PRESS RELEASES for Hercules Wimbledon AC for 2009

28/12/09 - NEW YEAR OPENER OVER SHORTER COURSE
Hercules Wimbledon runners will lose little time in starting their 2010 racing programme when they compete in the Lauriston Runners' Club five miles multi-terrain race on Wimbledon Common tomorrow (Saturday).
The event was first run in 1990 over seven miles after a replacing a previously run 10km event which had to be abandoned due to the building of the Asda superstore on the A3, Roehampton Vale. This year, traffic conditions have once again forced organisers to reduce the distance of the course to five miles to avoid the narrow Camp Road approach to the junction of The Causeway, Westside and West Place.
Entry for the event which starts on The Causeway, near the Fox and Grapespub, is free and all are welcome. Runners from other local clubs have all been invited to take part. The event is staged over a very flat two lap course on Wimbledon Common.
Hercules Wimbledon runners were in action around the Christmas period. More than a dozen took part in the annual Christmas Day Lauriston Runners' Club 30-minute paarlauf which was being staged for the 55th time.
Ahmed Hussein was a member of the winning pair linking up with Aldershot's Kevin Quinn to cover a total of five miles 1349 yards. Nada Hassan and teenager Joe Clark were second with 5-925 just 23 yards further than another Hercules Wimbledon pairing of Joe Toomey and Dave Betts.
Martin Miller linked up with Thames Hare & Hounds' Andy Robinson to finish fifth covering 5-880 with Steve Sinnott linking up with Striders of Croydon's Barry White to take sixth place with 5-667.
Several Hercules Wimbledon runners were in action in the final Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday with Kieran White and Madena Knespl taking the men's and women's honours in 16 minutes 40 seconds and 21:18, respectively. Joe Toomey, taking part in his second race in as many days, was fourth in the men's race in 18:35 with veteran Frank Wood 13th in 20:49. Michaela Knespl was second woman in 21:27 with a third member of the Knespl family, Deyan, 23rdoverall in 21:45.
Over 60 veteran Mike Kortenray was in action in the Richmond Park parkrun on Saturday finishing 21st in 22:14 with another over 60 veteran Dennis Williams taking 28th place in the Norman Park parkrun in Bromley in 29:44.
Hercules Wimbledon's Chris Coles finished eighth out of more than 150 runners in the Ronhill Surrey Classic 10km road race in Horton Country Park in 35:27, just over two minutes behind the race winner. The event was reduced to just under six miles for safety reasons due to icy patches on part of the course.
Midweek evening training at Wimbledon Park athletics stadium which was suspended over the Christmas and New Year period will resume next Tuesday evening (January 5), starting at 6.30pm.


21/12/09 - WARM-UP RACE FOR CHRISTMAS FESTIVITIES
Hercules Wimbledon runners get the chance to built up their Xmas day appetites when they compete in the annual Lauriston Runners' Club paarlauf on Christmas Day.
The event, which is being staged for the 55th time, starts on Wimbledon Common opposite the entrance to Lauriston Cottage which is at the junction of Southside and Lauriston Road. The event starts at 11am and pairs of runners will endeavour to cover as much distance within 30 minutes. At the end of the time period, the pair that have covered the furthest distance are the winners.
After the event there will be the usual festive fare of mulled wine and mince pies. Runners wishing to take part in the event need to report to Lauriston Cottage by 10.30am enable pairings of strong and weak runners. There is a £1 entry fee to cover the cost of refreshments.
Hercules Wimbledon's Alex Bruce-Littlewood found himself running on Wimbledon Common somewhat unexpectedly last Saturday. He was due to compete in a Euro cross event in Brussels but the problems with Eurostar meant there was no way he could get to the Belgian capital so he ran in the South of the Thames 7.5 miles championship instead finishing a good 13th out og almost 200 runners in 43 minutes 2 seconds.
Veteran Peter Lee was 53rd and fourth in the over 40 category in 47:15, Rory McMahon 67th in 48:56, Jamie Helmer 68th in 49:04, Hugh Saxby 69th and second over 50 veteran in 49:05, Matthew Sharp 86th in 50:55, David Grima 120th in 54:02 and veteran Frank Wood 133rd in 55:55.
Kate Mellor was fifth in the women's championship in 52:50 with Anna Garnier winning the veterans over 55 medal finishing 11th in 56:49, Marilena de Luca 22nd in 1:03:01 and Rowena Hornshaw 34th in 1:08:01.
Rory McMahon completed a busy weekend when he finished 13th in the Holly Run six miles cross country race at Reigate on Sunday in 35:23. Two of Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters, Ed Saywell and Joe Clark were 15th and 19th, respectively, in the young athletes there miles race in 15:37 and 15:45.
Back home for Christmas from her studies across the Atlantic in Boston, USA, Medena Knespl lost little time finding her running feet when she finished second in the women's event in the Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday in 19:59. It was her first appearance in the event since August 2008, the last time she competed on home soil. Her teenage sister Michaela was third in the women's race in 20:39 with Zoe Phillips fourth and first over 40 veteran in 20:46 with 14-year-old Rebecca Stone, one of the youngest runners in the event, 15th in 23:28. Charles Lawrie was 38th and second over 60 veteran in the men's race in 21:18 with Mark Bohan 44th in 21:44.
Over 50 veteran Martin O'Halloran posted the top age-graded performance in the Roundshaw Downs parkrun in finishing 12th of the 55 runners in 21:35.
Midweek evening training at Wimbledon Park athletics stadium has been suspended over the Christmas and New Year period. The Tuesday and Thursday evening sessions will resume on Tuesday, January 5.


14/12/09 - WOMEN CROSS RUNNERS SET FOR PROMOTION
Hercules Wimbledon's senior women's cross country team gave themselves an early Christmas present with an outstanding performance in the third of this season's Surrey Ladies League meetings in Richmond Park on Saturday.
They finished runners-up in the Division Two team competition and with one match remaining are second in the overall table with the top three guaranteed promotion to Division One. Hercules Wimbledon have never competed in the top division.
Making her debut for Hercules Wimbledon Zoe Phillips led the squad home taking 13th place out of more than 130 runners and covering the 8.1km course in 35 minutes 9 seconds. She finished just ahead of marathon runner Claire Grima who was 14th in 35:35 and expecting a baby next June. Teenager Jennifer Fernando who was 16th in 35:48 was also second in the under 20 category with Debbie Noel 21st in 36:14 and Rosemary's twin sister Jennifer finishing 36th in 37:32 and third in the under 20 event to complete the scoring team.
Other Hercules Wimbledon finishers were Chantelle Toussaint 46th in 38:57, Marline a De Luca 58th in 40:25 and Rowena Hornshaw 75th in 42:37.
Maire Gilmartin finished 13th in the girls under 13 4.57 km race in 20:16 with Chloe Knight also making her debut for Hercules Wimbledon 34th in the girls under 13 3.28km race in 17:21.
Despite the absence of their top runner, Liam White, who opted to run in the senior race, Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters continued to dominate the under 15 and under 17 category of the Sweatshop Surrey cross country league at the third meeting of the season which was also staged in Richmond Park.
Ed Saywell, who last month celebrated his 16th birthday, has suddenly got a taste for winning. He won the intermediate boys race running for Surrey schools in an inter-counties match in Stoke-on-Trwent last month, his first-ever cross country success and followed that triumph up by heading the field home in the youngsters race in Richmond Park on Saturday.
His win came after finishing fifth and seventh in the opening two matches of the winter at Reigate and Coulsdon. He dominated the Richmond Park to cover the 2.84 miles in 15:23 to win by five seconds. His Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Geordie Logan was third in 15:33 and with Joe Clark seventh and top under 15 runner in 16:33, Ben Palmer 12th and third under 15 in 17:49 and Augustin Mallon 15th in 18:08 and Daniel Haigh 19th in 19:02, Hercules Wimbledon took the team honours to strengthen their overall lead.
Three youngsters making their Hercules Wimbledon debut performed well in the under 13 race where Hercules Wimbledon's Cassian Hyde, who was second and third in the opening two races, led the club squad home by finishing fourth in 16:52. Elliott Laville (20:34) and Josh Lambert (21:59), making their debuts for Hercules Wimbledon, were 13th and 14th with Joel Atkin, Carl Reed and a third newcomer Zach Lambert 15th, 16th and 17th.
Dave Clarke, who won the English senior men's cross country title three times two decades ago in 1982, 1987 and 1988, and is now in his 50's, turned out to boost the senior men's team and finished 74th out of more than 160 runners in 32:54. First Hercules Wimbledon finisher was Alex Bruce-Littlewood who was top junior in the 160-plus strong field in finishing eighth covering the 5.65 miles in 29:33.
Liam White, who was too young to score in the race, finished a strong 20th in 30:12 with Adam Przedrzymirski (30:40), Gervase King (31:03), Phil Glynn (31:22) and Mike Halman (31:45) finishing 26th, 29th, 38th and 47th.
Another Hercules Wimbledon teenager Alex Robinson was 53rd and third under 20 finisher in 32:01 with James Hogg, also making his Hercules Wimbledon debut, 65th in 32:31, Deon Coetzee 69th in 32:46, veteran Peter Lee 78th in 33:08, Rory McMahon 89th in 33:39 and over 50 veteran Hugh Saxby 99th in 34:23.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are in action in the South of the Thames seven miles cross country championship on Wimbledon Common on Saturday, starting at 2pm.


7/12/09 - TEENAGERS WHITE AND SAYWELL HEAD HW RUNNERS
The club's two youngest runners in the annual Ellis Trophy 5.5 miles cross country race in Richmond Park on Saturday led the Hercules Wimbledon contingent over the finishing line.
Making a rare appearance in a senior cross country event 17-year-old Liam White ran strongly to finish fifth out of more than 100 runners in 30 minutes 53 seconds with fellow teenager Ed Saywell 12th in 32:25. Their strong runs augur well for next month's Surrey cross country championships where they will be aiming to clinch places in the county teams to compete in the UK Inter-Counties Championships at Cofton Park, Birmingham.
Next Hercules Wimbledon finisher in Richmond Park was Stuart Fraser who was the top over 40 veteran in taking 18th place in 33:09 with Rory McMahon, back from running in the Marabana half-marathon in the Cuban capital, Havana, 23rd in 33:41.
With Jamie Helmer 29th in 34:19, Matthew Sharp 35th in 35:14, Stuart Bond 42nd and second veteran over 40 42nd in 36:03, Frank Wood 51st and third over 45 in 36:37 and Peter Giles 61st and first veteran over 65 in 38:05 and Dave Betts 68th and first veteran over 60 in 38:49, Hercules Wimbledon finished strong runners-up in the 10-to-score team event.
Other Hercules Wimbledon finishers were Craig Howard, making his first appearance for the club, 88th in 43:01, Marilena De Luca, 90th in 43:39 and Fred Green, third over 60 finisher, who was 92nd in 44:3.
Teenanger Michaela Knespl led the Hercules Wimbledon team home in the women's Dysart Cup 4.12 miles race. She was seventh in 28:05 with over 50 veteran Mel Jones 28th in 32:27, 14-year-old Maire Gilmartin, the youngest runner in the event, 30th in 33:00, Rowena Hornshaw 34th in 34:41 and over 45 veteran Fenella Willis 35th in 35:08.
Mike Halman was the first Hercules Wimbledon finisher in the Marabana half-marathon in Cuba taking 22nd place out of mroe than 1000 runners in 1:16:37 with Rory McMahon 79th in 88:04, Sean Crummy 108th in 1:31:07 and over 60 veteran Maurice Sharp 197th in 1:39:27.
Hercules Wimbledon's Neil Aitken headed home a 130-strong field to win the Richmond Park parkrun on Saturday in 17:43. It was his third win in four appearances in the event. Another Hercules Wimbledon runner in Stephen McDuell was 21st in 20:28.
Over 50 veteran Martin O'Halloran posted a personal best time in finishing eighth out of more than 50 runners in the Roundshaw Downs parkrun in 20:12. It took 16 seconds off his previous best time set in finishing 10th in the event in November.
Stuart Fraser, who later in the day was first veteran in the Ellis cross country trophy race in Richmond Park, warmed up for the afternoon event by finishing third in the Wimbledon Common parkrun in 17:37, just six seconds behind the winner. Andrew Davies was 10th in 21:39, Mark Bohan 28th in 21:53 and Charles Lawrie 40th in 22:41.
Teenager Becky Stone was 52nd and second woman in 23:23 with over 40 veteran Patrick Stone 61st in 24:04.
Hercules Wimbledon's cross country runners will be in action in Richmond Park for the second successive weekend on Saturday. The club's senior women's team which are chasing promotion in the Surrey Ladies League will be in action first with their race over 8.1km starting at 12noon. It will be followed by a race at 1pm for under 15 and under 17 runners over 4.57km and one at 1.30pm for under 13 runners over 3.28km.
Because of the shorter days, the Sweatshop Surrey cross country league races are taking place half-an-hour earlier than usual. The young athletes race over 2.84 miles starts at 2pm with the seniors over 5.65 miles due off at 2.30pm. The races start and finish near the Pembroke Lodge car park.


30/11/09 - SUDDEN DEATH OF POLE VAULTER JEFF FENGE
Older members of Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club have been shocked to hear of the sudden death of former international pole vaulter Jeff Fenge. He was 63.
He suffered a heart attack during one of his regular rifle shooting sessions at Bisley. He felt unwell and walked back into the office there where he collapsed. An air ambulance was called but paramedics were unable to resuscitate him.
His younger brother John said: "Jeff had no history of angina or cardiac problems. He didn't drink or smoke. It seems there was a build up of cholesterol which caused a blood clot. His death was a real shock. He spent a lot of time since he gave up athletics shooting. He was in the TA."
Fenge was born at St Helier Hospital, Carshalton, in October 1946. At the time of his death he lived in Raynes Park with his wife. He had two grown-up children and two grandchildren. His funeral took place at the North East Surrey Crematorium, Morden.
Fenge joined the Army when he was 15 on leaving the former Hillcroft Secondary School, Tooting and it was there he began pole vaulting. He won the AAA Junior title at Crystal Palace in 1964 clearing 3.96m. He improved his personal best to 4.26m at a meeting at Carshalton Arena the following year.
He was Surrey senior champion in 1968 and was runner-up in in both 1967 and 1969. He again improved his pole vault best to 4.42m at a meeting at Crystal Palace in September 1969 which ranked him fifth in the UK. He also had a crack at the decathlon in 1969 and took the silver medal in the Surrey championship which was held at Tooting Bec.
He won the Southern senior pole vault title at Motspur Park in 1970 with a 4.26m clearance.
In 1971 he improved his personal best to 4.45m and was ranked eighth equal in the UK that year. He was a regular member of Hercules Wimbledon's British Athletics League teams in 1971 and 1972 and in 1972 improved his pole vault best to 4.61m which ranked him seventh in the UK that year. He was ranked fourth in the UK in 1974 as a result of winning a pole vault event at Woking in September with 4.71m.
Fenge's best year was 1975 when he represented Britain four times - in the British International Games in May where he was third equal with 4.50m, against France in Dieppe where he was also fourth with 4.70m, in the Philips Golden International Games at Crystal Palace in July where he was fourth equal with 4.60m and in a match against the Soviet Union at Crystal Palace in August when he was fourth with 4.60m.
He was also runner-up for Surrey in the Inter-Counties championships which were staged at Crystal Palace that year. At the end of the season he again improved his lifetime best in winning a competition at Woking with 4.80m which still stands as the Hercules Wimbledon club record. Fenge, who was also a competent sprint hurdler and long and triple jumper, enjoyed only two more seasons in athletics retiring at the end of the 1977 summer.
Brother John said: " Once Jeff found he was not improving he could not carry on performing at a lower level." After he left the army he worked initially for his father's building company and then as an engineer for BT taking early retired a few years ago.
During his time in the army, Jeff Fenge was a member of the high successful 21 Signal Regiment team which won the Army team championship a record nine consecutive years.
Fenge was one of three pole vault internationals Hercules Wimbledon boasted 40 years ago. The others were Martin Higdon who won the inter-counties title four times from 1967 to 1970 and Peter Lyons.
Hercules Wimbledon athletes will be in action in the Ellis Men's Trophy and Dysart Women's Cup cross country races in Richmond Park on Saturday.


23/11/09 -HW YOUNGSTERS WIN IN STOKE AND LONDON
Youngsters from Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club were in winning form in both North London and Stoke-on-Trent over the weekend.
Teenager Ed Saywell led the Surrey team to an impressive victory when he won the intermediate boys race in a schools inter-counties match in the Midlands. He romped home in 21 minutes 22 seconds to win by seven seconds.
His victory boosted his hopes of running for Surrey in next year's English schools cross country championships in Manchester. Another Hercules Wimbledon runner in action for Surrey at Stoke was Joe Clark who was 47th in the intermediate boys race in 23:32.
Meanwhile, fellow teenager Liam White made a winning start to his winter cross country programme when he won the London men's under 17 title at Parliament Hill Fields. White was a comfortable winner of the title covering the undulating five kilometres race in 17:07, 15 seconds clear of the runner-up.
White achieved his gold medal-winning performance despite feeling under the weather. "I felt awful, I'm just not fit at all. I had tonsillitis two weeks ago and I was wheezing all the way round the course," said White.
The South of England inter-counties cross country championships were decided in conjunction with the London championships and White was 12th in the inter-county race and the fourth member of the Surrey team which took the silver medals in the men's under 17 event. Another Hercules Wimbledon runner representing Surrey was Joe Toomey who finished 53rd in 18:44. Toomey was also eighth in the London championship.
Another Hercules Wimbledon medallist at Parliament Hill was teenager Alex Robinson who took the bronze medal in the junior men's championship covering the 10km in 35:52. He also led the Hercules Wimbledon team home in the senior men's championship finishing 20th out of more than 260 runners. Phil Glynn was 33rd in 36:53, Justin Kelly 37th in 37:04 and Deon Coetzee 58th in 38:08 to complete the scoring team. Also in the senior men's race was veteran Frank Wood who was 179th in 44:08.
Wood completed a busy weekend by running in the John Cock Epsom 10 miles road race at Epsom Downs on Sunday. He was 41st out of more than 230 runners in a personal best of 1:08:03. His Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Keith Hylands was 79th and second veteran over 60 in 1:13:49.
Hercules Wimbledon's over 50 veteran gave an improved showing in the weekly Roundshaw Park parkrun on Saturday where he finished 11th in 21:13. Over in Richmond Park, Stephen McDuell was 32nd in 21:20.
Several Hercules Wimbledon runners were in action in a veterans 5.8 miles cross country race on Wimbledon Common. Hugh Saxby was first over 55 in 36:25 finishing in sixth place. Dave Betts was second over 60 in 39:49 and Martin Miller third over 60 in 40:35 while Tom Morris was third over 50 in 41:01.
Hercules Wimbledon's Adam Przedrzymirski finished sixth out of more than 850 runners in the Saab Solomon Turbo X trail race in Bordon, Hampshire, on Sunday, covering the 10-plus miles of sand, mud, hills and bogs in 1:10:03. His Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Martin Miller was the first veteran over 60 in 1:34:54.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are competing in the South of the Thames five miles cross country race at Sparrow's Den, West Wickham on Saturday, starting at 2pm. The club's youngsters are in action in the second of this season's Surrey Sportshall meetings at Guildford's Spectrum Leisure Centre on Sunday starting at 1pm.


