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Athleticsforce in partnership with England Athletics

On Saturday 20th April, 100 Hillingdon Athletics Club volunteers came together in a massive show of teamwork and hosted the inaugural Athleticsforce day in partnership with England Athletics.

In hot and sunny conditions teams of athletes, parents and coaches worked together to clean sandpits, throwing cages and seating, organise storage spaces and cut back overgrown foliage.

England Athletics expressed how impressed they were with the efforts:

“I was so happy with how the day went and want to thank you and everyone involved for making the day such a success. From the moment we first discussed Athleticsforce, right through to 4pm on Saturday, the partnership between, the club, fusion and EA has worked so well. This is a great template for me to take forward to see if we can launch this nationally.” John Harris – Club Support Manager (Herts, Essex, Berks and North London)

Writing for “This is Local London” U17 athlete Emily Colyer writes:

“The day was a great chance for athletes to give back to the track they know and love, as well as a chance for families to get involved. Now, with an almost sparkling track, HAC is ready to welcome in the new athletics season: months of competing after a winter of hard training, and we all hope for a successful turnout.”

A huge thank you to all who gave their time to volunteer, Courtney Clarke for organising the event and Andy Wilcock and team for keeping us fed and watered all day.

England Athletics are looking for feedback so if you have any comments please pass these onto Courtney.

April 26, 2019   Comments Off on Athleticsforce in partnership with England Athletics

Southern Athletics League, Fixture 1

Saturday 13 April saw the first Southern Athletics League fixture at Walton Athletics Track. Hillingdon AC scored a total of 164 points, finishing 4th. Well done to all who competed.

The next fixtures are Sunday 19 May, Saturday 15 June, Saturday 13 July and Saturday 17 August. Please make yourselves available for these fixtures.

April 26, 2019   Comments Off on Southern Athletics League, Fixture 1

Winter Presentation & Marathon Celebration Evening

Just a quick reminder that we have the senior Winter Presentation Evening and Marathon celebrations on Sunday evening from 7.30pm Marathoners please don’t forget your medals!

We will be ordering pizzas for those who wish to eat.

April 24, 2019   Comments Off on Winter Presentation & Marathon Celebration Evening

Vets SCVAC Track and Field 2019

Calling all Vets! These are the dates for the forthcoming evening SCVAC (track & field):

MONDAY 13TH MAY Battersea

MONDAY 10TH JUNE Hillingdon

MONDAY 24TH JUNE Battersea


Come and join us. Great fun & comaraderie, all welcome, don’t be shy! Lifts available for the Battersea fixtures. For more information contact the team managers:

Mens team – Jason Steel – jsteel7@hotmail.com
Womens team – Maria Hernandez-Humm- hacmhh@outlook.com

April 22, 2019   Comments Off on Vets SCVAC Track and Field 2019

Management Committee Meeting on 29th April

Following a request to publish the dates of HAC Management Committee Meetings at the AGM the next meeting will be held on Monday 29th April. In addition to the usual standing items, including Treasurer and Secretary reports and feedback from the various sub committees, we will also review the recent Hillingdon 20 and discuss the clubhouse refurbishment.

April 21, 2019   Comments Off on Management Committee Meeting on 29th April

Wilkie Mile Results

Well done to all who competed in the Wilkie Mile on Thursday 18th April. Results are as follows:

20BryonyLycett BrownHillF297.19.2

1. Youngsters – 4.15ScarlettMcLellanF12
2. Seniors – 4.44JamesLaingM2764.2
3. SALL – 5.18SamuelHurleyM2065
4. Vets – 5.38DanSpinksM4578.8
5. Hillingdon Heroes –
BryonyLycett BrownF2984.3
6. Dodgy Guts – 6.2JamesQuinnM5272.4
7. Steven O’Keefe
– 6.23
8. Team Hornets – 6.26GaryLaversM5786.5

Watchless Guess Your Time


Many thanks to the officials Gavin Collett, Phil Welch, Anna Talbot and Phil Warburton.

April 20, 2019   Comments Off on Wilkie Mile Results

5k Training Race Results – 11th April 2019

The results for the first 5k training race of 2019 are as follows:

1PAUL CUDDIHY45Hillingdon17:49
2SCOTT FARLEY47Hillingdon18:33
3HANNAH WELLS26Hillingdon19:30
4ROSS LONGTON36Hillingdon20:39
5STEPHEN O’KEEFE50Hillingdon20:49
6SAM HURLEY20Hillingdon21:00
7IAIN BETSON45Hillingdon21:25
8DAVE GAFFNEY47Hillingdon21:26
9JAMES QUINN52Hillingdon21:44
10ZOE DOBBS49Hillingdon22:20
11PAUL McCAY45Hillingdon22:26
12CHLOE CHARLES22Hillingdon22:29
13FREYA HOLLINGSWORTH24Hillingdon22:34
14MIKE ILLING62Hillingdon22:37
15DEBBIE BROWN46Hillingdon22:38
16KAREN O’ROURKE53Hillingdon22:46
17DENIS CAREY53Hillingdon22:49
18JOHN BIGNELL67Hillingdon23:00
19DAN SPINKS45Hillingdon23:06
20JOHN LUSCOMBE45Hillingdon23:09
21HOLLY FORDHillingdon23:10
22NIKKI TASKER32Hillingdon23:17
23CAROLINE FORD 46Hillingdon23:17
24MEL SPENCER42Hillingdon23:24
25MARTIN SEARLE61Hillingdon23:42
26LESLEY CONWAY63Hillingdon23:56
27EDWARD SPENCERHillingdon24:09
28STEVE EDWARDS49Hillingdon24:16
29ELLIE HENDERSON22Hillingdon24:26
30STEPHANIE SUNGJONG51Hillingdon25:03
31KAREN TRUNKFIELD49Hillingdon25:20
32GRAHAM WOOD66Hillingdon25:23
33MARK ADEBOYE24unatt25:51
34CLAIRE STOKES20Dashforfitness26:00
35PAUL STOKES57Dashforfitness26:07
36VICKY BROWNLEE51Hillingdon26:24
37MARK PARISH44unatt26:26
38CHARLOTTE FORD29Hillingdon26:28
39NIKKI DINAN43Dashforfitness26:33
40DOUG MILSOM79Hillingdon26:45
41CHRISTINA BENJAMIN28Hillingdon26:51
42SARAH CHOWDRAY58Hillingdon27:24
43LYNDSEY BROWNE39Hillingdon27:29
44HEIDI SMITH30Hillingdon27:46
45BILL HARDING69Hillingdon28:14
46BHAVNA SHAH54Hillingdon29:37
47PAUL BURKE55Hillingdon30:16
48LAUREN GREEN24Dashforfitness31:22
49JULIE STOKES56Dashforfitness33:48
50FIONA HOLLINGWORTH54Dashforfitness34:07
51SHAMA MCAINE50Dashforfitness39:37
52MARGARET MAKHAN71Dashforfitness40:49

