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Hercules Wimbledon’s Charlie Wyllie makes British Athletics Championship debut – South London News

Hercules Wimbledon’s Charlie Wyllie makes British Athletics Championship debut – South London News
Hercules Wimbledon’s Charlie Wyllie makes British Athletics Championship debut – South London News

HERCULES WIMBLEDON

BY GEORGE MALLET

Hercules athletes continued to outdo themselves over the past two weeks as the 2024 track season gets into full swing.

Charlie Wyllie made his debut at the British Athletics Championships last weekend (June 29), the event that is also the trials for this year’s Olympic Games. It is an invitation-only event where the best athletes from all disciplines come together for two days for a place on the plane to Paris.

Wyllie finished a respectable 11th in the second heat in 3:46.04. His race consisted of eight different sub-four minute miles, with race winner George Mills securing his place in Paris for the final the following day.

Sprint specialist and former European U20 100m medallist Chad Miller ran the 200m. Miller ran 21.20s in heat 4 and was unlucky not to progress to the semi-finals as he was beaten by a hundredth of a second to finish fourth.

Eoin Brady continued his breakthrough summer by running his first sub-15 minute time on Wednesday night at the Tracksmith Twilight 5000m. Brady, running in the fastest race of the night, placed 21st in 14:58.99, a personal best of almost six seconds.

Adam Collins, making his 5000m debut, improved his fastest 5k (recorded on the road in late June) by 30 seconds to finish 11th in race four of eight in a time of 17:33.45.

Many athletes competed at the Surrey County Championships at Kingsmeadow Stadium this weekend. On Saturday, Freia Harper-Tee won silver in the U15 girls 3000m with a time of 10:47.95, finishing almost 15 seconds ahead of the next competitor. Leah Paulson was fourth in 11:16.68.

In the same age category as the boys, Hercules achieved a one-two finish thanks to impressive runs from Theo Creed (9:36.62) and Sam Dyson (9:46.01) respectively. James Fraser was sixth, with a fourth Hercules athlete in the top seven thanks to Harry Allen.

Pancho Panchev moved up an age category to take the U17 title by three seconds in 9:35.77. Noah Fernandez joined him on the podium in third place with a time of 9:39.53.

In the senior men’s 5000m event, Jack Hobden U20 was an impressive second with a time of 16:31.76.

In the Masters equivalent, held at the same venue, there were a number of individual gold medals. In the M85 category, for athletes over 85, John Webster threw the javelin 16.84m to take the title. He also won the hammer throw in 22.53m, placing him fourth among all athletes over 60, beating two athletes more than 20 years his junior.

Mark Andrews won both the Triple Jump and High Jump in the M35 class, winning both events overall. He also won titles in the 110m Hurdles (21.92) and Discus Throw (31.28m). Another four silver medals in the Shot Put, Shot Put, Javelin and Weightlifting in what was undoubtedly a tiring day for the Hercules athlete.

Stuart White won the M60 title in the 400 meters in 66.64 seconds. He showed speed in the 200 meters (28.57 seconds) and 100 meters (14.35 seconds) and took silver in those events.

Kevin Snelling also deserves a special mention in the same age category, who won silver in the javelin throw (20.09 m), the shot put (18.68 m) and came fourth in the discus throw (16.81 m).

Photo: Mark Hookway



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