Hercules Wimbledon athletes in action at BUCS Championships

Two Hercules athletes competed on Saturday at the British Universities and Colleges Sports Cross Country Championships in Temple Newsam, both finishing in the top 100.

Competing for Oxford University, where he is undertaking a masters degree, Jonathan Cornish finished 41st, just outside the scoring four from the university who won team silver, writes George Mallett.

Cornish, an England international on the roads, ran strongly on the opening lap and found himself within the top 10.

But he was unfortunate to slip on the second lap, losing some momentum and never fully being able to get back in touch.

Universities are allowed to enter six athletes in the long race, generally seen as the event’s A race, with Oxford’s final counter finishing around a minute ahead of Cornish in 21st. Birmingham were clear winners in the event, having all three of the individual medalists.

Tom Maloney ran strongly to close out the Exeter University side that finished ninth of 46 completed teams. His 97th place was enough to earn him the final counting spot.

A number of junior athletes represented their counties at the South East Schools Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships in Ardingly, Sussex on Saturday.

Surrey’s Freia Harper-Tee was 25th in the junior girls race, just outside scoring for the winning team.

Thomas Whorton (junior boys) was 12th and the second scorer in a Surrey sextet that finished fourth of the six competing counties. Dillan Quinn was 65th in the inter girls race.

U15 Otelia Garcia-Davis recorded a new parkrun best of 18:49 to finish 54th and fourth lady at the Dulwich event. U17 Noah Fernandez won Wimbledon Common parkrun in a PB of 17:09, impressive given the muddy course is not particularly known for being fast.

Richard Evans clocked 1:36:19 to finish 207th at the Watford Half Marathon.

Felix Allen took part in a cross-country race round Wimbledon Common – Dash for the Splash. The roughly 10km event saw entrants have to wade across Beverley Brook and Allen was the first in his V50 age group.


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