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Dark Run 5K 2018

3.30pm is the deadline for online entries for the run. I’ll be at the clubhouse around 5pm until 5.45pm allocating numbers and taking late entries and payment. Please bring the correct cash if possible. Thank you!

December 14, 2018   Comments Off on Dark Run 5K 2018

Hillingdon 20

Ruislip on the 10th March 2019 is the place to be for our new club race. The Hillingdon 20 Mile race will replace the Finchley 20 in 2019 and beyond. The old race and name served us well, but it is time to move on especially seeing that HS2 is and will continue for many years to come cut through the F20 course and cause much disruption and uncertainty in the area. This new course isn’t supa dupa but ticks plenty of positive boxes and keeps the clubhouse at the heart of the event. It is nice and safe to use for training runs too as there is no need take your life into the lap of the gods down Breakspear Road.
Entries will be opening soon, but first all 2018 entrants have first refusal for a place after this years race was cancelled. This will be communicated by Active Training World next week.

October 6, 2018   Comments Off on Hillingdon 20

June 3K Training Race 26/6/18

The 3K training race is back tomorrow evening at the track. 6pm start with registration open from around 5pm. All welcome including non members and it is free. It’s going to be very hot again tomorrow evening, so please make sure if you are taking part or helping that you are well hydrated and have a drink ready for after the event. If you are able to help timekeep or marshal please make yourself known to Courtney Clarke or me by 5.45pm.

June 25, 2018   Comments Off on June 3K Training Race 26/6/18



This year’s Wilkie Mile will take place on Thursday 26th April at King’s College track (tarmac surface), Ruislip. [Read more →]

April 3, 2018   Comments Off on WILKIE MILE 2018

BUCS Champs

If you are into XC and weren’t at Hillingdon House Farm on Saturday 3rd February 2018 you missed the best set of races probably ever run there. It is 50 year since the last time the British University XC Championships have been held in London. That’s pretty big tick for Hillingdon. Everyone did an amazing job to help Brunel University host this event. TBH it was the hard work of Hillingdon and ESM members that did the lions share of the work and we should be rightly proud. That was the peak for Hillingdon House Farm, which has to be one of the best places to put on a XC event. It is equally a devil and an angel for athletes and spectators alike. Particular shout out to John Bignell and Andy Torrance who worked with me to really cut back the overgrowth on the ski slope and by Vyners Field on Friday. Thank goodness we did because the sight of 700+ women charging around the course was amazing and spectactular and I don’t think there were any issues. Maria Hernandez-Humm marveled once again piecing together a squad of enthusiatic marshals from HAC, ESM, Serps and TVH. If anyone from the council asks. It was a Brunel event. They might not like the condition of the fields when they see them. They were well cut up from racing and 4 vans, a trailer and car needed pushing off the fields and caused just a few divots and skids. I was the only sensible person not to park on a XC course
Here is an article I’ve pulled from http://leftspikefanzine.com/ which sums up the day very well.
Fields of green quickly turned to mud at the BUCS Cross Country Championships earlier today

The annual FA Cup of student distance running was a well-organised bout of mud, blood, running and rain by host university Brunel. Cross country as it ought to be.

A winding two-lap route doubled-back on itself in anticipation of the ski slope hill, the first of two features that might well be described as ‘extreme’ and/or ‘edgy’. The second claimed the highest profile of victims – but more on that later.
First up on the menu

Stacked. That’s certainly one word to describe the strength of the women’s field. When the current senior national cross country champion finishes fifth, you know it’s been a rather good race.

Consider: nine out of the first ten women ran for GB in Edinburgh three weeks ago. Between them they’ve won more than 25 individual or team medals at the European Cross Country Championships. They also happen to have a collective 17 individual national cross country medals in their sock drawers.

Awesome. That’s another word to describe the women’s race. The stream of women who snaked their way round the Hillingdon course was a sight to see – and the 704 women who finished was almost three times as many as a decade ago. Women’s distance running in the UK is doing alright at the moment – and youth is on its side.
First-timer to the fore

While victory may have been ‘completely unexpected’ for Harriet Knowles-Jones, the best junior cross country runner on the Continent right now was always one to watch for our money.

