Run West Berks series: Inkpen Gibbet Challenge

Catherine2_RWB16Catherine Tuttle clinched the Run West Berkshire series title this weekend with a 2nd place finish at the tough Inkpen Gibbet Challenge 10k race in a time of 51:19. The series also included the Chieveley Chase, Kintbury 5 and Hungerford Harey 8. Catherine’s combined 4 race time of just under 3hrs10mins gave her more than a 5 minute winning margin over runner-up Helen Garforth of Reading.

Nige Popplewell was 13th in a time of 45:55 which helped him to 3rd place in the men’s series behind former member Michal Szczepanczyk in 2nd and winner Barney Kerry. (See photo)

Phil Marshall led home the Newbury AC contingent in the race finishing 4th in 42:54; other club finishers were Neil Cook 7th 43:33, Conor McGrory 9th 44:40, Chris Pudney 18th 46:45, Mike Wheeler 20th 47:23, Graham Stent 23rd 49:04, Steve Ferriday 26th 51:09, Andy Tuttle 29th 51:20, Mark Head 31st 52:14, Mandy Waldon 41st 53:30, Stephanie Smallman 81st 1:03:03, Carole Lowe 101st 1:07:31. Full results

Ridgeway relay: 19th June

Report by Phil Marshall

Two teams made up of 20 Newbury AC runners took on The Ridgeway Relay on Sunday.  The challenging 86.5 mile course spanning the length of the ridgeway from Ivinghoe Beacon to Marlborough was in it’s 27th year and has legs ranging from 5.4 miles to 11 miles.  Both teams put in a fantastic effort with Conor McGrory, Baz Munday, Jeff Bird and Blue Nolan making their debuts in the event, and Mike Robbins, Becky Coxhead, Phil Marshall, Steve Elsmere and James Craggs all competing after a long and busy previous day down in Plymouth for the Southern Athletics League.

The A team finished in a fantastic 2nd place overall out of the 44 teams competing; from 10th position after leg 1 didn’t get passed once for the rest of the 9 legs and gained a further 8 places to finish in a time of 9 hours 46 minutes and 40 seconds.  The B team also had a great race emulating their highest ever finish of 10th position overall and 2nd B team in a time of 11 hours 14 minutes and 54 seconds. Full results

Newbury AC A: Mike Robbins, Sophie Crumly, Phil Marshall, Jess Franklin, Steve Elsmere, James Craggs, Conor McGrory, Baz Munday, Andy Ind, Alex Muir.

Newbury AC B: Dan Reeves, Becky Coxhead, Andy McKendrick, Clare Quinn, Jeff Bird, Wayne Lillis, Steve Ferriday, Blue Nolan, Dave Wright, Chris Pudney.

Photos courtesy of Barry Cornelius – more here


Conor McGrory

Becky Coxhead

Becky Coxhead

Chris Pudney

Chris Pudney

Newbury AC Family Fun Day – August 29th – 12 noon onwards

Message from Emma Guite & Katie Fielding:

Clear the date in your diary! 

We are planning a family fun day for club members and their families at Fifth Road on August 29th. There will be plenty of games to play including football, rounders, volleyball and giant Jenga plus there will probably be the very popular club quiz!

As usual it will be a bring your own chair/ rug / drinks and also a plate of food to share for lunch.

We are also planning a display of the 70 years of our club history (we were formed in 1946!)  to have a look at and lots of old NWN clips and photos to reminisce over, plus plans for the new pavilion building and details of how you can help us get it off the ground!

Full details will be e-mailed nearer the time and also posted to the web-site.

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Derek Mattews & Sheila Marshall locked in battle!

Derek Mathews & Sheila Marshall locked in battle!

Derek Matthews continued to pioneer the club M70-74 records, setting a good bench-mark time of 1:21:53 in finishing 2nd M70.

Sophie Crumly (1:04:13) was 10th woman overall while Sheila Marshall (1:26:17) and Irwin Fairclough (1:06:20) took 4th places in the F60 & M60 age-groups respectively.

There were good runs also from: Stephen Elsmere (1:01:29); Wayne Lillis (1:05:04), Ryan Hill (1:10:04), Becky Coxhead (1:17:16) and Stephanie Smallman (1:28:24)

The race incorporated the Berkshire 10-mile Championships and county medals were won by: Becky Coxhead (Bronze, Senior Women); Stephanie Smallman (Bronze, F35-44); Wayne Lillis (Silver, M40-49), Sheila Marshall (Silver, F55+) and Irwin Fairclough (Gold, M60+)


Weekend Roundup: 12/13 March

Berkshire's best! James, Phil, Alex and Mike

Berkshire’s best! James, Phil, Alex and Mike

The busiest weekend of the season so far saw some great performances over the country and on the roads including two new club records set by: Mark Vardy in finishing 5th in the Finchley 20 in 1:54:53 and Mike Sheridan, improving his own M65 half-marathon record by a full minute in winning the M65 category at the Bath Half in 1:23:55.

Inter-Counties Cross-Country Championships, Cofton Park, Birmingham

Izzy Fry produced the highest place finish from the club again this year when she finished 24th in the Under 17 Women’s race, Izzy was representing the Berkshire team that came 5th. In the same race Charlotte Clover wore the Yellow vest of Surrey, Charlotte finished 125th out of the 267 runners. Yasmin Ryder rounded off a very fine season on the Country with a 38th place in the Under 20 Women’s race. Jess Franklin smashed her previous best at this event when placed 44th in the Senior Women’s event, Victoria Duncan had her first outing at the event and finished 210th, they helped the Berkshire team in to 10th place. Kitty Shepherd- Cross led the Buckinghamshire team home with her 63rd spot in the under 15 Girls, while Luci Robertson handled her first time at this size event well to make the top half of the under 13 Girls race in 117th. Newbury kept up their fine record of good representation in the Senior Men’s Berkshire team, Alex Muir came 110th, with James Craggs 186th, Phil Marshall,in the team for the first time, in 214th, and Mike Robbins 244th.

British Masters’ Cross-Country Championships

Irwin Fairclough came agonizingly close to a medal in his first race in  the M60 age-group – finishing in 4th place (55th overall), 3 seconds behind the 3rd place finisher. Alan Twyford (54th overall) was 20th in the M50 age-group and Simon Kirby (64th overall) was 16th in the M45 category.

 Other results

British Masters Indoors: Bob Broadbridge 1st M55 Hammer 44.43m, 2md M55 Weight Throw 16.20m. Simon Barrett 6th M60 60m 8.50, 2nd M60 200m 27.7, 2nd M60 400m 62.59

Goring 10K
: Matt Pembroke 37:28 (13th); Luis Goncalves 46:16 (158th)

Spitfire 20: Paul Hendry 2:24:30 (58th)

Liverpool 10: Ryan Hill 70:31 (PB) (11th)

The Grizzly: Steve Elsmere 64th (2:51:15); Ady May 678th; Tania Whitby 681st; Christine Mardle 863rd; Charlotte Winton 1033rd and Brian Mugford 1379th.
In the shorter version (The Cub) : Dave Wright 11th; Pete Leicester 30th; Becky Coxhead 63rd and Tim Marsh 167th.

Fundraising – by Car Boot Sales

Message from Liz Harkness:

Liz will be fund raising towards the re-building of the Fifth Road Pavilion by means of Car Boot Sales during the Summer at Thatcham Memorial Grounds. I am hoping to start on April 3rd (weather permitting). 

Please can you all help by donating unwanted goods etc. Suitable items are as follows:

Clothes (please include hanger) shoes, trainers, boots
Any kitchen items, small electrical, pots, pans etc.
Toys are always good sellers, stereo, radio, dvd, cd-players, pictures, mirrors, ornaments.
Garden equipment.
Unwanted gifts, makeup etc 

In fact almost anything sells so what you might think is worthless, believe it or not it is worth something! Continue reading

Cross Country Presentations and Social Evening – 9th April

We will be holding our cross country presentation and social evening on Saturday 9th April from 7pm – 10pm (presentations at 7:20pm). Admission Free. All members and their families welcome.

