30-09-14 - CORNISH WARMS
UP WITH PARKRUN PB
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's Jonathan Cornish warmed up for
this weekend's England road relay championships at Sutton Park by posting his best-ever
parkrun 5km time in winning the Richmond Park event on Saturday.
Cornish headed home the 300-strong field in 16 minutes 8 seconds to
win by a comfortable 12 seconds to take eight seconds off his previous best parkrun
time set at Brockenhurst in July. He also improved by 24 seconds on his previous best
time over the Richmond Park circuit in October last year and posted the day's top age
graded performance in the race in recording his ninth race win in nine appearances in
Teenager Jack Collins posted his second best-ever time for the
course in finishing seventh in 18:13 while fellow teenager Zoe Ellis made it a double
for Hercules Wimbledon by winning the women's race in 21:29.
Alex Robinson made it a hat-trick of Hercules Wimbledon parkrun
wins by heading home 339 runners on Wimbledon Common. Making his first appearance in
the event for almost a year, he also posted a personal best time of 16:22, taking 13
seconds off his previous best set in April 2010, but just failed to make the six-strong
Hercules Wimbledon squad for Sutton Park and has been named as a reserve.
Robinson headed home 20 Hercules Wimbledon runners on Wimbledon
Common. Adam Harwood was 12th in 18:21 with David Scrimshaw 15th in 19:03 and Peter
Collins 19th and second veteran over 40 in 19:36. Mark Cahill was third over 40 veteran
just edging out clubmate Adam Fenton, who was third veteran over 50 finisher, and both
clocking personal best times of 19:38. Cahill took 26 seconds off his previous best set
in July while Fenton sliced just one second off his previous best set a fortnight
Lining up with Cornish in Sutton Park will be Ben Toomer, Liam
White, Dominic Kiralfyi, Matt Sharp and Fred Slemeck. Slemeck warmed-up for Sutton Park
by finishing runner-up in a six miles cross country race on Streatham Common in 37:33,
while Sharp was just outside his lifetime best in the Middlesex 10km road race in
Victoria Park where he finished 12th out of 200 runners in 33:12.He was 10 seconds
slower than the time he achieved in the same event in 2013. Three days earlier, he
posted a lifetime best 3000m time at Watford of 8:58.17, breaking the nine minute
barrier fore the first time. His dad, Maurice, was top over 65 finisher in Victoria
Park in 45:00, nine seconds slower than his best time this year, while Rob Tuer also
posted a season's best of 34:34 in finishing 23rd. It was 44seconds faster than his
time in the Richmond 10km in June but 17 seconds slower than his lifetime best of 34:17
set in December 2013.
Another Hercules Wimbledon runner, Amy Aronson smashed more than a
minute off her previous best in finishing second in the women's race in 37:00. Her time
chopped 56 seconds off her previous best in the Richmond 10km in June.
Marathon man David Grima also posted a lifetime best of 17:01 in
finishing fourth out of 180 runners in the Bishop's Park 5km parkrun event where he was
also top veteran over 35 finisher. Lisa Thomas was top veteran over 45 finisher in the
Ealing half-marathon on Sunday clocking 1:30:33 in her debut appearance over the
distance. Clubmate Gina Galbraith, also running over the distance for the first time,
was seventh veteran woman over 35 in 1:32:42.
Hercules Wimbledon's Ella Dobson headed home the women's field in
the Hever Castle Super Sprint Triathlon in Kent on Sunday in 1:13:24. She won by 24
seconds. Meanwhile, also on Sunday, Zac Purnell gained his second win in three weeks
when he beat a 99-strong field to win the junior parkrun 2km event in Wimbledon Park in
7:19. He won by 45 seconds but was 10 seconds slower than his winning time two weeks
Hercules Wimbledon's oldest active athlete, 75-year-old John
Webster, won his first competition of the summer when he took a javelin event at an
opening meeting at Tooting Bec on Sunday with a throw of 23.65m. It was a Hercules
Wimbledon veterans over 75 record and his first athletic competition since undergoing a
hernia operation in April. Webster, who has been competing for more than 60 years,
said: "If I'd not done so it would have been the first season missed since leaving
school." Clubmate Kevin Burnett, who is just seven days youngster than Webster, won the
over 75 discus and shot and was second in the javelin.
