PRESS RELEASES for Hercules Wimbledon AC for 2008
29/12/08 - HW RUNNERS DOMINATE SCHOOLS RACES
Runners from Hercules Wimbledon
Athletic Club dominated the annual Merton Schools cross country championships on Cannon Hill Common supplying a
hat-trick of winners.
Three of the successes came in the boys races with James Greene winning the senior event in 14 minutes 6 seconds,
Geordie Logan the intermediate boys title in 12:53 and Joe Clark the junior boys championship in 10:19. A fourth
triumph came in the girls under 13 race where Rebecca Stone scored a comfortable win in 6:34.
Jack Attwater just failed to add to the wins in taking second spot in the Primary Schools race in 4:57, five
seconds behind the winner. Another Hercules Wimbledon runner in action was Antonia Drewett who was 12th in the
junior girls race in 13:26.
Leading runners from the championship races will represent Merton in the Surrey schools cross country championships
at Reigate next month.
Hercules Wimbledon's Neil Aitken headed home a large field of almost 350 runners in the Bushy Park run on Christmas
Day in 17:00. Clubmate Yuzo Saito was 61st in 20:33.
Also on Christmas Day, Ed Saywell was a member of the winning team in the Lauriston Runners Club's 30-minute
paarlauf on Wimbledon Common while Liam White, in a warm-up for this coming weekend's Surrey cross country
championships at Croydon, was a member of the team which finished second.
New Hercules Wimbledon signing Tamsin Cargill made a winning debut when she braved frosty conditions in the
Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday to take the women's race in 21:58 ahead of her Hercules Wimbledon clubmate
Michaela Knespl (22:16). Tim Bartley finished 24th overall in 22:28.
Hercules Wimbledon's James Trapmore repeated his win of the previous Saturday in taking the Bushy Park run in
15:55, heading home a 260-strong field. The event saw the return to action after injury of former marathon
international Steve Badgery, now 61. Badgery, who was making his first appearance in a competitive race for more
than two months, posted one of the top age-graded performances as the first veteran over 60 finisher in 19:46.
At the other end of the age scale, Alex Bond who will celebrate his 10th birthday in January, showed considerable
promise as he finished 38th out of 220 runners in the Weyhill Boxing Day 3.75 miles fun run at Haslemere. His
father Stewart was 11th.
There was a record turn-out of 21 teams for the annual Christmas Cracker track relay at Wimbledon Park track. Each
of the teams of three runners completed 12 laps of the track with each runner completing 200m stages. The winninf
trio was Ed Saywell, Rory Blakeney-Edwards and Alex Bond. Neil Fraser, Khalid Belhaj and Matthew Burgess finished
second with Stewart Bond, Yuzo Saito and Jack Blakeney-Edwards third.
Chris Coles was the first Hercules Wimbledon finisher in the Lauriston Runners Club's 7.5 miles multi-terrain event
on Saturday. He finished fifth in 43:30 with over 50 veteran Hugh Saxby sixth in 44:12 and walking international
Estle Viljoen top woman in 47:03.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon athletes will be out in force in the annual Surrey cross country championships
which are being held at Lloyd Park, Croydon, on Saturday. The men's under 17 teams led by London schools champion
Liam White will be among the favourites to pick up a set of team medals.
22/12/08 - PRESTIGIOUS HONOUR FOR CLUB PRESIDENT
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club
president David Littlewood has been honoured by UK Athletics.
Retired schoolmaster Littlewood, now 71, was presented with the lifetime achievement award at this year's UK
Athletics' awards dinner at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham. Littlewood received the award from UK
Athletics chief executive Neils de Vos.
The ceremony was hosted by former Olympic 400m runner Katharine Merry, now a successful TV presenter. She said:
"Our lifetime achievement award is always a great occasion and a great opportunity to recognise the unique and
outstanding contribution that an individual has made to the landscape of the sport locally, and in this case,
"This year's award is presented to an individual of global stature. From Paris to Barcelona, from English schools
to World championships, this award recognises the contribution that has been made right through the very spine of
She went on: "In training and developing officials internationally, he has maintained the strong and diligent
processes that our event judges and officials maintain across the world. "From his involvement at the very
beginning, he has maintained, endorsed and developed the UK's pioneering programme of doping control. UK Athletics
proudly presents the lifetime achievement award to David Littlewood."
Littlewood was one of only three British technical officials at the Beijing Olympics during the summer where he was
the IAAF supervisor for the photo-finish. He is the only British representative on the IAAF technical committee and
has been honorary secretary of the English Schools Athletics Association since 1992. Since 1981, he has been
chairman of the British Technical Officials' Committee and has officiated at more than a hundred international
meetings in this country as track Judge, track referee, chief photofinish judge or meeting manager.
He has also refereed the London marathon for the last 24 years. Locally, he has been a member of Hercules Wimbledon
Athletic Club for more than half-a-century, joining in 1952 when he was a youngster at Battersea Grammar School,
and has remained loyal to his club ever since.
When he stepped down after serving as the club's treasurer for a marathon 43 years he was elected president. He
said: "I had no idea I was going to receive the award. It came as a great surprise."
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon athletes get the chance to work off their Christmas excesses when they stage their
annual seven miles road race on Saturday. It starts in The Causeway, Wimbledon Common, close to the Fox and Grapes
pub at the junction of Camp Road and West Place.
15/12/08 - YOUNG GUNS WARM UP FOR COUNTY BATTLES
Some of Hercules Wimbledon Athletic
Club's youngsters showed good form in the Holly Run cross country races at Reigate on Sunday in their build up for
next month's county championships at Croydon's Lloyd Park.
Best of the group was teenager Ella Benedict who ran away with the junior women's three miles race in 20 minutes 1
second. Benedict, 17, finished 11 seconds clear of the second junior runner and was also a strong seventh in the
senior race. A relative newcomer to Hercules Wimbledon - she joined in August - she was a member of the history
making team that won the Dysart Cup in Richmond Park earlier this month.
London Regional silver medallist Liam White had by far the toughest race at Reigate coming up against Surrey
champion Elliot Woolmer in the men's under 17 three miles race. The Hercules Wimbledon runner chased Woolmer all
the way and was just eight seconds down at the finish crossing the line in 15:45. With Jonathan Burgess seventh in
16:36, Geordie Logan, fresh from his runaway victory in the Merton schools championships three days earlier, ninth
in 16:41 and Joe Toomey 10th in 16:50, Hercules Wimbledon easily took the team honours and are strong contenders
for gold in the Surrey championships.
Hercules Wimbledon just missed out on team medals in the boys under 15 three miles race where the team included
another Merton schools winner Joe Clark. The trio was led home by Ed Saywell who was eighth in 17:24 with Clark
14th in 18:42 and Matthew Burgess 19th in 19:36.
Hercules Wimbledon's Phil Glynn qualified for a place in next year's Boston Marathon by clocking inside 3:10:00 in
the Hastings Centenary Marathon. He was just inside the required time as he crossed the finishing line in 3:09:13
to finish 36th out of almost 1200 runners. First Hercules Wimbledon runner in the race was Kwame Okojie who
finished 32nd in 3:04:30 with Tom Cheetham 136th in 3:22:5.
Hercules Wimbledon veteran Frank Wood had a busy weekend. On Sunday he finished 112th out of more than 1300 runners
in 1:27:19. Less than 24 hours earlier he turned out in an inter-club five miles cross country match hosted by
Hercules Wimbledon and staged in appalling wet and cold conditions on Wimbledon Common.
Wood was 10th in 35:35 in a race which was won by Hercules Wimbledon's Mike Halman in 29:46 with Peter Lee second
and first veteran in 31:28 and Hugh Saxby fourth and first veteran over 50 in 32:23. Stewart Bond was seventh in
34:38, Martin Miller 13th and second over 60 veteran in 36:10 and Tom Morris 21st in 38:20. Anna Garnier was second
woman in 37:21 and Michaela Knespl third woman in 38:22. Hercules Wimbledon easily won the match.
Teams (three-a-side): 1 Hercules Wimbledon 7; 2 Veterans AC 21; 3 Kingston and Polytechnic 22; 4 Croydon Harriers
30. Eight-a-side: 1 Hercules Wimbledon 73; 2 Veterans AC 92; 3 Kingston and Polytechnic 135.
The race also incorporated the Hercules Wimbledon club championships. Halman, Lee and Saxby were the top three in
the men's championship with Garnier and Knespl first two in the women's championship.
Also on Wimbledon Common, Hercules Wimbledon Andrew Penney led the old boys team to victory in the annual challenge
match against King's College School as he held off schoolmaster James Trapmore to win in pouring rain by just two
Teenager Alex Robinson had another good run in the Wimbledon Common five kilometres event on Saturday morning where
he was third in 17:44 ahead of clubmate Jon Fairs who was fourth in 18:30. Neil Aitken and Deon Harrison were
fourth and eighth out of more than 200 runners in the Richmond Park run in 17:18 and 17:46, respectively.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon runners are in action in the South of the Thames cross country championships over
seven-and-a-half miles on Wimbledon Common. It starts near the War Memorial at 2pm.
8/12/08 - HISTORIC DYSART VICTORY FOR WOMEN'S SQUAD
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic
Club's women's cross country team boosted their bid for promotion in the Surrey Ladies cross country league with a
winning debut team performance in the annual Dysart Cup event in Richmond Park on Saturday.
Although the club has previously fielded individual runners in the event, this year was the first time they put out
a full team and, packing three in the top five finishers, they proved unstoppable on their way to posting an
London marathon runner Claire Grima led the team to success and provided an extra bonus by taking the individual
honours. She headed the field from the start and at the end of the opening small lap she was five seconds ahead of
her clubmate Steph Robson with international walker Estle Viljopen in fifth spot.
Grima continued to dictate the pace and eventually won the 4.09 miles race by around 40m in 25 minutes 35 seconds,
with Robson third in 25:45 and Viljoen fifth in 26:36. Ella Benedict, 14th in 28:21, and Shelley Cleghorn, making
her Hercules Wimbledon debut, finishing 18th in 29:45, sealed the team triumph.
Other Hercules Wimbledon finishers were Kate Buchanan 29th in 31:06, Marilena De Luca 30th in 31:09, Caroline Hicks
33rd in 31:23, Nicole Paton 34th in 31:25 and Rowene Hornshaw 39th in 33:24. The victory gave a big fillip to the
team's hopes of gaining promotion to the top division of the Surrey Ladies cross country league for the first time
in the club's history. With two of the four matches completed, the team is lying just behind third spot in Division
Two with the top three teams guaranteed promotion.
In the absence of the club's top runners in the men's 5.55 miles Ellis Trophy race, teenager Andrew Penney enjoyed
an impressive run to take second place in the 100-strong field. Penney ran strongly for the first half of the race
and he was among the leading group of four runners as they passed the half-way point in 14:32. Younger clubmate
Liam White was sixth almost half-a-minute behind the leaders.
Penney stormed through in the final 300m to secure runners-up spot in 29:53, just 10 seconds behind the race
winner. White, 16, like Penney running in the event for the first time, was seventh in 31:10. Arnaud Claverie was
ninth in 31:14, Geordie Logan 20th in 33:04, Phil Glynn 24th in 33:51 and Stewart Bond 32nd in 35:24 to secure
third team place. Other Hercules Wimbledon finishers were veterans Dan Pescod and Frank Wood, 38th and 47th in
35:46 and 37:04, David Grima, making his Hercules Wimbledon debut, 50th in 37:23, Tom Cheetham 61st in 38:50, over
60 veteran Peter Giles 65th inn 39:25, Yuzo Saito 73rd in 40:08, Vincent Watmon 78th in 41:01 and Steve Hadley 84th
Hercules Wimbledon teenager Joe Toomey won the intermediate boys title at the Central Surrey schools cross country
championships on Epsom Downs while, on the road, over 60 veteran Dennis Williams won the monthly Woking handicap
three miles event in 22:52 and Mike Halman finished seventh out of almost 550 runners in the Stockport 10 miles
road race in 55:04. On the track teenagers Michael Adjei-Tabirade and Nnamdi Odum flexed their muscle for next
summer's track season by winning the junior long the triple jumps at the Brunel University Indoor open meeting with
6.10 and 13.32m, respectively. New recruit Jimmy Saruchera was third in the senior long jump with 6.37m while
Royden John won his 60m race in 6.24.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are hosting a pre-Christmas inter-club five miles cross country match on Wimbledon
Common starting at 2pm. Next Tuesday, the club are holding their annual seasonal Christmas Cracker relay at
Wimbledon Park athletics stadium starting at 7pm.
1/12/08 - BACK TO GRASS ROOTS FOR MEDALLIST WHITE
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's
top teenage cross country runner Liam White followed up his medal-winning run in the London cross country
championships at Parliament Hill Fields with a win in the 100th weekly Wimbledon Common Park Run on Saturday
White, 16, posted his sixth win in seven appearances in the event as he finished a sizeable 45 seconds ahead of the
second runner. His winning time of 16 minutes 59 seconds was just three seconds outside his best time for the
course set when he won the event last month. However, he was considerably faster than his Hercules Wimbledon
clubmate Adam Vandenberg who won the event the previous weekend in 16:20.
He led a host of Hercules Wimbledon runners across the finishing line with Stewart Bond 14th in 19:28, veteran
Frank Wood 21st in 19:55, Bradlee Mulroe 28th in 20:42 and Adam Fenton 34th in 21:05. Anna Garnier was third woman
in 21:16 just ahead of clubmate Rebecca Stone (21:55).
Hercules Wimbledon's Neil Aitken also led the field home in Richmond Park Park Run in 17:07 finishing 28 seconds
ahead of clubmate Graeme Buscke. It was Buscke's second race in less than 24 hours. The previous day he finished
fourth out of almost 200 runners in the Serpentine Last Friday of the Month five kilometres event in Hyde Park. He
clocked 17:30 for the distance.
Hercules Wimbledon teenagers Jonathan and Michael O'Halloran made a welcome return to racing in the Bushy Park Park
Run at Hampton Court. Jonathan was a good 20th out of more than 350 finishers in 19:19 with elder brother Michael,
who celebrated his 19th birthday last month, 27th in 19:38 with one of the club's 8090m runners Camille Duval
getting some endurance work in for the next track season finishing 63rd in 21:02.
It's been a good week for the club's youngsters with Hercules Wimbledon runners taking a hat-trick of titles in the
Kingston Schools cross country championships in Richmond Park. Emma Headley won the Girls Year seven race in 10:15
while Max Cooper took the Boys Year seven race in a faster 9:53. A third Hercules Wimbledon runner to strike gold
was Tim Livingstone who took the Boys Year eight title in 15:02.
Hercules Wimbledon's Steph Robson was first woman in the Veterans Athletic Club's 5.8 miles cross country race on
Wimbledon Common on Saturday. She clocked 37:45 and finished just ahead of over 55 veteran Grenville Tuck who was
eighth in the men's race in 37:53. Also in action were Stephen McDuell and Tom Morris who were 15th and 16th in
40:29 and 41:28, respectively.
Hercules Wimbledon runners have also been performing well overseas. Competing in an open meeting in Gold Coast
City, Australia, Jonathan Burgess clocked a personal best of 2:03.56 in taking second place in his 800m race.
Teenager Burgess arrived in London on a six-week holiday this week and is planning to compete in the Surrey cross
country championships next month where he could provide a useful challenge to clubmate Liam White.
In Italy, Marilena De Luca finished just outside the places in the Domizia half-marathon in taking fourth place in
the women's race in 1:43:42, the fourth best-ever half-marathon time by a Hercules Wimbledon woman.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are competing in the Ellis Men's Trophy and Dysart Women's Cup cross country races
in Richmond Park on Saturday. The women's race over 4.12 miles starts at 1.45pm with the men's event over 5.55
miles due off at 2.30pm. Hercules Wimbledon youngsters will also be in action in the Merton Schools cross country
championships which are being held on Cannon Hill Common, Morden, next Tursday.
24/11/08 - MEDAL WINNING RETURN TO LONDON CHAMPS
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's cross country runners made a medal winning return to the London cross country
championships at Parliament Hill Fields, North London, on Saturday.
Teenager Liam White ran superbly in his toughest race of the winter to take the silver medal in the men's under 17
London Region and Saucony English cross country series five kilometres race. White, 16, was challenging for the
title at the end of the first of two undulating laps but found it tough going on the hills and eventually came
through in the final 100m to take the silver medal in 16 minutes 9 seconds.
White admitted he had finished higher than expected. "The winner got away on the hills and although I pulled him
back on the downhill and flat sections it just wasn't enough," said White. "I'm fairly happy with my run,
White, who likes the Parliament Hill Fields circuit, was returning to the venue where he won the London schools
title last January. He returns there in January to defend his London schools crown and then, in February, he hopes
to run in the English national cross country championships.
Hercules Wimbledon's seniors also performed well on their return to the London event after a gap of more than 30
years. Nine clubs runners took part in the race over a testing four lap course. Second claim member James Trapmore
was the first Hercules Wimbledon runner over the line finishing sixth in the championship race in 32:57.
First member of the scoring team was Aidan Hogan who was 22nd in 34:20 with teenager Alex Robinson 38th in 35:18,
Arnaud Claverie, who was having his second race of the day, 40th in 35:20, Justin Kelly 50th in 35:58. Then
followed veterans Peter Lee 63rd in 36:46, Jonathan Dobson 64th in 36:46 and Stuart Fraser 78th in 37:16 with Deon
Coetzee 106th in 38:24 and Phil Glynn 110th in 38:47. The team finished seventh out of the 49 that closed in.
Earlier in the day, Claverie ran a fast five kilometres in the Bushy Park Run where he was third in 16:40. Other
Hercules Wimbledon finishers were John Querstret 19th in 18:36, Martin O'Halloran 45th in 19:40, Camille Duval
112th in 21:19 and veteran Barry King 143rd in 22:16. More than 400 runners took part.
Over on Wimbledon Common, Hercules Wimbledon's Adam Vandenberg showed his best form of the winter as he ran away
with the weekly Park Run in 16:20. He took 39 seconds off his previous best time for the course as he won the event
by more than 100m. Rebecca Stone, just 14, took almost a minute off her best time for the event as she finished
third woman, with the best female age-graded performance, in 22:20 with another teenager Nicole Paton fourth woman
in 22:39 and Alice Village sixth woman in 25:02.
Hercules Wimbledon also had a contingent of runners in action in an inter-club seven miles match in Richmond Park.
Stewart Bond was 11th in 45:27, teenager Deyan Knespl 12th in 45:58, veteran Frank Wood 13th in 46:20 and fellow
veteran Tom Cheetham 16th in 48:16. Other Hercules Wimbledon finishers were Steve Hadley 19th in 50:10, Vince
Watmon 20th in 50:13 and Rowena Hornshaw 31st and second woman in 59:35.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters are in action in the second of this winter's Surrey Sportshall
meetings at the Spectrum Leisure Centre, Guildford on Sunday. The boys under 15 team will be aiming to repeat their
first match win in which Jose Costa and Ed Saywell were second and fourth. Eleanor Smith-Hahn was the girls under
13 individual winner in the opening match.
17/11/08 - HISTORIC APPEARANCE IN LONDON CHAMPS
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club cross country runners will make history at the weekend when they contest the
London Cross Country Championships at Parliament Hill Fields for the first time in more than 30 years.
The London Championships date back to 1954 and are the only pan-London cross country event to be staged. The last
time Hercules Wimbledon fielded a team in the event was in the early 1970's, shortly after the amalgamation of the
former Hercules and Wimbledon clubs in 1967. The former Hercules club took the men's team title in 1965 and before
that, in 1959, Ernie Earl was the individual winner.
Hercules Wimbledon's top cross country runner this winter, Aidan Hogan, will spearhead the club's team in the
senior men's 10km championship with support from teenagers Andrew Penney and Alex Robinson, who both showed good
form in the second of this season's Surrey League races, Justin Kelly, returning from injury, and Belal and Hussain
Senior men team manager Fred Green said: "While we are currently doing well in the Surrey League, the London
championships is a race worth doing because it gives us a chance to test our strength against all the clubs in the
capital. It is also a valuable opportunity for our senior athletes to race at Parliament Hill where the English
National championships are being staged in February."
Also running at Parliament Hill will be Hercules Wimbledon's London schools junior boys 1500m champion Liam White
who won the London schools title there in January. White, who will be running in the men's under 17 championship,
goes to Parliament Hill Fields unbeaten this winter after convincingly taking the second of this season's Sweatshop
Surrey League men's under 17 races on Wimbledon Common. However, he faces his sternest test of the winter as he
goes for his sixth consecutive victory.
