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Middlesex County Athletic Association 94th. Year Annual Dinner

This year’s annual Middlesex County AA dinner will take place on Saturday 20th. February 2016 at Ruislip Golf Centre, Ickenham Road, West Ruislip, Middx. (Opp. West Ruislip Station).

7pm for 7-30pm.

£25.00 per head.

Dress: Smart Casual.

Vegetarian menu on request. Please order in advance.

Tickets are available from:  Peter  Hunt, 7 Dolybont, St. Harmon, Rhayader, Powys. LD6 5LZ. Tel: 01597 870090. Or  hunt186@btinternet.com Please order your tickets by 12th February 2016 at the latest.



January 24, 2016   Comments Off on Middlesex County Athletic Association 94th. Year Annual Dinner

Metros Harrow Hill 10k – Sunday 14th February

Harrow Hill 10k image

The race starts at 10:30 in the grounds of the famous Harrow school, and the course loops around the hill.

Surplus monies will be donated to the MS Therapy Centre which is situated on the hill.

Full details are found on the Metros website www.metros.org.uk

January 21, 2016   Comments Off on Metros Harrow Hill 10k – Sunday 14th February

Met League Race Four, Horsenden Hill 16 January 2016

Horsenden Hill

Another strong turnout from Hillingdon AC’s senior men at the fourth Met League fixture of the season in cold and muddy conditions at Horsenden Hill saw the A team finish in fifth place in Division One and the B team finish in second place in Division Three. This result means that the A team have strengthened their position of fifth place overall in Division One, while the B team are now in a very good position to achieve promotion, sitting in second place in Division Three after four of five fixtures.

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January 20, 2016   Comments Off on Met League Race Four, Horsenden Hill 16 January 2016

2016 Fixtures

An updated fixture list including all 2016 club track and field fixtures is now online here

January 20, 2016   Comments Off on 2016 Fixtures

Hillingdon Mini Marathon Trials 24th January

Please share with anyone you think will want to do this and not already taking part. The Hillingdon trials for the 2016 Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon are taking place on Sunday 24 January 2016 from 1:30pm at Hillingdon Cycle Circuit, Minet Park, Springfield Road, Hayes, UB4 0LP. Online entry is here.

January 20, 2016   Comments Off on Hillingdon Mini Marathon Trials 24th January

A Fist Full of FIRSTS

HAC-Winning_team_Horsenden_HillMore good news for the ladies that graced the mud at Horsenden Hill on Saturday reports Donna Nash.
Aside from Stacey Ward’s winning performance, the scoring ‘A’ team comprising Stacey (1st place in 23.10 on her thirty FIRST birthday), Helen O’Neile (21st place in 25.36), Hannah Wells (31st place in 26.35), Eva Mack (39th place in 27.05) and Ciara Williams (55th place in 27.51) secured a FIRST team place and we are currently sitting in 2nd place in division 3.
Our Vets secured a 2nd team spot – Zoe Dobbs (88th in 29.36), Lynn Hyde (111th in 30.29), Karen O’Rourke (124th in 31.34) & Lesley Conway 139th in 32.43 – just 2 points behind the winners and remain in FIRST place in the Vets division 2.
Helen makes her first appearance for cross country this season and made a significant contribution, filling the gap left by an injured Jen Harvey.
Jackie O’Dowd also made her first appearance this season and put in an excellent performance having just returned from injury.
I thought this time we might have had a FIRST and LAST place but Angela Duncan impressed yet again and crossed the finish line in 186th spot out of a field of 187 – almost 3 minutes ahead of the last place lady some 30 years Angela’s junior. Of course, Angela got FIRST V75!
Solid performances also from one of our newest members, Alex Longton (85th on 29.20), and from Kate Shockley (77th in 29.09).
Thanks to everyone that attended, including the remainder of the squad, Melanie Spencer, Lyndsey Browne and Katherine Wells.
We have a FIRST class team with the winning team spirit, second to none AND we have a real chance of ALL of our teams being promoted next season (A team Division 2 to Div 1; B Team Div 3 to Div 2; Vets Dic 2 to Div 1! That would be a FIRST CLASS finish.
All to aim for at Ally Pally! 13th February – no excuses – FULL squad needed!

January 20, 2016   Comments Off on A Fist Full of FIRSTS

Senior Met XC League Winners

Many congratulations to Stacey Ward who celebrated her thirty-first birthday in style at the Horsenden Hill Metropolitan League fixture by winning the senior women’s race. reports Gavin Collett. Although a first-claim member of Herne Hill Harriers, Stacey is a regular at the clubhouse where she trains with Gerry Archer’s group.