16/11/09 - TEENAGER WHITE OFF TO A WINNING START
The duo will be competing for Surrey in the men's under 17 race on Saturday. In the absence of White, Toomey took the honours in the opening league race at Reigate but with White back in action after taking a month out to recover from his hectic summer, Toomey was forced to give way to his more talented clubmate.
White had control of the race from soon after the start and battle through blustery conditions to win the two-and-a-half miles race in 15 minutes 30 seconds with Toomey 21 seconds down and the pair leading Hercules Wimbledon to a comfortable team triumph.
It was their second race of the day as, in the morning, they competed in the Lord Mayor's mile in the City which was part of the Lord Mayor's Parade celebrations.
Other Hercules Wimbledon runners in the youngsters' race were Ed Saywell (seventh in 16:48) and Ben Palmer (15th in 18:41).
Cassian Hyde was just pipped in the under 13 race where he was runner-up in 16:40.
Despite missing some of the top members of the team who were on the club trip to Cuba, Hercules Wimbledon gave an improved showing in the senior men's race. Kieran White led the Hercules Wimbledon contingent home covering the five miles in 30:11 to finish 10th out of more than 150 runners. Teenager Alex Robinson was second Hercules Wimbledon finisher in 41st place in 31:52 and used it as a warm-up for the tough Hell Raiser event through mud and water in Longmoor, Hampshire, on Sunday where he had a superb run beating a 3000-plus strong field to win in 1:04:52 despite, at 18, being the youngest runners in the field.
Phil Glynn, who missed the start in the opening Surrey League race at Reigate, bounced back by finishing 47th at Coulsdon in 32:14 and was the third Hercules Wimbledon scorer. Other Hercules Wimbledon runners in the senior men's race were Justin Kelly (50th in 32:21), Richard Xerri (53rd in 32:29), veteran Peter Lee (73rd inn 33:40), Deon Coetzee (76th in 33:51), Matthew Sharp (86th in 34:29), Adam Sikora (91st in 34:46) and over 55 veteran Hugh Saxby (101st in 35:23) completing the scoring team of 10.
Hercules Wimbledon's senior women gave another good showing in their Surrey Ladies League race, staged in pouring rain and high winds at Dorking last Saturday.
Marathon runner Claire Grima led the contingent in finishing sixth in 26:25 with Debbie Noel 32nd in 28:39, Jennifer Fernando 34th in 28:51, her twin sister Rosemary 37th in 29:08, Chantel Toussaint 41st in 29:36, Amy Dolan 51st in 29:56, Fenella Willis 77th in 32:29 and Rowena Hornshaw 85th in 33:21.
Hercules Wimbledon's Jamies Garnier showed useful track form in the Freshers Varsity match at Wilberforce Road, Cambridge, where he won the 400m in 51.6 and was also runner-up in the 400m hurdles in 60.2, his first attempt at the event. He also competed in the high hurdles and anchored Oxford to victory in the 4x400m relay.
Another Hercules Wimbledon athlete in the match was teenager Henry Husband who helped Cambridge to a comfortable team victory by finishing third in the 200m and running the third leg for the winning sprint relay quartet.
Meanwhile, over 50 veteran Martin O'Halloran and Andrew Davies were fifth in their respective parkruns at Roundhsaw Downs and Wimbledon Common in 21:23 and 19:03, respectively.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are competing in the London cross country championships, which are being staged in conjunction with the South of England inter-counties championships, at Parliament Hill Fields on Saturday.Hercules Wimbledon teenagers Liam White and Joe Toomey warmed up for this coming weekend's South of England inter-counties cross country championships at North London's Parliament Hill Fields by heading the field home in the second of this season's Sweatshop Surrey League races at Farthing Downs, Coulsdon, last Saturday. November 16th 2009.


9/11/09 - WALKER VILJOEN AIMS AT COMMONWEALTH GAMES
Hercules Wimbledon's top race walker Estle Viljoen is targeting the Commonwealth Games in India next summer. The former all-African race walking champion is hopeful she can make the English team for the event after reverting to race walking in earnest in the past few months.
In August, representing Surrey, she won the women's 3000m walk at the South of England senior inter-counties match at Chelmsford in 14 minutes 27.24 seconds. In September, the 39-year-old Mitcham schoolteacher won the British Masters 10km road walking championship at Leicester in 54:11 and also finished runner-up in the UK senior championship decided in conjunction with the event.
Representing the South of England in the inter-area match at Doncaster, she won the 5km walk by more than a minute in 26:50. Much earlier in the year she won two titles at the European Veterans Championships in Denmark in May. She took the 10km event in 55:43 and the 20km gold medal in 1:59:12.
Viljoen's ability to compete in walking events has been hampered by a series of injury problems. However, she said: "It is a great feeling to realize that I am gaining confidence again after a long period of constant injuries. I can race again with a competitive spirit."
Viljoen, who teaches at Haslemere Primary school, added: "I am so thankful to the Nuffield gym in Wimbledon who have been supporting me in my training. Competing in the 2010 Commonwealth Games has been a dream for me but I would like to make the dream come true or at least give it my best shot."
Her next walking competition is likely to be in the Belgrave open seven miles event in Wimbledon on November 28. She won the women’s event last year in just outside the hour.
Hercules Wimbledon's Mike Halman warmed up for a half-marathon in Cuba this weekend by taking second place out of more than 1500 competitors in the HellRunner multi-terrain 12 miles race in Cheshire. It was a pretty tough experience for Halman who is among a party of Hercules Wimbledon athletes in action in the Cuban capital, Havana, on Sunday.
Organisers of the Cheshire event warned those taking part to expect to get very wet - it is nature at its toughest - as the course included a variety of surfaces from running tracks to water-filled trails. Clubmate Rory McMahon, who is also in the Cuban party, finished 32nd.
Hercules Wimbledon athletes were in action in an inter-club match seven miles cross country match in Richmond Park on Saturday. They were led home by Chris Coles who finished third in 40:48 with Hugh Saxby first veteran over 55 10th in 43:13 and David Grima 12th in 44:13. Another veteran, Frank Wood was 15th in 46:31m and Fred Green 24th and first veteran over 60 in 54:00.
Over 50 veteran Martin O'Halloran competed in the Roundshaw parkrun where he was 10th out of 49 finishers in 20:28. His time chopped 38 seconds off his previous best for the course. Clubmate Stephen McDuell was in action in the Richmond Park event where he was eighth out of almost 200 finishers in 19:37.
Hercules Wimbledon's John Querstret was 20th out of more than 500 runners in the Bushy Park race in 18:42 with Andrew Davies sixth out of more than 150 competitors in the Wimbledon Common parkrun in 18:57.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's runners are in action in the second of this season's Sweatshop Surrey cross country league meetings on Farthing Downs, Coulsdon, on Saturday. The young athletes' race starts at 2.30pm with the seniors due off half-an-hour later.


2/11/09 - ATHLETES TO COMPETE IN TOP CUBAN RACES
A party of Hercules Wimbledon athletes are flying out to Cuba next week to take part in the annual Marabana international road races in Havana.
It will be the fourth time that club official Maurice Sharp has taken a group of club runners to the Cuban capital and is the latest in a series of international sporting exchanges involving Hercules Wimbledon athletes. Other exchanges have involved athletes from France, Norway, Poland, the Czech Republic and Holland.
Although he has previously run in the full marathon which last year attracted runners from more than 25 countries, Sharp will be competing in the half-marathon on Sunday, November 15, this time along with clubmates Mike Halman and Rory McMahon. A total of eight athletes will be making the trip and others in the party will be competing in the five kilometres road race. Back in 1999, Hercules Wimbledon's Colin Parrack won the half-marathon in Havana.
The main object behind the trip is to cement the long-standing exchange between Hercules Wimbledon and athletes of school age in Havana. Hercules Wimbledon hosted a visit by a group of young Cuban athletes to London in February.
Sharp is also planning further trips abroad to the Bolbec international cross country races in France at the end of the month and to an indoor track meeting in Jablonec in the Czech Republic next February.
Hercules Wimbledon's Eleanor Hahn-Smith made a winning start to her Sportshall programme when she took the girls under 13 event in the opening Surrey contest at Guildford's Spectrum Leisure Centre. She won the six-lap and speedbounce events. Rebecca Dinsdale and Imogen Willis both competed in the two lap event and standing long jump while Alex Butterworth took part in the four-lap race and speedbounce.
Maire Gilmartin competed in the four lap race and standing long jump in the girls under 15 competition while Spenser Felix-Otoo was a good seventh in the both under 15 contest after sharing the honours in the four lap race where he was the joint winner. He was also fifth in the standing long jump. Devonce Gabozy Hayford competed in the two-lap race, standing long jump and speed bounce event.
Best Hercules Wimbledon competitor in the under 13 contest was Thomas Sorrell who was equal ninth. He was joint second at speedbounce and also contested the four-lap race. David Landoul was fifth in the six-lap race and Luke McIntosh seventh and ninth in the standing long jump and two-lap race. They also helped Hercules Wimbledon to fifth place in the four lap paarlauf.
Other Hercules Wimbledon athletes in the under 15 event were Carl Reiz, Jonathan Dench, Max Wilkinsn and Belmar Costa.
Hercules Wimbledon's Cassian Hyde made a winning debut in the East Surrey League when he won the boys under 13 two miles race in Lloyd Park, Croydon, on Saturday in13 minutes 16 seconds.
Three Hercules Wimbledon athletes also received their awards for the 2008/2009 season with teenager Liam White winning the under 17 plaque, Hugh Saxby taking the veteran men's over 50 title and Dennis Williams the men's over 60 award. White also took the under 17 team trophy. Saxby made a winning start to the defence of his title as he was the top over 55 veteran in the men's five miles race in 34:32. Maurice Sharp was first over 60 veteran in 39:47.
In the absence of Liam White, who is taking a break from racing, Ed Saywell led the Hercules Wimbledon team home in the young athletes race where he was second under 15 finisher in 12:35. Phil Glynn was top Hercules Wimbledon finisher in the senior race where he was 11th out of 118 runners in 31:18 with Adam Sikora 19th in 32:34, Chris Coles 23rd in 33:05 and Matthew Sharp 28th in 34:18.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are in action in an inter-club seven miles cross country race in Richmond Park on Saturday. The start is at Sheen cross roads, on the edge of the polo field, at 2pm.


26/10/09 - SUPER ROAD RACE WIN FOR TEENAGER ROBINSON
Hercules Wimbledon teenager Alex Robinson followed up his fine run in the opening Sweatshop Surrey cross country league race of the season with a superb win in the Ron Hill Surrey Classic 10km road race at Oxshott on Sunday.
Robinson, 19, one of the youngest runners in the near 200-strong field, shot to the front from the start and was well clear after the small opening one kilometre lap and continued to pull away to win by well over a minute in 34 minutes 18 seconds. He finished around 350m ahead of the second runner.
It confirmed Robinson's impressive form in the opening Surrey League race where he led the Hercules Wimbledon team home. It also marked a rare win for Robinson. His only other success this year came when he won a Wimbledon Common parkrun event in April.
The only other Hercules Wimbledon runner in action at Oxshott was Chris Coles who finished seventh in 36:45.
Hercules Wimbledon runners turned out in force in Saturday's Wimbledon Common parkrun. The 11-strong contingent was led home by Phil Glynn who finished third, one place higher than he managed the previous weekend, in 17:15. Graeme Buscke was third in 17:47, Adam Sikora fifth in 18:06, slicing 15 seconds off his previous best, Andrew Davies ninth in 19:00 and veteran Frank Wood 19th in 19:51. Michaela Knespl was third woman in 21:21.
Hercules Wimbledon runners were in action in two other parkruns over the weekend. Stephen McDuell was 25th out of 164 finishers in the Richmond Park event in 20:34. He was also the eighth veteran over 40 finisher. Martin O'Halloran was 11th out of more than 50 runners and fourth veteran over 50 finisher in the Rounshaw Downs race in 21:20.
Hercules Wimbledon's Peter Lee was fourth over 40 veteran in the BUPA Great South Run 10 miles road race in Portsmouth on Sunday in 59:49. Zoe Pike was 26th in the women's race in 1:09:27 while Matt Fell finished 204th in the men's race in 1:06:57.
Meanwhile, Hercules Wimbledon's Amandine King had a fine run in the Carreira Popular Tito Margaride A Pontenova road race in Spain. She was runner-up in the women's event in 34:09, just eight seconds behind the winner.
Hercules Wimbledon’s husband-and-wife marathon team Dave and Francesca Clarke were among more than 10000 runners in the Royal Parks half-marathon in Hyde Park. They finished together in 1:34:24 and Franesca's time was the third fastest ever recorded by a Hercules Wimbledon woman veteran for the distance. Dave, now in his 50's, was one of Britain's top cross country runners in his younger days, winning the English national title three times.
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 two miles race starts at 2.30pm with the seniors race over 5 miles due off at 3pm. The start of the two races is near the Lloyd Park tramlink stop.


19/10/09 - WORK STARTS ON NEW COMMUNITY CLUBHOUSE
Work began this week on the construction of a new community clubhouse for Hercules Wimbledon Athletic club at Wimbledon Park athletics track. The new clubhouse, which is costing around £190,000, will replace the green portacabin which has stood near the finishing line since 1990. It is due to be completed in February and will be formally opened later in 2010.
Apart from providing a brand new base for Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club it will also be available for use by the local community including schools and residents’ groups in both Wandsworth and Merton. Schools and residents' groups in both boroughs supported the proposal to build a new environmentally friendly clubhouse which will have a grass roof. With their support the London Marathon Charitable Trust and Sport England both made significant grant contributions to the project. The London Borough of Merton and the Hercules Wimbledon Club are the other funding contributors.
Hercules Wimbledon's chairman Fred Green said:" It is great news that work on this new community clubhouse has started after around four years of hard work by several key members of our club. The Wimbledon Park track is a fine facility for the training and development of athletics and we are confident this new clubhouse, which will be widely available, will provide a significant addition to the location."
He added:" Our hope is that with this new community clubhouse the club will face a secure and successful future at Wimbledon Park."
Green, 63, showed medal-winning form in the annual Surrey Veterans cross country championships in Richmond Park on Saturday. He was a member of the Hercules Wimbledon trio which took the silver medals in the over 60 category. The squad was led in by Martin Miller who just missed out on a medal finishing fourth in 43 minutes with schoolteacher Maurice Sharp seventh in 44:17 and Green 11th in 47:20. Pete Giles won the over 65 title in 41:58 while Alan Turner who was sixth in 47:28.
Hercules Wimbledon's Hugh Saxby took the silver medal in the over 55 category in 38:55 with Tom Morris 14th in the over 50 category in 43:23. The club's veterans cross country secretary Peter Lee also finished just outside the medals taking fourth spot in the over 40 category in 36:28. Steve Sinnott was 14th in the over 45 section in 39:42 with Frank Wood 15th in 40:58.
Hercules Wimbledon's Anna Garnier was first over 55 finisher in the women's championship in 25:51, retaining the title she won last year. Masumi Dobson was seventh in the over 40 race in 25:52 and Annmarie Seymour 11th in the over 35 race in 30:29.
Hercules Wimbledon's Adam Vandenberg headed home a 136-plus field to win the Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday in 16:45 with Phil Glynn third in 17:08 and David Grima ninth i9n 18:40. Michaela Knespl was first woman in 20:39.
Hercules Wimbledon's James Trapmore and Adam Przedrzymirski had a private battle in the Cabbage Patch 10 miles road race at Twickenham on Sunday where they clocked the same time of 54:33 but Trapmore just got the verdict finishing 11th out of more than 1500 runners.
Chris Coles was the first Hercules Wimbledon runner in the Wimbledon Audi 10km road race, also on Sunday, leading Hercules Wimbledon to second team place. He was seventh out of more than 750 runners in 36:18 with veteran Stuart Fraser eighth in 36:23 and Mark Bohan 91st in 43:51.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon youngsters are in action in the opening Surrey Sportshall meeting at Guildford's Spectrum Leisure Centre on Sunday, starting at 1pm.


12/10/09 - ENCOURAGING START TO LEAGUE PROGRAMME
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's women's team made a promising start to their Surrey Ladies League programme which was staged in unseasonably warm sunshine at Reigate's Priory Park on Saturday.
Marathon runner Claire Grima finished a strong third in 25 minutes 41 seconds to lead the senior women's team to fourth place. She was supported by Kate Mellor who was 10th in 26:55, Masumi Dobson 16th in 28:05, Rosemary Fernando 31st in 29:33, Amy Dolan 55th in 31:35 and Rowena Hornshaw 87th in34:23. The team finished just outside the frame in fourth spot.
Another Hercules Wimbledon runner in action in the women’s races at Reigate was Rebecca Stone who finished a good seventh in the under 13 race in 13:55.
The women's races were followed by the opening contests in this season's Sweatshop Surrey Men's League Division One programme. In the absence of top Hercules Wimbledon youngster Liam White, who was taking a break from racing after a hectic summer during which he took the bronze medal in the English schools intermediate boys 1500m championship, fellow teenager Joe Toomey took the opportunity to grab the spotlight and win the young athletes two-and-a-half miles race in 14:24. It was his first-ever Surrey League triumph. Clubmate Ed Saywell was fifth in 14:48, Joe Clark 13th and third under 15 finisher in 15:56 and Augustin Mallon 20th in 17:20.
Cassian Hyde was third in the under 13 race in 16:01 with Luke McIntosh (18:07) ninth, Alex Bond (18:57) 12th and Carl Reitz (21:40) 17th.
Heavy traffic delayed the arrival of several Hercules Wimbledon runners for the senior five miles race. Mike Halman, Adam Przedrzymirski, Benjamin Le Grand, Adam Sikora and Rory McMahon all arrived with just minutes to spare and without time for a proper warm-up. They finished 38th (30:09), 40th (30:18), 58th (31:13), 87th (32:50) and 94th (33:00), respectively.
Teenager Alex Robinson enjoyed his best-ever league performance to head the Hercules Wimbledon team finishing 18th in 29:31. He was also the top junior in the 150-strong field. Justin Kelly was 56th in 31:09, Richard Xerri 66th in 31:34, veteran Peter Lee 71st in 31:45, Jamie Helmer 84th in 32:40, Matthew Sharp 98th in 33:19 and over 50 veteran Hugh Saxby 99th in 33:33.
Other Hercules Wimbledon runners in action were Steve Sinnott 101st in 33:44, Andy Waites 112th in 35:02, Frank Wood 119th in 35:50 and Phil Glynn 128th in 36:12 after starting five minutes late.
Teenagers Liam White and Ella Dobson won their respective Kensington and Chelsea London mini-marathon trials races in Holland Park. White took the boys 15-17 race and Dobson the girls 13-14 event.
Two Hercules Wimbledon runners have been in action abroad. Darren Meredith finished 20th in the Budapest marathon in 2:47:21 and Gervase King 19th in the Hasselbyloppet 10km road race in Sweden in 34:28.
Meanwhile, over 50 veteran Stu Littlewood won the Crystal Palace Canter three miles road race in 20:42 while Stephen McDuell was 23rd out of almost 200 runners in the Richmond Park parkrun in 20:15 and Mark Bohan 44th in the Wimbledonb Common parkrun in 22:00.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon athletes are in action in the annual Surrey Veterans cross country championships in Richmond Park on Saturday. Estle Viljoen is due to defend her women's over 35 title.


5/10/09 - WHITE MAKES FLYING START TO AUTUMN RACING
Hercules Wimbledon teenager Liam White made a superb start to his autumn racing programme when he posted the fastest lap time of the day in the Surrey men's under 17 cross country relay at Stoke Park, Guildford, on Sunday.
But, the 16-year-old just failed in his bit to secure the gold team medals for his club. White took over more than 100 metres behind the leader and battled hard to pull back the 19 second advantage. By the time he had completed his leg in 6:47 the gap had been reduced to just two seconds the margin by which the Hercules Wimbledon team missed out on gold.
For White, it was a confidence-boosting performance for this winter's cross country programme. Not only was his lap time the fastest of the day but it was 31 seconds faster than White clocked last year when he was the second best of the day and considerable faster than last year's fastest lap time of 7:02.
First leg runner Joe Toomey also showed improved form bringing the Hercules Wimbledon team home six seconds clear in 7:05, the fourth fastest time of the day and 26 seconds faster than Toomey clocked in 2008. Ed Saywell, second leg runner, was handicapped by the affect of a cold but got round in a useful 7:29.
This weekend, White, Toomey and Saywell will be in action in the opening Sweatshop Surrey cross country league Division One race at Reigate Priory on Saturday. The senior men will be aiming to consolidate on their third place achieved last season.
A week after helping his club win the South of England six-stage road relay title, Ben Moreau from Aldershot, Farnham and District gained an impressive win in the annual Geoff Moulden road race organised by Hercules Wimbledon at Wimbledon Park on Sunday. This year the distance was reduced from 10 miles to 10km and Moreau set an impressive inaugural course record of 31:10.
Tom Bedford, son of London marathon director, Dave, made a fast start and took the £20 prize for the first runner to reach the 400m point. He then dropped back and it was Moreau and Grzegorz Sobcyk who went to the front of the field with Moreau racing away in the final 800m to win by eight seconds in 31:10. Early leader Bedford was fifth in 33:40.
First Hercules Wimbledon runner was Mike Halman, who was eighth in 34:38 with teenager Alex Robinson first junior finisher crossing the line 10th in 34:59. Less than 24 hours after running in the Surrey young athletes cross country relays, Joe Toomey was in action again. He was the youngest runner in the race and finished 15th in 38:22, the third member of the winning Hercules Wimbledon team.
Adam Sikora was 17th in 38:41, over 50 veteran Hugh Saxby 19th and second in his age category in 38:51, Matthew Sharp 20th in 38:59, Steve Sinnott 21st and second over 40 veteran in 39:12 and Stewart Bond 22nd and fourth over 40 veteran in 39:32, just five seconds ahead of Alex Urban.
Hercules Wimbledon's Clare Grima won the women's race in 39:53 beating husband David by 15 seconds. She also led Hercules Wimbledon to a team win with Deborah Noel fifth in 44:28 and Rowena Hornshaw 10th in 51:54, completing the winning trio.
Hercules Wimbledon's Adam Przedrzymirski was runner-up out of more than 130 runners in the For Goodm#ness Shakes X-Terrain Festival 10km off road race at Hawley Lake, Camberley, in 35:45. He was just five seconds behind the winner.
James Garnier was fourth out of more than 150 runners in the Wimbledon Common parkrun in 18:17, just ahead of Adam Sikora who was fifth in 18:21, improving on his previous best by 16 seconds. Michaela Knespl was fourth in the women's race in 21:09. Maurice Sharp posted the top age-graded performance as first over 60 veteran in 21:19.


