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26-06-12 - CLUB TRIO SELECTED FOR SURREY TEAM 

Three Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club youngsters have been chosen to represent Surrey in the English Schools Championships at Gateshead next month.

Teenager Max Mondelli clinched his place in the team after battling to get inside the 11.2 seconds 100 metres qualifying standard in the South East Schools Inter-County meeting at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Saturday. Mondelli, 16, a pupil at King's College School, Wimbledon, who won the Surrey schools intermediate boys title at Kingsmeadow Stadium the previous weekend, was pipped by just 0.04 seconds as he clocked 11.10 seconds racing into a stiff 2.6 metres per second headwind to take second place and clinch a spot in the 60-strong Surrey team.

Hercules Wimbledon's Rechmial Miller, the Surrey County boys under 13 100m champion who just failed to take the Surrey Schools junior boys title, cemented his place in the Surrey English schools championships team as he stormed to a convincing victory in the junior boys 100m in 11.87 against a 2.7 metres per second headwind.

The third Hercules Wimbledon member of the Surrey team is Jonathan Osbourne who has been selected for the senior boys 400m. Osbourne just failed to reach the final of the event in the English under 20 championships at Bedford. He clocked the fifth fastest time in finishing runner-up in his heat in a season's best of 49.10 but was unable to repeat that performance in the semi-final where he was fourth in his race in a much slower 50.27. His time ranks him 17th in his age group in the UK this summer.

Another Hercules Wimbledon athlete in action for Surrey in the South East Schools Inter-Counties meeting at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Saturday was Tim Livingstone. He had to settle for fourth spot in the intermediate boys 800m in 2:01.88.

At the other end of the age scale, the Hercules Wimbledon quartet of Esmond Ferns, Geoff Walcott, David Harris and Mark Giraud set a club veterans over 35 4x400m relay record in winning their event in 3:43.4 at their Southern Veterans League South London Division meeting at Ewell. All-rounder Harris had a busy time also winning the over 35 200m and triple jump and taking third place in the shot.

Walcott, who is an over 60 veteran, also won the over 50 200m while John Webster, who will be 73 on June 30th, won the over 50 hammer.

Hercules Wimbledon's Kieran White raced to the silver medal in the Surrey 10km road running championship at Richmond on Sunday in 33:16. The event was staged in conjunction with the Richmond 10km event in which he was seventh out of more than 450 runners. Knut Hegvold was first over 50 veteran in 35:36finishing 31st with Rob Tuer 43rd in 35:24 and Peter Collins 95th in 39:17. Maurice Sharp was ninth over 60 veteran in 44:45.

Hercules Wimbledon's Medena Knespl was top woman finisher in the Ashland Olympic Sprint Triathlon in Ashland, Massachusetts completing the one mile swim, 26 mile bike ride and 10km run in 2:24:14. Overall, she was 18th out of more than 200 competitors.

Dennis Williams won the over 65 category in Veterans Athletic Club's five miles road running championship in Battersea Park in 39:31. His win came a few days after he finished eighth in the over 65 category in the Self Transcendence 5km event, also in Battersea Park, in 24:00.

Hercules Wimbledon's Morris Tarragano chopped 11 seconds off his previous best time for the event when he finished sixth out of a record 369-strong field in the Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday in 18:14. He set his previous best time on the course in July 2010. He was also the first veteran over 45 to finish as well as being the top Hercules Wimbledon runner in the event. Over 40 veteran Peter Collins was ninth in 18:26 with Charles Hampden-Smith first veteran over 50 runner in 19:42. Alison Purnell was seventh in the women's race in 21:51 just four seconds ahead of top over 60 finisher Charles Lawrie.

This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are in action in their fourth Southern Men's League match of the season at Sutton Arena on Saturday, starting at 1pm and in their second Lily B Girls League meeting of the season at Croydon Sports Arena. Next Wednesday, Hercules Wimbledon contest the fourth Rosenheim League East Division Match of the season at the Millennium Arena, Battersea Park, starting at 6.45pm.
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19-06-12 - CLUB DUO SELECTED FOR LONDON TEAM 

Two Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club youngsters have been chosen to represent London in the English Schools Championships at Gateshead next month following gold medal-winning performances at Battersea Park on Saturday.
Teenagers Adam Magni and Kevin Owunsu-Mantey secured their places in the team with impressive performances in blustery conditions in the London Schools Championships. Magni picked up two medals at the championships as he won the intermediate boys shot with a personal best throw of 13.12m, just eight centimetres short of the English schools entry standard but then achieved the entry mark in the 100m hurdle where he was third in 14 seconds, also a personal best.
 

Magni, 15, is making a cautious return to sprint hurdling after recovering from injury which prevented him from competing in the event in the Surrey championships at Kingsmeadow Stadium last month although he did manage to win the shot title. He was among the top 10 UK under 15-year-old sprint hurdlers last year and his run at Battersea Park puts him 22nd in this season's rankings with him hoping he can go considerably faster as the season progresses. It was his third hurdles race of the summer and clipped 0.37 seconds off his previous best. He added two centimetres to his previous best in the shot where he is ranked in the top 21 in the UK this summer.
 

Owunsu-Mantey, 14, and like Magni a pupil at Ibstock School, Roehampton, took full advantage of a 2.2 metres per second following win to smash his personal best in winning the junior 100m title at Battersea Park in 11.4 to clinch his place in the London team. It was his first race of the summer and his time chopped two-fifths of a second off his previous best set when winning the London Schools Year 8 title at Mile End a year ago. His time is the second best ever recorded by a Hercules Wimbledon under 15-year-old and ranks just behind Max Mondelli's 11.38 set at the English schools championships in Birmingham in 2010. Owunsu-Mantey also just missed out on a medal in the triple jump where he took fourth place with a leap 11.26m, a 15 centimetre improvement on his previous best.

Two other Hercules Wimbledon youngsters to perform well in the London schools championships were Isabella Padt who took second place in the junior girls 1500m in 5:05.5 and Ross Vance who was runner-up in the intermediate boys 1500m in 4:26.5. Oscar Bell-Ogilby was fifth in intermediate boys javelin with a personal best of 38.18m while Devonte Casely-Hayford was sixth in the intermediate boys 200m in 24.5.

