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25-09-12 - HW QUALIFY FOR NATIONAL RELAY CHAMPS
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's silver medal-winning Surrey road relay team defied appalling weather conditions at Aldershot's Rushmoor Arena on Sunday to qualify for the England road relay championships being staged on Saturday, October 13th - and beat the Surrey champions in the process.
 
Pouring rain throughout the relay made conditions difficult to cope with but the Hercules Wimbledon squad rose to the challenge to finish in the top 25 in a faster time than they managed last year when the team took 19th spot.
First leg runner Kieran White got the team off to a solid start as he came in 30th of the 66 teams in 19 minutes 34 seconds, the joint fastest Hercules Wimbledon time of the miserable day. James Davis (19:58) slipped to 33rd place, a position held by Matt Sharp (20:21), having his second race of the weekend.
Alex Robinson, the fastest member of the Surrey title winning team in 2011, who missed this year's Surrey championship because of a calf injury, was clearly not fully recovered as he completed the fourth leg in 20:15, well below the 18:52 he clocked last season, hanging onto 33rd place.

Hercules Wimbledon had two strong runners on the final two legs. Liam White (19:43), who the previous week had anchored the team to silver medal position in the Surrey championships, gained eight places as he hoisted them into 25th on the penultimate leg with the third best Hercules Wimbledon time of the day, 19:43, before Andrew Penney equalled the best Hercules Wimbledon time of the day of 19:34 to lift the team to 23rd place, four places ahead of Surrey champions Herne Hill. Their total time was 1:59:25, four seconds faster than the Hercules Wimbledon team clocked in 2011 when they were 19th.

Rob Tuer (20:21), also having his second race of the weekend, was the fastest member of the Hercules Wimbledon B team which finished 46th in 2:08:28. First leg runner Phil Glynn was second fastest with 20:32.
Hercules Wimbledon's veterans over 40 team, winners of the silver medals at the Surrey championships, produced their best ever performance in the event in finishing 13th out of 26 teams. Anchor leg runner Peter Lee (22:10) clocked the fastest individual time. Other members of the team were Peter Collins (22:26), who ran in the Wimbledon Common parkrun the previous day, Stewart Bond (23:09) and Frank Wood (24:59).
Matt Sharp and Rob Tuer warmed up for Aldershot by running in the Dulwich Park parkrun on Saturday. Sharp headed home the 86-strong field in 16:20, two seconds outside his best time for the course, with Tuer third 20 seconds later. Tuer, the Surrey steeplechase silver medallist, chopped 54 seconds off his previous best time for the course set in June.
Phil Glynn, who ran two legs for the non-scoring Hercules Wimbledon B team on Sunday, also warmed up for Aldershot with a winning performance in the Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday. He was just four seconds outside his best time for the event as he led the 367-strong field home in 17:08. The field included a record 21 Hercules Wimbledon runners.

Alexie Calvert-Ansari was fourth in 18:12, Adam Harwood 11th in 18:32 and teenager Matthew Gibbons 19th in a personal best of 19:22, chopping 52 seconds off his previous best set a fortnight earlier. Peter Collins, who also ran at Aldershot on Sunday, was 21st in 19:27, with Charles Hampden-Smith 24th and second veteran over 50 in 19:46, four seconds ahead of David Harris. Chloe Hawkins produced a massive personal best as she finished fifth in the women's event in 20:57, a 65 second improvement on her previous best set at the end of June.

The parkrun marked the return to racing of marathon runner Claire Grima after giving birth to her second son, Jasper, eight weeks earlier. It was her first race since the final Surrey Ladies League meeting in February. She was eighth woman finisher in 21:54, some way off her best time of 18:07.

Father and son James and Sam Oswald clocked personal best times finishing 57th and 60th, respectively, in 21:08 and 21:14. Over 45 veteran James sliced 18 seconds off his previous best set the previous weekend while teenager Sam took 11 seconds off his previous best. Charles Lawrie was third veteran over 60 in 22:11.
Hercules Wimbledon's Steph Robson finished third in the women's event in the Crawley triathlon on Sunday in 1:23:52. She completed the 600m swim in 12:59, the 25km bike ride in 42:29 and the 6km cross country run in 25:09.
 
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18-09-12 - INJURY DASHES SURREY RELAY TITLE HOPES 

An untimely injury to the team's top runner dashed Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's hopes of successfully defending their Surrey senior men road relay title at Wimbledon Park on Saturday. The depleted team, however, did well to take the silver medals.

Alex Robinson, the fastest member of Hercules Wimbledon's winning team last year, with a time of 14 minutes 41 seconds for the three mile lap, was reduced to the role of spectator by a calf muscle injury. Had he run, he would certainly have bridged the 48 second gap by which Hercules Wimbledon just failed to hang onto the title. Robinson hopes to have recovered sufficiently from his injury to boost the Hercules Wimbledon team competing in the South of England road relay championships at Aldershot on Sunday.

The senior men's team fought gallantly on all six laps to secure a set of silver medals. Andrew Penney brought the team home in first place, ahead of the other 23 senior men's teams, clocking 14:41, four seconds faster than he ran last year, equalling Robinson's 2011 time and posting the third best time of the day. He handed over seven seconds clear of their nearest rivals and Matt Sharp (15:05) kept Hercules Wimbledon ahead on stage two with the lead a marginal eight seconds.

Robinson's replacement Alexie Calvert-Ansari (17:26) had a testing time as he slipped to fourth place almost two minutes behind the leaders. Although the fourth best Hercules Wimbledon time of he day of 15:16, Kieran was unable to make any impression on the leaders and was more than one-and-a-half minutes behind as he held fourth spot.
Fred Slemeck got Hercules Wimbledon back into medal contention with a fine 15:12 run on the penultimate leg.
 
Although Liam White (15:07) posted the second best Hercules Wimbledon time of the day, he was still 48 seconds down on the leaders as he brought Hercules Wimbledon home in silver medal position.

Surrey steeplechase silver medallist Rob Tuer (15:40) was the fastest member of the Hercules Wimbledon B team which finished in 10th place. Other members of the team were Sean Crummy (17:49), Alex Urban (17:04), Andrew Davies (17:16), Ben Palmer (18:25) and James Eden (16:45).

Hercules Wimbledon runners secured a hat-trick of silver medals. Pete Giles posted the fastest lap time of the day in leading the club's veterans over 60's team to silver medals as he headed the teams home on the opening leg with 18:03. Dave Betts (20:45) held first place on the second leg before Maurice Sharp (20:37) slipped to second place.

The veterans over 40 team also took silver. Peter Lee was the fastest member of the quartet finished second on the opening leg in 16:22. Stewart Bond (17:27) slipped outside the medals positions before Peter Collins (17:15) moved into bronze medal position with Stuart Fraser (16:50)securing silver medals on the anchor leg.

Hercules Wimbledon had two teams in the senior women's relay. First leg runner Amy Aronson (18:15) was fifth on the opening leg. Chloe Hawkins (20:09) slipped to sixth place, Marilena De Luca (22:47) to 10th with anchor stage runner Estle Viljoen (20:10) holding 10th spot. Anchor leg runner Fran Clarke (20:09) was the second fastest member of the B team which finished 13th. Angela Kikugawa (23:47) was 18th on the opening leg. Teenager Isabella Padt (19:52) posted the fastest time in moving up to 15th place on the second leg with Maire Gilmartin (21:10) gaining another place on stage three.

First leg runner Tom Morris (20:05) was the fastest member of the veterans over 50 team which finished 10th. Morris was ninth at the end of the first leg handing over to Tomo Kikugawa (11th in 23:25). Keith Hylands (11th in 21:59) and Dennis Williams (10th in 22:30) completed the team.

Hercules Wimbledon teenager Adam Magni posted a personal best shot putt throw of 13.55m when he competed in the English Schools intermediate boys octathlon championship at Bedford over the weekend. He added 43 centimetres to his previous best set when winning the London schools title at Battersea Park in June. Only the winner of the competition Nicholas Hunt from Dorset had a better shot putt effort.

However, Magni's total score was almost 200 points below what he achieved in finishing third in the English Schools South East Schools Championships meeting at Watford at the end of June. He finished 23rd out of 38 competitors at Bedford.

In points terms, his best individual effort came in the 100m hurdles at the start of the second day where he clocked 14.31 to gain 766 points compared with 701 in the shot. It was the 12th fastest of the 38 competitors and Magni, one of the youngest competitors in the event, has another years in this age group. His other efforts were 400m (55.52/578pts), long jump (5.42/465), 1500m (5:20.49/447), discus (26.79/402), high jump (1.50m/389), and javelin (28.69/281).
 
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11-09-12 - HERCULES WIMBLEDON DEFEND SURREY TITLE 

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's senior men defend the Surrey road relay title they won last year for the first time since the 1970's when the club hosts the county road relay championships at their Wimbledon Park track on Saturday.

The squad of Andrew Penney, Rory McMahon, Kieran White, Fred Slemeck, Phil Glynn and Alex Robinson made history with their triumph last year when they finished more than half-a-minute clear of rivals Thames Hare & Hounds. Most of the six will be running again on Saturday when Hercules Wimbledon will be fielding three teams in the senior men's relay over six laps of just under three miles.

There will also be raced over four laps for veteran men over 40 and over 50 and over three laps for men over 60. The women's and veterans over 35 championships will be over four laps with the women's veterans over 45 teams racing over three laps.

The men's over 60 and women's over 45 categories are being reintroduced this year. All seven championship battles start at 12noon and after leaving the track and Wimbledon Park follow a course along Wimbledon Park road and into Church Road, up the steep hill past the All England tennis club and then along St Mary's Road, Arthur Road and Home Park Road before re-entering Wimbledon Park.

The winning team in the women's relay will take approximately 75 minutes while the fastest senior men's team should complete the course in just over one-and-a-half hours. After the relays, awards will also be presented for the Surrey road league.

Alex Robinson and Liam White, who share the fastest Hercules Wimbledon times recorded on the course since the Surrey road relays were first staged there in 1998 of 14 minutes 38 seconds, warmed up for Saturday's contest by running in the Mattoni Grand Prix 10km road race in Prague, the Czech capital, last Saturday. Robinson finished 17th out of almost 4000 runners in 34:14 with White finishing 19th 18 seconds later.

Amy Aronson, who will be in the senior women's team going for medals on Saturday, prepared for the event by finishing third in the women's race in the Self Transcendence 10 miles road race at Battersea Park last Saturday in a personal best of 1:06:45. She was the first of five Hercules Wimbledon runner to finish at Battersea Park beat the first man from the club, Tom Cheetham, by 14 seconds.

Maurice Sharp was the first veteran over 60 in Battersea Park while Angela Kikugawa set a Hercules Wimbledon women's over 501:30:47 in winning her category.

Hercules Wimbledon athletes got among the medals in the Surrey championships meeting held at Sutton Arena last weekend. Rob Tuer chopped 11 seconds of his previous best in taking the silver medal in the 3000m steeplechase in 10:22.21. The Hercules Wimbledon quartet of Hamed Agboke, Mark Giraud, Joe Skinner and Dwayne Dowding took the senior men's 4x100m relay title while Adam Magni, Yakob Ysrayah, Alastair Donkin and Devonte Caseley-Hayford took the silver medals in the men's under 17 sprint relay.
Magni used the event as a final warm up for this weekend's English Schools intermediate boys Combined event championship being staged at Bedford. Heather Letley gained a personal best score of 2363 points in taking the silver medal in the senior women's heptathlon. Chloe Lord finished 11th in a high standard girls under 13 pentathlon with 2363 points, the second best score ever achieved by a Hercules Wimbledon athlete. She got off to a flying start winning her strongest event, the 70m hurdles in 12.42. The hurdles was the only one of the four events she had previously contested. She also long jumped 3.62m, threw the shot 5.91m, high jumped 1.05m and completed the 800m in 2:52.55.

Hercules Wimbledon's Matt Sharp clocked a personal best of 16:18 in winning the Dulwich Park parkrun last Saturday.
 
