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Posts from — July 2019

Gosunder 5 mile handicap race – 10th August

After the success of The Barkley Marathons event we now turn our attention to next month’s Gosunder handicap trophy. The Gosunder has been running for 60 odd years so is a club race which is in fact older than the club.

It will be contested over a 5 mile course in Ruislip Woods on Saturday 10th August. (2×2 1/2 mile relay option available for juniors or anyone else who fancies a shorter run).

Numbers will be issued at the clubhouse from 3-3.40pm with the first runner starting at 4pm, the last at around 4.30.

Race entry is free for HAC members or £3 for non members.

As tradition dictates, the race will be followed by a bbq and beer at the clubhouse.

Please enter in advance at the following link so we can work out handicaps although entries will be available on the day for the less organised of you. 


This years event will also score Summer Series points for all participants.

For anyone who doesn’t fancy running but would like to support this prestigious club event, we need as many marshalls as possible for this one so please contact Dan Spinks if you can lend a hand.

July 21, 2019   Comments Off on Gosunder 5 mile handicap race – 10th August

The Barkley (not actual) Marathons – HAC Style

With £1.60 in cash and an old race T-Shirt 17 runners entered HAC’s new event The Barkley (not actual) Marathons.

The Barkley Marathons is an ultramarathon trail race held in Tennessee. The course is an unmarked 20 mile loop. The race requires the runner to complete five laps, which would have a total elevation of 16,500m. To date only 15 runners have completed the full five loops. The race is currently subject of a Netflix documentary “The Barkley Marathons; The Race That Eats It’s Young” should you want to learn more.

In a nod to the original event where the race is started by the lighting of a cigarette, John Dobbs downed a shot of Tennessee Jack Daniels.

HAC’s unmarked and unmarshalled 5k course took the runners to three checkpoints where, as in the original race, pages from books had to be bought back to race HQ to prove completion of the course.

The aim was to run five loops in a three hours time limit, with each lap run clockwise and anticlockwise alternately.

Well done to Scott Farley who completed all five loops in 2.27.35 and Catriona Paterson who was the only lady to complete five loops. Paul Leppard was our only other runner to complete the full five laps in the time limit.

True to the original event, Taps was played each time a runner completed their final loop.

Thank you to James Laing for organising the event and Zoe Dobbs, John Dobbs and Andy Wood for managing the event on the day.

July 21, 2019   Comments Off on The Barkley (not actual) Marathons – HAC Style

Wycombe (Hell Fire) Half Marathon

This is Paul McCay and Steve Edwards representing Hillingdon AC in the super hilly Wycombe (Hell-Fire) Half Marathon on Sunday 14th July 2019.

Michaela Mayor also swapped the track for hills and dragged her Dad along for the fun too.

Well done all!

July 21, 2019   Comments Off on Wycombe (Hell Fire) Half Marathon

Southern Athletics League – 13th July

Well done to everyone that competed in the SAL today at Aldershot. A superb team spirit combined with high quality performances and a touch of fortune meant we finished 2nd with our highest points tally of the season with 191.5, reports Martin Bateman. This will mean we have moved up 2 or 3 places in the league. This means we live to fight another day and our div 2 league status is in our hands to maintain at the final fixture on 17th August. That will be a tough day as 2 of the teams are well ahead of us and the other will be fighting to stay up. Please where possible be available to compete if asked as we most probably need an even better performance than today. Personally the most pleasing thing from today is we perfectly executed domination of the relays with 1 2nd and 3 1st places which very much left us in high spirits and showed how strong collectively we can be. Winning individually is a great, but together is even sweeter. Well done again!

July 14, 2019   Comments Off on Southern Athletics League – 13th July

Barkley (not an actual) Marathon – HAC Style

One week to go, therefore one more reminder that this event is on NEXT SATURDAY 20 JULY.

If you will be running, please arrive at the HAC Clubhouse by no later than 11:45am to register. Anyone can register on the day – all you need is £1.60 in cash and an old race T-Shirt (see the trailer for the real Barkley Marathon on YouTube as to why!)

The 5km route will be marked out but unmarshalled, with the aim of the game being to complete 5 laps in 3 hours.

Last but not least – there will be a BBQ (£5 each) from around 3:30/4pm onwards!

Happy running!

