As the club celebrates its 70th anniversary, we have launched a major project to re-build the pavilion at Fifth Road. This exciting new facility will provide modern, comfortable changing facilities, an activity area for indoor training sessions and space for social gatherings and meetings.
We have set up a ‘donate a baton’ scheme where a donation of a minimum of £70 (to match our 70th year) will result in a gold baton being hung in your name in the new clubhouse. Any smaller donations you feel you can make will also be very gratefully received and acknowledged on a purpose-built notice board.
Our current fund-raising target is now £42,500
Full details of this project including plans & costings can be seen here.
Harry Russell made his debut for Sheffield University AC in the Northen Athletics Open at the English Institue for Sport achieving 2 pb’s by completing 60m in 7.50s & the 300m in 36.18s.
Normal Tuesday / Thursday sessions up to and including Thursday 22nd (except Junior session at St Bart’s which finishes on Thursday 15th). In addition, there will be Hill sessions on Sunday 11th (Karen) and Sunday 18th (Irwin) @ 9:30am at Northcroft.
Monday 26th December: Boxing Day Handicap @ 10:30am at Northcroft. Entries to Irwin before Tuesday 20th December. No entries on the day.
Tuesday 27th December: Interval session (Andy) @ 10:00am at Fifth Road; Presentation & Social Evening @ Thatcham Hockey Club, Henwick at 7:30pm.
Thursday 29th December: Combe Gibbet social run (Dave) @ 10:00 am at Jubilee Centre, Kintbury; Road run (James) & Interval session (Karen) @ 7:00pm at Rugby Club.
Sunday 31st December: Hill session (Karen) @ 9:30am at Northcroft.
Normal programme resumes on Tuesday 3rd January with Andy’s session @ 7pm at Henwick
Road: The 2016 Road running championships are coming to a close. The last date for having results included is Monday 12th December. The latest tables can be viewed below. Please let Phil Marshall (Road League) / Irwin Fairclough (Age-Graded) have any updates by the above deadline. Awards will be presented at the Social evening on 27th December at Thatcham Hockey Club.
Road League (5th Dec) / Age-graded table (5th Dec)
Cross-country: Following the cancellations of the BB&O and Round 3 of the Oxford Mail League, we have decided to reduce the number of races counting towards this year’s club championships from 5 (of a possible 7) to 4 (of a possible 5) for U13s to Senior and from 4 (of a possible 5) to 3 (of a possible 4). The latest tables can be viewed via the link below.
Cross-country tables (5th Dec)
Yaz Ryder sprints to U20s win
Our cross country team narrowly missed matching the superb performance from the Showground last month when they tackled the new course held at Bo Peep caravan park, Adderbury, near Banbury on Sunday. Both the Senior Women’s & Men’s teams are flying high at the top of the League, as both A teams were convincing winners again, and our under 13 Boys were also in good form to close the A team in 2nd place. Josie Robertson u-11, Izzy Fry u-17, Yasmin Ryder u-20, Sophie Crumly Senior Women & Jess Franklin V1 Women, must all be congratulated for successfully defending their unbeaten status in the League this season. With the 3rd match now cancelled , it would now only require one more performance like this in the remaining two fixtures for them to guarantee a title. James Craggs kept himself right in contention with another 3rd place in the Senior Men’s race, Vladimir Tsagov also maintained his great start in the under 17 Men’s. Irwin Fairclough moved to the top of the V3 age group with a resounding win to follow up his 2nd place at the showground, and there were very well earned runner up spots from Oliver Hamlin in the under 9’s, and George Ferguson in the under 13 Boys.
Thank you to everyone who ran today, the support once again was tremendous.
Full results can be viewed here
Ian Coxhead is again organizing the club trip to the London Marathon. The package includes transport, B&B in the Clarendon hotel (only 400m from the start) and a 3-course evening meal. Spaces are obviously limited so if you are interested, please contact Ian asap (Priority will be given to those running in the event.)
Entries for this year’s Boxing Day Handicap (10:30am from Northcroft) are now open. Just e-mail Irwin Fairclough and you will be added to the start-list – please include a recent 5K time, if available and not already listed on Power of10.
The event is run over a 1.8 mile multi-terrain course around Speen Moors & Speen Lane, It’s open to all members, family and friends. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the run by Keith Scott and the first without long-serving timekeeper, Brian Ireland, so let’s join together to make it a success in their honour. All offers of help with marshalling etc. will be much appreciated – again, please e-mail Irwin
Irwin Fairclough represented Northern Ireland in the British & Irish Masters Cross country championships in Glasgow on Saturday coming 12th in the O60 race and 2nd fro Northern Ireland.
Meanwhile, also on Saturday, Yas Ryder was 11th U20 in the British Athletics Cross Country Challenge fixture at Milton Keynes.
Road Schedule for next few weeks:
17th November – 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.
24th November – 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.
1st December -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.
8th December – Route 1; 15th December – Route 2; 22nd December – Route 3.
We regret that the road run is not suitable for juniors under the age of 16. We have long-felt that running long distances on the road is not beneficial for the physical development of young athletes. Alongside this, we have had concerns over the safety of juniors running the road run. Any juniors who have been attending this session are very welcome to join the middle distance interval session held on the rugby pitches, under flood lights, where we think they will gain more benefit.
This season’s Berkshire Championships are to be held on Braywick Fields, Maidenhead, on Saturday 7th January 2017. Full details of the event, and how to enter can be found on the Berkshire Athletics website or click on the link provided down the right side of the home page. The club has made such a great start to the cross country season, with the SEAA relays, and the first Oxford Mail League fixture at the Showground, both going really well. Let us all try to keep this high level of performance going for the B,B & O this coming weekend, and through into the new year with the County Championship. The closing date is 30th December 2016, but on-line entries are available now.
Thank you, Andy Tuttle
There has been good interest shown from our Veteran athletes to enter teams into this season’s South of England Masters Cross Country. It is on Saturday 10th December at the Horspath course, Cowley, Oxford. The entries close on Friday 25 November, could any Veteran interested in taking part please go on to this page on the SEAA website and enter the appropriate race on-line.