Berkshire County Cross-country Championships

Message from Phil Marshall:

Thank you to everyone that has entered the Berkshire Cross Country Championships at Prospect Park, Reading this Sunday 17th December.

Race 1 – Junior, Senior & Masters (v35) Men – 11:00 – 12k & 9k (Junior)

Juniors: Vlado Tsagov; Seniors: Matthew Green, Alex Muir, Mike Robbins, Anthony Sudlow, Ben Wickens, Mike Wheeler; Vets: Steve Barnes, Phil Marshall, Stephen Elsmere, Jeff Bird, Conor McGrory, Martin Walker, Wayne Lillis, Simon Kirby, Martyn Staines, Tim Davies, Alan Twyford.

Race 2 – Junior, Senior & Masters (v35) Women – 11:50 – 8k & 6k (Junior)

Juniors: Izzy Fry; Seniors: Yaz Ryder, Victoria Duncan, Chloe Blair, Emily Craggs, Rebecca Downie, Mariama Barrie; Vets: Jess Franklin, Mireille Cook, Emma-Jayne Bailey, Sue Van Huyssteen, Jenny Eaton, Rachel Allen.

Additional event information

Good news is that the planned M4 closure is now not going ahead this weekend.…/m4-weekend-closures-cancel…

For those keen, we plan to have some lunch and/or a post race drink at the Harvester opposite the park.

See you on Sunday.


Christmas / New Year programme

Junior Sessions, at St Bart’s, will finish on Thursday 14th Dec and resume on Thursday 4th January.

Tuesday 19th December and Thursday 21st December: regular sessions at Henwick and Rugby club respectively.

Sunday 24th Dec:
Hill session, 9:30am, Northcroft.
All welcome

Tuesday 26th Dec:
Boxing Day Handicap, 10:30am, Northcroft. This is a free to enter event for club members, their families and friends. Run over a 1.8 mile multi-terrain course with the slowest runners starting first and usually resulting in a mass sprint for the line – this is a great way to run off the excesses of Christmas Day.

The race starts at 10:30am from Northcroft (register by 10:20 in the cricket club car park) and we’re usually finished by 11am. To enter please e-mail Irwin Fairclough with name(s) and age(s) if under 18 and a recent 5K time or other indicator of likely performance. Entries close of 22nd December – there will be no entries on the day. Continue reading

Oxon Mail Cross Country – 3rd December – Update

Report from Phil Marshall:

The club backed up their double team win from the first Oxfordshire Cross Country League fixture by again topping both the Women’s and Men’s tables after the second round match held at Kilkenny Country Park in Carterton.
Izzy Fry once again romped to victory in the Women’s race with a dominant performance leading from gun to tape to claim her second victory of the series. Jess Franklin followed Izzy home in second place (first V1) and Mireille Cook completed the scoring team in 11th (second V1).
In the Men’s race Newbury AC had to cope without their leading two runners from the first fixture, but they proved what great strength in depth they have by still taking the team win, lead by Matt Green finishing 4th in the 225 strong field. Phil Marshall in 16th and Mike Robbins in 18th also had impressive races with Steve Elsmere, Vladimir Tsagov, Jeff Bird and Andrew Ind making up the winning Newbury AC A team lineup and Irwin Fairclough finishing as 2nd V3.
There were also very strong junior performances for Newbury AC.  Kitty Shepherd-Cross took the U17 girls victory, Luci Robertson was 2nd U15 girl and the U13 girls of Josie Robertson (4th), Sophie Bhatt (8th) and Phoebe Ryder (10th) claimed the fixture team win.
Photos courtesy of Barry Cornelius

Full results of Sunday’s fixture are now available here

Updated club championship tables can be viewed here.


