PRESS RELEASES for Hercules Wimbledon AC for 2010

27-12-10 - RUNNERS FACE CHALLENGING START TO 2011
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club runners face a testing start to 2011 with the annual Surrey cross country championships being staged next Saturday, January 8. They have the chance to warm up for this challenge by taking part in the Lauriston/Hercules Wimbledon five miles multi-terrain race on Wimbledon Common on Saturday, New Year's Day. The race dates back to 1990 when it was over seven miles but two years ago, due to traffic problems in the vicinity of the Fox and Grapes public house on the edge of the Common, and adjoining roads, the start and finish was moved and the distance reduced to five miles. Previously, it began and ended on The Causeway but now the start and finish point is on the common near the junction of North View and West Place.
The event is open to all and there is no entry fee. It is over a very flat two-lap course which takes in a section of Parkside and the Wimbledon Common "dirt road" from the Windmill. It starts at 2pm with changing accommodation at Lauriston Cottage at the corner of Lauriston Road and South Side, Wimbledon Common. Runners from other clubs in the area, including Thames Hare & Hounds, regularly take part in the event. Last year's winner was Kevin Quinn of Herne Hill beating Hercules Wimbledon's Kieran White and Alex Bruce-Littlewood. More than a dozen Hercules Wimbledon runners built up their Christmas Day appetites by taking part in the Lauriston Runners' Club's 30-minute paarlauf on Saturday. Pairs of runners run alternately for 30 minutes and the pair which covers the most distance win the event.
Hercules Wimbledon's Kieran White and Ben Palmer were the winning combination covering five miles 1529 yards, almost 200 yards further than the winning pair in 2009. There was a really close battle for second spot with three teams finishing within two yards of each other.
Hercules Wimbledon's Liam White and Ranelagh's Steve Rowland pipped Belgrave's Will Cockerell and Hunters Bog Trotters' Claire Ward by just one yard in covering five miles 1260 yards with the Hercules Wimbledon pair of Adam Predrzymirski and Naomi Warner, who like many of their clubmates in the paarlauf, will both be in action in the Surrey championships, a further yard down.
Hercules Wimbledon's Denis Williams was first veteran over 65 finisher in the last Friday of the Month 5km road race in Hyde Park on Christmas Eve in 24:40 before linking up with Belgrave international Richard Ward to take sixth place in the paarlauf covering five miles 1078 yards, 32 yards behind fifth places Matt Sharp and Frank Wood, both from, Hercules Wimbledon.
Devonte Caseley-Hayford was the most successful of the 11 Hercules Wimbledon youngster in action in the second of this winter's Surrey sportshall meetings at Guildford's Spectrum Leisure Centre.He was third in the two lap race, fourth in the standing long jump and fifth in speed bounce to finish eighth overall in the boys under 15 section. Jonathan Winter was in action in the same age group where he was seventh in the two lap event while Alex Bismouth, who was ninth in the standing long jump, made up the team which finished fifth. Hercules Wimbledon were also runners-up in the paarlauf.
Best of the under 13 boys' squad was Julian Howard-Baker who was fourth in the six lap race. Alex Bond, Sammy Obitz and Jet Desney-Harrington made up the team which finished 12th.
Celine Attwel was Hercules Wimbledon's top performer in the girls under 13 event where she was fifth in the six lap race. Other Hercules Wimbledon youngsters in that age group were Tallulah Aitken, Emma-Louise Clarke and Mimi Lancfranci. The third Surrey sportshall meeting is being held at Guildford on Sunday, January 23. Hercules Wimbledon is looking for more youngsters between the age of 10 and 14 join their teams. Anyone interested should contact the club's sportshall team manager, Stewart Bond.


20-12-10 - FINGERS CROSSED FOR XMAS DAY RUN
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club runners are keeping their fingers crossed that the annual Lauriston Runners'Club 30 minutes paarlauf due to be staged on Christmas Day will be able to go ahead despite the wintry weather.
With no let up in the freezing conditions forecast, organisers are eager to go ahead with the event which has been staged for more than 50 years. It was launched by the later Arthur Whitehead in 1954 and has proved a popular appetiser for Xmas dinner every year since. Pairs of athletes run round a circuit near Rushmere Lake on Wimbledon Common which takes in South Side, The Green, The Causeway and West Side of the Common for 30 minutes and the pair which covers the furthest distance are the winners.
In Whitehead's day the event was started and finished by a loud boom caused by a small explosive charge in a dustbin but, following objections from local residents, a more modestly sounding klaxon is now used to signify the beginning and end of the 30-minutes.
Last year's winners were Ahmed Hussein from Hercules Wimbledon and Kevin Quinn from Aldeshot who covered five miles 1349 yards in the half-hour. The Hercules Wimbledon pair of Nadar Hassan and Joe Clark were second with five miles 925 yards with Joe Toomey and Dave Betts, also from Hercules Wimbledon, third covering five miles 902 yards. Fourteen pairs took part in the event in 2009. After the energetic activity, competitors, officials and spectators retire to Lauriston Cottage to enjoy seasonal fare of mince pies and mulled wine. The event starts on Wimbledon Common opposite the junction of South Side and Lauriston Road and would be participants need to report to the organisers by 10.30am to enable pairings to be completed in time for a prompt start. A small charge is made to cover refreshment costs.
A record 23 teams took part in another seasonal Hercules Wimbledon's event, the Christmas Cracker relay around 12 laps of the Wimbledon Park track. Steeplechaser Geordie Logan led the victorious trio, linking up with fellow teenagers Max Allison and Alfie Dudman-Jones, to win in 14 minutes 23 seconds from Chris Parr, Rebecca Stone and Tony McDowell (14:47) and Hugh Saxby, Brian Kelly and Medena Knespl (15:06).
Hercules Wimbledon runners were able to enjoy a Saturday of Christmas shopping after the annual South of the Thames 7.5 miles cross country championships, due to be staged on Farthing Downs, Coulsdon, last Saturday, were cancelled due to deep snow on the course.
However, some hardy Hercules Wimbledon runners did manage to get a run out despite the snow. Two youngsters were in action in the Holly Runs in Priory Park, Reigate, on Sunday. Joe Clark, warming up for next month's Surrey cross country championships, was fifth in the men's under 17 three miles race in 14:20, just over a minute behind the winner. His younger sister, Emma-Louise Clark finished fourth out of more than 60 in the girls under 11 race in 4:44. Several Hercules Wimbledon runners contested the Wimbledon Common parkrun last Saturday which, with a 9am start, was completed just before the heavy snowfall which wiped much of the day's sports' programme.
Clare Grima was first Hercules Wimbledon finisher and first woman taking 13th place in 20:02, with the day's top age-graded performance. Andrew Davies (17th in 19:30), Debbie Noel (30th in 21:12) fourth woman, over 45 veteran Charles Hampden (31st in 21:13), Zoe Phillips (33rds in 21:28) fifth woman and Alison Purnell (55th in 22:59) ninth woman, were among other Hercules Wimbledon runners in the event.
Further afield, Alex Bruce-Littlewood found it tough going in the Lotto Cross Cup 10km cross country race in Brussels where he finished 46th in an international-studded field in 35:14.


13-12-10 - IMPRESSIVE WARM UP FOR BRUSSELS RACE
Hercules Wimbledon's Alex Bruce-Littlewood warmed up for a testing race on the continent this weekend with a runaway victory in an inter-club five miles cross country race on Wimbledon Common last Saturday.
Bruce-Littlewood, 20, led the race from the start and despite the muddy and slippery conditions, with remnants of the recent heavy snowfall still evident, he had a 20 metres lead at the half-way point and then continued to pull away to win by 150 metres in 27 minutes 37 seconds.
"I've never run this race before but it was a good course," said Bruce-Littlewood, who was awarded a Christmas pudding for his victory. His next race will be on Sunday when he competes in the Lotto Cross Cup 10km cross country event in Brussels where he will encounter some of Europe's top runners. Recent winners of the event have come from Ethiopia, Kenya, Italy and the Ukraine.
After his Euro race, Bruce-Littlewood will focus on the Kent cross country championships which are being held on January 8 from Wilmington Grammar School, Dartford. He missed last season's championships but finished a good 19th in the English junior men's cross country championship in Leeds. Bruce-Littlewood will challenge for the senior men's title for the first time when he makes his first appearance in the Kent cross country championships since winning the junior men's title at Detling in January 2008.
Hercules Wimbledon had more than 20 runners in action in the inter-club race and had nine runners among the first 10. Adam Przedrzymirski (29:56), Justin Kelly (29:17), Phil Glynn (29:56) and veteran Peter Lee (31:22) were third, fourth, fifth and sixth to complete the scoring team of five which comfortably won the match against Milocarians and Wimbledon Windmilers. In the 18-a-side match against the Windmilers, Hercules Wimbledon won by 233 points to 433. Other Hercules Wimbledon runners in the first 10 were Dave Grima (31:53), veteran Stuart Bond (32:04), teenager James Evans (32:51) and over 55 veteran Hugh Saxby (32:52). Medena Knespl, back home for Christmas from her studies across the Atlantic at Boston University, was second woman in 36:06 with Zoe Phillips third just three seconds later.
Over 45 veteran Frank Wood had a busy weekend. On Saturday he helped Hercules Wimbledon win the cross country match by finishing 16th (35:32) and then, less than 24 hours later, turned out in the Bedford half-marathon where he finished 152nd out of almost 1500 runners in 1:29:07.
Another Hercules Wimbledon runner to win a race on Wimbledon Common on Saturday was James Trapmore. Running for the King's College School staff team, he led the way home in the annul three miles race against teams from the school and the old boys.
Several Hercules Wimbledon runners were in action in a third race on the common on Saturday, the Wimbledon Common parkrun. Andrew Davies was 10th (19:07), David Harris 19th (20:35), and over 45 veteran Charles Hampden-Smith 21st (20:40). Rebecca Smith, 14, was fourth in the women's race (21:16).
Meanwhile, Hercules Wimbledon's Kieran White showed useful form when he finished runner-up out of almost 500 runners in the Bushy Park 5km parkrun on Saturday in 16:25, just eights seconds outside his best time for the course which he posted more than two years ago back in April 2008.
White will be among Hercules Wimbledon runners competing in the South of the Thames 7.5 miles championships cross country race at Farthing Downs, Coulsdon, on Saturday, starting at 2pm.


6-12-10 - WOMEN OUTSHINE MEN IN THE SNOW
Battling through the thawing snow in Richmond Park on Saturday, Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's women cross country runners managed to outshine their club's men when the club contested the Ellis Men's Trophy and Dysart Women's Cup competitions.
More than 20 hardy Hercules Wimbledon runners made the short journey across to Petersham to take part in these two races in ankle deep snow and freezing weather. The women's squad, who have held their own in the opening two Surrey Ladies League matches this winter after making history by being promoted to the top division for the first time at the end of the 2009/2010 season, managed to take runners-up spot in the women's team contest in Richmond Park beating three of their Surrey League rival clubs in the process.
They were led in by Ruth Clifton who finished third in 26 minutes 53 seconds with Medena Knespl 11th in 28:35, Debbie Noel (29:13) 13th. Hannah Fernando (29:23) 14th, Zoe Phillips (29:40) 16th and first veteran over 40, and Michaela Knespl (31:25) 21st and first junior. Other finishers were Alison Purnell (32:08) 29th, Marilena de Luca (32:29) 36th, Maire Gilmartin (33:53) 40th and team captain Rowena Hornshaw (36:35) 49th.
Kieran White, who was taking part in only his fourth cross country race of the winter after returning from a six months' spell with the RAF in the Falklands, led the Hercules Wimbledon men's team to third team place in the 10-to-score Ellis Trophy in taking third place in 31:08. His namesake - but no relation - Liam White and clubmate Adam Przedrzymirski, used the race over five hilly miles as a part of a much longer training run as part of their preparations for the Surrey cross country championships being held in January. They were the second and third Hercules Wimbledon scorers finishing 14th and 15th in 33:10. White was also the first junior to complete the course. Other Hercules Wimbledon finishers were Stewart Bond (35:34) 31st, Frank Wood (37:31) 44th, Stephen McDuell (38:01) 48th, James Evans (40:03) 62nd, Tom Cheetham (41:48) 74th and over 60 veteran Fred Green (44:38) 78th.
There will be a seasonal touch when Hercules Wimbledon host an inter-club five miles cross country race on Wimbledon Common this weekend. A Christmas pudding will be awarded to the top man and woman in the event as well as the top finishers from each of the competing clubs. Visiting teams are Kingston & Polytechnic, Croydon, Wimbledon Windmilers, Bank of England and Milocarians. The race, which also incorporates the Hercules Wimbledon five miles championship, starts at 2pm near the Thatched Cottage on Wimbledon Common.
There will be a further seasonal event at Wimbledon Park track next Tuesday evening when Hercules Wimbledon's runners take part in the Christmas Cracker relay. Christmas goodies will be awarded to participating teams.
Hercules Wimbledon youngsters were prominent in the annual Merton schools cross country championships on Cannon Hill Common. Rebecca Stone and Claire Rogers finished first and second in the junior girls 2.5km race in 11:28 and 12:24. Freya Popham (14:25) finished sixth, Megan Le Doare (14:59) ninth and Josie Clough (17:14) 14th.Joe Clark took the intermediate boys 3.2km title in 12:46 with Spencer Felix-Otoo fourth a minute later. Leading runners will be representing Merton in the Surrey schools cross country championships at Reigate next month.
Fourteen-year-old Rebecca Stone was again in action in when she raced through the snow in the Wimbledon Common on Saturday. She was one of the youngest runners to take part and was third woman in 23:56. First Hercules Wimbledon runner to finish was Andrew Davies (11th in 20:35) with Charles Hampden-Smith 25th (22:27).
Veteran Dennis Williams became Hercules Wimbledon's third fastest-ever over 65 five kilometres road runner when he clocked 22:46 in the Poole Runners event on the south coast. Peter Giles holds the record for the age group with 18:52 in the Bushy Park parkrun in September last year. Schoolteacher Maurice Sharp is second on the list with 21:07in the Wimbledon Common park run in July.


29-11-10- TEENAGER WHITE EXCELS IN LIVERPOOL
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club teenager Liam White had an outstanding run in the McCain Cross Challenge cross country meeting in bitterly cold conditions in Liverpool's Sefton Park on Saturday, managing to finish in the top 20 in the junior 6.7km race. White found himself down the field in about 50th place as the leading runners in the 130-strong field, which comprised the top UK runners in his age group, surged ahead in their bid to make the British team for the European cross country championships in Portugal in December.
White, at 18 one of the youngest runners in the race, kept his cool and steadily picked off the runners ahead of him and he gradually moved through the field. He was still moving through when he reached the finish in 20 minutes 50 seconds, the same time as the two runners ahead of him and only 40 seconds behind the race winner who gains automatic selection for the Euro meeting.
"I was aiming for a top 20 finish so I'm pleased with my run," said White, who now sets his sights on the Surrey cross country championships at Croydon in January and the UK trials for the World cross country championships in Birmingham the following month. "I expected the leaders to go off really fast, which they did, so when I found myself down the field I didn't panic and just worked my way through, gradually picking them off."
Some of the runners who finished ahead of White, who will be in the junior men's age group for another year, will not be eligible to contest the World Championships trials race. If he can maintain his form he has an outside chance of making the squad.
Two other Hercules Wimbledon athletes in action in at Liverpool were Alex Robinson and Alex Bruce-Littlewood. Robinson, who has been dogged by illness in recent weeks, was pleased with his 62nd place in the junior race in 21:53 and feels he can now kick-start his winter cross country season.
Bruce-Littlewood, who became the first Hercules Wimbledon runner to win a 2XU Surrey cross country league Division One race since Adrian Marriott in January 1999, finished 15th in the under 23 9.8km trial race which was run in conjunction with the senior men's race in 30:40.
Hercules Wimbledon just missed out on a set of team medals in the South of the Thames five miles cross country race on Wimbledon Common on Saturday. Kieran White, running his second cross country race of the winter, led the Hercules Wimbledon contingent home finishing 12th out of more than 200 runners in 28:56. Justin Kelly was a little way behind in 18th place (29:16) followed by Jamie Helmer 25th (29:57) and Alex Urban 30th (30:12). The quartet missed out on taking the bronze medals by just 18 points.
Other Hercules Wimbledon finishers in the men's race were Stewart Bond 96th (33:37), Frank Wood 122nd (34:59), Tom Cheetham 146th (37:06), Adam Fenton 163rd (38:47), over 60 veteran Fred Green 181st (41:12) and Craig Howard 182nd (41:28).
Ruth Clifton finished fifth in the women's race in 33:31, with Zoe Phillips 17th (36:29), over 55 veteran Anna Garnier 19th (36:44), Steph Robson 29th (38:45) and Rowena Hornshaw 48th (44:12).
Hercules Wimbledon's Charles Lescott finished 200th out of almost 8000 runners in the Florence Marathon staged in cold and rainy conditions on Sunday in 2:53:17. Yuzo Saito was 1067th in 3:16:06.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon compete in the Ellis men's trophy and Dysart women's cup cross country races in Richmond Park on Saturday. The five-a-side women's race over 4.12 miles starts at 1.45pm with the 10-to-score men's race over 5.55 miles off at 2.30pm.


22/11/10 - TOUGH TEST AHEAD
Three Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club cross country runners face their toughest test of the winter when they compete in the opening McCain UK Cross Challenge meeting of the season at Sefton Park, Liverpool, on Saturday. The meeting also doubles up as the UK trials for the European cross country championships being staged in Portugal next month.
Following his fine win on the second of this season's 2XU Surrey cross country league races in Dorking, Alex Bruce-Littlewood will be aiming for a place in the under 23 team to compete in the Euro event while two of Hercules Wimbledon's top teenagers, Liam White and Alex Robinson, the South of England junior 5000m track champion, will be in action against the country's top juniors.
Nearer home, Hercules Wimbledon compete in the South of the Thames five miles team race on Wimbledon Common, on Saturday, starting at 2pm, while Sunday sees Hercules Wimbledon youngsters in action in the second of this season's Surrey Sportshall meetings at Guildford's Spectrum Leisure Centre.
Several Hercules Wimbledon runners were in action at Parliament Hill Fields, North London, last Saturday. First off were competitors in the Balfour Beatty London Youth first cross country cross country championships.
Tim Livingstone, representing Wandsworth, was the best placed runner from the club finishing 12th out of 111 runners in the boys under 15 event in 10 minutes 18 seconds. Ben Palmer was 28th out of more than 100 runners in the boys under 17 race with Maire Gilmartin 22nd in the girls under 15 race in 6:56. Claire Rogers was 47th (7:25) and Imogen Willis 66th (7:45). Beatrice Auffan was 60th in the girls under 13 race in 7:30with Emily Dobson 113th (8:28) and Alex Bond 74th out of 144 runners in the boys under 13 race in 7:02.
The London cross country championships followed the youngsters' races. First Hercules Wimbledon finisher in the senior men's 10km championship was James Trapmore in seventh place in 33:07, just over a minute behind the winner. Kieran White, having his first cross country race of the winter, showed good form in finishing 28th (35:33) and with Phil Glynn 35th (35:51), Stuart Fraser 57th (37:42) and Deon Coetzee 67th (38:14), Hercules Wimbledon were sixth in the team contest. Two other Hercules Wimbledon runners to finish were Matt Sharp 74th (38:44) and Frank Wood 152nd (42:50).
Hercules Wimbledon's Claire Grima made history in the Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday when she became the first runner to win the women's event 15 times. She clocked 19:14 in finishing 14th overall out of almost 200 runners. She was less than a minute behind husband Dave who was fourth in 18:27 with Andrew Davies seventh (18:39), Charles Hampden-Smith (22nd in 20:30) and Adam Fenton 49th (21:47).
In other parkruns, Stephen Duell was 25th out of almost 200 runners in Richmond Park in 20:41 and over 55 veteran Barry King was 105 out of almost 600 runners in the Bushy Park event.
Peter Lee was second veteran finish in the Epsom 10 miles road race on Sunday in 1:00:42. Frank Wood, who competed in the previous day's London cross country championships, completed a busy weekend by taking 55th place out of more than 300 runners in 1:08:03.
Ruth Clifton was third woman in the Old Deer Park 10km road race in Richmond, also on Sunday, when she finished 25th out of almost 1200 runners in 39:46. Rowena Hornshaw was also third woman in the Veterans Athletic Club 5.5 miles cross country race on Wimbledon Common.


15/11/10 - LITTLEWOOD'S IMPRESSIVE LEAGUE DEBUT
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's Alex Bruce-Littlewood made a winning debut when he competed in the 2XU Surrey Men's cross country league for the first time at Debies Orchard, Dorking, on Saturday.
Littlewood fought a closely contested race to win the senior five miles event by nine seconds in 25 minutes 7 seconds, to lead the Hercules Wimbledon team to a comfortable thirds spot despite some of the club's top runners missing from the line-up.
Teenager Liam White was first junior finisher taking seventh place (25:59) with James Hogg making his debut for Hercules Wimbledon (23rd in 27:18), Justin Kelly (28th in 27:31), Phil Glynn (39th in 28:04), Matt Sharp (52nd in 28:47), Jamie Helmer (56th in 28:53), veteran Peter Lee (67th in 29:25), Geordie Logan (78th in 29:52) and Deon Coetzee (81st in 29:56) completing the scoring team of 10 runners.
Other Hercules Wimbledon finishers were David Grima (86th in 30:13), Sean Crummy (89th in 30:28), Belal Aly (103rd in 31:04), Stewart Bond (116th in 31:29), Frank Wood (148th in 33:47) and Dave Orchard (186th in 42:47).
Teenager Joe Clark enjoyed the best race of his best cross country races when he took runners-up spot in the young athletes event. He covered the two-and-a-half miles in 14:08 to finish just four seconds behind the winner. Ben Palmer was fourth in 14:32 with Ed Saywell eighth in 15:10. It was Saywell's second race of the day. A few hours earlier he competed in the Lord Mayor's mile in the City of London where he was 21st in the senior boys race in 4:57. Hercules Wimbledon's sole runner in the under 13 race was Alex Bond who was 20th in 21:19.
Hercules Wimbledon runners also did well in the second Surrey Ladies League race also staged at Denbies Vineyard. They were led home in the senior race by Claire Grima (21st in 24:36), two places and six seconds ahead of clubmate Naomi Warner. Zoe Phillips (47th in 25:52), Debbie Noel (54th in 26:14) and Alison Purnell (92nd in 28:02) completed the scoring team which achieved their best ever placing in taking seventh place in Division One.
Other Hercules Wimbledon finishers were Monika Crouse (118th in 29:51), Rowena Hornshaw (141st in 30:59), Heather Letley (159th in 32:57) and Caroline Glynn (170th in 34:13). Hercules Wimbledon runners were also in action in the younger age group races. Maire Gilmartin was 15th in the under 15 event in 18:33 and Emma Louise-Clark 20th ion the under 13 race in 15:46.
Another Hercules Wimbledon youngster, Rebecca Stone, 14, clocked a personal best time when she clocked 20:43 in the Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday. She was the second woman to finish and her time took 15 seconds off her previous best time which was set in March 2009.
Three Hercules Wimbledon runners were in action in the Lord Mayor's mile. Apart from Saywell, Tim Livingstone was 10th in the intermediate boys race in 5:58 and Elliot Laville 31st in the junior boys event in 6:13.
At the other end of the age scale, Hercules Wimbledon's Peter Giles helped England to team victory in the Masters cross country international in Dublin on Saturday when he finished eighth in the over 65 race in 25:58.
Hercules Wimbledon's Francesca Clarke won the women's event in the Loseley 10km cross country race near Guildford in 44:14. She finished alongside her husband, Dave, three times winner of the English cross country championship, who on Sunday gave an endurance running master-class at Wimbledon Park athletcis stadium. John Querstret finished fifth out of more than 700 runners in 40:14. Querstret also finished fourth out of more than 300 runners in the Leatherhead Fire Station 10km race on Sunday in 38:17.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon runners are in action at Parliament Hill Fields, the spiritual home of cross country running, on Saturday. The club's younger members compete for Merton and Wandsworth in the London Youth Games cross country championships which return after an absence of five years. The first race is at 11am. Then, in the afternoon, the club's older members compete in the London Cross Country Championships with the women starting at 2pm with the men's race half-an-hour later.


8/11/10 - HISTORIC APPEARANCE IN NATIONAL RELAYS
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club made history by competing in the English cross country relay championships for the first time at Berry Hill Park, Mansfield, on Saturday.
The trio of Alex Robinson, Andrew Penney and Liam White finished a respectable 10th out of the 55 teams in the junior championship. Robinson brought the team in 29th at the end of the opening lap in 9 minutes 28 seconds before Penney (9:23) moved up to 18th and White (9:12) gained a further eight places on the final lap.
Hercules Wimbledon's Elliot Laville encountered tough conditions when he represented Great Britain in the boys 11-12 age group in the World Biathle championships in Dubai. "It was really hard as we had to run in the sweltering humid Dubai sun and swim in extremely warm sea," said Laville. "The two runs before and after the swim were extremely hard as we had to race through 25 metres of the sea due to the tide
He finished an impressive 14th against competitors from South Africa, Egypt, Australia, Venezuela, Turkey Spain, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Cyprus, Argentina, India and the Czech Republic.
Laville, 12, followed up his international debut by competing in the Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday where he finished 57th out of almost 200 runners in 22:35. First Hercules Wimbledon finisher was David Grima (fifth in 17:57) just ahead of veteran Peter Lee (18:07) with Andrew Davies eighth (18:45). Ruth Clifton was the first woman (19:15) just ahead of David Harris (21st in 20:33) with 14-year-old Rebecca Stone 48th (21:58).
Matthew Sharp clocked a personal best time of 16:41 in finishing fourth out of almost 650 runners in the Bushy Park parkrun. His time took five seconds off his previous best set at the beginning of September.
Phil Glynn seems to have got the winning bug as he followed up his victory in the opening East Surrey League race at Croydon the previous weekend by heading home the 24-strong field in an inter-club match in Richmond Park on Saturday. He won by more than half-a-minute in 38:58. Other leading Hercules Wimbledon finishers were Stewart Bond (sixth in 44:38), Frank Wood (11th in 47:16) and Tom Cheetham (12th in 48:08).
Hercules Wimbledon will be hoping to consolidate their solid start in the 2XU Surrey Men's and Surrey Ladies cross country leagues at Denbies Vineyard, Dorking, on Saturday. The men's team finished a good third in their opening encounter on Wimbledon Common while the women finished ninth of the 14 teams on their Division One debut in the Surrey Ladies League in Richmond Park. The senior women's 6.5km race starts at 12noon, women's U17 and U15 4.5km race at 1pm and the girls U13 3km race at 1.30pm. The boys young athletes 2.5 miles race is at 2.30pm with the senior five miles event due off at 3pm.
Hercules Wimbledon are mourning the death of one of their long-standing members, Roy Brisley. Brisley, a former English schools high jump champion, who served as Surrey women's athletics association president in 1970.
Brisley joined the former Hercules Club in the Spring 1945. He proved quite an all-rounder and held club records for the high jump, long jump, shot, discus and decathlon. He excelled at the high jump and set a club men's U17 record of 1.60m in 1949 and the following year improved to 1.73m in winning the Surrey junior title with a Surrey and Club record clearance. Despite finishing third in the Surrey schools championships in 1951, he managed to win the English schools senior boys title at Southampton that year  In 1952, his future in athletics came under threat when he tore ligaments in his ankle but he bounced back in 1954 by improving his club record in clearing 1.83m. He became a qualified high jump coach in 1950 and then qualified in every track and field event apart from the hammer. He was appointed chief coach to the Surrey women's team in 1955 and before becoming president in 1970 served as team manager and treasurer to the Surrey Women's Association.
Bisley's funeral is being held in the East Chapel at Croydon Cemetery and Crematorium, Mitcham Road, Croydon, at 11.15am on Monday, November 15.


1/11/10 - LONGEST RACE FOR LONG JUMPER EDMUNDS
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club long jumper Cale Edmunds took part in the longest race of his young life when he competed in the Wimbledon Common parkrun 5km event on Saturday. Edmunds, 19, who normally confines his athletics to long jumping and sprinting, finished 59th out of more than 220 runners in 21 minutes 30 seconds. His previous longest race was over 100m. His dad, former Surrey 200m champion Cyprfen, who coaches him, said: "This is some stamina work in preparation for next season."
Edmunds was one of more than half-a-dozen Hercules Wimbledon runners in action in last weekend's parkruns. Also on Wimbledon Common, Claire Grima was top woman as she finished 11th overall in 19:14, 27 seconds faster than she managed in winning the women's race the previous weekend. Her best time for the course of 18:35 was set in November 2008. Over 55 veteran Anna Garnier produced the top age-graded performance in finishing fifth in the women's race in 21:14.
Hercules Wimbledon's Francesca Clarke also won the women's event in the Kingston parkrun in 20:53 in finishing 10th overall. She was just one second outside her best time for the course set last month. Over 55 veteran Barry King was some way outside his best time when he finished 108th out of more than 600 runners in the Bushy Park event in 21:42.
Hercules Wimbledon veteran sprinter went to the other extreme in distance when he competed in the Athens marathon on Sunday. Although he only clocked 4:34:16 and finished about 5000th out of more than 10000 runners, his real aim was to be part of history. The race marked the 2500th anniversary of the battle of Marathon in 490 BC and the legendary run by Pheidippides from the Marathon battlefield to the city of Athens.
Croydon's Lloyd Park is proving an unhappy hunting ground for Hercules Wimbledon's Cassian Hyde. He was misdirected when he look set to win a medal in the Surrey U13 cross country championship in February. Again, 14-year-old Hyde was sent the wrong way when he was well placed in the young athletes race in the opening East Surrey League young athletes race of the season on Saturday. As all but four of the runners in the youngsters' race went wrong organisers declared the event void.
There was better luck for Hercules Wimbledon's Phil Glynn in the senior five miles event. He moved through in the closing stages to secure a win, his first victory for almost a year. The last time 31-year-old Glynn celebrated success was in January when he won the Veterans AC championship on Wimbledon Common. Glynn won by 20 seconds in 30:44. Matt Sharp, now recovered from contesting the Amsterdam marathon, was fifth (32:01), David Grima 20th (34:27) and over 55 veteran Hugh Saxby 25th (34:56).
The Grima family completed a busy weekend by competing in the Barns Green half-marathon on Sunday. David was 53rd out of almost 1600 finishers in 1:23:40 with Claire 84th and fourth woman in 1:26:52. David took just over two-and-a-half minutes off his previous best time for the distance set in the Tunbridge Wells event in February while Claire was about five minutes outside her best time achieved in the Stroud half-marathon two years ago.
Two other Hercules Wimbledon athletes to perform well on the road were Richard Xerri and Naomi Warner. They competed in the Guy Fawkes 10 miles road race in Ripley, Yorkshire where Xerri was 10th out of more than 800 finishers in 1:01:21. Warner was sixth in the women's race in 1:11:53.
Competing down-under one of Hercules Wimbledon's most talented youngsters, Jonathan Burgess has been showing winning form in the Queensland Secondary Schools championships in Brisbane. He won the under 1500 and 5000m titles in 4:02.91 and 16:27.71 and was runner-up in the 800m (1:56.53).
This weekend, the trio of Liam White, Alex Robinson and Andrew Penney will carry Hercules Wimbledon's hopes in the English cross country relays at Mansfield on Saturday when they contest the junior men's event on Saturday. Also on Saturday, and nearer home, Hercules Wimbledon are involved in an inter-club seven miles cross country match in Richmond Park. The race starts near Sheen Gate at 2pm.


25/10/19 - CALLING ALL BUDDING STEEPLECHASERS
Wimbledon Athletic Club is staging a steeplechase taster event at its Wimbledon Park athletics stadium headquarters this month. Former Olympic steeplechaser John Bicourt will run the session on behalf of the South London Athletics Network on Sunday, November 14, starting at 9.45am and anyone interested in steeplechasing - boys and girls, men and women - is welcome. The aim of the session of to try to attract more people to take up the steeplechase and improve the standard of those who already do the event. Chris Brasher, the joint founder of the London marathon in 1981 was the last UK runner to win the Olympic steeplechase title in Melbourne in 1956.
Hercules Wimbledon's Claire Grima continued her return to fitness after having a baby boy, Luca, four months ago, by winning the women's event in the Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday. She clocked 19 minutes 41 seconds in finishing 13th out of almost 200 runners, a 16 seconds improvement on her time just over a month earlier. However, she is still some way off her best time for the course of 18:35 achieved in November 2008.
Her husband, David, was also in action, finishing sixth in the men's race in 18:23, three seconds behind his Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Ed Saywell (18:20). Andrew Davies was eighth (18:37) and David Harris 19th (20:26). Zoe Phillips was 26th and second woman in 20:41 and over 45 veteran Adam Fenton 44th (21:41). Mother and daughter Fenella and Imogen Willis were also in action on Wimbledon Common. Mum Fenella crossed the line first finishing 99th in 25:06 with 14-year-old Imogen 132nd in 27:36, 43 seconds outside her best time.
Hercules Wimbledon's Stephen McDuell was in action in the Richmond Park parkrun. He was the fourth veteran over 45 finisher in 21:13 but was some way off his best time of 19:01 set in March .
Hercules Wimbledon's Ruth Clifton was first woman to finish in the Bank of England inter-club 4.9 miles race in Richmond Park. She clocked 28:27. Over 55 veteran Anna Garnier was fourth woman (32:42).
Hercules Wimbledon's Debbie Noel was in action in the Venice Marathon where she was 284th woman to finish in 3:57:56. There were more than 6000 runners in the race. She was some way off her best time for the 26 miles 385 yards distance. She clocked a faster 3:45:52 in this year's Virgin London Marathon.
Ian Pegler was the sole Hercules Wimbledon representative in the Emer Casey Memorial 10km road race in Brockwell Park. He finished ninth out of more than 100 runners in 38:08.
Hercules Wimbledon's Tom Cheetham was 15th over 40 veteran in the Wimbledon Audi 10km road race in 43:20.
Hercules Wimbledon runners were prominent in the Wandsworth Schools cross country championships on Tooting Bec Common. Joshua Rose was runner-up in the Boys Year 11 race in 17:17, just under a minute behind the winner. Katie Lampl was third in the Girls Year 10 race in 7:54, just 20 seconds behind the event winner.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon athletes are in action in the opening East Surrey League meeting of the season in Lloyd Park, Croydon, on Saturday. The young athletes two miles race over two miles starts at 2.30pm with the senior and veterans event over five miles due off at 3pm. The races start and finish near the Lloyd Park tramlink stop on Coombe Road.


18/10/10 - BAGFUL OF MEDALS FOR HW VETERANS
Hercules Wimbledon's veteran cross country runners had one of their most successful years in the Surrey Veterans cross country championships in Richmond Park on Saturday picking up one team and individual titles and three other medals.
Hugh Saxby was the best of the bunch taking the over 55 title covering the 10km course in 38 minutes 49 seconds. Saxby, 56, was almost half-a-minute clear of the silver medallist in his age group.
The club's over 60 team, led home by former marathon international Steve Badgery who was third in the over 60 category in 42:29, took the gold medals. Other members of the winning team were Maurice Sharp who took the individual silver medal in the over 65 category in 44:59 and Dave Betts fifth in the over 60 race in 43:44.
Another Hercules Wimbledon medallist was Steph Robson who finished second in the women's six kilometres race in 25:12.
The club's over 40 veterans team was unlucky not to secure any medals. Team manager Peter Lee just missed out on an individual medal finishing fourth (35:53) just ahead of Stuart Fraser (36:20) with Frank Wood, 14th in the over 45 race (41:21) completing the team which took fourth spot just fivce points off the bronze medal position.
Pete Clarke was 16th in the over 45 category in 41:53, Tom Cheetham 13th in the over 40 section (43:53), Tom Morris 10th over 50 finisher (44:02) and Dennis Williams 11th over 60 finisher (49:47).
Masumi Dobson also just missed out on a medal finishing fourth in the women's over 40 championship in 26:12.
Anchor leg runner Liam White was the fastest member of the Hercules Wimbledon team in the English National six-stage road relay championship at Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, on Saturday. He clocked 18:34 for the six kilometres circuit in moving through from 54th to 42nd place. Other members of the team, the time Hercules Wimbledon have contested the event since 1992, were Justin Kelly (19:25), Adam Przedrzymirski (19:28), Alex Robinson (19:37), Rory McMahon (19:50) and Andrew Penney (19:07). Hercules Wimbledon beat local rivals Herne Hill while Thames Hare & Hounds failed to field a team.
Hercules Wimbledon's Matt Sharp was the 12th British runner to finish in the ING Amsterdam Marathon on Sunday in a personal best time of 2:40:42. Sharp finished 77th out of more than 11000 runners and took more than 34 minutes off his previous best time set in the London marathon in April.
John Querstret also set a personal best of 2:50:51 in finishing 180th. It was a three minute improvement on his previous best set in the Berlin marathon last year. Over 40 veteran Kwame Okojie was 40th in his category in finishing 233rd in 2:54:18 an improvement of one-and-a-half minutes on his previous best set in the Amsterdam race in 2009.
Hercules Wimbledon's James Trapmore was ninth out of almost 1500 runners in the Cabbage Patch 10 miles road race at Twickenham on Sunday. He clocked 563:50, the fastest 10 miles time by a Hercules Wimbledon runner this year. Richard Xerri was 26th in a personal best of 56:58 with Charles Lescott 41st (58:29) and Peter Lee 44th (58:47).
 Also on the road, Justin Kelly and Phil Glynn were ninth and 10th out of almost 11000 runners in the Royal Parks half-marathon in Central London in 1:16:14 and 1:16:44, respectively. David Grima was 15th out of more than 450 runners in the Profeet Kingston Run 16 miles race in 1:46:58. Johnnie Bland, 16, finished second out of 200 runners in the Pulse three kilometres race in Hyde Park in 10:31, 22 seconds behind the race winner.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon youngsters are in action in the opening Surrey Sportshall meeting at Guildford's Spectrum Leisure Centre on Sunday. The meeting starts at 1pm.


11/10/10 - MUM CLAIRE LEADS WOMEN TO SOLID START
Hercules Wimbledon's cross country runners made a solid start to their league programme with the club's women's squad giving a superb showing in their first ever appearance in the top division of the Surrey Ladies League in Richmond Park on Saturday. They carried on where they left off last season when they secured promotion after finishing third in Division Two. They rose to the challenge of the top division in tremendous style and among the teams they managed to beat were the two they finished behind in Division Two.
With husband David, who had finished fourth in the Wimbledon Common parkrun in the morning, and three-month-old baby Luca both cheering her on, Claire Grima led the Hercules Wimbledon contingent home finishing 26th in 28 minutes 23 seconds. Zoe Phillips (46th in 29:20), Debbie Noel (50th in 29:38), Hannah Fernando (56th in 29:53) and Masumi Dobson (82nd in 31:41) completed the team.
With a record 10 Hercules Wimbledon runners turning out in the senior race the club managed to also field a complete B team. It was led in by Annemarie Seymour (119th in 34:10), Rowena Hornshaw (126th in 35:03), Monika Crouse (127th in 35:21), Caroline Glynn (149th in 36:44) and Heather Letley (182nd in 38:07). There was also a good run from teenager Rebecca Stone who was eighth in the girls U15 race in 16:44.
While the women were doing their thing in Richmond Park, Hercules Wimbledon's men were in action in the opening 2XU Surrey League Division One match on Wimbledon Common. Teenager Liam White, making his first scoring appearance in the senior event, made a flying start to his winter racing programme with a fine fourth place in 27:42, leading the Hercules Wimbledon team to third spot in the team event.
Other members of the scoring team were Justin Kelly (18th in 29:23), Matthew Sharp (30th in 30:00), Jamie Helmer (37th in 30:16), Phil Glynn (40th in 30:22), veteran Peter Lee (51st in 30:57), Richard Xerr (52nd in 31:03), Deon Coetzee (67th in 31:46), Sean Crummy (91st in 33:35) and Adam Sikora (92nd in 33:38).
Over 50 veteran Hugh Saxby just failed to make the scoring 10 finishing 102nd (33:52). Other Hercules Wimbledon runners were Stewart Bond (107th in 34:17), Frank Wood (121st in 35:10), David Ryan (127th in 35:26) and David Harris (149th in 37:08).
Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters also did well in the young athletes race finishing runner-up in the under 17 and under 15 contest. Ed Saywell was fourth (15:18), Joe Clark sixth (15:34), Ben Palmer seventh (15:48), Cassian Hyde eighth (15:58), Daniel Haigh 14th (17:00), Augustin Mallin (17th in 17:41) and Alexander Bismouth 24th (20:33). Elliot Laville who finished seventh (18:57) led the under 13 team to third place. Alex Bond was ninth (19:17).
Matt Sharp warmed up for his appearance in next Sunday's Amsterdam Marathon by winning the Autum Tempest 10 miles road race at Dunsford Airport in a personal best of 57:29. At the same venue, clubmate Debbie Noel also clocked a lifetime best in winning the women's event in the Austumn Spitfire 20 miles event in 2:37:35.
Hercules Wimbledon's Alex Urban made an impressive marathon debut when he was second UK finisher in Brussels on Sunday. He finished 29th out of almost 2000 runners in 2:48:00. Hercules Wimbledon treasurer Mick Leigh was second in the veterans over 65 category in the Brussels half-marathon in 1:58:29. Francesca Clarke was first woman in Saturday's Kingston parkrun in 20:52, 27 faster than her previous best for the course. Over 50 veteran Martin O'Halloran was fourth in the Roundshaw Downs parkrun in 21:03.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are competing in the National six-stage road relay championship in Sutton Park, Birmingham, on Saturday, for the first time since 1992 after qualifying by finishing 18th in the South of England championship in Aldershot last month. Nearer home, Hercules Wimbledon's older runners will be in action in the Surrey Veterans cross country championships in Richmond Park on Saturday.


4/10/10 - DELHI-BOUND RUNNER BEATEN IN 10K RACE
Commonwealth Games-bound marathon runner Ben Moreau made a surprise appearance in the Geoff Moulden 10km road race, organised by Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club, at Wimbledon Park on Sunday. Moreau made a late decision to defend the title he won last year to give him a final run out before his important assignment in Delhi where he will be one of two English runners in the men's marathon.
If he thought he was going to have an easy time then he was mistaken because he came up against strong international opposition and had to settle for fourth place - perhaps not quite the send off race he was looking for. A quartet of runners went to the front of the field as it headed out of Wimbledon Park along Church Road. Apart from Moreau, there was Surrey cross country champion Paskar Owor, international Ben Whitby, who lives in Tooting and Ryan McLeod, the 25-year-old son of former Olympic 10000m silver medallist Mike McLeod, who has also attained international status.
Racing down the steep Home Park Road decline half-way round the first main lap, McLeod and Owor made a break and opened up a small gap on Moreau and Whitby and from then on McLeod seemed to tighten his grip on the race.
Racing into Wimbledon Park for the second time with around a mile remaining he had a 20 second lead over Owor with Moreau and Whitby a further 10 seconds behind. McLeod was away but Whitby, who raced for Britain in last December's European cross country championships in Dublin, decided to have a go. It was only his second race since April after a summer dogged by injury and illness. Gradually he caught Owor and managed to pass the Belgrave runner about 600m from the finish line racing down the road which leads onto the running track. He hung onto second spot in 31 minutes 27 seconds, four seconds ahead of Owor but 17 behind McLeod. Moreau, who flew out to India 24 hours after the race, finished fourth in 31:34. McLeod's winning time was identical to the 31:10 clocked by Moreau last year.
First Hercules Wimbledon runner was Justin Kelly (11th in 35:14) with Alex Urban (35:53) two places back and Hugh Saxby (39:33) first over 55 veteran in 19th place. Over 40 veteran Stewart Bond (27th in 42:23), David Harris (35th in 44:31), over 55 veteran Barry King (48th in 46:51) and over 60 veteran Dennis Williams (84th in 55:17) were other Hercules Wimbledon runners in the men's race. Hercules Wimbledon were second in the men's team race.
Woking's Rose Nicholson led throughout to win the women's race in a course record time of 38:57 from Hercules Wimbledon's Naomi Warner (40:24) with a veteran over 35 course record. Claire Grima (42:22) was third woman, Anna Garnier (44:32) fourth with an over 55 veterans record and Michaela Knespl fifth (45:17). Over 45 veteran Alison Purnell (48:49) was 10th in the women's race. Hercules Wimbledon won the women's team race.
Joe Clark was the fastest member of the Hercules Wimbledon under 17 trio that competed in the Bruce Judd Surrey young athletes cross country relays at Stoke Park, Guildford, on Saturday. He clocked 7:47 in keeping the team in ninth place. Other members of the squad were Ed Saywell (7:54) and Ben Palmer (8:02).
Andrew Davies was the best of 10 Hercules Wimbledon runners in the Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday finishing fifth out of more than 200 runners in 18:30. David Grima (18:53) and over 45 veteran Jeremy Purnell (20:46) were ninth and 30th. Over at Bushy Park, over 40 veteran Stewart Bond was 44th out of 687 finishers in 19:11.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are in action in the opening 2XU Surrey Men's and Surrey Ladies cross country leagues meetings. The men's Division One meeting is being staged on Wimbledon Common on Saturday. The young athletes race over 2.5 miles is at 2.30pm with the seniors, who race over five miles, due off half-an-hour later. The women's league meeting is also on Saturday in Richmond Park near Kingston Gate. The seniors start at 12noon and other age groups for under 15 and under 17's and under 13's follow at 1pm and 1.30pm.


