27-09-16 - RELAY RUNNERS TOP SURREY TEAM
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s road runners were the top Surrey team in the South of England senior
men’s six-stage road relay championship at Bedford Autodrome on Sunday. The squad were only one of two
Surrey teams to qualify for next month’s National Championships.
First leg runner Richard McDowell, making his debut in the event, had a storming run
to finish 24th of more than 60 teams from all over the South of England to clock the fastest
Hercules Wimbledon time of the day, 18 minutes 20 seconds. Steeplechaser Rob Tuer (19:20) held
onto 24th spot before a fine run by Jonathan Cornish (18:41), having his second race of the
weekend, lifted the team to 18th place. Alex Robinson (19:05) gained one place before Russell
Price (20:50) and Joe Toomey (20:01) slipped to 19th place out ion 57 teams to finish.
By finishing in the top 25, Hercules Wimbledon once again qualified for the National Championships
which are being held in Birmingham’s Sutton Park on October 8th. “Despite missing some of our top
runners we were pleased to make the nationals,” said tema manager Rob Tuer. “We aim to be much stronger
for the national.”
Hercules Wimbledon’s Matthew Sharp, continued his return to fitness after five
months’ absence due to injury when he lifted the South of England 10000m track title at Stoke
Mandeville in 33:10.04 to add to the Surrey title he won at Tooting Bec at the end of August. It
was the first time 37-year-old Sharp has won a South of England medal. He won the title by 39
Another fine track performance by a Hercules Wimbledon runner came from Ben Toomer who took almost 40
seconds off his previous best time on winning a 5000m race at Ladywell Park, Catford, in 14:58.5. It
was his first time inside 15 minutes and improved on his previous best of 15:37.14 set in taking the
bronze medal in last year’s Surrey Championships at Kingsmeadow Stadium. Boomer followed up his track
victory by finishing third out of almost 4400 runners in the Windsor half-marathon on Sunday in
Warming top for his leg in the South of England six-stage road relay the next day, Hercules Wimbledon’s
Jonathan Cornish, headed home a 1205-strong field to post his ninth win in 13 appearances in the Bushy
Park 5km parkrun on Saturday. He crossed the line 15:44, just four second slower than his personal best
set back in March. He won by almost two minutes from over 45 veteran Justin Reid, making his Hercules
Wimbledon debut two days before his 47th birthday, and the day’s top age grade performer finishing
second in a personal best of 17:22. It was 15 seconds faster than he clocked the previous weekend when
he finished 11th.
Organisers of the weekly Wimbledon Common 5km parkrun were forced into a last minute change to the
course to avoid a hornets’ nest. Hercules Wimbledon’s over 55 veteran Knut Hegvold posted the top
age-graded performance in finishing second of 360 runners in 17:50 heading home 21 Hercules Wimbledon
runners. Megan De Silva was top woman finisher in a personal best of 18:22, taking a massive 50 seconds
off her previous best time for the course set in April. Fraser Hagell was fourth out of 167 runners in
the Chichester event in 20:10.
Gina Galbraith was second woman finisher in Bishop’s Park, Fulham, in 20:00 where Georgina Clarke set a
Hercules Wimbledon girls under 13 club record of 20:18 in finishing fifth in the women’s race, a 26
second improvement on her previous best. Her time took eight seconds off the previous club record set
by Isabella Padt in March 2012. Another youngster, Valerie Parocki, was third female finisher in the
Lloyd Park event in 23:19.
Hercules Wimbledon provided both boys and girls winners in the Wimbledon Park junior 2km park run on
Sunday. William Schneider was overall winner in 7:53 with Cate Cloverley top girl ion 8:38, finishing
fourth overall out of 128 runners.
Hercules Wimbledon’s Jeremy Purnell was second in the veteran men’s over 50 category in the London
Duathlon in Richmond Park. Claire Grima was third woman veteran over 35 in the Bristol half-marathon on
Sunday in 1:21:06
This weekend Hercules Wimbledon are in action in the opening East Surrey League event of the autumn -
the cross country races for seniors and young athletes in Lloyd Park, Croydon, on Saturday. The young
athletes are over 2.5 miles starts at 2.30pm with tens senior event over double the distance due off at
Hercules Wimbledon’s popular sevenupsnovers youngsters take part in their mini Olympics event at the
club’s Wimbledon Park track headquarters on Sunday morning, starting at 9.30am.
20-09-16 - TEENAGER IS YOUNGEST PARKRUN WINNER
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club teenager Henry Silverstein raced his way into the
history books when he beat a 362-strong field to win the Wimbledon Common 5km parkrun for the
first time on Saturday, smashing his personal best in the process.
Determination finally paid off for young Silverstein who posted his first parkrun win at his 28th
attempt. He first raced in the Wimbledon Common event in August 2014 and he had never before
finished in the top three as his previous best placing was taking fourth five times. The last time was
a fortnight earlier.
However, at 15 years and two months, Silverstein became the youngest-ever winner of the Wimbledon
Common event since it was launched almost 10 years ago. His winning time of 17 minutes 38 seconds was
also a big lifetime best improving on his previous best mark of 17:59 set in September last year when
he was fourth.
“Henry was really thrilled to win”, said his mum, Elizabeth. “He had had a really disappointing season
on the track and it’s given him a big boost. He was really delighted.”
His coach at Hercules Wimbledon, Mark Livingstone, was also delighted with Silverstein’s victory.
“Henry is a true grafter and all his hard work in training is paying off. A tremendous result by young
Henry. This young man will undoubtably go from strength to strength.”
Since taking up running with Hercules Wimbledon in the summer of June 2014, Silverstein has only posted
five wins in almost 100 races on the track, road and cross country, according to his performance
profile. This is his first victory in a senior field as his previous successes came against runners of
his own age.
He won the Wimbledon Common event by 10 seconds and headed home 12 Hercules Wimbledon runners. Club
mate Gina Galbraith was top woman finisher in a personal best of 19:29 to make it a Hercules Wimbledon
double. Although she took 19 seconds off her previous best set more than two-and-a-half years earlier
in March 2014 she failed by just one second to equal the Hercules Wimbledon women’s veteran over 40 5km
record set by Emmas Henderson in the fast and flat Bishop’s Park, Fulham, parkrun course in November
Ruth Wallace was second woman finisher on Wimbledon Common in 20:58 and over 50 veteran Lisa Thomas
fourth woman in 21:36. Megan De Silva was also first woman in Richmond Park in 18:38 finishing fifth
overall out of 348 runners. Over at Bushy Park, Jonathan Cornish was runner-up out of 1034 runners in
16:02 while in Lloyd Park, Croydon, 12-year-old Valerie Parocki was third in the women’s race in 23:07.
