PRESS RELEASES for Hercules Wimbledon AC for 2006

22/12/06 - SEVEN MILER IS HW'S LAST RACE OF 2006
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club stage their final race of the year on Saturday when they hold their annual seven miles road race in conjunction with Lauriston Runners' Club.
The race starts from the corner of West Side and The Causeway at 2pm and involves a three laps course on Wimbledon Common alongside Parkside and Windmill Road, past the Windmill and then along the dirt track to Camp Road.
Runners from Kingston and Polytechnic and Thames Hare and Hounds are also among those expected to take part. Last year's winner was Tom Kingsnorth from Thames Hare and Hounds in 36 minutes 58 seconds. He finished well clear of Herne Hill veteran Vic Maughn (37:55 with Hercules Wimbledon's Jamie Helmer third in 39:23. Hercules Wimbledon's Gary Blesson was first veteran finisher in 2005 in 39:41 with Steve Sinnott first over 45 in 43:10 and Hugh Saxby, also from Hercules Wimbledon, first over 50 in 43:17. Martin Miller was first over 55 in 46:39 with Anthony Eady from Thames Hare and Hounds first over 65.
Herne Hill's Sarah Allen was first woman in 2005 in 50:25.
Twelve-year-old Jose Costa has celebrated his first competitive season with Hercules Wimbledon by getting ranked in the top 10 for the pentathlon in the initial UK performance lists for 2006.
Costa won the bronze medal on his pentathlon debut in taking the bronze medal at the Surrey combined events championships at Crawley in September. His score of 1754 points for the five disciplines has placed him 10th in the UK rankings for the event in 2006.
Hercules Wimbledon's track and field training at their Wimbledon Park track headquarters will resume next Tuesday (January 2) starting at 6.30pm after a break for Christmas.


18/12/06 - XERRI SHOWS GOOD PRE-CHRISTMAS FORM
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's Richard Xerri enjoyed a good run in his final race before the Christmas break when he turned out in the annual South of the Thames cross country championship over seven-and-a-half miles of a testing, hilly and muddy course at Brockwell Park.
Xerri finished 17th out of around 150 runners in 44 minutes 11 seconds, less than five minutes behind the winner. He led the Hercules Wimbledon team home. Veteran marathon man Peter Lee was 64th in 48:57 with High Saxby the first over 50 veteran in the race taking 72md place in 49:39 with Phil Glynn 78th in 50:46 and Ben Saxby 87th in 52:06. Another veteran, Steve Sinnott, was 88th in 52:30.
Across the channel, teenager Alex Bruce-Littlewood had a fine run in the IAAF Permit Lotto Cross Cup meeting in Brussels. He finished eighth out of 56 runners from Germany, Holland and Belgium in the 4000m race in 14:58, just 53 seconds behind the race winner. He was the second British runner to cross the line.
Hercules Wimbledon's Pete Giles was among more than 300 runners in action in the Surrey Classic 10 kilometres road race at Horton Country Park, Epsom. He was the first runner in the over 60 category finishing 62nd in 40:53. He was almost four minutes clear of the second over 60-year-old.
Hercules Wimbledon's Dan Bodin was first Hercules Wimbledon runner in the Bushy Park five kilometres time trial finishing 10th out of more than 250 finishers in 17:57. He was also the first veteran to finish. Fifteen-year-old William Spooner was 61st in 20:40 with his Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Fred Green first in the over 60 category in 22:45 before going off to manage the cross country team competing in the South of the Thames championship at Brockwell Park later in the day.
Hercules Hercules Wimbledon runners will be taking part in the annual Christmas Day Lauriston Runners Club 30-minute paarlauf on Monday starting on Wimbledon Common opposite the corner of South Side and Lauriston Road at 11am. Runners need to report by 10.30am so they can be put into appropriate pairs. Pairs of runners share 30 minutes of running and the winners are the pair which covers the most distance. Seasonal food and mulled wine will be available after the event. There is a £1 entry fee for each runner.
The following Saturday, December 30, sees the staging of the Hercules Wimbledon and Lauriston Runners Club seven miles road race starting from near the Fox and Grapes pub on Wimbledon Common at 2pm. The flat three lap course takes is alongside Parkside and on the mainly 'dirt track' road from the Windmill to Camp Road. No entry fee for this one and numbers can be collected at either Lauriston Cottage or at the start at The Causeway.
Hercules Wimbledon's Tuesday and Thursday evening track training at their Wimbledon Park athletics track headquarters has been suspended over the season period. It will resume on Tuesday, January 2 at 6.30pm.


11/12/06 - PRZEDRYMIRSKI'S TOUGH TEAM MEDAL WIN
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's Adam battled through wind and mud to win a team silver medal when he represented Surrey in the South of England inter-counties cross country championships at the notoriously testing Parliament Hill Fields on Saturday.
Przedrymirski was the second Surrey finisher in the championship taking 15th place in the race and covering the tough 10 kilometres in 37 minutes. But, he admitted it was a struggle all the way.
"I had an awful race," said Przedrymirski. "I got there quite late, then found the team manager and then when I started running I was dying on the hills and overtaking on the flat and downhill. I only really got going in the last three kilometres. I nearly pulled out but I stuck with it in the end."
Another Hercules Wimbledon runner in action for Surrey was Neil Fraser who finished down the field in 48th place.
Teenager Alex-Bruce Littlewood was the second finisher for the Kent team which won a set of bronze medals in the men's under 17 championship. He was 11th, just over a minute behind the winner covering the five kilometres in 17:23.
Hercules Wimbledon's Richard Xerri was also in action at Parliament Hill Fields as the club's sole representative in the London Championships. He finished 28th in the London championship in 37:10, just 10 seconds slower than Przedrymirski.
Other Hercules Wimbledon runners were in action in an inter-club five miles cross country match on Wimbledon Common, which also incorporated the club five miles championship.
It proved a winning debut for Deon Coetzee who gained a comfortable win in the title race in 30:53 beating Arnaud Claverie (31:07) and veteran Dan Bodin (31:16). Alex Skelton was the first under 20 finisher in the club championship in 33:52.
Martin O'Halloran was the first over 50 veteran in the Hercules Wimbledon championship in 34:14, ahead of the first over 55 finisher Martin Miller (34:26). Miller also won the Lauriston Runners' Club championship. Maurice Sharp, who finished third in the Lauriston Championship was also the first over 60 finisher in the Hercules Wimbledon contest in 36:18.
Steph Robson was a runaway winner of the women's club championship in 32:42 ahead of Annemarie Seymour (42:47) and Kristina Moore (45:53). There was a seasonal prize of a Christmas pudding for each of the title winners.
Another Hercules Wimbledon runner, Simon Ingall, was in action at the other end of Wimbledon Common in the Thames Hare and Hounds Alumni (formerly inter old boys) race over five miles. Ingall was the first runner to finish in the over 50 category, clocking 31:36 and crossing the line more than 40 seconds ahead of the second runner in his age group.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon runners compete in the South of the Thames championship race over seven-and-a-half miles in Brockwell Park on Saturday, starting at 2pm.


4/12/06 - XERRI HEADS HW TEAM TO THIRD PLACE
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's Richard Xerri led the senior men's team to a good third place in the annual Ellis Trophy cross country race over 5.53 miles of testing terrain in Richmond Park on Saturday.
Xerri, who the previous weekend had started some four minutes behind the main field when he arrived late at the start of the South of the Thames five miles team race on Epsom Downs, made certain he got to the start on time and ran strongly to finish third in 30 minutes 51 seconds.
It was a 10 to score competition which tested Hercules Wimbledon's strength but the squad which also consisted of a blend of teenagers and veterans ran well to secure third team place.
Teenager Alex Bruce-Littlewood, one of the youngest runners in the race at 16, was the second Hercules Wimbledon finisher taking seventh place in 31:22 with another teenager, Luke Jones, having his first race of the winter, finishing 14th in 32:45.
Gary Blesson was first veteran taking 16th place in 33:05 with Deon Coetzee 19th in 33:27, and Hugh Saxby first veteran over 50 in 34:44 just ahead of his Hercules Wimbledon clubmate John Querstret (34:54). Teenager Alex Smelton was 32nd in 36:43, over 55 veterans Martin Miller and Dave Betts 35th and 36th in 38:02 and 38:37, and over 50 veteran Barry King completing the team in 69th place (39:50).
Hercules Wimbledon also closed in a team in the women's Dysart Cup 4.1 miles race with Clare Cann leading team home finishing a solid eighth in 27:05. Teenager Amandine King was 31st in 31:59, Ann Seymour 41st in 33:45, veteran Marina Knespl 42nd in 33:53, Rowena Hornshaw 54th in 37:00 and Kerry Bonsall 57th in 38:23.
Hercules Wimbledon had a good contingent of athletes in the opening Surrey Sportshall League meeting at Guildford's Spectrum Leisure Centre on Sunday afternoon with a five-strong under 13 girls team.
Ed Saywell and Jose Costa produced a good showing in the boys under 13 match while Jose’s elder brother Luis was the best Hercules Wimbledon athlete in the under 15 match.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon stage an inter-club five miles match on Wimbledon Common on Saturday starting at 2pm from near the Thatched Cottage. Hercules Wimbledon will also have some runners in the Surrey teams competing in the South of England inter-counties cross country championships at Parliament Hill Fields on Saturday.


27/11/06 - WELSH TITLE FOR TEENAGER AMELIA
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's top teenage athlete Amelia Richards lifted the Welsh indoor girls under 15 pentathlon title at the National Indoor Arena, Cardiff, on Sunday.
Just one month past her 14th birthday, Amelia was not far off her best performance for the five discipline event as she won with 2700 points. Her lifetime best of 2784 points was set when she lifted the Surrey girls under 15 pentathlon title at Crawley in September.
She had a good series of performances although she was disappointed with her long jump effort of 4.51 metres, some way below the tremendous 5.35 metres leap she achieved when lifting the junior girls long jump bronze medal on her English schools championships debut at Gateshead in July.
In contrast she achieved a personal best shot putt throw of 7.17 metres which bettered her 6.86 metres during the Surrey championships at Crawley. She opened up with a useful 9.74 seconds 60m hurdles, high jumped 1.41 metres, slightly below her best, and was also slightly outside her best time in covering the last of the five disciplines, the 800m in 2:34.0.
Hercules Wimbledon's international duathlete Richard Xerri knew he faced an uphill struggle over the famous Derby course at Epsom in the South of the Thames five miles team race on Saturday after he turned up more than four minutes after the runners had set off. He raced up on his bike, dismounted and then ran through the start 4:22 behind the leaders.
He managed to soon catch the tail-enders and was working his way through the field at the half-way point. But, it proved too much of an obstacle as he fell over in the mud and walked for part of the course. He finished 127th in 41:52 and even failed to make the Hercules Wimbledon scoring team. Had he been at the start on time there is no doubt he would have been in the top 50 and led the Hercules Wimbledon runners in.
"I was rubbish. I fell over in the mud then walked for a bit and hardly moved so I just jogged the rest of the course," said a frustrated Xerri.
It was not a good day for the Hercules Wimbledon squad as their leading runner Phil Glynn dropped out after the opening lap leaving John Querstret first finisher in 67th place (35:46) with veteran Martin O'Halloran 99th (38:43), Dominic Getting 107th (39:11) and Barry King 120th (41:08).
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon athletes are in action in Richmond Park and Guildford. The senior men and women contest the Ellis Trophy and Dysart Cup in Richmond Park on Saturday with the women off at 2pm and the men starting half-an-hour later. The races start and finish near the Pembroke Lodge car park. Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters are competing in the first this this winter's Surrey Sportshall League meetings at Guildford's Spectrum Leisure Centre on Sunday starting at 1pm.


20/11/06 - FINE RUN BY CLAIRE CANN AT BAGSHOT
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's top women's cross country runner Claire Cann enjoyed a good run in the second of this season's Surrey Ladies cross country league at Lightwater Country Park, Bagshot.
She finished fourth in the senior women's race in 26 minutes 11 seconds just 40 seconds behind the race winner.
Hercules Wimbledon also had a squad of runners in action in the young athletes race. Jennifer Fernando finished seventh in the under 17 section in 18:09 with her twin sister Rosemary taking ninth place in 18:46. The twins led Hercules Wimbledon to third team place.
Michaela Knespl was 17th in the under 15 race in 18:45 with Gaby Heaney 20th in 19:10 and Sophie Greenwood 32nd in 19:18. The team finished sixth.
Hercules Wimbledon veteran Dennis Williams had a busy weekend. He was in action in the Bushy Park five kilometres race at Hampton Court on Saturday where he was first veteran over 60 in 21:15 and then on Sunday he turned out in the Brighton open 10km road race on the South Coast where he was third veteran over 60 in 41:15. His Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Maurice Sharp was second in the over 60 section in 40:41.
Another Hercules Wimbledon runner in action at Brighton was Richard Xerri who finished 43rd out of more than 3000 runners in 34:15.
Another Hercules Wimbledon runner in the Bushy Park race was Peter Lee who was first veteran finishing 16th out of more than 270 finishers in 18:41.
Martin Miller was the third finisher in the over 50 category in Veteran Athletic Club's 5.5 miles cross country race on Wimbledon Common on Saturday. He was fifth overall in 37:42.
Hercules Wimbledon runners will be in action in France as well as on Epsom Downs this weekend.
Club official Maurice Sharp is leading a club party to Bolbec, France, to compete in an international cross country meeting organised by the local club here. It will be the first time since 2002 that Hercules Wimbledon has sent a group to Normandy for this meeting although the exchanges date back to 1981. The French club, Groupement Athletique de la Basse-Seine, has also visited London to take part in international club promotions staged by the Wimbledon Park-based club.
The main club focus on Saturday will be the South of the Thames five miles championship which is being held on Epsom Downs, starting at 2pm.


13/11/06 - ADAM HEADS HW RUNNERS TO SUPERB WIN
Teenager Adam Przedrzymirski followed up a fine third place in the second of this season's London Colleges League races in Richmond Park by leading his Hercules Wimbledon team-mates to their best team performance for years in the second of this season's Sweatshop Surrey cross country league races on Wimbledon Common on Saturday.
Przedrzymirski, who missed the opening league race, made a good start as he chased the leading runners in the two lap five miles race on a mild, autumn afternoon. He was fourth at the end of the opening lap and managed to move up a place to finish third in 26 minutes 21 seconds, just 24 seconds behind the race winner.
Hercules Wimbledon runners were packing behind him with Richard Xerri finishing eighth in 28:10, Ian Horrocks 11th in 28:55, Justin Kelly 20th in 29:26 and Keiran White 21st in 29:34. There was just a brief gap before Arnaud Claverie and Leo Cox finished 27th and 28th in 29:44 and 29:47 with Gervase King 32nd in 30:01 and veterans Peter Lee and Steve Sinnott 38th and 40th in 30:26 and 30:31 completing the scoring 10 runners. More than 160 runners completed the course.
Despite missing Aidan Hogan, who was sixth in the opening league race in Richmond Park and Jamie Helmer who was 15th, Hercules Wimbledon's 10 scoring runners finished well ahead of their rivals. None of the other eight teams had more than four runners in the top 40.
The win enabled Hercules Wimbledon to win by almost 200 points and half-way through the season are set for promotion to Division One with an overall lead of almost 150 points.
There was good backing from Hercules Wimbledon's leading non-scorers with Phil Glynn 42nd in 30:33 and Deon Coetzee 44th in 30:34. A little further back teenager Neil Fraser was 70th in 31:47 with over 50 veteran Hugh Saxby 71st in 31:52, newcomer Steve Allen 84th in 32:29 and Tim Bartley 95th in 33:35, just one second ahead of clubmate Barry White.:25 leading the team to second place.
Match result: 1 Hercules Wimbledon 228; 2 Wimbledon Windmilers 413; 3 Striders of Croydon 424; 4 Epsom & Ewell H 432; 5 Dorking & Mole Valley 432; 6 Sutton Runners 462; 7 Kingston & Polytechnic H 492; 8 Croydon H 588; 9 Walton 609.
Standings after two matches: 1 Hercules Wimbledon 627; 2 Wimbledon Windmilers 773; 3= Epsom and Ewell and Striders of Croydon 843; 5 Dorking & Mole Valley 928; 6 Kingston and Polytechnic 935; 7 Sutton Runners 1121.
Despite the absence of the club's top teenage cross country runner Jonathan Burgess through injury, Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters also won the team honours. Charlie Carrington led the way home for his Hercules Wimbledon clubmates in the joint under 15 and under 17 race finishing fifth in 15:03.
The remaining five Hercules Wimbledon runners packed well finishing in a line with James Green was seventh in 15:27, Khalid Belhaj eighth and first under 15 in 15:34 and Liam White ninth and second under 15 in 15:37, Deyan Knespl 10th in 15:45 and Will Spooner 11th in 16:26.
Match result: 1 Hercules Wimbledon 39; 2 Epsom and Ewell 80; 3 Dorking and Mole Valley 102; 4 Walton 110; 5 Croydon 122; 6 Kingston and Polytechnic 132.
Hercules Wimbledon's Edward Saywell was runner-up in the under 13 race in 16:05.


