HISTORIC WEEKEND IN BIRMINGHAM
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club road runners make history this weekend when the club fields two teams
in the England men’s six-stage road relay championship in Sutton Park, Birmingham, on Saturday, for the
first time since it was formed by the merger of Hercules and Wimbledon Athletic Clubs to form the
existing club 48 years ago.
The 12 Hercules Wimbledon runners who make history in securing two club
Saturday's English road relay championship in Birmingham.
Back row: Matthew Sharp, Phil Glynn, Ben Toomer, George Longworth, Jonathan
Cornish, Fred Slemeck, Joe Toomey, Kieran White.
Front row: Joe Clark, Rob Tuer, Richard McDowell, Alex
The two teams qualified for Birmingham as a result of their performances in the South of England
Championships at Aldershot’s Rushmoor Arena a fortnight ago. Jonathan Cornish, Ben Toomer, Joe Clark,
Joe Toomey, Fred Slemeck and Kieran White, achieved Hercules Wimbledon’s best-ever placing in finishing
15th out of the 69 teams, and improvement on the previous highest placing of 18th. The club’s B team of
Alex Robinson, Matt Sharp, George Longworth, Richard McDowell, Phil Glynn and Rob Tuer, also managed to
gain an invitation to compete in Birmingham by finishing 29th.
“It’s a tremendous achievement,” said senior club official Pete Mulholland, who has just stepped down
after 50 years as cross country secretary. “This indicates good strength in depth which augurs well for
the forthcoming cross-country season.”
Matthew Sharp warmed up for Birmingham by racing to a lifetime best time in the Berlin marathon on
Sunday. He clocked 2:29:15 in finishing 129th out of almost 28000 runners to improve by more than a
minute on his previous best of 2:30:53 set in the Valencia marathon last November.
Hercules Wimbledon’s Peter Giles broke the British veterans men’s over 70- record for the classic one
mile distance in winning the British Masters’ title at Alexander Stadium, Birmingham, with a time of
five minutes 45.14 seconds. He celebrated his British record by taking the 10000m title the following
day in a Hercules Wimbledon club record time of 41:31.79.
Hercules Wimbledon teenager Amelia Casey was the women’s event winner in the Richmond Park 5km parkrun
on Saturday in 21:21. Her younger sister, Madeleine, was 11th in 23:25. Top Hercules Wimbledon finisher
was another youngster, Ben Tatters, who was eighth out of 353 runners in 18:16. Top Hercules Wimbledon
finisher on Wimbledon Common, where there were 25 runners from the club, was Adam Harwood, who was
third out of 353 runners in 18:08. Peter Collins was top over 40 veteran finishing sixth in 18:08.
Dave Grima posted a personal best in finishing ninth out of 1062 runners in Bushy Park in 17:37,
slicing seven seconds off his previous best for there course set in December. David Scrimshaw made the
trip to Nottingham where he took second place pout of more than 200 runners in the Rushcliffe Country
Park event in 18:28, just nine seconds behind the winner. Elsewhere, Felix Allen was fourth out of 126
runners at Kingston in 18:57.
Hercules Wimbledon have a busy weekend. While the club’s top 12 runners are in action in the English
road relay championships in Birmingham, other runners will be in action in the opening East Surrey
League event of the winter in Lloyd Park, Croydon, on Saturday. The young athletes two miles race for
both boys and girls is at 2.30pm with the senior and veterans men’s and women’s five miles race going
off at 3pm. The races start and finish near the Lloyd Park tramline stop.
BUSY WEEKEND FOR BEN AND JON
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club road runners Ben Toomer and Jon Cornish had a busy weekend
with individual wins in parkrun races on Saturday and then turning out for the club in the South of
England six stage road really championship at Aldershot the following day.
Cornish beat a 1000-plus field in Bushy Park to win by five seconds in 15 minutes 56 seconds.
Meanwhile Toomer headed home a 20 strong Hercules Wimbledon contingent on Wimbledon Common winning by
10 seconds in 17:48.
Just over 24 hours later the running pair who helped Hercules Wimbledon take silver medals in the
Surrey Road relay championship at Wimbledon Park earlier this month turned out again in the south
of England Road really championship at Rushmoor Arena, Aldershot. They helped the team finish 15th out
of 69 to qualify for the English road relay championship at Sutton Park, Birmingham on October
Fred Slemeck got the team off to a solid start finishing 22nd on the opening lap in 19:22, the
fastest individual time with the team Joe Clark slipped to 24th with 19:41 and then Joe Toomey dropped
two further places posting that 20:19 on the third leg. From then on, Hercules Wimbledon moved steadily
through the field. Toomer improved to 24th with the time of 19:50 while Cornish was the second
fastest member of the sextet clocking 19:30 to the handover in 17th position. Kieran White, clocking in
at 19:46 gained a further two places on the final lap to finish 15th.
Fastest member of the B team which finished 29th was second leg Matt Sharp who moved through from 36 to
27th position with a time of 19:35. He was the only member of the team to get inside 20
15-09-15 - MCDOWELL’S RECORD MARATHON WIN
One of Hercules Wimbledon’s newest recruits, Richard McDowell, smashed the course record when he raced
to victory in the Surrey Bacchus half-marathon at Denbies Vineyard, Dorking, on Sunday.
McDowell, 36, who only joined Hercules Wimbledon this summer, managed to win despite suffering from a
heavy cold. The event is staged over a picturesque, testing, undulating course in the Mole Valley.
McDowell won by more than 13 minutes in two hours 53 minutes 8 seconds, taking six-and-a-half minutes
off the course record.
