Ridgeway Relay: Sunday 17th June 2018

Ridgeway Relay 2018 Final Results (out of 40+ teams):
A Team (Mark Vardy, Sophie Crumly, Phil Marshall, Jess Franklin, Steve Barnes, James Craggs, Matthew Green, Alex Hanson, Andy Ind, Alex Muir): 2nd overall position.
B Team (Andrew Russell, Jenny Eaton, Ben Wickens, Rachel Allen, Jeff Bird, Andy McKendrick, Mike Wheeler, Steve Ferriday, Dave Wright, Chris Pudney): 9th overall position.

Both NAC teams performed to a consistently high standard over 87 x miles of difficult, hilly and testing terrain on the Ridgeway National Trail, beginning at Ivinghoe Beacon, Aylesbury at 7.30am and finishing in Marlborough 11 hours later.  Exceptional effort and team spirit was on display at every stage and every runner grafted to the point of utter exertion for their team mates.

Outstanding effort everyone, great work!

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Weekend round-up 9/10 June

Five Newbury AC athletes competed in the South of England Championships in Bedford this weekend. Oliver Hewitt was the only one of the five to make the podium, picking up a bronze medal in the U20 hammer with a season’s best throw of 62.08m. Helen Broadbridge doubled up, with a season’s best throw of 43.28m enough for 4th place in the discus, having also finished 5th in the hammer.

On track, Mark Vardy kept touch with the lead pack for well over half of his 5000m race, before narrowly missing out on both a PB and a place in the final with a 15:44 clocking. Mike Robbins and Yaz Ryder both faced tougher than expected heats in the 800m, each finishing 7th in 2:03.82 and 2:17.54 respectively.

At the Wargrave 10K on Sunday, Mike Sheridan finished 2nd in the M60+ age-group in 43:24 and Sheila Marshall was 4th F60 in 55:47.

Veterans’ League Round 3: 4th June, Bracknell

Report by Liz Harkness:

The Ladies were in good form on Monday with two  PB’s from Jess Franklin, and Anne Stewart-Power in the 1500m. More wins on the evening with Jenny O’Connor in the Long Jump and Deborah Montgomery – Javelin.

The evening finished with the Medley Relay with a well earned 3rd place.

The Men’s team , the biggest turn out this match,  Bob Broadridge 1st in the Hammer and Shot.

Full details of match attached including the non-scoring events. Men’s ResultsWomen’s results,  Non-scorers’ results

Our next match is our home meeting July 2nd at Tilsley Park, Abingdon. Please let Liz know if you wish to compete.

Ollie Johnson Memorial Kintbury 5

Mark Vardy winner of 5-mile

Final results: 5 miles; 2 milesJuniors

Photos from 5-mile race (courtesy of Mike Robbins)

Report from Dave Wright, Race Director:
Thanks  to everyone who supported the races this year. We had over 200 entrants in the 5 mile race and a record turnout for the 2 mile race. The warm up events for the children were well attended

Winners of the 5 mile race were Mark Vardy and Sophie Crumly both representing Newbury AC. Both have supported the race many times in the past nearly always finishing in 1st or 2nd! Ollie Johnson trophy winner for juniors was Robbie Usher from Reading with junior girls winner being Emma Downie (Newbury AC). Further category winners were M40 Steve Barnes (NAC) F40 Katherine Sargeant (Reading Road Runners M50 Andy Colling (Unattached) M60 Mike Sheridan (NAC), M70 James Kiddie (Reading RR), F50 Jenny Eaton (NAC)  F60 Sheila Marshall (NAC), F70 Liz Harkness (NAC). Newbury AC won both Men’s (Mark Vardy, Alex Muir, James Craggs)) & Women’s (Sophie Crumly, Emma Downie, Edyta Wilk) team events.

2 mile winner was 11 year old Kirsten Fraser (Team Kennet) closely followed by Wilf Waldon (Newbury AC)

Thanks to all the helpers both from Newbury AC, 1st Inkpen and Kintbury Scout Group, Kintbury St. Marys`s School, Kintbury Joggers, villagers from Kintbury and Inkpen. Also thanks to all the sponsors Mick Cornwall Aerials, Rayner Diesel Car service, myapplejuice.co.uk,Tesco Hungerford and Dave’s Gardening Service Kintbury

We have some lost property of a watch, Green Park water bottle and a white vest..

