Izzy Fry in record breaking form

Izzy Fry set two significant records over the weekend. On Saturday, she a new U17 women’s course record of 18:13 at the Newbury Parkrun. She followed this up on Monday by breaking the U17 club mile record in an Open Meeting at Mile End Stadium. The record had stood for 36 years. Izzy ran a well paced race with a superb last lap to knock 28 seconds off the previous record with a time of 5min 08.0secs.

PBs in abundance at Shinfield 10K

Five club members recorded PBs at today’s Shinfield 10K: Clare Quinn 41:39; Chloe Blair 41:40; Steve Ferriday 42:14; Catherine Tuttle 43:36 and Emily Marshall 43:39.

Steve Barnes led home the Newbury contingent, finishing 13th overall and 1st M40 in 36:12. He was followed home by Nige Popplewell 39th in 39:17 and Irwin Fairclough 59th and 2nd M60 in 40:12. Phil Marshall,recovering from his sub 3 hour London Marathon, paced Catherine to her PB and recorded the same time: 43:36.

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Elsewhere, Sebastian Munday finished 14th in the Chalgrove Festival 10k in a PB of 37:17 and Matt Pembroke was 2nd in Harewood Forest 10k in 39:54 with Chris Pudney 13th in 44:54

Oxford Open Graded Meeting – 27th April

Five of our athletes competed last night on what must have been a pretty chilly evening but despite that some personal & seasonal bests were recorded:

U23 Harry Russell recorded a pb in the 100m of 11.98s in winning his heat with Michael Forbes running 12.03s in the next heat.

Under 13 Luci Robertson set a pb for 1500m of 5:23.21 mins whilst Under 20 Yasmin Ryder recorded a season’s best of 4:49.16. U13 Maisie Jeger competed in the 70mH recording a time of 13.00s to win her race.

Weekend Round-up: 23 / 24 April

LONDON MARATHON:Mike Sheridan won the M65-69 age-group in a PB and club age-group record of 2:54:24. Mike’s time  moves him up to 2nd place in the UK all-time list for the M65-69 age-group.

Nina Martin also set a club age-group record, in the F35-39 category, while finishing 64th woman overall in 2:57:48. Nina is the first female club member to run under 3 hours for the marathon.

Other club finishers were: Matt Pembroke 2:47:36; James Craggs 2:47:38; Conor McGrory 2:51:43; Phil Marshall 2:59:26; Andy Varney 3:14:32; Chris Pudney 3:19:22; Christina Pugsley 3:32:25; Tim Davies 3:48:50; Ally Bass 3:50:25; Hannah Coxhead 3:56:54; Sheila Marshall 4:08:32 and Carole Lowe 4:40:01.

Shelia Marshall’s time of 4:08:32 is the first recorded by a club member in her age-group and sets the bench-mark for the F60-64 category.

STRATFORD HALF-MARATHON: Wayne Lillis finished 58th in 1:30:24.

SOUTHAMPTON HALF-MARATHON: Sebastian Munday finished 33rd in 1:22:18 on his club debut. Ryan Hill finished in 1:34:53.

SAL – Andover

Newbury A.C Senior track & field produced a solid start to this season’s Southern Athletic League division 2 west campaign with a 3rd place in our home fixture at Andover.                             For the team to rack up a good score of 192.5 points and finish 3rd is a little hard on everyone’s efforts, but it was a very close match with Bracknell coming out on top with top with 225.5 pts, Kingston & Polytechnic Harriers 195 pts, Newbury 192.5 pts, and Havant 104 pts.

On this one occasion I would like to start the website report by paying a massive thank you to our own Ray Herbert who masterminded this home fixture, the hours he spent organising the use of the track for the day, and to find such an efficient team of helpers to manage the track on the day and still honour the large number of officials required for a home fixture was just outstanding work, thank you to Ray and literally everyone who helped out. The result always comes down to the athlete’s performances on the day, but without everything in place the event simply would not happen. Without Mike, Caroline and Roz spending hours trying to make sure all the events were covered we would without doubt not have scored that number of points, thank you to the Athletes and the Managers.

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Marathon des Sables

On Sunday, Dan Reeves, along with around 1100 other participants, started a 156 miles journey across the Sahara. The event is made up of  5 stages each between 37Km and 84Km. Dan completed the timed stages on Friday and finished 359th in the overall classification with a cumulative time of 45:22:43.

His stage results were:

Stage 1: 376th (37Km) 6:37:44
Stage 2: 339th (42K) 7:09:11
Stage 3: 355th (37Km 6:49:59
Stage 4: 399th (84Km) 18:28:01
Stage 5: 389th (42Km) 6:20:47

Dan is running to raise money for the Swings & Smiles charity – you can sponsor him through his Justgiving pages

Wessex Young Athletes League: 10 April

Sophie Cunningham

Sophie Cunningham

Despite many of the club’s youngsters still enjoying their school holidays the club got off to a great start to their track and field season.

The day for the u11s competing in the Quadkids contest with just Sam Stent competing for the first time to represent the boys.  Not to be put off by this he began his day with a great throw of 25.50m in the vortex and a 600m in a time of 2.09min finishing the day in overall 5th place out of 30 boys! The girls with 5 members to the team once again had a great battle in their events.  Isabella Ginn and Clementine Berry joined the team for the first time with Clementine equaling Phoebe Ryder with a great 3.58m long jump.  Clementine also tied with Francesca Bailey in the 75m both recording a time of 13.7sec.  Josie Robertson took over from where she left last season by winning the vortex with a throw of 28.77m and an amazing 600m in a time of 2.0090 to finish in overall first place with Phoebe Ryder in 3rd place on the day out of the 34 girls.  The U11 boys finished in 4th place with all 196 points belonging to Sam and the girls in 2nd place with 875 points. Continue reading