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|Tuesday 25th August 2015|
|Devil Takes the Hindmost|
|at Rochester Road, Northwood Hills|
|Men||Over 40 Men||Women||Plate|
|1||James Laing||Jason Steel||Jen Harvey||Paul Leppard|
|2||Rob Thompson||Steve Hirons||Ciara Williams||Mat Taylor|
|3||Ed Campbell||Scott Farley||Steph Wigram||Brett Hutchinson|
|4||Gary Horn||Stuart Arundel||Zoe Dobbs||Dan Spinks|
|5||Jeremy Collis||Andrew Malyan||Debs Pratley||Dave Smith|
|6||Billy Coburn (HTS)||Dan Spinks||Elisa Morse||Debs Pratley|
|7||Mat Taylor||Dave Smith||Elisa Morse|
|Officials: Gavin Collett, Sharon Talbot, Gerry Archer, Andy Torrance|
Hillingdon AC finished a close second to Yeovil Olympiads in the final Southern Athletics League meeting of the season at Andover. This result meant that the senior team finished in an excellent seventh place, above local rivals Ealing, Southall and Middlesex, Barnet and Shaftesbury Harriers and Highgate Harriers. Congratulations to all the athletes, and team managers Clare Thompsett and James Manley. With a number of juniors coming through the ranks to the seniors, next year looks even more promising.
The victorious team were welcomed back to the clubhouse with a free barbecue and each competing athlete, along with those who had turned out in the Vets League, claimed their well earned free drink. Thanks go to Peter Humm, Maria Hernandez-Humm and Jill Miller for preparing and cooking an excellent spread.
With everyone now well fed and hydrated it was time for the awards presentation. Dave Smith, HAC Chairman, and the team managers, Jason Steel and Maria Hernandez-Humm for the Vets, and Claire and James for the seniors, gave short speeches and handed out the awards. In addition to the awards listed below the Management Committee presented gift vouchers to over 50 dedicated volunteers, coaches and club officials as a small gesture of appreciation for their work in 2015.
Senior Men’s Track: 1st- James Laing; 2nd- Liam Holbrook; 3rd- Clive Wickham
Senior Men’s Field: 1st Keith Seldon; 2nd- Sam Fraser; 3rd Alex Barker
Senor Female Track: 1st- Hannah Wells; 2nd- Eva Mack; 3rd- Michaela Mayor
Senior Female Field: 1st Clare Thompsett; 2nd- Christine Heemskerk; 3rd- Leslie Conway
SAL female athlete of the year- The Tom Fevyer Trophy-Eva Mack
SAL male athlete of the year- The George Ives Trophy- Sam Fraser
SAL Most Supportive club member Male- The R.W Gale Cup Clive Wickham
SAL Most Supportive club member Female- The Jim Tozer Cup- Hannah Wells
Vets W35 Track-Sharon Dooley; W35 Field- Maria Hernandez- Humm
Vets W50 Track- Karen O’Rourke; W50 Field- Sharon Talbot
Vets W60 Track- Lesley Conway; W60 Field- Cathy Girvan
Vets M35 Track- Martin Bateman; M35 Field- Vaughan Ramsay
Vets M50 Track- Dave Smith; M50 Field- Keith Seldon
Vets M60 Track- Roy White; M60 Field Bob Densley
Vets League Female Super Vet- The Female Masters Shield- Lesley Conway
Vets League Male Super Vet- The John Turpin Trophy- Dave Smith
Vets League Most supportive club member- The Hillingdon Trophy- Dave Martin
Vets League Most Supportive Club Member-The Kennett Cup- Lucy Duncan
Ultra Marathon Trophy- Donated by Brian Feldman- Brett Hutchinson
Ladies Summer Series Trophy- Zoe Dobbs
Male Summer Series Trophy will be decided at the last race of the series.
To all who won the special awards, I will be getting the trophies engraved over the next week or two and will get them back to you to hold until the next Summer Presentation evening in 2016.
Thank you for everyone who came on the night, it was great to see the clubhouse full of members both young and old appreciating each others efforts.
DEVIL TAKES THE HINDMOST 2015
This year’s competition will take place on Tuesday 25th August at 7pm on the normal course at Rochester Road in Northwood Hills, opposite Haydon School.
Please register at the clubhouse by 6.30pm or be at Rochester Road by 6.50pm.
You compete entirely at your own risk.
All Club members are welcome to run, with a £3 fee for any non-Club members.
This year there will be four competitions:
Women Maximum of eight rounds
Over 40 Men Maximum of eight rounds
Under 40 Men Maximum of ten rounds
Plate (for those knocked out in early stages of the other three competitions)
Maximum of five rounds
How does it work?
All the runners in each competition start together and run up the hill (just under 300m in length). The last one to the top is eliminated (sometimes more depending on number of entries).
The remainder jog back down again and then repeat the run up the hill. Once again, the last one to the top is eliminated (sometimes more depending on number of entries).
This is repeated until only one runner is left, who is the winner of the competition.
So that everyone gets more than one run, halfway through the event everyone who has been eliminated to that point in the three main competitions can enter the Plate competition.
Further details if required from Gavin Collett
SUPPORT YOUR CLUB EVENTS
An updated list of club fixtures through to April 2016 can be viewed here.
The team managers for the Southern Road Relays will be contacting those athletes likely to make the standard to compete in these champs in the next couple of weeks.
The BBQ will be free for all athletes who have competed in an SAL or VETS league fixture this season. Register your name on the list at the clubhouse or e- mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The Gosunder, Sat. 18 July 2015.
There was another sharp turn in the glorious 60-year history of the Gosunder Handicap race this year, writes Doug Milsom. In fact, there were several sharp turns, thanks to Martin’s ingenious and, in some people’s view (not mine, of course!) rather sadistic, hilly course in Mad Bess Wood. For the past 3 years, it had been incorporated in the June 5k Training Race, owing to the increasing dangers of Breakspear Road on our 5-mile road lap. This year, the main danger was sudden altitude sickness on the long climb in the woods!
21 runners took part, and the consensus was that this was a very successful change, partly due to the near perfect conditions in the woods. Thanks to a slightly generous handicap from Martin, your reporter won the coveted trophy by a margin of 26 seconds from a very fast finishing James Laing, who started some 23 minutes behind him. The fastest times for the 5.1 mile 2-lap course were James in 30:02, Rob Thompson in 30:52 and Ed Campbell in 31:51. The first lady home was Zoe Dobbs (5th) and the fastest lady Eva Mack in 37:13. I understand that John Bignell missed his start time, which accounts for his apparently slow time.
Thanks go to Martin and his team for organising and marking the course, the judges and timekeepers, and the marshals who kept most of us on the course and gave much needed encouragement.
|GOSUNDER 5 MILE HANDICAP, MAD BESS WOOD, 18/7/2015|
|10||Carol Jones (ESM)||W57||58:40||18:00||40:40||13|
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