PRESS RELEASES for Hercules Wimbledon AC for 2002  

30/12/02 - BUSY TIME FOR RUNNERS OVER FESTIVE SEASON
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club runners enjoyed a busy time over the festive season.
Barry White was a member of the winning pair in the annual Christmas Day 30-minute paarlauf organised by Lauriston Runners Club with Keith Hyland a member of the second pair and the Hercules Wimbledon duo of Mike Treadwell and Steve Davies finishing in fourth spot.
Davies was also in the winning team in Hercules Wimbledon's Xmas Relays at Wimbledon Park track linking up with Imogen Stoddart and Richard Hemingway. Runners-up were Emily Martin, one of Hercules Wimbledon's outstanding young athletes in 2002, Adam Woolcott and Becky Hull, while Lucy England, David Fleming and Stephen Butcher finished in third place.
Mike Treadwell, the Surrey senior men's 5000 metres track champion, ended the old year by heading a large contingent of Hercules Wimbledon runners home in the annual Hercules Wimbledon/Lauriston seven miles road race around three saturated circuits on Wimbledon Common, in 39min 7sec.
Runner-up was Hercules Wimbledon cross country captain Steve Sinnott in 39min 58sec with fellow veteran Gerard Crispie third in the Lauriston Runners Club championship in 41min 12sec.
Hercules Wimbledon's Kieran White finished sixth overall in 42min 20sec with Stu Littlewood first veteran over 50 seventh in 42min 57sec after a close battle with clubmate Marco Ciglia who was first veteran over 55 in 43min 1sec which placed him third on the all-time list for his age group. Next came Hercules Wimbledon's road running captain , veteranTom Morris in 43min 17sec ahead of fellow veteran Andy Cunningham (43min 35sec).
Over 55 veteran Dennis Williams was 16th in 45min 8sec just four secodns ahead of over 50 veteran Keith Hylands, continuing his return to athletics. Hylands was a member of the successful Hercules Wimbledon track teams of the 1970's. Over 45 veteran Martin O'Halloran just pipped over 55 veteran Martin Milelr by one second finishing 18th in 45min 33sec with two other over 50 veterans Dave Mitchell and Paul Roche 20th and 21st in 45min 52sec and 47min 9sec.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's cross country runners of all ages are competing in the annual Surrey cross country championships which are being held at Nork Park, Banstead, on Saturday.
Track and field training at Wimbledon Park, which was suspended over Christmas and the New Year, has now resumed under the team of experienced Hercules Wimbledon coaches on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings.


23/12/02 - RUNNERS TO LINE UP FOR SEVEN-MILER
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club runners get the chance to work off Christmas over indulgences in the club's annual end of the year seven miles road race on Saturday (December 28).
The race starts and finishes in the Causeway, Wimbledon Village, very close to the Fox and Grape pub. Runners are due off at 2pm. The race is over a relatively flat three lap circuit. The race also incorporates the Hercules Wimbledon and Lauriston Runners Club championships and, traditionally, a large squad of runners from Thames Hare and Hounds also usually take part.
Simon Wurr from Thames Hare and Hounds won the race last year in 36min 56sec from Peter Buckley of Southampton Running Club (38min 12sec) and Hercules Wimbledon's own Mike Treadwell (36min 38sec).
Twelve months ago, Hercules Wimbledon cross country captain Steve Sinnott was first veteran in 39min 24sec with Vince Hancock first supervet in 40min 45sec and Keith Spacie of Thames Hare and Hounds first veteran over 60 in 44min 28sec. Sally Dawson of Herne Hill Harriers was first woman in 50min 17sec.
The cross country racing calendar gives runners little chance to get back into their stride after the seasonal festivities with the annual Surrey cross country championships being held on Saturday, January 4, at a new venue, Nork Park, Banstead. Hercules Wimbledon will be sending a sizeable contingent to the championships.
Hercules Wimbledon's top teenager Kenneth Frempong is ranked fifth in the 2002 UK Junior rankings for the 110 metres hurdles. Frempong, who comfortably retained his Surrey junior sprint hurdles title at Kingsmeadow Stadium, Kingston, in May, and took silver in the South of England Championships at Watford later in the same month.
It was there that he achieved his best performances of the year with 14.78sec in the final after posting a faster wind-assisted time of 14.76sec in his heat.