Ellen Weir was also top girl finisher in Sunday’s Wimbledon Common 2km junior parkrun in 8:10,
finishing second overall out of 151 runners.
Hercules Wimbledon’s more seasoned athletes were also in good form at the British Masters track and
field championships in Birmingham, winning five titles. Anna Garner took the women’s over 60 1500 and
5000m gold medals and now tops the over 60 1500, 5000 and 10000m rankings for the year. Peter Giles
also gained a double success in the over 70 1500 and 5000m and also took silver in the 800m. Relative
youngster Dominic Bokor-Ingram won the over 45 400m and there might have been another gold had not Mark
White had the misfortune to pull up with a calf muscle injury when going well in the men’s over 50 400m
final after winning his heat.
Hercules Wimbledon’s Richard McDowell won a marathon with a difference at Denbies Vineyard, Dorking -
one where the feeding stations provide wine-tasting opportunities as well as water. However, McDowell
was suffering from a stomach bug and his 2:58:40 winning time was more than five minutes slower than
his record time of 2:53:08 last year.
McDowell said: “Despite the stomach bug in the run-up to the race and losing half-a-stone in the
process, I decided to run. Given my slightly diminished capacity, I turned it into a training run but
still won by almost 16 minutes in a field where a lot of the folk were more interested in enjoying the
wine than setting blistering times.”
This weekend Hercules Wimbledon are in action in the South of England road relay championships which
are being held in Bedford on Sunday.
13-09-16 - GOLD MEDAL-WINNING TREBLE
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club athletes posted a hat-trick of gold medal-winning performances at the
second part of the Surrey track and field championships at the David Weir Leisure Centre, Sutton, over
It proved third time lucky for 3000m steeplechaser Rob Tuer who managed to take the gold medal in the
senior Surrey championship after finishing third in 2012 and second in 2013. His winning time of 10
minutes 14.69 seconds was also the fastest of his three county medal-winning performances.
Race walker Tor-Ivar Guttulsrod also won his first Surrey title as he took the 3000m track gold medal
in 15:26.74. He actually won the event 12 months ago but was unable to take the Surrey gold medal as he
had missed the entry deadline and therefore competed as a guest in the event.
The third gold medal-winning performance came from the Hercules Wimbledon under 15
boys 4x100m relay team which took the title in a club record time of 46.65. The quartet of
Nathaniel Pongolati, Miles Ayoola, Juniopr Etuk and Jaleel Roper, smashed the old club record by
also a second. The previous record of 47.5 was set back in 1991more than 10 year’s before any of
this year’s quartet were born.
Hercules Wimbledon’s under 13 boys 4x200m relay team of Shane Smith, Marcus Gayle, Emmanuel Adeyemi and
Mikael Varela were inside the previous county championship record of 1:50.3 in taking the silver medals
Hercules Wimbledon runners dominated the weekly Wimbledon Common 5km parkrun event on Saturday filling
the top three places in the men’s event as well as having the women’s winner. Fred Slemeck, who was
competing in the event for the third time, chopped 21 seconds off his previous best set in March in
crossing the line in 16:39. Richard McDowell was second in 16:53 and Jonny Earl third in 17:03. Over 45
veteran Peter Collins was ninth in 18:11, 11seconds ahead of teenager Henry Silverstein.
New signing Alex Binley was top woman finisher in 19:58 on her debut appearance in the event. Twenty
Hercules Wimbledon runners crossed the finishing line on Saturday.
Over in Bushy Park, marathon runner Claire Grima broke her own club record in winning the women’s event
in 17:53. She finished 12th overall out of 1112 runners in taking four seconds off her previous club
record set on the same course last October. Ben Toomer was runner-up in 15:26 on his debut appearance
in the Chipping Sodbury event in the West Country while Valerie Parocki was third female finisher in
Lloyd Park, Croydon, Francesca Clarke was fourth woman finisher in Richmond Park and Georgina Clarke
was fifth woman finisher in Bishop’s Park, Fulham.
Hercules Wimbledon youngsters also dominated the Wimbledon Park 2km junior parkrun on Sunday filling
the top boys and girls places. Samuel Masters headed home the 140-strong field in 7:50 winning by 22
seconds with Ellen Weir first girl in 8:19.
Anna Garnier set a Hercules Wimbledon women’s over 60 club record in winning her age category in the
Veterans AC 10000m track championship at Battersea Park in 44:37.1.
Hercules Wimbledon finished third out of seven teams in the Southern Veterans League finals at Ashford,
Kent. Charles Lawrie set a club over 65 record in the triple jump while David Riches broke the club
over 40 2000m steeplechase record. Winners included Dominic Bokor-Ingram in the over 35 200 and 400m
and Mark White in the over 50 100m. Despite competing with an injured arm, Hercules Wimbledon’s oldest
active athlete, 77-year-old John Webster, turned out in the over 60 shot and discus.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon athletes are in action in the British Masters track and field
championships in Birmingham.
6-09-16 - GOLDEN OLDIES ARE CHAMPS
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club chairman Dave Clarke showed he is still a force to
be reckoned with three decades after winning the English senior men’s cross country title when he
anchored the club’s veterans over 50 team to victory in the annual Surrey road relay championships
at Wimbledon Park on Saturday.
Clarke, now 58, won the English cross country title three times in 1982, 1987 and 1988, one of the very
few athletes to have done the treble. Much of the work of securing the gold medals was done by his
three team-mates as he took over on the anchor leg more than two minutes clear of the second team and
there was no threat of him surrendering the advantage as he increased the lead to just two seconds shy
of three minutes. He covered the 2.9 miles leg in 17 minutes 19 seconds.
First leg runner Stuart Fraser laid the foundations for the team triumph as he stormed round the first
leg in 16:20, not only the fastest time of the quartet but also the fastest by a veteran over 50
runner, handing over a comfortable half-a-minute clear. Second leg runner Pete Clarke, Dave’s younger
brother, consolidated the advantage as he posted the second fastest over 50 time of 16:50, handing over
more than a minute clear.
