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Clubhouse – Saturday 28th November

Please note that the clubhouse will be closed from 2pm this Saturday 28th Nov to allow us to prepare for the Junior Presentation Evening.

Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

November 22, 2017   Comments Off on Clubhouse – Saturday 28th November

Senior Men take London Championship title

Another week and another win for the Senior Men – this time in the London Championships held at Parliament Hill on Saturday 18th November.

Congratulations to Kadar Abdullahi (1st), Abdishakur Abdulle (3rd), Rob Thompson (9th) and James Laing (19th).

Congratulations from all at HAC.

November 22, 2017   Comments Off on Senior Men take London Championship title

Social dates for your end of 2017 diary

25th November – Junior Presentation Evening come along and support our upcoming athletes. Dj and drinks.

2nd December 7.30pm (after Met League) – Caribbean themed evening. No food at this one.

16th December – Dark Run (see below posts)
Followed by festive chilli and games

21st December after training – Clubhouse open for festive drinks including mulled wine and mince pies. Please bring along a dish to share for a buffet.

Xmas Day Morning – 5km run 10.30am register at the clubhouse before 10am.More mince pies for all!

TBC – New Year Lido Relays – Followes by Hot chocolate and Panatone

New Years Eve – 7.30pm till late. Tickets £10 for adult and £30 for family. Includes glass of fizz, buffet, prizes for best dressed. Cocktails will be on offer. Limited to 120 tickets. See Hannah or Zoe for tickets. Hannah says they are selling like hot cakes!

Hope to see you all at lots of these. Please support your club events.

Thanks to the clubhouse team for all their efforts

November 18, 2017   Comments Off on Social dates for your end of 2017 diary

5km masterclass update

On Saturday, the participants in the Autumn Dash for Fitness 5k Masterclass, in association with Hillingdon Athletic Club, took part in a progress checking 5k Parkrun. There were a stack of PBs and truly incredible results with lots of end of programme goals achieved, despite there still being 4 weeks’ training to go!

Karmen managed to do a new superfast PB of 19:33 – an amazing 35secs faster than her baseline at the start of the Masterclass, and beating her end of programme goal by 7secs. Bhavish, who’d already beaten his 23:30 end of programme goal, ran another PB. There were also PBs for Andrew who beat his end of programme goal by a remarkable 90secs, Sree who beat hers by over a minute, Julia who beat hers by over 10secs, and Andrea who beat her target by 20secs. There were also great performances from Jaz, doing only her second 5k in a time that puts her within striking distance of her end of programme goal, and Swathi doing her first 5k and getting around in well under 45:00. Congratulations everyone, you should all be very proud of yourselves.

As per above, the Masterclass helps people of all levels (including absolute beginners) go further, go faster, and get fitter. You work towards your own goal, following a 12-week Training Plan created especially for you by a UK Athletics Running Coach. Group training sessions are held on Saturdays (9-10am at the running track in King’s College Road, Ruislip), with a monthly 5K Park Run to check progress against your goals. We’re now taking registration for our Winter 5K Masterclass, which starts on Saturday, December 16th at 9am, at Kings College Track, Ruislip.   The cost works out at £5 a week, if you pay in advance for a block of 4 (£20). Alternatively, you can pay for the full 12-week programme in advance, at a discounted rate of £50.

To register: please email dashforfitness@btinternet.com. Be quick because there are limited places available.

November 13, 2017   Comments Off on 5km masterclass update

North London Cross Country Champions

HAC’s winning ways continued on Saturday at the North London Cross Country Championship.

With six to score in the men’s race things were looking good after the opening lap as the trio of Mohamed Daud Mohamed, Rob Thompson and Mohamed Mohamed working together had broken free from the field with Aramias Zeration in 5th and Fahad Abdi 7th.

Serpentine had a very strong team out so the 6th place runner was always going to be vital and after that 1st lap it was little Abdi in around 35th position.

Lap two saw the same trio leading but with Serpentine’s Jonathan Poole, winner of this years Ealing and Hillingdon half marathons, as well as the last three Finchley 20’s, closing the gap.

Changes further down the field meant that our 6th place runner was now Steve Hirons, closely followed by Scott Farley and Abdi.

Mohamed Daud Mohamed broke clear of Rob on the final hill to take the individual victory and a sprint finish from Poole just denied HAC a 123.

With Scott coming through to overtake Steve on the final lap the six scorers for HAC were Mohamed Daud Mohamed (1st), Rob Thompson (2nd), Mohamed Mohamed (4th), Aramias Zeration (6th), Fahad Abdi (16th) and Scott Farley (43rd) which was good enough to win the team title from Serpentine by just 4 points.

