This evening (Thu 19 Dec 19), the draw to determine who would be allocated the single club entry at the London Marathon 2020 (Sun 26 Apr 20) was drawn. My beautiful assistant who drew the names was the ever-lovely Nige Popellwell.
In front of those club members present for training, Andy McKendrick was the first name out of the (literal) hat. Andy will therefore represent NAC as the club entry at this prestigious event.
The 1st reserve place went to Alexandra Bettley.
Congratulations to both club members who will now begin their marathon training in earnest in the cold, dark, wind and wet conditions while the remainder of us settle down in a warm and cozy room with a large glass of dry sherry in front of the Christmas Strictly.
Happy training to them both!
Newbury Athletic Club enjoyed medal success at the Berkshire County Cross Country Championship this weekend at a very wet and muddy course in Woodley.
The club’s Senior Men won a team bronze medal with Sam Hart (5th) and Callum O’Neill (6th), who both received an invitation to represent the county in the Inter-Counties Championship early next year, joined by Cameron Craik, Mike Wheeler, Marcin Malolepszy and Mike Robbins. Continue reading
The Newbury 10K will take place on Sunday 24th May 2020 and is being sponsored by Roc Technologies. Online Entries are available at Run Britain.
Please note entries for both the 10 km and junior races close on Thursday 21st May.
Further details about the race can be found here.
The WYAL fixtures for the 2020 season will be as follows
- M1 Sunday 19th April Winchester
- M2 Sunday 21st June Bournemouth
- M3 Sunday 28th June Portsmouth
- M4 Sunday 19th July Swindon
Please add the dates to your diary.
European XC championships
Izzy Fry produced a fantastic race performance representing GB in the U20 Women’s European Cross Country Championship in Lisbon, Portugal to finish in 6th position.
Izzy was the 1st finisher of the 6 Great Britain athletes in a field comprising of around 100 of the best cross country runners across Europe and as a result earned a team Gold medal!
Congratulations Izzy, everyone at Newbury AC are so proud!
South of England masters XC championship
Congratulations to Jessica Franklin who was crowned South of England V40 Masters Cross Country Champion on Saturday over the women’s 6km course at Horspath, Oxford.
The Men had 8 athletes racing the 10km course:
- Andrew Ind was 5th V45
- Phil Marshall was 11th V40
- Martin Walker was 18th V45
- Irwin Fairclough was 9th V60
- Nige Popplewell was 21st V50
- Wayne Lillis was 22nd V50
- Andrew Russell was 31st V40
- Geoff Anderson was 11th V65
Six Newbury AC runners took on the Tadley Xmas XC race on Sunday with good success. Rachel Allen, Laura Buchanan and Steve Ferriday won the team prize, with Rachel 2nd female and Laura 3rd female overall. Philippa Cass returned to racing to pick up the first V35 women trophy and was joined by Julie Kaesser who was 3rd V45 and Chris Hobson.
Steve Ferriday will be hosting the annual Christmas roadrun on Thursday Dec 19th and everybody is welcome to join.
The route will be about 7 miles but there will be shorter routes available on the night. We will have stops along the way, so that everybody body can join together. Continue reading
Newbury AC’s Senior Mens Team continued to show great strength in depth with all 7 of their scoring team runners finishing in the Top 30 in a field of over 300 athletes to finish second behind Swindon AC with James Craggs first club member home in 7th position, James Knight was 3rd in the V1 category, David Weeks had an especially impressive debut, Ben Wickens ran his best cross country race to date and Graham Stent had a very strong run after a lengthy absence from the cross country scene.
Jess Franklin finished 4th in the Senior Women’s and first veteran as she continues her impressive improvement with every race this season and she was joined by Rachel Allen and Alexandra Bettley finishing 4th team. Rachel Allen and Jenny Eaton were both 2nd in the V2 and V3 categories respectively.
A full results list can be found on the league website. Continue reading
Karen will be holding her regular hill training session at Northcroft on Sunday morning at 9:30 am.
In 2020 the Ollie Johnson memorial Kintbury 5 Mile will no longer be called the Ollie Johnson memorial race.
Kintbury St. Marys School will be the main organiser and Dave Wright will help them during the first year, before stepping down after organising the race for 20 years. The race will still be part of the Run West Berks series and will be renamed the Kintbury 5 Mile Run.
The Ollie Johnson trust will continue to help the clubs young athletes and be administered by Ian and Lorriane Johnson.
Dave Wright has been most grateful to everyone from Newbury AC who have helped with the race in the past and it would be much appreciated for this next “transition” year if anyone could help again.
As the race will still be the second counter in the Run West Berks series, he hopes to see lots of red/white/blue vests running again including himself!