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SEAA Southern Cross Country Main Championships – Saturday January 27th 2018

Well done to all those who travelled down to Brighton and braved the rain, mud and hills to compete in the SEAA Southern Cross Country Main Championships on Saturday 27th January at Stanmer Park.

HAC’s senior women’s team finished in 21st position. Individual results as follows:

Name                               Position      Time

Gemma Barry                    25             31:46
Hannah Wells                    117            36.32
Zoe Dobbs                        179            39.49
Freya Hollingsworth           225            42.04
Heather Davidson             319             50.17

HAC’s senior men’s team finished in 41st position. Individual results as follows:

Name                          Position         Time

James Laing                107                58.06
Stephen Woodford       186                1.01.23
Dominic Speight          342                1.06.20
Paul Leppard                384               1.07.53
Dave Smith                   543                1.14.18
Martin Searle              647                1.19.56
John Bignell                695                1.25.30
Curtis Allman              722                1.29.29
John Doyle                  735                 1.37.12

Well done again to all who competed.

January 29, 2018   Comments Off on SEAA Southern Cross Country Main Championships – Saturday January 27th 2018

February dates for your diary

Sat 3 Feb – BUCS XC at Uxbridge – Marshals needed
Sat 10 Feb – Final Met League fixture at Trent Park followed by Jive Night at the clubhouse
Sat 24th Feb – English National XC Parliament Hill
Sun 25th Feb – Hillingdon Half and 10km

The Behind the Bar roster is also empty for the next couple of months so please sign up to help for a few hours after training if you can.

January 28, 2018   Comments Off on February dates for your diary

Your club needs you! Finchley 20/Hillingdon 10 volunteers needed.

The Finchley 20 road race is the club’s main race fixture of the year and is coming up on Sunday 18th March at 9am. This is the one race that raises much needed funds for the club and helps to keep our subs down.

This year there is also a 10 mile race which is 2 laps of the usual course, and the 20 mile race which is 4 laps of 5 miles on the road. The marshal points are attached, together with a course map.

PLEASE VOLUNTEER & SUPPORT YOUR CLUB…. be part of the tradition!

We need 60+ marshals around the course plus further helpers for the two water stations (although we hope to have a number of cadets, who can help here). Course map is attached.

If a HAC member plans to run either event we ask that you please provide a marshal in your place. No experience needed.

If you can help please contact Maria Hernandez-Humm or add your name to the sheet at the clubhouse.

Please support this historic club event.

January 23, 2018   Comments Off on Your club needs you! Finchley 20/Hillingdon 10 volunteers needed.

Wormwood Scrubs, Met League race #4 – HAC Ladies results – 13/01/2018

1 22’08.33 Hannah Viner Highgate
2 22’12.49 Molly Renfer Highgate
3 22’17.14 Naomi Taschimowitz SBH
1 6 23’29.99 Gemma Barry
2 49 26’26.11 Ciara Williams
3 87 27’52.92 Hannah Wells
4 96 28’03.61 Kathryn Carruthers 2nd V50
5 97 28’04.17 Zoe Dobbs 5th V45
6 112 28’41.61 Lotte Visser
7 121 28’52.74 Chloe Charles
8 122 28’53.89 Karen O’Rourke 3rd V50
9 133 29’27.64 Freya Hollingsworth
10 140 29’56.55 Bryony Lycett-Brown
11 151 30’15.67 Boo Smith 4th V55
12 165 31’02.05 Iwona Gray-Gauvin 16th V35
13 168 31’09.08 Debbie Brown 15th V45
14 173 31’43.21 Nikki Tasker
15 188 32’37.39 Lesley Conway 3rd V60
16 197 33’08.36 Lucy Duncan 17th V40
17 203 33’32.67 Louisa Gawn 20th V35
18 206 33’46.24 Melanie Spencer 18th V40
19 219 35’13.64 Barbara Kedge 20th V40
20 220 35’14.30 Heather Davidson 23rd V35
21 224 35’24.67 Christina Benjamin
22 229 35’37.24 Sarah Chowdhury 10th V55
23 230 35’38.77 Stephanie Suntong 15th V50
24 235 35’57.58 Rebecca Williams
25 237 36’02.27 Vicky Brownlee 30th V45
26 243 37’03.64 Tajinder Randhawa 25th V35
27 244 37’11.95 Charlotte Ford
28 253 39’33.05 Jackie O’Dowd 5th V60
29 257 42’20.64 Heidi Smith
30 258 42’50.70 Angela Duncan 1st V75
31 262 46’38.05 Preena Divecha
Another record field, with 13 more runners than at Welwyn, and another large turnout from our ladies, with 7 more finishers than at Uxbridge. A warm welcome to our new runners. A fine run from Gemma, finishing 6th, a strong run from Ciara in 49th, and a welcome return from Hannah, our third finisher in 87th. Notable results in the Vets’ age groups again included our 4th finisher Kathy Carruthers (2nd V50), a vest ahead of Zoe Dobbs (5th V45), Karen O’Rourke (3rd V50), Boo Smith (4th V55), Lesley Conway (3rd V60), Jackie O’Dowd (5th V60) and super-vet Angela the leading V75. It was good to see Mel competing again after her injury.
Our A team were again missing some key runners, and finished 10th in Division 1, slipping to 7th place overall, but should avoid relegation with another good turnout at Trent Park.  Our B and C teams were 4th and 11th in Division 3. However they are 2nd and 11th overall in the league and the B team should achieve promotion after Trent Park.  But good numbers are again essential.  The Vets A team is leading Vets Division 2 by 90 points and should achieve promotion.  The vets B and C teams look set to remain in Divisions 2 and 3 respectively. Report by Mel Spencer.

