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British Masters Indoor Champs

Hillingdon Ac had 2 athletes competing at this years British Masters Indoor Champs at Lee Valley on Sat 11th and Sun 12th march.
M35 1500m 8th Hermann Kruger 4.41.76s
M45 400m Heat2 3rd Jason Steel 58.61s
M45 400m Final 4th Jason Steel 57.64s
M45 800m 8th Jason Steel 2.16.73s

Results supplied by Jason.

Finchley 20 Marshalls needed

We are still 10 marshals short for this Sundays Finchley 20. As we have over 200 adult members it shouldn’t be as difficult to get marshals as it is proving. If you haven’t volunteered yet please consider doing so as you will be helping YOUR club and ensuring YOUR subs remain at around £1 a week. You will also have a great fun and have a good feeling that you have given something back. No excuses!


After 11 scoring fixtures starting with the Claybury Met League event in October the winter points competition came to a conclusion with the National Cross Country championships at Nottingham at the end of February. Going into the final event much remained to be concluded with several athletes in a position to pick up  change of cash prizes on offer in both  tables.

In the Women’s competition leader Ciara Williams was  not starting at Nottingham meaning she could end up in a tie with Hannah Wells  if she was first Hillingdon Women home. In the end Hannah  was our second women home at Nottingham behind the impressive top 50 national finish from Gemma Barry.

This moved Gemma up to 4th finisher overall in the points table just outside the prizes but  Hannah moved into 2nd passing Melanie Spencer who also did not compete at Nottingham. Melanie had led the competition most of the season and only 4 weeks before she had an 11 point lead after the Southern  at Parliament Hill.

Final points:-  Ciara 122, Hannah 121, Melanie 120, Gemma 118

In the Men’s competition having scored maximum points in the first 10 fixtures and guaranteed top spot Andy Torrance turned down the challenge of Nottingham. It was   the most challenging  cross country course of the season and leaves many to wonder did  he have  it in him for a Grand slam.

Standing on the start line and looking at those around him Graham Wood knew he only had to finish as  in all 10 previous events to maintain 2nd place, held since the met league at Stevenage. The spot for 3rd ended in a tie as a result of John Bignall picking up a point on Rob Thompson he may not had Andy  run.

Final points :-   Andy 150, Graham 143, John 140, Rob 140

A final acknowledgement to   Paul Leppard and  Curtis Altman as the only athletes male or female  apart from Graham  Wood who completed all 11 events.

Club prizes will be handed out at the Winter presentation evening on 23rd April after the London Marathon details to follow.

Finchley 20 Marshals required

There is still a need for more marshals for the Finchley 20 on Sunday 12th. Please contact Maria at maria.hernandez-humm@hbm.com to put yourself on the list.

Saucony English National Cross Country

Well done to all who competed in the Saucony English National Cross Country in Nottingham yesterday. The Senior men finished in 30th place out of 131 clubs that finished a team. The Senior ladies finished in 29th place out of 93 clubs that finished a team. In the Under 15 boys Mohamed Ali finished in 11th place in 0:14:59.

Senior Men
101 0:43:18 Abdishakur Abdulle; 157 0:44:16 Robert Thompson; 201 0:44:58 James Laing; 336 0:46:58 Joel Pope; 507 0:49:08 Simon Connell; 620 0:50:38 Paul Leppard; 1:03:39 Martin Searle; 1:05:09 John Bignell; John Luscombe 1:05:52; 1:08:40 Trevor Steeples; 1:08:53 Jeremy Collis; 1:10:24 Robert Burton; 1:10:34 Curtis Allman; 1:11:06 Graham Wood; 1:23:49 Alan Wells.

Senior Women
49 0:32:14 Gemma Barry; 189 0:35:52 Hannah Wells; 310 0:38:41 Natalie Wickings; 327 0:39:10 Kate Shockley; 602 0:45:45 Freya Hollingsworth

