Dates for your diary – upcoming events

A quick reminder of events coming up over the next few weeks:

Friday 17th March – Newbury AC fundraising quiz please let Bev Hall know if you are planning to attend

Friday 24th March – Newbury AC XC presentation evening (please contact Emma Guilfoyle to confirm attendance and return any trophies won last year to Andy Tuttle)

Saturday 25th March – Newbury AC Newbury parkrun takeover (please contact Phil Marshall; timekeeper, tailrunner/course take down and 30 minute pacer required)

Sunday 16th April – Easter handicap (contact Irwin Fairclough to confirm attendance)

Friday 21st April – Newbury AC relays (contact Chloe Blair to confirm team entry)

Sunday 23rd April – Post London marathon celebration (contact James Craggs to confirm attendance)

Weekend round-up 18th/19th March

Another very busy and successful weekend for club members:

15 members completed the Reading Half Marathon on Sunday led in in 173rd place by Peter Crisp in 1:18.57. Followed by: Andrew Ind – 1:19:03 (176th); Chris Pudney – 1:28:47 (527th); Rick Wyatt – 1:33:54 (893rd); Luis Gonçalves – 1:36:31 (1116th); Bryn Dawson – 1:43:25 (1906); Jo Craig – 1:45:15 (2195); Peter Evans – 1:45:27 (2218); Michele Moran-Douglas – 1:58:48 (4537); Ian Colcomb – 2:01:03 (4930); Andre Clothier – 2:01:36 (5014); Charlotte Winton – 2:02:51 (5215); Sandra Beal – 2:13:39 (6788); Agnieszka Stochaj – 2:22:34 (7471); Joe Hoskins – 3:08:10 (9575).

Also on Sunday  James Craggs was the first NAC club finisher at the Fleet Half Marathon  in 28th place in a time of 1:15.59. Followed by: 76 – Steve Barnes – 1:21:18; 151 – Jeff Bird – 1:25:18; 545 – E-J Bailey – 1:36:38 ( 53rd Women ); 613 – Sue van Huyssteen – 1:38:09 ( 68th Women / 4th F50).

Andy Varney ran Windsor & Eton Half marathon at Dorney Lake on Saturday finishing in 30th place overall (3rd V40) in 1:29:48.

The Eastleigh 10k saw the following finishers some of whom then rushed back up the A34 to watch the finishing stages of the Reading half88 – Phil Marshall – 35:44 (pb);114 – Mike Robbins – 36:45 (pb); 125 – Michał Szczepańczyk – 37:13; 170 – Graham Stent – 38:05 (pb); 232 – Dan Reeves – 39:18; 278 – Nige Popplewell – 40:07; 279 – Matt Pembroke – 40:11; 427 – Philippa Cass – 43:06 (5th FV35). Newbury AC were 10th team overall (First 4 club finishers).

Liz Harkness and Roz Pearson completed a very windy (and hilly!) Highworth 5 mile race yesterday in 46:11 and 48:44 respectively.

Meanwhile at the Barrie Strange Memorial Throws at Oxford on Saturday in very windy condition Charlotte Payne started her 2017 season as a first year U17 with 2 impressive wins in Hammer and Discus throwing 55.39m and 38.97m respectively – both new Club records!

The English Schools AA National Cross Country championships were held at Norfolk County showground, Norwich on Saturday with club members Izzy Fry & Kitty Shepherd-Cross representing Berkshire schools. Izzy was 15th overall in the Senior girls race (4k) in 13:57 and 2nd for Berkshire. Kitty was also 2nd Berkshire finisher in the Intermediate race (3.75k) in 13:56 for 86th place overall. Also on Saturday Irwin Fairclough finished 4th V60 in the British Masters cross country championships held at Wavertree, Liverpool.

Please notify me of any other results and they will be posted here.

Weekend round-up 11th/12th March

It was a busy weekend both on the track and the roads with some fantastic results across the board:

At the British Indoor Master Championships at Lee Valley Bob Broadbridge took silver in the M55 Shot with 12.20m.  Simon Barrett, M60 took silver in both the 60m –  8.46s & 200m –  – 26.99s and a bronze in the 400m – bronze – 61.40s.

The Finchley 20 mile race saw Tom Watkins break the club record by over 2 minutes in  a fantastic time of 1:51:57 as he finished 3rd closely followed by Mark Vardy in 5th place in a PB of 1:52:53 (also breaking his previous club record). Sheila Marshall was 3rd V55 in a time of 3:04.02

3 members ran the Bath Half Marathon- led in by Conor McGrory – 1:22:14 (189th); with Mike Sheridan – 1:31:21 (632nd) & Graham Stent – 1:34:42 (873rd)

At the North London Half Marathon new member Mike Wheeler finished in 1:28.15 (153rd) & Joe Hoskins achieved a pb in 1:29.15 for 191st position. Ryan Hill finished in 1:36.04 at the Silverstone half-marathon (539th.)

And finally results from the Grizzly 20 where Steve Elsmere led the Newbury contingent in finishing in 13th place overall in a time of 2:37.55 followed by Dave Wright (75th) – 2:56:47; Pete Leicester (113th) – 3:01:46; Sue van Huyssteen  (348th)- 3:30:11 (37th woman); Ady May  (416th) – 3:34:48; Rebecca Elsmere –  (680th) 3:55:38 (132nd woman); Rick Wyatt – (700th) 3:55:55 & Charlotte Winton (979th) – 4:16:07 (242nd woman). In the shorter 10 mile Cub Run Tania Whitby finished 53rd in 1:30:10 (19th woman) and Tim Marsh was 188th in 1:46.53.

CAU Inter Counties cross country championships – Loughborough

Eight club members represented their County teams at this seasons CAU Inter Counties Championships, held at Preswold, near Loughborough. For the 3rd consecutive season Izzy Fry recorded a top 25 finish at the Championships coming home in 17th place in the Under 17 Women’s 5000m race. Every season Izzy targets this competition as her main focus of the Country season. Izzy will tell you herself it is hard to break in to the top 25 at the top cross country event on the domestic calendar, and even harder to keep performing at that level.

The course was new to everyone, even Sophie Crumly who studied at Loughborough University had not tried this particular venue. Sophie admitted to feeling tired after her fine 10km PB last weekend, but Sophie still sealed a top 100 finish in the Senior Women’s in 98th, while Yasmin Ryder tackled the Senior distance for the first time in 173rd. Rebecca Downie and George Ferguson both earned their Berkshire County debut, Rebecca came 167th in the Under 20 Women’s, George recorded 171st in the Under 13 Boys. Luci Robertson competed for the second year in a row in the under 13 Girls, Luci was also in the top 180 places, in 178th. James Craggs and Andy Ind were on opposing sides in the Senior Men’s race, both finished in the scoring six places for their team, James finished 179th for the Berkshire team, while Andy came 250th running for Wiltshire.

Cross Country Presentations & Celebration evening – March 24th

We would like to invite all club members and their families to our annual x-country presentation evening and help us celebrate yet another fantastic and successful season.

This will be held on Friday 24th March from 7pm (presentations at 7.30pm) at Bev’s barn, Oakley Farmhouse, Wash Water, RG20 0LP.
As in previous years we will be having a ‘bring and share’ buffet so please bring a plate of food to share and also any drinks you would like.
Please e-mail Emma if you are able to attend so we can get an idea of numbers.
We look forward to seeing you all!

Road-running Schedule – March update

The roadrunners schedule for the next few weeks is as follows:

9th March 2017 – Route 2: Conifer Cres -Water Tower- Valley Road-clocktower (main split between long and short groups)-Old Bath Road-Grove Road-Love Lane-Cock Inn-Victoria Park-St John’s Roundabout-[either Newtown road or Andover Road]-Rugby Club.

16th March 2017 -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

23rd March 2017– 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 4th/5th March

Sam Plumb clocked a pb time of 7.25s in the 60m at the WSEH winter series indoor event yesterday and U17 Trinity O’Connor competed in the Pole Vault at the Brunel Jumps & Throws festival recording a height of 2.32m.

Meanwhile at the Trafford 10k in Manchester Sophie Crumly recorded a time of 35:56 taking almost 50 seconds off her previous pb.

Club Cross-country Champions 2016/17

Josie Robertson and Andy Ind secured the Club Champion titel in their respective categories U11G and Male Veteran at the final fixture of the season on Sunday at Farmoor. Previously confirmed were: James Craggs (Senior Men); Sophie Crumly (Senior Women); Jess Franklin (Vet. Women); Vladimir Tsagov (U17B); Izzy Fry (U17G); Hugh Beattie (U15B); Emma Downie (U15G); George Ferguson (U13B); Luci Robertson (U13G); Tom Stevenson (U11B)

Final Championship tables

Record results from the Oxford Cross Country League

Senior Men Premier Division Winners
(Photo by Barry Cornelius)

Thank you each and everyone of you who supported the club in such a successful Oxford Cross Country League season, it has been truly remarkable. Not only did the club win both the Senior Women’s and Men’s League title’s, but in Sophie Crumly and James Craggs we also saw the two Individual Senior titles go to Newbury A.C athletes. Sophie successfully defended her title, while James became the first member to win the Men’s title since we joined the league in 2006. We were not short of other individual Champion’s again this year as Josie Robertson looked really focused to seal the under 11 Girls title with three straight wins. Kitty Shepherd-Cross enjoyed her first season competing in the League took the under 15 Girls title, Izzy Fry had already sealed the under 17 Women’s title with three wins, Jess Franklin recorded her best finish this season in 2nd place to make sure of her V1 title, and Irwin Fairclough was dominant in winning the V3 Men’s title. Yasmin Ryder came runner up in the Under 20 Women’s, George Ferguson rounded off a fine season with a Bronze award, that was matched by Vladimir Tsagov in his first season with the club in the under 17 Men, and for Andy Ind in the V1 age group.

Full results

Can I also take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped me during the past 18 years in my role as cross country manager, it has been a major part of my life, and just great fun to be involved with such a successful team. Phil Marshall will really bring a fresh new approach to the role, with far superior communication skills to keep everyone right up to date with what is going on, and what has just happened. I am sure you will join me in wishing Phil all the best in his new role.

Andy Tuttle