SEAA Cross country relays – Wormwood scrubs – 18th October

U17 Girls - Charlotte Clover, Rebecca Downie, Yasmin Ryder

Report from Andy Tuttle:

Senior Women - Jenny O'Connor, Chloe Blair, Monique Krefting

The club fielded six teams at this season’s South of England cross country relays held on Wormwood Scrubs in London on Saturday. The un-seasonally mild conditions made for some very fast times and more teams taking part than in previous years. Newbury’s highest placed team of the day came in the under 17 Women’s age group which saw the team finish 9th out of the 19 teams with Yasmin Ryder covering the first 2.5km leg in 8 min 42 secs, the 14th best time of the day. Rebecca Downie took on the next leg clocking 9min 45, and Charlotte Clover chased down three teams on the last leg in 8min 46 secs. The Senior Women’s team have a good record at this event, this time Monique Krefting gave her all to hand over in 12th place, and with Jenny O’Connor and Chloe Blair on the 2nd and final legs the team only lost one place to finish 13th. Izzy Fry gave the under 15 Girls a superb start in 6th place, she was joined by two Girls making their club cross country debut’s Harriet Atherton and Saskia Krefting, they acquitted themselves well and helped the team to finish 19th out of 30. The under 13 age group was well supported with the Boys team of Ed Fry, Tobias Allen & Rhys Ainsworth in 32nd place, and two Girls teams in 34th & 36th place, with Ellie Krefting, Amelia Munday, Trinity O’Connor, Amber White, Grace Twyford and Lilly Gohara.

Full results are available here

South Of England Cross Country Relays 2014

The SEAA Cross Country Relays are at the slightly later date of Saturday October 18th this season, at the same venue – Wormwood Srubs , London W12 0DF. The event gives athletes a chance to make the transition from track to cross country on a fast flat course and shorter distances than most cross country events.

Could anyone interested in joining the teams please contact Andy Tuttle with your date of birth and your England Athletic Registration Number no later than Monday 29th September please .  A timetable and distances are listed below. Continue reading

Man v Horse Marathon: 15th June

Chris Hobson completed the 24+ miles and 5000ft ascent course in 3 hrs 51 mins for 114th (15th MV40) overall (out of a total combo of 492 horses , solo and relay runners). Chris was very pleased with his first race as on “old man” though would have preferred to avoid   3 crashes and an accidental head first dive into the last river crossing . He’s looking for some company for next year’s race – anyone got a horse?!

Full results

Newbury Athletic Club is one of the first to achieve Clubmark re-accreditation!

Sarah with the Clubmark Certificate, surrounded by 9 of the Coaches & Helpers who were at the junior training session last week.

Newbury AC is celebrating, as one of only a handful of clubs nationally, to successfully achieve Clubmark re-accreditation.

The England Athletics Accredited Club scheme is part of the “Clubmark scheme”, the only national cross sports quality accreditation scheme for clubs with junior sections. It is built around a set of core criteria which ensure that accredited clubs operate to a set of consistent, accepted and adopted minimum operating standards.

Louise Milne, Club and Coach Support Officer, presented the Certificate to the Club last Thursday and said, “Having visited the Club during a busy junior training session and spoken to coaches and parents, there is clear evidence that this is a friendly and well run club which benefits from great support from volunteers and parents”.

English Schools Cross Country Championships

Charlotte Clover and Izzy Fry both represented Berkshire at this season’s English Schools Championships held on a course next to the Donington Park race circuit in Leicestershire. Charlotte received a late call up to the Intermediate Girls team and lined up in 8th place in the starting pen. Charlotte then did a magnificent job of working her way through the large field of 336 runners to not only finish in 50th place, but also become the 4th  scorer home in the team that finished in second place. Izzy took part in the 3rd race of the day for the Junior Girls where she finished a very respectable 134th out of 343 athletes, the team finished in 11th place out of 44.

UK Inter Counties Cross Country Championships

Sue, Sophie & E-J

The clubs Senior athletes were out in force to represent the Berkshire teams at this seasons UK Inter Counties held at Cofton Park, Birmingham on Saturday. Jess Franklin earned the honour of leading the Berkshire team home in the Senior Women’s race, just missing out on a top 100 place by 5 places. Sophie Crumly recovered well from last weeks half marathon to finish in 139th place. E-J Bailey wore the Berkshire vest for the first time and ran well in 217th place, while Sue Van Huyssteen answered a late call up to record 237th place.

Steve, Alex, Peter & Mark with Andy (County Team Manager)

Alex Muir was even closer to a top 100 finish in the Senior Men’s 12km race, he was Berkshire second scorer in 103rd, followed by Mark Vardy in 191st, Steve Barnes who was also making his Berkshire debut in 233rd, and Peter Crisp 251st.

Senior Women’s Title Returns

Susie Bush: OML Senior Women's Champion 2014

The Senior Women’s team won back the Oxford Mail Cross Country Title after just one years absence following some superb work from the team this season. The return of Susie Bush to lead the team charge has been immense, Susie won two races and was 2nd today to claim the title for the second time. The fact that Jess Franklin was never out of the top five all season paid real dividends as she stepped up to receive the runner up award. Sophie Fowler played her part in the team re-gaining the title but it was in her under 20 age group where she really shone, winning the under 20 by a large 87 point margin.

The female side of the club continued to do well, Under 15 Charlotte Clover rounded off an exceptional first season with the club by taking the runner up spot, Charlotte can now say she finished in 2nd place at the Oxfordshire Championships, and 7th in the Surrey Championships but still can not find a place at the UK Inter Counties when she clearly has the talent. Sue Van Huyssteen is one of our most consistent medallists since we joined the league, Sue finished second in the V45 age group, a position matched by another of our age group specialists Sarah Fowler in the V55’S. Continue reading