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Posts from — June 2020

COVID 19 update

As the restrictions imposed during the lockdown ease further on July 4th further guidance from England Athletics which will allow us to open the clubhouse for training and socialising is anticipated. Although we don’t yet know the detail of this updated guidance, we are making general plans to ensure that the clubhouse will be COVID compliant. A risk assessment is currently being carried out by our COVID 19 co-coordinator which will enable us to put in place the required measures. These will be communicated to you all once this is completed. It is clear however that the clubhouse will need to be manned at all times it is being used by members. It is anticipated that initially the clubhouse will be open from 6-8 on a Tuesday and Thursday and 9.30 -11.30 on a Sunday. I am looking to put together a rota of volunteers to open and close the clubhouse, man the bar and oversee members compliance with social distancing during these times. If we have 12 volunteers that will mean each person will only have to do one session per month. Without a volunteer for each session the clubhouse will not open. Please consider volunteering for this role and if interested  e-mail me at davidalan.smith2@gmail.com

June 29, 2020   Comments Off on COVID 19 update

Hillingdon AC – Membership Statement 2020/21

At the start of the membership year 2020/21 the Management Committee agreed to suspend membership subscriptions pending further certainty regarding restarting normal club activities. We are fortunate that due to sound financial management and the Club’s strong financial position we are in a position to withstand this cash flow reduction. We have also been in receipt of £10,000 from the government’s support package and helped by being able to host this year’s Hillingdon 20 prior to lockdown. In addition certain competition related outgoings have not arisen due to the cessation of that activity.

However the Club continues to have fixed costs that need to be met and we face an uncertain future particularly in relation to revenue raising activity such as road races and clubhouse income. With this in mind, and with the lockdown gradually easing, we have taken the decision to open the membership portal from July 1st. Members will then be able to renew their memberships for 2020/21.

Although the various subscription rates are unchanged from last year, as approved at the AGM in March, the Management Committee has decided to offer two options for membership in 2020/21. Firstly, we invite all those who feel able to pay the full membership fee to do so in order to support the long term financial health of the Club. However we recognise that the Club is unable to offer the full range of activities during this membership year and that many members are facing significant financial hardships resulting from the pandemic. In response to these circumstances the Club will offer an option to renew membership at 50% of the normal subscription fee for each category of membership for 2020/21. Whichever option members choose, the Club will continue to absorb the England Athletics (EA) Athlete Registration Fee of £15 per athlete for all those members who indicate they wish to be registered. EA extended the 19/20 registration year to 31 August 2020 but we believe it is time now to renew the registration fees and support the sport’s governing body. Please renew your membership as soon as possible in July so we can process your EA registrations in good time. If you have any queries relating to membership, please contact Steve Hirons, Membership Secretary on s.hirons@bbk.ac.uk.

Regarding our sport, although the normal programme of league meetings and races is cancelled for the foreseeable future, the Club is looking into all opportunities to provide value to members in accordance with government guidelines and EA advice. We are working on holding athletic events, perhaps as soon as July and August, should the guidance allow. The Club is grateful to Martin Bateman, John Dobbs and Nigel Ealand plus all the weekly quiz setters in particular for providing a constant menu of running tests and informative challenges to help us all through this lockdown.

Finally, for those members who feel particularly challenged financially at the moment you may wish to know that the Club maintains a small Athlete Assistance Fund. The Don Hirst Trust can also provide support for help with equipment, injury remedial treatment and other athletics-related matters.

