PRESS RELEASES for Hercules Wimbledon AC  


 
24-09-13 - VETERAN FRASER HITS IMPRESSIVE FORM

Fresh from anchoring Hercules Wimbledon to team bronze medals in the Surrey veterans over 40 road relay championships at Wimbledon Park, 47-year-old Stuart Fraser gave another impressive display when he was just edged out on the line in Saturday's Wimbledon Common 5km parkrun.
 
Fraser, who earlier this month beat a 130-strong field to win the Insurance 10km road running title in Battersea Park in 35 minutes 34 seconds, was just outsprinted on Wimbledon Common where he lost out by one second.
 
However, his time of 17:19 was the second best age-graded effort of the day, was his best parkrun 5km time for four years and was just two seconds outside his best-ever time set on Wimbledon Common in September 2009.
 
Fraser headed home a bumper 20 Hercules Wimbledon runners in the Wimbledon Common race. Alexie Calvert-Ansari, turning out for his first race for almost a year, was 10th out of almost 400 runners in 18:02. However, he was only 17 seconds slower than the time he posted on his last appearance in the Wimbledon Common event in October last year.
 
Rohan Crouse posted a personal best time of 19:13 in finishing 21st to take 40 seconds off his previous best time set on his last appearance in the Wimbledon Common event in August 2011. Another Hercules Wimbledon runner to improve on his previous best was David Gold who was 24th in 19:31, a 21 second improvement on his previous best set in August.
 
Emilie Bokor-Ingram also bettered her previous best in finishing second in the women's race in 19:44, taking 11 seconds off her previous best time set a fortnight earlier.
 
Teenager Connor Bindler finished sixth out of 1237 runners in the Teach First 10km road race near Tower Bridge on Sunday. He clocked 38:28, less than two minutes behind the winner.
 
One of Hercules Wimbledon's Surrey road relay title-winning team, Joe Clark, posted a personal best time in finishing fourth out of more than 1000 runners in the Richmond Running Festival half-marathon on Sunday in 77:08. His time took more than two minutes off his previous best set at Reading in March. Clubmate Andy Greenwood was 23rd in 85:14.
 
With Clark running in Richmond he was absent from the Hercules Wimbledon team which contested the South of England road relay championship at Aldershot on the same day. The weakened sextet failed by just one place and 12 seconds to qualify for the national championship after finishing 29th out of 80 teams in 2:01:54. Once again, the fastest member of the team was Matt Sharp who stormed round the opening leg in 19:25 to hand over in 37th place. Fred Slemeck (19:55) moved up to 31st place before Kieran White (19:40) moved through to 26th. Reserve runner Phil Glynn (22:11) slipped to 36th with Alex Robinson (20:20) and Rob Tuer (20:23) moving through to 33rd and 29th places respectively on the final two stages.
 
Pensioner Maurice Sharp, who the previous weekend helped Hercules Wimbledon take the silver medals in the Surrey championships, ran the opening leg for the veterans over 60 team which finished ninth in 1:49:12. Sharp handed over in eighth place in 27:14 with Martin Miller moving up to seven in posting the fastest time of the quartet, 26:00. Dave Betts held onto seventh place clocking 27:09 while Stu Littlewood (28:49) slipped to ninth.
 
17-09-13 - MEDAL-WINNING START TO AUTUMN SEASON

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club made a flying start to their autumn racing programme with a bagful of medals in the annual Surrey road relay championships at Wimbledon Park on Saturday.
 
There were team victories for both the senior men's and women's veteran over 35 teams with silver medals for the men's veterans over 60 and bronze for the men's over 40 teams.
 
Marathon-running mum Claire Grima was one of two Hercules Wimbledon runners to gain individual medals for posting the fastest individual times in their categories. Being cheered on by sons Luca and Jasper as well as husband David, she stormed round the opening leg for the veterans women's over 35 team in 16 minutes 53 seconds, the fastest time of the day, to hand over to Estle Viljoen two minutes clear. Viljoen stretched the lead to three minutes as she completed the three miles circuit in 19:34 with Caroline Glynn (22:04) and Alison Purnell (20:27) keeping Hercules Wimbledon in the gold medal-winning position.
 
The senior men's team also led from start to finish to regain the title they last won in 2011. Rob Tuer made a solid start in 15:04, handing over four seconds clear before Kieran White, still recovering from suffering a broken collar bone after falling off his bike, went slightly faster clocking 15:02 to extend the lead to 46 seconds before Freddie Slemeck (15:04) moved more than two minutes clear of the second placed team.
 
Joseph Clark, making his Surrey relay debut, kept Hercules Wimbledon in front with 15:22 on the fourth leg, maintaining the two minute lead, with Alex Robinson, coming back from injury, clocking 15:40 on the penultimate leg before Matt Sharp came storming home on the last leg in 14:54 to clock the fastest Hercules Wimbledon time of the day to bring the team home in 1:31:08, more than two-and-a-half minutes clear of the silver medallists.
 
Hercules Wimbledon chairman Dave Clarke, three times English national cross country champion in the 1980's, still showed his class as he posted the fastest time for the veteran men's over 50 team which finished fifth. He clocked 16:41 for the three miles circuit. Other members of the team were Adam Fenton (19:07), Tom Morris (20:28) and Charles Lawrie (21:24).
 
