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Welcome to Hillingdon Athletics Club

Hillingdon Athletic Club wants to give every member from aged 9 upwards the opportunity to train and participate at his or her best level, in a professional and happy environment and be recognised locally as such a club.

We are club that provides for it’s members from Junior to veteran ages the opportunty to compete in Track and Field, Road and Cross Country events both locally and nationally. All Standards Welcome!

Lido Relays 2023

This traditional family fun event will take place on Sunday 31st December at 10am near the boathouse at Ruislip Lido. This family focused, fun event consists of three laps of the Lido which you can run as a team of three (i.e. all doing a leg each), teams of two or if you are feeling really fit you can run all three laps yourself! Registration will be at the clubhouse from 9am. Friends and family welcome.

I need five marshalls, a first aider and one person to help time keep so as to meet the terms of the licence issued by the council for this event to go ahead. Please email me if you are able to volunteer on davidalan.smith2@gmail.com

2024 London Marathon- club ballot

Good news!
Hillingdon AC has been given 2 club entries for the 2024 London Marathon. As in previous years, therefore, one of the places will be given to someone who has regularly competed/volunteered for the club. The other place will be selected on a lucky ballot.
The current names in the hat (in no particular order) are:
1. Charlie Edwards
2. Jeremy Cox
3. Joe Wing
4. Katie Newman
5. Nikki Penty-Alvarez
6. Sam Hurley
The lucky winners will be confirmed on Christmas Day.
If you’d like to put your name in the hat, please let James Laing know asap

Uxbridge Met League- women’s race report

Firstly WELL DONE to ALL the HAC athletes who turned up at Uxbridge for a race on a traditional cross country course on a day with weather totally suited for winter cross country!! 19 Hillingdon Senior and Veteran ladies turned up and finished this challenging 2 lap course and for the first four and a half miles.
I confidently wrote down the finishing order of our first six ladies that makes up the 1st senior team. Running well as a pack Beverley Whitfield ran for the first time this year and finished in 50th position, closely followed by Nikki in 52nd and Heather Paterson just behind in 54th. And that is what I fully expected the first three to be having watched them pass me in that order several times! Except that our new starlet Katie Newman having discovered that cross country and the Uxbridge course especially are to her liking, had other ideas and treated the last 400m as a track race and raced past our first three and several other fast ladies to finish in 49th position and leading lady for the club! Captain Melanie Spencer and Freya made up the first team finishing in 99th and 115th positions. That gave us 135 points but unfortunately it appears that the attraction of a REAL cross country course meant that all the other teams sent strong teams and we were a disappointing 11th out of twelve teams on the day. We are 8th overall.
The second team again had HAC runners running in packs and was made up of Karen O’Rourke in 119th, Zoe two positions behind and Michaela Mayor three places later. The evergreen Pauline Fischer was in 140th and Lynn Hyde two places later. This gave us 92 points and 9th out of 12 teams in division 2. We lie 10th overall.
The C team also ran close together with Stephanie Suntong in 160th followed by Ellie in 162nd and Nastaran immediately behind. Ruth Costello finished in 172nd to complete the team. This meant we had a full C team and scored 86 points and finished 7th of the 15 teams who scored in division 3. We are 13th of 26 teams in division 3. Also running were Karen Trunkfield in 179th, Vicky Brownlee in 181st, Lucy Duncan in 188th and finishing her first cross country race Lucia Meneghelli in 190th.
In the Veterans divisions our A team consisting of Beverley, Melanie, Karen O’Rourke and Zoe finished in 8th position on the day and sit in 8th position in 12 team division 1. Our B team of Pauline, Lynn, Stephanie and Ruth are now in 4th position in division 2 following their 4th position today.
Sadly today we couldn’t field a full strength 3rd Vets team with Karen Trunkfield, Vicky Brownlee and Lucy Duncan finishing meant we finished 10th on the day and remain in tenth position in twelve team division 2 but only 2 points above the relegation position. We need full Veterans turnouts in the last two fixtures to avoid the drop. We are the ONLY club to have all 3 teams in the top two divisions. Let’s keep it that way!
So WELL DONE everyone – a good turnout and some strong performances!!. It’s just a shame that a number of the other clubs sent out strong teams and stopped us moving up the league tables as was expected.
Keep running and stay healthy!!

Uxbridge Met League- juniors report

Well done to all the Hillingdon AC Juniors who took part in our home fixture on a freezing morning in Uxbridge on Saturday.
A big thank you to the coaches, who work tirelessly preparing the athletes and to the parents who supported all the team with such enthusiasm in the freezing cold.
A special mention to the U11 Boys who were placed 2nd overall in the team standings with Marcus Sery finishing 3rd, Leo De’Ath in 9th and William Parmer in 12th.
In the other races there were some great performances with top 20 finishes for Elsie Fitzgerald (9th U13 Girls), Alexander Farley (19th U13 Boys), Edey Kastell (18th U15 Girls), Dylan Lewis (11th U15 Boys) and Natalia Radomska (15th U17 Girls). Full results can be accessed here: Results – https://metleague.run/results/
Well done to all on a very tough course in freezing conditions. The next MetLeague race is in Welwyn Garden City on 13th January. See you there.

Wormwood Scrubs Met League- juniors report

Well done to all our juniors who competed in the 2nd Met League at Wormwood Scrubs on Saturday; it was a glorious day and our juniors shone as brightly as the Sun!

