PRESS RELEASES for Hercules Wimbledon AC for 2005

26/12/05 - RUNNERS' YEAR END RACE IN WIMBLEDON
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club runners get the chance to end the year on an energetic note by taking part in the annual Hercules Wimbledon/Lauriston Runners' Club's seven miles road race on Saturday, New Year's Eve.
There is an open invitation for other runners to join in and Thames Hare and Hounds have traditionally sent a strong contingent to the event. Last season Thames runners filled the first there places in the race with John McFarlane, who lives in Wimbledon Village, and winner of the South of the Thames championship title on Wimbledon Common earlier this month, crossing the line first in 35 minutes 59 seconds ahead of clubmates Andy Weir (36:14) and Dave Symons (37:32).
Fastest time on the course of 34:40 was recorded by second-claim Hercules Wimbledon runner Richard Ward in 2003.
The race starts near the "No Entry" sign at the top of Causeway at its junction with West Side and close to the Fox and Grapes pub at 2pm.
Hercules Wimbledon's track and field athletes can make a flying start to 2006 by joining in the first training session of the year next Tuesday. Regular Tuesday and Thursday evening and Sunday morning training resumes at Wimbledon Park track after the festive season break.
Hercules Wimbledon teenagers Emily Martin, Ike Mba and Jonathan Burgess are all highly ranked in the provisional UK lists for 2005.
Emily, who now goes to Coombe Sixth Form College, Kingston, is placed sixth equal in the women's long jump with a leap of 5.71 metres achieved in winning the final Lily B League meeting of the season at Kingsmeadow Stadium in September. She also She gained a double win in the Surrey championships in May winning the women's under 17 200m and long jump and, earlier in the year, she gained a hat-trick in the Surrey indoor championships winning the under 17 60m, long and triple jump titles.
She also won the bronze medal in the South of England indoor long jump championship at Bedford back in January and in the outdoor championships at Portsmouth, she took the bronze medal. She just missed out winning a medal at the AAA Championships at Birmingham in August where she finished fourth. She also competed in the triple jump championship at Birmingham where her wind-assisted leap of 11.33 metres ranked her 17th in the country.
Mba, now 18, is ranked fifth in the junior men's long jump with his championship record-breaking leap of 7.18 metres set when winning the Surrey junior men's indoor title at Sutton in March. He was just pipped for the gold medal in the outdoor championships at Kingsmeadow where he took silver with 6.66 metres jumping into a stiff headwind. His best individual performance of the summer was taking the silver medals in the senior boys championship at the English Schools Meeting at Birmingham in July where he leapt 6.92 metres.
At the Surrey championships in May he also posted a personal best 100m time of 11.05 to reach the junior men's final. His best long jump effort of the summer was a leap of 6.96 metres at Kingsmeadow in June.
Burgess, now 13, is ranked seventh in the boys under 13 1500m with a personal best time of 4:43.18 he achieved at a National Young Athletes Meeting at Kingsmeadow Stadium in July. Earlier in the summer he took the silver medal in the boys under 13 1500m event at the Surrey championships.


19/12/05 -  QUADRUPLE RANKING FOR YOUNG AMELIA
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's teenager Amelia Richards enjoyed a successful year in which she won two Welsh and two Surrey track and field titles. One of the results of her series of outstanding performances is that she has been highly ranked in four events in the initial UK girls under 13 lists for 2005.
Richards, who was 13 in October, won the girls under 13 100m and long jump gold medals at the Surrey championships at Kingsmeadow Stadium in May with 13.47 seconds and 4.38 metres, respectively. She completed a hat-trick of medal-winning performances by taking silver in the 200m in 28.20.
A month later, she stormed to victory in the girls under 13 100m at the Welsh championships in Cardiff in a lifetime best of 13.39 which has given her a UK ranking of 17th place. She also won the Welsh girls under 13 long jump with 4.69 metres, a 21 centimetre improvement on her previous best which placed her 12th equal in the UK for her age group in 2005. Her 200m silver medal-winning performance at the Surrey championships ranked her 21st.
Her highest ranking is in the 70m hurdles where her 11.85 clocking at an open meeting at Woking in September puts her 11th in the country.
Amelia, who goes to Graveney School, Tooting, will be aiming to make further improvements in 2006.
With the team's top two athletes, Ethiopian-born Dereje Kebede and Wimbledon 10 winner Ian Horrocks missing, Hercules Wimbledon runners failed in their bid to win a set of team medals in the South of the Thames championship race over seven-and-a-half miles on a crisp Wimbledon Common.
Two weeks after achieving his first race win for three years, Richard Xerri continued his roller-coaster running career when he dropped out at the end of the second lap with a calf problem after heading the Hercules Wimbledon contingent in the initial stages of the race.
With Xerri dropping out, it was Jamie Helmer who led the Hercules Wimbledon team home finishing 35th in 44:36. There was a gap before the next Hercules Wimbledon and Gary Blesson, Adam Przedrzymirski and Leo Cox crossed the line in quick succession in 65th, 69th and 73rd places in 46:56, 47:05 and 47:26. Phil Glynn, 81st in 48:15 and Peter Lee, 99th in 49:28, completed the scoring team.
Other Hercules Wimbledon finishers were Hugh Saxby, fifth veteran over 50 taking 103rd place in 49:48, John Querstret 109th in 50:23, Ben Saxby 113th in 50:36 and supervet Fred Green 154th in 56:12.
Track and field training at Wimbledon Park athletics track is being suspended during the festive season. It will resume on Tuesday, January 3.
Hercules Wimbledon runners will, as usual, get the chance to build up their Christmas Day appetites by taking part in the Lauriston Runners' Club's 30-minute paarlauf on Christmas Day. It starts on Wimbledon Common opposite Lauriston Cottage which is at the junction of South Side and Lauriston Road at 11am. Runners need to report to the race headquarters by 10.30am so that they can be paired into A and B squads.
Then, on New Year's Eve, Hercules Wimbledon and Lauriston Runners Club stage their annual seven miles road race starting and finishing near the Fox and Grapes pub at the junction of Causeway and West Side. The race starts at 2pm.


12/12/05 - ROBSON FORCED TO MISS SUFFOLK RACE
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's Steph Robson was forced to give up the chance of running for Surrey in the South of England Inter-Counties cross country championships at RAF Barnham, Suffolk, because of a work trip to Europe.
After spending several days in Luxemburg, Robson returned to her Wimbledon home late on Friday night and admitted she was just too exhausted to make the long trip to Suffolk early on Saturday morning.
But, not one to throw up an opportunity for a race, she turned out in an inter-club five-and-a-half miles match on Wimbledon Common where she was first woman finisher in 36 minutes, finishing 12th overall. She will be in action on the common again this weekend competing in the South of he Thames championship race on Saturday.
Teenager Neil Fraser was the first Hercules Wimbledon finisher last Saturday taking fifth place in 33:15, just ahead of clubmate Leo Cox (33:47) with Phil Glynn seventh in 34:24. Hugh Saxby was first veteran over 40 finishing ninth in 34:39 while John Querstret was just behind Robson finishing 13th in 36:07.
Veteran Eric Blackmore was 15th in 37:06, fellow veteran Martin O'Halloran 19th in 37:43, over 60 veteran Maurice Sharp was 21st in 37:50 with teenager Tim Bartley 22nd in 38:58, just ahead of another Hercules Wimbledon runner, Mike Forward. Over 55 veteran Fred Green was 32nd in 40:24.
One Hercules Wimbledon runner who did run in Suffolk was 19-year-old Ben Saxby - and he was delighted to be the fourth scoring member of the bronze medal-winning Surrey team in the men's under 23 race. Despite being three years younger than some of the other runners, Saxby enjoyed the experience as he finished the 10 kilometres race in 34th place in 42:18.
Hercules Wimbledon twins Jennifer and Rosemary Fernando were in good form in the opening Surrey Sportshall meeting of the winter at Guildford. Jennifer was second, beaten by just half-a-point, in the girls under 15 section with Rosemary in fourth place, leading the Hercules Wimbledon team to fifth position. Rosemary just pipped her sister in the vertical jump but they reversed positions in speed bounce. Jennifer was also second equal in the four lap race.
Hercules Wimbledon's under 13 boys team was also fifth led in by newcomer Jose Costa. Another Sportshall newcomer Jonathan Dwonga was ninth in the boys under 15 competition leading the Hercules Wimbledon team to seventh place. Natasha Skeet was the leading member of the girls under 13 team. Hercules Wimbledon's next Sportshall match takes place on January 8 and anyone interested should contact John Dennis on 0208 946 9989 or Ann and Philip Martin on Tuesday and Thursday evening training sessions at Wimbledon Park track.
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club host the annual South of the Thames cross country championship over seven-and-a-half miles on Wimbledon Common on Saturday. The three-lap race starts from close to the War Memorial at 2pm.
Track and field training at Wimbledon Park athletics track is being suspended during the festive season. It will resume on Tuesday, January 3.
Hercules Wimbledon runners will, as usual, take part in the Lauriston Runners' Club's 30-minute paarlauf on Christmas Day, starting from opposite Lauriston Cottage at the junction of South Side and Lauriston Road at 11am.
Then, on New Year's Eve, Hercules Wimbledon and Lauriston Runners Club stage their annual seven miles road race starting and finishing near the Fox and Grapes pub at the junction of Causeway and West Side. The race starts at 2pm.


5/12/05 - XERRI ENDS THREE YEAR WINNING DROUGHT
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's Richard Xerri gained a dramatic victory in the annual Ellis Trophy five-and-a-half miles cross country race in Richmond Park to post his first running victory for several years.
Xerri, 30, one of the country's leading duathletes, shot off like a hare and left the field some way back as he made a fast start on a damp, slippery course. He gradually opened up a sizeable lead over the chasing runners and by the half-way point had a 200 metre advantage.
But then, danger struck, as Xerri, who finished second in the open race at the European duathlon championships in Belgium in the summer, seemed to run out of steam and spent the rest of the race desperately clinging onto his advantage. The chasing group slowly pulled him back but, in the end, they ran out of time as Xerri sneaked home by less than 30m in 31 minutes 8 seconds . "I've stopped cycling and am spending more time running," said Xerri, who recalled the last time he won a race was three years ago when he took the Towpath 10 at Chiswick. "I'm trying to do as many cross country races as I can."
Triathlete Gary Blesson (33:29) just pipped his Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Leo Cox (33:33)for 12th place with Mike Treadwell 23rd (34:18), cross country captain Steve Sinnott 25th (34:45), John Querstret 40th (36:04), teenager Sean Crummy 49th (36:48) , veteran Tom Morris 57th (37:25)supervet Martin Miller 59th (37:28), over 60 veteran Maurice Sharp 60th (37:51), teenager Tim Bartley 66th (38:18), supervet Dave Betts 68th (38:23), Mike Forward 73rd (38:51), another supervet Fred Green 76th (39:15) and veteran Mark Larche 78th (39:29), just ahead of Barry King (39:55).
Other Hercules Wimbledon finishers were Dave Thorne 81st in 40:06 and Liam White 92nd in 41:18.
Hercules Wimbledon closed in a team in the women's four miles Dysart Cup for the first time. Claire Cann led the Hercules Wimbledon team in finishing seventh in 27:34 with veteran Mel Jones 15th in 28:56 and teenagers Serena Brotherton and Amandine King 21st and 24th in 30:29 and 30:35.
This weekend Hercules Wimbledon have a match with Veterans Athletic Club on Wimbledon Common starting from Caesars Camp at 2pm. The race is over 5.5 miles. Runners from Kingston and Polytechnic, Bank of England and Thames Hare and Hounds are also taking part.
Hercules Wimbledon's Steph Robson and Ben Saxby have been selected to represent Surrey in the South of England inter-counties championships at RAF Barnham, Saxby, 19, has been selected for the under 23 team and Robson for the senior women's team. However, her appearance depends on whether she can get back from a business trip to Europe in time to travel to Norfolk. Robson warmed up for Norfolk by finishing fourth in the Civil Service women's four miles cross country championship in Richmond Park in 24:44.
Hercules Wimbledon's Dennis Williams celebrated his 60th birthday by taking the veterans over 60 prize in the Brighton 10 kilometres road race on the South Coast. Williams clocked 39:28.


28/11/05 - ANOTHER SUPER RUN BY YOUNG JONATHAN
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's talented young teenager Jonathan Burgess gave another dazzling display when he competed against some of Britain's top young runners in the UK Cross Challenge meeting at Liverpool's Sefton Park.
Burgess confirmed the tremendous form he has been showing this winter which brought him a podium finish in the opening UK Cross Challenge meeting at Birmingham. With the weather dry and the Liverpool course flat and fast, Burgess made a cautious start but then moved through the field to put himself in third place by half-way. He managed to hold onto the bronze medal position until the closing stages of the race where he was just edged out in a three-way battle for third spot.
Race winner was Ben Connor from Amber Valley in Derbyshire who was also the impressive winner of the London Cross Challenge race the previous weekend. Burgess had to settle for fourth place in 10 minutes 4 seconds, just four seconds behind bronze medal position and 11 seconds behind winner Connor.
Burgess, a pupil at St Cecilia's School, Southfields, was one of the farthest travelling runners taking part in the race as most of the competitors came from the Merseyside area. But, his performance gave his confidence a further boost and strengthens his prospects of lifting the Surrey boys under 13 title at Croydon's Lloyd Park in January.
Dad David was delighted with his run. "The distance was only 2.81 kilometres and Jono's preference os to run further in mud and over hills - the steeper the better! His time was 10:04 which is a lot quicker than he has ever covered that distance on the track," said dad David.
Now, young Burgess is setting his sights on producing a another good performance when he competes in his third UK Cross Challenge meeting at Cardiff on January 22.
Hercules Wimbledon's ace race walker Estle Viljoen celebrated her selection for the UK walking training squad by beating all but two of the men in Belgrave Harriers annual open seven miles road walk in Wimbledon Village. Racing not far from her home on Copse Hill, Viljoen showed good form in completing the testing, undulating course in 58:11.
It was Viljoen's final race of the year as she is off to her native South Africa in the middle of next month for a fortnight's training at altitude before returning to the UK to compete in the New Year's Day open race walks in Victoria Park, East London.
Earlier this month, Viljoen, a teacher at Haslemere Primary School, Mitcham, attended a UK national walking squad get-together attended by about 30 of Britain's top walkers in Coventry. An application she has made for UK citizenship is currently being processed by the Home Office.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's cross country runners will be in action in Ranelagh Harriers' Ellis Men's Trophy and Dysart Women's Cup meeting in Richmond Park on Saturday. The women's race over 4.11 miles starts at 2.30pm with the men covering a slightly longer 5.53 miles due off half-an-hour later.


21/11/05 - HAT-TRICK OF WINS FOR HW RUNNERS
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's runners took all three individual places in the second of this season's Sweatshop Surrey League Division Two meetings in Richmond Park.
They also made history as they were among the first runners to be timed by a computer chip in a Surrey League race. Meanwhile, in the Surrey Ladies League meeting at Reigate, Hercules Wimbledon runners had two in the top three in the senior women's race.
Teenager Jonathan Burgess warmed up for another testing race in Liverpool this coming weekend with another impressive victory in the under 13 race. He was more than a minute clear of the second runner and, like Hercules Wimbledon's Ian Horrocks in the senior race, is establishing himself as a strong contender for individual honours in the Surrey championships at Croydon next month.
Burgess, who finished third in the opening UK Cross Challenge meeting in Birmingham earlier this month, won the under 13 race in 15 minutes 16 seconds with Oliver Horrocks seventh in 17:44 and Paul Stables 10th in 18:17.
Horrocks senior dominated the senior men's five miles race and after shrugging off some early challengers opened up a significant lead on his rivals. He had a 20 metre advantage at half-way which he more than doubled to 50 metres by the finish. He crossed the line in 27:19 to win by 10 seconds.
The race saw the return to action after a long spell out due to injury of schoolboy Alex Bodin. He gave an encouraging showing as he finished sixth and first junior in 28:19. Richard Xerri was 11th in 28:48, Jamie Helmer 16th in 29:17, newcomer Gary Blesson 21st in 29:46 and another teenager Neil Fraser 23rd and second junior in 29:55. Other leading Hercules Wimbledon runners were Phil Glynn 31st in 30:18, Leo Cox 41st in 30:54, supervet Hugh Saxby 49th in 31:04 and Peter Lee 54th in 31:15.
Hercules Wimbledon fielded 24 runners in the senior men's race, the largest club turn-out in the league for several seasons. Overall, the team finished second, bouncing back from a disastrous sixth place in the opening match.
There was also a welcome return to form for another schoolboy, Luke Jones, who was a comfortable winner of the joint under 17 and under 15 race in 14:24. He won by around 80 metres with his Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Paul Crummy third in 15:22. With Charlie Carrington and Deyan Knespl third and fourth in the under 15 race in 15:59 and 16:06, Hercules Wimbledon took the team honours and are ahead overall for the season.
Over at Reigate's Priory Park, Hercules Wimbledon's Stephanie Robson repeated her first race win in the Division Two race as she finished eight seconds clear in 19:20 runners with her Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Claire Cann, continuing her improved showing on the racing scene, taking third place in 20:22.
Twins Jennifer and Rosemary Fernando were seventh and 16th in the girls under 15 race in 12:05 and 12:55. Michaela Knespl was 18th in the under 13 race in 12:56.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters will be in action in the first of this season's Surrey Sportshall League meetings being held at Guildford's Spectrum Centre. The meeting starts at 11.30am.


