Training at the Newbury Rugby Club has been CANCELLED for the evening of Thursday 1st March. This is due to the pitches being frozen, heavy snow expected and the floodlights will be turned off. This includes both the intervals group and the road running group.
Please pass the word around in order to minimise any unnecessary travel on snowy roads.
Keep warm everyone (do some much-needed stretching at home instead)!
There was some fantastic racing from all the club members that took part in the English National Cross Country Championship at Parliament Hill on Saturday. It was a beautiful but cold day on Hampstead Heath and the course gradually cut up during the competition and ended in the usual mud bath.
Our Junior Women were the stars of the show finishing in a brilliant 8th position in the 3 scoring team, with Izzy Fry 18th, Yaz Ryder 31st and Charlotte Clover 123rd. The Senior Men had a record turn out with a team of 9 in a huge field of 2328 runners. Alex Muir put in a magnificent performance to finish 129th, and was joined by Mark Vardy 290th, Matthew Green 377th, Phil Marshall613th, Stephen Elsmere 749th and Ben Wickens 1211th to make up the 6 scorers, positioning in a very creditable 52nd of 162 teams. Dave Wright 1260th, Jeff Bird 1353rd and Andy Tuttle 1794th (racing in his 32nd consecutive National) made up the full club compliment completing the gruelling race.In the U15 Boys Ellis Russell made an impressive National Championship debut finishing 371st, with George Ferguson 452nd.There were also good first National runs in the Senior Women’s race for Rachel Allen 359th and Stephanie Smallman 902nd in a field of 1113 finishers.
Full results can be seen here and there are a number of photos on our Facebook page.
Mike Robbins ran a pb in the Bourton 10k on Sunday finishing in a time of 36:08 for 23rd place.
And somewhat further afield Mike Sheridan completed the Tokyo marathon in a very creditable 3:28:34 considering the time lost to preparing for the event due to illness / injury.
This week’s run (22nd February) will be Route 1: Essex Street-Valley Road-clocktower (main split between long and short groups)-Old Bath Road- Grove Road-Love Lane-Cock Inn-Kiln Road-Fir Tree Lane-Hambridge Road-Racecourse-Greenham Church-Pinchington Lane-Rugby Club.
The Wokingham half-marathon – the first race of the Berkshire Road Running Championships for 2018 was held on Sunday & there were PB’s and county medals from our club contingent. First home was Steve Elsmere in 1:18:10 followed by Jeff Bird 1:21:55 (PB) V40 Berkshire HM Champion; Mike Wheeler 1:21:57 (PB); Wayne Lillis 1:24:54 V50 Berkshire HM Silver Medalist;
Joe Hoskins 1:25:28 (PB); Andy McKendrick 1:28:12 (PB); Chris Hobson 1:31:06; Mireille Cook 1:31:42 V35 Berkshire HM Bronze Medalist; Christina Pugsley 1:35:39 (PB); Graham Stent 1:46:41; Christopher Culley 1:52:15 & Stephanie Smallman 1:59:17.
The BUCS indoor championships were held in Sheffield over the weekend. Harry Russell competing for Sheffield University continued his early season form by coming through two rounds to reach the final of the 800m (1:57.52 and 1:53.74) where he finished 5th in another great time of 1:53.76. Yaz Ryder came agonisingly close to progressing in the ladies 800m, running 2:20.12 in a very tough first round heat, a time that would have been good enough to win the heat after! Phil Carter, the sole representative from Plymouth University, competed in both the High & Long Jump events despite carrying a foot injury.
This week’s road run will be Winter Route 3: Retail Park-Pinchington Lane – Greenham Road (main split) – Pidgeon’s Farm – Racecourse – Hambridge Road – Fir Tree Lane – Cock Inn – Victoria Park – St John’s Roundabout – either Newtown Road or Andover Road to Rugby Club.
