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Posts from — April 2014

Saturday May 10th – Highgate Harriers Night of the 10,000m PBs:

Message from Ben Pochee of Highgate Harriers

In just over 14 days we are hosting our Night of the 10,000m PBs and our army of volunteers will welcome 2012 Olympic Triathlon Gold medallist Alistair Brownlee, four time Olympian Jo Pavey, the current European Cross Country Champion Sophie Duarte, not to mention a host of other athletes who ‘just’ competed at the Olympics, plus over 100 exciting aspiring athletes. These international ‘A’ race athletes are descending on Parli Hill as our event incorporates the British & English Championships and the GB European Championship Trials. [Read more →]

April 30, 2014   Comments Off on Saturday May 10th – Highgate Harriers Night of the 10,000m PBs:

Beaconsfield 5 mile XC race 21st April 2014

The third fixture of the summer series of races saw at least 14 members make the short trip to Beaconsfield’s vast Hall Barn Estate for a 5 mile XC race. Personally I was expecting a rather gentle course over manicured pasture land, however it was little more testing with most of the course rutted hard with tractor wheel indentations and twisty. This did mean it was a little hard to appreciate the splendid surroundings of the estate that was dotted with “temples” as it was wiser to watch the ground for the ankle twisters underfoot. Over 400 people contested the race with a dasher from Datchet taking the win in 27.14 mins. I was third in 28.53 mins, performance of the day for me from HAC was by Andy Miles aged 59 who was 15th in 32.07, Eva Mack was next and third woman in 30th overall with a 33.58 time. It was good to see so many out competing in the club vest on a perfect morning.

Results can be found here.

April 23, 2014   Comments Off on Beaconsfield 5 mile XC race 21st April 2014

Wilkie Mile Results 17th April 2014

Big thanks to Gavin Collett and team for organising the race and to Maria HH for the catering afterwards and to Two Turntables Thompson, aka Steve for entertaining with his vast vinyl record collection.

Venue: Broadwood Ave.



April 23, 2014   Comments Off on Wilkie Mile Results 17th April 2014

Southern Athletics League Fixture 1, Uxbridge, 19 April 2014

Hillingdon AC’s Senior team made an excellent start to the track and field season with a win in the Southern Athletics League Division Three North at their home fixture at Uxbridge that should give them the platform to achieve their aim of promotion.

Hillingdon AC dominated the fixture, winning with a points tally of 280 with Serpentine in second place with 222 points, Vale of Aylesbury third (216) and Loughton fourth (147) while there were multiple individual wins with both the men and women contributing big points to the team score.

The sprinters made arguably the biggest contribution to the team’s performance with Hillingdon recording a clean sweep of wins in the men’s and women’s 100m, 200m and 400m A and B string races thanks to Jordan Thurston, Sean Crowie, Stephen Goreham and  Alan Davison for the men and Nicola Tikare, Claire Tompsett, Eva Mack and Rebecca Miles for the women whilst there were also wins for Liam Holbrook (800m B), Robert Thompson (5,000m A), John Few (110mH A), Dominic Speight (110mH B), Alan Butler (Pole Vault B), Kevin Acraman (Shot Putt B, Discus A, Hammer A), Keith Seldon (Discus B, Hammer B, Javelin B), Daniel Payne (Javelin A), Eva Mack (800m A), Hannah Wells (800m B, 1,500m A), Donna Nash (3,000m B), Rebecca Miles (400mH A), Rachel Blackburn (400mH B, Javelin A), Julie Baker (Shot Putt B, Javelin B) and Claire Tompsett (Discus B).

The club also came close to a winning each of the sprint relays with the women winning both the 4x100m and 4X400m and the men winning the 4X100m and narrowly finishing second in the 4X400m.

Full results may be found here

April 20, 2014   Comments Off on Southern Athletics League Fixture 1, Uxbridge, 19 April 2014

Summer Series Grand Prix

Following a successful Grand Prix in 2013, with Martin Bateman and Donna Nash winning the men’s and ladies championships respectively, the following races are those selected for the 2014 Grand Prix.

