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27-06-11 - YOUNGSTERS SEEK BETTER LUCK AT SCHOOLS CHAMPS

Two of Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's most promising youngsters will be hoping for better luck at this weekend's English schools championships in Gateshead than they managed in their final warm-up events.

Talented all-rounder Adam Magni looked set to win at least a medal in the South East Regional round of the English Schools boys under 15 pentathlon championship at Winchester when he was forced to drop out after he was tripped while leading at the bell in the final discipline, the 800m. After being clipped from behind, he caught his foot on the metal kerb and fell heavily and took no further part in the race. He is confident he will be ok to run for London in the boys under 15 80m hurdles at Gateshead where he will be aiming to reach the final with a strong chance of picking up a medal.

Magni, 14, who won both the junior boys 80m hurdles and shot at the London schools championships at Battersea Park, started well at Winchester winning the first of the five individual events, the 80m hurdles in 11.7 seconds to open up a 50 point lead on his nearest challenger. He trebled his lead his lead as he won the shot by one-and-a-half metres with a throw of 13.42m. He was still ahead at the end of the long jump where he leapt 4.91m. However, he slipped down to fourth with 1.39m in the high jump before disaster struck him in the 800m.

Another Hercules Wimbledon teenager with high hopes of doing well in Gateshead is Liam White who represents London in the senior boys 1500m. White, has a best time of 3:51.39, which ranks him just outside the top 12 for his age group in the UK this summer, had a disappointing run in the England Athletics championships at Bedford on Saturday. There, he failed to reached the final of the junior men's 1500m where he was 12th in his heat in 4:06.91, well outside his best time set at Manchester's Sportscity in May.

Another Hercules Wimbledon athlete in action at Bedford was Alex Bruce-Littlewood who was seventh in the under 23 3000m steeplechase in 9:30.84 while Alex Robinson was 13th in the under 23 5000m in 15:43.48.

Competing in the South East Schools Inter-Counties match at Erith, Tim Livingstone won the intermediate boys 800m B race in a season's best of 4:17.0. It was also only just over a second slower than his best time for the distance. At the other end of the age scale, two Hercules Wimbledon veterans came away with two gold medals from the British Masters track and field championships at Birmingham over the weekend. Anna Garnier also set a hat-trick of Hercules Wimbledon veterans over 55 women's records in taking the gold medal in the 800m in a personal best of 2:38.12 and silver medals in the 1500m in 5:22.85 and 5000m in 20:04.56, also both personal best times. She held the previous marks for 800 and 1500m with times of 2:38.31 and 5:34.28 set last year.

Pensioner Pete Giles was the other Hercules Wimbledon gold medallist in Birmingham in winning the men's over 65 1500m in 5:40.37. He was also second in the 5000m in 19:46.20 and sixth in the 800m in 2:53.19.

Veteran sprinter Mark Giraud was also in record-breaking form when he won the over 35 200m at the third of this season's Southern Veterans League South West London division meetings at Kingsmeadow Stadium in 25.0. Other winners included Stephen McDuell and Stuart Fraser in the over 40 800 and 5000m while Dave Orchard won the over 50 discus.

Hercules Wimbledon's Rory McMahon raced through sweltering heat to finish runner-up in the Stone St Michael's 10km road race in the Midlands on Sunday. Although he was some way behind the winner he had to fight hard for second spot as he beat the third runner by just one second. About 500 runners toed the starting line but with temperatures hitting 22C about 60 of them dropped out.

Also on the road, Stuart Fraser finished sixth out of more than 200 runners in a 5km event in Hyde Park on Friday in 17:19. James Trapmore beat more han 100 runners to win the Brockwell Park parkrun on Saturday in 17:23. Veteran Peter Lee was eighth out of more than 600 runners in the Bushy Park event in 17:54. This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon' youngsters are in action in the third of this season's Lily B Girls League meetings at Sutton Arena on Saturday. Next Wednesday, the club's athletes contest the fifth of this season's Rosenheim League east Division matches at Croydon Sports Arena. The meeting starts at 6.45pm. 


20-06-11 - ANOTHER RECORD FOR MARATHON MUM

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's marathon racing mum Claire Grima continued her record-breaking year when she completed the quintet of record-breaking performances in the Surrey 10km road running championship at Ham on Sunday.

Grima clocked 37 minutes 21 seconds to chop almost a minute off her previous best time set in 2009 when she posted a time of 38:15 in finishing runner-up in the women's race in the Dorney Dash event at Windsor. Her time also broke the Hercules Wimbledon club record taking 19 seconds off the performance achieved by Estle Viljoen at Chessington in August 1998.

Grima, 33, now holds all of Hercules Wimbledon's road running records from 5km to the marathon with the exception of five miles which is now a rarely run distance. Grima began her club record-breaking spree in the Virgin London marathon on April 17 when she clocked 2:49:10 in finishing 10th in the women's race. She then bettered the club half-marathon mark with 1:23:29 in winning the women's event at the Richmond half-marathon on May 8. A fortnight later she took five seconds off the 5km mark in clocking 18:07 in the Wimbledon Common parkrun. Then, on June 5, she broke the club 10 miles road running record in finishing fourth in the women's event in the Dorking race in 1:03:47.

Grima admits she has been running better than ever since becoming a mum a year ago and along with husband David takes baby Luca along to most of their races. David was also in action at Ham on Sunday where he finished 63rd out of almost 600 runners in a personal best of 36:14. He was four places ahead of over 45 veteran Peter Lee (36:24). Deon Coetzee was the top Hercules Wimbledon finisher taking 51st place in a personal best of 35:35. Other Hercules Wimbledon finishers included Stewart Bond (137th in 39:45), Stephen McDuell (145th in 40:01).

Hercules Wimbledon's under 15 team finished a good second in the third of this season's South London Athletics Network meetings at Croydon. Soban Inayat won the high jump with 1.55m and Osie Akoto took the 100m in 12.8 one fifth of a second ahead of Inayat. Alex Bismouth was third in the 1500m. The relay team finished second.

Emma Headley and Rebecca Dinsdale were second in the girls long jump and shot. Headley was also third in the 300m.

Double London schools winner Adam Magni underlined his current top form by winning the junior boys 80m hurdles and shot at the Independent Schools Regional Championships at Thames Valley Athletics Centre, Eton with 11.5 and 12.59m.

Another Hercules Wimbledon runner Ross Vance was third in the 1500m in 4:57.9. At the other end of the age range, over 65 veteran Peter Giles completed a hat-trick of national title successes when he won the British Masters 10000m track title at Oxford in 40:06.93. It added to the indoor 1500 and 3000m titles he won at Lee Valley in February. Anna Garnier was another Hercules Wimbledon winner at Oxford in taking the gold medal in the women's over 55 age group in 42:32.71.

