30-12-13 - HW RUNNERS CHASE SURREY MEDALS
A large contingent of Hercules Wimbledon runners will be in action in the annual Surrey cross country
championships at Denbies Vineyard, Dorking, on Saturday. They will be battling for both individual and
team medals and as well places in the Surrey teams to compete in the UK Inter-Counties cross country
championships in Birmingham in March.
The youngest Hercules Wimbledon runners will be the first to test the undulating course when they
compete in the opening race of the eight race programme, the boys under 13 championship over 2.8km.
Leading the Hercules Wimbledon contingent is Oscar White, who helped Surrey to team medals in the South
of England Inter-Counties cross country championships at Biggleswade and stands a good chance of an
individual medal at Dorking. Their race starts at 10.30am.
One Hercules Wimbledon runners are entered for the girls under 13 race at 10.50am. Matthew Gibbons, who
also ran for Surrey at Biggleswade, heads the 10-strong Hercules Wimbledon squad entered for the boys
under 15 championship over 4.2km at 11.15am. James Mayhew was the last Hercules Wimbledon winner in
1975. One Hercules Wimbledon runner is entered for the girls under 15 race at 11.35am. Hercules
Wimbledon runners dominated this event in the 1990's, providing the winners in four successive seasons
from 1992 to 1995. The club also took the team honours four times in that decade, in 1993, 1994, 1997
Marathon runner mum Claire Grima, who ran for Surrey at Biggleswade, heads a nine-strong Hercules
Wimbledon contingent in the senior women's 8km championship at 12noon where she runs alongside fellow
marathon runner Fran Clarke and Hercules Wimbledon newcomer Lisa Thomas. Bridget Cushen, now secretary
of the British Masters Athletics Federation, gained a hat-trick of wins in 1968, 1969 and 1970.
Cassian Hyde, who competed for Surrey at Biggleswade, and Connor Bindler, who has shown good form in
parkrun events are the sole club representatives in the the under 17 6.1km race at 12.50. Liam White
won this event in 2010.
Teenager Zoe Illis, who was a reserve for the Surrey team that competed at Biggleswade, heads a trio of
Hercules Wimbledon runners in the women's under 17 5.7km race at 1.20pm. Hercules Wimbledon won the
team title in 1984 and 1994.
The four hour programme culminates with the senior men's 12km championship at 1.45pm. Fred Slemeck,
back from spending Christmas in Brazil, Matt Sharp, Alex Robinson, Liam White, Joe Clark, James Davis,
Rob Tuer, Joe Toomey and Kieran White head the 26-strong Hercules Wimbledon contingent entered for this
Kieran White warmed up for the Surreys by gaining a runaway victory in the Lloyd Park parkrun. He won
by more than two minutes in 17:32.Lisa Thomas was first woman finisher in the Wimbledon Common parkrun
on Saturday in 20:56, just one second short of her club record set a fortnight earlier. However, five
hours later, she did set a club record in the Hercules Wimbledon/Lauriston Runners Club's five miles
multi-terrain race on the common. She clocked 36:27 to beat the previous record of 36:46 set by Alison
Purnell in Battersea Park in July 2012.
Felix Allen finished third out of 66 runners in the Kingston parkrun in 18:51 while Adam Harwood was
fifth out of 185 runners in the Wimbledon Common parkrun in 19:00. Running in the Rushcliffe Park event
in Nottinghamshire, David Scrimshaw was sixth out of 155 runners in 19:10.
17-12-13 - TEAM MEDALS FOR GRIMA AND WHITE
Two of the quartet of Hercules Wimbledon Athletic club runners in action for Surrey in the South of
England inter-counties cross country championships at Shuttleworth Park, Biggleswade, on Saturday, came
away with team silver medals.
Surrey debutant Oscar White helped the county take the bronze medals in the boys under 13 3km race. He
was the fourth scoring member of the Surrey team finishing 25th out of 90 runners un 11 minutes 11
seconds, less than a minute behind the race winner.
Marathon running mum Claire Grima, returning to the county team after failing to make the grade in
2012, helped the senior women's team take the silver medals. She was also the fourth scoring member of
the squad finishing 23rd out of 63 runners and covering the 6km course in 24:03. She was also the
second veteran over 35 finisher.
Two other Hercules Wimbledon runners racing for their county narrowly failed to make the scoring team.
Matthew Gibbons, called in after originally being selected as a reserve, was Surrey's seventh finisher
in the boys under 15 4km race. He was 54th out of 82 runners in 13:39, just over a minute behind the
Cassian Hyde was also the seventh scoring member of the men's under 17 team. He was 38th out of 82
runners in the 5km race in 16:39. The scoring team took the gold medals.
Hercules Wimbledon newcomer Lisa Thomas set a club women's veteran over 45 5km record in the Wimbledon
Common parkrun on Saturday. She finished 43rd out of almost 300 runners in 20:55. She was the sixth
woman to finish and first in the over 45 category. Her time smashed the previous record of 21:37 set by
Alison Purnell in July 2011.
It was a good day for Hercules Wimbledon women in the parkrun as Emilie Bokor-Ingram was first woman
finisher in 20:16. She was 29th overall. Marathon runner David Grima was top Hercules Wimbledon
finisher in 17:42, a time he has only beaten twice this year. Over 45 veteran Peter Collins was fourth
in a personal best time of 17:50. It was a seven second improvement on his previous best set at the end
of September 2012.
