PRESS RELEASES for Hercules Wimbledon AC for 2008

29/12/08 - HW RUNNERS DOMINATE SCHOOLS RACES
Runners from Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club dominated the annual Merton Schools cross country championships on Cannon Hill Common supplying a hat-trick of winners.
Three of the successes came in the boys races with James Greene winning the senior event in 14 minutes 6 seconds, Geordie Logan the intermediate boys title in 12:53 and Joe Clark the junior boys championship in 10:19. A fourth triumph came in the girls under 13 race where Rebecca Stone scored a comfortable win in 6:34.
Jack Attwater just failed to add to the wins in taking second spot in the Primary Schools race in 4:57, five seconds behind the winner. Another Hercules Wimbledon runner in action was Antonia Drewett who was 12th in the junior girls race in 13:26.
Leading runners from the championship races will represent Merton in the Surrey schools cross country championships at Reigate next month.
Hercules Wimbledon's Neil Aitken headed home a large field of almost 350 runners in the Bushy Park run on Christmas Day in 17:00. Clubmate Yuzo Saito was 61st in 20:33.
Also on Christmas Day, Ed Saywell was a member of the winning team in the Lauriston Runners Club's 30-minute paarlauf on Wimbledon Common while Liam White, in a warm-up for this coming weekend's Surrey cross country championships at Croydon, was a member of the team which finished second.
New Hercules Wimbledon signing Tamsin Cargill made a winning debut when she braved frosty conditions in the Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday to take the women's race in 21:58 ahead of her Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Michaela Knespl (22:16). Tim Bartley finished 24th overall in 22:28.
Hercules Wimbledon's James Trapmore repeated his win of the previous Saturday in taking the Bushy Park run in 15:55, heading home a 260-strong field. The event saw the return to action after injury of former marathon international Steve Badgery, now 61. Badgery, who was making his first appearance in a competitive race for more than two months, posted one of the top age-graded performances as the first veteran over 60 finisher in 19:46.
At the other end of the age scale, Alex Bond who will celebrate his 10th birthday in January, showed considerable promise as he finished 38th out of 220 runners in the Weyhill Boxing Day 3.75 miles fun run at Haslemere. His father Stewart was 11th.
There was a record turn-out of 21 teams for the annual Christmas Cracker track relay at Wimbledon Park track. Each of the teams of three runners completed 12 laps of the track with each runner completing 200m stages. The winninf trio was Ed Saywell, Rory Blakeney-Edwards and Alex Bond. Neil Fraser, Khalid Belhaj and Matthew Burgess finished second with Stewart Bond, Yuzo Saito and Jack Blakeney-Edwards third.
Chris Coles was the first Hercules Wimbledon finisher in the Lauriston Runners Club's 7.5 miles multi-terrain event on Saturday. He finished fifth in 43:30 with over 50 veteran Hugh Saxby sixth in 44:12 and walking international Estle Viljoen top woman in 47:03.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon athletes will be out in force in the annual Surrey cross country championships which are being held at Lloyd Park, Croydon, on Saturday. The men's under 17 teams led by London schools champion Liam White will be among the favourites to pick up a set of team medals.


22/12/08 - PRESTIGIOUS HONOUR FOR CLUB PRESIDENT
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club president David Littlewood has been honoured by UK Athletics.
Retired schoolmaster Littlewood, now 71, was presented with the lifetime achievement award at this year's UK Athletics' awards dinner at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham. Littlewood received the award from UK Athletics chief executive Neils de Vos.
The ceremony was hosted by former Olympic 400m runner Katharine Merry, now a successful TV presenter. She said: "Our lifetime achievement award is always a great occasion and a great opportunity to recognise the unique and outstanding contribution that an individual has made to the landscape of the sport locally, and in this case, globally.
"This year's award is presented to an individual of global stature. From Paris to Barcelona, from English schools to World championships, this award recognises the contribution that has been made right through the very spine of the sport."
She went on: "In training and developing officials internationally, he has maintained the strong and diligent processes that our event judges and officials maintain across the world. "From his involvement at the very beginning, he has maintained, endorsed and developed the UK's pioneering programme of doping control. UK Athletics proudly presents the lifetime achievement award to David Littlewood."
Littlewood was one of only three British technical officials at the Beijing Olympics during the summer where he was the IAAF supervisor for the photo-finish. He is the only British representative on the IAAF technical committee and has been honorary secretary of the English Schools Athletics Association since 1992. Since 1981, he has been chairman of the British Technical Officials' Committee and has officiated at more than a hundred international meetings in this country as track Judge, track referee, chief photofinish judge or meeting manager.
He has also refereed the London marathon for the last 24 years. Locally, he has been a member of Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club for more than half-a-century, joining in 1952 when he was a youngster at Battersea Grammar School, and has remained loyal to his club ever since.
When he stepped down after serving as the club's treasurer for a marathon 43 years he was elected president. He said: "I had no idea I was going to receive the award. It came as a great surprise."
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon athletes get the chance to work off their Christmas excesses when they stage their annual seven miles road race on Saturday. It starts in The Causeway, Wimbledon Common, close to the Fox and Grapes pub at the junction of Camp Road and West Place.


15/12/08 - YOUNG GUNS WARM UP FOR COUNTY BATTLES
Some of Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's youngsters showed good form in the Holly Run cross country races at Reigate on Sunday in their build up for next month's county championships at Croydon's Lloyd Park.
Best of the group was teenager Ella Benedict who ran away with the junior women's three miles race in 20 minutes 1 second. Benedict, 17, finished 11 seconds clear of the second junior runner and was also a strong seventh in the senior race. A relative newcomer to Hercules Wimbledon - she joined in August - she was a member of the history making team that won the Dysart Cup in Richmond Park earlier this month.
London Regional silver medallist Liam White had by far the toughest race at Reigate coming up against Surrey champion Elliot Woolmer in the men's under 17 three miles race. The Hercules Wimbledon runner chased Woolmer all the way and was just eight seconds down at the finish crossing the line in 15:45. With Jonathan Burgess seventh in 16:36, Geordie Logan, fresh from his runaway victory in the Merton schools championships three days earlier, ninth in 16:41 and Joe Toomey 10th in 16:50, Hercules Wimbledon easily took the team honours and are strong contenders for gold in the Surrey championships.
Hercules Wimbledon just missed out on team medals in the boys under 15 three miles race where the team included another Merton schools winner Joe Clark. The trio was led home by Ed Saywell who was eighth in 17:24 with Clark 14th in 18:42 and Matthew Burgess 19th in 19:36.
Hercules Wimbledon's Phil Glynn qualified for a place in next year's Boston Marathon by clocking inside 3:10:00 in the Hastings Centenary Marathon. He was just inside the required time as he crossed the finishing line in 3:09:13 to finish 36th out of almost 1200 runners. First Hercules Wimbledon runner in the race was Kwame Okojie who finished 32nd in 3:04:30 with Tom Cheetham 136th in 3:22:5.
Hercules Wimbledon veteran Frank Wood had a busy weekend. On Sunday he finished 112th out of more than 1300 runners in 1:27:19. Less than 24 hours earlier he turned out in an inter-club five miles cross country match hosted by Hercules Wimbledon and staged in appalling wet and cold conditions on Wimbledon Common.
Wood was 10th in 35:35 in a race which was won by Hercules Wimbledon's Mike Halman in 29:46 with Peter Lee second and first veteran in 31:28 and Hugh Saxby fourth and first veteran over 50 in 32:23. Stewart Bond was seventh in 34:38, Martin Miller 13th and second over 60 veteran in 36:10 and Tom Morris 21st in 38:20. Anna Garnier was second woman in 37:21 and Michaela Knespl third woman in 38:22. Hercules Wimbledon easily won the match.
Teams (three-a-side): 1 Hercules Wimbledon 7; 2 Veterans AC 21; 3 Kingston and Polytechnic 22; 4 Croydon Harriers 30. Eight-a-side: 1 Hercules Wimbledon 73; 2 Veterans AC 92; 3 Kingston and Polytechnic 135.
The race also incorporated the Hercules Wimbledon club championships. Halman, Lee and Saxby were the top three in the men's championship with Garnier and Knespl first two in the women's championship.
Also on Wimbledon Common, Hercules Wimbledon Andrew Penney led the old boys team to victory in the annual challenge match against King's College School as he held off schoolmaster James Trapmore to win in pouring rain by just two metres.
Teenager Alex Robinson had another good run in the Wimbledon Common five kilometres event on Saturday morning where he was third in 17:44 ahead of clubmate Jon Fairs who was fourth in 18:30. Neil Aitken and Deon Harrison were fourth and eighth out of more than 200 runners in the Richmond Park run in 17:18 and 17:46, respectively.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon runners are in action in the South of the Thames cross country championships over seven-and-a-half miles on Wimbledon Common. It starts near the War Memorial at 2pm.


8/12/08 - HISTORIC DYSART VICTORY FOR WOMEN'S SQUAD
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's women's cross country team boosted their bid for promotion in the Surrey Ladies cross country league with a winning debut team performance in the annual Dysart Cup event in Richmond Park on Saturday.
Although the club has previously fielded individual runners in the event, this year was the first time they put out a full team and, packing three in the top five finishers, they proved unstoppable on their way to posting an historic victory.
London marathon runner Claire Grima led the team to success and provided an extra bonus by taking the individual honours. She headed the field from the start and at the end of the opening small lap she was five seconds ahead of her clubmate Steph Robson with international walker Estle Viljopen in fifth spot.
Grima continued to dictate the pace and eventually won the 4.09 miles race by around 40m in 25 minutes 35 seconds, with Robson third in 25:45 and Viljoen fifth in 26:36. Ella Benedict, 14th in 28:21, and Shelley Cleghorn, making her Hercules Wimbledon debut, finishing 18th in 29:45, sealed the team triumph.
Other Hercules Wimbledon finishers were Kate Buchanan 29th in 31:06, Marilena De Luca 30th in 31:09, Caroline Hicks 33rd in 31:23, Nicole Paton 34th in 31:25 and Rowene Hornshaw 39th in 33:24. The victory gave a big fillip to the team's hopes of gaining promotion to the top division of the Surrey Ladies cross country league for the first time in the club's history. With two of the four matches completed, the team is lying just behind third spot in Division Two with the top three teams guaranteed promotion.
In the absence of the club's top runners in the men's 5.55 miles Ellis Trophy race, teenager Andrew Penney enjoyed an impressive run to take second place in the 100-strong field. Penney ran strongly for the first half of the race and he was among the leading group of four runners as they passed the half-way point in 14:32. Younger clubmate Liam White was sixth almost half-a-minute behind the leaders.
Penney stormed through in the final 300m to secure runners-up spot in 29:53, just 10 seconds behind the race winner. White, 16, like Penney running in the event for the first time, was seventh in 31:10. Arnaud Claverie was ninth in 31:14, Geordie Logan 20th in 33:04, Phil Glynn 24th in 33:51 and Stewart Bond 32nd in 35:24 to secure third team place. Other Hercules Wimbledon finishers were veterans Dan Pescod and Frank Wood, 38th and 47th in 35:46 and 37:04, David Grima, making his Hercules Wimbledon debut, 50th in 37:23, Tom Cheetham 61st in 38:50, over 60 veteran Peter Giles 65th inn 39:25, Yuzo Saito 73rd in 40:08, Vincent Watmon 78th in 41:01 and Steve Hadley 84th in 42:43.
Hercules Wimbledon teenager Joe Toomey won the intermediate boys title at the Central Surrey schools cross country championships on Epsom Downs while, on the road, over 60 veteran Dennis Williams won the monthly Woking handicap three miles event in 22:52 and Mike Halman finished seventh out of almost 550 runners in the Stockport 10 miles road race in 55:04. On the track teenagers Michael Adjei-Tabirade and Nnamdi Odum flexed their muscle for next summer's track season by winning the junior long the triple jumps at the Brunel University Indoor open meeting with 6.10 and 13.32m, respectively. New recruit Jimmy Saruchera was third in the senior long jump with 6.37m while Royden John won his 60m race in 6.24.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are hosting a pre-Christmas inter-club five miles cross country match on Wimbledon Common starting at 2pm. Next Tuesday, the club are holding their annual seasonal Christmas Cracker relay at Wimbledon Park athletics stadium starting at 7pm.


1/12/08 - BACK TO GRASS ROOTS FOR MEDALLIST WHITE
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's top teenage cross country runner Liam White followed up his medal-winning run in the London cross country championships at Parliament Hill Fields with a win in the 100th weekly Wimbledon Common Park Run on Saturday morning.
White, 16, posted his sixth win in seven appearances in the event as he finished a sizeable 45 seconds ahead of the second runner. His winning time of 16 minutes 59 seconds was just three seconds outside his best time for the course set when he won the event last month. However, he was considerably faster than his Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Adam Vandenberg who won the event the previous weekend in 16:20.
He led a host of Hercules Wimbledon runners across the finishing line with Stewart Bond 14th in 19:28, veteran Frank Wood 21st in 19:55, Bradlee Mulroe 28th in 20:42 and Adam Fenton 34th in 21:05. Anna Garnier was third woman in 21:16 just ahead of clubmate Rebecca Stone (21:55).
Hercules Wimbledon's Neil Aitken also led the field home in Richmond Park Park Run in 17:07 finishing 28 seconds ahead of clubmate Graeme Buscke. It was Buscke's second race in less than 24 hours. The previous day he finished fourth out of almost 200 runners in the Serpentine Last Friday of the Month five kilometres event in Hyde Park. He clocked 17:30 for the distance.
Hercules Wimbledon teenagers Jonathan and Michael O'Halloran made a welcome return to racing in the Bushy Park Park Run at Hampton Court. Jonathan was a good 20th out of more than 350 finishers in 19:19 with elder brother Michael, who celebrated his 19th birthday last month, 27th in 19:38 with one of the club's 8090m runners Camille Duval getting some endurance work in for the next track season finishing 63rd in 21:02.
It's been a good week for the club's youngsters with Hercules Wimbledon runners taking a hat-trick of titles in the Kingston Schools cross country championships in Richmond Park. Emma Headley won the Girls Year seven race in 10:15 while Max Cooper took the Boys Year seven race in a faster 9:53. A third Hercules Wimbledon runner to strike gold was Tim Livingstone who took the Boys Year eight title in 15:02.
Hercules Wimbledon's Steph Robson was first woman in the Veterans Athletic Club's 5.8 miles cross country race on Wimbledon Common on Saturday. She clocked 37:45 and finished just ahead of over 55 veteran Grenville Tuck who was eighth in the men's race in 37:53. Also in action were Stephen McDuell and Tom Morris who were 15th and 16th in 40:29 and 41:28, respectively.
Hercules Wimbledon runners have also been performing well overseas. Competing in an open meeting in Gold Coast City, Australia, Jonathan Burgess clocked a personal best of 2:03.56 in taking second place in his 800m race. Teenager Burgess arrived in London on a six-week holiday this week and is planning to compete in the Surrey cross country championships next month where he could provide a useful challenge to clubmate Liam White.
In Italy, Marilena De Luca finished just outside the places in the Domizia half-marathon in taking fourth place in the women's race in 1:43:42, the fourth best-ever half-marathon time by a Hercules Wimbledon woman.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are competing in the Ellis Men's Trophy and Dysart Women's Cup cross country races in Richmond Park on Saturday. The women's race over 4.12 miles starts at 1.45pm with the men's event over 5.55 miles due off at 2.30pm. Hercules Wimbledon youngsters will also be in action in the Merton Schools cross country championships which are being held on Cannon Hill Common, Morden, next Tursday.


24/11/08 - MEDAL WINNING RETURN TO LONDON CHAMPS
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's cross country runners made a medal winning return to the London cross country championships at Parliament Hill Fields, North London, on Saturday.
Teenager Liam White ran superbly in his toughest race of the winter to take the silver medal in the men's under 17 London Region and Saucony English cross country series five kilometres race. White, 16, was challenging for the title at the end of the first of two undulating laps but found it tough going on the hills and eventually came through in the final 100m to take the silver medal in 16 minutes 9 seconds.
White admitted he had finished higher than expected. "The winner got away on the hills and although I pulled him back on the downhill and flat sections it just wasn't enough," said White. "I'm fairly happy with my run, though."
White, who likes the Parliament Hill Fields circuit, was returning to the venue where he won the London schools title last January. He returns there in January to defend his London schools crown and then, in February, he hopes to run in the English national cross country championships.
Hercules Wimbledon's seniors also performed well on their return to the London event after a gap of more than 30 years. Nine clubs runners took part in the race over a testing four lap course. Second claim member James Trapmore was the first Hercules Wimbledon runner over the line finishing sixth in the championship race in 32:57.
First member of the scoring team was Aidan Hogan who was 22nd in 34:20 with teenager Alex Robinson 38th in 35:18, Arnaud Claverie, who was having his second race of the day, 40th in 35:20, Justin Kelly 50th in 35:58. Then followed veterans Peter Lee 63rd in 36:46, Jonathan Dobson 64th in 36:46 and Stuart Fraser 78th in 37:16 with Deon Coetzee 106th in 38:24 and Phil Glynn 110th in 38:47. The team finished seventh out of the 49 that closed in.
Earlier in the day, Claverie ran a fast five kilometres in the Bushy Park Run where he was third in 16:40. Other Hercules Wimbledon finishers were John Querstret 19th in 18:36, Martin O'Halloran 45th in 19:40, Camille Duval 112th in 21:19 and veteran Barry King 143rd in 22:16. More than 400 runners took part.
Over on Wimbledon Common, Hercules Wimbledon's Adam Vandenberg showed his best form of the winter as he ran away with the weekly Park Run in 16:20. He took 39 seconds off his previous best time for the course as he won the event by more than 100m. Rebecca Stone, just 14, took almost a minute off her best time for the event as she finished third woman, with the best female age-graded performance, in 22:20 with another teenager Nicole Paton fourth woman in 22:39 and Alice Village sixth woman in 25:02.
Hercules Wimbledon also had a contingent of runners in action in an inter-club seven miles match in Richmond Park. Stewart Bond was 11th in 45:27, teenager Deyan Knespl 12th in 45:58, veteran Frank Wood 13th in 46:20 and fellow veteran Tom Cheetham 16th in 48:16. Other Hercules Wimbledon finishers were Steve Hadley 19th in 50:10, Vince Watmon 20th in 50:13 and Rowena Hornshaw 31st and second woman in 59:35.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters are in action in the second of this winter's Surrey Sportshall meetings at the Spectrum Leisure Centre, Guildford on Sunday. The boys under 15 team will be aiming to repeat their first match win in which Jose Costa and Ed Saywell were second and fourth. Eleanor Smith-Hahn was the girls under 13 individual winner in the opening match.


17/11/08 - HISTORIC APPEARANCE IN LONDON CHAMPS
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club cross country runners will make history at the weekend when they contest the London Cross Country Championships at Parliament Hill Fields for the first time in more than 30 years.
The London Championships date back to 1954 and are the only pan-London cross country event to be staged. The last time Hercules Wimbledon fielded a team in the event was in the early 1970's, shortly after the amalgamation of the former Hercules and Wimbledon clubs in 1967. The former Hercules club took the men's team title in 1965 and before that, in 1959, Ernie Earl was the individual winner.
Hercules Wimbledon's top cross country runner this winter, Aidan Hogan, will spearhead the club's team in the senior men's 10km championship with support from teenagers Andrew Penney and Alex Robinson, who both showed good form in the second of this season's Surrey League races, Justin Kelly, returning from injury, and Belal and Hussain Aly.
Senior men team manager Fred Green said: "While we are currently doing well in the Surrey League, the London championships is a race worth doing because it gives us a chance to test our strength against all the clubs in the capital. It is also a valuable opportunity for our senior athletes to race at Parliament Hill where the English National championships are being staged in February."
Also running at Parliament Hill will be Hercules Wimbledon's London schools junior boys 1500m champion Liam White who won the London schools title there in January. White, who will be running in the men's under 17 championship, goes to Parliament Hill Fields unbeaten this winter after convincingly taking the second of this season's Sweatshop Surrey League men's under 17 races on Wimbledon Common. However, he faces his sternest test of the winter as he goes for his sixth consecutive victory.
White, 16, raced away from his rivals as he led Hercules Wimbledon to a clean sweep of the places in the Surrey League 2.5 miles race on Wimbledon Common in 14 minutes 11 seconds finishing ahead of Geordie Logan (14:33) and Joe Toomey (14:42). With Ed Saywell fifth and first under 15 finisher in 14:54 and Joe Clark 11th and second in the under 15 section, Hercules Wimbledon easily took the team honours.
Hercules Wimbledon's former marathon international Steve Badgery was forced to pull out of the Masters Cross Country International in Swansea on Saturday because of a continuing injury. Badgery, 61, was selected to run for England in the men's over 60 category but has been unable to race for a month due to a trapped nerve in the base of his back.
Hercules Wimbledon had several runners in action in the South of the Thames five miles race in Lloyd Park, Croydon, on Saturday. Over 50 veteran Hugh Saxby was the top Hercules Wimbledon finisher taking 40th place in 33:04. Stewart Bond was 73rd in 35:58 with Frank Wood 84th in 37:26. Meanwhile, Rowena Hornshaw was Hercules Wimbledon's sole representative in the women's race finishing 39th in 47:17.
Veteran Frank Wood completed a busy weekend by racing in the Epsom Downs 10 miles road race on Sunday. He finished 47th out of 340 runners in 1:07:12 and was 12th in the veteran over 40 section.
In addition to sending a team to Parliament Hill Fields, Hercules Wimbledon are competing in an inter-club seven miles cross country match in Richmond Park on Saturday. The race starts at 2pm from the cross roads near Sheen Gate.


