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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Congratulations to Dwayne

Great news that Dwayne Cowan has been selected to compete for Britain in the 400m in next month’s European Championships in Berlin thanks to an impressive victory at the Anniversary Games, just 24 hours before the selectors met to choose the British team.

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Let's Hear it for the Girls

The Club’s women’s team dominated their events in the penultimate Southern Athletics League match at the David Weir Leisure Centre, Carshalton, on Saturday 14th, to help the squad run out comfortable winners. 

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Cowan boosts Euro selection hopes

Dwayne Cowan boosted his hopes of gaining selection for next month’s European Championships in the German capital, Berlin, with his best run of the summer at an international meeting in Spain. Cowan missed out on automatic selection for the Euros in finishing fourth in the British championships in Birmingham. However he is the third fastest British runner over the distance this summer. 

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Anxious wait for 400m runner Cowan

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s top track runner, Dwayne Cowan, faces a nail-biting wait to find out whether he has made Britain’s team for the European Championships in Berlin next month after finishing fourth in the 400m at the British Championships at Birmingham's Alexander Stadium on Sunday. (Photograph Adrian Royle).

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Top Quartet in British Championships

A quartet of the Club's top runners will be in action in this weekend’s British Athletics Championships in Birmingham, which also doubles as the trials for the European Championships. One lap runner Dwayne Cowan is the strongest contender for a place in the British team to compete in the European Championships which are being held in Berlin from August 7th to 12th.

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Teenager Miller wins first England Title

Teenage sprinter Chad Miller enjoyed the most successful day of his young athletics life when he won his first England title at Bedford on Saturday and clinched a place in the British team to compete in the IAAF World Junior Championships in Tampere, Finland next month. (Photograph by Mark Shearman).

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Penney is on the money

It was another busy weekend for Hercules Wimbledon with Commonwealth Games runner Dwayne Cowan opening his summer track programme and other Club athletes picking up titles and medals in the South of England Championships at Bedford and Surrey Schools Championships. Stand-out Hercules Wimbledon performance at the South of England Championships at Bedford was the Senior Men’s 5000m silver medal-winning performance by Andrew Penney. 

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Age knows no bounds for HW athletes

While teenager Chad Miller was strengthening his chances of representing Britain in next month’s IAAF World Junior Championships, some of the Club’s younger athletes were posting a string of lifetime best performances in Norway, and the club’s oldest active athlete was picking up six titles at the Surrey Masters Championships.

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