Hercules Wimbledon have cancelled the Geoff
Moulden 10km road race scheduled for this Sunday, October 4th, due to lack of
23-09-14 - RELAY SQUAD QUALIFIES IN STYLE
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Clubs senior men's road runners have
qualified for the English national road relay championships at Sutton Park, Birmingham,
on Saturday, October 4th by posting their best-ever performance in the qualifying South
of England event at Rushmoor Arena, Aldershot, on Sunday.
The six-strong team recorded their fastest-ever time in the South
of England six-stage road relay championship in finishing 16th , Hercules Wimbledon's
highest-ever placing out of the 72 teams, with the top 25 automatically qualifying for
next month's Birmingham event. It was a true team effort with all six runners clocking
within 53 seconds of each other. Liam White made a solid start covering the opening 6km
circuit in 19 minutes 27 seconds, the second best Hercules Wimbledon time of the day,
handing over in 27th place.
Matt Sharp (19:37) and Kieran White (19:48) kept the team in 27th
spot before Rob Tuer (20:00) managed to gain a place. Jonathan Cornish was in
outstanding form on the penultimate leg clocking the best Hercules Wimbledon time of
the day of 19:07 which was also the sixth best time on his stage as he lifted the team
into 19th spot. Dominic Kiralfyi gained a further three places to complete the anchor
leg in 19:33.
Cornish showed he was in good form by posting a lifetime best 3000m
time in an open meeting at Oxford four days earlier. He beat the nine minute barrier
for the first time as he clocked 8:56.56 to take almost five minutes off his previous
best set in July. In the same race, Hercules Wimbledon teenager Oscar White finished
15th in his debut appearance over the distance clocking 10:42.57.
Hercules Wimbledon chairman and three times English senior men's
cross country champion Dave Clarke showed good form in the Thorpe Park Sprint
Triathlon, also on Sunday. He finished third in the over 50 category in 1:13:43. His
best individual discipline was the 5km run where he was 13th best of the 263
competitors in 18:41. His wife, Francesca, was ninth in the women's race and sixth in
the veterans over 40 category in 1:22:26.
Hercules Wimbledon's Jeremy Purnell was third out of more than 100
competitors in the London Duathlon Classic in Richmond Park in 2:27:40.
It was a double family affair for Hercules Wimbledon runners in
Sunday's Bristol half-marathon. Claire Grima and husband David ran together to finish
just outside the top 100 of more than 8000 runners in 1:20:47 as they start their
build-up for next april's Virgin Money London Marathon. Claire was fourth in the
veterans over 35 category in finishing 12th in the women's race. David was 15th in the
men's veterans over 35 category. Further down the field Sam Leigh was finishing some
way ahead of his dad, Mick.
Hercules Wimbledon's Lisa Laws returned to racing after getting
married to fellow runner Olly when she finished fourth woman in the Richmond Running
Festival 10km event on Sunday. The former Miss Crow was 46th overall out of more than
1300 runners. Her final race under her maiden name was in the Richmond 10km race in
Hercules Wimbledon's Amy Aronson was top woman finisher in the
Wimbledon Common 5km parkrun on Saturday in a personal best time of 18:46. She was
fifth overall out of 330 runners slicing three seconds off her best time set the
previous weekend. Best of the 20 Hercules Wimbledon runners in action was James
Moorcroft who finished third in 18:29. Dan Bratton chopped 22 seconds off his previous
best time set in July in finishing eighth in 19:23. David Scrimshaw was 10th in 19:26,
just one second ahead of clubmate and top veteran over 50 finisher Charles
Hampden-Smith. Tom Cheetham, first in the veteran over 45 category, was 13th in 19:31
with Darren Keane 15th in a personal best of 19:36, taking seven seconds off his
previous best set in April.