27/09/10 - ON YOUR MARKS FOR GEOFF MOULDEN 10K
Scores of runners will be converging on Wimbledon Park on Sunday for the annual Geoff Moulden 10km road race. The race, which is being organised by Hercules Wimbledon Athletic club, starts and finishes on the running track and after a small loop in Wimbledon Park runners will head out onto the road. They will do two laps of a circuit that takes in Wimbledon Park Road, Church Road - passing the all England tennis club - St Mary's Road, Arthur Road and Home Park Road before re-entering Wimbledon Park at the Home Park Road entrance. They then run parallel to the District Line, past the Revelstoke Road car park and then out again onto Wimbledon Park Road.
Last year's winner was Ben Moreau from Aldershot in a fast 31 minutes 10 seconds. Moreau won't be defending his title as he is competing for England in the Commonwealth Games marathon in Delhi. However, he showed he is in good form as he helped his Aldershot club retain the South of England six-stage road relay title at Aldershot on Sunday with the third fastest lap time of the day.
On line entries for the Geoff Moulden 10km will close on Friday night although entries will still be taken on the day at a cost of £15 per entry. Runners wishing to enter should turn up at Wimbledon Park track at 8.30am. The race starts at 9.30am. More information can be found on the event’s website www.wimbledonten.co.uk.
More than £600-worth of prizes provided by the Jog Shop will be up for grabs. The first man and woman will get £100 cash each. This year the race also incorporates the Veterans Athletic Club 10km championships.
Hercules Wimbledon's over 60 veterans were the second Surrey team to finish in the South of England road relay championships at Aldershot on Sunday. Fresh from his victory in the British Masters 10km championships at Goodrich, near Wolverhampton, Peter Giles was easily the fastest Hercules Wimbledon runner covering the 6km lap in 24:00 in lifting the quartet from 13th to 10th place on the final lap. His time was the 14th fastest for his age group and the second best by a Surrey runner. Other members of the Hercules Wimbledon team were Dennis Williams (13th in 28:07), Steve Badgery (13th in 28:08) and Maurice Sharp (13th in 26:11).
Hercules Wimbledon's senior team showed a massive improvement on last year in finishing 18th overall out of more than 60 teams compared with 43rd in 2009. Their total time of 1:57:56 was eight minutes faster than last year. Liam White brought the team in 20th in the opening lap clocking 19:07, the joint fastest time by a Hercules Wimbledon runner. Matthew Sharp (20:12) slipped to 25th place before Alex Robinson, matching White's time, got back to 20th spot.
Adam Przedrzymirski (19:46) moved up to 18th spot before Andrew Penney (19:17) moved up to 15th. Anchor leg runner Alex Urban (20:27) slipped to 18th. The Hercules Wimbledon B team which finished 41st in 2:05:22 was higher placed than last year's A team and also returned a faster overall time, by 33 seconds.
Justin Kelly (19:55) was the fastest member of the team moving through from 51st to 44th place on the fourth leg. Other members of the team were Rory McMahon (49th in 20:06), Joe Toomey (56th in 21:58), Jamie Helmer (51st in 21:05), Phil Glynn (39th in 20:45) and Deon Coetzee (41st in 21:33).
Peter Lee (21:21) was the fastest member of the veterans over 40 team which finished 24th in 1:35:51. He moved through from 42nd to 30th place on the third leg. Other members of the quartet were Jeremy Purnell (50th in 23:48), Frank Wood (42nd in 24:08) and Peter Clarke (36th in 26:34).
Matthew Sharp, who is competing in the Amsterdam marathon on October 17, continued his preparations for the event by finishing third out of more than 200 runners in the Brooks Hove 10km road race in 35:31. He was just four seconds off his best time for the distance set in the 26.2 Valentine's 10km at Chessington in February.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon youngsters are in action in the Surrey cross country relays at Guildford on Saturday. The club is fielding teams in the men's under 17 and boys' under 15 championships.


20/09/10 - YOUNG RUNNER TO COMPETE FOR BRITAIN
Hercules Wimbledon's Elliott Laville has been selected to represent Britain in next month's World Biathlon championships in Dubai. Laville, who is just 12, qualified for selection after finishing fifth in the British Championships at Salford Quays completing two 500m runs and a 50m swim in 5 miutes 32.90 seconds.
Laville is a regular competitor in the Wimbledon Common parkrun. He has competed in it 15 times this year. The last time he took part was in July. He clocked his fastest time of 20:55 in March. He also finished second in the South London Swimming Club's Children's Duathlon at Tooting Bec Lido in 11:10.
At the other end of the age scale, one of Hercules Wimbledon's golden oldies, Pete Giles, lifted his fourthg British Masters title this year when he took the over 65 category in the British Masters 10km road running championship at Goodrich, near Wolverhampton. He clocked a Hercules Wimbledon club record of 39:52. His 10km time in the Midlands broke the Hercules Wimbledon men's over 65 club record of 41:01 set by John Thomas in Eastleigh, Hampshire, in March 2006.
His title winning run began in March when he took the indoor 3000m title at the Lee Valley Athletics Centre, North London, in 10:49.04. The following month he took the marathon title in Scotland in 3:18:22 and then won the 1500m title in Cardiff in July in 5:11.05. He also took the silver medal in the 5000m in 18:56.18. Giles will be going for his fourth British Masters title, over 10 miles, in Bristol next month.
Two other Hercules Wimbledon's older members have also shown good form. Anna Garnier broke the Hercules Wimbledon women's veteran over 55 record in winning her age category in the Veterans Athletic Club's 10000m track championships at Battersea Park. She clocked 42:31.3, the fastest time recorded this year by a woman over 55 veteran. It also places her ninth in the UK all-time list for her age category.
Peter Lee and Hugh Saxby also picked up medals in the Veterans AC championships. Lee was second in the over 40 category in 35:39.3 while Saxby also took silver in the men's over 55 category in 37:14.2, the third fastest 10000m time ever recorded by a Hercules Wimbledon over 50 runner. Dennis Williams (36:23.4 in 1995) and Martin Miller (36:51.3) in 1997 are the only Hercules Wimbledon runners to have posted faster times. Saxby's time is also the third fastest recorded by a British over 55-year-old this year.
Hercules Wimbledon runners have also shown good form in winning races on the road. Rory McMahon beat almost 200 runners to take the Worcester half-marathon in the Midlands in 1:26:38. It was his first race over the distance. Nearer home at Thames Ditton, James Trapmore beat almost 300 runners to win the Harry Hawkes eight miles road race in 43:26.
In only her third race since she became the mum of a baby boy, Claire Grima returned to winning ways when she won the women's event in the Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday. Grima, 33, won in 19:57, exactly three minutes faster than she managed a month earlier. However, it was some way off her best time of 18:37 set in May 2009.
She was among 10 Hercules Wimbledon runners in the event. Darren Meredith was the top Hercules Wimbledon finisher taking second place 17:15. Pat Wright was fourth (17:40), Andrew Davies (sixth in 18:15), Jeremy Purnell (15th in 19:27), Frank Wood (18th in 19:53), Alison Purnell (66th in 22:50), Annemarie Seymour (80th in 23:41); Charles Lawrie (83rd in 23:44) and Mark Bohan (90th in 24:07). Almost 200 runners took part.
Hercules Wimbledon sprinter David Pratt ended his summer track programme with a double success in the Tom Lintern Medal Meeting at Crawley. He won his 100 and 200m races in 11.23 and 22.72.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are competing in the South of England road relay championships at Aldershot. The women's and young athletes relays are on Saturday with the men and veterans on Sunday.


13/09/10 - YOUNG SPRINTER SUFFERS SERIOUS SETBACK
Hercules Wimbledon's most promising young sprinter Max Mondelli faces several months out of action after breaking his left leg in two places.
The double fracture occurred when he was tackled during the final 15 minutes of a two-hour pre-season rugby training session at King's College School's West Barnes Lane sports ground. Mondelli, was taken to Kingston Hospital where doctors discovered he had broke both the tibia and fibula bones just above the ankle. They immediately operated on the injury and inserted a metal place with seven screws to assist in the healing process.
Mondelli, 14, is now hobbling around on crutches causing him another problem - blistered hands. He will have to endure several more weeks in plaster before he can start physiotherapy and moderate exercise, including swimming.
Mondelli burst onto the athletics scene in style this summer and in his first season won 14 of his 20 sprint races. He posted a best 100m time of 11.38 seconds for 100m in the English schools championships in Birmingham in July, a time which ranks him 11th in the country in his age group. He finished fifth in the schools championship.
His title successes came in the South East England schools inter-counties meeting and Surrey County and Surrey schools championships. He was also runner-up in the South of England and fifth in the England under 15 100m championships.
His mum, Le Hua, said: "This is a major setback for Max and he is deeply upset. He will be out of action for at least six months and will need further surgery early next year to remove the metal plate and screws which will also set him back by a few months. However, as he is young and we're hoping for a full recovery except for a possible damage to the ligament just above his ankle which may cause stiffness and pain when he does sport in future."
She added: "The plaster is due to come off in about four weeks when he will start physiotherapy and some exercise such as swimming. He is still keen to compete in athletics and would like to try to run next summer. However, as he will be moving up an age group most of the people he will be racing against will be older than him so it will be quite a challenge. The injury was really bad luck and is quite frustrating for him although he is even talking about playing rugby again."
Hercules Wimbledon's senior men just missed out on a set of medals in the annual Surrey County road relay championships at Wimbledon Park on Saturday despite posting their fastest ever time on the course. The six-strong team clocked 1 hour 31 minutes 29 seconds, almost three minutes faster than 2009 when Hercules Wimbledon took bronze medals and two minutes faster than their time in 2008 when the team also finished fourth.
Teenager Andrew Penney got the team off to a solid start bringing them in fourth on the opening leg in 15:08. Matt Sharp (15:49) dropped a place before Mike Halman (15:29) got back into fourth. Two other Hercules Wimbledon teenagers, Liam White and Alex Robinson, both clocked 14:38 on the next two stages, the fastest times ever posted by Hercules Wimbledon runners for the almost three miles circuit. White got Hercules Wimbledon into third place while Robinson took them clear some 15 seconds ahead of their nearest rivals.
With just 28 seconds covering the top four teams, anchor leg runner Richard Xerri (15:47) face a tough test but was unable to hang onto a medal position and came in 29 seconds behind the bronze medallists.
Alex Urban (15:47) was the fastest member of the B team which finished 11th. Anchor leg runner Peter Lee (16:30) was best of the veterans over 50 team which finished 10th while Hugh Saxby (17:17) was fastest of the over 50 team which finished sixth.
Third leg runner Micheala Knespl (19:20) was the fastest of the women's quartet which finished fifth. Other members of the team were Hannah Fernando (19:23), Debbie Noel (19:27) and Masumi Dobson (19:51). Marathon runner Claire Grima, had her first race a few weeks after becoming a mum, to anchor the women's B team to 16th place. She clocked 19:30 on the anchor leg.
Hercules Wimbledon's over 45 veteran Pete Clarke posted the top age-graded performance when he finished fifth out of 183 runners in the Richmond Park parkrun on Saturday in 19:14.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon compete in the Lily B Girls League finals at Ewell Court on Saturday.


6/09/10 - HW WOMEN AND GIRLS END SEASON ON A HIGH
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's Southern Women's League team ended their season with their best performance for years when they hosted their final league match at Wimbledon Park on Saturday.
Best performances of the day came from endurance runners Ruth Clifton and Steph Robson who gained maximum points in both the senior 1500 and 3000m races.
Clifton dominated the 3000m event winning in 10 minutes 45.7 seconds, just seven seconds outside her lifetime best and then just over an hour later stepped out to take the 1500m in 5:11.4.Robson clocked her fastest time of the year in winning the 3000m B race in 11:04.6 before taking the 1500m B event in 5:28.2. Only other Hercules Wimbledon winner was Rachel Dinsdale who took the shot B with 7.90m.
Rowena Hornshaw was second in the individual 400m B race before helping the club quartet to second place in the final track event of the day, the 4x400m relay. Other members of the team were Zoe Phillips, Robson and Clifton. Mairie Gilmartin was runner-up in the U15 girls high jump (1.40m) with Heather Letley also taking second place in the U15 girls 800m B race.
Almost 20 athletes turned out for Hercules Wimbledon to help secure their highest placing and points score of the season. "I was really delighted with the number of athletes who turned out today. It was really encouraging," said team manager Ann Martin.
Her daughter, Emily, was one of those who competed and finished third in a high standard 100m in 12.8. Jowita Mieszkowska was also third in the senior high jump (1.45m). In the U15 events, Matilda Toseland finished third in the 100m (15.7) and Rebecca Stone was third in the 1500m.
Hornshaw's appearance at Wimbledon Park was her second competition of the day. Six hours before turning out in the 400m she competed in the Banstead Woods parkrun where she was eighth woman in 24:59.
Robson had a busy weekend. The day after helping Hercules Wimbledon in the league match, she was in action in the Shiplake Sprint Triathlon at Henley-on-Thames where she finished runner-up in the women's competition, ranking seventh overall out of 68 competitors.
Hercules Wimbledon runners helped swell the field in the weekly Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday to 240 runners, equalling the record for the event. Darren Meredith was the top Hercules Wimbledon finisher in third place (17:10), ahead of Phil Glynn (17:34) and Deon Coetzee (17:34). Andrew Davies was 14th (18:36) and Maurice Sharp was first over 65 finisher in 21:15 with the third best age-graded performance of the race.
There were almost 800 runners in the Bushy Park parkrun where Hercules Wimbledon's Matthew Sharp clocked a personal best of 16:46 in finishing third.
It was his highest finishing position in nine appearances in the Bushy Park event and took 21 seconds off his previous best time. Competing in the event for the first time, Jamie Helmer was sixth in 17:07.
Over in the Richmond Park, Pete Clarke made a debut appearance in the parkrun finishing fourth in 18:45. He was the first over 45 veteran in the event posting the third best age-graded effort of the race. Martin O'Halloran finished 12th out of almost 100 runners on Roundshaw Downs where he was the fourth veteran over 50 runner to cross the line in 21:30.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon host the annual Surrey County road relay championships from their Wimbledon Park track headquarters. The relays start at 12noon. The senior men complete six laps of a two mile circuit which passes the All England Tennis Club in Church Road and St Mary's Church before dropping down into Home Park Road and re-entering the park. The take-over zone is on the track.
In 2009, Hercules Wimbledon took the bronze medals in the senior event. The medal-winning team was Alex Robinson, Andrew Penney, Adam Przedrzymirski, Chris Coles, Justin Kelly and Geordie Logan.
There are also races for veteran over 40 and over 50 men and senior and veteran over 35 women over four laps. Last year, Pete Clarke, Stewart Bond, Peter Lee and Stuart Fraser also secured bronze medals for Hercules Wimbledon in the veterans over 40 event.


30/08/10 - HERCULES WIMBLEDON FACE HECTIC MONTH
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club face a busy few weeks with events at their Wimbledon Park track headquarters on three of the four next weekends.
This weekend the club stages its final track and field meeting of the summer on Saturday. The Southern Women's league meeting involves a total of eight clubs from the London and South East Region and starts at 12.15pm with the senior hammer, with the senior long jump and U15 high jump and shot at 12.30pm. The first track event, the U17 300m hurdles is at 1.30pm. The final event, the senior 4x100m relay is due off at 5pm.
The visiting teams are Thames Valley Harriers, Haywards Heath, Ealing, Southall & Middlesex, East Grinstead, Hastings & Eastbourne and Paddock Wood. Next weekend (September 11), Hercules Wimbledon host the annual Surrey road relay championships starting and finishing on the track. All age groups, that is senior and veteran men and women start at 12noon with the senior men covering six laps of approximately two miles with the other teams completing four laps. The takeover zone for each lap is on the track. Each circuit passes the All England tennis club in Church Road which will be the venue for the Olympic tennis tournament in 2012.
Then, on Sunday, October 3, Hercules Wimbledon are staging their annual Geoff Moulden 10km road race from Wimbledon Park athletics track.
Meanwhile, Step Robson, who is likely to be running in the Surrey road relays, showed good form by winning the women's event in the Vale of Pewsey triathlon. Over 50 veteran Anna Garnier set a Hercules Wimbledon over 55 age record when she finished third in the 400m in an Inter-Area veterans match at Solihull in 71.9 seconds. She was also runner-up in the 3000m in 11:46.2.
Fresh from taking the bronze medal in the England U17 400m championship, Jonathan Osbourne was in action in an open meeting at Tooting Bec on Saturday. He was fourth in both the 100 and 200m in 11.7 and 23.55, battling into a stiff 2.2 metres per second headwind. Another Hercules Wimbledon athlete, Richard Agyapong, was sixth in his 100m race in 11.76.
Teenager Cale Edmunds was in action for Surrey in the South of England U20 inter-counties meeting at Barnet Copthall Stadium, Hendon, on Saturday. He finished fifth in the long jump with 6.60m to help Surrey to second place in the team contest. Hercules Wimbledon's James Trapmore finished second out of more than 200 runners in the Last Friday of the Month 5km road race in Hyde Park in 15 minutes 51 seconds.
Hercules Wimbledon's Matthew Sharp finished fourth out of more than 600 runners in the Bushy Park parkrun in 17:02. He also finished fifth out of more than 300 runners in the Top Gear 10km road race in Dunsfold Park, Surrey in 35:54. Zoe Phillips posted the fastest time by a Hercules Wimbledon woman over 40 veteran when she finished runner-up in the women's race in the Wimbledon Common parkrun in 20:26. Her time took two seconds off her previous best time set a fortnight earlier. Pat Wright was third out of 184 finishers in 17:45 with David Grima sixth in 18:13, over 45 veteran Frank Wood 22nd in 19:57 and Charles Lawrie, 62nd and first over 60 finisher in 22:33.
Across the Atlantic, Medena Knespl beat all the other 340 men and women in the 3.1 miles run in the Cranberry Trifest Sprint triathlon in Lakeville, Minneapolis. She clocked 18:34 , almost a minute faster than the event winner, but her chances of doing well in the overall contest were dashed when she lost her way on the 12 miles bike ride where she was almost 10 minutes slower than the winner. She completed the 880 yards swim in 11:24, more than a minute slower than the winner. She finished 21st overall.


23/08/10 - OSBOURNE WINS FIRST NATIONAL MEDAL
Hercules Wimbledon teenager Jonathan Osbourne ran the race of his young life to snatch a bronze medal in the England age group track and field championships at Bedford International Stadium on Sunday.
 Osbourne, 16, a student at Harris Academy, Mitcham, stormed to third place in a top class final in 49.49 seconds, just off his lifetime best time of 48.94 set when finishing fifth in the English schools championships in Birmingham last month. Osbourne, the Surrey county champion, was delighted to clinch his first national medal at the end of an outstanding season when he has cut his 400m time by more than four seconds and is currently ranked sixth in the UK over the distance in his age group.
 Osbourne looked set for a medal when he finished second in his heat in 50.04, the second best time of the eight qualifiers for the final.
 Another talented Hercules Wimbledon teenager, Max Modelli, just missed out on a medal in the boys under 15 100m. He was just one-hundredths of a second outside his lifetime best as he raced to fifth place in the Sunday's final in 11.39, the same time as the runner who finished fourth and a mere six-hundredths of a second off the bronze medal position.
 Fifth was exactly the same position the 14-year-old King's College School, Wimbledon, student managed in the English schools championships in Birmingham. However, it was still an impressive achievement in his first season in athletics during which he won both the Surrey County and Surrey Schools 100m titles, took the silver medal in the South of England meeting and finds himself ranked 10th in the country for the distance.
 It looked as though Mondelli would have a fight on his hand top get a medal after taking second place in his first round heat in 11.45, the joint fifth best time of the 16 semi-finalists and then finished third in his semi-final in a slightly slower 11.52, the equal fourth best of the eight finalists.
Sprinter David Pratt just failed to make the men's under 17 100m final. Things looked tight after he finished third in his first round heat in 11.2, the equal eighth best time of the 16 semi-finalists. Although he went fractionally faster in taking sixth spot in his semi-final in 11.16, he missed out on a place in the final by a mere eighth-hundredths of a second. Pratt, 15, who took the 100m intermediate boys silver medal at the Surrey schools championships at Kingsmeadow Stadium in June, also contested the 200m but would have had to post a personal best time to progress through to the final. He was fifth in his heat in 22.86. He posted his best time of 22.65 at an open meeting at Parliament Hill Fields the previous weekend.
 Three other Hercules Wimbledon teenagers also showed good form at a meeting at Sutcliffe Park, South-East London. Liam White chopped almost two seconds off his best time for 800m in finishing fourth in a British Milers Club race in 1:55.74, the fourth best time ever recorded by a Hercules Wimbledon under 20-year-old and
just over two seconds off the club record of 1:53.2 set by Steve Vary in 1978. White's previous best time was 1:57.3 at a Southern Men's League meeting at Thurrock in June. It means White, the Surrey men's under 20 1500m bronze medallist this summer, has improved his best times for 800, 1500 and 3000m this season.
 Alex Robinson, the South of England junior men's 5000m champion, bettered his 1500m personal best in finishing fifth in his race in 3:59.6. He took almost seven seconds off his previous best time for the distance of 4:06.1 set at a Southern Men's League match at Lewes in May. His time also puts him eighth on the Hercules Wimbledon all-time list for the event. Joe Toomey, 17, also improved on his best 1500m time at Sutcliffe Park with 4:12.21. His previous best of 4:13.94, the only other time he has raced over 1500m this summer, was set when finishing second in the Surrey Schools Championships at Kingsmeadow in June.
 This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's Alessio Martello is competing in the high jump for Surrey in the South of England boys under 15 inter-counties match at Hendon on Saturday.


16/08/10 - SPRINTER WARMS UP FOR CHAMPS WITH PB
Hercules Wimbledon teenage sprinter David Pratt warmed up for this coming weekend's England age-group championships at Bedford with a lifetime best 200m time last Saturday.
Pratt, 15, who finished runner-up in the Surrey schools intermediate boys 100m championship at Kingsmeadow in June and represented the county in last month's English schools championships at Birmingham, finished third in his 200m race at an open meeting at Highgate in 22.65 seconds, a significant improvement on his previous best of 22.9 set when competing in a McCain's UK Young Athletes League meeting at Wimbledon Park last month and more than a second better than his best time before the start of this season. His time is also the eighth fastest ever recorded by a Hercules Wimbledon under 17-year-old. Pratt also competed in the 100m where he was sixth in his race in 11.33, some way off his best time of 11.01. He competes in both sprints at Bedford.
Another talented Hercules Wimbledon teenager in action at the England championships is Jonathan Osbourne, the Surrey County men's under 17 400m champion who finished fifth in the English schools championships at Birmingham in a lifetime best of 48.94, a time that ranks him sixth in the UK lists for his age group this summer. Osbourne, 16, will be aiming to improve on his fifth place in the South of England championships at Ashford in May. His last race was representing Surrey in an inter-counties under 17 match at Stevenage where he won the 400m B race in 51.0. Hercules Wimbledon's Austin Ferns was also in action at Parliament Hill Fields where he won the 400m hurdles in 53.39.
Two other Hercules Wimbledon teenagers to show good form were Alex Robinson and Liam White who posted personal best times in the UK junior men's 3000m championship before a capacity 16000-strong crowd at the Aviva London Grand Prix meeting at Crystal Palace on Saturday. Robinson, 19, the South of England junior men's 5000m champion, clocked 8:29.67, the third fastest ever recorded by a Hercules Wimbledon junior man over the distance in taking more than two seconds off his previous best time for the distance. White, who is two years younger at 17, clocked 8:31.57, a fractional improvement on his previous best of 8:31.80, and the fourth best ever by a Hercules Wimbledon junior for 3000m.
At the other end of the age scale 64-year-old Dennis Williams, who has completed all but one of the 30 London marathons enjoyed a marathon week by racing in six km road races on successive days. He did the Self-Transcendence event in Battersea Park on Monday, the Veterans AC championship at the same venue on Tuesday, the Lensbury Bridges handicap on Wednesday, the Assembly League on Thursday and the Crook Log race in Bexley on Friday, the Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday.
Teenager Joe Toomey followed up his fine run in the Wimbledon Dash 5km road race where he led the Hercules Wimbledon team to the bronze medals by winning the Wimbledon Common parkrun for the first time in 14 appearances in a personal best time of 17:02. Toomey, 17, who sliced three seconds off his previous best time for the course, also posted the top male age-graded performance in winning by 28 seconds. Clubmate Ed Saywell was third with Andrew Davies fourth in 18:05. Four Hercules Wimbledon runners clocked best-ever times for the Wimbledon parkrun on Saturday. Ruth Clifton won the women's race in 19:00, a one second improvement on her previous best achieved in March 2009. Debbie Noel was fourth woman in 20:24, 15 seconds faster than she managed on her previous appearance last month, finishing just ahead of Hannah Fernando (20:25), an 18 second improvement. Zoe Phillips set a Hercules Wimbledon over 40 veterans record in finishing sixth in the women's race in 20:28, nine seconds faster than her previous best set back in June 2008. Charles Lawrie was once again top over 60 finisher in 21:24.
The race saw the return to action of 33-year-old Claire Grima after giving birth to a baby boy, Luca. Claire, who was 14th in the women's race in 2009 London marathon, was having her first competition since running in the Surrey Ladies cross country league meeting at Reigate in October last year. She was 13th in the women's race in 22:57, more than four minutes slower than her best time for the course set in November 2008. She won the women's race in 18:42 on her last appearance in the event in September last year, when she posted the top age-graded performance in finishing two seconds behind husband David.


