Oxford Mail cross country league – Cirencester

Sophie Crumly ran the perfect race to win the Senior Women’s race in the latest round of the Oxford Mail cross country League held at Cirencester Park. The win means Sophie has already secured the Individual League title with one match still remaining. Under 20 Yasmin Ryder followed up her fine run of 4th place at the Southern Inter Counties Schools race in Bexhill on Saturday with a 4th this time out aswell, the result also gives Yasmin a 10 point lead in the under 20 league rankings. Jess Franklin finished in 6th place, and 2nd V1, and Sarah Fowler held on to the top spot in the V3 age group, she was also 2nd this time out.The Senior Women’s team remain un-beaten all season and have a massive 174 point lead at the top of the table, with the B team top by 41 points in division 2.
The Senior Men gained their best team score of the season of 190points, Alex Muir led them home with a well earned 2nd place.Although Oxford City are the runaway leaders Newbury extended the gap between them and the host club Cirencester in 3rd place. Charlotte Clover finished 3rd in the under 17 Women’s age group and is looking good to take at least the runner up spot in that age, and the under 13 Boys team gained their best result of the season in 2nd place, with good runs from Tobias Allen in 5th and George Ferguson in 7th, Oliver Brashaw 20th, and Toby Wright 23rd.
Photos can be seen here (thanks to Charles Fowler)

South of England AA Cross-Country Championships

Look's like Yaz enjoyed the mud or maybe it was the result!

Look’s like Yaz enjoyed the mud or maybe it was the result!

Yasmin Ryder ran a superb race to finish in the top twenty of the Under 20  Women’s event at the South of England Championships, held at the famous old  Parliament Hill, Hampstead Heath course on Saturday. You either love it, or hate it, but looking at Yasmin’s face splattered in mud from the two time she slipped over, she absolutely loved it to record 17th place.

Earlier Under 13’s Tobias Allen and George Ferguson tried out the event for the first time. Both Boys acquitted themselves really well, with Tobias in 88th place and George 151st out of 267 finishers.

By the time the Senior Men raced the course was well and truly cut up, but it did not stop our trio earning some impressive finishing positions and good times for 15km in such poor conditions, Alex Muir 75th (55.10), Mark Vardy 149th (57.53) and James Craggs 182nd (58.55).

Berkshire Schools cross country

Congratulations to our young athletes who won medals at this season’s Berkshire Schools Championships, and a big thank you to everyone from the club who ran, or helped officiate and marshal at this very successful event held on The Berkshire showground on Saturday.

Yasmin Ryder (St Barts) won the year 12/13 Senior Girls title, Yasmin was particularly pleased to win the title in this her last year at St Barts School. At the other end of the age groups Luci Robertson (St Barts) was competing at the event for the first time in the year 7 Under 13 race, Luci started out in 3rd place and managed to work her way through to take the runner up medal. In the year 10/ 11 Intermediate Girls Izzy Fry (Park House) improved one place on her Berkshire A.A finish earlier this month, to earn the Silver medal this time. Kitty Shepherd-Cross (Downe House) followed up her win in the under 15 Girls Buckinghamshire Championships by winning the year 8/9 Junior Girls race at the showground, Kitty is a second claim member of Newbury A.C and we are always pleased when a member of our training group does well. In the same race, Gina Marchand ( Downe House) ran well and also received an invite to run for Berkshire at the South Inter Schools, as did Charlotte Clover (Downe House) who was only just outside the medal places with 4th in the Senior Girls.

Club cross-country championships

Following a busy weekend for the cross-country runners, four athletes have now unassailable leads in their age-groups in the club championship: Jess Franklin (Veteran Women); Luci Robertson (U13G); Wilf Waldon (U13B) and Josie Robertson (U11G). Congratulations to all four on their outstanding performances so far.

There are still several close battles going on in the other age-groups and plenty to race for at the remaining Oxford Mail League fixtures. The latest tables.

One interesting note: 98 members have now raced at least one cross-country race this season. It would be good to pass the 100 mark before the end of the season. Pretty sure that this would be a new “club record”.


Today (13 January) is the closing date for entries to the National cross-country championships. Enter on-line. They are scheduled to be held at Donnington Park, Leics on Saturday 27th Feb.

Entries are open for the UK Masters’ Cross-country Championships which will be held on Sunday 13th March at the University of Bath. Enter on-line – closing date 1st March.

Karen Yewer’s next hill session will be held on Sunday 17th January; 9:30am at Northcroft.

Sara Henderson finished 19th at the national combined events indoor Pentathlon held on 9/10 January at Sheffield. She recorded her best ever score of 2401 points  and a new PB of 4.84m in the Long Jump .

