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26-03-12 - TOP ATHLETES AT YOUNGSTERS' MEETING

Hundreds of competitors will be in action in Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's young athletes open meeting which is being staged at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre for the 31st time on Sunday, April 1st.

In addition being a curtain-raiser to the summer track and field season, the Hercules Wimbledon meeting has proved a valuable stepping-stone for aspiring internationals. Past winners include Olympic sprinter Montell Douglas, who holds the women's under 17 100 and 200 metres records set in 2002 while another Olympic athlete Emeka Udechuku holds the men's under 17 shot and discus records he set in 1995. Olympic marathon runner Mark Steinle still holds the boys under 13 1500m record set back in 1987.

Last year the programme was expanded with the inclusion of under 20 events including two mile races with £100 prize money for the men's and women's winners. Both the 2011 mile winners are entered again. Kieran Reilly, who went on to win the South of England junior men's 1500m title after winning the Crystal Palace event in 4 minutes 27.7 seconds, returns to defend his men's mile title. His main challengers include Ben Waterman who took the 1500m silver medal in the South of England indoor championships last month and Michael Callegari, winner of the bronze medals in both the South of England and UK Inter-Counties cross country championships. Katie Snowden, the UK Inter-Counties senior 800m champion, who won the women's mile at Crystal Palace last year also defends her title

This year, the under 20 events have been extended to include the Brenda Bedford women's discus with a first prize of £100. Bedford competed at international level at both discus and shot between 1961 and 1974. She represented England at three Commonwealth Games (Jamaica in 1966, Edinburgh in 1970 and Christchurch, New Zealand in 1974); and competed for Great Britain in the European Championships in Athens in 1969 and Helsinki in 1971. Brenda still tops the Hercules Wimbledon all-time women's rankings in both discus and shot, and it is hoped that the Brenda Bedford Discus will help to encourage a new generation of women in this event.

Over the years the Young Athletes Meeting has also reflected the Hercules Wimbledon's proud tradition of exchanges with clubs from around the world. This year a contingent of young athletes from the Czech Republic will be taking part. The youngsters are from the TJ Liaz club in Jablonec. The meeting starts at 11am with the girls and boys under 13 1500m races and the girls under 13 and under 15 shot, the boys under 15 long jump and the girls under 15 high jump. It runs through till the men's under 20 200m at around 5pm.

Hercules Wimbledon qualified for the England 12-stage road relay championships at Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, on April 14th with a solid performance in the South of England championships at Milton Keynes on Sunday. Alex Robinson got the team off to a good start handing over in 13th place with the fastest long stage run of 24:38. Joe Toomey posted the fastest club time of 16:49 for the short stage in moving through from 22nd to 19th on the sixth leg. Overall, the team finished 18th out of 36 complete teams.

Hercules Wimbledon's former English cross country champion Dave Clarke continued his preparations for next month's Virgin London marathon with a fine run in the Fleet half-marathon on Sunday. He was first veteran over 50 finisher and 36th out of more than 2250 runners in 1:16:46, breaking the Hercules Wimbledon club record for the age group. His time broke the record set by Steve Badgery at Wimbledon in 1998 of 1:17:01. Also at Fleet, Stewart Bond was 124th in 1:25:11 and Vikki Filsell was fourth woman veteran over 40 in 1:33:43.

Hercules Wimbledon's Dan Pescod was ninth out of almost 350 runners in the Audi Wimbledon 10km race on Sunday in 37:18. New Hercules Wimbledon signing Dominque Geoffroy was 24th in 39:19.

Stuart Fraser was first veteran over 45 in the Self Transcendence10km road race in Battersea Park on Saturday finishing seventh out of almost 200 runners in 35:04. Frank Wood was third over 45 veteran finisher in a personal best of 38:31. Maurice Sharp was third over 60 veteran in 46:26.

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19-03-12 - INDOOR TITLE DOUBLE FOR TEAM CAPTAIN DAVIES

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club track and field team captain Steve Davies made an impressive debut in the British Indoor championships at Lee Valley Athletics Centre over the weekend. Davies, 37, lifted two titles in the over 35 category.

He took the 60m hurdles in 8.81 seconds and won the high jump with a leap of 1.75m. A third Hercules Wimbledon success came from Anna Garnier who took the over 55 women's 800m title in 2:40.05. Garnier secured a hat-trick of medals taking silver in the 1500m in 5:22.99 and bronze in the 400m in 72.17.

The small contingent of four Hercules Wimbledon athletes in action at Lee Valley all returned with medals. Pete Giles picked up two silver medals in the over 65 category. He was runner-up in the 1500m in 5:25.08 and the following day was also second in the 3000m in 11:57.75. Mark Baker picked up a bronze medal in the over 50 60m in 7.37.

Hercules Wimbledon's top teenager Tim Livingstone, who will have the honour of running a leg of the Olympic Torch Relay this summer, helped Surrey to victory in the intermediate race in the English schools cross country championships at Ilton, Somereset, on Saturday. He finished 111th out of more than 300 runners in 21:56. Livingstone was one of three Hercules Wimbledon athletes in action at Ilton. Emma Headley helped Surrey win the intermediate girls team title finishing 88th out of 330 runners in 15:50. Maire Gilmartin, who was London's second finisher, was 189th in 16:40.

Hercules Wimbledon's Alex Robinson and Matt Sharp warmed up for this weekend's South of England 12-stage road relay championship at Milton Keynes with strong runs in their respective parkrun races. Sharp was just one second outside his best time when he finished third out of more than 800 runners in Bushy Park in 16:35. Robinson, currently studying at Durham University, was second out of more than 150 runners in the parkrun at the Graham Sports Centre. Making his debut in the event he clocked a faster 16:19.

Hercules Wimbledon, who are past winners of the South of England 12-stage road relay, will be fielding a team in the event for the first time since 1998 when the event was held at Thurrock. The club were winners in 1969 and 1972 and runners-up in 1970 when the event was staged in Wimbledon.

Hercules Wimbledon teenager Alex Lloyd-Jones, 15, clocked a personal best time of 18:34 in finishing fifth out of 273 runners in the Richmond Park parkrun. His time sliced two minutes off his previous best set in October last year.

Another Hercules Wimbledon teenager Augustin Mallon, also clocked a personal best in finishing 12th out of 300 runners in the Wimbledon Common event. Mallon clocked 18:30, a 16 second improvement on his previous best set in May last year. He finished four seconds behind clubmate Dan Pescod who was 11th. A total of 15 Hercules Wimbledon runners in the event.

