Oxford Mail cross country – 7th December, Harcourt Hill, Oxford

Under 15 / 17 victorious girls team

Under 15 / 17 victorious girls team

Majority of the Ladies Team

Majority of the Ladies Team

Newbury A.C enjoyed plenty of success on a course new to the Oxford Mail cross country league at Westminster College, Harcourt Hill, Oxford.
Three of the clubs young athletes tasted victory in their age groups on a day that also saw several other top three places go Newbury’s way. Josie Robertson (u-9) and Maisie Jeger ( u-11) both followed up their victories in the first round to win again, this time over a longer 1500m course.Under 17 Yasmin Ryder ran a very intelligent race, not taking the lead until about 800m to go she made a very decisive move that no one could match as she went on to win by seven seconds. Izzy Fry ran well to finish 4th in the race and 2nd in the under 15 age group, and with under 17 Charlotte Clover in 5th, the team remain un-beaten and sit nicely at the top of the league with a 21 point lead.
The Senior Men’s teams showed they could still secure a top three place this season, with only Oxford City ahead of them this time out, Tom Watkins was the leading team member in 5th place. The Senior Women are holding on to a mid table spot, they were 5th on the day with Sophie Crumly 13th the best placed. Samuel Wright 4th and Josh Reeves 8th made the top ten in the under 15 Boys age group, and Sarah Fowler was runner up in the veteran 3 age group.

Thank you to everyone who ran today, and special thanks go to our marshals – Brian Ireland, Dave Mason and Vic Pearson, without them and many more volunteers this event would not have gone ahead.

Full results / Photos (courtesy of Barry Cornelius)

Club Championship tables (after 3 events)


South Of England cross country championships 2015

(Under UK Athletics & ECCA Rules)
Stanmer Park, Brighton on Saturday 24
th January 2015
Enter Online at seaa.org.uk
Under 15 Boys 4500 metres 11:00 am Ages 13 & 14 on 31st Aug 2014
Under 13 Girls 3000 metres 11:20 am Ages 11 & 12 on 31st Aug 2014
Under 13 Boys 3000 metres 11:35 am Ages 11 & 12 on 31st Aug 2014
Under 15 Girls 4000 metres 11:50 am Ages 13 & 14 on 31st Aug 2014
Under 17 Men 6000 metres 12:10 pm Ages 15 & 16 on 31st Aug 2014
Under 20 Women 6000 metres 12:40 pm Ages 17, 18 &19 on 31st Aug 2014
Under 17 Women 5000 metres 1:05 pm Ages 15 & 16 on 31st Aug 2014
Under 20 Men 8000 metres 1:30 pm Ages 17, 18 &19 on 31st Aug 2014
Senior Women 8000 metres 2:05 pm Age must be 20 or over on 31st Aug 2014
Senior Men 15000 metres 2:50 pm Age must be 20 or over on 31st Aug 2014
Under 13 Girls & Under 13 Boys must be at least 11 years the old on the day of the Competition.
Senior Men the entry fee is £7 per individual. 6 to score in a team.
For all other races the entry fee is £7 per individual. 4 to score in a team

Anyone who would like to do the SEAA Champs above can either enter online, or if you see me with £7, your date of birth & England Athletics Registration Number I can send the entry in no later than Tuesday 9th December please.

Andy Tuttle

Berks, Bucks & Oxon cross country championships


Men’s Team

Individual medals for Izzy Fry and Andrew Ind, and a double runner up spot for our Women’s and Men’s teams in the veteran age group were the highlights of this season’s B,B & O Championship held at Upton Court Park, Slough on Saturday.


Women’s Team

Izzy Fry showed what a difference a year can make as she followed up last years 12th place in the Under 15 Girls to come within one second of winning the race this year.  Izzy tucked in behind the leading pack and after the large lap it had slimmed down to four athletes. Eventual winner Emily Thompson opened up a lead while Izzy was having a battle for second place. As she turned the last corner and into the home straight Izzy showed a change of pace that would have impressed our sprint group, so much so that she narrowed the gap to just one second on the line. Harriet Atherton came 36th and Holly Blower 45th to close the team in 7th place.


Andrew Ind

Andrew Ind has made an instant impact in our Senior and Veteran teams, he also proved that he is well capable of earning Individual honours by running a well judged race where he tracked the 3rd placed Veteran until the time was right on the 9.5km course to edge his way clear to take the Bronze medal. Andrew also led the Veteran team home where he was joined by Wayne Lillis in 7th, and Martin Walker 8th, and Nigel Popplewell 10th, the team where just one point behind the Champions Oxford City.  Our Veteran Women’s team matched the Men’s achievement with E-J Bailey leading the way in 5th place, Sue Van Huyssteen 6th, Leah Darbyshire 13th & Liz Harkness 15th.


