Oxford Mail League – Bo Peep, Adderbury

Yaz Ryder sprints to U20s win

Yaz Ryder sprints to U20s win

Our cross country team narrowly missed matching the superb performance from the Showground last month when they tackled the new course held at Bo Peep caravan park, Adderbury, near Banbury on Sunday. Both the Senior Women’s & Men’s teams are flying high at the top of the League, as both A teams were convincing winners again, and our under 13 Boys were also in good form to close the A team in 2nd place. Josie Robertson u-11, Izzy Fry u-17, Yasmin Ryder u-20, Sophie Crumly Senior Women & Jess Franklin V1 Women, must all be congratulated for successfully defending their unbeaten status in the League this season. With the 3rd match now cancelled , it would now only require one more performance like this in the remaining two fixtures for them to guarantee a title. James Craggs kept himself right in contention with another 3rd place in the Senior Men’s race, Vladimir Tsagov also maintained his great start in the under 17 Men’s. Irwin Fairclough moved to the top of the V3 age group with a resounding win to follow up his 2nd place at the showground, and there were very well earned runner up spots from Oliver Hamlin in the under 9’s, and George Ferguson in the under 13 Boys.

Thank you to everyone who ran today, the support once again was tremendous.

Full results can be viewed here

Boxing Day Handicap 2016

Entries for this year’s Boxing Day Handicap (10:30am from Northcroft) are now open. Just e-mail Irwin Fairclough and you will be added to the start-list – please include a recent 5K time, if available and not already listed on Power of10.

The event is run over a 1.8 mile multi-terrain course around Speen Moors & Speen Lane, It’s open to all members, family and friends. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the run by Keith Scott and the first without long-serving timekeeper, Brian Ireland, so let’s join together to make it a success in their honour. All offers of help with marshalling etc. will be much appreciated – again, please e-mail Irwin

Berkshire Athletics Cross Country Championships – Maidenhead

This season’s Berkshire Championships are to be held on Braywick Fields, Maidenhead, on Saturday 7th January 2017. Full details of the event, and how to enter can be found on the Berkshire Athletics website or click on the link provided down the right side of the home page. The club has made such a great start to the cross country season, with the SEAA relays, and the first Oxford Mail League fixture at the Showground, both going really well. Let us all try to keep this high level of performance going for the B,B & O this coming weekend, and through into the new year with the County Championship. The closing date is 30th December 2016, but on-line entries are available now.

Thank you, Andy Tuttle

South of England Masters Cross Country – Horspath

There has been good interest shown from our Veteran athletes to enter teams into this season’s South of England Masters Cross Country. It is on Saturday 10th December at the Horspath course, Cowley, Oxford. The entries close on Friday 25 November, could any Veteran interested in taking part please go on to this page on the SEAA website  and enter the appropriate race on-line.

We did it for Brian !

Can I say a massive thank to everyone involved in our successful day at the showground today, what better tribute could we pay to such a wonderful man, Brian Ireland. To have Jill say that we did her Dad proud today means the world to each and everyone of us. Brian came up with all of the new ideas for today’s event, and he takes a huge amount of the credit that we received from our fellow athletes for today’s successful Oxford Mail cross country fixture. He would also have been chuffed to bits with the success you produced on the field, as the club recorded the best results at this 50th fixture since we joined the League in 2006. There were individual wins in seven age groups, and big wins in both the Senior Women’s and Men’s teams.

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Weekend round up – October 22nd – 23rd


Senior Ladies Teams

The cross country season got off to a good start at the South of England cross country relays, held at Wormwood Scrubs, London on Saturday. Sophie Crumly made a dream start on the opening leg for the Senior ladies A team (running the 3rd fastest time of the day); after sharing the lead early on she made her move to pull out a notable lead to hand over to Emily Marshall on the second leg. Emily battled well to keep the team in the top ten, and Jessica Franklin ran the 10th best time of the day to just edge ahead of Reading A.C in the last 300m and bring the team home in 5th place. The Senior Women’s B team of Chloe Blair, Sophie Fowler and Becky Elsmere also ran well to finish 19th out of the 30 teams.