Andrew Davies was 14th in 18:35, Frank Wood 19th and second veteran over 50 in 19:29, Adam Harwood 21st in 19:35 and Charles Hampden-Smith 23rd and third veteran over 50 in 19:44. James Wallace was 29th and third over 50 veteran in 20:07. Charle Lawrie was top over 60 finisher in 22:11.

Also on Wimbledon Common, Hercules Wimbledon runners took two of the top three places in a women's veterans cross country race over 5.7 miles. Rowena Hornshaw was second woman in 49:35 and Angela Kikugawa third in 50:40.

Martin Miller was fifth over 60 finisher in the Worthing 20 miles road race in Sussex on Sunday. He was 217th out of 482 runners in 2:45:54. Also on the road, Rohan Crouse was 17th out of 225 runners in the Tempest 10 miles road race at Dunsford Aerodrome near Cranleigh. He clocked 1:07:12. Rowena Hornshaw was 20th in the women's race in 1:25:50.

Terry Savage, who won the Surrey schools intermediate boys steeplechase title back in 1999, is making an impressive return top racing after a 10-year gap. His steeplechase time still ranks him third on the club's all-time list for the event.

Now 29, he finished 122nd out of 6351 runners in the Silverstone half-marathon on Sunday in 1:28:37. A month earlier he was 39th out of more than 400 runners in a 10km road race in Chessington.

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12-03-12 - TEENAGER BECOMES YOUNGEST PARKRUN WINNER

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club teenager became the youngest parkrun women's race winner when she triumphed on Wimbledon Common on Saturday. Padt, who is just 13, headed home more than 100 women as she finished 42nd in a record field of 312 competitors. She made a massive improvement on her previous best time. She clocked 20 minutes 26 seconds to take one minutes 46 seconds off her previous best time. That was set on her last appearance in the Wimbledon Common event in November last year.

She was one of 15 Hercules Wimbledon runners in Saturday's record field. Heading the Hercules Wimbledon contingent home was Alexei Calvert-Ansari who also clocked a personal best in finishing third in 17:20. He sliced 13 seconds off his previous best time for the course set in May last year. Peter Collins was 13th in 18:51 with over 45 veteran Frank Wood 22nd in 19:36 and over 50 veteran Charles Hampden-Smith 28th in 19:57.

Meanwhile, Hercules Wimbledon's Fred Slemeck headed home a 300-strong field to win the parkrun in Hyde Park, Leeds, in 16:16, taking 11 seconds off his previous best time set in May last year and Alex Lloyd-Jones was eighth out of 270 runners in Richmond Park in 18:41.

Matt Sharp was 11th out of 770 finishers in the Bushy Park event in 16:44, just 10 seconds outside his best time for the course with Augustin Mallon finishing 34th in 18:50 on his first appearance in the event.

Hercules Wimbledon's Ruth Clifton was the third finisher for Surrey in the senior women's race at the UK Inter-Counties cross country championships in Cofton Park, Birmingham, on Saturday. She clocked 30:23 for the 8km course where she finished 53rd in the 248-strong field. She was in action again on Sunday when she finished 167th out of almost 11000 runners in the Bath half-marathon in a personal best of 1:21:55. She was also 20th in the women's race. Clubmate Hannah Fernando was 741st and 86th in the women's race in 1:34:45.

Hercules Wimbledon's Tim Livingstone gained his place in Kingston's squad for the London mini-marathon in April when he won the trial race in Bushy Park in 12:39. Matt Newton was fourth in the under 15 race in 14:50 while Matilda Toseland was eighth in the girls under 15 race in 17:06.

Livingstone is also celebrating receiving the David Burns award at the annual Active Wandsworth Sports Awards for the second successive year. He gained the award as the outstanding individual in last year's London Youth Games where he represented Wandsworth in cross country, basketball and rowing. He gained the individual gold medal in the indoor rowing event and helped the boys under 17 cross country team to silver medals. Livingstone faces an exciting summer as he has been selected to carry the Olympic torch on the stage through Wandsworth on July 23rd.

Another Hercules Wimbledon winner at the Active Wandsworth awards was Maurice Sharp. Sharp, who returned from taking a squad of Hercules Wimbledon athletes on 12 days of warm weather training on the morning of the awards, was recognised in the outstanding contribution to sport and physical activity category. Sharp spends many hours each week coaching, team managing, fundraising and organising international exchanges with Hercules Wimbledon. He organised the first one to the former East Germany in 1979 and in the last 30 years has been to Norway, Poland, Czechoslavakia, Poland, France, Belgium and Spain. Teams have also been welcomed to London from these countries as well as Nicaragua, Portugal and Malta. Sharp, who joined the former Wimbledon Athletic Club as a schoolboy in 1959 and still coaches three evenings a week on both track and road. He also still competes and was Surrey 10000m track champion in 1974, complered four London to Brighton road races and run 30 marathons including seven Londons.

Terry Savage, who won the Surrey schools intermediate boys steeplechase title back in 1999, is making an impressive return top racing after a 10-year gap. His steeplechase time still ranks him third on the club's all-time list for the event. Now 29, he finished 122nd out of 6351 runners in the Silverstone half-marathon on Sunday in 1:28:37. A month earlier he was 39th out of more than 400 runners in a 10km road race in Chessington.

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5-03-12 - GIVE ATHLETICS A TRY IN OLYMPIC YEAR

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club are getting in the spirit of the London Olympics this summer by staging a Try Athletics Day at their Wimbledon Park athletics track headquarters next month to mark 100 days to go.

The event, which has the backing of the sport's governing body, England Athletics, is aimed at encouraging more people to both participate in track and field athletics and to secure more volunteers to help run clubs like Hercules Wimbledon.

Full details of the celebratory event which will be staged on the evening of Thursday, April 19th, have yet to be worked out and will be announced later. England Athletics National Club Development Officer Alex Copeland 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. Clubs such as Hercules Wimbledon give people a great opportunity to get involved in the sport."

Meanwhile, Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club president David Littlewood, MBE, one of Britain's top athletics officials, who will be officiating at the London Olympics, flew out to the IAAF World indoor athletics championships in Istanbul, Turkey, this week, where he will oversee the photofinish team. He has been appointed the international delegate by the International Association of Athletic Federations.

