Hercules Wimbledon’s senior men’s cross country runners underlined their status as the champions of Surrey when they produced their best team effort for a generation in the South of England cross country championships at Parliament Hill Fields on Saturday, writes Tom Pollak.
Not only were Hercules Wimbledon the leading Surrey and South London club but in finishing a superb seventh they posted their best performance since 1974 when their runners took the bronze team medals and Hercules Wimbledon provided the individual winner in Frank Briscoe. None of Saturday’s scoring team was born in 1974.
Remarkably, the best team performance for 43 years was achieved without the club’s top cross country runner Ben Toomer, who, returning to fitness after injury, decided not to risk running over the 15km of testing, rolling hills at Parliament Hill Fields and instead turned out in the Wimbledon Common 5km parkrun over a relatively flat course where he posted his second successive win.
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