Meanwhile, Hercules Wimbledon's Max Mondelli fought against a stiff headwind to win the Surrey schools intermediate boys 100m title in 11.21 to strengthen his chances of representing Surrey at Gateshead. His time compared with his best this summer of 11.05 set in winning the Surrey County title at Kingsmeadow Stadium last month which ranks him among the top 10 in his age group in the UK this year.

Just over a month after lifting the Surrey County boys under 15 title, Rechmial Miller just failed to achieve the double when he returned to Kingsmeadow Stadium. He had to settle for the silver medal in the junior boys 100m where he was pipped by just one-hundredths of a second but had the consolation of clocking a personal best 11.65 into a slight headwind to slice 0.19 seconds off his previous best. He was inside the English schools entry standard and will have an opportunity to strengthen his chances of selection for Gateshead when he competes in a schools inter-county match at Kingsmeadow on Saturday.

Also at Kingsmeadow, Tim Livingstone was third in the intermediate boys 800m in 2:03.26, Emma Headley fourth in the intermediate girls 1500m in 5:07.38 and Cassian Hyde fourth in the intermediate boys 1500m in 4:25.83.
Hercules Wimbledon's top 400m runner Jonathan Osbourne just failed to reach the final of the event at the English under 20 championships at Bedford over the weekend. He clocked the fifth fastest time in finishing runner-up in his heat in a season's best of 49.10 but was unable to repeat that performance in the semi-final where he was fourth in his race in a much slower 50.27.

David Harris bettered his own Hercules Wimbledon veterans over 35 decathlon record in the South of England Championships at Abingdon with a score of 3660 points. It added 253 points to his previous record set in the England championships at Bedford last month. His best individual effort came in the 100m, 400m, 1500m and long jump.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters are in action in the South East Schools Inter-Counties meeting at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Saturday starting at 11.30am. and in the second Ebbisham Boys League meeting of the season at Stompond Lane, Walton, on Sunday starting at 1.30pm. At the other end of the age scale, Hercules Wimbledon's older members compete in the third of this season's Southern Veterans League meetings at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Monday. The meeting starts at 6.30pm.
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12-06-12 - USEFUL WARM-UP FOR TEENAGER OSBOURNE 
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club teenager Jonathan Osbourne warmed up for this weekend's England under 20 championships at Bedford with an impressive victory in the club's third Southern Men's League match of the season at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Saturday.
Osbourne, 17, posted a season's best of 49.2 seconds in winning the 400m in blustery conditions, a fortnight after finishing third in his race in an international meeting in Belgium where he clocked 49.46. Osbourne, runner-up in the Surrey championships last month, races in the 400m at Bedford this coming Saturday where he would be happy to reach the final.

Finishing runner-up to Osbourne at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Saturday was Hamed Agboke who won the B race in 51.8 to secure maximum points for Hercules Wimbledon.

Teenage sprinter Max Mondelli warmed up for Saturday's Surrey schools championships at Kingsmeadow Stadium with a useful run out in the 100 and 200m. Mondelli, who won the Surrey men's under 17 title on the same track in a lifetime best of 11.05 was somewhat slower in taking third place in 11,5. He was also second in the 200m in 22.7, just below his personal best of 22.62 which was posted in an open meeting at Tooting Bec the previous weekend.

Surrey finalist Richard Agyeapong was runner-up in the 100m B race in 11.4 and Devonte Casely-Hayford second in the 200m B race. Other Hercules Wimbledon winners on the track were Liam White who took the 1500m in 4:12.0 and Tim Livingstone who won the 800m B race in 2:00.0. Earlier, White was runner-up in the A race in a season's best of 1:58.4. Another winner was Joanthan Grayson who took the 400m hurdles B race. Grayson was also second in the high hurdles and third in the high jump, long jump and triple jump.

Surrey bronze medallist Kieran White was third in the 5000m with Phil Glynn taking second spot in the B race. Hercules Wimbledon debutant Rob Tuer was second in the 3000m steeplechase with 17-year-old Ben Palmer finishing third in the B race on his debut in the event.

All-rounder Piers Willoughby-Strauss was the hardest working Hercules Wimbledon athlete of the day competing in seven individual events and winning the 110m hurdles B race. He was also second in the shot, discus, hammer and javelin B events and third in the long jump and triple jump B events.

Javelin thrower Bekele Tola produced his best throw of the season in finishing third in a high standard competition with a throw of 51.80m. He was also fourth in the shot
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Hercules Wimbledon's World Masters Championships relay gold medallist Geoff Walcott broke the club's veteran over 60 record in winning his 400m race at an open meeting at Tooting Bec in 58.38.His time smashed the previous record of 65.9 set by Martin Miller in June 2007.
Also at Tooting Bec, Max Mondelli gained a fine sprint double taking his 100 and 200m races in 11.13 and 22.63 while Adam Magni won the men's under 17 shot with a personal best of 13.10m.. Imani Kay-Francis also achieved a personal best in winning the women's under 17 shot with 9.68m while Chloe Lord posted the fastest time by a Surrey athlete this season in winning the girls under 13 70m hurdles in 12.68.

Marathon runner David Grima had a busy weekend. On Saturday, he headed the Hercules Wimbledon contingent in the Wimbledon Common parkrun finishing fifth out of 300 runners in 18:06. Twenty-four hours later he was in action in the Surrey 10 miles road running championship at Dorking where he was40th out of more than 500 runners in 1:02:04. He was the fourth Hercules Wimbledon finisher. Fred Slemeck was 13th in 58:42, Peter Lee 22nd and fourth veteran over 45 in 59:35 and Rob Tuer 30th in 1:00:37.

This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters are in action in the London and Surrey schools championships which are being held at Kingsmeadow Stadium and Battersea Park, respectively. On Monday, Hercules Wimbledon's older athletes compete in their second Southern Veterans League South London Division meeting of the season at Ewell Court, startring at 6.30pm.
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5-06-12 - ORCHARD HEADS BUMPER CROP OF MASTERS WINNERS 

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's older athletes gained a bumper crop of 24 titles in the annual Surrey Masters track and field championships which were staged at Ewell Court running track. 

Best of the bunch was schoolmaster Dave Orchgard who won seven gold medals in the over 50 section. Orchard, 52, proved his all-round ability by winning the high jump, pole vault and long jump titles as well as the shot, discus, hammer and javelin events. Hercules Wimbledon athletes dominated the men's over 50 category with Stuart White gaining a hat-trick of wins in the 100, 200 and 400m events. He was making his debut in the over 50 category.
 

