SAL – Portsmouth Saturday 8th

Match report from Mike Robbins:

It was another hot Saturday as Newbury AC travelled down to Portsmouth for their fourth and penultimate Southern Athletics League fixture of the season. It was a three horse race all day long, but in the end Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow AC justified their position at the top of the league, taking the win with 234 points. The home club City of Portsmouth AC (218 points) narrowly edged out Newbury AC (216 points) for second place, with North Devon AC adrift at the bottom on 85 points.

The day started in comical fashion with Jemma Colbourne pulling up less than 100m into her 400m hurdles race. Any fears of injury soon disappeared as it became clear that the reason for stopping was a hurdle trolley left in her lane, blocking her path. Forced to re-run the race alongside the men, Jemma acquitted herself well, running a time that slotted her into third place in the ladies race and beating two of the male runners in the process! She couldn’t quite keep up with the Newbury pairing of Sam Plumb and Matt Davies though, who took a dominant double victory to start the day on a high.

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Weekend Round -up (excluding SAL match)

Kitty winning her 1500m heat

The four members of our club representing Berkshire Schools at the ESAA English Schools Championships in Birmingham this weekend produced some outstanding results. All 4 were competing in the first year of their respective age groups. Kitty Shepherd-Cross ran a pb on Friday to finish fastest in the heats of the 1500m Intermediate Girls of 4:37.1 and then improved that by almost 2 seconds as she finished in Silver position in the final on Saturday morning in an outstanding time of 4:35.54.

Charlotte on the podium

Charlotte Payne took bronze in the Intermediate Girls Discus with a throw of 40.89m a position matched by Oliver Hewitt who threw a pb of 63.61m in the Senior Boys Hammer (also first year in this age-group.) Izzy Fry just failed to make the final of the Senior girls 1500m race having only learnt on Thursday afternoon that she had to race in what turned out to be a very tactical heat on Friday as opposed to just a straight final on Saturday.

Five members competed in the Tadley 10k on Sunday 9th. Wayne Lillis was 5th overall (1st M50) in 38:21; Martin Walker was 15th in 40:34; Philippa Cass 3rd lady in 44:.22 & Jenny Eaton 7th lady, (3rd F45) in 47:22

Tickets for Para Games – 23rd July morning session

I have been approached by a non-member who has 2 spare tickets for the morning session of the World Para Athletic Championships on 23rd July (due to inadvertent double-booking) that he is happy to offer to any member of our club free of charge. The session starts at 10am. If anyone is interested please let me know and I will forward your details on to him.

Veteran’s Athletic League – Monday 3rd July – Tilsley Park

Report from Liz Harkness:

The final league match of the season which we jointly hosted with Abingdon AC saw the ladies finishing in 4th place – our best result this year. The 4 x 200m relay team of Jess Franklin,Jenny O’Connor,Linda Pitts, Philippa Cass finished in 2nd place in a very exciting race. Four athletes finished in 1st place, Jenny O’Connor V45 Pole Vault 2.10, Jess Franklin V35a 5k 19.12.2, Philippa Cass V35b 20.46.9 and Deborah Montgomery V50 Shot Putt 9.67. Emma Guilfoyle broke her own V40 club record in the 2k walk, & Jess Franklin took 0.5 secs off her V35 800m record. Roz Pearson recorded a pb in the v60 Shot Putt.

Phil Marshall recorded a PB of 9.35.8 in the V35a 3000k, with James Craggs (O35b) finishing in 9.58.6 and Wayne Lillis  breaking another O50 club  record with 10.05.4 . Vic Pearson (O65) recorded 35.1s in the 200m 35.1 & 17.75m in Javelin

A big thank you to our team of officials on the night (& throughout the season) as without them our matches could not take place: Dave Mason, Sarah Fowler, Charlotte Fowler, Andy Tuttle, Caroline Tuttle, Roz Pearson, Vic Pearson, Sara Rudd and Jenny 0’Connor.

