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Our very own Lord of the Hoard, Alan Chidley, is now in the position to welcome members into the HAC archive room (nothing on monetary value inside) in the clubhouse. The room was painstakingly gutted then decorated and embellished to the highest standard by our very own Stefan “Michelangelo” Dokic with the grade one Wickes trade white gloss paint and the finest oak effect laminate flooring to set off the display. There are more relics and wonders of delight inside than the tomb of Tutankhamun. Alan will be at the clubhouse on Thursdays evenings to display it’s contents on request for free I believe. Get in there and learn our history.
Are you wondering what to do with all that spare time now that the cross country season is over? Bob Burton has just the answer as he has announced the races for this seasons summers series of races. The format has changed slightly from last year, the main difference being that you will be awarded 10 points for each time you participate in one of the 5km training races. For the full scoring rules see here Scoring-Rules
The races are as follows
Beaconsfield 5 mile 06/04/15
Hillingdon Half Marathon 12/04/15
Aldbury 5 Mile ?
Ickenham 5 07/06/15
Coombe Hill Run ?
Princes Risborough 10km ?
Concorde 5 mile 14/06/15
Bushey Spire 10km 05/07/15
New Forest 10 mile 12/07/15
Bearbrook 10km 09/08/15
Hillingdon AC had 14 athletes competing in the National Cross Country Championships at a very wet and muddy Parliament Hill course.
Hannah Wells was the club’s sole representative in the Senior Women’s race finishing 136th. The race was won by Lily Partridge of Aldershot, Farnham & District and there were 865 finishers.
The Senior Men’s race was won by Charlie Hulson of Sale Harriers Manchester. James Laing was the first Hillingdon AC finisher in 170th place with the six to score team completed by Dan Thompson 276th, Ed Campbell 344th, Martin Bateman 379th, Alex Ozdemir 896th and Paul Leppard 932nd and the nine to score team completed by Brett Hutchinson 1222nd, Gary Horn 1372nd and Bob Burton 1799th. Behind Bob, John Luscombe 1862nd, Brian Feldman 1930th, John Doyle 1939th and Alan Wells 1990th completed Hillingdon AC’s representation out of 2005 finishers. The men’s team finished 47th of the 145 clubs that had six or more scorers and 40th in the nine to score competition.
In addition Jeremy Collis also ran but had a timing chip problem isn’t currently shown in the results.
Full results may be found here
Race Photos (when published) may be found here
Next Level Nutrition & Fitness are coming to HAC to have a brief meet and greet with club members on Thursday 5th & 12th March from 7pm. They provide products and services to help maintain a healthy active lifestyle, and are offering club members the chance to have a free Body Fat analysis and try free product samples.
You will also be able to arrange a more in-depth FREE Wellness Evaluation, which includes stats on your BMR, muscle mass, bone mass, visceral fat plus more, with Director Jay Hearne based at Next Level in Ruislip Manor. Find out what our neighbouring Nutrition Club offers the local community and how you can also benefit from it.
Matthew Fayers produced his dream of becoming a sub 4 minute miler on Saturday 14th February 2015 reports Stevan Dokic. Indoors at the Iowa State Classic, USA his chance materialised. Although in the B race Matt held his nerve and paced the paced the race well. Being pulled through at 3 minutes for the 3/4 mile mark, which was spot on. The race was taken on with the dream in sight. Placed 3rd at the 3/4 mark and not getting boxed in Matt didn’t panic. Saving his kick for the last 200m and push for the lead on the final bend and with a sprint finish took the win and a 3.59.55 time. At 20 years 6 months and 9 days of age has placed himself 37th fastest British all time indoor miler. Only 1 other athlete younger has ran faster indoors. Clilfton Bradley of City of Stoke, at 20 years and 4 months in 1985. Indoors personal bests times are always harder to achieve.
As a 17 year old Matt ran a 4.01.5 on an outdoor track for the mile with only 1 person younger than Matt running faster. That was Steve Cram.
Since 11 years old Matt has always wanted to be a middle distance 800/1500m racer. Breaking club records from 800m, 1500m and the mile at u/15 up to u/20s levels. Now as a young u/23 he is carrying this dream on. At 17 years of age Matt won the British national indoors title against senior internationals. This was a surprise but to be a sub 4 minute miler is a dream come true.
Hillingdon AC’s Senior Men’s team had a day to forget at the final Met League fixture of the season as with only 22 athletes turning up to compete, and large gaps between the A and B team scorers, the A team finished eighth on the day in Division One and the B team finished ninth in Division Three.
As a result, the A team slipped to their lowest position of the season of seventh in Division One and the B team, who still had an outside chance of promotion going into this fixture, also slipped to their lowest position of the season of fifth.
James Laing was first scorer for the club in 14th place, not far in front of Martin Bateman who found the firm underfoot conditions to his liking to finish 27th. Dan Thompson ran despite being in discomfort due to muscle stiffness, Philip Warburton had a good run to just finish 71st, just in front of teammate Simon Connell while there were competitive returns for Sam Blanshard, Chris Ingram and Rob Poulter. Alex Ozdemir was the 12th and final scorer for the A team in 239th place.
Andrew Malyan was the first scorer for the B team in 271st place whilst there were Met League debuts for Stuart Arundel and Barry Brown. Dennis Carey was the eighth and final scorer for the B team in 363rd place.
Full results may be found here
The final Met League fixture this season at Wormwood Scrubs on 7th February 2015 held all sorts of hope for the Hillingdon ladies reports Donna Nash. We came together with a massive attendance of 15 and apologies from Eva Mack, Jen Harvey and Steph Wigram.
Conditions were described as good to firm although I must have missed the firm areas!
Helen O’Neile put in a sterling performance and was our first lady this time, placing 14th. Helen had one word to say about the race –MUD!
Bubbly Hannah put in a sparkling performance, 2nd home and placing 28th, just 2 places off her best and 3 seconds away from being 25th!.
Making a special guest appearance was middle distance track star Michaela Mayor who tackled the course in fine style , ankles in tact, crossing the line in third place for Hillingdon and 38th overall. Michaela said she ‘enjoyed running’ and appreciated the ‘encouragement’ – she is hopeful that some of our cross country stars will cross over to the track this summer and repay the favour! [Read more →]
Final fixture of the season and all HAC endurance athletes are expected to be involved and be part of the team! All is still to run for and a few of our teams still have promotions in their grasp so drop the shopping trip, put the injury on ice, shirk your work, shun parkrun and get covered in all shades of mud at Wormwood Scrubs. Fixture details here http://
A total of 18 Hillingdon AC members braved the testing conditions at the South of England Cross Country Championships at Stanmer Park near Brighton on 24 January.
On a brutally hilly course and racing over five miles, Hannah Wells 88th and Zoe Dobbs 232nd represented Hillingdon AC in the Senior Women’s race, Dominic Speight was the club’s sole representative in the five mile Under 20 Men’s race finishing 102nd, while there were 15 Senior Men from the club competing over the demanding nine mile course.
James Laing was first finisher for the club in the men’s race in 93rd position with the scoring six completed by Dan Thompson 123rd, Ed Campbell 160th, Martin Bateman 209th, Simon Connell 261st and Philip Warburton 375th. The Senior Men’s team finished 22nd out of the 55 clubs that finished six or more scorers.
Hillingdon AC’s representation was completed by Paul Leppard 455th, Gary Horn 501st, Andrew Malyan 610th, Dave Smith 632nd, Stevan Dokic 697th, Trevor Steeples 784th, Bob Burton 798th, Jeremy Collis 804th, and John Luscombe 831st. There were 855 finishers.
In addition, the athletes were well supported in their efforts by amongst others Harry Wild, Norma Cressy, Roy Cnudde, Gerry Archer, John Bignell, Martin Searle, Alan Wells, Richard Mann and Rob Thompson.
Congratulations to everyone that competed – cross country running doesn’t get tougher than this!
Full results may be found here.
Photos of the race may be found here (use the race number from the race results to search for photos of different athletes).
Congratulations to Andy Cox on becoming Middlesex County 10km walk champion and to the team who came 2nd in the Enfield League at the weekend.