6/11/06 - HW RUNNERS MAKE WINNING START
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club runners made an impressive winning start to their East Surrey League programme when they romped away with the team title in the five miles cross country race at Lloyd Park, Croydon.
The team was led in by steeplechaser Aidan Hogan who finished fourth in 30 minutes 13 seconds with Phil,Glynn 11th in 32:40, Peter Lee 12th and first veteran in 32:42, Deon Coetzee 18th in 33:26 and supervet Hugh Saxby 26th in 34:01.
Other Hercules Wimbledon runners in action were John Querstret 32nd in 34;35, Andy Waites 39th in 35:29 and over 60 veteran Dennis Williams 56th in 38:29.
Hercules Wimbledon teenager Joe Toomey was third boys under 15 finisher in the young athletes two-and-a-half miles race in 12:25 leading the team to second place.
At the other end of the age scale, Hercules Wimbledon’s Peter Giles was first veteran over 60 in the Ron Hill Surrey Classic 10 kilometres road race at Oxshott in 39:07.
Another Hercules Wimbledon veteran in winning form was John Thomas who took the men’s over 65 prize for the second year in succession in the BUPA Great South Run 10 miles road race in Portsmouth in 1:10:46.
Hercules Wimbledon's Dan Bodin was first veteran in the Busdhy Park five kilometres race where he finished eighth in 17:50. He finished just ahead of Hercules Wimbledon teenager Deyan Knespl who was 10th in 17:58.
Two other Hercules Wimbledon teenagers were also in action in Bushy Park with Laim White, 14 last month, making his debut in the event, outsprinting another 14-year-old Joe Toomey as they finished 21st and 22nd out of almost 250 runners in 19:09 and 19:10, respectovely.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon host the second of this season’s Sweatshop Surrey Men’s Cross Country League Division Two matches on Wimbledon Common. The races start and finish near the Thatched Cottage with the young athletes off at 2.30pm and the seniors at 3pm.
The club’s women will be in action in the second of this season’s Surrey Ladies Cross Country League meetings at Lightwater Country Park, Bagshot.


30/10/06 - HW RUNNERS TO BACK ENTENTE AGAIN
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club runners will once again be crossing the channel at the end of the month to resume the club's long running link with the French international cross country meeting in Bolbec, France.
The French connection is being resumed after a four year break although Hercules Wimbledon have been sending teams to the Normandy town most years since 1981 to take part in cross country events promoted by the club, Groupement Athletique de la Basse-Seine. The French club have also visited London to take part in international club promotions staged by the Wimbledon Park-based club.
Maurice Sharp, who has been instrumental in fostering the club's international links, organising trips to Cuba, the Czech Republic, Poland, Norway as well as France, is once again in charge of this venture.
The trip is across the weekend of November 25 and 26. They will travel to France on Friday night and return to London early on Monday morning. There are races for all age groups from youngsters to veterans.
Hercules Wimbledon's veterans over 50 squad were in medal winning form back in 2002 when they turned out in the 42nd international Bolbec meeting. The Hercules Wimbledon team winning effort was led home by Peter Giles who finished 45th in the veterans race. Marco Ciglia was 49th, Martin Miller 61st, trip organiser Maurice Sharp 65th and Dave Mitchell 80th.
One of Hercules Wimbledon's most talented young runners has suffered a major setback after breaking his leg in two places while playing football. The injury means that teenager Jonathan Burgess, who will celebrate his 14th birthday on November 11 on crutches, will miss the who of the winter cross country season.
Following the accident during a kick-about in Roehampton, young Burgess was rushed to Kingston Hospital where he underwent a two hour operation during which a six inch plate was screwed to his broken shin bones. He also had 10 screws inserted into the plate. He spent two nights in hospital but is now back at his home in Southfields.
"He handled the pain and op well and the doctors say he should make a full recovery but it will take a lot of time and physiotherapy before he is running again," said his father David. "He'll need a lot of physiotherapy and other treatment over the next six months. It'll probably be at least eight months before he starts running again."
During the summer, Burgess won the Surrey under 15 3000m bronze medal at Kingsmeadow. Last winter, he finished third in the Surrey boys under 13 cross country championship at Croydon, fourth overall in the nationwide UK Cross Challenge event for his age group. He was also sixth in the UK Inter-Counties championships at Nottingham in March.
"It will be a big disappointment for him that he can't race but I'll try to get him along to as many races as possible to keep him involved. But, he will find not being able to take part very frustrating," said Mr Burgess.


23/10/06 - WALKER VILJOEN JOINS TOP UK EURO HOPES
Hercules Wimbledon's top race walker Estle Viljoen has been invited to participate in Britain's first ever Race Walk Research Squad Camp at Leeds Metropolitan University over the weekend (October 26 to 29) and is in line to represent Britain in next year's European Walking Cup.
One of the aims of the camp which is being funded by the university and the British Athletics Foundation is to launch a concerted attempt to restore British race walking to the status it last enjoyed in the 1960's.
Don Thompson, who died recently, won the Olympic 50km walk in Rome in 1960. Four years later in Tokyo, Ken Matthews won the 20km walk and Paul Nihill was second in the 50km walk. Over the years British walkers have won 15 Olympic medals.
Estle, now 36, who teaches at Haslemere Primary School, Mitcham, and has established herself as one of the top women's race walkers in Britain, was delighted with her call-up for the training squad. " I really feel honoured to be considered as possibly one of the contenders to make the UK team," she said. In 2003 she won the All African title competing for her native South Africa.
The invitation was made to her "in recognition of your current standing in the event from performances done in the past year."
The invitation added: "The focus of the camp and the wider programme through 2006-7 is about raising performance levels through empowering athletes and coaches with the skills and abilities required to develop towards their full potential. This camp will combine the squads from the UK Athletics National and Regional programmes, together with a number of senior athletes whose performances suggest they could make Britain's European Race Walking Cup Team in 2007.
Hercules Wimbledon's Adam Przedrzymirski made a useful debut in the London Colleges cross country league when he finished seventh out of almost 100 runners in the opening race of the season over a testing five miles circuit of Parliament Hill Fields. Przedrzymirski led the Essex University team in covering the course in 27 minutes 53 seconds.
Top duathlete Richard Xerri made a welcome return to racing when he also finished seventh in the Bushy Park five kilometres time trial at Hampton Court. Xerri, making his debut in the event, clocked 17:50. Three other Hercules Wimbledon runners in the event were veterans Dan Bodin and Peter Lee who finished 15th and 20th, respectively in 18:15 and 18:34, and Dennis Williams, who was first over 60 veteran in 20:05. Lee took 28 seconds off the time he posted on his debut in the event a few weeks earlier.
Hercules Wimbledon are competing in the opening East Surrey League cross country meeting at Lloyd Park, Croydon, on Saturday. The young athletes race over two-and-a-half miles starts at 2.30pm with the senior race over double the distance off at 3pm.


16/10/06 - BEST EVER MEDAL HAUL FOR HW VETERANS
Hercules Wimbledon's veteran cross country runners enjoyed their best ever year in the annual Surrey Veterans cross country championships in Richmond Park returning with a hat-trick of both individual and team medals.
Former marathon international Steve Badgery led the club's trio to a set of silver medals in the over 50 category as he finished 28th overall in 39 minutes 20 seconds. He also took the individual silver medal in the over 55 category, just eight seconds behind the gold medallist. Just behind him came Simon Ingall, having his first cross country race for several seasons, who ran well to clock 39:24 with Hugh Saxby, continuing his return from injury, completing the medal-winning trio in 39:37.
Another Hercules Wimbledon runner making a return to cross country running after a long absence was international walker Estle Viljoen. Viljoen, the All African 20k walking champion in 2003 managed to pick up a bronze medal running in her first cross country race for four years as she covered the women's race six kilometres in 24:50.
Hercules Wimbledon runners also took the team silver medals in the over 60 category. They were led in by Dennis Williams who was fourth in his age group in 41:46 with schoolteacher Maurice Sharp, sixth in the over 60 category in 44:43 and John Thomas, second in the over 65 category in 45:42, making up the medal winning team.
The third set of team medals was won in the over 40 age group where the club's runners managed to clinch a set of bronze medals. They were led in by triathlete Gary Blesson who was seventh in 36:18 with Steve Sinnott 16th in 37:55and Peter Lee 23rd in 38:59.
Marathon man Badgery completed a hectic weekend when he turned out in the Cabbage Patch 10 miles road race in Twickenham on Sunday. He was sixth in the over 50 category finishing 94 overall out of almost 1400 finishers in 1:03:16.
Hercules Wimbledon's Dan Bodin finished ninth out of more than 230 runners in the weekly Bushy Park five kilometres race at Hampton Court in 18:12. He was the first veteran to finish. His Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Fred Green was the top over 60 finisher crossing the line in 23:07.
Hercules Wimbledon teenager Amelia Richards picked up a hat-trick of gold medals in the Croydon Youth Games on Sunday. She won the girls under 15 100m and long jump and was also a member of the winning sprint relay team. She also gained a bronze medal in the 4x200m relay.
A few days earlier, TV cameras were at Wimbledon Park to interview her and film her training as part of a programme on prospective contenders for the London 2012 Olympics. Highlight of her summer was winning the bronze medal in the English schools junior girls long championship at Gateshead in July. with a personal best leap of 5.35m.


9/10/07 - SUPERB LEAGUE START FOR HW YOUNGSTERS
Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters made an impressive start to their Sweatshop Surrey cross country league programme when they dominated their races in Richmond Park on a sunny, autumn Saturday afternoon.
Yellow and scarlet vested Hercules Wimbledon runners filled four of the top six places in the under 15 and under 17 race with Jonathan Burgess running away from the field to win by more than 200m in covering the undulating two-and-a-half miles course in 14 minutes 52 seconds.
Clubmates Khalid Belhaj and Liam White were third and fourth in 15:50 and 16:42 with Will Spooner sixth in 16:56. Hercules Wimbledon easily took the team honours.
Hercules Wimbledon also took the team prize in the under 13 race with Edward Saywell heading the winning team finishing in fifth place.
The club's senior men also made a solid start to their programme, narrowly being pipped for the winning spot with Aidan Hogan the top Hercules Wimbledon runner finishing in sixth place after a solid run. Justin Kelly, Jamie Helmer and Phil Glynn also ran well to finish 13th, 15th and 19th.
Over on Epsom Downs, Hercules Wimbledon's Steph Robson won the opening Surrey Ladies League Division Two race in 20:17 with Claire Cann finishing fourth in 21:06, helping the team to seventh place.
Jennifer Fernando, finishing in third place, led the under 17 team to second spot with Serena Brotherton in fifth place.
Hercules Wimbledon's Adam Przedrzymirski was among almost 30000 runners in action in the Nike Run London 10km race in Hyde Park on Sunday finishing sixth in his race in 33:41 and taking almost two minutes off his previous best time for the distance. "I am pretty happy with that. It was quite inspiring being so close to Paula Radcliffe and Seb Coe at the start. I was in a pack with Sonia O'Sullivan (the Irish Olympic 5000m silver medallist) until two kilometres but it broke up and I was basically on my own, but I finished strongly" said Adam afterwards.
Hercules Wimbledon's Steve Badgery took more than half-a-minute off his previous best time for the course when he competed in the Bushy Park time trial second birthday race at Hampton Court. He was the second over 55 finisher in 18:36. First Hercules Wimbledon finisher was Dan Bodin in 18:00.
Walking international Estle Viljoen also improved on her best time for the circuit as first woman over 40 in 19:40, improving by 19 seconds. Dennis Williams was first veteran over 60 in 20:33.
Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters made a medal-winning start to their winter cross country programme in the Surrey Young Athletes Relays at Guildford. The under 15 boys team of Joe Toomey (6:06), Khalid Belhaj (6:17) and Jonathan Burgess (5:58) managed to clinch the bronze medals. Burgess also clocked the equal fourth best time of the day.
Hercules Wimbledon teenager Alex Bruce-Littlewood finished a superb fifth in an inter-club match in Richmond Park. Alex, who was the second youngest runner in the 50-strong field clocked 28:28 for the undulating five miles finishing just 28 seconds behind another teenager Adam Przedrzymirski, who led the Hercules Wimbledon team in.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are sending teams to compete in the Surrey Veterans cross country championships in Richmond Park. Last year the men took the bronze team medals in the over 50 category with Maurice Sharp taking the individual over 60 silver medal. Mel Jones was second in the women's over 50 championship.


2-10-06 - OLYMPIAN STEINLE'S IMPRESSIVE 10 MILES
Runners in the triandrun 46th Geoff Moulden Wimbledon open 10 miles road race on Sunday were lucky with the weather. It poured with rain before the race and organisers feared conditions would add to the testing, hilly, course.
But, while the competitors were pounding their way round the sodden course, which was ankle deep in water in places, the rain abated and, at one point, the sun actually shone.
British Olympic marathon runner Mark Steinle who was the firm favourite to take the event went to the front of the field at the start of the race and by the time he had completed the two laps of the track before heading out for the roads already had a sizeable lead. He stretched his advantage with almost every stride and won the race by almost five minute returning to the Wimbledon Park track to cross the finishing line in 49 minutes 54 seconds, the first time the winner has clocked inside 50 minutes for the full 10 mile course for many years.
However, he was still some way off the impressive course record of 48:10 set by Hercules Wimbledon's own Olympic athlete Bob Holt back in 1974.
In his third race of the year and his first outing for six months, Steinle admitted his surprise that he was so far off the course record despite the fact that he is Britain's fastest marathon runner of the decade with his 2:09:17 in the 2002 Flora London Marathon.
He explained his racing programme has been severely restricted by continuing Achilles tendon problems which have consistently hampered his running career. "I felt a slight twinge during the race but overall I am pleased with my run," he said after receiving his winning prize from Claire Moulden, the widow of one of the race's founders, Geoff Moulden, who died suddenly in February last year. Doug Mobsby, founder secretary of Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club in 1967, also made some of the awards after watching his son in law Brandon Parkes finish 25th. This year's race was sponsored by triandrun, the new specialist running and triathlon store in Wimbledon Hill Road.
Aldershot's Ed Barnett was runner-up in 54:37 with Serpentine Running Club's Eion O'Connell third in 56:13. First Hercules Wimbledon finisher was veteran Peter Lee who was 15th in 1:03:21.
Hercules Wimbledon's Claire Cann led the club's trio to team success in the women's race where she finished fourth in 1hr 6 min 10 sec behind Lucy Hasell of Bristol and West who crossed the finishing line in 57:35, Helen Fines, also from Bristol and West (1:02:33) and Lisa Jacobs from Team Wombat (1:05:55). Other members of the winning Hercules Wimbledon team were Annmarie Seymour and Kirstina Moore.
Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters made a medal-winning start to their winter cross country programme in the Surrey Young Athletes Relays at Guildford. The under 15 boys team of Joe Toomey (6:06), Khalid Belhaj (6:17) and Jonathan Burgess (5:58) managed to clinch the bronze medals. Burgess also clocked the equal fourth best time of the day.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon open their league programme with the men in action in the Sweatshop Surrey League race in Richmond Park, near the Kingston Gate entrance, starting at 2.30pm, and the women in the first Surrey Ladies League fixture of the season on Epsom Downs, starting at 12.30pm.


25-09-06 - OLYMPIAN STEINLE HEADS 10 MILE ENTRIES
British Olympic marathon runner Mark Steinle heads the entry for Sunday's triandrun 46th Geoff Moulden Wimbledon open 10 miles road race which is being organised by Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club.
Steinle, now 31, ran in the Millennium Olympic Games marathon in Sydney in 2000 and clocked the fastest marathon time this decade by a UK runner when he finished the Flora London marathon in 2002 in two hours nine minutes 17 seconds.
His appearance at Wimbledon on Sunday will be only his third race of the year and his first competitive appearance for almost six months. His last race was finishing 25th in the Great Manchester Run 10km road race in May, placing him a good 15th in this year's UK rankings for the distance just there weeks after winning the Ted Pepper 10km road race at West Wickham in 31:02.
His lack of racing is unlikely to prove a handicap on Sunday because he has been training hard - "bashing out the miles", according to one of his Blackheath and Bromley clubmates, with a view to securing a place in his club's team for the AAA six-stage road relay championship at Sutton Park, Birmingham, towards the end of next month.
Unfortunately for organising club Hercules Wimbledon, their own Ian Horrocks, who won the race last year, will be unable to defend his title due to injury.
Heading the women's entry for the 10 miles is Ranelagh's London marathon runner Marie Synnott-Wells, who works as a nurse specialist at St George's Hospital, Tooting.
This year's 46th promotion of the event is being sponsored by triandrun, London's leading triathlon retailer with a newly-opened shop in the centre of Wimbledon on Wimbledon Hill Road.
The race starts from Wimbledon Park Athletics Stadium, Wimbledon Park Road, at 11am and then passed along Wimbledon Park Road, Victoria Drive, Kingsmere Road, Inner Park Road, Parkside, Calonne Road, Burghley Road, Marryat Road, Somerset Road and past the All England tennis club in Church Road to complete the lap. Runners complete three laps of this circuit before returning along Wimbledon Park Road to finish on the track. The leading runner is expected to take about 50 minutes.
While postal entries have now closed, entries will be accepted on the day at a cost of £10 each but anyone intending to enter on the day should arrive in plenty of time. Details of the event along with an entry form can be found on the Hercules Wimbledon website www.herculeswimbledonac.org.uk. There will be a medal for every finisher along with prizes for category winners.
Hercules Wimbledon open their winter cross country season with a five miles inter-club match in Richmond Park on Saturday, starting at 2.30pm from near Sheen Gate.
Third leg runner Adam Przedrzymirski was the fastest member of the Hercules Wimbledon team which competed in the South of England road relay championship at Aldershot. He covered the six kilometres circuit in 20:22. Other members of trhe team were Gary Blesson (20:56), Justin Kelly (20:31), Neil Fraser (22:09), Phil Glynn (21:31) and Aidan Hogan (20:32).


18-09-06 - COUNTDOWN TO ENTER THE OLDEST RACE
There are now only days left to enter Wimbledon's longest running road race.
The 46th annual Geoff Moulden Wimbledon 10 miles road race is being organised by Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club on Sunday, October 1. This year the race is being sponsored by triandrun, London's leading triathlon retailer with a newly-opened shop the centre of Wimbledon on Wimbledon Hill Road.
Entries have been pouring in for the race which starts from Wimbledon Park Athletic Stadium at 11am and also finishes on the track. There is still time for postal entries which close next Thursday, September 28. Details of the event along with an entry form can be found on the Hercules Wimbledon website www.herculeswimbledonac.org.uk .
There will be a medal for every finisher along with prizes for category winners. Runners who miss the postal entry date will still be able to compete as they can enter on the day for a cost of £10.
Hercules Wimbledon's veteran track and field team captain John Webster ended his 2006 season with a double win in St Mary's Richmond's 20th veterans and open meeting at Twickenham. Webster won the over 65 hammer and javelin with throws of 37.26 and 34.28 metres.
His Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Peter Giles broke the meeting record with a good win in the over 60 3000m in 10 minutes 33.4 seconds in a faster time than Hercules Wimbledon's former marathon international Steve Badgery managed in winning the over 55 race in 10:40.1.
Hercules Wimbledon's Kieran White finished eighth out of 200 runners in the Bushy Park five kilometres time trial at Hampton Wick in 17:03. Neil Fraser was 40th in 19:54 on his first appearance in the event while Estle Viljoen was sixth woman in 20:12.
Fresh from her victory in the Surrey girls under 15 pentathlon championship, Hercules Wimbledon's Amelia Richards had a double success in the Lily B league Plate final at Kingsmeadow Stadium winning the 100m and long jump with 13.3 and 5.11m. She was also second in the high jump. Natasha Skeet secured maximum points in the 100m and long jump as she won both B string events.
Jennifer Fernando gained an individual hat-trick in winning the under 17 100m, 800m and javelin while her twin sister Rosemary won the javelin B and was second in the 1500m A race.
Another Hercules Wimbledon winner was Ali Borthwick who took the under 13 200m A race and also finished second in the 100m and long jump while Sophie Greenwood and Gabby Heaney gained maximum points in the under 15 1500m in winning the A and B string races. Sophie was also second in the high jump B. Also contributing to a good team performance were Mary Brandon, second in the under 15 75m hurdles, Caroline Hicks, third in the under 15 javelin, Jade Brooks, second in the under 15 800m B race and Megan Brown, third in the under 15 shot and discus.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon have teams competing in the South of England road relay championships at Aldershot on Saturday.


11-09-06 - AMELIA'S GOLD MEDAL-WINNING DEBUT
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club teenager Amelia Richards made an impressive pentathlon debut when she narrowly won the Surrey title at Crawley on Sunday.
Amelia, who won't be 14 until next month, beat a 23-strong field to take the girls under 15 championship with 2784 points to win by just 33 points. She made a cautious start and was seventh after the first discipline, he shot where 6.86m. She then made her challenge for the title as she raced to victory in the 75m hurdles in 12.29 seconds, not far off her lifetime best of 12.1 achieved when winning the London schools title at Battersea Park in June.
She then stretched her lead as she won the long jump with 4.92m, some way below her lifetime best of 5.35m which she achieved when she took the bronze medal in the English schools junior girls championship in July.
She then tackled her first competitive high jump where she finished third with 1.48m and went into the final event, the 800m, with a 50 point lead. Although she had never tackled the two lap event before - her previous longest track race was just 200m, she ran steadily to post the fourth best time of the day with 2:31.12 to clinch the gold medal.
This weekend, Amelia will wind up a most successful summer when she competes with her Hercules Wimbledon clubmates in the Lily B League finals at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Saturday.
Her Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Jose Costa added to his Surrey medal collection as he took the bronze medal in the boys under 13 pentathlon. Twelve-year-old Jose picked up a quartet of medals at the main Surrey championships at Kingsmeadow in May where he won the under 13 200m in 28.53 and javelin with 30.70m and was runner-up in both the 100m and long jump.
Of the five disciplines in the pentathlon he had only tackled the long jump before so the other four elements, the 75m hurdles, high jump, shot and 800m proved a particular challenge. But, he ended the competition strongly with one of the fastest 800m times of 2:28.26.
Hercules Wimbledon's senior men's team made a flying start to their autumn road running programme when they snatched a set of medals in the Surrey road relay championships at Wimbledon Park for the first time for many years. They were given a solid start in the six-stage event by Adam Przedrzymirski who clocked 15:13, the fastest time of the sextet. Aidan Hogan (15:46) lifted the team from eighth to fourth place before Richard Xerri (15:44)moved into third place. Jamie Helmer (16:04) slipped to fifth place with Kieran White (15:50) dropping to sixth before Justin Kelly (15:36) stormed through to snatch the bronze medal position.
The supervet over 50 team just missed out on bronze medals finishing in fourth place. The quartet was Stu Littlewood (sixth in 18:06), Steve Badgery (fourth in 17:43), Peter Giles (fourth in 17:32) and Martin Miller (fourth in 17:37). Hugh Saxby (18:24) was the fastest member of the B team which finished ninth. Hercules Wimbledon's senior women's team of Claire Cann (18:29), Amandine King (22:05), Rosemary Fernando (21:13) and Jennifer Fernando (20:00) was also ninth in the Surrey championship.


4-09-06 - WOMEN FINISH ON A HIGH NOTE
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's Southern Women's League team ended their season at Reading on a high note - fielding their largest-ever team and scoring their highest number of points for many years.
Teenager Emily Martin had a mixed day gaining an individual hat-trick in the senior women's 200m, high jump and shot but posting three no jumps in her specialist event, the long jump. She ended the day by linking up with Laure Caussemille and sisters Flo and Amandine King to anchor Hercules Wimbledon to second in the senior sprint relay.
Caussemille also had a busy afternoon with an individual hat-trick as she won the senior women's 100m, 100m hurdles and high jump B. while Flo King took the senior discus and finished third in the 200m with sister Amandine taking second in the 400m B race.
Jennifer Fernando won the 400m A race and was second in the 800m before linking up with twin sister Rosemary, Amandine King and Hannah Long to win the 4x400m relay.
Rosemary Fernando was also second in the 1500m, third in the 100m B race while Long gained vital points by finishing second in the 800m B race and third in the shot and discus B competitions.
Best of the under 15 efforts came from Ali Borthwick with victories in the 100m B and high jump A events.
Better known as an international race walker, Hercules Wimbledon's Estle Viljoen, who is currently unable to participate in her speciality due to injury, took part in the Bushy Park five kilometres race and finished third in the women's race in 20 minutes 38 seconds.
Hercules Wimbledon have launched special Sunday morning training sessions at their track and field base at Wimbledon Park for youngsters under the age of 10. Youngsters between the ages of seven and 12 are being invited to join the Seven Ups 'n' Over group which meets at 10am each Sunday. The training sessions last for about an hour. Further details can be obtained from the group's coordinator Mrs Pat Yeates on 020 8640 2078.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are hosting the annual Surrey Road Relay Championships starting from Wimbledon Park Athletics Track at 12noon. There are races for senior and veteran men over 40 and 50 and senior and veteran women.
Hercules Wimbledon will also be fielding teams in most of the championships races and will be aiming to improve on the set of silver medals they won in the men's veterans over 50 section last year when the club also closed in a team in the senior women's event for the first time.


28-08-06 - ROLL UP FOR 46TH WIMBLEDON 10 MILER
Are you planning to run in next year's Flora London marathon or next month's Great North Run in Newcastle or in the New York Marathon in November?
Then there is no better way to prepare for those races than to compete in Wimbledon's longest running road race which is being staged from Wimbledon Park athletics stadium on Sunday, October 1.
The annual Wimbledon open 10 mile road race, organised by Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club was launched back in 1961 and has been staged every year since without a break. This year, when it is staged for the 46th time, it is being renamed the Geoff Moulden Wimbledon 10 mile road race after one of the early organisers of the event who died suddenly last year.
The event, which has been given a permit by the South of England athletic association is over an accurately measured course.
The race, over a testing, undulating, three lap course which passes the All-England tennis club - location of the 2012 London Olympics tennis competition - three times, starts and finishes on Wimbledon Park athletics track. Last year's winner was Hercules Wimbledon’s own Ian Horrocks in 48 minutes 42 seconds but the race was over a reduced distance due to emergency road works on Wimbledon Parkside. Even though the road works appear to be still there organisers are confident the race will be staged over the full course on October 1.
Even with the reduced course, Horrocks' winning time last year was still outside the impressive course record of 48:10 which was set by Hercules Wimbledon's own Olympic athlete Bob Holt back in 1974.
Last year Hercules Wimbledon’s Andy Waites was the first over 45 finisher with Hugh Saxby the first over 50.
There will be prizes for leading finishers and category winners and a medal for everyone who takes part. Details of how to enter along with an entry form can be found on the Hercules Wimbledon website www.herculeswimbledonac.org.uk
Hercules Wimbledon are once again hosting the annual Surrey road relay championships on Saturday, September 9. The relays start on the track at Wimbledon Park at 12noon. There are races for senior men, veteran men over 40 and 50, senior women and veteran women. There will be medals for the first three teams in each age category plus one for the runners who posts the best time in each category.
Full details of the road relays can be found on the Surrey County Athletic Association website: www.surreyathletics.org.uk/forms/roadrelays2006.pdf


21-08-06 - START TO FINISH 800 METRES WIN FOR HOGAN
Hercules Wimbledon ended their track and field season with a good showing in the annual Rosenheim League final at Tooting Bec.
However, the final started disastrously for Hercules Wimbledon team captain Steve Davies who went crashing when leading in the opening track event, the 400m hurdles and eventually trailed in fourth. It also meant he was forced to pull out of the high jump.
Despite suffering from a niggling Achilles tendon problem, Aidan Hogan led from the gun to narrowly win the 800m in a useful 2 minutes 3.3 seconds.
Top javelin thrower Bekele Tola, competing after an exhausting day working on a construction site, managed to summon up enough energy to throw 57.76 metres with his final effort to take second place. Later, he was third in the shot with 11.20 metres.
Teenager Alex Bruce-Litlewood had a testing time. He finished runner-up in the 1500m in 4:16.4 and then, less than an hour later, ran in the 3000m where he was fourth in 9:52.0. At only 16, he was by far the youngest competitor in both races.
Another teenager, Ka Chuen To, who was called in at the last minute to replace Davies in the high jump achieved a season's best of 1.55 metres in finishing third. To, 17, was later fourth in the triple jump with 11.08 metres.
He later linked up with fellow teenager Sean Crummy, veteran Mark Baker and Dwayne Dowding to ran a leg in the 4x200m relay.
Dowding found it hard going in the individual sprints but he had the consolation of posting a personal best of 11.4 in finishing fourth in the 100m. He was also third in the 200m in 23.5.
Hercules Wimbledon's newly crowned Surrey over 60 five kilometres road running champion Pete Giles turned in another impressive performance when he competed in the weekly Bushy Park five kilometres time trial on Saturday morning.
Giles took a massive 42 seconds off his previous best time for the course as he finished 35th out of more than 200 runners in 18:58 and easily won the over 60 section. His Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Dennis Williams was second in the over 60 category in 20:39.
Entries are already being accepted for the 46th annual Geoff Moulden Wimbledon Open 10 miles road race which is being held from Hercules Wimbledon's Wimbledon Park track headquarters on Sunday, October 1, starting at 11am. Details of the event, including an entry form, can be found on the Hercules Wimbledon website: www.herculeswimbledonac.org


14/08/06 - SURREY ROAD TITLE FOR SUPERVET GILES
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club athletes were in action on the roads at Bushy Park and West Wimbledon and on the track at Tonbridge.
Pete Giles, a base guitarist with the King Crimson band group more than 30 years ago, showed that at the age of 62 he is still a force to be reckoned with - not so much on the stage as the road!
Giles showed a clean pair of heels to his rivals as he took the Surrey road running five kilometres over 60 title in pouring rain over a testing, undulating course, at West Wimbledon, on Sunday. He covered the two lap circuit in 18 minutes 47 seconds to finish almost a minute ahead of the second over 60 runner.
His Hercules Wimbledon clubmates Maurice Sharp and Dennis Williams were fourth and fifth in the over 60 section. First Hercules Wimbledon finisher was Gary Blesson who was fourth veteran in 17:25. Medena Knespl was 11th in the women's race in 19:39.
Hercules Wimbledon's Adam Przedrzymirski, the club's top 5000m track runner this summer, made an impressive debut in the Bushy Park five kilometres road race on Saturday finishing runner-up in 16:39. Joe Toomey, who is only 13, was 23rd in 18:59 with Dennis Williams first over 60 finishing 68th in 21:12.
Hercules Wimbledon's Southern Women's League team ended their programme on a high note with their best performance of the season at Tonbridge, despite being weakened by holiday absences.
Torrential rain failed to dampen the enthusiasm of the team as double Surrey champion Amelia Richards gained a hat-trick of wins. Battling into a headwind she won the girls under 15 100m in 13.1 seconds and also took the 200m in 27.2 and long jump with 4.86 metres.
Another winner was Jade Brooks who took the under 15 javelin B and she narrowly failed to make it a double as she was just edged out in the 800m A race where she posted the same time as the winner only to be placed second. Mary Brandon was runner-up in the javelin A.
Claire Cann, making her second league appearance, won the 3000m in 10:55.4 with Rosemary Fernando taking the B race to secure maximum points. Her twin sister Jennifer gained more valuable points by winning the senior 800m. Cann also won the 1500m.
Although injury prevented her from racing, triple Surrey indoor champion Emily Martin competed in five field events winning the senior women's long jump with 5.29 metres and also took the high jump and was second in the shot, discus and javelin. Laure Cassemille won the 100m hurdles A race and high jump B event and was runner-up in the 100m.
Hercules Wimbledon's double Surrey boys under 13 champion Jose Costa helped Surrey win their six-sided inter-county under 13 match at Kingsmeadow when he finished third in the javelin with 30.78 metres.


7/08/06 - ATHLETES SHINE AT BIRMINGHAM AND HASTINGS
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club athletes were in top class action at Hastings and Birmingham. While teenager Amelia Richards produced a lifetime 100 metres best in the AAA Championships, the senior men's team produced their best performance of the season to win their final match at Hastings.
Young Amelia who is only 13 was in fine form in the AAA Championships at Birmingham where she reached the final of the girls under 15 100m. She finished third in her heat in 12.80 seconds to progress to the semi-final where she was again third but in a much faster time of 12.6, which was a personal best. She then finished seventh in the final in 12.72.
She also contested the long jump where she finished sixth with 5.11 metres, slightly below her best.
Meanwhile, the Southern Men's League team's produced wonders in their final match at Hastings. They went into the contest in the relegation zone of their division and on the back of a disappointing season in which their best match placing has been two third spots. The team knew it needed to perform and despite being held up in traffic jams on the way to the South Coast it came out trumps - to the astonishment of stand-in team manager Nick Getting it won and staved off relegation.
Outstanding individual was former junior international Austin Ferns who fought hard throughout the afternoon for the team. He started off winning the 400m hurdles B race in 60.3, then posted a lifetime best of 15.1 in winning the sprint hurdles, and a few minutes later took second place in the 200m A race in 23.2. He was also second in both the javelin and triple jump B events with 35.22 and 11.08 metres. Hen then completed an energy-sapping afternoon by helping the 4x400m relay team to victory.
It was like the Battle of Hastings 2006 as endurance runner Aidan Hogan literally fought his way to third place in the 800m. He was racing down the finishing straight when he was baulked by another runner and was forced to step out and stop. Frustrated by his momentum being broken, Hogan then thumped his rival but had the consolation of posting a lifetime best of 1:59.0. Later he did secure an individual win as he took the 3000m steeplechase.
Team captain Steve Davies also worked hard securing maximum points in winning the sprint hurdles B race, taking second place in the high jump B, and taking third in the 400m hurdles in a season's best of 57.4 and gained a valuable four points in the pole vault where he was runner-up in the B event. He also ran a leg for the winning 4x400m relay team.
Javelin thrower Bekele Tola managed to win with 56.53 metres, modest by his standards, after injuring his hand in the pole vault. He was also second in the shot with clubmate John Brown taking third in the B event. Brown was also third in the discus B. Veteran Mark Baker gained valuable points with third places in the 100 and 200m B races.
"It was a great result with tremendous team spirit throughout the afternoon. Everyone performed hard and I was delighted to have been the manager of a winning team," said Getting, who normally looks after Hercules Wimbledon's UK National Young Athletes squad.
Match result: 1, Hercules Wimbledon 122.5; 2, Hastings 110; 3, Royal Navy 99; 4, Luton United 95.5; 5, Thurrock 92.5.
Hercules Wimbledon runners will be competing in the Surrey five kilometres road running championship starting from Cottenham Park Road, West Wimbledon, on Sunday while Hercules Wimbledon is sending a team to Tonbridge on Saturday for the final Southern Women's League match. Next Wednesday (August 16) Hercules Wimbledon compete in the Rosenheim League final at Tooting Bec.


31/07/06 - WALCOTT'S DOUBLE GOLD AT EURO CHAMPS
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's Geoff Walcott ended almost two weeks of action at the European Veterans track and field Championships in Poznan, Poland, on Sunday with a double gold winning effort.
He ran the third leg for the British men's over 50 4x100m relay team which took the gold medals in 46.21 seconds and then, a short time later, ran the second leg for the 4x400m relay team which also lifted the gold medals in 3:43.12.
Walcott, 54, earlier took he individual bronze medal in the 400m in 53.89 to add to the 100m bronze he won at the start of he championships. However, he just failed to make it a hat-trick of individual medals as he was edged out of the medals in the 200m where he had to settle for fourth place in the final in 24.45, just two-tenths of a second behind the bronze medallist.
However, Walcott was delighted with his efforts. "These are my first individual international medals. To come away with two and also two relay gold medals is really pleasing," said a delighted Walcott.
Meanwhile, his Hercules Wimbledon clubmates comfortably qualified for the Rosenheim League final which is being held at Tooting Bec track on Wednesday, August 16, with another impressive series of performances in their final east division match at Tooting Bec.
Hercules Wimbledon's only winner was Deon Coetzee who the high jump with 1.65 metres in his first competition in the event for several years. James Trapmore was runner-up in both the 800 and 3000m while Aidan Hogan was second in the 1500m and 2000m steeplechase. Other useful Hercules Wimbledon efforts came from Jonathan Grayson, Stuart Milton and Hamed Agboke who were second in the long jump, javelin and 400m.
The Hercules Wimbledon quartet of KC To, Deji Alli, Grayson and Agboke ended the match by taking second place in the 4x200m relay.
Hercules Wimbledon face a crucial Southern Men's League match at Hastings on Saturday. They will be hoping to repeat the level of their performance in their last match at Walton were Bekele Tola won the javelin with a superb throw of 61.44 metres with Stu Milton taking the B event with 38.95 metres. Hercules Wimbledon runners also took maximum points in he 800m where Aidan Hogan and Esmond Ferns were the winners.
Hercules Wimbledon held a successful Come and Try It day at their Wimbledon Park track with almost 50 youngsters from Merton and Wandsworth turning up to run, jump and throw under the guidance of the club's team of coaches.


24/07/06 - EURO MEDAL FOR HW'S WALCOTT IN POLAND
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's Geoff Walcott is celebrating winning his first individual medal in an international competition in the European Veterans Athletics Championships in Poznan, Poland.
Walcott, 54, was just edged out of silver medal position in the men's over 50 100m final after posting the third fastest time in the heats. He took the bronze medal in 11.97 seconds, just three-hundredths behind the silver medallist. Walcott, who helped the British team to silver medals in the World Masters Championships in Linz, Austria, earlier this year, was unable to reproduce his heat form in the final. He won his 100m heat in a much faster 11.84.
"But, I'm more than pleased as this is my first ever international individual medal," said a satisfied Walcott. just missed out on a medal in the over 45 100m where he was fourth in 12.18.
Walcott looked set for more medal-winning performances after winning his 400m heat on Monday in 54.96, the second fastest of the 16 semi-final qualifiers.
Hercules Wimbledon teenager Emily Martin was unable to produce her best form when she competed in the AAA championships at Bedford. Emily, lifted the Surrey senior girls long jump title last month with a personal best of 5.66 metres, could only manage 5.51 metres on Sunday to finish eighth in a high standard competition.
Meanwhile another Hercules Wimbledon teenager Medena Knespl, on holiday from her American University studies, was an impressive winner of the women's race in the Bushy Park five kilometres event in 19:13. Her time took 48 seconds off her previous best for the course.
She finished just two seconds behind former marathon international Steve Badgery, now 59, who managed to improve on his previous best time by 19 seconds. However, the fastest Hercules Wimbledon runner in the race was 14-year-old Joe Toomey who finished who finished 12th out of more than 150 runners in 18:27, slicing just one second off his previous best time for the course. Further down the field, Dennis Williams was first over 60 finisher in 50th place in 20:45.
Hercules Wimbledon are organising a Come and Try It athletics day at their Wimbledon Park headquarters on Sunday from 10.30am to 2pm for anyone eight years and older. Entry is free and Hercules Wimbledon's team of coaches will be on hand to give expert advise in running, jumping and throwing. Just turn up to take part. The track, which is the nearest for people living in Roehampton, Putney and Wandsworth Town, is just 10 minutes walk from Southfields Station on the District Line.


17/07/06 - INVITE TO COME AND TRY IT ATHLETICS DAY
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club are putting on an athletics Come and Try It day on the weekend following London's top athletics meeting of the year, the London Grand Prix at Crystal Palace next Friday night (July 28).
Hercules Wimbledon's team of qualified coaches will be on hand at Wimbledon Park Athletics track, Wimbledon Park Road, on Sunday, July 30 from 10.30am to 2pm to help any youngsters aged eight years and older to have a go at running, jumping and throwing. The open coaching sessions are absolutely free and those taking part will receive souvenir T-shirts and caps.
The event is part of the London 2006 Summer of Sport programme and is being supported by Sport England, the Greater London Authority, the Mayor and the London Community Sports Network.
Further information can be obtained by visiting the Hercules Wimbledon website: www.herculeswimbledonac.org.uk  or phoning the information hotline 020 8870 1196.
Hercules Wimbledon athletes were in fine form in the British Masters track and field championships at Birmingham and returned home with a handful of medals.
There were medal doubles for pensioner John Webster and supervet Geoff Walcott. Webster took silver in the over 65 javelin with a throw of 32.95 metres and bronze in the hammer with 32.20 metres. Walcott, a member of the British silver medal winning sprint relay team at the World indoor championships in Linz, Austria, earlier this year, took the silver in the over 50 400m in 54.31 seconds and the bronze in the 100m in 12.04. He just missed out on a third medal in the 200m where he was fourth in 24.98.
Another medal winning effort came from Peter Giles who was second in the over 60 5000m in 18:14.15. Mark Baker just missed out on a medal in the over 45 100m where he was fourth in 12.18.
Hercules Wimbledon teenager Parful Nargund made an impressive 400m debut in the Rosenheim League match at Tooting Bec crossing the finishing line in 51.7. Aidan Hogan was another winner taking the 800m in 2:04.8 with Ka Chuen To winning the triple jump with 11.60 metres, while Austin Ferns showed good form in the sprints taking second place in the 100 and 200m in 11.4 and 23.2. Alex Bruce-Littlewood posted a lifetime best of 4:12.4in the 1500m.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon compete in their fifth Southern Men's League match of the season at Stompond Lane, Walton, on Saturday, starting at 2.30pm while on Sunday the club's UK National Young Athletes League team compete in their final match of the season at Crawley.
On Saturday, Hercules Wimbledon are holding a mid-season barbeque in the beer garden of the Rose and Crown in Wimbledon Village High Street, starting at 7.30pm.


10/07/06 - AMELIA'S SUPERB ENGLISH SCHOOLS DEBUT
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club had three athletes in action at the weekend's Sainsbury's English Schools Championships in Gateshead and two of them achieved medal-winning performances.
Best of the trio was 13-year-old Amelia Richards, who was making her English schools debut and who produced the leap of her young life in the junior girls long jump to snatch the bronze medal with her very final effort. She was trailing in ninth place with a modest 5.01 metres second round leap as she took off for her sixth and final attempt. She soared out to 5.35 metres to take the bronze and add five centimetres to her previous personal best.
Another Hercules Wimbledon athlete, Emily Martin, just missed out on an individual medal in the senior girls long jump where she finished fifth with 5.48 metres but then she helped Surrey to the silver medals in the 4x100m relay in 47.54 seconds in a thrilling finish in which they were just pipped by the London quartet by one-hundredths of a second. Emily's efforts also helped Surrey take the individual team trophy in the senior girls events.
The third Hercules Wimbledon representative at Gateshead, Praful Nargund, was just below his best form in a hotly contested intermediate boys 100m event. He failed to survive the heats where he was 19th fastest in 11.45 with 16 to qualify for the next round.
Hercules Wimbledon's sprinters gained maximum points in he individual events in their Southern Men's League match at Bracknell. Austin Ferns took the 100 and 200m A races in 11.5 and 23.3 and Dwayne Dowding the B races in 11.7 and 23.5. Ferns also won the triple jump B event. Ka Chuen To, Hamed Agboke, Ryan Fury and Dowding were second in the 4x100m relay while the 4x400m relay squad of Steve Davies, Matt Parsons, Dowding and Agboke ended the match with a winning combination in 3:32.9.
On the road, Hercules Wimbledon's Phil Glynn led a 300-strong field home to win the Jim Braben Memorial 10 kilometres road race on Wimbledon Common in 36:14. Another Hercules Wimbledon runner, Arnaud Claverie was fifth in 37:45 with Maurice Sharp first veteran over 60 in 42:33.
Hercules Wimbledon's Pete Giles and Dennis Williams were first and second in he over 60 category in the Harry Hawkes eight miles road race at Thames Ditton. Giles clocked 53:45 and Williams 55:54.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon travel to Crawley for a Southern Women's League meeting on Saturday while their top women's race walker Estle Viljoen will be going for gold in the AAA championships at Manchester.


3/07/06 - HW YOUNGSTERS SHOW GOOD LEAGUE FORM
Youngsters from Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club have shown good form in league battles.
Amelia Richards warmed up for her debut appearance in this weekend's English schools championships at Gateshead with a double victory in a UK National Young Athletes League meeting at Sutton. She won the long jump, the event in which she will be competing for the London Schools team in the north east, with a good leap of 5.03 metres, confirming the form she showed when winning the Wandsworth schools year seven and eight event at Tooting Bec.
Her long jump triumph won her the female field athlete of the match award.
She also won the 100m in 13.4 and completed a busy afternoon by taking third place in the 75m hurdles and helping the Hercules Wimbledon quartet in the sprint relay.
Her brother, Tom, was second in the boys under 13 75m hurdles and third in the long jump before linking up with Jose Costa, Ed Saywell and Matthew Burgess to help the Hercules Wimbledon team to second place in the sprint relay.
Double Surrey champion Jose Costa won the boys under 13 100m in 13.6 and shot B and was second in the 200m. Tom Brandon won the shot A.
In the under 15 age group, Jonathan Burgess and Joe Toomey ensured maximum points in the 1500m taking the A and B races in 4:39.5 and 4:46.6before they linked up with Luis Costa and Paul Stables to win the 4x400m relay. Another winner was Edmund Gaisie in the 80m hurdles in 12.4.
Praful Nargund prepared for his appearance for Surrey in the intermediate boys 100m and sprint relay at Gateshead by helping the Hercules Wimbledon team to victory in he under 17 sprint relay. He was also runner-up in the 100m in 12.1.
Two other members of the relay team. Cale Edmunds and Michael Adjei-Tabirade gained maximum points in the long jump winning the A and B events with 5.65 and 5.51 metres. Adjei-Tabirade also took the 100m B race in 12.6 with Edmunds posting a faster 12.4 in winning the non-scoring race. Edmunds made it a hat-trick of wins when he won the triple jump with 11.12 metres.
Hercules Wimbledon have managed to stay in the top division of he Ebbisham Boys League after finishing their in their final match at Kingston. Jose Costa won the boys under 13 javelin event with a throw of 30.14 metres and was also runner-up in the 100 and 200m A races in 13.4 and 27.8 seconds.
Hercules Wimbledon gained maximum points in the under 15 1500m where Jonathan Burgess took the A race in 4:49.0 with Joe Toomey taking the B race in a faster4:46.1. Another winner was Ed Saywell who won the under 13 800m ion 2:32.6, while Khalid Belhaj won the under 15 800m B race in 2:21.0.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon compete in a Southern Men's League match at Bracknell and a Lily B Girls League match at Sutton, both on Saturday.



