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27-09-11 - RUNNERS IN ACTION IN GEOFF MOULDEN RACE

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club are staging the annual Geoff Moulden 10km road race from their Wimbledon Park track headquarters on Sunday. Entries for the race are being accepted on the day. The race starts at 9.30am and anyone entering on the day should report to the track by 9.15am. The cost of entering on the day is £15.

The course follows a two lap loop which takes in Wimbledon Park Road, Church Road, past the All England tennis club, St Mary's Road, Arthur Road and Home Park Road before re-entering Wimbledon Park though the Home Park Road entrance. The race is named in memory of one of the early members of the former Wimbledon Athletic Club which was formally established in 1953. Moulden joined Wimbledon AC in May that year and joined the committee a few months later when he was elected the club's first men's track captain.

Following the road race, Hercules Wimbledon are holding a party to celebrate the formal opening of their new £200000 community clubhouse at Wimbledon Park. Surrey champions Hercules Wimbledon have qualified to compete in the English national six-stage road relay championships at Sutton Park, Birmingham, on October 15th after finishing a solid 19th in the South of England championship at Aldershot on Sunday. First leg runner Alex Robinson ran the fastest leg of the sextet bringing the team in 14th on the opening stage in 18 minutes 52 seconds. Matt Sharp, drafted into the team following the unavailability of Surrey gold medallists Kieran White and Fred Slemeck, clocked 20:39 in slipping to 25th place. Andrew Penney clocked the second best time of the Hercules Wimbledon team of 19:08 in moving up to 19th spot with Phil Glynn (20:36) and Dom Kiralyfi (20:12) slipping to 20th place before Adam Przedrzymirski (20:02) regained 19th spot.

Former English cross country champion Dave Clarke was the fastest member of the Hercules Wimbledon veterans over 40 team which finished 20th. He clocked 21:07 on the anchor leg. Other members of the quartet were Jeremy Purnell (24:24), Frank Wood (24:05) and Stu Littlewood (27:52).

Clarke and Littlewood were members of the last Hercules Wimbledon team to win the Surrey senior members road relay title at Brockwell Park in 1981, the last year of a trememdous winning streak by the club which also triumphed every year from 1978 to 1981. The club took the bronze medals in 1977. The winning team in 1981 was Dick Samuel, Pete Clarke, Dave Clarke, Stu Littlewood, Steve Badgery and Bob Holt.

Anchor leg runner Maurice Sharp was the fastest member of the veteran men's over 60 team that finished fifth . He clocked 26:43, just one second faster than Dave Betts with Martin Miller (27:16) and Dennis Williams (28:29) making up the team.

Pete Clarke, a member of the winning Hercules Wimbledon team in the Surrey Road relays three decades ago, is still running. He was among almost 21000 runners who competed in the 34th Paris to Versailles 16km road race on Sunday. He was 57th in the veterans over 40 category finishing 204th in 1:03:58.

Also abroad, but a little farther afield in the USA, Hercules Wimbledon's Medena Knespl was the top woman in both the 880 yards swim and the 5km run in the Duxbury Beach Sprint Triathlon. She was second woman in the event where she finished 12th overall out of more than 500 competitors.

Also in the USA, Hercules Wimbledon's Jonathan Burgess finished seventh in the Ollie Isom invitational 8km cross country race in El Dorado, Kansas, just 42 seconds behind the winner, Edward Limo from Kenya.

Hercules Wimbledon's Claire Grima won the women's race in the Wimbledon Common pasrkrun on Saturday in 20:22. Husband Dave finished fourth out of more than 200 runners in 18:16. Andrew Davies was seventh in 19:44, Pete Collins 10th in 18:31 and Charles Hampden-Smith second over 50 veteran in finishing 16th in 20:00.


20-09-11 - SURREY CHAMPS GO FOR SOUTHERN MEDALS

Surrey road relay champions Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club go into Sunday's South of England road relay championships at Aldershot confident of getting among the medals despite missing two of their gold medal-winning Surrey sextet.

Kieran White, who clocked the seventh best time of the day in the Surrey event at Wimbledon Park and Fred Slemeck are both unavailable for the Aldershot event. Their replacements will be Matt Sharp, who is fast regaining his best form after breaking his ankle while warming up for the English cross country championships at Alton Towers in February and newcomer Dominic Kiralyfi.

They both proved their fitness in the Bushy Park parkrun on Saturday where Kiralyi finished fourth out of more than 700 runners in 16 minutes 33 seconds in his first race of the winter. Sharp, who the previous weekend had finished 17th out of almost 1300 runners in the Estonia half-marathon in Tallin in a personal best time of 1:19:20, was not far behind taking sixth place in 16:51.

Alex Robinson and Alex Penney, who clocked the third and fourth fastest times at Wimbledon Park, spearhead the Hercules Wimbledon challenge with Phil Glynn and Rory McMahon completing the team.

McMahon, who is now based in Scotland, warmed up for Sunday's relay by smashing his personal record for 10km in clocking 33:56 in a race in Stirling. McMahon, who finished 32nd out of more than 850 runners, took 24 seconds off his previous best time for the distance set on the Isle of Man in April.

A detailed search through the records has indicated that Hercules Wimbledon's victory at Wimbledon Park was the club's first success in the Surrey senior men's road relay since 1980 when their squad triumphed at Brockwell Park. Former international Bob Holt, who ran the anchor leg, found the information in his training diaries. The fastest member of the team was three times English cross country champion Dave Clarke, who put the team on the winning road on the fourth lap. His two brothers Chris and Pete. Steve Newton and Mike Kortenray, a former South of England two miles track champion, were the other members of the winning team 31 years ago.

Dave Clarke, now 53, is still running well and will compete in the veterans relay at Aldershot. He is first reserve for the senior team after posting the seventh fastest Hercules Wimbledon time at Wimbledon Park.

Hercules Wimbledon's Stuart Fraser warmed up for Sunday's Berlin marathon on Sunday by taking third place in the Insurance 10km road running championships at Battersea Park. He clocked 29:04 in taking the veterans title.

