Ridgeway Relay: Sunday 17th June 2018

Ridgeway Relay 2018 Final Results (out of 40+ teams):
A Team (Mark Vardy, Sophie Crumly, Phil Marshall, Jess Franklin, Steve Barnes, James Craggs, Matthew Green, Alex Hanson, Andy Ind, Alex Muir): 2nd overall position.
B Team (Andrew Russell, Jenny Eaton, Ben Wickens, Rachel Allen, Jeff Bird, Andy McKendrick, Mike Wheeler, Steve Ferriday, Dave Wright, Chris Pudney): 9th overall position.

Both NAC teams performed to a consistently high standard over 87 x miles of difficult, hilly and testing terrain on the Ridgeway National Trail, beginning at Ivinghoe Beacon, Aylesbury at 7.30am and finishing in Marlborough 11 hours later.  Exceptional effort and team spirit was on display at every stage and every runner grafted to the point of utter exertion for their team mates.

Outstanding effort everyone, great work!

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Future Road Races Now Open: Run Wexham (Sun 8 Jul 18) and the Overton 5 (Sun 2 Sep 18)

Run Wexham 5k and 10k Race:  Sunday 8 July 2018

Entrants this year will have the choice of a 10km or 5km trail race as well as a 1km family fun run. 

Run Wexham this year will also have an ‘event village’ close to the start and finish area where you can gather to support the runners and the hospital. It will include a bouncy castle, face painting, retailers, food and refreshments.

Run Wexham is a fantastic event for everyone and we think the changes we have introduced this year will make it better than ever. Black Park is the perfect venue for our trail races and fun run, and we urge as many people as possible to join us on 8 July. 

You can register for Run Wexham and find more information about the event by visiting the Frimley Health Charity website:  https://www.frimleyhealthcharity.org/event/runwexham2018/


30th Edition of the Overton 5:  Sunday 2 September 2018

Once again we are pleased to host the start of 2018/2019 Hampshire Road Race League with the 30th running of the Overton 5 at 14.00 on the 2nd September.  Due to the excellent feedback from last year the course remains unchanged from 2017 and is on fully closed roads.  .

Entry fees for the Overton 5 will be £15 for affiliated runners, £17 for non-affiliated. Based on how quickly the race has sold out over previous years we are expecting the race to sell out in August so enter now to avoid disappointment.

For further details and to enter the race, see:  



Newbury Roc 10k Race Report – Sunday 27th May 2018

Despite the impending threat of severe thunderstorms and adverse weather, conditions were favourable for the 2018 Newbury Roc 10k event, sponsored by Roc Technologies and The Good Exchange.  This year’s chosen charity was the Pals West Berkshire charity, supporting local children and young people with physical disabilities.

The U11 0.9k event was the first race to cross the start line at 9.10am.  The winner was Kirsten Fraser from Team Kennet with a time of 3 mins 13 secs followed two seconds later by Finlay Corcoran from Newbury Athletic Club.  A total of 128 competitors completed the race.  Full results from this event are at the following link:  U11 0.9k Continue reading

Ollie Johnson Memorial Kintbury 5 – Sunday 3rd of June 2018

Dave Wright has asked us to remind you about the above event taking place on Sunday 3rd June:

The Ollie Johnson Memorial Kintbury 5 is a 5 mile race run on quiet roads and tracks around Inkpen and Kintbury, including some private roads. The race is organized in memory of former Newbury AC member Ollie Johnson who was tragically killed in an accident in 2005, aged 18. The race helps raise funds for the Ollie Johnson Trust.

Date: Sunday 3rd June 2018, 10:30am

Distance: 5 Miles

Entry Fee: £8.50 affiliated, £10.50 unaffiliated, £12 on the day if places available

2 Mile Race: 10:35am start, £3 entry on the day only (U10 must run with parent/guardian)

Junior Race: 10am start, £2 entry on the day only

Entries for the main race can be made at: https://www.fullonsport.com/event/ollie-johnson-kintbury-5-mile-run/profile

If you are not planning on running but are able to help on the day please e-mail Dave at wrightjw1@aol.com as he is looking for more marshals / volunteers to assist with the smooth running of this event

Recent Road Races – round up

During the recent gloriously sunny Bank Holiday Monday (7th of May) a number of Newbury AC members raced in the Shinfield 10k.  The hot conditions didn’t appear to hinder Matt Green much as he finished in an impressive 3rd place out of 786 competitors.

The race results are:  http://readingroadrunners.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Shinfield201810K.pdf

Full NAC results are below:

Matthew Green 3rd – 35:54; Steve Barnes 10th – 37:17; Nige Popplewell 48th – 41:19; Chris Pudney 66th – 42:10; Chloe Blair 95th – 43:29; Dave Wright 112th – 44:16; Martyn Staines 129th – 44:59; Steve Ferriday 135th – 45:11 & Mariama Barrie 432nd – 57:28.

Saturday 12th May saw a really good turnout for NAC at the Chieveley Chase, the first race of the Run West Berks series.

Steve Barnes (34.51) was 2nd in the mens race. Emma-Jayne Bailey (41.59) was 1st in the ladies race. Martin Walker (36.48) was 2nd Vet and Jenny Eaton (43.20) was 1st Vet (just missing out on 3rd lady overall). 

