PRESS RELEASES for Hercules Wimbledon AC for 2007
28/12/07 - HW RUNNERS DOMINATE XMAS DAY PAARLAUF
Hercules Wimbledon runners were prominent in the annual Christmas Day 30-minute paarlauf organised by Lauriston
Runners Club in Wimbledon Village.
Running alternately for half-an-hour Egyptian Hussein Ahmed and teenager Jonathan O'Halloran proved the winning
combination covering five miles 1479 yards. Fellow Egyptian Belal Aly linked up with Thames Hare and Hounds's Tim
Beer to take second place with a combined distance of 5:1436 while Hercules Wimbledon's Kieran White and over 50
veteran Martin O'Halloran were third with 5:1182. Thirteen pairs took part in the relay.
Also on Christmas Day, Hercules Wimbledon's James Trapmore led a near 250-strong field home in the Bushy Park five
kilometres time trial at Hampton Court in 16:05 to post his second win in the event in the space of 10 days.
Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Rowena Hornshaw was 24th woman finisher in 24:37 chopping 64 seconds off her previous
best time for the course.
Hercules Wimbledon veteran Gary Blesson took the veteran's prize in the Ron Hill Surrey Classic 10 kilometres road
race at Horton Country Park in finishing seventh out of more than 250 runners in 35:59.
Steve Badgery was the first over 60 veteran in the pre-Christmas Bushy Park five kilometres time trial at Hampton
Court finishing 26th out of almost 300 runners in 19:02. Over 50 veteran Martin O'Halloran was 38th in 19:36.
Three members of the Knespl family were in action in the Wimbledon Common time trial but it was Hercules
Wimbledon'sKieran White, finishing fourth in 16:47 who was the first club runner to finish. Teenager Deyan Knespl
was 12th in 19:123 with 14-year-old sister Michaela second female and 24th in 21:05, a 50 seconds improvement on
her previous best time for the course Meanwhile, their mother, Marina, was 15th woman in 25:05.
Three other Hercules Wimbledon runners in the race were Annmarie Seymour, seventh woman in 23:12, Charleen Baird
11th woman in 23:36 and Dennis Williams, second veteran over 60 in 22:48.
A fourth member of the Knespl family, Medena, competed as a guest in the Veterans AC 5.5 miles cross country race
on Wimbledon Common where she was first woman to finish in 39:03. Hugh Saxby was first veteran over 50 in 34:09
just ahead of Peter Lee (35:11) with Martin Miller first veteran over 60 in 39:24.
Hercules Wimbledon teenager Liam White finished a good runner-up in the Holly Run boys under 15 race at Reigate and
with clubmates Ed Saywell 13th in 19:30 and Paul Stables 20th in 21:03, led Hercules Wimbledon to third team
Teenager Alex Robinson, making his debut for Hercules Wimbledon, led the under 17 team to second team place. He
finished seventh in 17:12 with Deyan Knespl ninth in 17:38 and Charlie Carrington 13th in 20:03.
These youngsters will be among Hercules Wimbledon runners chasing individual and team medals in the annual Surrey
cross country championships which are being staged in Lloyd Park, Croydon, on Saturday.
21/12/07 - HW RUNNERS PROMINENT IN SCHOOLS RACES
Hercules Wimbledon's Athletic
Club's youngsters were prominent in the annual Merton schools cross country championships at Cannon Hill Common and
many of them will be running for Merton in the Surrey schools cross country championships at Reigate on January
Geordie Logan was the outstanding Hercules Wimbledon runner on the parkland course winning the intermediate boys
race by 20 seconds in 11:14 with clubmate Ed Martin seventh in 13:40.
Michaela Knespl finished a close second in the intermediate girls race in 10:52 while John Greene was thrid in the
senior boys championship in 12:12. Another well-placed Hercules Wimbledon runner was Bradlee Mulroe who was fifth
in the junior boys race in 11:16 with Lucy Stone 13th in the junior girls race in 13:14.
Veteran triathlete Gary Blesson linked up with youngsters Jose Costa and Rory Blakeney-Edwards to form the winnning
trio in the club’s 20 minute Christmas Cracker relay at Wimbledon Park. Runners up were Ben Cummings, Michael
Tabarade and Richard Agyepong while Jon Dobson, Rosemary Fernando and Eleanor Smith-Hahn formed the trio which
Hercules Wimbledon hold their last race of 2007, their annual seven miles road race with Lauriston Road Runners
Club in Wimbledon Village on Saturday. The race which is over a very flat three-lap course that takes in Parkside,
Windmill Road and Camp Road starts opposite the Fox & Grapes pub at the junction of Causeway and West Side at
17/12/07 - HW SENIORS CLINCH SPECIAL THAMES MEDALS
Hercules Wimbledon's Athletic
Club's senior cross country runners ended the season on a high note when they took the special medals in the annual
South of the Thames cross country championship at Nork Park, Banstead.
The special medals, awarded to a team club which had failed to secure any teams medals in recent years, proved some
consolation for Hercules Wimbledon finishing in fourth place, just outside the medal placings.
The sextet was led home by Aidan Hogan who finished 23rd covering the 10 kilometres course in 37 minutes 8 seconds.
Justin Kelly was 36th in 38:31, just ahead of Deon Coetzee (38:34) with Stuart Fraser 44th in 39:27, Hugh Saxby
47th and second veteran over 50 in 39:32 and John Querstret 69th in 41:53. The only other Hercules Wimbledon
finisher in the men's race was Frank Wood who was 94th in 45:33.
Hercules Wimbledon's Rowena Hornshaw was 32nd in the women's race in 54:51.
Hercules Wimbledon teenager Liam White helped Surrey to silver team medals in the South of England boys under 15
4.2 kilometres inter-counties cross country championships at Parliament Hill Fields. White was the second Surrey
finisher in the race taking 10th place in 14:49 with clubmate Joe Toomey 65th in 16:31.
Alex Bruce-Littlewood was also the second finisher for the Kent team which also took the silver medals in the
junior men's championship. He was seventh in the junior race in 34:50.
Two other Hercules Wimbledon runners were in action for Surrey at Parliament Hill Fields. Eleanor Hahn-Smith was
52nd and eighth Surrey finisher in the girls under 13 race while Rosemary Fernando finished 56th and sixth Surrey
runner in the women's under 17 race.
Hercules Wimbledon's Medena Knespl showed good form across the Atlantic where she is a student at Boston College.
She was second in the women's 3000m race at the Husky Winter Indoor track and field carnival meeting in Boston in
10:08.85, to lift her to fifth place on the Hercules Wimbledon women's all-time list for the event.
Hercules Wimbledon's James Trapmore showed good form when he led a near 300-strong field home in the Bushy Park
five kilometres time trial. Trapmore clipped two seconds off his previous best time for the course as he won the
race in 15:22. Another Hercules Wimbledon runner, Martin O'Halloran was 32nd and third over 50 veteran in
Over on Wimbledon Common, Hercules Wimbledon newcomer Alex Robinson finished just outside the frame in the weekly
time trial there in 19:02. Clubmate Dennis Williams was top over 60 finisher in 24:07.
Hercules Wimbledon's Frank Wood finished 181st out of almost 1400 finishers in the Wootton half-marathon in
Bedfordshire in 1:31:39.
Hercules Wimbledon runners will next be in action in the Lauriston 30 minutes paarlauf on Christmas Day. This is
being organised by Lauriston Runners' Club starting on Wimbledon Common opposite Lauriston Cottage at the junction
of South Side and Lauriston Road at 11am on Christmas Day. The club's last promotion of 2007 will be the Hercules
Wimbledon and Lauriston Runners Club's seven miles road race on Saturday, December 29.
The race starts from opposite the Fox and Grapes pub at the junction of West Side and the Causeway at 2pm.
10/12/07 - YOUNGSTERS POST ANOTHER GOOD SPORTSHALL EFFORT
Hercules Wimbledon's Athletic Club's young athletes produced another good series of performances in the second of
this winter's Surrey Sportshall meetings at Guildford's Spectrum Leisure Centre.
As he had done in the opening match in October, Nathan Safo Barnien headed the strong Hercules Wimbledon quartet in
the boys under 15 contest where he finished a close second in the individual tussle, winning the speed bounce
competition, taking second place in the standing triple jump and finishing second equal in the two lap race. He was
ably supported by brothers Jose and Luis Costa.
Jose finished fourth overall taking second place in the standing long jump and third in the shot while his brother
was fifth equal with his Hercules Wimbledon team-mate Kyran Mitchell. Luis was fourth in both the four lap race and
long jump in which Mitchell was third. Mitchell was also fourth in the two lap race.
The Hercules Wimbledon team was also second in the four by two lap relay and third in the paarlauf to finish second
overall just one-and-a-half points behind the winners.
Eleanor Smith-Hahn also performed well in the girls under 13 competition where she finished third equal. She led
the Hercules Wimbledon team to a good sixth place. She was second in the six lap race and fourth in the long jump.
Ellie Stewart was seventh in the shot. Other members of the team were Avalon Howard-Merew, Katy Lampl, Oliva Hogan
and Tara Wilson, with Dahlia Seraty performing well as a non-scorer.
Natasha Skeet led the Hercules Wimbledon team home in the girls under 15 competition where she finished ninth
equal. Her best individual effort came in speed bounce where she gained a narrow victory. The Hercules Wimbledon
squad which only had two out of their maximum four competitors finished in eighth place. The only other Hercules
Wimbledon athlete in action was Maria Rogan.
Girls team manager Ann Martin and boys team manager John Dennis would be interested to hear from any youngsters
interested in joining the successful Hercules Wimbledon Sportshall squads. The third and final Surrey match is at
Guildford on Sunday, January 13. Contact Ann on 020 8715 9061 or John on 020 8946 9989.
Hercules Wimbledon's international walker Estle Viljoen was first woman in the Wimbledon Common five kilometres
time trial on Saturday in 19 minutes 17 seconds. Clubmates Charleen Baird was fifth in 23:19 and teenager Alice
Village, the youngest runner in the event, seventh in 23:37.
Meanwhile, elsewhere on the common, Hercules Wimbledon dominated an inter-club match providing the first three
finishers. Mike Halman was a comfortable winner in 32:40 ahead of Belal Aly (33:07) and Adam Przedrzymirski
(33:52). Hugh Saxby was first veteran over 50 in 34:38 with Clarie Grima first woman in 37:39 with Peter Giles
first over 60 finisher in 37:42, just two seconds ahead of top over 55 finisher Dave Betts.
Hercules Wimbledon are staging their season's Christmas Cracker Relays at their Wimbledon Park track headquarters
next Tuesday (December 18) starting at 7pm.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's cross country runners are in action in the South of the Thames seven-and-a-half
miles championship at Nork Park, Banstead, starting at 2pm. The race headquarters are at Banstead Methodist Church
Hall, The Drive. However, there are only limited changing facilities and no showers. The course is similar to the
one used in 2002 for the Surrey senior cross country championships, consisting of four laps in Nork Park itself and
a short section in Tattenham Park recreation ground linking the course to the start and finish.
3/12/07 - HW RUNNERS DOMINATE ELLIS TROPHY RACE
Hercules Wimbledon's cross country
runners continued their impressive season by dominating the annual Ellis Trophy men's 5.5 miles cross country race
in Richmond Park on Saturday.
While they easily won the six-a-side competition, Hercules Wimbledon's runners were narrowly beaten in the main
10-a-side contest for the Ellis Trophy because their four leading runners were among the top six in the field which
took a wrong turning on the first of the two laps and lost about 400m on the rest of the field.
By the time they had got back on the right track they were down the field in 10th place and while three of them set
about regaining the lead, the fourth, Belal Aly was so frustrated at what had happened that he dropped out of the
race at the half-way point, a decision that almost certainly cost Hercules Wimbledon the chance of lifting the
Ellis Trophy in which the club's scoring team of 10 finished runners-up.
Aly's fellow Egyptian, Hussein Aly Hamed, set about catching the leading runners and took his two Hercules
Wimbledon clubmates Mike Halman and 16-year-old Andrew Penney with him. Aly Hamed proved a deserving winner of the
individual race in 31 minutes 47 seconds with Halman second in 32:06 and Penney third in 32:18.
Completing the winning six-a-side team were Gary Blesson 11th in 33:09, veteran Peter Lee 13th in 33:17 and
15-year-old Liam White 16th in 33:35. The other four runners that made up the 10-to-score team which finished
runners-up in the Ellis Trophy were Over 50 veteran Hugh Saxby (19th in 33:35), John Querstret (43rd in 36:18) and
teenagers Geordie Logan (44th in 36:23) and Charlie Carrington (48th in 37:00).
Veterans Neil Robson, Frank Wood, Dave Betts, Maurice Sharp and Martin Miller were next Hercules Wimbledon runners
to finish taking 56th, 57th, 60th, 68th and 74th positions in 37:43, 37:44, 37:54, 39:07 and 39:28.
Hercules Wimbledon fielded six runners in the Women's Dysart Cup 4.12 miles race with the club's leading runner
Clare Grima finishing a strong fifth in 27:08. Twins Jennifer and Rosemary Fernando were 17th and 18th in 27:08 and
29:06, Sally Maddock 20th in 29:29, Isabel Sutherland 23rd in 29:51 and Rowena Hornshaw 51st in 35:16.
Three Hercules Wimbledon runners were in action for Surrey in a schools inter-counties cross country match at
Princethorpe, near Rugby, Warwickshire. Joew Toomey finished ninth in the intermediate boys in 20:03, where he was
the fourth member of the winning Surrey team. Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Geordie Logan was the ninth Surrey
finisher taking 26th place in 20:44.
Another Hercules runner, Ed Saywell, was the third Surrey finisher in the junior boys race where Surrey also took
the team honours.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are competing in a 5.5 miles inter-club match on Wimbledon Common on Saturday,
starting from Caesar's Well at 2pm.
26/11/07 - HW RUNNERS IN ACTION AT HOME AND ABROAD
One of Hercules Wimbledon's newest recruits led the club to a comfortable team victory in an inter-club match in
Richmond Park while other club runners continued Hercules Wimbledon's strong international links by competing in an
international race in France.
Mike Halman, who recently joined the club, led Hercules Wimbledon to a comfortable team victory in a seven miles
race in Richmond Park with an impressive individual display. He dominated the race over a testing, undulating
course, to score a runaway victory, reaching the finishing line in 38 minutes 5 seconds, more than 400m ahead of
the second runner.
With Phil Glynn third in 40:43, veteran Peter Lee fifth in 42:13, Jonathan Dobson seventh in 43:42 and Richard
Xerri, who battled his way through the field after missing the start, taking eighth place in 44:38, Hercules
Wimbledon easily won both the four and six-to-score team contests.
Other Hercules runners in action were Yuzo Saito, 12th in 49:54, Sally Maddock 13th and first woman in 49:55, Ed
Reed 14th in 50:02 and Annmarie Seymour 17th and third woman in 54:28.
Hercules Wimbledon had two runners in action in an international cross country meeting organised by the French club
Groupement Athletique de la Basse-Seine in Bolbec, France, on Sunday. Justin Kelly and Deon Coetzee finished 34th
and 45th covering the 10 kilometres course in 27:41 and 28:41, respectively.
The exchanges with the Normandy-based club, which has also sent teams to London to take part in international club
meetings organised by Hercules Wimbledon, date back to 1981.
Hercules Wimbledon's over 50 veteran Hugh Saxby posted the best age graded performance in the Wimbledon Common five
kilometres time trial as he finished fourth in 18:10. Clubmate Dennis Williams was top over 60 veteran finishing
22nd in 22:39 with teenager Bradlee Mulroe, at 14 one of the youngest runners in the race, finishing 24th in 23:02
and another Hercules Wimbledon over 60 veteran, Mike Fuller, having his first race for some time, making his debut
in the event to finish 27th 14 seconds later. Another Hercules Wimbledon runner, Charlene Baird was sixth woman in
finishing 31st in 23:56.
Over in the Bushy Park time trial, Hercules Wimbledon's Barry King was third over 50 veteran finishing 82nd out of
more than 300 runners in 21:38.
Hercules Wimbledon face a busy weekend with the club's cross country runners in action in the Ellis Trophy and
Dysart Women's Cup in Richmond Park on Saturday and the club's youngsters competing in the second Surrey Sportshall
League meeting at Guildford's Spectrum Leisure Centre on Sunday. The Hercules Wimbledon boys under 15 team led by
Nathan Safo Baroli and brothers Jose and Luis Costa will be aiming to repeat the success they achieved in last
month's opening match.
The women's Dysart Cup race starts at 1.45pm with the men's Ellis Trophy due to start at 2.30pm. Both events start
from close to the Pembroke Lodge car park near Richmond Gate.
19/11/07 - HERCULES RUNNERS DOMINATE BUSHY PARK RUN
Runners from Hercules Wimbledon
Athletic Club' dominated the weekly Bushy Park five kilometres time trial at Hampton Court on Saturday with
athletes in the club's gold vest with a scarlet sash filling three of the first four places.
Heading the strong Hercules Wimbledon contingent across the finishing line was Justin Kelly who was making his
first appearance in the event. But Kelly had to fight all the way for his win as he snatched victory by the
narrowest of margins in 16 minutes 40 seconds, the same time as the second runner.
Fifteen-year-old Liam White was the next Hercules Wimbledon runner to finish and he took a massive amount of more
than two minutes off his previous best time for the course as he maintained his outstanding season. He clocked
17:05, an improvement of 124 seconds. A few seconds later Deon Coetzee crossed the line in fourth place in 17:09,
also on his debut appearance in the event.
Mark Burtwell was 19th in 18:43, with Hercules Wimbledon's over 50 veteran Barry King finishing 91st out of almost
400 runners in 21:30 with his teenage daughter Amandine taking 110th place in 21:58.
After running in Bushy Park, Barry made the dash to Richmond Park where he finished 113th in South of the Thames
men's five miles race in 40:39. First Hercules Wimbledon runner over the finishing line was Richard Xerri who
finished 30th inn 32:24. Phil Glynn was 58th in 34:09, Neil Fraser 82nd in 36:32, Frank Wood 92nd in 37:39, Stewart
Bond 101st in 38:38 and Ed Reed 106th in 39:44.
Wood was also in action on Sunday when he finished 51st out of 229 runners in the Epsom 10 miles road race. He
clocked 1:09:58. His Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Maurice Sharp was fourth in the over 60 category in 1:10:53 to put
him fifth on the club's over 60 all-time list for the distance.
Hercules Wimbledon supervet Hugh Saxby was the third over 50 finisher in the Brighton 10 kilometres road race on
the South Coast on Sunday in 37:10, which puts him 10th on the club's over 50 all-time list for the distance.
Former marathon international Steve Badgery was in action for England in the Home Counties Veterans cross country
international in Stormont Park, Belfast. Badgery, who was brought into the team after initially being named as a
reserve, finished 10th and fourth English runner in his race covering the eight kilometres in 34:18.
Another Hercules Wimbledon veteran, Dave Betts, was the first over 55 finisher in the Wimbledon Common time trial.
