PRESS RELEASES for Hercules Wimbledon AC for 2004

26/12/04 - CHRISTMAS DELIGHT FOR ATHLETIC CLUB
There was an unexpected but welcome Christmas present for Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club when, just a few days before the start of the festive season, they heard they had been successful in a bid for funding from the London Marathon Charitable Trust towards the cost of a major refurbishment project for their track headquarters at Wimbledon Park Athletics Stadium.
The request for funding towards the around £200,000 of work to be carried out at the Wimbledon Park track was one of 51 projects to get support from the London Marathon Charitable Trust this year worth a record total of £2.22 million. Th trustees were faced with 130 requests for support totalling more than £6 million.
Hercules Wimbledon has been working with Merton Council's leisure services department on a programme to upgrade the track following an inspection by consultants appointed by UK Athletics who identified various defects that needed to be put right. The work will be carried out in 2005.
Welcoming the news, Hercules Wimbledon's coaching coordinator Dennis Roll said: "This is really tremendous news for all our athletes. It could not have come at a better time. It means we can look positively to the future knowing the athletics facility will be brought up to standard."
Merton Council's leisure development manager, Christine Parsloe said: "It's great news that Hercules Wimbledon have been successful in their bid for funding from the London Marathon Charitable Trust. Now we've got most of the funding in place it means that we can move forward on this project early in 2005."
Hercules Wimbledon and Merton Council have already appointed a specialist consultant for the refurbishment project and applications to tender for the work are likely to go out in the next few weeks.
Apart from the London Marathon Charitable Trust, £40,000 has already been secured from the Lottery Fund through Sport England and the balance is likely to be met by the London Borough of Merton.
Around 50 athletes took part in Hercules Wimbledon's final promotion of 2004, the seasonal Christmas Crackers relay on a bitterly cold evening at Wimbledon Park athletics track.
Teams of five athletes ran round in relays for just over 15 minutes with the usual batons being substituted by crackers. The winning Hercules Wimbledon combination proved to be Camille Duval, Patrick Lufkin, Gina Andrews, Jonathan Grayson and Liam White, and each of them went off with a bumper box of chocolates.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon stage their annual seven miles road race in conjunction with Lauriston Runners Club on Saturday. The race starts from outside the Fox and Grapes pub at the junction of on the edge and finished in
Hercules Wimbledon's track training sessions at Wimbledon Park will resume next Tuesday (January 4) after being suspended during the Christmas and New Year period. Track training sessions take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, starting at 6.30pm, and Sunday mornings, starting at 10.30am.


20/12/04 - KEBEDE AND SAXBY GET XMAS MEDALS
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's Dereje Kebede and Hugh Saxby gained themselves early Christmas presents when they won medals in the annual South of the Thames Championships cross country race over seven-and-a-half miles of Wimbledon Common.
Kebede, who found it hard going on the muddy and slippery terrain, was heading the 200-strong field with just over a mile to go but, sportingly waited for Kent Athletic Club's international steeplechaser Jerome May after he fell racing up the steep climb towards the Windmill from Queensmere. It proved a costly wait for the Hercules Wimbledon runner as May then stormed off and opened up a lead which Kebede was unable to close.
In the end, the Hercules Wimbledon runner had to settle for the silver medal finishing 18 second behind the winner. He covered the seven-and-a-half miles in 40 minutes 31 seconds. "I looked at the start and saw the gravel paths so I didn't think the course was suitable for spikes," said Kebede. "I chose to wear trainers but I slipped a lot in them as it was much muddier than I thought it would be."
Running as a non-scorer, Hercules Wimbledon's James Trapmore, who teaches within sight of the finish at King's College School, was also well placed finishing sixth in 42:01.
There was a long wait before the second Hercules Wimbledon scoring runner, Hugh Saxby, crossed the line in 68th place in 49:02. But, there was some consolation as he won the award as the first veteran over 50 to finish. He also won the domestic feud with his teenage son, Ben. Ben held a narrow lead at the end of the first of the three laps but in the end, he had to give way to experience and finished 72nd in 49:33.
The only other Hercules Wimbledon scoring runner to finish was Martin O'Halloran who was 91st in 52:19.tion with the race, ahead of Sinnott and Drake.
Hercules Wimbledon runners get the chance to build up their Christmas Day appetites on Saturday when they compete in the annual Lauriston Runners Club's 30 minutes paarlauf. The race starts at 11am on Wimbledon Common alongside South Side, opposite its junction with Lauriston Road.
Hercules Wimbledon's track training sessions are being suspended during the Christmas and New Year period but the normal Tuesday and Thursday evening and Sunday morning sessions will resume in 2005 on Tuesday, January 4 at 6.30pm.


13/12/04 - TRAPMORE WOMBLES TO WINNING DEBUT
Hercules Wimbledon's James Trapmore, the inter-counties 10000m track champion, won Hercules Wimbledon's final pre-Christmas cross country promotion on Wimbledon Common in convincing style.
Trapmore, a master at KCS, Wimbledon, was making his debut for Hercules Wimbledon in a cross country event and, although he spends many hours training on the common, this was one of the few occasions when he actually raced on it.
At the end of the first of two laps, Trapmore shared the lead with Croydon's Steve Bayliss some 40 seconds ahead of the next runner. About a mile into the second lap, running alongside the Richardson Evans Memorial playing fields and approaching the sharp left turn at Beverley Brook, Trapmore made a break which Bayliss was unable to match and then went on to win the five miles race comfortably in 27 minutes 28 seconds.
Bayliss was second in 28:16 with Bill Gristwood, running for Veterans AC, third two seconds later. Hercules Wimbledon's second finisher was cross country captain Steve Sinnott finishing sixth in 30:08, with clubmate Paul Drake, first junior, in seventh place half-a-minute later.
Hercules Wimbledon's Hugh Saxby was first veteran over 50 finishing eighth in 31:12. Other leading Hercules Wimbledon runners were veterans Andy Waites and Eric Blackmore , 11th and 12th in 31:58 and 32:12, Martin O'Halloran 15th in 33:03, Barry White 17th in 33:06 and junior Ben Saxby 18th in 33:10.
Hercules Wimbledon narrowly won the match with 14 points pipping Veterans AC (15) and Thames Hare and Hounds (24). Croydon were fourth on 31 and Bank of England fifth on 36. Trapmore also won the club five miles championship for the Borough News Cup, decided in conjunction with the race, ahead of Sinnott and Drake.
Twelve-year-old Jonathan Burgess won the young athletes race, over two-and-a-half miles by more than one-and-a-half minutes in 15:37.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon runners are in action again on Wimbledon Common competing in the South of the Thames seven-and-a-half miles championship race on Saturday. The race starts from near The Pound at the junction of Parkside and The Causeway at 2pm.
Next Tuesday, Hercules Wimbledon hold their Christmas Cracker relays at Wimbledon Park athletics track, starting at 7pm. Runners are asked to assemble at 6.30pm so that teams of three or four can be selected. There will be prizes for the winning teams, goody bags for everyone involved and a spread of Christmas style eats and hot drinks.


6/12/04 - HECTIC WEEKEND FOR DEREJE KEBEDE
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's top runner, Dereje Kebede experienced a hectic weekend at opposite ends of the country.
First, he turned out in the fourth of this season's Reebok Cross Challenge meetings in Liverpool's Sefton Park, where he was aiming to do better than he managed in the London meeting at Parliament Hill Fields a fortnight earlier. There, he found the fast pace, combined with the tough, muddy course and near freezing conditions too much to cope with and he dropped out on the opening lap.
His performance at Liverpool was far better. Competing in sunshine, on a mild autumn afternoon, over a flatter and faster parkland course, Kebede finished 20th out of well over 300 runners in a good time of 32 minutes 7 seconds for the 10 kilometres course and he was less than two minutes behind the race winner.
Then, on Sunday, he was among more than 500 runners that took part in the annual Victory five miles road race in Portsmouth. He was up with the leaders for much of the way and was only three seconds away from second place as he took fourth place in an impressive 23:49.
Meanwhile, his Hercules Wimbledon clubmates were in action in the Ellis Trophy 5.5 miles cross country race in Richmond Park. Cross country captain led the squad home finishing third in 31:34, the first veteran over the line. Hugh Saxby was first veteran over 50 finishing eighth in 33:13 with Barry White 22nd in 35:42, another supervet, Stu Littlewood, 46th in 38:56 and over 55 veteran Dave Betts, having his first race of the winter, 55th in 40:34. Completing the Hercules Wimbledon contingent in Richmond Park was the club's winter veterans' secretary Alan Turner who was third over 60 veteran and 63rd overall in 42:14.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon host a five miles cross country match on Wimbledon Common on Saturday, starting at 2pm. Visiting teams are Thames Hare and Hounds, Bank of England, Croydon Harriers and Veterans AC. Although a few weeks off from the festive season, as this is the club's final match before Christmas there will be the usual spread of seasonal delights including Christmas puddings for the leading finishers and the age category winners.
Early news of a Christmas week event - The now traditional club Christmas relays, comprising three or four runners per team, will be staged at Wimbledon Park track on Tuesday, December 21, starting at 7pm. All ages, male and female, will be taking part and would be contestants are asked to arrive by 6.30pm so that teams can be selected by organisers Dennis Roll, Falah Abbas and Dermot Dunne. Once again, there will be prizes for the winning teams, goody bags for everyone involved and a spread of Christmas style eats and hots drinks.


29/11/04 - SUCCESSFUL LEAGUE DAY IN THE PARK
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's cross country runners enjoyed their most successful league day of the winter when their youngsters once again dominated the second Sweatshop Surrey League meeting in Richmond Park and their seniors managed to finish runners-up in their section.
In the absence of first match winner Alex Bodin who arrived too late for the youngsters' event Luke Jones gave a powerful display to take the honours in the young athletes two-and-a-half miles race finishing almost a minute clear in 14 minutes 50 seconds to lead Hercules Wimbledon to the individual and team double. Even more impressive was his beating of not only all the under 15-year-olds but all the under 17-year-olds as well - and he's still only 14.
Neil Fraser who finished fifth in 16:02 headed home a rush of four Hercules Wimbledon runners with Mark Cooper (16:03) sixth, Richard Vanderpuije (16:05) seventh and Sean Crummy (16:08) eighth. This enabled Hercules Wimbledon to romp home in the team event. These scoring five were well backed up by three other Hercules Wimbledon runners, Deyan Knepsl, 10th in 17:08, Charlie Carrington, 11th in 17:18 and William Spooner 12th in 18:02.
Twelve-year-old Jonathan Burgess continued his winning ways in convincing style when he finished more than a minute clear of the second runner in the boys under 13 race in 15:27. With James Forward in third place in 17:26, Hercules Wimbledon once again led the way home in the team competition.
The senior men also produced their best team effort of the season finishing runners-up and moving up the overall table.They were led home by Roy Burgess who was eighth in 28:10, just ahead of teenager Alex Bodin who finished a non-scoring 11th in 28:25 with Steve Sinnott first veteran in 14th place in 28:43.
Ben Saxby was first official under 20 in 34th place (30:17) just ahead of his dad, Hugh, who was first over 50 veteran in 30:21 with another junior, Paul Drake, 38th in 30:27 just three seconds ahead of another supervet, Steve Newton.
Completing the scoring Hercules Wimbledon team were Leo Cox, 46th in 30:53, Chris Coles 62nd in 31:40, Steve Badgery 63rd in 31:41, and first over 55 veteran, Dan Bodin 64th in 31:42 and Martin O'Halloran 69th in 32:09.
Also in Richmond Park, Hercules Wimbledon's Sarah Nosworthy was 25th in the Surrey Ladies League senior women's race, twins Rosemary and Jennifer Fernando were 11th and 12th in the girls under 15 race and Amy Fraser was 14th in the joint under 17 and under 20 race.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon runners compete in the Ellis Trophy meeting in Richmond Park on Saturday while the club's youngsters are in action in the second of this winter's Surrey Sportshall League meetings in Guildford's Spectrum Leisure Centre on Sunday.
Two Hercules Wimbledon runners got among the prizes in the Crowborough 10 kilometres road race in Sussex. Less than 24 hours after running in Richmond Park, Roy Burgess finished fourth overall in 35:20 while supervet Martin Miller was second veteran over 50 in 41:12.


22/11/04 - PRESENTATIONS FOR VALUABLE SERVICE
Some of the longest serving members of Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club as well as some of the club's newest signings enjoyed a social evening to mark the end of club treasurer David Littlewood's 43 year reign holding the club's purse strings.
Former club secretary Doug Mobsby, long-time coach Roy Brisley, who joined the former Hercules Athletic Club in 1944 and back in 1970 was Surrey County Women's Athletic Association president, another long-standing member, Stan Theed, now 73, and three times English cross country champion Dave Clarke were among those at the get-together at Wimbledon Park Golf Club.
John Webster, summer veterans team captain, who recently qualified as an field official, and Jon Owen, men's track and field captain during one of its most successful periods when it reached Division Three of the British Athletics League in 1991 and the club fielded three senior men's teams, were also there, along with a gaggle of the club's promising young athletes led by Emily Martin, Lucy England and Alex Bodin.
Hercules Wimbledon chairman Nick Getting presented David Littlewood with an engraved plaque marking his 43 years as club treasurer from 1961 to 2004, thanking him sincerely for his record-breaking period in a job he only took on for a year to plug a gap. When he took over computers had hardly been heard of, colour television was in its infancy, decimalisation had yet to occur, Britain was outside the European Union, the Beatles were unheard of, England had not yet won the World Cup at either soccer or rugby and American computer tycoon Bill Gates was just six years old!
In turn, David himself made a presentation to Wally Wonfer, who made the trip from his home on the Isle of Wight, for the occasion. Wonfer, who is best known as the man who trained the Wimbledon ball boys and girls for many years, was also a key figure in Merton High Schools athletics. He was founder secretary of the association in 1965 and was involved with the organisation for 37 years.
Wally, who is a qualified starter and marksman, officiated at Merton and Surrey schools championships as well as major international meetings at Crystal Palace and Portsmouth. Mr Littlewood, who has been secretary of the English Schools Athletic Association since 1992, presented him with an engraved clock as a gesture of thanks for his many years' service to Merton Schools athletics.
One of Hercules Wimbledon's most talented youngsters, Jonathan Burgess, competed in one of the biggest races of his young career when he took part in the Reebok Cross Challenge Meeting at North London's Parliament Hill Fields. Despite the testing, heavy, going, Burgess, who is just 12, had a superb race to finish a superb 12th out of the 65 runners and just 21 seconds behind the race winner. "It was a bit cold and tough," admitted Burgess after his fine run.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon runners are in action in the second Surrey Ladies League and Sweatshop Surrey Men's League Division Two matches in Richmond Park on Saturday. The races are being held from Kingston Gate with the senior women off at 12.30pm. The first of the men's league races for young athletes starts at 2.30pm with the senior men off at 3pm.


