Oxford Mail XC – Round 4 – Adderbury – 3rd February 2019

Race report from Phil Marshall

Well done to all athletes that braved venturing out in the snowy weather to race in Round 4 of the Oxfordshire Cross Country League at Bo Peep Caravan Park, Adderbury on Sunday.

The Senior Men put in a magnificent display to overhaul Abingdon AC’s 100 point overall team lead to now lead them by 200 points! The team packed the front end of the race with Matthew Green 3rd, James Craggs 5th, James Knight 9th, Mike Robbins 17th, Phil Marshall 22nd, Steve Barnes 25th and Dan Tuttle 29th.

Victoria Duncan finished 2nd in the Senior Women’s race and despite missing a large number of the squad, Rachel Allen and Jenny Eaton completely the A team and helped Newbury stay top of the league. Liz Harkness was 1st V4.

There were also great runs from sisters Luci Robertson (U15g) and Josie Robertson (u13g) who both finished 3rd in their respective races. Miriam Cooper was 10th u13g and Tobias Allen 7th u17b.

Photos from the senior races can be found here (credit Barry Cornelius / www.oxonraces.com).

Club Championship

Congratulations to Emma Downie (U17g), Rowan Chester (U13b) and Josie Robertson (U13g) who clinched their respective age category club championship titles at the event.

Full club championship tables can be found here. Please let Irwin know of any errors.

BUCS XC – 2nd February 2019

Race report from Phil Marshall

Well done to all our athletes that ran yesterday at the BUCS (British Universities & Colleges Sport) Cross Country Championships in Exeter.

In the female race Izzy Fry (St Mary’s) made a very impressive debut finishing in 30th position, with Yaz Ryder (also St Mary’s) in 115th and Georgie Offer (Sheffield Hallam) 250th. There were 619 finishers with Danish International Anna Møller winning the race.

On the Men’s side Newbury AC just had one representative this year, with track athlete George Biggs (Birmingham) recently returning from injury finishing 364th out of the 522 finishers in the B race.

Oxford Mail Round 4 – Adderbury – Race confirmed

Update below from the league to confirm tomorrow’s fixtures will go ahead.

The current forecast is for sub zero temperatures, so it may not be possible to run in spikes!

Following an inspection of the venue and courses earlier today the decision has been taken for the Round 4 fixture scheduled to be held at Bo Peep Caravan Park, Adderbury to go ahead as planned.Many thanks to the host clubs and their volunteers for all their hard work in making that possible.

Thank you for your attention and look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow.

Indoor track round up – January 2019

Report from Mike Robbins

There was indoor success for Newbury AC at the London U20 Games at Lee Valley last weekend, as Trinity O’Connor broke the club’s senior pole vault record for the second time in a week, clearing 3.11m. Bo Stewart had a great result in the 60m taking the race win in 8.52s, while Al Taylor opened his indoor season by doubling up the 200m and 400m.

On Wednesday, four of our cross country athletes took to the warmth of indoors at the Ayo Falola open at Lee Valley. Mike Robbins and Sophie Crumly had to rely on instinctive pacing in the 3000m as the stadium clock didn’t start, so were pleased to finish in 9:38 and 9:48 respectively. After a mix up with the laps, both Emma and Rebecca Downie ended up running an extra lap, so their true 3000m times were some 45-50 seconds faster than their official results of 11:58 and 13:15.

30 Years of the Great South Run

Newbury AC’s Mick Cornwall joined Lizzy Yarnold, Britain’s most decorated Winter Olympian, and a group of 6 other runners who like Mick have raced every Great South Run in the events 30-year history.

The Simplyhealth Great South Run, which takes place on Sunday 20 October, has grown from humble beginnings in 1990, with 2,000 runners to over 20,000 people taking part in the world’s leading 10-mile run in Portsmouth.

The group met at Emirates Spinnaker Tower, which provides the iconic backdrop before the second mile to celebrate the events anniversary.

Mick’s best time for the race is 61:40 in 1996 and he still holds the V50 10 mile club record of 62:00 achieved in 2000.


Fifth Road Pavilion – Update from Bob

Last night the plans for the new pavilion were approved by the West Berks Planning Committee!!

There were quite a few objections raised by neighbours, and this is likely to lead to some conditions on the approval. More on that when we find out the detail, but the good news is that we can be even more optimistic now that the new pavilion will go ahead in 2019!

Weekend overview 26th/27th January 2019

South of England XC championships – 26th January 2019

Well done to all our athletes who took on the iconic Parliament Hill, Hampstead Heath in the South of England Cross Country Championship.

Izzy Fry continued her improving form to finish 14th in the U20 Women’s race.

Alex Muir had a superb race, finishing in 53rd position in a very large Senior Men’s field of 1154 runners, with James Craggs also running very well in 139th.

Cameron Langley was 148th in U17 Boys race, Sophie Bhatt 160th in U15 Girls and new member Charlie Adams had a very credible first big championship race, finishing 219th from 330 U13 Boys.

Romsey 5

Liz Harkness won the F70-74 category at the Romsey 5 with a club record of 45:53 (chip time 45:10)

Vienna indoor classic

Harry Russell competed in the 800m finishing in a time of 1:53.88

Annual General Meeting – 26th February 2019

The Newbury Athletic Club Annual General Meeting that will take place on Tuesday 26th February at 7:30pm at the Crookham Common Athletic Track.

If you would like to add an item to be discussed, please inform one of the committee before the meeting.

At the AGM, the current Committee will stand for re-election and we will vote on who will fill our vacant positions. These are currently:

  • Vets team manager
  • Boys Team Manager – available after the 2019 season
  • Roc Race Director – available after the 2019 race.

Please arrive early so we can start the meeting promptly at 7:30pm.