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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.

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Winter Sun Training Camp – Portugal 2019

On the first Saturday of the October half term, 15 young Hillingdon athletes alongside 3 coaches crowded Luton Airport, eager to embark on what would become an amazing holiday experience. With a first-time flyer and a few nervous to be on a plane, the flight was an interesting one, though the excitement of everyone when we arrived in Faro, Portugal soon diminished any anxieties, reports Courtney Clarke.

The hotel beat any of our expectations as soon as we walked in, the main reception was elegant and rooms came equipped with anything we might have needed, as well as being extremely cosy. After dropping our bags, some much bigger than others, we raced to take in the scenery, and were shocked. The hotel was metres away from the beach, just a sandy boardwalk separating the swimming pool and the waves, and the track was just a bike’s ride away.

After a night of well-deserved sleep and a delicious breakfast, we hired bikes to take us to the holiday’s first track session. We ended up at the stadium and partook in a session which definitely challenged us, the heat was blazing and tans were caught whilst we sprinted around a track just for Hillingdon.

After this, we took advantage of the hotel’s extremely cold pool and rested our muscles, before dining as a group for the first night.

The second day saw us train on the beach, which worked the athletes very hard. It seemed training on sand proved substantially more difficult than on a track, and everyone enjoyed going in the sea to cool their muscles. In the evening, the group ventured into the fairly quiet portugese town, buying delicious ice creams and taking in what our surroundings had to offer. The next few days were similar, and despite legs sore from extensive training, the holiday we all anticipated for months was everything we could’ve hoped for.

On Wednesday, after a day of core work, relays and revision, everyone visited a beautiful nearby town, full of shops and photo opportunities. The next day was one we had all been excited for, the water park. It was the chance to rest we all needed, and scorching temperatures made the day even more enjoyable.

Friday night was an opportunity to sit together and reflect on the week and everyone was disappointed to be going home so soon. Friendships had been made or grown stronger, skin bronzed, muscles worked and phones full of photos of the gorgeous sunset each night had to offer. The flight back home the next day was one we were all hesitant to get on since our week away had been so amazing, and the dark clouds England offered us when we returned made us envy the perfect weather back in Faro.

Overall, our holiday in Portugal was most definitely a memorable one and all the athletes are extremely thankful to those who made it possible, we already want to book a return flight just to experience the amazing week again.

Ricky Road Run

Congratulations to Catriona Paterson who was first lady over the line at this years Ricky Road Run on Sunday 27th October. Catriona finished the challenging course in 1.07.19.

Well done to all the other HAC members pictured who also tackled the hills.

Help needed for the Met League XC Uxbridge fixture – Saturday 7th Dec 2019

Hillingdon AC is hosting a Met league fixture on Saturday 7th December and we need lots of marshals to ensure the event goes off safely and is enjoyable for everyone involved.

We need marshals from 11.45am to 3.30pm please.  Course map and timings for the races are below.

If you are not competing then please do volunteer your time. It’s much more fun than Christmas shopping!

If you are able to help please contact Maria Hernandez-Humm at

Uxbridge Met League maps

We will also need as many volunteers as possible for the Hillingdon 20 on Sunday 8th March. This is the club’s main fundraiser so please save the date and make yourself available to help. Please support this event.

Clubhouse open on Saturday 2nd November for Rugby World Cup Final

The clubhouse will be open from 8.30am on Saturday 2nd November for the Rugby World Cup Final. If you would like breakfast please let Hannah Wells know by Friday 1st November.

Met League win for Abdi

After quite heavy & persistent rain, ABDI ABDULLEH, followed up his win in the Middlesex 10k road Championship, of the 29th of September, with another decisive victory in the first Start Fitness Met League of the season.

Coach Idris Hamud, of Hillingdon AC, pointed out “My target this season was for one of my men to win a Metropolitan league senior race but, I was surprised it was done so soon.” In the past, Abdi did often, rush off quickly, which robbed him of a victory in 2017-18 but this time he went off fast but never came back. At halfway, on the sometimes muddy patches, he was on his own ahead of the chasing pack.

