25-03-14 - CLUB RECORD FOR VETERAN POLE VAULTER
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's veteran woman pole vaulter Alison
Murray smashed her own club record in an indoor competition at the David Weir Leisure Centre,
Carshalton, on Saturday.
Murray, 47, was joint winner of the women's event at the London Pole Vault Academy Invitation meeting
with a 2.87m clearance. Her winning clearance was 17 centimetres higher than her previous club record
set at Lee Valley Athletics Centre in February. That equalled her club record of 2.60m set at a
Southern Women's l;eague meeting at Oxford in August last year.
Hercules Wimbledon's Alex Bruce-Littlewood helped England to a team victory in the Home Countries cross
country international at Wollaton Park, Nottingham, on Saturday when he finished third out oif the 29
runners in the senior men's race in 32 minutes. He was 27 seconds behind the race winner and the third
scoring member of the winning English team.
Hercules Wimbledon's over 45 veteran Tom Cheetham continued his preparations for the Virgin Money
London Marathon next month by posting a fast time in the Hastings half-marathon on the Sussex coast on
Sunday. He was 11th in his age category in 1:26:58, just over half-a-minute slower than his best time
for the distance.
Another Hercules Wimbledon winner over the weekend was Chris Ore who headed home a 114 strong field to
win the Burgess Park parkrun in a personal best time of 17:12. It was his second successive victory in
six appearances in the Burgess Park event this year. The previous weekend he clocked a faster 17:08. He
won Saturday's race by almost half-a-minute.
Hercules Wimbledon's Olly Laws also won the Wimbledon Common event on Saturday beating almost 350
runners. Charles Hampden-Smith was fourth veteran over 50 finisher in 20:27. Emilie Bokor-Ingram was
fourth woman finisher in 21:17 with over 45 veteran Lisa Thomas fifth woman in 21:36. Not far behind
was Charles Lawrie who was second veteran over 60 in 22:17. Meanwhile, Hercules Wimbledon's David
Scrimshaw was second out of more than 200 runners in the Rushcliffe Park parkrun in Nottingham in
Hercules Wimbledon teenager Jack Collins was third out of 353 runners in the Richmond Park parkrun in
18:15. It was his highest placing in nine appearances in the event although he was 17 seconds slower
than his personal best set last September. The 16-year-old's previous best placing was fourth also in
September last year. He was just 37 seconds behind the race winner. Another Hercules Wimbledon teenager
in the event, Alex Lloyd-Jones was 14th iu 19:35 with Amelia Casey, one of the youngest runners in the
event, sixth in the women's race in 23:01.
Hercules Wimbledon's veteran over 45 runners Lisa Thomas had another record-breaking weekend. After
finishing fifth in the women's race in the Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday, she was runner-up in
the women's race in Perserverance half-marathon in Richmond on Sunday in 1:39:02, a Hercules Wimbledon
veteran women's over 45 record. It was the longest race of her athletics career and her time smashed
the previous club record of 1:44:00 set by Alison Purnell at Henley in January 2011.
First Hercules Wimbledon finisher was over 45 veteran Stephen McDuell who clocked a personal best time
of 1:28:52. It improved on his previous best set in 2009. Gina Galbraith clocked a personal best time
in finishing 138th overall out of more than 3000 runners in 1:30:45. Mike Leigh clocked a Hercules
Wimbledon men's veteran over 70 record of 1:57:48.
Also on the road, Hercules Wimbledon's Kieran White clocked his fastest time for two years when he
finished 33rd out of more than 2000 runners in the B&Q Eastleigh 10km road race on Sunday in 33:00.
He was 34seconds outside his best time set in the Honington event in 2012. He was also fourth over 35
veteran to finish. Also at Eastleigh, clubmate Matt Sharp was 46th in 33:29. He was 27 seconds outside
his best time for the distance set last year.
Hercules Wimbledon's road runners will be in action in the final East Surrey League event of the season
at Poole Road Recreation Ground, West Ewell, next Thursday (April 3rd). The races will be run over a
four mile circuit.and start at 7pm.
18-03-14 - CLUB MOURNS PASSING OF ITS PRESIDENT
The world of athletics is mourning the loss of Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club president David
Littlewood, MBE, who died on Sunday, aged 76.
Littlewood was one of the sport's top officials. He received the England Athletics Services to
Officiating Award in 2012. He had been involved in athletics as a competitor and official for more than
60 years. He was a familiar figure at international meetings both at home and abroad and was UKA's
representative on the IAAF Technical Committee.
He was Out of Stadium Competition Director at the 2012 London Olympics, responsible for overseeing the
marathon and the race walking events. He was the Virgin London marathon men's race referee for almost
30 years and was scheduled to officiate at this year's race on April 13th. He celebrated his 73rd
birthday in 2010 by receiving his MBE from the Queen, awarded in recognition of his volunteer service
Littlewood officiated at numerous Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth events and his involvement
extended right across athletics . At the time of his death he was honorary secretary of the English
Schools Athletics Association, a post he held since 1992. Since 1981, he was Chairman of the
British Technical Officials’ Committee and Honorary Secretary of the UK Rules Revision Group with
responsibility for producing the UK Athletics Rulebook every two years.
