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Hillingdon Ladies Turn Up in Force at Welwyn Garden City

After the disappointing turnout of eight at Claybury a month ago, an encouraging twenty-one ladies took to the start line at the Metropolitan fixture at WGC today, and all twenty-one, including a number of HAC debutants, successfully completed a tough and tricky five-mile course. There were many good performances today, too many to list, but resulting in some fine team results. The ladies first team scored 180 points to finish in 9th place today, and retain the same 9th place in the league after two fixtures. The team included the long-awaited debut of Heather Paterson (Catriona’s twin and good luck telling them apart!!!) who finished in 47th position. The Ladies’ B team scored a good 93 points, more than a number of teams in their league but currently sit 12th and bottom of division 2 so we do need a good turnout at Uxbridge to lift the team up the table. The C team scored a good 66 points and sit comfortably 13th of 18 teams in division 3.
In the Veterans league we again performed very well, and with great performances again by Carole Coulon and Karmen Pardoe leading the 1st team to 5th place on the day, and 4th overall in the 12 team Vets division one after two fixtures. However our huge strength in depth in the vet’s category meant that our B and C Vet’s teams moved from the basement to 2nd and 4th positions in the 12 team Veterans division 2. Following the C teams promotion last year after winning division 3 it would be fantastic to see our B team move up into the top division. Once again, a big turnout at Uxbridge could help that aspiration considerably!!
A special mention should go to our first timers today, all of who found their debuts tough, but all succeeded in conquering the challenging Stanborough Park hills. So well done to Alice Coburn, Sandra Barden, Kerry Mcintosh, Fiona Day and of course Heather Paterson. Also many thanks to the incredible Angela Duncan for finishing once again ,and also Melanie Spencer whose recently rebuilt knee was bandaged together by a combination of parcel tape and chewing gum, but who still succeeded in limping round the whole 5 miles – ladies you are an inspiration to us all!
Roll on Uxbridge in three week’s time.
Andy T

November 14, 2021   Comments Off on Hillingdon Ladies Turn Up in Force at Welwyn Garden City

Met League 2- Juniors report

Some great running from Hillingdon Juniors at the second Met League of the season at Welwyn.  It is great to see the progress made from the first race and shows that the hard work at training is paying off!

Well done to Seth Miller & Joseph McDermott for competing in their first Met Leagues of the season – look forward to seeing you at rest of the fixtures. Stand out performances by Elsie Fitzgerald, finishing 5th in the Girls U11 and to Amae Van Zyl who fought hard to the finish to come 4th in the Girls U13.

Results can be viewed here: Race 2 (2021) – Welwyn Results – 13/11/2021 | Metropolitan Cross Country League (metleague.run)

The next race on the 4th December is our home fixture and so we really hope that the comfort of the familiar ground and support from the Hillingdon friends and family will encourage a good turnout from our juniors. All juniors are welcome to compete – if you do not already have a number – just message me (07769673978) and I will bring you one to training. 

Even if you do not feel cross country is for you – please do come down on the 4th to cheer you team mates on & encourage them up the ski slope and through the river!!

Well done all!


Met League Juniors Team Mgr

November 13, 2021   Comments Off on Met League 2- Juniors report

Old running tops required

The Karibuni Trust support children living on the streets and in the slums in areas of urban and rural poverty in Kenya; and raises money to support projects to meet their needs. https://www.karibuni.org.uk/
Karibuni can make use of old running tops so if you or any one else you know do have any (please no other sportswear!) that you no longer need, please put them in the box that will be in the foyer of the clubhouse from this Sunday 14th  November and we’ll pass them on.

November 12, 2021   Comments Off on Old running tops required

Management Committee changes

Paul Cuddihy and Lyndsey Browne have recently stepped down from their respective roles as Club Athletics Adviser and Communication Sub Committee Chair. The Management Committee would like to thank them both for their service to the club in these roles and wish them both the best for the future and look forward to seeing them both around the club.

The Management Committee are actively seeking replacements for these roles.

The athletics adviser role has three strands to it

  • Coach, official and volunteer development
  • Managing the club’s relationship with GLL (the track operator at Hillingdon Stadium)
  • Managing the Club’s relationship with other organisations that the club is affiliated to including England Athletics and London Borough of Hillingdon.

This is quite a significant workload for one person and the Management Committee has agreed that to make it more manageable and attractive to volunteers it would be acceptable that the role could be carried out by one or more individuals.