Making his debut in the Richmond Park parkrun on Saturday, another Hercules Wimbledon marathon runner,
Sean Crummy, was sixth out of almosy 250 runners in 18:27 while Andrew Davies was fifth out of 106
runners in the Bishop's Park parkrun in Fulham in a personal best 18:51. He was also the top veteran
over 40 finisher slicing six seconds off his previous best time for the course set on his debut
appearance the previous weekend.
Hercules Wimbledon coach Mark White posted a personal best time of 21:05 in finishing 27th at Fulham
where he was also the second veteran over 45 finisher. He took 15 seconds off his previous best set the
previous weekend. Meanwhile, Hercules Wimbledon teenager Connor Bindler was a fine eighth out of almost
800 runners in the Bushy Park parkrun in 17:36.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's men and women cross country runners are in action in the annual
South of the Thames championship race over seven-and-a-half miles on Wimbledon Common. The three-lap
racre starts and finishes on the common at the corner of North View and West Place.
Hercules Wimbledon runners will get a chance to build up their Christmas Day appetites by competing in
the annual Lauriston Runners' Club's 30-minute paarlauf. The race starts at 11am but runners need to
report to Lauriston Cottage at 10.30am to be paired into teams.
10-12-13 - HW CLUB TRIO TO REPRESENT SURREY
Three Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club cross country runners will be in action for Surrey in the South
of England inter-counties cross country championships at Shuttleworth Park, Biggleswade, on Saturday.
One of the trio, marathon-running mum Claire Grima, warmed up for her appearance in the senior women's
race with an impressive run in the second of this season's Max Sports Surrey Ladies League cross
country meetings at Farthing Downs, Coulsdon, on Saturday.
Grima, 37, finished a good fifth out of more than 150 runners in the Division One race and was top
veteran woman over 35 runner as she completed the testing 6km course in 24 minutes 41 seconds, less
than a minute behind the race winner. Fellow veteran Lisa Thomas, making her Hercules Wimbledon and
league debut, in her second race of the day (three hours earlier she competed in the Wimbledon Common
parkrun), was 47th in 27:40, ahead of another seasoned marathon runner, Fran Clarke, who was 52nd in
Gina Galbraith, also a veteran, was 55th in 28:26 with over 50 veteran Alison Purnell 60th in 28:33.
Monika Crouse was 68th in 29:00 and another newcomer Charlotte Taverner 73rd in 29:16.
Zoe Illis, a reserve for the Surrey women's under 17 team had a good run in the women's under 17 race
where she was fifth in 17:58.
Also running at Biggleswade is teenager Cassian Hyde who competes for Surrey in the men's under 17
championship and Oscar White, fresh from victory in an inter-club match on Wimbledon Common at the end
of last month, who runs for Surrey in the boys under 13 championship.
Hercules Wimbledon's Matthew Gibbons, one of the reserves for the Surrey under 17 team showed good form
in the Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday when he finished sixth out of almost 300 runners in a
personal best time of 17:54. He was the top under 20 finisher as he sliced eight seconds off his
previous best time set at the end of April.
Over 40 veteran Peter Collins was eighth and second over 40 finisher in 18:02 with Adam Harwood 13th in
18:39 and Felix Allen 17th in 18:59. Over 45 veteran Tom Cheetham was 32nd in 19:55 with over 50
veterans Adam Fenton 34th in 20:02 and Charles Hampden-Smith 45th in 20:35. Lisa Thomas, who later ran
in the Surrey Ladies League meeting at Coulsdon, was fourth woman and first veteran over 45 in 21:46.
Two Hercules Wimbledon runners won their parkrun races on Saturday. Jonathan Cornish beat almost 300
runners to win in Richmond Park in 16:54 while Matt Sharp led home more than 10 runners in Dulwich park
in 15:54 finishing more than 30 seconds ahead of the second runner.
Hercules Wimbledon stage their annual seasonal Christmas Cracker relay at their Wimbledon Park track
headquarters on Tuesday evening, December 17th, starting at 7pm.
3-12-13 - WHITE'S WINNING WARM UP FOR DEBUT
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club youngster Oscar White continued his
preparations folr his Surrey debut in this month's South of England inter-counties cross country
championships at Biggleswade with a runaway victory in an inter-club match on Wimbledon Common on
White, who has shown a dramatic improvement under the supervision of Hercules Wimbledon coach Mark
Livingstone finished more than a minute clear of his nearest rival as he stormed round the 2.5 miles
course in 15 minutes 32 seconds. Fellow Hercules Wimbledon runner Alexander Abrahams was second in
17:03 with Daniel Illis third in 17:18.
White has been selected to represent Surrey in the boys under 13 race at Biggleswade on December 14th.
He is one of three Hercules Wimbledon runners selected to compete for the county. Marathon
running mum Claire Grima competes in the senior women's championship while Cassian Hyde runs in
the men's under 17 event.
Hercules Wimbledon's Kieran White led the way home in the senior men's five miles race in 27:28,
beating Herne Hill's Chris Buseileh by 22 seconds. Hercules Wimbledon filled seven of the top eight
places to easily take the team honours. Alex Bellew was third in 28:00, Jonathan Cornish fourth in
28:54, Phil Glynn fifth in 29:47, George longworth sixth in 30:19, teenager Matt Gibbons seventh in
30:36 and marathon runner Sean Crummy eighth in 31:25. Top woman finisher was Hercules Wimbledon's
Yacine Randijou who was 20th in 34:02.
Match result: 1 Hercules Wimbledon 13; 2 Herne Hill 35; 3 Kingston & Polytechnic 41; 4 Croydon
Harriers 46; 5 Veterans AC 75.
Kieran White achieved his individual win six days after taking second place out of almost 400 runners
in the Hayling Island multi-terrain 10 miles race in Hampshire in 54:18.
Hercules Wimbledon supervet Pete Clarke continued his impressive winter when he smashed his own club
veterans over 50 5km record in the Bushy Park parkrun on Saturday. Clarke clocked 17:00 in finishing
fourth out of almost 800 runners to slice 16 seconds off his own club record set at Bushy Park a
fortnight earlier and post the day's top age-graded performance. He was just pipped by his Hercules
Wimbledon teenage clubmate Cassian Hyde who took second place in 16:58. Teenager Hyde was using the
event as part of his preparations to represent Surrey in the South of England under 17 inter-counties
championship at Biggleswade on December 14th.
Hercules Wimbledon's Emma Henderson had a good run in the Serpentine end of the month 5km race in Hyde
Park on Friday when she was second woman finisher in 19:38. David Scrimshaw was the top Hercules
Wimbledon finisher in the Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday taking 12th place out of 335 runners in
18:54. He as juust eight seconds outside his best time for the course. Over 50 veteran Charles
Hampden-Smith was 36th and fifth in his age category in 20:35.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's women runner are in action in the second of this season's Max Sports
Surrey Ladies League cross country meetings at Farthing Downs, Coulsdon, on Saturday. The senior women
go off at 12noon followed by the young athletes at 1.15pm.
26-11-12 - SLEMECK LEADS WEAKENED TEAM HOME
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's senior men's cross country runners warmed up for the defence of
their South of the Thames 12-to-score Coleman Cup next month with an impressive display in the South of
the Thames five miles team race on Streatham Common on Saturday.
Without their entire London bronze medal team winning team of the previous weekend - Kieran White,
Dominic Kirayfi, Jonathan Cornish and Joe Clark - Hercules Wimbledon was one of the few clubs to field
three teams with the top quartet taking sixth place.
Fred Slemeck, a member of the Surrey road relay title-winning team, finished eighth of the 162 runners
in the men's race in 28 minutes 49 seconds with Alex Bellew, having his first race for more than a
month after recovering from injury, not far behind finishing 11th in 29:00.
Rob Tuer was 27th in 30:20 and Phil Glynn 42nd in 31:39. George Longworth wasn't far behind finishing
44th in 31:42. Hercules Wimbledon defend the Coleman Cup on Wimbledon Common on December 21st.
Roehampton University student Jonathan Cornish missed the Streatham Common race to win the Richmond
Park parkrun for the third time in six appearances in 17:07. He headed home a 337-strong field but it
was the slowest of his winning treble. His best time of 16:32 was achieved on October 12th.
Youngster Oscar White celebrated his selection to represent Surrey in the under 13 event at the South
of England inter-counties cross country championships in Biggleswade next month by posting one of the
top age-graded performances in finishing 11th in 18:52. He was just nine seconds slower than his best
time set on October 5th. Zoe Illis, who has been named as a reserve for the women's under 17
championship at Biggleswade, was second woman finisher in 20:40, making her debut in the event.
Another Hercules Wimbledon teenager, Connor Bindler, was just outside his personal best time for the
event when he led the 14-strong club contingent home in the Wimbledon Common parkrun. He was top under
20 finisher taking fifth lace out of 369 runners in 17:23, posting one of the top age-graded
performances. He was just five seconds outside his best time achieved at the end of September.
Marathon runner David Grima finished eighth in 18::06, just five seconds ahead of Peter Collins, who
was the top over 40 veteran finisher in 18:11. Clubmate Felix Alen was second in the over 40 category
finishing 24th in 19:26. Over 50 veteran Charles Hampden-Smith was 41st and fifth in his age category
Hercules Wimbledon's Emma Henderson was second woman to cross the finishing line when he was 28th out
of 351 runners in the Wimbledon Common 10km race on Sunday in 40:38.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon host an inter-club cross country match on Wimbledon Common on
Saturday. Visiting teams include Croydon Harriers. The five miles race starts from the Thatched Cottage
in the middle of the common at 2pm.
SENIOR MEN TOP SURREY TEAM IN LONDONS
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's senior men's cross country runners made history
when they won medals for the first time in the London cross country championships at Parliament Hill
Fields on Saturday.
Two members of the team which won the Surrey senior men's road relay title at
Wimbledon Park in September were among the medal-winning quartet. Kieran White led Hercules Wimbledon
to the medals finishing 12th out of 289 runners covering the undulating 10km course in 33 minutes 31
seconds. Dominic Kirayfi was 22nd in 34:29, 14 seconds ahead of Jonathan Cornish who was 25th with Joe
Clark, another member of the Surrey title-winning road relay team, 28th in 34:56.
Hercules Wimbledon were the top Surrey team at Parliament Hill finishing ahead of
rivals Thames Hare & Hounds and Herne Hill.
Other Hercules Wimbledon finishers included Surrey steeplechaser Rob Tuer who was
39th in 35:35 and marathon runner David Grima who was 99th in 38:34. His marathon-running wife, Claire,
just missed out on a place medal in the women's 6km championship where she was fourth and first veteran
over 35 finisher in 22:42.