There is no doubt the course is tough. “This course is challenging. You need to be fit and well to
start this race,” states the prospectus. McDowell was delighted with his victory. “My goals were to
break the course record of 2:59:38 and to win. Both achieved. Having a stinking cold earlier in the
week turned out not to be quite as much of a hindrance I had feared.”
Meanwhile, Hercules Wimbledon’s Claire Grima was the top women veteran over 35 finisher in the Bristol
half-marathon on Sunday in 1:23:04. She finished just behind husband Dave who clocked 1:22:28 to finish
121st. Competing in his first race over the distance since 2012, Ben Toomer posted a personal best time
of 1:15:07 in finishing 38th out of more than 7200 runners in the men’s race. His previous best was
1:18:49 set in the Bath half-marathon in 2011. David Scrimshaw also beat his personal best in finishing
137th in 1:22:36, improving by 25 seconds on his previous best set in the Reading event in March.
Hercules Wimbledon’s Dominic Kiralfyi posted a personal best time in finishing third out of 2800
runners in the Richmond Running Festival half marathon in 1:11:27. Caroline Jackson was 10th in the
women’s race in 1:29:24 and second in the veteran over 35 category. Stuart Fraser was the top veteran
over 45 finisher in a five miles multi-terrain race ion Wimbledon Common on Sunday in 31:34.
Hercules Wimbledon veteran all-rounder Dave Orchard was also in record-breaking form when he took the
veterans over 55 Surrey pentathlon title at the David Weir Leisure Centre on Saturday. His best efforts
came in the throws. He threw the javelin 34.32m and the discus 29.26m. His total score of 1944 points
is a new Hercules Wimbledon club record.
Veteran walker Tor-Ivar Guttulsrod headed home the 10-strong field in the 3000m track walk in 15:46.1
to also set a Hercules Wimbledon club record, although he was competing as a guest in the county event.
Making it a hat-trick of wins, Jaran Finn took the 3000m steeplechase title in 11:44.88.
New signing Finn Johnson was the best of the 28 Hercules Wimbledon runners in the Wimbledon Common 5km
park run on Saturday, finishing third out of 415 runners on his debut appearance in 17:35. Henry
Silverstein, 12, broke the 18 minute barrier for the first time as he equalled his highest parkrun
finishing position in taking fourth place in 17:59. His time sliced nine seconds off his previous best
set at the end of May. Another Hercules Wimbledon youngster, Sam Barker, shaved two seconds off his
previous best in finishing 10th in 18:39. Simon Woodley and Mark Cahill, who was top veteran over 40
finisher, also posted personal bests of 19:33 and 19:35 in finishing 22nd and 24th.
Over 50 veteran Frank Wood clocked a personal best of 19:23 in finishing seventh in the Beeston event,
taking minute off his previous best set in June.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon runners are competing in the South of England road relay championships
which are being held at Rushmoor Arena, Aldershot, on Saturday and Sunday.
8-09-15 - COMMONWEALTH SILVER FOR MILLER
Teenager Rechmial Miller established himself as Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s best-ever sprinter
when he took the Commonwealth Youth Games 100m silver medal in Apia, Samoa, on Monday.
The 17-year-old also broke one of the oldest Hercules Wimbledon club records as he improved on the 10.4
seconds 100m mark set by international Mike Powell 36 years ago in the AAA under 20 championships at
Aldershot. Miller faced a busy day of competition, with three races in three-and-a-half hours.
First, he took his heat in 10.54 and then lowered his personal best to 10.40 in winning his semi-final
to equal the Hercules Wimbledon cub record. The final saw Rechmial lower his lifetime best once more,
to 10.39, better the Hercules Wimbledon senior and under 20 club records, to take silver behind South
Africa’s Tlotliso Leotleta’s 10.20.
Miller’s Commonwealth silver adds to the bronze medal he won in the IAAF World Youth championships in
Cali, Columbia, in July. His time also eclipses that achieved by his dad, Paul, who coaches many of
Hercules Wimbledon’s young sprinters, who clocked a wind-assisted 10.4 in 1985.
One of Miller’s proteges. Jaleel Roper, continued to improve when he broke his own UK boys under 13
200m record in racing to victory in a sprint meeting at Lee Valley Athletics Centre on Wednesday of
last week in 23.35 to improve on the 23.4 he clocked in winning the London Schools title at Mile End in
June. Roper also won his 100m race in 11.63.
Roper also gained a sprint double in 11.74 and 24.12 at the Tom Lintern Medals Meeting at Crawley and
also wonk the 100m at the Suth London Athletics Network Super 8 meeting at Wimbledon Park on Sunday in
11.8. Lloyd Smith won the under 15 boys 800m, Maya Marek the under 15 girls 200m, Adaeze Onyejekwe and
Tamira Webster their under 13 girls 100m races, and Darcy O’Shea, the under 13 girls high jump.
Hercules Wimbledon came away with two sets of medals from the annual Surrey road relay championships
staged from their Wimbledon Park track headquarters on Saturday. The senior men took silver medals and
the veterans over 60 squad bronze.
Ben Toomer was the fastest of the six silver medal-winning senior team runners clocking 14:40 in
lifting the team from third to second on fifth leg. Rob Tuer (15:26) kept the team in second spot.
First leg runner Joe Clark (14:56) handed over in sixth place with Joe Toomey (15:18) improving to
fifth, Fred Slemeck (15:16) holding that position and Richard McDowell (15:15) moving through to third.