Anchor leg runner Stuart Fraser (16:48) was the fastest member of the veterans over 40 team which he lifted into bronze medal position missing out on silver medals by just 10 seconds. First leg runner Jeremy Purnell was eighth in 18:29 with Stuart Bond (18:51) slipped to 10th position. Then came a storming run by Peter Lee of 16:57 which lifted the team to sixth place just under three minutes behind the bronze medallists. Then came Fraser's superb run in which he took Hercules Wimbledon into the bronze medal position more than a minute clear of the fourth places team.
 
Pensioners Maurice Sharp and Dennis Williams linked up with Dave Betts to take the silver medals in the men's veterans over 60 category in 63:31. Betts was fifth on the opening leg in 20:40 with Sharp moving through to second in 21:00, a position held by Williams with 21:51 on the anchor leg.
 
Marathon runner Fran Clarke was the fastest member of the senior women's team anchoring the quartet home in 20:12. Other members of the team were Heather Letley (23:13), Fenella Willis (22:06) and Marilena de Luca (23:46). which
The day after posting the fastest time for her age group, Grima broke her own Hercules Wimbledon women's half-marathon record when she clocked 1:21:33 in the Bristol half-marathon on Sunday. She was third woman veteran over 35 at Bristol where her time bettered her previous club record of 1:21:51 set at Stroud in October 2008.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's Medena Knespl took the bronze medal in the ITU Aquathlon Women's 25-29 World Championships in Hyde Park in 33:34. She was less than a minute behind the winner completing the one kilometre swim in 13:56 and the 5km run in 18:43. 
10-09-13 - HW HOST SURREY ROAD RELAYS CHAMPS

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club host the Surrey road relay championships at their Wimbledon Park track headquarters on Saturday. The championships have been staged at Wimbledon Park since 1998 with Hercules Wimbledon senior men winning their event in 2011.
 
Their prospects have been boosted by a good performance by Kieran White, one of the winning squad two years ago, just weeks after he broke his collar bone in a cycling accident. White, taking part in his first race since incurring the injury, headed home a 160-strong field to win the Dulwich Park 5km parkrun on Saturday in 16 minutes 33 seconds. White, 37, was just 16 seconds outside the time he achieved in winning the event the last time he raced in Dulwich Park in April.
 
Hercules Wimbledon will be handicapped by injuries and absences in their bid to get among the medals this year. There are contests for senior men and women, veteran over 40, 50 and 60 for men, and veteran  over 35 and 45 for women.
All competitors will complete a three mile lap which takes in Church Road, passing the All-England tennis club, St Mary's Road, Arthur Road and Home Park Road, starting and finishing on the athletics track. The senior men teams complete six laps, the men's veterans over 40 and over 50 and women veterans over 35 teams four laps and the men's veterans over 60 and women's veterans over 45 teams three laps.
 
The relays all start at 12noon at the athletics track. The final runner is due in after about two hours. The relays will be the final event at Wimbledon Park for a while as work on a refurbishment programme, which is expected to last six weeks.
 
Another Hercules Wimbledon parkrun winner on Saturday was Jonathan Cornish who beat a 194-strong field  at Abingdon to cross the line first in 16:48, 41 seconds ahead of the second runner.
 
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's United States-based triathlete Medena Knespl warmed up for the World Aquathlon championships being staged in London's Hyde Park with an impressive performance in the Hillingdon duathlon in Minet Park, Hayes.
 
Knespl was first woman finishing third overall in 35:27, less than two minutes behind the winner. Knespl, 26, who is based in Boston, completed the first one mile run in 5:26, the 10 miles bike ride in 24:38 and the second one mile run three seconds faster than her first run in 5:23. Her runs were also both faster than  those posted by the event winner.
 
Hercules Wimbledon teenager Zoe Illis made a record-breaking debut when she competed in her first-ever parkrun on Wimbledon Common on Saturday, Illis, 16, broke the Hercules Wimbledon women's under 17 5km record held by Medena's younger sister Michaela when she finished third woman in 20:10 to take nine seconds off the previous mark set by Medena over the same course in December 2009.
 
Top Hercules Wimbledon finisher in a record field of 416 runners was another teenager Matthew Gibbons who was ninth in 18:20. Adam Harwood was 12th in 18:31 and over 40 veteran Felix Allen 21st in 19:03. Over 45 veteran Tom Cheetham was 31st in 19:39 with Emilie Bokor-Ingram 36th and second woman in a personal best time of 19:55.
 
Allen and Cheetham completed busy weekends when they finished fourth and sixth out of 274 runners in the Capital Runners 10km road race in Richmond Park on Sunday in 39:09 and 39:28, respectively.
 
Two other Hercules Wimbledon runners to post good parkrun performances were teenager Cassian Hyde who was seventh out of 1000 runners in Bushy Park in 16:55 and Andy Thwaites who was seventh out of 398 runners in Norman Park, Bromley, in 18:49. 
3-09-13 - HW YOUNGSTERS SHOW GOOD FORM
 
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club youngsters showed fine form in meetings on Wimbledon Common, in Richmond Park and at Ewell over the weekend.
 
Best of the bunch was 12-year-old Oscar White who smashed his personal best time in finishing seventh out of more than 300 runners in the Richmond Park 5km parkrun on Saturday in 19 minutes 6 seconds. His time was the second best age-graded performance in Saturday's field and the second best-ever recorded by a Hercules Wimbledon runner with Harris Mier breaking the record earlier this summer with 18:50.
 
