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18-06-13 - HISTORIC ROSENHEIM WOMEN'S VICTORY

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's senior women wrote themselves into the history book by posting their first ever Rosenheim League victory at Tooting Bec.
 
The Hercules Wimbledon squad snatched victory by just one point in a thrilling team battle. Emilie Boker-Ingram took the 400m in 64.4 seconds before Ruth Wallace won the 1500m in 5:04.2. These individual successes were backed up by Angela Kikugawa who was third in the shot and fourth in the long jump and then, fielding a 4x200m relay team for the first time, the quartet of Alice Keyser, Bokor-Ingram, Heather Letley and Ayoola Ajayi made it a winning debut to win in 2:01.5.
 
Match result: 1 Hercules Wimbledon 25; 2 Serpentine 24; 3 Belgrave 16; 4 Striders of Croydon 12; 5 Herne Hill 9.
Hercules Wimbledon's men's team finished a close third in their match. Individual winners were hard to come by and only success was in the 400m where Austin Ferns won in 51.7. Andrew Penney had a busy evening finishing runner-up in the 800,m, 1500m and 3000m where there was a massive 41-strong field. Teenage sprinter Theo Etienne, the Surrey County 100 and 200m men's under 17 champion,  was also runner-up in the 100m in 11.2 with Antonio Douglas third in the 200m and John Dalton, making his Hercules Wimbledon debut, third in the shot and javelin.
 
Match result: 1 Belgrave 50; 2 Croydon 47; 3 Hercules Wimbledon 46; 4= Herne Hill and Serpentine 41; 6 Striders of Croydon 8.
 
Hercules Wimbledon athletes broke five club records in the club's second Southern Women's League Premier Division match of the season at Guildford's Spectrum Leisure Centre. Camilla Magni beat the previous bests club performances in the veteran over 40 200m and 100m hurdles while former Commonwealth Games pole vault representative Alison Murray was another double record-breaker in the veterans over 45 category with her performances in the 100 and 200m. The fifth club record was achieved by Angela Kikugawa who bettered the veteran over 50 mark in the javelin.
 
Best individual placings in a tough match were achieved by Amy Aronson and Emilie Bokor-Ingram who were second in the senior women's 3000m A and third in the senior women's 400m A races, respectively.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's marathon running mum Claire Grima broke her own club women's veteran over 35 record when she won the women's event at the Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday in 18:32. Her time sliced two seconds off the record she set winning the women's event in the Wimbledon Common parkrun at the end of April. She finished 10th overall out of 374 runners.
 
Another record-breaker was 14-year-old Emma Klugman who broke the club girls under 15 record in finishing 39th in 20:35. Her time took 35 seconds off her previous best for the course set last October. Over 45 veteran Stuart Fraser was top Hercules Wimbledon finisher taking thrid place in 17:55 with clubmate James Eden seventh in 18:23.
 
Harris Mier beat his twin brother Elliot by 19 seconds in finishing 23rd in 19:41, Charles Hampden-Smith was the sixth veteran over 50 finisher in 20:53 while Charles Lawrie was the top over 60 veteran in 22:01. A total of 25 Hercules Wimbledon runners took part in the event.
 
Over at Kingston, marathon runner Francesca Clarke was also the first woman finisher in the parkrun there in 20:24, just 19 seconds outside her best time for the event. She finished 14th overall out of 125 runners. Chris Ore was 11th out of 187 runners in Brockwell Park in 18:33.
 
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon athletes will be in action in the South of England senior and under 20 championships at Watford while the club's road runners, led by Kieran White, who won the opening two races in the series at Nonsuch Park and Dorking, compete in the third race in the Surrey Road League over 10km at Petersham on Sunday. The club's older athletes contest the fourth and final Southern Veterans League match of the season at Ewell Court on Monday, starting at 6.30pm.
 
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11-06-13 - ANOTHER TITLE FOR SPRINTER ETIENNE

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's teenage sprinter Theo Etienne added the Surrey Schools 100m title to the Surrey County 100 and 200 metres crowns when he made his debut in the annual Surrey Schools Championships at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Saturday.
 
Etienne, 16, stormed to victory in the intermediate boys final in 11.07 seconds to continue his outstanding debut season in the sport. He was chased home by his Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Rechmiel Miller, who clocked a lifetime best of 11.16 and like Etienne will be hoping to be selected to represent Surrey in the prestigious English Schools track and field championships in Birmingham next month.
 
Etienne posted the fastest time in the qualifying heats winning his race in 11.07, the same time he posted in the final with Miller taking the second heat in 11.38. Both Etienne and Miller will be competing for Surrey in a schools inter-county match at Basingstoke this weekend.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's Max Mondelli, whose season has been hampered by injury, was another winner taking the senior boys 100m title in a season's best of 10.90 to secure a place in the Birmingham-bound team and add to the silver medal he won at the Surrey County championships he won at Kingsmeadow last month. Hercules Wimbledon had two other gold medallists at Kingsmeadow. Max Jacobs took the senior boys javelin with a personal best throw of 40.33m while Ben Deucharwon the junior boys javelin with 37.98m to add the schools title to the county gold he won at Kingsmeadow last month.
 
Cassian Hyde picked up a bronze medal in the intermediate boys 1500m where he clocked a personal best of 4:11.73, Chloe Lord was seventh in the junior girls 75m hurdles in 13.04 and Chad Miller was eighth in the junior boys 100m final in 26.73 after clocking a faster 25.72 in finishing fifth in his heat.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's Ellie Monks made a winning debut in the London Schools Championships at Battersea Park in winning the intermediate girls high jump with 1.60m. There were mixed fortunes for all-rounder Adam Magni. He won the intermediate boys shot with a lifetime best of 13.62m but pulld up in the 100m hurdles with the recurrence of a hamstring problem. He took the silver medal in both events at the Surrey County Championships at Kingsmeadow.
 
Surrey County silver medallist Andrew Smirnov was runner-up in the junior boys 80m hurdles in 12.5 while Toby Weston was third in the junior boys high jump with 1.60m.Zoe Illis was also third in the intermediate girls 1500m in 5:12.7 with Kevin Owusu-Mantey third in the intermediate boys 100m in a personal best of 11.1. He was also fourth in the long jump with 6.04m.
 
Smirnov completed a busy weekend when he won his under 15 80m hurdles race in the Ebbisham League meeting at Croydon on Sunday in a personal best of 12.1. Another track winner at Croydon was Andrew Smirnov who took the under 15 1500m in 4:48.8. Ryan Jones won the under 15 discus with a personal best of 29.73mand was second in the shot with 10.62m. Sam Chetwynd won the B event. Another winner was Zac Purnell in the boys under 13 1500m B race.
 
Fresh from his victory in the Surrey 10 miles road running championship at Dorking the previous weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's Kieran White headed home a record 414-strong field to win the Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday in a personal best of 16:24. He won by almost a minute to slice five seconds off his previous best time set in January last year, the last time he competed in the Wimbledon Common event. Adam Fenton was 36th and fifth veteran over 50 finisher in a personal best of 19:43.
 
Marathon man David Grima was in action in the west country finishing sixth out of 158 runners in the Killerton parkrun in Exeter in 18:39.
 
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon compete in their third Southern Men's league match at Tooting Bec on Saturday while the club is also involved in a Southern Women's League meeting at Spectrum Leisure Centre, Guildford.
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4-06-13 - FASTEST RUN BY SPRINTER COWAN

Former soccer player Dwayne Cowan underlined his talent as a sprinter when he stormed to a superb 200m victory in the second of this season's Rosenheim League matches at Croydon Sports Arena.
 
Cowan, 28, whose football-playing career with Fisher Athletic ended in 2011 due to injury, posted a lifetime best time of 21.9 seconds, slicing one-tenth of a second off his previous best set when winning his race in the Southern Men's League match at Mile End Stadium at the beginning of last month.
 
Cowan failed to enter the annual Surrey track and field championships the previous weekend but, had he done so, his time would have been good enough to take the silver medal. At the end of the meeting he anchored the Hercules Wimbledon team to victory in the 4x200m relay linking up with Joseph Chukwuadinula, Hamed Agboke and Antonio Douglas. The quartet won by almost 40 metres in 1:33.1. Cowan's efforts helped the team to second spot overall just two seconds behind the winners.
 
Earlier, Chukwuadinula was just pipped in a tight battle in the 100m where he shared the winning time of 11.0 in shaving one-tenth of a second off his previous best.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's Hamed Agboke was another winner taking the 400m in 52.3. Former junior international 400m hurdler Austin Ferns continued his return to fitness after injury winning the non-scoring 400m race in 53.1 with his younger brother Esmond finishing runner-up in 54.5.
 
All-rounder David Harris made a valuable contribution to the overall team effort in taking third place in the high jump and triple jump as well as contesting the 400m hurdles.
 
Oxford athletics blue Andrew Penney clocked a lifetime best of 32:10 in leading the Hercules Wimbledon contingent home in the BUPA London 10km road race. He finished 42nd out of  more than 10000 runners. He chopped more than  two minutes off his previous best time for the distance set when he last competed over 10km in 2008.
 
Kieran White was 80th in 33:16, six seconds ahead of Liam White (87th) with Fred Slemeck 101st in 33:45 and Matt Sharp 105th in 33:54. Lisa Crow was top Hercules Wimbledon woman finisher in 41:51 taking 122nd place in the women's race.
 
Former Scottish Commonwealth Games pole vault representative Alison Davies broke Hercules Wimbledon's senior women's record when she won the event at the second Southern Veterans League meeting of the season at Kingsmeadow Stadium. She cleared  two metres and was also third in the 100m.
 
In the men's match, there was a hat-trick of wins in the over 40 category with Mark White taking the 100m, David Harris the long jump and Dave Orchard the discus. Over 50 veteran Knut Hegvold won the 5000m while Paul Wignall won the over 60 100m event.
 
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon athletes are in action in the London and Surrey schools championships being held at the Millennium Arena, Battersea Park and Kingsmeadow Stadium, respectively. Teenage sprinter Theo Etienne will be hoping to add the schools 100m title to the county gold medal he won at Kingsmeadow Stadium last month.
 
On Sunday, Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters compete in the second of this season's Eddisham Boys League meetings at Croydon Sports Arena while Hercules Wimbledon host the third of this season's Rosenheim League East Division meetings at Tooting Bec next Wednesday evening, starting at 6.45pm.
 
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28-05-13 - ETIENNE TAKES DOUBLE GOLD AT COUNTIES

Rookie athlete Theo Etienne proved himself the top teenage sprinter in Surrey when he raced to two gold medals in the annual Surrey track and field championships at Kingsmeadow Stadium over the weekend.
 