Hercules Wimbledon's husband and wife team Rob and Rachael Dinsdale gained individual hat-tricks in the men's and women's events. Rob took the men's over 45 shot, discus and javelin gold medals while Rachael won the same three events in the women's over 40 category.

Another hat-trick winner was Anna Garnier who took the women's over 55 200, 800 and 1500m gold medals. Her winning time in the 200m of 34.1 was a club record., 2:49.9 and 5???

Former World Masters medallist Geoff Walcott set a hat-trick of club records in winning the men's over 60 100, 200 and 400m records in 13.1, 25.9 and 58.9 seconds. He won the 400m and was runner-up in both the 100 and 200m.

Hercules Wimbledon's oldest winner was 72-year-old John Webster who took the men's over 70 hammer and javelin titles. Kevin Burnett, who is a month younger, won the over 70 100m, was runner-up in the discus and weight and third behind Webster in the hammer and javelin.

In only his second race in 12 months, Steve Newton won the men's over 55 5000m gold medal. Sprint coach Mark Giraud set a club over 35 record in taking the bronze medal in the men's over 35 200m in 24.4. He was also third in the 400m in 55.5.

Teenagers Emma Headley and Zoe Illis gained maximum points for Hercules Wimbledon in the women's under 17 1500m in the opening Lily B Girls League match of the season at the Spectrum Leisure Centre, Guildford, on Saturday. They both clocked personal best times with Headley, the Surrey champion over the distance, winning in 4:49.8 and Illis taking the B race in 5:05.4. Headley also took second place in the 800m and shot B while Illis was also second in the 800m B race.
Imani-Kay Francis gained a winning double in the throwing events taking the women's under 17 shot and discus with 8.81 and 25.56m. Another winner was Chloe Lord who took the girls under 13 70m hurdles and 200m B race.

Hercules Wimbledon had a hat-trick of winners in the second of thsi season's Rosenheim League matches at Croydon Sports Arena. Hamed Agboke won the 400m in 51.5, Kieran White the 1500m in 4:11.8 and then Yakob Ysrayah, Mark Giraud, Devonte Casely-Hayford and Agboke linked up to win the 4x200m relay in 1:36.0.

This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon compete in their third Southern Men's League match of the season when they host a match at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Saturday. The meeting starts at 1pm with the pole vault and hammer. The first track event is the 400m at 2.15pm. The final event, the 4x4090m relay, is at 4.45pm. Other clubs taking part in the match are Aldershot, Farnham & District, Herne Hill and Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow. On Sunday, Hercules Wimbledon runners are in action in the Dorking 10 miles road race which is part of the Surrey Road League.
Next Wednesday, Hercules Wimbledon host the third of this season's Rosenheim League East Division matches at Tooting Bec starting at 6.45pm with the shot and high jump. The first track event, the 110m hurdles, is at 7pm with the final event, the 4x200m relay at 8.35pm.
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28-05-12 -VETERAN BADGERY MARKS BECOMING PENSIONER WITH WIN 
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club former international marathon runner Steve Badgery made an impressive return to racing on Sunday after a break of almost two years.

Badgery chose his 65th birthday for his comeback race when he took the men's veterans over 50 prize in the Coombe Hill five miles road race in New Malden in 35 minutes 47 seconds. Badgery has been battling injury since his last competitive appearance in the Surrey Veterans cross country championships in Richmond Park in October 2010 when he took the bronze medal in the men's over 60 category.

At the other end of the age scale, Hercules Wimbledon had a flurry of winners in both the Wandsworth and Merton schools championships.

Hercules Wimbledon's Surrey men's under 17 100m champion, Max Mondelli, was the outstanding winner in the Merton Schools Championships at Wimbledon Park taking the intermediate boys 100 and 200m titles in 11.1 and 22.8 and qualifying to represent Merton in the Surrey Schools Championships at Kingsmeadow Stadium on June 16th.
Rechmial Miller, recent winner of the Surrey boys under 15 100m title, will join him at Kingsmeadow after taking third place in the 200m in 27.2 and winning the 400m B race.

His younger brother Chad, took the boys year seven 100m in 13.4 seconds as well as second place in the long jump and fourth spot in the 70m hurdles but is too young to compete in the county schools championships.

Claire Rogers was a double winner in the intermediate girls category taking both the 800 and 1500m titles while Chloe Lord won the year seven girls 100 and 70m hurdles events. Aideen Boyle was second in the 1500m and Hannah Baxter third in the 800m.

Hercules Wimbledon athletes took six titles in the Wandsworth Schools Championships at Tooting Bec. Best of the contingent was Zoe Illis who gained a double success in the intermediate girls events winning the 1500m and discus and gaining selection to represent Wandsworth in the London schools championships at Battersea Park on June 16th.

Rowan Thomas won the intermediate boys 100m title in 11.8 seconds, Yakob Ysrayah the 200m in 23.26, Thomas Bracegirdle the 800m and Ross Vance the 1500m. Other medallists were Oscar Bell-Ogilby who was second in the intermediate boys long jump and Sam West who finished third in the 800m.

Hercules Wimbledon fielded both men's and women's teams in the BUPA London 10km road running championships in Central London on Sunday. The men's team finished 12th with Alex Robinson leading the way home taking 42nd place out of almost 11,000 runners in a personal best time of 32:30 just ahead of Kieran White (44th in a Hercules Wimbledon over 35 veterans club record of 32:34) with Phil Glynn (110th in 35:06) completing the scoring trio which finished 12th. Others Hercules Wimbledon runners in the men's race were Joe Toomey (253rd in 37:52), Ben Palmer (298th in 38:42), Sean Crummy (470th in 40:57) and Matt Sharp (555th in 41:58).

Amy Aronson led the women's team to 17th place finishing 43rd in 39:57 with Sophie Klatt (57th in 40:55) and Alison Purnell (129th in 46:37) completing the team.

Hercules Wimbledon teenager Tim Livingstone shaved seven seconds off his previous best time set three weeks earlier when he took third spot out of a record field of 355 runners in the Wimbledon Common parkrun 5km event on Saturday in 16:54. It put him second on the club's all-time list for his age group some way behind the record of 15:47 held by Liam White.