Hercules Wimbledon have cancelled the Geoff Moulden 10km road race
scheduled for Sunday, October 4th, due to lack of entries.
16-09-14 - MEDALS GALORE AT SURREY CHAMPS
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club came away with a bagful of medals from
the second part of the Surrey track and field championships at the David Weir Leisure
Centre, Carshalton, over the weekend.
Stars of the medal-winning performances were the boys under 15 quartet
which held off strong challenges to take gold in both the 4x100 and 4x200m relays. The two
teams were anchored home by double England championships medallist Chad Miller. A fortnight
earlier, Miller, the South of England under 15 100m champion, took silver in the England
under 15 100m championship in Birmingham and bronze in the 200m. His elder brother,
Rechmial, who took gold in the under 17 100m at the England championships, was among
spectators on Sunday cheering his brother to a double victory.
Devonte Casely-Hayford held off a strong challenge from Woking to
anchor Hercules Wimbledon to team success in the men's under 20 4x200m relay after helping
to secure silver medals in the 4x100m event.
Ruth Hampson broke off from competing in her first heptathlon for 10
years to help the senior women to success in the 4x100m, relay linking up with Zara Hashmi,
Shirley Denchie and Emilie Bokor-Ingram.With Heather Letley replacing Hampson, the same
quartet won the 4x200m relay. A second relay squad of Letley, Alison Murray, Hannah
Fernando and Jessame Coulson also took silver medals in the 4x100m relay.
Later, Hampson added the individual silver medal in the Surrey senior
women’s heptathlon championship to the gold she won in the relay.
David Harris broke off from competing in the two-day decathlon
championship to help the senior men to success in both the 4x100 and 4x200m relays.
Ben Toomer made it eight Hercules Wimbledon gold medal-winning
performances by taking the 3000m steeplechase title. Hercules Wimbledon's only previous
success in the event was back in 1993 when Simon Wilson won at Croydon.
Double Surrey silver medallist Jaleel Roper anchored the boys under 13
team to silver medals in the 4x100m relay while the men's under 17 team secured bronze
medals to make it a Baker's Dozen (13) of medal-winning efforts for Hercules
On the road, Hercules Wimbledon's Jonathan Cornish beat a 200-strong
field to win the Richmond half-marathon in Old Deer Park on Sunday.
Marathon runner Claire Grima broke her own Hercules Wimbledon club and
veteran women's over 35 records when finished second in the women's race in Saturday's
Wimbledon Common 5km parkrun in 18 minutes 2 seconds. Claire, who finished eighth in a
record 420-strong field, was five seconds faster than her previous best mark set on
Wimbledon Common in May and eight seconds faster than the veterans over 35 record she set
at Exeter three weeks earlier.
Sean Crummy finished second overall in 17:26 with over 40 veteran Peter
Collins fourth in 17:49. It was quite a weekend for the Grima family as four-year-old Luca
ran a personal best in the junior 2km parkrun in Wimbledon Park where he finished 70th of
the record 100-strong field. Race winner was Hercules Wimbledon's Zac Purnell in
Hercules Wimbledon's Liam White won the Bishop's Park parkrun in Fulham
by more than a minute in 17:22 beating a 200-plus field.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are competing in the South of England
senior men's road relay championships at Rushmoor Arena, Aldershot on Sunday.
9-09-14 -QUARTET OF ROAD RUNNING TEAM
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club came away with four sets of team medals from the
annual Surrey County road relay championships which were staged from their Wimbledon
Park track headquarters on Sunday.
