Road run 12th April

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.

Thursday Road run & Middle distance interval sessions

From this Thursday (19th April) the above sessions will be held at Brown’s Meadow, Fifth Road. Session start time remains at 7pm.

The road run this week will be a variation of Summer Route 14Across Enborne Road to the Canal, keep on the Canal until Hambridge Road-Racecourse Road-New Road-Burys Bank Road-Monks Lane-Valley Road-Fifth Road – changes will be dependent on the light and weather.

Maidenhead Easter 10

Jenny Eaton
Photo: Peter Cook

Twelve club members completed the Maidenhead Easter 10 on Good Friday. Mark Vardy (54;32) and Matt Green (56:07) both finished in the Top 25 and recorded PBs. The race incorporated the Berkshire County 10-mile championships with Wayne Lillis (MV50) and Jenny Eaton (WV55) both winning silver medals. Jenny also improved her club age-group record to 73:27.

Club finishers: Mark Vardy 54:32 (PB); Matt Green 56:07 (PB); Steve Elsmere 59:09 (PB); Steve Barnes 60:44; Wayne Lillis 64:06; Andy McKendrick 65:10 (PB); Michel Szczpanczk 71:43; Edyta Wilk 72:54 (PB); Jenny Eaton 73:27; Stephanie Smallman 89:34 and Sheila Marshall 91:45.

Easter Handicap: Sunday 1st April

Forty-four runners enjoyed the cool, bright and at times muddy conditions to post some excellent times at this the Easter Handicap. The first three places were taken by a very promising group of our junior girls: 1st Chloe Boud; 2nd Clementine Barry; 3rd Sophie Bhatt. Fastest time of the day was 9:34 was  by Phil Marshall with Mike Robbins (9:49) and Izzy Fry (9:58) also getting under 10 minutes.

Thanks to our time-keeper, Dave Mason and to everyone else who helped in the smooth running of the event.

Results are available here, ranked by both “course time” and “net time”.

Weekend Round-Up 24th/25th March

Bob Broadbridge took part in the European Masters Indoor event in Madrid this weekend recording 40.89m for 6th place in the V55 Discus and an 11.03m shot for 15th place. David Elderfield had an excellent weekend finishing 3rd in the final of the 400m in 58.96s and 4th in the 200m final in 27.10s.

Meanwhile a few people took part in outdoor track meetings at Windsor & Radley. At the former Mike Robbins, Rebecca Downie (U23) & Emma Downie (U17) got their season off to a flying start all competing in the 1500m where Mike showed good early season form with a 4.22.71; Rebecca improved her PB by 8 seconds to 5.31.04 and Emma Downie knocked 20 secs off her PB with a 5.08.77. Linda Pitts & Kitty Mainwaring (U13) competed at the Charles Kear Memorial Open at Radley recording 15.69s & 15.51s respectively in the 100m and 32.14s & 31.30s in 200m. Kitty also competed in the LJ where she was 3rd with  a jump of 3.63m.

The finish at Overton


Christina Pugsley (1st v35) 2:11.01; Jenny Eaton (1st v55) 2:14.12; Sue van Huyssteen (2nd v50) 2:17.40; Adrian May 2:18.22 and Tania Whitby (1st v40) 2:31.00 all competed in the 16 Mile Combe Gibbet to Overton Race on Sunday where they encountered pretty horrendous conditions underfoot with deep mud, deep puddles and still some snow on the course too.

Chris Pudney completed the Yeovil half-marathon in 1:28.08 (5th v50-69).

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).

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.