Report from Phil Marshall:
A big thank you and well done to everyone that raced the second Oxfordshire Cross Country League fixture in Cirencester today. That hill is brutal!
Jess storming to victory
(photo by B Cornelius)
Jess Franklin was the star of the day, destroying the senior women’s field with an outstanding display of front running and winning by a huge distance (over 70 seconds!). Victoria Duncan also had a great race finishing in 4th.
Our senior men had a much smaller turn out than in the first round but still had some good performances with James Craggs in 8th and Matthew Green in 9th.
Well done also to our juniors, Tobias Allen with the best performance finishing 5th in U15/17 race.
📋 Results are available here: Oxonxc Results
📸 Photos are posted here (courtesy of Barry Cornelius): BarryCorneliusPhotos
Club XC Championship tables – after 3 events
Entries are now open for the Keith Scott Boxing Day Handicap. The race is held over a 1.7 mile multi-terrain course. Slowest runners start first and if the handicapper get it right (doesn’t happen often!) there should be a mass of runners coming down the finishing straight together.
Entries are free and the event is open to all club members, their family & friends. Please let Irwin Fairclough know by 22nd December if you plan to run. No entries on the day.
We also need 8-10 helpers on the day to ensure that the race runs smoothly and safely. Please let Irwin know if you can assist in any way. We’re usually finished by 11am.
The victorious Senior Men’s team (missing Tom Watkins)
Newbury AC Senior Men’s team (Alex Muir, Tom Watkins, Matt Green, James Craggs, Mark Vardy and Mike Robbins) won the BB&O Championships for the first time in the competitions 107 year history. Alex finished 6th overall (3rd Senior). James took individual gold in the Veteran Men’s category & led the Veteran Men’s team (James Craggs, Andrew Ind, Steve Barnes) to victory.
Josie Robertson won the U13 Girls race and Jess Franklin, fresh from her exploits at the Masters’ International on Saturday was first Veteran finisher and 2nd overall in the Senior/Vet Ladies race. Rachel Allen took the bronze medal in the Veteran Ladies age-group and together with Jess & Jenny Eaton secured the Silver medal for the Veteran Women’s team. The Senior Ladies team (Jess Franklin, Yaz Ryder, Rachel Allen) took the bronze medal.
On Saturday, Jess Franklin, representing England, finished second in the W35 age-group only 9 seconds behind the winner. Jess led home the winning England team. Jess raced again on Sunday in the BB&O (see above) finishing runner-up overall and winninng the Veteran Women’s category. Just a normal weekend then!
Anne Stewart-Power and Mike Sheridan, both of whom had been selected as reserves for England, ran in the accompanying Open race with Anne finishing 1st in the W55 category and Mike 2nd in the M65 age-group
Josie receiving her silver medal
Josie Robertson produced another excellent performance yesterday at Milton Keynes to finish 2nd in the U13 Girls race in Round 2 of the British Athletics Cross-challenge series. Josie was just 5 seconds behind the winner Scarlett Livingstone from Exeter, the pair now share the lead in the Under 13 age group.
The Age-Graded Road League table has been updated to include results to end-October. Current title holder Mike Sheridan has moved ahead of Josie Robertson at the top of the table… still two months to go though! Please e-mail Irwin Fairclough with any additions / corrections.
Berkshire County Cross-country Championships, 16th December, St Andrew’s School, Pangbourne. Please note that athletes wishing to compete need to submit their entry by 12th December.
Full details here
This year’s end of season presentation evening will see the first ever Newbury AC Sports Personality of the Year Award!
We’re looking for your nominations to make a shortlist of contenders, with a live public vote on the evening to decide the winner. As with the BBC award, we’re looking for someone who’s been inspirational, motivational or just damn impressive in what they do – whether in track, field, cross country, road running or everyday club life. Any club member is eligible – old, young, fast or slow.
This idea will only work with input from you guys, so please email your nominations to Mike Robbins or E-J Bailey before 21st November, with a brief description of why you think they deserve the award. There’s no limit to the number of nominations (but don’t vote for yourself, nobody likes a show-off).
Report by Phil Marshall:
Sophie & Jess lead the way – Photo Barry Cornelius
Newbury Athletic Club hosted the season’s first Oxfordshire Cross Country League fixture at the weekend on an overcast day at Newbury Showground with great success. A huge thanks goes to all the volunteers who helped with marshalling, timekeeper recording, car park attending, race hares and sweepers, and especially those who took time out the previous day to set up the course.