28/09/09 - ALL SET FOR GEOFF MOULDEN ROAD RACE
Hundreds of runners are expected to converge on Wimbledon Park athletics stadium on Sunday to compete in the annual Geoff Moulden road race which is being staged for the 49th time.
The race will start on the athletics track at 10am and finish on the track around half-an-hour later. Runners will complete almost 500m on the track before heading for the park gates on Wimbledon Park road and then starting on a circuit which passes the All England tennis club in Church Road, Arthur Road and past St Mary's Church before heading down Home Park Road and back into Wimbledon Park at the Home Park Road entrance.
Entries are being taken on the day at a cost of £15 a head, however bumper prizes will be up for grabs for the leading finishers with £200 going to first man and woman to cross the finishing line at Wimbledon Park track.
Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters will be in action in the Surrey young athletes cross country relays which are being held at Guildford's Stoke Park on Saturday (October 3). The club's men's under 17 squad will be aiming to lift a set of medals.
Teenager Liam White was the best Hercules Wimbledon runner in the South of England road relay championships at Aldershot's Rushmoor Arena in gloriously sunny weather on Sunday. At 16, White was too young to score for the A team but gave further evidence of his talent as he brought the B team home in 34th place on the opening leg clocking 19 minutes 54 seconds for the six kilometres lap. He finished well ahead of A team runner Chris Coles who was 76th in 21:54. Adam Sikora (22:17) slipped to 62nd place on the second leg but managed to keep the B team ahead in this domestic battle as Benjamin Le Grand (21:01) took the A team up to 69th place.
Justin Kelly (21:26) gained another seven places but was still two down on the B team for whom, Belal Aly, in his first race since running in the English national cross country championship in February, clocked 22:08 to hand over in 60th position. Adam Przedrzmirski stormed round the fourth lap in 20:27 to lift the A team into 54th place as Hussein Ahmed Aly (23:05) slipped to 66th place for the B team.
Mike Halman, back to good form after recovering from a back problem, posted the fastest A team time of 20:23 as he moved through to 50th place before teenager Alex Robinson (20:44) gained another seven places on the anchor stage. Another Hercules Wimbledon youngster, Joe Toomey (21:27) gained a further three places for the B team before White ran a second leg in 20:47 gaining another four places.
Former English cross country champion Dave Clarke, now 51, returned to competitive action when he ran the fastest lap for the club's veteran over 40 team. He moved through from 27th to 18th place on the second leg with a time of 20:40 which would have ranked him second fastest in the over 50 category. Stewart Bond (22:57) ran the opening leg for the over 40 team. Frank Wood (24:11) slipped to 20th on the third leg before Peter Lee (21:54) gained two positions on the anchor stage.
Hugh Saxby (23:25) was the fastest member of the veteran over 50 team while Martin Miller (24:53) was fastest of the over 60 team.
Mike Halman beat more than 100 rivals to win the testing Standstead Slog Hilly Trail half-marathon in Hampshire in 1:19:45. Clubmate Rory McMahon was seventh in 1:29:31. Martin Miller was top over 60 finisher in the eight miles race.
Hercules Wimbledon runners were prominent in the parkruns on Saturday. Alex Robinson was third out of 550 runners at Bushy Park, James Garnier fourth out of more than 150 competitors on Wimbledon Common and Barry White seventh in the Roundshaw Downs event.


21/09/09 - GEOFF MOULDEN RACE TAKES ON NEW LOOK
The annual Geoff Moulden road race, being staged for the 49th time on Sunday, October 4 from Wimbledon Park Athletics Stadium, takes on a new look this year with the distance being reduced from 10 miles to 10 kilometres.
It will, as usual, start and finish on the track, but, the course will be different and will be very similar to the Barry Jones five miles staged in the Spring. The event is organised by Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club and while postal entries closed at the beginning of this week, entries costing £15 a time will be accepted on the day. However, there will be prizes for the first eight male and female finishers, veteran category winners and the leading teams.
More information is available on the race website; www.wimbledonten.co.uk. The race starts at 10am.
Hercules Wimbledon's senior men's team found it tough going in the British Athletics League qualifier at Tilsley Park, Abingdon, on Saturday and narrowly failed to make it in their bid to return to the national league after a tense six hour contest.
However, four of the team rose to the challenge with lifetime best performances. Surrey senior men's 200m bronze medallist Dwayne Dowding led the way with two storming runs in the 100 and 200m where he took runners-up spot in 11.12 and 21.78 seconds. He sliced two-hundredths of a second of his 200m previous best set in a Southern Men's League match at Lee Valley in June and was just outside his 100m lifetime best of 11.0 in the shorter sprint.
Teenager Andrew Penney smashed his previous best for 1500m where he took more than three seconds off his personal record of 4:07.2 set at Bracknell last month with a time of 4:04.12 but, in a tough race he could only finish in fourth spot.
In his first race over the distance this season, Lance Power, who has been turning out in the pole vault and 3000m steeplechase, posted a lifetime best in the 800m of 2:04.43 while Kieran White battled to a personal best 5000m time of 15:44.04 taking more than four seconds off his previous best of 15:48.2, set at Bracknell last month. But, it was tough as he could only finish sixth in his race.
Adam Przedrzymirski was just outside his personal best in taking second spot in the B race in 15:52.06.
Hurdlers Austin Ferns and Steve Davies showed fine form taking second place in the 110m hurdles A and B races in 15.48 and 16.45. They were also fourth and third, respectively in the 400m hurdles A and B races. Davies was also fourth in the high jump B where Ove Lindekliev was fourth in the A string with 1.85m. Lindekliev was also second in the shot and discus with 13.19 and 38.95m with Per Nystrom taking third in the shot B event.
Liam White was third in the 1500m B race and Jimmy Seruchera fourth in the triple jump B.
Veteran Peter Lee finished 452nd out of almost 28000 runners in the Berlin marathon on Sunday in 2:49:49 while Masumi Dobson set a club women's over 40 veterans record of 3:35:30 in finishing 419th out of more than 7000 runners in the women's race.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are sending teams to the South of England road relays at Aldershot on Saturday and Sunday and on Saturday they open their cross country programme when they are in action an inter-club five miles match in Richmond Park starting near Sheen Gate at 2pm.
Adam Sikora was third in the London Tree-Athlon five kilometres event in Battersea Park on Saturday in 18:00 while Stuart Fraser, Andrew Davies, Matthew Sharp and veteran Steve Sinnott were second, fourth, fifth and seventh out of 162 finishers in the Wimbledon Common parkrun.


14/09/09 - SENIOR MEN CHALLENGE FOR NATIONAL STATUS
Hercules Wimbledon's senior men's team will battle to return to the prestigious British Athletcis League after a 16 year gap when they compete in the qualifying match at Tilsley Park, Abingdon, on Saturday.
The squad survived the first hurdle to get into the match when they finished in the top eight out of the 15 teams that applied in a paper match for the qualifier. After the best track and field season for a decade - they finished fifth in the Southern Men's League's top division after being promoted from Division Two last season - the athletes now face their biggest challenge of the season and they need to finish in the top eight to qualify for the British League in 2010.
Hercules Wimbledon have been in the British League twice before - in 1972 and 1973 and from 1987 to 1993 rising to Division Three in 1991.
"I was always confident we would get through the paper match as we have a much stronger team this year than in 2008," said club chairman Fred Green. "We are obviously hoping to make the top two on Saturday but we are under no illusion it will be a very tough match. However, our spirits are high and all the athletes in the team are up for the challenge."
Teenager Liam White, who is a key member of the Abingdon squad, had a fine run in the BUPA Greater London Run five kilometres road race in Regents Park on Sunday where he was 17th out of more than 1700 runners in 16 minutes 12 seconds.
Several of the endurance athletes who will be carrying Hercules Wimbledon's hopes at Abingdon, gave their confidence a big boost when they helped the club take the bronze medals in the Surrey senior men's road relay championship at Wimbledon Park last Saturday. The team was in a medal-winning position on all six stages with Adam Przedrzmirski taking them into the lead on the third leg. His time of 15:11 was the eighth fastest of the day.
Teenager Alex Robinson (15:23) brought the team in third on the opening leg with 18-year-old Andrew Penney (15:12) lifting the team into second spot. Team manager Chris Coles (16:22), filling in at the last minute, held onto a bronze medal placing before Justin Kelly (15:50) and the youngest member of the squad, Geordie Logan (16:19) secured the medal-winning effort.
The club's veterans team of Peter Clarke (17:25), Stewart Bond (17:49), Peter Lee (16:27) and Stuart Fraser (16:37) also secured bronze medals in their category. The over 50 team of Stu Littlewood (19:16), Fred Green (22:05), Martin Miller (19:43) and Steve Badgery (18:40) finished eighth.
The senior women's team of Michaela Knespl (19:54), Steph Robson (17:46) clocking the 10th best time of the day in moving through from 12th to sixth place, Rosemary Fernando (20:41) and Estle Viljoen (18:53) finished just outside the medals in fifth spot.
Viljoen's run came a week after she took the silver medal in UK Athletics 10km road walking championship at Leicester in 54:11. She also took the gold medal in the British Masters Championship which was decided in conjunction with the event.
At the other end of the age scale, Hercules Wimbledon's 12-year-old Eleanor Smith-Hahn completed a hectic weekend by taking the bronze medal in the Surrey girls under 13 pentathlon championship at Horsham on Sunday. She was just 18 points off the silver medal position as she took third place with 1976 points. The best of her five individual efforts came in the final event, the 800m, which she won by more than five seconds in 2:40.75.


7/09/09 - DOUBLE THROWING RECORD FOR MUM ANN
It was the turn of mother Ann Martin to grab the spotlight at Wimbledon Park in Hercules Wimbledon's final Southern Women's League match of the season on Saturday with two club record-breaking throwing efforts.
In the absence of her daughter Emily, the Surrey senior women's long jump bronze medallist, who was on holiday, Ann kept her family's name in the limelight with two over 45 record-breaking throws in the senior women's hammer and shot.
Overall, Hercules Wimbledon produced one of their best women's team performances and turn outs of the season with more than a dozen athletes from the club in action. There were some winners too!
Jowita Miesziowska achieved a double success taking the girls under 15 200m in a lifetime best of 29.3 seconds after winning the 100m B race in 14.0. She was also second in the high jump in another personal best of 1.38m.
Rebecca Stone took the girls under 15 1500m in 5:38.8 with Emma Headley taking second place in the B race with Stone showing her versatility by also finishing third in the long jump with a personal best of 3.81m and third in the 200m B race B race.
Georgia Haigh and Nicola Craig won the senior 800 and 1500m B races with marathon runner Claire Grima taking second place in the 800, 1500 and 3000m A races. Caroline Hicks was another winner taking the 3000m B race.
Other senior athletes in action were Olivia Archdeacon and Hannah Long who were second and third in the discus A and B events.
Dalia Serafy was runner-up in the under 15 100m with Maire Gilmartin third in the under 15 800m, second in the high jump B and third in the discus. Serafy was also third in the shot. Rebecca Dinsdale was second in the 75m hurdles and fourth in the javelin. Dinsdale then linked up with Gilmartin, Stone and Miesziowska to help the sprint relay team to third place.
Despite suffering from a partly dislocated shoulder and a chest infection, Hercules Wimbledon's Aaron Mason raced to a lifetime best of 56.67 in winning the 400m hurdles at an open meeting at Peterborough.
Teenager Liam White continued his impressive season by winning the UK School Games 1500m at Cardiff in 4:00.84. At the other end of the age scale over 60 veteran Dennis Williams posted his 100th parkrun appearance when he finished 103rd out of 153finishers in the Wimbledon Common event. Jonathan O'Halloran beat his dad Martin in the Roundshaw Park parkrun finishing fourth out of more than 50 runners with dad Martin finishing in 10th place.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon host the Surrey County road relay championships at their Wimbledon Park track on Saturday. All races for seniors and veterans, men and women, are starting at 12 noon and take in a two mile loop which passes the All England Tennis Club in Church Road, runs through Arthur Road and Home Park Road and through the park from the Home Park Road entrance to the Wimbledon Park Road one. Around 100 teams are expected to take part.
Meanwhile, Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters will be in action in the Lily B League finals at Ewell Court on Saturday.


31/08/09 - WHITE'S FINE RUN AFTER LATE SURREY CALL-UP
Hercules Wimbledon teenager Liam White answered an SOS call from Surrey team manager Maureen Jones to compete for the county team in the South of England under 20 inter-counties championship at Woodside Stadium, Watford on Sunday.
At 16, White was the youngest runner in the 10-strong field but still managed to battle through to finish a solid third in 4 minutes 1.73 seconds to help Surrey to second team place.
It was his second appearance at Watford in three days. After a nightmare journey to the British Milers' Club meeting at the same track last Wednesday evening, White managed to produce a lift-time best 3000m performance just two hours after competing in the 1500m.
After battling through heavy traffic to the track, with the journey taking double the estimated time, White arrived with just half-an-hour to warm up for the 1500m. He ran in the race but performed modestly, finishing 10th in 4 minutes 6.37 seconds, well outside his best time for the distance of 3:57.98 in the South of England junior championships also at Watford in June. He finished just behind his older Hercules Wimbledon clubmate, Alex Bruce-Littlewood, who was ninth in 4:01.16.
Littlewood, like White, had also endured a marathon journey to Watford, also arriving late for the 1500m and they then both decided to run in the 3000m. White turned the tables on Bruce-Littlewood, finishing seventh in 8:50.84, a surprise personal best following his disrupted evening, smashing his previous best time of 8:59.51, set at Watford in July.. Bruce-Littlewood was 11th in 8:59.84, some way off his personal best of 8:40.58 set at Watford in July.
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club are facing a busy month starting this weekend when they host their final Southern Women's League match at Wimbledon Park.
The match starts at 12.15pm with the senior hammer followed by the senior long jump at 12.30pm. The opening track event, the under 17 300m hurdles is due off at 1.30pm followed by the senior 400m hurdles. There is then non-stop action until the final track event, the senior 4x400m relay which is scheduled for 5pm.
The following Saturday, Hercules Wimbledon host the Surrey County road relay championships at Wimbledon Park with all races for seniors and veterans, men and women, starting at 12 noon and taking in a two mile loop which passes the All England Tennis Club in Church Road, runs through Arthur Road and Home Park Road and through the park from the Home Park Road entrance to the Wimbledon Park Road one. Around 100 teams are expected to take part.
After their most successful summer track season for more than a decade, the club's senior men's team was still waiting to hear whether they had been successful in their application to compete in the British Athletics League qualifier at Tilsley Park, Abingdon, on Saturday, September 19. Hercules Wimbledon are hopeful of making the match after finishing a strong fifth in Division One of the Southern Men's League. A total of eight teams will contest the qualifier with the top two going into Division Four of the British League in 2010.
If Hercules Wimbledon succeed, it would be the third time in the history of the club that they have competed in the national league. Hercules Wimbledon first qualified in 1972 but were eliminated after the 1973 season. The second stint lasted rather longer from 1987 to 1993.
On the first Sunday in October, Hercules Wimbledon are staging the annual Geoff Moulden road race which this year is being staged over a new course with the distance being reduced to 10km from 10 miles.


24/08/09 - GRANDSTAND SEAT FOR HW PRESIDENT IN BERLIN
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club president David Littlewood enjoyed a grandstand seat at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Berlin.
Littlewood, one of Britain's top athletics officials, who has officiated at all but two of the World Championships until this year, found himself able to watch all the action as one of three international delegates to the IAAF Congress and attended the championships as a guest.
Littlewood, who represents Great Britain on the technical committee of the IAAF, has officiated at every World Championships apart from the inaugural one in Helsinki in 1983 and the one staged in Japan in 1991. "I felt I ought to be doing something," he said. "It's very unusual for me just to be able to watch a meeting from the stands." With his keen eye, Littlewood was obviously on the look out for blunders by the German officials. "I don't understand why they failed to put out cones for the men's 10000m. There was some outstanding athletics in Berlin and the British team did surprisingly well."
While he managed to tour the German capital during the championships there was no time to dawdle once the meeting ended on Sunday night. He returned to his New Malden home that evening and was enjoying a few days in the UK before flying off to Zurich for the Weltklasse IAAF Golden League meeting on Friday night (August 28) before dashing back to the UK to officiate at the British Grand Prix meeting in Gateshead on Bank Holiday Monday.
Meanwhile, Hercules Wimbledon teenager Liam White continued his outstanding season with a club record-breaking performance in a British Milers' Club meeting at Sutcliffe Park, Eltham. He finished third his 800m race in 1 minute 57.39 seconds to erase the club's men's under 17 record of 1:57.5 set by Mike Dann back in 1984, eight years before White was born. White also took half-a-second off his previous best time set a few weeks earlier when he won the 800m at the Rosenheim League final at Kingsmeadow Stadium.
This is the second club record to have been broken by White this season. Earlier he set a new club men's under 17 1500m record of 3:57.98. His 1500m time ranks him seventh for his age group in the UK this summer and White has been selected to compete in next month's UK School Games in Cardiff.
White's Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Alex Bruce-Littlewood was fractionally slower when he finished fourth in a slightly faster race at Eltham in 1: 57.67. Sprinter Dwayne Dowding showed winning form at an open meeting in Bromley when he took his 100m race in 11.25. At the same meeting Emily Martin finished third in her 100m race in 12.73.
At the other end of the age range, Hercules Wimbledon's Anna Garnier broke the club's women's veterans over 50 1500m record when she finished runner-up in the event representing Veterans AC in the British Masters Inter Area match at Solihull. She clocked 5:22.8. It adds to the over 50 record she set in a Rosenheim League match at Tooting Bec last July.
Hercules Wimbledon runners dominated the weekly Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday with five of the club's runners finishing in the top 10 led home by winner Adam Vandenberg who clocked 16:47. Alex Robinson was fourth in the record 172-strong field in 17:20 with Rory McMahon sixth in 17:46, Chris Coles ninth in 17:57 and Darren Meredith 10th in 18:13. Newcomer Adam Sikora was 20th in 19:19. Veteran Peter Lee was 13th out of more than 500 runners in the Bushy Park parkrun in 17:28. He was second veteran to finish slicing four seconds off his previous best time for the course.


17/08/09 - WINNING EFFORT FOR WALKER ESTLE
Hercules Wimbledon's walking international Estle Viljoen showed winning form for Surrey in an eight-sided women's inter-counties match at Chelmsford.
Viljoen, 38, the Surrey women's 3000m track walking champion, bounced back from being disqualified in the UK Championships women's 5000m walking event in Birmingham a month earlier with a narrow victory in 15 minutes 27.24 seconds finishing almost six seconds ahead of the runner-up. She was one of five Surrey winners and her performance helped Surrey finish third in the match.
Hercules Wimbledon teenagers Liam White and Jonathan Osbourne continued their impressive summers by posting lifetime best performances in the Rosenheim League final at Tooting Bec.
White, 16, chopped more than a second off his previous best time as he stormed to victory in the two lap race in 1:58.0 but narrowly failed in his bid to break the long-standing club 800m record of 1:57.5 set by Mike Dann in 1984. Only Dann has ever run faster among Hercules Wimbledon under 17 runners. White's previous best time of 1:59.31 was achieved when winning the bronze medal in the Surrey championships at Kingsmeadow Stadium.
Earlier this season, White, the English schools 1500m intermediate boys bronze medallist, smashed broke the club's 1500m men's under 17 record of 4:02.0 by Nick Watt in 1983 when he clocked 3:57.98 in the South of England championships at Crystal Palace in June. He also clocked the second best-ever 3000m time achieved by a Hercules Wimbledon under 17-year-old when he clocked 8:59.51 at an open meeting at Watford last month.
Osbourne, 15, the Surrey schools 100m bronze medallist, continued his impressive showing over 400m when he clocked 51.0 in finishing second in the 400m at Tooting Bec. His time chopped a whole second off his previous best time for the distance and lifts him to fifth on the club all-time list for the event. The club record of 50.1 was set by Tony Collins more than 40 years ago in 1966.
Back in action after recovering from a bout of swine flu Alex Bruce-Littlewood sprinted home to win the 1500m in 4:10.5 while Adam Przedrzymirski was third in the 3000m in 9:01.1.
Twenty years after he posted his first victory in the Crooklog five kilometres road race, Hercules Wimbledon's Stu Littlewood is still posting wins in the event. He took the August race in 20:40, exactly four minutes slower than he managed in October 1989.
Three days after his Rosenheim league victory, White was again in winning form when he beat a 150-strong field to win the Wimbledon Common five kilometres parkrun on Saturday morning in 16:17. He won by 50 seconds slicing seven seconds off his previous best time for the course. Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Rory McMahon, who won a non-scoring 3000m at the Rosenheim League, was fifth in 17:32 ahead of David Grima who equalled his best time of 18:23 in finishing ninth.
His wife, Claire, was second woman finishing 17th overall in 18:49.Hercules Wimbledon's Pete Giles came close to winning the men's over 60's title in the Surrey five kilometres road running championships at West Wimbledon on Sunday. Giles was 75th out of almost 200 runners in 19:22. He was just 10 seconds behind the age group winner. Maurice Sharp was fifth in the age category in 21:26.
Former marathon international Steve Badgery posted the top age-graded performance in the Bushy Park parkrun on Saturday morning. Badgery was top over 60 finisher as he took 37th place out of more than 500 runners in 19:10. He also all but three of the over 40 veterans and all but one of the over 45 and over 50 veterans. First Hercules Wimbledon runner over the line was Matthew Sharp who finished 21st in 18:21 making his debut appearance in the event.


