London Marathon Social Final Call – Sunday 22 April 2018

The post-London Marathon social event will take place on Sunday 22 April (details below).

When: Sunday 22 April 2018, beginning at 7.30pm until 10.30pm. 
Where: The Bowler’s Arms, Enborne St, Wash Common, Newbury RG14 6TW. 
Food: Light buffet/nibbles made on-site provided (for a small £6 fee). 
Dress: Informal. 

Confirming Numbers: If anyone wishes to join us for the buffet, please send me an e-mail to as I need to get confirmed buffet numbers to the Bowler’s Arms by tomorrow (Tue 17 Apr)

Club members, Wives and Girlfriends (WAGs), Husbands and Boyfriends (HABs) and Significant Others and Partners (SOAPs) are all very welcome. 

SAL T&F – Woking 14th April

Oliver Hewitt in action in the Discus

The club enjoyed a good start to the track & Field season, finishing in 2nd place behind hosts Woking in the opening Southern Athletics League division 2 fixture on Saturday winning 24 events and a new club record was set by Oliver Hewitt in the discus.

For the first time since joining the League the club produced a clean sweep in the middle distance events, an achievement only previously set by the throws group.

Under 20 Izzy Fry started the ball running, comfortably winning both the 800m and 1500m A strings, with under 17 Emma Downie securing the B string in the 800m, and Sophie Fowler in the 1500m. No one could match Harry Russell for speed in the last 200m of the Men’s 800m, clocking 2.00mins to win the A, with club captain Mike Robbins also finishing fast to claim the B. Phil Marshall played a waiting game in the Men’s 1500m, patiently tracking the A string from Epsom & Ewell, before making the decisive kick to win by 5 seconds, with Ben Wickens delighted to earn 1st pace in the B string on his first outing over the distance. There was also a double victory in the Men’s 5000m, with Matt Green running a personal best time of 16.13 to win the A, with Alex Muir 11 seconds behind taking the B string.

The throwers continued where they left off last season, with Helen Broadbridge Female athlete of the match for her wins in the Hammer with 48.99m, and 39.90m in the Discus, while under 20 Oliver Hewitt was in fine form throwing 48.25 to win the Hammer A  and set a new club Senior record of 40.63m to win the Discus. There were also B string wins for Jamie Kuehnel with 40.81m in the Hammer, Bob Broadbridge 34.55m in the Discus, and under 17 Abigail Livingstone 27.21m a new personal best in the Javelin.

Sam Plumb continued his unbeaten run in the 400m hurdles A, with team mate Matt Davies securing the B string, Sophie Fowler won the B string 2000m Steeplechase, and the High jumpers were just one point away from maximum points, with Trinity O’Connor clearing 1m50 to win the Women’s A, Samantha Dredge 1m35 winning the B, Daniel Tuttle 1m70 for 2nd A, with Reuben Langdon 1st B with 1m60.

Match Score

Woking 239.5

Newbury 226.5

Epsom & Ewell 191

North Devon 119

Ridgeway Relays – Sunday 17th June 2018

The annual 89 mile Ridgeway Relay 2018 event will be taking place throughout Sunday 17 June 2018 beginning at 7.30am at Ivinghoe Beacon, Buckinghamshire and finishing in Marlborough.

I have provisionally entered 2 x NAC teams of ten runners for this event (each team must have a minimum of 2 x female runners per team but there can be more). Relay runners must be over 17 years old on the day of the event.

Please send expressions of interest through me ( so I can co-ordinate team composition. If there are more then 20 people interested in taking part, I can enter additional teams.

NAC usually does very well at this event every year so please, please, PLEASE sign up for this event so we can continue to dominate the regional league tables.

Spread the word around the non-internet oldies.

Recent Track & Field results

The track & field season is getting underway with a number of open meetings having taken place over the last couple of weeks.

At the Bracknell AC Young athletes open on 31st March U13 Thea Osborne competed in the 150m and LJ returning results of 23.51s and 3.61m respectively. U15 Scarlett O’Connor recorded 3.71m in the LJ. Charlotte Payne (U17) took first place in the discus with a throw of 37.08m and was joined by Georgia Carwardine who threw 16.82m. Charlotte also came firs tin the hammer with 56.88m.

Izzy Fry opened up her track season in fine style, slicing close to ten seconds off her own Under 20 3000m club record when she clocked 9mins 57.96 at the first Watford Open Graded meeting of the season last Wednesday. It was all the more impressive because the entire race was run in torrential rain, the starter even warning them they might not hear the gun !

Charlotte Payne had a busy weekend competing both at the Basingstoke & Mid Hants open on Saturday 7th and the Reading AC championships at Palmer Park on Sunday 8th. It was at the former where she had her better results throwing a new U17 club record of 43.23m in the Discus and also competed in the Hammer (57.74m) & Shot (11.3m).

And finally, at Saturday’s Newbury park run, twelve year-old Josie Robertson knocked 40 secs off her previous best for a new PB of 18:47 – a time that puts her firmly on top of the club’s Age-Graded League table.


Weekend Half Marathons (8th April 2018)

Some awesome club Half Marathon successes were achieved on Sunday the 8th of April 2018.

White Horse Half Marathon:  Nigel Popplewell finished in an impressive 38th position with a time of 1hr 28 mins 44 secs with Steve Ferriday coming close behind in 110th place with a time of 1hr 40 mins 4 secs.

Devizes Half Marathon:  Mike Wheeler set an outstanding pace by coming in 18th position with a time of 1hr 26 mins 14 secs.  He was the sole club representative at Devizes.

Outstanding effort to all three

Road run 12th April

The road run for the final week at the Rugby Club will be:

April 12th: 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.

Thursday Road run & Middle distance interval sessions

From this Thursday (19th April) the above sessions will be held at Brown’s Meadow, Fifth Road. Session start time remains at 7pm.

The road run this week will be a variation of Summer Route 14Across Enborne Road to the Canal, keep on the Canal until Hambridge Road-Racecourse Road-New Road-Burys Bank Road-Monks Lane-Valley Road-Fifth Road – changes will be dependent on the light and weather.

Maidenhead Easter 10

Jenny Eaton
Photo: Peter Cook

Twelve club members completed the Maidenhead Easter 10 on Good Friday. Mark Vardy (54;32) and Matt Green (56:07) both finished in the Top 25 and recorded PBs. The race incorporated the Berkshire County 10-mile championships with Wayne Lillis (MV50) and Jenny Eaton (WV55) both winning silver medals. Jenny also improved her club age-group record to 73:27.

Club finishers: Mark Vardy 54:32 (PB); Matt Green 56:07 (PB); Steve Elsmere 59:09 (PB); Steve Barnes 60:44; Wayne Lillis 64:06; Andy McKendrick 65:10 (PB); Michel Szczpanczk 71:43; Edyta Wilk 72:54 (PB); Jenny Eaton 73:27; Stephanie Smallman 89:34 and Sheila Marshall 91:45.

Easter Handicap: Sunday 1st April

Forty-four runners enjoyed the cool, bright and at times muddy conditions to post some excellent times at this the Easter Handicap. The first three places were taken by a very promising group of our junior girls: 1st Chloe Boud; 2nd Clementine Barry; 3rd Sophie Bhatt. Fastest time of the day was 9:34 was  by Phil Marshall with Mike Robbins (9:49) and Izzy Fry (9:58) also getting under 10 minutes.

Thanks to our time-keeper, Dave Mason and to everyone else who helped in the smooth running of the event.

Results are available here, ranked by both “course time” and “net time”.