ROC Newbury 10K

The closing date for entries has been extended to midday on Friday 25th May. Entry fees are now £20 for seniors and £5 for juniors. There will be no entries available on the day.

Veteran’s League T&F – Tilsley Park – 14th May

Report from Liz Harkness:

The 2nd League fixture took place on another warm sunny evening and 2 more club records were taken by Jenny O’Connor as she finished 1st in the Pole Vault improving her V45 record to 2,20m and Anne Stewart-Power took the O55 800m in 2:48.2. Linda Pitts was an impressive winner in her new age group taking the 200m in 31.9s.

In the field Deborah Montgomery continued her success rate by winning the O50 Shot with 9.81m and taking 2nd place in the Discus with 20.72m. Emma Guilfoyle was 2nd O35 in the 2k walk in 15:12.0.

Bob Broadbridge took 1st in the O50 Discus with 40.42 with Ian Payne 4th in the O35 event with 26.50m. Vic Pearson took 6th O60 in the Javelin with 12.54m. Steve Elsmere was our only mens track competitor finishing 6th in the O35 800m in 2:22.5.

The next match is at Bracknell on 4th June. Please contact Liz if you’d like to compete OR help officiate: Liz

Full results are here:

Vets League Match 2 2018 Women’s results

Vets League Match 2 2018 Men’s results

Vets League Match 2 2018 ns results


Charlotte breaks British Under 17 Hammer record!!

Charlotte Payne’s 56m08 throw with the 4kg Hammer on Sunday in the Southern League meeting at Bournemouth was further than she could possibly have expected. 

Almost 4 metres further than she had previously thrown, this was the longest throw ever by a British Under 17 athlete using the 4kg implement – further even than Sophie Hitchon threw at the same age!

At the age of 16, Charlotte is now ranked in the top 20 Senior Women in the UK in 2018. 

Sunday’s competition must have been one of the best ever in the League, with Charlotte, Helen Broadbridge and Bournemouth’s Danielle Broom all in the UK top 25 in both Hammer and Discus. And what a difference it made to have such great competition!!

Road-run Thursday 24th

This week’s Road run will be Summer route 10 out and Route 3 back.

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SAL – Bournemouth Sunday May 20th

Report from Mike Robbins:

There were smiles all round as Newbury AC travelled back up the A34 following a fantastic team performance in their latest Southern Athletics League match at Bournemouth on Sunday. Newbury finished in second place with 182 points, behind the host club (237), but narrowly ahead of Hillingdon AC (180) and City of Plymouth, Erme Valley & Tavistock (172) in a hard fought contest. With exam season wiping out a significant number of athletes, those who could make it were stretched to their absolute limits, so it really was a great team effort to squeeze out every point possible to take the runner up spot.

As we’ve become accustomed to recently, the female throwers achieved the most success on the day. Charlotte Payne continued her fine early season form in the hammer to smash the senior club record with a mighty throw of 56.08m, which incredibly, was only good enough for second place in the A string competition. Helen Broadbridge wasn’t ready to let her club record go without a fight though, throwing just 2cm shy of her previous best to comfortably win the B string. Charlotte and Helen went on to take three more wins and a second place between them in the shot put and discus.

Newbury also had a strong day in the pole vault. Dan Tuttle cleared 3m for the first time in his career to win the men’s A string, while Jenny O’Connor also increased her PB to 2.25m to win the ladies equivalent.

Inspired by his daughter, Ian Payne achieved two new PBs with 8.07m in the shot put and 26.46m in the discus, while Lilly Gohara did the same in the 100m and 100m hurdles with times of 13.8s and 18.4s. Callum O’Neill made a great debut in the blue vest of Newbury, finishing strongly in the 3000m to dip under nine minutes (beating a Commonwealth Games athlete in the process), before picking up vital team points with second place in the steeplechase. Another debutant in the senior team was V55 Anne Stewart-Power, showing it’s never too late to get into track racing with a 20:19 5000m clocking.

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Ollie Johnson Memorial Kintbury 5 – Sunday 3rd of June 2018

Dave Wright has asked us to remind you about the above event taking place on Sunday 3rd June:

The Ollie Johnson Memorial Kintbury 5 is a 5 mile race run on quiet roads and tracks around Inkpen and Kintbury, including some private roads. The race is organized in memory of former Newbury AC member Ollie Johnson who was tragically killed in an accident in 2005, aged 18. The race helps raise funds for the Ollie Johnson Trust.

Date: Sunday 3rd June 2018, 10:30am

Distance: 5 Miles

Entry Fee: £8.50 affiliated, £10.50 unaffiliated, £12 on the day if places available

2 Mile Race: 10:35am start, £3 entry on the day only (U10 must run with parent/guardian)

Junior Race: 10am start, £2 entry on the day only

Entries for the main race can be made at:

If you are not planning on running but are able to help on the day please e-mail Dave at as he is looking for more marshals / volunteers to assist with the smooth running of this event

Recent Road Races – round up

During the recent gloriously sunny Bank Holiday Monday (7th of May) a number of Newbury AC members raced in the Shinfield 10k.  The hot conditions didn’t appear to hinder Matt Green much as he finished in an impressive 3rd place out of 786 competitors.

