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.
I have made the difficult decision to cancel the session at Fifth Road tonight (hopefully in enough time for everyone to sort their evening plans).
It is raining now and the showers are set to continue. The field is very wet making it unsafe to jump and throw.
Please do pass this message on,
With Kind Regards
Young Athletes Coordinator
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.
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.
This year’s Easter Handicap will take place at 10:30am on Sunday 21st April. The event is held over a 1.7 mile, multi-terrain course which starts & finishes at Northcroft. Entry is free and open to all members, their families and friends. If you want to run, please e-mail Irwin Fairclough by Friday 19th April.
We also need about 10 volunteers to ensure the success of the event. If you are able to help on the day, please contact Irwin.
Additional information can be found here.
Report from E-J Bailey
On a lovely sunny day we kicked off the Wessex league in Winchester with Polly Cranfield equalling her PB from last year 1.25 coming fourth in the high jump.
Lucy Loxton, Bo Stewart, Abi Livingstone and Trinity O’connor all competed as U20 non-scoring in this meet the most we have ever had in this age category and this shows the dedication of this age group to want to push themselves this season already.
The U13 girls long jump so newcomer Posy Cranfield achieving 3.17. Thea Osborne was fourth in the A string with 3.25 and Clementine Barry fifth with 3.49. Continue reading
Charlotte Payne continued her strong start to the year with a improvement to her U20 club hammer record, achieving a European qualifying standard, with a throw of 59.97 m.
White horse half marathon
6 members took part in the 4th round of the road running championship, leading them home was James Knight who finished in 2nd place overall and broke the V45 club record by nearly 3 minutes with a 1:13:02, Phil Marshall set a new PB of 1:18:42 in 15th position. Other finishers were Nigel Popplewell (1:27:49), Dave Wright (1:34:59), Stephen Ferriday (1:38:49) and Charlotte Fowler (1:38:47)
5 members took part – Barry Regan (2:52:16 – PB), Michal Szczepanczyk (2:58:30), Benjamin Bliss (3:27:49), Edyta Wilk (3:30:41) and Ruth Lambert (3:56:15)
Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow Spring Open
Mike Robbins, Emma Downie and Rebecca Downie started their outdoor track seasons with 4:22:65, 5:11:29 and 5:29:99 respectively in the 1500 m
Combe Gibbet To Overton 16
Mireille Cook was 3rd Female (48th overall) in a time of 2:06:53. Other finishers were Sue Van Huyssteen (2:21:52), Tania Whitby (2:31:33) and Ady May (2:31:33)
Wessex Young Athletics League – Round 1
The junior team started their track season in Winchester with a 6th place overall finish. The highlight of the day was the a win for the U13B Relay team.
The weather forecast for later is not good.
This mean that we cannot run all the events at the track tonight and will mean that some events will need spikes (running shoes with 3mm spikes) to ensure the athletes safety.
The advise therefore is; if you are in any doubt just come if you are competing on Sunday (or in future matches) and if you have spikes.
Young Athletes Coordinator
Izzy Fry set a new Under 20 club record over 5000m in her first track race of the season, clocking a very impressive 17min 02.33. Izzy was the first Woman home in 9th place when competing for St Mary’s University at the London Universities & Colleges Championships held at the Parliament Hill track on Saturday 23rd March.