He was a lifelong member of Hercules Wimbledon AC and after serving as treasurer for a record 43 years
was elected president in 2004. He was also a vice-president of Surrey County AA . He never forgot the
grass roots of athletics and regularly supported Surrey, club and other domestic events, international
Littlewood had been seriously ill for three months before his death. His interest in athletics was
kindled as a teenager when he was a pupil at Battersea Grammar School on the edge of Tooting Bec
Common. He was a talented sprinter and long jumper and represented London in the English schools
championships in the 1950's He was a regular competitor in the Surrey championships up till 1963.
Tributes have been pouring in. Cherry Alexander, MBE, head of international competition with UK
Athletics said: "British Athletics has today lost a very dear friend. David was a remarkable man. As a
volunteer in our sport, he was a loyal servant and his work impacted positively on many lives.
"There is no doubt his contribution to schools athletics helped many young athletes fulfil their dreams
and he was instrumental in delivering world class English School Championships, across all disciplines.
"David was a long standing member of the IAAF Technical Committee, the International Panel of photo
finish judges and an International Technical Officer. He officiated all over the world and made many
friends who held him in high esteem. His athletics technical expertise and knowledge was incomparable
and had a significant impact on improving our sport, a sport which David treasured.
"His work for athletics transcended various governing bodies in the UK and he was the font of all
knowledge when it came to rules from domestic to international. He was a mentor of the highest order
for his colleagues.
"Overall, we have lost a very dear friend. The impact he has had on many of our lives is
immeasurable. We will all miss David very much."
England Athletics Chief Executive Chris Jones said, “David was a tremendous servant of the sport. His
expertise, work and friendship were valued by people throughout athletics. Today is a very, very sad
day for those who knew David well. There are also many people whose involvement in the sport has been
the better for the contribution that David made.
"He was an exemplar of what it is possible for a volunteer to contribute to the sport in terms of
skills, dedication and enthusiasm. Our sport is the poorer for his passing."
11-03-14 - YOUNGSTERS' MEET COMES TO WIMBLEDON
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's prestigious Young Athletes open meeting, which was staged for the
first time more than 30 years ago, will be held for the first time at the club's Wimbledon Park track
headquarters next month.
Many future Olympic and international athletes have used the Hercules Wimbledon meeting as a stepping
stone on their paths to top flight athletics. The meeting itself is one of the largest of its kind and
last year attracted more than 700 athletes. Up till now it has been staged at the Crystal Palace
National Sports Centre but the club committee took the decision to transfer it to Wimbledon Park to
increase the focus on its home track.
Teenager Adam Gemeli, who reached the 100m semi-final on his Olympic debut in London in 2012made a
double appearance at the Hercules Wimbledon Young Athletes meeting in 2011 when he won the under 20 100
and 200m in 10.75 and 22.02 seconds, which are currently the meeting records for the event.
Past winners also include Olympic sprinter Montelle Douglas, who still holds the women's under 17 100
and 200m records of 11.9 and 24.6 she set in 2002 while another Olympian Emeka Udechuku still holds the
men's under 17 shot and discus records of 18.03 and 57.18m he set in 1995.
One of the longest standing meeting records meeting records was set by Olympic marathon runner Mark
Steinle. As a 12-year-old, he set the under 13 boys 1500m record of 4:41.5 in 1987.
This year's Hercules Wimbledon Young Athletes meeting will be staged on Sunday, April 6th, starting at
11am. Details of the meeting, which is for youngsters aged from 10 to 19 and attracts entries from all
over the country, along with an entry form can be found here...
Marathon runner Claire Grima continued her preparations for this year's Virgin Money London event by
helping Surrey to the bronze medals in the senior women's race at the UK Inter-Counties cross country
championships at Cofton Park, Birmingham, on Saturday. She was the sixth scoring member of the team
finishing 81st and covering the eight kilometres course in 31:43, less than four minutes behind the
Hercules Wimbledon expect to have two husband and wife teams in the London race. Claire will be joined
by her husband David while club chairman Dave Clarke, three times English senior men's cross country
champion, will be running alongside his wife, Francesca. They continued their preparations for London
by racing in the Milton Keynes half-marathon on Sunday. Dave was the top over 50 finisher in 1:32:53,
with Francesca clocking a lifetime best of 1:32:52 finishing fourth in the women's over 40 category and
13th in the women's race.
Hercules Wimbledon top veteran over 45 woman Lisa Thomas continued her impressive run of races when she
once again beat her club age group record in the Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's Surrey title-winning senior men's team are in action in the outh of
England 12-stage road relay championship at Milton Keynes on Sunday.
4-03-14 - TEENAGER MILLER STORMS TO NATIONAL TITLE
Teenage sprinter Rechmial Miller made history when he raced to victory in the England indoor
championships in Sheffield on Saturday to become Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club 's first national
champion for more than three decades.
Miller posted a lifetime best time of 6.94 seconds as he stormed to victory in the men's under 17
60m at the English Institute of Sport to see off the challenge from Scot Cameron Tindle by a
comfortable four-hundredths of a second.
Miller was favourite for at least a medal after the 15-year-old clocked the joint fastest time in
winning his semi-final in 6.97, the joint fastest of the 24 sprinters in that round with Doncaster's
Joe McGrath equalling the time in winning his race. In the final, though, where young Miller ran a
superb race, it was Scot Tindle and not McGrath who proved to be his closest challenger.
Miller made a cautious start to his campaign as he was only sixth fastest of the 63 first round
sprinters winning his heat in 7.08 but then, he speeded up in both of the following rounds to take the
gold medal. His winning time was one-hundredth of a second faster than he managed in winning the South
of England title at Lee Valley in January.
