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Opportunity to join the Communications Committee

I am looking for someone to help me manage our club Twitter page. Our page is already set up but needs to be kept updated with all club news, achievements and all events.

Anyone interested please let me know.

Thanks

Lyndsey Browne

Saturday 21st July – The Mysteries of Park Wood Orienteering event

After the success of our Easter Orienteering event, the clubhouse team have organised second event, hopefully with better weather this time.

The event will follow a similar format, with up to four persons per team. Registration will start at 3.30pm at the clubhouse. First teams can go off at 4pm. You must register by 5pm at the latest.

Teams must find as many clues and points as possible within an hour of setting off. Cut off time for participation is 6pm.

Nigel has promised a magical mystery tour of Park Wood!

All abilities welcome to participate. BBQ at the clubhouse afterwards.

Please support your club events.

 

England v Colombia – Tuesday 3rd July

The clubhouse will be hosting the big match on Tuesday evening. There will be bar snacks at half time for a £1.00 donation, including samosas, onion bhajis, pakoras and quiche. Stay and watch the match after training.

Scorching Sunday 1st July

As the youngsters were running, jumping and throwing PBs in the YDL match (see below) and the temperatures rose to 30C, various HAC members attended four different races on Sunday 1st July. So, here we go, in alphabetical order.

Grand Canal Marathon Challenge 

Babz Kedge, Debbie Brown and Zoe Dobbs who took on the Grand Canal marathon Challenge in aid of Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals. 26.2 miles along the canal in that heat deserves a huge well done.

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Ickenham 5

A local favourite saw seven HAC members compete in the Ickenham 5. Sadly the late announcement of this race meant many members were already committed elsewhere. Hopefully we will be back in force next year!

Congratulations to Gemma Barry and Kathy Carruthers who finished 2nd and 3rd ladies respectively.

Well done to all who competed and welcome aboard to Bradley Birch who finished in an impressive 4th position in his inaugural race for HAC.

Regents Park 10km

Further afield eight HAC members enjoyed a sunny 10km in Regents Park. Results can be found here http://racetecresults.com/results.aspx?CId=16586&RId=258

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Spire Bushey 10km

Last but not least is the official July Summer Series race. Six HAC members competed and the ladies cleaned up with Hannah Wells and Ciara Williams finishing first and second lady respectively. Freya Hollingsworth finished as the third team member to score resulting in a win for the ladies affiliated team trophy. Well done ladies!

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Well done all!

YDL Match 3 – 1st July 2018

Well done to all who competed in match 3 of the YDL on Sunday and especially those who even managed PB’s in this heat, reports Courtney Clarke.

Please remember to keep the 29th of July free for our final YDL competition of this season. There is a coach booked for our journey to Oxford Horspath and I expect you all to be available. Let’s finish as strong as we started.

Well done again.

3k Training Race Results

Well done to everyone who beat the heat in the June 3K Training Race tonight. A big thank you to our officials and the large team of marshals. Results can be found here http://www.hillingdonac.co.uk/3k-training-race

June 3K Training Race 26/6/18

The 3K training race is back tomorrow evening at the track. 6pm start with registration open from around 5pm. All welcome including non members and it is free. It’s going to be very hot again tomorrow evening, so please make sure if you are taking part or helping that you are well hydrated and have a drink ready for after the event. If you are able to help timekeep or marshal please make yourself known to Courtney Clarke or me by 5.45pm.

340 miles in 24 hours

During the weekend of 9th/10th June 16 HAC members took on the challenge of Endure 24 in Wasing Park, Reading.

Endure 24 is an event where teams compete over 24 hours, completing a 5 mile trail course as a relay. The aim of the game, complete as many laps as possible, as quick as possible.

This year Hillingdon AC had two teams of eight competing. Team members were as follows (in running order):

Team A

Charlotte Ford

Bryony Lycett-Brown

Debbie Brown

Sam Hurley

Andy Wood

Dennis Carey

Les Brough

Gabriel Seagall

 

Team B

Lyndsey Browne

Stuart Arundel

Eva Mack

Joel Pope

Zoe Dobbs

Andrew Artemis

Heather Davidson

John Dobbs

 

Andy “Mr. Organised” Wood took the lead, managing and coordinating us all, which was a challenge in itself. Many of you I’m sure have never seen a white board, a kitchen clock and a hole punch when you’ve arrived for a weekend of camping. That’s because you’ve never camped with Andy before!