9/08/10 - YOUTHFUL TRIO TAKES BRONZE MEDALS
A young Hercules Wimbledon trio, with an average age of just 20, took the bronze medals in the Surrey 5km road running championship decided in conjunction with Hercules Wimbledon's inaugural Wimbledon Dash road race staged from their Wimbledon Park headquarters on Sunday morning.
Joe Toomey, at 17, the youngest member of the team, led the trio to the bronze medals finishing 11th in 16 minutes 55 seconds. He was also the first junior man to finish.
Alex Urban, 23, was 16th in 17:22, and 20-year-old Sean Crummy 22nd in 17:38. More than 200 runners took part in the race which was won by Belgrave's Surrey  cross country champion Paskar Owor in a fast 15:20. Dave Clarke, three times English cross country champion more than three decades ago, had his work cut out as he cycled ahead of the field as the race pilot.
Almost 20 Hercules Wimbledon runners were in action. Neil Fraser was 32nd in 18:12, Hugh Saxby 43rd and first over 55 finisher in 18:44, Ian Pegler 47th in 18:50, Ed Saywell 51st and first under 17 finisher in 18:57, Tom Cheetham 79th in 20:29 and Maurice Sharp 118th and third over 60 finisher in 21:52.
Hannah Fernando was 10th in the women's race in 20:22 with Michaela Knespl 18th and first junior woman in 21:00. Debbie Noel was 25th in 21:25 with Rosemary  Fernando 31st and second junior woman in 22:03.
Hercules Wimbledon's David Grima was eighth out of almost 200 runners in the Wimbledon Common parkrun 5km event on Saturday in 18:41. Clubmate Charles Lawrie was top over 60 finisher in 21:42. Stephen McDuell was 24th out of more than 150 runners in the Richmond Park parkrun in 21:15.
Hercules Wimbledon athletes set five club records in their penultimate Southern Women's League match at Linford Christie Stadium on Saturday. Rachel Dinsdale posted a hat-trick of veterans club records in putting the shot (7.11m), discus (17.67m) and javelin. Meanwhile, Ann Martin improved on her veteran over 50 records in the shot and hammer.
Their daughters were also in action in the match. Emily Martin returned to racing for the first time since the beginning of May to take second place in the 100 and 200m in 12.9 and 25.4. She also gained valuable points in the hammer and javelin. Rebecca Dinsdale was fourth and fifth in the girls under 15 75m hurdles and shot.
Only success on the track was achieved by Ruth Clifton who won the 3000m in 10:38.6. She was also runner-up in the 1500m with Rowena Hornshaw second in the  B race. Olivia Archdeacon threw a personal best of 24.99m in taking third place in the senior discus. She was also fifth in the long jump and sixth in the 800m. Hercules Wimbledon teenager Jonathan Osbourne helped Surrey finish third out of eight teams in the South of England under 17 inter-counties match at Stevenage on Sunday. He won the 400m B race in 51.0 and was also third in the 200m A race in a personal best of 22.8.
At the other end of the age scale, John Webster broke an over 70 club record in winning the shot at a Veterans AC meeting at Wimbledon Park. He threw 7.55m. He improved on his previous best of 6.94m set at Ewell Court last December. Webster also won the discus with a throw of 24.96m. Another winner was Stephen McDuell who took the over 40 mile race while Stuart White was third in the over 40 100, 200 and 400m events.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon will have a special interest in the Aviva London Grand Prix meeting at Crystal Palace with two of the club's most talented youngsters, Liam White and Alex Robinson, competing in the UK junior 3000m championship on Saturday.


2/08/10 - TEENAGER WHITE TO RACE AT TOP PALACE MEET
Hercules Wimbledon will have two runners in the Aviva London Grand Prix meeting at Crystal Palace later this month after Liam White managed to achieve the qualifying time to compete in the UK junior men's 3000m championship which is being staged there on Saturday, August 13.
 White got inside the 8 minutes 32 seconds qualifying mark set by the organisers when he clocked a lifetime best of 8:31.80 in a British Milers Club Gold Standard race at Watford. It was significantly faster than the 8:35.65 he managed there a fortnight earlier when his teenage clubmate Alex Robinson managed to get inside the qualifying mark with a time of 8:31.73. The two of them will now be racing in the championship event at the same meeting as some of the world's leading athletes.
 They were taking a well-earned rest from racing last weekend when Hercules Wimbledon contested their final Southern Men's League Division One match at Tonbridge. The club were also without top sprinter Dwayne Dowding, the 200m bronze medallist at the inaugural England track and field championships in Gateshead in 21.62, who also finished a strong third in the Birmingham Games 200m in 21.77. He pulled out with a muscle injury.
 Former junior international Austin Ferns gained an impressive double winning the 110 and 400m hurdles in 15.2 and 53.3 a season's best, and also took second place in the 400m in 50.5.
Teenage long jumper Cale Edmunds produced another outstanding performance of the Hercules Wimbledon team when he won his event with a lifetime best of 6.76m, the sixth best leap ever recorded by a Hercules Wimbledon junior. He also finished third in the 100m B race in 11.4. Jimmy Seruchera ensured maximum points in the long jump by winning the B event with 6.01m.
 Nnamdi Odum won the triple jump with 13.66m while his younger brother Chima was second in the discus and javelin B events. Boh Tjarks was third in the javelin A and Rob Dinsdale fourth in the discus A.
 Richard Agyapong was third in the 100 and 200m A races in 11.2 and 22.7 with Andrew Penney posting a personal best time in finishing third in the 800m in 1:59.5. He was also second in the 1500m in 4:16.2 with Justin Kelly taking second place in the B event. Kelly was also third in the 1500m B race. Lance Power had a busy afternoon taking second place in the 400m hurdles B race, third in the 110m hurdles B race, and fourth in the pole vault. Geordie Logan, in his first race since suffering an injury in the third league match at Thurrock, made an impressive return to action with a season's best time of 10:38.5 in finishing runner-up in the 3000m steeplechase. Clubmate Rory McMahon was also second in the B race.
 Rebecca Dinsdale produced the second best-ever performance by a Hercules Wimbledon under 13-year-old when she threw the discus 17.41m to finish runner-up in the girls' under 13 discus at the Lily B League match at Wimbledon Park on Saturday. She was also second in the shot with 6.31m.
 Emma Headley won the girls under 15 1500m in 5:23.5 and was also third in the javelin and fourth in the long jump. Olivia Archdeacon was second in the women's under 17 discus with 24.96m.
 Hercules Wimbledon's Andrew Mercer beat more than 130 runners to win the Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday in 17:28. Zoe Phillips, was first woman in 20:48. The previous evening she finished 104th and 18th woman out of more than 500 runners in the Wedding Day seven kilometres road race in 29:51. She was two seconds ahead of Hercules Wimbledon veteran Steve Badgery,who was third in the over 60 category in 29:53. Over 55 veteran Anna Garnier was 13th in the women's race in 29:18.
 Hercules Wimbledon's Matthew Sharp finished sixth out of more than 500 runners in the Bushy Park parkrun five kilometres event on Saturday in a personal best time of 17:07, a half-minute improvement on his previous best for the event set in April.
 This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon stage the Wimbledon Dash five kilometres road race from their Wimbledon Park track headquarters on Sunday starting at 9.30am. The race also incorporates the Surrey championships and is part of the Surrey road league. Entries are being accepted on the day. The club's Southern Women's League team are travelling to Linford Christie Stadium, West London, on Saturday, for their fourth match of the season.


26/07/10 - TEACHER VILJOEN TARGETS DELHI GAMES PLACE
Hercules Wimbledon's Estle Viljoen is still hoping to compete in the Commonwealth Games in India in October for England.
After spending the winter training on the remote Karoo Farm in South Africa where she was born, and also winning races in Cape Town and Durban, she returned to London where she won the Surrey 10000m walking title at Battersea Park in April and the 3000m track walking title at Horsham in May.
Viljoen, 40, a schoolteacher at Haslemere school, Mitcham, showed she is in good form when she finished third in an international 20km road walk this month in Yverdon les Bains, Switzerland, in 2:05:20 behind Annet Torma from Switzerland (1:55:05) and Hungary's Dora Jakob (2:03:24).
"I had a bad knee injury the week before, but was able to race pain free. What a miracle!" said Viljoen. "It seems a long time since I decided to ask for extended leave from my school. My headmaster and governing body were very supportive in granting my request and I am so thankful to them for doing so." Viljoen went on: "Training long hours is very demanding especially doing it alongside my teaching career but I am determined to see it through. I just want to do my very best and train as hard as I possibly can.
She added: "Winners never quit and quitters never win, that is my motto in life and I am always striving to live it and encourage young children in the school to have that motto as well."
Hercules Wimbledon's Pete Giles broke two club records competing at the British Masters Championships in Cardiff. He won the over 65 1500m title in 5:11.05 and then went on to finish second in the 5000m in 18:56.18, the best time ever recorded by a Hercules Wimbledon pensioner.
Hercules Wimbledon's veterans team manager John Webster, who celebrated his 70th birthday this year, was also in action at Birmingham. Webster, who first started winning medals with the former Hercules Athletic Club more than half-a-century ago, was fourth in the over 70 hammer with 33.10m and fifth in the over 70 javelin with 30.07m.
Hercules Wimbledon face a busy few weeks. On Sunday, August 8, they are organising the Wimbledon Dash five kilometres road race, which incorporates the Surrey championships, Wimbledon Park athletic stadium, starting at 9.30am. Entries are being accepted through the post and on-line and details can be found on the club's website www.herculeswimbledonac.org.uk.
Then, at the beginning of September, the club is assisting in organising the annual Surrey rooad relay championships with the senior men doing six laps of a 2.9 miles circuit and all the other teams four legs. Details of the event will be posted on the Surrey County website shortly.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are organising the third of this season's Lily B Girls League matches at their Wimbledon Park track headquarters on Saturday. The first events are the hammer for U15 and U17 girls and the U17 triple jump and pole vault. The first track event, the 70m hurdles, is at 1pm.
The final event in the field is the U17 discus starting at 4.45pm with the track programme concluding with the U17 4x100m relay at 5.40pm.
Meanwhile, the club's Southern Men's League team faces a trip into Kent for its final fixture of the season at Tonbridge school.


19/07/10 - NAIL-BITING WAIT FOR PALACE CALL-UP
Two of Hercules Wimbledon's top endurance runners are keeping their fingers crossed that they have both done enough to get an invitation to compete in the UK junior men's 3000m championship which is being staged during the Aviva London Grand Prix meeting at Crystal Palace next month. Both runners smashed their previous best times for the distance when they competed in an open meeting at Watford on Wednesday last week. Robinson clocked 8 minutes 31.73 seconds with White a short distance back in 8:35.65. They were both aiming at clocking 8:35.00 to qualify. Robinson, who celebrates his 19th birthday this week, took 11 seconds off his previous best time for the distance set in a Rosenheim League meeting at Tooting Bec earlier this month. White, 17, was racing over the distance for the first time this summer. His time chopped almost 15 seconds off his previous best for the distance also set at an open meeting at Watford in August 2009.
Ian Hodge from Fasttrack, who is responsible for inviting competitors to the top London meeting, said: "I will be inviting the top 20 UK juniors down to about 8:32.00 so Robinson will definitely get an invitation. At the moment, White has not quite done enough to get invited and I might advise him to try and get into a race where he can go a bit faster. This 3000m is a very popular event and I'm sure there are at least 30 people who would want to run in it."
Discus thrower Rob Dinsdale produced his best form of the season when he finished runner-up in the discus at the fourth Southern Veterans League South West London division match of the season at Kingsmeadow Stadium. He threw 31.44m to add 12 centimetres to the distance he managed at a SouthernVeterans League meeting at Croydon last month.
Stuart White gained a sprint double. He won the 100m in 13.2 and posted a personal best of 26.8 in winning the 200m. Hugh Saxby was second in the men's over 50 5000m in 18:13.5 with John Webster, now 70, third in the over 60 discus with 21.12m.
A few days earlier, Saxby took the men's over 50 prize in the Claygate Country five miles event in 31:01. He finished 17th overall out of almost 500 runners. Clubmate and over 60 veteran Maurice Sharp was 67th in 35:56.
Hercules Wimbledon's Anna Garnier returned to action after an enforced break of almost a month by setting a club women's over 55 200m record in finishing runner-up in the event at the Southern Veterans League meeting at Kingsmeadow Stadium. She also won the 800m in 2:42.7.
Making her debut in the league, Rachel Dinsdale was thrid in the shot with 6.68m.
There was an unexpected challenge for athletes trying to reach Kingsmeadow as more than 100 firemen from all over South London tackled a blaze in a tower block on the on the adjacent Cambridge Gardens estate. At one point, a police helicopter landed in the middle of the track and, for some time, with people finding it difficult to get to the meeting, it looked as though it might not go ahead.
Veteran over 60 road runner Dennis Williams completed five races in six days when he joined more than 5000 other competitors in the Standard Chartered City five kilometres road race through the square mile. He finished 870th in 22:34. In the days before that he finished 47th and 13th in a Self Transcendence two miles race and Veterans AC five miles race in Battersea Park and also ran in the Bridges 2.3 miles handicap event over Westminster and Lambeth Bridges.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon athletes will be in action in two events at Walton, both on Sunday. The club's youngsters compete in the third of this season's Ebbisham Boys League matches of the season at the Stompond Lane track in the afternoon while senior road runners will be turning out in the Elmbridge 10km road race, part of the Surrey road league series, earlier in the day.


12/07/10 - YOUNG GUNS' RECORD-BREAKING DOUBLE
Two of Hercules Wimbledon's young sprinters smashed club records when they represented Surrey in the annual English schools track and field championships at Birmingham's Alexander Stadium, on Saturday. Teenager Max Mondelli in only his first year in the sport set new figures for the under 15 100m when he clocked 11.38 seconds in winning his semi-final race.
His time eclipsed the 11.4 set by Martin Giraud competing in the Surrey schools championships at Kingsmeadow Stadium in June 1992, more than three years before he was born.
Mondelli, 14, was unable to repeat that time in the final where he just missed out on a medal in finishing fifth in 11.57. Earlier, he won his heat in 11.54. His previous best time for the distance of 11.53 was achieved when he took the silver medal in the South of England championships at Ashford at the end of May. Mondelli completed a successful weekend in Birmingham by helping the Surrey team win the silver medals in the 4x100m relay.
One lap runner Jonathan Osbourne also showed the best form of his life as he finished fifth in the intermediate boys 400m final in 48.94. It improved on the club record of 49.53 he set in winning the Surrey schools title at Kingsmeadow last month.
Osborne, who also holds the Surrey County under 17 title, easily survived the first round heats finishing second in his race in 50.13, the fifth fastest time of the qualifying round. He then speeded up to clock 49.49 in his semi-final where he finished third.
Another Hercules Wimbledon sprinter in action for Surrey at Birmingham was David Pratt. He was second ion his first round heat in 11.19, the 12th best of the 16 qualifiers and just outside his best time of 11.05 set when finishing runner-up in last month's Surrey schools championships at Kingsmeadow. He was unable to improve on his first round time in the semi-finals where he finished fifth in 11.35, just missing out on qualifying for the final.
Competing for the London team in Birmingham, Hercules Wimbledon teenager Liam White did well to reach the final of the senior boys 1500m. White, 17, found himself in the faster of the two qualifying heats and finished fourth in his race in 3:58.27, the fifth fastest qualifying time and just over a second outside his best. However, eh found the final hard going and trailed home in 10th place in a much slower 4:05.48.
Hercules Wimbledon's top sprinter, Dwayne Dowding, dipped under the 11 second barrier for the first time in a Southern Men's League match at Erith on Saturday. Dowding raced home in 10.9 to win the 100m but was disappointed in failing to clock faster than 22.2 in winning the 200m. He ended the day by anchoring the club's 4x400m relay team to victory and the 4x100m relay squad to second spot.
Richard Agyapong was also a member of the sprint relay team and secured maximum points in the 200m by winning the B race in 22.9. He was also second in the 100m B race.
Austin Ferns was in fine form winning both the 110 and 400m hurdles in 15.0 and 53.5. Lance Power was a surprise winner of the 400m hurdles B race and also managed to take third place in the pole vault with a personal best of 2.60m. On a busy day for Power he also gained a valuable point in the steeplechase.
Teenage brothers Chima and Nnamdi Odum enjoyed a good week with two lifetime bests between them. Nnamdi leapt a triple jump personal best of 13.92m in finishing third in the match at Erith. His performance lifts him to fourth in the Hercules Wimbledon junior all-time rankings for the event. Three days earlier, Chima posted a lifetime best of 31.55m in the discus at the Rosenheim League match at Tooting Bec.
Andrew Penney, in his first race of the season for Hercules Wimbledon, posted a lifetime best of 2:00.1 in finishing second in the 800m at Erith where he later won the 1500m in 4:12.9. Alex Robinson gained a fine double taking the 5000m in 15:43.3 and later winning the 1500m B in 4:20.2.  This weekend, some of Hercules Wimbledon's athletes are in action in the inaugural England athletics championships at Gateshead. Nearer home, the club is contesting the final Rosenheim League east division match at Tooting Bec, starting at 6.45pm. The aim is to qualify for the finals which are also being held at Tooting Bec on Wednesday, August 11.


6/07/10 - TOP HW QUARTET IN ACTION IN BIRMINGHAM
Four of Hercules Wimbledon's most talented young athletes will be in action in the annual English schools track and field championships at Alexander Stadium, Birmingham, this weekend.
Three youngsters will be in action for Surrey and one for London schools. Heading the quartet is 16-year-old Jonathan Osbourne, the Surrey schools intermediate boys 400m champion. Osbourne, who also won the Surrey County boys under 17 title, has taken well over a minute off his previous best time this season, improving from 51 seconds to 49.53. His time pouts him eighth in this summer's UK rankings for his event.
The youngest member of the contingent will be Max Mondelli, the Surrey junior boys 100m champion. Mondelli, who warmed up for Birmingham by winning the boys under 15 100m at the Ebbisham Young Athletes League meeting at Croydon on Sunday in 11.7, has a best time of 11.53 set when taking the silver medal at the South of England championships at Ashford at the end of May.
Mondelli, 15, who also won the Surrey County boys under 15 100m title, will be aiming to reach the 100m final in Birmingham despite being ranked 14th for his event this summer.
Sprinter David Pratt, who finished runner-up in the intermediate boys 100m event at the Surrey schools meeting at Kingsmeadow Stadium last month, in a personal best of 11.05, will also be aiming for a place in the final. His time ranks him 11th in the UK this summer. Pratt and Mondelli are also in their sprint relay teams. The fourth Hercules Wimbledon runner in action in Birmingham is Liam White, who runs for London in the senior boys 1500m championship. White, 17, will have to show his best form to reach the final of his event. He has a best time of 3:56.19 set in winning his race at the British Milers Club's meeting in Manchester at the end of May. His time ranks him 37th in the UK this summer.
Hercules Wimbledon's only other track winner in the Ebbisham Boys League match on Sunday was Devonte Casely-Hayford who won the under 15 100m B and 200m A races. Jet Debney-Hamilton won the under 13 long jump B event and was also third in the 80m hurdles A race and fourth in the 100m A race. Talal Osman also competed in three events finishing second, third and fourth in the under 13 100m B race, high jump A and long jump A, respectively. Another Hercules Wimbledon youngster in action at Croydon was Augustin Mallin who was third in both the under 15 1500m and long jump A events.
Another Hercules Wimbledon youngster in form is Tim Livingstone who won the boys under 15 800m at the London Youth Games at Crystal Palace on Sunday in 2:07.2.
Three Hercules Wimbledon youngsters helped Wandsworth win the London Schools Boys Year Eight team competition at Mile End. Adam Magni won the shot with 10.77m, and equalled the championship record in finishing runner-up in the 70m hurdles in 11.7. John Atkin was third in the hurdles in 12.2 and fourth in the long jump with 5.02m, while Thomas Bracegirdle was third in the 800m in 2:22.3.
Sprint hurdler Austin Ferns also showed his best form of the season in winning the 110m hurdles at a British League meeting at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Saturday in 15.03. He was also thrid in the 400m hurdles B race.
On the road, Alex Urban was first Hercules Wimbledon finisher in the Jim Braben Memorial 10km multi-terrain race on Wimbledon Common on Sunday. He was sixth out of almost 300 runners in 37:28. Hugh Saxby was first veteran over 50 finisher in 38:23.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's Southern Men's League team travels to Erith Stadium, South East London, for their fifth Division One match of the season. The club's older athletes contest their fourth and final Southern Veterans League South-West London division match at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Sunday, starting at 6.30pm. In the third match at Croydon, Rob Dinsdale showed his best form of the season in winning the discus with 31.32m, the third best-ever by a Hercules Wimbledon over 40 veteran.