More impressively, though, he was the first Hercules Wimbledon national champion for 34 years. It was
in 1980 that fellow teenager, Mike Powell, won the national indoor under 20 60m title wearing Hercules
Wimbledon colours in 6.85, and then went on to represent Britain at international level. Two years
earlier, Dave Clarke, the current Hercules Wimbledon chairman, completed a hat-trick of wins in taking
the English senior men's cross country title.
Miller's younger brother, Chad, who is also coach by their father, Paul, three times Surrey 100m senior
men's champion between 1986 and 1989, did well to reach the final of the boys under 15 60m where he was
seventh in a lifetime best of 7.45. He only just scraped through as a fastest loser finishing fifth inn
his semi-final in 7.51 after taking third place in his heat in 7.55. So, like his elder brother, he
also went faster in each round. Also like his brother, he also posted his previous best time at the
South of England indoor championships in January where he took the silver medal in the boys under 15
60m final in 7.49.
A third Hercules Wimbledon athlete to reach a national final was Theo Etiene who raced to seventh place
in the men's under 20 60m final in 6.86. Earlier, he posted a faster 6.82 in finishing runner-up in his
semi-final and was the fastest of the 63 first round runners in winning his heat in 6.88.
On a good weekend for Hercules Wimbledon, three other runners broke club records. Continuing her
build-up for the Virgin Money London marathon, Claire Grima broke her own club record in the Reading
half-marathon on Sunday. She took almost a minute off her previous best time in finishing 20th in the
women's race in 1:19:46. Her previous best of 1:22:43 was set when she finished fourth in the Brighton
half-marathon in February last year. Completing a hat-trick of women record-breakers was Alison Purnell
who set new club figures for the over 50 age group in the Self Transcendence 10km road race in
Battersea Park on Saturday of 1:17:56.
In Saturday's Wimbledon Common parkrun 5km event, Lisa Thomas broke her own Hercules Wimbledon veteran
women's over 45 record for the second successive weekend in winning the women's race in 20:30. Her time
took 13 seconds off the previous best she set seven days earlier. Elsewhere, Liam White headed home a
237-strong field to win the Bristol parkrun in 17:10and Peter Riches and Zac Purnell were top two
finishers in the junior parkrun 2km event in Wimbledon Park on Sunday in 7:46 and 7:53.
This weekend, two Hercules Wimbledon's cross country runners will be representing Surrey in the UK
Inter-Counties cross country championships at Cofton Park, Birmingham, on Saturday. Claire Grima runs
in the senior women's race, with Matt Gibbons competing in the boys under 15 event. Two other Hercules
Wimbledon runners Oscar White (boys under 13)and Cassian Hyde (men's under 17) have been named as
25-02-14 - VET GALBRAITH HEADS WOMEN'S PARKRUNNERS
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club 's veteran women's road runner Gina Galbraith clocked her best time
for two years when she headed home the women's field in Saturday's Wimbledon Common 5km parkrun. She
clocked 20 minutes 42 seconds to win a personal battle with clubmate Lisa Thomas by just one second.
Galbraith, 37, was 25 seconds faster than she managed in winning the women's event in the Wimbledon
Common parkrun on January 25th, but was 15 seconds slower than her best time for the course set in
October 2012. There was some consolation for Thomas who set a Hercules Wimbledon veteran women's over
45 record and post the event's top age-graded performance.
Top Hercules Wimbledon finisher in the Wimbledon Common event was Peter Collins, who was second veteran
over 40 finisher taking fifth place out of 252 finishers in 18:43. Adam Harwood was ninth in 19:17.
Charles Hampden-Smith was third veteran over 50 finisher in 21:12 and Charles Lawrie top veteran over
60 finisher in 23:31.
Over 45 veteran marathon runner, Tom Cheetham, had a successful weekend when he was the first over 40
veteran in the Capital Runners 10km event in Richmond Park on Sunday in 40:33. Overall, he was fifth
out of almost 350 runners. The previous day, he clocked a personal best time in the Bishop's park,
Fulham, parkrun where he was 12th out of almost 200 runners in 18:57. His time was 16 seconds faster
than his previous best set when finishing 16th at the beginning of February.
Also on the road, Hercules Wimbledon's over 35 veteran Oliver Evans was 67th out of 1285 runners in the
Old Deer Park half-marathon in 1:26:11.
In the Richmond Park parkrun, teenager Jack Collins finished fifth out of 340 runners in 18:41. He was
the top under 19-year-old in the event. In nearby Old Deer Park parkrun, teenager Daniel Illis was the
top 14-year-old to finish in 21:41 where he was seventh out of 45 finishers.
Hercules Wimbledon runners performed well in the English national cross country championships in
Wollaton Park, Nottingham, when they were the third Surrey League team to finish. They were led home in
the senior men's 12km race by Matthew Sharp who was 203rd out of 1657 finishers in 41:28. Fred Slemeck
was 252nd in 42:03, Jonathan Cornish 307th in 42:37, Ben Toomer 310th in 42:40, Rob Tuer 324th in 42:50
and Alex Robinson 342nd in 43:05.
