|PRESS RELEASES for Hercules Wimbledon
28-03-11 - TOP TALENT AT YOUNGSTERS' MEETING
Some of Britain's top
teenage athletes will be in action at Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's Young Athletes open meeting which is being
staged at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre on Sunday (April 3).
Heading the list is cross country international Tom Curr from Stroud who ran for Britain in the World junior
men's cross country championships in Spain last month. Curr, who is also the Midland Counties junior men's cross
country champion, represented the Midlands in the Home Countries cross country international in Antrim on
His appearance at Crystal Palace on Sunday in the Dave Clarke junior men's mile will be his first outdoor race
of the season although he took the silver medal in the junior men's 1500m at the England Athletics indoor
championships in Birmingham last month. He will be gunning for the £100 first prize on Sunday where his rivals will
include Hercules Wimbledon's own talented teenager Liam White who will be having his first track race of the
Heading the field in the Dave Clarke junior women's mile will be Katie Snowden from Herne Hill, who last week
received the Wandsworth Sports Person of the Year award for an outstanding 2010 in which she improved her times for
a range of distances from 200 to 1500m and also won the England junior women's 400m and South of England junior
women's 800m titles running above her under 17 age group.
There will be an international touch to Sunday's meeting with half-a-dozen athletes from the Czech Republic
taking part. The youngsters are from the TJ Liaz club in Jablonec. The meeting starts at 11am with the boys under
13 1500m on the track and a variety of field events and runs through until 5pm.
Hercules Wimbledon's Stuart Fraser was first veteran in the Kingston 16 miles Breakfast Run on Sunday finishing
eighth out of more than 1300 runners in 1 hour 37 minutes 1 second. Tom Cheetham, who runs in next month's Virgin
London Marathon was 116th in 1:52:56 with Dave Clarke third veteran over 50 in 1:55:01 and Zoe Phillips, who is
also running in the London next month, third veteran woman in 1:53:51. Francesca Clarke, who is also doing the
London event, was fourth veteran woman over 35 in 1:56:57. Also on the roads, Hercules Wimbledon's Frank Wood
finished 13th in the vcterans over 45 category in the Oakley 20 miles road race in 2:20>56.
Hercules Wimbledon's Andrew Mercer headed home almost 200 runners to win the Wimbledon Common parkrun on
Saturday in 17:15. It was his ninth win in 20 appearances in the Wimbledon Common event. James Wallace was 12th in
19:38 and Charles Hampden-Smith 17th in 19:56.
Meanwhile, Debbie Noel showed good form ahead of the London Marathon by finishing 20th and second woman in a
personal best of 19:59, a 25 second improvement on her previous best in August last year. Hannah Fernando was fifth
woman in 21:04 and Rebecca Stone seventh in the women's event in 21:28. Debbie's run at Wimbledon followed up her
performance in the Lisbon half-marathon the previous weekend when she was 55th in the women's race in 1:35:17.
Pete Clarke finished ninth out of 645 runners in the Bushy Park parkrun in a personal best of 17:50. He was also
first veteran and also posted the top age-graded performance in clipping 13 seconds off his previous best time for
the course. Barry King was second over 55 veteran in 21:10, just eight second outside his best time for the
Hercules Wimbledon's Pete Giles followed up his double gold medal-winning effort in the British Masters Indoor
Championships last month by taking the bronze medal in the over 65 3000m at the European Veterans Indoor
Championships in Ghent, Belgium, in 11:25.62. He was more than half-a-minute faster than he managed in winning the
British title. He just missed out on a Euro bronze medal in the 1500m where he was fourth in 5:19.88, almost 12
seconds faster than he clocked in winning the British title. He completed a hectic three days by taking eighth
place in the 800m in Ghent in 2:41.06.
21-03-11 - WHITE MAKES HISTORY WITH MEDAL WIN
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's Kieran White wrote himself into the record books when he raced to the bronze
medal in the South of the Thames Championship 7.5 miles race in glorious sunshine on Farthing Downs, Coulsdon, on
White was in third place for most of the race and consolidated his position as the race progressed. He clocked
43 minutes 2 seconds. He was the first Hercules Wimbledon runner to be placed in the event since Adrian Marriott
also finished third in 2001 when the event was staged on Wimbledon Common. Before that, Simon Rayner, also running
over the Farthing Downs course, finished third in 1993.
White was using the race as a warm-up for the Home Countries cross country international which is being staged
in Antrim, Northern Ireland on Saturday. He will be competing for the Royal Air Force against teams from England,
Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Two other Hercules Wimbledon runners in action at Coulsdon were Pat Wright
(13th in 46:50) and Dave Grima (29th in 50:38).
Meanwhile, teenager Liam White (no relation) battled to a fine fifth place in the senior boys race at the
English schools cross country championships in Nottingham's Wollaton Park on Saturday. White, 17, suffered a pulled
stomach muscle in the UK Inter-Counties cross country championships in Birmingham a fortnight earlier and although
he had not fully recovered and had been unable to train for several weeks, he was pleased with his run.
He was up with the leaders for much of the way but was unable to stay with them when they made a break during
the later stages of the race. He covered the 6.8km course in 21:14 and led the London team home. He was only 24
seconds behind the winner. There were more than 300 runners in the race.
Three other Hercules Wimbledon runners were in action in Nottingham. Emma Headley was 23rd out of 347 runners in
the junior girls 3.5km race in 13:09 and was the second member of the Surrey team which finished fifth. Cassian
Hyde was 61st out of 331 runners in the junior boys 4.1km race in 14:44 and was the fourth member of the Surrey
team which finished fourth. Tim Livingstone was 82nd out of 320 runners in the intermediate boys 5.7km race in
19:20 and was also the fourth member of the Surrey team which finished fourth.
Hercules Wimbledon's long distance runners building up towards next month's Virgin London Marathon tested
themselves in various half-marathons on Sunday.
Veteran Francesca Clarke, who has contested two London marathons, clocked a personal best time of 1:34:23 in the
Reading half-marathon. It was a 22 second improvement on the time she achieved in her only other half-marathon race
at Swanage in July 2009. She ran alongside husband Dave, three times English senior men's cross country champion
two decades ago.
