Medals are the ideal preparation for the Hercules' ladies
Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's women cross-country runners warmed-up for tomorrow's (Saturday) opening Max Sports Surrey Ladies League fixture on Wimbledon Common with a double medal-winning effort in the Surrey County Masters cross country championships in Richmond Park.
Steph Robson took the individual bronze medal in the veterans over-40 category in 25 minutes, 33 seconds.
Robson also led the Hercules' team to bronze in the over-40 championship, with international race walker Estle Viljoen (seventh, 26.38) and Fenella Willis (16th in 30.31).
Marilena De Luca was 10th in the over-35 championship in 31.50 with Clarke 17th in the over-40 race and Angela Kikugawa eighth in the over-50 race in 32.04. Zoe Phillips was 15th in the over-45 category in 33.45.
Hercules Wimbledon's Anna Garnier won the veterans over-55 title in 26.32, finishing 24th overall.
Hercules Wimbledon will be aiming to emulate the flying start they made to the Max Sports Surrey Ladies cross country league in 2011 when they contest the opening race of the season at Putney Vale on Saturday.
They made history by winning the opening the opening match of the season last year, the first time they had ever gained a victory in the Surrey Ladies League.
They finished third overall at the end of the season, the first time they had been placed in the event.
The senior women's race will be followed by races for the younger age groups.
In the men's Surrey County Masters cross country championships, Hercules Wimbledon's veteran over-60s secured the silver team medals.
The medal-winning trio were Dave Betts (fifth over-60 runner, 27,35), Dennis Williams (fourth over-65 runner, 30.26) and Ian Isherwood (16th over-60 finisher, 37.06).
Hercules Wimbledon's Peter Lee took the over-45 title covering the 10km course in 36.11 and finishing sixth of the 80 runners.
Lee just failed to lead the team to the bronze medals with Stewart Bond (20th and 11th over-40 veteran, 37.09) and Stephen McDuell (52nd and 17th veteran over-45, 43.55) completing the team which finished in fourth place.
The over-50 team also finished outside the medals with Steve Sinnott taking sixth place in the individual race in 39.52. Tom Morris was 16th in 46.28 and Tomo Kikugawa 17th in the over-55 category 53.18.