January 22, 2018   Comments Off on Wormwood Scrubs, Met League race #4 – HAC Ladies results – 13/01/2018

Middlesex Cross Country Champs-Juniors report

This year’s county champs was held on a very frosty and rather chilly morning over at Perivale. The course was through a patchwork of fields up and down the other side of Horsenden Hill with some lovely muddy slopes to negotiate.

The juniors had strong teams out and were hoping to retain some of the cups we had just returned from last year.
The U11s were off first, running 1.5k – at the moment there is no team competition but hopefully this will change next year. In the girls U11 race, Asmaa Abdirahman came storming through to become Middlesex champio with Sofia Gilda-Whyte coming in next for HAC in 12th – we had  5 girls this race. In the boys U11 comp 4 boys competed, with Christopher Burton finishing in 11th, Harvey Williams 12th and Callum McDonnell 13th.

In the U13 competition the girls came third winning a Bronze medal -( the first 3 home were Lydia Louw in 5th, Laura Anene 20th and Angel Doyle 26th) . In the boys Abdirahim Hamud came 3rd winning Bronze -the team came 8th overall.

In the U15 competition, the boys did very well, winning Gold with our team of Abdifatah Khalif in 2nd, Hanad Ahmed in 4th and Nathan Hackley in 12th. Our girls team of 3 girls came 9th in their competition .

In the U17 we had fewer athletes but in the men’s competition Alex Hutchinson came 12th and Tariq Arieff 18th . In the U17 women’s race Isabel Stark came 18th.

In the U20 men’s race our team won Gold with Liam Holbrook in 7th, Mayank Mishra in 9th and Tashan Allman in 12th.
Congratulations must go to all those that competed in a tough championship. Report by Diane Gibbons.

January 22, 2018   Comments Off on Middlesex Cross Country Champs-Juniors report

Metropolitan League Wormwood Scrubs

Another strong turnout saw Hillingdon AC’s Men’s A team finish fourth in Division One at the Met League fixture at Wormwood Scrubs at the weekend with the B team finishing sixth in Division Three and the C team finishing 21st in Division Three. This puts the A team in fourth position in the league overall and the B and C teams in fifth and 18th position respectively in Division Three with one fixture remaining.

At the start of the season I set the A team the target of finishing fourth in the League overall and we now need just one more good performance to achieve this. I also set the B team a target of finishing in the first two places in Division Three but this has proved a much harder target to meet given the improved standard of the league and the depth of competition down the field this year.

As always a big thank you to the 42 athletes who turned out to compete for the club at this fixture and in particular those athletes who also raced hard on consecutive weekends after running in the Middlesex Champs the week before. This included the first 10 scorers for the club in the senior race at Middlesex and two thirds of the team that won the Under 20 race and as such is a fantastic reflection on the level of team spirit and commitment we have within this squad.

January 17, 2018   Comments Off on Metropolitan League Wormwood Scrubs

Hillingdon Athletic Club Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Hillingdon Athletic Club will be held at the Clubhouse, 206 Bury Street, Ruislip on Tuesday 6th March 2018 at 8.15pm.

Only paid up members 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, Alan Wells in writing by 18th February 2018 at the latest. All resolutions will 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 18th February 2018 at the latest with details of your proposer and seconder.

