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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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Summer Series Event 5 – (not) parkrun

Event 5 runs from 3 August to 9 August. Run a 5k and upload your time to the (not)parkrun section of the parkrun website for your home run.
If you’re not already registered with parkrun then you’ll have to fill in a little form beforehand. For more info on how it works you can look here https://support.parkrun.com/hc/en-us/articles/360009843618–not-parkrun-FAQs
Scoring will be age graded, not based on the fastest time.
Dan Spinks will check for runners who have registered their clubs as HAC or D4F at Northala Fields, Black Park, Ricky, Osterley, Harrow, South Oxhey and Cassiobury. If you are not registered as HAC/D4F and/or have a different home run then you will need to let Dan know or you won’t get a score.
Event 6 will be the August 5k training race on August 13th and event 7 the Gosunder handicap race on the weekend of 22nd/23rd August.
Thanks to Dan Spinks for organising this years Summer Series.

Virtual Summer Series Event 4

Summer Series events keep coming thick and fast. Next up is a 10k organised by Dash for Fitness. Though scheduled for this Sunday it can actually be run any time this week up until the end of Sunday.

Details from Gary Taylor-

People wanting to do the Dash for Fitness Virtual 10k Medal Run (next up in the Summer Series) can register here (on the Dash for Fitness page of the English Athletics Run Together website):


It costs £10 to enter and everyone that finishes gets a medal. Results can be emailed to me at dashforfitness@btinternet.com or there’s a D4F Medal Run WhatsApp group that they can join at: https://chat.whatsapp.com/EP9DjmtxIe43VoI0HG92W1 where results can be posted and encouragement got and given to other runners doing the 10k….I’ll also be posting a post-race video on Friday on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Dash4Fitness/

Summer Series event 3. (not)parkrun

Event 3 runs for all of this week until Sunday. Run a 5k and upload your time to the (not)parkrun section of the parkrun website for your home run. If you’re not already registered with parkrun then you’ll have to fill in a little form beforehand.

For more info on how it works you can look here https://support.parkrun.com/hc/en-us/articles/360009843618–not-parkrun-FAQs

Scoring will be age graded, not based on the fastest time, so there’s a max score for Doug.

I will check for runners who have registered their clubs as HAC or D4F at Northala Fields, Black Park, Ricky, Osterley, South Oxhey and Cassiobury. If you are not registered as HAC/D4F and/or have a different home run then you will need to let me know or you won’t get a score.

Dan Spinks 

Further relaxation of training restrictions

England Athletics have yesterday announced a further relaxation of the rules for athletes, coaches and clubs. For the time being we will stick to the plans that we have in place and continue to build on these in the coming weeks.
We are making good progress. The clubhouse is open and I am happy to announce that the number of people running together in groups can be increased from four to six with immediate effect. Please continue to stick to the rules around hygiene and social distancing. Also be aware of other users of the environment in which you are running.
Also, the juniors will start training again at the track from Tuesday 28th July. A big thank you to the coaches and officials who are working hard to provide a safe training environment for our juniors and to Paul Cuddihy who is leading on this.

Virtual 5k Training Race July – Results

Please find attached the results of July’s Virtual 5K Training Race. Thank you to Gavin Collett for processing everyone’s results.

The next event will be on Thursday 13 August which will also be part of the Virtual Summer Series. Please keep checking the club’s social media platforms to find the latest situation.

Stay safe everybody

Virtual 5K 2020-07-09


The Management Committee are pleased to announce that the clubhouse will re-open this coming Sunday 12th July. Opening times will be restricted to the following times initially

Sunday 9.30-11.30

Tuesday 18.00-20.00

Thursday 18.00-20.00

Booking  form page

Those wishing to attend one of the above sessions will need to complete the booking form no later than 24 hours prior to that session. You will be able to book three sessions each time you complete a form. You will not be able to attend the clubhouse without booking a session first.

The clubhouse will feel a little different for the time being to ensure that it is COVID compliant and members’ health is protected. A full risk assessment has been carried out and measures put in place to meet the guidelines set by the Government and England Athletics. An enhanced cleaning schedule will be in place.

Changing rooms, showers and the gym remain closed for the time being therefore you will need to come changed to run. Toilets will however be open.

A volunteer Clubhouse steward will be in attendance at all the above sessions to guide you through the restrictions and serve you at the bar. Please follow their instructions.

At this point in time the only social area that will be open will be the patio area at the rear of the clubhouse. Please come prepared for all weathers if you intend to stay!

And finally, please remember that we are all responsible for our own and each other’s safety when using the clubhouse.

Looking forward to seeing you all

Dave and the Management Committee

THURSDAY 9 JULY – Hillingdon AC Virtual 5K Training Race

Having consulted with other club officials, we have decided that it is still impractical to hold the 5K for real in July.

So this coming Thursday (9th), the July Hillingdon AC 5K Training Race will once again be virtual.

On the day, you have until 8pm to complete a fairly accurate 5K; it can be from home, round the actual 5K route, the woods, anywhere permitted under government guidelines.

