Parkrun 21 April: Volunteers needed urgently

Message from Jeff Bird:

We have a club takeover of Newbury parkrun on 21 April to help promote the 10k at the end of May. I’d like to get the volunteer roster filled before I go away at the end of this month. Please let me know (E-mail Jeff) if you can help in any of the roles below:
Car park marshals; Funnel manager; Timekeeper;Manual scribe,  Barcode scanners; Token sorter; Pacemaker (30 mins).

English Schools’ Cross-country Championships: 17th March

Izzy on her way to 4th place (Photo by Adrian Royle)

Izzy Fry produced another excellent performance, finishing 4th in the Senior Girls’ race at Temple Newsom.. Izzy started out in the lead pack of 12 runners, she ran strongly the hills and worked up to the top 7  but she then had a slight blip running head on into a strong wind before moving back up to the leaders. On the second to last hill she moved into 3rd  but got stuck in the mud at the bottom of the final descent and lost 3rd place by a couple of seconds. She drove up the hill to the finish but could not quite close it back up. A superb 4th place, one second behind 3rd, 8 seconds behind the runner-up, Kirsty Walker of Reading, and 18 secs behind the winner Holly Page.

Luci Robertson was 8th out of the pen in the Junior Girls race, but worked through strongly to finish 222nd, and get the important final 6th place counter in the Berkshire team.

Inter-Counties Cross-country Championships: 10th March, Loughborough

Izzy & Josie – looks like they enjoyed the mud!

Izzy Fry came 11th in the Under 20’s Inter Counties at Loughborough today, it was Izzy’s best ever Inter County finish, the team came 4th.

Josie Robertson was the next highest placed NAC member, Josie came 47th in her first year as an under 13, 2nd Berkshire. Jess Franklin was the only Berkshire Senior Woman to make the top 100, Jess finished 75th. E- J Bailey responded superbly to a late call, overtaking throughout the race E-J overtook the 2nd Berkshire team member during the last 500m and held on to that place to finish 207th, with Rachel Allen also a scoring member in 228th. Newbury also had three members in the Senior Men’s team Alex Muir replicated the performance by Jess when  he held on to a top 100 place in 89th to lead the team home, followed by Matt Green 179th and Phil Marshall 259th. 


Presentation & Social Evening: 23rd March

We will be holding our Cross Country Presentation and Social Evening on Friday 23rd March from 7pm – 10pm (presentations at 7:20pm). Admission Free. All members and their families welcome.

Venue: “Bev’s Barn” at Oakley Farm Caravan Park, Penwood Road, Wash Water, Newbury, RG20 0LP

Directions: From Newbury drive south along the A343 for about 3 miles.  Just over the Hampshire border turn left into Penwood Road (by the 3 new houses being built) and Oakley Farm Caravan Park is about 400m on the left (keep left where the road divides).

Buffet meal – buffet provided by people attending – as usual please bring a plateful or two to share.

N.B. There is no bar – please bring your own drinks and glasses

Club Cross-country Champions 2017/18

Congratulations to the winners of this season’s club cross-country championships. Following the cancellation of the final Oxford Mail League fixture we decided to count the Best 5 performances from the 6 completed fixtures for the older age-groups and the Best 3 performances from the 4 completed fixtures for the younger age-groups.

Awards will be presented at the Social Evening on 23rd March (see above)

The winners are:

U11 Girls: Katya Burgess and Clementine Barry – joint winners as equal on points

U11 Boys: Drew Radbourne and Oliver Hamlin – joint winners as equal on points

U13 Girls: Josie Robertson; U13 Boys: Tom Stevenson

U15 Girls: Luci Robertson; U15 Boys: Callum Potts

U17 Girls: Emma Downie; U17 Boys: No entrants

Senior Women: Izzy Fry; Senior Men: Alex Muir

Veteran Women: Jess Franklin; Veteran Men: Steve Barnes

Final tables

Easter Handicap: Sunday 1st April

Entries are now open for the club’s Easter Handicap to be held on Sunday, 1st April, 10:30am at Northcroft. The race is held over the same 1.8 mile, multi-terrain course as used for the Boxing Day handicap though run in the reverse (clock-wise) direction.

The event is free to enter and open to all members, their families and friends. To enter please e-mail Irwin Fairclough with name(s) and recent best 5K time by Thursday 29th March – there will be no entries available on the day.

We also need about 10 volunteers to help with the start / finish and with on-course marshalling – please e-mail me if you are available to help. We aim to have everything finished by 11am.

Club Cross-Country Championship

Following another successful Oxford Mail League on Sunday (see report below), the following athletes have established unassailable leads in the 2017/18 Club Cross-Country Championships:

Alex Muir (Senior Men), Emma Downie (U17W); Luci Robertson (U15G); Callum Potts (U15B); Josie Robertson (U13G) and; Tom Stevenson (U13B). They can’t take a rest yet and there are still individual and team medals to be fought for at the final Oxford Mail League on 4th March at Farmoor.

The remaining Club Championship Divisions (Veteran Men, Senior & Veteran Women and U11 Boys & Girls) are very tight and will be decided at Farmoor.

Latest tables

Schools’ Cross-Country Championships

The have been a number of outstanding performances from our Young Athletes at the recent Berkshire County and West Berkshire District school’s XC Championships. Both events were held at the Newbury Showground and benefited greatly from the contribution of Newbury AC members in setting up the course, time-keeping, recording and marshalling.

Berkshire County Championships: Josie Robertson (1st U13G) and Izzy Fry (3rd U19), Luci Robertson (9th U15G) and Tobias Allen (9th U15B), have been invited to represent Berkshire at the South-East Schools’ Inter-Counties on 3rd February back at the Newbury Showgrounds.

West Berkshire District Championships: There were first-place finishes for Josie Robertson (U13G), Luci Robertson (U15G) and Oliver Brashaw (U15B). 2nd places for Tobias Allen (U17B), Phoebe Ryder (U13G),and Vlado Tsagov (U19B),3rd place for Kitty Sheppard-Cross (U17G), 4th for Miriam Cooper (U13G) and 5th places for Sophie Bhatt (U15G), Francesca Bailey (U13G) and Emma Downie (U17G). 

Road run: Thursday 25th January

This week’s road run will be Route 3: Retail Park-Pinchington Lane – Greenham Road (main split) – Pidgeon’s Farm – Racecourse – Hambridge Road- Fir Tree Lane – Cock Inn – Victoria Park – St John’s Roundabout – either Newtown Road or Andover Road to Rugby Club.

Weekend round-up: 13/14 January

Harry Russell – 800m Bronze medallist

Harry Russell won a bronze medal in the Northern Athletics Senior Championships Indoor 800m yesterday in Sheffield. Harry came through his heat earlier in the same day with a time of 1:56.11 and then, despite the other 5 athletes in the final having quicker PB’s, he secured the superb 3rd place with a time of 1:57.56 in a tactical race.

Jeff Bird set a new PB of 36:09 in finishing 3rd M40 at the Stubbington Green 10K. Mike Sheridan also ran strongly to finish 3rd M65 in 42:38.



Phil Marshall (17:06), Mike Wheeler (17:20), Joe Hoskins (17:38) and Ben Wickens (18:12) took the Fulham Palace Parkrun by storm, finishing 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 7th and all recording PBs.

Mike Wheeler was in action again on Sunday at the Rough ‘n’ Tumblr 10. Mike finished 26th in 1:18:12 just behind Dave Wright who led home the club contingent in 25th place (2nd V50) in 1:18:04. Other Newbury AC finishers were: Rachel Allen (57th, 5th lady, 1:24:26); Joe Hoskins & Graham Stent (183rd, 1:38)