It was a case of nearly, but not quite for Newbury Athletic Club at the penultimate Oxford Mail Cross Country League fixture at Cirencester Park on Sunday. Sophie Fowler produced the clubs only win coming in the under 20 Women’s age group, Sophie’s win keeps her 64 points clear at the top of the age group.
It was otherwise a case of second place being favourite on a day that saw Jess Franklin finish just 5 seconds behind the winner Wendy Nicholls from host club Cirencester in the Senior Women’s race, Sue Van Huyssteen was second in the over 45′s and Sarah Fowler also 2nd in the over 55′s. The Senior Women’s team also finished runners up on the day but have now stretched their lead at the top of the table to 43 points. Charlotte Clover continued her fine first cross country season with the club when placed second in the under 15 Girls, a position she also holds in the league, and with Izzy Fry not far behind in 4th place it was left to under 17 Polly Mitton to close the team in 3rd place.
The Senior Men’s team rallied well to close the team in 3rd place to match their current league position, Steve Barnes was first home on this occasion in 12th place. There were top ten finishes for Josie Robertson 3rd under 9 Girl, Luci Robertson 7th in the under 11 Girls, 8th place for Samuel Wright in the under 13 Boys, and in the under 15 Boys Josh Reeves came 7th with Benji Fry 9th.
U9 – Josie Robertson 3rd Girl
U11G – 7th Luci Robertson, 17th Maisie Jeger, 45th Grace Lees, 50th Scarlett O’Connor, 56th Tayla Chandler
U11B – 12th Tobias Allen, 18th Toby Thorpe, 26th Oscar Reeves, 35th Charlie Ginn, 40th Daniel Ginn
U13G – 33rd Amelia Munday, 35th Maddy Mitton, 39th Lilly Gohara, 43rd Grace Twyford, 45th Trinity O’Connor, 48th Isabelle Read.
U13B – 8th Samuel Wright, 16th Ed Fry, 23rd Henry Reeves
U15G – 2nd Charlotte Clover, 4th Izzy Fry
U17G – 11th Polly Mitton
U15B – 7th Joshua Reeves, 9th Benji Fry
Senior Women – 2nd Jess Franklin, 11th Sophie Fowler (1st U20), 17th E-J Bailey, 19th Chloe Blair, 26th Fiona Pocklington, 27th Sue Van Huyssteen, 39th Liz Pudney, 40th Sarah Fowler, 47th Catherine Tuttle, 49th Rebecca Coxhead, 55th Rachel Allen, 62nd Katie Glare, 82nd Sheila Marshall, 104th Liz Harkness
Senior Men – 12th Steve Barnes, 15th David Fry, 23rd James Craggs, 45th Wayne Lillis, 47th Peter Crisp, 58th Dave Wright, 63rd Mike Robbins, 65th Steve Elsmere, 68th Chris Pudney, 79th Michel Szczepanczyk, 87th Phil Marshall, 88th Irwin Fairclough, 109th Chris Hobson, 154th Geoff Anderson, 176th Andy McKendrick, 196th Paul Reeves.
Photos can be seen here (thanks to Charles Fowler)
Izzy Fry and Annabel Clover safely booked their places in the Berkshire teams for the English Schools Cross Country Championships next month thanks to some fine racing at the Southern Inter Counties held at Southampton on Saturday.
In the Junior Girls Izzy finished 6th at the Berkshire Schools last month but this time found the more hilly course to her liking and worked through nicely to finish 20th in the race and 3rd Berkshire athlete home.
Annabel also improved a place in the Berkshire order, this time she was 2nd home for the team and 28th in the Senior Girls race.
Well done to both Girls and we wish them all the best for the English Schools Championships.
Well done to all of our club members who ran at the District cross country today at the Newbury Showground, it was great to see so many of you there and with smiles on your faces despite the weather.
Kitty Shepherd-Cross ( Downe House) followed up her win at the Berkshire Schools Championships last Saturday with another win today in the under 13′s. Izzy Fry ( Park House ) built very impressive lead in the Under 15 Girls and kept it going to win that age group. Sisters Charlotte and Annabel Clover ( Downe House ) produced a rather unique double victory, With Charlotte winning the under 17′s and Annabel the Under 20′s. There were also top three places for Ed Fry (Park House) in the under 13 Boys, and Josh Reeves (Park House) in the under 15 Boys.
A big thank you goes to all of the Newbury A.C adult members that helped alongside Park House School to set up the course, marshal, do the start, finish , time keeping and recording, a great job everyone !