– Chairperson​​​
– Secretary​​​
– Treasurer

Chairs of the following sub-committees:​​​

– Competitions: Seniors and Veterans​
– Competitions: Juniors ​​​
– Coaching
– Officials
– Race Promotions​​[VACANT]​
– Clubhouse ​​​
– Communications ​​

The Club Secretary can be contacted via the email :- a_wells44@btinternet.com
The Formal Notice for the AGM will be sent out on or around 20th February 2018.

Alan Wells
Club Secretary

January 17, 2018   Comments Off on Hillingdon Athletic Club Annual General Meeting

Clubhouse closure

The Clubhouse will be closed all day on Saturday 20th January for preparations for a club members private party.

January 13, 2018   Comments Off on Clubhouse closure

Funeral arrangements for Graham Duncan

The funeral of Angela Duncan’s husband Graham will take place on Monday 29th January at 10.45 at Breakspear Crematorium. Donations if desired to Rettuk. A reception will be held afterwards at the Barn Hotel in Ruislip.

January 10, 2018   Comments Off on Funeral arrangements for Graham Duncan

5K Masterclass Progress Update

Saturday 6th January saw the first 5k Parkrun progress check for the Dash for Fitness Winter 5k Masterclass, in association with Hillingdon Athletic Club. The Masterclassers have been in training for 3 weeks, although due to Christmas festivities and various bugs doing the rounds, some have done more training sessions (and “homework”) than others!  Nevertheless, there were still plenty of remarkable performances……

Despite only making 1/3 sessions, Bhavesh managed to repeat his speedy 22:48 PB time from the last Parkrun, and Kate was still able to beat her target time by 19secs (taking a whopping 49secs off her 35:00 baseline); Of those that made 2/3, Andrea did fantastic to get a new PB, whilst previous non-runners, Fauzia and Anne-Marie, both smashed their target times by finishing in an highly impressive 41mins.  Perhaps the biggest stars were the two that attended 3/3: non-runner, Cindy, managed to run for the entire 5k (couch to 5k in 4 weeks!) and, as a result, annihilated her target, coming home in 38:06; and Thomas, who has never run anything more than short distances, put in an even more incredible performance finishing in a stunning 31:44.

In addition, whilst not able to be at the ParkRun, Rohit managed to run a new 5k PB (on the treadmill); Jane (another 3/3/ attendee and new runner) completed her own 5k progress check – more than 10mins ahead of target (wow!), and Jay did his longest ever continuous run of c7.5k. Congratulations to you all!  Everyone now has a further 3 weeks of training before the second progress check on 3rd Feb.

We are now taking registrations for the Dash for Fitness Spring 5K Masterclass, in association with Hillingdon Athletic Club. So, if you’re a non-runner wanting to experience the fitness, health, and state of mind benefits of running, a beginner wanting to go further, or an existing runner wanting to go faster, please email dashforfitness@btinternet.com to register your interest. Track sessions will be on Thursday nights from 6.15pm-7.15pm, starting on March 15th.  It costs just £50 for the 12-week course.

January 10, 2018   Comments Off on 5K Masterclass Progress Update

Clubhouse closed this Sunday

The clubhouse will be closed, with no changing facilities, this coming Sunday the 14th Jan. This in order for us to accommodate the air cadets who are staging their annual cross country race in Ruislip Woods. They repay our hospitality by helping to marshal the Finchley 20 for us.

January 9, 2018   Comments Off on Clubhouse closed this Sunday

Middlesex X Country Champs Horsenden Hill

A magnificent haul of medals for HAC at the Middlesec X Country Champs. A bright but cold day, the course was heavy going in places. Full results can be found at http://www.middlesexaa.org.uk/

Middlesex senior mens gold medallist Abdishakar Abdulle and Rob Thompson Bronze medallist

Middlesex Senior women gold medallist Gemma Barry

Senior Men: 1st Team: 1st Abdishakur Abdulle, 3rd Robert Thompson, 12th James Laing, 19th Aramias Zeration, 20th Ben Goddard, 28th Fahad Abdi

Under 20 Men: 1st Team: 7th Liam Holbrook, 9th Mayank Mishra, 12th Tashan Allman

Under 15 Boys: 1st Team: 2nd Abdifatah Khalif, 4th Hanad Ahmed, 12th Nathan Hackley

Under 11 Girls: 1st Asmaa Abdirahman

Under 13 Boys: 3rd Abdirahim Hamud

nior Ladies: 4th Team (only 6 points behind Highgate): 1st Gemma Barry, 10th Jen Harvey, 38th Zoe Dobbs, 45th Karen O’Rourke

Lets make sure we turn out in force next weekend at Wormwood Scrubs for the penultimate Met League of the season. A flat, fast course.

January 7, 2018   Comments Off on Middlesex X Country Champs Horsenden Hill