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Welcome to Hillingdon Athletics Club


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. All Standards Welcome!

HAC Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Hillingdon Athletic Club will be held on Tuesday 8th March 2022 at 8.00pm at Hillingdon Athletic Club, 206 Bury St, Ruislip HA4 7TJ.

Only paid up members (excluding those with the D4F HAC membership) are entitled to attend and to vote.

If you wish to place an item on the agenda or make a resolution, please notify the Club Secretary Christina Benjamin in writing by 7th February 2022 at the latest. All resolutions will require a proposer and seconder.

Elections for the following positions will be held at the AGM and those marked with a * are stepping down from their roles and those marked with ** are current vacancies. If you wish to be nominated for any position, please notify the Club Secretary by 7th February 2022 at the latest with details of your proposer and seconder.

• Chairperson*- Dave Smith
• Treasurer- Martin Searle
• Club Secretary- Christina Benjamin
• Athletics Adviser**

Chairs of the following sub-committees:
• Competitions- Martin Bateman
• Coaching & officials- Idris Hamud & Suzanne Kendall
• Race Promotions*- Dan Spinks
• Clubhouse- John and Zoe Dobbs
• Communications*- interim Freya Hollinsworth
• Audit- Lucy Duncan

The Club Chairman can be contacted via the email; davidalan.smith2@gmail.com

The Club Secretary can be contacted via the email;
cbenjamin1990@yahoo.com

The Formal Notice for the AGM will be sent out on or around 22nd February 2022.

Christina Benjamin
Club Secretary

HILLINGDON VETS LADIES POISED FOR METROPOLITAN LEAGUE TROPHY AND PROMOTION!!!!!!

With only 14 ladies taking to the start line for today’s Metropolitan League fixture at a flat but very muddy Wormwood Scrubs I feared we would lose ground on our close rivals, however with only 190 ladies in total in the race, and some very strong performances from all 14 athletes we are looking good as we head to the last fixture in a month’s time at Trent Park!!
 
Our A team were 4th out of 12 teams yesterday and now sit in 6th place in the top ladies division following great runs from Carole Coulon (15th), a season debut for Catriona Paterson (19th), Hannah Wells (22nd), Jen Harvey (33rd), identical twin Heather Paterson (43rd) and Freya Hollingsworth (72nd).
 
Our second string of Karmen Pardoe (85th), Zoe Dobbs (112th), Sheree Kestell (138th), Stephanie Suntong (144th) and despite running on one working leg Melanie Spencer (154th) did enough on the day to pull almost 100 points ahead of the two teams below them so should avoid relegation from division 2 with a good turnout next time.
 
The depleted third team of Ellie Henderson (158th) , Nastaran Sepanj (165th) and Vicky Brownlee (180th) did well to come tenth on the day of 19 teams and sit comfortably in tenth position in the division 3 table.
 
Of our 14 ladies, 7 qualify as vets, and their performance on the day was remarkable!!
Carole, Karmen, Zoe and Sheree were 4th on the day and the team sit in 3rd place in the top Vets division. HOWEVER despite only having three to score (4 can score for any vets team) Stephanie , Mel and Vicky were third equal team on the day but as our main rivals failed to turn up in force our Vets second team now sit TOP of Vets ladies division 2 albeit just 2 points clear of Victoria Park and 4 points clear of Mornington Chasers. To clinch the title and to get promoted we MUST have a great Vets turnout at Trent Park on February 19th.
 
PLEASE put this date in your diaries now. Our third team won the division 3 title last year and our second team are poised to take the division 2 title but ONLY if we turn up in force at Trent Park just like we did at the same fixture last season when a HUGE number of ladies vets turned out meant we literally ran away with the division 3 trophy!!!!!
 
Andy Torrance

Met League Wormwood Scrubs- Senior men’s report

With 27 finishers in the men’s Met League race at Wormwood Scrubs, this was our third biggest turnout of the season on a course that had been billed as very wet and very muddy. In the event, the conditions were not too bad and saw strong performances for the club with the A team finishing seventh on the day in Division One (now seventh overall in the league) and the B and C teams finishing fifth and 18th in Division Three – equaling the best performance for the B team this season with the B and C teams in sixth and 18th overall in Division Three.

Rob Thompson was first scorer for the club in seventh, as he regained form following illness over the Christmas period with Aramias Zeration 31st (as he continues to recover from being ill) and James Laing 40th. Will Fielding marked his Met League debut for the season in 80th as he was rewarded for his journey up from Devon to compete with a fine performance. Martin Bateman showed what he can do when he wears two cross country spikes in 85th (and 3rd vet 45), with Kirk O’Rourke in 87th and Abdirahman Hamud just outside the top 100 in 104th.

Dan Thompson had an improved performance compared with the Middlesex Champs in 121st, Charlie Edwards was 147th and Jon Hicks 212th. Scott Farley marked his return following injury in 233rd with the scoring 12 for the A team completed by Jose Ramon Polo Lopez (255th), who lost time (and for a period his glasses) after slipping and falling in the muddy conditions.

The B team was book-ended by Steve Hirons in 264th and Chris Marchand in 362nd and featured a cross country debut for Spencer Harding in 274th and a return from injury for Andy Wood (289th) with Iain Betson first scorer for the C team in 383rd and Dennis Carey the final scorer for the club in 421st.

Thank you to everyone that competed. Full results may be found here: https://www.metleague.run/results/race-4-2021-wormwood-results-15-01-2022/

Paul Leppard

Senior Men Team manager

HAC Juniors Middx X Country report

Well done to all the juniors who competed at the Middlesex Championships today – first XC back after the Xmas break is always a tough one – but weather conditions today made it particularly challenging.
Big thanks to all the parents who braved the elements to give your support.
Results are in – some great individual results :
 
Unfortunately no team trophies this year – with some teams lacking some strong athletes due to injury & COVID so some very respectable placing:
 
U17 Men 4th
U15 Boys 7th
U15 Girls 5th
U13 Boys 5th
U13 Girls 6th
U11 Girls 4th
 
Look forward to seeing everyone next Sat at the 4th Met League – hopefully it will be a drier one!
 
Molly Healey

HAC Ladies Middx X Country report

Congratulations and a big WELL DONE to the brave and dedicated ladies who braved the conditions at Perivale to compete in the Middlesex County Cross Country Championships!!
Seven ladies entered, turned up, started and completed the tough 8K muddy course. Hannah Wells led the way finishing in24th place followed by Zoe Dobbs (56th), Sheree Kestell (67th), Pauline Smith (78th), Nastaran Sepanj (81st), Vicky Brownlee(96th) and Kerry Rose in 97th. The team finished 10th out of 13 complete teams. Well done all!!!!
Attention now turns to the Metropolitan League at Wormwood Scrubs next Saturday. 
 
Andy Torrance

Junior Sprinters Update

It’s getting colder, training conditions are becoming challenging and the endurance runners continue to grind the miles out in the mud.

Meanwhile there’s calm before the storm with our junior sprinters. They haven’t gone into hibernation until the sight of blossoming flowers or until temperatures rise above 18 degrees. Behind the scenes they’re continuing to impress, working with diligence, keeping themselves busy, strengthening and preparing their bodies for 2022

From January they’ll unleash their short bursts of speed in time for the indoor track season.

Trevor Matthews

 

Lido Relay Results

A total of 57 runners competed in the Lido Relays today making up 22 finishing teams. Participants ranged in age from 8 to 80 years old, which for me really captures the spirit of this event. A special well done to our youngest participants Hattie, Albert and Edey Kestell. Also to Dennis Carey who was the only runner to complete all three legs. 

The first team across the line was Hillingdon AC’s own Knight and Dame couple- James Laing and Hannah Wells. Full results can be found here Lido Relays 03.01.22

Thank you to all those who made this event such a success in particular thanks to Phil Welch for timekeeping- a challenging job in this event.

To Bhavna Shah and Natalie Wickings- first aiders, John Dobbs, Steve Edwards, John Bignell and Jenny Laing for marshalling, Jason Steel and Peter Humm who helped out at the start/ finish area and Zoe Dobbs for the clubhouse bar. Apologies if I’ve missed anyone out. 

Thanks for supporting your club events.

