Christmas / New Year programme

Junior Sessions, at St Bart’s, will finish on Thursday 14th Dec and resume on Thursday 4th January.

Tuesday 19th December and Thursday 21st December: regular sessions at Henwick and Rugby club respectively.

Sunday 24th Dec:
Hill session, 9:30am, Northcroft.
All welcome

Tuesday 26th Dec:
Boxing Day Handicap, 10:30am, Northcroft. This is a free to enter event for club members, their families and friends. Run over a 1.8 mile multi-terrain course with the slowest runners starting first and usually resulting in a mass sprint for the line – this is a great way to run off the excesses of Christmas Day.

The race starts at 10:30am from Northcroft (register by 10:20 in the cricket club car park) and we’re usually finished by 11am. To enter please e-mail Irwin Fairclough with name(s) and age(s) if under 18 and a recent 5K time or other indicator of likely performance. Entries close of 22nd December – there will be no entries on the day. Continue reading

Berkshire County Cross-country Championships

Message from Phil Marshall:

Thank you to everyone that has entered the Berkshire Cross Country Championships at Prospect Park, Reading this Sunday 17th December.

Race 1 – Junior, Senior & Masters (v35) Men – 11:00 – 12k & 9k (Junior)

Juniors: Vlado Tsagov; Seniors: Matthew Green, Alex Muir, Mike Robbins, Anthony Sudlow, Ben Wickens, Mike Wheeler; Vets: Steve Barnes, Phil Marshall, Stephen Elsmere, Jeff Bird, Conor McGrory, Martin Walker, Wayne Lillis, Simon Kirby, Martyn Staines, Tim Davies, Alan Twyford.

Race 2 – Junior, Senior & Masters (v35) Women – 11:50 – 8k & 6k (Junior)

Juniors: Izzy Fry; Seniors: Yaz Ryder, Victoria Duncan, Chloe Blair, Emily Craggs, Rebecca Downie, Mariama Barrie; Vets: Jess Franklin, Mireille Cook, Emma-Jayne Bailey, Sue Van Huyssteen, Jenny Eaton, Rachel Allen.

Additional event information

Good news is that the planned M4 closure is now not going ahead this weekend.…/m4-weekend-closures-cancel…

For those keen, we plan to have some lunch and/or a post race drink at the Harvester opposite the park.

See you on Sunday.


Club road league winners 2017

Club road league winners for 2017 are: Sue van Huyssteen (Women’s Premier), Philippa Cass (Women’s Div. 1), Mark Vardy (Men’s Premier), Conor McGrory (Men’s Div. 1) and Matt Green (Men’s Div, 2), Mike Sheridan (Age-Graded).

Awards will be presented at the Social evening on Friday 29th December.

Final tables:  Road League tables 2017Age-graded table 2017

Any times recorded in the remainder of 2017 will be included in the 2018 competition.


Road-run & Middle distance session – Thursday 13th

Please can all runners  ( road and middle distance) meet in the small bar to the right of the foyer at Rugby Club this week (13th)  and not in the foyer as the Rugby Club have an event on that evening and we need to keep the reception hall clear.

This week’s road run will be Winter Route 1:Essex Street-Valley Road-clocktower (main split between long and short groups)-Old Bath Road-Grove Road-Love Lane-Cock Inn- (second possible split here) Kiln Road-Fir Tree Lane-Hambridge Road- Racecourse- Greenham Church-Pinchington Lane-Rugby Club

SEAA Masters Cross Country Championships – Oxford – 9th December

There was a fantastic team spirit on a very cold day at Horspath on Saturday when the club achieved a remarkable haul of records in the SEAAA masters x-country championships including 4 individual and 4 team medals with some fantastic racing from everyone concerned!

There were individual silvers for Irwin Fairclough in the V60 category, Mireille Cook in the V40 and Liz Harkness in the V65 and a bronze for Mike Sheridan in the V65. Team Silver medals were won by the V60 Men’s team of Irwin, Mike and Geoff Anderson and the V60 Women’s team of Sarah Fowler, Sheila Marshall & Liz and Bronze medals for both the women’s V40 team of Mireille, E-J Bailey & Rachel Allen & the V50 team of Anne Stewart-Power, Sue van Huyssteen & Jenny Eaton.

The men’s V40 team finished in 13th place in what was a very competitive race whilst Wayne Lillis was our lone representative in the V50 category.

