Oxford Mail XC – Round 5 – Henley-on-Thames – 3rd March 2019

Race report from Phil Marshall

Huge thank you and well done to all Newbury AC cross country athletes that have participated in the Oxfordshire League this season. You have all been FANTASTIC and it’s been incredibly successful again!

Today was the final fixture at Henley Showground and I think everyone who raced today will be in agreement that the toughest course was saved for last!
A rainy, muddy, very hilly course with 1000ft of climbing for the Senior Men!

We had a great 1,2 in the Senior Women’s race with Sophie Crumly and Jess Franklin completely dominating and finishing over a minute clear of 3rd place.

In the Men’s race Matt Green again finished in a very impressive 3rd place, with James Craggs and James Knight in the Top 10.

In the juniors we had a fantastic win for Josie Robertson in the U13 girls race, with Miriam Cooper finishing in her best position this season of 8th in the same race. Luci Robertson was an impressive 4th in U15/17 girls race.

We await the final overall results, but I believe both of Senior Men and Women have successfully retained their titles. Jess Franklin is the Overall (and V35) Women’s winner and by my calculations Josie Robertson has shared the U13 girls title and Victoria Duncan has also shared the Senior Women’s title.
Matthew Green looks to have secured 3rd in Senior Men’s competition with Rachel Allen 2nd V45 Woman and Liz Harkness 1st V65 Woman.

I will update the above once final scores are confirmed.

Keep an eye out for photos thanks to Barry Cornelius (www.oxonraces.com) on this link and please credit if any are used http://www.oxonraces.com/photos/2019-03-03-henley-on-thames/

Weekend overview 23rd/24th February

English XC championship – Leeds


Andy Tuttle celebrated his 60th birthday with a 1512th place finish in his 34th consecutive national XC championship. Joining him in the senior men’s race were Dan Tuttle (465th) and Phil Marshall (539th). Izzy Fry finished 22nd in the Junior Women’s race. Sophie Byatt finished 161st in the U15G race. Ellis Russell finished 252nd in the U17M race. Catherine Tuttle finished 808th in the senior women’s race.

Full results can be found here.

Scottish XC championship – Falkirk

Representing his university Alex Muir had a great performance with a 39th place finish of 719 runners.

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Oxford Mail XC – Round 4 – Adderbury – 3rd February 2019

Race report from Phil Marshall

Well done to all athletes that braved venturing out in the snowy weather to race in Round 4 of the Oxfordshire Cross Country League at Bo Peep Caravan Park, Adderbury on Sunday.

The Senior Men put in a magnificent display to overhaul Abingdon AC’s 100 point overall team lead to now lead them by 200 points! The team packed the front end of the race with Matthew Green 3rd, James Craggs 5th, James Knight 9th, Mike Robbins 17th, Phil Marshall 22nd, Steve Barnes 25th and Dan Tuttle 29th.

Victoria Duncan finished 2nd in the Senior Women’s race and despite missing a large number of the squad, Rachel Allen and Jenny Eaton completely the A team and helped Newbury stay top of the league. Liz Harkness was 1st V4.

There were also great runs from sisters Luci Robertson (U15g) and Josie Robertson (u13g) who both finished 3rd in their respective races. Miriam Cooper was 10th u13g and Tobias Allen 7th u17b.

Photos from the senior races can be found here (credit Barry Cornelius / www.oxonraces.com).

Club Championship

Congratulations to Emma Downie (U17g), Rowan Chester (U13b) and Josie Robertson (U13g) who clinched their respective age category club championship titles at the event.

Full club championship tables can be found here. Please let Irwin know of any errors.

BUCS XC – 2nd February 2019

Race report from Phil Marshall

Well done to all our athletes that ran yesterday at the BUCS (British Universities & Colleges Sport) Cross Country Championships in Exeter.

In the female race Izzy Fry (St Mary’s) made a very impressive debut finishing in 30th position, with Yaz Ryder (also St Mary’s) in 115th and Georgie Offer (Sheffield Hallam) 250th. There were 619 finishers with Danish International Anna Møller winning the race.

On the Men’s side Newbury AC just had one representative this year, with track athlete George Biggs (Birmingham) recently returning from injury finishing 364th out of the 522 finishers in the B race.

Oxford Mail Round 4 – Adderbury – Race confirmed

Update below from the league to confirm tomorrow’s fixtures will go ahead.

The current forecast is for sub zero temperatures, so it may not be possible to run in spikes!

Following an inspection of the venue and courses earlier today the decision has been taken for the Round 4 fixture scheduled to be held at Bo Peep Caravan Park, Adderbury to go ahead as planned.Many thanks to the host clubs and their volunteers for all their hard work in making that possible.

Thank you for your attention and look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow.

Weekend overview 26th/27th January 2019

South of England XC championships – 26th January 2019

Well done to all our athletes who took on the iconic Parliament Hill, Hampstead Heath in the South of England Cross Country Championship.

Izzy Fry continued her improving form to finish 14th in the U20 Women’s race.

Alex Muir had a superb race, finishing in 53rd position in a very large Senior Men’s field of 1154 runners, with James Craggs also running very well in 139th.

Cameron Langley was 148th in U17 Boys race, Sophie Bhatt 160th in U15 Girls and new member Charlie Adams had a very credible first big championship race, finishing 219th from 330 U13 Boys.

Romsey 5

Liz Harkness won the F70-74 category at the Romsey 5 with a club record of 45:53 (chip time 45:10)

Vienna indoor classic

Harry Russell competed in the 800m finishing in a time of 1:53.88

Weekend overview 19th/20th January 2019

At the Swindon winter invitational throws event there were several members of the throw team in action. Charlotte Payne started 2019 with a new club U20 record in the hammer with a throw of 56.86 m. Full results can be found here.

At the Berkshire school cross country races, held at Newbury Show Ground, there were several members representing their schools. 6 athletes qualified to represent Berkshire, Lucy Wells (3rd U17G), Sasha Tyedman (8th U17G), Luci Robertson (10th U17B), Tobias Allen (10th U17M), Emma Downie (10th U19G) and Cameron Langley (16th U17B). Full results can be found here.

Danny Hawkins finished in 1st place at the Embrace the race ultra 6 hour timed event held on Greenham Common, completing 43.7 miles in 6 hours 12 minutes and 57 seconds.

Trinity O’Connor finished 4th in the South of England U20 indoor pole vault championship with a PB of 3.0 m.

Club cross-country championship update

The tables have been updated to include the results of Round 3 of the Oxford Mail League. Congratulations to Tobias Allen (U17 Boys), Jess Franklin (Overall Women) and Rachel Allen (Vet. Women) of securing their respective division titles with two races to spare.

There’s a titanic struggle developing at the top of the Senior Men’s table between Matt Green and James Craggs with only 1 point between them!

Website update photo request

As part of the 2019 website update it would be good to get some recent photos of current club members across all areas of the club i.e. road, XC, track and field etc. Ideally it would be good to have a selection of action & group shots. 

To save lots of large emails I have created a club Flickr account to store the photos. 

If anyone has any good (preferably high resolution) photos that they are happy to be used on the website, can you please drop me an email for the username/password and upload them to the Flickr account?