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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.
Marathon runners there are 3 club places up for grabs for the 2014 London Marathon. To apply for a place please fill in the application form and make sure Gavin Collett receives a copy by Thursday 5th December 2013 at the latest.
Another strong turnout from Hillingdon AC’s Senior Men in the Metropolitan League with 40 athletes in attendance saw the A team finish eighth in Division One and the B team finish third in Division Three. The A team are now placed eighth overall after two fixtures in Division One, whilst the B team now sit in second place overall in Division Three.
Robert Thompson was again first scorer for the club in 11th place with training partner James Laing the only other Hillingdon athlete to finish inside the first 100 as he placed 34th. Behind Rob and James, the club packed in the next four finishers within six places with Daniel Thompson, Tom Hall, James Manley and Dean Clark taking positions between 119th and 124th. Chris Ingram had a much improved race compared to his performance at the first Met League at Claybury finishing 144th whilst the scoring 12 for the A team was completed by Richard Jenkin in 198th.
The scoring eight for the B team was completed within 48 places with Alex Ozdemir the first B team scorer in 219th and Pete Warburton the last scorer in 267th whilst there were Met League debuts for Andrew Paterson, Jeremy Collis, Ben Smith and Paul Martin.
Full results may be found here.
The Middlesex Air Training Corp cadets, who help marshal the F20, will be hosting their annual XC race at the clubhouse on the morning of Sunday 24th November. There will be over a 100 of them plus all their kit and so the changing rooms will be full and the clubhouse very busy. The car park will also have restricted spaces. Please use the clubhouse if you feel you have too but from past experience I’d suggest steering clear for one day.