Cross-country 2017/18

The current fixture list for the 2017/18 season is available here. Please contact our cross-country captain, Phil Marshall, if you need any additional information regarding entry processes, eligibility etc.

With the new season approaching rapidly, Karen Yewer is again organizing hill sessions on Sunday mornings in Goldwell Park. The first session is  on 27th August with subsequent sessions on 3rd, 10th and 17th September. Meet at 9:30am in Northcroft car park. All welcome!

Sunday 18th June – Running events

Yesterday proved to be the hottest day of the year so far and was less than ideal for running long distances! Despite that the club fielded two teams in the Ridgeway Relay (report to follow when results are posted) and participants in both the Hampshire Hoppit trail Half Marathon and the Harey 8.

New member Anthony Sudlow led in the club contingent in the Hampshire Hoppit finishing in 20th place overall in a time of 1:49.22. He was followed by Ade May 38th – in 1:57.05; Sue van Huyssteen 1st V50 – 55th – 2:01.54; Tania Whitby – 67th – 2:03.40 and Pete Richardson – 68th – 2:-4.08.

Matt Green continued his winning ways in the Run West Berkshire series by winning the Harey 8 in a time of 48.54 followed by Jeff Bird in 4th place (53.48), Philippa Cass (2nd Female) 1:01:01, Edyta Wilk (3rd Female) 1:03.09; Catherine Tuttle (4th Female) 1:03.54; Andy Tuttle 1:03.57; Sheila Marshall (1st V55) 1:19.17 & Jill Mowat 1:21.55.

Andy meets Kelly

A big thank you to everyone that contributed to Andy Tuttle’s gift for his 18 years of dedication as Newbury AC’s Cross Country Manager. As a result, last weekend, he was able to enjoy some time away with Caroline and meet his hero Dame Kelly Holmes at an evening event in her café near Tonbridge.

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