14/11/05 - HORROCKS BOOSTS SURREY TITLE HOPES
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's Ian Horrocks returned to racing in style when he lifted the individual bronze medal on his debut appearance in the South of the Thames five miles race at Lloyd Park, Croydon.
Horrocks, who was having his first competitive outing since recovering from a heavy cold which had kept him out of racing for a month, settled into third place early on in the race and there was never any danger of him being caught.
With such a long gap since his last race, he showed he was clearly short of racing practice and admitted:"I couldn't keep up with the leading two so I decided just to run for third place. I tried to maintain my speed on the second lap."
Horrocks finished third covering the five miles in 28 minutes 47 seconds finishing behind two Kent AC runners Jermaine Mays (28:25) and James Connor (28:33). Horrocks' effort was a good follow up to last year's fine run by Hercules Wimbledon's Dereje Kebede who ran away with the South of the Thames race in Richmond Park where he just pipped Mays for second place.
His performance augers well for the annual Surrey cross country championships which are to be held in Croydon's Lloyd Park in January. The senior men's race is over three laps of the course Horrocks ran last weekend and as winner of the annual Wimbledon open 10 miles road race in Wimbledon Park last month, he favours the longer distance. He was the first Surrey finisher in the South of the Thames race. Horrocks is racing again this coming weekend when he turns out for Hercules Wimbledon in the second of this season's Sweatshop Surrey League Division Two races in Richmond Park..
Teenager Neil Fraser had a good run at Croydon where he was 41st and sixth junior in 31:48. With supervet Hugh Saxby 51st in 32:31 and Peter Lee 54th in 32:32, Hercules Wimbledon finished a good eighth and fourth Surrey club in the team contest.
Hercules Wimbledon also finished fourth in the eight-a-side contest for the Brent Shield. Phil Glyn was 67th in 33:23, Steve Sinnott 93rd in 34:50, John Querstret 98th in 35:13, Tom Morris 112th in 36:36 and Fred Green 136th in 39:07.
Hercules Wimbledon's Martin Miller was second veteran over 55 in the Epsom Open 10 miles road race in 1:06:44 while clubmate Dennis Williams was third veteran over 55 in the Leatherhead Fire Station Charity 10 kilometres road race in 42:27.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon runners are competing in cross country races in Richmond Park and Reigate on Saturday. The men and boys including Jonathan Burgess, just past his 13th birthday, are in action in the second Sweatshop Surrey League meeting in Richmond Park, starting and finishing from near to the Kingston Gate entrance. The young athletes are due off at 2.30pm and the seniors at 3pm. The women and girls are competing in the second of this season's Surrey Ladies League meeting at Priory Park, Reigate. The first race for seniors and veterans starts at 12.30pm.


7/11/05 - BIRTHDAY BOOST FOR YOUNGSTER JONATHAN
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's talented youngster Jonathan Burgess gave himself an early birthday present with an outstanding run when he competed against some of Britain's top youngsters in the opening UK Challenge cross country meeting in Birmingham's Senneleys Park.
Burgess, a pupil at Wandsworth's St Cecilia's School, who celebrates his 13th birthday tomorrow (Friday, November 11), faced a tough battle in muddy and cold conditions in the boys under 13 race. He started cautiously and was down in eighth place during the early stages of the race. But, he moved steadily through and went into the final kilometre of the race in fourth spot.
He then fought hard to get a podium position and, in a thrilling chase for the line, he held off two other runners to snatch the bronze medal by just one second. He covered the three kilometres in 12 minutes 50 seconds and was the first runner from the London and the South-East finishing behind Dean Scott from Newquay and Par (12:24) and George Cardwell from Rugby and Northampton (12:36). He managed to hold off Surrey rivals Jack Puttock (Guildford and Godalming) and Connor Vine (Aldershot, Farnham and District) in the battle to the finish. They both clocked 12:51 in fourth and fifth place.
It proved one of the best, if not the best, race of his young career. It was his highest placing in a UK Cross Challenge race. Last year he finished fourth. Young Burgess was presented with a trophy for his fine run which he will be able to add to his now burgeoning collection of cups and medals.
He achieved his performance despite going down with 'flu a fortnight before the race and being unable to do his usual track training due to the closure of he track at Wimbledon Park. Dad David Burgess said: "With all the problems he's experienced we didn't think he would do very well. I though he was going to struggle but it was a superb run. It's done his confidence a world of good."
Burgess senior added: "He's really pleased with his performance particularly as he's not been able to train much since he had flu a couple of weeks ago. We're glad the track's open again as he can get in some decent training before his next cross challenge in Liverpool in three weeks on November 26."
Hercules Wimbledon's Mel Jones followed up her silver medal-winning performance in the Surrey Veterans cross country championships with a good second place in the latest Veterans Athletic Club five miles race on Wimbledon Common. She was second woman finisher in 40:38, finishing just 11 seconds behind the race winner.
Hercules Wimbledon's Martin Miller was third in the men's race in 37:37 and winner of the over 55 category. Clubmate Fred Green, currently on the come-back trail after a long break from running, was fourth over 55 finisher in 41:15.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon runners are competing in the South of the Thames five miles race at Lloyd Park, Croydon. Hercules Wimbledon's Dereje Kebede won the individual title 12 months ago in Richmond Park. Runners will be sent on their way at 2pm on Saturday by the South of the Thames' Association's new president, Hercules Wimbledon's Tom Pollak. Later, he will present the awards.


31/10/05 - CLAIRE SMASHES HALF-MARATHON BEST
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's Claire Cann followed up a noteworthy run in the Stroud half-marathon in the West Country with an impressive cross country performance in an inter-club match in Richmond Park.
Claire was fifth in the women's race at Stroud covering the 13.1 miles in a personal best time of 1 hour 25 minutes 41 seconds which puts her third on the Hercules Wimbledon all-time list for the distance behind Estle Viljoen who clocked 1:24:00 in October 2000 and Christina Hodgson who clocked 1:25:00 in 1994. Her time also took almost two minutes off her previous best time for the distance set in the Henley half-marathon a few weeks earlier.
Her run in Richmond Park over a 4.9 miles course was far less arduous on a mild, autumn afternoon. She covered the distance in 30:44, less than six minutes behind the overall winner of the race and more than a minute ahead of the second woman to cross the line.
First Hercules Wimbledon finisher was duathlete Richard Xerri who finished sixth in 27:20. Jamie Helmer, making a belated start to his cross country season, was ninth in 27:53, just ahead of his Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Hugh Saxby who was first veteran over 50 in 28:18. John Querstret was 16th in 30:29, over 55 veteran Dave Betts 26th in 32:06 with Alan Turner second over 60 veteran in 35:17.
Hercules Wimbledon's Gervaise King made a return to racing after a long break when he finished fifth in the Clapham Common 10 kilometres multi-terrain race in a good time of 34:35. King, who has only been training a few weeks, was encouraged by his performance and is hoping to race more regularly in the next few weeks.
Following delays to the completion of refurbishment work at Wimbledon Park track, Hercules Wimbledon's Tuesday and Thursday evening and Sunday morning training sessions are expected to return there starting next Tuesday, November 8. The evening training sessions begin at 6.30pm and Sunday morning training at 10.30am. Information on Hercules Wimbledon's training programme can be obtained from coaching coordinator Dennis Roll on 020 8542 9309.


24/10/05 - WINNING START FOR HW YOUNGSTERS
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club youngsters made a winning start to their East Surrey League programme when they took the team honours in the joint under 15 and under 17 event in the cross country meeting at Croydon's Lloyd Park.
Alex Littlewood led the team to victory as he finished second overall in covering the two miles in 11 minutes 27 seconds. He finished 11 seconds ahead of clubmate Luke Jones with Sean Crummy ninth in 12:22, Deyan Knespl 10th in 12:45 and Charlie Carrington 14th in 13:05.
Hercules Wimbledon finished runners-up in the boys under 13 section with Jonathan Burgess racing to second individual spot in 12:30. Other members of the team were Dean Belhaj 12th in 14:15, Michaela Knespl 16th in 15:03 and Matthew Burgess 18th in 16:02.
Leo Cox led the Hercules Wimbledon contingent home in the senior five miles event where he was 15th in 32:04 just nine seconds ahead of clubmate Neil Fraser who was third junior to cross the finishing line.
Third Hercules Wimbledon finisher was Hugh Saxby who was also the first veteran over 50 in taking 19th place in 32:45. Next Hercules Wimbledon runner was Martin Miller, second in the over 55 category who took 44th place in 35:57. Dominic Getting was 63rd in 37:36, over 50 veteran Stu Littlewood 69th in 38:06, Fred Green, another over 55 veteran, 72nd in 38:28and Marina Knespl 87th in 43:10.
Hercules Wimbledon's Stephanie Robson posted the second fastest individual time in the Civil Service Women's road relay championship in Finsbury Park. Representing the Department of Trade and Industry team in the women's three stage relay, she brought them home in the lead at the end of the opening 2.8 miles lap in 16:52. Only one runner managed to go faster than Stephanie whose team managed to take the bronze medals.
Hercules Wimbledon's John Thomas had a prize-winning run in the Great South Run 10 miles road race in Portsmouth where he was first runner in the over 65 category to finish and also managed to beat all the over 60 runners in the process. He clocked 1:08:44 to win the category by more than seven minutes and also finished almost a minute ahead of the first runner in the over 60 age group.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are competing in an inter-club match hosted by the Bank of England in Richmond Park. The race over approximately five miles starts alongside Beverley Brook near the Roehampton Gate entrance to Richmond Park at 2.30pm.
With delays to the completion of the refurbishment work at Wimbledon Park track, Hercules Wimbledon's Tuesday and Thursday evening and Sunday morning training sessions are continuing to be based at Wimbledon Park Bowls pavilion starting at 6.30pm on the evenings and 10.30am on Sunday morning. Information on Hercules Wimbledon's training programme can be obtained from coaching coordinator Dennis Roll on 020 8542 9309.


17/10/05 - MEDAL-WINNING HAT-TRICK BY VETERANS
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's veteran cross country runners came away with a good crop of medals from the annual Surrey Veterans cross country championships which were staged in mild autumn sunshine in Richmond Park.
Heading the medal-winning effort was the club's supervet team which managed to lift the bronze medals in the over 50 event. They were led to their medal winning performance by Hugh Saxby who finished fifth in the over 50 race in 38 minutes 34 seconds. Next team finisher was Dennis Williams who actually finished sixth in the over 55 category in 41:30 with Martin Miller, eighth in the over 55 race in 42:00, completing the team. Hercules Wimbledon had three other runners in the over 50 category. Stu Littlewood was 12th in 43:03, Fred Green 16th in the over 55 section in 45:46 and Barry King 15th in the over 50 category in 46:00.
Hercules Wimbledon runners also secured two individual medals. Mel Jones took the silver medal in the women's over 50 class in 25:56. She was Hercules Wimbledon's only representative in the women's six kilometres race.
Meanwhile Maurice Sharp was runner-up in the men's over 60 race in 42:33. The club's winter veterans secretary Alan Turner also ran and finished ninth in the over 60 section in 48:04.
Hercules Wimbledon also had a team in the men's over 40 event which finished in sixth place. It was led in by cross country captain Steve Sinnott who was seventh in the over 45 category in 39:47 with Eric Blackmore 15th in the over 40 category in 40:36 and Tom Morris, 10th in the over 45 section in 40:54, completing the scoring trio. Two other Hercules Wimbledon runners in action were Martin O'Halloran who was 11th in the over 45 section in 41:03 and Nigel Froud who was 22nd in the over 45 section in 46:59.
Hercules Wimbledon's Peter Lee got under the three hour barriers for the first time when he clocked 2:57:29 in the Amsterdam Marathon. He finished 255th out of more than 5000 runners. He was also 21st British finisher in the men's race.
Hercules Wimbledon's Claire Cann had a good run in the Henley half-marathon where she finished second senior woman in a personal best time of 1:27:32. She was the 51st runner over the finishing line in a field of more than 1170.
It seems that Hercules Wimbledon's John Thomas can find his way to races in France and Wales but getting to the Surrey Veterans cross country championships in Richmond Park proved a more difficult challenge.
Pensioner Thomas tried to get a bus to Richmond Gate, close to the start of the event, but instead it dropped him at the wrong end of the park at Roehampton Gate. In the end, he failed to make it and it meant Hercules Wimbledon were unable to field a team in the over 60 category.
However, a few weeks earlier, he was first veteran over 65 in the Lille half-marathon in France in 1:34:35, competing in the event for the fifth time. He was also second veteran over 65 in the Swansea Bay 10 kilometres road race in Wales in 41:56.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are sending teams to compete in the East Surrey League cross country races in Lloyd Park, Croydon, on Sunday. The young athletes race over two-and-a-half miles starts at 2.30pm with the seniors and veterans due to start their five miles race at 3pm.


10/10/05 - SOLID START TO CROSS COUNTRY SEASON
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's cross country runners made a solid start to their league cross country programme with good runs in both the opening Sweatshop Surrey Men's and Surrey Ladies League meetings.
A week after helping Hercules Wimbledon take the team bronze medals in the boys under 13 event Surrey cross country relays at Guildford with the third best individual time of the day Jonathan Burgess showed as clean pair of heels to his rivals in the boys under 13 race in the Surrey League meeting on a blustery Epsom Downs. He was a clear winner in 15 minutes 37 seconds finishing almost a minute clear of his nearest rival.
With Liam White fifth in 17:53, Oliver Horrocks sixth two seconds later and Matthew Burgess 15th in 21:34, Hercules Wimbledon were narowly beaten for the team honours.
Hercules Wimbledon's joint under 15 and under 17 team finished third led home by Sean Crummy, fifth in 15:53, with Deyan Knespl, Charlie Carrington and William Spooner 11th, 12th and 14th in 16:27, 16:39 and 17:06.
Fresh from his impressive victory in the Wimbledon open 10 miles road race, Ian Horrocks lost a close battle for the honours in the senior five miles men's race where he had to settle for second place in 28:18, just eight seconds behind the winner.
Neil Fraser was second junior in 29th place in 31:29 with team captain Steve Sinnott 37th in 32:24, Leo Cox 39th in 32:28, supervet Hugh Saxby 42nd in 32:47, Eric Blackmore 78th in 34:18, John Querstret 84th in 34:39, Martin Miller 93rd in 35:14, Martin O'Halloran 100th in 35:34 and David Burgess 103rd in 35:41.
Stephanie Robson popped over from her home on the edge of the common to win the Division Two senior women's race in the opening Surrey Ladies League fixture on Wimbledon Common. She won the race by more than a minute in 22:54. She finished almost 400 metres ahead of the second runner in her race. Another Hercules Wimbledon runner to have a good run in the senior race was Claire Carr who finished sixth in 25:15.
Twins Jennifer and Rosemary Fernando battlked hard in the under 15 race where they were 10th and 16th respectively with Christa Gecheva 21st.
Michaela Knespl was 15th in the girls under 13 race with Amandine King and Serena Brotherton eighth and ninth respectively in the joint under 17 and junior race.
Hercules Wimbledon's Adam Przedrzymirski, 18, was one of the youngest runners in the Kingston Running Festival 8.2 miles race. He was also the first teenager to finish taking 10th place in a personal best time of 49:01. His Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Ramon Benitez finished 26th in 53:03.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's more seasoned runners will be competing in the annual Surrey Veterans cross country championships in Richmond Park on Saturday. The men's race starts just after 3pm from near Pembroke Lodge car park.


3/10/05 - RUNAWAY WIN FOR HORROCKS IN TEN MILER
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's Ian Horrocks gained a runaway win in his own club's annual open 10 miles road race at Wimbledon Park on Sunday.
Horrocks, running in the race for the first time, went into the lead from the start and gradually pulled away from his rivals. By the time he returned to Wimbledon Park after completing three hilly laps around the famous All-England Tennis Club, he was out of sight of his nearest challenger. In fact, as he crossed the finishing line in a time of 48 minutes 42 seconds, the second runner had not even entered Wimbledon Park. With Harrow's Allan Wray taking second place in 52:28, Horrocks won by more than three-quarters of a mile. Herne Hill's Dan Chappell was third in 52:30.
Due to emergency road works being carried out for behalf of Thames Water in Parkside, organisers were forced to make a late alteration to the course. "The roadworks between Somerset Road and Calonne Road took up the entire width of the pavement and extended half-way into the road. With traffic belting along Parkside at excessive speed and no room for runners to squeeze through the decision was taken to turn them in at Somerset Road rather than Calonne Road," said a club official. "In events of this kind the safety of runners is paramount and there was a serious risk of an accident if we had kept to the planned course. Unfortunately, it meant runners chopped off about 350 yards and with three laps this meant they would have run 1000 yards short. It was regrettable but unfortunately we were faced with little choice."
Horrocks himself had been almost bowled over by traffic when he ran round to check out the course. He said:"I fully agreed with the decision to alter the course. It would have been extremely dangerous to have raced past the roadworks. Even though it was shorter than 10 miles I still enjoyed the race and found the course extremely interesting. Hopefully, next year we will be able to race over the full distance."
Horrocks was a fitting winner of the race for a variety of reasons. His father-in-law, Geoff Moulden, who died in February, was a founder member of the former Wimbledon Athletic Club and helped the Wimbledon 10 miles road race being staged for the 45th time become established in the 1960's. Geoff's widow, Claire, also started the race and presented the awards and was delighted to hear that in future years the event will be renamed the Geoff Moulden Wimbledon Open 10 miles road race.
Hercules Wimbledon's Andy Thwaites was the first veteran over 45 finishing 11th in 56:29, with clubmate Hugh Saxby first over 50 runner taking 15th place in 57:36 just ahead of Jonty Summers (57:40).
Sunday proved a real day of celebration for the Horrocks family. While dad was winning at Wimbledon Park his 10-year-old son Oliver ran the opening leg for the Hercules Wimbledon team which was just pipped for the silver medals in the Surrey boys under 13 cross country relay championships at Guildford. He clocked 6:34 handing over to Jonathan Burgess who posted one of the fastest times of the day (5:47) with James Forward running the anchor leg in 6:39. He was just pipped for second place by the Aldershot B team which clocked the same total time.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's cross country runners open their league programme on Saturday with the men and young athletes in action in the Sweatshop Surrey League event on Epsom Downs, starting at 2.30pm, and the women competing in the Surrey Ladies League on Wimbledon Common, starting at 12.30pm.
* Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club hold mid-week road running training sessions for marathon, cross country and road runners from Lauriston Cottage, 6a Southside, Wimbledon Common, at the junction with Lauriston Road, every Wednesday evening from 7pm. Contact Pete Mulholland on 020 8761 4308 for more details.


