XC overview – 7th/8th December

European XC championships

Izzy Fry produced a fantastic race performance representing GB in the U20 Women’s European Cross Country Championship in Lisbon, Portugal to finish in 6th position.

Izzy was the 1st finisher of the 6 Great Britain athletes in a field comprising of around 100 of the best cross country runners across Europe and as a result earned a team Gold medal!

Congratulations Izzy, everyone at Newbury AC are so proud!

South of England masters XC championship

Congratulations to Jessica Franklin who was crowned South of England V40 Masters Cross Country Champion on Saturday over the women’s 6km course at Horspath, Oxford.

The Men had 8 athletes racing the 10km course:

  • Andrew Ind was 5th V45
  • Phil Marshall was 11th V40
  • Martin Walker was 18th V45
  • Irwin Fairclough was 9th V60
  • Nige Popplewell was 21st V50
  • Wayne Lillis was 22nd V50
  • Andrew Russell was 31st V40
  • Geoff Anderson was 11th V65

Tadley XC

Six Newbury AC runners took on the Tadley Xmas XC race on Sunday with good success. Rachel Allen, Laura Buchanan and Steve Ferriday won the team prize, with Rachel 2nd female and Laura 3rd female overall. Philippa Cass returned to racing to pick up the first V35 women trophy and was joined by Julie Kaesser who was 3rd V45 and Chris Hobson.

Oxford mail XC – Round 2 – Cirencester – 1st December 2019

Senior results

Newbury AC’s Senior Mens Team continued to show great strength in depth with all 7 of their scoring team runners finishing in the Top 30 in a field of over 300 athletes to finish second behind Swindon AC with James Craggs first club member home in 7th position, James Knight was 3rd in the V1 category, David Weeks had an especially impressive debut, Ben Wickens ran his best cross country race to date and Graham Stent had a very strong run after a lengthy absence from the cross country scene.

Jess Franklin finished 4th in the Senior Women’s and first veteran as she continues her impressive improvement with every race this season and she was joined by Rachel Allen and Alexandra Bettley finishing 4th team. Rachel Allen and Jenny Eaton were both 2nd in the V2 and V3 categories respectively.

A full results list can be found on the league website. Continue reading

Kintbury 5 mile – 7th June 2020

In 2020 the Ollie Johnson memorial Kintbury 5 Mile will no longer be called the Ollie Johnson memorial race.

Kintbury St. Marys School will be the main organiser and Dave Wright will help them during the first year, before stepping down after organising the race for 20 years. The race will still be part of the Run West Berks series and will be renamed the Kintbury 5 Mile Run.

The Ollie Johnson trust will continue to help the clubs young athletes and be administered by Ian and Lorriane Johnson.

Dave Wright has been most grateful to everyone from Newbury AC who have helped with the race in the past and it would be much appreciated for this next “transition” year if anyone could help again.

As the race will still be the second counter in the Run West Berks series, he hopes to see lots of red/white/blue vests running again including himself!

December XC fixtures

Oxford Mail Round 2 – 1st December

Reminder to everyone that our next Oxfordshire Cross Country League fixture is this Sunday, 1st December in Cirencester.

We had a great start in Bicester with a terrific turnout and it would be great to see just as many or more Newbury AC athletes racing again this weekend.

The race website has all of the travel and race information needed for the fixture. Please let Phil Marshall know if you have any questions.

Berkshire XC championship – 15th December

The Berkshire XC championship will be held on Sunday 15th December in Woodley.

To be eligible to compete, an athlete must have been born in Berkshire; or have had 9 months continuous bona fida residence in the County prior to the date of competition (December 15, 2019); or have served in a unit of HM Force stationed in Berkshire for 9 months immediately prior to the competition.

A student does not acquire a residential qualification by residence in Berkshire in school/college term time only.

For further fixture and entry details please see the race website. Please note members are responsible for their own entries. The closing date is 11th December.


British Athletics Cross Challenge U20 race

Izzy Fry produced her finest cross country performance to date in Liverpool this weekend, finishing 2nd at the British Athletics Cross Challenge U20 race and qualifying for the Great Britain team travelling to Lisbon next month for the European Athletics Cross Country Championships.

Knowing only the Top 5 finishers would guarantee selection, Izzy went out hard and stayed towards the head of the very competitive field of over 70 athletes for the duration of the 4.4km race. That field was whittled down to 3 front runners in the latter stages with Izzy finishing just one second behind winner Saskia Millard of Herne Hill Harriers and ahead of 3rd place Megan Keith of Inverness Harriers AC by the same margin.

Izzy achieved her first ever GB team selection in July when she qualified for the 5000m track race in the European Junior Championships at Borås, Sweden; and she now gets the opportunity represent Great Britain again, joining the cross country squad flying to Portugal for the championship race on 8th December.

XC league table and Boxing Day handicap

2020 XC league table

The 2020 XC league table after round 1 of the OML and the BB&O is available for review.

If there are any mistakes please notify Irwin.

Boxing Day handicap

Irwin is now taking entries for the Boxing Day Handicap – our annual free, fun event over a 1.7 mile multi-terrain course around Speen.

Starts 10:30 am from Northcroft – register from 10am in cricket club car park. Open to all members, family & friends. No entries on the day.

Offers of help with marshaling etc.will be much appreciated, please let Irwin know if you can assist.