First leg runner Steve Newton (18:48) was the fastest of the bronze medal-winning over 60’s trio. Tony
Austin (21:39) and Maurice Sharp (21:14) were the other members of the team. Pete Clarke headed the
over 50 teams home with 15:12 on the opening leg to clocked the second fastest time of the day in that
age category. With Frank Wood (18:15), Simon Bodle (18:43) and Tor-Ivar Guttustod (19:43) completing
the team which finished fifth. The over 40 quartet of Peter Collins (16:23), Felix Allen (17:37), Tom
Cheetham (18:35) and Stuart Fraser (16:32) finished just outside the medals in fourth place.
Marathon runner Claire Grima (17:22) was the fastest member of the senior women’s team which also
finished fourth. Susannah Evans (17:56), Lisa Thomas (19:20) and Eileen Brandley (20:22) were the other
members of the quartet.
A week before her 14th birthday, Hercules Wimbledon’s Amelia Casey was first woman in the Richmond Park
5km parkrun while Jonathan Cornish posted a personal best time in finishing second of more than 300
runners in Guildford. Michael Burt was the top Hercules Wimbledon finisher on Wimbledon Common, taking
fifth place out of almost 400 runners in a personal best of 18:51, slicing three seconds off his
previous best set in May.
1-09-15 - CHAD SMASHES BROTHER’S RECORD
While his elder brother Rechmial was preparing to represent England in the Commonwealth Youth Games in
Somoa next week, 15-year-old Chad Miller was in action in the England Championships at Bedford on
Sunday where he managed to smash the Hercules Wimbledon club men’s under 17 200m record held by
Chad clocked 21.89 seconds in racing to fourth place in the final, just missing out by one-hundredths
of a second on the bronze medal. His time better his brother’s club record of 22.04 set at an open
meeting at Tooting Bec in April last year. Earlier, Chad qualified for the final in finishing second in
his heat in 22.15.
Meanwhile, his 17-year-old brother, who took the 100m bronze medal in the IAAF World Youth
Championships in Colombia in July, has flown out to Samoa. He competes in the 100m on Monday (September
7th) with heats, semi-finals and the final scheduled on the same day and the 4x200m relay on Tuesday.
At the other end of the age scale, Hercules Wimbledon’s oldest active athlete, John Webster, set a
quartet of club men’s over 75 records competing in the Veterans Athletic Club championships at Ewell on
Saturday. He set club bests in winning the pole vault, discus, hammer and javelin titles with efforts
of 1.72, 20.6, 32.08 and 25.80m, respectively. Another Hercules Wimbledon cpub record-breaker at Ewell
was Steph Robson who bettered the club mark for the women’s over 40 1500m in finishing third in
Mark White was a double gold medallist taking the over 45 100 and 200m in 12.64 and 25.92, Dan Pescod
won the over 40 5000m and Gordon Lilly took the over 45 800m in 2:14.38.
Meanwhile, Rob Tuer took the bronze medal in the Surrey 10000m track championship at Tooting Bec on
Saturday. At the same venue, Sean Hall raced to a lifetime best 800m time in winning the two-lap event
in 1:52.45. He improved by more than a second on his previous best set just 10 days earlier of 1:53.51.
Over 40 veteran Peter Collins was top finisher of the 15 Hercules Wimbledon athletes in Saturday’s
Wimbledon Common 5km parkrun taking fourth spot in 18:03, just 27 seconds behind the winner. Over 45
veteran Gary Forde clocked a personal best of 21:48 in finishing second in his age category, taking 14
seconds off his previous best set the previous weekend.
Making his debut in the Guildford parkrun, Hercules Wimbledon’s Jonathan Cornish was runner-up out of
almost 300 runners in 16:56, easily the fastest park run time by a Hercules Wimbledon runner last
Down under, Hercules Wimbledon’s Justin Kelly finished third out of around 40000 entrants in the City
to Surf City Marathon in Perth, Australia in 2:47:58.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon host the annual Surrey road relay championships at their Wimbledon
Park athletics stadium headquarters on Saturday where they are also defending the senior men’s title
they won last season. The relays, over a 5km lap, start at 12noon with the senior men over six laps,
the over 60 men and over 45 women over three laps and the over 40 and over 50 men and over 35 women
over four laps. completing four laps.
25-08-15 - TOOMER MAINTAINS WINNING RUN
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s Surrey steeplechase representative Ben Toomer continued his winning
run in the Wimbledon Common 5km park run event on Saturday when he headed home more than 400 runners to
win in 16 minutes 22 seconds.
It was his seventh victory in the event since he took runners-up spot in May last year and his eighth
win in nine runs ion the common since March 2014. He was just outside his personal best time of 16:20
set three weeks earlier as he won by 59 seconds.
He was the best of the 24 Hercules Wimbledon runners who took part in Saturday’s race. Adam Harwood was
third in 18:00, four seconds ahead of club mate Peter Collins who was also second in the over 40
category.One of the youngest runners in the field was 12-year-old Henry Silverstein who was 19th in
19:05. Tom Cheetham was first veteran over 45 finisher in 26th place in 19:32. Gina Galbraith was third
woman finisher in 20:33.
Hercules Wimbledon’s over 35 veteran Richard McDowell made an impressive debut appearance in the Bushy
Park event where he was runner-up out of more than a thousand runners in 16:46. Husband and wife Dave
and Fran Clarke both clocked personal best times of 20:12 and 20:14, respectively, in finishing fifth
in the men’s over 55 category and fifth in the women’s race. It was the last leg of a mini-triathlon
for the couple as they had previously done a 400m swim in Shepperton Lake and cycled the 11km back to
Bushy Park before taking part in the run. Over 45 veteran Stuart Fraser posted the top age-graded
performance in finishing third in 18:27, less than a minute behind the winner, on his debut appearance
in the Ipswich event.
