There will be a staggered move to winter training venues over the next few weeks:
- Karen’s middle distance 7pm Thursday session moves to Newbury Rugby Club on 19th September.
- Road – Runners. The road-runners will be based at Newbury Rugby Club from 26th September onwards.
- Andy’s middle distance 7pm Tuesday session moves to Henwick Worthy playing fields, Thatcham on 1st October.
- The general Junior Thursday session (6 – 7.15pm) will remain at Brown’s Meadow, Fifth Road until half-term after which we move indoors to the sports hall at St Bart’s.
The cross country season is not too far away now with the Oxford League starting on November 3rd at Ascott-Under-Wychwood. Last season we kicked off the season a month earlier by taking part in the SEAA Cross Country Relays at Wormwood Scrubs, London W12 0DF. This years event is on Saturday 5th October and we would like to build on the great start we made last season where our Senior Women finished 4th and our Senior Men 9th. The competition is open to athletes from Under 13 up to Seniors so please do give it a try, relay racing is particularly exciting to take part in, and to watch.
The Under 13 & 15 age groups run 2km , the Under 17 & 20 Women run 2.5km, the Under 17 & 20 Men and the Senior Women run 3km, and the Senior Men run 5km. All races require 3 runners per team except the Senior Men who require 4. The event starts with the Under 17 Women at 11.00am and finishes with the Senior Men at 2.40pm
I will require your name, date of Birth, and your England Athletics number by Tuesday 17th September please.
In order to celebrate our glorious and great British summer Andy Lees will organise the second annual ‘Tour Of Newbury’ Treasure Hunt on 29th August.
It will be run from our clubhouse on Fifth Road from 6.45 pm, and will replace the usual Road Run.
It really is open to all and we would love a broad selection of runners, jumpers, throwers and coaches to take part. Complete families are also very welcome.
Briefly, the ‘Hunt’ will be on foot, last an hour, be very simple, and no significant athletic prowess is needed to have fun and do well, indeed a good walking team might win! For those who want a good run the opportunity to run 7 miles or further will also be there.
Ideally we would like three or four ‘hunters’ to make up a team. There is no entry fee, and there will be prizes. We will then all celebrate and cheer at the medal ceremony in the Lamb at 9 pm.
For now, please put the date in your diaries and sort out who you would like to hunt with!
Sunday saw a large contingent of Newbury AC runners take part in the 4th and final race in this year’s inaugural Run West Berks series. After a very close tussle throughout James Craggs claimed a very fortunate victory from Neil Jones who took a tumble metres from the line, Peter Crisp completed the top three places for the club.
Nearly 100 people took on two ascents, the first of Walbury hill (the highest hill in Berkshire) after 2 miles and the second at about 4 miles a climb from near Combe village after a long grassy descent that saw a few fallers. The 6.5 mile circuit in the warm conditions was a thorough test but Newbury AC managed 7 in the top 10 and there was a good gathering at the Crown & Garter afterwards!
In the overall series James Craggs was 1st male with Wayne Lillis 2nd & Michal Szczpanczyk 3rd. Becky Coxhead came 2nd lady.
Well done to our team of Wayne Lillis, Chloe Coxhead, Jess Franklin & Samuel Wright who won the prize for the fastest team at the relays held last night!
Wayne was fastest male, Jess 2nd fastest lady, Chloe 3rd fastest lady & Dave Wright (seconded to a rival team) was 3rd fastest male. I’m told chocolate bars, bbq burgers and free pints were enjoyed by all! :)
James Craggs was first Newbury man home and 2nd overall in Saturday’s Chieveley Chase 5.7mile multi-terrain race . The course offered a fair mix of challenging slopes and trails with some nice views and the anticipation of a bacon buttie at the end ! James’ time of 33:52 was a mere 17 seconds slower than the winner , Gareth Watkins (Army) .
First lady home was our own Jackie Cooper in 39:14 . Wayne Lillis picked up the Vet male prize for his time of 35:38 . Other Newbury times were as follows :-
Michael Szczepanczyk 36:13 , 5th; Dave Wright 37:49 , 10th; Chris Pudney 38:30 , 12th; Nige Popplewell 38:45 , 14th; Geoff Anderson 39:22 , 16th; Chris Hobson 41:17 , 28th; Will Tyson 42:37 , 34th; Andy McKendrick 45:07 , 46th; Mick Cornwall 45:35 , 48th; Sarah Fowler 46:10 , 51st; Bob Taylor 47:10 , 55th; Becky Coxhead 47:21 , 57th; Charlotte Winton 48:07 , 63rd; Wendy Dallimore 49:11 , 75th; Karen Da Silva 51:16 , 85th; Carole Lowe 56:31 , 107th.
In the fun runs there was a win for Luci Robertson in the Year 3/4 girls event & a 3rd place for Ellie Armstrong in the Year 5/6 equivalent.
Steve Barnes had an excellent run at the Woodley 10k on Sunday as he finished in 5th place overall in a time of 35:10. Phil Coleman was 41st in 40:31 and Graham Mills 412th in 58:14. Meanwhile Nick Jones was 7th in The Oxford Town & Gown 10k in 00:33:35.
Junior member Ethan Keable competed in the Silchester 4k fun run on Saturday winning the U12 race in a time of 19:35.
Well done to U13 Charlotte Payne who achieved a PB and 2nd place with a Grade 4 throw in shot put at Andover Open Meeting on Sunday. She then went on to claim 3rd place in the Discus with a throw of 19.83m Grade 2 in poor conditions.
Message from Chris Hobson:
Could you volunteer a few hours on Sunday 26th May for this year’s Bayer Newbury 10k ?
If so your help would be very much appreciated in helping us to marshal the runners round this scenic 10k route .
This year sees the introduction of a childrens race starting at 0915 , 1 hour before the adults race . First aid trained individuals or anyone who is CRB checked would also be very useful .
If you think you can help then please email email@example.com or text 07856058918
A reminder that the Cross Country Presentation & Social Evening will be held on Saturday 23rd March. 6.30pm for Presentations at 7pm at: Oakley Farm, Wash Water, Newbury, RG20 0LP (Bev Hall’s).
All members and their families welcome – Admission Free - Buffet meal (provided by people attending) - Please bring your own drinks
Please can you let Bev know if you can come & what you are able to bring for the buffet so that we can avoid too many duplications.
Four members of the club represented Berkshire at the UK Inter Counties Championships held at Cofton Park, Birmingham on Saturday. Izzy Fry made one of the best ever County debut’s from a club member when placed 34th in the Under 13 Girls race. Izzy just qualified as the 8th member of the team and so started last out of the pen. This did not deter her in anyway as she edged her way through the field of 302 runners to become the 3rd team member home as the team finished in 4th place out of 41. Tom Watkins was just two places off making the top 100 in the Senior Men’s race and with Peter Crisp in 232nd also playing his part, the team finished 15th in the six team score, but were placed 2nd behind Lancashire in the 9 man team score. Finally Sue Van Huyssteen responded well to a late call to finish 276th in the Senior Women’s race, the team were 29th.
Club Cross-Country Champions for the 2012-13 season are:
Senior Men: James Craggs & Mark Vardy (joint-winners)
Senior Women: Sue van Huyssteen
U17 Men: Will Tyson
U17 Women: Samantha van Huyssteen
U15 Boys: No competitors
U15 Girls: Ellie Williams
U13 Boys: Benji Fry
U13 Girls: Izzy Fry
U11 Boys: Ed Fry
U11 Girls: Maddy Mitton & Lucy Robertson (joint-winners)
Final tables can be viewed here. Awards will be presented on March 23rd.