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Posts from — October 2018

SEAA Cross Country Relays – 20th October 2018

Well done to all HAC members who competed at the SEAA Cross Country Relays on 20th October 2018 at Wormwood Scrubs.

The all 1st years U/13 boys came 22nd over 2k with Ryan Stoddart 8.02, Faisal Mohamed, 8.11, Harvey Williams 8.47. -22nd

U/13 girls Nicole McGovern (2), 7.47, Asmaa Abdirahman 7.57, Angel Doyle (2) 8.26 – 6th team. The B team Scarlett McLellan 8.47, Nathalie Gregg 9.32, May Scarfe 9.42 – 30th team.

U/15 boys were a touch faster than the winning U/15s from last year! Nathan Hackley(2) 6.32, Abdi Hamud 6.52, Luke Edwards 6.47(2) – 4th Just missed out in a tight 4 way finish.

U/17s young men 3.2k Adam Ireland 11.09, Hanad Ahmed 10.47, Max McGarvie 11.02 6th team 2nd team Josh Lee 10.55 who slowed down to help Adam.

In the senior section the HAC Senior Ladies finished 33rd and the Senior Men just missed out on the medals finishing in 4th position.

Full results can be found here http://seaa.org.uk/index.php/events/cross-country

October 24, 2018   Comments Off on SEAA Cross Country Relays – 20th October 2018

Met League Fixture 1 – Claybury

Well done to everyone who survived the unseasonal heat at Claybury on Saturday 13th October.

Notable performances from Asmaa Abdullahi Maalim Abdirahman who came in second in the U13 Girls, Abdifatah Khalif who won the Junior Men’s race, Gemma Barry for 6th place for the Senior Ladies and Abdifatah Abdulle finishing in 3rd place for the Senior Men.

Full results can be found here: http://www.metleague.co.uk/results

The next Met League fixture is at Welwyn Garden City on 10th November. Please make yourself available for this fixture.


October 20, 2018   Comments Off on Met League Fixture 1 – Claybury

The history behind the Don Hirst Trust by Alan Chidley

I became aware recently that the reason for the exsistence of The Don Hirst Trust was not known by the majority of our members.

It was set up following the events described below, reports Alan Chidley, Club Historian.

In 1985 our Mens Track & Field team were in Division 5 of the British League and were awarded a home meeting to take place on 10th.August.
To promote a British League match an all weather track had to be used. At this time we did not have such a track therefore had to hire other stadiums such as West London.
All tracks in our area were booked for that day so we were forced to hire the Luton track for our home meeting.
As normal, requests were made for members to help on the day and several responded to these requests, including Don Hirst, who had become involved with our club due to his son Andy being a member.
On the day I was Meeting Coordinator, therefore part of my job was to go around to the various events to see if any help was needed.
I was at the Pole Vault, which was inside the top of the home straight with the discus circle situated at the top left hand end of the field. I was looking towards where Don was helping with this event, with the discus circle behind him.
On one or two occasions I saw a Discus land not far from where he was standing and there was some bantor such as “that one almost got you” and he made a comment about it.
I then had to go into the back of the stand with John Turpin to get drinks for the officials. We came out carrying trays of drinks and I remember saying to John, “something has happened, there is someone on the ground with a small crowd around him”.
We discovered that a thrower had got the release of his discus slightly wrong and it had come out at an angle from the net, which we now know was not up to standard and hit Don square on the back of the head.
The steeplechase was just finishing in which there was a doctor running, he was told what had happened and went to attend.
An ambulance was called and I went to the entry point to make sure it was clear for its arrival. I remember it took about 25 minutes to arrive and then Don was taken away.
After the match I went to the hospital where Don was connected to life support equipment and his wife had been told to talk to him in the hope that brain activity could restart. We were joined by his son and daughter who stayed by the bedside.
The doctor indicated to me that there was really no hope,but I suppose we were all hoping for a miracle.
He died that night and some time later I attended the coroners inquest where I had been called to give evidence.A verdict of accidental death was reached.
Over the next few months I was interviewed by the insurance Company but I never heard the final outcome of any claim.
It was the darkest day of my time with our club and something that will stay with me forever.
To make everything even worse for Mary, his wife, I later learnt that Don was her 2nd.husband and her first husband had been knocked off his bike and died of head injuries.
I hope the family recovered eventually from this terrible tragedy.
RIP Don Hirst.


October 12, 2018   Comments Off on The history behind the Don Hirst Trust by Alan Chidley

National Road Relays – 6th October

Congratulations to all of the Hillingdon AC teams that competed at the National Road Relays today including the Under 13 Girls who finished 23rd, the Under 17 men who finished 22nd and the Senior Men who finished 36th.

Full results may be found here: https://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2018/natyarel18.htm and here: https://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2018/nat618.htm

October 8, 2018   Comments Off on National Road Relays – 6th October

Hillingdon 20

Ruislip on the 10th March 2019 is the place to be for our new club race. The Hillingdon 20 Mile race will replace the Finchley 20 in 2019 and beyond. The old race and name served us well, but it is time to move on especially seeing that HS2 is and will continue for many years to come cut through the F20 course and cause much disruption and uncertainty in the area. This new course isn’t supa dupa but ticks plenty of positive boxes and keeps the clubhouse at the heart of the event. It is nice and safe to use for training runs too as there is no need take your life into the lap of the gods down Breakspear Road.
Entries will be opening soon, but first all 2018 entrants have first refusal for a place after this years race was cancelled. This will be communicated by Active Training World next week.

October 6, 2018   Comments Off on Hillingdon 20

Middlesex 10km – Sunday 30th September

A very productive day at the Middlesex 10km Road Championships on the traditional three lap curse. Abdishakar Abdulle retained his Middlesex 10km Road champion title, finishing in 30.54. He was followed home in 4th place by James Laing who finished in 32:36 and Fahad Abdi in 17th place in 33.47. Together they took the Men’s Team prize, retaining the title for Hillingdon AC.

Congratulations to the M50 Masters team who retained the bronze team prize.

Gemma Barry took bronze in the Ladies Championship race in a time of 37.18.  Following Gemma was Hannah Wells in 10th (40.08) and Zoe Dobbs in 21st (46.06). Together they took the Ladies Team Bronze medal. Lynne Hyde took  bronze in the Women V40, Zoe Dobbs took Bronze in the V45 and Pauline Fischer took gold in the V60.

Well done to all the above and all those who participated. A link to the full results is here http://www.middlesexaa.org.uk/

October 5, 2018   Comments Off on Middlesex 10km – Sunday 30th September

Summer Series Final Results

The scores are in, the Summer Series 2018 is over, bring on the mud. 98 club members scored points this year but we can only have 2 winners so congratulations Sam Hurley and Ciara Williams.

Full results are up at the clubhouse but for now here’s the top of the tables:

Total (best 8 scores)
Ciara Williams 183
Lucy Duncan 159
Christina Benjamin 155
Lyndsey Browne 135
Karen O’Rourke 115
Debbie Brown 92
Nikki Tasker 90
Angela Duncan 84

Total (best 8 scores)
Sam Hurley 147
Martin Searle 120
Charlie Edwards 118
Dennis Carey 117
David Smith 112
Dan Spinks 105
John Dobbs 88
Steve O’Keefe 81

October 4, 2018   Comments Off on Summer Series Final Results