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English National Cross Country Championships 2018 – Senior Women

The sun was shining, sunglasses made an appearance and people were smiling, reports Freya Hollingsworth. Could it be, the first weekend in many where we wouldn’t finish a race looking like drowned rats?

11 Hillingdon AC ladies congregated around the finish line, Bryony arrived not looking best pleased at the fact that even though it was sunny it was still bitterly cold!! Ladies captain, Mel rocked up, in her ski sunglasses still imagining she was on holiday…it is Parliament Hill after all, the closest some of us will get to the mountains this season!

De-layering happened lastminute.com and a sea of ladies made their way towards the start. Huddling at the bottom of the hill “eagerly” waiting to get going – not wanting to get cold – spectators ringing their cowbells stood on along the edge of the course. 2.20pm arrived, the gun went, Garmin watches were started and a herd of 1,113 ladies charged upwards, conquering Parliament Hill.

The challenging course made everyone (apart from Gemma finishing in 57th place) feel as though they were “trudging”, not racing. Trying not to lose shoes in the mud appeared a struggle for many competitors, not for the HAC ladies who powered through and finished with shoes still on both feet! Cheering from spectators all over the course made the trudge worth it, especially from Mel and Christina at the end of the first lap.

Notable performances go to support crew for standing in the cold, all the HAC ladies who conquered Parliament Hill (IN THE SUNSHINE) and especially Heather who kindly informed us just before the start gun went off that she will sadly be leaving us and moving to Somerset because the hills around here just aren’t challenging enough for her.

Top four scorers for the club were Gemma Barry (57), Hannah Wells (280), Iwona Gray-Cauvin (605) and Kathryn Carruthers (671). The Hillingdon AC ladies team finished in 48th position out of 112 teams.

February 27, 2018   Comments Off on English National Cross Country Championships 2018 – Senior Women

Brighton Half Marathon 2018

Well done to Hillingdon AC athletes Debbie Brown, Babz Kedge and Andrew Malyan who travelled south to compete in the Brighton Half Marathon on Sunday 25th February.

Andrew Malyan finished in 1:37:36

Debbie Brown finished in 1:42:14

Babz Kedge finished in 1:52:29

Well done all three of you. Feet up!

February 25, 2018   Comments Off on Brighton Half Marathon 2018

Summer Series 2018

The following races have been selected for this year’s Summer Series. The dates and venues for the Park Runs will follow in due course. A volunteer to do the points would be most welcome. The other races fill up quick, so if you wish to run in any of them then enter in good time

April 5km training race
Sunday 13th May Run Wembley 10km
May Park Run
Sunday 17th June Concorde 5
June 5km training race
Sunday 1st July Bushey Spire 10km
July Park Run
Sunday 5th August Bearbrook 10km
August 5km training race
September Middlesex 10km
September Park run
If the Ickenham 5 is run this year I will add that in when a date is released

February 25, 2018   Comments Off on Summer Series 2018

Finchley 20 – Lots of marshals still needed please

We still need lots of marshals for this year’s Finchley 20 road race. This is the club’s main race fixture of the year and is coming up on Sunday 18th March at 9am. This is the one race that raises much needed funds for the club and helps to keep our subs down.

This year there is also a 10 mile race which is 2 laps of the usual course, and the 20 mile race which is 4 laps of 5 miles on the road. The marshal points are attached, together with a course map.

PLEASE VOLUNTEER & SUPPORT YOUR CLUB…. be part of the tradition!

We need 60+ marshals around the course plus further helpers for the two water stations (although we hope to have a number of cadets, who can help here). Course map is attached.

If a HAC member plans to run either event we ask that you please provide a marshal in your place. No experience needed.

If you can help please contact Maria Hernandez-Humm or add your name to the sheet at the clubhouse.

Please support this historic club event.

February 24, 2018   Comments Off on Finchley 20 – Lots of marshals still needed please

Annual General Meeting – Tuesday 6 March 2018

All members are invited to the Annual General Meeting of Hillingdon Athletic Club to be held at the Clubhouse, 206 Bury Street on Tuesday 6 March at 8.15 pm. The Agenda and previous minutes have sent to all members via email, please print these if you require them for the meeting as hard copies will not be available at the meeting. A hard copy is also displayed in the Clubhouse.

The Club Accounts, referred to in Agenda Item 5, are not available for early circulation as the audit is in progress. If you wish to obtain a copy in advance of the meeting, please contact Martin Searle on martin.searle@hotmail.co.uk.

As in the past we have scheduled a question and answer session immediately after the formal meeting at which you are invited to raise questions, make suggestions and generally contribute to help us run the club as effectively as possible.

February 23, 2018   Comments Off on Annual General Meeting – Tuesday 6 March 2018

SEAA Event Survey

The SEAA Endurance Working Group has compiled a survey based on suggestions and proposals received over the past year regarding our Endurance Events. The survey contains ten questions asking for details on your activity in athletics and your opinions on changes to the Masters XC Championships and the Main XC Championships.

Their aim is to ascertain the views of our affiliated club members before making any changes.

It would be appreciated if Hillingdon AC club members, officials and athletes could take two minutes to complete this short survey.

Survey is available here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/XFBWGK2

This survey will close on the 21st March 2018 and will not accept any answers after that date.

February 21, 2018   Comments Off on SEAA Event Survey

Fifth and final Met League fixture at Trent Park – Men’s Team

A big thank you to the 29 athletes who competed for the club in the Senior Men’s race in the Met League on Saturday. Although this was one of the smallest turnouts we have had at a race over the course of the season, the A team still did enough to finish fifth on the day and meet their pre season target of finishing fourth in Division One overall, reports Paul Leppard.