Etienne, 16, who was making his debut in the county meeting as this is his first full summer of athletics, first tackled the men's under 17 200m on Saturday where he posted the joint fastest time 11 competitors in winning his heat in 23.02 seconds. Less than three hours later he battled against a five miles-an-hour headwind to take the final in 22.93, finishing almost half-a-second and five seconds ahead of his nearest rival. The Surrey championships was only the fourth time Etienne had raced over 200m.
 
He returned on Sunday to contest the men's under 100m. It was a much tougher contest and although Etienne won his heat in 11.20, he was the slowest of the three heat winners and on paper was the third fastest of the eight finalists. However, Etienne rose superbly to the challenge and saw off his rivals to snatch an impressive victory in 11.12, racing into an even stronger seven miles an hour headwind, to finish just three hundredths of a second ahead of his nearest challenger.
 
It also meant Etienne kept the men's under 17 100m title which was won by his Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Max Mondelli in 2012, in the club. Etienne was watched by his proud coach Mark Giraud, himself a former sprinter, who has nurtured his talent since he started sprinting with Hercules Wimbledon some nine months ago.
 
Etienne's next challenge will be to secure a place in the line up for the intermediate boys 100m at the Surrey Schools Championships at Kingsmeadow on June 8th. He has already achieved the English Schools national standard so victory there would ensure an appearance in the English schools championships at Birmingham in July.
 
Hercules Wimbledon enjoyed one of their best years at the Surrey championships with six gold medals from a record 44 athletes competing in the two day meeting.
 
Hercules Wimbledon newcomer Benjamin Deuchar, competing in his first serious javelin competition, beat an 11-strong field to win the Surrey boys under 15 javelin title with a throw of 38.27m.
 
Jonathan Osbourne, who took the men's under 17 400m title in 2010, went one better than his silver medal in Olympic year to win the under 20 men's 400m title in a season's best of 49.83. He finished almost a second clear of his nearest rival. Ruth Wallace gained a comfortable victory in the senior women's 3000m in 10:34.37.
 
Youngest of the six Hercules Wimbledon winner was Matthew Gibbons who showed an impressive improvement to win the boys under 15 3000m title in 10:10.31, taking 70 seconds off his previous best for the event set when finishing fifth in the Surrey championships in 2012. He beat a seven-strong field and was 15 seconds clear of the runner-up.
 
Sprinter Max Mondelli, who has been hampered by hamstring problems, managed to take the silver medal in the under 20 men's 100m on Saturday in 11 seconds after winning his heat in 11.4. However, he withdrew with a hamstring problem after warming up for the 200m on Sunday.
 
All-rounder Adam Magni, who has also been hampered by injury, managed two silver medals in the men's under 17 events. He was runner-up in the 100m hurdles on Saturday in 14.22 and second in the shot on Sunday with 12.74m. Andrei Smirnov, who like Magni attends Ibstock School, Roehampton, took the silver medal in the boys under 15 80m hurdles in a personal best of 12.37 in what was his first competition of the season. Rob Tuer was third in the 5000m in 16:05.97 while Emma Headley also took the bronze medal in the women's under 17 1500m in 4:55.57.
 
Teenager Cassian Hyde, running his fourth race in two days, just missed out on a medal as he raced to a lifetime best time of 4:12.7 in finishing fourth in the men's under 17 1500m on Sunday. He clocked 4:20.76 in finishing third in his heat four hours earlier. On Saturday he was just outside his lifetime best in winning his 800m heat in 2:02.91 but was sixth in the final in a slightly slower 2:04.66. Sprinter Richard Agyapong also just missed out on a medal taking fourth place in the 200m final in 22.93. Teenage sprinter Rechmiel Miller was also fourth in the men's under 17 100m final in 11.48 after posting a faster 11.28 in his heat. Tom Oswald also just missed out finishing fourth in the boys under 15 javelin with a throw of 25.20m. Emilie Bokor-Ingram was also fourth in the senior women's 400m in 64.49.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's Jonathan Cornish followed up his victory in the Richmond Park parkrun the previous weekend to beat a 335-strong field to win the Wimbledon Common parkrun on his debut appearance on Saturday in 17:03. He won by more than a minute with clubmate Peter Collins finishing ninth in 19:00 and Stewart Bond 13th in 19:21. Over 50 veteran Adam Fenton clocked a personal best in finishing 31st in 20:05.
 
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's older athletes compete in the Surrey Masters championships at Ewell Court on Saturday. Some of the club's road runners compete in th Surrey 10 miles championship at Dorking on Sunday. 
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21-05-13 - COWAN MAKES IMPRESSIVE ONE LAP DEBUT

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club sprinter Dwayne Cowan made an impressive debut over the testing one lap 400m distance when he gained a runaway victory in a Southern Men's League match at Horsham on Saturday.
 
Cowan stormed to victory in the B race as he had never raced over the distance before. He finished almost 40 metres ahead of his nearest rival as he crossed the finishing line in 48.9 seconds, impressively faster than the 51.0 clocked by his Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Hamed Agboke in winning the a string event.
 
Cowan, 28, who switched to athletics from football two seasons ago, clocked the fastest Hercules Wimbledon time over the distance since Esmond Ferns posted 48.6 seconds in the Surrey championships at Wimbledon Park in 1997. His time also ranks him eighth on the Hercules Wimbledon all-time list which is headed by Olympic 400m hurdler Robin Woodland's 48.1 set at the Surrey championships at Motspur Park in 1959.
 