15/11/04 - DEREJE KEBEDE RUNS INTO THE HISTORY BOOK
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's Dereje Kebede gained an impressive first time win in the annual South of the Thames cross country association's five miles race in Richmond Park.
Competing on a fine, sunny but crisp autumn afternoon, the Hercules Wimbledon runner was always near the front of the field. Kebede, who two seasons ago, finished runner-up in the Surrey championship at Banstead, was having his first cross country race of the winter. He was always in a challenging position and after the initial surge was in a breakaway group of five runners.
The leading group reduced to three at the half-way stage with Kebede still in strong contention and it was on a long downhill run on the second lap that the Hercules Wimbledon runner went clear. But, he was pushed all the way by British international steeplechaser Jermaine Mays from Kent AC. Mays never gave up the battle and Kebede had to fend him off to win by just three seconds in 28 minutes 39 seconds.
"It's a good course but when we started I was taking it easy," said 23-year-old Kebede after his triumph. "It was cold but it was good training and I gave it a little bit of push to get ahead."
He is the first Hercules Wimbledon runner to win the South of the Thames five miles race for almost three decades. The last winner from the club was Dave Clarke who triumphed on Wimbledon Common in 1977. Clarke then went on to become an outstanding cross country runner winning the English senior men's title three times. He recently stepped down after managing the British senior men's cross country team for nine years.
Four other Hercules Wimbledon runners have won the South of the Thames title in the past. They were Dave Holt at Aldershot in 1964, Steve Badgery at West Wickham two years later and John Sullivan, also at West Wickham in 1969.
Hercules Wimbledon also fielded a team in the race for the first time for several years. Roy Burgess, having a race outing over the country, was 24th in 31:24, veteran Steve Sinnott 46th in 33:11 and Damien Robertson, visiting this country from his home in France, 55th in 33:48. That gave Hercules Wimbledon a respectable seventh place in the team contest out of the 33 that closed in.
Hercules Wimbledon also finished sixth in the eight-to-score competition. The other four runners were Paul Drake 68th in 34:45 and veterans Mark Larche 91st in 36:31, Tom Morris, 111th in 38:03 and Dennis Williams 112th in 38:11.
Roy Burgess had a busy weekend. The following day he turned out in the Leatherhead Fire Station 10 kilometres road race and took second place in 34:38, 26 seconds behind the race winner.


8/11/04 - HW'S BEST EVER SPORTSHALL PERFORMANCE
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's youngsters put in their best ever Sportshall team effort when they competed in the opening match in this winter's Surrey programme at the Spectrum Leisure Centre, Guildford.
The girls under 15 team finished third overall against tough opposition with Serena Brotherton taking fourth place in the individual ranking, while Amelia Richards was third in the girls under 13 rankings leading the Hercules Wimbledon team to eighth place.
For the first time since Hercules Wimbledon began participating in the popular Sportshall meetings two years ago, the club managed to field full teams in all four age groups and team manager John Dennis says he is much encouraged by the good turn out with more than 20 Hercules Wimbledon youngsters in action.
Serena Brotherton and Amelia Richards were overall the best individuals in the Hercules Wimbledon contingent. Serena was runner-up in the four laps race and third equal at speed bounce with her Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Corrine Hall. Also in the under 15 age group, Lara Blincow was second in speed bounce and sixth in the long jump while Jennifer Fernando was sixth equal in the four lap race.
Amelia Richards was runner-up in the girls under 13 two lap event in an encouraging 26.5 seconds, a faster time than any of the club's under 15 competitors. She was also third in the long jump with 2.08 metres which was again further than any of the Hercules Wimbledon under 15 girls.
Best of the boys under 15 team which finished fifth was William Spooner who was sixth in the triple jump while Pratul Marqund was seventh at speed bounce and eighth in the two lap event and Tom Sandford was eighth in the four lap event.
Newcomer Liam White helped the boys under 13 team to seventh place finishing fifth in the standing long jump, just ahead of clubmate Derek Frempong who was sixth.
Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters are now eagerly awaiting the next Sportshall meeting which is being held at the Spectrum Leisure Centre, Guildford, on Sunday, December 5.
Hercules Wimbledon's Roy Burgess continued his impressive road running form when he finished runner-up out of more than 300 competitors in the Ronhill Surrey Classic 10 kilometres road race at Oxshott. He clocked 33:54, 28 seconds behind the race winner.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are sending a team to compete in the annual South of the Thames five miles team race in Richmond Park on Saturday, starting at 2.30pm from near the Pembroke Lodge car park.


1/11/04 - RUNAWAY WIN FOR YOUNG BURGESS
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's Jonathan Burgess turned in another impressive performance with a runaway victory in the second of this season's East Surrey League meetings at Croydon's Lloyd Park.
Burgess, who is still only 11, sped away from the rest of the field to win the boys under 13 two-and-a-half miles race in 12 minutes, more than two minutes ahead of the other runner in his age group. He will be hoping his win over the testing and in parts muddy Lloyd Park circuit will be seen as a good omen for the Surrey County cross country championships which are being staged at Lloyd Park in January when he will be challenging for the boys under 13 title. His present form suggests he is bound to be one of the favourites for the gold medal.
His Hercules Wimbledon clubmate James Forward, making an impressive debut for the club, was third in 14:30. They helped Hercules Wimbledon finish runners-up in the team event on the day but, overall, with half of the season's programme completed, Hercules Wimbledon head the league in the boys under 13 section.
In the absence of the Bodin brothers, it was left to Alex Bruce-Littlewood to lead the Hercules Wimbledon contingent home in the under 17 and under 15 age group. Bruce-Littlewood was, in fact, the first under 15 finisher in 11:53, half-a-minute ahead of the second runner in his age group.
With Richard Vanderpuije ninth in 12:48 and Sean Crummy 13th in 13:11, Hercules Wimbledon were again runners-up in this section on the day but, half-way through the season's four East Surrey League fixtures, head the section overall.
Hercules Wimbledon's Dereje Kebede continued his impressive series of road running performances when he finished among the prize winners in the Stroud half-marathon in the West Country. He was fifth out of more than 2000 runners in 1:07:34 which was an encouraging performance bearing in mind he wants to move up to the half-marathon distance in 2005. Previously, he won the Croydon open 10 kilometres road race in impressive style and was just beaten in the Dulwich Charity 10 kilometres road race in Dulwich Park by just two seconds.
Two of Hercules Wimbledon's more seasoned runners were first in their age categories in the Veterans Athletic Club 5.6 miles cross country race on Wimbledon Common. Former international Grenville Tuck was second overall and first over 50 runner in 34:39, while Martin Miller was first in the over 55 section in finishing fifth overall in 37:47.


25/10/04 - TEENAGER ALEX TRIUMPHS IN THE RAIN
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club teenager Alex Bodin proved age was no handicap to winning when he took the individual honours in an inter-club five miles cross country race on Wimbledon Common.
Bodin, at 16, was the youngest runner in the race but despite his youth and pouring rain he dominated the race which included some of the toughest part of the common, including the notorious "butts" near Putney Vale, to win comfortably in 28 minutes 39 seconds. However, Bodin, winner of last year's Merton Schools title who has represented Surrey in inter-county events, commented after crossing the line mud covered and dripping wet: "That's the toughest race I've ever run in."
But, his victory proved he has fully recovered from the injury problems which kept him out for much of the summer. Bodin was suffering from a stress fracture but he is now back in full training with the aim of doing well in this winter's major races including January's Surrey cross country championships at Croydon's Lloyd Park. He will be hoping to go one better than the silver medal position he secured in the men's under17 race at Lloyd Park last January.
Young Bodin finished more than 100 metres ahead of the second runner, Nick Gould from Thames Hare and Hounds with Hercules Wimbledon runners then packing solidly to fill the next five places.
Richard Xerri was fourth in 30:13, supervet Hugh Saxby fifth in 31:00, Alex's dad Dan sixth in 31:05 and Jonty Summers seventh in 31:16. Veteran Eric Blackmore was 13th in 32:42, Barry White 17th in 33:29, and supervet Dennis Williams 24th 36:34.
Scoring 10-a-side, Hercules Wimbledon easily won the match by 89 points to 125 by Thames Hare and Hounds.
In addition to providing the individual winner in the Croydon Open 10 kilometres road race in Dereje Kebede, Hercules Wimbledon had a second runner who was well placed in the event, Roy Burgess. He was ninth of the 874 runners to cross the finishing line in 34:30.
This weekend, Alex Bodin and his Hercules Wimbledon clubmates get the chance to race at Lloyd Park, the venue for the Surrey championships in January, when they compete in the East Surrey League cross country races. Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters, led by Bodin and Jonathan Burgess, will be out to consolidate their winning start to the season they achieved in the cross country relays on Wimbledon Common at the beginning of October. The young athletes race over two miles starts at 2.30pm with the start of the senior five miles race scheduled for 3pm.


18/10/04 - HW SUPERVETS' GOLDEN EFFORT IN THE RAIN
Hercules Wimbledon's supervet cross country runners overcame tough opposition and torrential rain to take the gold team medals in the annual Surrey cross country championships in Richmond Park.
Despite getting a thorough drenching from the weather, the Hercules Wimbledon trio had plenty to celebrate as they saw off the opposition to comfortably take the team title. The gold medal-winning team performance was led by Hugh Saxby who was the first Hercules Wimbledon runner to complete the testing, undulating two lap course over 6.2 miles in 37 minutes 22 seconds. Saxby also took the individual bronze medal in the over 50 category and with team-mates Grenville Tuck, having his first cross country race of the winter, finishing fourth in 37:42 and Steve Newton taking fifth in 37:52, Hercules Wimbledon ran away with the team title.
Hercules Wimbledon's Martin Miller just failed to pick up an individual medal in the over 55 category where he was fourth in 40:05.
Top Hercules Wimbledon athlete Dereje Kebede continued his return to racing after being injured for most of the summer when he ran away with the Croydon 10 kilometres road race. Kebede crossed the finishing line in a fast 31:02 to finish more than half-a-minute ahead of Croydon's Jon McCallum. It was Kebede's second successive road race victory. The previous week, Kebede also beat McCallum when he won the Charity 10 kilometres road race in Dulwich Park in an even faster 30:58 finishing just two seconds ahead of his Hercules Wimbledon clubmate James Trapmore.
Another Hercules Wimbledon road runner Roy Burgess was in action in the BUPA Great South Run 10 miles in Portsmouth where he finished 77th out of around 15000 runners in 57:52. Meanwhile, Hercules Wimbledon Chris Coles was 63rd out of 1173 finishers in the Cabbage Patch 10 miles road race in Twickenham in 1:01:15.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon athletes will be in action outdoors on Wimbledon Common and indoors at Guildford's Spectrum Leisure Centre. Thames Hare and Hounds are hosting a men's inter-club cross country match from their Putney Vale headquarters. The race which is over five miles, starts at 3pm. Hercules Wimbledon teenagers are competing in the opening Surrey Sportshall meeting at Guildford on Sunday. The club will be fielding athletes in boys and girls under 13 and under 15 events. Anyone interested in joining Hercules Wimbledon's successful Sportshall squad should contact John Dennis on 020 8946 9989.


11/10/04 - YOUNGSTERS CONTINUE SEASON'S FINE START
Hercules Wimbledon's young athletes continued their fine start to the winter cross country season when they competed in the opening Sweatshop Surrey League and Surrey Ladies League meetings on Wimbledon Common.
Fresh from clocked the joint best time in the Surrey cross country relay championships the previous weekend, 11-year-old Jonathan Burgess ran away with the boys under 13 race covering the 2.75 miles in 15 minutes 18 seconds to finish more than two minutes ahead of the second runner. With Joe Bodin sixth and Alex Cobb seventh, Hercules Wimbledon easily took the team honours.
Brothers Alex and Jake Bodin showed the way home in the men's under 17 race in 14:17 and 14:48 respectively and with Luke Jones next in 15:08, Hercules Wimbledon runners took the top three places in the young athletes match.
With Mark Cooper sixth in 16:04 and Richard Vanderpuije seventh in 16:15, Hercules Wimbledon easily took the team honours in the joint under 15 and under 17 age group.
On another part of the common, Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters also produced their some of their best ever efforts in the opening Surrey Ladies League meeting. The club's under 15 team ran well to take runners-up sport in their race while the joint under 17 and under 20 team was third.
Corinne Hall led the Hercules Wimbledon team to second place in the under 15 event finishing 12th in 12:57 with Serena Brotherton 15th in 13:11 and twins Rosemary and Jennifer Fernando completing the team in finishing 17th and 21st in 13:15 and 13:27.
Amadine King was first for the under 17 and under 20 team finishing ninth in 22:29 with Amy Fraser 12th in 24:17.
Best of the Hercules Wimbledon seniors in the men's league were Hugh Saxby and Martin Miller who were first in the over 50 and over 55 age categories in 31:02 and 33:09. Saxby, in fact, was the first Hercules Wimbledon runner to finish. Cross country captain Steve Sinnott was the second Hercules Wimbledon runner over the line in 31:37 with fellow veteran Andy Waite next in 31:41.
All four of these runners in action this weekend when Hercules Wimbledon compete in the annual Surrey Veterans cross country championships in Richmond Park on Saturday.


4/10/04 - SUPERB START BY HW'S YOUNG GUNS
Hercules Wimbledon's young athletes made a superb start to their winter racing programme by taking the team honours in the East Surrey League cross country relays on Wimbledon Common and then, the following day, coming away with a prized set of silver team medals and an individual gold from the Surrey County Young Athletes cross country relays at Guildford's Stoke Park.
Racing through pouring rain in difficult conditions, the young trio marked the return of Hercules Wimbledon to the event after several years, mainly because it always clashes with the club's own open 10 miles road race.
The outstanding member of the silver medal-winning trio was Jonathan Burgess on the anchor leg. He took over just eight seconds behind Aldershot's Surrey boys under 13 800 and 1500m champion, Oliver Aitchison and matched him stride for stride to finish exactly the same distance behind him at the end of the contest. So, young Jonathan won himself an individual gold medal for the joint fastest time of the event, 6 minutes 14 seconds.
Jonathan O'Halloran put in a solid run on the opening leg coming in second in 6:33 while Khalid Belhaj ran the race of his young life to keep the team in second spot with a fine 6:51 on leg two. To finish just eight seconds behind the Aldershot squad which the previous weekend took the silver medals in the South of England championships was some achievement. "Had we run in the South of England Championship at Aldershot, I'm sure our team would have been among the medals itself," said Hercules Wimbledon official David Burgess.
Les than 24 hours earlier, young Burgess had raced away with the East Surrey League boys under 13 cross country race on Wimbledon Common in 11:07 to complete the first leg of an impressive weekend double.
Hercules Wimbledon runners also won the young athletes relay with anchor man Alex Bodin posting the fastest individual time of 10:13 on the anchor leg. His brother Jake was third fastest with 10:42 on the opening leg and the third member of the winning team was Luke Jones with 10:44 on leg two. The Hercules Wimbledon trio of Alex Bruce-Littlewood (11:08), Neil Fraser (11:34) and Charlie Carrington (12:12) finished third overall.
Almost 200 runners took part in the 44th staging of the annual Wimbledon open 10 miles road race, organised by Hercules Wimbledon. The runners were sent on their way by the Mayor of Merton, Councillor Mrs Margaret Brierley and the winner was Robin Copestick from Walton in 53:58. First Hercules Wimbledon finisher was veteran Steve Sinnott, who was third in the over 40 category in taking 13th place in 1:00:08. Lucy Hasell from Thames Hare and Hounds smashed her own women's course record with a winning time of 58:24. The previous best was her winning time of 1:00:47 in 2002.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon runners are in action on Wimbledon Common. The club's women and girls are competing in the Surrey Ladies League, starting at 12.30pm while the men and boys are in the opening Sweatshop Surrey League match. The young athletes race is at 2.30pm with the seniors off at 3pm.


