Report by Andy Tuttle.
Newbury A.C made a promising start to the track & Field season in the opening fixture of the Southern Athletics League Div 2 West held at Horspath, Oxford on Saturday. Newly promoted Reading A.C led the way on 184 points, but Newbury won a close battle with hosts Oxford City for 2nd place 171.5, & 170 showed just how close it was, with Brighton not far behind on 162.5.
The team really shone in the events where they were at full strength, as they came within 1 point of a clean sweep in the Men’s throws, and came really close to matching that score in the Men and Women’s middle distance races.
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.
Karen Yewer will be holding hill sessions on Sundays 12th and 19th Feb: 9:30am at Northcroft. All welcome.
Karen Yewer will lead hill sessions on Sunday 15th & Sunday 22nd January. Both sessions will start at 9:30am at Northcroft. All members welcome.
Awards were presented on 27th December for performances during the 2016 Track & Field and Road seasons. Congratulations to all the winners.
Track & Field awards
Road League winners
Calling all Newbury Athletic Club members past and present!
You are also invited to a formal evening on Saturday 12th November to celebrate the club’s 70th anniversary. Please bring your families, reminisce and celebrate together!
England U15/U17 National Championships – Bedford
Charlotte Payne became the National U15 Discus champion on Sunday with a pb of 36.77m. This followed a 5th place in the Hammer on Saturday with 50.84m. U17 Oliver Hewitt took 3rd place in the Hammer with 61.81m – a new pb and club record.
Reading AC Bank Holiday Mile Festival
Mike Robbins ran 4:47.54 and Sophie Crumly won the Senior Women’s County Championship race in a time of 5:01.21 in this inaugural mile festival on Monday.
On Sunday at the Englefield 10k Julian Tulk was 15th overall in 42:42 and Christina Pugsley 2nd lady in 46:04. The mostly off-road Appleshaw 10K near Andover on Monday saw Dave Wright finish 5th (1st M50) in 45:26 and Christina Pugsley (racing again!) 10th in 47:05 (4th lady).
Reading Athletic Club are organising a Festival of Mile races at Palmer Park track, Reading, on Bank Holiday Monday (29th August).
The races are for athletes of all ages and abilities, and will be seeded using expected performance declared on athletes’ entry forms, with the first race starting at 11am. The races will have electronic timing / photo finish.
In addition to the Open races they will be holding two separate County Championship races:a Berkshire County Senior Men’s Mile and a Berkshire County Senior Ladies’ Mile (start times to be confirmed).
See here for more details and for online entry.
We are holding an open ‘come and try’ session for anyone over 14 years of age – (NAC member or non-member) for all track & field events on Sunday 14th August between 9am and 1 pm at CCAT (the athletics track at Cookham Common).
The club has a very active senior team who compete regularly in track and field competitions during the year in both the senior and veterans (over 35s) leagues but we are always on the look-out for additional people in all the field events (jumps and throws) as well as in track events up to 400m including sprints and hurdles. If you used to do any of these events when at school or just fancy ‘having a go’ we’d be delighted to see you there!