Ascott-Under-Wychwood Oxford Mail Cross Country

The Oxford Mail cross country league starts this Sunday 2nd November at the venue near Ascott-Under-Wychwood, all members are very welcome to come along and take part. The day starts with the under 9′s race at 9.55am and offers races for all age groups finishing with the Senior / Veteran Men’s race at 12.00pm. For more details please visit the Oxford Mail League website – .

I hope to see you there.

Andy Tuttle

Important notices

Juniors: There is no junior session this Thursday. The next session is on Thursday 6th November at 6pm in St Bart’s School sportshall.

Road Race results: We do our best to keep abreast of club members’ race results and publish a weekly “roundup” on this site. To ensure inclusion, however, please e-mail details using the Submit Results button on the main menu bar or e-mail direct to

Boxing Day Handicap: Entries are now open for the Keith Scott Boxing Day Handicap. This is our annual 1.8 mile multi-terrain race which the best runners never win! Usual time & place: 10:30am, 26th December, Northcroft Park. Entry is free and open to all members, family and friends.  If you intend to run please e-mail Irwin Fairclough before 19th December and include recent indicator of form / fitness to help thw handicapper e,g,  recent 5K/10K time (and age if under 18).

Weekend roundup: 25/26 October

Great South Run 10 miles. Six club members completed this year’s run in relatively benign conditions in Portsmouth: Aaron Hibberd 1:24:36; Andre Clothier 1:28:09; Karen Da Silva 1:30:21; Carole Lowe 1:30:40; Charlotte Winton 1:34:43 and Mick Cornwall 1:37:37.

Ljubljana Half-marathon, Slovenia: Andy McLeod ran a PB of 69:50 to take the runners-up spot. Some impressive splits along the way: 15:48 at 5K and 32:20 at 10K.

Fleet 10K: Geoff Anderson finished 56th (2nd M60) in 40:46.

Newbury Parkrun: 16 club members participated in this week’s parkrun at Greenham Common. James Craggs finished 2nd overall in 17:14 and Yasmin Ryder was 1st female in 19:24.  There were PBs for: E-J Bailey (21:06); Marcus Chitty (21:23) and Christine Mardle (24:41).

SEAA Cross country relays – Wormwood scrubs – 18th October

U17 Girls - Charlotte Clover, Rebecca Downie, Yasmin Ryder

Report from Andy Tuttle:

Senior Women - Jenny O'Connor, Chloe Blair, Monique Krefting

The club fielded six teams at this season’s South of England cross country relays held on Wormwood Scrubs in London on Saturday. The un-seasonally mild conditions made for some very fast times and more teams taking part than in previous years. Newbury’s highest placed team of the day came in the under 17 Women’s age group which saw the team finish 9th out of the 19 teams with Yasmin Ryder covering the first 2.5km leg in 8 min 42 secs, the 14th best time of the day. Rebecca Downie took on the next leg clocking 9min 45, and Charlotte Clover chased down three teams on the last leg in 8min 46 secs. The Senior Women’s team have a good record at this event, this time Monique Krefting gave her all to hand over in 12th place, and with Jenny O’Connor and Chloe Blair on the 2nd and final legs the team only lost one place to finish 13th. Izzy Fry gave the under 15 Girls a superb start in 6th place, she was joined by two Girls making their club cross country debut’s Harriet Atherton and Saskia Krefting, they acquitted themselves well and helped the team to finish 19th out of 30. The under 13 age group was well supported with the Boys team of Ed Fry, Tobias Allen & Rhys Ainsworth in 32nd place, and two Girls teams in 34th & 36th place, with Ellie Krefting, Amelia Munday, Trinity O’Connor, Amber White, Grace Twyford and Lilly Gohara.

Full results are available here

Weekend roundup 18/19 October

Still smiling after the Tadley 10

Salisbury Half-Marathon (inc. British Masters Champs): Geoff Anderson finished a very creditable 7th in the M60 category in a time of 1:34:26.

Abingdon Marathon: Dan Reeves overcame his recent injury problems to finish 207th  in 3:25:08

Tadley 10 miles: 14 club members took part with Steve Barnes finishing 3rd overall and 1st M40 in 59:11. Chris Pudney won the M50 category finishing in 68:07. Other Newbury AC  finishers were: Martin Walker 8th, 63:41; Nige Popplewell 11th 64:42; Phil Marshall 18th, 67:42;  Martyn Staines 19th, 67:58; Andrew Russell 36th, 71:33; Nina Martin 45th, 73:25; Matt Studart 46th; 73:25; Steve Ferriday 50th, 74:38; Chris Hobson 51st; 74:42; Ryan Hill 55th, 75:07; Paul Endley 56th, 75:13; Malcolm Knight 119th; 89:20.