Over 45 veteran Peter Lee also clocked a personal best time in finishing fourth on Wimbledon Common, a long way behind Livingstone, in 17:40. However, he had the satisfaction of slicing five seconds off his previous best for the course set in April 2010. Andrew Davies was eighth in 18:29, just ahead of clubmate Adam Harwood (18:34) with David Grima 16th in 19:15 and Charles Hampden-Smith who was 18th and second veteran over 50 finisher in 19:24. Maurice Sharp was top over 65 finisher in 22:02.

Michael O'Halloran chopped almost a minute off his previous best time in finishing third in the Roundshaw Down parkrun in 19:26. He clocked 20:24 on his only previous appearance in the event in July 2011. Fifteen-year-old Alex Lloyd-Jones was fifth out of almost 300 runners in the Richmond parkrun in 18:57.

This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's younger athletes are competing in their opening Lily B Girls League meeting of the season at the Spectrum Leisure Centre, Guildford, on Saturday.
 
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21-05-12 - HW WOMEN CELEBRATE HISTORIC LEAGUE DOUBLE 

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's women's track and field team are celebrating an outstanding week of success with their first ever Rosenheim League victory and a runaway triumph in the Southern Women's League.
The squad won their second Southern Women's League match at Dartford by almost 100 points to go to the top of the league table.
Leading the way to success was Hercules Wimbledon Surrey long jump silver medallist Emily Martin who gained an individual hat-trick in the long jump (5.27m), shot (9.34m) and 100m as well as taking second place in the high jump and third place in the hammer. Heather Letley was also a valuable points scorer with four individual victories in the 100, 200, 400 and 800m B races and a second place in the long jump B. The two of them then linked up with Zoe Illis and Emma Headley to win the sprint relay and with Illis and Steph Robson to take the 4x400m relay.
Hercules Wimbledon's athletes gain 17 individual successes in addition to the two rely wins. Surrey unde 17 women's 1500m champion Emma Headley clocked a personal best 63.4 seconds in winning the 400m. She also won the 800m and competed in the discus.
Hercules Wimbledon gained maximum points in the 1500 and 3000m with Illis taking the A string in a personal best of 5:07.7 and Robson setting a Hercules Wimbledon over 40 veterans record in winning the B race in 5:39.9. She also won the 3000m A race with Angela Kikuhawa taking the B race.
Hercules Wimbledon athletes also scored well in the throws with Racheal Dinsdale winning the shot B and taking third place in the discus and javelin A competitions, Ann Martin taking fourth in the hammer B and Robson throwing the javelin.
Three youngsters also played their part in the success with Rebecca Dinsdale winning the under 15 shot and discus contests and taking third place in the javelin. She threw a personal best 8.72m in winning the shot. Her younger sister Jessica gaining a hat-trick in winning the shot, discus and javelin B events.
On the track, Isabella Padt also posted a personal best 5:00.2 in winning the girls under 15 1500m.
Match result: 1 Hercules Wimbledon 357; 2 Dorking & Mole Valley 267; 3 Paddock Wood 258; 4 Harlow 191; 5 Braintree 144; 6 Swale Combined 61.
League table (after two matches): 1 Hercules Wimbledon 427 match points (14 league points); 2 Dorking & Mole Valley 377 (14); 3 Paddock Wood 275 (10); 4 Hastings 267 (8); 5 Braintree 218 (9); 6 Harlow 159 (8); 7 Swale Combined 46 (4); 8 Chiltern 14 (2).
Hercules Wimbledon's senior women's track and field team warmed up for their impressive team win at Dartford by fending off strong challenges from local rivals Belgrave and Herne Hill to post their first ever Rosenheim League victory.
Heather Letley (second in the 200 and 800m) and Rebecca Dinsdale (third in the discus) did just enough to snatch victory by one point.
Match result: 1 Hercules Wimbledon 13: 2 Herne Hill 12; 3 Belgrave 11: 4= Croydon Harriers and /Striders of Croydon 9; 6 Serpentine 8.
The club's men's team were unable to emulate the women and had to settle for third place in their match. Phil Glynn got the team off to a winning start in the 2000m steeplechase while the only other winner was Hamed Agboke in the 400m. Teenager Tim Livingstone was just pipped in the 800m. All-rounder David Harris was third in the pole vault and fourth in the long jump while Piers Willoughby-Strauss was third in both the discus and hammer.
Two of the winning Southern Women's League team were in action in the Civil Service 10km road running championships in Battersea Park. Steph Robson was second in the women's veterans over 40 category while Angela Kikugawa won the veterans over 50 class.
Hercules Wimbledon's David Grima beat a record 337-strong field to win the Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday in 17:36 Other leading Hercules Wimbledon finishers were Andrew Davies (sixth in 18:23, Adam Harwood (ninth in 18:41) and Charles Hampden-Smith (15th and top over 50 finisher) in 19:18. Hampden-Smith sliced six seconds off his previous best time for the course set the previous weekend. Anna Garnier was first woman in 20:47with the top age-graded performance of the race.
Hercules Wimbledon's Surrey 5000m bronze medallist Kieran White was 52nd out of more than 20000 runners in the BUPA Great Manchester Run on Sunday in 32:47.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's older athletes will be chasing title in the Surrey Masters Championships at Ewell while next Wednesday (May 30th) the club's senior women's track and field team will be aiming for another win in the second of thsi season's Rosenheim League East division matches at Croydon Sports Arena. The match starts at 6.45pm.
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14-05-12 - TEENAGER MAX HEADS QUARTET OF GOLDS 

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club teenager Max Mondelli smashed his personal record when he stormed to victory in the men's under 17 100m final at the annual Surrey track and field championships at Kingsmeadow Stadium over the weekend. 

Mondelli faced a stiff challenge after clocking only the third fastest time in the heats. He won his first round race in 11.5 seconds, just outside his lifetime best. But, in the final, the long striding Hercules Wimbledon 16-year-old powered through to take the gold medal in a superb 11.05 to smash his personal best of 11.38 set when competing in the English schools junior boys 100m championships in Birmingham in July 2010. He got to the final where he finished fifth.
 

Mondelli, who goes to King's College School, Wimbledon, and is coached by former Olympic hurdler Lorna Boothe, was delighted with his win. He was not phased by clocking the thirds best time in the heats. "I was confident I would win today," said Mondelli, who broke off studying for his GCSE in English Literature to take part. He now aims for the double when he competes in the Surrey schools championships on the same track on June 16th. He qualified for the Surrey Schools championships by winning the Merton Schools intermediate boys title at Wimbledon Park four days before his Kingsmeadow victory in 11.1.
His experience over the weekend was so very different from the trauma he suffered 18 months ago when his promising athletics future seemed in real doubt after he broke his leg in two places while playing in a warm-up rugby game at his school in September 2010. It came just weeks after he had finished fifth in the England championships boys under 15 100m final at Bedford to mark the end of an impressive debut season in athletics. That summer he also won the Surrey County and Surrey Schools 100m titles, took the silver medal in the South of England championships as well as reaching the finals of both the England Athletics and English Schools championships.

