Hercules Wimbledon AC round-up: Strong displays at England Indoor Championships

Hercules Wimbledon athletes continued to enjoy national success with some impressive performances at the England Athletics U20, U17 & U15 Indoor Championships in Sheffield last weekend, writes George Mallett.

Conor Kelly (pictured) cruised through in the U20 400m heats before winning his semi-final in 50.03.

It set up an exciting final where the Irish-born athlete had the fourth fastest time coming in.

He stepped up once more to take bronze in a new PB of 48.37, a fraction quicker than his outdoor PB from 2023, all the more impressive given athletes normally run slower indoors.

U17 Adam Ofeimun entered the competition as the second slowest by 200m PBs but picked up two in quick succession as he first qualified for the semi-finals in 23.00 before narrowly missing out on a national final, finishing third in his semi in 22.86.

It saw him secure eighth overall out of 22 competitors.

Joshua Martin ran 7.18 to finish sixth in his U20 60m heat.

Charlie Eastaugh recently headed to Boston, Massachusetts for the David Hemery Valentine Invitational, taking more than two seconds off his PB to run 8:13.97 over 3,000m. It lifts him one place higher on the Hercules all-time list to 14th, the second quickest athlete this century behind Andrew Penney.

Penney competed at the British Indoor Championships having run the qualifying time at the Cardiff Met Indoor Christmas Classic in December.

In a straight final Penney finished 19th in 8:16.78.

It was a jam-packed weekend for the distance athletes as Friday night saw the return of the Podium Under the Lights 5km in Battersea Park.

Charlie Wyllie ran 14:20 to become the fifth-fastest athlete in Hercules history, finishing 21st in a national class field.

Archie Walton is eighth on that list and enjoyed a decent return to form in 14:48, good enough for 40th, also in the elite race. Eoin Brady ran 15:24 for a PB and 19th in race two.

Many veterans competed at the British Masters Indoor Championships in Lee Valley.

Mark Andrews took M35 shot put gold thanks to a throw of 9.21m in the penultimate round. It was a busy weekend for the decathlete as he also finished fourth in the high jump and long jump.

Heather Letley won W35 silver in the triple jump, reaching 7.89m again in round five. Earlier in the day Letley won 60m hurdles bronze (12.21) and she later finish just outside the medals in fourth in the 800m.

M70 Paul Wignall earned 400m silver, clocking 69.93 over the same distance in which last September he earned European silver. Wignall also ran 30.48 over 200m for fifth, before clocking 9.21 for sixth over 60m.

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