2018 was another successful year for Newbury AC, with perhaps the highlight being 2 gold medals at the English Schools Track and Field Championships for the first time ever. Our champions were Hammer throwers Charlotte Payne and Oliver Hewitt. Charlotte went on to win the Schools International and UK Schools games, and despite having just turned 17, Charlotte is currently UK Number 1 as an Under 20.
Also for the first time ever, our Men’s Cross Country team won the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Championships – the highlight of a very successful winter for our Cross Country teams across the age groups.
Our teams performed well once again in the various track and field leagues in 2018. Helen Broadbridge and Charlotte Payne won Southern League ‘athlete of the match awards’, and were among an impressive group of club record breakers.
Our veteran athletes once again had a successful year, with International medals for Jess Franklin and Simon Barrett, and National level success for Bob Broadbridge, Craig Beecham and Deborah Montgomery.
We again organised the Roc 10k and CDK Global Highclere 10k events, raising significant funds for local charities – although sadly the Highclere event had to be cancelled due to bad weather.
We have put in place improved development pathways for our younger athletes, enabling them to improve quicker, and fulfil their potential as athletes. We are also strengthening our squads of coaches and officials, which will support the progress of all of our athletes, and of our club.
So, as the 2019 Track and Field and Road Racing seasons get underway, we are very optimistic that our teams and athletes will once again shine. AND we are optimistic that by the end of the year we will be enjoying a brand new clubhouse at Fifth Road. There are still many bridges to cross with this project, but the momentum is so far very positive.