This year’s Annual General Meeting will be held at 7:30pm on Tuesday 23rd February at Crookham Common Athletics Track. All club members are invited to attend. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served. Continue reading
Club Cross-country Championships: Over 60 members took part in the Oxford Mail Cross-country on Sunday (see Andy’s report below) Three more club championship categories were decided: James Craggs (Senior Men); Sophie Crumly (Senior Women) and George Ferguson (U13B). There is still plenty to play for in the U15 Girls & Boys, the U17 Women and the Male Veteran categories in the final round on 6th March at Harwell . Latest tables
Others were active during the weekend both in the wild outdoors and the comfort of an indoor arena:
Sue van Huyssteen and Dan Reeves completed the Thames Trot – a 50 mile race along the Thames “path” from Oxford to Henley. Sue was 2nd in the W45 age-group in 8 hours 51 minutes and Dan, running in preparation for his Marathon des Sables challenge, finished in 9:54.
Michael Forbes smashed his 60m PB at the WSEH open at the Thames Valley Athletic Centre on Sunday by running 7.36 secs
Yaz Ryder finished 4th in the South East Inter-Counties Schools’ Championiships and led home the Berkshire team.
Yasmin Ryder ran a superb race to finish in the top twenty of the Under 20 Women’s event at the South of England Championships, held at the famous old Parliament Hill, Hampstead Heath course on Saturday. You either love it, or hate it, but looking at Yasmin’s face splattered in mud from the two time she slipped over, she absolutely loved it to record 17th place.
Earlier Under 13’s Tobias Allen and George Ferguson tried out the event for the first time. Both Boys acquitted themselves really well, with Tobias in 88th place and George 151st out of 267 finishers.
By the time the Senior Men raced the course was well and truly cut up, but it did not stop our trio earning some impressive finishing positions and good times for 15km in such poor conditions, Alex Muir 75th (55.10), Mark Vardy 149th (57.53) and James Craggs 182nd (58.55).
Congratulations to our young athletes who won medals at this season’s Berkshire Schools Championships, and a big thank you to everyone from the club who ran, or helped officiate and marshal at this very successful event held on The Berkshire showground on Saturday.
Yasmin Ryder (St Barts) won the year 12/13 Senior Girls title, Yasmin was particularly pleased to win the title in this her last year at St Barts School. At the other end of the age groups Luci Robertson (St Barts) was competing at the event for the first time in the year 7 Under 13 race, Luci started out in 3rd place and managed to work her way through to take the runner up medal. In the year 10/ 11 Intermediate Girls Izzy Fry (Park House) improved one place on her Berkshire A.A finish earlier this month, to earn the Silver medal this time. Kitty Shepherd-Cross (Downe House) followed up her win in the under 15 Girls Buckinghamshire Championships by winning the year 8/9 Junior Girls race at the showground, Kitty is a second claim member of Newbury A.C and we are always pleased when a member of our training group does well. In the same race, Gina Marchand ( Downe House) ran well and also received an invite to run for Berkshire at the South Inter Schools, as did Charlotte Clover (Downe House) who was only just outside the medal places with 4th in the Senior Girls.
The 2016 road racing season is fast approaching, so here are a few reminders:
- Enter the Berkshire Road Running Championships – entry is free but must be completed prior to the events. This year’s championship races are: Wokingham Half-Marathon (21st Feb.); Maidenhead Easter 10 (25th March); Wargrave 10K (12th June) and Abingdon Marathon (TBA).
- Participate in the club’s road running leagues. Remember it is your responsibility to submit results for inclusion. This may be done either by using the “Submit Results” button on the main menu or by e-mailing Phil Marshall (Road League) & Irwin Fairclough (Age-graded League).
Following a busy weekend for the cross-country runners, four athletes have now unassailable leads in their age-groups in the club championship: Jess Franklin (Veteran Women); Luci Robertson (U13G); Wilf Waldon (U13B) and Josie Robertson (U11G). Congratulations to all four on their outstanding performances so far.
There are still several close battles going on in the other age-groups and plenty to race for at the remaining Oxford Mail League fixtures. The latest tables.
One interesting note: 98 members have now raced at least one cross-country race this season. It would be good to pass the 100 mark before the end of the season. Pretty sure that this would be a new “club record”.
Today (13 January) is the closing date for entries to the National cross-country championships. Enter on-line. They are scheduled to be held at Donnington Park, Leics on Saturday 27th Feb.
Entries are open for the UK Masters’ Cross-country Championships which will be held on Sunday 13th March at the University of Bath. Enter on-line – closing date 1st March.
Karen Yewer’s next hill session will be held on Sunday 17th January; 9:30am at Northcroft.
Sara Henderson finished 19th at the national combined events indoor Pentathlon held on 9/10 January at Sheffield. She recorded her best ever score of 2401 points and a new PB of 4.84m in the Long Jump .
Newbury A.C smashed the previous club record number of 10 medals won at the Berkshire County cross country championships with a very impressive total of 14 set at Upton Court Park, Slough. Eight of these medals were Individual awards won right across the age groups, from performance of the day Luci Roberston winning Silver in her first time at the event in the under 13’s, then Izzy Fry Bronze in the under 17’s, Yasmin Ryder Silver in the under 20’s, a Bronze for Sophie Crumly in the Senior’s, and in the Veteran’s Jess Franklin won Gold, with Clare Quinn 3rd, and James Craggs was runner up in the Vet Men’s with Phil Marshall claiming the Bronze. Full results
The six team awards all came from the two Senior races, with the Veteran Men making history by winning all three team awards (great packing there Men !), the Veteran Women followed up their B,B & O team title with another win, and both our Senior Women & Senior Men’s teams finished 2nd to Reading A.C.
I would really like to thank everyone who ran today, the way we all pull together and give it a go makes this club so special, and also brings success. Thanks also go to our officials on duty, Sarah Fowler – results, Carolyn Walker, Brian Ireland & Dave Mason recording and timekeeping.