Ridgeway Relay Sun 16 Jun 19 – Final Desperate Call for Runners

Presently, NAC is in danger of not fielding any teams for next Sunday’s Ridgeway Relay event which would be an unfortunate milestone for the club.


At present, the solitary team we are fielding is still two runners short.

If anyone can attend this event, please let me know on conormcg56@gmail.com ASAP and I will add you to the team list.

It would be a real shame if NAC couldn’t enter even one team for this iconic event.

Ridgeway Relays Sunday 16 June 2019-Urgent Runner Request

The Ridgeway Relay 2019 is due to take place throughout Sunday the 16th of June 2019.


NAC has traditionally performed extremely well in this event year-on-year.

Unfortunately, only 5 x club members so far have come forward to confirm their entry in this year’s event (only 13 x days away) and interest appears to be low.

NAC has provisionally entered two teams of 10 x runners (each team requires at least two females to run) but there is the possibility that we might only be able to scratch one team together (if we can even manage to fill one team).

Please let me know urgently if you wish to participate in this iconic event; it would be a real shame if NAC didn’t participate at all for the first time in the event’s history.

Please email conormcg56@gmail.com if you wish to take part in this event with your preferred leg (if known).  The time available to undertake recces of your route is rapidly fading.

Road Running Championship Table Update (up to event 7)

The current 2019 Road Running championship table (up to event 7) is linked below for examination/fact checking.

If there are any discrepancies on this table, please respond to Conor McGrory (conormcg56@gmail.com) with:

  1. Details of the error and correction required.
  2. Details of your race/time that require correction/insertion.
  3. A URL for verifying your results.


At present, the following athletes lead their respective tables:

Senior Male:  James Craggs.

Senior Female:  Victoria Duncan/Sophie Fowler/Charlotte Fowler (joint 1st).

Veteran Male:  Wayne Lillis.

Veteran Female:  Liz Harkness.

Winchester Half Marathon – Removed from Road Running League

Due to an unforseen move of the date of the Highclere 10km event to Sun 22 Sep 19, the Winchester Half Marathon (which will take place on the same day) has now been removed as a scoring event from the 2019 Road Running league table.

I appreciate that this decision to remove the Winchester Half Marathon from this year’s league table will be unpopular.  As the Highclere 10km is a high-profile, main effort club event, full focus should be directed towards supporting this event.

The decision to remove the Winchester Half Marathon from the Road Running league table was made by me during a recent club committee event as there was no way of re-scheduling an alternative scoring event at this late stage.

If anyone is particularly aggrieved by this decision, please contact me directly on conormcg56@gmail.com

Ridgeway Relays: Sunday 16 June 2019

Now that the Roc 10km is complete, club attention should now focus on the Ridgeway Relay 2019 event taking place on Sunday the 16th of June 2019.

NAC has typically done very well in this event and we would wish to continue this successful trend.

The club has 2 x teams of 10 runners entered (each team must have a minimum of 2 x female runners) but confirmed participants from NAC so far has been very low.  The event consists of 10 x legs of between 6-10 miles in length with varying terrain along the Ridgeway Nation Trail, beginning at the Ivinghoe Beacon (Aylesbury direction) and ending in Marlborough later that day.

The event information pack for 2019 is at:  http://www.marlboroughrunningclub.org.uk/uploads/files/documents/Ridgeway%20relay%20information%20pack%202019.pdf

Expressions of interest to participate in this event should be made to Conor McGrory at:  conormcg56@gmail.com

Time to undertake recces of your allocated leg of the route is getting constrained so please let me know if you wish to participate as soon as possible.

Ridgeway Relays Sunday 16th of June 2019

NAC has entered this year’s Ridgeway Relay taking place on Sunday the 16th of June 2019, beginning at 0730 hrs at Ivinghoe Beacon and ending later that day in Marlborough leisure centre (SN8 1PB).  This event is a relay event consisting of 10 x legs of between 6-10 miles in each leg over undulating terrain.  There will be 42 teams from 24 running clubs taking part in this year’s event.


We have entered two teams of 10 x runners in the mostly men category.  This means each team composition must include at least 2 x females.  Individual competitors may run more than one stage of the relay, but must run complete stages and all changeovers must take place at the designated locations. “Buddying” of runners is permitted, but on any particular stage only one runner in any team will be regarded as the official team member.

If you are interested in taking part in this event, please see the event information sheet on the event website above.  Please email me at conormcg56@gmail.com with the relay legs you would be interested in running.  Route recces are vital to take place before the event as runners will be required to self-navigate their respective legs.

I require team lists to be confirmed by Monday 10 June 2019.

Dave Clark Marathon Shield 2019

Following yesterday’s London Marathon, the Dave Clark Marathon shield is presented to the NAC member(s) who deliver an exceptionally high performance or performs over and above what is routinely expected of a club member.

Following a successful conclusion to the 2019 London Marathon, the Dave Clark Marathon shield 2019 is jointly presented to:  Mr Ian Coxhead and Mr Tony Douglas.

For more years than Ian and Tony can probably remember, they have been the dependable duo who have organised and delivered the following London Marathon support to many club runners:

  • Minibus transport from Newbury/Thatcham to the marathon registration.
  • Overnight accommodation on the edge of Blackheath (a mere 300m from start pens).
  • Vocal support throughout the course.
  • Meeting exhausted club athletes at The Mall and ensuring they are guided back to the minibus transport safely.
  • Return minibus transport from London to Newbury/Thatcham.
  • Provided an exemplary trouble-free service, enabling club athletes to fully focus on their marathon efforts.

Ian and Tony have repeatedly delivered this essential service to club members year-on-year, often at their own expense and all whilst giving up a whole weekend of their own time.

For their sterling efforts, Ian and Tony are presented with the Dave Clark Marathon shield for 2019.   On behalf of every member of NAC, we thank them for their superb and enduring level of support throughout many years of London Marathon success.


London Marathon 2020 Ballot Entry Now Open

The ballot entry for the 2020 London Marathon (due to take place on Sunday the 26th of April 2020) is now open but will close at 5pm on Fri the 3rd of May 2019.

Good for Age entry applications will open on Wed the 7th of Aug and will close on Fri the 16th of Aug 2019.

Given the success which the club had in this year’s marathon, enter the ballot and have an unforgettable experience.