It was the first time he had broken the 11 second barrier with his previous non wind-assisted best time 11.01
set in July last year. His younger brother Chad came close to making it a family double but he was narrowly
beaten in the boys under 15 boys 200m final in a lifetime best of 23.82, taking the silver medal. His time
smashed his previous best of 25.6 set last season. Earlier, he won his heat in 24.05. Chasing him to the line
was his Hercules Wimbledon club mate Ralphael Buckle who took the bronze medal in 24.40 after clocking a faster
24.05 in finishing second in his heat. Chad also took the bronze medal in the 100m in 11.82 after clocking a
lifetime best of 11.7 in his heat.
Another Hercules Wimbledon title-winner was javelin thrower Marco Ravic who took the gold medals in the men's
under 20 event with a lifetime best throw of 40.67m.
The youngest of the Hercules Wimbledon sprint contingent in action was Jaleel Roper who raced to two silver
medals in the boys under 13 100 and 200m events in lifetime bests of 12.49 and 25.52. Max Mondelli had to
settle for silver in the men's under 20 in 10.86. Another sprinting medallist was Tallulah Atkin who took
bronze in the girls under 1`5 100m in 13.81, also a personal best time. Emily Martin took silver in the senior
women's long jump with 5.57m.
Teenager Cassian Hyde was just pipped in a tight battle for the men's under 20 3000m gold medal where he had to
settle for silver in 9:01.49. David Harris took silver in the pole vault with 2.70m after clearing a
personal best of 2.80m at Watford three days earlier. Fred Slemeck was the club's eighth men's silver medal
winner finishing runner-up in the 1500m in 4:04.55.
On the road, Hercules Wimbledon's Claire Grima followed up her record-breaking run in April's London marathon
by breaking her club 10km record in the BUPA London 10km road race on Sunday. She clocked 37:06 to smash her
previous mark of 37:23 set in June 2011. Lisa Thomas also broke the club women's over 45 record with a time of
39:43. She took almost two minutes off her previous mark of 41:40 set at Chessington in February.
Best of the Hercules Wimbledon men in action was Alex Bruce-Littlewood who was fifth in 30:13 with Jonathan
Cornish 63rd in 32:49, Alex Bellew 79th in 34:55 and Rob Tuer, who finished fifth in the Surrey 5000m
championship the previous day, 140th in 34:55.
Hercules Wimbledon's Andrew Penney made a winning debut in the Bishop's Park parkrun in Fulham on Saturday when
he headed home an 84-strong field in 16:07. It was the first time he had competed in a parkrun since 2008 when
he won the Wimbledon Common event in 16:53. It was only his second race of the year. In his only previous
appearance, he ran the fourth leg for the Hercules Wimbledon team in the England National 12-stage road relay
championship at Sutton Coldfield in April.
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's older athletes are in action in the Surrey Masters track and field
championships which are being staged at Ewell Court, Poole Road, Ewell on Sunday. The first field events, the
pole vault and women's hammer are at 10am. The first track event, the 400m hurdles is at 11.30am and the final
races over 400m are at 5.30pm.
13-05-14 - ANOTHER MILLER SMASHES CLUB RECORD
The younger of Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's Miller sprinting brothers, Chad, followed in his elder
brother's footsteps when he smashed the club's boys under 15 300m record in winning the event at the Merton
Schools Championships at Wimbledon Park.
Chad, 14, was one of more than a dozen Hercules Wimbledon winners at the borough schools championships when
he took the title in 40.1 seconds to eclipse the old mark of 48.19 set in the Surrey championships at
Kingsmeadow in 2012 by Edward Grindrod. It was the first time Miller, the South of England boys under 15
indoor 60m silver medallist, had raced over the distance.
