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!
Could anyone who would like to run the National at Wollaton Park, Nottingham on Saturday February 22nd please get in touch with me straight away, I need to send the entry off Monday or Tuesday this week latest. Thank you.
Geoff Anderson recorded the best result of the day by a Newbury AC athlete at the SEAA Masters Cross-Country Championships at Biggleswade . He finished 5th in the M60-64 age-group. Steve Barnes was 17th in the M40-44 category and Irwin Fairclough 11th in the M55-59 race. Full results
Newbury A.C’s Susie Bush made it two wins out of two when winning the Senior Women’s race in the latest round of the Oxford Mail cross country league held at Culham, near Abingdon.
Susie paired up with team mate Jess Franklin to go straight to the front and build an impressive lead in no time at all, the following pack looked on in hope that they had gone off too fast. If anything the duo had extended their lead when Susie found another gear and pushed on to the finish, with Jess a comfortable second. Sophie Crumly worked well in 8th place to hold off any challenge from the defending champions Headington, taking the club into a 30 point lead at the top of the division.
The Women’s B team finished first in division 2, while Sue Van Huyssteen was first in the over 45 age group, and Sarah Fowler 2nd in the over 55′s. The under 15/17 Girls team produced their best result to date when placed second behind leaders Oxford City, Charlotte Clover continued her fine form to finish second in the under 15′s, with Izzy Fry not far behind in 4th, and Annabel Clover finished 5th in the under 17′s in her first outing for the club. The under 13 Boys team are holding on to 3rd place just where they finished last season, Samuel Wright led them home in 5th place, and there were top ten finishes from Luci Robertson 5th in the under 11 Girls and Josh Reeves was 6th in the under 15 Boys. The Senior Men are finding things a little tougher this season, however they finished 4th with Mark Vardy the highest placed member in 11th.
I would like to thank everyone who ran or supported the event, ti was great to see so many people there. Well done to the athletes that tried the Oxford Mail cross country for the first time – Maddy Smith, Annabel Clover, Hugh Beattie, Cammy Bull & Freddie Kanisivs-Pocock.
Full Results & Photographs (thanks to Charles Fowler):-
Under 9 – 24th Josie Robertson, 57th Lily Whitby.
Under 11 Girls – 5th Luci Robertson, 43rd Grace Lees, 50th Scarlett O’Connor.
Under 11 Boys – 20th Hugh Beattie, 28th Tobias Allen, 43rd Oscar Reeves, 54th Max Whitby.
Under 13 Girls – 43rd Lily Gohara, 52nd Grace Twyford, 56th Maddy Smith, 57th Maddy Mitton, 59th Trinity O’Connor.
Under 13 Boys – 5th Samuel Wright, 13th Ed Fry, 26th Henry Reeves, 32nd Cammy Bull, 33rd Rhys Ainsworth.
Under 15 Girls – 2nd Charlotte Clover, 4th Izzy Fry, 21st Holly Blower.
Under 15 Boys – 6th Josh Reeves.
Under 17 Women – 5th Annabel Clover, 20th Jenny Pudney, 21st Polly Mitton.
Senior Women – 1st Susie Bush, 2nd Jess Franklin, 8th Sophie Crumly, 15th Chloe Blair, 22nd E-J Bailey, 24th Sue Van Huyssteen, 27th Fiona Pocklington, 29th Sarah Hurford, 38th Charlotte Fowler, 47th Katie Glare, 50th Becky Coxhead, 53rd Liz Pudney, 55th Catherine Tuttle, 64th Sarah Fowler, 75th Samantha Dredge, 98th Leah Derbyshire, 105th Sheila Marshall, 109th Carrie Thorpe, 131st Liz Harkness, 144th Cassie Reeves.
Senior Men – 11th Mark Vardy, 16th Peter Crisp, 22nd James Craggs, 23rd Steve Barnes, 67th Mike Robbins, 70th Steve Elsmere, 76th Martin Walker, 85th Chris Pudney, 90th Stuart Bosley, 94th Wayne Lillis, 95th Michael Szczepanczyk, 100th Phil Marshall, 107th Phil Coleman, 119th Dave Wright, 157th Geoff Anderson, 184th Freddie Kanisius-Pocock, 206th Andy McKendrick, 223rd Paul Reeves.