BY TOM POLLAK
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s Rosenheim League Eastern division teams performed strongly in their home match at Wimbledon Park Athletics Stadium and top their respective tables with two divisional matches to go.
The women ran out comfortable winners of their match to strengthen their lead at the top of the Eastern division table.
They managed to win nine of the 12 events with sprinter Laura Wignell gaining a fine sprint double in the 100 and 200 metres before helping the team to victory in the 4x200m relay.
Jenny Steinitz got the team off to a winning start in the 100m hurdles before Lisa Thomas took the 800m and Emilie Bokor-Ingram the 400m. Alex Binley gained a comfortable success in the 3000m. In the field events, teenager Leah Syme gained a double success taking the high and long jumps.
Finley was also second in the 1,500m with Steinitz taking runners-up spot in both the women’s shot and javelin.
Women’s match result: 1 Hercules Wimbledon 59pts; 2 Serpentine 52; 3 Belgrave 23; 4 Herne Hill 19.
Standings after three matches: 1 Hercules Wimbledon 17 league pts (188 match points); 2 Serpentine 14 (159.5); 3 Belgrave 6 (58); 4 Croydon 4 (52.5); 5 Holland Sports 3 (3).
Hercules Wimbledon men had to settle for second place in their match although it was enough to move into the lead in the seasonal contest.
Only individual successes on the night came in the long jump through Andrew Bullimore and javelin with veteran Christer Hagberg winning.
Hagberg was second in the shot with Mark Andrews runner-up in the high jump and 110m hurdles. David Lewin was second in the 1,500m.
Men’s match result: 1 Belgrave 57pts; 2 Hercules Wimbledon 48; 3 Holland Sports 45; 4 Serpentine 42; 5 Herne Hill 30; 6 Croydon 20.
Standings after three matches: 1 Hercules Wimbledon 14 (141); 2 Holland sports 13 (138); 3 Belgrave 13 (132); 4 Serpentine 12 (137); 5 Croydon 7 (98); 6 Herne Hill 4 (37).
Hercules Wimbledon youngsters were among the medallists in the London and Surrey Schools track and field championships on Saturday at Battersea Park and Kingston respectively.
Georgie Clarke took the intermediate girls 1,500m and Freddie Arkell the junior boys 100m gold medals at Battersea Park. Rebekah Riches took the intermediate girls’ 800m bronze medal and Darcy O’Shea and Millie Doyle bronze medals in the junior girls high jump and 1,500m championships.
There was also a crop of Hercules Wimbledon medallists at the Surrey schools meeting.
Lulu Weisz took silver in the junior girls’ 800m and Joanna Tofte bronze in the intermediate girls’ 800m. Tom Oswald and Henry Silverstein took bronze in the senior boys 400m and 1m500m finals. Morgan Rennie took bronze in the intermediate boys’ 800m.
Richard McDowell headed home a 50-strong field in Wimbledon Common 5km parkrun on Saturday in 16:17. It was his first win in the event since September last year when he also last competed in the Wimbledon Common parkrun. Chloe Binley was top woman finisher in a personal best of 20:02.
Alex Robinson won the Nant y Pandy parkrun in Wales in 17:40 while Robbie Hynes was runner-up in Bergen, Norway in 18:11. Andy Greenleaf and Fred Slemeck filed the top two places on their debut in the Hove event. Greenleaf won in 16:50 with Slemeck second in 17:55.
Monday night’s scheduled Southern Veterans League match at Walton-on-Thames was cancelled due to heavy rain and an adverse weather forecast.
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