PRESS RELEASES for Hercules Wimbledon AC for 2003

29/12/03 - ESTLE'S WINNING END TO BIG YEAR
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's top race walker Estle Viljoen ended what proved to be an outstanding year when she walked away with a bumper clutch of three prizes from Ilford Athletic Club's open 10 kilometres road walk at Chigwell Row during the festive season.
The 33-year-old Haslemere Primary, Mitcham, schoolteacher showed useful form to take the women's race by more than 10 minutes in 50min 32sec. She finished third in the race in which she was beaten by just two men. Apart from the women's individual prize, Estle was also awarded the style prize for her attractive and efficient walking action and also took an award for the women's team prize.
The year 2003 was a momentous one for Viljoen in which she achieved a lifelong ambition of gaining international selection for her native South Africa. She was selected for the All Africa Gamnes in Nigeria where made a really outstanding international debut by taking the gold medal in the women's 20 kilometres walk. Following that triumph, she was selected to compete in the inaugural Afro-Asian Games in Hyderabad where just a few weeks later she took the individual bronze medal in the women's 10000 metres track walk.
Hercules Wimbledon's Peter Giles had a good run in the Ronhill Surrey Classic 10 kilometres road race in Epsom's Horton Country Park where he was the first veteran over 55 finishing 24th of almost 300 runners in 38min 50sec.
Another Hercules Wimbledon road runner, Roy Burgess finished well up in the annual Hog's Back 8.1 miles road race in Guildford which was revived this year after the 2002 event was cancelled because of road works. He finished 11th of more than 500 runners in 47min 7sec.
One of Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters also did well in the Holly Run boys under 15 race at Reigate Priory. Michael O'Halloran finished fifth in the race in 18min 32sec.
O'Halloran will be in the sizeable Hercules Wimbledon contingent taking part in the annual Surrey cross country championships at Croydon's Lloyd Park this weekend. Hercules Wimbledon will be represented in most of the championships races on Saturday.


22/12/03 - HW STAGE LAST RACE OF THE YEAR
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club runners will get an early chance to work off any Christmas excesses when they take part in the joint Hercules Wimbledon and Lauriston Runners Club seven miles road race on Saturday. The race is over a relatively flat course and starts and finishes on the Causeway near the Fox and Grapes pub. Runners are due off at 2pm.
Anyone who fancies a run at the weekend - one of their last chances to get a race in 2003 - will be welcome to take part. A large contingent of runners from Thames Hare and Hounds are expected to join the event as they have accepted Hercules Wimbledon's invitation to take part in this turn of the year road race in recent years.
There was a good turn out for Hercules Wimbledon's Christmas Cracker Relay at Wimbledon Park with around 50 athletes taking part.
Talented teenage cross country runner Alex Bodin spearheaded his quartet, Alex's Angels, to victory in 13 minutes 23 seconds. The other members of the winning team were Dominik Leeson, Jake Bodin and Nadia Abdulla. The quartet of Hugh Saxby, Flo King, Matt Zaceck and Rosemary Fernando were runners-up in 14min with Royden John, Barry King, daughter Amadine King and Lisa Shaughnessy taking third spot in 14:04.
Hercules Wimbledon's Medina Knepsl had a useful run in the second of this season's Surrey Ladies League cross country races in Lightwater Country Park, Bagshot. Medina finished a good third in the women's under 17 race in 17:59, just 44 secodns behind the race winner, leading Hercules Wimbledon to third team place.
Serena Brotherton also had a good run in the girls under 15 race where she finished in 10th place with clubmate Imogen Stoddart, trying to regain her fitness after suffering a bout of 'flu, taking 19th spot.
Hercules Wimbledon are keen to expand their girls' cross country section and anyone interested in joining the squad should contact joint team managers Nodlaig and Arthur Stoddart at the club's Wimbledon Park training headquarters any Tuesday or Thursday night.


15/12/03 - YOUNGSTERS SHOW WINNING FORM
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's youngsters were again in fine form in the second of this season's Sweatshop Surrey Cross Country League meetings at Lightwater Country Park, Bagshot. They dominated the young athletes races and look set to take the main honours for the season.
Heading the successful Hercules Wimbledon contingent was promising teenager Alex Bodin who raced away with the joint under 15'S and under 17's race in 11min 26sec with Damien Robertson runner-up in the under 15 section just a little way behind in 11min 56sec.
Richard Vanderpuije was fourth in the under 17 race in 12min 26sec followed by Ben Saxby (12min 44sec) and Oliver Sanchez 13min 7sec), and Michael O'Halloran and Jake Bodin were third and fourth in the under 15's race in 12min 51sec and 12min 59sec. Hercules Wimbledon were clear winners of the under 15 and under 17 team honours and now hold a commanding lead in that section of the competition.
Jonathan Burgess led the Hercules Wimbledon contingent home in the boys under 13 event finishing runner-up in 13min 35sec with team-mates Richard Hadley, Fergus Stoddart and Harry Wignall seventh, ninth and 10th in 14min 21sec, 14min 30sec and 14min 31sec, respectively. Hercules Wimbledon were runners-up in the team contest and, overall, are also holding second place in the competition half way through the season.
Hercules Wimbledon runners face a busy time in the run-up to the festive season. On Saturday, they host an inter-club race on Wimbledon Common where the visitors include Thames Hare and Hounds, Herne Hill Harriers and the Bank of England. There will be a seasonal touch to the event with Christmas pudding prizes for the main category winners as well as awards for winners of the Hercules Wimbledon championships decided in conjunction with the race.
The races in which seniors run five miles and youngsters half that distance start at 2pm from near the Thatched Cottage on Wimbledon Common. Afterwards, there will be the usual seasonal refreshments back at Lauriston Cottage.
Next Thursday will see a little bit of history with the 50th running of the annual Lauriston Runners Christmas Day paarlauf. The event involves pairs of runners, selected on the day, running alternately around a loop which takes in South Side, Parkside, and Causeway, Wimbledon Village for 30 minutes. The pair to complete the furthest distance are the winners.
The event starts at 11am from outside Lauriston Cottage but anyone wanting to take part needs to be at the start by 10.30am to allow time for the pairings to be chosen. After the paarlauf there will be the traditional drink of hot punch plus the usual Christmas fare of mince pies and sausage rolls.


8/12/03 - ANOTHER FINE HAT-TRICK BY EMILY
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's talented teenager Emily Martin gave another fine display in the second of this winter's Surrey Sportshall meetings at Guildford's Spectrum Leisure Centre.
Emily once again proved herself the top individual in the girls under 15 section where she gained an individual hat-trick and then linked up with her Hercules Wimbledon team-mates Nadia Abdulla and Serena Brotherton to help take third place in the relay. Her individual successes came in the four lap race, the standing long jump and the speed bounce.
Serena was runner-up in the speed bounce event and was also well placed in the four lap race and vertical jump while Nadia was well placed in the two lap race and vertical jump.
Twins Jennifer and Rosemary Fernando flew the Hercules Wimbledon flag in the girls under 13 events. Jennifer was second in the four lap race and Rosemary runner-up in the six lap event.
Newcomer Luis Garcia was impressive on his Sportshall debut in the boys under 13 events. He was second in the two lap race and also highly placed in the standing long jump. Richard Hadley also performed well finishing runner-up in his six lap race as well as doing well in the high jump.
Two other Hercules Wimbledon athletes in action were Fergus Stoddart in the boys under 13 long jump and another newcomer James de Souza in the shot. The under 13 squad of Garcia, Hadley and Stoddart also took third place in the relay.
Another Hercules Wimbledon youngster Michael O'Halloran was in action for his school in the English Schools cross country cup final in Middlesbrough. O'Halloran He was 71st out of 139 finishers in the intermediate boys race.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon runners are in action at Lightwater Country Park on Saturday in the second of this season's Surrey Ladies Cross Country League and Sweatshop Surrey Men's Cross Country League Division Two matches. The senior women's race is at 12.30 followed by the age group races. The men's yong athletes league race is at 2.30pm followed by the seniors at 3pm.
Hercules Wimbledon hold their annual seasonal pre-Christmas relays at their Wimbledon Park track headquarters next Tuesday (December 16) starting at 7pm. There will be a trophy for the team winners of the novelty race while all competitors and officials will receive a goody bag and free refreshments of a seasonal nature will also be provided.


1/12/03 - TEENAGE TRIO IN UK RANKINGS
Three of Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's most talented youngsters have been highly placed in the UK age group rankings for 2003.
Heading the trio is 15-year-old Emily Martin, who crowned her season by taking the bronze medal in the AAA girls under 15 long jump championship at Sheffield in August. Earlier she gained a hat-trick of titles at the Surrey County Champioinships in May where she won the 100 and 200 metres and long jump gold medals and also won the London Schools junior girls long jump title in June where she also took the silver medal in the 100 metres.
During the year she also won the South of England girls under 15 long jump title at Watford. Now, her best long jump effort of the summer, 5.57 metres, ranks her fourth in the country in her age group. It represented a hefty improvement on her previous best before this year of just 5.15 metres.
Ike Mba, who gained a surprise win in the men's under 17 long jump championship at the AAA age group championships at Sheffield in August is ranked ninth in that event with a leap of 6.79 metres. That was the distance he achieved with his final leap of the competition to take the gold medal at Sheffield. He triumphed in the long jump after posting a disappointing performance in what he thought was his main event, the triple jump. He failed to reach the final of that event.
He best triple jump achievement came at the Surrey Schools Championships in June where he clinched the gold medal with his final attempt.But, his best triple jump effort of the summer, 13.48 metres, ranks him 20th in the country.
Jade Lally was another Hercules Wimbledon athlete to show an impressive improvement during 2003. She won the Surrey Schools intermediate girls discus title in June with 31.11 metres and just failed to make the Surrey team for the English Schools Championships. But, in august, she reached the final of the AAA women's under 17 discus event in her first appearance at a national championship and ended the season with a best throw of 37.22 metres to rank 12th in the country for her age group.
Having achieved a hat-trick in the opening meeting last month, Emily Martin will again be heading the Hercules Wimbledon contingent competing in the second of this season's Surrey County AA Sportshall Indoor Meetings at the Spectrum Leisure Centre, Guildford, on Sunday.
Hercules Wimbledon's cross country runners will be in action in the annual Ellis Trophy men's five miles race and Dysart Cup women's 3.8 miles race in Richmond Park on Saturday.


24/11/03 - BIRTHDAY WIN FOR SUPERVET TUCK
Hercules Wimbledon's outstanding supervet Grenville Tuck celebrated his 53rd birthday with a runaway win in the second of this season's cross country races organised by the Veterans Athletic Club on Wimbledon Common.
Tuck made certain that the pouring rain was not going to upset his birthday plans and took the lead from the start of the 6.2 miles race to win by more than a minute in 34min 20sec. Hercules Wimbledon runners dominated the race by filling three of the first four places. Eric Blackmore, a mere youngster compared with Tuck at 41, was third to finish in 36min 40sec with another Hercules Wimbledon supervet, Stu Littlewood fourth in 37min 44sec.
Two other Hercules Wimbledon runners in the race were over 45 veteran Tom Morris, who finished eighth in 39min 2sec and Neil Robson, who was first over 55 veteran, in 10th place in 39min 58sec.
Hercules Wimbledon's representation at the London Heathrow Youth Games cross country championships staged at a sodden Parliament Hill Fields was cut by the flu bug which is currently sweeping the country. Brother and sister Imogen and Fergus Stoddart had to give the races a miss as they were laid low.
But, Hercules Wimbledon still had plenty of runners in action. Best of the bunch was Ben Saxby who finished 30th in the boys 15 to 16-year-olds 4.5 kilometres race in 17min 53sec, running for Merton. Michael O'Halloran, running in the younger 13 to 14-year-olds three kilometres race finished 31st in 11min 8sec helping Sutton take the team bronze medals.
Two Hercules Wimbledon runners in the girls 13 to 14-year-olds two kilometres race were Serena Brotherton and Nadia Abdulla who were 53rd and 63rd for Merton in 9min 7sec and 9min 17sec, respectively.
As vital as having competitors, officials are an important ingredient for athletic club and Hercules Wimbledon are celebrating a big boost to their team of officials. General secretary Pat Yeates, joint women's track and field team manager Ann Martin and Gill England all qualified as field events officials while Nigel Brotherton passed his timekeeper's test at a course run by Surrey County Athletic Association. They will now become part of Hercules Wimbledon's meetings promotion team.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are competing in an inter-club seven miles cross country match hosted by Kingston and Polytechnic in Richmond Park. The match starts from near Sheen Gate at 2.30pm.