He sliced six seconds off his previous best for the course. In her first race since finishing 22nd in the women's race in the Virgin London marathon in April, Ruth Clifton was first women in the Wimbledon Common parkrun in 18:26. First of 18 Hercules Wimbledon finishers was James Eden who was sixth out of a record 385 finishers in 17:27. He also clocked a personal best running 13 seconds faster than the previous weekend.
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4-09-12 - WOMEN END ON HIGH WITH PROMOTION 

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's Southern Women's League team ended their season with an impressive victory at Braintree to secure promotion to the top division.

The small 11-strong squad gained their highest score of the season as they saw off their rivals to take the Diviison Two title. Hercules Wimbledon secured 11 individual event successes during the five hour contest with a hat-trick of club records.

Heather Letley and Zoe Illis gained maximum points in the senior women's 400m where they won the A and B races. Letley also took the 400m hurdles, was runner-up in the 100m hurdles and was third in the long jump B while Maire Gilmartin raced to victory in the 800m. Gilmartin also finished runner-up in the under 17 300m hurdles while Illis also took second spot in the 1500m.

Camilla Magni, the mother of Hercules Wimbledon's top teenage all-rounder Adam Magni broke a hat-trick of Hercules Wimbledon records. She set new veterans over 40 marks as she won her 100m hurdles B race, was third in the 200m and finished fourth in the long jump. She was also third in the 100m.

Maire Gilmartin won the 800m as Angela Kikugawa broke the club women's over 50 record for the distance in taking runners-up spot in the B event. Kikugawa was also third and fourth in her 3000 and 1500m races.

Best field event performance came in the shot where Imani-Kay Francis and Rachael Dinsdale gained maximum points in taking the A and B events. They also finished second in their respective discus competitions. Other Hercules Wimbledon performers in the senior events included Lee Edmonds, who was third in her 100m race, third in the triple jump and fourth in the 3000m. She also linked up with Magni, Letley and Illis to take third spot in the 4x100m relay. Illis, Gilmartin, Kikugawa and Letley also linked up to take second place in the 4x400m relay.

Rebecca Dinsdale was the most successful Hercules Wimbledon athlete in the under 15 events with a double success in the throws. She hurled the discus a lifetime best of 24.60m and also took the shot with 8.90m. Her sister Jessica was second in the shot, discus and javelin B competitions. Elizabeth Lennon was third in the long jump.

Hercules Wimbledon ran out comfortable winners of the match and took the Division Two title by almost 200 points to conclude their best season for many years.
Match result: 1 Hercules Wimbledon 245pts; 2 Harlow 222; 3 Braintree 192; 4 Paddock Wood 185; 5 Chiltern Harriers 128; 6 Dorking & Mole Valley 111; 7 Swale Combined 37.

Final standings: 1 Hercules Wimbledon 672; 2 Dorking & Mole Valley 488; 3 Paddock Wood 460; 4 Braintree 410; 5 Harlow 381; 6 Hastings 267; 7 Chiltern Harriers 142; 8 Swale Combined 83.

Having just failed to make a winning debut in the Wimbledon Common 5km parkrun the previous weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's Nicholas Bland chopped 17 seconds off his debut time to finish third on his second appearance in the event in 17 minutes 4 seconds. He headed home a quartet of Hercules Wimbledon runners with teenager clubmate Cassian Hyde was fifth on his debut in a personal best of 17:36 with over 45 and over 35 veterans Peter Lee and James Eden posting personal best times in finishing sixth and seventh in 17:38 and 17:40. Lee took two seconds off his previous best time set in June while Eden took 28 seconds off his best made on his debut appearance at the end of 2011.
Hercules Wimbledon's talented teenage all-rounder Adam Magni warmed up for next weekend's English Schools Combined Events finals at Bedford by winning the men's under 17 shot at an open meeting at Crawley with a throw of 12.09m. His mum, Camilla, was third in her 100m race.
Several Hercules Wimbledon athletes are competing in the Surrey Combined Events championships which are being staged at Sutton Arena this weekend while Hercules Wimbledon have teams entered for the county relay championships which are being reintroduced after a gap of 18 years.

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28-08-12 - QUARTET OF MEDALS FOR TOP VET GEOFF 

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club top veteran Geoff Walcott is a European champion and UK record-holder. He took gold in the veterans over 60 400m championship in 56.78 seconds, a new UK record for the age group.

It was the highlight of an amazingly successful time at the 10-day championships for the 60-year-old sprinter who returned with a quartet of medals from Zittau, Germany, where the championships were staged. He was the only UK runners in the eight-man final and he finished well clear of Italy's Vincenzo Felicetti who took the silver medal in 58.21.
 
His 400m time also lifts him to the top of this season's UK rankings ahead of the previous UK record-holder, Wally Franklyn from Reading, who clocked 58.86 the heats in Zittau.

Walcott was favourite for the gold medal after winning his heat in 59.10, the fastest qualifying time.
He looked set for a gold medal-winning double after leading the qualifiers in the 100m where he won his heat in a Hercules Wimbledon club record-breaking time of 12.48. However, he was unable to repeat this form in the final where he was edged out by Italy's Antonio Rossi (12.57) as Walcott trailed to silver in 12.71. Walcott, who celebrated his 60th birthday in April, also contested the 200m where he finished just outside the medals in fourth place in 26.57.
 
Again, he clocked the fastest qualifying time in winning his heat in 25.99.

At the end of the championships he anchored the UK quartets to silver medals in both the 4x100 and 4x400m relays.
He was the only Hercules Wimbledon athlete at the championships but Hercules Wimbledon athletes won a bagful of 17 gold medals at the Veterans Athletic Club championships at Battersea Park on Sunday.

Hercules Wimbledon's oldest active athlete John Webster, 73, took seven titles in the over 70 category winning the 80m hurdles, high jump with a club record clearance of 1.10m, pole vault, long jump, triple jump, hammer and javelin. He was also third in the discus. Kevin Burnett won the over 70 100m and was third in the shot.

Peter Giles was a double winner in the over 65 category winning the 800 and 1500m, while Mark Giraud was a double gold medallist winning the over 35 100m title in 12.42 and the long jump with a championship record-breaking leap of 5.38m.

Husband and wife duo Tomo and Angela Kikugawa shared four titles in the over 50 age group. Tomo won the men's high jump and pole vault while Angela set two Hercules Wimbledon age group records in winning then women's 400 and 5000m.