16/12/02 - EMILY TRIUMPHS IN SPORTSHALL BATTLE
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's talented teenager Emily Martin proved to be one of the outstanding youngsters in action she competed in the second of this season's Surrey Sportshall indoor meetings at Guildford's Spectrum Leisure Centre.
Emily, 14, shared the honours in the girls under 15 section after winning the long jump and also finishing highly placed in the speedbounce and four lap relay. Her overall performance led the Hercules Wimbledon team effort and enabled the squad to produce their best-ever Sportshall team result. Also in the squad were sisters Amandine and Florence King and Lucy England.
Hercules Wimbledon's Serena Brotherton was well placed in the girls under 13 competition where she finished joint seventh. Newcomers twins Jennifer and Rosy Fernando made useful debuts in helping Hercules Wimbledon to an encouraging overall team effort.
Any youngsters interested in competing in these indoor Sportshall contests should turn up at Wimbledon Park track during Tuesday and Thursday evening and Sunday morning training sessions and ask the coaches present about taking part. The third Surrey Sportshall meeting is on February 2, 2003, also at Guildford.
Emily Martin, the London Schools junior girls long jump champion, who was ranked equal 15th in the UK under 15 lists for 2002 with a 5.15 metres leap, is among 20 promising youngsters benefitting from being part of UK Athletics Talent Academy which has been training on a weekly basis at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre under top high jump international Jo Jennings.
Hercules Wimbledon have plenty of activity during the festive season. On Saturday, they stage their pre-Christmas Inter-Club match on Wimbledon Common over five miles, starting at 2pm. Other clubs taking part include Croydon Harriers, Bank of England, Hillingdon, Ealing, Southall and Middlesex, Herne Hill Harriers and Thames Hare and Hounds. The match also incorporates the Hercules Wimbledon and Lauriston Runners' Club championships. Then, on Christmas Day itself, Hercules Wimbledon runners compete in the 30-minute paarlauf organised by Lauriston Runners Club from South Side, Wimbledon Common, starting at 11am.


9/12/02 - YOUNG BODIN IN FORM AT BANBURY
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club runners showed useful form when they were in action at Banbury and in Richmond Park.
Teenager Alex Bodin ran one of the best races of his young career when he helped Surrey to a set of silver team medals in the South of England inter-counties boys under 15 race at Banbury. The race proved a real test for young Alex as he had to contend with bitterly cold conditions and steady drizzle.
But, he mastered the tough four kilometres course well and was the third Surrey runner to cross the finishing line. He was 12th out of 80 runners in 15min 23sec. Young Bodin was less than a minute behind the winner and gave a strong indication of how much he has improved during the summer because he beat at least one runner who finished ahead of him in January's Surrey boys under 15 championship at Croydon where he finished a disappointing 16th.
Meanwhile, over in Richmond Park, one of Hercules Wimbledon's newest recruits, Dereje Kebede was showing a clean pair of heels to his rivals in the annual Ellis Trophy race over 5.53 miles. He crossed the finishing line almost two minutes clear of his opponents in 28min 53sec.
Two other recent signings Matthew Amoils and Francis Staunton were the next Hercules Wimbledon runners over the line finishing 23rd and 26th in 33min 58sec and 34min 3sec, respectively. Veteran Eric Blackmore was 28th in 34min 10sec with supervet Marco Cigliafirst veteran over 50 in the race taking 35th place in 34min 42sec. Then came veteran Martin O'Hallopran who was 59th in 36min 7sec with another supervet Martin Miller 62nd in 36min 15sec.
Veteran Andy Cunningham was 63rd in 36min 17sec, Dave Mitchell 68th in 36min 47sec, Paul Roche 72nd in 36min 56sec, Dave Betts 78th in 37min 9sec, Steve Butcher 85th in 37min 40sec and Neil Fraser 86th in 38min 1sec. Two other Hercules Wimbledon finishers were teenager Richard Vanderpuije, 90th in 38min 11sec and supervet Maurice Sharp 95th in 38min 38sec.
Hercules Wimbledon had three runners in the Dysart Cup women's race over 4.12 miles. Amadine King was 19th in 30min 56sec, Amy Fraser 34th in 37min 4sec and Susan Drake 36th in 38min 23sec.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are sending teams to compete in the South of England veterans cross country championships at Bournemouth.