Women’s Results     Men’s Results   Non-Scoring Results

Round-up of Recent Results

There were a number of very successful performances for many Newbury AC athletes this weekend.

Wayne Lillis – O50 Masters Champion

In addition to becoming the British Masters steeplechase champion, O50 Wayne Lillis also competed in the 800m and 1500m on a busy weekend for him at the BMAF Championships in Birmingham, finishing just outside the medals in 4th place over both the middle distance events. At the same meeting Bob Broadbridge struck gold in the O55’s shot with a seasons best of 12.29m and silver in the discus with a seasons best of 42.08m. Simon Barrett was just outside the medals finishing in 4th place in both the 100 and 200m O60’s events. Second claim Monique Krefting (O45)took gold in both the 400m hurdles and Long Jump (4.88m).

Also on the track Izzy Fry broke the U20 1500m club record with an impressive PB of 4:33.19 at the BMC Grand Prix in Watford. Helen Broadbridge set a new club discus record whilst competing at the Allianz stadium in Barnet with a throw of 44.79m.

More local to home there were two challenging 10k races at which a number of club runners participated. At the Downlands Dash in Compton, Jess Franklin broke the female course record finishing 1st woman and 3rd overall, with Stuart Bosley runner up in the race and Emily Craggs 3rd woman.

Matthew Green completed his clean sweep of 1st places in all 4 of the Run West Berkshire series races with victory at the Gibbet Challenge ahead of Phil Marshall in 2nd, Michal Szczepanczyk in 4th (an impressive recovery from his issues just one week ago) and Jeff Bird in 5th (which secured him runner up in the series). Mireille Cook was 1st female, Philippa Cass 2nd, Catherine Tuttle 5th and Edyta Wilk 6th (the latter 3 completing a club clean sweep in the Run West Berkshire series with Philippa 1st, Edyta 2nd and Catherine 3rd).

We don’t usually report fully on members results in Triathlon events but mention has to be made of Mireille Cook’s superb victory in the 40-44 age category whilst competing for the first time for Team GB in the Olympic distance European Championships in Kitzbuhel, Austria. 22 year old Victoria Duncan finished an impressive 4th in the 20-24 age group a big improvement on her 8th place last year. And finally Naomi Reynolds finished 5th in her age group at the ETU Sprint distance event at Dusseldorf last weekend.


Hot Weather Training

The recent heatwave accompanied by relatively high humidity has made for difficult running conditions and many people struggled with races over the weekend.

Use the spreadsheet calculator below to take the guess work out of how to alter your runs to accommodate the heat. You can work out your ideal pace for any given temperature and humidity so you can train safely in the heat (should we have anymore hot weather!).

I have adapted this calculator by including a calculation that uses both the actual temperature and the humidity (if known) to create what is known in Canada as the Humidex Index or a ‘feels like’ temperature. You’ll see that for example on Tuesday of this week when it was over 30c and the relative humidity was 78% the Index was much higher than the basal temperature. In lower temperatures the humidity doesn’t have quite the same effect.

Anyway enjoy using it – any questions please contact me.

Hot Weather Training


Ridgeway Relay – June 25th

Report from Phil Marshall:
Two Newbury AC teams of 10 took on the at the Ridgeway Relay race on Sunday 25th running a combined team total of 86.5 miles each from Ivinghoe Beacon to Marlborough.
This year the two teams were evenly matched as much as possible and as a result there were some very close finishing times on most of the legs. Seven club members participated in the relay for the first time and despite battling blazing hot sunshine and temperatures of around 30 degrees everyone seemed to enjoy the comeradery and challenge of the event.
Of the 42 teams competing Newbury AC finished a very impressive 7th and 11th respectively.
Pictures below of 3 club members running this event for the first time  (Courtesy of Barry Cornelius) Further photos can be found on Facebook:

Sunday 18th June – Running events

Yesterday proved to be the hottest day of the year so far and was less than ideal for running long distances! Despite that the club fielded two teams in the Ridgeway Relay (report to follow when results are posted) and participants in both the Hampshire Hoppit trail Half Marathon and the Harey 8.

