PRESS RELEASES for Hercules Wimbledon AC  

October 2014

November 2014

December 2014

 

28-10-14

25-11-14

 

 

16-12-14

21-10-14

18-11-14

9-12-14

14-10-14

11-11-14

2-12-14

7-10-14

4-11-14


16-12-14 - IMPRESSIVE DOUBLE WIN FOR JONATHAN CORNISH

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's Jonathan Cornish gained an impressive double victory within a few hours on Saturday.

First, Cornish headed home a 266-strong field to win the Richmond Park 5km park run in 16 minutes 35 seconds.

Then, just five hours later, he led Hercules Wimbledon to an individual and team double in an inter-club five miles match on Wimbledon Common. He crossed the line in 28:35 to win by almost two minutes from Phil Glynn (30:25) with Barnaby Wood fourth (30:35) and George Longworth fifth (30:37).

Over 45 veteran Lisa Thomas, also running her second race of the day, was first woman in 35:14 ahead of fellow veterans Gina Galbraith (35:15) and Steph Robson (36:43).

Hercules Wimbledon easily won the match beating Milocarians by 27 points to 51 scoring six-a-side.
Earlier, Thomas ran in the Wimbledon Common 5km parkrun.
Leading Hercules Wimbledon finisher was Felix Allen who was fifth out of 270 runners in 19:20.

Over in Bishop's Park, Fulham, Isabelle Ellis broke her own Hercules Wimbledon girls under 15 club record when she finished 20th out 207 runners in the parkrun there I'm 19:12. She improved on her previous best of 20:05 set at the end of November. She was second female finisher posting the second best age-graded performance of the event.

This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's cross country runners are in action in the South of the Thames 7.5 miles cross country championship at Farthing Downs, Coulsdon, starting at 2pm on Saturday.

On Christmas Day they will be competing in the Lauriston Runners 30 minute paarlauf at 11am and on December 27th are involved in the Hercules Wimbledon/Lauriston five miles multi-terrain race on Wimbledon Common starting from North View at 2pm.

Hercules Wimbledon face a challenging start to 2015 when their runners compete in the Surrey cross country championships on Lloyd Park, Coulsdon, on Saturday, January 3rd where the senior men are defending the team title they won at Dorking last year. On Sunday, January 4th, Hercules Wimbledon's track and field athletes compete in the South London Athletics Network open indoor meeting at the David Weir Leisure Centre, Sutton, starting at 11 am.
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9-12-14 - HW CROSS TRIO IN ACTION FOR SURREY

A trio of Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club cross country runners will be in action for Surrey in the South of England inter-counties cross country meeting at Horspath, Oxford, on Saturday.
 
However, veteran marathon runner Claire Grima, who missed last weekend's 2XU Surrey Ladies League meeting at Nonsuch Park due to a virus, faces a battle against the clock to recover in time to turn out for the county team in the senior women's match.
 
Two other Hercules Wimbledon runners, Matt Gibbons and Jack Collins have been called up for the men’s under 17 team.
 
Collins, 17, warmed up for the biggest race of his young life by racing to a personal best time in the Richmond Park parkrun on Saturday. He clocked 17 minutes 31 seconds for the 5km event in finishing seventh out of almost 300 runners taking 27 seconds off his previous best time set back in September last year.
 
For the second successive weekend, Hercules Wimbledon had two parkrun winners. Veteran Felix Allen won a parkrun race for the first time when he headed home 87 runners on Ham Lands, Kingston, in 18:40. His time sliced eight seconds off his previous best set in September and his success was his first in a total of 35 parkruns since his debut in August 2012.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's over 45 veteran Lisa Thomas gained another win in the Wimbledon Common parkrun where she was top woman finisher in 20:35. She was some way off her best time as she was keeping something in reserve to turn out in the 2XU Surrey Ladies League in the afternoon. Top Hercules Wimbledon finisher on Wimbledon Common was Adam Harwood who was seventh out of  231 runners in 18:35. Over 45 veteran Peter Lee was ninth in 18:48 just ahead of clubmate David Grimshaw (19:16).
 
Alex Abrahams also posted a personal best in finishing 15th in 19:46. His time sliced eight seconds off his previous best set at the beginning of last month.
 
Hercules Wimbledon marathon runner David Grima had a good run in the Bushy Park event where he posted a personal best time of 17:44 in  finishing seventh out of 749 runners. He got inside 18 minutes for the first time as his time took 26 seconds off his previous best for the course set in February 2012.
 