17/11/03 - HW RUNNERS COMPETE IN LONDON RACES
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club youngsters face a tough test this weekend when they compete for various boroughs in the annual Heathrow London Youth Games cross country championships at Parliament Hill Fields, North London on Saturday.
Around 10 clubs members will be turning out for Merton with Imogen Stoddart, Serena Brotherton and Nadia Abdulla down to run in the girls 13 and 14-year-olds race and the trio of Fergus Stoddart, Deyan Knepsl and Charlie Carrington in the boys under 13 squad. Amadine King and Medena Knepsl are due to run in the senior girls race with Dominik Leeson in Merton's team for the boys 13 and 14-year-olds event and Ben Saxby and Richard Vanderpuije in the senior boys race.
Two other Hercules Wimbledon runners in action will be Jamie-Lee Carley, competing for Wandsworth and Damien Robertson for Kensington and Chelsea.
It was third time lucky for Hercules Wimbledon's Stephanie Robson when she competed in the annual Civil Service women's cross country championships in Richmond Park. After finishing third for the last two years, Stephanie managed to lift the title in impressive style leaving the field well behind her as she crossed the finishing line in 26min 58sec, almost two minutes ahead of the second runner. Her victory was her second Civil Service title of the year. During the summer she won the 10 kilometres road running championship in Battersea Park.
Now back in Merton and her teaching job at Mitcham's Haslemere Primary School where pupils and staff have been watching her achievements with avid interest, Hercules Wimbledon's Estle Viljoen top race walker Estle Viljoen returns to the domestic scene this weekend when she competes in the annual Belgrave Harriers open seven miles walk in Wimbledon Village on Saturday.
After her seven weeks of globetrotting, it will be a change for Estle to be racing on her doorstep. The start of Saturday's race is just around the corner to her home in Parkside. She won the All African women's 20 kilometres road walking title in Nigeria and finished third in the inaugural Afro-Asian Games women's 10 kilometres road walk in Hyderabad. She has a host of stories to tell about her trip especially how she was escorted by an armed guard everywhere she went in the Indian city.
But, there was also a tinge of sadness to her experiences. A fortnight before her victory in the All African Games, her mother, who had been ill with cancer, died. Estle, who managed to speak to her on the phone just an hour before she passed away, attended her funeral before competing in Nigeria which was the achievement of a lifelong ambition to compete for her native South African.


10/11/03 - ANOTHER CLASS RACE WALK BY ESTLE
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Clubs ace woman race walker, Estle Viljoen, followed up her superb victory in the All African womens 20 kilometres road walking championship in Nigeria with another medal-winning effort in the inaugural Afro-Asian Games in Hyderabad, India.
She took the bronze medal in the womens 10000m track walk in 52min 1.30sec behind Algerias Bahie Bassad (51min 23.70sec) and Indias Jasmine Kaur (51min 36.60sec).
There is no doubt Estle, 32, has had plenty to tell her pupils at Mitchams Haslemere Primary School, where she is a form teacher, about her international walking exploits.
Hercules Wimbledons mens cross country captain Steve Sinnott also had a good run in the Dublin Marathon. Eighteen months after vowing to his clubmates he would not be racing over the gruelling 26.2 miles marathon distance again, Sinnott clocked 2hr 42min 25sec to move up to fifth place on Hercules Wimbledons veterans all-time list. His previous best time of 2hr 48min 13sec was achieved in the Flora London marathon in April 2002.
Hercules Wimbledons Roy Burgess had a good run in the Ronhill Surrey Classic 10 kilometres road race at Oxshott taking second place in 34min 48sec, just 21 seconds behind the race winner. His Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Peter Giles was the first veteran over 55 finishing 25th out of more than 300 runners in 39min 4sec.
Two other Hercules Wimbledon runners in the race were supervet Stu Littlewood who was 40th and fourth veteran over 50 in 41min 5sec and Ian Isherwood who was 161st in 48min 9sec.
Giles also had a good run in the Woking monthly three miles road race where he was first veteran over 55 in 17min 18sec.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledons cross country runners are competing in the South of England veteterans cross country championships at Margate on Sunday. A scheduled cross country match against Veterans Athletic Club due to be staged on Wimbledon Common on Saturday has been cancelled.


3/11/03 - SPORTSHALL HAT-TRICK FOR EMILY
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's Emily Martin gained a hat-trick of wins when she competed in the opening Surrey Sportshall indoor meeting at Guildford's Spectrum Leisure Centre.
In one of her final appearances in the under 15 age group, the Burntwood School, Tooting, pupil triumphed in her speciality, the long jump, in which she won a bronze medal at the AAA under 15 championships during the summer, the speed bounce and the four lap race.
Her Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Lucy England won her two-lap race, was in the top three in the vertical jump, and finished eighth in the speed bounce. Then, Lucy and Emily linked up to triumph in the eight-lap paarlauf.
A third Hercules Wimbledon athlete in the girls under 15 section was Serena Brotherton who was runner-up in the speed bounce and third in the four lap race.
Twins Jennifer and Rosemary Fernando, showed good form in the girls under 13 section. Jennifer won her four lap race and was highly placed in the vertical jump. Rosemary was second in her six lap race and the twins then linked up to take third place in their eight-lap paarlauf race. A third member of the Fernando family, older sister Hannah, was well placed in the under 17 speed bounce, long jump and four lap race.
Two Hercules Wimbledon athletes, Richard Hadley and John Blomeley competed in the boys events. Hadley won his boys under 13 six lap heat and also competed in the long jump while Blomeley was well placed in the boys under 15 speed bounce and four lap race.
The clash with the school half-term meant quite a few Hercules Wimbledon athletes were missing from the squad that took part in the first meeting at Guildford but team manager John Dennis would be interested to hear from any youngsters interested in joining Hercules Wimbledon's expanding team for the fun Sportshall competitions. Youngsters need to be between 11 and 15. The next competition is being held at Guildford on Sunday, December 7. John can be contacted on 020 8946 9989.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's cross country runners are competing in the annual South of the Thames "Junior" five miles race at Farthing Downs, Coulsdon, on Saturday.


27/10/03 - HW COMPETES IN SPORTSHALL MEETING
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club athletes will be in action in the opening Surrey Sportshall meeting being staged at the Spectrum Leisure Centre, Guildford, on Sunday.
Last season, Hercules Wimbledon's AAA girls under 15 championships long jump bronze medallist Emily Martin was the outstanding athlete in her age group and she will be leading the club squad again this weekend along with Serena Brotherton and Lucy England, who were also in last season's successful Sportshall teams.
Sportshall athletics is a lot of fun for those taking part with bouncing ball and standing vertical and long jump competitions as well as relays among the events on the four hour programme. Sunday's meeting kicks off on Sunday and anyone - boys and girls - between the ages of 12 and 14 interested in taking part should contact Hercules Wimbledon's John Dennis on 020 8946 9989.
Hercules Wimbledon runners did well in the second of this season's East Surrey League meetings taking second place in the senior, the joint men's under 17 and boys under 15 and the boys under 13 sections.
Best placed Hercules Wimbledon athlete was Jonathan Burgess who finished third in the boys under 13 race with Harry Wignall seventh, Richard Hadley ninth and Charlie Carrington 10th. Ben Saxby was fourth in the joint under 15 and under 17 race with Michael O'Halloran seventh and Dominik Leeson 15th.
Francis Staunton just failed to finish in the frame in the senior five miles race in which he was fourth with Kieran White ninth, Andy Cunningham 14th, fellow veteran Eric Blackmore 16th, Hugh Saxby 18th, Martin O'Halloran 27th, Stu Littlewood 45 and Dennis Williams 48 out of the 84 runners who finished.
Hercules Wimbledon runners have also been showing good form in various road races. Chris Coles finished just outside the frame in the Croydon 10 kilometres road race. He was fourth in 36min 27sec. New member Roy Burgess finished fifth in the Blenheim 10 kilometres road race in 34min 33sec and was also 10th in the Wilmington 10 kilometres in Kent in a slightly slower 34min 46sec while Kieran White finished 25th out of more than 500 runners in the Cabbage Patch 10 miles road race in Twickenham in 59min 8sec. He was also 79th in the BUPA Great South Run 10 miles road race in Portsmouth in 59min 22sec.


20/10/03 - HW IMPRESS AT HOME AND ABROAD
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club athletes have been in good form at home and abroad - in Nigeria, Holland, on Wimbledon Common and in Richmond Park.
The club's ace woman road walker, Estle Viljoen, who holds numerous Surrey, South of England and UK titles, made an outstanding international debut for her native South Africa when she won the women's 20 kilometres road walk at the All African Games in Abuja, Nigeria.
Her victory is being celebrated by her pupils at Haslemere Primary School, Mitcham, her fellow trainers at the Cannons Health and Leisure Centre in Wimbledon as well as her Hercules Wimbledon clubmates. Viljoen, 32, was way ahead of the rest of the field as she crossed the finishing line in a fine time of 1hr 44min 29sec.
Also abroad, Hercules Wimbledon's Adrian Marriott made an impressive marathon debut when he finished 16th and third Briton in the Amsterdam Marathon in Holland. Marriott, who took a year off work to prepare for his debut over the gruelling 26.2 miles marathon distance, including altitude training in Kenya, was delighted with his run which puts him eighth on the Hercules Wimbledon all-time marathon list and is the 11th best by a British athlete this summer.
After making a cautious start in blustery conditions, he began to move through the field and reckons he reached the half-way mark in about 72 minutes. As he continued to move through, he completed the second half of the race two minutes faster than the first half. "It was quite windy so I set off slowly," said Marriott. "I ran the whole way on my own but really enjoyed it and I can't wait for the next one."
Meanwhile, Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters were seeing off their rivals in their opening Sweatshop Surrey cross country league meeting of the season on Wimbledon Common.
Teenagers Alex Bodin and Damien Robertson led the field home in the boys under 15 race in 11min 57sec and 12min 29sec, respectively, with Robertson also taking the under 15 event. With Richard Vanderpuije seventh in 13min 23sec, Michael O'Halloran eighth two seconds later and Neil Fraser ninth in 13min 32sec, Hercules Wimbledon easily took the team honours in that age group.
Jonathan Burgess also led Hercules Wimbledon to the individual and team double in the boys udner 13 race in which he gained a narrow victory in 13min 25sec. With Fergus Stoddart fifth in 14min 9sec, Jonathan O'Halloran sixth in 14min 18sec, Tom Saniford eighth in 14min 30sec and Harry Wignall 11th in 15min 1sec, Hercules Wimbledon again triumphed in the team contest.
Hercules Wimbledon's seniors took first places in two of the veterans categories with cross country captain Steve Sinnott leading the Hercules Wimbledon contingent as first veteran in 27min 6sec and Grenville Tuck first veteran over 50 in 28min 46sec.
Hercules Wimbledon's Stephanie Robson made an impressive debut in the Surrey Ladies cross country league meeting in Richmond Park. She finished runner-up in her race in 22min 38sec while Amy Fraser was the placed of the club's younger athletes finishing 10th in the junior women's race.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon compete in the East Surrey League cross country meeting in Lloyd Park, Croydon, on Saturday.


13/10/03 - TRIPLE MEDAL WIN FOR VETERANS
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club runners took their fair share of the medals in the annual Surrey Veterans cross country championships in Richmond Park returning with two sets of team medals and one individual title.
It was the club's former marathon international Steve Badgery, now 56, who took the individual gold medal in the men's over 55 category covering the undulating 10 kilometres course in 38min 11sec to win the title by just four seconds.
His individual win helped Hercules Wimbledon take the team silver medals in the over 50 category with Peter Gilbey finishing fourth in the over 50 category in 37min 19sec and Marco Ciglia finishing fourth in the over 55 category in 39min 4sec making up the medal-winning trio. Other runners in the over 55 section were Martin Miller, eighth in 40min 4sec and Maurice Sharp ninth in 42min 4sec while Andy Cunningham and Keith Hyland were eighth and 17th, respectively, in the over 50 category in 39min 40sec and 40min 41sec.
Cross country captain Steve Sinnott had a good run in the veterans over 40 section leading the Hercules Wimbledon team to aset of bronze medals and finishing eighth in 37min 5sec. The other members of the team were Andy Waites, 12th in 37min 22sec and Eric Blackmore 14th in 38min 47sec.
Hugh Saxby was 11th and Tom Morris 16th in the over 45 race in 39min 56sec and 41min 4sec, respectively.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon runners are in action on Wimbledon Common in their opening Sweatshop Surrey cross country league race of the winter. The races start and finish in the middle of the common near the Thatched Cottage. The young athletes race over two-and-a-half miles starts at 2.30pm with the seniors five miles race starting at 3pm.


6/10/03 - REPEAT WIN FOR HERMAN MULDER
Herman Mulder from London Irish was no match for the opposition when he raced away with the 43rd annual Wimbledon open 10 miles around the roads of Southfields and Wimbledon Park.
Mulder, winner of the event last year, lost no time in taking the lead and was already well of the near 200-strong field as he emerged from Wimbledon Park and headed for the testing, undulating three lap course which went past the All England tennis club. Mulder stretched his lead with almost every stride and eventually returned to Wimbledon Park track more than three minutes clear of his nearest challenger.
Mulder clocked 52 minutes 39 seconds, 12 seconds faster than his winning time last year, but well outside the course record effort of Hercules Wimbledon's Bob Holt of 48 min 10sec set in 1974. Holt was once again at the finish, handing out medals to the competitors along with Geoff Moulden who launched the Wimbledon 10 mile series in back in 1961, long before most of the runners taking part in this year's race were even born.
Runner-up was South African Ewoud Grobler, based in North West London, with Matt Lynas of Thames Hare and Hounds third in 55min 43sec, just ahead of Hercules Wimbledon's Francis Staunton (55min 57sec).
Hercules Wimbledon runners also got among the prizes with Steve Sinnott first veteran in 57min 17sec, Andy Waites second veteran in 60min 26sec, Peter Giles first veteran over 55 in 61min 24sec and John Thomas first veteran over 60 in 66min 42sec.
Fourth Hercules Wimbledon runner to finish was Matthew Amoils who was 17th in 60min 56sec, with Jonty Summers 22nd in 61min 44sec and Ramon Benitez 46th in 65min 22sec.
Hercules Wimbledon's Grenville Tuck, a past winner of the Wimbledon open 10 miles road race, gave this year's promotion a miss and instead competed in the opening Veterans Athletic Club cross country race on Wimbledon Common. He gained a comfortable victory in the nine kilometres race which he won by 26 seconds in 34min 21sec.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon runners, including Tuck, are in action in the Surrey Veterans cross country championships which are being staged in Richmond Park on Saturday.


