Bayer 10k and Under 16 fun runs – Sunday 29th May

We would like to wish the best of luck to everyone running in the Bayer Newbury 10 K on Sunday.

There are NO places left for either the 10k or the junior fun runs for 2016 and therefore there will be NO entries on the day.

Results will be going live on Sunday at

Our official race photographer Stuart March and his team from Stuart March Photography will be at the 2016 event. All photos will be available by Tuesday evening at the latest at

Profits from the 2 junior race photos will be donated to Naomi House and Jacks Place Children’s Hospices

Full details can be found on the Bayer website 10k page

Thursday Road-running schedule June

All runs start from Brown’s Meadow, Fifth Road at 7pm with runners meeting up from around 6.50pm. As you will see there are opportunities throughout for different groups to take long or short cuts and the distances vary from around 7 miles up to 11 or more.

You can download a file containing the 15 main routes used by the Road Running Section during the Summer months here.

The Schedule for the next few weeks is:

26th May – Route 4 – Stockcross – Woodspeen – Speen  (7 – 10 miles)
2nd June – Route 11 – Marsh Benham / Hampstead Park (6.8 – 7.6 miles)
9th June – Route 13 –  Ball Hill / Skinners Green (6.75 – 8 miles)
16th June –  To be decided  (will update when known)
23rd June – Route 1 –  Vodafone, Donnington, Speen (7.7 -8.9 miles)

SAL T&F League – Portsmouth – 22nd May

Report from Mike Robbins


Izzy on her way to an 800m pb

With a team of just 24 athletes, Newbury AC faced a daunting trip to the south coast in their latest Southern Athletics League Division 2W fixture. A match against the home club Portsmouth, last year’s 3rd place finishers Woking, and strong local rivals Oxford City was always going to be tough, and with the limited numbers Newbury could manage no better than fourth place with 140 points, behind Woking (195), Portsmouth (187) and Oxford (182).

With the smallest squad in recent memory, the ability to fill all but one of the 84 scoring positions was an achievement in itself. In addition to that, a remarkable 22 new personal bests set across the team was way beyond expectation.

The sprinters have been struggling for numbers all season, but showed quality over quantity with Mike Forbes and Harry Russell both setting PBs in the 100m, the latter winning the B string in doing so, and ensuring that Newbury had two athletes under 12 seconds for the first time in three years. Mike repeated this feat in the 200m, while Harry showed his willingness to help a struggling team by covering all three sprint events, two relays and even trying his hand at triple jump.


Dan leaping to a pb in the LJ

Wins were hard to come by against tough opposition, so the women’s middle distance section was a breath of fresh air. Izzy Fry dropped down from her usual distance to take on the 800m, timing her kick to perfection to snatch the A string victory from Woking in a close finish with a PB time of 2:17.3. Chloe Blair followed Izzy home for second place in the B string, setting a new PB in doing so. Another athlete to bide her time was Sophie Crumly, sitting comfortably in third place in the 1500m before kicking on the crucial third lap to take the lead, and never looking back to win the A string in 4:51.9. This coming after a hard fought second place for Sophie in the 5000m A string earlier in the day, where she was joined by U20 Charlotte Clover who survived a lonely race to win the B string.

Helen Broadbridge lead the Newbury throws squad, bouncing back from a rare defeat at the last match to win the hammer by nearly six metres from her closest rival. Helen followed this with a second and third place in the discus and shot, ably assisted in the throws by Emma Guite, Rosie Stanton and Sara Henderson. The men’s equivalent saw veterans Ian Payne, Pete Kuehnel and Bruce Bamber complete the line-up, with the best result a pair of second places in the hammer.

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Veteran’s League – Track & Field – Match 2 – Horspath 16th May

Report from Liz Harkness

There were perfect conditions at Horspath for the Veteran’s 2nd Track & Field match on Monday evening although, sadly, due to a variety of reasons the Ladies team was smaller than usual. Despite this they performed well – particularly in the Over 60’s where Sheila Marshall claimed a new 3k club record of 13:58, and came 2nd in the Over50 800m. Roz Pearson was 2nd in the 2k walk and Liz Harkness 2nd in both Shot and 200m. In the Over 35’s Emma Guite completed 4 events – 2k walk, 800m, Shot & Discus and along with Linda Pitts, Radka Permian and Caroline Tuttle ensured the team finished in a respectable 4th place.

Simon Barrett and Vic Pearson scored well in the 200m sprints and Phil Marshall ran well to finish in 5th place in the Over 35a string 800m in 2:12.4.

Full results will be published here when finalised.

