Road-Run’s Thursday 20th and 27th July

The Road Runs for the following 2 weeks will be led by Steve Ferriday and are as follows:

20th July: Route 15 which will go along the canal to Hambridge Road, then up to Fir Tree Road to Stone Copse and back to Shaw.

27th July: Route 1 which will go to Speen Moor plantation then to
Donnington castle & on to Snelsmore Common and back via Vodafone & Shaw.

Wessex Young Athletes League – Match 4 – Swindon 16th July

Happy Quadkids!!

Report by Junior Team Managers:

Newbury Athletic Club’s under 11 boys & girls quad team did exceptionally well, they bonded superbly as teams and went to all their events intent on doing their absolute best in representing their club.

Our Teams at this match consisted of the boys Freddie Wilson, Harry Billett, Oliver Hamlin, Kian, Passfield, Archie Matthews, Ben Telford & Sam Telford & the girls Thea Osborne, Zoe Gray, Sophie Filsell, Lola Thorne, Waheeda Wasterfall, Hannah Cox, Emily Cox, Josephine Winchester & Anna Delavere.

We saw personal bests from Freddie, Kian, Oliver, Harry, Archie, Ben & Sam from the boy’s team and Thea, Zoe, Sophie, Lola, Hannah, Emily & Anna from the girls team. The team finished an excellent overall 2nd on the day behind hosts Swindon and ahead of Camberley, Fleet, Oxford & Salisbury.

U13 Boys: The best results of the day were in the 800m with Joshua Hatton leading from the start and finishing well ahead in a Grade4 time of 2m 30.7s on a breezy day. Nathan Delavere also won the B race by a good margin with a PB of 2m 34.1. In 200m A string Nathan and B string Wilf Waldon both managed 3rd places. Determined thrower Gabriel Martinez earned 3rd in the Discus with 13.01m.

U15 Boys: 80m Hurdles, Lawrence Baker was a clear winner in a Grade 4 time of 13.0s, followed by 2nd in 100m in 12.8s and 2nd Long Jump with a Grade 4 5.28m. Good 800m results again for Callum Potts with a PB of 2m 21.7s for 4th place with Oliver Brashaw 1st in the B race. Saul Martinez-Goddard followed with a PB also. Callum followed his 800 with a win in the 300m B race in 43.3s. The day finished with the Relay Team of Lawrence, Hugh Beattie, Saul and Callum getting 2nd place in a great time of 54.8s due to some sharp baton changes.

U17 Boys: 200m Reuben Langdon 4th with an equal PB time of 25.4 and in the B race, Rhys Ainsworth 2nd with a PB of 25.5s. Rhys also set PBs of 12.6s for 4th place in 100m and 58.2s for 2nd in the 400m B race. Reuben took 3rd in the A race with 54.9s.

Each age group was 5th overall, which is excellent for a small team and shows the effort and improvement from all of the athletes this season.

The girl’s team started off well with Lily Gohara and Bo Stewart both coming 2nd in the U17 80mh  Trinity O’Connor was 1st in the high jump A and Amber White 1st B with Scarlett O’Connor 2nd in the U15 age group.

U13’s Josie Robertson and Sophie Byatt competed in the 1200m with Josie’s sister Luci coming 5th in the U15 1500. Sisters Trinity and Scarlett O’Connor both did the javelin resulting in a PB for Scarlett.

On the track U15’s Sophie Cunningham & Amelie Roumignac  – PB  posted identical times in the 200m A & B strings of 29.5. Lilly Gohara (U17)also pb’d  in 29.6s.

Miriam Cooper U13 (2:54.4) and Emma Downie U17 (2:32.2 – PB) competed in 800m as the sun came out.

Trinity O’Connor was 2nd A string and Lilly Gohara 1st B string in the U17 long jump with Bo Stewart getting a PB of 4.57 as a non scorer. Scarlett O’Connor got her 2nd PB of the day in the long jump with 4.04

The 100m races were well represented by Phoebe Ryder and  Miriam Cooper for U13, Sophie Cunningham and Amelie Roumignac for the U15 and Amber White and Bo Stewart for U17

The day finished with the relay races with the U15 girls coming 4th and the U17 girls putting up a strong performance to come first in their race. A great end to the season well done girls.