In his capacity as honorary secretary of the English Schools Athletic Association, he will be off again later in the month to Malta for the schools international cross country championships on that island and returns just in time to officiate as track referee at Hercules Wimbledon's young athletes open meeting which is being staged for the 31st time at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre on Sunday, April 1st.

The meeting is one of the top young athletes events of its kind and there will be an international flavour to this year's event with a group of club athletes from the Czech Republic taking part. Details of the event can be found on the Hercules Wimbledon website www.herculeswimbledonac.org.uk.

One Hercules Wimbledon youngster, Max Mondelli, who is expected to be competing at the Crystal Palace meeting, boosted his Olympic year racing programme with a medal winning performance at the Surrey indoor championships at Sutton Arena on Saturday. Mondelli, 16, who made a superb start in athletics by winning both the Surrey schools and county under 15 boys 100m titles in 2010 as well as finishing second in the South of England event and fifth in both the England and English schools championships in his inaugural year, 2010, suffered a major setback when he broke his leg in two places playing rugby that winter. He returned after just one training session to win the Merton schools intermediate boys 100m title.

He then went on to take the silver medal in the Surrey schools intermediate boys 100m championship. He then concentrated on improving his fitness until his appearance on the indoor circuit this year. He just failed to make the final of the South of England indoor men's under 17 60m indoor championship at Lee Valley Athletics Centre in January where he was runenr-up in his semi-final in 7.19 seconds on his indoor debut.

He showed much improved form at Sutton where he clocked a fine 7.06 in taking the bronze medal, a time which ranks him ninth in the country this year. He showed improvement throughout the rounds winning his heat in 7.18 and taking second spot in his semi-final in 7.10.

Another Hercules Wimbledon athlete, Emily Martin, showed winning form by taking the senior women's long jump with 5.57m. There were several other Hercules Wimbledon athletes in action at Sutton. Jimmy Serachura narrowly missed out on a medal in the senior men's triple jump where he was fourth with 12.30m, Richard Agyapong reached the semi-final of the senior men's 60m while Joel Lorenzo just failed to reach the boys under 13 60m final.

Hercules Wimbledon's Ruth Clifton is in the Surrey senior women's team competing in the UK Inter-Counties cross country championships at Cofton Park, Birmingham, on Saturday. She warmed up by winning the women's event in the Wimbledon Common parkrun last Saturday in a personal best time of 17:54. She posted the top age-graded performance in dipping inside 18 minutes for the first time by taking 21 seconds off her previous best time. Teenagers Emma Headley and Cassian Hyde just failed to gain selection being named as reserves for the girls and boys under 15 squads.

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27-02-12 - INDOOR DOUBLE FOR SUPERVET ANNA

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's supervet running mum Anna Garnier gained a racing double in the Veterans Athletic Club indoor championships at Lee Valley Athletics Stadium.

In her first track races of the year, 57-year-old Garnier, took the women's over 55 400m title in 73.64 seconds and the 1500m in 5:34.22. She just failed in her hat-trick bid as she took then silver medal in the 800m in 2:44.46, a second behind the winner.

Another Hercules Wimbledon athlete to gain a double at the championships was 67-year-old Pete Giles. He won the over 65 800 and 1500m titles in 2:54.64 and 5:37.95. Garnier's success came a fortnight after she took the women's over 50 prize in the Chichester 10km road race prize in 42:20.
Hercules Wimbledon's senior men's team produced their best effort for more than three decades when they competed in unseasonably warm glorious sunshine in the Saucony English National cross country championships at Parliament Hill Fields on Saturday.

Hercules Wimbledon were 26th out of 125 teams and, searching through the record books, it showed it was the club's best performance in the event since finishing 21st at Luton in 1979.

Kieran White, a member of the bronze medal-winning team in the Surrey championships, led the Hercules Wimbledon squad home finishing 157th out of almost 1700 runners in the 12km championship in 40 minutes 50 seconds. Dominic Kiralyfi was 235th in 42:11, just ahead of James Trapmore 245th in 42:16 with Adam Przedrzymirski, on the eve of flying out to warm weather training in Cuba, 258th in 42:24.

Next to finish was Matt Sharp 313th in 43:12, Phil Glynn 331st in 43:26, Pat Wright 388th in 44:06, Sean Crummy 410th in 44:19, Alex Urban 467th in 45:02 and Deon Coetzee 477th in 45:12.

Veterans Peter Lee was 515th in 45:42, Stuart Fraser 547th in 46:04 and Stewart Bond 709th in 47:58. Completing the 15-strong squad in the testing two lap race were Ian Pegler 871st in 49:53, Peter Collins 1189th in 53:57, Frank Wood 1218th in 54:27 and Tom Morris 1448th in 58:43.

Emma Headley was 46th out of 342 runners in the girls under 15 4km championship in 15:19, the best effort by a Hercules Wimbledon runner in that age group since Carean Vernon finished 26th at Luton in 1995. Zoe Illis was 61st in 15:33, Aideen Boyle 256th in 18:05, Beatrice Auffant 276th in 18:34 and Imogen Willis 322nd in 20:06. Two Hercules Wimbledon runners competed in the girls under 13 3km championship. Isabella Padt was 199th in 14:07 and Celia Willis 367th in 20:11.

Ruth Clifton was the top Hercules Wimbledon finisher in the senior women's 8km championship taking 24th place out of the 650 runners in 30:00. Amy Aronson was 165th in 34:08, Vikki Filsell 191st in 34:46, Anna Garnier 253rd in 35:14, Marilena De Luca 478th in 41:49, Angela Kikugawa 570th in 46:05 and Rowena Hornshaw 594th in 48:11. It was only the third time since Hercules Wimbledon was formed in 1967 that the club has fielded a team in the senior women's championship.

Liam White, the individual bronze medallist in the Surrey junior championship, was 50th out of 200 runners in the junior men's 10km championship in 34:31. Teenager Tim Livingstone led a trio of Hercules Wimbledon runners home in the men's under 17 6km championship finishing 107th out of 336 in 21:51. Ben Palmer was 189th in 22:52 and Augustin Mallon 259th in 24:09.

Alex Lloyd-Jones was the sole Hercules Wimbledon runner in the boys under 15 4.5km event finishing 252nd out of 300 runners in 18:18. Sam Helm was 134th out of almost 400 runners in the boys under 13 3km championship in 12:28. Edward Grinrod was 224th 13:05, Matthew Gibbons 284th in 13:40 and Finlay White 347th in 14:52.