A total of more than 30 Hercules Wimbledon runners were in action at Parliament
Hill Fields on Saturday as many of the club's youngsters contested the Balfour Beatty London Youth
Games cross country championships which preceded the senior races.
Highest placed youngster was Zoe Illis who was 10th out of 121 runners in the
women's under 17 race where she was representing Wandsworth. Running for Merton, Matthew Gibbons was
11th in the boys under 15 race in 10:27, while Oscar White, also running for Wandsworth, was 12th out
of 176 runners in the under 13 race in 7:51. Peter Riches, representing Merton, was 21st in 8:01.
Representing Richmond, Jack Collins was 24th in the under 17 race in 17:59.
Hercules Wimbledon's Pete Clarke broke the club men's over 50 record when he
finished sixth out of 883 runners in the Bushy Park 5km parkrun on Saturday. His time of 17:16 took 20
seconds off the old record set by Dennis Williams in Hyde Park in 2000. Clarke posted the top
age-graded performance of the day. Top Hercules Wimbledon finisher in Bushy Park was teenager Cassian
Hyde who was third in 16:49.
Emma Henderson, who the previous weekend was the top woman in Fulham's Bishops
Park, was top woman finisher in Kingston where she was seventh out of 71 runners in a personal best of
20:14. Over 40 veteran Henderson, who was competing in Kingston for the first time, also posted the top
Over 40 veteran Peter Collins was the top Hercules Wimbledon finisher in the
Wimbledon Common parkrun where he covered the 5km in 18:43 to finish eighth out of 368 runners and post
the top age-graded performance. Fellow over 40 veteran Andrew Davies was 13th in 19:40 with over 50
veteran Adam Fenton 22nd in 20:07 just ahead of clubmate Adam Blake (20:14).
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's cross country runners will be in action in the
South of the Thames five miles cross country race which is being held on Streatham Common on Saturday,
starting at 2pm. On Sunday, Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters are competing in the second of this
season's Surrey Sporthall meetings at the Spectrum Leisure Centre, Guildford.
12-11-13 - YOUNGSTER WHITE WINS AS SENIORS IMPROVE
Hercules Wimbledon's Athletic Club's Oscar White showed a dramatic improvement in form when he raced
away with the second of this season's 2XU Surrey Cross Country League boys under 13 races on Mitcham
Common on Saturday.
Making his league debut and competing in his first cross country race of the winter White covered the
2.5 miles course in 15 minutes 5 seconds to cross the finishing line 15 seconds clear of his nearest
rival. It was the first time he had tasted success with his previous highest placing finishing third in
an inter-club match on Wimbledon Common in December 2012.
He almost led Hercules Wimbledon to the individual and team double as the club missed out by just one
point on taking the team honours. Peter Riches was fourth in 16:08, Alexander Abraham sixth in 16:33,
Zac Purnell 10th in 17:08 and Daniel Illis 13th in 17:51 to complete the team which finished
Teenager Cassian Hyde made a fast start in the joint under 15 and under 17 race also over 2.5 miles and
built up a significant lead before going slightly off course. In the end, he had to settle for second
spot in 13:21, just two seconds behind the winner but an improvement on his third place in the opening
race on Wimbledon Common last month.
With Matthew Gibbons fourth and second under 15 finisher in 14:00, Alex Bond 23rd in 16:38, Rory Fraser
24th in 16:48 and Lucas Jeffs 25th in 16:51, Hercules Wimbledon were third in the team event.
Showing his best form after a long spell hampered by injury, Alex Robinson led Hercules Wimbledon's
team home in the senior men's five miles race finishing 13th out of almost 200 runners in 29:39. With
their scoring 10 in the top 80, Hercules Wimbledon were fourth in the team contest, an improvement on
their fifth place in the opening match.
Other members of the scoring team were Fred Slemeck (19th in 29:53), Liam White (28th in 30:34), Joe
Clark (36th in 31:01), Jonathan Cornish (38th in 31:06), Matthew Sharp (42nd in 31:16), Rob Tuer (43rd
in 31:18), Phil Glynn (71st in 32:42), George Longworth (75th in 32:5) and Alexie Calvert-Ansari (79th
Hercules Wimbledon's Emma Henderson set a club veteran women's over 40 record when she won the women's
event in the Fulham Palace 5km parkrun in Bishops Park on Saturday. She clocked 19:28 in finishing 14th
out of 123 runners in 19:28. It was an impressive improvement on her previous best time of 20:15 set at
Nonsuch Park at the end of September. Alison Purnell who finished 33rdout of the 123 runners broke her
own veterans over 50 record with a time of 21:17. She was one second faster than the record she set on
Wimbledon Common on June 1st. Her husband, Jeremy, was the top Hercules Wimbledon finisher in 19:14,
just there seconds outside his best time set at Solihull the previous weekend. All three Hercules
Wimbledon runners were competing in Bishops Park for the first time.