Meanwhile Zac Purnell took the junior parkrun 2km event in Wimbledon Park on Sunday in 7:21.
 
Making the dash over from her parkrun effort on Wimbledon Common, Lisa Thomas led the 10-strong contingent of Hercules Wimbledon runners home in the 2XU Surrey Ladies League race in Nonsuch Park, Ewell. She was 36th out of almost 200 runners in the Division One 6km race in 25:48 with Gina Galbraith 41st in 25:59, Steph Robson 57th in 26:37 and Francesca Clarke 58th in 26:43. Alison Purnell completed the scoring team finishing 88th in 27:54.
 
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club are hosting a cross country match on Wimbledon Common which incorporates the five miles club championship for the Wimbledon Boro' News Cup. The race starts from near the Thatched Cottage on the Common at 2pm.
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2-12-14 - 200 UP FOR PARKRUNNERS LISA'S & BARRY

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club had two winners in parkrun events over the weekend with Jonathan Cornish securing victory in Richmond Park and Lisa Thomas taking the women's event on Wimbledon Common.
 
Cornish posted his fourth win of the year in the Richmond Park event where he headed home a 280-strong field in 16 minutes 16 seconds, just eight seconds outside his best time for the event set in September. He won by 46 seconds. Alexander Abrahams, 12, clocked a personal best of 19:35 in 15th place improving by 20 seconds on his best set the previous weekend.
 
Over 45 veteran Lisa posted her 25th women's race victory of the year in marking her 200th appearance in parkrun events by winning the women's event on Wimbledon Common in 20 minutes 32 seconds. She made her parkrun debut in December 2009. Lisa narrowly beat her Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Gina Galbraith who was one second behind in second place.
 
Top Hercules Wimbledon finisher in Saturday's Wimbledon Common event was marathon runner David Grima who was fifth out of 267 runners in 18:40. Charles Hampden-Smith was second in the men's over 50 category in 20:33 with Richard Evans third over 50 veteran in 21:04 and John Krause fifth over 50 finisher in 21:13. Charles Lawrie was third over 65 finisher in 24:52.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's over 60 veteran Barry King also made his 200th parkrun appearance when he finished 153rd out of 964 runners in Bushy Park in 21:57. He made his parkrun debut in February 2007 and all but 13 of them have been in Bushy Park. The only other parkrun venue he has competed at is Wimbledon Common. He was third over 60 finisher. His daughter, Florence England, completed her 100th parkrun with a personal best time in Bushy Park of 24:53 finishing  She took 41 seconds off her previous best set in November 2012. She made her parkrun debut in March 2007.
 
Meanwhile, 14-year-old Isabelle Ellis had another fine run in the Bishop's Park event in Fulham where she sliced just one second off the Hercules Wimbledon under 15 girls club record she set the previous week. She was third in the women's race in 20:05.
 
Charles Hampden-Smith and Lisa Thomas completed busy weekends when they were among five Hercules Wimbledon runners in the Pirie 10 miles cross country race on Farthing Downs, Coulsdon, on Sunday. Top Hercules Wimbledon finisher was Phil Glynn who was sixth of the 113 runners in 60:00. Charles Hampden-Smith was 24th and fifth over 50 finisher in 68:14. Lisa Thomas was seventh in the women's race and second veteran over 45 in 72:29.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's Kieran White finished 11th out of 284 runners in the Wolverton five miles road race on Saturday in 26:29. In Battersea Park, Rob Tuer was 36th out of almost 450 runners in the Self Transcendence 10km road race in Battersea Park in 35:31. Chris Ore was 46th in 36:03.
 
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's cross country runners are in action in the second of this season's 2XU Surrey Ladies League meetings in Nonsuch Park on Saturday. The senior race is at 12noon followed by races for the younger age groups. 
 
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25-11-14 - FIRST TEAM MEDALS FOR 41 YEARS

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's cross country runners collected their first medals of the winter season in the South of the Thames five miles race on Wimbledon Common on Saturday.
 
The men's team won the bronze medals with marathon runner Claire Grima taking the individual bronze medal in the women's race.
 
The medal-winning effort by the men was the first time Hercules Wimbledon secured team medals since 1973 when the club took silver team medals. Hercules Wimbledon provided the individual winner in 2004 when Dereje Kebede headed the field home.
 
Fred Slemeck led the men's team to the bronze medals finishing sixth out of more than 200 runners in 27 minutes 31 seconds. Jonathan Cornish and Ben Toomer were 14th and 15th in 27:59 and 28:01 with Joe Clark (31st in 29:08) completing the scoring team of four runners.
 