29/09/03 - RUNNERS COMPETE IN OLDEST ROAD RACE
Hundreds of runners are converging on Wimbledon Park athletics arena this weekend to take part in Wimbledon's longest running road race.
The annual Wimbledon Open 10 miles road race proudly boasts being the oldest road running event staged in the town with the 43rd annual promotion of the event taking place on Sunday. Although postal entries have now closed, entries are being taken on the day and anyone wanting to still enter and take part in the event is urged to arrive at Wimbledon Park no later than 10am. The race is due to start at 11am.
Last year's winner was Herman Mulder from London Irish and among those to congratulate him was Hercules Wimbledon's own Bob Holt who holds the course record of 48min 10sec he set in 1974. At that time, Holt, an Olympic athlete, was at his peak and few runners have got close to his record time. Mulder's winning time last year was 52min 51sec. The women's course record was broken last year by Lucy Hasell of Bristol who clocked 60min 47sec.
Once again, there will be commemorative medals for all finishers in Sunday's race.
Hercules Wimbledon took the silver medals in the men's over 50 event at the Surrey road relay championships at Wimbledon Park. The quartet of Steve Badgery (16min 34sec, Marco Ciglia (17min 11sec), Keith Hylands (18min 18sec) and Peter Giles (17min 22sec) took runners-up spot in 69min 25sec. The club's B team of Paul Roche, Ian Isherwood, Dennis Williams and Maurice Sharp finished seventh.
The quartet of Hylands, Giles, Williams and Littlewood were the third Surrey team in the South of England championships at Aldershot, finishing in 14th place. The veterans over 40 team of Steve Sinnott, Andy Cunningham, Eric Blackmore and Andy Waites were the fifth Surrey team to finish taking 22nd place overall at Aldersahot.
Also on the road, Hercules Wimbledon's John Thomas was the first veteran over 60 in the Blood Pressure Association 10 kilometres road race organised by Wimbledon Rugby Club. He clocked 41min 19sec finishing in 60th place with Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Paul Roche second over 60 veteran in 41min 37sec.
Steve Badgery, second veteran over 50 in 36min 25sec, Peter Giles, second over 50 veteran in 37min 9sec and Melanie Jones, second veteran woman, finished third in the team event. Mike Buss, who pounded round the course with 40 pounds of weights on his back set a world record of 48min 11sec in finishing 227th.


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15/09/03 - TEENAGER LALLY SMASHES BEST
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club teenager Jade Lally showed fine form when she competed in an open meeting on the Isle of Wight securing a winning double in the throwing events.
The Bishopsford School youngster, who won the Surrey schools intermediate girls discus title in June, added more than two metres to her previous best when she hurled the discus a winning 36.67 metres. She also achieved a lifetime best of 9.88 metres in winning the shot.
Her Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Maureen Njuguna also showed fine form also achieved a personal best in the discus.
Hercules Wimbledon's AAA under 15 girls long jump gold medallist Emily Martin produced another winning effort when she won the event at the Woking open meeting with 5.17 metres. She also raced to fourth place in both the 100 and 200 metres in 13.11 and 26.61 seconds. Clubmate Rebecca Mba also reached the final of the 100 metres where she finished eighth in 13.65 seconds.
Another Hercules Wimbledon medallist was Lucy England who took third place in the girls under 15 75 metres hurdles in 13.06 secs. She was also seventh in the l;ong jump with 4.37 metres. Jonathan Burgess reached the final of the boys under 13 1500 metres where he finished seventh.
Schoolteacher Estle Viljoen continued here preparations for her international debut for South Africa next month with a convincing women's victory in the 70th annual Leicester Mercury open 10 kilometres road walk in the Midlands. She clocked an impressive 50min 10sec, finishing almost four minutes ahead of the second competitor.
* With the start of the new cross country season now only a matter of weeks away, Hercules Wimbledon are organising a get-together for club members and anyone else interested in cross country running on Wimbledon Common this coming Sunday. Anyone interested in taking part in a gentle run on the common should meet up with coaches Maurice Sharp and John Dennis on the common at the junction of South Side and Lauriston Road at 10.45am. The run is due to start at 11am. Anyone 10-years-old or more, of any ability, is welcome to join in the run.
*Entries are continuing to pour in for the 43rd annual Wimbledon open 10 miles road race, organised by Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club, which is being staged on Sunday, October 5, starting at 11am. There is still room for runners to take part and every finisher will receive a commemorative medal. The race starts and finishes at Wimbledon Park athletics stadium. Details are posted on the Hercules Wimbledon website www.herculeswimbledonac.org.uk   or can be obtained by sending a stamped addressed envelope to the race organiser at 71, Burntwood Grange Road, London SW18 3JY.


8/09/03 - WALKER ESTLE GAINS FIRST INTERNATIONAL
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's ace woman race walker Estle Viljoen is celebrating fulfilling one of her life's ambitions by winning her first international vest.
The 31-year-old Mitcham schoolteacher has been chosen to represent her native South Africa in the women's 20 kilometres road walk in next month's African Games in Nigeria. During the summer, Estle significantly improved on her best time for the distance and heads both the British and South African rankings for the event. She is around three minutes ahead of the second best South African and 19 seconds faster than the top British woman walker.
What really convinced the South African selectors was her performance in the European Grand Prix in Dublin in July when she clocked 1hr 42min 14sec behind Ireland's Gillian O'Sullivan who went on to win a silver medal in the World Championships in Paris. Estle took more than two minutes off her previous best time for the distance in Dublin, but, much to her disappointment, the South African selectors failed to name her for Paris.
However, her patience was rewarded when, while on a flying visit to see her family in South Africa, she was given the news of her first international selection. "Since I was a child of about five or six years I have dreamt of representing South Africa," said Estle, whose celebrations are bound to be supported by her colleagues and pupils at Haslemere School, Mitcham, staff and fellow members at Canons health and fitness club at Wimbledon where she trains regularly and members of Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club.
Estle said:"My father gave up on my dream ages ago but it shows where persistence leads to." What is even more remarkable was that Estle only switched to race walking a few years back when a persistent foot injury stopped her running.
Another cause for celebration for Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club is the return of the club's long serving treasurer David Littlewood to the technical committee of the International Association of Athletics Federations after a four year break. Littlewood, who has been Hercules Wimbledon's treasurer for 43 years, is one of Britain's most experienced officials and since 1981 has been secretary of the UK Rules Revision Group, which is responsible for writing the rules handbook issued by UK Athletics. This weekend, he is officiating at the IAAF World Athletics Final in Monaco.
Hercules Wimbledon are hosting the annual Surrey Road Relay Championships which are being staged from their Wimbledon Park track headquarters this weekend. The relays, for men and women and veterans age groups, are being held on Saturday and start at 12noon. Meanwhile, Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters are competing in their final Lily B League match of the season at Kingsmeadow Stadium, also on Saturday.
Entries have been pouring in for the 43rd annual Wimbledon open 10 miles road race, organised by Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club, which is being staged on Sunday, October 5, starting at 11am. There is still room for runners to take part and every finisher will receive a commemorative medal. The race starts and finishes at Wimbledon Park athletics stadium. Details are posted on the Hercules Wimbledon website www.herculeswimbledonac.org.uk  or can be obtained by sending a stamped addressed envelope to the race organiser at 71, Burntwood Grange Road, London SW18 3JY.


1/09/03 - HW ATHLETES WIN FOR SURREY
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club members at both ends of the age spectrum have been in action for Surrey.
Two of the club's most talented youngsters, teenagers Emily Martin and Ike Mba showed winning form when they competed for Surrey in the South of England inter-counties championship meeting at Tilsley Park, Abingdon.
Fourteen-year-old Emily, who took the girls under 15 long jump silver medal at the AAA championships in Sheffield last month, was certainly the busier of the pair as she won the girls under 15 long jump with an impressive leap of 5.46 metres and also finished fourth in both the 100 metres in 13.47sec, battling against a strong 3.1metres per second headwind, and the 200 metres where she clocked a personal best time of 26.38 metres. That too was against a hefty headwind of 2.5 metres per es helped Surrey to take third place in the match out of 19 competing counties.
Ike,16, who triumphed by taking the men's under 17 long jump title at Sheffield, returned to something like his best form as he switched back to his main event the triple jump.Despite competing against athletes considerably older than himself, he showed impressive form to win with 13.48 metres, equalling his lifetime best achieved competing for his club in their final Southern Men's League match.
Meanwhile, at the other end of the age range, four Hercules Wimbledon athletes were in action for Surrey in a four-sided veterans inter-county match at Kingsmeadow. Top veteran sprinter Mark Baker was in fine form as he took the over 40 100 and 200 metres races in 11.8 and 24.3sec. Supervet Martin Miller was second in the over 50 800 metres and third in the 400 metres while Stu Littlewood took second place in the over 50 1500 metres B race. Oldest member of the quartet, John Webster, was runner-up in the men's over 60 javelin.
Hercules Wimbledon all-rounder Andy Laughton had a field day at the annual Veterans Athletic Club championships at Battersea Park. He gained a quartet of gold medals winning the over 45 sprint hurdles, pole vault, triple jump and javelin. He was also runner-up in the high jump, shot and discus and hird in the long jump. At the same meeting Webster won the over 60 long jump and was second in the pole vault and javelin and fourth in the hammer while Baker was just pipped in the over 40 100 metres where he shared the winning time.
The 43rd annual Wimbledon open 10 miles road race, organised by Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club is being staged on Sunday, October 5, starting at 11am. The race starts and finishes at Wimbledon Park athletics stadium. Details are posted on the Hercules Wimbledon website www.herculeswimbledonac.org.uk  or can be obtained by sending a stamped addressed envelope to the race organiser at 71, Burntwood Grange Road, London SW18 3JY.


25/08/03 - WINNING FINALE FOR HW YOUNGSTERS
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's youngsters produced their best team effort of the season when they shared the team honours in their final Ebbisham Young Athletes League match at Kingsmeadow Stadium.
A good crop of individual wins helped the Hercules Wimbledon squad tie the team contest on 83 points with Guildford and Godalming, comfortably beating Sutton and District (44) and Haslemere Border (30).
Best of the Hercules Wimbledon athletes was Richard Hadley who gaiend two wins in the under 13 events, the 80 metres hurdles and 800 metres. Henry Ivezic ensured maximum points in the hurdles by taking the B race in a faster time than Hadley. He was also second in the long jump B. Jonathan Burgess also guaranteed top points in the 800 metres by taking the B race. He was also second in both the 1500 metres and discus.
Busiest of the under 13 youngsters was Anthony Jepson who was second in the long jump and fourth in both the 100 and 200 metres.
Hercules Wimbledon also had three winners in the under 15 events.Jake Bodin took the 800 metres and was running-up in the 400 metres, Oliver Stogdale won the 80 metres hurdles and was second in the discus B and fourth in the 200 metres and Doug Hunt won the discus A. Meanwhile, Rodney Akwa was runner-up in both the 100 metres and long jump.
Following her bronze medal-winning effort in the AAA girls under 15 long jump championship at Sheffield, Hercules Wimbledon's Emily Martin was selected to represent Surrey in the 100 metres and long jump in the South of England inter-counties championship meeting at Tilsley Park, Abingdon. Emily's achievement at Sheffield was the first time she had won a national medal after winning the Surrey girls under 15 100 metres and long jump titles at Kingsmeadow and the South of England girls under 15 long jump title at Watford in May.


18/08/03 - SURPRISE GOLD FOR JUMPER IKE
The small three-strong Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club squad that competed in the AAA under 17 and under 15 track and field championships at Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield, performed well and returned with two medals - one gold and one silver.
Outstanding member of the trio was jumper Ike Mba who achieved the surprise of his life, as well as one of the upsets of the championships, by taking the men's under 17 long jump gold medal after a dramatic contest. The 16-year-old Surrey schools intermediate boys triple jump champion had to battle all the way and managed to clinch the title with his final leap of 6.79 metres, just one centimetre better than the runner-up. He led the the first three rounds but was then overtaken before bouncing back with his final effort.
Mba only entered the long jump as a second event intending to concentrate on the triple jump. But, he was bitterly disappointed after he flopped in his speciality jumping only 12.58 metres, almost a metre below his personal best, and failing to make the last eight. "I was really down after that", said Mba. "But, before going to the track on Sunday, I prayed with my mum. After that, I knew I was going to do well and I had confidence in myself."
Mba had previously only competed in two long jump competitions this summer and his winning leap was a massive improvement on his previous best of 6.38 metres achieved at Hercules Wimbledon's HAC Young Athletes Memorial Trophy at Wimbledon Park last month. Mba explained he adopted a new techique after watching competitors in the World Champiomships trials and now uses the hitch-kick. He also worked with his coach Dennis Roll at getting his run-up right in the week before the championships.
"My run-up is much improved and I was hitting the board. But, I was quite shocked at winning. I thought I'd do around 6.70 metres but I didn't think that would be good enough to take gold. I'm really pleased about it," said the delighted new national champion.
Another Hercules Wimbledon teenager to do well at Sheffield was 14-year-old Emily Martin, the Surrey junior girls 100 metres and long jump champions. Emily managed to take the bronze medal in the girls under 15 long jump in a really testing competition. At one point she was in second place but then slipped to fifth until her final leap got her the well wearned bronze medal. She was bitterly unlucky not to get the silver because her best effort was the same as the girl who came second but she lost out on the silver medal on count-back - her second best leap was inferior to her rival's.
The third Hercules Wimbledon athlete at Sheffield, Surrey schools intermediate girls discus champion Jade Lally also performed well in her first-ever national appearance getting through the qualifying round of her event. She finished eighth in the women's under 17 discus with a throw of more than 33 metres.


