Report from Mike Robbins
Newbury AC continued their fine start to the season with a tightly contested victory in their home Southern Athletics League fixture in Andover on Sunday. After initially announcing the match result as a dead heat, later inspection found the extra points required to secure Newbury victory over their local rivals – finishing with 231 points to Radley AC’s 228, with Yeovil Olympiads and South London Harriers further back on 158 and 152. Continue reading
The social events section of the club website has been updated to include details of the upcoming social events.
The road running section of the club website now has details of the summer training routes
Club fun championship – Following on from last years success the Events committee is once again organising the event for 2019 to be held at CCAT. Further details to follow, but please save the date Thursday 29th August from 17:30 onwards.
A busy weekend of racing on the roads and track for the club
Chieveley Chase – 11th May
The first round of the Run West Berkshire Series was held on Saturday. Leading the club home in the 5.7 mile multi terrain race was Barry Regan with a 2nd place finish, followed by Mike Wheeler (4th), Nigel Popplewell (11th / 3rd Vet), Richard Kennedy (16th), Rachel Allen (18th / 1st Female), Geoff Anderson (25th / 1st V60), Stephen Ferriday (29th), Christopher Culley (32nd / 2nd V60) and Julie Kaessar (71st)Full results can be found here.
The next round of the series in the Kintbury 5 on the 2nd June 2019.
Berkshire Athletics Championships – 12th May
The club had a lot of success in the Berkshire Championships held at Palmer Park, Reading. Continue reading
Report from Andy Tuttle. Full results will be added once they are available.
There were some very convincing wins by NAC members at this seasons West Berkshire District Schools Championship held at Palmer Park on Friday.
Josie and Luci Robertson (St Barts) both led from the gun to the finish to win the under 15 & under 17 1500m races respectively. Maisie Jeger (Kennet) appeared to have the under 17 300m title wrapped up in the first 150m, and there were two first time wins for Miriam Cooper (St Barts) in the under 15 800m & Callum Potts (Trinity) in the under 17 800m. Oliver Brashaw worked through well to take the runner up spot in the under 17 1500m, all athletes in the top two positions are now invited to represent the West Berks team at this seasons Berkshire Schools at Palmer Park on Sat 8thJune.
Shinfield 10 km
Two club records were broken during Monday’s race, James Knight (4th / 1st M40) set a new 10km V45 club record of 33:41 and Liz Harkness (3rd F70) set a new 10km F70 club record of 56:19. Other finishers were James Craggs (34:23), Nigel Popplewell (40:21), Dave Wright (42:23), Laura Buchanan (44:59), Steve Ferriday (45:03) and Emily Craggs (45:27)
BUCS Championship – 5000 m
Izzy Fry lowered her Under 20 5000m record when competing in a high class field at the BUCS Championships held at Bedford. The race was won by Anna Moller from Denmark, with Jess Judd in 2nd place both going under 16mins. Izzy took 13 seconds off her previous best time to clock 16.50.52.
Hurstbourne 5 miles
Two club members completed the 5 mile trail race, Rachel Allen (39:25) and Philippa Cass (41:55)
Southern Counties Veterans League – round 1 – 30th April
Report from James Craggs
Calm, near perfect conditions greeted Newbury’s Veterans for their opening Southern Counties Western division fixture at Horspath on Monday night. Both the men’s and women’s teams containing some familiar and new faces performed well to finish 3rd and 6th respectively on the night with points accumulated across the track, field and age groups.
Individual victories were gained by the following
- Bob Broadbridge M50 Hammer
- Wayne Lillis M50 1500
- Craig Beecham M35 Long Jump
- Linda Pitts W50 100
- Linda Pitts W50 400
- Jenny O’Connor W35 High Jump
Newbury’s next fixture after this encouraging opener is not too far away (20th May) at Abingdon.
Thanks go out to our officials who made the fixture possible.
Oxford open – 24th April
Report from Andy Tuttle
Four members made the short trip to the Oxford Open Graded meeting at Horspath on Wednesday evening. Linda Pitts won race 2 of the 100m races in 15.18 on a rather blustery evening. Under 13 Clementine Barry was in the next race, finishing well for 2nd place in a time of 14.74. Also in the under 13’s Thea Osborne clocked 31.34 for 3rd place in race 2 of the 200m. Under 15 Miriam Cooper took 10 seconds off her previous best time in the 800m, taking the lead after 200m she held off all attempts made to overtake her, winning in 2min38.84.
Quick reminder that the road run & Karen’s middle distance interval training are at Browns meadow, Fifth Road from tomorrow (25th April).
The road run will be summer route 15.
Fifth Road to the canal, to Hambridge Road and up Fir Tree Lane. The Shorter Group will go along Kiln Road to Shaw and through Victoria Park and back to Fifth Road. The Longer Group will carry onto Stone Copse then back to Shaw through Victoria Park then Fifth Road.
Thirty-three runners enjoyed the warm conditions and recorded some excellent times. The overall winner was 10 year-old Josh Norton followed closely by 4 year-old Harry Fairclough and new-comer to running Dorota Zawiza.
Three runners recorded times under 10 minutes on the 1.8 mile course. Fastest was James Craggs (9:26) followed by Dan Tuttle (9:40) and Ben Wickens (9:49).
Thank-you to all who helped make this another successful club event.
Full results can be viewed here.
Brighton marathon & 10km
Andy Ind completed the marathon in a time of 2:49:49, with a 5th place finish in the M40 age category.
Brian Matthews completed the 10 km in a time of 1:04:34
Emily Craggs completed the race in a time of 47:25
Peats Pits Fell Race
Dave Wright came 15th just behind the first M50, completing the just under 3 miles course in 20 minutes 4 seconds
Chedworth Roman Trail 10 mile
Geoff Anderson finished in 2nd place in the V60 category
Race report from Mike Robbins
With a number of last minute dropouts, long standing injuries and early season rustiness, Newbury AC could be forgiven for expecting a tough time in their first SAL match of the season at Walton-on-Thames on Saturday. However, a fantastic team effort by all those in attendance pushed the club into second place on the day with 178.5 points; behind Croydon Harriers (209pts) but ahead of the host club Walton AC (162.5pts) and Hillingdon AC (152pts).
Helen Broadbridge was the standout athlete on the day, comfortably winning all three heavy throws – the highlight being a 50.22m throw in the hammer, over 12m clear of her nearest competitor. Continue reading