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A great turn out of 10 Hillingdon ladies (and apologies from 8) representing our club on a crisp afternoon reports Donna Nash.
A warm welcome to Helen O’Neile on her first outing for the club and Steph Wigram on her first cross country for Hillingdon. Both put in fantastic performances and proved to be a real asset to the team.
We achieved an amazing result coming joint first with Barnet & District and overall our league position is a strong 3rd.
Well done and thank you to all who took part, giving up their time and putting in a huge effort for our club. Also thanks to our coaches, Roger Williams and Gavin Collett who kick us into shape for these events.
We had 4 ladies finishing in the top 50 and 2 more just outside 100 – places and times as follows.
Eva Mack 25 23.45
Helen O’Neile 27 23.57
Steph Wigram 40 24.27
Hannah Wells 44 24.30
Jemma Weekes 102 27.45
Andrea Taylor 113 28.15
And the Vets:
Lesley Conway 124 28.54
Donna Nash 128 29.06
Pauline Fischer 147 29.55
Sharon Talbot 183 37.40
There was a field of 188 ladies and strong competition with Cambridge. Hannah Wells put in an excellent performance improving her place by 15 from Claybury and Andrea Taylor did incredibly well despite carrying an injury .
And last but not least, a little mention of our training companion – Liam Holbrook, representing Hillingdon in the U17s completed the 4km course in 14.01 just missing a top 10 spot, placing 11.
Hillingdon AC’s Senior Men’s A team finished eighth in Division One at the second Metropolitan League fixture of the season at Stevenage whilst the Senior Men’s B team finished fifth in Division Three. This result sees the A team slip from fifth to sixth place in Division One overall while the B team remain second in Division Three after two fixtures.
Rob Thompson was the first finisher for the club in 21st place with James Laing (53rd), Martin Bateman (54th), Daniel Thompson (72nd), Simon Connell (97th) and Edward Campbell (100th) all finishing in the top 100. Mike Dooley finished 122nd in his last race for the club for the immediate future.
Although there were season’s debuts in the Met League for Chris Ingram, Steve Hirons, Pete Warburton, Dave Smith, Gary Horn, Adam Hirst, Nigel Ealand and Paul Martin, with four A team scorers missing from the team that competed at the first Met League fixture, the A team were always going to struggle to replicate their fifth placed finish at Claybury. So it proved as although the A team packed in well to finish ten finishers in the first 166 places, there was then a large gap between the tenth placed finisher for the club, Sam Blanshard and the remaining two A team scorers, Dave Newman and Paul Leppard in 254th and 263rd place.
Steve Hirons was the first scorer for the B team in 274th place with the B team scoring eight completed by Dave Martin in 346th place. There were 442 finishers. Full results may be found here.
Get your tickets now and dancing shoes ready to see The Large Portion at Hillingdon AC clubhouse. They are North London’s Premier Rock and Pop covers band with an extensive catalogue of songs, ranging from the 60’s through to modern day.
Tickets are £5 available from John Doyle, Chris Copley or Donna Nash. Starts at 8pm, band from 8.30 till 11.00pm.
Be there or be square!!
The next edition of the club newsletter ‘On The Limit’ is scheduled for December and all members are invited to contribute any news, articles, reports, views, photos or anything to do with the club that you think members would be interested in. The newsletter is all about you, the club members, so let’s hear from you! Please submit your contributions to Scott Farley by email or on 07876 758637 or via the contact us page on the website. Deadline 30th November. Thanks!
Hillingdon AC won a number of team and individual medals at the North of the Thames Championship and Liddiard Trophy race at Fryent Country Park, Kingsbury on Saturday 25 October with the highlight being Eva Mack’s win in the senior women’s race as she held off Highgate’s Emma Burgess in the closing stages to claim gold.
Sam Lloyd was third in the Under 20 Men’s race, Mike Dooley was third in the men’s Vet 40 category and the senior men’s team claimed bronze medals in the North of the Thames Championship thanks to Dan Thompson (seventh), Mike Dooley (14th), Ed Campbell (15th), Sam Blanshard (33rd), Chris Ingram (43rd) and Dave Newman (55th).
Also in action were Andrea Taylor (24th) and Donna Nash (32nd) in the women’s race and Stevan Dokic (84th), Bob Burton (106th) and Paul Martin (127th) in the men’s race.
Full results may be found here: NOTT_2014Results
Hillingdon AC’s Senior Men made a strong start to the 2014/2015 Metropolitan Cross Country League with the A team finishing fifth in Division One and the B team finishing second in Division 3 at the first race of the season at Claybury.
Hillingdon AC had 31 finishers in the men’s race with Robert Thompson the first scorer for the club in fifth place. Behind Rob, there were fine runs from a number of athletes including James Laing (29th) and Martin Bateman (45th) while the team performance was boosted by the return of Tadhg Grant, Richard Mann and Sam Blanshard and senior Met League debuts from Ruben Vos and Sam Lloyd.
Full results may be found here.
England Athletics run regular, free workshops for coaches that cover a of topics and disciplines. Details of events, and how to book a place, can be found lcdp-london-2014-15-v2
This coming Saturday, the 18th October there is a Youth Development workshop between 9am and 1pm at Willesden Sports Stadium. The workshop is part of UK Athletics Local Coach Development Programme initiative. The programme aims to:
- Improve the skills of coaches within their specific events and generic supporting skills required for their coaching role (e.g. physical preparation, nutrition, sport psychology)
- Encourage and facilitate regular meetings of groups of coaches, with their athletes where relevant
- Provide coaches with mentors or advisors to support them at every stage of their career and a network of peers with whom they can work where possible and necessary
The flyer, containing information of the contents of the workshop and how to book a place are here LCDP Youth Development flyer
Hillingdon AC had both men’s and women’s teams competing in these national road relay championships for the first time since 2010 at Sutton Park in Birmingham with the women’s team finishing 46th of 60 teams and the men finishing 53rd of 77 teams.
The women’s race was contested over a 4.32km course and the Hillingdon AC team comprised of Eva Mack (15:53), Hannah Wells (17:43), Andrea Taylor (18:30) and Melanie Spencer (20:41). Eva’s time of 15:53 was the 82nd fastest of the day.
The men’s race was contested over a 5.85km course and the men’s team comprised of Robert Thompson (18:02), James Laing (18:56), Daniel Thompson (20:20), Mike Dooley (21:02), Sam Blanshard (21:00) and Martin Bateman (19:26). Rob’s time of 18:02 was the 60th fastest of the day.
Well done to all the athletes that competed at this event. This was a high quality national championship race and both the men’s and women’s team acquitted themselves well against some of the best athletes in the country.
Full results of the women’s race may be found here.
Full results of the men’s race may be found here.
The first out of five Met League cross country fixtures of the season is this Saturday 11th October 2014 at Claybury, Woodford Green.
All members aged 9 upwards are encourged to compete in this fixture as it is one of HAC’s key events of the season and is pretty good fun and challenging. Entry is free and all you need to do is go along in good time and find the relevant team manager for a race number.
|1.00pm||1,500m||Under 11’s (9 & 10 on day of race)|
|1.15pm||3,000m||Under 13 Boys|
|1.20pm||3,000m||Under 13 Girls|
|Not before 1.35pm||4,000m||Under 17 Men/Under 15 Boys|
|Not before 1.40pm||4,000m||Under 17 Women/Under 15 Girls|
|Not before 1.55pm||6,000m||Senior/Veteran/Under 20 Women|
|Not before 2.35pm||8,000m||Senior/Veteran/Under 20 Men|
Travel and fixture details can be found on the league website here.