English National Cross-country Championships

Senior Men's team

Senior Men’s team

Under 17 Charlotte Clover finished 15th to earn one of the highest ever placings by a Newbury A.C athlete at the English Cross Country Championships held at Parliament Hill, Hampstead Heath on Saturday. Charlotte was one of the seven club members who had not tried the infamously tough London course before, but she raced like she had seen it all before and actually thrived on the hills and mud to produce her fine result.

Izzy Fry made a very strong start in the under 15 Girls race and although she could not keep that pace going it was still rewarding to see her finish 41st out of a field of 379.

The Senior Men’s race saw just over 2000 finishers, James Craggs came 308th, Phil Marshall 521st, Mike Robbins 588th, Steve Elsmere 805th, Simon Kirby 1157th and Andy Tuttle 1365th. The team came 75th out of 145.

In the other younger age groups all three of the following finished in the top half of their races, with Ed Fry 144th in the under 13 Boys, Maisie Jeger 171st in the under 13 Girls, and in the under 15 Boys Samuel Wright finished 160th, while Catherine Tuttle and Becky Coxhead both ran well in the Senior Women’s race finishing 320th and 476th out of 861.


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West Berkshire District Schools Cross Country

Well done to all our members who took part in the District Schools cross country hosted by St Barts School and Newbury A.C at Newbury Showground on Wednesday afternoon.

The Girls came very close to repeating last season’s clean sweep in the four age groups, with Kitty Shepherd-Cross ( Downe House) winning the under 15 Girls, Charlotte Clover (Downe House) the under 17’s, and Yasmin Ryder (St Barts) the under 20’s.

Samuel Wright ( John O’Gaunt ) was the best placed of the Boys, he finished 2nd in the under 15’s, and there were top ten places for Rebecca Downie ( St Barts) 3rd under 17, Holly Blower (The Downs) 5th under 17, and Josh Reeves (Park House) 10th under 17.

Thanks go to all the club members who helped with marking out and marshalling the course.

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Club Cross-country Championship

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Yaz Ryder (U17W); Ed Fry (U13B) and James Craggs (Senior Men) are assured of finishing the season as club champion in their respective age-groups following yesterday’s race at Cirencester. With Maisie Jeger (U11G), Izzy Fry (U15G) and Sam Wright (U15B) having secured their wins in January, this leaves the Senior Women’s, Veteran Men’s, Veteran Women’s and U13 Girls’  and U11 Boys’ Divisions to be decided at the final fixture on 1st March at Harwell.

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Oxford Mail Cross Country League – Cirencester

Sophie Crumly - Winner of the Senior Women's race

Sophie Crumly – Winner of the Senior Women’s race

It was a truly outstanding day for the club in the penultimate Oxford League fixture at Cirencester today, as Newbury recorded four Individual wins, a team win and a number of 2nd and 3rd placings. With so many good results it is difficult to know where to start but full credit must go to the three Girls who ran their socks off at the Inter County Schools event yesterday for the Berkshire team, as Yasmin Ryder followed yesterdays 5th place with a superb win today in the under 17’s, Izzy Fry was 2nd under 15 for the 4th time this season and makes sure of finishing runner up in the League, and Charlotte Clover was placed 2nd behind Yasmin in the under 17’s. They were joined by Rebecca Downie and Harriet Atherton to collectively record their best team score of the season and keep their un-beaten run going and extended the lead to 52 points.

Yas Ryder - Winner U17 race

Yas Ryder – Winner U17 race

The day had started with Josie Robertson and Maisie Jeger proudly recording their 4th straight wins in the under 9’s and under 11 Girls age groups, with Luci Robertson 3rd in the under 11’s. Sophie Crumly is in superb form as she won the Senior Women’s race with a remarkably well judged race. Samuel Wright also deserves a special mention as he returned to racing after being spiked in the previous days race, and there were numerous season best performances across the age groups from Phoebe Ryder 4th and Francesca Bailey 14th in the under 9’s, Ed Fry 6th in the under 13 Boys, the team were 2nd, right up to Sarah Fowler recording 2nd place in the V3 age group for the 4th time. There was also excellent support from all our Senior athletes who were out if force again, thank you all very much indeed.

Photos here (thanks to Charles Fowler)

and more of the senior races from Barry Cornelius here

Inter County Schools cross country South: 31 January

Report by Andy Tuttle

Three of our young athletes eagerly await their invites to run for the Berkshire team at this season’s English Schools cross country championships to be held in Blackburn next month. This follows some fine performances at the Inter County Schools South event held at Reigate Priory. The event is a competition between six Counties, Berkshire, Essex, Hampshire, Kent, Surrey and Sussex, with each county allowed 16 runners in each age group.

Yasmin Ryder ran really well to finish 5th in the Senior Girls race, with only two Girls from Essex and one each from Kent and Surrey in front of her.

In the Inter Girls age group Charlotte Clover needed to improve on her 9th place from the Berkshire Championships to qualify and she responded in style. Charlotte finished 9th in the race and recorded 4th out of the Berkshire athletes. Izzy Fry also improved from 7th Berkshire member at the Berkshire Schools, to 5th this time out, and an impressive 11th place on the day in her first year in this age group.

Samuel Wright will almost certainly make the reserve list for the Junior Boys team, he was the 10th scorer for the team with 8 to qualify.

Berkshire Schools Cross Country Championships – Newbury Showground

St Bart's pupil Yas Ryder - Berkshire School's U19 - 2nd

St Bart’s pupil Yas Ryder – Berkshire School’s U19 – 2nd

Congratulations to Yasmin Ryder (St Barts) who finished an excellent second in the year 12/13 age group at the Berkshire Schools event held at the Newbury Showground.

In the year 10/11 Girls race Izzy Fry (Park House) and Charlotte Clover ( Downe House) ran well to give themselves every chance of making it to the English Schools Championships, both Girls finished in the top 8 with 8 places up for grabs.

In the year 8/9 Boys Samuel Wright (John O’Gaunt) was given an invite to the next round at Reigate in two weeks time. Well done to all the clubs young athletes that ran, when the full results are available I will update the report.

A massive thank you to all of our Marshals, Officials and Bev on car parking duty to help make the event a very successful one. Jill Wright wanted me to pass on her thanks to you all on behalf of the Berkshire Schools Athletics.


Club Cross-Country Championship

Sam Wright U15 Boys winner 2015

Sam Wright U15 Boys winner 2015

Maisie Jeger U11G winner

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).

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Three out of Three for Josie and Maisie and the Under 15/17 Girls team

Tom Watkins: 3rd in Men's race (Photo: Barry Cornelius)

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)