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Metropolitan League Race Four, Horsenden Hill, 10 January 2015

Hillingdon AC’s Senior Men moved a step closer to securing sixth place in Division One of the Met League at the end of the season with an improved performance at the fourth race of the season at Horsenden Hill.

Following a poor turnout at the previous league fixture at Uxbridge, the team was bolstered by the return of Rob Thompson, Sam Lloyd and Wes Godfrey to the A team scoring 12, helping the A team finish sixth on the day and sixth overall in the league with one fixture remaining.

James Laing was first scorer for the club in 14th place and the A team was completed by Gary Horn in 188th place.

The B team slipped out of the top two places in Division Three for the first time this season, finishing fifth on the day, the B team now sit fourth in Division Three after four fixtures. However, the B team still have a chance of promotion to Division Two if there is a strong team performance at the final Met League fixture at Wormwood Scrubs on 07 February.

Paul Leppard was first scorer for the B team in 205th place, while the B team performance was boosted by season’s debuts for Brett Hutchinson and Steve O’Keefe. Jason Steel was the final B team scorer in 290th place.

In total, Hillingdon AC had 33 senior men competing in this fixture from a field of 389.

Tough Mudders at Horsenden Hill

Hill ladies Horsenden Hill

The XC season continues and each fixture is muddier than the last reports Donna Nash!
Our ladies put in another sterling performance with our first 5 scorers achieving 2nd place behind Barnet & District AC. We remain 3rd overall in division 2 of the league out of 10 teams. 11 ladies competed for Hillingdon on the day and it was fantastic to reach double figures again for a Met League fixture.
Steph was first home for Hillingdon inside the top twenty (19th / 25.09) and had plenty to smile about; Hannah Wells achieved her best Met League position so far this season coming in 26th (25.38) and just under half a minute behind Steph. After Hannah came Morgane (73rd / 28.51) sporting her new snug-fit vest (c’est tres jolie)! Next two home were two new team members completing their first cross country and who are already impressing coaches and fellow club members; Ciara Williams (78th / 29.02) and Kate Shockley (80th / 29.04) – extremely close and exciting finishing. Ciara had already completed parkrun earlier in the day. Zoe Dobbs was our 6th scorer placing 100 (30.20) and exactly the same finish as Uxbridge – talk about consistent! Next target for Zoe is to come inside the 100.

Pauline Fischer continues to run well and finished 120th ; followed by Melanie Spencer, 124th who wins the (pretend) prize for the muddiest rear end (and that was BEFORE the race – well it was rather slippery underfoot!!); Lucy Duncan arrived home 146th and put in her first appearance this season – was lovely to have her back on the start line; Jackie O’Dowd finished 159th completing her 2nd cross country and last but by no means least was the amazing Angela Duncan, looking pretty in pink, finished 163rd and came 1st in her age category!
Full team pictured below:

Thank you to everyone who competed – your efforts are greatly appreciated.
Next Met League – Saturday 7th February – Wormwood Scrubs.
Can we get that promotion – SAVE the DATE ladies

Full results and photos may be found here