Best of the medal winning squads were the veteran over 35 women's quartet who dominated
their category in having the top three fastest individuals in their quartet. Seasoned
marathon runner Claire Grima got the team off to a solid start bringing them home well
clear at the end of the opening 5km lap in 16 minutes 57 seconds, more than three
minutes clear of the second veteran women's team and the fastest of all the veteran
Lisa Thomas stretched the team's lead to almost six minutes as she completed the
seccond lap in 18:30 with Francesca Clarke (19:42) maintaining the gap. Gina Galbraith
sealed team success on the final lap clocking 18:38 to bring the quartet home almost 10
minutes clear of the silver medallists enabling Hercules Wimbledon to hang onto the
title they won in 2013 in a time which was more than five minutes faster than 12 months
The senior men's team narrowly failed to retain the team title they won in 2013 and for
the opening legs were headed by the non-scoring B team. Dominic Kiralfyi brought the
team home fourth on the opening leg in 15:00, four seconds behind Alex Bellew who was
running for the B team. Steeplechaser Rob Tuer took the club's B team into the lead on
the second leg where he clocked 15:06 with Joe Clark (15:05) in hot pursuit for A team
in second place, three seconds behind.
Dimos Evengelidis, making his Hercules Wimbledon debut completed the third leg in 15:23
to keep the B team in second place while Cassian Hyde (15:41) slipped to third spot for
the A team, 35 seconds behind the leaders. Ben Toomer, posting the third fastest
individual time of the day, finally got the A team ahead of the B squad with a 14:41
posting on leg four but was still 38 seconds down on the leaders. Sean Crummy (16:08)
kept the B team in third spot. Matt Sharp (15:07) held onto silver medal position with
David Grima (16:42) slipping to fourth place for the B team with Fred Slemeck (15:19)
anchoring the A team to silver medals behind South London Harriers. Chris Ore (16:07)
brought the B team home in fourth place.
The trio of Charles Lawrie (21:18), Stu Littlewood (22:30) and Dave Betts (20:59) also
gained silver medals in the veterans over 60 category, posting the fifth, sixth and
seventh fastest individual times of the day.
First leg runner Peter Lee was the fastest member of the veterans over 40 team which
clinched the bronze medals clocking 16:49. Other members of the medal-winning quartet
were Mark Cahill (17:52), Frank Wood (18:46) and Stuart Fraser (17:06).
Hercules Wimbledon's Rechmial Miller followed up his England men's under 17 100m
title-winning effort at Bedford by taking second place in the UK School Games 100m at
Sportscity, Manchester, on Saturday, in a swift 10.83.
At the other end of the age scale, Peter Giles set a Hercules Wimbledon veterans over
70 club record of 42:22.0 in the Veterans AC 10000m track championship at Kingsmeadow
Stadium. His time is also the fastest by a UK over 70-year-old this year.
Hercules Wimbledon's Claire Grima was top woman finisher in the Wimbledon Common
parkrun on Saturday in 18:13. First Hercules Wimbledon runner over the line was veteran
Peter Collins who was third of the 381 finishers in a personal best of 17:36, just one
second off his previous best set in April. Teenager Amelia Casey also posted a personal
best in the Old Deer Park parkrun of 22:07, the second fastest girls under 13 5km
performance on the Hercules Wimbledon all-time list. Her time sliced four seconds off
her previous best set in July.
Hercules Wimbledon's Tom Cheetham and Emma Henderson were second men's and women's over
4 veterans finishers in the Kew River Run 10km race on Sunday in 40:26 and 43:58.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are competing in the Surrey track relay championships
at the David Weir Leisure Centre, St Helier, Sutton, on both Saturday and
2-09-14 - TEENAGER RECHMIAL LIFTS NATIONAL
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's teenage sprinting talent Rechmial Miller showed the form
of his young life when he ended his season's individual racing programme on a high to win
the England Athletics men's under 17 100m title at Bedford on Saturday - narrowly beating
the pre-race favourite.
Miller, 15, went into the event as the South of England and Surrey 100m champions as well
as the England and South of England 60m indoor champions, two titles he won at the start of
He comfortably won his heat in 10.90 seconds, the second fastest of the 24 semi-final
qualifiers. He went up a gear as he posted the fastest time of the eight finalists with a
lifetime best 10.58 in winning his semi-final race, admittedly with the help of a 3.5
metres per second tailwind. Then, he stormed to victory in the final where he again
improved on his previous best with 10.54 to beat pre-race favourite Owin Sinclair from
Charnwood, Briatain’s top-ranked under 17 100m runner this season, by almost a metre.
