Swindon Winter throws series – Round 1 – 22nd November

A number of our throwers attended this event on Saturday with some excellent results all round. Bob Broadbridge (V55) won the Heavy throws triathlon (Hammer, Shot & Heavy Hammer) closely followed by Jamie Kuehnel (competing as an Under 20 for the first time) in 2nd and Charlotte Payne (competing as an U15 for the first time) in 3rd place with Ian Payne in 5th position. Charlotte’s shot put of 8.57 sets a new club record with the new 3Kg weight introduced for this age-group in 2014 and her Heavy Hammer (5.45Kg) throw of 15.13 is a new UK best.

London Marathon 2015 draw

The draw for the club’s 2015 London Marathon places will take place this Thursday before the road run. We have been allocated three places and the following people are in the hat:
Charlotte Winton
Matt Greaves
Andy McKendrick
Rich Bowden
Hannah Coxhead
Ryan Hill
If you have been omitted please make sure you contact James Craggs before Thursday evening. In order to be eligible for the draw you must be a Newbury AC member and have a rejection letter from the recent ballot.

Wessex Young Athletes League – League record breakers

Report from Emma Carter:

DSC_1003 DSC_0011We were recently privileged to present two of our young athletes  with trophies for breaking Wessex league records in the under 11 age group.  Marcus Chitty broke the league record in the 600m with a time of 1.46.5 and Luci Robertson broke the vortex throw record with a throw of 36.77m.  A massive well done to them both and we look forward to seeing more records broken next year!

Berks, Bucks & Oxon cross country championships


Men’s Team

Individual medals for Izzy Fry and Andrew Ind, and a double runner up spot for our Women’s and Men’s teams in the veteran age group were the highlights of this season’s B,B & O Championship held at Upton Court Park, Slough on Saturday.


Women’s Team

Izzy Fry showed what a difference a year can make as she followed up last years 12th place in the Under 15 Girls to come within one second of winning the race this year.  Izzy tucked in behind the leading pack and after the large lap it had slimmed down to four athletes. Eventual winner Emily Thompson opened up a lead while Izzy was having a battle for second place. As she turned the last corner and into the home straight Izzy showed a change of pace that would have impressed our sprint group, so much so that she narrowed the gap to just one second on the line. Harriet Atherton came 36th and Holly Blower 45th to close the team in 7th place.


Andrew Ind

Andrew Ind has made an instant impact in our Senior and Veteran teams, he also proved that he is well capable of earning Individual honours by running a well judged race where he tracked the 3rd placed Veteran until the time was right on the 9.5km course to edge his way clear to take the Bronze medal. Andrew also led the Veteran team home where he was joined by Wayne Lillis in 7th, and Martin Walker 8th, and Nigel Popplewell 10th, the team where just one point behind the Champions Oxford City.  Our Veteran Women’s team matched the Men’s achievement with E-J Bailey leading the way in 5th place, Sue Van Huyssteen 6th, Leah Darbyshire 13th & Liz Harkness 15th.


Men’s Vet Team


Women’s Vet Team

Yasmin Ryder and Charlotte Clover both had good runs in the Under 17 Women & Men combined race, they finished 4th & 6th respectively, Tom Teece recorded 5th in the under 20’s and both of our Senior’s A teams finished a very respectable 4th, with our Men’s B team also doing well in 7th place.   Continue reading

Round 2 Oxford Mail cross country fixture

The good news is the second fixture is now almost certain to go ahead. More details are to follow, and will be posted on the OML website, but this is the message so far :-

Subject to final permissions, round 2 of the league will be held at Brookes Harcourt Hill campus on Dec 7th.

Parking will be very tight. Very tight. Indeed. You all have to make extra effort to convince your athletes to share transport, or to take the U1 from the Seacourt Park and Ride, or to make their way there by bike or similar.

In more pleasant news, there should be a café open, shelter, and a small number of changing rooms. Routes will follow the ParkRun route and also include circuits around the adjacent woodland. As of today, it’s muddy and singletrack so should make for some good racing.

This event will only go ahead if Luke McNeill receives offers of help to mark out the course on Saturday, to control the limited amount of car parking on the day, and to be a race marshal. There is not a host club for this venue so Luke is trying to seek help form any members of the clubs that take part in the League, it would be great if some from NAC could lend a hand and make sure we have this second fixture. Please contact Andy Tuttle and I will forward the message on to Luke.

Received from OML on Thursday evening.

Thank you


Road League 2014

The latest road league tables are available here. Please note that the cut-off date for inclusion in the 2014 tables is 7th December. Results after this date will be included in the 2015 tables. Please let Becky Coxhead know of any performances that need to be added.

Weekend roundup: 16 / 17 November

Another busy wekend of racing at home and abroad. Two new club age-group records were set: Nina Martin took over 5 minutes off the previous FV35 record, set in 1984, by completing the Gosport Half-marathon in 1:26:41; Sheila Marshall broke her own FV60 record in finishing the Swindon 10K in 51:00. There were several other PBs, hopefully, I’ve captured them all in the summary below.

Swindon 10K: Andrew Ind (7th; 35:09) and James Craggs (9th; 35:49) ensured that Newbury AC were well represented at the head of the field in this local 10K. Jackie Cooper (92nd; 43:13) was 2nd FV45. Also, there were good runs from Sheila Marshall (268th; 51:00) and Carole Lowe (320th; 52:56).

Avebury 8: an 8-mile trail race designed to test endurance rather than speed. Simon Kirby finished 15 in 1:00:20 and was followed home by Karen Kennedy (53rd; 1:08:45) and Peter Choules (75th; 1:12:26)

Gosport Half-Marathon: Nina Martin (165th) led home the Newbury AC contingent with a PB of 1:26:41 finishing 3rd FV35 . She was followed by: Clare Quinn (311th; 1:32:14); Matt Studart (522nd; 1:39:27 – pb) and Malcolm Knight (1208th; 2:03:11).. In the supporting 1200m fun run for U12s, Maisie Jeger stormed to victory in 3:59.

Valencia Marathon: Ryan Hill chose the sunny climes of Spain for his marathon debut and completed the course in an encouraging time of 3:50:09.

NCAA South Regional Cross-country:Marcus Bridger-Wilkinson finished 16th overall in the a 10k PB of 30:57. Marcus was the first finisher for his college (Belmont University) team.

Parkruns: Thomas Teece was undeterred by a rather soggy course at Newbury ParkRun on Saturday, finishing first with a PB of 17:47.  Philip Coleman was 7th  in19:08 and Ruairidh Livingstone finished 50th in 22:40, both PBs. At Fulham Palace ParkRun, Phil Marshall obtained a new Parkrun PB of 18:17 and finishing 13th. Steve Ferriday was 16th at Darlington South ParkRun with a time of 20:44.

Victory for Izzy at the English Schools A.A Cross Country Cup

Four club members represented Park House School in the second round of this season’s English Schools cup match, held at Kings College in Taunton recently. Izzy Fry settled in near the front of the Inter Girls race and went with the flow until she found several of her competitors struggling to tackle the mound. Izzy was able to take advantage of this and really pressed on up and over the mound and soon found herself in the lead. Izzy grew in confidence knowing she had created a gap and went on to stretch out the field, in the end winning by a 100m margin. In the same race Annie & Jess Chitty continue to show just how close they are finishing 36th & 37th respectively. Ed Fry gave a solid performance to finish 18th in the Junior Boys race.