Hercules Wimbledon's Deon Coetzee finished 22nd out of 87 competitors in the ITU Triathlon Age Groups World Championships over the Olympic course in Beijing. He completed the 1.5km swim in 22:00, the 40km cycle ride in 1:11:36 and the 5km run in 39:19 for a total time of 2:16:04. He competed in the 35-40 age group.

Dave Grima was among more than 2300 competitors in action in the London Duathlon Challenge in Richmond Park. He finished 49th in 1:43:37 completing the 10km run in 39:50, the 20km bike ride in 40:46 and the 5km run in 20:00. He followed this up by finishing third out of almost 100 runners in the Killerton parkrun in Devon in 18:19. His wife, Claire, won the women's race in 18:38.

Over 50 veteran Charles Hampden-Smith was the first Hercules Wimbledon finisher in the Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday. He was first in his age group taking 19th place out of 240 runners in 20:02. Over 45 veteran Frank Wood was 22nd in 20:18 and Charles Lawrie top over 60 finisher in 53rd place in 21:46.

Monika Crouse clocked a personal best 22:20 in finishing seventh in the women's race. Her time clipped three seconds off her previous best set in July.

Hercules Wimbledon's Angela Kikugawa set a club women's veterans over 45 record in the Veterans AC 10000m track championship at Battersea Park of 53:39.5.


13-09-11 - CLUB SCORES HISTORIC ROAD RELAY VICTORY

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club made history on Saturday when their senior men's team won the Surrey road relay title at Wimbledon Park. It was the first time the club had won the title since the relays were first staged at Wimbledon Park in 1998 and the club's first success in the event for at least three decades. Hercules Wimbledon officials thought the last time their runners had achieved success was in the 1970's before most of the team which won on Saturday was even born. Even more impressive was that the success was achieved without the club's top runner Liam White. White was relegated to role of course marshal because of a calf muscle injury he was having scanned later this week.

After an impressive track season during which he improved his best times for 800, 1500 and 3000m, 20-year-old Andrew Penney got the Hercules Wimbledon team off to the best of starts as he stormed round the three mile lap to head the field home in 14 minutes 44 seconds to hand over 13 seconds clear. Penney's time improved by a massive 24 seconds on his previous best for the course and proved to be the fourth fastest of the day.

Second leg runner Rory McMahon, who travelled down from Edinburgh to support the team, look set to maintain his lead until he went off course at St Mary's Church. Instead of running straight on, he misinterpreted a sign and turned left into the churchyard losing about 15 seconds. He clocked 16:07 and slipped to third spot 48 seconds behind the leaders.

However, the team went back to the front on the third stage thanks to Kieran White who stormed round in 15:05, the seventh best time of the day to open up an 18 second gap on the chasing teams. Fred Slemeck (15:45) extended the lead to 29 seconds as he kept Hercules Wimbledon in front on the fourth leg. Phil Glynn (15:58) slipped to second place on the penultimate lap handing over to Alex Robinson seven seconds behind.

Robinson, 20, lost no time in getting his team back in front and stormed away to clock 14:41, the third fastest time of the day and the best by a Hercules Wimbledon runner in crossing the line in 1:32:20, a massive 38 seconds clear. Second leg runner Pat Wright (16:17) was the fastest member of the B team which finished seventh and second B team in 1:42:54. Other members of the team were Ian Pegler (17:20), Sean Crumnmy (16:52), Alex Urban (16:50), Callum Hoggart (17:07) and Justin Scheltens (18:28).

Hercules Wimbledon were close to making it a double win after the veterans over 40 team, running four laps, finished first in 1:08:31 but were unable to take the medals because Peter Lee ran twice after a fourth runner failed to turn up. Lee clocked 16:32 on the opening leg and 17:00 on the final stage. Former English cross country champion Dave Clarke, now 53, was the fastest member of the quartet clocking 16:14 in going into the lead on the third leg. It was also the second best by an over 40 runner. Completing the team was Jeremy Purnell (18:45).

The veterans over 50 team of Dennis Williams (22:37), Stu Littlewood (21:35), Charles Lawrie (21:43) and Tom Morris (20:45) finished ninth in 1:26:40. It was Lawrie's second race of the day as a few hours earlier he had competed in the Wimbledon Common parkrun.

Amy Aronson (18:38) was the fastest member of the senior women's team which was 11th in 1:27:33. The other three runners were Alison Purnell (20:55), Rowena Hornshaw (24:28) and Heather Letley (23:32).

Kieran White completed an impressive weekend when he finished 29th out of more than 2400 runners in the Cardiff 10km road race in a personal best of 32:42 to set a club veteran over 35 record. He improved on his previous best time by 12 seconds. Meanwhile, Matt Sharp finished 16th out of 1280 runners in the Estonia half-marathon in Tallin in 1:19:20. Meanwhile, his dad, Maurice Sharp was first over 65 finisher in the Robin Hood marathon in Nottingham in 3:37:52. Also in the race was Hercules Wimbledon's Frank Wood, who was 23rd in the over 45 category in 3:26:13.

Another record-breaker was David Harris who finished sixth in the Surrey senior men's decathlon championship at Sutton Arena on Sunday with 3227 points to set a men's over 35 record. His best effort came in the opening event, the 100m, where he clocked 12.72 to score 516 points. He also gained over 500 points in the final event of the two day contest, the 1500m.


6-09-11 - RUNNERS TARGET MEDALS IN SURREY ROAD RELAYS

Athletes from Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club will be aiming for medals in the annual Surrey County road relay championships which are being staged from the club's Wimbledon Park athletics stadium headquarters on Saturday.

After clocking the two fastest times ever recorded by Hercules Wimbledon runners for the 1.9 miles circuit in helping the senior men's team finish just outside the medals in fourth spot last season, Liam White and Alex Robinson will be determined to be part of a medal-winning team this time. Teenager White and Andrew Penney, another member of last year's sextet to finish just outside the medals, are running far better this year and with Kieran White and Rory McMahon also in the line-up, team manager Fred Green is optimistic of the squad's medal prospects. "There is even an outside chance we might win," said a confident Green.