Rechmial raised his hands in celebration as he crossed the finishing line.
His time took him to the top of this season's Hercules Wimbledon 100m rankings exceeding
the previous best of Theo Etienne of 10.66, also achieved at Bedford, in June in the
England Athletics under 20 100m championship.
Last Saturday proved a great day for the Miller family as Rechmial's younger brother Chad
managed to take the silver medal in the boys under 15 100m in 11.28 which equalled his
lifetime best before Saturday. Earlier, he did improve on his personal best as he won his
heat in 11.25 to slice three-hundredths of a second off his previous best and just behind
his brother's 11.26 Hercules Wimbledon club record.
Chad, just 14, picked up another medal when he took third spot in the 200m final on Sunday
in a personal best and Hercules Wimbledon club record of 22.87. Earlier, he won his heat in
23.34. The two medals added to the 60m silvers he got at the Surrey and South of England
championships at the start of the year, the South of England 100m title he won in August
and the Surrey 100 and 200m silver medals he won in May.
The two youngsters have benefited from the expert knowledge of their father/coach Paul who
himself was a notable sprinter almost three decades ago. He completed a hat-trick of Surrey
senior men's 100m titles in 1985, 1986 and 1987. "I am very pleased", said Paul modestly.
"It's the result of a lot of hard training."
Hercules Wimbledon provided both the men's and women's winners in the Wimbledon Common
parkrun on Saturday. Ben Toomer headed home a 377-strong field to become overall winner in
1702, finishing 23 seconds ahead of clubmate Knut Hegvold who posted the top age-graded
performance. It was Toomer's third win on Wimbledon Common this year. David Grima was
fourth in 18:11, Peter Collins fifth and top veteran over 40 finisher in 18:12 with Adam
Harwood 10th in 18:29.Charles Hampden-Smith was 19th and third veteran over 50 finisher in
19:40 with Lisa Thomas taking the women's race in 20:09, finishing 29th overall.
Hannah Bye was also top woman finisher in Lloyd Park, Croydon in 23:14 after winning the
women's event at Southwark Park the previous weekend. Her Hercules Wimbledon clubmate
Daniel Bratton was fourth out of 160 runners in 20:35. Meanwhile, Surrey 10000m
championship silver medallist Rob Tuer was runner-up out of 192 runners in Bishop's Park,
Fulham, in a personal best of 16:48.
Ciara Kennedy was the first girl to finish in the Wimbledon Park junior 2km parkrun on
Sunday when she was eighth in a record 96-strong field in 8:41. Michael Lammie was fifth in
8:12 and Charlie Hellings sixth 8:34.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon host the annual Surrey road relay championships at their
Wimbledon Park track headquarters. The club's senior men's team faces a strong challenge in
its bid to retain the senior men's title. The relays start at 12noon. The final South
London Athletics Network Super 8 meeting is also being staged at Woodcote School,
Colulsdon, on Sunday.
26-08-14 - SHARP BOUNCES BACK TO WIN SURREY
Hercules Wimbledon's Matthew Sharp made an impressive return to racing after a five months
absence due to injury when he won the Surrey 10000m track title at Tooting Bec on Saturday
- just 40 years after his dad took gold in the event.
Sharp junior, 35, got injured while running in the Paddock Wood half-marathon in Kent at
the end of March and only resumed racing this month. A week after taking first place in the
Dulwich Park parkrun he lifted the Surrey title at Tooting Bec in a personal best time of
32 minutes 45.49 seconds. His time took more than 33 seconds off his previous best time set
in the same event at Tooting Bec in 2013 when he took the silver medal in the Surrey
Interestingly, though, his time on the all-weather Tooting track on Saturday was
considerably slower than that achieved by Sharp senior in winning the title on the old
Wimbledon Park cinder track in April 1974 of 32:14.2. Maurice Sharp, who will be 70 next
May, is still running as well as coaching some of Hercules Wimbledon's endurance runners.