A few days earlier his brother Rechmial smazshed the Hercules Wimbledon men's under 17 200m record in
clocking 22.04 seconds in an open meeting at Tooting Bec. Miller junior collected a brace of titles at the
Merton Schools Championships as he also took the under 15 boys 100m title in a personal best of 11.93. His
Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Ralphael Buckle also clocked a personal best time in winning the boys under 15
100m B race in 11.9. It was an impressive improvement for 14-year-old Buckle who dipped under the 12 second
barrier for the first time in improving on his previous best of 12.36 set at the Hercules Wimbledon Young
Athletes Open meeting at Wimbledon Park last month. Buckle also took the 200m in 25.3 in his first race
over the distance.
Both Miller and Buckle are competing in the 100m at the Surrey track and field championships at Kingsmeadow
Stadium on May 24th/25th.
Molly McNamara-Langton gained a hat-trick of wins at the schools meeting. The 15-year-old, who was
competing in her first track meeting, won the girls under 17 1500 and 3000m and the discus. Fellow teenager
Matthew Gibbons gained two titles taking the under 17 boys 1500 and 3000m events. He clocked a personal
best of 9:56.97 in taking the 3000m and was within a second of his lifetime best in taking the 1500m in
Two other Hercules Wimbledon athletes to gain wins were Chloe Lord who took the girls under 15 200m and 75m
hurdles and Zara Hashmi who won the girls under 17 100 and 300m titles.
On the road, Hercules Wimbledon's Chris Ore won the Dulwich Park parkrun on Saturday in a personal best
17:01. He wn by five seconds in beating more than 200 runners. He posted his first win in three appearance
in the event and his time improved on his previous best of 17:25 set in April last year.
Hercules Wimbledon's over 45 veteran Lisa Thomas again headed home the women's field in Saturday's
Wimbledon Common parkrun 5km race. She posted the top age-graded performance in clocking 19:43 in finishing
11th overall out of almost 300 runners. Her time was just 10 seconds outside her personal best set last
month. She was the best of the 15 Hercules Wimbledon runners taking aprt in the event. She finished six
seconds ahead of Charles Hampden-Smith who was the top veteran over 50 finisher. Second over 50 finisher
was Adam Fenton who was 17th in 20:25 with over 45 veterans Frank Wood and John Townsend 19th and 20th in
2:35 and 20:36, respectively. Gina Galbraith was the second woman finisher in 20:51, finishing 22nd
Meanwhile, London marathon runner Tom Cheetham was the top veteran over 45 finisher in the Bishop's Park
parkrun in Fulham. He was sixth out of 150 runners in 19:10 with fellow over 45 veteran Jeremy Purnell 13th
This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon travel to Mile End to compete in their second Soleus Southern Men's league
meeting of the season. The team will be looking for success after being pipped by four points in the
opening match at Wimbledon Park. Meanwhile, the cloub's women's athletes are travelling to the Julie Rose
Stadium, Ashford, to contest their opening Southern Women's league meeting. On Sunday, the club contest the
opening Ebbisham Boys League meeting at Kingsmeadow Stadium while, at the other ed of the age scale, the
club's older athletes compete in their second Southern Veterans League meeting at Croydon Sports
Arena on Monday, starting at 6.30pm.
6-05-14 - TEENAGER MILLER SMASHES CLUB RECORD
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's teenage sprinter Rechmiel Miller boosted his hopes of gaining medals in
the Surrey track and field championships later this month when he smashed the Hercules Wimbledon men's
under 17 200m record when he finished runner-up in a 200m race at an open meeting at Tooting Bec on Sunday.
Miller, 15, winner of the England men's under 17 indoor 60m title at Sheffield in March, clocked 22.04
seconds to erase the long-standing club record of 22.1 set by Malcolm Fitter in 1976. Miller himself
improved on his previous best of 22.58 set at an open meeting at Lee Valley last month when he broke the 23
second barrier for the first time. His best time before the start of this season was 23.31.
Miller also posted a personal best 100m time at Tooting on Sunday when he won his race in 10.83, with the
benefit of a sizeable 2.8 metres per second following wind. It improved on his previous best of 10.98, also
with a strong following wind, at Lee Valley in July last year. His best legal time is 11.01 also set at Lee
Valley last season.
Miller had a busy weekend as on Saturday he helped Hercules Wimbledon to a close runners-up spot in their
opening Soleus Southern Men's League Division One match at Wimbledon Park. There, Miller was third in the
senior men's 100m in 11.14. He also helped Hercules Wimbledon win the sprint relay. Joseph Chukwuadinula
won the 100m B race in 11.22 before anchoring the relay team, to victory.Hercules Wimbledon's sprinters
also did well in the 200m where Max Mondelli was runner-up in the A race in a personal best of 22.32,
running into a slight headwind, while Theo Etienne also posted a lifetime best of 22.57 in winning the B
race. Etienne's 200m effort came three days after he posted a lifetime 100m best time of 10.93 in the
Southern England Student Sports Association's Championshjips at Lee Valley where he took the bronze medal.
Hercules Wimbledon performed well on the track with Hamed Agboke winning the 400m A race and James
Moorcroft, Nicholas Bland and Steve Bayton won the 800m, 1500m, 5000m B races. Ben Toomer and David
Harris also won the 3000m steeplechase and 110m hurdles B races. Rob Truer and Oliver Tresisi were second
in the steeplechase and hurdles A races while Tresisi also won the long jump B and was third in the
high jump and discus A. Another winner was Ben Deuchar in the javelin B with Max Jacobs finishing second in
the A competition. Cassian Hyde and Fred Slemeck also finished runners-up in the 1500 and 5000m A races.
Hercules Wimbledon produced their best-ever team result in the Southern Veterans League when they were
pipped to the post in their opening match at Kingsmeadow by just two points. It was also a night for
records as Lisa Thomas posted new club bestover 45 age marks in winning the 1500m in 5:24.3 and finishing
third in the 400m . Esmond Ferns also set a new club veterans over 35 record in winning the men's 400m in
53.9. He was also runner-up in the 100m. At the end of the evening he anchored the Hercules Wimbledon team
to victory in the Medley relay in another club record time of 4:09.6. Other members of the record-breaking
team were Mark White, Emil Hage and Stuart White. Mark White also won the over 40 100m while Paul Lemmon
won the over 50 1500m and was second in the 5000m. Team captain Dave Orchard won the over 50 hammer and was
third in both the pole vault and long jump while Charles Lawrie took the over 60 100m in 68.3.
Veteran marathon runner Claire Grima won the women's race in the Killerton 10km multi-terrain event in
Devon on Sunday in 43:08 while husband Dave was second of almost 200 finishers in 42:20. "It was extremely
hilly and at some points I was clambering rather than running up the hills," said Dave. "It was all good
fun, though and good training."
Hercules Wimbledon youngsters filled two of the top three placings in the junior parkrun 2km event in
Wimbledon Park on Sunday through Zac Purnell and Caspar Parsons. Hercules Wimbledon's over 45 veteran Lisa
Thomas was once again top woman finisher in the Wimbledon Common parkrun 5km event on Saturday in
19:59. She was 17th overall out of 350 runners, posting the top age-graded performance, and the third
Hercules Wimbledon finisher. Ahead of her were over 40 veteran Felix Allen, 11th in 19:39 and Charles
Hampden-Smith, top over 50 veteran finisher in 16th place in 19:58.
29-04-14 - TOOMER WINS PERSONAL BEST TIME IN
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's Ben Toomer raced his way to lifetime best time when he won the Chipping
Sodbury park run 5km race in the West Country on Saturday in 16 minutes 22 seconds. Toomer made a winning
debut in the Chipping Sodbury event and his time took seven seconds off his previous best park run time set
in the Little Stoke Park event at the end of last year. He beat a 128-strong field in the West Country and
won the race by 17 seconds.
Meanwhile, over 45 veteran Lisa Thomas won the women's race in the Wimbledon Common park run in 20:05. She
was 16th overall out of more than 300 runners. Best of more than 20 Hercules Wimbledon runners competing
opn Wimbledopn Common was veteran Peter Collins who was third in 18:18 with over 50 veteran Charles
Hampden-Smith 12th in 19:52. Other leading Hercules Wimbledon finishers were Stephen McDuell (18th in
20:33), Felix Allen (19th in 20:31), Dan Bratton (21st in 20:37), Adam Fenton (22nd in 20:38) and Frank
Wood (25th in 20:42).
