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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.

We are club that provides for it’s members from Junior to veteran ages the opportunty to compete in Track and Field, Road and Cross Country events both locally and nationally.

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Social dates for your end of 2017 diary

25th November – Junior Presentation Evening come along and support our upcoming athletes. Dj and drinks.

2nd December 7.30pm (after Met League) – Caribbean themed evening. No food at this one.

16th December – Dark Run (see below posts)
Followed by festive chilli and games

21st December after training – Clubhouse open for festive drinks including mulled wine and mince pies. Please bring along a dish to share for a buffet.

Xmas Day Morning – 5km run 10.30am register at the clubhouse before 10am.More mince pies for all!

TBC – New Year Lido Relays – Followes by Hot chocolate and Panatone

New Years Eve – 7.30pm till late. Tickets £10 for adult and £30 for family. Includes glass of fizz, buffet, prizes for best dressed. Cocktails will be on offer. Limited to 120 tickets. See Hannah or Zoe for tickets. Hannah says they are selling like hot cakes!

Hope to see you all at lots of these. Please support your club events.

Thanks to the clubhouse team for all their efforts

London Marathon Club Ballot and Brighton Places

HAC will have 3 or 4 club places on offer to club members for the London Marathon on the 22nd April 2018.

If you are a fully paid up club member and have been for at least 1 year, have a VLM rejection slip/email for next year’s race, not previously won a club place in the last 3 years and want to do the marathon please email me, Martin Bateman at mbateman@hillingdonac.co.uk by the end of Friday 1st December 2017. Applications from people without a VLM rejection slip/emails can request to be put in the draw but will only be included if they reached the “seeded” requirement which is explained below.

Places will be awarded again this year by ballot and the draw/s will be at the clubhouse on Sat 2nd December. These places are offered by VLM as a kind of reward to clubs so in turn the seeded applicants will be those that have put a lot into aspects of management and organisation of HAC.

If we receive 3 places 2 will available in the “seed” draw and 1 in the open draw. If we get 4 places 2 will available in the “seed” draw and 2 in the open draw.

If for example 5 people apply and only 1 is of “seed” standard then that “seed” will automatically get the place. There will then be a draw for 1 place from the remaining 4 names. If for example there are 5 applications and 2 are of “seed” standard then there will be a Seed draw between the 2 people. The unulucky seed will then go into the draw with the other 3 for the 1 place left. If there are no “seed” applications then everyone goes into the draw if there are over 2 applications.

Anyone applying will need to pay the entry costs themselves if drawn from the ballot.

We also have 10 places on offer for the Brighton Marathon on 15th April.

You have until 31 December to apply to me for a club place. If more than 10 apply I will use the same system as for the London Marathon. Athletes must pay their own entry fee of £69.50

5K Dark Run 2017


Online entries and food orders are now being taken here. Payment is on the night. last year we raised £283.00 for Micheal Sobell Hospice.



 10.30am start

Register at the clubhouse between 9.30am and 10.15am

You compete entirely at your own risk.

All Club members are welcome to run, with a £3 fee for any non-Club members.

Please bring a wrapped present worth around £3 for a lucky dip raffle after the race.

The course starts and finishes at the bus stop outside the clubhouse in Bury Street and is a loop of Bury Street, Breakspear Road & Ladygate Lane.

3.2 miles (2 laps)

There is a one-lap option (1.6 miles) for the young (minimum age 11), old (maximum age 111) & injured.

This is not an official race, so please keep to the pavement whenever possible and beware of road users and pedestrians.

The licensed bar will be open after the race for a short time for the results announcement and lucky-dip raffle.

Further details if required from Gavin Collett

5km masterclass update

On Saturday, the participants in the Autumn Dash for Fitness 5k Masterclass, in association with Hillingdon Athletic Club, took part in a progress checking 5k Parkrun. There were a stack of PBs and truly incredible results with lots of end of programme goals achieved, despite there still being 4 weeks’ training to go!

