5:32.32. He also took the 800m silver medal in 2:46.09, his fastest time for two years.
Relative youngster Dominic Bokor-Ingram, 48, also retained his British Masters
indoor title when he won the over 45 400m championship in 54.23 in his first competition of the
year. He ran faster than his 54.66 winning time in 2015. It was his first race since competing in
the World Masters Championships last summer.
Sprinter Mark White also got among the medals at Lee Valley when he took silver
in the over 40 200m in 25.40 after winning his heat in a faster 25.19. He was also fourth in the
400m and fifth in the 60m.
Hercules Wimbledon runners once again dominated the weekly Wimbledon Common 5km
parkrun on Saturday winning both the men’s and women’s categories. Richard McDowell completed a
hat-trick of Wimbledon Common wins as he headed home the near 300-strong field to win by seven
seconds in 17:06. Hercules Wimbledon fielded 15 runners in the event filling three of the top seven
places. Adam Harwood was sixth in 18:00 with teenager Henry Silverstein seventh in 18:02. Over 50
veteran Lisa Thomas, who has completed more than 200 Wimbledon Common parkruns, returned to winning
ways as she took the women’s event in 20:45, her first victory in the event since January.
Hercules Wimbledon’s Jonathan Cornish also completed a hat-trick of wins in
heading home a 1060-strong field to win at Bushy Park in a personal best of 15:40. His time took
three seconds off his best time for the course. His previous wins came in September and December
last year. Megan De Silva was top woman finisher in Richmond Park in 18:38 while Monica Crouse was
the third woman finisher on Tooting Common in 21:12.
Across the pond, Hercules Wimbledon’s Jonathan Burgess beat a 2000-plus strong
field to win the Little Rock 10km road race in Arkanas by more than eight minutes in 32:30.
Meanwhile, Harris Mier was runner-up for England in the junior boys 4km race in the Home Counties
Schools International in Falkirk, in 13:00, just six seconds behind the winner. Olly Laws was
second out of more than 3000 runners in the Hampton Court half-marathon on Sunday in
Ellen Weir was second scorer for the silver medal-winning Surrey girls under 13
team in the South East Schools Inter-Counties cross country match at Basingstoke, finishing seventh
out of 75 runners in the 2.5km race in 10:12. Selma Hegvold was 61st in the girls under 14 race 3km
Hercules Wimbledon are holding their annual general meeting and presentation of
awards at the Wimbledon Park Golf Club, Home Park Road, next Wednesday evening (March 30th)
starting at 7.30pm.
15-03-16 - GRIMA’S FINE WARM-UP FOR LONDON
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s Claire Grima warmed-up for next month’s
Virgin Money London Marathon with two fine performances over the weekend.
Hercules Wimbledon's Claire Grima (No 1323) on her way to helping Surrey
take the team bronze medals at Cofton Park, Birmingham
First, she helped Surrey clinch the bronze team medals in the senior women’s
8km race at the UK Inter-Counties cross country championships at Cofton Park, Birmingham, on
Saturday. She was the fourth Surrey finisher taking 52nd place in the 249-strong field in 32
minutes 53 seconds. It was the second time she competed for Surrey in the event and was a big
improvement on her debut appearance in 2014 when she was the county’s fifth finisher in taking 82nd
place out of 278 runners.
After collecting her medal in Birmingham, the 38-year-old mother of two
travelled west to Somerset where she raced with her husband Dave in the Bath half-marathon on
Sunday. She was the second women’s veteran finisher in 1:19:31, taking 118th place overall out of
11318 runners. It was her fastest half-marathon of the year, improving by almost a minute on her
performance in last month’s Wokingham event.
Meanwhile, husband Dave, 37, improved by exactly a minute on his time at
Wokingham in finishing 96th in 1:18:04. Claire will be competing in the London event for the 10th
time after making her debut in 2004. She missed two races to have sons Luca and Jasper. Her best
performance came last year when she clocked 2:44:39, which ranked her seventh women’s veteran over
35 in the UK. Dave will be competing in London for the seventh time. He also clocked a personal
best of 2:44:52 last year.
Hercules Wimbledon’s Dave Clarke, three times English senior men’s cross
country champion, who achieved his marathon lifetime best in winning in Stockholm in 1989 in
2:13:34, will also be competing in London again alongside wife Fran. Clarke, 58, who is now
Hercules Wimbledon chairman, continued his build-up for the April 24th event by competing in the
Spitfire 20 miles road race at Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey where he was top over 55 veteran in
2:07:53, finishing 14th overall out of almost 600 runners. Clarke, who returned to the sport in
2006 after a 10-year break, has a best London time of 2:45:45 set in 2010.
Another Hercules Wimbledon runner in action in Birmingham was Jonathan Cornish
who finished 76th out of 261 runners in the senior men’s 12km race in 41:58, representing
Hercules Wimbledon had a quintet of parkrun winners over the weekend. Fred
Slemeck was the best of 22 Hercules Wimbledon runners in the Wimbledon Common 5km event where
he headed home 312 runners. He won in a personal best of 17:00, slicing 17 seconds off his previous
best time made on his debut appearance in the event last October. Hercules Wimbledon runners filled
five of the top eight places with Joe Toomey second in 17:32, Jonny Earl fifth in 18:16, teenager
Edward Charlesworth sixth in a personal best of 18:22, taking 27 seconds off his previous best set
a fortnight earlier, and Peter Collins top veteran over 45 finisher taking eighth place in
Richard Evans, Simon Boddle and Charles Hampden-Smith were top three over 50
finishers in 19:35, 20:21 and 20:54, respectively, with Charles Lawrie top over 65 finisher in
Hercules Wimbledon’s Belal Ahmed headed home a 196-strong field in Highbury
Fields in a personal best of 16:48, taking 21 seconds off his previous best time on his debut
appearance last November. Matthew Sharp beat 222 other runners in Dulwich Park where he won in
16:16 with Megan De Silva top woman in 18:35. Ellen Weir won the Wimbledon Park junior 2km parkrun
on Sunday by almost a minute run 8:23. It was her fourth victory in the event.