27/09/04 -S TILL TIME TO ENTER WIMBLEDON 10 MILER
Hundreds of runners will be converging on Wimbledon Park athletics stadium on Sunday for the staging of Wimbledon's longest running road race - the 44th annual Wimbledon open 10 miles event organised by Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club.
Although postal entries for the event have already closed, entries are being taken on the day and anyone wanting to take part should turn up at Wimbledon Park athletics stadium at least an hour before the 11am start to give themselves plenty of time to register. Officials at Sunday's race will include Geoff Moulden who organised the first 10 miler at Wimbledon Park back in 1961, long before many of the runners taking part in Sunday's race were even born. The race has been staged every year since.
This year's race is getting civic recognition with the Mayor of Merton, Councillor Margaret Brierley, kindly agreeing to attend the event. She will set the runners on their way at 11am and watch them racing round the course before presenting the prizes at about 12.30pm.
Herman Mulder, from London Irish, who has won the race for the past two years, had yet to enter by the time postal entries close but his winning time last year of 52 minutes 39 seconds was well outside the course record of 48:10 set by Hercules Wimbledon's own Olympic athlete Bob Holt back in 1974. Hercules Wimbledon's first finisher in 2003 was Francis Staunton, who finished just outside the medals in fourth place.
Hercules Wimbledon runners did get among the prize winners in 2003 with cross country captain Steve Sinnott first veteran, Andy Waites second veteran, Peter Giles first veteran over 55 and John Thomas first veteran over 60.
Hercules Wimbledon face a hectic weekend as on Saturday they organise the opening East Surrey League event of the winter season, the annual Surrey cross country relays, on Wimbledon Common. The young athletes' under 13 race over just under two miles starts at 2.30pm with the under 15 and under 17 three lap and senior, junior and veterans four lap relays due off at 3pm.
Hercules Wimbledon's over 50 team was the most successful of the club squads in the annual South of England veterans road relays at Aldershot's Rushmoor Arena. They were the second Surrey team to close in finishing in eighth place. Hugh Saxby got the quartet off to a good start bringing them in eighth in 21:54. Martin Miller (22:37) and Maurice Sharp (24:17) lost a little ground but then former marathon international Steve Badgery brought them back into eighth place with the fastest time of the quartet, 21:49.
Hercules Wimbledon's veterans over 40 team of Martin O'Halloran (23:19), Simon Ingall (22:27), Tom Morris (23:06) and Steve Sinnott (21:25) finished 22nd and fifth among the Surrey teams in 1:30:17.


20/09/04 - ENTRIES FLOWING IN FOR 44TH 10 MILER
Entries are flowing in steadily for Wimbledon's longest running road race. Officials from Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club expect a bumper field to toe the starting line for the annual Wimbledon open 10 miles road race which is being staged for the 44th time on Sunday, October 3.
Athletes wanting to take part in the event still have time to enter as the closing date for postal entries is not until September 29. The race starts and finishes at Wimbledon Park athletics stadium and there will be medals for every finisher as well as a host of prizes.
Those qualifying for prizes are the first three men and women finishers, leading runners in the men's veterans over 40, over 50 and over 60 categories and leading runners in the women's veterans over 35, 45 and 55 categories.
Details of the event can be obtained by logging onto Hercules Wimbledon's website www.herculeswimbledonac.org.uk , emailing the race organiser at pollak@btinternet.com  or ringing him at 020 8870 1196.
Meanwhile, several Hercules Wimbledon road runners were in action in the Premier 10 kilometres road race at West Wimbledon on Sunday. Former marathon
international Steve Badgery, despite operating on a reduced training programme led the Hercules Wimbledon contingent home by taking the veteran over 50 prize in 36 minutes 31 seconds. He was 24th out of around 650 runners with clubmate Chris Coles 32nd in 36:44, veteran Eric Blackmore 50th in 38:23 and newcomer Joe Carter 61st in 39:03. The quartet were second in the team event.
Other Hercules Wimbledon runners in action were Maurice Sharp, third in the over 50 category in 39:55 and John Thomas, third in the over 60 category in 42:10.
Hercules Wimbledon's summer veterans track and field team John Webster lifted the Surrey veterans pentathlon title at Crawley on Saturday. His best individual efforts came in the discus and javelin where he threw 27.52 and 32.25 metres, respectively.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are sending teams to compete in the South of England road relay championships which are being staged at Aldershot on Saturday.


13/09/04 - HW END SEASON WITH STUNNING VICTORY
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club, who only just managed to scrape into the Rosenheim League final at Tooting Bec last Wednesday after finishing fourth in the eastern division, showed underdogs can still triumph when they produced a stunning performance to lift the trophy for the first time in more than a decade. The success came weeks after Hercules Wimbledon's senior men's team had secured promotion in the Southern Men's League making 2004 one of the squads most successful seasons in recent years.
Hercules Wimbledon got off to a winning start with team captain Steve Davies taking the 400m hurdles in 57.6 seconds while javelin thrower Bekele Tola hurled the spear a winning 59.75 metres. Tola later took second place in the shot with 11.35 metres.
Dashing over to Tooting Bec from teaching at KCS, Wimbledon, inter-counties 10000m champion James Trapmore gained an impressive track double in the space of an hour winning the 1500 and 3000m in 4:10.6 and 8:54.0.
Teenager Ike Mba, vacating his usual jumping role, finished an impressive second in the 200m in 22.7, Mahmoud Ato Attaya was runner-up in the 400m in 52.3 and another teenager, Ross Savill was third in the 100m in 11.5. Meanwhile, Davies, after getting his breath back following his hurdles win, managed to gain valuable points in the high jump clearing 1.70 metres and former junior international 400m hurdler Austin Ferns came to the rescue in the triple jump clearing 11.39 metres for third place.
Going into the final event, the 4x200m relay, Hercules Wimbledon were just six points clear of their nearest rival but the quartet of Attaya, Jonathan Grayson, Richard Vanderpuije and Mba has to get the baton round safely to guarantee victory in the match. They came up trumps by taking the relay in 1:33.2 to lift the Rosenheim Plate, which has been contested every year since 1964, for the first time since 1993.
Hercules Wimbledon's Jade Lally broke the meeting record when she won the junior women's discus at Woking Athletic Club's Young Athletes open championships on Sunday. She also won the shot. Emily Martin won the under 17 100m, Ike Mba was second in the junior 200m and Amelia Richards second in the under girls 13 100m.
On the same night that Hercules Wimbledon track team achieved its victory at Tooting Bec, the club's top marathon runner, Adrian Marriott, was heading a 200-strong field home in the Summer five kilometres road race at Yeovil, Somerset. Marriott won by five seconds in 14min 49sec.
Hercules Wimbledon's supervet road runners lifted the silver medals in the Surrey County road relay championships held from the club's Wimbledon Park track headquarters on Saturday. Former marathon international Steve Badgery brought the men's over 50 team home in third place on the opening leg in 17:07. Hugh Saxby (17:08) moved into the silver medal
position which was held by Dennis Williams (18:42) and Martin Miller (17:35) on the remaining two laps.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are open their cross country programme by competing in the Blackheath Harriers Will Bolton Memorial open cross country relays at Sparrows Den, West Wickham on Saturday.


6/09/04 - HERCULES WIMBLEDON HOST SURREY RELAYS
The annual Surrey County road relay championships are being staged from Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's track headquarters at Wimbledon Park athletics stadium on Saturday with scores of runners from clubs all over Surrey converging on the arena.
All the championships are being staged together with the first legs of the senior and veteran men and senior and veteran women all going off at 12noon. The course takes in a circuit which includes Wimbledon Park Road, Church Road, St Mary's Road, Arthur Road and Home Park Road before entering Wimbledon Park at the Home Park Road entrance. Hercules Wimbledon will have teams taking part.
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club members were in action at the annual Veteran Athletic Club championships at Battersea Park. Best of the club contingent were triple Surrey champion Geoff Walcott and veterans summer captain John Webster. Webster broke the championship record in winning the over 65 javelin with 34.74 metres and completed the double by winning the hammer with 35.98 metres. Walcott had to settle for three second places behind European Masters medallist Wally Franklyn. Walcott took a hat-trick of men silver medals in clocking 12.18, 24.54 and 54.75 seconds in the men's over 50 100, 200 and 400m. Another Hercules Wimbledon medallist was Martin Miller who was second in the over 55 800m in 2:25.87.
Teenager Amelia Richards was the outstanding member of the Hercules Wimbledon team which took part in the Lily B League finals at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Sunday. She gained a hat-trick of victories in the under 13 section winning the 100 and 200m in 14.2 and 29.2 and the long jump with 4.16 metres.
Lucy England also gained a hat-trick of wins in the under 17 events winning the 80m hurdles and javelin A competitions as well as the long jump B events. Emily Martin also competed in three events in the under 17 age group. She was second in the 100m and long jump and also runner-up in the shot with a personal best of 8.28 metres.
Nadia Abdulla had a busy afternoon in the under 15 events where she was runner-up in the javelin and third in the 100m and 75m hurdles.
Hercules Wimbledon's Jade Lally broke the meeting record when she won the junior women's discus at Woking Athletic Club's Young Athletes open championships on Sunday. She also won the shot. Emily Martin won the under 17 100m, Ike Mba was second in the junior 200m and Amelia Richards second in the under girls 13 100m.


30/08/04 - EMILY HELPS SURREY SECURE TEAM WIN
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's talented teenager Emily Martin helped Surrey to a narrow team win in a women's under 17 eight-sided inter-county match at Kingsmeadow Stadium, Kingston, on Sunday, competing in three events during a busy afternoon. Surrey clinched the match by winning the final track event, the 4x100m relay where the Hercules Wimbledon athlete ran a confident second leg to help Surrey comfortably win the event in 47.95 seconds, more than two seconds ahead of runners-up Hampshire. Earlier, Martin, the Surrey women's under 17 triple jump champion, who has enjoyed another successful summer season, took second place in the 100m B race in 13.09 and also gained valuable points by finishing fourth in the long jump with 5.32 metres. Her efforts helped Surrey win the match by just two points.
Another Hercules Wimbledon athlete to show good form has been Jade Lally, winner of both the Surrey junior women's discus and hammer-throwing titles at Kingsmeadow Stadium back in May. Competing at Tooting Bec on Saturday, she managed to produce the best discus throw of her life as she hurled it out to a winning 41.85 metres. Her throw added 32 centimetres to her previous best achieved at the South of England junior championships at Bedford in May and confirms her ranking as Britain's seventh best top junior women's discus thrower this summer.
Meanwhile, Hercules Wimbledon's Simon Ingall was the first veteran over 45 in the Last Friday of the Month five kilometres road race staged by Serpentine Runners' Club in Hyde Park on Friday. Ingall ran through steady rain to clock 18:33 in finishing 37th out of more than 200 runners. Hercules Wimbledon's cross country captain Steve Sinnott was also in action finishing 39th in 18:42 while another Hercules Wimbledon runner, over 50 veteran Ian Isherwood, was 138th in 22:28.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon compete in the Lily B League finals at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Saturday, starting at 1pm.
Next Wednesday, Hercules Wimbledon's senior men's team will be in action in the Rosenheim League final at Tooting Bec, starting at 6.45pm.
Hercules Wimbledon are organising Wimbledon's longest running road race from Wimbledon Park on Sunday, October 3. The 44th annual Wimbledon open 10 miles road race is being staged from there starting at 11am. Entry details can be obtained here... entry form (in word) or pdf format  or by ringing 020 8870 1196.


23/08/04 - JAVELIN THROWER'S BEST OF SEASON'S
Three Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club athletes competed for Surrey in the eight-counties South of England senior inter-counties match at Hemel Hempstead and helped the men's team finish in third place.
Best of the trio was javelin thrower Bekela Tola who hurled the spear out to 60.42 metres, easily his best of the season. But, in a high standard competition in which the winner threw more than 70 metres, he could only finish in fourth place. Tola was called into the team at less than 48 hours notice after the first choices had withdrawn.
One of the busiest Surrey athletes of the afternoon was Hercules Wimbledon's team captain Steve Davies. He competed in no less than four events, starting off by taking second place in the 400m hurdles B race in a season's best of 57.2 seconds. He then finished third in the sprint hurdles B race in 16.4 and 400m B race in 53.8 before helping Surrey to third place in the 4x400m relay.
The third Hercules Wimbledon athlete in action at Hemel Hempstead was Steve Hadley who was called in at the last minute to compete in the 3000m steeplechase where he finished ahead of his Surrey team-mate to take seventh place in the A race.
Hercules Wimbledon's talented teenager Emily Martin has been selected to compete for Surrey in an under 17 inter-counties match at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Sunday. She will be in action in the long and triple jumps. Hercules Wimbledon runners were in action in the Surrey five kilometres road running championship at West Wimbledon on Sunday. Roy Burgess finished 12th in the senior men's race in 16min 17sec with supervet Martin Miller second in the over 55 category in 18min 41sec.
Hercules Wimbledon will be competing in the Rosenheim League final which will now be staged at Tooting Bec on Wednesday, September 8, starting at 6.45pm, after being postponed from August 18 due to unforeseen circumstances.


16/08/04 - YOUNGSTERS FINISH ON A HIGH
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's youngsters ended the season with a flourish by clinching promotion to the top division of the Ebbisham Boys Young Athletes League in their final match at Kingsmeadow Stadium.
The small Hercules Wimbledon squad was rewarded for its hard afternoon's work providing nine winners in their match. The team's only athlete in the under 15 section, Jake Bodin, won the 800 and 1500m in 2 minutes 13.4 seconds and 4:36.8 and also took second in the 400m in 63.2.
The most talented member of the team, Jonathan Burgess, gained a fine hat-trick in the under 13 section. His best effort came in winning the 1500m in 5:02.5, just outside his personal best time. He also took the 400 and 800m races in 70.3 and 2:32.3. New signing Edmund Gaisie was another double winner taking the 100m and high jump and also finishing second in the 80m hurdles. while Tom Richards secured maximum points in the 100m by taking the B race. He also won the high jump B.
Another winner was Zak Swanson who took the javelin B event and was also second in the 200m B race. James Russell was third in the A race and was also second in the long jump A event. Tom Brandon gained valuable points with three second places in the discus and javelin A and hurdles B events. Matthew Burgess was second in the long jump B event.
Two other Hercules Wimbledon youngsters have also shown good form. Competing for Surrey in an under 15 inter-counties match at Abingdon, Douglas Hunt threw the hammer a personal best of 28.43 metres.
Meanwhile, Emily Martin just missed out on a medal in the AAA women's under 17 long jump championship at Birmingham but had the consolation of posting a lifetime best for the event. She leapt 5.62 metres to finish fourth in the competition. Her leap was eight centimetres better than her previous best. She was also in action in the triple jump where she leapt 10.77 metres to finish in eighth place.
At the other end of the age scale, Hercules Wimbledon supervet Geoff Walcott gained a hat-trick of wins for Surrey in an inter-counties match at Ashford, Kent. He took the over 50 100, 200 and 400m events in 12.3, 24.6 and 57.0.
Hercules Wimbledon's Adrian Marriott made a rare competitive appearance when he turned out in Yeovil Town five kilometres road race in Somerset where he finished third in 14:52.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon athletes compete in their penultimate Lily B Girls League meeting at Guildford on Saturday, while on Sunday, the club's runners will be in action in the Surrey five kilometres road running championship at West Wimbledon.


