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Hillingdon runners at Virgin London Marathon, 13 April 2014

Congratulations to our eleven Hillingdon Athletic Club runners on their Virgin London Marathon performances which this year includes three who ran it in under three hours,  and  a fifth place to Angela Duncan in her 70+ age category.

First finisher for the club on that sunny day was Mike Dooley,  who finished in 2 hours, 42 minutes, and 49 seconds, followed closely by Scott Farley, completing his first marathon in 2:50:51, and Paul Hull (V45) in 2:59:25, improving his London 2012 time of 3:12:26.

Scott commented that his race “went pretty well. I had planned on a time of 2:50! I managed to keep an even pace although the last three miles were hard. It was quite difficult in the heat.”

Paul remarked “This was my 2nd London Marathon and 10th marathon, they don’t get any easier.  As usual I set off too fast and I suffered badly after 18 miles and had to succumb to a walk a number of times.  I was pleased to break the 3 hours as it was only the second time I had achieved this and it books my place for next year in the good for age category so I can try again.”

The next five Hillingdon athletes came in between three and four hours. James Manley in 3 hours and 48 seconds, Wesley Godfrey (V35) in 3:12:44, and Dave Smith (V45) in 3:26:02, the other two were experienced marathoners Andy Mansi 3:33:39 (V60) and Lucy Duncan (V35) in 3:59:45.

Dave said afterwards : “ I am very pleased and happy. I could not have expected a better time for my first London marathon. My training had gone to plan so my times were consistent. There was a fantastic atmosphere in London today – it is a unique event.”

Lucy Duncan in her 6th London marathon was chasing her goal of a sub 4 hour time.   “All was going to plan until mile 16 when the warm weather started to take its toll and I had to dig in. In the last mile I started to get cramp in my legs and feet but thought I was still on target until I reached Buckingham Palace and the dreadful thought of having to sprint down the Mall hit me. I managed to rally to finish in 3.59.45 before my legs seized up.”

Angela Duncan commented: “I ran well this year, in my 5th London Marathon, and thought I might manage 4.30 but slowed later in the race to finish in 4.44:24; well within my Good for Age (time) and thank goodness under five hours. The crowds were fantastic; it was a great day and we thoroughly enjoyed an ice cream in the sun in Green Park afterwards. Lucy and I were so pleased to see our supporters from the club both along the route and in the clubhouse for a drink in the evening.”

John Hughes (V45) achieved his personal best at London in 4 hours 19:20. Last but not least in achievement terms came Oona Hempenstall (V40) with a time of 6:21:50.

If you are one of the other runners we have not been able to contact yet for your comments and would like to say how it was for you at the London Marathon then please contact Lesley Conway, Martin Bateman (mbateman@hillingdonac.co.uk), Dave Smith or anyone on the HAC Communications Committee.

All the results and stats can be found here.


April 16, 2014   Comments Off on Hillingdon runners at Virgin London Marathon, 13 April 2014

Senior Women‘s fifth race, Metropolitan League,Wormwood Scrubs, 8 February 2014

Hillingdon senior women’s cross country team secured once again their sixth position in the ATW Metropolitan League Division Two with the regular two seniors finishing near the top of the field and stalwart veteran support in the bottom half.

The veteran’s team although finishing ninth of the ten teams in this race, finish the season in eighth position in their Division One, which means they stay in Division One, justifying their promotion last year. [Read more →]

February 10, 2014   Comments Off on Senior Women‘s fifth race, Metropolitan League,Wormwood Scrubs, 8 February 2014

Horsenden Hill Met League – A Bird’s Eye View, Perivale, 11th January 2014

Horsenden Hill is special to me as it was my first EVER cross country race when I guested as a vet for the club in February 2012 – when it snowed and the ground was lovely and firm, writes Donna Nash.
This year, I felt privileged to be one of the nine Hillingdon women running at Perivale and helped gain the senior team fifth place in Division Two , which keeps our sixth place in the season. [Read more →]

January 13, 2014   Comments Off on Horsenden Hill Met League – A Bird’s Eye View, Perivale, 11th January 2014

Stevenage Met League Race , 9th November 2013 – Women

Hillingdon’s senior women’s team finished third in Division Two behind Highgate Harriers B and London Heathside B team after the Stevenage race.

Two HAC women were in the top half of a strong field of 165 runners, four in the top two-thirds. The same order of the club’s four senior scorers prevailed from the last meeting: Eva Mack was top scorer in 46th position, Hannah Wells half a minute behind her in 55th place – half a minute closer than before – then Donna Nash 98th and Lesley Conway 102nd.

Jemma Weekes finished 110th, still suffering injury, followed by Pauline Fischer 125th, Charlotte Bailleul, 134th, showing promise in her first cross country race and Maria Hernandez Humm in 143rd position.

In the junior events, Kirsty O’Rourke was 21st in the Under 15s. Anna Gizzie was 5th in the Under 13s, followed by Holly Acraman and Lara Hill 17th and 18th Amy Hillier 42nd and Esme McLellan 48th.

November 12, 2013   Comments Off on Stevenage Met League Race , 9th November 2013 – Women