On Sunday June 28th, 16 club members braved not only the Coombe Gibbet gradients but also an unseasonal downpour at the annual Gibbet Challenge 10K race. James Craggs was the overall winner in and 39:40 and Sophie Crumly was 2nd lady to finish with 43:24. Race Results:
This was also the final race in the ‘Run West Berks’ series of four local events, and Martin Walker topped the leader board for the men with an aggregate time over 8 minutes ahead of the second-place runner. Full results
Report from Emma Carter:
Newbury AC fielded a depleted under 11s squad but came away with some great individual results that they should be very proud of. Two of the three girls battled it out together in the track events with Amelie Lafford just piping Lily Jeger but taking it to the wire Lily edged out in front of the pair in the vortex. Josie Robertson continued her dominance however in the Quadkids events and ended her day with a fantastic vortex throw of 32.89m finishing the day in overall third place. The quartet of boys also battled it out amongst themselves with Hayden Beal throwing the furthest in the vortex with 25.15m and James Davies and Danny Wilson battled it out in the 75m with times of 12.5s and 12.6s respectively. James also then battled it out with Nathan Delavere in the 600m both determined to dip under the 2minute mark which they both succeeded in with 1.5850m and 1.5950 respectively. The under 11 team finished unfortunately in 6th place which is a shame as individually they did really well but let down by a lack of numbers in the team.
For the third time this season we have struggled to field enough athletes to make an impression on the overall team result. Despite this, we continued to show many good individual performances especially with many of them competing for the first year in their new age groups. Even with a wet start and a good breeze all day, all of our athletes performed near their best or better and many opted to do the maximum number of events to gain all important and valuable points for the club.
Several club members took part in the Harey 8 organized by Hungerford Hares on Sunday. Best placed finisher was Andrew James in 4th.
It was the best performance of the season for the club in this season’s SAL at Parliament Hill, London on Saturday. Two club records, one record equaling performance, eleven A string wins, and twelve B wins saw the team rack up 220 points, the best this season. Although it was not quite enough to win the match, the club can maintain their fine away record that has only seen them beaten by the host club, This time it was Highgate Harriers on 233 pts, Newbury A.C 220 pts, Winchester 140 pts, Andover & Overton 61.
Jamie Kuehnel smashed his own club record in the Hammer with a resounding win by 22m to record 50.43m, he also won the Shot Putt with 10.02m, and Discus with 33.04m. Ian Payne stepped in late for the injured Bob Broadbridge and proved a very valuable substitute as he tackled all four throws winning both the B string Hammer and Discus in the process. In the Steeplechase Sophie Crumly knocked 62 seconds off the Women’s 2000m club record to finish 2nd with 7min23 and Tom Watkins equaled his own 2000m s/c club record exactly in a time of 6min35.3 for 3rd place. Continue reading
James Craggs took 4th place in the Wargrave 10K in an excellent time of 35:25. This was the nominated 10k for the Berkshire County road-running championship and James’ performance won him the gold medal in the Senior Men’s category and gave him the overall leadership in the championship table after 3 events.
: Johnny Davis, Nige Popplewell, Christine Mardle, Christina Pugsley, Phil Marshall, Steve Tabraham and Ryan Hill
Winning Female 8 team – Endure 24 2015
On Saturday and Sunday, eight NAC members competed in the ‘6-8 mixed’ category at Endure 24, the annual ‘Glastonbury For Runners’ held on Wasing Estate, Aldermaston. All the team gave it their absolute best, which resulted in the team (‘Eat Sleep Run Repeat – Newbury AC’) finishing 8th out of 159 in their category. Although everyone excelled themselves and showed true club spirit, special mention must go to Sophie Crumley who gamely turned out despite being ill the previous week to run some fine laps for the team but was unfortunately unable to be present at the end.
Chloe Blair and her sister Emma Coxhead finished 2nd in the Female pairs category – completing 21 x 5 mile laps. There is still time to add to their fund-raising effort for the Royal Berks & West Berks Community Hospitals – through their Justgiving page
Tim Davies and Dan Reeves competed in the solo event completing 14 and 10 of the 5 mile laps respectively.
E-J Bailey’s team , One direction, comprising E-J, Sue Van Huyssteen, Rachel Allen, Claire Quinn, Nina Martin, Sarah Fowler plus Andrea Greenfield and Harriet Knowles won the Female 8 team category ( out of 31 teams) running 36 laps and finishing 2 laps ahead of the second placed team
Report by Emma Guite
Izzy Fry heads for victory.
Spurred on by the under 11s who took part in the first match of the season the U11 squad more than doubled in numbers for the local match in Winchester. The club had 6 girls and 5 boys all eager to get started and showed the true spirit of the club. The day started for the boys in the vortex with Nathan Delavere throwing a massive 28.95m who then followed it up with an impressive 11.6s in the 75m sprint closely followed by James Davies with 11.8s. The boys battled it out amongst themselves with Danny Wilson and Finley Allen only 4cm apart in the long jump and Finley and Hayden very similar in the vortex. Nathan finished the day in overall 12th position. After watching the boys start the day the girls kicked of their match with the long jump with Phoebe Ryder on her first competition for the club leading the club with a jump of 3.45m. The 75m sprint saw a great battle between Phoebe and Josie Robertson with close times and in the 600m Amelie Lafford, Ruby Scarr and Francesca Bailey (All first timers), Lily Whitby, Josie and Phoebe again timing their runs well. The last event for the girls was the vortex throw with Josie leading the Newbury girls with a throw of 31.32m with Josie finishing first overall with Phoebe Ryder 9th overall and the under 11s team finishing overall fourth on the day.
Two Newbury A.C Throwers booked their places in the Berkshire Schools team for the English Schools Track & Field Championships to be held in Gateshead next month. Competing for the West Berks team at the Berkshire Schools Championships at Palmer Park, Reading on Saturday Charlotte Payne broke the Championship record in the under 15 Girls Hammer with a National standard throw of 45m. Jamie Kuehnel also went beyond the National standard to win the under 19 Boys Hammer with 56m. There were also wins for Trinity O’Connor in the under 15 Girls High Jump, Kitty Shepherd Cross clocked a Schools entry standard time of 4min 46.2 to win the under 15 Girls 1500m, Izzy Fry followed up her under 15 Girls 800m victory last year by winning the under 17 title this time, and Rosie Stanton won the under 17 Javelin. There were also runner spots for Charlotte Clover in the under 17 1500m, Karis Cheung under 17 High Jump, Yasmin Ryder under 19 800m, and Harry Russell under 19 400m.
Report from Liz Harkness:
The Ladies were in very good form again on Monday night at Swindon & with a full team managed to finish in 2nd place for the 3rd match running. Linda Pitts started the evening with a fine 2nd place in the 100m with a new pb of 14.4s. The Ladies Medley Relay team as always proved unbeatable with Linda Pitts, Jenny O’Connor, Radka Pearman and Clare Quinn bringing home the baton in 1st place.
The final result was Abingdon 138; Newbury 137; Radley 121; Oxford 89; Reading Road Runners 69; and Reading AC 47. After 3 matches the Women’s Team are in 2nd place, 1 point behind Abingdon and 1 point ahead of Radley.
The Men’s Team have been increasing in numbers all season and achieved some great results with new member Graham Stent winning the 400m 35B string in 58.5, (his first track race since school!). The Men’s Medley Relay finished in a superb 2nd place with Phil Marshall, Wayne Lillis,
Graham Stent and Simon Barrett.
Our last match will be at Tilsley Park, Abingdon on June 29th. This is our Home match and as always we need extra help in marshalling or please do just come and cheer us on, it really does help. Please let Liz know if you are available.
Full results can be downloaded here.
Report from Sophie Fowler:
We took 2 teams along to the annual casual handicapped event run by Compton Harriers Running Club. Each team consists of 4 members who each run an off-road 1.6 mi route.
Our teams set off last and together, which ensured there was some friendly rivalry along the way!
The team consisting of Sam Wright, Charlotte Fowler, Chloe Blair and Wayne Lillis edged ahead, moving up to finish 4th team and record the fastest time of the evening. Our second team comprising Dan Tuttle, Katie Fielding, Sophie Fowler and Mike Robbins weren’t far behind finishing in 6th place.
Wayne Lillis recorded the fastest time, with Mike 2nd, and Graham Stent (running in a different team) pipped Dan to 3rd by 1 second!
Organiser Sue Francis of Compton Harriers recorded the fastest female time with Sophie 2nd, Chloe 3rd and Charlotte 4th.
Full results and Race report from race Director Sue Francis now available. Photographs (Malcolm Francis) can be viewed on Compton Harriers Facebook page under ‘Photos’ then ‘Albums’.