General Junior Sessions – Thursday 6pm

Message from E-J Bailey:

This Thursday 22nd March is this last one indoors at St Bart’s sports hall. We will be running a traditional circuit to finish off our indoor training. The outdoor interval session will run as usual.

We then move outside on 29th March to Browns Meadow, Fifth Road.

There will be NO junior training sessions on Thursday 5th and Thursday 12th April as we close for the Easter holiday.

On 19th April all juniors will be invited up to the track at Cookham Common. More details to follow nearer the time.

Oxfordshire Mail Cross Country League – 2017/2018 season results

Report from Phil Marshall:

After the cancellation of the final fixture of the season, the final standings for the 2017/2018 season will be determined on the best 3 out of 4 results so congratulations to the following league champions:

Newbury AC U13 Girls Team
Newbury AC Senior Men’s Team
Newbury AC Senior Women’s Team
Alex Muir Senior Men’s Individual Winner
Izzy Fry U20 Women’s Individual Winner
Jess Franklin V35 Women’s Individual Winner

Other confirmed medalists:

Ethan Robertson U9 Boys Bronze
Luci Robertson U15 Girls Silver
Mireille Cook V35 Women’s Bronze
Sarah Fowler V55 Women’s Bronze

A huge well done and thank you to everyone who has competed or helped in any way with this league season.

Oxford Mail X-Country Sunday 4th March

Unfortunately due to the continuing poor weather the Final Oxford Mail League Cross Country fixture has been cancelled. This is the statement from the web-site:

The continuing wintry weather conditions mean it is not possible to set up and run the event in a safe and timely manner and so the League and the organising clubs (Eynsham RR & Woodstock Harriers) have reluctantly agreed to cancel the event. It was a hard decision because the feedback about the venue last year was extremely good and we had made arrangements to improve the event with better parking facilities. However, safety for participants, volunteers and the set up crew had to be the priority in making our decision and even the prospect of a slight thaw between now and Sunday morning is very unlikely to improve conditions sufficiently.

Owing to the cancellation of the final fixture of the season, the final standings will now be determined on the best 3 out of 4 results. The awards presentations will therefore be scheduled for a later date, the arrangements for which will be posted here on the website within the next couple of weeks. Hopefully those arrangements will coincide with more clement weather conditions.

Thank you for your attention and sincere apologies for the disappointing end to the season.

Middle Distance Training / Road Run – Thursday 1st March


Training at the Newbury Rugby Club has been CANCELLED for the evening of Thursday 1st March. This is due to the pitches being frozen, heavy snow expected and the floodlights will be turned off. This includes both the intervals group and the road running group.

Please pass the word around in order to minimise any unnecessary travel on snowy roads.

Keep warm everyone (do some much-needed stretching at home instead)!

Weekend Round-up – 24th – 25th February

There was some fantastic racing from all the club members that took part in the English National Cross Country Championship at Parliament Hill on Saturday. It was a beautiful but cold day on Hampstead Heath and the course gradually cut up during the competition and ended in the usual mud bath.

Our Junior Women were the stars of the show finishing in a brilliant 8th position in the 3 scoring team, with Izzy Fry 18th, Yaz Ryder 31st and Charlotte Clover 123rd. The Senior Men had a record turn out with a team of 9 in a huge field of 2328 runners. Alex Muir put in a magnificent performance to finish 129th, and was joined by Mark Vardy 290th, Matthew Green 377th, Phil Marshall613th, Stephen Elsmere 749th and Ben Wickens 1211th to make up the 6 scorers, positioning in a very creditable 52nd of 162 teams. Dave Wright 1260th, Jeff Bird 1353rd and Andy Tuttle 1794th (racing in his 32nd consecutive National) made up the full club compliment completing the gruelling race.In the U15 Boys Ellis Russell made an impressive National Championship debut finishing 371st, with George Ferguson 452nd.There were also good first National runs in the Senior Women’s race for Rachel Allen 359th and Stephanie Smallman 902nd in a field of 1113 finishers.

Full results can be seen here and there are a number of photos on our Facebook page.

Mike Robbins ran a pb in the Bourton 10k on Sunday finishing in a time of 36:08 for 23rd place.

And somewhat further afield Mike Sheridan completed the Tokyo marathon in a very creditable 3:28:34 considering the time lost to preparing for the event due to illness / injury.

Road-Run – Thursday 22nd February

This week’s run (22nd February) will be Route 1: Essex Street-Valley Road-clocktower (main split between long and short groups)-Old Bath Road- Grove Road-Love Lane-Cock Inn-Kiln Road-Fir Tree Lane-Hambridge Road-Racecourse-Greenham Church-Pinchington Lane-Rugby Club.

Weekend Round-up 17th/18th February

The Wokingham half-marathon – the first race of the Berkshire Road Running Championships for 2018 was held on Sunday & there were PB’s and county medals from our club contingent. First home was Steve Elsmere in 1:18:10 followed by Jeff Bird 1:21:55 (PB)  V40 Berkshire HM Champion;  Mike Wheeler 1:21:57 (PB); Wayne Lillis 1:24:54  V50 Berkshire HM Silver Medalist;
Joe Hoskins 1:25:28 (PB); Andy McKendrick 1:28:12 (PB); Chris Hobson 1:31:06; Mireille Cook 1:31:42  V35 Berkshire HM Bronze Medalist; Christina Pugsley 1:35:39 (PB); Graham Stent 1:46:41; Christopher Culley 1:52:15 & Stephanie Smallman 1:59:17.

The BUCS indoor championships were held in Sheffield over the weekend. Harry Russell competing for Sheffield University continued his early season form by coming through two rounds to reach the final of the 800m (1:57.52 and 1:53.74) where he finished 5th in another great time of 1:53.76. Yaz Ryder came agonisingly close to progressing in the ladies 800m, running 2:20.12 in a very tough first round heat, a time that would have been good enough to win the heat after! Phil Carter, the sole representative from Plymouth University, competed in both the High & Long Jump events despite carrying a foot injury.

Road-Run 15th February

This week’s road run will be Winter 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.

Bramley 10 & 20 mile – 11th February

A number of club members competed at the Bramley 10 and 20 mile events yesterday. Steve Barnes led home the 20 mile contingent in 2:09.03; followed by Conor McGrory 2:10:25; Martin Walker 2:13:31; Jeff Bird 2:15:55; Chris Pudney 2:29:07; Jenny Eaton 2:43:53 (new V55 Club Record – which had been held since 2009); Steve Ferriday 2:45:47; Tony Duck 2:58:44 & Ian Coxhead 3:28:26. Steve, Conor & Martin were 4th team overall.

In the 10 mile event Wayne Lillis was first NAC runner in a time of 1:10:48 followed by Emma-Jayne Bailey 1:11:35; Richard Mccabe 1:18:37; Liz Pudney 1:19:56 & Sheila Marshall 1:27:15.

Full results here  & Photos courtesy of Barry Cornelius here: