Road Run – 27th April

This Thursday’s road run (27th April) will be route 2 on the map, which will take the group up to Snelsmore Common via Speen Moor and Bagnor, returning via Donnington Castle.  The longer route will be approximately 9 miles with opportunities for shorter variations.

Weekend round-up: 22 / 23 April

London Marathon

Tom Watkins was first club member to finish at London Marathon taking 36th place overall in the fantastic time of 2:27:57. Bob Talyor’s club record of 2:25:36 set in 1983 is well within his grasp.

Mike Sheridan was 2nd in the M65 age-group in 3:10:59.

There were PBs for Stephen Elsmere 2:45:24, Mark Vardy 2:49:00 and Conor McGrory 2:50:18 and Jeff Bird 3:03:23.

Other club finishers: Andy Varney 3:12:45, Dan Reeves 3:19:14, Andy McKendrick 3:28:41, Sue Van Huyssteen 3:34:10 and Julie Coxhead 4:04:02.

In the mini-marathon, Izzy Fry ran brilliantly in the U17 Girls race to finish 16th overall and 3rd scorer for the South-East region which took 2nd place in the team competition. Continue reading

Maidenhead Easter 10

There was a good turn-out from club members on Good Friday for the Maidenhead Easter 10. Matthew Green impressed, taking 11th place overall in a PB of 56:39. He was followed home by Michal Szczepanczyk 62:03 (PB); Irwin Fairclough 65:33 (2nd M60); Andrew Russell 66:35; Dan Reeves 67:24 (marathon pace run ahead of London next week); Ryan Hill 69:43 (PB); Edyta Wilk 72:05 (club debut); Jenny Eaton 77:15 (club F50 record) and; Sheila Marshall 85:34 (marathon pace run in prep for London).


The race incorporated the Berkshire County 10 mile championship. There were medals for three of our runners: Andrew Rusell – Silver M40-49; Sheila Marshall – Silver F55+ and Irwin Fairclough – Gold M60+.

Easter Handicap: 16th April

There were only 25 runners in this year’s Easter Handicap, however, all who ran and helped enjoyed the event and the Spring weather. The winner was one of our new junior member, Joshua Goatley, closely followed by last year’s winner, Emma Downie. Fastest time of the day was 9:52 by Mike Robbins still fresh despite competing in multiple events in yesterday’s Southern Athletics League match.

Full results

Weekend round-up 18th/19th March

Another very busy and successful weekend for club members:

15 members completed the Reading Half Marathon on Sunday led in in 173rd place by Peter Crisp in 1:18.57. Followed by: Andrew Ind – 1:19:03 (176th); Chris Pudney – 1:28:47 (527th); Rick Wyatt – 1:33:54 (893rd); Luis Gonçalves – 1:36:31 (1116th); Bryn Dawson – 1:43:25 (1906); Jo Craig – 1:45:15 (2195); Peter Evans – 1:45:27 (2218); Michele Moran-Douglas – 1:58:48 (4537); Ian Colcomb – 2:01:03 (4930); Andre Clothier – 2:01:36 (5014); Charlotte Winton – 2:02:51 (5215); Sandra Beal – 2:13:39 (6788); Agnieszka Stochaj – 2:22:34 (7471); Joe Hoskins – 3:08:10 (9575).

Also on Sunday  James Craggs was the first NAC club finisher at the Fleet Half Marathon  in 28th place in a time of 1:15.59. Followed by: 76 – Steve Barnes – 1:21:18; 151 – Jeff Bird – 1:25:18; 545 – E-J Bailey – 1:36:38 ( 53rd Women ); 613 – Sue van Huyssteen – 1:38:09 ( 68th Women / 4th F50).

Andy Varney ran Windsor & Eton Half marathon at Dorney Lake on Saturday finishing in 30th place overall (3rd V40) in 1:29:48.