Another veteran, Peter Lee, has qualified for the ITU Age Group Triathlon World Championships to be staged in Beijing, China, in September, after finishing fifth in the over 45 Shropshire Olympic Distance Triathlon at Ellesmere in 2:09:34.

Dave Orchard, Stewart Bond and Stephen McDuell all had a busy time in the third of the Southern Veterans League South West London division matches at Croydon. McDuell won the over 35 1500m in 4:42.9 and was also third in the 400m and over 40 100m and fifth in the long jump before anchoring the medley relay team to second place. Bond was second in the over 40 400 and 1500m events and fourth in the 5000m while Orchard was second in the over 50 discus and hammer and fourth in the long jump. Another Hercules Wimbledon winner was Hugh Saxby in the over 50 5000m in 17:48.8.

Hercules Wimbledon's Rory McMahon beat more than 400 other runners to win the Timberhonger 10km road race in Bromsgrove on Saturday in 34:59.

This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon' youngsters are in action in the second of thsi season's Ebbisham Young Athletes League meetings at Stompond Lane, Walton, on Sunday. The match starts at 1.30pm.


13-06-11 - SUPER SCHOOLS DOUBLE BY TEENAGER MAGNI

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club teenager Adam Magni was the outstanding individual athlete at the annual London schools track and field championships at Battersea Park on Saturday when he lifted two titles and achieved the English schools qualifying mark for the junior boys hurdles and shot. As he is only permitted to contest one event at the national schools championships in Gateshead at the beginning of next month, Magni opted for his stronger event, the hurdles.

Magni, 13, who goes to Ibstock School, Roehampton, smashed the 37-year-old club record as he stormed to victory in the junior boys 80m hurdles in 11.5 seconds , winning by almost half-a-second to take 0.7 seconds off his previous best set on his debut appearance in the event at last month's London schools pentathlon championship at Lee Valley Athletics Centre. His time ranks him sixth in the UK this summer.

His win was some consolation for being unable to contest the Surrey championships at Kingsmeadow last month after missing the entry closing date. Magni, who is trained by Hercules Wimbledon hurdles coach Dermot Dunne at Wimbledon Park, took one fifth of a second off the club record set by junior international Megarry Effiong in 1974 and subsequently equalled by Kenneth Frempong in 1998. He equalled the old record in winning his heat in 11.7.

Magni underlined his all-round prowess by winning the junior boys shot with another personal best of 13.54m, the third best ever by a Hercules Wimbledon under 15-year-old and a performance that ranks him fourth in this season's UK rankings. Magni's previous best with the 4kg shot was 12.86m, also in the London schools pentathlon championship last month.

Another Hercules Wimbledon medallist at Battersea Park was Thomas Bracegirdle who took silver in the junior boys 800m in 2:18.3.

Hercules Wimbledon athletes also got among the medals in the Surrey schools championships at Kingsmeadow Stadium. Max Mondelli, in only his second competition since recovering from a double fracture to his ankle, took silver in the intermediate boys 100m in 11.84 running into a stiff 1.7 metres per second headwind. Earlier he won his heat in a slightly slower 11.86 into an even stronger 2.4 metres per second headwind. Last month, in his first race since recovering from his injury, he won the Merton schools title in 11.6.

Five Hercules Wimbledon athletes picked up bronze medals. Tim Livingstone was third in the intermediate boys 1500m in 4:17.94, James Evans third in the intermediate boys 1500m steeplechase in 5:12.1, Andrew Clarke third in the senior boys shot with a personal best of 10.10m, Emma Headley third in the junior girls 1500m in 4:58.9 and Allessio Martello third in the intermediate boys high jump, also with a personal best of 1.75m.

Other leading Hercules Wimbledon performers were Cassian Hyde, sixth in the junior boys 1500m, Rechmial Miller,. seventh in the junior boys 100m final and Samuel Aning, ninth in the intermediate boys triple jump.

Hercules Wimbledon's men track and field team captain Steve Davies set a club over 35 veterans record when he equalled his personal best of 1.80m, first achieved in 2007, in winning the high jump at the third of this season's Rosenheim League East Division meetings at Wimbledon Park. He was also runner-up in the 110m hurdles in 16.8. Tim Livingstone was second in the 800m in a personal best of 2:03.1 with Olu Owundusi second and third in the 100 and 200m and Justin Smith and James Davies third in the 400 and 3000m. Jimmy Saruchera was second in the triple jump and veterans Rob Dinsdale and Dave Orchard third in both the discus and hammer. Orchard also set a club over 55 veterans record in the discus of 29.05m. Ruth Clifton won the women's 1500m in 5:05.4 after finishing fourth in the 400m while Rachael Dinsdale was runner-up in the discus. Three Hercules Wimbledon athletes were in action in the British Milers Club Grand Prix meeting at Watford on Saturday night. Chris Parr was third in his 1500m race in 3:48.26 in his first race over the distance this summer. Alex Bruce-Littlewood was 11th in 3:51.50 and Liam White 15th in 3:52.40.

Claire Grima was the top Hercules Wimbledon finisher in the Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday. She was fourth of the 245 runners and first woman in 18:28.

This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon athletes will be in action in the South of England senior and junior track and field championships at Ashford, Kent, on Saturday and Sunday while the club's road runners contest the Richmond 10km road race at Ham, which also incorporates the Surrey championships. On Monday, Hercules Wimbledon host the fourth and final Southern Veterans League South West London division meeting at Kingsmeadow Stadium, starting at 6.30pm, while the club's athletes are also in action in the fourth of this season's Rosenheim League East Division matches at Battersea Park next Wednesday (June 22) starting at 6.45pm.


6-06-11 - MARATHON MUM'S RECORD-BREAKING RUN

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's, marathon running mum, Claire Grima is running better than ever since giving, birth to a baby boy, Luca, just over a year ago.

Claire, 34 next month, smashed the second Hercules Wimbledon club record and, posted her second lifetime best in two months when she ran in the Dorking 10, miles road race on Sunday. It was her first race over the distance for four, years but her time of 1 hour 3 minutes 47 seconds was more than two-and-a-half, minutes faster than her previous best set in Triandrun Geoff Moulden race at, Wimbledon Park in October 2006. She also bettered the Hercules Wimbledon club, record of 1:04:59 set by Christine Whalley at Wimbledon Park in October 1983., Her record-breaking 10 miles run came just seven weeks after she broke the club, record and posted a lifetime best in the Virgin London marathon in April. Her, time then of 2:49:10 also set a new club record and improved on her previous, best of 2:52:56 in 2009.

