Fell running trip – June 2019

Dave Wright and Chris Hobson are organising a fell running trip open to all club members.

The proposed itinerary is:-

Thursday 13th – leave Newbury 12 NOON

The Walsh Two LadsRace at Horwich near Manchester over 8K and 274 metre climb.

Friday 14thRest day in Wharfedale.

Saturday 15th Skipton Parkrun followed by the Classic Buckden Pike Race at 2-30pm over 6K and 486 metre climb.

Sunday 16th Settle Hills Race over 11K and 400 metre climb at 10-30am.

Sunday afternoon travel back to Newbury.

Accommodation at campsite or Travel Lodge near Horwich on ThursdayFriday and Saturday night camping near Kettlewell in Wharfedale

For more details/to arrange your place please contact Dave or Chris.


Weekend overview 16th/17th March

English Schools Cross Country Championships

Emma Downie was Newbury AC’s only first claim athlete at the English Schools Cross Country in Leeds yesterday. She had a great race in windy, rainy and muddy conditions. Despite being eighth out of the Berkshire pen In the Senior Girls race, she finished 7th for the county in 173rd place overall.

Bath half marathon

James Knight ran a superb 1:12:46 for 36th place overall with Conor McGrory finishing in 1:22:47.

Reading half marathon

Andrew Ind was first club member home in 1:17:51, with great runs also coming from Mike Wheeler 1:22:51, Andy McKendrick 1:23:44, Max Read 1:23:51, Dan Reeves 1:26:05, Dan Taylor 1:30:11, Georgie Offer 1:38:37, Benjamin Bliss 1:40:44, Chris Culley 1:49:13, Ruth Lambert 1:54:21.

Matthew Green and Stephen Elsmere were official 1:20 and 1:25 pacers and they ran 1:19:29 and 1:24:42 respectively.

Fleet Half Marathon

Steve Barnes ran 1:19:12, Mike Sheridan 1:34:19 and Julie Kaesser 1:51:41.

Upcoming club events

A quick reminder of some club events coming up in the next few weeks

22nd March – Club XC presentation evening. The venue is Frank Hutchings Community Hall, Bradley-Moore Square, Harts Hill Road, Thatcham, RG18 4QH

29th March – quiz night. The venue is Frank Hutchings Community Hall, Bradley-Moore Square, Harts Hill Road, Thatcham, RG18 4QH. To give Matt Green an idea of numbers if you are attending please let him know or use the Facebook event to say you are going

5th April – Comedy night at the Corn Exchange – please see Matt Green for tickets, we still have a few remaining at £14.50. Please note this is over 18’s only

TBC – In April we are trying to organise another parkrun takeover to promote the Roc Newbury 10km.

13th April – The first SAL meeting at Walton. Please let Mike Robbins, Roz Pearson or Caroline Tuttle  know if you would like to compete and/or non score.

26th May – Roc Newbury 10km. Becky Elsmere & Ryan Hill require lots of help on the day & in the days leading up to the event. Please let them know if you are available to help.

Important dates for junior athletes

Wessex League Dates:

Sunday 7th April – Winchester
Sunday 2nd June – Swindon
Sunday 9th June – Camberley
Sunday 7th July – Winchester 

(Team Captains will be emailing parents/carers soon to request availability and preferred events)

CCAT Training Dates

(Fifth Road junior training moves to CCAT, senior training at CCAT moves to later start time of 7pm):
Thursday 4th April (5:45pm start)
Thursday 23rd May (5:45pm start)
Thursday 27th June (5:45pm start)

Weekend overview – 9th & 10th March

CAU Inter County Championships (Inc British Athletics Cross Challenge)

Report from Phil Marshall
Newbury Athletic Club had 8 athletes representing Berkshire on Saturday in the British Athletics Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships at Prestwold House, Loughborough.
In very high calibre races in which only the best 7 juniors and 9 seniors from each county in the UK are entered into each race, Izzy Fry finished in 13th place and lead the Berkshire team home to a bronze medal in the U20 Women’s race. Josie Robertson matched Izzy’s performance in the U13 Girls race also finishing 13th and the first Berkshire athlete home. Lucy Wells was 70th in the U17 Women’s race and also picked up a bronze team medal in the 4 scoring Berkshire team.
Newbury’s other athletes were Luci Robertson in U15 Girls (151st), Tobias Allen in U17 Men (185th), Rachel Allen in Senior Women (199th) and Matthew Green (159th) & James Craggs (181st) in the Senior Men’s race, which was won by Adam Hickey of Essex.


