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National 12 Stage Road Relays, Sutton Park 16 April 2016

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Hillingdon AC’s men team evoked the spirit of 2008 to ensure that the club had representation at the National 12 Stage Road Relays at Sutton Park, finishing in 50th place out of 64 teams complete teams in the final event of the road and cross country season.

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April 17, 2016   Comments Off on National 12 Stage Road Relays, Sutton Park 16 April 2016

South Of England Four Stage / Six Stage Road Relays 20 September 2015

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Hillingdon AC fielded men’s teams in each of the age groups at the South of England Four Stage / Six Stage Road Relays at Rushmoor Arena in Aldershot on Sunday 20 September with a number of strong individual performances. [Read more →]

September 21, 2015   Comments Off on South Of England Four Stage / Six Stage Road Relays 20 September 2015

South Of England 12 Stage Road Relays, Milton Keynes, 29 March 2015

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Hillingdon AC’s Senior Men secured qualification for the National 12 Stage Road Relays on 11 April at Sutton Park in Birmingham by finishing in 21st place in the South of England 12 Stage Road Relays at Milton Keynes.

In very blustery conditions and intermittent heavy downpours, the team acquitted themselves well, as with the first 25 teams qualifying for the national final, Hillingdon’s men were always in the mix for a qualifying place with the team’s position varying between 19th and 24th place over the duration of the race.

The 12 stage relays are run over alternate “long” (7,664m) and “short” (5,053m) legs and on the long legs the club was able to call on the services of James Laing, (25:39), Rob Thompson (25:50), Simon Connell (28:32), Mike Dooley (27:35), Dan Thompson (27:18) and Martin Bateman (26:26). Of these, special mention must be made of Mike Dooley who not only made the effort to compete in these championships by driving up from Bath but who also arguably suffered the worst of the weather over the course of his leg.

On the short legs, there was remarkable consistency between five of the six runners with Dean Clark (17:55), Ruben Vos (17:56), Will Grbic, making his debut for the club (17:48), Philip Warburton (17:49) and Sam Blanshard (17:52) all running times within eight seconds of each other. Sam Lloyd was the only athlete to break this trend, running 17:22.

My thanks to all the athletes that competed at these championships in very testing weather conditions – especially those on later legs who had been forced to sit out the worst of the wind and rain by sheltering in the club tent but that still managed to put in strong performances at a critical stage of the race to ensure the club achieved qualification.

Full results may be found here

April 1, 2015   Comments Off on South Of England 12 Stage Road Relays, Milton Keynes, 29 March 2015

Teddy Hall Relays, Oxford, 11 March 2015

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Hillingdon AC had only two teams competing in this year’s Teddy Hall Relays but despite the lack of athletes, this didn’t stop the A team claiming ninth place overall, finishing as third non-university club behind the RAF and Oxford City.

James Laing was on first leg for the A team, recording a time of 18:46, James was in sixth place at the end of leg one before handing over to Martin Bateman. Martin clocked 19:18 around the 3.6 mile course, gaining one place to take the team up to their highest race position of fifth. Chris Ingram was making his debut at the Teddy Hall Relays and he ran well on leg 3 to record a time of 20:48 before passing over to Paul Leppard who brought the team home with a time of 21:47.

The B team was comprised of Hannah Wells (23:06), Bob Burton (26:51), John Luscombe (26:26) and Errol Ramnath who has only recently returned from injury and gamely ran round in 28:09 to ensure that the B team finished a team. The B team finished 60th out of 72 complete Men’s teams.

The race was won by Imperial College, with Oxford University second and the RAF third. After the race, club members conducted a tour of some of Oxford’s historic buildings including one of Oxford’s oldest public houses, the Bodleian Library, the Bridge of Sighs and one of the locations frequented by Colin Dexter’s Inspector Morse.

The Teddy Hall Trophy (for the club member who best displays “the spirit of Teddy Hall”) was awarded by unanimous decision to Paul Leppard who was taking part in the Teddy Hall Relays for the 15th consecutive year.

Full results may be found here.

Photos of the race may be found here.

March 12, 2015   Comments Off on Teddy Hall Relays, Oxford, 11 March 2015

Men’s 6 Stage And Women’s 4 Stage Road Relays, Sutton Park, 04 October

rr2014Hillingdon AC had both men’s and women’s teams competing in these national road relay championships for the first time since 2010 at Sutton Park in Birmingham with the women’s team finishing 46th of 60 teams and the men finishing 53rd of 77 teams.

The women’s race was contested over a 4.32km course and the Hillingdon AC team comprised of Eva Mack (15:53), Hannah Wells (17:43), Andrea Taylor (18:30) and Melanie Spencer (20:41). Eva’s time of 15:53 was the 82nd fastest of the day.

The men’s race was contested over a 5.85km course and the men’s team comprised of Robert Thompson (18:02), James Laing (18:56), Daniel Thompson (20:20), Mike Dooley (21:02), Sam Blanshard (21:00) and Martin Bateman (19:26). Rob’s time of 18:02 was the 60th fastest of the day.

Well done to all the athletes that competed at this event. This was a high quality national championship race and both the men’s and women’s team acquitted themselves well against some of the best athletes in the country.

Full results of the women’s race may be found here.

Full results of the men’s race may be found here.

 

October 5, 2014   Comments Off on Men’s 6 Stage And Women’s 4 Stage Road Relays, Sutton Park, 04 October

Middlesex 10K, Victoria Park, Hackney, 27 September 2014

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Hillingdon AC had a very successful day at the Middlesex 10K Championships on 27 September with a number of athletes winning team and individual medals.

