Notice of Annual General Meeting of Newbury AC

This year’s Annual General Meeting will be held at 7:30pm on Tuesday 27th February at Crookham Common Athletics Track.

All club members are invited to attend.   Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served.

The following positions are becoming available this year: Chair; Treasurer; General Secretary & Road Running Captain. Please do consider whether you would like to take on one of these positions. For further details & full job descriptions please e-mail Sarah or talk to the current incumbents. Please note that the work involved could be shared amongst a number of people.

Nominations for new committee members should be sent in writing (e-mail will do) to Club Secretary Katie Fielding by Tuesday 13th February.

Road-Run – Thursday 22nd February

This week’s run (22nd February) will be Route 1: Essex Street-Valley Road-clocktower (main split between long and short groups)-Old Bath Road- Grove Road-Love Lane-Cock Inn-Kiln Road-Fir Tree Lane-Hambridge Road-Racecourse-Greenham Church-Pinchington Lane-Rugby Club.

Weekend Round-up 17th/18th February

The Wokingham half-marathon – the first race of the Berkshire Road Running Championships for 2018 was held on Sunday & there were PB’s and county medals from our club contingent. First home was Steve Elsmere in 1:18:10 followed by Jeff Bird 1:21:55 (PB)  V40 Berkshire HM Champion;  Mike Wheeler 1:21:57 (PB); Wayne Lillis 1:24:54  V50 Berkshire HM Silver Medalist;
Joe Hoskins 1:25:28 (PB); Andy McKendrick 1:28:12 (PB); Chris Hobson 1:31:06; Mireille Cook 1:31:42  V35 Berkshire HM Bronze Medalist; Christina Pugsley 1:35:39 (PB); Graham Stent 1:46:41; Christopher Culley 1:52:15 & Stephanie Smallman 1:59:17.

The BUCS indoor championships were held in Sheffield over the weekend. Harry Russell competing for Sheffield University continued his early season form by coming through two rounds to reach the final of the 800m (1:57.52 and 1:53.74) where he finished 5th in another great time of 1:53.76. Yaz Ryder came agonisingly close to progressing in the ladies 800m, running 2:20.12 in a very tough first round heat, a time that would have been good enough to win the heat after! Phil Carter, the sole representative from Plymouth University, competed in both the High & Long Jump events despite carrying a foot injury.

Road-Run 15th February

This week’s road run 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 to Rugby Club.

Bramley 10 & 20 mile – 11th February

A number of club members competed at the Bramley 10 and 20 mile events yesterday. Steve Barnes led home the 20 mile contingent in 2:09.03; followed by Conor McGrory 2:10:25; Martin Walker 2:13:31; Jeff Bird 2:15:55; Chris Pudney 2:29:07; Jenny Eaton 2:43:53 (new V55 Club Record – which had been held since 2009); Steve Ferriday 2:45:47; Tony Duck 2:58:44 & Ian Coxhead 3:28:26. Steve, Conor & Martin were 4th team overall.

In the 10 mile event Wayne Lillis was first NAC runner in a time of 1:10:48 followed by Emma-Jayne Bailey 1:11:35; Richard Mccabe 1:18:37; Liz Pudney 1:19:56 & Sheila Marshall 1:27:15.

Full results here  & Photos courtesy of Barry Cornelius here: 

Track success for Harry

Harry Russell (U23) posted a fantastic time as he dipped under the 50 second barrier over 400m last Wednesday (31st January) at the Steel 2018 indoor meeting held in Sheffield  with a time of 49.97s and continued this great early track form with a 800m 3 second PB of 1:52.97 at the BMC open (also indoors at Sheffield) last night (6th February). Peaking nicely we hope for BUCS next weekend!

Club Cross-Country Championship

Following another successful Oxford Mail League on Sunday (see report below), the following athletes have established unassailable leads in the 2017/18 Club Cross-Country Championships:

Alex Muir (Senior Men), Emma Downie (U17W); Luci Robertson (U15G); Callum Potts (U15B); Josie Robertson (U13G) and; Tom Stevenson (U13B). They can’t take a rest yet and there are still individual and team medals to be fought for at the final Oxford Mail League on 4th March at Farmoor.

The remaining Club Championship Divisions (Veteran Men, Senior & Veteran Women and U11 Boys & Girls) are very tight and will be decided at Farmoor.

Latest tables

Road-Run Thursday 8th February

This weeks road-run will be Winter Route 2 – Conifer Crest – Water tower, Valley Road, Clocktower (main split between long & short groups), Old Bath Road, Grove Road, Love Lane, Cock Inn, Victoria Park, St John’s roundabout and then either Newtown Road or Andover Road back to Rugby Club.

Oxford Mail League – Round 4 – Lawns Park, Swindon 4th February

Report from Phil Marshall:

Jess Franklin and Izzy Fry with a clear lead in the Women’s race

The club travelled to Lawns Park in Swindon to face the toughest cross country course so far this season in the Oxfordshire Cross Country League Round 4 fixture. However plenty of testing hills and shin deep mud on a technical course proved to the liking of some as we had a brilliant 1-2, with Jess Franklin winning her first ever Senior Women’s Oxfordshire League race ahead of Izzy Fry in 2nd. A fantastic season for the pair means that even with another fixture still to come Jess has now secured the Veteran 1 title, Izzy has claimed the U20 and Overall Women’s title, and with a huge lead in the team championship thanks also to a fantastic 4th place finish for Mireille Cook, Newbury AC are odds on to retain their title from last season.

The Men are also on track to claim back-to-back league championships with another

Alex Muir leading eventual winner Simon Fisher of OCAC

comprehensive team victory led by Alex Muir who was second to Oxford City AC’s Simon Fisher in a field of 219 finishers. Joining Alex in the successful scoring A team were Matt Green, Anthony Sudlow, Mike Robbins, Steve Barnes, Stephen Elsmere and Mike Wheeler, who all finished in the top 33 places.

In the Junior races we had to cope without our top ranked U13 girl, Josie Robertson, who was struck down with flu, but such is the strength of the squad that Sophie Bhatt (9th), Miriam Cooper (11th) and Phoebe Ryder (12th) were able to match their closest rivals Swindon AC, Highworth RC and Oxford City AC to ensure they still remained top of the table with one race remaining.
Ethan Robertson in the U9 boys had his best race of the season to finish 2nd and his big sister Luci Robertson also excelled in the tricky conditions finishing 4th U15 girl.
A big thank you to everyone that competed, every place really does count and the team spirit this year in all categories has been superb. Looking forward to another big turnout and successful final race on 4th March at Hill End Centre, Farmoor.
Photos courtesy of Barry Cornelius:

Can smiling as you run help?

You may be interested in this article published in the Times last week and widely reported in the press elsewhere that suggests that smiling can indeed help! Try it next time you are running into the wind on Greenham Common with a wind chill making it feel like 0 degrees!!: