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27-12-12 - FINAL RACE OF OLYMPIC YEAR
 
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club stage their final race of 2012 when they hold their annual five miles multi-terrain event on Wimbledon Common on Saturday starting at 2pm.

The race starts and finishes on the common near the corner of West Place and Northview and gives an early chance for runners to work off any Christmas excesses in preparation for the first top race of 2013, the Surrey cross country championships in Lloyd Park, Croydon, on January 5th.

Kieran White, who will be aiming for a place in the Surrey senior men's team alongside Oxford University runner Andrew Penney, warmed up for the Christmas festivities with a comfortable win in the Brockwell Park 5km parkrun last Saturday in 16 minutes 13 seconds with fellow Hercules Wimbledon runner Rob Tuer fifth in 17:42. David Grima was the top Hercules Wimbledon finisher in the Wimbledon Common parkrun taking fifth out of 175 runners in 19:18.

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18-12-12 - HISTORIC WIN IN RICHMOND PARK RACE

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's cross country runners made history in the South of the Thames cross country championships in Richmond Park on Saturday by lifting the Colman Cup team trophy for the first time in the club's history.
 
The Cup, presented by Sir Jeremiah Colman, an old boy of King's College School, Wimbledon, and the founder of the Colman mustard company, in 1926, is awarded to the team which wins the 12-to-score contest. Hercules Wimbledon comfortably won the cup with 524 points, beating Dulwich Runners (982) and South London Harriers (1107). While Hercules Wimbledon had never won the cup in its 76 years' history, Hercules Athletic Club lifted the cup in 1965, two years before the merger with Wimbledon Athletic Club to create Hercules Wimbledon.
 
Hercules Wimbledon fielded 17 runners in the senior men's race, more than any other club taking part in the event. The team was led to its historic win by Kieran White who finished 11th covering the 7.5 miles race in 43 minutes 1 second.
 A fortnight before his run in Richmond Park, White was competing across the Atlantic in the Orlando half-marathon where he set a Hercules Wimbledon veterans over 35 club record of 1:11:49 in finishing fourth out of more than 3200 runners.
 
Fred Slemeck, like White, a member of the club's silver medal-winning Surrey road relay championships team in September, finished just behind his clubmate in the Richmond Park race 13th place (43:09) with Joe Toomey 31st in 45:19, Phil Glynn 32nd in 45:37, Sean Crummy 40th in 46:47, veteran Peter Lee 43rd in 47:26, Rob Tuer 44th in 47:44 and David Grima 51st in 48:26.
 
Completing the winning team were Rory McMahon (54th in 48:45), Andrew Davis (60th in 49:47), Stewart Bond (62nd in 50:02) and Tom Cheetham (82nd in 52:21).
 
Hercules Wimbledon just missed out on medals in the six-to-score contest but gave their hopes of getting amongst the medals in next month's Surrey cross country championships at Lloyd Park, Croydon.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's women's cross country runners also made history by closing in a team in the event for the first time. They were led in by marathon running mum Claire Grima who was ninth in 52:36. Francesca Clarke, who is also aiming to race in next April's London race, was`26th in 57:28, with Alison Purnell 32nd and second woman over 50 in 59:00, Monika Crouse 39th in 60:59, Marilena De Luca 54th in 65:21 and Rachel Burke 55th in 65:24.
Hercules Wimbledon's Andrew Penney showed good form in leading the old boys team to an individual and team triumph in a match with King's College School staff and pupils on Wimbledon Common on Saturday. Penney, having his final competitive outing before contesting the Surrey cross country championships next month, won in a course record time of 13:06.
Another Hercules Wimbledon runner, James Davis, finished runner-up in the Kent Christmas Cracker five miles road race near Deal on Sunday in 25:42.

Hercules Wimbledon runners get the chance to build up their Christmas Day appetites by competing in the annual Lauriston Runners' Club's 30-minute paarlauf on Christmas Day. The race, in which pairs of runners run alternately for 30 minutes, starts on Wimbledon Common opposite the junction with Lauriston Road at 11am. After the race, runners and officials will enjoy seasonal refreshments of mince pies and mulled wine at Lauriston Cottage.
 
Hercules Wimbledon end their 2012 competitive programme in the Hercules Wimbledon/Lauriston Runners' Club's five miles multi-terrain race on Saturday, December 29th. The race starts at 2pm on Wimbledon Common close to the junction of West Place and North View.
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11-12-12 - SLEMECK AND GIBBONS PRE-XMAS RACE WINNERS
 
Hercules Wimbledon's Fred Slemeck, who was a member of the club's silver medal-winning Surrey road relay championships team in September, gained a narrow victory in the club's pre-Christmas inter-club cross country match on a sunny afternoon on Wimbledon Common on Saturday.

Slemeck led from the start to win the five miles event by 40 metres in 29 minutes 2 seconds to lift the Borough News Cup club five miles championship title at his first attempt.

He finished seven seconds ahead of James Davis who was followed by Jonathan Cornish (29:47), Rob Tuer (30:28), veterans Stuart Fraser (30:38) and Peter Lee (29:09) and Andrew Davies (32:00).

Next to finish were Stewart Bond (33:03), Ian Pegler (34:09) and Tom Cheetham (35:09) and they were followed in by the winner of the women's championship, Lisa Crow, who clocked 35:51, to also win the event on her debut appearance. Francesca Clarke was second woman in 37:23 with Monika Crouse third in 38:47.

The top two finishers in the men's and women's races were each rewarded with bottles of wine.