Marathon-running mum Claire Grima was also the top woman finisher in the Wimbledon Common parkrun on
Saturday. She finished sixth out of more than 300 runners in 18:36. Best Hercules Wimbledon performer
was over 40 veteran Peter Collins who was third in 18:25. Adam Harwood was 11th in 19:09 with teenager
Elliot Laville clocking a personal best of 19:59 in finishing 23rd. Emilie Bokor-Ingram was third woman
This weekend, several Hercules Wimbledon youngsters will be competing for their respective boroughs in
the London Youth Games cross country championships at Parliament Hill Fields, North London, on Saturday
morning. They will be followed by the club's older athletes competing in the London cross country
championships at the same venue. The senior women's race is at 1.15pm followed by the men at
5-11-13 - GRIMA'S WINNING DEBUT AT KINGSTON
Hercules Wimbledon's Athletic Club's marathon runner David Grima made a winning debut when he contested
the Kingston parkrun on Saturday. Grima headed home the 115-strong field in 18 minutes 28 seconds to
win by 13 seconds.
It was only his second parkrun victory of the year. His only other success came when he headed home a
162-strong field at Killerton in Devon at the end of July in a faster 17:54. He regularly competes in
the Wimbledon Common event with his wife Claire. In his six appearances in the event this year his best
placing was third which he achieved in both May and October.
Hercules Wimbledon's Pete Clarke, 51, was a stunning winner of the Richmond Park parkrun where he
smashed his previous best time in crossing the finishing line in 17:41 to head home the 341-strong
field and post the top age-graded performance of the day. It was his first appearance in the Richmond
Park event for almost three years and his time bettered his previous best of 18:26 achieved in January
It was also the first time he had won in Richmond Park where his previous highest placing was
fourth in January 2011. His only previous success in 13 parkrun appearances was on New Year's Eve in
2011 when he won in Old deer Park. His performance in Richmond Park on Saturday was the second fastest
5km time recorded by a Hercules Wimbledon over 50 veteran. He was only five seconds off the record set
by Dennis Williams in Hyde Park in 2000.
Hercules Wimbledon teenager Alex Lloyd-Jones was second in Richmond Park in 18:13 with another
youngster Oscar White sixth in 18:52, just nine seconds lower than his best time, and teenager Jack
Collins 10th in 19:09.
Teenager Zoe Illis was just six seconds slower than her personal best when she finished second in the
women's event in the Wimbledon Common parkrun in 20:08. She was one of 16 Hercules Wimbledon runners in
the Wimbledon Common event where there were 344 finishers. Peter Collins who was first in the veterans
over 40 category in 18:38 was the top Hercules Wimbledon finisher. Adam Harwood was 20th in 19:30 with
Andrew Blake 26th in 19:53. Adam Fenton was fourth over 50 veteran in 20:10 with Charles Hampden-Smith
fifth in that category in 20:38. Over 55 woman veteran Anna Garnier posted the top age-graded
performance with a time of 22:00. She was also eighth in the women's race.
Hercules Wimbledon's over 45 veteran Fenella Willis was the first woman finisher in the Pymmes
Park parkrun in Edmonton. It was a family outing for the Willis family who were competing at the North
London venue for the first time. Husband Thomas was 12th just ahead of their teenager son Joseph who
The Purnell family were also out of London at the weekend and competed in the Brueton Park parkrun in
Solihull. Dad Jeremy clocked a personal best time of 19:11 in finishing 13th out of 211 runners. He
sliced 25 seconds off his previous best time set on his debut appearance at Solihull on New Year's Eve
in 2011. His wife, Alison, also posted a personal best time of 21:31 in finishing 37th and fourth
in the women's race. She took 31 seconds off her previous best set on the final day of 2011. Their son
Zac was 79th on his debut appearance in the event in 24:08.
Hercules Wimbledon's Stuart Fraser was top veteran over 45 finisher in Bishop's Park, Fulham, where he
was eighth out of 131 runners in 17:38. It was his debut appearance in the event. Teenager Peter Riches
posted a personal best of 19:54 in finishing 20th. He smashed his previous best time of 21:26 set the
Fred Slemeck was the fastest member of the Hercules Wimbledon senior men's team which competed in the
English cross country relays at Mansfield for the first time on Saturday. Slemeck clocked 16:54 with
Alex Robinson (17:20), Rob Tuer (18:12) and Belal Aly (19:00) completing the quartet which finished
52nd of the 157 teams.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon compete in the second of this season's 2XU Surrey cross country league
Division One meeting on Mitcham Common. The race headquarters are at the Millhouse Eco Centre on
Windmill Road, next to the Harvester. The young athletes race over 2.5 miles is at 2.30pm with the
seniors running five miles starting at 3pm.
29-10-13 - YOUNGSTERS DOMINATE CROYDON RACE
Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters dominated the opening East Surrey League cross country meeting staged
in wet and windy conditions at Lloyd Park, Croydon, on Saturday.
Teenager Matthew Gibbons headed home the runners with Hercules Wimbledon filling the top five
places. Gibbons gained a runaway victory as he completed the 2.5 miles course in 14 minutes 57 seconds
to finish almost two minutes ahead of clubmate Jake Blayney (16:36) with Zoe Illis first girl in 16:43.
Zac Purnell was the top under 13 boy finisher taking fourth place in 17:57 with Daniel Illis second in
that age group in 18:08, making his Hercules Wimbledon debut. Gibbons went one better than his second
place in 2012 in leading Hercules Wimbledon to a comfortable victory in the team event.
Surrey steeplechase silver medallist Rob Tuer led the Hercules Wimbledon runners home in the senior
five miles race in 29:32 to take second place 11 seconds behind winner Alastair Moses from Reigate
Priory. Jeremy Purnell was 20th of the 69 finishers in 35:00.
