Easter Handicap: Sunday 5th April

Entries are now open for the annual Easter Handicap. The event is free and open to all club members, family and friends. The course is the same as for the Boxing Day race but run in a clockwise direction – 1.8 miles, multi-terrain, only one small hill up the field by Speen Church.

To enter just drop me an e-mail and include recent 5k or 10K time. No entries on the day.

Also, we need around 10 volunteers to make this event a success. Please e-mail me if you are able to help with marshaling etc.

Training venues

The clocks change on Sunday 29th March, and as it’s “summer time” we will be moving our Thursday evening training sessions to our Summer home at Brown’s Meadow, Fifth Road.

From Thursday 2nd April:

Juniors (6pm); Road Runners (7pm) and Karen’s middie-distance(7pm) sessions will all be held at Fifth Road until further notice.

Medals for Masters

Bob Broadbridge and Simon Barrett are ensuring the club has a prominent presence on the European stage. Both have claimed bronze medals at the European Masters Indoor championships in Poland. Bob threw a season’s best of 45.87m in the M55 Hammer. In the M60 400m, Simon ran a season’s best of 60.71 in the semi-finals before finishing 3rd in the final with 61.27.

Bob, also, finished 6th in the Discus (42.66m) and Simon took 4th in the 200m (27.05s; 26.69 in Semi-Final).

Simon rounded off a very successful championship by helping the Great Britain 4 x 200m relay team take the Gold medal.

Weekend Round-up: 21/22 March

Another busy and successful weekend. There were club age-group records for Geoff Anderson (40:27 M65-10K) and Sue van Huyssteen (1:37:27 W50-Half Marathon) and a plethora of half-marathon PBs at Reading and Krackow.

Reading Half-Marathon: Steve Barnes (1:16:21) finished 173rd and led home the 18-strong Newbury AC contingent. He was closely followed by James Craggs (189th; 1:16:53) and Andrew Ind (211th; 1:17:41). Other finishers were: Sophie Crumly 1:22:27; Paul Hendry 1:24:58; Andy Varney 1:25:37; Chris Pudney 1:25:53; Toby Bunney 1:36:27; Robert Hughes 1:39:42; Ady May 1:43:50; Tania Whitby 1:43:59; ; Peter Evans 1:45:21; Julie Coxhead 1:46:19; Matthew Congerton 1:52:45 Christine Mardle 1:53:01; Martin Cook 1:54:50; Jill Mowat 2:02:12; Wendy Dallimore 2:11:05; Lewis Anderson 2:15:02; Andre Clothier 2:24:54.

Krackow Half-Marathon & 10K: In the half-marathon: Steve Elsmere 43rd in 1:19:09; Phil Marshall 68th in 1:22:09; Mike Robbins 90th in 1:23:14. Peter Crisp 105th in 1:23:55; Andrew Russell 1:35:48; Hannah Coxhead 1:45:01; Becky Coxhead 1:45:09; Ian Coxhead 1:45:30; Tim Marsh 2:03:15.In the 10K Michal Szczpanczyk 42:02 and Mick Cornwall 1:02:38,

Fleet Half-Marathon: Nina Martin 1:30:42; Sue van Huyssteen 1:37:27 (Club W50 record) and Sam van Huyssteen 2:01:35.

Richmond Half-Marathon: Karen Shone 1:56:51

Eastleigh 10K: Nige Popplewell 38:53; Geoff Anderson 40:27 (Club M65 record); Matt Studart 41:08.

Krackow Parkrun: A club 1-2 and four members (we still count Michal!) under 18 minutes: Peter Crisp (1st; 17:15); Steve Elsmere (2nd; 17:39); Michal Szczpanczyk (4th; 17:54)and Mike Robbins (5th; 17:59). Samuel Wright (U15) returned an excellent 18:32 and Rebecca Coxhead was 2nd Lady in 22:16. Other finishers ahead of their Sunday exploits were: Phil Marshall 18:58, Andrew Russell 20:35 and Mick Cornwall 27:04.

Newbury Parkrun: Martin Walker took 3rd place in 18:11 and there were PBs for Marcus Chitty (U13) 21:10 and Jonathon Davis 21:48.

Mark Cawte Memorial Meeting, Swindon: With the track & field league season fast approaching a number of our members took the opportunity for some early competition at Swindon. They were: Lily Gohara (U13) 12.6s in 75mH; Maisie Jeger (U13) 21.5s in 150m, 3:24.8 in 1000m and 4.52m in Long Jump; Rosie Stanton (U17) 33.12m in Javelin and 9.41m in Shot and; Kelvin Callendar 17.9s in 150m.

Weekend Round-up: 14/15 March


Geoff Anderson: Bronze medal winner


Winning any medal at national Championship level is a major achievement. So a massive congratulations is due to Geoff Anderson on his 3rd place finish in the M65 category at the British Masters’ Cross-country championships at Ruithin, North Wales.

At the other end of the age-scale there were excellent performances from some of our young athletes at the English School’s cross-country championships at Blackburn. Yasmin Ryder ( St Barts) ran a strong race to finish 24th in the Senior Girls race, Yasmin was also the first Berkshire athlete home for the team. In the Intermediate Girls event Berkshire finished runners up to Kent, Izzy Fry (Park House) improved 100 places from last years event to finish in 31st place, 4th home for the team, and just less than a minute behind the winner. Charlotte Clover (Downe House) was just outside the top 100 in 119th place, and in the Junior Girls Kitty Shepherd-Cross (Downe House) finished exactly in 100th place in her first attempt at the event.

Charlotte & Izzy at the English Schools' Cross-country

Charlotte & Izzy at the English Schools’ Cross-country

On the road, Andy McKendrick ran a PB of 1:30:12, finishing 316th in the Silverstone Half-Marathon. Steve Elsmere (3rd, 17:42) and Becky Coxhead (2nd Female, 21:53) set new PBs at the Arrow Valley Pakrun in Redditch. At the Newbury Parkrun there were PBs for:  Matt Studart (15th, 19:59), Ryan Hill (28th, 21:04), Catherine Tuttle (42nd, 21:37) and Callum Fry (44th, 21:38)

At the Swindon Winter Throws meeting Jamie Kuehnel set a new PB and another U20 club record in the Hammer with a throw of 55.15m. Charlotte Payne achieved a new PB in both Hammer (39.43m) and Discus (28.7m).




Open Meetings

There are several Track & Field Open meeting happening in the coming weeks. We are unable to maintain details of all of them on this site but if you are looking for some early season competition check out the links on the sidebars of the Track Fixtures & Junior Fixtures pages. Please note that some of these events require entries in advance so please read the small print!

One not on any of the lists but coming up on 22nd March (entries close 15th March) in Swindon is the Mark Cawte Memorial meeting,

Weekend round-up: 7th / 8th March

The biggest news of the weekend, wasn’t Phil Marshalls’ win at the Newbury Parkrun, but the arrival of Jess Franklin’s baby – a girl weighing in at 7.6lbs. Congratulations to Jess and we look forward to seeing her back running again soon!

Meanwhile on the roads: Matt Greaves (83rd, 1:41:34) and Carole Lowe (224th (4th FV55), 2:00:35) completed the Devizes Half-Marathon. Hannah Coxhead ran a PB of 2:57:17, finishing 318th in the Finchley 20. Toby Bunney continued his preparation of the Paris Marathon with a 1:38:31 clocking (127th overall) at the Oulon Park Half Marathon in Cheshire.

At the Newbury Parkrun, Phil Marshall was the overall winner in 17:45 and there were PBs for Jill Mowat (25:02) and Callum Fry (25:04).

British Athletics Inter Counties Championships

Izzy Fry: 13th in U15 Girls' race

Izzy Fry: 13th in U15 Girls’ race

It was a case of Not at all unlucky thirteen for Izzy Fry as she produced an outstanding run to finish 13th in the under 15 Girls race at this season’s Inter Counties at Cofton Park in Birmingham. As County Champion Izzy was first out of the pen and never really looked back to lead the Berkshire team home to 7th place. Charlotte Clover came away from the event with a Gold team medal as she wore the Yellow vest of Surrey to finish 51st in the race and the all important 4th scorer for the team. Yasmin Ryder was in the same race running for the Berkshire team that came 4th with Yasmin also well up there in 69th place. Sophie Crumly came within three seconds of making the top 100 in the Senior Women’s race to finish 104th, and E-J Bailey responded well to a late call up to finish in 231st place. In the under 20 Women’s race Samantha Van Huyssteen ran well in 139th place, while James Craggs and Mike Robbins both competed at the event for the first time also running well in 206th & 258th respectively.