Newbury Parkrun Volunteer takeover: 8th September

There will be a club takeover of th3 volunteer roles at the Newbury Parkrun on 8 September to promote the Highclere 10k. Please let Jeff Bird know below if you can help with any of the following roles.

Timekeeper (3). Funnel manager (2): Barcode scanner (3), Manual scribe (1),
Finish tokens (2), Tailwalker (1), Photographer (1), Pacers (if we have sufficient volunteers for the other roles): 20 / 22:30 / 25 / 27:30 / 30 mins (5), Handing out flyers (as many as possible):

Recent T&F results

Three Newbury athletes were in action at the Iffley Road Mile Festival in Oxford on Saturday. Both Izzy Fry and Alex Muir attempted to follow in Sir Roger Bannister’s footsteps, and despite strong winds, Izzy managed to take 24 seconds off the U20 club record with a time of 4:59.01 – becoming the first female NAC athlete to run a sub 5 minute mile in over a decade. Alex battled hard in the men’s A race to 4:36.21, his best time since 2012. Mike Robbins stepped down from his usual distance for some speed work in the 600m, and was rewarded with a PB of 1:28.98.

Two junior athletes were selected to represent Berkshire in the Derek Crookes Southern U13 Intercounty match in Kingston. Josie Robertson raced hard to 3rd place in the 1500m A race with a time of 5:08.36, while Miriam Cooper added over 30cm to her PB in the javelin with a throw of 17.78m for 11th place in the B string.

And on Wednesday night, Maisie Jeger broke the U15 girls 300m club record in her first race since returning to Newbury AC first claim, with a time of 43.3s at the Cheltenham midsummer open meeting.

Berkshire U13 & Endurance Champs: 11th July, Bracknell

Report by Andy Tuttle

Two more Newbury A.C athletes were crowned Berkshire County Champions at the Under 13’s and Endurance Championships held at Bracknell A.C on Wednesday night. Rebecca Downie built a 10 second lead to win the 2000m Senior Women’s Steeplechase in 8mins45.3., Sister Emma Downie was runner up in the Under 17 Women’s 3000m she clocked 11min 24.8 in her first time over the distance on the track, and Under 15 Luci Robertson sliced 33 seconds of her previous best 3000m to finish 4th in 11mins29.5 .

In the under 13’s Championship Josie Robertson led from the gun to win the 1000m in 3mins13.1, Josie has now been selected to run for Berkshire at the Inter Counties event in two weeks time. In the same race Miriam Cooper ran a personal best time of 3mins 31.9 in 5th place, then went on to finish runner up in the Javelin with a personal best throw of 17m.45. Kitty Manwaring threw a personal best 15m21 to finish 5th in the Discus, and recorded 3m67 in the Long Jump were she finished in 7th place.

English Schools’ Champs: 14-15 July, Birmingham

Report by Mike Robbins

Newbury AC have two English Schools champions among their ranks after an incredibly successful weekend in Birmingham. Both Charlotte Payne and Oliver Hewitt claimed their biggest successes to date in the hammer, Oliver winning the senior boys competition with a mighty throw of 62.85m, while Charlotte dominated the intermediate girls competition, winning by nearly eight metres with a throw of 61.77m. On top of the national schools title, Charlotte’s performance was good enough for selection to the England team in an international schools event in Scotland next weekend.

Just to qualify for English Schools is an achievement in itself that should not be underestimated, and three other Newbury athletes were in action over the weekend, showing just how bright the future of the club looks. Izzy Fry has endured a tough start to the season with multiple injury issues, but that seemed to have no effect on her as she raced to a 3000m PB of 9:51.75 to take a very impressive fifth place in her final year as a senior girl. Lilly Gohara was making her debut at English Schools, and should be very proud of finishing sixth in a tough first heat of the intermediate girls 80m hurdles. Another debutant, second claim Newbury AC athlete Maisie Jeger was a little off her best in a fiercely competitive junior girls long jump, ending the day in 14th place in her pool.

Southern Athletics League – 14th July, Andover

Report by Mike Robbins

Andover was the venue for a glorious sunny Southern Athletics League fixture, where despite home advantage, Newbury were just pipped to the win by the narrowest of margins. Yeovil Olympiads spent much of the day in second place, but snatched the win at the death with 200 points to Newbury’s 199.5, ahead of a hard chasing Radley on 189 and South London Harriers with 157.5.

The best team results came in the long distance events, which was perhaps surprising given the heat. Jess Franklin and Victoria Duncan were such a long way clear of the rest of the field in the 5000m that the only competition was between themselves. With nothing to separate them for the first eleven and a half laps, it was Jess who had the better kick, finishing in a PB time of 18:27.3, four seconds clear of Victoria. To further emphasise the club’s strength in this event, third place in the race was Georgie Offer, non-scoring for Newbury.

A similar domination was seen in the men’s 3000m steeplechase, where Mike Robbins opened up a good lead on the first lap, and never looked back, finishing a trouble free race with a PB time of 10:50.4, this despite the whole field facing an extra barrier on the first lap! Steve Elsmere had his own battle with the pack behind Mike, but came out on top to win the B string. Continue reading

Fell running tour 2018

Report by Dave Wright

The annual trip up north was extra warm this time, with Keswick reaching 31degrees when we were racing nearby. Unprecedented for fell races, water was provided at the checkpoints on Wednesday and Sunday. Great scenery, conviviality and hospitality as usual with the fell running community.



Tebay Fell Race (Cumbria) 8 miles (914metre climb) Dave Wright 47th (1hour 43 minutes), Chris Hobson 67th (2hours 6 minutes) (Race actually measured 9.3 miles and is considered the hardest midweek race in Cumbria. Great meat pies and mushy peas afterwards. 82 finishers

Kirkby Stephen Sports (Cumbria) 2.8 miles (110metre climb) Chris 20th approx. (20 minutes), Dave 23rd approx. (22minutes) 45 runners. Chris won the half mile handicap afterwards and after a pint of beer, winning £8 and he would probably have won outright as he recorded under 2 minutes with only a small head start! Didn`t do so well in the sprint, sack race or egg throwing though!

Whaley Waltz (Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire), 5.8 miles (274metre climb), Dave 47th (51minutes), Chris 65th (53minutes) 208 runners

Great Hucklow Fell Race (Derbyshire) 10K (340metre climb) Dave 22nd, (57 minutes), Chris voluntarily walked around as tail runner. 115 runners

Combe Gibbet Challenge results

Report by Nige Popplewell:

The annual Combe Gibbet Challenge took place on Sunday 24th, and Newbury AC members tested themselves against both the undulating multi-terrain course and extremely warm weather. Notwithstanding the conditions, a number of prizes were won by club members as below:

Second Female in 48:08 min  was  Mireille Cook  followed by Third Female (49:50)    Sarah Taylor.
First Female Veteran with  51:50   was  Jenny Eaton. First Male Veteran was taken by Graham Stent in 43:34 mins. There were 134 finishers.

Full results