White's time also took 52 seconds off his previous best set in Richmond Park in October 2011 and it was his first appearance in the Richmond park event for almost a year.
 
Teenager Connor Bindler also posted a personal best time when he finished fifth out of more than 400 runners in the Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday. Bindler, who like White is a member of the young athletes endurance group coached by Hercules Wimbledon's Mark Livingstone, clocked 17:23 to improve on his previous best time set at the beginning of June by 31 seconds.
 
Bindler's time is the sixth best ever recorded by a Hercules Wimbledon under 17 runner and was the fifth best age-graded performance in Saturday's race. His clubmate Matt Gibbons was 17th in 18:46with over 35 veteran Oliver Evans 25th in a personal best of 19:09.
 
Bindler completed a busy weekend when he finished sixth out of more than 300 runners in the Capital Runners 10km multi-terrain race in Bushy Park on Sunday in 36:38.
 
There were two double winners among a contingent of 12 Hercules Wimbledon youngsters who contested the Lily B Girls League Plate final at Ewell on Saturday. Surrey County and Surrey Schools hurdles finalist Chloe Lord posted a personal best 29.6 in winning the under 15 200m while she also won the 75m hurdles in 13.2. She was also third in the 100m.
Another double winner was Katie Schot who won the under 17 shot and discus events. Jacqui Clark won the under 15 javelin while Zara Hashimi won the under 15 100m B race.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's marathon-running mum Claire Grima smashed the previous women's course record by around 30 seconds when she contested the Jurassic Coast multi-terrain 10km event in Budleigh Salterton, Devon, but was third woman finisher among more than 200 runners. She was 12th, and third woman, out of more than 200 runners in 40:02 with husband Dave finishing fourth overall, more than two minutes faster, in 37:52.
 
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon athletes are competing in the Surrey County Combined Events and track relay championships which are being staged at the David Weir Arena, Sutton, on both Saturday and Sunday. Also on Sunday, Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters will be competing in the final South London Athletics Network meeting at Tooting Bec, starting at 10am.
 
27-08-13 - NOW COWAN TAKES 200M RECORD

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club sprinter Dwayne Cowan broke the second club record in a week when he bettered the 27-year-old 200m mark twice when representing Surrey in the UK Inter-Counties track and field championships at Bedford on Sunday.
 
Cowan, 28, first bettered the mark in finishing second in his heat in 21.15 seconds. He then went even faster in the final where he was sixth in 21.08. His time eclipsed the club record of 21.4 set by Jason Hallifax at Colindale in July 1986. Cowan himself improved on his previous lifetime best of 21.47 set in the South of England championships at Ashford in June.
 
His record-breaking 200m run came a week after he broke the 54-year-old club 400m record in winning his race at an open meeting at Norman Park, Bromley, in 47.28. His performances ranked him in the top 30 in both events among UK runners this summer.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's Matt Sharp took the bronze medal in the Surrey 10000m track championship at Tooting Bec on Saturday. He clocked 33:18.4. Clubmate Rob Tuer was eighth out of 30 runners in 34:28.37. Also at Tooting, teenager Chad Miller won his 100m race and Hamed Agboke was second in his 400m race which were staged as part of an open meeting. Fred Slemeck won his 1500m race at an open meeting at Watford on Wednesday of last week.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's Lisa Crow clocked a personal best time of 19:49 when she won the women's event in the Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday. She was 23rd overall out of more than 200 runners. It was her first appearance in the event this year and sliced five seconds off her previous best set when  she won the parkrun in April 2012.
 
However, she was the second Hercules Wimbledon finisher in Saturday's race. Top Hercules Wimbledon runner was Adam Harwood who was 11th in 18:51. David Gold was 29th in 20:16 and over 50 veteran Charles Hampden-Smith 37th in 20:49. Over 45 veteran John Townsend clocked a personal best of 22:02 in finishing 51st.It slicedd four seconds off his previous best set almost 12 months ago in September 2102.
 
A record 14 Hercules Wimbledon youngsters took part in the South London Athletics Network Super8 meeting at the David Weir Arena, Sutton, on Sunday.
 
Two Hercules Wimbledon athletes won their events in the Veterans AC championships at Battersea Park on Sunday. Mark White took the men's over 45 400m and Martin Miller the over 65 1500m. Miller was also second in the 800m.
 
Two of Hercules Wimbledon's Australian-based runners were in action on the road. Justin Kelly was 16th out oif more than 15000 runners in the City to Surf 12km road race in Perth in 42:03. Steve Stockwell was ninth out of more than 4500 runners in the City to Surf half-marathon  in 1:17:21.
 
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters will be in action Lily B Girls League final at Ewell Court on Saturday while some of the club's top young sprinters will be in action in the England age group championships at Bedford. 
20-08-13 - DWAYNE SMASHES 400M RECORD AGAIN

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's top 400m runner Dwayne Cowan bettered the club record he set in the Southern Men's League a week earlier when he won his 400m race at an open meeting at Norman Park, Bromley, on Saturday.

Cowan, 28, stormed round in 47.28 seconds to improve on the club record of 47.6 he set at Kingsmeadow the previous Saturday which itself erased the long-standing mark of international 400m hurdler Robin Woodland set in winning the Surrey title at Motspur Park in 1959. He won by almost a second.