Matthew Gibbons was a comfortable winner of the young athletes 2.5 miles race in 15:08. He was the top under 15 finisher with August Mallon second in 15:49, the first under 17 runner and Oscar White, the first under 13 runner in third place in 16:52.

Maire Gilmartin was the first girl to finish in 17:10, with Bella Padt second in 17:56 and Izzy Pugh third in 18:47.

Hercules Wimbledon's Cassian Hyde was the fourth scoring member of the Surrey team which just missed out on a set of team medals in the men's under 17 South of England inter-counties cross country championship race on a muddy course at Claybury, Essex, on Saturday.

Hyde was 43rd out of almost 70 runners in 19:58. Also at Claybury, Ruth Clifton was a member of the winning Surrey senior women's team. She just missed out on an individual medal finishing fourth in her race in 24:33, just 27 seconds behind the winner.

The South of England Masters cross country championships were also staged at Claybury. Anne Garner won the women's over 55 title in 29:21 with Steph Robson11th in the women's over 40 championship in in 29:31. Paul Lemmon was 56th in the men's over 50 championship in 42:24.

Hercules Wimbledon's oldest active athlete, John Webster, showed record-breaking form in a throws pentathlon meeting at Ewell on Saturday. Webster, now 73, won the over 70 event with a Hercules Wimbledon club record of 2727 points and set a second record in winning the discus with 31.05m. He also threw the hammer 33.20m, the shot 7.25m, the javelin 28.44m and the weight 11.33m. Webster gained his first win in athletics in 1953.

Over 55 veteran Frank Wood completed a busy weekend when he finished 157th out of 1445 runners in the Bedford half-marathon on Sunday in 1:30:15. It was his second race of the weekend as on Saturday he was in action in the inter-club match on Wimbledon Common where he was 14th.

This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are competing in the South of the Thames 7.5 miles cross country championships being staged in Richmond Park. The start is near Kingston Gate at 2pm. Next Tuesday, Hercules Wimbledon build up for the festive season with their annual Christmas Cracker relay at their Wimbledon Park track headquarters. Teams of three runners complete 12 laps of the track and there will be goody bags for the leading finishers. Registration starts at 6.30pm with the race due off at 7.30pm.
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4-12-12 - NEWCOMER LISA WINS WIMBLEDON PARKRUN

One of Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's newest signings, Lisa Crow, made a winning debut for the club in the Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday. Crow, a talented 800m track runner in her younger days, was returning to racing after taking a break following a hectic summer when she was part of the BBC's London Olympics and Paralympics TV production team.
 
Her winning run in the women's race, where she covered the 5km in 20 minutes 32 seconds, completed a hat-trick of wins in the event for Crow, who now lives in Wimbledon. Her previous successes came in February and April when she clocked faster time of 20:07 and 19:54.
 
She was running on Wimbledon Common rather than in the Max Sports Surrey Ladies League in Nonsuch Park later in the day because she had a prior engagement which took her out of London.
 
While she won the women's race on Wimbledon Common, she was the fifth Hercules Wimbledon finisher in the 269-strong field. Andrew Davies was eighth in 18:59, David Grima 17th in 19:26, Peter Collins 25th in 19:53 and James Wallace 28th and first veteran over 50 in 20:14.
 
Charles Hampden-Smith was fifth veteran over 50 just behind Crow in 20:41 with David Gold 45th in 21:23 and Adam Fenton 52nd in 21:37. Charles Lawrie was top veteran over 60 finishing 78th in 23:04.
 
Even without Crow, Hercules Wimbledon's women produced a better overall result in the second of this season's Surrey ladies League meetings finishing seventh of the 15th Division One teams. They were led in by Amy Aronson and Claire Grima who were 24th and 25th in 25:46 and 25:48 with Francesca Clarke taking 50th place in 27:34, Chloe Hawkins 55th in 28:02 and Alison Purnell 58th in 28:14.
 
Some of Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters also did well in Nonsuch Park. Zoe Illis led the club to third team place in the women's under 17 event finishing fifth out of 49 runners in 19:43, with Maire Gilmartin 13th in 20:46. Emma Klugman was eighth in the under 13 race in 12:50.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's Neil Fraser, who is currently based in China, received a late invitation to run in the Shanghai Marathon oin Sunday - only a week after running the Beijing Marathon. He took up the invitation and completed the course in 3:06, a little faster than he managed in Beijing.
 
Fraser, who plans to celebrate Christmas in London and compete in the Surrey cross country championships in Lloyd Park, Croydon, in January, said: "My legs are feeling the effect of back-to-back marathons."
 
Two Hercules Wimbledon athletes were in action for the Roehampton University team in the London Colleges League 4.2 miles cross country race in Alexandra Park, North London. Jonathan Cornish was 15th out of more than 100 runners in 25:24 and Chris Donnellan 49th in 28:38.
 
Tom Cheetham was Hercules Wimbledon's sole representative in the Kingston 10km road race on Sunday where he was 28th out of 450 runners in 39:45. He was the top veteran over 45 finisher. Pat Wright was runner-up in the Pirie 10 miles cross country race at Coulsdon in 57:16. More than 100 runners took part.
 
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are staging an inter-club five miles cross country match on Wimbledon Common which also includes the club's five miles championship for the Borough News Cup. The race starts from near the Thatched Cottage at 2pm.
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27-11-12 - ANOTHER CLUB RECORD FOR KIERAN WHITE

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's Kieran White continued his record-breaking spree when he set a club men's over 35 veterans record in the Wolverton five miles road race in Buckinghamshire on Saturday.
 