Venue: the big function hall at Oakley Farm Caravan Park, Wash Water, Newbury, RG20 0LP (Bev’s place!)

Directions: From Newbury drive south along the A343 for about 3 miles. Turn left into Kenwood Road by the old car sales garage at Wash Water and Oakley Farm Caravan Park is about 500m on the left.

Buffet meal – buffet provided by people attending – as usual please bring a plateful or two to share.

N.B. There is no bar – please bring your own drinks

Weekend round-up: 5/6 March

Izzy, Kitty, Yaz and Charlotte

Izzy, Kitty, Yaz and Charlotte

English Schools’ Cross-Country Championships: Yasmin Ryder ran well and finished 25th in the Senior Girls, Yaz was first Berkshire team member home, and with Charlotte Clover in 120th Berkshire won the team prize. Kitty Shepherd- Cross was the leading team member in the Junior Girls race, Kitty came 28th, while Izzy Fry finished 37th and was the second runner home in the Intermediate Girls team that finished 5th. 

Club Cross-Country Championships: The club championships concluded on Sunday at the final round of the Oxford Mail League (see race report below). The 2015/16 champions are: U11s – Josie Robertson & Wilf Waldon; U13s – Luci Robertson & Geroge Ferguson; U15s Ellie Gudgeon & Sam Wright; U17s – Rebecca Downie; Seniors– Sophie Crumly & James Craggs; Veterans – Jess Franklin & Steve Barnes. The full tables can be viewed here.

Milton Keynes Half-Marathon: Andy McKendrick set another PB on the roads, recording 89:09 for 87th place.

Oxford Mail cross country League – Harwell

OML16_WomenThe clubs Women were just one title away from a clean sweep as they claimed every league individual title except for the V2 age group. They were also close in the team awards as the A team won the league, with the B team winning the division 2 title, and the C team 3rd in Division 3. Charlotte Clover had missed just one OML fixture this season when her Surrey County Champs were held on the same day, so despite racing the English Schools race the day before Charlotte put in a good performance and won the under 17 Women’s league title for the first time. Yasmin Ryder had sealed the under 20 title with a race to spare so could take a well earned break from racing, Yasmin was also one of the three main scorers in our successful Senior Women’s team. I think we all agree that Jess Franklin is nothing short of amazing. It is just twelve months since her Daughter Ellie was born and here she is with a veteran 1 league title and team winners medal to her name, Jess also had a great race today in 2nd place. Sophie Crumly has also had a superb season, Sophie is not only the Senior Women’s champion but the overall league Champion. Sarah Fowler is without doubt the most decorated of our veteran athletes in the OML and this year sealed the V3 title. Our Senior Men can be proud of finishing 2nd to Oxford City in the top division, the B team have maintained their place in division 2 thanks to some wonderful packing all season.

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Oxford Mail Cross-country

The final fixture of the season takes place on Sunday 6th March at RAL Harwell. We are in contention for several medals both team & individual but need a strong turn-out to ensure that we make the most of the opportunities.

The league organizers have issued the following important notices:

  • The Senior Women’s and Senior Men’s races will be held in REVERSE order; the Senior Men’s race will be at 11.25 and the Senior Women’s race at 12.05.
  • Please take special note of the nature of the restricted junctions from the A34. Access is from the roundabout indicated by the red arrow on the map. Once off the A4185, follow signs to the RAL, then turn left at the second roundabout, to leave the round synchrotron building on your right. Follow this road around to the car park.
  • The League is in serious jeopardy of losing the future use of the RAL Harwell venue following incidents at the venue in previous years. As a consquence urinating anywhere in public at the venue will not be tolerated.Anyone seen urinating in public will be identified and their club informed. The individual identified will be disqualified from the race and banned from the League. Sufficient toilet facilities are provided. Please use them.