Hercules Wimbledon teenager Cassian Hyde also had a good run in the Bushy Park event where he finished
ninth out of more than 980 runners in 16:37 while veteran Stuart Fraser was runner-up in ythr Bishop's
Patrk event in Fulham in 17:11.Andrew Davies was seventh in 18:43, and veteran marathon runners Tom
Cheetham and Jeremy Purnell 15th and 18th in 19:27 and 19:39.
Hercules Wimbledon's James Hodgkinson was runner-up in the junior parkrun in Wimbledon Park on Sunday in
7:50, finishing 25 seconds behind the winner. Michael Lammie was fourth out of more than 50 runners in
Surrey steeplechase medallist Rob Tuer was the best p[laced Hercules Wimbledon finisher in the Sward Trophy
meeting at Kingsmeadow Stadiumn on Saturday. He was runner-up in the 2000m steeplechase. David Kail was
also runner-up in the B race. Hamed Agboke was third in the 400m and also helped Hercules Wimbledon to
second spot in the 4x400m relay.
Also on the track, Belmiro Costa and Zoe Illis were the top placed Hercules Wimbledon athletes in the South
London Athletics Network Meeting at Tooting Bec on Sunday. Costa was second in the under 17 men's 400m with
Ilis runner-up in the under 20 women's 1500m.
Hercules Wimbledon open their Soleus Southern Men's League programme this weekend by hosting a Division One
match at Wimbledon Park on Saturday. It will be the first league meeting to be staged there since 2011. The
match kicks off at 1pm with the pole aunt and hammer. The first track event, the 400m hurdles is at 2.15pm
with the final event, the 4x400m relay, due off at 5pm. Other eams taking part in the match are Herne Hill,
Kent AC, South London Harriers, Victoria Park & Tower Hamlets, Queen's Park Harriers & London AC
and Dorking & Mole Valley & Reigate Priory.
22-04-14 - EVENT TO MARK LIFE OF CLUB PRESIDENT
A service to celebrate the life of the late Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club president, David Littlewood,
MBE, will be held at Sandown Park, Esher, next month.
Littlewood, who lived in New Malden, was one of Britain's top athletics officials, passed away in March
after a short illness. He was 76. Hundreds of people from all levels of the world of athletics are expected
at the event.
Representatives from the International Association of Athletic Federations, the IAAF, where Littlewood was
a member of the technical committee at the time of his death, and UK Athletics and England Athletics, the
two domestic governing bodies, are expected.
There will also be scores of Littlewood's fellow officials from all parts of the country. Littlewood
received the England Athletics Services to Officiating Award in 2012. He was presented with the MBE,
awarded in recognition of his volunteer service to athletics, by The Queen at Windsor Castle on his 73rd
birthday in 2010.
He was the UK representative on the IAAF Technical Committee and was Out of Stadium Competition Director at
the 2012 London Olympics, responsible for overseeing the marathon and race walking events. He was Virgin
Money London Marathon men's race referee for almost 30 years.
Littlewood was a lifelong member of Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club and, after serving as treasurer for a
record 43 years, was elected president in 2004. He was also a vice-president of Surrey County Athletic
Former staff from Isleworth Grammar School where he was a teacher and became head of geography, and some of
his former fellow pupils from Battersea Grammar School, are also expected at the Sandown Park event.
Hercules Wimbledon teenager Cassian Hyde warmed-up for the coming track season with a personal best
performance in the Bushy Park 5km parkrun on Saturday. Hyde finished third out of more than 1200 runners in
16 minutes 25 seconds to chop 13 seconds off his previous best time set in June last yedar. His time is
also the second best ever clocked over the distance by a Hercules Wimbledon under 17-year-old. Over
in Richmond Park, another Hercules Wimbledon teenager, Jack Collins was second out of 354 runners in the
parkrun there in 18:18. It was his highest placing in 12 appearances in the event.
