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Great Hillingdon Runs

Great runs came from Hillingdon AC in the Great South Run on Sunday 28 October. HAC Member & Olympian Julia Bleasdale  was ninth in the ten-mile women’s race in 55: 35 minutes, departing from her normal 10K or 5K in a major event, although her Olympian team mate Jo Pavey won in 53 minutes with a clear lead.

There were 20, 000 runners or so in this high profile race in Portsmouth and Hillingdon club runners certainly kept the red striped vest in the front sections.

Dave Martin led them with a respectable 71:44 (818th) minutes , Clive Wickham, despite knee problems, made 1351st place with 74.52, Lesley Conway ran a personal best of 77.34, 2007th, Andy Maton 83.17, 3815th, Lucy Duncan 85.55, 4781st and Angela Duncan 94.07, 7958th. Our female vets did particularly well in that Angela was second in her female age group (70-74 years) and Lesley was fourth in hers (55-59).

Great South Run full results are here.

October 31, 2012   Comments Off on Great Hillingdon Runs

Ruislip Lido Relay Organiser Needed

The Lido relays are a popular event over the festive period for both adults and children reports David Smith. 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.
For a number of years an urban myth has been doing the rounds that this event is organised by Gavin Collett. As I understand it, the last time Gavin organised this event was fifteen years ago! Remember, no organiser, no race. So please can we have a volunteer to step up and organise this popular race on Saturday 29th December in order that it can once again go ahead this year. Please register your interest with me at davidalan.smith2@gmail.com

October 30, 2012   Comments Off on Ruislip Lido Relay Organiser Needed

North London Championships, Horsenden Hill 27 October 2012

Hillingdon AC’s Senior Men’s finished in fourth place at the North London Championships on a cold and windy day at Horsenden Hill.

The race was won by Highgate Harriers who had race winner Ryan McKinley and third place Henry Dodwell in their scoring six with Serpentine second and Barnet & District third team but Hillingdon secured fourth place thanks to Dan Thompson, Martin Bateman, Sam Blanshard, James Manley, Dave Newman and Dave Smith. Hillingdon also had a large number of competing athletes with nineteen members finishing the race.

Full results may be found here: North London results 2012

October 28, 2012   Comments Off on North London Championships, Horsenden Hill 27 October 2012

HAC Nike kit

A third and final sales window of this year is now open to order the new HAC Nike club kit. The order deadline is mid November. All items should arrive in early December which will be in good time for anyone buying garments as Christmas presents.

To order and see what is available please click here.

October 25, 2012   Comments Off on HAC Nike kit


Anyone wishing to nominate a club athlete for the above please submit their name
and a brief precis of their achievements in the past year to
Roger Williams
As soon as possible but no later than Sunday November 3rd 2012
The result isn’t a forgone conclusion and we Brits love an underdog, so get nominating!

October 21, 2012   Comments Off on HILLINGDON AC ATHLETE OF THE YEAR 2012

Met League Claybury, 20 October 2012

It was a muddy Claybury course that many first timers to cross country met, reports Dianne Gibbons. Despite this, they tried really hard representing Hillingdon AC . In the u13 boys Sebastian Mills was 10th, Christopher Corker (25th), James Forde (32nd), Abdi Hamud(33rd) and Arthy Manivannan (38th). In the u13 girls Hollie Acraman was 24th, Anna Talbot (25th) and Esme McLellan was 29th. In the u15/17 race, Ruben Vos came 10th, Sam Lloyd came 22nd and Dominic Speight 39th. In the u15/17 girls race, Chelsea Pledge came 37th and Lily Fawsett came 44th- unfortunately Faiza Hamud had to pull out with an injury. A good start to the cross country season – the next fixture will be the North West London League at Horsenden Hill next Sat- we hope to see a lot more of the Juniors there. More information will be available shortly.

The senior women had their largest turnout in the Met League for many years with thirteen athletes competing for the club, (reports Paul Leppard) boosted by Esme Stallard, Heather Gibbons, Sarah Nicholson and Caprice Beggs making their senior cross country debuts. Led home by Hannah Wells in 62nd position, the women’s A team are placed fifth in Division 2 after the first fixture whilst the B team sit in fourth place in Division 3.

In the senior men’s race Matt Fayers was first scorer for the club in eleventh place and was closely followed by Robert Thompson in fifteenth whilst there were cross country debuts for Daren Roscoe, Dean Burch and Stuart Reilly as part of a total turnout of twenty six. The men’s A team finished in sixth place in Division 1 with the B team in fifth place in Division 3.

Results here.

October 21, 2012   Comments Off on Met League Claybury, 20 October 2012

Walking Record for Fabian

On saturday 14th 4 HAC Race Walkers raced the penultimate meeting of the 2012 Enfield League. All achieved year bests; most notably – Fabian Deuter scorched around 5 miles in 37.29. This is a personal best for him by a large margin, beating his club record by nearly 2 mins – CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

Photos here.