9/08/04 - DOMINANT SENIORS CELEBRATE PROMOTION
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's senior men's team clinched promotion in the Southern Men's League with an emphatic win in their final match of the season at Portsmouth.
The squad posted their top score of the season as they ran away with the match with 166 points, also equalling the best score in their division this summer, ahead of Havant (127), Blackheath and Bromley (91) and Medway and Maidstone (36). It means Hercules Wimbledon finished second in the Division Three South table and are one of two teams to gain promotion.
The enthusiastic contingent of Hercules Wimbledon athletes totally dominated the match winning 30 of the 38 events. One lap hurdlers Austin Ferns and Steve Davies got the team off to a fine start with good points as Ferns finished second in the A race in 54 seconds and Davies won the B event in 57.9. Later, Ferns took the flat 400 metres in 51.7 and then helped the 4x400 metres relay team to victory in 3min 32.7sec.
Teenager Ike Mba, who took a bronze medal in this year's English schools senior boys long jump championship, gained a fine individual hat-trick in the long jump (6.82 metres), triple jump (12.67 metres) and 400m B race. He also helped the sprint relay team to victory in 45.7. Another key member of the sprint relay team was Fred Agyarko who also took the individual 100and 200 metres in 11.0 and 23.0 with veteran Geoff Walcott taking second in the 100m B race in 12.0 and Jon Grayson winning the 200m B in 24.1. Grayson also completed the hat-trick taking the long and triple jump B events.
For once, Hercules Wimbledon scored well in the middle-distance events with Mahmoud Abo Attaya and Camille Duval, making his debut in the event, gaining maximum points in the 800m and Kieran White and Lance Power winning the 1500m A and B string events. There were also maximum points in the steeplechase through Steve Hadley and Barry White while Chris de Jager and Steve Davies swept to victory in the sprint hurdles.
Royden John and Bekele Toia also gained maximum points in the pole vault with John also winning the high jump B and Toia the javelin with a fine throw of 52.55 metres. Toia was also second in the shot.
Pensioner John Webster, the oldest member of the squad at 65, showed age is no barrier to winning. as he took the hammer A with John Brown winning the B with a season's best. Brown ended the season with a flourish as he also achieved two other season's bests in the discus and shot. Postman Francis Staunton, who dashed down to Portsmouth after spending five hours delivering letters in South London, posted a personal best in the 5000m.
Three Hercules Wimbledon athletes, Steve Davies (400m hurdles), Chris de Jager (long jump) and Steve Hadley (steeplechase), have been selected to represent Surrey in an eight-sided inter-counties match at Hemel Hempstead on Sunday (August 15). Next Wednesday (August 18). On Saturday (August 14), Hercules Wimbledon youngsters compete in this season's final Ebbisham Boys League match at Kingsmeadow Stadium. Next Wednesday (August 18), Hercules Wimbledon compete in the Rosenheim League final at Tooting Bec, starting at 6.45pm.
Emily Martin, Hercules Wimbledon's talented teenager, who picked up a silver medal in the AAA girls under 15 long jump at Sheffield last year, again competes in the AAA age group championships at Birmingham at the weekend. She is entered for the women's under 17 triple jump, where she is Surrey champion and the long jump, in which she won the silver medal at the Surrey championships.


2/08/04 - VILJOEN'S SURPRISE OLYMPICS VIP CALL
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's top woman race walker Estle Viljoen has received an unexpected invitation to attend this month's Olympic Games in Athens as a guest of the South African Ministry of Sport.
Viljoen, 34, thought her dream of appearing in Athens at this summer's Games were dashed when she suffered a leg injury which made it impossible for her to compete. Despite suffering considerable discomfort, Viljoen, who teaches at Haslemere School, Mitcham, tried to take part in several walking events in this country, including the Inter-Counties Championships at Bedford in May, only to find her injury inhibited her walking action and resulted in her suffering two successive disqualifications. Although she has been unable to train for walking, she has managed to keep fit by running and train at the Cannons fitness centre in Wimbledon.
Viljoen, said she was "absolutely surprised" to get the invitation to be a VIP at the Olympics from South Africa but she is looking forward to attending the opening ceremony and seeing some of the action. She will arrive in Athens next Wednesday (August 11), and hopes to meet most of the 32-strong South African athletics team while there. She is also hoping to stay for most of the athletics events.
Meanwhile, some of Hercules Wimbledon's aspiring Olympians showed good form when they turned out in their final National Young Athletes League match of the season at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Sunday.
Top teenage long jumper Emily Martin, who has been ordered not to jump for a few weeks because of a bruised foot, instead switched to sprinting and won the women's under 17 100 and 200 metres races in impressive style in 12.7 and 26 seconds. She was also third in the shot. Team-mate Lucy England also had a busy afternoon finishing second in the long jump and javelin and third in the 300 metres hurdles.
Amelia Richards, in her first season in athletics continued to show useful form, taking the girls track athletes of the match award for her performances in the under 13 75 and 150 metres events where she clocked 10.3 and 20.5secs, respectively.
Best of the boys was Rufus Nugent who also took a break from long jumping to finish runner-up in the 200 metres in 24secs, and third in the 100 metres in 11.6sec. He also won the javelin with a useful 34.09 metres throw. Hercules Wimbledon gained maximum points in the under 17 800 metres with Mark Cooper and Dominik Leeson winning the A and B races. Cooper also won the 400 metres B race with clubmate Richard Vanderpuije finishing runner-up in the A race. Hercules Wimbledon's youngest winner was Edmund Gaisey who snatched victory in the boys under 13 100 metres with Douglas Hunt winning the under 15 hammer with 24.17 metres.
Hercules Wimbledon have qualified for the final of this year's Rosenheim League competition which will be staged at Tooting Bec track on Wednesday, August 18, starting at 6.45pm. Javelin thrower Bekele Tola was the outstanding Hercules Wimbledon athlete in the final east division match, also at Tooting Bec, winning the javelin with a season's best of 58.65 metres. He also won the shot.
Teenager Richard Vanderpuije clocked a lifetime best of 52.3sec in winning the 400 metres while veterans Geoff Walcott and Eric Blackmore were runners-up in the 200 and 3000 metres, respectively. David Fleming was also second in the 1500 metres and fourth in the 800 metres.
Hercules Wimbledon contest their final Southern Women's League match of the season at Croydon Sports Arena on Saturday, starting at 12.15pm with the first track event at 1.30pm.


26/07/04 - YOUNG JONATHAN'S LATE CALL UP
One of Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's youngest athletes, Jonathan O'Halloran, gained a last minute call-up for Surrey for the annual South East of England under 13 inter-counties match at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Sunday.
O'Halloran, who is just 12, came in to plug a gap in the 800 metres and managed to help Surrey win the 12-county match by posting a lifetime best for the distance. He clocked 2min 34.5sec to slice half-a-second off his previous best time for the distance set at the Surrey championships in May. His Hercules Wimbledon clubmate, Jonathan Burgess, who won a bronze medal in the county championship in May, was unavailable to represent the county as he was on holiday.
Meanwhile, Roy Burgess led the Hercules Wimbledon contingent home in the annual Elmbridge open 10 kilometres road race at Walton-on-Thames when he finished 10th out of a field of around 600 runners in 34min 3sec. His Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Steve Badgery was third veteran over 50 in 36min 48sec.
Hercules Wimbledon's track and field teams are facing a challenging weekend with the youngsters competing in their final National Young Athletes League match at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Sunday and the senior men travelling to Portsmouth for their final Southern Men's League match of the summer.
Going into the final fixture at the Mountbatten Stadium on Saturday, the men's team occupy one of the two promotion slots in their division and a good result in the final match will be cause for much celebration on Saturday night. Team captain Steve Davies is trying to muster the strongest possible team for the event. One piece of good news for Davies is that star long jumper Ike Mba, winner of a bronze medal at the recent English schools championships with a lifetime best of 7.04 metres in the senior boy's event, will be available for the match. Originally, he was planning to be on holiday.
The club's young athletes team have been holding their own in their division and team manager Nick Getting is hoping for a good final effort at Kingsmeadow in Sunday's final match which starts at 11.45am. Most of the youngsters who competed in the last match at Brunel University, Uxbridge are expected to be in action.
Once again, the outstanding individual there was teenager Emily Martin who gained a hat-trick of wins in the under 17 section winning the 100 and 300 metres and long jump. Her team-mate, Lucy England, who missed the last match because she was acting as a ball-girl at Wimbledon, hopes to be back for Sunday's final match. Newcomer Amelia Richards, continued her impressive series of appearances with Hercules Wimbledon by winning the under 13 75 metres B race.
Surrey 800 metres bronze medallist Jonathan Burgess continued his winning streak in league meetings by taking the 1500 metres in a time close to his best while Damien Robertson and Dominik Leeson secured maximum points in the under 17 1500 metres taking the A and B races, respectively. Matt Zaczek and Jack Kennedy also gained top points in the under 17 javelin winning the A and B contests while London Schools intermediate boys champion Rufus Nugent was a double winner in the under 17 100 metres and long jump A events.
Best of the Hercules Wimbledon athletes in the under 15 section were Jake Bodin who won the 3000 metres A race and Levi Durant, winner of the hammer B.


19/07/04 - JAVELIN GOLD FOR VETERAN GEOFF
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club veteran Geoff van Klaveren is celebrating winning a gold medal at the Welsh Masters championships at Cardiff's Leckwith Stadium.
Van Klaveren hurled the javelin out to a winning 38.40 metres and while he was delighted to take the over 40 title, he was less happy with his winning effort. "It is still not my best by a long shot but at least the distances are getting better," he said on his return to his Wimbledon home. He hopes he will be selected to represent Wales in a veterans international meeting later in the season. He also took the bronze medal in the shot with a throw of 8.40 metres.
His javelin throw in Cardiff was some distance further than his effort at the British Masters Championships at Birmingham at the end of June where he threw 35.52 metres for seventh place in his event. Hercules Wimbledon's veterans captain John Webster was also seventh in the over 60 category with a throw of 31.59 metres.
Hercules Wimbledon super vet Geoff Walcott missed out on a medal three times in the 100, 200 and 400 metres. Admittedly, all three titles were won by triple World Masters Champion Steve Peters as Walcott finished fourth in all three over 50 finals in 12.5, 25.16 and 54.77sec.
Hercules Wimbledon veteran sprinter Mark Baker was also disappointed as he finished only third in his heat of the over 40 100 metres in 12.3sec.
Baker is among a small contingent of Hercules Wimbledon athletes who was leaving this week for the European Masters Championships which are being staged in Denmark until August 1. Baker is due to compete in the over 40 100 and 200 metres.
Also making the trip are Peter Giles who is entered for the over 60 5000 metres and marathon and Vince Hancock who is down for the over 60 10000 metres.
Hercules Wimbledon's Roy Burgess showed winning form on the road as he led the field home in the annual Harry Hawkers eight miles road race at Thames Ditton. He clocked 43min 19sec to finish seven seconds clear.
Hercules Wimbledon gave another impressive team display in the fifth of this season's Rosenheim League East Division matches at Tooting Bec. Royden John took the sprint hurdles, Richard Vanderpuije the 400 metres and Jon Grayson the triple jump after finishing second and third in the 100 and 200 metres, respectively.
Next Wednesday (July 28), Hercules Wimbledon athletes return to Tooting Bec for the last of this season's East Division matches but the team is already guaranteed a place in the final which is being held at Tooting Bec on Wednesday, August 18. Next Wednesday's meeting starts at 7pm.


12/07/04 - JUMPER'S SUPERB MEDAL-WINNING LEAP
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's superb young long jumper Ike Mba continued his outstanding season with a medal-winning performance in the English Schools track and field championships at Gateshead International Stadium.
Mba, the 16-year-old Surrey schools champion, who also took the silver medal at the South of England junior championships in May with a lifetime best of 7.01 metres, leapt even further as he clinched the senior boys long jump bronze medal with a superb 7.05 metres.
Mba's medal-winning effort made up for his disappointing showing in 2003 when he was 15th in the intermediate boys triple jump when he was one of the favourites for the title. His was the best performance by a quartet of Hercules Wimbledon athletes in action at Gateshead.
Competing for London, another talented teenager, Emily Martin, was hampered by an ankle injury and two opening no jumps in the intermediate girls long jump final. She knew she had to make a valid mark with her third effort, which she did, and then went on to clear 5.52 metres with her fifth attempt to take sixth place in the competition, just 22 centimetres outside a medal-winning position. Last year, she was fourth in the junior girls long jump so, if all goes well, she must be in with a medal chance in the 2005 English Schools championships.
The two other Hercules Wimbledon athletes at Gateshead, Jade Lally and Rufus Nugent, were competing at the English Schools championships for the first time. Lally, the Surrey senior girls champion, threw well to take sixth place in the discus with 37.86 metres, while Nugent, the London intermediate boys champion, was a little below his best this year with 6.18 metres in the long jump where he finished 11th.
Despite fielding a much depleted team in their penultimate Southern Men's League match of the season, Hercules Wimbledon are still in line for promotion. Adding to their injury woes, number one sprinter Ross Savill pulled a hamstring while warming up so it meant further last minute changes to the team. All-rounder Chris de Jager proved outstanding, filling the breach in the 100 metres, winning the sprint hurdles. finishing second in the triple jump and third in the long jump and also competing in the javelin and sprint relay.
With the club's top pole vaulters either injured or unavailable, 65-year-old John Webster came to the rescue by taking third place in the B competition. He also took second place in the javelin B competition. Former junior international Austin Ferns continued his return to form by winning the 400 metres hurdles in 55.3sec and the 400 metres B race in 52 second and then helped Hercules Wimbledon win the 4x400 metres relay with a 51.1sec leg.
Team captain Steve Davies anchored the 4x400 metres relay team home and also won the sprint hurdles B race, was second in the 400 metres hurdles B race and second in the high jump B. Remi Butler was second in the high jump A, while Keiran White, making his league debut, won the 1500 metres B race.


5/07/04 - HW QUARTET IN ENGLISH SCHOOLS CHAMPS
This is an important weekend for four Hercules Wimbledon Athletic club youngsters who have been selected to compete for their county teams in this weekend's English Schools track and field championships at Gateshead International Stadium.
Heading the quartet is 15-year-old Emily Martin who is London's sole representative in the intermediate girls long jump after taking the individual silver medal in the London Schools championships at Battersea Park.It will be Emily's third appearance in the English Schools Championships. In 2002, she finished sixth in the junior girls long jump with a leap of 5.15 metres at Nottingham. Last year, at Sheffield, she just missed out on a medal as she finished fourth in the junior girls long jump with 5,57 metres.
Another Hercules Wimbledon member in the London team is Rufus Nugent who has been selected for the intermediate boys long jump after winning the title at the London Schools championships with a leap of 6.24 metres.
Top long jumper Ike Mba, who took the silver medal in the South of England junior men's long jump championship at Watford in may with a personal best of 7.01 metres, competes for Surrey in the senior boys long jump event after taking the county schools title with 6.87 metres at Kingsmeadow Stadium in May.
Another Hercules Wimbledon athlete to win a Surrey title was Jade Lally. She took the senior girls discus with 40.60 metres and was selected to represent Surrey in that event at Gateshead.
Jade warmed up for Gateshead with a quartet of wins in her club's Southern Women's League match at Horsham. She won the senior discus with 39.35 metres, hammer with 31.82 metres, shot with 9.32 metres and triple jump with 9.78 metres.
Emily Martin was also in good form winning the senior 100 metres in 12.8sec and long jump with 5.38 metres. She was also second in the triple jump with 10.72 metres.
This weekend is also a testing for Hercules Wimbledon's Southern Men's League team. They come up against the only other unbeaten team in their division, the Channel Islands, in a crucial match at Bracknell on Saturday. Victory in the match would almost certainly guarantee the divisional title for the Hercules Wimbledon squad.
Hercules Wimbledon are also sending a team to the second of this season's Lily B League meeting at Sutton Arena on Saturday while the club competes in the fourth of this season's Southern Veterans League meetings at Battersea Park on Monday, starting at 6.30pm, and the fifth of the Rosenheim League East Division meetings at Tooting Bec next Wednesday (July 14) starting at 7pm.


