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Road Results

National Road Relays 18/19th October 2008
Our men and boys teams show continued progress in Birmingham.
Teams from the north, midlands and southern regions compete for the title of national champions. The men’s team finished in a credible 52nd place overall. As the last qualifiers from the Southern champs we would have expected to finish quite a bit lower down the order, but everyone stepped up their game against the best in the country with our first three runners posting times up to 50 seconds quicker than last year and only split by 3 seconds. I (Martin) once again had the honour to lead the team out over a course just shy of 6K in distance that contains a nasty hill at the start and finish. I was determined to give the team a strong start for the rest to build on. When I crossed the line in 19.09 mins I thought that would be the fastest time from our team, but never rule out Paul Cuddihy. He ran with typical heart to finish 3 seconds quicker than me then Matt Revier; who returned from university life to compete; also pipped my time by 1 second. By now we had moved into the middle order of the field and Rob Thompson took us up to our high point of 43rd on the fourth leg in 19.56 mins. Rob who is in his debut season competing in senior events showed once again that he is one to be relied on with strong performances week in week out. Keep it up! Dan Thompson took over from his brother, but his lack of speed training due to injury showed in this event. He gritted his way to a strong, but for Dan a disappointing time of 20.43 mins. Jon Castro brought the team home for the second year running. He ran it as only Castro can; with heart, fight and a lack of grace. He wasn’t happy with his time of 20.23 mins, but he too has suffered a long running injury.
Results: Women Men U17 men U15 boys U13 boys

SEAA Road Relays 27/28 September 2008
Everyone who competed over the glorious weekend at the South of England Road Relay Championships should be proud of their selection and hopefully their performance too, but special mention should be made to the following athletes who excelled with some of the best times in their events.
Stephen Crosbie, U13 Boy, Joint 4th fastest.  Matthew Fayers, U15 Boy,  6th fastest. Emma Grant, Senior Woman, 14th fastest.

The senior men’s team qualified for the national relays for the third year running. The new look team steadily worked through the competition and produced a time around a minute quicker than last year to finish 28th overall. Paul Cuddihy (19.27), the “veteran” of the squad ran the fastest for the team followed closely by the much younger Richard Mann (19.40), who revelled over the 6K distance. Martin Bateman (19.49) had the honour of leading out the team and handed over to Jon Castro in 37th place. Well done to Jon (20.54) for halting his plans to go back up north to uni to to take the place he had earned in the squad. Anupam Das (20.31) put in a solid performance on his debut at this event despite having to beg and borrow kit. Rob Thompson (20.47) who is taking after his brother and running with an injury held together to bring the team home with a strong finish. The B team were unable to finish a team due to a lack of available athletes on the day. Paul Williams (21.08) continued his recent improvement in form on the first leg. Paul Leppard put in a gritty performance for 22.08 minutes then handed over to the youngster, Ed Campell (23.01) This was Ed’s longest race to date and it showed towards the end, but he stuck at with enthusiastic support from Stefan, his coach. Brett Hutchinson(21.49) maybe in need of a physio after his much improved performance. Martin (20.51) had the flash of madness to run again around the course on the 5th leg, but no one else was silly enough to follow his lead, so the team failed to finish.

Emma Grant (13.24) had a storming run and mixed it at the sharp end on the first leg for the woman’s team. Emma was in an elite group of 5 which included former 3k & 5K world champion, Sonia O’Sullivan for the first half race. When the group split Emma stayed ahead of her and looked strong to the finish handing over to Michaela Hutchison (15.18) in a brilliant 4th place. Michaela was unfortunatley suffering with a heavy cold so couldn’t maintain the lofty position, but showed determination to hang in there so she could hand over to her mother on the third leg. Liz(18.50), who is fairly new to running looked smooth and assured throughout the race despite dropping back through the field against her more youthful competitors. Christine Heemskerk (19.41) put in another fine squad filling performance to bring them home in 43rd. The downer was the lack of females who competed for Hillingdon on the day. For various reasons it was a poor showing with no girls teams and no vets team, because half were in the senior womens team. You need to make yourself available and the officials of the club need to possibly be more open to finding the talent within the club and encouraging them to compete more often.

