It was a case of Not at all unlucky thirteen for Izzy Fry as she produced an outstanding run to finish 13th in the under 15 Girls race at this season’s Inter Counties at Cofton Park in Birmingham. As County Champion Izzy was first out of the pen and never really looked back to lead the Berkshire team home to 7th place. Charlotte Clover came away from the event with a Gold team medal as she wore the Yellow vest of Surrey to finish 51st in the race and the all important 4th scorer for the team. Yasmin Ryder was in the same race running for the Berkshire team that came 4th with Yasmin also well up there in 69th place. Sophie Crumly came within three seconds of making the top 100 in the Senior Women’s race to finish 104th, and E-J Bailey responded well to a late call up to finish in 231st place. In the under 20 Women’s race Samantha Van Huyssteen ran well in 139th place, while James Craggs and Mike Robbins both competed at the event for the first time also running well in 206th & 258th respectively.
A busy weekend saw club members compete over the country, on the roads and in the throwing circles. The most pleasing results were at the Oxford Mail cross-country (see separate report) and at the Bath Half-Marathon were, relative newcomer, Mike Sheridan took almost 5 minutes off the club M65 record. There was also an U20 club record for Jamie Kuehnel in the Hammer (52.97m).
Club cross-country Championships (Updated 3/3: OML results revised to include Callum Fry): At the final league match of the season the following clinched club championships: Sophie Crumly (Senior Women); E-J Bailey (Veteran Women); Andrew Ind (Veteran Men); Trinity O’Connor (U13 Girls); Oscar Reeves (U11 Boys) & Callum Fry (U11 Boys). They join James Craggs (Senior Men); Yaz Ryder (U17 Women); Izzy Fry (U15 Girls); Sam Wright (U15 Boys), Ed Fry (U13 Boys) and Maisie Jeger (U11 Girls) who has secured their titles prior to the final race. Final tables.
Bath Half-Marathon: Mike Sheridan finished was 1st M65 (337th overall) in a new club age-group record of 1:25:47. His time represents an Age-Graded score of 89.9 – putting him into first place in our Age-Graded league for 2015. Charlotte Fowler ran 1:39:51 in her debut at the distance.
Goring 10K: Clare Quinn (V40) took the runner-up spot in the Female Vets category, finishing 96th overall in 44:29. Other Newbury AC finishers were: Hannah Coxhead (V35) 49:45; Carole Lowe (V55) 54:04 and Rose Metalli (V55) 57:03.
The Grizzly (approx. 20 miles) & The Cub (approx. 9 miles): The lovers of all things wet, muddy and hilly headed to Devon to take on the challenge of these infamous events. The good news is that everyone finished though some claim they will never do it again – we shall see!!! CLub finishers in The Grizzly were: Pete Leicester (92nd); Rick Wyatt (165th); Charlotte Winton (979th) and Christine Mardle (1026th). In The Cub we had: Bob Taylor (87th); Julie Coxhead (114th) and Tim Marsh (162nd).
Swindon Open Throws Triathlon: Two of our young throwers stepped-up their preparation for the Summer season with a successful work-out at the open meeting in Swindon. Charlotte Payne threw a PB of 38.81m in the hammer in her first competition as an U15. Jamie Kuehnel won the Hammer / Discus / Weight triathlon with throws of 52.97m, 37.55m and 17.44m respectively.
Another Oxford Mail cross country season drew to a close today at Harwell with the Club picking up ten individual and two team awards. The club kept the fine results going all season as they recorded another three wins at this final fixture. Maisie Jeger probably produced her biggest winning margin of the season in the under 11’s race to go the entire season un-defeated, Luci Robertson has also shown what a talented and reliable young athlete she is to pick up the runner up prize today, and overall. Izzy Fry could not have timed it better to record her first League victory of the season, the win meant she moved up to finish equal first with Emily Thompson from Banbury. Sophie Crumly looked in cruise control on her first lap as she went on to open up a huge lead second time around, her second win in a row was not quite enough to lift Sophie in to the medal ranks, but none the less very encouraging to see.
Other awards went to Josie Robertson who won 4 out of the 5 under 9 Girls races, 3rd place to Samuel Wright in the under 15 Boys, 2nd and 3rd places to Yasmin Ryder and Charlotte Clover in the Under 17’s. In the veteran age groups Sue Van Huyssteen finished 3rd in the V2’s, Sarah Fowler came runner up in the V3 catagory, with Geoff Anderson 3rd overal in the Men’s V3’s.
The Under 15/17 Girls team have been superb all season and deservedly won the League title, the first time one of our younger age groups have won a team title, and the Senior Men also deserve a lot of credit to finish 2nd in the top division behind winners Oxford City.
A massive thank you goes to all 89 athletes who have raced in the League this season, and our band of officials, it is a team effort and I think our team really reflects this, no club shouts louder than us at a prize giving !
Great work everyone.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Only two club members took part in this year’s South of England AA cross-country championships. James Craggs finished a very creditable 155th in the Senior Men’s race, held over a challenging 9 mile course. Sam Wright (pictured) ran strongly over the hilly terrain to finish 122nd in the U15 Boys’ event.