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This race was a regular in the summer series when I first joined Hillingdon AC, writes Dave Smith. It was known then as the Datchet Dash, then became the Dorney Dash, until its new incarnation in the Great Park for the first time in 2012. Back there this year for the second time I couldn’t resist entering, so that I had run the race on all three courses. I wasn’t dissapointed, with the race being run over a challenging but picturesque course. The 351 finishers were rewarded for their efforts on the final stretch with a stunning view as they came down off the monument and were able to look along the long avenue to the castle. Paul Hull finished 5th ( 4th Male) in 40:55. Dave Smith finished 25th in 44:28. Although it was fifteen years ago that I first came across the Datchet Dash I am glad to say that I remain competitive finishing 2nd V50. I will be back next year.
Adam Ireland put another record on his list by racing the Junior 2K Pitshanger park run and getting the course record of 7.06 by 1 second on a twisting course, This was the park run headlines reports Stevan Dokic.
What a lovely, lovely morning it was for Pitshanger junior parkrun’s 40th instalment. After some light overnight rain, the sun well and truly got his hat on and, to make things even better, the huge pothole by the entrance to the carpark had been filled over the past week. How could the day get even better???
Well, it certainly did for Adam IRELAND. Last week’s first finisher (on his first run with us) had been just 4 seconds off the course record. On his return this week, and accompanied by some vital encouragement from his coach from Hillingdon Athletic Club, Adam seared round the course to beat the record by just one second (registering 7.06). The record had stood since event number 2 when Michael MORAN set the bar on a cool October morning in his only run with us. Here’s a snap of 11yr old Adam with 200m to go.
Well done to everyone that ran and organised the July 5K Training Race and to Martin Searle and Maria who provided a splendid quiz and food respectively. results are here.
Reminder that the Gosunder 5 Mile handicap (1980’s theme) and 2.5 mile junior race is on next Saturday 18th at 4pm. To register for the race and BBQ please fill in the form here.
Pre-registraion for the race and BBQ means a favourable handicap
New club member Adam Ireland competed in the Perivale open meeting in the mile race on Wednesday 8th July 2015 reports Stevan Dokic. In only his 2nd race for Hillingdon, Adam broke the U/13 mile club record by running 5.43.86. Adam came 4th and showed he has more to come by sprinting the last 100m.
The previous record was set 20 years ago at the same venue.
John Doyle and John Bignell need the help of around six volunteers this coming Sunday, 12th July, from 12 noon to help with clearing the patio area of weeds ahead of the the Gosunder and Presentation evenings taking place in July and August. Please let them know if you are able to help, even if you can only stay for a short while.
When two ladies from Dacoram AC finished 4th and 8th, and two Chiltern Harriers crossed the line in 3rd and 9th positions they all looked expectantly at the splendid shield for the top ladies team whilst they eagerly awaited one further team mate to join them. How the faces changed from smiles to despondency as the wave of red and white vests swarmed over the line and swamped the finish area to their dismay! Another strong run by Lynn Hyde to finished 7th lady in 45.31 and fellow marathon runner Melanie Spencer, 11th in 47.19, were chased home by the fast improving Karen O’Rourke , 12th lady in 47.44 and ensured the trophy will reside at the HAC clubhouse for the next year! With Zoe Dobbs (48.26,17th), new star Paula Jones (49.07,21st) , Lucy Duncan (51.41, 33rd) , Amanda Kersen (58.36) and the evergreen Angela Duncan (1.02.42) keeping the opposition at bay the day was looking good for the ladies who are making a habit of being top ladies team having won the Concorde 5 a few weeks earlier!!
Not to be totally outdone the men finished in a respectable 2nd place, having won it last year, with debutant Matt Zalewski living up to his promise in training finishing 3rd overall in 36.16. Paul Hull (12th overall in 38.59) and Dave Smith (32nd in 41.46) completed the scoring trio. Also supporting and running well were Steve O’Keefe (39th, 42.27), Andy Torrance (84th, 46.24) , Tony Shaw (119th , 48.55) and Summer Series leader Dennis Carey (120th, 48.55).
Individual awards were won by Matt Zalewski 3rd overall, Lynn Hyde 1st FV40 and Angela Duncan, 1st FV70. Karen O’Rourke narrowly missed out by being 2nd FV50 lady by just over a minute. There were 415 finishers at the race which has proved a happy hunting ground for HAC having won several awards there last year. The course was reversed from last year and the organisers somehow managed to find a mountain in a park somewhere in Bushey which they kindly included in this otherwise pleasant road and trail run!!!
On Sunday morning despite the drizzle the Absolutely Fabulous ladies (and 3 hardy men) of HAC turned out to run the picturesque Concorde 5 mile race.
Leading the men, Captain Dave Smith jetted off despite carrying a rib injury finishing in a time of 33.52, shortly followed by his co-pilot Andy Torrence in 36.55 and Denis ‘Baggage handler’ Cavey in just over 39 minutes.
First HAC lady, Zoe ‘Patsy’ Dobbs was first to the exit door and kept with Andy Torrence, past the mattress dump and over the motorway bridge before hitting cruising height and edging past him to come in with a PB of 36.19 followed closely by Lynn Hyde in 36.35 and Karen O’Rourke in 37.29 to win the Ladies trophy and more importantly a bottle of wine each!
A great team effort saw the rest of the cabin crew come flying home with Melanie ‘Eddie’ Spencer leading the way flying high on champagne flavoured gels, joined by Debs Brown, Babz Kedge, Lucy Duncan, Lyndsey Browne and the inspirational Angela Duncan.
Absolutely Fabulous and a great turn out from HAC again.