15-12-15 - WINNING WARM-UP FOR COUNTIES
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s youngsters gave their hopes of taking team medals in next month’s
Surrey championships a big boost when they took the team prize in the Holly Run cross country races at
Reigate Priory on Sunday.
The boys under 15 team packed well to clinch the team prize ahead of Walton and Croydon. The trio were
led home by Henry Silverstein who was runner-up in the three miles race in 17 minutes 56 seconds with
Sam Barker third in 18:12 and Alexander Abrahams sixth in 19:04. In other races, Rebekah Riches was a
solid seventh in the girls under 13 two miles race in 13:18 and young athletes coach Mark Livingstone
37th in the senior six miles race in 43:30.
Two Hercules Wimbledon athletes were in action for Surrey in the South of England inter-counties cross
country championships at Shuttleworth Park, Biggleswade, on Saturday. Zachary Purnell was 56th out of
92 runners in the boys under 15 4km race in 13:25 while Isabella Ellis was 57th out of 83 runners in
the women’s under 17 5km race in 20:06.
Hercules Wimbledon’s Ben Toomer continued to find Wimbledon Common a happy hunting ground when he beat
a 302-strong field to win the weekly 5km parkrun there on Saturday morning. Toomer, who won the East
Surrey League on the common the previous weekend, finished almost a minute clear of his nearest rival
in 16:58, to post his 11th win in 13 appearances in the Wimbledon Common event since March 2014. He led
21 Hercules Wimbledon runners home.
Adam Harwood was 10th in 18:42 with Richard Evans 12th and top veteran over 50 runner in 19:27. Lisa
Thomas, returning to full fitness after injury, was top woman veteran over 50 finisher in 21:14,
posting the top age-graded women’s performance of the day. She was also third in the women’s race.
Hercules Wimbledon’s Jonathan Cornish was just five seconds outside his best time for the course when
he finished fourth out of 855 runners in the Bushy Park event in 15:53. Alex Abraham, 13,who helped the
Hercules Wimbledon team to victory in the Holly Run event at Reigate the following day, sliced 11
seconds off his best time when he finished eighth out of 294 runners win Richmond Park in 19:02.
Elsewhere, Gina Galbraith was second woman finisher in Chichester in 22:16. Valerie Parocki, at 11, one
of the youngest runners in the event, finished fourth in the women’s race at Dulwich Park in 21:15.
Another Hercules Wimbledon youngster, Selma Hegvold, 12, was fifth in the women’s race in Old Deer Park
Over 40 veteran Felix Allen had a busy weekend. He was first in his age group in the Reindeer Run 10km
road race in Battersea Park on Saturday ion 38:57 and then, on Sunday, he was first over 40 finisher in
the Christmas 10km event in Richmond Park in 39:53. His Hercules Wimbledon club mate, Tom Cheetham, was
top over 45 finisher in Battersea Park in 39:14.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon’s cross country runners will be in action in the South of the Thames
seven-and-a-half miles cross country championships at Somerhill School, Tonbridge, on Saturday,
starting at 2pm.
It will be the club’s penultimate competition of 2015. On Christmas Day, Hercules Wimbledon runners get
the chance to build up their appetite for lunch by taking part in the annual Lauriston Runners’ Clubs
30-minutes paarlauf which is being staged for the 62nd time. The event starts at 11am adjacent to
Southside, Wimbledon Common, opposite the junction with Lauriston Road. Pairs of runners compete
alternatively for 30 minutes and the winning pair is the one that covers the greatest distance. After
the event there will be seasonal mince pies and mulled wine in the Lauriston Runners’ clubhouse.
It will be the club’s final race of the year. The first race of 2016 will be on Saturday, January 2nd,
with the staging of the annual Hercules Wimbledon/Lauriston Runners Clubs five miles multi-terrain
race, starting at 2pm near West Place, Wimbledon Common. On Sunday, January 3rd, Hercules Wimbledon
runners will be in action in the South London Athletics Network indoor meeting at the David Weir
Leisure Centre, Carshalton.
8-12-15 - BEN TOOMER WINS CLUB TITLE
Top Hercules Wimbledon young athletes race finisher Matthew Gibbons,
league race winner Ben Toomer and women's winner Claire Grima
Runners from Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club dominated their pre-christmas inter-club cross country
match on Wimbledon Common on Saturday with more than 60 athletes from the club taking part.
The event also incorporated an East Surrey League fixture and the club five miles championship for the
Wimbledon Boro’ News Cup. Hercules Wimbledon runners fill the top five places in the league fixture.
Leading the way home was Ben Toomer who covered the five miles in 27 minutes 31 seconds finishing well
clear of Jonathan Cornish (28:28) and Fred Slemeck (29:06). Teenager Barnaby Woods, who was next over
the line in 29:13, was top junior finisher with Neil Fraser finishing 14 seconds later.