26-06-06 - HW'S SECOND SUCCESSIVE LEAGUE VICTORY
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club all-rounder Roydon John provided the springboard for Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club to win their second successive Rosenheim League victory of the season at Tooting Bec.
Royden won both the pole vault and long jump and was second in the shot and javelin before linking up with Dwain Dowding, Mo Agboke and Phil Glynn to help Hercules Wimbledon take second place in the 4x200m relay.
Earlier, Dowding was runner-up in the 100m sharing the winning time of 11.5 seconds and was also third in the 200m.
Teenager Alex Bruce-Littlewood also raced to second place in the 800m and was also third in the 3000m while Steve Hadley was third in the 400m and 400m hurdles. Glynn also finished third in the 1500m. the secure teenagers Ike Mba and Emily Martin showed superb form at the annual South of England championships at Crystal Palace over the weekend with two medal winning performances.
Match result: 1, Hercules Wimbledon 60; 2, Croydon Harriers 52; 3, Herne Hill Harriers 46; 4, Serpentine 33; 5, Striders of Croydon 30; 6, South London Harriers 16.
With two matches remaining, Hercules Wimbledon are just half a point behind divisional leaders Croydon Harriers.
Hercules Wimbledon road runners have also been in fine form taking the bronze medals in the Surrey 10 kilometres championship at Ham despite missing their top two runners Ian Horrocks and Kieran White.
Biathlon international Richard Xerri led the medal-winning trio home finishing fifth out of 350 runners in 34:03 with Gary Blesson 11th and second veteran in 35:11 with Phil Glynn 18th in 35:46.
Peter Giles and Maurice Sharp were first and second in the veterans over 60 category in 38:57 and 40:45.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters compete in the third of this season's Ebbisham Boys Young Athletes League meetings at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Sunday. At the other end of he age scale, the club competes in its final Southern Veterans League Mid London division match at Battersea Park on Monday (July 3) starting at 6.30pm and while next Wednesday, Hercules Wimbledon stage their annual HAC Young Athletes Memorial Trophy meeting at Tooting Bec, starting at 7pm.

19-06-06 - TEENAGERS IKE AND EMILY CLINCH MEDALS
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club teenagers Ike Mba and Emily Martin showed superb form at the annual South of England championships at Crystal Palace over the weekend with two medal winning performances.
Mba, 18, currently a student at Brunel University, was trying to emulate his performance during the winter when he lifted the South of England indoor title. He battled hard throughout the six rounds of the competition but narrowly failed to clinch the double and had to settle for silver medal position with a fine fifth round leap of 7.09 metres, just eight centimetres behind the gold medallist. He thus repeated his silver medal winning performance in 2005.
Martin, 17, a first year junior who was also trying to match her gold medal-winning performance in the South of England indoor championships, also had to settle for a minor placings medal. She followed a good no-jump with her best leap of the six attempt series of 5.50 metres to take the individual bronze medal. She was just 21 centimetres down on her lifetime best.
She also competed in the 100m where she narrowly failed to reach the final finishing fifth in her heat in 12.80 seconds.
Another Hercules Wimbledon athlete in action at Crystal Palace was Adam Przedrzymirski who just failed to win a bronze medal in the junior men's 5000m. He held the bronze medal position for most of the race but slipped down to fourth with four of the 12 laps remaining. However, his clocked a lifetime best of 16:34.56, shaving just over two seconds off his previous best time.
Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters secured a quartet of victories in the second of this season's Ebbisham Boys League meetings at Croydon.
Double Surrey champion Jose Costa won the under 13 100m B race, Jonathan Burgess, who took the 3000m bronze medal in the Surreys, ran away with the under 1500m in a fast 4:44.8, with Joe Toomey taking the B race in 4:50.6, and Luis Costa won the boys under 15 javelin. Jose Costa was also second in the 200m B race and fourth in the long jump while Luis Costa was also fourth in the 400m and high jump. Jonathan Burgess was also fourth in the 200m. Toomey was also second in the 800m B race.
Edward Saywell was runner-up in the under 13 80m hurdles with Matthew Burgess second in the B race and also third in the 200m A and 800m B. Saywell was also third in the high jump and fourth in the 800m A race.
Other useful points scorers were James Russell, third in the under 13 100m A race and fourth in the long jump B, Dean Belhaj, third in the under 13 1500m and high jump B and fourth in the 400m A, Liam White third in the under 15 long jump and fourth in the shot and Beau Feighan fourth in the under 15 100m race and fifth in the javelin B.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon youngsters compete in their third UK National Young Athletes League match at Kingsmeadow Stadium, starting at 11.45am.


12-06-06 - AMELIA'S DOUBLE WIN AT SCHOOLS CHAMPS
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club youngsters enjoyed a successful time at county schools championships returning with a bagful of medals.
Best of the Hercules Wimbledon contingent was Amelia Richards who lifted two titles at the London Schools championships at Battersea Park. First, she won the junior girls long jump title with a leap of 4.90 metres and then won the 75m hurdles title in 12.1 seconds.
A larger contingent of Hercules Wimbledon athletes were in action at the Surrey schools championships at Kingsmeadow Stadium.
Outstanding Hercules Wimbledon competitor there was Emily Martin who lifted the senior girls long jump title with a personal best leap of 5.66 metres and booked her place in the 60-strong Surrey team to compete in the English schools championships at Gateshead next month. Her leap added nine centimetres to her previous best.
Sprinter Praful Nargund showed a fine turn of speed twice improving on his personal best time for 200m. First, he won his intermediate boys heat in 23.0, slicing four-tenths of a second off his previous best and then took the silver medal in the final where he went even faster in posting a time of 22.87 and hopefully booking a place in the Gateshead-bound team after narrowly missing out on a Surrey schools team place last year.
Alex Bodin also revelled in the warm sunshine taking more than a second off his previous best time to clinch the silver medal in the senior boys 1500m in 4:05.29 but he will have to wait to see whether he has done enough to qualify for Surrey team for Gateshead.
Amandine King also finished runner-up in the senior girls 800m in 2:34.23 while Jennifer Fernando was considerably faster in taking bronze in the intermediate girls 800m in 2:20.40 after clocking a faster 2:17.97 in her heat which may be enough to clinch a place in the team for Gateshead.
Serena Brotherton just missed out on a medal in the senior girls triple jump taking fourth place with 9.58 metres while Rosemary Fernando finished seventh in the intermediate girls 1500m in 5:21.64.
Relative newcomer Caroline Hicks made an impressive county championship debut taking seventh place in the 800m in 2:40.81 after post a faster 2:35.13 in her heat while Joe Toomey took four seconds off his lifetime best in finishing fifth in the junior boys 1500m in 4:44.89.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon athletes compete in the South of England senior and junior championships at Crystal Palace on Saturday and Sunday. They also compete in the second of this season's Lily B Girls League meetings at Walton on Saturday while on Monday there is the third of this season's Southern Veterans League Mid London division matches at Battersea Park, starting at 6.30pm and next Wednesday (June 21) sees the fourth of this season's Rosenheim League East Division matches at Tooting Bec, starting at 7pm.


5-06-06 - ATHLETES SHINE AT HORSHAM AND DORKING
Athletes from Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club gained a bumper crop of winners as they produced their best performance of the season in the UK National Young Athletes League meeting at Horsham.
Once again the boys side of the team took the lion's share of the winners with more than 20 individual triumphs.
Best of the bunch were Mike Adjei-Tabarade and Tom Richards with hat tricks of individual successes. Richards, who just missed out on a medal in the recent Surrey championships, won the boys under 13 200m, 75m hurdles and long jump B events while clubmate James Russell took the hurdles and long jump A contests.
Other successes in the under 13 events came from double Surrey champion Jose Costa who took the 100 and 200m and then helped he Hercules Wimbledon quartet to success in the sprint relay, Dean Belhaj in the 1500m B and Matthew Burgess in the high jump B.
Adjei-Tabarade, the Surrey long jump bronze medallist, achieved his hat-trick by winning the under 17 100, long jump and shot B events. Jonathan Dwonga won the 200m B and shot A, Jake Bodin the 800m A race and triple jump B, Will Spooner the 800m B and Derek Frempong the 100m hurdles A race.
Newcomer Anibal Peel-Atunes also got among the winners taking the javelin A competition. Hercules Wimbledon also won the under 17 relay.
Beau Feighan, Paul Stables and Joe Toomey gained individual successes in the 1500m, 80m hurdles and javelin B events.
Best of the small girls contingent was triple Surrey silver medallist Amelia Richards who gained an individual hat-trick winning the under 15 100m, 75m hurdles and long jump. The only other winner was Jennifer Fernando who took the under 17 800m.
Hercules Wimbledon's Ian Horrocks made a successful return to racing when he ran away with the Surrey 10 miles road running championships over a testing course at Dorking. Horrocks crossed the finishing line well clear in 53 minutes 43 seconds, 43 seconds ahead of the second runner.
Hercules Wimbledon also managed to close in a team with Phil Glynn 25th in 61:05, Steve Sinnott 34th and eighth veteran in 62:17 and Pete Giles first veteran over 600 in 68:37.
Hercules Wimbledon athletes will be chasing medals and places in the English Schools Championships teams when they compete in the annual Surrey and London schools championships at Kingsmeadow Stadium and Battersea Park, respectively, on Saturday.


29-05-06 - ALL ROUNDER JOHN'S HAT-TRICK IN THE RAIN
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club all-rounder Royden John overcame appalling conditions to secure a hat-trick of individual wins in the second of this season's Rosenheim League East Division matches at Croydon Sports Arena.
Pouring rain soaked competitors and officials alike but nothing was going to stop John and on a busy evening in which he competed in four events, he won the high jump with 1.55 metres, the long jump with 5.80 metres and the javelin with 34.67 metres. He was also fourth in the 100m in 12.3 seconds.
Best Hercules Wimbledon performer on the track was British international Richard Ward. He won the 800m in an impressive 1:57.8, considering the conditions, half-an-hour later finished third in the 400m in 54.9 and then another half-an-hour later won the 3000m in 8:50.6.
Teenager Alex Bruce-Littlewood won the non-scoring 800m with his Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Deon Coetzee in second place. Over 65 veteran John Webster was narrowly beaten in the hammer where he finished second with 27.80 metres.
Hercules Wimbledon host the third of this season's Rosenheim League East Division matches at Wimbledon Park next Wednesday (June 7th) starting at 7pm. After two of the six east division matches Hercules Wimbledon are well placed in the six-club contest in second place.
Hercules Wimbledon travel to Basingstoke on Saturday for their third Southern Men's League match while the club's youngsters are in action at in their second UK National Young Athletes meeting at Horsham on Sunday.
Hercules Wimbledon's ace walker Estle Viljoen returned to action after overcoming an injury when she won the women's event at the Veterans Athletic Club's five miles road walk in Battersea Park. She clocked an encouraging 44:07 in a race in which she finished third overall and just one minute behind the winner of the men's race.
Over 60 veteran Fred Green was fourth in the five miles road running race in 32:52, 20 seconds ahead of his Hercules Wimbledon 60-year-old clubmate Dennis Williams.
Maurice Sharp was the fastest member of the Hercules Wimbledon team which finished seventh in the British Masters (Veterans) over 60's road relay championship at Sutton Park, Birmingham. Sharp clocked 18:35 for the three miles. The other members of the team were Dennis Williams (19:15) and Fred Green (19:32).


22-05-06 - HW MAKE GOOD START TO ROSENHEIM LEAGUE
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club made a solid start to their Rosenheim League East Division programme at Battersea Park where their team was just pipped after leading right up to the final event.
In his first competitive season with Hercules Wimbledon, Hamid Agboke gained a confidence boosting match win when he took the 400m in 53.9 and then later helped Hercules Wimbledon finish third in the 4x200m relay. All-rounder Royden John had a busy time winning the pole vault with 2.80 metres, taking third place ion the 400m hurdles and fourth place in the discus.
Supervet World Masters indoor championships relay silver medallist Geoff Walcott showed age was no barrier as he took third place in both the 100 and 200m in 12.0 and 24.6. Over 65 veteran John Webster also did well to take third place in the hammer. Adam Przedrzymirski was runner-up in the 1500m and, after leading early on, Leo Cox faded slightly to finish third in the 800m.
Walcott was also a double winner for Hercules Wimbledon in the opening Southern Veterans League Mid London division match, also at Battersea Park. He won the over 50 100m in 12.3 and the 400m in 58.5. Clubmate Paul Wignall won the 100m B race. Tony O'Connor won the over 50 long jump while Fred Green won the over 60 1500m and John Webster the over 60 long jump.
Thre was a good Hercules Wimbledon turn-out in their second Southern Women's League match at a rainy and windswept Croydon Arena.
Jennifer Fernando and Amandine King got maximum points in the 800m winning the A and B races, respectively while Laue Causemille had a busy afternoon taking the 200m, finishing second in the 400m hurdles and high jump and taking fourth in the discus before anchoring Hercules Wimbledon to victory in the sprint relay. Other members of the quartet were Karen Tostee, Melissa Kheddouci and Rowena Dyson, who were competing in their first match for the club.
Caroline Hicks took the under 15 800m. Another winner was Rosemary Fernando in the 3000m. She later linked up with Serena Brotherton, Hannah Long and her twin sister Jennifer to help Hercules Wimbledon to second place in the 4x400m relay. Brotherton was also second in the under 17 sprint hurdles and third in the senior triple jump.
Teenage sprinter Parful Nargund made an impressive Southern Men's League debut at a blustery Withdean Stadium, Brighton, where he won his 100m race in 11.5, shaving one-hundredths of a second off his previous best. In his first competition of the season, Bekele Tola made an encouraging start with a winning javelin throw of 52.96 metres while all-rounder Royden John had a busy time winning the long jump, taking second in the sprint hurdles and pole vault and triple jump B event, and finishing third in the high jump.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon athletes are competing in the South of England under 17 and under 15 championships at Chelmsford and in the Surrey Veterans Championships at Kingsmeadow Stadium, Kingston, on Saturday.


