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Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s top teenage sprinter Rechmial Miller has been selected to run in both the IAAF World Youth Championships and the Commonwealth Youth Games. It proved a double birthday present for Miller who turned 17 on June 27th.
Two days before his birthday celebrations he heard he had been selected to run for England in the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa in September. He was one of two 100m runners in the small 21-strong squad. He is also in the 4x100m relay squad. Then, on Tuesday this week, three days after his birthday, the 27-strong team to represent Great Britain  in the IAAF World Youth Championships in Cali, Colombia, in mid-July, was announced with Miller one of two 100m runners selected.
Miller was odds-on to gain selection for both competitions after taking the 100m bronze medal in the England under 20 championships at Bedford earlier this month in a personal best of 10.50 seconds.
“This is great news,” said his dad, Paul, a former Surrey 100m champion, who encouraged his son to take up athletics. “And, what a great birthday present. Two international selections and trips to Samoa and Columbia. Rechmial has worked hard and this is just reward.”
Adding to the family celebrations is the news that Paul’s younger son, Chad, has been selected to represent Surrey over 200m in an under 17 inter-county meeting at High Wycombe on July 19th, following his silver medal-winning run at the county championships at Kingsmeadow last month. It is his first Surrey County vest although before High Wycombe he’ll be representing the county in the English schools championships at Gateshead the previous weekend after taking silver in the Surrey Schools championships at Kingsmeadow earlier this month.
Hercules Wimbledon’s outstanding young sprinter, Jaleel Roper, the Surrey under 13 100 and 200m champion, continued his outstanding season when he smashed his own lifetime bests for both distances in winning the London Schools titles at Mile End. He won the 100m final in 11.6 to slice one-fifth of a second off his previous best and Hercules Wimbledon record and took the 200m in 23.4 to slice three-hundredths of a second off his previous best.
Both performances also smashed the London Schools Championships records. Meeting official Roy Stratton said: “He didn't just improve the Championship Best Performance marks for both events, he annihilated the old marks. It's a shame he's too young to go to the main English Schools Champs but hopefully we'll see him at an Inter-County competition later in the summer.”
Hercules Wimbledon youngsters also showed fine form in the Independent Schools Championships in Birmingham. Study schoolgirl Darcy O’Shea gained a hat-trick of gold medals in the Year 5 150m where she smashed the championship record with 21.5 and high jump and then linked up with Tara Bartlett, Linnea Barron and Amelia Cheeseman to win the 4x100m relay. Tara also won the Year 6 80m while Andrei Smirnov took the Year 10 and 11 100m hurdles and long jump titles.
Hercules Wimbledon runners won two park run 5km events on Saturday. Stuart Fraser made a winning debut at Tunbridge Wells where he beat a 141-strong field to win in 18:30 while Richard McDowell posted a personal best of 17:45 in beating a 266-strong field to win in Alice Holt Forest, Hampshire. Over 65 veteran Dennis Williams finished 119th out of 267 runners in Bishop’s Park, Fulham, where he completed his 250th parkrun. Two days earlier, Fraser won the Raven Runners 5km event in Wapping to in 17:16, to post his first road race win of the year.
Richard Evans was top Hercules Wimbledon finisher in the Wimbledon Common event where he was seventh in a record 492-strong field. Twenty-four Hercules Wimbledon runners took part including over 45 veteran Tom Cheetham who clocked a personal best of 19:24 in finishing 17th and third veteran over 45 and then completed a busy weekend to finish ninth out of 133 runners in the Capital Runners 10km race in Bushy Park on Sunday.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon athletes are in action in their fourth Southern Athletics League match of the season at Aldershot on Saturday.


Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s talented young sprinter Rechmial Miller put himself in line for two major international championships this summer by racing to a superb bronze medal in the England under 20 championships at Bedford on Saturday.
It was an early birthday present for Miller who will be 17 on June 27th and more significant was is that he was the top under 18 finisher at Bedford as the two runners who finished ahead of him in the final are more than two years older.
Miller posted his fastest legal time in the final clocking 10.50 seconds with a minimal 0.3 metres per second following wind. It was an impressive display from the youngsters as he improved on his best of 10.65 before the championships in all three rounds. Racing into a slight headwind of 0.9 metres per second, he won his first round heat in 10.64 and then with a slight tailwind of 0.5 metres per second took his semi-final in 10.60 before stepping out to take the bronze medal.
Now, Miller, who gained his first international vest in an indoor international Wales in Cardiff last winter, seems destined for further honours. He is in line to represent Britain in next month’s IAAF Youth Games in Call, Colombia, and in the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa in October.
Miller’s performance rather overshadowed the performance of a second Hercules Wimbledon sprinter in Saturday’s 100m final, Theo Etienne. The 18-year-old, who is ranked seventh under 20 sprinter in the UK this season, just behind Miller, was just outside his lifetime best as he finished a fine fifth in the final in 10.58 after winning his heat in 10.60 and finisher third in his semi-final in 10.66. Following his run at Bedford, Etienne has won his first international vest as he has been included in the sprint relay squad for the British team competing in the Mannheim Bauhaus Juniorengala in Germany this coming weekend (June 27th/28th).
History was made at Wimbledon Park on Saturday with Hercules Wimbledon staging their first-ever Southern Athletics League meeting. Further history was made when Lisa Thomas and Eileen Brandley gained maximum points in the women’s 2000m steeplechase which was staged for the first time at Wimbledon Park. Over 50 veteran Thomas set a club record of 8:12.4 on a busy afternoon for her. She also set a club veteran over 50 record in finishing second in the 100m hurdles B race and was also second in the 400m B and third in the 1500m B before linking up with Laura Wignall, Emilie Bokor-Ingram and Heather Letley to anchor the 4x400m relay team to victory.
Fresh from her South of England long jump victory, Emily Martin took both the long and triple jump events and was also runner-up in the high jump, shot, hammer and javelin as well as taking third in the discus. Her mum, Ann, set a club veteran over 55 record in winning the hammer B event. Former Scottish Commonwealth Games vaulter Alison Day won her speciality with a leap of 3.10m.
Best individual effort of the day came from Hercules Wimbledon’s South of England 200m champion, Dwayne Cowan, who took the 400m in 47.8, to smash the Southern Athletics League record. Jonathan Cornish and Joe Clark secured maximum points in the 5000m while Nnamdi Odum won the triple jump with a good leap of 13.40m.
Hercules Wimbledon records also tumbled in the second of this season’s Southern Veterans League matches at Ewell Court. John Webster, the club’s oldest active athlete, set veteran over 75 records in winning the hammer (29.48m) and pole vault while Gina Galbraith (1.30m)  and Lisa Thomas broke the club women’s over 50 record in winning the 200m on an evening when she also took the 800 and 3000m, and Anna Garnier set a women’s veteran over 60 record in winning the 800m.
Other winners were Mark White (over 35 100m), Stuart White (over 50 200m), Stephen McDuell (over 50 800m), Dave Orchard (over 50 hammer)and Gina Galbraith (over 35 3000m).
Hercules Wimbledon’s Francesca Clarke was top woman finisher in Saturday’s Kingston 5km parkrun, while Claire Grima was third overall and top woman in the Midnight Sun Marathon in Tromso, Norway, on Sunday, in 2:49:06 where there were 866 finishers.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon contest their third Lily B Girls League match at the season at Stompond Lane, Walton, on Sunday, while, at the other end of the age scale, the club’s older athletes compete in their third Southern Veterans League fixture of the summer at the same venue.