He clocked 20:06 to clip 33 seconds off his previous best time for the course. Clubmate Yuzo Saito was not far
behind finishing 16th in 20:40. Teenager Alice Village, the youngest competitor in the race at 14, was fourth
female finisher in 23:32. Over 60 runner Dennis Williams was 42nd in 24:07 and Rowena Hornshaw seventh woman
finisher in 26:33. Williams completed a busy weekend by competing in the Brighton 10 kilometres road race on Sunday
where he was 15th over 60 finisher in 47:22.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon compete in an inter-club seven miles cross country match in Richmond Park on
Saturday, organised by Kingston and Polytechnic. The race starts from Sheen Cross Roads, on the edge of the polo
field opposite Sheen Cross Wood at 2pm.
12/11/07 - YOUNGSTERS DOMINATE SURREY LEAGUE BATTLE
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic
Club's youngsters dominated the second of this season's Sweatshop Surrey cross country league meetings on Wimbledon
Common on Saturday taking the team honours in the boys under 17 and under 15 contests.
Continuing his impressive year, Liam White repeated his first race win to head home the field in the two-and-a-half
mile battle in 14 minutes 59 seconds narrowly holding off team-mate Andrew Penney who closed the gap on the second
lap to finish just two seconds behind. Overall winner White was officially the first in the under 15 category with
Penney winner of the under 17 event.
Packing their scoring five in the first eight Hercules Wimbledon easily took the team honours. Deyan Knespl was
sixth in 16:37, Ed Saywell seventh in 16:42 and Geordie Logan eighth in 16:43. Outside the scoring team was Will
Spooner 12th in 17:57, Ed Martin 15th in 18:55 and Bradlee Mulroe 17th in 20:14.
The under 13 race proved quite a challenge for Hercules Wimbledon's Tom McMahon who was making his cross country
debut for the club. He lost one of his shoes in a patch of sticky mud and, undeterred by the handicap he kept going
with shoe in hand to finish 12th in 20:54 to lead the Hercules Wimbledon team to third place. He was followed in by
Hallam Rowan 13th in 21:27 and Tom Robinson 14th in 21:32.
Running in bare feet over the tough terrain, Egyptian Belal Aly found the going too testing in the senior five
miles race and was forced to drop out while up with the leaders. It was left to Alex Bruce-Littlewood to lead the
Hercules Wimbledon team home finishing 16th in 30:37. Justin Kelly was 32nd in 31:46, Phil Glynn 48th in 32:42,
Richard Xerri 51st in 32:52, veteran Peter Lee 63rd in 33:27, Deon Coetzee 66th in 33:37, Arnaud Claverie 68th in
33:46, newcomer Lachlan Boyle 85th in 34:36 and supervet Hugh Saxby 87th in 34:40. Veteran Steve Sinnott completed
the scoring team finishing 91st in 36:09 to help Hercules Wimbledon consolidate their position in the top division
of the league.
Hercules Wimbledon's ace race walker Estle Viljoen led the Hercules Wimbledon team home in the Surrey Ladies League
meeting at Cranford Park on Saturday. Viljoen, the Surrey women's veteran champion finished third in 22:10 with
Claire Grima eighth in 22:49 and Sally Maddock 29th in 25:33.
Twins Jennifer and Rosemary Fernando finished sixth and seventh in the under 17 race in 19:08 and 19:28, leading
the team to second place. Others in the squad were Hannah Long (15th in 22:11) and Caroline Hicks 16th in
Eleanor Smith-Hahn finished third in the under 13 race in 110 with Maire Gillmartin 15th in 12:15, Rebecca Stone
16th in 12:16, Ella Dobson 30th in 13:25, Sophie Robinson 31st in 13:39, Sarah Matthews 32nd in 13:45 and Sydney
Henderson 33rd in 13:50.
Hercules Wimbledon's Matt Fell finished third in the Wimbledon Common time trial on Saturday covering the five
kilometres in 19:05, just two seconds slower than his best time for the course. Clubmate Dennis Williams was the
first over 60 finisher in 23:39.
Across the Atlantic, Hercules Wimbledon's Deon Harrison finished third in the 25 to 29 age group in the World
Triathlon Championship at Clearwater, Florida, in 4:06:15. The event consisted of a 1.2 mile swim which he
completed in 24:29, a 54-mile bike ride (2:09)29) and a half-marathon run (1:27:39).
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon compete in the South of the Thames five miles race in Richmond Park starting from
close to Pembroke Lodge car park at 2pm.
5/11/07 - WINNING SPORTSHALL START FOR YOUNGSTERS
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic
Club's youngsters made a winning start to their Surrey Sportshall programme at Guildford's Spectrum Leisure Centre.
It was the first time since Hercules Wimbledon
The club's boys under 15 quartet won their contest with Hercules Wimbledon athletes filling three of the first four
individual places. Best of the trio was newcomer Nathan Safo Baroli who was joint winner with brothers Luis and
Jose Costa taking third spot.
Safo Baroli won two of this three individual events, the two lap race and speed bounce and second in the standing
triple jump. Luis Costa was second in the four lap race and standing long jump while brother Jose was third in the
shot. Hercules Wimbledon also won the 4x2 lap relay.
Other members of the winning team were James Russell, Paul Stables and Ed Saywell. Russell's best effort came in
the speed bounce competition where he was joint third.
It was the first time since Hercules Wimbledon started fielding teams in the Sportshall competition five years ago
that they have managed to achieve a victory. There was a further boost for the club when Eleanor Smith-Hahn came
out on top in the girls under 13 competition, winning both the six lap race and the standing long jump.
Hercules Wimbledon fielded teams in all four age groups. Natsaha Skeet was best Hercules Wimbledon performer in the
girls under 15 competition with Emanuel Obayuwana best of the Hercules Wimbledon trio in the boys under 13
Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters also made a flying start to their East Surrey League programme as they dominated
the opening fixture at Lloyd Park, Croydon. Teenager Liam White led the field home in 11 minutes 14 seconds with
clubmates Jo Toomey second in 11:39 and Ed Saywell fourth in 12:09. With William Spooner 17th in 13:17, Hercules
Wimbledon runners easily clinched the team honours.
Over on Wimbledon Common, Hercules Wimbledon's Deon Coetzee finished third in the weekly five kilometres time trial
in 17:06 with Surrey veteran women's cross country champion Estle Viljoen first woman in 19:17, taking six seconds
off her previous best in the event. Not far behind, Maurice Sharp was first veteran over 650 in 20:21 with Dave
Betts second in the over 55 category in 20:39.
Hercules Wimbledon's Steve Badgery was first veteran over 60 in the weekly Bushy Park five kilometres time trial in
18:44. Clubmate Peter Lee was 11th out of more than 400 runners in 17:42, slicing seven seconds off his previous
best time for the course. Martin O'Halloran was second veteran over 50 in 19:29 while three times English cross
country champion and former UK junior team manager Dave Clarke, now retired from serious athletics, was 83rd in
Hercules Wimbledon's Pete Giles was also first veteran over 60 in the Ron Hill Surrey Classic 10 kilometres road
race in Nonsuch park on Sunday finishing 32nd out of more than 250 runners in 38:51. Over 40 veteran Gary Blesson
was ninth in 35:48 with Dan Pescod 22nd in 37:30.
Also on the road, Hercules Wimbledon's Clare Grima was 12th woman in the Stroud half-marathon in 1:26:06.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are in action in the second of this season's Sweatshop Surrey Men's and Ladies
League meetings. Both matches are on Saturday with the men's match from the Richardson Evans Memorial Playing
Fields at Putney Vale. The young athletes are due off at 2.30pm with the senior men starting at 3pm. The women's
races are at Cranford Park, just off the M4 motorway near Heathrow Airport. The senior women's event kicks off the
programme at 12.15pm.
29/10/07 - ROAD RUNNERS CONTINUE IMPRESSIVE AUTUMN
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic
Club's road runners continued their impressive series of autumn performances when they took the team honours in the
Maidstone half-marathon in Kent.
But, it was a close call as the trio scored the same number of points as the runners-up but clinched the prize as
Hercules Wimbledon’s third runners finished ahead of their rivals.
The prize-winning squad was led home by Jamie Helmer who finished fifth out of the field of more than 500 runners
in 1 hour 15 minutes 52 seconds. The other members of the winning team were Justin Kelly seventh in 1:17:16 and
Phil Glynn 16th in 1:21:15. A fourth Hercules Wimbledon runner in the race was Arnaud Claverie who finished 22nd in
Also on the road, Hercules Wimbledon's Mike Halman was runner-up in the Lexus Croydon 10 kilometres road race in
32:46 while supervet Stu Littlewood was third fastest in the Crook Log five kilometres event at Bexleyheath.
Meanwhile, Hercules Wimbledon's Peter Giles was second veteran over 60 finisher in the opening Ron Hill Surrey
Classic 10 kilometres road race at Oxshott on Sunday. He was 60th out of 269 finishers in 41:58.
Arnaud Claverie led the Hercules Wimbledon runners home in the East Surrey League five miles cross country race in
Lloyd Park, Croydon. Arnaud was 12th out of more than 100 finishers in 31:47 with over 50 veteran Hugh Saxby 17th
in 32:31, Andy Waites 29th in 34:51, over 55 veteran Dave Betts 41st in 36:56, Frank Wood 51st in 37:04, Kerrith
Stewart 57th in 38:31 and over 60 veteran Alan Turner 68th in 39:49.
Hercules Wimbledon's top teenage woman long jumper Emily Martin is ranked in the top 10 in the UK junior women's
listings for 2007. Martin leapt a personal of 5.80m in the English championships at Bedford in June where she
finished just outside the medals in fourth place. It was 14 centimetres further than she managed before the start
of the season and four centimetres better than her previous best set in taking the bronze medal in the South of
England championships the previous weekend. During the year she won the Surrey County and schools long jump titles
and took the bronze medal at the English schools championships at Birmingham in July.
Earlier in the year, she took the silver medal at the English indoor championships at Birmingham with a leap of
5.62m and also took the silver medal at the Surrey indoor championships at Sutton Arena in March with a more modest
Martin was also ranked 28th in the country in the junior women's triple jump as a result of her 11.36m leap in
taking the silver medal in the South of England championships at the Lee Valley indoor athletics centre at Picketts
Lock in January. It was a three centimetre improvement on her previous best set two seasons ago.
During the year she also took the junior women's 100m silver medal at the Surrey Championships at Kingsmeadow in
May where here time of 12.59 proved to be her best of the season.
22/10/07 - WALKING INTERNATIONAL WINS FIRST CROSS TITLE
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic
Club's ace race walker Estle Viljoen proved her all-round ability when she won her first-ever Surrey cross country
title in Richmond Park on Saturday.
Viljoen, a former All-African race walking champion and the current Surrey and South of England 10 kilometres race
walking title-holder showed her versatility by winning the Surrey Women's six kilometres cross country title on a
warm, sunny, afternoon by almost a minute.
Her gold medal-winning performance set the pace for the Hercules Wimbledon veterans men who lifted the over 60's
team title and took the silver medals in the over 50 competition. They also just missed out on a set of medals in
the over 40 championship where they finished in fourth place.
Former marathon international Steve Badgery once again proved he is in good form as he spearheaded the field home n
the over 60 championship. Badgery won in 39 minutes 30 seconds with Martin Miller fifth in 42:27 and Maurice Sharp
seventh in 42:52. Three other over 60 runners in action were Alan Turner 12th in 45:23, Paul Roche 13th in 46:00
and Dennis Williams 16th in 47:36.
Badgery completed a successful weekend when he turned out in the Wimbledon Audi 10 kilometres road race on Sunday
and took the over 60 prize in 37:53, finishing 18th overall out of a field of more than 400 runners. His Hercules
Wimbledon clubmate Pete Giles, who took the individual bronze medal in the Surrey championship the previous day,
was again third over 60 finisher in 40:13.
Supervet Hugh Saxby just missed out on an individual medal in the Surrey championships in Richmond Park finishing
fourth over 50 in 38:13. However, he had the consolation of leading the Hercules Wimbledon team to a set of silver
medals. The two other scoring members of the medal-winning team were Simon Ingall, fifth in 38:30 and Martin
O'Halloran 10th in 41:10. Dave Betts was ninth in the over 55 category in 43:01 and Ian Isherwood 16th in
Peter Lee was the fastest Hercules Wimbledon runners on the 10 kilometres course leading the over 40 team home. He
too just missed out on an individual medal finishing fourth in his category in 36:29. Steve Sinnott was sixth in
the over 45 section in 37:28 and Tom Morris 19th in 44:20.
At the other end of the age scale, Hercules Wimbledon's Liam White, just 15, produced his best run so far in the
Wimbledon Common five kilometres time trial on Saturday. He posted the best age-graded performance in the event in
finishing second in 16:47, chopping a massive 38 seconds off his previous best time for the event.
Hercules Wimbledon produced a good showing in their first-ever appearance in the National six-stage road relay
championship at Sutton Park, Birmingham, on Saturday. Egyptian Hussein Aly was the fastest member of the squad
clocking 18:53 for the six kilometres. Other members of the sextet were Aidan Hogan (19:09), Justin Kelly (19:39),
Belal Aly (19:46), Phil Flynn (20:18) and Neil Fraser (20:58).
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon compete in the opening East Surrey League fixture of the season, a five miles
cross country race in Lloyd Park, Croydon, on Saturday. On Sunday, the club's youngsters are taking part in the
opening Surrey Sportshall Indoor Meeting at the Spectrum Leisure Centre, Guildford. Anyone interested in joining
Hercules Wimbledon's successful Sportshall squad for youngsters between the ages of 10 and 14 should contact John
Dennis on 0208 946 9989.
15/10/07 - PROMISING START TO LEAGUE PROGRAMME
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's
cross country runners made a promising start to their cross country league programmes on Wimbledon Common and at
Esher on Saturday.
Twins Jennifer and Rosemary Fernando led the Hercules Wimbledon squad to a good second team place in the women's
under 17 match at the opening Surrey Ladies League match on West End Common, Esher.
Jennifer was fourth in 19 minutes 5 seconds with Rosemary seventh 35 seconds later. Hannah Long finished 15th.
Michaela Knespl led Hercules Wimbledon team home in the under 15 race finishing 11th with Georgina Haigh 33rd,
Katie Kemp 34th and Jade Brooks 36th.
Eleanor Smith-Kahn was the first Hercules Wimbledon runner to cross the line in the under 13 race. She was fourth
in 13:27, less than a minute behind the winner, with Rebecca Stone 19th, Avalon Howard-McCrow 31st and Sydney
Having his first race since last cross country season, Aidan Hogan had an impressive run in the opening Sweatshop
Surrey League Division One race on Wimbledon Commo0n finishing 17th out of almost 200 runners in 28:22. Jamie
Helmer was 26th in 28:57, Justin Kelly 35th in 29:24, Phil Glynn 49th in 30:29, veteran Peter Lee 69th in 31:14,
Deon Coetzee 73rd in 31:26, Richard Xerri 79th in 31:37 and super-vet Hugh Saxby 81st in 31:53. Their performances
enabled Hercules Wimbledon to make a sound start on their return to the top flight after a 10 year break.
The club's younger athletes also had good runs with Liam White winning the boys under 15 race with Ed Saywell
taking third place and Geordie Logan fourth spot. Andrew Penney was runner-up in the under 17 race with Deyan
Knespl fifth, Charlie Carrington 10th, Will Spooner 12th and James Greene 13th. The team finished in second spot
just three points behind the winners.
Max Cooper finished third in the under 13 race.
There was a bumper Hercules Wimbledon turn-out in the event and after the action runners converged on the club's
winter base at Lauriston Cottage, Wimbledon Village, to take part in 40th anniversary celebrations. Hercules
Wimbledon was formed in 1967 through the merger of Hercules AC (founded in 1933) and Wimbledon AC (founded in
Hercules Wimbledon's former marathon international Steve Badgery set a club over 60 record in the Cabbage Patch 10
miles road race at Twickenham on Sunday. Badgery was first veteran over 60 in the race finishing 79th out of more
than 1400 runners in 1:02:39. Hercules Wimbledon's James Trapmore finished fifth in the race in 53:18, less than
four minutes behind the winner.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are making their first appearance in the England six-stage road relay championship
at Sutton Park, Birmingham. on Saturday, after finishing 25th in the South of England championship earlier this
month. Meanwhile, the club's more seasoned athletes are competing in the Surrey Veterans cross country
championships which are being decided in Richmond Park, also on Saturday.
8/10/07 - HW YOUNGSTERS WIN RELAY SILVER MEDALS
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club
sent just one team to compete in the Bruce Judd Surrey Young athletes cross country relays on Saturday - and the
trio managed to return with a set of silver medals.
That was a one place improvement on the team's performance in 2006 when they managed to secure the bronze medals.
The one surviving member of last year's bronze medal-winning team, Joe Toomey was the fastest member of the squad
bringing the team home in the lead on the opening leg with a time of 7 minutes 17 seconds, the second best of the
Running the second leg, Ed Saywell slipped to second position with a time of 7:52 before Liam White, the London
schools junior boys 1500m champion posted the third best time of the day, 7:21, in bringing the team home in silver
Meanwhile, hundreds of runners were in action in the 47th Geoff Moulden Wimbledon Open 10 miles road race organised
by Hercules Wimbledon from their Wimbledon Park track headquarters on Sunday.
As the runners left the track to tackle the undulating roads around the All England tennis club, Huw Lobb, the
British marathon international, was already prominent and he dominated the race to win in 51 minutes 58
First Hercules Wimbledon finisher was Egyptian Belal Aly who took sixth place in 56:18 with Jamie Helmer 10th in
57:54, and veteran Peter Lee 20th in 1:01:58. This trio won the men's team contest. Fellow Egyptian Hussein Aly
dropped out with a leg injury when well placed.
Hercules Wimbledon's Clare Grima was second woman finisher in 1:08:56 behind Lucy Hasell from Bristol and West who
won in 59:02 to repeat her 2006 victory. She led Hercules Wimbledon to third team place with Charleen Baird (12th)
and Kirstina Moore (47th) the other members of the scoring women's team.
Former marathon international Steve Badgery was fourth Hercules Wimbledon finisher taking 36th place in 1:06:23, to
take the prize for the first over 60 veteran.
Badgery warmed up for Sunday's 10-miler by producing the top age graded performance in the Bushy Park time trial
five kilometres event at Hampton Court on Saturday. Badgery finished 32nd out of more than 500 runners in 18:22,
slicing 16 seconds off his previous best time for the event.
His Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Deon Harrison finished second in 16:58, just three seconds behind the winner.
Teenager Deyan Knespl was 17th in 17:58 with over 50 veteran Martin O'Halloran 69th in 19:43.
Over 50 veteran Hugh Saxby was the only Hercules Wimbledon runner in the opening Veterans AC race of the season on
Wimbledon Common on Saturday. He finished second in 34:47less than half-a-minute behind the winner.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon compete top division of the Sweatshop Surrey cross country league for the first
time in 10 years on Saturday. The match is on Wimbledon Common. Meanwhile, the club's women runners compete in the
opening Surrey Ladies cross country league match at West End Common, Esher.
1/10/07 - HW FIRST TIME IN NATIONAL RELAY
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club are
celebrating qualifying for the England Road Running Association's senior men's six-stage road relay for the first
time since the event was first staged almost 40 years ago when their runners produced an impressive performance in
the South of England championship at Aldershot on Saturday.
The team finished 25th out of the 69 to close in and would have been placed even higher had not one of their six
runners gone off course and lost around 20 seconds. Three of the club's top runners, Keiran White, Adam
Przedrzymirski and Deon Coetzee were also missing from the squad which was the fourth Surrey team to cross the
Jamie Helmer got the squad off tom a solid start as he brought the squad in 48th on the opening leg in 20 minutes
12 seconds. Justin Kelly then stormed through the field, passing almost 20 teams, to cover the second leg in 19:49
and handed over to Egyptian Belal Aly in 29th place. Aly had a steady run but lost around 20 seconds when he went
off course at a critical point on the course. He still managed to hand over in 30th place completing the lap in
20:05 but complained: "There was no one there to tell me where to go."
Fourth stage runner and fellow Egyptian Hussein Aly hand a storming run clocking 19:09, the best Hercules Wimbledon
time of the day, handing over to Phil Glynn in 20th place after clocking the seventh fastest time of his stage.
Glynn fought hard to stay in contention, clocking 21:10 to hand over in 24th place before handing over to Neil
Fraser, at 19, by far the youngest member of the team who anchored the sextet home with a time of 21:34 to hold
onto 25th place.
Two other teenagers, Andrew Penney and Liam White had useful runs for the incomplete B team clocking 20:49 and
21:11, respectively, faster than some of the A team runners.
First leg runner Hugh Saxby had an outstanding run for the Hercules Wimbledon's veterans over 50 team handing over
in thirds place in 21:57, the 15th best time of the day. Ian Isherwood (29:03), Stu Littlewood (25:35) and Martin
Miller (24:57) were the other members of the quartet which finished 18th.
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club stage Wimbledon's oldest road race on Sunday, the 47th Geoff Moulden Wimbledon 10
miles event. Heading the men's entry is British marathon international John McFarlane while Lucy Hasell, who
clocked a record 57:35 last year, is the leading woman competitor. The men's course record of 48:10 was set by
Hercules Wimbledon's Bob Holt in 1975.
The race starts from Wimbledon Park Athletics Stadium, Wimbledon Park Road at 11am and then passes along Wimbledon
park Road, Victoria Drive, Kingsmere Road, Inner Park Road, Parkside, Calonne Road, Burghley Road, Marryat Road,
Somerset Road, and past the All England tennis club in Church Road to complete the lap. Runners complete three laps
of this testing circuit before returning along Wimbledon Park Road to finish on the track. The leading runners are
expected to take about 50 minutes.
While postal entries have now closed, entries will be accepted on the day. Details can be found on the race
website: www.wimbledonten.co.uk .
24/09/07 - WINNING START FOR FLYING EGYPTIAN
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's
runners warmed up for this weekend's South of England road relay championships at Aldershot with encouraging runs
in their opening cross country match of the season in Richmond Park.
With strict instructions not to stray from designated footpaths or approach the deer due to the Foot and Mouth
outbreak a few miles to the south on the Berkshire border, one of the club's newest recruits, Egyptian Hussein Aly
led the scoring field home in impressive style to win the five miles race in 27 minutes 28 seconds.
Not far behind was clubmate Jamie Helmer finishing fifth in 28:05 with Phil Glynn seventh in 29:21 and Hugh Saxby,
first veteran over 50, ninth in 30:31. Teenager Ed Saywell was down the field finishing 22nd in 36:55.
Meanwhile, over on Wimbledon Common, London schools junior boys 1500m champion Liam White continued to improve when
he turned out in the weekly five kilometres time trial.
White, who will be 15 next month, improved his time for the course for the second consecutive weekend as he crossed
the line third out of more than 60 runners in 17:25. His time took 11 seconds off his previous best set just seven
days earlier and was the second highest age graded performance of the day.
At the other end of the age scale, Maurice Sharp was first over 60n veteran in 20:32 with Dennis Williams,
runner-up in that category in 23:22.
Another Hercules Wimbledon runner, Annmarie Seymour was fourth woman on her first appearance in the race, just
ahead of Williams, in 22:40.
Hercules Wimbledon's Amelia Richards completed her busy summer track and field season with a double success in the
Lily B League Plate Final at Kingsmeadow. She won the girls under 15 long jump with 5.16m and also took the 75m
hurdles in 12.4. She was also third in the shot. She also helped Hercules Wimbledon finish runners-up in the 4x100m
Jade Brooks and Megan Brown gained maximum points in the under 15 1500m where they won the A and B string races,
respectively, while Sharon Obayuwana won the 200m after finishing runner-up in the 100m. She was also third in the
Best of the under 13 athletes in action was Eleanor Smith-Hahn who won the 1500m and was runner-up in the 200m and
long jump. She completed a busy afternoon by helping Hercules Wimbledon to second place in the 4x100m relay.
Hercules Wimbledon's bronze medal-winning Surrey road relay senior men's team will be in action in the South of
England championships at Aldershot on Saturday where the club will also be fielding teams in the men's veterans
over 40, over 50 and over 60 championships.
17/09/07 - DOUBLE WORLD RECORD RUNS BY VET WALCOTT
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic
Club's top veteran sprinter Geoff Walcott has returned from the World Masters track and field championships in
Riccione, Italy, with a hat-trick of medals - including two golds - and helped set two world records!
Walcott was a member of the gold medal winning British men's over 55 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams which both
achieved world record-breaking performances with their performances. He ran the second leg for the sprint relay
team which won in 46.16 seconds and then anchored the 4x400m relay team to their record-breaking victory in
Earlier in the championships he took the individual bronze in the 400m. He looked good for a medal after winning
his heat in 57.48, the third best time of the round. He then improved to clock 55.66 in his semi-final behind the
eventual title winner, Bill Collins of the USA. Then, he went even faster in the final to clinch the bronze medal
Walcott, who had been hampered by a throat infection during the championships, was thrilled to have won his first
individual world championships medal. But, for him not being 100 per cent he would have got far closer to his best
time of 53.81 achieved at an open meeting at Tooting Bec in July which would have been good enough to take silver
The bronze medal was also some consolation for him finishing fourth and just outside the medals in the 100m and
fifth in the 200m in 24.65.
Hercules Wimbledon's Deon Coetzee warmed up for the forthcoming winter cross country season with a good run in the
Wimbledon Common five kilometres time trial where he took almost half-a-minute off his previous best time for the
event. He was narrowly beaten for the honours in taking second place in 16:58, 24 seconds faster than his previous
best time for the course.
Teenager Laim White, who won't be 15 until next month, also improved on his previous best time for the course in
finishing sixth in 17:36 finishing just one second ahead of clubmate Neil Fraser who also posted a personal best
time. White took 15 seconds off his previous best for the course while Fraser improved by 42 seconds.
At the other end of the age scale, Hugh Saxby, 53, produced the best age graded performance in finishing 10th in
17:52, slicing just two seconds off his previous best time.
Taking a break from race walking, Estle Viljoen was second woman in 19:23 while her Hercules Wimbledon clubmate
Dennis Williams was first veteran over 60 in 23:00. Six days earlier, Viljoen, who teaches at Haslemere Primary
School, Mitcham, lifted the South of England women's 10 kilometres race walking at Earls Colne. She clocked 52:03,
well outside her best this year of 50:53 in Coventry in March. She finished fourth overall in the race which also
incorporated the Race Walking Association and UK Championships. This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon open their cross
country season with a five miles race in Richmond Park on Saturday. The race starts near Sheen Gate at 2.30pm.
10/09/07 - ROAD RELAY MEDALS FOR HW RUNNERS
Hercules Wimbledon's road runners came
away with a set of bronze medals in the annual Surrey Road Relay championships which were staged from the club's
track headquarters at Wimbledon Park on Saturday.
First leg runner Jamie Helmer got the team off to a solid start as he came in seventh at the end of the opening lap
in 15 minutes 29 seconds, just 40m seconds behind the leaders. Even though he clocked a slower 16:18, second leg
runner Deon Coetzee moved through to sixth place on the second leg before Justin Kelly, with the fastest Hercules
Wimbledon time of the day of 15:03 got Hercules Wimbledon into bronze medal position.
Fourth leg runner Kieran White consolidated Hercules Wimbledon's bronze medal position covering the 2.8 mile lap in
15:23 with Arnaud Claverie (16:37) and Gary Blesson (16:11) completing the medal winning team. The sextet thus
repeated their medal-winning performance in 2006.
Newcomers Belal Aly (15:13) and Hussein Ahmed (15:05) made impressive debuts for Hercules Wimbledon running for the
non-scoring B team. Other runners in the B team were Andrew Penney (15:45), Laim White (16:22), Deyan Knespl
(17:03) and Neil Fraser (16:22).
Hercules Wimbledon also had a C team in action comprising veteran Dan Bodin (16:31), Phil GFlynn (16:21), Martin
O'Halloran (18:36), Will Spooner (19:32), Charlie Carrington (19:32), Charlie Carrington (18:03) and Geordie Logan
Hercules Wimbledon senior women's finished sixth with anchor leg runner Rosemary Fernando (19:43) clocking the
fastest time of the quartet. Other members of the team were Jennifer Fernando (20:04), Anastasia Hancock (20:22)
and Micheala Knespl (19:44).
A third member of the Fernando family, Hannah, was in action for the women's B team. She ran the opening leg in
20:34. Other members of the team were Serena Brotherton (21:29) and Katy Luffingham (25:34).
Veteran schoolmaster Maurice Sharp gained the medal for the fastest individual time in the veterans over 60 event
with a time of 19:27. Anchor leg runner Hugh Saxby was the fastest member of the veteran over 50 team which
finished ninth. First leg runner Stu Littlewood was 10th on the opening leg in 19:32 with Barry King (20:00)
holding 10th place, Ian Isherwood (22:10) slipping to 11th before Saxby clocked 17:10 on the final stage.
Hercules Wimbledon veteran sprinter Geoff Walcott had a torrid time in his opening event at the World Masters
Championships in Riccione, Italy. After winning his first round men's over 55 100m heat in 12.16 and finishing
second in his semi-final in a faster 12.07, the third best time of the round, he was confident of at least a medal
in the final.
However, Walcott, who went to Italy with a slight injury, was unable to produce his opening round form in the final
where he just missed out on a medal by three-hundredths of a second, trailing home in 12.27 in what was his slowest
time of the three rounds. Had he been able to repeat either his first or second round times in the final he would
have returned with a silver medal.
His medal hopes were revived when he won his first round 200m heat on Sunday. He headed the field home in the fifth
race in 24.63, a time beaten by only two other first round sprinters. However, they received a set-back when he
qualified for the final in finishing second in his semi-final on Monday in a slower 24.70, only the sixth best time
of the semi-final round.
3/09/07 - WALCOTT CHASING WORLD TITLES IN ITALY
Hercules Wimbledon's double British
Masters champion Geoff Walcott is challenging for world honours when he competes in the World Masters track and
field championships which started in Riccione, Italy, on Tuesday.
Walcott, the British over 55 200 and 400m champions, has high hopes of getting among the medals when he competes
among the best in the world. He holds the British over 55 400m record with 53.81 seconds at Tooting in July. His
record breaking run showed he is returning to his best form.
Before flying out to Italy this week, Walcott, a member of British medal-winning relay teams at World indoor and
outdoor championships, admitted: "I've still got a few twinges but once I start competing I'm quite sure they won't
cause any problems."
As a precaution he decided to miss the Veterans Athletic club championships at Kingsmeadow where several of
Hercules Wimbledon's more seasoned athletes managed to come away with a handful of medals.
Martin Miller set two Hercules Wimbledon age records in winning the men's over 60 400m in 65.9 and the 800m in
2:23.8. He was also second in the 1500m. Hercules Wimbledon's veterans team manager John Webster won the over 65
hammer with 34.51m, and picked up a hat-trick of silver medals finishing second in the long jump, pole vault and
Another Hercules Wimbledon pensioner, Kevin Burnett also secured four medals finishing second in the over 65 discus
and third in the hammer, javelin and shot. Another Hercules Wimbledon winner was Dan Pescod who took the over 35
5000m in a championship record time of 18:30.0 while former marathon international Steve Badgery was runner-up in
the over 60 5000m in only a slightly slower time, 18:43.5, to put him second on the Hercules Wimbledon all-time
list, with Mike Kortenray taking the bronze medal.
Hercules Wimbledon triathlete Gary Blesson beat more than 400 runners to win the Arundel Castle 10 kilometres road
race in Sussex in 36:53.
Teenager Emily Martin was in action for the South of England in the Home Countries Inter-Territorial Match at
Barnet Copthall Stadium, Hendon, on Sunday. She finished third in the long jump and triple jump B competitions with
leaps of 5.29 and 10.71m, helping the South to second place in the women's match behind Scotland.
It was a busy weekend for Emily. The previous day she competed in a four individual events in a Southern Women's
League match at Basildon. She won the senior women's long and triple jumps with a slightly better leaps of 5.31 and
11.07m, was second in the 100m in 12.9 and third in the shot with 8.66m before helping the sprint relay team to
Twins Jennifer and Rosemary Fernando were also in action on the track with Jennifer taking second in the 800m and
third in the 400m and Rosemary second in the 400m B and 3000m. Jennifer was also third in the javelin.
Natasha Skeet and Jade Brooks both scored wins in the under 15 events. Natasha took the 75m hurdles and long jump
as well as finishing third in the 100m while Jade won the 100m B, was second in the javelin and third in the
Hercules Wimbledon host the annual Surrey road relay championships from their Wimbledon Park track headquarters,
starting at 12noon. Hercules Wimbledon runners will be in action in most of the races for men and women seniors and
27/08/07 - GET SET FORM WIMBLEDON'S OLDEST ROAD RACE
The 47th staging of
Wimbledon's longest running road race takes place on Sunday, October 7.
Entries are already being received for the annual Geoff Moulden Wimbledon 10 miles road race which starts from
Wimbledon Park athletics track at 11am on October 7. There is still plenty of time to enter the race and would be
runners can either enter on line or download and print off an entry form by visiting the race website: www.wimbledonten.co.uk
Last year Mark Steinle, the Olympic marathon runner from Blackheath and Bromley, led from the start to win in a
fast 49 minutes 54 seconds. However, his time was well outside the course record of 48:14 which was set by Hercules
Wimbledon's own Bob Holt in 1975. The women's race last year was won by Bristol and West's GB marathon
international Lucy Hasell in a course record time of 57:35.
There will be bonus prizes for anyone beating either of these course records - £100 for the men's and £50 for the
women's. This will be on top of the £100 prize for the men's and women's winners, £50 for the runners-up and £25
for those finishing third. Full details of the prize list and course are on the race website.
There is a 500 limit on the field but race organiser Richard Xerri has pleaded to people entering through the post
to use A5 sized envelopes or smaller. "I would ask people not to send their entry in an A4 envelope with a first
class stamp," said Xerri. It is personally costing me 6p and a £1 handling charge and a visit to the sorting office
each time someone failed to put the correct large stamp on an A4 envelope."
He added: "I don't want angry athletes wondering why they have no number. An A5 envelope or smaller with an A5 SAE
for return and first class stamp will do the job." Competing as a non-scorer in one of the 800m races, Martin
Miller broke the Hercules Wimbledon over 60 club record with a time of 2:27.1. He eclipsed the previous mark of
2:29.4 set by Peter Giles at Battersea Park in August 2004.
Two Hercules Wimbledon athletes were in action for Surrey in a senior inter-counties match at Portsmouth. Hercules
Wimbledon's men's team captain Steve Davies was in action in the 400m hurdles where against tough opposition he
posted a lifetime best of 56.4 to finish seventh in his race. His time took three-tenths of a second off his
previous best in a Southern Men's League match at Tooting Bec last month and ranks him joint eighth on the Hercules
Wimbledon all-time list for the event.
Teenager Emily Martin finished fourth in the women's long jump with a leap of 5.59m and also gained valuable points
by finishing fifth in the javelin.
Another Hercules Wimbledon athlete in form is long jumper Jermain Olasan. He achieved a personal best leap of 6.58m
in finishing third for Surrey in an under 17 inter-county match at Barnet Copthall Stadium, Hendon. It added 29
centimetres to his previous best for the event.
Also in action for Surrey was sprinter Praf Nargund who finished fourth in his race in 23.3.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are sending a team to Basildon for their final Southern Women's League match of
20/08/07 - SUPER HAT-TRICK BY TRACK RUNNER TRAPMORE
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's James Trapmore was the outstanding individual runner at the annual Rosenheim
League final at Kingsmeadow Stadium. Within the space of two hours Trapmore managed an impressive hat-trick of wins
on the track to boost his club's overall team effort.
Trapmore, a teacher at King's College School, Wimbledon, achieved the first leg of his hat-trick in the 800 metres.
He hang back during the opening lap but then came powering through in the home straight to win by more than five
metres in 2 minutes 1.8 seconds.
Less than an hour later he was off again, this time in the 1500m. He was soon pounding out the pace and proved a
convincing winner in 4:14.5, finishing 10 metres clear of the field. He set off on his hat-trick bid just 40
minutes later in the seven-and-a-half lap 3000m.
Trapmore still had sufficient in reserve to emerge a comfortable winner in 8:51.3, again winning comfortably by
more than 10 metres. He headed home a posse of Hercules Wimbledon runners with Adam Przydrzmirski third in 9:05.4,
Jamie Helmer sixth in 9:36.0 and teenager Neil Fraser 11th in 9:57.8.
Naomi Warner, making her Hercules Wimbledon debut, won the women's race in 10:03.5, the fourth best time by a
Hercules Wimbledon runner behind the club record of 9:48.6 set by Bridget Cushen more than 40 years ago in 1966.
Second and third in the club rankings are international Jeina Mitchell with 10:00.2 in 1990 and another teenager
Christine Hodgson with 10:02.5 in 1993.
Another Hercules Wimbledon winner was Dwayne Dowding who sprinted home well clear of his rivals to take the 200m by
more than five metres in 22.3. Earlier he was third in the 100m where, in a blanket finish he was just one-tenth of
a second behind the winner.
Dominic Getting was fourth in the pole vault, Michael Adjei-Tabirade and Ross Savill fifth in the long jump and
400m and Bekele Tola and pensioner John Webster sixth in the discus and hammer.
Competing as a non-scorer in one of the 800m races, Martin Miller broke the Hercules Wimbledon over 60 club record
with a time of 2:27.1. He eclipsed the previous mark of 2:29.4 set by Peter Giles at Battersea Park in August
Three members of the Knespl family were in action in the Wimbledon Common five kilometres time trial on Saturday.
Leading the family trio home was 16-year-old Deyan who finished 13th out of almost 70 runners in 19:14, some way
off his best time for the course of 18:47. He finished two places ahead of his older sister Medena who was
runner-up in the women's race and just two seconds outside her best for the circuit with 19:16. Michaela Knespl,
the youngest runner in the race at 14, was also close to her best time in finishing 34th in 21:59, just four
seconds slower than her fastest time for the course.
At the other end of the age range, another Hercules Wimbledon runner, Dennis Williams was second over 60 veteran in
22:50 finishing in 38th place.