Phil Glynn was the best of more than a dozen Hercules Wimbledon runners in the Wimbledon Common parkrun on
Saturday. He was fourth out of 346 runners in 17:29, eight seconds ahead of clubmate Peter Collins who was
fifth in a new personal best. His time sliced five seconds off his previous best set when finishing fourth
the previous Saturday. Clubmate James Moorcroft was ninth in 18:25 with Charles Hampden-Smith second
veteran over 50 finisher in a new personal best of 19:11. Hampden-Smith, who has contested the Wimbledon
Common event more than 250 times, took seven seconds off his previous best time for the course set in May
Fred Slemeck was the best of the Hercules Wimbledon squad that spent the Easter Bank Holiday weekend
competing in the Isel of Man Easter Running Festival. He was 14th out of 240 runners in the 10km road race
on Good Friday in 32 minutes 17 seconds, leading the team to sixth place. Other members odf the quartet
were Kieran White, 20th in 32:54, Alex Robinson 22nd three seconds later and Liam White, 26th in 33:18.
On Easter Saturday, Slemeck was top finisher in the Hill Race, finishing in sixth spot with Robinson 18th,
Kieran White 26th and Liam White 34th. Liam White was the fastest member of the relay quartet that finished
seventh in the 4x5km event on Sunday.
Hercules Wimbledon open their 2014 summer track and field season when they compete in the Sward and
Kinnaird Trophy meeting at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Saturday. The meeting starts at 12noon with the hammer
and pole vault and runs through until the final event, the 4x400m relay, at 4.45pm.
15-04-13 - CLAIRE GRIMA'S RECORD MARATHON RUN
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's Claire Grima finished a brilliant sixth in
the women's championship race in the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday.
Grima, 36, who was running in the event with her husband, Dave, ran a reactively steady race passing the
half-way just past Tower Bridge in one hour 20 minutes 49 seconds and reaching the finish in The Mall in
2:45:51 to smash her previous club record of 2:49:10 she set in London in 2011.
"I was very pleased to improve on my own record," said Claire. "As usual, the atmosphere throughout the
race was fantastic and I felt good most of the way. It was relatively mild but there was a swirling wind in
Claire, who first ran in the London race in 2014, is ranked fourth among UK over 35 women marathon runners
this year as a result of her performance in the London race on Sunday. Her sixth place in the women's race
was a significant improvement on her previous highest finishing position of 10th in 2011.
Husband Dave, although finishing almost three minutes behind Claire, was able to emulate her achievement
with a lifetime best performance. He clocked 2:48:35 to slice 10 seconds off his previous best time set in
the Amsterdam Marathon in October last year. Top Hercules Wimbledon finishing among the 36,000 runners in
Sunday's race was Joe Clark who also posted a best marathon time of 2:39:09 for 171st place. Clark, who was
competing in the London event for the seventh consecutive year, chopped more than eight minutes off his
previous best marathon time set in London in 2013. He was timed at 2:47:17.
Rob Tuer was just 20 seconds behind Clark also significantly improving on his previous best marathon time.
He was 182nd in 2:39:29 o improve on his previous best time of 2:47:45 posted in the London race last year.
Andrew Blake also got inside the three hour barrier with 2:56:35 while David Scrimshaw just missed out
clocking 3:00:29. Hercules Wimbledon chairman Dave Clarke, winner of the Stockholm marathon in 1989, and
three times English senior men's cross country champion, was hampered by calf muscle and hamstring problems
in his bid to get inside the three hour barrier on Sunday and finished in 3:08:53. Charles Hampden-Smith
was Hercules Wimbledon's top veteran over 50 finisher in 3:06:49, just 19 seconds outside his best marathon
time set in London 2012. There were a total of 13 Hercules Wimbledon runners in Sunday's main race.