Please can any veterans and juniors send me a report for their race.

Results from the South of England Road Relays, Aldershot.
Senior Men Veteran Men Senior Women Under 13 Boys Under 15 Boys Under 17 Men All results
No Girls or Veteran Womens’ teams competed for Hillingdon!

The golden oldies hit the top stop in Middlesex 10K Sunday 7th September 2008
Our scoring veteran mens team of Pete Warburton, Andy Miles and Stevan Dokic collected shock gold medals at the Middlesex 10K championships in Victoria Park. Pete lead the vets team home, finishing 38th overall in 37.47 mins. Andy was 6 places back with 38.10 and Stevan showed improving form to dip under forty minutes in 63rd place.
Pete had double success on the day; he also earned bronze in the overall men’s team prize. Jonathon Castro preceeded him across the line with a pb time of 35.33 in 21st place. I (Martin Bateman) lead the team home with another pb performance. I sneaked into the top 10 finishers with 33.48 on the clock.
Dave Smith finished 68th (40.12). Dave Purchase was 87th (41.40). Jason Steel came 94th (42.06) and the final finisher and our only lady on the day was Jo Miles in 223rd place and clocking 57.27 minutes.
Full results here.

Finchley 20 – incorporating the Middlesex County Championships
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7 March 2007, Teddy Hall Relay, Oxford
Five teams finished for Hillingdon AC in this traditionally well supported event reports Dave Smith. The men’s and women’s team races were won by the OUCCC. Hillingdon’s men’s ‘A’ finished eighth and first athletic club with the men’s veteran team finishing third in their category and 28th overall. Paul Cuddihy was Hillingdon’s fastest competitor with a time of 18.54mins for the 3.6 mile course. This resulted in Paul being the 17th fastest man on the day overall. Special mention should also be made of Matt Revier who still managed to run 20.31 despite taking part in his own personal aquathlon when he mistook a floating pontoon for a bridge on the flooded towpath and ended up going for an unscheduled swim!


Men’s team (four legs of 3.6 miles)
1st Oxford University Cross Country Club 72.53; 2nd Bristol University A 74.49; 3rd Cambridge University Hare and Hounds Men A 74.51;
8th Hillingdon AC ‘A’ 79.37 ( P. Cuddihy 18.54; M. Revier 20.31;
D. Thompson 20.12; M. Bateman 20.00); 28th Hillingdon AC Vets 86.11 ( D.Smith 21.22; P. Warburton 20.58;
S. Dokic 23.33; A. Miles 20.18);
37th Hillingdon AC ‘B’ 88.16 ( P. Williams 22.22; P.Leppard 20.12; C. Metcalf 22.05; R. Nash 23.37);
88th Hillingdon AC Vets ‘B’ 103.32 ( N. Mann 23.20; J. Bignell 24.01; J. Doyle 27.47; M. Searle 28.24);
99th Hillingdon AC Vets ‘C’ 117.00 ( M. Miller 25.57; K. Goss 31.24; B. Beales 30.24; S. Thompson 29.15). 103 men’s teams finished.
Fastest man J. Blackledge OUCCC 17.23.Womens team (3 legs of 3.6 miles)
1st Oxford University Cross Country Club 63.39; 2nd University of London 66.48; 3rdHeadington ‘A’ 69.23. 37 teams competed.
Fastest women C. Birch OUCCC 19.46.
Mixed teams ( 4 legs of 3.6 miles)
1st White Horse Harriers 86.35; 2nd Bristol University 90.03;
3rd New College MCR 91.08. 37 teams competed.

