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Inter Counties Cross Country

Abdishakar Abdulle led Middlesex to win the Inter Counties X Country in Loughborough, finishing first scorer for the team (14th overall). Mohamed Mohamed was also in the scoring six ( 55th ). Rob Thompson finished in 97th position. Catriona Paterson was sixth scorer (125th) for the Women’s Middlesex team, helping them to 8th place.

Hillingdon 20

Congratulations to all who completed the inaugural Hillingdon 20 race in challenging conditions.

Well done to Catriona Paterson who, fresh from representing Middlesex in the Inter-Counties XC the day before, was the first Hillingdon AC member over the finish line and second lady overall, in a time of 2.20.25. Catriona says: “Toeing the start line, my legs definitely felt less springy and this was not helped by the 50mph gusts of wind that turned out to be a permanent feature of this race. I took the first lap easy and I would describe the 5mile loop as the hillier side of undulating. It wasn’t an easy course but it was made quite challenging by the relentless wind.”

As first Hillingdon AC finisher, Catriona was presented with the R W Gale Cup, the first lady to be presented with the trophy in the cups 85 history.

Results for all Hillingdon AC members who competed are as follows:

PATERSON Miss C A 02:20:25
Paul Hull 02:35:51
Steve Edwards 02:37:58
Ross Longton 02:40:40
Jose Ramon Polo Lopez 02:46:43
Sam Hurley 02:51:05
Zoe Dobbs 02:52:08
Boo Smith 02:56:09
Debbie Brown 03:07:40
Dennis Carey 03:07:37
Bryony Lycett-Brown 03:17:53

Full results can be found here http://results.eventchiptiming.com/results.aspx…

A huge thank you to all those who organised, marshaled and helped in the clubhouse, you all contributed to the success of the race and it could not have happened without you. There has been lots of positive comments on social media which will be communicated.

Summer Series 2019

This years’ Summer Series races will be as follows:

11th April- 5km training race

6th May- Pednor 5 mile

12th May- Run Wembley 10km

25th May- Harrow parkrun

2nd June- Regents Park 10k summer series

13th June- 5km training race

22nd June- South Oxhey parkrun

June- Concorde 5 date tbc

14th July- Bushey Spire 10k

27th July- Rickmansworth parkrun

July/August- Gosunder handicap date tbc

4th August- ATW St Albans 10km

8th August- 5km training race

7th September- Northala Fields parkrun

September- Middlesex 10k date tbc

Scoring is to remain the same as last year

-For all events you will score 5 points for taking part and finishing
-For all non parkrun events the first male and first female HAC athletes across the line will each earn another 20 points, second 19 and so on
-parkruns are to be scored based on age grading with the highest male and female age gradings scoring 20 points, 2nd highest 19 points and so on

In a change to last year, scoring parkruns will be at a specific venue on a specific date. We will be using the 4 nearest parkruns to the clubhouse.

Your overall score for the summer series will be the total of your 10 highest scoring events.

If any race entry, or your parkrun profile, does not list you as a member of HAC then please let Dan Spinks know or you may not receive points for that event.

In all events, points will only be scored by fully paid up members of HAC.

Many thanks to Dan Spinks for arranging this years’ Summer Series. When entering please ensure you register as a member of Hillingdon AC, this includes listing on your parkrun profile, so that Dan can easily calculate scoring.

Hillingdon 20

Great effort by everyone in the 2019 Hillingdon 20 Mile Race. It was seriously blowy and mostly on the hills too.  The link to the results is here http://results.eventchiptiming.com/results.aspx…

Link to photos to come.

ATHLETICS FORCE – EASTER EGGTRAVAGANZA!

To all parents/guardians and athletes

The countdown is on! It’s only 6 weeks until the Easter Eggtravaganza Volunteer Day on SATURDAY 20th APRIL from 10:30 till 4:30.

It is shaping up to be a great day – many thanks to those who have already volunteered to participate in preparing the track for the forthcoming season. To help us plan numbers for catering, Easter Eggs and t-shirts, it would be really useful to know the number of people attending. Therefore, if you would like to join us but have not yet informed either Courtney, Andy or Dave, please could you do so over the next couple of weeks.

Courtney Clarke: courtneyclarke3256@gmail.com

Andy Wilcock: andy.wilcock@sky.com

Dave Smith: davidalan.smith2@gmail.com

All volunteers will be given a free t-shirt. There will also be free catering and refreshments served throughout the day as well as a special Easter treat for all the children.

All ages young and old and of all abilities are welcome and there will be a range of volunteer opportunities available for everyone.

So, whilst you do not require any particular skills to participate, if you do happen to have any experience in construction or gardening, please let us know.

This is your chance to give back to the club which does so much for you and your children and to showcase HAC to the rest of English Athletics, so your participation would be much appreciated.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask Courtney or Andy at the track and Dave at the Clubhouse.

Athletics Force Working Party

Teddy Hall Relays 2019

Four teams competed at our annual trip to Oxford for the Teddy Hall Relays. The Men’s A team, 17th out of 67 teams, consisted of James Laing who competed the 4.25 mile leg in 22:51, Martin Bateman 25:08, Paul Leppard 26:46 and Dave Smith 28:14. The Women’s A team, 3rd of 18 teams, consisted of Ciara Williams 29:55, Freya Hollingsworth 32:06, Zoe Dobbs 31:45 and Hannah Wells 28:14. The Men’s B team, 60th of 67 teams, consisted of John Bignell 32:12, Martin Searle 32:21, Graham Wood 36:05 and John Doyle 38:16. A mixed team, 34th of 38 teams, consisted of Alan Wells 43:15, Ciara Williams 35:15, Heidi Smith 42:36 and John Luscombe 35:49.

The traditional visit to the local hostelries followed. Hannah Wells won the Spirit of Teddy Hall Trophy and John Bignell the Nutty Norm Trophy.

Middlesex AA Team Manager required

Middlesex Athletics Association urgently need a volunteer to take on the role of Team Manager of the Under 20 and Senior Women. If you are interested in this post please e-mail Dave Smith on davidalan.smith2@gmail.com.

Pentathlon Event

ESSEX COUNTY A A are hosting an Open Pentathlon event ( Incorporating Essex County Pentathlon Championships) for the following age groups

U13B&G,U15B&G, U17M&W, JM&W, SM&W on SUNDAY 28 APRIL 2019

Venue:
THURROCK HARRIERS STADIUM
GRAYS ESSEX RM16 2QT
(5 MILES FROM M25 JUNCTION 30

Entries on-line at :
https://eventdesq.sportstg.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=main&EventDesqID=32203&OrgID=13220
Closing date: 5th April 2019

Middlesex Masters XC – Trent Park, 3rd March 2019

A damp, windy day and a muddy, hilly course. Real cross country, says Doug Milsom.

Congratulations to our Men’s 60+ team who Bronze medals in the team race (Trevor Steeples, Graham Wood and Doug Milsom). Not happy with one medal, Doug Milsom also took home a silver in the M70+ individual.

Clubhouse dates for your diary

Saturday 30th March 10.30 am

Clubhouse Spring Clean – breakfast rolls after your local parkrun and then feather dusters at the ready!

Thursday 11th April

The first 5k training race. There will be a social event afterwards with food and a quiz.

Thursday 18th April

Bring and share buffet as a wind down before the Easter break.   Beer, food and the company of runners, what more could you want for the start of the Easter holiday?

Sunday 28th April

Cross Country Presentation Evening and Marathon Recovery Night. Pizzas to be ordered on the night.

Please support your club events.