White clocked 26 minutes 6 seconds in finishing sixth out of more than 200 runners to add to the club age group records he already holds over 5km, 10km, seven miles, 10 miles and the half-marathon, all set this year. Another Hercules Wimbledon runner to run well in the Wolverton event was James Davis who was eighth in 26:45.
The two top road runners were missing from the Hercules Wimbledon line-up in the South of the Thames five miles championship staged in pouring rain at Reigate Priory. The club made history at Reigate as they finished a women's team in the event for the first time.
 
Marathon running mum Claire Grima led the team home finishing seventh in 36:24 with Alison Purnell 25th in 39:59, Chloe Hawkins 28th in 40:11 and Rowena Hornshaw 65th in 49:48.Claire was accompanied for most of the way by husband Dave who sprinted ahead at the finish to clock 36:20. Sean Crummy led the weakened men's team home finishing 29th in 32:21 ahead of Rob Tuer (35th in 32:43), Phil Glynn (41st in 33:21) and Stewart Bond (60th in 34:40).
 
Brothers Nick and Johnnie Bland were delayed getting to the race and missed the start . But, they were so keen to run they went round the course behind the main field and clocked an unofficial 31:35 and 31:50 which would have made them the leading Hercules Wimbledon finishers.
 
Hercules Wimbledon had a representative in the Beijing marathon in China on Sunday. The club's most easterly-based member, Neil Fraser, clocked just outside three hours for the event. Fraser said: "Fairly pleased considering I hadn't run more than 21kn in the build-up to the race and I only run about 30km a week." Fraser, who hopes to run faster in a marathon in the Spring, is planning to celebrate Christmas in London.
 
Two other Hercules Wimbledon long-distance runners were in action abroad ove the weekend. Monika Crouse was 1225th out of 2614 runners in the San Sebastian marathon in Spain in a personal best 3:26:49 while Anastasia Hancock also clocked a personal best for the distance in finishing 126th in the La Rochelle marathon in South West France in 3:53:59.
 
Hercules Wimbledon president, David Littlewood, MBE, who was last month honoured by England Athletics is in line for another award when he is one of the guests at the London region awards at John Lewis's, Stratford, within sight of the Olympic stadium next Wednesday.
 
Littlewood, one of Britain's best known athletics officials who has been involved in the sport as an athlete and official for more than 60 years, will receive the London region award for services to officiating at the awards evening.
 
Over 45 veteran Frank Wood led the Hercules Wimbledon contingent home in the weekly Wimbledon Common park run on Saturday finishing 28th out of 285 runners in 20:12. Over 50 veteran Charles Hampden-Smith was 39th in 20:42 with David Gold 51st in 21:13. Teenager Alex Lloyd-Jones was fifth out of 274 finishers in the Richmond Park park run in 17:58 with Mark White 98th in 23:14 just ahead of his son, Finlay, who was 99th in 23:15.
 
Hercules Wimbledon’s Tom Cheetham was in action in the South London 10km road race on Wimbledon Common on Sunday. He finished 25th out of 374 runners in 40:29.
 
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's women's cross country runners are in action in the second of this season's Max Sports Surrey ladies League cross country meetings in Nonsuch Park, Epsom.It will be the first time a league race has been staged in the park although it was the venue for the English National cross country championships more than 30 years ago. The programme starts with the senior women's race at 12 noon.
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20-11-12 - PENNEY TO RUN FOR DARK BLUES IN VARSITY MATCH

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's Andrew Penney has been selected to represent Oxford in the annual Varsity cross country match on Wimbledon Common on December 1st.
 
Penney, a 21-year-old Freshman at Oxford, and the fastest member of Hercules Wimbledon's silver medal-winning Surrey road relay championships team in September, clinched his place in the Oxford team for the historic match when he finished fifth in a representative match against the Royal Air Force at Oxford.
 
He was the fourth university runner to finish in 36 minutes 8 seconds, just over a minute behind the winner in fifth place. One place behind and also representing Oxford was his Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Dominic Kiralyfi in 37:02. However, he just failed to make the first team match and will be in action in the second team contest in Cambridge on Saturday.
 
A third Hercules Wimbledon runner in action in the representative match was Kieran White who was the top finisher from the club as he led the RAF team home finishing third in 36:14.
 
Penney helped Oxford to a narrow team victory with an individual double in the Freshers' Varsity track and field meeting at Iffley Road track. Penney won the 1500m and 3000m in 4:10.9 and 9:09.4 and was also third in the 800m in 2:02.4. Another Hercules Wimbledon athlete in the match was Simon Lambracos who was third in the 100m for the Light Blues in 12.2.
 
More than a dozen Hercules Wimbledon youngsters were in action for their respective boroughs in the London Youth Games cross country championships at Parliament Hill Fields on Saturday.
 
Zoe Illis came closest to winning as she led the Wandsworth team home in the girls under 17 race. She was fifth out of more than 100 runners in 12:34, just 52 seconds behind the winner. Two other Hercules Wimbledon runners in the race were Maire Gilmartin, who was first Kensington and Chelsea finisher in 10th place (12:53) and Imogen Willis wo ws 66th in 16:02 running for Merton.
 
Cassian Hyde and Ross Vance led the Richmond and Wandsworth teams home in the boys under 17 event. Hyde was 13th in 16:32, with Vance 22nd in 17:01. Augustin Mallon, also representing Wandsworth, was 70th out of 131 runners in 18:46. Matthew Gibbons was top Merton finisher in the boys under 15 race taking 25th spot in 11:23. He was a minute behind the winner. Alex Bond, also representing Merton, was 131st in 13:17.
 