Therefore I am very pleased to announce that Doreen Evans has agreed to take on the liaison role with the track operator and Jim Southgate has offered to carry out the coaching, official and volunteer development aspect.  For those of you who don’t know Doreen or Jim, both have been involved at the track for some time, Doreen in an administrative/ support role and Jim as a Level 2 coach. These are interim appointments until the AGM when a vote will be held, as they are for all Governing bodies of the club as set out in the Club Constitution.  

We continue to require someone who will manage the clubs relationships with other organisations and a communications lead. If you feel you could take on either of these roles please email Dave Smith at davidalan.smith2@gmail.com

November 5, 2021   Comments Off on Management Committee changes

North London Cross Country Champs

Well done to Rob Thompson who came 1st in yesterdays race to be crowned North London Cross Country Champion. He was followed home by Ermias Zeration in 2nd place. The men’s team came home in 2nd place. Carole Coulon came 2nd in the senior women’s race with the women’s team coming third. Full results to follow.

October 31, 2021   Comments Off on North London Cross Country Champs

North London X country champs

On behalf of all club members I would like to say a huge thank you to Martin Bateman for his commitment and hard work in ensuring that we can host this weekends first cross country fixture of the season . Martin has given up a lot of his spare time to ensure that we will have a race that we can be proud of and we are lucky to have someone with his skills and determination. Also thank you to Maria Hernandez- Humm for organizing the marshals for this weekends race and to everyone who is helping out one the day.

October 29, 2021   Comments Off on North London X country champs

North London XC Champs & NWLL XC

The organising team at Hillingdon AC are looking forward to welcoming clubs to our Hillingdon House Farm venue this Saturday 30th October.

Below is a course map with the race timetable and a parking map. The courses are mixed terrain of grass, earth and gravel paths. There will be no river crossing for this event. Suitable for studs or 9mm+ spikes.

Parking is extremely limited, with only 60 pay and display places available. We would encourage everyone that can only arrive by car, to group up with others and car share and to also  park a short distance away in the locations marked on the map.

Hillingdon Underground Station is a 15 min walk from the HQ at Hillingdon Athletics Stadium, Gatting Way, Uxbridge UB8 1ES. This weekend only the Met Line is running. U1 and U2 buses stop close to the stadium. There are plenty of bike racks at the stadium

Toilets, changing rooms and refreshements will be available at the stadium from 11:30am. The NL XC prize presentation will be at the stadium after the conclusion of the men’s race.

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October 27, 2021   Comments Off on North London XC Champs & NWLL XC

Junior runners for the Met League

The Met League continues and details of the second race can be viewed via the link below:

Any Juniors wishing to compete but who do not have their number yet, please contact Molly on 07769 673978.  We would like to have numbers allocated before the race.

October 25, 2021   Comments Off on Junior runners for the Met League

Claybury Met League Senior Mens report

A mixed result at the first Metropolitan League fixture of the season at Claybury saw the A team finish seventh in Division One despite only 14 finishers from the club in the men’s race. Aramias Zeration was the first scorer for the club in eighth followed by Rob Thompson (10th), James Laing, (31st) and Nathan Hackley (36th and third under 20) who was making his debut in the men’s race after moving up from the Under 17s. Martin Bateman finished 71st with Fahad Abdi 100th, Jose Ramon Polo Lopez 189th, Anthony Warnakulasuriya 222nd and Daniel Whittaker 236th. Chris Marchand was 10th scorer for the club and the first V60 to score for the club in 290th with Neal Clark (316th) and Peter Warburton (336th) finishing off the scoring 12 for the A team.

Martin Searle (345th) and Trevor Steeples (354th) were the sole scorers for the B team. There were 370 finishers and the full results may be found here: https://www.metleague.run/results/race-1-2021-claybury-results-16-10-2021/

Paul Leppard


October 23, 2021   Comments Off on Claybury Met League Senior Mens report

Claybury Met League Senior Ladies report

Despite being light on numbers for yesterday’s race in Met League Race 1 at Claybury we achieved a remarkable level of success which hopefully we can build upon in the future four fixtures.  We had six veterans and two senior runners at the start , and all got round in a field of 179 finishers. Debutant Carole Coulon finished in 7th position overall and first veteran lady, and only 10 more veterans had arrived before the Pocket Rocket Karmen Pardoe arrived, and with strong runs from Zoe Dobbs and Iwona Gray-Cauvin to make up the 4 women team we currently lie in an astonishing 3rd position out of 12 teams in Veteran Ladies Division One. Hannah Wells motored round to finish in 25th place and total cross-country novice Nasteran Sepanj smiled all the way round to complete our senior ladies team score. Obviously we have work to do to consolidate our position in senior division one but currently lie in 9th position, some way clear of the three teams beneath us. Pauline Smith ran a creditable race having not run for some considerable time to be first scorer for the Veterans ‘B’ team, and the Indestructible Angela Duncan finished, as always, to complete the line-up. This was a very encouraging result from such a small team, and hopefully we will improve our positions with bigger teams in future races. Certainly, we now have the potential to be a major force in the Veterans Category!!!   Bring on Welwyn Garden City in 4 weeks!!!!!!

