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30-09-14 - CORNISH WARMS UP WITH PARKRUN PB

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's Jonathan Cornish warmed up for this weekend's England road relay championships at Sutton Park by posting his best-ever parkrun 5km time in winning the Richmond Park event on Saturday.
 
Cornish headed home the 300-strong field in 16 minutes 8 seconds to win by a comfortable 12 seconds to take eight seconds off his previous best parkrun time set at Brockenhurst in July. He also improved by 24 seconds on his previous best time over the Richmond Park circuit in October last year and posted the day's top age graded performance in the race in recording his ninth race win in nine appearances in Richmond Park.
 
Teenager Jack Collins posted his second best-ever time for the course in finishing seventh in 18:13 while fellow teenager Zoe Ellis made it a double for Hercules Wimbledon by winning the women's race in 21:29.
 
Alex Robinson made it a hat-trick of Hercules Wimbledon parkrun wins by heading home 339 runners on Wimbledon Common. Making his first appearance in the event for almost a year, he also posted a personal best time of 16:22, taking 13 seconds off his previous best set in April 2010, but just failed to make the six-strong Hercules Wimbledon squad for Sutton Park and has been named as a reserve.
 
Robinson headed home 20 Hercules Wimbledon runners on Wimbledon Common. Adam Harwood was 12th in 18:21 with David Scrimshaw 15th in 19:03 and Peter Collins 19th and second veteran over 40 in 19:36. Mark Cahill was third over 40 veteran just edging out clubmate Adam Fenton, who was third veteran over 50 finisher, and both clocking personal best times of 19:38. Cahill took 26 seconds off his previous best set in July while Fenton sliced just one second off his previous best set a fortnight earlier.
 
Lining up with Cornish in Sutton Park will be Ben Toomer, Liam White, Dominic Kiralfyi, Matt Sharp and Fred Slemeck. Slemeck warmed-up for Sutton Park by finishing runner-up in a six miles cross country race on Streatham Common in 37:33, while Sharp was just outside his lifetime best in the Middlesex 10km road race in Victoria Park where he finished 12th out of 200 runners in 33:12.He was 10 seconds slower than the time he achieved in the same event in 2013. Three days earlier, he posted a lifetime best 3000m time at Watford of 8:58.17, breaking the nine minute barrier fore the first time. His dad, Maurice, was top over 65 finisher in Victoria Park in 45:00, nine seconds slower than his best time this year, while Rob Tuer also posted a season's best of 34:34 in finishing 23rd. It was 44seconds faster than his time in the Richmond 10km in June but 17 seconds slower than his lifetime best of 34:17 set in December 2013.
 
Another Hercules Wimbledon runner, Amy Aronson smashed more than a minute off her previous best in finishing second in the women's race in 37:00. Her time chopped 56 seconds off her previous best in the Richmond 10km in June.
 
Marathon man David Grima also posted a lifetime best of 17:01 in finishing fourth out of 180 runners in the Bishop's Park 5km parkrun event where he was also top veteran over 35 finisher. Lisa Thomas was top veteran over 45 finisher in the Ealing half-marathon on Sunday clocking 1:30:33 in her debut appearance over the distance. Clubmate Gina Galbraith, also running over the distance for the first time, was seventh veteran woman over 35 in 1:32:42.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's Ella Dobson headed home the women's field in the Hever Castle Super Sprint Triathlon in Kent on Sunday in 1:13:24. She won by 24 seconds. Meanwhile, also on Sunday, Zac Purnell gained his second win in three weeks when he beat a 99-strong field to win the junior parkrun 2km event in Wimbledon Park in 7:19. He won by 45 seconds but was 10 seconds slower than his winning time two weeks earlier.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's oldest active athlete, 75-year-old John Webster, won his first competition of the summer when he took a javelin event at an opening meeting at Tooting Bec on Sunday with a throw of 23.65m. It was a Hercules Wimbledon veterans over 75 record and his first athletic competition since undergoing a hernia operation in April. Webster, who has been competing for more than 60 years, said: "If I'd not done so it would have been the first season missed since leaving school." Clubmate Kevin Burnett, who is just seven days youngster than Webster, won the over 75 discus and shot and was second in the javelin.
 
Hercules Wimbledon have cancelled the Geoff Moulden 10km road race scheduled for this Sunday, October 4th, due to lack of entries.
23-09-14 - RELAY SQUAD QUALIFIES IN STYLE

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Clubs senior men's road runners have qualified for the English national road relay championships at Sutton Park, Birmingham, on Saturday, October 4th by posting their best-ever performance in the qualifying South of England event at Rushmoor Arena, Aldershot, on Sunday.
 
The six-strong team recorded their fastest-ever time in the South of England six-stage road relay championship in finishing 16th , Hercules Wimbledon's highest-ever placing out of the 72 teams, with the top 25 automatically qualifying for next month's Birmingham event. It was a true team effort with all six runners clocking within 53 seconds of each other. Liam White made a solid start covering the opening 6km circuit in 19 minutes 27 seconds, the second best Hercules Wimbledon time of the day, handing over in 27th place.
 
Matt Sharp (19:37) and Kieran White (19:48) kept the team in 27th spot before Rob Tuer (20:00) managed to gain a place. Jonathan Cornish was in outstanding form on the penultimate leg clocking the best Hercules Wimbledon time of the day of 19:07 which was also the sixth best time on his stage as he lifted the team into 19th spot. Dominic Kiralfyi gained a further three places to complete the anchor leg in 19:33.
 
Cornish showed he was in good form by posting a lifetime best 3000m time in an open meeting at Oxford four days earlier. He beat the nine minute barrier for the first time as he clocked 8:56.56 to take almost five minutes off his previous best set in July. In the same race, Hercules Wimbledon teenager Oscar White finished 15th in his debut appearance over the distance clocking 10:42.57.
 
Hercules Wimbledon chairman and three times English senior men's cross country champion Dave Clarke showed good form in the Thorpe Park Sprint Triathlon, also on Sunday. He finished third in the over 50 category in 1:13:43. His best individual discipline was the 5km run where he was 13th best of the 263 competitors in 18:41. His wife, Francesca, was ninth in the women's race and sixth in the veterans over 40 category in 1:22:26.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's Jeremy Purnell was third out of more than 100 competitors in the London Duathlon Classic in Richmond Park in 2:27:40.
 
