Combe Gibbet Challenge results

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.

Full results

Thursday Road run & Middle distance interval sessions

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 14Across 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.

Easter Handicap: Sunday 1st April

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”.

Weekend Round-Up 24th/25th March

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).

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).

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.