10/11/08 - FINE RUNS TO MARK 75TH ANNIVERSARY
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club runners marked the 75th anniversary of the founding of Hercules Ladies Athletic Club in 1933 with fine team performances in both the Surrey Ladies and Sweatshop Surrey Men's Cross Country Leagues on Saturday.
Over at Lightwater Country Park, Bagshot, marathon runners Claire Grima and Estle Viljoen led Hercules Wimbledon to their best-ever team placing in the Surrey's Ladies League senior race. They finished fourth and seventh, respectively, in 24 minutes 45 seconds and 25 minutes 52 seconds to spearhead the team to fourth place and thirds overall after two of the four matches. Michaela Knespl was 18th in 27:28, Rosemary Fernando 27th in 28:13, Marilyn De Luca 62nd in 30:41 and Rowena Hornshaw 77th in 32:28.
Eleanor Smith-Hahn, the youngest runner in the field at 11, repeated her first match win to take the girls under 13 race in 13:14. Clubmate Ella Dobson was 17th in 14:56.
With Wimbledon Common at its wettest after several hours of continuous rain, Aidan Hogan also led the senior men home to fourth place in the second Sweatshop Surrey League five miles race. Hogan was eighth out of 200 runners in 27:58 with Belal Aly 29th in 28:57, Jamie Helmer 43rd in 29:27, Mike Halman 44th in 29:33, Richard Xerri 52nd in 29:53 and Andrew Penney 54th in 30:04, just two seconds ahead of fellow teenager Alex Robinson.
Next Hercules Wimbledon finisher was Arnaud Claverie who was 59th in 30:25, running just hours after finishing runner-up in a five miles road race in Battersea Park in 27:46. Adam Przedrmirski was 66th in 30:42 with the scoring team of 10 being completed by three times English cross country champion Dave Clarke who was 67th in 30:43. It was his first appearance in a Surrey League race for more than two decades when he was one of this country's top cross country runners.
Clarke won English national cross country title in 1982, 1987 and 1988 and was runner-up four times in 1981, 1983, 1985 and 1986. To make the scoring 10, now aged 50, underlined his impressive pedigree.
Other Hercules Wimbledon finishers were Stuart Fraser, 99th in 31:45, Peter Lee 100th in 31:50, Ian Horrocks, having his first race of the winter, 103rd in 32:04, Chris Coles 106th in 32:15, Deon Coetzee 113th in 32:25, Hugh Saxby 114th in 32:26, Andy Waites 132nd in 33:35, John Quertret 134th in 33:41, Neil Fraser 135th in 33:48 and Deyan Knespl 137th in 34:05.
With two matches completed, the men, like the women, are in third place overall. Hercules Wimbledon's team effort would have been even better had not injury forced Alex Bruce-Littlewood to drop out and ruled out Justin Kelly and Kieran White, all of who would normally have been in the scoring 10.
Some of Hercules Wimbledon's top athletes of yesteryear attended a dinner in Twickenham on Friday night to mark the 75th anniversary of the formation of Hercules Ladies AC . They included Dave Clarke, Brenda Bedford, who represented Great Britain in the shot for two decades between 1958 and 1978, 400m hurdles international Robin Woodland, who represented Britain in the 1962 European Championships in Belgrade, cross country international Frank Briscoe and junior triple jump international Megarry Effiong. Around 100 past and present members of the club enjoyed an evening of reminiscing.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon runners are in action in the South of the Thames five miles race at Lloyd Park, Croydon, on Saturday, starting at 2pm.


3/11/08 - YOUNGSTERS STRONG SPORTSHALL START
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's youngsters made a solid start to their Surrey Sportshall programme at Guildford's Spectrum Leisure Centre winning the boys under 15 team contest and providing the individual winner in the girls under 13 event.
One of Hercules Wimbledon's youngest members of the squad, Eleanor Smith-Hahn, was joint winner of the girls under 13 competition despite contesting only two events. She won the sis lap race and was runner-up in the standing long jump. Two other members of the Hercules Wimbledon team to do well were Emma Headley who was fourth in the six lap race and Dalia Serafy who finished sixth in the two lap race. Hercules Wimbledon were also runners-up in the paarlauf.
With Antonia Drewett and Olivia Hogan the girls under 13 team finished an encouraging seventh out of 20.
The boys under 15 team were convincing winners of their competition with 273 points, more than 30 points clear of the runners-up. Jose Costa and Ed Saywell led the squad to their team victory by finishing second and fourth in the individual rankings.
Costa was second in both the four lap race and shot was third in the standing triple jump. Saywell was second equal in the speed-bounce event and fourth in the standing triple jump.
Sprinter Jonathan Osbourne was joint second with Saywell in the speed-bounce event and fifth in the standing long jump and James Russell third in the two lap race. Joseph Clark was the fifth member of the winning boys under 15 team.
Hercules Wimbledon's Oliver Reilly made an impressive debut in the boys under 13 event where he finished third overall just two points behind the winner. He gained two second places in the four lap race and vertical jump. The other three members of the team were John Dench, Kieren Sweeney and Jack Attwater.
Jessica Wood was the sole Hercules Wimbledon representative in the girls under 15 competition.
The next round of the Surrey competition takes place at Guildford on Sunday November 30. Anyone interested in joining the squad should contact John Dennis on 020 8946 9989.
Hercules Wimbledon's Adam Vandenberg finished third out of more than 100 runners in the Wimbledon Common five kilometres run on Saturday morning. His time of 16 minutes 59 secodns took 24 seconds off his previous best. Clubmate veteran Gary Blesson was fourth in 17:43 with Claire Grima first woman in 18:35, taking eight seconds off her previous best time for the course. It was also the sixth best time by a woman runner.
Veteran Frank Wood finished 21st on his debut appearance in the event in 20:10 with Matthew Appleby 29th in 20:48. Anna Garnier was second woman in 20:49 Mark Bohan 35th in 21:09 and over 60 veteran Mike Kortenray 43rd in 21:48.
This weekend is a red-letter day in the history of Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club will a special dinner taking place on Friday to mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of one of the original clubs, Hercules Ladies. Many former members of both the former Hercules AC and Wimbledon AC, founded in 1953, are attending the event at York House, Twickenham, on Friday night. Former international 400m hurdler Robin Woodland is flying in from Hungary to join the celebrations.
Then, on Saturday, Hercules Wimbledon will be aiming to have at least 75 runners in action in the Sweatshop Surrey Men's and Surrey Ladies cross country league meetings on Wimbledon Common and Lightwater Country Park, Bagshot, respectively.


27/10/08 - HOGAN'S FIRST CROSS WIN FOR DECADE
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's Aidan Hogan gained his first cross country race win for 10 years when he raced away with the East Surrey League five miles event at Lloyd Park, Croydon, on Saturday.
Hogan, 26, set off like a greyhound and soon opened up a sizeable 20 metres lead on his nearest rivals. However, he began to pay for his early enthusiasm and by the end of the first of two big laps he was being headed by his Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Mike Halman who had come through to open up a lead of 10 metres.
However, Hogan, ever the fighter, was not finished yet and on the second lap he gradually pulled Hagan back and powered through to win the race by around 40 metres in 29 minutes 24 seconds from Halman (29:33) and a third Hercules Wimbledon runner, Kieran White, third in 29:51.
Hogan's win confirmed his ranking as Hercules Wimbledon's top cross country runner of the season after leading the team home in the opening Sweatshop Surrey League race in Richmond Park. It has also been a very long time since he headed a cross country field home. "The last time I won a race was the Merton High Schools championship as a teenager," said Hogan. "What I'm benefiting from now is training regularly with other Hercules Wimbledon runners and also having a steady job which allow me time to train when I need to."
Hogan also led Hercules Wimbledon to a comfortable team win. Other Hercules Wimbledon runners were teenager Andrew Penney, sixth in 30:54, Adam Vandenerg12th in 32:49, over 50 veteran Hugh Saxby 15th in 33:08, Charlie Carrington 34th in 36:10, Frank Wood 40th in 37:04, over 60 veteran Maurice Sharp 53rd in 38:57, and Steve Hadley 65th in 40:13.
Teenager Liam White maintained his unbeaten record this winter by running away with the young athletes two miles race. Taking the lead from the start he won comfortably in 11:05 also leading Hercules Wimbledon to team success. Geordie Logan was third in 11:35, Joe Toomey fourth in 11:42, Ed Saywell 10th in 11:52, Joe Clark, on his Hercules Wimbledon debut 20th in 12:45, Bradlee Mulroe 28th in 13:28 and Alex Watson 40th in 14:58.
White warmed up for his East Surrey League victory by winning the Ealing Schools boys under 17 cross country trial at Horsenden Hill, Greenford by 11 seconds in 13:18.
Two of Hercules Wimbledon's top senior women runners showed outstanding form in road races over the weekend. Claire Grima set a new club women's half-marathon record when she finished seventh in the women's race at the Stroud half-marathon on Sunday in 1:21:54. Her time took a massive four minutes off her previous best set at Brighton in February and also erased the 2002 club record held by walking international Estle Viljoen at Battersea Park in August 2002 by more than two minutes.
Meanwhile, Zoe Pike was also in record-breaking form when she finished 13th behind world women's marathon record-holder Paula Radcliffe in the BUPA Great South Run 10 miles road race in damp conditions in Portsmouth. Her time of 1:05:54 put her third on the Hercules Wimbledon women's all-time list and is also a veteran club record. It better the previous record of 1:07:10 set by Debbie Higgins at Sidcup in February 1994.
Also on the road, Hercules Wimbledon's Kieran White was seventh in the Amsterdam half-marathon in 1:13:19, the fastest time by a Hercules Wimbledon runner in 2008 while Phil Glynn was sixth out of more than 600 runners in the Maidstone half-marathon in 1:21:00.
Hercules Wimbledon are staging a special dinner to mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of one of the original clubs, Hercules Ladies, at Streatham, back in 1933. The event will take place at York House, Twickenham, on Friday, November 7, starting at 7.30pm. Information and tickets can be obtained from Maurice Sharp on 020 8337 8707.


20/10/08 - HW SUPERVETS GOLD MEDAL TRIUMPH
Former marathon international Steve Badgery led his Hercules Wimbledon team-mates to the gold medals in the Surrey Veterans men's over 60 cross country championships in Richmond Park on Saturday.
Badgery, now 61, was a clear winner of the individual gold medal covering the undulating 10km course in 39 minutes 48 seconds, well ahead of his Hercules Wimbledon team-mate Martin Miller who took the individual silver medal in 41:44. Completing the gold medal-winning team was schoolteacher Maurice Sharp who finished 10th in 44:50.
Hercules Wimbledon's Jonathan Dobson made an impressive debut in the championships taking the over 40 silver medal in 36:21 after moving through steadily during the second half of the race from third place at the half-way stage.
Hercules Wimbledon just missed out on a medal in this age group in finishing fourth in the team event. Peter Lee was fifth in the over 40 race in 37:36 with Stephen McDuell 14th in 43:21.
Hercules Wimbledon's walking international Estle Viljoen looked set to lift the women's title as she headed the field at the half-way stage but her ambition was thwarted by a black dog on a downhill section at the start of the second lap. "It just came out in front of me and I had to swerve to avoid it. It put me off my stride", said schoolteacher Viljoen who had to settle for the silver medal covering the six kilometres course in 24:42.
Hercules Wimbledon's Anna Garnier took the individual gold medal in the women's over 55 championship in 26:12.
Hercules Wimbledon also fielded a team in the men's over 50's championship which finished in fifth spot. It was led in by Hugh Saxby who failed by just two seconds to take an individual medal finishing fourth in 38:12 with schoolmaster Martin O'Halloran 14th in 44:19 and Barry King, eighth in the over 55 category in 46:14.
Hercules Wimbledon teenager Andrew Penney followed up his seventh place in the Run Kingston 8.2 miles race the previous weekend with another impressive run in the Wimbledon Audi 10km road race on Sunday where he finished sixth out of almost 750 runners. Penney, 17, clocked 34:39 to lead Hercules Wimbledon to second place in the team event. Fellow teenager Alex Robinson was 12th in 36:26with veteran Tom Cheetham 61st in 40:58.
It was Robinson's second race of the weekend as he finished seventh in the Wimbledon Common time trial on Saturday in 18:22. The race was won by his Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Liam White who posted his second triumph in the event with a time of 16:56. It proved a Hercules Wimbledon double as Steph Robson made a winning debut in the women's race in 19:14. Hercules Wimbledon teenager Bradlee Mulroe, 14, was 20th out of more than 100 finisher in 20:05.
Hercules Wimbledon's James Trapmore finished third out of 1500 runners in the annual Cabbage Patch 10 miles road race at Twickenham in 53:13. He was up with the two leaders for the opening mile but was then unable to live with their fast pace. Clubmate Chris Coles finished 41st in 59:16.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are competing in the opening East Surrey League meeting of the season at Lloyd Park, Croydon, on Saturday. The young athletes race over two miles starts at 2.30pm with the senior five miles race off at 3pm. On Sunday, Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters compete in the opening Surrey Sportshall meeting at Guildford's Spectrum Leisure Centre.


13/10/08 - BIRTHDAY WIN FOR TEENAGER WHITE
Hercules Wimbledon teenager Liam White celebrated his 16th birthday with an impressive victory in the opening Sweatshop Surrey cross country league meeting of the winter in Richmond Park on Saturday.
White, the London schools intermediate boys 1500m champion, won the 2.84 miles race in unseasonably warm and sunny weather in 15 minutes 41 seconds. He led Hercules Wimbledon to the individual and team double.
Birthday boy White finished about 40m ahead of his Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Geordie Logan (15:50) with another Hercules Wimbledon runner Joe Toomey taking third place in 16:07.
With Ed Saywell fifth and second under 15 finisher in 16:34 and newcomer Simran Kooner ninth in 17:20, Hercules Wimbledon easily took the team honours.
It was a good weekend for Hercules Wimbledon youngsters as Eleanor Hahn-Smith ran away with the girls under 13 race in the opening Surrey Ladies cross country league meeting at Nork Park, Banstead, in 13:46. Other Hercules Wimbledon finishers were Maire Gillman eighth in 14:56, Rebecca Stone 12th in 15:18, Ella Dobson 33rd in 18:00 and Olivia Hogan 34th in 18:06.
Hercules Wimbledon made a solid start to their Sweatshop Surrey league programme in the senior men's 5.65 miles race. They packed their 10 scorers in the top 100 to finish and were led home by Aidan Hogan who appears to be carrying his excellent form from the summer where he clocked a lifetime best 800m time and was the club's top steeplechaser, into the cross country season.
Hogan finished a strong 15th out of almost 200 runners in 30:31 with Kieran White 21st in 30:57, Justin Kelly 35th in 31:30, Mike Halman 40th in 31:42, Jamie Helmer 57th in 32:42, veterans Gary Blesson and Peter Lee 61st and 80th in 32:49 and 33:50 and teenager Alex Robinson 85th in 33:57.
Next Hercules Wimbledon finisher was Chris Coles who was 89th in 34:06 with Phil Glynn completing the scoring 10 finishing 96th in 34:34. Then came over 50 veteran High Saxby who was 112th in 35:21 just ahead of Richard Xerri (35:26) who would have finished much higher up the field had he not stopped to assist a runner who had collapsed.
More than 20 Hercules Wimbledon runners completed the senior race including Deon Coetzee who was 174th after missing the start.
Hercules Wimbledon were third in the under 13 race with Max Cooper and Felix Blanchard finishing seventh and ninth in 19:12 and 21:54.
Hercules Wimbledon senior women also made a good start to their Surrey Ladies League programme at Nork Park, Banstead where they were led home by marathon runner Claire Grima who was fifth in 26:02.Ella Benedict was 14th in 28:07, Rosemary Fernando 30th in 29:33, Marilena De Luca 66th in 32:14 and Rowena Hornshaw 80th in 33:02.
Hercules Wimbledon's James Trapmore won the Aiscs Run Kingston eight miles road race on Sunday in 42:22 with teenager Andrew Penney finishing seventh of the 900-plus field in 47:35.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are competing in the Surrey Veterans cross country championships in Richmond Park on Saturday. Walking international Estle Viljoen competes in the women's six kilometres race, starting at 2.30pm while the 10 kilometres men's race starts at 3pm.


6/10/08 - NEWCOMER RAYNER BATTLES THROUGH RAIN FOR 10 MILE WIN
Andrew Rayner from Blackheath and Bromley raced through pouring rain to win the 48th Geoff Moulden Wimbledon Open 10 miles road race, organised by Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club, at Wimbledon Park on Sunday morning. It was the first time he had competed in the event.
It was also the first ever road race victory for 26-year-old Rayner whose previous closest attempt at winning was in February when he finished runner-up in the Sidcup 10 miles event in South-East London in 50 minutes 17 seconds.
In the worst conditions organisers of the event can remember for many years, Rayner was rather slower over the rather most testing hilly course on Sunday and reached the finish in 52:49 after a close battle with Thames Hare and Hounds' Australian Phil Sly who was 10 seconds behind. Ben Moreau, who the previous weekend had helped Aldershot, Farnham and District to the silver medals in the South of England six-stage road relay championship, was third almost a minute behind in 53:50.
The next runner over the finishing line was Hercules Wimbledon's Hussein Ahmed in 54:27. He led Hercules Wimbledon to victory in the team event. Other members of the winning team were Mike Halman, seventh in 55:56 and Chris Coles 13th in 1:00:27.
Other leading Hercules Wimbledon finishers were Justin Kelly 14th in 1:01:03, Phil Glynn 18th in 1:02:59, teenager Alex Robinson 20th in 1:03:05, over 50 veteran Hugh Saxby 22nd in 1:03:54 and over 45 veteran Andy Waites 27th in 1:04:58.
He finished just one second behind the first woman finisher Naomi Warner from Thames Hare and Hounds who clocked 1:04:57. Herne Hill's aura Nurse was second woman in 1:07:17 and Enfys Jones from Carmarthen Harriers third in 1:10:19, six seconds ahead of over 45 veteran Phyllis Flynn from Stragglers.
Hercules Wimbledon's Pete Giles was the first male over 60 finisher while Sally Maddock was the first Hercules Wimbledon runner in the women's race taking sixth place in 1:14:35.
Hercules Wimbledon's Stuart Fraser headed the field home in the opening Veterans Athletic Club's cross country race of the winter over 5.8 miles of Wimbledon Common on Saturday in 35:11, almost half-a-minute clear of the second runner. Clubmates Dave Betts and Steve McDuell were fourth and fifth in 39:13 and 41:20.
Fraser warmed up for his victory on Wimbledon Common by taking second place in the Raven Racers five kilometres road race in the City of London two days earlier in 17:06.
Hercules Wimbledon's Anna Garnier was the first woman in Saturday's Wimbledon Common time trial in 20:33. Bradlee Mulroe was 18th in their men's race in 20:40.
Hercules Wimbledon's over 60 veteran Steve Badgery produced the top age graded performance in the fourth birthday Bushy Park time trial at Hampton Court on Saturday when he finished 26th out of 507 runners in 18:31.
Hercules Wimbledon's international walker Estle Viljoen won her first walking events for three months when she took the inter-area five kilometres race at Worcester in 25:58.9. She finished more than a minute ahead of the runner-up in her first race walking competition since making her British international debut at the Interland Masters Match at Ashford in June.
Hercules Wimbledon teenagers Liam White and Joe Toomey warmed up for the winter cross country season by posting the second and fourth best times of the day in the Bruce Judd Surrey men's under 17 cross country relay at Stoke Park, Guildford, on Saturday.
White clocked 7:18 and Toomey 17:31. The third member of the trio which just failed to secure team medals in finishing fourth in 23:25 was Paul Stables, who clocked 8:46.
This weekend, White is among Hercules Wimbledon athletes competing in the opening Sweatshop Surrey Men's Cross Country League Division One meeting of the season in Richmond Park. He will be in action in young athletes 2.84 miles race starting at 2.30pm. The senior race over 5.65 miles starts at 3pm.
Hercules Wimbledon's women start their Surrey Ladies League programme at Nork Park, Banstead, also on Saturday. The senior race is off at 12.15pm with the under 15 and under 17 race at 1.15pm and the under 13 race off at 1.45pm.


29/09/08 - GET SET FOR WIMBLEDON'S LONGEST RUNNING ROADS RACE
Final preparations are underway for the staging of Wimbledon's oldest road race, the Geoff Moulden Wimbledon 10 which takes place on Sunday (October 5).
The race dates back to 1961 and is being staged for the 48th time this year. The start of the race is being brought forward this year to 10am. It begins with just over a lap of the running track at Wimbledon Park athletics stadium before runners race out of Wimbledon Park into Wimbledon Park Road. They then complete three circuits of a loop which take in Victoria Drive, Kingsmere Road, Inner Park Road, Parkside, Calonne Road, Burghley Road, Somerset Road and Church Road, past the All England tennis club, before returning along Wimbledon Park Road to finish where they started on the running track. The leading runners are expected to take around 50 minutes.
While postal entries have closed for this year's race, entries costing £15 each will be taken on the day. A total of £1200 in prize money is up for grabs with awards of £200 each for the men's and women's winners. Details can be found on the race website: www.wimbledonten.co.uk
The 2007 men's winner was Olympic marathon runner Huw Lobb who led from start to finish to clock 51 minutes 58 seconds. However, he was well outside the course record of 48:10 which was set by Hercules Wimbledon's own international Bob Holt in 1975.
First Hercules Wimbledon runner last year was Belal Aly who finished sixth in 56:18 to lead his club to victory in the team event. Other members of the winning team were Jamie Helmer 10th in 57:54 and veteran Peter Lee 20th in 1:01:58.
Hercules Wimbledon's Clare Grima was second woman 12 months ago in 1:08:56 behind women's course record-holder Lucy Hasell from Bristol and West (59:02). Hasell set the women's course record of 57:35 in 2006.
Three Hercules Wimbledon runners were among more than 28000 finishers in Sunday's Berlin Marathon where Ethiopian Haile Gabrselassie set a new world record of 2L03:59 for the 26 miles 385 yards distance.
Jonathan Dobson was 575th in a personal best of 2:50:42, veteran Peter Lee was 733rd in 2:53:41 and over 60 veteran Steve Badgery, who was first over 60 finisher in the 2007 Geoff Moulden Wimbledon 10 miles race, 3902nd in 3:19:25.
Also abroad, Hercules Wimbledon's Marilena De Luca posted a personal best time of 1:46:58 in the Monza Half Marathon in Italy.
Nearer home, veteran Stuart Fraser finished third out of more than 100 runners in the Wimbledon Common time trial on Saturday in 17:29.
Hercules Wimbledon's World age group champion Dion Harrison finished fifth out of 360 competitors in the Crystal Palace Triathlon less than half-a-minute behind the event winner in 58:09.
Opening leg runner Aidan Hogan was the best of the Hercules Wimbledon quartet in the South of England six-stage road relay championship at Aldershot on Sunday. He finished 16th, covering the six kilometres circuit in 18:58. Belal Aly (19:40), Richard Xerri (20:21), Alex Robinson (22:20), Mike Halman (20:00) and Jamie Helmer (20;49) completed the team.


22/09/08 - WHY NOT HAVE A GO? - AND IT'S FREE
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club is staging a come and try it athletics weekend on Saturday and Sunday as part of Wimbledon Park's Festival of Sport.
The club's experienced team of coaches will be on hand on both days to welcome anyone who might have been inspired by the action in the recent Beijing Olympics - and who knows? One of the newcomers might even make it to the London 2012 in four years' time.
Both training days will be based at Wimbledon Park athletics stadium on Saturday and Sunday. The Saturday session will start at 12noon and last for three hours. Coaches will give anyone aged eight years and older who turns up the chance to have a go at throwing, high jumping and pole vaulting, and hurdling and sprinting. It would be an ideal opportunity for someone who used to compete in athletics to return to the sport - there is no upper age limit and, the session is free!
If those taking part enjoy the experience then they have the chance to have a serious crack at track and field athletics and join the only track and field club based in Merton
Sunday's activity, which takes place from 10am to 12.30pm, is aimed at a slightly lower age group as youngsters will be invited to join in Hercules Wimbledon's successful "7upsnovers" group from 10am to 12.30pm. This is confined to those between seven and 12 years. Again it is free.
Over 50 youngsters with their parents turned up Hercules Wimbledon's mini-Olympics Sports Day at the track last Sunday. They had go at the long jump, shot, discus and javelin, ran 600m - one and a half laps of the track - and finished off with a 75m dash before tucking into some well earned refreshments.
Teenage sprinter Jonathan Osbourne showed good form in the 27th Hercules Wimbledon open young athletes meeting at Crystal Palace with an individual double. Osbourne, winner of the bronze medal in the England boys under 15 200m championship last month, took the boys under 15 100 and 200m in 11.6 and 23.5 before anchoring the Hercules Wimbledon quartet to victory in the England athletics London Region's sprint relay. The team, which also include Poju Adesilu, Jose Costa and Nathan Safo-Barnieh won the title in 50.7.
Safo-Barnieh was also third and fourth in the 100 and 200m in 11.9 and 24.4. Costa won his 100m race and was second in his 200m event and threw the javelin a personal best of 42.93m in taking second place, while Adesilu was third in his 100m race.
Another Hercules Wimbledon winner was Eleanor Hahn-Smith who took the girls under 13 800m in 2:27.4 and third in the long jump and her 200m race. Felix Blanchard leapt a personal best 4.38m in winning the boys under 13 long jump and was also third in both his 100 and 200m races.
He also linked up with Emmanuel Obayuwana, Tim Livingstone and Olly Livingstone to secure the bronze medals in the London Region boys under 13 sprint relay in 60.6.
Hercules Wimbledon's Claire Grima was third in the Wimbledon Common time trial in 18:43. She posted the second best age-graded performance of the 108-strong field in taking 17 seconds off her previous best. Yuzo Saito also clocked a personal best in finishing 20th in 20:01 while Maurice Sharp was the first veteran over 60 finisher in 21:27. Peter Lee was the first veteran over 40 in the Bushy Park time trial in 17:32 with Steve Badgery first over 60 finisher in 18:39.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are competing are sending teams to compete in the South of England men's and veterans road relay championships at Rushmoor Arena, Aldershot, on Saturday. and also open the club's winter cross country season with an inter-club five miles cross country race in Richmond Park, starting near Sheen Gate at 2.30pm.


15/09/08 - WOMEN OUTSHINE MEN IN ROAD RELAYS
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's senior women's team produced their best ever performance in the Surrey road relay championships at Wimbledon Park on Saturday and out their rival club's men's teams in the shade by snatching a set of team medals for the first time in the club's history.
Walking international Estle Viljeon, just a few days after returning from her honeymoon, ran the opening leg for the women's A team handing over in fourth place covering the 2.88 miles in 18 minutes 6 second
Steph Robson then stormed through on the second leg to take the team into a 15 seconds lead as she completed the lap in 17:30, the fourth best women's time of the day. Third leg runner Michaela Knespl slipped to second place with a time of 19:20 but still managed to keep the team in medal contention and anchor leg runner Claire Grima clinch the historic set of medals by completing the anchor leg in 17:38, the fifth fastest women's time of the day. The team's total time was 1:12:34.
Backing up the medal winning quartet, a second Hercules Wimbledon team also completed the four laps to finish a creditable 11th. Sally Maddocks was seventh on the opening stage in 19:22. Amandine King held that position completing stage two in 20:05 but Rowena Hornshaw (22:32) slipped to 10th place with Marilena De Luca (21:41) bringing the team home in 11th position in a total time of 1:23:40.
The senior men's team got closest to a set of team medals as they finished in fourth place. Kieran White made a solid start finishing third on the opening leg in 14:55, the 10th fastest men's time of the day. Teenager Andrew Penney then ran a solid second stage in 15:33 to hand over in fourth spot before Chris Coles (16:27) slipped to sixth.
Aidan Hogan then ran a storming fifth leg in 15:01, the 14th fastest men's time of the day, to bring the team back into medal contention, handing over in third spot but Mike Halman was unable to hold that placing on the anchor leg which he completed in a swift 15:18 to slip fourth place, bringing the team home less than three minutes behind the winners in a total time of 1:33:26.
Hercules Wimbledon had two other teams in the senior men's relay. The B team was 13th in 1:43:50. The six runners were John Querstret 18th in 17:31, Charlie Carrington 16th in 17:33, Lance Power 16th in 19:12, Geordie Logan 15th in 16:02, Belal Aly 13th in 15:33 and Ed Reed 17:59 on the anchor leg.
The C team was 17th in 1:50:52. Yuao Saito brought the team in 21st on the opening leg in 18:51, Neil Fraser moved up to 17th place with 16:58, over 60 veteran Maurice Sharp slipped to 18th with 20:29, over 55 veteran Martin O'Halloran clocked 19:07in slipping to 19th place with another over 60 veteran Martin Miller clocking 18:58 in moving up to 17th on the anchor stage.
Hercules Wimbledon also fielded a team in the men's over 50 championship which finished fifth in 1:19:38. Barry King was fifth on the opening leg in 20:27 with over 60 veteran Steve Badgery clocking the best time of the quartet with 17:24 on stage two. Ian Isherwood (22:51) and Stu Littlerwood (18:56) completed the team.
Over on Wimbledon Common, Hercules Wimbledon's Adam Van Denberg headed home a 133-strong field to win the weekly Wimbledon Common five kilometres time trial for the first time in 17:23 while Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Stephen McDuell finished 16th in the Richmond Park time trial in 21:24.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are competing in the Lily B League Girls Finals at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Saturday. On Sunday, Hercules Wimbledon are organising a 7upsnovers Olympics at their Wimbledon Park headquarters, starting at 9.30am. This is for youngsters between the ages of seven and 12


8/09/08 - DION HARRISON WINS WORLD TRI TITLE
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club boasts a world champion after Dion Harrison made a successful trip to Holland for the World Long Distance Triathlon Championships.
Harrison, 28, won the 25 to 29 age category event covering the three disciplines in 6 hours 18 minutes 59 seconds. He took 1:06:08 to complete the four kilometres swim, 3:03:21 to complete the 120km bike ride, and 2:04:26 to cover the 30km road run.
Triathlon events are normally staged over much shorter distances and last month Harrison won the Mazda London title in 1:59:44. He finished ahead of almost 200 rivals completing the 1500m swim in 20:42, the 38kim bike ride in 1:01:15 and the 9.8km road run in 34:30.
At the beginning of last month, he was 26th out of almost 900 competitors in the Antwerp Ironman Triathlon in Belgium.
Persistence finally paid off for Hercules Wimbledon teenager Liam White in the Wimbledon Common time trial on Saturday. Competing in the event for the 15th time, White managed to snatch a win by just two seconds in 17:03.
White, 15, who was covered with mud by the time he reached the finishing line, headed home a large group of Hercules Wimbledon athletes. Neil Aitken was third of the 130 finishers in 17:35, Graeme Buscke sixth in 18:10 just four seconds ahead of Alex Robinson, Adam Van Denberg 16th in 18:44 and Deyan Knespl 25th in 20:00. He managed to beat his sister Michaela who was fifth woman in 22:14. Another Hercules Wimbledon runner Rebecca Stone was 14th woman in 24:48.
White was using the race as a final warm-up for next Sunday's 27th Hercules Wimbledon Young Athletes Open meeting at Crystal Palace. The meeting, due to be staged in April, had to be postponed because of a freak snowstorm. The meeting starts at 11am and runs through until 5.30pm. White showed he was in good track form when he finished runner-up in an 800m race at an open track meeting at Battersea Park in 2:10.69.
Hercules Wimbledon's James Trapmore beat more than 500 runners to win the Bushy Park time trial at Hampton Court for the 10th time in 12 appearances. However, Trapmore, recently returned from holiday in Mexico was well below his best time of 15:24 as he reached the finish in 16:39.
Another Hercules Wimbledon runner, Rowena Hornshaw, was close to her best time when she finished 11th woman in the Banstead Woods time trial in 24:27. She was just seven seconds outside her best for the course.
Hercules Wimbledon's over 55 veteran Stu Littlewood posted the fastest individual time in the Crooklog five kilometres road race at Bexleyheath of 19:25.
Hercules Wimbledon are facing a hectic weekend. Apart from organising their popular Young Athletes open meeting at Crystal Palace on Sunday in which hundreds of athletes from all over the country will be taking part, the club is also hosting the annual Surrey County road relay championships at their Wimbledon Park track headquarters. Hercules Wimbledon will be fielding teams in most of the championships. All relays start at 12noon.


1/09/08 - HW RUNNERS WARM UP FOR ROAD RELAYS
Teenager Andrew Penney led a group of Hercules Wimbledon runners home in the weekly Wimbledon Common five kilometres time trial on Saturday.
With the track and field season now over, 17-year-old Penney, who helped Hercules Wimbledon senior men's team gain promotion to the top division of the Southern Men's League, is now turning his attention to the autumn road running programme starting with the Surrey road relays at Wimbledon Park on Saturday, September 13.
Penney headed home a record 135-strong field in 16 minutes 53 seconds on his second appearance in the event. He was just two seconds outside his inaugural time when he finished runner-up. Teenage clubmate Liam White, back from a brief holiday break, was third in 17:43 with Graeme Buscke fifth in 18:04 and Chris Coles seventh three seconds later.
Hercules Wimbledon had five runners in the top 10 with another teenager Alex Robinson finishing 10th in 18:25. Other Hercules Wimbledon runners in the event included Matthew Appleby 28th in 20:36 Bradlee Mulroe, one of the youngest runners in the event at 14, 55th in 22:23 and Marilena De Luca eighth woman in 23:00 on her first appearance in the event.
Hercules Wimbledon's over 60 veteran Steve Badgery once again posted the top age-graded performance in the Bushy Park time trial at Hampton Court where he finished 22nd out of 467 runners in 18:25. Clubmate Matt Fell was 12th out of more than 100 runners in the Richmond Park time trial in 18:57.
Three Hercules Wimbledon young guns helped Surrey win the South of England boys under 15 inter-counties match at Barnet Copthall Stadium, Hendon. Battling into a stiff headwind, Nathan Safo-Barnieh finished third in the 200m in 24.07 while clubmate Jonathan Osbourne finished fourth in the 100m in 11.82. Javelin thrower Jose Costa was ninth with a throw of 38.62m.
Four other Hercules Wimbledon athletes were also in action at Hendon. Representing Kent, Alex Bruce-Littlewood was third in the junior men's 2000m steeplechase in 6:05.84 while Geordie Logan, running for Surrey and one of the youngest runners in the race was 11th in 7:07.05. Nnamdi Odum was fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 13.70m, just outside his best and Rosemary Fernando was 11th in the junior women's 1500m in 5:22.67.
The day after competing for Surrey, Osbourne and Jose Costa were among a small group of Hercules Wimbledon athletes in action at a young athletes open meeting at the Terence McMillan Stadium, Plaistow.
Osbourne showed a clean pair of heels to his rivals as he won the under 15 100m in 11.54, faster than he managed at Hendon. Jose Costa was runner-up in the javelin 39.24m, also better than he had managed when representing Surrey and was also eighth in the 200m in a personal best of 24.95. His elder brother Luis was fourth in the men's under 17 javelin with 30.86m and fifth in the long jump w3ith 4.86m. Another Hercules Wimbledon youngster in action was Chima Odum who was fourth in both the under 15 long jump and javelin with 4.53 and 30.68m.
At the other end of the age scale, over 45 veteran Mark Baker was runner-up in his 400m race at an open meeting at Finsbury Park in 56.2, about half-a-second outside his personal best. Stephen McDuell was runner-up in the Veterans Athletic Club's over 40 800m championship at Kingsmeadow Stadium in 2:11.35 with Paul Wignall runner-up in the over 55 400m and Dennis Williams third in the over 60 1500m championship.
Baker wqas also second in his 400m race at an open meeting at Tooting Bec in a faster 55.64. Chima Odum won the boys under 15 shot and was third in the discus with personal bests of 11.30 and 27.65m. Safo-Barnieh was third in his 100m race in 12.11, Poju Adsilu seventh in his 100m race in 12.53 and Tom Meehan runner-up in his 100m race in 12.83. Middle-distance runner Aidan Hogan was third in his 800m race in 1:58.53.


25/08/08 - BIRTHDAY AWARD FOR TOP COACH HAQUE
Former top sprinter Frank Haque gained a surprise 70th birthday present when he turned up for his usual Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club training session at Wimbledon Park athletics stadium.
Dozens of athletes cheered as Haque, who has been coaching with the club for almost a decade, received an inscribed decanter from former club president and chairman Nick Getting, who currently manages Hercules Wimbledon's young athletes team. The award was to thank Frank for his valuable contribution to the club as a coach.
He trains some of the clubs young sprinters and throwers including Nathan Safo-Barnieh, who represented Surrey at the English schools championships last month and Jose Costa, the Surrey boys under 15 boys javelin champion.
Haque, who was something of all round sportsman, arrived in Britain from Pakistan in the 1960's and represented Glasgow University at both football and hockey while studying industrial management. He was predominantly a sprinter and as a youngster clocked 10.7 and 21.5 seconds for 100 and 200m, impressive times half-a-century ago. He attended the Pakistan training camps for the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo but narrowly failed to make the athletics team.
Over the years, he has won numerous Surrey veterans titles, retiring after winning the over 60 200m, long and triple jump titles in 2003. In 1996 he won the UK Indoor over 55 veterans 60m title. Haque holds the Hercules Wimbledon over 60 100 and 200m, high jump, long jump, triple jump and shot records.
Although he has hung up his spikes, Haque, who joined Hercules Wimbledon in 1992, still keeps fit by going to a gym three times a week. He also regularly takes training sessions at Wimbledon Park track on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
The retired civil servant was delighted with his unexpected award. "It came as a complete surprise. Everyone kept it very quiet," he said.
Hercules Wimbledon are facing a hectic few weeks. The club is staging its 27th annual Young Athletes Open Meeting at Crystal Palace on Sunday, September 14. The meeting was postponed from the Spring after a sudden snowfall on April 6 forced its cancellation. Entries are still being received for the event, one of the top young athletes meetings in the country, which also incorporates England Athletics London Region young athletes relay championships. Information and an entry form can be found on the Hercules Wimbledon website www.herculeswimbledonac.org.uk
The previous day, Saturday, April 13, Hercules Wimbledon are involved in staging the annual Surrey road relay championships from their Wimbledon Park track headquarters starting at 12noon.
In October, Hercules Wimbledon are staging Wimbledon's longest running road race, the Geoff Moulden Wimbledon open 10 miles. Entries are already pouring in for the event. Hercules Wimbledon's own former international Bob Holt still holds the men's course record of 48:10 set in 1975 while schoolteacher Lucy Hasell posted the women's fastest time of 57:35 in 2006.
The race, which starts and finishes at Wimbledon Park athletics stadium is being staged on Sunday, October 5, starting at 11am. An entry form and further information can be found on the race website www.wimbledonten.co.uk


18/08/08 - Teenager Fernando to run for Surrey
Teenager Rosemary Fernando is among a group of Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club athletes who will be in action for Surrey in an inter-counties meeting at Barnet Copthall Stadium, Hendon, on Sunday.
Fernando, who finished runner-up in the Surrey junior women's 1500m championship at Kingsmeadow Stadium has been selected for that event in the junior inter-county match while Geordie Logan and Nnamdi Odum have been invited to compete in the junior men's steeplechase and triple jump, respectively.
Also representing Surrey at Hendon will be three of club's most promising youngsters Jonathan Osbourne, NathanSafo-Barmiah and Jose Costa. They have been selected for the 100 and 200m and javelin, respectively, in the boys under 15 match.
Osbourne warmed up for the inter-county match by taking a bronze medal in the England age group championships at Birmingham. He was third in the 200m in 23.61 seconds after clocking a fasster 23.58 in his heat.
Two Hercules Wimbledon athletes were in action for Surrey in an under 17 inter-county match at Basildon. Liam White and Geordie Logan were both second in the 1500m and 1500m steeplechase events at Basildon in 4:22.43 and 5:00.87, respectively.
Hercules Wimbledon sprinter Dwayne Dowding gave another impressive display when he took the 200m at the Rosenheim League final at Tooting Bec. He won the 200m in 21.9 and was third in the 100m in 11.3. Another Hercules Wimbledon winner was Aidan Hogan who took the 800m in 1:57.7 while javelin thrower Bekele Tola was pipped by just one centimetre as he finished runner-up with 50.76m, well below his best.
Middle-distance runner Andrew Penney celebrated his 17th birthday by finishing runner-up in the 1500m in 4:12.5. Triple jumper Nnamdi Odum was third in the triple jump with 12.91m while Mike Halman was fifth in the 3000m in 9:06.3.
Surrey senior women's long jump bronze medallist Emily Martin took a break from her specialist event when she competed in a Southern Women's League match at Horsham. She won the 200m in 26.2 and was runner-up in the 100m in 12.7.
Meanwhile, her mun, Ann, who also helps to manage the team, played her part in the action by setting two cub records. She set new marks for the over 45 shot and discus.
Claire Grima raced away with the 3000m in 10:53.4 while Jennifer Fernando was second in the 400 and 800m races.
Hercules Wimbledon are looking for new members aged 10 and over to boost its women's team. Anyone interested should contact Mrs Pat Yeates on 020 8640 2078 or turn up at one of the Tuesday and Thursday evening training sessions from 6.30 to 9pm at Wimbledon Park athletics stadium.
Medena Knespl went one better than the previous week when she won the women's event at the Wimbledon Common five kilometres time trial on Saturday. She clocked 18:54 with Claire Grima finishing runner-up just six seconds later.
Over 65 veteran Steve Badgery again produced the top age graded performance in the Nushy Park time trial where he finished 17th out of more than 360 runners in 18:21. Clubmate Peter Lee was 13th in 18:07.


