Sam Wright U15 Boys winner 2015
Maisie Jeger U11G winner
After a busy weekend, Maisie Jeger (U11G); Sam Wright (U15B) and Izzy Fry (U15G) have established unassailable leads in their respective age-groups in the club cross-country championships.
With two rounds remaining, the current leaders in the other Divisions, are: James Craggs (Senior Men); E-J Bailey (Senior Women); Yasmin Ryder (U17G); Ed Fry (U13B), Amelia Munday (U13G) and Callum Fry (U11B).
Tom Watkins: 3rd in Men’s race (Photo: Barry Cornelius)
Josie Robertson and Maisie Jeger and the Under 15/17 Girls team made it three wins out of three in the latest round of the Oxford Mail cross country League at Culham. Josie was able to respond to any challenge that came her way in the under 9 Girls, while in the very next race for the under 11 Girls Josie’s sister Luci and team mate Maisie Jeger were soon to develop a tidy lead they held right to the end, with Maisie 1st and Luci 2nd. Many athletes were racing for the second day in succession, Izzy Fry followed up her win yesterday with a 2nd place in the Under 15 Girls, Charlotte Clover finished 2nd under 17 today after a fine 4th place in the Surrey champs yesterday, and Yasmin Ryder kept herself right in the medal hunt with 4th in the same age group. The Under 15/17 team kept their score down to just 13 points today and are sitting pretty at the top of the league table. In the Senior Men’s Tom Watkins went two places better than yesterday to record 3rd place.
Thank you very much everyone. (More results to follow shortly)
Results, Photos (Barry Cornelius)
Izzy Fry – U15 County Champion 2015
What a fantastic team effort from so many of our club members today to host the 2015 Berkshire County Championship. 36 athletes took part across the age groups and a further 29 members were on official duty to help stage the event.
Congratulations go to all our medal winners today, Izzy Fry won her first County cross country title in the under 15 Girls, and our Veteran Men kept their un-beaten run at the Championships going for yet another season, with Wayne Lillis runner up and Martin Walker picking up the Bronze. The Senior Men’s team did not surrender their title lightly, they totally packed the mid field order to finish 2nd and 3rd teams, Tom Watkins ran well to finish just outside the medals in 5th place.
Senior Women’s Team
Our Senior Women kept up their impressive record to record 2nd and 5th teams, while our Veteran Women finished just four points behind Champions Reading A.C , with E-J Bailey having a fine run to secure the Bronze medal and our final medal winner was Samantha Van Huyssteen, she made a welcome return to cross country by winning the Bronze medal in the Under 20 age group. Yasmin Ryder should receive a County call up after finishing 7th in a top class Under 17 Women’s race, along with Sophie Crumly in the Senior Women’s, and Maisie Jeger, Ed Fry, Samuel Wright and E-J Bailey all might make the reserve lists after they all finished in 12th place in their respective age groups.
Full results from Power of 10 or download them here in .pdf format
More Photographs here thanks to Emma.
Around 15 members were blessed with superb weather on the annual excursion to Combe Gibbet. Blue skies, sunshine and frost-hardened tracks were in sharp contract to last year’s gale-force winds, driving hail and flooded roads. Sam Wright proved a worthy substitute for his Dad (currently on crutches following knee surgery) and got everyone to the Gibbet without deviation, hesitation or repetition.
Refreshment at the Dundas Arms was a welcome bonus.
Thanks to the Wrights and Bob Taylor for organizing an excellent event.
The 2014 Boxing Day Handicap saw 66 runners complete the 1.8 mile course. The overall winner was Wilf Waldon and first club member home was Phoebe Ryder (2nd overall). The fastest time of the day was 09:20 recorded by Brad Yewer.
Full results and Photos (thanks to Charles Fowler)
Some more photos this time from Emma Guite
I have been taking names for this season’s National to be held at the fantastic Parliament Hill, Hampstead Heath, London on Saturday 21st February. If anyone else would like to be added to the list could you please let me know, the entry fee is £7 which I would like to collect before sending the entry off on Monday 5th January.
Races start with the Under 17 Women at 11.00am and finish with the Senior Men at 3.00pm, The age groups are – Under 13’s, Under 15’s, Under 17’s, Under 20’s & Seniors.
The county championships will take place on Saturday 3rd January at Hungerford Common. Entries are now closed. Timetable, parking information etc. are available on the Berkshire AA website. Please contact Andy Tuttle is you need any additional details.
Five stitches later!
It was all going so well
(Photo: Barry Cornelius)
Geoff Anderson was crowned Champion in the Over65 age group at the South of England Masters Cross Country Championships held at Horspath, Oxford. The victory became even more impressive when he later discovered that a head wound he received from a fall during the latter part of the race required five stitches at the John Radcliffe Hospital. Geoff showed true grit as he just picked himself up and tore off to the finish in 43min.34, he thoroughly deserves his medal.
Irwin Fairclough was racing on the country for the first time since March but you would not have known as he stormed around the 10km course in 42min.32 to record 9th place in the Over 55 age group, with Andy Tuttle running 44min.34 in 14th. Chris Pudney was competing at the championship for the first time in the Over 50 age group, his time was 43min.36 for 34th place. The Over 50 team finished 10th.
In the last race of the day for the 40 – 49 year olds Andrew Ind ran very well to clock 37min.01 and finish 16th Over 40, with Martin Walker 40min.58 in 35th, and Wayne Lillis ran under 40 mins to finish 18th in the Over 45 age group and help the team in to 9th place.
Full results / Photos courtesy of Barry Cornelius
Five club members completed this annual 10K event over a traditional (i.e. muddy & hilly) cross-country course:26th Chris Hobson; 62nd Bob Taylor; 73rd Radka Pearman; 96th Steve Peppitt; 118th (3rd FV55) Carole Lowe.
Under 15 / 17 victorious girls 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)