Weekend roundup 18/19 October

Still smiling after the Tadley 10

Salisbury Half-Marathon (inc. British Masters Champs): Geoff Anderson finished a very creditable 7th in the M60 category in a time of 1:34:26.

Abingdon Marathon: Dan Reeves overcame his recent injury problems to finish 207th  in 3:25:08

Tadley 10 miles: 14 club members took part with Steve Barnes finishing 3rd overall and 1st M40 in 59:11. Chris Pudney won the M50 category finishing in 68:07. Other Newbury AC  finishers were: Martin Walker 8th, 63:41; Nige Popplewell 11th 64:42; Phil Marshall 18th, 67:42;  Martyn Staines 19th, 67:58; Andrew Russell 36th, 71:33; Nina Martin 45th, 73:25; Matt Studart 46th; 73:25; Steve Ferriday 50th, 74:38; Chris Hobson 51st; 74:42; Ryan Hill 55th, 75:07; Paul Endley 56th, 75:13; Malcolm Knight 119th; 89:20.

Weekend roundup: 11/12 October

Several good half-marathon performances this weekend (now included in road league tables, Age-graded table):

Oxford: James Craggs 1:16:56 (10th overall); Rob Rees 1:32:20 (half-marathon debut);  Becci Toms 1:33:44 (PB); Tania Whitby 2:12:39.

Swindon: Andrew Ind 1:19:16 (2nd); Stephen Ferriday 1:40:43 (PB); Bryan Ford 2:00:23.

Royal Parks Foundation: Andy Varney 1:26:27

Malcolm Knight (M65) ran his 33rd Isle of Wight marathon finishing in 4:39:57 (9th M60).

Also, we missed reporting a very strong performance from Steve Barnes in the Robin Hood Marathon last month. Steve finished 17th in a PB of 2:54:07.

Weekend round-up 4th/5th October

Peter crossing the finish line

Andrew James finished 3rd in the 16th Clarendon Marathon – an off-road challenging route from Salisbury to Winchester – in a time of 2hrs 59mins 54secs. Dave Wright was 24th in 3hrs 28 mins 00secs. 409 runners completed the event. 313 runners completed the Half marathon event with Dave Pierce Williams 176th in 2hrs 7mins 29secs.

Meanwhile Peter Crisp was 1st past the finishing post in the Bay Ridge Half marathon, Brooklyn, NJ which was held in pouring rain, hail and high winds on Saturday in a time of 1:17.55.

Nigel Popplewell set a PB of 1:24:34 when finishing 11th out of 371 in the Mablethorpe Half Marathon on Sunday.

At the Bournemouth Marathon on Sunday, Kate Hall clearly didn’t waste any time making sand castles as she finished 255th of 1968 runners with a time of 3:31:52 & Matt Greaves completed the Cardiff Half Marathon on the same day with a chip time of 1:35:38, finishing in 1467th place of a total of 15919 runners. In the Robin Hood Half Marathon Matt Studart finished in 1:46.2 , 1461st place.

Highclere Race Stirs Up a Hornet’s Nest!

Report on the Gardner Leader Highclere 10k race held on 28th September from Race Director Derek Matthews:

Over 300 senior and junior runners raced over the paths and roads of Highclere Estate last weekend.  The young runners sped around a 2 kilometre single lap on the inner estate road circuit, followed by the field of senior athletes who set off in bright sunshine to take on the arduous challenge of the multi terrain course, which consists of over six miles of grazed pasture, forest trails, stone tracks and surfaced lanes.  The runners have little time to relax and enjoy the stunning views as the route continually undulates across the bumpy countryside.  This year, an unexpected obstacle emerged just after the halfway drink station. Hundreds of angry hornets, threatened by the approach of the runners, mounted unrelenting, vicious attacks on the main field.  Over 60 runners were stung, most repeatedly, one man collapsed at seven kilometres and thanks to the quick reactions of fellow athletes and marshals, was recovered by the on-site ambulance.  First aid was administered at the finish as runners formed a long queue awaiting a soothing insect spray to ease their discomfort.  One male required further extensive treatment before being able to leave, and the collapsed patient was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure.  This year’s fine summer has increased wasp and hornet activity.  All was quiet when we marked, checked and cleared the course, but ramblers, cyclists and joggers should be aware if they venture into the countryside, and give these insects a wide berth.