10/08/09 - DOUBLE GOLD FOR SUPER-VET GEOFF
Hercules Wimbledon supervet Geoff Walcott returned with two gold medals from the World Masters Championships in Lahti, Finland.
Dogged by injury since he last competed at a meeting at Kingsmeadow Stadium in May last year, Walcott, 57, help the British quartets to gold medals in both the over 55 4x100 and 4x400m relays. He ran the second stage in both finals to clinch two team golds.
Earlier, Walcott reached the final of the over 55 400m after finishing third in his heat in 59.85 seconds. He went faster in the final where he finished fifth in 58.78.
Meanwhile, teenager Liam White had a roller-coaster experience at the England Athletics age group championships at Bedford. White, 16, looked set to clinch a medal in the final after taking second place in his heat in 4:01.92, the second fastest time of the 12 qualifiers.
Running his second metric mile in 24 hours, White looked well placed in third place in the final with 800m to go. However, when one of the other runners made a break, the Hercules Wimbledon youngster tried to go with him but he explained : "There was nothing in my legs. I just went back and everyone passed me."
Two Hercules Wimbledon youngsters were in action for Surrey in a senior inter-counties match at Chelmsford on Sunday. Three days after his 16th birthday, Geordie Logan, one of the youngest competitors in the match, took fourth place in the 3000m steeplechase B race in 10:37.16.
Surrey 200m bronze medallist Dwayne Dowding stepped up a distance to 400m and took second place in the B race in a season's best of 49.80. The pair helped Surrey finish runners-up in the match behind hosts Essex.
Hercules Wimbledon runners won both the Wimbledon Common and Bushy Park parkruns on Saturday morning.
Teenager Alex Robinson took almost a minute off his previous best time as he led in a 150-strong field on Wimbledon Common in 16:50. Robinson, 18, took 53 seconds off his previous best time for the course. Andrew Davies was fifth in 17:57, Darren Meredith ninth in 18:37 and veteran Frank Wood 26th in 19:40.
James Trapmore headed home a near 500-strong field to win the Bushy Park parkrun in 15:58. Former marathon international Steve Badgery, now 61, posted the top-age graded performance in finishing 30th in 18:54.
Hercules Wimbledon's Pete Giles came close to winning the men's over 60's title in the Surrey five kilometres road running championships at West Wimbledon on Sunday. Giles was 75th out of almost 200 runners in 19:22. He was just 10 seconds behind the age group winner. Maurice Sharp was fifth in the age category in 21:26.
Hugh Saxby was third in the over 50 section in 18:37. Best Hercules Wimbledon runner on the day was Adam Vandenberg who finished ninth in the Surrey championship in 16:44. Neil Aitken was 15th in 16:47 and Phil Glynn 26th in 17:09.
Also on the road, Kieran White finished fourth out of more than 200 runners in Mota-vation Summer four miles race at Chipping Norton ion 22:18, less than a minute behind the winner.


3/08/09 - TRIO HELP SURREY TO TEAM TRIUMPH
Three Hercules Wimbledon youngsters helped Surrey to am impressive team victory in the annual men's under 17 inter-counties match at Crawley on Sunday.
English schools 1500m bronze medallist Liam White stepped up a distance and dominated the 3000m race to win comfortably in 9 minutes 2.46 seconds, just outside his lifetime best set earlier this season. His Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Joe Toomey was leading the B race for much of the way before fading slightly in the closing stages to finish in second place 9:24.35.
Then, Jonathan Osbourne, the youngest member of the trio at 15, ran a storming opening leg in the final event of the match, the 4x400m relay, clocking 51.4 to hand over in the lead and set up an impressive relay victory for Surrey.
Hercules Wimbledon will be putting in an application to compete in the British Athletics League qualifier at Abingdon next month after completing their Southern Men's League programme. In their first season back in the top division for a decade the club finished a good fifth out of the 25 teams.
The team encountered bad luck in their final match staged under leaden skies at Bracknell. Team captain Steve Davies was leading in his sprint hurdles race when he went sprawling at the fourth flight but gamely picked himself up off the ground to complete the race and gain a valuable point. In the other hurdles race, Olly Stogdale, who clocked a lifetime best of 14.8 when winning at Lee Valley, lost his stride pattern at the fourth flight and just couldn't get back into his rhythm also trailing home in last place.
Earlier Davies took second place in the 400m hurdles B race with Aaron Mason taking runners-up spot in the A race in 58.0.
On a day when wins were hard to come by Surrey long jump silver medallist Royden John was the only A string winner leaping 6.80m. Surrey 200m bronze medallist Dwayne Dowding, hampered by cramp and muscle problems after finishing third in the 100m in 11.2 won the 400m B race with Adam Przedrzymirski, in his first track race since 2006, taking the 5000m B race and John Brown winning the shot B.
Teenager Andrew Penney raced to a personal best of 4:07.2 in finishing second in the 1500m with Kieran White taking runners-up spot in the B race after earlier finishing third in the 5000m A race.
Rory McMahon and Lance Power had their own private battle in the 3000m steeplechase which McMahon won by just one second as they sprinted for the line. They were second in the A and B string events, respectively. Deon Coetzee was second in the high jump B event and Simon Cook was second in the hammer B.
Surrey junior 200m bronze medallist Richard Agyepong was third in both the 100m B and 200m A races in 11.4 and 22.8 with Richard Vanderpuijie taking third in the 800m and 400m B races. Justin Kelly was third in the 800m B race.
Former marathon international Steve Badgery was the first veteran over 60 in the annual Wedding Day seven kilometres road race in Bushy Park finishing 55th out of more than 550 runners in 27:12. Anna Garnier was fourth woman veteran over 45 in 28:51. The next day, Badgery was top over 60 finisher in the Bushy Park parkrun in 20:02.
Andrew Davies and Mathew Sharp were fifth and seventh in the Wimbledon Common parkrun in 18:03 and 18:34, respectively, while Barry White was eighth in the Roundhaw Park parkrun in 19:53.
Hercules Wimbledon are contesting the Rosenheim League final at Kingsmeadow Stadium next Wednesday evening (August 12), starting at 6.45pm.


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20/07/09 - YOUNGSTERS DOMINATE SUTTON CONTEST
Hercules Wimbledon boys under 17 squad dominated their final UK Young Athletes League match at Sutton Arena on Sunday winning 17 of the 36 events and finishing runners-up in a further six.
Nathan Safo-Barnieh gained a sprint double in the 100 and 200m in 11.3 and 23.4 second while clubmates Jonathan Osbourne and Kyran-Mitchell took the B races in 11.4 and 23.6. Liam White, who just missed out on making England's team for the schools international in Antrim after finishing third in the intermediate boys 1500m event, also gained a double success in the 1500m (4:39.6) and 3000m (10:07.6) with Joe Toomey taking the two B races in 4:43.0 and 10:16.4.
Toomey completed a hat-trick of wins in taking the steeplechase B race with Geordie Logan winning the A event in 4:57.6. White was also second in the 400m hurdles with Ed Saywell winning the B race. Saywell also posted a hat-trick of wins taking the 400 and 800m B races.
Chima Odum was runner-up in both the triple jump, with a personal best of 12.11m, and discus. Logan won the triple jump B event with Osbourne taking second place in the long jump B and Jose Costa finishing runner-up in the javelin and fourth in the 400m A race.
Matt Francis was runner-up in the 100m hurdles. Hercules Wimbledon also won the boys under 17 4x100 and 4x400m relays.
Best boys under 15 athlete was Tim Livingstone who won both the 1500m A and 400m B races. His brother Oliver won the under 13 1500m. Jonathan Dench was second in the hurdles B race.
Only winner among the girls events was Surrey girls under 13 1500m champion Eleanor Smith-Hahn who took the girls under 13 long jump. She was also third in the 75m while Rebecca Dinsdale was runner-up in the 70m hurdles B race.
Sharon Obayuwana was third in the girls under 17 100m and shot and fourth in the discus. Jowita Mieszkowska was third in the girls under 15 high jump and long jump with Olivia Hogan fourth in the long jump B.
Kieran White won the 1500m at an open meeting at Tooting Bec on Saturday while Gervase King set a Hercules Wimbledon veterans record in finishing runner-up out of almost 250 runners in the Self Transcendence 10km road race in Battersea Park earlier in the day in 33:52.
Veteran John Webster celebrated his 70th birthday at the end of last month with a hat-trick of over 70 record in Hercules Wimbledon's final Southern Veterans League Mid-London Division match at Battersea Park. He set new club records in winning the javelin with 26.82m, finishing third in the hammer and fourth in the long jump. At the same meeting Carmelina Hancock set a women's over 55 veterans record in finishing runner-up in the long jump.
Hercules Wimbledon's Aaron Mason showed his best form of the season in the Birmingham Games in the Midlands on Sunday. He clocked 57.54 in his heat and was slightly slower with 58.40 in finishing fifth in the final.
Hercules Wimbledon's Claire Grima was first woman in the Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday in 19:00. She finished just behind husband David who clocked the same time in finishing 16th out of more than 120 runners. Jon Fairs and Andrew Davies were fourth and fifth in 17:38 and 18:11 with Anna Garnier second woman in 20:40.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon take part in their final Southern Women's League match at Uxbridge on Saturday.


13/07/09 - TEENAGER WHITE GAINS SCHOOLS CHAMPS BRONZE
Hercules Wimbledon teenager Liam White ran one of the best races of his blossoming athletics career to take a bronze medal in the English schools track and field championships at Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield, on Saturday.
White, 16, was less than two seconds behind the gold medallist in a sprint for the line in the intermediate boys 1500m final in which he clocked 4 minutes 2.96 seconds. The Hercules Wimbledon runner qualified for the final by finishing second in his heat on Friday in 4:08.56.
He was one of several key athletes missing from the team which was in action at Woking on Saturday in the fifth of this season's Southern Men's League matches. Some of the substitutes performed beyond expectation and in a tight battle for the places the Hercules Wimbledon squad finished a close third to retain their third overall place in the 25 team Division One table.
All-rounder Ove Lindekleiv proved invaluable to the team effort competing in six individual events, winning the high jump with 1,90m and taking second place in the pole vault (3.60m), shot (14.91m) and discus (41.78m) and third in the javelin (50.67m) and high hurdles (15.7) where he went sprawling as he lunged for the finishing line in a bid to get second place.
Lance Power was another to perform above expectation taking second spot in the 400m hurdles in his first race over the distance for more than a decade and sprinting past two of his rivals in the final 20m. Power was also second in the steeplechase B race and third in the 400m B race.
In a tough match winners were hard to come by but brothers Nnamdi and Chima Odum were first and second in the triple jump A and B competitions with Nnamdi producing a season's best of 13.69m and veteran Royden John won the long jump with 6.63m and was third in the 100m B and high jump B.
Justin Miller was second in the javelin B, Richard`Xerri amd Mike Halman second in the 5000m A and B races, Dominic Getting second in the pole vault B with a season's best of 3m and Mel Mitchell second in the 200m B race. Chima Odum and John Brown were third in the shot and discus B, Richard Vanderpuije third in the 800m, Steve Hadley third in the sprint hurdles B race and Rory McMahon third in the 3000m steeplechase A race.
Match result: 1 City of Portsmouth 130; 2 Newham and Essex Beagles 114; 3 Hercules Wimbledon 111; 4 Kent AC 108; 5 Woking 62.
Leading Division One standings after five matches: 1 City of Portsmouth 24 (645 match points); 2 Victoria Park and Tower Hamlets 24 (640); 3 Hercules Wimbledon 22 (596.5); 4 Nene Valley 21 (606.5); 5 Reading 21 (586.5); 6 Enfield and Haringey 18 (580.5).
James Trapmore was Hercules Wimbledon's only winner in the fifth of this season's Rosenheim League East Division matches at Tooting Bec last Wednesday evening. He won the 800m in 2:00.8 and was also second in both the 1500 and 3000m in 4:11.3 and 9:09.3, before running the second leg of the 4x200m relay team which finished second. Other members of the quartet were Richard Vanderpuije, Chima Odum and Geordie Logan.
Vanderpuije also won the non-scoring 800m race in 2:05.1. Nnamdi Odum was second in the triple jump with 13.02m and Justin Miller third in the javelin with 42.29m.
Match result: 1 Belgrave 73; 2 Herne Hill 64; 3 Hercules Wimbledon 49; 4 Serpentine 41; 5 Croydon Harriers 40; 6 Striders of Croydopn 27; 7 South London Harriers 22.
Standings after five matches: 1 Belgrave 33; 2 Herne Hill 29.5; 3 Hercules Wimbledon 21; 4 Serpentine 20; 5 Croydon Harriers 18.5; 6 Striders of Croydon 12.5; 7 South London Harriers 5.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters are in action in their fourth National Young Athletes match of the season at Sutton Arena on Sunday starting at 11.45am. Next Wednesday, Hercules Wimbledon's seniors are in action in their final Rosenheim League East Division match at Battersea Park starting at 6.45pm.


6/07/09 - WHITE WARMS UP FOR SCHOOLS CHAMPS WITH PB
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's talented teenage middle-distance runner Liam White warmed up for this weekend's English schools track and field championships at Sheffield with a lifetime best 3000m performance at an open meeting at Watford.
White, 16, will be competing in the intermediate boys 1500m, the distance at which he holds the London schools title, at Sheffield. He took more than a second off his previous best 3000m time when he clocked 8 minutes 59.51 seconds.
Hercules Wimbledon's race walking international Estle Viljoen warmed up for this weekend's UK Championships in Birmingham by finishing third in the Interland Masters International 3000m track walk in Compiegne, France, in 15:15.00.
Viljoen, a teacher at Haslemere Primary School, Mitcham, was delighted with her performance as it was almost half-a-minute faster than she clocked in winning the Surrey title at Kingsmeadow Stadium in May. It was also 17 seconds faster than she managed in finishing second in the same international event last year.
Viljoen races over 5000m in Birmingham. "I'm really delighted to have been invited to compete at Birmingham," said Viljoen, who celebrates her 39th birthday this week.
Fresh from his victory in the Independent Schools Championships, Joel Atkin posted two personal bests in the Ebbisham League match at Sutton Arena on Sunday. Atkin was second in the boys under 13 80m hurdles in 13.6 and runner-up in the long jump with 4.33m. Alex Bond contested three events finishing third in the under 13 discus with a personal of 8.80m and taking fourth spot in the 1500m and javelin.
Hercules Wimbledon's Adam Przedrzymirski continued his return to fitness after injury by finishing second out of almost 500 runners in the Bushy Park parkrun on Saturday in 16:30, just nine seconds behind the event winner. His time took five seconds off his previous best for the course set last month. Over 60 veteran Steve Badgery posted the top age graded performance in winning his category finishing 44th in 19:27.
Over on Wimbledon Common, Jon Fairs was also runner-up in the parkrun in 17:35 with over 55 veteran Hugh Saxby posting the top age-graded performance in finishing eighth in 18:07. Over 50 veteran Simon Ingall was 24th in 19:58.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon, in addition to having athletes in action in the English Schools Championships at Sheffield and UK Championships at Birmingham, contest their fifth Southern Men's League Division One match at Sheerwater, Woking, on Saturday. The match starts at 12.30pm with the hammer. The first track event, the 400m hurdles, is at 2.15pm. On Monday, Hercules Wimbledon compete in their final Southern Veterans League Mid-London Division match at Battersea Park, starting at 6.30pm.


29/06/09 - SPRINTER DWAYNE TWICE EQUALS LIFETIME BESTS
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's top sprinter Dwayne Dowding equalled his best-ever times for 100 and 200m when he competed in the fourth of this season's Southern Men's League Division One matches at Lee Valley Athletics Centre on Saturday.
Dowding, 23, achieved his best times of the season as he won the 200m in 21.8 seconds and took third spot in a top class 100m in 11.0. They equalled his lifetime best times achieved last season.
Sprint hurdler Olly Stogdale, making his Southern Men's League debut, sliced two-tenths of a second off his previous best time in winning the high hurdles B race in 15.8 to secure maximum points in the event after clubmate Austin Ferns won the A race in 15.4.
Endurance runner Andrew Penney posted two lifetime bests in the 800 and 1500m. He took more than a second off his previous best 800m time in finishing second in the B race in 2:00.6 and then improved his 1500m time by more than three seconds in finishing fourth in 4:08.1.
Hercules Wimbledon made a winning start on the track with Ferns and Steve Davies gaining maximum points in the 400m hurdles taking the A and B races in 53.9 and 57.7. But, in their toughest competition so far this season, Hercules Wimbledon found winners hard to come by and only Royden John, with a veterans club record-breaking leap of 13.66m secured the only success in the jumping events in taking the triple jump.
The meeting started in warm sunshine but, in the middle of the afternoon, the skies opened and there was a torrential downpour followed by a fierce thunderstorm which meant the final throwing event, the discus, was continually interrupted. However, Hercules Wimbledon's Per Nystrom managed to win with 37.74m after also taking the javelin B (42.38m) and finishing second in the shot (12.03m) and fourth in the hammer (30.96m.).
Also in the throws, Justin Miller was second in the javelin A with 49.09m and John Brown was second in the hammer B, third in the shot B and fourth in the discus B.
Teenager Liam White had a roller-coaster afternoon. He trailed home last in the 800m but then bounced back in the 1500m to finish second, running as a non-scorer, in 4:02.6, clocking faster times than the two scoring runners.
The absence of three of the club's top teenage sprinters Richard Agyapong, Jonathan Osbourne and Nathan Safo-Barnieh and with triple jumper Nnamdi Odum arrived after the competition had started, Hercules Wimbledon faced an uphill battle against league leaders Victoria Park and Tower Hamlets and, in the end, were forced to concede the match to their rivals and lose their unbeaten record.
Match result: 1 Victoria Park and Tower Hamlets 130; 2 Hercules Wimbledon 113; 3 Enfield and Haringey 108; 4 Thames Valley Harriers 101; 5 Chelmsford 83.
Leading standings after four matches: 1 Victoria Park and Tower Hamlets 20 (517); 2 City of Portsmouth 19 (515); 3 Hercules Wimbledon 19 (485.5); 4 Nene Valley 17 (486); 5 Reading 17 (466.5); 6 Highgate 15 (458.5).
Hercules Wimbledon's Emily Martin gained a hat-trick of wins in the club's third Southern Women's League match at Horsham. She took the senior women's 100m, high jump and shot with 12.7, 1.45m and 8.05m. Her mother, Ann, was second in the shot B and third in the hammer A.
Emily was also second in the javelin while Hannah Fay was second in the B event. Hannah Long had a busy afternoon finishing second in the high jump and discus B events and third in the 3000m. Olivia Archdeacon was second in the discus and third in the 800m.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's are involved in Lily B Girls and Ebbisham Boys League matches at Guildford and Sutton on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.