Olympic sprinter Dwayne Chambers made a surprise appearance in Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s home Rosenheim League meeting at Wimbledon Park  on Wednesday of last week - but he got more than he bargained for as he was beaten by Hercules Wimbledon’s own Dwayne Cowan in the 200m.
Cowan showed fine form as he sprinted past Chambers in the home straight to win comfortably in 21.35 seconds with Chambers, running for Belgrave Harriers, clocking 21.68 with Herne Hill’s Nicholas Atwell third in 21.93.
Chambers had the final say on a warm evening for athletics as he anchored the Belgrave quartet to victory in the sprint relay to clinch the match - although not before he had to ask Hercules Wimbledon track judge Sheila White details of the takeover zone as he had never contested a 4x200m relay in his life before. The meeting also marked Chambers’ debut appearance in the popular Rosenheim League which has been going since 1964.
Cowan was one of  two Hercules Wimbledon winners on the night with former junior hurdles international Austin Ferns taking the 110m hurdles. Sean Hall was second in the 800m and Richard Agyapong third in the 100m, both competing in their first races of the year. Hall’s 1:57.5 was his fastest since 2013. Top veteran Dominic Bokor-Ingram, ranked second in this summer’s UK over 45 list, was runner-up in the 400m, with Joe Toomey second in the 3000m.All-rounder Piers Willoughby-Strauss was third in both the shot and javelin also in his first competition since May of last year.
While Hercules Wimbledon men had to settle for runners-up spot, their women were victorious on the evening to stretch their lead at the top of the Eastern Division. Laura Wignall was second in the 400m, Florence England second in the shot and Heather Letley third in the long jump and the team ended the evening by taking the 4x200m relay.
Although Hercules Wimbledon had only four athletes in action in the South of England senior championships at Lee Valley Athletic Stadium over the weekend, two of them came away with gold medals. Dwayne Cowan retained his senior men’s 200m title in 21.20, his fastest time so far this season, after winning his heat in 21.77 and semi-final in 21.21. Surrey champion Emily Martin was just one centimetre off her best leap this season as she took the senior women’s long jump title with a leap of 5.66m, an improvement on her bronze medal at Crystal Palace last season, to lift a South of England title for the first time in 11 years of trying.
Some of Hercules Wimbledon’s youngsters also showed good form. The quartet of Jaleel Roper, Dan Hillier, Miles Ayoola and Nathanael Pongolati smashed the club boys under 13 4x200m record in the Ebbisham League meeting at Coulsdon on Saturday with a time of 1:50.0. The previous best was 1:57.9 set back in 1981, more than 20 years before any of the record-breaking quartet was born. Roper, the UK under 13 record-holder for 60m, also won the individual 100 and 200m with Ayoola taking the 100 and 200m B races.
Hercules Wimbledon’s Chad Miller secured his place in Surrey’s team for the English Schools championships in Gateshead next month in taking the silver medal in the intermediate boys 200m in a personal best of 22.39 at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Saturday. Earlier, he also improved on his previous best by winning his heat in 22.52. Cassian Hyde was third in the senior boys 1500m and Lloyd Smith third in the intermediate boys 800m. Andrei Smirnov and Sam Chetwynd took the intermediate boys 100m hurdles and discus titles at the London Schools Championships in Battersea Park.
Hercules Wimbledon’s Sam Barker broke the course record when he beat more than 100 runners to win the Wimbledon Park 2km h=junior park run on Sunday. Clubmate Valerie Parocki was first girl to finish. Hercules Wimbledon had a hat-trick of women’s winners in the senior park runs with Lisa Thomas, Gina Galbraith and Claire Grima on Wimbledon Common, in Crane Park and Newport, Gwent, respectively. Meanwhile, Steph Robson and Fran Clarke were runners-up in the women’s events in Sheringham Park, Nottingham and Kingston.
Hercules Wimbledon’s Alison Purnell was top women’s over 50 finisher in the Jetstream Triathloin event in Northwood on Sunday.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon host their first Sweatshop Southern Athletics League meeting at Wimbledon Park on Saturday. The meeting starts at 12noon with the women’s hammer, long jump and pole vault and the men’s shot and high jump. The first track event, the women’s 400m hurdles, is at 12.15pm and the final event, the 4x400m relay is due off around 4.30pm. Visiting teams are near neighbours Kingston & Polytechnic, Aldershot, Farnham & District, City of Salisbury and East Grinstead. Top sprinters Rechmial Miller and Theo Etienne will be absent from Wimbledon Park as they will be in action in the England Athletics under 20 championships at Bedford over the weekend, while Hercules Wimbledon road runners contest the Surrey Road League 10km event in Richmond on Sunday.

