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The traditional Christmas Morning Road Race will be held from the clubhouse at 10.30am over the usual 3.2 miles. There will also be a one lap (1.6 miles) option for the young, old and wounded.
With Christmas being on a Wednesday this year, the clubhouse will not be open for Club training on Christmas Eve. Therefore the last Club night before Christmas will this year be on Monday 23 December. This will be followed by a buffet (please bring a contribution if you wish to eat) and a quiz at approximately 8pm. All welcome.
Monday 23 December Club Training / Buffet / Quiz
Tuesday 24 December No Club Training
Wednesday 25 December Christmas Morning Road Race
Thursday 26 December No Club Training
Saturday 28 December Lido Relay
Tuesday 31 December No Club Training
Thursday 2 January Resume normal Club Training
17 athletes from the club contested the Fraternity Cup at Trent Park, Cockfosters on Saturday reports Stevan Dokic. The actual course must be one of the only courses that has virtually the same old route. The only notable change was how dry it was. Compared with the usual boggy areas. Thanks to Graham Wood for standing in as team manager for the day.
Chris Ingram was first finisher for the club in 15th place whilst the scoring team of six comprised of Daren Roscoe (28th), Andy Miles (41st), Andrew Paterson (45th), Pete Warburton (47th) and Stevan Dokic (51st) of 87 finishers. The team competition was won by London Heathside and the Hillingdon AC A team finished seventh of 12 complete teams. Full results may be found here.
The Following day at the Bedford 1/2 marathon Robert Thompson made his debut. On a tough course Robert produced a quality run of 1.11.11 coming 5th in a group of athletes that usually sub 70 minutes. Also racing was Mike Dooley V45 coming 25th in 1.19.49, James Manley (on his Marathon training) 87th 1.27.07, Gary Taylor on his return ran 1.43.12. Full results here.
The tranquillity of Mad Bess Woods was shattered on Saturday when athletes both young and old arrived from all over North London for a bit of xc action. As ever Mad Bess woods provided a varied selection of challenges to test the athletes physical and mental ability to achieve their goals through a spectrum of beautiful autumnal hues.
There was plenty of success for the junior teams with silver and bronze across the age groups. Results of the NWL are here
The seniors found the opposition more than a match on the day to leave which a single medal, however their where many positive performances to show hope the for season ahead. Results of the NLXCC are here
The club would like to thank all the people that helped make the day go off very successfully.
Timetable for the North London XC champs in Mad Bess Woods on Saturday
12.00 U11 Girls 1,200m
12.10 U13 Girls/U11 Boys 2,000m
12.25 U15 Girls/U13 Boys 3,000m
12.45 U17 Women/U15 Boys 4,000m
13.10 U17 Men 4,700m
14.00 Women 6,000m
14.45 Men 8,000m
If you are able to help marshal this event please contact Maria at firstname.lastname@example.org
Afterwards there will be refreshments in the clubhouse and a social evening.
Competitors travelling to the clubhouse by car should be aware that parking at or near the clubhouse is very limited. The car park at Ruislip Lido will be the best option.
Fifteen Senior Men from Hillingdon AC braved the testing 10km course at Parliament Hill on Saturday 16 November led home by James Laing who finished eighth, just two places in front of club mate Robert Thompson in 10th. Ed Campbell was the next Hillingdon finisher in 58th with the final scoring place in the four to score team competition being completed by Wes Godfrey in 91st. The team finished 9th out of the 25 clubs to finish four scorers whilst there was a club cross country debut for Wes and season’s debuts for Dave Smith and Paul Hull.
Full results may be found here.
Juniors improve at London Champs
Hillingdon u/17 boys showed improving team signs with a 4th team place at the London X/C Championship at Parliament Hill. Against the top junior athletes over a 4.5K tough course Ruben Vos came 11th in 17.05 Sam Lloyd 18th in 17.48 and 3rd scorer Liam Holbrook 25th in 18 03. Recent performances as shown signs of closing the gap on the leading u/17 racers reports Stevan Dokic.
Hillingdon’s senior women’s team finished third in Division Two behind Highgate Harriers B and London Heathside B team after the Stevenage race.
Two HAC women were in the top half of a strong field of 165 runners, four in the top two-thirds. The same order of the club’s four senior scorers prevailed from the last meeting: Eva Mack was top scorer in 46th position, Hannah Wells half a minute behind her in 55th place – half a minute closer than before – then Donna Nash 98th and Lesley Conway 102nd.
Jemma Weekes finished 110th, still suffering injury, followed by Pauline Fischer 125th, Charlotte Bailleul, 134th, showing promise in her first cross country race and Maria Hernandez Humm in 143rd position.
In the junior events, Kirsty O’Rourke was 21st in the Under 15s. Anna Gizzie was 5th in the Under 13s, followed by Holly Acraman and Lara Hill 17th and 18th Amy Hillier 42nd and Esme McLellan 48th.