Parkrun 21 April: Volunteers needed urgently

Message from Jeff Bird:

We have a club takeover of Newbury parkrun on 21 April to help promote the 10k at the end of May. I’d like to get the volunteer roster filled before I go away at the end of this month. Please let me know (E-mail Jeff) if you can help in any of the roles below:
Car park marshals; Funnel manager; Timekeeper;Manual scribe,  Barcode scanners; Token sorter; Pacemaker (30 mins).

Easter Handicap: Sunday 1st April

Entries are now open for the club’s Easter Handicap to be held on Sunday, 1st April, 10:30am at Northcroft. The race is held over the same 1.8 mile, multi-terrain course as used for the Boxing Day handicap though run in the reverse (clock-wise) direction.

The event is free to enter and open to all members, their families and friends. To enter please e-mail Irwin Fairclough with name(s) and recent best 5K time by Thursday 29th March – there will be no entries available on the day.

We also need about 10 volunteers to help with the start / finish and with on-course marshalling – please e-mail me if you are available to help. We aim to have everything finished by 11am.

Middle Distance Training / Road Run – Thursday 1st March


Training at the Newbury Rugby Club has been CANCELLED for the evening of Thursday 1st March. This is due to the pitches being frozen, heavy snow expected and the floodlights will be turned off. This includes both the intervals group and the road running group.

Please pass the word around in order to minimise any unnecessary travel on snowy roads.

Keep warm everyone (do some much-needed stretching at home instead)!

Road-Run – Thursday 22nd February

This week’s run (22nd February) will be Route 1: Essex Street-Valley Road-clocktower (main split between long and short groups)-Old Bath Road- Grove Road-Love Lane-Cock Inn-Kiln Road-Fir Tree Lane-Hambridge Road-Racecourse-Greenham Church-Pinchington Lane-Rugby Club.

Road-Run 15th February

This week’s road run will be Winter Route 3: Retail Park-Pinchington Lane – Greenham Road (main split) – Pidgeon’s Farm – Racecourse – Hambridge Road – Fir Tree Lane – Cock Inn – Victoria Park – St John’s Roundabout – either Newtown Road or Andover Road to Rugby Club.

Road-Run Thursday 8th February

This weeks road-run will be Winter Route 2 – Conifer Crest – Water tower, Valley Road, Clocktower (main split between long & short groups), Old Bath Road, Grove Road, Love Lane, Cock Inn, Victoria Park, St John’s roundabout and then either Newtown Road or Andover Road back to Rugby Club.

Road-Run – Thursday 1st February

This week’s run (1st Feb) will be Route 1: Essex Street-Valley Road-clocktower (main split between long and short groups)-Old Bath Road- Grove Road-Love Lane-Cock Inn-Kiln Road-Fir Tree Lane-Hambridge Road-Racecourse-Greenham Church-Pinchington Lane-Rugby Club.

Weekend Round-up 27th/28th January

The South of England Cross Country Championships were held on a very challenging course at Stamner Park, Brighton on Saturday.

In the Women’s U20 race Yaz Ryder came a very impressive 14th, with Rebecca Downie 53rd.
Newbury A.C.’s Senior Men battled 15km of mud, hills and continuous rain to come 16th team (and 1st Berkshire team) which we believe to be the highest position we’ve ever finished in this race, ahead of big clubs like Southampton A.C. and Reading A.C.
In a field of 740 finishers (and 55 scoring teams), Alex Muir was first NAC home in 58th, Mark Vardy 80th, Matthew Green 130th, Phil Marshall194th, Stephen Elsmere 264th, Dave Wright 449th.

Four club members completed the Romsey 5 mile event in completely different spring-like conditions on Sunday. Wayne Lillis was first of them home, finishing 38th overall (7th Male 50-59) in 30:51. Jenny Eaton was 1st Female 50-59 in 34:05 – a PB & new V55 Club Record.
Christina Pugsley finished in 35:12 (7th Female 30-39) &  Sheila Marshall ran a time of 41:52 (3rd Female 60-69).


Quiz Evening – Friday 27th April – Date for your diaries

Back by Popular demand!

We will be holding a fund-raising Quiz on Friday 27th April.

Start time 7.30pm prompt.

Entry fee: £2 per person (to be collected on the evening) – teams of up to 6 people. Everyone welcome: members, their families, friends & acquaintances. Please spread the word and pre-register your interest with Bev.

Venue: the big function hall at Oakley Farm Caravan Park, Penwood Road, Wash Water, Newbury, RG20 0LP

Directions: From Newbury drive south along the A343 (Andover Road) for about 3 miles. Just after the hump back water bridge at Wash Water turn left into Penwood Road and Oakley Farm Caravan Park is about 500m on the left.

Food – 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: 13/14 January

Harry Russell – 800m Bronze medallist

Harry Russell won a bronze medal in the Northern Athletics Senior Championships Indoor 800m yesterday in Sheffield. Harry came through his heat earlier in the same day with a time of 1:56.11 and then, despite the other 5 athletes in the final having quicker PB’s, he secured the superb 3rd place with a time of 1:57.56 in a tactical race.

Jeff Bird set a new PB of 36:09 in finishing 3rd M40 at the Stubbington Green 10K. Mike Sheridan also ran strongly to finish 3rd M65 in 42:38.



Phil Marshall (17:06), Mike Wheeler (17:20), Joe Hoskins (17:38) and Ben Wickens (18:12) took the Fulham Palace Parkrun by storm, finishing 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 7th and all recording PBs.

Mike Wheeler was in action again on Sunday at the Rough ‘n’ Tumblr 10. Mike finished 26th in 1:18:12 just behind Dave Wright who led home the club contingent in 25th place (2nd V50) in 1:18:04. Other Newbury AC finishers were: Rachel Allen (57th, 5th lady, 1:24:26); Joe Hoskins & Graham Stent (183rd, 1:38)