Hercules Wimbledon also gained maximum points in the 1500m with Fred Slemeck and Kieran White taking the A and B races. White, who won the opening Surrey road league race of the summer in Richmond the previous weekend, also took second place in the 5000m with Matt Sharp finishing runner-up in the B race. Slemeck was also second in the 800m with teenager Cassian Hyde clocking a lifetime best of 2:02.5 in taking third place in the B race.
 
Max Mondelli, Hercules Wimbledon's reigning Surrey men's under 17 and Surrey schools intermediate boys 100m champions, made a cautious start to his 2013 outdoor racing programme by taking third place in the 100m in 11.4.
 Richard Agyapong won the B race in 11.5. Fastest Hercules Wimbledon sprinter was Joseph Chukwuadinula who took his non-scoring race in 11.2. He was also second his 200m match race in 23.0 and linked up with Agboke, Devonte Casely-Hayford and Ciaran O'Duffy to help the sprint relay team to second place.
 
Camilla Magni set a hat-trick of veterans women's over 40 club records when she competed for the Hercules Wimbledon team in their opening Southern Women's League Premier Division Match at Guildford. Her record-breaking efforts came in the 100 and 200m and 100m hurdles. Former Commonwealth Games pole vaulter Alison Murray also set a club veteran over 45 100m record.
 
In a tough match, the only Hercules Wimbledon winner was Surrey indoor long jump champion Emily Martin who took her specialist event with 5.61m. She was also fourth in the shot and javelin.
 
Hercules Wimbledon secured two winners in the opening Rosenheim League East Division match of the season at Battersea Park. Sprinter Phillip Mauge sprinted away from his rivals to win in 11.51. Joe Toomey was second in the 3000m after leading the race until the final 100m and Fred Slemeck was also second in the 1500m. Ruth Wallace won the women's 3000m in a personal best of 10:20.35 which chopped more than eight seconds off her previous best time set in June 2011.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's Jonathan Cornish beat a 281-strong field to win the Richmond Park parkrun on Saturday in a personal best of 16:47. It took 80 seconds off his previous best for the event. He finished almost a minute ahead of the second runner. His Hercules Wimbledon clubmate was third out of 121 runners in the Dulwich Park parkrun in 17:37.
 
Marathon husband and wife team David and Claire Grima were in action in the Wimbledon Common parkrun. David was third in the men's race in a personal best of 17:23, slicing five seconds off his previous best set in May 2011. Peter Lee was the first over 45 veteran in 17:40, just two seconds outside his best time for the course, while Claire was first woman in 18:41 with teenager MattGibbons 12th out of almost 400 runners in 18:48. Over 45 veteran Tom Cheetham also set a personal best of 19:37 in finishing 27th. Hannah Fernando was second woman in 19:58.
 
Cheetham won his second race of the weekend when he took the Volunteers Foundation 10km race on Wimbledon Common on Sunday in 39:43.
 
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon athletes are in action in the annual Surrey track and field championships which are being held at Kingsmesdow Stadium on Saturday and Sunday. The championships start at 10am on both days.
 
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14-05-13 - WINNING ROAD LEAGUE START FOR WHITE

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's Surrey cross country representative Kieran White made winning start to his Surrey Road League race programme when he gained a runaway victory in the opening event of the series in historic Nonsuch Park on Sunday.
 
White, 37, who ran for Surrey in the UK Inter-Counties cross country championships in Birmingham in March, ran away from a 434-strong field to take victory in the Sutton 10km road race in 33 minutes 37 seconds to win by 47 seconds. It was the first time he had run in the event which was staged over a new course this year.
 
He headed home a quartet of Hercules Wimbledon runners with Ian Pegler 48th in 39:04, over 45 veteran Tom Cheetham 57th 33 seconds later and over 40 veteran Stewart Bond 62nd in 39:48.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's James Davis finished an impressive fourth out of more than 3000 runners in the Oxford Town & Gown 10km road race on Sunday in 33:08.
 
Marathon-running mum Claire Grima smashed the Hercules Wimbledon women's veteran over 35 club record in winning the women's event in the Run Through Wimbledon Common multi-terrain 10km race on Sunday in 38:03. Claire, who was just two seconds outside her personal best in finishing 13th in the women's race in this year's Virgin London Marathon, improved by more than  two minutes the previous mark which was set by Naomi Warner in October 2010. Warner clocked 40:24. First Hercules Wimbledon finisher was teenager Connor Bindler who finished seventh out of 265 runners in 37:59.
 
Two other Hercules Wimbledon runners in the event were over 45 veteran Frank Wood who was 16th in 40:48 and Adam Fenton 24th in 42:47.
 
Also on Wimbledon Common, the Mier twins continued their rivalry when Harris snatched the club boys under 13 5km club record from his brother Elliot in the parkrun on Saturday. Harris clocked 19:14 in finishing 27th out of 385 runners to eclipse the record of 19:31 set by Elliot in the parkrun on March 30th. It took 26 seconds off Harris's previous best set in finishing behind his brother in the March event. Elliot also bettered his previous record time in finishing 32nd in 19:22.
 
Top finisher of the 21 Hercules Wimbledon runners in the near 40-strong field was 20-year-old Joe Toomey who was runner-up in 16:51 just 19 seconds behind the winner. Marathon men Sean Crummy and David Grima were fourth and fifth in 17:46 and 17:52 with Peter Collins seventh in 18:09 and Adam Harwood 22nd in 19:58.
 