On the track, Hercules Wimbledon Alison Murray was runner-up in the over 35 pole vault in a Masters
Indoor Inter-Area match at Lee Valley Athletics Centre on Sunday. Cleared 2.60m with her only attempt
before withdrawing from the competition because the pole was too soft. She also ran the third leg for
the winning 4x200m relay team. Her efforts helped the South win the match.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's cross country runners complete their club winter programme with a
match in Richmond Park against hosts Ranelagh Harriers and Milocarians. The race, over 3.73 miles,
starts from near the Pembroke Lodge car park at 3pm.
18-02-14 - MUM CLAIRE BREAKS HALF-MARATHON RECORD
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's marathon-running mum Claire Grima continued her build up for April's
Virgin Money London Marathon by smashing her lifetime best half-marathon time in the Brighton
half-marathon on Sunday. She also broke her own Hercules Wimbledon club record in the process.
Claire was the second woman finisher as she crossed the line 75th out of almost 7000 runners in one
hour 20 minutes 43 seconds. Her time took 50 seconds off her previous best and club record set at
Bristol last September. Her time ranks 36-year-old Claire seventh among over 35 UK veterans this year
and 14th in the 2014 UK women's rankings.
It was a family day at the seaside for the Grima family as husband Dave finished ahead of his Mrs in
36th place in 1:17:45, just 10 seconds outside his best time for the distance also set in Bristol last
year while his brother Alex was 670th in 1:34:24, just under 10 minutes outside his best time set in
Brighton last year. A fourth Hercules Wimbledon runner in the race was Andrew Blake who was 231st in
Also on the road, Hercules Wimbledon's over 45 veteran Lisa Thomas made an impressive debut in the
Valentine's 10km road raced at Chessington on Sunday where she was the first finisher in her age group
in 41:40 and ninth overall in the women's race. It was also her first race over the distance. Top
Hercules Wimbledon finisher was Kieran White who took sixth place out of more than 400 runners in 33:34
with a third Hercules Wimbledon runner, Richard Clark, 167th in 46:43.
It was Lisa's second race of the weekend. On Saturday, she was first woman finisher in the Wimbledon
Common parkrun in 21:20. She was 11th overall out of 145 runners. Race winner as her Hercules Wimbledon
clubmate Phil Glynn who clocked 18:32, 25 seconds ahead of the second finisher. It was his second win
in 11appearance in the Wimbledon Common event. His last success was in September 2012, the last time he
took part in the event. Charles Hampden-Smith was the second veteran over 50 finisher in 21:19.
On the track, Hercules Wimbledon's over 65 veteran Pete Giles won two gold medals in the Southern
Counties veterans indoor championships at Lee Valley Athletics Centre on Sunday. He won the 1500 and
3000m in 5:59.47 and 12:30.27 and also took the bronze medal in the 800m in 2:50:05.
Hercules Wimbledon athletes enjoyed mixed fortunes in the Surrey Indoor Championships at the David Weir
Leisure Centre, Carshalton, on Sunday. Teenager Theo Etienne was just pipped on the line in the under
20 60m final and had to settle for the silver medal in 6.85, the same time as the winner. He won his
first round heat in 6.94 was the fastest of the five qualifiers in winning his semi-final in 6.86.
Fresh from his lifetime best in the British Athletics Indoor Championships at Sheffield the previous
weekend, Max Mondelli withdrew from the event as a precautionary measure after suffering a slight
muscle twinge in winning his heat in 6.95, the third fastest time of the 10 semi-final qualifiers. In
the senior 60m Joseph Chukwuadinula had the misfortune to be disqualified for a false start in his
semi-final after finishing second in his heat in 7.06. Emily Martin took the silver medal in the senior
women's long jump with 5.58m while David Odumeru took the bronze medal in the boys under 13 60m in a
personal best of 8.60 in his first athletics competition. Earlier he was second in his heat in 8.80.
Several other Hercules Wimbledon athletes just missed out on medals. In her first competition since the
end of August, Chloe Lord was fourth in the under 15 girls 60m hurdles in10.26, David Harris was
fourth in the senior men's pole vault with 2.40m, and Ralphael Buckle was fourth in the boys under 15
60m in 7.48 after finishing second in his semi-final in a personal best of 7.41.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's Surrey title-winning senior men's cross country runners end their
season by competing in the English National cross country championships at Wollaton Park, Nottingham on
Saturday. The Surrey winning team of Ben Toomer, Liam White, Kieran White, James Davis, Rob Tuer and
Matt Sharp, is being strengthened with the availability of Fred Slemeck. Hercules Wimbledon will also
have a team in the senior women's championship and runners in some of the age group races.
11-02-14 - MONDELLI POSTS FINE PB IN BRITISH CHAMPS
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's talented teenage sprinter Max Mondelli excelled at the British
Athletic Indoor Championships at Sheffield on Saturday despite suffering from a heavy head cold.
Mondelli, 18, a pupil at King's College School, Wimbledon, was the second youngest of the 35
competitors in the senior men's 60m but was not overawed by the strength of the opposition. He came up
against British number one James Dasaolu in his first round heat and while Dasolu cruised to a
comfortable win, Mondelli managed to make it through to the semi-final round as he posted a lifetime
best time of 6.85 seconds in taking fourth spot. He was 15th of the 24 qualifiers so his prospects of
making it through to the final did not look great.
His previous best of 6.85 was set when finishing fifth in the South of England championships at Lee
Valley athletics centre last month. In between his heat and final, Mondelli covered his head in a large
towel and inhaled a steamy vapour in a bid to ease the effects of his head cold as well as doing much
needed school homework.