It was a double family affair for Hercules Wimbledon runners in Sunday's Bristol half-marathon. Claire Grima and husband David ran together to finish just outside the top 100 of more than 8000 runners in 1:20:47 as they start their build-up for next april's Virgin Money London Marathon. Claire was fourth in the veterans over 35 category in finishing 12th in the women's race. David was 15th in the men's veterans over 35 category. Further down the field Sam Leigh was finishing some way ahead of his dad, Mick.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's Lisa Laws returned to racing after getting married to fellow runner Olly when she finished fourth woman in the Richmond Running Festival 10km event on Sunday. The former Miss Crow was 46th overall out of more than 1300 runners. Her final race under her maiden name was in the Richmond 10km race in June.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's Amy Aronson was top woman finisher in the Wimbledon Common 5km parkrun on Saturday in a personal best time of 18:46. She was fifth overall out of 330 runners slicing three seconds off her best time set the previous weekend. Best of the 20 Hercules Wimbledon runners in action was James Moorcroft who finished third in 18:29. Dan Bratton chopped 22 seconds off his previous best time set in July in finishing eighth in 19:23. David Scrimshaw was 10th in 19:26, just one second ahead of clubmate and top veteran over 50 finisher Charles Hampden-Smith. Tom Cheetham, first in the veteran over 45 category, was 13th in 19:31 with Darren Keane 15th in a personal best of 19:36, taking seven seconds off his previous best set in April.
 
Hercules Wimbledon have cancelled the Geoff Moulden 10km road race scheduled for Sunday, October 4th, due to lack of entries.
 
16-09-14 - MEDALS GALORE AT SURREY CHAMPS

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club came away with a bagful of medals from the second part of the Surrey track and field championships at the David Weir Leisure Centre, Carshalton, over the weekend.
 
Stars of the medal-winning performances were the boys under 15 quartet which held off strong challenges to take gold in both the 4x100 and 4x200m relays. The two teams were anchored home by double England championships medallist Chad Miller. A fortnight earlier, Miller, the South of England under 15 100m champion, took silver in the England under 15 100m championship in Birmingham and bronze in the 200m. His elder brother, Rechmial, who took gold in the under 17 100m at the England championships, was among spectators on Sunday cheering his brother to a double victory.
 
Devonte Casely-Hayford held off a strong challenge from Woking to anchor Hercules Wimbledon to team success in the men's under 20 4x200m relay after helping to secure silver medals in the 4x100m event.
 
Ruth Hampson broke off from competing in her first heptathlon for 10 years to help the senior women to success in the 4x100m, relay linking up with Zara Hashmi, Shirley Denchie and Emilie Bokor-Ingram.With Heather Letley replacing Hampson, the same quartet won the 4x200m relay. A second relay squad of Letley, Alison Murray, Hannah Fernando and Jessame Coulson also took silver medals in the 4x100m relay.
 
Later, Hampson added the individual silver medal in the Surrey senior women’s heptathlon championship to the gold she won in the relay.
 
David Harris broke off from competing in the two-day decathlon championship to help the senior men to success in both the 4x100 and 4x200m relays.
 
Ben Toomer made it eight Hercules Wimbledon gold medal-winning performances by taking the 3000m steeplechase title. Hercules Wimbledon's only previous success in the event was back in 1993 when Simon Wilson won at Croydon.
 
Double Surrey silver medallist Jaleel Roper anchored the boys under 13 team to silver medals in the 4x100m relay while the men's under 17 team secured bronze medals to make it a Baker's Dozen (13) of medal-winning efforts for Hercules Wimbledon.
 
On the road, Hercules Wimbledon's Jonathan Cornish beat a 200-strong field to win the Richmond half-marathon in Old Deer Park on Sunday.
 
Marathon runner Claire Grima broke her own Hercules Wimbledon club and veteran women's over 35 records when finished second in the women's race in Saturday's Wimbledon Common 5km parkrun in 18 minutes 2 seconds. Claire, who finished eighth in a record 420-strong field,  was five seconds faster than her previous best mark set on Wimbledon Common in May and eight seconds faster than the veterans over 35 record she set at Exeter three weeks earlier.
Sean Crummy finished second overall in 17:26 with over 40 veteran Peter Collins fourth in 17:49. It was quite a weekend for the Grima family as four-year-old Luca ran a personal best in the junior 2km parkrun in Wimbledon Park where he finished 70th of the record 100-strong field. Race winner was Hercules Wimbledon's Zac Purnell in 7:09.
Hercules Wimbledon's Liam White won the Bishop's Park parkrun in Fulham by more than a minute in 17:22 beating a 200-plus field.
 
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are competing in the South of England senior men's road relay championships at Rushmoor Arena, Aldershot on Sunday.
9-09-14 -QUARTET OF ROAD RUNNING TEAM MEDALS
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club came away with four sets of team medals from the annual Surrey County road relay championships which were staged from their Wimbledon Park track headquarters on Sunday.
 
Best of the medal winning squads were the veteran over 35 women's quartet who dominated their category in having the top three fastest individuals in their quartet. Seasoned marathon runner Claire Grima got the team off to a solid start bringing them home well clear at the end of the opening 5km lap in 16 minutes 57 seconds, more than three minutes clear of the second veteran women's team and the fastest of all the veteran women runners.
 
Lisa Thomas stretched the team's lead to almost six minutes as she completed the seccond lap in 18:30 with Francesca Clarke (19:42) maintaining the gap. Gina Galbraith sealed team success on the final lap clocking 18:38 to bring the quartet home almost 10 minutes clear of the silver medallists enabling Hercules Wimbledon to hang onto the title they won in 2013 in a time which was more than five minutes faster than 12 months ago.
 
The senior men's team narrowly failed to retain the team title they won in 2013 and for the opening legs were headed by the non-scoring B team. Dominic Kiralfyi brought the team home fourth on the opening leg in 15:00, four seconds behind Alex Bellew who was running for the B team. Steeplechaser Rob Tuer took the club's B team into the lead on the second leg where he clocked 15:06 with Joe Clark (15:05) in hot pursuit for A team in second place, three seconds behind.
 
Dimos Evengelidis, making his Hercules Wimbledon debut completed the third leg in 15:23 to keep the B team in second place while Cassian Hyde (15:41) slipped to third spot for the A team, 35 seconds behind the leaders. Ben Toomer, posting the third fastest individual time of the day, finally got the A team ahead of the B squad with a 14:41 posting on leg four but was still 38 seconds down on the leaders. Sean Crummy (16:08) kept the B team in third spot. Matt Sharp (15:07) held onto silver medal position with David Grima (16:42) slipping to fourth place for the B team with Fred Slemeck (15:19) anchoring the A team to silver medals behind South London Harriers. Chris Ore (16:07) brought the B team home in fourth place.
 
The trio of Charles Lawrie (21:18), Stu Littlewood (22:30) and Dave Betts (20:59) also gained silver medals in the veterans over 60 category, posting the fifth, sixth and seventh fastest individual times of the day.
 
First leg runner Peter Lee was the fastest member of the veterans over 40 team which clinched the bronze medals clocking 16:49. Other members of the medal-winning quartet were Mark Cahill (17:52), Frank Wood (18:46) and Stuart Fraser (17:06).
 
Hercules Wimbledon's Rechmial Miller followed up his England men's under 17 100m title-winning effort at Bedford by taking second place in the UK School Games 100m at Sportscity, Manchester, on Saturday, in a swift 10.83.
 
At the other end of the age scale, Peter Giles set a Hercules Wimbledon veterans over 70 club record of 42:22.0 in the Veterans AC 10000m track championship at Kingsmeadow Stadium. His time is also the fastest by a UK over 70-year-old this year.