Peter Lee (17:11) extended the lead on the third leg to more than two minutes to strengthen Hercules
Wimbledon’s grip on the title.
Apart from Fraser’s fastest lap medal, Hercules Wimbledon secured a hat-trick of team medals at the
championships. In addition to taking gold in the men’s veterans over 50 event, their senior men’s and
women’s teams took bronze medals.
Marathon runner Claire Grima brought the women’s team in second on their opening leg in 17:06, with
Susannah Evans (18:29) keeping the quartet in second place. Walking exponent Estle Viljoen (19:06)
managed to hang onto the silver medal position but Fran Clarke (19:45) slipped to third place securing
a third team medal for the Clarke family. This was an all-veterans quartet and had they run in the
veterans over 35 championship they would have taken the gold medals in that category.
With some of their top runners unavailable, the senior men’s faced a tough challenge in their bid to
retain the Surrey title they won last year. First leg runner Andrew Penney (15:01), posting the second
fastest Hercules Wimbledon time of the day, handed over in fourth place 20 seconds behind the leaders.
Dimos Evangeledes (15:10) managed to hang onto fourth but was 28 seconds down on the leaders before
Richard McDowell (14:53) ran a superb third leg to post the fastest Hercules Wimbledon time of the day
and lift the team into silver medal position half-a-minute behind the leaders.
Dom Kiralyfi (15:15) slipped to third on the fourth leg and Joe Toomey (15:50) and Matt Sharp (15:53)
managed to bang onto the bronze medals. Half-an-hour after running for the A team, Kiralyfi turned out
again to run the anchor leg for the B team and was only three seconds slower lifting the team from 14th
Hercules Wimbledon’s Belal Ahmed won his first Middlesex County title when he raced away with the 10km
road race in Victoria Park, East London, on Sunday in 31:51.
Hercules Wimbledon’s Jonathan Cornish made a winning debut in the Reading 5km parkrun on Sunday beating
a 366-strong field tom win by 11 seconds in 15:58. Club mate Caroline Jackson was sixth in the women’s
race in 22:16.
Hercules Wimbledon youngsters filled the top two girls places in the Wimbledon Park junior 2km parkrun
on Sunday through Ellen Weir (8:18) and Sophie Crump (9:17). It was Ellen’s second race of the weekend.
On Saturday, she was fourth female finisher in the Isle of Wight 5km park run in 24:20.
Adam Harwood was the best of the 21 Hercules Wimbledon runners in Saturday’s Wimbledon Common park run
finishing second out of 446 runners in 18:21.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are in action in the Surrey track relay and Combined events
championships at the David Weir Leisure Centre, St Helier, on both Saturday and Sunday.
30-08-16 - FINE SILVER FOR TEENAGER ROPER
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club talented young teenage sprinter Jaleel Roper showed fine form when he
took silver in the England Athletics Championships at Bedford last weekend.
Roper, 13, the youngest of the eight boys under 15 200m finalists and the English schools junior
champion over the distance, was just shy of his lifetime best in taking second spot in Sunday’s final
in 23.34 seconds to confirm his ranking as Britain’s second fastest under 15-year-old over the distance
this summer. Earlier, he won his heat in 23.39, slightly slower than his lifetime best of 22.81 set in
the English Schools Championships heats in Gateshead in July.
Roper was happier with his 200m medal-winning performance on Sunday than with his run in the 100m the
previous day where he was frustrated at just missing out on a medal. He took fourth place in 11.23
five-hundredths of a second outside broom medal position. He was the youngest competitor in both finals
and will still be under 15 next season. His runs confirmed his UK rankings and he is fourth fastest
under 15 100m sprinter this summer.
Coach Paul Miller said:”Jaleel has still not fully recovered from the hamstring injury he sustained
earlier in the year and we had still not done the endurance sprint work to fully prepare him for the
weekend. In the circumstances he ran as well as we could have expected and you need to remember he is
one of only two finalists in both events who will still be under 15 in 2017.”
Another of Miller’s young charges, Zipporah Golding, who is just 12, showed great promise in reaching
the girls under 15 100m semi-finals racing against runners who were two years older than herself.
Golding, who is Britain’s third ranked under 13 girls 100m runner this summer, taking the South of
England under 13 100 and 200m titles at Ashford, Kent, a fortnight earlier, finished third in her heat
in 12.94, into a stiff 2.1 metres per second headwind to qualify for the semi-final where she clocked a
slightly slower 12.96. She is third and fourth in this summer UK under 13 girls 100 and 200m rankings.
“She was the only under 13-year-old in the event and was by no means outclassed by the older girls she
was racing against, some of whom were two years older. She showed great promise for future,” said
Hercules Wimbledon’s Matthew Sharp gave further evidence that he has now fully recovered from the
injury that kept him out of action for most of the summer season when he regained the Surrey 10000m
track title at Tooting Bec on Saturday. In a tight finish, he won by just over two seconds in 32:46.86.
Hercules Wimbledon and Surrey statistician, Pete Mulholland, the current Surrey president said: “In
recapturing the title he won two years ago, Matthew certainly showed that perseverance pays off. In
December 1990, he could only finish 65th place out of 78 runners in the Surrey Boys under 13 cross
country championship. From my research, none of his 77 opponents that day are still in the sport!”
Hercules Wimbledon’s Ben Toomer continued his winning run in the Wimbledon Common 5km parkrun on
Saturday when he headed home the 341-strong field in 16:46 to post his eighth win in the event this
year. Hercules Wimbledon runners filled fourth of the top five place with new signing Kristof Van Roy
second, Neil Fraser third and namesake but no relation Stuart Fraser fifth. Van Roy made it a busy
weekend as he finished runner-up out of 200 runners in the London Summer q10km road race in Regent’s
Park on Sunday in 34:59, just eight seconds behind the winner.
Another park run winners as Richard McDowell who made a winning debut beating more than 300 runners in
the Alice Holt event in Hampshire while Andrew Davies made the trip to the Emerald Isle where he was
runner-up in Watersdown Park, Dublin.Joe Toomey was also runner-up out of 327 runners in Ipswich while
Megan De Silva and Gina Galbraith were first and third women finishers in Richmond Park.
Hercules Wimbledon also provided the top two girl finishers in the Wimbledon Park Junior 2km parkrun on
Sunday with Sophie Crump and Ophelia Lanfranchi clocking 9:40 and 9:57, respectively.
Hercules Wimbledon host the annual Surrey County road relay championships from their Wimbledon Park
track headquarters on Saturday. The championships for all age groups starts at 12noon with most
teams completing four laps of a 2.9 miles circuit with the senior men covering six laps. Last year,
Hercules Wimbledon took the silver medals in the senior men’s championship. On Sunday, Hercules
Wimbledon’s youngsters are in action in the third of this season’s South London Athletics Network Super
8 under 13, under 15 and under 17 meetings at Wimbledon Park, starting at 10am. The cub’s more seasoned
athletes will be contesting the Southern Veterans League men’s finals at Ashford, Kent, after winning
the South West London division title for the first time this summer.
23-08-16 - SEASON ENDS WITH A LEAGUE WIN
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club ended their 206 summer track and league match programme on a winning
note when the combined senior men’s and women’s team triumphed in their final Sweatshop Southern
Athletics League match at Sutcliffe Park, Eltham, on Saturday.
Fresh from the men’s victory in the Rosenheim League, Hercules Wimbledon gained a narrow victory over
hosts Cambridge Harriers despite fielding a team weakened by holiday absences.
Women’s team manager Heather Jones led from the front with a quartet of individual wins. She took the
2000m steeplechase A race in a personal best of 9:25.70 and the 400 and 1500m B races and in the field
won the triple jump B event. Jones competed in eight events during the afternoon and in addition to her
wins was second in the 800m B and 400m hurdles A events and third in the 100m hurdles A race.
Her hands-on contribution in which she gained 31 points helped Hercules Wimbledon win the women’s
section of the match by seven points. Veteran Vikki Filsell set a new club steeplechase women’s over 45
age record in winning the B race in 9:30.60 and also won the 1500m A race and was second in the 800 and
3000m A events.
Emilie Ingram-Bokor took the 400m and was second in the 100 and 200m B races with teenager Ayoola Ajayi
taking the 200m A race.
Surrey senior women’s long jump champion also proved valuable in securing points towards the
overall team total competing in seven field events. She won the long and triple jumps, was second in
the shot, third in the high jump and hammer and fourth in the discus. Her mum, Ann, set a Hercules
Wimbledon women’s over 55 age record in the javelin and was also third in the shot.
Fred Slemeck gained a double success on the track winning the men’s 800 and 1500m A races while Ayo
Sule took the long and triple jumps and also finished second in the high jump. South of England 200m
champion Dwayne Cowan won the 100m with Chad Miller second in the B race. Jaleel Hussey and Dominic
Bokor-Ingram took second in the 200m A and B races while Bokor-Ingram was also second in the 400m A
race with Antonio Douglas winning the B event. Aaron Smith and Eitan Ornstein secured maximum points in
the 800 and 1500m by winning their respective B races.
Over 50 veteran Dave Orchard had a busy afternoon competing in all eight individual field events. He
was second in the hammer A, third in the pole vault A, javelin A, shot A, long jump B and triple jump
B. At the end of a hectic five hour contest, Hercules Wimbledon pipped hosts Cambridge Harriers by just
two points to post their first Southern League win of the season having finished second twice, and
third and fourth in their previous four matches.
Match result: 1 Hercules Wimbledon 225pts; 2 Cambridge Harriers 223; 3 St Mary’s Richmond 177; 4 Thanet
Hercules Wimbledon’s second Festival of 5000m Racing at their Wimbledon Park track headquarters proved
an overwhelming success with 60 of the 140 runners taking part in five graded races setting lifetime
bests and 27 others posting season’s bests.
Fastest of the 20 Hercules Wimbledon runners taking part was Fred Slemeck who was sixth in the A race
in 14:54.84. Ben Toomer won the B race in 15:12.49. Marie Sinnott-Wells set a club women’s over 50
record of 20:10.20 in her race while marathon runner Claire Grima was the fastest Hercules Wimbledon
woman with 17:50.36.
Hercules Wimbledon’s Jonny Earl headed home a 336-strong field to win the Wimbledon Common parkrun on
Saturday by 10 seconds in 17:01. He headed a dozen Hercules Wimbledon runners in the event with
teenagerZac Purnell slicing 10 second off his previous best in finishing seventh in 18:16. Meanwhile,
Ben Toomer ravelled to the East Midlands where he won the Northampton event in a personal best of 15:54
slicing five seconds off his previous best set in October.
16-08-16 - GOLDING’S FINE SPRINT DOUBLE
Twelve-year-old Zipporah Golding was the outstanding individual performer above a squad of more than a
dozen Hercules Wimbledon young guns in action in the South of England age group championships in
Ashford, Kent, over the weekend.
Golding gained a fine sprint double in taking the girls under 13 100 and 200m titles in 13.07 and 26.77
seconds, the latter improving on her own club record for the distance. She confirmed her ranking as the
third and fourth fastest in her age group in the UK this summer and her 200m winning time eclipsed her
previous best of 27.0 set at a Lily B League meeting in Croydon in June. Nkasi Onyjekwe also posted a
lifetime best time of 13.74 in winning her 100m race.
Meanwhile, 13-year-old Jaleel Roper showed he has now fully recovered from the hamstring problem he
sustained at the England indoor championships in February as he raced to the silver medal in the boys
under 15 100m final in a new club record of 11.24. He missed out on the gold medal by just
one-hundredths of a second and his time also takes that margin off the previous Hercules Wimbledon
record of 11.24 set by Chad Miller in August 2014. However, Roper has run faster clocking a
wind-assisted 11.11 at Lee Valley earlier this month.
Sprint coach Paul Miller said: “It was a good weekend for the young sprinters. Apart from Zipporah and
Jaleel there were a good crop of personal bests.”
Hercules Wimbledon had three sprinters in the under 15 100m final with Miles Ayoola posting a personal
best of 12.25 in just missing out on a medal in fourth place and Junior Etuk sixth in 12.79. Etuk also
reached the 200m final where he was seventh in 25.99. Tom Oswald reached the boys under 15 300m final
where he finished seventh in 40.36 after clocking a faster personal best of 40.18 in his heat. Finn
Blakeney also just missed out on a medal finishing fourth in the boys under 15 80m hurdles final in a
personal best of 11.80.