She put herself in the mix from the gun. A lead group of five became four as Judd tired. Harriet waited for her moment. It came on the other side of the water feature. The baying crowd willed over-zealous striders to come a cropper in the stream. The leading protagonists took on the potential pitfall with aplomb.
Beaming Bowden brings home the Bronze

Beaming Bowden brings home the Bronze

Rabid, screaming students breached the red tape that marked the finishing straight, ignoring objections from officials to get up in the grills of the fast-finishing girls. Harriet was clear in a position she knows well. Law held off homegirl Bowden by less than one second to snaffle silver. Loughborough took team gold.
Early pace too hot to handle

Rapid. Probably the best word to describe the start of the men’s long race. Relentless too, certainly where permanent fixtures Emile Cairess, Mahamed Mahamed and Alex Yee were concerned.

Others came and went, the pace too hot to trot along with for a few, who were shed unceremoniously to the nether regions of the race. One who kept coming back for more: eventual runner-up, Chris Olley.

First he was up with the fancied few. Then he was back with the chasing pack, letting the lead group go tit-for-tat. Then he was up again, a serious pretender in contention with a lap still to run. Pacing like a boss.

Yee made his move with Cairess in tow. It looked as if that would be the final blow. The Leeds Becket runner, also 19, pulled a winning-margin clear with the second ski slope scaled.
You can’t upend the comeback kid

That was until the dastardly water feature claimed its most high-profile casualty of the day. Face-planted and eating mud. Importantly, undeterred.

The lone, lean figure of Yee emerged from the woods at the death, a silhouette against the greying scene, solitary and strident in the long run for home.
Alex falls prey to the dastardly river-crossing

Just eight months on since a high-speed bike crash left him literally punctured and broken, Yee’s return to winning ways at the first time of asking cannot be understated. Comeback kid he might be, but it didn’t come without its cost.

Olley put a valiant kick in but the damage had been done. It left last year’s short race winner, Cairess, to outkick Mahamed for bronze. St Mary’s took the team title for the seventh time in the last decade.
Last but not least

Typically exuberant, sometimes obnoxiously tribalistic, the men’s short race finished off the afternoon. St Mary’s student, Luke Prior, sped off halfway round lap one and was never bettered. It wasn’t enough, though, to lead his team to gold.

That was, instead, Loughborough’s for the taking. With four inside the first eight, the team’s victory at least went some way to making up for the university’s apparent failure to register a team for the long event.

Photos acquired from various sources. If you are a twitter or Instagram user and want to see more use #BUCSXC

February 6, 2018   Comments Off on BUCS Champs



 10.30am start

Register at the clubhouse between 9.30am and 10.15am

You compete entirely at your own risk.

All Club members are welcome to run, with a £3 fee for any non-Club members.

Please bring a wrapped present worth around £3 for a lucky dip raffle after the race.

The course starts and finishes at the bus stop outside the clubhouse in Bury Street and is a loop of Bury Street, Breakspear Road & Ladygate Lane.

3.2 miles (2 laps)

There is a one-lap option (1.6 miles) for the young (minimum age 11), old (maximum age 111) & injured.

This is not an official race, so please keep to the pavement whenever possible and beware of road users and pedestrians.

The licensed bar will be open after the race for a short time for the results announcement and lucky-dip raffle.

Further details if required from Gavin Collett

December 23, 2017   Comments Off on CHRISTMAS MORNING ROAD RACE 2017

Dark Run 2017

Thank you to everyone that took part and helped with the 3rd Dark Run 5K on Sat 16th December. From the entry fees and donations we raised £267.00 and from Zoe and John Dobb’s fantastic food we raised £100 profit for a grand total of £367.00 for the Micheal Sobell House Hospice in Northwood.