26/09/05 - COUNTDOWN FOR LONGEST RUNNING RACE
Wimbledon's longest running road race takes place on Sunday with the staging of the 45th annual Wimbledon open 10 miles event by Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club, starting and finishing in Wimbledon Park.
Hundreds of runners will be taking part in the event which starts at 11am. Because of refurbishment work to the athletics track the start and finish of the race has been changed and the race headquarters will be at the Bowls Pavilion. It will start near the north east corner of Wimbledon Park and end close to the bowls pavilion.
Last year's winner, Robin Copestick from Walton was not among the pre-race entries but one of those taking part will be new Hercules Wimbledon signing Ian Horrocks who will be returning to Wimbledon Park where earlier this month he caused a surprise by leading the field home on the opening leg of the Surrey County road relay championship.
Horrocks will have another reason to do well on Sunday. It was his late father-in-law Geoff Moulden who helped launch the Wimbledon 10 in 1961. Moulden, who died suddenly earlier this year, was also a founder member of Wimbledon Athletic Club in the 1950's after moving to the area from Farnham. His widow, Claire has been invited to start Sunday's race.
While the date for postal entries has passed, entries are still being accepted on the day and would-be participants should arrive in plenty of time. All entries on the day will cost £10. There will be prizes for the leading category finishers and medals for every runner. Details of the event can be found on the Hercules Wimbledon website www.herculeswimbledonac.org.uk 
Another Hercules Wimbledon runner taking part in Sunday's 10 miles race Hugh Saxby who warmed up for the event by winning the veterans over 50 category prize at the Wimbledon Audi 10 kilometres road race at West Wimbledon on Sunday. He led the Hercules Wimbledon contingent home finishing 33rd in 37 minutes 54 seconds.
His Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Maurice Sharp just missed out on the veterans over 60 prize finishing second in the category in 40:11 just 12 seconds behind the first over 50 runner. Another Hercules Wimbledon finisher, veteran Nigel Froud, was 110th in 43:52 with his teenage daughter, Victoria, finishing 299th in 52:48. Supervet Paul Wignall finished 111th in 44:13.
While Hercules Wimbledon's seniors are involved in the 45th Wimbledon open 10 miles road race on Sunday, the club's youngsters will be competing in the Surrey County Young Athletes cross country relays at Stoke Park, Guildford.


19/09/05 - LONG JUMPER MARTIN'S RECORD BREAKING END
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's youngsters ended the season on an encouraging note with a record-breaking turnout in the Lily B League Plate final at Kingsmeadow Stadium and with star long jumper Emily Martin smashing the league record in winning her event.
At the end of a long and at times difficult summer season, 16-year-old Martin ended her season as an under 17-year-old by winning the under 17 long jump with 5.71 metres to add a massive 20 centimetres to the league record. She also bettered her previous personal best by five centimetres. She completed a hat-trick of wins taking the shot with 8.31 metres and the 100m in 12.9 seconds.
Double Surrey champion Amelia Richards also achieved a hat-trick of wins in the under 13 section taking the 100m and 70m hurdles in 13.9 and 11.9 and the long jump with 4.27 metres. Another winner was newcomer Gaby Restieno in the under 13 discus who linked up with Natasha Skeet, Jade Brooks and Hayley Hennessey to help the Hercules Wimbledon quartet to second place in the sprint relay.
Skeet was also second in the 200m and long jump B events and third in the javelin B, Brooks was second in the 100m B and javelin A and fourth in the 800m, and Hennessey third in the shot and fifth in he 200m.
Jennifer Fernando won the under 15 800m in 1:33.1 while her twin sister Rosemary was runner-up in the 1500m. Jennifer also won the javelin B and was second in the 100m before linking up with Rosemary, Mary Brandon and Hannah Long to help the Hercules Wimbledon squad take second place in the sprint relay. Rosemary won the javelin A and was fourth in the 200m A.
Brandon was also second in the 75m hurdles and third in the 200m B, Long won the 800m B and was second in the discus and third in the shot and Holly Golding won the discus B, was second in the shot B and finished third in the 100m B race.
Lucy England also gained a double success in the under 17 events winning the 809m hurdles in 15.9 and the long jump B with 4.43 metres as well as finishing second in the javelin with 14.01 metres. The scoring team was underpinned by three athletes, Chloe Hodge, Eleanor Smith-Hann and Alex Restieno who performed well in the non-scoring events.
At the other end of the age scale, Hercules Wimbledon's veteran summer track and field team captain John Webster, showed his considerable ability by taking the silver medal in the Surrey Combined Events Championships at Crawley. He was second in the veterans men's pentathlon with 2823 points. His best individual effort came in the javelin where he threw 37.26 metres to score 760 points. He was also second in the long jump and 1500m and third in the discus.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are sending teams to compete in the South of England road relay championships at Aldershot on Saturday.
There is still time for runners to enter Wimbledon's longest running road race, the Wimbledon open 10 miles which is being staged for the 45th time from Wimbledon Park on Sunday, October 2, starting at 11am. Details and an entry form can be found on the Hercules Wimbledon website: www.herculeswimbledonac.org.uk


12/09/05 - HW SUPERVETS MAINTAIN MEDAL-WINNING RUN
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's supervet road running quartet maintained their impressive medal-winning series of performances in the annual Surrey road relay championships at Wimbledon Park when they clinched the silver medals for the four successive year.
The medal-winning effort maintains a superb run which dates back to 1998 when the quartet of Dennis Williams, Maurice Sharp, Mike Fuller and Martin Miller took the gold medals. With Marco Ciglia and Vince Hancock replacing Miller and Sharp in the squad, Hercules Wimbledon again took the title in 1999 before taking the silver medals in 2000.
Hercules Wimbledon returned to winning form in 2001 with Ciglia, Hancock, Grenville Tuck and Steve Badgery taking the gold medals and since then the club's teams have won silver medals each year.
The quartet were in second place on all four legs with first stage runner Hugh Saxby running a strong opening leg ion 17 minutes 50 seconds to post the fourth fastest time of he day. While former marathon international Badgery was slower with 18:06 he managed to close the gap on the leaders handing over to Miller, a member of the winning team back in 1998, keeping the team in second place with 19:06 on leg three.
Another member of the 1998 winning quartet, Sharp, kept the team in silver medal position with a 19:36 final leg.
Hercules Wimbledon newcomer Ian Horrocks sprung a major surprise on the opening leg of the senior men's relay as he led the field home on the opening leg. Horrocks, 34, and son-in-law of former Hercules Wimbledon president Geoff Moulden, was having his first serious race for two years but seemed to cope well with the testing, hilly circuit. He headed the field home in 15:24 to post the third fastest time of the day.
"I was a bit surprised to come in first," said Horrocks who added: "I was quite a useful runner when I was a student about 15 years ago." He finished third in the Suffolk cross country championships in the early 1990's and represented British Universities in the annual Margate cross country international meeting about the same time. He also finished 40th in the Southern cross country championships in 1995.
"I've always been running but I've run very few races in the last five years. This was my first race since 2003 but I'm getting back into it." Horrocks was running for the Hercules Wimbledon B team. Best effort from the Hercules Wimbledon A team came from teenager Alex Bodin, back in action after a long spell of injury, who clocked 16:44 on the second of the six legs.
Andy Thwaites was the fastest member of the Hercules Wimbledon over 40 veteran quartet with 17:57 in moving up from sixth to fifth place on the third leg. The quartet which also included Eric Blackmore (18:25), Martin O'Halloran (18:53) and Steve Sinnott (18:10) finished just a minute off a medal position in fifth place.
First leg runner Catherine Cann was the fastest Hercules Wimbledon runner in the senior women's championship. She came in eighth on the opening leg in 19:26. Other members of the quartet were Serena Brotherton, Amandine King and Jennifer Fernando.
Entries are still being accepted for Wimbledon's long running road race, the 45th Open Wimbledon 10, organised by Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club. It takes place from Wimbledon Park on Sunday, October 2. Details of the event can be found on the Hercules Wimbledon website www.herculeswimbledonac.org.uk


5/09/05 - SUPERVET WALCOTT STRIKES GOLD IN SPAIN
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club supervet sprinter Geoff Walcott ended his summer track and field season on a high by winning a gold medal at the World Masters track and field championships in San Sebastian, Spain.
Walcott, 52, clinched his gold medal on the final day of the championships when he ran the third leg for the British quartet which comfortably won the men's over 50 4x400m relay gold medals.
Earlier, he had been bitterly unlucky not to get a medal in the individual 400m where he finished fourth in the final in a season's best of 53.82 seconds. During the qualifying round he had also posted his best time of the year. He reached the final by winning his heat in 56.54, the fifth best time of the round and then posted his first season's best of the event in finishing third in his semi-final in 54.52, the fourth best time of the round.
Walcott realised he was in with a chance of a medal in the final. "As i lined up I was extremely nervous," he said. In the end, he just missed out on a medal.
Walcott had a busy time across the two weeks of the championships in Spain, reaching the finals of all three individual events he had entered. He started off well by winning his 100m heat in 12.18. He was third in his semi-final in 12.30 and then finished seventh in the final in 12.23. He had a harder time in the 200m where he was third in his heat in 25.17, finished fourth in his semi-final in a faster 24.87, just scraping into the final, and then finished eighth in the final in 24.87.
It was touch and go whether Walcott would actually make the championships. He had been suffering from an Achilles tendon problem all summer which had severely curtailed his racing programme. But, he decided to make the trip after testing his fitness and injury in Hercules Wimbledon's final Southern Men's League match at Chelmsford. While in Spain, he received regular physiotherapy to avoid any recurrence of the Achilles tendon problem.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon host the annual Surrey Road Relay championships at Wimbledon Park. The club will also have teams in action in the event. Normally, the relays start and finish on the athletics track but, because the track is currently closed for refurbishment, they will start and finish from near the Bowls Pavilion. The start time has been put back to 1pm.
Places are still available for the 45th annual Wimbledon Open 10 miles road race being held from Wimbledon Park on Sunday, October 2. Details of the event can be found on the Hercules Wimbledon website www.herculeswimbledonac.org.uk


26/08/05 - ANOTHER BUSY TIME FOR YOUNG EMILY
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's talented youngster Emily Martin enjoyed another busy weekend competing in a Southern Women's League meeting at Hoo, Kent and then representing Surrey in an inter-county match at Portsmouth.
Teenager Emily got her team off to a good start in the match at Hoo where she won the senior 100m in 12.8 seconds. She also won the high jump B with a personal best of 1.50 metres and finished third in the shot.
Laure Caussemille ensured maximum points in the high jump by winning the A competition with 1.55 metres. She also won the 200m in 26.8 and during a busy afternoon also finished second in the 100m hurdles A and shot B events and was third in the discus A competition. Newcomer Shannon Kasper gained valuable team points competing in three events finishing third in the 100m, 200m and discus B competitions.
Twins Jennifer and Rosemary Fernando contested six events between them in the under 15 section. Jennifer gained a double success winning the 200 and 800m and finishing second in the javelin while Rosemary won the 1500m and was second in the 100m A and javelin B events.
Emily competed in three events to help Surrey to third place in a women's under 17 inter-county match at Portsmouth the following day. She achieved a winning leap of 5.45 metres in the long jump to win the event by 10 centimetres and was close to her best in a keenly contested 100m where she was third in 12.5 just 0.5 seconds behind the winner. She also ran a leg for the Surrey 4x100m relay team which finished in fourth place.
Hercules Wimbledon supervet Dennis Williams was second veteran over 55 in the monthly Veterans Athletic Club five miles road race in Battersea Park.
In the Self Transcendence two miles race also in Battersea Park, Hercules Wimbledon's Jonty Summers finished 11th in 11:21 with Williams second supervet finisher in 12:06 and Stu Littlewood eighth supervet in 12:58.
Entries are still pouring in for the 45th annual Wimbledon Open 10 miles road race being held from Wimbledon Park on Sunday, October 2. Details of the event can be found on the Hercules Wimbledon website www.herculeswimbledonac.org.uk 


22/08/05 - HECTIC TIME FOR ALL-ROUNDER JOHN
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's top all-rounder Royden John enjoyed a hectic time in both the Rosenheim League final at Kingsmeadow Stadium and the club's final Southern Men's League match at Chelmsford, Essex.
John, 33, was Hercules Wimbledon's only individual winner in the closely contested Rosenheim League final winning the long jump with his final attempt of 6.54 metres. He was also second in the pole vault, equalling his personal best of 3.20 metres and was also runner-up in the sprint hurdles in 16.4 seconds. He completed a busy evening by running the anchor leg for the 4x200m relay team.
Teenager Alex Bruce-Littlewood had a good run in the 800m where he was runner-up in 2:08.9 while another teenager, Adam Przedrzymirski was fourth in the 3000m in 9:28.8, just outside his personal best and just ahead of Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Richard Xerri who was competing as a non-scorer.
Throwing exponent John Brown found the opposition challenging as he finished fifth in the hammer and sixth in the discus.
Hercules Wimbledon supervet Geoff Walcott warmed-up for the World Masters Championships in San Sebastian, Spain, with some useful sprinting at Kingsmeadow. First, he equalled his personal best in clocking 12.0 in the 100m and then he ran the 200m in 24.9. Another of the club's supervets, Hugh Saxby, turned out in the 400m.
Roden John had an even busier time in the final Southern Men's League match at Chelmsford where he scored a surprise win in the javelin. Stepping into the breech at the last minute due to the absence of Hercules Wimbledon's top three throwers, Royden saw off the opposition with a winning throw of 39.12 metres. He also won the long jump by one just centimetre with 6.76 metres, was second in the triple jump with a season's best of 12.94 metres and was third in the pole vault with three metres before anchoring the Hercules Wimbledon team to third place in the sprint relay.
Former English schools 400m hurdles champion Austin Ferns also had a busy time at Chelmsford. He started by winning the 400m hurdles in 55.6, competing in blustery conditions, and the finished second in the 200m B race in 23.0 and fourth in the 100m B in 11.7.He then helped the 4x400m relay team to second place.
Another winner at Chelmsford was teenager Jack Kennedy who took the triple jump B competition with a personal best of 12.13 metres and also threw the hammer a personal best of 32.28 metres. Clubmate John Brown was second in the hammer B event, fourth in the shot, fifth in the discus and third in the javelin B.
Camille Duval was just pipped in the 800m where he was close to his best with 2:01.8 while clubmate Edmond Ferns took the B race in 2:02.7and was runner-up in the 400m B race in 53.7. Team captain Steve Davies was also runner-up in the sprint hurdles B race, fourth in the 400m hurdles B and fourth in the high jump A.
Teenager Neil Fraser was third in the 3000m steeplechase B race in 11:51.2. Adam Przedrymirski made an impressive 5000m debut finishing third in his race in 16:37.8, the fastest time this year by a Hercules Wimbledon runner. After spending three hours football training in the morning Dave Fleming finished a good fourth in the 400m.


15/08/05 - TEENAGER EMILY'S BIRMINGHAM HIGH
Despite being hampered by torrential rain, Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's talented young teenager Emily Martin showed her best form of the summer when she competed in the AAA age group championships at Birmingham's Alexander Stadium.
The weather conditions proved a testing challenge for young Emily in the women's under 17 long jump where she equalled her lifetime best with a leap of 5.66 metres. Unhappily for the double Surrey champion, she was just two centimetres off the bronze medal position. It is the second year that she has finished just outside the medal position in the long jump. Last year, she was fourth with a personal best of 5.62 metres.
Emily had an equally galling experience in the women's under 17 triple jump where she added one centimetre to her previous lifetime best in clearing 11.33 metres. Frustratingly, in another really tight competition, she was only seven centimetres off the bronze medal position.
Now, Emily is preparing to compete for Surrey in an under 17 inter-county match at Portsmouth this weekend.
Another of Hercules Wimbledon's young guns, Surrey boys under 15 long jump silver medallist Praful Nargund, who just failed to make Surrey's team for the English schools championships, also performed creditably at Birmingham. Nargund, who finished runner-up in the Surrey junior boys 200m championship at Kingsmeadow in June, gained invaluable experience when he competing in his first national championship.
Nargund, 14, was not far off his best in the 200m where he got through his first round heat in 24.09 seconds and then clocked a faster 24.04 in his semi-final race. Nargund fared slightly less well in the 100m where he was clocked 12.09.
Hercules Wimbledon runners Peter Giles and Maurice Sharp filled the top two places in the over 60 category in the Surrey five kilometres road running championship at West Wimbledon. Giles, fresh from winning the South of England 5000m title at Exeter, took the title in 19:16 with Sharp second just 14 seconds later. First Hercules Wimbledon finisher in the race was Richard Xerri who was 28th out of more than 200 runners in 17:24.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon senior men are in action in their final Southern League match at Melbourne Park, Chelmsford while the women contest their penultimate Southern League match at Hoo.
During major refurbishment work on the athletics track at Wimbledon Park, Hercules Wimbledon's track training sessions have been moved to the neighbouring Bowls Pavilion. Hercules Wimbledon coaches will be in attendance at the bowls pavilion on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6.45 to 8.45pm and on Sunday mornings from 10.30am until 12 noon.