11/08/03 - TALENTED TRIO IN TITLE CHASE
Three of Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's most talented young athletes will be battling for honours in this weekend's AAA under 15 and 17 championships at Sheffield's Don Valley Stadium.
Heading the trio is 14-year-old Emily Martin, the London Schools junior girls and Surrey County girls under 15 long jump champions. She is competing in her speciality, the long jump, at which she improved her personal best and Hercules Wimbledon club record in finishing just outside the medals in the English Schools Championships, also at Sheffield. Emily will be hoping to go one better and get among the medals on her return to Don Valley. She is also competing in the 100 metres at which distance she is the Surrey champion.
Ike Mba, who won the Surrey Schools intermediate boys triple jump title with a then lifetime best of 13.41 metres, competes in the men's under 17 long and triple jumps at Sheffield. Since his county schools success, Mba has improved his personal best to 13.48 metres and if he can show anything like his best form has a good chance of getting among the medals at Sheffield.
Completing the Hercules Wimbledon trio travelling north is Jade Lally, the Surrey Schools intermediate girls discus champion. She was unlucky not to compete at the English Schools championships but unfortunately, she achieved the entry standard after Surrey submitted their team.
Lally warmed up for Sheffield with a hat-trick of wins in Hercules Wimbledon's third Lily B League match of the season at Guildford.She won the high jump with a personal best of 1.55 metres, shot (8.53 metres) and discus (33.51 metres). Her training partner and Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Maureen Njugana won the shot and discus B events and was runner-up in the javelin.
Martin also gained a hat-trick of wins in the girls under 15 events taking the 100 metres (13 seconds), high jump (1.45 metres) and long jump (5.21 metres). Lucy England also gained a hat-trick of wins. She took the girls under 15 75 metres hurdles in 13.2 seconds and won the long jump B and 100 metres B events. Hannah Fernando won the under 17 800 metres and was second in the 200 metres. Twin sisters Jennifer and Rosemary Fernando were successful in the under 13 events. Rosemary won the shot B and was third in the 1500 metres and fifth in the 200 metres while Jennifer won the javelin and was third in the shot and fifth in the long jump. Imogen Stoddart was third, fourth and fifth in the girls under 15 800 metres, javelin and shot.
Hercules Wimbledon youngsters compete in their final Ebbisham Young Athletes League match at Walton on Sunday while the club's senior men compete in the Rosenheim League final at Tooting Bec track on Wednesday (August 20). The meeting starts at 6.45pm.


4/08/03 - SUPER FINISH TO LEAGUE PROGRAMME
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club ended their Southern Men's League programme in fine style producing their best team effort of the season.
After finishing runners-up three times, the squad finally gained their first team win of the summer in their sixth and final league match at Portsmouth where they also posted their highest points score of the season. They are hoping they may have done just enough to secure promotion with this eyes out final effort.
Outstanding for Hercules Wimbledon was birthday boy Ike Mba, the Surrey Schools intermediate boys triple jump champion. He celebrated his 16th birthday by producing the form of his life to win the triple jump with 13.48 metres, adding seven centimetres to his previous best set when winning the Surrey schools title. He also helped Hercules Wimbledon gain maximum points in the 400 metres hurdles where he took the B race after team-mate Steve Davies won the a competition.
Davies also won the high jump B event while team captain Royden John led the way with a hat-trick of individual wins. He won the long jump, sprint hurdles and triple jump B and was also runner-up in the high jump. Chris de Jager secured maximum points in both the long jump and sprint hurdles where he won the B competitions.
Hercules Wimbledon also gained maximum points in the 800 metres where Palestinian World indoor championships representative Mahmoud Abuattaya and Esmond Ferns won the A and B races.
The trip to the South Coast proved well worthwhile for the Hercules Wimbledon contingent and there was double cause for celebration when they returned home - the match triumph and Mba's 16th birthday!


28/07/03 - NAP HAND OF WINNERS
A group of Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's athletes enjoyed a successful time at an open meeting at Tooting Bec notching up five wins between them.
Best of the bunch was teenager Jade Lally, the Surrey schools intermediate girls discus champion, who gained a double success in the field events. She won the women's under 17 shot with 9.49 metres and showed her versatility by also winning the high jump with 1.40 metres. Clubmate Maureen Njugana was second in the shot.
Another double winner for Hercules Wimbledon was veteran Mark Baker who took the over 40 100 and 200 metres in 11.8 and 24.9sec while Surrey schools intermediate boys triple jump winner Ike Mba won the men's under 17 long jump with 5.57 metres. Hercules Wimbledon youngster Jonathan Burgess had an encouraging run in the boys under 13 1500 metres where he was just beaten to the line.
Hercules Wimbledon's former marathon international Steve Badgery was the first supervet in the annual Wedding Day seven kilometres road race in Bushey Park. He finished 33rd out of almost 600 runners in 25min 59sec. Clubmate Peter Giles was second supervet finishing 44th in 26min 39sec and two other Hercules Wimbledon veterans in the event were Tom Morris, 77th in 28min 1sec and Dennis williams 84th in 28min 22sec.
South of England girls under 15 long jump champion Emily Martin and Ike Mba were double winners for Hercules Wimbledon in their final National Young Athletes League match of the season at Bracknell. Emily won the girls under 15 100 metres in 12.7sec, and the long jump with 5.42 metres while Ike took the men's under 17 long and triple jumps with 5.82 and 13.16 metres. With Lucy England taking the girls under 15 100 metres and long jump B strings, Hercules Wimbledon gained maximum points in those events.
Lucy completed a hat-trick of wins by taking the 75 metres hurdles A race while clubmate Serena Brotherton again secured maximum points in taking the B race. Jade Lally won the women's under 17 shot and Nadia Abdulla the girls under 15 javelin.
Other Hercules Wimbledon winners included Adam Walcott (men's under 17 long jump B) and Jack Kennedy (men's under 17 hammer a and triple jump B). Ross Saville won men's under 17 400 metres B race, Rodney Akwa the boys under 15 100 metres, David Speller the boys under 15 javelin B and Anthony Jepson the boys under 13 200 metres A race.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon athletes travel to Portsmouth for their final Southern Men's League match of the summer and Guildford for their third Lily B Girls League meeting of the season. Both meetings take place on Saturday.


21/07/3 - ESTLE'S GOING FOR GOLD
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's ace race walker Estle Viljoen hopes to capture her first national title when she competes in the Norwich Union World Trials and AAA Championships at Birmingham's Alexander Stadium this weekend.
Estle, who teaches at Mitcham's Haslemere Primary School, is favourite to take the gold medal in the women's 10 kilometres championship which is being held on Saturday.
The Hercules Wimbledon athlete, who is the top woman race walker in both the South of England and Surrey, proved she is in superb form when she finished third against a world class field in the European AA Grand Prix race walking meeting in Dublin. She smashed her personal best with her performance in the women's 20 kilometres road walk in which she clocked 1hr 42min 14sec finishing behind Ireland's Gillian O'Sullivan who won in 1hr 29min 22sec and Turkey's Yeliz Ay who broke her national record with 1hr 38min 29sec.
Estle also showed her form over the much shorter three kilometres distance when she won the Inter-Area match women's race in 14min 00.19sec, beating her nearest rival by around half-a-lap.
Another Hercules Wimbledon athlete in form on the wider stage is javelin thrower Geoff van Klaveren who just missed out on taking the gold medal in the Welsh Masters Championships at Cardiff by 60 centimetres. He took the silver medal with a throw of 35.75 metres.
Hercules Wimbledon teenager Ike Mba bounced back from his disappointing performance in the Engl;ish Schools championships at Sheffield by winning the 100 metres in the fifth Rosenheim League East division match of the summer at Tooting Bec in 11.6sec. Clubmate, veteran Mark Baker, was another winner taking the non-scoring race in 11.9sec. Baker was also runner-up in the scoring 2100 metres while Mba was also second in the triple jump.
Another Hercules Wimbledon winner was Shane Dodd who showed a clean pair of heels to his rivals in the 400 metres.
Hercules Wimbledon take part in their final Southern Veterans League Mid London division match at Battersea Park on Monday (July 28) starting at 6.30pm. Next Wednesday (July 30th), Hercules Wimbledon compete in the final Rosenheim League Eastern Division match of the season at Tooting Bec, starting at 6.45pm.


14/07/03 - EMILY JUST MISSES OUT ON A MEDAL
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's outstanding young athlete, Emily Martin, showed the form of her young life at the English Schools track and field championships at Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield, leaping to a personal best performance in the junior girls long jump.
Emily, 14, managed 5.57 metres to add more than 10 centimetres to her previous best set earlier this year to also break her own Hercules Wimbledon club record. Although she was naturally delighted with her achievement there was a tinge of disappointment for Emily as she just failed to secure a medal in the event. Her performance placed her fourth just seven centimetres behind the bronze medallist.
Emily, who goes to Burntwood School, Tooting, was chosen to represent London after winning the London Schools title at the Millennium Arena, Battersea Park, last month. There was further disappointment for young Emily when the London schools quartet of which she was a member failed to get further than the opening round of the 4x100 metres relay.
Another Hercules Wimbledon athlete in action at Sheffield, Ike Mba, the Surrey Schools intermediate boys triple jump champion, had a disappointing time. He finished 15th in the final at Sheffield with 13.12 metres, some 30 centimetres below his best achieved in winning the Surrey schools golds medal.
Meanwhile, there was an encouraging team effort from a squad of Hercules Wimbledon youngsters in the second of this season's Lily B Girls League meetings at Sutton Arena.The team includes Mba's younger sister Rebeccawho gained valuable points in the under 15 section finishing second in the 100 metres and shotand fourth in the 200 metres and helping Hercules Wimbledon to victory in the sprint relay. Imogen Stoddart took second place in the 800 metres, won the shot B and was second in the javelin B.
Jade Lally, who just failed to make the Surrey team for the English schools championships, had a busy time in the under 17 section where she won the shot and discus and was second in the javelin. Her Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Maureen Njuguna won the discus and javelin B events and was second in the shot B.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon compete in their final National Young Athletes League meeting of the summer at Bracknell on Sunday. The team coach will leave from South Wimbledon station at 10am.


7/07/03 - SCHOOLS HOPEFULS IN GOOD FORM
Two Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club athletes who will be going for titles in this weekend's English Schools Championships at Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield, both showed good form competing in a National Young Athletes League match at Mountbatten Stadium, Portsmouth.
Emily Martin, the London schools junior girls long jump champion and Ike Mba, the Surrey schools intermediate boys triple jump champion both gained a hat-trick of individual victories. Emily took the girls under 15 100 metres in 13.1 sec, won the high jump with 1.47 metres and the long jump with 5.44 metres. She also helped the 4x100 metres relay team to second place.
Ike was equally busy taking the under 17 400 metres hurdles in 60.5sec, the 200 metres in 23.9sec and the triple jump with 13.17 metres. Jack Kennedy ensured maximum points in the event taking the B triple jump with 10.79 metres. Matthew Zaczek also showed good form to win the under 17 javelin with 34.03 metres, Kennedy again taking the B string with 28.18 metres. He also helped the sprint relay team to second place.
Jade Lally, the Surrey schools intermediate girls discus champion is most unlucky not to have made the county team for the English Schools Championships. She won the under 17 discus at Portsmouth with a personal best throw of 34.02 metres - two centimetres over the English Schools entry standard - but just too late to be entered by Surrey. Jade also won the javelin with 26.93 metres and was second in the shot with 9.14 metres. Maureen Njuguna won the under 17 javelin B competition and was second in the discus B and third in the shot B events.
Josh Martin was another winner as he hurled the hammer out to 24.46 metres to take the under 17 event. while Ross Savill won the under 17 200 metres B race in 24.8sec. Damien Robertson won the boys under 15 1500 metres in 4min 49.7sec while Richard Hemingway heaved the shot 6.36 metres to win the boys under 13 B event.
Rosemary Fernando won the under 13 long jump, was second in the 1200 metres and third in the 70 metres hurdles. Her twin sister Jennifer was second in the long jump B and third in the 800 metres.Lucy England was a double winner in the under 15 events taking the 75 metres hurdles A race and long jump B as well as finishing third in the 100 metres A.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's athletes compete in a Lily B Girls League match at Sutton Arena and their senior men travel to Rochester for their fifth Southern Men's League meeting of the season. Next Wednesday (July 16) Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club compete in the fifth Rosenheim League Eastern Division match of the season at Tooting Bec track, starting at 6.45pm.