7 runners competed in the Grizzly 20 mile race in Seaton, leading them home Stephen Elsmere finished in 30th position with a time of 2:40:04. Other finishers were David Wright (164th / 3:05:34), Tania Whitby, Rick WWyatt, Sue Van Huyysteen and Ady May (1054th to 1057th / 4:21:06) and Charlotte Winton (1134th / 4:26:53)

Louis Vinkloop 10km

Peter Crisp finished in 22nd position with a time 38:37 at the 10km event held in Amsterdam

Barcelona Marathon

Hannah Coxhead and Ian Coxhead completed the Barcelona marathon with times of 4:44:39 & 5:17:29.

British Masters Indoor and Winter Thriww Championships

Report from Phil Marshall

Newbury Athletic Club had some great medal success in the British Masters Indoor and Winter Throws Championships at Lea Valley this weekend.
Indoors, Club President Simon Barrett, found himself in very tight finishes in all of the 60m, 200m and 400m sprints in the M65 age group, and ended up with a full set of medals – bronze, silver and gold respectively. In the M45 age group, Craig Beecham took two silvers – in the Long and Triple Jumps. In the Long Jump his 5m82 leap held the lead until the final round, when he was pipped by just a few centimetres.
Outdoors the throwers faced some difficult conditions, with winds of up to 50mph, and plenty of rain! Club Chairman, Bob Broadbridge, claimed gold in the M55 Hammer and finished 4th place in the Discus. Deborah Montgomery, who is second claim for Newbury AC and coached by Broadbridge, took advantage of some slightly depleted fields in the W50 category taking gold in the Shot, Discus and Javelin, as well as silver in the Hammer.

Vault Cardiff

Trinity O’Connor broke the senior women’s club pole vault record for the 3rd time this year with a vault of 3.13m


Berkshire Road Championships – Wokingham half marathon

The 1st round of the Berkshire Road Championship was the Wokingham half marathon. Championship results are now confirmed.

Congratulations to James Craggs (2nd Senior men), Mike Wheeler (3rd Senior men) & Mike Sheridan (1st V60 men) on their medal positions. 

The points table can be found here.

The next race in the series is the Maidenhead 10 (19th April). Entries to the championship should be made to berkshireroadrunning@gmail.com at least 1 day before the race.

Oxford Mail XC – Round 5 – Henley-on-Thames – 3rd March 2019

Race report from Phil Marshall

Huge thank you and well done to all Newbury AC cross country athletes that have participated in the Oxfordshire League this season. You have all been FANTASTIC and it’s been incredibly successful again!

Today was the final fixture at Henley Showground and I think everyone who raced today will be in agreement that the toughest course was saved for last!
A rainy, muddy, very hilly course with 1000ft of climbing for the Senior Men!

We had a great 1,2 in the Senior Women’s race with Sophie Crumly and Jess Franklin completely dominating and finishing over a minute clear of 3rd place.

In the Men’s race Matt Green again finished in a very impressive 3rd place, with James Craggs and James Knight in the Top 10.

In the juniors we had a fantastic win for Josie Robertson in the U13 girls race, with Miriam Cooper finishing in her best position this season of 8th in the same race. Luci Robertson was an impressive 4th in U15/17 girls race.

We await the final overall results, but I believe both of Senior Men and Women have successfully retained their titles. Jess Franklin is the Overall (and V35) Women’s winner and by my calculations Josie Robertson has shared the U13 girls title and Victoria Duncan has also shared the Senior Women’s title.
Matthew Green looks to have secured 3rd in Senior Men’s competition with Rachel Allen 2nd V45 Woman and Liz Harkness 1st V65 Woman.

I will update the above once final scores are confirmed.

Keep an eye out for photos thanks to Barry Cornelius (www.oxonraces.com) on this link and please credit if any are used http://www.oxonraces.com/photos/2019-03-03-henley-on-thames/

Weekend overview 23rd/24th February

English XC championship – Leeds

Andy Tuttle celebrated his 60th birthday with a 1512th place finish in his 34th consecutive national XC championship. Joining him in the senior men’s race were Dan Tuttle (465th) and Phil Marshall (539th). Izzy Fry finished 22nd in the Junior Women’s race. Sophie Byatt finished 161st in the U15G race. Ellis Russell finished 252nd in the U17M race. Catherine Tuttle finished 808th in the senior women’s race.

Full results can be found here.

Scottish XC championship – Falkirk

Representing his university Alex Muir had a great performance with a 39th place finish of 719 runners.

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