Oxford Mail Cross Country – Culham

Newbury Athletic Clubs Senior Women’s team increased their lead at the top of the Oxford Mail cross country league to 49 points thanks to some fine teamwork at the latest meeting held at Culham, near Abingdon on Sunday.

Some of the Senior Ladies Team

Part of the Large Senior Ladies Team

Sophie Crumly finished 2nd this time out to German International Fabienne Amrhein from Oxford Brookes, as they currently share top spot in the individual rankings. Jess Franklin ran a very strong race to finish 4th and win the Veteran 1 age group, with Under 20 Yasmin Ryder in 6th place also running well to win her age group. The Senior Men also had a good outing to finish 2nd to league leaders Oxford City but leapfrog White Horse Harriers to 2nd place in the league. Earlier in the day Under 17 Izzy Fry was not settling for an easy ride as she took on the lead after the first 200m and despite some close attention from joint league leader Fiona Bunn from Abingdon, and team mate Charlotte Clover, Izzy controlled the proceedings and gradually pulled away for the victory, with Charlotte in 3rd place, the team also finished 3rd. Sarah Fowler notched up her 2nd win of the season in the Veteran 3 category, with Mike Sherridan 3rd in the same age group for Men, the Under 13 Boys team came 3rd, and Sisters Josie and Luci Robertson recorded 4th spots in the under 11’s & under 13’s respectively. Continue reading

Club – T-Shirts

Message from Chloe Blair:

We have now received all the club T-shirts and they will be available to purchase (£10 each) at each Tuesday session at Henwick, the Junior session on Thursdays and the Rugby Club on Thursday until Christmas. Will also be at CCAT on Thursday 17th to sell to T&F athletes. We should also have them for sale to the Boxing Day handicap & Club Presentation evening on 29th.

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SEAA Cross Country relays – Wormwood scrubs – Saturday 17th

Report from Andy Tuttle

Maisie Jeger in the lead on the 1st leg of the under 13 race

Maisie Jeger in the lead on the 1st leg of the under 13 race

The club made a good start to the cross country season with a top ten team position and two athletes recording the 3rd best individual times in their age groups, when competing at this seasons South of England cross country relays, held on Wormwood Scrubs, London. Sophie Crumly gave the Senior Women’s team a great start by coming in a close second to Phillipa Bowden from Bracknell A.C on the first leg, they had battled so hard that their times were only surpassed by one other athlete. With Becky Coxhead taking on the second leg the team only just slipped out of the top ten places, and it was left to Chloe Blair to edge the team in to 10th place on the last leg. The Senior Men’s team were extremely consistent as the team maintained 16th place on the first three legs run by Peter Crisp, Steve Elsmere and Martin Walker. On the final leg James Craggs ran the teams fastest time of 15min 09 to bring the team home in 15th place.

Although Newbury did not have a full team in the under 13 Girls Maisie Jeger did everything right to return home in first place on the opening leg, her time of 11min.41 was the 3rd quickest out of the 111 Girls that took part. It was very encouraging to have two under 13 Boys teams take part. George Ferguson got the A team off to a great start in his first outing for the club, he led them home in 7th place and his time of 11min 30 earned him the 14th best time of the day. Good runs from team mates Oliver Brashaw and Marcus Chitty meant the team finished 15th, while the B team of Hugh Beattie, Tobias Allen and Callum Fry came 25th. The under 15 Girls were just one runner short of making a team, Harriet Atherton and Ellie Gudgeon ran the first and second legs respectively.  
I would like to thank all of the athletes for taking part, it was a good mix of Senior’s and the up and coming young athletes, and special thanks to Brian Ireland for all his help and support on the day.

Winter training venues

From Thursday 24th September, the road running & middle-distance interval sessions will be based at  Newbury Rugby Club on Monks Lane.

Andy Tuttle’s middle-distance interval session will move to Henwick Worthy playing fields, Thatcham on Tuesday 29th September.

Karen Yewer’s Hill sessions are back! Sessions will take place at 9:30 am on 4th & 25th October at Northcroft.

Oxford Mail Cross-country league: 2015/16 fixtures

Below are the confirmed dates and venues for the coming 2015–16 Season. The latest version of the full fixture list for the upcoming season can be viewed here.

  Round        Date            Venue
  1      1st November 2015     Ascott-Under-Wychwood
  2      6th December 2015     Culham Park
  3      10th January 2016     Horspath Stadium
  4      7th February 2016     Cirencester Park
  5      6th March 2016        RAL Harwell							

Cross-country Presentation Evening: Friday 17 April, 7pm-10pm

All members and their families are invited to join a celebration of another successful cross-country season. This year’s event will be held at Greenacre Leisure – Health and Fitness Club, Greenham Road.  There will be a buffet meal (provided by the people attending) and a bar. Admission is free.

Please let Bev Hall know if you plan to attend and what you are able to bring for the buffet so that we can avoid too many duplications.

West Berks Primary Schools’ Cross-country

Lily & Maisie Jeger and Josie & Luci Robertson

Lily & Maisie Jeger and Josie & Luci Robertson

Congratulations to all club members who turned out for their school on Tuesday – the windiest day of the year!

Club members won 3 of the 4 races: Josie Roberston (Year 3&4 Girls); Maisie Jeger (Year 5&6 Girls) and Marcus Chitty (Year 5&6 Boys). Luci Roberson was runner-up in the Year 5&6 Girls race.

Weekend Round-up: 14/15 March


Geoff Anderson: Bronze medal winner


Winning any medal at national Championship level is a major achievement. So a massive congratulations is due to Geoff Anderson on his 3rd place finish in the M65 category at the British Masters’ Cross-country championships at Ruithin, North Wales.

At the other end of the age-scale there were excellent performances from some of our young athletes at the English School’s cross-country championships at Blackburn. Yasmin Ryder ( St Barts) ran a strong race to finish 24th in the Senior Girls race, Yasmin was also the first Berkshire athlete home for the team. In the Intermediate Girls event Berkshire finished runners up to Kent, Izzy Fry (Park House) improved 100 places from last years event to finish in 31st place, 4th home for the team, and just less than a minute behind the winner. Charlotte Clover (Downe House) was just outside the top 100 in 119th place, and in the Junior Girls Kitty Shepherd-Cross (Downe House) finished exactly in 100th place in her first attempt at the event.

Charlotte & Izzy at the English Schools' Cross-country

Charlotte & Izzy at the English Schools’ Cross-country

On the road, Andy McKendrick ran a PB of 1:30:12, finishing 316th in the Silverstone Half-Marathon. Steve Elsmere (3rd, 17:42) and Becky Coxhead (2nd Female, 21:53) set new PBs at the Arrow Valley Pakrun in Redditch. At the Newbury Parkrun there were PBs for:  Matt Studart (15th, 19:59), Ryan Hill (28th, 21:04), Catherine Tuttle (42nd, 21:37) and Callum Fry (44th, 21:38)

At the Swindon Winter Throws meeting Jamie Kuehnel set a new PB and another U20 club record in the Hammer with a throw of 55.15m. Charlotte Payne achieved a new PB in both Hammer (39.43m) and Discus (28.7m).