She was 14th in her age category at Reading and her time was the third fastest ever recorded by a Hercules
Wimbledon woman veteran. Also at Reading, Peter Lee was 11th veteran in 1:19:46. Ruth Clifton was 16th in the
women's race in 1:23:23. Tom Cheetham was 36th veteran in the Hastings half-marathon in 1:32:42 with Dennis
Williams, who has completed 29 London marathons, 21st in the over 65 category in 2:06:38. Alex Urban and Stewart
Bond were in action in the Fleet half-marathon. Urban was 97th out of more than 2300 finishers in 1:23:17 with Bond
119th and 16th over 40 veteran in a personal best of 1:24:36, taking more than three minutes off his previous best
set in the Watford half-marathon last month. Maurice Sharp won the veterans over 65 category in 1:35:02.
James Trapmore completed a hat-trick of wins when he took the Brockwell Park parkrun on Saturday for the third
successive weekend in 15:58. Andrew Mercer was again runner-up out of more than 200 finishers in the Wimbledon
Common event in 17:25. Andrew Davies was eighth in 18:47 with Claire Grima 10th and first woman in 19:09. Charles
Hampden-Smith was 22nd in 20:14 with Adam Fenton 34th (20:54).
Teenager Rebecca Stone was seventh in the women's race in 21:58. Charles Lawrie was first over 60 veteran in
22:09. Stephen McDuell was 13th out of more than 200 runners in Richmond Park in 20:00.
Hercules Wimbledon are busy preparing for the 30th staging of their annual young athletes open meeting at
Crystal Palace National Sports Centre on Sunday, April 3. Entries for the event closed on Monday.
14-03-11 - WHITE HEADS QUARTET AT SCHOOLS CHAMPS
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's Liam White hopes to bounce back from his disappointing run in the UK
Inter-Counties cross country championships in Birmingham earlier this month when he heads the London senior boys
team in the English schools cross country championships in Nottingham's Wollaton Park on Saturday.
White was up with the leaders during the early stages of the junior championship in Birmingham but then suffered
a stomach muscle injury which hampered his running and he dropped back to 22nd place. However, he had the
consolation of helping the Surrey team to gold medals.
Three other Hercules Wimbledon athletes will be in action for Surrey in Nottingham. Emma Headley is in the
junior girls squad after finishing third in the county championships at Reigate in January representing Kingston
and leading the county team home in last month's schools inter-county match in Reading.
Cassien Hyde books his ticket for the junior boys team for Nottingham after finishing eighth representing North
East Surrey in the county championships while Tim Livingstone is in the team after finishing eighth in the
intermediate boys race the county championship leading Kingston to bronze medals in the team event.
Hercules Wimbledon's Joe Clark booked his place in the Croydon team to compete in the Virgin London
mini-marathon next month when he finished runner-up in their trials event in Lloyd Park.
Another Hercules Wimbledon youngster, James Evans, led the London West team to victory in the Independent
Schools national cross country championships at Rugby finishing fourth in his race.
Hercules Wimbledon's Ruth Clifton followed up her bronze medal-winning performance for Surrey in the senior
women's UK Inter-Counties championship by smashing her personal best half-marathon time. She was 21st woman in the
Bath half-marathon in 1 hour 22 minutes 27 seconds, taking almost four minutes off her previous best time of
1:26:20, set in the Reading half-marathon two years ago, the last time she ran over the distance.
James Trapmore made it two wins in a fortnight when he won the Brockwell Park parkrun on Saturday in 16:15.
Andrew Mercer was runner-up out of more than 200 finishers in the Wimbledon Common event. Frank Wood was 13th in a
personal best of 19:33, slicing three seconds off his previous best set in August 2009.Charles Hampden-Smith was
21st in 20:04 with David Harris 28th (20:40). Teenager Rebecca Stone was fourth in the women's race in 21:39.
Charles Lawrie was second over 60 veteran in 22:04. Stephen McDuell was 13th out of more than 200 runners in
Richmond Park in 20:00.
Teenager Ben Palmer suffered an attack of stomach cramp when leading on the anchor leg in the young athletes
race in the East Surrey League road relays at Box Hill on Saturday. He was forced to slow and surrender the lead
resulting in the Hercules Wimbledon trio losing out by just three seconds. Palmer clocked 12:24 for the 2.1 miles.
Joe Clark (11:24) was fastest on the opening leg with Cassien Hyde posting 12:30 on stage two.
Opening leg runner Pete Clarke, 49 next month, was the fastest member of the near all veteran quartet which
finished fourth in the senior relay. Oldest member of the team, Hugh Saxby, 55, was only slightly slower with 12:22
with Stwart Bond (12:31) and Ian Pegler (12:28) running the other legs.
On the road, Adam Sikora finished 131st out of more than 6000 runners in the Silverstone half-marathon in
Northamptonshire in 1:28:08, while Tom Cheetham clocked 42:19 in finishing 42nd out of more than 600 runners in the
Wimbledon Audi 10km event.
Hercules Wimbledon are holding their AGM and presentation evening at Wimbledon Park golf club next Wednesday
evening (March 23rd) starting at 6.30pm.
7-03-11 - WHITE BEATS PAIN BARRIER FOR GOLD
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's Liam White battled through a stomach problem to help Surrey take the team
gold medals in the junior event at the UK Inter-Counties cross country championships at Birmingham's Cofton Park on
Teenager White started steadily at the start of the second of three laps had moved through to eighth place and
was in line to make Britain's team for the World cross country championships in Spain later this month. But then,
he was struck by excruciating abdominal pain and it took all his effort to finish. He slipped back to take 22nd
place covering the 8km in 27 minutes 6 seconds. He was the fourth scoring member of the gold medal-winning Surrey
White, 17, who finished runner-up in the Surrey championships in January, was examined by a physiotherapist
after the race and was told he had pulled an abdominal muscle. "I'm going to get treatment for the injury and hope
I can get a medal at the English schools championships." These are being held in Nottingham on March 20. "I felt so
bad I wanted to drop out," said a disappointed White. "But I had to keep going for the team because we were in a
gold medal-winning position. All the runners I was up with in the early stages of the race managed to make the
British team. It's really disappointing but, in the circumstances, finishing 22nd out of 175 runners was a good
performance." Another Hercules Wimbledon runner to pick up a team medal was Alex Bruce-Littlewood who was the
fourth member of the Kent team which took bronze medals in the senior 12km race. He was 44th out of almost 300
runners in 37:48.