Hercules Wimbledon’s top woman marathon runner Claire Grima had a good week. She was top woman finisher
in the Jurassic Park multi-terrain 10km event in Budleigh Salterton, Devon, in 40:18, finishing seventh
overall out of 251 runners. Husband Dave was fourth in 39:21. Three days earlier, she broke the
Hercules Wimbledon women’s 5000m veteran over 35 record in posting a time of 18:07.74 in a 5000m
Festival Night at Wimbledon Park track.
More than 80 runners took part in the five races and the best of the 15 Hercules Wimbledon athletes was
Jonathan Cornish, fresh from taking the bronze medal in the South of England 10000m championship at
Brighton in 32:18.54, who clocked 15:32.77 in finishing 11th in the fastest race of the night. Second
fastest was Joe Clark with 15:38.99. Fastest time of the night, 14:23.55, was posted by Highgate’s
Shaun Dixon ahead of Clapham Chasers’ Andy Maud (14:24.08) and Kent AC’s John Gilbert (14:48.53).
On the track, Hercules Wimbledon’s Sean Hall posted his best time of the summer in finishing fifth in a
British Milers Club’s 800m race at Sutcliffe Park, Eltham, in 1:53.51. Young sprinter Jaleel Roper
maintained his unbeaten record as he won his 11th 100m race of the summer in the South London Athletics
Network meeting at the David Weir Arena, Carshalton, on Sunday, in 11.9. Clubmate Miles Ayoola was
third in 13.2. Nkasi Onyejekwe posted a personal best 14.2 in winning her girls under 13 100m race
while her sister, Adaeze went faster with a personal best of 13.5 in finishing second in her 100m race.
Another winner was Latvia Casely-Hayford in her girls under 15 100m race.
Hercules Wimbledon’s Frank Wood was top veteran over 50 finisher in a Veteran Athletic Club five miles
road race in Battersea Park in 31:18 in which Dennis Williams was top over 65 veteran. Tom Cheetham was
runner-up in the over 45 category in 31:10. Hercules Wimbledon’s Simon Rayner, who now lives in Canada,
picked up the bronze medal in the World Masters over 50 5000m championship in Lyon, France, in 4:35.14.
Cheetham also finished sixth out of 138 runners in the Capital Runners 10km road race in Richmond Park
on Sunday in 40:03 with Felix Allen seventh eight seconds behind.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon youngsters are in action in the Lily B Girls League finals at
Kingsmeadow Stadium on Saturday with the older generation competing in the Veterans AC championships at
Ewell. Also on Saturday, Hercules Wimbledon runners will be competing in the Surrey 10000m track
championship at Tooting Bec. The championship record of 29:45.6 was set by Hercules Wimbledon’s Bob
Holt at Ewell Court in 1972. His twin brother Dave set the inaugural record of 29:51.2 at Wimbledon
Park in 1969.
18-08-15 - MILLER BUILDING UP FOR SAMOA
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s IAAF World Youth Championships 100m bronze medallist Rechmial Miller
continued his preparations for next month’s Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa with impressive runs in
Guernsey and at Kingsmeadow.
Miller gained a double victory in the Rosenheim League final at Kingsmeadow taking the individual 100m
in 10.89 seconds and then running the opening leg for the winning 4x200m relay team. Miller, 17, who
runs for England in the 100m and sprint relay in Samoa, also showed good sprint form in taking second
place in the 100m in the Inter Trust anniversary Games in St Peter Port, Guernsey, in 10.48, in one of
his final races before flying out to the Commonwealth Youth Games. Competing in Samoa has meant Miller
has turned down an invitation to compete for Surrey in this weekend’s South of England under 20
inter-counties match at Allianz Park, North London.
His younger brother Chad, the South of England under 17 200m silver medallist, ran the second leg for
the winning Rosenheim relay team and finished fourth in a non-scoring 100m race in 11.2. Other members
of the winning relay team were Antonio Douglas and Dwayne Cowan. Cowan also won the individual 200m in
21.36 with Sean Hall taking the 800m in 1:55.11. Despite dominating the track events with a quartet of
victories and Austin Ferns and Joe Clark taking second place in the 400m hurdles and 800m, Hercules
Wimbledon failed to retain the trophy they won last season which went to hosts Kingston &
Hercules Wimbledon’s outstanding young sprinter Jaleel Roper continued his outstanding season with a
double victory in the boys under 13 events at the South of England Championships at the Julie Rose
Stadium, Ashford. Roper, 12, the top ranked UK under 13 100 and 200m sprinter this season, won the 100
and 200m gold medals in 11.69 and 23.65. His Hercules Wimbledon club mate Miles Ayoola took bronze and
silver respectively in 13.16 and 26.26. Meanwhile, Adaeze Onyejekwe was third in the girls under 13
At the other end of the age scale, Hercules Wimbledon athletes have been picking up medals in the World
Masters Championships in Lyon, France. Dominic Bokor-Ingram picked up two bronze medals competing for
the British men’s over 45 4x100 and 4x400m relay teams. Peter Giles took individual silver in the over
70 1500m and bronze in the half-marathon where he was also a member of the gold medal-winning British
over 70 team. He set club age group record with both performances.
Hercules Wimbledon’s Ann Martin set a hat-trick of women veteran over 55 club records for the shot,
discus and javelin competing in the final Sweatshop Southern Athletics League meeting of the season at
Kingsmeadow Stadium on Saturday. Gina Galbraith also broke the club veterans over 35 record in the
1500m. There were a hat-trick of A string wins by Only individual successes came from Sean Hall, Austin
Ferns and Nnamdi Odum in the 800m, 400m hurdles and triple jump B events.
