Keith Scott Boxing Day Handicap

Entries are now open for the Keith Scott Boxing Day Handicap. The race is held over a 1.7 mile multi-terrain course. Slowest runners start first and if the handicapper get it right (doesn’t happen often!) there should be a mass of runners coming down the finishing straight together.

Entries are free and the event is open to all club members, their family & friends. Please let Irwin Fairclough know by 22nd December if you plan to run. No entries on the day.

We also need 8-10 helpers on the day to ensure that the race runs smoothly and safely. Please let Irwin know if you can assist in any way. We’re usually finished by 11am.

Final Thursday Night Training Dates and NRFC Mini-Roast Meal

The final Thursday night of training at Newbury Rugby Football Club (NRFC) will be on Thursday the 20th of December 2018.  The first Thursday night of training in 2019 will be the 3rd of January.

Following training on Thursday the 20th of December 2018, NRFC will be laying on a mini-roast in the club bar area at a cost of £6 per head.  NAC members are welcome to attend this event and if interested, could I please have confirmed numbers of attendance at this event by the evening of Thursday the 13th of December (tomorrow night).  This will allow NRFC to cater for the correct numbers accordingly.  Payment for this meal will be made on the evening by individuals.  The bar will be open for refreshments, both hot and cold.

If anyone wishes to begin training with a mince pie (or the like) on Thursday the 20th of December, then please bring them.  Unfortunately the idea of bringing in mulled wine is a negative due to the club’s licencing rules.

2018 Road league submissions

The closing date for qualifying race results for inclusion in the 2018 road league was Sunday 9th December 2018.

Please submit any results that you wish to include in the league table to Conor McGrory by midday on Friday 14th December 2018. Please make sure you follow the road league results reporting procedure as detailed here.

Once all of the data is collated an updated table will be published here. If any of the data is incorrect, i.e. missing PB points, please e-mail Conor McGrory.

Road Running League 2019

It has been agreed by the NAC committee that we will trial a Road Running Championship in 2019 in place of the current Road Running League format.

There will be four leagues; Senior Men’s, Senior Women’s (ages 17-49), Veteran Men’s and Veteran Women’s (ages 50+).

The championship will include five different distances from 5km to Half Marathon and only set races will count. The championship fixtures can be found here. Members are responsible for their own entry arrangements.

Points will be awarded based on finishing position amongst all Newbury AC runners in your league and your best result over each distance will be included in the final championship table.

Additional information and rules will shortly be added to the road running league page.

Please contact Phil Marshall if you have any questions.

Christmas / New Year Programme (provisional)

Normal Tuesday & Thursday sessions up to and including Thursday 20th then no sessions on Tuesday 25th or Thursday 27th.

  • 23rd December: Hill session  – 9:30am, Northcroft
  • 26th December: Boxing Day Handicap  – 10:30am, Northcroft
  • 28th December: Kintbury to Combe Gibbet Social run – 10:30am, Jubilee Centre, Kintbury
  • 28th December: Presentation & Social evening – 7pm, Thatcham Rugby Club, Henwick
  • 30th December: Hill session – 9:30am, Northcroft

Normal sessions resume from Thursday 3rd January.

The next Oxford Mail League fixture is on Sunday 6th January at Horspath, Oxford.

SEAA Masters Cross-country Championships: 8th December, Horspath

Medal-winning M60 team

The club fielded complete teams in the three Men’s age-groups and in the Women’s 50-59 category. The M60+ team of Irwin Fairclough, Mike Sheridan and Geoff Anderson took the silver medal for the second year in succession.

Other team positions were : M40-49 (Jeff Bird, Martin Walker and Andrew Russell) 8th of 8; M50-59 (Wayne Lillis, Nige Popplewell and Andy Tuttle) 15th of 18  and F50-55 (Anne Stewart-Power, Jenny Eaton, Sue van Huyssteen) 5th of 9.



Anne, Jenny, Sue and Liz looking festive!

Liz Harkness completed her set of medals in the F65+ age-group finishing in 3rd place to follow up on last year’s win and her runner-up spot in 2016. Other top 10 finishers were: Anne Stewart-Power 5th F55; Irwin Fairclough 5th M60, Mike Sheridan 8th M65 and Jenny Eaton 10th F55.

Full results


Road Run Thursday 13 Dec 18

This week’s roadrun will be Winter Route Kiln Road.

Start at the Rugby Club and onto Monks Lane and through Essex Street then down Valley Road to Enbourne Road then through town to the Clock Tower. The shorter group will go along the A4 to Hambridge Road then through the Racecourse and up New Road then onto Burys Bank Road to Monks Lane and back to the Rugby Club. The longer group will go along the A4 to Grove Road then Love Lane and along Kiln Road until Fir Tree Lane, then cross the A4 and then through the Racecourse and go up New Road, then carry along Burys Bank Road to Monks Lane and back to the Rugby Club.

Oxford Mail Cross Country – Cirencester – 2nd December

Report from Phil Marshall:

A big thank you and well done to everyone that raced the second Oxfordshire Cross Country League fixture in Cirencester today. That hill is brutal!

Jess storming to victory
(photo by B Cornelius)

Jess Franklin was the star of the day, destroying the senior women’s field with an outstanding display of front running and winning by a huge distance (over 70 seconds!). Victoria Duncan also had a great race finishing in 4th.

Our senior men had a much smaller turn out than in the first round but still had some good performances with James Craggs in 8th and Matthew Green in 9th.

Well done also to our juniors, Tobias Allen with the best performance finishing 5th in U15/17 race.

📋 Results are available here: Oxonxc Results


📸 Photos are posted here (courtesy of  Barry Cornelius): BarryCorneliusPhotos

Club XC Championship tables – after 3 events