Hercules Wimbledon also took third place in the eight-a-side team contest for the Brent Shield. The other four members of the scoring team were Phil Glynn (46th in 30:05), Rob Tuer (47th in 30:06), Stuart Fraser (59th in 30:30) and George Longworth (52nd in 30:41). More than 20 Hercules Wimbledon runners completed the men's race.
 
In taking the bronze medal in the women's race, where there were more than  100 finishers, Grima led Hercules Wimbledon to fifth team place, an improvement on their eighth place the only other time the club fielded a team in the women's race in 2012. Lisa Thomas (17th in 35:03), Gina Galbraith (20th in 35:34) and Francesca Clarke (43rd in 37:58) completed the scoring team.
 
For several Hercules Wimbledon runners in the  event, it was their second race of the day. Lisa Thomas, Charles Hampden-Smith (131st in the men's race) and Charles Lawrie (203rd) warmed up for the South of the Thames race by competing in the Wimbledon Common parkrun a few hours earlier.
 
Hampden-Smith was top over 50 finisher in the parkrun finishing 18th out of almost 300 runners in 20:22, Thomas was third woman in 21:35 and Lawrie 231st in 30:53.Best of the 13 Hercules Wimbledon runners in the event was Felix Allen, who was seventh in 19:32. Thirteen-year-old Henry Silverstein was 10th in a personal best of 19:54 taking 21 seconds off his previous best time set in August. Daniel Illis, 12, also clocked a personal best of 20:44 in 22nd place.
 
Isabelle Ellis, 14, was top woman finisher in the Bishop's Park parkrun in a personal best of 20:06. She improved by 38 seconds on her time achieved in her debut appearance in the event in September. Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Fraser Hagell was 28th in 19:35, nine seconds outside his best time for the course.
 
Amelia Casey was fifth woman in the Richmond Park parkrun in a personal best of 21:47, taking 36 seconds off her previous best time. Her younger sister Madeleine was eighth woman finisher in the Old Deer Park race in 25:15. At the other end of the age scale, Maurice Sharp, 69, was top over 65 finisher in the Dulwich Park event where he finished 49th out of213 finishers on his debut appearance in the event.It was his fastest parkrun time for two years.
 
Meanwhile, Sharp's son Matthew, 35, clocked a personal best 2:30:53 in finishing 22nd out of more than 11,000 runners in the Valencia Marathon in Spain. His time improved on his 2:33:08 set in Eindhoven, Holland, in October 2013. He also overtook his father in Hercules Wimbledon's all-time marathon rankings. Sharp senior has a best time of 2:30:57 set in the Harlow marathon in Essex in 1994. 
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18-11-14 - TOP VOLUNTEERING AWARD FOR HW'S PETE
 
 
Many congratulations to our Pete (Mulholland) who has won the England Athletics London Region 2014 Volunteer of the Year award. He will be formally presented with his award at a ceremony in Central London on November 26th. Here are a couple of pictures of our star man one of him in action in the Walton Road Relay in the 1970's taking over from Olly Beard and the other more recently of him in his smart Hercules Wimbledon blazer and tie taken in the clubhouse during the summer. 

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's Pete Mulholland is the top athletics volunteer in London. Mulholland, a lifelong member of Hercules Wimbledon, will receive his award at England Athletics' 2014 London Region Awards evening in Central London next Wednesday (November 26th).
 
2014 marked a milestone in Mulholland's life - he celebrated his 75th birthday , 50 years as cross country secretary of Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club and half-a-century's involvement with athletics. Despite suffering from TB as a youngster, he took up running, was a member of Hercules Wimbledon's winning Surrey cross country team in the 1960's and has completed five marathons.
 
But, it's as a volunteer that he has excelled. He recently took on the job of Surrey county athletics statistician spending five hours a day, seven days a week in front of his computer ensuring the county rankings are kept up to date. He produces a weekly club newsletter with results and other information which he emails out to Hercules Wimbledon members all over the world. As cross country secretary, he enters teams for a variety of championship events and helps organise home meetings.
 
At weekends he helps out at the Wimbledon Common parkrun every Saturday morning, before going off to help out at an afternoon athletics event. On Sunday mornings, Pete assists with track training sessions. He also helps out at Tuesday and Thursday training nights and facilitates Wednesday night road running sessions. For 10 years he organised the popular Hercules Wimbledon Young Athletes meeting at Crystal Palace and he has been a regular official at the London Schools Championships.
 