Over at Hampton Court, Hercules Wimbledon's Peter Lee was first veteran in finishing 14th out of more than 300
runners in the Bushy Park five kilometres time trial in 17:49. He also took 21 seconds off his previous best time
for the course. Former marathon international Steve Badgery was first veteran over 60 in 19:22.
13/08/07 - HW RUNNERS' BIG MEDAL HAUL IN SURREY RACE
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic
Club's road runners were in outstanding form in the Surrey five kilometres road running championships which were
decided around the hilly roads of West Wimbledon on Sunday.
A few weeks after scoring a victory in the Wimbledon Common time trial, Justin Kelly led the yellow and
scarlet-vested runners home as he lifted his first Surrey medal in finishing second in 15 minutes 54 seconds, just
12 seconds off the gold medal. His impressive run led Hercules Wimbledon to silver medals in the team contest with
Kieran White finishing sixth in 16:09 and Jamie Helmer 19th in 17:08.
Just one place behind and just missing a team medal was Deon Coetzee in 17:11 with Arnaud Claerie finishing in
17:18 with Neil Fraser having a good run to finish 28th in 17:54.
Estle Viljoen, the international walker, showed her competence as a road runner as she took finished second woman
veteran in 19:15 with Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Pete Giles finishing in 19:19 to take the men's over 60
Three Hercules Wimbledon youngsters were in action in the England Athletics age group championships at Don Valley
Stadium, Sheffield, over the weekend.
It proved a roller coaster two days for English schools junior girls long jump silver medallist Amelia Richards, a
week after making an impressive international debut for Wales in the Celtic Games meeting in Ulster.
She failed to register a valid attempt in the long jump but managed to clock a lifetime best time in the 100m where
she was third in her first round heat in 12.41. She then just failed to make the final as she finished fifth in her
semi-final race in a slower 12.7. Her previous best was 12.5.
She just missed out on a medal in the 75m hurdles final. She was second in her heat in 11.69 to get through to the
final as fourth fastest. She speeded up in the final where she was fourth in 11.52, just outside her lifetime best
of 11.5 set in a National Young Athletes League meeting at Kingsmeadow Stadium in June. She also had a go at the
triple jump, in the older under 17 age group, where she 12th with 10.12m.
Richards is down to compete for Surrey over 100m in the South of England under 15 inter-counties match at Barnet
Copthall Stadium, Hendon, on Sunday.
Fourteen-year-old Joe Toomey, who narrowly failed to make the Surrey team to compete in the English schools
championships, made a dramatic breakthrough over 1500m where he managed to reach the boys under 15 final. Toomey
finished sixth in his heat in 4:18.90 to slice almost seven seconds off his previous best and a time which has only
been beaten by one Surrey athlete this summer. His run also lifted him from 43rd to 15th in this summer's UK
rankings for his age group in the event. Unfortunately, Toomey was unable to repeat his improvement in the final
where he finished seventh in 4:33.60.
His Hercules Wimbledon clubmate, Liam White, was just outside his best time as he finished seventh in his heat in
4:27.80. White, who previously had the better time, is running over the distance for Surrey in the under 15
inter-county match at Hendon on Sunday.
Hercules Wimbledon veteran Dan Bodin took four seconds off his previous best time when he finished seventh out of
337 runners in the Bushy Park five kilometres time trial at Hampton Court on Saturday in 17:31. Supervet Martin
O'Halloran was 48th and first over 50 finisher in 20:34.
6/08/07 - HW QUALIFY FOR ROSENHEIM PLATE FINAL
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club
athletes will battle it out for the honour of winning the Rosenheim Plate which is being contested for the 44th
time at Kingsmeadow Stadium next Wednesday (August 15), starting at 6.30pm.
Hercules Wimbledon clinched their place in the final with another good series of performances in the final east
division match at Tooting Bec.
Having his first race of the season, Justin Kelly led from the gun to win the 2000m steeplechase by almost
half-a-lap in 6 minutes 28.9 seconds. Kelly also putt the shot were he was fifth. Deon Coeztee was runner-up in the
high jump before just being pipped in the 1500m, while Gabriel Aning and Aaron Mason were both fourth in their 400
and 800m races.
Jamie Helmer was also fourth in the 3000m. Ka Cheun To was third in the long jump.
The Plate was first contested in 1964 after former Hercules Wimbledon president, the late Jim Braben, returned with
it after he had taken a group of athletes on a trip to Rosenheim in Bavaria, Germany. It was presented to him there
and he decided to donate it to the club for a mid-week competition. Hercules Wimbledon have won it five times, the
last occasion being at Tooting in 2004.
Hercules Wimbledon's English schools long jump silver medallist made an impressive international debut for Wales in
the Celtic Games meeting at Antrim Forum, BVelfast, on Saturday. She was runner-up in the girls under 16 long jump
with 5.45, just nine centimetres behind the winner, but then went on to anchor the Welsh quartet to victory in the
sprint relay with a fine third leg. She took over the baton in third spot but then stormed through to put the Welsh
team on the winning road.
Richards faces another stern test this weekend when she competes in the England age group championships at
At the other end of the age range, Hercules Wimbledon's Hugh Saxby posted the top age graded performance in the
Wimbledon Common five kilometres time trial on Saturday. Saxby, 53, finished fourth overall in 17:54 to slice six
seconds off his previous best time for the course. Two other Hercules Wimbledon runners in the event were Charleen
Baird who was fifth in the women's race and John Wasbrough who was second over 65 finisher.
Martin Miller set two Hercules Wimbledon age records when he competed in a Veterans AC meeting at Twickenham. He
set new club over 60 marks in the 800m and one mile with times of 2:16.5 and 5:37.6.
Kieran White warmed up for Sunday's Surrey five kilometres road running championship in West Wimbledon by clocked
the best time this year by a Hercules Wimbledon runner over the distance. White finished eighth out of more than
300 runners in the Manchester Sizzler race at Sale in 16:16.
Hercules Wimbledon's former South African walking international Estle Viljoen, who has now opted to walk for
Britain, won a bronze medal in the UK Championships women's 5000m track walk at Manchester's SportCity. Viljoen,
who teaches at Haslemere Primary School, Mitcham, was thrilled with her medal as it was her first competitive walk
for more than two months after being sidelined by an injury.
30/07/07 - VETERAN WALCOTT SMASHES UK RECORD
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's
Geoff Walcott emerged from a spell hampered by injury to break the UK Veterans over 55 400m record at an open
meeting at Tooting Bec.
Walcott, who was 55 in April, clocked 53.81 seconds to erase the previous mark of 53.98 which has stood since 1987.
His performance showed he is now returning to his best form after he was forced to delay the start of his summer
season due to injury. His time was just outside his best set last season when he won a bronze medal in the European
veterans over 50 400m championship in 53.89.
Walcott, one of Hercules Wimbledon’s leading veteran athletes and a member of the British medal-winning relay teams
at World indoor and outdoor championships, followed up his record-breaking run with a double title-winning
performance at the British Masters championships at Birmingham's Alexander Stadium. He was again in record-breaking
form in the 400m where he took the over 55 title in 54.67 to chop almost a second off the previous championship
record of 55.4. He also took the 200m in 24.44 and was runner-up in the 100m in 12.27.
Another Hercules Wimbledon veteran, Mike Kortenray, who won the South of England two miles title in 1968, is still
winning medals almost four decades later. He was runner-up in the over 60 5000m in 21:01.66 to place third on the
Hercules Wimbledon all-time list for the event. Clubmate Martin Miller just missed out on medals but had the
consolation of setting two Hercules Wimbledon club records in finishing fourth and fifth respectively in the over
60 800 and 1500m in 2:28.39 and 5:05.02.
Another Hercules Wimbledon athlete in medal-winning form was former South African international Estle Viljoen, who
has now opted to walk for Great Britain. She finished third in the women's 5000m walk at the Norwich Union World
trials and UK Championships at Manchester's SportCity on Sunday in 25:03.84.
Hercules Wimbledon's former marathon international Steve Badgery was another veteran in form as he took the men's
over 60 prize in the annual Wedding Day seven kilometres road race in Bushy Park, He clocked 27:26 to finish 53rd
overall out of almost 500 finishers. Hercules Wimbledon's Steph Robson was sixth in the women's race in 26:45.
Hercules Wimbledon veteran Gary Blesson finished just outside the frame in the Wimbledon Common five kilometres
time trial on Saturday with 14-year-old Liam White, the London schools junior boys 1500m champion, not far behind
finishing sixth in 17:52.
Medena Knespl was first woman in 19:14, leading three members of her family across the finishing line. Her younger
sister, Michaela, was third woman in 21:55 while their mother Marina was eighth woman finisher in 24:59.
Another Hercules Wimbledon runner in action on the road was Andy Thwaites. He finished a good 15th out of more than
600 finishers in the Dartford half-marathon in 1:25:56.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon athletes are competing in their final Southern Men's League match at Reading on
Saturday while on Sunday, the club's athletes will be in action in the third of this season's Ebbisham Boys Young
Athletes League matches at Kingsmeadow Stadium, Kingston. The match starts at 1.30pm.
23/07/07 - INTERNATIONAL DEBUT FOR JUMPER RICHARDS
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's top teenage long jumper Amelia Richards is to make her international debut for
Wales in the Celtic Games at Antrim Forum, Belfast, next month.
Richards, who is the latest in a long line of Hercules Wimbledon athletes to gain representative honours for their
country is the sole Welsh representative in the girls under 16 long jump and is also in the squad for the 4x100m
relay. The match, on August 4, is between Wales, Scotland, Ulster and Ireland.
Her selection continues what has so far proved an outstanding season for 14-year-old Richards who took the silver
medal in the English schools junior girls long jump championship at Birmingham. This season she has also won the
Surrey girls under 15 100, 200m and long jump titles, the London schools junior girls 100m and long jump titles,
the South of England girls under 15 long and triple jump titles and the London and South East Schools pentathlon
She warmed up for her international debut by competing for Hercules Wimbledon in a National Young Athletes League
match at Sutton Arena on Sunday. She won the girls under 15 75m hurdles in 11.5 seconds, equalling her personal
best for the event, and was second in the high jump and 100m with 1.45m and 12.7.
Eleanor Smith-Hahn was another winner taking the girls under 13 1200m, while Jennifer Fernando took the 1500m B
race after finishing third in the 200m A race. Her twin sister Rosemary was runner-up in the 1500m A and 200m B
races and also won the javelin B event.
Hercules Wimbledon gained maximum points in the boys under 15 1500m through London schools junior boys champion
Liam White (4:29.0) and Joe Toomey (4:32.0). Paul Stables won the 400m B race.
Triple jumper Nnambi Odum made a winning debut for Hercules Wimbledon with a leap in the under 17 event of 12.89m
while Shola Olojo took the B string event with 12.02m. Jermain Olasan was runner-up in the long jump with 5.83m and
also second in the discus B event with Jonathan Dwonga taking second spot in the A competition. Derek Frempong was
also second in the discus with Ishael Lawrence winning the B event. Frempong was also second in the 100m hurdles A
race with Olasan taking the B event.
There were maximum points in the boys under 17 1500m through Andrew Penney (4:34.5) and Jonathan O'Halloran while
Charlie Carrington was a runaway winner of the 3000m. Sprinter Praf Nargund continued his return to form after
injury by taking the 200m in 22.7 with Olasan finishing second in the B race.
Hercules Wimbledon's Steph Robson made an impressive return to racing after injury by winning the Standard
Chartered Great City five kilometres road race in the City of London in 18:01. She won comfortably by 20
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon athletes are competing in the Norwich Union trials and AAA Championships at
Manchester and the British Masters Championships in Birmingham.
16/07/07 - DOUBLE MEDAL TRIUMPH FOR HW LONG JUMPERS
Hercules Wimbledon teenagers
Amelia Richards and Emily Martin were both celebrating this week after striking medal-winning form at the
Sainsbury's English schools track and field championships at Birmingham's Alexander Stadium.
It was 14-year-old Richards who came closest to snatching a title as she took silver in the junior girls long jump
with a leap of 5.38m, just nine centimetres behind the winner. She achieved her best leap of the competition with
her opening attempt but she was slightly disappointed not to have taken the gold medal as her performance was well
below her best this summer of 5.56m.
However, she did go one better than last year when she took bronze in the championships.
By coincidence, Martin also achieved her best leap of the senior girls long jump competition with her opening
attempt but she was also well below her best of 5.80m. Her best effort of 5.62m. secured a bronze medal to add to
her impressive collection of English schools medals. While the long jump was staged in fine weather, it was pouring
with rain for the heats of the 4x100m relay on Friday. While she brought the team home in a qualifying third place
in her race, unfortunately, the team was disqualified because of a takeover infringement by two other athletes.
Otherwise, another medal might have been on the cards for the Hercules Wimbledon youngster.
A third Hercules Wimbledon athlete in action at Birmingham, Liam White, as expected, found it hard going in the
junior boys 1500m. Although he was last in his heat in 4 minutes 27.23 seconds he was not that far off his lifetime
best time of 4:25.2.
Hercules Wimbledon's Luke Jones was the first teenager in the Elmbridge 10 kilometres road race at Walton-on-Thames
in 38:48. At the other end of the age scale former marathon international Steve Badgery was first over 60 in a
faster 38:19 with his Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Peter Giles second in 40:31 while Hugh Saxby was third in the
over 50 category in 37:19.
Meanwhile, Hercules Wimbledon athletes had another good team result in their fifth Southern Men's League match of
the season at Tooting Bec. Sprinters Dwayne Dowding and Rob Mullard secured maximum points in the 200m taking the A
and B races in 22.1 and 23.1. Earlier, Mullard was second in the 100m B race with Ross Savill third in the 100m A
race. Savill, filling in for Hercules Wimbledon's injured top 400m runner Hamed Agboke, finished second in the 400m
B race with Matt Parsons runner-up in the A race.
Earlier team captain Steve Davies clocked a personal best 56.7 in finishing second in the 400m hurdles. He was also
second in the sprint hurdles and runner-up in the high jump before anchoring Hercules Wimbledon to a comfortable
victory in the 4x400m relay. Other members of the quartet were Dowding, Parsons and over 55 veteran Geoff
Earlier, Dowding ran the anchor leg to help the sprint relay team to second place, sharing the winning time of
44.0. Other members of that quartet were Savill, Mullard and teenager Jermain Olsason, making Southern League
debut. Olason also took second place in the triple jump and third in the long jump.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon host their final National Young Athletes League match at Sutton Arena on Sunday,
starting at 11.30am while on Monday the club's more seasoned athletes compete in their final Southern Veterans
League match at Battersea Park, starting at 6.30pm. Next Wednesday (July 25th), Hercules Wimbledon are contesting
the final Rosenheim League East Division match at Tooting Bec, starting at 7pm.
9/07/07 - HW TRIO CHASE ENGLAND SCHOOLS TITLES
Three Hercules Wimbledon youngsters
are chasing prestigious English schools titles when they compete in the national championships at Birmingham's
Alexander Stadium this weekend.
Leading the trio are seasoned English schools competitor Emily Martin and fellow long jumper Amelia Richards who
will be making her second appearance in the championships.
Richards will be hoping to continue her impressive season so far when she carries London's hopes in the junior
girls long jump where she took the bronze medal last year with a then lifetime best of 5.35m. Since then, she has
improved to 5.56m which ranks her second for her age group in the UK this year and so she will be certainly going
for gold at the weekend.
Fellow teenager Martin is another medal prospect in the senior girls long jump where she holds the Surrey title.
She will certainly be aiming to improve on her fifth place last year when she jumped 5.48m.She has improved her
best to 5.80m this summer when she just missed out on a medal in the England championships at Bedford with a
performance that broke the Hercules Wimbledon club record of 5.77m set by Lucy Atumuo in 1998. She currently ranks
sixth for her age group in the country and so she must stand a good chance of at least returning with a medal.
London junior boys 1500m champion Liam White, who has showed an impressive improvement this summer, is in the
London team for Birmingham. White, who had a best of 4 minutes 58.1 seconds before the start of the season has
lowered his personal best to 4:25.2 but he will probably have to go faster than that to get through the opening
round heats in Birmingham.
Hercules Wimbledon teenager Alex Bruce-Littlewood had an impressive 1500m win in the fifth Rosenheim League Eastern
division match of the season at Tooting Bec. He sat in on the leader before sprinting hard down the home straight
to win by more than 40 metres in 4:11.9. Other Hercules Wimbledon winners were Dwayne Dowding in the 200m in a
personal best of 22.4 and Hamed Agboke in the 400m in 52.3.
Continuing his return to fitness after injury, Praful Nargund was third in the 100m in 11.7 while fellow teenager
Jermain Olasin was third in the triple jump with 11.85m.
Hercules Wimbledon will be hoping to maintain their improvement in their fifth Southern Men's League match at
Tooting Bec on Saturday after a good result in their fourth match at Kingsmeadow. There, the Hercules Wimbledon
team secured maximum points in the triple jump through Royden John and Jon Grayson. John also won the long jump in
which Grayson was second. John was also runner-up in the sprint hurdles.
Team captain Steve Davies won the 400m hurdles with Steve Hadley second in the B race. Davies also won the sprint
hurdles B race and was second in the high jump. Dwayne Dowding was second in the 200m with Rob Mullard third in the
B race. Dowding and Mullard were third and fourth in the 100m and they then linked up with John and Deji Alli to
win the sprint relay.
Matt Parsons was runner-up in the 400m with Hamed Agboke winning the B race and they linked up with team captain
Davies and South of England 400m hurdles champion Austin Ferns to easily win the 4x400m relay.
In the throwing events, Bekele Tola won the javelin with Stuart Milton second in the B competition. Tola and Milton
were second in the shot A and B events and John Brown was runner-up in the hammer.
Saturday’s match at Tooting Bec starts at 12noon. Hercules Wimbledon are hosting a Lily B League match at Sutton
Arena on Saturday, starting at 12.15pm
2/07/07 - HW YOUNGSTERS TAKE TWO TOP AWARDS
Hercules Wimbledon youngsters gave
another impressive display when they provided two of the Athlete of the Match award winners in their third National
Young Athletes League match at Perivale.
London schools junior boys 1500m champion Liam White boosted his chances of running for the London team in the
English schools championships at Birmingham later this month when he took the boys under 15 1500m race in 4 minutes
25.2 seconds, slicing 2.6 seconds off his previous time for the distance which was achieved in winning the London
title at Battersea Park.
White's run resulted in him getting the male track athlete of the match award. It lifted him to fifth on the
Hercules Wimbledon all-time list for the event. He managed to beat clubmate Joe Toomey for the first time although,
to be fair, Toomey who won the B race in 4:30.0, was suffering from a slight injury.
Hercules Wimbledon newcomer Jermain Olsan was awarded the male field event athlete of the match award for his long
jump performance of 6.29m which ranked him 14th on the club's men's under 17 all-time list. He also performed well
in the triple jump with a leap of 11.67m and won the 100m hurdles B race. That secured maximum points in the event
as Derek Frempong won the A race. Frempong also won the discus and was third in the javelin.