22/06/09 - TEENAGER WHITE SMASHES RECORD AGAIN
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club teenager Liam White followed up his record-breaking victory in the London schools championships by twice lowering his club men's under 17 1500m record at Woodside Stadium, Watford over the weekend.
Competing in the South of England junior championships he qualified for Sunday's final by finishing third in his heat in 4 minutes 00.78 seconds to slice a fraction off his previous best of 4:00.86, set at Twickenham earlier in the month. Undaunted by competing in an age-group above his status, White then battled it out in the final where, although finishing eighth in a class field, he dipped inside four minutes for the first time to clock 3:57.98 to take almost three seconds off his previous best, a tremendous improvement.
His time also puts him sixth in this year's UK under 17 rankings. His efforts in the South of England championships came just a week after he smashed the championship record in winning the intermediate boys 1500m title in 4:04.8, bettering the mark of 4:08.3 set by Jermaine Mays, now a British international, in 1999. White's win almost certainly clinched his place in the London team to compete in next month's English schools championships at Sheffield.
Also at Battersea Park, Jose Costa was second in the intermediate boys javelin with 38.86m while Kate Buchanan was fourth in the intermediate girls 1500m in 5:24.5.
At the Surrey schools championships at Kingsmeadow Stadium, Hercules Wimbledon's Geordie Logan was runner-up in the intermediate boys 2000m steeplechase in a lifetime best of 4:53.4. Joe Toomey also clocked a lifetime best of 4:13.94 in taking second place in the intermediate boys 1500m in 4:13.94 with Edward Martin 12th in 4:45.99, while sprinters Jonathan Osbourne and Nathan Safo-Barnieh both picked up bronze medals in the intermediate boys 100 and 200m in 11.65 and 22.86, respectively.
Ed Saywell also posted a personal best at Kingsmeadow where he finished fourth in the 800m in 2:09.58 while Tim Livingstone was fifth in the junior boys 800m in 2:16.32. Joe Clark was 12th in the junior boys 1500m in 4:49.87.
Hercules Wimbledon's Jonathan Dobson was second over 40 veteran when he finished sixth out of more than 400 runners in the North Downs multi terrain race over 30km in 2:09:46. Meanwhile, Steph Robson was second in the women's event in the Beaulieu triathlon at Southampton in 1:28:55.
Thomas Bracegirdle was a double winner in Hercules Wimbledon's second Ebbisham Boys League match at Woking. He took the under 13 800m and discus and then anchored the sprint relay team to second spot. He was also third in the 100m.Only other winner was Oliver Moulton in the under 13 600m. He was also second in the high jump and third in the 75m hurdles.
ercules Wimbledon's Alex Bruce-Littlewood was third in his 1500m race at the British Milers' Club's meeting at Watford in 3:57.44.
Rebecca Stone won the 1500m B race in a personal best of 5:26.4 to gain maximum points for the club in that event. She also completed a hat-trick of wins by taking the high jump and long jump B events. Another winner was Jenny Williams who took the under 13 discus.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's senior men's squad face their toughest match of the season as they come up against current leaders Victoria Park and Tower Hamlets in a top of the table Division One clash at Lee Valley Athletics Centre on Saturday. Hercules Wimbledon are second in the table and, alongside Victoria Park and Tower Hamlets, are the only other unbeaten side in the 25-team table.
Meanwhile, the club's Southern Women's League team are in action at Horsham on Saturday with the club's road runners competing in the Surrey 10km championship being decided in conjunction with the Dysart Dash at Petersham on Sunday.


15/06/09 - ROSENHEIM TRIUMPH CONTINUES WINNING STREAK
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's senior men continued their winning streak when they took the third of this season's Rosenheim League East Division matches at Wimbledon Park. In the first Rosenheim League match to be staged at Wimbledon Park for four seasons, Hercules Wimbledon saw off local rivals Belgrave and Herne Hill, who finished in joint second place, by just five points.
Veteran Royden John gained a double win taking the 100m in 11.4 seconds and high hurdles in 16.3, equalling his club over 35 record. On a night when Hercules Wimbledon dominated the sprint races - there were 10 club runners in the 100m - Surrey junior 200m silver medallist Richard Agyapong took the first non-scoring race in 11.5 ahead of fellow teenagers Nathan Saf-Barnih (11.6) and Jonathan Osbourne (11.8). Agyapong was second in the match 200m in 22.9 with Kyran Mitchell-Stanton, Safo-Barnieh and Stephen McDuell, all from Hercules Wimbledon, winning three of the non-scoring races.
Also on the track, Andrew Penney finished strongly in winning the 1500m in 4:12.7, while Joe Toomey was third in the 3000m in a personal best of 9:16.0. Another winner was Jimmy Saruchera in the triple jump while Club captain Steve Davies took second place in the high jump and throwing exponent John Brown was second and fourth in the hammer and discus. Teenager Jose Costa, normally a javelin thrower, was fourth in the 400m with Stephen McDuell sixth in the 800m. The sprint quartet finished runners-up in the 4x200m relay.
Match result: 1 Hercules Wimbledon 70; 2 equal Belgrave and HerneHill 65; 4 Serpentine 44; 5 Croydon Harriers 32; 6 Striders of Croydon 30; 7 South London Harriers 20.
Standings after three matches: 1 Belgrave 19.5; 2 Herne Hill 17.5; 3 Hercules Wimbledon 14; 4 Serpentine 12; 5 Croydon Harriers 10.5; 6 Striders of Croydon 7.5; 7 South London Harriers 3.
The next Rosenheim League East Division match is being held at Tooting Bec on Wednesday, June 24, starting at 6.45pm.
Hercules Wimbledon's top women's marathon runner Claire Grima posted a personal best time in the 3000m of 10:29.1 with Claire Morgan and Anna Garnier setting veteran over 45 and over 50-year-old records, respectively.
Hercules Wimbledon's team of Medena Knespl (18:18), Steph Robson (17:38) and Claire Grima (17:29) finished runners-up in the annual Parkland Relays in Richmond Park.
Surrey girls under 13 1500m champion Eleanor Hahn-Smith had a busy time in the second of this season's Lily B League matches at Sutton gaining a hat-trick of wins. She took the 1500m in 5:23.8, the high jump with 1.25m and the long jump with 3.91m.
Rebecca Stone won the 1500m B race in a personal best of 5:26.4 to gain maximum points for the club in that event. She also completed a hat-trick of wins by taking the high jump and long jump B events. Another winner was Jenny Williams who took the under 13 discus.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's top athletes will be competing in the South of England senior and under 20 championships at Watford. They are being staged on Saturday and Sunday. Hercules Wimbledon host the third of this season's Southern Veterans League Mid-London Division matches at Battersea Park on Monday evening, starting at 6.30pm.
The club's youngsters are travelling to Portsmouth on Sunday for their third UK National Young Athletes League match. There were some notable performances in the second match at Horsham where Nathan Safo-Barnieh gained a sprint double taking the men's under 17 100 and 200m in 12.0 and 23.8 and Jonathan Osbourne took the 200m B and 400m A races in 23.9 and 52.7. Kyran Mitchell-Nanton took the 400m B race.
Liam White gained an endurance hat-trick taking the under 17 800, 1500m and 3000m in 2:01.7, 4:34.1 and 9:31.7. Joe Toomey also gaiend a hat-trick in taking the 1500 and 3000m B races and the 1500m steeplechase A race. s youngsters are competing in the London and Surrey schools championships at Kingsmeadow Stadium and Battersea Park, respectively, both on Saturday. The quartet of White, Mitchell-Nanton, Osbourne and Safo-Barnieh easily won the under 17 sprint relay.


8/06/09 - SENIORS COMPLETE LEAGUE HAT-TRICK
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's senior men continued their impressive start to their season when they completed a hat-trick of wins by taking their third Southern Men's League Division One match of the season at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Saturday.
At the end of an enthralling match, Hercules Wimbledon led throughout the match but in the end sneaked home by just seven points to remain only one of two teams in the 25-strong top division to remain unbeaten this summer.
Hercules Wimbledon started solidly with team captain Steve Davies and Aaron Mason taking second and first places in the 400m hurdles A and B races both clocking 58.8 seconds. Then, teenager Cale Edmunds produced the best form of his life to win the long jump with an impressive personal best of 6.75m with team-mate Royden John taking the B event with 6.60m. John then won the 100m B race in 11.3, the same time as team-mate Dwayne Dowding managed in taking second place in the A race.
Hercules Wimbledon's success continued with teenager Liam White taking the 800m in 1:59.5 and Andrew Penney finishing third in the B race in 2:02.0 in his first Southern League race of the season. Hercules Wimbledon were seven points clear after five events.
Davies was second in the high jump with 1.70m with Dominic Getting and Lance Power securing valuable second places in the pole vault A and B events with 2.80 and 2.40m, respectively. Despite arriving only minutes before the start, Richard Xerri finished a good second in the 5000m in 15:46.6 with Mike Halman winning the B race in 16:06.7, keeping Hercules Wimbledon's lead at seven points.
Teenager Jonathan Osbourne, by far the youngest member of the team at 15, then ran a brilliant 400m race to chop seven-tenths of a second off his previous best on his Southern League debut. He was runner-up in the A race in 52 seconds. With Hamed Agboke taking second spot in the B race in 52.9, Hercules Wimbledon stretched their lead to 13.5 points after 10 events.
John completed a hat-trick of wins in taking the high hurdles B race in 16.8 after Davies finished third in the A race in 16.5 and then Dowding and Richard Agyapong were second in both the 200m A and B races in 22.3 and 22.5, respectively, extending Hercules Wimbledon's lead to 16 points after 12 events.
Just three days after posting a lifetime best and Hercules Wimbledon club record of 4:00.86 in the St Mary's Classic meeting at Twickenham, White was then runner-up in the 1500m in a 4:11.3 with Penney winning the B race in 4:11.6. With five events remaining, Hercules Wimbledon were 14 points clear.
Teenager Geordie Logan, also making his first appearance in the Southern League, was runner-up in the triple jump B with John Brown taking second place in the shot B. Rory McMahon and Lance Power were third and second in their respective steeplechase races but were beaten by Logan who, although too young to score, finished eight seconds ahead of McMahon.
The quartet of Agyapong, John, Jimmy Sarachura and Dowding then combined to take second place in the sprint relay before Mason, Osbourne, Davies and Dowding combined to take second spot in the 4x400m relay to secure a narrow victory.
Match result: 1 Hercules Wimbledon 129; 2 Ilford 122; 3 Newbury 113.5; 4 Ipswich 107.5; 5 Tonbridge 52.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon youngsters are competing in the London and Surrey schools championships at Kingsmeadow Stadium and Battersea Park, respectively, both on Saturday.


1/06/09 -EURO DOUBLE FOR WALKER VILJOEN
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's ace race walker Estle Viljoen has returned from the European Veterans Championships in Arhus, Denmark, with two gold medals.
Viljoen, 38, who teaches at Haslemere Primary School, Mitcham, took the 10km road walking title in 55 minutes 43 seconds and then, two days later, made it a double by winning the 20 kilometres event in 1:59:12. It was only her second walking competition of the summer. Her previous appearance came in the Surrey 3000m track championship at Kingsmeadow Stadium at the beginning of last month which she won comfortably by almost three minutes in 15:44.73.
At the other end of the age scale, Hercules Wimbledon teenager Liam White bounced back from a disappointing run in the South of England championships with a lifetime best 1500m performance. White, 16, was expectedly eliminated from the men's under 17 1500m event when he trailed in fourth in his heat in 4:15.6, well outside his best time of 4:08.4.
Determined to make amends for his poor display, White travelled all the way to Exeter where he won the British Milers Club's 1500m B race in 4:03.70, smashing his previous best time and getting inside the 4:08.0 English schools championships qualifying time. He now has the qualifying time for both the 1500 and 3000m.
White was less than two seconds outside the Hercules Wimbledon under 17 club record of 4:02.0 set by Nick Watt in 1983, nine years before White was born.
Another of Hercules Wimbledon's endurance runners Kieran White has also been showing good form. He finished sixth out of more than 200 runners in the Serpentine 5km road race in Hyde Park on Friday in 16:15, just two seconds outside his best time for the course . A few days earlier he finished fifth in the Charndon 5km road race near Bicester in a faster 15:51.
Hercules Wimbledon's Surrey 200m bronze medallist Emily Martin completed a hat-trick of wins in the Southern Women's League match at Canterbury on Saturday where she took the senior women's 100 and 200m in 13.0 and 25.8 and the javelin with 22.55m. Meanwhile her mum Ann set a Hercules Wimbledon veteran over 45 record by heaving the shot out to 5.41m.
Hercules Wimbledon runners dominated the weekly Wimbledon Common parkrun 5km event on Saturday. Marathon runner Claire Grima was first woman in 18:37 finishing a few seconds behind husband David who was fifth in the men's race in 18:32. Andrew Davies was third in 18:13 with veterans Simon Ingall and Frank Wood 19th and 24th in 19:56 and 20:07.
Taking a break from track race, Justin Kelly led the Hercules Wimbledon contingent home in the Dorking 10 miles road race in sweltering heat on Sunday finishing 21st out of almost 700 runners in 1:00:26. Chris Coles was 43rd in 1:03:44 with over 50 veteran Hugh Saxby 64th in 65:49.
Hercules Wimbledon face a busy weekend with matches on both Saturday and Sunday. The senior men's squad will be striving to maintain their unbeaten record when the Southern Men's League team aims to complete a hat-trick of wins when they host their third match of the season at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Saturday, staring at 2pm. Hercules Wimbledon are also joint organisers of a Lily B League match at Sutton Arena on Saturday, starting at 12.15pm.
On Sunday, the club's youngsters travel to Woking for their second Ebbisham Boys League match of the season, starting at 1.30pm, while the Southern Veterans League team travels to Twickenham on Monday night for their second Mid-London division match of the season, starting at 6.30pm. Next Wednesday (June 10), Hercules Wimbledon host their third Rosenheim League East Division match at Wimbledon Park.


25/05/09 - ELEANOR SMITH-HAHN OUTSTANDING TEAM MEMBER
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's Surrey girls under 13 1500m champion Eleanor Smith-Hahn was the outstanding team member in the club's opening Lily B League match at Guildford's Spectrum Leisure Centre on Saturday.
She leapt a personal best of 3.97m in winning the long jump. It was 13 centimetres further than she managed when she competed at the Hercules Wimbledon Young Athletes open meeting at Crystal Palace last month. She also won the 200m in 29 seconds and was runner-up in the 1500m.
Smith-Hahn, who won a bumper four medals at the recent Surrey championships, completed busy afternoon by anchoring the 4x100m relay team to second place. Other members of the quartet were Rebecca Stone, Amy Culleton and Jenny Williams.
Culleton had a busy afternoon taking second place in the 70m hurdles, third in the high jump B and fifth in the 100m. Stone was also runner-up in the 1500m B race, second in the long jump B and fourth in the 100m B race. Williams was also second in the 800m and javelin B events.
Anna Silgo-Young was fourth in the 800m race, Rebecca Dinsdale third in the 70m hurdles B race and fourth in the high jump, and Claire Rogers third in the javelin and fifth in the 200m B race.
Another Hercules Wimbledon winner was Olivia Archdeacon who took the under 17 discus with 20m and was also third in the 800m.
A third winner was Maire Gilmartin who took the under 15 high jump with 1.35m. She was also second in the 1500m and third in the long jump. Ella Dobson was third in both the under 15 800m and discus, while Olivia Hogan was fifth in the under 15 100 and 200m races.
At the other end of the age scale, Hercules Wimbledon athletes gained a hat-trick of wins in the Surrey Veterans track and field championships in blazing sunshine at Ewell Court on Saturday. Mark Baker took the over 45 400m in 56.2, Martin Miller the over 60 1500m in 5:18.3 and John Webster, who will be 70 next month, the over 65 hammer with 31.28m. Webster was also second in the pole vault and javelin.
Hercules Wimbledon's James Trapmore headed home more than 500 runners to win the weekly parkrun in Bushy Park on Saturday in 15:42. Camille Duval was 56th in 20:21. Anna Garnier was first woman in the Bedfont Lakes parkrun staged for the third time on Saturday in 21:24.
Hercules Wimbledon's Claire Grima was first woman in the Wimbledon Common parkrun in 18:48. Husband David was fifth out of more than 160 runners in the event in 18:23 with clubmate Andrew Davies seventh in 18:36.
Hercules Wimbledon's Gervase King finished 29th out of almost 900 runners in the Kingsholmen half-marathon in Sweden in 1:22:09 while Peter Lee was second veteran over 40 in the Staines 10km road race in 36:35.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's Southern Women's League team travel to Canterbury for their second Southern Women's League match of the season on Saturday with the club's youngsters making the trip to Horsham for their second UK Young athletes league meeting of the season at Horsham on Sunday.


18/05/09 - SENIOR MEN WIN LEAGUE THRILLER
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's senior men's team maintained their unbeaten record with another thrilling win in their second match of the season at Battersea Park on Saturday. The result of the five hour match went right down to the wire but, as they had done in their opening fixture at Kingsmeadow Stadium, Hercules Wimbledon managed to snatch the narrowest of wins.
The match started well with Hercules Wimbledon taking maximum points in two of the opening four events. Surrey senior and junior long jump silver medallists Royden John and Cale Edmunds took the A and B string competitions with modest leaps of 6.33 and 6.07m while Surrey 200m bronze medallist Dwayne Dowding showed his best form of the season in taking the 100m in 11.1 seconds with John winning the B race in 11.4.
With team captain Steve Davies taking second in the 400m hurdles in 57.3 and Aaron Mason winning the B race, Esmond Ferns and teenager Joe Toomey third and fourth in the 800m A and B races and John Brown and Dominic Getting third and fourth in the hammer, Hercules Wimbledon had a five point lead with a quarter of the match completed.
A second and joint second by Getting and Lance Power in the pole vault, two third places by Stu Milton and Justin Kelly in the high jump and fourth and joint first by stand ins Deon Coetzee and Kelly in the high jump, two fourth places by Brown and Milton in the shot and by Kelly and Phil Glynn in the 5000m helped Hercules Wimbledon keep their noses in front so that half-way through the match they were just two points ahead.
The second half of the match started strongly for Hercules Wimbledon as John completed a hat-trick of wins in taking the 110m hurdles B race in 17.8 with Davies finishing second in the A race in 16.4. Dowding and Surrey junior silver medallist Richard Agyapong gained maximum points taking the 200m A and B races in 22.1 and 22.7, Jimmy Sarachera and Power were second and third in the triple jump, while Mason and veteran Mark Baker, brought in at the last minute, were fourth in the 400m A and B races. Then, teenager Liam White sprinted away at the bell to win the 1500m in a fast 4:08.6 with Kieran White taking the B race keeping Hercules Wimbledon just four-and-a-half points ahead.
The outcome of the contest remained extremely close even after the steeplechase where Power clocked a personal best of 10:56.5 and Glynn, persuaded to run at the last minute, gained two valuable points in finishing fourth. Brown and John were fourth and third in the discus A and B events giving Hercules Wimbledon a slender one-and-a-half point lead with just the two relays to go.
The quartet of Davies, John, Sarachera and Dowding were second in the sprint relay in 44.7 and the team clinched victory by winning a tense 4x400m relay in which the lead changed twice in the home straight with Hercules Wimbledon's Dowding snatching the race by inches with a superb 49.4 anchor leg. Hamed Agboke, Ferns and Davies ran the opening three legs for the quartet which won in 3:28.9.
This second win leaves Hercules Wimbledon, who gained promotion from Division Two last season, second in the 25-team Division One table with the next match at Kingsmeadow Stadium on June 6.
Match result: 1 Hercules Wimbledon 125; 2 Highgate 122.5; 3 Serpentine Runners 107.5; 4 Woodford Green with Essex Ladies 102; 5 Swindon 58.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon athletes led by Surrey men's under 17 1500m champion Liam White, are competing in the South of England age-group championships at Ashford, Kent, while next Wednesday (May 27) they are in action in the second of this season's Rosenheimn League Eastern Division matches at Croydon. Their Rosenheim League season started well with James Trapmore winning the 800 and 1500m and taking second in the 3000m, teenage sprinter Kyran Mitchell-Nanton taking second in the 100 and 200m.