Pete is an inspirational volunteer at Hercules Wimbledon and elsewhere. He gives freely of his time and experience to assist in a variety of ways and is a superb model for others to follow. He spends hours dedicated to athletics in a variety of ways and few can match the hours and contribution he makes, continues to make, and has done for half-a-century.
 
Hercules Wimbledon would need three or four people to do what he does if he were to retire. Mulholland is more than typical of those vital people who keep our sport going. He is an exceptional person and not many could match the time he gives each week in all sorts of ways - statistician, newsletter editor, meeter-and-greeter  and official.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's general secretary Sheila White said :"This is a most deserved award and recognition of the fantastic contribution Pete makes to our club and out sport. No matter what event you are at, whether sleet, snow, howling winds, or scorching heat, no matter how out of the way, you would spot the white mop of hair that told you Pete was there, supporting the team, collecting results, knowing everyone…. totally indispensible."
 
She added: "Pete encourages athletes of all abilities, provides a bridge between different generations, he's great at talking with parents of young athletes. It's no exaggeration to say he's the heart beat of the club and a father figure in local athletics."
 
This weekend, Mulholland will be helping to organise the annual South of the Thames five miles cross country race on Wimbledon Common starting from near the Thatched Cottage at 2pm.
 
A total of 50 Hercules Wimbledon athletes were in action at Parliament Hill Fields on Saturday in the London cross country and London Youth Games cross country championships. Claire Grima was top woman performer where she was top veteran woman finishing fifth out of 187 runners. Ben Toomer led the men's team to fifth place finishing 15th out of 348 runners.
 
Best of the Hercules Wimbledon runners in the London Youth Games races was Ben Tatters who finished 16th for Richmond in the boys under 15 event. Casper Parsons, representing Wandsworth, was 21st in the boys under 11 category and Matt Gibbons, representing Merton, 27th in the boys under 17 event. 
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11-11-14 - VET COLLINS FINALLY POSTS PARKRUN WIN

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club runners dominated the weekly Wimbledon Common 5km parkrun on Saturday providing winners for both the men's and women's events. In addition, Hercules Wimbledon provided the top two finishers in the women's race and two of the three top men to cross the finishing line.
 
Outstanding performance came from over 40 veteran Peter Collins who posted his first parkrun victory in what was his 147th appearance in the Wimbledon Common event. He made his debut appearance back in March 2009 when he finished 45th in 21 minutes 23 seconds.
 
He clocked 18:10 in winning on Saturday although he now has a best time of 17:36 set in September. He also posted the top male age-graded` performance in winning by 19 seconds. His Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Adam Harwood was third in 18:40 with teenager Elliot Laville, competing in the event for the first time for a year, posting a personal best time of 19:06 in finishing seventh of the 338 runners. Laville took 53 seconds off his previous best set in November last year.
 
Simon Bodle was first over 50 veteran finishing 10th in 19:43 with Charles Hampden-Smith fourth over 50 in 18th place (20:14). Hercules Wimbledon's Lisa Thomas and Gina Galbraith were first two in the women's race. Over 45 veteran Lisa posted the day's top age-graded performance in finishing 23rd in 20:26 with Gina crossing the line in 20:33.
 
In other parkruns, Madeleine Casey was third woman in Old Deer Park in 25:54, Heather Letley fourth woman at Gillingham in 24:26, Hannah Bye sixth woman in Cardiff in 22:31 and Zoe Illis eighth woman in Richmond Park in 22:33.
Meanwhile, more than 30 Hercules Wimbledon runners were in action in the second of this season's 2XU Surrey Men's cross country league meetings in Lloyd Park, Croydon. The senior men maintained their solid start to the season in failing by just seven points to snatch third team place. They were led home by Steven Bayton who finished eighth of the near 200-strong field in 26:53. Fred Slemeck was not far behind finishing 15th in 27:27 with Liam White 18th in 27:39, Ben Toomer 27th in n28:04, Matt Sharp 32nd in 28:23 and Jonathan Cornish 41st in 28:49.
 
Phil Glynn (55th in 29:16), Rob Tuer (61st in 29:30), Barnaby Woods (63rd in 29:34 and second under 20) and Alexie Calvert-Ansari (74th in 30:16) completed the scoring team of 10 runners.
 