Another Hercules Wimbledon winner was Will Spooner in the 400m hurdles B race. Later, he was third in the 1500m
steeplechase. Jonathan Dwonga won the shot B event while Michael Adjei-Tabiride took the men's under 17 long jump B
Ed Saywell and Tommy Village gained maximum points in the boys under 15 800m event in taking the A and B races
while Saywell also took the high jump B and was third in the 80m hurdles A race. Brothers Jose and Luis Costa
dominated the boys under 15 javelin event taking the A and B striung contests.
There were maximum points in the under 13 800m with Charlie Williams and Emmanuel Obayuwana taking the A and B
events. Obayuwana was also second in the 75m hurdles.
Twin sisters Jennifer and Rosemary Fernando were again in impressive form taking the women's under 17 A and B races
in 2:24.4 and 2:31.5. Rosemary was also second in the 100 and 300m, B races with Jennifer third and fourth,
respectively, in the A competitions.
Ali Borthwick had a busy time in the girls under 15 events winning the high jump with a personal best clearance,
taking third in the 200m B race and finishing fourth in the javelin. Eleanor Smith-Hahn won the girls under 13 800m
and was runner-up in both the 75 and 150m races.
Hercules Wimbledon teenager Amelia Richards qualified for the English Schools girls under 15 pentathlon final at
Exeter in September by winning the South East round of the event at Barnet Copthall Stadium, Hendon, with a new
Hercules Wimbledon club record. She amassed 3037 points during the five discipline contest, adding almost 200
points to her previous lifetime best for the event. She also achieved a personal best shot of 8.54m.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon athletes will be in action in their fourth Southern Women's League match of the
season at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Saturday. On Monday, Hercules Wimbledon compete in their third Southern Veterans
League match at Battersea Park, starting at 6.30pm.
21/06/07 - FINE HAT-TRICK FOR TEENAGER COSTA
Teenager Jose Costa was the top
Hercules Wimbledon youngster in the opening Ebbisham Boys League meeting at Kingsmeadow Stadium.
The 14-year-old all-rounder gained a hat-trick of wins in the under 15 section taking the under 15 100 and 200m
races in 13.3 and 27.1 seconds then crowned a successful afternoon by hurling the javelin a personal best of 34.93m
to complete his hat-trick. With brother Luis taking the javelin B with 34.48m, Hercules Wimbledon secured maximum
points in the event.
Ed Saywell and Joe Toomey secured maximum points in the under 15 800m taking the A and B races in 2:26.1 and
2:11.9. Toomey's time was a personal best taking almost two seconds off his previous best time for the distance. He
also helped Hercules Wimbledon to maximum points in the 1500m taking the A race in 4:33.9 with Liam White winning
the B competition in 4:29.5. Newcomer Tommy Village was third in the B race in 4:40.0.
Kyan Mitchell-Nanton was joint winner of the high jump as well as taking third in the 200m B race in 25.7 Tom
Meehan won the non-scoring 100m and was also second in the 400m in 63.1.
Bruno van der Stichele was the only Hercules Wimbledon winner in the under 13 events taking the high jump B. He was
also third in the 400m. James Russell was second in the A contest as well as finishing third in both the 100 and
Hercules Wimbledon runners dominated the weekly Wimbledon Common five kilometres time trial filling the first three
places. Jamie Helmer, warming up for an Ironman Triathlon in Zurich, made an impressive debut in the event running
out an easy winner in 16:56. Richard Xerri and Deon Coetzee were second and third in 17:32 and 17:40. Maurice Sharp
was first veteran over 60 finishing 18th in 20:26.
Four Hercules Wimbledon athletes were in action for Surrey in a schools inter-county match at Bedford. Best placed
of the quartet was Joe Toomey who was second in the junior boys 1500-m in 4:35.3. Shola Alojo was fifth in the
intermediate boys triple jump with 12.13m, Jennifer Fernando was fifth in the intermediate girls 800m in 2:23.3
while her twin sister Rosemary was fourth in the 1500m B race in 5:11.8.
Hercules Wimbledon athlete showed good form in the fourth of this season's Rosenheim League Eastern division
matches at Tooting Bec. Schoolmaster James Trapmore, despite suffering from a cold, got the team off to a good
start by leading from start to finish to win the 800m in 2:00.9.
Dwayne Dowding then raced away with the 100m, winning by almost five metres in a personal best of 11.2, taking one
fifth of a second off his previous best. He was just edged out of making it a double in the 200m where he was
second in 22.5, another personal best also by one-fifth of a second.
After tracking the leader for more than three laps, Alex Bruce-Littlewood came sprinting through to secure a
hat-trick of wins on the track for Hercules Wimbledon in taking the 1500m in a personal best of 4:10.3. Richard
Xerri made it a fourth victory as he front-ran the final individual track event, the 3000m, to win in 9:08.9
finishing just ahead of his fast finishing clubmate Adam Przedrzymirski (9:11.3).
In the field events, Stuart Milton, having his first competition of the summer, was runner-up in the shot with
9.69m and was also second in the javelin with 44.59m.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon athletes will be in action in a Lily B Girls League match at Guildford on Saturday
and in a Ebbisham Boys League match at Walton on Sunday. Southern Men‘s League match at Kingsmeadow Stadium on
Saturday, starting at 2.30pm while the club is sending a team to compete in a National Young Athletes League match
at Perivale Park on Sunday.
18/06/07 - FERNS IS 400M HURDLES KING OF THE SOUTH
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's Surrey 400m hurdles champion Austin Ferns produced the form of his life to lift
the South of England title in impressive style at Crystal Palace on Sunday.
Ferns, a former junior international over the distance, has made an impressive return to one lap hurdling after
being hampered by years of injury. Following a tough winter training programme and some promising early season
performances in which he also finished third in the UK Inter-Counties championships at Bedford, 26-year-old Ferns
finally gained some reward for all his training.
After winning his heat easing up in 54.56 seconds on Saturday, he was reasonably confident of his chances in the
final the following day. Then, he had some luck as he was drawn in the favoured fourth lane with the two runners
who ran slightly faster heat times drawn outside him.
Ferns made a solid start and admitted he was surprised how easy it seemed as he kept pace with his two rivals.
Round the final bend and entering the home straight he edged ahead at the eighth hurdle and then left his rivals in
his wake as he crossed the finishing line in a superb 51.94, winning by almost 10 metres. His time eclipsed his
previous best of 52.74 set in 1999 and hoisted his from 18th to ninth on this year's UK rankings.
It is also the second best ever achieved by a Hercules Wimbledon athlete. That distinction is held by European and
Commonwealth representative Robin Woodland with a time of 51.3 when competing for Great Britain in an international
against the USSR at London's White City in June 1966.
After his victory a delighted Ferns said: " I never nowadays expect to win. I go into races trying to do my best
knowing that if I run the race right I will produce a fast time. After the heats when I saw how tired the other two
guys were who ran faster than me in the other heat I knew I had a good chance."
He added: "I just felt really good. My race plan was to take it easy and then work the final bend really hard which
is what I did." Ferns, who won the South of England junior 400m hurdles title in 1999, is now aiming to get into
some good races where he can go even faster.
Another Hercules Wimbledon athlete with plenty to celebrate at Crystal Palace was 18-year-old Emily Martin who
improved on the Hercules Wimbledon junior women's club record and her personal best for the second time this season
in taking the South of England junior women's long jump bronze medal. She did so with a second round leap of 5.76m,
adding just one centimetre to her previous best when winning the Surrey title at Kingsmeadow Stadium last
Meanwhile, another of Hercules Wimbledon's outstanding youngsters Amelia Richards hadc a busy time in an opening
meeting at Tooting Bec where she won four events. She achieved personal bests in winning the 200m in 25.7 and shot
with 8.40m and also took the 100m and 75m hurdles in 12.6 and 12.0
At the other end of the age scale, Hercules Wimbledon athletes were also in winning form in the Southern Counties
Veterans AC Championships at the Julie Rose Stadium, Ashford, Kent. World relay medallist Geoff Walcott gained a
hat-trick of titles winning the men's over 55 100, 200 and 400m in 12.22, 24.53 and 55.61. His times in winning the
200 and 400m events were championship records.
John Webster, who celebrates his 68th birthday at the end of this month, lifted four titles in the over 65 100m
(13.82), 100m hurdles (22.78), triple Jump (7.91m) and javelin (31.68m).
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon athletes will be in action in a Southern Men‘s League match at Kingsmeadow Stadium
on Saturday, starting at 2.30pm while the club is sending a team to compete in a National Young Athletes League
match at Perivale Park on Sunday.
11/06/07 - TEENAGERS BOOK ENGLAND CHAMPS PLACES
Several Hercules Wimbledon Athletic
Club youngsters booked their places to compete in the prestigious Sainsburys English schools track and field
championships in Birmingham next month with winning performances in the various county schools championship
meetings over the weekend.
Best of the bunch was 14-year-old Amelia Richards who achieved a hat-trick of winning performances in the London
schools championships at Battersea Park's Millennium Arena.
At the start of a busy day she established herself as firm favourite to take the junior girls 100m title by winning
her heat in 12.7 seconds, more than half-a-second faster than the second best runner. Then it was over to the long
jump pit where she took the title by almost half-a-metre with a winning leap of 5.08m, retaining the title she won
in 2006 with a leap which was three centimetres further.
Then, it was back to the track and the 100m final. She ran faster than in her heat and crossed the line in 12.5 to
win by more than three metres. She completed a successful day by anchoring the Wandsworth team to a comfortable
victory in the 4x100m relay. The selectors now have to decide which event Richards should compete in in
Another Hercules Wimbledon runner at Battersea Park was fast improving Liam White who took the junior boys 1500m in
a personal best of 4:27.8. White, who won by more than 50m, took 5.6 seconds off his pervious best time and stands
a good chance of making the London team to compete in Birmingham. It was White's second lifetime best performance
in a few days as he posted a personal best of 2:12.4 for 800m in the Rosenheim League East Division match at
Tooting Bec last Wednesday. It was almost nine seconds off his previous best achieved in a league meeting earlier
Emily Martin secured her place in the Surrey team to compete in the English schools championships by winning the
senior girls long jump title at Kingsmeadow Stadium with a leap of 5.68m, her best effort of the summer. She
retained the title she won last year by more than a metre and leapt two centimetres further than she managed in
Joe Toomey took almost five seconds off his previous best time as he took second place in the junior boys 1500m in
4:25.88 while Jennifer Fernando was runner-up in the intermediate girls 800m in a seaons's best of 2:20.80, taking
1.4 seconds off her previous best time for the distance this summer. Twin sister Rosemary chopped more than four
seconds off her previous lifetime best time for 1500m in taking third place in the intermediate girls championship
Making a belated return to racing after missing the opening months of the summer track and field season due to
injury, sprinter Praful Nargund was only just outside his lifetime best time as he took third place in the
intermediate boys 200m in 22.89 - and, for the second year, may have just missed out on making Surrey's English
schools championships team. Nargund was only two-hundredths of a second outside his lifetime best set in finishing
runner-up in the Surrey schools championships in 2006.
Hercules Wimbledon Ka Cheum To, taking a break from schools exams, finished just outside the frame in the senior
boys long jump with 5.53m.
Over at the Kent Schools championships at Ashford, Hercules Wimbledon's Alex Bruce-Littlewood was a runaway winner
of the senior boys 2000m steeplechase in 6:19.2.
Hercules Wimbledon's Adam Przedrzymirski gained a double junior victory in the Army track and field championships
at Tidworth in the 5000m and 3000m steeplechase.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon athletes will be in action in the South of England senior and junior track and
field championships at Crystal Palace on Saturday and Sunday. Also on Sunday, Hercules Wimbledon are competing in
the first of this season's Ebbisham Boys Young Athletes League matches at Kingsmeadow Stadium (1.30pm start). Next
Wednesday, club athletes will be in action in the fourth of this season's Rosenheim League East Division matches at
Tooting Bec (7pm start).
4-06-07 - BEST EFFORT BOOSTS MEN'S LEAGUE SIDE
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's
Southern Men's League team produced their best effort of the season in their third match of the summer at
Guildford's Spectrum Leisure Centre on Saturday.
The team dominated the match with a host of individual successes. Throwing exponent Bekele Tola made a belated but
impressive season's debut winning a close javelin competition with 56.04m with the first three throwers exceeding
50m. Bekele, who was taking a break from swotting for exams, also won the shot with 11.96m.
UK Inter-Counties 400m hurdles bronze medallist Austin Ferns again showed fine form in the 400m hurdles winning by
35 metres in 53.4 seconds. Team captain Steve Davies helped get the Hercules Wimbledon team off to the best
possible start on the track as he won the B race in 57.3. They later repeated their double success in taking
thensprint hurdles in 15.2 and 16.7, respectively. Davies was also third in the high jump A.
They then linked up with Hamed Agboke and Esmond Ferns to secure a narrow victory in the 4x400m relay in 3:27.0.
Earlier, Agboke won the 400m A race in 51.2 while Esmond snatched second place in the 800m B race powering through
from fourth place in the final 50 metres in a race in which just half-a-second covered the first four
The winning ways continued in the sprints with Dwayne Dowding winning the 200m A race in 22.7 and Rob Mullard the
100m B with Jon Grayson and Ross Savill making up a relay quartet which crossed the finishing line well clear of
the opposition. Mullard was also second in the 200m B race while Grayson was runner-up in the long and triple jumps
with Lance Power and Dominic Getting taking second spots in the pole vault and triple jump B contests. Savill was
also third in the 100m A and 400m B races.
Hercules Wimbledon's Amelia Richards secured the girls field events athlete of the match award at a National Young
Athletes League match at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Sunday by taking the girls under 15 75m hurdles in a personal best
of 11.5, taking seventh-tenths of a second off her previous best time for the event. She gained a hat-trick of wins
taking the shot with another personal best of 7.72m and 100m in 12.8.
Returning to action after injury, Praf Nargund made an impressive start to the season taking the 100m B race in a
personal best of 11.4.
Twins Jennifer and Rosemary Fernando won the women's under 17 800 and 1500m, respectively, while Caroline Hicks
took the 800m B race. Hugo Dawson took the boys under 13 100m and was second in the 200m while Charlie Williams won
the 800m B and finished second in the 100m B race.
Joe Toomey and Liam White ran away with the boys under 15 1500m taking the A and B races in 4:32.6 and 4:42.7 while
Andrew Penney and Charlie Carrington gained maximum points in the under 17 1500m in taking the A and B races. James
Green won the under 17 800m B race, Reece Morgan took the under 17 100m hurdles B race, Jonathan Dwonga the under
17 discus B event and Michael Tabirade the long jump B.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon youngsters will be in action in the annual London and Surrey schools track and
field championships at Battersea Park and Kingsmeadow Stadium, respectively, on Saturday. On Monday, Hercules
Wimbledon host the second of this season's Southern Veterans League Mid London division matches at Battersea
24-05-07 - ROSENHEIM MATCH SWITCHED TO TOOTING
The third of this season's Rosenheim League East Division matches which is being staged next Wednesday (June 6) and
is hosted by Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club has been switched from Wimbledon Park to Tooting Bec.
The decision to make the switch is primarily because the Wimbledon Park track is currently not certificated by UK
Athletics and therefore is not covered by UKA's nationwide public liability insurance policy.
"It would be foolhardy to go ahead with the match at Wimbledon Park when we know it is not covered for insurance.
Were there to be some sort of accident which resulted in a claim then the club would be liable. Another reason is
that there are skilled ground staff at Tooting Bec who are able to assist during the meeting and there is also an
adequate supply of the equipment we need for the match.
"In addition, Tooting is currently certificated and therefore covered for insurance purposes. Another incentive for
staging the match there is that it is cheaper to hire Tooting Bec for a two hour evening meeting compared with the
fee being demanded by Merton Council for Wimbledon Park. We apologise to the other clubs taking part in the league
for the switch but we have informed all of them of new location."
Hercules Wimbledon's former junior international 400m hurdler Austin Ferns warmed-up for the UK Inter-Counties
championships at Bedford over the Bank Holiday weekend by gaining an impressive victory in his club's Southern
Men's League match at Sutcliffe Park, Eltham. Ferns swept home well clear of the opposition in 54.3 seconds,
finishing 15m ahead of the second runner. Hercules Wimbledon team captain Steve Davies ensured maximum points by
taking the B race in 57.0.
Ferns was also second in the sprint hurdles in 15.2 with Davies winning the B race. The pair completed a successful
day by helping Hercules Wimbledon to second place in the 4x400m relay. Davies was also second ion the high jump
with Jon Grayson runner-up in the B competition.
Another Hercules Wimbledon winner was Hamed Agboke who took the 400m B race in 52.1, one tenth of a second faster
than his Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Matt Parsons, who was third in the A race. Camille Duval ran well to take
second place in the 800m B race while Ross Saville was second in both the 100 and 200m B races. Dwayne Dowding
finished third in the A race and the pair helped Hercules Wimbledon's quartet finish runners-up in the 4x100m
Another good effort came from Phil Glyn who was third in the 5000m while Dominic Getting and Lance Power were third
and second, respectively, in the pole vault A and B competitions.
Hercules Wimbledon athletes face a busy weekend with Southern Men's and Women's League matches at Guildford and
Cambridge, respectively, on Saturday, and a National Young Athletes League match at Kingsmeadow on Sunday, starting
21/05/07 - ANOTHER HAT-TRICK FOR TEENAGER EMILY
Fresh from her treble medal-winning performances at the annual Surrey track and field championships, Hercules
Wimbledon Athletic Club's top junior woman athlete Emily Martin gained an impressive hat-trick in the Southern
Women's League match at Twickenham on Saturday.
Surrey junior women's long jump champion Emily took the 100m, long jump and triple jump events at Twickenham. With
Rowena Dyson taking the B race, Hercules Wimbledon took maximum points in the 100m.
Twins Jennifer and Rosemary Fernando secured maximum points in the 400m taking the A and B races, respectively.
Rosemary also won the 1500m while Jennifer was second in the 800m. Serena Brotherton was also runner-up in the
senior 3000m while Flo King was second in both the 400m hurdles and 200m.
Best of the under 15 event performers was Alex Borthwick who was second in the high jump.
Brothers Jose and Luis Costa made up for missing the previous weekend's Surrey championships by taking four events
in the National Young Athletes League match at Hastings on Sunday. Luis won the boys under 15 javelin A event while
Jose made it a hat-trick of wins as he took the javelin B and 100 and 200m B races.
Surrey 3000m silver medallist Joe Toomey won the under 15 1500m A race while Liam White, the Surrey silver
medallist over the distance, won the B race. Two other Hercules Wimbledon winners at Hastings were Derek Frempong
and Tom Sandiford who took the under 17 100 and 800m B events.
Hercules Wimbledon's James Trapmore completed a hat-trick of wins when he won this year's Coombe Hill five miles
road race. However, technical problems meant organisers were unable to provide any times.
Hercules Wimbledon's trio of Pete Giles, Martin Miller and Mike Kortenray finished sixth in the British Masters
over 60 road relay championship at Sutton Park, Birmingham. Giles got the team off to a good start clocking 18:00,
the fourth fastest over 60 time with Miller and Kortenray posting times of 19:43 and 20:25.