Meanwhile, Sean Crummy finished third in the Thames Meander half-marathon in
Kingston in 1:24:21 while Tom Cheetham was 15th in the full marathon event. Caroline Jackson was
top woman veteran finisher in the Palos Marathon in Cyprus in 3:36:49 where she was 31st overall
out of 181 runners.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon runners are in action in the South of England
men’s 12-stage and women’s six-stage road relay championships at Gravesend, Kent, on Sunday.
8-03-16 - TEENAGER ETIENNE SHOWS FINE FORM
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s teenage sprint starlet Theo Etienne
completed a superb week by finishing within a stride of British international Richard Kilty in a
European indoor permit meeting in the Czech Republic last weekend.
Etienne, 19, was just five-hundredths of a second behind Kilty in the Jablonec
Indoor Gala Meeting in a lifetime best of 6.56 seconds behind Kilty’s 6.50, which is the fastest
time in Europe this year. Both Etienne and Kilty broke the stadium record held by former World 100m
champion Kim Collins of St Kitts and Nevis, who represented his country at four
Etienne’s performance came a week after he just missed out on a medal in the
British Indoor Championships at Sheffield where he finished fourth in 6.60, equalling his previous
personal best set at an international indoor meeting in Finland at the beginning of last month. His
run in the Czech Republic also confirmed his ranking as Britain’s top under 23 60m sprinter this
Paul Miller, the former Surrey sprint champion, and now a coach with Hercules
Wimbledon, who launched Etienne on his athletics career, said: “This has been a superb week for
Etienne who is going faster and faster. He has improved on his best time six times this winter
which is a fantastic achievement.”
Jablonec has proved a happy hunting ground for Etienne. It was there, in
January 2014 that he posted his best 60m time before this season of 6.76.
Hercules Wimbledon's sprint trio of Chad Miller, Theo Etienne and Nimi Kolade
after racing in Jablonec, Czech Republic.
Etienne was one of a small five-strong Hercules Wimbledon group in
action in the Czech Republic, continuing a long series of international exchanges by the club. Miller’s
younger son, Chad, who will be 16 at the end of this month, also clocked a personal best time of 7.12
in winning the 60m C race. It was his first race over the distance for more than a year and sliced
five-hundredths of a second off his previous best time set at the 2015 Surrey indoor championships. It
ranks him in the top 12 in the UK under 17 age group this winter.
Another of Miller’s coaching group, Nimi Kolade, was just two-hundredths of a
second outside his lifetime best set in winning the Surrey under 20 title a fortnight earlier in
finishing fourth in the B race in 7.08.
Hercules Wimbledon’s Harris Mier, now based in Cornwall, posted the best
performance of his young life when he won the English Schools junior boys cross country title at
Wollaston Park, Nottingham.
Hercules Wimbledon’s youngsters finished their cross country season on a high
with a string of good performances in an inter-club cross country match in Richmond Park. The club
provided the top two girl finishers in the 2.74 young athletes race with Isabelle Ellis and Selma
Hegvold taking seventh and 10th places out of the 28 finishers. Matty Wall was top under 11 boy and
Cate Coverley top under 11 girl. They all helped Hercules Wimbledon to take the team
At the other end of the age scale, Martin Miller and Dennis Williams were top
over 65 and 70 finishers in the senior 5.5 miles race.
Meanwhile, Neil Fraser made it 12th time lucky when he headed home a 283-strong
field in the Wimbledon Common 5km parkrun in 18:13. It was his first victory in the event since his
debut appearance in March last year when he finished ninth and since then his best placing has been
third on three occasions. Fraser also headed home a group of 24 Hercules Wimbledon runners in the
event. Peter Collins was top veteran over 45 finisher in fifth place with Richard Evans top in the
over 50 category in ninth position.
Richard McDowell was third out of 291 runners on his debut appearance on
Tooting Common, Madeleine Casey, 11, was second female finisher in Richmond Park, where teenager
Ben Tatters was 10th out of 347 runners, Ella Dobson was third woman in Finsbury Park, and Gina
Galbraith third woman finisher in Bishop’s Park, Fulham.
A quartet of Hercules Wimbledon athletes will be in action for Surrey in the UK
Inter-Counties cross country championships at Cofton Park, Birmingham, this weekend. Ben Toomer and
Claire Grima compete in the senior men;s and women’s races, Matt Gibbons has been selected for the
men’s under 17 championship and Zac Purnell competes in the boys under 15 event.
23-02-16 - LONG JUMPER CONTINUES IMPRESSIVE MEDAL RUN
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's Emily Martin continued an amazing run of Surrey medal
winning performances when she retained her senior women's long jump title at the David Weir Leisure Centre,
Her winning leap of 5.48m maintained a remarkable medal-winning run for Martin. While it
was her sixth gold medal winning indoor effort in eight years her appearances in the championships go back 14
She took the girls under 15 indoor bronze on her debut as a 13-year-old in 2002 and every
year she has contested the long jump since then she has been among the medals.