11/05/09 - QUARTET OF HW WINNERS AT SURREY CHAMPS
Hercules Wimbledon athletes were prominent among the medallists in the annual Surrey track and field championships at Kingsmeadow Stadium last weekend returning with four gold medals, seven silver and seven bronze.
Busiest of the Hercules Wimbledon contingent at Kingsmeadow was the youngest. Eleanor Smith-Hahn, who is just 12, lifted medals in all four of the girls under 13 events she contested with a total of eight races across the two days.
She set the pace for her Hercules Wimbledon clubmates as she stormed to victory in the second of Saturday's 50 track races, the girls under 13 1500m final in 5 minutes 15.2 seconds with Hercules Wimbledon's Rebecca Stone taking the bronze medal in a personal best of 5:28.3.
Three hours after winning the 1500m, Hahn-Smith showed her considerable versatility by winning her 100m heat in a personal best 13.98, improving with 13.9 in winning her semi-final and then running the fastest race of her life in the final where she was just pipped for the title in taking the silver medal in 13.66.
She was in action again on Sunday morning winning her 800m heat in 2:37.98 before taking bronze medal in a closely contested final in a faster 2:32.77. In between her two 800m races she took the silver medal in the 200m in 28.54 after winning her heat in 28.94.
At the other end of the age scale Hercules Wimbledon veteran Estle Viljoen warmed up for the European Race Walking Cup in Metz, France, on May 24, where she is in the British team, with a runaway victory in the senior women's 3000m track walk in 15:44.73. She is racing over 20km in France.
Teenager Liam White was another Hercules Wimbledon winner taking the boys under 17 1500m in 4:11.34 less than 24 hours after twice lowering his 800m personal best times. He went inside two minutes for the first time in taking the bronze medal in the final in 1:59.31 after winning his heat in 2:00.3. His previous best time for the distance was 2:07.5.
The most unexpected Hercules Wimbledon gold medal winner was Tim Livingstone who took the boys under 15 shot title with a throw of 8.13m.
Richard Agyapong was thrilled to win his first athletics medal in taking silver in the junior men's 200m final in a lifetime best of 22.64 after reaching the final as the fourth fastest qualifier in 22.65. His was the most unexpected Hercules Wimbledon medal as he showed a dramatic improvement on his previous best of 22.9.
Veteran Royden John produced his best form of the season to take the silver medal in the senior men's long jump with 7.10m while Cale Edmunds took silver in the junior men's competition with 6.53m. Robert Richards came away with two medals in the boys under 15 events taking silver in the javelin with 21.77m and bronze in the high jump with a 1.45m clearance.
There were three other Hercules Wimbledon bronze medallists. Emily Martin was third in the senior women's 200m in 25.55 after clocking a faster personal best of 25.41 in finishing third in her heat. She narrowly lost out on another medal in the 100m where she was fourth in 12.67 after posting a faster 12.56 in finishing third in her heat.
Men's team captain Steve Davies was third in the 400m hurdles in 57.74 with top sprinter Dwayne Dowding taking the bronze medal in the senior men's 200m in 22.11 after winning his heat in 22.65. Jonathan Osbourne just missed out on a medal in the men's under 17 200m where he was fourth in 23.40 with Kyran Mitchell-Stanton sixth in 23.91. After setting the early pace, Kieran White was fourth in the senior men's 1500m in 4:14.67.
Mark Baker won his Veterans AC 400m race at Kingsmeadow Stadium in 56.3 while Justin Kelly was second out of more than 160 finishers in the Wimbledon Common 5km parkrun on Saturday in 16:46.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's senior men compete in their second Southern Men's League meeting of the season at Battersea Park on Saturday, starting at 1pm.


4/05/09 - SENIOR MEN'S FINE START TO TRACK SEASON
After gaining promotion to the top division of the Southern Men's League last season, Hercules Wimbedon's senior men's squad made a flying start to their 2009 campaign with a nail-biting victory at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Saturday.
Making their first appearance in Division One since 1997, the Hercules Wimbledon squad snatched victory by just 1.5 points after five tense hours of competition. The triumph was achieved despite missing more than half-a-dozen first team choices. Throughout the contest, the Hercules Wimbledon team were always in contention for the team honours and at no point during the 19-event competition was the team ever lower than second spot.
Joint team manager Fred Green enthused: "After securing promotion last season, I would have been pleased with a top three finish but to achieve a win with the team we had was remarkable. We certainly hope to be stronger for our remaining matches."
Hercules Wimbledon made a solid start on the track with Surrey 400m hurdles champion Austin Ferns and club captain Steve Davies securing maximum points in the 400m hurdles in 53.4 and 57.4 seconds, respectively. Unfortunately, Davies was so exhausted after his hurdles win that he was unable to clear a height in the high jump, losing valuable points.
John Brown, celebrating his 41st birthday, was third in the hammer and Dom Getting runner-up in the hammer B while Royden John and Jimmy Saruchera, also making his first Southern Men's League appearance, were third in the long jump A and B string competitions. Then, with Dwayne Dowding and debutant Mel Mitchell taking the 100m A and B string races in 11.4 and 11.8, Hercules Wimbledon went into the lead for the first time.
Stu Milton and Brown were fourth and third in the shot A and B events before Es Ferns and Justin Kelly took second and third places in the 800m races. John was joint third in the high jump while Getting and Lance Power were joint second in their pole vault contests.
Having run the London marathon six days earlier, Mike Halman found it hard going in the 5000m where he was fourth with Richard Xerri taking third in the B race. Hamed Agboke, coming back from injury, struggled to fourth place in the 400m A race with Power, filling a vital gap, taking third in the B event. Then, Austin Ferns completed the double in taking the 110m hurdles in 15.6 despite clouting a barrier in the process. Unfortunately, that hurdle fell into the path of team-mate Davies who suffered a badly bruised calf in finishing second in the B race. He was subsequently forced to withdraw from the 4x400m relay.
Milton and Kelly picked up valuable points in the javelin to keep Hercules Wimbledon in contention and with Dowding and Richard Agyepong taking their 200m races in 22.2 and 22.9, Hercules Wimbledon went back into the lead with just six events remaining. Nnamdi Odum (13.26m) and Sarucheria stretched the lead to 6.5 points in finishing second and third in the triple jump while teenager Liam White, clocking just four-tenths of a second outside the English schools championships with a personal best 4:08.4 and Kieran White (4:10.6) took Hercules Wimbledon more than 10 points clear with victories in the 1500m.
That lead was more than halved with two last places in the discus and reduced to just half-a-point after the makeshift quartet of Austin Ferns, John, Sarucheria and Dowding took second place in the sprint relay and Rory McMahon and Power were fourth and third in the steeplechase.
It went down to the final event, the 4x400m relay - Hercules Wimbledon had to beat the red-vested Brighton and Hove quartet. Running the opening leg, Agboke handed over in third spot to Austin Ferns who kept the team within range of Brighton. Then, Esmond Ferns ran a strong third leg to hand over to Dowding ahead of Brighton.
Dowding, who had already won both sprints and anchored the sprint relay team, was passed by the Brighton anchor leg runner but bided his time. Passing the 200m point he was now in familiar territory and he used his greater speed to full advantage down the home straight bringing the team home second but more importantly ahead of Brighton and Hove to snatch a confidence-boosting team triumph.
Match result: 1 Hercules Wimbledon 118.5; 2 Brighton and Hove City 117; 3 Marshall Milton Keynes 106; 4 Luton 104; 5 North Devon 77.5.
Hercules Wimbledon athletes will be in action in the annual Surrey track and field championships which are being held at Kingsmeadow Stadium this weekend. On Monday, they compete in the Southern Veterans League Mid-London division match at Uxbridge, starting at 6.30pm and on Wednesday in the opening Rosenheim League East Division match at Battersea Park, starting at 6.45pm.


27/04/09 - MARATHON RECORD RUN FOR CLAIRE GRIMA
Marathon runner Claire Grima became Hercules Wimbledon's best-ever women's marathon runner when she smashed both her personal best and the club record in running in Sunday's Flora London Marathon.
Grima, 31, ran a steady race throughout the 26 miles 385 yards course from Blackheath to The Mall and reached the finish in 2 hours 52 minutes 56 seconds to finish a superb 10th in the women's race. Her time erased the previous club record of 2:55:04 set by Sarah Massey in the London race in 1994. It also improved on her own previous best of 2:55:36 in finishing 43rd in last year's London race.
Not far behind Grima came Zoe Pike who set a club veterans record in finishing a fine 20th in 2:56:25 slicing just one second off her previous best time for the distance set last year but bettering the previous club veterans record of 3:04:06 set in the 1994 London race by Mel Jones. A third Hercules Wimbledon finisher in the women's race was Francesca Clarke who, running with husband Dave, finished 520th in the women's race in 3:30:21.
Fastest Hercules Wimbledon runner on Sunday was Mike Halman who was making his marathon debut. He finished 85th in the men's race in 2:33:57 just ahead of clubmate Hussein Ahmed ( 89th in 2:34:19) with James Trapmore 111th in 2:36:00. Other leading Hercules Wimbledon finishers were Jon Fairs was 138th in 2:37:47 and Stuart Fraser 585th in 2:54:19.
Belal Aly was 1090th out of more than 35000 finishers in 3:02:47, David Grima 1627th in 3:10:56 and Dave Clarke, three times English cross country champion two decades ago when he was also a top marathon runner, jogged round with his wife, Francesca to finish 3658th in 3:30:08. Over 60 veteran Dennis Williams who has completed all but one of the 29 London Marathons was 21617th in 5:27:53.
Hercules Wimbledon had a record 30 runners in the Adidas mini-marathon over the final three miles of the full marathon course. Highest-placed Hercules Wimbledon runner was Eleanor Smith-Hahn who was third in the girls under 13 race in 19:17 just ahead of Emma Headley (19:30) who led the Wandsworth team to third place.
Andrew Penney led the Merton team to third place in the senior boys race in finishing sixth out of more than 230 runners in 15:30. He finished just two seconds ahead of Liam White who was seventh with Joe Tooney 19th in 16:16, Ed Saywell 42nd in 16:53 and Charlie Carrington 54th in 17:11.
Tim Livingstone and Joe Clark were 59th and 99th in the intermediate boys race in 18:23 and 19:18, Ali Borthwick, Caroline Hicks and Katie Buchanan 56th, 75th and 76th in the senior girls race in 21:09 and 21:56, and Maire Gilmartin, Ella Dobson and Constance Rose 41st, 47th and 69th in the intermediate girls race in 20:52, 21:05 and 21:43.
Emily Martin won her 200m race and was runner-up in the shot and third in the javelin in Hercules Wimbledon's opening Southern Women's League match at Wimbledon Park on Saturday. Caroline Hicks was second in her 3000m race with Hannah Long winning the B race.
Olivia Hogan and Olivia Wilson had a busy time in the under 15 events. Hogan was second in the 75m hurdles and third in the 200m and javelin and Wilson won the hurdles B race and was second in the 200m B and third in the javelin B event.
This weekend, the newly promoted Hercules Wimbledon Southern Men's League team open their Division One programme with a home match at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Saturday starting at 1pm. On Sunday, the club's National Young Athletes team travels to Crawley for their opening match of the season.
Hercules Wimbledon have cancelled Bank Holiday Monday's Barry Jones five miles road race because of lack of entries. Organiser Pete Mulholland said: "Entries are down because of a clash with another road race over 10km in the same area. We will hope to stage the race in the future."


20/04/09 - TWO HW COUPLES ON LONDON MARATHON ROAD
Two husband and wife teams from Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club will be among the 36000-plus runners competing in Sunday's Flora London Marathon from Blackheath to The Mall. They are Claire and David Grima and Francesca and Dave Clarke.
Dave Clarke, three times English cross country champion and a top marathon runner two decades ago, holds the Hercules Wimbledon club record with a time of 2 hours 13 minutes 34 seconds set in winning the Stockholm marathon in June 1989. He accompanied his wife, Francesca in making his London marathon debut last year with 3:13:41, finishing alongside Francesca who was 74th in the women's race and 17th in the veterans category.
Francesca and Dave had their final races before London when they finished 97th and 98th in Saturday morning's Bushy Park parkrun in 20:28, improving on their previous best times by one and two seconds, respectively.
David Grima will be making his marathon debut and gave himself a boost when he beat wife Claire for the first time in the Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday by three seconds clipped 15 seconds off his previous best time for the course in finishing eighth in a record field of 155 finishers in 18:43. Claire clocked a personal best of 2:55:36 in finishing 43rd in last year's London marathon women's race. Zoe Pike, who was 45th last year in a personal best of 2:56:26, is also running again.
Over 60 veteran Dennis Williams, who has missed only one of the 28 London marathons is racing again along with Hussain Ahmed who has a best marathon time of 2:28.00 to his credit, Belal Aly and Tom Cheetham.
Former marathon international Steve Badgery, who was first British over 60 finisher in last year's race will be missing from this year's London line. However, he still managed to make one of his regular appearances in the Bushy Park parkrun on Saturday where he was 29th out of more than 550 runners in 18:35, the second best age-graded performance.
A large group of Hercules Wimbledon youngsters will be in action over the final three miles of the marathon course from Old Billingsgate to The Mall in the annual mini-marathon race. Several of them warmed-up for the event by competing in the 28th Hercules Wimbledon young athletes open meeting at Crystal Palace on Sunday.
Best of the bunch was Eleanor Smith-Hahn who strode to victory in the girls under 13 200 and 800m races in 28.36 and 2:32.37 and was sixth in the long jump with 3.84m. Her 200m winning time was a lifetime best improving on the 28.7 she clocked at an open meeting at Chelmsford the previous weekend. Ed Saywell, who is also running in the mini-marathon just failed to achieve a winning double. He won his men's under 17 1500m race in 4:30.22 and was second in his 800m event in 2:10.43.
Liam White, who is also lining up at Old Billingsgate, was runner-up in the men's under 17 1500m in 4:14.47 and fourth in the 800m in 2:11.00. Also at Crystal Palace teenage sprinter Jonathan Osborne was third in the men's under 17 200m in a personal best of 23.49 and Jose Costa was third in his race in 24.76. Costa was also second in the javelin (37.13m) and fourth in the shot while Chima Odum was third in both the shot and discus with 10.75 and 28.94m.
Oliver Reilly won his boys under 15 100m race in 12.84 while Joe Clark was the winner of his under 15 800m race in 2:21.77.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's Southern Women's League team open their programme with a home match at Wimbledon Park on Saturday, starting at 12.15pm with the hammer.


13/04/09 - INTERNATIONAL FLAVOUR TO YOUNGSTERS MEET
A party of French teenagers will give an international flavour to Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's annual young athletes open meeting which is being staged for the 28th time at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre on Sunday.
Twenty youngsters - six boys and 14 girls - from Rouen will be making the trip across the Channel to compete alongside more than 500 British athletes in Sunday's promotion which is one of the top young athletes meetings in the country.
The French involvement continues a tradition of international exchanges linked to the young athletes meeting. Last year teams from Cuba, Norway, Poland, the Czech Republic and Malta, were scheduled.
The Hercules Wimbledon meeting has, in the past, provided the springboard for youngsters to go onto greater achievements and past participants have included Olympic marathon runner Mark Steinle and discus international Emeka Udechuku who both set records, which still stand, when they competed at the Crystal Palace meet. Steinle's boys under 13 1500m mark of 4 minutes 41.5 second set back in 1987 has yet to be beaten. Udechuku set men's under 17 shot and discus records with winning throws of 18.03 and 57.18m in 1995.
The Hercules Wimbledon meeting is one of the top young athletes events staged in Britain attracting competitors from all over the country. This year, those taking part in track events will have the benefit of electric timing and photo-finish. Last year's meeting had to be postponed until September due to a freak snowstorm and organisers are hoping the weather will be kinder this year.
Hercules Wimbledon teenager Liam White warmed up for Sunday's meeting with a superb run in an open meeting at Parliament Hill Fields. He smashed his lifetime best in clocking 9:00.8 for 3000m, the second best time ever recorded by a Hercules Wimbledon athlete and the second fastest time by a British under 17-year-old over the distance this year. His previous best was 9:24.10 last summer.
White also helped Hercules Wimbledon clinch the East Surrey League young athletes team title by winning the young athletes two miles race in the final fixture of the season at West Ewell. He clocked 11:23 to win by 18 seconds. With Joe Toomey and Geordie Logan fourth and fifth in 12:06 and 12:16, Hercules Wimbledon were top team on the day to also lift the overall team title for the season. Other Hercules Wimbledon youngsters included Joe Clark who was 15th in 13:01 and Bradlee Mulroe 22nd in 14:13.
Alex Bruce-Littlewood was top junior as he led the Hercules Wimbledon team home in the senior four miles race in which he pipped by just two seconds as he finished runner-up in 22:08. Another teenager, Andrew Penney was fourth in 23:16 with Adam Vandenberg eighth in 23:38 and Phil Glynn 14th in 24:46, completing the A team.
Chris Coles led Hercules Wimbledon to first B team place finishing 18th in 25:16, five seconds ahead of clubmate and second over 50 veteran Hugh Saxby. Claire Grima, continuing her preparations for the Flora London marathon, was first woman finishing 25th in 25:45 with husband David taking 37th spot in 27:01. Zoe Pike, who is also competing in the London marathon, was third woman in 27:22.
Two days earlier, she won the women's race in the Worthing 20 miles event in 2:16:43. Kwayne Okojie finished 14th out of more than 400 runners in 2:12:45.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's senior men's team open their summer track and field programme by competing in the Kinnaird and Sward Trophy meetings at Kingsmeadow Stadium.


6/04/09 - TEENAGER COSTA STARTS WITH DOUBLE WIN
Hercules Wimbledon teenager Jose Costa made an impressive start to the new track and field season with a double individual victory in the opening Ebbisham Boys League meeting at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Sunday.
Costa, 16, who won the Surrey boys under 15 javelin title in 2008, has moved up an age group this year but was not overawed by the challenge of competing against older athletes. With his specialist javelin event not on the programme he was forced to focus on track events managing to win the men's under 17 200 and 400m races in 24.9 and 56.3 seconds.
His Hercules Wimbledon clubmate, Kyran Mitchell-Nanton, also had a busy afternoon finishing runner-up in three track events, the men's under 17 100, 200 and 400m where he clocked lifetime bests of 11.6, 23.7 and 58.1 seconds.
Joe Clark, made his Hercules Wimbledon track debut a fortnight after representing Surrey in the English schools cross country championships. He ran strongly to finish runner-up in the boys under 15 1500m in 4:40.2. He was also third in the discus and ran the opening leg for the 4x100m relay team which also finished third. Other members of the team were Emmanuel Obayumawa, Spencer Felix Otoo and Ejaz Mujoka.
Otoo was also second in his 200m race and third in his 100m and discus events.
Hallam Rowan and Luke Yates secured maximum points in the boys under 13 high jump by winning the A and B string competitions. Jonathan Dench had a busy afternoon finishing was third in the under 13 80m hurdles A race, third in the shot and fifth in the long jump as well as anchoring the 4x200m relay team.
Rushad Doomasia, who was also in the relay quartet, won the non-scoring boys under 13 100m race while Alex Bond was runner-up in his boys under 13 1500m race as well as being a member of the relay quartet.
Hercules Wimbledon's Francesca Clarke continued her preparation for her London marathon debut later this month by finishing a good 78th out of more than 1500 runners in the Kingston Breakfast Run eight miles race on Sunday in 57:13.
Returning to racing after a four month break, Adam Vandenberg beat a 135-strong field to win the Wimbledon Common parkrun five kilometres event on Saturday morning in 16:48. His win came a week after he finished 128th in the Reading half-marathon in 1:19:34. It was the longest race of his life and his first competitive outing since last November.
His Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Peter Lee was first veteran finishing fifth in 17:52 just ahead of Andrew Davies (18:04) with Mark Bohan 25th in 20:26.
White ran away from the rest of the field to win comfortable in 16:24 taking 23 seconds off his previous best for the event. At the same time he posted the top age-graded performance. His Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Andrew Davies was fifth in 18:17 while Mark Bohan was 27th in 20:55 and Tim Bartley 33rd in 21:15.
Hercules Wimbledon's Neil Aitken led the field home in the Bushy Park parkrun at Teddington on Saturday in 16:39. Teenager Michael O'Halloran beat his dad Martin in the same race. Michael, who was making his first appearance in the event, finished 31st out of almost 400 runners in 19:01 with over 50 veteran Martin finishing 65th and more than a minute behind in 20:11. Former marathon international Steve Badgery was top over 60 veteran in the 18:54.
Phil Glynn had a good run in the Joe Cox half-marathon in Stowmarket, Suffolk, where he finished ninth out of more than 360 runners in 1:19:49.