Hercules Wimbledon's three times English cross country champion Dave Clarke ran with his wife Franscesca in the
Bushy Park Time Trial at Hampton Court on Saturday. Franesca crossed the line first finishing 79th out of 348
runners in 21:05, just one second ahead of her husband. They were both well outside their best times for the course
of 20:34. First Hercules Wimbledon finisher was veteran Martin O'Halloran who was second in the over 50 category in
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon athletes will be competing for Surrey in the UK Inter-Counties championships at
Bedford on Sunday and Whit Bank Holiday Monday. Ace walker Estle Viljoen goes in the 3000m walk while Surrey
champion Austin Ferns competes in the 400m hurdles. Also this weekend, top teenager Amelia Richards competes in the
South of England under 15 championships at Ashford on Saturday and Sunday.
14/05/07 - SUPERB HAT-TRICK AT COUNTY CHAMPS
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's talented teenager Amelia Richards was the club's outstanding performer at the
annual Surrey track and field championships staged in wet and windy conditions at Kingsmeadow Stadium over the
Young Richards gained a hat-trick of individual gold medals in the girls under 15 age group and would have gone for
a fourth title had her coach not advised her to withdraw from the triple jump because of a back problem.
However, she made a nail-biting start to her title-winning treble on Saturday. Although she led the 14-strong field
in the long jump with her opening leap of 5.14m, she was overtaken in the final round by another jumper who leapt
5.16m. It was all or nothing as she took her final attempt and it was too close to call before the officials
measured her final effort also at 5.16m. The destiny of the gold medal was decided on the second best jump and
Richards' opener of 5.14m proved decisive and she clinched the gold.
An hour later, she was in action in the 200m heats and comfortably won her race in 26.90 seconds, the fastest
qualifier and the only runner to go under 27 seconds. She then looked even more convincing in the final where she
strode home in 26.46 to win by almost half-a-second.
She returned to a rain-swept Kingsmeadow Stadium on Sunday where she tackled the 100m winning her heat in 12.6 to
equal her lifetime best time. She then showed a clean pair of heels to her rivals in the final as she stormed home
in 12.06 to complete an impressive hat-trick.
Her Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Emily Martin was also in gold medal-winning form taking the junior women's long
jump with 5.59m. She also took silver in the 100m in 12.59 and bronze in the high jump with 1.50m. She also
withdrew from the triple jump because of an ankle problem.
One of the best winning performances of the two-day championship meeting came from Hercules Wimbledon's former
junior international Austin Ferns who stormed to victory in the senior men's 400m hurdles. His winning time of
53.23 lifted him to third on the Hercules Wimbledon all-time list and was his best one lap hurdles performance for
eight seasons. Clubmate Steve Davies took the bronze in 56.88, some compensation for sprawling to the ground when
he crashed into the final hurdle 12 months earlier as he seemed poised to win. Walking international Estle Viljoen
beat the entire field of 10 men and women competitors by almost two minutes to win the senior women's 3000m walking
title in 14:48.96 while Cale Edmunds leapt to a lifetime best of 6.36m to take the men's under 17 long jump
Another teenager, Liam White, came away with two medals from the championships taking silver in the boys under 15
1500m in 4:37.74 and bronze in the 3000m in a personal best of 9:55.17 behind clubmate Joe Toomey who clinched the
silver medal in 9:41.27, also a personal best which lifted him to fourth on the Hercules Wimbledon all-time
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon athletes travel to Sutcliffe Park, Eltham and Twickenham, respectively, for their
second Southern Men's and Southern Women's League matches on Saturday while on Sunday the Young Athletes team
travel to Hastings. Next Wednesday, Hercules Wimbledon contest their second Rosenheim League match of the summer at
4/05/07 - SPRINTERS SPEARHEAD BRIGHT START
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's senior men's track and field team made a promising start to their 2007 programme
in the Kinnaird and Sward Trophy meeting at Kingsmeadow Stadium.
Best of the bunch were the club's sprinters whop showed that a hard winter's training paid early dividends.
Newcomer David Cook was third in a blanket finish in the 100m A race in 11.2 seconds where just one-tenth of a
second covered the top three finishers before all-rounder Royden John matched that time in finishing runner-up in a
non-scoring race. It was his best time for several seasons .
Later, Dwayne Dowding snatched second place in the 200m in a lifetime best of 22.7, improving on his previous best
by two-fifths of a second and he then linked up with John, to help the club's sprint relay team finish a good
Hercules Wimbledon runners took maximum points in the 400m hurdles with former junior international Austin Ferns
taking the A race in 53.6, also his best time for several seasons, while team captain Steve Davies took the B race
in a personal best of 56.9. Matt Parsons also performed well in the 400m clocking 51.7, a full seconds faster than
his best time in 2006.
There was further success in the 2000m steeplechase where teenager Alex Bruce-Littlewood saw off his rivals with a
comfortable win in 6:24.2 while Deon Coetzee was runner-up in the 3000m.
Hercules Wimbledon gained maximum points in the long jump through Cook (6.88m) and John (6.58m) while another
newcomer Felice Miele won the discus with 44.64m.
Hercules Wimbledon's James Trapmore won the Bushy Park time trial five kilometres race at Hampton Court at his
fourth attempt in 16:06. Former marathon international Steve Badgery was first veteran over 55 in 18:42 with his
Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Pete Giles first over 60 not that far behind in 19:10.
Hercules Wimbledon teenagers Liam White and Alice Village set age course records in the Wimbledon Common five
kilometres time trial. White, just 14, clipped 15 seconds off his previous best time in finishing eighth overall in
17:51 while Village set a girls 14-year-old age record.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon athletes will be in action in the annual Surrey County track and field
championships at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Saturday and Sunday. Also on Saturday, Hercules Wimbledon are sending teams
to compete in the British Masters road relay championships at Sutton Park, Birmingham.
30/04/07 - WINNING LEAGUE START FOR HW WOMEN
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club made a flying start to their Southern Women's League programme when they snatched
a thrilling win at Sutton Arena on Saturday - their first match victory in the league for two decades.
The Hercules Wimbledon team worked hard throughout the five hours of competition and, after a recount managed to
squeeze home by just one.
Best individual effort came from teenager Amelia Richards who won the girls under 15 long jump with a personal best
of 5.56m, to lift herself to second place on the club's all-time list for that age group which is headed by Emily
Martin with 5.57m achieved in 1995. Amelia's leap represents a massive improvement on her previous long jump best
of 5.35m set when winning a bronze medal at the English schools championships at Gateshead last July.
Amelia later linked up with Anna Berry, Jade Brooks and Natasha Skeet to anchor the Hercules Wimbledon team to
victory in the sprint relay in 55.2 seconds.
One o the busiest Hercules Wimbledon athletes of the afternoon was Emily Martin who gained a individual hat-trick
winning the senior 100m in 13.3, high jump with 1.50m and long jump with a good leap of 5.65m, just one centimetre
below her lifetime best set when winning the Surrey schools title at Kingsmeadow Stadium last June.
Twins Jennifer and Rosemary Fernando won two events each. Jennifer took the senior 400m and 800m races in 65.7 and
2:29.4 while sister Rosemary took the 400m B and 3000m A races in 70.7 and 11:46.2. They were also second in the
javelin A and B string events and linked up with Hannah Long and Caroline Hicks to win the 4x400m relay.
Another Hercules Wimbledon winner was Karen Tostee who took the 400m hurdles and long jump B events. She was also
second in the 200m A race.
Anna Berry and Ali Borthwick gained maximum points in the under 15 200m winning the A and B races while Ali was
also second in the 800m A race in that age group with Jade Brooks winning the B race. Brooks was also third in the
javelin with Natasha Skeet second in the 100m and long jump B events.
Match result: 1 Hercules Wimbledon 90; 2 Dorking and Mole Valley and Redhill and Surrey Beagles 89; 3 Cambridge and
Coleridge 61; 4 Phoenix 20.
One of Hercules Wimbledon's youngest athletes, Eleanor Smith-Hahn gained a hat-trick of wins in Walton Athletic
Club's open meeting at Stompond Lane, taking the girls under 11 75m, 600m and long jump with 11.62, 2:02.3 and
Hercules Wimbledon's Estle Viljoen bounced back from her disappointment in being disqualified in the European Cup
20 kilometres trial race at Coventry by beating the entire field of 16 men and women to win the Veterans AC and
Surrey women's 10000m track walking championship at Battersea Park. She finished more than two minutes ahead of the
second walker in 51:48.6, not far off her best time for the distance.
She then showed her versatility by turning out in the Wimbledon Common time trial on Saturday where she ran the
five kilometres in 19:23 finishing 16th out of a record 82 finishers. Hercules Wimbledon teenager Liam White was
eighth in 17:51 with Hugh Saxby top over 50 finisher taking 11th place in 18:08, Tommy Village 21st in 19:52 and
Mike Kortenray top over 60 finisher in 21:12.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon compete in their opening Southern Men's League match at Ilford on Saturday with
the young athletes in action in their opening National Young Athletes League match at St Albans on Sunday. Hercules
Wimbledon complete a busy weekend by staging the 26th annual Barry Jones 10 kilometres road race from their
Wimbledon Park track headquarters on Bank Holiday Monday, starting at 11am. The race also incorporates a men's and
women's championship for Merton residents.
23/04/07 - VETERAN ZOE BREAKS HW MARATHON RECORD
A large contingent of Hercules Wimbledon runners was in action on the London marathon course on Sunday, both in the
main Flora London marathon race and the adidas mini London marathon.
The best club performance of the day came from Zoe Pike who smashed the Hercules Wimbledon veteran women's club
record in finishing eighth veteran overall in 2 hours 59 minutes 47 seconds, just breaking the three hour barrier
and eclipsing the previous club best of 3:04:06 set by Mel Jones in the London race back in 1994.
First of the Hercules Wimbledon runners was Arnaud Claverie who finished 117th in the senior race and had the
satisfaction of slicing just one second off his previous best time set in the London race last year. While Richard
Xerri, who started strongly and was running well up to the half-way point, was hampered by muscle problems towards
the end of the race and fell dramatically back to finish 251st in 2:46:11. In the circumstances he said he was
happy to finish.
Steve Sinnott was 647th in 2:57:10, a time which puts him third on the club's all-time veterans over 45 list.
Teenager Alex Skelton, at 18 one of the youngest runners taking part, who was running in aid of the Royal Marsden
Hospital, following the death of his father from cancer, finished 7967th in 4:01:47, just failing to break the four
hour record while Alastair Brown was 12469th in 4:28:15. Over 60 veteran Dennis Williams, who has missed only one
London race since the event was launched in 1981, was determined to run this year despite having his preparations
hit by injury. He managed to complete the course reaching the finish in 5:24:22, well down on his best time of
2:39:34 set in 1987.
Annmarie Seymour put herself 10th on the Hercules Wimbledon women's all-time list in finishing 1752nd in the
women's race in 4:05:01 with clubmate Lindsay Ferguson not far behind in 1861st position in 4:07:17 for 12th on the
all time list.
Best of the Hercules Wimbledon contingent in the mini-marathon over the final 2.65 miles of the course from
Southwark Brigde was Alex Bruce-Littlewood who was fourth in the senior boys race in 13:20 running for Bromley,
Deyan Knespl was 51st in the same race for Merton in 14:53.
Despite competing in a schools athletics match the previous day, Joe Toomey led the Merton team home in the
intermediate boys race in 14:54 with Liam White first for Wandsworth finishing 10th in 15:02 with another Hercules
Wimbledon runner, Geordie Logan, 11th in 15:05. Dean Belhaj, running for Wandsworth, was 24th in the junior boys
race in 16:40.
Best of the Hercules Wimbledon girls in the mini-marathon was Rosemary Fernando who was 15th in the senior girls
race in 16:49 with twin sister Jennifer Fernando 21st 18 seconds later. Michaela Knespl, also running for Merton,
was 36th in the intermediate girls race in 17:53 with Amelia Richards, better known as a track and field performer,
who was called into the Wandsworth team at the last minute, 53rd in 18:18.
Hercules Wimbledon runners were top veterans in three categories in the Bushy Park five kilometres time trial at
Hampton Court on Saturday. Dan Bodin was first over 40 veteran in 17:47, Steve Badgery top over 55 in 18:55 and
Pete Giles top over 60 in 19:10. Meanwhile, Maurice Sharp was first over 50 finisher in the Wimbledon Common five
kilometres time trial in 20:17 with Dennis Williams warming up for his London marathon appearance the following day
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon compete in their opening Southern Women's League match at Sutton Arena on
16/04/07 - SUPERB HAT TRICK AT CRYSTAL PALACE MEET
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic
Club's top youngster Amelia Richards gained a superb hat-trick at the club's 26th Young Athletes Open Meeting
staged in warm, bright sunshine on an almost windless Sunday.
The Hercules Wimbledon teenager was one of the top performers among more than 500 young athletes who took part in
Sunday's meeting. She gave a clear indication she is carrying on where she left off from the winter indoor season
during which she won the South of England girls under 15 indoor pentathlon title, and took two silver medals in the
Welsh indoor championships in Cardiff over 100m and in the long jump.
It also proved she had bounced back from her disappointing performance in the England Athletics indoor pentathlon
championship at Manchester where she shuddered to a halt at the first flight of the opening discipline, the 60m
hurdles, after going off too fast.
Young Amelia was able to put her speed to good effect in Sunday's meeting. She began her busy day by winning the
girls under 15 100m by a clear margin in 12.7 seconds, the only runners among the 28 competitors in the event to
clock under 13 seconds and just one-hundreds of a second outside her lifetime best.
She again was in a class of her won as she took the long jump with 5.10m, the only jumper to exceed five metres and
completed a successful day by taking the 200m in a lifetime best of 26 seconds slicing 0.3 seconds off the time she
achieved in a Southern Women's League match at Crawley last July.
Another Hercules Wimbledon athlete in form was another 14-year-old, Joe Toomey, who won a close battle in the boys
under 15 1500m by just three-tenths of a second in 4:38.3 smashing his previous lifetime best of 4:44.89 achieved
last June. Three hours after winning the gold medal in the metric mile, Toomey lined up in the 800m where he again
featured in a close finish, this time just losing out. However, he had the consolation of a second lifetime best in
his opening track meeting of the summer. He clocked 2:13.8, 2.9 seconds faster than he achieved last summer when he
topped the Hercules Wimbledon rankings for the event.
Sunday's meeting also featured the inaugural England Athletics London Region sprint relay championships. The
Hercules Wimbledon quartet of Kyran Mitchell-Nanton, Luis Costa, Jose Costa and James Russell managed to take the
bronze medals in the boys under 15 championship in 51.6.
Jose Costa was also second in the javelin with 32.19m and second in his 100m race while Mitchell-Nanton was third
in his 100m race in 12.6. In the boys under 13 100m another Hercules Wimbledon runner, Cale Edmunds also made a
flying start to his 2007 summer season by finishing second in his race in a personal best of 11.8, taking one-fifth
of a second off his previous best time set last June.
Ed Saywell also smashed his personal record for 800m as he won his race in 2:23.2, more than nine seconds faster
than he clocked last season. Jennifer Fernando was third in the women's under 17 800m in 2:24.4.
Two of the youngest Hercules Wimbledon runners in action at Crystal Palace showed medal winning performances.
Eleanor Smith-Hahn, who is too young to compete for Merton in this weekend's mini London marathon, won the girls
under 11 600m in 1:55.4, while Max Cooper finished third in the boys under 11 1000m in 3:30.1.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon runners will be in action in the Flora London marathon and adidas mini London
marathon on Sunday. Zoe Pike and Arnaud Claverie head the entry for the main event while Laim White for Wandsworth
and Joe Toomey, Ed Saywell, Luke Jones, Deyan and Michaela Knespl, Alex Cousin and twin sisters Jennifer and
Rosemary Fernando for Merton, compete in the mini-marathon over the final 2.65 miles of the marathon course from
7/04/07 - WALKER VILJEON CHASES FIRST BRITISH VEST
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club
ace race walker Estle Viljoen is bidding to clinch her first GB international vest when she competes in the UK
trials for next month's European Walking Cup which is being hosted by Britain at Leamington.
Viljoen, who previously represented South Africa, winning the All African walking title a few seasons back, now
holds a British passport and is opting to represent Britain in future walking events.
The 36-year-old Haslemere Primary School, Mitcham, teacher, has established herself as one of and last season was
ranked third for the 10 kilometres event.
Viljoen warmed up for this weekend's trial race with an impressive win over the same course in the UK Inter
Counties 10 kilometres championship last month crossing the line in 50 minutes 53 seconds, her fastest time for the
distance for several seasons. She won the women's title by more than four minutes and finished fifth in a mixed
field beaten by some of Britain's leading male walkers.
That was my final race before the trials for the European Cup and it gave me confidence and proof to myself as well
as the judges and selectors I am in good form," enthused Viljoen who is hopeful she will make the UK team for
Leamington. "I must admit I was very nervous before the start and had some doubts about my ability but I dug deep,
changed my thoughts and really gave it my best shot."
She added: " I was very pleased with my race and my time and gained so much confidence! I know for sure that I am
able to make the qualifying time of sub 1:45:00 to make the British team this weekend."
The trial races take place in Coventry on Saturday (April 14).
Hercules Wimbledon's Gary Blesson was first veteran finisher in the Kingston Breakfast Run 8.2 miles road race in
48:12. Meanwhile, Hercules Wimbledon's Zoe Pike was second woman in the Worthing 20 miles road race on the Sussex
coast in 2:17:36. Clubmate Kwame Okojie finished a good 17th out of more than 600 runners in the men's race in
2:10:09 with another Hercules Wimnledon runner 285th and 55th woman in 2:51:16.
Hercules Wimbledon face a hectic weekend with their 26th Young Athletes open meeting at Crystal Palace on Sunday.
More than 500 entries have been received for the event which starts at 11am and runs through till 5pm. The meeting
also incorporates the inaugural England Athletics London Region relay championships. On Saturday (April 14),
Hercules Wimbledon open their 2007 summer track and field programme at the Kinnaird and Sward Trophies meeting at
2/04/07 - TEENAGER WHITE CONTINUES IMPRESSIVE RUN
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club
teenager Liam White maintained his impressive series of performances this winter when he took more than a minute
off his previous best time for the course in taking third place in the Wimbledon Common five kilometres time trial
White, 14, who the previous weekend represented London in the English schools cross country championships at Leeds,
was the youngest runner in the field as he finished third in 18 minutes 21 seconds, less than a minute behind the
race winner. White, who finished runner-up in the junior boys race at the London Schools championships at
Parliament Hill Fields in January, posted the best age-graded time for the series since the opening race in
Currently, Liam is busy training for the adidas London mini-marathon which takes place on London marathon day,
Sunday, April 22. He will be heading the Wandsworth intermediate boys team after comfortably winning the trial race
by 80 seconds in Battersea Park in February.
White will be aiming to lift the individual title as well as helping Hercules Wimbledon to the team honours when he
competes in the final East Surrey League event of the season, the two miles road race at West Ewell next Tuesday
(April 10). Going into the race, White has a clear lead will Hercules Wimbledon poised to lift the team
Not far behind in the Wimbledon Common time trial was Hercules Wimbledon supervet Hugh Saxby who was the top over
50 finisher taking seventh place in 18:45 with another Hercules Wimbledon teenager William Spooner 26th in 20:59
and over 60 veteran Dennis Williams 47th in 25:28.
