Schools’ Cross-Country Championships

The have been a number of outstanding performances from our Young Athletes at the recent Berkshire County and West Berkshire District school’s XC Championships. Both events were held at the Newbury Showground and benefited greatly from the contribution of Newbury AC members in setting up the course, time-keeping, recording and marshalling.

Berkshire County Championships: Josie Robertson (1st U13G) and Izzy Fry (3rd U19), Luci Robertson (9th U15G) and Tobias Allen (9th U15B), have been invited to represent Berkshire at the South-East Schools’ Inter-Counties on 3rd February back at the Newbury Showgrounds.

West Berkshire District Championships: There were first-place finishes for Josie Robertson (U13G), Luci Robertson (U15G) and Oliver Brashaw (U15B). 2nd places for Tobias Allen (U17B), Phoebe Ryder (U13G),and Vlado Tsagov (U19B),3rd place for Kitty Sheppard-Cross (U17G), 4th for Miriam Cooper (U13G) and 5th places for Sophie Bhatt (U15G), Francesca Bailey (U13G) and Emma Downie (U17G). 

Weekend round-up: 13/14 January

Harry Russell – 800m Bronze medallist

Harry Russell won a bronze medal in the Northern Athletics Senior Championships Indoor 800m yesterday in Sheffield. Harry came through his heat earlier in the same day with a time of 1:56.11 and then, despite the other 5 athletes in the final having quicker PB’s, he secured the superb 3rd place with a time of 1:57.56 in a tactical race.

Jeff Bird set a new PB of 36:09 in finishing 3rd M40 at the Stubbington Green 10K. Mike Sheridan also ran strongly to finish 3rd M65 in 42:38.



Phil Marshall (17:06), Mike Wheeler (17:20), Joe Hoskins (17:38) and Ben Wickens (18:12) took the Fulham Palace Parkrun by storm, finishing 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 7th and all recording PBs.

Mike Wheeler was in action again on Sunday at the Rough ‘n’ Tumblr 10. Mike finished 26th in 1:18:12 just behind Dave Wright who led home the club contingent in 25th place (2nd V50) in 1:18:04. Other Newbury AC finishers were: Rachel Allen (57th, 5th lady, 1:24:26); Joe Hoskins & Graham Stent (183rd, 1:38)

Oxford Mail League, Round 3 report

From Phil Marshall:

Izzy Fry – winner of Senior Women’s race (Photo courtesy of Barry Cornelius)

Thank you so much to everyone that raced at the weekends Oxfordshire Cross Country League at Bo Peep Caravan Park in Adderbury, it really was amazing to see so many Newbury AC blue vests on the course and every place really does count. If we can get two more strong turnouts for the next two fixtures (Sunday 4th February: Lawns Park, Swindon & Sunday 4th March: Hill End Centre, Farmoor), we could get Division One 1st & 2nd places in the Women’s competition and win the titles for Division One, Two AND Three for our Men’s A, B and C teams.

In this Round 3 fixture our Senior Women again stormed to another dominant team victory with Izzy Fry in 1st (U20 Women), Jessica Franklin 2nd (1st Veteran Women) and Sophie Crumly 5th (2nd Senior Women) to make it 3 wins from 3 fixtures and all three ladies are currently leading their individual categories overall.

Our Men’s team had a fantastic 15 finishers in the top 73 of the 291 strong field. Leading the Men home was Alex Muir in 2nd place which leaves him and the team heading the Senior Men’s individual and team standings after Round 3.

In the Junior races our U13 girls retained their position as team league leaders with strong racing from Josie Robertson (4th), Sophie Bhatt (9th), Phoebe Ryder (15th) and Miriam Cooper (16th); Ethan Robertson was 4th in U9 boys, Luci Robertson 4th in U15 girls and Tobias Allen 6th in U15 boys.

Full results; Race photos by Barry Cornelius; Latest Club Championship tables

Wednesday morning sessions

For the past 9 months we’ve been running a Beginners / Improvers group at 10am on Wednesdays in Northcroft / Goldwell Parks. It has been really well received. The vast majority of participants having significantly improved their 5K times and had lots of fun along the way. We now have an established group 8-10 regulars and would like to build this up further in 2018.

If you know of anyone who is interested in starting running or in taking their running a little more seriously in the new year then please put them in contact with Irwin Fairclough who will be happy to provide more details.

The sessions are free and there is no requirement to be a club member (though some club members are part of the regular group and more are always welcome!). We meet in the entrance to  Waitrose at 9:50am every Wednesday for a prompt start at 10am

Combe Gibbet run: 28th December

Report from Dave Wright

11 runners and 3 accompanying cyclists came out this morning.
The snow and ice in Inkpen and on the hills was far more than we expected which made the outing quite an adventure. Some runners went astray after 2 miles (Richard Fogg and Nige Popplewell ), some thought it best to avoid Combe Hill (Samuel and Ruaridh), and someone went to Combe village by mistake!, so we have a nice photo of some of us at the Gibbet including Graham who pushed his bike past cars that had skidded off the road!

Keith Scott Boxing Day Handicap

There were 68 finishers led home by a young, guest runner, Maddy Baker. Joshua Goatley was the first junior club member and was awarded the Keith Scott trophy. The fastest time of 9:10  was set by Mark Vardy. Full results

Thank you all runners and helpers for making this another successful event. If you enjoyed this one, please enter the Easter Handicap scheduled to be run on 1st April – same course but run in the reverse direction

Oxon Mail Cross Country – 3rd December – Update

Report from Phil Marshall:

The club backed up their double team win from the first Oxfordshire Cross Country League fixture by again topping both the Women’s and Men’s tables after the second round match held at Kilkenny Country Park in Carterton.
Izzy Fry once again romped to victory in the Women’s race with a dominant performance leading from gun to tape to claim her second victory of the series. Jess Franklin followed Izzy home in second place (first V1) and Mireille Cook completed the scoring team in 11th (second V1).
In the Men’s race Newbury AC had to cope without their leading two runners from the first fixture, but they proved what great strength in depth they have by still taking the team win, lead by Matt Green finishing 4th in the 225 strong field. Phil Marshall in 16th and Mike Robbins in 18th also had impressive races with Steve Elsmere, Vladimir Tsagov, Jeff Bird and Andrew Ind making up the winning Newbury AC A team lineup and Irwin Fairclough finishing as 2nd V3.
There were also very strong junior performances for Newbury AC.  Kitty Shepherd-Cross took the U17 girls victory, Luci Robertson was 2nd U15 girl and the U13 girls of Josie Robertson (4th), Sophie Bhatt (8th) and Phoebe Ryder (10th) claimed the fixture team win.
Photos courtesy of Barry Cornelius

Full results of Sunday’s fixture are now available here

Updated club championship tables can be viewed here.