Teenager Cassian Hyde, who also represented Surrey in the UK Inter-Counties cross country championships in Birmingham, continued his fine form by finishing seventh out of 921 runners in the Bushy Park parkrun in a personal best of 17:10. He took nine seconds off his previous best set in November. Matt Sharp finished runner-up out of 150 runners in the Dulwich Park parkrun for the second successive weekend, also in a personal best of 16:16, shaving two seconds off his previous best set in September 2012.He finished 31 seconds behind the winner.
 
Hercules Wimbledon had a quartet of winners in the opening Lily B Girls League meeting at Sutton Arena. Venice Farr won the under 17 800m in  2:32.2 while Zoe Illis took the 1500m B race. Anna Padt and Rugba Attah won the under 13 long jump and javelin events. Emma Headley was second in the under 17 1500m A race in 5:08.5 while Isabella Padt was runner-up in the under 15 800m A race, second in the discus and third in the shot. Chloe Lord was also third in the under 15 75m hurdles. Anna Padt was third in the under 13 100m B race and Tillie Piolini-Castle second and fourth in the under 13 javelin and long jump contests.
 
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's senior men compete in the second Southern Men's League meeting at Horsham on Saturday. A coach is leaving Wimbledon Park at 10am. Meanwhile, the women who gained promotion after winning the Division One title last season, open their Southern Women's League Premier Division programme at Guildford on Saturday. The club's older athletes compete in their second Southern Veterans League match at Kingsmeadow on Monday evening. The meeting starts at 6.30pm. 
 
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7-05-13 - RECORD-BREAKING DEBUT FOR VETERAN MURRAY

Former Scottish Commonwealth Games athlete Alison Murray made an impressive debut for Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club when she competed in the opening Southern Veterans League meeting at Kingsmeadow Stadium.
 
Murray, now 46, was Scotland's top woman pole vaulter two decades ago and represented Scotland in the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpar where she finished 14th with a leap of 3.50m. She was ranked third in Britain that year with a leap of 3.85m set at altitude in the United States.
 
Murray set two Hercules Wimbledon veteran women's over 45 records at Kingsmeadow in winning the 100m in 15.6 seconds and taking third place in the 400m in 79.5. Not to be outshone, her Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Camilla Magni also set a new club record in finishing third in the over 35 women's400m in 71.6, a club veteran over 40 record.
 
Esmond Ferns, nursing his way back to fitness after injury, was another Hercules Wimbledon winner taking the over 35 100m in 12.4 and finishing third in the 400m in 55.1. Another winner was Jim Wallace who took the over 50 1500m in 5:14.6. Team manager Dave Orchard had a busy time taking the men's over 50 javelin with 32.99m, finishing second in the long jump (4.15m) and shot (9.82m) and third in the high jump (1.30m).
 
At the other end of the age scale teenage sprinter Theo Etienne made a winning debut in the Southern Men's League. Competing in the opening match of the  at Mile End, Etienne raced away to win the 100m A race in 11 seconds, just one-tenth of a second outside his best time and then went on to win the 200m B race in 23.0. Richard Agyapong was runner-up in the 100m B race in 11.7 while Dwayne Cowan ensured maximum points in the 200m by taking the A`race in 22.0.
 
Rob Tuer was runner-up in the 2000m steeplechase, while Kieran White was third in the 5000m.
 
Also on the track, Kieran White was third in his 3000m race at an open meeting at Watford in a useful 8:52.14, seven seconds faster than his best time last season, while Richard Agyapong and Hamed Agbopke were both second in their 200 and 400m races at an open meeting at Crystal Palace in 22.70 and 51.60, respectively.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's over 50 veteran Knut Hegvold posted the top age-graded performance when he won the Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday in 17:20. Over 45 veteran Stuart Fraser was third in 17:53 with teenager Matt Gibbons fourth in 18:10. Ruth Wallace was first woman finishing fifth in 18:15 with over 40 veteran Dan Pescod 10th in 18:30. Teenager Harris Mier was 17th in 19:42 with over 45 veteran Tom Cheetham 21st in a personal best of 19:52.
Over 50 veteran Adam Fenton also clocked a personal best finishing 27th in 20:13. Almost 350 runners finished.
 
Over in the Dulwich Park parkrun, Hercules Wimbledon's Matt Sharp was runner-up out of 131 runners in 16:26, 16 seconds faster than he managed in winning the event the previous weekend. He finished six seconds behind the winner.
 
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters open their Lily B League programme at Sutton Arena on Saturday. The meeting starts at 11.15am with the hammer. The first track event is the under 13 girls hurdles at 12noon. The final event is the under 17 4x100m relay at 4.40pm.
 
Some of the club's road runners will be in action in the Surrey road league 10km road race over a new course at Nonsuch Park, starting at 9.30am. Next Wednesday, the club's athletes compete in the opening Rosenheim League East Division match of the summer at the Millennium Arena, Battersea Park, starting at 6.45pm.
 
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30-04-13 - TEENAGER ETIENNE'S MAKES FLYING START

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's England indoor championships under 17 60m bronze medallist Theo Etienne has made a stunning start to his opening track season by winning his 100m race in the opening Ebbisham League meeting at Sutton Arena in 10.9 seconds. Etienne's performance ranks him second in the UK rankings for his age group this summer.

