Clifton leads the way for Hercules at the Inter-Counties cross country championships

Surrey Comet: Leader: Ruth Clifton was the star of the Hercules contingent    SP59620 Leader: Ruth Clifton was the star of the Hercules contingent SP59620

Four Hercules Wimbledon athletes were in action for Surrey in the UK Inter-Counties cross country championships in Cofton Park, Birmingham, on Saturday.

They helped Surrey regain the Ken Rickuss Trophy as the county with the best overall aggregate score across the 10 championship races. Surrey last won the trophy in 2011 but lost out to Yorkshire last year.

Best of the bunch was Ruth Clifton who was 52nd out of 291 finishers in the senior women's 8km championship in 29 minutes, 44 seconds and helped Surrey to lift team silver medals. Clifton was fifth Surrey finisher.

Two Hercules Wimbledon runners were in action in the final event of the day, the senior men's 12km championship.

They just missed out on a set of team medals as Surrey took fourth spot.

Oxford blue Andrew Penney was fifth scorer finishing 110th out of 290 37:56.

His Hercules Wimbledon clubmate Kieran White was the sixth member of the scoring team finishing 148th in 38:39.

Hercules Wimbledon teenager Cassian Hyde, initially named as a reserve, was called into the men's U17 team at a late stage.

He justified his selection finishing 186th out of 276 runners in 20:56 and was the seventh Surrey runner to complete the 6km race.

It proved a useful warm up for this weekend when he represents Surrey in the English Schools cross country championships at Walton-upon-Trent, Derbyshire.

Hercules Wimbledon's more seasoned runners got among the medals in the British Masters Indoor championships at Lee Valley over the weekend.

Peter Giles, 68, the oldest Hercules Wimbledon athlete in action there took the silver medal in the over-65 3,000m in 11:51.58.

Adam Bellis also took silver in the over-35 400m in 51.59 while Mark White won the over-45 200m B final in 25.98 and was third in the 400m B final in 59.84.

Husband and wife duo Dave and Fran Clarke continued their preparations for next month's Virgin London Marathon when they competed in the Milton Keynes half-marathon  on Sunday.

They were 321st and 322nd out of more than 2700 runners in 1:34:38.

Peter Lee, who is also running in the London event, was 132nd out of more than 2000 runners in the Bath half-marathon in 1:18:53.

Adam Harwood was the top Hercules Wimbledon finisher in the Wimbledon Common parkrun on Saturday.

He was ninth out of almost 300 finishers in 19:23 with teenage twins Elliot and Harris Mier 23rd and 25th in 20:40 and 20:45, respectively.

Veteran Gordon Lilly was 33rd in 21:09 with Alex Abraham 50th in 22:30 just five places and 20 seconds ahead of fellow teenager Neil Arora.

Veteran Charles Lawrie was second over 60 finisher in 23:42.

This weekend, Hercules Wimbledon teenagers Matt Gibbons and Cassian Hyde are competing in the English schools cross country championships in Derbyshire on Saturday.

Meanwhile, their clubmates are in action in the East Surrey League road relays in the shadow of Box Hill near Dorking.

* 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.

* Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club hold mid-week road running training sessions for marathon, cross country and road runners from Lauriston Cottage, 6a Southside, Wimbledon Common, at the junction with Lauriston Road, every Wednesday evening from 7pm. Contact Pete Mulholland for more details.

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