Hillingdon AC won the senior men’s race by a narrow margin of 18 points to 20 as they just pipped Victoria Park & Tower Hamlets to gold, thanks to Rob Thompson (third in the individual race), James Laing (sixth) and Martin Bateman (ninth) while with only three to score in the team competition, Dan Thompson just missed out on a medal finishing 13th.

The Vet 50 men won silver medals, missing out on gold by a single point behind London Heathside with Pete Warburton (third Vet 50), Dave Smith and Dave Newman making up the team whilst there was individual success for Stephanie Wigram – third in the senior women’s race, Mike Dooley who finished second in the Vet 40 competition and Simon Connell, third Vet 40.

Hillingdon AC had a total of 19 athletes competing at these championships including club debuts for Gary Horn and Mathew Taylor.

Full results may be found here

September 28, 2014   Comments Off on Middlesex 10K, Victoria Park, Hackney, 27 September 2014

SEAA Road Relays – Senior And Veteran Men 21 September 2014

Hillingdon AC had complete teams in each of the veteran age groups (vet 40, vet 50 and vet 60) and two senior teams at the South of England Relays at Aldershot on 21 September.

In the Vet 40 race, Hillingdon AC finished 12th of 32 complete teams with strong runs from Mike Dooley, Simon Connell and Scott Farley. In the Vet 50 race, the club finished 18th of 18 complete teams thanks to Stevan Dokic, Bob Burton, Barry Brown and John Doyle, whilst in the Vet 60 race Ted Hamilton, John Myall, Brian Leach and Graham Wood finished 5th of eight complete teams.

The senior men’s A team had the challenge of finishing in the top 25 teams to secure a place at the National Six Stage Road Relays in October and they got off to a strong start with Rob Thompson, clocking 18:36 for the 6km course to finish in 14th place after leg one. Rob passed over to James Laing, who ran well with a 19:24 timing to take the club up to its highest position in the race of 12th.

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September 28, 2014   Comments Off on SEAA Road Relays – Senior And Veteran Men 21 September 2014

Hillingdon runners at Virgin London Marathon, 13 April 2014

Congratulations to our eleven Hillingdon Athletic Club runners on their Virgin London Marathon performances which this year includes three who ran it in under three hours,  and  a fifth place to Angela Duncan in her 70+ age category.

First finisher for the club on that sunny day was Mike Dooley,  who finished in 2 hours, 42 minutes, and 49 seconds, followed closely by Scott Farley, completing his first marathon in 2:50:51, and Paul Hull (V45) in 2:59:25, improving his London 2012 time of 3:12:26.

Scott commented that his race “went pretty well. I had planned on a time of 2:50! I managed to keep an even pace although the last three miles were hard. It was quite difficult in the heat.”

Paul remarked “This was my 2nd London Marathon and 10th marathon, they don’t get any easier.  As usual I set off too fast and I suffered badly after 18 miles and had to succumb to a walk a number of times.  I was pleased to break the 3 hours as it was only the second time I had achieved this and it books my place for next year in the good for age category so I can try again.”

The next five Hillingdon athletes came in between three and four hours. James Manley in 3 hours and 48 seconds, Wesley Godfrey (V35) in 3:12:44, and Dave Smith (V45) in 3:26:02, the other two were experienced marathoners Andy Mansi 3:33:39 (V60) and Lucy Duncan (V35) in 3:59:45.

Dave said afterwards : “ I am very pleased and happy. I could not have expected a better time for my first London marathon. My training had gone to plan so my times were consistent. There was a fantastic atmosphere in London today – it is a unique event.”

Lucy Duncan in her 6th London marathon was chasing her goal of a sub 4 hour time.   “All was going to plan until mile 16 when the warm weather started to take its toll and I had to dig in. In the last mile I started to get cramp in my legs and feet but thought I was still on target until I reached Buckingham Palace and the dreadful thought of having to sprint down the Mall hit me. I managed to rally to finish in 3.59.45 before my legs seized up.”

Angela Duncan commented: “I ran well this year, in my 5th London Marathon, and thought I might manage 4.30 but slowed later in the race to finish in 4.44:24; well within my Good for Age (time) and thank goodness under five hours. The crowds were fantastic; it was a great day and we thoroughly enjoyed an ice cream in the sun in Green Park afterwards. Lucy and I were so pleased to see our supporters from the club both along the route and in the clubhouse for a drink in the evening.”

John Hughes (V45) achieved his personal best at London in 4 hours 19:20. Last but not least in achievement terms came Oona Hempenstall (V40) with a time of 6:21:50.

If you are one of the other runners we have not been able to contact yet for your comments and would like to say how it was for you at the London Marathon then please contact Lesley Conway, Martin Bateman (mbateman@hillingdonac.co.uk), Dave Smith or anyone on the HAC Communications Committee.

All the results and stats can be found here.

 

April 16, 2014   Comments Off on Hillingdon runners at Virgin London Marathon, 13 April 2014

National 12 Stage Road Relays, 05 April 2014, Sutton Park, Birmingham

Hillingdon AC’s Senior Men toasted a fine end to the 2013/2014 road and cross country season as they finished 37th in the National 12 Stage Road Relays at Sutton Park in Birmingham.

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April 6, 2014   Comments Off on National 12 Stage Road Relays, 05 April 2014, Sutton Park, Birmingham

South Of England 12 Stage Road Relays, Milton Keynes, 16 March 2014

A strong team effort by Hillingdon AC’s Senior Men saw them finish in 20th place in the South of England 12 Stage Road Relays at Milton Keynes and in doing so, claim an automatic qualification place for the National finals on 05 April.

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March 17, 2014   Comments Off on South Of England 12 Stage Road Relays, Milton Keynes, 16 March 2014