Fun Club Championships – CCAT – September 6th 2018

Report from Bob Broadbridge:

We celebrated the end of the track and field season with our first Fun Club Championships bringing together almost 100 athletes from all groups across our club.

This year we had Sprint Relays, a longer Elimination Relay and four field events – Shot, Vortex, Standing Long Jump and Standing Triple Jump.

All of the events had some sort of handicapping aimed at giving everyone a chance to win, and in the end 35 different athletes won medals.

Some of my favourite moments came in the Elimination race as our fastest runners fought tooth and nail to avoid being eliminated by being at the back of the field at the end of each lap. 

Our Champions this year are:-

Field Events – Juniors – These medals will be presented on Thursday.

Standing Long Jump        Nathan Salter – 2m03                    and        Josephine Winchester – 1m97

Standing Triple Jump      Ollie Lloyd-Hole – 6m35                 and        Thea Osborne               –  5m05

Shot                                    Saul Martinez  – 7m67                   and        Francesca Bailey         – 5m04

Vortex                                 Ethan Robertson  – 28m              and        Josie Robertson                – 30m

Field Events – ‘Seniors’

Jumps –    Reuben Langdon – 2.65m / 8m      and     Lilly Gohara  – 2.14m / 5.97m.

Throws –  (There were more competitors in the throws, so more medals)

Gold                       Will Morris – 8.2m / 49 m             and        Luci Robertson – 6.87m / 43m

Silver                     Ryan Hill – 8.1m / 41m                   and        Katie Glare – 5.14m / 19m

Bronze                  Phil Marshall 6.9m / 42m               and        Sarah Fowler – 5.57m / 14m

Elimination Relay

Gold – Ben Wickens and Mike Sheridan

Silver – Emma Donnie and Ollie Bradshaw

Bronze – Simon Kirby and Josie Robertson

Sprint Relays

Sixteen individuals won gold medals, from the four winning teams:-

–          Team Lane

–          Team 1123

–          The Blue Team

–          The Runners

Congratulations to all of the above medal winners. And congratulations also to everyone else who took part – and in so many cases came very close to being one of the medallists.

Finally, a huge thankyou to everyone who helped with the organisation and execution of the evening, with a special mention to E-J Bailey, Gemma Livingstone and Chloe Blair who managed the most difficult parts of the evening so well.

Thursday 6th September – evening session with a difference

Message from Chairman – Bob Broadbridge:

Come and join us on Thursday for some fun events – all of the events are designed with a twist, to give everyone a chance to win.

 At 6pm the sprint relays start

          Everyone is invited to take part – teams will be selected on the night.

          Be there in time to get warmed up.

 At 6.45pm the long relay (with a difference!) starts

          This is designed for middle and long distance runners – again teams selected on the night.

          Runners will need to be warmed up ready to run at 6.45.


 Field events will start after the sprint relays

          Juniors first so they can leave on time.

          Long relay runners and anyone else – after the long relay. 

Just to remind everyone, this event replaces normal training sessions for everyone this Thursday. There will be no run or Junior session from Fifth Road.

Come and have some fun – and meet people from all across the club.

See you there.


Weekend results – 1st / 2nd September

Charlotte Payne (Kennet school & NAC) was selected to represent England South in the prestigious UK School Games held at Loughborough University against 4 other National teams including Scotland and Northern Ireland. She was also chosen as England South’s Team Captain which is a huge achievement and privilege at such an esteemed event.  Charlotte led the hammer competition right from the very first round by over 2 metres despite being against the very top athletes from around the country. Her furthest – and the winning – throw of 62.79m was less than 30cm from breaking the Championship record which has stood for a number of years. Charlotte walked away with the Gold medal rounding off a fantastic season for her. Her team then went on to win the whole Athletics Event in which Charlotte received the trophy for her work as captain.

This fantastic achievement ends her successful 2018 athletics season as she prepares to move into the Under 20 age category next year.

The 2018 School Games National Finals, supported by Sport England and the Youth Sport Trust, is a major multi-sport event for the most talented young athletes across the UK. Between Thursday 30th August and Sunday 2nd September, more than 1,400 young athletes competed across 11 sports at venues across Loughborough University Campus. Experiencing a Celebration Ceremony, staying in team accommodation for 3 days and facing competitors from around the UK, the young athletes selected for the School Games are immersed in a mini-Olympic style event, hosted by the world’s top sporting University, Loughborough University.

Two club members represented the Berkshire team at this season’s SEAA Inter Counties U15 & U20 Championships held at Horspath, Oxford on Saturday. Maisie Jeger competed in three Under 15 events finishing 9th in the Shot Putt with 9.86m, threw a new PB of 27.19m in the Javelin, and dipped under 28 seconds in the 200m, Berkshire Under 15 Girls team came 5th. Izzy Fry ran in the Under 20 1500m. After a fast first lap the pace dropped so Izzy took it on, heading the 15 strong field in to the home straight to finish in 2nd place in 4.43m. The under 20 Women’s team came 3rd.

Weekend Results 25th, 26th August

There was great success at the British Masters Championships in Birmingham this weekend, with Newbury AC athletes coming home with four medals.