24 March 2007, Gosunder 5 Mile Handicap, Ruislip
The decision to move the Gosunder Handicap forward a week and so give members a last chance to claim a place in the Southern 12-Stage team proved well judged, resulting in the highest quality race of recent years with eight athletes breaking 30 minutes for the five mile course reports Paul Leppard. Ricky Johnson was a clear winner, over a minute and a half in front of Andy Miles in second and Mick Miller in third; the first time the race has been won by a septuagenarian, while Paul Cuddihy was fastest on the day, a minute quicker than 19 year old Daniel Thompson.
1 Ricky Johnson (Total Time 46.09, Handicap 3.30, Actual Time 42.39); 2 Andy Miles (47.45, 19.30, 28.15); 3 Mick Miller (48.09, 9.45, 38.24); 4 Dave Newman (48.32, 19.15, 29.17); 5 Alan Butler (48.59, 13.30, 35.29); 6 Martin Bateman (49.03, 21.00, 28.03); 7 Daniel Thompson (49.08, 21.30, 27.38); 8 Robert Thompson (49.11, 19.00, 30.11); 9 Paul Leppard (49.20, 20.45, 28.35); 10 Jonathon Castro (49.30, 20.45, 28.45); 11 Paul Cuddihy (49.38, 23.00, 26.38); 12 Alan Coaker (49.46, 8.15, 41.31); 13 Kevin Waterman (50.03, 19.45, 30.18); 14 Andy Mansi (50.15, 16.00, 34.15); 15 John Dempsey-Brent (50.18, 8.15, 42.03); 16 Pauline Fischer (50.22, 12.00, 38.22); 17 Bob Beales (50.25, 7.45, 42.40); 18 Paul Williams (50.32, 18.30, 32.02); 19 Jo Williams (50.43, 4.15, 46.28); 20 Anne Belchambers (50.48, 3.15, 47.33); 21 Andy Cox (50.48, 3.15, 47.33); 22 Lee Benjamin (51.01, 21.30, 29.31); 23 Stevan Dokic (51.04, 17.15, 33.49); 24 Harry Wild (51.12, 0.00, 51.12); 25 John Brockhouse (51.40, 16.00, 35.40); 26 Steve Norris (53.13, 23.00, 30.13); 27 Barrie Saunders (57.19, 4.00, 53.19)
1 Paul Cuddihy 26.38; 2 Daniel Thompson 27.38; 3 Martin Bateman 28.03

01 April 2007
South Of England Men’s 12-Stage & Women’s Six-Stage Road Relays
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Another excellent team performance by the men saw them qualify comfortably for the National Finals, finishing three minutes and four places up on last year in 20th position reports Paul Leppard. Although Scott Tompsett was unable to run due to illness, we were still able to put out a team comprising of 12 of our top 15 athletes and this consistency showed through as from our lowest position of 33rd, we moved up the field in the second half of the race to capture a top 20 finish. On a day of many good individual performances, special mention must be made of Dave Newman who, although only selected to compete following the Gosunder the previous week, registered his best run for four years!Almost as pleasing as the men’s performance was the fact that were also able to complete a women’s team with Susan Miles running the fastest leg for the team, finishing 13th on the first stage while Fiona Cressy also had a fine run, picking up six places on leg four.
AlsoEMMA BRADLEY 3:01:2506 May 2007, ING Dwars Door Brugge 14.3km A party of Hillingdon members made the annual trip to Brugge in Belgium for the Brugge 15k (9 mile road race) reports Bob Beales.
There was a field of almost 5,000 runners which was run around the vicinity of Brugge incorporation road, canal tow paths and the dreaded cobbled street of this medieval city.
Hillingdon AC members in Brugge
The weather was ideal for running with a little sun and a pleasant breeze accompanying the athletes on their “journey”.Our first runner home in 1,355 place was Wendy Harbottle in an excellent time of 1.06.35. Mick Miller also had a good run clocking 1.11.50. Sean and Deborah Butler finished well and a brave run from Tony Bennett exceeded all expectations. Tony has certainly had his problems of late not withstanding his shoulder operation, he has also suffered asthma attacks building up to the race but he decided to run and was rewarded with a good run. Well done Tony!! Harry Wild also ran but pulled out at 10k as planned.Our trip was by Eurostart from Waterloo going out Friday and returning on the Wednesday.We will undoubtedly return next year for the race and of course the Belgium beer (Leffe being the most popular) and good gourmet food. Anyone interested in the 2008 trip should see Kathy Davidson or Bob Beales for details.
1 Van den Broeck 42.56… 1355 Wendy Harbottle 1.08.35; 1838 Michael Miller 1.11.50; 2373 Alan Coaker 1.15.26; 2839 Robert Beales 1.18.32; 3486 Kathy Davidson 1.23.35; 4379 Barrie Saunders 1.32.18; 4720 Catherine Garvan 1.40.53; 4744 Deborah Butler 1.43.18; 4745 Tony Bennett 1.43.21; 4765 Sean Butler 1.45.36. 4786 finished.

