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Deryk Searle

January 22, 2022   Comments Off on Deryk Searle

HAC Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Hillingdon Athletic Club will be held on Tuesday 8th March 2022 at 8.00pm at Hillingdon Athletic Club, 206 Bury St, Ruislip HA4 7TJ.

Only paid up members (excluding those with the D4F HAC membership) 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 Christina Benjamin in writing by 7th February 2022 at the latest. All resolutions will require a proposer and seconder.

Elections for the following positions will be held at the AGM and those marked with a * are stepping down from their roles and those marked with ** are current vacancies. If you wish to be nominated for any position, please notify the Club Secretary by 7th February 2022 at the latest with details of your proposer and seconder.

• Chairperson*- Dave Smith
• Treasurer- Martin Searle
• Club Secretary- Christina Benjamin
• Athletics Adviser**

Chairs of the following sub-committees:
• Competitions- Martin Bateman
• Coaching & officials- Idris Hamud & Suzanne Kendall
• Race Promotions*- Dan Spinks
• Clubhouse- John and Zoe Dobbs
• Communications*- interim Freya Hollinsworth
• Audit- Lucy Duncan

The Club Chairman can be contacted via the email; davidalan.smith2@gmail.com

The Club Secretary can be contacted via the email;

The Formal Notice for the AGM will be sent out on or around 22nd February 2022.

Christina Benjamin
Club Secretary

January 19, 2022   Comments Off on HAC Annual General Meeting


With only 14 ladies taking to the start line for today’s Metropolitan League fixture at a flat but very muddy Wormwood Scrubs I feared we would lose ground on our close rivals, however with only 190 ladies in total in the race, and some very strong performances from all 14 athletes we are looking good as we head to the last fixture in a month’s time at Trent Park!!
Our A team were 4th out of 12 teams yesterday and now sit in 6th place in the top ladies division following great runs from Carole Coulon (15th), a season debut for Catriona Paterson (19th), Hannah Wells (22nd), Jen Harvey (33rd), identical twin Heather Paterson (43rd) and Freya Hollingsworth (72nd).
Our second string of Karmen Pardoe (85th), Zoe Dobbs (112th), Sheree Kestell (138th), Stephanie Suntong (144th) and despite running on one working leg Melanie Spencer (154th) did enough on the day to pull almost 100 points ahead of the two teams below them so should avoid relegation from division 2 with a good turnout next time.
The depleted third team of Ellie Henderson (158th) , Nastaran Sepanj (165th) and Vicky Brownlee (180th) did well to come tenth on the day of 19 teams and sit comfortably in tenth position in the division 3 table.
Of our 14 ladies, 7 qualify as vets, and their performance on the day was remarkable!!
Carole, Karmen, Zoe and Sheree were 4th on the day and the team sit in 3rd place in the top Vets division. HOWEVER despite only having three to score (4 can score for any vets team) Stephanie , Mel and Vicky were third equal team on the day but as our main rivals failed to turn up in force our Vets second team now sit TOP of Vets ladies division 2 albeit just 2 points clear of Victoria Park and 4 points clear of Mornington Chasers. To clinch the title and to get promoted we MUST have a great Vets turnout at Trent Park on February 19th.
PLEASE put this date in your diaries now. Our third team won the division 3 title last year and our second team are poised to take the division 2 title but ONLY if we turn up in force at Trent Park just like we did at the same fixture last season when a HUGE number of ladies vets turned out meant we literally ran away with the division 3 trophy!!!!!
Andy Torrance


Met League Wormwood Scrubs- Senior men’s report

With 27 finishers in the men’s Met League race at Wormwood Scrubs, this was our third biggest turnout of the season on a course that had been billed as very wet and very muddy. In the event, the conditions were not too bad and saw strong performances for the club with the A team finishing seventh on the day in Division One (now seventh overall in the league) and the B and C teams finishing fifth and 18th in Division Three – equaling the best performance for the B team this season with the B and C teams in sixth and 18th overall in Division Three.

Rob Thompson was first scorer for the club in seventh, as he regained form following illness over the Christmas period with Aramias Zeration 31st (as he continues to recover from being ill) and James Laing 40th. Will Fielding marked his Met League debut for the season in 80th as he was rewarded for his journey up from Devon to compete with a fine performance. Martin Bateman showed what he can do when he wears two cross country spikes in 85th (and 3rd vet 45), with Kirk O’Rourke in 87th and Abdirahman Hamud just outside the top 100 in 104th.

Dan Thompson had an improved performance compared with the Middlesex Champs in 121st, Charlie Edwards was 147th and Jon Hicks 212th. Scott Farley marked his return following injury in 233rd with the scoring 12 for the A team completed by Jose Ramon Polo Lopez (255th), who lost time (and for a period his glasses) after slipping and falling in the muddy conditions.

The B team was book-ended by Steve Hirons in 264th and Chris Marchand in 362nd and featured a cross country debut for Spencer Harding in 274th and a return from injury for Andy Wood (289th) with Iain Betson first scorer for the C team in 383rd and Dennis Carey the final scorer for the club in 421st.