15-05-06 - DOUBLE GOLD FOR YOUNG JOSE AT SURREYS
One of Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's youngest athletes at the annual Surrey track and field championships at Kingsmeadow Stadium, 12-year-old Jose Costa, proved the club's most successful at the two-day meeting as he clinched two golds in a four medal haul.
Competing in the boys under 13 section, Jose, who goes to ADT College in Putney, Costa, achieved personal best performances in all four events he contested. He struck gold with a winning javelin throw of 30.70 metres, beating his previous best by more than two metres and also took the 200m title in a closely fought final in 28.53 seconds after clocking another lifetime best of 28.38 in his heat. He was also runner-up in the 100m in 13.70 after again running faster in his heat with 13.64 and made it a quartet of medals when he won the silver in the long jump with 4.42 metres, adding 22 centimetres to his previous best.
England international Ike Mba went one better than last year when he won silver by taking the junior men's long jump title with 6.91 metres. Clubmate Ka Chuen To clinched the bronze with 6.06 metres, beating the six metre barrier for the first time. He also took silver in the triple jump with 11.31 metres.
Two Hercules Wimbledon athletes found themselves battling it out for the silver medal in the junior men's 3000m. With a lap to go, Adam Przedrzmirski and Welsh medallist Alex Bodin were locked in a fierce contest but Adam used his greater strength to sprint away over the final 300m to dip under nine minutes for the first time. In fact his 8:58.92 for the silver medal was a 28 second improvement on his previous best time. Bodin, running the distance for the first time, was not far behind in 9:-3.48, to take the bronze. He also took the silver medal in the 1500m in a lifetime best of 4:06.94.
Jonathan Burgess dipped under 10 minutes to take the bronze medal in the boys under 15 3000m in 9:55.20 and Michael Adjei-Tabarade was also third in he under 17 long jump with 5.67 metres.
All-rounder Emily Martin got stuck in the bronze groove as she clinched four medals of that hue in the junior women's 100m, shot, high jump and long jump, while Amelia Richards gained a hat-trick of silver medals in the under 15 100m, hurdles and long jump.
Twins Jennifer and Rosemary Fernando posted personal best efforts in finishing third in the under 17 800m in 2:20.72 and fourth in the 1500m in 5:16.16, respectively, while Steph Robson was second in the senior women's 3000m in 10:20.24.
After posting the fastest time in the heats of 23.41, Praful Nargund was bitterly disappointed to lose out in the final where he finished in silver medal position in a slower 23.74. There was an ever more galling experience for senior men's track and field captain Steve Davies who went crashing to the ground after clipping the final hurdle just as he seemed poised to regain his county 400m hurdles crown.
There were encouraging performances from Joe Toomey who reached the under 15 boys 800m final after taking five seconds off his previous best in clocking 2:17.35 in his heat while Anna Berry also reached the final of the girls under 13 200m with a personal best of 28.88.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon compete in their second Southern Men's and Southern Women's League matches on Saturday at Brighton and Croydon, respectively. Next Monday, Hercules Wimbledon take part in their second Southern Veterans League meeting at Battersea Park, starting at 6.30pm while next Wednesday, May 24, the club takes part in the second of this season's Rosenheim League matches at Croydon.


8/05/06 - IMPRESSIVE SPRINTING BY YOUNG NARGUND
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club teenage sprinter Praful Nargund warmed up for this weekend's Surrey tack and field championships with some impressive sprinting at his club's opening UK National Young Athletes League meeting at Crawley.
Nargund, 15, a pupil at King's College School, Wimbledon, equalled his lifetime best of 23.4 seconds in storming to victory in the men's under 17 200m and also took second place in the 100m in 11.6 to slice one-tenth of a second off his previous personal best achieved at the Hercules Wimbledon Young Athletes open meeting at Crystal Palace last month. He also won the javelin B event while Derek Frempong won the A competition as well as taking the 100m hurdles and finishing runner-up in the discus.
Nargund the pace for the other Hercules Wimbledon athletes who dominated the boys section of the match. Mike Tabirade and Jon Dwonga took the under 17 100 and 200m B races with Sean Crummy and Will Spooner gaining maximum points in the 1500m by taking the A and B races, respectively. Spooner also won the shot B, Crummy was also second in the 3000m while and Tabirade won the long jump with 5.54 metres and was second in the shot A.
Nargund then linked up with Dwonga, Tabirade and Frempong to help steer Hercules Wimbledon to victory in the sprint relay.
Jose Costa was in fine form in the under 13 sprints where he took the 100 and 200m events. He completed the individual hat-trick by taking the shot B event. Tom Richards took the 200m B race and was runner-up in the 75m hurdles while Tom Brandon won the hurdles B race and was second in the shot. Richards, Costa, Brandon and Hugo Danson then linked up to win the sprint relay.
Best of the under 15 boys were Joe Toomey, Joe Stone and Marcus Noble who won the 1500m, 400, and 80m hurdles B string events. Toomey was also second in the shot. Stone was runner-up in the javelin B with Luis Costa taking second place in the A competition. and second place in the long jump B.
Kwado Sarpong was just pipped in the 100m A race and was also third in the 200m. Jonathan Burgess was runner-up in the 1500m A and then helped Hercules Wimbledon win the 4x400m relay. Ben Feighan was runner-up in the 80m hurdles A race and third in the discus.
Best of the girls team was Amelia Richards who gained an individual hat-trick in the under 15 events. She won the 100m and 75m hurdles in 13.4 and 12.5 and the long jump with 4.65 metres.
Only women's under 17 winner was Jennifer Fernando who took the 800m A race while Alexandra Borthwick won the under 13 high jump.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon athletes will be in action in the Surrey track and field championships which are being held at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Saturday and Sunday.


1/05/06 - PROMISING START TO EBBISHAM LEAGUE
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's youngsters have made a promising start to their Ebbisham Boys Young Athletes League programme with a good crop of winners in the opening match at Tooting Bec.
The best individual Hercules Wimbledon performance of the match came from Sachi Fleming who took the under 13 long jump with 4.43 metres. He was also second in both the 100 and 200 metres races in 13.7 and 29.9 seconds.
The team comprised a host of newcomers, among them brothers Luis and Jose Costa gained a quartet of wins between them with Luis taking the under 15 400m and javlin and Jose the under 13 javelin and 200m B. Jose was also second in his 100m race and Luis third in the triple jump.
Joe Toomey was another double winner for Hercules Wimbledon taking the under 15 800 and 1500m events.
Backing up these winners were Kwadwo Sarpong and Beau Feighan who were second in the under 15 80m hurdles A and B races. Sarpong was also second in the triple jump and Feighan also fourth in his discus event. Mrcus Noble finished third in the boys under 15 100m.
Hercules Wimbledon supervet Fred Green has been showing good form in the Bushy Park five kilometres time trial races. On two successive appearances he was first in his age category. On his first appearance he clocked 20:29 and the following week he was 19 seconds slower.
At the other end of the age scale 13-year-old Jonathan Burgess made an impressive 3000m track debut at an open meeting at Watford. He clocked 10:00.6, ahead of two other under 15-year-olds and just outside the national grade two standard for the event.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon open their Lily B Girls League programme with a match at Guildford while Monday sees the opening Southern Veterans League Mid London division match at Battersea Park, starting at 6.30pm and next Wednesday (May 10), the opening Rosenheim League East Division match, also at Battersea Park, starting at 7pm.


24/04/06 - YOUNGSTERS IN FORM ON TRACK AND ROAD
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's youngsters have shown good early season form in their opening track and field league meetings and also performed well in the London Mini Marathon on Sunday.
Teenager Alex Bodin just missed out on a top three placing in the senior boys race. Initially he was placed third after crossing the finishing line in The Mall but, subsequently, he was relegated to fourth spot. Nevertheless, he was the highest placed Merton and Hercules Wimbledon runner in this year's races.
Hercules Wimbledon's Jonathan Burgess was also the top individual performer in the Wandsworth teams finishing seventh in the intermediate boys race.
Other leading Hercules Wimbledon runners in the Merton squad were Luke Jones 48th in the senior boys race, Oliver Horrocks 64th in the junior boys race and Kate Jones 93rd in he senior girls race.
Jennifer Fernando the leading Merton performer in the girls races finishing 22nd in the senior event with twin sister Rosemary Fernando 36th , Serena Brotherton 62nd and Emily Martin 104th.
It completed a busy weekend for Martin and the Fernando twins as they competed in their opening Southern Women's League match at Bracknell on Saturday. But, the outstanding Hercules Wimbledon athlete at the meeting was Surrey and Welsh champion Amelia Richards who gained a hat-trick of wins in the under 15 events. She took the 100 and 200m and long jump events.
Hercules Wimbledon secured maximum points in those three events as newcomer Anna Berry won the three B competitions.
Martin flexed her muscles for the tough encounters ahead with a hat-trick of victories. She won the 100m in 12.4 seconds, produced a lifetime best high jump of 1.57 metres and completed the treble in winning the long jump with 5.57 metres. She was also seCond in the shot.
Jennifer and Rosemary Fernando while Jennifer was also third in the javelin and shot B and Rosemary was second in the 200m and javelin B.
Making her debut in the senior hurdles, Lucy England won the 400m hurdles event and was second in the 100m hurdles.
Mary Brandon had a busy time finishing second in the under 15 hurdles and discus and third in the shot while Jade Brooks posted a personal best in the 800m.
Hercules Wimbledon's Claire Cann had a superb run in the main London marathon finishing 50th in the women's race in 2:56:56.
Hercules Wimbledon face a busy weekend with their opening Southern Men's League match at Kingsmeadow on Saturday, starting at 1pm, their opening UK National Young Athletes League match at Crawley on Sunday, starting at 11.45am and then, on Bank holiday Monday, the club stages the 24th Barry Jones five miles road race from their Wimbledon Park athletics track headquarters.


17/04/06 - WILLIAMS RUNS LONDON FOR 25TH TIME
Hercules Wimbledon's seasoned veteran long-distance runner Dennis Williams is competing in the annual Flora London marathon from Blackheath to The Mall on Sunday for the 25th time. Williams, 60, has only missed one London marathon race in the 25 years they have been held and he leads a sizeable Hercules Wimbledon contingent in the 26.2 miles event .
Two sub-three hour women runners Zoe Pike and Claire Cann will be lining up at the elite start on Sunday with a third woman, Katy Luffingham also running and other Hercules Wimbledon runners toeing the starting line include Peter Lee, Alastair Brown and Alex Urban, at 21 the younger ever Hercules Wimbledon representative in the London marathon.
Meanwhile a large Hercules Wimbledon squad will be running for Merton and Wandsworth in the adidas London mini-marathon over the final 2.65 miles of the course from Southwark Bridge.
Twins Jennifer and Rosemary Fernando head Merton's girls squad while Luke Jones and Sean Crummy are in the boys teams. Jonathan Burgess heads the Hercules Wimbledon contingent running for Wandsworth.
HerculesWimbledon ended their East Surrey League programme on a winning note in the final fixture at Ewell Court.
Richard Xerri led Hercules Wimbledon to victory as he finished fourth in the senior men's four miles road race in 23 minutes 47 seconds. Veteran Gary Blesson was seventh in 24:02 with teenager Adam Przedrzymirski eighth in 24:24 and Phil Glynn 10th in 24:44. Teenager Alex Bruce-Littlewood was 12th in 25:12 with Claire Cann, in her final race before the London marathon, first woman in 26:16.
Veterans Tom Morris, Stu Littlewood, Fred Green, Tony Austin, Dennis Williams and Ian Isherwood were 30th, 35th, 36th, 37th, 39th and 51st in 27:03, 28:10, 28:31, 28:44, 28:55 and 32:06.
Hercules Wimbledon's Geoff Walcott came away with a bronze medal from the World Masters (Veterans) Indoor championships at Linz, Austria - but he had to wait until the final day of the six-day championships for his medal-winning achievement in which he helped the UK men's over 50 4x100m sprint relay team to the bronze medals. He also reached the finals of his three individual events, the 100, 200 and 400m where he was seventh, sixth and fifth, respectively.
Hercules Wimbledon's Southern Women's League team open their programme with a match at Bracknell on Saturday.


10/04/06 - RECORDS FALL AT YOUNG ATHLETES MEET
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's Young Athletes Open Meeting at Crystal Palace which was staged for the 25th time on Sunday saw some top class performances with three meetings records.
The presence of top young athletes from Cuba, Nicaragua and the Czech Republic boosted the standard of performances and two of the records fell to the foreigners. Cuban Nieves Lina set new figures in the women's under 17 shot with a winning putt of 12.26 metres.
Yanis Ramirez from Nicaragua improved on the women's under 17 javelin record with a winning opening throw of 50.22 metres. The third meeting record to fall was in the boys under 11 1000m won by Ranelagh's Josh Keisler in 3 minutes 13.2 seconds.
Teenager Daniel Pembroke from Windsor, Slough, Eton and Hounslow, the AAA under 15 bronze medallist last season, bettered his UK 14-year-old javelin age record with an opening throw of 60.67 metres in the under 17 contest.
Hercules Wimbledon youngsters also performed well with sprinter Praful Nargund making an impressive start to his outdoor racing programme as he powered to victory in the 200m in a lifetime best of 23.4 just edging out Basildon's AAA under 15 400m champion Matthew Lumm. Nargund's time took two-fifths of a second of his previous best. He also posted a personal best of 11.7 in finishing third in his 100m race.
Brothers Jose and Luis Costa also showed good form with Jose taking his boys under 13 100 and 200m races in 13.8 and 29.0 and Luis his under 15 800m race in 2:36.7.
Tom Richards was second in his boys under 13 100m race in 29.3 while Oliver Horrocks was just pipped for third place in the under 13 1500m.
Top teenage middle-distance runner Jonathan Burgess, who a few days earlier clocked a personal best 1500m of 4:38.43 at an open meeting at Watford where he was easily the youngest runner in the field, finished third in the under 15 1500m in 4:42.6. Jennifer Fernando was third in her women's under 17 800m race in 2:29.1.
Hercules Wimbledon's senior men's team open their summer programme when they compete in the Sward and Kinnaird Trophy meetings at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Saturday, starting at 12noon.


3/04/06 - BIG ENTRY FOR TOP YOUNG ATHLETES MEET
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's Young Athletes Open Meeting at Crystal Palace this coming Sunday (April 9) reaches an important landmark as it is being staged for the 25th time.
The meeting, now established as one of the top meetings of its kind in the UK, was first held in 1980 and has been promoted each year since with two exceptions, including in 2004 when it had to be cancelled to allow the Crystal Palace track to be refurbished. Over the year's literally thousands of young athletes have participated in the meeting including many who have used it as a stepping stone to international status.
Two athletes who represented English in this year's Commonwealth Games in Melbourne are also among the current record-holders - Claire Smithson who threw the discus in Melbourne showed her talent at an early age setting the girls under 15 discus record of 36.94 metres in 1997 and two years later set new figures for the women's under 17 shot of 12.20 metres.
Olympic discus thrower Emeka Udechuku, who also competes in Melbourne, holds the best meeting marks for the under 17 shot and discus with 18.03 and 57.18 metres both achieved in 1995.
Olympic marathon runner Mark Steinle set the boys under 13 1500m record of 4 minutes 41.5 seconds back in 1987 and more recently, another athlete to compete internationally, Tom Snow, posted new figures of 4:16.0 for the under 15 1500m in 2000.
Montell Douglas, fourth in February's AAA indoors 200m championship broke the under 17 100m and 200m records with 11.9 and 24.6 in 2002. Another developing athlete, Jay Thomas, the UK's top under 17 shot putter last season when he won both the English Schools and AAA titles, set the boys under 15 shot putt record of 15.55 metres in 2003.
There has been another bumper entry for this year's meeting which starts at 11am and runs through till 5pm. It will also have an international flavour with youngsters from Cuba, Nicaragua and the Czech Republic taking part. Mayor of Merton Councillor Judy Saunders will also be dropping in to see some of the action.
Hercules Wimbledon runners are competing in the final East Surrey League road races at Ewell Court track next Tuesday (April 11) starting at 7pm.