The 16-year-old was unable to equal his Sutton performance when he competed in the Kinnaird Trophy meeting at Kingsmeadow Stadium in unseasonably cold weather on Saturday. He was beaten into third spot with a time of 11.07.
He was also fourth in his 200m race, the first time he ran over the distance, in 22.87. Dwayne Cowan was second in the B race in a faster 22.53.

Jonathan Osbourne, the Surrey under 20 400m silver medallist in 2012, was third in the 400m in 50.71 with Hamed Agboke taking second place in the B race in 52.1.Kieran White was runner-up in the 3000m in 9:08.67 with Jonathan Cornish third in the B race in 9:35.55. Rob Tuer was also runner-up in the 2000m steeplechase in 6:40.84.

Hercules Wimbledon all-rounder Piers Willoughby-Strauss contested five events in the Sward Trophy. His best placing was in the javelin where he was third with a throw of 29m. He was also fourth in the pole vault with 3m and hammer where he managed 20.73m.

Hercules Wimbledon's Matt Sharp headed home a 126strong field to win the Dulwich Park 5km parkrun event on Saturday. Sharp posted his fourth victory in six appearances of the event. He won by almost a minute but his time of 16 minutes 42 seconds was 24 seconds slower than his best time for the course set in September 2012.

A second Hercules Wimbledon runner to win a parkrun event was Ben Green who completed a hat-trick of wins when he triumphed on Wimbledon Common in a personal best time of 16:32. His time took 28 seconds off his previous best set in February.

Teenager Matthew Gibbons smashed his personal best in finishing seventh out of 370 runners in 18:02, eclipsing his previous best of 19:05 set in February. Over 40 veteran Peter Collins was 11th in 18:24 with Claire Grima, fresh from her run in the Virgin London Marathon the previous weekend, top woman in 18:34 Adam Harwood was 17th in 19:04 and Steve Blake 21st in a personal best of 19:14.

James Wallace was top veteran over 55 finisher taking 28th place in 19:40 with David Gold also posting a personal best of 19:59 in finishing 32nd. Teenage twins Elliot and Harris Mier were 38th and 40th in 20:21 and 20:26 while fellow teenager Emma Headley was fourth woman finisher in 20:31 on her debut appearance in the event. Her performance was the second best ever recorded by a Hercules Wimbledon under 17 woman although Alison Purnell went one better by setting a club veteran women's over 50 record in clocking 21:37.

Joe Toomey came close to making it a hat-trick of Hercules Wimbledon parkrun victories by finishing runner-up out of 191 runners in the event in Princes Park, Liverpool in 17:11. Meanwhile, Amy Aronson was top woman finisher in the Bushy Park event in 19:06 to equal her best time in the event. She finished 31st overall out of 1000 runners.

Hercules Wimbledon's veteran road runner Frank Wood chopped more than 10 minutes off his personal best when he finished 20th out of 749 runners in the Shakespeare marathon at Stratford-upon-Avon on Sunday. Her was the sixth finisher in the veteran over 45 category. He clocked 3:04:18 to improve on his previous best of 3:14:21 in the same event in 2011.

This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon open their Southern Men's League programme with a Division One match at Mile End Stadium on Saturday. The match starts at 12noon with the hammer. The first track event is a non-scoring 100m at 1.45pm with the first scoring event, the 400m hurdles, at 2.15pm. The final event, the 4x400m relay is scheduled for 5.30pm. On Sunday, Hercules Wimbledon's road runners will compete in the Surrey half-marathon championship in Richmond. The race starts at the junction of Petersham Road and Star and Garter Hill at 8.30am.
 
 
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23-04-13 - MARATHON MUM SETS NEW VETS RECORD

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's marathon-running mum Claire Grima broke the club's veteran women's over 35 record when she finished 13th in the women's race in the Virgin London Marathon from Blackheath to The Mall on Sunday.

She crossed the finishing line in two hours 49 minutes 12 seconds to finish a superb 13th in the women's championship race. Her time was just two seconds slower than her senior women's club record she set in 2011. She missed last year's race to have her second son, Jasper.
 
She managed to win the Grima family battle as she finished ahead of both her husband David (2:54:39) and brother-in-law Alex (2:56:36). David was just over three minutes outside his best marathon time set in the London race in 2011 while Alex clocked a lifetime best, going under three hours for the first time. His previous best was 3:15:24.
 
Top Hercules Wimbledon finisher was Rob Tuer who clocked a lifetime best of 2:47:45 taking two-and-a-half minutes off his previous best. Over 45 veteran Peter Lee, running London for the sixth consecutive year, clocked 2:53:05 while Alex Urban and Dan Honour also got inside three hours with 2:56:50 and 2:59:02, respectively.
 
Over 40 veteran Fran Clarke posted her fastest marathon time since her debut appearance in the London race in 2008 when posted 3:13:41 with 3:20:49 which outs her second on the Hercules Wimbledon women's over 40 all-time list.
 
Charlene Huxham, running in her second London, clocked a personal best of 3:21:43, improving on her 3:25:30 set on her debut appearance in the London last year.

Oldest Hercules Wimbledon runner in action will be Dennis Williams, 67, who ran in the inaugural London race in 1981 and has completed every one since except in 1984 when he was forced to miss the race due to injury, managed to reach the finishing line in 5:19:43.

