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Devil Takes the Hindmost – Results

On Thursday 4th September, 29 HAC members took part in the annual Devil Takes the Hindmost race, held at Rochester Road, Northwood Hills.

Results were as follows:

Men Under 50 Men 50 – 65 Women & Over 65 Men Plate
1. Bradley Birch Steve Hirons (M55) Ciara Williams Gary Horn
2. James Laing David Shelvey (M50) Caroline Pretty (W35) Gab Segall
3. Martin Bateman (M40) Andrew Malyan (M50) Zoe Dobbs (W45) Vivek Upadhyay/Mike Illing/Trevor Steeples
4. David Knight (M40) HTS James Quinn (M50) Debbie Brown (W45)
5. Laurence Manning Martin Searle (M60) Iwona Gray-Cauvin (W35)
6. Iain Betson (M45) Jason Sewards (M50) (unatt) Paula Kelly Graham Wood/Paula Kelly/Jason Sewards/Dan Spinks
7. Jason Steel (M45) Trevor Steeples (M60) Graham Wood (M65)
8. Gary Horn (M40) Mike Illing (M60) Lyndsey Browne (W35)
9. Gabe Segall Alan Wells (M50) Doug Millsom (M75)
10. Vivek Upadhyay Alan Wells/Doug Millsom/Lyndsey Browne
11. Dan Spinks (M40)

Thank you to the officials: Gavin Collett, Sharon Talbot, Katherine Wells, Phil Welch, John Bignell, John Dobbs and Andy Torrence.

Hillingdon A.C. Boys Fourth in Alder Valley League Trophy

Sunday 2nd September was the last Alder Valley boys competition of the season, reports Diane Gibbons. It was at Reading on a very hot day.

We had out the largest number of boys this season with the u11 boys almost at 20 which is going to be great for the future.

The boys had been competing well over the previous 4 events and we were in 3rd before the final. This meant we were in the Trophy final.

There was some great performances by all of the age groups but we were up against some really strong teams and eventually finished fourth.

Thanks must go to all of the boys who have competed over the summer, their parents for supporting them and us , the officials who do a great job, our coaches who give hours of their time to support our athletes and lastly the team managers whose job is to try and fill all of the events with our strongest athletes.

Think we did a great job this year !

Hillingdon A.C. Junior Girls win Alder Valley League Plate

On Saturday 1st September the girls competed in the finals for the Alder Valley, reports Courtney Clarke. Before the competition I had to find the safe place I put the Plate we won last year. After many hours I can confirm that it was not in my house. So Shirl was right (that is disappointing).

Next stop was the clubhouse. There it was in the cabinet. No keys!!! I drag poor Stefan down because he knows where the keys are (errrrr no he doesn’t). So we call Zoe Dobbs. I leave triumphant with the plate.
Now the day begins!!

So I arrived on Saturday for the finals of the Alder Valley league.

The girls were fantastic and earned the most points we’ve had all season to win the plate back again for the second year on the trot. Wish I had not spent so long trying to find it!

Meryl Dickinson was team manager of Alder valley girls obviously with my help but I actually didn’t have to do any work because Meryl did everything. Even more impressive we actually had six or seven of our best athletes competing at the inter Counties today.

Congratulations Hillingdon Athletics Club Juniors Girls.


This year’s competition will take place on Tuesday 4th September at 7pm on the
normal course at Rochester Road in Northwood Hills, opposite Haydon School.

Please register at the clubhouse by 6.30pm or be at Rochester Road by 6.50pm.

You compete entirely at your own risk.

All Club members are welcome to run, with a £3 fee for any non-Club members.

This year there will be a maximum of four competitions, with the exact make-up formulated after the entries close at 6.50pm:

Men – Maximum of 10 rounds
Women (subject to change) – Maximum of 8 rounds
Over 40 Men (subject to change) – Maximum of 8 rounds
Plate (for those knocked out in early stages of the other three competitions) –  Maximum of five rounds

How does it work?

All the runners in each competition start together and run up the hill (just under 300m in length). The last one to the top is eliminated (sometimes more depending on number of entries).

The remainder jog back down again and then repeat the run up the hill. Once again, the last one to the top is eliminated (sometimes more depending on number of entries).

This is repeated until only one runner is left, who is the winner of the competition.
So that everyone gets more than one run, halfway through the event everyone who has been eliminated to that point in the three main competitions can enter the Plate competition.

Further details if required from Gavin Collett


Burnham Beeches 10km and Half Marathon

On Sunday 12th August six Hillingdon AC members took on the Burnham Beeches 10km and Half Marathon.

Congratulations to David Smith who was first home in the 10km men’s V50 category.

Well done also to Bob Burton who completed the 10km in 49:50

Sam Hurley was first across the line for Hillingdon AC in a time of 1:43. Hot on Sam’s heels and first HAC lady home was Boo Smith in a time of 1:50. Boo was closely followed by Zoe Dobbs who finished in 1:52.

We wish a speedy recovery to Paul McCay who retired from the race due to injury.