21/06/04 - EMILY CELEBRATES WITH A DOUBLE WIN
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's outstanding young teenager Emily Martin celebrated her selection to represent London in next month's English schools track and field championships at Gateshead with a double win in the opening Lily B League match of the season at Walton on Saturday.
She won the women's under 17 long jump with a leap of 5.39 metres and also won the 100 metres in 13 seconds. She was also runner-up in the 300 metres in 42.4 seconds, slightly slower than the time she achieved when taking the bronze medal in the recent Surrey championships.
Four Hercules Wimbledon athletes have so far been selected to compete at Gateshead. Joining Emily in the English schools championships will be Ike Mba and Jade Lally who won the Surrey schools senior boys triple jump and senior girls discus titles, respectively, and Rufus Nugent who won the intermediate boys long jump title at the London schools championships.
Another notable performer in the Lily B League match was Antonia Richards who gained a hat-trick of wins in the under 13 100 and 200 metres and long jump. Amadine King was third in the under 17 800m while Serena Brotherton had a busy afternoon in the under 15 section where she was third in the long jump, fourth in the 800 metres and fifth in the high jump.
Hercules Wimbledon's Surrey veterans 100 metres champion Mark Baker showed good form in an open meeting at Tooting Bec where he was fastest veteran in the 100 and 200 metres in 12.1 and 24.7 seconds.
Hercules Wimbledon's Surrey long jump champion Chris de Jager showed his best form of the summer when he finished eighth in the South of England championship at Watford with 6.59 metres. Steve Davies the Surrey senior men's 400 metres hurdles champion and Hercules Wimbledon's men's track captain posted his fastest time of the season when he clocked 58.1 seconds.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's senior men's team travels to the Thames Valley Athletics Centre, Eton, for their third Southern Men's League match of the season. Hercules Wimbledon currently lead their division after two impressive wins. On Sunday, Hercules Wimbledon's younger athletes travel to Uxbridge for their third National Young Athletes League match of the season. The team is due to leave South Wimbledon station at 9.45am.


14/06/04 - HAT-TRICK OF SCHOOLS TITLES
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's youngsters came away with a hat-trick of schools titles when they competed in the London and Surrey Schools Championships meetings.
Best of the gold medal-winning trio was Jade Lally who took the Surrey senior girls discus title at Kingsmeadow with a throw of 40.60 metres, just 32 centimetres short of the championship record to book her place in Surrey's team for the English Schools Championships which are being staged at Gateshead next month.
Ike Mba was another Hercules Wimbledon athlete to make Surrey's English Schools Championships team as he comfortably took the senior men's long jump title with 6.87 metres. Mba was a little way short of the 7.01 metres he leapt to win the South of England junior men's silver medal at Watford at the end of last month. Also in the long jump, his Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Jonathan Grayson took the bronze medal with a personal best of 6.50 metres.
Jake Bodin took the silver medal in the junior boys 1500 metres in 4min 29.7sec, while Ben Saxby also won the silver medal in the senior boys 3000m in 10min 27.8sec. Lucy England just missed out on a medal when she finished fourth in the intermediate girls 300 metres hurdles in a lifetime best of 50sec.
Rosemary Fernando and Kate Jones were sixth and seventh in the junior girls 1500 metres final in 5min 32.1sec and 5min 40.2sec, respectively, while Luke Jones was eighth in the junior boys 1500 metres in 4min 46.8sec. Serena Brotherton was seventh in the junior girls 800 metres final in 2min 32.8sec after clocking a faster 2min 31.2sec in finishing third in her heat.
The third Hercules Wimbledon athlete to take a county schools title was long jumper Rufus Nugent. He took the intermediate boys long jump gold medal at the London Schools Championships at Battersea Park. He produced his winning effort of 6.24 metres with his opening jump and this effort was followed by five no jumps. His Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Emily Martin look set to take the gold medal in the intermediate girls long jump but her opening jump of 5.43 metres was passed in the final round so she had to settle for the silver medal. Emily was also fifth in the 100 metres in 12.8sec and along with Nugent is likely to be in the London team to compete in the English Schools Championships.
Hercules Wimbledon had three athletes at the London Schools Championships and all of them managed to return with medals. Matthew Zaczek took the silver medal in the intermediate boys javelin with a throw of 40.99 metres.
Hercules Wimbledon's seniors have also been showing improved form. James Trapmore, the inter-counties 10000 metres champion, gained a hat-trick of wins in the third of this season's Rosenheim League East Division matches at Wimbledon Park. He took the 800, 1500 and 3000 metres within the space of 90 minutes. Another Hercules Wimbledon winner was Camill Duval in the 400 metres and then the Hercules Wimbledon quartet anchored by Ross Savill ran away with the 4x200 metres relay.
Hercules Wimbledon are sending a team to Walton on Saturday for the first of this season's Lily B Girls League meetings. Hercules Wimbledon's older athletes compete in the third of this season's Southern Veterans League matches at Battersea Park on Monday (6.30pm) while the senior men contest the fourth of this season's Rosenheim League East Division matches at Tooting Bec next Wednesday (7pm)


7/06/04 - YOUNGSTERS AGAIN IN GOOD FORM
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's youngsters again gave a good account of themselves when they competed in the second of this season's National Young Athletes League meetings at Woking chalking up a total of 17 individual victories.
Once again, best of the squad was Emily Martin, the club's South of England women's under 17 long jump silver medallist, who repeated her achievement in the opening match with another hat-trick of individual victories. She took the long jump with a modest 5.41 metres, the 100 metres in 12,9sec and the 300 metres in 41.8sec, just outside her best time for the distance achieved when winning the bronze medal at last month's Surrey championships.
Lucy England ensured maximum points in the long jump by taking the B competition and she completed a busy afternoon by finishing second and fourth in the 300m hurdles and javelin.
Newcomer Amelia Richards made a winning debut for Hercules Wimbledon by taking the under 13 girls 75 metres in 10.9sec. She was also added valuable team points by finishing second in the 150 metres and third in the long jump.
Serena Brotherton had a fine run in the under 15 girls 800 metres when she took five seconds off her previous best to win in 2min 27.6sec with clubmate Jennifer Fernando taking second place in the B competition. Jennifer's twin sister Rosemary posted a personal best time in winning the 1500 metres in 5min 27sec after running for most of the way with her Hercules Wimbledon team-mate Kate Jones who won the B race in 5min 31sec, taking more than four seconds off her previous best time.
Nadia Abdulla, who will have the honour of carrying the Olympic relay baton when it sets off from Wimbledon's all England club later this month, had a busy afternoon in the girls under 15 events, finishing third in the hurdles B race and also competing in the 100 metres, javelin and sprint relay.
Not to be outdone, the boys part of the team also had their share of victories with Mark Cooper gaining a double in taking the under 17 800 and 1500 metres B races. Best of the squad was Rufus Nugent who won the under 17 high and long jump A contests with 1.70 and 6.25 metres. Jack Kennedy smashed the club record in winning the under 17 hammer with 41.98 metres while another newcomer Redione Boulahri made his mark by winning the 3000 metres B race.
Jon Burgess was an impressive winner of the boys under 13 1500 metres while Harry Wignall, the smallest runner in the field, ran away from most of his taller opponents to finish second in the under 13 200 metres. In the boys under 15 events, Luke Jones won the high jump B and was second in both the long jump B and 800 metres B race. Levi Durant won the hammer B and was second in the javelin B competition.
The young athletes' team managers are always on the look out for more youngsters to join their successful squad and anyone interested in taking up club athletics should turn up for the club's training sessions on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Wimbledon Park when all the team managers are in attendance.
This weekend, may of the Hercules Wimbledon youngsters will be competing in London and Surrey schools championships at Battersea Park and Kingsmeadow, respectively.


31/05/04 - MEDALS GALORE FOR HW ATHLETES
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club athletes enjoyed one of their most successful weekends with a hat-trick of medals in the South of England under 20 championships at Watford and a bumper crop of 11 titles at the Surrey Veterans Championships at Kingsmeadow.
The three-strong squad of talented Hercules Wimbledon youngsters who went to Watford all returned with a silver medal each. In addition, teenagers Jade Lally and Ike Mba smashed their personal best efforts.
Lally added more than three metres to her previous best in throwing the discus 41.53 metres for a good second place. Her previous best was 38 metres achieved when winning the Surrey title at Kingsmeadow last month.
Mba, 16, beat the seven metre mark for the first time with a tremendous leap of 7.01 metres to take the silver medal in the junior men's long jump. His previous best was also achieved at Kingsmeadow when he leapt 6.93 metres at the Sward Trophy in April. Last season, he won the AAA under 17 long jump title at Sheffield with 6.79 metres.
The youngest of the Hercules Wimbledon contingent in action at Watford was 15-year-old Emily Martin, who jumped in torrential rain. Despite the difficult conditions she managed to take the silver medal in the women's under 17 long jump with a leap of 5.37 metres, to add to the silver medal she won at last month's Surrey championships. She was just 20 centimetres below her lifetime best. An extra bonus for her medal-winning effort was receiving her award from former world record-breaker Seb Coe, who is leading London's bid for the 2012 Olympics.
The older generation of Hercules Wimbledon athletes enjoyed one of their best-ever Surrey veterans championships at Kingsmeadow with supervet Geoff Walcott, in his first competition of the summer, clinching a hat-trick of gold medals in the men's over 50 category. Walcott, who has been training hard with Hercules Wimbledon's sprint squad at Wimbledon Park in recent weeks, was rewarded for his efforts with victories in the 100, 200 and 400m events in 12.4, 24.8 and 56.6 seconds.
Another supervet, Hugh Saxby, showed his considerable versatility with two championship records in winning the 800m in 2:11.9 and high jump with 1.49 metres. Both efforts were also Hercules Wimbledon club age records. He completed a hat-trick of medal-winning efforts by taking the bronze in the 5000m which was won by his Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Stu Littlewood. Littlewood also won the 1500m.
Veterans team captain, John Webster, gained a hat-trick of medals in the over 60 section. He won the hammer and javelin titles with 38.49 and 34.05 metres and also took second in the pole vault with 2.10 metres. Both his pole vault and hammer performances were Hercules Wimbledon club age records.
Former marathon international Steve Badgery won the over 55 5000m title with clubmate Dennis Williams taking the bronze medal. Martin Miller took the 800 and 1500m silver medals in the over 55 section
Mark Baker won the over 40 100m title in 12.0 and was third in the 200m in 24.4. Geoff van Klaveren gained the silver medal in the over 40 javelin event, with Steve Newton taking the silver in the over 45 5000m. All-rounder Dave Orchard picked up four bronze medals in the over 40 400m hurdles, pole vault, shot and javelin.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon competes in their second National Young Athletes Meeting of the season at Woking while next Wednesday (June 9), the club hosts the third of this season's Rosenheim League East Division matches at Wimbledon Park, starting at 7pm.


24/05/04 - SOUND WARM-UPS FOR TITLE BIDS
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club teenagers Emily Martin and Jade Lally warmed up for this weekend's South of England under 20 championships with impressive performances for their club in their second Southern Women's League match at Sutcliffe Park, Eltham.
Lally, the Surrey junior women's hammer and discus champions, posted a hat-trick of personal bests in winning the senior hammer and triple jump events at Eltham with efforts of 33.66 and 10.39 metres, respectively, and taking second place in the shot with 10.16 metres. She also won the discus with 37.17 metres. Surrey junior women's javelin silver medallist Maureen Njugana added valuable points for the team by taking second place in the javelin and third place in the shot B.
Martin raced to lifetime best times in the senior women's 100 and 200 metres in 12.6 and 25.8 seconds but, for the first time in her young career, crashed out of the long jump, where she is the Surrey under 17 silver medallist, with three fouls. In her absence, clubmate Lucy England took the senior long jump and was also second in the under 17 300m hurdles and won the javelin B.
Best of the under 15 athletes was Nadia Abdulla who was second in the 75 metres hurdles and javelin and fourth in the 100 metres. Kate Jones was third in the 1500 metres and fourth in the discus.
Lally and Martin, along with AAA under 15 long jump champion Ike Mba, spearhead the Hercules Wimbledon athletes competing in this weekend's South of England under 20 championships at Watford.
Hercules Wimbledon's senior men continued their superb start to the season by winning their second Southern Men's League match at Kingsmeadow to retain their position at the top of their division. Best individual effort came from javelin thrower Tola Bekele who hurled the spear out to 50.13 metres to win the event by more than 10 metres.
Most impressive section was the jumps where Hercules Wimbledon dropped just two points with Surrey long jump champion Christian de Jager winning the long (6.36 metres) and triple (12.54 metres) jumps, Jonathan Grayson taking the two B string events and Royden John and Steve Davies gaining maximum points in the high jump. John also won the pole vault B in which veteran Dave Orchard was second in the A string event.
Hercules Wimbledon also dominated the sprints where their runners gained maximum points. Ross Savill and Grayson took the 100 and 200 metres A and B races in 11.7 and 11.9 and 23.8 and 24 seconds, respectively, Richard Vanderpuije and Mahmoud Abbutaya won the 400 metres A and B races, and de Jager and Remy Butler won the sprint hurdles A and B race. The quartet of Butler, Vanderpuije, Grayson and Savill won the sprint relay and Davies, Vanderpuije, Abuatayya and Savill won the 4x400 metres relay. Hercules Wimbledon's Davies and John also secured maximum points in the opening track event, the 400 metres hurdles.
Hercules Wimbledon won the match with 157 points beating Chichester (141), Invicta East Kent (107) and Ealing, Southall and Middlesex (74).


17/05/04 - SUPER SURREY CHAMPS FOR HW ATHLETES
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club athletes enjoyed their best ever year at the annual Surrey track and field championships which were staged on two days of brilliant sunshine at Kingsmeadow Stadium, Kingston. The 18 Hercules Wimbledon athletes competing at the championships came away with 13 medals. The club managed to secure a record six titles, double the number of gold medals secured in the previous two seasons.
Best of the title-winning contingent was Jade Lally who came away with two gold medals in the junior women's events. First, she won the discus with a lifetime best of 38 metres which was also two metres further than the English Schools championships entry standard. Then, she took the hammer with 29.56 metres. She also competed in the triple jump where she was sixth with 10.29 metres.
Another of the club's outstanding teenagers, Emily Martin, added the Surrey outdoor women's under 17 triple jump title to the indoor gold she won at Sutton Arena in February when she leapt 10.76 metres. She also showed good form to take the silver medal in the long jump with 5.51 metres and completed a hat-trick of medal winning performances by taking bronze in the 300 metres in 41.59sec which is also just inside the English Schools championships entry standard for that event. She just missed out on a medal in the 100 metres where she was fourth in 12.91sec.
Three of the club's senior athletes also struck gold. Race walker Estle Viljoen outshone all the men in the 3000 metres track walk by heading them home by more than half-a-minute in a fast 13min 56.6sec. It was her best time for two seasons and the Mitcham schoolteacher, who recently took the silver medal in the South African 20 kilometres championship in Durban, was less than five seconds outside her lifetime best.
Men's track captain Steve Davies showed his best form of the season to take the 400 metres hurdles title in 58.1sec while all-rounder Christian de Jager showed the best form of his life to take the long jump gold medal with 6.55 metres. He also took the bronze medal in the sprint hurdles in 17sec.
The youngest Hercules Wimbledon athlete among the medallists was 11-year-old Jonathan Burgess with two tremendous runs in the boys under 13 middle distance events. He twice improved his 800 metres time. Winning his heat in 2min 30.10sec, he went even faster in the final with 2min 26.94sec where he took third place. He also chopped eight seconds off his previous best 1500 metres time with 4min 49.73sec for third place in the final.
Long jumper Ike Mba was hampered by injury as he took the bronze medal in the junior men's long jump with 6.47 metres while Maureen Njugana threw a personal best of 22.42 metres in taking the silver medal in the junior women's javelin. Two Hercules Wimbledon athletes who just missed out on medals were women's team captain Lucy England who was fourth in the women's under 17 long jump with a personal best of 4.75 metres and Jonathan Grayson who added 15 centimetres to his previous best with 6.28 metres in the junior men's long jump which as only good enough for fourth place.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon host a Southern Men's League match at Kingsmeadow Stadium, Kingston, on Saturday, where they will be aiming to continue the winning start they achieved in the opening match at Hastings, while the women's team travels to Sutcliffe Park, Eltham, for a Southern Women's League match on the same day. On Sunday, Hercules Wimbledon compete in the second Ebbisham League match of the season at Croydon Sports Arena. The club has two matches at Battersea Park in the next seven days, the second of this season's Southern Veterans League meetings on Monday and the second Rosenheim League meeting next Wednesday.