27-03-06 - BLESSON LEADS HW RUNNERS TO TEAM WIN
Hercules Wimbledon runners dominated the annual Wimbledon Audi 10 kilometres road race on Sunday taking the team honours and providing all three veteran category winners.
Veteran triathlete Gary Blesson led the team home finishing third in 35 minutes and with Maurice Sharp 44th and first veteran over 50 in 39:39, Peter Giles second over 60 veteran and 55th and Steve Badgery first vet over 50 and 56th both in 40:37, Hercules Wimbledon comfortably won the team event.
Two other Hercules Wimbledon runners in the race were veterans Nigel Froud, 147th in 45:50 and Paul Wignall 164th in 46:57.
Hercules Wimbledon's Anne Marie Seymour was 328th in 53:45 and 18-year-old Victoria Froud, one of the youngest runners in the field, 331st in 54:02.
Teenager Jonathan Burgess, Hercules Wimbledon's top runner at the annual English schools cross country championships at Berry Hill Park, Mansfield, on Saturday had to pick himself up after being floored in the initial rush of the junior boys championship.
After his outstanding winter, 13-year-old Burgess was looking for a good finale - but it wasn't to be! Just 150 metres after the start a runner in front of him fell bringing him down and then three more runners fell on top of him. By the time he had managed to unravel himself from the melee and pick himself up Burgess found himself third from last.
However, Burgess battled on gamely and, in the circumstances, did remarkably well to finish 78th out of more than 320 runners to complete the course and still managed to lead the London team home. "While his run was very strong he was disappointed and frustrated that it wasn't the finish he was looking for, " said his father David Burgess. "It was a real shame as the course and longer distance really suited him."
Hercules Wimbledon had three other runners in the championships. Alex Bodin was 103rd and fourth Surrey scorer in the senior boys race, Luke Jones was 117th and sixth Surrey scorer in the intermediate boys race and Amandine King was 150th and third Surrey scorer in the senior girls race.


20/03/06 - BAGFUL OF MEDALS FOR HW ATHLETES
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club youngsters warmed up for the coming track season with some encouraging performances at Kingston and Polytechnic's open graded track and field meeting at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Sunday.
Teenager Amelia Richards, fresh from her victory in the Surrey indoor girls under 15 long jump championship at Sutton Arena a fortnight earlier, was the outstanding individual performer with a hat-trick of gold medal winning efforts. She won the girls under 15 long jump with 4.64 metres, the 150m in 20.11 seconds and then made a winning debut in the shot with 6.98 metres.
Her brothers Tom and Robert also got among the medals. Tom, 11, took the silver medal in the boys under 13 100m in a personal best of 14.22 and also took silver in the 80m hurdles in 16.35 while Robert who is only nine took the silver medal in the boys under 11 100m in 15.85 and was also fifth in the long jump with three metres.
Another outstanding Hercules Wimbledon teenager, Jonathan Burgess took a break from his impressive cross country season to turn out on the track and the boys under 15 800m in a personal best of 2:22.65, taking almost one second off his previous best last June. Burgess, the London Schools junior boys champion, heads the London team competing in the English Schools cross country championships at Mansfield on Saturday.
Jonathan's younger brother, Matthew, added to the family medal haul by taking second place in the boys under 13 800m in an encouraging 2:45.68.
Two other Hercules Wimbledon youngsters to come away with medals were Tom Meehan who won the boys under 13 150m and was fourth in the 100m and Eleanor Smith-Hahn who took the silver medal in the girls under 11 150m in 24.56 and was fifth in the 100m.
Several Hercules Wimbledon athletes will be in action in the English Schools cross country championships in Mansfield on Saturday. Apart from Jonathan Burgess, who spearheads the London junior boys team, Alex Bodin and Neil Fraser (senior boys), Luke Jones (intermediate boys) and Amandine King (senior girls) will be in action for Surrey.


13/03/06 - HW ATHLETES SHINE AT CROSS AND TRACK
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club athletes enjoyed an outstanding weekend at the Surrey indoor track and field championships at Sutton and the UK Inter-Counties cross country championships at Nottingham.
Hercules Wimbledon teenager Emily Martin was the outstanding individual in the Surrey indoor championships where she came away with a hat-trick of titles. She began her winning streak with a lifetime best of 7.87 seconds in winning the junior women's 60m. Next, she won the junior women's triple with 11.07 metres and completed the hat-trick with an indoor best long jump of 5.56 metres, adding four centimetres to her previous best.
Newcomer Ka Chuen To made a title-winning debut in the Surrey championships as he took the junior men's triple jump gold medal with 11.73 metres. He picked up two further medals in finishing third in the junior men's high and long jump.
Amelia Richards, the reigning Welsh outdoors under 13 100m champion, also went away with a hat-trick of medals, despite moving up an age group. She posted a personal best 4.75 metres in winning the girls under 15 long jump, adding six centimetres to her previous best and also took silver in the under 15 60m and 60m hurdles. Her brother Tom was second in the boys under 13 60m.
Over at Nottingham, Jonathan Burgess produced another outstanding run to finish sixth in the boys under 13 race in the UK Inter-Counties cross country championship. He was just pipped by fellow Surrey runner Rikki Letch, who a few weeks earlier had won the English national title at Parliament Hill Fields. This time he was just two seconds behind the national champion and only six seconds off the bronze medal position. Burgess was also a well ranked fourth in the final UK Cross Challenge rankings, just one point off third spot.
Three other Hercules Wimbledon athlete in action at Nottingham, Amandine King, Luke Jones and Neal Fraser, were the third, fifth and fourth Surrey finishers, respectively, in the junior women's, men's under 17 and junior men's championships.
Hercules Wimbledon's Geoff Walcott is competing in the World Masters Indoor Championships at Linz, Austria.


6/03/06 - RUNNERS DOMINATE MINI MARATHONS
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club runners once again dominated the annual Merton mini marathon trials which were staged on Wimbledon Common on a bright sunny morning on Sunday.
Hercules Wimbledon's Luke Jones and Jennifer Fernando headed the fields home in the boys and girls races, respectively. Jones won the senior boys race in 11 minutes 37 seconds finishing well clear of clubmate Sean Crummy (12:24). Charlie Carrington was third in the intermediate boys race in 12:46.
Fernando took the senior girls race in 12:50 with her twin sister Rosemary third in 13:25 and fellow Hercules Wimbledon runners Kate Jones and Hannah Long fifth and sixth in 14:36 and 14:46.
Caroline Hicks won the intermediate girls race in 13:59 with clubmate Megan Brown fourth in 16:20.
Merton will sending 48 runners to the mini-marathon is staged over the final 4.5 kilometres of the London marathon course on April 23.
Hercules Wimbledon's Claire Cann got among the trophy winners when she finished third in the Eastbourne half-marathon in 1:27:19. For more than five of the 13 miles, Claire was racing into what she described as a raging wind. "The conditions were horrific and my time was a bit slower than the half marathons I did in the autumn which I was a bit disappointed with. I blame the time on the conditions though as we firstly had a long mile and a half hill and then 5.5 miles into the raging wind which I did not enjoy. But it was a good training race definitely. Hopefully there will be no such gales in the London Marathon."
Hercules Wimbledon's South of England indoor long jump champion Emily Martin produced a lifetime best indoor leap when she was just edged out of the medals in the AAA indoor championships at Birmingham over the weekend. She leapt 5.52 metres to finish fourth in the junior women's championship adding 11 centimetres to her previous indoor best achieved when winning the Southern title at Uxbridge in January. She was the third UK athlete in the competition as the bronze medallist came from Ireland.
The competition proved a good warm-up for this weekend's Surrey indoor championships at Sutton Arena where she will contest the junior women's 60m, long jump and triple jump events. Last year she was also three gold medals in the under 17 age group. Other Hercules Wimbledon athletes will also be in action at Sutton.Other Hercules Wimbledon runners will be in action in the East Surrey League road relays at Boxhill on Saturday.


27/02/06 - TRAIN BREAKDOWN BLOCKS WALKING PLANS
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's former All African race walking champion Estle Viljoen was forced to abandon plans to compete in the top class Manx Invitation Meeting on the Isle of Man on Saturday because of a broken down train.
Having been given the day off teaching from Haslemere Primary School, Mitcham, she set out in plenty of time to catch the 12.30pm flight from Luton on Friday. When she reached Kings Cross, however, she found services to Luton had been cancelled and delayed because of a broken down train. When she did eventually reached Luton it was too late for her flight. There were no other flights to Manx until the next day.
She learnt there was one from Gatwick and jumped on the next train from Luton only to find when she got there it was fully booked. She went on stand by for other flights to Manx but to no avail and with no seats on the Saturday morning flight from Gatwick either was forced to give up and return home.
"I was very disappointed as this was a target race for me," said Viljoen, who won the All-African title in 2003 and recently acquired UK citizenship to become eligible to race for Britain. "I hope the transport system is better by the 2012 Olympics. The school headmaster was so kind to give me the day off and I know they were rooting for me to have a good race."
She added, philosophically: "This is life, I suppose. We all get bumps on our way through it and the true test is how we cope with them. Hopefully, this will strengthen my character and teach me resilience."
Teenager Jonathan Burgess continued his impressive season with another outstanding run in the English national cross country championships in bitterly cold conditions at Parliament Hill Fields. He finished seventh and second Surrey runner in the boys under 13 race only 20 seconds behind the winner.
Meanwhile, another Hercules Wimbledon teenager, Ike Mba, continued his successful indoor campaign when he took the long jump bronze medal in the British Universities indoor championships at Sheffield with 7.15 metres.
Hercules Wimbledon runners face a busy weekend with a 3.8 miles race in Richmond Park on Saturday, starting from near the Pembroke Lodge car park at 3pm, and the Merton Mini Marathon trials on Wimbledon Common on Sunday. Registration for the trials is at the Study Preparatory School, Camp Road, starting at 10am.


20/02/06 - TESSA JOWELL OPENS REFURBISHED TRACK
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club faces an important day next week when Tessa Jowell, MP, the Olympics Minister and Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, will officially open the refurbished Wimbledon Park athletics track.
The big day is Tuesday (February 28). Ms Jowell is due to arrive at Wimbledon Park at 8pm and spend an hour there. After being welcomed by leading Merton council members and officers, she will unveil a plaque to mark her visit. After the formalities she will be introduced to athletes and officials from Hercules Wimbledon.
Local schoolchildren and residents have also been invited to attend the ceremony and the track will be open for training free of charge on the night between 7.30 and 9.30pm.
Representatives from the London Marathon Charitable Trust and Sport England who both contributed to the cost of the £220,000 refurbishment have also been invited. The work involved repairing and resurfacing the track, moving the pole vault area, renovating the jumping pits and installing a new throwing cage.
The 25th Hercules Wimbledon Young Athletes open meeting taking place at Crystal Palace on Sunday, April 9, will have an international flavour with around 50 athletes from Cuba, Nicaragua and the Czech Republic taking part - continuing a long tradition of international exchanges by Hercules Wimbledon.
They began almost 30 years ago with trips to Germany in 1978 and Spain in 1980. Hercules Wimbledon hosted an international inter-club match at Crystal Palace in 1984 followed in 1985 by the International Youth Friendship Games, sponsored by the Greater London Council, involving 21 teams from 10 countries including France, Norway, Belgium, Poland, Portugal and Spain. The club also hosted international matches in 1987, 1989 and 1991 at Tooting Bec and has sent teams to France, Norway, Belgium, Poland and the Czech Republic on more than 40 occasions.
Hercules Wimbledon's Maurice Sharp, who has organised all these exchanges, said: "This is out most ambitious project in a long history of youth exchanges."
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club runners will be in action in the annual English National cross country championships being held at Parliament Hill Fields, North London, on Saturday. Teenager Jonathan Burgess is returning to Parliament Hill Fields where earlier this month he won the London Schools junior boys cross country title.


13/02/06 - ROBSON AWARDED LEAGUE TITLE
Despite missing the final Surrey Ladies League cross country meeting in Richmond Park, Hercules Wimbledon's Steph Robson has won the overall Division Two senior women's individual title.
Robson, who was on holiday for the final match, had done sufficient to win the league title by winning the opening three matches on Wimbledon Common, at Reigate and Merrow, near Guildford.
Her Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Claire Cann who finished a good third in the final match in Richmond Park just 21 seconds behind the winner also finished third in the league competition.
Hercules Wimbledon also fielded a senior women's team in the league for the second time. The other there runners were Rowena Hornshaw, 77th in 30 minutes 46 seconds, Katie Luffingham 84th in 31:37 and Lisa Bailey 88th 31:57.
Other Hercules Wimbledon runners in the league match were Serena Brotherton, ninth in the intermediate race, Hannah Long 18th in the girls under 15 race and Megan Brown 30th in the under 13 race.
Two Hercules Wimbledon athletes won their categories in the Sweatshop Surrey Men's League Division Two competition. Tim Bartley won the junior men's section and Charlie Carrington the boys under 15 section.
Meanwhile, Hercules Wimbledon teenager Jonathan Burgess booked his place in the London team to compete in next month's English schools championships at Mansfield on March 25. Competing at the venue where he will be competing in the English National cross country championships at the end of the month, he ran away from the field in the junior boys event at the London Schools Championships at Parliament Hill Fields winning by more than 20 seconds.
At the other end of the age scale, Hercules Wimbledon's sprinting supervet Geoff Walcott showed good form when he won the men's over 50 60m at the Southern Counties Veterans Indoor Championships at Sutton Arena. He won the gold medal in 7.6 to break the previous championship record.
Two Hercules Wimbledon veterans had good runs in the Valentine 10 kilometres road race at Chessington. Gary Blesson was second veteran over 40 in 35:10 while Dennis Williams was top veteran over 60 in 41:37. Steve Sinnott was also 14th veteran in 37:57.
Phil Glynn led the Hercules Wimbledon contingent home in an inter-club nine miles race in Richmond Park. He finished fourth in 50:53 with Peter Lee sixth in 52:10, Hugh Saxby seventh and first veteran over 50 in 52:30 and John Querstret eighth in 52:36. Martin Miller was first veteran over 55 finishing 11th in 56:27.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon athletes are in action in an inter-club cross country match over 5.75 miles in Richmond Park organised by the Bank of England club. The race starts from 2.30pm near Roehampton Gate.


6/02/06 - MBA ON HIGH IN INTERNATIONAL DEBUT
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's Ike Mba continued his superb start to 2006 by producing the long jump form of his life competing for England in an indoor international match in Cardiff.
Teenager Mba, making his England international debut in the Jeff White indoor international meeting, snatched the long jump event with a leap of 7.21 metres, to add three centimetres to his previous lifetime best set last March. He won the event by just centimetre and underlined his impressive recent form in winning the South of England junior indoor long jump title at Uxbridge with 7.16 metres.
His victory helped England win the under 20 match beating Ireland, an international select team and hosts Wales.
Hercules Wimbledon teenager Jonathan Burgess completed a clean sweep of all four races when he lifted the boys under 13 title in the Sweatshop Surrey League in Richmond Park.
Burgess, who took the individual bronze medal in the Surrey championships at Croydon last month was well clear of his nearest rival as he won the 2.84 miles race by more than a minute in 16 minutes 41 seconds.
With Dean Belhaj sixth in 18:28, Liam White 11th in 19:50, Matthew Burgess 13th in 20:26 and James Forward 14th in 21:19, Hercules Wimbledon also lifted the team honours.
Charlie Carrington was fourth in the joint under 17 and under 15 race in 18:18.
Richard Xerri confirmed his rating as Hercules Wimbledon's top senior runner as he finished just outside the frame in the 5.65 miles senior men's race. He was fourth in 30:18, just 45 seconds behind the winner with Hercules Wimbledon teenager Alex Bodin, fresh from his silver medal winning 1500m effort at the Welsh indoor championships in Cardiff, ninth in 31:39 and veteran Gary Blesson 20th in 32:27.
Another Hercules Wimbledon junior Leo Cox was not far behind finishing 23rd in 32:29 with Phil Glynn 41st in 33:43, team captain Steve Sinnott 57th in 34:18 and supervet Hugh Saxby 67th in 34:45. Teenager Tim Bartley was 79th in 35:31, John Querstret 84th in 35:44 and veteran Eric Blackmore 86th in 35:54 to complete the scoring 10.
Maurice Sharp was first veteran over 60 finishing 97th in 36:24 with veteran Pete Clarke coming out of retirement to finish 103rd in 36:49. Another over 60 veteran Dave Betts was 129th in 38:21 with Mike Forward 130th in 38:50. Barry King was 137th in 39:50 and Mike Fuller 148th in 41:09.
Amandine King was in action for Surrey in a schools inter-counties match at Southampton where she was the fourth runner from the county to cross the finishing line.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon compete in an inter-club match hosted by Kingston and Polytechnic in Richmond Park. The race, over nine miles, starts from near Sheen Gate at 2.30pm.


