Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s more seasoned athletes struck winning form again when their men’s team won their second Southern Counties Veterans League match at Ewell Court to consolidate their position at the top of the South London Division table and strengthen their chances of retaining the title they won for the first time in 2016, reports Tom Pollak.
Meanwhile, some of Hercules Wimbledon’s young sprinters showed their best form of the summer at open meetings in North and East London.
Hercules Wimbledon’s oldest active athletes were in the winning team at Ewell Court. John Webster, who celebrates his 78th birthday in June, and won his first Surrey titles as a teenager back in 1958, won the over 70 hammer at Ewell with his best throw for two seasons of 31.35m, one of the top throws by a British over 75-year-old this summer. He was also third in the over 60 pole vault.
Meanwhile, Peter Giles, who will be 73 next month gained valuable points by finishing runner-up in the over 70 200m in 33.5 seconds and second in the over 60 800m in 2:43.3, his fastest time this season. Hercules Wimbledon’s younger veteran athletes performed solidly too with Dominic Bokor-Ingram, Britain’s top-ranked over 45 400m runner last season, taking the over 35 200m in a season’s best of 24.4 and winning the over 35 800m making his debut over the distance. He then linked up with Richard McDowell, Mark White and Vic Ray to run the anchor leg for the winning 4x400m relay team.
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