28/06/10 - RECORD-BREAKING DEBUT FOR VET RACHEL
Veteran Rachel Dinsdale made a record-breaking debut when she competed for Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club in their Southern Women's League meeting at Canterbury on Saturday.
Dinsdale set new veteran over 40 figures for the women's shot and discus. She won the shot B with 7.01m and was third in the discus B with 14.19m. Rachel was Hercules Wimbledon's only winner on a day when winners were hard to come by. Jowita Mieszkowski was the busiest member of the team taking second in the high jump with a personal best of 1.50m ands also competing in the 100 and 200m.
Top sprinter Emily Martin, who is currently unable to run because of an Achilles tendon problem, was third in the shot and also competed in the hammer and javelin. Her mum, Ann, also competed in the hammer competition. Olivia Archdeacon was fourth in the discus and also gained valuable points in the 800m and long jump. Heather Letley finished fourth in the 1500m and also contested the 400 and 800m.
Best of the youngsters was Rebecca Dinsdale who was third in the girls under 15 shot and also competed in the 75m hurdles where she was fourth and 200m where she finished seventh. Celine Attwell and Megan LeDoare were fifth and third in the 800m A and B races. They also gained valuable points in the long jump and discus.
Hercules Wimbledon's Surrey County and Surrey Schools boys under 17 400m champions Jonathan Osbourne showed good form in the fourth of this season's Rosenheim League east division matches at Battersea Park. He won the senior men's 200m in a lifetime best of 22.87, the 11th fastest ever by a Hercules Wimbledon under 17-year-old. His previous best for the distance of 23.0 was achieved in July 2008. Osbourne has been selected to race for Surrey in the English schools championships in Birmingham on July 9/10.
Hercules Wimbledon made a winning start to the meeting when Oli Stogdale took the 400m hurdles in 59.92. Hannex Naude was runner-up in the 800m in 1:54.3 and James Davis was also runner-up in the 1500m in 4:19.38 and later finished third in the 3000m in 9:42.28. Rob Dinsdale was second in the shot with a season's best of 10.33m and fourth in the javelin with 29.09.
Hercules Wimbledon's top sprinter Dwayne Dowding just failed to make the 200m final at the UK Championships at Birmingham on Sunday. Dowding had the consolation of clocking a lifetime best time of 21.59 in finishing fourth in his heat. He was just two-hundredths of a second off making the final. Dowding, the South of England champion over the distance, will be among the challengers in the inaugural England championships at Gateshead on July 17/18 where he gets an automatic entry as a result of his Southern victory.
Hercules Wimbledon runners have also been in action on the roads. James Trapmore was runner-up out of almost 300 runners in the Dulwich Runners five kilometres road race in Dulwich Park last Wednesday in 16:07. Pete Giles took the silver medal in the over 65 category in the British Masters five kilometres road running championship at Horwich in 19:11.
Teenager Liam White was third fastest in the Self Transcendence three by one mile relay in Battersea Park clocking 4:32, nine second slower than Andy Vernon, who finished runner-up in the UK trials race over the distance in Birmingham on Saturday.
White and fellow teenager Alex Robinson gained maximum points in the 1500m in the Southern Men's League match at Braunton, Devon, on Saturday, winning the A and B string races in 4:13.1 and 4:19.3. Earlier, Robinson won the 5000m A race and White was second in the 800m in a fast 1:58.7 with Ed Saywell improving on his best with 2:03.7 in finishing second in the B race. Austin Ferns gained a double win in the 110m and 400m hurdles in 15.3 and 57.2 and was also second in the 400m and third in the 100m.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters are in action in the second of this season's Lily B Girls League and Ebbisham Boys League matches at Sutton and Croydon on Saturday while older members compete on both days of the weekend in the British Masters Championships in Cardiff. Next Wednesday, the cub compete in the fifth of this season's Rosenheim League east division matches at Tooting Bec starting at 6.45pm.


21/06/10 - HW QUINTET IN ACTION FOR SURREY SCHOOLS
Five Hercules Wimbledon athletes were in action for Surrey in the South East Schools Inter-Counties track and field match at Horsham on Saturday.
Teenagers Max Mondelli and Jonathan Osbourne continued where they left off at the previous weekend county schools championships meeting at Kingsmeadow. Having lifted the county schools titles, Mondelli and Osbourne strode to victory in the junior boys 100 and intermediate bots 400m in 11.7 and 50.5 seconds, respectively. Tim Livingstone was runner-up in the junior boys 800m in 2:05.0 with Alessio Martello taking runners-up spot in the junior boys high jump with 1.65m. They helped Surrey take runners-up spot. Eleanor Smith-Hahn helped Surrey win the intermediate girls match by finishing third in the intermediate girls 200m in 26.7.
Another Hercules Wimbledon teenager Alex Robinson followed up his superb win in the South of England 5000m championship at Crystal Palace the previous weekend by smashing his personal best time for the distance in the England Championships at Bedford. Robinson chopped more than half-a-minute off the time he set in winning the area title. In a high standard race he finished down the field in 13th place but his time of 15:09.19 is the fastest by a Hercules Wimbledon runner this season. Robinson, who was running over the distance on the track for only the second time, improved on his debut time by 32.33 seconds.
Hercules Wimbledon's South of England senior men's 200m champion Dwayne Dowding took a break from competition last weekend to rest for this weekend's UK championships in Birmingham where he again goes over 200m.
David Grima had a busy weekend beating almost 200 runners to win the Wimbledon Common parkrun event on Saturday in a personal best time of 17:39 with clubmate Rory McMahon in second place. Grima, posted his first win on his 27th appearance in the event and took 13 seconds off his previous best set when he finished fourth on May 22. Andrew Davies was eighth in 18:58, over 45 veteran Jeremy Purnell 13th in a personal best of 19:08, an improvement of 16 seconds on his previous best. Another over 45 veteran Frank Wood was 27th in 20:02.
Hannah Fernando was third woman in 20:44, also a personal best time improving by six seconds on her clocking in August 2007.
Grima completed his weekend by finishing 79th out of more than 500 runners in the Richmond 10km road race on Sunday in 37:14. He was the fourth Hercules Wimbledon finisher in the race, which also incorporated the Surrey championship, behind Phil Glynn (28th in 34:30), veteran Stuart Fraser (34th in 34:54), who was also third over 40 finisher, and another veteran Peter Lee (59th in 36:12). Maurice Sharp was seventh over 60 finisher in 43:28.
Hercules Wimbledon runners were also in action in parkruns in Bushy Park and Richmond Park. Over 45 veteran Stephen McDuell was 20th put of more than 150 runners in Richmond Park in 21:12 while over 55 veteran Barry King was 94th out of almost 600 runners in the Bushy Park event in 21:42. He was third finisher in the over 55 category.
Teenager Cale Edmunds produced the best Hercules Wimbledon long jump performance of the summer when he won the competition at the Rosenheim League west division match of the season at Twickenham with a leap of 6.60m.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon face two long trips for Southern League matches. The men face a marathon 400-mile plus round trip to Braunton, North Devon, for their fourth match of the season while the women travel to relative close Canterbury. Both matches are on Saturday. The club's older members compete in their third Southern Veterans League match of the season at Croydon Sports Arena on Sunday, starting at 6.30pm.


14/06/10 - WINNERS AT SCHOOLS AND AREA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Hercules Wimbledon enjoyed an outstanding weekend with winners in the South of England senior and junior and London and Surrey schools track and field championships.
Teenager Alex Robinson gained a superb win in the South of England junior men's 5000m championship at Crystal Palace on Sunday. Running over the distance on the track for the first time, Robinson was prominent throughout the 12 and a half lap race and took the lead just before the bell to snatch victory in 15 minutes 41.42 seconds, the fourth best time ever posted by a Hercules Wimbledon junior.
Less than half-an-hour later, sprinter Dwayne Dowding showed the form of his life to take the senior men's 200m title in 21.84 battling into a 2.2 metres per second headwind. A delighted Dowding had earlier clocked a lifetime best of 21.61 in finishing second in his semi-final after winning his heat in 21.94, the second fastest of the heat winners.
While Dowding seemed certain to take a medal in the final he stormed down the final straight to take the gold by just seven-hundredths of a second. His previous best was 21.78 set last season. Dowding's time puts him third in the Hercules Wimbledon all-time rankings for 200m.
Three other Hercules Wimbledon athletes did not fare so well at Crystal Palace. After winning his junior men's 1500m heat in 4:02.77, the fastest of the 12 qualifiers, Liam White was hoping for at least a medal in the final. However, he finished a disappointing sixth in the final in 4:00.06. Kieran White was also below his best in the senior men's 5000m where he was ninth in 15:36.78 while teenager Cale Edmunds was just millimetres over the take off board in the junior men's long jump where he had three no jumps.
Surrey under 17 champion Jonathan Osbourne smashed a 44-year-old club record in the Surrey schools championships at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Saturday. He booked his ticket for the English schools championships in Birmingham next month when he took the silver medal in the intermediate boys 400m in 49.53, dipping under 50 seconds for the first. Osbourne erased the record of 50.1 set by Tony Collins in 1966.
Osbourne conserved his energy in the heats where he was fourth fastest with 53.80 in finishing second in his race. He then unleashed a tremendous finish in the final to beat his previous best time of 50.66 set when winning the Surrey title on the same track last month. Another Hercules Wimbledon winner was Max Mondelli who took the junior boys 100m in 11.54 to add to the county title he won, also at Kingsmeadow, five weeks earlier. Mondelli made himself favourite for the title by winning his heat in 11.78, the fastest time of the qualifying round.
Mondelli is also likely to be in action for Surrey in Birmingham. Before that he, Osbourne and David Pratt, who was runner-up in the intermediate boys 100m in a personal best of 11.05, will be in action for Surrey in the South-East schools inter-county match at Horsham this weekend.
Another medallist was Emma Headley who was third in the junior girls 1500m in a personal best of 5:06.02, Eleanor Smith-Hahn was thjird in the junior girls 200m (26.82) while Joe Toomey was also third in the senior boys 3000m in 9:26.81.
Joe Clark finished sixth in the intermediate boys 1500m in a personal best of 4:24.77 and Ed Saywell ninth in 4:34.15. Alessio Martello was third in the junior boys high jump with 1.66m and Tim Livingstone fourth in the 800m in a personal best of 2:04.16. Cassien Hyde was seventh in the junior boys 1500m (4:41.79) while Rebecca Stonme was 12th in the junior girls 1500m (5:23.20).
Adam Magni took the junior boys 80m hurdles title at the London schools championships at Battersea Park in 12.4 with Joel Atkin fourth in 13.0 after clocking a faster 12.8 in finishing second in his heat. David Lankes and Dalia Serafy also just missed out on medals at Battersea Park as they finished fourth in the intermediate boys 200m (23.2) and junior girls 200m (28.2), respectively.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon contest their third McCain's Young Athletes League match of the season at Stompond Lane, Walton, on Sunday while the club's road runners are in action in the Richmond 10km road race, which incorporates the Surrey championships, at Ham.


7/06/10 - TEENAGER LOGAN RUNS THROUGH PAIN BARRIER
Hercules Wimbledon teenager Geordie Logan was in agony when he finished his steeplechase race in the Southern Men's League Division One match at Thurrock on Saturday.
Logan, 16, who earlier competed in the triple jump were he was fourth in the B event, was hobbling for most of the seven-and-a-half lap race but gallantly kept going to finish a fine second to help the overall team effort. No sooner had he crossed the finishing line than he collapsed to the ground in tears from the acute pain he was suffering.
While Hercules Wimbledon team-mates rushed to comfort him, first aiders applied ice to ease the pain. On arrival home after a nightmare five hour journey through heavy traffic, Logan went to his local hospital where his foot was x-rayed. "They told me I had badly sprained my ankle and have given me painkillers and anti-inflammatory tablets. They also gave me a strap to put round the ankle and told me I wouldn't be able to race for a fortnight."
That is a major blow for the teenager, a student at Brooklands College, Weybridge, who was hoping to contest the 2000m steeplechase at this weekend's Surrey schools championships and challenge for a place in the team to compete in the English schools championships in Birmingham.
Another teenager with aspirations of competing in the English schools championships, Liam White, achieved an impressive middle-distance double. First, he came powering through in the 800m to snatch victory by one-tenth of a second in a personal best of one minute 57.3, battling through after coming into the final straight some 15 metres behind the leader. His time took just under a second off his previous best set last year and is the equal eighth fastest ever recorded by a Hercules Wimbledon athlete.
Later, he completed the double by winning the 1500m in 4:06.7, his favoured distance and the one in which he is likely to represent London schools in the senior boys event in Birmingham. It was an ideal way for White to warm-up for this weekend's South of England championships at Crystal Palace.
Sprinter Dwayne Dowding also showed good form in taking the 100m by the thickness of a vest in 11.0, his fastest time of the summer. He was unable to make it a double as he was just pipped in the 200m where he clocked a lifetime best of 21.7.
The youngest member of the team, Chima Odum, 15, produced the best discus throw by a Hercules Wimbledon athlete this summer as he took second place in the A event with personal best of 30.18m. It was his first meeting of the summer and Odum also took fourth place in the triple jump with 11.46m.
Busiest athlete in the depleted team was Lance Power who contested no less than six individual events. He was second in the 3000m steeplechase B, third in the 400m hurdles and pole vault, fourth in the 400m and 110m hurdles and fifth in the long jump.
Justin Kelly was runner-up in the 800m B race and fourth in the 5000m A race with Phil Glynn taking third spot in the B race. Joe Toomey was third in the 1500m B race and linked up with White, Kelly and Dowding to helped the Hercules Wimbledon squad finish third in the 4x400m relay.
Hercules Wimbledon's Jowita Mieszkowski was second, third and fourth in the under 17 women's 200m, high jump and long jump in the opening Lily B League match of the season at Guildford on Saturday. Rebecca Dinsdale was second in the under 13 70m hurdles and fourth in the shot.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are organising athletics events for youngsters at the Wimbledon Park Residents Association Victorian Fair at Wimbledon Park Athletics Arena between 2 and 3pm on Saturday. Some of the club's top young athletes will be in action in the London and Surrey schools championships at Battersea Park and Kingsmeadow Stadium, respectively, on Saturday.
At the other end of the age scale, Hercules Wimbledon compete in their second Southern Veterans League South-West London division match of the season at Ewell Court, starting at 6.30pm. In the opening match at Croydon, Rob Dinsdale won the over 40 shot and John Brown the over 40 hammer. Stuart White and Paul Wignall were second in their over 40 and over 50 100m races and Stephen McDuell was runner-up in the over 40 400m event.


31/05/10 - PRESIDENT'S BIRTHDAY MEET WITH THE QUEEN
David Littlewood celebrated his 73rd birthday in style by visiting Windsor Castle and receiving his MBE from The Queen.
Meanwhile, Hercules Wimbledon athletes have been in fine form on the track. Teenager Max Montelli raced to silver in the South of England championships at Ashford, twice improving his lifetime best. He qualified for the boys under 15 100m final by finishing third in his heat in 11.74 seconds and then stepped up a gear to take second place in the final in 11.53, an impressive improvement on his previous best of 12 seconds achieved at the start of the season. More important, Montelli, who is the reigning Surrey champion, was inside the English schools entry standard.
Surrey champion Jonathan Osbourne reached the men's under 17 400m final by taking second place in his heat in 51.73 and then speeded up to finish fifth in the final in 51.59. There was another personal best from Joe Clark in the 1500m where he clocked 4:30.52 in his men's under 17 heat.
Hercules Wimbledon's Alex Bruce-Littlewood helped Kent lift the Achilles team trophy at the UK Inter-Counties track and field championships by taking second place in the 5000m in 14:55.24. Austin Ferns finished second in his 400m hurdles heat in 53.49 but withdrew from the final.
Liam White won his 1500m race at the British Milers Club Grand Prix meeting in Manchester in a lifetime best of 3:56.19. His time took more than a second off his previous best and was inside the English schools entry standard.
Littlewood received the award in the Queen's New Year's honours in acknowledgement of his volunteer service to athletics. A lifelong member of Hercules Wimbledon he served as club treasurer for a record 43 years before being elected president in 2004. He joined the former Hercules club as a teenager and was a competent sprinter and long jumper in the 1950's.
He is one of Britain's best known officials and has been chairman of the British Technical Officials' committee since 1981, officiating at more than 100 international meetings in the UK as track judge, track referee, chief photo-finish judge or meeting manager. He also regularly officiates at international meetings around the world but never forgets about the grass roots and he will be track referee at Hercules Wimbledon's home Rosenheim League East Division match at Wimbledon Park on Wednesday, June 9.
Three generations of his family witnessed his big day in Windsor. Accompanying him were his sister, his niece and his great nephew who celebrated his birthday the previous day.
"It was an excellent occasion and very nice being at Windsor Castle rather than Buckingham Palace. However, the Queen didn't wish me a happy birthday so it was just a happy coincidence that the two occurred on the same day," he said.
Three Hercules Wimbledon runners enjoyed their own private battle in the opening Self Transcendence five kilometres race of the season in Battersea Park. The youngest of the trio, 17-year-old Liam White (15 minutes 48 seconds) triumphed over his clubmates Alex Robinson (15:49) and Kieran White (15:53). White's time broke the Hercules Wimbledon junior club record.
James Trapmore headed home a 679-strong field to win the Bushy Park parkrun on Saturday in 16:07. Hercules Wimbledon runners dominated the Wimbledon Common parkrun with Justin Kelly second, Stuart Fraser fifth (17:21), David Grima 19th (18:18) and Jeremy Purnell 21st (19:33). Charles Lawrie was first veteran over 60 finisher in 20:27 and Zoe Phillips first veteran over 40 woman in 21:02 and then on Sunday she ran in the BUPA 10km road race in Central London. Francesca Clarke was second woman in the Kingston parkrun in 21:19.
Hercules Wimbledon athletes face a busy four days with their third Southern Men's League match of the season at Thurrock and their opening Lily B Girls League meeting of the season at Guildford, both on Saturday, and hosting the third Rosenheim League East Division match of the season at Wimbledon Park track next Wednesday (June 9), starting at 6.45pm.


24/05/10 - WHITE RUNS FAST TIME AFTER CAMP KELLY
Gaining confidence-boosting inspiration after attending a Camp Kelly weekend with Britain's most promising young endurance runners, Hercules Wimbledon teenager Liam White posted one of his fastest 1500m times running in the British Milers' Club's PB Classic meeting at Milton Keynes on Saturday.
White, 17, finished sixth in his race in three minutes 59.42 seconds, just outside his best of 3:57.98. Although he clocked his fastest 1500m time this season, White said: "It was my first paced race this year and it was fast going from the start. I'm running against at Manchester at the weekend where I will be hoping to go under 3:55."
Reflecting on his Camp Kelly weekend at Loughborough with more than 50 of Britain's top young endurance athletes, masterminded by double Olympic champion Kelly Holmes, White said: "It was a really good experience. It was a chance to be with lots of like-minded athletes. It was quite amazing how hands on Kelly was. She took part in all the sessions."
He added:" It was inspirational to be with a double Olympic champion, particularly viewing clips of her Olympic victories with Kelly actually watching. There were some good workshops about recovering from injury and they also showed us how about the drug testing procedures and told us about the rules connected with them."
Another Hercules Wimbledon athlete at Milton Keynes was teenager Alex Robinson. Running over 3000m on the track for the first time, he finished seventh in his race in 8:59.07, the 10th fastest time ever recorded by a Hercules Wimbledon junior.
Hercules Wimbledon athletes broke four club records competing in a Southern Women's League match at Horsham on Saturday. Competing on the track for the first time, Zoe Phillips set Hercules Wimbledon over 40 veteran 100 and 200m records of 17.4 and 34.2. Steph Robson was also in record-breaking form with new over 35 marks in clocking 2:42.9 and 11:10.6 in her 800 and 300m events.
Sprinter Emily Martin, unable to race on the track because of an Achilles tendon problem, confined her activity to throwing events taking second in the discus and third in the shot and hammer.
Two Hercules Wimbledon athletes will be in action for Surrey in this weekend's UK Inter-Counties track and field championships at Bedford. Former junior international Austin Ferns competes in the 400m hurdles for the county team which defends the senior men's Achilles Trophy. Estle Viljoen, fresh from winning two Surrey track walking titles, competes in the 3000m walk for the women's team which finished runners-up in 2009.
Viljoen won the women's 3000m track walk at Horsham in 15:15.3, 10 days after winning the 10000m gold medal at Battersea Park in 54:39.6.
Hercules Wimbledon's David Grima posted his best-ever time in finishing fourth out of more than 200 runners in the Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday in 17:52. He broke the 18 minute barrier for the first time in taking 20 seconds off his previous best time set three weeks earlier. Clubmates Andrew Davies was 10th in 18:30 and over 45 veteran Jeremy Purnell third in the over 45 category also posting a personal best of 19:25, a 21 second improvement on his previous best set in March.
Charles Lawrie was top over 60 finisher in 20:36. Making her debut appearance in the event, Debbie Noel was second woman in 20:57, just 19 seconds behind the winner.
In his first race since June 2008, Steve Newton made an impressive return to action with a personal best time in the Bushy Park parkrun. He was top over 55 finisher in clocking 18:46, the second-best age graded performance, improving by 35 seconds only his previous best set on his debut appearance in March 2008.


17/05/10 - HW PAIR IN VARSITY MATCH FOR OXFORD
Two Hercules Wimbledon athletes were in action in the annual battle between Oxford and Cambridge at the Sir Roger Bannister track in Oxford on Saturday. Unfortunately, Olly Stogdale and James Garnier had the misfortune to be on the losing side as the Light Blues made a clean sweep of the event.
Stogdale was one of only four track winners for the Oxford team, crossing the line in 15.82 seconds, just outside his personal best time set when taking the silver medal in the Oxfordshire Championships on the same track. Stogdale also finished third in the 200 and 400m hurdles while Garnier was second in the 400m for Oxford in the second teams' match and helped their quartet win the 4x400m relay.
Stogdale showed fine form at the Oxfordshire championships with two lifetime best performances. He clocked 15.72 in taking silver in the 110m hurdles, the 13th best-ever time recorded by a Hercules Wimbledon athlete. He also clocked a lifetime best in taking silver in the 400m hurdles in 58.16. Garnier was just outside his best of 50.70 in taking the silver medal in the 400m in 51.36.
Hercules Wimbledon's Phil Glynn had the misfortune to go off course in the Richmond half-marathon on Sunday. Glynn was close to the leaders and estimated he lost 15 seconds when there was no one to tell him which way to go after crossing Kingston Bridge. "I lost about 15 seconds," said Glynn who finished ninth out of more than 800 runners in 1:17:32. Alex Urban finished 19th (1:19:27), Chris Coles 34th (1:22:51) and David Grima 43rd (1:24:15).
Hercules Wimbledon youngsters showed winning form in their second McCain's Young Athletes League meeting at Sutton Arena on Sunday. Devonte Casely-Heyford was a double winner in the boys under 15 100 and 200 metres in 12.8 and 25.6. Cassian Hyde won the 1500m (4:42.9) and was third in the long jump and fourth in the discus.
David Lankes won the under 17 100m in 11.7 with Andrew Clarke heading the field in the under 17 shot with 9.21m.
Other Hercules Wimbledon athletes to do well were Alex Bond who was third fourth and fifth in the under 13 100m, 1500m and high jump and Joe Clark, third in the under 17 1500m. Emma-Louise Clark was sixth in the girls under 13 1000m.
Former junior international Austin Ferns made a winning start to the season when he stormed to victory in the 400m hurdles at the Southern Men's League match at Lewes on Saturday. He crossed the line in 53.8 to win by by almost 20 metres. His win may have secured him the chance to represent Surrey in the UK Inter-Counties championships at Bedford at the end of the month.
Ferns was also second in the high hurdles in 16.0 with team captain Steve Davies second in the B race. Davies was also third in the pole vault B. Surrey under 17 champion Jonathan Osbourne also battled to second place in the 400m in 50.9. Richard Agyapong was third in the 200m (23.0) and fourth in the 100m (11.6). Making his Hercules Wimbledon debut David Pratt was also fourth in the 100m B race.
Kieran White was second in the 1500m B race with Alex Robinson clocking two lifetime best times in finishing fourth in the 800m and 1500m A races in 2:03.0 and 4:06.1.
Rory McMahon also doubled up with two third places in the 5000m and steeplechase. Rob Dinsdale was third in the shot and discus.
Hercules Wimbledon made a good start to their Rosenheim League East Division programme finishing joint second in their opening match at Battersea Park. Kieran White ran strongly to win the 3000m in 9:05.1. John Brown was runner-up in the shot and Rob Dinsdale third in the discus. Teenager Kyran Mitchell-Stanton was third and second in the 100 and 200m, respectively. The next league match is at Croydon Arena next Wednesday (May 26).
Hercules Wimbledon athletes are in action in the second of their Southern Women's League matches at Horsham on Sunday. The club's road runners compete in the Dorking 10 miles road race on Sundaywhich incorporates the Surrey championships. On Monday, Hercules Wimbledon open their Southern Veterans League programme at Croydon Sports Arena, starting at 6.30pm.


