Fell running trip: 17-21 May

Dave Wright is planning a group trip to the Peak District from May 17th-21st. There will be an opportunity to run in up to 5 fell races, do some hill-walking, visit the sights of the area and /or do some cycling.

The proposed race programme is: Wednesday 17th Buxton 10K (311metre); Thursday 18th Matlock 8K(250metre); Friday 19th Hayfield near Glossop 5K (200metre); Saturday 20th Hayfield (again) 8K (564metre);
Sunday 21st Saddleworth near Oldham 5K (290metre).

If interested, please contact Dave for further information. He is hoping to confirm the trip by the end of January.

Berkshire County Cross Country Championships – Maidenhead

Newbury came away from this season’s Berkshire championships with six medals, from what proved to be the highest standard competition for many years. Our Veteran Women’s team kept their amazing season going strong, as they secured the clubs only Gold medal of the day. The team of Jess Franklin, E-J Bailey, Sue Van Huyssteen & Jenny Eaton were again in fine form, winning by 26 points, with Jess also winning an individual Silver medal. The only other athlete to win an Individual medal this time was Izzy Fry, who ran very strongly to secure the runner up spot in the under 17 Women’s race. The Senior Women’s team gave it a good shot, with Sophie Crumly 4th, Yasmin Ryder 10th, Victoria Duncan 11th & Emily Marshall 12th, they finished 2nd. The Veteran Men’s team long reign as County Champions came to an end, but good runs from James Craggs in 4th, Wayne Lillis ran superb in 7th, Steve Barnes 8th & Phil Marshall 9th, they also sealed the runner up spot. The clubs B team of Conor McGrory, Martin Walker, Alan Twyford and Simon Kirby teamed up well to win the Bronze. The Senior Men tried really hard to fill a team of six, just coming up one short on this occasion. It was very pleasing to see four of our young athletes receive a Berkshire County team invite to run at the Inter Counties in March, they were Luci Robertson – 5th in the under u-13 Girls, George Ferguson – 5th under 13 Boys, Izzy Fry under 17 Women & Rebecca Downie in the under 20 Women, well done to them. Sophie Crumly has been invited to run for the Senior Women’s team, and several more will no doubt be invited to join them as the selection procedure unfolds.

Well done everyone who ran, and a big thank you to our officials – Carolyn Walker, Sarah Fowler, Dave Mason & Caroline, thank you for your continued support.

Full results & latest Club Championship tables

Andy Tuttle

Boxing Day Handicap: 26th December 21016

There were 54 finishers in the 2016 Keith Scott Boxing Day Handicap. Overall winner was William Morris (son of former member Andrew Morris (2nd overall)). First club member home was Graeme Cameron (3rd overall) closely followed by Leah Darbyshire.

Four runners completed the 1.8 mile course under 10 minutes with Mark Vardy fastest in 9:06 followed by James Craggs 9:22; Brad Yewer 9:42 and Mike Robbins 9:59.

Full results

Thanks to all who helped make this another successful event.

Sunday’s results

Tadley Xmas XC 

Eight club members enjoyed the short trip to Tadley for the Tadley Xmas xc run. Izzy Fry showed super pace judgment to finish 2nd in the race, and first Female in a time 6 mins quicker than last years wining Female time. Going through the first lap in 6th place, Izzy tackled the hills well to move in to 2nd place on the last hill, then stride out across the last field to the finish. Nige Popplwell and Steve Ferriday also had strong runs in 14th & 20th respectively to join Izzy and win the team award.

Full results :- Izzy Fry 2nd (1st F) 32.48, Nige Popplewell 14th (7th M40) 35.10, Stephen Ferriday 20th (10th M40) 37.03, Catherine Tuttle 45th (5th F) 40.44, Christina Pugsley 47th (3rd F35) 41.12, Rebecca Elsmere 54th (6th F) 42.15, Jenny Eaton 59th (4th F45) 43.08, Carole Lowe 89th (5th F55) 48,51. 125 Finished.

Andy Reading 10K: Wayne Lillis posted an excellent time of 37:45 in finishing 10th M40 (26th overall).

Cardiff Indoor Christmas Classic: Mike Robbins knocked 14 seconds off this previous best over 3000m, crossing the line in 9:36.07.

Tailwind 10: Chris & Liz Pudney travelled to the New Forest for this 10 mile trail run. Chris finished 2nd M50 (9th overall) in 1:09:43 and Liz was runner-up in the F45 category (61st overall) in 1:24:19.

1st ever SEAA Team Title in the clubs 70th Anniversary year

w60_oxfordNewbury A.C’S over 60 Women’s team were crowned South of England Champions thanks to some fine teamwork at the SEAA Master’s cross country Championships held at Horspath, Oxford on Saturday. The club trio of Sheila Marshall, Liz Harkness & Roz Pearson became the first ever athletes from the club to be awarded team medals at any of the SEAA events in our 70 year history. Sheila (7th, F60) led the team home, just one place behind the first of Reading Roadrunners team members, and how fitting it was to see two of our longest serving Female athletes Liz & Roz (13th F60) close the team and edge R.R.R in to 2nd place by 3 points. The celebrations did not stop there, as Liz Harkness also picked up the runner up award in the over 65 age group to round off what has been a superb season for our Veteran’s T&F team Manager.

Irwin Fairclough came tantillisingly close to earning himself a Bronze medal in the over 60 Men’s. Competing at this event for the first time in his new age group he held 3rd place right until the last 80m, but the athlete from Norfolk finished like a train to just edge Irwin out of the medals by 6 seconds. It was also good to see previous over 60 SEAA medalist Geoff Anderson (8th, M65) back in action, and Dave Wright (46th, M50) competing in the over 50’s.

Full results