Thank you to Andy, Charlotte,  Zoe, John, Dennis and Gabe for securing a top camping spot and putting all the tents up early on Friday morning and putting the kettle on for the rest of us when we arrived.

Once all the Friday afternoon arrivals had been ticked off the whiteboard list, we walked the course and settled down for a Friday evening of tactics, hydration and carb loading. Also known as consuming most of the weekend’s stash of food, beer and Jägermeister. Well, we all needed something to help us sleep!

The race started at midday on Saturday. With teams already decided ahead of time (by 5km time, previous experience and tent buddies), Saturday morning was time to decide running orders. This is when the white board came into its own as the focus of our entire weekend. Team B ran as girl/boy/girl/boy, no one seemed to know what Team A did to decide their order.

Handover point identified and we were off! Lyndsey and Charlotte “I’m not running first” Ford, ran first.

The 5 mile course started on tarmac, up “The Hill of No Return” then onto trail paths which took you up “Heartbreak Hill” and into the woodland, before heading back into the grassy Race Village.

Tough as it was, a “Ska Bar” serving shots of energy drink out of a VW Camper Van and plenty of friendly runners distracted us all (maybe for the first couple of laps anyway).

We all thought we would have quite a lot of chill out time between laps, but by the time you fathomed out the white board you were getting ready for the next lap.

It soon became mandatory to wear a head torch and we each headed out our night time laps – which we all enjoyed more than we thought!

There were so many personal achievements during this event. It was great to see Heather “not so trudgy now” Davidson in her HAC vest again, leaving Dennis ”Bake Off” Carey for dust on “Heartbreak Hill” and Joel’s super speedy laps were a thing of legend, he bagged that massage from Andy Wood very early on.

The race officially finished at midday on Sunday, however any runners out on the course at this time can finish their lap, a tactical way to get another lap in. Kudos to Gabe “Love Island” Seagall, Sam, Eva, Les,  Andy and Andrew for completing the extra lap taking them to 25 miles, after we eventually decided who wanted to do them and a very last minute tactical change which saw Andy complete a 400m dash across the campsite.

The organisers do not allow members of the same team to be on the course at the same, however during the last hour they opened up the very last part of the course so teams could finish as one – probably everyone’s favourite bit of the week.

Squeezing in those extra laps paid off as both teams. 219 large mixed teams took part in the event. HAC Team A finished in 41st  position, completing 33 laps. HAC Team B finished in 17thposition, completing 35 laps.  A fantastic achievement by all, our team work clearly did the trick.

A great weekend was had by all. The challenging course was made even harder by the heat, lack of sleep, the fact you have to be super organised and you really do have to remember to look at that big clock when you cross the finish line, but us HAC’ers are made of tough stuff and we survived (maybe it was the hole punch that got us through).

Thanks to the top supporters Corrine and Chris who came along in moral support, Alan Wells who cheered us on from his marshal point and Hannah Wells who was running for the Mizuno team. A special thanks to Gavin who came to cheer us on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon (thanks for not hiding half way up a hill).

Summer at the Clubhouse

There’s lots going on at the Clubhouse this Summer.

 

Sunday 24th June from 12.30pm

World Cup Football -England v Panama followed by a BBQ

 

Thursday 21st June from 6.30 pm

World Cup Football – England v Belgium

 

Saturday 30th June – Register from 2.30pm, race at 4pm

Summer Solstice Relays and BBQ

 

Please support your club events.

Concorde 5 mile Road Race – 17th June 2018

Well done to the 11 Hillingdon AC athletes who competed in the Concorde 5 road race on 17th June 2018.

Hillingdon AC always do well at this local race and this year was no exception with prizes and a course record being broken.

Congratulations to new member Nicky Ashe who finished as third lady. Close behind were Kathy Carruthers and Debbie Brown who finished V45 first and second respectively. Our top three ladies also bought home the first Ladies Team prize. Enjoy the wine ladies!

Congratulations also go to Angela Duncan who broke the course record in the V75 category.

Results for all competitors can be found here: http://www.barunner.org.uk/Event_Concorde.shtml

The next race in the Summer Series is the Spire Bushey 10km on 1st July. You are responsible for your own entry.