White, 16, raced away from his rivals as he led Hercules Wimbledon to a clean sweep of the places in the Surrey
League 2.5 miles race on Wimbledon Common in 14 minutes 11 seconds finishing ahead of Geordie Logan (14:33) and Joe
Toomey (14:42). With Ed Saywell fifth and first under 15 finisher in 14:54 and Joe Clark 11th and second in the
under 15 section, Hercules Wimbledon easily took the team honours.
Hercules Wimbledon's former marathon international Steve Badgery was forced to pull out of the Masters Cross
Country International in Swansea on Saturday because of a continuing injury. Badgery, 61, was selected to run for
England in the men's over 60 category but has been unable to race for a month due to a trapped nerve in the base of
Hercules Wimbledon had several runners in action in the South of the Thames five miles race in Lloyd Park, Croydon,
on Saturday. Over 50 veteran Hugh Saxby was the top Hercules Wimbledon finisher taking 40th place in 33:04. Stewart
Bond was 73rd in 35:58 with Frank Wood 84th in 37:26. Meanwhile, Rowena Hornshaw was Hercules Wimbledon's sole
representative in the women's race finishing 39th in 47:17.
Veteran Frank Wood completed a busy weekend by racing in the Epsom Downs 10 miles road race on Sunday. He finished
47th out of 340 runners in 1:07:12 and was 12th in the veteran over 40 section.
In addition to sending a team to Parliament Hill Fields, Hercules Wimbledon are competing in an inter-club seven
miles cross country match in Richmond Park on Saturday. The race starts at 2pm from the cross roads near Sheen
10/11/08 - FINE RUNS TO MARK 75TH ANNIVERSARY
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club
runners marked the 75th anniversary of the founding of Hercules Ladies Athletic Club in 1933 with fine team
performances in both the Surrey Ladies and Sweatshop Surrey Men's Cross Country Leagues on Saturday.
Over at Lightwater Country Park, Bagshot, marathon runners Claire Grima and Estle Viljoen led Hercules Wimbledon to
their best-ever team placing in the Surrey's Ladies League senior race. They finished fourth and seventh,
respectively, in 24 minutes 45 seconds and 25 minutes 52 seconds to spearhead the team to fourth place and thirds
overall after two of the four matches. Michaela Knespl was 18th in 27:28, Rosemary Fernando 27th in 28:13, Marilyn
De Luca 62nd in 30:41 and Rowena Hornshaw 77th in 32:28.
Eleanor Smith-Hahn, the youngest runner in the field at 11, repeated her first match win to take the girls under 13
race in 13:14. Clubmate Ella Dobson was 17th in 14:56.
With Wimbledon Common at its wettest after several hours of continuous rain, Aidan Hogan also led the senior men
home to fourth place in the second Sweatshop Surrey League five miles race. Hogan was eighth out of 200 runners in
27:58 with Belal Aly 29th in 28:57, Jamie Helmer 43rd in 29:27, Mike Halman 44th in 29:33, Richard Xerri 52nd in
29:53 and Andrew Penney 54th in 30:04, just two seconds ahead of fellow teenager Alex Robinson.
Next Hercules Wimbledon finisher was Arnaud Claverie who was 59th in 30:25, running just hours after finishing
runner-up in a five miles road race in Battersea Park in 27:46. Adam Przedrmirski was 66th in 30:42 with the
scoring team of 10 being completed by three times English cross country champion Dave Clarke who was 67th in 30:43.
It was his first appearance in a Surrey League race for more than two decades when he was one of this country's top
cross country runners.
Clarke won English national cross country title in 1982, 1987 and 1988 and was runner-up four times in 1981, 1983,
1985 and 1986. To make the scoring 10, now aged 50, underlined his impressive pedigree.
Other Hercules Wimbledon finishers were Stuart Fraser, 99th in 31:45, Peter Lee 100th in 31:50, Ian Horrocks,
having his first race of the winter, 103rd in 32:04, Chris Coles 106th in 32:15, Deon Coetzee 113th in 32:25, Hugh
Saxby 114th in 32:26, Andy Waites 132nd in 33:35, John Quertret 134th in 33:41, Neil Fraser 135th in 33:48 and
Deyan Knespl 137th in 34:05.
With two matches completed, the men, like the women, are in third place overall. Hercules Wimbledon's team effort
would have been even better had not injury forced Alex Bruce-Littlewood to drop out and ruled out Justin Kelly and
Kieran White, all of who would normally have been in the scoring 10.
Some of Hercules Wimbledon's top athletes of yesteryear attended a dinner in Twickenham on Friday night to mark the
75th anniversary of the formation of Hercules Ladies AC . They included Dave Clarke, Brenda Bedford, who
represented Great Britain in the shot for two decades between 1958 and 1978, 400m hurdles international Robin
Woodland, who represented Britain in the 1962 European Championships in Belgrade, cross country international Frank
Briscoe and junior triple jump international Megarry Effiong. Around 100 past and present members of the club
enjoyed an evening of reminiscing.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon runners are in action in the South of the Thames five miles race at Lloyd Park,
Croydon, on Saturday, starting at 2pm.
3/11/08 - YOUNGSTERS STRONG SPORTSHALL START
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's
youngsters made a solid start to their Surrey Sportshall programme at Guildford's Spectrum Leisure Centre winning
the boys under 15 team contest and providing the individual winner in the girls under 13 event.
One of Hercules Wimbledon's youngest members of the squad, Eleanor Smith-Hahn, was joint winner of the girls under
13 competition despite contesting only two events. She won the sis lap race and was runner-up in the standing long
jump. Two other members of the Hercules Wimbledon team to do well were Emma Headley who was fourth in the six lap
race and Dalia Serafy who finished sixth in the two lap race. Hercules Wimbledon were also runners-up in the
With Antonia Drewett and Olivia Hogan the girls under 13 team finished an encouraging seventh out of 20.
The boys under 15 team were convincing winners of their competition with 273 points, more than 30 points clear of
the runners-up. Jose Costa and Ed Saywell led the squad to their team victory by finishing second and fourth in the
Costa was second in both the four lap race and shot was third in the standing triple jump. Saywell was second equal
in the speed-bounce event and fourth in the standing triple jump.
Sprinter Jonathan Osbourne was joint second with Saywell in the speed-bounce event and fifth in the standing long
jump and James Russell third in the two lap race. Joseph Clark was the fifth member of the winning boys under 15
Hercules Wimbledon's Oliver Reilly made an impressive debut in the boys under 13 event where he finished third
overall just two points behind the winner. He gained two second places in the four lap race and vertical jump. The
other three members of the team were John Dench, Kieren Sweeney and Jack Attwater.
Jessica Wood was the sole Hercules Wimbledon representative in the girls under 15 competition.
The next round of the Surrey competition takes place at Guildford on Sunday November 30. Anyone interested in
joining the squad should contact John Dennis on 020 8946 9989.
Hercules Wimbledon's Adam Vandenberg finished third out of more than 100 runners in the Wimbledon Common five
kilometres run on Saturday morning. His time of 16 minutes 59 secodns took 24 seconds off his previous best.
Clubmate veteran Gary Blesson was fourth in 17:43 with Claire Grima first woman in 18:35, taking eight seconds off
her previous best time for the course. It was also the sixth best time by a woman runner.
Veteran Frank Wood finished 21st on his debut appearance in the event in 20:10 with Matthew Appleby 29th in 20:48.
Anna Garnier was second woman in 20:49 Mark Bohan 35th in 21:09 and over 60 veteran Mike Kortenray 43rd in
This weekend is a red-letter day in the history of Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club will a special dinner taking
place on Friday to mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of one of the original clubs, Hercules Ladies. Many
former members of both the former Hercules AC and Wimbledon AC, founded in 1953, are attending the event at York
House, Twickenham, on Friday night. Former international 400m hurdler Robin Woodland is flying in from Hungary to
join the celebrations.
Then, on Saturday, Hercules Wimbledon will be aiming to have at least 75 runners in action in the Sweatshop Surrey
Men's and Surrey Ladies cross country league meetings on Wimbledon Common and Lightwater Country Park, Bagshot,
27/10/08 - HOGAN'S FIRST CROSS WIN FOR DECADE
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's
Aidan Hogan gained his first cross country race win for 10 years when he raced away with the East Surrey League
five miles event at Lloyd Park, Croydon, on Saturday.
Hogan, 26, set off like a greyhound and soon opened up a sizeable 20 metres lead on his nearest rivals. However, he
began to pay for his early enthusiasm and by the end of the first of two big laps he was being headed by his
Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Mike Halman who had come through to open up a lead of 10 metres.
However, Hogan, ever the fighter, was not finished yet and on the second lap he gradually pulled Hagan back and
powered through to win the race by around 40 metres in 29 minutes 24 seconds from Halman (29:33) and a third
Hercules Wimbledon runner, Kieran White, third in 29:51.
Hogan's win confirmed his ranking as Hercules Wimbledon's top cross country runner of the season after leading the
team home in the opening Sweatshop Surrey League race in Richmond Park. It has also been a very long time since he
headed a cross country field home. "The last time I won a race was the Merton High Schools championship as a
teenager," said Hogan. "What I'm benefiting from now is training regularly with other Hercules Wimbledon runners
and also having a steady job which allow me time to train when I need to."
Hogan also led Hercules Wimbledon to a comfortable team win. Other Hercules Wimbledon runners were teenager Andrew
Penney, sixth in 30:54, Adam Vandenerg12th in 32:49, over 50 veteran Hugh Saxby 15th in 33:08, Charlie Carrington
34th in 36:10, Frank Wood 40th in 37:04, over 60 veteran Maurice Sharp 53rd in 38:57, and Steve Hadley 65th in
Teenager Liam White maintained his unbeaten record this winter by running away with the young athletes two miles
race. Taking the lead from the start he won comfortably in 11:05 also leading Hercules Wimbledon to team success.
Geordie Logan was third in 11:35, Joe Toomey fourth in 11:42, Ed Saywell 10th in 11:52, Joe Clark, on his Hercules
Wimbledon debut 20th in 12:45, Bradlee Mulroe 28th in 13:28 and Alex Watson 40th in 14:58.
White warmed up for his East Surrey League victory by winning the Ealing Schools boys under 17 cross country trial
at Horsenden Hill, Greenford by 11 seconds in 13:18.
Two of Hercules Wimbledon's top senior women runners showed outstanding form in road races over the weekend. Claire
Grima set a new club women's half-marathon record when she finished seventh in the women's race at the Stroud
half-marathon on Sunday in 1:21:54. Her time took a massive four minutes off her previous best set at Brighton in
February and also erased the 2002 club record held by walking international Estle Viljoen at Battersea Park in
August 2002 by more than two minutes.
Meanwhile, Zoe Pike was also in record-breaking form when she finished 13th behind world women's marathon
record-holder Paula Radcliffe in the BUPA Great South Run 10 miles road race in damp conditions in Portsmouth. Her
time of 1:05:54 put her third on the Hercules Wimbledon women's all-time list and is also a veteran club record. It
better the previous record of 1:07:10 set by Debbie Higgins at Sidcup in February 1994.
Also on the road, Hercules Wimbledon's Kieran White was seventh in the Amsterdam half-marathon in 1:13:19, the
fastest time by a Hercules Wimbledon runner in 2008 while Phil Glynn was sixth out of more than 600 runners in the
Maidstone half-marathon in 1:21:00.
Hercules Wimbledon are staging a special dinner to mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of one of the original
clubs, Hercules Ladies, at Streatham, back in 1933. The event will take place at York House, Twickenham, on Friday,
November 7, starting at 7.30pm. Information and tickets can be obtained from Maurice Sharp on 020 8337 8707.
20/10/08 - HW SUPERVETS GOLD MEDAL TRIUMPH
Former marathon international Steve
Badgery led his Hercules Wimbledon team-mates to the gold medals in the Surrey Veterans men's over 60 cross country
championships in Richmond Park on Saturday.
Badgery, now 61, was a clear winner of the individual gold medal covering the undulating 10km course in 39 minutes
48 seconds, well ahead of his Hercules Wimbledon team-mate Martin Miller who took the individual silver medal in
41:44. Completing the gold medal-winning team was schoolteacher Maurice Sharp who finished 10th in 44:50.
Hercules Wimbledon's Jonathan Dobson made an impressive debut in the championships taking the over 40 silver medal
in 36:21 after moving through steadily during the second half of the race from third place at the half-way
Hercules Wimbledon just missed out on a medal in this age group in finishing fourth in the team event. Peter Lee
was fifth in the over 40 race in 37:36 with Stephen McDuell 14th in 43:21.
Hercules Wimbledon's walking international Estle Viljoen looked set to lift the women's title as she headed the
field at the half-way stage but her ambition was thwarted by a black dog on a downhill section at the start of the
second lap. "It just came out in front of me and I had to swerve to avoid it. It put me off my stride", said
schoolteacher Viljoen who had to settle for the silver medal covering the six kilometres course in 24:42.
Hercules Wimbledon's Anna Garnier took the individual gold medal in the women's over 55 championship in 26:12.
Hercules Wimbledon also fielded a team in the men's over 50's championship which finished in fifth spot. It was led
in by Hugh Saxby who failed by just two seconds to take an individual medal finishing fourth in 38:12 with
schoolmaster Martin O'Halloran 14th in 44:19 and Barry King, eighth in the over 55 category in 46:14.
Hercules Wimbledon teenager Andrew Penney followed up his seventh place in the Run Kingston 8.2 miles race the
previous weekend with another impressive run in the Wimbledon Audi 10km road race on Sunday where he finished sixth
out of almost 750 runners. Penney, 17, clocked 34:39 to lead Hercules Wimbledon to second place in the team event.
Fellow teenager Alex Robinson was 12th in 36:26with veteran Tom Cheetham 61st in 40:58.
It was Robinson's second race of the weekend as he finished seventh in the Wimbledon Common time trial on Saturday
in 18:22. The race was won by his Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Liam White who posted his second triumph in the event
with a time of 16:56. It proved a Hercules Wimbledon double as Steph Robson made a winning debut in the women's
race in 19:14. Hercules Wimbledon teenager Bradlee Mulroe, 14, was 20th out of more than 100 finisher in 20:05.
Hercules Wimbledon's James Trapmore finished third out of 1500 runners in the annual Cabbage Patch 10 miles road
race at Twickenham in 53:13. He was up with the two leaders for the opening mile but was then unable to live with
their fast pace. Clubmate Chris Coles finished 41st in 59:16.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are competing in the opening East Surrey League meeting of the season at Lloyd
Park, Croydon, on Saturday. The young athletes race over two miles starts at 2.30pm with the senior five miles race
off at 3pm. On Sunday, Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters compete in the opening Surrey Sportshall meeting at
Guildford's Spectrum Leisure Centre.
13/10/08 - BIRTHDAY WIN FOR TEENAGER WHITE
Hercules Wimbledon teenager Liam White
celebrated his 16th birthday with an impressive victory in the opening Sweatshop Surrey cross country league
meeting of the winter in Richmond Park on Saturday.
White, the London schools intermediate boys 1500m champion, won the 2.84 miles race in unseasonably warm and sunny
weather in 15 minutes 41 seconds. He led Hercules Wimbledon to the individual and team double.
Birthday boy White finished about 40m ahead of his Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Geordie Logan (15:50) with another
Hercules Wimbledon runner Joe Toomey taking third place in 16:07.
With Ed Saywell fifth and second under 15 finisher in 16:34 and newcomer Simran Kooner ninth in 17:20, Hercules
Wimbledon easily took the team honours.
It was a good weekend for Hercules Wimbledon youngsters as Eleanor Hahn-Smith ran away with the girls under 13 race
in the opening Surrey Ladies cross country league meeting at Nork Park, Banstead, in 13:46. Other Hercules
Wimbledon finishers were Maire Gillman eighth in 14:56, Rebecca Stone 12th in 15:18, Ella Dobson 33rd in 18:00 and
Olivia Hogan 34th in 18:06.
Hercules Wimbledon made a solid start to their Sweatshop Surrey league programme in the senior men's 5.65 miles
race. They packed their 10 scorers in the top 100 to finish and were led home by Aidan Hogan who appears to be
carrying his excellent form from the summer where he clocked a lifetime best 800m time and was the club's top
steeplechaser, into the cross country season.
Hogan finished a strong 15th out of almost 200 runners in 30:31 with Kieran White 21st in 30:57, Justin Kelly 35th
in 31:30, Mike Halman 40th in 31:42, Jamie Helmer 57th in 32:42, veterans Gary Blesson and Peter Lee 61st and 80th
in 32:49 and 33:50 and teenager Alex Robinson 85th in 33:57.
Next Hercules Wimbledon finisher was Chris Coles who was 89th in 34:06 with Phil Glynn completing the scoring 10
finishing 96th in 34:34. Then came over 50 veteran High Saxby who was 112th in 35:21 just ahead of Richard Xerri
(35:26) who would have finished much higher up the field had he not stopped to assist a runner who had
More than 20 Hercules Wimbledon runners completed the senior race including Deon Coetzee who was 174th after
missing the start.
Hercules Wimbledon were third in the under 13 race with Max Cooper and Felix Blanchard finishing seventh and ninth
in 19:12 and 21:54.
Hercules Wimbledon senior women also made a good start to their Surrey Ladies League programme at Nork Park,
Banstead where they were led home by marathon runner Claire Grima who was fifth in 26:02.Ella Benedict was 14th in
28:07, Rosemary Fernando 30th in 29:33, Marilena De Luca 66th in 32:14 and Rowena Hornshaw 80th in 33:02.
Hercules Wimbledon's James Trapmore won the Aiscs Run Kingston eight miles road race on Sunday in 42:22 with
teenager Andrew Penney finishing seventh of the 900-plus field in 47:35.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are competing in the Surrey Veterans cross country championships in Richmond Park
on Saturday. Walking international Estle Viljoen competes in the women's six kilometres race, starting at 2.30pm
while the 10 kilometres men's race starts at 3pm.
6/10/08 - NEWCOMER RAYNER BATTLES THROUGH RAIN FOR 10 MILE WIN
Andrew Rayner from
Blackheath and Bromley raced through pouring rain to win the 48th Geoff Moulden Wimbledon Open 10 miles road race,
organised by Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club, at Wimbledon Park on Sunday morning. It was the first time he had
competed in the event.
It was also the first ever road race victory for 26-year-old Rayner whose previous closest attempt at winning was
in February when he finished runner-up in the Sidcup 10 miles event in South-East London in 50 minutes 17
In the worst conditions organisers of the event can remember for many years, Rayner was rather slower over the
rather most testing hilly course on Sunday and reached the finish in 52:49 after a close battle with Thames Hare
and Hounds' Australian Phil Sly who was 10 seconds behind. Ben Moreau, who the previous weekend had helped
Aldershot, Farnham and District to the silver medals in the South of England six-stage road relay championship, was
third almost a minute behind in 53:50.
The next runner over the finishing line was Hercules Wimbledon's Hussein Ahmed in 54:27. He led Hercules Wimbledon
to victory in the team event. Other members of the winning team were Mike Halman, seventh in 55:56 and Chris Coles
13th in 1:00:27.
Other leading Hercules Wimbledon finishers were Justin Kelly 14th in 1:01:03, Phil Glynn 18th in 1:02:59, teenager
Alex Robinson 20th in 1:03:05, over 50 veteran Hugh Saxby 22nd in 1:03:54 and over 45 veteran Andy Waites 27th in
He finished just one second behind the first woman finisher Naomi Warner from Thames Hare and Hounds who clocked
1:04:57. Herne Hill's aura Nurse was second woman in 1:07:17 and Enfys Jones from Carmarthen Harriers third in
1:10:19, six seconds ahead of over 45 veteran Phyllis Flynn from Stragglers.
Hercules Wimbledon's Pete Giles was the first male over 60 finisher while Sally Maddock was the first Hercules
Wimbledon runner in the women's race taking sixth place in 1:14:35.
Hercules Wimbledon's Stuart Fraser headed the field home in the opening Veterans Athletic Club's cross country race
of the winter over 5.8 miles of Wimbledon Common on Saturday in 35:11, almost half-a-minute clear of the second
runner. Clubmates Dave Betts and Steve McDuell were fourth and fifth in 39:13 and 41:20.
Fraser warmed up for his victory on Wimbledon Common by taking second place in the Raven Racers five kilometres
road race in the City of London two days earlier in 17:06.
Hercules Wimbledon's Anna Garnier was the first woman in Saturday's Wimbledon Common time trial in 20:33. Bradlee
Mulroe was 18th in their men's race in 20:40.
Hercules Wimbledon's over 60 veteran Steve Badgery produced the top age graded performance in the fourth birthday
Bushy Park time trial at Hampton Court on Saturday when he finished 26th out of 507 runners in 18:31.
Hercules Wimbledon's international walker Estle Viljoen won her first walking events for three months when she took
the inter-area five kilometres race at Worcester in 25:58.9. She finished more than a minute ahead of the runner-up
in her first race walking competition since making her British international debut at the Interland Masters Match
at Ashford in June.