Elsewhere, Hercules Wimbledon's Jonathan Osbourne clocked a personal best time of 22.55 representing Surrey in the 200m at the UK Inter-Counties championships at Bedford on Sunday. Another Hercules Wimbledon athlete, Liam White, was eighth in the 1500m in 3:59.40.

Hercules Wimbledon's Amy Aronson made a winning debut when she won the women's event in the the Bushy Park 5km parkrun on Saturday in 19:57. The race saw the return to action of top race walker Estle Viljoen-van Schalkwyk. In her first race for two years, the former Surrey track walking champion, was seventh in the women's race in 21:39.

Nicholas Bland just failed to make a winning debut in the Wimbledon Common parkrun. He finished seven seconds nehind the winner in 17:21. Second Hercules Wimbledon runner was Adam Harwood, who was 16th of thr 248 finishers in 19:03. Alexie Calvert-Ansari was third out of 243 runners in the Richmond Park parkrun in 18:31.

Hercules Wimbledon chairman Dave Clarke, three times winner of the English senior men's cross country title, was the second men's veteran over 50 finisher in the Vachary Cross Sprint Triathlon at Cranleigh on Sunday. He competed alongside his wife, Francesca, who won the women's over 40 category. Deon Coetzee was top over 35 finisher in the Standard Distance Triathlon at trhe same venue in 2:16:38.

This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon compete in their final Southern Women's League meeting at Braintree, Essex.

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21-08-12 - FINE END TO SUMMER TRACK SEASON 

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club ended their summer track and field programme with a fine team effort in the Rosenheim League final at Tooting Bec.

They beat east division champions Belgrave Harriers as they battled all the way with British League side and west division champions Kingston & Polytechnic.

Teenager Liam White, the Surrey silver medallist over the distance, got the team off to a winning start by taking the 800m in a season's best of one minute 56.40 seconds before turning out in the 1500m less than an hour later finishing runner-up in 4:05.30. There were two other winners with Dwayne Cowan taking the 200m in a personal best of 22.06 and Hamed Agboke the 400m in a season's best of 50.83. Agboke improved on this time three days later when he clocked 50.82 at an open meeting at Tooting Bec.

These wins were backed up by Kieran White and Lance Power taking second place in the 3000m and 400m hurdles and Richard Agyapong and Bekele Tola finishing third in the 100m and javelin. In the end, Hercules Wimbledon missed out by less than 10 team points.

Rosenheim league final match result: 1 Kingston & Polytechnic 85; 2 Hercules Wimbledon 76.5; equal 3, Belgrave and Croydon Harriers 61; 5 Herne Hill 59.5; 6 Walton 30; 7 British Airways 11; 8 St Mary's Richmond 3.

Competing in a non-scoring 200m race, Charles Lawrie set a Hercules Wimbledon over 60 200m record of 25.39. His time improved on the previous mark of 28.5 set by Frank Haque at Battersea Park in May 2002. Lawrie also clocked 2:41.74 for 800m to put him third on Hercules Wimbledon's over 60 all-time rankings for the event.

Teenager Adam Magni was one of two Hercules Wimbledon winners at an opening meeting at Tooting Bec on Saturday when he won the under 17 shot with a throw of 12.88m. The only other winner was Rob Tuer who took the 3000m steeplechase in 10:37.21 four hours after just missing out on a medal in the Surrey 10000m championship where he was fourth in 34:59.07.

Hercules Wimbledon's Amy Aronson was the top woman to finish in the Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday. She clocked 19:40 in finishing 24th out of almost 300 runners. She finished just four seconds ahead of the second woman.
 
David Grima was ninth out of almost 300 runners in 17:59. Making his debut in the event, Morris Taragano was second over 45 veteran to finish taking 13th place in 18:12. Over 40 veteran Peter Collins and over 50 veteran Charles Hampden-Smith were 30th and 31st in 20:01 and 20:04. Charles Lawrie was second veteran over 60 in 22:44.

Cassian Hyde finished fourth out of 246 runners in the Richmond Park parkrun in 17:56. He was just 19 seconds outside his best time for the course. Over 55 veteran Martin O'Halloran was 17th out of almost 100 finishers in the Roundshaw Downs parkrun in 23:41.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's Steph Robson headed the field home in the Half Aquaman Duathlon at Banbury completing the 750m swim and 5km run in 37:04.
 
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters are in action in the final Lily B League meeting of the season at Kingsmeadow Stadium. The meeting starts at 11.15am with the under 15 and under 17 hammer, triple jump and under 17 pole vault. The track events start at 12noon with the under 13 70m hurdles. The final event, the sprint relay is at 4.40pm.

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14-08-12 - INVITATION TO BE PART OF THE OLYMPIC LEGACY 

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club is inviting everyone to be part of the Olympic and Paralympic Legacy.

To celebrate the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Hercules Wimbledon are hosting an Athletics Community Day for everyone to have fun and get involved with the Olympic and Paralympics' premier sport. It is being held at Wimbledon Park Athletics Stadium next Thursday (August 23rd) starting at 6.30pm.
Hercules Wimbledon is an official England Athletics affiliated club and is hosting an Athletics Community Day to not only give people the chance to try athletics but attend a fun packed event. It is doing this as a partner in a nationwide campaign, being promoted by England Athletics, to help give more people the opportunity to get involved in athletics.
 
The campaign includes offering people the opportunity to help support their local club in a volunteer role or by taking up participation in athletics.
The centrepiece of two hours of athletics activity will be a Quadkids competition where youngsters can try out their throwing, jumping and running skills under the guidance of Hercules Wimbledon's schools liaison officer Adam Przedrzymirski. In addition to the Quadkids competition there will be an opportunity to join in with various training activities and Hercules Wimbledon's officials secretary Nick Getting will be on hand to give advice on volunteering. The evening will end with a barbecue.

Alex Copeland, National Club Development Officer for England Athletics, said, "Athletics is a fantastic sport and all the excitement of it is going to reach everyone with the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games being staged in London this year.

"An Athletics Community Day gives everyone the chance to get involved in the premier Olympic sport and feel that they are part of the great sporting occasion in London this summer.

"Clubs such as Hercules Wimbledon are the home of athletics. The action at the Olympics has been a true spectacle but what many don't know is that all the people involved at the Olympics as volunteers, officials and athletes will have started out in a club. With such a range of activities and opportunities, whether you're inspired to be the next Olympic champion, want to help others to achieve their goals by volunteering and coaching or you want to do some running, an athletics club is the place to start.

"Hercules Wimbledon doesn’t just have people involved as athletes but has many volunteers and is always looking for others to get involved. There are volunteering opportunities involving athletics such as officials and coaches but also other roles that aren’t directly involved in the sport such as committee positions, web editor and press officer that can give you a great amount of satisfaction as well as benefit the club and wider community."
Hercules Wimbledon's Kieran White headed home a 100-strong field to win the Lloyd parkrun at Croydon in a personal best time of 16 minutes 33 seconds. His time sliced three seconds off his previous best set in July 2011 and equalled last October. His win maintained his unbeaten record at Lloyd Park where he has gained five victories starting in February 2011.

Meanwhile, Hercules Wimbledon's Matt Sharp finished fifth out of almost 900 runners in the Bushey Park parkrun in 16:34. The race was won by Olympic 1500m runner Andy Baddeley in a course record time of 13:48. It erased the previous best time of 14:00 set by Australian Olympic runner Craig Mottram in June 2006.
Teenager Tim Livingstone also clocked a personal best time in finishing third out of more than more than 300 runners in the Wimbledon Common parkrun. He clocked 16:53 to slice one second off his previous best time set in May. Over 45 Hercules Wimbledon veteran Stuart Fraser was fifth in 17:33 and David Grima eighth nine seconds later. Over 40 veteran Peter Collins was 15th in 18:32 with Charles Hampden-Smith 30th and second over 50 veteran in 19:49.

Across the Atlantic, Hercules Wimbledon's Medena Knespl showed good form in the Boston Sprint Triathlon. She was second in the women's event in 59:34, just 19 seconds behind USA professional triathlete Brianna Blanchard. She completed the 750m swim in 10:32, the nine miles bike ride in 24:09 and the four miles run in 23:24.

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7-08-12 - ROAD RACE CANCELLED DUE TO OLYMPIC TENNIS 

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club have been forced to cancel the Perserverance Dash 5km road race due to be staged from their Wimbledon Park athletics track headquarters this Saturday due to the Olympic tennis tournament taking place at the nearby All England tennis club. It also means the Surrey County 5km road running championship, which has been held in conjunction with the Hercules Wimbledon event has also had to be cancelled.

Although the tennis ended on Sunday, a tented village was set up in Wimbledon Park, with the agreement of Merton Council, to accommodate around 200 security staff working for LOCOG at the All England club. At the end of June, Hercules Wimbledon were given assurance by LOCOG through Merton Council that access would be given to the roadway linking the athletics track and Wimbledon Park Road so that the road race could go ahead.

However, an anti-terrorist style road block on the pavement opposite the All England club in Church Road and on the road race course, made the staging of the road race impossible in the view of race organiser Richard Xerri. There was no guarantee the road block and the tented village would be removed in time for the road race to be held safely. Xerri's also stated it was not possible to find a new course so close to the event.

In addition, the area covered by the tented village has been used for competitors arriving for the road race to park their cars and LOCOG indicated they would want to use that area even after the tennis tournament had finished. "With these access and parking problems it has proved impossible to stage the road race," said Xerri. "We very much regret having to reach this decision but we had to put the safety of runners first and with all the obstructions in place there were too many risks for the event to be staged safely."

Xerri said that unfortunately there was no alternative date on which the race could be staged although he advised runners they could take part in the longer Perserverance 10km road race on Sunday, October 7th.

Hercules Wimbledon's Justin Kelly celebrated a brief visit to London from Australia where he now lives by winning the Wimbledon Common 5km parkrun on Saturday. He headed home the 239-strong field in 16 minutes 58 seconds, finishing three seconds ahead of his Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Phil Glynn. Kelly's time was 12 seconds slower than he achieved on his last appearance in the event back in May 2009.

Hercules Wimbledon's Peter Collins clocked a personal best time in finishing eighth in 18:17. It sliced three seconds off his previous best set at the end of June. Charles Hampden-Smith was the third veteran over 50 finisher in 20:02 with 14-year-old Matthew Gibbons, the top finisher in his age group and 32nd overall in a personal best of 20:25, slicing five seconds off his previous best time for the course. At the other end of the age scale, Charles Lawrie was third veteran over 60 finisher in 21:33.

Hercules Wimbledon runners also competed in several other parkruns. Kieran White got close to his best in the Bushy Park event finishing runner-up in 16:08. It was six seconds slower than his best time for the event set when finishing third on Christmas Day 2011. Fourteen-year-old Ewan White, no relation, bettered his previous best in the Richmond Park event clocking 25:13 to take 36 seconds off his previous best set last month. Over 55 veteran Martin O'Halloran was 17th out of 61 finishers in the Roundshaw Downs race in 23:44.
Alison Purnell set a Hercules Wimbledon women's veterans over 45 record in a veterans five miles road race in Battersea Park where she finished sixth overall in 36:46. Also on the road, Matt Sharp was sixth out of more than 250 runners in the Self Transcendence 10km road race in Battersea park in 34:02 with Robert Tuer 11th in 35:05, David Grima 20th in 36:33 and Alex Urban 25th in 36:58.

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club end their summer track programme by competing in the final of the Rosenheim League at Tooting Bec next Wednesday evening (August 15th) starting at 6.45pm.
 
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31-07-12 - DOUBLE WINNING END TO LEAGUE SEASON 

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's senior men ended their Rosenheim and Southern League programmes with two impressive team victories.

They ended their Southern Men's League Division One programme on a winning note at Sutton Arena on Saturday after a tense five hour battle with Newquay and Par and Dartford. In their end they managed to snatch their first league win of the season by just one-and-a-half points.
Hercules Wimbledon laid the foundations for their team success with a strong performance in the track events. athletes young and old were in record-breaking form over the weekend. Richard Agyapong and Jonathan Osbourne gained maximum points in the 100m by taking the A and B races in 11.2 and 11.3 seconds. Then, Dwayne Cowan took the 200m A race in 22.2 with Osbourne winning the B race in 22.9.
Hercules Wimbledon also dominated the endurance events with Liam White winning both the 800 and 1500m A races with lance Power and Kieran White taking the B races. Earlier, White won the 5000m A race with Matt Sharp taking the B event. Hercules Wimbledon maintained their superiority on the track through Rob Tuer and Phil Glynn winning the 3000m steeplechase A and B races.

