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The history behind the Don Hirst Trust by Alan Chidley

I became aware recently that the reason for the exsistence of The Don Hirst Trust was not known by the majority of our members.

It was set up following the events described below, reports Alan Chidley, Club Historian.

In 1985 our Mens Track & Field team were in Division 5 of the British League and were awarded a home meeting to take place on 10th.August.
To promote a British League match an all weather track had to be used. At this time we did not have such a track therefore had to hire other stadiums such as West London.
All tracks in our area were booked for that day so we were forced to hire the Luton track for our home meeting.
As normal, requests were made for members to help on the day and several responded to these requests, including Don Hirst, who had become involved with our club due to his son Andy being a member.
On the day I was Meeting Coordinator, therefore part of my job was to go around to the various events to see if any help was needed.
I was at the Pole Vault, which was inside the top of the home straight with the discus circle situated at the top left hand end of the field. I was looking towards where Don was helping with this event, with the discus circle behind him.
On one or two occasions I saw a Discus land not far from where he was standing and there was some bantor such as “that one almost got you” and he made a comment about it.
I then had to go into the back of the stand with John Turpin to get drinks for the officials. We came out carrying trays of drinks and I remember saying to John, “something has happened, there is someone on the ground with a small crowd around him”.
We discovered that a thrower had got the release of his discus slightly wrong and it had come out at an angle from the net, which we now know was not up to standard and hit Don square on the back of the head.
The steeplechase was just finishing in which there was a doctor running, he was told what had happened and went to attend.
An ambulance was called and I went to the entry point to make sure it was clear for its arrival. I remember it took about 25 minutes to arrive and then Don was taken away.
After the match I went to the hospital where Don was connected to life support equipment and his wife had been told to talk to him in the hope that brain activity could restart. We were joined by his son and daughter who stayed by the bedside.
The doctor indicated to me that there was really no hope,but I suppose we were all hoping for a miracle.
He died that night and some time later I attended the coroners inquest where I had been called to give evidence.A verdict of accidental death was reached.
Over the next few months I was interviewed by the insurance Company but I never heard the final outcome of any claim.
It was the darkest day of my time with our club and something that will stay with me forever.
To make everything even worse for Mary, his wife, I later learnt that Don was her 2nd.husband and her first husband had been knocked off his bike and died of head injuries.
I hope the family recovered eventually from this terrible tragedy.
RIP Don Hirst.


October 12, 2018   Comments Off on The history behind the Don Hirst Trust by Alan Chidley

National Road Relays – 6th October

Congratulations to all of the Hillingdon AC teams that competed at the National Road Relays today including the Under 13 Girls who finished 23rd, the Under 17 men who finished 22nd and the Senior Men who finished 36th.

Full results may be found here: https://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2018/natyarel18.htm and here: https://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2018/nat618.htm

October 8, 2018   Comments Off on National Road Relays – 6th October

Middlesex 10km – Sunday 30th September

A very productive day at the Middlesex 10km Road Championships on the traditional three lap curse. Abdishakar Abdulle retained his Middlesex 10km Road champion title, finishing in 30.54. He was followed home in 4th place by James Laing who finished in 32:36 and Fahad Abdi in 17th place in 33.47. Together they took the Men’s Team prize, retaining the title for Hillingdon AC.

Congratulations to the M50 Masters team who retained the bronze team prize.

Gemma Barry took bronze in the Ladies Championship race in a time of 37.18.  Following Gemma was Hannah Wells in 10th (40.08) and Zoe Dobbs in 21st (46.06). Together they took the Ladies Team Bronze medal. Lynne Hyde took  bronze in the Women V40, Zoe Dobbs took Bronze in the V45 and Pauline Fischer took gold in the V60.

Well done to all the above and all those who participated. A link to the full results is here http://www.middlesexaa.org.uk/

October 5, 2018   Comments Off on Middlesex 10km – Sunday 30th September

Summer Series Final Results

The scores are in, the Summer Series 2018 is over, bring on the mud. 98 club members scored points this year but we can only have 2 winners so congratulations Sam Hurley and Ciara Williams.

Full results are up at the clubhouse but for now here’s the top of the tables:

Total (best 8 scores)
Ciara Williams 183
Lucy Duncan 159
Christina Benjamin 155
Lyndsey Browne 135
Karen O’Rourke 115
Debbie Brown 92
Nikki Tasker 90
Angela Duncan 84

Total (best 8 scores)
Sam Hurley 147
Martin Searle 120
Charlie Edwards 118
Dennis Carey 117
David Smith 112
Dan Spinks 105
John Dobbs 88
Steve O’Keefe 81

October 4, 2018   Comments Off on Summer Series Final Results

Lots coming up at the Clubhouse!

Our Clubhouse team have been busy coming up with more social events, mainly centred around food and being silly.

