Report by Nige Popplewell:
The annual Combe Gibbet Challenge took place on Sunday 24th, and Newbury AC members tested themselves against both the undulating multi-terrain course and extremely warm weather. Notwithstanding the conditions, a number of prizes were won by club members as below:
Second Female in 48:08 min was Mireille Cook followed by Third Female (49:50) Sarah Taylor.
First Female Veteran with 51:50 was Jenny Eaton. First Male Veteran was taken by Graham Stent in 43:34 mins. There were 134 finishers.
Karen Yewer will be leading another hill session this Sunday. Meet at 9:30am in car park at Donnington Castle.
Karen Yewer will be leading another hill session this Sunday. Meet in the Donnington Castle car park at 9:30am.
From this Thursday (19th April) the above sessions will be held at Brown’s Meadow, Fifth Road. Session start time remains at 7pm.
The road run this week will be a variation of Summer Route 14: Across Enborne Road to the Canal, keep on the Canal until Hambridge Road-Racecourse Road-New Road-Burys Bank Road-Monks Lane-Valley Road-Fifth Road – changes will be dependent on the light and weather.
Forty-four runners enjoyed the cool, bright and at times muddy conditions to post some excellent times at this the Easter Handicap. The first three places were taken by a very promising group of our junior girls: 1st Chloe Boud; 2nd Clementine Barry; 3rd Sophie Bhatt. Fastest time of the day was 9:34 was by Phil Marshall with Mike Robbins (9:49) and Izzy Fry (9:58) also getting under 10 minutes.
Thanks to our time-keeper, Dave Mason and to everyone else who helped in the smooth running of the event.
Results are available here, ranked by both “course time” and “net time”.
Bob Broadbridge took part in the European Masters Indoor event in Madrid this weekend recording 40.89m for 6th place in the V55 Discus and an 11.03m shot for 15th place. David Elderfield had an excellent weekend finishing 3rd in the final of the 400m in 58.96s and 4th in the 200m final in 27.10s.
Meanwhile a few people took part in outdoor track meetings at Windsor & Radley. At the former Mike Robbins, Rebecca Downie (U23) & Emma Downie (U17) got their season off to a flying start all competing in the 1500m where Mike showed good early season form with a 4.22.71; Rebecca improved her PB by 8 seconds to 5.31.04 and Emma Downie knocked 20 secs off her PB with a 5.08.77. Linda Pitts & Kitty Mainwaring (U13) competed at the Charles Kear Memorial Open at Radley recording 15.69s & 15.51s respectively in the 100m and 32.14s & 31.30s in 200m. Kitty also competed in the LJ where she was 3rd with a jump of 3.63m.
The finish at Overton
Christina Pugsley (1st v35) 2:11.01; Jenny Eaton (1st v55) 2:14.12; Sue van Huyssteen (2nd v50) 2:17.40; Adrian May 2:18.22 and Tania Whitby (1st v40) 2:31.00 all competed in the 16 Mile Combe Gibbet to Overton Race on Sunday where they encountered pretty horrendous conditions underfoot with deep mud, deep puddles and still some snow on the course too.
Chris Pudney completed the Yeovil half-marathon in 1:28.08 (5th v50-69).
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).
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.
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.
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