Hercules Wimbledon's Claire Grima was top woman finisher in the Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday in 18:13. First Hercules Wimbledon runner over the line was veteran Peter Collins who was third of the 381 finishers in a personal best of 17:36, just one second off his previous best set in April. Teenager Amelia Casey also posted a personal best in the Old Deer Park parkrun of 22:07, the second fastest girls under 13 5km performance on the Hercules Wimbledon all-time list. Her time sliced four seconds off her previous best set in July.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's Tom Cheetham and Emma Henderson were second men's and women's over 4 veterans finishers in the Kew River Run 10km race on Sunday in 40:26 and 43:58.
 
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are competing in the Surrey track relay championships at the David Weir Leisure Centre, St Helier, Sutton, on both Saturday and Sunday. 
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2-09-14 - TEENAGER RECHMIAL LIFTS NATIONAL TITLE
 
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's teenage sprinting talent Rechmial Miller showed the form of his young life when he ended his season's individual racing programme on a high to win the England Athletics men's under 17 100m title at Bedford on Saturday - narrowly beating the pre-race favourite.
 
Miller, 15, went into the event as the South of England and Surrey 100m champions as well as the England and South of England 60m indoor champions, two titles he won at the start of the year.
 
He comfortably won his heat in 10.90 seconds, the second fastest of the 24 semi-final qualifiers. He went up a gear as he posted the fastest time of the eight finalists with a lifetime best 10.58 in winning his semi-final race, admittedly with the help of a 3.5 metres per second tailwind. Then, he stormed to victory in the final where he again improved on his previous best with 10.54 to beat pre-race favourite Owin Sinclair from Charnwood, Briatain’s top-ranked under 17 100m runner this season, by almost a metre. Rechmial raised his hands in celebration as he crossed the finishing line.
 
His time took him to the top of this season's Hercules Wimbledon 100m rankings exceeding the previous best of Theo Etienne of 10.66, also achieved at Bedford, in June in the England Athletics under 20 100m championship.
 
Last Saturday proved a great day for the Miller family as Rechmial's younger brother Chad managed to take the silver medal in the boys under 15 100m in 11.28 which equalled his lifetime best before Saturday. Earlier, he did improve on his personal best as he won his heat in 11.25 to slice three-hundredths of a second off his previous best and just behind his brother's 11.26 Hercules Wimbledon club record.
 
Chad, just 14, picked up another medal when he took third spot in the 200m final on Sunday in a personal best and Hercules Wimbledon club record of 22.87. Earlier, he won his heat in 23.34. The two medals added to the 60m silvers he got at the Surrey and South of England championships at the start of the year, the South of England 100m title he won in August and the Surrey 100 and 200m silver medals he won in May.
 
The two youngsters have benefited from the expert knowledge of their father/coach Paul who himself was a notable sprinter almost three decades ago. He completed a hat-trick of Surrey senior men's 100m titles in 1985, 1986 and 1987. "I am very pleased", said Paul modestly. "It's the result of a lot of hard training."
 
Hercules Wimbledon provided both the men's and women's winners in the Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday. Ben Toomer headed home a 377-strong field to become overall winner in 1702, finishing 23 seconds ahead of clubmate Knut Hegvold who posted the top age-graded performance. It was Toomer's third win on Wimbledon Common this year. David Grima was fourth in 18:11, Peter Collins fifth and top veteran over 40 finisher in 18:12 with Adam Harwood 10th in 18:29.Charles Hampden-Smith was 19th and third veteran over 50 finisher in 19:40 with Lisa Thomas taking the women's race in 20:09, finishing 29th overall.
 
Hannah Bye was also top woman finisher in Lloyd Park, Croydon in 23:14 after winning the women's event at Southwark Park the previous weekend. Her Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Daniel Bratton was fourth out of 160 runners in 20:35. Meanwhile, Surrey 10000m championship silver medallist Rob Tuer was runner-up out of 192 runners in Bishop's Park, Fulham, in a personal best of  16:48.
 
Ciara Kennedy was the first girl to finish in the Wimbledon Park junior 2km parkrun on Sunday when she was eighth in a record 96-strong field in 8:41. Michael Lammie was fifth in 8:12 and Charlie Hellings sixth 8:34.
 
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon host the annual Surrey road relay championships at their Wimbledon Park track headquarters. The club's senior men's team faces a strong challenge in its bid to retain the senior men's title. The relays start at 12noon. The final South London Athletics Network Super 8 meeting is also being staged at Woodcote School, Colulsdon, on Sunday.
26-08-14 - SHARP BOUNCES BACK TO WIN SURREY TITLE

Hercules Wimbledon's Matthew Sharp made an impressive return to racing after a five months absence due to injury when he won the Surrey 10000m track title at Tooting Bec on Saturday - just 40 years after his dad took gold in the event.
 
Sharp junior, 35, got injured while running in the Paddock Wood half-marathon in Kent at the end of March and only resumed racing this month. A week after taking first place in the Dulwich Park parkrun he lifted the Surrey title at Tooting Bec in a personal best time of 32 minutes 45.49 seconds. His time took more than 33 seconds off his previous best time set in the same event at Tooting Bec in 2013 when he took the silver medal in the Surrey championship.
 
Interestingly, though, his time on the all-weather Tooting track on Saturday was considerably slower than that achieved by Sharp senior in winning the title on the old Wimbledon Park cinder track in April 1974 of 32:14.2. Maurice Sharp, who will be 70 next May, is still running as well as coaching some of Hercules Wimbledon's endurance runners. His most recent race was in the Wimbledon Dash 5km event where he finished second in the over 65 category.
 
Hercules Wimbledon provided the top two finishers in the Surrey 10000m track championship with Rob Tuer taking the silver medal in 33:56.61. Hercules Wimbledon just failed to make it a clean sweep of medals as Sean Crummy finished fourth in 35:02.53 in his first-ever track 10000m race.
 
Almost 100 athletes turned out in Hercules Wimbledon's first open graded track meeting at Wimbledon Park with the host club securing several winners. Teenager Cassian Hyde sprinted away to win a Hercules Wimbledon-dominated 3000m in 9:11.74 from Rob Tuer (9:19.95) and Joe Clark (9:14.34) with Sean Crummy again in fourth spot (9:42.20). Johnnie Bland took the 1500m from Clark and Matthew Sharp. Over 65 veteran Charles Lawrie set two club age records in the 100 and 200m.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's South of England senior men's 200m champion Dwayne Cowan posted one of the best performances of the day when he took the 200m in the Crystal Palace open meeting on Saturday in 21.55 into a stiff headwind. In contrast, Antonio Douglas had the benefit of a sizeable tailwind in clocking a personal best 100m of 10.91, beating 11 seconds for the first time.
 
On the road, Hercules Wimbledon's Tom Cheetham finally managed to break the three hour barrier in his 52nd marathon race. Cheetham, who has contested the London marathon more than a dozen times, clocked 2:59:39 in finishing fifth out of more than 300 runners in the Thames Meander event at Kingston on Saturday. The task was made all the more difficult because the course was along the Thames towpath from Kingston to Putney Bridge and back. Cheetham was second in the over 45 category and his time improved on his previous best of 3:01:26 set in the London marathon in 2013.
 