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21-02-12 - ATHLETES TO TRAIN WITH OLYMPIC HOPEFULS

A contingent of Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club competitors be training alongside some of Cuba's London Olympic hopefuls during 10 days of warm weather training in the Central American country.

The 15-strong group is flying out to Cuba's capital, Havana, on Sunday in Hercules Wimbledon's latest international venture organised by club official Maurice Sharp. "We will be staying at the famous Colegio Deportiva Giraldo Cordoba Cardin. Groups The college is the base for most of Cubas Olympic hopefuls including those from their most successful two sports, boxing and athletics," said Sharp. "We will be training with some of them on on the track opposite as well as conducting our own training sessions."

Heading the endurance squad will be Surrey junior men's 1500m champion Liam White while Mark Giraud, one of the club's sprint coaches, will oversee the sprinters. The youngest athlete will be Imani Kay-Francis, a pupil at Ricards Lodge school, Wimbledon, who celebrates her 16th birthday on the day she returns, March 8th. Kay-Francis, the Surrey schools intermediate girls shot putt champion. will be training with Cubas famous throwers who are strong medal contenders at the London Olympics.

Hercules Wimbledon have stayed at the Cuban college for elite athletes on several previous occasions. The visit to Havana continues a long Cuban link which dates back to 1999 when the club welcomed 17 young athletes from the college to London. The club also hosted teams from Cuba in 2002, 2006 and 2009 whilst groups from Hercules Wimbledon previously visited Havana on five occasions in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2009.

Although there wasn't a trip to Cuba last year, two Cuban Olympic athletes did come to London as guests of Hercules Wimbledon to recce the Olympic stadium at Stratford. Sharp put them up at his home in Worcester Park and took them on visits to local schools where they gave some inspirational coaching to some of the youngsters. They also visited Parliament where they met several MP's and union representatives.

The trip to Cuba is the latest in a long line of international exchanges organised by Sharp. The first was to the German Democratic Republic in 1981and, apart from Cuba, there have been visits to Norway, the Czech Republic, Poland, France, Belgium and Spain. Teams have also been welcomed to London from these countries as well as Nicaragua, Portugal and Malta.

Sharp is proud of his involvement in these international exchanges which he claims are unique among athletic clubs in the UK. He frequently secures funding to ensure that youngsters with limited means or from single parents families can go on these trips as well as others who might gain in confidence from the international experience.

"These exchanges open up a cultural, educational and social perspective to being involved in sport and athletics in particular," said Sharp. In April, Hercules Wimbledon will entertain a Czech club team at their annual young athletes open meeting at Crystal Palace.

It will be a busy weekend for half-a-dozen of the Cuba-bound contingent. On Saturday, they will be competing in the Saucony English National cross country championships at Parliament Hill Fields, North London. Zoe Shannon, Amy Aronson, Rowena Hornshaw and Sarah Connellan compete in the senior women's championship, Liam White in the junior men's race and Ben Palmer in the men's under 17 championship before they prepare for their Central American adventure.

It is 24 years since Hercules Wimbledon had a winner in the senior men's championship. At Newark in 1988, Dave Clarke won the title for the third time. His previous successes came at Leeds in 1982 and Luton in 1987. He is one of only four people to have won the title three times in the 125 years history of the event. Clarke, now 54, is still running and competed in three of the last four London marathons.

Two Hercules Wimbledon runners won two parkruns last Saturday. Kieran White clocked a personal best time at Brockwell Park of 15 minutes 55 seconds chopping 15 seconds off his previous best set in December and James Davis made a winning debut at Finsbury Park in 17:54. Matt Sharp was runner-up out of 749 runners in Bushy Park in 16:49 with David Grima seventh in a personal best of 18:10. Phil Glynn was third out of 274 runners on Wimbledon Common where Ruth Clifton was first woman in a personal best of 18:15.

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14-02-12 - WOMEN SECURE BEST EVER LEAGUE PLACING

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's senior women's cross country runners managed to achieve their best ever team placing in the Max Sports Surrey Ladies League on a snowbound West End Common, Esher, on Saturday. Meanwhile, the club's senior men produced their best team effort of the season to take third spot in the final 2XU Surrey Men's League match on an equally frost-bound Wimbledon Common to retain their top division placing.

Hercules Wimbledon runners dominated the women's event at Esher with Ruth Clifton securing runners-up spot in 29 minutes 50 seconds. Zoe Shannon was fifth in 30:25 before Amy Aronson finished 22nd in 33:16, one place ahead of Vikki Filsell (33:30) with marathon mum Claire Grima, who was probably having her final race before the arrival of her second baby in July, finishing 30th in 33:58. Other leading Hercules Wimbledon runners were Hannah Fernando (48th in 35:26), Leila van der Pal (77th in 37:26) and Monika Crouse (78th in 37:57).

Team manager Janet Fernando was delighted with her runners' performance in only their second season in the top division of the league. "It is amazing to think we have achieved this after gaining promotion two seasons ago and finishing ninth last year," she said. "What a turn round from a few seasons back when we had so few runners turning out we were thinking of disbanding the section." The team won the opening league race at Bagshot in October and in January they took the silver medals in the Surrey championships at Dorking.

In the girls under 15 race, Emma Headley and Zoe Illis finished fifth and sixth in 16:16 and 16:22 to lead Hercules Wimbledon to second team place.

Over on a chilly Wimbledon Common, Hercules Wimbledon's senior men's team packed solidly to take third team place, their best effort of the winter season. Alex Robinson and teenager Liam White ran together for most of the two lap course and were chasing Belgrave's Paskar Owor from the start. Robinson, who led Hercules Wimbledon to team bronze medals in the Surrey championships last month, edged ahead in the final stages to finish runner-up in 28:39, 34 seconds behind Owor with White, who was top junior finisher, third one second later.

Kieran White was fifth in 28:47, Matt Sharp 33rd in 30:23 and Phil Glynn 41st in 30:47. They were followed by Adam Przedrzymirski (42nd in 30:48), Alex Urban (44th in 30:52), Stuart Fraser (61st in 31:50), Joe Toomey (63rd and second junior finisher in 31:53) and Alexei Calvert-Ansari who completed the team finishing 65th in 31:59.