Junior men
86 0:36:41 Ermias Zeration

Under 17 men
256 0:25:40 2195 Abdirahman Hamud

Under 13 girls
112 0:14:49 Lydia Louw

Under 13 boys 169. 0:14:04 Abdirahim Hamud

Under 15 boys
11 0:14:59 Mohamed Ali; 278 0:18:14 Hanad Ahmad Farooqui

Apologies if i have missed anyone out, full results here

Women’s Met League Round Up

Firstly – huge thanks and congratulations to Gemma Barry who has consistently impressed over the whole competition and finished a creditable 5th lady out of all of the Met League’s 5 fixtures and 200 ladies reports Donna Nash. Gemma was rewarded by Start Fitness, the league sponsors with a £200 gift, very well deserved.
Overall, the A team managed to retain our place in Division 1 finishing 6th.
Next season we will have 2 teams in the senior D3 as the C team finished 15th whilst the B team move down from D2.
Similarly the vets will have 2 teams in D2 as the B team move up from D3 and the A team move down from D1. The Vets B team performance was pretty amazing as we only had a full team at 4 of the 5 fixtures and still finished 2nd!
The challenge this season was always to stay up in D1 and we totally achieved that with stunning and solid performances from Stacey Ward (who managed 2 fixtures before retiring with injury but made a great contribution to our overall points total with a 4th and 3rd finish), Gemma Barry (already mentioned!), Hannah Wells and Ciara Williams who have a little healthy rivalry developing – Ciara managed to finish ahead of Hannah at 3 of the 5 fixtures but Hannah’s performance at the last 2 were stronger; Kate Shockley who has had a great season and the incredible Zoe Dobbs who scored for both seniors and vets. All of these ladies made up the A team in all of their appearances.
Others who also helped to make up the A team on occasion included Natalie Wickings from Hillingdon Triathletes and Claudia Cherubini who both made their debuts for us this season; and Lynn Hyde who made it into the A team at the last fixture.
Our fabulous vet A’s Zoe, Melanie Spencer, Lynn and Karen O’Rourke are all quality runners and didn’t deserve demotion, proving how tough the competition is in this division. B Team of Lesley, Pauline, Lucy and Heather deserve their promotion and well done.
As for the final race – we had a fab fifteen including 2 making their debut, Claudia Cherubini and Ingrid Hansen. Regulars sorely missed included Mel and Kate(holiday), Lesley Conway and Lyndsey Browne both suffering with nasty colds.
Everyone fought the course valiantly and the most impressive finish has to be that by Lucy Duncan who managed her signature sprint at the end!
Thank you to each and every one who has taken part in the Met League this season. It has been a season to be proud of and we have set ourselves up nicely for next season.


Full results can be found here

Watford Half Marathon

Well done to the 12 Hillingdon runners who took part in today’s Watford Half Marathon. Special mention to James Laing for coming 2nd in a time 01:11:06. Also to Angela Duncan, 1st V75 in 2:18:32. Other club results are

Paul Leppard 110th 01:26:01; Dave Smith 370th 1:37:40; Zoe Dobbs 495th 01:41:01; Mel Spencer 496th 01:41:01; Gary Taylor 718th 01:48:04; Lucy Duncan 1118th 01:59:39; John Hughes 1333th 02:09:43; Taj Randhawa 1334th 02:09:51; Dennis Carey 1365th 02:11:02; Christina Benjamin 1368th 02:11:04. A mention also for our old friend Brian Feldman 1486th 02:20:01.

Thanks to all the club members who turned out to support the runners. Full results are here 



South of England Cross Country Championships Men’s Result

Congratulations to the 11 Hillingdon AC male athletes that completed the toughest race of the cross country season by racing over nine miles in the South of England Cross Country Championships at Parliament Hill last Saturday. Rob Thompson was first scorer for the club in 24th place with the scoring six completed by James Laing (112th), Joel Pope (274th), Ed Campbell (305th), Paul Leppard (438th) and Dave Smith (748th) with the club finishing 27th out of 69 clubs that finished a team. Andy Torrance (959th), John Luscombe (1006th), John Bignell (1050th), Curtis Allman (1057th) and Graham Wood (1061st) were the remaining club athletes out of the 1068 who completed the course within the 90 minute time limit.

Full results may be found here: http://www.seaa.org.uk/index.php/results/cross-country

Brighton Marathon Club Places

Brighton Marathon are offering guaranteed club places for this year’s race, although the entry fee is £69.50. I think we are entitled up to 8 places. Those that missed out on VLM club places will have first refusal for these places. ( Zoe Dobbs, Jeremy Collis, Taj Randhawa, John Hughes, Lucy Duncan and Gary Taylor) Anyone else that wants a place should email me at martin.bateman@btinternet.com If I receive more applications than places I will hold a straight ballot for any leftover places Deadline to let me know is 10th February 2017.
Brighton Marathon are offering FREE elite places to women sub 1.30 HM and sub 3.15 marathon and men sub 1.15 HM and sub 2.45 marathon since Jan 15.
There is also an opportunity for masters/vet athletes (V35 (Women only), V40, V45, V50, V55, V60, V65 and V70 Men and Women) to get places and compete for the right to represent England in a future marathon.
More detail on this can be found by clicking this link below.

Dan and Stevie T’s Chilli Night

chilli nightAfter the final Met League fixture on the 11th February 2017 there will be a Chilli con Carne night at the clubhouse. ALL MEMBERS WELCOME! As usual there will be 3 different levels of heat. In Dan’s vernacular the categories are Pussy, Average and Lad. There will be a veggie option too. Further details of pricing and timing to come. It’s worth coming just to see the two chef’s argue over who is best at cooking fluffy rice!