The race results are:

Full NAC results are below:

Matthew Green 3rd – 35:54; Steve Barnes 10th – 37:17; Nige Popplewell 48th – 41:19; Chris Pudney 66th – 42:10; Chloe Blair 95th – 43:29; Dave Wright 112th – 44:16; Martyn Staines 129th – 44:59; Steve Ferriday 135th – 45:11 & Mariama Barrie 432nd – 57:28.

Saturday 12th May saw a really good turnout for NAC at the Chieveley Chase, the first race of the Run West Berks series.

Steve Barnes (34.51) was 2nd in the mens race. Emma-Jayne Bailey (41.59) was 1st in the ladies race. Martin Walker (36.48) was 2nd Vet and Jenny Eaton (43.20) was 1st Vet (just missing out on 3rd lady overall). 

Full NAC Results:

2nd Steve Barnes (34.51), 5th Ben Wickens (36.15), 6th Michal Szczpepanczyk (36.17), 7th Mike Wheeler (36.22), 10th Martin Walker (36.48), 11th Graham Stent (37.11), 15th Nigel Poppelwell (38.24), 18th Julian Tulk (39.03), 24th Richard Kennedy (40.37), 28th Andrew Russell (41.03), 32nd Stephen Ferriday (41.36), 34th Emma-Jayne Bailey (41.59), 42nd Jenny Eaton (43.20), 62nd Brian Matthews (47.11), 74th Jill MOwatt (49.05), 77th Christopher Culley (49.35), 85th Sheilah Marshall (50.56), 112th Stephanie Smallman and Liz Harkness (58.35).

The Marlow 5 – the final race of the Berkshire AA road-running championship series was held on Sunday 13th May. Steve Elsmere was first NAC runner in a time of 28:48 for 14th overall followed by Jeff Bird 29:58; (bronze medal position in 40-49 county table);Andy McKendrick 31:02; Wayne Lillis 31:35; Ryan Hill 33:28 & Sheila Marshall 41:52.

Road-Run 17th May

This week’s road-run will be the ‘ROC 10k route’ – starting with a jog from 5th Road to the market-place and then the actual race-route.

Berkshire County T&F championships – TVAC, Eton 13th May

Report from Bob Broadbridge:

The Berkshire County Athletics championships at Eton on Sunday saw 12 Newbury AC athletes in action, and they delivered some quite outstanding performances.

The throwers led the way re-writing the record books, with 3 and very nearly 4 all-time Championship Best Performances.

Charlotte Payne won the Under 17 Hammer with 62m53 for a Championship Record. The throw is several metres clear as the UK number 1 in 2018, and exceeds the qualifying standard for this year’s European Youth Championships. Charlotte followed this up with another Championship record in the Under 17 Discus with 41m76 – Charlotte also leads the UK rankings in the Discus in 2018.

Helen Broadbridge broke the Championship record in the Women’s Hammer, taking the gold medal with a throw of 51m10. Helen also picked up Silvers in the Women’s Discus and Shot, losing only to GB International throwers in each of these events.

In the Under 20 Men’s throws, Oliver Hewitt won Discus with 45m52, just 48cm short of the Championship record. He also came 2nd in the Hammer with 61m57, losing out to the current UK number 1. He also came 3rd in the Shot.

Maisie Jeger was a double gold medallist in the Under 15 girls. Maisie won the shot with a throw of 11m11 and the Long Jump with 5m16 – both distances exceed the English Schools qualifying standards. Further demonstrating her multi events talent, Maisie took bronze in the 75m Hurdles in 12.42 seconds.   

Newbury had 3 more County Champions, with Trinity O’Connor winning the Under 17  girls Pole Vault with 2m50, Jess Franklin winning the women’s 1500m in 5m02s, and Mike Robbins winning the 800m in 2m04s. Mike also took silver in the 1500m.

Two more silvers came from Scarlett O’Connor in the Under 15 girls High Jump, and Kitty Mainwaring in the Under 13 Quadrathlon – producing excellent performances in Shot, Long Jump, 75m and 600m. 

Three more bronzes came from Ben Wickens in the Men’s 800m, plus Phil Marshall and Rebecca Downie in Men’s and Women’s 1500m respectively. Emma Downie put up a great fight in a hard fought Under 17 1500, but had to settle for 5th.

Two other members of the Newbury throws squad also set new Championship records in the Wiltshire County Championships. Hammer throwing brothers Josh and Harry Ricketts broke the records in the Under 20 and Under 15 Hammer with throws of 47m27 and 43m97 respectively, making a total of 5 new County Championship records on the day for the throws group.


T&F round up – 5th/6th May

Report from Mike Robbins:

Three Newbury athletes competed at BUCS university championships in Bedford this weekend. Yaz Ryder (St Marys) finished strongly in a very competitive 1500m heat to take the last automatic qualifying spot for the semi-final. Helen Broadbridge (BPP) made two finals and set two season’s best marks in the discus and the hammer, finishing 5th overall in the latter. Harry Russell (Sheffield) narrowly missed out on a place in the final of the 800m, running a PB of 1:52.54 for fourth place in his semi-final, before anchoring his team’s 4x400m relay to 5th place with a stunning 47.8s leg.

Meanwhile, across the pond, Alex Hanson broke the 800m senior club record for the second time in as many months, winning the Southland Conference with an incredible 1:48.67.