8/08/05 - GILES RUNS AWAY WITH SOUTHERN TITLE
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's Peter Giles has added the South of England title to British Masters crown he won at Birmingham last month when he led the field home in the veterans over 60 5000m championship at Exeter.
Giles's time in winning the South of England veterans title in 18 minutes 15.99 seconds was fractionally faster than the 18:16.45 he posted when winning the national title. His runaway victory at Exeter continued a notable summer on the track which began in May when he won the Surrey veterans 1500 and 5000m titles at Kingsmeadow.
Another Hercules Wimbledon veteran, Geoff Walcott, who has been hampered by injury this summer is hoping to be fit enough to compete in the World Masters Championships in San Sebastian later this month. He tested his fitness when he ran the 100m for Hercules Wimbledon in their penultimate Southern Men's League match at Reading and finished a promising fourth in the 100m in 12.4.
Walcott is entered for the men's over 50 100, 200 and 400m events in San Sebastian and will make a decision in the next few weeks whether to make the trip for the World Championships which start on August 22. In May, he won the Surrey Veterans men's over 50 100 and 200m titles at Kingsmeadow in 12.3 and 24.8.
Meanwhile, entries have been pouring in for Wimbledon's longest running road race. The 45th Hercules Wimbledon open 10 miles road race is being held from Wimbledon Park on Sunday, October 2 starting at 11am. Postal entries are still be accepted and details can be obtained by logging onto the Hercules Wimbledon website www.herculeswimbledonac.org.uk  Postal entries close on September 28.
There are prizes for the first three men and first three women to finish as well as for the leading veterans in each age category. There will also be a medal for each finisher.
Last year, Robin Copestick from Walton won the race in 53:58 from Belgrave's Malachi Byansi (54:13) and Aldershot's Kevin Quinn (55:34). Lucy Hasell from Thames Hare and Hounds was the first woman in 58:24.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's talented young long jumper Emily Martin will be battling for honours when she competes in the AAA women's under 17 long jump championship at Birmingham. Meanwhile, her younger clubmates will be in action in the penultimate Lily B Girls League match at Guildford and next Wednesday (July 17), Hercules Wimbledon's senior men contest the Rosenheim League final. They won the trophy last year.
Two Hercules Wimbledon athletes 400m hurdler Austin Ferns and javelin thrower Bekele Tola have been selected to represent Surrey in an eight-sided men's inter-counties match at New Rover Sports Centre, Wood Green, North London on Saturday.
During major refurbishment work on the athletics track at Wimbledon Park, Hercules Wimbledon's track training sessions have been moved to the neighbouring Bowls Pavilion. Hercules Wimbledon coaches will be in attendance at the bowls pavilion on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6.45 to 8.45pm and on Sunday mornings from 10.30am until 12 noon.


1/08/05 - HW THROUGH TO ROSENHEIM FINAL
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club have succeeded in reaching this year's Rosenheim League final at Kingsmeadow on Wednesday, August 17, where they will defend the trophy they won last year for the first time since 1993.
The historic trophy dates back to 1964 when the late Jim Braben took a party of Hercules athletes on a sporting trip to Rosenheim in Bavaria, Germany. As team leader, he was presented with a gilt plate and presented this for annual competition between clubs in South London. Hercules Wimbledon first won the trophy in 1975 with further victories in 1987, 1992 and 1993.
Traditionally, the final has always been held at Tooting Bec but this year it will be staged for the first time at Kingsmeadow Stadium.
Hercules Wimbledon managed to qualify for the final, which will involve eight teams, by finishing third in the final east division match at Tooting Bec to take fourth place overall in the east division. Last season, Hercules Wimbledon also just scraped into the final after finishing fourth in the east division but managed to put on a superb display to lift the trophy.
All-rounder Royden John was Hercules Wimbledon's only winner taking the long jump with 6.22 metres . He was also second in the high jump and anchored the quartet to third place in the sprint relay.
Throwing exponent John Brown was runner-up in the shot and javelin, with Lance Power second in the 400m was also runner-up and teenager Neil Fraser fourth in the 3000m. Dwayne Dowling was also fourth in the 200m.
Hercules Wimbledon's Austin Ferns produced another winning effort when he competed in the club's penultimate Southern Men's League match at Reading. He took the 400m hurdles in 55.6 seconds with team captain Steve Davies winning the B race.
Ferns and Hercules Wimbledon javelin thrower Bekele Tola have been selected to compete for Surrey in an eight-sided inter-counties match at New River Sports Centre, Wood Green, on Sunday, August 14.
Hercules Wimbledon's Barry White finished 60th out of more than 500 runners in the annual Elmbridge Road Runners Julie Button Memorial 10 kilometres road race at Walton-on-Thames in 37:30. Fellow marathon runners Peter Lee and Steve Badgery were not far behind finishing 74th and 75th in 38:06 and 38:09. Badgery was also the second veteran over 50.
Hercules Wimbledon's track training sessions have been moved to the Bowls Pavilion in Wimbledon Park as work is underway on a two-month refurbishment programme at Wimbledon Park Athletics Stadium. Hercules Wimbledon coaches will be in attendance at the bowls pavilion on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6.45 to 8.45pm and on Sunday mornings from 10.30am until 12 noon.


25/07/05 - ANOTHER PB FOR YOUNGSTER BURGESS
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's Jonathan Burgess continued his impressive summer when he turned out for Surrey in an inter-counties under 13 match at Kingsmeadow Stadium.
Burgess won the 1500m B race in 4 minutes 43.17 seconds to take more than a second off his previous best time. He was also three seconds fastest than the winner of the A race.
This week, he was attending an athletics academy in Berkshire in an attempt to hone his considerable athletics talent.
Double Surrey champion Amelia Richards was selected to compete in the girls 100 and 200m and long jump but unable to take up the invitation because she was out of London.
Another Hercules Wimbledon athlete to post a personal best was Rosemary Fernando who clocked a best-ever time in winning the under 15 1500m in her club's Southern Women's League match at Horsham in 5:21.6. She was also second in the javelin B and fourth in the 100m.
A foot injury prevented her twin sister, Jennifer, joining in the action on the track , but she helped out in the throws where she won the javelin competition and was third in the shot putt.
Laure Caussemille gained a hat-trick of victories in the senior events. She took the 100 and 400m hurdles and the high jump and completed a busy afternoon by finishing third in the 200m. Teenager Emily Martin also had a busy time winning the 200m B race in 26.1, finishing second in the 100m in 12.7 and also taking third place in the shot.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon compete in their penultimate Southern Men's League match at Reading on Saturday.
Work is due to start next week on a £200,000 refurbishment scheme at Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's track headquarters at Wimbledon Park. The track, which is operated by Merton Council, will be closed while the work is carried out. Funding for the scheme is being provided by the London Marathon Trust, through a grant secured by Hercules Wimbledon, Sport England and the London Borough of Merton.
While the track is closed, club training on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings will continue to take place in Wimbledon Park but will be based at the bowls pavilion.


18/07/05 - NEWTON AND GILES ARE MASTER CHAMPS
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's Steve Newton and Peter Giles came away with gold medals from the annual British Masters track and field championships at Birmingham's Alexander Stadium.
Newton, now 50, made a winning debut as he took the over 50 5000m title at his first attempt in a season's best of 16 minutes 52.97 seconds, winning the title by almost 10 seconds. It continues a championship winning thread which stretches back more than three decades to 1974 when he won the Surrey junior cross country title at Guildford.
Peter Giles had a much harder battle in his quest to win the over 60 5000m gold medal. It was almost a photo-finish as he won by less than half-a-second after completing twelve and a half laps of the track in 18:16.45.
Hercules Wimbledon's veterans track and field team captain John Webster made it a hat-trick of medals when he took third place in the over 65 javelin with a throw of 35.87 metres, missing the silver medal by just 26 centimetres.
Another Hercules Wimbledon veteran in form is Geoff van Klaveren who came away with a nap hand of titles from the Welsh Masters Championships at Cardiff. He took gold in the men's over 45 100m, shot, discus, hammer and javelin championships adding to the javelin and long jump titles he secured at the Surrey Veterans Championships at Kingsmeadow in May.
Meanwhile, Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters were involved in a National Young Athletes League match at Kingsmeadow Stadium.
Double Welsh and Surrey champions Amelia Richards gained an impressive hat-trick in the girls under 13 events taking the 75 and 150m and long jump events. Natasha Skeete, Jade Brooks and Isabella Kerr also gained valuable points in the girls under 13 events.
Surrey silver medallist Praful Nargund gained a hat-trick of wins in the boys under 13 200 and 400m and long jump, Jonathan Burgess took the boys under 13 1500m and Tom Brandon won the boys under 13 shot.
Emily Martin was a double winner in the girls events taking the under 17 100m and long jump and also finishing third in the shot. Surrey triple jump bronze medallist Serena Brotherton was runner-up in the triple jump and discus B events and was also well placed in the 80m hurdles. Lucy England, returning to action following exams and acting as a ball girl at Wimbledon, was highly placed in the sprint hurdles and javelin while Flo King, who was unable to race because of sore feet, three the shot, discus and javelin.
Twins Jennifer and Rosemary Fernando, Hannah Long and Mary Brandon were also in action in the under 15 events.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon athletes compete in a Southern Women's League match at Horsham while next Wednesday (July 27) the club contest the final Rosenheim League East Division match at Tooting Bec, starting at 7pm.


11/07/05 - IKE MBA CLINCHES SILVER IN BIRMINGHAM
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's top long jumper Ike Mba went one better than last year when he clinched the silver medal in the senior boys event at the annual English Schools Championships at Birmingham.
Teenager Mba, who won the bronze medal in 2004, managed to secure the silver medal position by just two centimetres with his fourth attempt. He started off with a modest leap of 6.,76 metres and improved with his next two jumps of 6.83 and 6.89 metres and was third in the competition after three rounds.
He then produced his best effort of 6.92 metres with his fourth effort to move into the silver medal position and was close to that with 6.91 metres with his fifth attempt before fouling his final effort.
Mba was delighted with his medal-winning effort. "That was my best series of the summer," said Mba who spent much of a training session a few days earlier sorting out his run-up. Mba, the Surrey schools champion and Surrey County junior silver medallist, has been having problems with his run-up all summer.
"That session proved well worthwhile," said Hercules Wimbledon coach Dennis Roll. "It meant we managed to sort it out so that he got all but one of his jumps on the board. It was an impressively consistent series."
There was bitter disappointment for another Hercules Wimbledon long jumper at Birmingham. Emily Martin had terrible problems with her run-up and only managed to record two valid attempts. Emily, the Surrey County women's under 17 200m and long jump champions, was hoping to improve on her sixth place in 2004. But, her opening leap of 5.30 metres and third attempt of 5.40 metres, were her only valid efforts and her best effort was only good enough for eighth place.
Meanwhile, Hercules Wimbledon's one lap hurdler Austin Ferns, himself a former English schools champion back in 1999, posted his best time of the season when he competed in the AAA Championships at Manchester. Ferns finished fifth in his heat in 53.24 seconds.
Hercules Wimbledon's South African international Estle Viljoen just missed out on a medal when she finished fourth in the women's 5000m track walking championship at Manchester in 24:19.82.
Meanwhile, Hercules Wimbledon's athletes battled hard in their Southern Men's League match at Watford. Best individual effort came from javelin thrower Bekele Tola who won his event with a throw of 54.40 metres. He was also third in the shot with 11.21 metres where clubmate John Brown won the B competition.Veterans Andy Laughton and John Webster also won the pole vault and javelin B competitions, respectively.
Best track effort came from Camille Duval who took third place in the 800m in 2:00.0 while Esmond Ferns won the B race in 2:02.3. Ross Savill and Richard Vanderpuije also gained valuable points finishing third in the 200m A and B races. All-rounder Royden John had a busy afternoon finishing second in the long jump with 6.57 metres, third in the triple jump and fourth in the high jump. He also helped the sprint relay team to second place.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon athletes of all ages are in action with veteran members taking part in the British Masters Championships at Birmingham and the younger generation competing in a National Young Athletes League match at Kingsmeadow on Sunday, starting at 11.45am.


4/07/05 - HW's FERNS AND TOLA WIN FOR SURREY
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's top javelin thrower Bekele Tola and one-lap hurdler Austin Ferns showed winning form when they represented Surrey in a four-sided representative match at Aldershot.
Surrey champion Ferns got the team off to a winning start as he took the 400m hurdles in blustery conditions in a useful 54.5 seconds, winning by just one-tenth of a second in a tight finish. Later, Tola was in a class of his own as he won the javelin with his opening throw of 58.01 metres, more than six metres ahead of the second competitor. With the wind blowing against the throwers, and making it difficult to flight the javelins, Tola decided against continuing in the competition and retired after taking his second attempt.
Both Ferns and his Hercules Wimbledon clubmates face a challenging weekend. Ferns makes his debut in the senior AAA championships at Manchester this weekend when he competes in the 400m hurdles at the championships which also doubles up as Britain's trials for the IAAF World Championships in Helsinki in August.
Ferns, 24, is now getting back to some of his best form as he emerges from a long spell of injury. He was an outstanding junior winning the English schools senior boys title in 1999 and the South of England junior men's championship the same year. In 1998, he took the silver medal in the AAA Junior Championship. Also in action at Manchester will be Hercules Wimbledon's South African international race walker Estle Viljoen, who competes in the women's 5000m track walking championship.
Meanwhile, Tola will be in action for Hercules Wimbledon Southern Men's League team which is battling to get promotion after lifting themselves to fifth place following a third match win at Tooting Bec. Athletes in the squad are aware they need another win when they compete in their fourth match of the season at Watford on Saturday where the opposition is led by third place Herts Phoenix and sixth placed Guildford and Godalming.
Hercules Wimbledon will be below full strength with Ferns in action at Manchester and their top long jumper Ike Mba competing at the English schools championships at Birmingham.
There was a disappointing warm up by Mba when he competed in the AAA under 20 championships at Bedford. The talented teenager, who has already won long jump silver medals in the Surrey and South of England championships this summer, was hoping to get a third medal at Bedford. But, problems with his run-up meant he only recorded two valid jumps and the best of these, 6.89 metres, was only good enough for sixth place out of the 13 competitors in the event. Mba will be aiming to make amends when he competes at Birmingham. He will be hoping to add to the bronze medal he won in the senior boys long jump last season.
Another Hercules Wimbledon athlete competing at Birmingham, Emily Martin, armed up with an encouraging hat-trick in the Lily B League match at Sutton Arena. She won the long jump with 5.47 metres, the 100m in 13.0 and the shot with 8.41 metres.
Hercules Wimbledon's Ethiopian-born road runner Dereje Kebede was well placed in the British 10 kilometres road race through Central London where he finished eighth out of almost 20000 runners in 31:26. The race was won by Ethiopia's double Olympic 10000m champion Haile Gebrselassie in 28:12.
Hercules Wimbledon's former marathon international Steve Badgery, now 58, was third veteran over 50 in the Harry Hawkes eight miles road race at Thames Ditton in 49:40. He led the Hercules Wimbledon squad home finishing 19th overall with Grenville Tuck, also an over 50 veteran, who won the inaugural Harry Hawkes race in 1985 in 40:02, finishing 26th in 50:55, Roy Burgess, having his first race after a long break, one place behind in 51:08 and another supervet Dennis Williams taking 44th place in 52:45.
Apart from the important Southern Men's League match at the weekend, Hercules Wimbledon compete in their final Southern Veterans League meeting at Battersea Park on Sunday while next Wednesday they are in action in their fifth Rosenheim League match at Tooting Bec.


27/06/05 - FINE WIN PUTS PROMOTION IN SIGHT
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's senior men's team produced their best effort of the season when they won their third Southern Men's League match at Tooting Bec and moved up to fifth place in the Division Two table. It means if they can stay in the top five in their final three matches this summer they will gain promotion for a second successive year and enjoy top division status in 2006.
The victory was achieved even though the team was without any specialist sprinters from around six missing first team choices. But, the depleted squad fought for every point in their closely contested match and managed to scrape home by just seven-and-a-half points.
The track programme got off to a good start as Surrey champion Austin Ferns, posting his best time of the season of 53.8 seconds and Steve Davies (59.8) gained maximum points in the opening event, the 400m hurdles. Esmond Ferns then took second place in the 800m while Bekele Tola won the shot with a lifetime best of 12.02 metres with Stuart Milton taking second place in the B competition. Teenager Jack Kennedy then achieved his best throw of the season of 33.68 metres in finishing third in the hammer with Brown again taking second in the B competition.
The Hercules Wimbledon finally got their noses in front as Royden John and Chris de Jager gained maximum points in the long jump. Davies was third in the high jump with John sharing the honours in the B competition. He was also second in the pole vault B event with Dominic Getting taking third in the A competition.
Austin Ferns took the 400m B race while supervet Steve Newton (16:43.7) and Andy Waites gained valuable points with second and third in the 5000m A and B races. De Jager and Royden then stretched the lead to seven points as they finished second and first in their respective sprint hurdles races. Hercules Wimbledon continued to control the match as Tola achieved a lifetime best javelin throw of 60.57 metres and with clubmate Milton taking the B gained maximum points in the event.
Lance Power and Dave Fleming, making their league debuts, finished good thirds in the 1500m and Austin Ferns, plugging a gap in the triple jump surprised even himself by winning the event with 11.58 metres while Kennedy won the B string with 11.47 metres to extend Hercules Wimbledon's lead to more than 10 points.
But, the nailbiting was not over as the scratch sprint relay team which included coach Falah Abbas, trailed in last but gained a vital point in the process. Barry White managed second place in the steeplechase while Tola and Brown managed a third and a second in the discus so that Hercules Wimbledon went into the final event, the 4x400m relay, guaranteed victory even if the quartet of Austin and Esmond Ferns, Power and Davies dropped the baton. As it turned out they did far better than that - they led the teams home to clinch the match and keep their promotion hopes alive.
"It was hard as we were missing so many of our first choice athletes. But, we have got ourselves into a promotion position and it's now up to the team to decide if they are really hungry for it. We have some tough matches ahead but it would remarkable if we could get up to Division One especially after gaining promotion from Division Three last season," said team captain Steve Davies.
Match result: 1, Hercules Wimbledon 133.5; 2, Kent AC 126; 3=, Bedford and Ealing, Southall and Middlesex 93.5; 5, Team Southampton 74.5.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters are in action in a Lily B Girls League match at Sutton on Saturday and in the Ebbisham Boys League match at Walton on Sunday with some of the club's other youngsters competing for Merton in the London Youth Games athletics at Crystal Palace on Sunday. Next Wednesday (July 6), the club stage their annual HAC Young Athletes Memorial Trophy meeting at Wimbledon Park, starting at 7pm.


20/06/05 - SUPER DOUBLE FOR AMELIA IN CARDIFF
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club teenager Amelia Richards made an outstanding debut when she made her first appearance in the Welsh junior track and field championships at Cardiff's Leckwith Stadium.
Amelia, who is just 12, stormed to an impressive victory in the girls under 13 100 metres in a personal best time of 13.39 seconds. She was pushed all the way in the final and managed to snatch victory by just one-hundredths of a second - less than the thickness of a vest! Earlier she had won her heat in 13.4 which was an improvement on her previous best of 13.47 in winning the Surrey title at Kingsmeadow last month.
She also won the Welsh girls under 13 long jump title by a comfortable 13 centimetre margin with another personal best performance. She leapt 4.69 metres to add 21 centimetres to her previous best. She also won the Surrey girls under 13 long jump title at Kingsmeadow last month. She qualifies to compete for Wales through her father who was born in the principality.
A few days before her double Welsh triumph, Amelia gained a double success in the Wandsworth Schools younger age groups championships at Tooting Bec taking the Year 7 100m in 13.2 and the long jump with 4.39 metres. There were two other Hercules Wimbledon winners. James Forward took theYear 7 boys 800m in 2:41.5 ahead of clubmate Harry Wignall (2:46.2) while Jonathan Burgess took the 1500m in 4:56.0. Khalid Belhaj was runner-up in the Year 8 boys 800m in a personal best of 2:31.7.
Hercules Wimbledon's Praful Nargund boosted his chances of making Surrey's team for next month's English schools championships at Birmingham by posting a lifetime best 200m time competing for Surrey in an inter-counties schools match at Sutton. Praful, who took the silver medal at the Surrey championships, won his race in 24.2, clipping one-tenth of a second off his previous best and equalling the English Schools entry standard. He also ran the opening leg for the winning junior boys sprint relay team. Another Hercules Wimbledon athlete at Sutton, Serena Brotherton was fourth in the intermediate girls triple jump B competition with 9.86 metres.
Meanwhile, another Hercules Wimbledon teenager Emily Martin bounced back from a stomach bug which forced her to miss the annual London schools track and field championships to gain a hat-trick of wins in the opening Lily B League match at Walton. She won the under 17 100m in 13.1, the long jump with 5.27 metres and the shot. Another Hercules Wimbledon winner was Jennifer Fernando who took the under 15 800m in a personal best of 2:33.3 and also finished second in the javelin and fourth in the 100m. Her twin sister Rosemary won the javelin B competition, and was fourth in the 1500m.
Shannon Kaspa made a useful debut for Hercules Wimbledon finishing second in the under 17 discus and third in the 100m B race.
Newcomers Holly Goulding and Hannah Long were each in action in three individual events with Holly finishing third in the 100m B and 75m hurdles A races and fifth in the discus and Hannah taking fourth in the shot and third in the discus B.
Another newcomer, Alessandra Restaino showed promise in winning the under 13 girls non-scoring 75m in 11.1 and taking second in the non-scoring 150m. Her sister Gabriella was third in the under 13 70m hurdles. Gabby Heany was third in the 800m and long jump and fifth in the javelin while Jade Brooks won the 800m B race and was fourth in the 100m in the under 13 age group.
Two Hercules Wimbledon athletes have been selected to compete for Surrey in the annual match against the Army, Achilles and Hampshire at Aldershot next Wednesday (June 29). Javelin thrower Bekele Tola, who failed to enter the Surrey championships, gets the chance to represent the county as does Hercules Wimbledon's Surrey 400m hurdles champion Austin Ferns.
Hercules Wimbledon face a busy weekend with a Southern Men's League match at Tooting Bec on Saturday, starting at 12noon, and a Young Athletes League match at Sutton Arena on Saturday starting at 11.45am.


13/06/05 - MBA STRIKES GOLD AT SCHOOLS CHAMPS
Athletes from Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club were in good form at the annual Surrey Schools track and field championships staged at Kingsmeadow Stadium, Kingston with long jumper Ike Mba the best of the bunch winning the senior boys long jump title.
Mba clinched his place in Surrey's team to compete in the English Schools Championships at Birmingham next month when he showed his best form of the summer to get within a whisker of the seven metre mark. Teenager Mba won the title with 6.96 metres to win the title by almost half-a-metre.
Another Hercules Wimbledon athlete, Serena Brotherton, narrowly missed out on taking the title in the intermediate girls triple jump event. But, she had the consolation of posting a lifetime best of 10.01 metres as she took runners-up spot, beating the 10 metre barrier for the first time. Amandine King also posted a personal best time in taking second place in the senior girls 800 metres. She clocked 2 minutes 28.4 seconds.
Hercules Wimbledon's Praful Nargund had to fight hard to get among the medals in the junior boys 200m where just one fifth of a second covered the minor placings. Digging deep, teenager Praful managed to edge himself into second place with a time of 24.5, just outside his personal best of 24.3. Now, along with Serena he will be competing for Surrey in an inter-counties match against Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Sussex and Kent at Sutton Arena on Saturday.
Another Hercules Wimbledon youngster, Adam Przedrzymirski just lost out in the battle for runners-up spot in the senior boys 1500m. He just missed out on second place in a sprint finish to the line but had the consolation of clipping his lifetime best as he took third place in 4:21.2. Luke Jones also finished in third in the intermediate boys 3000m where he also clocked a personal best of 10:07.6.
Twins Jennifer and Rosemary Fernando were also in action in the junior girls 800 and 1500m. Jennifer was fifth in the 800m final in 2:34.5 after clocking a faster 2:33.3 in her heat.
Its been a disastrous week for Hercules Wimbledon's double Surrey women's under 17 champion Emily Martin who was due to compete in the intermediate girls long jump at the London Schools Championships at Battersea Park. She went down with a stomach bug in the run-up to the championships and was unable to take part although she is likely to be selected fr the London team to compete in the English Schools championships in Birmingham on the basis of her form this summer.
Not competing at Battersea, where she was expected to win, was a double blow for young Emily who earlier was forced to turn down an invitation to represent England in a schools international in Portugal at the end of the month because the match clashed with vital school exams.
Hercules Wimbledon athletes will be in action in the South of England senior championships at the Julie Rose Stadium, Ashford on Saturday and Sunday and in the first of this season's Lily B Girls League meetings at Walton on Saturday. On Monday, older athletes from the club compete in the third of this season's Southern Veterans League Mid-London division meetings at Battersea Park, starting at 6.30pm, while next Wednesday (June 22) the club competes in the fourth Rosenheim League East Division match at Tooting Bec, starting at 7pm.


6/06/05 - YOUNGSTERS IMPRESS AT KINGSMEADOW
Athletes from Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club gave another impressive display in their second National Young Athletes League match at Kingsmeadow Stadium clinching two of the four athlete of the match awards.
Double Surrey champion Amelia Richards gained a hat-trick of wins in the girl's under 13 events and clinched the girls field event athlete of the match award for her 4.48 metres victory in the long jump. She also took the 75 and 100m events. Another under 13 winner was Natasha Skeet who took the 150m B race.
Surrey long jump silver medallist Praful Nargund took time off from swotting for exams to sweep to victory in the boys under 15 200m in a superb 24.3 seconds, almost a fifth of a second faster than his previous personal best. His victory won his the boys track athlete of the match award. Nargund also won the long jump.
Another double Surrey champion, Emily Martin, who won the girls field athlete of the match award in the opening young athletes league match, also gained an individual hat-trick at Kingsmeadow taking the 100 and 200m and shot putt.
Hercules Wimbledon gained maximum points in the boys under 17 1500m with Jake Bodin and Jack McGoldrick taking the A and B race with Craig Gore winning the under 17 hammer. Another middle-distance success came from Jonathan Burgess who took the boys under 13 800m. Tom Brandon and Jay Burden won the under 13 shot A and B competitions and James Russell the long jump B event.
Another double winner in the boys under 15 events was Luis Garcia who took the 100 and 400m B races while Richard Hadley and Henry Ivezic won the shot A and B events with Derek Frempong taking the under 15 80m hurdles.
Both Emily Martin and Ike Mba were in fine form in the South of England under 20 championships at Mountbatten Stadium, Portsmouth.
Surrey silver medallist Mba showed his best form of the season as he took the silver medal in the junior men's long jump with 6.95 metres. He had a narrow failure of more than seven metres.
Martin, the Surrey women's under 17 200m and long jump champions, also took the silver medal in the long jump with a leap of 5.15 metres. She also reached the final of the 100m where she was sixth in 12.47.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon athletes will be chasing London and Surrey schools titles at the Millennium Arena, Battersea Park and Kingsmeadow Stadium, Kingston, on Saturday. In addition, the leading athletes will be chasing places in their respective teams for next month's English Schools championships at Birmingham. Both London and Surrey will be sending 60-strong squads to these championships.


26/05/05 -KEBEDE UNWELL FOR MANCHESTER RACE
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's top distance runner Dereje Kebede competed in the BUPA Great Manchester Run 10 kilometres road race despite being taken ill the night before the event.
Kebede was so unwell and race organisers so concerned that they called an ambulance to his hotel. Kebede, 23, declined hospital treatment and after a difficult night's sleep toed the starting line with the elite runners who included the legendary Ethiopian Haile Gabrselassie.
Sporting his yellow and red Hercules Wimbledon vest, Kebede was up with the leaders and was still with the leading group at four miles. But, he was unable to stay with the pace over the final mile and faded slightly to finish 19th in 30 minutes 7 seconds.
"Considering what he had been through the night before it was remarkable that he actually managed to run at all. In the circumstances to finish in 19th place in a very strong field was a notable achievement and an indication of Kebede's determination," said a Hercules Wimbledon spokesman.
His run in Manchester came only a week after another impressive performance in breaking the course record over a hilly circuit in the Leeds half-marathon.
Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters will be in action this weekend when they compete in the second of their National Young Athletes League matches at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Sunday. The match starts at 11.45am with the men's under 17 and boys under 15 hammer competitions and runs through until the 4x400m relays at 4.55pm.
Hercules Wimbledon host the third of this season's Rosenheim League East Division matches at Wimbledon Park next Wednesday (June 8). The match starts at 7pm with the final event, the 4x200m relay due off at 8.35pm.


23/05/05 - YOUNGSTERS SHINE IN EBBISHAM MATCH
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's youngsters gave another impressive display in the second of this season's Ebbisham Boys League meetings at Tooting Bec.
Fresh from his silver medal-winning performance at the Surrey track and field championships, 12-year-old Jonathan Burgess gave another solid display as he took the under 13 1500 metres in 4min 48.6sec, just four seconds outside his personal best. Clubmate Liam White guaranteed maximum points in the event as he won his race in 5:28.9. Burgess also competed in the sprint hurdles and high jump where he finished third and fourth in the B competitions. White was also third in the 200m and long jump.
Another Hercules Wimbledon winner was James Forward who took the under 13 400m in 67.7 and finished second in the 800m in 2:37.6 as well as competing in the high jump. Also in the under 13 events, James Russell was third in his 100m, 200m and 80m hurdles races while Tom Brandon was second in the shot and third in his long jump contest with Paul Stables fourth in his 800m and discus events. The Hercules Wimbledon team of Forward, Matthew Burgess, Jonathan Burgess and White was fourth in the 4x200m relay.
Hercules Wimbledon had a hat-trick of wins in the under 15 events with Henry Ivesic winning the 80m hurdles and Luis Garcia and Derek Frempong the two javelin strings with 34.68 and 25.67 metres. Ivesic was also second in the shot and third in the long jump, Frempong was fourth in the 100m and Garcia third in the high jump and fourth in his 100m race. Ed Gaizie was third in the 200m and high jump and fourth in the 400m. The Hercules Wimbledon quartet of Gaisie, Ivesic, Frempong and Garcia were third in the 4x200m relay.
Double Surrey champion Emily Martin gained a hat-trick of wins in the Southern Women's League match at Barn Elms. She won the senior women's 100 and 200m races in 12.5 and 26.0 and also took the discus B event. Making her first competitive appearance for 10 years, Candy Dunne finished third in the discus A competition with a useful 24.46 metres.
Sarah Nosworthy was runner-up in the senior 3000m while twins Jennifer and Rosemary Fernando took the under 15 800 and 1500m, respectively, in 2:46.6 and 5:43.7. Jennifer was also third in her 200m race and javelin B while Rosemary was third in her 100m race and second in the javelin A event.
Another Hercules Wimbledon Surrey champion Austin Ferns had an exhausting time in the Southern Men's League match at Woodford competing in six events. He won the 110m and 400m hurdles in 16.5 and 54.62 and was third in the high jump B as well as competing in the triple jump. He also ran the third leg for the 4x400m relay team which finished second with Ike Mba handing over in the lead on the opening leg.
Arriving after the event had started, Mba managed a disappointing third place in the long jump and was third in the 100 and 200m A races before helping the sprint relay team to third place and the 4x400m relay squad to second. Bekele Tola was another winner throwing the javelin 57.63 metres. He was also second in the shot.
Camille Duval finished second in the 800m before chest problems forced him to pull out of the rest of the meeting. Matt Parsons won the 400m B race and was second in the 200 and 800m B races before anchoring the 4x400m relay team to second place.


16/05/05 - SMALL SQUAD WINS SIX COUNTY TITLES
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's athletes enjoyed one of their best years at the annual Surrey County track and field championships at Kingsmeadow Stadium over the weekend when the club's small squad of 16 athletes came away with six county titles.
Best of the bunch was one of the club's youngest athletes in action at the championships, 12-year-old Amelia Richards who came away with a hat-trick of medals. First, she won the girls under 13 100 metres in 13.47 seconds after winning her heat in 13.8, the fastest qualifying time. Then, she won the long jump with 4.38 metres and was on for the hat-trick as she lined up for the 200m final after posting the fastest qualifying time in winning her heat in 26.40.
Despite racing to a lifetime best of 28.29, she was just beaten to the line and had to settle for silver,
Another talented teenager, Emily Martin, also had an outstanding championships winning both the women's under 17 200m and long jumps with personal best performances. She was firm favourite to take the 200m after winning her heat in 26.40 but, in the final, she had to battle hard for the gold medal and just managed to hang on to win in a personal best of 25.76.
In the long jump, she was determined to go one better than her second place last year and managed it as she took gold with 5.66 metres to add four centimetres to her previous lifetime best.
Two Hercules Wimbledon seniors were also in gold medal winning form. South African international Estle Viljoen comfortably retained her women's 3000m walking title in 15:00.4 while Austin Ferns, striving to get back to his best form, won the senior men's 400m hurdles in 54.49, taking over the Surrey mantle from his Hercules Wimbledon team-mate Steve Davies who was prevented by injury from defending the title he won last year.
There were three other silver medal winners at Kingsmeadow. Ike Mba had to settle for the silver medal in the junior men's long jump where he achieved a marginal no-jump which would almost certainly have won the contest, but his 6.66 metres was better than his 6.47 metres last year when he took the bronze medal.
Even more unlucky was Praful Nargund who was pipped by just two centimetres in the final round for the gold medal in the boys under 15 long jump. He had to settle for the silver medal with a leap of 5.24 metres, eight centimetres short of his lifetime best. While he enjoyed a good championships with fine personal best efforts in both the 100 and 200m, Nargund was just edged out of the medal positions in finishing fourth in both finals in 11.88 and 24.49. These were significant improvements on his previous best of 12.37 and 25.3.
Mba also posted a best 100m time of 11.05 in finishing third in his heat but was unable to repeat this form in their final where he finished sixth.
Jonathan Burgess, who is also only 12, looked set for a gold medal-winning run in the boys under 13 1500m as he led the field through the bell and into the home straight. He fought hard to hang on but was just edged out in the final stages and had the settle for silver in a personal best of 4:44.29, taking almost five seconds off his previous best time for the distance.
Serena Brotherton and Amandine King secured bronze medals in the women's under 17 triple jump and senior women's 800m with personal bests of 9.85 metres and 2:32.17. Christian de Jager also took the bronze medal in the senior men's long jump.
Teenager Adam Przedrzymirski was really unlucky to be edged out of a medal in the junior men's 1500m where he was fourth in 4:21.81, missing the bronze medal by 0.13 seconds, but taking a massive 11 seconds off his previous best time for the distance.
Hercules Wimbledon face a busy weekend with the Southern Men's League team in action at Woodford Bridge on Saturday and their Southern Women's League team competing at Barn Elms on the same day. On Sunday, the club's Ebbisham Boys League team will be aiming to build on their good start in Division One when they contest their second match of the season at Tooting Bec.
Hercules Wimbledon's Dereje Kebede smashed the course record when he won the Leeds half-marathon in Yorkshire in 1hr 4min 39sec.