A number of club members competed at the Bramley 10 and 20 mile events yesterday. Steve Barnes led home the 20 mile contingent in 2:09.03; followed by Conor McGrory 2:10:25; Martin Walker 2:13:31; Jeff Bird 2:15:55; Chris Pudney 2:29:07; Jenny Eaton 2:43:53 (new V55 Club Record – which had been held since 2009); Steve Ferriday 2:45:47; Tony Duck 2:58:44 & Ian Coxhead 3:28:26. Steve, Conor & Martin were 4th team overall.
In the 10 mile event Wayne Lillis was first NAC runner in a time of 1:10:48 followed by Emma-Jayne Bailey 1:11:35; Richard Mccabe 1:18:37; Liz Pudney 1:19:56 & Sheila Marshall 1:27:15.
Full results here & Photos courtesy of Barry Cornelius here:
Harry Russell (U23) posted a fantastic time as he dipped under the 50 second barrier over 400m last Wednesday (31st January) at the Steel 2018 indoor meeting held in Sheffield with a time of 49.97s and continued this great early track form with a 800m 3 second PB of 1:52.97 at the BMC open (also indoors at Sheffield) last night (6th February). Peaking nicely we hope for BUCS next weekend!
Following another successful Oxford Mail League on Sunday (see report below), the following athletes have established unassailable leads in the 2017/18 Club Cross-Country Championships:
Alex Muir (Senior Men), Emma Downie (U17W); Luci Robertson (U15G); Callum Potts (U15B); Josie Robertson (U13G) and; Tom Stevenson (U13B). They can’t take a rest yet and there are still individual and team medals to be fought for at the final Oxford Mail League on 4th March at Farmoor.
The remaining Club Championship Divisions (Veteran Men, Senior & Veteran Women and U11 Boys & Girls) are very tight and will be decided at Farmoor.
This weeks road-run will be Winter Route 2 – Conifer Crest – Water tower, Valley Road, Clocktower (main split between long & short groups), Old Bath Road, Grove Road, Love Lane, Cock Inn, Victoria Park, St John’s roundabout and then either Newtown Road or Andover Road back to Rugby Club.
Report from Phil Marshall:
Jess Franklin and Izzy Fry with a clear lead in the Women’s race
The club travelled to Lawns Park in Swindon to face the toughest cross country course so far this season in the Oxfordshire Cross Country League Round 4 fixture. However plenty of testing hills and shin deep mud on a technical course proved to the liking of some as we had a brilliant 1-2, with Jess Franklin winning her first ever Senior Women’s Oxfordshire League race ahead of Izzy Fry in 2nd. A fantastic season for the pair means that even with another fixture still to come Jess has now secured the Veteran 1 title, Izzy has claimed the U20 and Overall Women’s title, and with a huge lead in the team championship thanks also to a fantastic 4th place finish for Mireille Cook, Newbury AC are odds on to retain their title from last season.
The Men are also on track to claim back-to-back league championships with another
Alex Muir leading eventual winner Simon Fisher of OCAC
comprehensive team victory led by Alex Muir who was second to Oxford City AC’s Simon Fisher in a field of 219 finishers. Joining Alex in the successful scoring A team were Matt Green, Anthony Sudlow, Mike Robbins, Steve Barnes, Stephen Elsmere and Mike Wheeler, who all finished in the top 33 places.
In the Junior races we had to cope without our top ranked U13 girl, Josie Robertson, who was struck down with flu, but such is the strength of the squad that Sophie Bhatt (9th), Miriam Cooper (11th) and Phoebe Ryder (12th) were able to match their closest rivals Swindon AC, Highworth RC and Oxford City AC to ensure they still remained top of the table with one race remaining.
Ethan Robertson in the U9 boys had his best race of the season to finish 2nd and his big sister Luci Robertson also excelled in the tricky conditions finishing 4th U15 girl.
A big thank you to everyone that competed, every place really does count and the team spirit this year in all categories has been superb. Looking forward to another big turnout and successful final race on 4th March at Hill End Centre, Farmoor.