At Dorking, Claire just missed out on an individual medal as she took fourth, place in the women's race, finishing just behind husband David who was 31st in, the men's race in 1:02:52. Over 40 veteran Tom Cheetham was 20th in his age, category in a personal best of 1:06:50. More than 500 runners took part in the, race.

Another Hercules Wimbledon athlete in record-breaking form is teenager Adam, Magni. Magni, 13, broke the club boys under 15 pentathlon record in finishing, third in the London Schools championships at Lee Valley Athletics Centre with a, score of 2489 points. He added more than 600 points to the previous record of, 1803 points set by Jose Costa at the Surrey championships in September 2009.

It was the first time Magni had contested the gruelling five event pentathlon, and his performance ranks him sixth in the country this summer. He also posted, five lifetime bests in the individual disciplines. He began the contest well by, winning the opening event, the 80m hurdles in a personal best of 12.2. He then, slipped down the field with eighth place in the long jump with another personal, best of 5.22m before bouncing back to win the shot with 12.86m, a 39 centimetre, improvement on his previous best set at Battersea Park nine days earlier. He, then high jumped 1.38m before finishing third in the 800m in 2:20.7.

Magni will be among Hercules Wimbledon youngsters competing in the London, schools championships at Battersea Park on Saturday. Other youngsters will be, chasing titles and medals in the Surrey schools championships at Kingsmeadow, Stadium, also on Saturday.

At the other end of the age range, Hercules Wimbledon veteran Dave Orchard set a, club over 50 record in throwing the discus 28.29m in a Southern Men's League, meeting at Brighton last Saturday. His record erased that of 27.07m set by John, Fenge in a Southern Men's League match at Portsmouth in June 2004. Orchard, 52,, competed in five events, winning the hammer with a personal best of 29.60m, as, well as competing in the pole vault, shot and javelin.

Former junior international Austin Ferns and Steve Davies gained maximum points, in the sprint hurdles taking the A and B races in 14.7 and 16.7 while Ferns also, took the 400m hurdles in 53.7. Jonathan Osbourne was another Hercules Wimbledon, winner at Brighton taking the 400m in 50.5. These wins were backed up by Jon, Grayson, second in both the long and triple jump and veteran Rob Dinsdale,, second in the shot and third in the discus. Liam White and Geordie Logan were, also runners-up in the 800m and steeplechase with Ed Saywell second in the 400m, hurdles B race. Jimmy Sarachura was second and third in the long and triple jump, B events with the 4x400m relay quartet of Davies, White, Ferns, with a swift, 49.9 leg, and Osbourne, taking second spot.

Two of Hercules Wimbledon's over 50 veterans showed good form in parkruns on, their return to action after a period of absence. Andy Waites, 50, was second in, the event at Croydon in 19:25, posting the top age-graded performance there,, while Steve Newton, 55, in his first race since January, was seventh out of more, than 200 runners at Milton Keynes in 19:09, also with the top age-graded effort., Stewart Bond and his teenage son Alex made their debut appearances at Killerton,, near Exeter, finishing fifth and 16th, respectively, out of 71 runners in 19:22, and 22:49.

Francesca Clarke set a veteran women's course record of 20:05 in winning the, women's race at Kingston. Husband Dave was just behind in the same time. Andrew, Davies led the Hercules Wimbledon contingent home in the Wimbledon Common event, finishing fifth out of 277 runners in 18:33. Over 45 veteran Jeremy Purnell was, 25th in 19:55 with over 65 veteran Maurice Sharpe posted the top age-graded, performance in finishing 54th in 21:17. Rebecca Stone, 14, was second in the, women's race in 21:52.

Hercules Wimbledon's older athletes contest their third Southern Veterans League, South West London division match at Croydon Sports Arena on Monday, starting at, 6.30pm.,


30-05-11 - HW BAG MEDALS GALORE AT SURREY MASTERS CHAMPS

Hercules Wimbledon's older athletes gained a bagful of medals at the annual Surrey Masters track and field championships at Ewell on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the club's most talented middle-distance runner Liam White smashed the club's junior 1500m record at the British Milers' Club's Sports City Grand Prix meeting in Manchester. White, 17, clocked 3 minutes 51.39 seconds to erase the previous club best of 3:51.9 set more than four decades ago by Brian Slocombe in August 1969. White also took four seconds off his previous best time for the distance.

Best of the bunch at the Surrey Masters Championships was former senior men's track and field team manager Dave Orchard who collected a bumper five gold medals in the over 50 category on his debut appearance in the championships.

Orchard also set a Hercules Wimbledon age group club record in winning the 100m hurdles in 17.9 seconds. His other successes came in the high jump, pole vault, long jump and triple jump. He also took silver in the discus with another club record-breaking effort of 35.05m and the hammer.

Hercules Wimbledon had a hat-trick of winners in the over 45 category with Rob Dinsdale taking gold in the shot and discus and Peter Lee in the 5000m.

Peter Giles was a double championship record-breaker in the over 65 800 and 1500m with times of 2:32.2 and 5:20.6. His 800m win was also a new Hercules Wimbledon club age record. John Webster was also a double winner in the over 70 category where he took the hammer with championship and Hercules Wimbledon records of 35.78m and the javelin.. Kevin Burnett was also a double winner in the over 70 shot and discus.

The Hercules Wimbledon title tally totalled 17 with Anna Garnier taking the women's over 55 800 and 1500m in 2:44.1, a championship record, and 5:42.8. She was also third in the 200m.

Burnett also took the silver medals in the over 70 hammer and javelin behind clubmate Webster as well as finishing runner-up in the 100m and 3000m walk. Giles was also second in the over 65 5000m. Stuart White gained a hat-trick of bronze medals in the over 45 100, 200 and 400m.

Orchard, Dinsdale and White warmed up for the Masters' championships with wins in the Southern Veterans League South West London division match at Ewell a few days earlier. Dinsdale won the over 40 shot and javelin, Orchard the over 50 pole vault, triple jump, shot and javelin while White won the over 40 200m. Webster was also in action taking second place in the over 60 javelin.

Ruth Clifton was Hercules Wimbledon's only winner in the second of this season's Rosenheim League East Division meetings at Croydon. She took the women's 3000m in 10:49.7.