13 May 2007, Marlow 5, Marlow
Well done to all who took part in this race, reports Dave Smith. A contentious result as the race organisers mis-counted the team scores, incorrectly awarding first place to Chiltern Harriers by one point, when in fact strong performances from Martin Bateman, Richard Jenkins and Paul Leppard resulted in Hillingdon AC tying on points for first place in the men’s team event, who should have won on count-back. Owain Jones of Chiltern Sparrows won the individual race in 25.32mins.
He was followed home by Paul Gregory (Vale of Aylesbury) of the Vet 50 category in 26.27mins and Eddie O’ Gorman (Chiltern Harriers) in 26.31mins. Martin Bateman finished first for Hillingdon AC in 11th place (28.09mins) with Richard Jenkin (28.21mins) and Paul Leppard (28.29) closely following in 12th and 13th respectively. Four other veteran athletes represented Hillingdon AC in the race. Dave Newman (20th) in 29.03mins, Pete Warburton (25th) in 29.50mins, Dave Smith (42nd) in 30.53mins and John Bignell (162nd) in 34.57mins.

30 June 2007, Dorney Dash 10K, Dorney Lake
1 Tim Crossland Leeds City 32.12; 2 James Sumpter Thames Valley Harriers 32.20; 3 Charles Coleman WSEH 33.00…52 Simon Claridge 38.18; 91 Melissa Arkinstall 39.58; 92 David Knight 40.05; 124 Chris Pinnell 41.21; 173 Daren Roscoe 43.05. 867 Finished

27 July 2007, Swanage Half Marathon, Swanage
After finishing third in this race in 2000 (when it was the Swanage 12), Paul Cuddihy returned after an absence of seven years to go one better and finish second. Dave Newman finished second in the men’s Vet 40 race, whilst also competing were Caroline Bolam and John Bignell.
1 Jamie Atrinson Blackheath Harriers 1.12.51; 2 Paul Cuddihy Hillingdon AC 1.16.52; 3 Chris Bradfield Datchet Dashers 1.17.48…13 Dave Newman 1.26.21 (2nd Vet 40); 77 Caroline Bolam 1.45.08; 121 John Bignell 1.50.46. 296 Finished.

14 August 2007
Devil Takes The Hindmost Hill Challenge
Northwood Hills
This year, the Devil Takes The Hindmost Hill Challenge turned into a showdown between the Senior Men’s regular 1500m runners, that saw Richard Mann triumph over Martin Bateman, Paul Cuddihy and Dan Thompson, while in the Plate final Ed Lemon came out on top, beating Simon Claridge and Alan Butler.
1st Richard Mann; 2nd Martin Bateman; 3rd Paul Cuddihy; 4th Dan Thompson; 5th Paul Williams; 6th Ken Ross; 7th Matt Willis; 8th David Knight; 9th Dave Smith; 10th Sonny Harvey; 11th Ed Lemon; 12th James Lawne; 13th Peter Newman; 14th Alan Butler; 15th John Laird; 16th Keira & Zara Dempsey-Brench; 18th John Bignell & Simon Claridge.

1st Ed Lemon; 2nd Simon Claridge; 3rd Alan Butler; 4th Peter Newman; 5th John Bignell; 6th Keira Dempsey-Brench; 7th Zara Dempsey-Brench & James Lawne.

