Oxford Mail Cross Country – Cirencester – 2nd December

Report from Phil Marshall:

A big thank you and well done to everyone that raced the second Oxfordshire Cross Country League fixture in Cirencester today. That hill is brutal!

Jess storming to victory
(photo by B Cornelius)

Jess Franklin was the star of the day, destroying the senior women’s field with an outstanding display of front running and winning by a huge distance (over 70 seconds!). Victoria Duncan also had a great race finishing in 4th.

Our senior men had a much smaller turn out than in the first round but still had some good performances with James Craggs in 8th and Matthew Green in 9th.

Well done also to our juniors, Tobias Allen with the best performance finishing 5th in U15/17 race.

📋 Results are available here: Oxonxc Results


📸 Photos are posted here (courtesy of  Barry Cornelius): BarryCorneliusPhotos

Club XC Championship tables – after 3 events

Rotary Club Thatcham – Santa fun run – 9th December

Thatcham Rotary Club are running  their annual “GREAT THATCHAM SANTA FUN RUN ” on 9th December 2018. This is a 5 km run in and around Thatcham, the event is open to both adults and children, whatever their level and entrants will be supplied with Santa outfits for the run.

To enter, simply log into “rotarythatcham.org.uk”-  and the entry form with all the relevant information is on the front page. Payment can also be made online.

Or you can download the leaflet here: Santa Fun Run Leaflet 2018

Weekend Round-Up – 27th/28th October

A W55 team of Anne Stewart-Power, Jenny Eaton & Sarah Fowler travelled to Long Eaton in Derbyshire on Saturday to compete in the British Masters Cross Country Relay Championships on Saturday and were rewarded with a hard fought Silver Medal finishing the 3 * 3k course in a time of 41:11 only 50 secs behind the winners Bingley Harriers ( 40:18 – whose team boasted 3 very strong runners including a full international & the age group course record holder) and over 3 minutes ahead of 3rd placed Holme Pierrepoint. Anne & Jenny ran the 2nd and 3rd fastest times in the age group with Sarah in 7th. The conditions were a shock to the system – freezing cold, icy wind & drizzle – true cross-country weather! Incidentally the NAC time has only ever been beaten by Bingley in all the years the event has been run at this course.

At Sunday’s Clock Change Challenge 5k in Calne  Matt Green came 1st in 16:36, Phil Marshall was 3rd in 17:23 and Ben Wickens 5th in 18:18.

In much more temperate conditions Julie Kaesser completed the  Garmin Qawra 10K whilst on holiday in Malta. 



Weekend Round-Up 20th/21st October

Well done to our 3 stage Women’s team of Victoria Duncan, Sophie Fowler & Jess Franklin; and our 4 stage Men’s team of Matthew Green, James Craggs, Mike Robbins and Phil Marshall, most of whom were opening their cross country season on Saturday at the South of England XC Relay Championships held at Wormwood Scrubs.
The women who ran 3x3km legs finished in 12th position, with the men who ran 4x5km finished in 13th.

We had a number of representatives at the Abingdon Marathon on Sunday where there were pb’s for Jeff Bird 2:58.09, Mike Wheeler 2:58.39 & Danny Hawkins 3:11.03. Christina Pugsley finished in 3:32.13 less than a minute off her pb: Abingdon results


Charlotte Fowler travelled to Amsterdam to complete her first marathon in 3:48.42 on Sunday

There were some good performances from club members at Sunday’s Great South Run. Mike Sheridan was 2nd M65 in 1:05:54. Mark Vardy finished in 55:08, Brian Matthews 1:15:41, Mariama Barrie 1:39:51 and Mick Cornwall 1:58:50.

Steve Ferriday completed the Yorkshire Coast 10k around scenic Scarborough on Sunday finishing 126th out of 2134 runners with a chip time of 42:10.

Further results will be posted here if received.


Weekend Round-up 13th/14th October

Huge breakthrough performance from Josie Robertson on Saturday to win the British Athletics Cross Challenge U13 Girls race in Cardiff in a high quality field. Good races also from Izzy Fry who was 9th (7th U20) in the U17/U20 race and Luci Robertson 13th in the U15 girls race.

