Hot Weather Training

The recent heatwave accompanied by relatively high humidity has made for difficult running conditions and many people struggled with races over the weekend.

Use the spreadsheet calculator below to take the guess work out of how to alter your runs to accommodate the heat. You can work out your ideal pace for any given temperature and humidity so you can train safely in the heat (should we have anymore hot weather!).

I have adapted this calculator by including a calculation that uses both the actual temperature and the humidity (if known) to create what is known in Canada as the Humidex Index or a ‘feels like’ temperature. You’ll see that for example on Tuesday of this week when it was over 30c and the relative humidity was 78% the Index was much higher than the basal temperature. In lower temperatures the humidity doesn’t have quite the same effect.

Anyway enjoy using it – any questions please contact me.

Hot Weather Training


Ridgeway Relay – June 25th

Report from Phil Marshall:
Two Newbury AC teams of 10 took on the at the Ridgeway Relay race on Sunday 25th running a combined team total of 86.5 miles each from Ivinghoe Beacon to Marlborough.
This year the two teams were evenly matched as much as possible and as a result there were some very close finishing times on most of the legs. Seven club members participated in the relay for the first time and despite battling blazing hot sunshine and temperatures of around 30 degrees everyone seemed to enjoy the comeradery and challenge of the event.
Of the 42 teams competing Newbury AC finished a very impressive 7th and 11th respectively.
Pictures below of 3 club members running this event for the first time  (Courtesy of Barry Cornelius) Further photos can be found on Facebook:

Sunday 18th June – Running events

Yesterday proved to be the hottest day of the year so far and was less than ideal for running long distances! Despite that the club fielded two teams in the Ridgeway Relay (report to follow when results are posted) and participants in both the Hampshire Hoppit trail Half Marathon and the Harey 8.

New member Anthony Sudlow led in the club contingent in the Hampshire Hoppit finishing in 20th place overall in a time of 1:49.22. He was followed by Ade May 38th – in 1:57.05; Sue van Huyssteen 1st V50 – 55th – 2:01.54; Tania Whitby – 67th – 2:03.40 and Pete Richardson – 68th – 2:-4.08.

Matt Green continued his winning ways in the Run West Berkshire series by winning the Harey 8 in a time of 48.54 followed by Jeff Bird in 4th place (53.48), Philippa Cass (2nd Female) 1:01:01, Edyta Wilk (3rd Female) 1:03.09; Catherine Tuttle (4th Female) 1:03.54; Andy Tuttle 1:03.57; Sheila Marshall (1st V55) 1:19.17 & Jill Mowat 1:21.55.

Southern Athletic League – Perivale – 17th June

The club continued their best ever start to life in Division 2 West of the Southern Athletics League with another resounding win, this time at Perivale, West London. It now reads two wins and a 2nd place from the opening three fixtures, and 3rd place in the League behind Reading A.C and the Windsor, Slough, Eton and Hounslow club. It was another joint effort across the disciplines, but Sam Plumb could not have made a more impressive return to League action, He received the Man of the Match award for winning the 400m Hurdles in 53.18, the 110m Hurdles in 15.58, the 100m with 11.23, and anchoring the successful 4x 400m team with youngsters Rhys Ainsworth, George Biggs and Vlad Tsagov.
The team never looked back from an outstanding start in the 12.00pm events, which saw Wayne Lillis follow up

Sam’s win in the 400m Hurdles by taking the B string, Bob Broadbridge finished 2nd in the shot A, with Jamie Kuehnel winning the B string, Helen Broadbridge throwing 52m.85 for 2nd in the Hammer, with Under 17 Charlotte Payne sealing the B string win with 51m94, and Daniel Tuttle 6cm clear of his rivals in the High Jump with 1m76. The throwers were in fine form all day with Helen Broadbridge setting a new Senior club record of 43m84 to win the Discus, & Charlotte Payne winning the B with 36m90, both recorded Personal best distances with the 4km Shot Putt, with 11m.03 & 10m52. Rosie Stanton threw over 30m for 2nd A in the Javelin, with Helen only just shy of that mark winning the B string. Jamie Kuehnel and Ian Payne took maximum points in the Hammer, while Jamie and Bob Broadbridge were just 1 point adrift of that feat in the Discus. Mother and Daughter paring of Jenny and Trinity O’Connor came tantalizingly close to recording double victories in both the High Jump and the Pole Vault, with under 17 Trinity’s Vault of 2m70 winning the A string, Jenny cleared 2m10 to win the B, Trinity finished 2nd in the High Jump on count back, while Jenny won the B string on count back. There were other wins on the day from Rosie Stanton in the A string 100m Hurdles, Jemma Colbourne in the B Triple Jump, Phil Marshall in the B 5000m & Graham Stent in the 2000m steeplechase.