More than 20 Hercules Wimbledon youngsters took part in the Virgin Money Giving mini marathon races over
the final there miles of the main marathon course from Old Billingsgate to The Mall. Highest place finisher
was Zoe Illis whom was 11th oout off more than 200 runners in the girls under 17 race in 18:27 with her
Wandsworth team-mate Emma Headley 22nd in 19:15. Oscar White led the Wandsworth team to third spot in
finishing 12th in the boys under 13 race in 17:30 while Matt Gibbons was 13th for Merton in the boys under
15 race in 16:52.
Hercules Wimbledon's Liam White headed home a 200-plus field in the Bishop's Park park run in Fulham in
15:42 ahead of club mates Alex Bellew (16:03) and Alex Robinson (16:07). Hercules Wimbledon's over 45
veteran Lisa Thomas was the top woman finisher in Saturday's Wimbledon Common park run 5km event in 19:33.
Stuart Fraser was second out of 322 finishers in the men's race in 17:26, 10 seconds behind the winner,
with Peter Collins fourth in 17:42. Chris Ore was also runner-up in Burgess Park in 17:13.
8-04-14 - HW MARATHON DOZEN IN LONDON EVENT
Husband and wife marathon running duo David and Claire Grima head a dozen-strong Hercules Wimbledon
contingent running in Sunday's Virgin Money London Marathon from Blackheath to The Mall.
Past holders of the Guinness World record for the fastest aggregate time by a married couple in a marathon,
the Grimas will be racing in the London race together for the fourth time. David posted his best time last
year when he clocked two hours 48 minutes 45 seconds to Claire's 2:49:19, although, mother of two, Claire
went 10 seconds faster in 2011. She missed the 2010 and 2012 races to have sons Luca and Jasper.
Running the Virgin London marathon for the fifth time will be Hercules Wimbledon chairman Dave Clarke. Now
56, Clarke was an outstanding runner in his younger days winning the English national senior men's cross
country title three times in the 1980's and winning the Stockholm marathon in 1989 in 2:13:34. He returned
to marathon racing in 2008 to accompany his wife Fran in the London race but will be running solo in the
event for the first time this year and is aiming to beat the three hour barrier. He clocked 2:52:11 last
year and has a best London time of 2:45:45 in 2010.
Dennis Williams, who has run in every London race since its inauguration in 1981 with one exception when
injury forced him to drop out, will, at 68, be the oldest Hercules Wimbledon runner in Sunday's race. Over
45 veteran Tom Cheetham will be running in his 50th marathon on Sunday when he takes to the London
roads for the 12th time.
Siblings Zoe and Daniel Illis will be among a small Hercules Wimbledon squad competing in the Virgin Money
Giving London mini marathon over the last three miles of the main course from Old Billingsgate to The Mall.
The transfer of the prestigious Hercules Wimbledon Young Athletes Open meeting to the club's Wimbledon Park
track headquarters from Crystal Palace National Sports Centre where it had been staged for the previous 32
years proved an overwhelming success. More than 600 youngsters from all over the South East of England took
part in the six hour meeting and spectators included Wimbledon Park Merton councillor and former Mayor
Surrey team manager Rob Russell, who was there with a group of athletes from Dorking & Mole Valley,
summed up the views of many when he said: "We all thought the move to Wimbledon made the atmosphere even
better as spectators, coaches, family and athletes were less spread out and were closer to the action."
Staging it at their home track proved a great incentive for Hercules Wimbledon athletes to take part and a
record number of more than 70 of them were in action. Best of the bunch was South of England indoor 60m
bronze medallist who celebrated his 14th birthday six days earlier by winning the boys under 15 100m
in a personal best of 11.93. He also posted a lifetime best in taking runners-up spot in the 200m in
24.92. He took sizeable chunks off his previous best times of 12.6 and 25.6 set last season.
Hercules Wimbledon newcomer Jaleel Ropar, a pupil at Haslemere Primary School, Mitcham, made an impressive
track debut to win a hat-trick of medals. He took second place in the boys under 13 200 and 800m in 28.26
and 2:38.39 and third in the 100m in 13.80. Other Hercules Wimbledon youngsters to gain medals were Joe
Lorenzo (third under 125 boys long jump), Oliver Mace (third under 13 boys shot), Ruby Henderson (third
under 17 women's long jump) and Caspar Parsons (third under 11 600m).