Additional photos can be seen on the Facebook page


Berkshire U13 and distance championships – Wednesday 12th July

Report from Andy Tuttle:
Joshua Hatton broke the Under 13 Boys 1000m club record when he finished in 3rd place in 3min11.0 at the Berkshire championships held at Bracknell on the evening of 12th July. Watching on was the previous record holder, George Ferguson. George stayed focused on his task in hand, running his first 3000m track race. He took to the longer distance in style, clocking a time just two seconds over the 10 min barrier, this earned him 4th place in the under 15 Boys. Izzy Fry added the Under 20 Berkshire 3000m Championship record to her 1500m record she claimed back in May, Izzy’s time of 10min 07.0 sliced 7 seconds off the previous record set by Philippa Bowden. Wayne Lillis started the 3000m steeplechase with Steve Elsmere as company, but after a few laps Steve had to pull out with tight calf muscles, Wayne went on to win in 10:43.4. Under 15 Luci Robertson had been longing to move up to the 3000m, her time was only just outside 12 mins.

SAL – Portsmouth Saturday 8th

Match report from Mike Robbins:

It was another hot Saturday as Newbury AC travelled down to Portsmouth for their fourth and penultimate Southern Athletics League fixture of the season. It was a three horse race all day long, but in the end Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow AC justified their position at the top of the league, taking the win with 234 points. The home club City of Portsmouth AC (218 points) narrowly edged out Newbury AC (216 points) for second place, with North Devon AC adrift at the bottom on 85 points.

The day started in comical fashion with Jemma Colbourne pulling up less than 100m into her 400m hurdles race. Any fears of injury soon disappeared as it became clear that the reason for stopping was a hurdle trolley left in her lane, blocking her path. Forced to re-run the race alongside the men, Jemma acquitted herself well, running a time that slotted her into third place in the ladies race and beating two of the male runners in the process! She couldn’t quite keep up with the Newbury pairing of Sam Plumb and Matt Davies though, who took a dominant double victory to start the day on a high.

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Weekend Round -up (excluding SAL match)

Kitty winning her 1500m heat

The four members of our club representing Berkshire Schools at the ESAA English Schools Championships in Birmingham this weekend produced some outstanding results. All 4 were competing in the first year of their respective age groups. Kitty Shepherd-Cross ran a pb on Friday to finish fastest in the heats of the 1500m Intermediate Girls of 4:37.1 and then improved that by almost 2 seconds as she finished in Silver position in the final on Saturday morning in an outstanding time of 4:35.54.

Charlotte on the podium

Charlotte Payne took bronze in the Intermediate Girls Discus with a throw of 40.89m a position matched by Oliver Hewitt who threw a pb of 63.61m in the Senior Boys Hammer (also first year in this age-group.) Izzy Fry just failed to make the final of the Senior girls 1500m race having only learnt on Thursday afternoon that she had to race in what turned out to be a very tactical heat on Friday as opposed to just a straight final on Saturday.

Five members competed in the Tadley 10k on Sunday 9th. Wayne Lillis was 5th overall (1st M50) in 38:21; Martin Walker was 15th in 40:34; Philippa Cass 3rd lady in 44:.22 & Jenny Eaton 7th lady, (3rd F45) in 47:22

Tickets for Para Games – 23rd July morning session

I have been approached by a non-member who has 2 spare tickets for the morning session of the World Para Athletic Championships on 23rd July (due to inadvertent double-booking) that he is happy to offer to any member of our club free of charge. The session starts at 10am. If anyone is interested please let me know and I will forward your details on to him.

Veteran’s Athletic League – Monday 3rd July – Tilsley Park

Report from Liz Harkness:

The final league match of the season which we jointly hosted with Abingdon AC saw the ladies finishing in 4th place – our best result this year. The 4 x 200m relay team of Jess Franklin,Jenny O’Connor,Linda Pitts, Philippa Cass finished in 2nd place in a very exciting race. Four athletes finished in 1st place, Jenny O’Connor V45 Pole Vault 2.10, Jess Franklin V35a 5k 19.12.2, Philippa Cass V35b 20.46.9 and Deborah Montgomery V50 Shot Putt 9.67. Emma Guilfoyle broke her own V40 club record in the 2k walk, & Jess Franklin took 0.5 secs off her V35 800m record. Roz Pearson recorded a pb in the v60 Shot Putt.