Cowan was Hercules Wimbledon's only individual winner in the Rosenheim League final at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Wednesday of last week. He took the 200m in 21.65.

Cowan's was not the only top Hercules Wimbledon performance of the weekend. Teenager Rechmiel Miller, who just missed out on a medal when he finished fourth in the Surrey championships in May, stormed to a bronze medal in the South of England under 17 100m championships at Ashford on Saturday. He clocked 11.41 battling against a massive 3.5 metres per second headwind. Earlier, Miller, who just missed out on a place in Surrey's team for the English schools championships in Birmingham after taking second place in the Surrey Schools championships at Kingsmeadow, qualified for the final by finishing second in his 100m heat in 11.57.

Another Hercules Wimbledon athlete in action at Ashford was Cassian Hyde who took 10th place in the under 17 men's 1500m final in 4:11.95 after finishing fifth in his heat in a faster 4:11.68.

Hercules Wimbledon had two representatives at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow. Club president David Littlewood, who was there as an IAAF delegate, was pleasantly surprised to see a yelow and red Hercules Wimbledon vest appear on the track at the Luzhniki Stadium. It was being worn by 400m runner Hamed Agboke who was in Moscow working for a company that produced the computerised results. He romped home in his media 800m race a massive 37 seconds clear of the second runner which was probably the biggest winning margin in 800m history. Agboke and Littlewood met up after the race.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's James Garnier was runner-up in Saturday's Wimbledon Common parkrun. He clocked a personal best of 17:33, taking 53 seconds off his best time set when he finished 11th in July. Felix Allen also clocked a personal best of 18:29 when he finished 11th and second veteran over 40. He sliced 14 seconds off his previous best time set a fortnight earlier. Ruth Wallace was first woman in 18:48.

Hercules Wimbledon over 50 veteran Charles Hampden-Smith clocked his best parkrun time of the year when he finished 11th out of 98 runners in Peter Pan Park, Anlaby, West Hull, Yorkshire, on Saturday. He was the top veteran over 50 finisher.

On the road, marathon runner Tom Cheetham was 22nd out 378 runners in the Isle of Wight half-marathon on Sunday in 1:28:54. He was sixth veteran over 45.

This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters will be in action in second the South London Athletics Network Super 8 meeting of the season at the David Weir Arena, Sutton, on Sunday while the club's older athletes will be competing in the Veterans AC track and field championships at the Millennium Arena, Battersea Park.
 

13-08-13 - RECORD-BREAKING END TO LEAGUE PROGRAMME

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club ended its men's and women's Southern League programmes with some outstanding individual performances which included setting no less than six new club records.
 
Marathon-running mum Claire Grima smashed the club's veterans over 35 3000m record competing in the final Southern Women's League Premier Division match of the season at Horspath Track, Oxford on Saturday. She finished third in the race in 10 minutes 23 seconds. Her time took 3.1 seconds off her previous best set at Crawley in 2011.
 
It was the first leg of a busy weekend for Claire who, on Sunday, won the over 35 gold medal in winning her age category in the Surrey 5km road running championship which was staged in conjunction with Hercules Wimbledon's Perseverance road race at Wimbledon Park on Sunday. She was cheered on by her two children, Luca and Jasper and husband Dave as she also took the silver medal in the main championship. However, she was narrowly pipped by her brother-in-law Alex Grima who finished 38th in 18:20.
 
Former Commonwealth Games representative Alison Murray was a double record-breaker at Guildford where she set new marks for the senior and veteran over 35 women's categories with a pole vault clearance of 2.60m. Only winner at Oxford was teenager Venice Farr who won the 400m B race in 61.4, one-and-a-half seconds faster than the A string runner.
 
Three Hercules Wimbledon club records were set in the Southern Men's league final at Thames Valley Athletics Stadium, Eton, where the club dominated the track events. Ex-footballer Dwayne Cowan smashed one of the oldest club records when he took the 400m in 47.6 to chop a massive 1.2 seconds off his previous best for the distance. His time erased the 48.1 mark set by international 400m hurdler Robin Woodland in winning the Surrey title at Motspur Park in 1959 and equalled by John Gostelow in 1976, nine years before Cowan was born.
 
Teenage sprinter Theo Etienne equalled the 36-year-old club under 17 200m record in being pipped to the line with a time of 22.1. His time equalled the performances by Malcolm Fitter in 1977 and Mike Powell and Donovan Reid, who subsequently became British internationals in 1978 and 1979.
 
Earlier, Etienne won the 100m B race in a personal best 10.8. His performance ranks him seventh for his age group in the UK this summer. Max Mondelli won the A race in the same time and they then helped Hercules Wimbledon win the sprint relay.
 
In only his first serious season in athletics, Sean Hall took more than a second off his previous best as he took the 800m in 1:52.9 and also helped out winning the 400m B race in 50.5. Esmond Ferns set a veterans over 35 club record in finishing runner-up in the 800m B race in 2:00.3. Teenager Cassian Hyde won the 1500m B race in a personal best of 4:09.1 with Fred Slemeck taking second in the A race in 4:06.5.
 
Matt Sharp and Liam White were third in the 5000m A and B races, Steve Davies third in the 110m and 400m hurdles A races, Dominic Getting and David Harris third in the pole vault A and B contests and Stuart Milton third in the javelin.
 
Veteran Peter Lee was the top Hercules Wimbledon finisher in Saturday's Wimbledon Common parkrun. He was sixth out of 354 runners in 17:50 and was the top veteran over 45 finisher. Teenager Matt Gibbons was 15th in 18:38 with Tom Cheetham 21st and second over 45 finisher in a personal best of 19:26.
 
James Davis was the top\ Hercules Wimbledon finisher in the Perserverance 5km road race finishing 24th in 17:34.The race was won by Woking's Gilbert Grundy in 15:31.

6-08-13 - BUSY WEEKEND FOR HERCULES WIMBLEDON
 
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club face a busy weekend with track and field athletes in action in league meetings and others involved in promoting and running in the Perserverance 5km road race, which incorporates the Surrey championships.

The road race takes place on Sunday morning and runners will set off from Wimbledon Park athletics stadium at 9.30pm and take in a hilly circuit along Wimbledon Park Road, Church Road, St Mary's Road, Arthur Road and Home Park Road, before turning into Wimbledon Park and returning to the track.

Entries are being taken on the day and will cost £10 for seniors and £5 for under 17-year-olds. There will be vouchers worth £50, £40 and £30 for the top three finishers with medals for the top three seniors and veterans categories in the Surrey championships.

Because of the obstruction caused by the compound and the road blocks for the Olympic tennis at the All-England Club last year's race had to be cancelled. Hercules Wimbledon's Andrew Penney was runner-up to Belgrave's Paskar Owor when the race was last staged in 2011. Lucie Custance from Clapham Chasers won the women's race.

Hercules Wimbledon's sprinters warmed up for Saturday's crucial Southern Men's League final at the Thames Valley Athletics Centre, Eton with a string of fine performances in an open meeting at Lee Valley. Max Mondelli clocked a personal best of 10.78 seconds in winning his race while Richard Agyapong (10.94), Joseph Chukwuadinula (10.97) teenager Rechmiel Miller (10.98) and Philip Mauge (10.99) also went inside 11 seconds with personal best performances.
The match at Eton starts at 1pm with the non-scoring 100m, pole vault and hammer. The first scoring track event is the 400m hurdles at 2.15pm.

Hercules Wimbledon's women are also in action this weekend when they contest their final Southern Women's league Premier Division match at Horspath Track, Oxford on Saturday. The match starts at 12noon with the senior women's long jump and hammer and under 15 girls high jump. The final event, the 4x400m relay, is at 4.40pm.

Hercules Wimbledon's Amy Aronson closed in on the club record held by marathon running mum Claire Grima when she won the women's race in the Self Transcendence 5km road race in Battersea Park.in 18:19. Her time was just 12 seconds slower than the record set by Grima in May 2011 and ranks her third in the club's all-time rankings.Aronson also improved on her previous best for the distance of 19:06 set in April.

Claire Grima broke her own Hercules Wimbledon veteran women's over 35 club record when she was the second woman finisher in Saturday's Wimbledon Common parkrun. She clocked 18:13 to slice 19 seconds off the club record she set in the same event in June. She finished just behind her Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Adam Harwood who ws 10th out of 328 runners in 18:06, just five seconds outside his best time for the course.

Peter Collins was top over 40 veteran finishing 12th in 18:16 with Felix Allen third over 40 finisher in a personal best of 18:43. He sliced six seconds off his previous best set a fortnight earlier. Teenager Matt Gibbons was 17th in 18:56and Andrew Blake 21st in a personal best of 19:18. He took eight seconds off his previous best set in May.

Hercules Wimbledon's United States-based Medena Knespl came third in the women's race in the prestigious Boston Triathlon. She completed the half-mile swim, nine mile bike ride and 4.4 mile run in 1:02:38, less than two minutes behind the winner. She was very close to the second woman and was the top amateur finisher in the event.

30-07-13 - TEAM GAIN FIRST VICTORY OF THE SUMMER

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's senior men's team are ending their summer track and field season in style by securing their first victory of the summer in the final Rosenheim League Eastern division fixture of the season at Tooting Bec and being invited to contest the Southern Men's League final at Thames Valley Athletic Stadium, Eton, on August 10th.

Hercules Wimbledon's runners dominated the track events in the Rosenheim League meeting winning five of the seven events. Three days after making his Surrey debut in the annual senior inter-counties match at Abingdon, Dwayne Cowan posted a personal best time of 10.9 seconds in winning his non-scoring 100m race and then won the match 200m in 21.8 before linking up with Joseph Chukwuadinula, Hamed Agboke and Antonio Douglas to anchor the quartet to a comfortable victory in the 4x200m relay. Chukwuadinula also managed to break the 11 seconds barrier in matching Cowan's winning time of 10.9 in finishing just behind him in the non-scoring 100m race.

Cowan finished third in the 200m representing Surrey at Abingdon clocking 21.54 racing into a 1.2 metres per second headwind. He encountered an even stronger 2.7 metres per second headwind in winning his non-scoring 100m race in 11.31.

Teenager Kevin Owusu-Mantey, a finalist in this summer's English schools championships in Birmingham, won the match 100m at Tooting Bec in 11.0 with Sean Hall taking the 800m in 1:54.8. Another teenager, Cassian Hyde bounced back from being disqualified in the South of England under 17 3000m championship at Hendon by dominating the 1500m at Tooting to win in 4:17.8.

