Just out of the medals on Parliament Hill

More than 50 HW runners were in action at Parliament Hill Fields on Saturday competing in the London Youth Games and London Championships. The senior men, who have won medals in the team event in two of the last three years, narrowly missed out this time in 4th place, while the senior women posted their best-ever team performance.

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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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Rosenheim League Champions

In a hard-fought match at Tooting Bec settled by the slimmest of margins, the Club's Men's team won the Rosenheim League Final trophy on Wednesday night by 2 points over Belgrave. The women's team came agonisingly close to making it a double celebration, missing out on a history-making victory as the positions were reversed and Belgrave took their match by just 1.5 points.

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Fantastic Festival of Running

Hot on the heels of the 3000m Night, the Club played host to yet another great night of running on Wednesday, 15th August. The 5000m Festival, now in its fourth year, goes from strength to strength: this year of the 127 runners who completed the races, 74 recorded personal bests, and there were 23 season's bests. 19 runners achieved sub-15 minute times (as against 15 last year) and 70 went sub-16 minutes (compared to 48 who hit that target at last year's meeting).

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Teenager runs in Bolt's shadow

Teenager Chad Miller had the amazing experience of running in World record-holder Usain Bolt’s footsteps when he helped Britain beat hosts Germany and France in an Under 20 warm-up match for the European Athletics Championships in Berlin’s Olympic Stadium last Sunday.

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A great night of racing

77 p.b.s, 25 season's bests and the fastest time by an U17 for 46 years....the inaugural HW 3000m Night on Wednesday provided a feast of racing, booking the event a permanent place on the Club's fixtures calendar.

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