11/08/08 - HW PRESIDENT OFF TO BEIJING GAMES
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's president David Littlewood flew out this week to the Beijing Olympics where he is one of the senior officials for the nine-day athletics programme. Littlewood, who was chief photofinish official at the Aviva London Grand Prix meeting at Crystal Palace last month, is one of only three British officials involved in the Beijing athletics programme.
As he prepared for the 11 hour flight to the Chinese capital on Monday night, Littlewood explained he would be the international photo finish judge at the athletics and his job would be to ensure the readings of the photo finish results by the Chinese officials were correct. He was chosen from an international pool of eight photo-finish officials. He is also Britain’s only representative on the IAAF technical committee.
Although it is only the second time he has officiated at an Olympic Games - the previous time was in Barcelona in 1992 - he has attended 24 World championships and five Commonwealth Games as an official. However, while in Beijing, he will have little time to tour the city.
"There isn't a rest day in the programme as there used to be because of the requirements of television and I'm leaving the day after the athletics programme finishes," explained Littlewood. "However, I've been to Beijing three times before, twice as a tourist and once for a schools cross country international event."
Littlewood, who was a sprinter and long jumper in his younger days, representing Surrey and Leicestershire, qualified as an athletics official in 1957 while studying to become a teacher at Leicester University. Since then, he has become one of the top officials in the country. Since 1992, he has been secretary of the English schools athletics association and refereed the men's race in the London marathon for most of the 28 years it has been staged. He also edits the UK Athletics rule book.
He has been a top ranked track referee for many years and first became involved with the use of photo finish equipment in the late 1970's when it involved using various chemicals and liquids in contrast to the electronic equipment now in use which can now time to one-thousandth of a second. "At present, there is no qualification to be a photo finish judge but that is likely to change. I remember when I first officiated as a photo finish judge at Crystal Palace, I was up on the roof surrounded by bird dropping. It wasn't very pleasant."
With his heavy commitment to athletics, it's not surprising he hardly has time for a holiday. However, Littlewood is taking a week's break in Malaysia after he duties in Beijing are completed. "That will be my first holiday since 1991," he admitted.
Despite his status within the sport, Littlewood never forgets the grass roots and, whenever he can, he officiates at club and schools meetings. Just 24 hours before flying out to China, he officiated in the photo-finish room at an eight-sided inter-counties match hosted by Surrey at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Sunday.
Three Hercules Wimbledon athletes helped the Surrey men's team to a narrow victory over Essex. Javelin thrower Bekele Tola, called into the team at the last minute, managed to win his event with a season's best of 59.39m. Teenager Jermain Olsasan, also a late replacement in the long jump, won the B event with a lifetime best of 6.76m while Dwayne Dowding was third in the 400m B race in 50.39 seconds before running the second leg for the Surrey 4x400m relay team which finished second.
Hercules Wimbledon's Medena Knespl took the silver medal in the Surrey five kilometres road running championship at West Wimbledon on Sunday in 18:32. Clubmates Ben Cummings, Andrew Penney and Neil Aitken were 11th, 12th and 14th out of more than 200 runners in the men's race. Alex Robinson was 27th, 24 hours after finishing sixth in the Wimbledon Common time trial. Former marathon international Steve Badgery was first veteran over 60 in 18:43. The previous day he was first over 60 veteran in the Bushy Park time trial.


4/08/08 - SENIOR MEN CELEBRATE PROMOTION
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's senior men's track and field team are on a roll! After winning their final Rosenheim League East Division match, they stormed to their best performance of the season when they won their sixth and final Southern Men's League Division Two match at Bromley to gain promotion to the top division. It is more than a decade since Hercules Wimbledon were in Division One. The last time was in 1997.
Despite suffering from a hamstring problem, former junior international Austin Ferns made a last minute decision to support the team effort and compete. But, his participation was not without its drama. After easing to a comfortable victory in the 400m hurdles B race, he decided to switch to the A race for the sprint hurdles. However, his hamstring problem restricted his ability to raise his lead leg and at the second flight his heel sent the hurdle flying and smashed the cross-bar. Ferns amazingly managed to keep on his feet and went on to win in a fine 15.9 seconds. He was rested for the 4x400m relay but the 10 points he secured proved invaluable for the team effort.
Once again, it was sprinter Dwayne Dowding who was the outstanding member of the team. After laying the foundations for success in the final Rosenheim, Dowding proved instrumental in securing the team success the club needed to secure promotion. He swept to a fine 100m victory in 11.0 before taking the 200m in 22.0 and anchoring the makeshift sprint relay team to third place. However, Dowding left his best till last clocking 49.6 to anchor the 4x400m team to victory in the final event of the day when the Hercules Wimbledon team had already secured victory.
Teenager Jermain Olasan secured maximum points in the 100m in winning the B race in a personal best of 11.4, just minutes after taking second place in the long jump. He then interrupted his triple jump competition to take second place in the 200m B race before running a leg of the sprint relay.
Aaron Mason, a member of the winning 4x400m relay team, also took second place in the 400m hurdles A race before winning the 400m B race. Teenager Andrew Penney, after an almost sleepless night on an RAF training course, managed to take second place in the 1500m with Ben Cummings, making his Southern League debut, taking second in the B race. Mike Halman and Justin Kelly were runners-up in the 5000m A and B races, Steve Hadley second in the sprint hurdles B race and Esmond Ferns second in the 800m B race.
Earlier Kelly was thrown into the high jump where there was no other competitor and managed to pull off a totally unexpected win clearing 1.65m.
There was plenty of other drama and mishaps apart from Austin Ferns smashing the hurdle. Aidan Hogan looked on his way to win the 3000m steeplechase when he took a fall after he was obstructed by another competitor as he negotiated the water-jump on the penultimate lap. Despite being badly grazed and having the wind taken out of him, Hogan pluckily picked himself up and, encouraged by his team-mates, managed to finish a vital runner-up. Lance Power was also second in the B race. Earlier, Hogan had clocked just outside two minutes in finishing third in the 800m A race.
Hamed Agboke was fully expected to win the 400m A race but he finished last! Per Nystrom was expected to be well placed in the hammer but managed only one valid throw and was last. However, he later finished second in the discus with a Hercules Wimbledon veterans record of 37.80m with Bekela Tola taking second in the B competition, and won the javelin B where Tola was just pipped in the A competition where he threw a fine 55.03m. Nystrom also won the shot with Tola fourth in the B event.
In a truly team effort, Dominic Getting, who took time off from preparing for his wedding next month, was third in the pole vault A and hammer B, Michael Adjei-Tabirade was second in the long jump B, Power third in the triple jump and fourth in the pole vault B events.
Match result: 1 Hercules Wimbledon 130; 2 Brighton and Hove 120; 3 Croydon 112; 4 Dartford 99; 5 Dacorum and Tring 71. Final standings: 1 Enfield and Haringey 28; 2 Brighton and Hove 26; 3 Hercules Wimbledon 26; 4 Luton United 25.
Hercules Wimbledon's Medena Knespl and Claire Grima were the first two women in the Wimbledon Common time trial on Saturday. Jon Fairs, Alex Robinson and over 50 veteran Hugh Saxby were second, fourth and fifth in the men's race.
Hercules Wimbledon contest the Rosenheim League final at Tooting Bec next Wednesday (August 13) starting at 6.45pm.


28/07/08 - SUPERB END TO MID-WEEK LEAGUE
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club ended their mid-week Rosenheim League Eastern Division programme by winning the sixth and final match at Tooting Bec with a tremendous team victory to qualify for this year's final which will be staged at Tooting Bec on Wednesday, August 13.
Outstanding Hercules Wimbledon athlete was sprinter Dwayne Dowding who stormed to victory in the 100m in 11 seconds and the 200m in 22.1 before running a superb anchor leg in the 4x200m relay. Taking over some 20m behind the leading team he swept round the bend and down the finishing straight victory five metres clear. His hat-trick laid the foundations for Hercules Wimbledon's team success. No athlete finished lower than third in any of the 12 events.
Another Hercules Wimbledon winner was Aidan Hogan who dominated the 2000m steeplechase to win by more than 20 seconds in 6:20.5. He later turned out in the 3000m where he took third place.
Having his first race of the season, Esmond Ferns finished runner-up in the 800m, Kieran White was also second in the 1500m while Aaron Mason took third spot in a closely contested 400m race.
Despite having problems with his run-up, teenager Michael Adjei-Tabirade also took second place in the long jump and, just days after discarding his crutches after missing most of the summer season, thrower Bekele Tola took second spot in both the shot and javelin. Tola had to endure several weeks in plaster after breaking a bone in his foot during a training session.
The victory provided a big boost to Hercules Wimbledon's hopes of gaining promotion to the top division of the Southern Men's League with the final match being held at Norman Park, Bromley, on Saturday. Most of the victorious Rosenheim League squad will be in action at Bromley where Hercules Wimbledon will be aiming to clinch promotion with another win. Match result: 1 Hercules Wimbledon 68; 2 Belgrave 64; 3 Herne Hill 61; 4 Croydon 53; 5 Striders of Croydon 41; 6 Serpentine 33.
Also at Tooting Bec, Hercules Wimbledon youngster Jonathan Osbourne, followed up his sixth place in the English schools junior boys 100m championship by breaking the club's under 15 record 200m record in clocking 23.0 in a non-scoring race. At the other end of the age scale, Angela Kikugawa broke the Hercules Wimbledon women's over 45 800m record with a time of 3:29.0.
Hercules Wimbledon's Liam White warmed up for this weekend's under 17 Inter-Counties match at Basildon on Sunday by racing to third place in the Wimbledon Common time trial on Saturday. He clocked 17:16 in finishing 26 seconds behind Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Ben Cummings who finished second on his debut appearance in the event in 16:50. Alex Robinson was seventh in 18:11 and Medena Knespl 14th and first woman in a personal best time of 19:11, taking three seconds off her previous best time for the event.
White runs in the 1500m for Surrey on Sunday while clubmate Geordie Logan wins his first county vest in the 1500m steeplechase.
Hercules Wimbledon over 60 veteran Steve Badgery had a busy time last weekend. On Saturday he posted the top men's age graded performance in the Bushy Park time trial finishing 18th out of almost 400 runners in 18:20 less than 24 hours after finishing 20th out of more than 500 runners in the Wedding Day seven kilometres road race in 25:39. He posted the top age graded performance, beating all the over 50 veterans, in winning the over 60 veterans prize.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters compete in their final Ebbisham Boys League match at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Sunday.


21/07/08 - RECORD BREAKING BY YOUNG AND OLD
Twelve-year-old Tim Livingstone set a new club boys under 13 discus record when he won the event at the Ebbisham Boys League match at Croydon with a throw of 20.49m. His throw added more than two metres to the previous club best set by Tom Brandon at an Ebbisham League match at Walton in 2005.
Livingstone had a busy time at the meeting at Croydon also winning the 800m in a personal best of 2 minutes 21.8 seconds and taking second place in the long jump with a personal best of 4.32m.
Meanwhile, the quartet of Jose Costa, Nathan Safo-Barnieh, Tom Richards and Jonathan Osbourne set a new club under 15 record in winning the 4x200m relay in 1:38.6. Their time smashed the previous best of 1:41.8 set by Carlos Mujica, David Baker, Nigel Stanley and Martin Giraud at Kingsmeadow in 1992.
Osbourne, who finished a fine sixth in the Sainsbury's English Schools junior boys 100m final, also tasted individual success in winning the 100m in 11.6 while Costa won his 400m race in a personal best of 55.8 and was second in both the high jump and javelin.
Other Hercules Wimbledon winners at Croydon were Ed Saywell in the under 15 800m in a personal best of 2:09.3, Tom Meehan in the under 15 100m, and David Stables in the under 15 1500m and high jump. Saywell was also second in his 400m race while newcomer Chima Odum was second in his under 15 shot competition and third in the triple jump on an encouraging debut appearance for Hercules Wimbledon.
Also at Croydon, Andrew Clarke was second and third in his under 15 shot and 100m events.
At the other end of the age range, former marathon international Steve Badgery was in record-breaking form in the Elmbridge open 10km road race at Walton-on-Thames on Sunday. He smashed the Hercules Wimbledon veterans over 60 record with a time of 36:34 to post the top age graded performance of more than 600 runners in the race. His time is puts him at the top of the 2008 over 60 UK 10km road rankings. He finished 44th overall and beat all the over 50 veterans apart from the winner in that category.
Badgery, 61, erased the Hercules Wimbledon club record of 37:30 set by Peter Giles in the Barry Jones 10km road race in 2005 and now holds all five Hercules Wimbledon over 60 road running records from five miles to the marathon. He also holds the over 60 5000m record on the track.
Also in the Elmbridge 10km event, Hugh Saxby clocked a personal best of 37:03 in finishing second in the over 50 category, 29 seconds behind Badgery, while Maurice Sharp was seventh in the over 60 category in 42:38.
Claire Grima clocked the best Hercules Wimbledon time for the distance this summer when she women's race in the Wimbledon Common time trial on Saturday in 19:28. Clubmate Anna Garnier was third and first over 50 woman veteran with the top age-graded women's performance of 22:59 with Hannah Fernando sixth woman in 24:35.
Over at Dorney Lake, Eton, Hercules Wimbledon's Peter Lee finished 35th out of more than 450 competitors in the Steelman Triathlon which was won by Olympic oarsman James Cracknell.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon athletes travel to Horsham for their fourth Southern Women's League meeting of the season on Saturday while some of the club's youngsters will be in action for Surrey in an under 13 inter-counties match at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Sunday.


14/07/08 - ATHLETES SHINE AT ILFORD AND GATESHEAD
While Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's seniors were battling their way to victory at Ilford, some of the club's most talented youngsters were showing good form in the Sainsbury's English Schools track and field championships at Gateshead.
Teenager Nathan Safo-Barnieh broke the Hercules Wimbledon boys under 15 200m record in winning his junior boys heat at Gateshead in 23.24 seconds. However, he just failed to make the final finishing third in his second round race in a slightly slower 23.51. His heat time erased the Hercules Wimbledon club record set by Scott Fuller in 1985.
Fellow sprinter Jonathan Osbourne who trains with Safo-Barieh under Hercules Wimbledon coach Frank Haque at Wimbledon Park twice improved on his best 100m time at the championships. He was fourth in his first round race in a personal best of 11.52, was slightly slower with 11.56 in finishing fourth in his semi-final and then speeded up to take sixth place in the final in 11.46. That puts him second on the club all-time list ahead of Mike Powell, who later gained international status, but just outside Martin Giraud's 1992 record of 11.4.
Alex Bruce-Littlewood just missed out on a medal in the senior boys 2000m steeplechase finishing fourth in 6:03.52, Jermaine Olasan was close to his best in leaping 6.70m with his final attempt in the senior boys long jump, where he was fifth, with triple jumper Nnamdi Odum taking sixth place in the senior boys triple jump with 13.76m, to equal his lifetime best set in a Southern League match at Thurrock in June.
A sixth Hercules Wimbledon athlete at Gateshead, Laim White, came up against tough opposition in the intermediate boys 1500m. Despite improving on his lifetime best with 4:10.90, he was knocked out in the opening round where he was eighth in his heat and narrowly missed making the final.
Hercules Wimbledon's top sprinter, Dwayne Dowding, also found the opposition strong in the Olympic trials and UK Championships at Birmingham. Surrey silver medallist Dowding was just outside his best time of 21.8 in clocking 21.98 in the 200m heats.
Over at Ilford, the weakened Hercules Wimbledon's senior team despite being without Dowding, White, Odum and Olasan, managed to snatch a narrow victory in a tough match in which just six points covered the top three teams.
Outstanding was all-rounder Ove Lindekleiv who contested no less than nine events winning the sprint hurdles, high jump, long jump, shot, discus and javelin. He was also second in the pole vault, beaten on count-back, and third in the hammer and also ran legs in the 4x100 and 4x400m relay.
Team captain Steve Davies gained a hat-trick of wins taking the 110m and 400m hurdles B races and high jump B before running in both relays. Other winners were Cale Edmunds (100m B), Simon Cook (shot B), John Brown (hammer B), Dominic Getting (pole vault B) and Andrew Penney (800m B).
The win has lifted Hercules Wimbledon into a promotion place with just one match remaining. Match result: 1 Hercules Wimbledon 128; 2 Ilford 123; 3 Walton 122; 4 City of Norwich 95; 5 Oxford City 62.
Hercules Wimbledon runners also showed good form on the road. James Trapmore raced to victory ahead of a 400-strong field in the Bushy Park time trial in 15:32 with Steve Badgery first over 60 veteran finishing 12th in 18:09. Adam Przedrzymirski returned to racing after a spell off through injury to finish fifth in the Richmond Park time trial in 19:31 with Jon Fairs taking second place in the Wimbledon Common time trial in 17:06.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon stage a National Young Athletes League match at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Sunday, starting at 11.30am, and are in action in the final Rosenheim League East Division match at Tooting Bec next Wednesday, starting at 6.30pm.


