On-line entries are now open for this year’s Highclere 10K. £17 affiliated, £15 unaffiliated and on the day entries will be £18.
Report by Nige Popplewell:
The annual Combe Gibbet Challenge took place on Sunday 24th, and Newbury AC members tested themselves against both the undulating multi-terrain course and extremely warm weather. Notwithstanding the conditions, a number of prizes were won by club members as below:
Second Female in 48:08 min was Mireille Cook followed by Third Female (49:50) Sarah Taylor.
First Female Veteran with 51:50 was Jenny Eaton. First Male Veteran was taken by Graham Stent in 43:34 mins. There were 134 finishers.
Karen Yewer will be leading another hill session this Sunday. Meet at 9:30am in car park at Donnington Castle.
Karen Yewer will be leading another hill session this Sunday. Meet in the Donnington Castle car park at 9:30am.
Five Newbury AC athletes competed in the South of England Championships in Bedford this weekend. Oliver Hewitt was the only one of the five to make the podium, picking up a bronze medal in the U20 hammer with a season’s best throw of 62.08m. Helen Broadbridge doubled up, with a season’s best throw of 43.28m enough for 4th place in the discus, having also finished 5th in the hammer.
On track, Mark Vardy kept touch with the lead pack for well over half of his 5000m race, before narrowly missing out on both a PB and a place in the final with a 15:44 clocking. Mike Robbins and Yaz Ryder both faced tougher than expected heats in the 800m, each finishing 7th in 2:03.82 and 2:17.54 respectively.
At the Wargrave 10K on Sunday, Mike Sheridan finished 2nd in the M60+ age-group in 43:24 and Sheila Marshall was 4th F60 in 55:47.
Photos from 5-mile race (courtesy of Mike Robbins)
Report from Dave Wright, Race Director:
Thanks to everyone who supported the races this year. We had over 200 entrants in the 5 mile race and a record turnout for the 2 mile race. The warm up events for the children were well attended
Winners of the 5 mile race were Mark Vardy and Sophie Crumly both representing Newbury AC. Both have supported the race many times in the past nearly always finishing in 1st or 2nd! Ollie Johnson trophy winner for juniors was Robbie Usher from Reading with junior girls winner being Emma Downie (Newbury AC). Further category winners were M40 Steve Barnes (NAC) F40 Katherine Sargeant (Reading Road Runners M50 Andy Colling (Unattached) M60 Mike Sheridan (NAC), M70 James Kiddie (Reading RR), F50 Jenny Eaton (NAC) F60 Sheila Marshall (NAC), F70 Liz Harkness (NAC). Newbury AC won both Men’s (Mark Vardy, Alex Muir, James Craggs)) & Women’s (Sophie Crumly, Emma Downie, Edyta Wilk) team events.
2 mile winner was 11 year old Kirsten Fraser (Team Kennet) closely followed by Wilf Waldon (Newbury AC)
Thanks to all the helpers both from Newbury AC, 1st Inkpen and Kintbury Scout Group, Kintbury St. Marys`s School, Kintbury Joggers, villagers from Kintbury and Inkpen. Also thanks to all the sponsors Mick Cornwall Aerials, Rayner Diesel Car service, myapplejuice.co.uk,Tesco Hungerford and Dave’s Gardening Service Kintbury
We have some lost property of a watch, Green Park water bottle and a white vest..
Having completed the Marathon des Sables in 2016, Dan Reeves is about to depart for his next challenge, the Jungle Ultra in Peru – a 230km (142 miles) race split into 5 stages of suffocating jungle undergrowth, river crossings and cloud shrouded mountain valleys. Starting on 3rd June, this is a self-sufficient race with runners being responsible for carrying their entire kit, including food, safety equipment and water.
Dan’s primary motivation for embarking on this challenge is to raise money for the Newbury & District Cancer Care Trust which provided a Rainbow Room for his Grandad’s final days.
Dan would appreciate any support you can give. More information & details on how to donate
Message from James Craggs (Race Director): “I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who helped with today’s 10k (prior, during and post) without people’s contributions today’s successful event wouldn’t have be possible. In order to help with future races can you please come back with any constructive feedback you have over the next few weeks. Finally I also want to thank Rebecca Elsmere for her hard work over the last year which made today happen”
There was also plenty to celebrate for Newbury AC runners in the 10K race:
Callum O’Neill: 1st Male; Jess Franklin 1st Female;
Jeff Bird 1st V40; Mike Sheridan 1st V60; 1st Male Team (Callum O’Neill, Jeff Bird, Joe Hoskins, Danny Hawkins) and 1st Female Team (Jess Franklin, Emma Downie, Georgie Offer, Rebecca Downie)
The organising committee for the Chieveley chase has asked if any of our members can volunteer to marshall at their race on 12th May. Please contact Chris Hobson if you can help.
The road run for the final week at the Rugby Club will be:
April 12th: 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.