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Hercules Wimbledon AC at Crystal Palace



On a track that evokes memories past and an event which I always think is an excellent way to start a season, a good group of athletes from IEK enjoyed a relatively warm and sunny Sunday.


First up at 11am were our two u13 girls from James Roberts group.


Esther Lafferty worked hard from start to finish with a fine 4th spot and 5.42 time. Esther will build from this and I think will produce some great performances as the season progresses.


Kate Wooliscroft a new athlete to me, again worked very hard in what i suspect was her first 1500m on a track finishing in 5.58 so a sub 6 min achieved is a success to build upon, well done Katy.


On to the u13 boys Douglas Noel wearing an original and better blue and gold strip ran his first 1500m at this age group. A fine and intelligent run (clearly gets it from his father) helped him to a 3rd place and time of 5.15 of which he was rightly proud!


The u15 girls Sarah Hall and Maria Whittaker stepped up to the plate in their 1500m, Sarah storming home in 5.46 and Maria in 6.01. I’m sure both girls will have enjoyed this race. Learning from that will give them the experience and strength required to build on this solid result.


Also running was Jessie Carley, always hard on herself she should definitely be pleased with her 5.16 and she is just 12, but finds herself in the u15 girls a great result.


In the u17 women’s race our intrepid trio of Lilly Coward, Amy Old and Anna Weston all worked very hard in this race. Lilly leading them home in 4.56 followed by Amy in 5.12 and Anna in 5.21. The times aside all three girls are getting track racing back in their legs and give it a couple of more races I’m sure will be pressing their pb’s very hard. Anna I note looked more in the groove than the previous week well done her!


In the u17 men James Pitcher, Barney Howard and Ben Hall all attacked the race with gusto and I think enjoyed actually racing! James was first home in 4.33, Barney 4.41 and Ben a true grit performance in 4.54. Watch these guys I would like to hook them up with some athletes and get them into a relay somewhere. We could have an inspirational u17 relay team!


Out trying to get some win money was Adam McKenna having entered the u20 men Dave Clark mile. Adam really went for it bearing in mind this was his first foray into the world of the u20s it was a big ask! He was rewarded with a 5.04 mile and with more speed work in his legs a sub 5 min mile is surely a given. Well done Adam a brave and gutsy run.


The girls u15 800m was contested over 4 heats the record held by our own pocket rocket Bobby Clay.

First up after an inspiring performance last week was Emily Bond. I don’t know if it’s Peter Mullervy, Seb Coe or Steve Ovett but someone has taught this girl to race. All of you out there take note if you get racing, your times will come down, stop thinking about pb’s, think about racing races and I guarantee your pb’s will come!


(rant over)…


Anyway as you might have guessed our Miss Bond sat in the pack waited until about 550m out then kicked hard and fast. No one but no one was going to catch her and the fastest 800m u15 of the day was her reward - 2.23 as a first year u15 – Bobby’s record is defiantly beatable.


Next up Ella Fox saw confusion as to what race she should be in as the organisers entered her in the u17 race accidently. Ella was not seeded correctly and went out hard and fast leading the race up until the last 150m where another young lady just pipped her to the line in 2.33, both Peter and I thought it was a good performance and definitely something to build on. Ella is one tenacious young lady and will be flying soon!


Talking of tenacious it must run in the blood, not really enjoying her best work in training, Abbie Fox lined up for the u17 girls 1500m she must have a twin at training because she set of on her first 300m, like a different runner fast strong and a smooth action. Got her into second and determination written across her face no one was going to overtake her and so it was 2nd in 2.30. With more belief and a good running in training Abbie could definitely breakthrough this season.


In the under 17 men the three lads who had earlier run well in the 1500m doubled up to compete in the 800m as well. Good for them as I know James Pitcher needed some convincing. His coach James Roberts explained he often had done similar doubling up with the result of two pb’s on the day and so James I think surprised himself with a startling 2.09 and first place in his heat! Well worth listening to our coaches I think!


Also Barney Howard maybe a little out of sorts, competed very bravely finishing in 2.17, a time I know he is well capable of smashing. I suspect if the events had been the other way round he would be getting closer to that much converted 2 minute marker.


Last up Ben Hall, this guy is a brave runner

I want to use the word ballsy but it might get spammed so let’s just say brave, a really good effort in 2.23.


So stepping into u20 territory again for the first time was William Stockwell. Lots of you won’t know William - he recently joined us and trains under Peter but you should take note cause he ran 2.02 first time out here this year, a huge pb and a sub 2 min is most defiantly there for the taking in the right race. Well done William and welcome to our club.


Our two youngest boys Joseph Fox and Oliver Weston put themselves defiantly first foot forward in the u11 1000m.


A big field shot off at a furious pace but Oliver and Joseph are bright intelligent young athletes, they both hung back in 4th and 5th spot waiting for their moment.


At the bell Joseph took off like a bullet and immediately chased down the athletes in front of him to finish an excellent 2nd in 3.27, Oliver chasing very hard but not quite catching him just five seconds adrift in 2.33. These two lads are defiantly future stars I love watching them race well done boys.


Our multi eventer competing was of course Holly Fielder, observed and inspired by the ever present coach Stuart Earl. Holly performed really well, 2nd in her 200m heat in 27.9, 6th overall, 4th in the high jump 1.37 and finally a fantastic 1st in the long jump 4.76. Well done Holly you do us proud in not only your performances but also your attitude.


From your special correspondent


Ralph Noel xx