October 21, 2012   Comments Off on Walking Record for Fabian

Junior Presentation Evening

On Saturday 29th September the Junior section held their Summer Athletic Presentation Evening.  During the season the juniors competed in the National Young Athletes League, National Junior League and both boys and girls in the Alder Valley league.  The awards were presented by Hillingdon Athletic Club celebrity Olympic Torch bearer Roy (the torch) Cnudde.

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October 17, 2012   Comments Off on Junior Presentation Evening

National Six Stage Road Relays at Clumber Park 13 October

Some days it seems it’s just not your day. For Hillingdon AC’s senior men’s team  Saturday 13 October 2012 was one of those days.

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October 14, 2012   Comments Off on National Six Stage Road Relays at Clumber Park 13 October

Live music at the clubhouse

An Evening with Chris Copley and Rock Classic Group “Large Portion”

Sat. 10th Nov. at the Clubhouse  7-30 to Late

Tickets:  £4-50 or £5 on the night

Bring your own food

Tickets:  On sale at the clubhouse or Contact Chris on 07941 245 758

( Limited Entry )

October 10, 2012   Comments Off on Live music at the clubhouse

England Athletics Affiliation Fees Proposal

This isn’t confirmed yet but “Athletes face a four-fold rise in yearly affiliation fees following England Athletics’ announcement last week of its revised membership structure for 2013 onwards.”

The characters at EA tend to get their way, so expect a rise in fees next year. Currently this fee is incorporated into the HAC membership fee.

October 7, 2012   Comments Off on England Athletics Affiliation Fees Proposal

HAC athletes race near and far.

A clutch of Hillingdon athletes  wore the club gear on Sunday 30th September traveled to various races home and away.

4 Athletes settled for the comforts of home by competing in the undulating Moor Park 10K. James Manley finished 6th in a time of 37.43, Paul Hull V40 was less than a minute behind, finishing 14th in 38.36. Dave Smith’s V40 time of 41.12 got him third and Gary Taylor V40 completed it in 47.22 coming 135th. The winner was Matthew Woodman of Stafford Harriers in 34.48. Hillingdon AC was also well represented at Moor park in the U15 boys 3.9km ‘fun run’ with Liam Holbrook finishing 2nd, Brandon Filby 3rd and Sebastian Mills 4th.
We also had a 2nd and 3rd in the under 12 boys and girls fun runs! Anna Gizzi came 3rd for the girls and Harrison Filby came 2nd for the boys!

Full Results here.

Dan Thompson made the weekend of it by travelling to the West country to hunt a quick time in the Bristol Half Marathon. In breezy conditions he ran a PB time of 76.12 finishing 58th  The race was one by Dominic Ondoro in 62.51 Full Results here.

10 weeks after giving birth, Eva Mack ran 1:49.33 in the Ealing Half marathon. Full Results here.

I went further a field to compete in the Berlin Marathon, Germany. It was my first attempt at the marathon and I finished 214th with a pleasing  2:42.30, some distance behind Geoffrey Mutai’s winning time of 2:04.15 Full Results here.

October 2, 2012   Comments Off on HAC athletes race near and far.

Middlesex medals for Hillingdon

There were just two Hillingdon AC runners at the Middlesex Open 10K in Victoria Park in East London on Saturday 29 September but each did us proud and came back with a medal. John Bignell was the gold medallist in the 60+ age group with a stunning time of 41:23 and Lesley Conway gained the silver in the over 55s in 46:44 minutes.

In a fast-paced race the overall winner of the men’s event was Mohamed Mohamed of Thames Valley Harriers in 30:56 and Caroline Walsh of Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers was the women’s winner in 37:27 minutes. Results here.

October 2, 2012   Comments Off on Middlesex medals for Hillingdon

Dennis Eyres RIP

Dennis Eyres a club member since 1942 has died at the age of 92.
Dennis was a top middle distance runner who,in addition to great domestic success,narrowly missed selection for the 1948 Olympics,but went on to win international honours over the next two years. Dennis  remained loyal to HAC until ill health forced him to retire from running a few years ago.  The achievments he reached never went to his head and he always said he was happiest when running with his friends at Ruislip through the woods.

He was a loyal and devoted member of our club and he will sorely missed.

Those wishing to attend the Funeral the arrangements are as follows :

Ruislip Crematorium, Wed. 17th Oct. 2pm

Please be at the clubhouse before 1-45pm

There will be light refreshments in the clubhouse after the service.

Alan Chidley & Harry Wild

October 2, 2012   Comments Off on Dennis Eyres RIP

HAC Xmas Dinner

Hillingdon A.C. will be holding its Xmas dinner this year at the Gate Hotel, Northwood, Pinner. on the Evening of Friday 30th Nov.

There is a varied menu ranging from 2 to 4 courses, so the cost will depend on individual choice.

Tony Bennett is arranging the festivities and he has the menu so please contact him at the Clubhouse to arrange your choice and payment.

October 2, 2012   Comments Off on HAC Xmas Dinner