Records broken at Oxford Open graded meeting

Izzy Fry broke the club under 17 Women’s 1500m record on a lovely sunny evening evening at Oxford City Horspath track on Wednesday. The previous record of 4min37.3 was set back in 1981 by one of the best middle distance athletes ever to wear the Red, White and Blue vest – Jackie Cooper. Izzy’s time of 4min 36.6 means she has now lowered her personal best by nine seconds this season, after only taking up the event last April. Another two athlete that feature strongly in the club record lists are Sophie Crumly and Maise Jeger. Sophie ran a superb 1500m race and was delighted ( and shocked !) to find out she had clocked 4min 31.6, a very impressive time. Under 13 Maisie has been getting quicker with each 800m race recently, it did look on the cards that she could run her best time and that proved the case, as she ran across the line in 2min 20.8 to break the Southampton club record.

Ridgeway relay: 19th June

Report by Phil Marshall

Two teams made up of 20 Newbury AC runners took on The Ridgeway Relay on Sunday.  The challenging 86.5 mile course spanning the length of the ridgeway from Ivinghoe Beacon to Marlborough was in it’s 27th year and has legs ranging from 5.4 miles to 11 miles.  Both teams put in a fantastic effort with Conor McGrory, Baz Munday, Jeff Bird and Blue Nolan making their debuts in the event, and Mike Robbins, Becky Coxhead, Phil Marshall, Steve Elsmere and James Craggs all competing after a long and busy previous day down in Plymouth for the Southern Athletics League.

The A team finished in a fantastic 2nd place overall out of the 44 teams competing; from 10th position after leg 1 didn’t get passed once for the rest of the 9 legs and gained a further 8 places to finish in a time of 9 hours 46 minutes and 40 seconds.  The B team also had a great race emulating their highest ever finish of 10th position overall and 2nd B team in a time of 11 hours 14 minutes and 54 seconds. Full results

Newbury AC A: Mike Robbins, Sophie Crumly, Phil Marshall, Jess Franklin, Steve Elsmere, James Craggs, Conor McGrory, Baz Munday, Andy Ind, Alex Muir.

Newbury AC B: Dan Reeves, Becky Coxhead, Andy McKendrick, Clare Quinn, Jeff Bird, Wayne Lillis, Steve Ferriday, Blue Nolan, Dave Wright, Chris Pudney.

Photos courtesy of Barry Cornelius – more here


Conor McGrory

Becky Coxhead

Becky Coxhead

Chris Pudney

Chris Pudney

SAL – Plymouth

Newbury A.C’s Senior track & Field team moved out of the relegation zone of the Southern Athletics League division 2 West as the team came away from the long trip to Plymouth with a win. If we are honest no one on the coach, or even back home in Newbury thought that very likely prior to the proceedings. However the team performed way beyond expectations to finish ahead of North Devon by 4 points, and a healthy margin between 3rd placed hosts Plymouth and Winchester in 4th.

With a fairly small team making the 3 1/2 hour trip all the athletes (and Officials ) played their part and fought furiously for every point, it was soon clear that no one wants this team to be relegated. Daniel Tuttle typified this team spirit as he gave all of his ten events the same vigor as it was his first, he added 22 points to the tally from his eight individual events, while in the Women’s both Sammy Dredge & Katie Fielding covered six events each, with many more members covering four or five events each.

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38th Inter Schools Relays – CCAT 16th June

Many thanks to all the club members who helped to ensure the annual inter schools relays – sponsored by Newbury Racecourse – ran smoothly yesterday, despite the very variable weather!!

We hope all the schools and children that took part enjoyed themselves.

You can now download a full report and the results below:


Primary Schools results

Senior Schools results

Fundraising – Car Boot Sales

Message from Liz Harkness:

Please can I remind you that I will be collecting again for more car boot sales and will be at the track at Cookham Common (CCAT) most Tuesdays when I will be happy to take any items from you.

After 2 car-boot sales and selling a few items on Ebay I have so far raised some £250.

Alternatively please contact me to arrange an alternative time.

Wessex Young Athletes League – Match 2 – Woking 12th June

Report from Team managers Emma Guite, Jenny O’Connor & Keith Baker:

Sunday almost produced all four seasons starting off with heavy rain but everyone able to swap raincoats and brollies for sun cream and hats after lunch!

There was a great team spirit throughout the day and managing to field a larger team than usual really paid off with many athletes showing true club spirit by trying out new or additional events to gain valuable points.  Overall the team finished in overall 4th place with 304 points.

Full reports follow:

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Weekend round-up – Road Running / Multi-terrain – 11th/12th June

Tim Davies joined an elite club of ‘100 milers’ as he completed 100 miles at Endure 24 held at Wasing Park, Aldermaston this weekend.

The 2015 winning Ladies 8 team ‘One Direction’ had a couple of changes from last year with

Endure 2016 Female 6/8 Team Winners

Still smiling after 24 hours!!

Christina Pugsley & Sophie Fowler joining E-J Bailey, Sue Van Huyssteen, Claire Quinn, Rachel Allen, Sarah Fowler & honorary NAC member Andrea Greenfield. There was much tougher competition than last year with a team from Finch Coasters snapping at our heels but the pressure spurred us on and little by little (approx 1 minute per 5 mile lap!) we went ahead to win again completing 38 laps (190 miles) in 24:32.16 mins, breaking our own course record set last year by 10 miles and the 2nd placed Finch Coasters who completed 185 miles in 24:32.41.

Chloe Blair not content with having run in the ladies pairs team with her sister in 2015 teamed up with relation Richard Hambly to compete in the mixed pairs. They completed an amazing 70 miles each (5 more than Chloe did last year) for 2nd place just 10 miles behind the winners and were still smiling at the end.

A number of other club members competed in various other teams including Graham Stent, Jenny Eaton & Nina Martin  (let me know if I’ve missed you off the list and I’ll add!)

Meanwhile at the Wargrave 10k on Sunday – Mike Sheridan (39:27)and Sheila Marshall (51:25) won the respective over 60’s events with the club members led in by Steve Elsmere in 36:52 (10th overall), Irwin Fairclough 40:25 (2nd V60), Wayne Lillis 41:41, Jessica Sloan 44:53 and Becky Coxhead 45:52.


Weekend round-up – Track and Field – 11th/12th June

Sam Plumb won his 1st senior title at the SEAA Track and Field Championships at Lee Valley storming through from 4th place at the 8th hurdle to win the 400mH in51.99s. U20 Jamie Kuehnel took silver in the Hammer with 60.48m and Helen Broadbridge produced a pb in the senior women hammer of 51.39m for 5th place. Mark Vardy was 13th in the SM 5k in 16:03.37 and Sara Henderson 4th in the SW LJ with 4.75m.

Many of our athletes competed for the district in the Berkshire Schools Championships on Saturday. Izzy Fry won the year 10/11 1500m  in 4min throwers40.0 by a 16 second margin. Yaz Ryder came 2nd in the year 12/13 1500m and 2nd claim runner Kitty Shepherd-Cross won the year 8/9 1500m in a new personal best 4min 43.9. Dion Sankoh finished 3rd in the year 10/11 800m in a pb time of 2mins 03. Karis Cheung (year 10/11) and Trinity O’Connor (year 8/9) won their respective HJ’s with 1.58 and 1.51m respectively. Josh Douglas (year 8/9) won the Triple Jump with an excellent 12.09m and Rhys Ainsworth (year 8/9) was 5th in the 80mH in 13.7s. Kia-Jay Stevens was 3rd in the year 10/11 DT with 26.16m. Hammer throwers Jamie Kuehnel, Oliver Hewitt (2nd year 10/11 – 58.06m) and Charlotte Payne (who broke the championship record in winning the year 8/9 event with 47.62m) pictured here have all been selected to represent Berkshire Schools at the English Schools championships in Gateshead at the beginning of July.

WYAL report is on a separate post.

Newbury AC Family Fun Day – August 29th – 12 noon onwards

Message from Emma Guite & Katie Fielding:

Clear the date in your diary! 

We are planning a family fun day for club members and their families at Fifth Road on August 29th. There will be plenty of games to play including football, rounders, volleyball and giant Jenga plus there will probably be the very popular club quiz!

As usual it will be a bring your own chair/ rug / drinks and also a plate of food to share for lunch.

We are also planning a display of the 70 years of our club history (we were formed in 1946!)  to have a look at and lots of old NWN clips and photos to reminisce over, plus plans for the new pavilion building and details of how you can help us get it off the ground!

Full details will be e-mailed nearer the time and also posted to the web-site.