Best of the club's youngsters was Matt Gibbons who was 13th out of 64 runners in the young athletes 2.5 miles race in 14:50. Not far behind was Jack Collins who was 15th in 14:51. Daniel Illis was 16th out of 49 runners in the under 13's 2.5 miles race.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's Kieran White helped the RAF to second team place in an international air force cross country match in Poland. He finished 14th in the 10km race in 35:31 with the RAF finishing behind hosts Poland but beating the air force teams from the USA, Belgium, Holland and Germany.
 
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon runners are in action over Parliament Hill Fields, North London. The seniors are competing in the London cross country championships while the club's younger members will be running for various London boroughs in the London Youth Games cross country races.  
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4-11-14 - GILES CELEBRATES ENGLAND SELECTION

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's supervet runner Peter Giles celebrated his selection for the Home Countries Veterans cross country international later this month with a record-breaking performance in the Bushy Park 5km parkrun on Saturday.
 
Giles, 70, broke the veterans over 70 course record as well as setting a Hercules Wimbledon club record for the age group, when he posted the top age-graded performance in Bushy Park in finishing 50th out of 979 runners in 19 minutes 57 seconds.
 
Giles, who will be representing England in the British and Irish Masters International cross country meeting in Nottingham on November 22nd, was competing in his first parkrun since 2009 when he also ran at Bushy Park. His run on Saturday ranks him third among Britain's 70-year-olds. He is also ranked third over 5000 and 10000m and second over 1500m in the UK for his age group.
 
Giles, a bass guitarist with the King Crimson rock group in the 1960's and 70's, has previously run for England five times in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2010. In 2009, he was ranked sixth in the world for 10000m in his age group.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's over 45 veteran Lisa Thomas also posted the top age-graded performance in repeating her achievement of the previous weekend by winning the women's event in the Wimbledon Common 5km parkrun in 20:01. She finished 19th overall out of 387 runners. First Hercules Wimbledon finisher was Dave Scrimshaw, seventh in 18:53 with Charles Hampden-Smith, once again top over 50 performer finishing 13th in 19:44. He was also posted the top male age-graded performance.
 
Hampden-Smith and Thomas were in action again on Sunday when they competed in the Mornington Chasers 10km road race in Regents Park.Thomas won the women's race in 41:20, finishing 33rd overall out of 420 runners with Hampden-Smith third in the over 50 category in 40:47 taking 24th place overall.
 
At the other end of the age scale, 12-year-old Alexander Abrahams posted a personal best of 19:54 in finishing 16th and beating the 20 minute barrier for the first time. His previous best in 55 parkun appearances was 20:33 back in June 2013. Young Abrahams completed a weekend double when he headed home an 89-strong field in the Wimbledon Park junior 2km parkrun on Sunday in 7:46 to win by 11 seconds. Past winner Michael Lammie was third in 8:07.
 
Elsewhere, teenager Matt Gibbons clocked a personal best time when he headed home a trio of Hercules Wimbledon runners in the Richmond 5km parkrun  in finishing fourth out of 364 runners in 18:05. It took 55 seconds off his previous best set in February. Jack Collins was fifth in 18:06 with 13-year-old Ben Tatters also clocking a personal best time of 18:06 in sixth spot. He took 18 seconds off his previous best time set in May and equalled in September.
 
In her first race for three months, Hercules Wimbledon's Steph Robson was just pipped in the women's event in Old Deer Park where she clocked 20:59, just one second behind the first woman. Over 45 veteran Stuart Fraser was second out of more than 200 runners in Bishop's Park, Fulham, in 17:12, the top age-graded performance of the day, Ciarra Kennedy was third woman in the Larne, Northern Ireland, parkrun in 25:39, while James Moorcroft was eighth out of 383 runners at Newbury in 18:54.
 
On the road, Steve Bayton headed home a 182-strong field to gain a runaway win in the Weymouth 10km road race in Dorset. He finished almost four minutes ahead of the second runner in 54:31.
 
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are competing in the second of this season's 2XU Surrey Men's Division One cross country league meetings in Lloyd Park, Croydon. The youngsters race over 2.5 miles starts at 2,30pm with the senior 5 miles event due off at 3pm. The race headquarters are near the Lloyd Park tramlink stop.  
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28-10-14 - WINNING DEBUT FOR NEWCOMER WOODS

Teenager Barnaby Woods made a winning debut when he headed home the senior men's field in the opening East Surrey League cross country fixture of the season at Lloyd Park, Croydon, on Saturday.
 
Woods, 17, raced away from the 60-strong field to win the five miles race by 13 seconds in 29 minutes 51 seconds. Clubmate Phil Glynn was third in 30:27 with George ongworth fourth 10 seconds later. With three in the top four, Hercules Wimbledon were comfortable winners of the team event.
 