His aim was to try and improve his lifetime best and, putting the towel and his homework to one side,
he again managed to finish fourth but his time of 6.88 was slightly slower than his heat time. His
first round effort ranks him in the top 10 amongst Britain's teenagers this year in eighth place.
Away from the warm environment of the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield, Hercules Wimbledon's
women's cross country team ended their 2013/14 programme on a high with their best performance of the
season in the final Max Sports Surrey Ladies League meeting in muddy Lloyd Park, Croydon.
Marathon-running mum Claire Grima led the team to its top effort with her best-ever individual placing
in a league race. She took second spot out of 167 runners in the Division One match in 33:30. The four
remaining members of Hercules Wimbledon's five-strong team packed well with Emilie Bokor-Ingram and
Lisa Thomas 35th and 37th both in 37:42, Gina Galbraith 40th in 37:57 and Eileen Brandley 44th in
38:12. Showing their strength in depth, 14 Hercules Wimbledon runners completed the course and the club
managed to take second spot in the B team competition. Hercules Wimbledon's Isabelle Ellis was 19th out
of 56 runners in the young athletes 2.5 miles race in 18:33.
Without one of their leading runners, Kieran White, who got stuck in the traffic on the way to the
race, Hercules Wimbledon's senior men finished seventh in the final 2XU Surrey cross country league
meeting in Richmond Park but managed to take a solid fourth spot overall out of the nine competing
teams. It was another member of their Surrey title-winning team, Liam White, who led the Hercules
Wimbledon team home finishing 20th in 31:49 with Matt Sharp 25th in 32:00, Joe Clark 44th in 32:55,
Alex Robinson 49th in 33:04 and Rob Tuer 61st in 33:29. Other members of the scoring team of 10 were
Jonathan Cornish, 81st out of more than 200 finishers in 34:19, Alexie Calvert-Ansari 95th in 34:52,
Stuart Fraser 111th in 35:23, Sean Crummy 123rd in 35:59 and Belal Aly 150th in 38:15.
Peter Riches was third in the under 13 race in 18:52 ahead of Daniel Illis (fifth in 19:20) and George
Trimm (10th in 20:37), leading the Hercules Wimbledon team to second spot.
Hercules Wimbledon's Joe Toomey headed home a 225-strong field in the Wimbledon Common parkrun on
Saturday in 17:53. It was his first victory in the Wimbledon Common event since November 2011 when he
clocked a faster 17:33.Milan Misak was fourth in 18:50 with Adam Harwood eighth in 19:24. Lisa Thomas,
who later in the day competed in the cross country league race in Croydon, was second woman in 21:00.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's athletes are chasing titles and medals in the annual Surrey indoor
championships at trhe David Weir Leisure Centre at Carshalton.
5-02-14 - SHARP BOUNCES BACK TO WIN AT DULWICH
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's Matt Sharp bounced back from a bout of 'flu which forced him to miss
the previous weekend's South of England cross country championships to head home a field of more than
200 runners in the Dulwich parkrun on Saturday. He crossed the finishing line in 16 minutes 12 seconds
in his first parkrun of 2014 but was 21seconds outside his best time for the Dulwich event.
Sharp, 34, a member of Hercules Wimbledon's Surrey title-winning cross country team, posted his seventh
win in 11 appearances at Dulwich. He posted the second best age-graded performance of the day and also
headed home a Hercules Wimbledon one-two as his clubmate, fellow Surrey winning team member and
training partner Rob Tuer took second spot in 16:38, just three seconds outside his best time for the
Sharp and Tuer opted to run in Dulwich rather than the East Surrey cross country relays which were
staged on a waterlogged Wimbledon Common where several runners took tumbles in the slippery, muddy,
going. Fastest member of the Hercules Wimbledon team which finished in third spot was Sean Crummy who
ran the opening leg in 10:54. Over 50 veteran Pete Clarke clocked 11:07 with Andrew Davies (12:00) and
Peter Collins (13:09), who ran in the Wimbledon Common parkrun earlier in the day, completing the team.
Collins was fourth out of 284 parkrun competitors in 19:26
Hercules Wimbledon's Lisa Thomas, who was first woman to finish the parkrun in 21:06, also turned out
in the East Surrey League event where she clocked 12:58 for the C team. Over 50 veteran Charles
Hampden-Smith clocked 12:16 in the second leg for the C team and also competed earlier in the Wimbledon
Common parkrun where he was 25th in 21:33. He was third in the over 50 age category.
Jake Blayney (12:01) was the fastest member of the Hercules Wimbledon young athletes team which
finished seventh in the East Surrey League event. Caspar Parsons was seventh in the under 13 1.9 miles
race in 13:10.
Hercules Wimbledon's Medena Knespl broke the club women's five miles road running record when she
finished 64th out of more than 1750 runners in the Super Sunday Run for Cancer event in Boston, USA.
Her time of 30:16 shaved there seconds off the old record set by international race walker Estle
Viljoen at Wimbledon Park on April 1999.
Also on the road, Tom Cheetham was sixth in the Nonsuch Park 10km road race in 38:18 with Tom Morris
second in the over 55 veteran category in the Mornington Chasers 10km road race in Regents Park in
45:06. Andrew Blake was 194th out of 1752 finishers in the Watford half-marathon in 1:28:38.