Oscar White was 46th out of more than 200 runners in the boys under 13 category in 8:30, representing Wandsworth. Isabella Padt, running for Wandsworth, was 64th out of 213 runners in the girls under 15 race in 9:16. Sarita Harris was 125th out of 226 runners in the girls under 13 race in 10:11, representing Merton.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's Steph Robson finished sixth and second woman veteran over 40 in the Civil Service women's cross country championship at Parliament Hill Fields in 28:32.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's Pat Wright headed home a 300-strong field to win the Epsom 10 miles road race on Sunday in 55:58. His clubmate Frank Wood was 69th and 11th veteran over 45 in 68:53. Also on the road, Hercules Wimbledon's Stuart Fraser was only seven seconds outside his lifetime best set two years ago when he finished 60th and ninth veteran over 45 out of more than 2700 runners in the Brighton 10km road race on Sunday in 34:58. Further afield Fred Slemeck was 77th out of more than 700 runners in the Leeds Abbey Dash in a pwersonal best of 32:45, improving on his previous best by 44 seconds.
 
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's cross country runners are in action in the South of the Thames five miles cross country championships at Priory park, Reigate, on Saturday, starting at 2pm. The club's younger athletes are competing in the second Surrey Sportshall meeting of the winter at the Spectrum Leisure Centre, Guildford, on Sunday, starting at 1pm.
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13-11-12 - TEENAGER CORNISH TOP JUNIOR AGAIN
 
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club teenager Jonathan Cornish was the top junior finisher for the second time in the second of this season's 2XU Surrey men's cross country league meetings in Richmond Park on Saturday.
Cornish, 19, covered the two lap 5.65 miles course in 32 minutes 9 seconds to beat the second junior finisher, Johnnie Bland, also from Hercules Wimbledon, by more than a minute. Clubmate Ben Palmer, 17, was fourth under 20 finisher in 35:40.

Cornish, a student at Roehampton University, was also top junior finisher in the opening league match on Wimbledon Common last month with Bland again the second best under 20 finisher.

East Surrey cross country league race winner Fred Slemeck led the Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club team in when he made his 2XU Surrey men's cross country league season's debut. However, the club's hopes of a top three team finish were dashed by the late withdrawal of three key runners - Kieran White, who was seventh in the opening match on Wimbledon Common, James Davis and Liam White.

Slemeck battled to finish 18th of the 200 runners in 30:41. Phil Glynn was 34th in 31:21, Natt Sharp, still recovering from his efforts in the Frankfurt marathon a fortnight earlier, 47th in 31:40, Adam Przedrzymirski 60th in 32:35, Alexei Calvert-Ansari 65th in 32:48 and Sean Crummy 81st in 33:36. Over 45 veteran Peter Lee was 87th in 34:00 and David Grima 95th in 34:28 to complete the scoring team. Once again, Hercules Wimbledon had more than 20 runners in action in the senior men's race in Richmond.

Another Hercules Wimbledon teenager to show good form in Richmond Park was Cassian Hyde. Hyde, who also won in the East Surrey League meeting in Croydon a fortnight earlier, was second inn the under 17 and under 15 race for the second time. He ran strongly to cover the 2.84 miles course in 15:33, nine seconds behind the race winner. Alex Lloyd-Jones was third in 16:11with Augustin Mallon 16th in 19:19, Alex Bond 18th and ninth under 15 finisher in 20:00 and Dominic Howe 19th and 10th under 15 finisher in 20:10. Lucas Odekeye was fifth in the boys under 13 race in 19:20 with James Forde sixth in 20:28 and Zac Purnell seventh in 20:59.
Veteran marathon runner Tom Cheetham completed a busy day by finishing 147th in the 2XU Surrey men's league senior race in 38:06 after running in the Self Transcendence 10km road race in Battersea Park earlier in the day where he was 34th and second over 45 veteran out of more than 200 runners in 39:24. Chloe Hawkins was 10th in the women's race in a personal best of 42:38 with Maurice Sharp second veteran over 60 in 44:53 and Angela Kikugawa top veteran woman over 50 finisher in 50:51.

Kikugawa's run came a week after she set a Hercules Wimbledon women's veteran over 50 club record in the Stevenage half-marathon. Her time of 1:57:19 improved on the club record of 1:59:25 she set in the Bristol half-marathon at the end of September.

Another Hercules Wimbledon women's over 50 record-breaker was Alison Purnell who set new figures for 5km in the Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday. She clocked 22:11 in finishing seventh in the women's event. Adam Harwood was the top Hercules Wimbledon finisher taking 13th place in 19:44 with Charles Hampden-Smith 22nd and fourth over 50 finisher in 20:21. Fifteen Hercules Wimbledon runners completed the event.
Hercules Wimbledon's oldest active athlete John Webster showed winning form in the inter-group Challenge throws meeting at Ewell Court on Saturday, Webster, 73, won the over 70 hammer with a throw of 34.47m and was second in the over 70 discus with 20.22m.

This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are in action in the London cross country championships at Parliament Hill Fields on Saturday with many of the club's youngsters competing for their respective boroughs in the London Youth Games cross country championships earlier in the day.
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6-11-12 - STRONGER SQUAD FOR SECOND MATCH

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club will be fielding a stronger team in the second of this season's 2XU Surrey men's cross country league meetings in Richmond Park on Saturday - and will be aiming for a top three finish.
Three of the club's top cross runners who missed the opening match on Wimbledon Common last month will be racing on Saturday to strengthen the senior men's squad. The trio are Fred Slemeck, who triumphed in the East Surrey League meeting at Croydon, James Davis, who was making his half-marathon debut on the day of the match, and Liam White, who was unable to make the trip from Bristol where he is at university. The trio hope to finish in the top 50.

