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20-12-11 - HW MAKE HISTORY ON WIMBLEDON COMMON

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's runners made history in the South of the Thames cross country championships on Wimbledon Common on Saturday when they took the silver medals for the first time for 33 years. Four of the six-strong medal-winning team weren't even born when Hercules Wimbledon took runners-up spot at Bristol in 1978, which was four years after the club took the gold medals on Epsom Downs.

The closest Hercules Wimbledon came to getting among the medals in the last three decades was at Nork Park, Banstead, in 2007 when the club finished fourth. Deon Coetzee was the one surviving member of that team that was in the medal-winning team on Saturday.

Alex Robinson had an outstanding run to lead the team to the silver medals. After being down the field in about 12th place at the end of the opening lap, 20-year-old Robinson dug in the second lap to move up to fifth spot. He clocked 40 minutes 29 seconds for the seven-and-a-half miles course. "And he told me he wasn't very fit", said delighted team manager Fred Green. Robinson's finishing position was the highest by a Hercules Wimbledon runner in the event for almost a two decades. In 1993, Simon Rayner finished third.

Three Hercules Wimbledon runners followed in close succession, Kieran White was fifth in 40:57, Fred Slemeck ninth in 41:08 and Andrew Penney 12th in 41:18. Hercules Wimbledon had four runners in before any other team and at this stage were poised to take the gold medals. But, there was then a gap before Matt Sharp finished 33rd of the 214 runners in 43:27 with Deon Coetzee 65th in 46:10, three seconds ahead of clubmate Stuart Fraser.

Team manager Green said: "This was a superb team effort coming a few weeks before the Surrey championships at Dorking in January. Getting the silver medals was a big surprise."

Hercules Wimbledon had a record 19 runners in the event. Ruth Clifton won the women's race in 46:48, Liam White, battling his way back to fitness after recovering from a calf muscle injury, was 81st in 47:37, David Grima was 82nd in 47:38 and Andrew Davies was 83rd in 47:45.

Hercules Wimbledon runners get the chance to build up their Christmas lunch appetites by competing in the annual Lauriston Runners Club's 30 minutes paarlauf on Christmas Day. The paarlauf, in which pairs of runners run alternately for 30 minutes, starts on Wimbledon Common at the junction of Southside and Lauriston Road at 11am on Sunday. Would be runners need to report by 10.30am so teams can be selected. After the event competitors and officials will tuck into seasonal mince pies and mulled wine.

Hercules Wimbledon's Aideen Boyle will be among club runners in action in the Surrey Schools cross country championships at Reigate on January 21st after winning the Merton Schools junior girls event at Joseph Hood recreation ground. She was a comfortable winner finishing 17 seconds ahead of the runner-up. Clubmate Claire Rogers was just pipped to the title in the intermediate girls race where she clocked the same time as the winner.

Hercules Wimbledon pensioner John Webster showed winning form when he took the men's over 70 event in the South East Counties Throws Association throws pentathlon at Ewell Court. His best effort came in the hammer where he threw 30.51m.

Hercules Wimbledon coach Mark Livingstone took some of his young athletes to the Holly Run at Reigate as part of their preparations for next month's Surrey cross country championships. Johnnie Bland and Edward Grinrod just missed out on individual medals as they finished fourth in the men's under 17 and boys under 13 events. Augustin Mallon was 10th in the men's under 17 race while Finlay White was 21st in the under 13 race. Peter Riches and Tomer Tarragano were fifth and seventh in the boys under 11 race while Isabella Padt and Rebekah Riches were fifth in the girls under 13 and under 11 races, respectively.

Jeremy Purnell led the Hercules Wimbledon contingent home in the weekly Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday morning finishing 12th out of more than 200 runners in 19:53. Peter Collins was 30th in 21:13. Charles Lawrie was first veteran over 60 in 22:56. Fenella Willis was 13th in the women's race in 23:36.

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13-12-11 - HW PAIR HELP SURREY TO GOLD MEDALS

Two Hercules Wimbledon runners helped Surrey to strike gold in the senior women's race at the South of England Inter-Counties cross country championships staged in near freezing conditions at Lloyd Park, Croydon, on Saturday.

Ruth Clifton was the second scorer for the winning Surrey team finishing fifth in the 6km race in 24 minutes 54 seconds, just over a minute behind the winner. A second Hercules Wimbledon runner in the winning senior women's team was Claire Grima who was 24th in 26:30.

Teenager Tim Livingstone found it hard going in the men's under 17 5km championship where he finished 41st in 18:15 . There was disappointment for a fourth Hercules Wimbledon runner due in action at Croydon. Teenager Cassian Hyde was forced to pull out of the boys under 15 team after pulling a hamstring in training in the run up to the event.

Hercules Wimbledon's Stuart Fraser finished sixth in the over 45 championship in the South of England Masters Championships also staged in Lloyd Park. He covered the 10km in 36:59. Peter Lee was 13th in 37:31. Stewart Bond completed the team which finished sixth by taking 41st place in 41:30.

Hercules Wimbledon runners dominated an inter-club cross country match they hosted on Wimbledon Common on Saturday by providing the top eight finishers. With frost still on the ground after a bitterly cold night it was Phil Glynn who headed the field at the half-way stage with Matt Sharp in close pursuit. Sharp, who has battled his way back to top form after breaking his leg in February while warming up for the English cross country championships at Alton Towers, edged ahead on the second lap to win by almost half-a-minute in 28:58.

Glynn was second in 29:22, a long way ahead of David Grima who was third in 31:22. Andrew Davies was fourth in 31:32 with Liam White, "jogging round" after being out of action since the summer due to a calf muscle injury, finishing fifth in 32:19. It was his first race since competing in a British Milers' Club meeting in Birmingham in August.

