The next Hill Training session will take place on Sunday 29th November – 9.30am at Northcroft.

Entries are now open for the Keith Scott Boxing Day handicap. This is a 1.8 mile multi-terrain event starting at 10:30am from Northcroft. Entry is free to club members, family and friends – just e-mail name(s) and recent / estimated 5K or 10K time to Irwin Fairclough. There will be no entries on the day. We need 10-12 helpers on the day to make this event a success – please let Irwin know if you can help out.

Road League Tables

Please note that December 13th will be the last day for road results to count for this year’s tables, results submitted after this point will count towards 2016’s tables.

Please could all 2014 winners return their trophies to James Craggs as soon as possible.

Weekend Round up – 21st/22nd

Ellie with her trophy

Ellie with her trophy

Sheila Marshall made a welcome return to racing after 10 months off by winning the V55 category at the Swindon 10k on Sunday in a time of 50:04 which also lowered her club V60 record by some 55 secs. The Newbury contingent were led in by Luis Goncalves in 50th place in a time of 40:51. 15 year old Ellie Gudgeon ran 51:03 to win the Junior Female category and Stephanie Smallman 54:40.

Liz Pigott and Christine Mardle completed the tough off-road Bath Hilly Half on Sunday in 2:07.50 and 2:30.25 respectively.

Any other results please forward to me and I’ll post as soon as possible.

BB&O Championships – Results

Report from Andy Tuttle:

NAC came way from this season’s Berks, Bucks & Oxon cross country championships with one Gold, two Silver & two Bronze medals, as the athletes tackled the strong winds and mud on the old traditional course at Horspath, Cowley on Saturday. The clubs best results came in the very first race, the Senior Women’s race combined with the Veteran and Junior athletes over the 6km course. Jess Franklin won the Bronze medal in the Senior Women’s age group, Jess was Champion in 2013 and is getting back close to her best again. In the Under 20 age group, Yasmin Ryder ran well finishing in 13th place overall and 3rd in her age group, and with Senior team mate Chloe Blair in 26th place the team finished as runners up to Reading A.C. Newbury’s Veteran Women’s team went one better than the Senior’s in one of the tightest competitions of the day, E- J  Bailey was 4th Veteran, Rachel Allen7th, and Sue Van Huyssteen 9th, they won the team title by one point ahead of Headington 20pts, and Woodstock also 20pts. Izzy Fry joined a select few who have won individual medals in consecutive age groups, as Izzy followed up last years Silver medal in the under 15’s with another Silver in this years under 17’s.
The Senior and Veteran Men’s teams both finished just outside the medals in 4th place, and the only other full team came in the under 13 Boys where George Ferguson was 10th, Oliver Brashaw 22nd and Tobias Allen 23rd, the team came 6th. Luci Robertson produced her best result to date with a fine 5th place in only her second race as an under 13 Girl.

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Club T-Shirts

message from Chloe Blair:

As you all know, Christmas is just around the corner and we have another thing you can add to your Christmas list! Technical training t-shirts will be available to buy within the next week or two  NAC Colour1priced at £10 each.

There are 2 colour options:

Royal blue with white, red and white writing or High viz yellow with reflective writing.

The approximate sizes are as follows:

Child’s M – 31inch chest (55cm Length)
XS – 35inch chestNAC reflective
S – 38inch chest
M – 40inch chest (length 72.5cm)
L – 43inch chest (length 75cm)

I’ll be down at the junior training session and at the rugby club ready to sell them when they arrive.

Keep checking the website for dates.

BB&O Championships – Sat 21st November – Update

We have been asked to use the BMW car-park which is a few hundred metres from Horspath stadium (on your right hand side as you turn off the Oxford Eastern By-Pass road (A4142) onto Horspath road.

Further information regarding this event, including presentation times can be downloaded here.

We are delighted to hear that club President Brian Ireland has been invited to be a joint Vice-President of the BB&O Cross Country Association.

Weekend results – 14th/15th November

There were some great results at the Gosport Half Marathon on Sunday with 9 runners from the club competing. Peter Crisp was first club runner home in 1:26.51 for 66th place in the senior men’s category. Mike Sheridan was first in his age category, Nina Martin 2nd in hers and Derek Matthews 3rd in his.