Another Hercules Wimbledon supervet, Simon Ingall, continued his return to form in finishing 27th out of 200
runners in the Last Friday of the Month five kilometres road race in Hyde Park in 18:22. Fellow veteran Ian
Isherwood was 134th in 23:47.
Hercules Wimbledon's Martin O'Halloran was first over 50 veteran in the Bushy Park five kilometres time trial at
Hampton Court on Saturday. He finished 24th out of almost 250 runners in 19:39. His Hercules Wimbledon clubmate
Martin Miller, who was not far behind finishing 31st in 19:52 was first veteran over 60.
Hercules Wimbledon's former marathon international Steve Badgery produced the best age graded performance in the
weekly Bushy Park five kilometres time trial on Saturday. Badgery, 59 finished 27th out of almost 300 runners in
19:23. First Hercules Wimbledon runner over the line was veteran Peter Lee, who was 12th and second over 40 runner
in 18:10, a 24 second improvement on his previous best time for the course. Down the field, another Hercules
Wimbledon veteran, Barry King, was 66th in 21:10.
Across the Atlantic, Hercules Wimbledon's Medena Knespl broke the club's women's 5000m record when she clocked
19:04.7 in a spring open meeting in Dendham, Massachusetts.
Another Hercules Wimbledon runner in form is British duathlon international Richard Xerri who finished 36th out of
more than 8000 runners in the City of Bath half marathon in 1:12:00, the fastest time this year by a Hercules
Wimbledon runner. His performance also places him 19th on the Hercules Wimbledon all-time list. Xerri went through
10 kilometres in 33:27 which was also the fastest time this season by a Hercules Wimbledon runner. His Hercules
Wimbledon clubmate John Quertrset was 232nd in 1:24:52 with John Thomas seventh over 65 veteran in 1:37:47.
26/03/07 - HW TRIO IN TOP SCHOOLS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Three Hercules Wimbledon youngsters competed for Kent, London and Surrey in the annual English Schools cross
country championships which were staged at Temple Newsam Park, Leeds, over the weekend.
Best of the bunch was Alex Bruce-Littlewood who was Kent's second finisher in the senior boys championship. He
finished 44th out of more than 300 runners, covering the 6.65 kilometres course in 23 minutes 24 seconds less than
two minutes behind the race winner.
Liam White was also the second finisher for the London team in the junior boys 3.65 kilometres championship. He was
104th out of more than 330 runners just over a minute behind the race winner.
The third Hercules Wimbledon runner in action at Leeds was Luke Jones who improved on his sixth place in the county
schools championships at Reigate last month when he finished 150th and fifth Surrey scorer in the senior boys race
in 24:49, more than a minute behind clubmate Bruce-Littlewood.
There is still time to enter Hercules Wimbledon's prestigious annual young athletes open meeting which is being
staged for the 26th time at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre on Sunday, April 15. Many previous winners of
events in previous years have gone on to represent Britain at international level and quite a few of those
competing in this year's meeting will have their sights on competing at the London 2012 Olympics.
Details of the events, including an entry form, can be found on the Hercules Wimbledon website: www.herculeswimbledonac.org.uk.
Hercules Wimbledon's former marathon international Steve Badgery produced the best age graded performance in the
weekly Bushy Park five kilometres time trial on Saturday. Badgery, 59 finished 27th out of almost 300 runners in
19:23. First Hercules Wimbledon runner over the line was veteran Peter Lee, who was 12th and second over 40 runner
in 18:10, a 24 second improvement on his previous best time for the course. Down the field, another Hercules
Wimbledon veteran, Barry King, was 66th in 21:10.
19/03/07 - ROLLER-COASTER WEEK FOR HW TEENAGER
What a week for Hercules Wimbledon teenager Amelia Richards. She was voted Wandsworth's young athlete of the year
for her series of performances in 2006 and the top Surrey girls under 15 performer for her efforts at the county's
indoor championships at Sutton earlier this month.
It seemed the ideal build up for her appearance in the England Athletics girls under 15 indoor pentathlon
championship at Manchester on Saturday, her final indoor championship of the winter - but that's where things went
horribly wrong in the opening event, the 60m hurdles.
Amelia, 14, the South of England champion at the event appeared to forget she was hurdling and stormed away from
the start as if she was in a 60m sprint. Her strides were too long and she reached the first hurdle too close to
take off and shuddered to a halt. Instead of trying to take the hurdle, the young athlete walked away and gained no
points in the first of the five disciplines - her medal hopes completely shattered.
However, she did gain some consolation as she achieved a personal best of 8.25 metres in the shot. However, it was
an early experience for young Amelia of the roller-coaster nature of her sport. One minute riding high and the
second plummeting the depths.
She would prefer to concentrate on the memory of receiving the Wandsworth young athletes of the year award at a
glittering ceremony in Wandsworth's civic suite. The citation read: "Amelia has come into athletics only in the
last two seasons and has excelled in everything she has tried. She is dedicated and listens carefully to advice.
Her commitment and hard work is evident though her success."
It was a testing week in other ways for the 14-year-old. Her father had to go into hospital and a girl from her
school, Graveney, Tooting, was tragically killed when she was struck by a bus. "Maybe this event was a bridge too
far," said her mother, Anne. "Everyone has bad days, and Amelia is determined to learn from hers. Mistakes made
today will not be repeated and the outdoor season begins next month."
Elsewhere, Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters strengthened their grip on the East Surrey League title by comfortably
winning the road relay in the shadow of Box Hill. Alex Bruce-Littlewood got the winning trio off to a flying start
running the fastest young athletes leg of 10 minutes 47 seconds. Liam White (12:15) and Luke Jones (11:37) kept the
team in front. The B team of Charlie Carrington (13:01), Geordie Logan (12:33) and Ryan Watson (20:02) was
Top duathlete Richard Xerri posted the fastest individual time in the senior relay of 10:41 - only six seconds
faster than teenager Bruce-Littlewood. Steve Newton clocking 11:50, the fastest by an over 50 veteran, Naomi Warner
(11:49) and Stu Littlewood (13:21) completed the team.
Hercules Wimbledon's Kieran White made an impressive debut in the Wimbledon Common time trial finishing runner-up
in 16:31. Clubmate Deon Coetzee was fifth in 17:22.
Several Hercules Wimbledon athletes flexed their muscles for the summer track and field season competing in the
Kingston and Polytechnic open meeting at Kingsmeadow Stadium. Jon Grayson won the long jump with 6.18m while Ed
Saywell won the under 15 800m. Eleanor Smith-Hahn showed good form in the under 11 events winning the 100 and 800m
and taking second place in the long jump.
Jennifer Fernando was runner-up in the junior women's 800m while Joe Toomey was first under 15 finisher in the
3000m in 10:07.28 ahead of clubmate Liam White (10:21.77).
This weekend, several Hercules Wimbledon youngsters will be in action in the English schools cross country
championships at Leeds on Saturday.
12/03/07 - BAGFUL OF MEDALS FOR HW TRIO
Hercules Wimbledon teenagers Emily Martin
and Amelia Richards enjoyed another successful meeting when they came away with five medals between them at the
annual Surrey indoor track and field championships at Sutton Arena.
Amelia, who continued her outstanding start to 2007 so far winning the South of England girls under 15 indoor
pentathlon title and taking two silvers in the Welsh indoor championships, proved the more successful as she
secured two gold medals to the three silvers by Emily. She established herself as favourite for the girls under 15
60m title in winning her heat in 8.26 seconds, the fastest time of the qualifying round. She speeded up to 8.16 to
win her semi-final and then clinched the gold medal in an even faster time of 8.12.
She made it double gold as she also won the long jump title with 5.05 metres, the only competitor to jump more than
five metres. This weekend, Amelia competes in the England Athletics girls under 15 indoor pentathlon championship
at Sports City, Manchester.
Meanwhile, Emily found the going tougher in the junior women's events. She looked good for gold in the 60m where
she won her heat in 7.88, the best of the qualifying round times. However, despite posting a faster 7.85 in the
final, she was just pipped for the gold medal. She made it a hat-trick of silver medals as she finished runner-up
in both the long and triple jumps with leaps of 5.36 and 11.21 metres, respectively.
A third Hercules Wimbledon athlete in action at Sutton Arena was Ka Chuen To who finished runner-up in the junior
men's triple jump with a leap of 11.36m.
At the other end of the age scale, Hercules Wimbledon's Mark Baker won a silver medal in the British Masters
(Veterans) indoor track and field championships at Lee Valley Athletics Centre, North London, when he finished
runner-up in the men's over 45 60m final in 7.62.
Hercules Wimbledon's Steve Allen clipped 12 seconds off his previous best time for the course when he finished
fourth in the Wimbledon Common five kilometres time trial in 18:08. Teenager Will Spooner, competing in the event
for the first time, was 17th in 20:30. Over 60 veteran Dennis Williams was 30th in 22:09.
Hercules Wimbledon's Alex Bruce-Littlewood concluded his winter cross country racing programme with a superb run in
the English National cross country championships at Sunderland. He was 17th out of almost 200 runners in the men's
under 17 6000m race in 21:51.
Justin Kelly was 258th out of more than 900 runners in the senior men's 12000m race in 45:22 with Deon Coetzee
341st in 46:51.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon athletes are making the trip to Box Hill, near Dorking, for the East Surrey League
road relays. The relays for seniors, veterans, juniors, under 17 and under 15 runners, over four laps of two miles
starts at 3pm. A two mile race for under 13 year-olds starts at 2.30pm.
5/03/07 - HW TRIO HELP SURREY TRIUMPH
Three Hercules Wimbledon youngsters were
members of the winning Surrey boys under 13 team in the South East Regional Sportshall finals at Guildford's
Spectrum Leisure Centre. Not only did the trio help Surrey secure a team victory but they will also be in the
Surrey team to represent the South East Region in the National Sportshall Finals which are being staged at
Birmingham's National Indoor Arena on Sunday, April 22nd.
Best of the Hercules Wimbledon trio was Jose Costa, the Surrey boys under 13 200m and long jump champions last
summer who won the standing long jump with an opening leap of 2.38 metres. Costa, who celebrated his 13th birthday
in January, showed an impressively consistent series as he followed this up with leaps of 2.30, 2.28 and 2.26
metres. He was just three athletes in the 12-strong Surrey team to win their event.
Hercules Wimbledon newcomer David Adenrele competed in two events. He was third in the triple jump with a leap of
6.69 metres and seventh in the six lap race. After an opening leap of 4.46 metres he improved top 6.69 metres in
the second round before getting out to 6.64 and 6.66 metres with his final two attempts.
Third Hercules Wimbledon member of the winning Surrey team was Ed Saywell who was fifth inn the standing high jump
with 1.30 metres.
Surrey gained a narrow victory in the match with 662 points beating Middlesex (654), Sussex (634) and Kent
Hercules Wimbledon teenager Alex Bruce-Littlewood warmed-up for Saturday's English cross country championships at
Sunderland by leading the field home in an inter-club match in Richmond Park last Saturday.
Bruce-Littlewood, at 16, one of the youngest runners in the field, gained a comfortable win in the 3.8 miles race
crossing the finishing line in 21 minutes 36 seconds, 18 seconds ahead of Surrey Veterans cross country champion
Paul Doyle. Bruce-Littlewood will be battling it out against runners in his own age group in the men's under 17 six
kilometres race at Herrington Country Park, Sunderland, on Saturday.
Hercules Wimbledon runners dominated the inter-club match in Richmond Park, filling three of the first four places.
Justin Kelly was third in 22:43 and Deon Coetzee, having his second race of the day, fourth in 23:03. Over 50
veteran Martin O'Halloran was the next Hercules Wimbledon finisher taking 11th place in 25:59 with Terry Savage
13th in 26:49, Alan Turner first over 60 veteran in 28:35 and fellow over 60 veteran Mike Kortenray, an outstanding
endurance runner in his younger days, winning the South of England two miles title in 1968, 19th in 29:16.
Six hours before he raced in Richmond Park, Coetzee made his debut in the Wimbledon Common five kilometres time
trial over a soggy, water-saturated course. He finished just outside the frame taking fourth place in 18:08.
Supervet Hugh Saxby was the first veteran of any category beating the over 40 veteran by almost a minute as he
posted a debut time of 18:33.
Hercules Wimbledon athletes gained two medals in the British Masters (Veterans) Indoor Championships at the Lee
Valley Athletics Centre, Picketts Lock, on Sunday. Sprinter Mark Baker took silver in the over 45 60m in 7.62 after
winning his heat in 7.71. Double World Masters medallist Geoff Walcott was third in the over 50 60m final ion 7.75
after also winning his heat in 7.79. He just missed out on a second medal as he took fourth place in the 400m in
26/02/07 - DOUBLE SILVER FOR HW YOUNGSTERS
Two of Hercules Wimbledon Athletic
Club's most talented youngsters competing in the England Athletics indoor championships at Birmingham's National
Indoor Arena over the weekend both came away with medals.
Teenagers Amelia Richards and Emily Martin added to their burgeoning medal collection when they took silver in the
girls under 15 and junior women's long jump events.
Amelia was first in the spotlight and managed to snatch the silver medal by just one centimetre with an
impressively consistent series of jumps. She opened with 5.13m which led the competition at the end of the first
and then improved with a second round leap of 5.17m which put her in second place by just one centimetre. She had a
third round effort of 5.09m but was still just one centimetre behind the winner at the half-way stage in the
Richards, who has made a tremendous start to 2007 winning the South of England pentathlon title and just being
edged out in both the 60m and long jump in taking two silver medals in the Welsh indoor championships, started the
second half of the contest with her best leap of the competition, 5.18m, which made her joint best at that
She then had a foul in the fifth round before completing her series with 5.14m. However, to have five leaps between
5.09 and 5.19m showed impressive consistency.
After her silver medal winning effort she needed to summon more energy for the three rounds of the 60m. She was
third in her first round heat in 8.08 seconds, the eighth best first round time to reach the semi-finals. There she
raced to a lifetime best of 8.00 in finishing fourth to get through to the final where she also showed tremendous
speed and stamina to take seventh place in 8.02, not that far off her best.
Double South of England championships silver medallist Emily Martin also came away with a medal as she produced her
best-ever indoor form to take silver with a leap of 5.62m. It added six centimetres to her previous best set when
winning the Surrey junior women's indoor title at Sutton Arena last March.
Both Amelia and Emily will be in action again this weekend when the Surrey indoor championships are held at Sutton
Arena on Saturday and Sunday.
A quartet of Hercules Wimbledon athletes were in action for Surrey in the UK Inter-Counties cross country
championships at Wollaton Park, Nottingham, on Saturday.
Richard Xerri finished 170th in the senior men's 12 kilometres race, twins Jennifer and Rosemary Fernando were
166th and 188th, respectively in the women's under 17 championship while Ed Saywell was 77th in boys under 13 race.
A fifth Hercules Wimbledon athlete, teenager Alex Bruce-Littlewood led the Kent team to the silver medals in the
men's under 17 championship. Alex finished 23rd out of 263 runners.
Running for Essex University, Adam Przedrzymirski produced his best ever run in the London Colleges League to
finish runner-up in the final race of the season at Ruislip while Justin Kelly also took second place in the
Wimbledon Common five kilometres time trial on Saturday in 17:34 with Deon Coetzee sixth in 18:18 and Steve Allen
seventh in 18:20 and teenager Liam White 10th in 19:27.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon athletes compete in an inter-club match in Richmond Park on Saturday, starting at
3pm, will be in action in the Surrey indoor championships at Sutton Arena on Saturday and Sunday, and also take
part in the Merton trials for the London mini marathon on Wimbledon Common on Sunday. Registration at The Study
Preparatory School, Camp Road, starts at 10am with the first race for girls at 11am and the race for boys
Anyone aged between 11 and 17 on London Marathon Day, April 22, who lives or goes to school in Merton, is eligible
to take part. Details from Merton Leisure Development on 020 545 3399.
19/02/07 - HW ACHIEVES CLUBMARK STATUS
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club is celebrating achieving clubmark status, the first athletic club in London south
of the River Thames to do so.
Hercules Wimbledon is also only the sixth athletic club in the capital to gain a clubmark. It confirms the club is
a safe, effective, child friendly and well run organisation. Bob Smith, manager of the London Region of England
Athletics, said: "Congratulations are due to Hercules Wimbledon on becoming the sixth club in London to achieve
Nick Getting, chairman of Hercules Wimbledon, welcomed the award. "It has taken us a long time to get this award
and is the culminations of many hours of hard work by our voluntary officials. It confirms that Hercules Wimbledon
is an effective and well run club meeting the requirements and demands of the 21st century and the run-up to London
This weekend, two of Hercules Wimbledon's aspiring young athletes will be going for gold in the England Athletics
indoor championships at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham on Saturday and Sunday.
Emily Martin, 18, who last month took silver medals in the junior women's long and triple jumps at the South of
England indoor championships at Lee Valley, goes in both the 60m sprint and her number one event in Birmingham on
Her younger Hercules Wimbledon clubmate, Amelia Richards, fresh from her tremendous 60m sprint victory in the
Celtic Indoor Cup in Cardiff last month, also competes on Saturday in the girls under 15 60m and long jump, the two
events in which she won silver medals in the Welsh indoor championships in Cardiff last month.
Meanwhile, other Hercules Wimbledon athletes will be competing for Surrey and Kent in the UK Inter-Counties cross
country championships at Nottingham on Saturday.
Three Hercules Wimbledon athletes were in action in the South East England schools inter-counties match at Bexhill
on Saturday. Running for Kent, Alex Bruce-Littlewood finished fifth in the senior boys race leading Kent to third
Jennifer Fernando was 41st in the intermediate girls race in which Surrey were second and Joe Toomey was 51st in
the junior boys race which was won by Surrey.
At the other end of the age scale, Hercules Wimbledon's Peter Giles was first over 60 runner in the weekly
Wimbledon Common five kilometres time trial on Saturday. Making his first appearance in the event he finished 17th
overall in 19 minutes 28 seconds. First Hercules Wimbledon finisher was Matt Fell, who was 13th in 19:03. Two other
Hercules Wimbledon runners, over 60 runner Dennis Williams and over 65 runner John Wasbrough finished 52nd and 56th
in 25:03 and 25:47, respectively.
Veteran Peter Lee led a small contingent of Hercules Wimbledon runners home in an inter-club 5.6 miles race in
Richmond Park on Saturday. He was fifth in 35:51 with fellow veteran Steve Sinnott eighth in 37:14.
12/02/07 - CROSS RUNNERS CLINCH LEAGUE TITLE
Hercules Wimbledon's Athletic Club's
cross country runners were this week cock-a-hoop after lifting the Sweatshop Surrey League Division Two title and
gaining promotion to the top division. Next season will mark the club's appearance in Division One for first time
for a decade, since the 1996/1997 season.