Claire Grima was the first woman to finish in 31:31, 26 seconds clear of Hannah Jarvis from
Milocarians. Over 35 veteran Gina Galbraith was fourth woman in 35:11with Francesca Clarke first
veteran woman over 40 in 36:12 with Steph Robson second in that age category in 36:19 and former
international race walker Estle Viljoen third in 37:50. She was 12 seconds ahead of Lisa Thomas who was
top veteran over 50 finisher.
A total of 43 Hercules Wimbledon runners took part in the senior race and for half-a-dozen of them it
was their second race of the day as less than two hours earlier they took part in the Wimbledon Common
5km parkrun. Over 50 veteran Richard Evans was eighth out of more than 300 runners in the parkrun where
he was top finisher in his category in 18:57, posting the second best age-graded performance, before
turning out in the inter-club race where he was 38th out of 124 runners in 33:51.
Hercules Wimbledon runners filled the top three under 15 places in the young athletes 2.5 miles race.
Henry Silverstain was first in the category in 14:37 ahead of Sam Barker (14:52) and Alexander Abraham
(15:06). Top Hercules Wimbledon finisher was Matthew Gibbons who finished fourth in 14:28. Warming top
for this coming weekend when she represents Surrey in the South of England inter-counties championships
at Biggleswade, Isabelle Ellis was third in the girls race in 17:06 just ahead of club mate Rebekah
Riches (17:15) who was second under 13 finisher. A total of 18 Hercules Wimbledon youngsters were among
the 48 runners taking part.
On Sunday, 12-year-old Sacha Ormiston, headed home the field in the Wimbledon Common junior 2km parkrun
in 7:59, finishing a comfortable 15 seconds clear. His Hercules Wimbledon clubmate, Ellen Weir was
first girl in 8:39 with Albane Fery second girl in 9:09.
Also on Sunday, Hercules Wimbledon’s Kieran White was second veteran over 35 finisher when he raced to
19th place in the Victory five miles road race in Portsmouth in 26:58. Mark Cahill was sixth veteran
over 40 finisher in the Pirie 10 miles cross country race at Farthing Downs, Coulson, in 1:17:35. Over
50 veteran Frank Wood was 75th out of more than 1000 runners in the Bedford half marathon in 1:30.00.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon’s more seasoned runners will be in action in the South of England
Masters cross country championships in Biggleswade while teenager Isabelle Ellis will be competing for
Surrey in the South of England inter-counties cross country championships at the same venue.
1-12-15 - RECORD SIX PARKRUN WINNERS
Without a fixture of their own, Hercules Wimbledon’s road runners posted a record-breaking six
victories in parkrun 5km events over the weekend, both in this country and abroad. There were also a
record number of 31 Hercules Wimbledon runners in action in the Wimbledon Common event where club
runners took both the men’s and women’s events.
Alex Robinson gained a runaway victories he headed the 340-strong field home on Wimbledon Common
crossing the line in 16 minutes 48 seconds to win by more than a minute. Second Hercules Wimbledon
finisher was marathon runner Claire Grima who took the women’s event in 18:25. Second-claim member Knut
Hegvold was the top veteran over 50 finisher taking fifth place in 18:21 and posting the top
age-graded performance. Other leading Hercules Wimbledon runners were Adam Harwood 10th in 18:38 and
Peter Collins, the top veteran over 45 finisher in 12th position in 19:06.
With his work taking him to Copenhagen, Ben Toomer took the opportunity to turn out in the Danish
capital’s parkrun event. He completed a hat-trick of wins after previous successes in August and
October to cross the line in 16:21 to win by 21 seconds. His club ate, Rob Tuer, made a winning debut
in the Black Park event in Slough in 17:37. He won by almost a minute in beating a 410-strong field.
Hercules Wimbledon’s Fran Clarke was women’s winner at Kingston in 20:52, posting the evemt’s top
age-graded performance while on Sunday, Ellen Weir won the junior 2km parkrun in Wimbledon Park in
8:33, finishing 28 seconds ahead of the top boy. Valerie Parocki was third in the women's race in
Richmond Park in 22:32.
Hercules Wimbledon’s Dominic Kiralyfi was the third British finisher in the Firenzi Marathon in
Florence, Italy, on Sunday, in 2:39:26. He finished 36th out of almost 3000 runners.
Hercules Wimbledon’s Richard McDowell was runner-up out of almost 200 runners in the testing Three
Molehill multi-terrain 23.35km race at Denbies Vineyard, Dorking, on Sunday. The roller-coaster course
climbs to the top of Box Hill and then drops down to the Burfoprd Spur in the Mole Valley.
