HSAC men's XC team

The men's cross-country team at Epsom Downs, 11 November 2017


I would like to say it was a fantastic day on Saturday and we will all be getting faster and stronger thoughout the season.

U13s Honey Chalmers and Sam Fothergill both caught the eye with standout performances in the sprints. In windy conditions, Honey finished 2nd in her 100m with an exceptional National Grade 2 ranking (13.80), an achievement she bettered in her 200m by winning her heat at time of (29.16) which is a national grade 3 time. Sam Fothergill continues to show the power of being positive achieving a National Grade 3 performance in his 100m (13.48). Both achieved their National Rankings in less than perfect conditions and in an Open Graded meeting when you face the extra challenge of older athletes.

Our U15s saw further positive performances. Will Nockles achieve a PB in his Long Jump (4 metres 37) and looked equally at home in the 100m and 200m a year down. Theo Jackson also achieved a 100m PB (12.30) with a National Grade 4 100m performance. Clara Hogg (15.30) and Charlotte Hosp (15.46) also looked strong and full of potential in their 100m races.

U20 James Vancliff gave a typical strong performance in all his performances with a new PB in 100m (11.38), 400m (52.60) and 200m (23.17) - National ranked performances.

U23 Willam McGinniss set PBs in all his events on Saturday, with 100m in 13.83, a javelin throw of 35.49 metres as well a PB in the shot put.

A day when our athletes proved ambition is the first step to success. The second step is action in training and racing.

James Vancliff


A great start to the indoor track season for Holland sprinters!

Sunday 6th January was the South London Athletics Network Open Championship at the David Weir Leisure Centre in Carshalton. The Wednesday night sprint group turned out in strength to take on some of the best sprinters in the South East. Running on the day in the 60m were:

- Bea Maynard
- Tilly Bliss
- Emma Kekwick
- Jess Murray
- Connie Jarrett

and competing in the Pole Vault was Hannah Griffin.

After working so hard during the winter strength and conditioning programme, all the girls excelled and ran PBs on the day. Bea Maynard ran an impressive 8.37 secs which takes her to 33rd ranked in the UK overall for the under 20s age group, and Jess Murray ran down some strong senior age group opponents with a time of 8.40 secs taking her to 49th in the UK overall for the Under 15 age group.

Tilly, Emma and Connie all ran excellently against strong opposition from Croydon, Herne Hill and Sutton AC and achieved significant PBs

Hannah Griffin performed well in the Pole Vault with a finishing height of 2.70 m, a solid start to the season after her excellent PB of 2.90 on 5th Dec at the Middlesex University Champs which saw her climb to 38th ranked overall in the UK in 2018 for the Under 20 age group.

An excellent start to the season for the team. They have all worked exceptionally hard over the winter months and we look forward to not only great performances but having fun competing. Thanks for all your hard work.

Alex Starr (Coach)