His most recent race was in the Wimbledon Dash 5km event where he finished second in the
over 65 category.
Hercules Wimbledon provided the top two finishers in the Surrey 10000m track championship
with Rob Tuer taking the silver medal in 33:56.61. Hercules Wimbledon just failed to make
it a clean sweep of medals as Sean Crummy finished fourth in 35:02.53 in his first-ever
track 10000m race.
Almost 100 athletes turned out in Hercules Wimbledon's first open graded track meeting at
Wimbledon Park with the host club securing several winners. Teenager Cassian Hyde sprinted
away to win a Hercules Wimbledon-dominated 3000m in 9:11.74 from Rob Tuer (9:19.95) and Joe
Clark (9:14.34) with Sean Crummy again in fourth spot (9:42.20). Johnnie Bland took the
1500m from Clark and Matthew Sharp. Over 65 veteran Charles Lawrie set two club age records
in the 100 and 200m.
Hercules Wimbledon's South of England senior men's 200m champion Dwayne Cowan posted one of
the best performances of the day when he took the 200m in the Crystal Palace open meeting
on Saturday in 21.55 into a stiff headwind. In contrast, Antonio Douglas had the benefit of
a sizeable tailwind in clocking a personal best 100m of 10.91, beating 11 seconds for the
On the road, Hercules Wimbledon's Tom Cheetham finally managed to break the three hour
barrier in his 52nd marathon race. Cheetham, who has contested the London marathon more
than a dozen times, clocked 2:59:39 in finishing fifth out of more than 300 runners in the
Thames Meander event at Kingston on Saturday. The task was made all the more difficult
because the course was along the Thames towpath from Kingston to Putney Bridge and back.
Cheetham was second in the over 45 category and his time improved on his previous best of
3:01:26 set in the London marathon in 2013.
Another Hercules Wimbledon marathon runner, Claire Grima, set a club veteran women's over
35 5km record when she won the women's race on her debut appearance in the River Valley
Park, Exeter, 5km parkrun on Saturday in 18:10. She was fifth overall out of 139 finishers
with husband David, also competing in the event for the first time, just ahead finishing
third in 17:33.
Another Hercules Wimbledon parkrun winner was Hannah Bye who equalled her best time for the
distance of 20:59 on her debut appearance in the Southwark Park event where she was the top
woman finisher in 15th place. Top Hercules Wimbledon finisher was Daniel Bratton who also
making his first appearance in the Southwark Park event where he was seventh out of 102
runners in 19:14.
Elsewhere, Amelia Casey, at 13 one of the youngest runners in the event, was second in the
women's event in Old Deer Park in 22:16, James Moorcroft was third out of 337 runners in
the Greenham Common parkrun in 17:44 while over 40 veteran Peter Collins was the best of 10
Hercules Wimbledon runners in the Wimbledon Common parkrun in 17:43, just six seconds
slower than his best time. Charles Hampden-Smith was fourth over 50 veteran in 19:26.
Alexander Gee was runner-up in the junior 2km parkrun in Wimbledon Park on Sunday in a
personal best of 8:44 with sisters Sophie and Charlotte Crump fourth and fifth in 9:08 and
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters are competing in the Lily B Girls League
final at Ewell Court on Saturday.
18-08-14 - YOUNG GUNS SPRINTING
Hercules Wimbledon youngsters dominated the sprints at the South of England age-group
chasmpionships at Crystal Palace on Saturday with brothers Rechmial and Chad Miller and
Jaleel Roper all taking gold medals.
Rechmial took the under 17 men's 100m title in 11.04 seconds racing into a stiff 1.9 metres
per second. Chad took the under 15 100m title in a personal best of 11.28 to improve on his
previous best of 11.28 set at Lee Valley in July. Chad , who is just 14, has shown a
massive improvement on his best of 12.6 before the start of this season.