7/07/08 - FIVE CONTEST ENGLISH SCHOOLS CHAMPS
Five Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club youngsters are competing in the annual Sainsbury's English schools track and field championships at Gateshead this weekend.
Sprinters Jonathan Osbourne and Nathan Safo-Barnieh and will be in action for Surrey in the junior boys 100 and 200m respectively after winning the gold medals in the Surrey schools championships at Kingsmeadow Stadium on June 14. Three Hercules Wimbledon athletes are also in the London team. They are Jermaine Olasan and Nnamdi Odum in the senior boys long and triple jump events and Liam White in the intermediate boys 1500m.
White, who won the London schools title at Battersea Park last month in a personal best of 4 minutes 11 seconds, warmed up for Gateshead with runs over 800 and 1500m in the fourth of this season's Rosenheim League meetings at Tooting Bec. Odum also had his last competition before Gateshead at Tooting Bec, winning the triple jump with 13.70m.
Osbourne and Safo-Barnieh showed good form for Merton in the Balfour Beatty London Youth Games at Crystal Palace on Sunday.
Hercules Wimbledon's James Trapmore gained an impressive hat-trick in the Rosenheim League meeting. He took the 800, 1500 and 3000m in 2:06.7, 4:13.1 and 8:53.0 in the space of just over an hour.
Surrey 200m silver medallist Dwayne Dowding warmed up for this weekend's UK championships at Birmingham with an outstanding 400m debut. He took the race in 49.6 and then later won the 200m in 22.9 before running the anchor leg for the 4x200m relay team. Also at Tooting Bec, Surrey junior men's long jump silver medallist Cale Edmunds was third in the 100m in 11.7.
Continuing her return to fitness after injury, Jennifer Fernando was a comfortable winner of the women's 800m in 2:22.5.
Hercules Wimbledon runners dominated the annual Jim Braben 10 kilometres road race on Wimbledon Common on Sunday with Mike Halman and Medena Knespl, back from studying in the United States, winning the men's and women's races, respectively.
Over in Central London, Hussein Ahmed posted the best Hercules Wimbledon performance this year over the distance when he finished eighth out of several thousand runners in the British 10km road race from Hyde Park Corner to Whitehall in 32:57. He finished less than three minutes behind race winner Stefani Baldini from Italy.
Teenager Andrew Penney made an impressive debut in the Wimbledon Common five kilometres time trial on Saturday when he finished runner-up out of 60 runners in 16:51. He was just three seconds ahead of Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Jon Fairs who finished third.
Naomi Warner won the women's race in the Bushy Park time trial at Hampton Court in 17:51 just behind her Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Richard Xerri who sliced two seconds off his previous best time for the course in finishing 11th out of 361 runners in 17:48. Over 60 veteran Steve Badgery posted the best age-graded performance in finishing 15th in 17:56, also taking two seconds off his previous best time.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon athletes will be in action in a Southern Men's League and Lily B Girls League meetings at Ilford and Guildford, respectively, on Saturday, and an Ebbisham Boys League match at Croydon on Sunday. Next Monday, Hercules Wimbledon's older athletes compete in their final Southern Veterans League match at Battersea Park.


30/06/08 - RACE WALKER ESTLE MAKES GB DEBUT
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's top woman race walker Estle Viljoen emerged from a torrid few months to gain her make her British debut in a veterans international match against France and Belgium at Ashford, Kent.
Viljoen, 37, who teaches at Haslemere Primary School, Mitcham, went down with pneumonia a year ago and then, just two months ago, she suffered broken ribs when fell off a chair she was standing on.
Previously, the South African-born walker has turned out for her native country and in that capacity won the All African women's 10km track walking title a few years back. With all the problems she has encountered it wasn't surprising she was some way off her best at Ashford and although she finished fourth she was the first of the four British representatives in the event covering the 3000m in 15 minutes 32.13 seconds.
A few days later, she appeared in front of a BBC TV camera which was filming for a programme on race walking to take the gold medal in the Veterans Athletic Club's five miles road walk championship in Battersea Park in 42:20.
"I never gave up. You must never give up however low things seem to be," said Viljoen who has another cause to celebrate - she's getting married in South Africa in a few weeks time before moving into a new home with her new husband in South Wimbledon. "Hopefully, it'll be a new beginning and there's a lot more for me to achieve."
Viljoen proved her versatility as both a runner and walker when she won the women's event in the Wimbledon Common five kilometres time trial on Saturday. She clocked 19:38 to finish 10th out of almost 100 runners and post the top age-graded performance. It was her sixth win in 10 appearances in the event. Hercules Wimbledon's Graeme Busch was third in the men's race in 18:34 with Yuzo Saito 13th in 20:17. John Wasbrough was second veteran over 65 in 27:00.
Surrey senior women's long jump bronze medallist Emily Martin had a busy time in a Southern Women's League match at Croydon Sports Arena. However, she gave her specialist event a miss as she won the 200m in 26.4, was second equal in the high jump with 1.40m, was second in the javelin with 24.76m and fifth in the discus.
Surrey girls under 15 200m bronze medallist Sharon Obayuwana was runner-up in both the under 15 100 and 200m in 13.5 and 27.8.
Hercules Wimbledon's former marathon international Steve Badgery had a busy weekend. On Sunday, he took the veterans over 60 prize in the Surrey 10 kilometres road running championship at Petersham finishing 44th out of 464 finishers in 38:19. The previous day he posted the top age-graded performance in the Bushy Park five kilometres time trial. He finished ninth out of 364 runners in 18:06. He finished one place behind his Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Peter Lee who was first over 40 veteran in 17:54.
Also at Petersham, Hercules Wimbledon's Naomi Warner won the women's title in the Surrey 10km championship in 35:54 while Neil Aitken was 14th in the men's race in 34:58 and Chris Coles 36th in 37:42. Maurice Sharp just missed out on a medal in the over 60 age group where he finished fourth in 44:21, just 12 seconds behind the bronze medallist.
Keith Hylands competed in the 1500m in a Southern Veterans League match at Battersea Park on his 60th birthday. He clocked 5:21.9 to finish third and post the fourth fastest ever time for the distance by a Hercules Wimbledon 60-year-old.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon athletes will be in action in the British Masters track and field championships at Birmingham on Saturday and Sunday while some of the club's youngsters will be competing in the London Balfour Beattie London Youth Games athletics at Crystal Palace on Sunday.


23/06/08 - DOUBLE HAT-TRICK BOOSTS YOUNGSTERS
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's youngsters turned in another fine effort in their third UK National Young Athletes League meeting at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Sunday. The club's two outstanding athletes were Eleanor Hahn-Smith and Nathan Safo-Barnieh who scored a hat-trick of wins apiece. Hahn-Smith, who won three bronze medals at the Surrey track and field championships, won the girls under 13 800m (2 minutes 38.9 seconds), high jump with a personal best of 1.30 and long jump (3.76m). She was also helped the 4x100m relay team to second place.
This completed a busy weekend for Hahn-Smith who the previous day had also achieved a hat-trick in an open meeting at Tooting Bec. She posted a personal best of 2:29.8 in winning the girls under 13 800m and also won the 100 (14.0) and high jump (1.28m).
Safo-Barnieh, who clinched his place in the Surrey team to compete in the English schools championships at Gateshead next month by winning the junior boys 200m in a personal best of 23.68, took the boys under 15 100m B race in 12.4, the 80m hurdles (13.4) and discus B before helping the 4x100m relay team to victory.
Another member of that winning quartet was Jonathan Osborne who won the 100m A race in 12.2 and also booked his ticket for Gateshead by winning the Surrey schools junior boys 100m on the same track the previous weekend in a personal best of 11.69. Liam White, still regaining his fitness after dislocating his knee playing football which truncated his winter racing season, continued to progress with a double victory on the track. White won the 1500 A and 3000m B races in 4:50.1 and 11:48.1. White was also third in the 800m in 2:11.3. He will also be in action in the English schools championships after winning the intermediate boys 1500m title at Battersea Park the previous weekend in a personal best of 4:11.0.
Avalon Howard-McCrow, Geordie Logan and Jose Costa were also double winners for Hercules Wimbledon on Sunday. Howard-McCrow won the girls under 13 70m hurdles and long jump B and was also second in the high jump B. Logan won the men's under 17 3000m and 1500m steeplechase in 11:48.1 and 5:04.0. He was also third in the triple jump. Costa won the boys under 15 200m (25.6) and javelin with a personal best of 40.68m and was also second in the high jump. His elder brother Luis was second in the under 17 javelin and fourth in the long jump.
One of the most impressive Hercules Wimbledon wins came in the girls under 13 1200m where Emma Headley gained a runaway triumph. She crossed the line in 4:18.2, 22 seconds ahead of the second finisher. Tom Richards won the boys under 15 200m B race as well as helping the sprint relay team to success, Max Cooper won the under 13 1500m B race and Ed Saywell took the under 15 80m hurdles B race and was also runner-up in the 800m in a personal best of 2:11.8 and second in the shot B. Another winner was Mayeni Aki-Sawyer who won the girls under 13 75m B race and also took second place in the 70m hurdles. Maria Rogan finished third in the women's under 17 200 and 300m, with Sharon Obayuwana runner-up in the girls under 15 100 and 200m and third in the shot.
Hercules Wimbledon runners led the field home in the weekly Wimbledon Common time trial on Saturday providing the first three runners over the finishing line. The race was won by Deon Coetzee in 17:39 from Stuart Fraser (17:42) and Chris Coles (18:10).
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon athletes compete in their third Southern Women's League and fourth Southern Men's League meetings at Croydon and Stevenage, respectively, both on Saturday. On Sunday, the club's youngsters contest their first Ebbisham League match at Sutton Arena while next Wednesday (July 2), the club contests the fourth of this season's Rosenheim League matches at Tooting Bec.


16/06/08 - SENIORS KEEP UP PUSH FOR PROMOTION
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's senior men's team produced another good result in their third Southern League Division Two match at Thurrock to keep up their push for promotion.
Outstanding individual effort came from Surrey 200m silver medallist Dwayne Dowding who took the 200m in a lifetime best of 21.8 seconds. Dowding, who made the dash across London after completing his postman's round in Wimbledon, also helped the 4x100m relay team to victory in 45.9. Other members of the quartet were Jon Grayson, Steve Hadley and Dominic Getting. Team captain Steve Davies got Hercules Wimbledon to a winning start on the track by taking the 400m hurdles in 58.8 seconds. He later finished fourth in the 110m hurdles before running the second leg for the winning 4x400m relay team. Matt Parsons and Hamed Agboke, two other members of the winning squad, also posted sound individual runs in the 400m finishing second and first in the A and B races, respectively. As well as winning both relays, Hercules Wimbledon ended the match on a high by taking maximum points in the 3000m steeplechase through Justin Kelly and Aidan Hogan. Earlier Kelly and Hogan finished second in both the 800m A and B races. Kelly showed his versatility by also finishing fourth in the javelin.
Triple jumper Nnamdi Odum, having his first competition of the season, produced a lifetime best leap of 13.76m to win his event with Jon Grayson securing maximum points by taking the B string competition. Grayson was also third in the 200m B race, fourth in the long jump and fifth in the 100m. Making their Southern League debut's Neil Aitken and Andrew Penney gained good points in the 5000m. Aitken was runner-up in he A race while Penney, who had turned up to run in the 800m, but was switched to fill a gap in the team, won the B race. Kieran and Liam White (no relation) were third in both the 1500m A and B races. Newcomer Simon Cook, also making his Southern League debut, had a busy afternoon, taking second in the javelin B and third in the high jump B as well as competing in the shot and discus. Deon Coetzee was fourth in the high jump A, Dominic Getting and Lance Power, fourth in the A and B pole vault and veteran John Webster and Getting fourth in the A and B hammer with Getting also competing in the shot and discus as well as running a leg of the 4x400m relay. Power also competing in the long jump B event.
Hercules Wimbledon's seasoned athletes returned with a bagful of medals from the Surrey Veterans track and field championships at Kingsmeadow Stadium. The collection included seven golds. Former marathon international Steve Badgery broke the Hercules Wimbledon age club record in winning the over 60 5000m in 17:43.5. Mike Kortenray took the bronze medal exactly 40 years after he won the Southern two miles track title at Motspur Park. Pensioner John Webster clinched three gold medals in the over 65 triple jump, hammer and javelin while other successes came from Mark Baker (over 45 400m), Peter Lee (over 40 5000m), and Stu Littlewood (over 55 1500m). Littlewood also won a silver in the 5000m while Hugh Saxby got two silvers in the over 50 800m and long jump and took bronze in the 1500m where he finished behind clubmate Steve Newton.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon athletes compete in their third UK National Young Athletes League meeting at Kingsmeadow Stadium while the club will also have athletes in action in the England Athletics under 23 and junior championships at Bedford. On Monday June 23), the club's older athletes compete in the third of this season's Southern Veterans League Mid-London Division meetings at Battersea Park, starting at 6.30pm.


9/06/08 - ANOTHER SOUND DISPLAY BY YOUNGSTERS
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's youngsters gave another solid display in their second UK National Young Athletes League meeting of the season at Parliament Hill Fields, North London.
By racking up more than 20 wins, the boys narrowly won their section of the match by just six points. Jon Osborne and Nathan Safo-Barniah showed good form in the under 15 track events, Safo-Barniah winning the 100m in a swift 11.8 seconds, the same time as clubmate Osborne who took the Arace to win maximum points. Osborne also won the 200m in 24.3 and the shot B and Safo the 80m hurdles. Osborne and Safo-Barniah were also members of the winning 4x100m relay team. Other under 15 winners were Ed Saywell (800m and 80m hurdles B), Tom Meehan (long jump and discus B), Tim Brown (high jump) and Brad Mulroe (1500m B). Brad Mulroe and Ed Saywell linked up with Ejaz Mutoka and Cannor Callaghan to win the under 15 4x400m relay.
Making his debut for Hercules Wimbledon, Antonio Douglas won the under 17 100m hurdles and was also second in the high jump while Liam White completed an impressive middle-distance double taking the 800 and 1500m races in 2:07.7 and 4:48.1.
Paul Stables secured maximum points in the two events by taking the B races. Geordie Logan was another double winner in the 3000m and 1500m steeplechase.
Only under 13 winners were Tim Livingstone (800m in 2:25.2) and Robert Richards (75m hurdles B). Best of the girls, who also posted six wins, was treble Surrey bronze medallist Eleanor Hahn-Smith, who won the girls under 13 1500m and long jump. Sharon Obayuwana and Jeanne Mbimbu won the girls under 15 200m A and B races, Dalia Seraly the girls under 13 150m B race and Emma Headley the girls under 13 1500m B race.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon youngsters are in action in the London and Surrey schools championships at Battersea Park and Kingsmeadow, respectively. Most of the club's runners will be in action for the Merton team.
Hercules Wimbledon runners gained numerous successes at the Merton schools championships which were staged at Wimbledon Park. Jonathan Osborne took the intermediate boys 100m in 12 .0 ahead of clubmate Nathan Safo-Barnish (12.1). Safo-Barnish won the 80m hurdles (13.3) and was second in the triple jump, while Osborne also won the long jump. Antonio Douglas won the high jump (1.60m) while Tom Meehan won the 100m B race and was second in the 800m and third in the 400m B event. Katie Kemp won the intermediate girls 800m, Michaela Knespl took the 1500m ahead of clubmate Jade Brooks, and the shot B.
Hercules Wimbledon's Justin Kelly led from gun to tape to win the 800m at the third of this season's Rosenheim League East Division matches at Tooting Bec. He cocked 1:59.2 and also finished fourth in the 400m. Clubmate Ben Cummings won the non-scoring 800m race, while Naomi Warner won the women's 3000m race in 10:15.1.
Hercules Wimbledon's former marathon international Steve Badgery posted another fast time in the Bushy Park five kilometres time trial on Saturday. He was top veteran over 60 finishing 16th out of almost 450 runners in 18:43.
Also on the road, Gary Blesson finished 13th out of more than 1300 runners and top veteran in the Bognor Prom 10km roads race in Sussex in 35:36.
Surrey long jump champion Royden John leads a contingent of Hercules Wimbledon athletes competing in the South of England senior and under 20 championships at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre on Saturday and Sunday.
Hercules Wimbledon also compete in the fourth of this season Rosenheim League matches at Tooting Bec next Wednesday (June 18).


2/06/08 - FINE HAT-TRICK FOR LONG JUMPER EMILY
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's Surrey long jump bronze medallist Emily Martin showed good all-round form in the Southern Women's League match at Twickenham securing a hat-trick of wins.
She won her specialist event, the long jump, with a leap of 5.28m and also came out top in the javelin with a eprsonal best of 23.90m and 200m where she clocked 25.7 seconds. She was also fifth in the shot.
Marathon runner Claire Grima was the only other Hercules Wimbledon winner in the senior track events taking the 3000m in 10:49.8.
Three of Hercules younger athletes also showed winning form with Sharon Obayuwana, joint winner of the under 15 100m in 13.5, Eleanor Smith-Hahn the 1500m in 5:25.2 and Georgia Mathieson the javelin with 22.58m. Obayuwana was also third in the 200m and shot with a personal best of 7.68m. Another Hercules Wimbledon youngster in action was Connie Rose who finished fifth in the under 15 800m.
Laure Duval had a busy time in the senior events finishing second in the 200m B and third in the 100m and high jump A events. She was also fourth in shot B. Jennifer Fernando was second in the 400m and third in the 800m A races with her twin sister Rosemary taking fourth place in the 1500m. They then linked up with Grima and Jade Brooks to finish fourth in the 4x400m relay.
Brooks was also third in the 400m B race while Natasha Skeet who was fourth in the long jump and fifth in the 100m events.
Skeet was the most successful Hercules Wimbledon athlete in the opening Lily B League match at Tooting Bec. She won the under 17 100m in 14.7 and also took the long jump with a personal best of 3.95m. Brooks was another Hercules Wimbledon winner taking the javelin and also finishing runner-up in the 200 and 300m, while Katie Kemp was runner-up in the 800m.
Obayuwana was second in the under 15 100m and third in the 200m and shot B events. Jeanne Mbimbu was second in both the 100 and 200m B races and fourth in the long jump A competition while Georgia Haigh was fourth in the 800m.
Smith-Hahn won the under 13 1500min 5:18.7 and was runner-up in the long jump B. Avalon Howard-McCrow was second in the under 13 long jump A competition and fourth in the 100m A race. Marie Thomas was fifth in the B event. Maire Gilmartin was fourth in the 800 and 70m hurdles while Ella Dobson was second in the 800m B race and Georgia Prescott was fourth in the shot.
Hercules Wimbledon contest their second Lily B League match at Sutton Arena on Saturday with the Southern Men's League team competing in their third match of the season at Thurrock on the same day. On Monday, the club's older members compete in their second Southern Veterans League meeting at Twickenham, starting at 6.30pm.
Hercules Wimbledon's former marathon international Steve Badgery produced the best age graded performance in the weekly Bushy Park five kilometres time trial at Hampton Court. Badgery was first veteran over 60 finisher clocking 17:58 to improve on his previous best time for the course by 21 seconds. He finished 14th out of more than 400 runners. His Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Peter Lee was top veteran over 40 finishing eighth in 17:43.
Kieran White posted the fastest five kilometres time by a Hercules Wimbledon runner this year when he finished third in the Charndon five kilometres road race in Oxfordshire in 15:58. Teenager Alex Robinson also showed good form in finishing fourth in the Wimbledon Common time trial in 18:34. He was the first junior man in the 112-strong field to cross the line. Clubmate Estelle Lambert, making her debut in the event, was sixth woman in 22:58. John Wasbrough was top over 65 finisher in 26:43.


26/05/08 - MEDENA BREAKS CLUB RECORD.....AGAIN!
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's top middle-distance runner Medena Knespl is continuing to show record-breaking form in the USA.
In the past few weeks she has twice broken her own Hercules Wimbledon women's 5000m track record and also posted lifetime best times for 3000m.
Her latest club record-breaking feat came when she competed in the women's 5000m race in the New England Collegiate Championships in Durham, New Hampshire.
Knespl clocked 16 minutes 51.01 seconds to take 10 seconds off her previous best of 17:01.26 achieved in the Stanford Invitational meeting at the beginning of April. In that race she took more than 40 seconds off her previous club record of 17:45.80 set at the New Balance Collegiate Indoor Meeting in New York in February. Her 5000m time ranks her 12th among UK athletes this season.
Despite turned up ankle during a training run a few days before the race and competing with her foot still black and blue from the bruising, 20-year-old Knespl managed to post a lifetime best 3000m time in the Princetown University meeting in New Jersey. She clocked 9:52.17 to shave more than a second off her previous best of 9:54.65in the Brown Springtime Invitation Meeting in Providence, Rhode Island, at the end of April.
It is not the first time Knespl has been in the wars. She actually ran in the New Balance Collegiate Indoor Meeting in New York with two broke arms! A few days before the race she was leading a packing of runners from Boston University, where she is currently studying, on a training run. She tripped over a wire and in order to break her fall she put out both hands and the impact of the fall fractured both her arms.
Calling all throwers!! Hercules Wimbledon's throwing coaches John Webster and Frank Haque are organising a throwing morning at the club's Wimbledon Park track base this Sunday, June 1. The throwing session, which is open to both experienced throwers and novices, men and women, will start at 11am and run through till 1pm.
Hercules Wimbledon's Peter Lee won the veterans prize when he finished third out of 500 runners in the Staines 10km road race. Lee clocked 35:58 finishing just half-a-minute behind the winner. Clubmate Ray Owens was 20th in 39:32.
Hercules Wimbledon's Hugh Saxby was the first veteran over 50 in the Wimbledon Common time trial. He was fourth in 17:45, less than a minute behind the race winner. Meanwhile, teenager Alex Bruce-Littlewood finished third in the junior men's 2000m steeplechase in the British Milers Club's Nike PB Classic Meeting at Watford in 6:08.1.
Hercules Wimbledon are organising the third of this season's Rosenheim League eastern division matches at Tooting Bec next Wednesday (June 4). The meeting starts at 6.45pm with the high jump and hammer. The first track event, the 100m hurdles, is at 7pm.
Hercules Wimbledon had three winners in the second of this season's Rosenheim League matches. Hamed Agboke won both the 100 and 400m while James Trapmore took the 800m.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon athletes are in action in a Southern Women's League match at Twickenham on Saturday while on Sunday the club's youngsters contest their second National Young Athletes League match at Parliament Hill Fields, North London.


