Weekend round-up 18th/19th November

Irwin Fairclough  represented his country Northern Ireland on Saturday in the British & Irish Masters’ XC International in Belfast finishing 16th in the V60 category and 2nd out of his 4 fellow countrymen.

Phillipa Cass completed the Windsor Autumn Classic half-marathon held at Dorney Lake on Saturday in 1:37:30 (9th SW).

At Sunday’s Swindon 10k there were PB’s for Joe Hoskins and Mike Wheeler  Mike finished 12th overall in 37:33 (50 sec pb). Joe was 16th in 37:56 (3 min PB). David Wright finished in 41:05, Sheila Marshall 52:38 & Jill Mowat in 00:52:50.

U17 Charlotte Payne had a successful start to the winter at the first Swindon Winter Throws Invitational event on Saturday – taking part in 3 events. In cold and wet conditions she threw an excellent 56.54m in the hammer followed by 39.74 in the Discus and finished with 18.26m in the Heavy hammer – a new UK all time best throw for an under 17.

BB&O report & results will be posted separately


Track & Field & Road-Running Presentations & Social Evening – 29th December

Date for your diaries:

We will be holding our Track & Field & Road-Running presentations and social evening on Friday 29th December from 7pm – 11pm (presentations at 7:30pm). Admission Free. All members and their families welcome.

Venue: Thatcham Rugby Football Club – Henwick Worthy Playing fields, Thatcham

Buffet meal – buffet provided by people attending – as usual please bring a plateful or two to share.

Please can anyone who was awarded a trophy last year return it as soon as possible to any committee member so that we can ensure they are engraved with the 2017 winners prior to the presentation evening.

Boxing Day Handicap: Tuesday 26th December

Entries are now open for the annual Boxing Day Handicap. This is a free to enter event for club members, their families and friends. Run over a 1.8 mile multi-terrain course with the slowest runners starting first and usually resulting in a mass sprint for the line – this is a great way to run off the excesses of Christmas Day.

The race starts at 10:30am from Northcroft (register by 10:20 in the cricket club car park) and we’re usually finished by 11am. To enter please e-mail Irwin Fairclough with name(s) and age(s) if under 18 and a recent 5K time or other indicator of likely performance.

Entries close of 22nd December – there will be no entries on the day.

Southern Athletic League – Perivale – 17th June

The club continued their best ever start to life in Division 2 West of the Southern Athletics League with another resounding win, this time at Perivale, West London. It now reads two wins and a 2nd place from the opening three fixtures, and 3rd place in the League behind Reading A.C and the Windsor, Slough, Eton and Hounslow club. It was another joint effort across the disciplines, but Sam Plumb could not have made a more impressive return to League action, He received the Man of the Match award for winning the 400m Hurdles in 53.18, the 110m Hurdles in 15.58, the 100m with 11.23, and anchoring the successful 4x 400m team with youngsters Rhys Ainsworth, George Biggs and Vlad Tsagov.
The team never looked back from an outstanding start in the 12.00pm events, which saw Wayne Lillis follow up

Sam’s win in the 400m Hurdles by taking the B string, Bob Broadbridge finished 2nd in the shot A, with Jamie Kuehnel winning the B string, Helen Broadbridge throwing 52m.85 for 2nd in the Hammer, with Under 17 Charlotte Payne sealing the B string win with 51m94, and Daniel Tuttle 6cm clear of his rivals in the High Jump with 1m76. The throwers were in fine form all day with Helen Broadbridge setting a new Senior club record of 43m84 to win the Discus, & Charlotte Payne winning the B with 36m90, both recorded Personal best distances with the 4km Shot Putt, with 11m.03 & 10m52. Rosie Stanton threw over 30m for 2nd A in the Javelin, with Helen only just shy of that mark winning the B string. Jamie Kuehnel and Ian Payne took maximum points in the Hammer, while Jamie and Bob Broadbridge were just 1 point adrift of that feat in the Discus. Mother and Daughter paring of Jenny and Trinity O’Connor came tantalizingly close to recording double victories in both the High Jump and the Pole Vault, with under 17 Trinity’s Vault of 2m70 winning the A string, Jenny cleared 2m10 to win the B, Trinity finished 2nd in the High Jump on count back, while Jenny won the B string on count back. There were other wins on the day from Rosie Stanton in the A string 100m Hurdles, Jemma Colbourne in the B Triple Jump, Phil Marshall in the B 5000m & Graham Stent in the 2000m steeplechase.

