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Posts from — January 2024

Bridget Bamford rest in peace

Bridget sadly passed away on 4 January at the age of 99. Her funeral will be held at Breakspear west chapel on Friday 9 February at 1.45 followed by afternoon tea at a venue to be announced. Family flowers only donations to St Luke’s Hospice. Dress code – black not essential as Bridget liked bright colours so wear whatever makes you happy,

January 25, 2024   Comments Off on Bridget Bamford rest in peace

Bronze for Charlie Reed at the Southern England AA Under 15 champs

Well done to Charlie Reed who won a bronze medal in the 800m at the Southern England AA indoor U15 championships at Lee Valley last weekend.
After comfortably winning his heat, Charlie ran a pb of 2:07.97 in the final to win the bronze in a very competitive race.
A great result that bodes well for the season ahead, well done Charlie. 

January 19, 2024   Comments Off on Bronze for Charlie Reed at the Southern England AA Under 15 champs

Hillingdon Ladies at Welwyn Garden City – 13th January 2024 Metropolitan League Race 4

A disappointingly small number of just 12 Hillingdon Senior and Veteran ladies travelled to Stanborough Park on a cool but pleasant Saturday on an amended course which was definitely longer than the normal 8 kilometres.

The saving grace for us was the fact this was a VERY strong team and everyone started and finished this hilly and challenging 3 and a half lap course although Nastaran was kind enough to give the other 178 ladies a two minute start!!! We gladly welcomed back Carole Coulon and Beverley Whitfield who finished in 10th and 19th positions. They were followed by Catriona Paterson in 45th, Katie Newman and Nikki Penty-Alvarez in 64th and 65 positions and Heather Paterson completed the A team in 72nd position. That gave us 207 points and a good 6th position on the day out of 12 teams in the top division. We stay in 8th position overall.

The second team was made up of Captain Melanie Spencer in 90th, Karen O’Rourke in 121st, Zoe Dobbs in 128th, Nastaran Sepanj in 164th and Coach Vicky Brownlee in 171st. These performances gave us 84 points and 10th position out of twelve teams in division 2 on the day and we are 11th overall but just a few points behind London Frontrunners in 10th.

Sadly we had so few runners today that Lucy Duncan in 176th was our only scorer for our third team and her 3 points in division 3 meant we finished 17th on the day and are 14th overall.

In Veterans division one, our two superfast Vets Carole and Beverley supported by Melanie and Karen meant our A team finished 3rd equal on the day and move up to 7th position in 12 team division 1. Our points total was so high today that with another strong performance in the last fixture we could possibly move up to 4th position. Zoe, Vicky and Lucy scored for our incomplete B team who are now 5th in the same division following their 8th position today. Sadly with not enough runners to fill the B team we obviously had no score at all for our C team who now sit equal bottom of 12 team division two. We are the ONLY club to have all three Vets teams in the top two divisions and we are in real danger of losing that claim to fame


Please make EVERY EFFORT to make it to the last fixture as the METROPOLITAN CROSS COUNTRY LEAGUE is a PRIORITY for the club and we have made great strides in the last few years and we do not want waste those previous efforts!!!!!

So WELL DONE everyone who ran at Welwyn – a poor turnout and but some GREAT performances but PLEASE PLEASE make EVERY EFFORT to make it to the last fixture.

Keep running and stay healthy!!

January 14, 2024   Comments Off on Hillingdon Ladies at Welwyn Garden City – 13th January 2024 Metropolitan League Race 4

Marshals needed Saturday 20th January – International XC at Parliament Hill Fields

Message below from Malcolm French, a good friend of HAC (and organiser of the Hyde Park 5ks). He’s after marshals for a prestigious XC at Parliament Hill Fields this coming Saturday. A chance to see top class athletes in action and support the sport:
Malcolm writes –
Marshals sought for the London International Cross Country competition – Saturday, 20 Jan – Parliament Hill. 
How often do you get to be up close and personal to an international running event?  If you want to watch a high-quality event and be inspired by elite level runners, whilst doing something useful, please come and help marshal the London International cross country competition on Saturday, 20 January at Parliament Hill, Hampstead Heath.
The competition is on a spectator-friendly 2km circuit close to the track.  The races include the latest round of the UK Cross Challenge for age groups from U13’s upwards.  The elite races will include the trial for the British World XC Champs team, the Home Nations International (England v Scotland v Wales v Northern Ireland), an inter-area competition and the British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) trial for the World Universities XC Champs.
The races will start at 10.45am. The marshals will meet for a briefing at 10.00am and final competitors expected to finish around 3.30pm. All races will take place in a much smaller area than usual – the furthest marshalling point will only be a few minutes’ walk from the start/finish.
If you can help, please can you contact the Chief Marshal, Malcolm French, on malcolmfrench1962@yahoo.com
Thank you for supporting what promises to be an excellent competition.

January 14, 2024   Comments Off on Marshals needed Saturday 20th January – International XC at Parliament Hill Fields

Middlesex Cross Country Championships – Senior Men, Horsenden Hill, 06/01/2024

Hillingdon AC’s senior men finished ninth team at the Middlesex Cross Country Championships in very wet, muddy and soft underfoot conditions on a testing Horsenden Hill Course.


January 8, 2024   Comments Off on Middlesex Cross Country Championships – Senior Men, Horsenden Hill, 06/01/2024

U15 Boys Fly High at Middlesex Cross Country Championships

After the torrential rain experienced during the week, it was a brave group of junior athletes who took on the challenging Greenford Course for the Middlesex Cross Country Championships.

It was the team performance by our U15 Boys which was the standout performance of the day; coming home in 3rd place, to be rewarded with bronze medals which will be presented to them over the coming weeks.

There were some fantastic individual performances – well done to our U11’s – Marcus Sery (10th) and Daniel Jones (21st), who were competing in the first County Championships; we wish them a long, happy & successful cross-country career!  

In some highly competitive fields, we had several Top 20 finishers – U13 G – Elsie Fitzgerald (9th); U15B – BarnabeLesenne-Ward (6th); Charlie Reed (13th) and U15G – EdeyKestell (13th).

Huge congratulations to Barnabe Lesenne-Ward, who has been selected to represent Middlesex at the National Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships at Loughborough on 9th March – everyone at HAC wishes him the very best of luck!

January 8, 2024   Comments Off on U15 Boys Fly High at Middlesex Cross Country Championships

Hillingdon 20 Road Race

Save the date for the Hillingdon 20 on Sunday 24th Match 2024. We require over 70 marshalls for this event which is a major fund raiser for the club. If you can spare any time on this date please let Lyndsey Hannigan know either at the clubhouse or via email lindseyhannigan17@hotmail.com

January 3, 2024   Comments Off on Hillingdon 20 Road Race

Lido New Years relays results

Thirty three teams completed this years New Year relay event at Ruislip Lido. The first team to finish was Liam Holbrook and Kirk O’ Rourke. A close battle for second place meant there was only one second between the teams. Finn Coombe, Ryan Stoddart and Zac Dickens just edging Barnabe Lessenne- Ward, Charlie Reed and Dylan Lewis into third place. Fastest lap was run by Liam Holbrook in 8:00. A total of 84 runners and walkers participated in the event. Full results can be found Lido Relays results 2023

January 1, 2024   Comments Off on Lido New Years relays results