Match result: 1 Hercules Wimbledon 58; 2 Herne Hill 55; 3 Croydon 45; 4 Belgrave 42; 5 Serpentine 28; 6 Striders of Croydon 9.

Hyde was ecstatic after finishing runner-up in the South of England race in a personal best time of 9:03.00, but his delight turned to despair when, rather than being presented with a medal he was told he was being disqualified for stepping off the track despite telling officials he was being pushed off from the back during the first half of the race.

"I was so gutted," said Hyde. "I was being pushed and found myself with one foot off the track on three occasions for about five metres at a time." Hyde was always with the leaders but with three laps to go he decided to push the pace and went to the front opening up a slight lead. He battled it out over the final 600 metres with a 65 second final lap crossing the line in second place before being disqualified.

Competing in his first race since the running the 1500m for Oxford in the Varsity match at Cambridge in May, Hercules Wimbledon's Dominic Kiralyfi headed home a 400-plus strong field to win the Run Through Wimbledon half-marathon on Wimbledon Common on Sunday in 1:16:27. He finished more than four minutes ahead of the second runner. Over 45 veteran Tom Cheetham finished ninth out of 258 runners in the Capital Runners 10km multi-terrain race in Bushy Park on Sunday in 40:02. He was second finisher in his age category.
 
Harris Mier clocked a personal best time of 4:55.88 in making his debut for Surrey in the Derek Crookes under 13 inter-counties meeting at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Sunday. It was his first time under five minutes and his time took more than five seconds off his previous best set in the Ebbisham League meeting at Walton seven days earlier.
 
Husband and wife marathon running team David and Claire Grima were in action in the Killerton parkrun in Devon on Saturday. David headed home the 162-strong field in 17:54, winning by 37 seconds while Claire was second in the women's race in 18:43. David's time was just 12 seconds outside his best for the course which was set in May 2011 when he made a winning debut.

Hercules Wimbledon have been invited to contest the Southern Men's League final at Thames Valley Athletics Centre, Eton, on Saturday, August 10th. Five other teams will be taking part.  
23-07-13 - SUPER WEEKEND FOR TEENAGER HARRIS

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club teenager Harris Mier enjoyed a superb weekend setting a club record in the Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday and smashing his personal best for 1500m in the Ebbisham League meeting on Sunday.

Harris was just pipped for the top age-graded performance of the day as he finished 16th out of 367 runners in 18 minutes 50 seconds to slice 10 seconds off the Hercules Wimbledon boys under 13 club record he set a fortnight earlier. Then, on Sunday, Harris turned out in the final Ebbisham Boys' League match of the season at Stompond Lane, Walton where he was the only Hercules Wimbledon A string winner. He took the under 13 1500m in 5:00.9 to take eight seconds off his previous best set in the Ebbisham League meeting at Croydon last month.
 
Harris was the best of a record 32 Hercules Wimbledon athletes who turned out in the Ebbisham League match at Walton. With Tomer Tarragano taking the B race in 5:09.4 Hercules Wimbledon secured maximum points in the under 15 1500m.

Other highly placed Hercules Wimbledon athletes in the under 15 events at Walton were Sam Chetwynd second in the shot A and third in the 400m B, Joshua Clark-Bell, second in the under 15 100 and 200m B races, Sam Oswald and Sam Hudspith, third in the 800m A and B races, Nat Purnell third in the 1500m B and Hudspith second in the shot B. The Hercules Wimbledon 4x200m relay team of Taj Duncan, Clark-Bell, Filip Dabinski and Chetwynd also raced to third spot in their event.

Elliot Mier and Peter Riches were third in the under 13 800m A and B races and Tom Oswald was third in the javelin A event.

At the other end of the age range, former marathon international Steve Badgery, 67, continued his return to racing when he finished 146th in the Elmbridge 10km road race, also at Walton, on Sunday in 43:43. He was seventh in the men's over 65 category. It was Badgery's third race since May last year. His Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Stuart Fraser was first veteran over 40 finisher taking 16th place in 35:25.

Amy Aronson was the top Hercules Wimbledon performer in their third Southern Women's League Premier Division match of the season at the Thames Valley Athletics Centre, Eton, on Saturday, when she took the senior women's 3000m A race in a personal best of 10:35.4. Her time took 10 seconds off her previous best set in the Rosenheim League match at Battersea Park earlier this month.

Lisa Crow was the top Hercules Wimbledon finisher in the Anniversary Olympic Park five miles road race in the Queen Elizabeth Park, Stratford, on Sunday. She was 36th in the women's race and overall 521st out of almost 12000 runners. Caroline Linares was 68th in the women's race in 35:17.

Top Hercules Wimbledon finisher in Saturday's Wimbledon Common parkrun was Jazmes Garnier. He was 11th in 18:26, a time which improves on his previous best of 19:19 set on his debut appearance in the event in September 2012. He just beat his Hercules Wimbledon clubmate, over 40 veteran Peter Collins who clocked 18:29. Fellow over 40 veteran Feliz Allen was 15th in a personal best of 18:49 which took nine seconds off his previous best set the previous weekend.
 