9/05/05 - SOLID START TO LEAGUE PROGRAMME
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club' s Southern Men's League team made a good start to their 2005 summer when they finished runners-up in their opening match at Kingsmeadow Stadium, Kingston.
After gaining promotion from Division Three South last season, the opening Division Two match was always going to be a tough one. In the end, Channel Islands, the only team to beat Hercules Wimbledon last year also managed to beat them again in the opening Southern Men's League match. But, the Hercules Wimbledon squad, seriously weakened by absences and injuries, managed to beat two teams that finished in the top half of Division Two in 2004 and another team which was relegated from Division One last year.
Hercules Wimbledon got off to a tremendous start on the track when former junior international Austin Ferns ran away with the 400 metres hurdles in 54.1 seconds with team captain, despite suffering from an injury, taking second place in the B race. Austin was delighted with his time which was one of his best opening performance for several seasons.
Later, he finished third in the high hurdles and fourth in the high jump.
Hercules Wimbledon's English schools medallist from last season, Ike Mba, provided another winning performance as he took the long jump with 6.75 metres. He also ran well to take second place in the 100m and third in the 200m as well as helping both the 4x100 and 4x400m relay teams to second place.
Hercules Wimbledon's top javelin thrower Bekele Tola gained a double success taking the javelin with 58.69 metres and shot with 10.89 metres. John Brown ensured maximum points in the shot by taking the B competition with 10.20 metres and he was also second in the hammer and second in the discus B event. Tola also third in the discus A competition with Geoff van Klaveren taking second place in the javelin B event.
Jack Kennedy showed his versatility by winning the hammer B competition and taking third place in the triple jump.
Back on the track, Matt Douglas won the 400m B race with Camille Duvall winning the 800m B event. Esmond Ferns was third in the 400m and fourth in the 800m A races and later ran a leg for the 4x400m relay team. Ross Savill was second and third in the 100 and 200m B races.
Taking a rest from her usual event, the long jump, because of a slight injury, Emily Martin gained a winning double in Hercules Wimbledon's opening UK National Young Athletes League meeting at Perivale Park. She raced to a personal best 25.6 in winning women's under 17 200m and also won the 100 metres in 12.6 as well as finishing second in the shot. Her 200m performance won her the track athlete of the match award.
Clubmate Jennifer Fernando also posted a personal best in taking second place in the 800m while Serena Brotherton warmed up for this weekend's Surrey championships by finishing second in the 800m and triple jump.
Surrey indoor champion Praful Nargrund won the boys under 15 long jump with 5.09 metres and was also second in both the 100 and 200m races, while Jonathan Burgess ran away with the boys under 13 1500m in 4:54.2.
This weekend many Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club members are competing in the annual Surrey track and field championships at Kingsmeadow on Saturday and Sunday.


29/04/05 - TRACK ATHLETES FACE TESTING START
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club face a busy weekend with the club's senior men's team competing in their opening Southern Men's League match and the younger athletes taking part in their opening National Young Athletes League meeting at Perivale Park.
Newly promoted after finishing runners-up in Division Three South last season, the senior men squad face a challenging match at Kingsmeadow Stadium, Kingston, on Saturday (May 7) when they come up against last year's Division Three South champions, Channel Islands. It was the Channel Islands which inflicted the only defeat on Hercules Wimbledon last season and team captain Steve Davies said before Saturday's match:"We are determined to make amends this time. We were without one or two of our top athletes when they beat us last year but, we will be fielding a stronger side on Saturday and will be looking to make a winning start to the season."
Other teams in the match will be Brighton and Hove City and Walton who finished ninth and 11th in Division Two last season and Victoria Park and Tower Hamlets who were relegated out of Division One in 2004. "We have no doubt it will be a tough match but it will gives us a clear indication of how we are likely to fare overall in Division Two this summer," Davies added. The match starts at 1pm with the pole vault and hammer. The first track event, the 400m hurdles, is at 2.15pm, with the final event, the 4x400m relay due off at 5.30pm.
The club's young athletes are in action at Perivale Park on Sunday (May 8) and the team is meeting at South Wimbledon station at 10am for the journey to West London.
It is a busy 10 days for Hercules Wimbledon with the opening Southern Veterans League match at Battersea Park on Monday (May 9) and the opening Rosenheim League East Division Match also at Battersea Park two days later on Wednesday, May 11.
Numerous Hercules Wimbledon athletes will be in action for their respective schools in the Merton Secondary Schools Championships at Wimbledon Park on Tuesday, May 10.
Hercules Wimbledon's top teenage long jumper Ike Mba made a modest start to his summer 2005 programme when he took part in an invitation meeting to mark the opening of the new £7 million indoor athletics centre at Brunel University, Uxbridge. Mba, 17, winner of the senior boys bronze medal at last year's English Schools Championships, cleared 6.73 metres compared with his best of 7.18 metres achieved in winning the Surrey junior title at Sutton in March.
Despite suffering from a leg injury he incurred during two months' altitude training in Kenya, Hercules Wimbledon's Dereje Kebede was in superb form in his first race since returning when he ran away from the field in the Shakespeare half-marathon at Stratford-upon-Avon. He won by almost 10 minutes in 1:05:50, smashing the course record of 1:06:27 set in 1991. His time also puts him second on the club's all-time half-marathon list behind three times English cross country champion Dave Clarke who clocked 1:02:11 in the Berlin half-marathon in 1992.


25/04/05 - 10K ROAD RACE REACHES SILVER LANDMARK
Hundreds of runners will be converging on Wimbledon Park Athletics Stadium on Bank Holiday Monday to compete in the 25th annual Barry Jones open 10 kilometres road race organised by Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club.
The race, which is named after a former Hercules Wimbledon general secretary, also incorporates the London Borough of Merton Championships for both men and women. Perpetual trophies for the championships were donated by Merton's silver jubilee mayor, Councillor Barry Edwards, in 1990. Runners who live within the borough are eligible to contest the championships. The road race is almost as old as the new London Borough of Merton which was created in 1965 from the former boroughs of Wimbledon and Mitcham and Merton and Morden urban district council.
Last year's race winner was Wimbledon schoolmaster James Trapmore, who also runs for Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club. Trapmore won in 32 minutes 50 seconds from Herne Hill's John Ayteo (34:20) and Hercules Wimbledon's Roy Burgess (34:22). Hercules Wimbledon runners performed well in the event 12 months ago with Steve Sinnott and Hugh Saxby winning the veterans over 40 and over 50 prizes and the club winning the overall team prize.
Anna Watkins from Wimbledon Windmilers was first woman in 41:12 ahead of Belgrave's Helen Alsop (41:18) and unattached runner Emma Dews (41:43). Hercules Wimbledon's Melanie Jones was first woman veteran in 42:04.
The race starts at 11am from just outside the athletics track and runners will then emerge out of the park to complete two laps of a circuit which takes in Church Road, St Mary's Road, Arthur Road, Home Park Road, Wimbledon Park Station, Melrose Avenue, Elsenham Street, Southfields station and Wimbledon Park Road before turning back into the park for the finish on the track. Although postal entries for the race have closed entries are being taken on the day. Runners wishing to take part should arrive at Wimbledon Park athletics track in plenty of time to register.
Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters made a promising start to their track and field programme when they competed in the opening Ebbisham Boys Young Athletes League at Kingsmeadow Stadium, Kingston. The team gave a solid overall performance on their return to the top division after being promoted from Division Two last season. Best of the individual efforts came Surrey indoor boys under 15 long jump champion Praful Nargrund who won his 100 and 200m races in personal best times of 12.2 and 24.7 and was runner-up in the triple jump with 10.14 metres.
Derek Frempong was another double winner in the under 15 section winning his 80m hurdles race and his javelin event while Khalid Belhaj and Deyan Knespl gained maximum points in the 1500m with Belhaj clocking an encouraging 5:09.6. Belhaj was also fourth in his javelin event. Another Hercules Wimbledon winner was Ed Gaisie who won the high jump and was third in his 100 and 200m races.
Only winners in the under 13 section were Paul Stables and Mark Newman who took their 800m and shot events. Stables was also second in his long jump event. Liam White was second in the long jump A contest and fourth in the 1500m while Tom Meehan was second and third and James Russell fourth and second in their respective 100 and 200m races. Russell was also fourth in the high jump. James Forward was third in his 400 and 800m race and Tom Brandon second in the 80m hurdles and shot and fourth in the javelin.
Hercules Wimbledon open their Southern Women's League programme at Eastbourne on Saturday. The team leaves South Wimbledon station at 10am.


18/04/05 - YOUNGSTERS SHINE IN MINI-MARATHON
Teenager Jonathan Burgess headed the Hercules Wimbledon contingent in the annual London mini-marathon over the last section of the marathon course from Southwark Bridge to The Mall on Sunday.
Running for Wandsworth, Burgess was once again runner-up in the junior boys race in 15 minutes 13 seconds, just eight seonds behind the race winner. Another Hercules Wimbledon runner in the junior boys race was Harry Wignall, who was 38th and Wandsworth's second finisher in 17:08.
Hercules Wimbledon had three runners, representing Merton, in the top 20 in the senior girls race. Medena Knespl was seventh in 16:32, Serena Brotherton 17th in 17:12 and Amandine King 19th in 17:16. Kate Jones was 68th in 19:12 and Emily Martin, better known for her long jump prowess was 93rd in 19:59.
Hercules Wimbledon newcomer Adam Przedrzymirska had a good run in the senior boys race where he finished 12th in 14:09 with his Merton team-mate Luke Jones 26th in 14:31. Charlie Carrington was the first Merton finisher in the intermediate boys race taking 33rd place in 15:39 while Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Khalid Belhaj, running for Wandsworth, was 60th in 16:14.
Twins Jennifer and Rosemary Fernando were 39th and 43rd in the intermediate girls race in 18:24 and 18:37 with Michaela Knespl leading the Merton team home finishing 25th in the junior girls race in 18:05.
Hercules Wimbledon has a sizeable contingent of runners in the main marathon with Zoe Pike getting inside the three hour barrier for the first time in finishing 59th in the women's race in 2:58:42. First Hercules Wimbledon finisher was Jamie Helmer, running his first London, who finished 563rd in the men's race in 2:52:10. Chris Milliner, 670th in 2:54:32 and Matthew Amoils, 858th in 2:57:27, also broke the three hour barrier.
Hercules Wimbledon's top javelin thrower Bekele Toia was the club's only winner in the annual Sward Trophy meeting at Kingston. He took the javelin with a thro of 56.29 metres despite competing with a bruised throwing arm after taking a tumble in the shot where he had previously finished third with 11.94 metres.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters compete in their opening Ebbisham Boys League match at Kingston on Sunday.


11/04/05 - ALL GO FOR LONDON MARATHON
A sizeable contingent of Hercules Wimbledon athletes will be among the many thousands racing in Sunday's 25th Flora London Marathon from Blackheath and Greenwich to The Mall.
Heading the squad is supervet Dennis Williams, who took part in the first race back in 1981 and has only ever missed one edition. That was in 1984 when an untimely injury put paid to his hopes of an unbroken run. Williams clocked 3 hours 20 minutes 12 seconds last year when he finished just outside the top 3000. Also running on Sunday is John Querstret who clocked 3:19:57 last year in finishing just ahead of Williams, as well as Hercules Wimbledon treasurer Mick Leigh, Chris Coles, Steve Badgery, Alastair Brown, Martin Miller and Steve Smith.
Also there and making their London marathon debuts are Hercules Wimbledon's Jamie Helmer, sixth in the recent adidas Break Run 16 miles race in Kingston, and Peter Lee, who was further down the field in that race.
Several of them finalised their pre-marathon racing programme when they competed in the Wimbledon Audi 10 kilometres road race on Sunday. First Hercules Wimbledon finisher was Coles who was 20th in 35:53 with Badgery first veteran over 55 in 36:17 while Miller was third over 55 veteran in 39:12.
Other Hercules Wimbledon finishers included Martin Jones who was third veteran over 45 in 36:08, Jonty Summers, 31st overall in 36:44 and Clive Pickering, who was 117th out of more than 900 finishers in 41:54.
Some of Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters will also be in action on the marathon route on Sunday competing for Merton and Wandsworth in the adidas London mini-marathon over the final 2.5 miles of the route. Best hope will be Jonathan Burgess who finished runner-up in the junior boys race last year and goes for a winning performance this time. Other leading Hercules Wimbledon runners competing in the mini-marathon are Alex Bodin, Lucy England, Khalid Belhaj, Harry Wignall, Jake Bodin, Luke Jones, Richard Hedley, Serena Brotherton, twins Jennifer and Rosemary Fernando and three members of the Knepsl family, Medena, Michaela and Deyan.
Young Burgess warmed up for Sunday's mini-marathon with a fine win in the boys under 13 event at Hercules Wimbledon's 24th Young Athletes Open Meeting at Crystal Palace. He made a flying start to his 2005 outdoor track season in winning his race in a personal best of 4:48.8, taking almost a second off his previous record set last year. Brotherton also showed good form at Crystal Palace chopping six seconds off her previous best in winning finishing a fine third in the under 17 800 metres in 2:21.8.
Other Hercules Wimbledon successes at Crystal Palace included Amelia Richards who gained a hat-trick of wins in the under 13 girls events winning the 100 and 200m in 13.6 and 28.2 and the long jump with a personal best of 4.27 metres. Meanwhile, Emily Martin gained a double success in the women's under 17 100m (12.7) and long jump (5.27 metres) and Praful Nargund built in his Surrey indoor championships success by winning the boys under 13 long jump with a personal best of 5.32 metres. He was also fourth equal in the 200m and fifth equal in the 100m. Richard Hadley also ran well to finish fifth in the under 15 800m in 2:22.8.
Laim White was pipped for a medal in the under 13 long jump finishing fourth with , while James Russell was fourth in the under 11 1000m in 3:34.9.
Hercules Wimbledon's senior men open their 2005 track and field season when they compete in the Kinnaird and Sward Trophy Meeting at Kingston on Saturday.


4/04/05 - TOP YOUNGSTERS COMPETE IN HW MEET
Hundreds of youngsters from all over the country will be in action in Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's Young Athletes open meeting at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre on Sunday.
The meeting, which is being staged for the 24th time, returns after a break in 2004 when it had to be cancelled to allow the Crystal Palace track to be given a substantial face lift. The Hercules Wimbledon open has become established as one of the top young athletes meetings of its kind in Britain and over the years many budding internationals have taken part in the event.
When it was last staged in 2003 shot putter Chris Gearing and sprinter Wade Bennett-Jackson, who more recently have gained junior and senior international honours, were among those taking part.
Other future internationals will be among the 500-plus youngsters taking part in Sunday's meeting. Among top Hercules Wimbledon athletes in action are Surrey boys under 15 indoor long jump champion Praful Nargund, London schools boys under 13 cross country champion Jonathan Burgess and Surrey women's under 17 indoor triple jump silver medallist Serena Brotherton.
Sunday's meeting starts at 11am and runs through until 4.30pm.
Hercules Wimbledon chairman Nick Getting, who has organised the meeting for around 10 years, will be in charge again on Sunday. Apart from dealing with the hundreds of entries from girls and boys around the country, he has also organised the officials for the event, compiled the programme and negotiated the arrangements for the day with the Crystal Palace authorities.
"It's a major task sorting everything out and although I've been doing it for so many years now, I still have some sleepless nights in the days running up the to big day", said Mr Getting. "On the day, it is great watching the meeting come together."
Hercules Wimbledon cross country captain Steve Sinnott followed up helping Hercules Wimbledon win the Surrey half-marathon team championship at hastings by winning the club five miles road running championship in Wimbledon Village. He showed he is in good form for the Flora London marathon next week by equalling the course record of 28:58 set by Tom Kennedy in 2003 and breaking the veterans course record of 30:30 set by Andy Waites last year.
Hugh Saxby, who finished second in 30:32, sliced 10 seconds off the veterans over 50 course record set by Stu Littlewood in 2003. Littlewood witnessed his record being beaten as, unable to race because of injury, he was one of the course marshals. Mike Treadwell, battling to regain some fitness for the summer track season, finished third in 31:40 with teenager Neil Fraser, 17, taking fourth place in 32:46.
Hercules Wimbledon's former marathon international Steve Badgery warmed up for the London marathon with a good run in the Fullers Thames Towpath 10 miles road race on Sunday. He was the second supervet finishing 25th out of more than 450 runners in 1 hour 3 minutes 22 seconds.
Another Hercules Wimbledon veteran, John Thomas, was fourth over 60 veteran in the Bath half-marathon in 1:33:00 while Martin Miller was sixth veteran over 50 in the Guernsey Island 10 kilometres road race in 40:04.