Hercules Wimbledon's Allessio Martello gained a double success in the Merton Schools Championships taking the intermediate boys high jump (1.65m) and 400m B race. Spencer Felix-Otoo was also a double winner in the 800m and 3000m B race. Other Hercules Wimbledon athletes to post successes included Rechimial Miller (junior boys 200m B), Claire Rogers (junior girls 800m) and Amy Culleton (junior girls high jump B). On the road, Rory McMahon clocked the fastest time for the distance by a Hercules Wimbledon runner this year by finishing ninth in the Edinburgh half-marathon in 1:14:15. Stuart Fraser was 12th out of more than 200 runners in the Last Friday of the Month 5km road race in Hyde Park in 17:24. David Grima took a break from holidaying in the West Country to win the Killerton parkrun near Exeter in 17:42 to set a 30-34 age course record.

Meanwhile, Augustin Mallin was eighth out of more than 200 runners in the Wimbledon Common parkrun in 18:46 with Jeremy Purnell 17th (19:52), Charles Hampden-Smith 30th and first over 60 finisher (20:40) and James Sharpe 40th (21:07). This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon travel to Brighton for their third Southern Men's League match at Withdean Stadium on Saturday. On Sunday, the club's road runners will be in action in the Dorking 10 miles road race, which incorporates the Surrey championship. Next Wednesday (June 8th) Hercules Wimbledon stage the third of this season's Rosenheim League East Division matches at their Wimbledon Park headquarters, starting at 6.45pm.


23-05-11 - TEENAGE SPRINTER MAX'S WINNING RETURN

Hercules Wimbledon's most promising young sprinter Max Mondelli made a stunning return to action - nine months after breaking his leg in two places.

Mondelli, 15, showed he has lost little of his talent as he stormed to victory in the intermediate boys 100m championship at the Merton schools meeting at Wimbledon Park - after just one training session. His time was a respectable 11.6 seconds and he has now been chosen top represent Merton in the Surrey schools championships at Kingsmeadow Stadium on June 11th.

"I quite surprised myself. I beat someone in the race who was in the Surrey team last year. It was a respectable time. I was really shocked as I haven't done any training," said Mondelli who did just one track session before his winning appearance.

Mondelli burst onto the athletics scene last summer and in his first season won 14 of his 20 sprint races. He posted a best 100m time of 11.38 in finishing fifth in the English schools championships in Birmingham in July, a time which ranked him 11th in the country in his age group.

He also lifted a hat-trick of titles in the South East England schools inter-counties meeting, as well as the Surrey County and Surrey Schools championships. He was also runner-up in the South of England championships and fifth in the England under 15 100m event.

Mondelli suffered a double fracture when he was tackled in the final 15 minutes of a two-hour pre-season rugby training session for his school team last August. He was rushed to Kingston hospital where doctors discovered he had broken both his tibia and fibula bones just above the ankle. They immediately operated and inserted a metal plate and seven screws to assist in ther healing process.

Mondelli then endured about two months on crutches before his plaster was removed. Later, he underwent a second operation to remove the plate and screws. "When the casts came off I did a lot of swimming to get fit but I couldn't sprint until three weeks ago. I've decided to give up rugby and concentrate on athletics although I don't plan to compete that much this summer as I'm not physically up to it. I'm saving myself for 2012."

Another Hercules Wimbledon youngster in form is Adam Magni who was one of the top performers in the South London Athletics Network young athletes meeting at Battersea Park. Magni, 14, who made up for missing the Surrey championships a few days earlier by winning the under 15 boys 80m hurdles in 12.5 and the shot with 12.47m. Other Hercules Wimbledon winners in the under 15 event were Sobat Inayat in the 100m (13.0) and high jump (1.55m), Samuel Faidot and Christian O'Connell in the 1500m A and B races and Felix Blanchard in the long jump.

O'Connell also won the high jump B event. Sam Os (100m and long jump B) and Alex Bond (long jump A) won their events in the under 13 competition. Heather Letley had a busy time for Hercules Wimbledon in their Southern Women's League match at Ashford finishing third in the 400m, fifth in the 100 and 800m and sixth in the 200m and javelin. Emma Headley was the only Hercules Wimbledon winner taking the girls under 15 1500m in 5:07.3.

Hercules Wimbledon's top endurance runner Liam White gained an impressive hat-trick in the club's Southern Men's League match at Woking on Saturday. He took the 800m (2:00.7), 5000m (16:03.1) and 1500m (4:14.4). His treble came three days after he clocked a lifetime 1500m best of 3:55.55 in a British Milers' Club meeting at Watford. It was the third fastest time ever posted by a Hercules Wimbledon under 20-year-old behind Brian Slocombe (3:51.9 in August 1969) and Dave Clarke (3:55.4 in 1977).

Hercules Wimbledon sprinter Richard Agyepong gained a double victory at Woking taking the 100 and 200m in 11.4 and 22.9. Cale Edmunds secured maximum points in the 200m taking the B race in 22.8. Earlier he won the long jump with 6.70m. Tim Livingstone (2:05.3) and Joe Clarke (4:22.6) secured maximum points in the 800 and 1500m events by taking their respective B races. Former Surrey champion Jonathan Osbourne won the 400m (50.5) and was second in the 100m B race (11.8).

Hercules Wimbledon's former junior international Austin Ferns has been selected to represent Surrey in the 400m hurdles at the UK Inter-Counties track and field championships at Bedford over the Bank holday weekend. Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters will be in action in the second of this season's Lily B League matches at Guildford on Saturday while the club's older athletes are competing in the Surrey Masters championships at Ewell, also on Saturday.


16-05-11 - WHITE'S SUPERB 1500 SURREY TRACK TRIUMPH

Hercules Wimbledon's top teenage endurance runner Liam White was the club's outstanding performer in the annual Surrey track and field championships at Kingsmeadow Stadium, Kingston, over the weekend.

White, 18, fended off strong opposition to win the junior men's 1500m title in 4 minutes 12.24 seconds. It was a slow time for White who has a best of 3:56.19 for the distance. This was due to a particularly slow start as the contenders eyed up each other. The tall, long-striding White was always in contention and saw off his final rival down the final back straight hitting the front with 200m remaining and completing the final lap in a swift 56 seconds. It was his first Surrey track title for two seasons. Last year he was third in the junior men's 1500m in a much swifter 4:01.78 but in 2009 he won the under 17 1500m title in 4:11.34, slightly faster than his winning time this year. White just missed out on gaining a second medal over the weekend when he finished fourth in the junior men's 800m in 2:00.35 after winning his heat two hours earlier in 2:02.56.

Former Surrey long jump champion Emily Martin enjoyed considerable success as she came away with two medals from the senior women's events. On Saturday, she took the bronze medal in long jump with 5.60m. On Sunday she picked up a second bronze in the 200m in 25.63. Another Hercules Wimbledon medallist was Emma Headley who took third place in the girls under 15 1500m in a personal best of 4:54.44. Her time takes almost eight seconds off her previous best set when taking the bronze medal in last year's Surrey Schools championships, also at Kingsmeadow. Andrew Clarke also took bronze in men's under 17 shot with 9.95m in his first competition with the 6kg weight.