10/05/04 - NUGENT AND MARTIN WIN ATHLETE AWARDS
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club made a tremendous start to their National Young Athletes League programme at Sutton Arena with teenagers Emily Martin and Rufus Nugent winning athlete of the match awards for their efforts.
Nugent, the Surrey indoor men's under 17 champion, warmed up for this weekend's Surrey outdoor championships, with a superb lifetime best of 6.36 metres in winning the long jump. Match officials voted him top boys' field events winner of the match.
Martin, the AAA under 15 long jump bronze medallist from last year, gained a hat-trick of wins. She took the women's under 17 100 metres and 300 metres in 13 and 41.8 seconds and also won her speciality, the long jump, with a good leap of 5.47 metres. She also won the girls' field event athlete of the match award.
One of the youngest members of the Hercules Wimbledon team, 11-year-old Jonathan Burgess, continued his impressive run as he strode home in the boys under 13 1500 metres in an impressive 4min 57sec.
Martin, who gained a hat-trick of titles in 2003 when she won the girls under 13 100 and 200 metres and long jump gold medals, heads a record number of Hercules Wimbledon athletes competing in this weekend's Surrey championships. She faces a busy two days competing in the women's under 17 100 and 300 metres, long jump and triple jump, the event in which she won the Surrey women's under 17 indoor title in February when making her debut at triple jumping.
Following his superb leap at Sutton, Nugent is clear favourite to take the men's under 17 long jump title. He also competes in the 100 metres. Ike Mba, Hercules Wimbledon's AAA men's under 17 long jump champion from 2003, is another gold medal favourite for the junior men's long jump after posting a lifetime best of 6.93 metres in the Sward Trophy meeting at Kingsmeadow last month.
Another medal hopeful is Jade Lally who competes in the junior women's discus, hammer and triple jump while senior men's team captain Steve Davies goes in the 400 metres hurdles, Paul Drake competes in the junior men's 400 and 800 metres and Chris de Jager contests rthe senior men's sprint hurdles and long jump. Twins Luke and Kate Jones, making their Surrey championship debuts, are also in with medal chances in the boys and girls under 15 1500 metres. Burgess, another young winner at Sutton, looks a good medal prospect in the boys under 13 1500 metres. Top race walker Estle Viljoen goes for gold in the 3000 metres event.
More than 100 youngsters took part in Hercules Wimbledon's revived inter-schools meeting at Wimbledon Park. the strong Wimbledon College team romped home in the boys' competition while there was a much closer battle among the girls' schools with Wimbledon High pipping Ursuline by just one point.


3/05/04 - GOOD STARTS BY SENIORS AND YOUNGSTERS
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's seniors made a flying start to their season with a runaway victory in their opening Southern Men's League match at Hastings.
Despite some of the club's runners being unavailable because of the proximity to the annual Barry Jones 10 kilometres road race, good efforts by sprinter Ross Savill, fellow teenager Ike Mba, all-rounder Royden John, veterans Dave Orchard and John Fenge, thrower Stuart Milton and team captain Steve Davies, secured a comfortable victory. Hercules Wimbledon won the match with 150 points to beat Richmond and Twickenham (113), South London Harriers (92) and Hastings (81).
Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters also did well in their opening Ebbisham Boys Young athletes League meeting of the season at Kingsmeadow Stadium, Kingston.
Best of the bunch was 11-year-old Jonathan Burgess who raced passed runners much older than himself to narrowly win the boys under 13 1500 metres in 3 minutes 59.4 seconds. He also won the 800 metres in 2:31.7 with clubmate Joe Bodin taking the B race. Another Hercules Wimbledon winner was Harry Wignall who was first in the 400 metres. He was also third in the 100 and 200 metres events.
Fergus Stoddart achieved a winning double in the boys under 14 80 metres hurdles and javelin while Luis Garcia and Jack Harris triumphed in the 100 and 200 meters and Tom Sandiford won the 400 metres.Harris was also second in the 1500 metres and Garcia was third in the triple jump.
Luke Jones and Nick Howe were the club's two winners in the under 15 age group taking the 1500 metres and 80 metres hurdles. Howe was also second in the high jump. Jake Bodin was second in the discus and third in the 200 metres while Matthew Hamilton was third in both the 100 and 400 metres races. Sean Crummy was second in the 800 metres and Levi Durant runner-up in the javelin.
The youngsters are in action again this weekend when they compete in their opening National Young Athletes League match at Sutton Arena on Sunday. The following day, Hercules Wimbledon's older athletes compete in their opening Southern Veterans League match at Battersea Park, while next Wednesday (May 12), the men contest the opening Rosenheim League match at Croydon Arena.


26/04/04 - ROAD RUNNERS HEAD FOR WIMBLEDON PARK
Hundreds of runners will be converging on Wimbledon Park Athletics Stadium on Bank Holiday Monday for the 23rd annual Barry Jones open 10 kilometres road race organised by Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club.
The race starts at 11am from the track and competitors will then emerge out of Wimbledon Park and complete two laps of a circuit that includes Church Road, St Mary's Road, Home Park Road, Melrose Avenue, Elsenham Street and Wimbledon Park Road before turning back into the park for the finish on the track.
The race also incorporates the London Borough of Merton Championships for both men and women for which trophies were donated by Merton's silver jubilee mayor Councillor Barry Edwards in 1990. Runners who live within the borough are eligible to contest the championships.
Race winner in 2003 was Martin Shore from Westbury in 33min 43sec with Thames Hare and Hounds' John McFarlane, who recently completed the London marathon in a personal best time, runner-up and Belgrave's Malachi Byansi third. Simon Danciger from Wimbledon Windmilers was first male veteran with Hercules Wimbledon's Stu Littlewood first veteran over 50 and former marathon international Steve Badgery, also from Hercules Wimbledon, first veteran over 55. Women's winner 12 months ago was Lucy Hasell from Bristol ahead of Belgrave's Helen Alsop.
Postal entries for the event have closed but entries are being taken on the day and runners wishing to take part should arrive at Wimbledon Park athletics track in plenty of time to register.
Hercules Wimbledon teenagers were in good form in their opening Southern Women's League match at Hoo, Kent, with Emily Martin and Jade Lally getting five wins between them. Competing against senior athletes for the first time, Emily took the senior 100 and 200 metres in 13 and 27.2 seconds as well as the long jump with 5.30 metres. Jade took the discus and hammer with throws of 30.04 and 32.23 metres respectively, and also achieved a personal best of 10.48 metres in finishing runner-up in the triple jump. Her training partner, Maureen Njuguna was also performed well in the shot, discus and javelin.
Lucy England won the 100 metres B race and was third in the under 17 80 metres hurdles. Twins Rosemary and Jennifer and Rosemary Fernando both achieved personal bests in the 800 and 1500 metres, respectively. In the under 15 events, Nadia Abdulla won the javelin as well as being well placed in the 100 metres and 75 metres hurdles.
Hercules Wimbledon's return to the Southern Women's League after a two year absence was marred when their minibus broke down on their return journey and they had to wait for two hours for a replacement to arrive.
It was Emily's first outdoor competition of the year. A week earlier, she was the leading Surrey athlete in the girls under 15 event in the national Sportshall finals at Birmingham's National Indoor Arena where she won the speed bounce and led Surrey to a record fifth successive team victory in the event.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon men, who just missed out on promotion last year, open their Southern League programme with a trip to Hastings.


19/04/04 - MARRIOTT'S PB HEADS HW MARATHON RUNNERS
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's Adrian Marriott found it hard going when he competed the Flora London Marathon for the first time on Sunday.
The wind and rain was in stark contrast to the training conditions he had experienced in his preparation for the race in Kenya. The one consolation as he was battered by the weather was to improve on his personal best of 2hr 22min 14sec achieved when he finished sixth in the Amsterdam marathon in 2003. He finished 40th on Sunday with a lifetime best of 2hr 21min 51sec and was 15th UK runner to finish.
He headed a dozen Hercules Wimbledon runners in the race. Zoe Pike and Rachel Haining were 80th and 210th, respectively, in the women's race in 3hr 2min 58sec and 3hr 15min 45sec, respectively.
Another marathon debutant, Chris Milliner was 1071st in the men's race in 3hr 0min 12sec with John Querstret 2782nd (3hr 20min 9sec), Dennis Williams, competing in his 23rd London marathon, 2809th in 3hr 20min 55sec, Tom Morris 2856th, Steve Badgery 2944th, Richard Xerri 3720th, Alastair Brown 9395th and son and father Sam and Mike Leigh 9629th and 15958th, respectively.
More than 20 Hercules Wimbledon runners turned out in the London mini marathon over the final 2.65 miles of the full marathon course from Southwark Bridge to The Mall. Best of the bunch was 11-year-old Jonathan Burgess, running for Wandsworth, who took individual silver in the junior boys race. Harry Wignall, also running for Wandsworth, ran well to finish 15th with Charlie Carrington leading the Merton team home in 20th position.
Triathlete Medena Knepsl led the Merton team home in the senior girls race finishing ninth with her Hercules Wimbledon clubmates Imogen Stoddart, Amadine King and Hanna Fernando crossing the line 23rd, 54th and 97th, respectively, out of almost 250 runners.
Luke Jones headed the Merton team in the intermediate boys race where he finished 17th with clubmate Luke Baillie 31st. His twin sister Kate was 54th in the intermediate girls race. Other Hercules Wimbledon runners were Serena Brotherton (37th), Rosemary Fernando (48th) and Jennifer Fernando (60th). Mark Cooper and Ben Saxby led the Merton team home in the senior boys race finishing 50th and 54th, respectively.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon mark their return to the Southern Women's League with a match at Hoo, near Rochester, Kent, while the youngsters have an Ebbisham Boys League match at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Sunday..


12/04/04 - MARRIOTT HEADS MARATHON CHARGE
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club runners will be out in force in this country's biggest mass participation road running event, the Flora London marathon from Blackheath and Greenwich to The Mall, on Sunday (April 18).
Supervet Dennis Williams, who has the distinction of competing in all but one of the London races since the inaugural event in 1981, will be making his 23rd appearance in the London. The only occasion he failed to compete was in 1984 when an untimely injury put pay to his hopes. Father and son Mick and Sam Leigh are in action along with Hercules Wimbledon cross country captain Steve Sinnott, Tom Morris, John Querstret, Zoe Pike and Rachel Haining. Zoe
But, leading the Hercules Wimbledon contingent will be Adrian Marriott, the former South of England 10000 metres track champion, who made such an impressive marathon debut when he competed in the Amsterdam event last year clocking 2hr 22min 14sec in finishing 16th. Marriott, 31, who has spent time altitude training in Kenya as part of his build up for his London debut, will be aiming to go faster on Sunday.
A large contingent of Hercules Wimbledon youngsters led by Alex and Jake Bodin, Mark Cooper, Ben Saxby, Medena Knepsl, Imogen Stoddart, Amadine King and two sets of twins Luke and Kate Jones and Rosemary and Jennifer Fernando compete for Merton in the mini-marathon over the final five kilometres of the marathon course.
Meanwhile, two other Hercules Wimbledon athletes Emily Martin and Sernea Brotherton are competing for the Surrey girls under 15 team in the national sportshall finals at Birmingham's National Indoor Arena on Sunday (April 18).
This weekend also sees the start of Hercules Wimbledon's summer track and field programme with their athletes competing in the annual Sward and Kinnaird Trophies meeting at Kingsmeadow Stadium.
Hercules Wimbledon runners were prominent in the last of this season's East Surrey League meetings at Ewell. They took the overall honours in the joint under 15 and under 17 team section with Alex Bodin finishing second in the under 17's two miles race on the night . Alex Bruce-Littlewood was also runner-up in the under 15 race while Jonathan Burgess continued his impressive season with a runaway victory in the under 13's race where he finished more than a minute ahead of the second runner in his age group.


5/04/04 - ANOTHER AWARD FOR TEENAGER EMILY
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's outstanding young long jump prospect Emily Martin added to her bulging cabinet of trophies when she gained another trophy at the seventh Wandsworth Sports Awards Evening at Wandsworth Town Hall.
Emily, 15, was presented with a specially engraved silver platter by one of her inspirations, Jade Johnson, the European and Commonwealth women's long jump silver medallists, and the Mayor of Wandsworth, Councillor Colin Dawe, after taking third place in the Wandsworth Sports Person of the Year Award. She was one of nine sports people nominated for the award and she gained third place after an outstanding year in which she won three Surrey outdoor titles in 2003 and took third place in the AAA girls under 15 long jump championship. Despite moving up an age group, she has carried her success into 2004 with a hat-trick of medals in the Surrey indoor championships at Sutton in February where she won the women's under 17 triple jump, took the silver medal in the long jump and was third in the 60 metres.
Although she lives in Merton, Emily qualified to be nominated for the Wandsworth awards because she attends Burntwood School in Tooting. She was nominated for the Sports Person of the Year Award by her school.
Her Wandsworth award added to two plaques she received at the Surrey County AGM at Leatherhead for her championship winning 5.25 metres under 15 girls long jump at the 2003 track and field championships and heading her age group in this year's Surrey Sportshall meetings at Guildford's Spectrum Leisure Centre, and four awards sge gained at Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's annual general meeting.
Two other Hercules Wimbledon youngsters to get awards were teenagers Damien Robertson and Alex Bodin. Bodin, who represented Surrey in the UK Inter-Counties cross country championships at Nottingham, won the individual under 17 plaque for the Sweatshop Surrey cross country league Division Two competition in 2003/2004, while Robertson won the under 15 section. They also led Hercules Wimbledon to victory in the team sections of their respective age groups. The awards were handed out at the league's annual general meeting in Wimbledon.
At the other end of the age scale, Hercules Wimbledon's Martin Miller proved himself top supervet in the Fuller's Thames Towpath 10 miles road race at Chiswick. He clocked 1hr 4min 31sec to take the men's over 50 award finishing 29th out of more than 500 runners. Hercules Wimbledon's cross country captain, Steve Sinnott, followed up his veterans victory in the Premier 10 kilometres road race at Wimbledon the previous weekend by finishing 17th in 1hr 1min 59sec. In a much higher standard veterans race he was fifth over 40 runner to cross the finishing line.



29/03/04 - RECORDS TUMBLE IN CLUB 5 MILER
Four course records were set when Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club staged their annual five mile road running championship in Wimbledon Village - over a new course, starting and finishing in Parkside Gardens, for just the second time.
Clearly showing he is getting fitter with each run, former Surrey junior cross country champion Steve Newton, making a comeback after several years' away from running, emerged a narrow winner of a closely fought contest around the testing hills around the All England tennis club.
Newton, who won the Surrey junior title at Guildford back in 1974, crossed the line in 30min 27sec to set a new veteran over 45 course record. He finished three seconds ahead of Andy Waites who took 25 seconds off the veterans over 40 course record with another veteran, Hugh Saxby, third in 30min 34sec, an improvement on the time he achieved last year.
Over 55 veteran Martin Miller was next to finish in 32min 12sec with teenager Ben Saxby fifth in 32min 17sec, an under 17 course record with Neil Fraser , also an under 17-year-old finishing three seconds later. Next over the line was over 55 veteran Stu Littlewood in 33min 1sec just four seconds ahead of Zoe Pike, who was using the race as part of her preparations for this year's Flora London marathon on Sunday, April 18. Another supervet, Dennis Williams, was ninth in 33min 16sec followed by over 45 veteran Martin O'Halloran (33min 38sec).
Hercules Wimbledon cross country captain Steve Sinnott was first veteran in the Premier 10 kilometres road race at West Wimbledon. He was fifth out of more than 600 finishers in 33min 43sec. Fellow Hercules Wimbledon runner Roy Burgess was 20th, while former marathon international Steve Badgery, who won the Surrey boys, youths and junior cross country titles at Reigate, Coulsdon and Richmond Park in 1963, 1964 and 1967, respectively, was among the leading veterans over 50 with Hercules Wimbledon road running secretary Barry White also well placed.
Hercules Wimbledon's Hugh Saxby will be helping out at Merton's final mini-marathon training session at Wimbledon Park on Sunday morning (April 4), starting at 10am. His son Ben is among the 48 runners who have been chosen to represent Merton in the Adidas Mini Marathon over the final five kilometres of the London Marathon course on Sunday, April 18.

