London Marathon 2020 NAC entry draw

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!

Winter training program

  • Thursday 19th December – Christmas light road run & last training session of 2019
  • Saturday 21st December. Entry deadline for Boxing Day handicap. Please let Irwin know if you wish to enter. Entries are free for all.
  • Sunday 22nd December – 9:30am Hill training at Northcroft
  • Thursday 26th December – 10:15am (1st runner 10:30) – Boxing Day handicap at Northcroft
  • Saturday 28th December – 7pm – Road/Track & Field Presentation Evening at Frank Hutchings Community Hall, Thatcham, RG18 4QH
  • Sunday 29th December – 10:30am – Dave Wrights Annual Combe Run starting at the Jubilee Centre, Kintbury
  • Thursday 2nd January – Return to normal training – TBC, please confirm with your regular coach

Berkshire XC championships

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

XC overview – 7th/8th December

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

Tadley XC

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.

Oxford mail XC – Round 2 – Cirencester – 1st December 2019

Senior results

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

Kintbury 5 mile – 7th June 2020

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!