Marathon runner Alex Urban was sixth in 33:28 with over 50 veteran Charles Hampden-Smith seventh in 33:53 and Reece Francis eighth in 33:58. First woman to finish was Hercules Wimbledon's Steph Robson who was 10th in 34:19. Over 45 veterans Tom Cheetham and Frank Wood were 13th and 14th in 34:57 and 35:14 with over 60 veteran Dave Betts 17th in 36:24 and over 65 veteran Maurice Sharp 18th in 37:20. Sarah Connellan, making her first appearance for Hercules Wimbledon, was third woman in 38:21 with Marilena De Luca 24th in 39:00.

Hercules Wimbledon comfortably won the six-a-side inter-club match.

It was the second race of the day for Hampden-Smith on Wimbledon Common. A few hours earlier he finished 13th out of almost 200 runners in the Wimbledon Common parkrun in 19:37 and was the top over 50 runner. His time was just 10 seconds outside his personal best for the course set in October. Over 40 veteran Peter Collins was the top Hercules Wimbledon finisher taking 11th place in 19:34. Fellow over 40 veteran Mark Livingstone was 17th in 19:57 on his debut appearance in the event. Charles Lawrie was top over 60 finisher in 22:02.

One of the youngest runners in the event, 14-year-old Matthew Gibbons, was 73rd in 23:16, while 15-year-old Rebecca Stone was 15th in the women's race in 24:08.

Hercules Wimbledon's Peter Collins was 84th out of almost 1000 runners in the Jingle Bells 5km road race in Phoenix Park. He clocked 18:33. The spectators included the 1983 World 5000m champion Eamonn Coghlan who cheered his son John to second place.

This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon runners are in action in the South of the Thames 7.5 miles cross country championships on Wimbledon Common on Saturday. The club is planning to field both men's and women's teams in the event which starts from the Richardson Evans Memorial Playing Fields at 2pm.

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6-12-11 - HW QUARTET SET TO REPRESENT SURREY

Four Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club athletes will be in action for Surrey in the South of England Inter-Counties cross country championships at Croydon's Lloyd Park on Saturday.

Leading the quartet is London marathon runner Claire Grima. Grima clinched her place in the senior women's team with some impressive runs in the Max Sports Surrey Ladies cross country league. She finished fifth in the opening match at Lightwater Country Park, Bagshot, in October, in leading Hercules Wimbledon to the club's first ever league team victory. It is the first time for several decades that Hercules Wimbledon has provided a runner for the county's senior women's team. Grima will be joined in the senior women team by Ruth Clifton, who finished seventh at Bagshot.

Two of the club's youngsters, Cassian Hyde and Tim Livingstone have also been chosen to wear the old gold colours of Surrey in the boys under 15 and men's under 17 events. Both have shown excellent form in the 2XU Surrey Men's League with Livingstone winning the second race of the season at Ham last month and Hyde taking the under 15 event. Two other Hercules Wimbledon runners have been named as reserves for the Surrey teams. They are Ben Palmer (men's under 17) and Sam Helm (boys under 15).

Hercules Wimbledon's hopes of repeating their impressive opening match victory were dashed by a bout of absences caused by illness when they battled it out in the second of this season's Max Sports Surrey Ladies cross country league meetings in Richmond Park on Saturday. Despite missing around half-a-dozen of the squad that won the opening match, Hercules Wimbledon still did well to achieve a top three placing.

They were led in by Claire Grima, running below her best because of a cold, who was 14th in 22 minutes 31 seconds with Jennifer Fernando 25th in 23:38, Steph Robson 27th in 23:49 and Jordan Folk 38th in 24:17. Then came Amy Aronson who was 52nd in 24:46 to complete the scoring team. Not far behind was Lisa Blythe-Wood who was 72nd out of more than 200 runners in 25:43 with Monika Crouse 94th in 26:23. A record 17 Hercules Wimbledon runners completed the senior 5.81km race.

A new prospect emerged in the girls under 15 4.51km race with Zoe Illis finished third out of 25 runners on her league debut in 18:11, less than a minute behind the winner. She also led Hercules Wimbledon to fourth team place with Aideen Boyle (19th in 21:20), Sophie Padt (20th in 21:36) and Claire Rogers (22nd in 22:25) completing the team.

Hercules Wimbledon were also fourth in the under 13 race over 3.26km with Rebecca Jones leading the team home finishing 18th in 15:06. Hannah Baxter was 24th in 15:12, Hannah Bond 33rd in 17:23 and Celia Willis 35th in 17:50.

Hercules Wimbledon's Alexie Calvert-Ansari finished fourth out of more than 650 runners in the Bushy Park parkrun on Saturday in 17:40, just 14 seconds outside his best time for the course. Veteran Mark Livingstone was 52nd in a personal best of 20:27, improving on his previous best time of 21:02 set in September.

Hercules Wimbledon teenager Alexander Lloyd-Jones finished seventh out of a record field of 222 runners in the Richmopnd Park parkrun in 19:06. Over 45 veteran Stephen McDuell was 32nd in 20:59.

David Grima was the first Hercules Wimbledon finisher in the Wimbledon Common parkrun crossing the line in fifth spot in 17:56. Andrew Davies was 10th in 18:26 with Dominique Geffroy 18th in a personal best of 19:25 which clipped three seconds off his previous best set on his last appearance in the event in April 2010. It was Geffroy's first race of the year. Charles Hampden-Smith was top over 50 veteran finishing 21st in 19:46.

Apart from having runners in action for Surrey at Croydon, Hercules Wimbledon are hosting a cross country match on Wimbledon Common on Saturday. The match starts from the Thatched Cottage at 2pm. The usual race headquarters at Lauriston Cottage are unavailable due to continuing building work there associated with the construction of new women's training rooms but accommodation has been arranged at Belgrave Hall, Denmark Road. Other clubs taking part are Croydon Harriers, Bank of England, Wimbledon Windmilers and Veterans AC.