 She has been in outstanding recent form having finished second in both the previous Metropolitan League fixture at Wormwood Scrubs and the previous week’s Essex Championships at Claybury, as well as sixth in the prestigious South of England Inter Counties Championships at Shuttleworth in December.

 Stacey now joins a select band of five Hillingdon AC women that have won the senior race since its inception in 1994:

                Maria Sharp                        7 January 1995

                Susan Miles                        2 January 1999

                Jill Christie                           4 December 1999 & 19 February 2000

                Sally Bigham                       26 November 2005

                Stacey Ward                       16 January 2016

For the record, nine Hillingdon AC men have won their race since the League started in 1966:

 Stuart Buchanan               28 October 1967

John Brown                        6 February 1971

Peter Francis                      30 October 1971 & 20 November 1971

Anthony Moore               22 January 1972 & 5 February 1972

Martin Philpott                 14 January 1984 & 22 December 1985

Tony Jackson                     9 January 1993

Paul Martin                         20 December 1997, 3 January 1998 & 7 February 1998

Scott Tompsett                 14 October 2000, 13 January 2001 & 1 December 2001

Daniel Dalmedo                11 February 2006 (guesting as second-claim members were non-scoring then)

Hillingdon AC have won the men’s title twice, 1970/71 & 1997/98, and the women have won three times, 1994/95, 1996/97 & 1997/98.

January 17, 2016   Comments Off on Senior Met XC League Winners

Pilates at HAC

pilates for runners 2 HAC

January 13, 2016   Comments Off on Pilates at HAC

Juniors 2016 fixtures


Alder Valley Girls league
Sun 10 April. Portsmouth
Sun 8 May. Hillingdon
Sun 14 August. Guildford
Sat 10 Sept. Eton or Bracknell ( t b c )

Alder Valley Boys League
Sat 9 April. Bracknell
Sun 5 June. Hillingdon
Sun 21 August. Guildford
Sun 11 Sept. Reading or Portsmouth ( t b c )


This seasons dates for the Youth Development League are as follows ;

Sat 23 April. . Team Dorset Poole
Sat 21 May. Guildford
Sun 19June. Kingston
Sat. 16 July Walton

U 17/20
Sun 1 May. Team Oxford
Sun 29 May. Aldershot
Sun 26 June. Bedford
Sun 24 July. Thames Valley Harriers

Please put the dates into your diaries now and keep those dates free!

January 13, 2016   Comments Off on Juniors 2016 fixtures

County indoor champs.

The Middlesex County Indoor Championships take place on the 19/20th March at Lee Valley. Please hand a completed entry form to your team manager or coach a week before the deadline if you want to take part and for HAC to pay for your entry. Forms and event details here. http://www.middlesexaa.org.uk/

January 12, 2016   Comments Off on County indoor champs.

Juniors take titles at Middx xc

On Saturday at Wormwood Scrubs, our junior athletes ran their socks and shoes off ( literally) but were very successful. In the inaugural u11 races , Abdi Hamud came 2 nd, Joe Hookway 17th, Patrick Hyde 21st and Ali Hussein in 29 th. In u 11 girls Lydia Louw came 1st which is amazing – congratulations! In the u 13 boys race Adam Ireland also came 1st -a brilliant race! Ben Jhuboo also competed and came 35 th.In the u13 girls race Hazel Dickinson was 37 th and Natasha Jones 38 th. In the u15 girls Izzy Stark was 16th. In the u17 men Abdi Hamud was 18th.

Overall a brilliant effort by our junior athletes in some very muddy and testing conditions. Congratulations go to them and their coaches .

January 11, 2016   Comments Off on Juniors take titles at Middx xc

Women’s MUDdlesex XC Champs 2016

Our women at Wormwood this time were Hannah Wells, Ciara Williams, Zoe Dobbs, Kate Shockley, Lynn Hyde, Karen O’Rourke and Melanie Spencer.
Sadly missing due to illness and injury Helen O’Neile, Jen Harvey and Eva Mack who would have made it a super squad to challenge for a trophy but Hillingdon were well represented nonetheless.
Hannah Wells completed the 8km course in 33.50 and secured 10th place and that all important invitation letter to represent the county.
Ciara Williams and Zoe Dobbs both put in fantastic performances; Ciara secured a top 20 place at 19th, 45 seconds behind Hannah in 33.35; Zoe beat her rival Carol Jones from ESM in fine style, finishing in 38th place, 37.43 and just under a minute ahead of Carol.
Our 4th scorer was Kate Shockley, 39th place just 3 seconds behind Zoe in 37.46.
The team came 6th out of 10 clubs.
Our remaining runners all put in good individual performances, Lynn (45th in 38.46), Karen (53rd in 40.39) and Mel (57th in 41.46).
The course was proper heavy sticky mud and thank you to those that tackled the conditions with fantastically good humour, grit and top team spirit. It is wonderful to be part of the HAC xc team – the picture says it all!