Hercules Wimbledon’s indefatigable athletics guru Pete Mulholland has been a recipient of a well-deserved gong in the Queen’s Birthday Honours announced today.
Pete has been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) “for services to athletics in Wimbledon”. This award follows his winning the England Athletics London Volunteer of the Year and Active Wandsworth outstanding contribution to sport and physical activity awards last year.
2014 marked a milestone in Pete Mulholland's life - he celebrated his 75th birthday - 50 years as cross country secretary of Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club and half-a-century's involvement with athletics. Despite suffering from TB as a youngster, he took up running, was a member of Hercules Wimbledon's winning Surrey cross country team in the 1960's and has completed five marathons.
But, it's as a volunteer that he has excelled. In the last year he had taken on the job of Surrey statistician spending five hours a day seven days a week in front of his computer ensuring the county rankings are kept up to date. He also produces a weekly club newsletter with results and other information which he emails out to members all over the world. At weekends he helps out at the Wimbledon Common parkrun every Saturday morning, before going off to help out at an afternoon athletics event.
On Sunday mornings, Pete assists with track training sessions. He also helps out at Tuesday and Thursday training nights and facilitates Wednesday night road running sessions. For 10 years he organised the popular Hercules Wimbledon Young Athletes meeting at Crystal Palace and he has been a regular official at the London Schools Championships.
"Pete is an inspirational volunteer at Hercules Wimbledon and elsewhere", says Hercules Wimbledon's secretary Sheila White. 'He gives freely of his time and experience to assist in a variety of ways and is a superb model for others to follow. He spends hours dedicated to our sport and few can match the hours and contribution he makes and has done so for half-a-century."
She added: "Hercules Wimbledon would need three or four people to do what he does if he were to retire. Pete is more than typical of those vital people who keep our sport going. He is an exceptional person and not many could match the time he gives each week in all sorts of ways - statistician, newsletter editor, meeter-and-greeter and official. No matter what event you are at, whether sleet, snow, howling winds, or scorching heat, no matter how out of the way, you would spot the white mop of hair that told you Pete was there, supporting the team, collecting results, knowing everyone…. totally indispensable."
Former Hercules Wimbledon treasurer Mick Leigh said: "Pete has great inter-personal skills which he uses to encourages athletes of all abilities, acts as a bridge between different generations, great at talking with parents of young athletes - the heart beat of the club and a father figure in local athletics."
See also write-up in Wimbledon Guardian

Three of Hercules Wimbledon’s youngest athletes will be competing in the Independent Schools national finals in Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium later this month following their efforts in the London  West Regional round. The trio of Darcey O’Shea, Linnea Barron and Anna Michaels won four gold and one silver under 11 medals between them in the regional finals at the Thames Valley Athletics Centre, Eton.
Best of the bunch, who all go to The Study school in Wimbledon, was O’Shea who two gold medals with lifetime best of 21.6 seconds and 1.20m in winning the 150 metres and high jump competitions. Barron raced to victory in the 75m in 11.6, winning by almost half-a-second and also took silver in the long jump with 3.23m.
O’Shea, Barron and Michaels were then part of the winning under 11 sprint relay quartet. Their coach, Paul Miller said:”They’ve only joined us this year but they’ve worked really hard and these are just rewards for their efforts.”
Hercules Wimbledon’s Dwayne Cowan smashed his own club 400m record in finishing runner-up in a British League Premiership meeting at Lee Valley Athletics Centre on Saturday. He clocked 46.45 to improve on his previous best of 46.52 set in the Copenhagen Games last August.
Over 50 women’s veteran Lisa Thoams gained a hat-trick of titles in the Surrey Masters track and field championships at Ewell Court on Sunday in the 400, 800 and 1500m. Dominic Bokor-Ingram broke the championship record in winning the men’s over 45 400m in 53.41 and also took silver in the 100 and 200m. Hercules Wimbledon’s oldest athlete, John Webster, also broke the championship record in winning the over 75 hammer with a throw of 33.24m. Webster, who will be 76 at the end of June, also won the discus with 24.27m.
Hercules Wimbledon’s Claire Grima took the silver medal in the Surrey women’s 10 miles road running championship at Dorking on Sunday finishing 49th out of more than 450 runners in 62:07. Kieran White just missed out on a medal in the men’s race finishing fourth in 56:07 with club mate Ben Toomer fifth 16 seconds later and David Grima 41st in 61:36, just ahead of George Longworth who was 43rd in 61:40.
Hercules Wimbledon filled the top three women’s places in the Kingston parkrun 5km event on Saturday. Leading the trio was Gina Galbraith who won in 19:50 ahead of Caroline Jackson (20:00), who were both making their debut in the event, with Fran Clarke third in 20:34. Charles Hampden-Smith finished between Gina and Caroline in 19:55 and was also second in the veterans over 50 category behind parkrun founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt.
Meanwhile, over on Wimbledon Common, David Grima headed home a 372-strong field to win in a personal best of 17:13. His time took 10 seconds off his previous best set in May 2013. It was also his fourth win in 80 appearances in the Wimbledon Common event. More than 20 Hercules Wimbledon runners were in action on the common with Stuart Fraser top in the over 45 category fourth in 17:41 and Peter Collins top over 40 finisher in 17:51 two places back.
Hercules Wimbledon’s Jonathan Cornish was third out of 1117 runners on his debut appearance in Bushy Park in 15:48 while Rob Tuer was sixth out of 281 runners in Bishop’s Park, Fulham where over 40 veteran Khaled Diaw was eighth in a personal best of 18:06, improving on his previous best of 18:19 set last September.
Hercules Wimbledon took the honours in the junior 2km park run in Wimbledon Park on Sunday morning as Sam Barker headed home the 130-strong field in 6:58 with the club taking the top four places. Sacha Ormiston (7:58), Charlie Kuhl (8:01) and Lloyd Hodgson (8:08) followed Barker in with Selma Hegvold top girl in eighth place in 8:49.
This weekend, many Hercules Wimbledon youngsters will be in action in the Surrey and London Schools track and field championships which are being held at Kingsmeadow Stadium and the Millennium Arena, Battersea Park, respectively, on Saturday.


Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club go into their home Rosenheim League East Division match at Wimbledon Park next Wednesday (June 10th) leading both the men’s and women’s contests.
The club’s women’s team followed up their shared win in the opening match at Battersea Park with a fine team triumph in the second meeting at Croydon Sports Arena.  In a hard fought match, Hercules Wimbledon emerged narrow winners with 26 points ahead of Belgrave (21), Croydon Harriers (18) and Herne Hill (5).
Hercules Wimbledon gained individual successes with Ruth Wallace taking the 3000m and Heather Letley the high jump. The 4x200m relay team were runners-up with Florence Engl;and taking second in the 100m and third in the discus.
It means the women’s team go into the home match with a narrow overall lead. Hercules Wimbledon are on 11.5 league points ahead of Belgrave (10.5), Croydon (6), Herne Hill (6) and  Serpentine (4).
Hercules Wimbledon were again runners-up in the men’s match, this time behind hosts Croydon Harrioers, but they did enough to edge into a slight overall lead. On the night, Croydon won with 57 points from Hercules Wimbledon (48), Serpentine (42), Belgrave (40), Holland Sports (22) and Herne Hill (11). It means Hercules Wimbledon head the table with 10 pints ahead of Belgrave and Croydon, both on nine, Serpentine (8), and Holland Sports and Herne Hill both on three.
On the night it was a true team effort with Hercules Wimbledon finding winners hard to come by. Best individual efforts came from Antonio Douglas, second and third,m respectively in the 200 and 100m, Hamed Agboke, second in the 400m, Rob Tuer, second in the steeplechase and  Zandre du Plessis, runner-up in the high jump.
The league match on June 10th starts at 6.45pm with the 110m hurdles and high jump for men and the shot for men and women. The final event, the 4x200m relay, for both men and women, is due off at 8.40pm.
Before then, this weekend, Hercules Wimbledon’s older athletes are competing in the Surrey Masters’ track and field championships at Ewell Court on Sunday with the club’s road runners in action in the Dorkign 10 miles road race, part of the Surrey County road league, on the same day.
Hercules Wimbledon’s star young sprinter, Rechmial Miller, continued his impressive season with a lifetime best 100m time in the Lee Valley Open Sprint meeting in North London. He finished third in 10.53 seconds, slicing just one-hundredths of a second off his previous best set in winning the England under 17 title at Bedford last August. However, both performances were assisted by over the limit following winds.
Miller beat his Hercules Wimbledon club mate Theo Etienne by just one-hundredths of a second but, more significantly, also finished five-hundredths of a second ahead of Bristol’s Chris Stone, the reigning Midland Counties under 20 champion, who beat Miller on his international debut in Wales in March.
Hercules Wimbledon’s Surrey senior women’s long jump champion, Emily Martin, was the club’s stand out performer in the second of this season’s Southern Athletics League meetings staged in pouring rain at Horsham on Sunday. She gained a hat-trick of victories taking the long and triple jumps and shot. During a busy afternoon, she was also second in the javelin and discus B. Men’s event winners were Rob Tuer in the steeplechase, Hamed Agboke in the high hurdlers and Zandre du Plessis in the high and triple jumps. Du Plessis also had a busy afternoon finishing second in the long jump and third in the javelin. The team finished third.
Hercules Wimbledon had a hat-trick of winners in Saturday’s park runs. Ben Toomer and Eileen Brandley took the men’s and women’s events in the Little Stoke event. Toomer beat more than 200 runners clocking 16:07.Gina Galbraith was the women’s winner at Nonsuch Park while Rob Tuer finished third out of more than 200 runners at Dulwich Park before dashing off to compete in the league match at Horsham where he won the steeplechase.


Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s Jaleel Roper proved he is carrying the impressive form he showed during the winter into the summer track and field season with a superb sprint record-breaking double in the annual Surrey track and field championships at Kingsmeadow Stadium over the teenage sprinters.
Twelve-year-old Roper was undoubtedly the outstanding athletes at the two day meeting as he clocked the fastest times by a UK under 13-year-old this season in winning both the Surrey boys under 13 100 and 200m gold medals in championship record-breaking times. He began his weekend by cruising to victory in his 200m heat on Saturday in 24.53 seconds to take one-tenth of a second off the previous championship best.
Roper then stepped up a gear in the final and raced away from the field as he stormed round the bend and into the finishing straight to cross the line in 23.43 seconds, more than a second faster than his heat time to again smash the championship record and his lifetime best to post the fastest electronic 200m time ever recorded by a British under 13-year-old. Only a manual time of 23.4 is shown in the UK rankings as being faster. Roper also smashed his previous best of 24.1 set at a league meeting in mid-April.
Roper won by almost 30 metres with his Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Miles Ayoola taking silver also in a lifetime best of 26.53 after winning his heat in 26.80. He twice improved on his previous best of 26.87 set at the Hercules Wimbledon Young Athletes open meeting at Wimbledon Park last month.
Both sprinters returned to Kingsmeadow on Sunday where Roper again shown tremendous form in first winning his 100m heat in an almost casual 12.54. He than again stepped up a gear in the final to race to victory in 11.84, the fastest time by a British under 13-year-old this summer and smashing the championship record by 0.29 seconds. Ayoola took the bronze medal equalling his lifetime best of 13.11. Roper also broke his own Hercules Wimbledon club record of 11.89 set at the Hercules Wimbledon Young Athletes Open Meeting.
During the winter, he set British boys under 13 indoor records for 60 and 200m and also won the Surrey under 13 boys indoor 60m title.
Fred Slemeck led a Hercules Wimbledon medal clean sweep in the senior men’s 5000m leading from the gun to win the twelve-and-a-half lap race by more than a minute with club mate Matt Sharp holding off a challenge from Ben Toomer who took bronze. Long jumper Emily Martin made it a quartet of gold medals in winning the senior women’s title.
Rebekah Riches broke the Hercules Wimbledon club record in taking the silver medal in the under 13 girls 800m. Cassian Hyde also took silver in the under 20 men’s 3000m as did Chad Miller in the under 17 men’s 200m. Lloyd Smith made it six silver medal winners by finishing runner-up in the under 15 men’s 800m. Completing a hat-trick of bronze medal-winning Hercules Wimbledon performances was Andrew Smirnov in the under 17 men’s 100m hurdles.
Hercules Wimbledon made good start to their Southern Veterans League programme sharing the team honours in the men’s match. Meanwhile, Hercules Wimbledon were runners-u[ in the women’s event in the Parkland Relays in Richmond Park with marathon runner Claire Grima clocking the second fastest individual time.
Grima was just one second outside her club record in the BUPA 10km road race in Central London on Sunday with Lisa Thomas finishing second in the women’s veterans over 50 category in a Hercules Wimbledon women’s over 50 record time. On Saturday, she finished runner-up in the women’s race in the Brockwell Park 5km parkrun. Jonathan Cornish was the first Hercules Wimbledon finisher among more than 12000 runners in 44th place the day after winning the Richmond Park 5km park run heading home a 378-strong field.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon travel to Horsham for the second of this season’s Southern Athletics League meetings.


Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s top teenage sprinters Theo Etienne and Rechmial Miller opened their summer track racing programme in fine form with both posting lifetime best 100m times.
Etienne, 18, stormed to victory in his 100m race at the Loughborough international meeting on Sunday in a superb 10.50 seconds, with the aid of a 2.4 metres per second tailwind. He gained a valuable scalp in beating Reuben Arthur, who represented Great Britain in last season’s IAAF Junior World Championships in Eugene, Oregon, and was the second ranked UK under 20 100m runner in 2014.
Just four days earlier, he posted a legal lifetime best of 10.57 in finishing third in his 100m race at the Lee Valley Sprint Series Open Meeting in North London. There was wind assistance of two metres per second which is spot on the legal limit. Later, again finishing third, he clocked 10.63 in his second round race.
Although these were Etienne’s opening races of the sumer season, all three times were faster than his previous best before 2015. In 2014, he clocked a wind-assisted 10.66 in finishing second in his heat at the England under 20 championships at Bedford in June and, on the same day, with a fluctuating wind, clocked a legal 10.70 against a slight headwind in taking third place in his semi-final.
Miller, who is still 16, also made a flying start to his summer racing season at the Lee Valley meeting. He finished two places behind Etienne in his first round 100m race in 10.65 to better his previous legal time of 10.8 set in winning his race at the Southern Counties inter-counties meeting at Portsmouth last July. He also clocked a wind-assisted 10.54 in winning the England under 17 title at Bedford at the end of August. Later, Miller finished fourth inn his second round race at Lee Valley in a slightly slower 10.66.
The performances place Etienne and Miller fifth and sixth, respectively, in this year’s UK under 20 100m rankings.
Another Hercules Wimbledon runner in action at the Loughborough international meeting was Dwayne Cowan who was fifth in his 400m race in 49.35.
Hercules Wimbledon made a solid start to their Rosenheim League Eastern division programme at Battersea Park. Last season’s Eastern Division champions, the women shared the honours with hosts Belgrave Harriers. Best efforts came from Alison Murray who won the pole vault with 2.90m and Lisa Thomas who was second in the 800m in a Hercules Wimbledon women’s over 50 record of 2:30.69. She then ran the anchor leg for the 4x200m relay linking up with Emily Bokor-Ingram, Florence England and Heather Letley.
Hercules Wimbledon’s men, the current Rosenheim League champions, finished runners-up. Best efforts came from Michael Franklin who won the pole vault, Andrew Bullimore, second in the triple jump and the winning 4x200m relay team of Antonio Douglas, Dominic Bokor-Ingram, Mark White and Devonte Casely-Hayford.
Lisa Thomas continued her winning ways when she once again won the women’s race at the Wimbledon Common 5km park run on Saturday. Best of the 27 Hercules Wimbledon runners in action was second-claimer Knut Hegvold, the first over 50 finisher in sixth place in 18:06. His was also the best age-graded performance of the day just ahead of Thomas. Maurice Sharp celebrated his 70th birthday by finishing top in that age category.
At the other end of the age scale, 12-year-old Sacha Ormiston headed home a 128-strong field to win the Wimbledon Park 2km junior parkrun on Sunday in 7:41 to win by 22 seconds. Clubmate Lloyd Hodgson was  third in 8:07 with Selma Hegvold eighth and first girl in 8:50.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon athletes are in action in the annual Surrey track and field championships at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Saturday and Sunday. They start at 9.30am on both days with the hammer events while the first track event is at 10am. The final event is scheduled for around 5.30pm.


Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club runners won the men’s and women’s events at the latest Wimbledon Common 5km parkrun event on Saturday.
Ben Toomer headed home the 400-strong field in 16 minutes 41 seconds to post his fifth Wimbledon Common parkrun victory in six appearances since the end of March last year. He raced to a comfortable win finishing 41 seconds ahead of the second runner with his Hercules Wimbledon club mate Neil Fraser third in a personal best of 17:29, his highest placing in four appearances in the Wimbledon Common event where he made his first appearance in mid March.
Hercules Wimbledon’s veteran over 50 woman Lisa Thomas, one of the most regular runners in the Wimbledon Park event with 186 appearances since December 2009, once again too the women’s race in 20:01, finishing 28th overall, with the women’s top age-graded performance of the day.
There were a total of 22 Hercules Wimbledon runners in Saturday’s event with Gordon Lilly, top in the veteran over 45 category, 18th in a personal best of 19:32, improving by 11 seconds on his previous best set back in June 2012. He is also a regular, making his 95th appearance with his debut in September 2007. Adam Fenton was second over 50 finisher in 19:41 in 20th place, making his 178th appearance since March 2007.
Teenager Sebastian Hudspith was 29th in 20:10, just one second ahead of another regular, Charles Hampden-Smith, third over 50 finisher, who was running in the Wimbledon Common event for the 300th time after his debut appearance in March 2008.

Hercules Wimbledon’s Ben Tatters secured his best-ever park run placing when he was runner-up out of 356 runners in Richmond Park in 18:02. Marathon runner Tom Cheetham was second over 50 veteran in Bishop’s Park where he finished 17th out of 268 runners in 19:17.

This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon’s youngsters will be competing in the opening Lily B Girls League match of the season at the Spectrum Leisure Centre, Guildford, on Sunday. At the other end of the age scale, Hercules Wimbledon runners compete in their opening Southern Veterans League meeting at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Monday evening.



Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s road runners packed solidly to take team gold in the Surrey half-marathon championships at Petersham on Sunday to add to the Surrey road relay title the club won in September last year.
Dimon Evangeledis led the gold-medal winning performance by taking the silver medal over the 13.1 miles course in one hour 12 minutes 34 seconds with Matthew Sharp third in 1:13:56 and Kieran White fourth in 1:14:44. More than 700 runners took part in the race.
It was the first time in living memory that Hercules Wimbledon’s road runners have taken an individual road race team  title. Down the field, Lisa Thomas was the first woman veteran over 45 finisher, taking fifth spot in the women’s race in 1:28:39 to set a new Hercules Wimbledon veterans over 50 women’s record. It was also the second best age-graded performance behind the race winner. Stephen McDuell was second male veteran over 50 in 1:26:18.
The half-marathon was Lisa’s second race of the weekend.On Saturday, she was top woman finisher in the Wimbledon Common 5km park run in 20:41. Best of the 12 Hercules Wimbledon finishers was Adam Harwood who took second place out of the 344 participants in a personal best of 17:43, slicing 13 seconds off his previous best set at the beginning of April. One of the youngest runners, 12-year-old Sam Barker, also clocked a personal best of 18:41 in finishing ninth, 27 seconds faster than he clocked in March.
Top veteran over 50 finisher John Krause made it a hat-trick of personal bests in finishing 12th in 19:27, pipping fellow over 50 veterans Charles Hampden-Smith by one second and Adam Fenton who was a further second behind also in a personal best time. Krause’s time sliced eight seconds off his previous best set way back in January 2011 while Fenton took nine seconds off his personal best time for the course set in September 2014. Emilie Bokor-Ingram was third woman finisher in 21:38.
A second Hercules Wimbledon parkrun winner was Jonathan Cornish who headed home a 329-strong field in Richmond Park in 16:08 while Peter Giles posted the top age graded performance in the Bushy Park event where he was first over 70 finisher out of 1107 runners in 20:05. Cornish’s time equalled his personal best for the course set last September. Competing in the event for the first time, Maddy Orenstein was fifth in the women’s race.
Hercules Wimbledon’s Ben Toomer was third out of 330 runners in the Northampton 5km parkrun race in a personal best of 16:25, taking 20 seconds off his previous best set last September. Neil Fraser was also third out of 240 runners in 17:19 on his debut appearance in the Bishop’s Park event. Gina Galbraith was second woman in the Chichester parkrun in a personal best of 20:49, an improvement of four seconds on her debut appearance time in February.
Sacha Ormiston was a narrow winner of the Wimbledon Park junior 2km parkrun on Sunday in 7:56, finishing three seconds clear.
Six days after completing the London Marathon, Monika Crouse tackled an even more challenging event, a 34.8 miles Ultra Marathon over wild and exposed coastal trails in Pembrokeshire, Wales, on Saturday. She was second woman finisher in 5:53:39.
Hercules Wimbledon secured a hat-trick of wins at an open meeting at Tooting Bec on Bank Holiday Monday. Cassian Hyde took the 800m in a useful 1:59.60 while Darcey O’Shea won the under 13 girls high jump and Lucy Hampson took the under 13 girls shot.
Around 100 athletes took part in Hercules Wimbledon’s open graded meeting at Wimbledon Park on Wednesday of last week. Best of the Hercules Wimbledon performers were Dominic Bokor-Ingram who took the 100m and was second in his 400m race. He is currently ranked second in the UK over 45 400m rankings this season. Over 50 veteran Lisa Thomas won her 400m race and was also third in the 800m while Gordon Lilly won his 800m race. Thomas is currently ranked second in there 800m and fourth in both the 400 and 1500m in this year’s UK over 50 women’s rankings.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon athletes are in action in the South London Athletics Network’s under 17 and under 20 Development Meeting at Tooting Bec on Sunday, starting at 1pm.


Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's marathon running couple, David and Claire Grima, posted the best times of their lives when they competed in the 35th Virgin Money London Marathon from Greenwich to The Mall on Sunday. One strange irony was that although they clocked almost identical times for the 26 miles 385 yards race they didn't see each other until after the finish.
This was because Claire was competing in the British Championship starting at Blackheath and David started in Greenwich Park. But, next year they will both be able to compete in the British Championship, both starting from Blackheath as David managed to improve on his personal best marathon time by almost four minutes to get inside the qualifying standard for the championship event.
However, in the family battle, it was 37-year-old Claire, competing in the London race for the ninth time, who just sneaked it as she crossed the finishing line in The Mall in two hours 44 minutes 51 seconds to finish 13th in the British women's championship. Her time took exactly a minute off her previous marathon best and Hercules Wimbledon women's record set in last year's race and was just one second faster than husband David. He shattered his previous best of 2:48:35 set last year and clocked the fifth fastest veterans over 35 time ever recorded by a Hercules Wimbledon runner.
The couple, who are past holders of the Guinness Book of Records record for the fastest marathon-running couple, the headed off to celebrate their performances with family and friends at a nearby pub. There they were reunited with their two sons, Luca and Jasper, who cheered them on as they passed Big Ben, a mile or so from the finish.
"I heard them cheering me as I went past Big Ben," said Claire. "Conditions today were ideal for running although it was quite cold at the start." Husband David said: "I'm pleased we will be able to start together next year. "Although we clocked almost identical times I didn't see Claire during the race."
Best of more than 20 Hercules Wimbledon runners in the marathon was Joe Clark who finished just outside the first 100 in 2:33:35 to chop five minutes 34 seconds off his previous best time set in last year's London race.
Dominic Kiralyfi made an impressive marathon debut finishing 231st in 2:37:59 with clubmate Rob Tuer 448th in 2:44:28. Over 45 veteran Tom Cheetham finally managed to break the three hour barrier as he clocked 2:59:37. Gina Galbraith also made a fine marathon debut as she finished just outside the top 450 in the women's race in 3:20:37 with Caroline Jackson  not far behind in 3:21:03.
One Hercules Wimbledon runner, Ben Green, managed to get into the Guiness Book of Records. Green, who is a first-claim member of Warrington finished 62nd in 2:30:20 and with his dad Graham not far behind in 2:32:01 finishing top veteran over 50, their combined times resulted in their performances being recognised as the fastest father and son combination.
Isabelle Ellis was the highest placed of the 32 Hercules Wimbledon runners in the Virgin Money Giving Mini Marathon over the final three miles of the marathon course from Old Billingsgate to The Mall finishing 14th out of 230 runners to help Hammersmith and Fulham to take silver team medals. Amelia Casey, finishing 76th, was a member of the bronze medal-winning Wandsworth team. Alex Abrahams was a member of the silver medal-winning Wandsworth boys under 13 team finishing 38th out of 240 runners. Daniel Illis, who was 35th, was the first Richmond finisher. Ben Tatters led Richmond to the silver team medals in the boys under 15 race finishing 19th out of 224 runners.
Former British junior international Austin Ferns gained a hat-trick of victories Hercules Wimbledon's first-ever Southern Athletics League match at Bracknell. He won the 400m, 110m hurdles and 400m hurdles. Fred Slemeck gained a double success in the 1500 and 5000m while Ben Toomer took the 2000m steeplechase.
Ann Martin set a quartet of Hercules Wimbledon over 55 records in the shot, discus, hammer and javelin. while her daughter, Emily, the Surrey indoor long jump champion, was a double winner in the long jump\and triple jump. Lisa Thomas set a hat-trick of Hercules Wimbledon women's veterans over 50 records in the 400, 800 and 1500m.
Hercules Wimbledon's Francesca Clarke, who has completed the London Marathon four times, missed this year's race to win the women's event in the Kingston 5km parkrun on Saturday in 20:35. Best of 15 Hercules Wimbledon runners in the Wimbledon Common parkrun were Neil Fraser and Peter Collins who finished fourth and fifth out of more than 300 runners.