Slemeck also took runners-up spot out of more than 900 finishers in the Bushy Park 5km parkrun on Saturday in 16:24. Slemeck, who was competing in the event for the first time, just managed to fend off Olympic women's 10000m finalist Julia Bleasdale who was six seconds behind the Hercules Wimbledon runner. Meanwhile, Davis finished third out of more than 100 runners in the Emer Casey 10km road race in Brockwell Park in 33:19.

Teenager Cassian Hyde finished ninth in a personal best time of 17:19, taking 21 seconds off his previous best time set in November last year. It was a fine warm-up for this weekend's Surrey League young athletes race in Richmond Park. Hyde was runner-up in the opening encounter. Another Hercules Wimbledon runner, Jamie McCullagh, also making his debut in the Bushy Park event, was 10th in 17:23.

Hercules Wimbledon's top finishers on Wimbledon Common, Kieran White and Matt Sharp, who were seventh and 29th, respectively, have also shown good form in other recent races. Sharp clocked a personal best time of two hours 34 minutes 47 seconds in finishing 99th out of almost 12000 runners in the Frankfurt marathon. His time clipped almost five minutes off his previous best set in the Amsterdam marathon in October 2010, the last time he competed over the gruelling 26 miles 385 yards distance. He was the eight UK finisher in Frankfurt.

White broke the Hercules Wimbledon over 35 record in finishing fifth out of almost 300 runners in the Honington 10km road race in Suffolk in 32:26. His time sliced eight seconds off his previous best time set running in the Bupa London 10km road race at the end of May. White also clocked his best time of the year for the distance when he finished second out of more than 100 runners in the Dulwich Park 5km parkrun on Saturday in 15:57, competing in the event for the first time.
The Surrey League races start and finish near the Pembroke Lodge car park close to Richmond Gate. The young athletes race over 2.5 miles starts at 2.30pm with the senior men's five miles contest starting at 3pm.

Hercules Wimbledon's marathon running mum Claire Grima continued her return to form following the birth of her second son Jasper when she won the women's race in the Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday. Her time was an impressive 52 seconds faster than she managed in the event a fortnight earlier. It was also her best time of the year. She clocked 20:02 in January. It was her fourth race since becoming a mum for the second time.

The top Hercules Wimbledon finisher in the Wimbledon Common event was teenager Matthew Gibbons who was 15th out of 367 finishers in 19:33. Frank Wood was top veteran over 45 finisher in 20:14 with James Wallace top veteran over 55 runner in 20:18. Charles Hampden-Smith was second veteran over 50 finisher in 20:28 with Maurice Sharp first in the over 65 category in 22:18.

Eight Hercules Wimbledon youngsters helped St Mary's School, Putney, win the Putney Schools cross country championships on Wimbledon Common. Elliot Mier was the individual winner with his twin brother Harris taking runners-up spot. The other six Hercules Wimbledon runners were Alex Thomsett, Oscar Wainman, Euan White, Ciara Kennedy, Audrey Coats and Rebekah Riches.
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30-10-12 - ENGLAND HONOUR FOR CLUB PRESIDENT

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club president David Littlewood, MBE, has been honoured by England Athletics, the sport's governing body. Littlewood was among 300 guests at a celebration dinner in Birmingham on Saturday to award the contribution made by volunteers in 2012.

Littlewood, one of Britain's best known athletics officials who has been involved in the sport as an athlete and official for more than 60 years, was presented with an award for services to officiating. While he was at the former Battersea Grammar School, he joined the the former Hercules Athletic Club and was a county standard sprinter.

He was one of the top athletics officials at the London Olympics where he was the Out of Stadium Competition Director responsible for overseeing the marathon and race walking events which finished in sight of Buckingham Palace in The |Mall. It was familiar territory for him as he has been the London marathon men's race referee for almost 30 years. He celebrated his 73rd birthday in 2010 by receiving his MBE from the Queen, awarded in recognition of his volunteer service to athletics.

He is a familiar figure at international meetings both at home and abroad and is UKA's representative on the IAAF Technical Committee. He has officiated at numerous Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth events and his involvement extends right across athletics as, since 1992, he has been honorary secretary of the English Schools Athletics Association. Since 1981, he has been Chairman of the British Technical Officials’ Committee and Honorary Secretary of the UK Rules Revision Group with responsibility for producing the UK Athletics Rulebook every two years. He also chairs the Surrey County Athletic Association's officials sub-committee.

He has been a lifelong member of Hercules Wimbledon AC and after serving as treasurer for a record 43 years was elected president in 2004. He never forgets the grass roots of our sport and regularly supports club and domestic events, international commitments permitting.
While Littlewood was in Birmingham, Hercules Wimbledon's athletes made an impressive start to their East Surrey League programme dominating the opening cross country event in Lloyd Park, Croydon. The club's youngsters won both their two teams races while the seniors just lost out after filling three of the top seven places.
Fred Slemeck led the 76-strong field home in the senior five miles race in 28 minutes 6 seconds with Phil Glynn fourth in 29:34 and Sean Crummy seventh in 31:04. There was a long wait before the fourth member of the scoring team, Ian Pegler, finished 32nd in 34:39.