2/12/02 - HERCULES WIMBLEDON WIN BATTLE OF THE LOCALS
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's historic first match with local rivals Kingston and Polytechnic resulted in a comfortable victory for the Merton-based outfit. Packing their five scoring runners in the first eight to finish, Hercules Wimbledon romped home narrowly by 25 points to 30 with Bank of England third with 71.
Heading the Hercules Wimbledon contingent to victory was veteran Gerard Crispie who finished third in 42min 32sec with Chris Coles fourth in 42min 38sec, Francis Staunton fifth in 42min 43sec and another veteran, Eric Blackmore, sixth in 43min 5sec. Completing the scoring five was supervet Marco Ciglia who finished eighth in 43min 32sec and was the first supervet runner to cross the line.
Hercules Wimbledon showed their strength in depth by also winning the 10-to-score contest with 99 points to Kingston and Polytechnic's 148. The other scoring members of the team were Andy Cunningham 214th in 45min 48sec, Dave Mitchell 15th in 45min 58sec, Tom Morris 16th in 46min 8sec, Elias Aviles 17th in 46min 50sec, Ramon Benitez 20th in 47min 44sec and Pete Smith 29th in 56min 45sec.
Hercules Wimbledon's successful squad of supervet cross country runners were in medal winning form again when they turned out in the 42nd international Bolbec cross country races in Normandy, France. The meeting involved runners from 80 French clubs and 90 English runners including a sizeable 30-strong contingent from Hercules Wimbledon.
The Hercules Wimbledon team winning effort was led home by Peter Giles who finished 45th in the veterans race. Marco Ciglia was 49th, Martin Miller 61st, Maurice Sharp, who organised the trip, 65th and Dave Mitchell 80th.
Some of the youngsters in the Hercules Wimbledon party also did well with Alan Banks and Alex Bodin eighth and 22nd in the under 13's race where there were more than 100 finishers.
After helping Merton out in the Heathrow London Youth Games cross country championships at Parliament Hill Fields, where she got soasked and plastered with mud, Hercules Wimbledon's talented teenager Emily Martin returns to comfort of indoor athletics when she competes in the second Surrey Sportshall meeting at Guildford's Spectrum Centre on Sunday. In the opening meeting in October, she was third overall in the girls under 15 event. Shge heads the Hercules Wimbledon squad in action there. Older members will be in action in the Ellis Trophy cross country event in Richmond Park tomorrow (Saturday).


25/11/02 - RAIN AND MUD TESTS YOUNGSTERS
Youngsters from Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club faced really testing conditions when they competed for Merton in the annual Heathrow London Youth Games cross country races on Parliament Hill Fields, North London.
Runners competing in all six races battled through torrential rain and over sticky mud and they finished drenched and mud-spattered from top to toe.
It proved a somewhat unpleasant baptism for teenager Emily Martin, better known as a high and long jumper, who had never run in a cross country race before. She agreed to run for Merton to make up the numbers. She was the third scoring member of the all-Hercules Wimbledon Merton quartet in the girls under 15 race finishing in 60th place.
Leading the Merton contingent to a good seventh team place was Imogen Stoddart, fresh from her impressive Surrey League race the previous weekend. She finished in 21st place with Amadine King 37th and Lucy England 82nd out of around 150 runners.
Two Hercules Wimbledon runners turned out for Merton in the girls under 13 race. Nadia Abdulla had a good run taking 30th spot with Serena Brotherton just a little way behind in 38th place.
Two other Hercules Wimbledon runners competed for Merton in the boys under 17 race. Ben Saxby was 35 and Steven Butcher 43rd.
At the other end of the age scale and, in contrast, in bright sunshine and dry weather, several Hercules Wimbledon runners competed in the second of this season's Veterans Athletic Club races on Wimbledon Common.
Hercules Wimbledon supervet international Grenville Tuck was up with leader Ray Marriott for most of the way but then the rather younger Marriott managed to edge ahead to win by 33 seconds with Tuck runner-up in 33min. He was, however, well clear of the second over 50 runner who was almost one-and-a-half minutes behind.
Stu Littlewood was third veteran over 50 in 35min 42sec with his Hercules Wimbledon clubmates Andy Cunningham and Tom Morris second and third finishers in the over 40 section in 38min 2sec and 38min 40sec.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are competing in an inter-club match against local rivals Kingston and Polytechnic for the first time. The seven miles contest is being held in Richmond Park with the start near Sheen Gate at 2.30pm.