30/06/03 - HW JUMPERS DOMINANT AT HENDON
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club athletes dominated the jumping events at the fourth of this season's Southern Men's League matches at Barnet Copthall Stadium, Hendon.
Between them they gained maximum points in the long and triple jumps and took the B string contests in the high jump and pole vault. Hercules Wimbledon gained 36 points out of a possible 40 in the jumps.
Team captain Royden John led by example with a hectic afternoon of activity. He won the sprint hurdles, the high jump B and pole vault B events, and was third in both the 100 and 200 metres A races.
Surrey schools champion Ike Mba and London schools long jump bronze medallist John Grayson secured maximum points by taking the A and B triple jumps while Chris de Jager and Grayson won the long jump A and B events. De Jager also won the sprint hurdles B race. Mba was also runner-up in the 100 metres B race.
Steve Davies raced to a lifetime best of 57.4sec in winning the 400 metres hurdles. He also won the 200 metres B race in 24sec and was also runner-up in the high jump A with 1.75 metres. Nigel Stone was second in the javelin with 44.08 metres and fourth in the pole vault B.
Hercules Wimbledon ended the day with two second places in the 4x100 and 4x400 metres relays.
Hercules Wimbledon's Stuart Milton posted the club's best javelin throw of the season when he hurled the spear a winning 45.36 metres at the Rosenheim League meeting at Sutton Arena.
Next Wednesday (July 9), Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club stage their annual HAC Memorial Trophy meeting at Wimbledon Park, starting at 7pm. Youngsters from local schools and clubs as well as Hercules Wimbledon's athletes will be in action at the meeting.


23/06/03 - BAGFUL OF MEDALS AT VETS CHAMPS
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's veteran athletes showed impressive form at the annual Surrey Veterans track and field championships at Kingsmeadow Stadium, Kingston, and returned with a load of medals.
Best of the Hercules Wimbledon bunch was supervet Geoff Walcott who gained a hat-trick of gold medals. He took the men's over 50 100, 200 and 400 metres titles in 12.35, 24.93 and 56.36sec. His 400 metres time broke the championship record for the event.
Stu Littlewood was a double title-winner in the same age group taking the 1500 and 5000 metres gold medals in 4min 52.6 sec and 18min 20.61sec. Former marathon international Steve Badgery showed winning form in taking the over 55 5000 metres in 17min 19sec, more than a minute faster than Littlewood's time in the younger age group.
With injury preventing him from running, Peter Giles showed his all-round ability by turning out in the over 55 throwing events and winning the javelin title! He was also third in both the shot and discus.
Frank Haque, who was a sprint reserve for the Pakistani team at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo, and now is a valuable asset to Hercules Wimbledon as one of the club's sprint and throwing coaches, also showed he still has some of his old flare left as he gained a hat-trick of medals. He took the long jump gold with 4.37 metres, and was seconds in the 100 metres in 13.64sec and triple jump with 9.50 metres. Unfortunately, Haque, who will be 65 next month, hurt his back with his opening triple jump attempt and had to withdraw from the rest of the competition. He was visiting an osteopath this week to try to find a cure to the painful injury.
Hercules Wimbledon's veterans team manager John Webster, the British Masters' silver medallist, won gold in the men's over 60 javelin with 35.71 metres. He also took silver in the hammer with 34.87 metres.
In the youngest veterans age group, Mark Baker gained two titles taking the over 40 100 and 200 metres in 11.81 and 24.30sec. Hugh Saxby gained a hat-trick of medals in the over 45 age group. He won the 400 and 800 metres in 59.53sec and 2min 16.19sec and was also the silver medallist in the 1500 metres in 4min 57.62sec.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon compete in their fourth Southern Men's League match of the summer at Hendon on Saturday and are sending a squad to Portsmouth for the club's fourth National Young Athletes League match of the summer.


16/06/03 - GOLDEN QUARTET AT SCHOOLS CHAMPS
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's youngsters achieved a quartet of gold medal winning performances in various county schools track and field athletics championships.
Heading the gold medal-winning squad was the club's outstanding teenage prospect Emily Martin who comfortably retained her London Schools junior girls long jump title at the Millennium Arena, Battersea Park. She cleared a winning 5.33 metres, a big improvement on her 4.97 metres gold medal winning effort in 2002 and not that far off the championship record of 5.45 metres set in 1994 by Jade Johnson, who last year took the silver medals in both the European and Commonwealth long jump championships. Emily also collected a silver medal in the 100 metres in 13.2sec, getting through to the final by winning her heat in a slightly slower 13.3sec.
Over at the Surrey Schools Championships at Kingsmeadow Stadium, Kingston, Hercules Wimbledon's Ike Mba had to show the form of his young life to win the intermediate boys triple jump title. He leapt out to 13.41 metres to add three centimetres to his previous best, also set at Kingsmeadow Stadium, to secure the gold medal by just four centimetres.
Another gold medal-winning performance came from Jade Lally, who also showed her best form to take the intermediate girls discus with a fine throw of 31.11 metres. Completing Hercules Wimbledon's gold medallist was Oliver Stogdale who led the field home in the Berkshire junior boys 80 metres hurdles final at Reading in 12.5sec.
Backing up the title-winning quartet were a host of medal winners and near medal winners. Marie Kiuber was third in the intermediate girls javelin at the Surrey meeting where Paul Drake and John Grayson also took bronze in the senior boys 800 metres and long jump championships. Another medallist at the London Championships was Matthew Zacsek who was third in the intermediate boys javelin with 35.39 metres.
Alex Bodin was just edged out of a medal in the Surrey intermediate boys 3000 metres where he finished in fourth place, as did Lucy England in the junior girls 75 metres hurdles, Amadine King in the intermediate girls 800 metres, Laura Wignall in the intermediate girls 200 metres and Medina Knepsl in the intermediate girls 1500 metres. Richard Vanderpuije was sixth in the intermediate boys 1500 metres.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon athletes will be in action at the Surrey Veterans championships at Kingsmeadow and the Lily B Girls League match at Walton, both on Saturday, and the South of England senior championships at Portsmouth, which take place on both Saturday and Sunday.


9/06/03 - SILVER MEDAL FOR "MASTER" JOHN
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's veterans team captain John Webster returned with a silver medal from the annual British Masters track and field championships at Moorways Stadium, Derby. Webster took second place in the over 60 javelin with a throw of 36.88 metres. He was also fifth in the hammer with 34.31 metres.
Another Hercules Wimbledon athlete to do well at Derby was Mark Baker. He just missed out on a medal in the over 40 200 metres where he finished fourth in 24.28sec after taking third place in his heat in a slower 25.03sec. Baker also reached the final of the 100 metres where he finished sixth in 11.90sec after taking second place in his heat in 11.98sec.
Earlier in the week, both Webster and Baker were in action at Battersea Park, helping the Hercules Wimbledon squad to their best team performance of the season in the third of this season's Southern Veterans League Mid London division meetings.
At the other end of the age scale, Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters gave another encouraging display in their third National Young Athletes League meetings at Watford. Once again, South of England under 15 girls long jump champion Emily Martin proved the outstanding member of the team achieving a hat-trick of wins. She took the girls under 15 100 metres (12.7sec), long jump (5.32 metres) and high jump, with a personal best of 1.45 metres.
Jade Lally also gained an individual hat-trick in the under 17 events winning the shot, discus and long jump a events while newcomer Narie Khuber made a winning debut in the javelin with Maureen Njuguna guaranteeing maximum points in taking the B string. Lucy England also gained a hat-trick of wins in the girls under 15 events winning the 800 metres a and 75 metres A races and the long jump B.
Other Hercules Wimbledon winners were Serena Brotherton (girls under 15 75 metres B and 800 metres A) and Rosemary Fernando (girls under 13 1200 metres). Best of the boys were Jack Kennedy and Josh Martin, who won the under 17 hammer A and B string events and Derrick Hunt who won the javelin B.
Hercules Wimbledon athletes will be among those chasing titles in the annual Surrey and London Schools Championships at Kingsmeadow Stadium, Kingston and The Millennium Arena, Battersea Park, on Saturday.


2/06/03 - FINE EFFORTS BY YOUNG AND OLD
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's youngsters and senior athletes both gave encouraging performances when they competed in the third of this season's Southern Men's League matches at Kingsmeadow Stadium, Kingston. The club's senior men's team produced their best performance of the summer.
Best race of the day was the 800 metres where Hercules Wimbledon's Tom Kennedy and Mahmoud Aboattaya battled it out all the way to the line with the Palestinian World Indoor Championships representative just getting the verdict although the timekeepers were unable to split them giving them both 1min 58.7sec.
Later, they both featured in second individual wins with Aboattaya taking the 400 metres in 52.5sec and Kennedy the 3000 metres steeplechase in 10m in 23.1sec.
Hurdler Steve Davies featured in a hat-trick of wins as he took the 400 metres hurdles in a fine 57.6sec, slicing one-and-a-half seconds off his previous best time for the event. He then took the sprint hurdles B race in a season's best of 16.7sec and completed his day's good work by anchoring the 4x400 metres relay team to victopry with a 52.5sec leg.
Christian De Jager ensured maximum points in both the sprint hurdles and long jump by taking both a string events with 16.4sec and 6.50 metres. Team captain Royden John, somewhat below his best after returning from a trip to South Africa, won the B long jump with 6.28 metres.
The oldest member of the team, supervet Steve Badgery, a former British marathon international, took second place in the 5000 metres. At the other end of the age range, two teenagers played an improtant part in the overall team effort. Two more seasoned athletes, supervet John Fenge and John Brown both got among the winners as they took the shot B and hammer B events, respectively.
Raynes Park schoolboy Mba Ike achieved a lifetime best of 13.38 metres in easily winning the triple jump and also took second place in the 100 metres in 11.7sec. Ross Savill, who goes to Rutlish School, took time off swatting for exams by taking second place in the 200 metres B race in a personal best of 23.4sec and then ran the opening leg for the winning 4x400 metres relay team.
Hercules Wimbledon stage the third of this season's Rosenheim League East Division matches at Wimbledon Park next Wednesday evening (June 11), starting at 6.45pm.


27/05/03 - ANOTHER SUPERB WIN FOR EMILY
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's outstanding young teenager Emily Martin produced the form of her young life just where it really counted with a gold medal-winning performance at the South of England Championships at Watford's Woodside Stadium.
Emily, 14, who goes to Burntwood School, Tooting, added to her triple title-winning effort at the Surrey championships at Kingsmeadow Stadium just a fortnight earlier by taking the girls under 15 long jump with a superb leap of 5.40 metres. She might have leapt even further had she not been jumping into a slight headwind of 0.9 metres per second (about two miles an hour). All but one of the other finalists had the wind behind them for their best leaps.
Emily's effort added two centimetres to her previous best achieved at the Kingston and Polytechnic open meeting at Kingsmeadow in March.
She also posted a lifetime best in the 100 metres where she clocked 12.68 seconds in winning her heat. She was not quite able to repeat that form in the final where she nevertheless finished a fine fifth in 12.79.
This weekend, Emily nwill be returning to the scene of her victory at Watford but this time she will be back with her Hercules Wimbledon team-mates when they compete in their third National Young Athletes League meeting on Sunday. The club faces another busy weekend as it hosts a Southern Men's League fixture at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Saturday, starting at 1pm, and is helping to organise a Southern Veterans League match at Battersea Park on Monday, starting at 6.30pm.
IKE LEADS WITH HAT-TRICK
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club members were prominent in the annual Merton Schools Championships staged at Wimbledon Park Athletics Stadium.
Best of the bunch was Rutlish schoolboy Ike Mba who gained a hat-trick of wins in the intermediate boys section. His successes came in the 100 metres hurdles in 14.8 sec, the 400 metres hurdles in 63.3 sec and the triple jump where he cleared 13.30 metres.
There was a double success for Laura Wignall in the intermediate girls events where she won the 200 metres in 27.6 sec. and the long jump with 3.99 metres.
Daniel Moriarty took the senior boys 3000 metres while Richard Vanderpuije and Steven Butcher won the intermediate boys 400 and 1500 metres respectively. Two other winners were Serena Brotherton and Imogen Stoddart in the junior girls 800 and 1500 metres.


20/05/03 - DOUBLE HAT-TRICK FOR IKE AND EMILY
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's youngsters were in fine form in their second National Young Athletes League match of the season at Sutton Arena on Sunday.
Teenagers Ike Mba and Emily Martin led the parade of winning performances with a hat-trick each. Mba, making his season's league debut after missing the opening match at Kingsmeadow, was more than a metre clear of his nearest rival as he took the men's under 17 triple jump with 12.68 metres. He warmed up for the long jump by winning the 400 metres hurdles in 62sec and then completed the treble by winning the 100 metres hurdles in an impressive 14.9sec. Had he competed in the previous weekend's Surrey championships at Kingsmeadow, his performances would have won him three medals - a gold in the triple jump and two silvers in both hurdles events. Mba completed his day by helping Hercules Wimbledon win the men's under 17 sprint relay in 49.3sec.
One Hercules Wimbledon athlete who did secure a hat-trick of medals at the Surrey championships, Emily Martin, secured another individual hat-trick at Sutton in winning the girls under 15 100 metres in 12.9sec, the high jump with 1.44 metres and the long jump with 5.15 metres. Lucy England secured maximum points in the 100 metres and long jump by taking bothg B string events.
Jack Kennedy helped Hercules Wimbledon to maximum points in the men's under 17 triple jump in taking the B string event.
Jade Lally, who also missed the county championships, won the women's under 17 shot and discus events with 8.63 and 27.79 metres, which were respectively both better from the bronze and silver medal winning performances at the Surrey championships.
Ross Savill was a double winner taking the under 17 200 and 400 metres a races, Richard Vanderpuije won the under 17 800 metres a and 400mmetres B races, Alex Bodin the under 17 1500 and 3000 metres races, and Ben Saxby the under 17 steeplechase A and 1500 metres B events. Andrew Killerby was joint first in the boys under 15 high jump while Damien Robertson took the 800 metres.
Dayan Knepsl and Henry Ivezic gained maximum points in winning the boys under 13 shot A and B string events with throws which were both better than the silver medallist at the Surrey championships.
Only girls under 13 winner was Roisemary Fernando who took the 1200 metres event.


