I would like to say a very big thank you to everyone who ran or supported the team at Swindon today, it was such a good atmosphere and brilliant team spirit. Our young athletes set the standard for everyone to follow with many producing their best runs of the season, considering most had run for their School during the week and some also yesterday at Wellington College, it was a super effort. Can I also thank all the Senior athletes who have turned out in great numbers all season, some of whom travelled the extra mile to be there today to support the team. Izzy Fry and Sarah Fowler both produced convincing wins in their age groups today to keep them at the top of their leagues, and the Senior Men did their hopes of retaining the league title no harm at all with some excellent packing.
The Senior Men were able to close 15 men before Oxford City’s 7th team scorer came home, this certainly was a great help in building up the 103 point lead the club now holds. Mark Vardy and James Craggs both made top ten finishes, while Geoff Anderson is currently placed 3rd in the V60 age group and Daniel Tuttle is one point away from the 3rd placed athlete in the under 20′s. Ella Houston has moved up to 3rd place in the under 13 Girls thanks to another strong run in 4th place, and with Holly Blower 16th the team claimed = 2nd place. Joshua Reeves and Samuel Wright both recorded personal best positions in the under 13 Boys, they were 7th and 8th respectively, the team came 3rd. It was good to see Sophie Crumly back from University as she finished 7th in the Senior Women’s race, E-J Bailey had a storming race to smash her personal best in 14th place, and Sue Van Huyssteen ran on very tired legs in 20th place to bring the team home in 3rd place, the same position they occupy in the League. Victoria Duncan moved up from 4th to 2nd place in the under 20 Women’s, thanks to another reliable run in her first year of the age group.
Thank you to everyone who ran.
It is with regret that the South of England Championships to be held at Parliament Hill, Hampstead Heath on Saturday 26th Jan has been postponed due to bad weather conditions and the risk of damage to the Heath. The event has now been re-scheduled for 16th February. For more details see http://www.seaa.org.uk/
The Senior Men successfully defended their Berkshire County Cross Country title making it the 3rd win in succession at Braywick Park, Maidenhead on Saturday. The club had never won the title until 2011, this time they pulled out all the stops winning by over 70 points. Tom Watkins was the teams leading athlete as he narrowly missed out on 2nd place by 2 seconds to earn the Bronze medal, all six team scorers finished in the top 12 places, a superb achievement. Wayne Lillis ran really well to win the Veteran title, Steve Barnes matched his Bronze medal at the B,B & O, while the veteran Men’s team claimed the clubs 3rd Gold medal of the day. Our Senior Women’s & Veteran Women’s teams were also in the medal mix, both finished with Bronze medals, with Sue Van Huyssteen leading both teams home with her 11th place finish.
Although the clubs younger athletes were not amongst the medallists there were some good top ten performances from Izzy Fry 7th and Ella Houston 9th in the under 13 Girls, followed by Samantha Van Huyssteen 6th and Jenny Pudney 10th in the under 17 Women. Daniel Tuttle was 5th under 20 Man, Sophie and Charlotte Fowler came 6th & 7th in the same age group, and the under 13 Boys team came 5th.
The following athletes have already added their names to the list for this seasons S.E.A.A Champs to be held at Parliament Hill, Hampstead Heath on Saturday 26th Jan. If you would like to race then please contact Andy Tuttle no later than Tuesday 11th December. This event has a £7 entry fee which I will also collect.
Under 13 Boys – Samuel Wright. Senior Women – E-J Bailey, Chloe Coxhead, Hannah Coxhead, Rebecca Coxhead, Sue Van Huyssteen . Senior Men – Geoff Anderson, Ian Coxhead, James Craggs, Peter Crisp, Steve Barnes, Steve Elsmere, Dean Makar, Mark Vardy, Dave Wright.
The clubs current Under 13 Girls and Boys teams are producing the best results from this age group since joining the Oxford Mail cross country league in 2006. Ella Houston was not afraid to take the lead in a very competitive race on this frosty circuit, it was only a steep downhill section that allowed two Girls to pass, with Ella matching her best run from last season in 3rd place. Izzy Fry was just one second behind, and with Holly Blower also going well in 14th place the team finished just one point behind winners Radley. Meanwhile the Boys were building nicely on their first round result, 4th place on the day pushed them up to 2nd place overall in the league, thanks to runs from Benji Fry in 7th, Joshua Reeves giving his best result to date in 9th and Samuel Wright working through well in 18th.
There were age group wins for Sue Van Huyssteen in the V2 and Sarah Fowler in the V3 catagories as the Senior Women produced some good teamwork to finish 2nd on the day and move up to 2nd in the league. The Senior Men also answered the call with 16 finishing the race thus keeping both the A and B teams going strong. The Men’s A team are just behind Swindon Harriers with all to play for. There were welcome first time runs for Luci Robertson, Grace Lees and Charlotte Dobson in the under 11′s and for James Thomas in the Senior Men’s.