Last Friday was a big day for Hercules Wimbledon’s long-serving official Pete
Mulholland. He was presented with the British Empire Medal, awarded to him in last year’s Queen’s
Birthday Honours, for services to athletics in Wimbledon, by the Lord Lieutenant of London, Mr
Kenneth Olisa, at a ceremony at the Tower of London. He stood down earlier this year after serving
as the club’s cross country secretary for half-a-century. Mulholland, 75, helps out at the weekly
Wimbledon Common park runs and was there, as usual, on Saturday morning.
This Sunday, Hercules Wimbledon are going for a hat-trick of wins in the Frankeiss Trophy, a boat race
in skiffs for running clubs. The event dates back to the 1920’s and was originally a rowing contest
between the oldest cross country clubs, reflecting the fact that cross country running was started by
rowers. It will be held at Teddington Skiff Club starting at 9am. Ana Mijic and Tim Lynch will be
representing Hercules Wimbledon.
Meanwhile, on Saturday, Hercules Wimbledon host a five miles inter-club cross country match on
Wimbledon Common. It is starting at the earlier time of 11am so as not to clash with the University
cross country match which is being staged on the common later in the day. The race starts and finishes
near the Thatched Cottage.
24-11-15 - AHMED WINS AT HIGHBURY
While most of his club mates were in action in the South of the Thames cross country race in Surrey and
in running events south of the river, Hercules Wimbledon’s Belal Ahmed made a winning debut in the
Highbury Fields 5km parkrun in North London on Saturday. But, it was a close call for Ahmed who managed
to sprint home to win by just one second in 17 minutes 9 seconds.
Adam Harwood headed home a dozen Hercules Wimbledon runners in the Wimbledon Common event finishing
sixth out of 226 runners in 18:40. Richard Evans was first veteran over 50 finisher in 12th place in
20:07with Simon Bodle second in that age category finishing 16th in 20:17.
Kieran White headed home a quartet of Hercules Wimbledon runners in the Self Transcendence 10km road
race in Battersea Park in finishing sixth out of 210 competitors in 33:45 with Jonny Earl 18th in 35:57
and Frank Wood second veteran over 50 finisher in 40:05.
Hercules Wimbledon just missed out on a set of team medals in the South of the Thames five miles cross
country race staged in freezing conditions over a testing, muddy course at Polesden Lacey. Jonathan
Cornish led the Hercules Wimbledon runners home finishing 12th out of 182 runners in the men’s event in
27:48. With Richard McDowell 17th in 28:27, Joe Clark 19th in 28:37 and Rob Tuer 40th in 30:01,
Hercules Wimbledon missed out on the bronze medals by finishing in fourth place.
Hercules Wimbledon were also fourth in the eight-to-score competition for the Brent Shield with Chris
Wright 42nd in 30:12, Neil Fraser 44th in 30:22, David Scrimshaw 83rd in 33:40 and over 50 veteran
Charles Hamden, who earlier in the day had finished 31st in the Wimbledon Common parkrun 117th in
Gina Galbraith led the Hercules Wimbledon women’s team home finishing 27th out of 101 runners in 36:57
with Hannah Walker 72nd in 43:16, Vivien Takacs 74th in 43:38 and Fran Clarke 79th in 44:40. Over 50
veteran, Lisa Thomas, who missed the start by a couple of minutes, finished 82nd in 45:17.
Eleven-year-old Valerie Parocki had a busy weekend. On Saturday, she was third woman finisher on her
debut appearance in the Richmond Park parkrun in 21:49 and then on Sunday, she was second girl in the
junior 2km parkrun in Wimbledon Park in 8:21, just six seconds behind the winner and six seconds slower
than her personal best set last month. Clubmate Jack Murray was 13th in 9:54.
Hercules Wimbledon’s Felix Allen was first veteran over 40 in the Wimbledon half-marathon on Sunday in
1:24:56 with club mate Sophie Russell second veteran woman over 40 in 1:37:04. Annemarie Seymour was
second woman finisher in the Bushy Park 10km multi-terrain race on Sunday in 45:47.
17-11-15 - FIRST LONDON TEAM SILVER
Fresh on the back of their historic Surrey League team win the previous weekend, Hercules Wimbledon
Athletic Club’s senior men’s cross country runners produced their best-ever team performance to take
the silver medals in the annual London cross country championships staged in pouring rain at Parliament
Hill Fields, North London, on Saturday.
Silver medal winning teams:
L-R Jonathan Cornish, Joe Clark, Ben Toomer, Fred Slemeck
Despite the testing conditions, the quartet managed to excel and took silver for the first time since
the championships were enlarged in 1965 to incorporate the 20 outer London boroughs. The only other
time Hercules Wimbledon medalled in these championships was in 2013 when they secured the bronze team
medals. Two of that medal-winning team, Jonathan Cornish and Joe Clark, were in this year’s silver
However, it was Fred Slemeck who led the Hercules Wimbledon team in on Saturday finishing fifth out of
more than 350 runners and covering the 10km course in 34 minutes 14 seconds. Cornish was seventh in
34:27, Ben Toomer 15th in 35:03 and Clark 21st in 35:50.