At the other end of the age scale, Hercules Wimbledon’s veteran pole vaulter Alison Murray managed to
take the bronze medal in the Scottish senior championships at Grangemouth on Sunday with a 3.01m
clearance. Murray, 49, a former Scottish Commonwealth Games representative, was competing in the
championships for the first time since 2002. She has won the title three times and taken the silver
Hercules Wimbledon men’s team shared the honours with rivals Herne Hill in the Rosenheim League final
at Tooting Bec. The team got off to a winning start on the track with Ben Toomer taking the 2000m
steeplechase. Sprint international Theo Etienne and Dwayne Cowan took the 100 and 200m in 10.71 and
21.23 while Nimi Kolade, Joe Clark and Belal Ahmed were runners-up in the 400, 1500 and 3000m,
respectively. Hercules Wimbledon ended the meeting with victory in the 4x200m relay as Cowan and Kolade
linked up with Antonio Douglas and Chad Miller to win in 1:30.53.
Rosenheim League Men’s final: 1equal Hercules Wimbledon & Herne Hill 64pts; 3 Croydon 53; 4
Belgrave 49; 5 Kingston & Polytechnic (holders) 46; 6 Epsom & Ewell 39; 7 St Mary’s Richmond
Surrey long jump champion Emily Martin was a double winner in the triple jump (10.12m) and high jump
(1.40m) and was also third in both the shot and javelin. Emilie Bokor-Ingram had a busy time for the
women’s team which finished third in their final. She was second in the 100 and 400m and third in the
200m before helping the 4x200m relay team to third place.
Rosenheim League Women’s final: 1 Herne Hill 62; 2 Epsom & Ewell 51; 3 Hercules Wimbledon 49; 4
Serpentine 34; 5 Kingston & Polytechnic 32; 6 Walton 5.
Thomas Beare beat a 92-strong field to win the Wimbledon Park 2km parkrun on Sunday by 20 seconds in
7:56 while across the pond Jonathan Cornish was third out of almost 4500 runners in the San Francisco
half-marathon in 1:09:07.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon contest their final Southern Athletics League meeting of the season at
Sutcliffe Park, Eltham, on Saturday while on Sunday, the club’s youngsters are in action in the second
of this season’s South London Athletics Network Super 8 under 13 and under 15 track meeting at the
David Weir Leisure Centre, Sutton, starting at 10am.
9-08-16 - ROPER’S SUPER SOUTHERN WARM-UP
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club teenager Jaleel Roper warmed-up for this weekend’s South of England
championships with the race of his young life in an open meeting at Lee Valley, North London.
Roper, 13, posted the fastest ever time ever recorded by a Hercules Wimbledon under 15-year-old when he
clocked 11.11 seconds in his 100m race. His time was inside the Hercules Wimbledon record of 11.25 held
by Chad Miller since August 2014 but won’t count because he had a following wind of 2.7 metres per
second, just above the legal limit of two metres per second.
His race signalled Roper is back to his best form after suffering a hamstring injury at the England
indoor championships at the start of the year. Roper has a legal best of 11.53 this season posted when
finishing runner-up in the Surrey championships at Kingsmeadow in May although only one UK athlete has
run faster than 11.11 this summer.
“Jaleel is clearly now recovered from the injury he sustained at Sheffield in February and is ready to
better his legal best time. Hopefully he will do this in the South of England championships at Ashford
this weekend”, said his coach Paul Miller. If he does so he will add a South of England outdoor title
to the boys under 15 indoor 60m gold he won at Lee Valley in January.
Hercules Wimbledon’s Matthew Sharp made an impressive comeback after a fire month absence due to
injury. In his first race since March, Sharp headed home a 211-strong field in the Dulwich Park parkrun
in 16:16, the same time he posted when he last competed there back in March when he also won. However,
Sharp had tow work hard for his win as he took the event by less than the thickness of his vest with
the second runner also clocking 16:16.
Hercules Wimbledon Ben Toomer also won on Wimbledon Common where he posted his fastest ever time of
16:04 to win by 12 seconds heading home a 334-strong field which included a dozen Hercules Wimbledon
runners. His time took an impressive 34 seconds off his previous best for the course set a month
earlier. Boomer confirmed his current good form when he dipped inside nine minutes to win the 3000m
race at Hercules Wimbledon’s open sprint and middle-distance meeting at Wimbledon Park in 8:58.90,
easily another personal best. It was almost a minute faster than he clocked the last time he raced over
the distance in 2013.
Back on Wimbledon Common, Adam Harwood was just five seconds off his best time in finishing fifth in
17:48, Henry Silverstein was top teenager in ninth place and Medena Knespl was second woman finisher.
Hercules Wimbledon’s Dominic Kiralyfi beat a 350-strong field to post a comfortable win in the Run
Through 120km road race in Battersea Park on Saturday. He clocked 33:20 to win by 57 seconds.
After a long summer sitting exams, Hercules Wimbledon’s Elliot Saville managed to pass another test
when he gained selection for the British team to compete in the World Biathlon Championships in
Florida, USA, in October with his performance in the qualifying event in Salford. He warmed up for the
World trials by competing for Britain in the European Biathlete Championships in the armer climes of
One of Hercules Wimbledon’s oldest competitive athletes, Peter Giles, is still going strong with a
double victory in the British Masters Championships in Birmingham. Giles, 72, took the over 70 mile and
10000m gold medals in 5:48.36and 41:55.88.
This weekend, more than a dozen Hercules Wimbledon youngsters will be in action in the South of England
age-group championships at Ashford. Zipporah Golding will be going for gold in both the girls under 13
100 and 200m events where she is ranked third and fourth, respectively, in the UK this summer.
Hercules Wimbledon stage the Surrey 5km road running championships from their Wimbledon Park track
headquarters on Sunday, starting at 9.30am. Next Wednesday night, Hercules Wimbledon stage a festival
of 5000m races with around 150 runners starting at 7pm.
2-08-16 - ETIENNE’S FIRST SENIOR MEDAL
Fresh from smashing the Hercules Wimbledon club 100m record and posting a lifetime best time, Hercules
Wimbledon teenager Theo Etienne raced to his first national senior medal when he competed in the
England Championships at Bedford over the weekend.
