Christmas / New Year Programme (provisional)

Normal Tuesday & Thursday sessions up to and including Thursday 20th then no sessions on Tuesday 25th or Thursday 27th.

  • 23rd December: Hill session  – 9:30am, Northcroft
  • 26th December: Boxing Day Handicap  – 10:30am, Northcroft
  • 28th December: Kintbury to Combe Gibbet Social run – 10:30am, Jubilee Centre, Kintbury
  • 28th December: Presentation & Social evening – 7pm, Thatcham Rugby Club, Henwick
  • 30th December: Hill session – 9:30am, Northcroft

Normal sessions resume from Thursday 3rd January.

The next Oxford Mail League fixture is on Sunday 6th January at Horspath, Oxford.

SEAA Masters Cross-country Championships: 8th December, Horspath

Medal-winning M60 team

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.

 

 

Anne, Jenny, Sue and Liz looking festive!

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.

Full results

 

Berkshire Road Running Championship 2019

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

Keith Scott Boxing Day Handicap

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.

Berks, Bucks & Oxon Cross-country, 18th November, Newbury

The victorious Senior Men’s team (missing Tom Watkins)

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.

Full results

British & Irish Masters’ International Cross-Country, 17th November, Swansea

On Saturday, Jess Franklin, representing England, finished second in the W35 age-group only 9 seconds behind the winner. Jess led home the winning England team. Jess raced again on Sunday in the BB&O (see above) finishing runner-up overall and winninng the Veteran Women’s category. Just a normal weekend then!

Full results

Anne Stewart-Power  and Mike Sheridan, both of whom had been selected as reserves for England, ran in the accompanying Open race with Anne finishing 1st in the W55 category and Mike 2nd in the M65 age-group

Updates

Josie receiving her silver medal

Josie Robertson produced another excellent performance yesterday at Milton Keynes to finish 2nd in the U13 Girls race in Round 2 of the British Athletics Cross-challenge series. Josie was just 5 seconds behind the winner Scarlett Livingstone from Exeter, the pair now share the lead in the Under 13 age group.

The Age-Graded Road League table has been updated to include results to end-October. Current title holder Mike Sheridan has moved ahead of Josie Robertson at the top of the table… still two months to go though!  Please e-mail Irwin Fairclough with any additions / corrections.

Berkshire County Cross-country Championships, 16th December, St Andrew’s School, Pangbourne. Please note that athletes wishing to compete need to submit their entry by 12th December.
Full details here

Newbury AC SPOTY: call for nominations

This year’s end of season presentation evening will see the first ever Newbury AC Sports Personality of the Year Award!

We’re looking for your nominations to make a shortlist of contenders, with a live public vote on the evening to decide the winner. As with the BBC award, we’re looking for someone who’s been inspirational, motivational or just damn impressive in what they do – whether in track, field, cross country, road running or everyday club life. Any club member is eligible – old, young, fast or slow.

This idea will only work with input from you guys, so please email your nominations to Mike Robbins  or E-J Bailey before 21st November, with a brief description of why you think they deserve the award. There’s no limit to the number of nominations (but don’t vote for yourself, nobody likes a show-off).

Oxford Mail Cross-Country League: Round 1, 4th November, Newbury

Report by Phil Marshall:

Sophie & Jess lead the way – Photo Barry Cornelius

Newbury Athletic Club hosted the season’s first Oxfordshire Cross Country League fixture at the weekend on an overcast day at Newbury Showground with great success. A huge thanks goes to all the volunteers who helped with marshalling, timekeeper recording, car park attending, race hares and sweepers, and especially those who took time out the previous day to set up the course.

Our Senior Women took up where they left off last season with an emphatic team victory, Sophie Crumly took the win just ahead of teammate and first veteran woman Jess Franklin, with 4th place Victoria Duncan completing the winning team.

Sam Hart – 2nd in Men’s race. Photo – Barry Cornelius

Sam Hart was making his debut in the blue vest of Newbury AC and produced a fantastic display in his first race at the Senior Men’s 8.5k distance. He finished a close second behind Abingdon AC’s Alex Wall-Clarke, but was the first U20 man in the highly competitive 335 strong field. Sam was backed up well by strong performances from James Craggs in 8th and Matt Green in 11th.

Josie Robertson continued her early season cross-country form to storm to an emphatic gun to tape victory in the U13 girls race. There were also great results from Oliver Hamlin 4th U11 boy, Luci Robertson 5th U15 girl, Tobias Allen 6th U17 boy, Rachel Allen 2nd V45 women, Jenny Eaton 3rd V55 women and Liz Harkness 1st V65 women.

Results can be found here / Photos courtesy of Barry Cornelius can be found here (please credit if used).

Oxford Mail Cross-country League: Round 1, 4th November, Newbury Showground

It’s time to clean off last seasons dirt from your xc spikes and let’s kick off the season in style with a big Newbury AC attendance at the first Oxford Mail League race of the 2018/19 season

Race Timetable below:
Race Start Time Age Group(s) Target distance

1 09.55 U9 Girls and Boys 1200m
2 10.00 U11 Girls 1500m
3 10.10 U11 Boys 1500m
4 10.20 U13 Girls 2500m
5 10.30 U13 Boys 2500m
6 10.45 U15 and U17 Girls 3500m
7 11.00 U15 and U17 Boys 4800m
8 11.20 U20/Sen/Vet Men 8500m
9 12.00 U20/Sen/Vet Women 6500m

Please can you car share where possible and remember £4 for the car park.

This fixture is being hosted by Newbury AC, so any club members not racing, please can you kindly contact Phil Marshall as we need some help with car park attending, time recorders and marshalling.