Newbury AC SPOTY: call for nominations

This year’s end of season presentation evening will see the first ever Newbury AC Sports Personality of the Year Award!

We’re looking for your nominations to make a shortlist of contenders, with a live public vote on the evening to decide the winner. As with the BBC award, we’re looking for someone who’s been inspirational, motivational or just damn impressive in what they do – whether in track, field, cross country, road running or everyday club life. Any club member is eligible – old, young, fast or slow.

This idea will only work with input from you guys, so please email your nominations to Mike Robbins  or E-J Bailey before 21st November, with a brief description of why you think they deserve the award. There’s no limit to the number of nominations (but don’t vote for yourself, nobody likes a show-off).

Weekend Round-up – 29th-30th Sept

Some excellent results from club members over the weekend:

Jess Franklin won the F35 age-group at the English Masters Inter-Area XC challenge in Bury St Edmunds on Saturday. Anne Stewart-Power was 3rd in the F55 category and Mike Sheridan 5th in the M65s. These results should ensure we have some representation in the England team for the British & Irish Masters International in November.

Andy McKendrick improved his 10 mile PB by just over two minutes on Saturday, finishing 19th in 63:04 at the Cotswold Classic 10.

At Sunday’s Mortimer 10K Matt Green was 2nd (34:02), Jenny Eaton 2nd F50 (45:31) &  Liz Harkness 1st F70 (57:35) & Gabby Stewart-Power came 3/128 in the junior 3km race.

 

 

 

At the Windsor Half-Marathon Tom Watkins finished in an excellent 9th place in 73:04.

Two teams of Newbury athletes competed at the Basingstoke Speed Decathlon on Saturday. This unique and fun end of season event sees both solo athletes and teams of up to 4 complete a full decathlon in just 60 minutes. Team “Hourly Thompson” consisting of Mike Robbins, Sam Dredge and Ryan Hill thoroughly enjoyed their multi-event debut, finishing 7th in the team competition. “An Effective Team” used age graded scoring to their advantage, as Jenny O’Connor, Trinity O’Connor and Reuben Langdon were joined by Blackheath & Bromley’s Harrison Thorne to narrowly miss out on a podium place, finishing as fourth best team.

World Masters Championships – Malaga

Jess on the podium

Jess Franklin returned from the Athletics World Masters Championship held in

The successful GB team

Malaga with two Silver medals from an outstanding run in the W35 8km cross country race.

Going in to the race Jess was ranked 12th, and 3rd out of the Great Britain team, but she built on her fine recent form that saw her claim British titles over 1500m & 5000m and took her running up to a new level to finish 2nd to Patrycja Wlodarczyk from Poland, and 5 seconds ahead of GB’s Michelle Sandison. Jess was the leading runner home in the GB team that also took Silver behind Poland, but ahead of hosts Spain.

Simon Barrett competed in the 100m and 200m at the same event finishing 5th in the 200m M65 semi final in a time of 28.5s and Craig Beecham also finished 5th in the M45 Long Jump with 5.62m. After a season blighted by injury Simon was delighted to finish with a flourish gaining Silver in 4×100 and Bronze in 4×400 M65 relays.

Fun Club Championships – CCAT – September 6th 2018

Report from Bob Broadbridge:

We celebrated the end of the track and field season with our first Fun Club Championships bringing together almost 100 athletes from all groups across our club.

This year we had Sprint Relays, a longer Elimination Relay and four field events – Shot, Vortex, Standing Long Jump and Standing Triple Jump.

All of the events had some sort of handicapping aimed at giving everyone a chance to win, and in the end 35 different athletes won medals.

Some of my favourite moments came in the Elimination race as our fastest runners fought tooth and nail to avoid being eliminated by being at the back of the field at the end of each lap. 

Our Champions this year are:-

Field Events – Juniors – These medals will be presented on Thursday.

Standing Long Jump        Nathan Salter – 2m03                    and        Josephine Winchester – 1m97

Standing Triple Jump      Ollie Lloyd-Hole – 6m35                 and        Thea Osborne               –  5m05

Shot                                    Saul Martinez  – 7m67                   and        Francesca Bailey         – 5m04

Vortex                                 Ethan Robertson  – 28m              and        Josie Robertson                – 30m

Field Events – ‘Seniors’

Jumps –    Reuben Langdon – 2.65m / 8m      and     Lilly Gohara  – 2.14m / 5.97m.

Throws –  (There were more competitors in the throws, so more medals)

Gold                       Will Morris – 8.2m / 49 m             and        Luci Robertson – 6.87m / 43m

Silver                     Ryan Hill – 8.1m / 41m                   and        Katie Glare – 5.14m / 19m

Bronze                  Phil Marshall 6.9m / 42m               and        Sarah Fowler – 5.57m / 14m

Elimination Relay

Gold – Ben Wickens and Mike Sheridan

Silver – Emma Donnie and Ollie Bradshaw

Bronze – Simon Kirby and Josie Robertson

Sprint Relays

Sixteen individuals won gold medals, from the four winning teams:-

–          Team Lane

–          Team 1123

–          The Blue Team

–          The Runners

Congratulations to all of the above medal winners. And congratulations also to everyone else who took part – and in so many cases came very close to being one of the medallists.

Finally, a huge thankyou to everyone who helped with the organisation and execution of the evening, with a special mention to E-J Bailey, Gemma Livingstone and Chloe Blair who managed the most difficult parts of the evening so well.

Thursday 6th September – evening session with a difference

Message from Chairman – Bob Broadbridge:

Come and join us on Thursday for some fun events – all of the events are designed with a twist, to give everyone a chance to win.

 At 6pm the sprint relays start

          Everyone is invited to take part – teams will be selected on the night.

          Be there in time to get warmed up.

 At 6.45pm the long relay (with a difference!) starts

          This is designed for middle and long distance runners – again teams selected on the night.

          Runners will need to be warmed up ready to run at 6.45.

          IT WOULD HELP A LOT IF ADULT RUNNERS COULD PARK AT GREENHAM COMMON TO RELIEVE CONGESTION AT CCAT. (Maybe warm up running to the track?)

 Field events will start after the sprint relays

          Juniors first so they can leave on time.

          Long relay runners and anyone else – after the long relay. 

Just to remind everyone, this event replaces normal training sessions for everyone this Thursday. There will be no run or Junior session from Fifth Road.

Come and have some fun – and meet people from all across the club.

See you there.

Bob

Weekend results – 1st / 2nd September

Charlotte Payne (Kennet school & NAC) was selected to represent England South in the prestigious UK School Games held at Loughborough University against 4 other National teams including Scotland and Northern Ireland. She was also chosen as England South’s Team Captain which is a huge achievement and privilege at such an esteemed event.  Charlotte led the hammer competition right from the very first round by over 2 metres despite being against the very top athletes from around the country. Her furthest – and the winning – throw of 62.79m was less than 30cm from breaking the Championship record which has stood for a number of years. Charlotte walked away with the Gold medal rounding off a fantastic season for her. Her team then went on to win the whole Athletics Event in which Charlotte received the trophy for her work as captain.

This fantastic achievement ends her successful 2018 athletics season as she prepares to move into the Under 20 age category next year.

The 2018 School Games National Finals, supported by Sport England and the Youth Sport Trust, is a major multi-sport event for the most talented young athletes across the UK. Between Thursday 30th August and Sunday 2nd September, more than 1,400 young athletes competed across 11 sports at venues across Loughborough University Campus. Experiencing a Celebration Ceremony, staying in team accommodation for 3 days and facing competitors from around the UK, the young athletes selected for the School Games are immersed in a mini-Olympic style event, hosted by the world’s top sporting University, Loughborough University.

Two club members represented the Berkshire team at this season’s SEAA Inter Counties U15 & U20 Championships held at Horspath, Oxford on Saturday. Maisie Jeger competed in three Under 15 events finishing 9th in the Shot Putt with 9.86m, threw a new PB of 27.19m in the Javelin, and dipped under 28 seconds in the 200m, Berkshire Under 15 Girls team came 5th. Izzy Fry ran in the Under 20 1500m. After a fast first lap the pace dropped so Izzy took it on, heading the 15 strong field in to the home straight to finish in 2nd place in 4.43m. The under 20 Women’s team came 3rd.

Recent T&F results

Three Newbury athletes were in action at the Iffley Road Mile Festival in Oxford on Saturday. Both Izzy Fry and Alex Muir attempted to follow in Sir Roger Bannister’s footsteps, and despite strong winds, Izzy managed to take 24 seconds off the U20 club record with a time of 4:59.01 – becoming the first female NAC athlete to run a sub 5 minute mile in over a decade. Alex battled hard in the men’s A race to 4:36.21, his best time since 2012. Mike Robbins stepped down from his usual distance for some speed work in the 600m, and was rewarded with a PB of 1:28.98.

Two junior athletes were selected to represent Berkshire in the Derek Crookes Southern U13 Intercounty match in Kingston. Josie Robertson raced hard to 3rd place in the 1500m A race with a time of 5:08.36, while Miriam Cooper added over 30cm to her PB in the javelin with a throw of 17.78m for 11th place in the B string.

And on Wednesday night, Maisie Jeger broke the U15 girls 300m club record in her first race since returning to Newbury AC first claim, with a time of 43.3s at the Cheltenham midsummer open meeting.

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.