Newbury Rotary Club – Santa Fun Run – 3rd December

Just in case the Oxfordshire Cross Country league cannot run their event here is another option for you!:

Newbury Rotary Club are holding their Santa Fun Run starting from Market Place at 11 am on Sunday 3rd Dec. (Event starts at 10)The event is to support the Rosemary Appeal, West Berkshire Therapy Centre, West Berkshire Mencap and other Rotary Supported Charities. To register and for full details please see their Website.


BB&O Cross Country Championships – Sunday 19th November

The club had a successful day at the BB&O Cross Country Championships held at Prospect Park on Sunday.

Jessica Franklin lead the way with a gold medal as first Veteran as well as coming 3rd overall Senior in the combined Senior, Veteran and Junior Women’s race. This performance along with her teammates Sue van Huyssteen & Jenny Eaton also earned a silver medal in the Veteran team category. After a few years plagued by injury, Alex Muir is getting back to his best and had a fantastic race in the Men’s Senior Championships, tackling the hills superbly over the two lap course finishing 3rd overall to pick up a bronze medal. Alex also took a Senior Men’s team bronze after good packing behind him from Matt Green, Phil Marshall, Anthony Sudlow, Steve Barnes & Mike Robbins; with Phil, Steve and Jeff Bird securing the Veteran Men’s bronze.

It was good to see so many juniors also representing the club in the various age categories with U13 Josie Robertson the best placed at 4th.

Full NAC results:

U13 girls – Josie Robertson 4th; Sophie Bhatt 18th; Miriam Cooper 24th; Phoebe Ryder 28th

U13 Boys – Tom Stevenson 32nd; Josh Hatton 35th.

U15 Girls – Luci Robertson 8th; Gabby Stewart-Power 35th; Grace Lees 39th

U15 Boys – George Ferguson 12th; Callum Potts 28th; Ellis Russell 41st U17 Girls – Emma Downie 18th

Senior/Vet/Junior Women –  Jessica Franklin 5th; Chloe Blair 26th; Sue van Huyssteen 30th; Emily Craggs 32nd; Rebecca Downie (u20) 39th; Jenny Eaton 45th.

Senior/Vet Men –  Alex Muir 3rd; Matt Green 8th; Phil Marshall 33rd; Anthony Sudlow 34th; Steve Barnes 41st; Mike Robbins 43rd; Jeff Bird 45th; Conor McGrory 47th; Martin Walker 55th; Andrew Ind 57th; Martyn Staines 75th; Ryan Hill 84th.

Weekend round-up 18th/19th November

Irwin Fairclough  represented his country Northern Ireland on Saturday in the British & Irish Masters’ XC International in Belfast finishing 16th in the V60 category and 2nd out of his 4 fellow countrymen.

Phillipa Cass completed the Windsor Autumn Classic half-marathon held at Dorney Lake on Saturday in 1:37:30 (9th SW).

At Sunday’s Swindon 10k there were PB’s for Joe Hoskins and Mike Wheeler  Mike finished 12th overall in 37:33 (50 sec pb). Joe was 16th in 37:56 (3 min PB). David Wright finished in 41:05, Sheila Marshall 52:38 & Jill Mowat in 00:52:50.

U17 Charlotte Payne had a successful start to the winter at the first Swindon Winter Throws Invitational event on Saturday – taking part in 3 events. In cold and wet conditions she threw an excellent 56.54m in the hammer followed by 39.74 in the Discus and finished with 18.26m in the Heavy hammer – a new UK all time best throw for an under 17.

BB&O report & results will be posted separately


Track & Field & Road-Running Presentations & Social Evening – 29th December

Date for your diaries:

We will be holding our Track & Field & Road-Running presentations and social evening on Friday 29th December from 7pm – 11pm (presentations at 7:30pm). Admission Free. All members and their families welcome.

Venue: Thatcham Rugby Football Club – Henwick Worthy Playing fields, Thatcham

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

Please can anyone who was awarded a trophy last year return it as soon as possible to any committee member so that we can ensure they are engraved with the 2017 winners prior to the presentation evening.