Berks, Bucks & Oxon Cross-country, 18th November, Newbury

The victorious Senior Men’s team (missing Tom Watkins)

Newbury AC Senior Men’s team (Alex Muir, Tom Watkins, Matt Green, James Craggs, Mark Vardy and Mike Robbins) won the BB&O Championships for the first time in the competitions 107 year history. Alex finished 6th overall (3rd Senior). James took individual gold in the Veteran Men’s category & led the Veteran Men’s team (James Craggs, Phil Marshall, Steve Barnes, Andrew Ind) to victory.

Josie Robertson won the U13 Girls race and Jess Franklin, fresh from her exploits at the Masters’ International on Saturday was first Veteran finisher and 2nd overall in the Senior/Vet Ladies race. Rachel Allen took the bronze medal in the Veteran Ladies age-group and together with Jess & Jenny Eaton secured the Silver medal for the Veteran Women’s team. The Senior Ladies team (Jess Franklin, Yaz Ryder, Rachel Allen & Rebecca Downie) took the bronze medal.

British & Irish Masters’ International Cross-Country, 17th November, Swansea

On Saturday, Jess Franklin, representing England, finished second in the W35 age-group only 9 seconds behind the winner. Jess led home the winning England team. Jess raced again on Sunday in the BB&O (see above) finishing runner-up overall and winninng the Veteran Women’s category. Just a normal weekend then!

Full results

Anne Stewart-Power  and Mike Sheridan, both of whom had been selected as reserves for England, ran in the accompanying Open race with Anne finishing 1st in the W55 category and Mike 2nd in the M65 age-group


Josie receiving her silver medal

Josie Robertson produced another excellent performance yesterday at Milton Keynes to finish 2nd in the U13 Girls race in Round 2 of the British Athletics Cross-challenge series. Josie was just 5 seconds behind the winner Scarlett Livingstone from Exeter, the pair now share the lead in the Under 13 age group.

The Age-Graded Road League table has been updated to include results to end-October. Current title holder Mike Sheridan has moved ahead of Josie Robertson at the top of the table… still two months to go though!  Please e-mail Irwin Fairclough with any additions / corrections.

Berkshire County Cross-country Championships, 16th December, St Andrew’s School, Pangbourne. Please note that athletes wishing to compete need to submit their entry by 12th December.
Full details here

Newbury AC SPOTY: call for nominations

This year’s end of season presentation evening will see the first ever Newbury AC Sports Personality of the Year Award!

We’re looking for your nominations to make a shortlist of contenders, with a live public vote on the evening to decide the winner. As with the BBC award, we’re looking for someone who’s been inspirational, motivational or just damn impressive in what they do – whether in track, field, cross country, road running or everyday club life. Any club member is eligible – old, young, fast or slow.

This idea will only work with input from you guys, so please email your nominations to Mike Robbins  or E-J Bailey before 21st November, with a brief description of why you think they deserve the award. There’s no limit to the number of nominations (but don’t vote for yourself, nobody likes a show-off).

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 “”-  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

London Marathon 2019 Club Entry – Update

I’ve made the online application for our club entry for the 2019 London Marathon (for only 1 place unfortunately). Below is the automated response (with subsequent timeline) I received. This has been concurrently posted to the club Facebook page.

An internal club ballot will draw the lucky runner (and one reserve) in mid-December, details TBC. If you were unsuccessful in gaining a general ballot entry for the London Marathon 2019, send me your rejection email/letter (if not already done so). Continue reading

Road Run – Thursday 8th November

This week’s road run will be Winter Route Conifer Crest.

Rugby Club to Monks Lane and along Andover Road to Conifer Crest then Enborne Street and Essex Street and then down Valley Road, then continue to Enborne Road and through town to the Clock Tower. The shorter group will along London Road to Victoria Park and out of town  and then go up Newtown Road and back onto Monks Lane and back to the  Rugby Club. The Longer group will carry along the A4 to Grove Road and to Love Lane  and then Victoria Park, then back through town and then up Newtown Road and onto Monks Lane and back to the Rugby Club.

Oxford Mail Cross-Country League: Round 1, 4th November, Newbury

Report by Phil Marshall:

Sophie & Jess lead the way – Photo Barry Cornelius

Newbury Athletic Club hosted the season’s first Oxfordshire Cross Country League fixture at the weekend on an overcast day at Newbury Showground with great success. A huge thanks goes to all the volunteers who helped with marshalling, timekeeper recording, car park attending, race hares and sweepers, and especially those who took time out the previous day to set up the course.

Our Senior Women took up where they left off last season with an emphatic team victory, Sophie Crumly took the win just ahead of teammate and first veteran woman Jess Franklin, with 4th place Victoria Duncan completing the winning team.

Sam Hart – 2nd in Men’s race. Photo – Barry Cornelius

Sam Hart was making his debut in the blue vest of Newbury AC and produced a fantastic display in his first race at the Senior Men’s 8.5k distance. He finished a close second behind Abingdon AC’s Alex Wall-Clarke, but was the first U20 man in the highly competitive 335 strong field. Sam was backed up well by strong performances from James Craggs in 8th and Matt Green in 11th.

Josie Robertson continued her early season cross-country form to storm to an emphatic gun to tape victory in the U13 girls race. There were also great results from Oliver Hamlin 4th U11 boy, Luci Robertson 5th U15 girl, Tobias Allen 6th U17 boy, Rachel Allen 2nd V45 women, Jenny Eaton 3rd V55 women and Liz Harkness 1st V65 women.

Results can be found here / Photos courtesy of Barry Cornelius can be found here (please credit if used).

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. 



Road Run – Thursday 1st November

This week’s road run will be the Winter Racecourse Route.
From the Rugby Club to Monks Lane through Newbury Retail Park then down New Road and through the Racecourse to the A4. The shorter group will carry on the A4 until Victoria Park then through town and up Andover Road to Monks Lane and back to the Rugby Club. The Longer Route will cross the A4 and go up Fir Tree Lane along Waller Drive and onto Kiln Road to Shaw Road and back to Victoria Park, then go through town and up Andover Road and back to the Rugby Club.