Hercules Wimbledon AC round-up: Miller wins in Austria

Teenager Chad Miller raced to victory in an international indoor meeting in the Austrian capital, writes Tom Pollak.

Junior international Miller, who will be 20 at the end of March, raced to a fine 400 metres victory in the ASVO Vienna Indoor Gala in a lifetime best of 48.59 seconds.

It was his first race over the distance for two years and improved on the 49.51 he set in the heats of the England U20 indoor championships in Sheffield in 2018.

Ellen Weir followed up her victory in the Surrey championships at Dorking the previous weekend by winning a Sports Systems Surrey Ladies League U17 cross country race for the first time when she triumphed on Wimbledon Common on Saturday.

Weir completed a hat-trick of wins for Hercules Wimbledon runners. Competing in her first league race of the winter she followed in the footsteps of team-mate Georgie Clarke, who won the opening two races at Reigate and Mitcham Common.

Clarke had to settle for fourth place on Saturday crossing the line in 17:04, 39 seconds behind the winner. With Niamh Thomson and Albane Fery eighth and ninth in 17:48 and 18:40, they comfortably took the team honours and look set to win the overall title.

Hercules Wimbledon were runners-up in the U15 contest with 37 points, behind Epsom & Ewell (25). Lulu Weisz and Millie Thorpe who were third and fourth in 17:32 and 17:33 respectively. Eloise Davies was 10th in 17:49, and Georgia Winter and Bailey O’Leary 20th and 21st in 18:43 and 18.47.
Sophie Thorpe took 15th place out of 51 runners in the U13 girls race.

The senior women were ninth out of 30 teams. Veteran Claire Grima was 10th out of the 276 runners in 33:57. She was a long way ahead of the Jessica Prior – 36th in 36:23 – with another Gina Galbraith 41st in 36:23.

The club were runners up in the team event at the Sport Systems Surrey Men’s League Division One match.

They were led in by Jonny Cornish -seventh of the 230 runners in 27:01. Alex Milne and Fred Slemeck were 11th and 12th in 27:15 and 27:23 with Andrew Penney 16th in 27:37. Rhys Boorman (20th in 27:52), Finn Johnson (22nd in 27:57), Tom Jervis (28th in 28:09), Dimos Evangelidis (39th in 28:30), Joe Toomey (42nd in 28:34) and Joe Clark (53rd in 29:03) completed the team.

Hercules’ U13 boys team came third. Ronan McArdle was 20th of the 53 runners in 13:12.

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