There will be hill sessions on the next two Sundays 10th (Karen) and 17th (Irwin) – 9:30am at Northcroft. No session on 24th.
There will be a hill session this Sunday – 9:30am at Northcroft. All welcome.
The tables have been updated to include the results of Round 3 of the Oxford Mail League. Congratulations to Tobias Allen (U17 Boys), Jess Franklin (Overall Women) and Rachel Allen (Vet. Women) of securing their respective division titles with two races to spare.
There’s a titanic struggle developing at the top of the Senior Men’s table between Matt Green and James Craggs with only 1 point between them!
After 17 years of developing and managing the club website, I’ve decided that now is the time to pass it on to the next generation. The design of the site needs to be refreshed and new features introduced over time. I am pleased that Andy McKendrick has agreed to take responsibility for the future design and operation of the site. Andy & I have been working in tandem for the past month and he is now ready to assume full responsibility. Please support him, as you have me, in keeping the site relevant and current.
There were 65 finishers in this year’s race. The winner was 5 year-old Alex Chicken who led from start to finish and completed the course in 18:16. Catherine Marshall was the first club member, finishing in 3rd place overall. Fastest time of the day went to Alex Muir – who just dipped under 9 minutes.
Thanks to all who helped with timekeeping. marshalling, recording and results processing: Dave Mason, Caroline Tuttle, Alison Russell, Becky Bird, Mariama Barrie, Anna Downie, Bob Taylor, Geoff Anderson, Danny Hawkins, Chloe Blair, Simon Barrett, Helen Fairclough and Sarah Fairclough.
Normal sessions resume on Thursday 3rd January at Newbury Rugby Club.
The next Oxford Mail League fixture is on Sunday 6th January at Horspath, Oxford.
The club fielded complete teams in the three Men’s age-groups and in the Women’s 50-59 category. The M60+ team of Irwin Fairclough, Mike Sheridan and Geoff Anderson took the silver medal for the second year in succession.
Other team positions were : M40-49 (Jeff Bird, Martin Walker and Andrew Russell) 8th of 8; M50-59 (Wayne Lillis, Nige Popplewell and Andy Tuttle) 15th of 18 and F50-55 (Anne Stewart-Power, Jenny Eaton, Sue van Huyssteen) 5th of 9.
Liz Harkness completed her set of medals in the F65+ age-group finishing in 3rd place to follow up on last year’s win and her runner-up spot in 2016. Other top 10 finishers were: Anne Stewart-Power 5th F55; Irwin Fairclough 5th M60, Mike Sheridan 8th M65 and Jenny Eaton 10th F55.
The races to be included in the 2019 Berkshire Championships are as follows:
Wokingham Half Marathon (24 February); Maidenhead Easter 10 mile (19 April), Marlow 5 mile (12 May); Burnham Beeches 10k (11 August)
Some of these races are now open for entry. The County Champs entries however won’t open until 1st January. Entry details will be posted here.
A provisional 2019 listing of local road races can be found here
Entries are now open for the Keith Scott Boxing Day Handicap. The race is held over a 1.7 mile multi-terrain course. Slowest runners start first and if the handicapper get it right (doesn’t happen often!) there should be a mass of runners coming down the finishing straight together.
Entries are free and the event is open to all club members, their family & friends. Please let Irwin Fairclough know by 22nd December if you plan to run. No entries on the day.
We also need 8-10 helpers on the day to ensure that the race runs smoothly and safely. Please let Irwin know if you can assist in any way. We’re usually finished by 11am.
Newbury AC Senior Men’s team (Alex Muir, Tom Watkins, Matt Green, James Craggs, Mark Vardy and Mike Robbins) won the BB&O Championships for the first time in the competitions 107 year history. Alex finished 6th overall (3rd Senior). James took individual gold in the Veteran Men’s category & led the Veteran Men’s team (James Craggs, Andrew Ind, Steve Barnes) to victory.
Josie Robertson won the U13 Girls race and Jess Franklin, fresh from her exploits at the Masters’ International on Saturday was first Veteran finisher and 2nd overall in the Senior/Vet Ladies race. Rachel Allen took the bronze medal in the Veteran Ladies age-group and together with Jess & Jenny Eaton secured the Silver medal for the Veteran Women’s team. The Senior Ladies team (Jess Franklin, Yaz Ryder, Rachel Allen) took the bronze medal.