Oxon Mail Cross Country – 3rd December – Update

Report from Phil Marshall:

The club backed up their double team win from the first Oxfordshire Cross Country League fixture by again topping both the Women’s and Men’s tables after the second round match held at Kilkenny Country Park in Carterton.
Izzy Fry once again romped to victory in the Women’s race with a dominant performance leading from gun to tape to claim her second victory of the series. Jess Franklin followed Izzy home in second place (first V1) and Mireille Cook completed the scoring team in 11th (second V1).
In the Men’s race Newbury AC had to cope without their leading two runners from the first fixture, but they proved what great strength in depth they have by still taking the team win, lead by Matt Green finishing 4th in the 225 strong field. Phil Marshall in 16th and Mike Robbins in 18th also had impressive races with Steve Elsmere, Vladimir Tsagov, Jeff Bird and Andrew Ind making up the winning Newbury AC A team lineup and Irwin Fairclough finishing as 2nd V3.
There were also very strong junior performances for Newbury AC.  Kitty Shepherd-Cross took the U17 girls victory, Luci Robertson was 2nd U15 girl and the U13 girls of Josie Robertson (4th), Sophie Bhatt (8th) and Phoebe Ryder (10th) claimed the fixture team win.
Photos courtesy of Barry Cornelius

Full results of Sunday’s fixture are now available here

Updated club championship tables can be viewed here.


Road-Run Thursday 30th December

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.

Road-Run Thursday 23rd

Tonight’s road run 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

Newbury Rotary Club – Santa Fun Run – 3rd December

Just in case the Oxfordshire Cross Country league cannot run their event here is another option for you!:

Newbury Rotary Club are holding their Santa Fun Run starting from Market Place at 11 am on Sunday 3rd Dec. (Event starts at 10)The event is to support the Rosemary Appeal, West Berkshire Therapy Centre, West Berkshire Mencap and other Rotary Supported Charities. To register and for full details please see their Website.


BB&O Cross Country Championships – Sunday 19th November

The club had a successful day at the BB&O Cross Country Championships held at Prospect Park on Sunday.

Jessica Franklin lead the way with a gold medal as first Veteran as well as coming 3rd overall Senior in the combined Senior, Veteran and Junior Women’s race. This performance along with her teammates Sue van Huyssteen & Jenny Eaton also earned a silver medal in the Veteran team category. After a few years plagued by injury, Alex Muir is getting back to his best and had a fantastic race in the Men’s Senior Championships, tackling the hills superbly over the two lap course finishing 3rd overall to pick up a bronze medal. Alex also took a Senior Men’s team bronze after good packing behind him from Matt Green, Phil Marshall, Anthony Sudlow, Steve Barnes & Mike Robbins; with Phil, Steve and Jeff Bird securing the Veteran Men’s bronze.

It was good to see so many juniors also representing the club in the various age categories with U13 Josie Robertson the best placed at 4th.

Full NAC results:

U13 girls – Josie Robertson 4th; Sophie Bhatt 18th; Miriam Cooper 24th; Phoebe Ryder 28th

U13 Boys – Tom Stevenson 32nd; Josh Hatton 35th.

U15 Girls – Luci Robertson 8th; Gabby Stewart-Power 35th; Grace Lees 39th

U15 Boys – George Ferguson 12th; Callum Potts 28th; Ellis Russell 41st U17 Girls – Emma Downie 18th

Senior/Vet/Junior Women –  Jessica Franklin 5th; Chloe Blair 26th; Sue van Huyssteen 30th; Emily Craggs 32nd; Rebecca Downie (u20) 39th; Jenny Eaton 45th.

Senior/Vet Men –  Alex Muir 3rd; Matt Green 8th; Phil Marshall 33rd; Anthony Sudlow 34th; Steve Barnes 41st; Mike Robbins 43rd; Jeff Bird 45th; Conor McGrory 47th; Martin Walker 55th; Andrew Ind 57th; Martyn Staines 75th; Ryan Hill 84th.

Weekend round-up 18th/19th November

Irwin Fairclough  represented his country Northern Ireland on Saturday in the British & Irish Masters’ XC International in Belfast finishing 16th in the V60 category and 2nd out of his 4 fellow countrymen.

Phillipa Cass completed the Windsor Autumn Classic half-marathon held at Dorney Lake on Saturday in 1:37:30 (9th SW).

At Sunday’s Swindon 10k there were PB’s for Joe Hoskins and Mike Wheeler  Mike finished 12th overall in 37:33 (50 sec pb). Joe was 16th in 37:56 (3 min PB). David Wright finished in 41:05, Sheila Marshall 52:38 & Jill Mowat in 00:52:50.

U17 Charlotte Payne had a successful start to the winter at the first Swindon Winter Throws Invitational event on Saturday – taking part in 3 events. In cold and wet conditions she threw an excellent 56.54m in the hammer followed by 39.74 in the Discus and finished with 18.26m in the Heavy hammer – a new UK all time best throw for an under 17.

BB&O report & results will be posted separately