09 September 2007
Middlesex County 10km
Victoria Park, London
Richard Jenkin had the honour of being first Hillingdon AC finisher in the Middlesex 10km, running 35.08 and finishing just in front of Tony Grant, while we finished five athletes under 36 minutes thanks to Dan Thompson, Jonathon Castro and Martin Bateman. Elsewhere there was a competitive comeback for Paul Leppard, running his first race since May, pbs for Dave Smith and Matt Revier, a club debut for Charlie Hailstone, while Lesley Conway was the club’s sole female competitor.In the team competition, the change to three to score saw the men finish fifth while the veteran men collected individual and team silver medals thanks to Richard Jenkin, second vet 40, Andy Miles, second vet 50 and Dave Newman.
1 Chris Smith TVH 31.40, 2 Henry Dodwell Highgate 31.45, 3 Richard Hope Victoria Park 31.47…17 Richard Jenkin 35.08; 19 Tony Grant 35.10; 23 Daniel Thompson 35.38; 24 Jonathon Castro 35.42; 25 Martin Bateman 35.45; 29 Andy Miles 36.17; 31 Dave Newman 36.26; 37 Paul Leppard 37.41; 40 Matt Revier 38.00; 42 Pete Warburton 38.05; 52 Dave Smith 39.39; 62 Stevan Dokic 41.11; 80 John Luscombe 46.34; 82 Charlie Hailstone 47.05. 88 Middlesex finishers
1 Svenja Abel Highgate 35.55, 2 Anna Critchlow London Heathside 37.58, 3 Anne Curley 38.21…18 Lesley Conway 48.55. 25 Middlesex finishers
Senior Men
1 Highgate 18, 2 Serpentine 31, 3 Victoria Park 38…5 Hillingdon AC 59. 7 teams finished.
Veteran Men
1 London Heathside 10, 2 Hillingdon AC 20, 3 Serpentine 21. 5 teams finished.
Senior Women
1 London Heathside 12, 2 Highgate 17, 3 Serpentine 27. 3 teams finished.
Veteran Women
1 Serpentine 22. 1 team finished.

25 December 2007
Christmas Morning Road Race, Ruislip
Two Lap Race of 3.2 Miles
1 Daniel Dalmedo 15.44; 2 Martin Bateman 17.08; 3 Daniel Thompson 17.25; 4 Matt Revier 17.30; 5 Paul Cuddihy 17.39; 6 Jonathan Castro 17.54; 7 Dave Newman 18.01; 8 Robert Thompson 18.04; 9 Paul Williams 18.21; 10 Pete Warburton 18.23; 11 Andy Miles 18.26; 12 Carl Yates 18.32; 13 Scott Tompsett 18.35; 14 David Knight 18.54; 15 Susan Miles 18.56; 16 Brett Hutchinson 18.57; 17 Dave Smith 19.00; 18 Fiona Cressy 19.14; 19 Michaela Hutchison 19.20; 20 Emma Grant 19.42; 21 Noel Hall 19.46; 22 Andy Mansi 19.54; 23 Peter Newman 20.30; 24 Stevan Dokic 20.32; 25 Dave Martin 20.36; 26 Ted Hamilton 20.44; 27 John Bignell 21.06; 28 Alan Butler 21.34; 29 John Myall 21.41; 31 Errol Ramnath 22.57; 32 Dave Wardle 23.14; 34 Phil Welch 24.04; 35 Jeff Budd 24.51; 36 Yvonne Budd 25.52; 39 Keith Seldon 25.58; 42 Steve Thompson 26.32; 43 Trevor Jones (Walker) 26.49; 44 Eric Shirley 27.06; 45 Jo Miles 28.38; 46 Jackie Butler 29.31; 48 Deborah Butler 30.08; 49 Anne Belchambers (Walker) 30.41; 50 Norma Cressy 31.12; 51 Harry Wild 33.10. 51 Finished.
One Lap Race of 3.2 Miles
1 Phillipa Lowe Harrow 9.42; 2 Christina Hall 10.25; 3 Richard Francis Harrow 11.05; 5 Harry Archer 11.16; 6 James Castro 11.18; 7 Alana Archer 13.19; 8 Sally Bundock 13.50; 9 Rachel Wardle 16.53. 12 Finished.

