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The final vets track and field took place at Perivale on Wednesday 13th July reports Jason Steel.
The Men’s team went into the match in 3rd place behind Herne Hill and serpentine after finishing 3rd, 2nd and 2nd at the previous meetings so we really did need to have a good team performance and beat serpentine to finish 2nd overall.
We had an excellent turnout on the night and covered every event well and I could tell from the start we had a very good chance of achieving our goal.
To name a few Mr reliable Keith Seldon scored well in winning the M50 javelin with a good 32.59m and 2nd place in the hammer and Vaughan Ramsay in 2nd M35 High jump and 1st in the long jump 5.43m.
Great efforts on the track as usual from Martin Bateman in the 3000m in 9.33.2s and Andy Moore 2nd in the b string 9.37.00s.Matt Taylor taking 1st place in the B string M35 800m in a solid 2.14.00s. Doug Milsom has been a credit in the M60 age group although he is a M75 and ran a good 3000m for team.
Performance of the night for me came from Andy Wood who ran a superb 200m to win in a quality time of 24.6s which I believe is the fastest time we have ever had in the vets to date.
Finally the 4 x 100m relay, we had won all 3 relays so far and really wanted to make it a clean sweep but faced very tough completion from a strong Herne Hill team, Vaughan ran the 1st leg passing over to Matt Taylor then myself on the 3rd leg, I passed over to Andy Wood on the last leg in a close 2nd place and Andy ran a storming 100m to overtake Herne Hill Harries and snatch victory by .1s of a second with the excellent team time of 50.00s.
Credit also goes to the Women’s team who finished a very creditable 3rd overall, Maria has done a fantastic Job not only for the ladies but keeping us all going with rolls and tea afterwards.
Roll on next year we will only be stronger!
Results can be found here.
An athlete from TVH, Steve Norris who is a regular visitor to the clubhouse, is looking to rent a room and asks whether any club members would have a spare room they would be interested in letting out. Steve assures me he is a very good lodger but due to his current landlady moving away he needs to find accommodation within the next four weeks. Please contact Dave Smith if you know of anywhere suitable.
Runners World Watford have a part time weekend vacancy becoming available working some Saturdays and all Sundays with some flexibility on these days around club races.
Please contact Jason Steel if interested on the store number 01923 222205 or Jason@runnersworld.ltd.uk
The distances for the track are,200m,800m and 3000m plus 4x100m relay with Javelin, long jump, high jump and hammer.
For any more details please contact myself for the men’s team Jason@runnersworld.ltd.uk or firstname.lastname@example.org for the women’s team.
In the club’s 50th anniversary year the traditional Gosunder Handicap Trophy will once again be contested over a 5 mile course in Ruislip Woods on Saturday 6th August 2016.
Numbers will be issued at the clubhouse from 3-3.40pm with the first runner starting at 4pm.
Race entry is free for HAC members or £3 for non members.
Afterwards we will be having a BBQ back at the clubhouse, the bar will be open and there will be games/music/Olympics.
Please enter in advance so we can work out handicaps and get an idea of numbers for the BBQ although entries will be available on the day for the less organised of you.
Thank you to everyone that took part and gave up their time to officiate at this event.
The results are now out. HAC50thRunJumpThrowEvent-Results
On looking at last night’s programme I was concerned to see that at 7 pm there was a slot for the Chairman’s speech. Fortunately for those attending the PA system wasn’t working, resulting in me being unable to deliver my words of wisdom on the night. However where there is a will there is a way, and these are my thoughts that I would like to share with you.
Firstly a big thank you to Courtney and Suzanne for ensuring that the evening took place at all and ran so smoothly. However, there were a host of other people who made the evening a success including the timekeepers and officials, those who helped out in the field events, Jill and Susan in the kitchen and Martin who advertised and promoted the event. Nevertheless the event would not have been a success without the 90 athletes who competed. It was truly inspirational to see athletes from the past, present and future all in attendance and participating in one capacity or another. In Gerry Archer and Harry Wild we had two people who had been members since the club was formed in 1966. In Liam Holbrook and Adam Ireland, we had examples of the clubs’ future. And finally we had numerous current senior and veteran athletes who had competed at the SAL on Saturday and in the Vets League fixture on Monday. Rarely do we all come together like this but when we do, as we did last night, we can be a force for good raising £200.00 for Michael Sobell House. Finally, we demonstrated that fifty years on from our club being founded we remain a friendly, community based club in which you will find a home if you want to run, jump or throw.
Please complete the entry form here if you want to take part
British Masters Indoor Championships – Lee Valley, 12-13 March 2016
Congratulations to Eric Shirley (87), who set new British indoor records for the M85 200m (42.55), 400m (1:40.37) and 800m (4:05.38). The photo in Masters Athletics magazine shows that he was wearing his Hillingdon AC vest. Eric already held the outdoor M85 records for 400m (1:38.45) and 800m (3:54.37), set two years ago reports Doug Milsom.
I am sorry to have to let you know the very sad news that Paul Drane has passed away. Paul joined Hillingdon AC in 1982 and as well as being a competitive athlete he managed the boys young athletes track, road and cross country teams for 10 years. Paul was also Club President. Ten years ago he and his wife Wendy moved to West Sussex but both continued to follow the club’s progress and stay in contact with athletes that they once trained.
For those who knew Paul and would like to celebrate his life at his burial ceremony the details are as follows:
Friday 20th May, 11:00, Clayton Wood Natural Burial Ground, Brighton Road, Clayton, West Sussex, BN6 9PD
Paul’s great love of the outdoors makes it fitting that his final resting place is in a beautiful countryside setting. Please feel free to wear whatever you feel comfortable in (black is optional), but as part of the service will be outside you may want to wear outdoor shoes and bring an umbrella in case of rain.
Donations to the Stroke Association would be welcomed as an alternative to flowers (details for payment below), or you could bring a single flower to leave under the tree where we will be burying Paul’s ashes. Due to the organic nature of the burial ground, if you did want to bring flowers they need to be free from any cellophane or ribbon, or anything that’s not biodegradable.
The wake will be held approximately a 20 minute drive from the burial ground and everyone is welcome, from 12:00 until 3:30. Address and contact details are available from Dave Smith.
Please let Wendy and family know if you will be joining them.
Donations. Cheques made payable to The Stroke Association are sent c/o Masters & Son, Lewes Road, Lindfield RH16 2LE. Or made via BACS to our charity account: Masters & Son Charity Account: 40535575 Sort code: 20 49 76. Reference DRANE. If payment made by BACS please send a covering email with your details to Tracey Osgerby (email@example.com) so that she can acknowledge receipt.