Berkshire Road Running Championship 2019

The races to be  included in the 2019 Berkshire Championships are as follows:

Wokingham Half Marathon (24 February); Maidenhead Easter 10 mile (19 April), Marlow 5 mile (12 May); Burnham Beeches 10k (11 August)

Some of these races are now open for entry. The County Champs entries however won’t open until 1st January. Entry details will be posted here.

A provisional 2019 listing of local road races can be found here

Keith Scott Boxing Day Handicap

Entries are now open for the Keith Scott Boxing Day Handicap. The race is held over a 1.7 mile multi-terrain course. Slowest runners start first and if the handicapper get it right (doesn’t happen often!) there should be a mass of runners coming down the finishing straight together.

Entries are free and the event is open to all club members, their family & friends. Please let Irwin Fairclough know by 22nd December if you plan to run. No entries on the day.

We also need 8-10 helpers on the day to ensure that the race runs smoothly and safely. Please let Irwin know if you can assist in any way. We’re usually finished by 11am.


Josie receiving her silver medal

Josie Robertson produced another excellent performance yesterday at Milton Keynes to finish 2nd in the U13 Girls race in Round 2 of the British Athletics Cross-challenge series. Josie was just 5 seconds behind the winner Scarlett Livingstone from Exeter, the pair now share the lead in the Under 13 age group.

The Age-Graded Road League table has been updated to include results to end-October. Current title holder Mike Sheridan has moved ahead of Josie Robertson at the top of the table… still two months to go though!  Please e-mail Irwin Fairclough with any additions / corrections.

Berkshire County Cross-country Championships, 16th December, St Andrew’s School, Pangbourne. Please note that athletes wishing to compete need to submit their entry by 12th December.
Full details here

Newbury AC SPOTY: call for nominations

This year’s end of season presentation evening will see the first ever Newbury AC Sports Personality of the Year Award!

We’re looking for your nominations to make a shortlist of contenders, with a live public vote on the evening to decide the winner. As with the BBC award, we’re looking for someone who’s been inspirational, motivational or just damn impressive in what they do – whether in track, field, cross country, road running or everyday club life. Any club member is eligible – old, young, fast or slow.

This idea will only work with input from you guys, so please email your nominations to Mike Robbins  or E-J Bailey before 21st November, with a brief description of why you think they deserve the award. There’s no limit to the number of nominations (but don’t vote for yourself, nobody likes a show-off).

Weekend Round-Up 20th/21st October

Well done to our 3 stage Women’s team of Victoria Duncan, Sophie Fowler & Jess Franklin; and our 4 stage Men’s team of Matthew Green, James Craggs, Mike Robbins and Phil Marshall, most of whom were opening their cross country season on Saturday at the South of England XC Relay Championships held at Wormwood Scrubs.
The women who ran 3x3km legs finished in 12th position, with the men who ran 4x5km finished in 13th.

We had a number of representatives at the Abingdon Marathon on Sunday where there were pb’s for Jeff Bird 2:58.09, Mike Wheeler 2:58.39 & Danny Hawkins 3:11.03. Christina Pugsley finished in 3:32.13 less than a minute off her pb: Abingdon results


Charlotte Fowler travelled to Amsterdam to complete her first marathon in 3:48.42 on Sunday

There were some good performances from club members at Sunday’s Great South Run. Mike Sheridan was 2nd M65 in 1:05:54. Mark Vardy finished in 55:08, Brian Matthews 1:15:41, Mariama Barrie 1:39:51 and Mick Cornwall 1:58:50.

Steve Ferriday completed the Yorkshire Coast 10k around scenic Scarborough on Sunday finishing 126th out of 2134 runners with a chip time of 42:10.

Further results will be posted here if received.


Weekend Round-up 13th/14th October

Huge breakthrough performance from Josie Robertson on Saturday to win the British Athletics Cross Challenge U13 Girls race in Cardiff in a high quality field. Good races also from Izzy Fry who was 9th (7th U20) in the U17/U20 race and Luci Robertson 13th in the U15 girls race.

British Athletics report:…/hulson-and-moller-ki…/

Victoria Duncan finished 2nd lady in a PB of 1:26:08 at Sunday’s Putney & Fulham half-marathon. Ryan Hill finished 44th (2:59:43) in the Goodwood Motor Circuit 20.

And whilst everyone else was racing or training in very wet conditions E-J Bailey and Sue Van Huyssteen completed a 10k & half-marathon respectively in much warmer conditions in Palma, Majorca.

Tadley 10 mile results have been posted separately.

A number of junior members entered the Step up 4 Good Greenham Trust 5k and fun run races yesterday with some excellent results. Joshua Norton and George Studart were 1st and 2nd respectively in the mini-mile event and Sophie Bhatt led home a group of runners in the 5k as she came 5th overall  (click on table below to enlarge):


Road League tables

The 2018 Age-Graded table has been updated to reflect results to the 7th October. Please e-mail Irwin Fairclough with any additions etc. If you want to be added to the league, please send your Date of Birth to Irwin and he will pick-up your results from the Power of 10 website and include them in the next update.

The  club’s standard Road League Tables are now administered by Conor McGrory. Details of the results reporting process are provided below. Continue reading

Road – Run 11th October

This week’s roadrun will be Winter Race Course route.

Rugby Club to Monks Lane and through the Retail Park to New Road and then down to the Race Course. Then cross the A4 and up Fir Tree Lane where the Shorter route will go back along Kiln Road, to Victoria Park, then go out of town and up Andover Road onto Monks Lane and back to the Rugby Club. The Longer route will go up Waller Drive and back onto Kiln Road then to Victoria Park through town to Andover Road, then Monks Lane to the Rugby Club.

Weekend Round-up 6th/7th October

At Saturdays’ Cricklade 10k Andy McKendrick continued to show excellent form on the roads with a PB of 37:46 and 6th place. Nige Popplewell finished 11th (1st M50) in 39:40. In the Half-marathon Steve Ferriday finished in 1:36:13 and Julie Kaesser in 1:56:41

On Sunday Ruth Lambert completed the Oxford Half in 1:52:25 and Jenny Eaton was 3rd F55 in the Cardiff Half in 1:39:48.

At the Clarendon Marathon, Dave Wright finished in 3:46 and Chris Culley completed his second ever marathon in 4 hrs 24:15 some 36 years after he ran his first marathon in Abingdon in 1982!

Chris Pudney headed to Brighton for a 10 mile race and finished in 1:05.19, whilst Liz Pudney opted for a 10km in Hastings and was pleased to finish in 48.23.