Valerie Parocki was the best 35 Hercules Wimbledon runners in parkrun 5km events over the weekend. She
was first girl to finish in the junior parkrun in Wimbledon Park while Peter Collins was sixth out of
325 runners on Wimbledon Common.
Hercules Wimbledon’s Neil Fraser finished ninth out of 55 runners in the Swiss Irontrail event in Davos
in what he described ass the toughest race of his life. Fraser, 27, said: “I was completely unprepared
for the weather, altitude, climbing more than 7000 metres and the big Swiss cows. I tracked the top
three for the first half but the last 20km took more than four hours and I dropped back. It was the
middle of the night at this point and the terrain was its toughest. At 45km, I was caught in a blizzard
3500m up a mountain.”
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon youngsters are competing in the second South London Athletics Network
under 13 and under 15 meeting at the David Weir Leisure Centre, Carshalton, on Sunday, starting at
11-08-15 - COWAN’S RECORD-BREAKING 400M RUN
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's South of England 200m champion, Dwayne Cowan, smashed his own 400m
club record with a fine run in a league meeting at Lee Valley Athletics Centre on Saturday.
Cowan, 30, clocked 46.25 seconds to better his previous mark of 46.52 set in the Copenhagen Games a
year ago. Three days before his record-breaking run in North London, Cowan returned to the Danish
capital where he finished third in his 400m race in a slower 47.26. His time at Lee Valley ranks him in
the top 13 among UK athletes this season.
Hercules Wimbledon’s super veteran women’s pole vaulter, Alison Murray, was delighted to win a silver
medal in the women’s over 45 category at the World Masters’ Championships in Lyon, France. She cleared
3.20m to set a Hercules Wimbledon club record for both senior women and over 45 veterans. Now 45, it
was her best pole vault clearance since returning to the event in 2013 after sustaining a serious head
injury in 2005. Her clearance at the Worlds was also her best effort since vaulting 3.60m in 2001.
The event was staged during a heat wave which resulted in a five hour delay. She said: “That was as
good as Gold for me!” She was the best of the small six-strong Hercules Wimbledon contingent in France.
Former guitarist Peter Giles just missed out on a medal in the 5000m where he finished fourth in the
over 70 age category.
Hercules Wimbledon newcomer Susannah Evans was second woman finisher in the Self Trascendence 10km road
race in Battersea Park on Saturday in 37:40, the second fastest-ever time recorded by a Hercules
Wimbledon woman runner behind club record-holder Claire Grima who clocked 37:06 in the British 10km
event in May last year. Mick Leigh was first veteran over 70 finisher in a 5km road race in Battersea
Park a few days earlier. Top Hercules Wimbledon finisher was Rob Tuer who was 12th out of more than 200
runners in 16:31. Meanwhile, Stuart Fraser headed home the field in a 10km road race in Staines.
Hercules Wimbledon enjoyed a quintet of parkrun 5km winners last weekend. Dom Kiralyfi headed home a
224 -strong field in Bishop’s Park, Fulham, in a personal best of 16:01. He won by just two seconds. In
contrast, Richard McDowell had an 88 seconds winning margin as he headed home the field on his debut
appearance in the Gunpowder event in Waltham Abbey in 16:42. Ben Toomer was also in the Danish capital
where he won that City’s park run event in 16:58 with Eileen Bradley third in the women’s race.
Gina Galbraith was top woman finisher in a personal best of 20:43 while Sophie Crump was top girl to
finish the junior 2km parkrun in Wimbledon Park in 9:07, 10 seconds ahead of her sister, Charlotte.
Neil Fraser headed home the usual sizeable 16-strong Hercules Wimbledon contingent in the Wimbledon
Common event on Saturday finishing fourth out of 353 runners in 17:34. Fraser was in action again in
the Peserverance 10km event at Wimbledon Park on Sunday where he was fourth Hercules Wimbledon finisher
in 27th place. Top club runner was Kieran White who finished eighth out of 252 athletes in 16:26 to
lead Hercules Wimbledon to third team place. Gunpowder park run winner McDowell was 11th in 16:32 with
Rob Tuer 15th in 16:57.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are contesting their final Southern Athletics League meeting at
Kingsmeadow Stadium on Saturday, starting at 12noon. Some of the club’s top youngsters are competing in
the South of England under 15 and under17 championships at Ashford, Kent, over the weekend. Next
Wednesday evening, Hercules Wimbledon stage a 5km Festival Night with a series of five races over the
distance starting at 6.45pm.
3-08-15 - HAT-TRICK OF PARKRUN WINNER
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's runners won three of last weekend’s 5km park run races with
victories on Wimbledon Common, in Bishops Park and in Somerset.
Hercules Wimbledon runners dominated the Wimbledon Common event providing the top two finishers and six
in the first 12 with a total of 29 club members in action. Ben Toomer posted a personal best time of 16
minutes 20 seconds in heading home the 339-strong field on Wimbledon Common, finishing 15 seconds ahead
of club mate Joe Toomey, who also posted a personal best time.
Toomer, who recorded his seventh win in eight appearances in the Wimbledon Common race, took 12 seconds
off his previous best time set badk in May last year when he finished second, the only time he has
failed to win on Wimbledon Common. Toomey managed to improve by 16 seconds on his previous best time
set more than two years ago in May 2013.
