Fell running tour 2018

Report by Dave Wright

The annual trip up north was extra warm this time, with Keswick reaching 31degrees when we were racing nearby. Unprecedented for fell races, water was provided at the checkpoints on Wednesday and Sunday. Great scenery, conviviality and hospitality as usual with the fell running community.



Tebay Fell Race (Cumbria) 8 miles (914metre climb) Dave Wright 47th (1hour 43 minutes), Chris Hobson 67th (2hours 6 minutes) (Race actually measured 9.3 miles and is considered the hardest midweek race in Cumbria. Great meat pies and mushy peas afterwards. 82 finishers

Kirkby Stephen Sports (Cumbria) 2.8 miles (110metre climb) Chris 20th approx. (20 minutes), Dave 23rd approx. (22minutes) 45 runners. Chris won the half mile handicap afterwards and after a pint of beer, winning £8 and he would probably have won outright as he recorded under 2 minutes with only a small head start! Didn`t do so well in the sprint, sack race or egg throwing though!

Whaley Waltz (Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire), 5.8 miles (274metre climb), Dave 47th (51minutes), Chris 65th (53minutes) 208 runners

Great Hucklow Fell Race (Derbyshire) 10K (340metre climb) Dave 22nd, (57 minutes), Chris voluntarily walked around as tail runner. 115 runners

Hungerford Harey 8 Mile – Sunday 1st of July 2018

With high temperatures and baking, sweaty conditions, Newbury AC had a strong turnout at the fourth and final race in the Run West Berkshire series of races.

The 8 mile course of the Hungerford Harey 8, professionally delivered by the Hungerford Hares, the race began at 10.30am with a route which saw runners traverse through rolling terrain, dry and narrow tracks through fields and long, slow rises.  The end of the route had a sting in its tail with the now-famous and seemingly never-ending final loop around the Hungerford Rugby Club pitches.

Results are linked here:  http://www.hungerfordhares.co.uk/joom/index.php/harey-8/results-2018

Highlights of positions from the Newbury AC cohort was:

5th place/1st Newbury AC runner:  Mike Wheeler 52 mins 19 secs.

7th place:  Graham Stent 52 mins 50 secs.

12th place:  Nige Poppelwell 56 mins 29 secs (1st VM50)

2nd Female place/24th place overall:  Jenny Eaton 1hr 1 min 16 secs (and Female winner of the whole Run West Berks series)

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Combe Gibbet Challenge results

Report by Nige Popplewell:

The annual Combe Gibbet Challenge took place on Sunday 24th, and Newbury AC members tested themselves against both the undulating multi-terrain course and extremely warm weather. Notwithstanding the conditions, a number of prizes were won by club members as below:

Second Female in 48:08 min  was  Mireille Cook  followed by Third Female (49:50)    Sarah Taylor.
First Female Veteran with  51:50   was  Jenny Eaton. First Male Veteran was taken by Graham Stent in 43:34 mins. There were 134 finishers.

Full results

SAL – Portsmouth Saturday 23rd June

Newbury AC faced the toughest test of the season in Southern Athletic League Division 2, as they finished in 3rd place behind league leaders Basingstoke & Mid Hants on 193points, host club City of Portsmouth 190.5 in 2nd, Newbury 178 points and Walton 113.5 points.

Helen Broadbridge and Under 17 Charlotte Payne continued to raise the standard of Hammer throwing at the club as Helen threw 56.94m  to break the club record set by Charlotte at the previous league  meeting, Charlotte herself threw 53.64m to make sure of both the A & B string victories. Helen also came 2nd A string in the Shot and Discus, while Charlotte secured the B string wins and with Rosie Stanton 2nd in the Javelin A and Helen winning the B string, they contributed 29 points out of a possible 32.

In the Men’s throws Oliver Hewitt won the Discus A with 40.62m with Ian Payne 2nd in the B. Oliver threw 52.13m for 2nd in the Hammer and Bob Broadbridge earned a B string win in the Shot Putt.

Alex Hanson made the perfect league debut for the club with controlled wins in both the 800m in 1m58s, and 1500m in 4m13s, A strings. He was joined by Mike Robbins for 2nd B in the 800m and Ben Wickens 3rd B in the 1500m . Yasmin Ryder and Izzy Fry earned 2nd A’s in the Women’s 800m and 1500m respectively and Jess Franklin dipped under the 5min barrier for the first time to win the 1500m B string in 4m57s.

Yasmin Ryder and Sophie Fowler claimed maximum points in the 2000m Steeple Chase with Yasmin winning the A in 7m32s.

Another double win came in the Men’s 400m Hurdles with Sam Plumb taking the A and Matt Davies the B. The pair were close to matching that result in the 110m Hurdles as Sam just missed out on a dip for the line in the A, while Matt led the way in the B string. Rosie Stanton and Sara Rudd were runners up in the Women’s 100m Hurdles and in the Men’s 5000m Matt Green led for most of the race but had to settle for 2nd A while James Craggs made a welcome return to win the B string.

There were a further four athletes making their League debut for the club. Will Morris came 2nd in the 100m A string in 11.4secs,  Under 17 Samuel Taylor came 3rd in the 100m B string with 12.1.  Mariama Barrie made her debut in the 100m & 200m sprints, and under 17 Hugh Beattie cleared 1m45 in the High Jump. There was also a superb effort from Chloe Blair who was at first unsure if she could make this meeting, and ended up running the 100m,200m,400m & 800m plus the relay.

Ridgeway Revenge Half Marathon: Saturday 16th of June 2018

At the Ridgeway Revenge Half Marathon over the weekend, congratulations goes to:   
Julian Tulk (1hr 41mins 42 secs, 9th position overall and 4th in his Senior Men category), 
Rachel Allen (1hr 47 mins 29 mins, 23rd position overall, 1st in her V40 age group, who then ran in the Ridgeway Relay the following morning), 
Sue Van Huyssteen (1hr 56 mins 46 secs, 43rd position overall, 1st position in her UKN category)