Weekend Round-up 9th/10th December

The open throws meeting at Swindon took place on Saturday in very cold wintry conditions despite which there were some good performances.

Charlotte Payne won Hammer with 52m57, and the Weight with 16m95. Helen Broadbridge was showing good form in the Hammer, but her throws of around 50m were just wide of the sector. Ian Payne was a whisker off his first ever 30m throw, with 29m85.

In the Discus there was a family dead heat for 1st place, with Helen and Bob Broadbridge both on 39m49. Bob won on count back by 13cm, so almost a tie on our top 2 throws! Charlotte was just behind with 37m60.

The Shot was treacherous, so distances were down. Bob ended up winning with 11m46, with Charlotte just behind on 11m26. Charlotte was the worthy winner of the throws pentathlon.

The Tadley 10k Cross country was held on Sunday in very wet, cold, snowy conditions with the Newbury AC contingent led home by Nige Popplewell in 16th place followed by Chris Hobson 43:52 in 21st; Tim Davies 44:15 22nd; Richard Kennedy 47:15 33rd; Steve Ferriday 47:40 36th; Jenny Eaton 48:15 39th & Tony Duck 54:52 71st.  Jenny’s time saw her take 1st place in the V55 category and 4th woman overall – this after helping the V50 team to a masters bronze at the SEAA championships the day before! (The winning time overall of 35:13 was posted by Alexander Hamilton of basingstoke & Mid-Hants).

Mike Robbins stayed on track indoors at the Cardiff Met Grand Prix 1 – Christmas Classic (in the warmth!) claiming a pb in the 3000m in a time of 9:35.86.

London Marathon: draw for club place

Unfortunately the club has been allocated just ONE 2018 London Marathon place. Despite applying for two places based on the criteria, they have been very strict this year due to record numbers of ballot entries and record numbers of Good For Age qualifying entries (don’t be surprised if the times for this go down for 2019).

Anyone, that would like to be included in the draw for this club place, please send Phil Marshall your rejection letters or emails no later than Friday 22nd December if you haven’t already.

The draw for the place, plus one reserve, will be made at the End of Season Presentation Evening on 29th December and announced shortly after via the club website and Facebook page.

If you want an alternate to London, the Brighton Marathon (18th April) is guaranteeing every club 10 places.

For anyone that has a place in the 2018 London Marathon: the club arranges a trip which includes transport to the Expo the day before the race to collect race number, transport to a hotel opposite the start line, one nights accommodation the night before the race with evening meal and breakfast, transportation of bags to the finish of the race and transport back to Newbury/Thatcham. Please contact Phil Marshall if you’d like to receive further details,

Road League update

The 2017 season is now drawing to a close. The last day for road times to count for this year’s tables will be 10th December.

Current divisional leaders are: Sue van Huyssteen (Women’s Premier), Philippa Cass (Women’s Div. 1), Mark Vardy (Men’s Premier)’ Conor McGrory (Men’s Div. 1) and Matt Green (Men’s Div, 2)

Please ensure you notify Phil Marshall of all results for inclusion in the tables. Please also notify Irwin Fairclough if you want your time included in the Age-Graded table.

Road Tables 2017  / Age-graded table 2017 as at 7th December

Weekend round-up 2nd/3rd December

On Sunday, several Newbury AC members took place in the Mapledurham 10K and 10 mile trail run races. In the 10K, Graham Stent came 14th out of 214 finishers with a chip time of 43:52.In the 10 mile event  Christina Pugsley was 53rd out of 276 with a chip time of 1:18:23.5; Christopher Culley was 112th with 1:25:14.8 & Stephanie Smallman finished 189th with 1:37:10.6. Also on Sunday Mark Vardy won the Putney 10k race in a time of 34:39 almost a minute ahead of the second placed runner.

On Saturday Chris Hobson took part in the Blorenge fell race in South Wales (2.5 miles and 1500ft climbing) finishing in 36th place of 57 runners in a time of 38:47.

Harry Russell competed at the Northern Athletics indoor open meeting in Sheffield on Saturday completing the 600m in 1:21.30.

Road-Run Thursday 7th December

This week’s roadrun will be led by Nige and will be: Winter Route 3:

Retail Park-Pinchington Lane – Greenham Road (main split)-Pidgeon’s Farm-Racecourse-Hambridge Road-Fir Tree Lane-Cock Inn-Victoria Park- St John’s Roundabout-[either Newtown road or Andover Road]-Rugby Club.