Keith Scott Boxing Day Handicap

Entries are now open for the Keith Scott Boxing Day Handicap. The race is held over a 1.7 mile multi-terrain course. Slowest runners start first and if the handicapper get it right (doesn’t happen often!) there should be a mass of runners coming down the finishing straight together.

Entries are free and the event is open to all club members, their family & friends. Please let Irwin Fairclough know by 22nd December if you plan to run. No entries on the day.

We also need 8-10 helpers on the day to ensure that the race runs smoothly and safely. Please let Irwin know if you can assist in any way. We’re usually finished by 11am.

Final Thursday Night Training Dates and NRFC Mini-Roast Meal

The final Thursday night of training at Newbury Rugby Football Club (NRFC) will be on Thursday the 20th of December 2018.  The first Thursday night of training in 2019 will be the 3rd of January.

Following training on Thursday the 20th of December 2018, NRFC will be laying on a mini-roast in the club bar area at a cost of £6 per head.  NAC members are welcome to attend this event and if interested, could I please have confirmed numbers of attendance at this event by the evening of Thursday the 13th of December (tomorrow night).  This will allow NRFC to cater for the correct numbers accordingly.  Payment for this meal will be made on the evening by individuals.  The bar will be open for refreshments, both hot and cold.

If anyone wishes to begin training with a mince pie (or the like) on Thursday the 20th of December, then please bring them.  Unfortunately the idea of bringing in mulled wine is a negative due to the club’s licencing rules.

Road Running League 2019

It has been agreed by the NAC committee that we will trial a Road Running Championship in 2019 in place of the current Road Running League format.

There will be four leagues; Senior Men’s, Senior Women’s (ages 17-49), Veteran Men’s and Veteran Women’s (ages 50+).

The championship will include five different distances from 5km to Half Marathon and only set races will count. The championship fixtures can be found here. Members are responsible for their own entry arrangements.

Points will be awarded based on finishing position amongst all Newbury AC runners in your league and your best result over each distance will be included in the final championship table.

Additional information and rules will shortly be added to the road running league page.

Please contact Phil Marshall if you have any questions.

Christmas / New Year Programme (provisional)

Normal Tuesday & Thursday sessions up to and including Thursday 20th then no sessions on Tuesday 25th or Thursday 27th.

  • 23rd December: Hill session  – 9:30am, Northcroft
  • 26th December: Boxing Day Handicap  – 10:30am, Northcroft
  • 28th December: Kintbury to Combe Gibbet Social run – 10:30am, Jubilee Centre, Kintbury
  • 28th December: Presentation & Social evening – 7pm, Thatcham Rugby Club, Henwick
  • 30th December: Hill session – 9:30am, Northcroft

Normal sessions resume from Thursday 3rd January.

The next Oxford Mail League fixture is on Sunday 6th January at Horspath, Oxford.

SEAA Masters Cross-country Championships: 8th December, Horspath

Medal-winning M60 team

The club fielded complete teams in the three Men’s age-groups and in the Women’s 50-59 category. The M60+ team of Irwin Fairclough, Mike Sheridan and Geoff Anderson took the silver medal for the second year in succession.

Other team positions were : M40-49 (Jeff Bird, Martin Walker and Andrew Russell) 8th of 8; M50-59 (Wayne Lillis, Nige Popplewell and Andy Tuttle) 15th of 18  and F50-55 (Anne Stewart-Power, Jenny Eaton, Sue van Huyssteen) 5th of 9.



Anne, Jenny, Sue and Liz looking festive!

Liz Harkness completed her set of medals in the F65+ age-group finishing in 3rd place to follow up on last year’s win and her runner-up spot in 2016. Other top 10 finishers were: Anne Stewart-Power 5th F55; Irwin Fairclough 5th M60, Mike Sheridan 8th M65 and Jenny Eaton 10th F55.

Full results


Oxford Mail Cross Country – Cirencester – 2nd December

Report from Phil Marshall:

A big thank you and well done to everyone that raced the second Oxfordshire Cross Country League fixture in Cirencester today. That hill is brutal!

Jess storming to victory
(photo by B Cornelius)

Jess Franklin was the star of the day, destroying the senior women’s field with an outstanding display of front running and winning by a huge distance (over 70 seconds!). Victoria Duncan also had a great race finishing in 4th.

Our senior men had a much smaller turn out than in the first round but still had some good performances with James Craggs in 8th and Matthew Green in 9th.

Well done also to our juniors, Tobias Allen with the best performance finishing 5th in U15/17 race.

📋 Results are available here: Oxonxc Results


📸 Photos are posted here (courtesy of  Barry Cornelius): BarryCorneliusPhotos

Club XC Championship tables – after 3 events

Berkshire Road Running Championship 2019

The races to be  included in the 2019 Berkshire Championships are as follows:

Wokingham Half Marathon (24 February); Maidenhead Easter 10 mile (19 April), Marlow 5 mile (12 May); Burnham Beeches 10k (11 August)

Some of these races are now open for entry. The County Champs entries however won’t open until 1st January. Entry details will be posted here.

A provisional 2019 listing of local road races can be found here

London Marathon 2019 Club Entry Draw Results

The draw for the sole NAC entry for the London Marathon 2019 took place prior to training on Thu 29 Nov 18.

The draw was made from 9 x unsuccessful London Marathon ballot entry applicants.

The club entry allocation went to:  Paul Endley.

A reserve was also drawn in the event of unforeseen circumstances, unable to attend, injury, etc of the primary club entry nomination.

The reserve position went to:  Hannah Coxhead.

Congratulations to both successful draw nominations and the time to start training begins now…there are only 149 days until the event!