As the club celebrates its 70th anniversary, we have launched a major project to re-build the pavilion at Fifth Road. This exciting new facility will provide modern, comfortable changing facilities, an activity area for indoor training sessions and space for social gatherings and meetings.
We have set up a ‘donate a baton’ scheme where a donation of a minimum of £70 (to match our 70th year) will result in a gold baton being hung in your name in the new clubhouse. Any smaller donations you feel you can make will also be very gratefully received and acknowledged on a purpose-built notice board.
Our current fund-raising target is now £42,500
Full details of this project including plans & costings can be seen here.
Please note that the Annual General Meeting of Newbury Athletic Club will be held at
Crookham Common Athletic Track, Thornford Park
on Tuesday 28th February 2017 at 7.30pm
All members are invited to attend.
If anyone would like to join the committee then please send your nominations
By Tuesday 7th February to: Katie Fielding (Club Secretary)
Message from Chloe Blair:
As you know, it was our club’s 70th anniversary back in November. Unfortunately we didn’t arrange a party then but it hasn’t been forgotten about! We need to celebrate what a friendly, helpful and successful club we are and have been since it all began in 1946.
The committee are looking to organise a celebration to include both current and past members in May or June but we need your help. We’d like to collect some ideas together and then can make a final decision based on what you’d like.
Please email Chloe Blair with your views or take part in the vote on the Newbury AC Facebook page:
- Type of event e.g. formal dinner, barn dance, disco, casino night, race night etc.
- Price of event – £10-25, £25-35, £35-£50, £50+ (Please bear in mind we are still fundraising for the new pavilion)
- Date – 6th May, 13th May, 10th June, 24th June
Please let me know by Friday 27th January so we can get organising.
I hope to hear from as many of you as possible soon!
I wonder if any of our members might be able to help out by being a Marshal, or car park steward at two events to be held on Newbury Showground this month ?
On Saturday 21st Jan we have been asked if we could help host the Berkshire Schools cross country championships. It is quite a big event, so help in the car park between 11.00am and 2pm would be very much appreciated. Or if you could help by being a race marshal from 12.30pm until 3.30pm again this would be very helpful of you.
On Wednesday 25th Jan we have been asked if we could help Pangbourne College host the West Berkshire District cross country event with races starting at 1.30pm until 3.40pm.
If you are able to help out at either of these events could you kindly contact Andy Tuttle.
Dave Wright is planning a group trip to the Peak District from May 17th-21st. There will be an opportunity to run in up to 5 fell races, do some hill-walking, visit the sights of the area and /or do some cycling.
The proposed race programme is: Wednesday 17th Buxton 10K (311metre); Thursday 18th Matlock 8K(250metre); Friday 19th Hayfield near Glossop 5K (200metre); Saturday 20th Hayfield (again) 8K (564metre);
Sunday 21st Saddleworth near Oldham 5K (290metre).
If interested, please contact Dave for further information. He is hoping to confirm the trip by the end of January.
Karen Yewer will lead hill sessions on Sunday 15th & Sunday 22nd January. Both sessions will start at 9:30am at Northcroft. All members welcome.
Newbury came away from this season’s Berkshire championships with six medals, from what proved to be the highest standard competition for many years. Our Veteran Women’s team kept their amazing season going strong, as they secured the clubs only Gold medal of the day. The team of Jess Franklin, E-J Bailey, Sue Van Huyssteen & Jenny Eaton were again in fine form, winning by 26 points, with Jess also winning an individual Silver medal. The only other athlete to win an Individual medal this time was Izzy Fry, who ran very strongly to secure the runner up spot in the under 17 Women’s race. The Senior Women’s team gave it a good shot, with Sophie Crumly 4th, Yasmin Ryder 10th, Victoria Duncan 11th & Emily Marshall 12th, they finished 2nd. The Veteran Men’s team long reign as County Champions came to an end, but good runs from James Craggs in 4th, Wayne Lillis ran superb in 7th, Steve Barnes 8th & Phil Marshall 9th, they also sealed the runner up spot. The clubs B team of Conor McGrory, Martin Walker, Alan Twyford and Simon Kirby teamed up well to win the Bronze. The Senior Men tried really hard to fill a team of six, just coming up one short on this occasion. It was very pleasing to see four of our young athletes receive a Berkshire County team invite to run at the Inter Counties in March, they were Luci Robertson – 5th in the under u-13 Girls, George Ferguson – 5th under 13 Boys, Izzy Fry under 17 Women & Rebecca Downie in the under 20 Women, well done to them. Sophie Crumly has been invited to run for the Senior Women’s team, and several more will no doubt be invited to join them as the selection procedure unfolds.
Well done everyone who ran, and a big thank you to our officials – Carolyn Walker, Sarah Fowler, Dave Mason & Caroline, thank you for your continued support.
Full results & latest Club Championship tables
Road runs leave at 7pm on a Thursday from the Rugby Club, Monks Lane. The schedule for the remainder of this month is:
12th January 2017 -Route 3 Retail Park-Pinchington Lane – Greenham Road (main split)-Pidgeon’s Farm-Racecourse-Hambridge Road-Fir Tree Lane-Cock Inn-Victoria Park-St John’s Roundabout-[either Newtown road or Andover Road]-Rugby Club
19th January 2017– Route 1: Essex Street-Valley Road-clocktower (main split between long and short groups)-Old Bath Road-Grove Road-Love Lane-Cock Inn-Kiln Road-Fir Tree Lane-Hambridge Road-Racecourse-Greenham Church-Pinchington Lane-Rugby Club.
26th January – Route 2: Conifer Cres -Water Tower- Valley Road-clocktower (main split between long and short groups)-Old Bath Road-Grove Road-Love Lane-Cock Inn-Victoria Park-St John’s Roundabout-[either Newtown road or Andover Road]-Rugby Club.
Awards were presented on 27th December for performances during the 2016 Track & Field and Road seasons. Congratulations to all the winners.
Track & Field awards
Road League winners
Coombe Gibbet – 29.12.16
A number of members completed the Gut Buster 10 mile & 10k runs on Saturday 31st at Grazeley. E-J Bailey led them in in 1:20.34.5 for 7th female overall. Sue Van Huyssteen (1st V50) finished in 1:23.21.8; Liz Pudney 1:30.29.1; Carole Lowe 1:43.45.6; Steph Smallman 1:46.03.2 and Graham Stent 1:48.48.0. Bryn Dawson completed the 10k in 47:47.0.
Dave Wright ran the 12mile Plain Crazy race across Salisbury Plain from Warminster on 27th. It was apparently nearer 13 miles with lots of tarmac but great scenery including a few disused tanks. He finished 20th out of 150 runners in 1hour 33 mins.
There were a few hardy runners who braved the cold make the annual run to the Gibbet on 29th. A few icy patches but once up there the weather was glorious!
There were 54 finishers in the 2016 Keith Scott Boxing Day Handicap. Overall winner was William Morris (son of former member Andrew Morris (2nd overall)). First club member home was Graeme Cameron (3rd overall) closely followed by Leah Darbyshire.
Four runners completed the 1.8 mile course under 10 minutes with Mark Vardy fastest in 9:06 followed by James Craggs 9:22; Brad Yewer 9:42 and Mike Robbins 9:59.
Thanks to all who helped make this another successful event.