Weekend Round-up – 14th/15th October

A busy weekend for the club started on Saturday when Izzy Fry kicked off her cross country season with a trip to Cardiff for the first of the British Athletics Cross Challenge series races. Riding high on the back of 5k PB the weekend before Izzy battled with the lead pack for well over half the 4.5k course finishing 8th in a top quality U17/U20 field.
On Sunday there were a number of road races with club representation.

Some of the NAC runners at the Tadley 10 mile

There was a club clean sweep of the veteran women prizes at the Tadley 10 mile: Philippa Cass 1st V35 (1:12:21), Sue Van Huyssteen 1st V45 (1:15:56) and Jenny Eaton 1st V55 (1:15:06).  Both Sue & Jenny broke club age-group records. The ladies were joined by Jeff Bird (6th – 1:02:58), Martin Walker (7th – 1:03:24) and Steve Ferriday (1:21:14).

Even more local to home Matt Green took 1st place in the Step Up 4 Good 10k at Greenham Common in a swift time of 34:31. He was followed home by James Paisley (40:16), Christina Pugsley (45:09), Geoff Anderson (45:20) and Brian Matthews (46:31).
Down on the south coast Phil Marshall took on the Brighton 10 mile race, sneaking under the hour mark for the first time, finishing 25th in 59:57.
Finally Hannah Coxhead and Ian Coxhead were ‘enjoying’ a bit of autumn sun at the Valencia Marathon. Hannah finished in just over 4 hours, with Ian not too far behind despite doing no more than a 10 mile training run in the lead up!

Road-Run Thursday 12th October

This week’s run (12th) will be Winter route 1: Essex Street to Valley Road then to the Clock Tower where the group will spilt. The longer group will carry on to Bath Road, Love lane, Kiln Road, Hambridge Road, Race Course, Greenham Church, Pinchington Lane and back to the Rugby Club.

Thursday – 19th – Winter route 2 – Conifer Crest

Thursday 26th – Winter route 3 – Race-course

Weekend round-up 7th/8th October

Izzy Fry sliced 33 seconds off her previous best Park Run time when she clocked 17.40 at the Didcot park run on Saturday. Izzy became the first Female to record a sub 18 minute time at the Didcot course, and knocked over 3 mins off the previous 15/17 age group time as she benefited from running with Phil Marshall who finished in 17.41.

At the Oxford Half Marathon on Sunday Brian Matthews finished in 1:41.11; Ian Colcomb in 1:58.59 and Agnieszka Stochaj in 2:21.03. Christopher Culley finished in 1.45:12 – exactly 22 minutes off his previous half marathon best 34 years and 11 months ago!

Ryan Hill ran a pb in the Chicago Marathon finishing in a time of 3:40:09.


London Marathon 2018

The results of the ballot for entry into the 2018 London Marathon are being confirmed this week. Congratulations to anyone who has been successful.

For those who have been unsuccessful, you may have a second chance…

Athletics clubs associated with British Athletics are able to apply for club entries into the 2018 London Marathon. The number of entries given to each club is based on the number of affiliated first claim registered members over the age of 18. Based on this criteria we would expect to be awarded 2 places and club entries will open towards the end of October.

Once we have confirmation of the entries, Newbury AC members who have held first claim membership since September 2016 can enter a draw for any places we have been granted. Please keep hold of your rejection letters or emails so you can pass this on to Road Running Captain James Craggs or Phil Marshall in his absence.

We will send a further update once details of the club entry application has been confirmed.

Road-Run Thursday 5th October

This Thursday’s road run  – 5th October – will be ably led by Steve and will be:

Winter 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

The long distance is about 10.5 miles but there will be opportunities for the shorter
runners to split off.

Weekend results round-up: 1st October

Cricklade Half-Marathon: Steve Elsmere finished 4th in 1:19:41

Hanney 5: Irwin Fairclough finished 3rd in the M60-69 age-group (46th overall) in 32:16. Mike Sheridan was 81st in 34:41and E-J Bailey 84th in 35:03.

Clarendon Marathon: Dave Wright finished 27th in 3:43:08 and Joe Hoskins 90th in 4:15:06.

Clarendon Half-Marathon: Sue Van Huyssteen was 1st in the F50 age-group (61st overall) in 1:55:20. Peter Richardson 64th in 1:55:30; Ady May was 67th in 1:55:51 and; Tania Whitby 135th in 2:09:47.

…and one from the previous week: Longworth 10K: Peter Crisp won the race in 36:47.

Highclere Castle Challenge 10K – 24th September

Report from Phil Marshall:

Alex & Izzy with their trophies

On a sunny late September morning over 250 runners took on the beautiful but very tough Highclere Castle Challenge 10K course which was won by club member Alex Muir in a fantastic time of 34:49. Local Highclere resident Robin Mann finished very impressively in second place with David Stevens in third.

Izzy Fry mixed it with the leading men and was a comprehensive female winner in a time of 38:18. Rosie Davies and Victoria Duncan were second and third.

Newbury AC would like to thank the sponsors CDK Global, Stuart March photography who provided a free photograph for each finisher and their chosen charity, the MS Society, who provided volunteers to help with both water stations.


Exit report from race director Chloe Blair and full results are available on the Highclere page