Two Hercules Wimbledon runners just missed out on team medals. Teenager Tim Livingstone was the fifth Surrey
scorer in the boys under 15 4.5km championship with four runners making up the scoring team. He was 74th out of 300
runners in 16:23. Livingstone found it tough going partly because the previous day he had been in action in the
National Junior Indoor Rowing Championships at Lee Valley Athletics Centre. He was runner-up out of 127 rowers in
the Year 10 competition covering 1546 metres in five minutes. Ruth Clifton also just failed to take a team medals
as she was fifth Surrey finisher in the senior women's championship. She covered the 8km in 31:12 to finish 66th
out of more than 250 runners.
Two other Hercules Wimbledon runners in action for Surrey in Birmingham were Adam Przedrysmirski, 159th in the
senior men's race in 40:20, and Geordie Logan, 114th in the junior men's championship in 29:57.
Hercules Wimbledon ended their winter cross country programme on a winning note winning their final inter-club
match in Richmond Park. Teenager Ben Palmer, who is 16, made history by becoming the youngest runner to win the
event. He covered the 3.87 miles in 22:36 to win by nine seconds. Hercules Wimbledon packed well with Stewart Bond
(fourth in 24:22), August Mallon (fifth in 24:52) and Ian Pegler (sixth in 25:01).
Hercules Wimbledon's Stuart Fraser continued his build up for next month's London marathon with an impressive
run in the tough South Downs marathon on Sunday. The race includes five steep climbs ranging from 460 to 760 feet
in Sussex. Fraser, who was using it as a strength training run for London, finished second out of almost 200
runners in 3:22:54, less than a minute behind the race winner.
Kieran White, fresh from helping the Royal Air Force win the senior men's team title in the Inter-Services cross
country championships in Cornwall, smashed the course record when he won the Croydon parkrun in Lloyd Park on
Saturday. White won by almost five minutes in 17:01 to take 17 seconds off the previous record. He also ran 19
seconds faster than he managed on winning on his debut performance a fortnight earlier.
Charles Hampden-Smith was the leading Hercules Wimbledon finisher in the Wimbledon Common parkrun. He was 15th
and third veteran over 45 in 20:04.David Harris was 22nd in 20:31. James Wallace was 24th and fourth veteran over
50 in 20:41. Charles Lawrie was first veteran over 50 in 22:26. Elliot Laville, just 12, was 66th in 22:50 with
Rebecca Stone, 14, ninth woman in 23:38.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are competing in the East Surrey road relays near Box Hill. The club's under 17
and 15 team will be confident of another victory after the quartet of Joe Clark, Cassian Hyde and Ben Palmer,
easily won the cross country relays on Wimbledon Common. The senior quartet of Hugh Saxby, Stewart Bond, Alex Urban
and Ed Martin were runners-up.
28-02-11 - GOLD MEDAL TREBLE AT INDOOR CHAMPS
Hercules Wimbledon athletes came away with three titles from the annual Surrey indoor track and field
championships at Sutton Arena over the weekend. Emily Martin, 22, returned to long jump action after two complete
years out due to an Achilles tendon injury to take the senior women's title with a leap of 5.59m. She produced her
best leap with her third attempt of the competition. It was the first time she had long jumped competitively since
August 2008. She took the bronze medals in the Surrey indoor and outdoor championships that year with leaps of 5.43
and 5.59m, respectively.
In 2007, she was Surrey County junior women's and Surrey Schools senior girls long jump champions. She also
achieved her best long jump performance that year of 5.80m in finishing fourth in the England junior championships
Another Hercules Wimbledon athlete in top form was teenager Cale Edmunds. Like Emily, he won his first long jump
competition of the year to lift his first senior men's title with a lifetime best leap of 6.80m. It added just one
centimetre to his previous best set when winning a Southern League event at Tonbridge last July. He led the
competition with his opening leap of 6.75m and then had three no jumps before leaping 6.55m, leaving his best
effort to his final attempt. It was his first Surrey title since taking the long jump event as an under 17-year-old
in May 2007.
Hercules Wimbledon also provided the bronze medallist in Jonathan Grayson. Grayson, now 24, marked his returned
to athletics after a four year break with a medal-winning performance taking third place with 6.33m. The last time
he long jumped was in 2008 when he leapt 6.35m in a Southern Men's League match. "I was hoping to clear six metres
so to get within two centimetres of what I managed the last time I jumped was very encouraging," said Grayson.
The youngest of the Hercules Wimbledon title-winning trio was 16-year-old David Pratt who won a thrilling under
17 60m final in a lifetime best of 7.17 seconds, just edging out the silver medallist who clocked the same time.
Earlier, Pratt won his heat in 7.29 and his semi-final in 7.28 before gaining his superb victory in the final to
gain his first Surrey title. His previous best effort in a Surrey event was taking the silver medal in the boys
under 15 100m final in 2009.
At the other end of the age range, Hercules Wimbledon's Peter Giles was a double winner in the British Masters
indoor championships at Lee Valley. On Saturday, he won the men's over 65 1500m gold medal in 5:31.09, finishing
eight seconds clear of his nearest challenger. He returned to Lee Valley on Sunday t gain an even more comfortable
win in the over 65 3000m in 12:01.93, finishing 16 seconds ahead of his nearest rival.
Teenager Tim Livingstone warmed up for his debut appearance for Surrey in the UK inter-counties cross country
championships in Birmingham on Saturday by winning the Kingston mini-marathon boys under 15 trial in Bushy Park on
Saturday. He is included in Surrey's under 15 boys squad.
Livingstone is one of four Hercules Wimbledon runners in action in Birmingham. Adam Przedrzymirski runs in the
senior championship while Liam White and Geordie Logan are in the junior team.
Livingstone will also head the Kingston team in the London mini-marathon next month. Hercules Wimbledon's James
Evans, who was second in the under 17 boys event, will also be in action in the London event.
Nearer home, Hercules Wimbledon are involved in their final cross country event of the season this weekend when
their runners compete in an inter-club match over 3.87 miles in Richmond Park on Saturday starting at 3pm near the
Pembroke Lodge car park.
21-02-11 - NEW LOOK TO YOUNG ATHLETES MEETING
The annual Hercules Wimbledon young athletes open meeting to be staged at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre
for the 30th time on Sunday, April 3, will have a new look with junior men's and women's events being included for
the first time.