Another Hercules Wimbledon marathon runner, Claire Grima, set a club veteran women's over 35 5km record when she won the women's race on her debut appearance in the River Valley Park, Exeter, 5km parkrun on Saturday in 18:10. She was fifth overall out of 139 finishers with husband David, also competing in the event for the first time, just ahead finishing third in 17:33.
 
Another Hercules Wimbledon parkrun winner was Hannah Bye who equalled her best time for the distance of 20:59 on her debut appearance in the Southwark Park event where she was the top woman finisher in 15th place. Top Hercules Wimbledon finisher was Daniel Bratton who also making his first appearance in the Southwark Park event where he was seventh out of 102 runners in 19:14.
 
Elsewhere, Amelia Casey, at 13 one of the youngest runners in the event, was second in the women's event in Old Deer Park in 22:16, James Moorcroft was third out of 337 runners in the Greenham Common parkrun in 17:44 while over 40 veteran Peter Collins was the best of 10 Hercules Wimbledon runners in the Wimbledon Common parkrun in 17:43, just six seconds slower than his best time. Charles Hampden-Smith was fourth over 50 veteran in 19:26. Alexander Gee was runner-up in the junior 2km parkrun in Wimbledon Park on Sunday in a personal best of 8:44 with sisters Sophie and Charlotte Crump fourth and fifth in 9:08 and 9:12.
 
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters are competing in the Lily B Girls League final at Ewell Court on Saturday.
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18-08-14 - YOUNG GUNS SPRINTING HAT-TRICK

Hercules Wimbledon youngsters dominated the sprints at the South of England age-group chasmpionships at Crystal Palace on Saturday with brothers Rechmial and Chad Miller and Jaleel Roper all taking gold medals.
 
Rechmial took the under 17 men's 100m title in 11.04 seconds racing into a stiff 1.9 metres per second. Chad took the under 15 100m title in a personal best of 11.28 to improve on his previous best of 11.28 set at Lee Valley in July. Chad , who is just 14, has shown a massive improvement on his best of 12.6 before the start of this season.
 
Eleven-year-old Roper made it a hat-trick of sprinting titles for Hercules Wimbledon as he took the under 13 boys 100m title in 12.71 to add to the two silver medals he won at the Surrey championships in May. The three titles was just reward for the hours of training the youngsters put in with coach Paul Miller, himself a former Surrey senior men's 100m champion.
 
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s senior men's team ended their league season with a win when they won the Rosenheim League final at Tooting Bec holding off strong challenges from South London rivals Kingston and Polytechnic and  Belgrave. It was their first victory in the event since 2004 and it was perhaps apt that Hercules Wimbledon should win as 2004 marks 50 years since the trophy was first contested in 1964.
 
It was presented for competition among clubs in South West London by athletics stalwart Jim Braben when he returned with a gold-coated plate from a trip to Rosenheim in Austria where he had led a party of Hercules Athletic Club for an athletics match with the town's club. Three years later, Hercules merged with Wimbledon Athletic Club to form the current club which will celebrate 50 years in 2017.
 
It proved a hard-earned win for Hercules Wimbledon and, after leading early on in the eight-sided contest, the team clinched victory with impressive performances in the final two track events, the 3000m and 4x200m relay to snatch victory.
 
Hercules Wimbledon provided only two winners with Fred Slemeck taking the 1500m and Nnamdi Odum the triple jump. Alex Robinson was second in the 3000m and Hamed Agboke, Esmond Ferns  and David Harris third in the 400 and 800m and 110m hurdles, respectively.
 
Antonio Douglas had a busy evening. He was third equal in the high jump and fifth in the 100 and 200m. Hercules Wimbledon managed to secure victory despite the absence of the club's top sprinters.
 
Rosenheim League final result: 1 Hercules Wimbledon 71.5; 2 Kingston & Polytechnic 68.5; 3 Belgrave 62; 4 Herne Hill 60; 5 Serpentine 54; 6 Epsom & Ewell 39; 7 Walton 15; 8 St Mary's Richmond 14.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's top women's marathon runner, Claire Grima, lifted two Surrey titles in one go when she competed in the Wimbledon Dash 5km road race at Wimbledon Park on Sunday. The race incorporated the Surrey championships and Grima, cheered by husband Dave and young sons Luca and Jasper, crossed the line in 18 minutes 14 seconds to take the Surrey senior and veteran women's gold medals. She finished just one second ahead of the second Surrey runner in the women's championship.
 
Top Hercules Wimbledon finisher among the 250 runners was steeplechaser Rob Tuer who finished 12th in 16:51. Over 40 veteran Peter Collins was 33rd in 17:44, just one second ahead of clubmate James Moorcroft. One of the oldest runners in the race was 70-year-old Peter Giles who was 127th in 20:39.
 
Hercules Wimbledon runners filled two of the first there places in the Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday. Milan Misak headed home the 314-strong field in a personal best of 17:38 with clubmate James Moorcroft third in 17:50. Charles Hampden-Smith was top veterans over 50 finisher in 19:26. Misak sliced 16 seconds off his previous best time in securing his first win in 46 appearances in the Wimbledon Common event. Over 45 veteran Lisa Thomas made it a Hercules Wimbledon double by taking the women's race in 19:36, the day's top age-graded performance.
 
In Oxfordshire, Hercules Wimbledon's Jonathan Cornish, made it a hat-trick of parkrun winners for Hercules Wimbledon  won for the second week at Abingdon in 16:24, the top age-graded performance.
 
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters are competing in the second of the South London Athletics Network Super Eight under 13 and under 15 League meetings at the David Weir Leisure Centre, Carshalton, on Sunday, starting at 10am.
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12-08-14 - WOMEN FINISH WITH A RECORD WIN

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club ended their Southern Women's League season on a high with a record-breaking win at Wimbledon Park on Saturday.
 
Meanwhile, Hercules Wimbledon's South of England senior men's 200m champion Dwayne Cowan smashed his own club 400m record with an outstanding performance in Denmark where he finished just behind England Commonwealth Games 4x400m relay gold medallist Daniel Awde.
 
Cowan, 29-year-old son of former Olympic hurdler Lloyd Cowan, who now coaches Olympic 400m champion Christine Ohuruogu, stormed to fourth place in the 400m in 46.52 seconds behind Awde (46.10) and ahead of another British international, Richard Buck (46.79), a member of Britain's gold medal-winning European indoor championships 4x400m relay team in 2013.
 
Cowan, who was competing in the biggest meeting of his life, bettered his own club record of 46.87 set at the LEAP meeting in Loughborough last month, and lifted himself into the top 20 in this season's UK rankings for the distance. "I was really pleased with my performance," said Cowan. "It was a tremendous experience competing abroad for the first time."
 