Karmen managed to do a new superfast PB of 19:33 – an amazing 35secs faster than her baseline at the start of the Masterclass, and beating her end of programme goal by 7secs. Bhavish, who’d already beaten his 23:30 end of programme goal, ran another PB. There were also PBs for Andrew who beat his end of programme goal by a remarkable 90secs, Sree who beat hers by over a minute, Julia who beat hers by over 10secs, and Andrea who beat her target by 20secs. There were also great performances from Jaz, doing only her second 5k in a time that puts her within striking distance of her end of programme goal, and Swathi doing her first 5k and getting around in well under 45:00. Congratulations everyone, you should all be very proud of yourselves.

As per above, the Masterclass helps people of all levels (including absolute beginners) go further, go faster, and get fitter. You work towards your own goal, following a 12-week Training Plan created especially for you by a UK Athletics Running Coach. Group training sessions are held on Saturdays (9-10am at the running track in King’s College Road, Ruislip), with a monthly 5K Park Run to check progress against your goals. We’re now taking registration for our Winter 5K Masterclass, which starts on Saturday, December 16th at 9am, at Kings College Track, Ruislip.   The cost works out at £5 a week, if you pay in advance for a block of 4 (£20). Alternatively, you can pay for the full 12-week programme in advance, at a discounted rate of £50.

To register: please email dashforfitness@btinternet.com. Be quick because there are limited places available.

North London Cross Country Champions

HAC’s winning ways continued on Saturday at the North London Cross Country Championship.

With six to score in the men’s race things were looking good after the opening lap as the trio of Mohamed Daud Mohamed, Rob Thompson and Mohamed Mohamed working together had broken free from the field with Aramias Zeration in 5th and Fahad Abdi 7th.

Serpentine had a very strong team out so the 6th place runner was always going to be vital and after that 1st lap it was little Abdi in around 35th position.

Lap two saw the same trio leading but with Serpentine’s Jonathan Poole, winner of this years Ealing and Hillingdon half marathons, as well as the last three Finchley 20’s, closing the gap.

Changes further down the field meant that our 6th place runner was now Steve Hirons, closely followed by Scott Farley and Abdi.

Mohamed Daud Mohamed broke clear of Rob on the final hill to take the individual victory and a sprint finish from Poole just denied HAC a 123.

With Scott coming through to overtake Steve on the final lap the six scorers for HAC were Mohamed Daud Mohamed (1st), Rob Thompson (2nd), Mohamed Mohamed (4th), Aramias Zeration (6th), Fahad Abdi (16th) and Scott Farley (43rd) which was good enough to win the team title from Serpentine by just 4 points.

Rob won’t be needing to lift weights for a while after being the nominated trophy holder for all of the victory photos- it really is a huge trophy and hopefully one which we can defend next year when we host the event.

No silverware in the ladies race but there were some fine performances from our 11 athletes with Lorraine McNulty first home for HAC followed by Kathy Carruthers and Karen O’Rourke with Debbie Brown making up the scoring team.

King of Kingsbury

Congratulations to Mohamed Daud Mohamed who won both the North of the Thames and the Liddiard Trophy in Kingsbury on 28th October 2017. Congratulations also to Rob Thompson who finished in third position.

Congratulations also to Asmaa Abdirahman (U11G) and Abdirahim Hamud (U13B) who both won their age category races in the North West London Cross Country League, also held at Kingsbury on 28th October 2017.

A tribute to Dave Holman – The lost speech

This is what I would have said if I had been asked to speak at Dave Holman’s funeral, reports Alan Chidley.

You have to imagine I have just walked up to the front of the chapel.

Good afternoon everyone…….I have just been handed a note which says “Don’t mention The Haystack”…so I won’t.

Dave joined our club in 1977 and on the night his membership form came up at Committee I was covering the Membership Secretary who could not attend the meeting.

So I read out new member Henry Holman, which meant that for the first few weeks I always refered to him as Henry. Of course I soon changed to calling him Dave, the name we all new him by.