Hercules Wimbledon managed to secure promotion despite missing half-a-dozen of their top runners in the final match
of the season on a windy Epsom Downs. Top club runners Aidan Hogan, Ian Horrocks, Deon Coetzee, Adam Przedrzymirski
and Richard Xerri were among the absentees for the crucial final match and it was left to Frenchman Arnaud Claverie
to lead the promotion-clinching Hercules Wimbledon squad home.
He finished 14th in the race covering the five sodden miles in 30 minutes 51 seconds. Not far behind was triathlete
Jamie Helmer taking 16th place in 30:55 with Gervaise King continuing his return to racing 22nd in 31:21, Gary
Blesson third veteran taking 28th place in 31:54 with fellow veteran Peter Lee 33rd in 32:08.
With Justin Kelly 36th in 32:14, Phil Glynn 39th in 32:35, Steve Allen, making his debut for Hercules Wimbledon,
41st in 32:38, Hugh Saxby 50th and second supervet in 33:22 and John Querstet 65th in 34:08, Hercules Wimbledon
finished second on the day to comfortable win the divisional title.
It was also a day of celebration for the club's youngsters who triumphed in the under 15 and under 17 race to lift
the overall title for the season. The team packed solidly with Liam White, Deyan Knespl, Charlie Carrington, James
Green and Geordie Logan finishing fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth, respectively.
Another of Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters, Ed Saywell, was the winner of the boys under 13 race.
Over in Richmond Park, Hercules Wimbledon's Claire Cann had a solid run over a water-saturated course to finish
third in her Surrey Ladies League race. Clubmate Amandine King was also third in the under 20 race.
Twins Jennifer and Rosemary Fernando were fifth and seventh in the under 17 race and Michaela Knespl was ninth in
the under 15 category.
Claire Cann completed a busy weekend by taking third place in the Valentine's 10 kilometres road race at
Chessington on Sunday in which another Hercules Wimbledon prizewinner was Peter Giles, who was first veteran over
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are competing in an inter-club cross country match over 5.7 miles organised by the
Bank of England Athletic Club in Richmond Park. The race starts near Roehampton Gate at 3pm.
5/02/07 - VILJOEN'S SPECTACULAR WALKS RETURN
Hercules Wimbledon's former All
African race walking champion Estle Viljoen has made an impressive return to the sport after a seven month
Viljoen, a 36-year-old teacher at Mitcham's Haslemere Primary School, won the women's five kilometres event at the
London Walks in Victoria Park on Sunday finishing almost half-a-minute ahead of the second woman. The previous
weekend, he what was her comeback race, she finished second overall, beaten by just one male walker, in a league
race at Enfield.
Viljoen decided to take a break from walking last June and has been keeping fit doing cross country - she was well
placed in last October's Surrey Veterans Championships - running in the Bushy Park time trials, mountain biking and
even doing some boxing.
She explained: "I had a knee injury for a very long time and I really tried to ignore it, but it became very
painful and caused a lot of discomfort. It reached a point where I just could not stand the fact that I trained so
very hard, mornings and evenings after a full day's teaching and then, when I raced, I was putting up with much
pain. It also affected my walking action and frequently resulted in my disqualification which was very
Viljoen went on: "Last June, I decided to take a complete break from race walking and to focus on running instead.
I found my body was getting stronger and then just when I had decided to stick to running, and mountain biking, I
received an email from UK Athletics inviting me to join a walking squad weekend at Leeds University.
"I love challenges and decided to set myself a target. I want to get in the UK team for the 2007 European Cup. I am
prepared to give it my all. I realise I've got to go the extra mile. My motto in life is: 'Winners never quit and
quitters never win'."
Viljoen added: "On the weekend they identified weaknesses in my body and advised me to do strength conditioning
work, I have started a new training programme combining race walking and running." At the same time, she has
qualified as a level 2 athletics coach.
Meanwhile, Hercules Wimbledon teenager Amelia Richards gained revenge on the athlete who pipped her to two gold
medals in the previous weekend's Welsh indoor championships when she raced to a stunning 60m victory in the Celtic
International Indoor Cup meeting at the National Indoor Athletics Centre in Cardiff.
The Hercules Wimbledon athlete who was returning to Cardiff six days after winning silver medals in the Welsh
indoor under 15 60m and long jump championships was among 16 competitors invited to take part in an under 17 60m
event. First, Amelia won her 60m heat in 8.2 seconds, the second best time of the two races, to get a good lane in
Then, three hours later, she won a thrilling final in a blanket finish in which the first three runners all clocked
7.91, which smashed Amelia's personal best before the day of 8.03. More significantly, she soundly beat Hannah
Thomas from Wrexham who the previous weekend had pipped her to take the gold medals in the under 15 60m and long
Amelia was naturally delighted with her win and was awarded a crystal bowl and a sweatshirt for her efforts.
Thios weekend, Hercules Wimbledon runners are in cross country action on Saturday. The men will endeavour to clinch
promotion in their final Sweatshop Surrey League Division Two match on Epsom Downs where they go into the match at
the top of the division. The club's women are competing in the final Surrey Ladies League match in Richmond
29/01/07 - WELSH MEDAL DOUBLE FOR HW TEENAGER
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's youngsters continued their impressive start to 2007 with teenager Amelia
Richards coming mighty close to snatching two titles in the Welsh indoor championships at the National Indoor
Athletics Centre, Cardiff.
Fourteen-year-old Amelia began her double medal winning effort by finishing second in her girls under 15 60m heat
in a personal best of 8.16 seconds, behind hot favourite to take the title, Hannah Thomas from Wrexham, who won in
8.12. Drawn in the outside lane in the final, Amelia battled hard all the way and was just pipped on the line in
true photo finish style.
It was close, really close. Amelia was just one-hundredths of a second from taking the gold medal as she had to
settle for silver with 8.03, a massive improvement on her previous best before the day which had stood at 8.24.
Then it was onto the long jump where she again came up against the Wrexham athlete. Again, she was just pipped to
the gold medal this time by a mere centimetre. The Hercules Wimbledon athlete cleared 5.14m, some way off her best
of 5.35m set in taking the bronze medal at last year's English schools championships at Gateshead.
Amelia's two silver medals at the Welsh championships followed two silver medal-winning performances by her
Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Emily Martin in the South of England indoor championships at Lee Valley Athletics
Centre, Pickett's Lock. It also continues her superb start to the year. At the beginning of the month she won the
South of England indoor girls under 15 pentathlon title at Pickett's Lock.
Hercules Wimbledon's Jennifer Fernando will be among club athletes running for Merton in Saturday's Surrey schools
cross country championships at Reigate after retaining her Merton intermediate girls title on Cannon Hill
Michaela Knespl and her brother Deyan will also be running after finishing runners-up in the junior girls and
intermediate boys races. Charlie Carrington and John Green will also be in action at Reigate after finishing fourth
and fifth in the intermediate boys race. Joseph Stone will also be running at Reigate after finishing third in the
junior boys championship.
Hercules Wimbledon's Alex Bruce-Littlewood had a good run in the South of England championships at Holkham Hall,
Norfolk, finishing 13th in the men's under 17 race.
Former marathon international Steve Badgery was first over 55 finisher in the Bushy Park five kilometres race at
Hampton Court in 19:31. Three times English senior men's cross country champion Dave Clarke, now an over 45
veteran, chopped 35 seconds off his previous best time in covering the course in 20:40.
Apart from having runners in the Surrey schools championship, Hercules Wimbledon will be competing in the third of
this season's Surrey Sportshall League meetings at Guildford's Spectrum Leisure Centre on Sunday while, at the
other end of the age range, Hercules Wimbledon runners will be in action in the South of England veterans
championships at Ruislip on Saturday.
22/01/07 - DOUBLE SILVER START FOR YOUNG EMILY
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's top teenager Emily Martin made a superb start to her 2007 competition programme
with a double silver medal winning effort in the South of England indoor championships at the Lee Valley Athletics
Centre, Pickett's Lock.
Competing in the newly-opened £16 million indoor centre for the first time on Saturday, she shattered her personal
best triple jump performance by taking the silver medal in the junior women's championship with a leap of
She improved significantly through all six rounds of the competition and after a modest opening jump of 10.62m,
achieved a personal best of 11.12m with her second effort to briefly take the lead in the competition before
producing two fine leaps of 11.33 and 11.36 with her last two attempts. Her final effort secured the silver medal
by a comfortable nine centimetres.
During the course of the competition she improved three times on her previous personal best of 11.07m set in
winning the Surrey indoor title at Sutton Arena last March. Before competing in the triple jump Emily warmed up by
taking part in the 60m sprint reaching the semi-final round after finishing fourth in her heat in 7.88 seconds,
just one-hundredths of a second slower than her personal best set in winning the Surrey title. She was unable to
repeat that form in the semi-final round, which took place after her silver medal winning effort in the triple jump
but still ran well as she again finished fourth in her race in 7.96, missing making the final by just one
Emily returned to Lee Valley on Sunday to snatch the silver medal in the long jump. After an opening no jump she
leapt 5.53m., her best effort of the competition. Her third effort of 5.46m proved crucial as her best effort for
the same as the eventual bronze medallist. However, her second best leap was significantly better and secured a
second silver medal for the Hercules Wimbledon athlete.
Meanwhile, the club's runners were splashing their way through mud and water of Wimbledon Common. Led by Liam
White, who posted the best under 15 time of the day, the young athletes team won their three stage relay by almost
a minute. White covered the 1.9 miles circuit in 11:09 with Deyan Knespl (10:59) stretching the lead and William
Spooner (11:42) bringing the team home well clear. Ed Saywell was third in the under 13 race.
Third leg runner Justin Kelly was best of the senior men's team clocking 10:03 in moving from fifth to second place
on the third leg. Deon Coetzee (10:08), Phil Glynn (10:38) and Arnaud Claverie (10:21) were the other members of
the team. Competing for the B team Gervaise King showed good form in finishing third on the opening leg in 10:14.
Meanwhile, Hercules Wimbledon's Martin Miller won the over 60 title in the Veterans Athletic Club championships
held on Wimbledon Common on Saturday.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are competing in the South of England cross country championships at Holham Hall,
Norfolk, on Saturday..
15/01/07 - HW'S BEST EVER SPORTSHALL PERFORMANCE
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's
youngsters achieved their best ever team placing in the Surrey Sportshall competition when they finished runners-up
in the boys under 13 competition in the second match of the winter at Guildford's Spectrum Leisure Centre.
Hercules Wimbledon athletes filled two of the top six places with Ed Saywell taking third place with 42.5 points,
just one-and-a-half points behind the winner, and Jose Costa finishing sixth with 41 points. Saywell won the six
lap race while Costa was the winner of the standing long jump. Saywell was also joint second in the high jump with
Costa fourth in the four lap race.
Judging by their performances at Guildford both Saywell and Costa are in line to represent Surrey in next month's
South East regional Sportshall final.
Good efforts from Lawrence Fraser, David Stables and James Russell contributed to Hercules Wimbledon's total score
of 372,5 for runners-up spot. "We were only 35 points behind the winners and if we had had a sixth competitor I am
sure we would have won," said team manager John Dennis. Any youngsters wanting to line-up with Hercules Wimbledon's
successful Sportshall team should contact Mr Dennis on 020 8946 9989.
The boys under 15 team also performed well finishing fifth overall with Henry Husband taking 10th individual place.
The young girls under 13 team, comprising almost entirely of 10-yeart-olds finished 11th overall with Elenor
Smith-Hann top scorer also producing the best individual performance in the long jump. The final Sportshall League
match takes place at Guildford on Sunday, February 4.
Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters maintained their winning ways in the third of this season's Sweatshop Surrey cross
country league Division Two matches at West End Common, Esher. Liam White won the under 15 race finishing ahead of
clubmate Jimmy Green who was third in the under 17 competition. With Paul Stables fourth in the under 15 race,
Hercules Wimbledon comfortably won the team competition and go into the final match in February with a comfortable
Top Sportshall performer Ed Saywell showed his versatility by finishing fifth in the under 13 race.
Fresh from leading Hercules Wimbledon home in the Surrey cross country championships, Richard Xerri was again top
finisher in the senior men's five miles race taking seventh place with Justin Kelly, having his first race
finishing a good 15th with Jamie Helmer taking 20th spot. Hercules Wimbledon go into the final match at the top of
the division and poised for promotion.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are staging the East Surrey League cross country relays on Wimbledon Common
starting and finishing at a new location alongside The Causeway near the War Memorial. The under 13 young athletes
race over 1.95 miles starts at 2pm with the relay for senior, juniors and veterans and under 15 and under
17-year-olds starting at 2.30pm.
8/01/07 - YOUNGSTERS' MEDAL WINNING START TO 2007
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic
Club's youngsters made a flying start to 2007 with medal-winning performances at Croydon, Detling and Lee
While most of the club's athletes in action over the weekend battled through heavy rain and thick mud in the Surrey
cross country championships at Croydon, Amelia Richards competed in the comfort of the new State of the Art indoor
training centre at Picketts Lock, Lee Valley, Pickett's Lock, Enfield, winning the South of England girls under 15
pentathlon title to add to the Welsh title she won at Cardiff last November.
She made a solid start winning the first of the five disciplines, the 60m hurdles, in 9.78 seconds, just outside
her personal best. She then went on to clear a personal best of 1.50m in sharing the honours in the winning the
high jump to add two centimetres to her previous best set when she won the Surrey outdoor under 15 pentathlon title
She held a 49 point lead after two events but, despite achieving a personal best of 7.46m in finishing third in the
shot she trailed by 13 points going into the long jump. There, she rose strongly to the challenge she faced and was
the only competitor in the 10-strong field to beat five metres with a leap of 5.01m taking her into a sizeable 151
She clinched the gold medal with an impressive 2:41.86 800m victory, winning by almost five seconds. She won the
title by more than 300 points with a total score of 2854 points to better her previous lifetime pentathlon best
score by 80 points.
Over at Croydon, Hercules Wimbledon's came away with the silver medals in the men's and women's joint under 20 and
under 17 championships. Adam Przedrzymirski narrowly failed to gain an individual medal as he finished fourth in
the 4.8 kilometres championship in 23:24 leading the team to silver medals. Deyan Knespl was 26th in 26:38, Luke
Jones 33rd in 27:12 and Neil Fraser 35th in 27:22 to complete the silver medal-winning team. Other Hercules
Wimbledon runners were Alex Skelton 37th, Tim Bartley 38th, William Spooner 39th, Charlie Carrington 41st, and
Kerith Stewart 56th.
Medena Knespl, who returned to her American university at the weekend, led the junior women's team to a set of
silver medals. She was eighth in 23:31, with Jennifer Fernando 11th in 24:03, and her twin sister Rosemary 13th in
24:14. Serena Brotherton finished 23rd with Hannah Long 30th.
Hercules Wimbledon's senior men narrowly failed to clinch a set of medals finishing fourth for the second
successive year. They were led home by Richard Xerri who was 14th in 47:11 with Kieran White 20th (47:34), veteran
Peter Lee 46th (51:17), Leo Cox 50th (52:24) supervet Hugh Saxby 59th (53:17) and Ian Horrocks 66th (53:53). Other
Hercules Wimbledon finishers were Steve Sinnott 88th, and Martin O'Halloran 152nd.
Nicola Craig led the senior women's team home finishing 48th with Sandra Aragao 58th, Annemarie Seymour 84th and
Katy Luffingham 93rd.
Ed Saywell finished a good sixth in the under boys under 13 championship with Dean Belhaj in 64th place. Liam White
and Joe Toomey finished 17th and 19th in the boys under 15 race while Michaela Knespl was 13th in the girls under
Hercules Wimbledon’s Alex Bruce-Littlewood took the men’s under 17 silver medal in the Kent cross country
championships at Detling.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon defend their lead in the third Sweatshop Surrey League match at West End Common,
Esher, on Saturday, with the young athletes off at 2pm and the seniors off at 3pm, while the women are in action in
the third Surrey Ladies League match at Putney Vale, starting at 12.15pm.
2/01/07 - TESTING START TO 2007 FOR HW RUNNERS
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club
runners face a tough start to their 2007 racing programme when they compete in the annual Surrey cross country
championships at Lloyd Park, Croydon, on Saturday.
Hercules Wimbledon will be fielding runners in most of the 10 championship races with international duathlete
Richard Xerri leading the challenge in the final race of the day for senior men over 12 kilometres.
Xerri showed good form when he lifted the Lauriston Runners Club's seven miles road running championship in pouring
rain in Wimbledon Village on Saturday and hinted he is ready to take on the best in Surrey in a bid to make the
county team for the UK Inter-Counties championships in Nottingham next month. He will be determined to finish
higher than the 24th place he managed last season when Hercules Wimbledon narrowly missed out on a set of
Steph Robson and Claire Cann, who led Hercules Wimbledon to bronze medals in the senior women's race will once
again be leading the club challenge while Adam Przedrzymirksi who failed to finish in last year's junior
championship will be out to make amends on Saturday to secure his place in Surrey's team for Nottingham after
helping the county to bronze team medals in the South of England inter-counties championships at Parliament Hill
Fields last month.
Przedrzymirski warmed up for Saturday's big challenge by finishing runner-up in the final Bushy Park five
kilometres time trial of 2006 at Hampton Court in 16 minutes 52 seconds. He was also a member of the winning pair
Lauriston Runners' Club's 30-minute paarlauf in Wimbledon Village on Christmas Day. He linked up with Belgrave's
Don Anderson to cover five miles 1405 yards. Hercules Wimbledon's over 60 veteran Alan Turner partnered Ranelagh's
Sam Perkins to take second place covering five miles 1349 yards while another Hercules Wimbledon over 60 veteran
John Thomas linked up with Andy Weir from Thames Hare and Hounds to finish fourth.
Hercules Wimbledon's Alex Bruce-Littlewood set a new men's under 17 record in finishing fifth in the Hercules
Wimbledon/Lauriston Runners' Club's seven miles road race in Wimbledon Village on Saturday. He clocked 39:12 to
smash the previous best of 44:01 set by Hercules Wimbledon's Damien Robertson in 2003. Xerri clocked 37:55 in
winning the Lauriston Runners' Club title with veteran Steve Sinnott runner-up in 41:00 and fellow veteran Peter
Lee third in 42:50.
Hercules Wimbledon's Hugh Saxby was first veteran over 50 in 43:23 with teenager Deyan Knespl clocking 44:49 for
the third best under 17 time on the all-time list behind Bruce-Littlewood and Robertson. His older sister Medena,
on holiday from her American university, set a women's under 17 record with 48:22 , a time which also placed her
third on the women's all-time list for the event which was first held in 1990.
Alan Turner was the first over 60 finisher in 50:00 with Nicola Craig clocking the second best women over 45 time
on the all time list with 52:13.
Hercules Wimbledon supervets Martin Miller and Martin O'Halloran were in action in the final Veterans AC promotion
of 2006 on Wimbledon Common. They finished eighth and ninth respectively covering the 5.5 miles course in 38:12 and
38:36, respectively. O'Halloran was also first over 50 finisher in the final Bushy Park time trial five kilometres
event of 2006 clocking 20:50.
Hercules Wimbledon's track and field training at their Wimbledon Park track headquarters resumed this week
following the Christmas and New Year break.