Eleven-year-old Roper made it a hat-trick of sprinting titles for Hercules Wimbledon as he
took the under 13 boys 100m title in 12.71 to add to the two silver medals he won at the
Surrey championships in May. The three titles was just reward for the hours of training the
youngsters put in with coach Paul Miller, himself a former Surrey senior men's 100m
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s senior men's team ended their league season with a win
when they won the Rosenheim League final at Tooting Bec holding off strong challenges from
South London rivals Kingston and Polytechnic and Belgrave. It was their first victory
in the event since 2004 and it was perhaps apt that Hercules Wimbledon should win as 2004
marks 50 years since the trophy was first contested in 1964.
It was presented for competition among clubs in South West London by athletics stalwart Jim
Braben when he returned with a gold-coated plate from a trip to Rosenheim in Austria where
he had led a party of Hercules Athletic Club for an athletics match with the town's club.
Three years later, Hercules merged with Wimbledon Athletic Club to form the current club
which will celebrate 50 years in 2017.
It proved a hard-earned win for Hercules Wimbledon and, after leading early on in the
eight-sided contest, the team clinched victory with impressive performances in the final
two track events, the 3000m and 4x200m relay to snatch victory.
Hercules Wimbledon provided only two winners with Fred Slemeck taking the 1500m and Nnamdi
Odum the triple jump. Alex Robinson was second in the 3000m and Hamed Agboke, Esmond
Ferns and David Harris third in the 400 and 800m and 110m hurdles, respectively.
Antonio Douglas had a busy evening. He was third equal in the high jump and fifth in the
100 and 200m. Hercules Wimbledon managed to secure victory despite the absence of the
club's top sprinters.
Rosenheim League final result: 1 Hercules Wimbledon 71.5; 2 Kingston & Polytechnic
68.5; 3 Belgrave 62; 4 Herne Hill 60; 5 Serpentine 54; 6 Epsom & Ewell 39; 7 Walton 15;
8 St Mary's Richmond 14.
Hercules Wimbledon's top women's marathon runner, Claire Grima, lifted two Surrey titles in
one go when she competed in the Wimbledon Dash 5km road race at Wimbledon Park on Sunday.
The race incorporated the Surrey championships and Grima, cheered by husband Dave and young
sons Luca and Jasper, crossed the line in 18 minutes 14 seconds to take the Surrey senior
and veteran women's gold medals. She finished just one second ahead of the second Surrey
runner in the women's championship.
Top Hercules Wimbledon finisher among the 250 runners was steeplechaser Rob Tuer who
finished 12th in 16:51. Over 40 veteran Peter Collins was 33rd in 17:44, just one second
ahead of clubmate James Moorcroft. One of the oldest runners in the race was 70-year-old
Peter Giles who was 127th in 20:39.
Hercules Wimbledon runners filled two of the first there places in the Wimbledon Common
parkrun on Saturday. Milan Misak headed home the 314-strong field in a personal best of
17:38 with clubmate James Moorcroft third in 17:50. Charles Hampden-Smith was top veterans
over 50 finisher in 19:26. Misak sliced 16 seconds off his previous best time in securing
his first win in 46 appearances in the Wimbledon Common event. Over 45 veteran Lisa Thomas
made it a Hercules Wimbledon double by taking the women's race in 19:36, the day's top
In Oxfordshire, Hercules Wimbledon's Jonathan Cornish, made it a hat-trick of parkrun
winners for Hercules Wimbledon won for the second week at Abingdon in 16:24, the top
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters are competing in the second of the South
London Athletics Network Super Eight under 13 and under 15 League meetings at the David
Weir Leisure Centre, Carshalton, on Sunday, starting at 10am.
12-08-14 - WOMEN FINISH WITH A RECORD
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club ended their Southern Women's League season on a high with
a record-breaking win at Wimbledon Park on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Hercules Wimbledon's South of England senior men's 200m champion Dwayne Cowan
smashed his own club 400m record with an outstanding performance in Denmark where he
finished just behind England Commonwealth Games 4x400m relay gold medallist Daniel Awde.