The meeting, which is one of the most popular of its kind in the country, has proved a stepping stone for
youngsters aiming at international honours. Olympic sprinter Montell Douglas holds the women's under 17 100and 200m
records set in 2002 while another Olympic athlete Emeka Undechuku holds the men's under 17 shot and discus records
he set in 1995.
Highlight of the new age category is expected to be the Dave Clarke mile races in which the individual winners
will receive a £100 cash prize. Top youngsters from all over the country are expected to take part. Hercules
Wimbledon runner Dave Clarke, who won the English senior men's cross country title three times and is a former
British cross country team manager, is expected to make the presentation to the winner.
There is a full programme of junior events in addition to under 13, under 15 and under 17 events for girls and
boys. There is also a girls under 11 600m race and a boys under 11 1000m event. The meeting lasts all day starting
at 11am. Details can be found on the Hercules Wimbledon website www.herculeswimbledonac.org.uk where entries can be made on line.
Hercules Wimbledon teenager Liam White produced the best performance by a club runner in the English junior
men's cross country championship at Alton Towers on Saturday since Dave Clarke took the bronze medal in the event
at Leeds in 1978. White, the South of England bronze medallist, battled through sticky mud in freezing cold weather
to finish 24th out of almost 200 runners in 30 minutes 16 seconds. Clubmate Alex Robinson, having his first race
since the end of November after sustaining an injury, finished 47th (31:15).
Disaster struck the senior men's team even before the start. Matt Sharp, suffered a cracked ankle bone when he
slipped in the mud as he cheered on some of the club's other runners. Fortunately his dad, Hercules Wimbledon coach
Maurice Sharp, was on hand to take him to hospital where his foot was put in plaster and he left on crutches. He
will be in plaster for about four weeks and his injury has probably dashed his hopes of competing in the Rotterdam
marathon in April.
Sharp's injury came after another of the Hercules Wimbledon team member Jamie Helmer cried off after falling off
his bike the previous day. Alex Urban was the first Hercules Wimbledon finisher taking 250th place in 43:11. Phil
Glynn was 290th (43:55), Deon Coetzee 334th (44:44), Rory McMahon 347th (45:05) and Sean Crummy 722nd (50:56) out
of more than 1300 runners. Cassian Hyde finished 130th out of more than 300 runners in the boys under 15
championship in 19:29.
Kieran White also missed the big event in the Midlands and instead raced to victory in the Croydon parkrun in
Lloyd Park in 17:20. Over 45 veteran Charles Hampsden-Smith was 19th out of more than 150 runners in the Wimbledon
Common parkrun in 20:59 with Adam Fenton 30th (21:55) and Charlie Lawrie first veteran over 60 in 23:11. At the
other end of the age scale, 14-year-old Nathaniel Purnell was 83rd in a personal best of 25:26, taking 23 seconds
off his previous best time set last November.
Rowena Hornshaw was third woman in the Veterans AC 5.5 miles cross country race on Wimbledon Common in 50:50.
Alex Bruce-Littlewood raced to victory in the final Kent cross country league match of the season at Swanley in
33:08. Another Hercules Wimbledon runner in the race was James Hogg who finished 12th in 36:54.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon host the East Surrey cross country relays on Wimbledon Common on Saturday. the
under 13 race over two miles starts at 2pm with the senior, veterans and young athletes relays over four laps of
two miles due off at 2.30pm. Meanwhile, Hercules Wimbledon track athletes will be in action in the Surrey indoor
championships being held at Sutton Arena on Saturday and Sunday.
14-02-11 - STUNNING LEAGUE WIN FOR LIVINGSTONE
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club teenager Tim Livingstone celebrated his selection to race for Surrey in next
month's UK Inter-Counties cross country championships in Birmingham with a stunning victory in the final 2XU Surrey
cross country league Division One young athletes race of the season on Wimbledon Common on Saturday.
It proved second time lucky for the 15-year-old cross country runner as he stormed home to win by four seconds
after finishing second on his debut appearance in the league in January. He crossed the finishing line in 15
minutes 22 seconds to finish ahead of Surrey champion Tom Holden, last year's UK Inter-Counties winner, and Merhawi
Yemane who finished runner-up in the Surrey championship at Croydon in January where Livingstone was down in ninth
This time, Livingstone seemed to be in total control and, after going to the front at the start was happy to
allow the shorter Holden go ahead and cut out the pace. He tracked him all the way until the final 600m of the
4.6km course. Then he unleashed a strong sprint to win by 20 metres. More remarkable is that Livingstone was racing
after enduring a tough 90 minute rowing training session in the morning.
Livingstone was selected to run for Surrey after a fine run in the South of England championships at Parliament
Hill Fields where he was the first Surrey finisher in the boys under 15 race. He also led Hercules Wimbledon to
victory in the young athletes team event on Wimbledon Common.
Joe Clark, who was the individual winner of the under 17 competition for the season, was fourth (16:10) with
Cassian Hyde sixth (17:17), Daniel Haigh ninth (17:46) and Augustin Mallin 10th (17:48) completing the winning
team. Another Hercules Wimbledon finisher was Alex Bismouth (14th (20:52).
Another teenager, Liam White, who two days earlier had smashed the Hercules Wimbledon senior and junior 5km road
running record when he clocked 14:50.85 in finishing 26th out of 64 runners in an international-studded race in
Armagh, turned up in case he was needed for the senior team on Wimbledon Common. In the end, he wasn't and instead
cheered his clubmates on and also collected the award for winning the individual junior competition for the
White's 5km time erased the club record of 15:09 set by Adrian Marriott at Yeovil in July 2003. Even without
White and with several other key runners missing, the senior men managed to cement their third place in the league,
a repeat of their placing at the end of the 2008/2009 season. Kieran White led the senior team home finishing sixth
of the 157-strong field in 30:22 with Phil Glynn 37th (32:35), Rory McMahon 47th (33:07), Peter Lee 54th (33:38),
Deon Coetzee 55th (33:39), Alex Urban 57th (33:39), Stuart Fraser 62nd (33:46), Richard Xerri 88th (35:09), Ian
Pegler 101st (35:38) and Stewart Bond 106th (36:15) completing the scoring team.
