Karen Yewer will lead hill sessions on Sunday 15th & Sunday 22nd January. Both sessions will start at 9:30am at Northcroft. All members welcome.
Newbury came away from this season’s Berkshire championships with six medals, from what proved to be the highest standard competition for many years. Our Veteran Women’s team kept their amazing season going strong, as they secured the clubs only Gold medal of the day. The team of Jess Franklin, E-J Bailey, Sue Van Huyssteen & Jenny Eaton were again in fine form, winning by 26 points, with Jess also winning an individual Silver medal. The only other athlete to win an Individual medal this time was Izzy Fry, who ran very strongly to secure the runner up spot in the under 17 Women’s race. The Senior Women’s team gave it a good shot, with Sophie Crumly 4th, Yasmin Ryder 10th, Victoria Duncan 11th & Emily Marshall 12th, they finished 2nd. The Veteran Men’s team long reign as County Champions came to an end, but good runs from James Craggs in 4th, Wayne Lillis ran superb in 7th, Steve Barnes 8th & Phil Marshall 9th, they also sealed the runner up spot. The clubs B team of Conor McGrory, Martin Walker, Alan Twyford and Simon Kirby teamed up well to win the Bronze. The Senior Men tried really hard to fill a team of six, just coming up one short on this occasion. It was very pleasing to see four of our young athletes receive a Berkshire County team invite to run at the Inter Counties in March, they were Luci Robertson – 5th in the under u-13 Girls, George Ferguson – 5th under 13 Boys, Izzy Fry under 17 Women & Rebecca Downie in the under 20 Women, well done to them. Sophie Crumly has been invited to run for the Senior Women’s team, and several more will no doubt be invited to join them as the selection procedure unfolds.
Well done everyone who ran, and a big thank you to our officials – Carolyn Walker, Sarah Fowler, Dave Mason & Caroline, thank you for your continued support.
There were 54 finishers in the 2016 Keith Scott Boxing Day Handicap. Overall winner was William Morris (son of former member Andrew Morris (2nd overall)). First club member home was Graeme Cameron (3rd overall) closely followed by Leah Darbyshire.
Four runners completed the 1.8 mile course under 10 minutes with Mark Vardy fastest in 9:06 followed by James Craggs 9:22; Brad Yewer 9:42 and Mike Robbins 9:59.
Thanks to all who helped make this another successful event.
The 2017 Berkshire Athletics Cross-country championships will be held on Saturday 7th January at Braywick Park, Maidenhead. Entries are only available on-line must be submitted by Friday 30th December. Full details can be found here
Due to the floodlights not being switched on at the Rugby Club, this Thursday’s (22nd Dec) interval session led by Karen Yewer will now be held at the track. The road run will still start from the Rugby Club. Both sessions are at the usual start time of 7pm
Eight club members enjoyed the short trip to Tadley for the Tadley Xmas xc run. Izzy Fry showed super pace judgment to finish 2nd in the race, and first Female in a time 6 mins quicker than last years wining Female time. Going through the first lap in 6th place, Izzy tackled the hills well to move in to 2nd place on the last hill, then stride out across the last field to the finish. Nige Popplwell and Steve Ferriday also had strong runs in 14th & 20th respectively to join Izzy and win the team award.
Full results :- Izzy Fry 2nd (1st F) 32.48, Nige Popplewell 14th (7th M40) 35.10, Stephen Ferriday 20th (10th M40) 37.03, Catherine Tuttle 45th (5th F) 40.44, Christina Pugsley 47th (3rd F35) 41.12, Rebecca Elsmere 54th (6th F) 42.15, Jenny Eaton 59th (4th F45) 43.08, Carole Lowe 89th (5th F55) 48,51. 125 Finished.
Andy Reading 10K: Wayne Lillis posted an excellent time of 37:45 in finishing 10th M40 (26th overall).
Cardiff Indoor Christmas Classic: Mike Robbins knocked 14 seconds off this previous best over 3000m, crossing the line in 9:36.07.
Tailwind 10: Chris & Liz Pudney travelled to the New Forest for this 10 mile trail run. Chris finished 2nd M50 (9th overall) in 1:09:43 and Liz was runner-up in the F45 category (61st overall) in 1:24:19.
Newbury A.C’S over 60 Women’s team were crowned South of England Champions thanks to some fine teamwork at the SEAA Master’s cross country Championships held at Horspath, Oxford on Saturday. The club trio of Sheila Marshall, Liz Harkness & Roz Pearson became the first ever athletes from the club to be awarded team medals at any of the SEAA events in our 70 year history. Sheila (7th, F60) led the team home, just one place behind the first of Reading Roadrunners team members, and how fitting it was to see two of our longest serving Female athletes Liz & Roz (13th F60) close the team and edge R.R.R in to 2nd place by 3 points. The celebrations did not stop there, as Liz Harkness also picked up the runner up award in the over 65 age group to round off what has been a superb season for our Veteran’s T&F team Manager.
Irwin Fairclough came tantillisingly close to earning himself a Bronze medal in the over 60 Men’s. Competing at this event for the first time in his new age group he held 3rd place right until the last 80m, but the athlete from Norfolk finished like a train to just edge Irwin out of the medals by 6 seconds. It was also good to see previous over 60 SEAA medalist Geoff Anderson (8th, M65) back in action, and Dave Wright (46th, M50) competing in the over 50’s.
Tuesday 27th December: Interval session (Andy) @ 10:00am at Fifth Road; Presentation & Social Evening @ Thatcham Hockey Club, Henwick at 7:30pm.
Thursday 29th December: Combe Gibbet social run (Dave) @ 10:00 am at Jubilee Centre, Kintbury; Road run (James) & Interval session (Karen) @ 7:00pm at Rugby Club.
Saturday 31st December: Hill session (Karen) @ 9:30am at Northcroft.
Normal programme resumes on Tuesday 3rd January with Andy’s session @ 7pm at Henwick
Road: The 2016 Road running championships are coming to a close. The last date for having results included is Monday 12th December. The latest tables can be viewed below. Please let Phil Marshall (Road League) / Irwin Fairclough (Age-Graded) have any updates by the above deadline. Awards will be presented at the Social evening on 27th December at Thatcham Hockey Club.
Cross-country: Following the cancellations of the BB&O and Round 3 of the Oxford Mail League, we have decided to reduce the number of races counting towards this year’s club championships from 5 (of a possible 7) to 4 (of a possible 5) for U13s to Senior and from 4 (of a possible 5) to 3 (of a possible 4). The latest tables can be viewed via the link below.
Our cross country team narrowly missed matching the superb performance from the Showground last month when they tackled the new course held at Bo Peep caravan park, Adderbury, near Banbury on Sunday. Both the Senior Women’s & Men’s teams are flying high at the top of the League, as both A teams were convincing winners again, and our under 13 Boys were also in good form to close the A team in 2nd place. Josie Robertson u-11, Izzy Fry u-17, Yasmin Ryder u-20, Sophie Crumly Senior Women & Jess Franklin V1 Women, must all be congratulated for successfully defending their unbeaten status in the League this season. With the 3rd match now cancelled , it would now only require one more performance like this in the remaining two fixtures for them to guarantee a title. James Craggs kept himself right in contention with another 3rd place in the Senior Men’s race, Vladimir Tsagov also maintained his great start in the under 17 Men’s. Irwin Fairclough moved to the top of the V3 age group with a resounding win to follow up his 2nd place at the showground, and there were very well earned runner up spots from Oliver Hamlin in the under 9’s, and George Ferguson in the under 13 Boys.
Thank you to everyone who ran today, the support once again was tremendous.