Henry Silverstein was a narrow winner of the young athletes 2.5 miles race in 15:32 finishing 13 seconds ahead of clubmate Peter Riches with another Hercules Wimbledon runner, Daniel Illis, third in 16:16.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's over 45 veteran Lisa Thomas returned to winn ing ways in the Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday to take the women's event in 19:42 with the top age-graded performance. Her last win came at the end of August when she clocked 20:09. Best of the 16 Hercules Wimbledon runners in action on Wimbledon Common was over 40 veteran Peter Collins who was fourth out of almost 300 runners in 17:42. Adam Harwood was seventh in 18:22, Simon Bodle 15th and top over 50 veteran in 19:28  with Charles Hampden-Smith 20th and second over 50 veteran in 19:41. Hampden-Smith was also in action in the East Surrey League meeting later in the day where he was 22nd in the senior men's five miles race in 34:05.
 
Another Hercules Wimbledon parkrun winner was Fred Slemeck who headed home a 300-plus strong field in 16:34. He was more than a minute ahead of the second runner. Felix Allen was fifth out of almost 200 runners in the Medena parkrun on the Isle of Wight in 19:24.
 
Sisters Amelia and Madelaine Casey finished fourth in the women's event in the Richmond Park and Old Deer Park races. Amelia, 14, clocked 22:23and Madelaine, 10, 25:58. They will both will in action in the London Youth Games cross country championships at Parliament Hill Fields on November 15th. Amelia qualified for Wandsworth after finishing third in the Wandsworth Schools cross country championships Year Nine girls race on Tooting Common, Madelaine will be in action for Richmond.
 
Other leading Hercules Wimbledon runners in the Wandsworth championships who will be in action at parliament Hill Fields are Zac Purnell (third) and Peter Riches (fifth) in the Year nine boys race, and Bella Seymour (fifth in the Year 10 girls race).
 
Hercules Wimbledon's oldest active athlete, John Webster, posted a hat-trick of club records when he competed in the South East Counties Throws Association Weight Pentathlon at Ewell. Webster won the over 75 event. His records came in the hammer (19.68m), shot (6.07m) and discus (19.29m).
 
Hercules Wimbledon's Dimos Evangeledis was runner-up out of more than 100 runners in the Emer Casey Memorial 10km road race in Brockwell Park on Sunday. He was just over half-a-minute behind the winner.
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21-10-14 - YOUNGSTER LAVILLE SHINES IN BIATHLE

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's talented youngster Elliot Laville faced his toughest competition yet when he represented Great Britain in the World Biathlon Championships at Escuintla Naval Base in Guatemala.
 
The event, which was staged in extremely hot and humid conditions, should have consisted of two 1000m runs interspersed by a 200m swim. But, the swim was nearer 350m. Elliot, 16, finished a superb 12th in an international field with competitors from all over the world including Egypt, South Africa, Portugal, Greece, Georgia, Russia , USA, Canada and Guatemala. He finished just over a minute behind the winner Sherif Rashad from Egypt.
 
"It was extremely challenging as the seawater was extremely warm," said his mother Carolyn. "Elliot ran and swam unbelievably well in the toughest contest he has competed in.It was a wonderful experience for Elliot and a great honour to be part of the GB Biathle team in Guatemala."
 
There has been some good news for the Hercules Wimbledon's six-strong team that won the silver medals in last month's Surrey senior men's road relay championship at Wimbledon Park. They have been promoted to the gold medal position following the disqualification of South London Harriers, the initial winners, who were found to have fielded an ineligible athlete. So the team of Dominic Kiralfi, Joe Clark, Cassian Hyde, Ben Toomer , Matthew Sharp and Fred Slemeck, will be swapping their silver medals for gold ones and it means Hercules Wimbledon retained the title they won in 2013.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's Claire Grima broke her own club record for the distance in the Cabbage Patch 10 miles road race at Twickenham on Sunday. She clocked 60 minutes 26 seconds to take more than three minutes off her previous club record of 1:03:47 she set at Dorking in  July 2011. Her time also broke the club women's veteran over 35 record of 1:05:54 set by Zoe Pike in Portsmouth in October 2008. Grima, 37, was third veteran over 35 to finish in Sunday's race. Husband David clocked a personal best in finishing almost a minute ahead in 59:28.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's Alison Purnell took the bronze medal in the women's veteran over 50 category in the Surrey Masters cross country championships in Richmond Park on Saturday. She covered the 6km in 27:23, less than a minute behind the winner.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's Michael Lammie headed home a 98-strong field to win the junior parkrun 2km race in Wimbledon Park in a personal best of 8:11. Ewan White was seventh in 9:11 and Bella Williams 15th in 9:58.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's Ruth Wallace was top woman finisher in the Wimbledon Common 5km parkrun on Saturday in 20:33 with Gina Galbraith second woman in 20:36 and Lisa Thomas fifth woman in 21:28. Joe Toomey and Rob Tuer were second in the Princes Park, Liverpool and Bishop's Park, Fulham, parkruns in 18:11 and 16:59, respectively. Charles Hampden-Smith was second veteran over 50 finisher in 19:28 on his debut appearance in the Hull parkrun.
 
