Hercules Wimbledon women make club history

Leaping to victory: Emily Martin helped guide Hercules Wimbledon to a historical victory        SP66959

Leaping to victory: Emily Martin helped guide Hercules Wimbledon to a historical victory SP66959

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Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's senior women's track & field team made history when they won the Rosenheim League Eastern division women’s title for the first time since the women's competition was introduced in 2010.

Going into the last of the five divisional matches with a narrow lead, the club dominated the match and ran out comfortable winners scoring almost twice the number of points of their nearest rivals.

Surrey and South of England long jump medallist Emily Martin made a valuable contribution winning the long jump (5.21m) and taking second place in the hammer and 100m.

Lisa Thomas set a club veteran women's over-45 record in finishing second in the 3,000m (11 minutes 1.6 seconds), and then she linked up with Shirley Denchie, Hannah Fernando and Heather Letley to anchor the 4x200m relay team to victory.

Match result: 1, Hercules Wimbledon 22; 2, Herne Hill 12; 3, Belgrave 10; 4, Croydon 6; 5, Serpentine 5. Final standings: 1, Hercules Wimbledon 23.5; 2, Belgrave 20.5; 3, Serpentine 11; 4, Herne Hill 10.5; 5, Croydon 5.5.

It proved a good evening for the Hercules Wimbledon athletes as the club completed a winning double with the men also winning their team contest.

Best individual efforts came from Johnnie Bland, Austin Ferns, Michael Franklin and Oliver Tresise who won the 1,500m, 400m hurdles, pole vault and long jump, respectively.

These four wins were backed up by runners-up spots in the 400m and 800m by Hamed Agboke and Esmond Ferns, who also helped Hercules Wimbledon to second place in the 4x200m relay.

Antonio Douglas and Tarick McDowell were third in the 100 and 200m, with Dave Orchard and Stuart Milton third in the discus and hammer.

The meeting saw a clutch of records with Esmond Ferns setting new figures for the veterans over-35 400m hurdles, Charles Lawrie breaking the over-65 100m and 400m records and Peter Giles breaking the over-70 3,000m record.

Match result: 1, Hercules Wimbledon 46; 2, Herne Hill 36; 3, Belgrave 32; 4, Serpentine 31; 5, Croydon 26. Final standings: 1, Belgrave 20; 2, Herne Hill 17; 3, Hercules Wimbledon 16; 4, Serpentine 12; 5, Croydon 8.

Hercules Wimbledon qualified for the men's final at Tooting Bec on Wednesday, August 13th, starting at 6.30pm.

Elsewhere, Hercules’ talented young sprinter Jaleel Ropar was in superb form when he helped the Surrey team to second place in the boys’ U13 inter-counties meeting at Kingsmeadow stadium on Sunday.

Ropar, 11, broke the club U13 boys’ 200m record when he won his race in 24.90secs.

He smashed the previous record of 25.40secs set by Martin Giraud in 1990. Ropar also won his 100m race in 12.22.

He is ranked fourth in the UK this summer in his age group over both distances.

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