Hercules Wimbledon's Emilie Bokor-Ingram won the women's event when she finished 31st out of 315
runners in Saturday's Wimbledon Common parkrun. She clocked 20:33 which was down on her best time of
19:44 set in September. It was the second time she had won the women's race in the Wimbledon Common
event. Top Hercules Wimbledon finisher was Peter Collins who finished ninth and top veteran over 40
runner in 18:39 with Rohan Crouse 11th (18:55) and Adam Fenton 27th (20:25). Fenton was fourth veteran
Cassian Hyde was second out of 862 runners in the Bushy Park parkrun in 16:44, just six seconds short
of his best time for the course set in June.Alex Lloyd-Jones was 10th in the Richmond Park parkrun in
Alexie Calvert-Ansari was the top Hercules Wimbledon finisher in the Fulham Palace parkrun in Bishop's
Park. He was fourth in 17:22 with Caroline Linares 25th and third woman in 20:56. Peter Riches was 27th
Hercules Wimbledon's men's track and field team captain Steve Davies narrowly missed out on winning a
medal in the World Masters' Championships in Porto Alegre, Brazil. He finished fourth in the men's over
35 400m hurdles in 58.26, just one-hundredths of a second behind the bronze medallist. He qualified for
the final by finishing second in his heat in 58. 45.
On the road, Hercules Wimbledon's Kieran White was 41st out of more than 21000 runners in the Great
South Run 10 miles race in Portsmouth on Sunday in 56:58. He was fourth in the veterans over 35
category in his second race of the year over the distance. Clubmate Adam Harwood, in his first race
over the distance was 158th in 64:41.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are sending a senior men's team to compete in the English cross
country relay championships in Mansfield. It is the first time Hercules Wimbledon will be competing in
the senior men's championship.
22-10-13 - SOLID START TO LEAGUE PROGRAMME
Hercules Wimbledon's cross country runners made a solid start to their winter league programme on
Wimbledon Common and at Bagshot.
15-10-13 - MATT SHARP TOP GB FINISHER IN HOLLAND
Two members of the team that won the Surrey road relay title at Wimbledon Park last month
headed home the senior men's team in the 2XU Surrey League Division One match on Wimbledon
Common. Fred Slemeck just held off team-mate Kieran White to finish 13th of the 183-strong
field in 27 minutes 29 seconds with White just one second behind. Jonathan Cornish was 19th
in 27:44, Joe Clark 33rd in 28:33 and James Davis 39th in 28:49.
Steeplechaser Rob Tuer was next Hercules Wimbledon finisher in 57th place (29:32), with
Phil Glynn 63rd in 29:54, Chris Ore 78th in 30:41, Pete Clarke, 91st and second veteran
over 50 in 31:19 and Alexie Calvert-Ansari 104th in 31:56 completing the scoring 10.
The senior men's team was fifth just 11 points behind fourth spot. Scores: 1 Kent AC 203;
Thames Hare & Hounds 219; 3 Herne Hill 271; 4 Belgrave 446; 5 Hercules Wimbledon 457; 6
Clapham Chasers 509; 7 South London Harriers 606; 8 Ranelagh 611; 8 Walton 773.
Hercules Wimbledon's Cassian Hyde had a good run in the young athletes 2.5 miles race to
finish third in 13:18, just 15 seconds behind the winner. Matt Gibbons was ninth and third
under 15 runner in 14:35, Alex Lloyd-Jones 10th in 14:48, Jack Collins 11th in 14:49 and
Jake Blayney 22nd and sixth under 15 in 16:33 to complete the scoring team which was joint
second. Team scores: 1 South London Harriers 125; 2= Hercules Wimbledon & Herne Hill
111; 4 Walton 51; 5 Kent AC 18; 6 Belgrave 7.
In his first Surrey League cross country race for two seasons, Peter Riches achieved his
best-ever placing in taking third spot in the under 13 category in 16:21. Ben Clarke was
eighth in 17:09, Alexander Abraham 10th in 17:23, Zac Purnell 12th in 17:32 and Finn Snow
16th in 18:06 to complete the scoring team which was second. Team scores: 1 Herne Hill 59;
2 Hercules Wimbledon 42; 3 Walton 29; 4 Belgrave 19; 5 South London Harriers 16.
Lisa Crow led the Hercules Wimbledon contingent home in the opening Max Sports Surrey
Ladies League Division One match at Lightwater Country Park on Saturday. She finished 27th
out of 163 runners in the senior race in 26:09. Emma Henderson was 39th in 26:52, Emile
Bokor-Ingram 52nd in 27:45, and Alison Purnell 58th in 28:09. Gina Galbraith completed the
scoring team finishing 61st in 28:16.
Hercules Wimbledon's marathon-running couple David and Claire Grima enjoyed an all-expenses
paid trip to the Amsterdam Marathon on Sunday after winning a competition at the London
Marathon in April. David took almost three minutes off his previous best in finishing 177th
out of more than 11000 runners in 2:48:45. Wife Claire was not far behind. She was top
veteran woman over 35 finishing 185th in 2:49:18 and was just eight seconds outside her
club record set in London in 2012.
A third Hercules Wimbledon runner in the Amsterdam race was Amy Aronson who finished a
promising 3:07:06 on her marathon debut. Only four Hercules Wimbledon women runners,
including Claire Grima, have ever run faster.