Hercules Wimbledon teenagers Liam White and Joe Toomey warmed up for the winter cross country season by posting the
second and fourth best times of the day in the Bruce Judd Surrey men's under 17 cross country relay at Stoke Park,
Guildford, on Saturday.
White clocked 7:18 and Toomey 17:31. The third member of the trio which just failed to secure team medals in
finishing fourth in 23:25 was Paul Stables, who clocked 8:46.
This weekend, White is among Hercules Wimbledon athletes competing in the opening Sweatshop Surrey Men's Cross
Country League Division One meeting of the season in Richmond Park. He will be in action in young athletes 2.84
miles race starting at 2.30pm. The senior race over 5.65 miles starts at 3pm.
Hercules Wimbledon's women start their Surrey Ladies League programme at Nork Park, Banstead, also on Saturday. The
senior race is off at 12.15pm with the under 15 and under 17 race at 1.15pm and the under 13 race off at
29/09/08 - GET SET FOR WIMBLEDON'S LONGEST RUNNING ROADS RACE
Final preparations are
underway for the staging of Wimbledon's oldest road race, the Geoff Moulden Wimbledon 10 which takes place on
Sunday (October 5).
The race dates back to 1961 and is being staged for the 48th time this year. The start of the race is being brought
forward this year to 10am. It begins with just over a lap of the running track at Wimbledon Park athletics stadium
before runners race out of Wimbledon Park into Wimbledon Park Road. They then complete three circuits of a loop
which take in Victoria Drive, Kingsmere Road, Inner Park Road, Parkside, Calonne Road, Burghley Road, Somerset Road
and Church Road, past the All England tennis club, before returning along Wimbledon Park Road to finish where they
started on the running track. The leading runners are expected to take around 50 minutes.
While postal entries have closed for this year's race, entries costing £15 each will be taken on the day. A total
of £1200 in prize money is up for grabs with awards of £200 each for the men's and women's winners. Details can be
found on the race website: www.wimbledonten.co.uk
The 2007 men's winner was Olympic marathon runner Huw Lobb who led from start to finish to clock 51 minutes 58
seconds. However, he was well outside the course record of 48:10 which was set by Hercules Wimbledon's own
international Bob Holt in 1975.
First Hercules Wimbledon runner last year was Belal Aly who finished sixth in 56:18 to lead his club to victory in
the team event. Other members of the winning team were Jamie Helmer 10th in 57:54 and veteran Peter Lee 20th in
Hercules Wimbledon's Clare Grima was second woman 12 months ago in 1:08:56 behind women's course record-holder Lucy
Hasell from Bristol and West (59:02). Hasell set the women's course record of 57:35 in 2006.
Three Hercules Wimbledon runners were among more than 28000 finishers in Sunday's Berlin Marathon where Ethiopian
Haile Gabrselassie set a new world record of 2L03:59 for the 26 miles 385 yards distance.
Jonathan Dobson was 575th in a personal best of 2:50:42, veteran Peter Lee was 733rd in 2:53:41 and over 60 veteran
Steve Badgery, who was first over 60 finisher in the 2007 Geoff Moulden Wimbledon 10 miles race, 3902nd in
Also abroad, Hercules Wimbledon's Marilena De Luca posted a personal best time of 1:46:58 in the Monza Half
Marathon in Italy.
Nearer home, veteran Stuart Fraser finished third out of more than 100 runners in the Wimbledon Common time trial
on Saturday in 17:29.
Hercules Wimbledon's World age group champion Dion Harrison finished fifth out of 360 competitors in the Crystal
Palace Triathlon less than half-a-minute behind the event winner in 58:09.
Opening leg runner Aidan Hogan was the best of the Hercules Wimbledon quartet in the South of England six-stage
road relay championship at Aldershot on Sunday. He finished 16th, covering the six kilometres circuit in 18:58.
Belal Aly (19:40), Richard Xerri (20:21), Alex Robinson (22:20), Mike Halman (20:00) and Jamie Helmer (20;49)
completed the team.
22/09/08 - WHY NOT HAVE A GO? - AND IT'S FREE
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club is
staging a come and try it athletics weekend on Saturday and Sunday as part of Wimbledon Park's Festival of
The club's experienced team of coaches will be on hand on both days to welcome anyone who might have been inspired
by the action in the recent Beijing Olympics - and who knows? One of the newcomers might even make it to the London
2012 in four years' time.
Both training days will be based at Wimbledon Park athletics stadium on Saturday and Sunday. The Saturday session
will start at 12noon and last for three hours. Coaches will give anyone aged eight years and older who turns up the
chance to have a go at throwing, high jumping and pole vaulting, and hurdling and sprinting. It would be an ideal
opportunity for someone who used to compete in athletics to return to the sport - there is no upper age limit and,
the session is free!
If those taking part enjoy the experience then they have the chance to have a serious crack at track and field
athletics and join the only track and field club based in Merton
Sunday's activity, which takes place from 10am to 12.30pm, is aimed at a slightly lower age group as youngsters
will be invited to join in Hercules Wimbledon's successful "7upsnovers" group from 10am to 12.30pm. This is
confined to those between seven and 12 years. Again it is free.
Over 50 youngsters with their parents turned up Hercules Wimbledon's mini-Olympics Sports Day at the track last
Sunday. They had go at the long jump, shot, discus and javelin, ran 600m - one and a half laps of the track - and
finished off with a 75m dash before tucking into some well earned refreshments.
Teenage sprinter Jonathan Osbourne showed good form in the 27th Hercules Wimbledon open young athletes meeting at
Crystal Palace with an individual double. Osbourne, winner of the bronze medal in the England boys under 15 200m
championship last month, took the boys under 15 100 and 200m in 11.6 and 23.5 before anchoring the Hercules
Wimbledon quartet to victory in the England athletics London Region's sprint relay. The team, which also include
Poju Adesilu, Jose Costa and Nathan Safo-Barnieh won the title in 50.7.
Safo-Barnieh was also third and fourth in the 100 and 200m in 11.9 and 24.4. Costa won his 100m race and was second
in his 200m event and threw the javelin a personal best of 42.93m in taking second place, while Adesilu was third
in his 100m race.
Another Hercules Wimbledon winner was Eleanor Hahn-Smith who took the girls under 13 800m in 2:27.4 and third in
the long jump and her 200m race. Felix Blanchard leapt a personal best 4.38m in winning the boys under 13 long jump
and was also third in both his 100 and 200m races.
He also linked up with Emmanuel Obayuwana, Tim Livingstone and Olly Livingstone to secure the bronze medals in the
London Region boys under 13 sprint relay in 60.6.
Hercules Wimbledon's Claire Grima was third in the Wimbledon Common time trial in 18:43. She posted the second best
age-graded performance of the 108-strong field in taking 17 seconds off her previous best. Yuzo Saito also clocked
a personal best in finishing 20th in 20:01 while Maurice Sharp was the first veteran over 60 finisher in 21:27.
Peter Lee was the first veteran over 40 in the Bushy Park time trial in 17:32 with Steve Badgery first over 60
finisher in 18:39.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are competing are sending teams to compete in the South of England men's and
veterans road relay championships at Rushmoor Arena, Aldershot, on Saturday. and also open the club's winter cross
country season with an inter-club five miles cross country race in Richmond Park, starting near Sheen Gate at
15/09/08 - WOMEN OUTSHINE MEN IN ROAD RELAYS
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's
senior women's team produced their best ever performance in the Surrey road relay championships at Wimbledon Park
on Saturday and out their rival club's men's teams in the shade by snatching a set of team medals for the first
time in the club's history.
Walking international Estle Viljeon, just a few days after returning from her honeymoon, ran the opening leg for
the women's A team handing over in fourth place covering the 2.88 miles in 18 minutes 6 second
Steph Robson then stormed through on the second leg to take the team into a 15 seconds lead as she completed the
lap in 17:30, the fourth best women's time of the day. Third leg runner Michaela Knespl slipped to second place
with a time of 19:20 but still managed to keep the team in medal contention and anchor leg runner Claire Grima
clinch the historic set of medals by completing the anchor leg in 17:38, the fifth fastest women's time of the day.
The team's total time was 1:12:34.
Backing up the medal winning quartet, a second Hercules Wimbledon team also completed the four laps to finish a
creditable 11th. Sally Maddocks was seventh on the opening stage in 19:22. Amandine King held that position
completing stage two in 20:05 but Rowena Hornshaw (22:32) slipped to 10th place with Marilena De Luca (21:41)
bringing the team home in 11th position in a total time of 1:23:40.
The senior men's team got closest to a set of team medals as they finished in fourth place. Kieran White made a
solid start finishing third on the opening leg in 14:55, the 10th fastest men's time of the day. Teenager Andrew
Penney then ran a solid second stage in 15:33 to hand over in fourth spot before Chris Coles (16:27) slipped to
Aidan Hogan then ran a storming fifth leg in 15:01, the 14th fastest men's time of the day, to bring the team back
into medal contention, handing over in third spot but Mike Halman was unable to hold that placing on the anchor leg
which he completed in a swift 15:18 to slip fourth place, bringing the team home less than three minutes behind the
winners in a total time of 1:33:26.
Hercules Wimbledon had two other teams in the senior men's relay. The B team was 13th in 1:43:50. The six runners
were John Querstret 18th in 17:31, Charlie Carrington 16th in 17:33, Lance Power 16th in 19:12, Geordie Logan 15th
in 16:02, Belal Aly 13th in 15:33 and Ed Reed 17:59 on the anchor leg.
The C team was 17th in 1:50:52. Yuao Saito brought the team in 21st on the opening leg in 18:51, Neil Fraser moved
up to 17th place with 16:58, over 60 veteran Maurice Sharp slipped to 18th with 20:29, over 55 veteran Martin
O'Halloran clocked 19:07in slipping to 19th place with another over 60 veteran Martin Miller clocking 18:58 in
moving up to 17th on the anchor stage.
Hercules Wimbledon also fielded a team in the men's over 50 championship which finished fifth in 1:19:38. Barry
King was fifth on the opening leg in 20:27 with over 60 veteran Steve Badgery clocking the best time of the quartet
with 17:24 on stage two. Ian Isherwood (22:51) and Stu Littlerwood (18:56) completed the team.
Over on Wimbledon Common, Hercules Wimbledon's Adam Van Denberg headed home a 133-strong field to win the weekly
Wimbledon Common five kilometres time trial for the first time in 17:23 while Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Stephen
McDuell finished 16th in the Richmond Park time trial in 21:24.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are competing in the Lily B League Girls Finals at Kingsmeadow Stadium on
Saturday. On Sunday, Hercules Wimbledon are organising a 7upsnovers Olympics at their Wimbledon Park headquarters,
starting at 9.30am. This is for youngsters between the ages of seven and 12
8/09/08 - DION HARRISON WINS WORLD TRI TITLE
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club boasts
a world champion after Dion Harrison made a successful trip to Holland for the World Long Distance Triathlon
Harrison, 28, won the 25 to 29 age category event covering the three disciplines in 6 hours 18 minutes 59 seconds.
He took 1:06:08 to complete the four kilometres swim, 3:03:21 to complete the 120km bike ride, and 2:04:26 to cover
the 30km road run.
Triathlon events are normally staged over much shorter distances and last month Harrison won the Mazda London title
in 1:59:44. He finished ahead of almost 200 rivals completing the 1500m swim in 20:42, the 38kim bike ride in
1:01:15 and the 9.8km road run in 34:30.
At the beginning of last month, he was 26th out of almost 900 competitors in the Antwerp Ironman Triathlon in
Persistence finally paid off for Hercules Wimbledon teenager Liam White in the Wimbledon Common time trial on
Saturday. Competing in the event for the 15th time, White managed to snatch a win by just two seconds in 17:03.
White, 15, who was covered with mud by the time he reached the finishing line, headed home a large group of
Hercules Wimbledon athletes. Neil Aitken was third of the 130 finishers in 17:35, Graeme Buscke sixth in 18:10 just
four seconds ahead of Alex Robinson, Adam Van Denberg 16th in 18:44 and Deyan Knespl 25th in 20:00. He managed to
beat his sister Michaela who was fifth woman in 22:14. Another Hercules Wimbledon runner Rebecca Stone was 14th
woman in 24:48.
White was using the race as a final warm-up for next Sunday's 27th Hercules Wimbledon Young Athletes Open meeting
at Crystal Palace. The meeting, due to be staged in April, had to be postponed because of a freak snowstorm. The
meeting starts at 11am and runs through until 5.30pm. White showed he was in good track form when he finished
runner-up in an 800m race at an open track meeting at Battersea Park in 2:10.69.
Hercules Wimbledon's James Trapmore beat more than 500 runners to win the Bushy Park time trial at Hampton Court
for the 10th time in 12 appearances. However, Trapmore, recently returned from holiday in Mexico was well below his
best time of 15:24 as he reached the finish in 16:39.
Another Hercules Wimbledon runner, Rowena Hornshaw, was close to her best time when she finished 11th woman in the
Banstead Woods time trial in 24:27. She was just seven seconds outside her best for the course.
Hercules Wimbledon's over 55 veteran Stu Littlewood posted the fastest individual time in the Crooklog five
kilometres road race at Bexleyheath of 19:25.
Hercules Wimbledon are facing a hectic weekend. Apart from organising their popular Young Athletes open meeting at
Crystal Palace on Sunday in which hundreds of athletes from all over the country will be taking part, the club is
also hosting the annual Surrey County road relay championships at their Wimbledon Park track headquarters. Hercules
Wimbledon will be fielding teams in most of the championships. All relays start at 12noon.
1/09/08 - HW RUNNERS WARM UP FOR ROAD RELAYS
Teenager Andrew Penney led a group of
Hercules Wimbledon runners home in the weekly Wimbledon Common five kilometres time trial on Saturday.
With the track and field season now over, 17-year-old Penney, who helped Hercules Wimbledon senior men's team gain
promotion to the top division of the Southern Men's League, is now turning his attention to the autumn road running
programme starting with the Surrey road relays at Wimbledon Park on Saturday, September 13.
Penney headed home a record 135-strong field in 16 minutes 53 seconds on his second appearance in the event. He was
just two seconds outside his inaugural time when he finished runner-up. Teenage clubmate Liam White, back from a
brief holiday break, was third in 17:43 with Graeme Buscke fifth in 18:04 and Chris Coles seventh three seconds
Hercules Wimbledon had five runners in the top 10 with another teenager Alex Robinson finishing 10th in 18:25.
Other Hercules Wimbledon runners in the event included Matthew Appleby 28th in 20:36 Bradlee Mulroe, one of the
youngest runners in the event at 14, 55th in 22:23 and Marilena De Luca eighth woman in 23:00 on her first
appearance in the event.
Hercules Wimbledon's over 60 veteran Steve Badgery once again posted the top age-graded performance in the Bushy
Park time trial at Hampton Court where he finished 22nd out of 467 runners in 18:25. Clubmate Matt Fell was 12th
out of more than 100 runners in the Richmond Park time trial in 18:57.
Three Hercules Wimbledon young guns helped Surrey win the South of England boys under 15 inter-counties match at
Barnet Copthall Stadium, Hendon. Battling into a stiff headwind, Nathan Safo-Barnieh finished third in the 200m in
24.07 while clubmate Jonathan Osbourne finished fourth in the 100m in 11.82. Javelin thrower Jose Costa was ninth
with a throw of 38.62m.
Four other Hercules Wimbledon athletes were also in action at Hendon. Representing Kent, Alex Bruce-Littlewood was
third in the junior men's 2000m steeplechase in 6:05.84 while Geordie Logan, running for Surrey and one of the
youngest runners in the race was 11th in 7:07.05. Nnamdi Odum was fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 13.70m,
just outside his best and Rosemary Fernando was 11th in the junior women's 1500m in 5:22.67.
The day after competing for Surrey, Osbourne and Jose Costa were among a small group of Hercules Wimbledon athletes
in action at a young athletes open meeting at the Terence McMillan Stadium, Plaistow.
Osbourne showed a clean pair of heels to his rivals as he won the under 15 100m in 11.54, faster than he managed at
Hendon. Jose Costa was runner-up in the javelin 39.24m, also better than he had managed when representing Surrey
and was also eighth in the 200m in a personal best of 24.95. His elder brother Luis was fourth in the men's under
17 javelin with 30.86m and fifth in the long jump w3ith 4.86m. Another Hercules Wimbledon youngster in action was
Chima Odum who was fourth in both the under 15 long jump and javelin with 4.53 and 30.68m.
At the other end of the age scale, over 45 veteran Mark Baker was runner-up in his 400m race at an open meeting at
Finsbury Park in 56.2, about half-a-second outside his personal best. Stephen McDuell was runner-up in the Veterans
Athletic Club's over 40 800m championship at Kingsmeadow Stadium in 2:11.35 with Paul Wignall runner-up in the over
55 400m and Dennis Williams third in the over 60 1500m championship.
Baker wqas also second in his 400m race at an open meeting at Tooting Bec in a faster 55.64. Chima Odum won the
boys under 15 shot and was third in the discus with personal bests of 11.30 and 27.65m. Safo-Barnieh was third in
his 100m race in 12.11, Poju Adsilu seventh in his 100m race in 12.53 and Tom Meehan runner-up in his 100m race in
12.83. Middle-distance runner Aidan Hogan was third in his 800m race in 1:58.53.
25/08/08 - BIRTHDAY AWARD FOR TOP COACH HAQUE
Former top sprinter Frank Haque gained
a surprise 70th birthday present when he turned up for his usual Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club training session
at Wimbledon Park athletics stadium.
Dozens of athletes cheered as Haque, who has been coaching with the club for almost a decade, received an inscribed
decanter from former club president and chairman Nick Getting, who currently manages Hercules Wimbledon's young
athletes team. The award was to thank Frank for his valuable contribution to the club as a coach.
He trains some of the clubs young sprinters and throwers including Nathan Safo-Barnieh, who represented Surrey at
the English schools championships last month and Jose Costa, the Surrey boys under 15 boys javelin champion.
Haque, who was something of all round sportsman, arrived in Britain from Pakistan in the 1960's and represented
Glasgow University at both football and hockey while studying industrial management. He was predominantly a
sprinter and as a youngster clocked 10.7 and 21.5 seconds for 100 and 200m, impressive times half-a-century ago. He
attended the Pakistan training camps for the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo but narrowly failed to make the athletics
Over the years, he has won numerous Surrey veterans titles, retiring after winning the over 60 200m, long and
triple jump titles in 2003. In 1996 he won the UK Indoor over 55 veterans 60m title. Haque holds the Hercules
Wimbledon over 60 100 and 200m, high jump, long jump, triple jump and shot records.
Although he has hung up his spikes, Haque, who joined Hercules Wimbledon in 1992, still keeps fit by going to a gym
three times a week. He also regularly takes training sessions at Wimbledon Park track on Tuesday and Thursday
The retired civil servant was delighted with his unexpected award. "It came as a complete surprise. Everyone kept
it very quiet," he said.
Hercules Wimbledon are facing a hectic few weeks. The club is staging its 27th annual Young Athletes Open Meeting
at Crystal Palace on Sunday, September 14. The meeting was postponed from the Spring after a sudden snowfall on
April 6 forced its cancellation. Entries are still being received for the event, one of the top young athletes
meetings in the country, which also incorporates England Athletics London Region young athletes relay
championships. Information and an entry form can be found on the Hercules Wimbledon website www.herculeswimbledonac.org.uk
The previous day, Saturday, April 13, Hercules Wimbledon are involved in staging the annual Surrey road relay
championships from their Wimbledon Park track headquarters starting at 12noon.
In October, Hercules Wimbledon are staging Wimbledon's longest running road race, the Geoff Moulden Wimbledon open
10 miles. Entries are already pouring in for the event. Hercules Wimbledon's own former international Bob Holt
still holds the men's course record of 48:10 set in 1975 while schoolteacher Lucy Hasell posted the women's fastest
time of 57:35 in 2006.
The race, which starts and finishes at Wimbledon Park athletics stadium is being staged on Sunday, October 5,
starting at 11am. An entry form and further information can be found on the race website www.wimbledonten.co.uk
18/08/08 - Teenager Fernando to run for Surrey
Teenager Rosemary Fernando is among a
group of Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club athletes who will be in action for Surrey in an inter-counties meeting at
Barnet Copthall Stadium, Hendon, on Sunday.
Fernando, who finished runner-up in the Surrey junior women's 1500m championship at Kingsmeadow Stadium has been
selected for that event in the junior inter-county match while Geordie Logan and Nnamdi Odum have been invited to
compete in the junior men's steeplechase and triple jump, respectively.
Also representing Surrey at Hendon will be three of club's most promising youngsters Jonathan Osbourne,
NathanSafo-Barmiah and Jose Costa. They have been selected for the 100 and 200m and javelin, respectively, in the
boys under 15 match.