At Wimbledon Park, the Southern Women's League Division One squad ran out winners by almost 50 points, more than  double the winning margin they achieved in their previous home match in June when they finished 21 points clear of Haywards Heath, this season's Division One champions.
 
Hercules Wimbledon got off to a flying start on the track with Ruth Hampson and Heather Letley taking maximum points in the 400m hurdles by winning the A and B string races. Hampson and Letley later made it a double double as they won the 100m hurdles A and B races.
 
Amy Aronson and Gina Galbraith also secured maximum points in the 1500m taking the A and B races while over 45 veteran Lisa Thomas, who ran in the Wimbledon Common parkrun in the morning, had a double win taking the 800m A and 3000m B races. During the meeting Thomas and Steph Robson set club veteran over 45 and over 40 800m records.
 
South of England and Surrey medallist Emily Martin gained a double success as she took the long and triple jump A events with Letley finishing second in the B events. All-rounder Hampson and Martin completed individual hat-tricks in winning the shot A and B events. Hampson threw a lifetime best of 9.51m, adding 40 centimetres to her previous best set in 2011.
 
These wins were backed up by runners-up spots by Laura Wignall in the 100 and 200m A races with Ruby Henderson third in the 400m.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's Zara Hashmi gained a double success in taking both under 17 events. She triumphed in the under 17 80m and 300m hurdles. Tallulah Atkin was Hercules Wimbledon's stand-out competitor in the under 15 events taking the 100 and 200m A races with Maya Marek winning the 200m B event.
 
Sisters Connie and Hannah Baxter won the under 15 800 and 1500m B races with Isabelle Ellis and Sonia Lockwood taking runners-up spots in both A races. Ellis also won the long jump A event while Atkin was runner-up in the shot.
Match result: 1 Hercules Wimbledon 263.5; 2 Haywards Heath 263.5; 3 Harlow 178; 4 Chiltern 129; 5 Dorking & Mole Valley 120; 7 Swale Combined 30.
 
Hercules Wimbledon had a hat-trick of winners in Saturday's parkrun events. James Moorcroft won in a thrilling finish on Wimbledon Common as he headed home a 261-strong field in 17:53, just holding off his Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Milan Misak who was just one second behind. In contrast, Jonathan Cornish gained a runaway victory at Abingdon where he beat a 218-strong field in 16:23, finishing more than a minute ahead of his nearest rival and slicing four seconds off his previous best set in August 2012.Rob Tuer made a winning debut in Bishop's Park, Fulham, where he clocked 17.01 to win by 37 seconds.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's Pete Giles gained a hat-trick of silver medals in the British Masters championships in Birmingham. Pete Giles set veteran over 70 club records in taking silver in the 1500 and 5000m and also finished runner-up in the 800m. Dominic Bokor-Ingram made it a quartet of silver medals in finishing runner-up in the over 45 400m.
 
Hercules Wimbledon are staging a sprint and middle distance open graded meeting at Wimbledon Park Stadium on Wednesday night starting at 7pm. Entries will be accepted on the night. The events are 100, 200, 1500 and 3000m.
 
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon host the Surrey 5km road running championship from their Wimbledon Park track headquarters on Sunday. The race starts at 9.30am. On Saturday, Hercules Wimbledon are in action in the third of this season's Lily B league meetings at the David Weir Arena, Sutton, while some of the club's athletes will be chasing titles and medals in the South of England under 15 and under 17 championships at Crystal Palace on both days of the weekend. 
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5-08-14 - ANOTHER RECORD FOR  HW YOUNGSTER

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's talented young sprinter Jaleel Ropar gave another impressive display when he gained a double victory in the South London Athletics Network Super 8 meeting at Wimbledon Park on Sunday.
 
Ropar, 11, who has just left Haslemere Primary School, Mitcham, stormed to victory in his under 13 boys 100 and 200m races in 12.1 and 24.7 seconds. His 100m time equalled his own club record set at the Ebbisham Boys League meeting at Coulsdon last month while his 200m time bettered the club record he set the previous weekend when winning his 200m race for Surrey at the under 13 inter-county meeting at Kingsmeadow Stadium. At the start of the season, Ropar took the silver medal in both under 13 100 and 200m events at the Surrey championships at Kingsmeadow Stadium.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's Dwayne Cowan was the outstanding individual performer at the Soleus Southern Men's League final at the Thames Valley Athletic Centre, Eton, on Saturday. He won the 200m in 21.47and then anchored the 4x400m relay team to victory in the final track event of the match in 3:27.84, posting an individual split of 46.4. Other members of the team were teenager Rechmial Miller, Hamed Agboke and George Longworth.
 
Theo Etienne took the 100m in 11.01 and was runner-up in the 200m B race in 22.79. Miller was second in the 100m B race in 11.11. Liam White and Alex Robinson and Steve Bayton and Jonathan Cornish secured maximum points in the 1500 and 5000m in taking the A and B races in both events. Ben Toomer was runner-up in the 3000m steeplechase A race while Rob Tuer won the B event. Esmond Ferns set a club veterans over 35 record of 1:59.0 in the 800m where George Longworth was second in the B race. Devonte Caseley-Hayford, Miller, Kevin Owuso-Mantey and Joseph Chukwuadinula combined to take second spot in the 4x100m relay in 44.83.
 
Agboke was third in the 400m A race while all-rounder David Harris was third in the 400m hurdles B race and also contested the high hurdles, pole vault and high jump. Hercules Wimbledon managed to hang onto third team spot by just half-a-point to secure a set of team bronze medals.
 
Match result: 1 Kent AC 224; 2 Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow 223.5; 3 Hercules Wimbledon 21; 4 Harlow 209.5; 5 South London Harriers 174; 6 Cornwall 64; 7 Medway & Maidstone 25.
 
Hercules Wimbledon won two of the parkrun women's races on Saturday. Over 45 veteran Lisa Thomas led the way home on Wimbledon Common, returning to winning ways after finishing runner-up the previous weekend. She posted the top age-graded performance finishing 22nd overall out of 310 runners in 19:46. Clubmate Gina Galbraith was second woman finisher in 25th spot in 20:03.
 
Top Hercules Wimbledon finisher was over 40 veteran Peter Collins who was runner-up in 18:04, 19 seconds behind the winner. Adam Harwood was 11th in 18:47 and Charles Hampden-Smith 19th and third veteran over 50 in 19:36 just ahead of fellow supervet Adam Fenton who was 20th in 19:42.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's Hannah Bye was also the top woman finisher on her debut appearance in the Old Deer Park event in 21:44. Clubmate Dan Bratton was sixth in 20:07. Teenager Jack Collins was fourth out of 244 runners in the Richmond Park event in 18:35. Over 40 veteran Felix Allen was also fourth in 19:16 on his debut appearance in the Roundshaw Downs event.
 