Andy T

October 23, 2021   Comments Off on Claybury Met League Senior Ladies report

Met League Cross Country – Race 1 – Claybury-

A big well done to all those who competed at Claybury yesterday. In particular Carole Coulon who came 1st in her age group and finished 7th woman overall. For the men we had two athletes in the top 10- Aramias Zeration in 8th and Rob Thompson in 10th.

Team results as follows

U13 boys- 6th/ 17; U13 girls 7th/17

Junior men 17th/ 28; Junior women 16th /21

Senior Women A 9th/12; Senior women B 11th/12

Veteran Women A 3rd/12; Veteran Women B 6th/12

Senior men 7th/12; Senior Men B 14th/17

Veteran Men A 9th/12; Veteran Men B 14th/17.

Turnout was low but I’m confident this will improve for the next fixture. I appreciate that all of us have different demands on our time and have individual personal circumstances. Please do make every effort for the next race at Welwyn on the 13th November. 

We are only as good as the sum of our parts.



October 17, 2021   Comments Off on Met League Cross Country – Race 1 – Claybury-

Met League Cross Country – Race 1 – Claybury-Juniors Team Manager’s report

Met League Cross Country – Race 1 – Claybury
A huge well done to all our juniors who competed in the first Met league race of the season – many for the first time. You were all amazing! A big shout out to two of our athletes who finished in the Top 10:
· Suheyb Awale 4th U13B
· Amae Van Zyl 8th U13G
Full list of results be accessed here
I can’t wait to see the progress you make over the season and look forward to seeing many more red & white vests at the second race (details below).
Please REMEMBER TO KEEP YOU NUMBER and bring it to the rest of the Met League races.
If any other athletes would like to compete but have not collected a number – please just message me on 07769673978 & you can collect it from me next time you are at training.
Fixtures | Metropolitan Cross Country League (metleague.run)
Race 2 – 13/11/21 – Welwyn
Race 3 – 4/12/21 – Hillingdon
Race 4 – 15/1/22 – Wormwood Scrubs
Race 5 – 19/02/22 – Trent Park

October 17, 2021   Comments Off on Met League Cross Country – Race 1 – Claybury-Juniors Team Manager’s report

Claybury Met League Fish and Chip Night – Saturday 16th October

Please let Zoe Dobbs know your food choices by Thursday 14th October

Medium Cod and Chips £8.50
Large Cod and Chips £9.50
Medium Haddock and Chips £8.50
Scampi and Chips £7.50

Mince Beef and Onion Pie £3.20
Vegan Minced “beef” pie £3.20
Cheese and Onion Pasty £3.00
Large Sausage Roll £2.00

Medium Chips £2.20
Large Chips £3.20

October 13, 2021   Comments Off on Claybury Met League Fish and Chip Night – Saturday 16th October

Clubhouse Socials are back!


16th October – Met League – Fish & Chips and Bingo 
23rd October – Bavs Curry night
13th November – Met League – Bonfire Hot Dogs, Sparklers, quiz and games
4th December – Met League, Live music
23rd December – Last Thursday before Christmas buffet & Mulled wine
25th December – Christmas clubhouse 5k

More info for each one and booking will follow. All HAC member’s friends and family welcome.

October 6, 2021   Comments Off on Clubhouse Socials are back!

North London XC and Juniors XC – 30th October

We need a minimum of 1 marshal per location marked by the letter on the course map, but ideally 2 please – so 14 in total, plus someone to be at the stadium making sure everything is okay and someone on parking at HSLC making sure there are no major issues and helping people find a spot.

We would also like a team doing refreshments for the officials and selling refreshments to those attending the event.  Are you able to help with this please?
If you can volunteer,  can you kindly click on the link below to put your name down to help.  More information will follow nearer the date.
Many thanks for supporting your club events. 

October 6, 2021   Comments Off on North London XC and Juniors XC – 30th October