Mr Brian Ireland – 1943 – 2016

In timekeeping role!

In timekeeping role!

August 20th 2016 - High Wycombe

August 20th 2016 – High Wycombe

It is with regret and great sadness that I have to report the sudden and unexpected death of Club President Brian Ireland on Thursday 29th September.

Brian had been a member of NAC from the time his daughter Jill joined in 1986 and was heavily involved in all aspects of the club but he will particularly be remembered for his role as a timekeeper for the middle distance training groups and for many of the local road-races and cross country events. He was an expert at creating the perfect ‘finishing funnel’ for these events and that expertise along with his encouragement of all athletes whether young or old will be sorely missed.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Brian’s family at this sad time.

Over 200 people attended the funeral service held on Friday 14th at the West Berkshire Crematorium where it was standing room only. You can see the tribute read by Sarah here.  (compiled by Sarah, Andy & Jill)

Donations may still be made to the Newbury branch of the MS Society. (Cheques should be made payable to Newbury & District MS Society and posted to The Secretary, 10 Montgomery Road, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 6HU.)

Quiz evening – 28th October & 70th Anniversary party – Saturday 12th November

Calling all Newbury Athletic Club members past and present!

We will be holding a fund-raising Quiz on Friday 28th October. Start time 7.30pm prompt. (Entry fee: £2 per person (to be collected on the evening) – teams of up to 6 people. Everyone welcome: members, their families, friends & acquaintances. Please spread the word and pre-register your interest with Sarah)

You are also invited to a formal evening on Saturday 12th November to celebrate the club’s 70th anniversary. Please bring your families, reminisce and celebrate together!

Weekend round up – October 22nd – 23rd


Senior Ladies Teams

The cross country season got off to a good start at the South of England cross country relays, held at Wormwood Scrubs, London on Saturday. Sophie Crumly made a dream start on the opening leg for the Senior ladies A team (running the 3rd fastest time of the day); after sharing the lead early on she made her move to pull out a notable lead to hand over to Emily Marshall on the second leg. Emily battled well to keep the team in the top ten, and Jessica Franklin ran the 10th best time of the day to just edge ahead of Reading A.C in the last 300m and bring the team home in 5th place. The Senior Women’s B team of Chloe Blair, Sophie Fowler and Becky Elsmere also ran well to finish 19th out of the 30 teams.

Under 17 Izzy Fry was in good form in the Under 17/20 combined race where she clocked 8mins24secs for 2.5km, the 3rd quickest time out of the two age groups.


U13’s Oliver, Josh & George

The under 13 Boys team finished just two places down on last season in 17th place, with George Ferguson, Oliver Brashaw & Josh Hatton. Despite strong opposition from the London clubs this year, the Senior Men’s team only slipped one place from last season to finish 16th, and were 2 minutes quicker. Our runners were James Craggs, Steve Barnes, Andrew Ind and Phil Marshall.

Three members completed the Abingdon Marathon on Sunday: Martin Walker ran 3:02.49; Wayne Lillis 3:12.47 and Christina Pugsley 3:40.26.

Meanwhile at the Great South Run Mike Sheridan led the Newbury contingent home in this 10 mile race in an incredible 62:53 to take 1st place in the 65-69 category by some 7 minutes. He was followed by Andy Varney in 1:06:49; Jill Mowat 1:31:34; Simon & Elizabeth Bowden 1:32:18 & Mick Cornwall 1:46:31.

Weekend round-up – 15th-16th October

Both James Craggs (21st place overall) and Emily Marshall ran excellent pb’s in the Cabbage Patch 10 mile race on Sunday in 56:31 and 70:37 respectively.

Meanwhile Phil Marshall & Catherine Tuttle along with almost 1800 other runners battled against strong winds in the coastal Brighton 10 mile race ingeniously named Bright10. Phil finished 34th overall in a time of 62:20 and Catherine was 39th woman in 77:32.

Greenham Common Trust ran a series of fun runs on the common on Sunday under the banner  ‘Step up 4 Good’. Michal Szczepanczyk was 3rd male in the 10k race in 39.14 and Dave Wright 7th in 42.39. Michael Robbins completed the Grittleton 10k near Chippenham in 37:37.62.

London Marathon – Draw for Newbury AC allocated places

This week the London Marathon has been sending out acceptance and rejection letters for the 2017 race to those that entered the ballot. Congratulations to all club members that have been lucky enough to get a positive response.

Newbury AC as a British Athletics associated club can apply for two club entry places for next year’s race. This application is open to EA affiliated clubs between Monday 24th October and Monday 28th November.  So for those club members that were not successful there is still a chance to gain entry to the race via a random draw for these places. To enter the draw there are just two criteria:

  • You must have been a first claim member of Newbury AC since 1st October 2015
  • You must have entered and been unsuccessful in the 2017 London Marathon ballot and are able to hand or send via email proof of this to road running captain James Craggs by Thursday 25th October.

We will make a further announcement regarding the date the club draw will take place after 25th October.

Weekend round-up 8th/9th October

Irwin Fairclough took first place in the M60 Age group at the Northern Ireland Masters’ Trial for the International XC on Saturday in Belfast which gives him a place on the NI team for the British & Irish XC International next month in Glasgow.