10/05/10 - GOLDEN COUNTY DOUBLE FOR TEENAGE PAIR
Two Hercules Wimbledon teenagers were the club's outstanding performers in the annual Surrey track and field championships which were staged in unseasonably chilly conditions at Kingsmeadow Stadium over the weekend.
One of the club's newest recruits Max Mondelli made a stunning Surrey debut when he stormed to victory in the boys under 15 100m final in 12.06 seconds. Just an hour earlier, the 14-year-old King's College School pupil was an impressive winner of his heat in a slightly slower 12.08. His Surrey triumph maintained his unbeaten run on the track since making his Hercules Wimbledon debut in the Ebbisham Boys' League at Sutton Arena last month where he won the 100 and 200m in 12.0 and 24.9, respectively.
Mondelli was aiming at a hat-trick of Surrey wins but he was forced to withdraw from Sunday's 200m and long jump after slightly pulling his hamstring on his way to victory in Saturday's 100m. A second Hercules Wimbledon gold medal came in the final event of the two-day meeting when Jonathan Osbourne produced the form of his life to take the men's under 17 400m title.
After winning his heat two hours earlier in 52.52, Osbourne was drawn in the difficult sixth lane and went storming off to head the field down the back straight. However, the 16-year-old Harris Academy pupil found it tough going on the final bend and entered the home straight in third spot. He gritted his teeth, clearly determined not to be beaten and gradually reeled in his opponents to snatch a thrilling victory in a superb 50.66, to take almost half-a-second off his previous best time set in last season's Rosenheim League final at Kingsmeadow Stadium last August. It was Osbourne's first 400m race since he competed in the British Athletics League qualifier at Abingdon last September and his first 400m competition of 2010.
Hercules Wimbledon took set for another win as sprinter Dwayne Dowding headed the field round the bend in the senior men's 200m final. But, Dowding suffered an attack of cramp in the damp and chilly conditions and had to settle for the silver medal in 22.07. Earlier, he also won his heat in a more modest 23.2.
Dowding also reached the 100m final after finishing third in his heat in 11.1 and clocking 11.05 in a run-off for a place in the final. But, in his third 100m race of the day he trailed in eighth in a high standard final in a respectable 11.10.
Tim Livingstone and Joe Toomey also race to silver medals. Livingstone, who finished runner-up in his Virgin London mini-marathon race last month, battled to runners-up spot in the boys under 15 800m in only his second track meeting of the summer. However, he smashed his lifetime best by more than four seconds as he clocked 2:07.83. Earlier, he won his heat in 2:13.40.
Toomey also showed good form to finish second in the junior men's 3000m in 9:20.03 in his first track race of the summer.
There was a hat-trick of bronze medals for Hercules Wimbledon athletes. Liam White raced to third spot in the junior men's 1500m in 4:01.78, in his first race of the season over the distance, with clubmate Alex Robinson fifth in 4:07.40. White was also fifth in the 800m in his fastest time of the summer, 1:58.86.
Ed Saywell was third in the men's under 17 1500m in 4:22.56. He just missed out on a second medal in the 800m where he was fourth in the final in 2:05.94 after finishing second in his heat in a slightly faster 2:05.28. Completing the hat-trick of bronze medal winners was Andrew Clarke who threw the boys under 17 shot 9.68m.
Sprinter Richard Agyapong also just missed out on a medal when he finished fourth in the junior men's 200m final in 22.73. In his first track meeting of the summer, David Pratt was fifth in the men's under 17 100m final in 11.26, just ahead of clubmate Nathan Safo-Barnieh (11.39). Cassian Hyde was also fifth in the boys under 15 1500m final in 4:36.57 after clocking a faster 4:32.97 in his heat.
Hercules Wimbledon athletes face a busy weekend with the senior men in action in their second Southern Men‘s League match in Lewes on Saturday, the youngsters competing in their second McCain's National Young athletes League meeting at Sutton Arena on Sunday, the club's older mebers in action in the British Masters road relay championships in Sutton park, Birmingham tomorrow, and other club runners competing in the Richmond half-marathon on Sunday.


4/05/10 - GILES LIFTS MASTERS MARATHON TITLE
Hercules Wimbledon veteran Peter Giles struck gold in the British Masters Marathon championships in Fort William.
Giles, making the long trip to Scotland from his home in Claygate, Surrey, took the men's over 65 title in three hours 18 minutes 22 seconds. His time was a Hercules Wimbledon club record. The former guitarist with the King Crimson rock group became the first Hercules Wimbledon over 65-year-old to complete a marathon.
The Masters Championships, which were staged in conjunction with the Lochaber Marathon, was Giles' first marathon for four years and his third over the gruelling 26 miles 385 yards distance. He made his debut when he finished sixth in the European Veterans Marathon Championships in Aarhus, Denmark, in August 2004. His second marathon was when he made his London debut in April 2006 with a time of 3:16:34.
Giles currently holds the British Masters over 65 10000m title which he won in Oxford last September in 39:35.05 and earlier this year, in March, he won the British Masters indoor over 65 3000m title at Lee Valley in 10:49.04.
Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters gained a good crop of wins in their opening McCain's UK Young Athletes League match at Sutton Arena on Sunday. In the men's U17 events, Ben Palmer won the long jump and 1500m B, Jonathan Osbourne took the 100m and Spencer Felix-Otoo the high jump. Thomas Bracegirdle took the U13 200 and 800m races while the only winner in the girls' events was Emma Headley in the U15 1500m.
The U15 boys won their sprint relay while other successes in the U15 boys events came from Devonte Caseky-Hayford and Max Monabelli who gained 100/200m sprint doubles and Tim Livingstone and Cassian Hyde in the 800m A and B races.
Hercules Wimbledon's senior men battled all the way to snatch second place in their opening Southern Men's League Division One match at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Saturday. Back from racing in the States, Dwayne Dowding just won the 100m in 11.1 and was runner-up in the 400m in a lifetime best of 49.7. Rory McMahon had a private battle in the 3000m steeplechase which McMahon won by the width of a vest although they were given the same time of 10:38.5 in winning the A and B string events.
Kieran White won his 1500m race while Simon Cook won the discus B. Making his debut for Hercules Wimbledon veteran Rob Dinsdale was third in the shot (10.10m) and fourth in the discus (29.95m). Last year's Surrey junior silver medallist Richard Agyepong was second in the 200m, Boh Tsarks third in the javelin with a personal best of 41.14m and Justin Kelly second in the B event and Dominic Getting second in the pole vault.
Hardest working athlete in the match was Hercules Wimbledon's Lance Power who contested six individual events as well as running in the 4x100 and 4x400m relays. He was second in the 400m hurdles, high hurdles B race, pole vault B and 400m B events, fourth in the long jump and third in the triple jump B.
Alex Robinson gained a narrow victory in the Wimbledon Common parkrun in 16:25 when he finished four seconds ahead of the runner-up. Clubmate Andrew Davies was seventh out of almost 200 runners in 18:31 while Hercules Wimbledon runners filled the top three places in the women's event with Ruth Clifton (18:58), Anna Garnier (20:19) and Michaela Knespl (20:51).
Hercules Wimbledon's John Querstret led a 100-strong field to win the MABAC cross country league five miles race in Winterfold Forest, near Guildford, in 33:10.
Hercules Wimbledon athletes will be in action in the annual Surrey track and field championships at Kingsmeadow Stadium this weekend. They are being staged on Saturday and Sunday. Action starts at around 10am on both days. Next Wednesday, Hercules Wimbledon contest the opening Rosenheim League east division match at Battersea Park, starting at 6.45pm.


26/04/10 - WHITE BATTLES TO THIRD AFTER TUMBLE
Hercules Wimbledon teenager Liam White battled to third place in the Virgin London Mini Marathon on Sunday despite taking a fall in the rush at the start of the race.
Despite his height, 17-year-old White was bowled over by the 200-plus other runners as they hurtled their way out of Old Billingsgate at the start of the three miles race to The Mall. By the time he had managed to pick himself up, White found himself at the back of the field and faced the enormous challenge of getting back in the mix. Remarkably, he managed to get back to third spot just 15 seconds behind the winner of the senior race.
White, who was racing in the event for the final time, said: "I'm certain if I hadn't fallen over I would have won the race. I was catching the leaders all the way but I just failed to make it."
He added:" I just don't know what happened. All I remember is lining up at the start, the hooter going and then finding myself on the ground. I was just bowled over in the rush." He clocked 15 minutes 2 seconds.
White faces the longest track race of his life when he tackles the 5000m for the first time in his club's opening Southern men's League meeting at Kingsmeadow tomorrow (Saturday).
Other leading Hercules Wimbledon finishers in the senior boys mini-marathon were Ed Saywell (28th in 16:22), Geordie Logan (47th in 16:50) and Joe Toomey (61st in 17:09).
Best placed Hercules Wimbledon runner in the mini-marathons was Tim Livingstone who was runner-up in the intermediate race in 16:33. Hamish Mould was 52nd out of 237 runners in 18:37.
Emma Headley led the Wandsworth intermediate girls team to victory in finishing 11th in her race in 20:07. Maire Gilmartin, another member of the winning Wandsworth team, was 34th in 21:15, Rebecca Stone 69th in 22:16 and Claire Rogers 93rd in 22:56.
Elliot Laville was 36th in the junior boys race in 19:30 with Ali Borthwick 95th in the senior girls race in 22:15.In the main marathon race, Hercules Wimbledon's three times English cross country champion Dave Clarke was fifth in the men's over 50 category in 2:45:45, the second fastest marathon time ever recorded by a Hercules Wimbledon over 50 veteran. The record for that age group is held by Steve Badgery with 2:40:05 in the 1989 London race. Clarke tops the Hercules Wimbledon marathon rankings with 2:13:34 achieved in Stockholm in June 1989.
First Hercules Wimbledon finisher in the record 36500-plus field was Mike Halman who was 58th in a personal best of 2:29:59. Over 40 veteran Peter Lee was 331st in 2:46:02, also a personal best with John Querstret 844th in 2:57:35.
With Hercules Wimbledon's top two women marathon runners Claire Grima and Zoe Pike both expecting babies, first Hercules Wimbledon woman was Debbie Noel who was 994th in the women's race in 3:42:18.
Hercules Wimbledon's top woman sprinter Emily Martin made a promising start to her outdoor league programme with two personal bests in the club's opening Southern Women's League match at Perivale on Saturday. She won the 200m in an outdoor best time of 24.9 and finished third in the 100m in a lifetime best of 12.2.
Long jumper Cale Edmunds also showed promising early season form when he finished second at an open meeting at Crawley with a leap of 6.25m.
Hercules Wimbledon face a busy weekend with their opening Southern Men's League Division One match at Kingsmeadow Stadium tomorrow (Saturday) starting at 1pm and the club's youngsters in action in their opening McCain's Young Athletes League meeting at Sutton Arena on Sunday, starting at 11.45am.


19/04/10 - SUPERVET DAVE HEADS LONDON CONTINGENT
Former English cross country champion Dave Clarke will head the Hercules Wimbledon challenge in the Virgin London marathon from Greenwich to The Mall on Sunday.
Schoolteacher Clarke, now 52, won the Stockholm marathon in 1989 in two hours 13 minutes 34 seconds and won the English senior men's cross country title in 1982, 1987 and 1988. He finished fifth in the Berlin half-marathon in 1992 in 1:02:11 and resumed marathon running after a 12 year break in 2008 completing the London course with his wife, Francesca, in 3:14:55. He again ran with his wife last year clocking 3:30:08.
However, Francesca will not be keeping him company on Sunday and he will be aiming for a somewhat more competitive time inside three hours. Also running on Sunday will be Mike Halman, Hercules Wimbledon's top marathon runner last year with 2:33:57 in the London. Halman will be running in support of the Trinity Hospice, Clapham Common, where he works as a gardener.
Matt Sharp, 31, who will be making his marathon debut on Sunday, will also be hoping to clock inside three hours. Adam Vandenberg is also making his marathon debut as he competes in his longest race since running in the Reading half-marathon last year in 1:19:34.
Over 60 veteran Dennis Williams, who has completed all but one of the 29 London races will be competing in the 30th edition of the race along with over 40 veteran Peter Lee who returns to the London race where he made his debut in 2008 after completing the Berlin marathon in 2:49:49 last year. Debbie Noel, Annmarie Seymour and Claire Morgan are contesting the women's race debut. Two athletes from Malta provided an international flavour to Hercules Wimbledon's annual young athletes open meeting staged at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre on Sunday.
Many of Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters will be in action for various boroughs in the Virgin London mini-marathon over the final three miles of the main course from Old Billingsgate to The Mall. They will be lked by London senior boys cross country champion Liam White who finished seventh in last year's 15 to 17's race, Joe Toomey (19th) and Ed Saywell (42nd) last year. Geordie Logan is also running.
Hercules Wimbledon president David Littlewood, MBE, will once again be refereeing the men's race. Littlewood, who is secretary of the English Schools Athletics Association, was due to fly out to Slovakia this week to lead the national squad competing in the schools international cross country championship. However, although the team left on Monday for a marathon coach journey to the event, because of the ban on flights from the UK, Littlewood decided to stay in London as he realised he would be unable to get back in time to fulfil his role at the marathon.
Hercules Wimbledon's James Garnier was also affected by the flight ban. He was due to compete in the Kinnaird Trophy meeting at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Saturday but was trapped in Portugal where he had been training with other members of the Oxford University team.
Hercules Wimbledon's Dwayne Dowding showed good form when he finished runner-up in the 200m at the Brian Clay International meeting in Azusa, California, in 21.88, just slower than his personal best for the distance.
Fellow sprinter Richard Agyapong showed even better form in with two lifetime bests competing in the Kinnaird Trophy meeting at Kingsmeadow. He clocked 11.21 and 22.48 competing in the 100 and 200m races. Teenager Geordie Logan was just outside his best time in finishing runner-up in the 2000m steeplechase in 6:45.9 with team-mate Rory McMahon winning the B event. McMahon was also third in the 1500m.
Hercules Wimbledon's Alex Bruce-Littlewood had a useful outing with second place in the 800m in 1:56.35 and second in the 3000m in 8:50.95. Teenager Ed Saywell was fourth in the 800m in a personal best of 2:05.60 while Mike Halman, warming up for this weekend's London marathon, was fourth in the 3000m in 9:28.65. Jimmy Seruchera gained two second places in the Sward Trophy high jumping 1.70m and triple jumping 12.36m.
Hercules Wimbledon's Southern Women's League team open their programme tomorrow (Saturday) with a match at Perivale.


12/04/10 - MALTESE DUO PROVIDE INTERNATIONAL TOUCH
Two athletes from Malta provided an international flavour to Hercules Wimbledon's annual young athletes open meeting staged at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre on Sunday.
The pair were among hundreds of youngsters from Britain who took part in what has become a regular feature of the pre-season athletics calendar. One of them, Nicole Gatt, won the girls under 15 800m in 2 minutes 26.32 seconds, was third in her 200m race 27.87 and fifth in her 100m event in 13.70. The second Maltese competitor, Thomas Farrugia, was runner-up in men's under 17 200m race in 23.58 and fourth the 800m in 2:05.72, finishing just ahead of Hercules Wimbledon's Ed Saywell (2:06.32). Saywell was also sixth in the 1500m (4:25.00).
Saywell was among a sizeable contingent of Hercules Wimbledon athletes in action. Best placed of the bunch was Devonte Casely-Hayford, who was second in his boys under 15 100m race in 13.20 and Eleanor Smith-Hahn who was second in both her 200 and 800m races in 27.51 and 2:28.20. Casely-Hayford was also sixth in the 200m in 25.99.
Charmont Webster-Tape posted two personal bests as she finished third in her girls under 13 200m race (31.26) and sixth in the long jump (3.62m). Celine Attwell was third in her girls under 13 800m race (2:56.60) with Hannah Russell fifth (3:14.10). Katie Headley was also third in her girls under 11 600m race in 2:12.44 with Emma-Louise Clark sixth in 2:15.78. Emma Headley was also third in her girls under 15 1500m race in 5:14.0 and Hamish Mould was third in his 800m race in 2:34.22.
Joe Clark also clocked a lifetime best in finishing third in his men's under 17 1500m race (4:36.85). Jonathan Osbourne showed encouraging form with a personal best 23.04 for sixth place in the men's under 17 200m. He was also fifth in the 100m in 11.57.
Jonathan Dench was third in his boys under 15 100m race and fifth in the long jump. Felix Spencer-Otoo was fourth in his men's under 17 800m race and sixth in the long jump. James Russell was also fourth in his men's under 17 100m race. Thomas Farrell was fifth in his boys under 15 100m race and seventh in the long jump with Duncan Stewart fourth in his 100m and sixth in his 200m races. Zane Utley was fourth in his 1000m race with Wali Acogny eighth and Miles Farrell 12th.
Three meeting records were set during the five hour meeting. South London Harriers' Joshua Street took advantage of a massive 3.5 metres per second tailwind to win the men's under 17 100m in 10.84 to eclipse the 10.9 record set by current international Wade Bennett-Jackson in 2003. Herne Hill's Vanessa La Fon had an even stronger tailwind of 5.5 metres per second in winning the girls under 15 100m in 12.19 to erase the previous meeting record of 12.2 set by Eastbourne Rovers' Analachukwu Onuora in 2000.
Croydon's Elliot Safo made it a hat-trick of records as he smashed the men's under 17 long jump mark of 6.78m set by Herne Hill's Ezekiel Ewolu in 2002. Safo, the England and South of England indoor champions, also had the benefit of a substantial following wind as he leapt 7.24m to significantly improve on his previous best of seven metres.
Hercules Wimbledon veteran Peter Lee headed home almost 150 runners to win the Wimbledon Common parkrun for the first time on Saturday in 17:45. Lee sliced seven seconds off his previous best time for the course set in April last year when he finished fifth. It was his first victory in five appearance in the Wimbledon Common event and improved on his previous best placing of third last April. He won by 12 seconds.
Other leading Hercules Wimbledon finishers were Andrew Davies (eighth in 18:26), Charles Lawrie (34th in 21:09) and Claire Morgan eighth in the women's race in 24:27.
Hercules Wimbledon youngsters took the team honours in the final East Surrey League event of the season at Ewell. Joe Toomey led the team to success on the night in the 2.5 miles road race as he finished third in 13:13. Geordie Logan was sixth in 13:33 and Ed Saywell 10th in 14:11. Over 50 veteran Hugh Saxby led the senior men's team to third place. Saxby was top veteran as he finished sixth in the 4.25 miles race in 27:05 with David Grima seventh in 27:16 and Ian Pegler 13th in 27:56.
Hercules Wimbledon's senior men's track and field team open their 2010 season when they compete in the Kinnaird and Sward Trophies meeting at Kingsmeadow Stadium tomorrow (Saturday). On Sunday, the club's youngsters are competing in the opening Ebbisham Boys League match at Sutton Arena.


5/04/10 - STARS OF THE FUTURE ON SHOW AT HW OPEN MEETING
Future British internationals and Olympic runners will be among the hundreds of youngsters taking part in the annual Hercules Wimbledon Young Athletes open meeting being staged at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre on Sunday (April 11).
The meeting for nine to 16-year-olds is one of the most popular of its kind and attracts entries from around the country. It is being held for the 29th time. It starts at 11am and runs through until around 5pm.
Organisers are keeping their fingers crossed the weather will be kind. Two years ago, a sudden snow storm forced the meeting to be cancelled and it was re-staged in September that year.
Olympic marathon runner Mark Steinle was among the record-breakers in past years and his boys under 1500m mark of 4 minutes 41.5 seconds set in 1987 still survives. A more recent international, Montelle Douglas, set meeting records for the women's under 17 100 and 200m of 11.9 and 24.6 in 2002 while Wade Bennett-Jackson equalled the meeting record of 10.9 in winning the under 17 100m in 2003.
Other recent internationals to put their mark on the meeting are Jay Thomas with 15.55m in the boys under 15 shot in 2003 and Emeka Udecuhuku who threw the under 17 shot and discus out to 18.03 and 57.18m in 1995.
At the other end of the age scale, two Hercules Wimbledon athletes lifted a hat-trick of medals in the British Masters indoor championships at Lee Valley Athletics Centre, North London.
Anna Garnier achieved a medal winning double as she took the women's over 55 800m in 2:38.31 and was also runner-up in the 1500m in 5:34.28, both Hercules Wimbledon club records. Pete Giles showed a clean pair of heels to the opposition in winning the men's over 65 3000m in 10:49.04, another Hercules Wimbledon club record.
The strong Hercules Wimbledon contingent that spent the Easter weekend on the Isle of Man dominated the island's annual Easter road running festival, winning all three clubs team contests to come away with the overall title. The omens for victory as Alex Bruce-Littlewood led the team to victory in the 10km road race on Good Friday by finishing fourth, and second junior, out of more than 200 runners in 22 minutes 9 seconds. Alex Robinson was sixth in 22:34, Liam White seventh and top in the under 17 category, seventh in 22:40, Kieran White ninth in 22:51, Mike Halman 23rd in 24:15 and Joe Toomey 24th and second under 17 runner, 24th in 24:24.
Bruce-Littlewood again led Hercules Wimbledon to team success in Saturday's Peel Hill multi-terrain race finishing fifth out of more than 100 runners in 22:13. Robinson was second Hercules Wimbledon runner taking sixth place (22:34), with Liam White seventh (22:40), Kieran White ninth (22:51), Halman 23rd (24:15) and Toomey 24th (24:24).
Bruce-Littlewood (15:46) anchored the Hercules Wimbledon team to victory in four-stage road relay on Sunday linking up with Liam White (15:55), Kieran White (16:23) and Alex Robinson (16:14). The quartet clocked 1:04:17 to win by more than a minute. The B team of Toomey (16:54), Halman (16:25), Rory McMahon (17:56) and Richard Xerri (18:17) finished seventh in 1:09:31.
Hercules Wimbledon's James Garnier warmed-up for the coming track season by winning the 400m at an open track meeting at Parliament Hill Fields in 51.4. Sprinter Jonathan Osborne was in action at an open meeting at Tooting Bec on Saturday finishing second in his 100m race in 11.59 and fourth in the 200m in 23.21. Fellow teenager Geordie Logan was third in the 3000m in 9:39.7.
Hercules Wimbledon runners have been prominent in recent parkrun events. Joe Toomey, veteran Peter Lee and teenager Ed Saywell finished fourth, 10th and 11th out of almost 200 runners in the Wimbledon event in 17:22, 18:00 and 18:14 while Stephen McDuell was seventh out of 140 runners in Richmond Park in 19:01. Matthew Sharp was fifth out of 460 finishers in Bushy Park in 17:37 April 5th 2010.