Hillingdon Half Marathon         23/03/14

5km Training race                 10/04/14

Beaconsfield 5 mile               21/04/14

Pednor 5 mile                           5/05/14

5km Training race                    8/05/14

Coombe Hill Run                      1/06/14

Ickenham 5 mile                      8/06/14

5km Training race                   12/06/14

Princes Risborough 10km     6/07/14

5km Training race                    10/07/14

Bearbrook 10km                   10/08/14

5km Training race                     14/08/14

Marlow Half Marathon              07/09/14

100th 5km Training race*         11/09/14

Windsor Half Marathon**        28/09/14

* For the one hundredth race we are aiming for 100 competitors to enter- please support this historic race

**As this was the most popular race in 2013, if there is a similar level of support for the 2014 race the committee have decided to lay on a coach to foster a club spirit and enable competitors to get there and back.

The rules have changed slightly this year and can be found here Scoring Rules


April 19, 2014   Comments Off on Summer Series Grand Prix

The Wilkie Mile

This year’s race will take place on Thursday 17th April at 6.45pm at Broadwood Avenue, Ruislip.

Please register at the clubhouse by 6.30pm.

You compete entirely at your own risk.

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

The measured course will start and finish near the main roundabout at the junction between Broadwood Avenue, King’s College Road and Park Wood.

Please note, there is only one race.


  • Men      – Paul Cuddihy  5:20
  • Women – Elisa Morse     7:22

Further details if required from Gavin Collett

Offers of help gratefully received from those that don’t wish to compete

Following the Wilkie Mile, there will be some food available (or bring a contribution to a buffet) at the clubhouse and a Games Evening, with the normal array of pool, table tennis, darts, table football etc on offer, and music from the resident DJ!

The bar will be open with a good selection of ales & beers (the following day is Good Friday!).



April 17, 2014   Comments Off on The Wilkie Mile

Thursday 17th April

A rather late request… please bring along some food (not crisps) for a buffet after the Wilkie Mile race tomorrow evening, which will then be followed by a games evening & music.  If you are unable to and want to eat, then a monetary contribution would be appreciated.

April 16, 2014   Comments Off on Thursday 17th April

Hillingdon runners at Virgin London Marathon, 13 April 2014

Congratulations to our eleven Hillingdon Athletic Club runners on their Virgin London Marathon performances which this year includes three who ran it in under three hours,  and  a fifth place to Angela Duncan in her 70+ age category.

First finisher for the club on that sunny day was Mike Dooley,  who finished in 2 hours, 42 minutes, and 49 seconds, followed closely by Scott Farley, completing his first marathon in 2:50:51, and Paul Hull (V45) in 2:59:25, improving his London 2012 time of 3:12:26.

Scott commented that his race “went pretty well. I had planned on a time of 2:50! I managed to keep an even pace although the last three miles were hard. It was quite difficult in the heat.”

Paul remarked “This was my 2nd London Marathon and 10th marathon, they don’t get any easier.  As usual I set off too fast and I suffered badly after 18 miles and had to succumb to a walk a number of times.  I was pleased to break the 3 hours as it was only the second time I had achieved this and it books my place for next year in the good for age category so I can try again.”

The next five Hillingdon athletes came in between three and four hours. James Manley in 3 hours and 48 seconds, Wesley Godfrey (V35) in 3:12:44, and Dave Smith (V45) in 3:26:02, the other two were experienced marathoners Andy Mansi 3:33:39 (V60) and Lucy Duncan (V35) in 3:59:45.

Dave said afterwards : “ I am very pleased and happy. I could not have expected a better time for my first London marathon. My training had gone to plan so my times were consistent. There was a fantastic atmosphere in London today – it is a unique event.”

Lucy Duncan in her 6th London marathon was chasing her goal of a sub 4 hour time.   “All was going to plan until mile 16 when the warm weather started to take its toll and I had to dig in. In the last mile I started to get cramp in my legs and feet but thought I was still on target until I reached Buckingham Palace and the dreadful thought of having to sprint down the Mall hit me. I managed to rally to finish in 3.59.45 before my legs seized up.”

Angela Duncan commented: “I ran well this year, in my 5th London Marathon, and thought I might manage 4.30 but slowed later in the race to finish in 4.44:24; well within my Good for Age (time) and thank goodness under five hours. The crowds were fantastic; it was a great day and we thoroughly enjoyed an ice cream in the sun in Green Park afterwards. Lucy and I were so pleased to see our supporters from the club both along the route and in the clubhouse for a drink in the evening.”

John Hughes (V45) achieved his personal best at London in 4 hours 19:20. Last but not least in achievement terms came Oona Hempenstall (V40) with a time of 6:21:50.

