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The Hillingdon Hurdler Strikes Again!!

On Sunday 24th February Jack Kirby hurdled his way to being crowned England Athletics U17 60m hurdles indoor champion reports Angela Wilcox.
Jack was among 21 of the top U17 hurdlers lined up at the National Indoor Arena at Birmingham to compete for the title.
In a nervous first heat Jack crossed the line first in a slower than expected 8.20 seconds.  However, after some calming words, he later stormed to victory in the final, recording a time of 7.94 seconds.

Not only was this a new pb for Jack and continues his reign as No 1 in the UK, it also ranks him the 3rd fastest U17 indoor 60m hurdler ever!!!!  A superb achievement for the Hillingdon athlete – well done Jack.

February 26, 2013   Comments Off on The Hillingdon Hurdler Strikes Again!!

BMAF South Of England Indoor Championships

Jason Steel reports: Myself and Neil Middleton represented Hillingdon Ac and took part in this years event at lee valley on Sunday 24th Feb.
Neil ran the V45 60m and finished 2nd in his race and 6th fastest V45 overall in 8.11s. He then ran the V45 200m and won the event in a time of 26.52s to take the gold medal.
I ran in the V40 400m and took the silver medal coming 2nd in 56.5s
Next for both of us is the National indoor championships in two weeks time again at Lee Valley.

February 26, 2013   Comments Off on BMAF South Of England Indoor Championships

National Cross Country Championships, Sunderland 23 February 2013

Hillingdon AC’s senior men finished off the 2012/2013 cross country season in fine style with their best result in the National Cross Country Championships since at least 2002 as they finished 22nd in the six to score competition and 21st in the nine to score competition in extremely muddy and cold conditions at Herrington Park in Sunderland.

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February 24, 2013   Comments Off on National Cross Country Championships, Sunderland 23 February 2013


Jason Steel reports: Sunday 17th Feb Myself and Richard Jenkin once again took part in the 2013 Southern Vets Ac indoor championships at Lee Valley.
This was our 1st indoor track race of the year and we both went into it in decent shape and looking for a good steady start to the season.
Richard won the V50 400m in 63.9 and also won the V50 800m in 2.21.5, He then ran the 60m and took the bronze medal in 8.8.
I ran the V40 800m and won in 2.15.9 and later came 2nd in the V40 400m in 57.1
Next for both of us is the South of england champs this coming sunday 24th Feb.

February 22, 2013   Comments Off on SCVAC INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS LEE VALLEY

Sportshall Sunday

On Sunday 10th February an early morning start meant another trip for the u13 and u15 boys and girls teams as they gathered force to beat their opponents in this years Regional Sportshall Final reports Diane Gibbons.

Representing West London we had tough company with South London, Kent and Central London. After a quick briefing it was down to very hard racing, competitive field events and fantastic relays all day resulting in some very tired athletes who had given their all. In the boys u13 competition we came 3rd , the girls fared slightly better coming 2nd some very tough competition but lots of work for next year. In the u15 competition the girls came 3rd and the boys came 2nd by just 3 points. So close to going to the Birmingham final. Lots of medals given out at the end. Thanks must go to Sue Bishop , Malcolm French and Jenny Pledge who officiated for us and to all those parents who came along and supported us – I think we were definately the noisiest. Results are available on sportshall.org as well as the noticeboard in the club room at the track.

February 18, 2013   Comments Off on Sportshall Sunday

South Of England Cross Country Championships 16/02/13

Congratulations to the eleven Hillingdon AC senior men who braved the nine miles of mud and hills in the South Of England Cross Country Championships at Parliament Hill reports Paul Leppard.

Daniel Thompson was first finisher for the club in a strong 76th position and he was followed by Scott Farley (208th), Daren Roscoe (357th), Paul Leppard (385th), John Bignell (391st), Martin Searle (399th), Dean Burch (459th), Jason Brigend (467th), Bob Burton (469th) and Alan Wells (535th). 541 finished. Brian Feldman also completed the race but isn’t shown in the results however was just ahead of Alan.

Alan Wells continues: By the time the 10th race of the day set off which was a minor 15k (9 miles) for men the whole grass had been totally replaced by  part paddy field and that which wasn’t a very thick clay glue.

Conditions ( one fellow Hillingdon athlete commented personally the worst in 50 years for him running  at Parliament Hill)    even forced the organisers to slightly rearrange the planned 3 lap mens course, due to what they said were ‘ some poor ground conditions’ over the loudspeaker  system.
Running round Ruislip Woods even this winter could be described as easy compared to that which  our determined bunch who all completed the course encountered.
Hillingdon were also represented in the Junior Women’s race where Hannah Wells covered the 6K course in 27:42 to finish 36th. Whilst in the Under 17 Mens race also over 6K Dominic Speight came home in 25:23 to finish 137th.

The men’s team race was won by Bedford & County and Hillingdon AC finished 24th of 31 clubs to finish a scoring six.

