Cross-country 2018/19

Message from Phil Marshall

As most of you know we are in the Oxfordshire Cross Country League (often referred to as Oxford Mail after the newspaper that ‘sponsor’ the league).The league has 5 fixtures which are on the first Sunday of every month from November 2018 to March 2019. There is no athlete entry cost for these events, it is all paid for by the club. If you raced in at least one fixture last season then I will automatically enter you this season, so you will have a number/bib waiting for you at the events. If you didn’t race last year or are new to the club then please contact me if you would like me to enter you or you have questions (note if I’ve spoken to you directly about cross country at training etc. then I will also enter you). Cross Country is open to any club member, male and female of any standard, there are age grades and it is a great event where every finishing position can help the team placing.

The league website is with event and fixture information, but they are as below so please put in your calendar.
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Weekend Round-up 13th/14th October

Huge breakthrough performance from Josie Robertson on Saturday to win the British Athletics Cross Challenge U13 Girls race in Cardiff in a high quality field. Good races also from Izzy Fry who was 9th (7th U20) in the U17/U20 race and Luci Robertson 13th in the U15 girls race.

British Athletics report:…/hulson-and-moller-ki…/

Victoria Duncan finished 2nd lady in a PB of 1:26:08 at Sunday’s Putney & Fulham half-marathon. Ryan Hill finished 44th (2:59:43) in the Goodwood Motor Circuit 20.

And whilst everyone else was racing or training in very wet conditions E-J Bailey and Sue Van Huyssteen completed a 10k & half-marathon respectively in much warmer conditions in Palma, Majorca.

Tadley 10 mile results have been posted separately.

A number of junior members entered the Step up 4 Good Greenham Trust 5k and fun run races yesterday with some excellent results. Joshua Norton and George Studart were 1st and 2nd respectively in the mini-mile event and Sophie Bhatt led home a group of runners in the 5k as she came 5th overall  (click on table below to enlarge):


Road run route (Thu 18 Oct 18)

Winter Route Conifer Crest In REVERSE!
Start at Rugby Club onto Monks Lane and then go down to Andover Road through town until Costa Coffee. Where we will go through Victoria Park to Shaw Road and Onto Love Lane. The shorter route will go back along Oxford Road through town until the Enbourne Road. Then they will go along Fifth Road and up Valley Road to Essex Street. Then they will carry on to Conifer Crest and then Andover Road then back to Monks Lane to the Rugby Club.
The Longer Route will carry on from Love Lane to Grove Road and back along the A4 to town and onto Enbourne Road across Fifth Road and up Valley Road onto Essex Street to Conifer Crest. Then Andover Road to Monks Lane and back to the Rugby Club

Tadley 10 Mile: Sunday 14th October 2018

Jeff Bird coming 1st V40 Male

Despite absolute torrents of rain and lagoon-sized puddle-lakes on the roads, congratulations to the NAC Tadley 10 mile team. 
Jeff Bird: 4th overall, 1st male V40 (1:02:25)
Conor McGrory: 11th overall (1:06:48) closely followed by
Nige Popplewell: 12th overall (1:06:51)
Steve Ferriday: 21st overall (1:13:27)
Christina Pugsley: 33rd overall, 7th Female (1:16:13)
Full results here:


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Road League tables

The 2018 Age-Graded table has been updated to reflect results to the 7th October. Please e-mail Irwin Fairclough with any additions etc. If you want to be added to the league, please send your Date of Birth to Irwin and he will pick-up your results from the Power of 10 website and include them in the next update.

The  club’s standard Road League Tables are now administered by Conor McGrory. Details of the results reporting process are provided below. Continue reading

London Marathon 2019 Unsuccessful Applicants

Calling any London Marathon 2019 unsuccessful applicants.
NAC will be allocated a small number of club entries to the 2019 London Marathon (last year we were allocated 1 x club entry and this year is expected to be a similar number).
If you were unsuccessful in getting an entry to the 2019 London Marathon and you have been a paying member of NAC for more than 1 x year, please do the following:
1. E-mail proof of your unsuccessful London Marathon 2019 bid to (a scan, photo, forwarded e-mail, etc) or hand me a paper copy of your letter.
2. Please only e-mail/send me your unsuccessful entry if you have been a paying member of NAC for over 1 x year.
3. I will keep all of your names together for the time being.
4. I will apply to London Marathon for as many club entries as we can get (historic trends reflect 1 x entry). This club allocation should be notified to me in mid Nov 18.
5. Once the London Marathon club entry/entries have been allocated to the club, I will inform all unsuccessful applicants of the date of the internal club ballot.
6. All unsuccessful London Marathon 2019 club names will go into a draw where a name/names will be allocated against a club entry/entries and they will secure a place in the 2019 London Marathon. Additional names will be drawn to act as reserves for the principal runners (in the event of injuries, illness, incapacitation, unforeseen circumstances, etc).
If anyone has any further questions on the above process, please come and speak with me.

Road – Run 11th October

This week’s roadrun will be Winter Race Course route.

Rugby Club to Monks Lane and through the Retail Park to New Road and then down to the Race Course. Then cross the A4 and up Fir Tree Lane where the Shorter route will go back along Kiln Road, to Victoria Park, then go out of town and up Andover Road onto Monks Lane and back to the Rugby Club. The Longer route will go up Waller Drive and back onto Kiln Road then to Victoria Park through town to Andover Road, then Monks Lane to the Rugby Club.

Weekend Round-up 6th/7th October

At Saturdays’ Cricklade 10k Andy McKendrick continued to show excellent form on the roads with a PB of 37:46 and 6th place. Nige Popplewell finished 11th (1st M50) in 39:40. In the Half-marathon Steve Ferriday finished in 1:36:13 and Julie Kaesser in 1:56:41

On Sunday Ruth Lambert completed the Oxford Half in 1:52:25 and Jenny Eaton was 3rd F55 in the Cardiff Half in 1:39:48.

At the Clarendon Marathon, Dave Wright finished in 3:46 and Chris Culley completed his second ever marathon in 4 hrs 24:15 some 36 years after he ran his first marathon in Abingdon in 1982!

Chris Pudney headed to Brighton for a 10 mile race and finished in 1:05.19, whilst Liz Pudney opted for a 10km in Hastings and was pleased to finish in 48.23.

Opportunity to Participate in a Parkrun University Study

Please see the message below from Paddy Noon, a student at Marjon university:
Dear Newbury Athletic Club,
My name is Paddy Noon and I am a Master’s Sport and Exercise Psychology student at Plymouth Marjon University. I am contacting you to ask whether some of your club members (who participate in parkruns) would be interested in participating in a study that involves trying a psychological strategy.

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