Birmingham half-marathon: Steve Elsmere ran a personal best of 82:52 for 125th place (Pre-race balti & beer seems to work!). Becky Coxhead was 3134 in 1:48.52. There were around 14,500 finishers.

Cabbage Patch 10: James Craggs finished 47th in 58:58 and Chloe Blair 620th in 79:18

Weekend roundup: 11/12 October

Several good half-marathon performances this weekend (now included in road league tables, Age-graded table):

Oxford: James Craggs 1:16:56 (10th overall); Rob Rees 1:32:20 (half-marathon debut);  Becci Toms 1:33:44 (PB); Tania Whitby 2:12:39.

Swindon: Andrew Ind 1:19:16 (2nd); Stephen Ferriday 1:40:43 (PB); Bryan Ford 2:00:23.

Royal Parks Foundation: Andy Varney 1:26:27

Malcolm Knight (M65) ran his 33rd Isle of Wight marathon finishing in 4:39:57 (9th M60).

Also, we missed reporting a very strong performance from Steve Barnes in the Robin Hood Marathon last month. Steve finished 17th in a PB of 2:54:07.

Weekend round-up 4th/5th October

Peter crossing the finish line

Andrew James finished 3rd in the 16th Clarendon Marathon – an off-road challenging route from Salisbury to Winchester – in a time of 2hrs 59mins 54secs. Dave Wright was 24th in 3hrs 28 mins 00secs. 409 runners completed the event. 313 runners completed the Half marathon event with Dave Pierce Williams 176th in 2hrs 7mins 29secs.

Meanwhile Peter Crisp was 1st past the finishing post in the Bay Ridge Half marathon, Brooklyn, NJ which was held in pouring rain, hail and high winds on Saturday in a time of 1:17.55.

Nigel Popplewell set a PB of 1:24:34 when finishing 11th out of 371 in the Mablethorpe Half Marathon on Sunday.

At the Bournemouth Marathon on Sunday, Kate Hall clearly didn’t waste any time making sand castles as she finished 255th of 1968 runners with a time of 3:31:52 & Matt Greaves completed the Cardiff Half Marathon on the same day with a chip time of 1:35:38, finishing in 1467th place of a total of 15919 runners. In the Robin Hood Half Marathon Matt Studart finished in 1:46.2 , 1461st place.

Highclere Race Stirs Up a Hornet’s Nest!

Report on the Gardner Leader Highclere 10k race held on 28th September from Race Director Derek Matthews:

Over 300 senior and junior runners raced over the paths and roads of Highclere Estate last weekend.  The young runners sped around a 2 kilometre single lap on the inner estate road circuit, followed by the field of senior athletes who set off in bright sunshine to take on the arduous challenge of the multi terrain course, which consists of over six miles of grazed pasture, forest trails, stone tracks and surfaced lanes.  The runners have little time to relax and enjoy the stunning views as the route continually undulates across the bumpy countryside.  This year, an unexpected obstacle emerged just after the halfway drink station. Hundreds of angry hornets, threatened by the approach of the runners, mounted unrelenting, vicious attacks on the main field.  Over 60 runners were stung, most repeatedly, one man collapsed at seven kilometres and thanks to the quick reactions of fellow athletes and marshals, was recovered by the on-site ambulance.  First aid was administered at the finish as runners formed a long queue awaiting a soothing insect spray to ease their discomfort.  One male required further extensive treatment before being able to leave, and the collapsed patient was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure.  This year’s fine summer has increased wasp and hornet activity.  All was quiet when we marked, checked and cleared the course, but ramblers, cyclists and joggers should be aware if they venture into the countryside, and give these insects a wide berth.

The race itself was won by Gareth Watkins (Hillingdon AC) in a record time of 34:43, beating previous attempts over the present course by over one minute.   Continue reading

Berlin Marathon: 28th September

Some good running today from the NAC contingent running in the 41st BMW Berlin marathon. Phil Marshall ran an impressive debut marathon in 3:17:51; Andy McKendrick set a PB of 3:35:07 and Christine Mardle ran a 4:00:39, also a PB.

… and of course, there was a world record of 2:02:57 (!) set by Dennis Kimetto of Kenya.

Oxford City AC Open Graded meeting – 17th September

The last Oxford open graded of the season saw three athletes storm to personal bests in the 800m: Steve Elsmere clocked 2:19.41, Harriet Atherton (U15) 2:39.17 & Becky Coxhead 2:53.65. Dan Tuttle recorded a seasons best of 2:01.69 and Izzy Fry (U15) 2:21.48.