COACHING at Hercules Wimbledon AC 




All our coaches are UK Athletics (UKA) trained and certified.  


Our main training sessions are at Wimbledon Park Stadium on Tuesday and Thursday evenings between 5pm and 9pm, depending on the particular group.  


In addition, for endurance athletes, a running group departs from Lauriston Cottage, 6a Southside, Wimbledon Common SW19 4TG  (entrance in Lauriston Road – see the Contact page for a map) on Wednesday evenings at 7pm.  






Young athletes from the age of 7-11 begin with the 7Upsandovers group on a Sunday morning, and then typically progress to our multi-event group on a Tuesday and Thursday evening.  


The coaching progression through the Club is based on the UK Athletics (UKA) model. This encourages youngsters to gain a proper grounding and a great all round experience and enjoyment of athletics before  beginning to specialise in sprinting, endurance or field disciplines.  


Ages, however, are merely a guide, and our experienced coaches will continually monitor and assess new young athletes, advising them on their best choices, and when and if they should begin to focus on a particular discipline. They will also take into account whether they already have some experience of athletics, competing for their schools and boroughs.  


Older athletes joining the Club will be introduced to the coaching group which best suits their level of experience and chosen event. 


All athletes will be encouraged to compete for the Club as often as possible. 






Run by head coach Anne Hegvold with an enthusiastic team of coaches, assistant coaches and parental helpers, this offers a fun introduction to all track and field events for our youngest members from 7-11 years, and has become so popular that the group is currently operating a waiting list, so please contact Anne at in advance.

Thanks to 7Ups mums, refreshments are available in the clubhouse while the children are running and jumping, and each September there is a “Mini Olympics” in which each child competes over various running events, jumps and throws.  


From the age of 10, athletes can join the Club which entitles them to compete for Hercules Wimbledon AC in Under 11 events, and as soon as they are ready, they will be encouraged to move up to our midweek training sessions and turn out for the Club at every opportunity.  


Check in at 9:15am for a 9.30am start. Sessions finish at 11am.  

Cost: £2 per session. 





Tuesdays and Thursdays 6.30-7.30pm.  

Athletes should register for each session by 6.15pm. 


Lead coach: Juan Hernandez   



For those who are ready to graduate from the 7Upsandovers as well as new athletes aged 11-14 (Under 13-Under 15 in terms of competition), this group follows the UK Athletics (UKA) 365 model,  providing a fun and friendly environment for athletes to train and become proficient in multi-events, i.e. running, jumps and throwing. Depending on development, athletes can compete for the Club at U13 level and begin to specialise in one or more disciplines. At this stage the coaches will help them to make the transition to event-specific training sessions.   


Please note Juan charges a coaching fee for this group (ask in the clubhouse or e.mail  for details).   




Age 18 (Under 20) to Senior 

Tuesdays and Thursdays 7.30-9pm 


Lead coach: Juan Hernandez  


For proven competitive athletes above the age of 18 (Under 20 for competition) who have progressed through other training groups within the Club as well as new members with impressive experience, this group focuses on honing techniques and achieving specific targets.




 Age 11(under 13) to Senior

Thursdays, 6.30-8.30pm Wimbledon Park


   Lead coach: Paul Miller 


A specialist training group, which also involves sessions at other venues. Paul aims to train athletes to international level and stresses that while previous experience is not essential, the will and desire to succeed, and the support of parents/guardians in the case of young athletes, is vital. For more information contact 




Age 18 (Under 20) to veteran (over 35+) 

Tuesdays and Thursdays 7-9pm 


Lead coach: Geoff Walcott 


This is a group of mixed abilities and ages (including Under 20s, senior athletes and veterans). Everyone is made to feel welcome and training is designed to bring the best out in you.  Geoff will guide you towards competing at the best level for you, as a natural conclusion to the hard work you put into training.  




Age 14 (Under 15) to Senior  

Tuesdays and Thursdays 6.30-7.30 pm (novices) 

7.30pm-8.30pm (experienced hurdlers) 


Lead coach: Dermot Dunne 


Dermot works with beginners and experienced hurdlers alike in this specialist group which is geared to competition, ultimately at national level. 



Age 11 (Under 13) – Under 20  
Tuesdays and Thursdays U13 & U15 6-7pm; U17 & U20 7-8pm 

Lead coach: Mark Livingstone


Mark’s groups are focused on racing over 800m, 1500m and cross-country for athletes who already have some experience of competing for their school or borough.  He runs two groups, each lasting an hour, between 6pm and 8pm (see above), which are primarily based on age, but also take into account ability and athletic development. Athletes need to show commitment to competing for the club on a regular basis during the track and cross-country season.  

Please note Mark charges a coaching fee for his groups (ask in the clubhouse or email  for details).  




Age Under 20 +  

Tuesdays 7-8pm 


Lead coaches: Ben Noad (below left) and Peter Lee  



This group is for keenly competitive athletes with a focus on middle distance in the track and field season and cross country and road running during the winter. Details of each session are posted in advance via e.mail and Facebook, and athletes are welcome to swap between this group and Maurice Sharp’s speed/endurance group (see below) according to their individual training and competition plans. Coaching takes place on the track on Tuesdays, but Thursday sessions and runs are planned and shared so that athletes can train individually or in smaller groups as they wish.  For more details contact Ben Noad at 



Age 17 (Under 20) to Senior 

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7-8.30pm on the track  

Wednesdays, 7pm long run, departing Lauriston Cottage (see top of the page) 


Lead coach: Maurice Sharp 


For runners, male, female, novice or international, who want to train and compete on the track, road, and cross country, over distances from 5km to the marathon. Track sessions begin with an extensive warm up and briefing, leading into speed endurance work. Sessions are complemented by Wednesday evening tempo runs of 5-7 miles on the road or cross country depending on the time of year, and longer Sunday morning runs of 10 miles upwards. 800m and 1500m runners are welcome to join, but those who specialise in these distances may prefer to join the group run by Ben Noad and Peter Lee (above). 




Age 14 (Under 15) to Senior  

(high jump, long jump and triple jump, plus discus and shot) 

Tuesdays 6.30-7.45pm  


 Lead coach: Emerick Kaitell 


Emerick’s group is for athletes aged 14 (Under 15) and over: both those who are new to athletics and those who have progressed through the Club. His programme is designed to develop motor skills and you will be encouraged to try a variety of events, primarily jumps, but with some running and throws. Emerick will work with individuals towards competing for the Club on a regular basis and achieving specific goals.  






 If you are interested in pole vault please contact Alison Murray at:




For javelin and hammer contact John Webster at:




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