Hercules Wimbledon's Zoe Pike broke the club women's veteran over 40 record when she
finished fifth in the women's race in the Henley half-marathon in 1:29:20. Her time took
more than six minutes off the old record set by Masumi Dobson at Silverstone in March 2009.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon compete in the East Surrey League cross country races in
Lloyd Park, Croydon, and the Bruce Judd Young Athletes cross country relays at Guildford on
Saturday, and the opening Surrey Sportshall meeting at Guildford's Spectrum Leisure Centre
Hercules Wimbledon's Matt Sharp was the top British finisher when he battled through atrocious
conditions to post a lifetime best in the Eindhoven Marathon in Holland on Sunday.
Sharp, 34, raced through heavy rain, gusting winds and chilly weather to complete the course in two
hours 33 minutes 8 seconds, his first marathon of the year. His time improved on the 2:34:47 he set in
the Frankfurt Marathon almost a year ago in October 2012.
Meanwhile, his dad, Maurice, 68, narrowly missed out on a medal in the Surrey Veterans cross country
championships staged in contrasting warm sunshine in Richmond Park on Saturday. Sharp completed the 6km
course in 27:49 to finish sixth in the over 65 category.
Two of the 15-strong Hercules Wimbledon contingent in Richmond Park managed to get among the medals.
Former international race walker Estle Viljoen-van Schalkwyk raced herself to exhaustion to take the
silver medal in the women's over 40 category in 25:50.
Hercules Wimbledon's oldest competitor, Alan Turner, who qualified for the age category in July, took
the bronze medal in the men's over 70 age group in 30:43. Alison Purnell just missed out on a medal
when she finished fourth in the women's over 50 category in 26:43. Monika Crouse was ninth in the over
35 race in 27:56 and Dave Betts top Hercules Wimbledon finisher in the men's over 60 category in 27:43.
Top finisher in the men's 10km championship race was Peter Lee who was seventh in the over 45 category
At the other end of the age scale, two of Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters also showed good form. Zoe
Illis was top woman finisher and broke her own women's under 17 record in Saturday's Wimbledon Common
parkrun. She was 37th out of the 339 finishers in 20:02 to take eight seconds off her previous best and
club record set on Wimbledon Common at the beginning of September. Another teenager, Elliot Laville
finished just outside the frame in the South-East Region Biathlon Championships in Medway Park,
First Hercules Wimbledon finisher on Wimbledon Common was Alex Robinson who was runner-up in 16:59.
Adam Harwood was 16th in 18:42, teenager Matt Gibbons 18th in 18:46 and David Gold 29th in 19:33.
Apart from the Wimbledon Common event, Hercules Wimbledon runners were in action in eight other parkrun
races winning two of them, Jonathan Cornish headed home the 317-strong field in the Richmond Park event
in a personal best of 16:32. It took 15 seconds off his previous best time set in winning the Richmond
Park event in May. He won Saturday's race by almost two minutes.
A week after setting a Hercules Wimbledon under 13 record of 18:43, Oscar White just pipped Cornish to
the top age-graded performance when he finished seventh in 18:51. Another youngster, Peter Riches
posted a personal best time in finishing 23rd in 20:03, which ranks him fourth on the Hercules
Wimbledon under 13 boys all-time list. He smashed his previous best time of 24:26 set in August last
Steeplechaser Rob Tuer won the Dulwich Park parkrun in 16:45, heading home a 141-strong field. He won
by 20 seconds and he recorded his first win in the event in nine appearances in Dulwich Park, the first
of which was in June 2012 when he was runner-up in 17:34. Over 50 veteran Andy Thwaites was just one
second outside his best time when he finished third out of 327 runners in the Norman Park parkrun in
18:50, posting the top male age-graded performance.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon host the opening 2XU Surrey Men's cross country league Division One
meeting on Wimbledon Common. The oyung athletes 2.5 miles race is at 2.30pm while the seniors set off
for their five miles battle at 3pm. The race starts and finish near the Thatched Cottage in the middle
of the common while the race headquarters is at Belgrave Hall on Denmark Road, Wimbledon, Hercules
Wimbledon are also in action in the opening Surrey Ladies League race at Lightwater Country Park,
8-10-13 - MUM GRIMA BEATS ALL THE HERCULES MEN
Marathon-running mum Claire Grima was the top Hercules Wimbledon finisher when she took the women's
prize in the Perseverance Wimbledon Park 10km road race which was staged in bright sunshine on Sunday
Grima, 36, headed the women's field from the start to finish sixth overall in 38 minutes 44seconds with
her Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Emma Henderson, running in her first race over the distance, taking
second place in the women's race in 43:10.
It was Grima's second race of the weekend. Twenty-four hours earlier she was runner-up in the women's
race in the Wimbledon Common parkrun in 18:17. She was just 10 seconds outside her best time for the
event as she finished behind husband David who was third out of almost 400 runners in 17:30, also close
to his best time of 17:23. Emile Bokor-Ingram was third woman in a personal best of 19:42, slicing two
seconds off her previous best set a fortnight earlier.
Two Hercules Wimbledon runners won their parkrun races on Saturday. Chris Ore headed home a 95-strong
field in Burgess Park in 17:10 while James Moorcroft led in 350 runners at Newbury in 17:23. They
finished five and four seconds, respectively, ahead of the second runners. Ore sliced two seconds off
his previous best set a fortnight earlier.