Husband and wife David and Claire Grima head the 20-strong Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club contingent competing in this year's Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday.
They will be competing together for the fifth time and are past holders of the Guinness Book of Records record for the fastest marathon running couple. Claire, 37, will be taking part in the London race for the ninth time having posted her best performance last year when she finished a fine sixth in the women's race in a Hercules Wimbledon women's club record time of two hours 45 minutes 42 seconds. Claire missed two years to have sons Luca and Jasper who will be among those enthusiastically cheering their mum and dad on.
Husband David also posted his best performance last year when he finished 512th in the men's race in a personal best of 2:48:35. He made his London debut in 2009 and has competed in the London race every year since apart from 2010 running alongside Claire on each occasion.
Among the 20 Hercules Wimbledon runners taking part is 69-year-old Dennis Williams who has competed in all but one of the 34 London marathons staged so far. Williams missed one year because of injury. Oldest Hercules Wimbledon runner taking part will be former schoolteacher Maurice Sharp who will be 70 next month. He posted his fastest marathon time in the 2011 London race when he finished 22nd in the over 65 category in 3:36:25.
Also at the weekend, many Hercules Wimbledon youngsters will be taking part in the Virgin Money London mini-marathon for the London boroughs of Merton and Wandsworth over the last three miles of the marathon course from Old Bishopsgate to The Mall.
This weekend also marks an historic day for Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club with both men's and women's teams competing in their first Southern Athletics League match at Bracknell on Saturday.
Hercules Wimbledon's Kieran  White beat a 500-strong field to win the Hyde Park 10km road race last Sunday in 33:45. He finished more than half-a-minute ahead of the second runner.
Star sprinter Jaleel Roper, who broke the club under 13 200m record for the second successive weekend when he stormed to victory in the opening Ebbisham Boys League match at the David Weir Leisure Centre, Sutton, on Sunday. He clocked 24.1 seconds to improve on the 24.20 he set the previous weekend in posting a club record-breaking double in the100 and 200m in the Hercules Wimbledon Young Athletes open meeting at Wimbledon Park. Roper, 12, also won the 100m in 12.2.
Hercules Wimbledon also dominated the boys under 15 endurance events with Lloyd Smith and Zac Purnell winning the 800m A and B races and Ben Tatters and Henry Silverstein taking maximum points in the 1500m A and B races.
Hercules Wimbledon runners secured a quartet of wins in last Saturday's parkrun 5km races. Ben Toomer headed home a 396-strong field on Wimbledon Common in 17:09 with clubmates Peter Collins, Neil Fraser, Peter Lee and Adam Harwood finishing fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh in 17:43, 17:58, 17:59 and 18:02. Collins and Lee were also the top veteran over 40 and over 45 finishers respectively. Also on Wimbledon Common, Lisa Thomas won the women's race in 19:48, posting the day's top age-graded performance.
Joe Toomey headed home the 208-strong parkrun field on his debut appearance at Kesgrave, Ipswich, in 16:56, finishing 42 seconds clear while Francesca Clarke was top woman finisher at Kingston in 20:35. Meanwhile, Alexie Calvert-Ansari was runner-up out of 299 in the Bishop's Park, Fulham, race in a personal best of 16:44, taking 29 seconds off his previous best set on his last appearance in June last year. Clubmate Isabelle Ellis was third woman finisher in 19:31 and Gina Galbraith fourth woman in 19:45.
Nicky Hogg was third out of 120 runners in the Brentwood parkrun in a personal best of 20:08, taking 45 seconds off his previous best set a fortnight earlier. Amelia Casey was second woman in the Old Deer Park event in a personal best of 21:05, taking 34 seconds off her previous best set in October last year. 


Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club talented young sprinter Jaleel Roper was the stand out performer among more than 500 athletes who took part in the club’s annual Young Athletes Open Meeting at Wimbledon Park on Sunday.
Roper, who is just 12, made a flying start to his outdoor track season as he stormed to two record-breaking victories in the boys under 13 100 and 200m. First, he raced to victory in the under 13 100m in 11.89 seconds to smash the meeting record of 12.53 set in 2011. He also broke his own Hercules Wimbledon Club record and personal best of 12.1 which he set in an Ebbisham League meeting at Coulsdon last July.
Four hours later, he scored his second record-breaking triumph as he stormed home in the 200m in 24.20 to again smash the meeting record of 25.7 set in 2007 and improve on his previous best and club record of 24.69 he set at the London Indoor Games at Lee Valley in January. His previous best time outdoors was 24.7 at the South London Athletics Network Meeting at Wimbledon Park last August.
Both times were also Surrey County records and, even more impressively, his performances rank him 11th and eighth on the UK all-time lists for his age group in the 100 and 200m, respectively. His fine outdoor sprinting double also showed Roper is carrying on where he left off in the indoor season where he broke the UK under 13 60 and 200m records.
Roper’s double was among six meeting records bettered at Sunday’s annual open meeting held in fine, sunny, if somewhat blustery weather. It was being staged for the 34th time and at Hercules Wimbledon’s Wimbledon Park track headquarters for the second time.
Another sprinting success for Hercules Wimbledon was Chad Miller who took the under 17 200m min 22.71 with club mate Ralphael Buckle third in 24.31.Earlier, Buckle took third in the 100m in 11.59. It was Miller’s second competition of the weekend. On Saturday, he won his 200m race at the Lee Valley Open meeting in North London in 22.68 and was third in the 100m in 11..42.
Hercules Wimbledon had a host of winners among a record 73 club athletes who took part in Sunday’s Wimbledon Park meeting where there were around 500 athletes from the South East of England. Lucy Hampson was also a double winner in the under 13 girls long jump and shot while Rebekah Riches won her under 13 girls 1500m race and Onyejekwe won her 200m race.
Maya Marek took her under 15 girls 200m race with Alex Forbes heading the field home in the boys under 11 1000m. Josh Dhillon (under 17 200m) and Miles Ayoola (under 13 100m) were other race winners while Marko Ravic and Alex Bond won the men’s under 20 javelin and boys under 17 high jump contests.
Hercules Wimbledon’s Joe Toomey headed home the 363-strong field in the Wimbledon Common 5km parkrun on Saturday morning in 17:06 with club mate Adam Harwood third 50 seconds later. Rob Tuer won the Bishop’s Park, Fulham, event in 16:33, beating more than 200 runners, while teenager Jack Collins was second out of 324 runners in Richmond Park in a personal best of 17:29. It shaved two seconds off his previous best set last December. Meanwhile, Lisa Thomas improved on her own club women’s over 50 record in finishing fourth in 19:44 in the women’s event on her debut appearance in Dulwich Park. She was seven seconds behind club mate Charles Hampden-Smithwho was first veteran over 50 finisher.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon’s track and field athletes are in action in the Sward and Kinnaird Trophy meetings at Kingsmeadow Stadium  and the South London Athletics Network under 20 and under 17 open meeting at Woodcote School, Coulsdon, both on Saturday. 


Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s husband and wife marathon running duo David and Claire Grima continued their preparations for this month’s Virgin Money London Marathon with impressive runs in the East Surrey League road race at Ewell Court.
Claire was fastest woman in the 7km event in 25 minutes 38 seconds while David also finished in the frame taking third place in the men’s race in 25:04.
Two other Hercules Wimbledon London marathon contestants, Tom Cheetham and Maurice Sharp were in action in the Self Transcendence 10km road race in Battersea Park on Saturday. Cheetham was second in the over 45 category in 39:28 while Sharp was top veteran over 60 finisher in 47:12.
Hercules Wimbledon’s Medena Knespl on a visit from her Stateside base was first woman home on a bitterly cold morning in the Wimbledon Common parkrun 5km event on a bitterly cold Saturday morning finishing ninth overall out of 257 runners in 19:48 with over 50 veteran Lisa Thomas securing second women’s spot and the day’s top age-graded performance in 20:24. Fellow over 50 veteran Alison Purnell was fourth woman in 21:51.
Best of the 15 Hercules Wimbledon runners in actions was 13-year-old Harris Mier who posted his best ever parkrun placing finishing runner-up in 18:15. Over 40 veteran PeterCollins was sixth in 19:21 with the other Mier twin, Elliott, 10th in 20:08, three places ahead of Charles Hampden-Smith who was top over 50 finisher in 20:20.
Hercules Wimbledon runners were in action in 11 park run events over the weekend. Over 45 veteran Stuart Fraser posted the top age-graded performance on his debut appearance in the Basildon event finishing runner-up out of 154 runners in 17:58, while Jonathan Cornish was also runner-up out of 221 runners in the Abingdon race in 17:25. Heather Letley was also second woman to finish the Watergrove parkrun in Rochdale in 26:17, competing in the event for the first time.
Meanwhile, over 50 veteran Frank Wood was seventh out of 179 runners on his debut appearance in the Forest Rec park run in Nottingham and Richard Clark, spending Easter in Ireland, was seventh and top over 55 finisher on is debut appearance in the Castle Demense, Macroom, event.
Lisa Thomas had a busy Easter weekend as she was also in action in the Maidenhead Easter 10 miles road race on Good Friday where she finished 19th in the women’s race and top over 50 finisher in a Hercules Wimbledon club record time of 65:28. Fellow over 50 veteran Charles Hampden-Smith finished just behind Lisa in the same time. Top Hercules Wimbledon finisher was Kieran White who was eighth in 54:52.
A small contingent of Hercules Wimbledon runners spent Easter on the Isle of Man where they took part in the annual Easter Festival of Running on the Island. Best of the bunch was Fred Slemeck who was fifth out of more than 200 runnersin the four miles Hill Race on Saturday, 12th in the 10km road race on Good Friday and fastest individual in the road relay on Sunday.
However, their return journey was something of an adventure as fog prevented them flying back as planned on Easter Monday and they finally returned to the mainland on Tuesday afternoon.
This is a big weekend for Hercules Wimbledon as the club hosts its annual Young Athletes Open Meeting at Wimbledon Park Athletics Stadium on Sunday. It will be the second time that the event has been staged at its home track after being moved from its traditional venue at Crystal Palace last year. Around 600 athletes from all over the country will be taking part in the event which has proved the springboard for many future internationals including Olympic sprinter Adam Gemeli. The meeting starts at 11am and runs through to 5pm.  

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