19/05/08 - YOUNGSTERS MAKE FLYING LEAGUE START
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's youngsters made a fine start to their National Young Athletes League programme at Kingsmeadow Stadium with a record 31 wins.
Nathan Safo-Barnieh, who made such an impressive showing in the Surrey Sportshall competitions during the winter, made an impressive outdoor debut for Hercules Wimbledon in winning the boys under 15 80m hurdles and 100m B races and then running the opening leg of the winning 4x100m relay.
Another Sportshall exponent, Ed Saywell, enjoyed a hat-trick of wins taking the 800m A, 80m hurdles B and shot B events. Siblings Sharon and Emmanuel Obayuwana had a win apiece taking the girls under 15 100m and boys under 13 long jump.
Four other winners in the girls under 13 events were Dalia Serafy, who took the 150m, Sydney Henderson (800m), Eleanor Smith-Hahn (1200m) and Rebecca Stone (long jump).
Jose Costa won the boys under 15 200m and javelin before anchoring the 4x100m relay team to a swift 48.7 seconds victory while his older brother Luis won the under 17 400m B before also anchoring the under 17 4x400m relay team, which also included Liam White, Geordie Logan and Paul Stables, to success.
White also gained an individual track double in the 800m A and 1500m B while Joe Toomey took the 1500m A race. Logan also took the 1500m steeplechase while Stables won the 800m B.
The other two members of the winning boys under 15 4x100m relay team also gained individual successes on the track. Jonathan Osbourne won the 100m while Tom Richards took the 200m B race.
Other winners in the boys under 15 events were Ijaz Matoka (400m B), Connor Callaghan (1500m B), James Russell (high jump B), Alex Watson (discus A) and Tom Meehan (discus B).
Apart from Emmanuel Obayuwana, Hercules Wimbledon also had three boys under 13 winners. They were Tim Livingstone (shot A), Noiman Naaem (shot B), and Max Allison (long jump B).
Hercules Wimbledon's next National Young Athletes League match will be on Sunday, June 1, at Parliament Hill Fields.
Hercules Wimbledon's Aaron Mason was a member of the winning Oxford side in the annual University athletics match at Iffley Road. Mason, who is in only his first season of hurdling, was third in the 400m hurdles, ran in the 200m hurdles and helped Oxford win the 4x400m relay.
This weekend, several Hercules Wimbledon athletes will be in action in the UK Inter-Counties track and field championships at Bedford on Sunday and Monday while others will be competing in the South of England under 15 and under 17 championships at Ashford, Kent, on Saturday and Sunday.
On a busy weekend for athletics, the club's older members will be in action in the Surrey veterans track and field championships at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Saturday with some of the youngsters in the opening Lily B League meeting at Tooting Bec, also on Saturday.


12/05/08 - FERNS SNATCHES GOLD WITH RECORD RUN
Hercules Wimbledon athletes came away from the annual Surrey track and field championships at Kingsmeadow Stadium with a bagful of medals.
Best of the Hercules Wimbledon contingent in action was former junior international 400m hurdler Austin Ferns who smashed the championship record in retaining his Surrey title with an outstanding run.
Ferns secured his place in the Olympic trials at Birmingham in July by posting the third best time this season by a UK athlete. He swept over the 10 flights of hurdles in an impressive 52.66 seconds, significantly faster than his 53.23 last year and just inside the championship record of 52.7 set in 1995.
Another impressive Hercules Wimbledon winner was veteran long jumper Royden John. He managed to snatch the gold medal by just two centimetres with the last of his six attempts, after lying in silver medal position for the opening five rounds. He leapt out to 7.28m, his best long jump performance for 16 years and comes just a week after he posted his best 100m time since 1992 of 11 seconds.
Both Ferns and John are automatic choices for Surrey team to compete in the UK Inter-Counties Championships at the end of the month.
Making it a hat-trick of titles for Hercules Wimbledon athletes was teenager Jose Costa who took the boys under 15 javelin with a throw of 39.79m.
Another outstanding performer on the track was sprinter Dwayne Dowding who took the silver medal in an extremely competitive 200m final. Dowding looked medal-winning material as he won his heat in a lifetime best of 21.95, breaking the 22 second barrier for the first time. He then took his semi-final in 22.06, also inside his previous best of 22.1 set last season and then clocked 22.05 to take the silver medal by just five-hundredths of a second in the tightest of finishes.
Cale Edmunds leapt 6.32m to take the silver medal in the junior men's long jump and three other Hercules Wimbledon silver medallists were Liam White, continuing his return after injury, clocking 9:38.42 in the men's under 17 3000m, Rosemary Fernando in the junior women's 1500m in 5:10.93 and Tim Livingstone in the boys under 13 800m in 2:22.26.
Busiest and most successful in medal terms of the Hercules Wimbledon contingent in action at the Surrey championships was Eleanor Smith-Hahn. She secured a hat-trick of bronze medals in the under 13 girls 200m (29.28), 800m (2:33.23) and 1500m (5:11.27). She had a hectic two days also finishing fourth in the long jump and fifth in the 100m.
Three other Hercules Wimbledon bronze medallists were Emily Martin in the senior women's long jump (5.57m), Michael Adjei-Tadirade in the junior men's long jump (5.90m) and Sharon Obayuwana in the girls under 15 200m (27.87).
There was some near medal misses too with Steve Davies in the senior men's 400m hurdles, Jennifer Fernando in the junior women's 800m, and Jose Costa in the boys under 15 400m all finishing in fourth place.
Hercules Wimbledon's James Trapmore was the outstanding individual in the opening Rosenheim League East Division meeting of the season at Battersea Park. Within he space of two hours he won four events, the 800m followed by the 400m and 10 minutes later the 1500m and finally the 3000m. He then successfully defended his Coombe Hill five miles road race title in Kingston on Sunday.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon athletes will be in their second Southern Men's League match at Lee Valley Athletics Centre on Saturday. They will be looking to repeat their first match victory at Kingsmeadow Stadium.


5/05/08 - NEW DATE FOR TOP YOUNG ATHLETES MEET
Hercules Wimbledon Young Athletes Open meeting which was cancelled on April 6 due to a sudden snowfall and adverse weather, will now be held on Sunday, September 14 at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre.
Hercules Wimbledon chairman Fred Green said: "It was, obviously, a great disappointment to both the club and the 800 or so individuals who had entered the meeting. He added: "In considering our response to this unfortunate turn of events, we were heartened by the level of enthusiasm and affection for the meeting expressed by the athletes and coaches we contacted, all of whom were keen for us to find an alternative date.
"As a result, we are pleased to announce that the 27th edition of our meeting has been re-scheduled for Sunday, September 14 at Crystal Palace. All existing entries will stand, and anyone entered for April 6 need do nothing except turn up on September 14. We will, of course, also be accepting new entrants and an entry form will be put on the Hercules Wimbledon website www.herculeswimbledonac.org.uk   as soon as possible."
"We are looking forward to seeing as many of the previously entered athletes as possible on September 14 when we hope the weather will be more suited to track and field athletics than winter sports."
Hercules Wimbledon's Medena Knespl, currently studying at Boston University, achieved another impressive performance stateside when she competed in the Bwon University Sprintime Invitation Meeting at Providence, Rhode Island.
She took second place in the women's 3000m in a personal best of 9 minutes 54.65 seconds. Her time took almost eight seconds off her previous best for the distance set in the USA in April. Her time also lifts her from fourth to second on Hercules Wimbledon's all-time list behind Bridget Cushen's club record of 9:48.6 set in 1966, 21 years before Knespl was born.
Hercules Wimbledon's top senior athlete, Emily Martin, has a busy time in the club's opening Southern Women's League match at Kingsmeadow Stadium. She warmed up for this weekend's Surrey championships by winning the senior long jump with 5.37 metres, taking second place in the 100m in 13.0, fifth in the shot with 8.63m and sixth in the javelin.
Twins Jennifer and Rosemary Fernando were third and second, respectively in the 800m A and B races. Jennifer was also fourth in the 1500m and fifth in the 400m while Rosemary also competed in the javelin B event before they linked up with Hannah Long and Caroline Hicks to take third spot in the 4x400m relay. Earlier, Hicks and Long were in action in the 3000m.
Sharon Obayuwana showed useful form in the girls under 15 sprint events. She was third in the 100m in 13.6 and second in 200m in 27.8. Clubmate Eleanor Smith-Hahn was second in the 200m B race and third in the 1500m A race.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon athletes will be in action in the Surrey track and field championships at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Saturday and Sunday. On Monday, the club's older athletes will compete in their opening Southern Veterans League Mid London division match at Battersea Park, starting at 6.30pm.


28/04/08 - BANK HOLIDAY ROAD RACE FOR WIMBLEDON
Scores of runners will be converging on Wimbledon Park athletics stadium on Bank Holiday Monday for the annual Barry Jones five miles road race staged by Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club.
Hercules Wimbledon has staged a road race on the May Day Bank Holiday weekend since 1982. It was originally over 10 kilometres but, two years ago, the club decided to reduce the distance to five miles, for safety reasons. Previously, the course went past the busy shopping centres and District Line stations at Southfields and Wimbledon Park. Due to increased traffic and parking, it was decided these congested areas were best avoided.
In 2006, the course was changed. It starts, as usual, on the athletics track, and goes along Wimbledon Park Road, Church Road, St Mary's Road and Home Park Road. Runners then enter Wimbledon Park through the Home Park Road entrance, follow the footpaths parallel to the railway line, past the cafeteria and the Revelstoke Road entrance car park, before leaving the park through the Wimbledon Park road entrance to start the second lap. At the end of the second lap, the runners return to the track and the finishing point.
Hercules Wimbledon's Ian Horrocks was the first winner of the race over the reduced distance when he crossed the line in 26 minutes 12 seconds in 2006. Clubmate James Trapmore was third in 26:49
Henry Dodwell from Highgate Harriers clocked a faster 26:07 in winning the race last year when Horrocks finished in fifth place. Herne Hill's Ceri Diss also set a course record in winning the women's race in 31:09.
The last winner of the race over the previous 10km distance was Hercules Wimbledon's own Ethiopian-born Dereje Kebede who smashed the course record with a superb 30:29 victory. Sadly, Kebede died suddenly in June 2006 and therefore was unable to fulfil his aim of competing for Britain.
The race is named in memory of a long serving official, Barry Jones, who served as the club secretary from 1992 to 1996.
Incorporated within the race are the Merton borough championships. Two trophies were donated by the then Mayor of Merton, Councillor Barry Edwards, in 1990, to be presented to the first man and woman who lived in Merton.
The race starts at 11am on Monday. Entries are being taken on the day but runners wishing to take part need to report to register at least an hour before the start. There are prizes for the leading finishers and category winners and medals for all finishers.
Hercules Wimbledon's Kieran White and Mike Halman won the Bushy Park and Wimbledon Common tiem trials on Saturday. White headed home a 446-strong field to win in 16:17. White improved on his previous best time for the course by 31 seconds snatching victory by just one second. His Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Steve Badgery posted the top age-graded performance as first over 60 finisher in 28th place in 18:40.
A week after winning the inaugural Bramhall Park time trial in Cheshire, Halman headed home a record field of 123 runners on Wimbledon Common. He clocked 16:14 on his first appearance in the event to win by more than a minute. Teenager Liam White continued to make progress after injury as he finished just outside the frame in fourth spot in 17:49 with clubmate Matt Fell 14th in 18:52.
Hercules Wimbledon's Stu Littlewood was first over 55 veteran in the Serpentine five kilometres road race in Hyde Park in 19:48.
Hercules Wimbledon face a busy weekend. In addition to organising the Barry Jones road race on Monday, they host their opening Southern Men's League match at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Saturday, starting at 1pm, while the club's youngsters are also at Kingsmeadow on Sunday in action in their opening National Young Athletes League match, starting at 11.45am.


21/04/08 - RECORD-BREAKING START FOR JUMPER JOHN
Hercules Wimbledon's athletes both young and old were in impressive form in their opening outdoor track and field meetings of the summer at Kingston-upon-Thames and Battersea Park.
The club's top male long jumper Royden John set a club veterans record in the annual Sward Trophy meeting staged in chilly, wintry conditions at Kingsmeadow Stadium. John also produced the best leap by a UK veteran this year as he leapt 6.93m to take runners-up spot. He was also runner-up in the pole vault B competition.
Dominic Getting was fourth in the pole vault A and fourth in the hammer B, while John Brown was fifth in the hammer A contest as well as competing in the shot and discus. Only winner on the track was Arnaud Claverie who took the 2000m steeplechase B race with Adam Przedrymirski finishing fourth in the A competition.
Despite the inclement weather. sprinters Dwayne Dowding and Praf Nargund were close to their best as they finished fourth in the 200m and fifth in the 100m in 22.34 and 11.54 seconds, respectively. After leading the field during the early stages, Belal Aly, running barefoot, faded to finish fourth in the 3000m in 9:15.29. and 22.34. Aidan Hogan ran a steady race to take fourth place in the 200m in 2:01.2.
Meanwhile, over at an open meeting in Battersea Park, 11-year-old Eleanor Smith-Hahn produced a quartet of wins, all lifetime bests. She took the girls under 13 100m in 14.61, 200m in 29.8, 800m in 2:37.4 and long jump with 3.70m.
Smith-Hahn will be in action again when she competes for Hercules Wimbledon in their opening Southern Women's League match at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Saturday. The meeting starts at 12noon with the first track event at 1pm and runs through to about 5.30pm.
Hercules Wimbledon teenager Liam White continued his return to fitness with an encouraging run in the Wimbledon Common five kilometres time trial. White, who was forced to miss several weeks of racing after dislocating his knee playing football, finished third in 17:38. Triathlete Yuzo Saito was 28th in 21:02 and Dennis Williams first veteran over 60 in 23:57.
Former marathon international Steve Badgery was the first over 60 veteran in the Bushy Park time trial near Hampton Court in 19:34 Amandine King was 10th in the women's race in 21:36.
On the road, Hercules Wimbledon's Stuart Fraser showed a clean pair of heels to his rivals as he ran away from his rivals to win the City of London Quarterly five miles road race in the Square Mile by two seconds in 16:51. Meanwhile, over 50 veteran St Littllewood finished fifth in the Veteran Athletic Club's first five miles road race of the summer in Battersea Park just ahead of over 45 veteran Tom Morris with over 60 veteran Dennis Williams 16th in 38:08.
Mike Halman was also in winning form as he took the inaugural Bramhall Park five kilometres time trial near Stockport, Cheshire, in 16:23, posting the best age-graded performance. Sally Maddock was second in the women's race in 21:16. 


14/04/08 - HW WOMEN'S DUO SHINE IN LONDON MARATHON
Hercules Wimbledon runners were out on the roads of the capital for Sunday's Flora London marathon with the club's athletes in action in both the main marathon race from Blackheath to The Mall and the Adidas Mini-Marathon over the final three miles of the main course.
There were outstanding performances by the club's two representatives in the women's race, Claire Grima and Zoe Pike. Grima ran a sound tactical race and although having to run through a heavy hailstorm in the closing stages finished 43rd in a lifetime best of 2 hours 55 minutes 36 seconds, posting the second best women's marathon time by a Hercules Wimbledon runner. Her time took more than a minute off her previous best of 2:56:56 when finishing 50th in the 2006 London race and was just 32 seconds outside the Hercules Wimbledon club record set by Sarah Massey in 1999. Her half-marathon time of 1:15:17 also took nine minutes off the Hercules Wimbledon women's half-marathon record.
The only other Hercules runner in the women's race, Zoe Pike, also clocked a lifetime best as she finished two places behind Grima in 2:56:26, to set a new club women's veteran record. Her time was also more than two minutes better than her previous best of 2:58:42 set when taking 66th place in the 2005 London race. It smashed the previous Hercules Wimbledon veterans record set by Mel Jones in the London race in 1994.
The two Hercules Wimbledon women ran contrasting races with Grima going off fast and Pike having a much steadier run. Grima ran the first half of the race more than 25 minutes faster than the second while Pike, who was more than 13 minutes behind her clubmate at half-way, ran the second half of the race more than a minute quicker than the first to get within 50 seconds of Grima. They were 34th and 38th British finishers in the women's race.
Best of the Hercules Wimbledon men was Justin Kelly who finished 239th on his marathon debut in 2:42:45. Jamie Helmer was 443rd in 2:49:14, almost there minutes faster than he managed in the London race in 2005 and veteran Peter Lee 520th in 2:51:06, an improvement of almost three minutes on his run in the London race in 2006. John Querstret finished inside three hours taking 990th place in 2:58:57 while Steve Badgery was third veteran over 60 in 2:59:38.
Hercules Wimbledon's former English cross country champion Dave Clarke, now 50, clocked 3:13:41 on his London debut, running round with his wife, Francesca. It was his first marathon since winning the Stockholm race in 1989 in 2:13:34, which still stands as the Hercules Wimbledon club record.
Hercules Wimbledon had a bumper crop of 36 runners in the London borough mini-marathon races, mostly running for Merton. Best of the bunch was Alex Bruce-Littlewood who was third in the senior boys race in 15:15, just seven seconds behind the winner, leading Bromley to third team place. Joe Toomey led the Merton team in finishing 22nd in 16:20, Liam White, in only his second race since dislocating his knee playing football, was first for Wandsworth taking 26th place in 16:30.
Geordie Logan was seventh in the intermediate boys race in 16:54 and Tim Livingstone 13th and top Wandsworth finisher in the junior boys race in 18:51.
Highest placed Hercules Wimbledon runner in the girls races was Eleanor Smith-Hahn who was sixth in the junior event in 19:48 just ahead of clubmates Emma Headley (20:02), Connie Rose 12th in 20:50 and Maire Gilmartin 22nd in 21:33, who helped Wandsworth to second team place. Ella Dobson was 23rd for Merton in 21:35.
Rosemary Fernando was 27th in the senior girls race in 19:59 with Michaela Knespl 16th in the intermediate girls race in 19:40.
Hercules Wimbledon open their summer track and field season on Saturday when they compete in the Kinnaird and Sward Trophies meeting at Kingsmeadow Stadium.


7/04/08 - SNOW WIPES OUT YOUNG ATHLETES MEETING
A freak snow storm hours before the start of the 27th Hercules Wimbledon Young Athletes Open Meeting at Crystal Palace on Sunday morning forced its cancellation.
Hercules Wimbledon organisers and officials arriving at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre found that, after several hours of steady snow, the athletics track and infield were several inches deep in it.
At the same time, the Crystal Palace authorities advised that by health and safety standards holding staging the meetings in the conditions would be "high risk" and they felt unless the situation improved it would have to be cancelled.
Although the forecaster were predicting the weather would improve in the afternoon, it was still snowing at the time the meeting was scheduled to start and, even before then, a decision was taken to call the meeting off.
Field referee Peter Crawshaw said: "There is no way I would have allowed the throws and jumps to take place. Even if we could have cleared the snow from the sector lines there was always a severe risk that officials in the discus and javelin events would fall over as they attempted to get to where the implements had landed. It is obviously regrettable, but I feel there is no choice."
Track referee David Littlewood said: "The track was covered in snow and we could not see the lane lines so there was no chance of sprints being held. Even if the snow had melted in time for the start of the meeting, which it hadn't, the volume of water left on the track would have created another hazard and would have to be swept away before the track could be used."
Meeting Organiser Martin Bexley said: "Regrettably, these were unforeseen circumstances beyond the club's control, for which Hercules Wimbledon AC can only apologies." Hercules Wimbledon's management committee will discuss the situation at it's next meeting on Monday where the possibility of re-staging the meeting later in the year.
It is the first time the annual meeting, which was first staged almost 30 years ago, has had to be cancelled. The decision was even more unfortunate this year because athletes from five foreign countries - Cuba, Czech Republic, Malta, Norway and Poland - were due to take part. Instead of racing on the Crystal Palace track, they were confined to training in the sports centre's indoor arena.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon athletes will be in action in the Flora London marathon and the Adidas mini-marathon on Sunday. Over 60 veteran, Dennis Williams, who has contested all but one of the London races since they were first staged in 1981, will be making his 27th appearance. Other Hercules Wimbledon runners in action from Blackheath to The Mall include two sub-three hour women marathoners Clare Grima and Zoe Pike, Deon Coetzee, Phil Glynn, Justin Kelly, former marathon international Steve Badgery, Alastair Brown and the youngest of the Hercules Wimbledon contingent 22-year-old Alex Urban.
Hercules Wimbledon president David Littlewood will once again be referee for the men's elite and championship race a role he has carried out for more than 20 years.
A large Hercules Wimbledon contingent led by 15 to 17-year-old trials winner Joe Toomey and runner-up Alex Robinson, 15 to 17-year-old girls top three Rosemary Fernando, Hannah Long and Caroline Hicks, and top three in the 11 to 12-year-old race Eleanor Smith-Hahn, Rebecca Stone and Avalon Howard-McGrow will be representing Merton in the mini-marathon over the last section of the marathon course from Southwark Bridge to The Mall.
Emma Headley, who won the 11 and 12-year-old girls trials race at Battersea Park, is included in the Wandsworth team for the mini-marathon along with clubmates Marie Gilmartin and Connie Rose, who finished third and fifth. Tim Livingstone and Dean Belhaj, runner-up and third , respectively, in the boys 11and 12-year-olds race, are also in the Wandsworth squad.


31/03/08 - BUMPER ENTRY FOR TOP YOUNG ATHLETES MEET
Hundreds of athletes from all over the country will be taking part in Hercules Wimbledon's young athletes open meeting at Crystal Palace on Sunday.
The meeting, which is being staged for the 27th time, has attracted almost 1000 entries and boats being one of the top young athletes meetings staged in Britain both in terms of popularity and standard and has often proved a valuable stepping stone to future international success.
The meeting is also being backed by England Athletics and its London Region 4x100m relays for under 13 and under 15 boys and girls and under 17 men and women are being staged in conjunction with Sunday’s meeting.
This year's meeting also takes on an international flavour with teams from Cuba, Norway, Poland, the Czech Republic and Malta. This continues a long tradition of international youth exchanges promoted by Hercules Wimbledon which began more than 30 years ago.
In the last there decades the club has regularly sent teams to Norway, Belgium, France, Poland, the Czech Republic and Cuba in a series of exchanges which began with trips to the then East Germany and Spain in 1978 and 1980.
Hercules Wimbledon staged an international inter-club meeting at Crystal Palace in 1984 and the following year, with the backing of the former Greater London Council, organised the International Youth Friendship Games at Crystal Palace with 21 teams from 10 countries taking part. Similar events were staged at Tooting Bec in 1987 and 1989.
Sunday's packed programme starts at 11am and runs through until 6pm. The day after the meeting and before they return home the foreign teams will be guests at a dinner hosted by Hercules Wimbledon.
Many of Hercules Wimbledon promising youngsters will be in action on the Crystal Palace track where some of the world's top athletes will be in action in the Norwich Union London Grand Prix meeting at the end of July. Among the Hercules Wimbledon contingent will be Avalon Howard-McGrow who topped the club's girls under 13 100 and 200m and long jump rankings in 2007 and has already shown good form this year. She leapt a lifetime best of 3.89m in taking the silver medal in the girls under 13 long jump at the Kingston and Polytechnic open graded meeting . She also took second place in her 100m race and was fifth in the 200m.
While most of the club's officials and members will be helping out at Crystal Palace to ensure the meeting runs smoothly and to time, a dozen of the club's senior athletes will be missing as they will be competing in the South of England 12-stage road relay championship at Aldershot.
It will be the first time for more than a decade that the club has fielded a team in the event. However, when it was staged at Wimbledon, Hercules Wimbledon won it twice in 1969 and 1972 and were runners-up in 1970.
The club's leading runners warmed up for the championship with a good showing in the Wimbledon Audi 10 kilometres road race where they won the men's team prize. The winning trio was led home by Justin Kelly who finished fifth in 33 minutes with Deon Coetzee seventh in 33:32 and veteran Peter Lee 17th in 35:31. A short distance behind was Neil Fraser who finished 20th in 35:45 with Phil Glynn 22nd in 35:55, former marathon international Steve Badgery top over 60 finisher taking 24th in 36:12, almost twop minutes ahead of the top over 50 finisher, Dan Pescod 32nd in 36:49 and veteran Tom Cheetham 84th in 41:43.
Meanwhile, walking international Estle Viljoen was first woman in the Wimbledon Common five kilometres time trial finishing 12th overall in 20:46.


24/03/08 - ATHLETES WARM UP FOR SUMMER SEASON
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's athletes are busy preparing for the summer track and field season and several of them were in action in the Surrey indoor championships at Sutton Arena and an open graded meeting at Kingsmeadow Stadium.
Eleanor Smith-Hahn, who is just 11, had a busy time in the open graded meeting at Kingsmadow Stadium competing in four events. She gained an impressive win in the girls under 13 800m race in 2 minutes 44.09 seconds, was second in the 100 and 200m in 15.13 and 23.12 and was third in the long jump with a leap of 3.59m.
Her Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Avalon Howard-McGrow, who like Smith-Hahn will be competing for Hercules Wimbledon's National Young Athletes, Southern Women's and Lily B Leagues teams this summer, was runner-up in her 100m race in 15.45 and was fifth in her 150m race in 24.19.
Hercules Wimbledon runners filled the top three places in the men's 3000m. Hussein Ahmed Aly led the field home in 9:08.01 ahead of Belal Aly (9:14.70) and teenager Joe Toomey (9:44.24).
Emily Martin, the reigning Surrey junior outdoor long jump champion took the bronze medal when making her senior competition debut in the Surrey indoor championships at Sutton Arena. She long jujmped a good 5.43m, seven centimetres further than she managed when taking the silver medal in last year's junior championship. She also just missed out on a medal in the 60m final where she was fourth in 8.10 after clocking a faster 8.02 in finishing third in her heat.
Hercules Wimbledon's reigning London Schools intermediate boys long jump champion Jermain Olasan took the silver medal in the junior men's long jump at the Surrey indoor championships with a leap of 6.47m. Cale Edmunds finished just outside the medals in fourth place with a leap of 7.39m.Olasan was also fourth in his second round 60m race in 7.3 with Edmunds clocking 7.39 in finishing fourth in his first round heat.
Another Hercules Wimbledon athletes in action at Sutton was Jack Dewhurst who finished eighth in the men's under 17 triple jump with 10.86m.
Long jumper Emily Martin was also in action in the British Universities indoor championships at Sheffield where she eighth in the long jump final with 5.25m. Clubmate Adam Przedrzymirski qualified for the men’s 1500m semi-final in finishing fifth in his men’s 1500m heat in 4:17.53 to qualify for the semi-final round.
Once again, Hercules Wimbledon runners dominated the weekly Wimbledon Common five kilometres time trial filling three of the first six places. Teenager Alex Robinson was runner-up in 18:00 just ahead of veteran Jonathan Dobson (18:05) who was making his first appearance in the event. Matt Fell was sixth in 18:53.
Hercules Wimbledon’s John Wasbrough was first veteran over 65 to finish in 25:38 with Mick Leigh, the Hercules Wimbledon treasurer, second over 60 finisher in 26:01 taking 94 seconds off his previous best time for the course.


17/03/08 - INTERNATIONAL FLAVOUR TO YOUNGSTERS MEET
There will be an international flavour to the 27th annual Hercules Wimbledon Young Athletes open meeting at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre next month with athletes Cuba as well as four European countries taking part.
Almost 70 foreign athletes will swell the near 1000-entry for the young athletes meet which is one of the biggest of its kind in Britain. The full day programme on Sunday, April 6, runs from 11am to 5pm and many of previous winners have gone on to gain international honours.
According to Maurice Sharp, who has organised the international ingredient of this years young athletes meeting at Crystal Palace, "probably the most prestigious will be the Cuban contingent from the Colegio Giraldo Cordoba Cardin, Havana, the premier sports specialist school in Cuna and Latin America."
He added:" Their squad will no doubt include several potential participants in the London 2012 Olympics.".
The four European teams which will also provide good opposition to both the Cubans and domestic competitors continue a long association with Hercules Wimbledon. They are SK Sandnes from Norway, JJ Liaz from the Czech Republic, Oldstyn from Poland and the Mileta club from Malta. There are about a zoen athletes from each country, mainly in the under 17 age group.
The European clubs are being sponsored by the British Council YEC programme as part of a wider project with the theme "Friendship, Cooperation and Inclusion through the medium of Sport - the Damisela Project."
During their duty in London, the foreign teams will be involved in a variety of cultural, educational and social activities with some of Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters.
Events at the Young Athletes meeting are open to youngsters between the ages of 10 and 16 and a detailed entry form can be downloaded from the Hercules Wimbledon website: www.herculeswimbledonac.org.uk 
The meeting also includes the England Athletics London Region 4x100m sprint relays for under 13 and under 15 boys and girls and under 17 men and women.
Four Hercules Wimbledon athletes were in action in the UK Inter-Counties cross country championships at Wollaton Park, Nottingham, over the weekend. Highest placed finisher was Alex Bruce-Littlewood who was 42nd for Kent in the junior men's eight kilometres championship in 27 minutes 54 seconds. He was the third Kent finisher.
James Trapmore was sixth finisher for Middlesex taking 131st place in the senior men's 12 kilometres race in 41:55. Aidan Hogan, called into the Surrey team as a late reserve, was the eighth Surrey runner to complete the course finishing 169th in 42:58. Hogan was made his Surrey debut in the event.
Teenager Joe Toomey was the sixth Surrey finisher in the boys under 15 championship. He was 83rd in 16:17. A fifth Hercules Wimbledon athlete selected to run in the championships, Liam White, had to pull out of the boys under 15 race as he was still recovering from dislocating his knee playing football.


10/03/08 - HW RUNNERS DOMINATE MINI-MARATHON TRIALS
Hercules Wimbledon runners once again dominated the annual Merton min-marathon trials, winning five of the six age category races. This year, the races were switched to Wimbledon Park after being staged on Wimbledon Common since their inception.
Hercules Wimbledon runners filled the top three places in all three girls races. Eleanor Smith-Hahn gained a runaway victory in the junior girls race crossing the line more than a minute clear in 16 minutes 6 seconds with Rebecca Stone second in 17:17 and Avalon Howard McGrow third in 19:32. A fourth Hercules Wimbledon runner in the race was Fionnuala Lane who finished seventh in 21:49.
Rosemary Fernando also made it a Hercules Wimbledon one, two and three in the senior girls race. She gained an even more convincing win finishing more than two minutes clear in 15:45. Hannah Long was second in 17:51 and Caroline Hicks third in 17:57. Megan Brown finished eighth in 19:09.
Michaela Knespl completed a clean sweep of girls titles in taking the intermediate race in 15:31, the fastest time posted by the 35 runners in the girls race. She finished exactly two minutes ahead of Alice Village with Katie Kemp (19:31) and Maria Rogan (19:39) finishing third and fourth.
Hercules Wimbledon's Joe Toomey clocked the fastest time of the day winning the senior boys race in 13:10 finishing just 10 seconds ahead of clubmate Alex Robinson with Charlie Carrington fourth in 14:18, Paul Stables sixth in 15:04 and Joseph Stone eighth in 16:23.
Merton schools champion Geordie Logan won the intermediate boys race in 13:57 with Alex Watson third in 15:23, Bradley Mulroe fourth in 15:25 and David Stables sixth in 16:40. Hercules Wimbledon's Aaron Jones was third in the junior boys race in 17:17 with Oliver Moulton fourth in 17:59.
Three Hercules Wimbledon runners were in action for Surrey in the Sainsbury's English schools cross country championships in Sefton Park, Liverpool, on Saturday. Twins Jennifer and Rosemary Fernando were the third and fourth Surrey finishers in the senior girls championship taking 183rd and 189th places in 18:41 and 18:45. Ed Saywell was 139th in the junior boys championship in 14:20.
A fourth Hercules Wimbledon runner at the championships was Alex Bruce-Littlewood, competing for Kent. He was Kent's fourth finisher in the senior boys race taking 68th place in 22:55.
A week after helping the Royal Air Force win the Inter-Services cross country title in Cornwall, Hercules Wimbledon's Kieran White raced to a narrow victory in the Wimbledon Common five kilometres time trial in 16:51. Tom Cheetham was 29th in 21:28 and Alastair Brown 38th in 21:59.
Hercules Wimbledon's former marathon international Steve Badgery was the top over 60 finisher in the Bushy Park five kilometres time trial at Hampton Court in 18:36, finishing 19th out of almost 400 runners. Badgery's run came a week after he set a Hercules Wimbledon over 60 age record in finishing 13th in the Brooklands 10 kilometres road race at Weybridge. His time of 36:26 took more than a minute off the previous record of 37:30 set by Peter Giles in the Audi 10 kilometres road race at Wimbledon in April 2005.
This weekend, several Hercules Wimbledon athletes will be representing Surrey in the UK Inter-Counties cross country championships at Wollaton Park, Nottingham on Saturday while most of the club's runners in action will be at the East Surrey League road relays at Box Hill, near Dorking also on Saturday. On Sunday, several Hercules Wimbledon athletes will be flexing their muscles for the coming summer season by competing in Kingston and Polytechnic's open track and field meeting at Kingsmeadow Stadium.


3/03/08 - GOLD MEDAL-WINNING DEBUT FOR JUMPER JOHN
Hercules Wimbledon long jumper Royden John made a winning debut in the British Masters indoor championships at Lee Valley Athletics Centre, Picketts Lock, North London, when he took the gold medal in the men's over 35 long jump.
John, who qualified as a veteran (master) on reaching his 35th birthday last September, won the long jump title with a good leap of 6.87 metres. His winning leap was two centimetres further than he managed when taking the bronze medal in the South of England senior men's championships at the same venue in January. It also consolidated his position at the top of the UK veteran rankings for 2008.
His long jump win was his second medal-winning performance of the championships. Just a few minutes before competing in the long jump - in fact he had to miss the first round because of the clash of events - he clinched the bronze medal in the 60m final in 7.21 seconds after winning his heat in a slightly slower 7.22.
John was among a trio of Hercules Wimbledon athletes in action at the British Masters indoor championships at Lee Valley. Mike Kortenray, who won the South of England two mile championship at Motspur Park in 1968 is still winning medals four decades later. He was third in the British Masters over 60 3000m championship in 11:56.98. Clubmate Dennis Williams also took the bronze medal in the over 60 1500m in 5:50.34, and fifth in the 3000m in 12:19.78.
Several Hercules Wimbledon runners will be running for Wandsworth in the Adidas London mini-marathon on Sunday, April 13, after performing well in the Wandsworth trials in Battersea Park.
Best Hercules Wimbledon effort came from Emma Headley who won the girls 11 to 12-year-old race in 14:15. Clubmate Maire Gilmartin was third in 14:31, Connie Rose fifth in 14:58, Sophie Robinson seventh in 15:29and Sydney Harrison 10th in 16:22.
Tim Livingstone was runner-up in the boys 11 to 12-year-old race in 13:32 just ahead of Dean Belhaj who was third in 13:41 with Tom McCahon eighth in 15:19.
Hercules Wimbledon's James Blower was sixth in the boys 13 to 14-year-old race in 15:11.
Hercules Wimbledon runners dominated the last February Wimbledon Common time trial filling three of the first four places. Stuart Fraser was runner-up in 17:29, teenager Alex Robinson, taking 16 seconds off his previous best time, third 17:43 and veteran Gary Blesson fourth in 17:53. Veteran Tom Cheetham, making his debut in the event, was 39th in 21:33 and Alastair Brown 46th in 22:21.
Alice Village, at 14 one of the youngest runners in the 100-plus field, was second woman in 23:33.
Over in Richmond Park, Hercules Wimbledon veteran Pete Clarke took almost a minute off his previous best time in finishing fifth in 18:41 with one of the best age-graded performances of the 85-strong field while over 60 veteran Steve Badgery finished 31st out of 410 runners in the Bushy Park time trial in 19:11.
Competing in the Tunbridge Wells half-marathon in Kent, Hercules Wimbledon's John Querstret was 44th out of more than 1360 finishers in 1:25:14.
This weekend, several Hercules Wimbledon runners will be in action for London and Surrey in the annual English schools cross country championships at Liverpool on Saturday.


25/02/08 - HW CLUB RECORD RUN FOR KNESPL IN THE USA
Hercules Wimbledon's top woman middle-distance runner Medena Knespl showed record-breaking form when she raced over 5000m in an indoor meeting in New York.
Knespl, 20, took more than a minute off her Hercules Wimbledon club record set last year when she covered the distance in 17 minutes 45.880 seconds at the New Balance Collegiate Indoor Invitation Meeting at the Armory track in New York. Her time smashed her previous club record of 18:57:13, also set in the USA, in March 2007.
Meanwhile, Hercules Wimbledon's Eleanor Smith-Hahn was a member of the winning Surrey team in the girls under 13 competition at the London and South East Regional Sportshall final at Guildford's Spectrum Leisure Centre. She finished fourth in the six lap race and fifth in the standing long jump contributing valuable points to Surrey's winning score. She expects to be in the Surrey team to compete in the National Sportshall finals in Birmingham in April.
Three Hercules Wimbledon athletes were in the boys under 15 team which finished in runners-up position. Best of the trio was Nathan Sacho Barechi who was the top placed Surrey athlete finishing third out of the 25 competitors from the region. He competed in three individual events, winning the speed bounce competition and taking third place in the two lap race. He also helped Surrey win the sprint relay.
His Hercules Wimbledon clubmate, Jose Costa, also competed in three events finishing fourth in the shot and fifth in the two lap race. Hercules Wimbledon's third representative, Kyran Mitchell, also contested three events. His best effort came in the two lap race where he was sixth equal.
Hercules Wimbledon runners gave a good showing in the English national cross country championships at Alton Towers.
Wimbledon schoolmaster James Trapmore was the first Hercules Wimbledon runner to finish in the senior men's 6.5 miles race taking 76th place in 35:30. Belal Aly who ran with one shoe for two of the three laps was 229th in 38:08, Justin Kelly 303rd in 38:58 and Deon Coetzee 335th in 39:26.
Aidan Hogan, who was up with Aly in the early stages of the race ran despite suffering from a chest infection to finish 353rd in 39:48 with Neil Fraser 403rd in 40:32 and Phil Glynn 551st in 42:43. Almost 1250 runners finished the race.
Three Hercules Wimbledon runners made their "national" debuts when they contested the young athletes races. Geordie Logan was 167th in the boys under 15 championship in 13:34 with Alex Watson 331st in 15:43 while Charlie Carrington was 236th in the men's under 17 race in 18:13.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon compete in their final inter-club cross country race of the season in Richmond Park on Saturday. The race over 3.84 miles is being organised by Ranelagh Harriers. It starts from close to the Pembroke Lodge car park at 3pm.
On Sunday, Hercules Wimbledon, working with Merton Council's leisure development department, are assisting in the organisation of Merton's mini marathon races to decide who should represent the borough in the London mini-marathon over the final 2.6 miles of the London Marathon course from Southwark Bridge to The Mall, on April 13.
This year, the Merton trials are being staged from Hercules Wimbledon's track headquarters at Wimbledon Park athletics stadium. Runners who are 11 and under 17 on April 13 are eligible to compete in the trials so long as they live or attend a school in Merton. Hercules Wimbledon have devised a two lap course around the park which starts and finishes on the athletics track. Registration begins at 10am with the girls race due to start at 10.30am and the boys due off at 11am.
A total of 48 runners, eight in each of six age groups, will subsequently be selected to represented Merton on April 13.


