News: Cross-country

Senior Women’s Title Returns

Susie Bush: OML Senior Women's Champion 2014

The Senior Women’s team won back the Oxford Mail Cross Country Title after just one years absence following some superb work from the team this season. The return of Susie Bush to lead the team charge has been immense, Susie won two races and was 2nd today to claim the title for the second time. The fact that Jess Franklin was never out of the top five all season paid real dividends as she stepped up to receive the runner up award. Sophie Fowler played her part in the team re-gaining the title but it was in her under 20 age group where she really shone, winning the under 20 by a large 87 point margin.

The female side of the club continued to do well, Under 15 Charlotte Clover rounded off an exceptional first season with the club by taking the runner up spot, Charlotte can now say she finished in 2nd place at the Oxfordshire Championships, and 7th in the Surrey Championships but still can not find a place at the UK Inter Counties when she clearly has the talent. Sue Van Huyssteen is one of our most consistent medallists since we joined the league, Sue finished second in the V45 age group, a position matched by another of our age group specialists Sarah Fowler in the V55′S.

Steve Barnes was one of our ever present athletes this season, his contribution to the team was priceless and it was great to see him finish runner up in the Vet 40 Men’s. The Under 13 Boys team matched last seasons achievement when placed 3rd again this season, Samuel Wright saved his best ever run until last with a superb 4th place, while Ed Fry, Henry Reeves and Rhys Ainsworth all played their part in the teams success.

Full Results :-
U9 Girls – Josie Robertson 9th, Lily Whitby 25th
U9 Boys – Daniel Ginn 25th
U11 Girls – Luci Robertson 8th, Maisie Jeger 14th, Grace Lees 46th, Scarlett O’Connor 50th
U11 Boys – Toby Thorpe 12th, Hugh Beattie 16th, Oscar Reeves 31st, Charlie Ginn 37th
U13 Girls – Lilly Gohara 42nd, Maddy Mitton 44th, Grace Twyford 46th
U13 Boys – Samuel Wright 4th, Ed Fry 16th, Henry Reeves 21st, Rhys Ainsworth 33rd
U15 Girls – Charlotte Clover 2nd, Holly Blower 17th,
U15 Boys – Joshua Reeves 6th
U17 Women – Rebecca Downie 15th
Senior Women – Susie Bush 2nd, Jess Franklin 5th, Sophie Fowler 19th, E-J Bailey 24th, Sue Van Huyssteen 29th, Rachel Allen 31st, Jenny O’Connor 34th, Becky Coxhead 35th,
Samantha Dredge 44th, Sarah Fowler 47th, Katie Glare 53rd, Leah Darbyshire 74th, Carrie Thorpe 85th,
Senior Men – James Craggs 18th, Steve Barnes 30th, Mike Robbins 49th, Wayne Lillis 51st, Michael Szczepanczyk 56th, Steve Elsmere 57th, Dave Wright 63rd, Irwin Fairclough 78th, Will Tyson 99th, Geoff Anderson 105th, Andy Tuttle 125th, Paul Reeves 169th.

Full results.

Photographs (thanks to Charles Fowler) & some more from Barry Cornelius

English National Cross Country Championships – Nottingham

Charlotte & Annabel Clover

Senior Men

Sisters Charlotte and Annabel Clover both produced top 100 placings at this seasons National cross country at Wollaton Park, Nottingham today. Both Girls were competing at the Championship for the first time but you would never have thought so to see them run. Annabel was in the first race of the day for under 17 Women where she finished 94th out of 211 athletes. Charlotte has really excelled on the country and put in one of the best performances ever from a young Newbury athlete, she finished 35th out of 355 athletes in the under 15 Girls.

Start of U15 Girls race

Samuel Wright ran well in the under 13 Boys to make the top 200 in 193rd place. Alex Muir showed he is getting back to his best when placed 126th out of the 1657 athletes in the Senior Men’s 12km race, Dave Wright was 945th, Chris Hobson 1089th and Andy Tuttle 1271st.

Sam Wright

Oxford Mail Cross Country League – Cirencester

Sophie Fowler: U20 winner

It was a case of nearly, but not quite for Newbury Athletic Club at the penultimate Oxford Mail Cross Country League fixture at Cirencester Park on Sunday. Sophie Fowler produced the clubs only win coming in the under 20 Women’s age group, Sophie’s win keeps her 64 points clear at the top of the age group.

