PRESS RELEASES for Hercules Wimbledon AC
6-11-12 - STRONGER SQUAD FOR SECOND MATCH
20-11-12 - PENNEY TO RUN FOR DARK BLUES IN
27-12-12 - FINAL RACE OF OLYMPIC
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.
18-12-12 - HISTORIC WIN IN RICHMOND
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
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
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.
11-12-12 - SLEMECK AND GIBBONS PRE-XMAS
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.
4-12-12 - NEWCOMER LISA WINS WIMBLEDON
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
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.
27-11-12 - ANOTHER CLUB RECORD FOR KIERAN
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.