22/03/04 - END OF AMAZING RUN FOR CLUB TREASURER
A remarkable period of more than four decades as treasurer of Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club and one of its predecessors, Hercules Athletic Club, came to an end at the club's annual general meeting when the much respected holder of the office, David Littlewood, finally handed over the reins.
A fullsome tribute was paid to the work of Littlewood who was first elected to the post in 1961 by Hercules Wimbledon's chairman Nick Getting. And, there was a standing ovation from other club members and parents after Getting had presented Littlewood with an engraved tankard to mark his 43 years' service as club treasurer. As a further honour for his work, he was later unanimously elected Hercules Wimbledon president.
The person elected to succeed Littlewood is Mick Leigh whose son Sam has steeplechased for the club at league matches over several year. Leigh, a former college bursar who is now retired, said he would do his best to follow Littlewood's fine example.
Littlewood is one of British athletics' best known and hardest working officials. Giving up his treasurer's post with Hercules Wimbledon would undoubtedly give him more time to devote to his other responsibilities with the South of England AA, Amateur Athletic Association and UK Athletics where he is secretary of the Rules and Records group, responsible for publishing the sport's rule book. The latest edition is due out next month. He is also secretary of the English Schools Athletic Association, a post he has held since 1992, and sits on the technical committee of the International Association of Athletic Federations, a position which requires him to visit their headquarters in Monte Carlo on frequent occasions.
Littlewood was international photo finish judge at the recent IAAF World Indoor Championships in Budapest and will be one of the officials at this summer's IAAF World Championships in Paris. But, he never forgets athletics' grass roots and officiates at club meetings whenever he can. He was a track official at Kingston and Polytechnic's open graded meeting at Kingsmeadow on Sunday.
Once again he will be men's race referee at the Flora London Marathon next month where, among the thousands of competitors will be Hercules Wimbledon's new treasurer Mick Leigh and his son Sam.
Steve Day, the partnership development manager of the recently established Merton School Sport Partnership presented the awards to the winners of various club trophies. Hercules Wimbledon's outstanding young long jumper, Emily Martin, carried off four trophies while other multiple winners included cross country runners Alex Bodin and Damien Robertson. Two other trophy winners, Jonathan Burgess and Richard Hadley led the field home the following day in the East Surrey League boys under 13 road race at Box Hill, near Dorking.
Day explained that with a team of five sport development officers based at different schools to try to encourage and promote sport in Merton primary and secondary schools and five of the sport on the organising committee.


15/03/04 - ALEX BODIN BEST OF SCHOOLS QUARTET
Four runners from Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club were in action in the annual English Schools cross country championships which were staged at Mote Park, Maidstone.
Best of the quartet was Alex Bodin, the Surrey schools individual bronze medallist and Merton schools champion who showed much improved form to finish second of the Surrey team. He was 54th out of well over 300 runners in the intermediate boys race covering the 5.2 kilometres in 19min 10sec, just over a minute behind the race winner. He helped the Surrey team to 14th position.
Another Hercules Wimbledon runner in the intermediate boys race was Damien Robertson, running for London. Robertson was the third London finisher taking 143rd place and helping the London team to 26th position.
Medena Knepsl, who finished third in the Somerset Schools senior girls championship in January, found the tough Mote Park course a tough contrast to the flat, fast circuit on Wimbledon Common the previous weekend where she had won the Merton London mini-marathon girls trial. Knepsl finished 146th out of almost 300 runners in the senior girls race.
Youngest of the Hercules Wimbledon contingent at Maidstone was Jake Bodin, Alex's younger brother, who finished 159th out of 320 runners in the junior boys championship. He was the fifth Surrey runner to finish, a one place improvement on his sixth place in the county schools championships at Reigate in January. He also helped Surrey to 20th team place.
This is quite a week for Hercules Wimbledon's talented teenage long jumper Emily Martin as she is collecting a host of trophies for her performances during the last 12 months. First, she received awards at the Hercules Wimbledon annual general meeting on Wednesday night (March 17) and then on Friday (March 19), she is collecting two awards at the annual general meeting of the Surrey Athletic Association at Leatherhead. She has been awarded the Kathryn Chambers Cup for the best performance in the girls under 15 age group in last May's county championships at Kingsmeadow Stadium where she won the long jump with 5.25 metres. She has also won the Sportshall Highest Points award for her age group for her performances at this winter's series of meetings at Guildford's Spectrum Leisure Centre.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon runners compete in the penultimate East Surrey League meeting of the winter at Box Hill, near Dorking. The road relays for seniors and young athletes start at 3pm with a two miles race for under 13-year-olds at 2.30pm. Pete Mulholland, the Hercules Wimbledon road running secretary said: "Some say this is the most enjoyable event of the winter and they are probably not far wrong."


8/03/04 - HW RUNNERS DOMINATE MINI MARATHON
Runners from Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club dominated the annual Merton trials for the Adidas mini-marathon on Flora London Marathon Day, Sunday April 18.
Most convincing of the six winners was Alex Bodin who took the senior boys race on Wimbledon Common in 10min 48sec, more than half-a-minute ahead of Mark Cooper, despite competing in the UK Inter-Counties cross country championships the previous day. His Hercules Wimbledon clubmate, Ben Saxby, was third in 11min 56sec.
Hercules Wimbledon's Medena Knepsl, who like Bodin will be competing in this weekend's English Schools cross country championships at Maidstone, was a comfortable winner of the senior girls race in 13min 26sec ahead of clubmates Imogen Stoddart (14min 2sec), Amandine King (14min 25sec), Hannah Fernando (15min 55sec) and Lucy England (16min 2sec).
The Hercules Wimbledon trio of Jake Bodin (11min 50sec), Luke Jones (12min 16sec) and Luke Baillie (12min 31sec), led the field home in the intermediate boys race while Serena Brotherton (14min 22sec), twins Rosemary (14min 35sec) and Jennifer (14min 45sec) Fernando and Kate Jones (14min 47sec) were the leading runners in the intermediate girls race.
Brothers Alex and Jake Bodin both competed for Surrey in the UK Inter-Counties cross country championships at Nottingham the previous day. Alex was 120th in the men's under 17 race and Jake was 251st in the boys under 15 event. Another Hercules Wimbledon runner, Jonathan Burgess, was 56th in the boys under 13 championship, also running for Surrey.
Hercules Wimbledon saw off local rivals Ranelagh Harriers in an inter-club cross country match in Richmond Park. Teenager Damien Robertson, the youngest runner in the field, led the Hercules Wimbledon contingent home finishing second in 22min 35sec, just 10 seconds behind the winner, with veterans Steve Newton and Hugh Saxby finishing third and foruth in 23min 11sec and 23min 33sec.
Another veteran, Andy Cunningham, was sixth in 23min 50secwith supervet Peter Giles 10th in 25min 3sec and newcomer Mario Ruiz 12th in 25min 14sec allowing Hercules Wimbledon to win the match by 37 points to 41.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon runners make the trip to Brighton to compete in the South of the Thames senior 10 kilometres cross country championship.
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club are holding their annual general meeting and presentation of trophies and awards at Wimbledon Park Bowls Pavilion next Wednesday (March 17) starting at 7.30pm.


1/03/04 - RACES FOR MINI-MARATHON TEAM PLACES
Youngsters from Merton get the chance this weekend to challenge for places to run over the final five kilometres of the Flora London Marathon on Sunday, April 18.
Merton will be sending a total of 48 runners to take part in the event which starts at Southwark Bridge on London marathon day and six teams of eight will be chosen following trial races being staged at Wimbledon Common this Sunday, March 7, in conjunction with Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club. Race headquarters are at The Study Prep School in Camp Road, Wimbledon. Registration begins at 10am with the first race for girls off at 11am while the boys start at 11.30am.
Any youngster over 11 or under 17, on Sunday April 18, who either lives or attends school in Merton, is eligible to represent the borough in the Adidas Mini Marathon which has been regularly supported since its inception by runners from Merton. The council organises transport to convey competitors to the start of the mini-marathon and then bring them home afterwards and there are also souvenir Merton T-shirts for those selected to run.
It promises to be a busy weekend for Hercules Wimbledon's Alex Bodin, just back from a successful Hercules Wimbledon trip to Cuba where several club athletes showed good form. Bodin runs for Surrey in the men's under 17 race at the UK Inter-Counties championships at Nottingham on Sunday before turning out in the mini-marathon on Sunday.Adrian Marriott has clinched his place in the senior men's team after finishing fifth in the county championship at Croydon in January.
Bodin clocked a personal best 1500 and 5000 metres times of 4min 18.80 and 16min 51.2sec in finishing third and second in an international inter-club meeting in Cuba against club teams from Cuba, France and Nicaragua. Ike Mba, Hercules Wimbledon's AAA under 17 men's long jump champion, leapt an impressive lifetime best of 6.89 metres in taking second place and was also runner-up in the 100 and 200 metres in good times of 11.29 and 22.88sec.
Another Hercules Wimbledon youngster, Emily Martin, showed good form when she competed in the Norwich Union AAA Junior Indoor Championships at Birmingham's National Indoor Arena when she reached the final stages of the women's under 17 long jump. Emily finished fifth with a lifetime best of 5.48 metres, adding five centimetres to her previous best achieved when winning the bronze medal at the South of England championships at Bedford in January. She was also just outside her best ever 60 metres times where she narrowly failed to reach the final. She was third in her heat in 8.01sec and was then fourth in her semi-final in a faster 7.98sec. Consolation for Emily is that she will be in the same age group next year as she is a first year under 17-year-old.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon have a cross country match hosted by Ranelagh Harriers in Richmond Park. The race is over 3.8 miles and starts from opposite the Pembroke Lodge car park at 3pm.


23/02/04 - ANOTHER TOUGH CHALLENGE FOR EMILY
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's Emily Martin faces another challenging weekend when she competes in the Norwich Union AAA age group indoor championships at Birmingham's National Indoor Arena this weekend.
Fresh from her triumphs in the South-East Regional Sportshall final where she was the top individual in her section and gaining a hat-trick of medals in the Surrey indoor championships the following day where she also broke Hercules Wimbledon's senior women's triple jump record with 11.32 metres, Emily is competing in the women's under 17 long jump and 60 metres at Birmingham.
It will be the first time she has challenged for a national title indoors although last summer she did take the bronze medal in the outdoor AAA championships at Sheffield when she finished third in the girls under 15 long jump. This weekend's competition is bound to be tough but her current form suggests she could come away with a medal in the long jump.
Meanwhile, at the other end of the age range, Hercules Wimbledon's Mark Baker just missed out on a medal in the British Masters indoor championships at Cardiff's National Indoor Athletics Arena. He was fifth in the over 40 60 metres in 7.51sec.
Hercules Wimbledon runners have been in action in various road races. Francis Staunton and Kieran White both smashed their previous personal bests when they competed in Kent Athletic Club's open 10 miles road race at Sidcup. Staunton was 19th out of almost 300 finishers in 55min 30sec with White 21st in 58min 34sec.
Veteran Steve Sinnott finished 15th out of almost 600 runners in 26.2 Road Running Club's Valentine's 10 kilometres road race at Chessington in 34min 20sec. Clubmates Roy Burgess and Steve Newton, second in the over 45 category, were 20th and 23rd in 34min 52sec and 35min 34sec, respectively.
Two Hercules Wimbledon runners, Dannis Williams and Ian Isherwood made the trip to the south coast to join 200 other runners competing in Poole Runners' Winter Series five kilometres road race at Boscombe Pier. Williams was sixth in the over 55 veterans category in finishing 63rd in 19min 53sec while Isherwood was 12th in the over 50 section finishing 105th in 22min 2 sec.


16/02/04 - HECTIC WEEKEND FOR YOUNG EMILY
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Clubs Emily Martin had one of the most hectic and successful weekends of her young athletics career when she competed for Surrey in the Regional Sportshall final at Guildford and less than 24 hours later was in action in the Surrey indoor championships at Sutton Arena.
For the second consecutive year, Emily will be competing in the National Sportshall finals in Birmingham next month after winning the individual under 15 girls title at Guildford in helping Surrey to second team place. Emily won both the standing long jump and four lap event, was runner-up in speedbounce and was partnered by her Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Serena Brotherton to take second place in the paarlauf, to secure her overall individual triumph. Luis Garcia was a member of the Surrey team which took second place in the boys under 13 competition.
Next day, she had a busy time at Sutton where she showed outstanding form in the womens under 17 triple jump. Competing in the event for only the second time, she added almost a metre to her previous best as she cleared a superb 11.32 metres to smash the championship record by 18 centimetres. She collected a hat-trick of medals at Sutton taking silver in the long jump with 5.37 metres and bronze in the 60 metres in 8.01sec after posting a faster 7.97sec in her heat.
Another Hercules Wimbledon winner at Sutton was Rufus Nugent who, after two no-jumps, cleared a valid 6.10 metres with his third trial to win the mens under 17 long jump gold medal. Two other teenagers, Jade Lally and Lucy England just missed out on medals. Jade finished fourth in both the junior womens shot and triple jump with 9.55 and 10.13 metres, respectively, while Lucy was also fourth in the womens under 17 long jump with 4.37 metres. Another Hercules Wimbledon competitor, John Brown, was fourth in the senior mens shot.
Hercules Wimbledons Merton schools winner Luke Jones boosted his chances of running for Surrey in next months English schools championships at Maidstone when he finished 23rd out of more than 100 runner in the junior boys race at the SouthEast Schools Inter-Counties meeting at Wellington College, Crowthorne. He was the fifth Surrey runner to finish helping the county to fourth team place in the event. His Hercules Wimbledon clubmate, Jake Bodin, had a disappointing run finishing 62nd and 11th Surrey runner over the line. Another Hercules Wimbledon runner in action in the schools meeting was Ben Saxby who was 58th and sixth Surrey finisher in the senior boys race.
Hercules Wimbledons Andy Cunningham was runner-up in Veteran Athletic Clubs four miles race on wimbledon Common in 22min 31sec, just five seconds behind the winner.