Please find the membership form here https://www.hillingdonac.co.uk/shop/clubmembershippage.html

Stay safe

Management Committee

June 26, 2020   Comments Off on Hillingdon AC – Membership Statement 2020/21

Restricted return to activity at Hillingdon AC

I hope you are all safe and well. Following recent updated guidance from England Athletics on returning to activity the Management Committee have been working hard to put the necessary measures in place to enable a limited return to club life. I am glad to say that from tomorrow Sunday 21st June small groups of 4 runners or less can start and finish their runs from the Clubhouse car park. Please observe the notices regarding social distancing that have been put up in the car park. To enable this first limited stage of re-opening to happen we have developed a COVID club plan, created risk assessments for groups leaving from the Clubhouse and for coached sessions, as well as appointing COVID co-ordinators for both the clubhouse and the track, Michael Illing and Natalie Walker respectively. These documents will be posted on the club website in due course but the salient points from the clubhouse risk assessment are posted below, which I would ask you all to observe if meeting for a run. At this stage the Clubhouse will not be open but the Committee and clubhouse co-ordinator are working behind the scenes to make the Clubhouse COVID compliant for when the Government relax the rules further, which will be no earlier than the 4th July. The coaches at the track are having regular meetings to work through all the challenges faced there and we are in weekly contact with Hillingdon Council regarding the opening of the track facility. We ask for your patience, as none of us have faced a situation like this before. We are doing our best to get the club up and running as soon as possible but our priority as always is the health and well being of our members and their families. We hope to be able to update you early next week on our plans for membership subscriptions.

  • Maximum group size of 4 people
  • Groups to be arranged in advance and communicated over social media
  • Group meeting times to be staggered if multiple groups are running from a single location, such as the clubhouse
  • Social distancing to be maintained at all times as per current government guidelines
  • Approximate route to be planned in advance avoiding high streets and being aware of areas where social distancing rules may be broken (bus stops etc.)
  • No coaching to take place unless a separate list assessment has been submitted to and approved by the Covid 19 co ordinator
  • Special care to be taken when passing or overtaking others, slowing down or stopping if necessary
  • Face coverings and gloves to be carried for use in an emergency
  • Travel to/from training by own individual transport or in household groups
  • If you are displaying any Coronavirus symptoms then do not attend training. Stay home and follow current government advice

June 20, 2020   Comments Off on Restricted return to activity at Hillingdon AC

Virtual 5K Training Race June – Results

Please find attached the results of June’s Virtual 5K Training Race.

As regards next month, we are bound as a club by both Governmental & England Athletics advice, but rest assured people are working hard behind the scenes at the club so that we may all return safely as soon as possible. If anyone can spare some time to help with this, please contact Dave Smith (Club Chairman) davidalan.smith2@gmail.com

The date for next month is Thursday 9 July, either at Ruislip at 6.40 (if allowed) or virtually.

Virtual 5K 2020-06-11

June 16, 2020   Comments Off on Virtual 5K Training Race June – Results

THURSDAY 11 JUNE – Hillingdon AC Virtual 5K Training Race

This Thursday 11 June is the next Hillingdon AC Virtual 5K Training Race.

On Thursday you have until 8pm to blast out a fairly accurate 5K; it can be from home, round the actual 5K route, the woods, anywhere permitted under government guidelines.

Then send your time (minutes & seconds) and date of birth by email to gavin.collett@jti.com Lee Collett by 8pm Thursday night and I’ll produce a “race” result on Friday. There is no need to send me any proof, description of course or links to any others site such as Garmin, Strava, I won’t open them. I trust you all! Please also indicate if you have walked the whole way with no running at all.

Any ages, any speed for members, friends and family of Hillingdon AC. Please spread the word.

Stay safe


June 8, 2020   Comments Off on THURSDAY 11 JUNE – Hillingdon AC Virtual 5K Training Race

COVID-19 co-ordinator required

Following the new Government advice issued on the 28th May easing lockdown restrictions, EA have issued new guidance. As the club looks to implement these guidelines we need to appoint a club COVID-19 co-ordinator who will take responsibility for the club plan and support coaches in undertaking the relevant risk assessments. This role is vital in enabling safe running to return to Hillingdon AC. If you feel that this is a role you can take on please contact me via e-mail at davidalan.smith2@gmail.com

June 6, 2020   Comments Off on COVID-19 co-ordinator required