There were 11 Hercules Wimbledon runners in action and others to finish in the top hundred were Rob
Tuer (54th in 37:59), David Grima (57th in 38:05) and Neil Fraser (62nd in 38:19).
Hercules Wimbledon’s Claire Grima was top woman over 35 veteran finisher in the women’s 6km
championship finishing fourth out of more than 200 runners in 23:43. Over 50 veteran Lisa Thomas,
continuing her return to fitness after injury, finished 79th in 27:43.
A total of 26 Hercules Wimbledon youngsters were in action for various London boroughs in the London
Youth Games championships, which were staged before the senior events. Hercules Wimbledon’s Isabelle
Ellis celebrated her selection for the Surrey’s team to compete in next month’s South of England
inter-counties cross country championships at Biggleswade by finishing 18th out of more than 100
runners in the girls under 17 race. Club mate Valerie Parocki was 27th out of 128 runners in the girls
under 13 race.
Highest placed Hercules Wimbledon runners in the six London Youth Games championships was Gon Declare
who was 14th out of 185 runners in the boys under 13 race with clubmate Josh Tatters one second behind
in 15th. Zac Purnell was 15th in the under 15 race just ahead of Henry Silverstein in 16th place with
Matt Gibbons 17th in the under 17 event.
At the other end of the age scale, Hercules Wimbledon’s Peter Giles raced to the individual and team
double as he led England to victory in the Masters cross country international in Dublin. He won the
race by 16 seconds with Martin Ford, a six-times winner at the championships, in third spot.
Hercules Wimbledon’s over 45 veteran has been showing good form across the pond. He headed home a
245-strong field in the “Get Your Rear in Gear”5km road race in Houston in 17:37, the day after he
finished fourth out of 273 runners and top veteran in the Spirit 5km road race in Dallas in 17:57.
Meanwhile, two other of Hercules Wimbledon’s golden oldies, Charles Laurie and Dennis Williams, were
top over 65 veterans in the Beckenham Charity Trail 10km road race.
Hercules Wimbledon’s Steph Robson was top woman finisher in Saturday’s Old Deer Park 5km parkrun with
Alison Purnell third woman to finish on Hampstead Heath and Gina Galbraith third woman finisher on
Wimbledon Common where the best of 16 Hercules Wimbledon runners was Richard McDowell who was second of
more than 300 runners in a personal best of 16:37, slicing 14 seconds off his previous best set in
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon have men’s and women’s teams in action in the South of the Thames five
miles championship which is being held at Polesden Lacey, near Leatherhead, on Saturday, starting at
10-11-15 - HISTORIC WIN ON THE COMMON
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s senior men’s cross country runners gained an
historic victory when they took the team honours in the second of this season’s 2XU Surrey Men’s
League Division One meetings on Wimbledon Common on Saturday.
It was the club’s first team win in the league for almost 40 years. None of the 10 scoring runners were
even born the last time Hercules Wimbledon took the team race in a Surrey League match. Last time was
on Wimbledon Common on October 21st 1978 - more than 37 years ago!
Then, the winning team included international 10000m runner Bob Holt, finishing in third place, with
teenager Dave Clarke, at the start of his successful cross country career which saw him win the English
senior men’s title three times in 1982, 1983 and 1987, fourth scoring finisher in 16th place just ahead
of Dave Beaver who was 17th and who in 1979 finished runner-up in the English junior cross country
championship. In 1978, Clarke, who went own to serve as British cross country team manager and is now
Hercules Wimbledon’s chairman was third in the English junior championship.
Fourth and eighth finishers in 1978 were Mike Fuller and Olly Beard, who still regularly help out at
Hercules Wimbledon home meetings.
Leading the Hercules Wimbledon history boys home to victory on Saturday was Roehampton University
graduate Jon Cornish who was ninth of the 230 finishers. Fred Slemeck was 13th, Ben Toomer 17th, Joe
Clarke 21st, Alex Robinson 22nd, Andrew Penney, competing in a league race for the first time since
January 2011, 24th, Belal Ahmed 31st, Matt Sharp 42nd, Richard McDowell 44th and Rob Tuer 68th. A total
of 230 runners finished.
Hercules Wimbledon managed to secure their victory despite missing three of their top runners, Kieran
White, who was competing elsewhere, Joe Toomey, who was unavailable, and Liam White, who watched the
race on crutches after breaking his leg playing football.
Hercules Wimbledon took the team race with 272 points beating Kent AC (299), South London Harriers
(324), Herne Hill (366), Belgrave (493), Clap[ham Chasers (507), Ranelagh (523), Thames Hare &
Hounds (530) and Guildford and Godalming (781). The race also saw Hercules Wimbledon field a record 46
runners in a Surrey League race, easily beating the previous highest number of 34.
Team manager Fred Green said:”This is a fantastic result and is the direct result of a recent decision
to establish an elite endurance training squad within the club to ensure our best runners all train
together. Tarty-Seven years is a long time to wait for victory.”
Best of the Hercules Wimbledon runners in the young athletes race was Zac Purnell who was sixth under
15 finisher with club mate Henry Silverstein seventh in that age category. The team finished fourth.
Hercules Wimbledon’s women cross country runners gave an improved showing in the second of this
season’s 2XU Surrey Ladies League meetings on West End Common, Esher, by finishing 10th in the team
Once again, marathon runner Claire Grima led the team home in the Division One match
finishing third of more than 200 runners. Alice Ebbage was 58th, Fran Clarke 65th, just ahead of
fellow veteran Lisa Thomas in 69th place. Tara Wood was 83rdand Hannah Walker 91st. The team was
Hercules Wimbledon's over 55 veteran John Krause had a hectic time on Saturday completing in three
races in the space of six hours. First, he ran in the Wimbledon Common 5km park runin rain on Wimbledon
Common before cycling to Kingston to compete in the Thames Meander Marathon over the traditional 26.2
miles. Then, he returned to Wimbledon Common to compete in the 2XU Surrey Cross Country League race
where he was among a record 45 Hercules Wimbledon finishers. After all of that he still found the
energy to turn up at the Rose & Crown pub in Wimbledon Village to celebrate the Hercules
Wimbledon's team victory with his fellow runners. The photo shows him in action at the end of the
Surrey League race.
Best of the youngsters in action was Valerie Parocki who finished 16th of 63 runners in the under 13
race. Isabelle Ellis was 20th out of 48 runners in the under 17 race leading the club too fifth team
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are sending both men’s and women’s teams to compete in the annual
London cross country championships at Parliament Hill Fields, North London. On Saturday morning, some
of the club’s youngsters will be in action for various London boroughs in the London nYouth Games cross
- HAT-TRICK OF PARKRUN WINNERS
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club had a hat-trick of 5km parkrun winners last
weekend in London, Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire.
Fastest of the winning trio was Ben Toomer who warmed up for this coming weekend’s
second 2XU Surrey Men’s cross country league meeting on Wimbledon Common by gaining a runaway win at
Northampton in 15 minutes 59 seconds, half-a-minute clear of the second finisher. It proved third time
lucky for Toomer, who headed home a 342-strong field, as he posted his first win at Northampton after
finishing third and second on his two previous appearances there. His time was also 26 seconds faster
than his previous best time for the course achieved at the beginning of May. Boomer was also just one
second outside his personal best time for 5km posted at Battersea Park in July last year.
His Hercules Wimbledon club mate Eileen Brandley also posted a personal best in
winning the women’s event at Northampton in 22:24, 49 seconds faster than her time on her debut
appearance there last December. Matt Sharp led home a 300-strong field in Dulwich Park in 16:21 to
chalk up his ninth win in 14 appearances there. He finished half-a-minute ahead of the second
The third parkrun success came at Didcot where Jonathan Cornish beat 122 other
runners to win in 16:41, 39 seconds clear of the second runner. He also posted the day’s top age-graded
performance in completing a hat-trick of wins at Didcot. Cornish completed a busy weekend by finishing
runner-up out of more than 300 runners in the Oxford Mail League cross country race at
Ascott-under-Wtchwood on Sunday, 17 seconds behind the winner.
There was another Hercules Wimbledon winner in Old Deer Park where Steph Robson was
top woman finisher in 21:04. Fran Clarke posted a faster time in finishing third in the women’s event
in the Richmond Park race in a personal best time of 20:30. It took 22 seconds off her previous
best set on her debut appearance there in February 2008.
Hercules Wimbledon runners were also the top finishers in the junior park run 2km
race in Wimbledon Park on Sunday with Sacha Ormiston heading home the 97-strong field in 8:03 and
Valerie Parocki winning the girls event in 8:39 with clubmate Selma Hegvold taking second place in
8:47. The previous weekend, Parocki clocked a faster 8:15 in being the outright winner of the event,
beating a 79-strong field.