Hercules Wimbledon will also be hoping to medal in the senior women's relay in which they have been fifth for the past two seasons. The club will also be fielding teams in the veteran men's over 40 and over 50 categories although one veteran runner Peter Lee will be missing after qualifying to compete in the ITU World Triathlon Championships in Beijing at the weekend. Another Hercules Wimbledon runner Deon Coetzee will also be in China for the triathlon which is being staged over the same course as that used for the 2008 Olympics.

Husband and wife team Claire and David Grima found themselves competing in different parts of Wimbledon on Saturday. Claire was in action in the Southern Women's League match at Wimbledon Park in the afternoon where she won the 1500m and was runner-up in the 3000m Earlier in the day, David finished sixth out of 270 runners, the fourth largest field in the event, in the Wimbledon Common parkrun covering the 5km course in 17 minutes 53 seconds, less than a minute behind the winner.

Other Hercules Wimbledon finishers were Andrew Davies (ninth in 18:19), Charles Hampden-Smith, first veteran over 50 in 20:25, Maurice Sharp, first veteran over 65in 21:50 and Charles Lawrie, second veteran over 60 in 22:41.

Over at the Bushy Park parkrun, Matt Sharp continued his return to form after breaking his leg in February by finishing runner-up in a record field of 864 runners in 16:53. He was just 19 seconds slower than his best time for the course set before his accident, in January.

Ruth Clifton ensured maximum points for Hercules Wimbledon in the 1500m at the league match at Wimbledon Park by winning the B race. She also took the 3000m B event. Rachael Dinsdale set a club veterans over 40 record in finishing third in the javelin. She was also runner-up in the shot and discus. Maire Gilmartin won the shot B and was runner-up in the discus B event. She was also in action on the track taking second place in the 800m B race and third in the 100m hurdles A race.

Team manager Heather Letley set a fine example with an energy-sapping afternoon competing in the 100, 200, 400 and 800m as well as the javelin and then linked up with Grima, Clifton and Rowena Hornshaw to help the Hercules Wimbledon team to third spot in the 4x400m relay.

Rebecca Dinsdale gained a double victory in the under 15 events taking the shot and discus with 7.89 and 21.46mShe was also fourth in the javelin. Her sister Jessica also competed in the under 15 shot, discus and javelin. Megan Le Doare achieved a personal best 3.76m in finishing third in the under 15 girls long jump.

On the track, Isabel Padt was runner-up in the under 15 girls 1500m and fourth in the 100m while Claire Rogers was third in the 200m and fifth in the 800m. Also on the track, Hercules Wimbledon's Hamed Agboke won his 400m race at an open meeting at Crawley in 51.47, just outside his best time of the season while Zoe Shannon was second in the 800m in 2:31.15.

Deon Coetzee finished second out of almost 300 runners in the Hard as Snails 10km off road event at Guildford in 39:26.


29-08-11 - HERCULES WIMBLEDON HOST FINAL LEAGUE MATCH

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club host their final Southern Women's league match at their Wimbledon Park athletics stadium headquarters on Saturday.

The match starts at 12.15pm with the hammer. The first track event, the under 17 300m hurdles is at 1.30pm and the final event of the meeting, the 4x400m relay is at 5pm. Six other teams are taking part in the meeting: East Grinstead, Haywards Heath, Hastings, Swale Combined, Paddock Wood and Chiltern.

Rachael Dinsdale who set a club shot and javelin over 40 veterans record in the previous league match at Hastings earlier this month will be in action in the throwing events. Heather Letley, who contested four track events in Hastings will also be competing . Amy Aronson who won the senior women's 1500m at Hastings and another winner in the previous match at Hastings, OlivIa Archdeacon, who won the discus with a personal best of 26.05m are also expected to be in the line-up at Wimbledon Park.

Rebecca Dinsdale, winner of the girls under 15 shot and discus events in the last match also expects to be throwing in the final contest.

Hercules Wimbledon face a busy fortnight. The following Saturday they host the annual Surrey County road relay championships involving dozens of teams from South London and Surrey.

Hercules Wimbledon president David Littlewood, currently in Daegu, South Korea, for the IAAF World Athletics Championships, where he is one of the international technical officials, has been re-elected for a further four year term on the federation's technical committee. He was one of 12 members elected to the committee at the IAAF's annual congress.

The anchor for Channel 4’s coverage of the IAAF World Championships is a former Hercules Wimbledon member Ortis Deley. He joined the club in July 1986 as a 13-year-old pupil of Ernest Bevin School, close to Tooting Bec Track where Hercules Wimbledon was based in those days. Declaring an interest in 200m, 400m, 800, high jump and javelin, his membership of the club was rather short lived. He left after two years. Hercules Wimbledon's Pete Mulholland said: "There is no knowledge of how well he performed and enquiries  to some of the older club members drew a lack of memory of him."

David Harris warmed up for his decathlon debut in next month's Surrey championships at Sutton Arena by winning no less than eight over 35 events in Veterans Athletic Club's championships at Battersea Park on Sunday. He gained victories in the 400m (61.22 seconds), 110m hurdles (23.40), high jump (1.35m), pole vault (2.20m), long jump (4.95m), shot (7.11m), discus (19.38m) and javelin (26.24m).

Clubmates Dave Orchard and John Webster gained a hat-trick of wins. Orchard won the over 50 100m, high jump (1.45m) and pole vault with a club record clearance of 2.85m. He was also second in the discus. Webster's successes came in the over 70 long jump (3.18m), triple jump (6.99m) and javelin (28.28m). He was also second in the discus. Pete Giles gained a double success in the over 65 800 and 1500m while Dennis Williams won the over 65 5000m. Angela Kikugawa set a club over 45 record in the women's 5000m.

Hercules Wimbledon's James Trapmore completed his fifth win in eight appearance when he won the Brockwell Park parkrun on Saturday in 16:47, finishing almost a minute clear of the second runner. Peter Collins was just 10 seconds outside his best time when he achieved his highest ever finishing position of second in his 58th appearance in the Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday. He clocked 18:41. Charles Hampden-Smith was first over 50 finisher in 20:18 and 14-year-old James Sharpe 32nd out of more than 200 runners in 21:11.