Thank you to everyone that competed. Full results may be found here: https://www.metleague.run/results/race-4-2021-wormwood-results-15-01-2022/

Paul Leppard

Senior Men Team manager

January 18, 2022   Comments Off on Met League Wormwood Scrubs- Senior men’s report

HAC Juniors Middx X Country report

Well done to all the juniors who competed at the Middlesex Championships today – first XC back after the Xmas break is always a tough one – but weather conditions today made it particularly challenging.
Big thanks to all the parents who braved the elements to give your support.
Results are in – some great individual results :
Unfortunately no team trophies this year – with some teams lacking some strong athletes due to injury & COVID so some very respectable placing:
U17 Men 4th
U15 Boys 7th
U15 Girls 5th
U13 Boys 5th
U13 Girls 6th
U11 Girls 4th
Look forward to seeing everyone next Sat at the 4th Met League – hopefully it will be a drier one!
Molly Healey

January 9, 2022   Comments Off on HAC Juniors Middx X Country report

HAC Ladies Middx X Country report

Congratulations and a big WELL DONE to the brave and dedicated ladies who braved the conditions at Perivale to compete in the Middlesex County Cross Country Championships!!
Seven ladies entered, turned up, started and completed the tough 8K muddy course. Hannah Wells led the way finishing in24th place followed by Zoe Dobbs (56th), Sheree Kestell (67th), Pauline Smith (78th), Nastaran Sepanj (81st), Vicky Brownlee(96th) and Kerry Rose in 97th. The team finished 10th out of 13 complete teams. Well done all!!!!
Attention now turns to the Metropolitan League at Wormwood Scrubs next Saturday. 
Andy Torrance

January 9, 2022   Comments Off on HAC Ladies Middx X Country report

Junior Sprinters Update

It’s getting colder, training conditions are becoming challenging and the endurance runners continue to grind the miles out in the mud.

Meanwhile there’s calm before the storm with our junior sprinters. They haven’t gone into hibernation until the sight of blossoming flowers or until temperatures rise above 18 degrees. Behind the scenes they’re continuing to impress, working with diligence, keeping themselves busy, strengthening and preparing their bodies for 2022

From January they’ll unleash their short bursts of speed in time for the indoor track season.

Trevor Matthews


January 4, 2022   Comments Off on Junior Sprinters Update

Lido Relay Results

A total of 57 runners competed in the Lido Relays today making up 22 finishing teams. Participants ranged in age from 8 to 80 years old, which for me really captures the spirit of this event. A special well done to our youngest participants Hattie, Albert and Edey Kestell. Also to Dennis Carey who was the only runner to complete all three legs. 

The first team across the line was Hillingdon AC’s own Knight and Dame couple- James Laing and Hannah Wells. Full results can be found here Lido Relays 03.01.22

Thank you to all those who made this event such a success in particular thanks to Phil Welch for timekeeping- a challenging job in this event.

To Bhavna Shah and Natalie Wickings- first aiders, John Dobbs, Steve Edwards, John Bignell and Jenny Laing for marshalling, Jason Steel and Peter Humm who helped out at the start/ finish area and Zoe Dobbs for the clubhouse bar. Apologies if I’ve missed anyone out. 

Thanks for supporting your club events.

January 3, 2022   Comments Off on Lido Relay Results

GLL Sport Foundation Applications Open 20th December 2021

GLL – the UK’s largest charitable leisure social enterprise – is set to assist more than three thousand athletes, through its athlete support programme, the GLL Sport Foundation. Applications are open until 20th February 2022.

The GLL Sport Foundation (GSF) supports athletes across 65 areas of the UK with financial help, physiotherapy, a ‘Better’ Gym membership and more.

In the wake of a difficult two years, GLL continued with the programme in 2020 and 2021, investing into the development of local talent, aspiring to follow previous supported athletes such as Susie Rodgers, Dina Asher-Smith and Lutalo Muhammad.

In 2022, GLL is investing over £1.2 million into the development of local athletes, who aspire to follow in the footsteps of Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic medallists such as, Joe Choong, Matty Lee and Tully Kearney.

GSF athlete Joseph Choong, won the Gold Medal in the Modern Pentathlon at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games.

Commenting on the support he has received from the Foundation over the years, he said:

“I have been a part of GSF since 2013 – they’ve been there to support large parts of my career and now seen me through to become an Olympic Champion.”
“The importance of the GSF can’t be overstated. I look forward to helping the programme inspire younger generations into the future.”


In 2021, 63% of the GLL Sport Foundation’s supported athletes were under 21 years old and 96% received no other funding.

The impact of the Foundation is significant and highlighted by GSF Patron Sally Gunnell OBE who remains the only athlete to hold consecutive Olympic, World and Commonwealth titles. “From my own experience starting out as a young athlete and progressing through my sport, I understand how important the recognition and support from organisations like the GLL Sport Foundation can be to young athletes. It can make the difference in achieving sporting ambitions.

“This is ever-more important today as we recover from a difficult and challenging two years, where dreams have been put on hold and sport had to stop. Athletes can now refocus having re-started competition and working towards those goals with the support of the GLL Sport Foundation.”

Over its 13 years, the GLL Sport Foundation has invested over £12.1 million supporting athletes, providing more than 16,000 awards. This support has yielded a staggering 76 Olympic and Paralympic medals for GSF athletes. Athletes can join this prestigious group by applying for support in 2022.

Applications are open until 20th February 2022 via the website portal – www.gllsportfoundation.org

January 2, 2022   Comments Off on GLL Sport Foundation Applications Open 20th December 2021

Lido Relays update

Looking forward to seeing you all at the Lido Relays on Monday morning. Remember registration is from 9am at the clubhouse.
Thankyou to those that have volunteered- please ensure you are at the clubhouse for 9.30 at the latest for the marshall briefing.
Please remember that the Omicron variant is circulating widely in London at the present time. Although there is no legal requirement to do so the council have recommended the following as part of our license for the event-
  1. That competitors wear face coverings (outside of the race) when coming in to close contact with people they don’t know e.g. at registration or when seeking medical assistance.
  2. That competitors take a lateral flow test before attending.
  3. Where a facemask when not seated in the clubhouse
  4. Hand sanitiser will be made available at the clubhouse- please use it
Thankyou for supporting your club events

January 1, 2022   Comments Off on Lido Relays update