Many thanks to Officials Andy Torrance, Gavin Collett and Phil Welch.

Thanks also extended to Freya Hollingsworth and Dan Thompson for feeding over 50 hungry runners and to Paul Cuddihy for hosting the quiz.

The next 5k training race is Thursday 9th May.

The next club fixture is the Wilkie Mile on Thursday 18th April at Kings College Track, further details can be found earlier on this website or on the clubhouse noticeboards. Following the race there will be a bring and share buffet at the clubhouse.

April 14, 2019   Comments Off on 5k Training Race Results – 11th April 2019

National 12 Stage Road Relays

A fantastic team performance at the National 12 Stage Road Relays saw Hillingdon AC record their highest finish in this event for at least 20 years (this is also as far back as I can search on the internet) as the team finished 31st out of 65 complete teams from a restricted entry of 75 teams that qualified for this event via their regional championships, reports Team Manager Paul Leppard.

With a number of very strong runs from various members of the team this was an excellent way to finish the 2018/2019 road and cross country season although disappointingly, I believe our actual finishing position should have been recorded even higher at 29th as the finishing positions of the 12th leg runners for Leeds City B team and Victoria Park Harriers did not tally with the positions observed on the road. I did query the provisional results on this basis but was told that the officials and judges recording sheets had been checked and that they were satisfied that the results are correct and so unless I can find video or photographic evidence, 31st it is.

Regardless of any potential recording error, to finish so high up in a National final is still an excellent result and so congratulations to all involved.

Full results of this event may be found here: https://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2019/nat1219.htm

April 9, 2019   Comments Off on National 12 Stage Road Relays

Met League XC Votes

Met League XC proposals for equal distances.

I have to say I made a mistake in not putting my proposal to the league for short and long mixed races as these are the options on the agenda listed below.

With the league admin throwing her weight behind a proposal to equalise race distances, I’m sure one of these proposals will pass. If more than 1 passes then it’ll get even more interesting.
I have created an online form for any HAC members to complete to give their opinion on the following…

1. Metropolitan League Proposal

The Met League are proposing that for the forth coming season the senior men’s and senior women’s races be run at an equal distance of approximately 7 – 8k for all 5 races and to be reviewed at the 2020 AGM.

2. London City AC Proposal
Met league motion 1: Equalise senior race distances
We call on the Met league to come in line with the vast majority of running events and welcome women and men equally. We believe a key principle of our running community is that women and men should have equality of competition opportunities and experiences. This means equal race distances, age categories, prizes and status.Currently senior race distances are different – approx. 6k for women and approx. 8k for men.

3. Highgate Harriers Proposal

Highgate Harriers Met League Proposal: RE a change to women’s race distance in 2020
Race 1-3
October, November, December
– Race distance for men (8k) and women (6k) remain the same
Race 4-5
January and February
– Race distance for men (8k) remains the same
– Race distance for women increases to 8k

I have also posed these questions.

What is your favoured distance to race in the Met League?
Please select one of the options for distance preference *

Do you think women and men should race the same distance in the Met League? *

Please take the time to complete the form. I will close the form on the 10th April and share the results. I can then use the results to know how to vote at the league AGM.

April 1, 2019   Comments Off on Met League XC Votes

5k training race – Thursday 11th April

Spring has arrived and next Thursday 11th April, will be the first 5k training race of the year.

There will be food available and a quiz after the race. This month Paul Cuddihy will be setting the quiz and the meal will be prepared by Freya and Dan, which will be a chilli.

The cost for the meal will be £5 and there will be veg and non veg options. If you would like food, please sign up either on Facebook or at the Clubhouse. They need final numbers by next Tuesday as Freya and Dan will need time to prepare the meal.

Please support your club events.

April 1, 2019   Comments Off on 5k training race – Thursday 11th April

Bracknell Open Meeting – 30th March 2019

Saturday 30th March saw the first big outdoor open competition of the year at Bracknell, reports Courtney Clarke.

Mia Smith who won Gold in the U17W 100m in a PB of 12.46. Mia then took took second place in the 200m in another PB of 26.6.

Ben Brownlee took 2nd place in the U17M 100m in 11.32 and then achieved a massive PB of 22 in the 200m for a a Gold win.

Full results can be found here

Well done to all our members who competed.

April 1, 2019   Comments Off on Bracknell Open Meeting – 30th March 2019