It took time for Mondelli to recovered and regain his strength and fitness and last year he only had one competition, the Surrey schools championships, where he was runner-up in the intermediate boys 100m event in 11.84, modest by his standards and not good enough to make the county team for the English schools championships. Since then he has trained hard and gave an indication of his prospects this summer by taking the men's under 17 60m bronze medal in the Surrey indoor championships at Sutton Arena in March. His 7.06 performance ranks him 10th in the country this year while his 100m win at Kingsmeadow over the weekend puts him eighth in this year's UK under 17 100m rankings.

Mondelli headed a quartet of Hercules Wimbledon gold medallists at Kingsmeadow. Another teenager, Emma Headley ran a fine 1500m race and showed impressive improvement to take the gold medal in the women's under 17 category in a lifetime best of 4:50.48. Headley, 15, took almost four seconds off her previous best set when taking the bronze medal in the Surrey County girls under 15 championship at Kingsmeadow in 2011. She came close to making it a medal-winning double when she took fifth place in the 3000m in 10:55.81, an improvement of more than 17 seconds on her previous best achieved on her debut appearance over the distance at Tooting Bcc in July last year.

The youngest Hercules Wimbledon winner was 13-year-old Rechmial Miller, who seems to be following in the footsteps of his father, Paul, who was Surrey senior men's 100m champion the final year the championships were staged at Motspur Park in 1985 and at Tooting Bec in 1987 taking the silver medal in 1986. Young Rechmial showed a big improvement on his performance at his debut appearance in the championships last summer when he finished fifth in the boys under 15 100m final. This time, he stormed to victory in the final in a lifetime best of 11.84 after winning his heat in 11.92. He just missed out on a second medal in the 200m where he was fourth in a personal best of 24.08.

Injury prevented Adam Magni from competing in his specialist event, the 100m hurdles, but he managed to turn out in the men's under 17 shot where he took the gold medal with a throw of 12.72m. Jonathan Osbourne, 18, was just pipped for the gold medal in the junior men's 400m where he posted his best time of the year, 49.56, in taking the silver medal. His time was just over half-a-second outside his best of 48.94 set when finishing fifth in the English schools championships in Birmingham in July 2010. Emily Martin took the silver medal in the senior women's long with her best leap of the year of 5.69m behind Olympic jumper Jade Johnson.

Liam White collected two silver medals in the senior men's 800 and 1500m while Kieran White snatched a bronze medal on the line in the 5000m in a personal best time of 15:29.21. His time shaved more than two seconds off his previous best set two seasons ago.

Teenager Tim Livingstone just missed out on a medal in the men's under 17 800m where he clocked a lifetinme best of 1:59.60, beat the two minute barrier for the first time.Cassian Hyde also missed a medal by finishing fourth in 4:19.6, slicing more than 12 seconds off his previous best for the distance. Chad Miller was fourth in both the under 13 100 and 200m finals in personal bests of 13.33 and 27.68. Heather Letley was fourth in the senior women's 400m final.

This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's men's and women's track and field teams are both in action. The women travel to Dartford for their second Southern Women's League match of the season while the men compete in their second Southern Men's League contest at Bedford. Hercules Wimbledon are staging a Southern Veterans League match at Tooting Bec on Monday (May 21st) starting at 6.30pm.
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7-05-12 - ROBINSON POSTS PB ON OLYMPIC TRACK 
Three Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club runners raced on the London 2012 Olympic track at Stratford over the weekend as they took part in the test athletics event, the BUCS Visa outdoor athletics championships. 

Best of the trio was 21-year-old Alex Robinson, a student at Durham University, who smashed his personal best time for 5000m in finishing fifth in his heat in 14 minutes 57.02 seconds. His time took more than 10 seconds off his previous best set when competing in the England under 20 championships at Bedford in June 2010, the weekend after he won the South of England under 20 5000m title at Crystal Palace.
 

Robinson, who was the first Hercules Wimbledon athlete to test the Olympic track under gloomy skies and in chilly conditions, said: "It was a fantastic experience. The track is really superb and the bonus for me was to post a personal best time on it." He was unable to repeat his record-breaking feat in the final where he admitted he paid the penalty for going off too fast.

Another Hercules Wimbledon athlete in the 5000m heats, Max Kiralyfi paid the price for lack of training. In his first race for almost a year he dropped out after completing almost half the distance. But, he had the experience of savouring the Olympic Stadium atmosphere and running on the Olympic track. The third Hercules Wimbledon runner in action at Stratford was Fred Slemeck who chose the Olympic Stadium to make his 10000m track debut. Representing Leeds University he was 19th in the championship in 33:11:44.

Hercules Wimbledon's Southern Women's League squad produced one of their best team efforts in their opening match at Sutton Arena. The squad came close to winning the match in which they finished third of the eight teams. With a few more athletes club officials reckon they could have won the match. Former Surrey long jump champion Emily Martin warmed up for next weekend's county championships with a hat trick of victories. She won the senior 100m, long jump and shot and then anchored the sprint relay team home. Heather Letley secured maximum points in the 100m by winning the B race and she also won the 200m A race. Rowena Hornshaw won her 200 and 400m races.

Amy Aronson had a hectic time in the endurance events winning the 1500m A race and the 800m B race and also taking second spot in the 3000m before running a leg of the sprint relay. Sophie Klatt made a winning debut for Hercules Wimbledon in taking the 3000m B race. In the throwing events, Racael Dinsdale ensured maximum points in the shot by winning the B competition.

Another winner was Maire Gilmartin who took the under 17 300m hurdles in 53.4 as well as securing second place in the senior high jump and the 800m A race. Isabella Padt produced a fine winning performance in the under 15 1500m with a personal best of 5:10.2. Another winning effort was by Rebecca Dinbsdale who took the under 15 shot .
Match result: 1 Hastings 267; 2 Dorking & Mole Valley 214; 3 Hercules Wimbledon 212; 4 Braintree 126; 5 Paddock Wood 113; 6 Harlow 36; 7 Chiltern Harriers 14; 8 Swale Combined 13.