30/01/06 - MEDAL DOUBLE IN WELSH CHAMPIONSHIPS
Three Hercules Wimbledon athletes returned with a pair of medals after competing in the Welsh Indoor Championships in Cardiff.
Fresh from his victory in the Surrey schools cross country championships at Reigate, Alex Bodin transferred to the warmer climate of indoor athletics to take third place in the junior men's 1500m in 4 minutes 10.40 seconds.
Brother and sister Tom and Amelia Richards contested five events between them but only managed to return with a solitary medal coming very close in their four other events.
The medal-winning effort came from Amelia in the girls under 15 60m dash where she was second in the final in 9.81 after finishing second in her heat in a faster 9.70. She was also fourth in the 200m final in 27.80 after finishing second in her heat in a faster 27.79 and posting an even faster time in winning her semi-final in 27.51. She also came close to a medal in the long jump where she was fourth with 4.64 metres.
Tom Richards also finished fourth in both his finals. He clocked 12.17 in taking fourth spot in the boys under 13 60m hurdles and stopped the clock at 9.00 in taking the same position in the 60m final. Earlier, he was second in his heat in a faster 8.91.
Meanwhile, 13-year-old Jonathan Burgess had another good run in the South of England cross country championships at Picton College, Exeter. He followed up his fifth place in the UK Cross challenge race in Cardiff the previous weekend with another close fifth place on a bitterly cold day finishing just six seconds off the bronze medal position.
Burgess tackled the testing two lap course which included two tough climbs and an uphill finish well and was in fourth place for most of the way . He was catching the bronze medallist towards the finish but was himself overhauled by another fast finishing runner in the battle for fourth spot.
Burgess returns to the local scene this weekend when he competes in the final Sweatshop Surrey League Division Two match in Richmond Park on Saturday. He is currently unbeaten in the boys under 13 section. The young athletes race is at 2.30pm and the seniors get underway at 3pm.
Adam Przedrzmirski had a good run in the junior men's eight kilometres championship at Exmouth where he was 41st with his Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Neil Fraser 60th. Leo Cox finished 189th out of almost 600 runners in the senior men's 15 kilometres championship. These three expect to be in action in the senior men's race in Richmond Park on Saturday.
Also there will be Richard Xerri who continued his current velvet patch of running by clocking the fastest individual time in the East Surrey League cross country relays on Wimbledon Common. Xerri, who led the Hercules Wimbledon team home with a good run in the Surrey cross country championships at Croydon, brought the team home almost half-a-minute clear at the end of the opening leg of the East Surrey League relay.


23/01/06 - OUTSTANDING WEEKEND FOR YOUNGSTERS
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's youngsters enjoyed an outstanding weekend with gold medal winning performances in the South of England indoor and Surrey schools cross country championships.
Hercules Wimbledon's only two athletes entered for the championships both struck gold in the South of England indoor championships at Brunel University, Uxbridge.
In an outstanding competition, Ike Mba took the lead in the junior men's event with a second round leap of 6.84 metres, improved to 6.88 metres in the third round and then sealed the gold medal with a final leap of 7.16 metres which also smashed the championship record and was just two centimetres below his lifetime best set when winning the Surrey indoor title at Sutton last March.
It was the first area title for Mba, 18, who won English schools, South of England outdoor and Surrey silver medals last summer.
Two hours later, his Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Emily Martin took the junior women's long jump stage in the final event of the two day championships meeting. Like Mba, she also took the lead in the early rounds. After an initial foul attempt she went into the silver medal position with her second effort of 5.21 metres took the lead in the third round with 5.38 metres and sealed her gold medal-winning performance with a fifth round jump of 5.41 metres. It too was her first ever South of England title.
It was also her best indoor long jump performance and compared with her outdoor best of 5.66 metres. During 2005, she won five Surrey titles, three indoors and two out.
In the Surrey schools cross country championships at Reigate Priory, Alex Bodin upgraded the bronze medal he won last year to gold when he took the senior boys title. Neal Fraser also ran a good race to finish seven to probably ensure a place in Surrey's English Schools championships team.
Luke Jones ran an outstanding race in the intermediate boys championship where he took the bronze medal just 10 seconds behind the race winner. Last year he finished 10th. Rosemary Fernando was ninth in the intermediate girls race with Serena Brotherton 16th and Rosemary Fernando 19th.
Further afield, 13-year-old Jonathan Burgess was in action in the UK Cross Challenge meeting in Cardiff where he battled well in the toughest race he has experienced so far in the nationwide series. With all the winners of the previous UK Cross Challenge races taking part, young Burgess knew it was going to be tough and he was just pipped for fourth place as he took fifth spot in the three kilometres race in 10 minutes 44 seconds, just 21 seconds off third place.
He finished well ahead of the series leader, Tom Collins from Nottingham who was down in sixth place and Burgess's performance has lifted him from joint fifth to fourth place in the overall rankings going into the finals in Nottingham in March.
His father, David, said: "Jonathan had a very good run in what was an exceptionally strong field. He will be in a good position going into the final in Nottingham which is a course he enjoys." Before then, he faces a long trip to Exmouth on Saturday for the South of England championships where he will be going flat out for a win in the boys under 13 event.


16/01/06 - IMPRESSIVE HAT-TRICK FOR ROBSON
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's top women's cross country runner, Steph Robson, completed a hat-trick of victories when she won the third Surrey Ladies cross country league Division Two race at Newlands Corner, Guildford.
Robson, who lives on the edge of Wimbledon Common, dominated the Division Two race and ran out a clear winner in 20 minutes 56 seconds, more than half-a-minute ahead of the second runner, to complete an impressive hat-trick.. She won the previous Division Two races on Wimbledon Common and Reigate's Priory Park.
Two other Hercules Wimbledon athletes to perform well were the Fernando twins Jennifer and Rosemary. They finished 11th and 20th in the girls under 15 race. Their run out at Guildford came only two days after they competed in the Merton Schools cross country championships in Morden Park.
Jennifer, running for Ursuline, led the senior and intermediate girls field home in 12:46 with her Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Serena Brotherton, representing Raynes Park, third in 13:06 and Rosemary fourth in 13:38.
Two other Hercules Wimbledon runners to gain victories were Alex Bodin (Wimbledon College) and Luke Jones (Raynes Park) who took the senior and intermediate boys races in 13:18 and 13:53. Hercules Wimbledon's Neil Fraser was third in the senior boys race in 14:05.
Hercules Wimbledon's Michaela Knespl (Ursuline) took the silver medal in the junior girls race.
Fraser also hardly had time to recover before he turned out for his club in the third of this season's Sweatshop Surrey Men's League meetings in Croydon's Lloyd Park. He had a good run in the five miles race finishing 17th in 31:48. He was the third Hercules Wimbledon runner over the line behind Richard Xerri, 10th in 30:49 and Adam Przedrzymirski (12th in 30:49). Phil Glynn and veteran Gary Blesson were 22nd and 23rd in 31:56 and 31:58, respectively, marathon runner Peter Lee 47th in 33:16 and Hugh Saxby, second veteran over 50, 65th in 34:14.
Teenager Jonathan Burgess maintained his unbeaten record in Surrey League races this winter when he took the boys under 13 event by almost two minutes in 16:05. Liam White and Paul Stables were eighth and ninth in 19:15 and 19:22 and Matthew Burgess 30th in 21:48.
Fresh from his Merton schools success, Luke Jones led Hercules Wimbledon to a team victory in the joint under 17 and under 15 race heading the field home in 15:15, 10 seconds ahead of team-mate Alex Bruce-Littlewood in second place with Sean Crummy fifth in 16:18. Charlie Carrington, who had also competed in he Merton Schools Championships where he was fifth in the under 15 race for Raynes Park, was 11th in 17:19 and William Spooner 13th in 17:42.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon arev hosting the East Surrey League cross country relays on Wimbledon Common. Because of construction work on the common, the start and takeover area is being moved about 200 metres towards Wimbledon Village and will now be next to The Paddock near the junction of Parkside and Causeway. The young athletes are due off at 2pm with the seniors going at 2.30pm.
Several Hercules Wimbledon youngsters will also be competing in the annual Surrey Schools cross country championships which are being staged in Reigate's Priory Park on Saturday morning. Leading finishers will be selected to compete for Surrey in the English Schools championships at Mansfield on March 25.


9/01/06 - MEDAL WINNING QUARTET AT CROYDON
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club runners achieved a quartet of medal-winning performances in the annual Surrey cross country championships at Croydon's Lloyd Park.
Leading the medal-winning effort was the club's senior women's team who wrote themselves into the history book. Not only was it the first time Hercules Wimbledon had ever fielded a senior women's team in the Surrey cross country championships but the trio marked their appearance by clinching the bronze team medals.
Leading the team home was Steph Robson who took ninth place in 34 minutes 43 seconds with Claire Cann, competing in the Surrey championships for the first time, a good 16th in 35:51 and veteran Mel Jones 36th in 38:54.
Teenager Jonathan Burgess took the individual bronze medal in the boys under 13 race but he was hoping to do better. "Jono's beaten the guy who won today so it's a little disappointing he didn't finish higher up the medals. But, at least he's got one which he just missed out on last year," said dad David.
Burgess was third in 12:12 with Liam White 22nd in 13:40, Oliver Horrocks 66th in 15:34 and Jonathan's younger brother, Matthew, 72nd in 16:06. The team finished eighth.
Medena Knespl, on holiday at home from her studies at Boston College in the United States, took the individual bronze medal in the junior women's championship in 23:36 finishing one place ahead of her Hercules Wimbledon team-mate Amandine King (24:02).
Hercules Wimbledon runners also took the team bronze medals in the junior men's race and would certainly have finished higher up the field had not their top runner in the race, Adam Przedrzmirski dropped out at the end of the first lap when lying seventh. Adam battled against heavy traffic on his way to the course and arrived with only a few minutes to spare before the start. It meant he was unable to complete a proper warm-up and it hampered him in the early stages of the race as he tried to stay to stay with the leaders. Had he finished Hercules Wimbledon would have secure the silver medals in the team contest.
As it was Neal Fraser led the squad to the bronze medals finishing ninth in 31:57 with Lance Power 18th in 35:26, Richard Vanderpuije 21st in 38:19 and Alex Urban 23rd in 40:04.
International duathlete Richard Xerri continued his roller coaster cross country career. After dropping out of the South of the Thames championship on Wimbledon Common last month and fading badly in an inter-club match the previous weekend, he seemed on top of his game at Croydon as he ran strongly to lead the Hercules Wimbledon runners home.
Xerri, wearing gloves and a white woollen hat against the cold even picked off a few runners on the final lap as he finished 24th out of over 200 runners in 45:51. Kieran White and Jamie Helmer also moved through on the final lap to finish 31st and 47th in 46:28 and 48:39, respectively.
But, it proved a disappointing day for Hercules Wimbledon's big hope Ian Horrocks who, hampered by a month's lack of training due to injury was reduced to almost jogging round the three laps to finish 48th in 48:54. With Phil Glynn 55th in 49:14 and Leo Cox 56th in 49:17, the team just missed out on medals finishing in fourth place.
Other Hercules Wimbledon finishers were Gary Blesson 70th in 50:09, supervet Hugh Saxby 86th in 51:06, Martin Miller 130th in 55:01, Steve Hadley 162nd in 58:53 and Dominic Getting 174th in 60:08.
Raynes Park schoolboy Luke Jones just missed out on a medal in the men's under 17 race where he finished fourth in 24:11 with Sean Crummy 24th in 28:43.Charlie Carrington was 17th in the boys under 15 race in 16:56 with Deyan Knespl 24th in 17:12 and William Spooner 39th in 18:44.
Twins Jennifer and Rosemary Fernando were 19th and 31st in the girls under 15 race in 19:11 and 20:23 with Hannah Long 45th in 22:56. Hercules Wimbledon also had three runners in the girls under 13 race with Gaby Heany 20th in 14:35, Sophie Greenwood 34th in 15:33 and Michaela Knespl 36th in 15:35.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon men return to Lloyd Park for their third Sweatshop Surrey League race of the season while the women face the long trip to Merrow golf course near Guildford for their third Surrey Ladies League meeting.


3/01/06 - HW ATHLETES FACE HECTIC START TO 2006
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club athletes face a busy start to the new year with runners in action in the annual Surrey cross country championships at Croydon's Lloyd Park on Saturday and youngsters competing in the second of this season's Surrey Sportshall meetings at Guildford on Sunday.
Hercules Wimbledon runners will be hoping to get among the medals in the Surrey cross country championships. If he has recovered from the injury problems which dogged him towards the end of last year, Ian Horrocks will be hoping to make his debut in the senior men's race and lead the squad home. If he runs to form he has an outside chance of an individual medal.
At the other end of the age scale, 13-year-old Jonathan Burgess will be hoping to covert the bronze medal he won last year into gold this time in the boys under 13 championship. It is the first race on the busy programme, due off at 11am, and young Jonathan will be hoping to get Hercules Wimbledon off to a great start and set the trend for the day. Brother Matthew and Oliver Horrocks will be giving support to the bid for team medals.
Hercules Wimbledon will be hoping to field a team in the senior women's event for the first time for several seasons. Claire Cann, who has shown good form in Surrey Ladies League and endurance road races in the last few months, will also be making her debut in the senior women's championships where with Steph Robson she will be challenging for a place in the Surrey team to compete in the UK Inter-Counties championships at Nottingham in March.
Burgess, now 13, is ranked seventh in the boys under 13 1500m with a personal best time of 4:43.18 he achieved at a National Young Athletes Meeting at Kingsmeadow Stadium in July. Earlier in the summer he took the silver medal in the boys under 13 1500m event at the Surrey championships.
Juniors Adam Przedrymirski, Neil Fraser, Alex Bodin and Ben Saxby have high hopes of taking individual and team medals in their race over eight kilometres while Luke Jones and Michael O'Halloran are the leading Hercules Wimbledon contenders in the men's under 17 race.
Twins Jennifer and Rosemary Fernando race in the girls under 15 championship before leading the Hercules Wimbledon challange in the Surrey Sportshall meeting at Guildford's Spectrum Leisure Centre on Sunday. There is an exceptionally early start at 9.30am to accommodate a basketball match later in the day.
Jamie Helmer warmed up for this weekend's Surrey championships by heading the Hercules Wimbledon contingent home in the Hercules Wimbledon/Lauriston Runners Club seven miles road race on Wimbledon Common on New Year's Eve. Helmer clocked 39 minutes 41 seconds, 18 seconds ahead of veteran Gary Blesson with Richard Xerri next Hercules Wimbledon finisher in 41:07, just five seconds ahead of junior Adam Przedrymirski.
Teenager Alex Bodin was in the winning pair in the Lauriston Runners Club's 30-minute paarlauf staged for the 52nd time on Christmas Day. His Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Kieran White was in the pair that finished in third place.

 

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