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Summer series fixtures 2024

Traditionally the summer series is a selection of monthly races aimed at bringing club members together in a competitive arena and promoting our club. Usually the race is followed by a social at a local cafe or pub. With this in mind this year I’ve decided to go old school with the following races.

The summer series complements the track competitions that the club competes in. Therefore the races have been chosen to avoid a clash with these events and impacting on participation in these priority fixtures.

This years races are 

Monday 1st April- Beaconsfield 5 ( at the weekend there were 160 places but this race does sell out early).

Monday 6th May- Pednor 5

Saturday 10th June- Cliveden classic 10km

Sunday 21st July- Elmbridge 10km

Saturday 10th August- Burgundy race in Ruislip Woods

September ( date to be confirmed) Middlesex 10km

League tables for Men and Women will be updated after each race, scoring as follows-

-For all events you will score 5 points for taking part and finishing

-For all events the quickest male and female athletes across the line will each earn another 20 points, second 19 and so on

Your overall score for the summer series will be the total of your points scored for the events you compete in.

You are responsible for your own entry for each of these races

February 27, 2024   Comments Off on Summer series fixtures 2024

Nikki 2024 Annapurna Marathon Challenge

On a sunny but cold day in November 2023, Nikki Penty-Alvarez and Coach Vicky Brownlee made their way to the well-trodden paths of Northala Fields, to run a 10k race hosted by Nepal Run UK. Nikki was first lady across the finish-line, and with that achievement came the prize – or perhaps the ‘challenge’ – of entry into the 2024 Annapurna Marathon.

Nikki joined the club in late 2022, having only ever run solo and racing a couple of half marathons. As Coach Andy Torrance often likes to tell, she came to her first training session on a Thursday and was wearing a HAC vest for the opening race of the Met League two days later at Claybury! Taking the plunge to agree to run her first ever marathon so far from home is something more of a commitment though. The event will involve a six-day hike to reach the altitude of 4100m, before racing the 26.2 miles of technical trails around Annapurna base camp on June 3rd 2024, against the
back drop of the Nepalese mountain range that boasts the 10 th highest peak in the world.

Nikki will be fundraising for “the other HAC” in her life: Hillingdon Autistic Care and Support are a local charity that support families across the borough navigate the ups and down of life with Autism. They plug the gaps where other services are unable to meet the needs of people with Autism, supporting them and their families to “minimise disability and maximise ability”.

If you would like to sponsor Nikki on her run and see her progress with the journey at each stage, the justgiving link is: justgiving.com/page/nikki-runs-nepal

In an effort to crowdfund as much of her travel expenses as possible the clubhouse will help Nikki host a Fish & Chips Quiz and Raffle in the weeks leading up to the race – we hope to see as many of you there as possible!



February 25, 2024   Comments Off on Nikki 2024 Annapurna Marathon Challenge

Met League Trent Park- Womens report

My sincere thanks to the 15 ladies who started and completed the last Met League XC race at the mudbath that was Trent Park!
Our aim for the Senior Ladies B team was to get more 6 points than London Frontrunners and overtake them for the last position above the two relegation places in divison 2. We didn’t!
HOWEVER- we did get 78 points more than Thames Valley Harriers (who were above the Frontrunners) to leapfrog them into the safety of 10th position in twelve team division 2 and retain our position therein. Well done ladies!!!
On the other side of the coin our pleas for a strong turnout for the Vets team to keep our C team in division two went unheeded and with only 9 Vets ladies competing, our C team consisted of just one lady and we finished a long way last and tamely drop into division three. 
For the record our finishers in a field of 182 were:
Catriona Paterson 28th, Sister Heather 40th, Nikki Penty-Alvarez 59th, Captain Mel Spencer 84th, Karen O’Rourke 108th, Zoe Dobbs 116th, Ellie Henderson 122nd, Pauline Fischer and Elise Delrange in 128th and 129th, Lynn Hyde and Stephanie Suntong in 134th and 135th, Coach Vicky Brownlee 168th, Ruth Costelloe 173rd, Alice Coburn 176th and Lucy Duncan in 180th.
My thanks to everyone who has turned out and run this season, and I cannot think of anyone who having started, has failed to finish a race this year. The new season starts again in October, at Claybury.
Keep fit and stay healthy!
Report by Andy Torrance