Dave was a great help to our club, especialy looking after new young members, who soon became known as Dave’s Ducklings. He worked tirelesly with these young athletes guiding them through the early stages of athletics and many of them went on to acheive high standards as they went into the older age groups.

I am sure there are many here today who have come to say thank you and good bye.

He also helped in other ways, as part of working parties at the Clubhouse, marking cross country courses and, in conjunction with Harry Wild, building a shed which is still very much in use today.

He became, as far as I know only the 4th person to have part of our course named after him when Dave’s Hill was named.

He also held Committee posts such as Team Manager for the young age groups and in 1988 became President of our club.

I well remember when he was made a Vice President and was told he was now on the shortlist for President, to which he replied “I’ve always been on the shortlist”.

At the Club Dinner of 1988 I had the privilege of introducing him and I remembef saying “Dave is a man who you can believe every word he says, as he would be incapable of telling a tall story”

However, this was sometimes thrown into doubt with the stories he would tell such as:

  • Playing football against Stanley Matthews
  • Being Eddie Calvert’s bodyguard
  • Riding a Penny Farthing bike which he found in Ruislip High Street to Brighton
  • Running the London to Brighton
  • Regular claims to have been a Finchley Harrier, of which there is no record
  • Harry Secombe and Nat Gonella performing at his first wedding
  • Claims to have coached Lynford Christie and Seb Coe

A couple of anecdotes from members:

James Shipley remembers when he was doing some road hill work with Dave’s group and some local youths had been causing problems nearby. The residents had reported this and the police arrived just as the group set off on an uphill stride.. Believing them to be the troublemarkers the police gave chase only to be amazed as having reached the top of the hill they all turned round and started jogging back towards them.

Martin Searle recalls that many years ago his father mentioned that the seat of his childreens swing had become decayed and then Dave presenting him with a new handmade seat, asking nothing more than a thank you.

Stefan Dokic asked if the recent Junior win in the Southern Road Relays could be dedicated to Dave as he was always great supported of our younger teams.

So we have lost one of the great characters of our club, but I am sure he will never be forgotten.


Claybury kicks off HAC ladies cross country season – Met League Fixture 1

17 HAC ladies were amoung 211 finishers (the second largest Ladies field) at the first cross country fixture of the season on 14th October. The only other fixture with over 200 was at Stevenage in Nov 2015 with 218. Thanks for the stats Doug Millsom!

Renowned for it’s ominous mid-lap hill, Claybury provided a testing first fixture with any flat ground noticeably absent.

First HAC lady home was Gemma Barry in 10th position overall. Hot on her heels was Jennifer Harvey crossing the finishing line in 15th position.

Our best Vets were Karen O’Rourke, 4th V50, Pauline Fischer 5th V60 and Angela Duncan 1st V75. Angela finished ahead of three youngsters.

Well done to all who competed this challenging course. Bring on the next fixture and hopefully some mud!

Also a massive thank you to everyone who came and supported us, the men for your support as you warmed up and Melanie Spencer our wonderful team manager for getting us organised.

The next Met League fixture is at Welwyn Garden City on 11th November. Please make every effort to compete for the club in this fixture.

5km masterclass update

The 5k Masterclassers taking part in the Northala Fields 5k Parkrun to provide a 4-week progress check were all superstars.

Karmen smashed her baseline time of 20:08 and race target of 19:59 by running an awesome 19:47 (she was also 1st Lady). Bhavesh performed so well that, amazingly, he beat his end of Masterclass target – achieving a PB of 23:22 (so will now get a new goal). And, incredibly, Angela beat her race target by over 1:30.  As for the (previously) non-runners: Andrea walked briefly a mere 3 times and obliterated her target by over 15mins – her time was so good I had to check the Parkrun records three times! Not far behind was Jaz who, despite having had to miss a week of training, mostly ran the 5k and beat her target by c13mins. Finally, Sree and Swathi both beat their walk/run targets by c10mins.

Congratulations to everyone, your results are just reward for your efforts so far in the Dash for Fitness Autumn 5k Masterclass, in association with Hillingdon Athletic Club.