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon host the final Southern Women's League Division One match of the season at Wimbledon Park. The match starts at 12pm with the first track event at 1.30pm. After winning the Rosenheim League Eastern Division title for the first time last month, Hercules Wimbledon will be aiminh for another win. Next Wednesday, Hercules Wimbledon's senior men's team are in action in the Rosenheim League final at Tooting Bec. The match starts at 6.30pm.
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29-07-14 - HISTORIC WOMEN'S LEAGUE TITLE WIN

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's senior women's track and field team made history when they won the Rosenheim League Eastern division women's title for the first time since the women's competition was introduced in 2010.
 
Going into the last of the five divisional matches with a narrow lead, the Hercules Wimbledon women dominated the match and ran out comfortable winners scoring almost twice the number of points of their nearest rivals. Surrey and South of England long jump medallist Emily Martin made a valuable contribution winning the long jump with 5.21m and taking second place in the hammer. She was also runner-up in the 100m with Lisa Thomas setting a club veteran women's over 45 record in finishing second in the 3000m.She then linked up with Shirley Denchie, Hannah Fernando and Heather Letley to anchor the 4x200m relay team to victory.
 
Match result: 1 Hercules Wimbledon 22; 2 Herne Hill 12; 3 Belgrave 10; 4 Croydon 6; 5 Serpentine 5. Final standings: 1 Hercules Wimbledon 23.5; 2 Belgrave 20.5; 3 Serpentine 11; 4 Herne Hill 10.5; 5 Croydon 5.5.
 
It proved a good evening for the Hercules Wimbledon athletes as the club completed a winning double with the men also winning their team contest. Best individual efforts came from Johnnie Bland, Austin Ferns, Michael Franklin and Oliver Tresise who won the 1500m, 400m hurdles, pole vault and long jump, respectively.
 
These four wins were backed up by runners-up spots in the 400m and 800m by Hamed Agboke and Esmond Fernswho also helped Hercules Wimbledon to second place in the 4x200m relay. Antonio Douglas and Tarick McDowell were third in the 100 and 200mwith Dave Orchard and Stuart Milton third in the discus and hammer.
 
The meeting saw a clutch of records with Esmond Ferns setting new figures for the veterans over 35 400m hurdles, Charles Lawrie breaking the over 65 100 and 400m records and Peter Giles breaking the over 70 3000m record.
Match result: 1 Hercules Wimbledon 46; 2 Herne Hill 36; 3 Belgrave 32; 4 Serpentine 31; 5 Croydon 26. Final standings: 1 Belgrave 20; 2 Herne Hill 17; 3 Hercules Wimbledon 16; 4 Serpentine 12; 5 Croydon 8. Hercules Wimbledon qualified for the men's final at Tooting Bec on Wednesday, August 13th, starting at 6.30pm.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's talented young sprinter Jaleel Ropar was in superb form when he helped the Surrey team to second place in the Boys under 13 inter-counties meeting at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Sunday. Ropar, 11, broke the club under 13 boys 200m record when he won his race in 24.90. He smashed the previous record of 25.4 set by Martin Giraud in 1990. Ropar also won his 100m race in 12.22. He is ranked fourth in the UK this summer in his age group over both distances.
 
Sprinters Max Mondelli and Rechmial Miller also showed good form at the Lee Valley Sprints meeting. Mondelli won his 100m race in 10.79 ahead of Miller (10.91). Mondelli pposted a personal best time of 21.77 in finishing second in his 200m race.Double Surrey boys under sprint 15 silver medallist Chad Miller clocked a personal best of 11.47 in his 100m race.
 
Lisa Thomas was first woman veteran over 45 in the Wedding Day 7km race in Bushy Park with clubmate Anna Garnier top woman over 55 finisher. Tom Cheetham was top veteran over 45 finisher in the Capital Runners 10km race in Richmond Park on Sunday.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's Jonathan Cornish claimed a record-winning parkrun triumphed when he gained a runaway victory in the Brockenhurst College event in Hertfordhsire in 16:16, more than three minutes clear of the second runner. Tom Cheetham was 11th out of more than 400 runners in Nonsuch Park while Lisa Thomas was second woman finisher on Wimbledon Common where there were almost 300 runners.Michael Lammie was runner-up in the junior parkrun in Wimbledon Park on Sunday.
 
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon contest the Soleus Southern Men's League play-off at the Thames Valley Athletic Centre, Eton, on Saturday. The match starts at 1pm and Hercules Wimbledon qualified by finishing runners-up in the Division One Central Division. The top teams from the westrn and southern divisions will \also take part in the match.
 
On Sunday morning, Hercules Wimbledon host the first of three South London Athletics Network under 17 and under 20 trophy meetings at their Wimbledon Park track headquarters, starting at 10.30am. Two Hercules Wimbledon athletes have been invited to represent Surrey in the South of England under 20 inter-counties meeting at Allianz Park, Hendon on Sunday. They are sprinter Theo Etienne and javelin thrower Marco Max Mondelli. 
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22-07-14 - COWAN SMASHES OWN 400M CLUB RECORD

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's South of England senior men's 200m champion Dwayne Cowan produced his best form of the season when he smashed his own club 400m record in winning his one lap race at the LEAP  meeting at Loughborough on Saturday.
 
Cowan, 29, stormed round in 46.87 seconds to chop almost half-a-second off his own record of 47.28 set at Norman Park, Bromley, in August last year. Breaking the 47 second barrier for the first time has lifted Cowan into the top 25 one lap runners in the UK this summer. He also ran in the 200m where he was second in his race in 21.34.
 
At the other end of the age scale, teenager Rechmial Miller posted a personal best time of 10.8 when he won the 100m representing Surrey in the South of England under 17 inter-counties meeting at Mountbatten Stadium, Portsmouth, on Sunday. Miller, 16, is the Surrey men's under 17 100m champion.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's older members ended their Southern Veterans League season on a winning note when they took the honours in the final men's match at Wimbledon Park. Hercules Wimbledon provided six winners during the match in which three club records were set. Early on, Esmond Ferns won the over 35 800m, with Dean Cheeseman taking the over 35 high jump and over 40 triple jump. Team manager Dave Orchard had a busy time taking the over 50 discus and finishing runner-up in the 2km walk and javelin and third in the triple jump.
 
Another individual winner was Stuart White who took the over 50 200m. He also linked up with Ferns, Mark White and Dominic Bokor-Ingram to help Hercules Wimbledon win the 4x200m relay in a club record veterans over 35 time. Richard Clark was another breaker in the veterans over 55 2km walk while Charles Lawrie broke the veterans over 65 record in finishing runner-up in the over 60 triple jump. He was also second in the over 60 200 and 800m.
 
Southern Veterans League South West London Division Match result: 1 Hercules Wimbledon 151; 2 Epsom & Ewell 149; 3 Kingston & Polytechnic 128; 4 Striders of Croydon 122; 5 Croydon 65.5; 6 Walton 54; 7 Dorking & Mole Valley 16.
 
Lisa Thomas broke two Hercules Wimbledon's women's veteran over 45 records in the women's match. Her record-breaking performances were in the 200m and 5000m. Steph Robson also set a club veterans over 40 record in the 800m and Gina Galbraith broke the over 35 record in winning the 5000m.
 
