Oxford Mail Cross-country

The final fixture of the season takes place on Sunday 6th March at RAL Harwell. We are in contention for several medals both team & individual but need a strong turn-out to ensure that we make the most of the opportunities.

The league organizers have issued the following important notices:

  • The Senior Women’s and Senior Men’s races will be held in REVERSE order; the Senior Men’s race will be at 11.25 and the Senior Women’s race at 12.05.
  • Please take special note of the nature of the restricted junctions from the A34. Access is from the roundabout indicated by the red arrow on the map. Once off the A4185, follow signs to the RAL, then turn left at the second roundabout, to leave the round synchrotron building on your right. Follow this road around to the car park.
  • The League is in serious jeopardy of losing the future use of the RAL Harwell venue following incidents at the venue in previous years. As a consquence urinating anywhere in public at the venue will not be tolerated.Anyone seen urinating in public will be identified and their club informed. The individual identified will be disqualified from the race and banned from the League. Sufficient toilet facilities are provided. Please use them.

Weekend roundup: 27 / 28 February

English National cross country: Newbury A.C had a small band of athletes take part at this season’s “National”, held on the grounds surrounding the famous race circuit at Castle Donington. George Ferguson produced his best finish to date when he was placed 120th out of 420 in the under 13 Boys. Charlotte Clover just missed the top half of the under 17 Women’s race to finish 109th, Catherine Tuttle did record a top half finish in the Senior Women’s race in 319th place, and three Senior Men took part with Phil Marshall the best placed in 439th, Dave Wright 907th and Andy Tuttle 1248th, 1730 finished.

The Terminator: Simon Kirby (27th; 1:34:56) led the Newbury team to 12th place (out of 24) in this off-road challenge across the Marlborough Downs & Pewsey Vale. He was supported by Bryn Dawson (65th; 1:41:41) and Peter Dawson (140th; 1:56:47).

Half marathon pb’s yesterday for both Chloe Blair (1:34:52) at Kingston and Julian Tulk (1:33.27) at Brighton.

West Berkshire District Schools Cross Country

It was great to see so many club members represent their Schools at this seasons event. There were some superb results with Newbury A.C members winning all four of the Girls’ races, and one of the Boys’. Luci Robertson (St Barts) and Marcus Chitty (Park House) won the under 13 age group races, with Callum Potts (Trinity), and Oliver Brashaw (Trinity) 2nd & 3rd in the Boys. Kitty Shepherd-Cross (Downe House) produced a big win in the under 15 Girls, with Gina Marchand (Downe House) running her best to date in 3rd place. Under 17 Izzy Fry (Park House) recovered well from a recent set back to win the under 17 / 20 race, Charlotte Clover (Downe House) won the under 20’s, with Rebecca Downie (St Barts) 2nd. Well done to everyone who ran, and a big thank you to everyone who was involved in the set up and running of the event. Newbury were co-host with St Gabriel’s School who would also like to pass on their thanks.  

Full results 

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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