Hercules Wimbledon runners made a clean sweep in the young athletes under 15 and under 17 2.5 miles race with Cassian Hyde racing home a clear winner in an impressive 14:17. He was more than a minute clear of runner-up Matthew Gibbons (15:29) and with Zoe Illis third in 16:59, Hercules Wimbledon took the team honours with the minimum score of six points. James Forde, Zac Purnell and Issy Pugh were seconds, fifth and sixth in the under 13 race in 18:39, 19:39 and 19:54 to again take the team honours.
Hercules Wimbledon's Steph Robson was to top veteran woman over 40 finisher in the Bakers and Holt 10km multi-terrain race in North Norfolk on Sunday. She was 33rd out of 180 runners in 41:17. Paul Lemmon was 15th and second men's over 50 veteran in the men's race in 38:43.

Hercules Wimbledon teenager Alex Lloyd-Jones posted his third individual victory when he took the Richmond Park parkrun on Saturday in 18:27, beating a 270-strong field. The 15-year-old posted the top male age-graded performance of the day.

Hercules Wimbledon's Pat Wright broke the 17-minute barrier for the first time when he posted a personal best time of 16:56 when he headed home a 258-strong field in the Wimbledon Common parkrun to gain his first victory in 12 appearances. Adam Harwood was sixth in 18:45 and over 50 veteran Charles Hampden-Smith 20th in 19:52 just ahead of clubmate James Wallace who was 21st in 20:05. David Harris was 26th in 20:25.

This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon, who took the silver medals in the Surrey road relay championships at Wimbledon Park in September, are competing in the English cross country relay championships at Berry Hill Park, Mansfield, on Saturday.
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23-10-12 - SOLID START TO LEAGUE PROGRAMME
 
Despite missing some of their top cross country runners, Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's cross country runners made a solid start in the opening 2XU Surrey Men's and Max Sports Surrey Ladies cross country league meetings on a rain-sodden Wimbledon Common on Saturday.
With a quintet of Hercules Wimbledon runners at university - Alex Robinson, Liam White, Fred Slemeck, Andrew Penney and Joe Toomey - the team had to dig deep but nevertheless managed to finish a good fourth out of the nine teams on the day.

Kieran White, a member of Hercules Wimbledon's silver medal-winning Surrey road relay team, led the Hercules Wimbledon contingent home taking seventh place out of 152 runners in 30 minutes 15 seconds. Matt Sharp was 29th in 31:54, Jonathan Cornish, making his Surrey League debut, 36th in 32:07, Phil Glynn 51st in 32:54, Nils Klein 52nd in 33:08 and Alexie Calvert-Ansari 59th in 33:34. Peter Lee was 61st and fifth over 45 veteran in 33:44, Adam Przedrzymirski 65th in 34:02 and teenager Johnnie Bland, making his senior race debut, top under 20 finisher in 66th place in 34:15. Veteran Stuart Fraser, completed the scoring 10 finishing 67th in 34:19. A total of 21 Hercules Wimbledon runners took part in the race, more than any other club in the event.

Teenager Cassian Hyde made an impressive start to his cross country season when he just lost out in the under 15/17 race over 2.5 miles. He was just six seconds behind the race winner as he took second place in 15:08. Matthew Gibbons was fourth in the under 15 age group in 15:21, Alex Lloyd-Jones 11th in 16:42, Augustin Mallon 17th in 17:32 and Hashim Razim 28th and ninth under 15 finisher in 19:26. The team finished third on the day. Zac Purnell led the Hercules Wimbledon under 13 team in finishing 19th in 21:31.

Marathon runner Claire Grima continued her return to racing three months after the arrival of her second child, Jasper, when she led the Hercules Wimbledon team home in the senior women's 6km race. She finished 38th out of the 167 runners in the Surrey Ladies League Division One race in 27:53. Sophie Klatt, making her cross country debut for Hercules Wimbledon, was 63rd in 29:09, just beating clubmate Alison Purnell, fourth veteran over 50 finisher, who was 66th in 29:19.

Monika Crouse was 71st in 29:29, Estle Viljoen 74th in 30:03 and Chloe Hawkins 78th in 30:11. Fourteen Hercules Wimbledon runners completed the race.

Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters also showed good form with Zoe Illis third in the under 17 race in 17:19 and Isabella Padt seventh in the under 15 race in 18:57.
Hercules Wimbledon veteran Peter Lee completed a busy weekend by finishing 43rd out of 1640 runners in the Cabbagae Patch 10 miles road race at Twickenham on Sunday in 59:19, hius fastest time of the year over the distance. He was also fifth veteran over 45 to finish. Ruth Clifton also clocked a season's best in finishing seventh in the women's race in 61:14 while Surrey steeplechase silver medallist Robert Tuer was 74th in 61:25.

Meanwhile, James Davis made an impressive half-marathon debut when he finished 38th out of more than 13000 runners in the Cardiff half marathon in 1:15:38. Over at Abingdon, over 50 veteran Charles Hapden-Smith was 12th in his age group finishing 141st out of more than 700 runners in 3:09:19. Peter Collins was 245th and 87th over 40 finisher in 3:22:28. Charles Lawrie was fourth veteran over 60 finisher in the Wimbledon Common parkrun in 22:42.Father and son James and Sam Oswald were 36th and 37th out of 258 runners in 21:12 and 21:13.