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28/11/11 - WOMEN SEEK TO MAINTAIN WINNING START

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's women's cross country team will be aiming to maintain their winning start to the season when they compete in the second of this season's Max Sports Surrey Ladies League meetings in Richmond Park on Saturday.

Team manager Janet Fernando will be out to field a strong squad after the club gained their first ever Surrey Ladies League Division One victory in the opening match in Lightwater Country Park, Bagshot, last month. Their success came only two seasons after they managed to gain promotion to the top flight and just a few season's after they were struggling at the bottom of Division Two.

Marathon runner Claire Grima, who led the team to success at Bagshot, will be in action again this weekend and will be hoping for similar support to last time from Amy Aronson, Jordan Folk, Steph Robson and Hannah Fernando who made up the winning team last time. The seniors race over 6km starts at 12 noon followed by a joint under 15 and under 17 race at 1pm and a girls under 13 race at 1.30pm. The start and finish of the races is near Pembroke Lodge.

Hercules Wimbledon runners have been in action abroad. Matt Sharp made the trip to Cuba to compete in the Marabana half-marathon in Havana. He finished 18th out of more than 1200 finishers in 1 hour 19 minutes 50 seconds. It was only his third race over the distance and he was just half-a-minute outside his best time which was set when finishing 18th in the Tallinn half-marathon in Estonia in September.

Also abroad, Hercules Wimbledon's Zoe Phillips led the women's field home in a Charity 5km road race in Stockholm in 22:17. Across the Atlantic, Stuart Fraser was runner-up out of more than 200 runners in the Embarcadero 10km road race in San Francisco, while Alex Bruce-Littlewood was 36th out of 119 runners in the NCCA South Central Region Championship in Waco, Texas, covering the 10km in 32:06.2.

Hercules Wimbledon teenager Emma Headley helped Surrey to team victory in the intermediate girls race in a schools inter-counties meeting in Birmingham. She was Surrey's second scoring finisher as she took ninth place in a field of 53 runners.

Hercules Wimbledon's Zoe Shannon led a trio of Hercules Wimbledon runners home in the women's 2.8 miles in the third London Colleges cross country league meeting of the season on Wimbledon Common. She finished fifth out of 67 runners in 18:39 with Hannah Fernando 14th in 20:21 and Louise Bendeus 19th in 21:29. Chris Donnellan was 52nd in the men's 5.6 miles race in 37:57. Hannah Fernando also showed good form in clocking a personal best time in the Wimbledon Common parkrun. She was timed at 20:09 in finishing fourth in the women's race. She took 16 seconds off her previous best time set in August 2010.
First Hercules Wimbledon runner to finish was Charles Hampden-Smith who was 20th and second in the veteran over 50 category in 19:40. He was chased in by his Hercules Wimbledon clubmate David Harris who also set a personal best time of 19:44, improving on his previous best of 20:06 set in September. Over 45 veteran Jeremy Purnell was 30th in 20:03.

Hercules Wimbledon's Ruth Clifton found it hard going in the RG Active Winter Ballbuster Duathlon at Boxhill but was the first woman to finish in the 350-strong field. The event, which consists of two eight mile runs and a 24 mile bike ride involving going up the winding road to the top of Boxhill eight times, is reputed to be one of the toughest events of its kind. She clocked a respectable 2:58:13 for the event which started in think mist.
Twenty-two years after making his debut in the event, Hercules Wimbledon's Stu Littlewood is still running in the monthly Crook Log 5km handicap held in Bexleyheath, South East London. Littlewood was among the 30 runners that took part in the 250th staging of the event. Now, 59, clocked 22:39, significantly slower than the 15:53 he set in 1989 which wasmore than two minutes faster than the 250th event winner. The event is organised by Joe Cleverley, the grandson of Olympic gold medallist Joe Deakin who won the three miles race at the 1908 Olympics held at London's White City Stadium.

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22-11-11 - HISTORIC DEBUT APPEARANCE IN LONDON RACE
After making a flying start in the Max Sports Surrey Ladies cross country league, Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club made history in the London cross country championships at Parliament Hill Fields on Saturday by fielding a team in the women's event for the very first time.
The Hercules Wimbledon women's team, which beat off all opposition to make a surprising winning start to their winter programme in the Surrey Ladies League's opening meeting at Bagshot, performed well at Parliament Hill with three runners in the top 32. The team was led in by Roehampton University student Zoe Shannon who finished 11th out of almost 150 runners covering the 6km course in 23 minutes 24 seconds. Not far behind was marathon runner Claire Grima who was 13th in 23:36 with Amy Aronson 32nd in 25:09 and the team completed by Rowena Hornshaw (114th in 32:11).

First Hercules Wimbledon runner to finish in the men's 10km championship, where there were almost 250 runners, was Wimbledon schoolmaster James Trapmore. He was 20th in 35:35 with Pat Wright 35th in 36:35, Jeremy Davis 46th in 37:06 and Sean Crummy 65th in 38:48. Over 45 veteran Stuart Fraser was 72nd in 39:05 with Deon Coetzee 90th in 39:51, David Grima 111th in 40:47 and Frank Wood 179th in 44:34. Stuart Bond finished 183rd in 44:52 and took part in the race after helping to manage the Merton team in the Balfour Beatty London Youth Games cross country championships which was the curtain raiser to the London event.

Hercules Wimbledon runners helped Wandsworth and Richmond take the two top London borough team prizes in the Balfour Beatty London Youth Games cross country championships. Tim Livingston helped Wandsworth take runners-up spot in the boys under 17 4.5km race. He was 12th out of almost 100 runners in 16:12 while Cassian Hyde helped Richmond to third place in the boys under 15 3km race where he was seventh out of more than 150 runners in 10:15. Richmond were overall team winners on the day ahead of Wandsworth and Barnet.