Hercules Wimbledon's Pete Giles finished just outside the medals in fourth place in the British Masters half-marathon championships in Leek, Staffordshire. He clocked 1 hour 52 minutes 4 seconds over a testing course described by one competitor as more like a fell race. The course rose from 300 to 1150 feet over the first seven miles and then there were two downhill stretches that were so steep it was impossible to race down them!


22-08-11 - CLUB PRESIDENT OFF TO WORLD CHAMPS

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club president David Littlewood, MBE, has flown out to the IAAF World Athletics Championships which start in Daegu, South Korea, on Saturday.

Littlewood, 74, a lifelong member of Hercules Wimbledon and one of Britain's top athletics officials is in Korea where he will be one of 10 International Technical Officials. Littlewood, who officiates at all major domestic athletics meetings - he was in action at Crystal Palace for the IAAF Diamond League London Grand Prix meeting earlier this month where he was a photo finish judge - has wide experience at Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth championships and has refereed the men's championship at the Virgin London Marathon for the past 26 years.

Since 1981, he has been secretary of the UK Rules Revision Group and has been responsible for producing UK Athletics rule book every two years. He has been appointed a senior official for the road events for next year's London Olympics. His involvement in schools athletics in England - he has been secretary of the English Schools Athletics Association since 1992 - puts him in demand at conferences around Europe on youth development in sport and in athletics in particular.

Apart from his officiating responsibilities in Korea he is also there to lobby support for his re-election to the IAAF Technical Committee which he first joined in 1996. In October 2009, Littlewood was presented with an IAAF Plaque in recognition of his lifelong contribution to athletics by Lord Sebastian Coe, an IAAF vice-president and chairman of the London Olympics organising committee. Hercules Wimbledon have decided to bid for national league status by putting in an application to compete in the British Athletics League qualifying match at Abingdon on September 17th. Hercules Wimbledon have been in the British League on two previous occasions in 1972 and 1973 and from 1987 to 1993. The club narrowly failed to achieve national league status two years ago.

"We dominated the track events in all six of our Southern League matches this summer and have moderate strength in the jumps," said senior men's team manager Fred Green. "We have recently recruited a good shot and discus thrower and that considerably strengthens one of our weaker areas. Overall, we are stronger than we were two years ago and, if we make the match, I'm sure we'll give a good account of ourselves."

Two athletes who made a vital contribution to Hercules Wimbledon's success in the Southern Men's League this summer, Liam White and Andrew Penney, were in action in the British Milers Club's Nike Grand Prix meeting in Birmingham on Saturday, both achieving lifetime best times. Penney, 20, clocked 3 minutes 56.78 seconds in his 1500m race to slice almost three seconds off his previous best time of 3:59.6 set when winning his Southern League race at Woking at the end of July.

Teenager White, 17, chopped more than a minute off his best time for 5000m as he clocked 15:00.44, a time which puts him fourth on the Hercules Wimbledon under 20 all-time list. It also ranks him 15th in the UK for his age group this season. His only previous appearance in a 5000m track race was at Woking at the end of July when he clocked 16:03.1 in winning his race.

Husband and wife team Claire and David Grima took a break from visiting Claire's parents in the West Country to compete in the Killerton parkrun in Devon. Claire won the women's race in a course record time of 18:32 finishing 16 seconds behind her husband who was third out of more than 100 runners.

Nearer home, Kieran White equalled his personal best time for the course when finishing third out of almost 700 runners in the Bushy Park parkrun in 16:05. Matthew Sharp, having only his fourth outing since breaking his leg while warming up for the English cross country championships at Alton Towers in February, continued to make progress when he finished seventh in 16:57, one second faster than he managed on his previous appearance in the event at the end of July.

Hercules Wimbledon over 45 veteran Frank Wood clocked a personal best 19:25 in finishing 17th out of 251 runners in the Wimbledon Common parkrun. It sliced six seconds off his previous best set in May. He led a group of 12 Hercules Wimbledon runners over the finishing line. Charles Hampden-Smith was first over 50 finisher in 20:09 while Maurice Sharp was top over 65 finisher in 21:21. Charles Lawrie was second over 60 finisher in 22:57 and Monika Crouse was fifth in the women's race in 22:47.


15-08-11 - WINNING END TO LEAGUE PROGRAMME

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club ended their Southern Men's League programme on a winning note when the club's 4x400m relay quartet won their event, the last of the five hour programme in the Division One match at Woodford on Saturday.

The quartet of Hamed Agboke, Liam White, Steve Davies and Dwayne Dowding secured victory in 3 minutes 33.42 seconds to end the club's season on an encouraging note. Dowding, returning to form after a belated start to the season caused by injury, also anchored the 4x100m relay team and earlier gained an impressive individual sprint double taking the 100 and 200m in 11.05 and 21.94.

The opening leg runner of the winning 4x400m relay squad, Hamed Agboke, also won the individual 400m in 51.31while White gained a double in the endurance events taking the 800 and 1500m in 1:59.69 and 4:03.34. Team captain Davies also won the high jump (1.80m) and 400m hurdles B race and was third in the 110m hurdles A event.

Other successes were achieved by Alex Robinson who gained a hat-trick of wins in taking the 800, 1500 and 5000m B races, three events where Hercules Wimbledon gained maximum points. Kieran White won the 500m A race. Hercules Wimbledon also gained maximum points in the 100 and 200m with Richard Agyapong winning the B races in 11.21 and 22.80.

While Hercules Wimbledon athletes were dominant on the track winning 14 of the 20 events, the club found the going harder in the field events where their athletes secured just one win in the high jump. Jonathan Grayson had a busy afternoon taking second and third place in the long and triple jump A events, finishing second in the high jump B and also winning the 110m hurdles B race.

Overall, Hercules Wimbledon were runners-up in the match behind league champions City of Portsmouth and finished a sound eighth overall in the 25-team division. Match result: 1 City of Portsmouth 133; 2 Hercules Wimbledon 115; 3 Woodford Green with Essex Ladies 107; 4 Ipswich 91; 5 Dacorum & Tring 83.5. Final standings: 1 City of Portsmouth 28; 2 Bexley 28; 3 Brighton & Hove 28; 4 Bedford & County 26; 5 Highgate 24; 6 Newbury 24; 7 Ipswich 22; 8 Hercules Wimbledon 22.