July 14, 2019   Comments Off on Barkley (not an actual) Marathon – HAC Style

5k training race results – Thursday 12th July

Results from July’s 5k training race results are as follows:

1RYAN McDONALD28Hillingdon19:15
2CATRIONA PATERSON30Hillingdon19:36
3FILIPE DE-COSTA30Dashforfitness20:11
4DAVE SMITH54Hillingdon20:34
5IAIN BETSON45Hillingdon20:46
6STEVE EDWARDS49Hillingdon20:52
7JACK EDWARDS21Hillingdon21:07
8CAROLINE FORD 46Hillingdon22:11
9JOHN BIGNELL67Hillingdon22:15
10PAUL McCAY45Hillingdon22:16
11KAREN O’ROURKE54Hillingdon22:27
12JAMES QUINN52Hillingdon22:30
13PETE WARBURTON59Hillingdon22:40
14JOHN LUSCOMBE45Hillingdon23:36
15CHLOE CHARLES23Hillingdon23:44
16DEBBIE BROWN46Hillingdon23:52
17DENNIS CAREY53Hillingdon23:54
18MELANIE SPENCER42Hillingdon24:21
19EMMA McDONALD27Hillingdon24:26
20LESLEY CONWAY64Hillingdon24:31
21MARK HYDE53Hillingdon24:32
22NIKKI TASKER33Hillingdon24:33
23STEPHANIE SUNTONG52Hillingdon24:36
24SARAH DUNNAGE45Dashforfitness24:38
25EDWARD SPENCER13Hillingdon25:13
26CLARE STOKES21Dashforfitness25:25
27HANNAH WELLS26Hillingdon25:32
28MICHAELA MAYOR34Hillingdon25:32
29ELLIE HENDERSON22Hillingdon25:41
30GRAHAM WOOD67Hillingdon25:46
31KAREN TRUNKFIELD49Hillingdon26:26
32CHARLOTTE FORD29Hillingdon26:51
33TRACEY McDONALD57Hillingdon27:32
34SIMON NORBERRY64Dashforfitness28:33
35KATHERINE WELLS29Hillingdon31:06
36ALAN WELLS55Hillingdon31:09
37PAUL BURKE56Hillingdon31:49
39PREETI SUMAL43Dashforfitness35:29
40HELEN CHANDLER36Dashforfitness36:32
41VICTORIA EVANS26Dashforfitness38:25
42SHAMA MCAINE50Dashforfitness39:11
43MARGARET MAKHAN71Dashforfitness42:53

Thank you to officials Andy Torrance, Phil Welch and Jim Leith for officiating. Thanks also to Lynn and Chloe for preparing the food and John Luscombe for the quiz.

The next 5K training race will be on Thursday 8th August, where Lesley Conway will be cooking and Bradley Birch will be quizmaster. Please do come along if you can make it.

July 12, 2019   Comments Off on 5k training race results – Thursday 12th July

Southern Athletics League – 13th July 2019

Last minute plea for any members who can compete in the Southern Athletics League on 13th July at Aldershot. Please contact Hannah Wells or James Manly if you can compete.

July 12, 2019   Comments Off on Southern Athletics League – 13th July 2019

London Youth Games team meet the Mayor

Hillingdon AC athletes picked up their London Youth Games medals and t-shirts from the Mayor of Hillingdon on Thursday evening, reports Courtney Clarke. The girls team finished in 2nd position and the boys team finished in 10th position. Congratulations to you all.

July 12, 2019   Comments Off on London Youth Games team meet the Mayor

Thursday 11th June – 5k training race

Thursday 11th July is the fourth 5k training race of the season. There will be a quiz after the race, hosted by John Luscombe and also food available. This month Lynn Hyde will be cooking lasagne, with both meat and vegetarian options at £5 per person. If you would like food, please can you sign up on the club Facebook page or on the lists at the clubhouse stating your choice, so that Lynn can then prepare for the meal. Thank you.

July 5, 2019   Comments Off on Thursday 11th June – 5k training race

YDL Upper – June 2019

Hillingdon AC had our 3rd YDL upper of the season today at Kings Meadow, Kingston on 30th June 2019, reports Courtney Clarke.

A very hot day for all of us especially those competing and officiating. 
A big thank you to all the athletes who competed. We are so lucky to have such dedicated officials who worked tirelessly throughout the whole day.

The results are not published yet but we put out a strong team who all exceeded our expectations. Proud to be Hillingdon!

July 1, 2019   Comments Off on YDL Upper – June 2019