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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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Marshalls and first aiders needed

We need three marshalls on the course for both the Dark Run on the 15th December and the Lido Relays on the 30th December. We will also need a trained first aider at each event. Please let myself or Martin Bateman know if you can help.

December Diary Dates

Festive dates for your busy December diary:

Saturday 15th – Dark Run – Online entries and food orders now being taken

Christmas Day – 5km race from the clubhouse 10.30am

Sunday 30th – Ruislip Lido Relays 10am

New Years Wild West Party – Ticket only and available from the clubhouse team. Get them now before they sell out!

“It’s not an Aquathlon Boo!” – Met League fixture #3 Uxbridge

Saturday 1st December saw 21 ladies turn up for the home Met League fixture at Uxbridge reports Freya Hollingsworth.

Hoping for sun and smiles, instead we were greeted with drizzle, clouds and thigh deep water to ‘run’ through. Spirits were high as we all got ready to tackle the ski slope and smash it!

Zoe came fully prepared to swim across the River Pinn; goggles and swimming hat included. Christina took off her dry robe for a full 30 minutes of racing up and down the ski slope, but at least she kept warm and dry unlike the rest of us.

Many of the ladies team ended up swimming through the River Pinn, a few lucky survivors just ended up with soggy shorts; clearly the more comfortable option?

We also made a fuss of our number one fan on his 86th birthday – Happy Birthday Harry!

Well done to all 21 ladies who turned up, climbed, raced and swum for the club! Make a note in your diaries for the next Met League race at Wormwood Scrubs on Saturday January 12th 2019. See you at the start not before 1.55pm!

Dark Run 5K 2018

Online entries for the run and food are now being taken here.

London Marathon Club places

HAC will have 2 club places on offer to club members for the London Marathon on the 28th April 2019.

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 Saturday 22nd December 2018. 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 Christmas Day. 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.

1 place will be available in the “seed” draw and 1 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.

ECCA English National Relay Championships at Mansfield, 3rd November 2018

Well done to our youngsters for some good results here, even if no medals were won, reports Doug Milsom.Our Under 13 Girls came a fine 13th of the 88 teams competing. Our Under 13 Boys came 67th of 88, our Under 15 Boys came 36th of 93 and our Under 17 Men came 29th of 75.

Full results from Mansfield can be found here  http://www.englishcrosscountry.co.uk/relays/2018-xc-relays-results-all-age-groups/

Clubhouse closed Saturday 17th November

Please be advised that the clubhouse will be closed from 1pm on Saturday 17th November for the junior athletes presentation evening. Sorry for any inconvenience.

SEAA Cross Country Relays – 20th October 2018

Well done to all HAC members who competed at the SEAA Cross Country Relays on 20th October 2018 at Wormwood Scrubs.

The all 1st years U/13 boys came 22nd over 2k with Ryan Stoddart 8.02, Faisal Mohamed, 8.11, Harvey Williams 8.47. -22nd

U/13 girls Nicole McGovern (2), 7.47, Asmaa Abdirahman 7.57, Angel Doyle (2) 8.26 – 6th team. The B team Scarlett McLellan 8.47, Nathalie Gregg 9.32, May Scarfe 9.42 – 30th team.

U/15 boys were a touch faster than the winning U/15s from last year! Nathan Hackley(2) 6.32, Abdi Hamud 6.52, Luke Edwards 6.47(2) – 4th Just missed out in a tight 4 way finish.

U/17s young men 3.2k Adam Ireland 11.09, Hanad Ahmed 10.47, Max McGarvie 11.02 6th team 2nd team Josh Lee 10.55 who slowed down to help Adam.

In the senior section the HAC Senior Ladies finished 33rd and the Senior Men just missed out on the medals finishing in 4th position.

Full results can be found here http://seaa.org.uk/index.php/events/cross-country

Met League Fixture 1 – Claybury

Well done to everyone who survived the unseasonal heat at Claybury on Saturday 13th October.

Notable performances from Asmaa Abdullahi Maalim Abdirahman who came in second in the U13 Girls, Abdifatah Khalif who won the Junior Men’s race, Gemma Barry for 6th place for the Senior Ladies and Abdifatah Abdulle finishing in 3rd place for the Senior Men.

Full results can be found here: http://www.metleague.co.uk/results

The next Met League fixture is at Welwyn Garden City on 10th November. Please make yourself available for this fixture.

 

The history behind the Don Hirst Trust by Alan Chidley

I became aware recently that the reason for the exsistence of The Don Hirst Trust was not known by the majority of our members.

It was set up following the events described below, reports Alan Chidley, Club Historian.

In 1985 our Mens Track & Field team were in Division 5 of the British League and were awarded a home meeting to take place on 10th.August.
To promote a British League match an all weather track had to be used. At this time we did not have such a track therefore had to hire other stadiums such as West London.
All tracks in our area were booked for that day so we were forced to hire the Luton track for our home meeting.
As normal, requests were made for members to help on the day and several responded to these requests, including Don Hirst, who had become involved with our club due to his son Andy being a member.
On the day I was Meeting Coordinator, therefore part of my job was to go around to the various events to see if any help was needed.
I was at the Pole Vault, which was inside the top of the home straight with the discus circle situated at the top left hand end of the field. I was looking towards where Don was helping with this event, with the discus circle behind him.
On one or two occasions I saw a Discus land not far from where he was standing and there was some bantor such as “that one almost got you” and he made a comment about it.
I then had to go into the back of the stand with John Turpin to get drinks for the officials. We came out carrying trays of drinks and I remember saying to John, “something has happened, there is someone on the ground with a small crowd around him”.
We discovered that a thrower had got the release of his discus slightly wrong and it had come out at an angle from the net, which we now know was not up to standard and hit Don square on the back of the head.
The steeplechase was just finishing in which there was a doctor running, he was told what had happened and went to attend.
An ambulance was called and I went to the entry point to make sure it was clear for its arrival. I remember it took about 25 minutes to arrive and then Don was taken away.
After the match I went to the hospital where Don was connected to life support equipment and his wife had been told to talk to him in the hope that brain activity could restart. We were joined by his son and daughter who stayed by the bedside.
The doctor indicated to me that there was really no hope,but I suppose we were all hoping for a miracle.
He died that night and some time later I attended the coroners inquest where I had been called to give evidence.A verdict of accidental death was reached.
Over the next few months I was interviewed by the insurance Company but I never heard the final outcome of any claim.
It was the darkest day of my time with our club and something that will stay with me forever.
To make everything even worse for Mary, his wife, I later learnt that Don was her 2nd.husband and her first husband had been knocked off his bike and died of head injuries.
I hope the family recovered eventually from this terrible tragedy.
RIP Don Hirst.