Weekend round-up: 28th Feb / 1st March

A busy weekend saw club members compete over the country, on the roads and in the throwing circles. The most pleasing results were at the Oxford Mail cross-country (see separate report) and at the Bath Half-Marathon were, relative newcomer, Mike Sheridan took almost 5 minutes off the club M65 record.

Club cross-country Championships (Updated 3/3: OML results revised to include Callum Fry): At the final league match of the season the following clinched club championships: Sophie Crumly (Senior Women); E-J Bailey (Veteran Women); Andrew Ind (Veteran Men); Trinity O’Connor (U13 Girls); Oscar Reeves (U11 Boys) & Callum Fry (U11 Boys). They join James Craggs (Senior Men); Yaz Ryder (U17 Women); Izzy Fry (U15 Girls); Sam Wright (U15 Boys), Ed Fry (U13 Boys)  and Maisie Jeger (U11 Girls) who has secured their titles prior to the final race. Final tables.

Bath Half-Marathon: Mike Sheridan finished was 1st M65 (337th overall) in a new club age-group record of 1:25:47. His time represents an Age-Graded score of 89.9 – putting him into first place in our Age-Graded league for 2015.  Charlotte Fowler ran 1:39:51 in her debut at the distance.

Goring 10K: Clare Quinn (V40) took the runner-up spot in the Female Vets category, finishing 96th overall in 44:29. Other Newbury AC finishers were: Hannah Coxhead (V35) 49:45; Carole Lowe (V55) 54:04 and Rose Metalli (V55) 57:03.

The Grizzly (approx. 20 miles) & The Cub (approx. 9 miles): The lovers of all things wet, muddy and hilly headed to Devon to take on the challenge of these infamous events. The good news is that everyone finished though some claim they will never do it again – we shall see!!! CLub finishers in The Grizzly were: Pete Leicester (92nd); Rick Wyatt (165th); Charlotte Winton (979th) and Christine Mardle (1026th). In The Cub we had: Bob Taylor (87th); Julie Coxhead (114th) and Tim Marsh (162nd).

Swindon Open Throws Triathlon: Two of our young throwers stepped-up their preparation for the Summer season with a successful work-out at the open meeting in Swindon. Charlotte Payne threw a PB of 38.81m in the hammer in her first competition as an U15. Jamie Kuehnel won the Hammer / Discus / Weight triathlon with throws of 52.97m, 37.55m and 17.44m respectively.

Oxford Mail Cross Country – Harwell

Sue, Izzy, Yaz, Sarah and Geoff

Sue, Izzy, Yaz, Sarah and Geoff

Another Oxford Mail cross country season drew to a close today at Harwell with the Club picking up ten individual and two team awards. The club kept the fine results going all season as they recorded another three wins at this final fixture. Maisie Jeger probably produced her biggest winning margin of the season in the under 11’s race to go the entire season un-defeated, Luci Robertson has also shown what a talented and reliable young athlete she is to pick up the runner up prize today, and overall. Izzy Fry could not have timed it better to record her first League victory of the season, the win meant she moved up to finish equal first with Emily Thompson from Banbury. Sophie Crumly looked in cruise control on her first lap as she went on to open up a huge lead second time around, her second win in a row was not quite enough to lift Sophie in to the medal ranks, but none the less very encouraging to see.

The Robertson sisters happy with their awards

The Robertson sisters happy with their awards

Other awards went to Josie Robertson who won 4 out of the 5 under 9 Girls races, 3rd place to Samuel Wright in the under 15 Boys, 2nd and 3rd places to Yasmin Ryder and Charlotte Clover in the Under 17’s. In the veteran age groups Sue Van Huyssteen finished 3rd in the V2’s, Sarah Fowler came runner up in the V3 catagory, with Geoff Anderson 3rd overal in the Men’s V3’s.

The Under 15/17 Girls team have been superb all season and deservedly won the League title, the first time one of our younger age groups have won a team title, and the Senior Men also deserve a lot of credit to finish 2nd in the top division behind winners Oxford City.

Maisie Jeger U11 Champion

Maisie Jeger U11 Champion

A massive thank you goes to all 89 athletes who have raced in the League this season, and our band of officials, it is a team effort and I think our team really reflects this, no club shouts louder than us at a prize giving !

Great work everyone.


Photos from Emma Guite

Easter Handicap: Sunday 5th April

Entries are now open for the annual Easter Handicap. The event is free and open to all club members, family and friends. The course is the same as for the Boxing Day race but run in a clockwise direction – 1.8 miles, multi-terrain, only one small hill up the field by Speen Church.

To enter just drop me an e-mail and include recent 5k or 10K time – don’t lie I’ll check on Power of 10! Entries close on Friday 3rd April – no entries on the day.

AGM highlights


New Honorary Life-Members: Bev Hall; Andrew Lees; Derek Matthews and Tim Marsh. (Photo: Alan Yewer)

The club AGM took place on Tuesday at CCAT. The key events were the appointment of Simon Barrett to the honorary position on club Vice-President and the election of Katie Fielding (Glare) to the role of General Secretary. Phil Marshall and Chloe Blair were elected to the club committee.

Honorary Life Memberships were awarded to:

  • Andrew Lees, Derek Matthews and Dave Moisley for their organization of the Highclere 10K over several years.
  • Tim Marsh for taking the Bayer Newbury 10K from start-up to the successful event it is today.
  • Bev Hall for her contribution to the club over more than 10 years in roles including  General Secretary, Membership Secretary and willing volunteer at many club events.