Hercules Wimbledon runners also secured their position in the top flight of the Surrey Ladies League after
finishing a solid ninth of the 15 teams at the end of their first-ever season in Division One. The women's races
were also held on Wimbledon Common and the Hercules Wimbledon runners were led in by marathon runner Claire Grinma,
who had her best race of the winter, finishing 12th out of more than 300 runners in 36:35. She was backed up by
Steph Robson who was 29th in 38:34, Masumi Dobson (56th in 41:04), Michaela Knespl (57th and first under 20 in
41:06) and Alison Purnell (75th in 42:14). In the young athletes race, Maire Gilmartin was 28th (21:39) and Georgia
Haigh 35th (23:16).
On the road, Annemarie Seymour finished 12th in the women's over 35 category in the Valentine 10km event at
Chessington on Sunday in a personal best time of 52:07. Tom Cheetham finished fifth out of almost 100 runners in
the Nonsuch Park 10km road race in 43:00. Charles Hampden-Smith finished 38th in the men's veterans over 45
category in the Wokingham half-marathon in 1:31:10.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon runners, led by their South of England junior men's individual bronze medallist
Liam White, will be competing in the English national cross country championships at Alton Towers on Saturday.
7-02-11 - STONE AND HAIGH WIN MINI MARATHON TRIALS
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club runners dominated the Merton mini-marathon trials at Wimbledon Park athletics
stadium on Sunday and more than a dozen of them will be in action for Merton in the Virgin mini-marathon over the
final three miles of the marathon course on Sunday, April 17.
Rebecca Stone was the overall winner of the girls race as she took the under 15 event in 15 minutes 56 seconds.
It was her second race of the weekend. On Saturday, she was in action for Surrey in the South East schools
inter-county cross country meeting in Reading's Prospect Park, She led the Surrey team home finishing seventh out
of 85 runners in 10:28.
Daniel Haigh was a comfortable winner of the boys under 15 race in 14:54. His sister, Georgia, was runner-up in
the girls under 17 race in 18:47. Claire Rogers was third in the girls under 15 race in 17:05, where three other
Hercules Wimbledon runners Imogen Willis (fifth in 18:46), Saskia Kohler (sixth in 19:32) and Freya Popham (seventh
in 19:54) also finished in the top eight.
Josie Clough (19:53) and Megan Le Doare (20:29) were second and third in the girls under 13 event. Celia Willis
(20:41) and Rebekah Jones (21:15) finished fourth and seventh. Elliot Laville (16:29), Alex Bond (16:45) and Carl
Reed (17:40) were third, fourth and eighth in the boys under 13 race.
Five Hercules Wimbledon youngsters were in action for Surrey in the inter-counties meeting in Reading. In
addition to Stone, Michaela Knespl was 28th out of 63 runners in the senior girls race in 19:38, Emma Headley was
72nd in the junior girls race in 11:32, and Ben Palmer 56th out of 87 runners in the intermediate boys race in
18:15. Ciaran O'Duffy was 69th in the senior boys race in 30:25.
A week after beating more than 200 runners to win the Wimbledon Common parkrun in 18:05, David Grima returned to
the common with his baby son Luca in a pushchair. He pushed Luca around the rugged five kilometres course finishing
57th out of more than 200 runners in a slower 22:20. First Hercules Wimbledon finisher was Andrew Davies (ninth in
19:07) with Charles Hampden-Smith (18th in 20:12) and Adam Fenton (28th in 20:52). Louise Bendeus was third woman
in 21:10 and Charles Lawrie first veteran over 60 in 23:14.
David Harris clocked as personal best time of 19:55 for five kilometres in finishing 22nd out of 189 runners in
the Cardiff parkrun. His time sliced three seconds for the time he posted in Bushy Park at the end of last month.
Over 45 veteran Stephen McDuell achieved his best finishing position when he took fourth spot out of 230 runners in
the Richmond Park parkrun in 19:27. Over 50 veteran Martin O'Halloran was 14th out of more than 100 runners on
Roundshaw Downs in 21:54.
Teenager Andrew Penney was in action for Bristol in the senior men's 10km race at the British Universities cross
country championships in Senneley's Park, Birmingham. He finished 93rd out of more than 250 runners in 39:27. She
was the third member of the scoring team. Representing Nottingham, Jennifer Fernando was 150th out of more than 300
runners in the women's seven kilometres race in 35:26. She was the second member of the scoring team.
Over 40 veteran Stewart Bond finished 24th in his age category in the Watford half-marathon on Sunday in
1:28:10. Over 45 veteran Frank Woods clock a personal best time of 1:24:44 in finishing 153rd out of almost 2000
runners and 20th in the over 40 age category. Monika Crouse also clocked a personal best time of 1:47:35 in
finishing 129th in the women's race. Father and son Maurice and Matt Sharp were in action in the Chichester Priory
10km event. Matt was 42nd out of more than 1600 runners in 34:05 with his dad 310th and ninth in the over 60
category in 43:37.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon runners are competing in the final 2XU Surrey Men's and Surrey Ladies cross
country meetings on Wimbledon Common. The club's women's team will be aiming to secure their place in the top
division of the ladies league for a second year. The senior women's race starts at 12noon and will be followed by
the under 15 and under 17 race at 1pm and the under 13 race at 1.30pm.
The club's senior men's team will be aiming to consolidate their third place in Division One of the men's
league. The senior five miles race starts at 3pm with the youngsters event over half the distance at 2.30pm.
31-01-11 - WHITE BATTLES TO SUPERB BRONZE MEDAL
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club teenager Liam White ran the best race of his life when he took the bronze medal
in the South of England junior men's cross country championship at Parliament Hill Fields on Saturday.
White, 18, was always with the leading group from the start of the 8km race and at one point was battling for
the silver medal which he missed by just five seconds. It was a dramatic improvement on his seventh place in last
season's under 17 race where he finished more than a minute behind the winner, Richard Goodman. Goodman was again
the winner on Saturday but, this time, White was just 21 seconds behind.
"Last year Goodman was out of sight but this time I had him in my view all the way," said White, who was
thrilled with his bronze medal. "I hoped I could get a medal but I didn't think I would do it. I spoke to my coach
last night and he told me I could finish in the top three."
More impressive was that White was the first Surrey finisher with Surrey champion Josh Grace, who beat White by
just two seconds to win the county title at Croydon three weeks ago, finishing eighth 39 seconds behind the
Hercules Wimbledon runner.
White has recently come under the wing of Mick Woods, coach to triple European junior cross country champion
Steph Twell and European cross country medallist Andy Vernon, and has been training with his talented group at the
endurance performance centre at St Mary's University College, Twickenham.
