Quiz evening – 28th October & 70th Anniversary party – Saturday 12th November

Calling all Newbury Athletic Club members past and present!

We will be holding a fund-raising Quiz on Friday 28th October. Start time 7.30pm prompt. (Entry fee: £2 per person (to be collected on the evening) – teams of up to 6 people. Everyone welcome: members, their families, friends & acquaintances. Please spread the word and pre-register your interest with Sarah)

You are also invited to a formal evening on Saturday 12th November to celebrate the club’s 70th anniversary. Please bring your families, reminisce and celebrate together!
Please keep these dates in your diary – More information on both events will be following shortly.

Weekend Round-up 17th/18th September

Simon & Monique at Birmingham

Simon & Monique

There was great success all round for our athletes taking part in the British Masters Track & Field Championships at Birmingham this weekend. Monique Krefting took 3 gold medals with wins in the Over 45 LJ (4.97m), 400H (66.37s) & 400m (59.12). Simon Barrett (O60) took Silver in both the 100m (13.09s) & 400m (60.87s) and a bronze in the 200m (26.77s). Thrower Bob Broadbridge (O55) took 1st place & gold in the shot (12.62m), silver in both the Discus (41.41m) & Weight throw (16.23m) and a bronze in the hammer with 44.75m. Wayne Lillis (o45) was fourth in the 3000 Steeple Chase in a time of 11:34.74

Meanwhile on the roads there was a good club turn-out & some 20160918_121740excellent results at the Tadley 10 mile race on Sunday with James Craggs leading the group in with a pb time of 57:23 for 3rd place overall & along with Martin Walker in 10th place (63:24, 2nd M40) & Christina Pugsley (30th overall -3rd F – 71:41 pb) won the team prize. Other runners were Nige Popplewell (11th – 64.12 3rd M40 – pb); Steve Elsmere (13th – 65:05); Alan Twyford (17th 66:52 2nd M50); Julian Tulk (18th- 68:09); Stephen Ferriday (26th- 71:01); Emily Marshall (31st -72:26 – pb); Becky Elsmere (52nd -79:04); Sarah Fowler (53rd – 79:34 – 2nd F55 & Club O60 record) & Sandra Beal (125th -130:49).

There were some excellent results also at the Swallowfield 10k where Matt Pembroke was 5th overall in 35:35, Irwin Fairclough 1st V60 in 40:04; Chloe Blair 3rd SL in 42:56; Julie Coxhead 3rd V50 in 50:56 & Liz Harkness 1st V60 in 57:06.

Conor McGrory came 4th overall (out of 243 finishers) and 2nd MV40 in the hilly Bath Two Tunnels half marathon in a time of 1:30:19.4.

Weekend Round-up – 10th/11th September

U15 Charlotte Payne confirmed her status as UK No 1 by over 2m with a new PB and Club Record in Discus at the Bournemouth Open on Sunday throwing 39.30m. She also won the Hammer by over 10m.

At the Cardiff 10k Nina Martin‘s second V40 placing of 38:11 broke the club V40 record whilst Mike Sheridan registered 39:02 for 3rd M65.

Meanwhile Matt Pembroke was 2nd in the Pangbourne 10k in 38.26 and Rachel Allen 3rd WV in 47:47.

Two club members competed in the Great North Run – Emily Marshall finishing in 1:39.18 and Stephanie Smallman in a pb of 1:58.37.

New member Joe Hoskins achieved his 2016 goal of a sub 4hour marathon completing the New Forest Marathon on Sunday in a pb of 3:53:02.

And finally Ryan Hill competed in the Whistle Stop tour of Wirral – a 3 race series over 3 days totaling 26.1 miles.  He recorded a PB of 35:32 in Race 1 – the Arrowe Park 5 Mile – Run on Friday evening, practically running in the dark. He completed Race 2 – Thurstaton 8 Mile in 61:20 – Quite a tough course including 2 miles running on sand followed immediately by 2 miles up two steep hills & Race 3 – Wirral Half Marathon – 97:45 – flat and sunny but with very tired legs! Overall gun time for all 3 races 3:15:24, 24th/300 position.

Newbury Parkrun – Saturday 10th September

Message from Phil Marshall:

Thanks to everyone that has agreed to help next Saturday 10th September at Newbury parkrun.  Please see below the volunteer roles that I have you down for and let me know if any issues.

We would like to do pacing too but are currently struggling to fill a pacer for 35:00 mins, please contact Phil Marshall or Chloe Blair as soon as possible if you can this.

Everyone else that is available, please also come down in your NAC t-shirts. You can run, hand out Highclere 10k flyers or help out with a role if someone pulls out late on or we need additional assistance somewhere.