Full results may be found here: http://mcs.open.ac.uk/mkac/13seaaxcresults.htm

February 18, 2013   Comments Off on South Of England Cross Country Championships 16/02/13

Upcoming Network Events

Indoor Sprints Meeting in Willesden Saturday 16th February. Details here


February 14, 2013   Comments Off on Upcoming Network Events

Fantastic Fayers Wins National Title

Matthew Fayers U20 won the 1500m Indoor race to become  the senior UK champion at the British Athletics European Trials & UK Championships in Sheffield with 3.47.77. [Read more →]

February 13, 2013   Comments Off on Fantastic Fayers Wins National Title

The Big Society and Hillingdon AC

Dave Smith writes: Saturday saw the last Met League fixture of the season at Merchant Taylors school in Northwood. As many of you will know this was moved at short notice from Ruislip Woods after the council raised concerns over the state of the woods after the recent bad weather. Much work went into getting the new venue and staging the race. For example a number of club members spent four hours on the Friday before the race, marking out the course. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those involved in Saturday’s fixture, from the runners to the people who served up the home made rolls and cakes.
There were six people who turned up to marshall the race on Saturday, four of whom were over 70 years old, one over 80. The venue is five miles from the clubhouse. Is this acceptable? [Read more →]

February 11, 2013   Comments Off on The Big Society and Hillingdon AC

ATW Met League, Merchant Taylors School, Northwood. 9th February 2013

The senior men finished the Met League off in style with strong results for both the A and B teams with the A team finishing fifth on the day in Division One and the B team finishing fourth on the day in Division Three. As a result, both teams moved up the in the overall league with the A team overtaking Thames Valley Harriers to finish sixth in Division One and the B team finishing the season in fourth place in Division Three.

The target at the start of the season was for the A team to finish in the top four places in Division One and the B team to finish in the top two places in Division Three but with Shaftesbury and London Heathside putting out strong teams in Division One and Highgate and London Heathside putting out strong B and C teams in Division Three, these targets were always going to be challenging and I am pleased with the overall result and what we have achieved as a club in this league over the course of the season – well done!

Many thanks to everyone who competed for the club in the Met League this seasonespecially those members who competed in all five races and in particular Robert Thompson, James Laing, Daniel Thompson and Martin Bateman who competed in all five races and made a big difference to the performance of the club as a whole by consistently finishing towards the front of the field.

Juniors & Womens report required

Results here.

Big thanks to Merchant Taylors School for providing the venue and to all the club members that competed and contributed to a great event.

On a sour note, a long list of members need to look long and hard in the mirror and see whether they think they should be a club member in the future.

Contributors & competitiors make for a successful club!

February 10, 2013   Comments Off on ATW Met League, Merchant Taylors School, Northwood. 9th February 2013

Chichester 10K & Watford Half Marathon

A clutch of HAC men headed down to the ancient City of Chichester on Sunday 3rd February to plunder some wanted PB’s in the Chichester 10K reports Martin Bateman.

The day was cold and windy which tempered the fact that it is a quick gently undulating course stacked full of quality athletes. Rob Thompson U23 was our top athlete taking on the assembled legions at the sharp end. Rob put plenty to the sword finishing in 18th place with a PB of 31:51 mins.  I had a positive race finishing 12 seconds from my PB in 43rd with 33:15 and Stefan Dokic V55 looked strong after racing the previous day to clock 43:03 in 366th spot.  We were ably supported by the side of the road by Tony Grant & Dan & Steve Thompson.

Results here.

On the same day at least 10 HAC members took on the bigger challenge of the Watford Half Marathon. First HAC finisher was Dave Newman in 1.30:22 in 203rd place. To find out how the other did please see the results here.

February 7, 2013   Comments Off on Chichester 10K & Watford Half Marathon

Don Hirst Trust

The Club currently has four vacancies as Trustees for the Don Hirst Trust following the resignation of the three trustees in 2012. The relevant excerpt from the club rules is as follows: [Read more →]

February 7, 2013   Comments Off on Don Hirst Trust

Met League Venue

The season ending Met league cross country fixture on Saturday 9th February has moved from Ruislip woods to Merchant Taylors School, Moor Park, Northwood.

It is a fast feature full course that won’t be very muddy. Please travel to the fixture by foot, bike or public transport if possible as parking spaces are very limited. [Read more →]

February 7, 2013   Comments Off on Met League Venue

Hillingdon AC Annual General Meeting

The Hillingdon Athletic Club Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 5th March at 8.15pm at the Ruislip clubhouse, 206 Bury Street, Ruislip. All members are invited to attend. If you wish to place an item on the agenda or make a resolution please notify the Club Secretary, Andy Cox, by 14th February at the latest. All resolutions require a proposer and seconder.

Elections for the following positions will be held at the AGM. If you wish to be nominated for any position please notify the Club Secretary by 14th February at the latest with details of your proposer and seconder.

–          Chairperson

–          Secretary

–          Treasurer

Chairs of the following sub-committees:

–          Seniors and Veterans

–          Juniors

–          Road Race

–          Clubhouse

–          Communications


The Club Secretary may be contacted via secretary@hillingdonac,co.uk

February 1, 2013   Comments Off on Hillingdon AC Annual General Meeting

Hillingdon Mini Marathon Trials

Mini Marathon Trials for Hillingdon team are on  Saturday 2nd February 2013 at Ruislip Lido reports Yolanda Gutteridge

Registration will be at the clubhouse on Bury Street between 9.30am and 10.15am.
Girls race will start at 10.30am and Boys race will start at 11am.  Both races are 2 laps of the Lido which is approximately 3.2 miles.

Open to all girls and boys born between 1 Sept 1995 and 21 April 2002 (Must be 11yrs on 21 April 2013). All trialists must live or go to school in the London Borough of Hillingdon.

For more information contact Yolanda Gutteridge on ygutteridge@hillingdon.gov.uk

February 1, 2013   Comments Off on Hillingdon Mini Marathon Trials