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Summer Grand Prix Series

In recent years the numbers of people participating in the traditional summer series races has gradually dwindled reports Dave Smith. I would like to try and breathe some fresh life into this and would therefore welcome suggestions to help me select the events. I would like to encourage those who do not normally compete to participate in events. Distances can be from 5km to half marathon. I plan to use a points system to make it more interesting for everyone, with a male and female champion over the whole series.

Please write your nominated races on the sheet on the notice board at the clubhouse, or e-mail davidalan.smith2@gmail.com. I anticipate that the series will comprise of 10-12 races, although naturally you can compete in as many or as few as you like.

March 11, 2013   Comments Off on Summer Grand Prix Series

Middlesex Masters XC Champs 9th March 2013

The eerie calm and serenity that engulfs Mad Bess woods was broken as a cavalcade of veteran athletes and marshals grouped for the Middlesex Masters XC champs.

20 minutes before the start the silence was still golden as it looked as though the comforts of home had been a greater draw than that of a season ending race. However, through the gloom, people squelched their way through the mud in hast of the impending start.

A line of athletes streamed out of the field into the claggy woods for a twisty undulating 5 mile 3 lap tour of all that could be thrown at them. The combined male and female race was strung out from the off with athletes battling to find a good racing line through the slippery terrain. The numerous marshals really added to the race with lots of vociferous encouragement; especially as the course took its toll on the weary runners. Alan Wray of Harrow AC had taken the lead early on and held out for a close victory over Steve Norris of TVH. Dave Newman V50 was our first to savour the finish for HAC.  For the women it was very tight at the end. Grace Wu of Serpentine just edged out Fiona Kennedy of ESM. Donna Nash V45 took the honour of our first female finisher in 74th place.

Our best team result was bronze in the 3 to score 50+ men’s category.

Big thanks to everyone that turned up to organise the race, marshal and feed the athletes.

Malcolm French “I wanted to say, both personally and on behalf of Middlesex CAA, a big “thank you” to everyone from HAC who was involved in hosting the Masters Cross Country Championships and did such a terrific job.  I thought the competition was very successful and I’ve had plenty of very positive feedback from the runners.”

Results here.

March 10, 2013   Comments Off on Middlesex Masters XC Champs 9th March 2013

Teddy Hall Relays, Oxford, 06 March 2013

Hillingdon AC had eighteen athletes in action at the Teddy Hall Relays in Oxford as the club pitted itself against some of the best University teams in the country over the traditional 3.6 mile race route.

In the men’s race, the RAF won the four to score team race for the first time finishing 24 seconds in front of Oxford University with Cambridge University a further one and a half minutes back in third. Hillingdon AC’s A team finished 19th thanks to Martin Bateman (19:00), Richard Mann (20:13), Carl Yates (21:58) and Paul Leppard (21:43).

The C team finished 52nd comprising of John Bignell (23:15), Pete Warburton (22:39), Dave Smith (23:20) and Hannah Wells (24:35).

The B team finished 124th thanks to Bob Burton (26:16), Alan Wells (30:30), John Luscombe (27:28) and Martin Searle (23:55).

153 men’s teams competed.

Hillingdon AC had one team entered in the mixed team competition. The race was won by Oxford University and Hillingdon AC finished 44th out of 48 teams thanks to Steve Thompson (29:02), Angela Duncan (32:46), Lucy Duncan (29:39) and John Doyle (28:25).

Wendy Harbottle ran 27:37 in an incomplete team and Richard Jenkin ran 21:49 in a composite team comprising of members of his training group.

Full results may be found here.

March 9, 2013   Comments Off on Teddy Hall Relays, Oxford, 06 March 2013

Middlesex Veterans XC champs, Mad Bess Woods

The club members that have volunteered to marshal this race should be at the clubhouse from 1.30-2pm on Saturday. Please report to Paul Cuddihy, Marshal’s co-ordinator to be allocated a marshal point, bib and race information.

March 8, 2013   Comments Off on Middlesex Veterans XC champs, Mad Bess Woods

Brunel University Indoor Jumps & Shot Put Festival!

Saturday 23rd March 2013
Brunel University IAC, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge, UB8 3PH
10.30am Pole Vault (P.B. BELOW 3m)
11am Triple Jump (Two pools)
12.30pm High Jump (P.B. ABOVE 1.55m)
1.30pm Long Jump (Two pools)
1.30pm Pole Vault (P.B. ABOVE 3m)
2pm Shot put Men
2.30pm High Jump (P.B. BELOW 1.55m)
3.30pm Shot put Women

The competition is available for all age groups.

Please email your entry to bruneljumpsfestival@gmail.com by 16th March 2013 or enter
on the day. Please include; name, DOB, club, event/s & PB/s.
Entries are £5 per event. You must register & pay on the day at least one hour before the
start time of your event.
Free Redbull will be provided.

March 7, 2013   Comments Off on Brunel University Indoor Jumps & Shot Put Festival!

Hug a helper

It has become apparent that some of our members would like a hug when being asked to assist in club activities. The Finchley 20 race committee don’t have time to hug all our members and ask in person for your assistance, so this electronic version will have to suffice. The F20 is on the 17th March and all members are very politely asked to turn up at the Ruislip clubhouse before 9am on race day and get involved in some way. If you use the clubhouse regularly you will see a marshals list on the information table. There can never be enough help, no matter what you may hear. It is our club and our main fund raising event so please make every effort to help for up to 4 hours. No previous experience required.

March 3, 2013   Comments Off on Hug a helper

Bath and Berkhamstead Half Marathons

Three HAC athletes headed west to the beautiful city of Bath on Sunday 3rd March to compete in the Bath Half Marathon reports Martin Bateman. It was a cold crisp morning which was good for racing hard over 13.1 miles. I had a good race, pushing the pace early on which ultimately earned my PB time of 1:13.43 in 52nd place. Mother and Daughter running duo Angela Duncan V70 and Lucy Duncan V35 also made the trip down the M4 to compete, albeit they had the sense to make a weekend of it. Lucy finished in 1:54.54 and Angela in 2:05.50. Anupam Das who recently became only second claim for HAC and lives in Bath just sneaked a PB of 1:11.53 in 37th. Results here.

Sam Blanshard also had the urge to race a HM on Sunday and finished 3rd in the Berkhamstead HM with 1:17.38. Results here.

March 3, 2013   Comments Off on Bath and Berkhamstead Half Marathons