Hercules Wimbledon AC round-up: Scales sisters both shining

BY TOM POLLAK

Sisters Mabel-Rose and Willow Scales have been enjoying outstanding success.

Willow, 10 and in year five at The Study Prep School in Wimbledon, is already making her mark in the world of athletics while her older sister Mabel-Rose picked up two medals at the London Schools Year 7 & 8 Championships at Mile End.

Mabel-Rose broke the championship record with a 1.50m clearance to take the year seven high jump gold medal. She then won her 200m heat which took her through to the final – she clocked 28.2 seconds to lift the silver medal.

A few days later Mabel-Rose was in action for Putney High School in the English Schools Cup Regional Final at the Julie Rose Stadium, Ashford, helping her team finish third of the 12 teams in their match.

Meanwhile Willow was showing gold medal-winning form in the Independent Schools Athletics Regional finals at the Thames Valley Athletics Stadium, Eton.

She set a meeting record in winning the U11 high jump with 1.25m to equal her lifetime best set in the Lily B League meeting at Ewell in April. She also raced away with the U11 150 metres in 22.26 seconds, smashing her previous best of 23.9 set in Guildford in 2017. She made it a hat-trick of gold medals when she helped her team take the sprint relay.

Willow qualified in all three events at the National Independent Schools Athletics Championships at Alexander Stadium, Birmingham.

She was also in action at Eton in the Independent Association of Prep Schools Regional Finals where she achieved a fine double in difficult conditions taking gold in the U11 high jump with 1.24m, just below her best, and the 200m in 32.24, a personal best improving on 32.64 she set in finishing second in her heat and 32.8 set in 2017.

Their dad John was a member of the Wimbledon FA Cup-winning team back in 1988. He also won three England caps in 1995.

Some of Hercules Wimbledon’s top sprinters showed good form at an open meeting in east London. International Theo Etienne clocked a season’s best 100m of 10.37 seconds while Ryan Facey was second in his race in 10.85. Antonio Douglas raced to a personal best of 11.06 in finishing third in his race.

Teenager Chad Miller, in his first race for a month, boosted his chances of competing in this summer’s European indoor championships by cocking a legal 10.55 for the distance and a wind-assisted 10.52. It rank him third in his age group and equals the UK Athletics qualifying standard.

Rechmial Miller clocked a fast 10.52 to finish fourth in his 100m race in an international meeting in Dessau, Germany. Five days later he produced 10.48 in an open sprint meeting at Lee Valley, North London.

He clocked his fastest 100m time this season – 10.41 – at the South of England championships at Bedford at the beginning of June where he was pipped for the gold medal by one-hundredths of a second.

A trio of Hercules Wimbledon runners showed good form in the British Milers Club’s Regional Races meeting at Sutcliffe Park, Eltham. Ross Franks clocked a personal best 3:54,86 to finish third out of 14 runners in the fastest 1,500m race. It bettered his PB of 3:56:53 set back in 2011. Tom Jervis posted his best time of the summer as he came fourth out of 11 runners in the fastest 5,000m race in 15:18.85. Robbie Hynes just failed to break 16 minutes for the distance in finishing sixth out of 15 runners in 16:00.81.

Hercules Wimbledon’s senior athletes will be aiming to strengthen their grip on both the men’s and women’s contests when they compete in the fourth of this season’s Rosenheim League Eastern Division matches at Battersea Park next Wednesday evening (July 3), starting at 6.30pm.

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