Romsey 5: 25th January

Peter Crisp on his way to 3rd place at Romsey 5

Peter Crisp on his way to 3rd place at Romsey 5

Peter Crisp took full advantage of great weather-conditions and a flat course, in the grounds of the Broadlands estate, to record a PB of 27:02 and take third place overall.

Geoff Anderson, is his first road race as a Over 65, won his age-group  in 31:48 – recording an impressive age-graded score of 87.3.

Wayne Lillis (11th; 28:38) was 2nd MV45; Irwin Fairclough (50th; 31:55) was 2nd MV55 and Christine Mardle (200th; 40:10) was 5th FV35. There were over 480 finishers.

Full results

The Grizzly: 1st March 2015

Due to an unavoidable cancellation by a member of the team, we have a transferable race place and excellent accommodation for this year’s sold out Grizzly.

The Grizzly is a legendary cross country race in Seaton, Devon that’s now in it’s 28th year. Twentyish muddy, hilly, boggy, beachy miles of the multiest-terrain running experience you will find, it’s a unique event that every runner should try. Ten NAC members are already running this year. Have you go what it takes to be the 11th?  If so, please contact Tim Marsh asap

Total cost is £122.48 per person – that includes entry to the 20 mile Grizzly (which can be converted to an entry to the 9 mile Cub Run if you prefer), and accommodation in Abbots Manor . The house is available from Friday afternoon to Monday morning – some will be doing the whole thing, others will be staying one or two nights. There’s extra space in the house so we could take a couple, though we’d need to get hold of another race place if you both want to run.

Berkshire Schools Cross Country Championships – Newbury Showground

St Bart's pupil Yas Ryder - Berkshire School's U19 - 2nd

St Bart’s pupil Yas Ryder – Berkshire School’s U19 – 2nd

Congratulations to Yasmin Ryder (St Barts) who finished an excellent second in the year 12/13 age group at the Berkshire Schools event held at the Newbury Showground.

In the year 10/11 Girls race Izzy Fry (Park House) and Charlotte Clover ( Downe House) ran well to give themselves every chance of making it to the English Schools Championships, both Girls finished in the top 8 with 8 places up for grabs.

In the year 8/9 Boys Samuel Wright (John O’Gaunt) was given an invite to the next round at Reigate in two weeks time. Well done to all the clubs young athletes that ran, when the full results are available I will update the report.

A massive thank you to all of our Marshals, Officials and Bev on car parking duty to help make the event a very successful one. Jill Wright wanted me to pass on her thanks to you all on behalf of the Berkshire Schools Athletics.


AGM of Newbury Athletic Club: 24th February 2015

This year’s Annual General Meeting  will be held at 7:30pm on Tuesday 24th February at Crookham Common Athletics Track. All club members are invited to attend. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served.

Nominations for new committee members should be sent in writing (email will do) to Club Secretary Emma Guite by Tuesday 3rd February.
The club is presently managed by a relatively small committee of enthusiastic volunteers but we would welcome additional help from any of our members who feel that they would like to become more involved.   Our full committee meets around 6 times a year and if anyone would like to take on any of the roles within the committee then please let us know.   In future, certain committee members will lead smaller working groups with specific on-going projects,  e.g. redevelopment/refurbishment of the Fifth Road pavilion, the road races we organise, the presentation evenings, social events, etc.   If you feel that you could contribute in any way, however small, we’d love to hear from you.  Please either e-mail us &/or attend the AGM on 24th February and have a chat.
The Newbury AC Committee

A Thank you from Berkshire Athletics!

On behalf of Berkshire Athletics, may I thank the club and its members for hosting a most successful event last Saturday. Despite the gloomy weather, it all seemed to run extremely well, which is testament to all those involved on the day. In particular, I am aware that Andy, Carolyn and Sarah played a big part in the organisation, particularly Andy, who had the task of negotiating with a number of different organisations. Certainly the facilities were first class; it would be nice to have a base like the Rugby Clubhouse every year!

Please pass on our thanks to all your members.


Mark Balchin, General Secretary, Berkshire Athletics

Rough ‘n’ Tumble: 11 January

Five Newbury AC members were among the 500+ runners who set out to conquer the Marlborough downs in this annual 10-mile, off-road mudfest. Andrew Ind led home the club contingent, finishing 5th overall in 1:11:37 and winning the MV40 category.

Other finishers: Toby Bunney 105th, 1:31:11; Peter Choules 274th, 1:46:48; Julie Coxhead 303rd, 1:50:08; Charlotte Winton 419th, 2:06:04.

Full results

Woodcote 10K: 11th January

Clare uinn WoodcoteClare Quinn (pictured) was 1st Lady & 1st FV40 in the Woodcote 10K. Clare finished 45th overall in a time of 43:27, almost a minute ahead of the 2nd Lady.

Jenny O’Connor was 3rd FV40, finishing 80th overall in 46:47.

Other Newbury finishers were: Carole Lowe 211th in 54:45 and Jill Mowat 250th in 56:56.

Full results / Photos (Barry Cornelius)

London Marathon Weekend: 25/26 April

Ian Coxhead is again organizing a weekend in London for those planning on running or watching the Marathon on 26th April. The estimated cost will be £135 – £145. This includes transport to/from Newbury, trip to the exhibition, Bed&Breakfast (Clarendon Hotel, Blackheath Common) & 3 course evening meal.

To book your space or for further information please contact Ian Coxhead