Hercules Wimbledon's young athletes team dominated their race and take the team honours on the day and lift the league title for the season. However, Tim Livingstone, who completed a hat-trick of wins to take the individual under 17 title for the season, was pushed all the way by clubmate Johnny Bland who was only one second behind at the finish. Livingstone won in 15:02 with Ben Palmer third in 15:24 to give Hercules Wimbledon the top three places.

Augustin Mallon was fifth in 16:02, Alex Bisnoouth 11th in 19:06 and Toby Moulton 12th in 19:55. Matthew Gibbons was top Hercules Wimbledon under 13 finisher taking sixth place in 19:26.

Hercules Wimbledon's Phil Glynn, Alex Urban and Sean Crummy completed an exhausting weekend when they took part in the Meon Plod Valley 21 miles multi-terrain race in Portsmouth on Sunday, the day after helping their club to third team place in the Surrey League. Glynn, who was fifth of the 155 finishers in 2:36:44, said: "It was very hard with loads of steep hills and tough terrain." Urban was 12th in 2:45:27 and Crummy 33rd in 3:07:35.

Also on the south coast, Tom Cheetham was 41st out of more than 800 runners in the Portsmouth Coastal half-marathon in 1:29:20. Hercules Wimbledon's over 65 veteran Peter Giles was first in his age category in the Valentines 10km road race at Chessington on Sunday where he was 79th out of more than 400 runners in 44:19. First Hercules Wimbledon finisher was Dan Pescod who was 11th in 37:50 and second in the over 40 veteran category.

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7-02-12 - WOMEN WARM UP WITH RECORD RELAY EFFORT

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's senior women's cross country runners warmed up for this weekend's final Max Sports Surrey Ladies League meeting at West End Common, Esher, by setting a women's course record in the East Surrey League cross country relay in bitterly cold conditions on Wimbledon Common last Saturday.

Led by marathon mum Claire Grimathe quartet clocked 50 minutes 6 seconds in finishing 13th out of the 25 teams. Running the first leg, Grima clocked 12:23, the same time as third leg runner Vikki Filsell with Michaela Knepl, who ran the second leg, clocking just one second slower. Anchor stage runner Maire Gilmartin clocked 12:56 for the 1.95 miles course.

After winning the opening Surrey Ladies League Division Match at Bagshot in October, Hercules Wimbledon's senior women's squad have been enjoying their best ever cross country season winning silver medals in the Surrey championships and going into the final league match at Esher on Saturday confident of retaining third spot.

First leg runner Alexie Calvert-Ansari was the fastest member of the Hercules Wimbledon quartet which took third spot in the senior men's event. He handed over in third clocking 10:08 with over 45 veteran Pete Clarke(10:33), fellow vet Stewart Bond (11:02) and Andrew Davies (10:55) hanging onto third spot. It was very much a B team with top runners Kieran White, Alex Robinson, Fred Slemeck and Andrew Penney all missing.

Augustin Mallon, who ran the opening leg in 10:35, was the fastest member of the young athletes team which also finished third in their event in 36:08. Alex Lloyd-Jones (11:19) and Imogen Willis (15:14) completed the trio. Sam Helms was fourth in the boys under 13 1.95 miles race in 11:08 ahead of Alex Bond (10th in 12:16) and Eliot Mier (14th in 12:29).

Eight Hercules Wimbledon runners were in action in the British Universities cross country championships in Cardiff on Saturday. Best of the bunch was Alex Robinson who was 28th out of more than 300 runners in the senior men's race in 32:01. Andrew Penney was 58th in 33:00 with Fred Slemeck 69th in 33:10. Top club finisher in the women's race was Zoe Shannon who was 54th out of almost 350 finishers in 2632. Twins Jennifer and Rosemary Fernando were 122nd and 195th in 28:51 and 30:36.

Across the Atlantic, Hercules Wimbledon's Alex Bruce-Littlewood was in record-breaking form in the Jeff Davis Bank McNeese Indoor meeting at Lake Charles, Los Angeles. Bruce-Littlewood, who is in his first year at McNeese University broke the university mile record with a winning time of 4:06.19. "It felt really good to get that record," said Bruce-Littlewood. "We have been training with David Rooney (the previous record holder) and the results of the race show that we are all getting better."

A trio of Hercules Wimbledon youngsters were in action for Surrey in the South East Schools Inter-County cross country meeting at Basildon. Emma Headley ran well to take 15th spot in the intermediate girls race in 17:46. She was third Surrey finisher helping the county to third team place. Ben Palmer was 30th out of 78 runners in the senior boys race in 23:53 helping Surrey to third team place. Cassian Hyde was 34th out of 82 finishers in the intermediate boys event in 21:35 where he helped Surrey to second team place.

This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon compete in the final 2XU Surrey Men's and Max Sports Surrey Ladies cross country league meetings on Saturday. The men are in action on Wimbledon Common while the women make the trip to West End Common, Esher. The senior women's race starts at 12noon followed by races for younger athletes. On Wimbledon Common, the young athletes race starts at 2.30pm with the seniors off at 3pm. The location of the start is near the junction of The Causeway and West Place.

The men need a good result to ensure a place in the top division next season while the senior women's team are aiming for their best-ever third placing at Esher. Following the final league meetings, Hercules Wimbledon are staging an end of the season social at the Rose and Crown in Wimbledon Village from 8pm.

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31-01-12 - VETERAN DOBSON RETURNS AFTER TWO YEAR GAP

Hercules Wimbledon veteran Jonathan Dobson made an impressive return to action after being sidelined for 31 months by a serious knee problem when he took runners-up spot in the Richmond Park parkrun on Saturday.

It was an amazing come-back for 46-year-old Dobson who beat all but one of the 180-strong field to clock a personal best time of 18 minutes four seconds for the parkrun. It was his first appearance in the Richmond Park event and only the second time he had competed in a parkrun event. His debut appearance was on Wimbledon Common in March 2008 when he clocked 18:05.

Dobson's last race was in June 2009 when he finished runner-up in the veterans category in the North Downs 30km multi terrain race in Kent in just over two hours. That summer he also took the Surrey veterans 5000m silver medal at Ewell Court in May. Earlier in the year he ran in the English and South of England senior men's cross country championships and also took part in the Prague half-marathon in March.