As always thank you to the coaches, who work tirelessly preparing the athletes and to the parents for giving up their Saturday to fight the A40 and who supported all the team with such enthusiasm.

There were some stand out performance, with Top 20 finishes by William Palmer U11B (11th); Elsie Fitzgerald U13G (7th); Dylan Lewis U15B (3rd); Barnabe Lesenne-Ward U15B (5th); Edey Kestell U15G (18th).  Full results can be accessed here: Results – Metropolitan Cross Country League (metleague.run)

National cross country champs- under 15 boys report

Well done to the U15 boys team of Dylan Lewis, Barnabé Lessene Ward and Charlie Reed for their performance in the National Cross Country Championships that took place in Mansfield on 4th November. 
On a cold, wet day, the boys finished 31st out of 92 teams.

SEAA Cross Country Relays, Wormwood Scrubs, 21/10/2023

Hillingdon AC’s senior men finished 17th at the SEAA Cross Country Relays at Wormwood Scrubs thanks to strong runs from Phil Warburton, Abdirahman Hamud and Edward Spencer over the four stage 4km course.

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Met League, Senior Men, Claybury, 14/10/2023

Hillingdon AC’s senior men made a strong start to the 2023/2024 Met League cross-country season with the A Team finishing sixth in Division One and the B and C teams finishing third and seventh in Division Three.

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A BIG thanks and well done to the 12 ladies who made the long trip down to Essex to compete on a firm but hilly Claybury in the sunshine and occasional odd rain shower and a field of 163 athletes!!

Accompanied all the way round by her trusty water bottle Nikki Penty-Alvarez led the team home in 47th position, followed by Heather Paterson in 65th, and captain Mel Spencer 11 positions later. The rest of the first team packed well together with Zoe Dobbs in 90th, Freya Hollingsworth in 93rd and Elise Delgrange 2 places afterwards. This gave the A team 98 points and an uncomfortable 11th place in the 12 team top division.

Karen O’Rourke led the second team home in 99th position, followed by coach Pauline Fischer in 116th, Alice Coburn in 138th, Nastaran Sepanj in 143rd and the welcome return of Pauline Smith in 154th. This gave the B team a total of 56 points and lie 8th of 12 teams in division 2.

Lucy Duncan scored all the points for the third team finishing in 163rd place.

In the Vets category our A team lie 7th in the 10 top division, but sadly our aim of getting the second team (who were relegated last season) back into division 1 looks challenging as they are currently bottom of division 2. We did not have enough runners to record any points for our C team.

In short the ladies who turned up did very well under the circumstances but we have received a number of promises to participate in the second fixture at Wormwood Scrubs in 4 weeks time and Mel and I are hoping that these are honoured otherwise all the work in recent seasons to elevate all the teams to their current high levels could be undone.

Keep running and stay uninjured!!!!

Harry Wild Celebration of Life

The arrangements for the funeral of Harry Wild can be found at the following link 

Harry Wild Celebration of Life

Couch to 5km course

Want to start running but don’t know where to begin? Whether you are starting from scratch or coming back after a lay after injury our couch to 5km course will help you gradually build up your fitness and stamina. Run by qualified club coaches the 8 week course, based in Ruislip starts on Saturday 28th October 2023 and costs just £20. If you want to get fit, have fun and make new friends sign up by emailing davidalan.smith2@gmail.com


SEAA Six Stage Road Relays, Aldershot, 23/09/2023

Hillingdon AC’s senior men finished 37th at the SEAA Six Stage Road Relays at Rushmoor Arena in a high quality, highly competitive race against the top clubs in the South of England.

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Harry Wild

It is with great sadness that I have to announce the death on Tuesday 19th September of our dear friend Harry Wild. Over his many years as a member Harry made a monumental contribution to club life in so many ways and the club house could never have functioned without his support. A kind and caring man who was always good company. On club nights after an early evening run he was a magnet that drew people around him to stay and have a drink and a chat. The clubhouse is not the same without him and we will all miss him dearly. Rest in peace Harry knowing that you were loved by us all. Our thoughts are with his family at this time. Details of Harry’s funeral will be posted here once known.

Final 5km training race of the summer

There was a very good turnout for the last 5km training race of the season with a very high standard of competition at the front end. First place was taken by Rob Thomson, in good shape ahead of the Berlin marathon next week, in a time of 15:25. James Lain took second place in 15:43, closely followed by Jamal Ismail in 15:48. Nikki Penty- Alverez was first woman over the line in 20:24 followed by Katie Newman in 21:13. Full results can be found September 2023 Training Race Result

Thanks to the officials Andy Torrance, Phil Welch and Gavin Collett. Also to Keiko and and Alan Tilly for the excellent food and Ellie Henderson for being quizmaster. 

Devil Takes the Hindmost

A good field of 21 competed at Rochester Road hill in the 2023 edition of the annual Devil Takes the Hindmost.

After a brief drizzle subsided on the chilly evening, the competition was split into two; the eight women plus two men over 60 and the remaining 11 men under 60. Early exitees from both then contested a plate competition.

Ultra-star Kallum Pritchard held off the youthful challenge from Stevan Dokic’s training group to be crowned Club champion. New over 60 Steve Hirons celebrated in style by holding off Nicky Alvarez-Penty, whilst Jeremy Cox defeated Andrew Malyan in the Plate contest.