February 14, 2024   Comments Off on Met League Trent Park- Womens report

HAC Juniors Met League Results – Trent Park

Well done to all the HAC Juniors who embraced the treacherous conditions at Trent Park for the final Met League meeting of the season. We had some great performances on the day, in particular:
William Palmer (16th in U11 Boys)
Wilbur Sanders (19th in U11 Boys)
Aidan Luca Clark (20th in U11 Boys)
Elsie Fitzgerald (7th in U13 Girls)
Dylan Lewis (8th in U15 Boys)
Adam Strinic (20th U15 Boys)
Edey Kestell (11th U15 Girls)
Overall Met League Standings
In the overall standings we had some noteable results:
Elsie Fitzgerald (7th in U13 Girls)
Rosie Bishop (19th in U13 Girls)
Alexander Farley (18th in U13 Boys)
Edey Kestell (12th in U15 Girls)
Dylan Lewis (4th In U15 Boys)
Adam Strinic (16th in U15 Boys)

Well done to all the athletes who took part over the season and a massive thanks you to all the coaches who have given their time over the past months to coach, encourage and help the athletes through the cross country season.

Report by Peter Lewis

February 14, 2024   Comments Off on HAC Juniors Met League Results – Trent Park

EA U20/U17/U15 Indoor Champs report

This weekend saw the England Athletics U20/U17 & U15 Indoor Championship. This is an annual event which takes place at the England Institute of Sport in Sheffield. Whilst it’s an ‘open’ competition, every athlete needs to meet qualifying times before they can enter the competition. Three Hillingdon athletes chose to make the trip. It’s an exciting event with the best of the crop showcasing their skills over two full days of events, all of which are live streamed – so you can watch it on the telly! Parents who accompany their athletes have the joy of buying tickets to watch their children.

Charlie Reed U15B 800m
A great run on Saturday afternoon with a PB 2:05:55 to qualify for the final on Sunday. The final was a fast pace & Charlie came in fifth.

Isabella Phillips U15G 200m
The first race of the day on Sunday and a fast run, a new PB 26:00, which gave her a qualifying place in the semi finals. The semi’s were tough and Isabella did not go through to the final.

Dejean Jarrett U15B 200m
In the third heat and the boys fly round the track, unfortunately DeJean did not qualify for the semi finals.

A huge commitment shown by these athletes & their family to attend this event & they all did really well. Hillingdon AC was very well represented by these young athletes & there is definitely more to come from ALL our junior athletes as the main season commences in April.

Report by Doreen Evans

February 14, 2024   Comments Off on EA U20/U17/U15 Indoor Champs report

Elsie Fitzgerald wins Middlesex Schools X country

Elsie Fitzgerald one of our regular athletes, who came into the Club through the starter group with Jim Flanders is a regular contributor to XC events. Earlier this week she won the Year 7 Middlesex Schools XC event. 

Congratulations to Elsie.

February 10, 2024   Comments Off on Elsie Fitzgerald wins Middlesex Schools X country

London Indoor Games U13/U15/U17 report

The London Indoor Games U13/U15/U17 took place last weekend and several Hillingdon athletes took part, here’s a little roundup.

Annamarie Baker Lopes ran her first indoor competition, a new 60m time of 8.34 & an indoor 200m 27.40
Cameron Morris ran a solid 8.51 in 60m
Charlie Reed ran a solid 2:08:82 in 800m
Dejean Jarrett knocked his 60m time down to 7.80, a new PB.
Dylan Lewis rang a strong 800m with 2:13:10 time
Ibukun Adenubi ran her first indoor competition with a new 60m time 8.25
Nicolate Lovelock ran her first 200m indoor with a new time of 30.67
Rafael Pequeno had a strong run with 24.16 PB 200m
Shaan Tumber did his first 400m indoors, with a new time of 56.34
Yuvvraj Gadday ran a solid 25.84 for 200m, his first indoors
Zakariye Aliabdi ran a solid 25.08 for 200m, his first indoors.

Well done to everyone for taking part, the season is young & there will be lots more to come from our athletes.

February 4, 2024   Comments Off on London Indoor Games U13/U15/U17 report

Couch to 5km course starting in March

Want to start running but don’t know where to begin? Whether you are starting from scratch or coming back after a lay off after injury our couch to 5km course will help you gradually build up your fitness and stamina. Run by qualified England Athletics coaches the 8 week course, based in Ruislip starts on Wednesday 27th March 2024 and costs just £20. If you want to get fit, have fun and make new friends sign up by emailing davidalan.smith2@gmail.com

February 4, 2024   Comments Off on Couch to 5km course starting in March