It was otherwise a case of second place being favourite on a day that saw Jess Franklin finish just 5 seconds behind the winner Wendy Nicholls from host club Cirencester in the Senior Women’s race, Sue Van Huyssteen was second in the over 45′s and Sarah Fowler also 2nd in the over 55′s. The Senior Women’s team also finished runners up on the day but have now stretched their lead at the top of the table to 43 points. Charlotte Clover continued her fine first cross country season with the club when placed second in the under 15 Girls, a position she also holds in the league, and with Izzy Fry not far behind in 4th place it was left to under 17 Polly Mitton to close the team in 3rd place.

The Senior Men’s team rallied well to close the team in 3rd place to match their current league position, Steve Barnes was first home on this occasion in 12th place. There were top ten finishes for Josie Robertson 3rd under 9 Girl, Luci Robertson 7th in the under 11 Girls, 8th place for Samuel Wright in the under 13 Boys, and in the under 15 Boys Josh Reeves came 7th with Benji Fry 9th.

Full Results:

U9 – Josie Robertson 3rd Girl

U11G – 7th Luci Robertson, 17th Maisie Jeger, 45th Grace Lees, 50th Scarlett O’Connor, 56th Tayla Chandler

U11B – 12th Tobias Allen, 18th Toby Thorpe, 26th Oscar Reeves, 35th Charlie Ginn, 40th Daniel Ginn

U13G – 33rd Amelia Munday, 35th Maddy Mitton, 39th Lilly Gohara, 43rd Grace Twyford, 45th Trinity O’Connor, 48th Isabelle Read.

U13B – 8th Samuel Wright, 16th Ed Fry, 23rd Henry Reeves

U15G – 2nd Charlotte Clover, 4th Izzy Fry

U17G – 11th Polly Mitton

U15B – 7th Joshua Reeves, 9th Benji Fry

Senior Women – 2nd Jess Franklin, 11th Sophie Fowler (1st U20), 17th E-J Bailey, 19th Chloe Blair, 26th Fiona Pocklington, 27th Sue Van Huyssteen, 39th Liz Pudney, 40th Sarah Fowler, 47th Catherine Tuttle, 49th Rebecca Coxhead, 55th Rachel Allen, 62nd Katie Glare, 82nd Sheila Marshall, 104th Liz Harkness

Senior Men – 12th Steve Barnes, 15th David Fry, 23rd James Craggs, 45th Wayne Lillis, 47th Peter Crisp, 58th Dave Wright, 63rd Mike Robbins, 65th Steve Elsmere, 68th Chris Pudney,
79th Michel Szczepanczyk, 87th Phil Marshall, 88th Irwin Fairclough, 109th Chris Hobson, 154th Geoff Anderson, 176th Andy McKendrick, 196th Paul Reeves.

Photos can be seen here (thanks to Charles Fowler)

Southern Inter Counties Schools Cross Country

Izzy Fry and Annabel Clover safely booked their places in the Berkshire teams for the English Schools Cross Country Championships next month thanks to some fine racing at the Southern Inter Counties held at Southampton on Saturday.

In the Junior Girls Izzy finished 6th at the Berkshire Schools last month but this time found the more hilly course to her liking and worked through nicely to finish 20th in the race and 3rd Berkshire athlete home.

Annabel also improved a place in the Berkshire order, this time she was 2nd home for the team and 28th in the Senior Girls race.

Well done to both Girls and we wish them all the best for the English Schools Championships.

West Berkshire Schools Cross Country

Josh Reeves: 3rd U15 Boys

Well done to all of our club members who ran at the District cross country today at the Newbury Showground, it was great to see so many of you there and with  smiles on your faces despite the weather.

Kitty Shepherd-Cross ( Downe House) followed up her win at the Berkshire Schools Championships last Saturday with another win today in the under 13′s. Izzy Fry ( Park House ) built very impressive lead in the Under 15 Girls and kept it going to win that age group. Sisters Charlotte and Annabel Clover ( Downe House ) produced a rather unique double victory, With Charlotte winning the under 17′s and Annabel the Under 20′s. There were also top three places for Ed Fry (Park House) in the under 13 Boys, and Josh Reeves (Park House) in the under 15 Boys.

