World Masters Championships – Malaga

Jess on the podium

Jess Franklin returned from the Athletics World Masters Championship held in

The successful GB team

Malaga with two Silver medals from an outstanding run in the W35 8km cross country race.

Going in to the race Jess was ranked 12th, and 3rd out of the Great Britain team, but she built on her fine recent form that saw her claim British titles over 1500m & 5000m and took her running up to a new level to finish 2nd to Patrycja Wlodarczyk from Poland, and 5 seconds ahead of GB’s Michelle Sandison. Jess was the leading runner home in the GB team that also took Silver behind Poland, but ahead of hosts Spain.

Simon Barrett competed in the 100m and 200m at the same event finishing 5th in the 200m M65 semi final in a time of 28.5s and Craig Beecham also finished 5th in the M45 Long Jump with 5.62m. After a season blighted by injury Simon was delighted to finish with a flourish gaining Silver in 4×100 and Bronze in 4×400 M65 relays.

Fun Club Championships – CCAT – September 6th 2018

Report from Bob Broadbridge:

We celebrated the end of the track and field season with our first Fun Club Championships bringing together almost 100 athletes from all groups across our club.

This year we had Sprint Relays, a longer Elimination Relay and four field events – Shot, Vortex, Standing Long Jump and Standing Triple Jump.

All of the events had some sort of handicapping aimed at giving everyone a chance to win, and in the end 35 different athletes won medals.

Some of my favourite moments came in the Elimination race as our fastest runners fought tooth and nail to avoid being eliminated by being at the back of the field at the end of each lap. 

Our Champions this year are:-

Field Events – Juniors – These medals will be presented on Thursday.

Standing Long Jump        Nathan Salter – 2m03                    and        Josephine Winchester – 1m97

Standing Triple Jump      Ollie Lloyd-Hole – 6m35                 and        Thea Osborne               –  5m05

Shot                                    Saul Martinez  – 7m67                   and        Francesca Bailey         – 5m04

Vortex                                 Ethan Robertson  – 28m              and        Josie Robertson                – 30m

Field Events – ‘Seniors’

Jumps –    Reuben Langdon – 2.65m / 8m      and     Lilly Gohara  – 2.14m / 5.97m.

Throws –  (There were more competitors in the throws, so more medals)

Gold                       Will Morris – 8.2m / 49 m             and        Luci Robertson – 6.87m / 43m

Silver                     Ryan Hill – 8.1m / 41m                   and        Katie Glare – 5.14m / 19m

Bronze                  Phil Marshall 6.9m / 42m               and        Sarah Fowler – 5.57m / 14m

Elimination Relay

Gold – Ben Wickens and Mike Sheridan

Silver – Emma Donnie and Ollie Bradshaw

Bronze – Simon Kirby and Josie Robertson

Sprint Relays

Sixteen individuals won gold medals, from the four winning teams:-

–          Team Lane

–          Team 1123

–          The Blue Team

–          The Runners

Congratulations to all of the above medal winners. And congratulations also to everyone else who took part – and in so many cases came very close to being one of the medallists.

Finally, a huge thankyou to everyone who helped with the organisation and execution of the evening, with a special mention to E-J Bailey, Gemma Livingstone and Chloe Blair who managed the most difficult parts of the evening so well.

Thursday 6th September – evening session with a difference

Message from Chairman – Bob Broadbridge:

Come and join us on Thursday for some fun events – all of the events are designed with a twist, to give everyone a chance to win.

 At 6pm the sprint relays start

          Everyone is invited to take part – teams will be selected on the night.

          Be there in time to get warmed up.

 At 6.45pm the long relay (with a difference!) starts

          This is designed for middle and long distance runners – again teams selected on the night.

          Runners will need to be warmed up ready to run at 6.45.

          IT WOULD HELP A LOT IF ADULT RUNNERS COULD PARK AT GREENHAM COMMON TO RELIEVE CONGESTION AT CCAT. (Maybe warm up running to the track?)

 Field events will start after the sprint relays

          Juniors first so they can leave on time.

          Long relay runners and anyone else – after the long relay. 

Just to remind everyone, this event replaces normal training sessions for everyone this Thursday. There will be no run or Junior session from Fifth Road.

Come and have some fun – and meet people from all across the club.

See you there.