SEAA Cross Country Relays Juniors teams – Saturday 19th October

A good day secured by some very decent performances at this high standard relay race. With a good number of juniors dropping out from this local race the remaining juniors left put our teams to top 10 positions. Some of these juniors raced 3k cross country midweek for the Hillingdon schools qualifying for London Championships and still turned up on tired legs. With the course of 2k flat fast grass made soft with recent rain fall, with the exception of the U/17s who raced over 3k.

5 U/13 girls Asmaa Abdirahman 7.48 (3rd), Zoe Knight 8.51 (10th), Scarlett Mclellan 9.00 (11th) B TEAM Abigail 9.10 and Isla Mcgovern 9.05

2 U/13 boys Ryan Stoddart 8.11 (20th) and Harvey Williams 9.10 (30th) No 3rd leg.

1 U/15 girl. Nicole McGovern sparkled to produce the race of the day by winning the 1st leg and the fastest time in 7.23.

8 U/15 boys, Taaj Ojha 7.14 (21st) Abdi Hamud 6.56 (10th), Finn Coombe 7.00 (10th) Finn debut after a midweek 5k x/c 17.50 – 5k! B TEAM Zac Dickens 7.28 (29th) Moshin Moallin 7.20 (20th) FaysalMohamed 8.02 (24th) C TEAM Patrick Hyde 7.40 (36th) Sam Knight 8.23 (39th) Sam Raced midweek 5k x/c 20.01

The 5 U/17s young men raced to 7th with Adam Ireland 10.49 Hanad Ahmed 11.09 and Max Mcgarvie 11.19 7th (team). B team Nathan Hackley 11.06, Abdi Khalif 11.42

I am confident the teams will improve for Mansfield.

Stevan Dokic – Team Relay Manager.

SEAA Cross Country Relays Senior Ladies Team – Saturday 19th October

Our small band of runners, Hannah Wells, Pauline Smith and Zoe Dobbs represented HAC Senior Women at the SEAA Cross Country Relays at Wormwood Scrubs on Saturday.

Hannah Wells, in fine form following her new fitness regime of nights out only from Thursday through to Wednesday was first leg. Flying round in just over 13 minutes she took Zoe Dobbs by surprise and was at the change over line before you could say another glass of prosecco please. School girl error by Zoe who was chatting with Pauline rather than watching the race meant a rapid run to the changeover box and handover with seconds to spare.

Setting off in 19th place, Zoe was quickly overtaken by 3 runners up the long drag to the corner before managing to overtake a Ranleagh Harrier along the prison edge. A trudge round the back edge and up the hill through the woods she managed to maintain position supported with a big shout out by Lucy Duncan and Christina Benjamin from the sidelines. The run in to the finish, down the hill and then turning into the wind meant being frustratingly overtaken by one more runner before handing over to Pauline Smith in 23rd place in a time of 14.58.

Pauline brought the cutest support team along with 3 year old Daniel shouting run mum run and so she did.    A great run considering she’s been out of the racing scene for some time, Pauline battled with a London City runner over the last 100 meters and was just pipped on the line in a time of 15.58 to bring us home in 26th place out of 38 teams.

Thank you to Lucy, Christina, James Laing and young Daniel for the support and especially the jammy doughnuts.

Report by Zoe Dobbs

Rugby World Cup Semi-final

The clubhouse will be open from 9am on Saturday 26th October so we can watch England in action in the Rugby World Cup Semi-final. Breakfast rolls with tea and coffee will be served for £2.

Youth Talent Programme

Hillingdon AC have two athletes picked this year for the Youth Talent Programme – Ben Brownlee and Monty Ogunbanjo.

The Youth Talent Programme is the first stage of the Performance Pathway for young athletes in England aged 16. The programme is a collaboration between England Athletics and British Athletics and gives athletes the opportunity to learn, train and develop the necessary skills to progress onto becoming a senior international.

Congratulations Ben and Monty.

Hillingdon 20

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