The race itself was won by Gareth Watkins (Hillingdon AC) in a record time of 34:43, beating previous attempts over the present course by over one minute.   Continue reading

Berlin Marathon: 28th September

Some good running today from the NAC contingent running in the 41st BMW Berlin marathon. Phil Marshall ran an impressive debut marathon in 3:17:51; Andy McKendrick set a PB of 3:35:07 and Christine Mardle ran a 4:00:39, also a PB.

… and of course, there was a world record of 2:02:57 (!) set by Dennis Kimetto of Kenya.

Oxford City AC Open Graded meeting – 17th September

The last Oxford open graded of the season saw three athletes storm to personal bests in the 800m: Steve Elsmere clocked 2:19.41, Harriet Atherton (U15) 2:39.17 & Becky Coxhead 2:53.65. Dan Tuttle recorded a seasons best of 2:01.69 and Izzy Fry (U15) 2:21.48.

Bournemouth Autumn Open meeting – 21st September

There were some fantastic results for the large contingent of Newbury athletes who rounded of the track and field season at Bournemouth yesterday.

Under 13 Charlotte Payne took 1st place in the Hammer with a throw of 38.52m (new PB & Club record) taking her to No. 3 on the all time list & a clear No. 1 for 2014;  1st place in the Discus with a throw of 35.18 (new PB and Club record) taking her to No. 7 on the all time list (No.2 for 2014) & finally 3rd place in the Shot put with a new PB of 8.69m. In the 100m Lily Gohara ran 15.3s to finish 3rd in her heat with Trinity O’Connor recording 15.9s. Trinity won the U13 High Jump with a pb of 1.40m and threw 6.44 for 10th place in the Shot whilst Lily recorded 12.2s for the 70mH. Maddy Mitton was 8th in the Discus with 20.69m  and 9th in Shot with 6.48m.

U17 Jamie Kuehnel recorded 3 1st places in Shot (11.74m), Discus (37.10m) & Hammer (58.67).

Linda Pitts (V45) recorded pb’s in both 200m (32.6s) & Discus (15.12m) & ran 15.6s for 100m whilst Jenny O’Connor (V40) took 1st place in the shot with 7.54m and recorded 2:38.2 for 800m.

Finally Newbury athletes scored 1st and 2nd in the Quadkids with Maisie Jeger in 1st ahead of Luci Robertson in 2nd place. In doing so, Maisie ran the 600m in 1.49.7, breaking her own club record again. Lily Jeger, Josie Robertson and Scarlet O’Connor all took part although final results for this have yet to be posted.

Winter training venues

Please note that the middle distance and road running groups will be moving to their winter training venues this week (23rd & 25th September). Sessions will commence at usual time of 7pm.

Andy Tuttle’s Tuesday session will be at Henwick Worthy playing fields Thatcham

Karen Yewer’s Thursday session and the Road-running group will be at Newbury Rugby Club, Monks Lane.

The Thursday evening general junior session remains at Brown’s Meadow, 5th Road until half-term.

Cross-country fixtures 2014/15

The provisional fixture list for the upcoming season  is now available and can be viewed here.

Race roundup: 16th September

Some strong half-marathon  performance over the past couple of weeks: Steve Barnes finished 9th overall (1st M40) in a PB of 1:15:14 in the Maidenhead Half-marathon. Andy Varney completed the Great North Run in 1:28:24, finishing 572nd. Becci Toms ran 1:39:05 to finish 200th  out of 757 runners in the Kenilworth Half Marathon.

There have been recent Parkrun PBs for Thomas Teece (18:12) and Matthew Studdard (20:02).

Road League and Age-graded league table have been updated to reflect recent results and can be viewed here.