Parocki also competed in the Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday where she was of
28 Hercules Wimbledon runners taking part. She finished 67th out of the 383 runners in 21:14, the
second fastest 5km time record by a Hercules Wimbledon under 13 girl. Top Hercules Wimbledon finisher
was Fred Slemeck, who finished seventh in 17:17 running in the event for the first time. Adam Harwood
was 12th in 18:17 with 12-year-olds Henry Silverstein 15th in 18:34 and Alexander Abraham 18th in a
personal best of 18:57. Gina Galbraith was second woman in 20:22.
Hercules Wimbledon runners dominate an inter-club 4.8 miles cross country race in
Richmond Park, running away with the team honours. Richard McDowell, Neil Fraser and Khaled Diaw, led
the team to victory finishing second, third and fourth of the 44 runners. Hercules Wimbledon took the
team honours with 16 points, ahead of Elmbridge Raod Runners (52), Bank of England (60), Kingston &
Polytechnic (76) and JP Morgan (91).
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon’s cross country runners are in action in the
second of this season’s 2XU Surrey League meetings. The women and girls are competing on West End
Common, Esher, with the senior women’s race at 12noon followed by races for the younger age groups. The
men and boys are in action on Wimbledon Common. The young athletes 2.5 miles race is at 2.30pm followed
half-an-hour later by the senior race over five miles. The two races start and finish on the common
near the corner of North View and West Side.
27-10-15 - RUNNERS DOMINATE PARKRUN
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club runners dominated the weekly Wimbledon Common
parkrun last Saturday with four runners filling the top six places.
Heading the 374-strong field home was Ben Toomer who
crossed the finishing line in 16 minutes 25 seconds, five seconds outside his best time for the course
set at the beginning of August, and 42 seconds ahead of clubmate Alex Robinson who was running in the
Wimbledon Common event for the first time since September last year.
Stuart Fraser was top veteran finisher taking fifth place in 17:45 with Hercules
Wimbledon clubmate Adam Harwood sixth in 18:09. Michael Burt shaved five seconds off his previous best
set three weeks earlier in finishing 12th in 18:40. First Hercules Wimbledon woman was Gina Galbraith
who was fourth in the women’s race in 20:33. A total of 21 Hercules Wimbledon runners took part.
Meanwhile, teenager Finlay White showed a dramatic improvement in smashing his
previous best when he finished eighth out of more than 300 runners in the Richmond Park event in 19:11.
His time chopped almost two minutes off his previous best of 21:24 set back in May 2013.
Hercules Wimbledon’s youngsters, competing in the event for the first time in many
years, just missed out on a set of team medals in the Bruce Judd Surrey Young Athletes cross country
relay championships in Stoke Park, Guildford, last Saturday. The boys under 15 team finished fourth,
just six seconds behind the bronze medallists. Fastest of the trio was second leg runner Zac Purnell
who clocked 7:25 in moving through from sixth into fourth place, four seconds behind the third team.
Sam Barker clocked 7:31 in holding onto fourth place. First leg runner Eitan Ornstein clocked
Rebekah Riches was the fastest member of the girls under 13 team which finished
eighth out of 25 teams. She clocked 8:39 in moving up from 10th to eighth place on the final leg.
Madeleine Casey and Lucrezia Pollen both clocked 9:03 in finishing 13th and 10th, respectively, on the
opening two legs. Valerie Parocki also got inside nine minutes in clocking 8:56 on the in finishing
12th on the opening leg for the B team.
At the other end of the age scale, Maurice Sharp set a Hercules Wimbledon over 70
club record when he competed in the Self Transcendence 10km road race in Battersea Park on Saturday He
was also the top over 70 finisher in 45:50. Frank Wood was second in the veteran over 50 category in
Four Hercules Wimbledon runners competed in the Dublin City marathon on Monday.
Best of the quartet was over 45 veteran Tom Cheetham who wass 745th out of more than 12000 finishers in
3:10:14. Darren Keane was 890th in 3:13:47, Simon Woodley 1132nd in 3:18:19 and Mark Cahill 1143rd in
Meanwhile, Hercules Wimbledon’s Felix Allen managed to break the three hour
barriers when he finished 563rd out of more than 12000 runners in the Amsterdam marathon in 2:59:44.
“I’ve been training hard since Spring for a sub three and got it - just!” said a delighted
GILES TAKES MASTERS’ CROSS TITLE
Hercules Wimbledon’s ‘golden oldie’ cross country runner, Peter Giles, warmed up
for the Home Countries Masters’ cross country international in Dublin next month with a runaway victory
in the Surrey Masters championships in Richmond Park on Saturday.