More than 20 Hercules Wimbledon runners took part in the six London Youth Games races with 10 of them racing for Merton. Best placed for Merton finisher was Ben Palmer who was 17th in the in the boys under 17 race in 16:33. Representing Wandsworth, Johnnie Bland was 18th in 16:34 while Augustin Mallon was 39th in 17:57, representing Kensington and Chelsea. Another Wandsworth runner from Hercules Wimbledon, Ross Vance, was 49th in the boys under 15 race in 11:17 with Alex Lloyd-Jones, representing Richmond, a little way further back finishing 54th in 11:22. A fourth Hercules Wimbledon runner in the boys under 15 race, Christian O'Connell, representing Merton, was 117th in 12:29.
O'Connell's younger brother, Nathaniel, was 138th out of 186 runners in the boys under 13 3km race in 8:40, also representing Merton. Ahead of him, Hercules Wimbledon's Sam Helm helped Wandsworth to third team place in finishing 33rd in 7:40.

Best placed Hercules Wimbledon runner in the three girls races was Ella Dobson who was 24th out of 79 runners in the girls under 17 3km championship in 13:02. Olivia Hogan, representing Hammersmith and Fulham, was 37th in 13:53. Three Hercules Wimbledon runners made up the Merton team in the girls under 15 race. Imogen Willis led the Merton team home finishing 67th out of 162 runners in the 2km race in 8:58. Aideen Boyle was 88th in 9:14 and Megan La Doare 115th in 9:53. A fourth Hercules Wimbledon runner in the race was Celine Attwell who was 72nd in 9:00 representing Kensington and Chelsea.

Four Hercules Wimbledon runners were in the Merton team in the girls under 13 2km race. Rebekah Jones was 69th out of more than 200 runners in 8:52 with Hannah Baxter 97th in 9:15, Hannah Bond 132nd in 9:47 and Celia Willis 171st in 10:38. First Hercules Wimbledon finisher was Isabella Padt who was 34th in 8:26, representing Wandsworth. Emily Dobson was 171st in 10:38, representing Kensington and Chelsea.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon runners take part in the South of the Thames five miles race at Bork Park, Banstead, on Saturday, starting at 2pm while on Sunday, the club's youngsters travel to Guildford for the second of this season's Surrey Sportshall meetings at the Spectrum Leisure Centre, starting at 1pm. November 21st 2011.

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15-11-11 - HW YOUNGSTERS STEAL THE LIMELIGHT

Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters set the pace for the club's runners in the second of this season's 2XU Surrey Men's League meeting at Ham on Saturday with an emphatic team victory after taking the top three places.

The young athletes 2.5 miles race was the curtain raiser for the main event. Tim Livingstone led the way home crossing the line in 15 minutes 57 seconds finishing well clear of clubmate Ben Palmer (16:43) with Cassian Hyde third and top under 15 finisher in 16:38. With Augustin Mallon eighth in 17:49, Alexander Lloyd-Jones 10th and sixth under 15 finisher in 18:09 and Alex Bisnouth 12th and eighth under 15 finisher, Hercules Wimbledon gained a runaway victory in the team contest and hold a solid lead half-way through the season.

Hercules Wimbledon had 10 runners in the under 13 race and the club contingent was led to runners-up spot by Sam Helm (fifth in 18:15), Edward Grinrod (ninth in 20:02) and Diego Del Ser (10th in 20:16). Other members of the scoring team were brothers Elliott and Harris Mier, 12th and 13th in 20:20 and 20:21. The senior five miles race saw the welcome return to action after a break of almost two years of Hercules Wimbledon's Belal Aly. It was his first race since competing in the English championships at Leeds in February last year. He finished 54th out of almost 200 runners in 30:45.

Despite missing many of their top runners, Hercules Wimbledon's senior men managed to lift themselves out of the relegation zone. They were led in by Kieran White who was eighth in 28:23 with Phil Glynn 36th (30:00) and Matt Sharp 47th (30:26). Then came Aly with Adam Przedrzymirski 64th (31:06), Alex Calvert-Ansari 66th (31:14), over 45 veterans Peter Lee (82nd in 31:48) and Pete Clarke (91st in 32:18), David Grima (105th in 32:56) and Nick Hemus (106th in 32:59). They were the top 10 of the 20 Hercules Wimbledon seniors in action at Ham.

White completed a busy weekend by competing for the RAF in a cross country match in Oxford on Sunday. He finished 12th out of almost 50 runners in the 10km race in 31:05.

Teenager Joe Toomey followed up his victory in the Wimbledon Common parkrun the previous weekend by taking second spot in the Princes Park parkrun in Liverpool where he is at university. He clocked 18:09 to finish 57 seconds behind the winner. More than 100 runners took part. It was only Toomey's third race of the year. His appearance at Wimbledon was his first competition for four months.

With the club's male runners focussing on the Surrey League race at Ham, it was a chance for Hercules Wimbledon's women to shine in the Wimbledon Common parkrun. Amy Aronson was first woman to finish in 19:56 with Alison Purnell seventh in 21:40. Charles Lawrie was the first Hercules Wimbledon man to finish in 22:44, taking second spot in the over 60 category.

Hercules Wimbledon's Steph Robson finished fifth in the Civil Service women's cross country championships at Parliament Hill covering the 6km course in 28:32. Chris Donnellan was 31st out of more than 650 runners in the Billericay 10km road race in 39:12.

Pat Wright was runner-up in the Leatherhead Fire Station 10km road race on Sunday. He clocked 34:32, just over half-a-minute behind the winner. Almost 400 runners took part. Peter Collins was 30th in 40:40.

This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon runners travel to Parliament Hill Fields, renowned as the "spiritual home" of English cross country running for the annual London cross country championships. The women's championship over 6km starts at 1.15pm with the men's 10km race off at 2pm. Earlier in the day many of the club's youngsters will be in action for Merton and Wandsworth in the Balfour Beatty London Youth Games cross country championships, starting at 11am. November 14th 2011.

