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.

 

England U20/23 Championships

Four athletes were in action at the England U20/U23 championships in Bedford this weekend. Charlotte Payne – competing in a special U18 event specifically held as an opportunity for European qualification – gave her chances of selection a boost with another exceptional qualifying standard throw of 62.43m to win the hammer. Also in the hammer, Oliver Hewitt threw another season’s best of 63.25m to finish 6th in the U20 men. On track, Yaz Ryder finished 13th in the final of the 1500m, while Harry Russell – on the comeback from a hamstring injury – could only manage 7th in his 800m heat.

Weekend round-up 9/10 June

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.

Veterans’ League Round 3: 4th June, Bracknell

Report by Liz Harkness:

The Ladies were in good form on Monday with two  PB’s from Jess Franklin, and Anne Stewart-Power in the 1500m. More wins on the evening with Jenny O’Connor in the Long Jump and Deborah Montgomery – Javelin.

The evening finished with the Medley Relay with a well earned 3rd place.

The Men’s team , the biggest turn out this match,  Bob Broadridge 1st in the Hammer and Shot.

Full details of match attached including the non-scoring events. Men’s ResultsWomen’s results,  Non-scorers’ results

Our next match is our home meeting July 2nd at Tilsley Park, Abingdon. Please let Liz know if you wish to compete.

Track & Field round up

Report from Mike Robbins:

Three Newbury athletes were in action at the second Oxford Open match of the season on Wednesday. Josie Robertson tackled the 1500m for the first time, and immediately broke the long-standing U13 girls club record by over 10 seconds with her time of 4:57.91. This ranks Josie 3rd in the UK in her age group. Jess Franklin narrowly missed out on her PB with a time of 5:03.33, while Oliver Hewitt comfortably recorded the longest throw of the day in the hammer, reaching 55.63m with his 6kg weight.

On Tuesday, Callum O’Neill ran in the BMC regional races at Tipton, winning the B race with a time of 4:14.64. In a very successful week for Callum, he went on to run a PB of 15:13.35 in the 5000m B race at the Watford BMC Grand Prix on Saturday. Here he was joined by Harry Russell with another fast 800m, clocking of 1:53.22 in the men’s E race.

And on Sunday, Yaz Ryder stepped off the track onto the road for the Vitality Westminster mile. A very strong second half of the race saw Yaz finish runner-up in the U20 ladies race with a PB of 5:07, picking up a well-deserved silver medal against some strong opposition.

Sam Plumb made the trip over to Belgium to compete against international athletes in the IFAM meet, and was rewarded with two season’s bests – 55.65s in the 400m hurdles, and 22.53s in the 200m.

Meanwhile, Charlotte Payne continues to amaze, winning the 3kg hammer at the prestigious BIG Jumps and Throws Fest in Bedford on Monday with a huge throw of 63.89m, moving her up to second on the UK all time U17 list.  Helen Broadbridge once again produced excellent performances in Hammer and Discus, with throws of 51m91 and 41m45 respectively, both close to her best performances of the season.