Osbourne warmed up for the inter-county match by taking a bronze medal in the England age group championships at
Birmingham. He was third in the 200m in 23.61 seconds after clocking a fasster 23.58 in his heat.
Two Hercules Wimbledon athletes were in action for Surrey in an under 17 inter-county match at Basildon. Liam White
and Geordie Logan were both second in the 1500m and 1500m steeplechase events at Basildon in 4:22.43 and 5:00.87,
Hercules Wimbledon sprinter Dwayne Dowding gave another impressive display when he took the 200m at the Rosenheim
League final at Tooting Bec. He won the 200m in 21.9 and was third in the 100m in 11.3. Another Hercules Wimbledon
winner was Aidan Hogan who took the 800m in 1:57.7 while javelin thrower Bekele Tola was pipped by just one
centimetre as he finished runner-up with 50.76m, well below his best.
Middle-distance runner Andrew Penney celebrated his 17th birthday by finishing runner-up in the 1500m in 4:12.5.
Triple jumper Nnamdi Odum was third in the triple jump with 12.91m while Mike Halman was fifth in the 3000m in
Surrey senior women's long jump bronze medallist Emily Martin took a break from her specialist event when she
competed in a Southern Women's League match at Horsham. She won the 200m in 26.2 and was runner-up in the 100m in
Meanwhile, her mun, Ann, who also helps to manage the team, played her part in the action by setting two cub
records. She set new marks for the over 45 shot and discus.
Claire Grima raced away with the 3000m in 10:53.4 while Jennifer Fernando was second in the 400 and 800m races.
Hercules Wimbledon are looking for new members aged 10 and over to boost its women's team. Anyone interested should
contact Mrs Pat Yeates on 020 8640 2078 or turn up at one of the Tuesday and Thursday evening training sessions
from 6.30 to 9pm at Wimbledon Park athletics stadium.
Medena Knespl went one better than the previous week when she won the women's event at the Wimbledon Common five
kilometres time trial on Saturday. She clocked 18:54 with Claire Grima finishing runner-up just six seconds
Over 65 veteran Steve Badgery again produced the top age graded performance in the Nushy Park time trial where he
finished 17th out of more than 360 runners in 18:21. Clubmate Peter Lee was 13th in 18:07.
11/08/08 - HW PRESIDENT OFF TO BEIJING GAMES
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's
president David Littlewood flew out this week to the Beijing Olympics where he is one of the senior officials for
the nine-day athletics programme. Littlewood, who was chief photofinish official at the Aviva London Grand Prix
meeting at Crystal Palace last month, is one of only three British officials involved in the Beijing athletics
As he prepared for the 11 hour flight to the Chinese capital on Monday night, Littlewood explained he would be the
international photo finish judge at the athletics and his job would be to ensure the readings of the photo finish
results by the Chinese officials were correct. He was chosen from an international pool of eight photo-finish
officials. He is also Britain’s only representative on the IAAF technical committee.
Although it is only the second time he has officiated at an Olympic Games - the previous time was in Barcelona in
1992 - he has attended 24 World championships and five Commonwealth Games as an official. However, while in
Beijing, he will have little time to tour the city.
"There isn't a rest day in the programme as there used to be because of the requirements of television and I'm
leaving the day after the athletics programme finishes," explained Littlewood. "However, I've been to Beijing three
times before, twice as a tourist and once for a schools cross country international event."
Littlewood, who was a sprinter and long jumper in his younger days, representing Surrey and Leicestershire,
qualified as an athletics official in 1957 while studying to become a teacher at Leicester University. Since then,
he has become one of the top officials in the country. Since 1992, he has been secretary of the English schools
athletics association and refereed the men's race in the London marathon for most of the 28 years it has been
staged. He also edits the UK Athletics rule book.
He has been a top ranked track referee for many years and first became involved with the use of photo finish
equipment in the late 1970's when it involved using various chemicals and liquids in contrast to the electronic
equipment now in use which can now time to one-thousandth of a second. "At present, there is no qualification to be
a photo finish judge but that is likely to change. I remember when I first officiated as a photo finish judge at
Crystal Palace, I was up on the roof surrounded by bird dropping. It wasn't very pleasant."
With his heavy commitment to athletics, it's not surprising he hardly has time for a holiday. However, Littlewood
is taking a week's break in Malaysia after he duties in Beijing are completed. "That will be my first holiday since
1991," he admitted.
Despite his status within the sport, Littlewood never forgets the grass roots and, whenever he can, he officiates
at club and schools meetings. Just 24 hours before flying out to China, he officiated in the photo-finish room at
an eight-sided inter-counties match hosted by Surrey at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Sunday.
Three Hercules Wimbledon athletes helped the Surrey men's team to a narrow victory over Essex. Javelin thrower
Bekele Tola, called into the team at the last minute, managed to win his event with a season's best of 59.39m.
Teenager Jermain Olsasan, also a late replacement in the long jump, won the B event with a lifetime best of 6.76m
while Dwayne Dowding was third in the 400m B race in 50.39 seconds before running the second leg for the Surrey
4x400m relay team which finished second.
Hercules Wimbledon's Medena Knespl took the silver medal in the Surrey five kilometres road running championship at
West Wimbledon on Sunday in 18:32. Clubmates Ben Cummings, Andrew Penney and Neil Aitken were 11th, 12th and 14th
out of more than 200 runners in the men's race. Alex Robinson was 27th, 24 hours after finishing sixth in the
Wimbledon Common time trial. Former marathon international Steve Badgery was first veteran over 60 in 18:43. The
previous day he was first over 60 veteran in the Bushy Park time trial.
4/08/08 - SENIOR MEN CELEBRATE PROMOTION
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's senior men's track and field team are on a roll! After winning their final
Rosenheim League East Division match, they stormed to their best performance of the season when they won their
sixth and final Southern Men's League Division Two match at Bromley to gain promotion to the top division. It is
more than a decade since Hercules Wimbledon were in Division One. The last time was in 1997.
Despite suffering from a hamstring problem, former junior international Austin Ferns made a last minute decision to
support the team effort and compete. But, his participation was not without its drama. After easing to a
comfortable victory in the 400m hurdles B race, he decided to switch to the A race for the sprint hurdles. However,
his hamstring problem restricted his ability to raise his lead leg and at the second flight his heel sent the
hurdle flying and smashed the cross-bar. Ferns amazingly managed to keep on his feet and went on to win in a fine
15.9 seconds. He was rested for the 4x400m relay but the 10 points he secured proved invaluable for the team
Once again, it was sprinter Dwayne Dowding who was the outstanding member of the team. After laying the foundations
for success in the final Rosenheim, Dowding proved instrumental in securing the team success the club needed to
secure promotion. He swept to a fine 100m victory in 11.0 before taking the 200m in 22.0 and anchoring the
makeshift sprint relay team to third place. However, Dowding left his best till last clocking 49.6 to anchor the
4x400m team to victory in the final event of the day when the Hercules Wimbledon team had already secured
Teenager Jermain Olasan secured maximum points in the 100m in winning the B race in a personal best of 11.4, just
minutes after taking second place in the long jump. He then interrupted his triple jump competition to take second
place in the 200m B race before running a leg of the sprint relay.
Aaron Mason, a member of the winning 4x400m relay team, also took second place in the 400m hurdles A race before
winning the 400m B race. Teenager Andrew Penney, after an almost sleepless night on an RAF training course, managed
to take second place in the 1500m with Ben Cummings, making his Southern League debut, taking second in the B race.
Mike Halman and Justin Kelly were runners-up in the 5000m A and B races, Steve Hadley second in the sprint hurdles
B race and Esmond Ferns second in the 800m B race.
Earlier Kelly was thrown into the high jump where there was no other competitor and managed to pull off a totally
unexpected win clearing 1.65m.
There was plenty of other drama and mishaps apart from Austin Ferns smashing the hurdle. Aidan Hogan looked on his
way to win the 3000m steeplechase when he took a fall after he was obstructed by another competitor as he
negotiated the water-jump on the penultimate lap. Despite being badly grazed and having the wind taken out of him,
Hogan pluckily picked himself up and, encouraged by his team-mates, managed to finish a vital runner-up. Lance
Power was also second in the B race. Earlier, Hogan had clocked just outside two minutes in finishing third in the
800m A race.
Hamed Agboke was fully expected to win the 400m A race but he finished last! Per Nystrom was expected to be well
placed in the hammer but managed only one valid throw and was last. However, he later finished second in the discus
with a Hercules Wimbledon veterans record of 37.80m with Bekela Tola taking second in the B competition, and won
the javelin B where Tola was just pipped in the A competition where he threw a fine 55.03m. Nystrom also won the
shot with Tola fourth in the B event.
In a truly team effort, Dominic Getting, who took time off from preparing for his wedding next month, was third in
the pole vault A and hammer B, Michael Adjei-Tabirade was second in the long jump B, Power third in the triple jump
and fourth in the pole vault B events.
Match result: 1 Hercules Wimbledon 130; 2 Brighton and Hove 120; 3 Croydon 112; 4 Dartford 99; 5 Dacorum and Tring
71. Final standings: 1 Enfield and Haringey 28; 2 Brighton and Hove 26; 3 Hercules Wimbledon 26; 4 Luton United
Hercules Wimbledon's Medena Knespl and Claire Grima were the first two women in the Wimbledon Common time trial on
Saturday. Jon Fairs, Alex Robinson and over 50 veteran Hugh Saxby were second, fourth and fifth in the men's
Hercules Wimbledon contest the Rosenheim League final at Tooting Bec next Wednesday (August 13) starting at
28/07/08 - SUPERB END TO MID-WEEK LEAGUE
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club ended
their mid-week Rosenheim League Eastern Division programme by winning the sixth and final match at Tooting Bec with
a tremendous team victory to qualify for this year's final which will be staged at Tooting Bec on Wednesday, August
Outstanding Hercules Wimbledon athlete was sprinter Dwayne Dowding who stormed to victory in the 100m in 11 seconds
and the 200m in 22.1 before running a superb anchor leg in the 4x200m relay. Taking over some 20m behind the
leading team he swept round the bend and down the finishing straight victory five metres clear. His hat-trick laid
the foundations for Hercules Wimbledon's team success. No athlete finished lower than third in any of the 12
Another Hercules Wimbledon winner was Aidan Hogan who dominated the 2000m steeplechase to win by more than 20
seconds in 6:20.5. He later turned out in the 3000m where he took third place.
Having his first race of the season, Esmond Ferns finished runner-up in the 800m, Kieran White was also second in
the 1500m while Aaron Mason took third spot in a closely contested 400m race.
Despite having problems with his run-up, teenager Michael Adjei-Tabirade also took second place in the long jump
and, just days after discarding his crutches after missing most of the summer season, thrower Bekele Tola took
second spot in both the shot and javelin. Tola had to endure several weeks in plaster after breaking a bone in his
foot during a training session.
The victory provided a big boost to Hercules Wimbledon's hopes of gaining promotion to the top division of the
Southern Men's League with the final match being held at Norman Park, Bromley, on Saturday. Most of the victorious
Rosenheim League squad will be in action at Bromley where Hercules Wimbledon will be aiming to clinch promotion
with another win. Match result: 1 Hercules Wimbledon 68; 2 Belgrave 64; 3 Herne Hill 61; 4 Croydon 53; 5 Striders
of Croydon 41; 6 Serpentine 33.
Also at Tooting Bec, Hercules Wimbledon youngster Jonathan Osbourne, followed up his sixth place in the English
schools junior boys 100m championship by breaking the club's under 15 record 200m record in clocking 23.0 in a
non-scoring race. At the other end of the age scale, Angela Kikugawa broke the Hercules Wimbledon women's over 45
800m record with a time of 3:29.0.
Hercules Wimbledon's Liam White warmed up for this weekend's under 17 Inter-Counties match at Basildon on Sunday by
racing to third place in the Wimbledon Common time trial on Saturday. He clocked 17:16 in finishing 26 seconds
behind Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Ben Cummings who finished second on his debut appearance in the event in 16:50.
Alex Robinson was seventh in 18:11 and Medena Knespl 14th and first woman in a personal best time of 19:11, taking
three seconds off her previous best time for the event.
White runs in the 1500m for Surrey on Sunday while clubmate Geordie Logan wins his first county vest in the 1500m
Hercules Wimbledon over 60 veteran Steve Badgery had a busy time last weekend. On Saturday he posted the top men's
age graded performance in the Bushy Park time trial finishing 18th out of almost 400 runners in 18:20 less than 24
hours after finishing 20th out of more than 500 runners in the Wedding Day seven kilometres road race in 25:39. He
posted the top age graded performance, beating all the over 50 veterans, in winning the over 60 veterans prize.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters compete in their final Ebbisham Boys League match at Kingsmeadow
Stadium on Sunday.
21/07/08 - RECORD BREAKING BY YOUNG AND OLD
Twelve-year-old Tim Livingstone set a
new club boys under 13 discus record when he won the event at the Ebbisham Boys League match at Croydon with a
throw of 20.49m. His throw added more than two metres to the previous club best set by Tom Brandon at an Ebbisham
League match at Walton in 2005.
Livingstone had a busy time at the meeting at Croydon also winning the 800m in a personal best of 2 minutes 21.8
seconds and taking second place in the long jump with a personal best of 4.32m.
Meanwhile, the quartet of Jose Costa, Nathan Safo-Barnieh, Tom Richards and Jonathan Osbourne set a new club under
15 record in winning the 4x200m relay in 1:38.6. Their time smashed the previous best of 1:41.8 set by Carlos
Mujica, David Baker, Nigel Stanley and Martin Giraud at Kingsmeadow in 1992.
Osbourne, who finished a fine sixth in the Sainsbury's English Schools junior boys 100m final, also tasted
individual success in winning the 100m in 11.6 while Costa won his 400m race in a personal best of 55.8 and was
second in both the high jump and javelin.
Other Hercules Wimbledon winners at Croydon were Ed Saywell in the under 15 800m in a personal best of 2:09.3, Tom
Meehan in the under 15 100m, and David Stables in the under 15 1500m and high jump. Saywell was also second in his
400m race while newcomer Chima Odum was second in his under 15 shot competition and third in the triple jump on an
encouraging debut appearance for Hercules Wimbledon.
Also at Croydon, Andrew Clarke was second and third in his under 15 shot and 100m events.
At the other end of the age range, former marathon international Steve Badgery was in record-breaking form in the
Elmbridge open 10km road race at Walton-on-Thames on Sunday. He smashed the Hercules Wimbledon veterans over 60
record with a time of 36:34 to post the top age graded performance of more than 600 runners in the race. His time
is puts him at the top of the 2008 over 60 UK 10km road rankings. He finished 44th overall and beat all the over 50
veterans apart from the winner in that category.
Badgery, 61, erased the Hercules Wimbledon club record of 37:30 set by Peter Giles in the Barry Jones 10km road
race in 2005 and now holds all five Hercules Wimbledon over 60 road running records from five miles to the
marathon. He also holds the over 60 5000m record on the track.
Also in the Elmbridge 10km event, Hugh Saxby clocked a personal best of 37:03 in finishing second in the over 50
category, 29 seconds behind Badgery, while Maurice Sharp was seventh in the over 60 category in 42:38.
Claire Grima clocked the best Hercules Wimbledon time for the distance this summer when she women's race in the
Wimbledon Common time trial on Saturday in 19:28. Clubmate Anna Garnier was third and first over 50 woman veteran
with the top age-graded women's performance of 22:59 with Hannah Fernando sixth woman in 24:35.
Over at Dorney Lake, Eton, Hercules Wimbledon's Peter Lee finished 35th out of more than 450 competitors in the
Steelman Triathlon which was won by Olympic oarsman James Cracknell.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon athletes travel to Horsham for their fourth Southern Women's League meeting of the
season on Saturday while some of the club's youngsters will be in action for Surrey in an under 13 inter-counties
match at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Sunday.
14/07/08 - ATHLETES SHINE AT ILFORD AND GATESHEAD
While Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's seniors were battling their way to victory at Ilford, some of the club's
most talented youngsters were showing good form in the Sainsbury's English Schools track and field championships at
Teenager Nathan Safo-Barnieh broke the Hercules Wimbledon boys under 15 200m record in winning his junior boys heat
at Gateshead in 23.24 seconds. However, he just failed to make the final finishing third in his second round race
in a slightly slower 23.51. His heat time erased the Hercules Wimbledon club record set by Scott Fuller in
Fellow sprinter Jonathan Osbourne who trains with Safo-Barieh under Hercules Wimbledon coach Frank Haque at
Wimbledon Park twice improved on his best 100m time at the championships. He was fourth in his first round race in
a personal best of 11.52, was slightly slower with 11.56 in finishing fourth in his semi-final and then speeded up
to take sixth place in the final in 11.46. That puts him second on the club all-time list ahead of Mike Powell, who
later gained international status, but just outside Martin Giraud's 1992 record of 11.4.
Alex Bruce-Littlewood just missed out on a medal in the senior boys 2000m steeplechase finishing fourth in 6:03.52,
Jermaine Olasan was close to his best in leaping 6.70m with his final attempt in the senior boys long jump, where
he was fifth, with triple jumper Nnamdi Odum taking sixth place in the senior boys triple jump with 13.76m, to
equal his lifetime best set in a Southern League match at Thurrock in June.
A sixth Hercules Wimbledon athlete at Gateshead, Laim White, came up against tough opposition in the intermediate
boys 1500m. Despite improving on his lifetime best with 4:10.90, he was knocked out in the opening round where he
was eighth in his heat and narrowly missed making the final.
Hercules Wimbledon's top sprinter, Dwayne Dowding, also found the opposition strong in the Olympic trials and UK
Championships at Birmingham. Surrey silver medallist Dowding was just outside his best time of 21.8 in clocking
21.98 in the 200m heats.
Over at Ilford, the weakened Hercules Wimbledon's senior team despite being without Dowding, White, Odum and
Olasan, managed to snatch a narrow victory in a tough match in which just six points covered the top three
Outstanding was all-rounder Ove Lindekleiv who contested no less than nine events winning the sprint hurdles, high
jump, long jump, shot, discus and javelin. He was also second in the pole vault, beaten on count-back, and third in
the hammer and also ran legs in the 4x100 and 4x400m relay.
Team captain Steve Davies gained a hat-trick of wins taking the 110m and 400m hurdles B races and high jump B
before running in both relays. Other winners were Cale Edmunds (100m B), Simon Cook (shot B), John Brown (hammer
B), Dominic Getting (pole vault B) and Andrew Penney (800m B).
The win has lifted Hercules Wimbledon into a promotion place with just one match remaining. Match result: 1
Hercules Wimbledon 128; 2 Ilford 123; 3 Walton 122; 4 City of Norwich 95; 5 Oxford City 62.
Hercules Wimbledon runners also showed good form on the road. James Trapmore raced to victory ahead of a 400-strong
field in the Bushy Park time trial in 15:32 with Steve Badgery first over 60 veteran finishing 12th in 18:09. Adam
Przedrzymirski returned to racing after a spell off through injury to finish fifth in the Richmond Park time trial
in 19:31 with Jon Fairs taking second place in the Wimbledon Common time trial in 17:06.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon stage a National Young Athletes League match at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Sunday,
starting at 11.30am, and are in action in the final Rosenheim League East Division match at Tooting Bec next
Wednesday, starting at 6.30pm.
7/07/08 - FIVE CONTEST ENGLISH SCHOOLS CHAMPS
Five Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club
youngsters are competing in the annual Sainsbury's English schools track and field championships at Gateshead this
Sprinters Jonathan Osbourne and Nathan Safo-Barnieh and will be in action for Surrey in the junior boys 100 and
200m respectively after winning the gold medals in the Surrey schools championships at Kingsmeadow Stadium on June
14. Three Hercules Wimbledon athletes are also in the London team. They are Jermaine Olasan and Nnamdi Odum in the
senior boys long and triple jump events and Liam White in the intermediate boys 1500m.
White, who won the London schools title at Battersea Park last month in a personal best of 4 minutes 11 seconds,
warmed up for Gateshead with runs over 800 and 1500m in the fourth of this season's Rosenheim League meetings at
Tooting Bec. Odum also had his last competition before Gateshead at Tooting Bec, winning the triple jump with
Osbourne and Safo-Barnieh showed good form for Merton in the Balfour Beatty London Youth Games at Crystal Palace on
Hercules Wimbledon's James Trapmore gained an impressive hat-trick in the Rosenheim League meeting. He took the
800, 1500 and 3000m in 2:06.7, 4:13.1 and 8:53.0 in the space of just over an hour.
Surrey 200m silver medallist Dwayne Dowding warmed up for this weekend's UK championships at Birmingham with an
outstanding 400m debut. He took the race in 49.6 and then later won the 200m in 22.9 before running the anchor leg
for the 4x200m relay team. Also at Tooting Bec, Surrey junior men's long jump silver medallist Cale Edmunds was
third in the 100m in 11.7.