18/11/02 - SOLID START TO LEAGUE PROGRAMME
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's made a promising start to their Sweatshop Surrey men's cross country league programme when they contested the opening match in Richmond Park.
The club's youngsters dominated their section while the senior, junior and veteran men achieved one of their best team results for some time in taking third place in a closely contested tussle.
Newcomer Dereje Kebede madeb a winning debut for Hercules Wimbledon in romping home a comfortable winner of the two lap race in 26min 20sec, more than two minutes clear of the second runner.
Tom Kennedy secured third place for Hercules Wimbledon in 27min 48sec before turning out the following day in the Reebok Cross Challenge cross country meeting at Hartsdown Park, Margate, where he was 75th out of 116 in a race dominated by British and European internationals.
After being well up in the early stages of the race, teenager Mahmoud Abuattaya lost ground and came in 25th in 30min 9sec. Another junior, Leo Cox, was 39th in 30min 37sec just ahead of Ri8chard Xerri who was six seconds behind.
Veteran Eric Blackmore (49th in 31min 27sec), team captain Steve Sinnott (40th in the same time), supervet Steve Badgery (59th in 31min 55sec), Jonty Summers (60th in 31min 58sec) and Francis Staunton (62nd) in 32min 8sec, completed the scoring team.
Hercules Wimbledon's joint under 17 and under 15 team comfortably saw off their rivals to take the honours on the day. They were led home by Alex Bodin, who was second in the race and the best of the under 15 contingent, in 14min 45sec. Clubmate Jamie-Lee Carley was fourth in 15min 22sec, Ben Saxby fifth in 15min 30sec, Steven Butcher eighth in 16min 19sec, Neil Fraser 10th in 17min 24sec and Dominic Leeson 11th in 21min.
Teenager Imogen Stoddart was the best of the Hercules Wimbledon contingent competing in the second of this season's Surrey Ladies cross country league meetings on Wimbledon Common. She finished fifth in the girls under 15 race in 14min 18sec, just over a minute behind the winner.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's Maurice Sharp is organising a trip to a cross country meeting in Bolbec, France, on Sunday, with a party of more than 30 competitors and officials, while Hercules Wimbledon members will be in action for Merton and other London boroughs in the Heathrow London Youth Games cross country championships at Parliament Hill Fields, North London, on Saturday.


11/11/02 - SUPERVETS JUST PIPPED FOR MEDALS
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's medal-winning supervets just missed out on another set of team medals when they finished fourth in the British Veterans Cross Country Relay Championships at a sodden Lloyd Park, Croydon.
After a hat-trick of medal-winning performances this autumn - silver in the Surrey road relay championships at Wimbledon Park and bronze in both the South of England road relay championships at Aldershot and the Surrey Veterans cross country championships in Richmond Park, hopes were high for another medal winning effort at Croydon.
Stu Littlewood, a member of the bronze medal winning Surrey championships team got the quartet off to a sound start as he handed over in ninth place covering the two-and-a-half miles lap in 15min 50sec. Supervets international Vince Hancock, the oldest member of the team at 58, who took the individual silver medal in the Surrey over 55 championship in Richmond Park, dropped two places clocking just 10 seconds slower on the next leg.
Former marathon international Steve Badgery, who just missed out on an individual over 55 medal in Richmond Park, lifted the team's hopes of a medal winning performance as he battled through to eighth place on lap three with a time of 15min 28sec.
All hopes then rested on another international member of the squad, Grenville Tuck,, who stormed round the final lap in 14min 54sec, the second fastest last leg time to bring the team home in fourth place. So they just missed out on the bronze team medals.
Hercules Wimbledon's B team of Martin Miller (13th in 16min 27sec), Marco Ciglia (13th in 16min 27sec), Pete Gilbey (13th in 15min 59sec) and Dennis Williams (17min 9sec) finished in 13th place.
Hercules Wimbledon also had a team in the veterans over 40 relay. Hugh Saxby clocked 15min 34sec to hand over in 20th place to Steve Sinnott who dropped a place on the second leg despite going four seconds faster to post the joint best time of the Hercules Wimbledon sextet. Eric Blackmore (15min 57sec) held 21st place and then Kevin Jennings, equalling Sinnott's time of 15min 30sec lifted the team to 17th position.
Fifth leg runner Martin O'Halloran (16min 7sec) held 17th place but Tom Morris (17mibn 18sec) slipped to 18th on the last leg.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon compete in the opening Sweatshop Surrey Cross Country League Division Two match in Ricmond Park and in the second of this season's Surrey Ladies Cross Country League matches on Wimbledon Common. Both meetings takling place on Saturday.