13/05/03 - BRILLIANT COUNTY HAT-TRICK FOR EMILY
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's talented teenage prospect Emily Martin was in outstanding form at the annual Surrey track and field championships at Kingsmeadow Stadium, Kingston with a hat-trick of individual victories in the girls under 15 events.
Emily, 14, was the most impressive athlete at the two-day championship meeting and the only one among more than 600 athletes to secure a hat-trick of titles.
The first of her gold medal-winning performances came in her strongest individual event, the long jump. After a foul with her first attempt, Emily, who is a pupil at Burntwood School, Tooting, went into the gold medal position with her second leap of 5.12 metres and then consolidated her domination of the event with fourth and fifth efforts of 5.14 and 5.25 metres. She won the title by almost half-a-metre.
Having got her breath back from winning the long jump, Emily then set out in the heats of the 200 metres. She won her race in 26.6sec but knew she would have a fight on her hands in the final just two hours later as two other runners clocked inside 27 seconds. The final lived up to its expectation with the tall, long-striding Emily getting the verdict by a whisker as the first two runners were both clocked at 26.6. The Hercules Wimbledon runner just secured the gold medal.
After a night's rest, Emily returned to Kingsmeadow for the girls under 15 100 metres and the chance of a hat-trick of titles. Battling against a sizeable headwind, she won the first heat - but only just, by three-hundredths of a second in 13.13. The winner of the second heat was slightly faster with 13.1. Emily knew she would have real fight on her hands to complete the treble. But, she rose to the challenge in no uncertain fashion to sneak home in a thrilling 100m final by just two-hundredths of a second in 13.07 to cap three outstanding wins.
Other leading Hercules Wimbledon athletes at the championships were Paul Drake, who took the bronze medal in the junior men's 800 metres in 2min 4.76sec, Lucy England, who missed out on a bronze medal by just one centometres in finishing fourth in the girls under 15 long jump with 4.45 metres and Imogen Stoddart, who raced to fourth place in the girls under 15 1500 metres in 5min 23.9sec. Her younger brother Fergus was fifth in the boys under 13 80 metres hurdles in 16.36.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon host a National Young Athletes League meeting at Sutton Arena on Sunday, starting at 11.45am, while the club's senior men's team travels to Watford for their second Southern Men's League match on Saturday. The club's older generation of athletes are competing in the British Veterans road relay championships at Sutton Park, Birmingham, also on Saturday.


6/05/03 - HERCULES WIMBLEDON VETS FLEX MUSCLES
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's veterans showed good form when they competed in their opening Southern Veterans League Mid London Division match at Battersea Park.
Returning to the veterans' scene after a break of several seasons, former Surrey medallist Geoff Walcott gave an impressive display as he took both the over 50 100 and 200 metres races in 12.5 and 58.6 sec, to put himself second on the Hercules Wimbledon all-time list in both events.
Mark Baker was another winner in the men's over 40 100 metres in 11.9sec, for 10th place on the club's all-time list.
Bearded Hugh Saxby had a busy time. In addition to winning both the men's over 40 high and long jumpo events, he was also second in the 400 metres and third in the 100 metres. Kevin Snelling was second and third in the shot and hammer, respectively, while tom Morris took second spot in the walk and Keith Hylands was fourth in the 1500 metres. Stu Littlewood was runner-up in the men's over 50 1500 metres.
Meanwhile, Hercules Wimbledon's ace race walker Estle Viljoen just failed to make the South African team for this summer's World Championships in Paris in August when she finished runner-up in the South African women's 20 kilometres championship in Port Elizabeth. She clocked 1hr 45min 15.4sec, less than three seconds behind the winner.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon athletes will be in action in the annual Surrey track and field championships which are being staged at Kingsmeadow Stadium, Kingston, on Saturday and Sunday. Next Wednesday (May 14), Hercules Wimbledon compete in the opening Rosenheim League East Division match of the summer at Croydon Sports Arena.


28/04/03 - HERCULES WIMBLEDON FACE HECTIC WEEKEND
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club face a busy weekend with their opening matches in the Southern Men's and National Young Athletes Leagues as well as the staging of the club's annual Barry Jones 10 kilometres road race.
Youngsters from Hercules Wimbledon will be helping to make history on Sunday when they take part in one of the first joint boys and girls National Young Athletes League meetings at Kingsmeadow Stadium. The previously separate leagues have been merged.
Heading the team will be the club's outstanding youngster Emily Martin who warmed up for Sunday with a fine double in the Norman Fowler Memorial open meeting at Tonbridge. Emily, the Surrey indoor under 15 girls 60 metres and long jump champions, won the 150 metres at Tonbridge in a personal best of 19.6sec and was not far off her lifetime best in winning the long jump with 5.26 metres.
Joint girls team managers Ann and Phillip Martin and boys team manager Nick Getting will be combining their efforts to help secure the best possible result for Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters.
After enjoying their best season in 2002 for several summers, Hercules Wimbledon's Southern Men's League team manager Steve Hadley and captain Royden John are looking forward with confidence to the summer campaign ahead. The programme opens at Hemel Hempstead on Saturday.
They will be buoyed up by the club's best ever performance in the recent Kinniard and Sward Trophy meetings and the return after several seasons' absence of one-lap runner Esmond Ferns. All-rounders Chris de Jager and Simon Johnson also likely to prov invaluable to the squad.
Bank Holiday Monday sees the 22nd staging of the annual Barry Jones 10 kilometres road race from Wimbledon Park Stadium, starting at 11am. Hundreds of runners are expected to take part in the event which starts just outside the track and finishes at the end of the 100 metres straight. Postal entries for the race, which also incorporates individual London Borough of Merton Championships are now closed but anyone wanting to run should turn up on the day.


21/04/03 - RUNNERS PREPARE FOR ANNUAL 10K RACE
May Day Bank Holiday (May 5) is the day of Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's annual Barry Jones 10 kilometres road race which is named after a former secretary of the club.
The event also incorporates the London Borough of Merton Championships to be contested between runners who live in the borough. The borough championships were launched in 1990 following the donation of trophies for the event by the then mayor, Councillor Barry Edwards, to mark the silver jubilee of the creation of the borough in 1965 by the merger of the former Wimbledon, Mitcham and Merton and Morden councils.
The 10 kilometres road race is almost as old as the borough, being staged for the 23rd time. Last year, Martin Shore from Westbury Harriers won the men's race while Hercules Wimbledon's Sarah Stodart was first in the women's section.
The race starts from Wimbledon Park Athletics Stadium at 11am and also finishes on the track. Tne cost of entering is £5 for runners who belong to UK Athletics affiliated clubs and £6 for those who are not.
Entries are already being received by race organiser Pete Mulholland and anyone interested in taking part should write to him at 71, St Julian's Farm Road, London SE27 0RJ or call him on 020 8761 4308. Full details and a copy of the entry form are available on the club's website www.herculeswimbledonac.org.uk
Further revisions of the Flora London Marathon results have shown that Hercules Wimbledon's Zoe Pike was the first local runner in the women's race. Her time has been enhanced by 45 minutes to 3hr 0min 54sec, placing her 44th instead of 127th. Her time is the second fastest marathon performance ever achieved by a Hercules Wimbledon woman runner. The club women's record of 2hr 55min 4sec was set by Sarah Massey in the London Marathon in 1999.
Just two Hercules Wimbledon men, South African Matthew Amoils (735th in 2:58:01) and veteran Andy Waites (926th in 3:00:29) posted faster times.


14/04/03 - GOOD RUNS BY HW RUNNERS IN MIN-MARATHON
Youngsters from Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club showed good form over the London marathon weekend.
Hercules Wimbledon runners finished well up in the adidas London mini-marathon over the final 2.5 miles of the full marathon course from Southwark Bridge to The Mall. Teenager Alex Bodin, who is still only 14, had an outstanding run when he finished sixth out of more than 230 runners in the intermediate boys race running for Merton. Another well placed Hercules Wimbledon runner in the event was Damien Robertson, who finished 16th representing Kensington and Chelsea.
Two sets of brothers and sisters from Hercules Wimbledon were in action. Brother and sister Deyan and Medena Knepsl also had good runs finishing 33rd and 17th, respectively, in the junior boys and senior girls races, also running for Merton, while Imogen Stoddart, running for Merton, was 10th in the intermediate girls race while her brother, Fergus, was down the field in the junior boys race, representing Wandsworth.
Another Hercules Wimbledon runner, Louise Mouton, led the Kensington and Chelsea team home in the intermediate girls race where she was 29th. out of more than 220 runners while Serena Brotherton, running for Merton, was 52nd in the senior girls race.
Jamie-Lee Carley, was the first of the Wandsworth team to finish in the senior boys race finishing 56th out of 220 runners.
Sisters Rosemary and Jennifer Fernando led the Merton team home in the junior girls race finishing 50th and 67th, respectively.
Meanwhile, Hercules Wimbledon's Emily Martin was the individual winner of the long jump to help Surrey with the girls under 15 national Sportshall final for a record fourth successive year at Birmingham's National Indoor Arena.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's senior men open their track and field season when they compete in the Kinnaird and Sward Trophies meeting at Kingsmeadow Stadium, Kingston, on Saturday.


7/04/03 - RECORDS TUMBLE AT YOUNGSTERS MEETING
With six new records and a seventh being equalled, Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's annual young athletes open meeting at Crystal Palace, being staged for the 23rd time, proved a major success despite unpleasantly cold conditions.
De'onte Green from Ipswich smashed the 6.38 metres meeting record in the men's under 17 long jump with a winning 6.56 metres, while Richard Batten from Newham and Essex Beagles shattered the 1991 record set by former international Matthew Clements of 23.7sec in the boys under 15 200 metres when he clocked a swift 23 seconds. Jay Thomas from Kent Athletic Club, the UK indoor record-holder for his event, added more than half-a-metre to the boys under 15 shot putt record with a winning throw of 15.55 metres almost four metres better than the runner-up. He erased the mark set in 1998 by current junior international Carl Saggers.
Another record-breaker was Matthew Lumm from Basildon who sliced three-tenths of a second off the record set back in 1987 in winning the boys under 13 100 metres in 12.7sec. Belgrave's Wade Bennett-Jackson equalled the record set in 2000 in winning the men's under 17 100 metres in 10.9sec.
Two records also fell in the girls events. Nicole Sadler, also from Ipswich, sliced one-tenth of a second off the old mark when she won the girls under 15 200 metres in 25.5sec, while Joanna Parker from Fleet and Crookham improved by almost two seconds on the girls under 11 600 metres record with a winning time of 1min 57.2sec.
Best of the Hercules Wimbledon contingent in action on the track where some of the world's top athletes will be competing in the Norwich Union London Grand Prix in August was Emily Martin. She went home with a hat-trick of medals, winning the girls under 15 long jump with 5.11 metres, taking silver in the 100 metres where she was just edged out sharing the winning time of 12.7sec and taking the bronze medal in the 200 metres in 26.7sec.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon runners will be in action in the Flora London marathon on Sunday with Rachel Haining one of the top veterans in the women's race. Some of the club's younger members will also be competing in the adidas mini-marathon over the final five kilometres of the course from Southwark Bridge. Alex Bodin, 14, warmed up for his appearance for Merton, when he finished an impressive runner-up in Hercules Wimbledon's five miles road running championship in 29min 12sec, just 14 seconds behind race winner Tom Kennedy.


 
31/03/03 - MALTESE ATHLETES TO COMPETE AGAIN
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's popular young athletes open meeting which is being staged for the 23rd time this weekend at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre will once again have an international flavour.
An 18-strong party from Malta - 15 athletes and three officials - will be supporting the meeting to the delight of organiser Nick Getting and Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club. Their appearance continues a tradition which has been established in recent years and although they left their decision later than usual - Mr Getting only received confirmation of their participation on Monday of this week - they will be made more than welcome during their stay at the Crystal Palace NSC hostel.
Once again a bumper 1000-plus entry has been received for the meeting which is being staged at Crystal Palace on Sunday. It starts at 11am and runs through till 5pm. Youngsters from all over the country will be converging on Crystal Palace for one of the UK's largest young athletes open meetings. Hercules Wimbledon athletes will be among those taking part and they will be led by teenager Emily Martin, fresh from a gold medal-winning double at the recent Surrey indoor championships at Sutton.
Other local clubs are also sending athletes to the meeting which is Hercules Wimbledon's biggest event of the year.
Athletes who have competed in past years have gone on to gain international honours. They include high jumper Debbi Marti, who retired after competing in last year's Commonwealth Games in Manchester and whose girls under 17 high jump record set in 1981 of 1.65 metres still stands, marathon international Mark Steinle, who set the boys under 13 1500 metres record of 4min 41.5sec in 1987 and throwing exponent Emeka Udechuku who set the men's under 17 shot and discus records of 18.03 and 57.18 metres in 1995. So, it is inevitable that some of the winners at Sunday's meeting will go on to gain international honours in future years.
This is a busy weekend for Hercules Wimbledon with the club staging its annual five miles road running championship on Saturday. Due to increased traffic, the race, which is being staged for the 26th time has been switched to a new course. It will start in Parkside Avenbue at 2pm.

