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Hillingdon AC’s senior men finished 23rd at the South of England Cross Country Championships in very soft and muddy underfoot conditions at Parliament Hill.
Competing over a distance of nine miles across challenging, hilly terrain, James Laing was the club’s first scorer in 131st position with the scoring six for the team completed by Ed Campbell (163rd), Alex Ozdemir (209th), Dan Thompson (275th), Simon Connell (317th) and Paul Leppard (374th).
Joel Pope finished in 480th, Dave Newman 634th, Brett Hutchinson 766th, Andrew Malyan 793rd, Dan Spinks 915th, John Bignell 940th and Graham Wood 1004th. There were 1026 finishers in total in the Men’s race.
Dominic Speight was the club’s sole representative in the Under 20 Men’s race, finishing in 60th position out of a total field of 94.
This year’s annual Middlesex County AA dinner will take place on Saturday 20th. February 2016 at Ruislip Golf Centre, Ickenham Road, West Ruislip, Middx. (Opp. West Ruislip Station).
7pm for 7-30pm.
£25.00 per head.
Dress: Smart Casual.
Vegetarian menu on request. Please order in advance.
Tickets are available from: Peter Hunt, 7 Dolybont, St. Harmon, Rhayader, Powys. LD6 5LZ. Tel: 01597 870090. Or firstname.lastname@example.org Please order your tickets by 12th February 2016 at the latest.
The race starts at 10:30 in the grounds of the famous Harrow school, and the course loops around the hill.
Surplus monies will be donated to the MS Therapy Centre which is situated on the hill.
Full details are found on the Metros website www.metros.org.uk
Another strong turnout from Hillingdon AC’s senior men at the fourth Met League fixture of the season in cold and muddy conditions at Horsenden Hill saw the A team finish in fifth place in Division One and the B team finish in second place in Division Three. This result means that the A team have strengthened their position of fifth place overall in Division One, while the B team are now in a very good position to achieve promotion, sitting in second place in Division Three after four of five fixtures.
An updated fixture list including all 2016 club track and field fixtures is now online here
Please share with anyone you think will want to do this and not already taking part. The Hillingdon trials for the 2016 Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon are taking place on Sunday 24 January 2016 from 1:30pm at Hillingdon Cycle Circuit, Minet Park, Springfield Road, Hayes, UB4 0LP. Online entry is here.
More good news for the ladies that graced the mud at Horsenden Hill on Saturday reports Donna Nash.
Aside from Stacey Ward’s winning performance, the scoring ‘A’ team comprising Stacey (1st place in 23.10 on her thirty FIRST birthday), Helen O’Neile (21st place in 25.36), Hannah Wells (31st place in 26.35), Eva Mack (39th place in 27.05) and Ciara Williams (55th place in 27.51) secured a FIRST team place and we are currently sitting in 2nd place in division 3.
Our Vets secured a 2nd team spot – Zoe Dobbs (88th in 29.36), Lynn Hyde (111th in 30.29), Karen O’Rourke (124th in 31.34) & Lesley Conway 139th in 32.43 – just 2 points behind the winners and remain in FIRST place in the Vets division 2.
Helen makes her first appearance for cross country this season and made a significant contribution, filling the gap left by an injured Jen Harvey.
Jackie O’Dowd also made her first appearance this season and put in an excellent performance having just returned from injury.
I thought this time we might have had a FIRST and LAST place but Angela Duncan impressed yet again and crossed the finish line in 186th spot out of a field of 187 – almost 3 minutes ahead of the last place lady some 30 years Angela’s junior. Of course, Angela got FIRST V75!
Solid performances also from one of our newest members, Alex Longton (85th on 29.20), and from Kate Shockley (77th in 29.09).
Thanks to everyone that attended, including the remainder of the squad, Melanie Spencer, Lyndsey Browne and Katherine Wells.
We have a FIRST class team with the winning team spirit, second to none AND we have a real chance of ALL of our teams being promoted next season (A team Division 2 to Div 1; B Team Div 3 to Div 2; Vets Dic 2 to Div 1! That would be a FIRST CLASS finish.
All to aim for at Ally Pally! 13th February – no excuses – FULL squad needed!
Many congratulations to Stacey Ward who celebrated her thirty-first birthday in style at the Horsenden Hill Metropolitan League fixture by winning the senior women’s race. reports Gavin Collett. Although a first-claim member of Herne Hill Harriers, Stacey is a regular at the clubhouse where she trains with Gerry Archer’s group.
She has been in outstanding recent form having finished second in both the previous Metropolitan League fixture at Wormwood Scrubs and the previous week’s Essex Championships at Claybury, as well as sixth in the prestigious South of England Inter Counties Championships at Shuttleworth in December.
Stacey now joins a select band of five Hillingdon AC women that have won the senior race since its inception in 1994:
Maria Sharp 7 January 1995
Susan Miles 2 January 1999
Jill Christie 4 December 1999 & 19 February 2000
Sally Bigham 26 November 2005
Stacey Ward 16 January 2016
For the record, nine Hillingdon AC men have won their race since the League started in 1966:
Stuart Buchanan 28 October 1967
John Brown 6 February 1971
Peter Francis 30 October 1971 & 20 November 1971
Anthony Moore 22 January 1972 & 5 February 1972
Martin Philpott 14 January 1984 & 22 December 1985
Tony Jackson 9 January 1993
Paul Martin 20 December 1997, 3 January 1998 & 7 February 1998
Scott Tompsett 14 October 2000, 13 January 2001 & 1 December 2001
Daniel Dalmedo 11 February 2006 (guesting as second-claim members were non-scoring then)
Hillingdon AC have won the men’s title twice, 1970/71 & 1997/98, and the women have won three times, 1994/95, 1996/97 & 1997/98.