Richard McDowell equalled his personal best time of 16:51 in taking fifth place with Neil Fraser also
improving on his previous best of 17:17 set last month in finishing seventh in 17:15. Second claim
member Knut Hegvold posted the top age-graded performance of the day in finishing ninth in 17:33 and
was top veteran over 50 finisher.
On a day of personal bests for Hercules Wimbledon runners, David Scrimshaw and Peter Small also
improved in finishing 19th and 20th in 18:42 and 18:57. Scrimshaw improved by four seconds on his
previous best set back in March 2013 while Small showed a sizeable margin of improvement in chopping 44
seconds off his previous best set last month. He also achieved his best finishing position in three
appearances on Wimbledon Common.
Over in Fulham’s Bishop’s Park, Hercules Wimbledon’s Johnny Bland made an impressive return to racing.
In his first competition for almost a year, he made a winning parkrun debut in heading home the
255-strong field in 16:47, winning by five seconds. Rob Tuer also led the field home at Longrun Meadow,
Taunton, with a runaway victory in 16:52, 70 seconds ahead of his nearest challenger. Hercules
Wimbledon’s Darren Keane was second out of 65 runners in Cabinteely Park, Dublin, in 19:53.
Hercules Wimbledon’s Caroline Jackson broke the women’s course record in taking the honours in the
women’s race in the Phoenix Summer Marathon multi-terrain event at Walton-on-Thames in 2:48:36.
Hercules Wimbledon’s Dwayne Cowan looked set for a medal when he sailed through the 400m heats and
semi-finals of the England Championships at Bedford on Saturday. He was second in both his races in
46.90 and 46.67 behind international Nigel Levine but then failed to appear for the final on Sunday
where his time would have secured him the bronze medal. It would also have secured a win for Surrey in
the UK Inter-counties championship being held in conjunction with the event.
Hercules Wimbledon’s Jaleel Roper, the top UK under 13 sprinter this season, again showed winning form
in the South London Athletics Network Super 8 meting at Wimbledon Park on Sunday, winning the under 13
200m in 23.8 and anchoring the 4x100m relay team to victory. Miles Ayoola won the 100min 13.1.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon host the Perserverance 10km road race, which incorporates the Surrey
championships, from their Wimbledon Park headquarters on Sunday, starting at 9.30am.
Hercules Wimbledon’s top young sprinter, Rechmial Miller, in his first race since taking the 100m
bronze medal in the IAAF World Youth Championships in Columbia, will be in action in the Rosenheim
League final at Kingsmeadow Stadium. Hercules next Wednesday evening (August 12th). Hercules Wimbledon
are defending the team title.
27-07-15 - RECORD-BREAKING HAT-TRICK FOR ROPER
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's Jaleel Roper was the outstanding individual athlete in an under 13
inter-county match at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Sunday with a hat-trick of record-breaking performances.
Competing for Surrey young Roper, who is Britain’s fastest-ever 12-year-old sprinter, first stormed to
victory in the 100m in the Derek Crookes meeting 11.81 seconds, winning by more than 10 metres, with
the second runner clocking 12.38. His time shaved one-tenth of a second off the meeting record set by
Hertfordshire’s Tristan Anthony in 1995, eight years before he was born.
An hour later, Roper looked even more dominant as he raced away with the 200m in 23.84, finishing more
than two seconds ahead of his nearest rival,to again better the record set by Anthony of 24.1. He
completed his hat-trick of record-breaking performances by anchoring Surrey to victory in the 4x100m
relay in 49.70 to eclipse the mark of 49.83 set by Middlesex in 2011. Hercules Wimbledon’s Miles Ayoola
was also in the relay quartet. He warmed up by taking runners-up spot in his non-scoring 100m race in
At the other end of the age scale, Hercules Wimbledon’s Peter Giles won the British Masters men’s over
70 1500m championship at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium and set a club age record in taking the 5000m
silver medal. Dominic Bokor-Ingram also took silver in the over 45 400m.
Hercules Wimbledon’s Sean Hall showed his best form for two seasons in racing to victory in the 800m at
an open meeting at Tooting Bec on Saturday in 1:54.54. It is his second best-ever time for the distance
behind his lifetime best of 1:52.9 set in 2013. Lloyd Smith broke the Hercules Wimbledon boys under 15
record in finishing second in the 300m in 38.88. Sam Gurney gained a double success in the under 17
high and long jumps and was second in the javelin, Joshua Simpson won the boys under 13 high jump, Tom
Oswald was second in the under 15 javelin and Edward Charlesworth won his senior men’s 1500m race.
Hercules Wimbledon ended their Rosenheim League Eastern Division programme in style at Tooting Bec with
both the men’s and women’s teams winning their matches to take both divisional titles. Antonio Douglas
gained a fine sprint double in the 100 and 200m with pole vaulter Michael Franklin the only other
individual winner. Second places by Phil Glynn (400m hurls), Gordon Lilly (800m), veteran Dave Orchard
(hammer) and Belal Aly (3000m) helped secure victory and guarantee a place in the final at Kingsmeadow
Stadium on August 12th.
Match result: 1 Hercules Wimbledon 56; 2 Belgrave 43; 3 Holland Sports 38; 4 Serpentine 31; 5equal
Croydon and Herne Hill 30. Final standings: 1 Hercules Wimbledon 26pts; 2 Belgrave 24; 3 Serpentine 20;
4 Croydon 17; 5 Herne Hill 9 (127 match points); 6 Holland Sports 9 (112).
Victories by Laura Wignall (100m) and Claire Grima (3000m) and the 4x200m relay squad laid the
foundations for a women’s match victory with Heather Letley also taking second in the triple jump.