The following major awards were announced:

  • Keith Scott cup for services as Coach and / or Official: Kalama Gohara
  • Arthur Kilberry Shield for services as a Volunteer: Vic Pearson


English National Cross-country Championships

Senior Men's team

Senior Men’s team

Under 17 Charlotte Clover finished 15th to earn one of the highest ever placings by a Newbury A.C athlete at the English Cross Country Championships held at Parliament Hill, Hampstead Heath on Saturday. Charlotte was one of the seven club members who had not tried the infamously tough London course before, but she raced like she had seen it all before and actually thrived on the hills and mud to produce her fine result.

Izzy Fry made a very strong start in the under 15 Girls race and although she could not keep that pace going it was still rewarding to see her finish 41st out of a field of 379.

The Senior Men’s race saw just over 2000 finishers, James Craggs came 308th, Phil Marshall 521st, Mike Robbins 588th, Steve Elsmere 805th, Simon Kirby 1157th and Andy Tuttle 1365th. The team came 75th out of 145.

In the other younger age groups all three of the following finished in the top half of their races, with Ed Fry 144th in the under 13 Boys, Maisie Jeger 171st in the under 13 Girls, and in the under 15 Boys Samuel Wright finished 160th, while Catherine Tuttle and Becky Coxhead both ran well in the Senior Women’s race finishing 320th and 476th out of 861.


Full results

Road records

By popular demand (well, at least 2 people asked), we’re extending the club road records to include the 5-miles and 20-miles distances. I’ve compiled a provisional list, with valuable input from Dave Wright and Phil Marshall. Please take a look and, let me know, if you are aware of faster times having been run by you or other “first-claim” members. You have until 31st March to submit new times at which date the best known performance will become the official records.

Provisional records: 5 miles; 20 miles

Weekend round-up 14-15 February


Marcus leading the field

Marcus leading the field

Marcus Bridger-Wilkinson got the weekend off to a good start. Marcus set a PB and college record of 4:06.41 for the indoor mile while finishing runner-up in an invitational event in Birmingham, Alabama. Marcus followed up with another excellent run in Saturday, finishing 2nd in the 800m in 1:52.79.

Monique Krefting was also setting records in the comfort of an indoor arena at the British Masters Indoor Pentathlon Championships. She set new Dutch W45 age-group records in the High Jump (1.57m) and Pentathlon (3944 points). Monique, also won the W45 age-group at the championships.

Peter Crisp (17:08) won the Copenhagen Parkrun and Phil Marshall (17:25) improved his PB by over 30 seconds in the Fulham Parkrun. Maisie Jeger was the first female finisher in the Newbury Parkrun.

Several club member took part in the Bramley 10 & 20 mile road races organized by Reading Roadrunners. The Report to follow when results are published. The top performance of the day came from a resurgent Sophie Crumly who was 2nd lady in the 10-miles taking 15th place overall in 60:08. Julie Coxhead set a new club age-group record in the W55-59 category with a time of 1:18:28.

Other Newbury AC finishers
10 miles: Wayne Lillis 27th, 61:39; Mike Robbins 33rd, 62:13; Nigel Popplewell 54th 65:14; Ryan Hill 129th, 71:13; Matthew Greaves 135th, 71:26; Becky Coxhead 191st, 75:29; Stephen Ferriday 198th, 75:29; Julie Coxhead 238th, 78:28; Steve Tabraham 258th, 80:21; Christine Mardle 304th, 83:46; Kylie Morsley 311th, 84:55; Jill Mowat 393rd 90:03.

20 miles: Steve Barnes 37th, 2:05:37; Andrew Ind 38th, 2:05:53; Steve Elsmere 116th; 2:17:32; Chris Pudney 126th, 2:19:08; Andy McKendrick 220th, 2:28:51; Mike Sheridan 297th, 2:37:00; Nina Martin 299th, 2:37:01; Rachel Allen 382nd, 2:44:35; Sheila Marshall 499th, 2:58:03; Malcolm Knight 629th; 3:17:47.

Full results

West Berkshire District Schools Cross Country

Well done to all our members who took part in the District Schools cross country hosted by St Barts School and Newbury A.C at Newbury Showground on Wednesday afternoon.

The Girls came very close to repeating last season’s clean sweep in the four age groups, with Kitty Shepherd-Cross ( Downe House) winning the under 15 Girls, Charlotte Clover (Downe House) the under 17’s, and Yasmin Ryder (St Barts) the under 20’s.

Samuel Wright ( John O’Gaunt ) was the best placed of the Boys, he finished 2nd in the under 15’s, and there were top ten places for Rebecca Downie ( St Barts) 3rd under 17, Holly Blower (The Downs) 5th under 17, and Josh Reeves (Park House) 10th under 17.

Thanks go to all the club members who helped with marking out and marshalling the course.

Full Results

Wokingham Half-marathon: 8 February

Mark & James  with their team awards. Photo: Phil Marshall

Mark & James with their team awards. Photo: Phil Marshall

The Senior men’s team of Peter Crisp (22nd),  Mark Vardy (28th), James Craggs (38th) and Steve Barnes (44th) took the team prize in this year’s Wokingham Half. Geoff Anderson also made the podium with 3rd place in the M60+ category – and a new club record for the M65-69 age-group of 1:30:21.

Full list of Newbury AC finishers: Peter Crisp 1:15:15; Mark Vardy 1:15:45; James Craggs 1:16:41; Steve Barnes 1:17:04; Steve Elsmere 1:18:47; Richard Fogg 1:20:51; Geoff Anderson 1:30:21; Matt Studart 1:36:52; Eleizabeth Bowden 1:52:05 and Charlotte Winton 2:02:31. Full results

Meanwhile at the Reading 5, Ryan Hill finished 22nd in 35:33 and Carole Lowe 57th in 45:07.