At the end of the afternoon's contest the Hercules Wimbledon team of Jonathan Grayson, Power, Osbourne and Dwayne Dowding took the sprint relay while Hamed Agboke, Liam White, Dowding and Osbourne winning the 4x400m relay.

Hercules Wimbledon also did well in the jumps where Grayson won the long and triple jump A events, the triple jump with a personal best of 13.10m. During a hectic afternoon in which he contested four events, Piers Willoughby-Strauss won the pole vault A. He was also third in the shot A and third in both the hammer and javelin B events.

Only winner in the throwing events was Bekele Tola who threw the javelin 48.69m. Rob Dinsdale was third in the discus with a season's best of 31m and second in the shot B.

Match result: 1 Hercules Wimbledon 108.5; 2 Newquay & Par 107; 3 Dartford 102; 4 Hastings 9.5. The victory lifted Hercules Wimbledon to seventh place in the 16 team division.
Hercules Wimbledon warmed up for Saturday's match with a narrow victory in the final Rosenheim League East Division match at Tooting Bec. There, Bekele Tola managed a season's best in the javelin of 54.07m. He was also third in the shot.
Richard Agyepong took the 100m in 11.2 and Kyran Mitchell-Stanton won the 200m in 22.5. Hercules Wimbledon runners gained further successes on the track through Hamed Agboke in the 400m (51.4) and Liam White in the 800m (2:02.0). Fred Slemeck was second in the 5000m and Johnnie Bland third in the 1500m.

Piers Willoughby-Strauss won the pole vault with a personal best of 3.40m and was also third in the long jump.
Match result: 1 Hercules Wimbledon 56; 2 Herne Hill 55; 3 Croydon 48; 4 Belgrave 39; 5 Serpentine 33; 6 Striders of Croydon 7. As a result of their performance in the eastern division, Hercules Wimbledon have qualified for the final which is being staged at Tooting Bec on Wednesday, August 15th.

Rachael Dinsdale won the shot in the women's match with 8.18m and was runner-up in the javelin. Heather Letley was second in the 100m and third in the long jump. Hercules Wimbledon's Steph Robson was third in the women's event in the Culford Triathlon at Bury St Edmunds in 1:01:45. It comprised a 300m swim, 21km bike ride and 4km run.
Hercules Wimbledon's Deon Coetzee was runner-up out of 51 runners in the Guildford parkrun 5km event in Stoke Park in 17:58. His time chopped 47 seconds off his previous best time for the event which was set in May. Peter Collins finished fourth out of more than 100 runners in the Brockwell Park parkrun in 18:47. He was the first over 40 veteran to finish on his first appearance in the event.
 
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25-07-12 - RECORDS BROKEN ACROSS THE AGE RANGE
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club athletes young and old were in record-breaking form over the weekend.

Competing in the third of this season's Lily B Girls League meeting at Croydon Sports Arena on Saturday, 12-year-old Tallulah Atkin won the under 13 shot with a club record-breaking throw of 7.34m. Her effort added nine centimetres to the previous record set by Zoe Anderson in 1994. Atkin was also third in the 100m and sixth ion the 200m.

Another Hercules Wimbledon winner was Rebecca Dinsdale who took the under 15 discus with 22.63m. She was also fourth in the shot and fifth in the javelin. Imani-Kay-Francis showed good form in the under 17 events. She won the shot with 9.20m and was runner-up in the discus with 21.79m.

At the other end of the age scale, 60-year-old Geoff Walcott showed record-breaking form in the British Masters Championships at Derby. He broke the Hercules Wimbledon veteran over 60 100m record in taking the silver medal in the event in 12.85 seconds. It erased the 13.5 record set by Frank Haque at Battersea Park in June 2002. Walcott lifted two titles as he won the 200m in 26.21 and the 400m in a championship record of 58.46. Also at Derby, Mark Giraud broke the Hercules Wimbledon veterans over 35 400m record in finishing fifth in the final in 54.12. It improved on the 60.3 record set by Tony Davies at Uxbridge in 2009.

Another Hercules Wimbledon athlete to set a club record was Kieran White in winning the 5000m at the Inter-Services track and field championships at Aldershot in 15:27.60. His time took more than a minute off the club's veteran over 35 record of 16:37.6 set by Ian Horrocks at Kingsmeadow in May 2010.
Hercules Wimbledon's Chloe Lord was the top scoring girl in the South London Athletic Network's Super 8 competition at Battersea Park. Lord, aged 12, clocked a personal best 30.6 in finishing third in the 200m and leapt a personal best of 3.65m in finishing fourth in the long jump. She also won the 70m hurdles in 12.90 and was second in the 100m in 15.2. Lord scored 225 points to beat her nearest rival by more than 50 points.

Rylan Jones was the top Hercules Wimbledon scorer in the boys match. He was fifth with 155 points, just over 100 points behind the winner.

Steph Robson was top over 40 woman veteran in the Thame Triathlon in Oxfordshire. She clocked a total time of 1:05:08 for the 400m swim, 18km bike ride and 5km run.

Hercules Wimbledon's David Harris gained a hat-trick of wins in Veterans Athletic Club's track and field meeting at Willesden Stadium. He took the 100, 200 and 400m in 12.48, 25.31 and 57.96. Meanwhile, Carmelina Hancock was first woman over 60 in the Self Transcendence two miles race in Battersea Park clocking 20:56.

Marathon runner David Grima finished runner-up out of almost 300 runners in 17:46. He was the best of 10 Hercules Wimbledon runners competing in the event. Andrew Davies was 12th in 18:56 and James Wallace 15th and top veteran over 55 finisher in 19:31. Matt Gibbons, 14, was 32nd in a personal best 20:30, slicing two seconds off his previous best set at the end of June.