Martin, now 27, has collected a total of 24 Surrey medals for her long jumping since 2002.
They include 13 golds and seven silvers.
Over the 15 year period since her first appearance as a teenager she has also won Surrey
gold medals in other events including the 60m, 100m, 200m and triple jump.
During that time she has also been one of the most loyal members of the Hercules
Wimbledon's women's team.
The only other Hercules Wimbledon winner at the indoor championships was teenager Nimi Kolade who took the
men's under 20 60m title in 7.06 seconds after failing to get further than the heats in his two previous Surrey
indoor championship appearances.
Kolade, 18, twice showed an impressive improvement on his previous best of 7.28 set last
February. He won his heat in 7.1.
Hercules Wimbledon had three of the top four finishers in the girls under 13 60m final.
Zipporah Golding took the silver medal in 8.43 with sisters Nkasi and Adeaze Onyejekwe finishing third and
fourth in 8.59 and 8.68.
Hercules Wimbledon's Theo Etienne was in action in the indoor Grand Prix meeting in Glasgow
on Saturday finishing fourth in his race in 6.77.
Hercules Wimbledon's Jonathan Cornish raced to a lifetime best of 1:09:58 in finishing eighth
out of 2243 runners in the Wokingham half marathon on Sunday to lead Hercules Wimbledon to second team
medals. Other members of the silver medal-winning team were Ben Toomer (20th in 1:12:22), Belal Ahmed
(30th in 1:13:29) and Richard McDowell (58th in 1:16:03).
The race proved a valuable warm-up for this coming weekend's English cross country championships at Castle
Hercules Wimbledon's Kieran White was a scoring member of the RAF team which won the Inter
Services cross country championship at Halton, Buckinghamshire.
Over 50 veteran Lisa Thomas was second woman finisher in the Wimbledon Common 5km parkrun.
Fellow over 50 veteran Charles Hampden-Smith completed his 350th parkrun finishing 54th out of 289 runners. Joe
Toomey was top Hercules Wimbledon finisher in fourth place.
Matthew Sharp, who will also be in action in Leicestershire this weekend, was second out of
235 runners in the Dulwich Park 5km parkrun with Fran Clarke, who will be in the women's team at the National,
second woman finisher at Beeston.
Youngsters Valerie Parocki and Ellen Weir were also second female finishers on Tooting Common and in Richmond
Chris Ore was third out of 133 runners in Burgess Park while Amelia Casey was third woman finisher in Richmond
This weekend Hercules Wimbledon's cross country runners conclude their club programme for the season by
competing in the annual English cross country championships at Castle Donington on Saturday. A minibus is
leaving Wimbledon Park at 9.45am.
16-02-16 - CROSS RUNNERS’ FINE FINISH
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club finished their 2XU Surrey Men’s cross country league programme strongly when
they hosted the final match on Wimbledon Common on Saturday and confirmed their rating as the top Surrey cross
country club this winter.
Marathon runner David Grima leads Hercules Wimbledon Chairman Dave Clarke
through the mud on Wimbledon Common
Hercules Wimbledon third finisher on
Wimbledon Common, Ben Toomer, racing through the mud
The happy Hercules Wimbledon women's cross country team after securing
Division I status for another year in Richmond Park
A bumper 38 runners from Hercules Wimbledon - more than any of the other eight clubs - took part in the five
miles race which was staged in unpleasant steady drizzle and a cold northerly wind. After winning their first
Surrey League race since 1978 last November, Hercules Wimbledon, winners of the Surrey title in January, came
close to another victory on Saturday They were pipped by just 11 points by a strong Kent AC side but were, once
again, the top Surrey club. They finished second overall, their highest ever seasonal placing in the history of
the league which was founded in 1962.
Fred Slemeck headed home a trio of Hercules Wimbledon runners finishing seventh of the 192 runners in 27
minutes 31 seconds, with Jonathan Cornish eighth six seconds later and Ben Toomer ninth in 27:42. Dimos
Evangelidis was 12th in 27:59, Belal Aly 25th in 28:37, Kieran White 37th in 38:57, Joe Toomey 38th in 28:59
and Richard McDowell 39th in 29:04. Barnaby Woods was 45th and second under 20 runner in 29:18 with Neil Fraser
completing then scoring 10 finishing 29:25.
Hercules Wimbledon chairman Dave Clarke, three times English senior men’s cross country champion in the 1981,
1982 and 1987, showed he is still a force to be reckoned with at the age of 58, just failing to make the
scoring team in finishing 89th in 30:49. Toomer was runner-up in the individual rankings for the season.
Team result: 1 Kent AC256; 2 Hercules Wimbledon 267; 3 Ranelagh 366; 4 Thames Hare & Hounds 422; 5 South
London Harriers 460; 6 Herne Hill 481; 7 Belgrave 541; 8 Clapham Chasers 562; 9 Guildford & Godalming 740.
Final League positions: 1 Kent AC 1044; 2 Hercules Wimbledon 1227; 3 South London Harriers 1501; 4 Herne Hill
1659; 5 Thames Hare & Hounds 1712; 6 Ranelagh 1911; 7 Clapham Chasers 2128; 9 Belgrave 2129; 9 Guildford
& Godalming 3069.
