Hercules Wimbledon round-up: Club maintain grip on top spot in Southern League meeting

BY TOM POLLAK

While top sprinter Rechmial Miller was showing good early season form in the Loughborough International Meeting, his Hercules Wimbledon clubmates were consolidating their position at the top of their Southern League division with another convincing win at their Wimbledon Park track headquarters.

Mabel-Rose Scales strengthened her position at the top of this season’s UK girls U13 high jump rankings, with a PB-winning clearance at the English Schools Cup first round match at Linford Christie Stadium, East Acton, of 1.57 metres. She also competed in the 200m where she was second in 28.3 seconds, improving by a second on her PB time and helping Putney High School win the match and qualify for the junior girls semi-final.

Miller made a strong start to his season at Loughborough, winning his 200m race in 21.31 seconds into a slight headwind after earlier finishing fourth in his 100m race in 10.46. His performances rank him fifth and fourth, respectively, in this season’s UK U23 rankings.

Hercules Wimbledon dominated their home Southern Athletics League match to boost their promotion hopes.

The club gained a host of wins with Charlie Eastaugh and Dominic Bokor-Ingram and Emilie Bokor-Ingtram and Rebekah Riches taking both the men’s and women’s 400m A and B races. Riches also took the women’s 800m while Sean Hall and Ross Franks gained maximum points in the men’s 800m A and B events with both runners clocking inside two minutes. Franks then linked up with teenager Henry Silverstein to gain maximum points in the 1,500m. Claire Grima was just pipped in the women’s 1,500m A race with Lisa Thomas taking the B race.

Grima won the 3,000m with Gina Galbraith taking the B race. The men emulated this performance with Finn Johnson and Jonny Earl taking the A and B races. Fred Slemeck and Keith Scofield took both the men’s A and B 3000m steeplechase races.

Ellen Weir and Lisa Thomas secured maximum points in the women’s steeplechase.
Best of the field events competitors was veteran Swede Christer Hagberg. He gained a hat-trick of wins in the shot, discus and hammer with throws of 45.07, 40.91 and 12.46 metres, respectively. Sam Hitchings won the hammer and shot B with 38.07 and 10.66m while Mark Andrews took the discus B with 27.05m.

Hercules Wimbledon ended the day by winning both mixed 4x400m relay races with Rebekah Riches, Pete McLeod, Rebecca Afriyia, Olivia Drigui, Edward Newton, Charlie Eastaugh, Freddie Slemeck and Lisa Thomas making up the two teams (pictured above).

Tom Cheetham finished 93rd – and seventh in the over-50 category – at the Paras 10 miles multi-terrain event in Colchester.

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