Continuing her return to fitness after injury, Jennifer Fernando was a comfortable winner of the women's 800m in
Hercules Wimbledon runners dominated the annual Jim Braben 10 kilometres road race on Wimbledon Common on Sunday
with Mike Halman and Medena Knespl, back from studying in the United States, winning the men's and women's races,
Over in Central London, Hussein Ahmed posted the best Hercules Wimbledon performance this year over the distance
when he finished eighth out of several thousand runners in the British 10km road race from Hyde Park Corner to
Whitehall in 32:57. He finished less than three minutes behind race winner Stefani Baldini from Italy.
Teenager Andrew Penney made an impressive debut in the Wimbledon Common five kilometres time trial on Saturday when
he finished runner-up out of 60 runners in 16:51. He was just three seconds ahead of Hercules Wimbledon clubmate
Jon Fairs who finished third.
Naomi Warner won the women's race in the Bushy Park time trial at Hampton Court in 17:51 just behind her Hercules
Wimbledon clubmate Richard Xerri who sliced two seconds off his previous best time for the course in finishing 11th
out of 361 runners in 17:48. Over 60 veteran Steve Badgery posted the best age-graded performance in finishing 15th
in 17:56, also taking two seconds off his previous best time.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon athletes will be in action in a Southern Men's League and Lily B Girls League
meetings at Ilford and Guildford, respectively, on Saturday, and an Ebbisham Boys League match at Croydon on
Sunday. Next Monday, Hercules Wimbledon's older athletes compete in their final Southern Veterans League match at
30/06/08 - RACE WALKER ESTLE MAKES GB DEBUT
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's top
woman race walker Estle Viljoen emerged from a torrid few months to gain her make her British debut in a veterans
international match against France and Belgium at Ashford, Kent.
Viljoen, 37, who teaches at Haslemere Primary School, Mitcham, went down with pneumonia a year ago and then, just
two months ago, she suffered broken ribs when fell off a chair she was standing on.
Previously, the South African-born walker has turned out for her native country and in that capacity won the All
African women's 10km track walking title a few years back. With all the problems she has encountered it wasn't
surprising she was some way off her best at Ashford and although she finished fourth she was the first of the four
British representatives in the event covering the 3000m in 15 minutes 32.13 seconds.
A few days later, she appeared in front of a BBC TV camera which was filming for a programme on race walking to
take the gold medal in the Veterans Athletic Club's five miles road walk championship in Battersea Park in
"I never gave up. You must never give up however low things seem to be," said Viljoen who has another cause to
celebrate - she's getting married in South Africa in a few weeks time before moving into a new home with her new
husband in South Wimbledon. "Hopefully, it'll be a new beginning and there's a lot more for me to achieve."
Viljoen proved her versatility as both a runner and walker when she won the women's event in the Wimbledon Common
five kilometres time trial on Saturday. She clocked 19:38 to finish 10th out of almost 100 runners and post the top
age-graded performance. It was her sixth win in 10 appearances in the event. Hercules Wimbledon's Graeme Busch was
third in the men's race in 18:34 with Yuzo Saito 13th in 20:17. John Wasbrough was second veteran over 65 in
Surrey senior women's long jump bronze medallist Emily Martin had a busy time in a Southern Women's League match at
Croydon Sports Arena. However, she gave her specialist event a miss as she won the 200m in 26.4, was second equal
in the high jump with 1.40m, was second in the javelin with 24.76m and fifth in the discus.
Surrey girls under 15 200m bronze medallist Sharon Obayuwana was runner-up in both the under 15 100 and 200m in
13.5 and 27.8.
Hercules Wimbledon's former marathon international Steve Badgery had a busy weekend. On Sunday, he took the
veterans over 60 prize in the Surrey 10 kilometres road running championship at Petersham finishing 44th out of 464
finishers in 38:19. The previous day he posted the top age-graded performance in the Bushy Park five kilometres
time trial. He finished ninth out of 364 runners in 18:06. He finished one place behind his Hercules Wimbledon
clubmate Peter Lee who was first over 40 veteran in 17:54.
Also at Petersham, Hercules Wimbledon's Naomi Warner won the women's title in the Surrey 10km championship in 35:54
while Neil Aitken was 14th in the men's race in 34:58 and Chris Coles 36th in 37:42. Maurice Sharp just missed out
on a medal in the over 60 age group where he finished fourth in 44:21, just 12 seconds behind the bronze
Keith Hylands competed in the 1500m in a Southern Veterans League match at Battersea Park on his 60th birthday. He
clocked 5:21.9 to finish third and post the fourth fastest ever time for the distance by a Hercules Wimbledon
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon athletes will be in action in the British Masters track and field championships at
Birmingham on Saturday and Sunday while some of the club's youngsters will be competing in the London Balfour
Beattie London Youth Games athletics at Crystal Palace on Sunday.
23/06/08 - DOUBLE HAT-TRICK BOOSTS YOUNGSTERS
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's
youngsters turned in another fine effort in their third UK National Young Athletes League meeting at Kingsmeadow
Stadium on Sunday. The club's two outstanding athletes were Eleanor Hahn-Smith and Nathan Safo-Barnieh who scored a
hat-trick of wins apiece. Hahn-Smith, who won three bronze medals at the Surrey track and field championships, won
the girls under 13 800m (2 minutes 38.9 seconds), high jump with a personal best of 1.30 and long jump (3.76m). She
was also helped the 4x100m relay team to second place.
This completed a busy weekend for Hahn-Smith who the previous day had also achieved a hat-trick in an open meeting
at Tooting Bec. She posted a personal best of 2:29.8 in winning the girls under 13 800m and also won the 100 (14.0)
and high jump (1.28m).
Safo-Barnieh, who clinched his place in the Surrey team to compete in the English schools championships at
Gateshead next month by winning the junior boys 200m in a personal best of 23.68, took the boys under 15 100m B
race in 12.4, the 80m hurdles (13.4) and discus B before helping the 4x100m relay team to victory.
Another member of that winning quartet was Jonathan Osborne who won the 100m A race in 12.2 and also booked his
ticket for Gateshead by winning the Surrey schools junior boys 100m on the same track the previous weekend in a
personal best of 11.69. Liam White, still regaining his fitness after dislocating his knee playing football which
truncated his winter racing season, continued to progress with a double victory on the track. White won the 1500 A
and 3000m B races in 4:50.1 and 11:48.1. White was also third in the 800m in 2:11.3. He will also be in action in
the English schools championships after winning the intermediate boys 1500m title at Battersea Park the previous
weekend in a personal best of 4:11.0.
Avalon Howard-McCrow, Geordie Logan and Jose Costa were also double winners for Hercules Wimbledon on Sunday.
Howard-McCrow won the girls under 13 70m hurdles and long jump B and was also second in the high jump B. Logan won
the men's under 17 3000m and 1500m steeplechase in 11:48.1 and 5:04.0. He was also third in the triple jump. Costa
won the boys under 15 200m (25.6) and javelin with a personal best of 40.68m and was also second in the high jump.
His elder brother Luis was second in the under 17 javelin and fourth in the long jump.
One of the most impressive Hercules Wimbledon wins came in the girls under 13 1200m where Emma Headley gained a
runaway triumph. She crossed the line in 4:18.2, 22 seconds ahead of the second finisher. Tom Richards won the boys
under 15 200m B race as well as helping the sprint relay team to success, Max Cooper won the under 13 1500m B race
and Ed Saywell took the under 15 80m hurdles B race and was also runner-up in the 800m in a personal best of 2:11.8
and second in the shot B. Another winner was Mayeni Aki-Sawyer who won the girls under 13 75m B race and also took
second place in the 70m hurdles. Maria Rogan finished third in the women's under 17 200 and 300m, with Sharon
Obayuwana runner-up in the girls under 15 100 and 200m and third in the shot.
Hercules Wimbledon runners led the field home in the weekly Wimbledon Common time trial on Saturday providing the
first three runners over the finishing line. The race was won by Deon Coetzee in 17:39 from Stuart Fraser (17:42)
and Chris Coles (18:10).
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon athletes compete in their third Southern Women's League and fourth Southern Men's
League meetings at Croydon and Stevenage, respectively, both on Saturday. On Sunday, the club's youngsters contest
their first Ebbisham League match at Sutton Arena while next Wednesday (July 2), the club contests the fourth of
this season's Rosenheim League matches at Tooting Bec.
16/06/08 - SENIORS KEEP UP PUSH FOR PROMOTION
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's
senior men's team produced another good result in their third Southern League Division Two match at Thurrock to
keep up their push for promotion.
Outstanding individual effort came from Surrey 200m silver medallist Dwayne Dowding who took the 200m in a lifetime
best of 21.8 seconds. Dowding, who made the dash across London after completing his postman's round in Wimbledon,
also helped the 4x100m relay team to victory in 45.9. Other members of the quartet were Jon Grayson, Steve Hadley
and Dominic Getting. Team captain Steve Davies got Hercules Wimbledon to a winning start on the track by taking the
400m hurdles in 58.8 seconds. He later finished fourth in the 110m hurdles before running the second leg for the
winning 4x400m relay team. Matt Parsons and Hamed Agboke, two other members of the winning squad, also posted sound
individual runs in the 400m finishing second and first in the A and B races, respectively. As well as winning both
relays, Hercules Wimbledon ended the match on a high by taking maximum points in the 3000m steeplechase through
Justin Kelly and Aidan Hogan. Earlier Kelly and Hogan finished second in both the 800m A and B races. Kelly showed
his versatility by also finishing fourth in the javelin.
Triple jumper Nnamdi Odum, having his first competition of the season, produced a lifetime best leap of 13.76m to
win his event with Jon Grayson securing maximum points by taking the B string competition. Grayson was also third
in the 200m B race, fourth in the long jump and fifth in the 100m. Making their Southern League debut's Neil Aitken
and Andrew Penney gained good points in the 5000m. Aitken was runner-up in he A race while Penney, who had turned
up to run in the 800m, but was switched to fill a gap in the team, won the B race. Kieran and Liam White (no
relation) were third in both the 1500m A and B races. Newcomer Simon Cook, also making his Southern League debut,
had a busy afternoon, taking second in the javelin B and third in the high jump B as well as competing in the shot
and discus. Deon Coetzee was fourth in the high jump A, Dominic Getting and Lance Power, fourth in the A and B pole
vault and veteran John Webster and Getting fourth in the A and B hammer with Getting also competing in the shot and
discus as well as running a leg of the 4x400m relay. Power also competing in the long jump B event.
Hercules Wimbledon's seasoned athletes returned with a bagful of medals from the Surrey Veterans track and field
championships at Kingsmeadow Stadium. The collection included seven golds. Former marathon international Steve
Badgery broke the Hercules Wimbledon age club record in winning the over 60 5000m in 17:43.5. Mike Kortenray took
the bronze medal exactly 40 years after he won the Southern two miles track title at Motspur Park. Pensioner John
Webster clinched three gold medals in the over 65 triple jump, hammer and javelin while other successes came from
Mark Baker (over 45 400m), Peter Lee (over 40 5000m), and Stu Littlewood (over 55 1500m). Littlewood also won a
silver in the 5000m while Hugh Saxby got two silvers in the over 50 800m and long jump and took bronze in the 1500m
where he finished behind clubmate Steve Newton.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon athletes compete in their third UK National Young Athletes League meeting at
Kingsmeadow Stadium while the club will also have athletes in action in the England Athletics under 23 and junior
championships at Bedford. On Monday June 23), the club's older athletes compete in the third of this season's
Southern Veterans League Mid-London Division meetings at Battersea Park, starting at 6.30pm.
9/06/08 - ANOTHER SOUND DISPLAY BY YOUNGSTERS
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's
youngsters gave another solid display in their second UK National Young Athletes League meeting of the season at
Parliament Hill Fields, North London.
By racking up more than 20 wins, the boys narrowly won their section of the match by just six points. Jon Osborne
and Nathan Safo-Barniah showed good form in the under 15 track events, Safo-Barniah winning the 100m in a swift
11.8 seconds, the same time as clubmate Osborne who took the Arace to win maximum points. Osborne also won the 200m
in 24.3 and the shot B and Safo the 80m hurdles. Osborne and Safo-Barniah were also members of the winning 4x100m
relay team. Other under 15 winners were Ed Saywell (800m and 80m hurdles B), Tom Meehan (long jump and discus B),
Tim Brown (high jump) and Brad Mulroe (1500m B). Brad Mulroe and Ed Saywell linked up with Ejaz Mutoka and Cannor
Callaghan to win the under 15 4x400m relay.
Making his debut for Hercules Wimbledon, Antonio Douglas won the under 17 100m hurdles and was also second in the
high jump while Liam White completed an impressive middle-distance double taking the 800 and 1500m races in 2:07.7
Paul Stables secured maximum points in the two events by taking the B races. Geordie Logan was another double
winner in the 3000m and 1500m steeplechase.
Only under 13 winners were Tim Livingstone (800m in 2:25.2) and Robert Richards (75m hurdles B). Best of the girls,
who also posted six wins, was treble Surrey bronze medallist Eleanor Hahn-Smith, who won the girls under 13 1500m
and long jump. Sharon Obayuwana and Jeanne Mbimbu won the girls under 15 200m A and B races, Dalia Seraly the girls
under 13 150m B race and Emma Headley the girls under 13 1500m B race.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon youngsters are in action in the London and Surrey schools championships at
Battersea Park and Kingsmeadow, respectively. Most of the club's runners will be in action for the Merton team.
Hercules Wimbledon runners gained numerous successes at the Merton schools championships which were staged at
Wimbledon Park. Jonathan Osborne took the intermediate boys 100m in 12 .0 ahead of clubmate Nathan Safo-Barnish
(12.1). Safo-Barnish won the 80m hurdles (13.3) and was second in the triple jump, while Osborne also won the long
jump. Antonio Douglas won the high jump (1.60m) while Tom Meehan won the 100m B race and was second in the 800m and
third in the 400m B event. Katie Kemp won the intermediate girls 800m, Michaela Knespl took the 1500m ahead of
clubmate Jade Brooks, and the shot B.
Hercules Wimbledon's Justin Kelly led from gun to tape to win the 800m at the third of this season's Rosenheim
League East Division matches at Tooting Bec. He cocked 1:59.2 and also finished fourth in the 400m. Clubmate Ben
Cummings won the non-scoring 800m race, while Naomi Warner won the women's 3000m race in 10:15.1.
Hercules Wimbledon's former marathon international Steve Badgery posted another fast time in the Bushy Park five
kilometres time trial on Saturday. He was top veteran over 60 finishing 16th out of almost 450 runners in
Also on the road, Gary Blesson finished 13th out of more than 1300 runners and top veteran in the Bognor Prom 10km
roads race in Sussex in 35:36.
Surrey long jump champion Royden John leads a contingent of Hercules Wimbledon athletes competing in the South of
England senior and under 20 championships at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre on Saturday and Sunday.
Hercules Wimbledon also compete in the fourth of this season Rosenheim League matches at Tooting Bec next Wednesday
2/06/08 - FINE HAT-TRICK FOR LONG JUMPER EMILY
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's
Surrey long jump bronze medallist Emily Martin showed good all-round form in the Southern Women's League match at
Twickenham securing a hat-trick of wins.
She won her specialist event, the long jump, with a leap of 5.28m and also came out top in the javelin with a
eprsonal best of 23.90m and 200m where she clocked 25.7 seconds. She was also fifth in the shot.
Marathon runner Claire Grima was the only other Hercules Wimbledon winner in the senior track events taking the
3000m in 10:49.8.
Three of Hercules younger athletes also showed winning form with Sharon Obayuwana, joint winner of the under 15
100m in 13.5, Eleanor Smith-Hahn the 1500m in 5:25.2 and Georgia Mathieson the javelin with 22.58m. Obayuwana was
also third in the 200m and shot with a personal best of 7.68m. Another Hercules Wimbledon youngster in action was
Connie Rose who finished fifth in the under 15 800m.
Laure Duval had a busy time in the senior events finishing second in the 200m B and third in the 100m and high jump
A events. She was also fourth in shot B. Jennifer Fernando was second in the 400m and third in the 800m A races
with her twin sister Rosemary taking fourth place in the 1500m. They then linked up with Grima and Jade Brooks to
finish fourth in the 4x400m relay.
Brooks was also third in the 400m B race while Natasha Skeet who was fourth in the long jump and fifth in the 100m
Skeet was the most successful Hercules Wimbledon athlete in the opening Lily B League match at Tooting Bec. She won
the under 17 100m in 14.7 and also took the long jump with a personal best of 3.95m. Brooks was another Hercules
Wimbledon winner taking the javelin and also finishing runner-up in the 200 and 300m, while Katie Kemp was
runner-up in the 800m.
Obayuwana was second in the under 15 100m and third in the 200m and shot B events. Jeanne Mbimbu was second in both
the 100 and 200m B races and fourth in the long jump A competition while Georgia Haigh was fourth in the 800m.
Smith-Hahn won the under 13 1500min 5:18.7 and was runner-up in the long jump B. Avalon Howard-McCrow was second in
the under 13 long jump A competition and fourth in the 100m A race. Marie Thomas was fifth in the B event. Maire
Gilmartin was fourth in the 800 and 70m hurdles while Ella Dobson was second in the 800m B race and Georgia
Prescott was fourth in the shot.
Hercules Wimbledon contest their second Lily B League match at Sutton Arena on Saturday with the Southern Men's
League team competing in their third match of the season at Thurrock on the same day. On Monday, the club's older
members compete in their second Southern Veterans League meeting at Twickenham, starting at 6.30pm.
Hercules Wimbledon's former marathon international Steve Badgery produced the best age graded performance in the
weekly Bushy Park five kilometres time trial at Hampton Court. Badgery was first veteran over 60 finisher clocking
17:58 to improve on his previous best time for the course by 21 seconds. He finished 14th out of more than 400
runners. His Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Peter Lee was top veteran over 40 finishing eighth in 17:43.
Kieran White posted the fastest five kilometres time by a Hercules Wimbledon runner this year when he finished
third in the Charndon five kilometres road race in Oxfordshire in 15:58. Teenager Alex Robinson also showed good
form in finishing fourth in the Wimbledon Common time trial in 18:34. He was the first junior man in the 112-strong
field to cross the line. Clubmate Estelle Lambert, making her debut in the event, was sixth woman in 22:58. John
Wasbrough was top over 65 finisher in 26:43.
26/05/08 - MEDENA BREAKS CLUB RECORD.....AGAIN!
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's
top middle-distance runner Medena Knespl is continuing to show record-breaking form in the USA.
In the past few weeks she has twice broken her own Hercules Wimbledon women's 5000m track record and also posted
lifetime best times for 3000m.
Her latest club record-breaking feat came when she competed in the women's 5000m race in the New England Collegiate
Championships in Durham, New Hampshire.
Knespl clocked 16 minutes 51.01 seconds to take 10 seconds off her previous best of 17:01.26 achieved in the
Stanford Invitational meeting at the beginning of April. In that race she took more than 40 seconds off her
previous club record of 17:45.80 set at the New Balance Collegiate Indoor Meeting in New York in February. Her
5000m time ranks her 12th among UK athletes this season.
Despite turned up ankle during a training run a few days before the race and competing with her foot still black
and blue from the bruising, 20-year-old Knespl managed to post a lifetime best 3000m time in the Princetown
University meeting in New Jersey. She clocked 9:52.17 to shave more than a second off her previous best of
9:54.65in the Brown Springtime Invitation Meeting in Providence, Rhode Island, at the end of April.
It is not the first time Knespl has been in the wars. She actually ran in the New Balance Collegiate Indoor Meeting
in New York with two broke arms! A few days before the race she was leading a packing of runners from Boston
University, where she is currently studying, on a training run. She tripped over a wire and in order to break her
fall she put out both hands and the impact of the fall fractured both her arms.
Calling all throwers!! Hercules Wimbledon's throwing coaches John Webster and Frank Haque are organising a throwing
morning at the club's Wimbledon Park track base this Sunday, June 1. The throwing session, which is open to both
experienced throwers and novices, men and women, will start at 11am and run through till 1pm.
Hercules Wimbledon's Peter Lee won the veterans prize when he finished third out of 500 runners in the Staines 10km
road race. Lee clocked 35:58 finishing just half-a-minute behind the winner. Clubmate Ray Owens was 20th in
Hercules Wimbledon's Hugh Saxby was the first veteran over 50 in the Wimbledon Common time trial. He was fourth in
17:45, less than a minute behind the race winner. Meanwhile, teenager Alex Bruce-Littlewood finished third in the
junior men's 2000m steeplechase in the British Milers Club's Nike PB Classic Meeting at Watford in 6:08.1.