One of Hercules Wimbledon's oldest members, 70-year-old Peter Giles has set two club records. He set a five mile mark in the Claygate Country Show race and broke the 5km record in winning his age group title in the Veterans Athletic Club's over 70 veteran's 5km road race title in Battersea Park. His time of 20:10 ranks him third over 70 runner in the UK this season. Anna Garnier won the women's over 55 title in Battersea Park.
 
Hercules Wimbledon had two winners in Saturday's parkrun events. Marathon runner Claire Grimaclocked a personal best of 18:31 in winning the women's event at Killerton, Devon, in 18:31, finishing seventh overall out of 283 runners. Her time sliced one second off her best time set on her debut appearance in August 2011. Husband Dave was third in 17:50. Isabelle Ellis, one of the youngest runners in the race, made a winning debut when she won the women's race in the Bishop's Park, Fulham, event in 20:50 while Lisa Thomas was second woman in 19:45 in the Wimbledon Common event. Top Hercules Wimbledon finisher was Peter Collins who was fourth out fo 263 runners in 18:28. Amelia Casey was third woman in the Richmond Park event.
 
Thomas was top woman veteran over 45 finisher in the Elmbridge 10km road race at Walton-on-Thames on Sunday in 40:20. Hercules Wimbledon's Thomas Haunstetter and Michael Lammie were second and third in the junior parkrun 2km event in Wimbledon Park on Sunday.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's Jaleel Ropar, who is currently ranked fourth in the 100m in the UK in his age group this summer, will be racing for Surrey in the 100 and 200m and 4x100m relay at the Derek Crookes under 13 Inter-Counties meeting at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Sunday. Ropar took the silver medal in both events at the Surrey championships at Kingsmeadow in May. Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters are also competing in the South London Athletics Network under 17 and under 20 trophy meeting at Battersea Park on Sunday.
 
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15-07-14 - SENIOR MEN QUALIFY FOR LEAGUE FINAL

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's Soleus Southern Men's League team ended their Division 1C season on a high by gaining a narrow win in their final match at Tooting Bec on Saturday and putting icing on the cake by providing the winner of the Man of the Match award. As a result, the team has been invited to compete in the Soleus Southern Men's League final at the Thames Valley Athletic Centre, Eton, on Saturday, August 2nd.
 
South of England 200m champion Dwayne Cowan led the way by storming to victory in the 400m in  47.75 seconds, the outstanding performance of the day, to win the Man of the Match award. He was just outside his personal best of 47.28 set last season. Hamed Agboke secured maximum points in the event by taking the B race.
 
The match started with a win on the track as former junior international Austin Ferns, returning to action after injury, took the 400m hurdles in 56.13. There were also maximum points in the pole vault with Mike Franklin and David Harris taking the A and B contest. Nnamdi Odum took the triple jump with 13.75m, Joseph Chukwuadinula the 100m in 11.04, Alex Robinson the 1500m and Antonio Douglas the high jump. Douglas then linked up with Chukwuadinula, Odum and Kevin Owusu-Manley to secure victory in the 4x100m relay.
 
There were other good performances from George Longworth and Liam White, who won the 800m and 5000m B races, and Esmond Ferns, Steve Bayton, Jonathan Cornish, Robert Tuer and Alex Urban who were second in the 800m A, 1500m B, 5000m A 3000m steeplechase A and 3000m steeplechase B races. Kevin Owusu-Manley was sewcond in the B long jump.
 
Match result: 1 Hercules Wimbledon 221; 2 Soouth London Harriers 213; 3 Kent AC 211; 4 Herne Hill 198; 5 Victoria Park & Tower Hamlets 126; 6 Dorking & Mole Valley and Reigate Priory 23; 7 London AC and Queen's Park 20.
 
Hercules Wimbledon also performed well in their third Southern Women's League Division One match at Crawley, taking runners-up spot in a seven-match contest. Surrey long jump medallist Emily Martin had a busy time winning the long jump and javelin, taking second in the shot and discus and third place in the hammer before linking up with Ruth Hampson, Emilie Bokor-Ingram and Ayoola Ajayi to win the sprint relay. She threw personal bests of 9.38 and 24.30m in the shot and discus. The following day, she was in action for Surrey in an inter-county match at Mile End where she won the long jump B event with 5.32m.
 
Marathon runner Claire Grima gained a fine double on th track taking the 1500 and 3000m A races at Crawley with Amy Aronson securing maximum points in both events by winning the B string races. Other winners at Crawley were Ruth Hampson (100m hurdles A), 400m hurdles A, shot B and javelin B), Emilie Bokor-Ingram (400m A), Lisa Thomas (400m B, 800m B), Heather Letley (100m hurdles B) and Ayoola Ajayi (under 17 300m hurdles A and 80m hurdles B). Bokor-Ingram also anchored the 4x400m relay to victory linking up with Zara Hashmi, Letley and Hannah Fernando.
 
Match result: 1 Haywards Heath 294; 2 Hercules Wimbledon 245; 3 Harlow 187; 4 Dorking & Mole Valley 178; 5 Paddock Wood 138; 6 Swale Combined 51; 7 Chiltern 34. Hercules Wimbledon host the final match at Wimbledon park on August 9th.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's top sprinter Max Mondelli captained Surrey to an overall team win at the English Schools Championships at Birmingham on Saturday - the third successive year Surrey have won the aggregate trophy. He set by example taking the silver medal in the senior boys 100m in 10.84, finishing ahead of his Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Theo Etienne who took the bronze medal, representing Hertfordshire in 10.88. A third Hercules Wimbledon athlete competing at Birmingham, Rechmial Miller, was fifth in the intermediate boys 100m in 11.02.
 
Hercules Wimbledon teenager Zac Purnell broke the course record by eight seconds in beat 80 other runners to win Sunday's junior parkrun at Wimbledon Park in 7:06. Ciara Kennedy was the first girl finishing 5th in 8:32.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's Gina Galbraith was the first woman to finish in the Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday in 19:59. It was her first win since February. Top Hercules Wimbledon finisher was Adam Harwood who as fifth out of 331 runners in 18:33. Fred Slemeck maintained his unbeaten record in the Basingstoke event when he posted his third in there in 16:21, beating almost 200 other runners.
 
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's road runners are in action in the Elmbridge 10km road race at Walton-on-Thames on Sunday. Hercules Wimbledon's women's team are aiming to lift the Rosenheim League Eastern Division title for the first time when they go into the final match at Tooting Bec next Wednesday evening with a narrow lead over rivals Belgrave. The men are also in action there aiming to clinch a place in the Rosenheim League final, also at Tooting Bec, on August 13th. Next Wednesday's meeting starts at 6.45pm.
 
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8-07-14 - YOUNGSTER ROPER CRACKS SPRINT RECORD

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's young sprinter Jaleel Roper made history when he broke the club's boys under 13 100m record at the final Ebbisham League meeting of the season at Coulsdon on Sunday.
 