The transfer of the meeting to Wimbledon Park also seemed to boost the standard of performance as no less
than eight meeting records were broken. Kingston & Polytechnic's Mollie O'Sullivan bettered the under
15 girls 1500m mark of 4:41.8 dating back to 1985 with a winning time of 4:37.72 while Highgate's Georgia
Fear took more than a second off the 1987 women's under17 1500m record with a winning time of 4:41.6.
1-04-14 - TOP YOUNGSTERS' MEETING COMES HOME
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club are to stage their popular Young Athletes Open Meeting at their Wimbledon
Park track headquarters for the first time on Sunday. The meeting, which was first staged more than
three decades ago, has traditionally been wheremany youngsters start their summer track and field
competition programme. Up till now, it has been held at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre but, this
year, Hercules Wimbledon has decided to promote the event at their home track to mark the completing of
around £100,000 renovation work to both the track and the stadium building.
Working in conjunction with Merton Council, Hercules Wimbledon has secured a full competition licence from
UK Athletics for Wimbledon Park so that it can be used for track and field competitions for the first time
since 2011. The Hercules Wimbledon young athletes open meeting has proved a valuable stepping stone for
youngsters in their attempts to reach the top flight of the sport. Many future Olympic and international
athletes have appeared at the event in previous years.Teenager Adam Gemili who reached the 100m semi-final
on his Olympic debut in London in 2012 made a double appearance at the Hercules Wimbledon Young Athletes
meeting in 2011 when he won the under 20 100 and 200m in 10.75 and 22.02 seconds, which are currently the
meeting records for the event.
Past winners also include Olympic sprinter Montelle Douglas, who still holds the women's under 17 100 and
200m records of 11.9 and 24.6 she set in 2002 while another Olympian, Emeka Udechuku, still holds the men's
under 17 shot and discus records of 18.03 and 57.18m he set in 1995.
One of the longest standing meeting records is held by Olympic marathon runner Mark Steinle. As a
12-year-old he set the under 13 boys 1500m record of 4:41.5 in 1987. The meeting, for youngsters between
the ages of 10 and 19, starts at 11am and finishes around 5pm.
Hercules Wimbledon pole vaulter Alison Murray followed up her club age record-breaking performance the
previous weekend by taking the silver medal in the World Masters Indoor Championships in Budapest. She
cleared 2.80m to finish runner-up in the women's over 45 category.
Alsoin Budapest, Hercules Wimbledon's Anna Garnier finished fifth in the women's over 55 8km event in the
World Masters cross country championships in 34:54, just over two minutes behind the winner.
Elsewhere, Hercules Wimbledon provided both the men's and women's winners in the Wimbledon Common parkrun
5km event on Saturday. Ben Toomer made a winning debut in taking the men's race in 17:06, heading home a
377-strong field, while Lisa Thomas was once again first woman in 20:02, finishing 26th overall. Adam
Harwood was the second of a large Hercules Wimbledon contingent taking seventh place in 18:21 with Peter
Collins 11th in 18:52 and over 50 veteran Charles Hampden-Smith 23rd in 19:54.
Stephen McDuell was 12th out of more than 100 finishers in the Kingston parkrun in 20:, James Moorcroft was
13th out of more than 1000 runners in the Bushy Park event in 17:48, while Jack Collins was 11th out of
more than 300 runners in the Richmond Park event in 18:37 where Zoe Illis was first woman finisher in
On the road, Kieran White was fifth out of 274 runners in true Serpentine Last Friday of the Month 5km race
in Hyde Park in 16:13, Stuart Fraser was fifth in the Ravens 5km event in Wapping in 17L:28 while Matt
Sharp was 74th out of more than 2000 runners in the Paddock Wood half-marathon in Kent in 1:28:18.