To celebrate the men’s performance in the final of the Vet’s League on 30th September the clubhouse team are guaging interest in Fish and Chips afterwards. The coach should be returning at roughly 8:30pm. If you want Fish and Chips please let a member of clubhouse team know so they know if enough people want to eat.

Up next is the return of Games and Pizza night after the first Met League fixture at Claybury on Saturday 13th October. Will Splat the Rat make a reappearance? There is also a rumour of Twister! Please sign up on the Facebook event page or on the sheet at the Clubhouse so the team have an idea of numbers for food.

There will be a social event after each Met League, so look out for more.

Lastly (for now), the most anticipated event of the year – The HAC New Years Eve Party. This year’s theme is The Wild West, be prepared for a shooting alley, finding who is HACs Most Wanted and a Tequila Tipi. Tickets will be available soon. Last year sold out so get your ticket quick.

Please support these events. All welcome.

September 15, 2018   Comments Off on Lots coming up at the Clubhouse!

Middlesex Road Relays – Sunday 9th September

Well done to all who competed in the Middlesex Road Relays on Sunday 9th September at Minet Country Park, Hayes.

Congratulations to HAC’s Under 13 Girls who topped their category. Angel Doyle started the girls off with a first leg of 13.21. Angel handed over to Nicole McGovern who ran the second fasted leg of the field in 11.43. Taking over from Nicole was Asmaa Abdirahman who ran the fastest leg in 11.39. Well done girls, here they are with their medals!

It didn’t stop there with our U17 boys also taking the title in their age category.

Running the first leg for the team was Adam Ireland who ran his leg in 09.40. Adam handed over to Hannad Ahmed who clocked the third fastest leg in 09.36. Taking the final leg was Abdifatah Khalif who bought the team home in 09.53. Well done boys, enjoy your bling!

Inspired by the talent of HAC’s youngsters our Senior Ladies team of Zoe Dobbs (12.33), Pauline Smith (12.55) and Lotte Visser (13.34) took third place. Our ladies are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the postman/postlady who is going to deliver their medals. Photo of the ladies team with medals to follow!

Well done to all the HAC members who competed and thank you to the many members who came along to support, it really does help, especially to Harry was was waving cake at me as ran past!

Relays are great fun and HAC always perform well. If you haven’t tried a relay event yet there are some cross country relays during the Winter season so get involved.

September 15, 2018   Comments Off on Middlesex Road Relays – Sunday 9th September

Final 5km Training Race 2018

The final 5km  training race of 2018 took place on Thursday 13th September. Results as follows:

1 JAMES LAING 26 Hillingdon 16:32
2 BRADLEY BIRCH 22 Hillingdon 17:09
3 PAUL CUDDIHY 44 Hillingdon 17:25
4 CHARLIE EDWARDS 20 Hillingdon 17:34
5 KIRK O’ROURKE 19 Hillingdon 18:43
6 JENNIFER HARVEY 30 Hillingdon 19:37
7 DAVE SMITH 53 Hillingdon 19:46
8 DAVID SHELVEY 49 Hillingdon 19:52
9 HANNAH WELLS 25 Hillingdon 19:55
10 ANDY WOOD 39 Hillingdon 20:13
11 SAM HURLEY 19 Hillingdon 20:23
12 IAIN BETSON 44 unatt 20:31
13 RICHARD JENKINS 58 Hillingdon 20:35
14 PATRICK HYDE 13 Hillingdon 20:38
15 STEPHEN O’KEEFE 49 Hillingdon 20:47
16 STEVE EDWARDS 48 Hillingdon 20:50
17 DAVID FORD 55 unatt 20:54
18 JOHN BLAKE 52 Hillingdon 21:06
19 GARY HORN 40 Hillingdon 21:06
20 ROB POULTER 51 Hillingdon 21:25
21 NICOLE MCGOVERN 12 Hillingdon 21:26
22 CIARA WILLIAMS 25 Hillingdon 21:27
23 JOHN DOBBS 57 Hillingdon 21:27
24 MICHAELOR MAYOR 33 Hillingdon 21:29
25 CLARA HIGGS 15 Hillingdon 21:32
26 JOHN BIGNELL 66 Hillingdon 21:32
27 JAMES QUINN 51 Hillingdon 22:22
28 ALAX CROWLEY 29 unatt 22:24
29 JASON STEEL 46 Hillingdon 22:29
30 KAREN O’ROURKE 52 Hillingdon 22:44
31 GABRIEL SEGALL 20 Hillingdon 22:48
32 CHLOE CHARLES 22 Hillingdon 23:12
33 LYNN HYDE 43 Hillingdon 23:14
34 JACK EDWARDS 19 Hillingdon 23:44
35 LESLEY CONWAY 63 Hillingdon 23:56
36 DENIS CAREY 52 Hillingdon 23:56
37 JOHN LUSCOMBE 44 Hillingdon 24:15
38 ALAN SEGALL 53 unatt 24:21
39 GRAHAM WOOD 65 Hillingdon 21:34
40 JOHN DOYLE 60 Hillingdon 24:59
41 KAREN TRUNKFIELD 48 Hillingdon 25:11
42 NIKKI TASKER 31 Hillingdon 25:16
43 CHRIS TASKER 62 Hillingdon 25:27
44 CAROLINE FORD & HOLLY 45 Hillingdon 25:28
45 STEPHANIE SUNGJONG 50 Hillingdon 25:41
46 PETER HUMM 55 Hillingdon 26:19
47 CHRISTINA BENJAMEN 27 Hillingdon 26:34
48 DEBBIE BROWN 45 unatt 26:36
49 BHAVNA SHAH 53 Hillingdon 26:46
50 VICKY BROWNLEE 50 Hillingdon 26:46
51 ROHIT GHOSH 38 Dashforfitness 27:06
52 LYNDSEY BROWNE 38 Hillingdon 27:23
53 HEIDI SMITH 29 Hillingdon 27:28
54 CHARLOTTE FORD 28 Hillingdon 27:47
55 KATHERINE WELLS 27 Hillingdon 28:56
56 EMMA HOOPER 32 Dashforfitness 29:15
57 GRAHAM SWANSON 43 Dashforfitness 29:44
59 ROGER BORMAN 75 unatt 30:45
59 SALLY BUNDOCK 71 Hillingdon 31:02
60 PAUL BURKE 54 Hillingdon 31:27
DNF      STEVE WELLS 62 unatt

Well done to all those who raced. Thank you to the organisers and officials who make these events happen.

Thank you also to Freya Hollingsworth and Dan Thompson for cooking after the race and to John Luscombe for hosting the quiz.

September 15, 2018   Comments Off on Final 5km Training Race 2018

Great North Run 2018

Well done to the six HAC athletes who travelled to the North East and completed the Great North Run on Sunday 9th September.

First over the line was Abdishakur Abdulle in 21st position in 01:10:28

Following Abdi was:


Alex Vellasco  01:33:47

Iwona Gray-Cauvin  01:50:13

Simon Herbert  01:57:35

Heather Davidson  02:11:07

Lucy Duncan 02:12:50


Well done all!

September 13, 2018   Comments Off on Great North Run 2018

Devil Takes the Hindmost – Results

On Thursday 4th September, 29 HAC members took part in the annual Devil Takes the Hindmost race, held at Rochester Road, Northwood Hills.

Results were as follows:

Men Under 50 Men 50 – 65 Women & Over 65 Men Plate
1. Bradley Birch Steve Hirons (M55) Ciara Williams Gary Horn
2. James Laing David Shelvey (M50) Caroline Pretty (W35) Gab Segall
3. Martin Bateman (M40) Andrew Malyan (M50) Zoe Dobbs (W45) Vivek Upadhyay/Mike Illing/Trevor Steeples
4. David Knight (M40) HTS James Quinn (M50) Debbie Brown (W45)
5. Laurence Manning Martin Searle (M60) Iwona Gray-Cauvin (W35)
6. Iain Betson (M45) Jason Sewards (M50) (unatt) Paula Kelly Graham Wood/Paula Kelly/Jason Sewards/Dan Spinks
7. Jason Steel (M45) Trevor Steeples (M60) Graham Wood (M65)
8. Gary Horn (M40) Mike Illing (M60) Lyndsey Browne (W35)
9. Gabe Segall Alan Wells (M50) Doug Millsom (M75)
10. Vivek Upadhyay Alan Wells/Doug Millsom/Lyndsey Browne
11. Dan Spinks (M40)

Thank you to the officials: Gavin Collett, Sharon Talbot, Katherine Wells, Phil Welch, John Bignell, John Dobbs and Andy Torrence.

September 5, 2018   Comments Off on Devil Takes the Hindmost – Results

Hillingdon A.C. Boys Fourth in Alder Valley League Trophy

Sunday 2nd September was the last Alder Valley boys competition of the season, reports Diane Gibbons. It was at Reading on a very hot day.

We had out the largest number of boys this season with the u11 boys almost at 20 which is going to be great for the future.

The boys had been competing well over the previous 4 events and we were in 3rd before the final. This meant we were in the Trophy final.

There was some great performances by all of the age groups but we were up against some really strong teams and eventually finished fourth.

Thanks must go to all of the boys who have competed over the summer, their parents for supporting them and us , the officials who do a great job, our coaches who give hours of their time to support our athletes and lastly the team managers whose job is to try and fill all of the events with our strongest athletes.

Think we did a great job this year !

September 5, 2018   Comments Off on Hillingdon A.C. Boys Fourth in Alder Valley League Trophy