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8-11-11 - TEENAGER TOOMEY HEADS PARKRUN FIELD

Wimbledon runners dominated the weekly Wimbledon Common parkrun with club runners filling the top three places. Teenager Joe Toomey, having his first race for four months and only his second of the year, headed the 250-strong field home in crossing the line in 17 minutes 33 seconds. It was 41 seconds faster than he managed when he finished sixth in the event in July. It was also the second time in 16 appearances that he had been overall winner of the event.
Toomey was followed in by two Hercules Wimbledon veterans Stuart Fraser and Peter Lee who clocked 17:43 and 17:55, respectively. Almost a dozen Hercules Wimbledon runners took part in the event. Andrew Davies was sixth in 18:24, Charles Hampden-Smith 23rd and first over 50 finisher in 19:43 and Charles Lawrie was second over 60 finisher in 21:51.

At the other end of the age scale, 12-year-old Isabella Padt clocked a personal best time in finishing 72nd and eighth in the women's race in 22:12, chopping 59 seconds off her previous best time set in October last year.
Teenager Cassian Hyde also clocked a personal best in finishing 16th out of almost 800 runners in the Bushy Park parkrun in 17:40. Hyde sliced seven seconds off the time he posted on his debut appearance last month. Top Hercules Wimbledon finisher was Matt Sharp who finished eighth in 16:37, just three seconds outside his best time for the course.

The Halloween Horror four miles multi-terrain event staged in near darkness at Moreton Morell, Warwickshire, lived up to its name for Hercules Wimbledon's Colin Bricher. "There was a lot of trekking through the undergrowth and the paths were not very well lit, particularly after someone had removed some of the lights," said Bricher, 65 last month. "A number of us tripped in the undergrowth and then I managed to fall down a two foot drop hurting my back. It was lit and there was a marshal but I'm geriatric enough to struggle with this in daylight." However, there was one piece of silver lining as he was awarded a bottle of wine as the oldest finisher.
Fresh from her victory in the Barns Green half-marathon in Sussex, marathon runner Claire Grima won the women's event in the Killerton parkrun in Devon. She clocked 19:19 to beat husband David by 70 seconds. He finished 13th out of almost 130 runners.

Hercules Wimbledon runners were prominent in the Roehampton University team which contested the second of this season's London Colleges cross country league race in Richmond Park. The university have rejoined the league after an absence of more than 10 years. Top Hercules Wimbledon performer was Zoe Shannon who was fifth out of 66 runners in the women's 2.7 miles race in 16:09. Elizabeth Glazebrook was 34th in 20:07. Chris Donnellan was 61st out of 123 runners in the men's 5.3 miles race in 32:56.

Alex Bruce-Littlewood, who made history at his American university by becoming the first Londoner to receive the Athlete of the Week award, continued his impressive series of runs by finishing ninth out of more than 80 runners in the Southland Conference championships in Nacogdoches, Texas, covering the course of around five miles in 25:26.4, less than half-a-minute behind the race winner. Meanwhile, his dad, Stu, posted the eighth best time in the monthly Crystal Palace Canter over about there miles in 21:48.

A small Hercules Wimbledon contingent contested a seven miles inter-club cross country match in Richmond Park on Saturday. Phil Glynn was top finisher from the club taking fifth spot in 40:21 with veteran Frank Wood 10th in 46:13 and over 60 veteran Martin Miller 13th in 52:05.

This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon runners compete in the second of this season's 2XU Surrey men's cross country league meetings at Ham. The club's young athletes will be aiming to continue the winning start they made to this season's programme when they took the team honours in last month's opening match on Wimbledon Common. They also performed well in the opening East Surrey League fixture at Lloyd Park, Croydon, where Tim Livingstone led the team to runners-up spot in taking individual second place.

The club fielded a record nine runners in the under 13 race at Croydon and the youngsters are again expected to run at Ham where the young athletes race over 2.5 miles starts at 2.30pm. The senior five mile race starts at 3pm. November 7th 2011.

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1-11-11 - GRIMA MARATHON DUO ENJOY BUSY WEEKEND

Hercules Wimbledon's husband and wife marathon duo David and Claire Grima continued their preparations for next year's Virgin London Marathon with a busy weekend of racing which culminated in Claire taking the women's title in the Barns Green half-marathon in Sussex on Sunday.

The couple ran together for most of the 13.1 miles course with David just sneaking in ahead of his Mrs in 1 hour 22 minutes 37 seconds with Claire crossing the line eight seconds later. They finished 37th and 38th out of more than 1400 runners and Claire's time was her fastest of the year, improving on her winning performance in the Richmond half-marathon in May where she clocked 1:23:29 to also lift the Surrey title.

Their appearance in the Sussex event came less than 24 hours after they turned out in the weekly Wimbledon Common parkrun. There, Claire was also the first woman in 18:14, just seven seconds outside her best time for the course. She again finished in her husband's wake as David crossed the line in 18:11 to take seventh place out of almost 250 runners. First Hercules Wimbledon finisher was Deon Coetzee who was seventh in 18:00.

Over 50 veteran Charles Hampden-Smith was second in his age category finishing 18th in 19:29, just two seconds outside his best time set the previous weekend. Teenager James Sharpe was 33rd in 20:27 with Peter Collins 61st in 21:29.

Hercules Wimbledon teenager Ben Palmer followed up his fine personal best third place in the Wimbledon Common parkrun eight days earlier by running the longest race of his life in the BUPA Great South Run 10 miles event in Portsmouth on Sunday. Palmer, 16, who was racing around three times further than he had previously done, finished 128th out of more than 24000 runners in 1:02:08.

Hercules Wimbledon's Steph Robson posted the fastest lap in the Civil Service women's road relay championships in Finsbury Park. She covered the 2.78 miles in 17:28, three seconds ahead of the second fastest runner.

