SAL – Kingston – Saturday 18th

Report from Andy Tuttle:

Team & Officials at end of day

Newbury A.C finished runner up for the 4th time this season to secure a top half position once again in the Southern Athletics League Division 2 West. The latest result came in the final fixture of the season at Kingston on Saturday, with the match being won by the hosts Kingston & Polytechnic Harriers on 226pts, Newbury 202pts, Aldershot Farnham & District 157pts & Oxford City 149pts.

Newbury got off to a flying start on the track, scoring 14 out of a possible 16 pts in the first event 400m hurdles. Jenny O’Connor and Matt Davies finish 2nd A strings, while Lucy Loxton & Mike Robbins secured wins in the B strings. Next up was the 800m which saw Izzy Fry take charge leading from the gun, with Sammy Dredge closely in pursuit, they finished 1st and 2nd to take maximum points.

The young pairing of under 23 Al Taylor and under 17 Reuben Langdon scored well in the 400m, both going under 55secs, with Taylor 2nd A, and Langdon winning the B.

In the longer events Newbury made sure that Aldershot did not have it entirely their own way. Mike Robbins was the clear winner in the 2000m Steeplechase, with Steve Elsmere just missing out on the B string win, and Sophie Fowler ran well for 2nd A in the Women’s race. The Men’s 5000m was a particularly strong event, with seven Men running 16 mins or under, the Newbury trio were Mark Vardy 15mins.52s for 2nd A, Alex Muir 15mins55s 2nd B, and Matt Green non scoring clocking 16mins00s. Anne Stewart -Power & Karen Shone earned 2nd A and 2nd B in the 3000m, and in the 1500m there were A string runner up spots for Emma Downie and Mark Vardy, with Sammy Dredge taking the B string win in the Women’s.

In the field events under 17 Trinity O’Connor was in fine form, winning both the Pole Vault and High Jump A strings with 2.70m, and 1.60m respectively, and jumping 9.47m for 2nd A in the Triple Jump. Jenny O’Connor won the B string Pole Vault, and was 2nd in the B High Jump. Phil Carter won the B string Long Jump and Sara Rudd came 2nd in the B triple jump.

There was particularly tough competition in the Throwing events, however Under 17 Charlotte Payne performed well to finish 2nd A in both the Hammer with 54.58m, the Shot Putt with a new personal best 11.01m, and went on to win the Discus A with 40.83m. In the Men’s throws Oliver Hewitt came 2nd in the A string Hammer & Discus, with Bob Broadbridge making sure of the same points in the B string.

New Joiner: Tue 21 Aug 18

For anyone training at CCAT tomorrow evening (Tue 21 Aug 18):
A potential new joiner will be arriving for a trial training session. She is called Melissa Hughes. Could someone/a few people keep an eye out for her at 7pm’ish and please make sure she is fully integrated to the session and given a warm and sociable NAC welcome.
I won’t be at training to welcome her myself.
Many thanks in advance, I know you all are a welcoming lot

Salisbury 5-4-3-2-1 50km Club Result

A huge congratulations goes to Newbury AC member Christina Pugsley who completed the 50km event of the ‘Salisbury 5-4-3-2-1’ running festival on Sunday August 12th, finishing 22nd of 227 finishers. 

Christina’s chip time was an impressive 4hrs 35mins and 59secs and she was also 2nd in the VM35 category.  

Charlotte Fowler, in training for the Amsterdam marathon, completed the 33k at the same event coming 5th SW  (6th female – 28th/132 finishers) – the furthest she has ever run.

Road-Run Thursday 16th

This week’s road run will be a variation on ROUTE 5.

Starting at Fifth Road, the runners will head South along Dark Lane at the back of John Rankin School to Wash Common from where the group will progress Easterly along Warren Road nr Park House and Monks’ Way to St Gabriel’s School.  From here, the party will advance past The Swan pub and up to the top of Jonathan Hill, Newtown Common.  Runners wishing to complete a shorter run can break off at Newtown Common and return to Fifth Road via either Greenham Common or Horris Hill.

