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.


London Marathon Social Evening – Sunday the 28th of April, The Hatchet Inn

10 x members of NAC will be taking part in the London Marathon on Sunday the 28th of April.  On the same evening, there will be a Marathon social event taking place in The Hatchet Inn (Wetherspoons), Market Square, Newbury beginning at 7pm.

All club members, their friends and families are invited to attend this event to celebrate not just the London Marathon participants but to celebrate any club members who have pushed themselves beyond their limits for their sport.  The Dave Clark Marathon Shield will be presented during this social event to the club member who performed admirably during the London Marathon event.

An informal finger buffet will be laid on for those wishing to avail of some nibbles with a few drinks.  If anyone wishes to be included in this buffet, the individual contribution is £5.  The bar menu will be in operation until 11pm if anyone wishes to order meals separately.

Please let Conor McGrory know if you are interested in the buffet option for catering purposes (conormcg56@gmail.com).


Opportunity events of interest (various)

Please see the message below for details of events which may be of interest for club members: 
I work for Run101, we are based out of Tetbury and we organise several running events. 

We want to get more local running clubs involved in what we do, and being local, we are offering 25% off to all your members. 

Our most local events are the Cirencester running festival, previously Cirencester 24. This is 24/12 hours around a loop in the Bathurst Estate.  People can enter as a solo runner, or up to a team of 8 people who do the run in a relay style. 
the link is here:

Cotswold Running Festival – Run101
The Cotswold Running Festival, the new format for the Cotswold 24 Hr Race! It’s a weekend crammed with running events, speakers, entertainment and more.

The other event we have, the Cotswold Way Challenge, completing the length of the path over a 4 day period, a marathon a day. The link to this is here:


Cotswold Way Challenge – Run101
Run 100 miles over four days along the beautiful Cotswold Way Trail, staying each night in our runners villages. The Cotswold Way is a beautiful national trail of between 102 and 107 miles (depending on your route!) running from the picturesque town of Chipping Campden in the North to the stunning Georgian city of Bath in the south.

Please give us a shout if you want more information, and don’t hesitate to pass on my details should any runner want to take up the 25% off deal!


Race Director

Event Manager
Pillow Festivals and Events

Corn Exchange Colour Dash – (Sun 9 Jun 19)

The Corn Exchange in Newbury is organising a fundraising Colour Dash as the finale event for our Save Your Corn Exchange campaign.  Participants can choose to run a 1k or 5k event, whilst being showered in colour powder.  The event will take place at Newbury College on Sunday 9 June 2019.  Full details of the event are available at www.cornexchangenew.com/
Please engage with Ruth at ruths@cornexchangenew.co.uk for further details.

Final Thursday Evening Newbury Rugby Football Club Training Sessions

For those who attend interval training sessions and road running on Thursday evenings at Newbury Rugby Football Club:
The final night of training for this season at the rugby club will be Thursday the 18th of April 2019.
The first training session for interval training and road running at Brown’s Meadow, Fifth Road will be on Thursday the 25th of April 2019.
Please spread the word widely so everyone is aware.

Road Running League Table 2019 – Latest Scores

Following Event 4 of the 2019 Road Running League Table, the table has been updated with the latest scores.

Running ahead in the Senior Men’s table is Phil Marshall.

Leading the Senior Female’s table in joint first is Victoria Duncan, Sophie and Charlotte Fowler.

Topping the Veteran (50+) Men’s table is Mike Sheridan.

Peaking the Veteran (50+) Female’s table is Sheila Marshall.

Attached is the Excel table for examination.  A list of the 15 x scoring events are on the first tab.  Aggregated scores are on the next tab.  URL links to the event results are on each tab.


NAC London Marathon 2019 Excursion Offer 27-28 Apr 19

10 NAC athletes will participate in the 2019 London Marathon on Sunday 28th of April 2019.

To support this endeavour, NAC is providing:

  • Minibus transport from Newbury/Thatcham area to London on Saturday 27th of April.
  • Attendance at the London Marathon 2019 Expo at the Excel centre (concurrent to NAC athletes registering at the same event).
  • Overnight accommodation at the Clarendon Hotel (8-16 Montpelier Row, Blackheath, London SE3 0RW), located on the edge of Blackheath.  This accommodation includes evening meal and breakfast.
  • Support to NAC athletes during the London Marathon event.
  • Return transport to Newbury/Thatcham once all NAC athletes have finished the marathon.

The option exists for a total of six NAC supporters, friends/family and non-club runners to avail of this transport and accommodation excursion.  The total cost for transport and accommodation will be approximately £180-190 (these costs are 85% accurate and will be confirmed in due course).

Club members who have an interest in availing of this London Marathon excursion offer should inform Conor McGrory (conormcg56@gmail.com) at the earliest opportunity.  Transport and accommodation spaces are limited so allocations will be made on a 1st come, 1st served basis.  I require confirmed attendees by no later than Monday 8th of April 2019 (if not sooner).

If there are any questions regarding this excursion, please contact conormcg56@gmail.com.

NAC Road Running League Championship – Andover Parkrun (23 Mar 19)

A scoring event in the NAC 2019 Road Running League Championships, a number of NAC athletes competed in Andover’s Parkrun (event 3 of 15 events).


Phil Marshall led the field by coming in 1st position overall with a time of 17 mins 24 secs, followed a mere 3 x seconds later by Mike Wheeler in 2nd place overall.  Wayne Lillis finished in 14th position overall with 20 mins 27 secs, closely followed by Dave Wright in 20th position with a time of 21 mins 18 secs.  Sheila Marshall finished in 134th position with a time of 26 mins 34 secs closely followed by Liz Harkness in 150th position with a time of 27 mins 09 secs.

If I have missed off any NAC athletes at this event, please let me know and I will add them to the league table.

At the end of event 3, Mike Wheeler leads the overall Men’s table (50 points) with Victoria Duncan, Sheila Marshall and Sophie Fowler jointly leading the overall Female table with 20 points each.

Wokingham Half Marathon Sunday the 24th of February 2019

In sunny and unseasonably warm conditions for February, thirteen club runners competed at the  Wokingham Half Marathon.  James Craggs was the first club runner across the line in 36th overall position in a rapid time of 1hr 14 mins 12 secs.  Steve Barnes was the next runner in 131st place with 1hr 20 mins 32 secs.  Mike Wheeler was the third club runner in 144th position overall with 1hr 21 mins 37 secs.

Victoria Duncan was the first club female across the line in 191st position, 11th female overall and securing a new PB time of 1hr 23 mins 47 secs.  Mike Sheridan won the M65 age group prize in 1hr 26 mins 6 secs and Rachel Allen secured herself a club age-group record in the F45 age group with a time of 1hr 32 mins 17 secs.

Other club runners include Michal Szczepanczyk in 160th place and a time of 1hr 22 mins 38 secs, Chris Hobson in 373rd position and a time of 1hr 30 mins 43 secs, Edyta Wilk in 689th position and a time of 1hr 39 mins 46 secs, Wayne Lillis in 742nd position and a time of 1hr 39 mins 51 secs, Chris Culley in 764th position and a time of 1hr 42 mins 16 secs, Graham Stent in 1184th position and a time of 1hr 54 mins 7 secs and Ruth Lambert in 1,269th position and a time of 1hr 54 mins 57 secs.

Results are at:  https://wokinghamhalf.co.uk/