Ladies Vets Track & Field Season 2018

Another SCVAC season ended this month, for the Hillingdon Ladies vets team in the Mid-London Division, reports Team Manager Maria Hernandez-Humm.  We had fierce competition from Herne Hill (the winners) and Serpentine, although we had equal match points with Serpentine, they beat us on event points, so we came 3rd overall out of 6 teams. Unusually so, we had fine weather for all the fixtures, two at Battersea and two at Perivale,  Unfortunately we were unable to have a fixture at Uxbridge due to cage being condemned.
The first fixture was on 4th May at Battersea in which we came third.  The 100m sprinters were in unison and all came 2nd in their races across, the age categories.  Maria Hernandez-Humm won the long jump in the W50 age group and the 400m relay team came a very close second behind Serpentine. We did have some gaps in the team for some of the W50 & W60 events.  Next up was Perivale on 4th June.  A full team this time with PB’s for Elisa Morse in the 3k shot put, Caroline Ford in the triple jump and Lynn Hyde in the 800m, putting us in 2nd position. Third fixture again at Battersea and third position.  Sharon Dooley won the W35A 100m and Lesley Conway won in the 400m & 1500m for the W60.   PB’s were achieved for Lorraine Kingston in the W35B 100m and Sharon Talbot in the 600 javelin.  Our final event was again at Perivale on 1st August.  We had a full squad and the team came 2nd at this fixture. Hendricak White came 1st in the W60 100m, Elisa Morse won the W50 in the hammer and got a PB to boot and Lesely Conway won with a clean sweep in the 800m, 3000m & long jump for the W60. A PB was also achieved in Javelin 500 for Cathy Girvan W60.
I would like to thank each and every one of the ladies who competed for Hillingdon AC.  You are a great team and for those that were unable to compete due to injury, get fit and well and see you in 2019 too.

5km training race results – August 2018

The penultimate 5km  training race took place on Thursday 9th August. Results as follows:


  1. James Laing   16.27
  2. Matt Zalewski   17.33
  3. Charlie Edwards   17.55
  4. Dave Smith   20.00
  5. John Gundry   20.19
  6. Sam Hurley   20.36
  7. Ian Betson   20.44
  8. Richrd Jenkins   20.51
  9. Steve O’Keefe   20.55
  10. Steve Edwards   21.05
  11. Rob Poulter   21.20
  12. John Dobbs   22.08
  13. Kathy Carruthers   22.09
  14. Ciara Williams   22.09
  15. Vivek Upadhyay   22.14
  16. John Bignell   22.19
  17. Mike Illing   22.51
  18. Chloe Charles   22.56
  19. Martin Searle   22.58
  20. Pauline Smith   23.10
  21. Lesley Conway   23.53
  22. Jason Steele   24.09
  23. Mike Leigh   24.38
  24. Dennis Carey   24.42
  25. John Edwards   25.02
  26. John Doyle   25.24
  27. Graham Wood   25.34
  28. Claire Stokes   25.41
  29. Peter Humm 25.52
  30. Stephanie Sungtong   26.02
  31. Christina Benjamin   26.11
  32. Doug Milsom   26.15
  33. Karen Trunkfield   26.17
  34. Heidi Smith   27.14
  35. Bill Harding   27.25
  36. Bhavna Shah   27.36
  37. Vicky Brownlee   27.43
  38. Nasir Khan   27.56
  39. Lyndsey Browne   27.58
  40. Emma Hooper   29.32
  41. Alan Wells   29.36
  42. Lucy Duncan   30.02
  43. Andrew Devine   30.47
  44. Sally Bundock   30.58
  45. Katherine Wells   33.09
  46. Catherine White   33.12
  47. Andrea Clark   37.21

Well done to all those who raced. Thank you to the organisers and officials who make these events happen.

Thank you also to Bryony-Lycett Brown, Corrine Dixon and Heidi  Smith for cooking after the race and to Martin Searle for hosting the quiz.

The next and final 5km training race of 2018 will be on 13th September at 6.40. Please support your club events.

Veteran Mens Track And Field Season 2018.

Hillingdon Ac Veteran Men’s team finally won the Mid London Division after many years of trying on Wednesday night at Perivale reports Jason Steel

Fixture 1 at Battersea on the 14th May we came a very close 2nd place to Herne Hill which gave me a good sign that if we put out a strong team at our next match we would have a chance of victory.

Match 2 was at Perivale on the 4th June as the throwing cage at Hillingdon was out of action. We really needed to win this match as to go 2 matches down to Herne Hill would have made it an uphill task.
We performed very well on the night and won comfortably to even the overall standings.

Match 3 back at Battersea on 18th June and we had a very strong team out and dominated the events and scoring a comprehensive victory by 18 points with a huge 191 point total.

This just left the last fixture, Match 4 at Perivale which was Re-scheduled for Wednesday 1st August.
The scenario was if we came 1st we win overall,Finish 2nd and as long as it was by less than 24 points we would win also.
Despite missing a couple of athletes due to holidays I need not have worried as we turned out in force and won the match which gave us the long awaited victory overall.
Mid London Division Champions and on to the League Final at the Julie rose Stadium, Ashford, Kent on the 30th September where we will do ourselves and the club proud.

Well done and thank you to all who have helped the team this year so far, 1 more match to go, see you there!

Bearbrook 10km

Well done all those who ran in the latest Summer Series race, the Bearbrook 10km today.

First female home for Hillingdon was Ciara Williams in 44:50 (69th). She was closely followed by Sam Hurley in 77th place in 45:43. Next in was Byrony Lycett- Brown in 57:02 (201) followed by Lucy Duncan in 57:20 (206), Christina Benjamin 01: 01:02 (242) and Lyndsey Browne 01:02:49 (258).

Ickenham 5

I received this post this year’s race from the organisers.

I would like to congratulate Hillingdon AC for Gemma Barry and Kathy Carruthers, who finished 2nd and 3rd for the ladies.

We loved your club’s support with such short notice of this year’s race. I have spoken to Run Britain who were very impressed with our organisation despite the pressure to get this off the ground. We can therefore confirm that the race will take place next year on Sunday 7th July 2019. We will be emailing all those who attended this year to offer them an entry for a fee of £10.00 to say thank you for their loyalty in helping to keep this event alive. All Hillingdon AC members will be eligible for a  fixed entry fee of £10.00 until October 2018.

I shall be working on the online registration but those who entered this year with us will simply log back into our website and the race will appear on their profile.