Berkshire County T&F championships – TVAC, Eton 13th May

Report from Bob Broadbridge:

The Berkshire County Athletics championships at Eton on Sunday saw 12 Newbury AC athletes in action, and they delivered some quite outstanding performances.

The throwers led the way re-writing the record books, with 3 and very nearly 4 all-time Championship Best Performances.

Charlotte Payne won the Under 17 Hammer with 62m53 for a Championship Record. The throw is several metres clear as the UK number 1 in 2018, and exceeds the qualifying standard for this year’s European Youth Championships. Charlotte followed this up with another Championship record in the Under 17 Discus with 41m76 – Charlotte also leads the UK rankings in the Discus in 2018.

Helen Broadbridge broke the Championship record in the Women’s Hammer, taking the gold medal with a throw of 51m10. Helen also picked up Silvers in the Women’s Discus and Shot, losing only to GB International throwers in each of these events.

In the Under 20 Men’s throws, Oliver Hewitt won Discus with 45m52, just 48cm short of the Championship record. He also came 2nd in the Hammer with 61m57, losing out to the current UK number 1. He also came 3rd in the Shot.

Maisie Jeger was a double gold medallist in the Under 15 girls. Maisie won the shot with a throw of 11m11 and the Long Jump with 5m16 – both distances exceed the English Schools qualifying standards. Further demonstrating her multi events talent, Maisie took bronze in the 75m Hurdles in 12.42 seconds.   

Newbury had 3 more County Champions, with Trinity O’Connor winning the Under 17  girls Pole Vault with 2m50, Jess Franklin winning the women’s 1500m in 5m02s, and Mike Robbins winning the 800m in 2m04s. Mike also took silver in the 1500m.

Two more silvers came from Scarlett O’Connor in the Under 15 girls High Jump, and Kitty Mainwaring in the Under 13 Quadrathlon – producing excellent performances in Shot, Long Jump, 75m and 600m. 

Three more bronzes came from Ben Wickens in the Men’s 800m, plus Phil Marshall and Rebecca Downie in Men’s and Women’s 1500m respectively. Emma Downie put up a great fight in a hard fought Under 17 1500, but had to settle for 5th.

Two other members of the Newbury throws squad also set new Championship records in the Wiltshire County Championships. Hammer throwing brothers Josh and Harry Ricketts broke the records in the Under 20 and Under 15 Hammer with throws of 47m27 and 43m97 respectively, making a total of 5 new County Championship records on the day for the throws group.


Wessex Young Athletes T&F League – Horspath, Oxford 22nd April

Report from E-J,Jenny & Keith:

The first Wessex League meeting for Newbury AC Juniors and intermediates took place on Sunday at Horspath, Oxford. Both the girls and boys finished 3rd in their respective groups and a fantastic third place overall. There was a great team spirit and all athletes (even if not mentioned below!)  did themselves and the club proud. We look forward to the next three matches.

For many athletes the U11 Quadkids was their first time competing in track and field events. We had the full contingent of 10 girls and 4 boys this time. Anna Delavare was 2nd girl over all and Ethan Robertson 2nd boy overall – both fantastic achievements.

The older Newbury AC girls had a number of top results with Trinity O’Connor winning the U17G high jump with 1.55m (grade 3), U13G 70m hurdles was won by Mimi Jensen on her debut for Newbury AC in 12.6s (grade 4) and there was more 1st place finishes for Lily Gohara in 80m hurdles A string in 12.6s (grade 4) and Trinity O’Connor in B string. Emma Downie won the U17G 1500m in 5:14. Abi Livingstone secured a PB and 1st position in the A string javelin with 28.67m and Maddy Mitton was also 1st B string 18.59m.

U13G Josie Robertson continued her success from a stellar cross country season onto the track by winning the 1200m in a very impressive 3m56s (grade 2) with her sister Luci also winning in the U15G 1500m recording 5m19s. Other good performances included Amelie Roumignac getting a 200m PB in 29.4s and impressive 800m runs from U13Girls Phoebe Ryder in 2m40s (grade 4) when finishing 2nd & Clementine Barry in 2m54s , as well as newcomer Georgia Carwardine winning the U15G discus with a throw of 19.96m (grade 4).

For the older boys, the best results of the day were the middle distance races, despite increasingly blustery condition on the exposed track. In the 800m Aston Howse ran the fastest 800m for U11B in 2m55.5s; in U13B Oliver Taylor took 3rd in the A string and Drew Radbourne ran hard for second in the B string. Josh Hatton set a good time of 2m42.7s in the U15B and U17 Ellis Russell 2m34.9s, both finishing in 4th.

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SAL T&F – Woking 14th April

Oliver Hewitt in action in the Discus

The club enjoyed a good start to the track & Field season, finishing in 2nd place behind hosts Woking in the opening Southern Athletics League division 2 fixture on Saturday winning 24 events and a new club record was set by Oliver Hewitt in the discus.

For the first time since joining the League the club produced a clean sweep in the middle distance events, an achievement only previously set by the throws group.

Under 20 Izzy Fry started the ball running, comfortably winning both the 800m and 1500m A strings, with under 17 Emma Downie securing the B string in the 800m, and Sophie Fowler in the 1500m. No one could match Harry Russell for speed in the last 200m of the Men’s 800m, clocking 2.00mins to win the A, with club captain Mike Robbins also finishing fast to claim the B. Phil Marshall played a waiting game in the Men’s 1500m, patiently tracking the A string from Epsom & Ewell, before making the decisive kick to win by 5 seconds, with Ben Wickens delighted to earn 1st pace in the B string on his first outing over the distance. There was also a double victory in the Men’s 5000m, with Matt Green running a personal best time of 16.13 to win the A, with Alex Muir 11 seconds behind taking the B string.

The throwers continued where they left off last season, with Helen Broadbridge Female athlete of the match for her wins in the Hammer with 48.99m, and 39.90m in the Discus, while under 20 Oliver Hewitt was in fine form throwing 48.25 to win the Hammer A  and set a new club Senior record of 40.63m to win the Discus. There were also B string wins for Jamie Kuehnel with 40.81m in the Hammer, Bob Broadbridge 34.55m in the Discus, and under 17 Abigail Livingstone 27.21m a new personal best in the Javelin.

Sam Plumb continued his unbeaten run in the 400m hurdles A, with team mate Matt Davies securing the B string, Sophie Fowler won the B string 2000m Steeplechase, and the High jumpers were just one point away from maximum points, with Trinity O’Connor clearing 1m50 to win the Women’s A, Samantha Dredge 1m35 winning the B, Daniel Tuttle 1m70 for 2nd A, with Reuben Langdon 1st B with 1m60.

Match Score

Woking 239.5

Newbury 226.5

Epsom & Ewell 191

North Devon 119

Recent Track & Field results

The track & field season is getting underway with a number of open meetings having taken place over the last couple of weeks.

At the Bracknell AC Young athletes open on 31st March U13 Thea Osborne competed in the 150m and LJ returning results of 23.51s and 3.61m respectively. U15 Scarlett O’Connor recorded 3.71m in the LJ. Charlotte Payne (U17) took first place in the discus with a throw of 37.08m and was joined by Georgia Carwardine who threw 16.82m. Charlotte also came firs tin the hammer with 56.88m.

Izzy Fry opened up her track season in fine style, slicing close to ten seconds off her own Under 20 3000m club record when she clocked 9mins 57.96 at the first Watford Open Graded meeting of the season last Wednesday. It was all the more impressive because the entire race was run in torrential rain, the starter even warning them they might not hear the gun !

Charlotte Payne had a busy weekend competing both at the Basingstoke & Mid Hants open on Saturday 7th and the Reading AC championships at Palmer Park on Sunday 8th. It was at the former where she had her better results throwing a new U17 club record of 43.23m in the Discus and also competed in the Hammer (57.74m) & Shot (11.3m).

And finally, at Saturday’s Newbury park run, twelve year-old Josie Robertson knocked 40 secs off her previous best for a new PB of 18:47 – a time that puts her firmly on top of the club’s Age-Graded League table.


Thursday Road run & Middle distance interval sessions

From this Thursday (19th April) the above sessions will be held at Brown’s Meadow, Fifth Road. Session start time remains at 7pm.

