Athletics: Hercules Wimbledon AC in the medals at Guildford

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s youngsters got among the medals for the second successive year in the Bruce Judd Surrey Young Athletes cross country relays at Guildford’s Stoke Park on Saturday, writes Tom Pollak.

The U13 girls team took the bronze medals while the U15 girls finished fourth.

Ore Adewale came in 12th at the end of the first leg in the U13 relay in 8:37, Lauren Ermitage (8:29) lifting the team to fourth place.

Although running a slightly slower 8:49, Bailey O’Leary gained a further place to lift the team to the bronze medal-winning spot as they passed Kingston & Polytechnic on the final leg.

Ellen Weir got the girls U15 team off to a good start handing over in second spot at the end of the first leg in 7:51, the fifth fastest time of the day.

Millie Doyle slipped to third place with 8:29 on the second leg. Georgie Clarke was passed by the Aldershot, Farnham & District runner, who finished 17 seconds ahead, despite clocking a faster 8:05 on the anchor stage.

The U17 championship saw the return after six-month absence of Madeleine Orenstein who finished 10th on the opening leg in 9:25.

Georgia Hanley, making her debut in the event, clocked 9:18 to hang onto 10th spot before Selma Hegvold lifted the team to sixth place with an 8:27 anchor leg.

Claire Grima was second woman veteran over-40 finisher at the  Amsterdam Marathon, with a 2018 best of 2:46:50.

Husband Dave clocked 2:44:04 to finish 161st in the men’s race, his second fastest-ever marathon time and his best for two years. He clocked 2:43:50 in London in 2016.

Henry Silverstein was second of the 521 runners in last weekend’s 5km parkrun on Wimbledon Common in 17:30. Lisa Thomas was second women’s finisher in 21:13.

John Webster – Hercules Wimbledon’s oldest active athlete – was in action in a throwing pentathlon competition at Ewell Court where he won the over-75 category with 2,382 points.

The 79-year-old threw the hammer 26.48m, the discus 17.77m, the javelin 21.80m, the heavy weight 9.31m and the shot 5.88m.


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