It was a match of two halves as Newbury AC travelled to Milton Keynes for their fourth Southern Athletics League fixture on Saturday. Whilst the men’s team were near full strength and challenging for wins all day, the ladies team at just nine athletes strong was the smallest Newbury AC squad in the history of the SAL. Despite this, the team rallied round as best as they could, filling events wherever possible and were delighted to come away with third place against three opposition teams in the top 5 of the league. Final score: Marshall Milton Keynes 215pts, Basingstoke & Mid Hants 210, Newbury 172, Epsom & Ewell 168.
The club has had a successful start to 2019 with lots of new club records been set across all areas of the club. Updated tables can be found in the following locations. Continue reading
Berkshire Schools – 8th June
Plenty of our junior athletes were representing their schools at Palmer Park. Medal winners include:
- Gold for Maisie Jeger in the U17 300m hurdles with a PB time of 46.58s.
- Gold for Trinity O’Connor in the U20 pole vault with a PB clearance of 3.30m.
- Gold for Phoebe Ryder in the U15 long jump with a PB jump of 4.77m.
- Gold for Charlotte Payne in the U20 hammer with a championship record throw of 60.35m.
- Silver and bronze in the U20 100m hurdles for Bo Stewart and Lilly Gohara, both running PB times of 17.41s and 17.48s respectively.
- Silver and bronze for Kitty Shepard-Cross and Emma Downie in the U20 1500m.
- Silver for Ben Newman in the U17 long jump.
Four Newbury Athletic Club athletes represented Berkshire at the ESAA South East Region Combined Events Finals in Basingstoke.
Reuben Langdon had a great weekend with seven PBs in the Senior Boys Decathlon including a 52.37 400m and 41.34 javelin for sixth place.
In the Senior Girls, competition Trinity O’Connor equalled her high jump best with 1.61, along with 3 other PBs, coming fifth. Bo Stewart acquitted herself well to her first combined events competition, for ninth.
In the Intermediate Girls competition, Maisie Jeger broke the Newbury AC U17G heptathlon club record with 4076 points, helping Berkshire to third overall behind Kent and Hampshire.
Newbury A.C continued the fine start to the season with 2nd place in the 3rd of 5 Southern Athletic League fixtures, to keep them near the top of Division 2 West.
Men’s 4 x 400 winning relay team
Izzy Fry booked her place in the GB team for the under 20 European Championships to be held in Sweden next month. Running in the BMC 5000m race in Loughborough on Saturday evening, Izzy sliced 28 seconds off her previous best time to record 16mins 22.55, 8 seconds inside the GB European qualifying time, and a time that currently ranks her 4th in Europe in the under 20 age group for 5000m. Her time also took 20 seconds off Jackie Coopers long standing Senior club record that has stood since 1987.
Report from James Craggs
The last few weeks has been a busy period for Newbury Vets with two fixtures in the Southern Vets Western Division (Matches 2 and 3). Both fixtures held at Abingdon saw the women place 5th on both occasions and the men 5th and 3rd. In the first of the fixtures, the men’s total was only two points off 3rd place.
Individual wins in the first fixture on May 20th came from
- Liz Harkness W60 Shot
- Anne Stewart Power M50 800 and 3k
- Bob Broadbridge M50 Discus
Whilst in the second fixture on June 3rd wins came from
- Bob Broadbridge Hammer, M50 Shot
- Wayne Lillis M50 800
- Craig Beecham Long Jump, 400B
A thoroughly enjoyable season comes to an end at the next match at Reading on Sunday 14th July. Further details will be out shortly
There’s been plenty of track and field action over the last week, below is a brief report from Mike Robbins:
Loughborough International – 19th May
Two Newbury AC athletes were in action at this world class meet. Charlotte Payne continued her impressive start to the season with another club record in the hammer, throwing 61.83m for third place, and earning herself a call up to the Great Britain U20 team for the forthcoming Halle Throws International in Germany. Continue reading