Pos  WalkerClubGenderAgeTime
1PaulLeppard HillM3919.43 
2JenniferHarvey HillF3020.32 
3AndyWood HillM3820.38 
4DaveSmith HillM5320.43 
5AdamIreland HillM1420.44 
6DanielWhittaker HillM4321.07 
7AndyMiles HillM6321.43 
8ZoeDobbs HillF4823.04 
9AngelDoyle HillF1123.15 
10StevanDokic HillM6023.21 
11JonathanGawn HillM3523.46 
12VivekUpadhyay HillM3224.15 
13PaulSpencer HillM4724.24 
14BryonyLycett-Brown HillF2724.45 
15BobBurton HillM5824.51 
16AndyMansi HillM6825.10 
17DanSpinks HillM4325.14 
18LotteVisser HillF2525.34 
19IwonaGray-Cauvin UnattF3825.40 
20AndyTorrance HillM6125.47 
21TrevorSteeples HillM6126.12 
22NikkiTasker UnattF3126.32 
23DennisCarey HillM5226.34 
24ChrisTasker HillM6226.36 
25LucyDuncan HillF4327.00 
27PeterHumm HillM5429.20 
28AlanWells HillM5429.42 
29LyndseyBrowne HillF3831.00 
30DebbieBrown HillF4531.02 
31LouisaGawn HillF3631.04 
32ChristinaBenjamin HillF2731.09 
33AnneJones SteynF6331.22 
34JoMiles HillF6231.23 
35PaulMartin HillM5031.24 
36MariaHernandez-Humm HillF5132.17 
37AngelaDuncan HillF7734.08 
38StephanieSungtong HillF5034.51 
39ChloeCharles HillF2136.08 
40TanzinAhmed UnattM2136.08 
41SophieCharles UnattF2036.08 
 1 lappers       
40DanielWong HillM914.07 
41EdwardSpencer HillM814.56 
42IsabelleWong HillF1118.14 
43AmyWong HillF719.43 
44CherileeDoyle HillF921.09 
45LorraineKingston HillF4821.13 
46Ronnie Smart HilM5621.14 
47DeborahWates HillF5524.07 
48WilliamSpencer HillM1328.10 
49HarryWild HillM8528.10 

December 17, 2017   Comments Off on Dark Run 2017

5K Dark Run 2017


Online entries and food orders are now being taken here. Payment is on the night. last year we raised £283.00 for Micheal Sobell Hospice.

December 10, 2017   Comments Off on 5K Dark Run 2017

London Marathon Club Ballot and Brighton Places

HAC will have 3 or 4 club places on offer to club members for the London Marathon on the 22nd April 2018.

If you are a fully paid up club member and have been for at least 1 year, have a VLM rejection slip/email for next year’s race, not previously won a club place in the last 3 years and want to do the marathon please email me, Martin Bateman at mbateman@hillingdonac.co.uk by the end of Friday 1st December 2017. Applications from people without a VLM rejection slip/emails can request to be put in the draw but will only be included if they reached the “seeded” requirement which is explained below.

Places will be awarded again this year by ballot and the draw/s will be at the clubhouse on Sat 2nd December. These places are offered by VLM as a kind of reward to clubs so in turn the seeded applicants will be those that have put a lot into aspects of management and organisation of HAC.

If we receive 3 places 2 will available in the “seed” draw and 1 in the open draw. If we get 4 places 2 will available in the “seed” draw and 2 in the open draw.

If for example 5 people apply and only 1 is of “seed” standard then that “seed” will automatically get the place. There will then be a draw for 1 place from the remaining 4 names. If for example there are 5 applications and 2 are of “seed” standard then there will be a Seed draw between the 2 people. The unulucky seed will then go into the draw with the other 3 for the 1 place left. If there are no “seed” applications then everyone goes into the draw if there are over 2 applications.

Anyone applying will need to pay the entry costs themselves if drawn from the ballot.

We also have 10 places on offer for the Brighton Marathon on 15th April.