26/03/05 - TOIA AND MBA MAKE WINNING STARTS
Two of Hercules Wimbledon's most successful athletes in 2004 made impressive starts to their 2005 outdoor competition programmes with victories in the Kingston and Polytechnic open meeting at Kingsmeadow Stadium.
Javelin thower Bekele Toia and long jumper Ike Mba set themselves up for another successful summer with their efforts. Mba, who a few weeks ago smashed the Surrey junior indoor record at Sutton Arena, transferred his form to the outdoor arena, as he took the long jump with 6.79 metres. His highlight last year was winning the bronze medal in the English schools senior boys long jump championship. Mba also won the junior 100m at Kingston in 11.38 seconds, just outside his personal best and only a fraction slower than the senior winner.
Toia, who during 2004 threw the javelin 60.42 metres competing for Surrey in an inter-county match at Hemel Hempstead in August, also showed good early season form as he hurled the spear out to 58.80 metres to win the event by more than seven metres. He was also runner-up in the shot with 11.01 metres.
Both athletes were among award winners at Hercules Wimbledon's annual presentation of trophies held at Wimbledon Park Golf Club. Toia received the Wandsworth Trophy for the best individual men's performance of 2004 while Mba was presented with the Sandes and Richardson Trophies by Hercules Wimbledon president David Littlewood.
Young Jonathan Burgess, who has showed outstanding form in 2004, finishing second in the London mini-marathon, representing Surrey at cross country and posting the joint fastest individual time in the county cross country relays, received a hat-trick of awards. He won the Shoreham, Vernon Ely and Whelan Trophies for his efforts during the year.
Teenager Emily Martin, who was elected the club's women's track captain for the summer at the same meeting, went off with no less than six trophies. She received the EJ Roberts Memorial Trophy, the Humphrey, Andre, Doreen Down and Captain's Cups and the Best Performance Tray.
Serena Brotherton who has turned in some fine performances on both track and at cross country won the Best All-Rounder Trophy as well as the under 15 800m and under 15 cross country cups. Amelia Richards received the Most Improved Cup, Lucy England the Hurdles Cup, Laura Wignall the Bounty Cup and Estle Viljoen the RaceWalking Cup.
Other men's trophy winners included Jack Kennedy (Whiffen Cup and Ward Trophy), High Saxby (Veterans Trophy), Alex Bodin (Borough News Cup), Jake Bodin (Sydney Black Cup), Austin Ferns (Cyril Black Cup), and Roy Burgess (Davies Cross Country Cup).
Surrey indoor champion Praful Nargund was another Hercules Wimbledon athlete to show good form at Kingmeadow. He was second in the boys under 15 long jump with 5.30 metres and third in the 100m in 12.37, while Laura Cassemille won her women's 300m race in 44.58.
Austin Ferns was second in the 100 and 300m in 11.60 and 36.30, Ross Saville was second and third in the junior men's 150 and 100m in 17.68 and 11.78Jonathan Burgess was second in the boys under 15 800m in 2:28.95, Mike Treadwell was third in the senior 800m in 2:09.43 and Camille Duval was second in his 300m race in 38.30.
Next Tuesday (April 5), Hercules Wimbledon compete in the final East Surrey League event of the season, the road races at Ewell Court. Seniors and veterans run four miles while all the younger age groups cover half the distance. Runners set off at 7pm.


21/03/05 - WALKER ESTLE BOUNCES BACK WITH WIN
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's ace race walker Estle Viljoen, who has been sidelined with an injury for the last nine months, made a winning return when the took the Enfield League five miles race in North London.
The 34-year-old South African international was just outside her personal best time as she trounced the field at Enfield. "I have been training outdoor this winter and that has made me mentally tough. I was very close to my pb," said a delighted Estle.
Viljoen, who teaches at Haslemere Primary School in Mitcham, now plan a further two league races before tackling more challenging targets.
Saturday's win was Viljoen's first race since June. "Hopefully the injury is something of the past although I'm going for an MRI scan in the next few days." "It a wonderful feeling to be back competing and able to do what I love doing."
Viljoen just failed to make the South African team for last year's Olympic Games in Athens although she is the holder of the All African 20 kilometres walking title.
Another Hercules Wimbledon schoolteacher James Trapmore had a useful run out in the 8.2 miles race in the adidas Breakfast Run meeting in Kingston on Sunday. Trapmore, who teaches at King's College School, Wimbledon, was second in 44 minutes 49 seconds.
Meanwhile, one of the contingent of Hercules Wimbledon runners competing in next month's Flora London Marathon, Jamie Helmer, showed good form in the 16 miles race in Kingston on Sunday where he finished an impressive seventh in the 16 miles race in 1hr 34min 51sec. "The weather was just right. It was a nice warm up for the marathon. Not long to go now," said 28-year-old Helmer.
Also in the race was Hercules Wimbledon's Peter Lee, who finished 68th in 1:46:58 and Ramon Benitez who was 300th in 2:00:01.
Supervet Hugh Saxby showed good form in one of his final cross country races of the winter when he finished runner-up in the Veterans Athletic Club's 5.5 miles race in unusually warm conditions on Wimbledon Common on Sunday. Saxby clocked 35:06, 25 seconds behind the winner but was the first over 50 to cross the line. Clubmate Tom Morris was 10th in 38:11. This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon stage their annual club five mile road running championship in Wimbledon Village on Saturday. It starts at the junction of Parkside Gardens and Peek Crescent at 2pm.


14/03/05 - HW TRIO TESTED IN SCHOOLS CHAMPS
Three Hercules Wimbledon runners faced a testing time when they competed in the annual English schools cross country championships at Norwich Showground on Saturday. They were among thousands of schools runners from all over England who took part in the six championship races.
Best of the trio was Medena Knespl who was the second runner to finish for the Somerset team in the senior girls championship. She finished 124th of the 300 runners in the race. She was well ahead of her Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Amandine King who was fourth Surrey finisher taking 212th position.
The third Hercules Wimbledon runner in action at Norwich was Alex Bodin who was Surrey fifth finisher in the senior boys race taking 175th position out of more than 300 runners.
Four Hercules Wimbledon runners warmed up for the Flora London marathon when they joined more than 3500 runners in the Hastings Lions Club half-marathon on Sunday. Kieran White was best of the quartet finishing 54th in 1hr 18min 8sec finishing just two places and five seconds ahead of clubmate Steve Sinnott. Further down the field, Barry White finished 194th in 1:27:11 while supervet Dennis Williams, who has only missed one London marathon since the series was launched in 1981, finished 300th in 1:31:26.
At the other end of the age scale, Hercules Wimbledon's Jonathan Burgess continued his impressive winter with another winning performance in the East Surrey League road relays at Boxhill on Saturday. Jonathan, who is only 12, was a clear winner of the boys under 13 2.1 miles race in 12:19. Clubmate James Forward finished eighth in 14:52 while Hercules Wimbledon hold an overall lead with one match remaining.
Hercules Wimbledon also head the joint under 15 and under 17 category after finishing second on the day. The trio of Richard Vanderpuije (13:06), Sean Crummy (13:08) and Jake Bodin (14:04) had a combined time of 38:18. The Hercules Wimbledon B team of Tom Shears (13:33), Deyan Knespl (13:03) and Neil Fraser (12:09) finished third with a combined time of 38:45.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's track and field athletes get the chance to flex their muscles for the coming summer season when they compete in the annual Kingston and Polytechnic open meeting at Kingsmeadow. The club's senior men's team will be aiming to keep up the momentum achieved by their successes in 2004 when they won the midweek Rosenheim League trophy for the first time since 1993 and gained promotion to Division Two of the Southern Men's League after finishing runners-up in Division Three South where they managed to win all but one of their matches.


7/03/05 - COME AND HAVE A GO!
Ever thought of having a crack at athletics? Then Hercules Wimbledon is offering the chance for anyone from youngsters aged 10 and over to older men and women to come down to Wimbledon Park athletics track on Sunday morning to have a go at running, jumping, throwing and even hurdling.
The session, which is being run by the club's team of coaches is free. Invitations are being sent to all schools in West Wandsworth and Merton to send their youngsters to the Sunday marooning session which starts at 10am and is expected to last two hours. Parents are also warmly invited to go along. Anyone wanting more information about Hercules Wimbledon's Come and Try It day should ring 020 8870 1196.
Meawhile, Hercules Wimbledon athletes have been in outstanding form in Nottingham and Sutton.
It's been quite a week for 12-year-old Jonathan Burgess. Burgess, a pupil at St Cecilia's School, Southfields, received the Newcomer of the Year trophy at Wandsworth Council's Sports Award evening from Olympic relay silver medallist Mark Richardson for a series of performances in the last year. He celebrated getting the award by flogging his way over three tough kilometres at Nottingham's Wollaton Park to lead the Surrey team to the gold medals in the boys under 13 championship. In what was probably his best performance to date, Burgess finished 13th out of almost 300 runners, less than half-a-minute behind the race winner.
Another Hercules Wimbledon runner in the boys under 13 team was Elliott schoolboy Khalid Belhaj who found it really tough going as he finished down the field in 171st place. Rutlish schoolboy Jake Bodin was the third Surrey finisher in the boys under 15 championship while Serena Brotherton was the third Surrey finisher in the girls under 15 championship.
It was another hectic weekend for Serena, who girls to Ursuline school, Wimbledon. On Sunday, she was in action again competing in the Surrey indoor championships at Sutton where she managed to pick up a silver medal in the girls under 17 triple jump with a leap of 9.42 metres. Winner was her Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Emily Martin who gained a hat-trick of gold medals at the championships which proved to be an outstandingly successful weekend for the small Hercules Wimbledon contingent in action.
All five Hercules Wimbledon athletes competing at the championships came away with medals, five of them golds. Emily, a pupil at Burntwood School, Tooting, won the triple jump with 10.85 metres, the long jump with 5.21 metres and the 60 metres with a lifetime best of 7.89 seconds.
However, the outstanding Hercules Wimbledon athlete at Sutton was long jumper Ike Mba who took the junior men's title with a championship record-breaking 7.18 metres. He also posted a big improvement on his previous best of 7.05 metres. His Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Rufus Nugent took the bronze medal with a promising leap of 6.47 metres.
The youngest Hercules Wimbledon athlete competing at Sutton was 14-year-old Praful Nargund who was made an impressive Surrey championships debut with a gold medal winning performance in the boys under 15 long jump. Nargund, a pupil at King's College School, Wimbledon, who the previous weekend had competed for Surrey in the Regional Sportshall final at Guildford, won the long jump title with a leap of 5.05 metres in what was actually his first long jump competition. reached the final of the 60 metres where he was just edged out of the medals finishing fourth in 8.03 after clocking a 7.9 in his heat.
This weekend, several Hercules Wimbledon athletes will be competing for Surrey in the English Schools cross country championships at Norwich on Saturday while the club's runners will be in action in the East Surrey League road relays at Box Hill, near Dorking, also on Saturday. The main relay is due off at 3pm with the boys race starting at 2.30pm.


28/02/05 - YOUNGSTERS SHINE IN LONDON AND GUILDFORD
Runners from Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club dominated the annual Merton mini-marathon races on Wimbledon Common and also provided some of the winners in the Wandsworth mini-marathon in Battersea Park. In what proved to be a highly successful weekend for the club's athletes other Hercules Wimbledon competitors helped Surrey's girls under 15 and boys under 13 teams qualify for next month's national Sportshall finals in Birmingham.
Sunday proved a busy day for Hercules Wimbledon's Serena Brotherton. She hardly had time to catch her breath after finishing second in the Merton mini-marathon in bitterly cold conditions on Wimbledon Common behind her Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Medina Knespl than she was whisked off in a car by her father Nigel heading for Guildford. There, she competed in three events for the Surrey girls' under 15 team which managed to win their regional Sportshall match beating Sussex and Kent. She finished second equal in speedbounce, third in the four lap race and fifth equal in the vertical jump to take sixth place overall.
Another Hercules Wimbledon athlete in a winning team at Guildford was Edmund Gaisie who helped the Surrey boys under 13 team to victory over Essex, Kent and Sussex. He was fifth in the two lap race and sixth equal in the high jump.
Hercules Wimbledon runners dominated the girls race in the Merton mini-marathon filling eight of the first nine places. Amandine King was third in the senior girls race with Michaela Knespl, following in her older sister's footsteps, winning the junior race for 11 and 12 year-olds by almost two minutes.
Twins Jennifer and Rosemary Fernando finished first and third in the intermediate girls race with clubmate Corrine Hall in fourth spot.
Brothers Alex and Jake Bodin led the field home in the boys race to snatch the first two places in Merton's senior boys team to compete in the mini-marathon from Southwark Bridge on London marathon day, April 17. Luke Jones was third and will be joined by his twin sister, Kate, who was fourth in the senior girls' race in Merton's squad.
Over at Battersea Park, despite being one of the youngest runners in the boys race, Hercules Wimbledon's Jonathan Burgess, who is only 12, led the entire boys field home, winning by almost a minute. His Hercules Wimbledon clubmates Harry Wignell and James forward finished third and fifth in the junior boys race behind Burgess.
Another Hercules Wimbledon runner, Khalid Belhaj was a comfortable winner of the intermediate boys race in the Wandsworth mini-marathon event.
Meanwhile, in the AAA indoor teenage championships at Birmingham's National Indoor Arena, Hercules Wimbledon's Emily Martin just missed out on a medal in the women's under 17 triple jump. She cleared 11.15 metres to take fourth place, just two centimetres off the bronze medal position. She also posted a personal best of 7.96 seconds in the heats of the 60 metres, getting through to the semi-final stage.
This weekend, several Hercules Wimbledon athletes will be competing for Surrey in the UK Inter-Counties cross country championships at Wollaton Park, Nottingham, on Saturday.


21/02/05 - BUSY WEEKEND FOR HW YOUNGSTERS
Youngsters from Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club face a busy weekend with athletes running in the Merton and Wandsworth London mini-marathon trials, representing Surrey in the South-East Regional Sportshall final at Guildford and competing in the AAA Teenage Championships at Birmingham.
Hercules Wimbledon are collaborating with Merton Council's leisure development team in organising the annual Merton mini-marathon trials on Wimbledon Common on Sunday. Race headquarters are at The Study Preparatory School in Camp Road on the edge of the common. Youngsters living or going to school in Merton who will be over 11 and under 17 on this year's London Marathon day, April 17, are invited to take part in the trials to qualify for places in the Merton team for the mini-marathon on April 17.
There will be two races over approximately three miles. The first for girls starts at 11am and the second for boys at 11.30am. Registration starts at 10am. Merton will be represented by 48 runners in six age groups on April 17.
Teenager Serena Brotherton faces a particularly hectic day. First, she will be running in the mini-marathon trials and then she dashes off to Guildford to represent Surrey in the Regional Sports Hall final. She was the joint winner in the girls under 15 age group and will be presented with an award at the Surrey County AA AGM in Leatherhead next month.
Also competing at Guildford are two other Hercules Wimbledon athletes. Edmund Gaizie has been selected for the boys under 13 team while Paful Nargund represents Surrey in the boys under 15 competition.
Hercules Wimbledon's Jonathan Burgess will also be in action on Sunday when he runs in the Wandsworth London mini-marathon trial in Battersea Park, starting at 10am from close to the Millennium Arena. Burgess finished a fine runner-up in the under 13 race last year and, as he is still only 12, will be aiming to go one better and clinch the gold medal this time. He warmed up for Sunday's trial by competing in the English cross country championships at Birmingham's Cofton Park where he finished 15th in the boys under 13 championship in near freezing conditions. Registration at Battersea Park starts at 9am.
Another of Hercules Wimbledon's talented young athletes, Emily Martin, is challenging for national honours when she competes in the AAA indoor under 17 long jump event at Birmingham's National Indoor Arena this weekend.
At the other end of the age scale, Hercules Wimbledon's Mark Baker was thrilled to come away with a bronze medal from the British Masters (Veterans) indoor championships at Cardiff's National Indoor Athletics Centre. He finished third in the men's over 40 60m in 7.48 seconds.
On the road, Hercules Wimbledon's former international marathon runner Steve Badgery, now 57, was the first supervet in the Valentine's 10 kilometres road race at Chessington. He finished 20th out of more than 650 finishers in 37:36. Clubmate Dennis Williams was sixth over 50 finisher in 41:33.