Back in 2008, he competed in four marathons abroad in Berlin, New York, Zurich and Tokyo. Soon after his appearance in the North Downs event he was forced to stop running due to a knee injury. Dobson thought he might never race again but now, after two operations on his injured knee, he has returned to racing. "It was an amazing feeling to run again", said Dobson. "However, it's not going to be a regular thing since the knee will not allow it."

Another Hercules Wimbledon runner in action in Richmond Park was Stephen McDuell who was ninth in 19:26. David and Claire Grima made their debuts in the Ashton Court parkrun in Bristol. David was seventh in 19:22 and Claire 22nd and second woman in 20:56.

Hercules Wimbledon's ground-breaking senior women's cross country team continued to make history when the squad finished a team for the first time in the South of England cross country championships at Stanmer Park, Brighton. Following their impressive victory in the opening Max Sports Surrey Ladies League meeting at the start of the cross country season and their silver medal-winning team performance in the Surrey cross country championships at Dorking earlier in January, they performed well in Brighton.

Hercules Wimbledon's Ruth Clifton had an outstanding run at Brighton where she finished seventh of the 335-strong field in the 8km championship in 31:05. Zoe Shannon was 25th in 32:28, Amy Aronson 77th in 35:12, Vikki Filsell 89th in 35:49 and Rosemary Fernando 133rd in 37:31.

The senior men were hampered by the absence of two top runners Andrew Penney and Alex Robinson who were unable to get down from their universities at Bristol and Durham.

However, the club, which took the bronze medals in the Surrey championships, were still the third Surrey team to finish. They were led in by Kieran White who was 83rd in 55:29 with Matt Sharp 132nd in 57:21, Phil Glynn 159th in 58:25, Alex Urban 186th in 58:57, Sean Crummy 253rd in 61:26 and Stewart Bond 337th in 64:46.There were almost 750 finishers.

Teenager Liam White, continuing his come-back following a calf injury, was 26th out of 100 runners in the junior men's 8km championship in 28:16. Tim Livingstone and Ben Palmer were 58th and 77th out of 156 finishers in the men's under 17 6km championship in 22:55 and 24:20 while Cassian Hyde finished 66th out of more than 200 runners in the boys under 15 race in 16:35.

Zoe Illlis was 61st out of 200 runners in the girls under 15 4km race in 16:06 while Isabella Padt finished 78th out of 218 runners in the girls under 13 3km championship in 12:29.

This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon host the East Surrey League cross country relays on Wimbledon Common on Saturday. The relays start near the junction of The Causeway and West Place. The young athletes under 13 race starts at 2pm with the young athletes under 15 and under 17 and senior and veterans relays starting at 2.30pm.

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24/01/12 - TEENAGER LIVINGSTONE IS TOP OF THE CLASS

Teenager Tim Livingstone secured his place in the Surrey team to compete in the annual English schools cross country championships being staged in Ilton, Somerset, in March when he finished sixth in the intermediate boys event at the Surrey schools championships at Priory Park, Reigate, on Saturday.

Livingstone, 16, finished sixth out of more than 60 runners in 19 minutes 41 in the championship which was one of the qualifying races for the national. He can consolidate his selection with another strong performance in the South East England schools inter-counties meeting at Basildon on February 4th. His run at Reigate confirmed the form he showed at Coulsdon a week earlier when he won the young athletes race in the 2XU Surrey Men's cross country league meeting and was an improvement on his 10th place in the Surrey County championships at Dorking at the start of the month. His run was also a one place improvement on his performance at Reigate 12 months ago.

Livingstone was the best of the half-dozen Hercules Wimbledon runners in action at Reigate. Emma Headley, like Livingstone, running for Kingston, was 14th out of almost 70 runners in the intermediate girls race in 15:58 with Cassian Hyde, representing North East Surrey, 16th in the intermediate boys race in 20:33. Ben Palmer, representing Sutton, was 12th out of 45 runners in the senior boys championship. Aideen Boyle, representing Merton, was 48th out of 83 runners in the junior girls race in 15:27 with Sam Helm, also running for Kingston, was 51st in the junior boys race in 16:00.

At the other end of the age scale, two Hercules Wimbledon runners gained medals in the Veterans AC cross country championships on Wimbledon Common. Peter Lee was first over 45 finisher covering the 5.5 miles in 33:32 while Angela Kikugawa took the bronze medal in the women's over 45 championship in 51:42.

Hercules Wimbledon's Kieran White, a member of the bronze medal-winning Surrey championships team, warmed up for the South of England championships at Brighton with a runaway victory in the Wimbledon Common parkrun in a personal best time. White won by more than half-a-minute in 16:29 to slice two seconds off his previous best time for the course set on his debut appearance in the event in March 2007. He also posted the top age-graded performance of the race.

Husband and wife marathon runners David and Claire Grima continued their preparations for April's Virgin London Marathon with strong runs finishing fifth and 22nd respectively. David clocked 18:25 and Claire 20:02. She was also the first woman. Charles Hampden-Smith was second over 50 veteran and 25th out of 273 finishers in 20:15 before dashing off to race in an inter-club 4.9 miles event in Richmond Park in the afternoon. There he finished 40th out of 112 runners in 31:37.

Leading Hercules Wimbledon runner in Richmond Park was Phil Glynn who took runners-up spot in 26:31. Alexie Calvert-Ansari was fourth in 27:04, Alex Urban seventh in 27:37, Stewart Bond 21st in 29:24, Peter Collins 28th in 30:09 and Jeremy Purnell 39th in 31:12.

Matt Sharp, who is also running in the South of England championships at the weekend, warmed up for Brighton with another strong showing in the Bushy Park parkrun where he was third out of 864 runners in 16:54. Over in Richmond Park, over 45 veteran Steve McDuell was ninth out of 276 runners in 19:27.

Long jumper Emily Martin was the top Hercules Wimbledon performer in the South of England indoor championships at Lee Valley Athletics Centre, North London. She just missed out on a medal as she took fourth spot in the senior women's long jump with 5.56m. Teenager Max Mondelli just failed to make the men's under 17 60m final finishing runner-up in his semi-final in a personal best of 7.19 after also taking second place in his heat in 7.23.

This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon runners travel to the south coast to compete in the South of England cross country championships in Stanmer Park, Brighton. After winning the Surrey road relay title in September and taking the bronze medals in the Surrey championships at Dorking earlier this month, Hercules Wimbledon runners are confident of a good showing in the senior men's championship while the senior women will be aiming to consolidate their standing after taking the silver medals in the Surrey championships.