Phil Marshall recorded a PB of 9.35.8 in the V35a 3000k, with James Craggs (O35b) finishing in 9.58.6 and Wayne Lillis  breaking another O50 club  record with 10.05.4 . Vic Pearson (O65) recorded 35.1s in the 200m 35.1 & 17.75m in Javelin

A big thank you to our team of officials on the night (& throughout the season) as without them our matches could not take place: Dave Mason, Sarah Fowler, Charlotte Fowler, Andy Tuttle, Caroline Tuttle, Roz Pearson, Vic Pearson, Sara Rudd and Jenny 0’Connor.

Women’s Results     Men’s Results   Non-Scoring Results

Round-up of Recent Results

There were a number of very successful performances for many Newbury AC athletes this weekend.

Wayne Lillis – O50 Masters Champion

In addition to becoming the British Masters steeplechase champion, O50 Wayne Lillis also competed in the 800m and 1500m on a busy weekend for him at the BMAF Championships in Birmingham, finishing just outside the medals in 4th place over both the middle distance events. At the same meeting Bob Broadbridge struck gold in the O55’s shot with a seasons best of 12.29m and silver in the discus with a seasons best of 42.08m. Simon Barrett was just outside the medals finishing in 4th place in both the 100 and 200m O60’s events. Second claim Monique Krefting (O45)took gold in both the 400m hurdles and Long Jump (4.88m).

Also on the track Izzy Fry broke the U20 1500m club record with an impressive PB of 4:33.19 at the BMC Grand Prix in Watford. Helen Broadbridge set a new club discus record whilst competing at the Allianz stadium in Barnet with a throw of 44.79m.

More local to home there were two challenging 10k races at which a number of club runners participated. At the Downlands Dash in Compton, Jess Franklin broke the female course record finishing 1st woman and 3rd overall, with Stuart Bosley runner up in the race and Emily Craggs 3rd woman.

Matthew Green completed his clean sweep of 1st places in all 4 of the Run West Berkshire series races with victory at the Gibbet Challenge ahead of Phil Marshall in 2nd, Michal Szczepanczyk in 4th (an impressive recovery from his issues just one week ago) and Jeff Bird in 5th (which secured him runner up in the series). Mireille Cook was 1st female, Philippa Cass 2nd, Catherine Tuttle 5th and Edyta Wilk 6th (the latter 3 completing a club clean sweep in the Run West Berkshire series with Philippa 1st, Edyta 2nd and Catherine 3rd).

We don’t usually report fully on members results in Triathlon events but mention has to be made of Mireille Cook’s superb victory in the 40-44 age category whilst competing for the first time for Team GB in the Olympic distance European Championships in Kitzbuhel, Austria. 22 year old Victoria Duncan finished an impressive 4th in the 20-24 age group a big improvement on her 8th place last year. And finally Naomi Reynolds finished 5th in her age group at the ETU Sprint distance event at Dusseldorf last weekend.


Hot Weather Training

The recent heatwave accompanied by relatively high humidity has made for difficult running conditions and many people struggled with races over the weekend.

Use the spreadsheet calculator below to take the guess work out of how to alter your runs to accommodate the heat. You can work out your ideal pace for any given temperature and humidity so you can train safely in the heat (should we have anymore hot weather!).

I have adapted this calculator by including a calculation that uses both the actual temperature and the humidity (if known) to create what is known in Canada as the Humidex Index or a ‘feels like’ temperature. You’ll see that for example on Tuesday of this week when it was over 30c and the relative humidity was 78% the Index was much higher than the basal temperature. In lower temperatures the humidity doesn’t have quite the same effect.

Anyway enjoy using it – any questions please contact me.

Hot Weather Training


Ridgeway Relay – June 25th

Report from Phil Marshall:
Two Newbury AC teams of 10 took on the at the Ridgeway Relay race on Sunday 25th running a combined team total of 86.5 miles each from Ivinghoe Beacon to Marlborough.
This year the two teams were evenly matched as much as possible and as a result there were some very close finishing times on most of the legs. Seven club members participated in the relay for the first time and despite battling blazing hot sunshine and temperatures of around 30 degrees everyone seemed to enjoy the comeradery and challenge of the event.
Of the 42 teams competing Newbury AC finished a very impressive 7th and 11th respectively.
Pictures below of 3 club members running this event for the first time  (Courtesy of Barry Cornelius) Further photos can be found on Facebook: