Weekend round-up 18th/19th March

Another very busy and successful weekend for club members:

15 members completed the Reading Half Marathon on Sunday led in in 173rd place by Peter Crisp in 1:18.57. Followed by: Andrew Ind – 1:19:03 (176th); Chris Pudney – 1:28:47 (527th); Rick Wyatt – 1:33:54 (893rd); Luis Gonçalves – 1:36:31 (1116th); Bryn Dawson – 1:43:25 (1906); Jo Craig – 1:45:15 (2195); Peter Evans – 1:45:27 (2218); Michele Moran-Douglas – 1:58:48 (4537); Ian Colcomb – 2:01:03 (4930); Andre Clothier – 2:01:36 (5014); Charlotte Winton – 2:02:51 (5215); Sandra Beal – 2:13:39 (6788); Agnieszka Stochaj – 2:22:34 (7471); Joe Hoskins – 3:08:10 (9575).

Also on Sunday  James Craggs was the first NAC club finisher at the Fleet Half Marathon  in 28th place in a time of 1:15.59. Followed by: 76 – Steve Barnes – 1:21:18; 151 – Jeff Bird – 1:25:18; 545 – E-J Bailey – 1:36:38 ( 53rd Women ); 613 – Sue van Huyssteen – 1:38:09 ( 68th Women / 4th F50).

Andy Varney ran Windsor & Eton Half marathon at Dorney Lake on Saturday finishing in 30th place overall (3rd V40) in 1:29:48.

The Eastleigh 10k saw the following finishers some of whom then rushed back up the A34 to watch the finishing stages of the Reading half88 – Phil Marshall – 35:44 (pb);114 – Mike Robbins – 36:45 (pb); 125 – Michał Szczepańczyk – 37:13; 170 – Graham Stent – 38:05 (pb); 232 – Dan Reeves – 39:18; 278 – Nige Popplewell – 40:07; 279 – Matt Pembroke – 40:11; 427 – Philippa Cass – 43:06 (5th FV35). Newbury AC were 10th team overall (First 4 club finishers).

Liz Harkness and Roz Pearson completed a very windy (and hilly!) Highworth 5 mile race yesterday in 46:11 and 48:44 respectively.

Meanwhile at the Barrie Strange Memorial Throws at Oxford on Saturday in very windy condition Charlotte Payne started her 2017 season as a first year U17 with 2 impressive wins in Hammer and Discus throwing 55.39m and 38.97m respectively – both new Club records!

The English Schools AA National Cross Country championships were held at Norfolk County showground, Norwich on Saturday with club members Izzy Fry & Kitty Shepherd-Cross representing Berkshire schools. Izzy was 15th overall in the Senior girls race (4k) in 13:57 and 2nd for Berkshire. Kitty was also 2nd Berkshire finisher in the Intermediate race (3.75k) in 13:56 for 86th place overall. Also on Saturday Irwin Fairclough finished 4th V60 in the British Masters cross country championships held at Wavertree, Liverpool.

Please notify me of any other results and they will be posted here.

Club Cross-country Champions 2016/17

Josie Robertson and Andy Ind secured the Club Champion titel in their respective categories U11G and Male Veteran at the final fixture of the season on Sunday at Farmoor. Previously confirmed were: James Craggs (Senior Men); Sophie Crumly (Senior Women); Jess Franklin (Vet. Women); Vladimir Tsagov (U17B); Izzy Fry (U17G); Hugh Beattie (U15B); Emma Downie (U15G); George Ferguson (U13B); Luci Robertson (U13G); Tom Stevenson (U11B)

Final Championship tables

Club Cross-Country Champions 2016-17

Confirmed as champions with one fixture to spare are:

James Craggs (Senior Men); Sophie Crumly (Senior Women); Jess Franklin (Vet. Women)

Vladimir Tsagov (U17B); Izzy Fry (U17G); Hugh Beattie (U15B); Emma Downie (U15G)

George Ferguson (U13B); Luci Robertson (U13G); Tom Stevenson (U11B)

James Cragg’s win in the Senior Men’s category is, at least, his seventh consecutive title, that’s consistency for you!

The Veteran Mem’s and U11 Girls  championships are wide open and will be decided at the final Oxford Mail League race of the season at Farmoor on 5th March.

Latest tables

Six Titles in the bag in the Oxford Mail League – Harwell

Congratulations to Izzy Fry (u-17), Sophie Crumly (Senior Women), Jess Franklin (V1) & Irwin Fairclough (V3) who have all secured Individual Oxford Mail Cross Country League titles with one match to spare.  This is reward for their hard work in all three rounds this season. Izzy has now earned League title’s in three different age groups following her success in 2013 as an under 13, and in 2015 as the under 15 Champion. Meanwhile Sophie and Jess have now successfully defended the Senior Woman’s, and Veteran’s Women’s title’s they won last season. As well as individual success, both our Senior Women and Men’s teams are unable to be caught with huge leads at the top of their Divisions.

On a tricky course at Harwell Izzy initially shared the lead with Under 15 team mate Kitty Shepherd-Cross before pulling away, but both were in sparkling form to finish 1st and 2nd respectively just the day after both recording 6th place finishes at the South Inter Counties Schools races at Brands Hatch, and they are now due to receive a call up to the English Schools Championships at Norwich in March. Earlier another athlete taking on her second race of the weekend was Luci Robertson, this time out Luci managed a season’s best 4th place in the under 13 Girls. There were several other athletes that did their medal prospects no harm at all after running well at this fixture. Oliver Hamlin came 3rd in the under 9 race, George Ferguson recorded his best League finish to date as runner up in the under 13 Boys and Vladimir Tsagov came 3rd in the under 17 Men’s, maintaining that position in the overall league. Yasmin Ryder moved tantalizingly close to sealing the under 20 title following two wins with a second place this time out and James Craggs, enjoying a fine season, finished 7th and is currently in equal 1st in the Senior Men’s category.

Well done to everyone who ran, your support has been fantastic, just one league fixture to go now on March 5th.

Andy Tuttle

Fell running trip: 17-21 May

Dave Wright is planning a group trip to the Peak District from May 17th-21st. There will be an opportunity to run in up to 5 fell races, do some hill-walking, visit the sights of the area and /or do some cycling.

The proposed race programme is: Wednesday 17th Buxton 10K (311metre); Thursday 18th Matlock 8K(250metre); Friday 19th Hayfield near Glossop 5K (200metre); Saturday 20th Hayfield (again) 8K (564metre);
Sunday 21st Saddleworth near Oldham 5K (290metre).

If interested, please contact Dave for further information. He is hoping to confirm the trip by the end of January.

Berkshire County Cross Country Championships – Maidenhead

Newbury came away from this season’s Berkshire championships with six medals, from what proved to be the highest standard competition for many years. Our Veteran Women’s team kept their amazing season going strong, as they secured the clubs only Gold medal of the day. The team of Jess Franklin, E-J Bailey, Sue Van Huyssteen & Jenny Eaton were again in fine form, winning by 26 points, with Jess also winning an individual Silver medal. The only other athlete to win an Individual medal this time was Izzy Fry, who ran very strongly to secure the runner up spot in the under 17 Women’s race. The Senior Women’s team gave it a good shot, with Sophie Crumly 4th, Yasmin Ryder 10th, Victoria Duncan 11th & Emily Marshall 12th, they finished 2nd. The Veteran Men’s team long reign as County Champions came to an end, but good runs from James Craggs in 4th, Wayne Lillis ran superb in 7th, Steve Barnes 8th & Phil Marshall 9th, they also sealed the runner up spot. The clubs B team of Conor McGrory, Martin Walker, Alan Twyford and Simon Kirby teamed up well to win the Bronze. The Senior Men tried really hard to fill a team of six, just coming up one short on this occasion. It was very pleasing to see four of our young athletes receive a Berkshire County team invite to run at the Inter Counties in March, they were Luci Robertson – 5th in the under u-13 Girls, George Ferguson – 5th under 13 Boys, Izzy Fry under 17 Women & Rebecca Downie in the under 20 Women, well done to them. Sophie Crumly has been invited to run for the Senior Women’s team, and several more will no doubt be invited to join them as the selection procedure unfolds.

Well done everyone who ran, and a big thank you to our officials – Carolyn Walker, Sarah Fowler, Dave Mason & Caroline, thank you for your continued support.

Full results & latest Club Championship tables

Andy Tuttle