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17-01-12 - HW SET FOR RECORD TOP THREE LADIES LEAGUE FINISH

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's senior women's team followed up their silver medal winning effort in the Surrey cross country championships with another strong team display in the third of this season's Max Sports Surrey Ladies League meetings in crisp conditions at Farthing Downs, Coulsdon, on Saturday. With one match remaining the squad looks set to finish in the top three for the first time in the club's history.

Marathon running mum Claire Grima, who led the team to the Surrey silver medals was again the top Hercules Wimbledon finisher in 15th place covering the testing five miles course in 36 minutes 13 seconds. Amy Aronson, who also featured in the medal-winning effort the previous weekend, posted another fine performance to take 22nd place out of almost 200 runners in 37:01 with Hannah Fernando 36th in 38:30, Jordan Folk 47th in 39:03 and Alison Purnell 71st in 40:38.

Despite missing Zoe Pike and Jennifer Fernando, the two other members of the silver medal-winning team in the Surrey championships, the weakened Hercules Wimbledon squad still managed to finish fifth on the day to hang onto third spot overall.

Teenager Imogen Willis was the top Hercules Wimbledon performer in the young athletes races finishing 20th in the under 15 girls race in 22:05.

Hercules Wimbledon's senior men were also in action at Coulsdon and consolidated their position in the top division of the 2XU Surrey Men's cross country league despite missing three of the club's Surrey bronze medal-winning team Fred Slemeck and Andrew Penney who have returned to university and Matt Sharp, who was unavailable. Once again, Alex Robinson, who led the club to the Surrey bronze team medals at Dorking the previous weekend, was the top finisher. He failed by just five seconds to take the individual hours as he raced home in runners-up spot in 28:52.

Kieran White was 10th of the 172 finishers in 29:50 with teenager Liam White, showing his best form since returning from a calf muscle injury, finishing 13th in 30:04. Liam, who took the individual bronze medal in the Surrey under 20 championships, was also the top under 20 finisher. Dominic Kirayfi was 52nd in 32:04 with Alexie Calvert-Ansdari 58th in 32:17 and Joe Toomey, along with Liam White a member of the Surrey junior men's silver medal winning team, 65th and second under 20 finisher in 32:39.

Veteran Peter Lee (70th in 32:53), Phil Glynn (72nd in 32:56), Sean Crummy (76th in 33:11) and Alex Urban (82nd in 33:40) completed the scoring team.
Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters dominated their event filling five of the top six places in the under 15 and under 17 2.5 miles race. Tim Livingstone battled to victory in a tight finish in which he sneaked home just two seconds clear in 15:42 to lead the team to victory. Ben Palmer was third in 15:47 with Cassian Hyde fourth and second under 15 finisher in 15:59. Ross Vance was sixth in 16:31 and Augustin Mallon 13th in 17:19. Alex Bond and Matt Gibbons were 11th and 12th in the boys under 13 race in 20:09 and 20:43, respectively.

Sprinters Dwayne Dowding, Richard Agyapong, Hamed Agboke and Kyran Mitchell-Nanton flexed their muscles for the winter indoor campaign with victories in the South London Athletics Network open indoor meeting at Sutton Arena. Dowding won his 60m race in 7.04, Agyapong clocked 7.22, Mitchell-Nanton 7.25 and Agboke 7.37. Veteran David Harris won his pole vault competition with 2.60m while Emily Martin was third in her 60m race in 7.87.

This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are competing in an inter-club cross country match in Richmond Park on Saturday. The race, over 4.9 miles, starts near to Roehampton Gate at 2.30pm. Some of the club's youngsters will also be in action in the Surrey schools cross country championships at Reigate on Saturday morning while Sunday sees Hercules Wimbledon athletes in action in the final Surrey Sportshall meeting of the winter at Guildford's Spectrum Leisure Centre. The meeting starts at 1pm. Also over the weekend, some of the club's seniors will be in action in the South of England indoor championships at Lee Valley Leisure Centre, North London. Action takes place on both Saturday and Sunday.

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10-01-12 - WOMEN START 2012 WITH BEST EVER COUNTY EFFORT

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's senior women's team continued their outstanding season by taking the silver medals in the Surrey cross country championships staged at Denbies Vineyard, Dorking, on Saturday.

It was the club's best-ever performance in the event. The only other time Hercules Wimbledon got among the medals in the senior women's championships was in 2006 when the club secured the bronze medals. That was also the year the club fielded a senior women's team for the first time.

After gaining a shock win in this season's opening Max Sports Surrey Ladies League meeting at Bagshot in October, Hercules Wimbledon were confident they could get among the medals and gaining runners-up spot just 12 points behind the winners was a superb performance.

Leading the squad home in the 8km event was marathon mum Claire Grima who was 16th out of 143 finishers in 33 minutes 26 seconds. Amy Aronson and Zoe Pike finished 21st and 22nd in 34:12 and 34 14 with Jennifer Fernando completing the silver medal-winning quartet by taking 27th place in 34:25. A record 12 Hercules Wimbledon runners took part in the race.

"That was another tremendous effort by the team," said Hercules Wimbledon women's team manager. "We thought we could get among the medals but you can never be certain until it happens. We are now looking forward to another good performance in the third Surrey Ladies League meeting at Coulsdon on Saturday where we will certainly aim to finish in the top three."

Hercules Wimbledon's senior men's team also got among the medals and the club was the only one at Saturday's Surrey championships to gain medals in both senior races. The youngest member of the medal-winning sextet, Alex Robinson, led the way to a set of bronze medals by finishing eighth out of 215 runners covering the testing 12km course in 40:12.In close pursuit came Andrew Penney (13th in 41:20), Kieran White (16th in 41:37) and Fred Slemeck (17th in 41:37). The team was completed by Matt Sharp (37th in 44:08) and veteran Peter Lee (52nd in 45:09). Hercules Wimbledon had a record 20 runners in the senior men's championship and other leading finishers were Alexie Calvert-Ansari (59th in 45:50), Phil Glynn (67th in 46:45), David Grima (69th in 47:00) and Alex Urban (75th in 47:12).