This weekend Hercules Wimbledon athletes are competing in the South London Athletics Network Super 8 meeting at Battersea Park on Sunday. The meeting starts at 10am with the boys under 15 80m hurdles and concludes with the sprint relays at 11.55am.  
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16-07-13 - ENDURANCE MAN HALL SMASHES BEST TIME

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's Sean Hall smashed his best 800m time when he helped the club dominate the track events at their final Southern Men's League Division One match at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Saturday.

Running in sweltering heat, Hall took control of the two lap race from the start to win by almost 20 metres in one minute 54 seconds. It was only his third race over the distance and improved on his 1:58.1 set at a Rosenheim League meeting at Battersea Park 10 days earlier.

Esmond Ferns was second in the B race in a club veterans over 35 record time of 2:02.50. Hercules Wimbledon's English schools finalist Max Mondelli and Richard Agyapong gained maximum points in the 200m taking the A and B races in 22.44 and 22.5. They also posted good times in the first non-scoring 100m race with Mondelli clocking 10.99 and Agyapong 11.08, both faster than the match race winning times.

Double Surrey men's under 17 sprint champion Theo Etienne also equalled the best match time of 11.17 in finishing third in his non-scoring 100m race. Hercules Wimbledon's runners were just pipped in the match races with Joe Chukawindula and Antonio Douglas clocking 11.17 and 11.59.

Hercules Wimbledon also gained maximum points in the 400m with Surrey under 20 champion Jonathan Osbourne clocking his fastest time of the season of 49.64 seconds in winning the A race and former junior international Austin Ferns taking the B race in 51.86.

The only other winner on the track was marathon runner Alex Urban who took the 3000m steeplechase B race with Rob Tuer runner-up in the A race. Ed Saywell and team captain Steve Davies were third in the 400m hurdles A and B races and Stuart Milton third in the javelin. All-rounder David Harris, contested three events, finishing third in the high jump and pole vault B events.

Rufus Nugent, making a belated start to his track and field season, was second in the long jump B. The sprinting quartet of Chukwuadinula, Mondelli, Ettienne and Douglas were third in the 4x100m relay while Esmond Ferns, Ed Saywell, Mark Giraud and Rechmiel Miller linked up to finish third in the 4x400m relay.

Hercules Wimbledon's Lisa Crow won the women's event in the Wenlock Olympian Games seven miles road race in Much Wenlock in 49.54. She finished 15th overall out of almost 100 runners.

Hercules Wimbledon over 40 veteran Felix Allen posted a personal best time of 18:58 in finishing 15th out of almost 400 runners in the Wimbledon Common parkrun. Teenage twins Harris and Elliot Mier were 18th and 28th in 19:14 and 19:50.

This weekend Hercules Wimbledon's women's team are in action in the Southern Women's League ar Thames Valley Athletics Centre, Eton, on Saturday, while the boys compete in their final Ebbisham League meeting of the season at Stompond Lane, Walton, on Sunday. Next Wednesday, the club's senior athletes contest the final Rosenheim League Eastern Division match of the season at Tooting Bec, starting at 6.45pm. 
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9-07-13 - YOUNG DUO REACH SCHOOLS SPRINT FINAL

Two of Hercules Wimbledon Athletic club's young sprinters reached the intermediate boys 100m final at the English Schools track and field championships at Birmingham's Alexander Stadium on Saturday.
 
Surrey intermediate boys 100m champion Theo Etienne just missed out on a medal as he sprinted to fifth place in 11.13 seconds, just 0.17 seconds behind the winner. Not far behind was his Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Kevin Owusu-Mantey who was seventh in 11.16.

Etienne's best effort came in the semi-final round when he was third in his heat in 11.03 with Owusu-Mantey just behind in fourth place in 11.05. Owusu-Mantey's best effort came in the opening round where he was second in his heat in 11.02. Etienne just scraped through the opening round as one of the fastest losers finishing fifth in his race in 11.07.
 
With three sprinters in the individual final the London quartet, which included Owusu-Mantey was confident of a medal in the sprint relay particularly after posting the second fastest time of the first round in winning their heat. However, they failed to get the baton round in the final.
 
After a false start in his heat a nervous Max Mondelli failed by just two-hundredths of a second to make the final of the senior boys 100m. He was fourth in his heat in 11.09. His hopes of gaining a consolation gold medal in the sprint relay were dashed as he anchored Surrey to sixth place in a tough competition.
 
A fourth Hercules Wimbledon athlete in action in Birmingham was all-rounder Adam Magni, the London schools champion, who was eighth in the intermediate boys shot with a throw of 13.23m.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's men had a hat-trick of wins in the fourth of this season's Rosenheim League East Division match at Battersea Park. Ex-footballer Dwayne Cowan was the outstanding performer taking the 400m in a personal best of 48.8, slicing one-tenths of a second off his previous best set in a Southern Men's league match at Horsham in May. Josepth Chukwuadinula equalled his personal best in winning the 100m in 11.1 and then linked up with Hamed Agboke, Antonio Douglas and Cowan to help Hercules Wimbledon win tne 4x200m relay in 1:31.6.He was also second in the 200m in a personal best of 22.8. Sean Hall also finished an impressive second in the 800m in a personal best of 1:58.1.
 
Hercules Wimbledon were just pipped in the match but are certain to reach the final which is being staged at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Wednesday, August 14th.
 
