On the brink of history

In an outstanding weekend for HW the Senior Men’s team tightened their grip on the Start Fitness Surrey Cross Country League Division One title on Mitcham Common – the title has never been won by the Club (although Hercules AC were champions in 1965, before the amalgamation with Wimbledon AC in 1967). Meanwhile at Lee Valley two of the Club’s young guns picked up medals at the Southern Indoor Championships.

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Finn-ishing Power

The Senior Men’s team have vowed to bounce back and strengthen their grip on the Start Fitness Surrey Cross Country League title on Mitcham Common this Saturday, following a disappointing Surrey County Championships.

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May the fourth be with us!

The Senior Men's team will be aiming to gain a fourth consecutive Surrey team title at Lloyd Park, Croydon, tomorrow (Saturday), with Ben Toomer flying in from New York to boost the Club’s hopes of success.

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Muddy Marvellous

HW's Senior Men's cross country runners took a commanding lead in the Start Fitness Surrey League Division One battle on Saturday in torrential rain and mud, while some of the Club’s younger athletes also triumphed in contrastingly beautiful sunny weather in the Ladies League.

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Game On

After winning their opening match in Richmond Park last month, beating reigning champions Kent AC in the process, HW's Senior Men’s cross country runners will be aiming to take full advantage of their home course in the second of this season’s Start Fitness Surrey Cross Country League Division One matches on Wimbledon Common tomorrow.

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Multi-Medal Masters

HW's cross country runners had a successful afternoon in the Surrey Masters County Cross Country Championships in Richmond Park on Saturday returning with a sextet of individual medals and one set of team medals.

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Superb Surrey League Start

HW's cross country runners made a brilliant start to their Start Fitness Surrey League programme on Saturday with the Senior Men and U17 Girls teams taking the honours and teenager Georgina Clarke winning the U15 Girls race.

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Best Ever Road Relay Result

The Senior Men's Road Relay teams pulled out the best-ever Club placing in the English National 6-stage Championship at Sutton Park, Birmingham, on Saturday, with the A team finishing in 13th place and the B team in 45th out of 77 teams, a significant improvement on 17th place last year and 28th in 2016. 

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Strong performances by road relay teams

HW's Senior Men and U15 Girls teams were the top South London and Surrey squads in the South of England Road Relay Championships which began in overcast and rainy conditions at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre on Sunday. Both teams finished just outside the medals in fourth place. The U15 Girls were a mere three seconds from a bronze medal; the men only 20 seconds.

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Hat trick of silver medals

The Senior Men's team secured the silver medals in the Surrey Road Relay Championships for the second successive year, despite missing two key athletes, Fred Slemeck and Ben Toomer, who were both abroad. In fact, the squad showed impressive strength in depth as only one member of last year’s sextet, Andrew Penney, featured in this year’s team. Thanks to the Mens V40 and V50s teams, the Club bagged a hat trick of silver medals, however the Senior Women's team just missed out, finishing 4th of the 17 teams.

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Malaga Masters

A handful of HW members were out in Malaga last week representing Club and countries at the World Masters Championships in Malaga. Husband and wife team Dominic and Emilie Bokor-Ingram were representing Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Denmark respectively, joined by Mark White (GB & NI) and fellow Southern Counties Vet and training group partner Glenn Gray.

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Fine Finish for Finn

HW’s Finn Johnson chopped almost two minutes off his best 10,000m track time when he clocked 31:55.07 in finishing eighth out of 21 runners in the A race at Ladywell on September 2. It improved on his previous best of 33:51.29 on his only previous track 10,000m performance at Parliament Hill Fields in May.

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Magnificent masters

The Club's Masters athletes bagged a handful of medals including four golds at the British Masters Championships in Birmingham at the weekend. Lisa Thomas led the title-winning effort with a double gold medal-winning performance. She took the V50 400m in a season’s best of 64.86 winning by more than four seconds, and the 2000m steeplechase in 8:20.15, over 13 seconds clear. Alison Murray won the V50 pole vault with a height of 2.80m, and Anna Garner won the V60 1500m in 5:50.06. Mark White took silver in the V50 400m in a season’s best of 56.14.

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