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Hillingdon Athletic Club wants to give every member from aged 9 upwards the opportunity to train and participate at his or her best level, in a professional and happy environment and be recognised locally as such a club.

We are club that provides for it’s members from Junior to veteran ages the opportunty to compete in Track and Field, Road and Cross Country events both locally and nationally.

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Revised Guidelines for Clubhouse use

As you may be aware, London and Greater London has been elevated to Tier 2 Covid Restrictions from Friday 16 October.

This means that people must not meet socially with friends and family indoors in any setting unless they live together or have formed a support bubble with them. It is illegal to meet in larger groups.

This makes socialising inside the clubhouse difficult, and the decision has reluctantly been taken to close the clubhouse, apart from access to the toilets on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

The rules allow people to meet in groups of 6 out of doors, so the clubhouse will continue to open on Sunday mornings to allow people to meet on the patio area for socially distanced tea, coffee, etc.

Therefore: on Thursdays, it’s opening up by 6.00pm, but closing after the last runner leaves. 

On Sundays, opening by 9.00am and drinks served on the patio area until 11.30am.
If the weather precludes sitting outdoors, then the clubhouse will close after the last runner leaves.
Current procedures relating to the serving of drinks remain in force ie table service only.

Happy running 

Clubhouse Team 

New Guidelines for Clubhouse Use

When you’re out you can come in.

With everything that’s happening in the world at the moment, exercise is as important as ever for your whole wellbeing. We are committed to ensuring you can continue to use the clubhouse and partake in some form of exercise and for you to be able to still enjoy some form of social interaction in as safe an environment as we can provide. 

To be safe and to ensure the wellbeing of your fellow HAC members we all have to work together and be responsible for each other. There’s been some changes at the Clubhouse which means that we can start to use the social areas inside now that the weather has turned and for the gym equipment to be used. 

Here’s a guide to using the clubhouse 

  1. When you meet before a run, where possible wait in the car park staying 2m apart or stay in your car
  2. When you enter the clubhouse, you will see the new QR code on the door which you can check in using your App
  3. If you don’t have the App don’t worry, you can still register with the volunteer steward at the bar or on the website
  4. Sanitise your hands on the way in
  5. If you are in the clubhouse, take a seat, please don’t stand up and mingle
  6. Remember to stay 2m apart where possible and always at least 1m apart with mitigation – this may include a face covering or not being seated face to face
  7. Changing rooms and showers are still not available at the moment
  8. Please only run in a group of a maximum of 6 people and be mindful of members of the public
  9. After your run, the bar will be open
  10. Take a seat (please don’t move the chairs) and order your drink
  11. Table service only is in operation, the steward will be wearing a mask

Opening and closing times 

Opening times for the clubhouse will now be Thursdays from 6.00 pm till 8.00 pm and Sunday mornings from 9.00 am to 12.00 pm.

Tuesdays – Since reopening in July it has become apparent that the Clubhouse isn’t really used on a Tuesday night for socialising. The clubhouse will therefore be closed on a Tuesday for any socialising going forward. 

Wednesday evenings – Stefan takes a group for training and James and Heidi have started their couch to 5K classes. On these nights only these groups may use the clubhouse. 

Thursday night social – if you would like to come for a social drink on a Thursday evening from 8pm to 10pm you are welcome to join the small band of beer drinkers to talk about those halcyon days when we could race together as well as train together. We will need to strictly observe the 10pm curfew.

Gym re-opening 

We are working on a plan for the gym to be reopened at limited times. Further information will follow in the next week on a booking system, opening times and guidelines for use. 

Thank you

Thank you to all the volunteers who have been helping out with stewarding. Without your help, the clubhouse could not operate and we appreciate your time and giving up your training session to man the bar.    

A huge thank you as well to Katherine Wells and Lesley Conway who have been sanitising and cleaning three times a week to keep the clubhouse smelling fresh and keeping the bugs at bay.

Zoe and the Clubhouse Team

First Aid Course – Saturday 7th November – NOW FULL

Want to learn an important life skill?
The Management Committee has arranged for a First Aid Course on Saturday 7th November at the clubhouse and lasts one day. The course will managed to COVID compliant guidelines.
There are currently 4 spaces available to members. 
Knowing how to confidently administer effective first aid following illness or injury could help to save a life, or help someone to prevent further damage or injury.
The club will be covering the cost of the course and as such would expect those qualified as a result to be available to volunteer as a First Aider at some club events.
If you are interested in attending a course please contact Lyndsey on lyndseyb16@gmail.com as soon as possible.

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.
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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.

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