GLL Sport Foundation Applications Open 20th December 2021

GLL – the UK’s largest charitable leisure social enterprise – is set to assist more than three thousand athletes, through its athlete support programme, the GLL Sport Foundation. Applications are open until 20th February 2022.

The GLL Sport Foundation (GSF) supports athletes across 65 areas of the UK with financial help, physiotherapy, a ‘Better’ Gym membership and more.

In the wake of a difficult two years, GLL continued with the programme in 2020 and 2021, investing into the development of local talent, aspiring to follow previous supported athletes such as Susie Rodgers, Dina Asher-Smith and Lutalo Muhammad.

In 2022, GLL is investing over £1.2 million into the development of local athletes, who aspire to follow in the footsteps of Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic medallists such as, Joe Choong, Matty Lee and Tully Kearney.

GSF athlete Joseph Choong, won the Gold Medal in the Modern Pentathlon at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games.

Commenting on the support he has received from the Foundation over the years, he said:

“I have been a part of GSF since 2013 – they’ve been there to support large parts of my career and now seen me through to become an Olympic Champion.”
“The importance of the GSF can’t be overstated. I look forward to helping the programme inspire younger generations into the future.”

 

In 2021, 63% of the GLL Sport Foundation’s supported athletes were under 21 years old and 96% received no other funding.

The impact of the Foundation is significant and highlighted by GSF Patron Sally Gunnell OBE who remains the only athlete to hold consecutive Olympic, World and Commonwealth titles. “From my own experience starting out as a young athlete and progressing through my sport, I understand how important the recognition and support from organisations like the GLL Sport Foundation can be to young athletes. It can make the difference in achieving sporting ambitions.

“This is ever-more important today as we recover from a difficult and challenging two years, where dreams have been put on hold and sport had to stop. Athletes can now refocus having re-started competition and working towards those goals with the support of the GLL Sport Foundation.”

Over its 13 years, the GLL Sport Foundation has invested over £12.1 million supporting athletes, providing more than 16,000 awards. This support has yielded a staggering 76 Olympic and Paralympic medals for GSF athletes. Athletes can join this prestigious group by applying for support in 2022.

Applications are open until 20th February 2022 via the website portal – www.gllsportfoundation.org

Lido Relays update

Looking forward to seeing you all at the Lido Relays on Monday morning. Remember registration is from 9am at the clubhouse.
 
Thankyou to those that have volunteered- please ensure you are at the clubhouse for 9.30 at the latest for the marshall briefing.
 
Please remember that the Omicron variant is circulating widely in London at the present time. Although there is no legal requirement to do so the council have recommended the following as part of our license for the event-
  1. That competitors wear face coverings (outside of the race) when coming in to close contact with people they don’t know e.g. at registration or when seeking medical assistance.
  2. That competitors take a lateral flow test before attending.
  3. Where a facemask when not seated in the clubhouse
  4. Hand sanitiser will be made available at the clubhouse- please use it
Thankyou for supporting your club events
 

Lido Relays

Marshalls and helpers still needed for this fun club event on Monday 3rd Jan 2022 at 10am in order to comply with the licensing conditions set by Hillingdon Council. Please email davidalan.smith2@gmail.com if able to help. Support your club events please.

Lido Relays

The Lido relays are a long standing event held over the festive period for both adults and children. This year the relays will be held on Monday 3rd January 2022.
The course is three laps of the lido and you can configure your teams however you like. For example, one runner may do two laps and another one lap, or you may be a team of three and do a lap each. Of course if you are feeling fit you can do all three laps yourself. Each lap is 1.6 miles.
Please register at the clubhouse by 9.30 am at the latest and ideally know your team or be there earlier to team up with others. Race starts at 10 am.
Marshall’s and first aiders required- please volunteer if not running.

Xmas Day race 2021

After last year’s event had to go virtual at the insistence of the local MP, Boris Johnson, this year’s race returned in almost it’s traditional format. Although the field was the smallest since Hillingdon AC took over the organisation of the event in 1966, there were a couple of record breaking performances.

Rob Thompson not only moved to sixth on the Hillingdon AC all-time list with his best ever 15:34, but he also moved ahead of Club legends Kevin McDonald & Scott Tompsett with a record eighth win in this race, the first of which came ten years ago as a 20-year-old.