Woods was impressed by his new charge. "That was his best race. On this form, I'm sure he can make the British
team for the World cross country championships", said Woods. The trials for the World championships are being
staged in conjunction with the UK Inter-Counties cross country championships at Cofton Park, Birmingham, on March
White reflected his 1500m win in the UK School Games at Cardiff in September 2009 had been the springboard for
his performance last Saturday. "I thought I could do well here." He was one of the youngest runners in Saturday's
race and has another year in the age group.
Another Hercules Wimbledon teenager to post an impressive performance was Tim Livingstone who finished 19th out
of more than 250 runners in the boys under 15 4.5km race in 16:17. Livingstone, who was making his debut in the
South of England cross country championships, and had his first experience of racing over the testing Parliament
Hill Fields circuit, was also the first Surrey finisher.
Livingstone showed a dramatic improvement on his performance in the county championships at Croydon where he was
ninth. Among runners he beat at Parliament Hill Fields were the individual silver medallist and the runner who
finished fourth ahead of him in the Croydon race.
Adam Przedrzymirski was the first Hercules Wimbledon finisher in the senior men's 15km championship. He was 67th
out of almost 900 runners in 53:35. He was also the sixth Surrey runner to cross the finishing line. Other leading
Hercules Wimbledon finishers in the senior race were Matt Sharp (182nd in 58:03), Richard Xerri (184th in 58:05),
Alex Urban (189th in 58:16), Phil Glynn (192nd in 58:20), Rory McMahon (216th in 59:16), Peter Lee (234th in 59:45)
and Deon Coetzee (273rd in 60:38).
Joe Clark and Ben Palmer had their own private battle in the men's under 17 6km race with Clark pipping Palmer
to finish 86th in 23:25. Hercules Wimbledon had a solitary representative in the senior women's championship.
Rowena Hornshaw was 334th in the 8km race in 46:28.
Two of Hercules Wimbledon's leading runners were among the thousands of spectators at Satrurday's races.
Teenager Alex Robinson, the Surrey junior champion in 2010, was unable to race due to injury. Kieran White, who has
been leading the club's teams home in the 2XU Surrey League races, gave the senior race a miss as he was competing
in the Royal Air Force championships on Wednesday, this week (February 2). However, he did have a run out in the
Bushy Park parkrun in the morning. He was runner-up out of more than 650 runners in a personal best time of 16:05,
eight seconds behind the winner. He also chopped 12 seconds off his previous best time set in April 2008. David
Harris finished 49th on his first appearance in the event in 19:58.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are hosting the Merton mini-marathon trials in Wimbledon Park on Sunday
morning, There will be a combined race for boys and giels starting at 9.30am from the athletics track. Youngsters
have to be between 11 and 17 on London marathon day, April 17, and live in or attend school in Merton to be
eligible to take part. The distance is around 5km. An entry form and details can be found on www.merton,gov.uk/leisure/sport/minimarathon.htm
24-01-11 - EMILY'S FINE MEDAL-WINNING START TO 2011
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's Emily Martin is hoping her medal-winning start to 2011 will not mean a repeat
of the injury-wracked season she endured in 2010.
Martin raced to the silver medal position in the senior women's 200m at the South of England indoor
championships at Lee Valley Athletics Centre, North London, to become the first Hercules Wimbledon athlete to win a
championships track medal this year. After winning her heat in 25.92 seconds, she speeded up to take second place
in the final in a faster 25.76. She also turned out in a high standard senior women's 60m contest where she was
third in her heat in 7.98 and fifth in her semi-final in 8.03.
For the 22-year-old track athlete it was a relief to be racing at all after missing almost the entire outdoor
season in 2010 due to an Achilles tendon injury. The year started well enough as she took the silver medal in the
Surrey indoor 60m championship at Sutton Arena in March. However, she then got injured after competing at the
British Universities championships at Bedford at the beginning of May. She was limited to supporting her club's
Southern Women's League team in throwing events until she made a tentative return to racing in a league match at
Eton at the end of July. She then successfully raced in two Southern Women's League meetings at Linford Christie
Stadium and Wimbledon Park in August and September. She seemed to successfully come through her test at Lee Valley
and is now setting her sights on next month's Surrey indoor championships at Sutton Arena.
Matt Sharp smashed his personal best time when he finished second out of almost 700 runners in the Bushy Park
parkrun on Saturday. He clocked 16:34 for the 5km course, to take seven seconds off his previous best time for the
course set in November last year. Veteran Mark Livingstone also posted a personal best time in finishing 99th in
21:36. He chopped 44 seconds off his previous best time achieved on his debut appearance the previous weekend.
Hercules Wimbledon's Ruth Clifton was first woman in the Wimbledon Common parkrun in a personal best time. She
finished seventh overall out of more than 200 runners in 18:57 to slice just one second off her previous best time
achieved in April last year. She also posted the top age-graded performance. The first Hercules Wimbledon runner to
finish was David Grima who was second in 18:17. Andrew Davies was 13th (19:50), over 45 veteran Charles
Hampden-Smith 18th (20:10) and Annemarie Seymour 19th woman in 24:59.
Over 45 veteran Pete Clarke, younger brother of there times English cross country champion Dave, also posted a
personal best time in finishing 11th out of 240 finishers in the Richmond Park event. He clocked 18:24 to
take 21 seconds off his previous best time set in September. Fellow over 45 veteran Steve McDuell was 21st
Teenager Emma Headley produced the best performance of a dozen Hercules Wimbledon runners in the Surrey schools
cross country championships at Reigate open Saturday finishing third out of 85 runners in the junior girls
championship in 13:48. Rebecca Stone was 20th (14:30) and Claire Rogers 39th (15:24). Michaela Knespl was sixth in
the senior girls championship in 16:25. Tim Livingstone was seventh out of more than 60 runners in the junior boys
race in 19:58 with Joe Clark 11th (20:26) and Ben Palmer 18th (21:12). Ciaran O'Duffy was 18th in the senior boys
championship in 26:42 with Ed Martin 31st (28:15). Cassian Hyde was eighth out of more than 70 runners in the
junior boys race in 14:15.
Hercules Wimbledon's Zoe Phillips and Steph Robson were the top two women in an inter-club cross country match
in Richmond Park on Saturday covering the 4.9
miles in 31:43 and 31:54. First Hercules Wimbledon finisher was over 40 veteran Stewart Bond, 18th out of almost
100 runners in 30:40 with another veteran, Frank Wood 20th in 31:03. Stu Littlewood took third place in the over 55
category in Veteran Athletic Club's 5.5 miles cross country championships on Wimbledon Common in 44:15.