9/02/04 - YOUNG TRIO SELECTED FOR SURREY
Three Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club youngsters have been selected to compete for Surrey in the South-East Regional Sportshall final at Guildford's Spectrum Leisure Centre this weekend.
Teenagers Emily Martin, Serena Brotherton and Luis Garcia were chosen for the Surrey squad to compete against Middlesex, Kent and Sussex after taking part in the third and final Surrey Sportshall meeting at Guildford.
Despite feeling unwell for most of the previous week, Emily still managed to achieve a hat-trick of individual successes in the girls under 15 four lap, speed bounce and standing long jump events to once again win her age group.
Serena and Lucy England linked up to win the paarlauf event and they were also well placed in the two and four lap races and the vertical jump. Luis, who is just 10, competed in the boys under 13 events. Twins Rosemary and Jennifer Fernando and Lara Blincow competed in the girls under 13 events where Jennifer won her four lap race and Rosemary was second in her two lap event.
The Hercules Wimbledon youngsters face a busy weekend as some of them will also be competing in the Surrey indoor championships at Sutton Arena on Sunday. Emily Martin gained a hat-trick of wins competing in an open meeting there. She won the women's under 17 60 metres in a personal best of 7.92sec, the long jump with 5.39 metres and made a winning debut in the triple jump of 10.36 metres. Jade Lally achieved two personal bests in the triple jump and shot of 10.25 and 9.97 metres. Chris de Jager was runner-up in the senior men's long jump with 6.25 metres while Serena Brotherton long jumped 4.20 metres in the girls under 15 competition.
Meanwhile, Hercules Wimbledon runners dominated the final Surrey Cross Country League meeting at Croydon. Damien Robertson led the field home in the under 17's race ahead of Lance Power and Alex Bodin with Merton schools winner Luke Jones, making his debut for Hercules Wimbledon, finishing fourth. With Jake Bodin sixth, Richard Vanderpuije seventh and Ben Saxby eighth, Hercules Wimbledon easily took the team honours on the day and for the season while Alex Bodin and Robertson took the under 17 and under 15 individual league titles.
Jonathan Burgess had another good run in the under 13 race finishing runner-up ahead of clubmates Jonathan O'Halloran and Richard Hadley with Charlie Carrington sixth and Harry Wignall 10th. Hercules Wimbledon again took the team honours on the day and for the season.
Hercules Wimbledon's Dereje Kebede was a clear winner of the senior men's five miles race with Roy Burgess 11th and Steve Sinnott 14th. Hercules Wimbledon were second team on the day and third overall for the season.
Kebede completed a winning double when he finished almost a minute clear of the field in the Fab Feb 5k, Leg it for Lifeboats five kilometres road race in Victoria Park, North London, in 15min 17sec.
Hercules Wimbledon's African Games race walking champion Estle Viljoen lapped the entire field in winning the Slater Bryce Memorial 10 kilometres track race at Horsham.


2/02/04 - ATHLETES OFF TO SUNNY CUBA
A party of Hercules Wimbledon athletes is off to Cuba later this month on an international exchange trip which is sponsored by the European Commission.
It is the fourth trip to Cuba organised by Hercules Wimbledon official Maurice Sharp and this time it is the second phase of an exchange involving athletes from Cuba, France and Nicaragua. The first part was in August 2002 when 35 young athletes from those country stayed at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre and took part in the Rosenheim League final and other meetings at Tooting Bec track.
Athletes in the 17-strong party involved in the youth exchange include talented Hercules Wimbledon youngsters Ike Mba, the AAA under 17 long jump champion, and top cross country runner Alex Bodin, recent winner of the Merton Schools intermediate boys title. They leave London on February 13, returning on February 23. The theme of the exchange, which will again involve club teams from France, Cuba and Nicaragua, is "Friendship and Cooperation through Sport".
The athletes will be accommodated in a sports stadium hostel about 12 miles from Cuba's capital, Havana. The hostel is part of a complex which houses the centre for the development of potential international Cuban athletes in 16 different sports.
Looking forward to the trip, Mr Sharp said: "Obviously, the focus is sport but only as a medium for a large number of activities with the other three groups. There will be plenty of opportunities for warm weather training and we will have full use of the facilities including tracks, swimming pools and the gym. There will also be lots of sightseeing and social events." The exchange will also include an athletics match.
Also in the party is Hercules Wimbledon teenager Damien Robertson who warmed up for the trip by finishing a superb third in the intermediate boys events at the London Schools cross country championships at Parliament Hill Fields.
Over the years, Hercules Wimbledon has built up an envious reputation for international exchanges organising athletics trips to Poland, Czechoslovakia and France. In 1985, Hercules Wimbledon organised the International Youth Friendship Games at Crystal Palace with teams from Poland, Germany, Norway and Holland among those taking part. Two years later, the club organised a match with a team from Poland at Crystal Palace and in 1992, Hercules Wimbledon were hosts to a club team from France.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's cross country runners are competing in the fourth and final Sweatshop men's Surrey and Surrey Ladies Cross Country League meetings both being held at Lloyd Park, Croydon. On Sunday, talented teenager Emily Martin heads the Hercules Wimbledon squad competing in the third Surrey Sportshall meeting at Guildford's Spectrum Leisure Centre.


26/01/04 - BURGESS AND KEBEDE SHINE IN THE SUN
One of the youngest athletes among the 2000-plus taking part in the nine championship races and one of the club's most experienced were the outstanding Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club competitors in the annual South of England cross country championships at Parliament Hill Fields, North London.
Jonathan Burgess, fresh from his impressive triumph a fortnight earlier in the Sweatshop Surrey League race at Guildford, had a fine run in the boys under 13 championship. Despite the tough, hilly and testing course, Burgess, who is just 11 and will have two more years in this age group, ran the race of his young life in the warm sprint sunshine to finish 14th of the 224 runners in his race in 12 min 45sec, just 36 seconds behind the title winner.
His performance underlined the promise he has shown this winter and was far better than his 10th place in the Surrey championships at Croydon at the beginning of the month. He was the fifth Surrey finisher and will now almost certainly make Surrey's boys under 13 team for the UK Inter-Counties Championships in March .
Kebede, boosted by his record-breaking win in the Dartford 10 miles road race a week earlier, was the second Surrey qualified athlete to finish in the senior men's championship over 15 tough kilometres. It was not easy for the Ethiopian-born runner as he was troubled by a thigh problem and was forced to hang back on the opening lap to see how his injury stood up. He was in 20th place going into the second circuit but then pulled through and eventually finished a good 13th of the 800 runners in 48min 36sec, just over a minute behind the race winner.
His performance will also have strengthened his chances of running for the Surrey senior men's team in March. Hercules Wimbledon fielded a senior men's team for the first time for many years. There was a long gap before Dan Bodin finished in 309th place in 59min 42sec. Veteran Hugh Saxby was 368th, Eric Blackmore 390th, Barry White 470th and Tom Morris 613th.
Teenager Alex Bodin, who took the individual silver medal in the Surrey Championships at Croydon gave another encouraging display as he led the county runners home in the men's under 17 six kilometres race. He finished 22nd in 23min 49sec, just over a minute behind the race winner.
Hercules Wimbledon also field a team in this event but there was again another long wait before Ben Saxby crossed the line in 122nd place, just two positions ahead of Richard Vanderpuije with Oliver Sanchez 138th and Lance Power, who headed the 170-plus field up the first hill, paying the penalty for his early enthusiasm and finishing in 149th place. Hercules Wimbledon were the only Surrey club to field a team in this race.


19/01/04 - ATHLETES WIN AT BEDFORD TO DARTFORD
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club athletes have been showing successful form at a variety of venues from Bedford to Dartford.
The club's most talented youngster. Emily Martin, started her 2004 competitive programme in superb form by taking a medal in the South of England indoor championships at Bedford. She took the bronze medal in an exciting long jump competition, her first in the women's under 17 age group.
Emily produced her best-ever indoor form to leap 5.43 metres with her final effort and was edged out of the silver medal position by just four centimetres. She was also in action in the 60 metres dash where she just failed to reach the final. She won her heat in 8.04sec and equalled that time finishing second in her semi-final where she was fifth fastest of the eight runners with just four qualifying. Emily, who took the bronze medal in last year's AAA girls under 15 long jump championship has now moved up an age group but her first appearance in under 17 contests have indicated she can match some of the best in the older age group.
Meanwhile, over at Dartford, Kent, Dereje Kebede, who seems to be improving with every race after recovering from a long injury spell, was running the feet off more than 600 other runners as he stormed home in the Les Witton Memorial 10 miles road race in 51min 36sec, smashing the course record in the process. He finished almost a minute ahead of the second runner. Kebede said he would have run even faster had it not been for the cold weather.
Another Hercules Wimbledon teenager to show winning form was Jade Lally who won the junior women's 50 metres dash in an indoor meeting at Horsham in 7.3sec, a reasonably good time in her first outing over the distance. Jade, the reigning Surrey schools intermediate girls discus champion, is better known as a thrower.
Brothers Alex and Jake Bodin showed fine form in the annual Surrey Schools cross country championships at Reigate's Priory Park. Just a week after winning the Merton Schools title by a street, Alex took the individual bronze medal over the more testing Reigate course finishing just 18 seconds behind the race winner.
Jake, who like his brother, goes to Rutlish School, was sixth in the junior boys race, 25 seconds behind the winner. He was also the first Merton runner to finish after having to settle for second place in the Merton Schools Championships when he was suffering from the after effects of a cold. Both brothers are now likely to represent Surrey in the prestigious English Schools championships at Maidstone in March.
Hercules Wimbledon's older cross country runners were in action in Richmond Park in a match hosted by the Bank of England. John Querstret led the Hercules Wimbledon contingent home as he finished runner-up in 34min 41sec with Hugh Saxby first veteran over 45 finishing fifth in 35min 40sec, just six seconds ahead of fellow vet Eric Blackmore. Tom Morris, another over 45 veteran was 17th in 38min 55sec, 13 seconds ahead of Barry White with Mitsugi Tamoto 24th in 40min 13sec and over 55 veteran Fred Green 31st ub 42min 12sec. Stu Littlewood was fourth veteran over 50 as he finished 12th in the Veterans cross country championships on Wimbledon Common.
Hercules Wimbledon runners are competing in the annual South of England cross country championships which are being staged on Parliament Hill Fields, North London on Saturday.


12/01/04 - KEBEDE LEADS HW TO BEST RESULTS
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's cross country runners produced their best results of the season in their opening Sweatshop Surrey cross country league meeting of 2004 at Merrow Golf Course, Guildford.
Dereje Kibede gained an impressive individual victory in the senior and veteran men's race leading the club to second team place while the youngsters continued their domination of the boys under 13, 15 and 17 sections.
Kebede, showing far better form than he did in the Surrey Championships the previous weekend, went straight into the lead and ran away from the rest of the 140-strong field to win in 25min 14sec, almost half-a-minute ahead of Scottish international Jon McCallum. With team captain Steve Sinnott sixth in 27min 28sec, Francis Staunton 12th in 28min 14sec, Roy Burgess 20th in 28min 59sec, and Jonty Summers, Chris Coles and Mahmoud Abuattaya 33rd, 34th and 35th in 30min 13sec, 30min 14sec and 30min 15sec, respectively, Hercules Wimbledon made a solid start in the team contest.
Steve Newton, winner of the Surrey junior cross country title back in 1974, who is making something of an impressive comeback as a veteran, was next Hercules Wimbledon finisher taking 39th place in 30min 21sec with fellow veteran Hugh Saxby 41st in 30min 29sec and John Querstret, 45th in 30min 35sec, completing the scoring team. Other Hercules Wimbledon runners to finish were Eric Blackmore 52nd in 30min 48sec, Andy Cunningham 57th in 30min 57sec, Dan Bodin 63rd in 31min 15sec, Andy Waites 70th in 31min 46sec, Martin O'Halloran 76th in 32min 14sec, Barry White 84th in 32min 44sec and over 55 veteran Neil Robson 93rd in 33min 21sec.
Alex Bodin, fresh from his triumph the previous day in the Merton Schools intermediate boys championship in Morden Park, led the way home in the youngsters race ahead of Damien Robertson. With Richard Vanderpuije, who had finished behind Bodin in the Merton Schools race, fifth, Jake Bodin sixth and Neil Fraser seventh, Hercules Wimbledon romped home in the joint under 15 and 17 team contest. Michael O'Halloran and Ben Saxby were 10th and 11th, Dominik Leeson 19th and Sean Crummy 24th
Jonathan Burgess and Jonathan O'Halloran led Hercules Wimbledon to team victory in the boys under 13 event finishing second and third with Charlie Carrington eighth, Fergus Stoddart ninth and Harry Wignall 11th, completing the winning team.
* Hercules Wimbledon runners dominated the annual Merton Schools cross country championships in Morden Park with Paul Killerby winning the senior boys title, Alex Bodin, Richard Vanderpuije, Neil Fraser and Dominik Leeson filling the first four places in the intermediate boys championship and Jake Bodin, Charlie Carrington and Deyan Knepsl finishing second, fifth and eighth in the junior boys race.
Imogen Stoddart and Lucy England were first and second in the intermediate girls race while Serena Brotherton took the junior girls title ahead of twins Rosemary and Jennifer Fernando, who took the other two medals. All of these runners will be in Merton's teams competing in the Surrey Schools Championships at Reigate Priory on Saturday.
Both Imogen and Serena were in action the following day in the Surrey Ladies cross country league meeting in Richmond Park where they finished eighth and 10th in the girls under 15 race. Amy Fraser was 10th in the joint junior and under 17 race while Geraldine Alexander was 42nd in the senior women's race.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon runners travel to Richmond Park to compete in an inter-club match hosted by the Bank of England on Saturday. The start is near Roehampton Gate at 2.30pm.


5/01/04 - YOUNGSTERS' FINE TEAM HAT-TRICK
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's youngsters started 2004 in fine style with a superb team medal hat-trick in the annual Surrey cross country championships at Croydon's Lloyd Park.
Best team effort came in the men's under 17 race where the Hercules Wimbledon quartet took team silver and were led home by Alex Bodin who took the individual silver medal in 22min 51sec, finishing just 10 secondss behind the champion. Other members of the silver medal-winning team were Ben Saxby (12th in 26min 4sec), Neil Fraser (14th in 26min 55sec) and Richard Vanderpuije 16th in 27min 32sec. Also in the race was Lance Power who finished 23rd in 30min 9sec.
Hercules Wimbledon's boys under 13 team also took the team silver medals. They were led home by Jonathan O'Halloran who was seventh out of the 50 runners in 12min 45sec with Jonathan Burgess 10th in 13min 3sec, Richard Hadley 21st in 14min 1sec and Charlie Carrington 22nd in 14min 3sec. Two other Hercules Wimbledon runners in the race were Tom Sandiford 25th in 14min 22sec and Deyan Knepsl 26th in 14min 25sec.
The third set of team medals came in the boys under 15 championship where the Hercules Wimbledon quartet took bronze. Michael O'Halloran, Jonathan's elder brother, led the team in finishing ninth in 16min 26sec with Jake Bodin, Alex's younger brother, 11th in 16min 34sec, Dominik Leeson 24th in 18min 6sec and Sean Crummy 41st in 21min 50sec.
Two other Hercules Wimbledon athletes just missed out on individual medals. Triathlete Medena Knepsl finished fourth in the women's under 17 championhip, 10 seconds behind the bronze medal winner but is likely to have the consolation of being selected to represent Surrey in the UK Inter-Counties Championships at Nottingham in March. Marathon man Adrian Marriottwas also close to a medal in the senior men's race where he was fifth out of 170 runners in 41min 20sec. But, he too, is likely to be running for Surrey in March.
Among those cheering on the senior men's team was Bob Holt , county champion in 1970 and 1971 during a highly successful period for the club in which it won the team title a remarkable seven years on the trot from 1969 to 1975. Although unable to emulate their predecessors, the senior men achieved their best effort for many years and just missed out on team medals finishing in fourth place. Behind Marriott was Dereje Kebede 15th in 43min, Francis Staunton 42nd in 47min 15sec, Steve Sinnott 48th in 47min 30sec, John Querstret 62nd in 49min 6secand Eric Blackmore 65th in 49min 46sec.
Other Hercules Wimbledon runners in the race were Hugh Saxby 69th in 50min 10sec, Chris Coles 74th in 50min 44sec, Andy Cunningham 90th in 52min 23sec, Barry White 94th in 52min 47sec, Martin O'Halloran 122nd in 56min 5secand Mitsugi Tamoto 128th in 57min 4sec.
Hercules Wimbledon's sole representative in the senior women's race was Geraldine Alexander who finished 55th in 41min 30sec, Amy Fraser was ninth in the junior women's race in 31min 34sec, and twins Rosemary and Jennifer Fernando were 22nd and 25th in the girls under 13 championship in 15min 55sec and 15min 59sec.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon runners compete in the third Surrey Men's League meeting at Merrow golf course, near Guildford, and the third Surrey Ladies League meeting in Richmond Park. Both events take place on Saturday.

 

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