More than 20 Hercules Wimbledon youngsters took part in the Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon over the final three miles of the course from Old Billingsgate to The Mall. Fastest of the Hercules Wimbledon contingent was Surrey English schools cross country championships representative Cassian Hyde who led the Richmond team home in the boys under 17 race finishing 11th out of more than 200 runners in 15:53. Alex Lloyd-Jones was 24th in 16:18, also representing Richmond, while Tim Livingstone was top Wandsworth runner taking 26th place in 16:21. Ross Vance, also running for Wandsworth, was 35th in 16:44.

Zoe Illis led the Wandsworth team home in the girls under 17 race also taking 11th place in 19:01 with Wandsworth team-mate Emma Headley 19th in 19:46. Emma Klugman led the Merton team home in the girls under 13 race finishing 12th out of 237 runners in 19:19. Bella Seymour, representing Wandsworth, was 23rd in 19:50. Matthew Gibbons was 11th for Merton in the boys under 15 race where there were 233 finishers in 16:17. Twins Elliot and Harris Mier, representing Wandsworth, were 18th and 19th in the boys under 13 race in 18:01 and 18:02 with Oscar White, also running for Wandsworth, 34th in 18:28.

Two Hercules Wimbledon runners won their parkrun races on Saturdayt. Ben Green headed home a 371-strong field to take the honours on Wimbledon Common in 17:06. He headed home 16 Hercules Wimbledon runners in the event. Over 45 veteran Frank Wood was 23rd in 20:08 with David Gold 27th in 20:33 just ahead of over 40 veteran Peter Collins who shared the same time. Meanwhile, Kieran White beat a 123-strong field to win in Dulwich Park in 16:17.

Hercules Wimbledon open their track and field season when they contest the Kinnaird and Sward Trophies at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Saturday. 
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16-04-13 - MARATHON-RUNNING MUM ON LONDON ROAD AGAIN

Marathon-running mum Claire Grima spearheads the Hercules Wimbledon contingent running in Sunday's Virgin London Marathon from Greenwich to The Mall.
 
Running with her will be husband David and brother-in-law Alex. However, both Claire and David have had a disrupted build up to the big race and just 10 days ago it was touch-and-go whether Dave would be running.
 
"Claire and I have struggled with illness and injury, respectively but Alex has had a solid campaign and I'm expecting a good run from him," David Grima said this week. Alex will be running only his second marathon after making his debut last year. He will be aiming to improve on his time of three hours 15 minutes 24 seconds on Sunday.
 
David made his London debut in 2009 and ran in 2011 and last year when he cocked his best time of 2:51:25. Claire, who missed last year's race because she was expecting her second child, will be competing in the London race for the seventh time after making her debut in 2004. She and husband David wrote themselves into the Guinness Book of Records in 2011 when they became the fastest married couple to complete a marathon with a combined time of 5:42:11. Claire herself has a best time of 2:49:10 set in 2011 when she was 10th in the women's race.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's chairman and former top marathon runner Dave Clarke has been forced to pull out of Sunday's race because of an untimely knee injury which has curtailed his training. In fact, Clarke, 55, three times English senior men's cross country champion, who won the Stockholm marathon in 1987 in 2:13:34, underwent surgery on Tuesday to remove a piece of floating cartilage. He ran alongside his wife Francesca in the London race in 2008, 2011, 2011 and 2012 and has a best time of 2:45:58. Francesca is due to run again on Sunday and Clarke hopes to be among spectators cheering her on.
 
Oldest Hercules Wimbledon runner in action will be Dennis Williams, 67, who ran in the inaugural London race in 1981 and has completed every one since except in 1984 when he was forced to miss the race due to injury. Other Hercules Wimbledon runners taking part include Chloe Hawkins, who is making her marathon debut, Zoe Pike, who has completed the London race for more than a decade. She has a best time of 2:56:25 set in 2005 when she was 24 in the women's race.
 
While the marathon is underway, a contingent of Hercules Wimbledon youngsters will be running for their respective London boroughs in the Virgin Lonndon mini-marathon over the final three miles of the course starting at Old Billingsgate. Teenagers Cassian Hyde (Richmond), Matt Gibbons (Merton) and Tim Livingstone (Wandsworth) head the Hercules Wimbledon runners.
 
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9-04-13 - RECORDS TUMBLE IN THE PALACE SUNSHINE

Meeting records tumbled at the 32nd Hercules Wimbledon Young Athletes open meeting at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre on Sunday as athletes took full advantage of almost ideal weather conditions enhanced by warm sunshine.
 
A total of seven records were beaten at the six hour meeting for which more than 700 athletes from all over the country as well as seven from the Czech Republic club TJ Liaz, Jablonec.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's outstanding young sprint prospect Theo Etienne was just pipped in his first-ever 100m race as he clocked 11.20 seconds, the same time as the race winner, in taking runners-up spot. Etienne, men's under 17 bronze medallist at the England indoor championships at Birmingham in February, can be encouraged by his effort as the sprinter who beat him was Tommy Ramdhan from Bexley, the reigning Kent County and Schools under 17 100m champions. Etienne was chased home by his Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Rechmiel Miller who was third in 11.57. Miller was also fifth in his 200m race in 23.31.
 
Hercules Wimbledon had a record 51 athletes in action and two of them managed to win their events. Yakob Ysrayah won the men's under 20 200m in a personal best 23.71 and also took sixth spot in his 100m in 12.09, also a personal best. Devonte Casely-Hayford chased him home in the 200m taking second spot in 24.12.
 