The road run this week will be a variation of Summer Route 14Across Enborne Road to the Canal, keep on the Canal until Hambridge Road-Racecourse Road-New Road-Burys Bank Road-Monks Lane-Valley Road-Fifth Road – changes will be dependent on the light and weather.

Weekend Round-Up 24th/25th March

Bob Broadbridge took part in the European Masters Indoor event in Madrid this weekend recording 40.89m for 6th place in the V55 Discus and an 11.03m shot for 15th place. David Elderfield had an excellent weekend finishing 3rd in the final of the 400m in 58.96s and 4th in the 200m final in 27.10s.

Meanwhile a few people took part in outdoor track meetings at Windsor & Radley. At the former Mike Robbins, Rebecca Downie (U23) & Emma Downie (U17) got their season off to a flying start all competing in the 1500m where Mike showed good early season form with a 4.22.71; Rebecca improved her PB by 8 seconds to 5.31.04 and Emma Downie knocked 20 secs off her PB with a 5.08.77. Linda Pitts & Kitty Mainwaring (U13) competed at the Charles Kear Memorial Open at Radley recording 15.69s & 15.51s respectively in the 100m and 32.14s & 31.30s in 200m. Kitty also competed in the LJ where she was 3rd with  a jump of 3.63m.

The finish at Overton


Christina Pugsley (1st v35) 2:11.01; Jenny Eaton (1st v55) 2:14.12; Sue van Huyssteen (2nd v50) 2:17.40; Adrian May 2:18.22 and Tania Whitby (1st v40) 2:31.00 all competed in the 16 Mile Combe Gibbet to Overton Race on Sunday where they encountered pretty horrendous conditions underfoot with deep mud, deep puddles and still some snow on the course too.

Chris Pudney completed the Yeovil half-marathon in 1:28.08 (5th v50-69).

Track success for Harry

Harry Russell (U23) posted a fantastic time as he dipped under the 50 second barrier over 400m last Wednesday (31st January) at the Steel 2018 indoor meeting held in Sheffield  with a time of 49.97s and continued this great early track form with a 800m 3 second PB of 1:52.97 at the BMC open (also indoors at Sheffield) last night (6th February). Peaking nicely we hope for BUCS next weekend!

Quiz Evening – Friday 27th April – Date for your diaries

Back by Popular demand!

We will be holding a fund-raising Quiz on Friday 27th April.

Start time 7.30pm prompt.

Entry fee: £2 per person (to be collected on the evening) – teams of up to 6 people. Everyone welcome: members, their families, friends & acquaintances. Please spread the word and pre-register your interest with Bev.

Venue: the big function hall at Oakley Farm Caravan Park, Penwood Road, Wash Water, Newbury, RG20 0LP

Directions: From Newbury drive south along the A343 (Andover Road) for about 3 miles. Just after the hump back water bridge at Wash Water turn left into Penwood Road and Oakley Farm Caravan Park is about 500m on the left.

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

N.B. There is no bar – please bring your own drinks

Weekend round-up: 13/14 January

Harry Russell – 800m Bronze medallist

Harry Russell won a bronze medal in the Northern Athletics Senior Championships Indoor 800m yesterday in Sheffield. Harry came through his heat earlier in the same day with a time of 1:56.11 and then, despite the other 5 athletes in the final having quicker PB’s, he secured the superb 3rd place with a time of 1:57.56 in a tactical race.

Jeff Bird set a new PB of 36:09 in finishing 3rd M40 at the Stubbington Green 10K. Mike Sheridan also ran strongly to finish 3rd M65 in 42:38.



Phil Marshall (17:06), Mike Wheeler (17:20), Joe Hoskins (17:38) and Ben Wickens (18:12) took the Fulham Palace Parkrun by storm, finishing 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 7th and all recording PBs.

Mike Wheeler was in action again on Sunday at the Rough ‘n’ Tumblr 10. Mike finished 26th in 1:18:12 just behind Dave Wright who led home the club contingent in 25th place (2nd V50) in 1:18:04. Other Newbury AC finishers were: Rachel Allen (57th, 5th lady, 1:24:26); Joe Hoskins & Graham Stent (183rd, 1:38)