Etienne, 19, could not quite match the club record-breaking 10.23 seconds he clocked at an open meeting
at Lee Valley last month but still managed an impressive series of performances in Bedford where he was
also representing Surrey in the UK Inter-Counties championships. He opened up strongly, winning his
heat in 10,26 and then clocked the same time in finishing second in his semi-final. He then raced to
the bronze medal in the final with a slightly slower 10.31.
Meanwhile, it has emerged that the injury Etienne’s Hercules Wimbledon club mate and training partner
Rechmial Miller incurred when racing in the IAAF World Junior Championships in Poland is rather worse
than originally thought. Miller reached the 100m final and was up with the leaders when he suddenly
pulled up but still managed to finish. Initially, physiotherapists in Bydgoszcz thought the had
suffered an attack of cramp but, in fact, when the injury was assessed on his return to London, it was
diagnosed as a hamstring pull which will keep him out of action for several weeks.
His dad, Paul who was in Poland to watch his son in action in the biggest race of his career said: “I’m
really disappointed the people in Poland got the diagnosis wrong. They should have spotted it was a
hamstring pull and treated him accordingly.
“Rechmial is now on a recovery programme and we are taking it day-by-day. There are no plans for him to
race again at the moment. He just has to fully recover from the injury and get race fit again.”
Rechmial, who won the England under 20 100m title in Bedford last month will miss representing UK
Juniors in the Home Countries international in Manchester on August 17th.
Hercules Wimbledon’s Surrey 100m champion Zipporah Golding helped Surrey to victory in the Derken
Crookes under 13 inter-county girls match at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Sunday with a trio of fien runs.
She was third in the 100m in 13.29, second in the 200m in 27.58 and then helpd Surrey to a meeting
record breaking 51.67 victory in the 4x100m relay.
Hercules Wimbledon’s Medina Knespl on a flying visit to London from her home in the USA showed good
form in winning the women’s race in the Wimbledon Common 5km parkrun on Saturday in 19:39. She also won
the women’s race on her last appearance in the event in April 2015. Meanwhile, Ben Toomer, who has
posted four successive Wimbledon Common victory in the last few weeks travelled to the west country
where he headed home a 253-strong field to win at Chipping Sudbury in 17:28.
Darren Keane travelled even further afield to finish runner-up in Cabinteeley, Dublin in a personal
best of 19:46. Hercules Wimbledon runners took the boys and girls honours in the Wimbledon Park junior
2km park run on Sunday with Thomas Beare winning the event in 7:44 and Cate Coverley best girl in 8:49.
Hercules Wimbeldon’s Dominic Bokor-Ingram broke his own club veterans over 40 400m record when he
clocked 52.41 in an open meeting at Tooting Bec. It bettered his 52.65 mark set in the Surrey Masters
Championships at Ewell Court in June.
Hercules Wimbledon’s youngsters will be in action in the South London Athletics Network Super 8 meeting
at Woodcote School, Coulson on Sunday, starting at 10am. Then next Wednesday (August 10th), Hercules
Wimbledon will help to make history when they compete in the first-ever Rosenheim League women’s final
at Tooting Bec after the squad won the Eastern division title. The club are also in action in the men’s
final. The meeting starts at 6.30pm.
26-07-16 - MILLER’S HEARTBREAK IN POLAND
There was heartbreak for Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s talented young sprinter Rechmial Miller in
the IAAF World Junior Championships in Poland. Having reached the 100 metres final of the biggest
competition of his young life, teenager Miller suffered an untimely attack of cramp as he was battling
for the lead midway through the race with his seven rivals and was forced to reduce to a jog as he
crossed the line in eighth place.
It was a bitter disappointment for 18-year-old Miller who was impressive in the qualifying rounds
against the best young sprinters in the world. Miller was confident after finishing second in his heat
in 10.44 seconds, running in the difficult outside lane, to get through to the semi-finals. He said: “I
did enough to qualify which is good. I would have liked a bit more. I gave away too much at the start
probably because of my lane so I need to work on that for the next round. I know I have more to give”.
Miller, who was looking to build on his bronze medal in last year’s IAAF World Youth Championships and
his silver in the Commonwealth Youth Games did speed up in his semi-final where he finished third in
10.37, just three-hundredths of a second outside his lifetime best set earlier this season, to get
through to the final later in the evening.
Unfortunately, he suffered cramp after making an excellent start. Miller reflected: “It was the best
start I have had in this competition but my leg went and I couldn’t put it down. I knew I was in the
mix and had the speed but it wasn’t meant to be today.”
His father, Paul, himself a former Surrey 100m champion, who was in Bydgoszcz to support his son, said:
“He suffered cramp and we believe he should be fine to run again very soon. I was very pleased that
Rechmial was able to get to the final of such a major competition. From the times he ran we know there
is more to come before the end of the season.
“He is now in a position to compete and stay with the best in the world in his age group. This is a
great achievement and he can only get better.”
Hercules Wimbledon's new 100m record-holder Theo Etienne
By a strange irony, the day after Miller ran in the world final, his teenage clubmate
and training partner Theo Etienne managed to snatch his Hercules Wimbledon 100m club record racing
in an open meeting at Lee Valley, North London. Etienne stormed to victory in his first round race
in a stunning 10.14 with the help of an above legal limit 3.2 metres per second following wind.
But, in his second race of the evening, where there was minimal following wind of 0.6 metres per
second, 19-year-old Etienne clocked a superb 10.23 to better the 10.34 club record set by Miller
at Loughborough in May.
Also at Lee Valley, Hercules Wimbledon’s Dwayne Cowan broke his own club 200m record in finishing
second in his race in 20.73 to improve on his previous mark of 21.01 set in Florida in April.
Both Hercules Wimbledon’s men’s and women’s teams have qualified for the Rosenheim League finals at
Tooting Bec on Wednesday, August 10th. Despite missing their team captain, Heather Jones, who was on
holiday, the women still managed to put in a strong performance to finish second just two points behind
the winners in their final Eastern Division match at Tooting Bec, with Isabelle Ellis (1500m), Alison
Murray (pole vault) and Emily Martin (long jump) posting individual wins. Then Laura Wignall, Martin,
Murray and Vikki Filsell, combined to win the 4x200m relay.
The men also performed well in finishing just one point behind the winners in their match. Individual
wins came from Ben Toomer (3000m) and Ayo Sule (long jump) with Dominic Bokor-Ingram and Aaron Smith
finishing second in the 400 and 800m.