Hercules Wimbledon's Andrew Penney had an outstanding run in the Perserverance 5km road race at Wimbledon Park on Sunday when he finished in runners-up spot. The race also incorporated the Surrey championship. Penney tracked defending champion Pascar Owor all the way round the testing, hilly, course and was only 13 seconds behind by the time he reached the finishing line on the Wimbledon Park athletics track in 15:55 to clinch the Surrey silver medal. It was his first-ever 5km race on the road and is the seventh best ever recorded by a Hercules Wimbledon athlete.

Penney, who was running just one day after celebrating his 20th birthday, posted a much faster time than his best ffor the same distance on the track of 16:50.6. It also continues an impressive summer in which he has improved on his best times for 800, 1500 and 3000m.

Second Hercules Wimbledon finisher was Alexie Calvert-Ansari who was 29th in 17:33 with Pat Wright 39th in 18:07 and Alex Urban 41st in 18:12. Caire Grima just missed out on a medal in the women's championship where she finished fourth in 18:32Hannah Fernando was eighth in 20:27.

Hercules Wimbledon's Ben Palmer was in action for Surrey in the men's under 17 inter-counties match at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Sunday. He finished second in the 3000m B race to help Surrey to third place in the match.

This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon face a long trip to Hastings for their final Southern Women's match of the season. at Ashton Playing Fields, Woodford, on Saturday, starting at 1pm. Meanwhile, Hercules Wimbledon's Adam Magni has been selected to represent Surrey in the South of England under 15 inter-counties match at Abingdon on Sunday. Magni is down to compete in the 80m hurdles and shot.


8-08-11 - BUSY WEEKEND FOR DEFENDING CHAMPION

Reigning champion Pascar Owor facing a quick dash back from the north-east to defend his Surrey 5km road running title at Wimbledon Park on Sunday. Owor's appearance in the Hercules Wimbledon organised event will represent the second leg of a busy weekend. On Saturday he competes in a British League meeting at Gateshead and then makes a 300-mile journey south for the 9.30am start of the Wimbledon Park event.

The Surrey championship is being decided in conjunction with the Perseverance Wimbledon Dash 5km and it will be the second time Hercules Wimbledon will have staged the championship. In last year's inaugural staging, Owor won comfortably in 15 minutes 20 seconds going to the front of the 200-strong field as the runners emerged from Wimbledon Park athletics stadium heading for the roads. He won by almost half-a-minute.

Organisers are hoping for another good turn-out on Sunday with £75, £50 and £25 vouchers for the top three male and female finishers. There will also be medals for the top three seniors and veterans and top three teams. Entries costing £10 a head will be taken on the day.

Hercules Wimbledon have warned those intending to run on Sunday to allow ample time to reach the venue as the staging of the test event for the Olympic cycling road race being held on the same day will result in road closures in nearby towns including Kingston, Putney and Richmond.

Hercules Wimbledon are facing a busy time over the next few weeks with the club hosting the annual Surrey road relay championships at Wimbledon Park athletics stadium on Saturday, September 10th, and then, on Sunday, October 2nd, stage the annual Barry Jones 10km road race.

Hercules Wimbledon's Liam White had a disappointing time in the junior men's 3000m race at the prestigious Aviva London Grand Prix Diamond League meeting at Crystal Palace on Friday night. White, who was forced to take time out in the run up to the event with a calf muscle injury, looked heavy as he battled round the seven-and-a-half laps in front of a capacity crowd. He finished down the field 8:46.67 some way off his best time this season of 8:32.57 and his personal best of 8:31.57 set at Crystal Palace a year ago.

Hercules Wimbledon's Medena Knespl broke the women's course record when she won the elite women's event in the Urban Epic Triathlon in Boston, USA on Sunday in 1:02:16. She completed the 880 yards swim in 12:35, the 8.9 miles bike ride in 24:40 and the 3.9 miles run un 23:47.Clubmate Deon Coetzee finished 11th out of almost 800 competitors in the Dextro Triathlon in London's Hyde Park on Saturday in 2:04:53. He completed the 1.5km swim in 20:03, 36km bike ride in 1:02:40 and 10km run in 37:19. Peter Lee, who clocked a faster 35:49 in the run was 55th in 2:13:48. He completed the swim in 29:25 and the bike ride in 1:03:20.

Hercules Wimbledon's Claire Grima was first woman finisher in the Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday. She cocked 18:35 to finish 12th out of 247 runners. She was just pipped by husband David who was eighth in 17:56. Jeremy Purnell was 19th in 19:40, Charles Hampden-Smith 30th (20:22) and Hannah Fernando 32nd and second woman in 20:42 James Trapmore was runner-up in the Crystal Palace parkrun in 16:25.

Over 50 veteran Dave Orchard set a club over 50 shot record when he won the event with 10.87m at a Veterans AC meeting at Wimbledon Park. He also won the over 50 discus with 31.84m. Hercules Wimbledon had their fair share of winners with Mark Giraud winning the 200m in 24.7 and David Harris the 400m in 61.3 ahead of David Harris (61.3). Harris won the over 35 shot and discus. John Webster was also a double winner taking the over 70 shot and discus events.

This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon contest their final Southern Men's League Division One match at Ashton Playing Fields, Woodford, on Saturday, starting at 1pm.


1-08-11 - TOP LEAGUE PERFORMANCE OF THE SUMMER

Hercules Wimbledon's senior men's team produce their best Southern Men's League performance of the season when they won their penultimate Division One match at Woking - despite several absences.

Former junior international Austin Ferns, Surrey javelin representative Bekele Tola and top veteran discus thrower Rob Dinsdale were among those missing from the line-up at Woking due to injury. Also missing were brothers Chima and Nnamdi Odum who would have been valuable assets in the discus and triple jump. The club's top teenage endurance runner Liam White was also unavailable as he was taking a well earned break before competing in the junior men’s 3000m race at this weekend's Aviva London Grand Prix meeting at Crystal Palace.