The other Hercules Wimbledon event winner was one of the club's youngest competitors in action, Ciara Kennedy. She headed home the 18-strong field in the girls under 11 600m in 1:57.96. Ciara was also second in her girls under 13 200m race in 31.68.
 
Twin brothers Elliot and Harris Mier, who have shown impressive form in parkrun events, took top two positions in their boys under 13 800m race in 2:35.95 and 2:36.37, respectively. Alex Bond won is under 15 boys 800m race in 2:34.16 while Alex Lloyd-Jones gained a double success winning his men's under 17 800 and 1500m races in 2:08.29 and 4:25.24.
 
All-rounder Adam Magni showed good form in the throwing events where he was second in the men's under 17 shot with 13.17m and third in the discus with a personal best of 35.31m. Teenager Isabella Padt won her girls under 15 800m race in 2:30.15 and was third in the shot with 6.54m.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's Oxford cross country blue Andrew Penney opening his summer track season by taking third place in the 1500m at an open meeting at Watford in 3:59.51. Joe Toomey was runner-up out of almost 300 runners in the Wimbledon Common parkrun in a personal best time of 16:56. it was six seconds faster than his previous best set in August 2010. James Wallace was 14th in 19:28, Paul Lemmon 15th in 19:32 and David Gold 22nd in 20:00, also a personal best time. He took 50 seconds off his previous best time set in February.
 
Hercules Wimbledon runners continued their preparations for the Virgin London Marathon with Sean Crummy finishing 23rd out of 1733 runners in the Paddock Wood half-marathon in 1:18:20. Tom Cheetham was 31st out of more than 500 runners in the Croydon half-marathon in 1:27:02. Rob Tuer was 33rd out of more than 200 runners in the Victoria Park five miles road race in a personal best of  27:23 with Ruth Clifton fifth woman and 65th overall also in a personal best of 29:13. Over 45 veteran Frank Wood was 91st in 30:21.
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2-04-13 - INTERNATIONAL TOUCH TO YOUNGSTERS' MEET

There will be an international flavour to Hercules Wimbledon Athletic club's young athletes open meeting which is being staged for the 32nd time at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre on Sunday. A squad of athletes from the Czech club T J Liaz in Jablonnec will be taking part.
 
It is not the first time the club has sent a squad to this meeting which has a tradition of foreign athletes being invited to take part. Two of the meeting records are held by foreigners. Cuban Nieves Luna set the women's under 17 shot putt mark with 12.26m in 2008 while Yanis Ramirez from Nicaragua holds the women's under 17 javelin record with a throw of 50.22m achieved in 2006.
 
Apart from the Czechs, young athletes from all over Britain will be taking part in the meeting which has proved a valuable stepping stone for many youngsters aiming to compete in the Olympics.
 
Teenager Adam Gemili, who made his Olympic debut by reaching the 100m semi-final at last year's London Games, made a double appearance in the 2011 Hercules Wimbledon Young Athletes open meeting where he won the under 20 100 and 200m in 10.75 and 22.02 seconds which are currently the meeting records for the events.
 
Past winners also include Olympic sprinter Montell Douglas, who still holds the women's under 17 100 and 200m records of 11.9 and 24.6 she set in 2002 while another Olympian, Emeka Udechuku still holds the men's under 17 shot and discus records of 18.03 and 57.18m he set in 1995.
 
One of the longest standing meeting records was set by Olympic marathon runner Mark Steinle. As an under 13-year-old, he set the 1500m record of 4:41.5 in 1987.
 
This year, Hercules Wimbledon will have a particular interest with teenager Theo Etienne, who took the bronze medal in the England under 17 indoor 60m sprint championship at Birmingham in February, running in the men's under 17 100m. The meeting starts at 11am and runs through until 5pm.
 
Another Hercules Wimbledon youngster in form for the Crystal Palace meeting is Elliot Mier who broke his own club under 13 boys 5km record in finishing 18th out of 270 runners in the Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday in posting a time of 19 minutes 31 seconds. It sliced 11 seconds off his previous record set in the parkrun on March 2nd. His twin brother Harris also beat the old record in finishing 20th in 19:40.
 
Top Hercules Wimbledon finisher was teenager Tim Livingstone who finished fourth in 18:04 with Peter Collins top over 40 veteran in 12th place in 18:52 and James Wallace first over 55 finisher taking 17th spot in 19:28.Tim's dad, Mark Livingstone was 30th in 20:33.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's Alex Robinson gained a runaway victory on his debut appearance in the Rushcliffe Country Park parkrun in Nottingham. He clocked 16:36 to win by more than two minutes. Teenager Cassian Hyde bounced back from his disappointment in failing to finish in the English schools cross country championships after taking a tumble by posting a personal best time in the Richmond Park parkrun. He was second out of 285 runners in 17:18 to improve by 17 seconds on his previous best set last June. Fellow youngster Alex Lloyd-Jones was eighth in 18:50.
 
Hercules Wimbledon runners continued their preparations for the Virgin London half-marathon with Zoe Pike winning the women's category in the Kingston Breakfast Run 16 miles race in 1:49:09. Francesca Clarke was second in the veteran women's over 40 category in 1:58:22.
 
Chloe Hawkins was 36th out of 375 runners in the women's category at the Maidenhead 10 miles road race on Good Friday in a personal best of 1:11:28. Maurice Sharp was fourth veteran over 65 finisher in 1:12:52. Alex Urban was 59th out of 1340 runners in the Perserverance Richmond half-marathon in 1:25:34.
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