This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon athletes are in action at Croydon and Guildford. On Saturday, Hercules Wimbledon are competing in the opening East Surrey League cross country meeting of the winter at Lloyd Park, Croydon. The two miles young athletes race starts at 2.30pm with the senior event over five miles due off at 3pm. The start and finish is close to the Lloyd Park tram stop.
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16-10-12 - MEDAL-WINNING WARM UP FOR LEAGUE START
 
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's women cross country runners warmed-up for the opening Max Sports Surrey Ladies League fixture on Wimbledon Common on Saturday with a double medal-winning effort in the Surrey County Masters cross country championships in Richmond Park last Saturday.

Steph Robson took the individual bronze medal in the veterans over 40 category to lead the team to the over 40 bronze medals. The trio would almost certainly have clinched the silver medals had not one of their runners, London marathon contestant Fran Clarke, missed the start after taking one of her children to St George's Hospital, Tooting. She was delayed after a fire alarm went off.

Despite finishing almost four minutes late she 79th of the 98 runners covering the 6km course in 31 minutes 54 seconds. Had she not started late she would have been in the top 40 and would have made Hercules Wimbledon's scoring team.
Nevertheless, Hercules Wimbledon made history by winning a set of women's team medals in the Surrey Masters championships for the first time. Steph Robson led the trio home finishing third in the over 40 championship in 25:33. International race walker Estle Viljoen was seventh in 26:38 and Fenella Willis 16th in 30:31.
Marilena De Luca was 10th in the over 35 championship in 31:50 with Clarke 17th in the over 40 race and Angela Kikugawa eighth in the over 50 race in 32:04. Zoe Phillips was 15th in the over 45 category in 33:45. Hercules Wimbledon's Anna Garnier won the veterans over 55 title in 26:32, finishing 24th overall.

Hercules Wimbledon will be aiming to emulate the flying start they made to the Max Sports Surrey Ladies cross country league in 2011 when they contest the opening race of the season at Putney Vale on Saturday with the race starting at 12noon. They made history by winning the opening the opening match of the season last year, the first time they had ever gained a victory in the Surrey Ladies League. They finished third overall at the end of the season, the first time they had been placed in the event.

The senior women's race will be followed by races for the younger age groups.
Hercules Wimbledon's veteran over 60 men secured the silver team medals. The medal winning trio were Dave Betts fifth over 60 runner in 27:35, Dennis Williams fourth over 65 runner in 30:26 and Ian Isherwood 16th over 60 finisher in 37:06.

Hercules Wimbledon's Peter Lee took the men's over 45 title covering the 10km course in 36:11 and finishing sixth of the 80 runners in the event. He just failed to lead the team to the bronze medals with Stewart Bond (20th and 11th over 40 veteran in 37:09) and Stephen McDuell (52nd and 17th veteran over 45 in 43:55) completing the scoring team which finished in fourth place.

The over 50 team also finished outside the medals with Steve Sinnott taking sixth place in the individual race in 39:52. Tom Morris was 16th in 46:28 and Tomo Kikugawa 17th in the over 55 category 53:18.
The club's men cross country runners are also at Putney Vale on Saturday competing in the opening 2XU Surrey cross country league races which follow the women's contests earlier in the day. The young athletes 2.5 miles race is at 2.30pm with the senior men five miles event at 3pm.
Hercules Wimbledon's Ross Vance won the Wandsworth Schools year nine to 11 2000m cross country championship on Tooting Bec in 8:58. Toby West was ninth in the year seven and eight race in 6:55.

Hercules Wimbledon's Amy Aronson warmed up for this weekend's Surrey Ladies cross country league race on Wimbledon Common by posting a personal best time in the Bushy Park parkrun last Saturday where she was third in the women's race. She clocked 19:15 for the 5km to take 42 seconds off her previous best time set on her debut appearance in the event in August.
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9-10-12 - TEENAGER EDGE YOUNGEST EVER PERSERVERER
 
While Ugandan Olympic representative Paskar Owor from Belgrave Harriers ran away with the Perserverance 10km road race on a bright, sunny morning on Sunday, it was runners from organising club Hercules Wimbledon who dominated the event filling five of the top nine places.

Owor took early control of the race and had a clear lead as the runners emerged from Wimbledon Park for the first time. He increased his lead as he strode past the All England tennis club in Church Road. and had a half-a-minute lead half-way round the opening lap as he raced down the slope in Home Park Road.

Owor continued to stride away to take the honours in 33 minutes 39 seconds, three seconds faster than his winning time in 2011 and well clear of his rivals. Hercules Wimbledon's Jonathan Cornish, a student at Roehampton University, took second place in 35:02 with clubmate Phil Glynn third 36 seconds later.
Sean Crummy and Alex Urban, who both ran in April's Virgin London marathon, were sixth and seventh in 37:59 and 38:45 with Peter Collins first veteran to finish in ninth place in 39:48. Top over 60 veteran Peter Giles beat all the over 50 veterans to finish 14th in 41:09.