Stand in 400m hurdlers Ed Saywell and Lance Power got the club off to a fine start on the track by finishing second and respectively in their event. An Richard drew Penney and Alex Robinson maintained the good start by gaining maximum points in the 800m winning the A and B string races in 1 minute 57.8 seconds and 2:00.8. they then completed an endurance double by winning their 1500m races in 3:59.1 and 4:03.7.

The meeting saw the return after injury of the club's top sprinter, Dwayne Dowding, He showed good form winning the 200m by almost 10 metres in 21.8 with Richard Agyapong, who was third in the 100m A race, second in the 200m B race. Teenager Jonathan Osborne produced one of the best efforts on the track in winning the 400m in his best time of the summer, 49.5. Hamed Agboke was second in the B event.

Devonte Casely-Hayford linked up with Agyapong, Saruchera and Dowding to take third place in the sprint relay before the 4x400m relay quartet of Agboke, Davies, Dowding and Osbourne ended the meeting on the winning note by winning the final track event.

Veteran Kieran White completed a hat-trick of club records by finishing third in his 5000m race. His time of 15:42.5 was a club veteran over 35 record. At an open meeting at Watford three days earlier he set a club veteran over 35 3000m record of 8:50.61 while at an open meeting at Tooting Bec the previous weekend he set a veterans over 35 record for 800m with 2:08.17.

Rory McMahon won the 5000m B race and was third in the steeplechase A race to add to the club's total on the track where team captain Steve Davies and Jonathan Grayson were second and first in their 110m hurdles races.

Davies produced the best field event performance in winning the high jump with a lifetime best of 1.85m, a Hercules Wimbledon veteran over 35 record and the best UK veteran over 35 high jump effort this summer. Grayson was second in the B event before winning the triple jump B contest where Hercules Wimbledon got maximum points with Jimmy Saruchera winning the A contest.

Over 50 veteran Dave Orchard had a busy afternoon winning the pole vault B competition and also contesting the shot, discus, hammer and javelin. Match result: 1 Hercules Wimbledon 128.5; 2 Newbury 120; 3 Newquay & Par 117; 4 Thames Valley Harriers 85; 5 Aldershot, Farnham & District 76.5.

Hercules Wimbledon are staging the Perserverance 5km Dash road race from their Wimbledon Park track headquarters on Sunday, August 14th, starting at 9.30am. The race also incorporates the Surrey championship and is the final event in the Surrey road league series. Entries are being taken up to August 9th with prizes of £75, £50 and £25 for the top three men and women finishers.

Entries cost £7 for licensed UK athletic club members, £9 for those not affiliated to an athletics club and £10 on the day of the race. More information and online entry can be found at www.runnersdigest.co.uk. Belgrave's Paskar Owor won the race in 2010 with Joe Toomey the top Hercules Wimbledon finisher in 11th place. More than 200 runners took part.

Also on the road, Hugh Saxby was second veteran over 55 in the Elmbridge 10km road race at Walton in 37:15. Alison Purnell was second woman over 45 veteran in 46:15.

Hercules Wimbledon are competing in the 2011 Rosenheim League final at Kingsmeadow Stadium next Wednesday (August 10th) starting at 6.45pm.


25-07-11 - TEENAGER WHITE TO RACE IN TOP LONDON MEET

Liam White, Hercules Wimbledon's top teenage endurance runner booked his ticket for London's top athletics meeting of the year when he achieved the qualifying time for the junior 3000m on Saturday. White, 17, emerged from three traumatic weeks to clock the time in a British Milers' Club race at Stretford. He clocked 8 minutes 32.57 seconds just inside the 8:34.00 qualifying time required. Three weeks earlier, White's chances of making the prestigious Aviva London Grand Prix Diamond League meeting at Crystal Palace on Friday, August 6, seemed to have all but disappeared as he trailed home last in the senior boys 1500m final at the English schools championships at Gateshead after pulling a calf muscle.

White was forced to take two weeks off training and racing at a crucial time in his preparations for Crystal Palace. "Before the English schools championships there would have been no problem qualifying. I was fairly confident as I ran 8:31.57 last year although I was fitter then," said White.

He added: "After the injury I started back gradually and I've been running for a fortnight now." White tried to achieve the qualifying time at the final Rosenheim League east division match at Tooting Bec on Wednesday of last week but missed out by just over five seconds finishing fourth in a paced race. His time at Stretford was exactly one second outside his best time for the distance which was set at the Crystal Palace meeting last year.

White underwent a spree of exams in the days before his fateful appearance in the English schools championships. He sat 14 exams in a fortnight taking A levels at chemistry, physics, economics, maths and further maths.

Top Hercules runner in the 3000m race at Tooting Bec was 19-year-old Andrew Penney who was racing over the distance for the first time. He clocked 8:37.0 ahead of clubmates Alex Robinson (8:37.7) and White (8:39.4).

Hercules Wimbledon qualified for the Rosenheim League final at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Wednesday August 10 with a win in the east division match. The 4x200m quartet of Justin Smith, Hamed Agboke, Joseph Chukwuadimula and Olu Oduwisi crossed the line in final event of the match in 1:36.2.

Another Hercules Wimbledon winner was Jimmy Saruchera in the high jump (1.70m). There were a string of second places with Oduwusi just pipped in the 100 and 200m where he clocked 11.3 and 23.0, Agboke second in the 400m in 53.0, James Trapmore second in the 1500m (4:22.0), Jonathan Grayson second in the long jump and Remigijus Jarutis second in the shot (11.98m). Jaruritis managed a better performance of 12.16m when he won the shot at an open meeting at Tooting Bec on Saturday.

Hercules Wimbledon had a hat-trick of winners in the women's match with Zoe Shannon (5:09.3), Ruth Clifton (10:38.8) and Rachael Dinsdale (7.69m) taking the 1500m, 3000m and shot.

There was encouraging news for Hercules Wimbledon's Matt Sharp who returned to racing after a five month gap after he broke an ankle while warming up for the English cross country championships at Alton Towers in February. Sharp, who spent several weeks on crutches following his break, finished eighth out of almlst 700 runners in the Bushy Park parkrun on Saturday in 17:21. He was 47 seconds slower than his best time for the course set in January when he was building up for the Virgin London marathon in April, which he subsequently missed. His Bushy Park parkrun performance in January was his sixth consecutive improvement in the event.