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon are in action in the East Surrey League cross country races at Lloyd Park on Saturday. The youngsters race is over one lap of two miles with the seniors completing five miles. All races start at 3pm.
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14-10-14 -  SOLID START TO CROSS LEAGUE SEASON

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's followed up their best ever performance in the England road relay championship with a solid start to their winter cross country programme in the opening 2XU Surrey Men's League Division One match at Farthing Downs, Coulsdon, on Saturday.
 
Despite missing some of their top runners, the team finished a strong fourth out of nine, narrowly missing out on finishing in the frame. There was a fierce battle between Jonathan Cornish and Fred Slemeck for the honour of leading the team home in the five mile senior men's race. While Cornish had a sizeable lead at the end of the first of the two laps, Slemeck gradually pulled him back and in a sprint finish for the line just managed to sneak home. Slemeck was 15th and Cornish 16th of the 176 finishers with both runners clocking the same time, 29 minutes 56 seconds.
 
Two places behind in 30:13 was league debutant Dimos Evangelidis before veteran Kieran White crossed the line 28th in 30:43. Justin Kelly, on holiday in the UK from his home in Australia, was next to finish (35th in 31:08) with Joe Clark (38th in 31:21) next. There was a gap before Rob Tuer (53rd in 32:04) and Alexie Calvert-Ansari (59th in 32:32 crossed the line. Chris Ore (74th in 33:07) and veteran Stuart Fraser (91st) in 34:01) completed the scoring team of 10 runners.
 
Matt Sharp, Alex Robinson and Liam White, who all ran in Birmingham and Dom Kiralyfi who took the New Jersey half-marathon the previous weekend were all missing from Saturday's line-up.
 
Meanwhile, Claire Grima led the Hercules Wimbledon team home in the opening Surrey Laides League Division One match in Richmond Park. She finished ninth out of more than 200 runners in 26:02 with over 45 veteran Lisa Thomas 37th in 27:52 and Lisa Laws 41st in 27:58. Over 40 veteran Gina Galbraith was 52nd in 28:46 with fellow veteran Francesca Clarke 79th in 29:42. The team finished 10th of the 15 Division One clubs.
 
Matt Gibbons was best of the young athletes at Coulsdon finishing fifth out of 34 runners in the under 17 2.5 miles race in 15:32. Zac Purnell was Hercules Wimbledon's top under 15 runner taking seventh place in 16:30, with Peter Riches (10th in 17:17), Sam Barker (12th in 17:35), Cosmo Craven (14th in 17:51) and Lois Freire (19th in 18:46) helping the team to fourth spot. Daniel Illlis finished seventh out of 43 runners in the under 13 2.5 miles race in 17:51 with Alex Abrahams 20th in 19:00.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's over 50 veteran Charles Hampden-Smith was also among the 16 runners from the club in the senior men's race finishing 143rd. However, it was his second race of the day as, just a few hours earlier, he ran in the Wimbledon Common 5km parkrun where he was top over 50 finisher in 19:56. He was 19th overall out of more than 300 runners and was the top Hercules Wimbledon finisher. Adam Fenton was 18th in 20:19.
 
Best Hercules Wimbledon parkrun effort of the day came from Joe Toomey who finished third out of 163 runnerson his debut appearance in the Finsbury Park event in North London in 18:21, just 20 seconds behind the winner. In his first race since celebrating his 60th birthday in July, Steve Newton was top veteran over 60 finisher at Nonsuch park in 20:54. It was his first race since January. Dennis Williams was third veteran over 65 finisher in Richmond Park.
 
At the other end of the age scale, Caspar Parsons beat a 94-strong field to win the Junior parkrun 2km race in Wimbledon Park on Sunday in 7:53 with Michael Lammie finishing third in 8:13.
 