Hercules Wimbledon's Alex Bruce-Littlewood was named "Runner of the Week" by the college he is attending in the USA for one of his running performances. Bruce Littlewood, 21, was honoured for his sixth place in the Alabama Crimson Tide Classic 8km race. He made history by becoming the first Londoner to be awarded the Southland Conference honour. He is on a course at McNeese State University, Louisiana after graduating from Portsmouth University.

Hercules Wimbledon runners were in action in the opening East Surrey League meeting of the winter at Lloyd Park, Croydon, on Saturday. Best of the bunch were the young athletes who were just pipped for the team honours. Leading the Hercules Wimbledon contingent was Tim Livingstone who was runner-up in the 2.5 miles race in 12:54. Cassian Hyde was seventh and third under 15 finisher in 13:16, one place ahead of team-mate Johnnie Bland (13:44).

Matthew Sparks and Edward Grinrod made impressive debut appearances for Hercules Wimbledon in the under 13's race finishing 10th and 11th out of almost 50 runners in 14:49 and 14:50. Further down the field, Oscar Wainman and Peter Riches were 28th and 29th in 17:10 and 17:14 with Tomer Taraagano 32nd in 17:26.

Best of the seniors was Phil Glynn who finished seventh out of more than 100 runners in 29:59. Alexei Calvert-Ansar was 11th in 30:41. Dave Betts was fifth veteran over 60 runner to finish in 36:27. Amy Aronson was fourth woman to finish covering the five miles in 34:07.

Rosemary Fernando returned to action after a long interval when she took part in her first race for almost three years in finishing 46th, and second woman, out of almost 350 runners in the Brighton & Hove parkrun in 21:10. Her last race was in the Surrey cross country championships at Lloyd Park, Croydon, in January 2009 when she was seventh in the junior women's race.

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25-10-11 - PALMER'S FINE THIRD IN RECORD PARKRUN FIELD
More than 20 Hercules Wimbledon runners took part in the weekly Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday morning to help boost numbers to almost, a record for both the club and the event.Merton's trials for the Balfour Beattie London Youth Games cross country championships at Parliament Hill Fields next month as well as next year's Virgin London mini marathon were staged in conjunction with the parkrun with many of Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters challenging for places.
First of the Hercules Wimbledon finishers was Ben Palmer who finished third in 17 minutes 49 seconds, less than a minute behind the winner. It was a massive improvement on his previous best time of 20:08 set in in March last year. Zoe Shannon also improved on her previous best in being the first woman to finish in 19th place in 19:22. It chopped 24 seconds off her previous best time set in May this year. One place behind was Charles Hampden-Smith, the second in the over 50 category, who also posted a personal best of 19:27, an improvement of 13 seconds on his previous best set three weeks earlier.

Teenager Daniel Haigh, competing in the event for the first time, was 28th in 20:03 and the second finisher in the Merton trial. Alex Bond, 12, was second under 14-year-old in the Merton trial was Elliot Laville, 84th in 21:46.
At the other end of the age scale, over 40 veteran Fenella Willis clocked a personal best of 22:49, the third best-ever 5km road time by a Hercules Wimbledon runner in her age group. Her time took 12 seconds off her previous best set in July. She was also 15th woman to finish. Over 60 veteran Charles Lawrie was 123rd in 23:25. Teenager Rebekah Jones, making her debut appearance in the parkrun was third girl in the Merton trial in 23:36. Teenager Zac Purnell was 136th in a personal best of 23:48, taking almost two minutes off his previous best time, to beat his mum, Alison, who was 139th in 23:52.
Hercules Wimbledon's Kieran White showed impressive form over the weekend in races on both days. On Saturday he beat a 63-strong field to win the Lloyd Park parkrun in Croydon in 16:36 to equal his own course record set in July. He is also the only runner to clock under 17 minutes on the hilly, testing, course. on Sunday, he finished third out of more than 500 runners in the Peter Driver 10km road race at Fleet, Hampshire.
Another Hercules Wimbledon runner to take part in two races over the weekend was veteran Steve McDuell - but he competed in both of them on Saturday. In the morning he was third over 45 veteran in finishing 27th out of 237 runners in the Richmond parkrun in 21:05. Five hours later he was fifth in a veterans 5.5 miles cross country race on Wimbledon Common in 40:03.
Teenager Cassian Hyde also clocked a personal best in finished 13th out of more than 700 runners in the Bushy Park parkrun in 17:57. Hyde, who was competing in the event for the first time, posted the second best-ever 5km time by a Hercules Wimbledon under 15-year-old.
Hercules Wimbledon's treasurer Mick Leigh took time off from browsing over the accounts to run in the Amsterdam half-marathon which finished in the 1928 Olympic Stadium. Leigh, 67, clocked a personal best of 1:58:09, an improvement of more than six minutes on his previous best set at Ham in May. His time also puts him fourth on the Hercules Wimbledon all-time list for his age group.
Two Hercules Wimbledon runners also took part in the full marathon in Amsterdam. Monika Crouse, ,aking her marathon debut, was 3803rd out of almost 10000 runners in 3:42:48. Stewart Bond was well below his best finishing 5161st out of almost 10000 runners in 3:57:57. This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are in action in the opening East Surrey League event of the season in Lloyd Park, Croydon. There is a two miles cross country race for young athletes starting at 2.30pm and a five miles race for seniors starting half-an-hour later. The start and finish of the races is close to the Lloyd Park Tramlink stop.
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17-10-11 - TWO HW YOUNGSTERS EXCEL IN THE USA
Two Hercules Wimbledon youngsters have been performing well in different parts of the United States. Teenager Jonathan Burgess finished ninth out of more than 100 runners in the McPherson Lakeside Shootout in Kansas covering the 8km course in 26 minutes 44.3 seconds. He finished just over a minute behind the winner Edward Limo from Kenya.
A couple of weeks earlier, 18-year-old Burgess finished 14th out of more than 200 runners in the 75th Cowboy Jamboree race, also over 8km in Oklahoma. He clocked a faster 26:11.15 less than a minute behind the race winner Hillary Kirwa from the USA.