Cowan, 29-year-old son of former Olympic hurdler Lloyd Cowan, who now coaches Olympic 400m
champion Christine Ohuruogu, stormed to fourth place in the 400m in 46.52 seconds behind
Awde (46.10) and ahead of another British international, Richard Buck (46.79), a member of
Britain's gold medal-winning European indoor championships 4x400m relay team in 2013.
Cowan, who was competing in the biggest meeting of his life, bettered his own club record
of 46.87 set at the LEAP meeting in Loughborough last month, and lifted himself into the
top 20 in this season's UK rankings for the distance. "I was really pleased with my
performance," said Cowan. "It was a tremendous experience competing abroad for the first
At Wimbledon Park, the Southern Women's League Division One squad ran out winners by almost
50 points, more than double the winning margin they achieved in their previous home
match in June when they finished 21 points clear of Haywards Heath, this season's Division
Hercules Wimbledon got off to a flying start on the track with Ruth Hampson and Heather
Letley taking maximum points in the 400m hurdles by winning the A and B string races.
Hampson and Letley later made it a double double as they won the 100m hurdles A and B
Amy Aronson and Gina Galbraith also secured maximum points in the 1500m taking the A and B
races while over 45 veteran Lisa Thomas, who ran in the Wimbledon Common parkrun in the
morning, had a double win taking the 800m A and 3000m B races. During the meeting Thomas
and Steph Robson set club veteran over 45 and over 40 800m records.
South of England and Surrey medallist Emily Martin gained a double success as she took the
long and triple jump A events with Letley finishing second in the B events. All-rounder
Hampson and Martin completed individual hat-tricks in winning the shot A and B events.
Hampson threw a lifetime best of 9.51m, adding 40 centimetres to her previous best set in
These wins were backed up by runners-up spots by Laura Wignall in the 100 and 200m A races
with Ruby Henderson third in the 400m.
Hercules Wimbledon's Zara Hashmi gained a double success in taking both under 17 events.
She triumphed in the under 17 80m and 300m hurdles. Tallulah Atkin was Hercules Wimbledon's
stand-out competitor in the under 15 events taking the 100 and 200m A races with Maya Marek
winning the 200m B event.
Sisters Connie and Hannah Baxter won the under 15 800 and 1500m B races with Isabelle Ellis
and Sonia Lockwood taking runners-up spots in both A races. Ellis also won the long jump A
event while Atkin was runner-up in the shot.
Match result: 1 Hercules Wimbledon 263.5; 2 Haywards Heath 263.5; 3 Harlow 178; 4 Chiltern
129; 5 Dorking & Mole Valley 120; 7 Swale Combined 30.
Hercules Wimbledon had a hat-trick of winners in Saturday's parkrun events. James Moorcroft
won in a thrilling finish on Wimbledon Common as he headed home a 261-strong field in
17:53, just holding off his Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Milan Misak who was just one second
behind. In contrast, Jonathan Cornish gained a runaway victory at Abingdon where he beat a
218-strong field in 16:23, finishing more than a minute ahead of his nearest rival and
slicing four seconds off his previous best set in August 2012.Rob Tuer made a winning debut
in Bishop's Park, Fulham, where he clocked 17.01 to win by 37 seconds.
Hercules Wimbledon's Pete Giles gained a hat-trick of silver medals in the British Masters
championships in Birmingham. Pete Giles set veteran over 70 club records in taking silver
in the 1500 and 5000m and also finished runner-up in the 800m. Dominic Bokor-Ingram made it
a quartet of silver medals in finishing runner-up in the over 45 400m.
Hercules Wimbledon are staging a sprint and middle distance open graded meeting at
Wimbledon Park Stadium on Wednesday night starting at 7pm. Entries will be accepted on the
night. The events are 100, 200, 1500 and 3000m.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon host the Surrey 5km road running championship from their
Wimbledon Park track headquarters on Sunday. The race starts at 9.30am. On Saturday,
Hercules Wimbledon are in action in the third of this season's Lily B league meetings at
the David Weir Arena, Sutton, while some of the club's athletes will be chasing titles and
medals in the South of England under 15 and under 17 championships at Crystal Palace on
both days of the weekend.