There were also some near misses in the hunt for medals. Fourteen-year-old Cassian Hyde finished fourth in both his races. He just missed out on a medal in the under 15 1500m where he clocked 4:33.41, just half-a-second outside his lifetime best but clocked a personal best of 9:46.94 in finishing fourth in the 3000m on Sunday. It was the first time he had raced over the distance on the track. Rebecca Dinsdale was also fourth in the girls under 15 discus with 17.35m and fifth in the shot with 6.72m.

The youngest Hercules Wimbledon athlete in action was Chad Miller who was fourth in the boys under 13 100m in 14.02 and whose dad, Paul, is a former Surrey senior men's 100m champion. His older brother Rechial was fifth in the boys under 15 100m in 12.63. Paul Miller won the county 100m title at Motspur Park in May 1985 in 10.9. He clocked a personal best of 10.4 for 100m representing Surrey in a match at Aldershot in July 1985. His run places him second on Hercules Wimbledon's all-time list.

Tim Livingstone was fifth in the men's under 17 800m in a personal best of 2:03.27 after finishing third in his heat in 2:05.97. He also finished fifth in the 1500m final on Sunday in 4:22.56 with Joe Clark sixth (4:24.24) and Ben Palmer eighth (4:31.57). Palmer clocked a faster 4:28.50 in finishing fifth in his heat. Livingston warmed up for the Surrey championships by winning the Kingston schools intermediate boys 800m title at Kingsmeadow in 2:09.7. He also took the triple jump with 10.25m. Another winner was Emma Headley who took the junior girls 1500m in 5:04.5 while James Evans won the intermediate boys 1500m steeplechase in 5:18.1 and was fourth in the javelin (28.55m).

Jonathan Osbourne, last year's Surrey men's under 17 400m champion, who gave the county championships a miss, won the 100m at the opening Rosenheim League east division match at Battersea Park in 11.4. he was also runner-up in the 200m in 23.4. Another winner was Hamed Agboke who took the 400m in 53.5 after finishing runner-up in a non-scoring 100m race in 12.0. James Davis made it a hat-trick of wins on the track for Hercules Wimbledon as he won the 3000m in 9:17.2. Rob Dinsdale was third in the discus (31.26m) and Alexie Calvert-Ansari fourth in the 800m and fifth in the 1500m event.

Endurance runner Kieran White continued his return to fitness when he set the second Hercules Wimbledon over 35 veteran club record in a week in finishing 69th in the Great Manchester 10km event on Sunday in 33:14. Clubmate Chris Parr was 37th in 30:40. Also on the road over 65 veteran Pete Giles finished fifth in his age group in the European veterans half-marathon championship in Thionville, France, on Monday in a club record time of 1:31:57. It means Giles now holds all six Hercules Wimbledon over 65 records from 5km to the marathon.

Hercules Wimbledon athletes face a busy weekend with the Southern Men's League team in action in a Division One match at Woking where they will be aiming to repeat their winning performance in the opening match at Wimbledon Park earlier this month and the Southern Women's League team travel to Ashford, Kent. Both matches take place on Saturday when the club will also be sending a team to the British Masters road relay championships at Sutton Park, Birmingham. On Monday the club’s older athletes are in action in the second of this season’s Southern Veterans League matches at Ewell, starting at 65.30pm, while next Wednesday, Hercules Wimbledon take part in the second Rosenheim League east division match at Croydon Sports Arena.


9-05-11 - FLYING START FOR SOUTHERN LEAGUE TEAM

Hercules Wimbledon's Southern Men's League team made a flying start to their Division One programme with a comfortable victory in their opening match at Wimbledon Park on Saturday. After battling with their rivals during the early stages of the five hour contest, Hercules Wimbledon's athletes gradually took control of the five hour contest to win by 15 points.

Hercules Wimbledon got off to a winning start on the track with former international Austin Ferns (54 seconds) and teenager Ed Saywell (61.9) having only his second race in the event, securing maximum points in the 400m hurdles.

Richard Agyepong (11.3) then took the 100m before another teenager Liam White posted a personal best of 1:55.6 in just missing out in the 800m where he was second. His time improved on his 1:55.74 set last August. Later, White took the 1500m in 4:05.5 with Andrew Penney taking the B race in 4:07.3.

Jonathan Osbourne, last year's Surrey under 17 400m champion, gained an impressive victory in his first one lap race of the summer in 50.6, finishing almost 10 metres clear of his nearest challenger. Hercules Wimbledon athletes also dominated the horizontal jumps with Cale Edmunds (6.67m) and Jonathan Grayson (6.25m) securing maximum points in the long jump and Nnamdi Odum (13.63m) and Jimmy Saruchera (11.82m) winning the triple jump A and B contests.

Grayson, the Surrey indoor senior men's long jump bronze medallist also made a winning debut in the sprint hurdles taking the B race after his job meant he was competing after 24 hours without sleep. After his win he went off for a well earned rest. Ferns took second place in the A race in 15.7.

Another winner was Jamie Helmer in the 3000m steeplechase B race 5000m B race after Geordie Logan was third in the A contest. James Davies and Phil Glynn were third in the 5000m A and B races with Hamed Agboke also third in the 400m B race. Also on the track, Mel Mitchell was third in the 200m B race.

Team captain Steve Davies was second in the high jump (1.75m) and triple jump B winner Saruchera second in the B event (1.70m). Over 50 veteran, competing in a Southern League match for the first time for almost a decade made a valuable contribution to the victory setting a club age record in the discus where he was second in the B event with 28.11m with Rob Dinsdale also taking runners-up spot in the A competition with a throw of 30.38m. Orchard was also third in the javelin B, fourth in the pole vault and fifth in the hammer.

On the road, Hercules Wimbledon's Claire Grima continued her recent impressive form by lifting the Surrey Women's title in the Richnmond half-marathon at Petersham on Sunday in 1:23:29. Phil Glynn was the first Hercules Wimbledon finisher in the men's race finishing 11th out of more than 700 runners in 1:19:50 with Deon Coetzee 22nd in 1:23:19 and Stewart Bond 36th in 1:27:10.

Kieran White proved he is well on the way to full fitness after suffering an injury in an international cross country event in Antrim in March when he set a Hercules Wimbledon club veterans over 35 record in winning the Brockwell Park parkrun on Saturday in 16:34. He beat a 110-strong field on his first appearance in the event with the top age-graded performance of the day. Andy Waites was the first over 50 veteran in the Bromley parkrun in 19:36 finishing 11th out of more than 200 runners also on his debut appearance in the event.