Our Senior Women took up where they left off last season with an emphatic team victory, Sophie Crumly took the win just ahead of teammate and first veteran woman Jess Franklin, with 4th place Victoria Duncan completing the winning team.
Sam Hart – 2nd in Men’s race. Photo – Barry Cornelius
Sam Hart was making his debut in the blue vest of Newbury AC and produced a fantastic display in his first race at the Senior Men’s 8.5k distance. He finished a close second behind Abingdon AC’s Alex Wall-Clarke, but was the first U20 man in the highly competitive 335 strong field. Sam was backed up well by strong performances from James Craggs in 8th and Matt Green in 11th.
Josie Robertson continued her early season cross-country form to storm to an emphatic gun to tape victory in the U13 girls race. There were also great results from Oliver Hamlin 4th U11 boy, Luci Robertson 5th U15 girl, Tobias Allen 6th U17 boy, Rachel Allen 2nd V45 women, Jenny Eaton 3rd V55 women and Liz Harkness 1st V65 women.
Results can be found here / Photos courtesy of Barry Cornelius can be found here (please credit if used).
A W55 team of Anne Stewart-Power, Jenny Eaton & Sarah Fowler travelled to Long Eaton in Derbyshire on Saturday to compete in the British Masters Cross Country Relay Championships on Saturday and were rewarded with a hard fought Silver Medal finishing the 3 * 3k course in a time of 41:11 only 50 secs behind the winners Bingley Harriers ( 40:18 – whose team boasted 3 very strong runners including a full international & the age group course record holder) and over 3 minutes ahead of 3rd placed Holme Pierrepoint. Anne & Jenny ran the 2nd and 3rd fastest times in the age group with Sarah in 7th. The conditions were a shock to the system – freezing cold, icy wind & drizzle – true cross-country weather! Incidentally the NAC time has only ever been beaten by Bingley in all the years the event has been run at this course.
At Sunday’s Clock Change Challenge 5k in Calne Matt Green came 1st in 16:36, Phil Marshall was 3rd in 17:23 and Ben Wickens 5th in 18:18.
In much more temperate conditions Julie Kaesser completed the Garmin Qawra 10K whilst on holiday in Malta.
It’s time to clean off last seasons dirt from your xc spikes and let’s kick off the season in style with a big Newbury AC attendance at the first Oxford Mail League race of the 2018/19 season
Race Timetable below:
Race Start Time Age Group(s) Target distance
1 09.55 U9 Girls and Boys 1200m
2 10.00 U11 Girls 1500m
3 10.10 U11 Boys 1500m
4 10.20 U13 Girls 2500m
5 10.30 U13 Boys 2500m
6 10.45 U15 and U17 Girls 3500m
7 11.00 U15 and U17 Boys 4800m
8 11.20 U20/Sen/Vet Men 8500m
9 12.00 U20/Sen/Vet Women 6500m
Please can you car share where possible and remember £4 for the car park.
This fixture is being hosted by Newbury AC, so any club members not racing, please can you kindly contact Phil Marshall as we need some help with car park attending, time recorders and marshalling.
Well done to our 3 stage Women’s team of Victoria Duncan, Sophie Fowler & Jess Franklin; and our 4 stage Men’s team of Matthew Green, James Craggs, Mike Robbins and Phil Marshall, most of whom were opening their cross country season on Saturday at the South of England XC Relay Championships held at Wormwood Scrubs.
The women who ran 3x3km legs finished in 12th position, with the men who ran 4x5km finished in 13th.
We had a number of representatives at the Abingdon Marathon on Sunday where there were pb’s for Jeff Bird 2:58.09, Mike Wheeler 2:58.39 & Danny Hawkins 3:11.03. Christina Pugsley finished in 3:32.13 less than a minute off her pb: Abingdon results
Charlotte Fowler travelled to Amsterdam to complete her first marathon in 3:48.42 on Sunday
There were some good performances from club members at Sunday’s Great South Run. Mike Sheridan was 2nd M65 in 1:05:54. Mark Vardy finished in 55:08, Brian Matthews 1:15:41, Mariama Barrie 1:39:51 and Mick Cornwall 1:58:50.
Steve Ferriday completed the Yorkshire Coast 10k around scenic Scarborough on Sunday finishing 126th out of 2134 runners with a chip time of 42:10.
Further results will be posted here if received.