New member Anthony Sudlow led in the club contingent in the Hampshire Hoppit finishing in 20th place overall in a time of 1:49.22. He was followed by Ade May 38th – in 1:57.05; Sue van Huyssteen 1st V50 – 55th – 2:01.54; Tania Whitby – 67th – 2:03.40 and Pete Richardson – 68th – 2:-4.08.

Matt Green continued his winning ways in the Run West Berkshire series by winning the Harey 8 in a time of 48.54 followed by Jeff Bird in 4th place (53.48), Philippa Cass (2nd Female) 1:01:01, Edyta Wilk (3rd Female) 1:03.09; Catherine Tuttle (4th Female) 1:03.54; Andy Tuttle 1:03.57; Sheila Marshall (1st V55) 1:19.17 & Jill Mowat 1:21.55.

Southern Athletic League – Perivale – 17th June

The club continued their best ever start to life in Division 2 West of the Southern Athletics League with another resounding win, this time at Perivale, West London. It now reads two wins and a 2nd place from the opening three fixtures, and 3rd place in the League behind Reading A.C and the Windsor, Slough, Eton and Hounslow club. It was another joint effort across the disciplines, but Sam Plumb could not have made a more impressive return to League action, He received the Man of the Match award for winning the 400m Hurdles in 53.18, the 110m Hurdles in 15.58, the 100m with 11.23, and anchoring the successful 4x 400m team with youngsters Rhys Ainsworth, George Biggs and Vlad Tsagov.
The team never looked back from an outstanding start in the 12.00pm events, which saw Wayne Lillis follow up

Sam’s win in the 400m Hurdles by taking the B string, Bob Broadbridge finished 2nd in the shot A, with Jamie Kuehnel winning the B string, Helen Broadbridge throwing 52m.85 for 2nd in the Hammer, with Under 17 Charlotte Payne sealing the B string win with 51m94, and Daniel Tuttle 6cm clear of his rivals in the High Jump with 1m76. The throwers were in fine form all day with Helen Broadbridge setting a new Senior club record of 43m84 to win the Discus, & Charlotte Payne winning the B with 36m90, both recorded Personal best distances with the 4km Shot Putt, with 11m.03 & 10m52. Rosie Stanton threw over 30m for 2nd A in the Javelin, with Helen only just shy of that mark winning the B string. Jamie Kuehnel and Ian Payne took maximum points in the Hammer, while Jamie and Bob Broadbridge were just 1 point adrift of that feat in the Discus. Mother and Daughter paring of Jenny and Trinity O’Connor came tantalizingly close to recording double victories in both the High Jump and the Pole Vault, with under 17 Trinity’s Vault of 2m70 winning the A string, Jenny cleared 2m10 to win the B, Trinity finished 2nd in the High Jump on count back, while Jenny won the B string on count back. There were other wins on the day from Rosie Stanton in the A string 100m Hurdles, Jemma Colbourne in the B Triple Jump, Phil Marshall in the B 5000m & Graham Stent in the 2000m steeplechase.

The victorious 4 * 400m relay team

A big thank you to everyone who travelled to Perivale to make it such a successful day. Under 17 Lilly Gohara made her SAL debut, Lilly ran 13.82 in the 100m, and recorded 4m37 in the Long Jump. Sarah Fowler knocked 3 seconds off the over 60 200m club record, with 36.35, and Sara Rudd, Emma Downie, Becky Elsmere, Emily Craggs, Reuben Langdon, Mike Robbins, Peter Crisp, Matt Green, Steve Elsmere, Phillip Carter, Alexander Taylor all gained valuable points for the club.
Provisional Match score :-
1 Newbury A.C 214
=2 Radley A.C 185
=2 Kingston & Polytechnic Harriers 185
4 Ealing, Southall & Middlesex 137

The road running league tables have been updated to include performances up to 11th June and can be viewed here.

Please let Phil Marshall know of any errors / omissions.