Weekend Round up – 14th – 16th May

An incredibly busy weekend for club members with a number of local road / multi terrain races both on Saturday and Sunday and the Berkshire Track and Field Championships also taking place yesterday at Palmer Park, Reading.

James Craggs was the winner at the 5.7m Chieveley Chase in 34.27 on Saturday with Matt Pembroke 3rd (34.50) and Phil Marshall 4th (35.23). Catherine Tuttle was 2nd Lady overall in 42.44. Martin Walker was 2nd Vet 40 (37.15). Full results here. In the junior fun runs James Davies and Francesca Bailey both finished 2nd in the respective Boys and Girls Year 5/6 category.

Three club members completed the Royal Berkshire 10km at Green Park on Sunday with Andy McKendrick the first NAC runner in 41.32 for 57th place followed by Hannah Coxhead (48.26) & Sandra Beal (1:03.38). Sarah Fowler completed the (hilly!) Hook 10 mile in 78:32 (coming 3rd out of 60 in the V40-59 category). Steve Ferriday came 57th out of 458 finishers at the Raby Castle 10K near Darlington with a time of 43:11.

Many of our juniors competed at the Park House fun runs and charity event on Sunday. Marcus Chitty won the 2km fun run with Phoebe Ryder 1st female in the same event and 6th place overall. Daniel and Charlie Ginn were 7th & 10th male respectively and Charlotte Wilcock and Clementine Barry were 5th and 7th females. Ruaraidh Livingstone came 4th in the 5km with Sam Cheney 13th male and Sophie Bhatt 2nd female. Full results here

U15 Charlotte Payne was the star performer at the Berkshire Track & Field Championships winning gold in both the Discus (pb  33.99m) & Hammer in which she smashed the previous championship best by over 9m with a throw of 52.37m and putting her in 2nd place in the UK rankings for both events. Oliver Hewitt went to 3rd in the U17 Uk Hammer ranking with 60.32m and won the Discus with 39.45. U20 Jamie Kuehnel won the Shot Putt with 12.15m, went to 2nd in the UK hammer rankings with his 2nd place of 61.42m and also came 2nd in the Discus with 37.60m. Helen Broadbridge won the Senior women hammer with 45.96m and came 3rd in Discus with 34.94. Veteran Bob Broadbridge won the men’s hammer, shot and discus going one better than when he first won the county shot and discus titles in 1985!

On the track U17 Izzy Fry produced another pb in the 1500m whilst coming 2nd with 4:38.3 (both Amelia Quirk the winner and Izzy broke the previous championship best performance of 4:42). Yasmin Ryder was 3rd in the U20 800m with 2:20.1, Mike Robbins 2nd in both the Senior men’s 800m (2:12.4) and 1500m (4:36.1). U13 Maisie Jeger won the quadrathlon with 210 points with Luci Robertson 5th on 155 points. Harry Russell took silver in the men’s 400m in a time of 51.5s as did Codie Burnett in the Senior Women’s 100m with a time of 12.7s.

U15 Trinity O’Connor took Silver on count back in the High Jump where the first 3 girls all cleared 1.50m. U20 Rosie Stanton also took Silver in the Javelin with 26.62m.

Sara Henderson competed at the Norfolk County Championships taking 1st places in the SW 800m (2:47.7) and Long Jump (4.92m) and 3rd in the Javelin (23.31m).

And finally Sue Van Huyssteen completed the Half Ironman event at Stourhead – 1900m lake swim, 56 mile bike ride and a half-marathon – in just over 6 hours 15m. 9th lady overall (out of 28) & 2nd V50!

Thursday Road-Running Schedule – May

You can now download a file containing the 15 main routes used by the Road Running Section during the Summer months.

All runs start from Brown’s Meadow, Fifth Road at 7pm with runners meeting up from around 6.50pm. As you will see there are opportunities throughout for different groups to take long or short cuts and the distances vary from around 7 miles up to 11 or more

The Schedule for the rest of May is:

12th May – Route 1 – Speen – Donnington – Vodafone  (7 – 9 miles)
19th May –  Run through of the Bayer route
26th May – Route 4 – Stockcross – Woodspeen – Speen  (7 – 10 miles)


Oxford City AC – Quadkids – 8th May

Under 11 Josie Robertson came away with 1st place and the gold medal in a field of 38 at the open Quadkids event held on Sunday. With 1st places in the 600m, (1:56.27) Long Jump (3.58m) and Vortex where her throw of 32.54m was almost 7 metres ahead of the 2nd placed athlete 12.15s for the 75m was sufficient to ensure she was 30 points ahead at the end of the day.