However, the lack of strength in depth did affect the B and C teams who finished 11th and 19th respectively in Division Three on the day and 6th and 19th respectively in Division Three overall.

From an individual perspective, Abdishakur Abdulle finished 3rd, Kadar Abdullahi 4th, Rob Thompson 11th and James Laing 26th to gain big points for the club in terms of the team score while there were improved performances from Fahad Abdi (59th), Richard Mann (76th) and most significantly from Mayank Mishra who improved remarkably on his performance at Wormwood Scrubs to finish in 100th place.

From looking at the list of people who raced for the club on Saturday, it strikes me that the vast majority did at least four of the five fixtures. It’s great to see this level of commitment from so many athletes and so thank you to everyone who made the effort to compete in multiple fixtures and who contributed towards the success of the club in the Met League over the course of the season.


February 14, 2018   Comments Off on Fifth and final Met League fixture at Trent Park – Men’s Team

Final Met League fixture at Trent Park – Ladies Team

Saturday 10th February saw the final Met League fixture of the 2017/2018 season at Trent Park.

All week the weather forecast said it was going to be sunny all morning until 2pm, when of course the rain would come down just as the ladies race started at “not before 1.55pm”.

However, the morning bought wind, rain and hail and it didn’t subside all day. As we congregated coldly but proudly at the HAC flag (which was already at a 45 degree angle thanks to the wind) Vicky asked if this was “some kind of community service” and Nikki was very angry that the temperature was obviously well below the 7 degrees that her weather app said it was going to be.

After 30 mins of slowly removing various layers of clothing and then putting them back on again, 26 HAC Ladies made our way to the start line. Mel and Lucy were adamant it was “still crop top weather”, Rebecca was in Bryony’s jacket and Heather forgot she still had her scarf on, again. That scarf is destined to finish a race Heather.

Thankfully the officials got us off to a start quickly but not before our traditional Trent Park group hug to try and keep warm. It does work, we think the men should try it!

The HAC ladies love the mud, which is a good job really as there was 6km of it.

The course was challenging with plenty of upward flat bits and slippy twists and turns, not helped by the blustery winds.

Up at the front Gemma Barry finished her impressive Met League season in 3rd position. Gemma also took 2nd in the overall individual rankings. Congratulations Gemma, you are an inspiration to the rest of the team.

Joining Gemma in HAC’s top 4 finishers were Hannah Wells in 37th, Emma Danby in 56th and Ciara Williams (running on a skiing injury) in 83rd. Well done ladies.

Further down the muddy field Zoe, Freya and Karen stuck together along the course (with team spirit and a bit of mud), Taj really didn’t like the climb up to the monument having thought she’d done the big hill already (I can’t quote her as the words aren’t suitable for the HAC website) and Heidi loved the mud so much she thought she’d roll around in a bit.

Our Senior Women’s A team finished the season in 7th in Division 1. Our B and C teams finished the season in 2nd and 10th positions in Division 3.

The season has bought notable results in the Vets age groups which culminated in our Vets A team winning Division 2 and gaining promotion. To quote Zoe “big up the golden girls”. Our Vets B team finished 5th also in Division 2 and the C team were also 5th in Division 3.

Well done also to Lucy Duncan who finished 3rd in the V40 category, Kathy Carruthers and Karen O’Rourke who finished 2nd and 3rd respectively in the V50 category, Pauline Fischer who was 3rd in the V60’s and of course the amazing Angela Duncan with her own V75 category.

Full results from the Trent Park fixture and individual overall results can be found here. https://t.co/X2GLyVPphn

The season has seen record numbers of competitors in our ladies team. Well done to all who pulled on their vests and crop tops.

A special thank you to our Team Manager Mel Spencer who somehow organises us all as well as the tea and biscuits (one last mention of “milk gate” seems appropriate here). Thank you for your efforts Mel and so good to have you back out there racing with us.


February 14, 2018   Comments Off on Final Met League fixture at Trent Park – Ladies Team

Matthew Fayers sets new club record

Matthew Fayers is back on track racing a new club record for the mile at the Washington Huskie Classic Indoor A race. Finishing in 3.58.4 taking 1/10 second off of his PB. Reports Stevan Dokic.

A good sign as he approaches his March paced speed work period. We are looking forward to Matthew’s return to HAC in May.

February 11, 2018   Comments Off on Matthew Fayers sets new club record

5km Masterclass Update

Saturday saw the second 5k Parkrun progress check for the Dash for Fitness Winter 5k Masterclass, in association with Hillingdon Athletic Club.

Once again, the Masterclassers were in fine form. Arunima beat her PB by a stonking 2 mins 4secs; Bhavesh managed to smash his already speedy 22:48 PB by 20 secs. Rohit, in running 25:25, not only beat his PB by a staggering 2 mins 45 secs but also managed to achieve his end of Masterclass goal. Incredibly, he was not alone in doing so, with previous non-runners: Cindy, Fauzia, Jane, and Thomas all beating theirs. Fauzia impressively took over a minute off her PB; Jane remarkably took over 2 mins off hers; and Cindy and Thomas unbelievably took over 3 mins off theirs. In fact, Thomas now has a PB of 28:31, despite this being only his second ever 5k and the first one that he has run continuously. All the Masterclassers now have a further 4 weeks of training before the FINAL progress check on 10th March.

February 9, 2018   Comments Off on 5km Masterclass Update