On Saturday, Hercules Wimbledon runners head for the spiritual home of English cross country running at
Parliament Hill Fields for the annual South of England cross country championships. The first race for under 13
boys is at 11am with the final event for senior men due off at 2.50pm. Main Hercules Wimbledon interest will be in
the junior men's championship. Liam White, who led Hercules Wimbledon to the Surrey team title, taking the
individual silver medal at Croydon, will once again head the club's challenge. White will return to Parliament Hill
Fields next Wednesday (February 2) to compete in the London schools cross country championships.
17-01-11 - FINE LEAGUE STARTS BY MEN AND WOMEN
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's cross country teams made encouraging starts to their 2011 league programme
with both the men's and women's teams recording best performances of the season at Ham Fields on Saturday.
A record 13 runners turned out for the senior women's team which is enjoying its first season in Division One of
the Surrey Ladies League. The squad produced their best team score of the winter to consolidate their position in
the top flight and with one match remaining look set for another season in Division One. Best of the senior women's
runners was Claire Grima who finished 28th of the 163 Division One runners in 32 minutes 34 seconds. She was
followed by Zoe Phillips (35th in 33:02), Debbie Noel (37th in 33:04) Louise Bendelis (56th in 34:24) and Michaela
Knespl, the top junior runner in the race (66th in 34:53). They were the scoring team which finished eighth of the
15 A teams.
Other Hercules Wimbledon runners were Hannah Fernando (79th in 35:43), Alison Purnell (85th in 35:59), Monika
Crouse (94th in 36:53), Marilena De Luca (118th in 40:03), Rowena Hornshaw (119th in 40:06), Heather Letley (139th
in 42:21), Caroline Lyons (143rd in 43:21) and Sophie Toomey (158th in 48:37). Hercules Wimbledon's only runner in
the girls under 15 race, Georgia Haight, finished 25th in 22:48.
The club's senior men followed the example of the women by posting their best team effort of the season at the
same venue despite missing Aussie Justin Kelly who returned down under on Saturday and teenager Alex Robinson, the
2010 Surrey junior cross country champion and reigning South of England junior men's 5000m track champion, who was
relegated to the role of spectator due to injury.
Alex Bruce-Littlewood, who triumphed in the previous league race at Dorking, found the going much tougher at Ham
and battled to take fifth place in 27:57, beating his Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Liam White, who was top junior,
by just one second. Adam Przedrzymirski followed up his seventh place in the Surrey cross country championship the
previous weekend by finishing 13th in 29:01, with Kieran White just one second behind in 14th spot. Andrew Penney
(17th in 29:31) was third junior in the race.
Alex Urban, 42nd of the 186 runners in 30:31, Matt Sharp (44th in 30:42), Richard Xerri (50th in 31:08), Jamie
Helmer (53rd in31:13) and Rory McMahon (60th in 31:28) completed the scoring team which consolidated their position
in third spot, just 50 points behind the second-placed team. Other Hercules Wimbledon finishers were Phil Glynn
(66th in 31:48), Geordie Logan (87th in 32:48), David Grima (95th in 33:06), Ian Pegler (106th in 33:41), over 55
veteran Hugh Saxby (130th in 34:36), Stewart Bond (134th in 34:41), Pete Clarke (138th in 35:01), Frank Wood (145th
in 35:46), Ed Martin (152nd in 36:21) and Tom Cheetham (171st in 38:40).
Hercules Wimbledon's Tim Livingstone was pipped by just four seconds in the boys under 15 race where he clocked
16:31 with Joe Clarke taking the under 17 honours in 16:38 ahead of Ben Palmer (17:02), reversing their finishing
positions the previous weekend in the Surrey championships. Cassian Hyde (17:54) and Daniel Haigh (18:20) were
seventh and ninth in the under 15 race. Elliot Laville (20:42) and Alex Bond (21:10) were 10th and 11th in the boys
under 13 race. Hercules Wimbledon are mourning the passing of one of their top endurance runners of half-a-century
ago. Ted Caiger, who was 74, set a club mile record of 4:06.1 in the AAA championships at London's White City in
July 1960. He was also a good class cross country runner. In 1964, he finished fourth in the Surrey six miles
championship at Wimbledon Park in 30:18.0 behind twins Bob and Dave Holt, also from Hercules. His last recorded
race was in 1965, at the age of 29, when he completed a marathon in Port Talbot, Wales, in 2:33:10.
Hercules Wimbledon face a busy weekend with the club's senior in action in an inter-club cross country match in
Richmond Park, starting near Roehampton Gate at 2.30pm, youngsters competing in the Surrey schools cross country
championships at Reigate, both on Saturday, and the youngsters also in action in the third of this season's Surrey
Sportshall League meetings at Guildford on Sunday.
10-01-11 - TEENAGER WHITE LEADS JUNIOR TEAM TO GOLD
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club teenager Liam White just failed in his bid to win the Surrey junior cross
country title at Lloyd Park, Croydon, on Saturday but had the consolation of leading his team to the gold
White, 18, dominated the race as he took on the opposition over 6.5 muddy kilometres. But, he was unable to hold
off his Aldershot rival Josh Grace in the final race to the finishing line and lost out by just two seconds taking
the individual silver medal in 24 minutes 54 seconds. With Andrew Penney fifth in 26:26 and Geordie Logan 11th in
28:26, Hercules Wimbledon comfortably won the team title. Following his run, White was selected to represent Surrey
in the UK Inter-Counties cross country championships in Cofton Park, Birmingham, in March. Hercules Wimbledon
runners came close to taking team medals in three of the other championship races. In the final event of the day,
the senior men's 12km champion, Adam Przedrzymirski ran strongly to finish in seventh place in 42:39 but faces a
nail-biting wait before he finds out whether he has done enough to make the nine-strong Surrey team for Birmingham.
Przedrzymirski finished two places higher than he managed in 2010.
Kieran White was two minutes and eight places down on his 2010 performance as he finished 15th in 44:22 with
Matt Sharp (33rd in 46:33) and Alex Urban (34th in 46:38) showing an impressive improvement on their 2010 efforts
when they finished 44th and 45th in 47:19 and 47:20, respectively. Deon Coetzee (44th in 47:43) and Jamie Helmer
(45th in 47:47) completed the scoring team which finished just outside the medals in fourth spot.