 

Rob Thompson (pic: Bhavna Quinn)

Meanwhile, quite a way down the field, Keith Seldon, better known as a javelin thrower and decathlete, completed his 49th consecutive appearance in the race and now just one behind the late Gerry Archer’s record 50 finishes in the event, despite his “well-used” knee causing him grief!

Keith Seldon (pic: Zoe Dobbs)

xmas rr

race records

Xmas at the Clubhouse update

 
Tomorrow 23rd- pre Christmas drinks after training will go ahead with the clubhouse open as usual for training and after mulled wine & a barrel on offer🎄🧑🏾‍🎄 buffet will not go ahead if you want to bring food please bring your own to eat.
 
Christmas morning- race will go ahead as usual and the clubhouse will be open before & after for drinks 🎄🧑‍🎄
NYE- Plan TBC by 27th Dec depending on any new restrictions
 
If you are attending the clubhouse over Christmas it would be good to do a LFT before coming
Merry Christmas from us all and look forward to seeing you 🤞🏻 over the Christmas period 🎄

Stuart Hobbs RIP

Stuart Hobbs, an ex long time member of HAC, passed away on Sunday after a long on going illness.

I first met Stuart in the early 70’s when I joined the club. He was one of the nicest people that you could ever meet in life. He was an ex Civil Servant, who took early retirement in his 50’s. This was towards the end of his running days. Back when he was at his best, you could only describe his running ability as very average. But, what a trier!! He would be exhausted at the end of ever race. Giving 110% every time.

Back in the 80’s Stuart asked me if I would coach him and advise him on his training for the Taunton marathon. What he did not know was that the course was two laps, with along hill near the end of each lap. This obviously affected his final time. But as a person that had never broken the three hour barrier before, it was a big challenge. So, with a 13 week plan he set off with the target of getting a PB and under three hours for the first time. I explained to him at the time that he would never reach the target unless he achieved 95% of the the planned training. But Stu being Stu he upped everything and achieved 110%. In the 13 weeks run up to the race he broke every personal best from 5 miles to 20 miles in races. So he could not fail to go sub three hours?? But as ever there is not such a thing a perfect marathon. So as ever he set off with no confidence in his own ability. But on this day the weather was good and he was ready to get a good time. He went by 5,10,15 and 20 miles in personal best times. And then came the hill the second time around. Well after all the effort in the first 20 miles, when he was on for about 2.42, he inevitably started to slow and down and ended up with 2 hours 53 minutes. A great time and a great achievement.

He never got to these great heights again, but what a Person, Athlete and Gentleman.

He will be very missed by all that knew him.

Lee Benjamin

Hillingdon Ladies Vets going from strength to strength!!

On a chilly but sunny Saturday afternoon, and whilst we were hoping for a few more, once again the performances were more than pleasing. Jen Harvey made a welcome return in a red and white vest and scored highly in the ladies A team helping them to achieve 5th place on the day, and they move up to 6th in the 12 team top division. The B team were 8th on the day with a good points total meaning they move up 2 positions to tenth having previously been bottom of the league. We still need good turnouts in the final 2 fixtures to consolidate our position in that division. The C team scored very well today and moved up to a healthy 7th out of 19 teams in division 3.
 
Once again the Vets teams turned up in force and with huge strength in depth did remarkably well! Very few veteran ladies finish in front of Carole Coulon and Karmen Pardoe, and ably assisted by Zoe Dobbs and the returning Debbie Brown the team finished third on the day and rise to third in vets league division one. More remarkably though our B team were the top scorers in Vets division 2 closely followed by our C team who were astonishingly second on the day in the same division, and finishing in front of many team’s A teams!!!!! Runaway leaders of this division (Victoria Park) oddly only scored a single point today and as our B team scored 57 and our C team 52, our second team are serious contenders for promotion to the top division, and the C team in a strong fourth place out of 12 teams.
 
There were some great performances today, too many to list, but we must congratulate EVERYONE for successfully getting round, and special mentions to first timers Sheree Kestell and Choa Cox, both scoring for our Vets teams, and Elise Delgrange, another lady wearing the HAC vest for the first time.
The next race is on January 15th at the relatively flat ,but sometimes muddy, Wormwood Scrubs.