Congratulations to Steve Barnes and the Senior Men’s team for winning Bronze medals at this seasons Championships held at Braywick Park, Maidenhead. Steve was only just edged out of second place in the veteran Men’s, he was also the second team member to finish, with James Craggs best placed in 12th. The other team medals went to Daniel Tuttle 26th, Wayne Lillis 29th, Mike Robbins 40th, & Dean Makar 42nd. Michal Szczepanczyk was 43rd, Dave Wright 44th, Sam Hall 46th, Ian Coxhead 49th & Steve Elsmere 49th.
It was great to see the club field teams in the under 13 age groups with the Girls in 5th place out of 11 teams and the Boys 6th out of 11 teams. Ella Houston ran well in her first cross country of the season as she finished in 6th place with Izzy Fry 8th and Holly Blower 26th. Benji Fry led the Boys team home in 17th place with Joshua Reeves 22nd and Samuel Wright 25th.
Samantha Van Huyssteen came 12th in the under 17 Women, with William Tyson 20th in the under 17 Men’s.
Our two Senior Women’s teams came 6th & 11th, they were Sue Van Huyssteen 15th, E J Bailey 17th, Chloe Coxhead 24th, Hannah Coxhead 29th, Liz Harkness 42nd and Roz Pearson 44th.
Report from Andy Tuttle
NAC started their defence of their Senior Men’s Oxford Mail Cross Country title with a win in the opening fixture at Ascott-Under- Wychwood on Sunday. The team packed really well in the wintry conditions to edge Swindon Harriers into second place with Oxford City 3rd. Mark Vardy and James Craggs both ran well to earn top ten placings of 6th and 9th respectively, they were followed by Nick Jones 12th, David Fry 17th, Steve Barnes 24th, Peter Crisp 48th and under 20 Daniel Tuttle 51st to close the successful A team. The Senior Women’s team made a solid start to the proceedings in 3rd place, Emma- Jayne Bailey marked her first outing for the club in style by leading the team home in 20th place, with the ever reliable Sue Van Huyssteen two places behind also recording 2nd veteran 45, and Victoria Duncan 3rd in the under 20 age group closing the A team in 27th place. Sarah Fowler also recorded a win in her defence of the over 55 age group title.
In the younger age groups the Fry family were in sparkling form as Izzy Fry became the first athlete at the club to win an under 13 Girls Oxford League race, her younger brother Ed Fry braved the sleet to come 4th in the under 11 Boys, and her twin brother Benji ran strongly to finish 5th in the under 13 Boys race, the team came 3rd , with Joshua Reeves, Samuel Wright and Sam McCracken all playing their part.
Full results & Photographs (thanks to Charles Fowler – album in reverse chronological order):
Important Message from Andy Tuttle
This season the B,B & O Championships will be held at Braywick Park, Maidenhead SL6 1BN on Saturday 17th November. The event is open to any first claim runner in age groups from Under 13 up to Veteran, three athletes make up a team in all races except the Senior Men’s race where it is six. If you are interested in competing at this event then Please email Andy to be added to the list by Sunday 4th November.
12.00 pm - Under 13 Girls – 3.25km
12.20 pm - Under 13 Boys – 3.25km
12.40 pm - Under 15 Girls – 3.8km
1.00 pm - Under 15 Boys – 3.8km
1.30 pm - Under 17 Men & Women, Junior, Senior & Veteran Women – 6km
2.15 pm - Junior, Senior & Veteran Men – 9.5km
Ultra-Runner Malcolm Knight ran in the Sri Chinmoy 24 Hour Track Race in Tooting Bec over the 22nd / 23rd September and completed 77 miles for 31st position! Not content with that the 66 year old stretched his legs a little to complete the Isle of Wight Marathon on Sunday 7th finishing in 68th place (6th M60) in a time of 4:27.28.
Meanwhile Andrew James recorded an excellent victory in a time of 2:55.40 at the Clarendon Marathon on Sunday. This is a testing run between Salisbury & Winchester mainly on tracks and footpaths and is continually up and down with some notable climbs at Kings Somborne and near Farley Mount country park. Dave Wright finished in 9th place overall (4th M45) in 3:19.27 & James Thomas 94th in 3:58.16. Full results here.
Steve Peppitt took 2 minutes off his 2011 time leading home a group of Newbury runners at the Windsor half-marathon on Sunday recording 1:45.19 for 729th place. He was followed by Julian Howard (1:49.49); Pete Choules (1:48.50) & Antony Watkins (1:58.39)
NAC athletes were out and about competing in a variety of competitions in addition to the SEAA x-country relays already reported.
On Saturday Jamie Kuehnel was 1st in the winter invitational throws pentathlon at Swindon with 2627 points with Derek Philbey runner-up on 2467. Pete Kuehnel (2056 points) was first M55.
11 members turned out for the Newbury parkrun including Samantha Dredge who recorded a pb of 23:50.
On Sunday Tim Marsh (1:44.09) & Bill Weaver (2:17.38) completed the Basingstoke half marathon whilst Sue van Huyssteen followed up her run in the relays on Saturday by completing the Cricklade half marathon in 1:38.46 and finishing 7th lady. Dean Makar was 29th athlete home in the Hanney 5 mile in 30:25.
Sophie Fowler competed for Exeter University for the first time last week in a cross country match at Dartmouth Naval College. With the first three counting towards the team result she finished in 3rd place for the University & 4th lady overall ensuring a win for the team.