Giles, 71, took the men’s over 70 gold medal covering the 6km course in 25 minutes
51 seconds to win the title by more than two minutes. Giles, who took the silver medal in the over 70
category in last summer’s World Masters’ 1500m championship in Lyon, France, helped Hercules Wimbledon
to silver team medals in the over 60 category with Steve Newton seventh in the over 60 category in
25:50 and Martin Miller fifth in the over 65 category in 28:22, the other members off the medal-winning
Giles was using the race as part of his preparation for the Home Countries Masters’
International cross country meeting in Dublin on November 14th where he will be representing
Hercules Wimbledon had two other individual medallists with Lisa Thomas taking
third place in the women’s over 50 category in 26:24 and Maurice Sharp taking bronze in the over 70
race in 28:44. Former international race walker Estle Viljoen just missed out on a medal in finishing
fourth in the women’s over 45 category in 26:23.
Hercules Wimbledon’s Caroline Jackson was the third woman veteran over 35 finisher
in the Palma Marathon in Mallorca, Spain, on Sunday, in 3:29:23. She was 91st overall out of 840
Meanwhile, Ben Toomer chopped almost five minutes off his previous best for the
distance when he finished fourth out of 1259 runners in the River Thames half-marathon at
Walton-on-Thames on Sunday in 1:13:56. He was just over two minutes behind the winner. His
previous best was set in the Bath half-marathon in 2011.
It was his second race of the weekend. On Saturday, he was seventh out of more than
400 runners in the Wimbledon Common 5km parkrun 18:19. He was the second of 20 Hercules Wimbledon
runners taking part in the event. Top Hercules Wimbledon finisher was Adam Harwood who finished fourth
in 17:53. One of the youngest runners in the event, Alexander Abraham, 12, posted a personal best 19:18
in finishing 12th. It improved by 26 seconds on his previous best set last December. Another youngster,
Valerie Parocki, also posted a personal best of 21:46, 41 seconds faster than her previous best set
last month. Gina Galbraith was third woman finisher in 20:43.
Fastest Hercules Wimbledon parkrun performance of the day was achieved by David
Grima who was seventh out of 989 runners in Bushy Park in 17:45. Hercules Wimbledon’s Rob Tuer was in
action in the Morrisons half-marathon in Birmingham were he was 40th out of more than 12000 runners in
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon’s cross country runners are competing in an
inter-club match in Richmond Park on Saturday. The race, over 4.9 miles, starts from close to
Roehampton Gate at 3pm. The club’s younger runners are competing in the Bruce Judd Surrey Young
Athletes cross country relay championships in Stoke Park, Guildford, on Saturday.
ANOTHER FINE RUN FOR MUM CLAIRE
A week after breaking her Hercules Wimbledon club veteran women’s 5km record,
marathon runner Claire Grima posted another impressive performance with a fine run in the opening
2XU Surrey Ladies League meeting on Roundshaw Downs, Croydon, on Saturday.
She finished an impressive fourth out of more than 200 runners in the Division
One race to lead the Hercules Wimbledon team home. There was a long gap before the next Hercules
Wimbledon runner, fellow veteran marathon competitor Fran Clarke, crossed the finishing line
in 47th place with Lisa Thomas, fighting her way back to full fitness after injury, 74th,
Alison Purnell 88th and newcomer Hannah Walker 112th.
There was a strong contingent of nine Hercules Wimbledon youngsters in the
girls under 13 race. They were led home by Rebekah Riches in 14th place with Lucrezia Pollen 20th,
Valerie Parocki 24th and Ellen Weir 27th. The team finished a strong fourth out of 20.
After finishing fifth in the last campaign, the senior men made a solid start
despite missing several of their top runners. They finished fourth out of the nine teams in the 2XU
Surrey Men’s League Division One match on Wimbledon Common. They were led home by Jonathan Cornish
who finished 12th out off 200 runners. Ben Toomer was not far behind in 17th place with Joe Clark
25th, veteran Kieran White 28th, Alex Robinson 29th, Chris Wright 34th and Joe Toomey 45th.
Completing the scoring 10 were Rob Tuer 64th, Phil Glynn 75th and Neil Fraser
76th. A total of 22 Hercules Wimbledon runners took part in the race.
A week after finishing third representing London in an inter region duathlon
contest at Gravesend, teenager Zac Purnell led the sizeable Hercules Wimbledon young athletes
contingent home in their 2.5 miles race. He finished 19th out of more than 100 runners with club
teammates Henry Silverstein and Sam Barker on his tail in 20th and 21st positions. They were sixth,
seventh and eighth in the under 15 age category. Alexander Abraham and James Fode were 48th and
58th to complete the scoring team which finished in fourth place.
Best of the under 13 squad which finished in fifth place were Josh Tatters and
Gon Declercq in 16th and 21st places out of the 40 runners.
On the road, Hercules Wimbledon’s Belal Aly finished third out of almost 14800
runners in the Royal Parks half-marathon in Central London in one hour 13 minutes 7 seconds. Dimes
Evangelidis 12th in the Perkins Great Eastern Run half-marathon in Peterborough in a faster 1:10:21
and Dominic Kiralyfi seventh in the Oxford half-marathon in 1:13:32.