Top Hercules Wimbledon man in Sunday's Wimbledon Park race was Guy Cotter who clocked a personal best
of 39:10 finishing seventh behind Grima. Andrew Davies was 10th in 39:46 with Stewart Bond second
veteran over 40 finisher in 41:34 ahead of fellow over 40 veteran Jason Taylor (42:03). David Gold was
next finisher taking 15th place in 42:29. Charlene Huxham was fifth woman in a personal best of 45:06.
Top Hercules Wimbledon finisher in Saturday's Wimbledon Common parkrun was Joe Clark who finished
second in a personal best of 17:21. It was eight seconds faster than he clocked in May. Over 40 veteran
Peter Collins was 14th in 18:25 with Andrew Davies 18th in 18:42 and teenager Matt Gibbons 19th in
18:44. Adam Fenton was fourth veteran over 50 in 19:56, 13 seconds outside his best time for the
course. Alison Purnell was just nine seconds outside her best time as she finished eighth in the
women's race in 21:29. Maurice Sharp was second veteran over 65 in 21:40 with Charles Lawrie top in the
over 60 category in 22:45.
Hercules Wimbledon teenager Alex Lloyd-Jones posted his fastest time of the year when he finished third
out of 326 runners in the Richmond Park parkrun.He clocked 17:27, 23 seconds behind the race winner and
just 16 seconds slower than his personal best set in October last year. Oscar White broke the Hercules
Wimbledon boys under 13 record in finishing 11th in 18:43. He took seven seconds off the previous
record set by Harris Mier at Wimbledon in July.
Teenager Cassian Hyde was fourth out of more than 1000 runners in the Bushy Park parkrun in 16:57, 19
seconds outside his best time for the course. Fran Clarke was second woman finisher in the Kingston
parkrun in 20:32 running alongside husband Dave who clocked the same time. They finished 12th and 13th
respectively out of more than 100 runners.
Hercules Wimbledon's Lisa Crow was 284th out of 14844 finishers in the Royal Parks half-marathon
through St James's, Green and Hyde Parks and Kensington Gardens on Sunday. She clocked a personal best
of 1:28:25 and was 27th woman finisher.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's athletes are in action in the Surrey Veterans cross country
championships in Wimbledon Park on Saturday. The women's and men's over 60 6km race starts at 2.15pm
with the main men's race over 10km due off at 3pm.
1-10-13 - RUNNERS HEAD FOR PERSERVERANCE 10K RACE
Scores of runners will be converging on Wimbledon Park on Sunday morning for the annual Perseverance 10
kilometres road race promoted by Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club.
Traditionally, the race has started and finished at the athletics stadium but, due to refurbishment
work currently being carried out on the running track, the start and finished have been switched to the
park. This year the race will start and finish near the bowls pavilion. The race starts at 9.30am.
The course takes in two undulating laps and passes the world famous All England Tennis Club where the
Olympic tennis tournament was staged in 2012. All abilities are welcome and there are prizes for men
and women in all age categories. The race also incorporates the Veterans Athletic Club championships.
Although postal entries have closed, entries are being taken on the day. The race headquarters are in
Hercules Wimbledon's Community Clubhouse at the athletics track where there are also changing
facilities. Every finisher will also get a race momento.
The race is also raising money for The Wimbledon Guild, a long-serving charity for the elderly in
Wimbledon. Ten per cent of the entry fee will be donated to the Guild.
Last year's winner was Belgrave's Paskar Owor who was chased home by two Hercules Wimbledon runners
Jonathan Cornish and Phil Glynn.
Hercules Wimbledon teenager Connor Bindler improved on his personal best when he finished third out of
almost 400 runners in the Wimbledon Common parkrun 5km event on Saturday. Bindler was just four second
behind the race winner as he clocked 17:18 in a tight finish to take five seconds off his previous best
time set at the end of August. Bindler led home 20 Hercules Wimbledon runners in Saturday's race. Emile
Bokor-Ingram was first woman finisher in 34th place in19:48, just four times outside her personal best
She finished behind four other Hercules Wimbledon runners. Over 40 veteran Felix Allen was 12th in
18:30, Adam Harwood 14th in 18:38, another over 40 veteran Peter Collins 19th in 18:52 and teenager
Matt Gibbons 23rd in 19:10.
Hercules Wimbledon's Dan Honour was part of athletics history when he was among more than 27500 runners
who competed in the Berlin marathon on Sunday. Kenyan Wilson Kipsang smashed the world record with a
winning time of 2:03:23. Honour clocked a personal best of 2:52:23 to break the Hercules Wimbledon
veterans over 35 record. He finished alongside clubmate Robert Bell, who clocked the same time, and was
one of five Hercules Wimbledon runners in the Berlin race. His previous best time was 2:56:29 set in
the Chicago Marathon last year.
Emma Henderson equalled the Hercules Wimbledon women's veteran over 40 mark when she finished fourth
woman in the Nonsuch Park parkrun on Saturday. She clocked 20:15 to take 21 seconds off her previous
best set on her debut appearance in the event a fortnight earlier. Her time equalled the mark set by
Zoe Phillips on Wimbledon Common in April 2011.
Hercules Wimbledon marathon running Fran Clarke was to woman finisher in the Kingston parkrun on
Saturday in 20:22. She finished alongside husband Dave, the Hercules Wimbledon chairman, who won the
English senior men's cross country title three times in the 1980's.