Chris Ore was third out of 122 runners in the Burgess Park parkrun in 17:53. Jack Collins was eighth
out of of almost 200 runners in the Richmond Park parkrun in 18:44 with Zoe Illis third woman finisher
in 20:58. Her brother Daniel was not far behind finishing in 21:13. James Hodgkinson was fourth in the
Old Deer Park parkrun in 20:35. while Felix Allen was also eighth in the Bishop's Park, Fulham event in
18:30 with Tom Cheetham 15th out of the 185 finishers in 19:13.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are in action in in cross country league races. The men compete in the
final 2XU Surrey League Division One race in Richmond Park. The young athletes race starts at 2.30pm
with the senior race due off at 3pm. The races start and finish near the Pembroke Lodge car park.
Hercules Wimbledon's women compete in the final Max Sports meeting in Lloyd Park, Croydon. The senior
women's race starts at 12noon followed by races for the younger age groups.
28-01-14 - YOUNG ETIENNE BEATS SPRINTING CZECHS
Another of Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's young sprinters, teenager Theo Etienne, stole the
limelight when he competed in an indoor meeting in the Czech Republic on Saturday.
Etienne, 17, made a flying start to his 2014 racing programme when he twice improved on his best 60m
sprint times in his opening competition of the year. First he won his heat in 6.85 seconds and then,
later in the afternoon, he stormed to victory in the final in 6.76, to put him among the top 12 British
indoor sprinters this year. His performance also ranks him third in the under 20 age group.
Etienne, who took the men's under 17 bronze medal in last year's England indoor 60m championship, twice
improved on his previous best time of 6.89 posted at an indoor meeting at Lee Valley Athletics Centre
at the beginning of December when he dipped under seven seconds for the first time.
He was among the youngest of the 44 sprinters in action mostly from Poland and the Czech Republic and
he outshone his Hercules Wimbledon rivals Max Mondelli and Rechmial Miller, who were also competing in
the indoor meeting in Jablonec organised by the T J Liaz club who were hosting a dozen Hercules
Wimbledon athletes as part of a continuing exchange between the two clubs. Etienne now tops the
Hercules Wimbledon 60m rankings.
Mondelli, who has been selected to compete in the British indoor championships at Sheffield next month
after clocking 6.87 in the Metaswitch Games at Lee Valley at the beginning of January, was also among
the eight finalists in Jablonec. He finished seventh in 6.96 after winning his heat in the same time.
Competing in the London Indoor Games at Lee Valley on Sunday, another Hercules Wimbledon sprinter
Philip Mauge posted a lifetime best of 6.98 in winning his second round race. His previous best was 702
set at Crystal Palace in December. He also won his heat at Lee Valley in 7.04 twice smashed his
Fresh from winning the South of England under 17 60m title, Miller reached the 60m B final but was
overshadowed by his Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Joe Chukwuadinula who won the race in 7.00. Miller
clocked 7.10 in finishing fourth. Earlier he was second in his heat in 7.04.Chukwuadinula, who twice
improved on his previous best of 7.12 achieved on his indoor debut at Crystal Palace last month, was
third in his heat in 7.06. Sean Hall was runner-up in the 800m in 1:57.73 and fourth fastest in the
400m in 50.86.
Hercules Wimbledon's senior men produced their best team performance since lifting the title in 1970
when they finished 12th in the South of England cross country championships staged over 15km in
challenging muddy conditions at Parliament Hill Fields on Saturday. The solid team effort was achieved
despite the absence of three of the Surrey title-winning team, Ben Toomer, Liam White and Matt Sharp.
Sharp cried off with illness on the morning of the race.
Fred Slemeck led the team home finishing 41st of almost 1000 runners in 55:11 with Kieran White 84th in
57:40, Joe Clark 105th in 58:22, Jonathan Cornish 119th in 58:50, Rob Tuer 155th in 59:58 and Phil
Glynn completing the scoring six finishing 192nd in 61:09. Matthew Gibbons was a good 43rd out of 258
runners in the boys under 15 4.5km race in 17:25 while Oscar White was 45th out of 284 runners in the
boys under 13 3km race in 12:48.
Best of the Hercules Wimbledon women in action at Parliament Hill Fields was Zoe Illis who was 82nd out
of 151 runners in the women's under 17 5km race in 24:21.
second best time of the 12 runners and then went even faster to clock 7.49 to take the silver medal in
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon host the annual East Surrey League cross country relays on Wimbledon
They start near the corner of North View and West Place at 2pm. The under 13's run two miles, the other
younger age groups run in teams of three while the seniors comprise teams of four with each runner
covering two miles.
21-01-14 - SPRINTING BROTHERS' MEDAL DOUBLE
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's sprinting brothers both lifted medals in the South of England indoor
championships at Lee Valley Athletics Centre on Sunday.
Rechmiel Miller, 15, twice improved on his lifetime best in sprinting his way to the gold medal in the
men's under 17 60m and soaring to the top of this year's UK rankings for his age group. He gave an
impressive display going faster in each of his three rounds. In the first round he clocked 7.13
seconds, the second fastest of the 48 competitors in the opening round. Miller then set himself up as
favourite for the title in speeding up to clock 7.06 to win his semi-final race and post the fastest
times of all 24 runners, three-hundredths of a second faster than the second best sprinter. He also
smashed his previous personal best of 7.12 set in the Surrey indoor championships last February.