Over in Richmond Park, Claire Grima celebrated her selection for Surrey’s senior women’s team for next month’s
UK inter-counties cross country championships in Birmingham, by leading the Hercules Wimbledon contingent home
in the final 2XU Surrey Ladies League senior women’s Division One race. She was fifth out of 206 runners in
30:39. Gina Galbraith was 43rd in 33:39, Lisa Thomas 71st in 35:21, Estle Viljoen 73rd in35:25 and Fran Clarke
76th in 35:29. Hercules Wimbledon finished 10th of the 15 teams to secure their place in the top division for
Hercules Wimbledon sprinters secured two silver medals in the England Athletics indoor age group championships
at Sheffield over the weekend. Jaleel Roper, who is just 12, managed to gain silver in the boys under 15 60m
despite suffering from a strained hamstring. He won his heat and semi-final in 7.46 and 7.36 before going even
faster with 7.25 in the final. He has a best of 7.22 which tops this year’s UK rankings.
Commonwealth Youth Games 100m silver medallist Rechmial Miller, who went into the championships as the top
ranked UK under 20 60m sprinter this year, was pipped in the final where he finished runner-up in 6.78 after
posting the fastest times in the qualifying rounds. He won his heat in 6.86 and semi-final in 6.82. Prior to
the championships, he topped the ranking with 6.77 but was overtaken by Southampton’s Oliver Bromby who took
the final in a personal best of 6.73.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon athletes are in action in the annual Surrey Indoor track and field
championships which are being staged at the David Weir Leisure Centre, Carshalton, on Saturday and Sunday.
9-02-16 - SPRINTER ETIENNE IN TOP FORM
Surrey cross country champions Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club have strengthened their claim to becoming
Britain’s top club for sprinters following an outstanding run by teenager Theo Etienne in Finland.
Competing in the Jyväskylä Indoor Games in Finland, he first won his 60m heat in a personal
best of 6.68 seconds, three-hundredths of a second faster than Olympic sprinterWarren Fraser from the
Bahamas clocked in taking his heat. Then, in the final, he was just pipped by Fraser, sharing the winning
time of 6.60.
It was a dramatic improvement for 19-year-old Etienne whose best time before his Finnish performance was 6.70
at Lee Valley at the start of the year and that improved on 6.76 in the Czech Republic in January 2014. Putting
Etienne’s performance into context, Fraser, who is third ranked in the Bahamas and has a best 100m time of
10.14, ran in the 2012 London Olympics and is a strong contender to compete in the Rio Olympics this summer.
Etienne’s performance makes him top UK under 23 sprinter this year and only two British sprinters have run
faster this year. If he can maintain his improvement, he has a good chance of representing Britain in the World
indoor championships in Portland, Oregon, next month.
Etienne is the latest Hercules Wimbledon athlete to top his age group rankings. Another teenager, Rechmial
Miller, is Britain’s fastest the under 20 60m sprinter this year with 6.77 at Lee Valley at the start of the
year. Miller, who got silver and bronze in last year’s Commonwealth Youth Games and IAAF World Youth
Championships, respectively, is a strong contender for the IAAF World Junior Championships being held in Kazan,
Russia, in July.
Following their outstanding performances, both sprinters have been invited to compete in the British Senior
Indoor Championships, which double up as the trials for the World indoor championships, which are being held in
Sheffield at the end of this month.
Another Hercules Wimbledon sprinter, Jaleel Roper, is Britain’s top ranked under 15-year-old this year with his
7.22 in winning the South of England indoor title at Lee Valley last month. This is three-tenths of a second
faster than his best last year when he broke the UK under 13 60, 100 and 200m records. A fourth Hercules
Wimbledon sprinter to top the rankings is Zipporah Golding who clocked 8.34 in the London Indoor Games, the
fastest time by an under 13 girl this year.
Supporting these top ranked efforts is Chad Miller, 15, is placed ninth in the country with his 51.56 silver
medal-winning performance in the South of England Championships at Lee Valley last month on his debut
appearance over the distance.
Hercules Wimbledon sprint coach Paul Miller, who gained a hat-trick of Surrey senior men 100m titles between
1985 and 1987, said:”When it comes to sprinting, Hercules Wimbledon is very firmly on the map. Not only do we
have two internationals in Theo and Rechmial but we have youngsters coming through led by Jaleel and Zaporah.
All four top their age groups this year and there is no other club with this spread of top class talent.”
This weekend, Roper and the Miller brothers are chasing national titles and medals in the England age group
indoor championships at Sheffield. Roper competes in the under 15 60 and 200m, Rechmial Miller in the under 20
60m and Chad Miller in the under 17 400m.
Hercules Wimbledon’s endurance runners enjoyed a record-breaking six wins in Saturday’s 5km parkrun events. Ben
Toomer and Gina Galbraith took the men’s and women’s events on Wimbledon Common in 17:01 and 20:16. Over 50
veteran Lisa Thomas was third in the women’s race. Eighteen Hercules Wimbledon runners were among the 334
finishers. Fred Slemeck broke the week-old curse record in heading home a record 372 runners onTooting Common
in 16:18 while Joe Toomey (17:07) won at Ipswich and Stephanie Robson (22:09) was first woman at Batley, West
Yorkshire. Megan de Silva was top woman finisher in Dulwich Park in 18:33.
Hercules Wimbledon’s Ellen Weir (8:15) and Selma Hegvold (8:34) were the top two girls in Sunday’s Junior
parkrun in Wimbledon Park.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon host the final 2XU Surrey Men’s Cross Country League Division One cross
country match on Wimbledon Common. The races start and finish near the Thatched Cottage, a short walk from
North Side, Wimbledon Common, with the young athletes over 2.5 miles at 2.30pm and the senior men’s five miles
race starting at 3pm.
2-02-16 - MONDELLI ON COMEBACK TRAIL
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s former English Schools and South of England 100m silver medallist Max
Mondelli made an encouraging return to sprinting over the weekend after more than a year out due to injury.
Mondelli, 20, in his second year at Harvard University, finished third over 60 metres in an indoor match
against rivals Yale and Princeton on Staten Island, New York in 6.95 seconds. Earlier, he had finished second
in his heat in a slightly faster 6.93, just 0.08 seconds slower than his lifetime best set competing in the UK
Indoor Championships in February 2014.
His appearance in New York was his first race since January 17th last year since when he has been recovering
from a serious back injury. Mondelli, the English Schools senior boys and South of England under 20 100m silver
medallists in 2014 explained: “I only ran once last year indoors and hobbled off the track with a stress
fracture in my lower back. I had felt pain for months and tried to run through the pain but when I finally got
an MRI there was a noticeable decolorisation of the bone in my L4-L5 lumbar.”
The former KCS Wimbledon schoolboy added: “This knocked me out for the entire year, and after a year of
rehabbing and rest I finally resumed training in the fall of 2015. It feels good to run and be healthy after so
long, albeit not at my best. I'm just happy to be injury free!
“Hopefully this weekend's run of 6.93 was just to shake out the cobwebs and I can now start shaving off the
milliseconds in time for the Ivy League Champs at the end of February.”
Another Hercules Wimbledon sprinter to return to action after a long spell out due to injury was teenager
Jameel Hussey. Hussey, 17, posted a lifetime best of 23.63 in finishing third in his 200m race at the London
Indoor Games at Lee Valley on Saturday. It was his first race since competing in the Surrey Championships last
May. He took almost a second off his previous indoor best of 24.48. Clubmate Nimi Kolade, 18, also posted an
indoor best of 23.49 in finishing third in his 200m race.
Hercules Wimbledon’s Fred Slemeck boosted his prospects of representing Surrey in the UK
Inter-Counties cross country championships in Birmingham next month in finishing 35th out of 1028 runners
in the South of England senior men’s 15km cross country championships at a muddy Parliament Hill Fields on
Saturday. His was the highest Hercules Wimbledon placing in the event for 12 years. Joe Clark was 70th and
Jonathan Cornish, who only just made the start of the gruelling nine miles race after getting stuck in
traffic, was 78th. Richard McDowell (135th), Rob Tuer (232nd) and Peter Lee (327th) completed the scoring
team which finished 13th.
Despite missing their top runner, Claire Grima, the senior women’s team finished 29th, the club’s second
best-ever placing in the event behind 26th in 2014. The scoring quartet were led in by Gina Galbraith show as
123rd of the 500 runners in the 8km race with Lisa Thomas 140th, Monika Crouse 240th and Hannah Walker 338th.
Almost 50 Hercules Wimbledon runners were in action at Parliament Hill Fields. In finishing 12th, the under 15
boys team was the first from Surrey and Hercules Wimbledon’s second-best placing in the event behind 10th in
1999, before any of this year’s runners were even born! The quartet packed well with Zac Purnell 57th, Henry
Silverstein 70th, Sam Barker 98th Eitan Ornstein 105th out of 271 runners. Ellen Weir led the girls under 13
team to 24th place in finishing 62nd out of 268 runners.
Two Hercules Wimbledon runners ran in the Wimbledon Common 5km parkrun before making the journey to North
London to compete in the Southern cross country championships. Over 50 veteran Lisa Thomas was fifth woman with
Charles Hampden-Smith seventh in the men’s over 50 category. Top Hercules Wimbledon finisher was Gordon Lilly
who was sixth if the 313 runners and first over 45 veteran. Valerie Parocki, at 11 one of the youngest
competitors in the event, was second in the women’s race posting the top women’s age-graded performance.
Meanwhile, Joe Toomey was third out of 200 runners in the inaugural Tooting Common parkrun and Chris Ore was
second out of 178 runners in Burgess Park.
26-01-16 - ROOKIE GOLDING TOPS 60M RANKINGS
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s Zipporah Golding strengthened her placing at the top of
the UK girls under 13 60m rankings this year when she won the London Indoor Games title at Lee Valley on
Sunday. Golding, who is just 12 and only took up athletics with Hercules Wimbledon last July, emerged as
an exciting prospect for the future as she stormed to victory in 8.34 seconds, improving on her previous
best of 8.38 and strengthening her position at the top of this year’s UK under 13 girls rankings.
She won her final by two metres, a sizeable margin in 60m sprinting, after taking her first round race in 8.42.
Her previous best was set when at the South London Athletics Network indoor meeting at Carshalton on January
3rd. Golding has made a stunning improvement since her debut appearance in an open meeting at the end of July
last year. Her coach Paul Miller, himself a former triple Surrey 100m champion, said: “ Zapporah has made a big
improvement this winter. It is hard to believe she was ranked only 164th under 13 girl in the UK over 100
metres last summer. She works really hard in training and is a great example to her clubmates. She is very
focussed and is a great prospect for the future.”
