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Back to winning ways: Matthew Sharp

Back to winning ways: Matthew Sharp

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Hercules Wimbledon's Matthew Sharp made an impressive return to racing after a five months absence due to injury when he won the Surrey 10,000m track title at Tooting Bec on Saturday - just 40 years after his dad took gold in the event.

Sharp junior, 35, was injured while running in the Paddock Wood half-marathon in Kent at the end of March and only resumed racing this month.

A week after taking first place in the Dulwich parkrun he lifted the Surrey title at Tooting Bec in a personal best time of 32 minutes 45.49 seconds.

His time took more than 33 seconds off his previous best set in the same event at Tooting Bec in 2013, when he took the silver medal in the Surrey championship.

Hercules Wimbledon provided the top two finishers in the Surrey 10,000m track championship with Rob Tuer taking the silver medal in 33:56.61.

Hercules Wimbledon just failed to make it a clean sweep of medals as Sean Crummy finished fourth 35:02.53 in his first-ever track 10,000m race.

Almost 100 athletes turned out in Hercules Wimbledon's first open graded track meeting at Wimbledon Park with the host club securing several winners.

Teenager Cassian Hyde sprinted away to win a Hercules Wimbledon-dominated 3,000m in 9:11.74 from Rob Tuer (9:19.95) and Joe Clark (9:14.34) with Sean Crummy again in fourth spot (9:42.20).

Johnnie Bland took the 1,500m from Clark and Matthew Sharp, while over 65 veteran Charles Lawrie set two club age records in the 100 and 200m.

Hercules Wimbledon's South of England senior men's 200m champion Dwayne Cowan posted one of the best performances of the day when he took the 200m in the Crystal Palace open meeting on Saturday in 21.55 into a stiff headwind.

In contrast, Antonio Douglas had the benefit of a sizeable tailwind in clocking a personal best 100m of 10.91, beating 11 seconds for the first time.

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