24/03/03 - DOUBLE WIN FOR SOUTH AFRICAN-BOUND ESTLE
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's ace race walker Estle Viljoen has been in impressive form prior to her departure for South Africa where she is to challenge for a place in her country's team to compete in the World Championships in Paris this summer.
Viljoen, 31, who teaches at Merton's Haslemere Primary School in Mitcham, was in outstanding form when she won the UK Inter-Counties women's five kilometres road walking title at Leamington Park in 23min 33sec to win her first national race walking title. The previous weekend, she won the final Cambridge Harriers Winter League race of the 2002/2003 season in a slightly slower 24min.
Her two victories marked her return to competitive action after being sidelined for four months with a stress fracture. While she had to keep away from walking, Viljoen was able to keep fit by training using the facilities of the Cannons Health and Fitness Suite in Wimbledon Town Centre. She is flying out to South Africa early next month for the championships which are being held at Port Elizabeth on April 26.
Two Hercules Wimbledon runners took individual awards for the 2002/2003 season in Division Two of the Sweatshop Surrey Cross Country League. Leo Cox, who was the top junior in the final match in Richmond Park finishing 39th out of 161 runners, took the junior men's award while Alex Bodin, despite being pipped by just one second in the final league race, took the overall award in the boys under 15 section having won the three previous races.
With Damian Robertson third, Steven Butcher sixth, Jamie-Lee Carley seventh and Neil Fraser eighth, Hercules Wimbledon packed well in the final race to runaway with the team honours on the day and also take the boys under 15 overall league title.
Hercules Wimbledon also took the overall league title in the boys under 13 section with Deyan Knepsl leading the way home in the final race in which he was fourth with Jake Bodin seventh and Fergus Stoddart eighth.
Hercules Wimbledon runners won two of the age group prizes in the Veterans Athletic Club's final cross country race of the season on Wimbledon Common. Grenville Tuck was first in the supervets age group while Steve Badgery won the men's over 55 section.


17/03/03 - EMILY TOPS WITH WINNING DOUBLE
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's outstanding teenage prospect gave another impressive display when she competed in the Surrey Indoor Championships at Sutton Arena.
Emily, who goes to Burntwood School, Tooting, not only managed to achieve a gold medal-winning double in the girls under 15 events but also improved on her lifetime bests for both the 60 metres and long jump. She also broke the championship record in winning the sprint. She established herself as favourite for the 60 metres gold medal when she broke the championship record in winning her heat in 8 sec, the fastest time in the qualifying round, and one-tenth of a second faster than the record which was set in 2001 and equalled last year. It was also one-tenth of a second faster than her previous lifetime best which was achieved at an indoor meeting at Chelmsford in January. Two hours later, she won the final equalling the record she had set in winning her heat.
Hardly had she got her breath back from winning the sprint than she was in action again going for a second gold medal in the girls under 15 long jump. She led the competition from the opening round with a leap of 4.96 metres but then she shattered her personal record with her next effort which saw her mark the sand at 5.23 metres. This represented an eight centimetre improvement on her previous best of 5.15 metres set last summer when she won the London Schools junior girls long jump title at Battersea Park.
Emily achieved an impressive series of jumps, four of which were further than the best achieved by the runner-up in the competition. Of her six attempts five of her leaps were 4.85 metres or better. Her Hercules Wimbledon clubmates Lucy England and Serena Brotherton were fifth and seventh with 4.13 and 3.76 metres, respectively. Later, Serena won the gold medal in the girls under 15 triple jump with 8.69 metres despite never having done the event before.
Strangely, though, Serena shouldn't have even been doing the event. "Girls of her age are not permitted to do the triple jump," explained Hercules Wimbledon general secretary Mrs Pat Yeates. "She didn't know that and Surrey championship officials accepted her entry. She'd never done it before or even trained for it so she just watched the other competitors and had a go. She got a gold medal and a championship record for her efforts."
Hercules Wimbledon's sole athlete at the IAAF World Indoor Championships at Birmingham's National Indoor Arena Mahmoud Abuattaya set a Palestinian indoor 800 metres record despite finishing last in his heat in 1min 59.24sec. Mahmoud has a best outdoor 800 metres time of 1min 55sec.
This weekend Hercules Wimbledon are competing in the East Surrey League road relays at Box Hill, Dorking, on Saturday. Hercules Wimbledon are holding their annual general meeting at Wimbledon Community Centre, St George's Road, Wimbledon next Wednesday (March 26) starting at 7.30pm.


10/03/03 - SUPER RUN BY DEBUTANT ROBERTSON
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club teenager Damien Robertson posted one of his best performances of his first season of serious cross country running when he led the London team home in the junior boys championship at the annual English Schools cross country championships staged in blustery conditions over a testing and hilly course at Stanmer Park, Brighton.
Robertson, just a month past his 14th birthday, finished 107th out of almost 350 runners in the four kilometres race when he made his debut in the English Schools cross country championships. His run there followed an earlier impressive performance in the Saucony English National cross country championships at North London's Parliament Hill Fields where he finished 128th out of almost 300 runners in the boys under 15 championship over 4.5 testing kilometres.
Robertson was by far the best London runner in the junior boys race and was selected for the team after finishing runner-up in the London schools championships at Parliament Hill Fields in January. At Brighton, he finished more than 200 places ahead of the London junior boys championship winner and almost 150 places ahead of the second London runner.
He was one of two Hercules Wimbledon youngsters competing in the English schools meeting. The second was Alex Bodin who goes to Rutlish School, Merton Park, who was called into the team after initially being selected as first reserve following his ninth place in the Surrey Schools intermediate boys championship at Reigate Priory in January. At Brighton, Bodin was Surrey's fourth finisher in the intermediate boys race taking 139th position out of more than 320 runners to cross the line.
At the other end of the age scale, elite veteran John Thomas took the over 60's prize in the annual Hillingdon open five miles road race at Ruislip. Thomas finished 118th out of more than 250 runners in the race in 33min 30sec. He was one of three Hercules Wimbledon runners taking part. Supervets Martin Dailler and Ian Isherwood were 99th and 160th, respectively, in 31min 46sec and 36min 33sec, respectively.
Francis Staunton was the first Hercules Wimbledon runner in the annual South of the Thames Championship over a tough undulating course at Farthing Downs, Coulsdon, where he finished 31st out of more than 100 runners.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon runners compete in final cross country race of the winter when they turn out in the Sweatshop Surrey League meeting in Richmond Park on Saturday, starting from close to Sheen Gate. On Sunday morning, Hercules Wimbledon are organising the first of a series of training sessions for members of the Merton team competing in next month's adidas London mini-marathon. The session which lasts about an hour starts at 10.30am.


3/03/03 - SUCCESSFUL WEEKEND FOR HW YOUNGSTERS
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's youngsters enjoyed a most successful weekend when they represented Surrey in the regional Sportshall meeting and contested the adidas Merton Mini Marathon races.
Pride of place went to teenager Emily Martin who proved the top competitor in the girls under 15 match in the four counties meeting at Guildford's Spectrum Leisure Centre. She won the standing long jump and speed bounce, took second place in the four lap race and helped Surrey take the gold medal in the paarlauf. She was presented with a special plaque for her superb efforts at Guildford and will spearhead the Surrey team to compete in the national Sportshall finals at Birmingham next month.
It marked the end of a notable week for Emily, a pupil at Burntwood School, Tooting, as she was short-listed for the sports person of the year award at the Wandsworth Sports Award Evening staged in the Civic Suite at Wandsworth Town Hall.
Another Hercules Wimbledon athlete to perform well at Guildford was Serena Brotherton who secured a gold medal when she won the four lap race and helped Surrey take second place in the relay.
Hercules Wimbledon runners dominated the annual trials for the Merton team to compete in the adidas London mini-marathon from Southwark Bridge to The Mall on Flora London Marathon day, Sunday April 13.
Imogen Stoddart won the girls race in 14min 15sec to win the under 15 age group. Clubmate Amadine King won the under 18 age group in 15min 3sec while twins Jennifer and Rosemary Fernandez ran strongly to finish first and second in the girls under 13 section in 15min 20sec and 15min 29sec.
For Imogen, it proved a much easier task than racing over the testing circuit of Parliament Hill Fields the previous weekend when she finished 171st in the girls under 15 race in the Saucony English cross country championships. Clubmate Hannah Fernando was 198th. The Fernandez twins also ran at Parliament Hill Fields. Jennifer was 183rd in the under 13 race, Rosemary 202nd and Nadia Abdulla 231st. It was the first time for several years that Hercules Wimbledon fielded runners in the girls races.
Alex Bodin led the boys field home in the Merton mini-marathon on Wimbledon Common in 11min 34sec, winning the under 15 section. Not far behind, clubmate Ben Saxby took the under 18 race in 11min 49sec but, unfortunately, won't be around for the London race because he is away skiing that weekend.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon compete in their penultimate cross country event of the winter, the South of the Thames Championship over seven-and-a-half miles at Farthing Downs, Coulsdon, on Saturday.


24/02/03 - TIME FOR MINI-MARATHON TRIALS
Youngsters who live or go to school in Merton have the chance to run the last five kilometres of the Flora London Marathon course on Sunday, April 13, the day this year's London Marathon, the capital's biggest sporting event, is being staged.
To do so they have to compete in the trial races which are being organised by Merton Council's leisure services department, with assistance from officials of Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club, on Wimbledon Common on Sunday.
The race headquarters will be at The Study School building in Camp Road. Boys and girls who will be over 11 and under 17 on April 13 are eligible to take part in the two races over approximately three miles. The first race for girls will start at 11am with the boys going off half-an-hour later. Registration for all competitors will begin at 10am. The results of the two races will be announced at 12.30pm.
There are six age groups for the mini-marathon for girls and boys who will be 11 and 12-years-old, 13 and 14-years-old and 15, 16 and 17-years-old on marathon day, April 13. The first six in each age group will automatically be selected for the Merton team, provided they comply with the eligibility criteria. Officers from the council's leisure services sports development section will select a further two runners in each age group and these will be notified next week.
Hercules Wimbledon's runners found it tough going when they competed in the Saucony English National Cross Country Championships at Parliament Hill Fields. Unfortunately, the club's top runner this winter, Ethiopian Dereje Kebede, who finished runner-up in the Surrey Championships at Banstead in January, was unable to compete in the senior men's 12 kilometres championship because of a foot injury.
After making a good start in the junior men's race, teenager Craig Farr was forced to pull oput with a foot injury on the opening lap while lying among the top 30. Mohmoud Aboataya battled his way round the course to finish 64th in 39min 50sec out more than 130 runners. Ben Saxby and Steven Butcher were 181st and 189th in the men's under 17 race in 28min 34sec and 28min 56sec, respectively, while Neil Fraser did well to finish 128th out of almost 300 runners in the boys under 15 championship in 21min 10sec.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's senior runners compete in an inter-club match hosted by Ranelagh Harriers in Richmond Park, starting at 2.30pm.


17/02/03 - WINNING WARM UP FOR NATIONAL BATTLE 
Runners from Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club warmed up for this weekend's English national cross country championships with a useful win in an inter-club match in Richmond Park.
Newcomer Francis Staunton, who only started racing at the start of the winter season, showed his training is paying off as he led the Hercules Wimbledon squad to team success. He finished fifth overall in 34min 28sec with team-mates Gerard Crispie seventh in 35min 14sec, Leo Cox ninth in 35min 44sec, Martin O'Halloran 10th in 35min 55sec, teenager Ben Saxby 12th in 36min 16sec and Eric Blackmore 13th in 36min 28sec.
Marco Ciglia was the first supervet finishing 16th in 36min 54sec with Hugh Saxby 17th in 37min 26sec, Steve Sinnott 22nd in 38min 41 sec, Don Anderson 23rd in 38min 44sec, Dave Betts 25th in 39min 5sec and Martin Miller 26th in 39min 7sec and Tom Morris 28th in 39min 27sec.
Hercules Wimbledon's promising teenager Damien Robertson warmed up for next month's English schools cross country championships with an impressive run in an inter-counties match at Gang Warily, Hampshire. Competing in the junior boys event, he was the first of the London schools runners.
Several Hercules Wimbledon runners were among almost 500 competitors in the 26.2 Road Runners Club's Winter 10 kilometres road race at Chessington. Tom Morris was first over 60 finisher in 40min 49sec while Peter Giles and Steve Badgery were second and third in the over 50 category in 38min 39sec and 38min 44sec, respectively.
First Hercules Wimbledon runner over the line was Craig Farr who was 23rd in 35min 52sec while Paul Drake, at 17, one of the youngest runners in the race, overcame hamstring problems to finish 39th in 37min 38sec.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are sending teams to compete in the English National cross country championships over the notoriously testing Parliament Hill Fields circuit in North London.