Charles Lawrie was the fourth veteran over 60 to finish in the Poole parkrun where he finished 79th on his debut appearance in the event in 22:19. Finlay White, 14, was the third finisher in his age group in the Richmond Park parkrun in 22:25.

This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon host their final Southern Men's League Division One match on Saturday. With Wimbledon Park track unavailable because of the staging of the Olympic tennis tournament at the All England Club, the match is being staged at Sutton Arena. The first events, the hammer and pole vault, are being held at 1pm. The first match event on the tracks the 400m hurdles at 2.15pm with the final event the 4x400m relay at 5.30pm.
 
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17-07-12 - TEENAGER WARMS UP FOR TORCH RELAY RUN 

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's Tim Livingstone warmed up for his run in the Olympic Torch Relay by beating more than 250 runners to win the Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday and the following day beating his personal best time for 1500m.

Livingstone, 16, one of the youngest runners in the event, was just outside his best time for the course as he won the parkrun in 17 minutes 13 seconds, posting the day's top age-graded performance. Then on Sunday, he won a non-scoring men's under 17 1500m race at the Ebbisham League match at Croydon in 4:15.2 to slice 1.8 seconds off his previous best time for the distance set at Erith in June last year.
Livingstone was nominated by Wandsworth Council to run in the Torch Relay following an outstanding series of performances for the borough at the 2010 London Youth Games. He won the 800m event on the track before winning the boys under 14 rowing final. A week later, he broke the UK indoor rowing under 14 rowing record. Livingstone is a true all-rounder. He was selected to play basketball for the London region in 2010 and is also a county level swimmer. He has been selected for the UK Sport Tall and Talented 2016 Olympic programme.
He will be running his Torch Relay leg at 6pm on Monday night (July 23rd) in Garrett Lane on a short stretch from its junction with Penwith Road towards Tooting Bec, handing over outside 557A Garrett Lane.

Livingstone headed home a squad of 12 Hercules Wimbledon runners on Wimbledon Common. Peter Collins was 11th in 19:35, Adam Harwood 15th in 19:48 and 14-year-old Matthew Gibbons 43rd in 21:41. Charles Lawrie was the top veteran over 60 in 22:34 with Alison Purnell top woman veteran over 45 in 22:56.

Another Hercules Wimbledon runner to show winning form in one of the parkrun promotions was Matt Sharp who posted a personal best time in heading home almost 100 runners in Dulwich Park. He clocked 16:24 to win by more than a minute also posting the top age-graded performance of the day.

On the track, Hercules Wimbledon's Max Mondelli continued his impressive summer by taking the silver medal in the South of England men's under 17 100m championship at Watford on Saturday. He once again managed to get inside 11 seconds as he clocked 10.91, just outside his lifetime best of 10.87 set a week earlier in the English schools championships at Gateshead. He also just missed out on the gold medal finishing two-hundredths of a second behind the winner but edged out Surrey rival Zanson Plummer. Earlier, Mondelli, the Surrey champion over the distance, comfortably won his heat in 11.1.

Another Hercules Wimbledon athlete in action at Watford was Cassian Hyde who clocked a lifetime best in the men's under 17 1500m championship of 4:13.29, shaving six-tenths of a second off his previous best time achieved in the Rosenheim League meeting at Croydon at the end of May.

Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters ended their Ebbisham Boys League season on a high note by gaining promotion to the top division after finishing runners up in Division Two in the final match at Croydon on Sunday.
Brothers Rechmial and Chad Miller were in fine form each winning their two individual sprint races. A week after finishing seventh in the English schools junior boys 100m final, Rechmial, the Surrey boys under 15 100m champion, clocked a personal best of 23.8 in winning his boys under 15 200m race at Croydon where he also took the 100m in 11.7. Brother Chad took the under 13 boys 100 and 200m races in 13.4 and 28.7. Joe Lorenzo clocked a personal best of 13.4 in winning the under 13 75m hurdles, the second fastest time ever recorded by a Hercules Wimbledon youngster. The club record of 12.7 was set by Joel Atkin at Croydon in July 2009. Lorenzo was also second in the high jump.

Other Hercules Wimbledon winners at Croydon on Sunday were Toby Weston (under 15 high jump and triple jump), Ryan Jones (under 15 shot and high jump B) and Elliott Mier (under 13 800m B).

This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are in action in their penultimate Lily B Girls League meetings of the season at Stompond Lane, Walton, on Saturday, starting at 12noon. Hercules Wimbledon's older members will be in action in the British Masters Championships at Derby while the club's road runners compete in the Elmbridge 10km road race at Walton on Sunday.
 
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10-07-12 - TEENAGE TALENT SMASHES SPRINT RECORD 

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's newest young sprinter Kevin Owusu-Manty ran the race of his young life to take the silver medal in the English Schools junior boys 100m championships at Gateshead on Saturday. He also smashed the Hercules Wimbledon boys under 15 100m record in the process.

Owusu-Manty, who trains under Hercules Wimbledon sprint coach Mark Giraud, looked set for a medal after winning his first round heat in 11.37seconds, the second best time of the round. He posted a slightly slower 11.38 in winning his semi-final race but then stormed through to take the silver medal in the final in 11.25 to smash the Hercules Wimbledon club record of 11.38 set by Max Mondelli at the English schools championships at Birmingham two years ago. Owusu-Manty's best before the weekend in Gateshead was 11.4 in winning the London schools title at Battersea Park last month.

Hercules Wimbledon had a second finalist in the junior boys 100m championship. Rechmial Miller , the Surrey county boys under 15 100m champion, raced to seventh in the final in 11.43. Earlier, he was fourth in his heat in 11.42, a 0.23 seconds improvement on his time in taking the silver medal in the Surrey schools championships at Kingsmeadow Stadium last month. He equalled that time in finishing third in his semi-final to qualify for a place in the final.

Mondelli was also in action at Gateshead and also looked set for a medal after posting a personal best time of 10.87 in winning his intermediate boys heat, the third fastest first round time. in 10.87. However, the recurrence of a hip injury hampered his chances in the subsequent rounds. He won his semi-final in 11.01 but then failed to reproduce his best form in the final where he took fifth spot in 11.02 which was still faster than his best time before the English schools weekend. This weekend, Mondelli competes in the South of England championships at Watford.