Birthday boy Tom Edge made history by becoming the youngest ever runner to take part in the event. Edge celebrated his 15th birthday on the Sunday which, under UK Athletics rules, made him eligible to compete over the distance. He finished 28th in 44:13.
Thames Hare & Hounds' Pippa Major was first woman finisher in 42:46 with Hercules Wimbledon's over 45 veteran Alison Purnell third in 46:40.
Hercules Wimbledon's Fred Slemeck was first British finisher in the Basingstoke half-marathon on Sunday. He was second out of 1310 runners in 1:14:16 behind Kenyan winner Andrew Lesuuda. Running double the distance, Tom Cheetham was fifth and third veteran over 45 in the Isle of Wight marathon in 3:12:46. Stewart Bond was fractionally faster in clocking 3:11:49 in finishing 168th out of more than 4000 runners in the Chester marathon.
Hercules Wimbledon runners took the men's and women's honours in the Richmond Park parkrun on Saturday. Teenager Alex Lloyd-Jones headed the 279-strong field home in 17:11 to post the top age-graded performance and slice eight seconds off his previous best set in winning the event the previous weekend. Over 45 veteran Francesca Clarke was just three seconds outside her best time in winning the women's event in 20:55.
Hercules Wimbledon's Ruth Clifton was also top woman finisher in the Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday where she was 12th in a record 397-strong field. She clocked 18:47. First Hercules Wimbledon finisher was Alexie Calvert-Ansari who was fourth in 17:45. James Eden was eighth in 18:25 ahead of Andrew Davies (ninth in 18:36). Teenager Matthew Gibbons who was 16th in 19:13 won the Merton mini-marathon trial with Daniel Haigh (33td in 20:11) runner-up in the trial race.

Charles Hampden-Smith was 28th and third veteran over 50 in 20:00.

Matt Sharp was runner-up in the Dulwich parkrun in 16:28 with Rob Tuer eighth in 17:01. Further afield, Alex Abrahams was 20th out of 121 runners in the Princes Park parkrun in Liverpool in 21:19.

This weekend, a large contingent of Hercules Wimbledon runners are in action in the Surrey Veterans cross country championships in Richmond Park on Saturday. The women's 6km race starts at 2.30pm with the men's 10km event due off at 3pm. The races start and finish near the Pembroke Lodge car park. A little distance away, other Hercules Wimbledon runners will be in action in an inter-club match starting and finishing at the Sheen crossroads near Sheen Gate.
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2-10-12 - ROAD RUNNERS HEAD FOR WIMBLEDON PARK

Road runners are heading for Wimbledon Park this weekend when Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club stage the Perserverance Geoff Moulden 10km road race for the 52nd time on Sunday morning.

Last year's winner, Paskar Owor of Belgrave Harriers, who has twice represented Uganda in the Olympics in Athens and Sydney in 2000 and 2004, is expected to defend his title in a bid to bag his share of the £300 worth of voucher prizes.
The prizes will be shared between the top three men and women and the top men veterans over 40, over 50 and over 60 and women veterans over 35, over 45 and over 55 category winners. On line and postal entries have closed but entries, costing £15 each, are being taken on the day and anyone wanting to have a crack at the testing two lap course should report to the race headquarters in the Wimbledon Park community clubhouse at 8am.

Organiser Richard Xerri boasts the race, which is open to runners of abilities and is not only the longest running road race in Wimbledon but also one of the oldest races of its kind in England. The event starts and finishes on the athletics track at Wimbledon Park and runners follow a course along Wimbledon Park Road and Church Road, past the world famous London Olympic tennis venue, the All England Club, along St Mary's Road, Arthur Road and Home Park Road, before re-entering Wimbledon Park.

The race is sponsored by Sporting Feet, which has branches in Putney and Richmond, and the Perserverance Clinic in Richmond.

Hercules Wimbledon teenager Alex Lloyd-Jones had an outstanding run when he chopped almost a minute off his previous best time to beat a 282-strong field in winning the Richmond Park parkrun 5km race on Saturday. Lloyd-Jones won the event by 17 seconds in 17 minutes 19 seconds to take 54 seconds off his previous best time for the course set in May. His time also lifts him to fourth place on the Hercules Wimbledon all-time under 17 5km list.

At the other end of the age scale, Hercules Wimbledon veterans Peter Lee, Tom Cheetham and Peter Collins posted year best times over the weekend. Lee was top veteran over 45 finisher in the Self Transcendence 10km road race in Battersea Park on Saturday morning finishing 10th out of 150 runners in 35:57, his best 2012 time for the distance.
Amy Aronson clocked a lifetime best of 39:43 in finishing third in the women's race, slicing 14 seconds off her previous best time set in the Bupa London 10km event in May. Monika Crouse, who was second in the women's over 35 veterans category, also recorded a lifetime best of 43:01, a massive 3:32 improvement on her previous best time for the distance set in in the Richmond event in Old Deer Park last November.

Cheetham slashed 45 seconds off his previous best time for the distance when he was top veteran over 45 finisher in the Folkestone Rotary half-marathon on Sunday in 1:27:40. He finished 20th out of 450 runners.

Over 45 veteran Collins chopped 20 seconds off his previous best time when he led a 19-strong Hercules Wimbledon contingent home in the Wimbledon Common 5km parkrun on Saturday morning. He was top veteran in finishing third out of 371 runners in 17:57 to improve on the time of 18:17 he set at the beginning of August. Andrew Davies was seventh in 18:25 and Adam Harwood 12th in 18:40, just ahead of his Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Sean Crummy who clocked 18:57 on his debut appearance in the event.

David Harris was 23rd in 19:48 and Charles Hampden-Smith 25th and third veteran over 50 in 19:51. Steve Sinnott, taking part in the event for only the second time, improved on his debut appearance in June by a massive margin of 6:34 in finishing 32nd and fifth veteran over 50 in 20:07.

Angela Kikugawa broke the Hercules Wimbledon women's over 50 half-marathon record when she clocked 1:59:25 in the Bristol half-marathon on Sunday. She was 5529th out of almost 10000 runners. First Hercules Wimbledon finisher was Matt Sharpwho was 54th in 1:15:39, four places and 48 seconds ahead of clubmate and Surrey steeplechase silver medallist Rob Tuer.
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