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Serpentine Last Friday of the Month 5K race – 28th December

A small merry band us headed into Central London yesterday to compete in the Serpentine Last Friday of the Month 5K race, on a perfect day for racing, reports Martin Bateman. As usual the standard and depth of competitors across the age groups was high with the overall winning time of 15.08 on a decent course in Hyde Park that avoids most of the festive crowds. Richard Mann and Gemma Barry were our first finishers. Full results can be found here https://www.serpentine.org.uk/rdb/showrace.php?race=12924

23 Richard Mann 17:03 SM 76.20% 05:29
37 Martin Bateman 17:41 V40 78.60% 05:41
66 Gemma Barry 18:57 SL 77.90% 06:06
75 Hannah Wells 19:30 SL 75.70% 06:17
80 David Smith 19:38 V50 77.50% 06:19
86 Paul Hull 19:53 V50 75.30% 06:24
125 John Bignell 21:26 V65 78.40% 06:54
152 Martin Searle 23:10 V60 69.50% 07:27

Black Park Pinewood Trail 5k – Boxing Day

Congratulations to Catriona Paterson who was first lady and third place overall at the Black Park Pinewood Trail 5km on Boxing Day.

Far more importantly she finished over ten minutes earlier than the other four HAC runners who grouped well finishing slightly further on down the field.

Full results can be found here https://www.bucksvoice.net/pinewoodtrails/results-2018-pinewood-trails-5/

Track Force

Following a recent visit to the track by the UKA club support officer we have been asked to be one of the pilot sites for a new initiative.It is based on the very successful Cricket Force (see video at https://www.ecb.co.uk/tv/362037). It is essentially an initiative to help clubs recruit more volunteers and to build relationships between track operators and clubs. It consists of volunteers tackling small jobs around the track on a given date in order to get the place neat and tidy for the new track year. The jobs will be agreed by the club and track operator and allocated to volunteers prior to the actual date. UKA have some money from which they have agreed to provide tee-shirts, bacon rolls etc on the day.
UKA will support us but the initiative needs to be driven by the club. The next step is to recruit a project leader and steering group consisting of 5-6 people. The group would meet a few times in the new year with the aim of a date for the Track Force in April. At this stage we are only looking for people for the steering group. Please speak to Dave or Courtney if you are willing to help.

Angel Doyle completes her first Pentathlon

On the 16th December I experienced my first pentathlon, reports Angel Doyle. A Pentathlon is an athletic event comprising of five different events for each competitor. As I’m u15 first year my events were 60 metre Hurdles, High Jump, Long Jump, Shot Putt and 800 metres. The athletics event was placed at Lee Valley aAhletics Centre indoor track. My first event was Hurdles and I ran 11.81, it wasn’t the best of times but it was decent for myself. Then about a hour later I had High Jump and that went pretty cool – I jumped 1 metre 33 and that was a massive pb. My third event was Shot Putt and I threw 7 metres 31 for a new weight of a shot putt because I’ve moved up an age group and it’s 3kg. My 4th event about half and hour after was long jump…well that didn’t go too well I had 2 no jumps and 1 terrible jump but I was getting really tired. My last and final event was the 800 metres my favourite event and I won my race and ran the time of 2 minutes 44 secs.

My total score of points of the Pentathlon was 1890 and I’m ranked 119th in the country and I’m really proud of myself. I could of done better but there’s always next time.

I just wanted to also say a massive thank you to my coach Roy Feaviour. He’s helped me a lot and taught me a lot of new drills and different techniques in training but a massive thank you to Lorraine Kingston for helping me get through the tough day and having a good mother to support me. I’m looking forward to next track season and I hope everyone else has a good season next!!

Thank you Hillingdon AC your’e an amazing club!

Christmas Morning 5K 2018 Results

Well done to everyone that completed the Christmas Morning 5k Race and a big thank you to Gavin Collett and Phil Welch. The results can be viewed here

Lido Relays

Thanks to all those who helped out with the Dark Run and to the clubhouse team for the food and entertainment. I still need marshalls and first aiders for the Lido Relays on 30th December. Please let me know if you can make yourself available. Dave

Dark Run 5K 2018

3.30pm is the deadline for online entries for the run. I’ll be at the clubhouse around 5pm until 5.45pm allocating numbers and taking late entries and payment. Please bring the correct cash if possible. Thank you!

Marshalls and first aiders needed

We need three marshalls on the course for both the Dark Run on the 15th December and the Lido Relays on the 30th December. We will also need a trained first aider at each event. Please let myself or Martin Bateman know if you can help.

December Diary Dates

Festive dates for your busy December diary:

Saturday 15th – Dark Run – Online entries and food orders now being taken

Christmas Day – 5km race from the clubhouse 10.30am

Sunday 30th – Ruislip Lido Relays 10am

New Years Wild West Party – Ticket only and available from the clubhouse team. Get them now before they sell out!

“It’s not an Aquathlon Boo!” – Met League fixture #3 Uxbridge

Saturday 1st December saw 21 ladies turn up for the home Met League fixture at Uxbridge reports Freya Hollingsworth.

Hoping for sun and smiles, instead we were greeted with drizzle, clouds and thigh deep water to ‘run’ through. Spirits were high as we all got ready to tackle the ski slope and smash it!

Zoe came fully prepared to swim across the River Pinn; goggles and swimming hat included. Christina took off her dry robe for a full 30 minutes of racing up and down the ski slope, but at least she kept warm and dry unlike the rest of us.

Many of the ladies team ended up swimming through the River Pinn, a few lucky survivors just ended up with soggy shorts; clearly the more comfortable option?

We also made a fuss of our number one fan on his 86th birthday – Happy Birthday Harry!

Well done to all 21 ladies who turned up, climbed, raced and swum for the club! Make a note in your diaries for the next Met League race at Wormwood Scrubs on Saturday January 12th 2019. See you at the start not before 1.55pm!