Bob

Weekend results – 1st / 2nd September

Charlotte Payne (Kennet school & NAC) was selected to represent England South in the prestigious UK School Games held at Loughborough University against 4 other National teams including Scotland and Northern Ireland. She was also chosen as England South’s Team Captain which is a huge achievement and privilege at such an esteemed event.  Charlotte led the hammer competition right from the very first round by over 2 metres despite being against the very top athletes from around the country. Her furthest – and the winning – throw of 62.79m was less than 30cm from breaking the Championship record which has stood for a number of years. Charlotte walked away with the Gold medal rounding off a fantastic season for her. Her team then went on to win the whole Athletics Event in which Charlotte received the trophy for her work as captain.

This fantastic achievement ends her successful 2018 athletics season as she prepares to move into the Under 20 age category next year.

The 2018 School Games National Finals, supported by Sport England and the Youth Sport Trust, is a major multi-sport event for the most talented young athletes across the UK. Between Thursday 30th August and Sunday 2nd September, more than 1,400 young athletes competed across 11 sports at venues across Loughborough University Campus. Experiencing a Celebration Ceremony, staying in team accommodation for 3 days and facing competitors from around the UK, the young athletes selected for the School Games are immersed in a mini-Olympic style event, hosted by the world’s top sporting University, Loughborough University.

Two club members represented the Berkshire team at this season’s SEAA Inter Counties U15 & U20 Championships held at Horspath, Oxford on Saturday. Maisie Jeger competed in three Under 15 events finishing 9th in the Shot Putt with 9.86m, threw a new PB of 27.19m in the Javelin, and dipped under 28 seconds in the 200m, Berkshire Under 15 Girls team came 5th. Izzy Fry ran in the Under 20 1500m. After a fast first lap the pace dropped so Izzy took it on, heading the 15 strong field in to the home straight to finish in 2nd place in 4.43m. The under 20 Women’s team came 3rd.

Recent T&F results

Three Newbury athletes were in action at the Iffley Road Mile Festival in Oxford on Saturday. Both Izzy Fry and Alex Muir attempted to follow in Sir Roger Bannister’s footsteps, and despite strong winds, Izzy managed to take 24 seconds off the U20 club record with a time of 4:59.01 – becoming the first female NAC athlete to run a sub 5 minute mile in over a decade. Alex battled hard in the men’s A race to 4:36.21, his best time since 2012. Mike Robbins stepped down from his usual distance for some speed work in the 600m, and was rewarded with a PB of 1:28.98.

Two junior athletes were selected to represent Berkshire in the Derek Crookes Southern U13 Intercounty match in Kingston. Josie Robertson raced hard to 3rd place in the 1500m A race with a time of 5:08.36, while Miriam Cooper added over 30cm to her PB in the javelin with a throw of 17.78m for 11th place in the B string.

And on Wednesday night, Maisie Jeger broke the U15 girls 300m club record in her first race since returning to Newbury AC first claim, with a time of 43.3s at the Cheltenham midsummer open meeting.

Berkshire U13 & Endurance Champs: 11th July, Bracknell

Report by Andy Tuttle

Two more Newbury A.C athletes were crowned Berkshire County Champions at the Under 13’s and Endurance Championships held at Bracknell A.C on Wednesday night. Rebecca Downie built a 10 second lead to win the 2000m Senior Women’s Steeplechase in 8mins45.3., Sister Emma Downie was runner up in the Under 17 Women’s 3000m she clocked 11min 24.8 in her first time over the distance on the track, and Under 15 Luci Robertson sliced 33 seconds of her previous best 3000m to finish 4th in 11mins29.5 .

In the under 13’s Championship Josie Robertson led from the gun to win the 1000m in 3mins13.1, Josie has now been selected to run for Berkshire at the Inter Counties event in two weeks time. In the same race Miriam Cooper ran a personal best time of 3mins 31.9 in 5th place, then went on to finish runner up in the Javelin with a personal best throw of 17m.45. Kitty Manwaring threw a personal best 15m21 to finish 5th in the Discus, and recorded 3m67 in the Long Jump were she finished in 7th place.

English Schools’ Champs: 14-15 July, Birmingham

Report by Mike Robbins

Newbury AC have two English Schools champions among their ranks after an incredibly successful weekend in Birmingham. Both Charlotte Payne and Oliver Hewitt claimed their biggest successes to date in the hammer, Oliver winning the senior boys competition with a mighty throw of 62.85m, while Charlotte dominated the intermediate girls competition, winning by nearly eight metres with a throw of 61.77m. On top of the national schools title, Charlotte’s performance was good enough for selection to the England team in an international schools event in Scotland next weekend.