28 December 2007
Serpentine 5k, Hyde Park, London
The Serpentine 5k race was a chance for a large portion of the men’s team to show our commitment over the Christmas break to racing and equally our desire to sample the delights of the local pub or two reports Martin Bateman.
The Race itself went with out hitch despite a rearranged course and extra people in the area due to a “Winter Wonderland” that was in the usual start/Finish area.
This race isn’t an official club race but as usual club & personal pride was at stake so we all raced with a desire to perform; well as best you can during Christmas!!!
Our youngest competitor was U17 Richard Mann and he lead the team home in blustery conditions with 16:25, second home was Martin Bateman who achieved a 5k road PB with 16:41 and third with 16:55 was U20 Daniel Thompson. U20 Matt Revier 17:22, Paul Cuddihy 17:29 and U20 Jonathan Castro 17:34 were next across the line then followed by the resurgent Paul Williams who just missed out on a PB with 17:58.
Stevan Dokic was victorious in the mini vet’s battle with a time of 20:04 overcoming a close race with his rival John Bignell 20:08. The team was finished with symmetry by Nigel Mann 20:27.
Also a special thanks to our three cheerleaders, Scott Tompsett, Gavin Collett and Jim Breen who believe it or not joined us for post race drinks. Good time had by all!!!
1 Tom Penfold Birchfied Harriers 15.09, 2 U20 James Shane Basildon AC15.25, 3 Orlando Edwards SBH 15.28…12 U17 Richard Mann 16.25, 16 Martin Bateman 16.40, 20 U20 Daniel Thompson 16.55, 26 U20 Matt Revier 17.22, 27 Paul Cuddihy 17.29, 28 U20 Jonathan Castro 17.34, 38 Paul Williams 17.58, 77 V50 Stevan Dokic 20.04, 79 V55 John Bignell 20.08, 81 V45 Nigel Mann 20.27

29 December 2007
Lido Relay, Ruislip Lido
1 (Jon Castro 8.27, Martin Bateman 8.23, Richard Jenkin 9.03) 25.53; 2 (Rob Thompson 8.35, James Laing 8.51, Rob Thompson 8.44) 26.1; 3 (Dan Thompson 8.21, Stevan Dokic 9.41, Dan Thompson 8.29) 26.31; 4 (Richard Mann 8.16, Nigel Mann 10.05, Richard Mann 8.22) 26.43; 5 (Matt Revier 8.25, Jim Revier 11.44, Matt Revier 8.25) 28.34; 6 (Matt Fayers 8.38, Tommy Drury 9.09, Stevan Dokic 11.17) 29.04; 7 (Richard Jenkin 9.24, George Eastwell 10.43, Gavin Barclay 9.25) 29.32; 8 (Gerald O’Connell 10.34, Bernie Robbins 9.40, Bernie Robbins 9.55) 30.09; 9 (Christina Hall 10.29, Noel Hall 9.35, Noel Hall 10.10) 30.14; 10 (Dave Smith 9.12, Dave Wardle 11.50, Dave Smith 9.26) 30.28; 11 (James Hailstone 10.33, Georgina Wilcox 10.53, Heather Gibbons 10.23) 31.49; 12 (Coslee Searles TVH 10.24, Kyle Kenrick TVH 10.58, John Luscombe 10.33) 31.55; 13 (John O’Dowd 11.15, Doug Milsom 11.33, Craig Metcalfe 9.35) 32.24; 14 (Sam Hobbs 11.34, Charlie Hailstone 10.40, John Bignell 10.16) 32.3; 15 (Jamie Francis 9.06, Eric Shirley Snr 13.38, John Myall 10.37) 33.21; 16 (Mick Miller 11.26, Mick Miller 12.31, Jason Steel 10.11) 34.08; 17 (Joseph Vizard 12.40, Clare Vizard 11.38, David Vizard 10.37) 34.55; 18 (Steve Thompson 16.54, Lee Benjamin TVH 9.25, Lee Benjamin TVH 9.53) 36.11; 19 (Alice Lee 12.45, Jessica Jury 12.53, Charlotte Chowder 11.40) 37.18; 20 (Sandy Eames TVH 15.39, Simon Madison TVH 11.09, Simon Madison TVH 11.08) 37.56; 21 (Abbey Johnson 12.51, Jade Johnson 12.12, Ricky Johnson 13.06) 38.09; 22 (Lucy Duncan 12.18, Angela Duncan 15.19, Barrie Saunders 13.57) 41.34; 23 (Sally Bundock 14.03, Norma Cressy 15.09, Deborah Butler 14.39) 43.51.