Men’s Vet Team


Women’s Vet Team

Yasmin Ryder and Charlotte Clover both had good runs in the Under 17 Women & Men combined race, they finished 4th & 6th respectively, Tom Teece recorded 5th in the under 20’s and both of our Senior’s A teams finished a very respectable 4th, with our Men’s B team also doing well in 7th place.   Continue reading

Round 2 Oxford Mail cross country fixture

The good news is the second fixture is now almost certain to go ahead. More details are to follow, and will be posted on the OML website, but this is the message so far :-

Subject to final permissions, round 2 of the league will be held at Brookes Harcourt Hill campus on Dec 7th.

Parking will be very tight. Very tight. Indeed. You all have to make extra effort to convince your athletes to share transport, or to take the U1 from the Seacourt Park and Ride, or to make their way there by bike or similar.

In more pleasant news, there should be a café open, shelter, and a small number of changing rooms. Routes will follow the ParkRun route and also include circuits around the adjacent woodland. As of today, it’s muddy and singletrack so should make for some good racing.

This event will only go ahead if Luke McNeill receives offers of help to mark out the course on Saturday, to control the limited amount of car parking on the day, and to be a race marshal. There is not a host club for this venue so Luke is trying to seek help form any members of the clubs that take part in the League, it would be great if some from NAC could lend a hand and make sure we have this second fixture. Please contact Andy Tuttle and I will forward the message on to Luke.

Received from OML on Thursday evening.

Thank you


Victory for Izzy at the English Schools A.A Cross Country Cup

Four club members represented Park House School in the second round of this season’s English Schools cup match, held at Kings College in Taunton recently. Izzy Fry settled in near the front of the Inter Girls race and went with the flow until she found several of her competitors struggling to tackle the mound. Izzy was able to take advantage of this and really pressed on up and over the mound and soon found herself in the lead. Izzy grew in confidence knowing she had created a gap and went on to stretch out the field, in the end winning by a 100m margin. In the same race Annie & Jess Chitty continue to show just how close they are finishing 36th & 37th respectively. Ed Fry gave a solid performance to finish 18th in the Junior Boys race.

Oxford Mail Cross Country league – Ascott-Under-Wychwood

Alex Muir leading home the Men's team (Photo: Charles Fowler)

What a tremendous turn out from the club today at the tough Ascott-Under-Wychwood venue, a true cross country course and typical cross country weather. At times the rain was very heavy and unfortunately it was at it’s worse for our youngest age groups races. However this did not seem to deter them and indeed it was in those early races where the club earned the best results today.  Josie Robertson got the proceedings off to a great start being the first Girl home in the under 9’s race, Phoebe Ryder was 5th and Francesca Bailey16th, they were two of the twelve members making their league debut. Maisie Jeger followed up her record breaking track season to become the first ever under 11 race winner for the club since we joined the league, Luci Robertson battled all the way to finish 2 seconds behind in 2nd place . Our under 15/ 17 Girls team sealed the team victory today, heading Oxford City by 7 points. Under 17 Yasmin Ryder finished 3rd to lead the team home, with Charlotte Clover 5th ( 4th u-17) and Izzy Fry 6th recording 2nd place in the under 15 age group. Samuel Wright produced a very good run to finish 3rd in the under 15 Boys, While Ed Fry made the top ten of the under 13 Boys race. The Men fielded 3 full teams of 7 with Alex Muir the leader of the pack in 9th place, the team finished 3rd. E- J Bailey was the leading Woman in the Senior Women’s race in 24th place, the team came 6th. Thank you to everyone who ran today, and to those who came along to support, we do not care what the weather is like, do we !!

Some photos can be seen here (thanks to Charles Fowler) & some more from Emma Carter here. Final results

We run a Club Cross-country Championship through the season for U11s to Veterans. Follow this link for details and initial league tables

Andy Tuttle

SEAA Cross country relays – Wormwood scrubs – 18th October

U17 Girls - Charlotte Clover, Rebecca Downie, Yasmin Ryder

Report from Andy Tuttle:

Senior Women - Jenny O'Connor, Chloe Blair, Monique Krefting

The club fielded six teams at this season’s South of England cross country relays held on Wormwood Scrubs in London on Saturday. The un-seasonally mild conditions made for some very fast times and more teams taking part than in previous years. Newbury’s highest placed team of the day came in the under 17 Women’s age group which saw the team finish 9th out of the 19 teams with Yasmin Ryder covering the first 2.5km leg in 8 min 42 secs, the 14th best time of the day. Rebecca Downie took on the next leg clocking 9min 45, and Charlotte Clover chased down three teams on the last leg in 8min 46 secs. The Senior Women’s team have a good record at this event, this time Monique Krefting gave her all to hand over in 12th place, and with Jenny O’Connor and Chloe Blair on the 2nd and final legs the team only lost one place to finish 13th. Izzy Fry gave the under 15 Girls a superb start in 6th place, she was joined by two Girls making their club cross country debut’s Harriet Atherton and Saskia Krefting, they acquitted themselves well and helped the team to finish 19th out of 30. The under 13 age group was well supported with the Boys team of Ed Fry, Tobias Allen & Rhys Ainsworth in 32nd place, and two Girls teams in 34th & 36th place, with Ellie Krefting, Amelia Munday, Trinity O’Connor, Amber White, Grace Twyford and Lilly Gohara.

Full results are available here