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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Veteran’s Meeting – 15th May – Horspath

Report from Liz Harkness:

The Mens and Ladies Vets team claimed another 4 new club records at Horspath on Monday night:

The first was Sarah Fowler V60 2k walk 13.32. Sheila Marshall V60 3k 13.52 taking 30 seconds off her 2014 record. Jenny O’Connor competing for the first time in Pole Vault claimed the V45 record with a 2.00m vault and Graham Stent again competing for the first time in Pole Vault broke Mark Mackrill’s V40 record from 1994 by vaulting 2.60m

Full results below. The next match is at Bracknell June 5th, anyone wishing to compete or help out please email

Womens results     Mens results

Weekend round up – Berkshire County Championships – Sunday 4th – Bracknell

Berkshire County Championships – Sunday 4th – Bracknell

There were some amazing results and performances at Sunday’s Berkshire Athletics Track & Field Championships.

No less than eleven (11!) County Champions, loads of medals, PB’s, club records and championship records for Newbury AC athletes, very well done to all!

Please let me know if any missing or require updating from the unofficial list below:

Trinity O’Connor 1 – U17 Pole Vault – 2.70m 🥇 ( **NEW U17 CLUB RECORD** )

Charlotte Payne 1 – U17 Hammer – 51.xxm 🥇 ( **NEW CHAMPIONSHIP RECORD** ); 1 – U17 Discus – 40.79m ;3 – U17 Shot Putt – 11.48m 🥉

Oliver Hewitt 1 – U20 Shot Putt – 12.69m ( **NEW PB** );1 – U20 Discus – 43.81🥇 ( **NEW PB** ); 3 – U20 Hammer – 61.xxm 🥉 ( **NEW PB** )

Jamie Kuehnel 1 – Senior Shot Putt – 10.49m 🥇 ( **NEW U23 CLUB RECORD** );1 – Senior Hammer – 52.39m🥇 ( **NEW U23 CLUB RECORD** );1 – Senior Discus – 38.89m 🥇 ( **NEW PB** & U23 CLUB RECORD)

Helen Broadbridge 1 – Senior Hammer – 50.28m 🥇 ( **NEW CHAMPIONSHIP RECORD** ) ;2 – Senior Discus – 43.58m 🥈 ( **NEW PB** ); 2 – Senior Shot – 10.18m 🥈

Izzy Fry  1 – U20 1500m – 4:37.7 🥇 ( **NEW CHAMPIONSHIP RECORD** )

Yaz Ryder  1 – Senior 1500m – 4:38.15 🥇 ( **NEW PB** )

Peter Crisp 2 – Senior 400m – 55:00 🥈( **NEW PB** ) ;2 – Senior 800m – 2:03:15 🥈

Mike Robbins 3 – Senior 800m – 2:03:87 🥉

Wayne Lillis 3 – Senior 1500m – 4:32.x 🥉

George Ferguson 3 – U15 1500m – 4:42.22 🥉 ( **NEW PB** )

Hugh Beattie –4 – U15 1500m – 4:42:25 ( **NEW PB** )