4/11/02 - FRENCH CONNECTION IS RESUMED
After a two-year break, Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club are resuming their connection with the French athletic club in Bolbec, France, this month.
Hercules Wimbledon have been sending teams to the Normandy town most years since 1981 to take part in cross country events promoted by the club, Groupement Athletique de la Basse-Seine and the French club have visited London to take part in international club promotions staged by the Wimnbledon Park-based club.
Maurice Sharp, who has been instrumental in fostering the club's international links, this summer organising a trip to London by teams from Cuba, Nicaragua and France, is one again in charge of this venture.
The trip is across the weekend of November 24 and 25. He is planning to take a party of up to 50 runners and officials to France. They will travel to France on Friday night and return to London early on Monday morning. There are races for all age groups from youngsters to veterans.
With accommodation being provided free by the French hosts, the cost of the trip is just £32 and, while most of the runners will be from Hercules Wimbledon, Sharp is inviting anyone from other locally-based clubs interested in the opportunity to race in France later this month, to also join the party. If you're interested just give him a call on 020 8337 8707.
Hercules Wimbledon's over 50 veteran cross country international Grenville Tuck has been in good form on road and cross country in recent weeks. He took the supervet prize in the Help a London Child 10 kilometres road race at West Wimbledon in 35min 51sec finishing 10th out of more than 650 runners in the race. His Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Pete Gilbey was third supervet finishing 23rd overall in 38min 16sec.
Tuck was also first veteran over 50 in the Veteran Athletic Club's first cross country race of the winter on Wimbledon Common covering the 5.8 miles in 32min 53sec, and finishing second overall. He was also the first supervet in the Kingston Running Festival 8.2 miles road race in 47min 1sec finishing sixth out of more than 900 runners.
Tuck will be hoping to continue his impressive run when he competes for Hercules Wimbledon in the British Veterans cross country relay championships at Lloyd Park, Croydon, on Sunday this weekend (November 10). Hercules Wimbledon are also sending a team to compete in the South of the Thames five miles cross country championship at West Wickham on Saturday.


28/10/02 - RUNNERS DOMINANT AT CROYDON
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's cross country runners were in good form in the second of this season's East Surrey League meetings at Lloyd Park, Croydon, with two wins and one runners-up spot.
Best of the sizeable Hercules Wimbledon contingent in action were 12-year-old Michael O'Halloran and 14-year-old Alex Bodin who were winners in their respective age groups.
Young O'Halloran snatched a narrow win in the boys under 13 race in 12min 53sec to lead Hercules Wimbledon to second team spot. Other Hercules Wimbledon scorers were Sean Crummy, 12th in 14min 42sec, Fergus Stoddart, 13th in 15min 13sec and Alex Bruce-Littlewood, 14th in 15min 48sec.
Meanwhile, Bodin took the boys under 15 race rather more comfortably in 11min 54sec, finishing more than half-a-minute ahead of the runner-up in that age group, which is run in conjunction with the men's under 17's race.
With Jamie-Lee Carley sixth in 12min 30sec, Steven Butcher ninth in 13min 4sec and Richard Vanderpuije 11th in 13min 15sec, Hercules Wimbledon were fourth team to finish. Other Hercules Wimbledon youngsters in action were Dominic Leeson, 21st in 15min 13sec and Imogen Stoddart, 23rd in 15min 20sec.
Keeping up the high standard set by the leading youngsters, Tom Kennedy battled hard in the senior race over five miles where he was rewarded with runner-up in 29min 38sec. There was then a long gap before the next Hercules Wimbledon runners closed in with veteran Eric Blackmore 19th in 33min 8sec and Stu Littlewood, a member of Hercules Wimbledon's bronze medal-winning Surrey championships supervets team, 20th in 33min 26sec. He was the first veteran over 50.
His Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Martin Miller was 41st and first veteran over 55 in 35min 46sec. Other Hercules Wimbledon runners in action were junior Leo Cox, 21st in 33min 32sec, veteran Martin O'Halloran, 24th in 34min 4sec, John Querstreity, 27th in 34min 29sec, Barry White 34th in 34min 36sec, Paul Moulton 31st in 34min 38sec, veteran Hugh Saxby 36th in 35min 5sec, sypervet Dave Betts 40th in 35min 29sec, veteran Tom Morris 49th in 37min 5sec and supervet Dennis Williams 56th in 37min 56sec.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon youngsters compete in the first Surrey Sportshall Meeting of the winter at Guildford's Spectrum Centre on Sunday.