14/02/05 - HW YOUNGSTERS AGAIN SHOW FINE FORM
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club young athletes once again set the pace for their senior clubmates with a fine series of performances in Surrey cross country league races.
Teenager Serena Brotherton was in outstanding form in the final Surrey Ladies League meeting at West Ewell where she finished a superb runner-up in the girls under 15 race just 14 seconds behind he winner. It was by far her best ever cross country performance following 15th and sixth placings in her two previous league appearances this season.
Hercules Wimbledon were bitterly unlucky not to have taken the team honours as they scored the same number of points as the first team but had to settle for runners-up slot on count back.
Twins Jennifer and Rosemary Fernando, who like Serena also go to Wimbledon's Ursuline School, also enjoyed a better runs as they finished fourth and sixth, respectively, with two newcomers Hannah Long and Holly Gooling getting their first taste of league cross country running to finish 20th and 21st. Hercules Wimbledon were also runners-up in the girls under 15 section for the season.
Sophie Greenwood brought the Hercules Wimbledon runners home in the girls under 13 race where she was 13h with clubmate Michaela Knespl finishing 19th. Amandine King was fourth in the women's under 17 race.
One of Hercules Wimbledon's youngest cross country runners, Jonathan Burgess, achieved the distinction of being the only runner in the Surrey Men's League to win all his four races. Jonathan, 12, completed his impressive record when he ran away from the field in final meeting of the season at Croydon's Lloyd Park. Jonathan continued his impressive winter by winning by more than half-a-minute in 16 minutes 33 seconds. The recent winner of the London Schools under 13 title at Parliament Hill Fields, he will compete in the English National cross country championships at Birmingham at the weekend.
Burgess led a title of hat-trick wins by Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters. He took the under 13 title, Luke Jones the under 15 title and Richard Vanderpuije the under 17 title to complete a notable day for the youngsters.
Jones ran away with the under 15 race, again finishing more than half-a-minute ahead of the second runner. Mark Cooper was first in the under 17 race on the day. Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters also clinched the overall team titles in the under 13 and joint under 17 and under 15 sections.
*Geoff Moulden, a lifelong member of Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club, who launched the annual Wimbledon Open 10 miles road race in 1961, has died, aged 75. His funeral will be held at the North East Surrey Crematorium, Lower Morden, on Tuesday, February 22 at 2.30pm.


7/02/05 - HW RUNNERS COMPETE FOR SURREY
Five Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club youngsters competed for Surrey in the South of England schools inter-counties cross country meeting at Basildon's Gloucester Park.
Best of the Hercules Wimbledon contingent in action was Alex Bodin, the Surrey schools senior boys bronze medallist. He led the Surrey team home in the senior boys race at Basildon finishing fifth out of almost 100 runners from the south just 35 seconds behind the race winner. Another Hercules Wimbledon runner representing Surrey in the senior boys race was Ben Saxby.
Hercules Wimbledon's Luke Jones bettered his 10th place in the Surrey schools championships at Reigate by finishing fourth Surrey scorer in the intermediate boys race at Basildon.
Serena Brotherton, who was no doubt keeping a little in hand for the following day's final Sportshall meeting at Guildford, where she was challenging for a Surrey team place, for the regional final at the end of the month, found it tough going in the intermediate girls race as did Amandine King in the senior girls event.
Hercules Wimbledon finished second out of 14 teams in an international club meeting in Jablonec, Czech Republic. Apart from Hercules Wimbledon and teams from the Czech Republic, there were also club teams from Poland, one of which won the contest, Germany and Ukraine.
Competition was tough and the best effort came from English Schools senior boys long jump bronze medallist Ike Mba who took second place in the long jump with a useful 6.95 metres. Mba was also fourth in the 60m B final in 7.19 seconds. Austin Ferns was second in the B final in 7.40. Best of the Hercules Wimbledon women in the team was Serena Brotherton who was third in the long jump and fifth in the 800m.
Hercules Wimbledon supervet Hugh Saxby endured another testing run over nine miles when he competed in an inter-club match over the distance in Richmond Park. A week after competing in the South of England championships at Parliament Hill Fields, he showed his stamina by finishing a good eighth of the 28 starters in 52:22. He was also the first veteran over 50 covering the distance in 52:22. His Hercules Wimbledon clubmate and fellow supervet Steve Badgery was 11th in 54:50.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon runners are in action in the final Surrey Ladies cross country league meeting at West Ewell on Saturday. The first race, for seniors, starts at 12.30pm. Serena Brotherton and Michaela Knespl, who both had good runs in the third match in Richmond Park, when they finished sixth and eighth, respectively, will again be hoping for good runs.


31/01/05 - HW YOUNGSTERS TARGET SURREY PLACES
Two Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club youngsters will be aiming at places in the Surrey team to compete South-East Regional sportshall final at the end of the month when they compete in the final Surrey Sportshall League meeting at Spectrum Leisure Centre, Guildford, on Sunday.
Places for the teams to represent Surrey in the inter-county match at Guildford on February 27 will be decided after Sunday's third indoor contest organised by the Surrey County Athletic Association. The two Hercules Wimbledon athletes in the running for selection are Serena Brotherton and Edmund Gaisey. Both were highly placed in their age groups in the second match in the series staged at the Spectrum.
Brotherton was runner-up in the girls under 15 section after winning the four lap race and finishing third in the speed-bounce competition. Gaisey was third in the boys under 13 section after finishing second in the two lap race and taking third place in the standing high jump.
Team managers Ann and Philip Martin and John Dennis were this week putting together their squads for Sunday's key match and while there appeared to be plenty of under 13 athletes, there was a shortage of under 15 girls and boys. So, any 13 and 14-year-olds interested in joining Hercules Wimbledon's growing Sportshall squad should contact John Dennis on 020 8946 9989 or meet the team at South Wimbledon station at 11am on Sunday when they set off for Guildford.
While the club's youngsters will be in action at Guildford, the club's senior cross country runners are competing in a testing nine miles cross country match in Richmond Park, hosted by Kingston and Polytechnic. It starts at 2pm from the pole field at the crossroads near Sheen Gate.
After finishing a good fourth in the Reebok Cross Challenge boys under 13 race at Cardiff's Bute Park, there were high hopes for Hercules Wimbledon's young Jonathan Burgess in the South of England cross country championships at Parliament Hill Fields. However, Burgess, 12, found the undulating, muddy going quite testing but nevetheless ran well to finish 18th of the 200 runners in the race just 34 seconds behind the winner.
Despite missing the start and setting off some five minutes after the field, Hercules Wimbledon's John Querstret got stuck into the senior nine miles championship and managed to pass more than 200 runners in the process. Had he set off with the main group of runners, he would no doubt have finished in the first half of the field.
Two other Hercules Wimbledon runners in the race were Kieran White, who was 203rd out of the 830 runners to complete the gruelling three lap course, and supervet Hugh Saxby who was 251st and one of the leading runners in the over 50 age category.


24/01/05 - HW ATHLETES TAKE ON CZECH MATES
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's latest overseas venture takes place this week with a party of 30 athletes and officials travelling to an indoor international meeting in the the Czech Republic town of Jablonec, not far from Prague.
Hercules Wimbledon have made and hosted international club meetings for many years to and from Cuba, France, Norway and Poland as well as the Czech Republic. The links with Jablonec go back more than 20 years and during the last two decades there have been regular exchange trips between the two clubs.
Maurice Sharp, who is leading the Hercules Wimbledon party on this weekend's trip, said: "We take the view there is more to athletics than just training and competing. This is about developing a cultural and educational aspect to the sport and, inevitably, some of our athletes establish long-term friendships as a result of these exchanges." The party are flying out on Thursday and returning on Monday.
One of those going to Jablonec is 17-year-old Amandine King who warmed up for the trip by booking her place in the Surrey team to compete in the prestigious English schools cross country championships in Norwich in March. She clinched her place in the team by finishing in sixth place.
Another Hercules Wimbledon runner in the team is Alex Bodin who took the bronze medal in the senior boys race, leading Merton to the team title in the process. Hercules Wimbledon's Ben Saxby just failed to make the team for Norwich in finishing ninth in the race but he was selected for the South-East Counties inter-schools match at Basildon next month. Luke Jones also just failed to make the Surrey English schools team as he finished 10th in the intermediate boys championship.
Hercules Wimbledon's Serena Brotherton finished 10th in the intermediate girls championship with Deyan Knespl 17th in the junior boys race and Jennifer Fernando 14th in the junior girls race. Michaela Knespl was just pipped for the silver medal in the girls under 13 championship.
Another Hercules Wimbledon runner who will be in action in the English schools championships at Norwich is Medena Knespl who took the bronze medal in the Somerset schools senior girls championship which were staged in pouring rain at Glastonbury. She finished just 10 seconds behind the winner.
Hercules Wimbledon's talented 12-year-old Jonathan Burgess ran the race of his young life to finish just outside the medals in the Reebok Cross Challenge boys under 13 race staged in bright sunshine in Cardiff's Bute Park. Burgess showed he is in impressive form for this weekend's Southern cross country championships at Parliament Hill Fields on Saturday with a superb fourth place at Cardiff.
Hercules Wimbledon newcomer Jamie Helmer made an impressive debut for Hercules Wimbledon when he led the club's team home in an inter-club match in Richmond Park. He finished fourth in 33 minutes 32 seconds. Jamie, who is currently building up for April's London marathon also hopes to be in action in the senior men's race at Parliament Hill Fields on Saturday. Other leading Hercules Wimbledon runners in Richmond Park were Chris Coles, seventh in 34:25, Hugh Saxby ninth in 34:52 and John Querstret 15th in 36:50.


17/01/05 - YOUNGSTERS AGAIN SHOW WINNING FORM
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's youngsters continued their good start to the year by dominating the young athletes races in the third of this season's Sweatshop Surrey cross country league meetings on Oxshott Heath. Hercules Wimbledon's girls also gave an impressive display as they were placed in both young athletes races in the Surrey Ladies League meeting in Richmond Park.
Hercules Wimbledon's youngest runner in action at Oxshott, Jonathan Burgess, who is just 12, maintained his unbeaten league record as he raced home a comfortable winner of the boys under 13 race in 12 minutes 52 seconds. He won by half-a-minute with his Hercules Wimbledon team-mate Khalid Bilhaj third in 13:51. Harry Wignall was ninth in 15:46. The three of them helped Hercules Wimbledon maintain their unbeaten team record in the league and the club goes into the final match at Croydon with an unbeatable lead.
Brothers Alex and Jake Bodin led the field home in the joint under 17 and under 15 race taking the respective age group titles. Fresh from his bronze medal-winning performance in the Surrey championships the previous weekend, Alex romped home a comfortable race winner in 11:37. Brother Jake clocked 12:08 and it was the under 15 runners who ensured another team win for Hercules Wimbledon who again are certain to win the overall league title.
Luke Jones was second in the under 15 race in 12:30 with Sean Crummy fourth in 13:12, Michael O'Halloran fifth in 13:18 and Alex Bruce-Littlewood sixth in 13:25 to guarantee another Hercules Wimbledon team success.
There was a good turn out of Hercules Wimbledon runners with 15 youngsters and 20 seniors in action. Roy Burgess bounced back from a disappointing run in the Surrey championships to finish a good sixth in 23:40 and lead Hercules Wimbledon to third team place. Other leading finishers were Leo Cox, 24th in 25:08, Paul Drake, first junior, finishing 25th in 25:09, Kiran White 28th in 25:17, Steve Sinnott 34th in 25:46, Ben Saxby 35th in25:49, Hugh Saxby 38th in 25:55 Dan Bodin 47th in 26:24, Eric Blackmore 61st in 27:07 and Martin O'Halloran 63rd in 27:16.
Hercules Wimbledon had their biggest turn out of the season in the Surrey Ladies League meeting in Richmond Park and were just pipped for the team honours in the girls under 15 race where they shared the winning score but were placed second on count back. Serena Brotherton headed the Hercules Wimbledon contingent home with a fine sixth place in 14:35 with Jennifer Fernando 13th in 15:06, Corrine Hall 15th in 15:17, Rosemary Fernando 20th in 15:57.
The under 13 team was just pipped for second place, again on count back. Michaela Knespl led the Hercules Wimbledon contingent home finishing eighth in 14:42 with Christa Gecheva 13th in 15:08, Sophie Greenwood 23rd in 16:41 and Olivia Chant-Tuft 26th in 17:45.
Hercules Wimbledon runners dominated the Merton Schools championships in Wimbledon Park with Alex Bodin retaining his senior boys title, Luke Jones winning the boys under 17 event, Sernea Brotherton winning the girls under 17 race and Corrine Hall winning the girls under 15 title
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon compete in an inter-club match in Richmond Park on Saturday hosted by the Bank of England and starting at 2.30pm from close to Roehampton Gate. Several of the club's youngsters will be competing in the Surrey Schools cross country championships at Reigate's Priory Park on Saturday morning, battling for places in the Surrey teams for the English Schools championships in March.


10/01/05 - YOUNGSTERS MAKE MEDAL-WINNING START
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's youngsters made an impressive start to their 2005 competitive programme with medal-winning performances at Croydon and Bedford.
A large contingent of club runners were in action in the annual Surrey cross country championships staged in bitterly cold conditions at Croydon's Lloyd Park where honours were taken by the club's youngsters with a set of team medals and two individual ones.
The club's best team effort of the day came in the boys under 15 championship where Rutlish schoolboy Jake Bodin led the club's team to a set of team silver medals missing out by just three seconds on taking an individual bronze as he finished in fourth place. The other members of the medal-winning team were Luke Jones who finished 11th, Deyan Knepsl 22nd and Sean Crummy 23rd.
Jake's older brother Alex did manage to clinch an individual medal for the Bodin family as he took third place in a tough men's under 17 championship. Unfortunately for the rest of the team, they just missed out on a set of bronze medals by one point. Neil Fraser finished 15th and Richard Vanderpuije 18th.
Hercules Wimbledon's runners started the championships with a medal winning performance from 12-year-old Jonathan Burgess in the opening race for under 13 boys. Young Burgess was just pipped for the silver medal in a sprint for the finish and had to settle for the bronze just seven seconds behind the gold medal winner in a closely contested race. Other members of the Hercules Wimbledon team which finished sixth were Khalid Belhaj (13th), James Forward (21st) and Harry Wignall (56th).
Teenager Ben Saxby ran his way into Surrey's team for March's inter-counties championships at Nottingham by finishing seventh in the junior men's race. Other members of the team which finished fifth were David Fleming (16th) and Tim Bartley (22nd). A calf injury forced Paul Drake to drop out of the race at the start of the second lap when he was in fourth place, robbing the team of almost certain medals.
Hercules Wimbledon fielded teams in all the men's races with their senior men taking 10th place. They were led home by Roy Burgess who finished 27th with veterans Steve Sinnott and Hugh Saxby 72nd and 73rd, Chris Coles 78th, Eric Blackmore 85th and Dan Bodin 101st.
The best Hercules Wimbledon team effort in the women's races came in the girls under 15 championship where the club's team were pipped by just one point in the battle for team medals. The quartet of Jennifer Fernando (12th), Corinne Hall (18th), Rosemary Fernando (20th) and Kate Jones (27th) finished in fourth place.
Medena Knepsl was ninth in the women's under 17 championship while her younger sister, Michaela finished 16th in the under 13 championship with Sophie Greenwood 37th and Jade Skinner 40th.
Meanwhile, Hercules Wimbledon's talented long jumper Emily Martin produced a medal-winning performance in the South of England indoor championships at Bedford. She took bronze in the women's under 17 long jump with a good leap of 5.39 metres. She also just failed to reach the 60m final after heading the qualifiers in the opening round heats with 8.04 seconds. She also won her second round race in the same time but a poorer start in the semi-final round dashed her hopes of reaching the final.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon compete in the third of this season's Surrey Ladies League meetings in Richmond Park and the Sweatshop Surrey men's League meeting at Oxshott, both on Saturday.


4/01/05 - RUNNERS FACE CHALLENGING START TO 2005
Runners from Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club face a challenging start to 2005 when they compete in the annual Surrey County cross country championships at Croydon's Lloyd Park on Saturday.
Ethiopian-born Dereje Kebede, who finished runner-up in the event in 2003, heads the Hercules Wimbledon challenge in the senior men's race while at the other end of the age scale, Jonathan Burgess will be hoping to get a medal when he runs in the boys under 13 championship. Another strong Hercules Wimbledon medal-contender will be Alex Bodin in the men's under 17 championship.
Bodin competed for Surrey in last month's South of England inter-counties cross country championships at Stowe where he was the second Surrey runner to cross the finishing line.
Kebede warmed-up for the Surrey championships with an impressive win in the New Year's Day 10 kilometres road race in Hyde Park. He led the 400-plus field from soon after the start to win comfortably by almost 250 metres in 30 minutes 43 seconds. His time was considerably faster than the 31:08 he posted in winning the race in 2003.
Another Hercules Wimbledon runners to produce a good early year performance was Roy Burgess who finished sixth out of more than 500 runners in the Tadworth open 10 miles road race on Epsom Downs in 1:00:10. Hercules Wimbledon clubmate John Thomas was third in the over 60 category in 1:15:35.
Hercules Wimbledon's Paul Drake built up his Christmas Day appetite by linking up with Dave Hucks from Windsor to win the annual Lauriston Runners Club's 30 minute paarlauf which was being staged for the 51st time. They covered 5 miles 1549 yards to win by almost 300 yards.
Hercules Wimbledon veteran Mark Larche linked up with clubmate Tim Beer to take third place with 5 miles 1250 yards.
Hercules Wimbledon's track training sessions at their Wimbledon Park headquarters have resumed after the Christmas break. They take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6.30pm and Sunday mornings from 10.30am.
Several Hercules Wimbledon runners will be competing for their respective schools in the Merton Secondary Schools cross country championships which are being held in Morden Park next Wednesday (January 12), starting at 1.30pm.

 

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