Cross-country

The Club has an extensive cross-country programme, it competes at all age-groups in the Oxford Mail Cross-country leagues and aims to be well represented at County, Regional and National Championships. Club members also regularly assist with course set-up and management for the Berkshire Schools’ and West Berkshire Schools’ championships,

Highlights of the 2016-17 season

This season was marked by the very sad passing of our club President, and dear friend Brian Ireland. Brian was the driving force behind Newbury A.C hosting it’s first Oxford Mail cross country League fixture and was full of new ideas for the fixture which we ensured went ahead. The clubs response to “run for Brian” was truly remarkable, with 104 members taking part, and our Female athletes winning six of the nine age groups.

Oxford Mail Cross-Country League
The club won both the team and individual titles in the Senior Women’s and Senior Men’s League. Sophie Crumly and James Craggs took the individual honours and were joined by age-category winners from Under-11 to Over-60, they were: Josie Robertson (U11G), Kitty Shepherd-Cross (U15G), Izzy Fry (U17W), Jess Franklin (V35W), and Irwin Fairclough (V60M). Other medallists were: Yasmin Ryder (2nd, U20W), George Ferguson (3rd, U13B), Vladimir Tsagov (3rd, U17M) Andy Ind (3rd, V40M).

SEAA Cross Country Relays – Wormwood Srubbs, London.
Both Sophie Crumly in the Senior Women’s, and Izzy Fry in the under 17 Women’s recorded the 3rd quickest times of the day in their age groups. The Senior Women’s teams ran well to finish 5th  & 19th, the Senior Men’s team came 16th and the under 13 Boys 17th.

SEAA – Masters Cross Country Championships. – Horspath, Oxford
For the first time in the clubs history one of Newbury A.C’S teams won a team title at a South of England Championship. Sheila Marshall, Liz Harkness and Roz Pearson, teamed up to win the over 60 team title. Liz Harkness also won a individual Silver in the over 65’s, and Irwin Fairclough just missed out on a medal, finishing 4th in the over 60 Men’s age group.

Berkshire Athletics Cross Country Championships – Braywick Fields, Maidenhead.
Our Veteran Women’s team earned us our only Gold medal, but there were Silver Medals for Izzy Fry in the under 17 Women’s, Jess Franklin in the Veteran Women’s, the Senior Women’s team finished runners up, as did our Veteran Men’s a team, with our B team 3rd.

Berkshire Schools Championships – Newbury Showground.
Izzy Fry became the 4th club member to win the Senior Girls title this century, following in the footsteps of last years winner Yasmin Ryder, Sophie Fowler, and Sophie Crumly. Kiity Shepherd – Cross came 3rd in the Intermediate Girls. From this Championship – Kitty and Izzy were joined by Luci Robertson as our representatives at the South Inter County Schools Championship held at Brands Hatch.

South of England Championships – Parliament Hill
This year we had just four club members entering. All four put in strong performances with: George Ferguson *2nd, U13B), Yasmin Ryder (15th, U20W), Mark Vardy (78th, Senior Men) and James Craggs (142nd, Senior Men)

English National Cross-Country Championships – Nottingham
Izzy Fry was (18th, U17 Girls) and Yaz Ryder (32nd, Junior Women). U15 Boys George Ferguson (155th U15 Boys), Toby Wright (440th, U15 Boys) came 155th and 440th respectively. Catherine Tuttle was our sole representative in the Senior Ladies race in 357th position. Phil Marshall came 574th in the Senior mens race with Andy Tuttle, competing in his 31st consecutive nationals 1392nd.

CAU Inter-Counties Championships – Loughborough
Eight club members represented their County teams at this seasons CAU Inter Counties Championships. For the 3rd consecutive season Izzy Fry recorded a top 25 finish at the Championships coming home in 17th place in the Under 17 Women’s 5000m race. Also competing were: Sophies Crumly (98th, Senior Women), Yasmin Ryder (173rd, Senior Women), Rebecca Downie (167th, U20 Women), George Ferguson (171st, U13 Boys), Luci Robertson (178th, U13 Girls), James Cragga (179th, Senior Men) and Andrew Ind (250th, Senior Men)