Caroline Jackson, who the previous weekend was top woman veteran over 35
finisher in the Bucharest Marathon, was also in action in Oxford but problems with the trains which
caused havoc with the start meant she decided to treat it as a training run.
Hercules Wimbledon’s Richard McDowell was pipped by just one second when he
finished runner-up out of more than 250 runners on his debut appearance in the Little Stoke 5km
parkrun in Bristol in 16:18. Adam Harwood was best of the 12 Hercules Wimbledon runners on
Wimbledon Common finishing fifth out of 348 runners in 18:36. Veteran Gina Galbraith was third
woman finisher in Bishop’s Park, Fulham, and Sophie Crump was second girl in the junior park run in
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon’s older cross country runners will be taking
part in the Surrey Veterans championships in Richmond Park. The 6km race for women and over 60 men
starts at 2.15pm with the main men’s race over 10km starting at 3pm. The races start and finish
near Pembroke Lodge.
RECORD-BREAKING RUN FOR MUM CLAIRE
While Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club road runners were making history with
two teams in the England men’s six-stage road relay championship for the first time in the club’s
48 years’ history, other Hercules Wimbledon runners were taking the team honours in the opening
East Surrey League fixture of the season and posting five wins in park run events on a
record-breaking day of success for the club.
Hercules Wimbledon were the top South-West London and Surrey club in the
England six-stage road relay at Sutton Park, Birmingham finishing 32nd of the 72 teams. Opening leg
runner Fred Slemeck was fastest of the sextet as he covered the 5.85km circuit in 18 minutes 43
seconds to hand over in 46th place. Rob Tuer (19:22) slipped to 54th spot before Alex Robinson
(19:17) stormed through to 43rd spot. Joe Clark (19:52) gained another place before Jonathan
Cornish (18:53), moved through to 34th with the second best Hercules Wimbledon time of the day.
Belel Aly (19:22) gained another place on the anchor leg.
Opening leg runner Richard McDowell was also the fastest member of the B team
which finished 57th. He clocked 19:19, faster than two of the A team runners, in handing over in
58th place. Finn Johnson (19:46) slipped to 63rd before Neil Fraser (20:20) moved through to 59th
and David Grima (20:37) handed over in 60th place. Sean Crummy (21:16) handed over in 58th with
anchor leg runner Phil Glynn (20:36) improving to 57th.
Hercules Wimbledon took both the senior and young athletes team honours in the
opening East Surrey League fixture of the season at Lloyd Park, Croydon. Barnaby Woods led the
seniors home finishing runner-up with Jonathan Lane fourth, Andrew Davies 15th and Mark Livingstone
25th out of the 74 runners. Henry Silverstain was top under 15 finisher in the young athletes two
miles race, also taking runners-up spot with Sam Barker fifth and second under 15 runner, Alexander
Abrahams eighth and Kajetan Analcz ninth.
Marathon runner Claire Grima broke her own Hercules Wimbledon 5km veteran
women’s over 35 road running record when she took the women’s event in the Bushy Park park run in
17:57. It was her second appearance at Bushy Park where she clocked 18:49 on her debut appearance
in January 2013. Her time sliced five seconds off her club record set in September last
With work taking him to Copenhagen, Ben Toomer was missing from the Sutton Park
line-up but the Hercules Wimbledon runner was in action in the local parkrun in Denmark. He posted
the top age-graded performance as he headed home the 72-strong field in 16:16. It also improved by
41 seconds on his previous best for the course set on his debut appearance there in August.
Eileen Brandley was top woman finisher in 23:14.
Husband and wife Dave and Fran Clarke both beat the 20 minute barrier in the
Kingston park run with Fran taking the women’s event in 19:57, a big improvement on her previous
best of 20:05 set back in June 2011. Dave, top veteran over 55, improved by 15 seconds on his
previous best set in July. Second claim Hercules Wimbledon runners Paul Lemmon won in Old Deer Park
in 19:45 and Ruth Wallace took the women’s event on Wimbledon Common in 18:54. Michael Burt was
best of the 16 Hercules Wimbledon runners on the common finishing 12th of the 369 runners in a
personal best of 18:45. His previous best was 18:51 set last month.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon’s cross country runners are in league action
on Wimbledon Common and Roundshaw Park, Croydon. The men compete in opening the 2XU Surrey Men’s
League Division One fixture starting and finishing at the Richardson Evans Memorial Playing Fields,
Putney Vale. The young athletes over 2.5 miles starts at 2.30pm with the seniors, racing over five
miles, due off at 3pm. The women contest the opening 2XU Surrey Ladies League Division One match at
Roundshaw Park with the seniors off at 12noon followed by young athletes races.