Hercules Wimbledon AC enjoy record parkrun results

BY TOM POLLAK

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club runners won a record seven parkrun events on Saturday.

Lulu Weisz won the women’s race on Wimbledon Common in a PB of 19:35, chopping 20 seconds off her previous best time for the event set in April. She was the best of 18 Hercules Wimbledon athletes among 529 in the race and also posted the top age-graded performance.

Over-40 veteran Gina Galbraith posted the top age-graded effort as the top woman finisher in the Southsea parkrun in 18:29 where she was seventh of 457 runners. Ellen Weir was top female finisher on the Isle of Wight – 13th out of 366 runners in 20:40.

Richard McDowell headed home 458 runners at Weymouth in a PB of 16:13, also the day’s top age-graded performance, and the fastest Hercules Wimbledon runner of the day.

Justin Reid led in a 311-strong field in Bangor, Northern Ireland in a PB of 17:20, posting the top age-graded effort.

Andy Parker made a winning debut at Bedgebury Pinetum in Kent in 19:17 where he headed home a 209-strong field. Joe Toomey clocked a PB winning on Clapham Common in 16:34, a 10 second improvement.

Jonny Cornish warmed-up for this week’s Hercules Wimbledon Night of 5000m racing at Wimbledon Park with a lifetime best 3,000m performance in Birmingham on Saturday. He clocked 8:24.00 to clip almost one-and-a-half seconds off his previous best time for the distance set at the Hercules Wimbledon Night of 3000m racing at Wimbledon Park in June.

Continuing his preparations for the British trials later this month for the IAAF World Championships in Doha, Dwayne Cowan finished third in a 400m race at the Memorial Rasschaert Meeting in Ninove, Belgium, on Saturday in a disappointing 47.14.

It was well below his best of 45.77 this summer, set in an international meeting in Switzerland at the end of June, which has been bettered by only one British runner in 2019.

Peter Giles was the top veteran over-75 finisher in Veterans Athletic Club’s 10,000m championships at Battersea Park. He is competing in the British Masters track and field championships in Birmingham this weekend in the over-75 800m, 1,500m and 5,000m.

Ryan Facey was the fastest of a squad of Hercules Wimbledon runners who competed in the Lee Valley open sprint meeting at the end of July. He clocked 11.03 and 11.19 in his two 100 metre races, somewhat slower than his 10.78 set in winning the Surrey title in May where he also took the silver medal in the 200 metres.

Teenager Efe Uyi-Peters clocked a personal best 11.89 in his 100 metres race, dipping under 12 seconds for the first time. He also clocked a lifetime best for 200m of 23.83, getting inside 24 seconds for the first time. He is an under 15-year-old and is in his first season in the sport.

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