10/02/03 - REPRESENTATIVE HONOURS FOR TEENAGE TRIO
Three Hercules Wimbledon youngsters are celebrating gaining representative honours.
Heading the trio is 19-year-old Mahmoud Aboataya who will be competing in the Norwich Union World Indoor Championships at Birmingham's National Indoor Arena next month - for Palestine.
Mahmoud, who is currently living with relatives in London, is one of only two Palestine competitors to be taking part in the prestigious event. He regularly trains at Hercules Wimbledon's track base at Wimbledon Park and competed for Palestine at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. He has been selected for both the 400 and 800 metres. His stronger event is 800 metres where he has a best time of around 1min 50sec.
Two younger Hercules Wimbledon athletes have been chosen to compete for Surrey in the Sportshall inter-area meeting at Guildford's Spectrum Leisure Centre on Saturday, March 2. Emily Martin and Serena Brotherton were selected following impressive performances in the final Surrey Sportshall Meeting also at Guildford.
Emily Martin, the London Schools junior girls long jump champion, who goes to Burntwood School, Tooting, won the girls under 15 section at Guildford by just one point after winning the standing long jump and finishing runner-up in the four lap race and bounce ball event. Her Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Serena Brotherton also clinched her place in the Surrey squad after finishing sixth in the girls under 13 section.
Two other Hercules Wimbledon youngsters will be striving for team places when they compete in a schools inter-county cross country match at Fawley, Hampshire, on Saturday. Jamie-Lee Carley and Alex Bodin will be running for London and Surrey, respectively, to try to secure places in the county teams for the English Schools cross country championships at Brighton next month.
The two of them found it hard going when they competed for Surrey in the Reebok UK Inter-Counties cross country championships at Wollaton Park, Nottingham, last weekend. Carley was fifth Surrey finisher in the men's under 17 race where he was 234th in 25min 16sec, while Bodin was sixth Surrey runner in the boys under 15 race in 142nd place.
A third Hercules Wimbledon runner competing for Surrey at Nottingham, Ethiopian Dereje Kebede, was forced to drop out with a foot injury after two laps of the senior men's race while up with the leaders. At the end of the first lap he was among the top half-dozen runners.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon compete in a match against the Bank of England in Richmond Park on Saturday. The race starts at 3pm near the Roehampton Gate entrance to the park.


3/02/03 - CHANCE TO WARM UP FOR MINI MARATHON 
With just over two months to go to the Flora London marathon and the Adidas mini marathon, involving youngsters from Merton and other London boroughs, Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club has decided to stage a training run over the Merton min-marathon course this weekend to try to encourage more youngsters to take part.
Club officials John Dennis and Maurice Sharp will be on hand to assist youngsters interested in taking part in Merton's mini-marathon race on Sunday, March 2, to go round the course of approximately three miles, on Wimbledon Common on Sunday (February 9) at 11am. The meeting point will be on the edge of Wimbledon Common at its junction with West Place and North View shortly before 11am. Youngsters with aspirations of representing Merton have to be over 11 and under 17 on London marathon day, April 13.
Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters were in good form for the third of this season's Sweatshop Surrey Cross Country League Division Two races in Lloyd Park, Croydon. Teenager Alex Bodin enjoyed another impressive outing as he raced away with the youngsters event over two-and-a-half miles in 16min 14sec. He was well clear of his Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Ben Saxby, who was second in 17min 12sec and with Damian Robertson fourth in 17min 35sec, Alex Urban fifth in 18min 7sec and Paul Killerby sixth in 18min 17sec, Hercules Wimbledon easily ran away with the team honours.
It proved a double celebration for the Bodin family as Alex's younger brother Jake took the boys under 13 race over the same distance in 19min 12sec and with Max Tavener third in 20min 53sec, Fergus Stoddart fourth in 21min 21sec, Sean Crammy fifth in 23min 49sec and Alex Bruce-Littlewood sixth, Hercules Wimbledon again took the individual honours.
Hercules Wimbledon's top senior men's cross country runner this winter, Dereje Kebede, warmed up for this weekend's UK Inter-Counties championships at Nottingham on Saturday, when he makes his Surrey representative debut, with an impressive run in the Watford half-marathon. There, he managed to take second place in a time just outside 66 minutes which places him second on the Hercules Wimbledon all-time list behind three times English cross country champion Dave Clarke.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon compete in a match against the Bank of England in Richmond Park on Saturday. The race starts at 3pm near the Roehampton Gate entrance to the park.


27/01/03 - ATHLETES AIM FOR CROYDON AND GUILDFORD
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club athletes face a busy weekend with events at Croydon on Saturday and Guildford the following day. The club's senior men runners will be aiming to continue their good start to their Sweatshop Surrey cross country league programme where, after one of their best starts for many years, they are lying a close fourth in their division and have a good chance of promotion.
"There is absolutely no reason why we cannot get into a promotion position," said Hercules Wimbledon cross country secretary Pete Mulholland. "But, it can only be done if everyone turns out and supports the team. There was an excellent turn out in the second match on Epsom Downs but some potential low points scorers were missing and we need them to enable us to make a proper impact."
Once again, Dereje Kebede, who won the opening two league matches, will be spearheading the Hercules Wimbledon team fresh from his impressive record-breaking win in Epsom Oddballs Perch 2000 multi-terrain race on Epsom Downs. The 22-year-old Ethiopian-born runner chopped a massive 91 seconds off the old record as he stormed home in 32min 13sec, more than three minutes ahead of the second runner. He will be looking for another victory on the undulating terrain of Croydon's Lloyd Park.
Hercules Wimbledon lead the joint men's under 17 and boy's under 15 section and once again they will be looking to Rutlish schoolboy Alex Bodin, who won the last race on Epsom Downs, to lset the pace. Bodin was the first Merton runner when he finished ninth in the intermediate boys race at the Surrey schools championships at Reigate Priory.
Hercules Wimbledon will also have runners in action in the final Surrey Ladies League fixture which is also being staged at Lloyd Park. Teenager Imogen Stoddart, who had a good run in the opening race on Epsom Downs last October, hopes to be back after a bad bout of 'flu forced her to miss the last race as well as the Surrey County and Surrey Schools Championship. Hercules Wimbledon will also be hoping to have top triathlon prospect Medena Knepsl in action after she finished 10th in the intermediate girls championship at the Surrey Schools meeting.
On Sunday, teenager Emily Martin, fresh from her silver medal-winning long jump performance in the South of England indoor championships at Bedford, heads the Hercules Wimbledon contingent competing in the final Surrey County Sportshall meeting at Guildford's Spectrum Leisure Centre.


20/01/03 - FLYING START FOR TEENAGER EMILY
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's talented teenager Emily Martin has made a tremendous start to 2003 with a lifetime best performances at the 60 metres sprint and long jump. At the same time, Emily picked up a silver medal in the South of England indoor championships at Bedford and came within a whisker of making it a double as she just missed out on a bronze.
Emily, 14, who last summer won the London Schools junior girls long jump title at Battersea Park, has really got off to a flying start to 2003. With the new year only a few weeks old she took the silver medal against 20 other competitors in the girls under 15 long jump at the South of England indoor championships at Bedford. Her medal-winning jump of 5.05 metres was achieved with her first of six attempts and what really impressed was the consistency of her jumping. Emily, a pupil at Burntwood School, Tooting, had two other jumps over five metres and her three other efforts were all over 4.90 metres.She was only just short of her lifetime best of 5.15 metres achieved last summer.
In between contesting the long jump, Emily battled through three rounds of the 60 metres dash to reach the final. She won her first round heat in 8.18sec, clocked the same time in taking second place in her second round race and then improved with 8.14sec to finish second in her semi-final and secure one of the four coveted places in the final, out of more than 30 other youngsters. At the end of a tiring day, she was not quite able to show her best form and had to settle for fourth place in 8.16sec. But, her performances underlined her promise.
This has already been recognised as Emily is one of about 20 teenagers who have been attending a weekly UK Athletics talent academy at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre under international high jumper Jo Jennings. Just 24 hours after her silver medal-winning long jump, she was back there on Monday evening.
Her outing at Bedford was her second competition of the year. The previous weekend she was in action in an open meeting at Chelmsford. There, she posted a lifetime best in the 60 metres sprint. She was faster than any of the other 14 runners in the event in winning her first race in 8.1sec, easily beating her previous best of 8.4sec, and clocking the fastest time of the day. She also won her subsequent two races in 8.3 and 8.2sec, respectively. Emily arrived only just in time to compete in the girls under 15 long jump and, despite having to compete without her proper warm-up, she managed to finish second with 4.74 metres.


13/01/03 - YOUNGSTERS SET THE PACE ON EPSOM DOWNS
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's youngsters saw off the opposition with an impressive display of running in their second Sweat Shop Surrey cross country league meeting of the season on Epsom Downs and look set to run away with the team honours in the boys joint under 15 and under 17 section.
They filled the first six places in the two-and-a-half miles race with Alex Bodin, who will be running for Surrey in next month's UK Inter-Counties Championships in Nottingham, crossing the line a clear winner in 15min 3sec. Jamie-Lee Carley was runner-up in 15min 47sec followed by Ben Saxby (16min 28sec), Steven Butcher (16min 29sec), Alex Urban (16min 45sec) and Neil Fraser (17min 12sec). Michael Deane was eighth in 17min 58sec wqith Dominic Leeson 10th in 20min 38sec.
Hercules Wimbledon took the team honours with the minimum score and are well clear of the opposition half-way through this season's programme.
With Jake Bodin finishing fifth in 18min 47sec, Alex Bruce-Littlewood eighth in 21min 43sec and Gary Paris ninth in the same time, Hercules Wimbledon finished third in the under 13 race where they are lying second overall.
Fresh from taking the silver medal in the Surrey championships at Banstead the previous weekend, Dereje Kebede fought his way to another fine win in the senior men's five miles race. He covered the testing circuit in 28min 12sec to finish more than half-a-minute clear with another Hercules Wimbledon runner Mahmoud Aboattoua third in 30min 3sec.
With team captain Steve Sinnott 21st in 31min 2sec, Leo Cox 38th in 32min 7sec, Eric Blackmore 42nd in 32min 38sec, Martin O'Halloran 46th in 32min 50sec, Andy Cunningham 52nd in 33min 9sec, Marco Ciglia 71st in 34min, Daniel Bodin 73rd in 34min 6sec and Ramon Benitez 84th in 34min 53sec, Hercules Wimbledon were third in the team contest. Other Hercules Wimbledon finishers were Hugh Saxby 85th in 34min 59sec, Dave Betts 90th in 35min 17sec and Tom Morris 100th in 36min 18sec.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon youngsters are competing for Merton in the annual Surrey Schools cross country championships at Priory Park, Reigate, on Saturday.


6/01/03 - TRIPLE MEDAL HAUL FOR HERCULES WIMBLEDON
Runners from Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club came away with a fair share of the medals from the annual Surrey cross country championships held in near freezing conditions at Nork Park, Banstead.
Best of the squad of gold and scarlet vested runners was Ethiopian-born Dereje Kebede who secured the individual silver medal after a tough four-lap battle in the senior race over 12 testing kilometres. Kebede, who celebrates his 22nd birthday this month, led for the opening two laps and might have even got the gold had he not found the bitterly cold conditions difficult to cope with and been unclear how many laps he was supposed to be running. Nevetheless, he was the first Hercules Wimbledon runner to get among the medals in the senior race for more than two decades - since three times English champion Dave Clarke won the title at Milford back in 1980.
Kebede has made a good start to 2003 because on New Year's day he led home a record 400-plus field in the British Runner New Year's Day race in Hyde Park in 31min 8sec, finishing 1min 31sec ahead of the second runner. At Banstead, he was just six seconds off the gold medal position.
With Tom Kennedy 26th in 44min 17sec, team captain Steve Sinnott 65th in 47min 48sec, Barry White 76th in 48min 30sec, Eric Blackmore 85th in 49min 30sec and Andy Cunningham 88th ub 49min 38sec, Hercules Wimbledon finished fifth in the team placings, a significant improvement on last year's eighth position. Other Hercules Wimbledon runners to finish were Stu Littlewood 95th in 50min 12sec, Hugh Saxby 115th in 52min 25sec and Martin O'Halloran 119th in 52min 57sec.
Hercules Wimbledon's junior men's team clinched a set of silver medals. They were led home by Leo Cox, seventh in 30min 57sec, with Paul Drake eighth in 31min 50sec and Ramon Benitez 13th in 33min 59sec. Newcomer David Fleming was 16th in 35min 47sec.
Jamie-Lee Carley led the men's under 17 team to a set of bronze medals in a closely fought team contest in which Hercules Wimbledon were only three points behind the gold medallists. Carley was seventh in 25min 57sec, Ben Saxby 12th in 27min 19sec and Alex Urban 14th in 28min 20sec. Steven Butcher was 17th in 28min 55sec.
Teenager Alex Bodin had a good run in the boys under 15 championship where he finished fifth in 14min 54sec. Two other Hercules Wimbledon runners Richard Vanderpuije and Michael Deane were 20th and 26th in 16min 51sec and 17min 42sec, respectively. Hercules Wimbledon also had three runners in the boys under 13 race with Deyan Knepsl 20th in 14min 7sec, Alex Bruce -Littlewood 47th in 15min 59sec and Jake Bodin 60th in 17min 1sec.
The club's women's teams were ravaged by the affects of 'flu so only one Hercules Wimbledon runner, Serena Brotherton, appeared and she was a disappointing 27th in the girls under 13 race in 17min 30sec.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's cross country runners compete in their second Sweat Shop Surrey Men's League meeting of the season on Epsom Downs and the third Surrey Ladies League meeting in Richmond Park.

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