Hercules Wimbledon are organising the third of this season's Rosenheim League eastern division matches at Tooting
Bec next Wednesday (June 4). The meeting starts at 6.45pm with the high jump and hammer. The first track event, the
100m hurdles, is at 7pm.
Hercules Wimbledon had three winners in the second of this season's Rosenheim League matches. Hamed Agboke won both
the 100 and 400m while James Trapmore took the 800m.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon athletes are in action in a Southern Women's League match at Twickenham on
Saturday while on Sunday the club's youngsters contest their second National Young Athletes League match at
Parliament Hill Fields, North London.
19/05/08 - YOUNGSTERS MAKE FLYING LEAGUE START
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's youngsters made a fine start to their National Young Athletes League programme
at Kingsmeadow Stadium with a record 31 wins.
Nathan Safo-Barnieh, who made such an impressive showing in the Surrey Sportshall competitions during the winter,
made an impressive outdoor debut for Hercules Wimbledon in winning the boys under 15 80m hurdles and 100m B races
and then running the opening leg of the winning 4x100m relay.
Another Sportshall exponent, Ed Saywell, enjoyed a hat-trick of wins taking the 800m A, 80m hurdles B and shot B
events. Siblings Sharon and Emmanuel Obayuwana had a win apiece taking the girls under 15 100m and boys under 13
Four other winners in the girls under 13 events were Dalia Serafy, who took the 150m, Sydney Henderson (800m),
Eleanor Smith-Hahn (1200m) and Rebecca Stone (long jump).
Jose Costa won the boys under 15 200m and javelin before anchoring the 4x100m relay team to a swift 48.7 seconds
victory while his older brother Luis won the under 17 400m B before also anchoring the under 17 4x400m relay team,
which also included Liam White, Geordie Logan and Paul Stables, to success.
White also gained an individual track double in the 800m A and 1500m B while Joe Toomey took the 1500m A race.
Logan also took the 1500m steeplechase while Stables won the 800m B.
The other two members of the winning boys under 15 4x100m relay team also gained individual successes on the track.
Jonathan Osbourne won the 100m while Tom Richards took the 200m B race.
Other winners in the boys under 15 events were Ijaz Matoka (400m B), Connor Callaghan (1500m B), James Russell
(high jump B), Alex Watson (discus A) and Tom Meehan (discus B).
Apart from Emmanuel Obayuwana, Hercules Wimbledon also had three boys under 13 winners. They were Tim Livingstone
(shot A), Noiman Naaem (shot B), and Max Allison (long jump B).
Hercules Wimbledon's next National Young Athletes League match will be on Sunday, June 1, at Parliament Hill
Hercules Wimbledon's Aaron Mason was a member of the winning Oxford side in the annual University athletics match
at Iffley Road. Mason, who is in only his first season of hurdling, was third in the 400m hurdles, ran in the 200m
hurdles and helped Oxford win the 4x400m relay.
This weekend, several Hercules Wimbledon athletes will be in action in the UK Inter-Counties track and field
championships at Bedford on Sunday and Monday while others will be competing in the South of England under 15 and
under 17 championships at Ashford, Kent, on Saturday and Sunday.
On a busy weekend for athletics, the club's older members will be in action in the Surrey veterans track and field
championships at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Saturday with some of the youngsters in the opening Lily B League meeting
at Tooting Bec, also on Saturday.
12/05/08 - FERNS SNATCHES GOLD WITH RECORD RUN
Hercules Wimbledon athletes came
away from the annual Surrey track and field championships at Kingsmeadow Stadium with a bagful of medals.
Best of the Hercules Wimbledon contingent in action was former junior international 400m hurdler Austin Ferns who
smashed the championship record in retaining his Surrey title with an outstanding run.
Ferns secured his place in the Olympic trials at Birmingham in July by posting the third best time this season by a
UK athlete. He swept over the 10 flights of hurdles in an impressive 52.66 seconds, significantly faster than his
53.23 last year and just inside the championship record of 52.7 set in 1995.
Another impressive Hercules Wimbledon winner was veteran long jumper Royden John. He managed to snatch the gold
medal by just two centimetres with the last of his six attempts, after lying in silver medal position for the
opening five rounds. He leapt out to 7.28m, his best long jump performance for 16 years and comes just a week after
he posted his best 100m time since 1992 of 11 seconds.
Both Ferns and John are automatic choices for Surrey team to compete in the UK Inter-Counties Championships at the
end of the month.
Making it a hat-trick of titles for Hercules Wimbledon athletes was teenager Jose Costa who took the boys under 15
javelin with a throw of 39.79m.
Another outstanding performer on the track was sprinter Dwayne Dowding who took the silver medal in an extremely
competitive 200m final. Dowding looked medal-winning material as he won his heat in a lifetime best of 21.95,
breaking the 22 second barrier for the first time. He then took his semi-final in 22.06, also inside his previous
best of 22.1 set last season and then clocked 22.05 to take the silver medal by just five-hundredths of a second in
the tightest of finishes.
Cale Edmunds leapt 6.32m to take the silver medal in the junior men's long jump and three other Hercules Wimbledon
silver medallists were Liam White, continuing his return after injury, clocking 9:38.42 in the men's under 17
3000m, Rosemary Fernando in the junior women's 1500m in 5:10.93 and Tim Livingstone in the boys under 13 800m in
Busiest and most successful in medal terms of the Hercules Wimbledon contingent in action at the Surrey
championships was Eleanor Smith-Hahn. She secured a hat-trick of bronze medals in the under 13 girls 200m (29.28),
800m (2:33.23) and 1500m (5:11.27). She had a hectic two days also finishing fourth in the long jump and fifth in
Three other Hercules Wimbledon bronze medallists were Emily Martin in the senior women's long jump (5.57m), Michael
Adjei-Tadirade in the junior men's long jump (5.90m) and Sharon Obayuwana in the girls under 15 200m (27.87).
There was some near medal misses too with Steve Davies in the senior men's 400m hurdles, Jennifer Fernando in the
junior women's 800m, and Jose Costa in the boys under 15 400m all finishing in fourth place.
Hercules Wimbledon's James Trapmore was the outstanding individual in the opening Rosenheim League East Division
meeting of the season at Battersea Park. Within he space of two hours he won four events, the 800m followed by the
400m and 10 minutes later the 1500m and finally the 3000m. He then successfully defended his Coombe Hill five miles
road race title in Kingston on Sunday.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon athletes will be in their second Southern Men's League match at Lee Valley
Athletics Centre on Saturday. They will be looking to repeat their first match victory at Kingsmeadow Stadium.
5/05/08 - NEW DATE FOR TOP YOUNG ATHLETES MEET
Hercules Wimbledon Young Athletes
Open meeting which was cancelled on April 6 due to a sudden snowfall and adverse weather, will now be held on
Sunday, September 14 at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre.
Hercules Wimbledon chairman Fred Green said: "It was, obviously, a great disappointment to both the club and the
800 or so individuals who had entered the meeting. He added: "In considering our response to this unfortunate turn
of events, we were heartened by the level of enthusiasm and affection for the meeting expressed by the athletes and
coaches we contacted, all of whom were keen for us to find an alternative date.
"As a result, we are pleased to announce that the 27th edition of our meeting has been re-scheduled for Sunday,
September 14 at Crystal Palace. All existing entries will stand, and anyone entered for April 6 need do nothing
except turn up on September 14. We will, of course, also be accepting new entrants and an entry form will be put on
the Hercules Wimbledon website www.herculeswimbledonac.org.uk as soon as possible."
"We are looking forward to seeing as many of the previously entered athletes as possible on September 14 when we
hope the weather will be more suited to track and field athletics than winter sports."
Hercules Wimbledon's Medena Knespl, currently studying at Boston University, achieved another impressive
performance stateside when she competed in the Bwon University Sprintime Invitation Meeting at Providence, Rhode
She took second place in the women's 3000m in a personal best of 9 minutes 54.65 seconds. Her time took almost
eight seconds off her previous best for the distance set in the USA in April. Her time also lifts her from fourth
to second on Hercules Wimbledon's all-time list behind Bridget Cushen's club record of 9:48.6 set in 1966, 21 years
before Knespl was born.
Hercules Wimbledon's top senior athlete, Emily Martin, has a busy time in the club's opening Southern Women's
League match at Kingsmeadow Stadium. She warmed up for this weekend's Surrey championships by winning the senior
long jump with 5.37 metres, taking second place in the 100m in 13.0, fifth in the shot with 8.63m and sixth in the
Twins Jennifer and Rosemary Fernando were third and second, respectively in the 800m A and B races. Jennifer was
also fourth in the 1500m and fifth in the 400m while Rosemary also competed in the javelin B event before they
linked up with Hannah Long and Caroline Hicks to take third spot in the 4x400m relay. Earlier, Hicks and Long were
in action in the 3000m.
Sharon Obayuwana showed useful form in the girls under 15 sprint events. She was third in the 100m in 13.6 and
second in 200m in 27.8. Clubmate Eleanor Smith-Hahn was second in the 200m B race and third in the 1500m A
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon athletes will be in action in the Surrey track and field championships at
Kingsmeadow Stadium on Saturday and Sunday. On Monday, the club's older athletes will compete in their opening
Southern Veterans League Mid London division match at Battersea Park, starting at 6.30pm.
28/04/08 - BANK HOLIDAY ROAD RACE FOR WIMBLEDON
Scores of runners will be
converging on Wimbledon Park athletics stadium on Bank Holiday Monday for the annual Barry Jones five miles road
race staged by Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club.
Hercules Wimbledon has staged a road race on the May Day Bank Holiday weekend since 1982. It was originally over 10
kilometres but, two years ago, the club decided to reduce the distance to five miles, for safety reasons.
Previously, the course went past the busy shopping centres and District Line stations at Southfields and Wimbledon
Park. Due to increased traffic and parking, it was decided these congested areas were best avoided.
In 2006, the course was changed. It starts, as usual, on the athletics track, and goes along Wimbledon Park Road,
Church Road, St Mary's Road and Home Park Road. Runners then enter Wimbledon Park through the Home Park Road
entrance, follow the footpaths parallel to the railway line, past the cafeteria and the Revelstoke Road entrance
car park, before leaving the park through the Wimbledon Park road entrance to start the second lap. At the end of
the second lap, the runners return to the track and the finishing point.
Hercules Wimbledon's Ian Horrocks was the first winner of the race over the reduced distance when he crossed the
line in 26 minutes 12 seconds in 2006. Clubmate James Trapmore was third in 26:49
Henry Dodwell from Highgate Harriers clocked a faster 26:07 in winning the race last year when Horrocks finished in
fifth place. Herne Hill's Ceri Diss also set a course record in winning the women's race in 31:09.
The last winner of the race over the previous 10km distance was Hercules Wimbledon's own Ethiopian-born Dereje
Kebede who smashed the course record with a superb 30:29 victory. Sadly, Kebede died suddenly in June 2006 and
therefore was unable to fulfil his aim of competing for Britain.
The race is named in memory of a long serving official, Barry Jones, who served as the club secretary from 1992 to
Incorporated within the race are the Merton borough championships. Two trophies were donated by the then Mayor of
Merton, Councillor Barry Edwards, in 1990, to be presented to the first man and woman who lived in Merton.
The race starts at 11am on Monday. Entries are being taken on the day but runners wishing to take part need to
report to register at least an hour before the start. There are prizes for the leading finishers and category
winners and medals for all finishers.
Hercules Wimbledon's Kieran White and Mike Halman won the Bushy Park and Wimbledon Common tiem trials on Saturday.
White headed home a 446-strong field to win in 16:17. White improved on his previous best time for the course by 31
seconds snatching victory by just one second. His Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Steve Badgery posted the top
age-graded performance as first over 60 finisher in 28th place in 18:40.
A week after winning the inaugural Bramhall Park time trial in Cheshire, Halman headed home a record field of 123
runners on Wimbledon Common. He clocked 16:14 on his first appearance in the event to win by more than a minute.
Teenager Liam White continued to make progress after injury as he finished just outside the frame in fourth spot in
17:49 with clubmate Matt Fell 14th in 18:52.
Hercules Wimbledon's Stu Littlewood was first over 55 veteran in the Serpentine five kilometres road race in Hyde
Park in 19:48.
Hercules Wimbledon face a busy weekend. In addition to organising the Barry Jones road race on Monday, they host
their opening Southern Men's League match at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Saturday, starting at 1pm, while the club's
youngsters are also at Kingsmeadow on Sunday in action in their opening National Young Athletes League match,
starting at 11.45am.
21/04/08 - RECORD-BREAKING START FOR JUMPER JOHN
Hercules Wimbledon's athletes both young and old were in impressive form in their opening outdoor track and field
meetings of the summer at Kingston-upon-Thames and Battersea Park.
The club's top male long jumper Royden John set a club veterans record in the annual Sward Trophy meeting staged in
chilly, wintry conditions at Kingsmeadow Stadium. John also produced the best leap by a UK veteran this year as he
leapt 6.93m to take runners-up spot. He was also runner-up in the pole vault B competition.
Dominic Getting was fourth in the pole vault A and fourth in the hammer B, while John Brown was fifth in the hammer
A contest as well as competing in the shot and discus. Only winner on the track was Arnaud Claverie who took the
2000m steeplechase B race with Adam Przedrymirski finishing fourth in the A competition.
Despite the inclement weather. sprinters Dwayne Dowding and Praf Nargund were close to their best as they finished
fourth in the 200m and fifth in the 100m in 22.34 and 11.54 seconds, respectively. After leading the field during
the early stages, Belal Aly, running barefoot, faded to finish fourth in the 3000m in 9:15.29. and 22.34. Aidan
Hogan ran a steady race to take fourth place in the 200m in 2:01.2.
Meanwhile, over at an open meeting in Battersea Park, 11-year-old Eleanor Smith-Hahn produced a quartet of wins,
all lifetime bests. She took the girls under 13 100m in 14.61, 200m in 29.8, 800m in 2:37.4 and long jump with
Smith-Hahn will be in action again when she competes for Hercules Wimbledon in their opening Southern Women's
League match at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Saturday. The meeting starts at 12noon with the first track event at 1pm and
runs through to about 5.30pm.
Hercules Wimbledon teenager Liam White continued his return to fitness with an encouraging run in the Wimbledon
Common five kilometres time trial. White, who was forced to miss several weeks of racing after dislocating his knee
playing football, finished third in 17:38. Triathlete Yuzo Saito was 28th in 21:02 and Dennis Williams first
veteran over 60 in 23:57.
Former marathon international Steve Badgery was the first over 60 veteran in the Bushy Park time trial near Hampton
Court in 19:34 Amandine King was 10th in the women's race in 21:36.
On the road, Hercules Wimbledon's Stuart Fraser showed a clean pair of heels to his rivals as he ran away from his
rivals to win the City of London Quarterly five miles road race in the Square Mile by two seconds in 16:51.
Meanwhile, over 50 veteran St Littllewood finished fifth in the Veteran Athletic Club's first five miles road race
of the summer in Battersea Park just ahead of over 45 veteran Tom Morris with over 60 veteran Dennis Williams 16th
Mike Halman was also in winning form as he took the inaugural Bramhall Park five kilometres time trial near
Stockport, Cheshire, in 16:23, posting the best age-graded performance. Sally Maddock was second in the women's
race in 21:16.
14/04/08 - HW WOMEN'S DUO SHINE IN LONDON MARATHON
Hercules Wimbledon runners were
out on the roads of the capital for Sunday's Flora London marathon with the club's athletes in action in both the
main marathon race from Blackheath to The Mall and the Adidas Mini-Marathon over the final three miles of the main
There were outstanding performances by the club's two representatives in the women's race, Claire Grima and Zoe
Pike. Grima ran a sound tactical race and although having to run through a heavy hailstorm in the closing stages
finished 43rd in a lifetime best of 2 hours 55 minutes 36 seconds, posting the second best women's marathon time by
a Hercules Wimbledon runner. Her time took more than a minute off her previous best of 2:56:56 when finishing 50th
in the 2006 London race and was just 32 seconds outside the Hercules Wimbledon club record set by Sarah Massey in
1999. Her half-marathon time of 1:15:17 also took nine minutes off the Hercules Wimbledon women's half-marathon
The only other Hercules runner in the women's race, Zoe Pike, also clocked a lifetime best as she finished two
places behind Grima in 2:56:26, to set a new club women's veteran record. Her time was also more than two minutes
better than her previous best of 2:58:42 set when taking 66th place in the 2005 London race. It smashed the
previous Hercules Wimbledon veterans record set by Mel Jones in the London race in 1994.
The two Hercules Wimbledon women ran contrasting races with Grima going off fast and Pike having a much steadier
run. Grima ran the first half of the race more than 25 minutes faster than the second while Pike, who was more than
13 minutes behind her clubmate at half-way, ran the second half of the race more than a minute quicker than the
first to get within 50 seconds of Grima. They were 34th and 38th British finishers in the women's race.
Best of the Hercules Wimbledon men was Justin Kelly who finished 239th on his marathon debut in 2:42:45. Jamie
Helmer was 443rd in 2:49:14, almost there minutes faster than he managed in the London race in 2005 and veteran
Peter Lee 520th in 2:51:06, an improvement of almost three minutes on his run in the London race in 2006. John
Querstret finished inside three hours taking 990th place in 2:58:57 while Steve Badgery was third veteran over 60
Hercules Wimbledon's former English cross country champion Dave Clarke, now 50, clocked 3:13:41 on his London
debut, running round with his wife, Francesca. It was his first marathon since winning the Stockholm race in 1989
in 2:13:34, which still stands as the Hercules Wimbledon club record.
Hercules Wimbledon had a bumper crop of 36 runners in the London borough mini-marathon races, mostly running for
Merton. Best of the bunch was Alex Bruce-Littlewood who was third in the senior boys race in 15:15, just seven
seconds behind the winner, leading Bromley to third team place. Joe Toomey led the Merton team in finishing 22nd in
16:20, Liam White, in only his second race since dislocating his knee playing football, was first for Wandsworth
taking 26th place in 16:30.
Geordie Logan was seventh in the intermediate boys race in 16:54 and Tim Livingstone 13th and top Wandsworth
finisher in the junior boys race in 18:51.
Highest placed Hercules Wimbledon runner in the girls races was Eleanor Smith-Hahn who was sixth in the junior
event in 19:48 just ahead of clubmates Emma Headley (20:02), Connie Rose 12th in 20:50 and Maire Gilmartin 22nd in
21:33, who helped Wandsworth to second team place. Ella Dobson was 23rd for Merton in 21:35.
Rosemary Fernando was 27th in the senior girls race in 19:59 with Michaela Knespl 16th in the intermediate girls
race in 19:40.
Hercules Wimbledon open their summer track and field season on Saturday when they compete in the Kinnaird and Sward
Trophies meeting at Kingsmeadow Stadium.
7/04/08 - SNOW WIPES OUT YOUNG ATHLETES MEETING
A freak snow storm hours before the
start of the 27th Hercules Wimbledon Young Athletes Open Meeting at Crystal Palace on Sunday morning forced its
Hercules Wimbledon organisers and officials arriving at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre found that, after
several hours of steady snow, the athletics track and infield were several inches deep in it.
At the same time, the Crystal Palace authorities advised that by health and safety standards holding staging the
meetings in the conditions would be "high risk" and they felt unless the situation improved it would have to be
Although the forecaster were predicting the weather would improve in the afternoon, it was still snowing at the
time the meeting was scheduled to start and, even before then, a decision was taken to call the meeting off.
Field referee Peter Crawshaw said: "There is no way I would have allowed the throws and jumps to take place. Even
if we could have cleared the snow from the sector lines there was always a severe risk that officials in the discus
and javelin events would fall over as they attempted to get to where the implements had landed. It is obviously
regrettable, but I feel there is no choice."
Track referee David Littlewood said: "The track was covered in snow and we could not see the lane lines so there
was no chance of sprints being held. Even if the snow had melted in time for the start of the meeting, which it
hadn't, the volume of water left on the track would have created another hazard and would have to be swept away
before the track could be used."
Meeting Organiser Martin Bexley said: "Regrettably, these were unforeseen circumstances beyond the club's control,
for which Hercules Wimbledon AC can only apologies." Hercules Wimbledon's management committee will discuss the
situation at it's next meeting on Monday where the possibility of re-staging the meeting later in the year.
It is the first time the annual meeting, which was first staged almost 30 years ago, has had to be cancelled. The
decision was even more unfortunate this year because athletes from five foreign countries - Cuba, Czech Republic,
Malta, Norway and Poland - were due to take part. Instead of racing on the Crystal Palace track, they were confined
to training in the sports centre's indoor arena.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon athletes will be in action in the Flora London marathon and the Adidas
mini-marathon on Sunday. Over 60 veteran, Dennis Williams, who has contested all but one of the London races since
they were first staged in 1981, will be making his 27th appearance. Other Hercules Wimbledon runners in action from
Blackheath to The Mall include two sub-three hour women marathoners Clare Grima and Zoe Pike, Deon Coetzee, Phil
Glynn, Justin Kelly, former marathon international Steve Badgery, Alastair Brown and the youngest of the Hercules
Wimbledon contingent 22-year-old Alex Urban.