The victorious 4 * 400m relay team

A big thank you to everyone who travelled to Perivale to make it such a successful day. Under 17 Lilly Gohara made her SAL debut, Lilly ran 13.82 in the 100m, and recorded 4m37 in the Long Jump. Sarah Fowler knocked 3 seconds off the over 60 200m club record, with 36.35, and Sara Rudd, Emma Downie, Becky Elsmere, Emily Craggs, Reuben Langdon, Mike Robbins, Peter Crisp, Matt Green, Steve Elsmere, Phillip Carter, Alexander Taylor all gained valuable points for the club.
Provisional Match score :-
1 Newbury A.C 214
=2 Radley A.C 185
=2 Kingston & Polytechnic Harriers 185
4 Ealing, Southall & Middlesex 137

The road running league tables have been updated to include performances up to 11th June and can be viewed here.

Please let Phil Marshall know of any errors / omissions.

Recent Results round-up

On Saturday 10th June a number of our athletes competed very successfully for West Berkshire schools in the Berkshire schools championships held at Palmer Park Reading. On the track Kitty Shepherd-Cross was 1st in the Intermediate 1500m in 4:44.8 and Emma Downie recorded 2:35 in the intermediate 800m.  Amber White  ran 13.9m in the 100m Intermediate race whilst Hugh Beattie recorded 5:53.2 in the 1500m Junior race and Lawrence Baker took 1st place in the Junior boys 80mH. Ella Houston took 1st place in the Senior High Jump with 1.60m, whilst Trinity O’Connor recorded an pb and 1st place in the Intermediate Pole Vault with 2.80m. Josh Douglas also took 1st place and a pb in the Intermediate Triple Jump wth 12.28m. In the field Charlotte Payne was 1st in the Intermediate discus with 41.19 as was Oliver Hewitt in the Senior Hammer with a throw of 56.41m. Abi Livingstone was 5th in the Junior javelin with 27.05m.

As a result of their efforts Charlotte Payne, Oliver Hewitt, Kitty Shepherd-Cross and Izzy Fry have been selected to represent Berkshire Schools at the ESAA Track & Field Championships in July. We wish them every success.

At the Wargrave 10k on Sunday 11th Stephanie Smallman recorded a pb of 51.16, Sheila Marshall was 1st Masters 60+ in 51.43 and Emily Craggs also ran.

At the Watford open graded meeting on Wednesday 14th in the 8-00m races Mike Robbins ran a PB of 2:03.03 and Wayne Lillis lowered his own V50 club record to 2:11.06.

Road-Run – June 15th

This week’s road run (15th June) will be Route 2 – It will go along the canal to Speen Moor plantation then to Bagnor, up to Snelsmore Common then back to Donnington castle, Northcroft & then back to Fifth Road.

Veteran’s league – Bracknell 5th June

Report from Liz Harkness:

Many thanks to the athletes and marshals for turning out on a very cold, wet and windy night at Bracknell last Monday evening.

The evening started with Long Jump and a new club record for Sarah Fowler in the 0/60’s. The rain eased off slightly for the 1500m where Jess Franklin achieved a new PB of 5.06.8 with Philippa Cass, competing  in the vets for the first time & with very tired legs after winning the Ollie Johnson 5 mile competing in Kintbury the previous day posting in 5.38.8 in the same race

Full results can now be downloaded here.

Our last match on 3rd July at Tilsley Park is also our home match, so if you wish to compete please let Liz Harkness know, and if not competing we always need help with marshalling.

Wessex Young Athletes League – Match 2 – 4th June Bournemouth

Report from Emma Guilfoyle:

The second of the club’s Wessex League fixtures was full of personal bests for the youngest of the junior section.  The boys kicked off with the vortex throw with a great start for Oliver Taylor with 21.25m, the girls started with the long jump with personal bests for Zoe Gray and Lola Thorne.  The 75m also had personal bests for both Oliver and Freddie Wilson with both also improving on their long jump by huge margins and Oliver also improving on his 600m.  The girls team saw Anna Delavere and Sophie Livingstone competing for the first time in the league and personal bests in 2 events for Clementine Barry, 3 events for Thea Osbourne and all 4 events for Zoe Gray and Lola Thorne. Overall the U11s finished in 6th place.

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Road Run – Thursday 8th June

The road-run on Thursday 8th June will be led by Steve Ferriday and will be Route 15 which will go along the canal to Hambridge road then up Fir Tree Lane to stone copse and back down towards Shaw and back to Fifth Road.