Golding will be contesting the Surrey Indoor Championships at Carshalton next month along with other members of
Miller’s training squad. Running over 60m for the first time, another youngster, Tara Bartlett did win her
second round race in 8.64 after finishing fourth in her first round in 8.68. Rob Philpott did well to win his
boys under 15 200m race in 26.04, taking well over a second off his previous best for the distance after
earlier improving his 60m best in finishing fourth in his first round race in 8.08. Charlie Shinn was second in
the 200m in his debut over the distance in 26.45 and was third and sixth in his 60m races in 8.06 and 8.07.
Hercules Wimbledon’s senior men’s cross country runners, recent winners of the Surrey title at Dorking, looked
in good form for this coming weekend’s South of England cross country championships at Parliament Hill Fields
on Saturday. Ben Toomer finished a good runner-up out of more than 900 runners in the Victoria Park 10km road
race in East London on Sunday in 32:12, easily smashing his previous lifetime best of 33:53 set in 2013.
Twenty Hercules Wimbledon runners were in action in an inter-club match in Richmond Park, taking the team
honours. One member of the winning team, Rob Tuer had, five hours earlier, won the Bishop’s Park 5km parkrun in
Fulham in 16:24, beating more than 370 runners, before finishing third in Richmond Park in 27:27 just 15
seconds behind clubmate Richard McDowell. Peter Collins (sixth), Peter Lee (11th), Lucas Jeffs (21st), Fraser
Hagell (26th), Simon Woodley (27th), Mark Livingstone (29th), James Forde (32nd) and Lisa Thomas (36th and
second woman) completing the winning 10-strong scoring team.
Hercules Wimbledon had a hat-trick of parkrun winners on Saturday. Apart from Tuer in Bishop’s Park, Gina
Galbraith and Steph Robson were the top women finishers on Wimbledon Common and in Horton Park, Bradford. Joe
Toomey and Adam Harwood were second and third out of almost 400 runners on Wimbledon Common and Jonathan
Cornish was second out of 1170 runners in Bushy Park.
One of the club’s oldest cross country runners, Pete Giles, was also in action on Wimbledon Common where he was
the Veterans AC men’s over 70 age group championship.
At the other end of the age scale, 10 Hercules Wimbledon youngsters were in action in the Surrey Schools
Championships in Priory Park, Reigate. Henry Silverstein was the second members of the silver-medal winning
Sutton team in the intermediate boys race finishing eighth while Matthew Gibbons was ninth in the senior men ’s
race representing Merton. Hercules Wimbledon’s Harris Mier took the junior boys title in the Cornwall Schools
Championships at Newquay and, along with his 14-year-old twin brother. Elliot, who finished fourth, will be
running in the English Schools Championships in Nottingham in March.
A quartet of Hercules Wimbledon athletes contested the Windsor and Eton Duathlon on Sunday with Jeremy Ournell
best of the bunch finishing 10th out of almost 100 contestants. He was second veteran over 50. Richard Evans
win the over 55 category ahead of clubmates Charles Hampden-Smith and John Krause.
19-01-16 - MILLER WINS 60M IN LATVIA
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s Commonwealth Youth Games 100m silver medallist Rechmial
Miller showed further impressive form when he took the 60m in an international meeting in Latvia on
Miller, 17, who also took the bronze medal in the IAAF World Youth Championships last
summer, was the only winner among a small six-strong British squad. First, he won his heat at the Katerinas Cup
meeting in Kuldigas in 6.85 seconds and then stormed to victory in the final in 6.79, one-hundredths of a
second ahead of his British team-mate and training partner Reuben Arthur and just two-hundredths of a second
outside his lifetime best set earlier this month.
Miller is second from left wearing 38 in pic
While Miller confirmed his ranking as Britain’s top under 20 sprinter this year, his
Hercules Wimbledon clubmate and training partner Theo Etienne also confirmed his top UK ranking this year when
he posted the fastest times of the day in the South of England indoor championships at Lee Valley Athletics
Centre on Saturday.
Etienne, 19, completed a hat-trick of wins before pulling out of the final because of a
slight muscle strain. He was the fastest of the 77 competitors in the 60m winning his heat in 6.76 seconds, his
quarter final in a faster 6,.72 and his semi-final in a slower in 6.82. Etienne clocked a personal best of 6.70
at Lee Valley at the start of the year which tops the 2016 UK rankings.
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s cross country runners confirmed their rating as the top
Surrey team in the third 2XU Surrey Men’s cross country league match of the season on Mitchum Common last
Fresh from their triumph in the Surrey cross country championships at Denbies Vineyard,
Dorking, the previous weekend, Hercules Wimbledon’s cross country runners again packed solidly to take second
team place behind out-of-county side Kent AC but ahead of seven other Surrey clubs.
Leading the way home was Fred Slemeck who took ninth place out of the 200 runners taking
part in 28 minutes 59 seconds, just over two minutes behind the race winner. He was closely followed by Ben
Toomer, 11th in 29:15 and Jonathan Cornish, 12th in 29:18. Dimos Evangelidis was 17th in 29:38, Joe Clark,
another member of the gold medal-winning Surrey team, 24th in 30:10, Kieran White 31st in 30:23, Richard
McDowell 36th in 30:42 and Alex Robinson 43rd in 30:59. Completing the 10-man team were Joe Toomey, 55th in
31:24 and Neil Fraser 64th in 31:42. Other Hercules Wimbledon runners in the top 100 were marathon man David
Grima, 85th in 32:42, Chris Wright 87th in 32:47, George Longworth 92nd in 33:04 and Belal Ahmed 93rd one
second later. A total of 32 Hercules Wimbledon runners took part.
Teenagers Henry Silverstein and Matthew Gibbons led the Hercules Wimbledon runners to
second team place in the joint under 15 and under 17 race finishing seventh and eighth respectively.
Silverstein was third under 15 finisher and Gibbons second in the under 17 age category. Zac Purnell, 15th,
George Trimm (41st) and James Forde (59th) completed the team.
Meanwhile, Hercules Wimbledon’s women runners were in action in the third of this season’s
2XU Surrey Ladies League meetings in Priory Park, Reigate, last Saturday. Marathon runner Claire Grima
confirmed her rating as Hercules Wimbledon’s top women’s cross country runner this season as she once again led
the club’s runners home in the senior women’s race finishing seventh out of more than 200 runners in the
Division One race in 28:00, just over a minute behind the race winner. There was a long gap before the next
Hercules Wimbledon finishers with Gina Galbraith 47th in 31:13 and Fran Clarke 60th in 31:50. Over 50 veteran
Lisa Thomas was 75th in 32:24 with Ella Dobson completing the scoring team finishing 86th in 33:32. Just
missing out on a scoring team place was Monika Crouse who was 91st in 33:42.
The Hercules Wimbledon quartet packed solidly to finish fifth out of 16 teams in the under
13 race. Rebekah Riches led the team home finishing 10th out of 50 runners in 14:39 with Ellen Weir 17th in
15:04, Valerie Parocki 25th in 15:32 and Natasha Watts 27th in 15:36. Selma Hegvold was 34th in
Ellen Weir completed a successful weekend when she gained a runaway victory in the
Wimbledon Park junior 2km parkrun on Sunday. She finished a minute clear in 8:36 with clubmate Anya Stacey
second girl in the 54-strong field in 9:36.
Adam Harwood was top Hercules Wimbledon finisher in the Wimbledon Common parkrun on
Saturday finishing third out of 349 runners in 18:23 with club mate Peter Collins fourth 14 seconds later.
Fourteen Hercules Wimbledon runners took part. Chris Ore finished fifth out of 392 runners in Brockwell Park in
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's cross country runners are in action in an inter-club 4.9
miles race in Richmond Park on Saturday, starting near Roehampton Gate at 2.30pm league action. Some of the
club’s younger runners will be competing in the Surrey schools cross country championships at Priory Park,
Reigate, on Saturday.
12-01-16 - SURREY CROSS CHAMPS AGAIN
Hercules Wimbledon's winning Surrey senior men's team
L-R Kieran White, Richard McDowell, Joe
Clark, Ben Toomer, Fred Slkemeck, Dimos Evangelidis
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s cross country runners made a superb start to 2016 when they lifted the
senior men’s team title at the annual Surrey cross country championships at Denbies Vineyard, Dorking, on
Sunday. They thus regained the title they last won when they were staged at Dorking in 2014 although, before
then, 1987 was the last year Hercules Wimbledon took the team honours.
Leading Hercules Wimbledon to team gold through rain and slippery mud was Ben Toomer who finished ninth of the
331 runners in the 12km race in 43 minutes 55 seconds. Solid packing ensured success with Fred Slemeck
finishing 11th in 44:46, Dimos Evangelidis 13th in 44:59, Joe Clark 14th in 45:27, Kieran White 21st in 46:23
and Richard McDowell 23rd in 46:40. Hercules Wimbledon had two more runners in the top 50 with Neil Fraser
finishing 37th in 47:47 and Rob Tuer 50th in 48:50.
“This was an impressive win,” said Fred Green, Hercules Wimbledon’s senior men’s cross country team manager.
“We won by more than 50 points and that is a big margin. It continues our impressive season. Last November we
won a Surrey League race for the first time since 1978. It is one of the results of an initiative we have
introduced this winter with our top cross country runners training together in a smaller group.”
Following his run, Toomer is also likely to represent Surrey in the UK Inter-Counties cross country
championships at Cofton Park, Birmingham, in March.
Hercules Wimbledon's bronze medal-winning boys under 15 runners
There was also promise for the future with the boys under 15 team taking the bronze medals. They were led in by
Zac Purnell who finished ninth in 15:33 with Henry Silverstein 11th in 15:40, Sam Barker 18th in 16:05 and
Alexander Abrahams 22nd in 16:13. There were 10 Hercules Wimbledon youngsters in this race and this year,
Hercules Wimbledon was represented in all 10 championship categories for the first time for several years.
Hercules Wimbledon's women's runners at Denbies with leading finisher Claire Grima in the middle without a
Matthew Gibbons finished seventh out off 36 runners in the men’s under 17 championship. Marathon runner Claire
Grima led the 11-strong Hercules Wimbledon contingent home in the senior women’s 8km race finishing 13th in
35:23 with Gina Galbraith 30th in 37:56, Fran Clarke 41st in 38:44 and Lisa Thomas 62nd in 40:15, completing
the team which finished seventh.
Hercules Wimbledon’s Valerie Parocki finished 17th out of 77 runners in the girls under 13 race with Ellen Weir
three seconds behind in 19th, Rebekah Riches 31st in 13:18 and Madeleine Casey 35th in 13:26.
Hercules Wimbledon’s Jonathan Cornish took the bronze medal in the Oxfordshire championships at Oxford to
secure his place in Oxfordshire’s team for the UK Inter-Counties championships in March.
Hercules Wimbledon’s talented young sprinter Jaleel Roper won his first South of England title when he won the
under 15 indoor 60m gold at Lee Valley on Sunday in a lifetime best of 7.21, an improvement on his 7.25 at
Carshalton the previous weekend. He won his heat in 7.35 and his semi-final in 7.27. Racing over the distance
for the first time, Chad Miller took the men’s under 17 400m silver medal in 51.56. He won his heat in 53.90
and was second in his semi-final in 53.56.
Rob Tuer warmed up for Sunday’s Surrey championships by finishing third out of a record field of 426 runners in
the Bishop’s Park 5km parkrun in Fulham on Saturday. Adam Harwood was best of 18 Hercules Wimbledon runners in
the Wimbledon Common event, finishing third of out 468 runners. Richard Evans and Alexander Abrahams, who also
ran at Dorking on Sunday, were 11th and 16th, respectively, with over 50 veteran Evans posting the top
age-graded performance. Fellow over 50 veteran Lisa Thomas, who also ran at Dorking the following day, was
first woman finisher.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's cross country runners are in league action. The senior men’s, fresh from
their Surrey team triumph, compete in the third 2XU Men’s League meeting of the season on Mitchum Common at 3pm
after the young athletes race at 2.30pm. The women travel to Priory Park, Reigate, for the third 2XU Surrey
Ladies League meeting. The first race, for seniors, is at 12noon.
5-01-16 - SPRINT TRIO’S STUNNING START
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s top sprint trio made a flying start to their 2016 racing programme with a
hat-trick of lifetime bests.
Internationals Rechmial Miller and Theo Etienne were the outstanding performers in the 60m races at the
Metaswitch Open Indoor meeting at Lee Valley Athletics Centre on Sunday. Miller, 17, picked up where he left
off at the end of last season. In his first meeting since racing to 100m silver at the Commonwealth Youth Games
in Samoa last September in a lifetime best of 11.39 seconds, he raced to a lifetime best in the 60m.
He finished a close runner-up to his Hercules Wimbledon clubmate, Theo Etienne, in the 60m final in 6.77,
slicing one-hundredths of a second off his previous best set in winning an international indoor race in Cardiff
last March which put him top of the UK under 20 60m rankings in 2015. Miller, who also took a bronze 100m medal
at the IAAF World Youth Championships in Columbia, last July, is in the under 20 age group again this year. He
won his first round race at Lee Valley in 6.81.
Meanwhile, Etienne, 19, also competing in his first meeting since last summer, smashed his personal best 60m
time as he stormed to victory ahead of Miller in 6.70, better than anything he achieved over the distance last
year and a six-hundredth of a second improvement on his previous best at in the Czech Republic in January 2014.
Etienne, who was ranked fifth under 20 UK 100m sprinter in 2015, moves up to the senior ranks this year. He
warmed up for the final on Sunday by finishing second in his first round heat in 6.78.
Over at the South London Athletics Network indoor meeting at the David Weir Leisure Centre at Carshalton, the
youngest of the sprint trio, Jaleel Roper, just 12, was also making his mark as he raced to two lifetime bests
over 60m. Racing against athletes more than twice his age, Roper, won his first round heat in 7.31 to improve
on the 7.52 he posted in last year’s Surrey indoor championships, which broke the UK under 13 60m record and
was also the prelude to him smashing both the UK under 13 100 and 200m records during the summer.
Roper went even faster in his second round race at Carshalton clocking 7.25 in finishing third against tougher
opposition. Roper has moved up an age group and his time would have ranked him third over the distance in 2015.
Showing encouraging form was Charlie Shinn, 13, runner-up in the National Prep Schools 100m in Birmingham last
year. Racing over 60 for the first time, he won his second round heat in 8.02 after finishing second in the
first round in 8.19.
A total of 16 Hercules Wimbledon athletes took part in the 60m races and best of the five girls from the club
in action was 12-year-old Zipporah Golding who clocked a best of 8.38 which would have ranked her seventh in
the UK in her age group last season. At the other end of the age scale, supervet Kevin Snelling won the over 55
shot competition at an indoor meeting at Eton on Sunday.
Hercules Wimbledon had a hat-trick of parkrun winners in the New Year period. Warming up for this weekend’s
Surrey cross country championships at Denbies Vineyard, Dorking, on Sunday, Ben Toomer headed home a 144-strong
field on Wimbledon Common on New Year’s Day in 17:56 with Peter Collins fourth and Richard Evans sixth. Over 50
veteran Lisa Thomas was second woman.
Richard McDowell beat a 307 strong field on Wimbledon Common on Saturday crossing the line in 17:34 with Henry
Silverstein, five days before his 15th birthday, fourth exactly a minute behind. Rob Tuer headed home a
200-strong field in Bishop’s Park, Fulham in 16:57.
Toomer returned to Wimbledon Common on Saturday to win the Hercules Wimbledon/Lauriston five miles
multi-terrain are in 26:40 with Thomas, also having her second race in two days, second woman in a veteran over
50 course record time of 35:09.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's cross country runners are in action in the annual Surrey Championships which
are being held at Denbies Vineyard, Dorking, on Sunday, the first time in the long history off the event they
haven't been staged on a Saturday.