Meanwhile, in another part of the USA, Alex Bruce-Littlewood his McNeese University team to victory in the McNeese Cowboy Stampede four miles race in Louisiana. He was again less than a minute behind the winner in clocking 19:20. Subsequently, he finished sixth out of more than 50 runners in the Crimson Classic 8km cross country race in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in 24:13.30, 24 seconds behind the winner, Carison Kemei from Kenya.

Nearer home, pensioners Maurice Sharp and Kevin Burnett were Hercules Wimbledon's only medallists in the Surrey Masters men's 10km cross country championships staged in fine autumnal sunshine in Richmond Park on Saturday. Sharp took the silver medal in the over 65 category in 45:59 while Burnett was third in the over 70 section in 1:11:06. Stuart Fraser just missed out on a medal in the over 45 category taking fourth spot in 36:36 while Dave Betts was fifth in the over 60 section in 44:27.
Hercules Wimbledon's Anna Garnier won the over 55 title in the women's 6km championship in 25:54 with Vicki Filsell taking the bronze medal in the over 40 category.
A depleted Hercules Wimbledon team found it hard going in the English six-stage road relay championship at Sutton Park, Birmingham, on Saturday. The absence of injured teenager Liam White and the late withdrawal of Rory McMahon, also due to injury, meant the Surrey road relay champions finished well down the field. Most impressive of the sextet was third leg runner Andrew Penney who moved through from 52nd to 43rd place covering the 6km lap in a swift 18:29, easily the best of the day by a Hercules Wimbledon runner.
First leg runner Kieran White was the team's second fastest with 18:46, 11 seconds quicker than Alex Robinson on the second stage. Other members of the team were Phil Glynn (19:59). Matt Sharp (20:03) and Sean Crummy (20:30). Husband and wife David and Claire Grima were in action in the Badger half-marathon at Denbies Vineyard in Dorking. For once Claire won the family battle taking the women's race in 1:25:20, ahead of clubmate Ruth Clifton (1:26:27) with husband Dave 10 seconds further back in 12th place. More than 450 runners completed the course.
Another Hercules Wimbledon husband and wife team were in action in the Henley half-marathon. Alison Purnell set a Hercules Wimbledon veterans over 45 record in the women's race of 1:44.00. But, she was beaten by husband Jeremy who was 60th in the men's race out of more than 1000 runners in 1:32:46.

Also on the road, Pat Wright was fourth in the Liverpool marathon in 2:39:16. Jordan Folk was fifth woman to finish the Croydon 10km road race on Sunday in 42:45 where there were more than 500 runners while Tom Cheetham was 10th out of more than 100 runners in the Isle of Wight marathon.
Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters face a busy weekend. On Saturday they are in action in the Bruce Judd Surrey Young Athletes cross country relays at Guildford as well as the Merton trials for next month's London Youth Games cross country championships on Wimbledon Common. On Sunday, they compete in the opening Surrey Sportshall meeting at the Spectrum Leisure Centre, Guildford.
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10-10-11 - SUPERB LEAGUE START BY SENIOR WOMEN
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's senior women made a stunning start to their Max Sports Surrey Ladies League programme by taking the team honours in the opening match at Lightwater Country Park, Bagshot. The victory represented a remarkable turn round in performance. The club is only in its third season in the top division of the ladies league after struggling in Division Two for many years.
Top marathon runner Claire Grima led the team to a magnificent victory achieving her highest-ever finish in a Surrey League race. She was sixth out of more than 160 runners in 24 minutes 3 seconds, less than a minute behind the race winner. Amy Aronson was 16th in 25:34 with newcomer Jordan Folk 18th eight seconds later. Steph Robson was 21st in 27:11 with Hannah Fernando completing the team finishing 41st in 27:11.
Hercules Wimbledon, who were ninth last season, took the team honours with 101 points ahead of Reigate Priory (108) and Woking (115) with reigning league champions Thames Hare & Hounds fifth (139). The top 15 clubs in Surrey take part in the league's top division.
Hercules Wimbledon fielded a record 12 runners and the club's B team also finished well up. The scorers were Debbie Noel (57th in 28:00), Monika Cruise (92nd in 29:46), Louise Bendeus (94th in 29:53), Stacy Wheat (123rd in 31:40) and Caroline Glynn (137th in 33:07). Other seniors to complete the course were Rowena Hornshaw (143rd in 33:24) and Heather Letley (144th in 33:38).
Team manager Janet Fernando said:" We are absolutely delighted with the result. What a transformation! Four years ago we were near the bottom of Division Two and couldn't get the athletes out. Now, we're at the top of Division One and attracting more and more athletes." She added: "There's a great team spirit so fingers crossed for a successful season."
Hercules Wimbledon also had runners in action in the young athletes races. Hannah Baxter was 33rd in the under 13 race in 15:42 followed by Georgina Botros (36th in 17:31) and Hannah Botros (37th in 18:04). They were seventh in the team event. The under 15 team was also seventh with Claire Rogers 21st in 19:20, Aidjean Boyle 24th in 20:10 and Megan Le Doare 27th in 21:33.
Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters also triumphed in the opening 2XU Surrey League Division One race hosted by the club on Wimbledon Common. They were led to team success by Tim Livingston who fought off clubmate Ben Palmer to win the under 17 race by one second in 14:20. Cassian Hyde was second in the under 15 race in 14:45. Augustin Mallon was sixth under 17 in 15:47 and Ross Vance fifth under 15 in 15:56 to complete the winning team. Alex Lloyd-Jones was 16th in 16:03, Alex Bisnoouth 18th in 17:08 and Matt Newton 21st in 18:07. Hercules Wimbledon took the team honours with 35 points from Herne Hill (48) and South London Harriers (69).
Sam Helm finished just outside the top three in the boys under 13 race where he was fourth in 16:07. Alex Bond was 10th in 17:31, Finlay White 11th in 17:34, Harris Mier 13th inn 17:49, Elliott Mier 14th in 17:50 and Harry Clarke 15th in 18:30. The team was second, just four points behind the winners.
With top runner Liam White out of action through injury and Alex Robinson and Kieran White both unavailable, Hercules Wimbledon found it hard going in the senior men's five miles race. A bumper field of almost 200 runners took in the race. Hercules Wimbledon were led in by Adam Przedrzymirski who was 24th in 28:13 with Matt Sharp 28th in 28:28, Phil Glynn 48th in 29:34 and veteran Peter Lee 61st in 30:02. Completing the scoring team were Sean Crunmmy (71st in 30:32), David Grima (73rd in 30:40), Stuart Fraser (74th in 30:41), Ian Peglar (85th in 31:02) and Jamie Helmer (105th in 31:42). Other Hercules Wimbledon finishers were Stewart Bond (125th in 32:47), Richard Xerri (142nd in 34:06), Steve McDuell (146th in 34:17), Frank Wood (148th in 34:22) and Dave Ryan (161st in 35:30).
This weekend, Surrey champions Hercules Wimbledon are in action in the England six-stage road relay championships at Sutton Park on Saturday. Meanwhile, some of the club's more seasoned runners will be in action in the Surrey Veterans cross country championships in Richmond Park, also on Saturday. The races start and finish near Pembroke Lodge. The women's 6km race is at 2.30pm with the men's 10km event due off half-an-hour later.