29/03/10 - HW PRESIDENT LITTLEWOOD VOTED TOP SURREY OFFICAL
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club athletes and officials have been gaining plaudits off the track.
The club's president, David Littlewood, was awarded the Reg Bale Trophy for officials for 2009/2010 by the Surrey County Athletic Association. Despite the wide-ranging demand on his services, Littlewood, who is secretary of the English Schools Athletics Association and the British representative on the International Association of Athletic Federations technical committee, was able to find time to officiate at both the Surrey indoor championships at Sutton a few weeks ago and the outdoor championships at Kingsmeadow Stadium last May, support now formally recognised by the county association.
At the start of the year he was honoured by the Queen by being made an MBE in the New Year's honours for services to voluntary sport. Littlewood was unable to receive the award at Surrey's AGM as he was busy helping with the organisation of the English schools cross country championships in Manchester the same weekend. However, he was presented with it at Hercules Wimbledon's AGM at Wimbledon Park Golf Club a few days later.
Littlewood swapped roles as he presented the club's annual awards there. The recipients included two of the club's most successful athletes during the winter - Liam White, the Surrey County and London Schools under 17 cross country champions and Alex Robinson, the Surrey junior men's title winner. Robinson was also awarded the plaque for winning the junior men's section in the Surrey cross country league where Joe Clark and Ed Saywell were the under 15 and under 17 winners.
Cassian Hyde, in his first season of cross country racing, was another award winner at the Hercules Wimbledon AGM winning the Dave Clarke Trophy. He had an outstanding winter, just missing out on a medal in the Surrey cross country championships after being misdirected by a course marshal and representing Surrey in the UK Inter-Counties cross country championships in Birmingham.
Liam White got a further reward when he was presented with a Sports Aid Grant by Olympic swimmer Mark Foster at the Active Wandsworth Award at Wandsworth Town Hall. The award was made in recognition of his significant improvement in the last 12 months under his coach Maurice Sharp illustrated by his winning the UK School Games 1500m title last summer as well as taking the bronze medal in the English schools intermediate boys 1500m championship after failing the make the final and finishing eighth in his heat in the previous season.
Another Hercules Wimbledon winner at the Active Wandsworth Awards was Tom Pollak, who has just completed a year as president of the Surrey County Athletic Association and who managed the club's senior men's team to fifth place in the Southern Men's League, their best performance for more than a decade. He was presented with the oustanding achievement award for voluntary services to sport.
A part of around two dozen Hercules Wimbledon athletes are spending Easter on the Isle of Man taking part in the island's Easter road running festival. The group includes teenagers Liam White and Alex Robinson, Alex Bruce-Littlewood, Kieran White and Mike Halman.
The squad showed good form in their final races before dashing off to the island. Halman warmed up for the Isle of Man by finishing 25th out of almost 3700 runners in the Wilmslow half-marathon in one hour 10 minutes 15 seconds, Bruce-Littlewood finished 10th out of 300 runners in the Victoria Park five miles event in 25:07 while Robinson was third out of more than 170 runners in the Kingston 10km event in 33:53.
Still on the roads, Neil Aitken posted the fastest 10km time by a Hercules Wimbledon runner this year when he won the Brooklands 10km event at Weybridge on Sunday in 32:56.
Hercules Wimbledon take part in the final East Surrey League event of the season when they compete in the road races at West Ewell on Tuesday night (April 6) starting at 7pm. The senior, juniors and veterans start their four miles race at 7pm with the under 13's off on their two miles five minutes later.


22/03/10 - TEENAGER LIVINGSTONE WINS SCHOOLS SILVER MEDAL
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's Tim Livingstone showed tremendous form in the rain and mud of Heaton Park, Manchester, on Saturday, when he helped Surrey take the team silver medals in the junior boys race in the English Schools cross country championships.
Livingstone, 14, who clinched his place in the Surrey team by finishing runner-up in the South East Schools Inter-Counties match at Reigate last month, his only other cross country race this year, was second Surrey finisher taking 31st place in 13 minutes 15 seconds, less than a minute behind the race winner. More than 300 finished the race.
It was an outstanding run as Livingstone managed to finish four places and two seconds ahead of the runner who won the UK Inter-Counties under 13 title at Birmingham the previous weekend.
Livingstone is a busy young sportsman. He is also a keen swimmer and rower. Four days before clinching a team silver medal in Manchester he took the individual bronze medal in the year nine event at the national junior indoor rowing championships. Almost 150 competitors took part.
Livingstone was the highest placed of a quartet of Hercules Wimbledon runners in action in the English schools event in Manchester. Liam White was 35th out of more than 300 runners in the senior boys race in 24:58 leading the London team home with Joe Toomey, 122nd in 26:33, the fourth member of the Surrey team.
Ed Saywell, also running for Surrey, was the third member of the county team in the intermediate boys race finishing 122nd in 20:50.
Another Hercules Wimbledon teenager to show good form over the weekend was Surrey junior cross country champion Alex Robinson. Fresh from helping Surrey to team gold in the UK Inter-Counties championships in Birmingham the previous weekend, he beat around 550 runners to win the Bushy Park five kilometres parkrun in 16:04. It erased the previous record of 16:07 set by Alex Bodin at Morden Park in May 2006. His time also puts him sixth on the club's all time list for the distance.
Several Hercules Wimbledon runners warmed up for next month's Virgin London marathon with useful runs in the Reading Half-Marathon on Sunday. Best of the club's runners among the 12300 finishers was Ian Horrocks who set a club veterans over 35 record in finishing 62nd in 1:16:21, improving on the 1:18:55 set by Gervase King in Stockholm, Sweden, last September.
Dave Clarke, three times English cross country champion three decades ago, was second in the veteran over 55 category in finishing 75th in 1:17:13. His was the second fastest ever recorded by a Hercules Wimbledon supervet and he was just 12 seconds outside the club age record set by Steve Badgery in the Wimbledon half-marathon in 1998. Debbie Noel was 972nd in 1:33:21, Zoe Phillips 1509th in 1:36:20, the second best time ever recorded by a Hercules Wimbledon over 40 veteran.
Meanwhile, Kieran White clocked the fastest half-marathon time this summer by a Hercules Wimbledon runner when he finished fifth out of more than 2000 runners in the Fleet half-marathon in 1:12:50. It was also the fastest half-marathon by a Hercules Wimbledon runner since Hussein Ahmed clocked 1:11:37 in Reading in March last year. Matthew Sharp was 56th in 1:19:51. White also took third place in the Inter-Services Championship which was decided in conjunction with the event.
Meanwhile, Tom Cheetham finished 480th out of almost 4000 runners in the Hastings half-marathon in 1:36:33 where Annmarie Seymour clocked the fourth best-ever time by a club veteran over 35 woman of 1:49:39.


15/03/10 - DOUBLE GOLD FOR HW RUNNERS IN BIRMINGHAM
Two Hercules Wimbledon runners racing for Surrey in the UK Inter-Counties cross country championships in Birmingham's Cofton Park on Saturday came away with team gold medals.
Surrey champions Liam White and Alex Robinson were members of the winning men's under 17 and junior men's races. Robinson took part in the second of the eight races and was the fourth scoring member of the gold medal winning Surrey team. He finished 45th out of almost 200 runners in the eight kilometres race in 27 minutes 21 seconds. White was the third scoring member of the winning men's under 17 team. He finished 10th out of more than 250 runners in the six kilometres race in 19:18.
Another Hercules Wimbledon runner to return with a medal was Alex Bruce-Littlewood who was in the bronze medal-winning Kent team in the senior men's 12km championship. He was 47th out of almost 300 runners in 37:39. He was the fourth member of the bronze medal-winning team. Another Hercules Wimbledon runner in the senior men's race was Adam Przedrzymirski who finished 171st for Surrey in 40:43. He was drafted into the team just three days before the race after one of the originally squad dropped out with an injury.
The youngest Hercules Wimbledon runner in action in Birmingham was Cassian Hyde who ran below his best form due the effect of a cold. He was 51st out of 300 runners in the under 13 three kilometres championship in 11:08 and to represent Surrey in his first season of cross country running is an achievement.
Hercules Wimbledon sprinter Emily Martin followed up her silver medal-winning performance in the Surrey indoor championships by taking the bronze medal in the 200m at the British Universities Indoor Championships in Sheffield on Sunday in a lifetime best of 24.83. It was an impressive improvement on her previous best of 25.32 set in the South of England championships in Watford last season and is the second fastest ever clocked by a Hercules Wimbledon runner. It represented her third improvement of the day. She shaved one-hundredths of a second off her best in winning her heat in 25.31 and then clocked 25.00 in winning her semi-final race.
She was not that far off the Hercules Wimbledon club record of 24.6 set by Janette Niccolls in 1997.
A contingent of Hercules Wimbledon runners were in action in the East Surrey League road relays at Dorking. Joe Clark was the fastest member of the senior men's quartet finishing third on the opening 2.1 miles leg in 11:31. Veteran Tony Austin (16:41), Matthew Sharp (12:53) and Zoe Phillips (13:04) were the other members of the quartet. With three of the four fixtures contested, Hercules Wimbledon are heading the senior men's standings.
Zoe Phillips was in action again on Sunday when was first veteran in the women's category in 43:04 in the Audi Wimbledon 10km road race. Her time was the second best ever recorded by a Hercules Wimbledon over 40 woman. David Barham was first Hercules Wimbledon finisher taking 18th place out of more than 800 runners in 39:19. Ben Palmer, one of the youngest runners in the race at 15, who finished sixth in the Merton mini-marathon trial the previous day was 41st in 41:14.
Hercules Wimbledon youngsters once again dominated the Merton mini-marathon trial which was staged in conjunction with the Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday. The 50 mini-marathon runners boosted the parkrun field to a record 202 finishers. Ed Saywell just pipped clubmate Joe Toomey for top spot as they were both given 18:31 for the five kilometres course. Geordie Logan was fourth in 18:46, Ben Palmer sixth in 20:08 and Spencer Felix-Otoo seventh in 20:18.
Elliott Laville was one of the top under 15-year-olds in 21:55 while Michaela Knespl was first in the girls race in 22:10 with Rebecca Stone second and top under 15-year-old in 23:09. The leading runners will be in action for Merton in the Virgin London mini-marathon on Sunday, April 25. Top Hercules Wimbledon runners in the parkrun were Andrew Davies and David Grima who were fifth and sixth in 18:13 and 18:15. Jeremy Purnell was 25th in 19:46.
Hercules Wimbledon's Adam Vandenberg won the Richmond Park parkrun in a personal best time of 16:54 on Saturday. He sliced eight seconds off his rpevious best time set on his last appearance in the event in October 2008. Stephen McDuell was 14th of more than 170 runners in 19:26, which equalled his best time for the course. March 15th 2010


8/03/10 - SPRINTER MARTIN TWICE IMPROVES HER PB
Hercules Wimbledon's top woman sprinter Emily Martin warmed-up for the coming summer track and field season by twice improving on her best time for the 60m dash when she competed in the Surrey indoor championships at Sutton Arena on Saturday.
Martin, 21, won her heat in 7.81 seconds to take two-fifths of a second off her previous best set when finishing runner-up in the same meeting in 2007. She then improved to 7.74 in taking the silver medal in the final. Her silver medal-winning effort added to her already extensive collection of Surrey medals which goes back many years to 2002 when she took the bronze medal in the girls under 15 long jump.
Last summer she took a bronze medal in the senior women’s 200m and her last gold medal-winning performance was in 2007 when she won the junior women’s long jump title at Kingsmeadow, achieving a hat-trick of medal-winning performances that year as she was also runner-up in the 100m and third in the high jump.
Another Hercules Wimbledon runner in action at Sutton was teenager Eleanor Hahn-Smith who just missed out on a medal in the girls under 15 60m where she was fourth in the final in 8.35 after finishing runner-up in both her heat and semi-final in 8.39 and 8.40. Richard Agyepong just failed to reach the semi-final round of the junior men's 60m after finishing fourth in his heat in 7.40.
Hercules Wimbledon's top race walker Estle Viljoen, who is spending two months in her native South Africa, will contest the South African 20km road walking championship this weekend after winning the Western Province title in 1:55:00.
Meanwhile, Hercules Wimbledon's cross country runners completed their inter-club season on a high note by winning an inter-club match in Richmond Park. Richard Xerri took the individual honours covering the 3.87 miles course in 22:26 with Matthew Sharp third in 22:35, Rory McMahon seventh in 23:04 and teenager Joe Clark eighth in 23:05.
Over 55 veteran Hugh Saxby was 12th in 23:25, Andrew Davies 13th in 23:58, David Grima16th in 24:44, Augustin Mallon 25th in 27:13, Craig Howard 37th in 31:38 and Agnieszka Mizerek 39th in 31:33.
Both Davies and Grima had competed in the Wimbledon Common parkrun over 5km earlier in the day.
Hercules Wimbledon's Tim Livingstone booked his place in Kingston's team to compete in next month's Virgin London mini-marathon from Old Billingsgate to The Mall when he won the Kingston trial 13 and 14-year-olds race in Bushy Park in 13:16. He finished 44 seconds ahead of the second runner in his age group.
Hercules Wimbledon's Tom Bracegirdle finished 12th out of almost 100 runners in the London Schools Year eight boys cross country championships at Avery Hill Park, Eltham, in 11:30.
Peter Lee finished 110th out of almost 11000 runners in the Bath half-marathon in 1:19:28. Lee, 43, was in the top dozen in the veterans over 40 category.
This weekend, three Hercules Wimbledon runners are in action for Surrey in the UK Inter-Counties cross country championships at Birmingham's Cofton Park on Saturday. Liam White competes in the men's under 17 championship, Cassian Hyde in the boys under 13 race, and Alex Robinson in the junior men's event.
Other Hercules Wimbledon runners will be competing in the East Surrey road relays near Box Hill on Saturday. The young athletes race for under 13's starts at 2.30pm with the seniors off at 3pm. Nearer home, some of Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters will be competing in Merton's Virgin London mini-marathon trials being staged in conjunction with the Wimbledon Common parkrun being held on Saturday starting at 9am. The leading finishers in the eight age categories will get the chance to run for Merton in the mini-marathon proper on Virgin London Marathon day, Sunday April 25. March 8th 2010.


1/03/10 - BRILLIANT NATIONAL RUN BY TEENAGER WHITE
Hercules Wimbledon teenager Liam White followed up his victory in the Surrey cross country championships with a superb run in the English national men's under 17 championships at Roundhay Park, Leeds on Saturday.
White finished ninth out of more than 300 runners from all over the country. He was the sixth runner from the South of England and the top finisher from Surrey. He also fulfilled his aim of finishing in the top 10. His next cross country race of the winter will be leading the Surrey team in the UK Inter-Counties championships at Birmingham later this month and then, a fortnight later, he will be in action in the English schools championships at Heaton Park, Manchester.
White covered the testing six kilometres course at Leeds in 20 minutes 31 seconds, just over a minute behind the winner. Two other Hercules Wimbledon runners in the race were Joe Toomey (101st in 22:24) and Geordie Logan (111th in 22:35).
White's ninth place was the best-ever performance by a Hercules Wimbledon runner in the under 17 championship although long before he was born, back in 1956, Harry Lydiate from the former Hercules club finished in fifth place.
Another Hercules Wimbledon teenager who will be representing Surrey at the UK Inter-Counties event, Alex Robinson, finished a solid 55th out of more than 200 runners in the junior men's 10km championship. Robinson, also running a week after winning the Surrey title, clocked 36:32 and was less than three minutes behind the winner. His performance was the best by a Hercules Wimbledon runner in the junior men's event for more than three decades. Dave Clarke, who went on to win three English national senior men's titles, finished third in the event in 1978 when it was also staged in Roundhay Park.
The youngest Hercules Wimbledon runner in action at Leeds was Cassian Hyde who again had a fine run in the boys under 13 three kilometres championship where he was 23rd out of almost 300 runners in 12:10. It followed his fourth place in the Surrey event the previous weekend and was the third best-ever Hercules Wimbledon effort in the event. Only Jonathan Burgess, who now lives in Australia, has done better finishing seventh and 15th in 2006 and 2005. Hyde will also be running for Surrey in Birmingham.
Not to be outdone by their younger clubmates, the senior men produced their best team effort for more than 30 years when they finished 27th out of more than 100 teams. Hercules Wimbledon previous highest placing was also 27th in 1975 and 1976.
The contingent was led home at the end of the 12km course by Adam Przedrzymirski who finished 154th out of more than 1400 runners in 43:40. He was followed by Phil Glynn ( 317th in 46:24), Gervase King (321st in 46:27), Richard Xerri (353rd in 46:58), Deon Coetzee (387th in 47:27), Jamie Helmer (548th in 49:36) and Belal Aly (898th in 54:32).
Hercules Wimbledon also had two runners in the under 15 4.5km championship. Joe Clark was 149th out of more than 320 runners 16:02 with Ben Palmer 15 seconds behind in 190th place.
Kieran White, who led Hercules Wimbledon to the team bronze medals in the Surrey championships was unable to contest the English national event because he was in action in the Inter-Services championships at High Wycombe the previous day. However, he finished eighth in the 10km event in 39:58 to help the RAF to team success.
Hercules Wimbledon's Hugh Saxby clocked the fastest time this season for a veteran over 55-year-old in Veteran Athletic Club's 5.8 miles cross country race on Wimbledon Common on Saturday of 35:41, finishing second overall. Meanwhile David Grima had a busy weekend. He finished eighth out of more than 160 runners in the Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday in 19:25 and 42nd out of 1800 runners in the Tunbridge Wells half-marathon on Sunday in 1:26:08.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon athletes are in action in the Surrey indoor track and field championships at Sutton Arena on Saturday and Sunday while Hercules Wimbledon's cross country runners contest their final inter-club race of the winter over 3.87 miles in Richmond Park on Saturday, starting near Pembroke Lodge car park at 3pm. March 1st 2010


22/02/10 - GOLD MEDAL RUNS BY WHITE AND ROBINSON
Hercules Wimbledon teenagers Liam White and Alex Robinson produced gold medal-winning performances when they raced away men's under 17 and under 20 titles, respectively, at the Surrey cross country championships at Croydon's Lloyd Park on Saturday.
With the two championships being decided in the same race, the two Hercules Wimbledon runners dominated the field as they ran together to finish in 26 minutes 15 seconds, more than half-a-minute clear of the second runner in the under 17 event.
Both of them made history with their wins. White, the London schools senior boys champion, is the first Hercules Wimbledon runner to ever win the under 17 title while Robinson was the first Hercules Wimbledon runner to win the junior title since Dave Clarke in 1978. Clarke went on to win the English senior cross country title three times.
Both White and Robinson will be racing again this weekend when they make the trip to Roundhay Park, Leeds, to take part in the English national cross country championships on Saturday.
Two other Hercules Wimbledon runners in the under 17 race were Geordie Logan, ninth in 28:40 and Ed Saywell , 16th in 29:39. Unfortunately the club lost out on the team prize because, unless in the women's races where the under 17 and under 20 age groups have a combined team contest, in the corresponding men's events they are separate although there were no complete teams in the junior men's competition.
Hercules Wimbledon's did manage to come away with a set of team medals with the senior men clinching bronze medal place. They were led in by Kieran White, seventh in 42:18 and Adam Przedrzymirski, ninth in 42:34. Ian Horrocks was 26th in 45:02, Gervase King 31st in 45:47, Richard Xerri 32nd in 45:52 and veteran Peter Lee 41st in 46:47.
Other Hercules Wimbledon finishers were Matthew Sharp 44th in 47:19, Alex Urban 45th in 47:20, over 50 veteran Hugh Saxby 57th in 49:07, Stewart Bond 78th in 52:39, and Frank Wood 86th in 54:30.
Hercules Wimbledon's youngest runner at Croydon, Cassian Hyde, just missed out on an individual medal in the boys under 13 championship where he was fourth in 14:13 after holding the bronze medal position for much of the race.
There were a trio of Hercules Wimbledon runners in the senior women's championship. Zoe Pike was 29th in 37:42, Marilena De Luca 48th in 40:35 and Rowena Hornshaw 57th in 43:15.
Hercules Wimbledon's sole runner in the under 15 championship, Ben Palmer, finished 17th in 15:57.
With Saturday's races being used as selection events for the UK Inter-Counties championships in Birmingham's Cofton Park on March 13, Hercules Wimbledon will have up to five runners representing Surrey there. Liam White, Alex Robinson and Cassian Hyde are certain to make the teams while Kieran White and Adam Przedrzmirski have a good chance of making the senior men's squad.
Two Hercules Wimbledon runners were in winning form at the UWIC Indoor Open meeting at Cardiff. James Garnier clocked a lifetime best of 51.33 in winning his 400m race while Olly Stogdale won another 400m race in a slower 52.84.
Hercules Wimbledon's Stuart Fraser was first veteran in the Sussex Beacon half-marathon at Brighton on Sunday finishing 17th out of almost 6000 runners in 1:15:58. Annemarie Seymour clocked a personal best of 1:52:17 in the women's race.
Hercules Wimbledon's Michaela Knespl was the first woman in the Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday in 21:10. Adam Vandenberg was fifth in the men's race in 17:13 with Andrew Davies 13th in 18:56. Elliott Laville, 14, was 60th out of more than 150 finishers in 22:40 with another 14-year-old, Josie Clough, 14th in the women's race in 27:14. Louis Laville, who is just 11, finished 138th on his debut in the event in 30:23.