Hercules Wimbledon's sole individual medallist was teenager Liam White who is battling his way back to fitness after being out of action for some time with a calf muscle injury. He managed to take third spot in the junior men's 6.1km championship in 20:33 to lead the club to silver medals in the team event. Joe Toomey was ninth (21:56), and Nicholas Costello 18th to complete the team.

Tim Livingstone (21:44) and Augustin Mallon (23:12) were 10th and 20th in the men's under 17 6.1km championship. Hercules Wimbledon fielded runners in all five men's championships. Ross Vance led the team home in the boys under 15 4.2km championship finishing 21st in 14:43 with Cassian Hyde 28th (15:06), Alex Lloyd-Jones 29th (15:19) and Matt Newton 57th (16:34) Alex Bond (56th in 14:26) was the first Hercules Wimbledon finisher in the boys under 13 3.4km championship.
Two Hercules Wimbledon teenagers had fine runs in the girls under 15 4.2km championship. Emma Headley and Zoe Illis finished seventh and eighth in 16:01 and 16:05. Isabella Padt was the top Hercules Wimbledon finisher in the girls under 13 3.4km event finishing 14th in 13:49.

Hercules Wimbledon's James Trapmore finished 12th out of 155 runners in the Middlesex cross country championships at Wormwood Scrubs in 41:31.

This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's men's and women's cross country runners will again be comnpeting at the same venue, Farhting Downs, Coulsdon, for the third of this season's league meetings. Following their medal-winning performance in the Surrey Championships, the club's senior women's team will be going flayt out to boost their standing in the Max Sports Surrey Ladies League. The senior women's race starts at 12noon. It will be followed by a joint under 17 and under 15 race at 1pm and a girls under 13 race at 1.30pm.

The women are followed by the men who will be in action in the third 2XU Surrey Cross Country League Division One meeting. The young athletes race over 2.5 miles is at 2pm with the seniors, racing over five miles, due to start at 2.30pm. After their third spot in the Surrey cross country championships, Hercules Wimbledon's senior men's team will be aiming to consolidate their position in the top division after a shakey start to the season.

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3-01-12 - SUPERVET MAKES SUPER START TO OLYMPIC YEAR

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's supervet Charles Hampden-Smith, started 2012 in fine style with no less than five races across the turn-of-the-year weekend. Hampden-Smith, who recently completed his first marathon, took part in two events on New Year's Eve and three races on New Year's Day.

On Saturday morning he ran in the Wimbledon Common parkrun where he was 18th out of more than 200 runners in 20 minutes 12 seconds. A few hours later he was in action in Hercules Wimbledon's five miles event where he was 21st in 32:43.

After seeing the New Year in Hampden-Smith faced an even more challenging task on New Year's Day as he was aiming to take part in three events around 10 miles apart. He started at Bushy Park at 9am where he was 47th out of 350 runners in an identical time to that at Wimbledon. Then, he jumped in his car and drove the 10 miles to Nonsuch Park where the parkrun started at 10am. With a few minutes to spare he toed the starting line he was 17th out of 125 runners in 20:59 and hardly had time to catch his breath before jumping back into his car for the 10 miles dash to Riddlesdown, just south of Purley. There the parkrun was scheduled to start at 11am and, again, Hampden-Smith had a few minutes to relax before he was off again. He managed to finish 25th out of 176 runners. Then he managed to grab a quick coffee before driving back to his Wimbledon home for lunch and a well earned rest.

Hampden-Smith, who is 50, was delighted with his achievements. "Last year I managed two parkruns on New Year's Day at Wimbledon and Richmond. This year the scheduling of the three parkruns made it possible to do them all but it took careful planning. The masochist in me thought it might be fun and a good start to 2012. I spent around an hour the night before working out the routes I should take and where I should park. I wasn't alone and estimate about 30 others did the same thing. Not that I'm suggesting this makes me less mad but it's good to know that I'll have company in the asylum."

Hampden-Smith, who has secured a place for his debut in April's Virgin London Marathon, added: "I was helped by the fact most people were still in bed at that time of day and the roads were quite quiet. As a result it helped to enable me to arrive with about 10 minutes to spare at Nonsuch Park and Riddlesdown." He also thought it was good training for the London where he will run 26 miles 385 yards.

He will be hoping to stay on course in April after twice taking the wrong turning at Portsmouth where the multi-terrain nature of the course made it quite testing. Although dry and sunny it was just above freezing at 1C at the start and quite windy. The course was mainly on coastal paths and pavements but also crossed the pebble beach at two points.

A record 69 runners took part in the Hercules Wimbledon 5 miles multi-terrain event on Saturday. It was won by Alex Bruce-Littlewood in 26:46, almost half-a-minute ahead of the runner-up. Matt Sharp, competing in his second race in two days, was third in 28:14, 24 seconds ahead of clubmate Phil Glynn. Alexie Calvert-Ansari was seventh in 28:58, David Grima 10th in 29:49, Ruth Clifton 12th and first woman in a women's course record time of 30:29 and over 45 veteran Pete Clarke 14th in 31:26. It was Clarke's second race of the day. A few hours earlier he made a winning debut in the Old Deer Park parkrun in 18:40 finishing more than half-a-minute clear.

Another Hercules Wimbledon runner to win a parkrun event on New Year's Eve was James Trapmore who triumphed at Brockwell Park in 16:20. Zoe Shannan was first woman inn the Wimbledon Common parkrun on New Year's Eve finishing 10th in 19:40. Amy Aronson was third woman in 20:17. Jeremy Purnell led three members of his family over the line in the Brueton parkrun in the Midlands on New Year's Eve. He was 14th in 19:36 with wife Alison fourth woman in 22:02 and son Nathanial 90th in 26:25.

This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon athletes are in action in the annual Surrey cross country championships on Saturday, which are being staged at Denbies Vineyard, Dorking, for the first time. Senior men's team manager Fred Green is confident his squad can add to the medals it recently gained in the South of the Thames championship on Wimbledon Common. The sextet took the silver medals there last month and Green emphasises Hercules Wimbledon are the reigning Surrey road relay champions.

Senior women's team manager Janet Fernando is also hoping her squad will also return with medals after winning the opening Max Sports Surrey Ladies League team event in October and taking third place in the second match in Richmond Park. The women's 8km championship starts at 11.10am. Youngsters hoping to do well include Cassian Hyde in the boys under 15 4.2km race, Emma Headley in the girls under 15 4.2km race and Tim Livingstone and Ben Palmer in the men's under 17 6.1km race.

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