You have until 31 December to apply to me for a club place. If more than 10 apply I will use the same system as for the London Marathon. Athletes must pay their own entry fee of £69.50

November 17, 2017   Comments Off on London Marathon Club Ballot and Brighton Places

Click here to enter.

October 5, 2017   Comments Off on


This year’s competition will take place on Tuesday 5th September at 7pm
on the normal course at Rochester Road in Northwood Hills, opposite Haydon School.
Please register at the clubhouse by 6.30pm or be at Rochester Road by 6.50pm.
You compete entirely at your own risk.
All Club members are welcome to run, with a £3 fee for any non-Club members.
This year there will be four competitions:
Women Maximum of eight rounds
Over 40 Men Maximum of eight rounds
Under 40 Men Maximum of ten rounds
Plate (for those knocked out in early stages of the other three competitions)
Maximum of five rounds
How does it work?
All the runners in each competition start together and run up the hill (just under 300m
in length). The last one to the top is eliminated (sometimes more depending on
number of entries).
The remainder jog back down again and then repeat the run up the hill. Once again,
the last one to the top is eliminated (sometimes more depending on number of
This is repeated until only one runner is left, who is the winner of the competition.
So that everyone gets more than one run, halfway through the event everyone who has
been eliminated to that point in the three main competitions can enter the Plate
Further details if required from Gavin Collett

August 1, 2017   Comments Off on DEVIL TAKES THE HINDMOST 2017

Fixture list

A provisional list of club fixtures for the autumn and winter is now available to download here.

July 22, 2017   Comments Off on Fixture list

Park Run Touring

Here is a list of Park Runs Katherine Wells would like club members join her in and make it a big turnout from HAC.

13th May – Osterley

20th May – Northala – followed by the spring cleaning at the clubhouse

27th May – Cassiobury Park

3rd June – *No parkrun* Summer series Olympic Park 10k

10th June – South Oxhey

17th June – *No parkrun* SAL Uxbridge

24th June – Rickmansworth

1st July- Harrow

8th July- *No parkrun* SAL Reading

15th July – Tring

22nd July- Bedfont Lakes

29th July – High Wycombe

May 11, 2017   Comments Off on Park Run Touring

County Fell Running Champs

Middlesex County are looking for representives in the inter-counties fell running champs in Scotland on 13th May. No ability criteria has been shared with me but I’d expect the county would take those people that finish in top 15/20% of a Met League standard race as a guide. Please contact Andrew Owen for more info at Andrew.Owen@bfi.org.uk

May 1, 2017   Comments Off on County Fell Running Champs

London 10K entries

As per usual the club has 6 men’s and 6 Women’s places for the Vitality London 10K and British Champs on Monday 29th May 2017. Paul Leppard and Melanie Helen Spencer as team managers will choose our squads based on performance and committment to competing in club races in the past year and should be a fully paid up member for the 2017/18 year.

There is the option for those that have run the qualifing times to enter as an elite and start at the front of the race. Those that fall into this category and want to do the event should contact Elaine and your team manager ASAP so that you free up a club place for someone else which will mean we get more than 6 of each places. Our deadline for entries in 30th April 2017.
Info below from 10K website:
British 10K Championships
The race also features the British 10K Championships Men and Women. Prize money is as shown below. Any British athletes who have run 10km faster than 32 minutes (men) and 38 minutes (Women) in the last two years were offered a complimentary entry. Please contact Elaine Rayner: elaine.rayner@londonmarathonevents.co.uk for further information and register for a race entry.
Prize Money British Athletics Individual
1 £2000 £2000
2 £1000 £1000
3 £800 £800
4 £700 £700
5 £600 £600
6 £500 £500
7 £400 £400
8 £300 £300
9 £200 £200
10 £100 £100
Prize Money British Athletics Team (3 to score)
1 £2000 £2000
2 £1000 £1000
3 £750 £750
4 £500 £500
5 £300 £300
6 £200 £200

Those that don’t get picked for club places can still enter here.

April 14, 2017   Comments Off on London 10K entries