If you are one of the other runners we have not been able to contact yet for your comments and would like to say how it was for you at the London Marathon then please contact Lesley Conway, Martin Bateman (mbateman@hillingdonac.co.uk), Dave Smith or anyone on the HAC Communications Committee.

All the results and stats can be found here.


April 16, 2014   Comments Off on Hillingdon runners at Virgin London Marathon, 13 April 2014

Now vest assured we are stocked up

A full range of club vest sizes are now in stock to buy online here

Please make sure if you order a vest complete the full order process including forwarding the paypal receipt to me stating who it is for and where it is to be handed over. Failure to do this will mean no vest, quite simple really.

April 13, 2014   Comments Off on Now vest assured we are stocked up

Member re-member

It’s that time of year again when club membership subscriptions  are due, so if you haven’t already done so please re-new. The easy online form and fees can be found here.

Type of membership: 1st April 2014 to 31st March 2015
Individual Senior £71
Individual Under 18* £45
Individual Full-time FE/HE College or University Student** £38
Individual Country resident(1) £38
Individual Associate(2) £22
Family(3) £110
UKA Qualified Active Club Coach or Coaching Assistant or Club Official (No fee)
Life Member (No Fee)
Elite Athlete Award holder (gained in 2013) (No Fee)

Even if you fall under a no fee category please complete the form.

Remember the club isn’t a free for all open house for people to take advantage of.

Pay up, fill in or move on!

April 12, 2014   Comments Off on Member re-member

5k Training race 1

Congratulations to Rob Thompson who smashed the 5k training race course record with a rapid time of 15.18. Full results and list of records are here.

April 9, 2014   Comments Off on 5k Training race 1

Teddy Hall Relays, 12th March 2014

Some 18 members and relatives of Hillingdon AC enjoyed a Wednesday out in Oxford, and also took part in the Teddy Hall Relays reports Doug Milsom. The course is a fairly flat 3.6 mile lap of mixed road, parkland and towpath, in which mainly University teams take part, together with several clubs. However, the main object of the day seems to be the “après-run” in a succession of Oxford watering holes!

Our A team was led out by Martin Bateman in a quick 19:25, followed by Andy Miles 21:52, Paul Leppard 21:25 and John Bignell 25:39. Dave Smith ran the first leg for the B team in 23:31, having declined the chance to star in the A team! He was followed by Bob Burton 26:38, John Luscombe 27:04 and Martin Searle 26:41. The C team opened with Alan Wells 30:58, Doug Milsom 30:21, Daniel Burton (Bob’s transatlantic cousin) 26:50 and Chelsea Burton (Daniel’s partner) 32:42. Our D team had only one runner, Bobby Beales who finished in 36:54. Two other Hillingdon men guested in Northwood Striders teams, Stefan Dokic running their A team 4th leg in 23:48 and Mick Miller, still suffering with his hip, their B team 4th leg in 41:16.

It was very good to see a Hillingdon Ladies team complete the race. Lucy Duncan ran 29:00, super-vet Angela Duncan 34:06 and Wendy Harbottle 27:03.

Results can be found here.

Photos courtesy of Norman Saxby may be viewed by clicking the link below.

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April 9, 2014   Comments Off on Teddy Hall Relays, 12th March 2014

Pat Furey 5

L to R Andy Cox, Ken Bobbett and Fabian Deuter

The Pat Furey 5 was the 3rd race in the 2014 Enfield Race Walking League reports Andy Cox. Hillingdon AC fielded a strong walking team on the day and secured the team competition with 2nd (Fabian), 10th (Andy) and 12th (Ken). The race was held at The QE2 stadium in Enfield on Saturday 22 March

April 9, 2014   Comments Off on Pat Furey 5

Marathon meet up

The clubhouse will be open this Sunday evening, 13th April from 6.30 pm following the London Marathon. Why not drop in, congratulate and share a drink or two with all those who have recently competed over this distance.

April 7, 2014   Comments Off on Marathon meet up

National 12 Stage Road Relays, 05 April 2014, Sutton Park, Birmingham

Hillingdon AC’s Senior Men toasted a fine end to the 2013/2014 road and cross country season as they finished 37th in the National 12 Stage Road Relays at Sutton Park in Birmingham.

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April 6, 2014   Comments Off on National 12 Stage Road Relays, 05 April 2014, Sutton Park, Birmingham