Category Category Position Chip Time
Peter Crisp Male Senior 66 01:26:51
Nina Martin F35-39 2 01:27:20
Mike Sheridan M65-69 1 01:27:20
Paul Hendry M45-49 19 01:31:21
Mark Hayes M45-49 36 01:36:55
Christopher Hobson M40-44 77 01:38:29
Lizzie Pigott F35-39 19 01:42:36
Derek Matthews M70+ 3 01:50:22
Graham Stent M40-44 164 02:00:07

BB&O – Cross Country Championships – Saturday 21st Nov

Message from Andy Tuttle

The timetable for the BB&O championships to be held at:


on Saturday 21st November is as follows:

13.20PM – UNDER 13 GIRLS – 3.5KM
13.40PM -UNDER 13 BOYS – 3.5KM
14.00PM – UNDER 15 GIRLS – 4KM
14.25PM – UNDER 15 BOYS – 4KM
14.50PM – UNDER 17 WOMEN & MEN – 6KM
Please check the list of Athletes entered to make sure your name is on the list, and please contact Andy Tuttle straight away if it has been missed off.

New York City Marathon

Brad_NYCBrad Yewer made the most of the fine conditions to record an impressive time of 2:49:16 in Sunday’s New York Marathon. This placed him 269th overall and 47th in the M35-40 age group.

The overall winner in 2:10:34 was Stanley Biwott, runner-up in this year’s London Marathon & Great North Run.

Sunny Delight to start the Oxford Mail Cross Country League season.

Glorious sunshine soon dispersed the early morning fog at the opening OML fixture held on the tough course near Ascott-Under-Wychwood. It was so rewarding to see such a large turn out of athletes from the club across the age groups, some stepping up to a new age group, some running in the league for the first time, and some re-asserting themselves, but all working hard in the process. Full results

Starting with the under 11’s, it was great to see seven Girls and five Boys taking part.   Josie Robertson ran a very sensible race to resist the early pace and work through to finish 2nd, with Sophie Bhatt 12th and Phoebe Ryder 16th in the Girls, while in the Boys race Wilf Waldon and Finley Allen finished 9th & 10th respectively. Maisie Jeger went through all of last season undefeated in the under 11 age group, I think Maisie deserves a lot of credit for the way she stepped up to under 13 and kept that winning streak going, with Luci Robertson also stepping up to the mark and running well for 6th place, and with Sophie Cunningham 32nd the team came 4th. In the under 13 Boys George Ferguson was 8th, with Tobias Allen 10th , they were joined by Callum Fry in 32nd to bring the team in to 5th place. Charlotte Clover equalled her best league finish, as she came 2nd for the 4th time since joining the club two years ago. Izzy Fry made her first outing in the under 17’s with a well earned 4th, and with Rebecca Downie 12th under 17 the team came 2nd.

Sophie Crumly has a fine record in the league and this time out she ran a patient race before opening up a substantial lead to win the Senior Women’s race. Under 20 Yasmin Ryder was another of the athletes trying out a new age group, and double the distance, but she already looked at ease and ran strongly to finish 11th, and 3rd in the under 20’s. Jess Franklin gave a good demonstration of how to return to racing after becoming a Mum earlier in the year, Jess finished in 13th place to seal the team victory. Mark Vardy produced a good top ten run to lead the Senior Men’s team home, while both the Senior teams were extremely well supported by established members and new alike.

Thank you all very much for getting the club off to such a good start, keep up the good work.

Andy Tuttle

NAC photographs herethanks to Charles Fowler  

and some of the senior races from the official league photographer Barry Cornelius here

Results roundup: 24/25 October

Fleet 10K: Peter Crisp finished 5th overall in 35:54; Mike Sheridan was runner-up in the M60 category in 40:53 and Paul Hendry finished in 39:42.

Snowdonia Marathon: Andrew Ind completed the 26.2 miles,including 838 metres of ascent, in 3:41:41

Great South Run (10M): Graham Stent made his debut over the 10 mile distance, finishing in 1:04:56.

Dartmoor Vale Half-Marathon: Jill Mowat finished in 2:06:12.