Other Hercules Wimbledon runners in the senior race were Rory McMahon (50th in 48:20), Sean Crummy (83rd in
50:44), David Grima (88th in 51:15), Charles Lescott (89th in 51:20), Ian Pegler (96th in 51:31), Hugh Saxby (97th
in 51:47), Andrew Davies (99th in 52:22), Stewart Bond (117th in 53:51), Barry White (124th in 54:54) and Tom
Cheetham (161st in 60:38).
Hercules Wimbledon's Ruth Clifton also finished seventh in the senior women's 8km championship in 31:27 with
over 55 veteran Anna Garnier 34th in 37:18. Other Hercules Wimbledon finishers were Masumi Dobsonn (40th in 37:51),
Zoe Phillips (41st in 38:00), Monika Crouse (78th in 42:09), Rowena Hornshaw (90th in 46:36) and Heather Letley
(95th in 48:27). Michaela Knespl finished 11th in the junior women's championship in 23:18 with Rebecca Stone 21st
in the under 15 championship in 18:22.
Hercules Wimbledon also just missed out on team medals in the men's under 17 6.5km championship where the
quartet finished fourth. It was led in by Ben Palmer (12th in 28:41) and Joe Clark (13th in 28:55) with Ed Saywell,
recovering from 'flu, and James Evans 30th and 31st in 33:59 and 34:37.
Hercules Wimbledon were also fourth in the boys under 15 championship, just seven points behind bronze medal
position. They were led in by Tim Livingstone (ninth in 15:14), with Cassian Hyde (24th in 16:17) Daniel Haigh
(26th in 16:23), Augustin Mallon (32nd in 16:41) and Alex Bisnouth (52nd in 19:18). Elliot Laville (41st in 16:38)
and Alex Bond (56th in 17:49) were the two Wimbledon runners in the boys under 13 3.25km championship.
Hercules Wimbledon's Alex Bruce-Littlewood finished seventh in the Kent senior men's championship at Wilmington
in 39:56 with James Trapmore 10th in the Middlesex championship in 43:39.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are in action in the third of this season's 2XU Surrey Men's and Surrey Ladies
cross country league meetings which are both being staged at Ham Lands with the race headquarters at the Hawker
Centre, Kingston. Hercules Wimbledon's women's team will be aiming to strengthen their position in Division One of
the Surrey Ladies League where they are enjoying an impressive inaugural season. The senior women's race is at
12noon followed by the joint under 15/17 race (1pm) and under 13 race (1.30pm).
The men's young athletes race is due off at 2pm with the seniors starting at 2.30pm. The senior men, enjoying
one of their best seasons in Division One, will be aiming to stengthen their position in third place.
3-01-11 - BRUCE-LITTLEWOOD'S RECORD-BREAKING START
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's Alex Bruce-Littlewood warmed up for Saturday's Kent cross country
championships with a record-breaking start to 2011 in winning his club's five miles multi-terrain race on Wimbledon
Common on New Year's Day. Bruce-Littlewood dominated the race of the start and was well clear of his rivals at the
end of the opening lap. He crossed the finishing line in 25 minutes 10 seconds to smash the course record of 25:40
set by Kevin Quinn last year.
Bruce-Littlewood, 20, also show a dramatic improvement on the time of 26:01 he clocked when finishing third last
year. Wimbledon Common is proving a happy hunting ground for Bruce-Littlewood. Three weeks earlier he won an
inter-club five miles cross country race there.
"I was pleased with that," said Bruce-Littlewood who won by more than 100m. He will be challenging for the Kent
senior title for the first time at Wilmington School, Dartford, on Saturday, and is hopeful he can pull off a win
after beating defending champion Mike Coleman in a Surrey League race at Dorking in November. He won the Kent
junior title three years ago.
Most of Hercules Wimbledon's top cross country runners will be competing in the Surrey cross country
championships at Lloyd Park, Croydon, on Saturday. Kieran White, who will be leading the challenge in the senior
men's race finished 40 seconds behind Bruce-Littlewood in the multi-terrain event, repeating his runners-up spot in
2010, but clocking seven seconds faster.
Teenager Andrew Penney, who leads Hercules Wimbledon's medal hopes in the junior championship at Croydon,
finished fourth (26:20) with David Grima 12th (30:17), Andrew Davies 13th (30:35) and Stewart Bond 15th
Marathon runner Claire Grima, who was leading the women's race early on, eventually finished second in 31:58
ahead of Frank Wood (32:14) who was third in the veteran men's over 45 category. Deyan Knespl, 19, who last year
was selected for a British rowing trial, was second junior man in 34:25 ahead of his younger sister Michaela, 17,
who set a junior women's course record of 34:49.
Stu Littlewood, the father of the race winner, was first over 55 veteran in 35:32 with Maurice Sharp first over
65 finisher in 35:43, almost a minute ahead of third over 60 finisher Martin Miller (36:38).
Sharp also won the Lauriston Runners Club Championship decided in conjunction with the race from Miller with
Dennis Williams, who was third over 65 finisher, third in 40:52.
Frank Wood completed a busy weekend. After running in the multi-terrain event on Wimbledon Common he finished
88th out of more than 500 runners in the Tadworth 10 miles multi-terrain race on Epsom Downs on Sunday in
Last year, Kieran White led Hercules Wimbledon to bronze team in the senior Surrey championship but, Hercules
Wimbledon best chance for a set of team medals this year appears to be in the junior men's championship with Laim
White, last year's under 17 winner, Penney and Alex Robinson, the reigning champion, although hampered by injury
this winter, and Geordie Logan leading the club challenge. The club will have runners in most of the championship
races including the senior women's event and age group races. First race is the boys' under 13 championship at
Hercules Wimbledon's Anna Garnier ended the old year in style by winning the women's over 55 category in Ely
Runners' New Year's Eve 10km road race in Cambridgeshire in a personal best of 41:51. She sliced seven seconds off
her previous best time set in 2005. Biathlon international Elliot Laville finished sixth out of almost 100 runners
in the Bushy Park 2km junior parkrun on Sunday in 8:36. Charles Lawrie was first veteran over 60 finisher in the
Wimbledon Common 5km parkrun on Saturday in 23:04.