Just to qualify for English Schools is an achievement in itself that should not be underestimated, and three other Newbury athletes were in action over the weekend, showing just how bright the future of the club looks. Izzy Fry has endured a tough start to the season with multiple injury issues, but that seemed to have no effect on her as she raced to a 3000m PB of 9:51.75 to take a very impressive fifth place in her final year as a senior girl. Lilly Gohara was making her debut at English Schools, and should be very proud of finishing sixth in a tough first heat of the intermediate girls 80m hurdles. Another debutant, second claim Newbury AC athlete Maisie Jeger was a little off her best in a fiercely competitive junior girls long jump, ending the day in 14th place in her pool.

Southern Athletics League – 14th July, Andover

Report by Mike Robbins

Andover was the venue for a glorious sunny Southern Athletics League fixture, where despite home advantage, Newbury were just pipped to the win by the narrowest of margins. Yeovil Olympiads spent much of the day in second place, but snatched the win at the death with 200 points to Newbury’s 199.5, ahead of a hard chasing Radley on 189 and South London Harriers with 157.5.

The best team results came in the long distance events, which was perhaps surprising given the heat. Jess Franklin and Victoria Duncan were such a long way clear of the rest of the field in the 5000m that the only competition was between themselves. With nothing to separate them for the first eleven and a half laps, it was Jess who had the better kick, finishing in a PB time of 18:27.3, four seconds clear of Victoria. To further emphasise the club’s strength in this event, third place in the race was Georgie Offer, non-scoring for Newbury.

A similar domination was seen in the men’s 3000m steeplechase, where Mike Robbins opened up a good lead on the first lap, and never looked back, finishing a trouble free race with a PB time of 10:50.4, this despite the whole field facing an extra barrier on the first lap! Steve Elsmere had his own battle with the pack behind Mike, but came out on top to win the B string. Continue reading

Wessex Young Athletes League – Basingstoke July 1st

The 3rd Wessex Young Athlete’s match took place on a scorching hot 1st July at Basingstoke.

It was a very competitive U11 quad kids event. Most of the six teams managed to field a high number of athletes. Newbury had 8 girls and 9 boys (out of a maximum allowed of 10) this time and they all worked tremendously hard in the heat. Yet again our lead girl scorer was Anna Delavere. She is on an amazing streak this year and finished an excellent 4th girl overall. Our highest finishing boy was Harry Billet and he was 11th overall. The boys finished 5th and the girls 3rd (out of 6) and their joint result was 5th, but only a few points away from 3rd.

U13-U17 Boys: U13 Finley Hanham Shot Put A string 1st place, Grade4 PB of 7.91m. Also 2nd place Grade 3 in Discus with 21.5m and a Javelin PB of 22.01m. U13 75m Hurdles, Archie Matthews took 2nd in 16.7s. U13 High Jump, Ollie Lloyd Hole 1st place with a PB of 1.25m.Drew Radbourne also high jumped a PB of 1.15m followed by 7s off his 800m PB with 2:49.7. U15 800m Callum Potts A string, 3rd place 2:18.8 and High Jump 2nd place with 1.45m. Similarly U15 800m Nathan Delevere B string 3rd place with 2:40.1 followed by a PB of 1.25m for B string 3rd place in High Jump. U17 Lawrence Baker Won the Long Jump by 2cm with a PB Grade 4 jump of 5.79m followed by a PB Grade 4 100m in 11.8s. Reugen Langdon won the B string Long Jump also with a PB of 5.57m followed by a Grade 4 High Jump PB of 1.70m for 2nd place along with a 2nd in the Javelin. Ellis Russell ran a 26.8s PB in the 200m then joined Lawrence, Callum and Reuben for a scorching 4x100m relay in 48.0s for 2nd place.

U13 to U17 girls:

1st places:  Sophie Bhatt B string U15 1500m 5:33 & Bo Stewart U17 Long Jump 4.68m

2nd places: Thea Osborne U13 100m 14.8s; Phoebe Ryder U13 long jump 4.36m; Scarlett O’Connor U15 shot 7.64m 

AAA Grade performances : Grade 2: Phoebe Ryder U13 Long Jump 4.36m; Phoebe Ryder U13 200m 28.5s

Grade 3: Clementine Barry U13 800m 2:53

Grade 4: Thea Osborne U13 200m 30.6s; Heidi Loxton U15 75m Hurdles 13.2s; Bo Stewart U17 80m Hurdles 13.1s

Unfortunately we were 6th overall against some very large strong teams, but had a number of excellent individual performances. We look forward to the final match at Swindon on 1st July.