Match result: 1 Hercules Wimbledon 27; 2 Belgrave 17; 3 equal Holland Sports and Herne Hill 5; 5
Croydon 4. Final standings: 1 Hercules Wimbledon 28.5; 2 Belgrave 26.5; 3 Herne Hill 12.5; 4 Serpentine
12; 5 Croydon 8; 6 Holland Sports 3.5.
Hercules Wimbledon’s Jonathan Cornish and Fran Clarke won the men’s and women’s 5k park run events at
Didcot and Kingston, respectively. Matt Dawson was second of 321 runners on Wimbledon Common, and the
first of 19 club finishers, with Matt Gibbons and Zac Purnell fifth and sixth. Alison Purnell was top
woman over 50. Gina Galbraith was third woman in Bishops Park and teenager Alex Forbes was fifth out of
158 runners on his debut appearance in the Lanhydrock House event in Bodmin, Cornwall. Hercules
Wimbledon’s Caroline Jackson was top woman finisher in the challenging Thames Trail Saturday Night
marathon in Wokingham.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon host the South London Athletics Network Super 8 under 13 and under 15
meeting at Wimbledon Park Athletics Stadium on Sunday, starting at 10am. Next Wednesday, Hercules
Wimbledon stage an open track meeting at Wimbledon Park starting at 7pm. There will be races over 100,
200, 1500 and 3000m. Hercules Wimbledon’s Dwayne Cowan competes in the 400m at the England Athletics
Championships at Bedford.
20-07-15 - CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR RECHMIAL
Hercules Wimbledon's Rechmial Miller ran the race of his young life to take bronze in the 100m final at
the IAAF World Youth Championships in Cali, Columbia.
Rechmial, who only recently celebrated his 17th birthday, was the first of three British medallists at
He took the bronze medal in 10.59 seconds
Miller, who improved his PB in the heat and the semi-final said: “It is great to get this medal. I came
into the competition ranked ninth overall so it is a bit of a surprise but I’m so happy to come away
with a medal.
“I was running well – I have timed my season right. I was very confident and thought I could come away
with a medal. The PB in the heats set up the day well. The final wasn’t the perfect race but I’ve got
the bronze and I’m really pleased.”
He got through to the final by first winning his heat in a personal best of 10.49, slicing
one-hundredths of a second off his previous best set in finishing third in the England championships at
Bedford last month. Then he made a dramatic improvement in winning his semi-final in a big personal
best of 10.45.
Well done Rechmial!
14-07-15 - EURO CALL-UP FOR TEENAGER ETIENNE
Meanwhile, Rechmial’s younger brother Chad, was in action for Surrey in an under 17
inter-county match at High Wycombe. Racing into a stiff 1.7 metres per second headwind,
he won his 100m race in 11.36, his fastest 100m time this summer.
He also posted a lifetime best time in later finishing second in his 200m race in
22.05, just outside the Hercules Wimbledon club record of 22.04 set by Rechmial last
Fresh from his victory in the Surrey Badger half-marathon the previous weekend,
Hercules Wimbledon’s Richard McDowell made a winning debut in the Kingston 5km parkrun
in heading home a 1245-strong field. Gina Galbraith posted a personal best time of
20:44 in winning the women’s race at Bognor Regis, slicing two seconds off her previous
best set on her debut in the event a fortnight earlier.
Elsewhere, Claire Grima was second woman on Wimbledon Common where Neil Fraser was
third in the men’s race. Over 45 veteran Tom Cheetham clocked a personal best in
finishing 20th out of the 400 runners. Matt Dawson was third out of 177 runners in the
Bath Skyline parkrun.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon’s top UK under 13 sprinter, Jaleel Roper, competes for
Surrey in the under 13 inter-county meeting at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Sunday. He has
been selected for the boys 100 and 200m and 4x100m relay. He heads a trio of Hercules
Wimbledon athletes in the Surrey team. Miles Ayoola runs in the boys 4x100 relay while
Rebekah Riches runs in the girls 1500m.
Other club youngsters are in action in the fourth of this season’s Lily B Girls League
meetings at the David Weir Leisure Centre, Carshalton, on Saturday with some of the
club’s older athletes competing in the British Masters track and field championships at
Alexander Stadium, Birmingham. Hercules Wimbledon road runners compete in the Elmbridge
10km event, part of the Surrey road league, on Sunday.
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s top teenage sprinter Theo Etienne has been selected to represent
Great Britain in the European Junior Championships in Eskilstuna, Sweden. Etienne will be hoping to
make his international debut in the 4x100m relay.
Etienne, 18, was selected after showing his best form in an international meeting in Mannheim, Germany,
at the end of last month when he finished fourth in the 100m in 10.54. Earlier, he clocked the same
time in finishing second in his heat, running into a slight headwind.
His time took three-hundredths of a second off his previous best set at an open meeting at Lee Valley
in May. He also clocked a fast 10.58 in taking fifth place in the England under 20 championships at
Bedford, last month behind his Hercules Wimbledon club mate Rechmial Miller, who took the bronze medal
in 10.50. Miller has already been selected for the IAAF World Youth Games taking place in Call,
Colombia and the Commonwealth Youth Games being held in Somoa in September.
Miller’s younger brother, Chad, 15, reached the final of the English schools intermediate boys 200m
championship at gateshead over the weekend. He clocked 22.33 into a slight headwind, only just outside
his personal best of 22.1 set in taking the silver medal in last month’s Surrey Schools Championships
at Kingsmeadow Stadium which secured his place in the county team for Gateshead. Miller was second in
his heat in 22.50 and fourth in his semi-final in 22.15.