Under 17 Izzy Fry was in good form in the Under 17/20 combined race where she clocked 8mins24secs for 2.5km, the 3rd quickest time out of the two age groups.


U13’s Oliver, Josh & George

The under 13 Boys team finished just two places down on last season in 17th place, with George Ferguson, Oliver Brashaw & Josh Hatton. Despite strong opposition from the London clubs this year, the Senior Men’s team only slipped one place from last season to finish 16th, and were 2 minutes quicker. Our runners were James Craggs, Steve Barnes, Andrew Ind and Phil Marshall.

Three members completed the Abingdon Marathon on Sunday: Martin Walker ran 3:02.49; Wayne Lillis 3:12.47 and Christina Pugsley 3:40.26.

Meanwhile at the Great South Run Mike Sheridan led the Newbury contingent home in this 10 mile race in an incredible 62:53 to take 1st place in the 65-69 category by some 7 minutes. He was followed by Andy Varney in 1:06:49; Jill Mowat 1:31:34; Simon & Elizabeth Bowden 1:32:18 & Mick Cornwall 1:46:31.

Run West Berks series: Inkpen Gibbet Challenge

Catherine2_RWB16Catherine Tuttle clinched the Run West Berkshire series title this weekend with a 2nd place finish at the tough Inkpen Gibbet Challenge 10k race in a time of 51:19. The series also included the Chieveley Chase, Kintbury 5 and Hungerford Harey 8. Catherine’s combined 4 race time of just under 3hrs10mins gave her more than a 5 minute winning margin over runner-up Helen Garforth of Reading.

Nige Popplewell was 13th in a time of 45:55 which helped him to 3rd place in the men’s series behind former member Michal Szczepanczyk in 2nd and winner Barney Kerry. (See photo)

Phil Marshall led home the Newbury AC contingent in the race finishing 4th in 42:54; other club finishers were Neil Cook 7th 43:33, Conor McGrory 9th 44:40, Chris Pudney 18th 46:45, Mike Wheeler 20th 47:23, Graham Stent 23rd 49:04, Steve Ferriday 26th 51:09, Andy Tuttle 29th 51:20, Mark Head 31st 52:14, Mandy Waldon 41st 53:30, Stephanie Smallman 81st 1:03:03, Carole Lowe 101st 1:07:31. Full results

Ridgeway relay: 19th June

Report by Phil Marshall

Two teams made up of 20 Newbury AC runners took on The Ridgeway Relay on Sunday.  The challenging 86.5 mile course spanning the length of the ridgeway from Ivinghoe Beacon to Marlborough was in it’s 27th year and has legs ranging from 5.4 miles to 11 miles.  Both teams put in a fantastic effort with Conor McGrory, Baz Munday, Jeff Bird and Blue Nolan making their debuts in the event, and Mike Robbins, Becky Coxhead, Phil Marshall, Steve Elsmere and James Craggs all competing after a long and busy previous day down in Plymouth for the Southern Athletics League.

The A team finished in a fantastic 2nd place overall out of the 44 teams competing; from 10th position after leg 1 didn’t get passed once for the rest of the 9 legs and gained a further 8 places to finish in a time of 9 hours 46 minutes and 40 seconds.  The B team also had a great race emulating their highest ever finish of 10th position overall and 2nd B team in a time of 11 hours 14 minutes and 54 seconds. Full results

Newbury AC A: Mike Robbins, Sophie Crumly, Phil Marshall, Jess Franklin, Steve Elsmere, James Craggs, Conor McGrory, Baz Munday, Andy Ind, Alex Muir.

Newbury AC B: Dan Reeves, Becky Coxhead, Andy McKendrick, Clare Quinn, Jeff Bird, Wayne Lillis, Steve Ferriday, Blue Nolan, Dave Wright, Chris Pudney.

Photos courtesy of Barry Cornelius – more here


Conor McGrory

Becky Coxhead

Becky Coxhead

Chris Pudney

Chris Pudney