The Hercules Wimbledon quartet of Emilie Boker-Ingram, Zoe Shannon, Heather Letley and Ayoola Ajayi also won their 4x200m relay race. Earlier Ajayi and Letley were both third in the 100 and 200m events. Ruth Wallace clocked a personal best in winning the non-scoring 1500m in 5:03.2, slicing a second off her previous best set in a Rosenheim League match at Tooting Bec last month. She was also second in the women's triple jump.
 
Hercules Wimbledon teenager Cassian Hyde gained his first victory in 13 appearances in parkrun events when he won the Richmond Park event on Saturday in a personal best time of 16:44. It was his sixth victory in Richmond Park and smashed his previous best of 17:18 set in March. He also posted the top age-graded performance of the 269 finishers.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's Adam Harwood also clocked a personal best time in finishing ninth out of  344 runners in the Wimbledon Common parkrun in 18:01.It took 45 seconds off his previous best set in June. Peter Collins was 11th in 18:23 and teenager Harris Mier 19th in 19:03.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's Amy Aronson was second woman in the NSPCC¬half-marathon at Milton Keynes in 1:27:57 finishing a good 19th overall out of 1129 runners. Marathon man David Grima was fourth out of 174 runners in the Jim Braben Memorial 10km multi-terrain race on Wimbledon Common in 37:47.
 
This weekend Hercules Wimbledon host a Southern Men's League Division One match at Kingsmeadow Stadium starting at 1.45pm.
 
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2-07-13 -  QUARTET HEAD FOR TOP SCHOOLS MEET

Four Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club youngsters will be in action in the prestigious English Schools track and field championships which are being staged at Birmingham's Alexander Stadium this weekend.
 
Heading the squad is teenage sprint talent Theo Etienne who gained his selection after winning the Surrey schools intermediate boys 100m title at Kingsmeadow Stadium last month in 11.07 seconds, equalling the time he clocked in winning his heat. It added to the Surrey County men's under 17 100 and 200m titles he won, also at Kingsmeadow in 11.12, into a stiff 3.6 metres per second headwind, and 22.93. This is Etienne's first summer season in athletics although he took the 60m bronze medal at the England indoor championships in Birmingham. The 16-year-old goes into the Birmingham contest ranked ninth in the UK this summer over 100m so he stands a good chance of reaching the final.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's Max Mondelli will also be in action for Surrey in the men's under 20 100m championship. Mondelli, who has experienced an injury-hampered season, posted his fastest time of the season in winning the Surrey schools title at Kingsmeadow in 10.90. He also dipped under 11 seconds in finishing fifth in the South of England championships at Watford in 10.95. Mondelli, 17, who also took the silver medal in the Surrey County Championships at Kingsmeadow, will also be aiming to reach the final in Birmingham. It will be the third time he has competed in the English schools championships. Last year he finished fifth in the intermediate boys championships at Gateshead in 11.02. He also finished fifth in the junior boys 100m championship in 11.57 at Birmingham in 2010.
 
Two other Hercules Wimbledon youngsters competing in Birmingham this weekend warmed up for the English schools championships with two gold medal-winning performances in the Independent Schools National Championships on the Birmingham track. Adam Magni won the under 17 boys shot with a personal best of 13.89m which ranks him 12th in the country. He will be hoping to reach the final of that event at Birmingham where he will be representing London. His throw was an improvement on his previous best of 13.62m set in winning the London schools title at Battersea Park. Magni also won the 100m hurdles at Birmingham in a personal best of 14.22.
 
Kevin Owusu-Mantey, who also competes in Birmingham for London in the intermediate boys 100m championship, gained a sprint double in the Independent Schools Championships in the 100 and 200m in 11.1 and 22.4. Hercules Wimbledon athletes gained six gold medals in the Independent Schools Championships. Andrei Smirnov took the under 15 boys 80m hurdles in 12.2 while Toby Weston won the under 15 boys high jump with 1.62m. Ryan Jones gained two silver medals with personal bests of 11.06 and 29.79m in the under 15 boys shot and discus while Gabriella Conn equalled the 17-year-old club record in taking the silver medal in the girls under 17 80m hurdles in 12.1. The record was set by Mary Onianwa in the Surrey championships at Croydon in 1996 where he had the benefit of a three metres per second tailwind.
 
Ross Vance was also second in the boys under 17 800m in 2:05.7 and Marko Ravic second in the under 17 boys javelin with a personal best of 41.46m.
 
Hercules Wimbledon athletes will be aiming to do better in the third of this season's Lily B Girls League meetings at Guildford on Saturday than they managed in the second match at Walton last Saturday. Emma Headley was the only under 17 winner taking the 800m in 2:26.0. She was also third in the shot. Tillie Piolini-Castle won the under 13 javelin and was also fourth in the high jump and fifth in the long jump. Elizabeth Thatcher was second in the under 13 shot and Zoe Illis runner-up in the under 17 1500m.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's Chloe Lord won the National Girls Day Schools Trust Year 8 Girls 75m hurdles title at Bath University in a personal best of 12.8.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's Fred Slemeck was second out of more than 300 runners in the Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday in 16:23. Harris Mier set a club under 13 record in finishing 16th in 19:00. He sliced 14 seconds off his previous best set in May. Hannah Fernando was second woman in 20:07.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's older athletes will be in action in their final Southern Veterans League meeting of the season at Croydon on Monday. The match starts at 6.30pm. 
 
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