Latest Hercules Wimbledon news: Surrey cross-country title hopes are fading

Croydon Guardian: First home: Fred Slemeck led the Hercules Wimbledon team in the 2XU Surrey Men's League First home: Fred Slemeck led the Hercules Wimbledon team in the 2XU Surrey Men's League

With three of the Surrey senior men's title-winning team missing from the line-up, Hercules Wimbledon finished down the field in the third of this season's 2XU Surrey Men's League meetings on a mud-covered Wimbledon Common. 

The squad were led home by Fred Slemeck, who missed the Surrey championship, in ninth of 246 runners in 30:41.

Ben Toomer, who headed the Surrey gold medal-winning team, was 22nd in 31:20, Jonathan Cornish 33rd in 31:56, Joe Clark 34th in 31:58, Matt Sharp 37th in 32:02 and Rob Tuer 51st in 32:40.

The scoring 10 were completed by Phil Glynn (80th in 33:57), David Grima (109th in 35:08), Stuart Fraser (119th in 35:31) and James Moorcroft (142nd in 36:45).

Teenagers Cassian Hyde and Matthews Gibbons boosted their chances of making the Surrey teams for the UK Inter-Counties Championships at Birmingham in March.

Hyde was runner-up in the U17 race in 13:56, while Gibbons was second U15 finisher in 14:21. Oscar White had another good run taking third place in the U13 race in 16:11.

Claire Grima kept up her push for a place in Surrey senior women's team for Birmingham by finishing fifth in the Max sports Surrey Ladies League Division One race on Wimbledon Common in 32:15.

This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon's cross-country runners are in action in an inter-club cross country match in Richmond Park, hosted by the Bank of England, and starting from close to Roehampton Gate at 2.30pm on Saturday.

Some of Hercules Wimbledon's youngsters will be competing in the Surrey Schools cross country championships in Priory Park, Reigate, on Saturday morning.

Hercules Wimbledon's track and field training sessions take place at Wimbledon Park athletics stadium on Tuesday and Thursday evenings starting at 6.30pm and Sunday mornings at 10.30am. Further details from coaching coordinator Maurice Sharp on 020 8337 8707.

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