A rash of late withdrawals hampered Hercules Wimbledon's chances in their opening Southern Men's League match at Bedford. There were some useful early season performances with former Surrey representative Bekele Tola throwing 50.31m to win the javelin with Piers Willoughby-Straus securing maximum points by taking the B event. Teenager Liam White won the 800m while Rufus Nugent took the long jump with 6.44m.

One of those who pulled out of the Bedford meeting was Tim Livingstone who opted instead to take part in the Wimbledon Common parkrun 5km multi-terrain event where he beat a 300-plus field to win in a personal best of 17:01. His time took 19 seconds off his previous best time for the course set on his debut appearance at the end of April. He also posted the top age graded performance of the day. His Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Phil Glynn was second two seconds behind the winner. Teenager Augustin Mallon also posted a personal best time in finishing ninth in 18:22, slicing eight seconds off his previous best set in March.

This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon athletes will be chasing titles and medals in the Surrey County Athletics Championships at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Saturday and Sunday.
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30-04-12 - CHALLENGING START TO TRACK SEASON 

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's senior men's team face a testing start to their Southern Men's League Olympic year programme when they travel to Bedford on Saturday (May 5th) for their opening Division One match of the season.
Hosting the match will be Bedford and County who finished fourth in the league last season, three places above Hercules Wimbledon. Other teams in the contest are Thurrock and the Metropolitan Police who finished 14th and 19th, respectively, in 2011.

Several Hercules Wimbledon athletes have been showing useful pre-season form. Endurance runner Kieran White got close to nine minutes in finishing runner-up in a 3000m race in the Royal Air Force president's match at Cosford, near Wolverhampton while sprinter Richard Agyapong has a useful run-out in the Kinnaird Trophy meeting at Kingston where he won his 200m race in 23.24 seconds and clocked 11.48 in taking second spot in his 100m race.
The team is under new management this summer. Fred Green has stood down after several seasons in charge and athletes Liam White, Adam Przedrzymirski and Justin Smith are managing the team between them. They will all be competing at Bedford.

The Bedford meeting also gives athletes a chance to test their form before the county championships the following weekend. The Surrey championships are being staged at Kingsmeadow Stadium, Kingston, on May 12th and 13th.
Teenager Tim Livingstone made an impressive first appearance in the Wimbledon Common park run staged in pouring rain on Saturday. He finished fourth out of almost 300 runners in 17:20. He posted the second best age graded performance of the field. A week after running the London marathon, David Grima finished 17th in 19:49.with over 45 veteran Frank Wood 21st in 19:54 and over 50 veteran Charles Hampden-Smith 25th in 20:00.
Hercules Wimbledon teenager Elliot Laville is battling for a place in Britain's team to compete in the World Biathle Championships which is due to be staged in Alexandria, Egypt, at the end of September. He gave a good showing in the latest event in the series at Taunton where he finished eighth overall in the 13 and 14 year-old category after covering two 500m runs and a 100m swim in 5:29.70. The official British trial for the world championships is being held in July although all five races in the series count towards the overall rankings.

Laville represented Britain in the 11 and 12-year-olds category of the World Biathle championships in Dubai in 2010 where he finished 12th overall against competitors from all over the world.

Across the pond, Hercules Wimbledon's Medena Knespl was second woman in the Marathon Sports Campus Dash 2.8 miles race in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 16:09. Also in the USA, Joanthan Burgess clocked a personal best time of 3:56/51 in a1500m race in the Kansas University Relays.

A small group of Hercules Wimbledon youngsters made a promising start to their Ebbisham Boys League programme at Sutton Arena. Edward Grinrod had a busy time winning his triple jump competition and taking second place in his 400 and 800m races before linking up with Zac Purnell, Alex Bond and Nat Purnell to win the 4x200m relay event. Bond also won his triple jump contest and was second in the discus and in his 1500m race. Nat Purnell also won his 1500m race and his discus competition. Another Hercules Wimbledon winner in the under 15 events was Matthew Gibbons who took his 800m race.

Hercules Wimbledon road runners will be in action in the Richmond half-marathon on Sunday (May 6th) while some of the club's youngsters will be battling for titles and medals in the Merton Schools championships which are being staged at Wimbledon Park next Tuesday evening (starting at 4.30pm) and Wednesday (May 9th). The top performers will be selected to compete in the Surrey Schools championships at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Saturday, June 16th.
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23-04-12 - FINE RUNS BY TEENAGERS PADT AND ELLIS 

A record 49 Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club runners were in action in the Virgin London Marathon and Mini Marathon on Sunday.

Heading home a record 26 club runners in the main event was Ruth Clifton who was 22nd out of more than 13000 runners in the women's championship in two hours 53 minutes 47 seconds. Her time took more than 12 minutes off her previous best of 3:06:13 set in her only previous marathon race in London in 2008.

Zoe Pike set a Hercules Wimbledon veterans over 40 record of 3:00:44 in finishing 60th in 3:00:44, narrowly missing out on beating the three hour barrier. She was 13th in her age category. Making her marathon debut, Lisa Blythe-Wood was 455th in 3:31:54 while Alison Purnell set a Hercules Wimbledon women's over 45 record in finishing 1365th in 3:45:52. She took more than three minutes off her previous best time set on her marathon debut in London last year.
Pat Wright, 28, raced to a personal best time as he finished 95th out of the 23600 runners in the men's championship in 2:35:36. His time chopped almost four minutes off his previous best time of 2:39:16 set in the Liverpool Marathon in October last year.

Hussain Ahmed, who was competing in his first marathon since running in the London in 2009, was 130th in 2:37:47, somewhat slower than his 2:34:20 set three years ago. Tactically, Ahmed ran a sound race completing the second half of the race slightly faster than the first. Phil Glynn also ran an almost even paced race on his marathon debut completing the second half four minutes slower than the first to finish 465th in 2:48:44.
David Grima also posted a lifetime marathon best time in finishing 562nd in 2:51:25 taking almost two minutes off his 2:53:08 set on his marathon debut in London last year. Former English cross country champion Dave Clarke achieved his ambition of completing the course inside three hours as he took 590th place in 2:52:11, the same time as Peter Lee who was the next to finish. Clarke was 18th in the veterans over 50 category while Lee was 51st over 45 veteran.