A trio of Hercules Wimbledon athletes helped Surrey to take runners-up spot in an eight-counties
inter-county meeting at Crawley on Sunday. Ben Toomer was runner-up in the 3000m steeplechase while
Fred Slemeck and Matt Sharp were fourth and fifth in the 5000m.
Hercules Wimbledon youngsters produced their best team performance of the season when they finished
third in the third of this season’s Ebbisham Boys’ League matches at Stompond Lane, Walton, on Sunday.
Highlight for Hercules Wimbledon came at the end of the match when the under 13 4x200m quartet of Miles
Ayoola, Robert Philpott, Nathanael Pongolati and Jaleel Roper stormed to victory in a club
record-breaking time of 1:47.1.
Earlier, Roper, the UK U13 60, 100 and 200m record-holder, gained a comfortable sprint double in 12.3
and 24.2 with Ayoola and Philpott ensuring maximum points in taking the B races. Lloyd Smith and Eitan
Orenstein gained maximum points in the under 15 800m in taking the A and B races while Zac Purnell and
Henry Silverstein took the 1500m A and B races.
Hercules Wimbledon newcomer Richard McDowell was an impressive winner of the Surrey Badger
half-marathon in Dorking on Sunday, beating a 400-strong field and finishing more than three minutes
clear of the runner-up with Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Neil Fraser in third place. The previous day,
Fraser led home a record 32 Hercules Wimbledon runners in the Wimbledon Common 5km parkrun in finishing
third out of 414 runners in 17:17. Rob Tuer was runner-up out of 109 runners in the Evesham 5km
Annemarie Seymour was top woman over 40 finisher in a five miles multi-terrain race on Wimbledon Common
on Sunday while Caroline Jackson was 10th out of more than 6500 runners jun the British 10km women’s
race in Central London, also on Sunday.
Hercules Wimbledon’s Peter Giles was top veteran over 70 finisher in the British Masters 15 miles off
road championship at Wadhurst. He was 218th out of 679 runners.
7-07-15 - MEN AND WOMEN TOP LEAGUE
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s Rosenheim League teams go into the final Eastern
division match later this month in pole position. Both the men’s and women’s teams top their respective
tables with just the meeting at Tooting Bec on July 22nd to go.
Hercules Wimbledon men, the holders of the Rosenheim Plate, following a thrilling
win at Tooting Bec last August, have edged ahead in the divisional battle despite finishing runners-up
in the penultimate match at Battersea Park.
Only individual win came from Sean Hall who stormed to victory in the 800m in an
impressive 1 minute 56.51 seconds. The meeting ended on a winning note for Hercules Wimbledon as the
quartet of Hamed Agboke, Devonte Casely-Hayford, Dominic Bokor-Ingram and Antonio Douglas took the
4x200m relay in 1:1:36.31.
Backing up these wins were Rob Tuer, runner-up in the 2000m steeplechase in 6:47.4,
Antonio Douglas, second in the 100m in 11.48 and third in the 200m in 23.60, Belal Ahmed, second in the
3000m in 9:10.66 and Joe Clark, third in the 1500m in 4:08.09. Piers Willoughby-Strauss and third in
the high jump and Kevin Snelling third in the shot.
Hosts Serpentine won the match with 54 points from Hercules Wimbledon (51),
Belgrave (48), Croydon and Herne Hill (25 each) and Holland Sports (24). Standings after four matches
are: 1 Hercules Wimbledon 20 league points (195 match points); 2 Belgrave 19 (207); 3 Serpentine 17
(180); 4 Croydon 15.5 (161) 5 Herne Hill 7.5 (97); 6 Holland Sports 5 (74).
Hercules Wimbledon also top the women’s table despite finishing runners-up on the
night.Best efforts came fromLaura Wignall, Alison Murray and Heather Letley who were runners-up in the
200m, high jump and shot.
Belgrave won the match with 27 points from Hercules Wimbledon (24), Serpentine (13)
and Herne Hill (6). Standings after four matches are: 1 Hercules Wimbledon 22.5 (101); 2 Belgrave 21.5
(95); 3 Serpentine 12 (26); 4 Herne Hill 9 (16); 5 Croydon 6 (21).
Hercules Wimbledon’s Jennifer Fernando made a spectacular return to racing when she
made a winning debut in the Wimbledon Common park run on Saturday. It proved a winning double for
Hercules Wimbledon as Ben Toomer headed home the 353-strong field in 17:00. Fernando, whose last
recorded race was the Great Birmingham half-marathon in October 2012, was top woman finisher in 19:04
ahead of club mate Lisa Thomas (20:23).
Hercules Wimbledon’s Jonathan Cornish gained a runaway win on his debut in the
Didcot park run 5km event. He crossed the line in 16:23 to win by almost two minutes in posting the
event’s top age-graded performance. Gina Galbraith was second in the women’s event on her debut
appearance in the Bognor Regis event where she clocked 20:46.
Hercules Wimbledon’s Dwayne Cowan just failed to make the men’s 400m final at the
British Championships in Birmingham on Sunday. He finished third in his semi-final in 47.17, the 10th
fastest time of the round with the top eight reaching the final.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon’s Chad Miller will be in action for Surrey in the
Intermediate Boys 200m in the English Schools track and field championships at Gateshead on Friday and
Saturday. Other youngsters are competing in the third of this season’s Ebbisham Boys’ League meetings
at Stompond Lane, Walton, on Sunday, while, at the other end of the age scale, the older men and women
athletes contest the final South West London division Southern Veterans League meeting at Croydon
Sports Arena, on Monday, starting at 6.30pm.