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Hillingdon AC had a very successful day at the Middlesex 10K Championships on 27 September with a number of athletes winning team and individual medals.
Hillingdon AC won the senior men’s race by a narrow margin of 18 points to 20 as they just pipped Victoria Park & Tower Hamlets to gold, thanks to Rob Thompson (third in the individual race), James Laing (sixth) and Martin Bateman (ninth) while with only three to score in the team competition, Dan Thompson just missed out on a medal finishing 13th.
The Vet 50 men won silver medals, missing out on gold by a single point behind London Heathside with Pete Warburton (third Vet 50), Dave Smith and Dave Newman making up the team whilst there was individual success for Stephanie Wigram – third in the senior women’s race, Mike Dooley who finished second in the Vet 40 competition and Simon Connell, third Vet 40.
Hillingdon AC had a total of 19 athletes competing at these championships including club debuts for Gary Horn and Mathew Taylor.
Full results may be found here
Hillingdon AC are organising a Bavarian themed night at the clubhouse following the Met League on 11 October. To find out more, including how to order food… [Read more →]
Hillingdon AC had complete teams in each of the veteran age groups (vet 40, vet 50 and vet 60) and two senior teams at the South of England Relays at Aldershot on 21 September.
In the Vet 40 race, Hillingdon AC finished 12th of 32 complete teams with strong runs from Mike Dooley, Simon Connell and Scott Farley. In the Vet 50 race, the club finished 18th of 18 complete teams thanks to Stevan Dokic, Bob Burton, Barry Brown and John Doyle, whilst in the Vet 60 race Ted Hamilton, John Myall, Brian Leach and Graham Wood finished 5th of eight complete teams.
The senior men’s A team had the challenge of finishing in the top 25 teams to secure a place at the National Six Stage Road Relays in October and they got off to a strong start with Rob Thompson, clocking 18:36 for the 6km course to finish in 14th place after leg one. Rob passed over to James Laing, who ran well with a 19:24 timing to take the club up to its highest position in the race of 12th.
On Saturday 20th September 2014 Hillingdon AC women’s teams competed at the Southern 4 Stage Road Relay championships for the first time since 2009. The squad was a mix of old and new faces with only Michaela Mayor and Jemma Weekes having any experience of this fixture and the pressure and nerves this format of racing places on the team members. Excitement was also high for the upcoming challenge of the course and taking on some of the best female athletes in the land. Steph Twell, Jessica Judd and Beth Potter to name a few have all recently graced the international scene and it is great for normal club athletes to be in the same competition as them. [Read more →]
Massive thanks to everyone that took part , assisted, catered and supported the celebratory 100th training race. It was a good night had by all. 145 finished which is by far the biggest ever turn out and smashed the target of 100 set by Gavin Collett to mark his final race as organiser for the past 18 years. It is testament to Gavin’s dedication and commitment to athletics, the club and our athletes that he has organised this race for so long and he will be sorely missed from these races. The Training races will continue with a new organising team next year and the next race is the 9th April 2015.
Rob Thompson continued his winning streak to take the honour of winning this milestone event in 15.37 mins. Helen O’Neile was first woman across the line in 19.02 mins.
Two walking records were set with Doug Milsom bagging the M75 crown and Harry Wild the M80 crown. To see who did what please take a look at the results here.
Some facts & figures
The following completed the first and 100th race: John Bignell, John Doyle, Tom Gordge, Gary Lavers, Andy Miles, Dave Newman, John Rose, Pete Warburton
There have been 4,552 finishers from 717 competitors.
Three Olympians – Julia Bleasdale (women’s course record holder), Mohamed Mohamed (TVH) and Eric Shirley (Vet 80 record holder).
Most wins is 10 by Martin Bateman.
Leading appearance makers are: John Bignell 73, Dave Smith & John Luscombe 66, Phil Welch & Harry Wild 60, Jo Miles 57, Andy Mansi & Mick Miller 55, Dave Newman 52, Sally Bundock 51.
This Thursday is the 100th 5k Training Race starting at 6.40pm. The race is free to Hillingdon AC members with a small charge of £3 for non club members. Register at the clubhouse in Ruislip by 6.20pm if you wish to take part. Following the race there will be hot food served at the clubhouse, after which will be a games evening. Fun for all! Please can you let Maria Hernandez-Humm know if you would like hot food so that we know how many people to cater for (email: email@example.com). We look forward to seeing many members there!
If you are a paid up club member and would like to compete in the Middlesex 10K please complete this form. Middx10k EntryForm_2014. I will need completed forms by Friday 12th September. You can get them to me at the track tonight, the clubhouse Thursday or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org Entries are still open after this date but won’t be handled or paid for by HAC.
The Venue: Victoria Park, Hackney on Saturday, 27 September, starting at 10.30am.
The course is on traffic free footpaths within Victoria Park, Hackney and is very good for a PB.
We normally have a strong turnout and win plenty of medals.
Pre entry for this race to save time on the night for the organisers should be done by completing the online form here. Any payments will be taken on the night. Race numbers will be allocated and these should be collected from the clubhouse by 6.20pm. This is not an official race and you compete at your own risk.
Please share this event information with your club mates.
Based on the feedback I’ve had from a number of members, Teamer, the application that I previously used to help coordinate race entries and communicate with athletes had stopped messaging approximately half of the team.
As a result, I’ve had to try and find another application that I can use to communicate with the road and cross country team and the application I’ve settled on is called TeamSnap. If you are an Under 20, Senior or Veteran man who has expressed an interest in competing in road and cross country races when you submitted your 2014/2015 membership form, you should have received an email message from me inviting you to register to join TeamSnap. If you haven’t received this email, please check your “Junk” folder incase it has ended up there. You will need to be registered with TeamSnap in order to ensure that you receive further communication regarding road and cross country fixtures for the 2014/2015 season.
If you have paid your membership subscription for 2014/2015, are a senior, veteran or under 20 man who would like to compete in road and cross country races and haven’t received an invitation from TeamSnap, please email me at email@example.com so that I can add you to the system.
Hillingdon AC Men’s Road and Cross Country Team Manager
This year’s competition took place on Tuesday 26th August at 7pm on the normal course at Rochester Road in Northwood Hills, opposite Haydon School.
Results are below. [Read more →]