Record-breaking points haul for Hercules Wimbledon AC

BY TOM POLLAK

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s produced a record-breaking match score in their Southern Athletics League fixture at Norman Park, Bromley, on Saturday.

The club’s target is promotion.

Star of the team was all-rounder Mark Andrews, who competed in no less than 11 events.  Across five hours of exhausting athletics, he posted six wins, four second places and one third. His successes came in the triple jump A and high jump, pole vault, shot, hammer and javelin B events. He was second in the 110 metres and 400 metres hurdles A races, the steeplechase A race and the javelin A competition. He was third in the long jump A event.

Andrews, 30, was making his Southern League debut for Hercules Wimbledon. He was ranked among the top 50 of UK decathletes last season and mustered 49 points, almost a third of the 152 gained by the entire men’s team.

Lance Power partnered him in the hurdles, winning both B string events as well as winning the pole vault A and finishing second in the steeplechase B race.

The men’s side gained 19 wins and dominated the endurance events with maximum points in the 1,500m and 5000m. Charlie Eastaugh and Andrew Thomas took the 1,500m A and B races. David Lewin and Luke Davis won the 5000m A and B races.

Eastaugh was also runner-up in the 800m with World Masters over-50 bronze medallist Dominic Bokor-Ingram taking the B race. Bogor-Ingram finished third in the 400m A race.

The club gained maximum points in the triple jump with teenager Bryn Cann taking the B event after finishing third in the long jump B competition. They also did well in the throws with Sam Hitchings winning the javelin A and hammer B events and taking third in the shot. He ran a leg for the 4x100m relay team which finished third.

Hamed Agboke was runner-up in the 400m B race and third in the 200m B before helping Hercules Wimbledon win the final men’s event, the 4x400m relay, linking up with Charlie Eastaugh, Pete McLeod and Mark White.

Supervet Gina Galbraith and teenager Georgina Clarke secured maximum points in the women’s 3,000m taking the A and B races respectively. Lisa Thomas won the steeplechase A and 400m hurdles B race. She finished third in the 1,500m A race before running legs for the 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams which both finished third.

Team manager Heather Jones gained vital points winning the shot and hammer B events as well as taking second place in the javelin and finishing third in the discus A and long jump B as well as running legs for both relay teams. Ann Martin took third in the shot and hammer A and discus and javelin B events.

Hercules Wimbledon had gained a record score of 273 points, beating the previous highest of 246 achieved in 2016.

Kieran White was third over-40 veteran in the Brighton Marathon on Sunday in 2:45:17. Matthew Sharp broke the club over-40 record in the curtain raising Brighton 10km road race, finishing fourth in his age category in 32:35.

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