Charles Hampden-Smith was 1600th in 3:06:30, chopping almost three minutes off his previous best to post the fourth best time ever recorded by a Hercules Wimbledon over 50 veteran.

Teenagers Isabella Padt and Zoe Ellis headed the record 23 Hercules Wimbledon runners in the mini marathon races which were staged over the final three miles of the main marathon course from Old Billingsgate to The Mall. Both representing Wandsworth, Padt was sixth out of more than 250 runners in the girls under 13 race in 19:11 to lead Wandsworth to second team place while Illis was seventh in the girls under 15 event in 18:43, leading Wandsworth to fourth team place out of the 33 London boroughs. Another Hercules Wimbledon runners in the Wandsworth team was Emma Headley who was 18th in 19:36.

Ella Dobson was 44th out of more than 200 runners in the girls under 17 race in 21:40 while Aideen Boyle and Beatrice Affan were 64th and 82nd in the girls under 15 race in 21:15 and 22:06.

Best performing Hercules Wimbledon runners in the three boys mini marathon races were Tim Livingstone and Alex Lloyd-Jones who both finished 17th. Livingstone led Wandsworth to eighth team place in the under 17 event where he clocked 16:11 just holding off his Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Johnnie Bland who was 18th for Wandsworth in 16:14. Ben Palmer, running for Merton, was 33rd in 16:48 with Augustin Mallon, representing Kensington and Chelsea 73rd in 17:59.

Lloyd-Jones clocked 17:01 in the under 15 race to lead Richmond to second team place. Ross Vance, representing Wandsworth, was 56th in 17:56.

Hercules Wimbledon's senior women open their summer track programme with a home Southern Women's League Division One match at Sutton Arena on Saturday. The match starts at 12.15pm with the women's hammer. The opening track event, the under 17 300m hurdles is at 1.30pm and the final track event, the 4x400m relay is at 5pm.
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16-04-12 - VETERAN CLARKE HEADS RECORD SQUAD 
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's former English cross country champion Dave Clarke heads a record 22 runners from the club competing in the Virgin London marathon on Sunday.
Clarke, who is one of only four athletes to have won the English senior men's cross country title three times, will be racing in the London event for the sixth time. Clarke, now 54, has had his build up to the event hampered by an Achilles tendon injury.

"I was going well and was pleased with my run in the Fleet half-marathon but I then lost a whole week's training," said Clarke, the English senior men's cross country champion in 1983, 1984 and 1988. Clarke, who won the Stockholm marathon in 1989 in 2 hours 13 minutes 34 seconds will be without the company of his wife, Francesca for the second time in the London.

"It's nice to have her there but when she's not running I can run my own race," he said. When she didn't run in 2010, Clarke posted his best London time of 2:45:58 to finish fifth in the men's over 50 category. He won his age category in the Fleet half-marathon last month and his performance is the fifth fastest by a British over 50-year-old this year.

"If I get round in under three hours I'll be happy," said Clarke, who was recently elected chairman of Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club. He chaired his first meeting on Monday. He was planning to train each day in the week up to the marathon with light run outs on Thursday and Friday.
David Grima, who helped his wife Claire to 14th place and a Hercules Wimbledon women’s club record of 2:49:20 in the women's championship last year, will be without her this time as she is expecting her second baby in July. Instead, after clocking 2:53:01 last year, he will be running with his younger brother Alex, who is making his marathon debut. Six other Hercules Wimbledon runners, former Surrey schools steeplechase champion Terry Savage, Sean Crummy, Louise Bendeus, Lisa Blythe-Wood, Ruth Clifton and Phil Glynn are also running marathons for the first time.

Paul Wignall, 58, and Frank Wood, 47, will be making their debuts in the Virgin London event. Wignall ran 2:51:06 in Edinburgh last year while Wood has completed four marathons in Nottingham and Stratford-on-Avon.

Dennis Williams, 66, has missed only one of the London marathons due to injury and will be competing in the event for the 31st time on Sunday. The youngest of the Hercules Wimbledon contingent in action will be Alex Urban, 26, who will also be competing in London for the first time after making his debut with a 2:48:00 performance in Brussels last year.
Oldest of the Hercules Wimbledon contingent is Maurice Sharp, who is six months older than Williams, and is contesting the London event for the eighth time. His best marathon time of 2:30:57 was set in 1974.
Over 45 veteran Jeremy Purnell hopes to have recovered sufficiently from injury to accompany his wife Alison in Sunday's race. He made his marathon debut in London in 2010 while his wife followed in his footsteps last year. Stewart Bond, Tom Cheetham, Charles Hampden-Smith, Charles Lawrie, Peter Lee and Zoe Pike, who have previously run the London are competing again on Sunday.

Cheetham warmed up for London by running the Brighton marathon on Sunday where he was 177th in 3:11:44.
Two Hercules Wimbledon members are fulfilling other important roles in the event. Club president David Littlewood, who will be among the officials at the Olympics, will once again be refereeing the men's championship race. He has officiated at all 32 London marathons and refereed all but three of them. Meanwhile, ex-policeman Dave Betts will be one of the lead motorcyclists.

More than a dozen Hercules Wimbledon youngsters will be in action in the Virgin London mini-marathon over the final three miles of the full marathon course from Old Billingsgate to The Mall.

Hercules Wimbledon's senior men open their summer track programme when they compete in the Sward and Kinnaird Trophy meetings at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Saturday.
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9-04-12 - HERCULES WIMBLEDON MARKS 100 DAYS TO GO 
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club is joining the countdown to the start of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by giving local people the chance to get involved in a Try Athletics Day at their Wimbledon Park track headquarters on Thursday, April 19th.
Hercules Wimbledon is an official England Athletics affiliated club and is hosting a Try Athletics Day to give the community the chance to try Athletics. It is doing this as a partner in a nationwide campaign, being promoted by England Athletics, to help give more people the opportunity to get involved in Athletics during the Olympic and Paralympic year of 2012. The campaign includes offering people the opportunity to help support their local club in a volunteer role or by taking up participation in athletics.

Hercules Wimbledon's coaches led by coordinator Maurice Sharp and volunteer guru Richard Weston will be on hand at the track from 6.30pm to welcome would-be athletes and those interested in becoming a volunteer.

Alex Copeland, National Club Development Officer for England Athletics, said: "Athletics is a fantastic sport and all the excitement of it will be brought home to people when the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games come to London this year. The atmosphere in the stadium promises to be fantastic.

"100 days to go and a Try Athletics Day gives people a great opportunity to get involved in the sport and to feel what is happening is part of 'their sport' when the Games begin.

"Clubs such as Hercules Wimbledon AC give people a great opportunity to get involved in the sport. People may not go on to be involved in the Olympic or Paralympic Games but the excitement and enjoyment they can get is every bit as great. The great thing about Athletics is the diversity of events and roles people can have. The events range from road running to javelin throwing, hammer throwing to high hurdles, long jump to long distance, race walking to pole vault, sprinting to shot put.
"There really is no stereotypical event. This means our sport has an incredible range of people involved as athletes, volunteers, coaches and officials. Hercules Wimbledon AC does not just have people involved as athletes, you can also get involved and go on to become a coach, official, team manager, or fulfil one of many different roles at the club that can give a great amount of satisfaction to you and benefit the club and wider community."

Hercules Wimbledon's track and field captain Steve Davies warmed up for the Olympic summer by making his debut in the World Masters Championships in Jyvaskyla, Finland. He was seventh in the men's over 35 high jump with 1.80m and seventh in the 60m hurdles in 8.95 seconds.

Hercules Wimbledon narrowly failed to retain their overall team title in the Isle of Man Easter running festival, losing out to a strong Cambridge University team. Alex Robinson led Hercules Wimbledon to runners-up spot finishing fourth overall just ahead of clubmates Liam White and Fred Slemeck who were fifth and sixth. White broke the Hercules Wimbledon under 20 men's club record in finishing fifth in the 10km road race on Good Friday in 32:57, just edging out Robinson, who clocked the same time with Slemeck eighth in 33:00.
Slemeck was the top Hercules Wimbledon finisher in the Peel four mile hill race the following day taking third place in 21:21 ahead of Robinson (fifth in 21:29) and White (ninth in 22:04). Robinson posted the third fastest time of 15:34 in helping Hercules Wimbledon to second spot in the 4x5km road relay. White (16.:20) was the second best member of the Hercules Wimbledon squad.

Hercules Wimbledon open their summer track and field season when they contest the opening Ebbisham Boys young athletes League meeting at Sutton Arena on Saturday. The meeting starts at 1pm.
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2-04-12 - RECORDS TUMBLE AT YOUNGSTERS' MEETING 

Fine, sunny weather helped contribute to a bumper 13 records at Hercules Wimbledon's Young athletes open meeting, which was being staged for the 31st time, at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre on Sunday.

Almost 700 athletes from all over the country, as well as a group from the Czech club TJ Liaz, Jablonec, took part in the six hour meeting which was declared an overwhelming success by organisers.

Two of the best record-breaking performances efforts came in the Dave Clarke men's and women's under 20 mile races. Herne Hill's Katie Snowden, the reigning senior UK Inter-Counties 800m champion, broke the record she set last year in holding off a strong challenge from Invicta East Kent's Rebecca Weston to win the women's mile in 5 minutes 4.65 seconds, a big improvement on the 5:20.61 time she achieved in winning in 2011. Weston was second in 5:04.97.

Last year's men's mile winner Kieran Reilly from Invicta East Kent was beaten into thirds place in an equally keenly contested men's race. It resulted in a triumph for the youngest runner in the 13-strong field, 16-year-old Sean Molloy from Tonbridge who last month won the South of England indoor 1500m title in a personal best time of 4:07.76 which ranks him third in the country for his age group this year.He also had to hang on down the final straight as Ben Waterman from Ealing, Southall and Middlesex put in a strong challenge. Molloy won in 4:19.70 to smash Reilly's meeting record of 4:27.70 set last year. Waterman was second in 4:20.40 with Reilly third in 4:23.00, also bettering the time he achieved in 2011.

Hercules Wimbledon's Johnnie Bland was ninth in a personal best of 4:37.70. Bland, who won the Northampshire schools intermediate boys 3000m title last summer, was also fourth in the under 20 men's 800m in 2:07.40 in his debut appearance over the distance.

Best Hercules Wimbledon efforts came from Tim Livingstone, Emma Headley and Elliott Mier. Livingstone broke the two minute barrier for the first time as clocked 1:59.67 in finishing runner-up in the men's under 17 800m event. Mier, who is just 10, won the boys under 11 1000m race in 3:17.98 with his brother Harris 11th in 3:31.73 behind another Hercules Wimbledon runner Harry Clarke seventh in 3:24.26.

Emma Headley was runner-up in the under 17 women's 1500m in 5:01.93 and later won in her 800m race in 2:29.64 with clubmates Maire Gilmartin second in 2:30.05 and Zoe Illis third in 2:34.19. Isabella Padt was second in her girls under 15 800m race in 2:27.26 and Maire Gilmartin was third in the women's under 17 high jump with 1.40m. Anna Padt, who is only 10, was third in her girls under 13 200m race and seventh in her girls under 11 600m race in 2:22.89.

Hercules Wimbledon's Devonte Casely-Hayford won his men's under 17 200m race in 24.05 aand was third in his 100m race in 12.09 narrowly beating clubmate Adam Magni. Cassian Hyde was seventh in the men's under 17 1500m with Alex Lloyd-Jones in ninth place. In the boys under 13 races, Joe Lorenzo was second in his 200m event and fourth in the 100m and long jump.

Hercules Wimbledon's runners took the honours in the Cranleigh 21 miles road race. Pat Wright beat almost 600 runners to be the overall winner in 2:04:40 with Ruth Clifton, warming upo for this month's Virgin London Marathon, winning the women's race in 2:23:05. Also on the road, Fred Slemeck was runner-up in the Last Friday of the Month 5km road race in Hyde Park in 1`5:52, just eight seconds behind the race winner.

Three other London marathon competitors were in action in the Paddock Wood half-maratghon on Sunday. Phil Glynn was 14th out of more than 1900 runners in 1:13:41 with Sean Crummy 58th in 1:21:03 and Alex Urban 120th in 1:25:23. Joe Toomey was 109th out of more than 10000 runners in the Reading half-marathon in 1:17:18.

Hercules Wimbledon's Debbie Noel was second in the women's event in the maxifuel Sprint Duathlon at the Olympic rowing venue at Dorney Lake, Eton.

This weekend, a contingent of Hercules Wimbledon runners are travelling to the Isle of Man to take part in the island's Easter road running festival.

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