15/02/10 - WARM-UP BOOST FOR SURREY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Hercules Wimbledon's men's cross country runners warmed-up for this weekend's postponed Surrey cross country championships at Lloyd Croydon, on Saturday, with a confidence- boosting team effort in the East Surrey cross country league relays hosted by Hercules Wimbledon on Wimbledon Common last Saturday.
The senior men filled the top two team places with teenager Alex Robinson posting the fastest time of the day. Running the opening leg for the club's A team which led on all four legs, Robinson covered the 1.95 miles circuit in 9 minutes 36 seconds, handing over three seconds clear.
Adam Przedrymirski stretched Hercules Wimbledon's lead to well over a minute as he completed the second leg in 9:55, the fourth best time of the day. Gervase King (10:10) took Hercules Wimbledon almost four minutes clear on the third leg with David Grima (11:06) bringing the team home in 40:47.
Veteran Frank Wood (12:01) and David Barham (11:57) brought the B team in eighth. Robinson, running his second leg of the day, clocked 10:01 to lift the team to fourth place on the penultimate leg with Przedrzymirski, also running for the second time, clocking 9:51, the third best time of the day, raced through to second place. The team's total time was 43:50.
Anna Garnier set a women's over 55 lap record in bringing the B team in 11th on the opening lap in 12:19. Masumi Dobson (12:52), Claire Grima 913:09) and Stewart Bond (11:57) completed the quartet which clocked a total time of 50:17 to finish 10th.
Hugh Saxby set a veteran men's over 55 lap record in anchoring the D team to 11th place. He moved through from 13th place in clocking 11:07. Other members of the quartet which clocked 50:49 were over 60 veterans Maurice Sharp (13:09) and Fred Green (13:50) and over 45 veteran Pete Clarke (12:43).
The Hercules Wimbledon trio of Ben Palmer (11:10), Augustin Mallon (12:04) and Joe Clark (10:38) were third in the young athletes relay in 33:52. Clark clocked the fourth best time of the day. Cassien Hyde boosted his Surrey championship title hopes by finishing runner-up in the under 13 race in 10:29, just six seconds behind the winner.
Two Hercules Wimbledon athletes were in action for Surrey in the South-East Regional Sportshall final at Burgess Hill on Sunday. Eleanor Smith-Hahn was Surrey's only winner in the girls under 13 contest where she took the six-lap race in 1:29.5. She was also third in the speedbounce event with a score of 80. Spencer Felix was called up at the last minute to compete in the eight lap paarlauf.
Hercules Wimbledon teenager Liam White, one of the contenders for the Surrey men U17 title at Croydon at the weekend, booked his place in London's team for the English schools cross country championships next month when he won the senior boys title at Parliament Hill Fields by more than half-a-minute in 21:35. Maire Gilmartin was 10th in the junior girls race and Thomas Bracegirdle 43rd in the junior boys event.
Peter Giles broke the Hercules Wimbledon veteran men's over 65 club record when he clocked 1:06:23 in the Bramley 10 miles road race nerar Reading on Sunday. He finished 41st out of more than 400 runners. Giles was first over 65 finisher and also managed to beat all the over 50, over 55 and over 60 runners. Another Hercules Wimbledon runner in the race was Dan Pescod who finished 25th in 1:02:24. Adam Vandenberg was 33rd out of more than 700 runners in the 20 miles race at rthe same venue in 2:06:56.
Neil Aitken clocked the fastest 10km time by a Hercules Wimbledon runner this year when he finished ninth out of almost 600 runners in the Valentine's Day race at Chessington on Sunday in 34:06. Matthew Sharp was 13th in 35:27, Andrew Davies having his third race of the weekend, 55th in 38:11 and Maurice Sharp, the second veteran over 60 finisher, 133rd in 43:11. Rosemary Fernando was 19th in the women's race in 43:50.


8/02/10 - RUNNERS END LEAGUE PROGRAMME IN TOP FORM
Hercules Wimbledon's men's and women's cross country runners ended their league programmes in fine form with the women gaining promotion in the Surrey Ladies League for the first time and the men posting their best team performance of the season. In addition, Hercules Wimbledon youngsters took three individual titles.
Hercules Wimbledon secured a place in the top division of the Surrey Ladies League for the first time by securing third overall place in the final Division Two match at Wimbledon Common on Saturday despite two of ther club's runners missing the start. The successful squad was led in by Masumi Dobson who finished 12th of more than 130 runners in 33 minutes 16 seconds. Rosemary Fernando was 25th in 36:24, marathon runner Claire Grima, who is expecting a baby this summer, 35th in 37:17, Marilena De Luca 41st in 38:20 and Annmarie Seymour 44th in 38:59.
Other Hercules Wimbledon runners were newcomer Agnieski Mizerek 73rd in 41:52 and Rowena Hornshaw 91st in 43:37 and Amy Dolan 94th in 43:58, who both missed the start.
Meanwhile, the club's senior men were in action in the final Sweatshop Surrey League meeting over a testing, muddy and undulating course at Guildford. The team finished third on the day and fourth overall for the season. It was led in by Kieran White who was 12th out of more than 160 runners in 26:36. Teenager Liam White, who was too young to score in the team, was two places behind in 27:00 with Alex Robinson, who was first under 20 finisher to clinch the under 20 individual title for the season, 17th in 27:10.
Other Hercules Wimbledon scorers were Adam Przedrzymirski (28th in 27:37), Ian Horrocks, having his first race of the season, 40th in 28:12; former English cross country champion Dave Clarke 50th and first veteran over 50 finisher in 28:43, Phil Glynn 52nd in 28:47, Gervase King 63rd in 29:17, Deon Coetzee 67th in 29:25; Mike Halman 74th in 29:34 and Richard Xerri 75th in 29:35.
Other Hercules Wimbledon finishers were Matthew Sharp 91st in 30:22, veteran Peter Lee 97th in 30:32, Jamie Helmer 101st in 30:59 and Stewart Bond 143rd in 34:42.
Joe Clark finished runner-up in the young athletes race in 16:33 to clinch the individual under 15 title for the season. Other Hercules Wimbledon finishers, who helped the club retain their league title, were Ben Palmer, fourth in 17:18, Dean Bilhaj seventh in 17:48, Augustin Mallon 8th in 18:03 and Daniel Haigh 11th in 19:18. Although he did not run at Guildford, Ed Saywell took the under 17 individual title for the season.
Cassian Hyde, who finished second in the under 13 race in 16:43 was also overall runner-up in the individual standings for the season. Other Hercules Wimbledon runners in the under 13 race were Alex Bond 13th in 21:13, Julian Howard-Baker 16th in 21:37 and Max Wilking 18th in 23:17. They helped Hercules Wimbledon finish runners-up for the season in the under 13 section.
Elsewhere, Hercules Wimbledon's Tim Livingstone had the race of his young life when he led Surrey to second place in the South of England schools inter-county match at Reigate on Saturday.He finished second out of more than 70 runners in 13:52, just 11 seconds behind the winner of the junior boys championship and gave a big boost to his chances of being selected to represent the county in next month's English schools championships in Manchester.
Two other Hercules Wimbledon youngsters with English schools team places in their sights, Joe Toomey and Ed Saywell, were also in action at Reigate. Saywell was 35th in the intermediate boys race in 20:43 and Toomey 41st in the senior boys event in 26:20.
Hercules Wimbledon's Alex Bruce-Littlewood finished 35th out of more than 200 runners in the British Uiversities and Colleges men's 11.1km cross country championship at Stirling University on Saturday in 36:52. Jennifer Fernando was 140th out 240 runners in the women's 6.4km championship in 29:16 with younger sister Hannah 167th in 30:29.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are staging the East Surrey League cross country relays on Wimbledon Common on Saturday. The boys under 13 1.95 miles race starts at 2pm from close to the junction of The Causeway and West Place, near the Fox and Grapes pub, at 2pm with all other age groups starting at 2.30pm. The young athletes relays are over three laps of 1.95 miles with the seniors and veterans relays over four laps of the same distance.


1/02/10 - WHITE AND HYDE TOP SOUTHERN HW RUNNERS
A sizeable contingent of Hercules Wimbledon runners were in action in the South of England cross country championships at Parliament Hill Fields, North London on Saturday with teenagers Liam White and Cassian Hyde best of the bunch.
White improved significantly on his 51st place last season when he finished seventh in the men's under 17 six kilometres race in 20 minutes 49 seconds, less than a minute behind the winner. He was the third Surrey finisher and therefore stands a good chance of clinching a medal in the postponed county championship race at Croydon on February 20. Other Hercules Wimbledon runners in the under 17 race were Joe Toomey 87th in 23:35 and Ed Saywell 123rd in 24:43.
Hyde, who has been showing good form in this winter's Surrey cross country league races, made an impressive South of England debut when he finished 10th out of more than 200 runners in the boys under 13 three kilometres race in 11 minutes 52 seconds, just over half-a-minute behind the winner. He was the second Surrey runner to finish so he also stands a good chance of medalling at Croydon on February 20.
Adam Przedrzymirski led the Hercules Wimbledon contingent home in the senior men's 15km race where he finished 57th out of more than 800 runners in 56:45. Phil Glynn was 155th in 1:00:18, Stuart Fraser 205th in 1:02:12 and veteran Peter Lee 205th in 1:03:03. Matthew Sharp was 378th in 1:07:15 and veteran Frank Wood 542nd in 1:13:20.
Teenager Alex Robinson was 44th out of 100 runners in the junior men's eight kilometres race in 30:09. A trio of Hercules Wimbledon runners completed the boys under 15 4.5km race. Joe Clark was 61st in 17:30, Ben Palmer 149th in 18:42 and Augustin Mallon 176th in 19:17.
A quartet of Hercules Wimbledon women also competed at Parliament Hill Fields. Rosemary Fernando was 43rd in the junior women's six kilometres race ion 31:16, Ella Dobson 168th in the girls under 15 four kilometres race in 20:00 and Masumi Dobson 166th in the senior women's eight kilometres event in 39:25 with Marilena De Luca 252nd in 43:28.
Competing in the warmer environment of the Lee Valley Indoor Athletics Centre, Hercules Wimbledon sprinter Emily Martin finished second in her 60m race in 7.88 and was third in her 200m race in 25.36. She was also runner-up in the South London Athletics Network open indoor meeting at Sutton Arena in a slightly slower 7.89. Dwayne Dowding was runner-up in his men's 60m race in 7.02.
Adam Vandenberg was a comfortable winner of the Wimbledon Common parkrun covering the five kilometres in 17:01. Andrew Davies was ninth out of more than 150 runners in 19:15 with Charles Lawrie first over 60 finisher in 22:12 with Dennis Williams second in that category in 25:06. Adam Fenton was seventh over 45 veteran in 23:31. Fenella Willis was seventh in the women's event in a personal best of 24:42 with her 14-year-old daughter Imogen also posting a personal best in 17th in 26:53. Another Hercules Wimbledon 14-year-old, Freya Popham, competing in the event for the first time, was 36th in the women's race in 31:07.
Former South of England two miles champion Mike Kortenray, 64, was top over 60 finisher in the Richmond Park parkrun in 22:28. Competing in his first race of 2010, he was 16 seconds slower than the time he clocked on Boxing Day.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon runners are in league action on Saturday. The men are competing in the final Sweatshop Surrey League Division One meeting at Guildford and the women in the final Surrey Ladies League on Wimbledon Common. Several Hercules Wimbledon youngsters will be representing Surrey in a schools inter-counties cross country match at Reigate on Saturday.


25/01/10 - HW TRIO SET FOR ENGLISH SCHOOLS CHAMPS
Three Hercules Wimbledon runners look set to compete for Surrey in the annual English schools cross country championships in Manchester in March following their performances in the county schools championships in Reigate's Priory Park on Saturday.
Heading the trio is Joe Toomey who led the Central Surrey team to the silver medals in finishing fifth in the senior boys 6.5km championship in 25 minutes 36 seconds. His Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Ed Saywell also finished fifth in the intermediate boys 5.9km championship in 20:21 leading the Sutton team to bronze medals.
Tim Livingstone, who was eighth in the junior boys 4.5km race in 14:44 may have just scraped into the team for Manchester but all three will have a further chance to strengthen their selection chances when they compete in the South East England schools inter-counties match at Reigate on February 6.
Several other Hercules Wimbledon runners were in action at Reigate. Ed Martin was 19th in the senior boys race in 29:59, while Joe Clark was 13th in the intermediate boys event in 20:52. Another Hercules Wimbledon runner in the junior boys race was Cassian Hyde who was 26th in 15:24 with Rebecca Stone 28th in the junior girls 3.3km race in 15:01.
Two Hercules Wimbledon runners posted wins in parkrun events several hundred miles apart. Making his debut in the Edinburgh event, Kieran White won by seven seconds in 15:41, the eighth fastest time in the 14 race history of the event and the fastest Hercules Wimbledon time for five kilometres this year. It also ranks third on the club's all-time list.
Nearer home, teenager Alex Robinson headed home a 554-strong field to win the Bushy Park event in 16:12, the top age-graded performance of the day.
The race also saw the return after a three month break of over 60 Hercules Wimbledon veteran Steve Badgery. He was second over 60 finisher taking 81st place in 21:07, his slowest time in 75 appearances in the Bushy Park event. His best time is 17:56 set in July 2008.
Stuart Fraser headed home half-a-dozen Hercules Wimbledon runners in the Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday finishing third out of more than 160 runners in 17:28. Andrew Davies was 11th in 19:10, David Grima 18th in 19:55, Charles Lawrie 49th in 22:14, Adam Fenton 75th in 25:01 and over 60 veteran Dennis Williams 81st in 24:24.
Two days earlier, Fraser clocked a personal best of 16:38 in winning the Raven Racers Ron Wheeler 5km race in the City of London in 16:38, just one second outside the Hercules Wimbledon over 40 record set by Steve Sinnott in 2007.
Richard Xerri, in his first race since November and returning from Australia, led the Hercules Wimbledon contingent in in an inter-club match in Richmond Park on Saturday. He finished fourth in 28:47 with Ben Palmer, three days past his 15th birthday, 17th in 31:12, Stewart Bond 21st in 31:33, Frank Wood 23rd in 31:59, over 60 veteran Dave Betts 27th in 32:23, Zoe Phillips 29th and third woman in 32:34, another over 60 veteran Martin Miller 35th in 33:05, Ken Williams 36th in 33:21, Tom Cheetham 47th in 34:53 and Mark Palmer 48th in 34:58.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon runners make the trip to North London to compete in the South of England cross country championships at Parliament Hill Fields. Teenager Liam White, who took a break from racing last weekend, is favourite for a medal in the men's U17 race after finishing eighth last season and winning the London title at the same venue in November.


18/01/10 - TEENAGER WHITE IN FINE FORM IN CARDIFF
Hercules Wimbledon teenager Liam White gave another impressive display in his first big race of 2010 when he took fourth spot in the McCainUK Cross Challenge men's U17 six kilometres cross country race in Cardiff's Bute Park on Sunday.
White, the London men's U17 champion, clocked 19 minutes 8 seconds, only 34 seconds behind the winner and just two seconds off the bronze medal position. It was an impressive improvement on his performance in the UK Challenge race at Liverpool last November when he finished in 14th place and augurs well for the South of England championships to be held at parliament Hill Fields, North London, at the end of the month.
Another Hercules Wimbledon runner in action in Cardiff was Gerard Crispie who was 27th in the over 40 6.5km race in 25:23.
Hercules Wimbledon's Phil Glynn posted his first win since 2006 when he beat an 89-strong field to win an inter-club cross country race over 5.5 soggy miles on Wimbledon Common on Saturday. Glynn, 30, dominated the race from the start and he was among a trio of runners at the head of the field at the end of the first of three laps. The tall long-striding Glynn was four seconds clear after two laps and then proceeded to pull well clear of his challengers winning by more than 100m in 33:02. He also lifted the Lauriston Runners' Club championship in his first win since taking the Jim Braben Memorial 10km road race on Wimbledon Common in July four years ago.
Hercules Wimbledon had three other runners in the top 10 finishers with Jamie Helmer and Matthew Sharp fifth and sixth in 34:18 and 35:01 and veteran Steve Sinnott 10th and fourth over 45 veteran in 35:45. He was also second in the Lauriston Runners' Club championship.
Further down the field, veteran Stewart Bond was 31st in 39:41, Ben Palmer, at 14, the youngest competitor in the field, 35th in 40:14, 12 seconds ahead of Dave Betts, fourth in the over 60 category and third in the Lauriston Runners' Club championship. Zoe Phillips was fifth in the women's race in 41:59.
More than a dozen Hercules Wimbledon runners raced through steady drizzle in the Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday morning. They were led in by Deon Coetzee who was second of more than 170 runners in 17:58. Andrew Davies was 11th in 19:28 and David Grima 16th in 19:57. Charles Lawrie was 48th in 22:37, Elliott Laville 53rd in 23:07 and teenager Alex Bond 56th in 23:16, just two places ahead of another 14-year-old Rebecca Stone (23:20), who was sixth in the women's race.
She managed to beat her father, Patrick, who was 28 seconds behind in 64th place. Over 40 veteran Fenella Willis took half-a-minute off her previous best in finishing 10th in the women's race in 24:59.
Hercules Wimbledon's Surrey junior long jump silver medallist Cale Edmunds had a torrid time in his first competition of the year when he took part in the South of England indoor championships at Lee Valley on Saturday. Edmunds, 19, started his series of jumps in the junior men's long jump event with a foul attempt. He then managed 6.02m and then retired from the competition injured. His leap was well below his best of 6.75m set last season. His appearance at Lee Valley was his first competition since last June.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon runners are in action in an inter-club match in Richmond Park starting from near Roehampton Gate at 2.30pm. Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters are competing in the final Surrey Sportshall competition of the winter at Guildford's Spectrum Leisure Centre on Sunday, starting at 1pm. Some of the club's athletes will also be competing in the South London Athletics Network open indoor meeting at Sutton Arena on Sunday.


11/01/10 - HW RUNNERS DEFY THE ARTIC CONDITIONS
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club runners were bitterly disappointed that the arctic conditions which gripped the whole of the country forced the cancellation of the annual Surrey cross country championships at Lloyd Park, Croydon, last Saturday. However, that did not prevent the hardiest of them getting out in the snow and having a run-out.
Alex Bruce-Littlewood and Rowena Hornshaw were among 18 hardy runners who turned out in an informal Not the Surrey Championships event staged instead of the real thing at Lloyd Park. Running over a reduced distance of around five miles, Bruce-Littlewood, who should have been running in the Kent championships which were also cancelled, romped away through the snow to win by more than four minutes in 30 minutes 16 seconds. Hornshaw was second woman in 43:52.
One of the few set of county championships to be held was the Warwickshire at Leamington where Midlands-based Hercules Wimbledon runner Colin Bricher was among the competitors finishing in 146th place.
Teenagers Alex Robinson and Joe Toomey were among more than 120m runners who took part in the Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday with Robinson finishing runner-up in 17:10 with Toomey seventh in 18:38. Veteran Frank Wood was 29th in 21:23, over 45 veteran Frank Wood 29th in 21:23 and Mark Bohan 44th in 22:40. Over 40 veteran Patrick Stone was 70th in 24:42 ahead of his 14-year-old daughter Rebecca who was 78th in 25:30 with Joe Toomey's mum, Sophie, better known as a track judge, 117th in 37:32.
Over 60 veteran Dennis Williams was among more than 350 runners in the snow of Bushy Park. He was eighth in his age group in 26:26.
Hercules Wimbledon youngsters did well in the third of this season's Surrey Sportshall meetings at Guildford's Spectrum Leisure Centre with Eleanor Smith-Hahn completing a hat-trick of wins in winning the girls under 13 event and Sam Henderson and Spencer Felix leading the boys under 15 team to third spot.
Henderson was third in the boy's contest finishing fourth in the shot and long jump while Felix finished fifth overall winning the four lap race and also competing in the long jump and shot putt. Other members of the team were Devonce Casely Hayford, Augustin Mallow and Jonathan Winter.
Smith-Hahn won the six-lap race and standing long jump to take the individual honours in the girls under 13 contest. Rebecca Dinsdale, Kate Bancroft, Josie Clough, Imogen Willis, Hannah Curtis and Celia Willis were other members of the team.
Another good Hercules Wimbledon effort came from Jessica Wood who was third in the girls under 15 event where she led the team to fifth place. She proved best at speed-bounce and the four lap race but also competed in the vertical jump. Olivia Hogan and Ella Dobson were other members of the team.
Jonathan Dench was the best of the Hercules Wimbledon boys under 13 team. Other competitors were Alex Bond, Conor Bindler, Belmira Costa, Max Wilkins and Carl Reed.
Overall, Hercules Wimbledon had a record turn-out for Sportshall of 22 youngsters - 11 boys and 11 girls. The final Surrey Sportshall meeting is being held at the Spectrum Leisure Centre, Guildford, on Sunday, January 24. Anyone interested in joining the successful Hercules Wimbledon squad should contact John Dennis on 020 8946 9989 or turn up at Wimbledon Park athletics track during the club's training sessions on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon runners are in action in an inter-club match on Wimbledon Common starting from near Caesar's Camp at 2.30pm.


4/01/10 - NOW IT'S PRESIDENT DAVID LITTLEWOOD MBE
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club members received an unexpected New Year boost with the club's president, David Littlewood being made an MBE in the Queen's New Year's honours.
Littlewood, an indefatigable worker for the sport received the award for "volunteer service to athletics". Despite regularly officiating at international meetings and sitting on the technical committee of the International Association of Athletic Federations, his first officiating event after the award was announced was to act as the recorder at the grass roots Lauriston Runners Club's five miles multi-terrain event last Saturday.
Littlewood, 72, has been a lifelong member of Hercules Wimbledon and served as treasurer of the club for a record 43 years before being elected president in 2004. He joined the former Hercules club as a teenager and was a competent sprinter and long jumper in the 1950's. He finished fourth in the long jump representing London at the English schools championships and represented Surrey as a junior in various events.
Littlewood is one of Britain's best known athletics officials. He has been chairman of the British Technical Officials' committee since 1981 and has officiated at well over 100 international meetings in the UK as track judge, track referee, chief photofinish judge or meeting manager. He also regularly officiates at international meetings around the World and was one of three British officials at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and was among the officials at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin.
He has been men's race referee at the London marathon for 25 years and will again being in action in that role for the 30th staging of the event in April.
In addition to being the UK representative on the IAAF technical committee, he is also secretary of the Rules and Records group of UK Athletics, a post he has held since 1981, and is responsible for publishing the sport's rule book. He has also been secretary of the English Schools Athletics Association since 1992.
Despite his regular attendance at international events, Littlewood never forgets about athletics' grass roots and this weekend he will be among the judges at the annual Surrey cross country championships at Lloyd Park, Croydon. His next international officiating duty will be at the Aviva indoor international at Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, at the end of the month where he will be among the photo-finish judges.
"I am very pleased indeed and deeply honoured to have received the award," said Littlewood.
Hercules Wimbledon's Liam White warmed up for this weekend's Surrey cross country championships at Lloyd Park, Croydon, with a record-breaking run in the Bushy Park parkrun five kilometres event last Saturday. White, who will be challenging for the men's under 17 title, finished seventh in a top class field out of almost 500 runners, in 15:47, a Hercules Wimbledon under 20 record and third on the club's senior all-time list behind Adrian Marriott (15:09) and Dereje Kebede (15:17). White's previous best time for the distance was 16:12 achieved in the BUPA Great Capital Run in Regent's Park in September.
Hercules Wimbledon runners filled two of the top three places in the Lauriston Runners Club's five miles multi-terrain race on Saturday. Kieran White and Alex Bruce-Littlewood were second and third in 25:57 and 26:01. Mike Halman was sixth in 27:28, teenager Ed Saywell ninth in 28:41, Jamie Helmer 10th in 28:53, Joe Toomey 11th in 29:00 and Rory McMahon 14th in 29:26 out of a record 51 finishers.
Halman and McMahon completed a busy weekend when they joined more than 600 runners in the Tadworth 10 miles multi-terrain race on Epsom Downs on Sunday. Halman was seventh in 58:32 with McMahon 40th in 1:05:46. Another Hercules Wimbledon runner, Maurice Sharp, was sixth over 60 veteran in 1:16:54.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon runners are in action in the Surrey cross country championships at Lloyd Park, Croydon, tomorrow (Saturday), starting at 11am.

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