Hercules Wimbledon's Ruth Clifton also won the women's event in the Richmond parkrun in 18:42 also competing in the race for the first time, while Pete Clarke was first over 45 veteran in the Bushy Park parkrun where he clocked a personal best of 17:25 in finishing sixth out of more than 700 runners just ahead of teenager Tim Livingstone who clocked 17:37 on his debut appearance in the event.

Stewart Bond warmed up for his run in the Richmond half-marathon by posting a personal best 18:49 in finishing sixth out of more than 230 runners in the Wimbledon Common parkrun. His time took more than half-a-minute off his previous best set in March 2009. Andrew Davies was fifth in 18:29, Jeremy Purnell 18th in 20:02 and Zoe Phillips 28th and third woman in 20:34.

This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's athletes will be chasing titles and medals in the annual Surrey track and field championships at Kingsmeadow Stadium as well as selection for various inter-county meetings later in the summer. Action starts at 10am on both Saturday and Sunday. Saturday's programme begins with the men's hammer and girls under 15 long jump. First track event is the girls under 13 hurdles at 10.30am. Final event of the day is the boys under 15 400m at 5.55pm. Sunday begins with the women's hammer and boys under 15 long jump at 10am. First track event is the men's under 17 400m hurdles at 10.30am. More than 16 hours of action across the two days ends with the men's under 17 400m final at 6pm.

On Monday, Hercules Wimbledon compete in the first of the South London Athletics Network young athletes meeting at Battersea Park. The meeting starts at 6.30pm and lasts two hours. Next Tuesday and Wednesday, Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters will be in action in the Merton Secondary Schools Championships at Wimbledon Park.


2-05-11 - ANOTHER FINE RUN BY MARATHONER CLAIRE

Hercules Wimbledon's top woman marathon runner Claire Grima posted another fine run when she stepped down to 5km in the Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday.

Grima, who bettered her club record in finishing 10th in the women's championship in this year's Virgin London Marathon, posted a personal best time when she won the women's race in 18 minutes 15 seconds.Her time took 20 seconds off her previous best set in November 2008. It is also the second fastest time ever recorded by a Hercules Wimbledon woman for the distance. The club record of 18:12 was set by Estle Viljoen in Hyde Park in August 1998. Viljoen recently joined Grima becoming a mum in having a baby girl. Claire's husband David also completed Saturday's parkrun pushing baby Luca round in a buggy. He was 57th in 22:05.

Hercules Wimbledon provided the top three women in the Wimbledon Common event. Zoe Phillips, who also ran the London marathon, was second in 20:54 with Hannah Fernando third in 21:10. Over 55 veteran Anna Garnier posted the top age-graded women's performance in finishing fifth in 21:19. Rebecca Stone, 14, was sixth in the women's race in 21:23.

Veteran Peter Lee was the first Hercules Wimbledon finisher taking fourth place out of 215 runners in 18:03. Andrew Davies was 18th (18:46), veteran Dan Pescod 19th (18:57) and over 45 veteran Jeremy Purnell 23rd in 20:16.

Hercules Wimbledon's James Trapmore beat more than 650 other runners to win the Bushy Park event in 15:46 with clubmates Pete Clarke sixth in 17:41 and Jamie Helmer seventh in 17:53.

Hercules Wimbledon's Heather Letley had a busy weekend. On Saturday, she contested four events in the Southern Women's League match at Crawley finishing runner-up in the 400m and then, on Monday, she ran in the Whitstable 10km road race in Kent, finishing 83rd in the women's race. Also on the road, Dennis Williams was third over 65 finisher in the Ted Pepper Memorial 10km road race at West Wickham on Monday in 51:26 while Hugh Saxby was fourth veteran over 50 in the Sutton Runners 10km road race in Beddington Park on Sunday in 38:11.

Rachael Dinsdale set two club veteran records in in the league match at Crawley winning the senior women's discus B event (20.79m) and also setting a new record in the javelin. Her daughter, Rebecca, gained a double success in the girls under 15 events in winning the shot with a personal best 7.67m and discus. She was also third in the javelin.

Best Hercules Wimbledon efforts came in the senior endurance events. Ruth Clifton took the 1500 and 3000m A races in 5:18.3 and 10:53.5 with Steph Robson taking the B races in 5:29.4 and 11:14.1. Another winner was Emma Headley in the girls under 15 1500m (5:15.7) with Matilda Toseland finishing runner-up in the B race. Olivia Archdeaon was second in the senior discus and third in the shot B.

Teenage endurance runner Liam White warmed up for this weekend's opening Southern Men's League Division One match at Wimbledon Park with an impressive run in blustery conditions in the British Milers' Club PB Classic meeting at Millfield School, Somerset, on Monday. White clocked 4:05.55 in finishing eighth in a top class field in his first track race of the outdoor season.

He is expected to contest both the 800 and 1500m in the league match at Wimbledon Park. The meeting starts at 1pm with the pole vault and hammer with the final event, the 4x400m relay, due off at 5.30pm.

On Monday, Hercules Wimbledon's older athletes compete in their opening Southern Veterans League meeting at Kingsmeadow Stadium. The first events in the field, the men's shot and women's hammer start at 6.30pm with the first track event, the men's 100m at 7pm. Next Wednesday, Hercules Wimbledon compete in the opening Rosenheim League East Division match at Battersea Park, starting at 6.45pm.


26-04-11 - HW RUNNERS' EASTER SUCCESS ON ISLE OF MAN

More than a dozen Hercules Wimbledon runners made a successful trip to the Isle of Man over the Bank Holiday weekend to compete in the island's Easter running festival - and came away as overall team winners for the second consecutive year holding off a strong challenge from Leeds University.

Best individual performance came from teenager Liam White who smashed the club's junior men's record in finishing fifth in the 10km road race on Good Friday. His time of 32 minutes 59 seconds in finishing fifth out of more than 150 runners erased the record of 33:12 set by Alex Robinson in the same event last year. Robinson was inside his old mark with 33:09 in sixth place. Chris Busaileh led the Hercules Wimbledon team to victory finishing second in 32:18.

Busaileh (fifth in 21:21), White (sixth in 21:23) and Robinson (eighth in 22:07 were also the leading Hercules Wimbledon runners in the Peel Hill Fell Race on Easter Saturday while Busaileh (15:31), Robinson (16:12), Alex Bruce Littlewood (16:55) and White (15:46) formed a winning quartet in the 4x5km road relay on the Douglas Promenade on Sunday with Busaileh clocking the fastest individual time.