However, he still had fuel in the tank for his third race of the day, the final. There, he raced home a
comfortable winner in 6.95, the fastest time by a British 17-year-old this year, to win by
six-hundredths of a second. It was his debut appearance in the South of England indoor championships
although he did take the 100m bronze medal in the South of England championships at Ashford, Kent, last
Meanwhile, his younger brother Chad, was also battling his way to a medal-winning performance in the
boys under 15 60m. Chad, 13, improved on his lifetime best of 7.98 in the heats of last year's Surrey
indoor championships in winning his heat at Lee Valley in 7.61, the fastest of the 20 first round
sprinters. He also emulated his older brother by going faster in each subsequent round. He speeded up
to 7.55 in his semi-final, the second best time of the 12 runners and then went even faster to clock
7.49 to take the silver medal in the final.
The Miller brothers come from good stock. Their father Paul gained a hat-trick of Surrey senior men's
100m title winning at Motspur Park in 1986 in 11.0, at Tooting Bec in 1987 in the same time and again
at Tooting Bec in 1989 in a slower 11.2 He was also junior men's 100m champion in 1983. His best 100m
time was 10.7 set in 1985 and equalled the following year.
Fellow Hercules Wimbledon sprinter Ralphael Buckle just failed to make the final in finishing fourth in
semi-final in a lifetime best of 7.61. Earlier, he has won his heat in 7.69, the second fastest of the
first round qualifiers. However, Buckle, 14, twice improved on his previous best of 7.73 set in winning
his event at an indoor meeting at Sutton earlier this month. Miller senior coaches Buckle and his two
Despite managing to post a lifetime best time, Max Mondelli just failed to get among the medals in the
men's under 20 60m. He was third fastest of the competitors in winning his heat in 6.97, was second in
his semi-final in 6.90 where he as fifth best and then finished fifth in the final in 6.86 to improve
by one-hundredths of a second on his previous best set at Lee Valley earlier this month.
Mondelli and Rechmiel Miller are among a dozen Hercules Wimbledon athletes off to take part in an
indoor meeting in the Czech Republic this weekend. Also in the party are Surrey 100 and 200m
representative Dwayne Cowan, England under 17 indoor 60m bronze medallist Theo Etienne, and English
schools 100m finalist last summer, and Sean Hall, the club's fastest 800m runner.
This is the latest international exchange organised by long-serving club official Maurice Sharp. They
fly out from Gatwick on Friday to compete in a meeting organised by the T J Liaz club in Jablonnec.
Athletes from the club took part in Hercules Wimbledon's young athletes open meeting at Crystal Palace
last April. Two years ago, Sharp took a party of Hercules Wimbledon athletes to Cuba where they trained
alongside Cuba's Olympic hopefuls.
Sharp's first overseas trip was to East Germany in 1981. Subsequently, there have been trips to Norway,
Poland, France, Belgium and Spain, in addition to the Czech Republic and Cuba. Teams have also been
welcomed to London from these countries as well as Nicaragua, Portugal and Malta.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's Surrey title-winning cross country runners are in action in the
South of England cross country championships at parliament Hill Fields, North London, on Saturday,
while the club's youngsters will be competing in the final Surrey Sportshall League meeting at
Guildford's Spectrum Leisure Centre oin Sunday.
14-01-14 - SPRINTER MONDELLI HITS THE BIG TIME
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's teenage sprinter Max Mondelli has been invited to compete in the
televised Sainsbury's British Athletics senior indoor championships at Sheffield next month following a
flying start to his 2014 racing programme.
Mondelli, 18, received the invite after dominating the sprinters at the Metaswitch Games indoor meeting
at Lee Valley where he twice improved on his previous best 60m time, breaking the seven second barrier
for the first time. He won his first men's under 20 race by more than a metre in 6.90 seconds which was
not only the best of the 25 under 20 sprinters in action but was also faster than any of the 29 senior
men sprinters clocked.
He went even faster in his second race clocking 6.87 and now faces the biggest challenge of his
athletics career when he comes up against Britain's top Olympic and international sprinters.
Mondelli, a pupil at King's College School, Wimbledon, who is now being coached by Hercules Wimbledon's
former Cuban International Juan Hernandez, said: "I'm really thrilled at being invited to run at
Sheffield. This will be my biggest competition but it's going to be tough. I'm obviously going to do my
best but I expect to face some tough opposition and I don't expect to get beyond the first round."
The British Athletics Championships are being staged on the weekend of February 8th and 9th. His time
would have ranked him ninth among UK under 20 sprinters in 2013 and only one other UK under 20 sprinter
has run faster this year.
Mondelli will be one of youngest sprinters in action there. His times at Lee Valley bettered his
previous best 60m clocking on 7.06 which he set when taking the bronze medal in the Surrey under 17
championships at the David Weir Arena, Sutton.
This coming weekend he is returning to Lee Valley to compete in the South of England indoor
championships and the following weekend he is among a contingent of Hercules Wimbledon athletes
competing in an indoor meeting in Jablonec in the Czech Republic.
Sprinter Phillip Mauge was the best of a group of seven Hercules Wimbledon sprinters in action in the
Better Athletics Indoor Open Meeting at Crystal Palace. He was third fastest of 64 sprinter in the 60m
clocked 7.09 finishing second in his first round race.