Then send your time (minutes & seconds) and date of birth by email to gavin.collett@jti.com by 8pm Thursday night and I’ll produce a “race” result on Friday. There is no need to send me any proof, description of course or links to any others site such as Garmin, Strava, I won’t open them. I trust you all! Please also indicate if you have walked the whole way with no running at all.

Any ages, any speed for members, friends and family of Hillingdon AC. Please spread the word.

Stay safe


Summer Series 2020

It’s time to accept that none of the races originally chosen for this year’s series are going to take place so it’s time to launch a smaller, virtual version. This will initially consist of 8 races but may be expanded if some more appropriate events crop up in July.

1) 11-13th England Athletics Virtual 5k Road Running Championships. Entries open now here

2) July 18-19th HAC/Thames Valley Harriers virtual 10k (awaiting final confirmation from TVH but this should be a team competition between the 2 clubs with individual scoring for the Summer Series) Entries now open here

3) July 25th (not)parkrun

4) August 2nd Dash For Fitness virtual 10k

5) August 8th (not)parkrun

6) August 13th 5k Training Race

7) August 22/23rd Gosunder Handicap Trophy

8) September 10th 5k Training Race

League tables for Men and Women as usual, scoring as follows

-For all events you will score 5 points for taking part and finishing

-For all events other than (non)parkruns and the Gosunder the quickest male and female HAC/DFF athletes across the line will each earn another 20 points, second 19 and so on

-(not)parkruns are to be scored based on age grading with the highest male and female age gradings scoring 20 points, 2nd highest 19 points and so on

-The Gosunder will be run on a fixed course, yet to be determined. Finishing positions and scoring will be based on the total of your finish time plus handicap

Your overall score for the summer series will be the total of your 6 highest scoring events. This number may increase if more events are added.

Dan Spinks

COVID 19 update

As the restrictions imposed during the lockdown ease further on July 4th further guidance from England Athletics which will allow us to open the clubhouse for training and socialising is anticipated. Although we don’t yet know the detail of this updated guidance, we are making general plans to ensure that the clubhouse will be COVID compliant. A risk assessment is currently being carried out by our COVID 19 co-coordinator which will enable us to put in place the required measures. These will be communicated to you all once this is completed. It is clear however that the clubhouse will need to be manned at all times it is being used by members. It is anticipated that initially the clubhouse will be open from 6-8 on a Tuesday and Thursday and 9.30 -11.30 on a Sunday. I am looking to put together a rota of volunteers to open and close the clubhouse, man the bar and oversee members compliance with social distancing during these times. If we have 12 volunteers that will mean each person will only have to do one session per month. Without a volunteer for each session the clubhouse will not open. Please consider volunteering for this role and if interested  e-mail me at davidalan.smith2@gmail.com

Hillingdon AC – Membership Statement 2020/21

At the start of the membership year 2020/21 the Management Committee agreed to suspend membership subscriptions pending further certainty regarding restarting normal club activities. We are fortunate that due to sound financial management and the Club’s strong financial position we are in a position to withstand this cash flow reduction. We have also been in receipt of £10,000 from the government’s support package and helped by being able to host this year’s Hillingdon 20 prior to lockdown. In addition certain competition related outgoings have not arisen due to the cessation of that activity.

However the Club continues to have fixed costs that need to be met and we face an uncertain future particularly in relation to revenue raising activity such as road races and clubhouse income. With this in mind, and with the lockdown gradually easing, we have taken the decision to open the membership portal from July 1st. Members will then be able to renew their memberships for 2020/21.

Although the various subscription rates are unchanged from last year, as approved at the AGM in March, the Management Committee has decided to offer two options for membership in 2020/21. Firstly, we invite all those who feel able to pay the full membership fee to do so in order to support the long term financial health of the Club. However we recognise that the Club is unable to offer the full range of activities during this membership year and that many members are facing significant financial hardships resulting from the pandemic. In response to these circumstances the Club will offer an option to renew membership at 50% of the normal subscription fee for each category of membership for 2020/21. Whichever option members choose, the Club will continue to absorb the England Athletics (EA) Athlete Registration Fee of £15 per athlete for all those members who indicate they wish to be registered. EA extended the 19/20 registration year to 31 August 2020 but we believe it is time now to renew the registration fees and support the sport’s governing body. Please renew your membership as soon as possible in July so we can process your EA registrations in good time. If you have any queries relating to membership, please contact Steve Hirons, Membership Secretary on s.hirons@bbk.ac.uk.

Regarding our sport, although the normal programme of league meetings and races is cancelled for the foreseeable future, the Club is looking into all opportunities to provide value to members in accordance with government guidelines and EA advice. We are working on holding athletic events, perhaps as soon as July and August, should the guidance allow. The Club is grateful to Martin Bateman, John Dobbs and Nigel Ealand plus all the weekly quiz setters in particular for providing a constant menu of running tests and informative challenges to help us all through this lockdown.

Finally, for those members who feel particularly challenged financially at the moment you may wish to know that the Club maintains a small Athlete Assistance Fund. The Don Hirst Trust can also provide support for help with equipment, injury remedial treatment and other athletics-related matters.

Please find the membership form here http://www.hillingdonac.co.uk/shop/clubmembershippage.html

Stay safe

Management Committee