Jess Franklin

Jess Franklin was the star of the show, breaking a 14 year old age group club record to win the V35 1500m national title in a PB time of 4:54.46 on Saturday. Not content with one victory, Jess came back on Sunday to run the 5000m, yet again breaking a long standing club record with a time of 18:23.90, and this time winning the title by over 2 minutes from her nearest challenger.

Anne Stewart-Power lowered her own V55 club record in the 1500m, but narrowly missed out on a medal, finishing fourth. Like Jess, she came back even more determined on day 2, and this time got amongst the medals at the longer distance, winning silver in the 5000m.

In his first season with the club, Craig Beecham attempted the horizontal jump double and was agonisingly close to a medal in the long jump, missing out on third place by just 5cm. In doing so, Craig bettered his own V45 club record with a distance of 5.66m – his best effort since his return to the sport last year. Craig also increased his V45 club record in triple jump, finishing in 5th place.

Finally, Bob Broadbridge – a name synonymous with the Masters Championships over recent years – was up to his usual business. For the fifth year in a row, Bob picked up the silver medal in the discus, and followed this up with a solid 4th place in the V55 hammer.j

Charlotte Payne went to the U17 National championships at the weekend in Discus and Hammer. Charlotte was ranked 3rd in Discus going into the competition It was very close match between the top 3 athletes
Charlotte came away with the silver medal less than 50 cm behind the winner
In hammer Charlotte again was 2nd by less than 50cm. The weather on  Sunday was very wet and Charlotte was not able to reach her full speed hence the below average throw for Charlotte.
Charlotte goes to loughborough next weekend to compete for England South in the school games.

Road Run Route for Thursday 30 Aug 18

Summer route 1.
Start at Fifth Road and go over the canal to Speenmoor Plantations then to Speen Church through the Golf Course to Donnington Castle. This is where the short group can go back to Donnington and go back through town and back on the Canal to Fifth Road. The longer group will carry on to Snelsmoor Common then back to the Golf Course then pass Vodaphone HQ onto Shaw then through Victoria Park and on to the Canal back to Fifth Road.
The longer route may change if the light is not good enough

Highclere 10k Support – Sunday 23 September 2018

The Highclere Castle Challenge 10K club race on 23rd September (10:30 AM) is fast approaching.  As usual, we will need your support to make sure this event is a success – with plenty of marshalling positions needing filling, along with volunteer roles (car park, on-the-day entries, number collection) that may still allow you to run the race.
Please get in touch ( if you are able to help.

Road-Run 23rd August

This week’s roadrun will be ROUTE 12, with the slight variation at the start in that the group will head West along the canal and then run to Hamstead Marshall Park.

The shorter run option will be to run through Hamstead Park down to the canal and return along the towpath.

The group partaking in the longer run will run South-Westerly to Holtwood returning via Vanner’s Lane, this route may be subject to a last minute change for the final part but should be no more than 9 miles in total.


SAL – Kingston – Saturday 18th

Report from Andy Tuttle:

Team & Officials at end of day

Newbury A.C finished runner up for the 4th time this season to secure a top half position once again in the Southern Athletics League Division 2 West. The latest result came in the final fixture of the season at Kingston on Saturday, with the match being won by the hosts Kingston & Polytechnic Harriers on 226pts, Newbury 202pts, Aldershot Farnham & District 157pts & Oxford City 149pts.

Newbury got off to a flying start on the track, scoring 14 out of a possible 16 pts in the first event 400m hurdles. Jenny O’Connor and Matt Davies finish 2nd A strings, while Lucy Loxton & Mike Robbins secured wins in the B strings. Next up was the 800m which saw Izzy Fry take charge leading from the gun, with Sammy Dredge closely in pursuit, they finished 1st and 2nd to take maximum points.

The young pairing of under 23 Al Taylor and under 17 Reuben Langdon scored well in the 400m, both going under 55secs, with Taylor 2nd A, and Langdon winning the B.

In the longer events Newbury made sure that Aldershot did not have it entirely their own way. Mike Robbins was the clear winner in the 2000m Steeplechase, with Steve Elsmere just missing out on the B string win, and Sophie Fowler ran well for 2nd A in the Women’s race. The Men’s 5000m was a particularly strong event, with seven Men running 16 mins or under, the Newbury trio were Mark Vardy 15mins.52s for 2nd A, Alex Muir 15mins55s 2nd B, and Matt Green non scoring clocking 16mins00s. Anne Stewart -Power & Karen Shone earned 2nd A and 2nd B in the 3000m, and in the 1500m there were A string runner up spots for Emma Downie and Mark Vardy, with Sammy Dredge taking the B string win in the Women’s.

In the field events under 17 Trinity O’Connor was in fine form, winning both the Pole Vault and High Jump A strings with 2.70m, and 1.60m respectively, and jumping 9.47m for 2nd A in the Triple Jump. Jenny O’Connor won the B string Pole Vault, and was 2nd in the B High Jump. Phil Carter won the B string Long Jump and Sara Rudd came 2nd in the B triple jump.

There was particularly tough competition in the Throwing events, however Under 17 Charlotte Payne performed well to finish 2nd A in both the Hammer with 54.58m, the Shot Putt with a new personal best 11.01m, and went on to win the Discus A with 40.83m. In the Men’s throws Oliver Hewitt came 2nd in the A string Hammer & Discus, with Bob Broadbridge making sure of the same points in the B string.