Berkshire County Cross-country Championships

Message from Phil Marshall:

Thank you to everyone that has entered the Berkshire Cross Country Championships at Prospect Park, Reading this Sunday 17th December.

Race 1 – Junior, Senior & Masters (v35) Men – 11:00 – 12k & 9k (Junior)

Juniors: Vlado Tsagov; Seniors: Matthew Green, Alex Muir, Mike Robbins, Anthony Sudlow, Ben Wickens, Mike Wheeler; Vets: Steve Barnes, Phil Marshall, Stephen Elsmere, Jeff Bird, Conor McGrory, Martin Walker, Wayne Lillis, Simon Kirby, Martyn Staines, Tim Davies, Alan Twyford.

Race 2 – Junior, Senior & Masters (v35) Women – 11:50 – 8k & 6k (Junior)

Juniors: Izzy Fry; Seniors: Yaz Ryder, Victoria Duncan, Chloe Blair, Emily Craggs, Rebecca Downie, Mariama Barrie; Vets: Jess Franklin, Mireille Cook, Emma-Jayne Bailey, Sue Van Huyssteen, Jenny Eaton, Rachel Allen.

Additional event information

Good news is that the planned M4 closure is now not going ahead this weekend.
https://www.newburytoday.co.uk/…/m4-weekend-closures-cancel…

For those keen, we plan to have some lunch and/or a post race drink at the Harvester opposite the park.

See you on Sunday.

 

Club road league winners 2017

Club road league winners for 2017 are: Sue van Huyssteen (Women’s Premier), Philippa Cass (Women’s Div. 1), Mark Vardy (Men’s Premier), Conor McGrory (Men’s Div. 1) and Matt Green (Men’s Div, 2), Mike Sheridan (Age-Graded).

Awards will be presented at the Social evening on Friday 29th December.

Final tables:  Road League tables 2017Age-graded table 2017

Any times recorded in the remainder of 2017 will be included in the 2018 competition.

 

London Marathon: draw for club place

Unfortunately the club has been allocated just ONE 2018 London Marathon place. Despite applying for two places based on the criteria, they have been very strict this year due to record numbers of ballot entries and record numbers of Good For Age qualifying entries (don’t be surprised if the times for this go down for 2019).

Anyone, that would like to be included in the draw for this club place, please send Phil Marshall your rejection letters or emails no later than Friday 22nd December if you haven’t already.

The draw for the place, plus one reserve, will be made at the End of Season Presentation Evening on 29th December and announced shortly after via the club website and Facebook page.

If you want an alternate to London, the Brighton Marathon (18th April) is guaranteeing every club 10 places.

For anyone that has a place in the 2018 London Marathon: the club arranges a trip which includes transport to the Expo the day before the race to collect race number, transport to a hotel opposite the start line, one nights accommodation the night before the race with evening meal and breakfast, transportation of bags to the finish of the race and transport back to Newbury/Thatcham. Please contact Phil Marshall if you’d like to receive further details,

Road League update

The 2017 season is now drawing to a close. The last day for road times to count for this year’s tables will be 10th December.

Current divisional leaders are: Sue van Huyssteen (Women’s Premier), Philippa Cass (Women’s Div. 1), Mark Vardy (Men’s Premier)’ Conor McGrory (Men’s Div. 1) and Matt Green (Men’s Div, 2)

Please ensure you notify Phil Marshall of all results for inclusion in the tables. Please also notify Irwin Fairclough if you want your time included in the Age-Graded table.

Road Tables 2017  / Age-graded table 2017 as at 7th December

Christmas / New Year programme

Junior Sessions, at St Bart’s, will finish on Thursday 14th Dec and resume on Thursday 4th January.

Tuesday 19th December and Thursday 21st December: regular sessions at Henwick and Rugby club respectively.

Sunday 24th Dec:
Hill session, 9:30am, Northcroft.
All welcome

Tuesday 26th Dec:
Boxing Day Handicap, 10:30am, Northcroft. This is a free to enter event for club members, their families and friends. Run over a 1.8 mile multi-terrain course with the slowest runners starting first and usually resulting in a mass sprint for the line – this is a great way to run off the excesses of Christmas Day.

The race starts at 10:30am from Northcroft (register by 10:20 in the cricket club car park) and we’re usually finished by 11am. To enter please e-mail Irwin Fairclough with name(s) and age(s) if under 18 and a recent 5K time or other indicator of likely performance. Entries close of 22nd December – there will be no entries on the day. Continue reading

Boxing Day Handicap: Tuesday 26th December

Entries are now open for the annual Boxing Day Handicap. This is a free to enter event for club members, their families and friends. Run over a 1.8 mile multi-terrain course with the slowest runners starting first and usually resulting in a mass sprint for the line – this is a great way to run off the excesses of Christmas Day.

The race starts at 10:30am from Northcroft (register by 10:20 in the cricket club car park) and we’re usually finished by 11am. To enter please e-mail Irwin Fairclough with name(s) and age(s) if under 18 and a recent 5K time or other indicator of likely performance.

Entries close of 22nd December – there will be no entries on the day.

London Marathon 2018

The results of the ballot for entry into the 2018 London Marathon are being confirmed this week. Congratulations to anyone who has been successful.

For those who have been unsuccessful, you may have a second chance…

Athletics clubs associated with British Athletics are able to apply for club entries into the 2018 London Marathon. The number of entries given to each club is based on the number of affiliated first claim registered members over the age of 18. Based on this criteria we would expect to be awarded 2 places and club entries will open towards the end of October.

Once we have confirmation of the entries, Newbury AC members who have held first claim membership since September 2016 can enter a draw for any places we have been granted. Please keep hold of your rejection letters or emails so you can pass this on to Road Running Captain James Craggs or Phil Marshall in his absence.

We will send a further update once details of the club entry application has been confirmed.