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Summer Series 2020 Final Results

Somehow we managed to fit 8 races into a very weird Summer Series and by the end it couldn’t have been any closer with both competitions being won by a single point, reports Dan Spinks.
In the ladies competition a fantastic 3rd placed finish from Lesley Conway in the September 5k training race was almost enough but Melanie Spencer just managed to hold on at the top of the standings. And it really was close; had Mel been a second slower she would have dropped a point and we would have had a tie for the trophy.
In the men’s competition Shaun Lazzari finished 2nd in last night’s race but fell a point short of our winner Jose Ramon Polo Lopez.
Congratulations to Mel and Jose and thank you to everyone for taking part. 
Many thanks to Dan Spinks for organising this years Summer Series in challenging times.

Reality 5k Training Race September – Results

Following huge efforts by our volunteers and Active Training World we once again successfully held our 5k training race in reality. 

Thank you to everyone who made it possible to race within England Athletics and COVID-19 guidelines and to everyone who competed.

Results can be found here. 

Clubhouse – 10th September

Please note that due to the Reality 5k Training Race at Uxbridge the clubhouse will not be open for use on Thursday 10th September. The car park will be available for those wishing to use it.

HAC Reality 5K – Thursday 10th September

Following the success of the first Reality 5k in August, the race is back on Thursday 10th September.

The race will be over a one lap course on the paths & fields of Hillingdon House Farm. There will be no ski slope or stream! The course is fast for a XC, a bit bumpy in places, but overall flatter than the Ruislip course. Trail shoes or spikes can be worn. The race will start at 6.40pm, please arrive in plenty of time to collect your race number.
The race is only open to club and Dash for Fitness members over 16. Pre-entry is required by filling out the form on the link below. There will be no entries on the day. The form will close 10pm Wednesday 9th. https://fs21.formsite.com/mbatemanhillingdonaccouk/5kTR/index.html
Under all the current rules from UKA we have to do a remote race briefing and here it is. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZq5JIJJgwk&feature=youtu.be Please watch it and listen clearly. It won’t be repeated at the event.
The course will be signed. Please study the map and follow the correct route.
Please support your club events.

Clubhouse COVID-19 Guidelines – Reminder

With training sessions starting again from the clubhouse please be reminded that those attending should meet in the car park rather than congregate in the clubhouse.
The Management Committee are working to find a way in which members can use the clubhouse for training, use the gym and socialise. We are making progress and more details will be communicated in the coming days.
Thank you for following the required guidelines.

2020 Gosunder Handicap Trophy results

This weekend’s Gosunder held on a new, covid friendly, course around Mad Bess Woods saw 32 finishers plus Martin Searle who stopped after 1 lap to look at the pigeons, reports Dan Spinks.

Strava links have been checked and Screech’s abacus has been working overtime to bring us the final results

It’s a real shame that we couldn’t have the normal presentation ceremony afterwards as I know how much this win will mean to this year’s victor.

If you look at the photo of the wonderful trophy you’ll see the same name appearing in both 2015 and 1959. There’s also a gap on the left of the picture where that same name is going to appear again

Yes, 61 (sixty-one) years after first winning it Doug Milsom has written himself into HAC history becoming the first 3 time winner of the Gosunder. Many, many congratulations.

Summer Series Race 7- Gosunder Handicap

The penultimate race in this year’s summer series will be the Gosunder Handicap Trophy on the weekend of 22/23 August. Hopefully we won’t have a repeat of last year’s storms and will be returning to Mad Bess Woods, albeit with a slightly shortened and massively simplified route

This year’s route is a 3 lapper, mostly following the perimeter of Mad Bess for a total of roughly 4.9 miles. It will be minimally marked with flour early on both the Saturday and Sunday mornings so the earlier in the day that you run, the more likely that the markings will be clear and obvious

The route can be seen at-https://www.strava.com/routes/2729736869339654938

But do not go onto Breakspear Road, that’s a Strava glitch. A more accurate route from Clive’s run is https://www.strava.com/segments/25349733?filter=overall

Handicaps will be worked out in advance (any bribes need to go to Screech) but, in a break from tradition, not communicated to you. Run the 3 laps anytime on Saturday or Sunday (Friday also acceptable but the course will not be marked) and send your result (along with strava/garmin link or whatever else you use) to danspinks@yahoo.com by midnight Sunday. We’ll then add on the handicaps to get everyone’s total time and positions

Summer series points to be earned by HAC and D4F members with the beautiful trophy being won by the highest placed, paid up, HAC member.

Please support your club events.

0 to 5k – Ruislip Run Hub

Hillingdon Athletic Club is pleased to announce the launch of our Ruislip Run Hub 0 to 5k beginners programme. Our first course starts on Wednesday 2nd September at 6.30pm and will run every Wednesday for 8 weeks. More information can be found here.

Reality 5k Training Race Results – August 13th

Following huge efforts by our volunteers and Active Training World we successfully held our 5k training race in reality. Hillingdon House Farm, usually home turf for cross country racing, became our new venue for the 5k training race.

Thank you to everyone who made it possible to race within England Athletics and COVID-19 guidelines and to everyone who competed.

Results can be found here

The next 5k training race will be at the same venue on Thursday 10th September – COVID-19 restrictions permitting. 

HAC Reality 5K Training Race

Ok, under all the current rules from UKA we have to do a remote race briefing and here it is. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZq5JIJJgwk&feature=youtu.be Please watch it and listen clearly. It won’t be repeated at the event.

I have also attached the final course map. The course will be marked with arrows. red and white tape in the bushes and flour on the ground, but not to the standard of a XC fixture so please study it and make sure you are clear of the route.

Also shown is the layout of the HQ and the start finish pens.

You will collect your race number/chip from Gavin Collett at the collection desk from 6pm to 6.30pm. Please move on once you have your number/chip. NO ENTRIES ON THE DAY!

The first wave will start at 6.40pm. Everyone competing will need to be in the call zone by 6.40pm. You will be called by your wave number. Please move swifty into the pen. Each wave goes off after 20 seconds. Missing your wave equals no race for you.

Please look out for communications from James@activetrainingworld.co.uk

If there is an electrical storm nearby we may have to delay or cancel the race on safety ground.

We will be strict, but want it to be fun and rewarding for all.

Any spectators should keep away from the HQ zone throughout the event.

We hope you have a good race and look forward to seeing you all.

5K site plan

HQ Plan

Course Map