Entries are now open for the annual Boxing Day Handicap. This is a free to enter event for club members, their families and friends. Run over a 1.8 mile multi-terrain course with the slowest runners starting first and usually resulting in a mass sprint for the line – this is a great way to run off the excesses of Christmas Day.
The race starts at 10:30am from Northcroft (register by 10:20 in the cricket club car park) and we’re usually finished by 11am. To enter please e-mail Irwin Fairclough with name(s) and age(s) if under 18 and a recent 5K time or other indicator of likely performance.
Entries close of 22nd December – there will be no entries on the day.
Thatcham Rotary Club are running their “ SANTA’S FUN RUN” on 10 December 2017. This is a 5 km run in and around Thatcham, and last year’s numbers were over well over 300 runners-children, juniors and adults .
To enter, simply log into “rotarythatcham.org.uk”- and the entry form with all the relevant information is on the front page. Payment can also be made online.
Message from Phil Marshall, Cross Country Team Manager:
Oxford Mail League – Round 1
It’s our first cross country league fixture this weekend, Sunday 5th November, and as I’m sure you all know it is right on our doorstep at Newbury Showground. We hope to see as many of you as possible to get off to a great start.
Big thank you to everyone who has said they will help on the day, I will contact you individually with details of timings and duties.
Berks, Bucks & Oxon Championship
This event, with races from U13 up to Senior/Veteran, is on Sunday 19th November at Prospect Park, Reading. The closing date for this race is 5th November, so if you haven’t already told me
you would like to compete please do so as soon as possible so I can include you on the race entry list.
Berkshire County Championship
The county championship, also held at Prospect Park this season is on Sunday 17th December. This event will need to be entered by each individual via this link:
If you could be so kind to let me know if and when you enter, it will save me chasing you close to the closing entry date! :).
The next 3 hill sessions will be 22nd October, 12th November and 26th November. 9.30am at Northcroft.
The next hill sessions will be on Sunday 8th and Sunday 22nd October. 9:30am at Northcroft.
The current fixture list for the 2017/18 season is available here. Please contact our cross-country captain, Phil Marshall, if you need any additional information regarding entry processes, eligibility etc.
With the new season approaching rapidly, Karen Yewer is again organizing hill sessions on Sunday mornings in Goldwell Park. The first session is on 27th August with subsequent sessions on 3rd, 10th and 17th September. Meet at 9:30am in Northcroft car park. All welcome!
Yesterday proved to be the hottest day of the year so far and was less than ideal for running long distances! Despite that the club fielded two teams in the Ridgeway Relay (report to follow when results are posted) and participants in both the Hampshire Hoppit trail Half Marathon and the Harey 8.
New member Anthony Sudlow led in the club contingent in the Hampshire Hoppit finishing in 20th place overall in a time of 1:49.22. He was followed by Ade May 38th – in 1:57.05; Sue van Huyssteen 1st V50 – 55th – 2:01.54; Tania Whitby – 67th – 2:03.40 and Pete Richardson – 68th – 2:-4.08.
Matt Green continued his winning ways in the Run West Berkshire series by winning the Harey 8 in a time of 48.54 followed by Jeff Bird in 4th place (53.48), Philippa Cass (2nd Female) 1:01:01, Edyta Wilk (3rd Female) 1:03.09; Catherine Tuttle (4th Female) 1:03.54; Andy Tuttle 1:03.57; Sheila Marshall (1st V55) 1:19.17 & Jill Mowat 1:21.55.
A big thank you to everyone that contributed to Andy Tuttle’s gift for his 18 years of dedication as Newbury AC’s Cross Country Manager. As a result, last weekend, he was able to enjoy some time away with Caroline and meet his hero Dame Kelly Holmes at an evening event in her café near Tonbridge.
Another very busy and successful weekend for club members:
15 members completed the Reading Half Marathon on Sunday led in in 173rd place by Peter Crisp in 1:18.57. Followed by: Andrew Ind – 1:19:03 (176th); Chris Pudney – 1:28:47 (527th); Rick Wyatt – 1:33:54 (893rd); Luis Gonçalves – 1:36:31 (1116th); Bryn Dawson – 1:43:25 (1906); Jo Craig – 1:45:15 (2195); Peter Evans – 1:45:27 (2218); Michele Moran-Douglas – 1:58:48 (4537); Ian Colcomb – 2:01:03 (4930); Andre Clothier – 2:01:36 (5014); Charlotte Winton – 2:02:51 (5215); Sandra Beal – 2:13:39 (6788); Agnieszka Stochaj – 2:22:34 (7471); Joe Hoskins – 3:08:10 (9575).
Also on Sunday James Craggs was the first NAC club finisher at the Fleet Half Marathon in 28th place in a time of 1:15.59. Followed by: 76 – Steve Barnes – 1:21:18; 151 – Jeff Bird – 1:25:18; 545 – E-J Bailey – 1:36:38 ( 53rd Women ); 613 – Sue van Huyssteen – 1:38:09 ( 68th Women / 4th F50).
Andy Varney ran Windsor & Eton Half marathon at Dorney Lake on Saturday finishing in 30th place overall (3rd V40) in 1:29:48.
The Eastleigh 10k saw the following finishers some of whom then rushed back up the A34 to watch the finishing stages of the Reading half: 88 – Phil Marshall – 35:44 (pb);114 – Mike Robbins – 36:45 (pb); 125 – Michał Szczepańczyk – 37:13; 170 – Graham Stent – 38:05 (pb); 232 – Dan Reeves – 39:18; 278 – Nige Popplewell – 40:07; 279 – Matt Pembroke – 40:11; 427 – Philippa Cass – 43:06 (5th FV35). Newbury AC were 10th team overall (First 4 club finishers).
Liz Harkness and Roz Pearson completed a very windy (and hilly!) Highworth 5 mile race yesterday in 46:11 and 48:44 respectively.
Meanwhile at the Barrie Strange Memorial Throws at Oxford on Saturday in very windy condition Charlotte Payne started her 2017 season as a first year U17 with 2 impressive wins in Hammer and Discus throwing 55.39m and 38.97m respectively – both new Club records!
The English Schools AA National Cross Country championships were held at Norfolk County showground, Norwich on Saturday with club members Izzy Fry & Kitty Shepherd-Cross representing Berkshire schools. Izzy was 15th overall in the Senior girls race (4k) in 13:57 and 2nd for Berkshire. Kitty was also 2nd Berkshire finisher in the Intermediate race (3.75k) in 13:56 for 86th place overall. Also on Saturday Irwin Fairclough finished 4th V60 in the British Masters cross country championships held at Wavertree, Liverpool.
Please notify me of any other results and they will be posted here.