30/03/09 - ON YOUR MARKS FOR YOUNGSTERS TOP MEETING
Entries are beginning to pour in for the annual Hercules Wimbledon Young athletes open meeting at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre next month. The meeting, which is being staged for the 28th time, has proved a valuable stepping stone for youngsters aspiring to reach the top of the sport and compete in Olympic and international events.
Olympic marathon runner Mark Steinle and discus thrower Emeka Udechuku are just two whose set records when they won their events at the Hercules Wimbledon young meeting in past years. Steinle's boys under 13 1500m meeting record of 4 minutes 41.5 seconds set more than two decades ago in 1987 has yet to be beaten.
More recently, Udechuku set men's under 17 shot and discus records with throws of 18.03 and 57.18m in 1995. Another international to have posted a record-breaking performance at the Crystal Palace meeting is Claire Smithson who broke the girls under 15 discus record in 1997.
The Hercules Wimbledon meeting is one of the top young athletes events staged in Britain attracting competitors from all the country. Those taking part in track events will have the benefit of electric timing and photo-finish. These are increasingly becoming the recognised way for timing track event as manual timekeeping is phased out.
This year's event takes place on Sunday, April 19 and Hercules Wimbledon officials are keeping their fingers firmly crossed that there won't be a repeat of the freak snowstorm 12 months ago which forced the meeting to be cancelled for the first time in its history. It was held later in the year in September but is now reverting to its usual April date.
However, time is running out for those wishing to take part as the closing date for entries is Friday, April 3. Details of the event can be found on the Hercules Wimbledon website www.hercules wimbledonac.org.uk.
Hercules Wimbledon teenager Liam White who won the men's under 17 1500m at September's postponed young athletes open meeting in 4:15.5 made up for his disappointment for just failing to make England's team to compete in the Schools International meeting in Bangor, Wales, by smashing his personal best time in winning the weekly parkrun five kilometres event on Wimbledon Common on Saturday.
White ran away from the rest of the field to win comfortable in 16:24 taking 23 seconds off his previous best for the event. At the same time he posted the top age-graded performance. His Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Andrew Davies was fifth in 18:17 while Mark Bohan was 27th in 20:55 and Tim Bartley 33rd in 21:15.
Also on Wimbledon Common, Hercules Wimbledon's former international Grenville Tuck was the first over 55 finisher in Veteran Athletic Club's final cross country race of the winter. He was fourth in the 5.8 miles event in 36:11 with Stu Littlewood fifth in the over 55 section in 40:24. Clubmate Tom Morris was third over 45 finisher in 40:48.
Hercules Wimbledon's former marathon international and over 60 veteran Steve Badgery posted the top age-graded performance when he finished eighth out of more than 400 runners in the Bushy Park park run on Saturday in 18:51. Over 55 veteran Barry King was 96th in 22:24.
Further afield, Justin Kelly was 43rd out of almost 12000 runners in the Reading half-marathon on Sunday in 1:13:07. Veteran Stewart Bond was 428th in 1:28:04 while over 45 veteran Nicola Craig clocked 2:01:44.
Hercules Wimbledon compete in the final East Surrey League event of the season at Ewell Court next Tuesday evening (April 7). Teenager Liam White will be aiming to lead the under 17 team to victory as well as taking the individual honours. The event starts at 7pm.


23/03/09 - YOUNGSTERS HELP SURREY TO HISTORIC WIN
Two Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club youngsters helped Surrey to an historic win in the UK National Sportshall finals at Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre on Sunday.
Teenagers Nathan Safo-Barnieh and Jose Costa were members of the Surrey team which won the boys under 15 title for the first time in the 19 years history of the event. Safo-Barnieh finished 16th equal out of the 87 competitors. He was sixth equal in the two lap race, seventh equal at speed-bounce and 24th in the standing triple jump. Costa finished just behind him in 18th place. He was 11th in the standing triple jump,. 12th in the four lap race and 17th in the shot.
A third Hercules Wimbledon athlete in action in Birmingham was Oliver Reilly who competed for the boys under 15 team which finished eighth. Reilly, who only took up athletics last year, was the fourth highest scoring member of the 12-strong Surrey team. He was 14th in the four lap race and 19th in the shot.
Six Hercules Wimbledon runners were in action in the English schools cross country championships at Stanford Hall, Leicestershire on Saturday. Best of the bunch was teenager Liam White who just missed out on and English vest in finishing 10th out of more than 300 runners in the 5.4km intermediate boys championship in 18 minutes 4 seconds, just 35 seconds behind the winner and five seconds and two places on gaining the honour of running for England. However, he tried out an England vest in case he is called in as a reserve for the schools international which takes place in Bangor, Wales.
His Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Ed Saywell was fifth scoring member of the gold medal-winning Surrey team finishing 67th in 19:12. Two Hercules Wimbledon runners represented Surrey in the senior boys 6.8km championship. Andrew Penney was 114th out of 302 runners in 25:57 with Alex Robinson 225th in 27:32. Ella Benedict finished 173rd out of 294 runners in the senior girls 4.5km championship in 21:23 while Joe Clark was 178th out of 317 runners in the junior boys 4.1km race in 16:56.
Hercules Wimbledon's Jon Fairs won the Wimbledon Common five kilometres parkrun time on Saturday in 16:57 with Rory McMahon third inn 17:14, Darren Meredith fourth in 17:18 and Andrew Davies sixth in 17:54.
Hercules Wimbledon's Jon Fairs and Peter Lee made the trip to the West Country to compete in the Bath half-marathon where they finished 42nd and 94th out of more than 10000 runners in 1:13:31 and 1:18:41, respectively.
The absence of a timing chip cost Hercules Wimbledon the team prize in the Wimbledon Audi 10km road race on Sunday. Over 60 veteran Steve Badgery finished 31st out of more than 900 runners without a chip in 39:15 and was classified as a non-scorer. Had he counted, he would have been the third member of the winning team. As it was, Hercules Wimbledon had to settle for third spot.
First Hercules Wimbledon finisher was Justin Kelly who was seventh in 34:28 with Phil, Glynn 15th in 37:11 and Tom Cheetham 49th in 41:25.
It was Badgery's second race of the weekend as the previous day he was in action in the Bushy Park parkrun at Teddington where he was first veteran over 60 in 18:50. He was the third Hercules Wimbledon finisher in the race with Neil Aitken and Graeme Buscke 14th and 18th in 17:22 and 17:41, respectively.
Another Hercules Wimbledon golden oldie, Peter Giles, was in action in the British Masters cross country championships in Ruthin, Wales, on Saturday. He finished eighth in the over 60 eight kilometres championship in 34:15 with clubmate Neil Robson 11th in 34:38. Jonathan Dobson finished 18th in the over 40 championship in 30:37.


16/03/09 - HW YOUNGSTERS IN ACTION IN MIDLANDS
Several Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club youngsters will be in action in representative matches this weekend.
On Saturday, teenager Liam White, the London Schools intermediate boys cross country champion leads a squad of youngsters from the club competing in the annual English schools cross country championships at Stanford Hall, Lutterworth, Leicestershire.
Three other runners will be in action for Surrey with Andrew Penney and Alex Robinson in the senior boys championship and Ed Saywell in the intermediate boys race.
Meanwhile, on Sunday, two Hercules Wimbledon runners are competing for Surrey in the National Sportshall finals at Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre. They are sprinter Nathan Safo-Berniah and all-rounder Jose Costa who both helped Surrey win the boys under 15 regional final at Burgess Hill to qualify for this weekend's finals.
Safo-Barniah finished sixth out of the 40 competitors in his event with 126 points with Costa eighth on 120.
White, 16, warmed-up for his crucial English schools test with another impressive run in the East Surrey League road relays at Dorking last Saturday. He easily clocked the fastest individual time of 10 minutes 48 seconds in anchoring Hercules Wimbledon to a comfortable team triumph in 34:09. Other members of the winning team were Saywell (11:44) and Geordie Logan (11:37).
Alex Robinson and Rory McMahon had a busy time last Saturday. First Robinson was 14th out of more than 500 runners in the weekly Bushy Park parkrun covering the five kilometres in 18:09 and McMahon was fourth out of almost 150 runners in the Wimbledon Common time trial in 17:27 before they both made the dash to Dorking to compete in the senior event at the East Surrey League road relays.
McMahon took 18 seconds off his previous best time for the Wimbledon Common course while Robinson was contesting the Bushy Park event for the first time. They clocked 11:49and 11:53, respectively at Dorking with Benjamin Le Grand, making his first appearance in a Hercules Wimbledon vest, clocking an impressive 10:10 on the opening leg.
Former marathon international Steve Badgery made another of his regular appearances at Bushy Park where he was first veteran over 60 in 18:54, finishing in 24th place. Also in the Wimbledon Common event, Andrew Davies was sixth in 18:15 and Mark Bohan 36th in 20:55. Rowena Hornshaw was 16th woman in the Bansteads Woods parkrun in 24:16.
Francesca Clarke continued her preparations for her marathon debut in next month's Flora London event by finishing a lifetime best in the Fleet half-marathon on Sunday. She finished 326th out of more than 2000 runners in 1:34:25, running alongside husband Dave, who holds the Hercules Wimbledon men's marathon club record with 2:13:34 in Stockholm in 1989. Francesca's time was the third best by a Hercules Wimbledon over 35 woman veteran.
Also at Fleet, Stuart Fraser was 45th in 1:19:01 and over 60 veteran Peter Giles 222nd in 1:30:36. Neil Aitken and Graeme Buscke were 14th and 24th out of more than 500 runners in the Finchley 20 miles road race on Sunday in 2:02:19 and 2:06:52, respectively, while Tom Cheetham was 367th out of almost 4000 runners in the Hastings half-marathon in 1:35:35.


9/03/09 - HW QUINTET IN INTER-COUNTIES ACTION
Five Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club athletes were in action in the UK Inter-Counties cross country championships at Nottingham's Wollaton Park on Saturday.
Best of the bunch was London schools champion Liam White who led the Surrey team home in the men's under 17 6000m championship. He finished 16th out of almost 300 runners in 21 minutes 20 seconds to bring the curtain down on an outstanding cross country season in which he won all four of his Surrey League races and finished seconds in the South of England inter-counties championship at Shuttleworth in January.
Another much improved Hercules Wimbledon teenager this winter, Ed Saywell, was a member of the bronze medal-winning Surrey team in the boys under 15 championship. Saywell was the third Surrey scorer as he finished 32nd of more than 300 runners covering the 4500m course in 15:53. Like White, he was less than a minute behind the winner.
Two other Hercules Wimbledon runners helped Surrey to their most successful season in the nationwide championships. Surrey lifted the Ken Rickhuss Trophy for the first time for the best overall team performance across the 10 championship races. Surrey underlined their dominance by also finishing top of the table in both the men's and women's sections.
Eleanor Hahn-Smith was in action in the girls under 13 3000m championship where helped Surrey to the team title as she finished 171st out of more than 300 runners in 15:24 while Alex Robinson was 140th out of almost 200 runners in the first race of the day, the junior men's 8000m championship, in 31:48 with Surrey picking up the silver team medals.
Another Hercules Wimbledon runner in action at Nottingham was Alex Bruce-Littlewood who finished 40th in the junior men's championship in 28:04, representing Kent.
Three Hercules Wimbledon youngsters helped Surrey to a comfortable team success in the Southern Schools Inter-Counties cross country meeting at Bexley. Eleanor Hahn-Smith finished 12th in the 2550m race in 10:52, just 43 seconds behind the winner, with Emma Headley 16th in 10:57 and Rebecca Stone 37th in 11:22.
Hercules Wimbledon's James Trapmore just missed out on an individual medal in finishing fourth in the Nike Milton Keynes half-marathon on Sunday. Trapmore, who was using the race as part of his preparation for his marathon debut in the London race next month, clocked an impressive 1:10:53, the fastest time by a Hercules Wimbledon runner over the 13.1 miles half-marathon distance this year in his first-ever race over the distance. More than 3000 runners completed the Milton Keynes race.
Hercules Wimbledon's Stewart Bond celebrated his 40th birthday by posting a personal best time in the Wimbledon Common parkrun five kilometres event on Saturday. He finished 12th out of the record field of almost 150 runners in 19:22 to slice three seconds off his previous best set in July last year. Andrew Davies was the first Hercules Wimbledon runner finishing fifth in 18:02. Teenager Rebecca Stone, who was third woman in 20:58, set a Hercules Wimbledon girls under 15 club record for the course as she chopped a massive 44 seconds off her previous best time.
Two other Hercules Wimbledon runners in the race were Adam Fenton who was 34th in 21:02 with Mark Bohan 38th in 21:17. Veteran Peter Lee was the first Hercules Wimbledon runner in the Bushy Park parkrun finishing 16th in 18:14 with over 60 veteran Steve Badgery 26th in 18:55 out of more than 500 finishers.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon athletes are in action in the East Surrey League road relays on Saturday at Boxhill. The relays start next to the car park at 3pm and will be preceded by an under 13 race over 2.1 miles. On Sunday, Hercules Wimbledon athletes will be competing at an open throws meetings at Kingsmeadow Stadium.


2/03/09 - HW WOMEN'S BEST EVER LEAGUE FINISH
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's rapidly improving women's cross country team followed up their history-making team appearance in the English national cross country championships by producing their best ever team effort in the final Surrey Ladies cross country league fixture of the season at Lloyd Park, Croydon, on Saturday.
Led in by Stephanie Robson who finished third in 24 minutes 13 seconds, the squad were second in the team contest, their best-ever league team placing. Supporting Robson were walking international Estle Viljoen, who was eighth in 25:36, Elle Benedict 14th and second junior in 26:20 and Rowena Hornshaw 44th in 30:16.
Viljoen gaiend an extra bonus as she also won the overall veterans Division Two title. Meanwhile, one of the club's youngest runners, Eleanor Hahn-Smith, who won the opening match, lifted the girls under 13 individual award. The presentation will take place at the league's annual meeting which is being held on May 15.
Although Hahn-Smith missed the final match, Hercules Wimbledon still managed to field a strong team in the girls under 13 event. Ella Dobson was seventh in 13:22, Maire Gilmartin ninth in 13:25, Olivia Hogan 29th in 16:12 and Sydney Henderson 30th in 16:12.
Just one Hercules Wimbledon athlete competed in the Surrey indoor championships at Sutton Arena over the weekend - and he proved a winner. Triple jumper Nnamdi Odum won the junior men's title with a leap of 13.11m.
Hercules Wimbledon teenager Andrew Penney finished third in an inter-schools race in Richmond Park on Saturday in 21:06. Clubmates Joe Toomey and Tommy Village were ninth and 25th, respectively, in 22:26 and 23:29.
Several Hercules Wimbledon runners will be in action for Surrey in the UK Inter-Counties cross country championships at Wollaton Park, Nottingham, on Saturday. Surrey Ladies League winner Eleanor Hahn-Smith has been selected for the girls under 13 event while Ed Saywell is in the squad for the boys under 15 championship. Liam White, who had a good run in the English national championships at Parliament Hill Fields, runs for Surrey in the men's under 17 championship.
Hercules Wimbledon veteran Tom Morris clinched the series men's over 50 title when he contested the final Mornington Chasers 10km road race in Regent's Park on Sunday. He was second over 50 finisher on the day in 41:53 but that was good enough to take the overall age-group title for the season.
Hercules Wimbledon's Mike Halman headed home more than 130 runners in the weekly Wimbledon Common parkrun 5km event on Saturday morning in 16:30. Clubmate Rory McMahon was third in 17L45 with new signing Darren Meredith fourth three seconds later, Andrew Davies fifth in 17:54, teenager Alex Robinson sixth in 17:57 and Claire Grima ninth and first woman in 18:38, some 20 seconds ahead of husband David.
Hercules Wimbledon's Stephen McDuell was 17th out of more than 100 runners in the Richmond Park parkrun in 20:38. Former marathon international Steve Badgery produced one of the best age-graded performances in finishing first veteran over 60 in the Bushy Park parkrun in 19:10. He finished 34th out of almost 500 runners.
In addition to having runners in action for Surrey in the UK Inter-Counties championships, Hercules Wimbledon are sending a squad of runners to Richmond Park to compete in a 3.8 miles inter-club match, their final cross country match of the season. It starts near the Pembroke Lodge car park at 3pm.


23/02/09 - HW WOMEN MAKE HISTORY IN 'NATIONAL'
There was an historic team effort from Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's women runners in the annual English national cross country championships staged in brilliant, warm sunshine on a bright, Spring day at Parliament Hill Fields on Saturday.
For the first time since the merged club was formed in 1967, the club's senior women closed in a team in the national and club statisticians feel it could also be a first since the establishment of one of the former clubs, Hercules Ladies, back in 1933.
Two of the Hercules Wimbledon runners in the quartet were using the race to prepare for this year's Flora London marathon which is being held on April 26. Claire Grima, who will be running with husband Dave in the marathon, led the Hercules Wimbledon women's team home on Saturday just making the top 100 finishers in taking 95th place in 35 minutes 6 seconds, a good performance for her 'National' debut.
Zoe Pike, a regular in the London, having run in it every year since 2003 and who will be appearing in it again this year, was the second Hercules Wimbledon finisher in the eight kilometres national race finishing 147th in 36:51 with Estle Viljoen 236th in 39:08 and Tamsin Cargill 312th in 41:23 out of almost 550 runners. The team was 32nd out of 63 to close in.
The outstanding Hercules Wimbledon performance of the day came from teenager Liam White in the men's under 17 six kilometres championship. Returning to the scene of his London schools victory a few weeks earlier, White finished a superb 18th of almost 300 runners covering the muddy six kilometres in 21:13. Interestingly, White will still be young enough to compete in this age group next year when he must be hoping he will get among the medals. Behind him were Joe Toomey (132nd in 23:27) and Geordie Logan (167th in 24:06).
Another teenager, Ed Saywell, who has showed much improved form this winter, led the Hercules Wimbledon team home in the boys under 15 4.5km championship. He finished 81st out of 400m runners in 17:10 with Joe Clark 164th in 18:07, Bradlee Mulroe 307th in 19:35 and Oliver Reilly, better known for his Sportshall exploits this winter, where he is one of Surrey's top competitors in his age group, 390th in 23:47.
Belal Aly led the team home in the gruelling senior men's 12km championship finishing 192nd of more than 1455 runners in 45:10. Justin Kelly was 295th in 46:58, Jonathan Dobson 381st in 48:03, Jamie Helmer 386th in 48:08, Richard Xerri 394th in 48:18 just one place and one second ahead of Peter Lee. The team finished a good 30th out of 112. For the first time for many years, the club also featured in the nine-to-score competition. With Rory McMahon 40th in 48:27, Stuart Fraser 424th in 48:44 and Deon Coetzee 679th in 52:24, Hercules Wimbledon finished 20th of the 46 teams in the nine-to-score contest.
Several other Hercules Wimbledon runners were also in action in the senior men's race representing other clubs. James Trapmore finished a good 71st in 42:07 with Mike Halman 252nd in 46:11.
Hercules Wimbledon youngsters Andrew Penney and Alex Robinson found it tough going over the rolling hills of Parliament Hill Fields and finished 113th and 136th in the junior 10km men's race in 40:37 and 42:26. Alex Bruce-Littlewood, representing another club, was 44th out of almost 200 runners in 37:43.
Encouraged by their national performance, Hercules Wimbledon's senior women's team will go into the postponed final Surrey Ladies League cross country meeting at Lloyd Park, Croydon, on Saturday, with boosted confidence. The men are in action in an inter-club match hosted by the Bank of England in Richmond Park while several Hercules Wimbledon athletes will be warming up for the summer track and field season by contesting the Surrey indoor championships on Saturday and Sunday.


16/02/09 - HW YOUNGSTERS DOMINATE MINI MARATHONS
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's youngsters dominated the annual Merton mini-marathons in Wimbledon Park supplying the individual winners to five of the six age groups.
The successful five will spearhead the Merton teams in the annual adidas London mini marathon over the final three miles of the main marathon course from Old Billingsgate to The Mall on Sunday, April 26.
Andrew Penney clocked the fastest time of the day winning the boys 15 to 17-year-olds trial in 12 minutes 34 seconds ahead of clubmates Joe Toomey (12:45) and Geordie Logan (12:54), Ed Saywell (13:37) Alex Robinson (13:50) and Charlie Carrington (13:55).
Joe Clark took the boys 13 and 14-year-olds race in 14:18 with Bradlee Mulroe third in 14:43, James Russell eighth in 16:54, Ben Palmer 12th in 18:23, Louis Laville 13th in 20:18 and Oliver Moulton 14th in 20:43. Elliott Laville won the boys 11 to 12-year-olds race in 17:31, beating his Hercules Wimbledon clubmate, Aaron Jones by 22 seconds.
Fastest in the girls race was Rebecca Stone, who won the youngest 11 to 12 age group in 26:42 with Josie Clough 10th in 21:09. race in cross country runners are celebrating their success in this winter's Sweatshop Surrey cross country league where they posted their best overall team effort for three decades. Caroline Hicks won the 15 to 17-year-olds race in 17:31 with Niamh Wilson fifth in 19:34.
Hercules Wimbledon youngsters will also be in mini-marathon action for Wandsworth and Kensington and Chelsea. The club's top young cross country runner this season, Liam White, will run for Kensington and Chelsea after winning their senior trial in Holland Park. Another Hercules Wimbledon runner, Ella Dobson, won the girls' 13 to 14-year-olds race.
Despite missing the Wandsworth mini-marathon trials in Battersea Park, Hercules Wimbledon's Tim Livingstone has been included in the Wandsworth 13 and 14-year-old boys. However, Oliver Reilly just failed to get an automatic slot in the team finishing ninth in the race in 15:15. Emma Headley won the girls 11 and 12-year-olds race in 13:34 with Sydney Henderson 16th in 17:43 and Georgina Prescott 18th in 19:46.
Three Hercules Wimbledon runners are likely to be in the Wandsworth boys 11 and 12-year-olds race. They are Connor McFarlane who was fifth in 14:05, Hallam Rowan seventh in 15:12 and Tom Robinson eighth in 15:32. Thomas McMahon was 12th in the same race in 16:41 while Oliver Livingstone was 20th in the under 11 race in 10:48.
Three Hercules Wimbledon youngsters are also likely to be in the Wandsworth girls 13 and 14-year-olds team after Maire Gilmartin, Constance Rose and Jessica Wood finished second, fourth and fifth in the trial race in 14:17, 14:25 and 14:29.
Mike Halman finished fifth out of more than 800 runners in the Bramley 20 miles road race in Reading in 1:53:10 with clubmates Jon Fairs 36th in 2:02:35 and over 60 veteran Peter Giles 179th in 2:22:02.
Fellow over 60 veteran Steve Badgery had a busy weekend. He was 18th out of almost 400 runners in the Bushy Park run on Saturday and then on Sunday he turned out in the Valentine's Day 10km road race at Chessington where he was 66th out of almost 600 runners and first veteran over 60 in 40:09.
After their success in the Sweatshop Surrey cross country league, where they produced their best team performance for three decades, Hercules Wimbledon runners are heading for the testing slopes of Parliament Hill Fields this weekend to compete in the English National cross country championships.