British Athletics report: https://www.britishathletics.org.uk/…/hulson-and-moller-ki…/

Victoria Duncan finished 2nd lady in a PB of 1:26:08 at Sunday’s Putney & Fulham half-marathon. Ryan Hill finished 44th (2:59:43) in the Goodwood Motor Circuit 20.

And whilst everyone else was racing or training in very wet conditions E-J Bailey and Sue Van Huyssteen completed a 10k & half-marathon respectively in much warmer conditions in Palma, Majorca.

Tadley 10 mile results have been posted separately.

A number of junior members entered the Step up 4 Good Greenham Trust 5k and fun run races yesterday with some excellent results. Joshua Norton and George Studart were 1st and 2nd respectively in the mini-mile event and Sophie Bhatt led home a group of runners in the 5k as she came 5th overall  (click on table below to enlarge):


Road – Run 11th October

This week’s roadrun will be Winter Race Course route.

Rugby Club to Monks Lane and through the Retail Park to New Road and then down to the Race Course. Then cross the A4 and up Fir Tree Lane where the Shorter route will go back along Kiln Road, to Victoria Park, then go out of town and up Andover Road onto Monks Lane and back to the Rugby Club. The Longer route will go up Waller Drive and back onto Kiln Road then to Victoria Park through town to Andover Road, then Monks Lane to the Rugby Club.

Weekend Round-up 6th/7th October

At Saturdays’ Cricklade 10k Andy McKendrick continued to show excellent form on the roads with a PB of 37:46 and 6th place. Nige Popplewell finished 11th (1st M50) in 39:40. In the Half-marathon Steve Ferriday finished in 1:36:13 and Julie Kaesser in 1:56:41

On Sunday Ruth Lambert completed the Oxford Half in 1:52:25 and Jenny Eaton was 3rd F55 in the Cardiff Half in 1:39:48.

At the Clarendon Marathon, Dave Wright finished in 3:46 and Chris Culley completed his second ever marathon in 4 hrs 24:15 some 36 years after he ran his first marathon in Abingdon in 1982!

Chris Pudney headed to Brighton for a 10 mile race and finished in 1:05.19, whilst Liz Pudney opted for a 10km in Hastings and was pleased to finish in 48.23.

Weekend Round-up – 29th-30th Sept

Some excellent results from club members over the weekend:

Jess Franklin won the F35 age-group at the English Masters Inter-Area XC challenge in Bury St Edmunds on Saturday. Anne Stewart-Power was 3rd in the F55 category and Mike Sheridan 5th in the M65s. These results should ensure we have some representation in the England team for the British & Irish Masters International in November.

Andy McKendrick improved his 10 mile PB by just over two minutes on Saturday, finishing 19th in 63:04 at the Cotswold Classic 10.

At Sunday’s Mortimer 10K Matt Green was 2nd (34:02), Jenny Eaton 2nd F50 (45:31) &  Liz Harkness 1st F70 (57:35) & Gabby Stewart-Power came 3/128 in the junior 3km race.




At the Windsor Half-Marathon Tom Watkins finished in an excellent 9th place in 73:04.

Two teams of Newbury athletes competed at the Basingstoke Speed Decathlon on Saturday. This unique and fun end of season event sees both solo athletes and teams of up to 4 complete a full decathlon in just 60 minutes. Team “Hourly Thompson” consisting of Mike Robbins, Sam Dredge and Ryan Hill thoroughly enjoyed their multi-event debut, finishing 7th in the team competition. “An Effective Team” used age graded scoring to their advantage, as Jenny O’Connor, Trinity O’Connor and Reuben Langdon were joined by Blackheath & Bromley’s Harrison Thorne to narrowly miss out on a podium place, finishing as fourth best team.

Road-Run 4th October

This week’s road-run will be Winter Route Kiln Road.

Start at the Rugby Club and onto Monks Lane  to Essex Street and down Valley Road to the Enborne Road and into town to the Clock Tower. This is where the Shorter Route  will carry on the A4 until Hambridge Road and go through the Race Course and then up New Road. They will then carry on Burys Bank Road to Monks Lane to the Rugby Club. The Longer Route will go the other way along the A4 until they turn down Grove Road, then to Love Lane and onto Kiln Road were they will then turn down Fir Tree Lane. Then across the A4 to Hambridge Road and through the Race Course, then go up New Road and onto Burys Bank Road and Monks Lane to the Rugby Club.