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4-10-11 - OWOR'S CONTINUED SUCCESS IN GEOFF MOULDEN RACE
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's Wimbledon Park track headquarters is proving a happy hunting ground for Ugandan international Paskar Owor from Belgrave Harriers. Owor gained his third triumph in as many months when he headed the field home in Hercules Wimbledon's Geoff Moulden 10km road race on Sunday morning.

Owor went to the front from the start and dominated the two lap race which he won by more than three minutes in 32 minutes 42 seconds from Herne Hill's Basil Wallace (36:00) and Hercules Wimbledon's Rory McMahon (36:12). Owor previously won the Perseverance Wimbledon Dash 5km road race there in August and last month posted the fastest lap time of the day in the Surrey road relay championships.

Thames Hare & Hounds' Lucy MacAlister set a new course record in finishing ahead of all but the top two men to win the women's race in 36:06. Hercules Wimbledon's Claire Grima (39:52) and Hannah Fernando (46:09) were second and third in the women's race. Claire's husband, David, was second Hercules Wimbledon finisher in the men's race taking sixth place in 38:19, half-a-minute ahead of Sean Crummy with Andrew Davies 10th (39:29) and Peter Collins the first over 40 veteran in 42:15. Mark Livingstone was second over 40 in 44:34.

Hercules Wimbledon's Dave Betts was second veteran over 60 in 45:53 with Charlie Lawrie (47:07) and Maurice Sharp (47:38) second and third in that category. Monika Crouse was fourth woman to finish in 47:48. The previous weekend, Crouse was 515th out of more than 4000 runners in the Windsor half-marathon in 1:45:03. She was 53rd in the women's race.

Peter Collins warmed up for Sunday's tougher Geoff Moulden race by heading home a contingent of Hercules Wimbledon runners in the Wimbledon Common parkrun the previous morning. He was top over 40 veteran in finishing 13th out of 220 runners in 18:56. Charles Hampden-Smith clocked a personal best time of 19:40 in finishing 25th and second over 50 veteran. His time shaved two seconds off his previous best set in August 2010. Jeremy Purnell was 28th and second over 45 veteran in 20:08.

Zoe Shannon was first woman across the finishing line in 20:11 with Alison Purnell sixth woman inn 22:36 just eight seconds ahead of Charles Lawrie who was second veteran over 60. Lawrie also competed in the Geoff Moulden race the following day.

Hercules Wimbledon's Ben Saxby made a winning return to racing when he headed the field home in the Wythenshawe parkrun in 20:07. Saxby, 25, won by 41 seconds. Martin O'Halloran was second over 50 veteran to finish in the Roundshaw Downs parkrun in 22:10.

Hercules Wimbledon's Tom Cheetham was in action in the Audi Wimbledon 10km road race in West Wimbledon finishing 18th out of almost 400 runners in 42:14. He was also fifth over 40 veteran across the line. The previous weekend, Cheetham was 36th out of more than 500 runners in the Folkestone Rotary half-marathon in 1:32:17.
Hercules Wimbledon's Rowena Hornshaw was first woman to finish in an inter-club five miles cross country race in Richmond Park on Saturday. She clocked 46:43.

Steph Robson gained a double medal success in the Civil Service Masters track and field championships at Loughboroough. She won the 3000m in 11:33.8 and was third in the 800m in 2:50.4.
Hercules Wimbledon's David Harris came close to completing a one-day decathlon when he contested no less than nine events in the St Mary's Richmond open meeting at Twickenham. He set an over 35 veterans club record of 57.6 in the 400m and also achieved personal best efforts in the 100m, 200m, high jump, discus and javelin. He also competed in the shot, pole vault and long jump.

Hercules Wimbledon open their winter cross country programme this weekend. They host the opening 2XU Surrey men's league Division One meeting on Wimbledon Common and will be hoping for a good start after finishing third last season.
The young athletes 2.5 miles race starts at 2.30pm with the senior event over double the distance starting at 3pm. The races start and finish near the Thatched Cottage in the middle of the Common about five minutes walk from the corner of North View and West Place.
Meanwhile the club's women's cross country runners travel to Lightwater Country Park, Bagshot, for their opening Max Sports Surrey Ladies League meeting, The senior women start at 12noon with the young athletes races following.

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