Rob won’t be needing to lift weights for a while after being the nominated trophy holder for all of the victory photos- it really is a huge trophy and hopefully one which we can defend next year when we host the event.

No silverware in the ladies race but there were some fine performances from our 11 athletes with Lorraine McNulty first home for HAC followed by Kathy Carruthers and Karen O’Rourke with Debbie Brown making up the scoring team.

November 9, 2017   Comments Off on North London Cross Country Champions

King of Kingsbury

Congratulations to Mohamed Daud Mohamed who won both the North of the Thames and the Liddiard Trophy in Kingsbury on 28th October 2017. Congratulations also to Rob Thompson who finished in third position.

Congratulations also to Asmaa Abdirahman (U11G) and Abdirahim Hamud (U13B) who both won their age category races in the North West London Cross Country League, also held at Kingsbury on 28th October 2017.

October 29, 2017   Comments Off on King of Kingsbury

A tribute to Dave Holman – The lost speech

This is what I would have said if I had been asked to speak at Dave Holman’s funeral, reports Alan Chidley.

You have to imagine I have just walked up to the front of the chapel.

Good afternoon everyone…….I have just been handed a note which says “Don’t mention The Haystack”…so I won’t.

Dave joined our club in 1977 and on the night his membership form came up at Committee I was covering the Membership Secretary who could not attend the meeting.

So I read out new member Henry Holman, which meant that for the first few weeks I always refered to him as Henry. Of course I soon changed to calling him Dave, the name we all new him by.

Dave was a great help to our club, especialy looking after new young members, who soon became known as Dave’s Ducklings. He worked tirelesly with these young athletes guiding them through the early stages of athletics and many of them went on to acheive high standards as they went into the older age groups.

I am sure there are many here today who have come to say thank you and good bye.

He also helped in other ways, as part of working parties at the Clubhouse, marking cross country courses and, in conjunction with Harry Wild, building a shed which is still very much in use today.

He became, as far as I know only the 4th person to have part of our course named after him when Dave’s Hill was named.

He also held Committee posts such as Team Manager for the young age groups and in 1988 became President of our club.

I well remember when he was made a Vice President and was told he was now on the shortlist for President, to which he replied “I’ve always been on the shortlist”.

At the Club Dinner of 1988 I had the privilege of introducing him and I remembef saying “Dave is a man who you can believe every word he says, as he would be incapable of telling a tall story”

However, this was sometimes thrown into doubt with the stories he would tell such as:

  • Playing football against Stanley Matthews
  • Being Eddie Calvert’s bodyguard
  • Riding a Penny Farthing bike which he found in Ruislip High Street to Brighton
  • Running the London to Brighton
  • Regular claims to have been a Finchley Harrier, of which there is no record
  • Harry Secombe and Nat Gonella performing at his first wedding
  • Claims to have coached Lynford Christie and Seb Coe

A couple of anecdotes from members:

James Shipley remembers when he was doing some road hill work with Dave’s group and some local youths had been causing problems nearby. The residents had reported this and the police arrived just as the group set off on an uphill stride.. Believing them to be the troublemarkers the police gave chase only to be amazed as having reached the top of the hill they all turned round and started jogging back towards them.

Martin Searle recalls that many years ago his father mentioned that the seat of his childreens swing had become decayed and then Dave presenting him with a new handmade seat, asking nothing more than a thank you.

Stefan Dokic asked if the recent Junior win in the Southern Road Relays could be dedicated to Dave as he was always great supported of our younger teams.

So we have lost one of the great characters of our club, but I am sure he will never be forgotten.


October 29, 2017   Comments Off on A tribute to Dave Holman – The lost speech

Claybury kicks off HAC ladies cross country season – Met League Fixture 1

17 HAC ladies were amoung 211 finishers (the second largest Ladies field) at the first cross country fixture of the season on 14th October. The only other fixture with over 200 was at Stevenage in Nov 2015 with 218. Thanks for the stats Doug Millsom!

Renowned for it’s ominous mid-lap hill, Claybury provided a testing first fixture with any flat ground noticeably absent.

First HAC lady home was Gemma Barry in 10th position overall. Hot on her heels was Jennifer Harvey crossing the finishing line in 15th position.

Our best Vets were Karen O’Rourke, 4th V50, Pauline Fischer 5th V60 and Angela Duncan 1st V75. Angela finished ahead of three youngsters.