Nearer home, Hercules Wimbledon's Chris Parr smashed the course record in the Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday. His time of 15:04shaved just one second off the previous course record set by Australian Russell Dessaix-Chin in July 2010. Over 45 veteran Frank Wood was 21st ijn 20:02 with over 50 veteran Charles Hampden-Smith 22nd in 20:19 and teenager George Philpot 26th in 20:32.

Alex Bond, 14, one of the youngest runners in the 235-strong field clocked a personal best of 21:08 in finishing 36th. He improved by almost a minute on his previous best time set on his debut appearance in the event in November 2008. David Harris was 38th inn 21:12 and another 14-year-old, Rebecca Stone, third woman in 21:25. Charles Lawrie was once again top over 60 finisher in 21:39.

Another Hercules Wimbledon over 45 veteran, Pete Clarke was just outside his best time of 17:30 when he finished ninth out of almost 800 runners in the Bushy Park parkrun in 17:48.

Two days after completing the London marathon for the 30th time, Hercules Wimbledon pensioner Dennis Williams was in action again in the Veterans AC five miles road race in Battersea Park where he finished 16th in 40:37.

Former Surrey long jump champion Emily Martin warmed up for the coming track and field season by finishing sixth in her 200m race in the Bryan Clay international meeting in Azusa, California, in 25.82. She ran slightly faster when she clocked 25.45 in finishing fourth in her 200m race in the Tommy Lister Classic meeting in Los Angeles on Saturday.

In the Sward Trophy meeting at Kingsmeadow Stadium, veteran Dave Orchard broke the club's over 50 discus record in finishing runner-up in the B competition with a throw of 27.58m. His throw improved on the 27.07m mark set by John Fenge in a Southern League match at Portsmouth in 2004. Orchard, 51, had a busy afternoon competing in four events. He was also third in the high jump with 1.45m, the second best by a Hercules Wimbledon over 50 veteran behind Hugh Saxby's 1.50m in 2005, third in the shot B with 9.45m, again second best-ever by a Hercules Wimbledon over 50 veteran behind John Fenge's 10.23m set in 2002 and second in the hammer B with 23.33m, fourth on the Hercules Wimbledon over 50 veterans all-time list.

This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's Southern Women's League team open their programme with a match at Crawley on Saturday, while the club's road runners will be in action in the first of the Surrey road league events, the Sutton 10km road race at Beddington Park on Sunday., is due off at 4.45pm


18-04-11 - MUM CLAIRE'S RECORD MARATHON RETURN

Hercules Wimbledon's Claire Grima posted a lifetime best and club record marathon time when she finished 10th in the women's championship in the Virgin London marathon on Sunday. She did so just under a year after giving birth to baby son Luca. She clocked a superb two hours 49 minutes 10 seconds to lead the Hercules Wimbledon contingent home in Sunday's race where there were more than 34,650 finishers.

Claire missed last year's London marathon and her performance on Sunday bettered the 2:52:56 she clocked in the London race in 2009. It was her sixth appearance in the London event and she was accompanied for much of the way by husband Dave. They ran through the half-way point near Tower Bridge together in 1:22:46 but from that point, Claire forged ahead and finished almost four minutes ahead with Dave clocking 2:53:01, a massive improvement on the 3:10:56 he achieved on his marathon debut in 2009.

However, he was the second Hercules Wimbledon male runner to reach the finish in The Mall as veteran Stuart Fraser also posted a lifetime best of 2:51:25 in his third appearance in the London event. His previous best of 2:54:19 was set in 2009. There were a rash of Hercules Wimbledon lifetime bests. Another over 40 veteran Stewart Bond was the third Hercules Wimbledon man in 3:07:58 improving on his previous best time of 3:10::09 in last year's Berlin marathon. It was his third marathon and his second appearance in London. He was almost an hour faster than his marathon debut effort of 4:02:39 in London last year.

Zoe Pike was second Hercules Wimbledon woman finishing 110th in the women's race in 3:08:25 with Franscesca Clarke 386th in the women's race in 3:26:23 and Zoe Phillips 534th in 3:31:25. Franscesca's husband Dave, three times English cross country champion, finished in 3:25:34. Dave Clarke holds the Hercules Wimbledon club marathon record of 2:13:34 set in winning Stockholm race in 1989.

Pensioner Dennis Williams, who ran in the inaugural London marathon in 1981 and has missed just one of the 30 races since then, finished again on Sunday in 5:15:57, a time that puts him second on the Hercules Wimbledon over 65 all-time marathon rankings. Another pensioner, Maurice Sharp, who also ran in the inaugural London race, was forced to pull out of this year's event because of a viral infection. A total of 16 Hercules Wimbledon runners completed Sunday's race.

More than a dozen Hercules Wimbledon youngsters contested the Virgin London mini-marathon over the final three miles of the marathon course starting at Old Billingsgate. Highest placed of the 17 club runners in action was Cassian Hyde who finished 12th out of more than 200 runners in the under 15 boys race in 16:58 to help Richmond to second team place. Running for Wandsworth, Augustin Mallon was 36th in 17:36 while Daniel Haigh was 78th for Merton in 18:34.

Emma Headley helped Wandsworth to second team place in the girls under 15 race as she finished 22nd, also out of more than 200 runners, in 20:10. Rebecca Stone, representing Merton was 31st (20:50) with Claire Rogers 79th (22:48). Joe Clark was 46th for Merton in the under 17 boys race in 17:11.

Hercules Wimbledon runners were prominent in the Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday with four runners in the top 12 of the record 259-strong field. Phil Glynn led the Hercules Wimbledon contingent home finishing sixth in 17:37 just one second ahead of clubmate Deon Coetzee. Pat Wright was eighth (17:51), Andrew Davies 12th (18:43) and James Wallace 16th (19:19).

Over 55 veteran Anna Garnier posted the top age-graded performance in finishing runner-up in the women's event in 20:55 with Hannah Fernando fourth woman in 21:11. Charles Lawrie was top veteran over 60 in 22:17.

Over 50 veteran Martin O'Halloran, was 19th out of 100 runners in the Roundshaw Downs parkrun in 20:56.

Hercules Wimbledon's senior men open their track and field season when they compete in the Sward and Kinnaird Trophy meeting at Kingsmeadow on Saturday. The meeting starts at 12noon with the hammer. The first track event, the 400m hurdles is at 2pm and the final event, the 4x400m relay, is due off at 4.45pm.


11-04-11 - TWO COUPLES HEAD LONDON MARATHON ENTRY

Two married couples are among the Hercules Wimbledon entry for the Virgin London Marathon which is being staged from from Greenwich to The Mall on Sunday.

