Parkrun 21 April: Volunteers needed urgently

Message from Jeff Bird:

We have a club takeover of Newbury parkrun on 21 April to help promote the 10k at the end of May. I’d like to get the volunteer roster filled before I go away at the end of this month. Please let me know (E-mail Jeff) if you can help in any of the roles below:
Car park marshals; Funnel manager; Timekeeper;Manual scribe,  Barcode scanners; Token sorter; Pacemaker (30 mins).

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.

English Schools’ Cross-country Championships: 17th March

Izzy on her way to 4th place (Photo by Adrian Royle)

Izzy Fry produced another excellent performance, finishing 4th in the Senior Girls’ race at Temple Newsom.. Izzy started out in the lead pack of 12 runners, she ran strongly the hills and worked up to the top 7  but she then had a slight blip running head on into a strong wind before moving back up to the leaders. On the second to last hill she moved into 3rd  but got stuck in the mud at the bottom of the final descent and lost 3rd place by a couple of seconds. She drove up the hill to the finish but could not quite close it back up. A superb 4th place, one second behind 3rd, 8 seconds behind the runner-up, Kirsty Walker of Reading, and 18 secs behind the winner Holly Page.

Luci Robertson was 8th out of the pen in the Junior Girls race, but worked through strongly to finish 222nd, and get the important final 6th place counter in the Berkshire team.

Inter-Counties Cross-country Championships: 10th March, Loughborough

Izzy & Josie – looks like they enjoyed the mud!

Izzy Fry came 11th in the Under 20’s Inter Counties at Loughborough today, it was Izzy’s best ever Inter County finish, the team came 4th.

Josie Robertson was the next highest placed NAC member, Josie came 47th in her first year as an under 13, 2nd Berkshire. Jess Franklin was the only Berkshire Senior Woman to make the top 100, Jess finished 75th. E- J Bailey responded superbly to a late call, overtaking throughout the race E-J overtook the 2nd Berkshire team member during the last 500m and held on to that place to finish 207th, with Rachel Allen also a scoring member in 228th. Newbury also had three members in the Senior Men’s team Alex Muir replicated the performance by Jess when  he held on to a top 100 place in 89th to lead the team home, followed by Matt Green 179th and Phil Marshall 259th. 


Presentation & Social Evening: 23rd March

We will be holding our Cross Country Presentation and Social Evening on Friday 23rd March from 7pm – 10pm (presentations at 7:20pm). Admission Free. All members and their families welcome.

Venue: “Bev’s Barn” at Oakley Farm Caravan Park, Penwood Road, Wash Water, Newbury, RG20 0LP

Directions: From Newbury drive south along the A343 for about 3 miles.  Just over the Hampshire border turn left into Penwood Road (by the 3 new houses being built) and Oakley Farm Caravan Park is about 400m on the left (keep left where the road divides).

Buffet meal – buffet provided by people attending – as usual please bring a plateful or two to share.

N.B. There is no bar – please bring your own drinks and glasses

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.

Club Cross-country Champions 2017/18

Congratulations to the winners of this season’s club cross-country championships. Following the cancellation of the final Oxford Mail League fixture we decided to count the Best 5 performances from the 6 completed fixtures for the older age-groups and the Best 3 performances from the 4 completed fixtures for the younger age-groups.

Awards will be presented at the Social Evening on 23rd March (see above)

The winners are:

U11 Girls: Katya Burgess and Clementine Barry – joint winners as equal on points

U11 Boys: Drew Radbourne and Oliver Hamlin – joint winners as equal on points

U13 Girls: Josie Robertson; U13 Boys: Tom Stevenson

U15 Girls: Luci Robertson; U15 Boys: Callum Potts

U17 Girls: Emma Downie; U17 Boys: No entrants

Senior Women: Izzy Fry; Senior Men: Alex Muir

Veteran Women: Jess Franklin; Veteran Men: Steve Barnes

Final tables

Easter Handicap: Sunday 1st April

Entries are now open for the club’s Easter Handicap to be held on Sunday, 1st April, 10:30am at Northcroft. The race is held over the same 1.8 mile, multi-terrain course as used for the Boxing Day handicap though run in the reverse (clock-wise) direction.

The event is free to enter and open to all members, their families and friends. To enter please e-mail Irwin Fairclough with name(s) and recent best 5K time by Thursday 29th March – there will be no entries available on the day.

We also need about 10 volunteers to help with the start / finish and with on-course marshalling – please e-mail me if you are available to help. We aim to have everything finished by 11am.

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.