Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club are hosting a night of 5km running at their Wimbledon Park track on Wednesday August 7th.

Almost 200 runners have entered for the seven races which will be graded according to the competitors fastest times.

It is the third year Hercules Wimbledon have staged an evening of 5000 metres running and this year’s entry includes 22 runners from the club.

The evening kicks of at 6.45pm with the final race for the fastest runners due off at 9.05pm.

The fastest races are being supported by England Athletics.

Fastest of the Hercules Wimbledon runners is Jonny Cornish who has a best 5000 metres time of 14 minutes 15 seconds while Oliver Fox of Cambridge & Coleridge and Jonathan Escalante-Phillips of Wells City claim slightly faster times of 14:11.

Husband and wife David and Claire Grima, who regularly compete in the London marathon together, will also be among the Hercules Wimbledon athletes in action.

There will be cash prizes for the fastest runners and another feature of the Festival of 5000 Metres Running will be food and drink stalls and music.

Surrey Comet:

Hercules Wimbledon’s Richard McDowell and his young son Wilfred are hoping to have made it into the Guinness Book of Records after they finished 10th out of 189 runners in the Sri Chimney 5km in Battersea Park on Monday night in 16 minutes 11 seconds with dad pushing his son round in a pushchair. “We will have to wait to find out if it's accepted and verified etc. I’m fairly happy as the goal was to get close to 16 minutes,” said dad Richard.

Mabel-Rose Scales

One of Hercules Wimbledon’s youngest athletes, Mabel-Rose Scales bounced back from a hip problem to help Surrey to second place in the girls’ match at the Derek Crookes under 13 Inter-Counties meeting at Kingsmeadow on Saturday. However, she had to settle for second place clearing 1.46m, compared with her best this season of 1.60m.

She was in action again on Sunday, along with her younger sister, Willow, in the South London Athletics Network open meeting at Woodcote School, Coulsdon.

She competed in the 70m hurdles where she ran a creditable 13.4 seconds, long jumped 4.37 metres and putt the shot getting out to 5.27 metres.

Sister Willow won her hurdles race in 13.9, just below her 13.8 best, high jumped 1.20 metres and putt the shot 4.90 metres.

It was a debut appearance in the hurdles and shot for Mabel-Rose and the first time Willow has competed in the shot.

Mabel Rose, who tops the UK girls under 13 high jump rankings this summer, faces a busy August.

Mid-way through the month she competes in the girls under 13 high jump, 200 metres and long jump at the South of England age-group championships at Ashford and then, at the end off August, turns out in the girls under 15 high jump at the England age-group Championships at Bedford.

Hercules Wimbledon’s Laura Lopez ran the opening leg for the winning Surrey 4x100 metres sprint relay team which set a meeting record of 51.09 seconds in the Derek Crookes under 13 inter-counties meeting at Kingsmeadow on Saturday.

She helped Surrey finish second in the 13-team match.

Scotilda Noel was third in the shot and Natalie Burns fifth in the javelin B event.

Shawn Bell finished fifth in the boys 100 metres in 14.38 seconds and ran a leg for the 4x100m relay team to help Surrey to third team place.

Ellen Weir finished third in the 3000 metres for Surrey in the under 17 inter-counties match at Chelmsford in 10:28.40 to help Surrey to third team place in the eight-counties match behind Essex and Sussex.