Well done to all who competed this challenging course. Bring on the next fixture and hopefully some mud!

Also a massive thank you to everyone who came and supported us, the men for your support as you warmed up and Melanie Spencer our wonderful team manager for getting us organised.

The next Met League fixture is at Welwyn Garden City on 11th November. Please make every effort to compete for the club in this fixture.

October 20, 2017   Comments Off on Claybury kicks off HAC ladies cross country season – Met League Fixture 1

5km masterclass update

The 5k Masterclassers taking part in the Northala Fields 5k Parkrun to provide a 4-week progress check were all superstars.

Karmen smashed her baseline time of 20:08 and race target of 19:59 by running an awesome 19:47 (she was also 1st Lady). Bhavesh performed so well that, amazingly, he beat his end of Masterclass target – achieving a PB of 23:22 (so will now get a new goal). And, incredibly, Angela beat her race target by over 1:30.  As for the (previously) non-runners: Andrea walked briefly a mere 3 times and obliterated her target by over 15mins – her time was so good I had to check the Parkrun records three times! Not far behind was Jaz who, despite having had to miss a week of training, mostly ran the 5k and beat her target by c13mins. Finally, Sree and Swathi both beat their walk/run targets by c10mins.

Congratulations to everyone, your results are just reward for your efforts so far in the Dash for Fitness Autumn 5k Masterclass, in association with Hillingdon Athletic Club.

October 14, 2017   Comments Off on 5km masterclass update

Hillingdon AC U15 Boys – National Champions!

What an historic day for Hillingdon AC. In our history we have Olympians, a Gold medal, a world record, GB and national racers and National champions – all individuals. On Saturday 7th October 2017 that changed with the U/15 boys winning the National Road Relays in Birmingham, reports Stevan Dokic. It has always been important to our Hillingdon athletes to go to the races that test us. Events from parkrun to National road events, these make us fitter and faster. We at Hillingdon AC definitely tick the box.

When I retook the Relays Manager position I felt that we are again producing a good group of junior athletes. Encouraging them to race with fellow team members  at these events will make them better athletes and people. They will learn and make mistakes, but most of all gain valuable experience.  Missing the start, getting in the wrong position at the start, hard runs and sessions pre major races were  some of the learning curves that we picked on and will improve.

The U/15 boys A team was all about getting a great start in a very competitive group. Max McGarvie did this with brave tough front running with the top boys. On encouragement form me surged to the lead at the 1k to go  splitting the pack and just 3rd to hand over to Abdifatah Khalif , 2nd leg, who took the lead after 400m. Holding this under pressure and then pushing on mid race  and to a good lead of 10  seconds. I could see at this point Herne Hill Harriers and Blackburn closing down the 2nd team Rotherham. Race on!

Abdifatah Khalif kept this 10 second lead for Adam Ireland, 3rd Leg. Adam was on his own with only the wind to keep him company. No pressure! At the 1500m point I could see Adam  cruising with still a 10 second lead from Herne Hill and Blackburn. I called to Adam that he has done this before – led and won.

Into the last 1K Herne Hill went from now 14 seconds behind back to 12 seconds. But the Herne Hill athlete looked back at 800m to go. This telling me he was flat lining and looking to hold off Blackburn who were closing. Everyone now knows that Adam will hold his nerves and sprinted the last 200m to finish and win the first Hillingdon team National title. Well done team – the whole club is extremely proud of you.

This took 51 years – sorry for the delay!

These top and major races are a must for the athletes that want to improve. The experience and learning curves will benefit all. The pressure and crowd can easily distract from the fast race. There were mistakes and coaches can advise how to overcome these and get better positions for the athlete, the team and the club. You will all walk away better athletes.

The U/15 B team with Hanad Ahmed,45th in 13.57, Matthew Crow 44th in 14.29and Josh Lee 35th in 14.05 came 3rd B team behind Aldershot B and Birchfield B teams.

U/13 boys Abdi Hamud 10th in 13.43, Luke McGarvie 20th in 15.17, Noah Lawson 33 in 16.28.

U/13 girls Laura Anene 51st in 16.16, Nicole McGovern 20th in 15.09 ( 3rd fastest) Angel Doyle 35th in 17.28 U/17 men Ross McGarvie 11th in 12.15, Alex Hutchison 38th in 14.01,  Tariq Arieff 47th in 15.04.

Well done to all and look forward to the South of England X/C 2k, 3k, and 4k relays at Wormwood Scrubs.

October 9, 2017   Comments Off on Hillingdon AC U15 Boys – National Champions!