Future Road Races Now Open: Run Wexham (Sun 8 Jul 18) and the Overton 5 (Sun 2 Sep 18)

Run Wexham 5k and 10k Race:  Sunday 8 July 2018

Entrants this year will have the choice of a 10km or 5km trail race as well as a 1km family fun run. 

Run Wexham this year will also have an ‘event village’ close to the start and finish area where you can gather to support the runners and the hospital. It will include a bouncy castle, face painting, retailers, food and refreshments.

Run Wexham is a fantastic event for everyone and we think the changes we have introduced this year will make it better than ever. Black Park is the perfect venue for our trail races and fun run, and we urge as many people as possible to join us on 8 July. 

You can register for Run Wexham and find more information about the event by visiting the Frimley Health Charity website:  https://www.frimleyhealthcharity.org/event/runwexham2018/


30th Edition of the Overton 5:  Sunday 2 September 2018

Once again we are pleased to host the start of 2018/2019 Hampshire Road Race League with the 30th running of the Overton 5 at 14.00 on the 2nd September.  Due to the excellent feedback from last year the course remains unchanged from 2017 and is on fully closed roads.  .

Entry fees for the Overton 5 will be £15 for affiliated runners, £17 for non-affiliated. Based on how quickly the race has sold out over previous years we are expecting the race to sell out in August so enter now to avoid disappointment.

For further details and to enter the race, see:  



Newbury Roc 10k Race Report – Sunday 27th May 2018

Despite the impending threat of severe thunderstorms and adverse weather, conditions were favourable for the 2018 Newbury Roc 10k event, sponsored by Roc Technologies and The Good Exchange.  This year’s chosen charity was the Pals West Berkshire charity, supporting local children and young people with physical disabilities.

The U11 0.9k event was the first race to cross the start line at 9.10am.  The winner was Kirsten Fraser from Team Kennet with a time of 3 mins 13 secs followed two seconds later by Finlay Corcoran from Newbury Athletic Club.  A total of 128 competitors completed the race.  Full results from this event are at the following link:  U11 0.9k Continue reading

Support Dan’s Jungle challenge

Having completed the Marathon des Sables in 2016, Dan Reeves is about to depart for his next challenge, the Jungle Ultra in Peru – a 230km (142 miles) race split into 5 stages of suffocating jungle undergrowth, river crossings and cloud shrouded mountain valleys. Starting on 3rd June, this is a self-sufficient race with runners being responsible for carrying their entire kit, including food, safety equipment and water.

Dan’s primary motivation for embarking on this challenge is to raise money for the Newbury & District Cancer Care Trust which provided a Rainbow Room for his Grandad’s final days.

Dan would appreciate any support you can give. More information & details on how to donate

Track & Field round up

Report from Mike Robbins:

Three Newbury athletes were in action at the second Oxford Open match of the season on Wednesday. Josie Robertson tackled the 1500m for the first time, and immediately broke the long-standing U13 girls club record by over 10 seconds with her time of 4:57.91. This ranks Josie 3rd in the UK in her age group. Jess Franklin narrowly missed out on her PB with a time of 5:03.33, while Oliver Hewitt comfortably recorded the longest throw of the day in the hammer, reaching 55.63m with his 6kg weight.

On Tuesday, Callum O’Neill ran in the BMC regional races at Tipton, winning the B race with a time of 4:14.64. In a very successful week for Callum, he went on to run a PB of 15:13.35 in the 5000m B race at the Watford BMC Grand Prix on Saturday. Here he was joined by Harry Russell with another fast 800m, clocking of 1:53.22 in the men’s E race.

And on Sunday, Yaz Ryder stepped off the track onto the road for the Vitality Westminster mile. A very strong second half of the race saw Yaz finish runner-up in the U20 ladies race with a PB of 5:07, picking up a well-deserved silver medal against some strong opposition.

Sam Plumb made the trip over to Belgium to compete against international athletes in the IFAM meet, and was rewarded with two season’s bests – 55.65s in the 400m hurdles, and 22.53s in the 200m.

Meanwhile, Charlotte Payne continues to amaze, winning the 3kg hammer at the prestigious BIG Jumps and Throws Fest in Bedford on Monday with a huge throw of 63.89m, moving her up to second on the UK all time U17 list.  Helen Broadbridge once again produced excellent performances in Hammer and Discus, with throws of 51m91 and 41m45 respectively, both close to her best performances of the season.