Amy Aronson was the first Hercules Wimbledon finisher in the Wimbledon Common parkrun when she won the women's event in 19:42. She was 16th out of more than 200 runners. Over 45 veteran Frank Wood was two places behind in 19:47 with over 50 veteran Charles Hampden-Smith 26th in 20:13. Maurice Sharp was top over 65 finisher taking 44th place in 21:35.

This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon compete in their fifth Southern Men's League match of the season at Woking on Saturday.


18-07-11 - WINNING TRIO AT YOUNGSTERS MEETING

Hercules Wimbledon youngsters were in good form in the final South London Athletics Network meeting at Sutton Arena with Sobon Inayat taking second place overall in the boys under 15 competition. Inayat won the high jump with 1.55m and finished third in the 100m in 13.20 seconds before joining up with Sam Oswald, Alex Bond and Alex Bisnouth to anchor the Hercules Wimbledon team in the sprint relay. Bisnouth also competed in the 1500m.

Two other Hercules Wimbledon winners were Alex Bond who won the boys under 13 long jump with 3.85m and Sam Oswald who took the boys under 13 100m in 13.70. Oswald was was also third in the long jump with 3.77m. Bond was also second in the javelin with 14.73m and ninth in the 800m in 2:48.9.

In the girls under 15 contest Rebecca Dinsdale was third in the shot with a personal best of 7.75m and was eighth in the javelin with 16.02m.

Dinsdale was also in action in the Lily B League finals at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Saturday where she won the girls under 15 shot and discus with 7.46 and 19.01m and was second in the javelin with 11.19m. On the track, Emma Headley won the girls under 15 1500m in 5:04.1 and was third in the 200m. She also won the shot B. Imogen Willis was runner-up in the 200m B race. In the girls under 13 events, Jessica Dinsdale was fourth in the shot, discus and javelin and Katie Headley fourth in the long jump.

At the other end of the age range Carmelina Hancock set a women's over 60 club record of 31:00 in the Self Transcendence 5km road race in Battersea Park on Monday night. More than 100 runners took part in the race and the first Hercules Wimbledon finisher was over 45 veteran Stuart Fraser who was seventh in 17:10. Another over 45 veteran Frank Wood was 43rd in 19:40, Stu Littlewood was third over 55 veteran in 21:13 and Dennis Williams top over 65 finisher in 22:44.

Also on the road, Hercules Wimbledon's Phil Glynn headed home a 250-plus strong field to win the Jim Braben Memorial 10km multi terrain race on Wimbledon Common on Sunday in 35:41. He was more than half-a-minute faster than the time he achieved in winning the same event back in 2006. Clubmate Peter Collins was 21st in 40:46 with over 45 veteran Frank Wood 34th in 42:05. Amy Aronson was third in the women's race in 43:35.

Maurice Sharp was top over 60 finisher in the Self Transcendence 10 miles road race in Battersea Park on Saturday in 1:13:39. Frank Wood was third over 45 finisher in 1:08:17. Tom Cheetham was 13th veteran over 40 finisher in the Elmore seven miles road race at Chipstead on Saturday in 46:46. He was 51st out of 326 finishers.

Hercules Wimbledon's James Davis was 15th out of more than 6000 runners in trhe Standard Chartered City 5km road race in the Square Mile. He clocked 16:30 less than a minute behind the race winner.

Representing Kent, Hercules Wimbledon's Alex Bruce-Littlewood won the 5000m in 15:24.69 in the eight-sided senior inter-counties match at Hemel Hempstead on Sunday. Also on the track, Kyran Mitchell-Nanton won his 200m race at the Crawley AC open meeting in 23.00.

This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters are competing in the final Ebbisham boys league meeting at Croydon Sports Arena on Sunday. The club's road runners are due in action in the Elmbridge 10km road race at Walton, also on Sunday.

The Girls are competing in the Lily B League girls young athletes league finals at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Saturday. Next Wednesday (July 20th), Hercules Wimbledon contest the final Rosenheim League east division match at Tooting Bec starting at 6.45pm.


11-07-11 - WINNING RETURN FOR JAVELIN THROWER TOLA

Hercules Wimbledon's top javelin thrower Bekele Tola made a winning return to competition after an absence of three years when he competed in a Southern men's league Division One match at Twickenham on Saturday.

Bekele emerged after three traumatic years during which he underwent a kidney transplant. He has managed to keep fit through weight training and his appearance at Twickenham was the first time he had thrown a javelin since August 2008. Bekele, 41, achieved a winning throw of 52.18m to break the Hercules Wimbledon veterans over 40 record. He improved on the throw of 49.80m set by John Webster in 1990.

"It is great to be competing again," said Tola, who plans to turn out in the club's next Southern League match at Woking on July 30th. "At one point I wasn't sure I would be able to compete again. Before I had my transplant I was undergoing dialysis three times a week. But I'm pleased to say I'm fine now," said Tola. He also competed in the shot.

Another Hercules Wimbledon veteran to return to action after a long absence was Geoff Walcott. Walcott chose the World Masters Championships in Sacremento for his first competition for almost two years. The last time he competed was at the World Masters Championships in Finland in August 2009 where he competed in the over 55 200 and 400m. Walcott, 59, who has dogged by injury for the past two years, just failed to make the veterans over 55 100m final in Sacremento after finishing third in his heat in 12.89 seconds and fifth in his semi-final in a slightly swifter 12.86. He was also due to compete in the 200 and 400m.

Apart from Tola's win, Hercules Wimbledon had a string of successes at Twickenham. Teenager Andrew Penney gained a middle-distance double winning the 1500m in 4:10.9 and the 800m B race in 2:01.5. He later helped the 4x400m relay team to second place. Alex Robinson, regaining his best form after injury, secured maximum points in the 1500m in winning the B race in 4:13.4 and was also second in the 800m A race. Teenager Tim Livingstone, running as a non-scorer, sliced half-a-second off his previous best in finishing second in the B race in 2:02.6.

Kieran White and James Davies also gained maximum points in the 5000m . White set a Hercules Wimbledon over 35 veterans record in winning the A race in 16:08.3 with Davies taking the B race in 16:17.2. Cale Edmunds (6.60m) and Jonathan Grayson (6.17m) also gained maximum points in winning the long jump A and B competitions. Grayson had a busy afternoon also taking second spot in the high jump and 110m hurdles B events, and finishing fourth in the triple jump A before running a leg for the 4x400m relay team. Team captain Steve Davies was runner-up in the sprint hurdles in 16.8 before running the opening leg for the 4x400m relay team.

Sprinter Richard Agyapong showed his best form of the summer in finishing runner-up in the 100 and 200m A races in 11.2 and 22.8. Olu Aduwusi won the 100m B race in 11.3 and teenager Jonathan Osbourne won the 200m B race in a personal best of 22.7. Agyapong, Osbourne, Aduwusi and Joseph Chukwuadinula combined to take second place in the 4x100m relay, the same time as the winners.

Teenager Rebecca Dinsdale and Emily Martin both gained a double successes in the Southern Women's League match at Crawley. Dinsdale won the girls under 15 shot and discus events with 7.38 and 20.70m. She was also fourth in the javelin.

Martin won the senior 100m in 12.7 and long jump with 5.38m. Martin was also second in the javelin and third in the shot and hammer. Her mum Ann was third in the hammer B.

On the track, Amy Aronson and Steph and Claire Grima gained maximum points in the 1500m winning the A and B races in 5:29.0 and 5:30.8 while Claire Grima won the 3000m in a personal best of 10:26.1 with Aronson winning the B event.

Rachael Dinsdale set a veteran over 40 club record in finishing third in the javelin B as well as winning the shot B, and taking second place in the discus. Hugh Saxby was top over 50 veteran in Claygate Country five miles multi-terrain race on Sunday in 29:51, finishing ninth out of more than 400 runners. He posted the top age-graded performance with clubmate Pete Giles, the first over 65 finisher in 41st place in 33:37, posting the second best age-graded effort.

This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are competing in the Lily B League girls young athletes league finals at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Saturday. Next Wednesday (July 20th), Hercules Wimbledon contest the final Rosenheim League east division match at Tooting Bec starting at 6.45pm.


4-07-11 - KNESPL QUALIFIES FOR USA TRIATHLON FINALS

Hercules Wimbledon's Transatlantic-based student Medena Knespl has qualified for the USA Triathlon finals next month after winning her age group competition despite having a disastrous experience in the bike section.

Knespl, who was competing 11 days before her 23rd birthday won the North East Regional 20-24 age group championship at Middlebury, Connecticut after finishing runner-up in the swim in 10 minutes 51 seconds and third in the 6.2 miles run inn 40:43. She would have done even better had she not lost her chain in the 25 miles bike ride which she completed in 1:15:01.

However, Knespl, who is studying at Boston University, did enough to win her age group and qualify for the national age group finals which are being staged at Burlington, Vermont, on August 20th.

Another Hercules Wimbledon athlete in form is Kieran White who smashed his own course record in winning the Lloyd Park 5km parkrun on Saturday in 16:36. He finished almost three minutes ahead of his nearest rival in chopping 25 seconds off his previous best time for the course. His previous record was set in March.

It was a promising warm-up for White who competes over 5000m in Hercules Wimbledon's fourth Southern Men's League match at Twickenham on Saturday. Hercules Wimbledon's Ruth Clifton clocked a personal best in winning the women's event in Saturday's Wimbledon Common parkrun in 18:30. She was 11th out of 260 runners. His time sliced 16 seconds off her previous best for the course which was set a fortnight earlier. Amy Aronson who was competing in the event for the first time was second woman to finish in 19:18, with Claire Grima, who pushed her baby son Luca round the course, third in 20:41.

Over 45 veteran Stephen McDuell also improved on his personal best time in finishing sixth out of 263 runners in the Richmond Park parkrun in 18:50. His time took two seconds off his previous best for the course.

Talented Hercules Wimbledon youngster Adam Magni gained a double triumph in the Independent Schools National Championships at Birmingham. Magni, 14, set an Independent Schools championship record in winning the under 15 boys 80m hurdles in 11.6. He also won the shot with 12.89m.

It proved a useful warm-up for his debut appearance in the English schools championships in Gateshead at the weekend where he reached the final of the junior boys 80m hurdles. He battled to sixth in 11.65 after winning both his heat and semi-final races in faster times. His 11.58 in winning his heat was the fourth fastest of the qualifying round. He clocked a slightly slower 11.62 in winning his semi-final which was the second fastest of the 16 competitors. However, he was unable to repeat his preliminary round form in the final.

Another Hercules Wimbledon athlete in action at Gateshead was Liam White who finished a disappointing 12th in the senior boys 1500m in 4:10.07. Earlier he was sixth in his heat in a faster 3:58.01 but only just managed to qualify for the 12-man final.

Former junior international hurdler Austin Ferns warmed up for this weekend Southern Men's League match at Twickenham by clocking 14.80 and 53.77 in finishing second and third, respectively, in the 110m and 400m hurdles in a league meeting at Leigh over the weekend.

Emma Headley was Hercules Wimbledon's only winner in the Lily B Young Athletes Girls League meeting at Sutton Arena on Saturday. She won the under 15 1500m in 4:57.8. She was also third in the shot B and fourth in the 200m.

Hercules Wimbledon’s Steph Robson finished seventh in the over 35 category in the British Masters 5km road running championship in Horwich. She clocked 20:30 in her first race over the distance for four years. He time puts her third on the Hercules Wimbledon women's over 35 all-time rankings.

  Hercules Wimbledon face a busy weekend with teams in action in both the Southern Men's and Southern Women's Leagues. The senior men are competing in the fourth of this season's Southern Men's League meetings at Twickenham while the women face a trip to Crawley. Hercules Wimbledon are joint hosts of the final South London Athletics Network young athletes meeting which is being staged at Sutton Arena next Wednesday (July 13th) starting at 6.30pm.


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