January 11, 2016   Comments Off on Women’s MUDdlesex XC Champs 2016

Middlesex Cross Country Championships, Wormwood Scrubs, 09 January 2016

Middlesex 2016

Hillingdon AC’s senior men’s team continued their good run of results in the Middlesex Cross Country Championships, finishing second behind a very strong Highgate Harriers to claim silver medals by just a point from third placed team London Heathside at Wormwood Scrubs.

As defending champions, hopes were high that Hillingdon AC may be able to retain the county championship title but Highgate Harriers simply proved too strong on the day as they finished their six scorers within the first 22 places.

Rob Thompson was first scorer for the club in sixth place, Adbi Abdulle was 10th, James Laing 11th, Martin Bateman 19th, Ed Campbell 32nd and Dan Thompson 41st as Hillingdon AC scored 119 points to Highgate’s 74 and London Hearthside’s 120. This result means that Rob, James and Dan have claimed either gold or silver team medals in each of the last four Middlesex Cross Country Championships.

Hillingdon had 22 athletes competing in the Senior Men’s race out of a total field of 179.

Full results may be found here.

January 10, 2016   Comments Off on Middlesex Cross Country Championships, Wormwood Scrubs, 09 January 2016

Bob Philpott

Bob Philpott passed away just before Christmas and his funeral was held recently at Breakspear Crematorium reports Kevin MCDonald. Bob was a large influence on both me and Tracey during our running careers with Hillingdon AC.
I first met Bob around 1983 when I had just joined Hillingdon AC from Watford Harriers, I had thought about just joining ‘second claim’ but Bob persuaded me that if I was going to join there was no point unless I was able to fully compete for Hillingdon AC, of course he was right. This was typical of Bob, who didn’t beat about the bush. At that stage Bob was managing the Mens Athletics team which had already enjoyed GRE cup success and was now starting to head up the GRE league. Bob’s commitment to the team was total, at this time he had retired as a Fireman and was working in Harrow in the DSS Office.
The mens team around that time included some first class athletes such as John Hillier, Mig La-Rose and Bobs son Martin.
My first HAC race was a Met league at Ruislip, which I ran in a vest borrowed from John Sherrifs son – who had just finished the Junior race! I ran for Bobs team on many occasions over the years and travelled all over the place, from West London to Gateshead. The Gateshead meeting was a GRE cup event and I well remember doing the 10,000m which was hard enough, then Bob got me to do the chase as well!
The thing that sticks in my head is that wherever we went, whether it was a road race, cross country or track, Bob would be there watching. Bob assisted with the management of many of the 12 and 6 stage teams that we ran in. These were always ‘3 Line Whip’ races as far as Bob was concerned. Bob was part of that group of Guys that, for me anyway, included Ted Whitehead, Ted Bamford, Roger Cressy, Dave Holman, who all loved and understood the sport and were HAC during the 80’s.
When I first joined the club, I joined a group coached by Jim Andrews. The group included Martin, Malcolm and Kennedy Robinson, Gary Lavers, Kevin Falvey, Chris Wood and Tracey Glynn (as she was at the time) this group trained at Kings College, and West London on a Sunday. When Jim died Bob decided to take this group on, and we continued to train at West London and Bob was always there whatever the weather.
For both myself and Tracey Bob was the archetypal ‘Club Man’ the sort of person that clubs need to survive and run. Bob was uncompromising and took the HAC Athletic team to Division 2 of the BAL – we may one day get back to that, but this will take another Bob. He will be missed.

January 8, 2016   Comments Off on Bob Philpott

Clubhouse notice

The regional military cadets group are holding their annual xc race from the clubhouse on Sunday  10th January. This will mean the clubhouse facilities and car park will be not really be available for use by club members all morning. Please direct any questions you may have about this to the clubhouse team.

January 8, 2016   Comments Off on Clubhouse notice