Claire Grima, who missed last year's race to have a baby son Luca will be racing with husband David while Dave Clarke, three times English cross country champion three decades ago, runs alongside wife Francesca.

Claire Grima, who holds the Hercules Wimbledon women‘s record, will be running in the London for the fifth time. She made her debut in 2004, finishing 204th in the women's race. In 2009 she was 14th in a club record time of two hours 52 minutes 56 seconds. David Grima has only run the London once before in 2009 when he was 1635th in 3:10:56.

Francesca Clarke will be racing in London for the third time after clocking 3:13:41 to finish 17th in the women's veteran over 35 category in 2008. Husband David, who won the Stockholm marathon in 1989 in 2:13:34, the current Hercules Wimbledon club record for the event, made his London debut running with his wife in 2008. He clocked 2:45:45 last year when he was fifth in the men's veterans over 50 category.

Another Hercules Wimbledon runner taking part in Sunday's race will be Dennis Williams, 65, who took part in the first London marathon back in 1981 and has contested all but one of the 29 races staged since then having been forced to miss one year due to injury. Another Hercules Wimbledon pensioner in Sunday's field will be Maurice Sharp, also 65, who has a best marathon time of 2:30:57 set at Harlow in 1994. Sharp ran in the inaugural London race back in 1981 and Sunday will be his eighth appearance in the London event, his last being back in 1993 when he clocked his best London time of 2:34:12. It will be his first marathon since 1999 in Havana, Cuba.

Mike Halman, who clocked a lifetime best of 2:29:50 in last year's London is racing again with over 40 veteran Peter Lee, who clocked his best marathon time of 2:46:07 in last year's London, also racing again.

Zoe Pike, who clocked a personal best 2:56:25 in finishing 24th in the women's race in 2009 will be contesting London for the eighth time in nine years, returning to the event after missing last year's race. Debbie Noel returns after making her London marathon debut last year. Zoe Phillips who is also running in London, had her final outing before the 26-plus challenge by winning the women's event at the Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday in a personal best time of 20:15.

Several Hercules Wimbledon youngsters will also be in action in the Virgin London mini-marathon race over the final three miles of the full marathon course, starting at Old Billingsgate. Cassian Hyde will be running for Richmond, Tim Livingstone for Wandsworth, Elliot Laville, Joe Clark and Rebecca Stone for Merton.

Clark warmed up for the mini-marathon by winning the boys under 15 race in the final East Surrey League meeting of the season at Ewell Court last Thursday. Stone had her final outing before toeing the line at Old Billingsgate by taking second place in the women's event in the Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday.


4-04-11 - TWO RECORDS TUMBLE AT YOUNGSTERS' MEET

One of the oldest records in the history of the meeting was broken at the 30th Hercules Wimbledon Young Athletes open meeting at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre on Sunday when Bobby Clay from Invicta East Kent won the girls under 15 800m in 2 minutes 17.57 seconds. Her winning time slice more than three-tenths of a second off the record set by Rachel Hughes from Fleet and Crookham at Crystal Palace in 1982, the second year this popular event was staged.

For Clay, 13, the reigning Kent schools and Kent county junior girls cross country champions, who won by almost seven seconds, it was her first track race of the year. Her time also took more than two seconds off her previous best set in winning the South East schools inter-counties event at Horsham last June.

The only other record beaten was in the boys under 13 100m where Lathursan Vinayagamoorthy raced across the line in 12.53 to erase the 12.7 mark set by Basildon's Matthew Lumm in 2003 and equalled by Blackheath's Anton Daly four years ago. Vinayagamoorthy, who won the Middlesex under 13 100 and 200m titles last summer, also, despite racing into a stiff 2.9 metres per second headwind, improved on his personal best time of 12.6 set in a young athletes league meeting at Mile End last July.

This year's meeting cemented Hercules Wimbledon's young athletes open meeting's reputation as the largest youngsters meeting outside the English schools championships. Almost 600 athletes from all over Britain took part in the six-and-a-half hour meeting.

The nearest an athlete from organising club Hercules Wimbledon came to a win was in the Dave Clarke junior men's mile. Teenager Liam White was in a strong position to take the event as he strode into the lead down the back straight for the final time. But, in a thrilling finish, he was just edged into third place in 4:27:81, 11 hundredths of a second behind the winner, Kieran Reilly from Invicta East Kent, and six hundredths of a second behind runner-up Philip Sesemann from Blackheath and Bromley.

Against some strong opposition, Hercules Wimbledon found winners hard to come by. Sprinter Kyran Mitchell-Stanton won his junior men's 100m race in 11.56 and was runner-up in the 200m in 23.13. Ben Palmer won the men's under 17 1500m B race in a personal best 4:32.37, an improvement of more than a second on his previous best. However, Joe Clark went considerably faster in posting a lifetime best of 4:19.44 in finishing second in the A race. He chopped more than five seconds off his previous best. Tim Livingstone finished fourth in 4:22.73. Two hours later, Livingstone finished fifth in the 800m in 2:04.46.

Jonathan Osbourne, doing some strength building for the 400m where he won the Surrey under 17 title last season, took third spot in the junior men's 800m in an impressive 2:01.43.

Kate Lampl was second in her women's under 17 200m race in 29.40 with Jowita Mieszkowska third in hers in 29.56 and also took third spot in the high jump with 1.40m. Rebecca Dinsdale was third in both the girls under 15 discus and javelin with Celia Lewis third in the girls under 13 200m.

During the meeting, Hercules Wimbledon stalwart, Pete Mulholland, a past organiser of the young athletes meeting, was presented with a Leader Award from the Jack Petchey Foundation to acknowledge a "special person" and the contribution they make to the organisation. The rpesentation was made by Councillor Geraldine Stanford, a past mayor of Merton, standing in for the current mayor, Councillor Oonagh Moulton, who had another engagement.

Hercules Wimbledon's Chris Parr made a winning debut when he headed home a bumper 682-strong field in the Bushy Park parkrun on Saturday in 14:53. It completed a hat-trick of parkrun victories for Parr adding to victories on Wimbledon Common in February 2010 and in Newcastle in February this year. Clubmate James Trapmore was fourth in Bushy Park in 15:38.

Hercules Wimbledon's David Grima continued his build-up for next month's London marathon by finishing third in the Wimbledon Common parkrun in 17:40, his fastest time for the course since June last year when he posted a personal best of 17:39. Andrew Davies was seventh in 19:06 and Charles Hampden-Smith first over 45 veteran in 20:15. Zoe Pike, who is also running the London marathon on April 17, was first woman in 20:37 with Hannah Fernando second in the women's race in 21:20 and over 55 veteran Anna Garnier fifth in 21:39, posting the top age-graded performance.


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