Run Director: Fraser Harding
Volunteer coordinator: Chloe Blair
Pre-event set up: Mike Sheridan
Timekeepers: Jill Mowat, Nina Martin, Sarah Hurford
Number checking: Nige Popplewell
Funnel Managers: Sheila Marshall, David Marshall
Barcode scanning: Jeff Bird, Stephanie Smallman, Liz Harkness, Samuel Wright
Token sorting: Gemma Davies, Emma Davies, Caitlyn Davies
Photographers: Chloe Blair, Nick Blair
Tail runner / course close down: Steve Ferriday, Martin Walker
Car park organisers: Dave Wright, Julia Wright, Toby Wright

Pacer 20:00: Baz Munday
Pacer 22:30: Andy McKendrick
Pacer 25:00: Tim Davies
Pacer 27:30: Jenny Eaton
Pacer 30:00: Graeme Cameron

Weekend Round-up 27th-29thAugust

England U15/U17 National Championships – Bedford


Charlotte Payne became the National U15 Discus champion on Sunday with a pb of 36.77m. This followed a 5th place in the Hammer on Saturday with 50.84m. U17 Oliver Hewitt took 3rd place in the Hammer with 61.81m – a new pb and club record.

Reading AC Bank Holiday Mile Festival

Mike Robbins ran 4:47.54 and Sophie Crumly won the Senior Women’s County Championship race in a time of 5:01.21 in this inaugural mile festival on Monday.

On Sunday at the Englefield 10k Julian Tulk was 15th overall in 42:42 and Christina Pugsley 2nd lady in 46:04. The mostly off-road Appleshaw 10K near Andover on Monday saw Dave Wright finish 5th (1st M50) in 45:26 and Christina Pugsley (racing again!) 10th in 47:05 (4th lady).

Weekend Round up 20th-21st August

Southern Inter counties
U15 Charlotte Payne & U20’s Jamie Kuehnel & Ella Houston were selected to represent Berkshire at the U15/U20 Southern Inter counties on Sunday.  Charlotte came 1st in hammer with a new PB and club record of 55.41m putting her 5th on the U15 all times list. One hour later she cam 2nd in the Discus with a throw of 33.31. Jamie threw a massive pb of over 1m in the shot putt to come 3rd with 13.03m. Due to another competitors absence he also competed at the last minute in the discus (only getting one throw) which understandably was well down on his pb. Ella won the u20 High Jump competition with a height of 1.65m!
Southern Athletic League – Division 2 West – Match 5 of 5

Newbury A.C allayed the mathematical fears of possible relegation from the Southern Athletics League division 2 West after a close run match at Marlow, Bucks on Saturday.

Going in to the final few events it was a very tight affair with three of the four clubs still involved, Newbury did have to settle for 3rd place in the end, with Yeovil Olympiads on 197 points, Hosts Wycombe Phoenix Harriers on 196 points, Newbury 191 points, and Highgate Harriers now facing the drop with 139 points.

The teams throwers were again in fine form, winning all four of the Hammer rounds, with Jamie Kuehnel recording 51.08m to win the Men’s A string, and Bob Broadbridge throwing 41.10m to win the B. Helen Broadbridge was the clear winner in the Women’s A with 48.48m, earning her the Women of the Match award, and Under 17 Kiah Jay Stevens improved her best once more to take the B string with 31.80m. They came very close to repeating that feat in the Discus, as Helen Broadbridge threw 37.84m to win the Women’s A, Kiah Jay Stevens threw a PB 28.86m to seal the B string, while Jamie Kuehnel came 2nd A with 35.44m, and Bob Broadbridge successfully taking the B win with 34.58m. Rosie Stanton joined in the success when taking the A string Javelin victory with 28.85m, and Helen Broadbridge winning the B with 25.79m.

Sophie Crumly was the star performer on the track. After setting a new personal best time of 2min18.0 to finish 2nd in the 800m she went on to seal three A string victories in the longer events, the 1500m, 3000m & the 2000m steeplechase. There were B string wins for Victoria Duncan in the 3000m, Sophie Fowler in the 2000m steeplechase, and Samantha Dredge in the 100m Hurdles.

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South of England U15 & U13 Championships

untitledCharlotte Payne had a fantastic weekend at the South of England U15 Championships winning the Discus on Saturday competing against the top 5 Discus throwers in the UK on the power of 10 and winning Gold by just under 1 metre with a new PB and club record of 36.44 meters and took Gold.

On Sunday she threw 50.99 metres in the Hammer for Gold – over 10 metres ahead of second place.
Under 13 Maisie Jeger also had a successful day, coming away with three medals as she successfully defended her Under 13 800m title from last season. Maisie set a blistering pace on the first lap lap, going through the bell in 67 seconds, she maintained her lead throughout to win by just short of three seconds in 2min25.8secs. Maisie then used her speed well to finish with the 3rd quickest 200m time of the day in 27.90seconds, and also came 3rd in the High Jump.