Full NAC Results:

2nd Steve Barnes (34.51), 5th Ben Wickens (36.15), 6th Michal Szczpepanczyk (36.17), 7th Mike Wheeler (36.22), 10th Martin Walker (36.48), 11th Graham Stent (37.11), 15th Nigel Poppelwell (38.24), 18th Julian Tulk (39.03), 24th Richard Kennedy (40.37), 28th Andrew Russell (41.03), 32nd Stephen Ferriday (41.36), 34th Emma-Jayne Bailey (41.59), 42nd Jenny Eaton (43.20), 62nd Brian Matthews (47.11), 74th Jill MOwatt (49.05), 77th Christopher Culley (49.35), 85th Sheilah Marshall (50.56), 112th Stephanie Smallman and Liz Harkness (58.35).

The Marlow 5 – the final race of the Berkshire AA road-running championship series was held on Sunday 13th May. Steve Elsmere was first NAC runner in a time of 28:48 for 14th overall followed by Jeff Bird 29:58; (bronze medal position in 40-49 county table);Andy McKendrick 31:02; Wayne Lillis 31:35; Ryan Hill 33:28 & Sheila Marshall 41:52.


London and Southampton Marathons – Sunday 22 April 2018

The club had a successful series of marathon outings over the weekend (London and Southampton), in what could only be described as unprecedented heat conditions.  The BBC news reported that the London Marathon was the hottest on record with highs of 24C recorded but with commentators stating that 27C was experienced at tarmac level.

London Marathon (provisional times taken from the London Marathon tracker app):

Steve BARNES:  3 hrs 00 mins 25 secs (1st club member to finish)

Mike SHERIDAN:  3 hrs 19 mins 55 secs (2nd V65)

Mike WHEELER:  3 hrs 29 mins 17 secs

Jenny EATON:  3 hrs 29 mins 18 secs (6th V55, a new age grade club record)

Christina PUGSLEY:  3 hrs 40 mins 23 secs

Hannah COXHEAD:  4hrs 25 mins 22 secs

Special appreciation goes to Ian Coxhead and Tony Douglas for their essential support and transportation throughout the London Marathon weekend.  Worry-free travel and sound administration contributes significantly to a successful marathon event so a HUGE THANK YOU to both Ian and Tony.

Southampton Marathon (provisional times taken from the Southampton results website):

Mireille COOK:  3 hrs 48 mins 21 secs

Sue VAN HUYSSTEEN:  3 hrs 53 mins 17 secs

Adrian MAY:  4 hrs 4 mins 18 secs

Southampton Half Marathon:

Liz PUDNEY:  1 hr 51 mins 46 secs

Tanja WHITBY:  2 hrs 9 mins 00 secs

As always, marathon success is greatly enabled through the support of club members, family, friends and supporters giving encouragement every step of the way so a MASSIVE THANK YOU to all supporters, either hollering on the streets or cheering at the TV at home.

London Marathon Social Final Call – Sunday 22 April 2018

The post-London Marathon social event will take place on Sunday 22 April (details below).

When: Sunday 22 April 2018, beginning at 7.30pm until 10.30pm. 
Where: The Bowler’s Arms, Enborne St, Wash Common, Newbury RG14 6TW. 
Food: Light buffet/nibbles made on-site provided (for a small £6 fee). 
Dress: Informal. 

Confirming Numbers: If anyone wishes to join us for the buffet, please send me an e-mail to conormcg56@gmail.com as I need to get confirmed buffet numbers to the Bowler’s Arms by tomorrow (Tue 17 Apr)

Club members, Wives and Girlfriends (WAGs), Husbands and Boyfriends (HABs) and Significant Others and Partners (SOAPs) are all very welcome. 

Ridgeway Relays – Sunday 17th June 2018

The annual 89 mile Ridgeway Relay 2018 event will be taking place throughout Sunday 17 June 2018 beginning at 7.30am at Ivinghoe Beacon, Buckinghamshire and finishing in Marlborough.

I have provisionally entered 2 x NAC teams of ten runners for this event (each team must have a minimum of 2 x female runners per team but there can be more). Relay runners must be over 17 years old on the day of the event.

Please send expressions of interest through me (conormcg56@gmail.com) so I can co-ordinate team composition. If there are more then 20 people interested in taking part, I can enter additional teams.

NAC usually does very well at this event every year so please, please, PLEASE sign up for this event so we can continue to dominate the regional league tables.

Spread the word around the non-internet oldies.


Weekend Half Marathons (8th April 2018)

Some awesome club Half Marathon successes were achieved on Sunday the 8th of April 2018.

White Horse Half Marathon:  Nigel Popplewell finished in an impressive 38th position with a time of 1hr 28 mins 44 secs with Steve Ferriday coming close behind in 110th place with a time of 1hr 40 mins 4 secs.

Devizes Half Marathon:  Mike Wheeler set an outstanding pace by coming in 18th position with a time of 1hr 26 mins 14 secs.  He was the sole club representative at Devizes.

Outstanding effort to all three