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.

Inter-Counties Cross-country Championships: 10th March, Loughborough

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. 


Presentation & Social Evening: 23rd March

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

Club Cross-country Champions 2017/18

Congratulations to the winners of this season’s club cross-country championships. Following the cancellation of the final Oxford Mail League fixture we decided to count the Best 5 performances from the 6 completed fixtures for the older age-groups and the Best 3 performances from the 4 completed fixtures for the younger age-groups.

Awards will be presented at the Social Evening on 23rd March (see above)

The winners are:

U11 Girls: Katya Burgess and Clementine Barry – joint winners as equal on points

U11 Boys: Drew Radbourne and Oliver Hamlin – joint winners as equal on points

U13 Girls: Josie Robertson; U13 Boys: Tom Stevenson

U15 Girls: Luci Robertson; U15 Boys: Callum Potts

U17 Girls: Emma Downie; U17 Boys: No entrants

Senior Women: Izzy Fry; Senior Men: Alex Muir

Veteran Women: Jess Franklin; Veteran Men: Steve Barnes

Final tables

Easter Handicap: Sunday 1st April

Entries are now open for the club’s Easter Handicap to be held on Sunday, 1st April, 10:30am at Northcroft. The race is held over the same 1.8 mile, multi-terrain course as used for the Boxing Day handicap though run in the reverse (clock-wise) direction.

The event is free to enter and open to all members, their families and friends. To enter please e-mail Irwin Fairclough with name(s) and recent best 5K time by Thursday 29th March – there will be no entries available on the day.

We also need about 10 volunteers to help with the start / finish and with on-course marshalling – please e-mail me if you are available to help. We aim to have everything finished by 11am.

Club Cross-Country Championship

Following another successful Oxford Mail League on Sunday (see report below), the following athletes have established unassailable leads in the 2017/18 Club Cross-Country Championships:

Alex Muir (Senior Men), Emma Downie (U17W); Luci Robertson (U15G); Callum Potts (U15B); Josie Robertson (U13G) and; Tom Stevenson (U13B). They can’t take a rest yet and there are still individual and team medals to be fought for at the final Oxford Mail League on 4th March at Farmoor.

The remaining Club Championship Divisions (Veteran Men, Senior & Veteran Women and U11 Boys & Girls) are very tight and will be decided at Farmoor.

Latest tables

Oxford Mail League – Round 4 – Lawns Park, Swindon 4th February

Report from Phil Marshall:

Jess Franklin and Izzy Fry with a clear lead in the Women’s race

The club travelled to Lawns Park in Swindon to face the toughest cross country course so far this season in the Oxfordshire Cross Country League Round 4 fixture. However plenty of testing hills and shin deep mud on a technical course proved to the liking of some as we had a brilliant 1-2, with Jess Franklin winning her first ever Senior Women’s Oxfordshire League race ahead of Izzy Fry in 2nd. A fantastic season for the pair means that even with another fixture still to come Jess has now secured the Veteran 1 title, Izzy has claimed the U20 and Overall Women’s title, and with a huge lead in the team championship thanks also to a fantastic 4th place finish for Mireille Cook, Newbury AC are odds on to retain their title from last season.

The Men are also on track to claim back-to-back league championships with another

Alex Muir leading eventual winner Simon Fisher of OCAC

comprehensive team victory led by Alex Muir who was second to Oxford City AC’s Simon Fisher in a field of 219 finishers. Joining Alex in the successful scoring A team were Matt Green, Anthony Sudlow, Mike Robbins, Steve Barnes, Stephen Elsmere and Mike Wheeler, who all finished in the top 33 places.

In the Junior races we had to cope without our top ranked U13 girl, Josie Robertson, who was struck down with flu, but such is the strength of the squad that Sophie Bhatt (9th), Miriam Cooper (11th) and Phoebe Ryder (12th) were able to match their closest rivals Swindon AC, Highworth RC and Oxford City AC to ensure they still remained top of the table with one race remaining.
Ethan Robertson in the U9 boys had his best race of the season to finish 2nd and his big sister Luci Robertson also excelled in the tricky conditions finishing 4th U15 girl.
A big thank you to everyone that competed, every place really does count and the team spirit this year in all categories has been superb. Looking forward to another big turnout and successful final race on 4th March at Hill End Centre, Farmoor.
Photos courtesy of Barry Cornelius:

Weekend Round-up 27th/28th January

The South of England Cross Country Championships were held on a very challenging course at Stamner Park, Brighton on Saturday.

In the Women’s U20 race Yaz Ryder came a very impressive 14th, with Rebecca Downie 53rd.
Newbury A.C.’s Senior Men battled 15km of mud, hills and continuous rain to come 16th team (and 1st Berkshire team) which we believe to be the highest position we’ve ever finished in this race, ahead of big clubs like Southampton A.C. and Reading A.C.
In a field of 740 finishers (and 55 scoring teams), Alex Muir was first NAC home in 58th, Mark Vardy 80th, Matthew Green 130th, Phil Marshall194th, Stephen Elsmere 264th, Dave Wright 449th.

Four club members completed the Romsey 5 mile event in completely different spring-like conditions on Sunday. Wayne Lillis was first of them home, finishing 38th overall (7th Male 50-59) in 30:51. Jenny Eaton was 1st Female 50-59 in 34:05 – a PB & new V55 Club Record.
Christina Pugsley finished in 35:12 (7th Female 30-39) &  Sheila Marshall ran a time of 41:52 (3rd Female 60-69).


Quiz Evening – Friday 27th April – Date for your diaries

Back by Popular demand!

We will be holding a fund-raising Quiz on Friday 27th April.

Start time 7.30pm prompt.

Entry fee: £2 per person (to be collected on the evening) – teams of up to 6 people. Everyone welcome: members, their families, friends & acquaintances. Please spread the word and pre-register your interest with Bev.

Venue: the big function hall at Oakley Farm Caravan Park, Penwood Road, Wash Water, Newbury, RG20 0LP

Directions: From Newbury drive south along the A343 (Andover Road) for about 3 miles. Just after the hump back water bridge at Wash Water turn left into Penwood Road and Oakley Farm Caravan Park is about 500m on the left.

Food – 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