Hercules Wimbledon president David Littlewood will once again be referee for the men's elite and championship race
a role he has carried out for more than 20 years.
A large Hercules Wimbledon contingent led by 15 to 17-year-old trials winner Joe Toomey and runner-up Alex
Robinson, 15 to 17-year-old girls top three Rosemary Fernando, Hannah Long and Caroline Hicks, and top three in the
11 to 12-year-old race Eleanor Smith-Hahn, Rebecca Stone and Avalon Howard-McGrow will be representing Merton in
the mini-marathon over the last section of the marathon course from Southwark Bridge to The Mall.
Emma Headley, who won the 11 and 12-year-old girls trials race at Battersea Park, is included in the Wandsworth
team for the mini-marathon along with clubmates Marie Gilmartin and Connie Rose, who finished third and fifth. Tim
Livingstone and Dean Belhaj, runner-up and third , respectively, in the boys 11and 12-year-olds race, are also in
the Wandsworth squad.
31/03/08 - BUMPER ENTRY FOR TOP YOUNG ATHLETES MEET
Hundreds of athletes from all over the country will be taking part in Hercules Wimbledon's young athletes open
meeting at Crystal Palace on Sunday.
The meeting, which is being staged for the 27th time, has attracted almost 1000 entries and boats being one of the
top young athletes meetings staged in Britain both in terms of popularity and standard and has often proved a
valuable stepping stone to future international success.
The meeting is also being backed by England Athletics and its London Region 4x100m relays for under 13 and under 15
boys and girls and under 17 men and women are being staged in conjunction with Sunday’s meeting.
This year's meeting also takes on an international flavour with teams from Cuba, Norway, Poland, the Czech Republic
and Malta. This continues a long tradition of international youth exchanges promoted by Hercules Wimbledon which
began more than 30 years ago.
In the last there decades the club has regularly sent teams to Norway, Belgium, France, Poland, the Czech Republic
and Cuba in a series of exchanges which began with trips to the then East Germany and Spain in 1978 and 1980.
Hercules Wimbledon staged an international inter-club meeting at Crystal Palace in 1984 and the following year,
with the backing of the former Greater London Council, organised the International Youth Friendship Games at
Crystal Palace with 21 teams from 10 countries taking part. Similar events were staged at Tooting Bec in 1987 and
Sunday's packed programme starts at 11am and runs through until 6pm. The day after the meeting and before they
return home the foreign teams will be guests at a dinner hosted by Hercules Wimbledon.
Many of Hercules Wimbledon promising youngsters will be in action on the Crystal Palace track where some of the
world's top athletes will be in action in the Norwich Union London Grand Prix meeting at the end of July. Among the
Hercules Wimbledon contingent will be Avalon Howard-McGrow who topped the club's girls under 13 100 and 200m and
long jump rankings in 2007 and has already shown good form this year. She leapt a lifetime best of 3.89m in taking
the silver medal in the girls under 13 long jump at the Kingston and Polytechnic open graded meeting . She also
took second place in her 100m race and was fifth in the 200m.
While most of the club's officials and members will be helping out at Crystal Palace to ensure the meeting runs
smoothly and to time, a dozen of the club's senior athletes will be missing as they will be competing in the South
of England 12-stage road relay championship at Aldershot.
It will be the first time for more than a decade that the club has fielded a team in the event. However, when it
was staged at Wimbledon, Hercules Wimbledon won it twice in 1969 and 1972 and were runners-up in 1970.
The club's leading runners warmed up for the championship with a good showing in the Wimbledon Audi 10 kilometres
road race where they won the men's team prize. The winning trio was led home by Justin Kelly who finished fifth in
33 minutes with Deon Coetzee seventh in 33:32 and veteran Peter Lee 17th in 35:31. A short distance behind was Neil
Fraser who finished 20th in 35:45 with Phil Glynn 22nd in 35:55, former marathon international Steve Badgery top
over 60 finisher taking 24th in 36:12, almost twop minutes ahead of the top over 50 finisher, Dan Pescod 32nd in
36:49 and veteran Tom Cheetham 84th in 41:43.
Meanwhile, walking international Estle Viljoen was first woman in the Wimbledon Common five kilometres time trial
finishing 12th overall in 20:46.
24/03/08 - ATHLETES WARM UP FOR SUMMER SEASON
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's
athletes are busy preparing for the summer track and field season and several of them were in action in the Surrey
indoor championships at Sutton Arena and an open graded meeting at Kingsmeadow Stadium.
Eleanor Smith-Hahn, who is just 11, had a busy time in the open graded meeting at Kingsmadow Stadium competing in
four events. She gained an impressive win in the girls under 13 800m race in 2 minutes 44.09 seconds, was second in
the 100 and 200m in 15.13 and 23.12 and was third in the long jump with a leap of 3.59m.
Her Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Avalon Howard-McGrow, who like Smith-Hahn will be competing for Hercules
Wimbledon's National Young Athletes, Southern Women's and Lily B Leagues teams this summer, was runner-up in her
100m race in 15.45 and was fifth in her 150m race in 24.19.
Hercules Wimbledon runners filled the top three places in the men's 3000m. Hussein Ahmed Aly led the field home in
9:08.01 ahead of Belal Aly (9:14.70) and teenager Joe Toomey (9:44.24).
Emily Martin, the reigning Surrey junior outdoor long jump champion took the bronze medal when making her senior
competition debut in the Surrey indoor championships at Sutton Arena. She long jujmped a good 5.43m, seven
centimetres further than she managed when taking the silver medal in last year's junior championship. She also just
missed out on a medal in the 60m final where she was fourth in 8.10 after clocking a faster 8.02 in finishing third
in her heat.
Hercules Wimbledon's reigning London Schools intermediate boys long jump champion Jermain Olasan took the silver
medal in the junior men's long jump at the Surrey indoor championships with a leap of 6.47m. Cale Edmunds finished
just outside the medals in fourth place with a leap of 7.39m.Olasan was also fourth in his second round 60m race in
7.3 with Edmunds clocking 7.39 in finishing fourth in his first round heat.
Another Hercules Wimbledon athletes in action at Sutton was Jack Dewhurst who finished eighth in the men's under 17
triple jump with 10.86m.
Long jumper Emily Martin was also in action in the British Universities indoor championships at Sheffield where she
eighth in the long jump final with 5.25m. Clubmate Adam Przedrzymirski qualified for the men’s 1500m semi-final in
finishing fifth in his men’s 1500m heat in 4:17.53 to qualify for the semi-final round.
Once again, Hercules Wimbledon runners dominated the weekly Wimbledon Common five kilometres time trial filling
three of the first six places. Teenager Alex Robinson was runner-up in 18:00 just ahead of veteran Jonathan Dobson
(18:05) who was making his first appearance in the event. Matt Fell was sixth in 18:53.
Hercules Wimbledon’s John Wasbrough was first veteran over 65 to finish in 25:38 with Mick Leigh, the Hercules
Wimbledon treasurer, second over 60 finisher in 26:01 taking 94 seconds off his previous best time for the
17/03/08 - INTERNATIONAL FLAVOUR TO YOUNGSTERS MEET
There will be an international
flavour to the 27th annual Hercules Wimbledon Young Athletes open meeting at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre
next month with athletes Cuba as well as four European countries taking part.
Almost 70 foreign athletes will swell the near 1000-entry for the young athletes meet which is one of the biggest
of its kind in Britain. The full day programme on Sunday, April 6, runs from 11am to 5pm and many of previous
winners have gone on to gain international honours.
According to Maurice Sharp, who has organised the international ingredient of this years young athletes meeting at
Crystal Palace, "probably the most prestigious will be the Cuban contingent from the Colegio Giraldo Cordoba
Cardin, Havana, the premier sports specialist school in Cuna and Latin America."
He added:" Their squad will no doubt include several potential participants in the London 2012 Olympics.".
The four European teams which will also provide good opposition to both the Cubans and domestic competitors
continue a long association with Hercules Wimbledon. They are SK Sandnes from Norway, JJ Liaz from the Czech
Republic, Oldstyn from Poland and the Mileta club from Malta. There are about a zoen athletes from each country,
mainly in the under 17 age group.
The European clubs are being sponsored by the British Council YEC programme as part of a wider project with the
theme "Friendship, Cooperation and Inclusion through the medium of Sport - the Damisela Project."
During their duty in London, the foreign teams will be involved in a variety of cultural, educational and social
activities with some of Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters.
Events at the Young Athletes meeting are open to youngsters between the ages of 10 and 16 and a detailed entry form
can be downloaded from the Hercules Wimbledon website: www.herculeswimbledonac.org.uk
The meeting also includes the England Athletics London Region 4x100m sprint relays for under 13 and under 15 boys
and girls and under 17 men and women.
Four Hercules Wimbledon athletes were in action in the UK Inter-Counties cross country championships at Wollaton
Park, Nottingham, over the weekend. Highest placed finisher was Alex Bruce-Littlewood who was 42nd for Kent in the
junior men's eight kilometres championship in 27 minutes 54 seconds. He was the third Kent finisher.
James Trapmore was sixth finisher for Middlesex taking 131st place in the senior men's 12 kilometres race in 41:55.
Aidan Hogan, called into the Surrey team as a late reserve, was the eighth Surrey runner to complete the course
finishing 169th in 42:58. Hogan was made his Surrey debut in the event.
Teenager Joe Toomey was the sixth Surrey finisher in the boys under 15 championship. He was 83rd in 16:17. A fifth
Hercules Wimbledon athlete selected to run in the championships, Liam White, had to pull out of the boys under 15
race as he was still recovering from dislocating his knee playing football.
10/03/08 - HW RUNNERS DOMINATE MINI-MARATHON TRIALS
Hercules Wimbledon runners once
again dominated the annual Merton min-marathon trials, winning five of the six age category races. This year, the
races were switched to Wimbledon Park after being staged on Wimbledon Common since their inception.
Hercules Wimbledon runners filled the top three places in all three girls races. Eleanor Smith-Hahn gained a
runaway victory in the junior girls race crossing the line more than a minute clear in 16 minutes 6 seconds with
Rebecca Stone second in 17:17 and Avalon Howard McGrow third in 19:32. A fourth Hercules Wimbledon runner in the
race was Fionnuala Lane who finished seventh in 21:49.
Rosemary Fernando also made it a Hercules Wimbledon one, two and three in the senior girls race. She gained an even
more convincing win finishing more than two minutes clear in 15:45. Hannah Long was second in 17:51 and Caroline
Hicks third in 17:57. Megan Brown finished eighth in 19:09.
Michaela Knespl completed a clean sweep of girls titles in taking the intermediate race in 15:31, the fastest time
posted by the 35 runners in the girls race. She finished exactly two minutes ahead of Alice Village with Katie Kemp
(19:31) and Maria Rogan (19:39) finishing third and fourth.
Hercules Wimbledon's Joe Toomey clocked the fastest time of the day winning the senior boys race in 13:10 finishing
just 10 seconds ahead of clubmate Alex Robinson with Charlie Carrington fourth in 14:18, Paul Stables sixth in
15:04 and Joseph Stone eighth in 16:23.
Merton schools champion Geordie Logan won the intermediate boys race in 13:57 with Alex Watson third in 15:23,
Bradley Mulroe fourth in 15:25 and David Stables sixth in 16:40. Hercules Wimbledon's Aaron Jones was third in the
junior boys race in 17:17 with Oliver Moulton fourth in 17:59.
Three Hercules Wimbledon runners were in action for Surrey in the Sainsbury's English schools cross country
championships in Sefton Park, Liverpool, on Saturday. Twins Jennifer and Rosemary Fernando were the third and
fourth Surrey finishers in the senior girls championship taking 183rd and 189th places in 18:41 and 18:45. Ed
Saywell was 139th in the junior boys championship in 14:20.
A fourth Hercules Wimbledon runner at the championships was Alex Bruce-Littlewood, competing for Kent. He was
Kent's fourth finisher in the senior boys race taking 68th place in 22:55.
A week after helping the Royal Air Force win the Inter-Services cross country title in Cornwall, Hercules
Wimbledon's Kieran White raced to a narrow victory in the Wimbledon Common five kilometres time trial in 16:51. Tom
Cheetham was 29th in 21:28 and Alastair Brown 38th in 21:59.
Hercules Wimbledon's former marathon international Steve Badgery was the top over 60 finisher in the Bushy Park
five kilometres time trial at Hampton Court in 18:36, finishing 19th out of almost 400 runners. Badgery's run came
a week after he set a Hercules Wimbledon over 60 age record in finishing 13th in the Brooklands 10 kilometres road
race at Weybridge. His time of 36:26 took more than a minute off the previous record of 37:30 set by Peter Giles in
the Audi 10 kilometres road race at Wimbledon in April 2005.
This weekend, several Hercules Wimbledon athletes will be representing Surrey in the UK Inter-Counties cross
country championships at Wollaton Park, Nottingham on Saturday while most of the club's runners in action will be
at the East Surrey League road relays at Box Hill, near Dorking also on Saturday. On Sunday, several Hercules
Wimbledon athletes will be flexing their muscles for the coming summer season by competing in Kingston and
Polytechnic's open track and field meeting at Kingsmeadow Stadium.
3/03/08 - GOLD MEDAL-WINNING DEBUT FOR JUMPER JOHN
Hercules Wimbledon long jumper
Royden John made a winning debut in the British Masters indoor championships at Lee Valley Athletics Centre,
Picketts Lock, North London, when he took the gold medal in the men's over 35 long jump.
John, who qualified as a veteran (master) on reaching his 35th birthday last September, won the long jump title
with a good leap of 6.87 metres. His winning leap was two centimetres further than he managed when taking the
bronze medal in the South of England senior men's championships at the same venue in January. It also consolidated
his position at the top of the UK veteran rankings for 2008.
His long jump win was his second medal-winning performance of the championships. Just a few minutes before
competing in the long jump - in fact he had to miss the first round because of the clash of events - he clinched
the bronze medal in the 60m final in 7.21 seconds after winning his heat in a slightly slower 7.22.
John was among a trio of Hercules Wimbledon athletes in action at the British Masters indoor championships at Lee
Valley. Mike Kortenray, who won the South of England two mile championship at Motspur Park in 1968 is still winning
medals four decades later. He was third in the British Masters over 60 3000m championship in 11:56.98. Clubmate
Dennis Williams also took the bronze medal in the over 60 1500m in 5:50.34, and fifth in the 3000m in 12:19.78.
Several Hercules Wimbledon runners will be running for Wandsworth in the Adidas London mini-marathon on Sunday,
April 13, after performing well in the Wandsworth trials in Battersea Park.
Best Hercules Wimbledon effort came from Emma Headley who won the girls 11 to 12-year-old race in 14:15. Clubmate
Maire Gilmartin was third in 14:31, Connie Rose fifth in 14:58, Sophie Robinson seventh in 15:29and Sydney Harrison
10th in 16:22.
Tim Livingstone was runner-up in the boys 11 to 12-year-old race in 13:32 just ahead of Dean Belhaj who was third
in 13:41 with Tom McCahon eighth in 15:19.
Hercules Wimbledon's James Blower was sixth in the boys 13 to 14-year-old race in 15:11.
Hercules Wimbledon runners dominated the last February Wimbledon Common time trial filling three of the first four
places. Stuart Fraser was runner-up in 17:29, teenager Alex Robinson, taking 16 seconds off his previous best time,
third 17:43 and veteran Gary Blesson fourth in 17:53. Veteran Tom Cheetham, making his debut in the event, was 39th
in 21:33 and Alastair Brown 46th in 22:21.
Alice Village, at 14 one of the youngest runners in the 100-plus field, was second woman in 23:33.
Over in Richmond Park, Hercules Wimbledon veteran Pete Clarke took almost a minute off his previous best time in
finishing fifth in 18:41 with one of the best age-graded performances of the 85-strong field while over 60 veteran
Steve Badgery finished 31st out of 410 runners in the Bushy Park time trial in 19:11.
Competing in the Tunbridge Wells half-marathon in Kent, Hercules Wimbledon's John Querstret was 44th out of more
than 1360 finishers in 1:25:14.
This weekend, several Hercules Wimbledon runners will be in action for London and Surrey in the annual English
schools cross country championships at Liverpool on Saturday.
25/02/08 - HW CLUB RECORD RUN FOR KNESPL IN THE USA
Hercules Wimbledon's top woman middle-distance runner Medena Knespl showed record-breaking form when she raced over
5000m in an indoor meeting in New York.
Knespl, 20, took more than a minute off her Hercules Wimbledon club record set last year when she covered the
distance in 17 minutes 45.880 seconds at the New Balance Collegiate Indoor Invitation Meeting at the Armory track
in New York. Her time smashed her previous club record of 18:57:13, also set in the USA, in March 2007.
Meanwhile, Hercules Wimbledon's Eleanor Smith-Hahn was a member of the winning Surrey team in the girls under 13
competition at the London and South East Regional Sportshall final at Guildford's Spectrum Leisure Centre. She
finished fourth in the six lap race and fifth in the standing long jump contributing valuable points to Surrey's
winning score. She expects to be in the Surrey team to compete in the National Sportshall finals in Birmingham in
Three Hercules Wimbledon athletes were in the boys under 15 team which finished in runners-up position. Best of the
trio was Nathan Sacho Barechi who was the top placed Surrey athlete finishing third out of the 25 competitors from
the region. He competed in three individual events, winning the speed bounce competition and taking third place in
the two lap race. He also helped Surrey win the sprint relay.
His Hercules Wimbledon clubmate, Jose Costa, also competed in three events finishing fourth in the shot and fifth
in the two lap race. Hercules Wimbledon's third representative, Kyran Mitchell, also contested three events. His
best effort came in the two lap race where he was sixth equal.
Hercules Wimbledon runners gave a good showing in the English national cross country championships at Alton
Wimbledon schoolmaster James Trapmore was the first Hercules Wimbledon runner to finish in the senior men's 6.5
miles race taking 76th place in 35:30. Belal Aly who ran with one shoe for two of the three laps was 229th in
38:08, Justin Kelly 303rd in 38:58 and Deon Coetzee 335th in 39:26.
Aidan Hogan, who was up with Aly in the early stages of the race ran despite suffering from a chest infection to
finish 353rd in 39:48 with Neil Fraser 403rd in 40:32 and Phil Glynn 551st in 42:43. Almost 1250 runners finished
Three Hercules Wimbledon runners made their "national" debuts when they contested the young athletes races. Geordie
Logan was 167th in the boys under 15 championship in 13:34 with Alex Watson 331st in 15:43 while Charlie Carrington
was 236th in the men's under 17 race in 18:13.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon compete in their final inter-club cross country race of the season in Richmond
Park on Saturday. The race over 3.84 miles is being organised by Ranelagh Harriers. It starts from close to the
Pembroke Lodge car park at 3pm.
On Sunday, Hercules Wimbledon, working with Merton Council's leisure development department, are assisting in the
organisation of Merton's mini marathon races to decide who should represent the borough in the London mini-marathon
over the final 2.6 miles of the London Marathon course from Southwark Bridge to The Mall, on April 13.
This year, the Merton trials are being staged from Hercules Wimbledon's track headquarters at Wimbledon Park
athletics stadium. Runners who are 11 and under 17 on April 13 are eligible to compete in the trials so long as
they live or attend a school in Merton. Hercules Wimbledon have devised a two lap course around the park which
starts and finishes on the athletics track. Registration begins at 10am with the girls race due to start at 10.30am
and the boys due off at 11am.
A total of 48 runners, eight in each of six age groups, will subsequently be selected to represented Merton on
18/02/08 - BADGERY STORMS TO HALF-MARATHON RECORD
Hercules Wimbledon's former marathon international Steve Badgery was in outstanding form when he won the men's
veterans over 60 prize in the Sussex Beacon half-marathon smashing the Hercules Wimbledon age record in the
Badgery, who was taking part in his first marathon for a decade - the last time was in March 1998 when he set a
Hercules Wimbledon 55-year-old age record of 1 hour 17 minutes 7 seconds in the Wimbledon half-marathon - finished
60th out of almost 4000 runners in Sunday's race. He finished 40 seconds ahead of the top over 50 veteran in the
Badgery's time of 1:23:10 took more than eight minutes off the previous over 60 club record of 1:31:42 set by
Dennis Williams in the Paddock Wood half-marathon in Kent in April 2006. Badgery's time also took him to the top of
this year's UK rankings for his age group by exactly a minute.
Badgery was one of a large contingent of Hercules Wimbledon runners in Sunday's race on the South Coast staged in
almost ideal racing conditions. First Hercules Wimbledon finisher was Stuart Fraser who finished 15th in a personal
best of 1:18:00 with Naomi Warner 22nd and first woman in 1:18:33, her third fastest half-marathon time.
Dion Harrison was 32nd in 1:20:32 and Claire Grima 110th and seventh woman in 1:26:20. Amelia Lloyd was 25th in the
women's race in 1:32:22.
Over on Wimbledon Common, former Geoff Moulden Wimbledon 10 miles winner Ian Horrocks returned to action after a
long absence due to injury with a win in the Wimbledon Common time trial. He clocked 17:13 for the five kilometres
with clubmate Alex Robinson third in 17:59 and Mike Fuller was first veteran over 60 in 22:28, finishing 35th out
of 80 runners.
Hercules Wimbledon's former English cross country champion Dave Clarke was second over 50 veteran in finishing 22nd
out of 85 runners on his first appearance in the Richmond Park time trial in 20:54.
Hercules Wimbledon's Mike Halman gained a runaway victory in leading the 50-plus strong field home in an inter-club
5.56 miles cross country race organised by the Bank of England in Richmond Park on Saturday. Halman won by almost a
minute in 31:06. Jim Wallace was 12th in 36:17, Ed Reed 16th in 38:07, veteran Dave Betts 17th in 38:20, Frank Wood
18th in 38:46, teenager Bradlee Mulroe 24th in 40:03 and Yuzo Saito 25th in 40:09. Veterans Marco Ciglia, Don
Anderson and Alan Turner were 30th, 35th and 43rd in 41:09, 41:57 and 43:12 with Jane Searle 52nd in 45:33.
11-02-08 - CROSS RUNNERS' SUPER FINISH TO FINE SEASON
Hercules Wimbledon's cross country runners ended their first season for a decade in the top division of the
Sweatshop Surrey cross country league with another strong team performance finishing third out of the nine
competing teams in the final match in Richmond Park and a gloriously sunny spring afternoon.
Egyptians Hussein Ahmed Aly and Belal Aly led the Hercules Wimbledon runners home finishing ninth and 11th in 29
minutes 37 seconds and 29:52, respectively.
Aidan Hogan was 18th in 30:13, Richard Xerri 30th in 30:48, Jamie Helmer 43rd in 31:10, Justin Kelly 51st in 31:37,
Phil Glynn 69th in 32:17, veteran Peter Lee 88th in 33:19 and Arnaud Claverie 89th in 33:20. Final member of the
scoring team was over 50 veteran Hugh Saxby who finished 105th in 34:12.
Other Hercules Wimbledon finishers were Steve Sinnott 116th in 34:56, Frank Wood 147th in 37:12, John Querstret
148th in 37:17, Ed Reed 156th in 38:21, Maurice Sharp 165th in 39:53, Mike Stables 167th in 40:14 and Tom Cheetham
177th in 42:37.
Hercules Wimbledon teenager Liam White, who had won the three earlier under 15 races, was forced to cheer his
clubmates on from the sidelines after dislocating his knee playing in a schools football match a few days earlier.
In his absence Geordie Logan won the under 15 race in 16:16 with Alex Robinson taking the under 17 race in 16:08.
With Charlie Carrington fifth in 17:14, Bradlee Mulroe 11th in 18:59, Paul Stables 13th in 19:36 and Alex Watson
15th in 19:59, Hercules Wimbledon easily took the team honours on the day to lift the overall league title for the
Brothers Tom and Patrick McCahon were ninth and 10th in the boys under 13 race in 22:32 and 23:44,
Hercules Wimbledon's Eleanor Smith-Hahn was the highest place club runner in the Surrey Ladies League races also
staged in Richmond Park. She was third out of 47 runners in the girls under 13 race in 13:31. Maire Gillmartin was
20th in 15:04 and Ella Dobson 35th in 16:17.
Amelia Lloyd made an impressive league debut finishing 10th out of more than 130 runners in the senior race in
24:16. Serena Brotherton, who started about 50m behind the field, managed to work her way through to finish 71st in
29:25. She was also the second junior.
Seven Hercules Wimbledon athletes were in action in a schools inter-county match at Paddock Wood, Kent. Twins
Rosemary and Jennifer Fernando were 27th and 34th in the senior girls race in 22:25 and 22:51, the fourth and sixth
Surrey runners to cross the finishing line.
Alex Bruce-Littlewood was 18th for Kent in the senior boys race in 21:12 with Andrew Penney 41st in 22:06 and Deyan
Knespl 54th in 22:59, both running for Surrey. Joe Toomey was 23rd in the intermediate boys race in 18:10 while Ed
Saywell was 29th in the junior boys race in 16:56.
Hercules Wimbledon's Stuart Fraser beat a 1000-plus strong field to win the London Love in 10 kilometres road race
in Battersea Park in 34:53.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon compete in an inter-club cross country match hosted by the Bank of England in
Richmond Park on Saturday. It starts from near Roehampton Gate at 3pm. On Sunday, several Hercules Wimbledon
youngsters will be in action for Surrey in the South East Regional Sportshall final at Guildford's Spectrum Leisure
Centre on Sunday.
4/02/08 - TEENAGER WHITE CONTINUES IMPRESSIVE FORM
Hercules Wimbledon's top teenage
cross country runner Liam White continued the impressive form he has shown this winter with two fine runs over
testing courses at Parliament Hill Fields, North London.
White, the Surrey County boys under 15 bronze medallist was in a class of his own as he ran away with the London
Schools intermediate boys cross country title in 18 minutes 39 seconds, finishing a comfortable 22 seconds ahead of
the second runner.
A few days earlier, White finished a superb eighth out of almost 250 runners in the South of England boys under 15
4.5 kilometres championship in 18:16, just four seconds behind the top Surrey runner in the race. He led the
Hercules Wimbledon team which was the first from Surrey to close in its four runners. Geordie Logan was 99th in
20:16, Ed Saywell 147th in 21:24 and Joe Toomey 186th in 22:23.
A fifth Hercules Wimbledon runner in the race was Bradlee Mulroe who finished 194th in 22:38.
Hercules Wimbledon fielded a team in the senior men's 12 kilometres championship for the first time for several
seasons. Aidan Hogan led the team home finishing 97th out of more than 800 runners in 54:35 with Justin Kelly 154th
in 56:43, Deon Coetzee 198th in 57:57, Phil Glynn 208th in 58:11, Neil Fraser 271st in 60:21 and Jonathan Dobson
282nd in 60:52.
Andrew Penney had a good run in the men's under 17 six kilometres championship. He finished 55th out of almost 200
runners in 24:22. Charlie Carrington was 144th in 27:58 and William Spooner 163rd in 30:30.
Hercules Wimbledon's Tim Livingstone tasted victory in Kingston and Polytechnic's schools races in Richmond Park.
He won the boys under 13 race by three seconds in 8:21.
At the other end of the age scale, Hercules Wimbledon's former marathon international Steve Badgery just missed out
on a medal in the South of England over 60 masters cross country championship at Ruislip. He was fourth in 38:58.
Clubmate Hugh Saxby was 13th in the over 50 championship 36:54, while Jonathan Dobson finished 43rd in the same
Mike Kortenray was the first over 60 finisher in the Wimbledon Common time trial in 21:03. Teenager Alice Village
was first woman in 23:08.
Jutin Kelly led home a trio of Hercules Wimbledon runners in the Watford half-marathon. He was 18th out of almost
1800 runners in 1:16:13 with Deon Coetzee 37th in 1:20:36 and Stewart Bond 212th in 1:31:10.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon’s focus returns to cross country league racing with both men's and women's runners
in action in Richmond Park on Saturday. A busy day starts with the Surrey Ladies League senior women's race at
12.15pm followed by young athletes races. The Sweatshop Surrey League Division One boys young athletes race is due
off at 2.30pm with the senior men off at 3pm. The races starts from the edge of Sidmouth Wood near Pembroke Lodge
28/01/08 - LONG JUMPER'S MEDAL-WINNING INDOOR DEBUT
Hercules Wimbledon's top long
jumper Royden John made an impressive indoor debut when he picked up a bronze medal in the South of England
championships at Lee Valley Athletics Centre.
John, 35, silver medallist at last year's Surrey outdoor championships had never competed indoor before in his 20
years in athletics and it was also the first time he had contested the South of England championships and bounced
back from a shaky start.
However, he made an inauspicious start as he had a foul jump with his first attempt. He then managed 6.56m which
lifted him into fourth place. He had a third attempt of 6.40m, missed the fourth round and then benefited from the
rest by jumping 6.79m to move into bronze medal position and completed his medal-winning competition with a further
improvement to 6.85m, just five centimetres off the silver medal position.
John was delighted with his medal-winning effort and contributes his success to strengthening training at Wimbledon
Park athletics track. He return to Lee Valley towards the end of next month to compete in the British Masters
Indoor Championships his debut in a Masters or Veterans competition. On his current form he has a good chance of
gaining a gold medal there. Clubmate Ka Cheun To was seventh with a leap of 5.94m, a six centimetre improvement on
his previous best.
Another Hercules Wimbledon athlete, teenager Jermaine Olasan was not far off his lifetime best in taking fourth
place in the junior men's long jump championship with a leap of 6.43m. He was also making his indoor debut and but
it proved a traumatic experience as he fouled four of his six attempts. His best effort came with his third jump.
Clubmate Michael Ajei-Tabirade was well below his best with a leap of 5.51m which put him 18th in the
Hercules Wimbledon teenage sprinter Praf Nargund also showed good form in the junior men's 60m where he twice
improved on his previous best of 7.42 seconds set last year. He survived the heats finishing fourth in his first
round race in 7.35 and then went even faster in finishing sixth in his semi-final in 7.34.
Another Hercules Wimbledon athlete to perform well at Lee Valley was Nnamdi Odum, also making his indoor debut, who
finished eighth in the junior men's triple jump with 12.89m.
Hercules Wimbledon's former marathon international Steve Badgery was top veteran over 60 finisher in the Bushy park
five kilometres time trial at Hampton Court. Badgery finished 12th out of almost 350 runners in 18:45. Over 50
veteran Barry King was 87th in 21:55.
Meanwhile, veteran clubmate Hugh Saxby was the top male age-graded performer in the Wimbledon Common time trial
finishing third out of more than 80 runners in 18:12. He was the first over 50 finisher. Clubmate Matt Fell was not
far behind finishing fifth in 18:47, slicing 16 seconds off his previous best time for the course.
Kieran White finished sixth out of more than 600 runners in the Romsey five miles road race in Hampshire in 26:25
while Ray Owens was fourth over 45 veteran in the Last Friday of the Month five kilometres road race in Hyde Park
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are hosting the East Surrey League cross country relays on Wimbledon Common. The
relays start near the Fox and Grapes pub at the corner of West Place and the Causeway at 2pm.
21/01/08 - ANOTHER IMPRESSIVE SPORTSHALL EFFORT
Hercules Wimbledon's boys under 15 Sportshall squad turned in another impressive team effort in the final Surrey
Sportshall meeting at Guildford's Spectrum Leisure Centre. They filled four of the top six places to take a good
second place in the team battle.
Heading the squad was Nathan Safo Barnien who was pipped by just one point in his bid for victory to take
runners-up spot with 52 points. He gained a double win taking the speed bounce and two lap events and third place
in the standing triple jump. With three of his clubmates brothers Jose and Luis Costa and Kyran Mitchell he also
helped Hercules Wimbledon to victory in the relay.
Jose Costa also took fourth spot in the individual events with 48.5 points winning the standing long jump and
taking third place in the shot.
Mitchell finished fifth overall with 47 points with his best efforts coming in the two lap race where he posted the
second best time and the standing long jump and shot where he was fourth. Luis Costa was sixth with 44 points with
his best performance in the four lap race where he was fourth.
Another good Hercules Wimbledon effort came from Eleanor Smith-Kahn who finished joint fourth in girls under 13
competition. Her best efforts came in the six lap race where she finished second and the vertical jump where she
was third. With clubmates Katie Impl, Dahlia Serafy, Ellie Stewart, Olivia Hogan and Avalon Howard-McCrow, she
helped Hercules Wimbledon to eighth team place.
Following the three Sportshall meetings at Guildford, Hercules Wimbledon expects to have several of its athletes in
action for Surrey in the South East regional final at Guildford on February 17 against Kent, Middlesex and
Hercules Wimbledon athletes were in good form in the annual Surrey schools cross country championships at Reigate
and several are in line to represent the county in the South East inter-counties meeting at Paddock Wood on
February 9 and the Sainsbury's English Schools championships at Liverpool in March.
Best Hercules Wimbledon effort came from Joe Toomey who took runners-up spot in the intermediate boys championship.
Twins Rosemary and Jennifer Fernando were sixth and seventh in the senior girls championship, while Ed Saywell was
sixth in the junior boys race. Andrew Penny took eighth place in the senior boys championship ahead of Deyan Kespl
(11th) and Alex Robinson (12th).
Deyan's sister Michaela was 14th in the intermediate girls championship with Tim Livingstone 18th in the under 13
Hercules Wimbledon's Keiran White warmed up for this weekend's South of England cross country championships at
Parliament Hill Fields by taking third place in Saturday's Bushy Park five kilometres time trial in 16:48. It took
10 seconds off his previous best time for the course. White runs for the senior men's team at Parliament Hill
Fields on Saturday.
14/01/08 - HW'S BEST LEAGUE PERFORMANCE OF SEASON
Hercules Wimbledon's cross country runners followed up their bronze medal-winning performance in the Surrey cross
country championships by producing their best team performance of the season in the third of this season's
Sweatshop Surrey cross country league Division One matches at Reigate Priory.
They did so without some of their top runners including Kent junior champion Alex Bruce-Littlewood and Kieran
White, the second scoring member of the bronze medal-winning team who were both unavailable.
Egyptian Hussein Aly led the superb Hercules Wimbledon team performance finishing fifth over the testing,
undulating five miles course in 28 minutes 15 seconds. James Trapmore was next, not far behind, taking seventh
place in 28:17 with Belal Aly 17th in 29:00, Aidan Hogan 18th in 29:05, Richard Xerri 19th in 29:13 and Mike Halman
29th in 29:55.
The scoring team of 10 was completed by Deon Coetzee 49th in 31:04, Phil Glynn 54th in 31:20, Jamie Helmer 60th in
31:30 and veteran Peter Lee 65th in 31:34. Despite the absences, more than 20 Hercules Wimbledon athletes took part
in the race with Justin Kelly 68th in 31:38, Arnaud Claverie 69th in 31:40, Stuart Fraser 71st in 31:53, Gary
Blesson 77th in 32:09 and Hugh Saxby first veteran over 50 finishing 88th in 32:55. Then came Jonathan Dobson 97th
in 33:39, Steve Sinnott 103rd in 34:08, Andy Waites 119th in 35:12, John Querstret 121st in 35:19, Frank Wood 146th
in 38:38 and over 60 veteran Maurice Sharp 148th in 38:44.
Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters were also in good form with Surrey individual bronze medallist Liam White first
under 15 finisher in the young athletes race covering the 2.5 miles in 14:22. Andrew Penney, who missed the
previous weekend's Surrey races, was second under 17 in 14:39 with Alex Robinson fourth in that category in 14:49
and Geordie Logan just two seconds behind in fifth position. Next to finish was Deyan Knespl in 15:10.
The joint under 17 and under 15 team easily won their match to complete a hat-trick of wins this season and with
just one match remaining look set to lift the league title.
Making his debut in a Hercules Wimbledon vest Max Allison finished seventh in the colts race in 19:47.
Hercules Wimbledon's under 17 women also came out winners in their race led in the Surrey Ladies cross country
league meeting staged at the same venue. They were led to their success by twins Jennifer and Rosemary Fernando who
were fourth and fifth in 18:21 and 18:23 with Caroline Hicks 12th in 20:55.
Rebecca Stone led the Hercules Wimbledon contingent home in the girls under 13 race finishing 18th in 14:15 with
Emma Headley 26th in 1506 and Ella Dobson 32nd in 15:33. Meanwhile, Claire Grima had a good run in the senior
women's race where she finished seventh in 26:26 with Sally Maddock 20th in 28:25 and Amandine King 31st and top
under 20 finisher in 29:14.
Hercules Wimbledon's Micheala Knespl was first woman to finish Saturday's Wimbledon Common time trial finishing
11th overall in 21:50. Alastair Brown, making his debut in the event was 15th in 22:28 and teenager Alice Village
third woman in 23:52. Adam Przedrzymirski, who has been hampered by injury this season, finished sixth in the
Richmond Park time trial in 19:12, taking 37 seconds off his previous best time for the course.
The East Surrey cross country relays due to be staged by Hercules Wimbledon on Wimbledon Common on Saturday have
been postponed until February 2 so as not to clash with the Surrey schools cross country championships being held
at Reigate on Saturday afternoon. Several Hercules Wimbledon youngsters will be competing for the Merton teams at
7/01/08 - TEAM MEDALS TREBLE AT SURREY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Hercules Wimbledon runners were in good form in the annual Surrey cross country championships staged in testing
conditions in Croydon's Lloyd Park on Saturday, returning with a hat-trick of team medals.
However, the best Hercules Wimbledon performance of the weekend came in the Kent championships at Maidstone where
teenager Alex Bruce-Littlewood took the junior men’s title. The 17-year-old won the 7.2 kilometres race by almost
100m in 24 minutes 57 seconds.
Despite missing some of their top runners, the Hercules Wimbledon senior men's team continued their impressive
winter to take the bronze medals at Croydon. It was the first time that Hercules Wimbledon has got among the senior
men’s team medals for more than three decades - since winning the gold medals for the sixth consecutive time in
They were led home by Aidan Hogan who finished a good 15th in 46:23 with Kieran White 20th in 47:39, Mike Halman
25th in 48:15, Richard Xerri 28th in 48:42, Phil Glynn 32nd in 49:46 and veteran Peter Lee 36th in 50:09. Missing
from the line-up up was Justin Kelly whose running would certainly have secured the silver medals.
Other Hercules Wimbledon runners in the senior men's 12 kilometres race were veteran Gary Blesson 46th in 50:58,
over 50 veteran Hugh Saxby 48th in 51:19, Deon Coetzee, who started late, 74th in 55:14, Andy Waites 76th in 55:18
and Tom Cheetham 134th in 66:13.
The senior men's team effort was the third bronze medal-winning team performance by Hercules Wimbledon runners.
The medal winning medal haul began when teenager Liam White took the individual bronze medal to lead the club's
boys under 15 team to team bronze. White ran strongly to finish just 12 seconds behind the winner covering the four
kilometres in 15:20. Merton schools champion Geordie Logan was seventh in 15:54, Ed Saywell 20th in 17:26 and Tom
Meehan 44th in 19:57 to complete the team. Just five seconds behind was Bradlee Mulroe in 45th place.
Hercules Wimbledon also took the bronze medals in the men's under 17 6.5 kilometres championship with Alex Robinson
11th in 25:45, Deyan Knespl 15th in 26:20, Charlie Carrington 22nd in 28:02, James Greene 25th in 29:33 and Tom
Sandiford 26th in 30:18.
Two Hercules Wimbledon runners were in action in the senior women's eight kilometres championship. Medena Knespl,
back from her college in Boston, USA, was 17th in 37:02 with Sally Maddock 43rd in 41:31. Amandine King was fifth
in the junior women's 4.8 kilometres race in 25:30.
Twins Jennifer and Rosemary Fernando were 13th and 14th in the women's under 17 championship, also over 4.8
kilometres, in 24:18 and 24:23 with Hannah Long 23rd in 27:47, just missing out on a set of team medals finishing
in fourth place.
Michaela Knespl was first Hercules Wimbledon finisher in the girls under 15 four kilometres championship finishing
11th in 18:58 with Alice Village 35th in 23:17 and Georgia Haigh 40th in 25:17.
Eleanor Smith-Hahn led the Hercules Wimbledon team home in the girls under 13 3.25 kilometres championship
finishing ninth in 14:45 with Maire Gillmartin 28th in 16:18, Emma Headley 33rd in 16:34 and Sydney Henderson 53rd
Two Hercules Wimbledon runners finished among the top six out of almost 700 runners in the Tadworth open 10 miles
road race on Sunday. Hussein Aly was second in 56:15 and fellow Egyptian Belal Aly sixth in 58:30. Maurice Sharp
was third veteran over 60 in 1:12:31.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon cross country runners are in action in the third Sweatshop Surrey League Division
One and third Surrey Ladies League meetings which are both being staged at Priory Park, Reigate, on Saturday. The
club's youngsters will be competing in the third Surrey Sportshall meeting at Guildford's Spectrum Leisure Centre