Easter Handicap: Sunday 1st April

Entries are now open for the club’s Easter Handicap to be held on Sunday, 1st April, 10:30am at Northcroft. The race is held over the same 1.8 mile, multi-terrain course as used for the Boxing Day handicap though run in the reverse (clock-wise) direction.

The event is free to enter and open to all members, their families and friends. To enter please e-mail Irwin Fairclough with name(s) and recent best 5K time by Thursday 29th March – there will be no entries available on the day.

We also need about 10 volunteers to help with the start / finish and with on-course marshalling – please e-mail me if you are available to help. We aim to have everything finished by 11am.

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)

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.