On the road, Hercules Wimbledon's Dominic Kiralyfi and Ben Toomer were fourth and fifth out of 1883 runners in the Royal Parks half-marathon in Hyde Park on Sunday in 1:13:23 and 1:13:57, respectively. Toomer smashed his previous personal record of 1:18:49 set in 2011. Matt Sharp also raced in a half-marathon in Peterborough where he was 14th out of almost 4000 runners in 1:13.05.
 
Down under, Hercules Wimbledon's Daniel Bratton and Hannah Bye were third in both the men's and women's event in the Queensland parkrun while in the USA Medena Knespl won the Mission Bay Women's Triathlon in San Diego.
 
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's older members are in action in the Surrey Veterans cross country championships in Richmond Park. The women's and men's veterans over 60 6km race is due off at 2.15pm with the main men's race over 10km starting at 3pm. The races start and finish near the Pembroke Lodge car park.
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7-10-14 - BEST EVER ENGLAND ROAD RELAY EFFORT
 
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's warmed up for the opening 2XU Surrey Men's cross country league match of the season this weekend by posting their best performance in the England road relay championship last Saturday.
 
In the four times Hercules Wimbledon qualified for the event since 1998, the previous highest placing was 42nd in 2010. At Birmingham's Sutton Park last Saturday, the sextet finished 30th out of the 77 teams to take part and were the second Surrey club to finish and the 10th from the South of England.
 
Hercules Wimbledon were without one of their leading runners, Dom Kiralyfi who had a late call to compete in the USA by his employers to run in the New Jersey half-marathon on Sunday. He beat a 800-plus strong field to win by 30 seconds in a personal best of one hour 11 minutes 53 seconds. It was only the seconds time he had raced over the 13.1 mile distance and his time took almost three minutes off his previous best of 1:14:48 set in 2010.
 
He was the third fastest of the six runners which finished 16th in the South of England championship a fortnight earlier and had he been available at Sutton Park, Hercules Wimbledon would have done even better. He was the third fastest runner in the team that finished 16th in the South of England championship.
 
Once again, it was a true team effort with just 31 seconds separating the efforts of the fastest and slowest runners in the team. Liam White made a solid start bringing the team home in 59th place on the opening lap with a time of 19:10. Kieran White (19:16) moved up three places before Matt Sharp (19:10) gained another four places n the third leg. Alex Robinson, brought in as a late reserve to replace Kiralyfi had a fine run clocking 19:18 and moving through to 43rd spot.
As he was in the South of England relay, Jonathan Cornish was once again the fastest member of the Hercules Wimbledon team clocking 18:47 in picking off 10 runners on the penultimate leg. Anchor leg runner Fred Slemeck (19:01) gained a further three places as he brought the team home in 30th position.
 
Elsewhere, Hercules Wimbledon's Peter Giles was in gold medal-winning form in the British Masters road running championships in Cardiff. He lifted the men's over 70 one mile title in 5:53. He finjished half-a-minute ahead of the silver medallist. Giles claimed it as a British record but Hercules Wimbledon statistician Pete Mulholland could find no listings for a mile on the road in this age category.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's newly-weds Olly and Lisa Laws joined in the Bushy Park 5km parkrun 10th birthday celebrations on Saturday. They were part of a record 1705-strong field in the pioneering event which began with just 13 runners and has spawned scores of parkrun events through the UK and across the world. Olly was second in 16:13 with Lisa, coming back from injury, managing a personal best in fifth place in the women's race in 20:07. Her previous best was 20:12 set in January 2012.
 
Over 50 veteran Charles Hampden-Smith also clocked a personal best time of 19:33 improving by 39 seconds on his previous best set on New Year's Day 2012. Lisa Thomas, who was third woman and first in the over 45 category, also clocked a personal best of 19:52. She took 58 seconds off her previous best set in February 2012.
 
Hercules Wimbledon's Ella Dobson won the women's event in the Hever Castle Super Sprint Triathlon in Kent in 1:13:24. She finished almost half-a-minute ahead of the second woman.
 
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon open their winter cross country programme with both men and women in action in league meetings. races. The women are in action in the opening 2XU Surrey Ladies League meeting in Richmond Park. The races start and finish near Kingston Gate. The first race for seniors in which the club competes in the top division starts at 12noon. It is followed by races for younger athletes. The men compete in the 2XU Surrey League Division One match at Farthing Downs, Coulsdon. The young athletes race over 2.5 miles is at 2.30pm followed by the seniors at 3pm.  
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