English Schools Cross Country Championships

Charlotte Clover and Izzy Fry both represented Berkshire at this season’s English Schools Championships held on a course next to the Donington Park race circuit in Leicestershire. Charlotte received a late call up to the Intermediate Girls team and lined up in 8th place in the starting pen. Charlotte then did a magnificent job of working her way through the large field of 336 runners to not only finish in 50th place, but also become the 4th  scorer home in the team that finished in second place. Izzy took part in the 3rd race of the day for the Junior Girls where she finished a very respectable 134th out of 343 athletes, the team finished in 11th place out of 44.

UK Inter Counties Cross Country Championships

Sue, Sophie & E-J

The clubs Senior athletes were out in force to represent the Berkshire teams at this seasons UK Inter Counties held at Cofton Park, Birmingham on Saturday. Jess Franklin earned the honour of leading the Berkshire team home in the Senior Women’s race, just missing out on a top 100 place by 5 places. Sophie Crumly recovered well from last weeks half marathon to finish in 139th place. E-J Bailey wore the Berkshire vest for the first time and ran well in 217th place, while Sue Van Huyssteen answered a late call up to record 237th place.

Steve, Alex, Peter & Mark with Andy (County Team Manager)

Alex Muir was even closer to a top 100 finish in the Senior Men’s 12km race, he was Berkshire second scorer in 103rd, followed by Mark Vardy in 191st, Steve Barnes who was also making his Berkshire debut in 233rd, and Peter Crisp 251st.

Senior Women’s Title Returns

Susie Bush: OML Senior Women's Champion 2014

The Senior Women’s team won back the Oxford Mail Cross Country Title after just one years absence following some superb work from the team this season. The return of Susie Bush to lead the team charge has been immense, Susie won two races and was 2nd today to claim the title for the second time. The fact that Jess Franklin was never out of the top five all season paid real dividends as she stepped up to receive the runner up award. Sophie Fowler played her part in the team re-gaining the title but it was in her under 20 age group where she really shone, winning the under 20 by a large 87 point margin.

The female side of the club continued to do well, Under 15 Charlotte Clover rounded off an exceptional first season with the club by taking the runner up spot, Charlotte can now say she finished in 2nd place at the Oxfordshire Championships, and 7th in the Surrey Championships but still can not find a place at the UK Inter Counties when she clearly has the talent. Sue Van Huyssteen is one of our most consistent medallists since we joined the league, Sue finished second in the V45 age group, a position matched by another of our age group specialists Sarah Fowler in the V55’S. Continue reading

English National Cross Country Championships – Nottingham

Charlotte & Annabel Clover

Senior Men

Sisters Charlotte and Annabel Clover both produced top 100 placings at this seasons National cross country at Wollaton Park, Nottingham today. Both Girls were competing at the Championship for the first time but you would never have thought so to see them run. Annabel was in the first race of the day for under 17 Women where she finished 94th out of 211 athletes. Charlotte has really excelled on the country and put in one of the best performances ever from a young Newbury athlete, she finished 35th out of 355 athletes in the under 15 Girls. Continue reading

Oxford Mail Cross Country League – Cirencester

Sophie Fowler: U20 winner

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.

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Southern Inter Counties Schools Cross Country

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.

West Berkshire Schools Cross Country

Josh Reeves: 3rd U15 Boys

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 !

South of England Cross Country Championships

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.

Full results

Oxford Mail League: Update from organisers

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).