Oxford Mail League – Horspath

Newbury A.C Senior Women are well on course to win the Oxford Mail cross country league title for the 4th time in six years following some great teamwork in the 3rd round meeting at Horspath, Cowley on Sunday. Sophie Crumly maintained her lead in the Senior Women’s individual rankings with a well earned 2nd place, with the next two team members also occupying top place in their age group rankings, Jess Franklin in 3rd place is the leading Veteran over 35, and Yasmin Ryder finished 6th to lead the under 20’s. If the team maintain the current scoring rate they will break the clubs best points total of 89 set in 2014, the B team are starting to pull clear at the top of division 2, meanwhile the Senior Men currently occupy 2nd place behind league leaders Oxford City. Luci Robertson followed up her 2nd place at the County Champs the previous day with a well earned 3rd in the under 13 Girls race, Josie Robertson finished 4th in the under 11 Girls, and in the veteran age groups Sarah Fowler has a ten point lead in the veteran 3 age group, Alan Twyford and Mike Sheridan are 3rd in the Veteran 2 & 3 age groups respectively.
I can not thank everyone enough for such a fantastic weekend, the commitment shown by so many athletes to race both days was just incredible, and for those that could not do both, they certainly gave their all in the race they did, we can not ask for more than that.

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Record Berkshire Athletics Cross Country Championships

Newbury A.C smashed the previous club record number of 10 medals won at the Berkshire County cross country championships with a very impressive total of 14 set at Upton Court Park, Slough. Eight of these medals were Individual awards won right across the age groups, from performance of the day Luci Roberston winning Silver in her first time at the event in the under 13’s, then Izzy Fry Bronze in the under 17’s, Yasmin Ryder Silver in the under 20’s, a Bronze for Sophie Crumly in the Senior’s, and in the Veteran’s Jess Franklin won Gold, with Clare Quinn 3rd, and James Craggs was runner up in the Vet Men’s with Phil Marshall claiming the Bronze. Full results

The six team awards all came from the two Senior races, with the Veteran Men making history by winning all three team awards (great packing there Men !), the Veteran Women followed up their B,B & O team title with another win, and both our Senior Women & Senior Men’s teams finished 2nd to Reading A.C.

I would really like to thank everyone who ran today, the way we all pull together and give it a go makes this club so special, and also brings success. Thanks also go to our officials on duty, Sarah Fowler – results, Carolyn Walker, Brian Ireland & Dave Mason recording and timekeeping.

Lake District Trip – April 2016

Dave Wright is organising a trip to the Lake District from 28th April to 3rd May (Bank holiday weekend) to include a couple of fell races but mostly walking. Probably staying in the Youth Hostel at Honister in the heart of Borrowdale.

YHA’s cost between £20 & £25 per night. Meals a combination of self-catering and cafes/pubs.

Further details can be downloaded here .

As this is the bank holiday weekend and youth hostels get booked up early please get back to Dave as soon as possible if you are interested (plan to decide numbers before end of January)

Kintbury Social run: 30 December

Kintbury2015Thanks to Dave Wright for organizing another successful social run around the fields& tracks of Kintbury & Inkpen. The rain stayed away and around 20 of us enjoyed playing in the mud. It was “interesting” up at The Gibbet – us light-weight runners aren’t really built to withstand 40 mph wind gusts!

Weekend roundup: 12/13 December

SEAA15_teamSEAA Masters Cross-Country Championships; Shuttleworth Park, Biggleswade
(report by Andy Tuttle)
Four of the clubs over 50 athletes teamed up to finish in a very respectable 8th position at this season’s South of England Master’s cross country championships. Alan Twyford was competing at the event for the first time but you would not have noticed from the way he tackled the 10km course right from the gun, he finished 27th in the race and 20th in the over 50-54 age group in a time of 39.37. Irwin Fairclough made a very promising first outing of the season in 42nd place with a time of 41.22 earning him 12th place in the 55-59 age group. Dave Wright was just four seconds behind Irwin in 44th for 32nd in the50-54, Andy Tuttle came 61st in 43.02 for 20th in the 55-59’s.    

Dallas Half-Marathon
Brad Yewer followed up on his strong performance at last month’s New York City marathon with an impressive 9th place (1:15:39) finish in Sunday’s Dallas Half-Marathon.

Andy Reading Memorial 10K, Bicester
Becky Coxhead just missed out on a 10K PB in running 45:53 for 127th place in the Andy Reading 10K. Steve Elsmere finished in the same time.

Lee Valley Minithon
Maisie Jeger won the U13G Minithon this afternoon at Lee Valley Athletics Centre. 200m – 2nd (29.5); 2.72KG Shot – 1st (8.92 – beat the club record by 2cm) and 600m – 1st (1:45).