Fred Slemeck was the leading Hercules Wimbledon finisher in the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge 5.6km
road race in Battersea Park taking ninth place out of 1019 runners. Dominic Kiralyfi was 15 seconds
slower in 15th place.
Hercules Wimbledon’s Stuart Fraser headed home a 342-strong field to win the Tooting Bec 5km parkrun on
Saturday on his debut appearance in the event in 17:43. It was his first parkrun of the year and his
first win since June last year. Caroline Jackson won the women’s race at Woodley, near Reading, in
Next Wednesday, August 3rd, Hercules Wimbledon will be staging an open sprints and middle-distance open
graded meeting at their Wimbledon Park track headquarter, starting at 7pm. There will be graded races
over 100 and 200m and 1500 and 3000m for all age groups.
19-07-16 - OLDIES QUALIFY FOR FINALS
Hercules Wimbledon record-breaking veterans sprint relay team L-R:
Dominic Bokor-Ingram, Mike Amsden, Vic Ray, Mark White
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s veterans men’s track and field team has qualified
for the Southern Counties Veterans finals at Ashford, Kent, in September for the first time in the
Led by team manager Dave Orchard, the Hercules Wimbledon team won their final match at Croydon Sports
Arena to win the South West London division for the first time. They won three of the four divisional
fixtures, finishing runners-up in the fourth.
John Webster, the club’s oldest active athlete who celebrated his 77th birthday at the end of last
month, contributed to the team triumph with a club over 75 age record in the long jump where he was
runner-up the over 70 competition and third place in the over 60 javelin.
Individual wins came thick and fast with Mike Amsden taking the over 35 100m in 12.2 seconds before
linking up with Dominic Bokor-Ingram, Vic Ray and Mark White to win the print relay in a club record
time of 49.7. Stuart Milton gained a double success in the shot and discus while Bokor-Ingram also won
the over 40 100 and 400m. Dean Cheeseman won the over 40 high jump and shot while Mark White took the
over 50 100 and 400m.
Team manager Orchard led by example winning the over 50 javelin and finishing second in the shot.
Charles Laurie took the over 60 100m.
Match result: 1 Hercules Wimbledon 153pts; 2 Epsom & Ewell 141; 3 Striders of Croydon 119; 4
Kingston & Polytechnic 109; 5 Croydon Harriers 96; 6 Walton 27; 7 Dorking & Mole Valley 8.
Final standings: 1 Hercules Wimbledon 31 league pts (594 match pts); 2 Epsom & Ewell 27 (544.5); 3
Kingston & Polytechnic 24 (481.5); 4 Croydon Harriers 19.5 (395.5); 5 Striders of Croydon 185
(398); 6 Walton 12 (169.5; 7 Dorking & Mole Valley 8 (130).
Hercules Wimbledon’s veterans women’s team finished a solid fourth out of sixth teams. Gina Galbraith
broke the club women’s over 40 record in winning her 1500m race in with Vikki Filsell taking the B
race.Galbraith was also second in the 400m with Filsell third in the 100m A race and second in the 400m
B event. Anna Garner broke the Hercules Wimbledon over 60 record in finishing second in her 400m race,
also winning the 1500m. Lisa Thomas broke the club record in the over 50 2000m walk.
Match result: 1 Epsom & Ewell 173; 2 Kingston & Polytechnic 106; 3 Croydon Harriers 78; 4
Hercules Wimbledon 71; 5 Striders of Croydon 62; 6 Walton 7
Final standings: 1 Epsom & Ewell 32 (607); 2 Kingston & Polytechnic 27 (372); 3 Croydon
Harriers 23.5 (283); 4 Hercules Wimbledon 22.5 (283); 5 Striders of Croydon 14 (159); 6 Walton 14
Hercules Wimbledon had a hat-trick of parkrun winners at home and abroad on Saturday. Ben Toomer headed
home a 365-strong field when he posted his fourth successive win on Wimbledon Common in 16:45 where he
led a Hercules Wimbledon clean-sweep with Jonny Earl second in 17:23 and Peter Collins third in 17:48.
Gina Galbraith was second woman in 20:30. Twenty-three Hercules Wimbledon runners were in action in the
Jonathan Cornish made a winning debut in the Bournemouth event where he headed home a 363-strong field
to win by 46 seconds in 16:19. Meanwhile, Emilie Bokor-Ingram was top woman finisher on her debut
appearance in the Fælledparken event in the Copenhagen in 20:48.
Hercules Wimbledon’s Tor-Ivar Guttulsrod won the Veterans Athletic Ckub five miles road walking
championship in Battersea Park in 44:42. At the same venue, Peter Giles set a new age course record in
winning the over 70 5km road race in 20:07.
Also in Battersea Park, Kieran White broke the Hercules Wimbledon veterans over 40 record in finishing
second in the Sri Chimney 5km road race in 16:15. He took 22 seconds off the mark set by Steve Sinnott
Hercules Wimbledon teenager Harry Wright helped Surrey to second team place in an under 17
inter-counties match at Norman Park, Bromley, on Sunday finishing sixth in the high jump with a
personal best of 1.75m. He achieved the lifetime best despite suffering from a chesty cough.
12-07-16 - ROPER WINS SCHOOLS TITLE
top teenage sprinter Jaleel Roper stormed to victory in the English Schools track and field
championships at a blustery Gateshead Stadium on Saturday, winning the junior boys 200m title.
Roper, 13, battled against a 2.1 metres per second headwind in crossing the line in 23.20 seconds
battling into a 2.1 metres per second headwind. He won by four-hundredths of a second after earlier
posting a lifetime best of 22.81, a time which ranks him second in the UK for his age group this
Roper’s previous best for 200m was 23.25 set when winning the London Schools title at Battersea Park
last month. Jaleel picked up a second gold medal when he helped the London team to victory ing the
sprint relay, running the third leg.
It was only Roper’s sixth competition of the summer after injuring his hamstring in taking the 60m
silver medal in the England indoor championships at Sheffield in February. Roper, who goes to Dunraven
School, Streatham, helped London to second place in the junior boys team competition.
Coach Paul Miller said: “It was a great result considering he was injured during the build-up to the
summer and this disrupted his preparation. We had to be careful to ensure the injury healed properly
but now he’s getting fully fit again he should run much faster by the end of the season.”