18/02/08 - BADGERY STORMS TO HALF-MARATHON RECORD
Hercules Wimbledon's former marathon international Steve Badgery was in outstanding form when he won the men's veterans over 60 prize in the Sussex Beacon half-marathon smashing the Hercules Wimbledon age record in the process.
Badgery, who was taking part in his first marathon for a decade - the last time was in March 1998 when he set a Hercules Wimbledon 55-year-old age record of 1 hour 17 minutes 7 seconds in the Wimbledon half-marathon - finished 60th out of almost 4000 runners in Sunday's race. He finished 40 seconds ahead of the top over 50 veteran in the race.
Badgery's time of 1:23:10 took more than eight minutes off the previous over 60 club record of 1:31:42 set by Dennis Williams in the Paddock Wood half-marathon in Kent in April 2006. Badgery's time also took him to the top of this year's UK rankings for his age group by exactly a minute.
Badgery was one of a large contingent of Hercules Wimbledon runners in Sunday's race on the South Coast staged in almost ideal racing conditions. First Hercules Wimbledon finisher was Stuart Fraser who finished 15th in a personal best of 1:18:00 with Naomi Warner 22nd and first woman in 1:18:33, her third fastest half-marathon time.
Dion Harrison was 32nd in 1:20:32 and Claire Grima 110th and seventh woman in 1:26:20. Amelia Lloyd was 25th in the women's race in 1:32:22.
Over on Wimbledon Common, former Geoff Moulden Wimbledon 10 miles winner Ian Horrocks returned to action after a long absence due to injury with a win in the Wimbledon Common time trial. He clocked 17:13 for the five kilometres with clubmate Alex Robinson third in 17:59 and Mike Fuller was first veteran over 60 in 22:28, finishing 35th out of 80 runners.
Hercules Wimbledon's former English cross country champion Dave Clarke was second over 50 veteran in finishing 22nd out of 85 runners on his first appearance in the Richmond Park time trial in 20:54.
Hercules Wimbledon's Mike Halman gained a runaway victory in leading the 50-plus strong field home in an inter-club 5.56 miles cross country race organised by the Bank of England in Richmond Park on Saturday. Halman won by almost a minute in 31:06. Jim Wallace was 12th in 36:17, Ed Reed 16th in 38:07, veteran Dave Betts 17th in 38:20, Frank Wood 18th in 38:46, teenager Bradlee Mulroe 24th in 40:03 and Yuzo Saito 25th in 40:09. Veterans Marco Ciglia, Don Anderson and Alan Turner were 30th, 35th and 43rd in 41:09, 41:57 and 43:12 with Jane Searle 52nd in 45:33.


11-02-08 - CROSS RUNNERS' SUPER FINISH TO FINE SEASON
Hercules Wimbledon's cross country runners ended their first season for a decade in the top division of the Sweatshop Surrey cross country league with another strong team performance finishing third out of the nine competing teams in the final match in Richmond Park and a gloriously sunny spring afternoon.
Egyptians Hussein Ahmed Aly and Belal Aly led the Hercules Wimbledon runners home finishing ninth and 11th in 29 minutes 37 seconds and 29:52, respectively.
Aidan Hogan was 18th in 30:13, Richard Xerri 30th in 30:48, Jamie Helmer 43rd in 31:10, Justin Kelly 51st in 31:37, Phil Glynn 69th in 32:17, veteran Peter Lee 88th in 33:19 and Arnaud Claverie 89th in 33:20. Final member of the scoring team was over 50 veteran Hugh Saxby who finished 105th in 34:12.
Other Hercules Wimbledon finishers were Steve Sinnott 116th in 34:56, Frank Wood 147th in 37:12, John Querstret 148th in 37:17, Ed Reed 156th in 38:21, Maurice Sharp 165th in 39:53, Mike Stables 167th in 40:14 and Tom Cheetham 177th in 42:37.
Hercules Wimbledon teenager Liam White, who had won the three earlier under 15 races, was forced to cheer his clubmates on from the sidelines after dislocating his knee playing in a schools football match a few days earlier. In his absence Geordie Logan won the under 15 race in 16:16 with Alex Robinson taking the under 17 race in 16:08. With Charlie Carrington fifth in 17:14, Bradlee Mulroe 11th in 18:59, Paul Stables 13th in 19:36 and Alex Watson 15th in 19:59, Hercules Wimbledon easily took the team honours on the day to lift the overall league title for the season.
Brothers Tom and Patrick McCahon were ninth and 10th in the boys under 13 race in 22:32 and 23:44, respectively.
Hercules Wimbledon's Eleanor Smith-Hahn was the highest place club runner in the Surrey Ladies League races also staged in Richmond Park. She was third out of 47 runners in the girls under 13 race in 13:31. Maire Gillmartin was 20th in 15:04 and Ella Dobson 35th in 16:17.
Amelia Lloyd made an impressive league debut finishing 10th out of more than 130 runners in the senior race in 24:16. Serena Brotherton, who started about 50m behind the field, managed to work her way through to finish 71st in 29:25. She was also the second junior.
Seven Hercules Wimbledon athletes were in action in a schools inter-county match at Paddock Wood, Kent. Twins Rosemary and Jennifer Fernando were 27th and 34th in the senior girls race in 22:25 and 22:51, the fourth and sixth Surrey runners to cross the finishing line.
Alex Bruce-Littlewood was 18th for Kent in the senior boys race in 21:12 with Andrew Penney 41st in 22:06 and Deyan Knespl 54th in 22:59, both running for Surrey. Joe Toomey was 23rd in the intermediate boys race in 18:10 while Ed Saywell was 29th in the junior boys race in 16:56.
Hercules Wimbledon's Stuart Fraser beat a 1000-plus strong field to win the London Love in 10 kilometres road race in Battersea Park in 34:53.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon compete in an inter-club cross country match hosted by the Bank of England in Richmond Park on Saturday. It starts from near Roehampton Gate at 3pm. On Sunday, several Hercules Wimbledon youngsters will be in action for Surrey in the South East Regional Sportshall final at Guildford's Spectrum Leisure Centre on Sunday.


4/02/08 - TEENAGER WHITE CONTINUES IMPRESSIVE FORM
Hercules Wimbledon's top teenage cross country runner Liam White continued the impressive form he has shown this winter with two fine runs over testing courses at Parliament Hill Fields, North London.
White, the Surrey County boys under 15 bronze medallist was in a class of his own as he ran away with the London Schools intermediate boys cross country title in 18 minutes 39 seconds, finishing a comfortable 22 seconds ahead of the second runner.
A few days earlier, White finished a superb eighth out of almost 250 runners in the South of England boys under 15 4.5 kilometres championship in 18:16, just four seconds behind the top Surrey runner in the race. He led the Hercules Wimbledon team which was the first from Surrey to close in its four runners. Geordie Logan was 99th in 20:16, Ed Saywell 147th in 21:24 and Joe Toomey 186th in 22:23.
A fifth Hercules Wimbledon runner in the race was Bradlee Mulroe who finished 194th in 22:38.
Hercules Wimbledon fielded a team in the senior men's 12 kilometres championship for the first time for several seasons. Aidan Hogan led the team home finishing 97th out of more than 800 runners in 54:35 with Justin Kelly 154th in 56:43, Deon Coetzee 198th in 57:57, Phil Glynn 208th in 58:11, Neil Fraser 271st in 60:21 and Jonathan Dobson 282nd in 60:52.
Andrew Penney had a good run in the men's under 17 six kilometres championship. He finished 55th out of almost 200 runners in 24:22. Charlie Carrington was 144th in 27:58 and William Spooner 163rd in 30:30.
Hercules Wimbledon's Tim Livingstone tasted victory in Kingston and Polytechnic's schools races in Richmond Park. He won the boys under 13 race by three seconds in 8:21.
At the other end of the age scale, Hercules Wimbledon's former marathon international Steve Badgery just missed out on a medal in the South of England over 60 masters cross country championship at Ruislip. He was fourth in 38:58. Clubmate Hugh Saxby was 13th in the over 50 championship 36:54, while Jonathan Dobson finished 43rd in the same time.
Mike Kortenray was the first over 60 finisher in the Wimbledon Common time trial in 21:03. Teenager Alice Village was first woman in 23:08.
Jutin Kelly led home a trio of Hercules Wimbledon runners in the Watford half-marathon. He was 18th out of almost 1800 runners in 1:16:13 with Deon Coetzee 37th in 1:20:36 and Stewart Bond 212th in 1:31:10.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon’s focus returns to cross country league racing with both men's and women's runners in action in Richmond Park on Saturday. A busy day starts with the Surrey Ladies League senior women's race at 12.15pm followed by young athletes races. The Sweatshop Surrey League Division One boys young athletes race is due off at 2.30pm with the senior men off at 3pm. The races starts from the edge of Sidmouth Wood near Pembroke Lodge car park.


28/01/08 - LONG JUMPER'S MEDAL-WINNING INDOOR DEBUT
Hercules Wimbledon's top long jumper Royden John made an impressive indoor debut when he picked up a bronze medal in the South of England championships at Lee Valley Athletics Centre.
John, 35, silver medallist at last year's Surrey outdoor championships had never competed indoor before in his 20 years in athletics and it was also the first time he had contested the South of England championships and bounced back from a shaky start.
However, he made an inauspicious start as he had a foul jump with his first attempt. He then managed 6.56m which lifted him into fourth place. He had a third attempt of 6.40m, missed the fourth round and then benefited from the rest by jumping 6.79m to move into bronze medal position and completed his medal-winning competition with a further improvement to 6.85m, just five centimetres off the silver medal position.
John was delighted with his medal-winning effort and contributes his success to strengthening training at Wimbledon Park athletics track. He return to Lee Valley towards the end of next month to compete in the British Masters Indoor Championships his debut in a Masters or Veterans competition. On his current form he has a good chance of gaining a gold medal there. Clubmate Ka Cheun To was seventh with a leap of 5.94m, a six centimetre improvement on his previous best.
Another Hercules Wimbledon athlete, teenager Jermaine Olasan was not far off his lifetime best in taking fourth place in the junior men's long jump championship with a leap of 6.43m. He was also making his indoor debut and but it proved a traumatic experience as he fouled four of his six attempts. His best effort came with his third jump. Clubmate Michael Ajei-Tabirade was well below his best with a leap of 5.51m which put him 18th in the competition.
Hercules Wimbledon teenage sprinter Praf Nargund also showed good form in the junior men's 60m where he twice improved on his previous best of 7.42 seconds set last year. He survived the heats finishing fourth in his first round race in 7.35 and then went even faster in finishing sixth in his semi-final in 7.34.
Another Hercules Wimbledon athlete to perform well at Lee Valley was Nnamdi Odum, also making his indoor debut, who finished eighth in the junior men's triple jump with 12.89m.
Hercules Wimbledon's former marathon international Steve Badgery was top veteran over 60 finisher in the Bushy park five kilometres time trial at Hampton Court. Badgery finished 12th out of almost 350 runners in 18:45. Over 50 veteran Barry King was 87th in 21:55.
Meanwhile, veteran clubmate Hugh Saxby was the top male age-graded performer in the Wimbledon Common time trial finishing third out of more than 80 runners in 18:12. He was the first over 50 finisher. Clubmate Matt Fell was not far behind finishing fifth in 18:47, slicing 16 seconds off his previous best time for the course.
Kieran White finished sixth out of more than 600 runners in the Romsey five miles road race in Hampshire in 26:25 while Ray Owens was fourth over 45 veteran in the Last Friday of the Month five kilometres road race in Hyde Park in 18:59.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are hosting the East Surrey League cross country relays on Wimbledon Common. The relays start near the Fox and Grapes pub at the corner of West Place and the Causeway at 2pm.


21/01/08 - ANOTHER IMPRESSIVE SPORTSHALL EFFORT
Hercules Wimbledon's boys under 15 Sportshall squad turned in another impressive team effort in the final Surrey Sportshall meeting at Guildford's Spectrum Leisure Centre. They filled four of the top six places to take a good second place in the team battle.
Heading the squad was Nathan Safo Barnien who was pipped by just one point in his bid for victory to take runners-up spot with 52 points. He gained a double win taking the speed bounce and two lap events and third place in the standing triple jump. With three of his clubmates brothers Jose and Luis Costa and Kyran Mitchell he also helped Hercules Wimbledon to victory in the relay.
Jose Costa also took fourth spot in the individual events with 48.5 points winning the standing long jump and taking third place in the shot.
Mitchell finished fifth overall with 47 points with his best efforts coming in the two lap race where he posted the second best time and the standing long jump and shot where he was fourth. Luis Costa was sixth with 44 points with his best performance in the four lap race where he was fourth.
Another good Hercules Wimbledon effort came from Eleanor Smith-Kahn who finished joint fourth in girls under 13 competition. Her best efforts came in the six lap race where she finished second and the vertical jump where she was third. With clubmates Katie Impl, Dahlia Serafy, Ellie Stewart, Olivia Hogan and Avalon Howard-McCrow, she helped Hercules Wimbledon to eighth team place.
Following the three Sportshall meetings at Guildford, Hercules Wimbledon expects to have several of its athletes in action for Surrey in the South East regional final at Guildford on February 17 against Kent, Middlesex and Sussex.
Hercules Wimbledon athletes were in good form in the annual Surrey schools cross country championships at Reigate and several are in line to represent the county in the South East inter-counties meeting at Paddock Wood on February 9 and the Sainsbury's English Schools championships at Liverpool in March.
Best Hercules Wimbledon effort came from Joe Toomey who took runners-up spot in the intermediate boys championship. Twins Rosemary and Jennifer Fernando were sixth and seventh in the senior girls championship, while Ed Saywell was sixth in the junior boys race. Andrew Penny took eighth place in the senior boys championship ahead of Deyan Kespl (11th) and Alex Robinson (12th).
Deyan's sister Michaela was 14th in the intermediate girls championship with Tim Livingstone 18th in the under 13 boys race.
Hercules Wimbledon's Keiran White warmed up for this weekend's South of England cross country championships at Parliament Hill Fields by taking third place in Saturday's Bushy Park five kilometres time trial in 16:48. It took 10 seconds off his previous best time for the course. White runs for the senior men's team at Parliament Hill Fields on Saturday.


14/01/08 - HW'S BEST LEAGUE PERFORMANCE OF SEASON
Hercules Wimbledon's cross country runners followed up their bronze medal-winning performance in the Surrey cross country championships by producing their best team performance of the season in the third of this season's Sweatshop Surrey cross country league Division One matches at Reigate Priory.
They did so without some of their top runners including Kent junior champion Alex Bruce-Littlewood and Kieran White, the second scoring member of the bronze medal-winning team who were both unavailable.
Egyptian Hussein Aly led the superb Hercules Wimbledon team performance finishing fifth over the testing, undulating five miles course in 28 minutes 15 seconds. James Trapmore was next, not far behind, taking seventh place in 28:17 with Belal Aly 17th in 29:00, Aidan Hogan 18th in 29:05, Richard Xerri 19th in 29:13 and Mike Halman 29th in 29:55.
The scoring team of 10 was completed by Deon Coetzee 49th in 31:04, Phil Glynn 54th in 31:20, Jamie Helmer 60th in 31:30 and veteran Peter Lee 65th in 31:34. Despite the absences, more than 20 Hercules Wimbledon athletes took part in the race with Justin Kelly 68th in 31:38, Arnaud Claverie 69th in 31:40, Stuart Fraser 71st in 31:53, Gary Blesson 77th in 32:09 and Hugh Saxby first veteran over 50 finishing 88th in 32:55. Then came Jonathan Dobson 97th in 33:39, Steve Sinnott 103rd in 34:08, Andy Waites 119th in 35:12, John Querstret 121st in 35:19, Frank Wood 146th in 38:38 and over 60 veteran Maurice Sharp 148th in 38:44.
Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters were also in good form with Surrey individual bronze medallist Liam White first under 15 finisher in the young athletes race covering the 2.5 miles in 14:22. Andrew Penney, who missed the previous weekend's Surrey races, was second under 17 in 14:39 with Alex Robinson fourth in that category in 14:49 and Geordie Logan just two seconds behind in fifth position. Next to finish was Deyan Knespl in 15:10.
The joint under 17 and under 15 team easily won their match to complete a hat-trick of wins this season and with just one match remaining look set to lift the league title.
Making his debut in a Hercules Wimbledon vest Max Allison finished seventh in the colts race in 19:47.
Hercules Wimbledon's under 17 women also came out winners in their race led in the Surrey Ladies cross country league meeting staged at the same venue. They were led to their success by twins Jennifer and Rosemary Fernando who were fourth and fifth in 18:21 and 18:23 with Caroline Hicks 12th in 20:55.
Rebecca Stone led the Hercules Wimbledon contingent home in the girls under 13 race finishing 18th in 14:15 with Emma Headley 26th in 1506 and Ella Dobson 32nd in 15:33. Meanwhile, Claire Grima had a good run in the senior women's race where she finished seventh in 26:26 with Sally Maddock 20th in 28:25 and Amandine King 31st and top under 20 finisher in 29:14.
Hercules Wimbledon's Micheala Knespl was first woman to finish Saturday's Wimbledon Common time trial finishing 11th overall in 21:50. Alastair Brown, making his debut in the event was 15th in 22:28 and teenager Alice Village third woman in 23:52. Adam Przedrzymirski, who has been hampered by injury this season, finished sixth in the Richmond Park time trial in 19:12, taking 37 seconds off his previous best time for the course.
The East Surrey cross country relays due to be staged by Hercules Wimbledon on Wimbledon Common on Saturday have been postponed until February 2 so as not to clash with the Surrey schools cross country championships being held at Reigate on Saturday afternoon. Several Hercules Wimbledon youngsters will be competing for the Merton teams at Reigate.


7/01/08 - TEAM MEDALS TREBLE AT SURREY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Hercules Wimbledon runners were in good form in the annual Surrey cross country championships staged in testing conditions in Croydon's Lloyd Park on Saturday, returning with a hat-trick of team medals.
However, the best Hercules Wimbledon performance of the weekend came in the Kent championships at Maidstone where teenager Alex Bruce-Littlewood took the junior men’s title. The 17-year-old won the 7.2 kilometres race by almost 100m in 24 minutes 57 seconds.
Despite missing some of their top runners, the Hercules Wimbledon senior men's team continued their impressive winter to take the bronze medals at Croydon. It was the first time that Hercules Wimbledon has got among the senior men’s team medals for more than three decades - since winning the gold medals for the sixth consecutive time in 1974!
They were led home by Aidan Hogan who finished a good 15th in 46:23 with Kieran White 20th in 47:39, Mike Halman 25th in 48:15, Richard Xerri 28th in 48:42, Phil Glynn 32nd in 49:46 and veteran Peter Lee 36th in 50:09. Missing from the line-up up was Justin Kelly whose running would certainly have secured the silver medals.
Other Hercules Wimbledon runners in the senior men's 12 kilometres race were veteran Gary Blesson 46th in 50:58, over 50 veteran Hugh Saxby 48th in 51:19, Deon Coetzee, who started late, 74th in 55:14, Andy Waites 76th in 55:18 and Tom Cheetham 134th in 66:13.
The senior men's team effort was the third bronze medal-winning team performance by Hercules Wimbledon runners.
The medal winning medal haul began when teenager Liam White took the individual bronze medal to lead the club's boys under 15 team to team bronze. White ran strongly to finish just 12 seconds behind the winner covering the four kilometres in 15:20. Merton schools champion Geordie Logan was seventh in 15:54, Ed Saywell 20th in 17:26 and Tom Meehan 44th in 19:57 to complete the team. Just five seconds behind was Bradlee Mulroe in 45th place.
Hercules Wimbledon also took the bronze medals in the men's under 17 6.5 kilometres championship with Alex Robinson 11th in 25:45, Deyan Knespl 15th in 26:20, Charlie Carrington 22nd in 28:02, James Greene 25th in 29:33 and Tom Sandiford 26th in 30:18.
Two Hercules Wimbledon runners were in action in the senior women's eight kilometres championship. Medena Knespl, back from her college in Boston, USA, was 17th in 37:02 with Sally Maddock 43rd in 41:31. Amandine King was fifth in the junior women's 4.8 kilometres race in 25:30.
Twins Jennifer and Rosemary Fernando were 13th and 14th in the women's under 17 championship, also over 4.8 kilometres, in 24:18 and 24:23 with Hannah Long 23rd in 27:47, just missing out on a set of team medals finishing in fourth place.
Michaela Knespl was first Hercules Wimbledon finisher in the girls under 15 four kilometres championship finishing 11th in 18:58 with Alice Village 35th in 23:17 and Georgia Haigh 40th in 25:17.
Eleanor Smith-Hahn led the Hercules Wimbledon team home in the girls under 13 3.25 kilometres championship finishing ninth in 14:45 with Maire Gillmartin 28th in 16:18, Emma Headley 33rd in 16:34 and Sydney Henderson 53rd in 19:11.
Two Hercules Wimbledon runners finished among the top six out of almost 700 runners in the Tadworth open 10 miles road race on Sunday. Hussein Aly was second in 56:15 and fellow Egyptian Belal Aly sixth in 58:30. Maurice Sharp was third veteran over 60 in 1:12:31.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon cross country runners are in action in the third Sweatshop Surrey League Division One and third Surrey Ladies League meetings which are both being staged at Priory Park, Reigate, on Saturday. The club's youngsters will be competing in the third Surrey Sportshall meeting at Guildford's Spectrum Leisure Centre on Sunday. 

 

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