At the Oxford half marathon on Sunday Jeff Bird was 1st NAC athlete in 1:24.48 followed by Julian Tulk in 1:28.51, Sarah Fowler 1:46.09 (2nd V60 and new club record by 8 minutes), Charlotte Fowler 1:52.02 (ran in Zebra costume having been injured for last 6 weeks and unable to train!!) and Agnieszka Stochaj 2:02.03.

Ryan Hill completed the Salisbury half marathon in 1:40.24 and Malcolm Knight completed the Isle of Wight marathon in 5:33.34 for 5th V70 position.

At the Rutherford Appleton running event on Sunday Liz Harkness finished 1st V60 in the 5k in a time of 27:00.98 and Julie Coxhead was 2nd V50 in the 10k in a time of 48:38.27.

Please do send further results in and I’ll post them (particularly Oxford 1/2 where early registrations did not make it possible to add club thus making it v difficult to search through 7800+ results!)

Weekend Round-up – 1st-2nd October

The main autumn road-running season has really got underway this weekend with club members competing in so many races it is hard to track down all the results!

Hanney 5 – Phil Marshall led the club contingent in with a time of 29:39 for 11th place overall, closely followed by Baz Munday 30:08, Mike Sheridan – 1st V65 in 31:20, Andy McKendrick 33:58 and Catherine Tuttle – 3rd SL in a pb of 35:24.

Cricklade half marathon – Nige Popplewell was 24th in 1:26.05 and Steve Ferriday 87th with a pb of 1:37.07.

Cardiff half marathon – Matt Greaves finished in 1:39.51

Clarendon 1/2 and Full marathon – Christina Pugsley completed this off-road testing marathon in 4:00.53 for 8th female overall and was closely followed by Sue Van Huyssteen finishing this event for the 5th time in a time of 4:01.49 (9th female overall & 2nd V50-54. Joe Hoskins finished  his first trail marathon in 4:19.42. E-J Bailey completed the half-marathon in 1:48.13 for 3rd female overall & 2nd V40-49).

Bournemouth marathon – Hannah (4:06.11) & Ian Coxhead (4:47.52) completed this event.

South Bucks 10k – It was pb’s all round at this event as James Craggs 34:11 (pb) led the NAC contingent home in 3rd place overall, Emily Marshall finished in 42:14 (pb), Becky Elsmere (45.32) paced to a pb by Steve Elsmere & Liz Harkness was 2nd V65 in a pb time of 55:18.

And finally….

Ady May & Tania Whitby completed the Barcelona Ironman triathlon in 11:48.55 and 12:34.55.

If I’ve missed anyone out please do e-mail me and I’ll post!

Officials Courses – 21st October Oxford

Ever fancied doing an officials course and helping out with our track and field fixtures (either junior or senior)? There is a day of courses at Horspath on Friday 21st October covering all aspects.

The closing date for applying is 7th October. Follow this link to apply (once on this page search for officials- Level 1- courses in the South East)

The club will re-imburse course fees once you have officiated for us a few times next summer.

Weekend round-up 24th/25th September

It was a very busy weekend with many club members involved with the Highclere 10k either in a helping capacity and / or running the race itself. Special mentions should go to race director Chloe Blair & chief marshal Ryan Hill who ensured that everything went extremely smoothly. The race was won by ex-club member Andrew McLeod, in Newbury for one day only, in a time of 35:06 with James Craggs 2nd in 35:24; new member Vladimir Tsagov 4th in 37:52; Matt Pembroke 5th (38:40);Steve Elsmere 6th 39:28 & Jeff Bird 7th 40:26. (Full results via the Highclere 10k page). Not to be outdone by the men the 1st three female places were taken by club members: Izzy Fry (1st ever 10k!) 41:14; Jess Franklin 41:59 and Yaz Ryder 42:57. The junior fun run was well supported by club members with 1st places for Clementine Barry (U10g); Josie Robertson (U12g); Josh Hatton (U12b); Lucie Robertson (U14g); George Ferguson (U14b) & Emma Downie (U16g).

Nina Martin completed the Berlin Marathon in 2:56.29 (the fastest time by a NAC woman) a time that ranks her 12th in the F40 age group in the UK for 2016. Mike Sheridan was runner up in the M65 age-group in 3:06.21 & Graham Stent ran a pb of 3:28.01.

Sarah Fowler finished the Running 4 women Windsor 10k on Saturday in 23rd place in a time of 48:50 for 1st O60 and a club record accompanied by daughter Sophie who finished ahead in 18th place – Their combined time ensuring they won the ‘generation game’ as the mother / daughter combination with the lowest aggregate time! Stephanie Smallman finished in 1:19.25. On Sunday Simon & Elizabeth Bowden completed the Windsor half-marathon together  on a similar hilly course in Windsor Great Park in 2:09.35.

U15 Charlotte Payne and U20 Jamie Kuehnel were invited to take part in an invitational only event showcasing some of the very best Shot Put and Hammer Throwers by age group in the UK hosted by City of Portsmouth AC. 24 places were made available for aspiring Shot Putters and 18 places for aspiring Hammer Throwers. This was the last chance for both athletes to finish a very successful season in their current age group. Charlotte won the Hammer with a distance of 52.67 over 10 meters ahead of second place and in the Shot Putt she won her competition with a throw of 11.26 m which was a new Pb and club record.  Jamie produced the longest throw of the day by winning the u20  hammer with a throw of  64.96m which again is a new PB and club record and puts him 2nd in the UK rankings.

More results will be added as and when received.