One of Miller’s two sons Chad just missed out on a medal in the intermediate boys 200m final where he
shared the third place time of 22.39 to finish in fourth spot racing into a 1.3 metres per second
headwind. He ran a faster 22.22 with the aid of a slight tailwind in winning his heat.
Chad’s elder brother Rechmial is flying out to the IAAF World Junior Championships in Poland on
Saturday where he represents Britain in the 100m after winning the England junior title in Bedford last
month. Dad Paul will be going out to support him in his races which are scheduled for next Tuesday and
Hercules Wimbledon newcomer Mickael Varela, the London schools double
sprint champion who won the under 13 100 and 200m at Sunday's Ebbisham League meeting at
Hercules Wimbledon’s youngsters have been in good form. Recent recruit Mickael
Varela, who won the London Schools Year 7 100 and 200m titles at Mile End last month, won the
under 13 100 and 200m in the Ebbisham League match at Coulson on Sunday in 12.2 and 25.2.
Meanwhile, Zipporah Golding bettered her own club under 13 girls 100m mark in winning her race in
the Lily B League match at Tooting Bec in 12.9.
In the Independent Schools Championships in Birmingham, Hercules Wimbledon’s Darcy O’Shea took the Year
6 Girls 100m and high jump gold medals, clearing a personal best of 1.49m in the jump. Robert Philpott
took silver in the Year 8 Boys 200m and Charlie Shinn bronze in the 100m.
Hercules Wimbledon’s Ben Toomer had a hectic weekend. First he completed a hat-trick of wins to beat a
357-strong field to win the Wimbledon Common 5km parkrun in 16:38, finishing more than a minute ahead
of the runner-up. Then, on Sunday, he secured four individual wins in the Southern Athletics League
meeting at Lewes to help Hercules Wimbledon to their best team performance of the season.
He won the 800m and 3000m steeplechase A and 1500 and 3000m B races before running in both the 4x100m
and 4x400m relays. New comer Ayo Sule won the high jump and long jump and other men’s winners were
Richard Agyepong (100m A), Belal Ahmed (3000m A) and Stuart Milton (shot A).
The women gained maximum points in the 400 and 800m though Emilie Bokor-Ingram and Laura Wignall and
Eileen Brandley and Heather Jones. Jones and Brandley also won the 1500m steeplechase A and B races and
Jones also won the 5000m B race.
In the field, Surrey long jump champion Emily Martin gained a hat-trick in winning the shot, discus and
triple jump A events, Zoe Leake took the shot and discus B and Kim Janssen won the javelin B.
Hercules Wimbledon’s women’s team will be aiming to clinch the Eastern Division title when it competes
in the final Rosenheim League Divisional match at Tooting Bec next Wednesday, starting at 6.45pm. The
men will be aiming to finish in the top four to secure a place in the finals at Tooting Bec on August
5-07-16 - REPEAT PARKRUN WIN FOR TOOMER
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s Ben Toomer headed home a 324-strong field on
Saturday to win the Wimbledon Common 5km parkrun for the second successive weekend. It was a
runaway victory for the Hercules Wimbledon runner who finished 44 seconds ahead of the runner-up
in 16 minutes 57 seconds.
He ran considerably faster than the previous weekend when he led the field home in 17:16. Toomer has a
best time of 16:20 posted in winning in August last year. He has competed in the Wimbledon Common event
a total of 19 times, winning on all but two occasions, making his debut back in March 2014.
Thirteen Hercules Wimbledon runners took part in Saturday’s Wimbledon Common event with Adam Harwood
sixth in 18:25 and Peter Collins first over 45 veteran in 18:48, just 10 seconds ahead of club mate and
top over 50 finisher Peter Lee.
Hercules Wimbledon’s Jonathan Cornish returned to action after a fortnight out due to injury with an
impressive double over the weekend. The former Roehampton University student made a winning debut in
Nonsuch Park, where he triumphed over a 474-strong field in 16:06 to win by over a minute.
Then, on Sunday, he was equally convincing as he beat a 200-strong field to win the Didcot five miles
road race in 25:53.
In other parkrun events, Fraser Hagell was runner-up in Chichester in 19:54, five seconds behind the
winner, improving by a massive one-a-d-a-half minutes on his debut appearance time in the event in
March last year, Caroline Jackson was third woman in Reading in 22:12 and marathon man David Grima was
11th out of 1033 runners in Bushy Park in 18:02 and Richard Mellor 10th out of 163 runners in Hastings
New Zealand Commonwealth Games silver medallist Julia Ratcliffe made an impressive debut appearance for
Hercules Wimbledon in the fourth of this season’s Rosenheim League Eastern Division matches at Tooting
Bec to win the women’s hammer with a huge throw of 66.48 metres. She threw more than twice the distance
of the runner-up who managed 28.20m.
Her victory laid the foundations for another Hercules Wimbledon women’s triumph maintaining their
unbeaten record in the league this season. Other winners were Laura Wignall (200m), Isabelle Ellis
(800m) and Zoe Leake (discus) while Wignall (100m), Emilie Bokor-Ingram (400m), Vikki Fissell (1500m),
Marilena De Luca (3000m) and Heather Jones (triple jump and hurdles) were all second in their event.
Match result: 1 Hercules Wimbledon 58; 2 Herne Hill 49; 3 Serpentine 33; 4 Belgrave 16; 5 Croydon 14; 6
Holland Sports 3. Standing after four matches: 1 Hercules Wimbledon 24; 2 Herne Hill 19; 3 Belgrave 13;
4 Croydon 12; 5 Serpentine 12; 6 Holland Sports 3.
Best of the men’s team which finished third was Nimi Kolade who took the 100m in 11.30and Belal Aly
winner of the 3000m in 8:54.38. Kola was also third in the 200m Jameel Hussey third in the 400m, Joe
Clark third in the 1500m, Kevin Snelling third in the hammer and Antonio Douglas third in the triple
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon’s youngsters compete in the third of this season’s Ebbisham Boys
League meetings at Woodcote School, Coulsdon, on Sunday, while the senior men and women travel to Lewes
for the fourth of their Southern Athletics League meetings, also on Sunday. The following day, Hercules
Wimbledon’s older athletes are in action in their final Southern Veterans League divisional match of
the season at Croydon, with the men aiming to qualify for the final in September.