A big thank you goes to all of the Newbury A.C adult members that helped alongside Park House School to set up the course, marshal, do the start, finish , time keeping and recording, a great job everyone !

South of England Cross Country Championships

The Parliament Hill course was particularly wet and muddy this year, especially for the last race of the day the Senior Men’s 15 km race. Mark Vardy handled the conditions well to finish 138th out of the 986 competitors. Unfortunately the club were just one runner short to close a team, but going on the positions of the athletes that were there it would have been a good team result. James Craggs was 190th, Steve Barnes 220th, Peter Crisp 261st and Dave Wright 511th.

Earlier in the day Samuel Wright ran well to finish in the top half of the under 13 Boys race, he came 103rd out of 284.

Full results

Oxford Mail League: Update from organisers

It has not proved possible to re-arrange the cancelled round 3. Consequently there will only be 4 rounds this season. The individual standings will be based on the best 3 results from 4 rounds (rather than the best 4 results from 5 rounds as in a normal 5-round season). Similarly, medals will be awarded to all U9s and U11s who have competed in at least 3 of the 4 rounds. The team standings will be based on the results from all 4 rounds, (rather than the results from all 5 rounds as in a normal 5-round season).

Rough ‘N’ Tumble 10: Sunday 12th January

Five club members joined a 500 strong field for this annual 10 mile off-road challenge over the downs around Pewsey. The floodwaters resulting from the recent deluges just added to the fun. Dave Wright was the highest placed of the Newbury AC contingent, finishing 28th in 1:20:41. He was follwed by: Simon Kirby (59th, 1:26:16), Geoff Anderson (76th (1st M60), 1:28:12), Carole Lowe (355th, 1:59:32) and Charlotte Winton (406th, 2:09:27).

Full results

Four in a row for Senior Men

The Senior Men claimed their 4th County title in as many years at the Berkshire Cross Country Championships at Swinley Forest, Bracknell (Full results). The team spirit, on such an awful day weather wise, was awesome, and the way the Senior’s paced their runs was a pleasure to watch. Alex Muir was one of several athletes who just grew in strength as the race progressed, he was delighted to earn a Bronze individual medal in the process. Both Mark Vardy (5th) and Peter Crisp (6th) also earned County call ups for their fine runs, and with Steve Barnes (7th ) , James Craggs 8th & Mike Robbins 9th the team won by a 48 point margin. Steve Barnes was first Veteran Man to cross the line, the Veteran Mens team were also first with Steve, Wayne Lillis, Dave Wright, Chris Pudney and Paul Reeves all doing thier part.The Senior Men were out in such force that they also picked up 3rd team award with the B team of Wayne Lillis, Phil Marshall, Dave Wright, Chris Pudney, Stuart Bosley and Andrew McKendrick. The Women’s teams were again in impressive form, the Seniors finished 3rd with Sophie Crumly 8th, Chloe Blair 12th, E-J Bailey 16th & Sue Van Huyssteen 17th. Both E-J and Sue were part of the Veteran Women’s team that came 2nd, they were joined by Bev Hall and Liz Pudney. The Senior Women’s Bteam were 5th with Fiona Pocklington 20th, Catherine Tuttle 22nd, Bev Hall 23rd, Liz Pudney 24th and Katie Glare 25th. Izzy Fry was the best placed out of the younger athletes when placed 10th in the under 15 Girls, Josh Reeves was 17th in the under 15 Boys, and the under 13 Boys team were 5th with Samuel Wright 18th, Ed Fry 19th, Henry Reeves 21st and Rhys Ainsworth 28th.

I would like to thank everyone who ran today, it was far from easy conditions, and a massive thank you to our officials – Sarah Fowler, Carolyn Walker, Brian Ireland, Dave Mason & Geoff Hardy, for all their work in helping the day go so smoothly.

Updated Club Championships tables

Andy Tuttle

Oxford Mail League 5th January has been cancelled

Message from the league organizers: “With regret, we announce that the combined league/county fixture on Sunday 5 January is not going ahead. We are incredibly grateful to Andy Bartlett of Banbury Harriers for putting in many hours of work and negotiation to get us to this point. However, with the combination of existing conditions and the forecast for heavy rain and high winds on Sunday, the decision was made to cancel. We will keep everyone up to date with developments about any replacement fixtures, and contingencies for league and county race results. Please pass this message on to anyone you feel may have been intending to come along on Sunday.”