Runners intending to run the longer route will head East to Adbury and then onwards to Sydmonton Common, before running through Bishop’s Green towards Greenham Common and back to Fifth Road.

 The longer run is approximately 10 -11 miles in distance, please note that this route may be subject to last minute variation depending on the weather/available light.

Newbury Parkrun Volunteer takeover: 8th September

There will be a club takeover of th3 volunteer roles at the Newbury Parkrun on 8 September to promote the Highclere 10k. Please let Jeff Bird know below if you can help with any of the following roles.

Timekeeper (3). Funnel manager (2): Barcode scanner (3), Manual scribe (1),
Finish tokens (2), Tailwalker (1), Photographer (1), Pacers (if we have sufficient volunteers for the other roles): 20 / 22:30 / 25 / 27:30 / 30 mins (5), Handing out flyers (as many as possible):

Overton 5 entries (2nd of September 2018) now open

Please see below a message from Overton Harriers regarding their 5 mile event taking place on the 2nd of September 2018:

Once again we are pleased to host the start of 2018/2019 Hampshire Road Race League with the 30th running of the Overton 5 at 14.00 on the 2nd September.  Due to the excellent feedback from last year the course remains unchanged from 2017 and is on fully closed roads.  

To make this a day for the whole family, we will also be hosting kids races on the field before the main race accompanied by refreshment stalls, an ice-cream van and the bar will be open so it will be ideal for a family picnic before and a celebratory reward after the race.

Entry fees for the Overton 5 will be £15 for affiliated runners, £17 for non-affiliated. As the race is selling quickly and has sold out for the last five years, we are expecting the race to be full before the end of August so enter now to avoid disappointment.

For further details and to enter the race, click here:

We look forward to seeing you at the start line.

Reading Vitality Half Marathon 17 March 2019 £10 Entry

The Duchess of Kent hospice, which provides palliative care throughout West Berkshire, is offering NAC members the opportunity to enter the Reading Half Marathon 2019 throughout the month of August 2018 for a discounted entry fee of £10.00.    

Club members who avail of this discounted entry fee will need to raise approx £270.00 on behalf of the Duchess of Kent hospice (a group entry may facilitate a reduced individual sponsorship amount).  Discounted entries can be made through the website below:

Further details on this offer can be obtained from the hospice community fundraiser point of contact (Hannah Richards) on 0118 9550 421 or her e-mail address is: 

Road-Run 9th August

This Thursday’s road run will be Summer route 15.

Fifth Road then across the Enborne road to the canal were we will follow the canal into town and through to Hambridge Road and up to Fir Tree Lane. This is where the shorter group will go back along Kiln Road and back to Victoria Park and back on the canal back to Fifth Road. The longer group will continue up to Stone Copse then to Stoney Lane through Messengers Copse and back to Shaw, where we will go back through Victoria Park and back on the canal to Fifth Road.

Recent T&F results

Three Newbury athletes were in action at the Iffley Road Mile Festival in Oxford on Saturday. Both Izzy Fry and Alex Muir attempted to follow in Sir Roger Bannister’s footsteps, and despite strong winds, Izzy managed to take 24 seconds off the U20 club record with a time of 4:59.01 – becoming the first female NAC athlete to run a sub 5 minute mile in over a decade. Alex battled hard in the men’s A race to 4:36.21, his best time since 2012. Mike Robbins stepped down from his usual distance for some speed work in the 600m, and was rewarded with a PB of 1:28.98.

Two junior athletes were selected to represent Berkshire in the Derek Crookes Southern U13 Intercounty match in Kingston. Josie Robertson raced hard to 3rd place in the 1500m A race with a time of 5:08.36, while Miriam Cooper added over 30cm to her PB in the javelin with a throw of 17.78m for 11th place in the B string.

And on Wednesday night, Maisie Jeger broke the U15 girls 300m club record in her first race since returning to Newbury AC first claim, with a time of 43.3s at the Cheltenham midsummer open meeting.