October 26, 2016 08:53 PM

Medal Galore for Veterans

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s men’s and  women’s veteran cross-country runners returned from the Surrey Masters cross country championships in Richmond Park last Saturday with a bagful of medals. There were a record 28 Hercules Wimbledon runners in action in the event, reports Tom Pollak.

Heading the haul was a hat-trick of individual titles with Lisa Thomas bagging the women’s over 50 gold medal in winning her age group 6km race by more than a minute in 26 minutes 3 seconds. Anna Garnier was an even more convincing winner of the women’s over 60 title in 26:54, almost one-and-a-half minutes clear of the second runner in that category, while the oldest Hercules Wimbledon runner in action, 72-year-old Pete Giles, took the men’s over 70 title in 26:35.

Giles, who was more than a minute clear of former Inter-Counties 20 miles road running champion Graham Taylor from Dorking & Mole Valley, was using the race as a build up for the British and Irish Masters cross country international in Glasgow next month where he will be the defending over 70 men’s champion following his victory in the event in Dublin last year. Hercules Wimbledon’s Dennis Williams took the over 70 bronze medal in 35:07 in Saturday’s championship.


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