Roper, just 12, sprinted home in 12.1 seconds to eclipse the 12.4 clocked by Martin Giraud back in 1990, 12 years before he was born. His time improved on the 12.49 he clocked when taking the silver medal in the Surrey championships at Kingsmeadow in May and the 12.4 he posted at the last Ebbisham League meeting at Walton in June.
 
He almost made it a record-breaking double as he stormed to victory in the 200m in 25.5, just one-tenth of a second slower than the record Giraud set, also in 1990. It sliced two-hundredths of a second off the time he posted in taking the silver medal in the Surrey championships. His times rank him fourth in the UK in his age group in the 100m this summer and seventh in the 200m. Another Hercules Wimbledon winner at Coulsdon was Phillip Danbinski who took the 100 and 400m B and was second in the 200m A race.
 
The Hercules Wimbledon women go marching on. They emerged winners of the fourth Rosenheim League Eastern Division match of the season at Battersea Park where they held off a strong challenge from rivals Belgrave Harriers. Seasoned pole vaulter Alison Murray was the only individual winner with a 3.00m clearance while the 4x200m relay team also triumphed. Emilie Bokor Ingram was second in the 200m and newcomer Leanne Bettis runner-up in the shot. The win leaves Hercules Wimbledon top of the division with just one match remaining at Tooting Bec on July 23rd.
 
Match result: 1 Hercules Wimbledon 21; 2 Belgrave 17; 3 Serpentine 9; 4 Herne Hill 5. Standings after four matches: 1 Hercules Wimbledon 18.5; 2 Belgrave 17.5; 3 Serpentine 10; 4 6.5; 5 Croydon 4.5.
 
Sprinter Joseph Chukwuadinula took the 100m in the men's match with Sean Hall winning the 400m in 49.5.Kieran White was second in the 1500m, Hamed Agboke third in the triple jump and Kevin Snelling third in the hammer. In a tight match, Hercules Wimbledon were fourth but are in third place overall.
 
Match result: 1 Belgrave 39; 2 Serpentine 36; 3 Herne Hill 35; 4 Hercules Wimbledon 30; 5 Croydon 27. Standings after four matches: 1 Belgrave 18; 2 Herne Hill 13; 3 Hercules Wimbledon 11; 4 Serpentine 10; 5 Croydon 8.
 
During the meeting Peter Giles broke two Hercules Wimbledon men's over 70 records in the 800 and 1500m with times of 2:43.3 and 5:30.2, respectively.
 
At the other end of the age scale, teenager Zac Purnell took the silver medal in the London Schools Year 7 and 8 800m championship at Mile End in 2:21.2.
 
Jaqui Clark was Hercules Wimbledon's only A string winner in the second of this season's Lily B League meetings at Croydon on Saturday. She took the under 17 javelin. Ayoola Ajayi was runner-up in both the under 17 100 and 200m with Elizabeth Thatcher and Elsie Williams also second in the under 13 discus and javelin. Connie Baxter and Maya Merek won the under 13 discus B and javelin B contests.
 
Hercules Wimbledon had two parkrun winners in Saturday's events. Jonathan Cornish beat a 200-strong field at Abingdon where he clocked 16:51while over 45 veteran Lisa Thomas continued her winning run on Wimbledon Common where she was first woman in 19:35 finishing 13th overall out of 283 runners. Milan Misak was second out of 157 runners in Bishop's Park, Fulham in 17:48.
 
Hercules Wimbledon are facing a busy time with three matches in three days. The Southern Men's League team are in their final Division One match of the season at Tooting Bec on Saturday with the Southern Women's league team travelling to Crawley for their third match of the season, also on Saturday. Then, on Monday, Hercules Wimbledon host the final Southern Veterans League South West London Division meeting of the season at their Wimbledon Park track headquarters starting at 6.30pm.
 
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1-07-14 - HAT-TRICK OF HW PARKRUN WINNERS

Hercules Wimbledon veteran Kieran White was one of three parkrun race winners on Saturday. A week after leading Hercules Wimbledon to the Surrey 10km road running team title at Petersham, White triumphed at Lloyd Park, Croydon, where he finished more than a minute clear of his nearest rival in heading home the 173-strong field in 16 minutes 44 seconds. He also posted the top age-graded performance.
 
He kept up an impressive record posting his seventh win in eight appearances at Croydon. It was also his fastest time over the undulating circuit since recording his personal best time of 16:33 back in August 2012 and was just 11 seconds outside his best time for the course.
 
Clubmate Andrew Penney repeated his debut appearance win in May when he led home 184 runners in the Bishop's Park event in Fulham in 16:41. However, he was 34 seconds slower than his time in May although he also won the race by more than a minute.
 
Over 45 veteran Jeremy Purnell posted his second-best time in 11 appearances in Bishop's Park in finishing ninth in 19:02, just seven seconds slower than his best set at the end of May, while Daniel Bratton chopped 26 seconds off his previous best time set in January in finishing 14th in 19:32. Hannah Bye was just 12 seconds outside her best time for the course in finishing second in the women's race in 21:10. Over 35 veteran Graham Pennie posted a personal of 21:29 in finishing 43rd while teenager Isabella Kessell also posted a personal best in finishing fourth in the women's race in 21:52.
 
Over 45 veteran Lisa Thomas continued her winning sways in the Wimbledon Common parkrun where she once again headed home the women's field. She posted the top age-graded performance as she finished overall 27th out of 352 runners in 19:52. It was the first leg of a busy weekend for Thomas as pin Sunday she turned out in the Harry Hawkes 10 miles road race at Thames Ditton where she broke the Hercules Wimbledon veteran women's over 45 club record with a time of 66:36. She was 44th out of almost 350 runners finishing eighth in the women's race. Her time smashed the previous club record of 76:01 set by Alison Purnell at Battersea Park in March 2012. Third in the women's race at Thames Ditton was Amy Aronson who was just 21 seconds behind the winner in 63:31.
 
Thomas was one of 18 Hercules Wimbledon runners in Saturday's Wimbledon Common parkrun. First of the gold and red sash-vested Hercules Wimbledon runners to cross the line was 12-year-old Harris Mier who finished 10th in a personal best time of 18:19. His time sliced 31 seconds off his previous best set in July 2013. Peter Collins was second over 40 veteran finisher in 11th place in 18:29 with Charles Hampden-Smith runner-up in the over 50 category in 19:14. Gina Galbraith was second woman  finisher in 20:03.
 
Tom Cheetham, who was top veteran over 45 finisher in 19:40, also had a busy weekend as he took part in the Capital Runners 10km event in Bushy Park on Sunday finishing 27th out of 334 runners in 39:53.
 
On the track, Hercules Wimbledon's Dwayne Cowan clocked a season's best in finishing third in his 200m heat in the Sainsbury's British Athletics Championships at Alexander Stadium, Birmingham, on Saturday, in 21.56. But, with only eight of the 26 runners in the four first round heats progressing to the final best was eliminated. He was 15th fastest.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters are in action on both Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, they are competing in the second of this season's Lily B girls league meetings at Croydon while on Sunday the boys are contesting the third of this season's Ebbisham League meetings at Stompond Lane, Walton.
 
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