The victorious 4 * 400m relay team

A big thank you to everyone who travelled to Perivale to make it such a successful day. Under 17 Lilly Gohara made her SAL debut, Lilly ran 13.82 in the 100m, and recorded 4m37 in the Long Jump. Sarah Fowler knocked 3 seconds off the over 60 200m club record, with 36.35, and Sara Rudd, Emma Downie, Becky Elsmere, Emily Craggs, Reuben Langdon, Mike Robbins, Peter Crisp, Matt Green, Steve Elsmere, Phillip Carter, Alexander Taylor all gained valuable points for the club.
Provisional Match score :-
1 Newbury A.C 214
=2 Radley A.C 185
=2 Kingston & Polytechnic Harriers 185
4 Ealing, Southall & Middlesex 137

Recent Results round-up

On Saturday 10th June a number of our athletes competed very successfully for West Berkshire schools in the Berkshire schools championships held at Palmer Park Reading. On the track Kitty Shepherd-Cross was 1st in the Intermediate 1500m in 4:44.8 and Emma Downie recorded 2:35 in the intermediate 800m.  Amber White  ran 13.9m in the 100m Intermediate race whilst Hugh Beattie recorded 5:53.2 in the 1500m Junior race and Lawrence Baker took 1st place in the Junior boys 80mH. Ella Houston took 1st place in the Senior High Jump with 1.60m, whilst Trinity O’Connor recorded an pb and 1st place in the Intermediate Pole Vault with 2.80m. Josh Douglas also took 1st place and a pb in the Intermediate Triple Jump wth 12.28m. In the field Charlotte Payne was 1st in the Intermediate discus with 41.19 as was Oliver Hewitt in the Senior Hammer with a throw of 56.41m. Abi Livingstone was 5th in the Junior javelin with 27.05m.

As a result of their efforts Charlotte Payne, Oliver Hewitt, Kitty Shepherd-Cross and Izzy Fry have been selected to represent Berkshire Schools at the ESAA Track & Field Championships in July. We wish them every success.

At the Wargrave 10k on Sunday 11th Stephanie Smallman recorded a pb of 51.16, Sheila Marshall was 1st Masters 60+ in 51.43 and Emily Craggs also ran.

At the Watford open graded meeting on Wednesday 14th in the 8-00m races Mike Robbins ran a PB of 2:03.03 and Wayne Lillis lowered his own V50 club record to 2:11.06.

Veteran’s league – Bracknell 5th June

Report from Liz Harkness:

Many thanks to the athletes and marshals for turning out on a very cold, wet and windy night at Bracknell last Monday evening.

The evening started with Long Jump and a new club record for Sarah Fowler in the 0/60’s. The rain eased off slightly for the 1500m where Jess Franklin achieved a new PB of 5.06.8 with Philippa Cass, competing  in the vets for the first time & with very tired legs after winning the Ollie Johnson 5 mile competing in Kintbury the previous day posting in 5.38.8 in the same race

Full results can now be downloaded here.

Our last match on 3rd July at Tilsley Park is also our home match, so if you wish to compete please let Liz Harkness know, and if not competing we always need help with marshalling.

Wessex Young Athletes League – Match 2 – 4th June Bournemouth

Report from Emma Guilfoyle:

The second of the club’s Wessex League fixtures was full of personal bests for the youngest of the junior section.  The boys kicked off with the vortex throw with a great start for Oliver Taylor with 21.25m, the girls started with the long jump with personal bests for Zoe Gray and Lola Thorne.  The 75m also had personal bests for both Oliver and Freddie Wilson with both also improving on their long jump by huge margins and Oliver also improving on his 600m.  The girls team saw Anna Delavere and Sophie Livingstone competing for the first time in the league and personal bests in 2 events for Clementine Barry, 3 events for Thea Osbourne and all 4 events for Zoe Gray and Lola Thorne. Overall the U11s finished in 6th place.

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SAL – Match 2 – Andover – 21st May – Win for Newbury!

On a beautiful sunny day, Newbury AC’s senior team made the short trip to their (almost) home fixture at Andover. On paper the team looked strong, but even in the most optimistic minds nobody was quite expecting what was to come. The home team dominated the day, finishing with their highest ever division 2 score of 242 points – a total which has only been beaten twice in the last four seasons, both times by the eventual league champions. Newbury finished the day streets ahead of the competition – early season league leaders Yeovil Olympiads (177 points), and London clubs Hillingdon AC (173) and Herne Hill Harriers (105).

The day’s biggest successes came in the throws, but this time the ladies team marginally outshone the men’s team. Helen Broadbridge and Charlotte Payne were an unbeatable force, taking the double victory in all three heavy throws. For both, the highlight of the day was the hammer, where Helen added another half a metre to her own club record, throwing 53.67m, while Charlotte wasn’t far behind with 52.27m – a remarkable achievement given she was throwing two weights above her own category, and becoming the seventh furthest U17 athlete of all time. To complete the rout, Rosie Stanton (A) and Abigail Livingstone (B) added a second and first place respectively in the javelin to secure 31 out of a possible 32 points.

On the men’s side, Jamie Kuehnel and Oliver Hewitt were consistently scoring big points, taking four wins and three second places over the day between them. Once again, the hammer proved a double victory, while Oliver’s huge PB of 39.01m in the discus not only won the A string, but took him within a metre of his coach’s club record.

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