The Parliament Hill course was particularly wet and muddy this year, especially for the last race of the day the Senior Men’s 15 km race. Mark Vardy handled the conditions well to finish 138th out of the 986 competitors. Unfortunately the club were just one runner short to close a team, but going on the positions of the athletes that were there it would have been a good team result. James Craggs was 190th, Steve Barnes 220th, Peter Crisp 261st and Dave Wright 511th.
Earlier in the day Samuel Wright ran well to finish in the top half of the under 13 Boys race, he came 103rd out of 284.
It has not proved possible to re-arrange the cancelled round 3. Consequently there will only be 4 rounds this season. The individual standings will be based on the best 3 results from 4 rounds (rather than the best 4 results from 5 rounds as in a normal 5-round season). Similarly, medals will be awarded to all U9s and U11s who have competed in at least 3 of the 4 rounds. The team standings will be based on the results from all 4 rounds, (rather than the results from all 5 rounds as in a normal 5-round season).
Five club members joined a 500 strong field for this annual 10 mile off-road challenge over the downs around Pewsey. The floodwaters resulting from the recent deluges just added to the fun. Dave Wright was the highest placed of the Newbury AC contingent, finishing 28th in 1:20:41. He was follwed by: Simon Kirby (59th, 1:26:16), Geoff Anderson (76th (1st M60), 1:28:12), Carole Lowe (355th, 1:59:32) and Charlotte Winton (406th, 2:09:27).
The Senior Men claimed their 4th County title in as many years at the Berkshire Cross Country Championships at Swinley Forest, Bracknell (Full results). The team spirit, on such an awful day weather wise, was awesome, and the way the Senior’s paced their runs was a pleasure to watch. Alex Muir was one of several athletes who just grew in strength as the race progressed, he was delighted to earn a Bronze individual medal in the process. Both Mark Vardy (5th) and Peter Crisp (6th) also earned County call ups for their fine runs, and with Steve Barnes (7th ) , James Craggs 8th & Mike Robbins 9th the team won by a 48 point margin. Steve Barnes was first Veteran Man to cross the line, the Veteran Mens team were also first with Steve, Wayne Lillis, Dave Wright, Chris Pudney and Paul Reeves all doing thier part.The Senior Men were out in such force that they also picked up 3rd team award with the B team of Wayne Lillis, Phil Marshall, Dave Wright, Chris Pudney, Stuart Bosley and Andrew McKendrick. The Women’s teams were again in impressive form, the Seniors finished 3rd with Sophie Crumly 8th, Chloe Blair 12th, E-J Bailey 16th & Sue Van Huyssteen 17th. Both E-J and Sue were part of the Veteran Women’s team that came 2nd, they were joined by Bev Hall and Liz Pudney. The Senior Women’s Bteam were 5th with Fiona Pocklington 20th, Catherine Tuttle 22nd, Bev Hall 23rd, Liz Pudney 24th and Katie Glare 25th. Izzy Fry was the best placed out of the younger athletes when placed 10th in the under 15 Girls, Josh Reeves was 17th in the under 15 Boys, and the under 13 Boys team were 5th with Samuel Wright 18th, Ed Fry 19th, Henry Reeves 21st and Rhys Ainsworth 28th.
I would like to thank everyone who ran today, it was far from easy conditions, and a massive thank you to our officials – Sarah Fowler, Carolyn Walker, Brian Ireland, Dave Mason & Geoff Hardy, for all their work in helping the day go so smoothly.
To offset the disappointment of the cancellation of the Oxford Mail League cross-country, you have the opportunity to enjoy some hills running closer to home. All ages / abilities welcome.
Message from the league organizers: “With regret, we announce that the combined league/county fixture on Sunday 5 January is not going ahead. We are incredibly grateful to Andy Bartlett of Banbury Harriers for putting in many hours of work and negotiation to get us to this point. However, with the combination of existing conditions and the forecast for heavy rain and high winds on Sunday, the decision was made to cancel. We will keep everyone up to date with developments about any replacement fixtures, and contingencies for league and county race results. Please pass this message on to anyone you feel may have been intending to come along on Sunday.”
“When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” Around 15 ”crazies” braved the wet & windy conditions and conquered Combe Gibbet. Chris Hobson was the sole faller but was unharmed: just ever-so slightly muddier than the rest of us. The rain had relented by the time we reached the Gibbet and we were welcomed by blue-sky, sunshine and sustenance (thanks to Julia Wright). Top marks to Dave Wright and Bob Taylor for getting their route-planning and guiding skills. Really, it was fun!