The Eastleigh 10k saw the following finishers some of whom then rushed back up the A34 to watch the finishing stages of the Reading half88 – Phil Marshall – 35:44 (pb);114 – Mike Robbins – 36:45 (pb); 125 – Michał Szczepańczyk – 37:13; 170 – Graham Stent – 38:05 (pb); 232 – Dan Reeves – 39:18; 278 – Nige Popplewell – 40:07; 279 – Matt Pembroke – 40:11; 427 – Philippa Cass – 43:06 (5th FV35). Newbury AC were 10th team overall (First 4 club finishers).

Liz Harkness and Roz Pearson completed a very windy (and hilly!) Highworth 5 mile race yesterday in 46:11 and 48:44 respectively.

Meanwhile at the Barrie Strange Memorial Throws at Oxford on Saturday in very windy condition Charlotte Payne started her 2017 season as a first year U17 with 2 impressive wins in Hammer and Discus throwing 55.39m and 38.97m respectively – both new Club records!

The English Schools AA National Cross Country championships were held at Norfolk County showground, Norwich on Saturday with club members Izzy Fry & Kitty Shepherd-Cross representing Berkshire schools. Izzy was 15th overall in the Senior girls race (4k) in 13:57 and 2nd for Berkshire. Kitty was also 2nd Berkshire finisher in the Intermediate race (3.75k) in 13:56 for 86th place overall. Also on Saturday Irwin Fairclough finished 4th V60 in the British Masters cross country championships held at Wavertree, Liverpool.

Please notify me of any other results and they will be posted here.

Weekend round-up 11th/12th March

It was a busy weekend both on the track and the roads with some fantastic results across the board:

At the British Indoor Master Championships at Lee Valley Bob Broadbridge took silver in the M55 Shot with 12.20m.  Simon Barrett, M60 took silver in both the 60m –  8.46s & 200m –  – 26.99s and a bronze in the 400m – bronze – 61.40s.

The Finchley 20 mile race saw Tom Watkins break the club record by over 2 minutes in  a fantastic time of 1:51:57 as he finished 3rd closely followed by Mark Vardy in 5th place in a PB of 1:52:53 (also breaking his previous club record). Sheila Marshall was 3rd V55 in a time of 3:04.02

3 members ran the Bath Half Marathon- led in by Conor McGrory – 1:22:14 (189th); with Mike Sheridan – 1:31:21 (632nd) & Graham Stent – 1:34:42 (873rd)

At the North London Half Marathon new member Mike Wheeler finished in 1:28.15 (153rd) & Joe Hoskins achieved a pb in 1:29.15 for 191st position. Ryan Hill finished in 1:36.04 at the Silverstone half-marathon (539th.)

And finally results from the Grizzly 20 where Steve Elsmere led the Newbury contingent in finishing in 13th place overall in a time of 2:37.55 followed by Dave Wright (75th) – 2:56:47; Pete Leicester (113th) – 3:01:46; Sue van Huyssteen  (348th)- 3:30:11 (37th woman); Ady May  (416th) – 3:34:48; Rebecca Elsmere –  (680th) 3:55:38 (132nd woman); Rick Wyatt – (700th) 3:55:55 & Charlotte Winton (979th) – 4:16:07 (242nd woman). In the shorter 10 mile Cub Run Tania Whitby finished 53rd in 1:30:10 (19th woman) and Tim Marsh was 188th in 1:46.53.

Road-running Schedule – March update

The roadrunners schedule for the next few weeks is as follows:

9th March 2017 – Route 2: Conifer Cres -Water Tower- Valley Road-clocktower (main split between long and short groups)-Old Bath Road-Grove Road-Love Lane-Cock Inn-Victoria Park-St John’s Roundabout-[either Newtown road or Andover Road]-Rugby Club.

16th March 2017 -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]-Rugby Club

23rd March 2017– 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.

New club 5K record

Congratulations to Mark Vardy on improving his club 5K record by 22 seconds to 15:26 when finishing 119th in last night’s Armagh City International 5K. It was a high quality field with 80 runners finishing under 15 minutes.

Full results