21/10/02 - MEDALS HAT-TRICK FOR SUPERVETS
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's supervet cross country runners came away with another set of team medals from the annual Surrey veterans cross country championships in Richmond Park - despite being without their top runner, Grenville Tuck.
English veterans international Tuck, the 2001 Surrey supervets champion, was away with his family on the Isle of Wight last weekend and was therefore unable to defend his title.
Without him, it was left to fellow English veterans international Vince Hanock to lead Hercules Wimbledon home to a set of bronze team medals. Hancock also took the individual silver medal in the over 55 category in 38min 16sec and the Hercules Wimbledon scoring trio packed well with Marco Ciglia taking individual bronze in 38min 29sec.  Stu Littlewood completed the supervet medal winning team effort finishing ninth veteran over 50, just behind Hancock, in 38min 20sec.Former marathon international Steve Badgery finished fourth in the over 55 category in 38min 58sec.
The set of bronze team medals in Richmond Park continued a successful autumn for the Hercules Wimbledon supervet squad which took team silver in the Surrey Road Relay championships at Wimbledon Park last month and the bronze team medals in the South of England road relay championships at Aldershot a fortnight later.
Eric Blackmore, who only qualified as a veteran when he reached his 40th birthday in August, finished 33rd in the main race in 37min 59sec two places ahead of supervet Stu Littlewood who clocked 38min 20sec and Martin O'Halloran 65th in 41min 10sec, just ahead of Tom Morris who clocked 41min 12sec.
Hercules Wimbledon's young athletes winter team manager Maurice Sharp was sixth veteran over 55 finishing 55th in the race in 39min 17sec with Dennis Williams eighth over 55 veteran in 40min 8sec.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club are sending teams to compete in the second of this winter's East Surrey League meetings at Lloyd Park, Croydon. The race for under 13, under 15 and under 17-year-olds starts at 2.30pm followed by the junior, senior and veterans race over five miles due off at 3pm.


14/10/02 - PROMISING RUNS BY TEENAGERS MEDINA AND IMOGEN
Hercules Wimbledon teenagers Imogen Stoddart and Medena Knepsl made a flying start to the new cross country season with promising runs in the opening Surrey Ladies League meeting on Epsom Downs.
Both runners, who are aiming to represent Surrey in the various inter-counties cross country matches this winter, finished in the top half-dozen in their events.
Medena ran strongly in the joint junior and under 17's race to take fifth place in 18min 43sec, less than a minute behind the race winner. Imogen was also within a minute of the winner as she finished sixth in the under 15's race in 11min 20sec.
Two other Hercules Wimbledon runners in the under 15 race were Lucy England and Alice Marmion who finished 22nd and 23rd in 12min 55sec and 12min 56sec, respectively. Another Hercules Wimbledon runners in the under 17 race was Amy Fraser who finished 16th in 25min 9sec.
Making her cross country debut for Hercules Wimbledon, Serena Brotherton finished an encouraging 13th in the girls under 13 race in 12min 19sec, while Hercules Wimbledon's sole senior runner Ayako Katsumata was 93rd in the senior women's race in 39min 37sec.
Hercules Wimbledon are eager to strengthen their women's cross country squad. Anyone, aged 10 upwards, interested in taking part in cross country racing this winter, should turn up at the club's Tuesday and Thursday night training sessions at Wimbledon Park Athletics Stadium and ask for the joint team managers Nodlaig and Arthur Stoddart.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club are sending teams to compete in the annual Surrey Veterans cross country championships in Richmond Park.

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