Two other Hercules Wimbledon athletes were in action at Gateshead. Jonathan Osbourne, the Surrey junior men's silver medallist, failed to progress to the final of the senior boys 400m championship after finishing sixth in his heat in 49.95. Adam Magni, the London schools shot putt champion who was selected for the intermediate boys 100m hurdles also failed to get further than the opening round as he finished sixth in his heat in 14.01.

Hercules Wimbledon's senior men are celebrating their first victory of the season in the fourth Rosenheim League East Division match at Battersea Park. The team got off to a winning start with Rob Tuer winning the 2000m steeplechase and Piers Willoughby-Strauss taking the pole vault. Dwayne Cowan was another winner taking the 200m with Hamed Agboke taking the 400m. Teenager Samuel Aning won the triple jump.

These successes were backed up by second places from Tim Livingstone in the 800 and 1500m and Willoughby-Strauss in the shot. He was also third in the hammer. The 4x200m relay quartet of Agboke, Simon Lambracos, Aning and Mark Giraud also took second place.

Match result: 1 Hercules Wimbledon 60; 2 equal Belgrave & Herne Hill 48; 4 Serpentine 36; 5 Croydon 35; 6 Striders of Croydon 12.

Only Hercules Wimbledon success in the women's match was provided by Julia Nilova who took the triple jump with 10.92m. Angela Kikugawa set a Hercules Wimbledon women's over 50 record in the 800m.

Over 45 veteran Stuart Fraser led the Hercules Wimbledon contingent home in Saturday's Wimbledon Common parkrun finishing fourth out of almost 300 competitors in 18:12. Andrew Davies was seventh in 18:29 while over 40 veteran Mark Livingstone posted a personal best of 19:38 in taking 20th place. It sliced two seconds off his previous best set in May. Over 50 veteran Charles Hampden-Smith was 22nd in 19:46.

Hercules Wimbledon's Matt Sharp clocked a personal best time in finishing fourth out ofm161 runners in the Self Transcendence 5km road race in Battersea Park in 16:16.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's younger athletes compete their final Ebbisham Boys League meeting of the summer at Croydon Sports Arena, starting at 1.30pm. The team is currently lying second in their division and aiming to seal their season with promotion.
 
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3-07-12 - ALL ROUNDER MAGNI MAKES ENGLAND FINAL 

Hercules Wimbledon's talented teenage all-rounder Adam Magni warmed up for this weekend's English Schools championships at Gateshead with a medal-winning performance in the English Schools Regional Combined Events championships at Woodside Stadium, Watford, last weekend.

Magni took the bronze medal in the under 17 octathlon championship at Watford to qualify for a place in the English Schools Combined Events final to be held at Bedford in September.

It was the first time 15-year-old Magni had tackled the testing eight-discipline event which was staged over two days. Of the eight disciplines, he had never previously thrown the javelin or discus or run a 400m or 1500m in competition so the two days were a steep learning curve for the teenager.

He kicked off in fine style with a lifetime best in the long jump of 5.27m, adding five centimetres to his previous best. Then, he threw the discus a respectable 29.78m, the javelin 27.82m and finished off with a 400m run in 53.7 seconds. He ended the first day in eighth place with 1820 points but was confident he could improve on the second day which included his two strongest disciplines, the shot and hurdles.

He stormed home in the second day's opening event, the 100m hurdles, where he clocked a lifetime best of 13.7, the fourth fastest ever by a Hercules Wimbledon under 17-year-old, to boost his total score by more than 800 points. His time sliced three tenths of a second off his previous best. He then smashed his high jump personal best with a leap of 1.56m, 17 centimetres higher than his previous best and followed this up with 12.47m effort in the shot. Then, he faced his final test, the 1500m where he ran a solid 5:07.8.

Magni, who was representing London schools in the event, scored a total of 4202 points behind Ryan Spivey of Sussex (4875) and Stuart Parker of Hampshire (4284). His score is a Hercules Wimbledon club record even though it does not improve on the score of 4906 points achieved by former junior international Megarry Effiong when taking the silver medal in the Southern Counties youths octathlon championship at Crystal Palace on the weekend of September 25th/26th 1976. Then, the event included a 100m race instead of the 100m hurdles.

This weekend Magni represents London schools in the inter boys 100m hurdles championship at Gateshead after finishing third in the London Schools Championships at Battersea Park last month where he also won the London Schools intermediate boys shot title.

The Magni family made it a record-breaking double as Adam's mum Camilla set a Hercules Wimbledon women's veteran over 35 100m record of 15 seconds in finishing third in her race in a Southern Veterans League South London division match at Kingsmeadow Stadium. Hercules Wimbledon winners were Geoff Walcott (over 60 400m) , Stuart White (over 50 400m), Dave Orchard (over 50 hammer), Peter Clarke (over 50 1500m), Steve Newton (over 50 5000m), Mark White (over 40 400m), Paul Lemmon (over 40 5000m), Rob Dinsdale (over 40 discus) and Mark Giraud (over 35 400m),

Hercules Wimbledon will have five athletes in action in the English schools championships at Gateshead. Also representing London there is Kevin Owunsu-Mantey who, like Magni, is a pupil at Ibstock School, Roehampton, winner of the junior boys 100m title at Battersea Park. One of his opponents will be his Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Rechmial Miller, the Surrey County boys under 15 100m champion, who took the silver medal at the Surrey Schools championships at Kingsmeadow. Also representing Surrey at Gateshead will be the county and county schools intermediate boys 100m champion Max Mondelli and Jonathan Osbourne, who took the silver medal in the Surrey County under 20 men's championship, in the senior boys 400m.

Another Hercules Wimbledon youngster in medal-winning form is Isabella Padt who was runner-up in the London Schools Year 8 girls 1500m championship at Mile End in 5:06.4.

Rufus Nugent and Alex Robinson were double winners in Hercules Wimbledon's fourth Southern Men's League match of the season at Sutton Arena. Robinson won the 1500 and 5000m A races while Nugent took the 200m A race and long jump A competition. A third winner was Steve Davies who took the high jump A competition.

Hercules Wimbledon's older athletes compete in their final Southern Veterans League South London division match at Croydon on Monday night, starting at 6.30pm.

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