May Day Bank Holiday Weekend Overview

Shinfield 10 km

Two club records were broken during Monday’s race, James Knight (4th / 1st M40) set a new 10km V45 club record of 33:41 and Liz Harkness (3rd F70) set a new 10km F70 club record of 56:19. Other finishers were James Craggs (34:23), Nigel Popplewell (40:21), Dave Wright (42:23), Laura Buchanan (44:59), Steve Ferriday (45:03) and Emily Craggs (45:27)

BUCS Championship – 5000 m

Izzy Fry lowered her Under 20 5000m record when competing in a high class field at the BUCS Championships held at Bedford. The race was won by Anna Moller from Denmark, with Jess Judd in 2nd place both going under 16mins. Izzy took 13 seconds off her previous best time to clock 16.50.52.

Hurstbourne 5 miles

Two club members completed the 5 mile trail race, Rachel Allen (39:25) and Philippa Cass (41:55)

Road run – 2nd May

This weeks road run will be Summer Route 10/11. Fifth Road and onto the canal to Benham Bridge then through Hampstead Park. 

The Shorter Group will then go back along the canal to Fifth Road. 

The Longer Group will carry on to Marsh Benham and Benham Balance then carry along the A4 to Speenmoor Plantations then Fifth Road.

Track & field results

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.

Dave Clark Marathon Shield 2019

Following yesterday’s London Marathon, the Dave Clark Marathon shield is presented to the NAC member(s) who deliver an exceptionally high performance or performs over and above what is routinely expected of a club member.

Following a successful conclusion to the 2019 London Marathon, the Dave Clark Marathon shield 2019 is jointly presented to:  Mr Ian Coxhead and Mr Tony Douglas.

For more years than Ian and Tony can probably remember, they have been the dependable duo who have organised and delivered the following London Marathon support to many club runners:

  • Minibus transport from Newbury/Thatcham to the marathon registration.
  • Overnight accommodation on the edge of Blackheath (a mere 300m from start pens).
  • Vocal support throughout the course.
  • Meeting exhausted club athletes at The Mall and ensuring they are guided back to the minibus transport safely.
  • Return minibus transport from London to Newbury/Thatcham.
  • Provided an exemplary trouble-free service, enabling club athletes to fully focus on their marathon efforts.

Ian and Tony have repeatedly delivered this essential service to club members year-on-year, often at their own expense and all whilst giving up a whole weekend of their own time.

For their sterling efforts, Ian and Tony are presented with the Dave Clark Marathon shield for 2019.   On behalf of every member of NAC, we thank them for their superb and enduring level of support throughout many years of London Marathon success.


London Marathon 2020 Ballot Entry Now Open

The ballot entry for the 2020 London Marathon (due to take place on Sunday the 26th of April 2020) is now open but will close at 5pm on Fri the 3rd of May 2019.

Good for Age entry applications will open on Wed the 7th of Aug and will close on Fri the 16th of Aug 2019.

Given the success which the club had in this year’s marathon, enter the ballot and have an unforgettable experience.

London Marathon 2019

Some fantastic times at today’s London marathon with all club members breaking the 4 hour barrier & 7 breaking the sub 3 barrier. Leading the club home was Stephen Elsmere in a time of 2:46:46, followed by Matthew Green 2:48:59, Steve Barnes 2:54:19, Conor McGrory 2:56:11, Martin Walker 2:56:53, Mike Sheridan 2:57:04, Jeff Bird 2:57:37, Mark Flitton 3:03:31, Phil Marshall 3:10:51, Victoria Duncan 3:22:07, Dan Reeves 3:29:29, Mireille Cook 3:36:14, Paul Endley 3:37:41, Sue Van Huyssteen 3:47:31, Brian Matthews 3:55:33 & Alexandra Bettley 3:57:53.

Congratulations also to Mike Sheridan on winning the V65 category.

Road run/Middle distance intervals – 25th April 2019

Quick reminder that the road run & Karen’s middle distance interval training are at Browns meadow, Fifth Road from tomorrow (25th April).

The road run will be summer route 15.

Fifth Road to the canal, to Hambridge Road and up Fir Tree Lane. The Shorter Group will go along Kiln Road to Shaw and through Victoria Park and back to Fifth Road. The Longer Group will carry onto Stone Copse then back to Shaw through Victoria Park then Fifth Road.

Easter Handicap – Sunday 21st April

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.

London Marathon Social Evening – Sunday the 28th of April, The Hatchet Inn

10 x members of NAC will be taking part in the London Marathon on Sunday the 28th of April.  On the same evening, there will be a Marathon social event taking place in The Hatchet Inn (Wetherspoons), Market Square, Newbury beginning at 7pm.

All club members, their friends and families are invited to attend this event to celebrate not just the London Marathon participants but to celebrate any club members who have pushed themselves beyond their limits for their sport.  The Dave Clark Marathon Shield will be presented during this social event to the club member who performed admirably during the London Marathon event.

An informal finger buffet will be laid on for those wishing to avail of some nibbles with a few drinks.  If anyone wishes to be included in this buffet, the individual contribution is £5.  The bar menu will be in operation until 11pm if anyone wishes to order meals separately.

Please let Conor McGrory know if you are interested in the buffet option for catering purposes (