9/02/09 - BEST LEAGUE EFFORT FOR THREE DECADES
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's cross country runners are celebrating their success in this winter's Sweatshop Surrey cross country league where they posted their best overall team effort for three decades.
After gaining promotion to the top division two seasons ago, Hercules Wimbledon's athletes have now firmly established themselves in the top flight finishing third overall among the nine competing teams. The club's statisticians had to go back to the 1979/1980 season to find the occasion when the cross country section achieved a comparable performance. Then, the team finished runners-up in the league.
Despite missing some of their star performances, Hercules Wimbledon fielded 15 runners in the final Division One race on a muddy and partly snowbound Ham Lands on Saturday. Their team was led in by James Trapmore who finished 13th out of the 167 finishers in 28 minutes 28 seconds with Kieran White not far behind crossing the line 19th in 29:02 just three days after taking fourth place in the Royal Air Force championships in Buckinghamshire.
Hercules Wimbledon continued to pack well, finishing five in 35, with Aidan Hogan 26th in 29:22, Mike Halman 32nd in 29:40, Andrew Penney 35th in 29:58, Jamie Helmer 50th in 30:53, Phil Glynn 67th in 31:49, Stuart Fraser 71st in 32:14, over 50 veteran Hugh Saxby 76th in 32:25 and veteran Peter Lee 96th in 33:30.
Teenager Alex Robinson was 101st in 33:42 to clinch the under 20 title for the season with Arnaud Claverie 107th in 34:08, Deyan Knespl, making his senior league debut, 109th in 34:13, James Greene 130th in 36:01, Terry Savage 143rd in 37:24 and Frank Wood 144th in 37:25.
Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters were also in good form lifting the overall team title in the under 17 competition where they also provided the individual winner in the newly crowned London schools champion, Liam White. White raced away from the rest of the field to win the 2.5 miles race to win by almost 200m in 17:29. With Ed Saywell fourth and second in the under 15 event in 14:52, fellow under 15 runner Joe Clark seventh in 19:31, Bradlee Mulroe 10th in 20:58 and Dean Belhaj 13th in 21:40, Hercules Wimbledon easily took the team honours on the day to clinch the overall title.
Hercules Wimbledon's youngest runner on the Thames riverside was Tim Livingstone who finished fourth inn the under 13 race in 20:03.
Hercules Wimbledon's Rory McMahon ran away with the Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday morning over a treacherously icebound course 18:39. Andrew Davies was fourth in 19:04, Anna Garnier 18th and second woman in 22:27, Mark Bohan 21st in 22:46, Adam Fenton 22nd in 22:50 and Rebecca Stone 34th and fourth woman in 24:04.
Hercules Wimbledon's over 60 veteran Steve Badgery posted the top age-graded performance in the Bushy parkrun. Badgery finished 35th out of almost 370 finishers in 19:43 and was beaten by just one over 50 runner. Barry King was fourth in the over 55 section in 22:43.
Hercules Wimbledon's women's section was due to compete in the Surrey Ladies cross country league meeting in Lloyd Park, Croydon. However, the meeting was called off due to snow and ice on the course and will now be held on February 28.
Flexing her muscles for the Surrey indoor championships at the end of February, Hercules Wimbledon's Emily Martin finished fourth in the women's indoor 60 at Sutton and District's open indoor meeting at Sutton Arena in 7.90.


2/02/09 - ATHLETES TO COMPETE IN SPORTSHALL FINAL
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club will have several athletes in action for Surrey in the South East Regional Sportshall Final being held at Burgess Hill, Sussex on Sunday. Heading the squad will be Oliver Reilly in the under 13 squad, Jose Costa, Nathan Safo-Barnieh and Jonathan Osbourne in the boys under 15 team and Eleanor Smith-Hahn in the girls under 13 squad.
Reilly produced another good effort in the third and final Surrey Sportshall League meeting at Guildford's Spectrum Leisure Centre winning the shot and taking second place in the four lap race. He led the Hercules Wimbledon team in with Louis Saville, Jonathan Dench and Elliott Laville also contributing to the team score.
Costa was joint second in the boys under 15 competition just five points behind the winner. His best efforts came in the four lap race and standing triple jump where he finished runner-up. Ed Saywell who was sixth equal was fourth in both the four lap race and triple jump. Other members of the team which finished fourth were Jonathan Osbourne and James Russell.
Smith-Hahn finished sixth equal in the girls under 13 contest taking second place in the six-lap event and third in speed bounce event. Olivia Hogan, Dalia Serafy, Tara Wilson and Josie Clough were also in the Hercules Wimbledon team.
Hercules Wimbledon's Liam White won the London schools intermediate boys cross country title at Parliament Hill Fields last Wednesday in 18 minutes 40 secodns, finishing well clear of his nearest rival in the 100-strong field. White was in action again on Saturday when he represented Surrey in the South of England inter-counties cross country meeting at Biggleswade. He finished runner-up in the men's under 17 five kilometres race in 15:41.
Hercules Wimbledon's Ed Saywell helped Surrey to the team gold medals in the boys under 15 four kilometres championship where he was eighth and third Surrey finisher in 14:02. A third Hercules Wimbledon runner in action was Eleanor Hahn-Smith who was 23rd in the girls under 13 three kilometres race in 11:24.
Also at Biggleswade, Hercules Wimbledon's Jonathan Dobson was 24th out of more than 100 finishers in the South of England Masters 10km cross country championship in 34:46.
Also at the London schools championships, Ella Dobson was 10th out of 165 runners in the junior girls event in 11:33.
Hercules Wimbledon's Jon Fairs and Andrew Davies were second and fourth in the Wimbledon Common five kilometres parkrun on Saturday while Naomi Warner won the women's race. Mark Bohan was 20th and Adam Fenton 25th of the 117 finishers. Over in Bushy Park, Neil Aitken and Graeme Buscke were second and fourth in the parkrun there with over 60 veteran Steve Badgery posting the top age-graded performance finishing 36th out of 442 runners in 19:30.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are in action in the final Sweatshop Surrey cross country league meeting on Ham Fields on Saturday where the senior men will be aiming to consolidate their third place. The club's women cross country runners are competing in the final Surrey Ladies League cross country meeting in Lloyd Park, Croydon, also on Saturday. Meanwhile, several Hercules Wimbledon yooungsters will be in action for Surrey in the South East schools inter-counties cross country races also in Croydon.


26/01/09 - CLUB WELCOMES YOUNG ATHLETES FROM CUBA
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's latest international exchange venture got underway this week with a visit of 16 young Cuban athletes to Merton.
The Cuban youngsters are from one of their country's top sports colleges, the Deporiva Giraldo Cordoba Cardin, which trains promising young people selected from all over Cuban in 12 Olympic sports.
The group are visiting this country as part of a development programme to look at cross country and road running within the athletics club structure in Britain and will visit a number of schools in Merton during their stay. They will also meet representatives from the Go South Go committee with a view to Cuba signing up to use training facilities in the area in the run-up to London 2012.
While they are here they will also take part as guests in the East Surrey League cross country relay on Wimbledon Common on Saturday, starting at 2pm and then on Sunday will compete as guests in the Merton mini-marathon trials in Wimbledon Park, starting at 10am. They will warm up for these two events by joining in the club's training session at Wimbledon Park track tonight (Thursday).
Hercules Wimbledon are hosting the venture with the support of the Merton branch of the National Union of Teachers. The Cuban athletes and their four escorting teachers will be guests at a reception in Worcester Park.
Next Tuesday the group will go on a shopping trip before joining in another training night at Wimbledon Park track in the evening. They return to Cuba on Wednesday.
Hercules Wimbledon has a long tradition of foreign athlete exchanges. It has hosted groups from Cuba on three previous occasions 1999, 2002 and 2006. Hercules Wimbledon has also regularly sent club squads to Cuba.
More than 20 years ago it organised the Youth International Friendship Games at Crystal Palace featuring teams from France, Belgium, Poland, Czechoslavakia and Norway. The meeting was sponsored by the former Greater London Council. The club also regularly send teams abroad to France, Norway, Poland and the Czech Republic.
Hercules Wimbledon athletes Eleanor Hahn-Smith, Liam White and Ed Saywell are in action for Surrey in the South of England inter-counties cross country championships at Biggleswade on Saturday. They are competing in the girls under 13, men's under 17 and boys' under 15 races, respectively.
White warmed up for next weekend with a tough race in the South of England championships at Hillingdon House Farm, Uxbridge, last Saturday. He raced through ankle deep mud to finish 51st out of almost 200 runners in the men's under 17 six kilometres championship in 22 minutes 48 seconds, ahead of clubmates Geordie Logan, 60th in 23:04 and Joe Toomey 93rd in 24:03. Saywell was 63rd out of more than 250 runners in the boys under 15 4.5km championship in 16:26 with Joe Clark 116th in 17:13 and Bradley Mulroe 223rdin 19:12.
Teenager Ella Benedict was 152nd in the senior women's eight kilometres championship in 41:30 with Rowena Hornshaw 277th in 49:52. Ella Dobson was 140th in the girls under 15 four kilometres race in 15:43. Hercules Wimbledon's Alex Bruce-Littlewood was 61st in the junior men's eight kilometres championship in 32:13 with Alex Robinson 80th in 35:04. James Trapmore was 51st out of almost 700 runners in the senior men's 15km championship in 56:52 ahead of Aidan Hogan 112th in 59:52, Mike Halman 125th in 60:19, Richard Xerri 170th in 62:15just ahead of Jonathan Dobson 171st in the same time.
Hercules Wimbledon face a busy weekend, organising the East Surrey League cross country relays on Wimbledon Common on Saturday, starting at 2pm, and the Merton mini-marathon trials in Wimbledon Park, starting from the athletics track at 10am.


19/01/09 - TEENAGER WHITE MAKES WINNING INDOOR DEBUT
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's top teenage cross country runner Liam White showed his considerable versatility when he lifted the South of England men's under 17 indoor 1500m title at Lee Valley Athletics Centre, North London, on Sunday.
White, who has won all three of his Sweatshop Surrey cross country league races this winter and took the silver medal in the London Region cross country championships at Parliament Hill Fields last November, raced to a narrow win in 4 minutes 23.33 seconds. It was the biggest win of his young athletics career as it was the first time he has lifted a South of England title and indicates he is in good form to challenge for a medal in the coming weekend's South of England cross country championships at Hillingdon House Farm, Uxbridge, after finishing eighth in last year's race at Parliament Hill Fields. White faces another tough encounter next Wednesday when he competes in the London Schools cross country championships at Parliament Hill Fields.
Meanwhile, a trio of Hercules Wimbledon athletes are in line to represent Surrey in the English schools cross country championships in March after fine runs in the county championships at Priory Park, Reigate on Saturday.
Andrew Penney just missed out on an individual medal in the senior boys championship covering the 6.5km in 24:24, just three seconds behind the bronze medallist. Alex Robinson was seventh in the same race in 25:55 while a third English schools team contender, Ed Saywell finished eighth in the intermediate boys race over 5.9km in 20:12. Three other Hercules Wimbledon runners in that race were Geordie Logan 11th in 20:30, Joe Toomey 12th in 20:36 and Ed Martin 37th in 23:28.
Best of the other Hercules Wimbledon runners in action at Reigate were Eleanor Hahn-Smith, third in the girls under 13 2.6km championship in 11:49, Emma Headley, fifth in 12:23 and Rebecca Stone 11th in 13:04. Max Cooper was 13th in the boys under 13 2.6km championship in 12:06. Meanwhile, Joe Clark was 11th in the junior boys 4.5km championship in14:47 with Tim Livingstone 18th in 15:05. Ella Benedict was 10th in the senior girls 4.5km championship in 16:22 and Michaela Knespl 21st in the intermediate girls race over the same distance in 13:38.
Hercules Wimbledon's Jon Fairs headed home a 94-strong field in the Wimbledon Common 5km park run on Saturday morning in 18:42 with clubmates Rory McMahon third in 17:57, Andrew Davies fifth in 18:42, Frank wood 15th and third veteran in 20:13, Bradlee Mulroe, at 14, the youngest runner in the event, 17th in 20:31, Tim Bartley 28th in 21:45 and Adam Fenton 29th in 21:47.
Amandine King was third woman in the Bushy Park run in 21:39 beating her dad, Barry, who finished in 22:42, by more than a minute.
Hercules Wimbledon's Hugh Saxby was third veteran over 50 finisher in Veteran Athletic Club's 5.8 miles championship on Wimbledon Common. He was sixth finisher in 34:59. Former international Grenville Tuck was second in the over 55 championship finishing ninth in 37:14. Martin Miller was fourth over 60 finisher in 39:20 with Stephen McDuell taking the over 40 title in 41:11.
Hercules Wimbledon's James Trapmore followed up his fifth place in the Middlesex senior men's cross country championship by taking sixth place out of more than 230 runners in the Metropolitan cross country league race at Stevenage on Saturday in 27:04 over a frost-bound course at Trent Park, Cockfosters, on Saturday, to secure his place in the Middlesex team for the UK Inter-Counties cross country championships at Nottingham on March 7.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon runners are competing in the South of England cross country championships at Hillingdon House Farm, Uxbridge, on Saturday. On Sunday morning, Hercules Wimbledon are staging a throwing training morning at Wimbledon Park, starting at 11am. All are welcome.


12/01/09 - YOUNGSTERS CHASE ENGLISH SCHOOLS PLACES
Several Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's youngsters will be in action in the Surrey schools cross country championships at Reigate this weekend in a bid to secure places in the county teams to compete in the English schools championships at Standford Hall, Leicestershire, on March 21.
The club's runners will be representing various district teams at Reigate after successes in their respective championships and several of them warmed up for Reigate with useful runs in testing, freezing, weather conditions in Surrey League races last Saturday.
Joe Toomey, the Central Surrey intermediate boys winner, finished third in the Sweatshop Surrey cross country league young athletes race in freezing conditions at Farthing Downs, Coulsdon, in 15 minutes 17 seconds. The 2.5 miles race was won by his Hercules Wimbledon team-mate Liam White who will defend his London schools title at Parliament Hill Fields on January 28. White won in 14:48 and led Hercules Wimbledon to another comfortable team triumph. Another member of the winning team was Ed Saywell, who finished fifth in 15:36 and who will be competing for the Sutton schools junior boys team at Reigate on Saturday.
Merton schools junior boys champion Joe Clark was ninth in 16:58 with Ed Martin completing the team finishing 12th in 18:01.
Emma Headley, who won the Kingston schools Year seven champion was in action in the Surrey Ladies cross country league races , also at farthing Downs, where she was 10th and second Hercules Wimbledon finisher in 13:49. She helped the team finish a good second only a few points behind the winners. Clubmate Eleanor Hahn-Smith led the team home finishing third in 13:14 with Ella Dobson 12th in 13:54, just two seconds ahead of Maire Gilmartin with Merton schools under 13 winner Rebecca Stone 16th in 13:58.
Walking international Estle Viljoen led the Hercules Wimbledon team home in the senior women's six kilometres race by finishing fourth in 26:16 with Rosemary Fernando 28th in 29:24 and Rowena Hornshaw 64th in 32:56.
Meanwhile, the senior men strengthened their grip on third spot in the Sweatshop Surrey League. They were led in by Kieran White who had another good run to finish 13th in 29:13 just ahead of Hussein Ahmed (29:15) with Aidan Hogan 25th in 30:03, Mike Halman 28th in 30:10, Belal Aly 34th in 30:28, Jamie Helmer 46th in 31:17, Rory McMahon, making his Hercules Wimbledon debut, 53rd in 31:31, Justin Kelly 60th in 31:50, teenager Alex Robinson 76th in 32:38 and Chris Coles 80th in 32:57. Over 50 veteran Hugh Saxby was 100th in 34:22.
Hercules Wimbledon's James Trapmore finished a strong fifth in the Middlesex senior men's cross country championship over a frost-bound course at Trent Park, Cockfosters, on Saturday, to secure his place in the Middlesex team for the UK Inter-Counties cross country championships at Nottingham on March 7.
Several Hercules Wimbledon runners were in action in the Wimbledon Common five kilometres park run in sub-zero temperatures on Saturday morning. Jon Fairs led the 100-strong field home in 17:46 with Andrew Davies fourth in 18:18, Yuzo Saito 15th in 20:58, Mark Bohan 17th in 21:09 and Dennis Williams 33rd and first over 60 finisher in 22:34.
Teenager Michaela Knespl was third woman in 21:17 with Tamsin Cargill fourth in the women's race in 21:36.


5/01/09 - YOUNGSTERS TARGET SPORTSHALL TREBLE
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's youngsters will be aiming to complete a hat-trick of wins when they compete in the third and final Surrey Sportshall League meeting at Guildford's Spectrum Leisure Centre on Sunday.
The club's boys under 15 squad is on course for the treble after winning the opening two contests. Nathan Safo-Barnieh, who missed the opening meeting, led the club to its team victory by sharing the individual honours.
The teenager, who won the Surrey schools junior boys 100m title last summer when he also took third place over the distance in the South of England inter-county match in August, had a double triumph in the individual events winning the two lap race and coming out top at speed bounce. He was also fourth in the standing triple jump.
Backing him up was Jose Costa, runner-up in the opening match with 59 points, who slipped to fifth place but with a much higher score of 72 points. Costa was third in the triple jump and fourth in the shot. Ed Saywell also performed well taking second place in the four lap event while the other member of the winning team was James Russell.
Hercules Wimbledon's boys under 13 team will also be looking continue their improvement at Guildford on Sunday after moving up from 12th to fifth in the second match. Oliver Reilly led the improvement by finishing second in the individual competition just half-a-point behind the individual winner. He won the four lap race and was second in the shot. Second best Hercules Wimbledon performance came from Keiren Sweeney whose best individual effort came in the high jump where he was fifth.
Other members of the Hercules Wimbledon boys under 13 team were Jonathan Dent, Louis Neville, Elliot Neville and Jack Attwater.
Eleanor Smith-Hahn who came out top in the opening match had to settle for fourth equal in the second contest. However she managed to win the six lap race and was fourth in the standing long jump. Other members of the Hercules Wimbledon team were Dalia Serafy who was fifth in the two lap race and Olivia Hogan.
Hercules Wimbledon's Hussain Ahmed Aly went one better than last year when he ran away with the Tadworth open 10 miles multi-terrain race on Epsom Downs on Sunday. Aly, who was runner-up in 56 minutes 15 seconds, 12 months ago, completed the course in a much swifter 55:43 this time to win by more than 400m from more than 600 runners who took part in the event. Veteran Frank Wood was 78th in 1:10:02 with Pete Giles fourth in the men's over 60 category in 1:13:16 and Maurice Sharp ninth in the over 60 section in 1:20:19.
Hercules Wimbledon teenager Michaela Kespl was fourth in the women's race in the Wimbledon Common park run over a frost-bound course on Saturday morning. Clubmate Mark Bohan was 19th in the men's race in 21:08. Mike Kortenray was first in the over 60 category in 22:16 with nine-year-old Alex, one of the youngest runners in the event, 42nd in 22:46. Dennis Williams was second in the over 60 category in 23:00.
Hercules Wimbledon's former marathon international Steve Badgery was top over 60 runner in the Bushy Park run at Hampton Court on Saturday in 19:08.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon runners will be aiming to strengthen their promotion prospects in the senior race when they contest the third of this season's Surrey Ladies cross country league matches at Farthing Downs, Coulsdon, on Saturday. The club's team is currently placed fourth in Division Two with the top three teams guaranteed promotion. The senior women's race starts at 12 noon. Meanwhile, the men are in action in the third Sweatshop Surrey cross country league meeting, also at Coulsdon also on Saturday. The young athletes race is at 2pm with the seniors off at 2.30pm. 

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