With three of the Surrey senior men's title-winning team missing from the line-up, Hercules Wimbledon
finished down the field in the third of this season's 2XU Surrey Men's League meetings on a mud-covered
Wimbledon Common. The squad were led home by Fred Slemeck, who missed the Surrey championship, who was
ninth of 246 runners in 30:41. Ben Toomer, who headed the Surrey gold medal-winning team, was 22nd in
31:20, Jonathan Cornish 33rd in 31:56, Joe Clark 34th in 31:58, Matt Sharp 37th in 32:02 and Rob Tuer
51st in 32:40. The scoring 10 were completed by Phil Glynn (80th in 33:57), David Grima (109th in
35:08), Stuart Fraser (119th in 35:31) and James Moorcroft (142nd in 36:45).
Teenagers Cassian Hyde boosted their chances of making the Surrey teams for the UK Inter-Counties
Championships at Birmingham in March. Hyde was runner-up in the under 17 race in 13:56, while Gibbons
was second under 15 finisher in 14:21. Oscar White had another good run taking third place in the under
13 race in 16:11.
Marathon-running mum Claire Grima kept up her push for a place in Surrey senior women's team for
Birmingham by finishing fifth in the Max sports Surrey Ladies League Division One race on Wimbledon
Common in 32:15while Zoe Illis was top woman finisher in the Richmond Park parkrun in 20:41. Overall
she was 19th out of 371 runners as she got within one second of her best time.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's cross country runners are in action in an inter-club cross country
match in Richmond Park, hosted by the Bank of England, and starting from close to Roehampton Gate at
2.30pm on Saturday. Some of Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters will be competing in the Surrey Schools
cross country championships in Priory Park, Reigate, on Saturday morning.
7-01-14 - CROSS RUNNERS ARE SURREY CHAMPIONS
Hercules Wimbledon's senior men's cross country runners made history when they won the Surrey senior
men's team cross country title for the first time in more than three decades at Denbies Vineyard,
Dorking, on Saturday.
All but one of the six-strong team had yet to be born when the yellow and red-hoop vested Hercules
Wimbledon runners last won the title back in January 1979 at Lloyd Park, Croydon. Hercules Wimbledon
also won the team title at Camberley the previous season while Dave Clarke, who went on to win three
English national senior men's titles, and is now Hercules Wimbledon chairman, was Surrey senior men's
champion at Coulsdon in December 1990.
Clarke was on hand to witness the historic team win which was achieved in the most testing conditions
of slippery mud and slime most of the runners had experienced. Heavy overnight rain plus the impact of
the hundreds of runners in the previous seven races turned the course into a sticky quagmire in places.
Fortunately, by the time the senior men's 12km race was due to start the rain had stopped, the gusty
wind had abated and conditions were perfect for cross country running. At the end of the first three
laps, with some solid packing, Hercules Wimbledon team manager Fred Green calculated the team title was
in the bag by some margin and although some of the sextet slipped back on the second and third laps,
Hercules Wimbledon in the end got home by a comfortable 44 points.
Hercules Wimbledon managed to take the team title despite missing two of their top runners. Fred
Slemeck and Alex Robinson, both members of the team that won the Surrey road relay title at Wimbledon
Park in September, were unavailable, Robinson because of injury. Rob Tuer, Kieran White and Matt Sharp
were also members of the triumphant road relay team so they have now added the cross country team title
to their collection.
Leading the gold medal-winning contingent was Hercules Wimbledon bespectacled debutant Ben Toomer who
finished 15th of the record 250-strong field in 45 minutes 10 seconds. Not far behind and running a
superb race after recovering from injury came Liam White, at 21, the youngest member of the squad who
was 17th in 45:27. Then came Kieran White, at 37 the only member of the team who was alive the last
time Hercules Wimbledon won. He was 19th in 45:31. James Davis (46:11), Rob Tuer (46:21) and Matt Sharp
(46:30) then finished in a line in 24th, 25th and 26th position to complete the scoring team to clinch
the gold medals. Impressively, by the time Hercules Wimbledon had closed in their team of six only one
other club had four finishers.
Backing up the scoring six were Joe Toomey and Joe Clark who were 39th and 40th in 47:39 and 47:43.
Hercules Wimbledon had a total of 18 runners in the senior men's race.
There were some good Hercules Wimbledon performances in some of the other races. Marathon running mum
Claire Grima, cheered on by sons Luca and Jasper and husband David, who later ran in the men's race,
clinched a place in the Surrey team to compete in the UK inter-counties championships at Birmingham in
March, by finishing sixth out of 149 runners in the senior women's 8km championship in 34:04. Over 45
veteran Lisa Thomas, running in the championships for the first time, finished a useful 35th in 38:09
with Gina Galbraith 56th in 39:46 and marathon running Fran Clarke 62nd in 40:10.
Hercules Wimbledon's Matthew Gibbons also clinched a place in the Surrey team by finishing fourth out
of 71 runners in the boys under 15 4.2km championship in 15:45, less than half-a-minute behind the
winner. Cassian Hyde may also have done enough to compete for Surrey in Birmingham by finishing seventh
in the men's under 17 6.5km championship in 22:29, just over a minute behind the winner.
Oscar White, who was a member of Surrey's bronze medal-winning team in the South of England
inter-counties meeting at Biggleswade last month, will have to waitn to see whether he'll be running in
Birmingham after finishing eighth out of almost 100 runners in the boys under 13 2.8km championship in
11:26. Peter Riches was 29th in 12:09
Al.ice Veevers was ninth in the women's under 20 championship in 29:41 with Zoe Illis and Emma Headley
clocking faster times of 26:55 and 27:07 finishing 11th and 12th in the under 17 women's championship
over the same 4.8km course.