Track & Field

The club has year-round use of Crookham Common Athletics Track, located behind Thornford Park at the eastern end of Greenham Common. Coaching sessions are available on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays – see club programme for details.

Newbury AC compete in three separate track and field leagues.

  • The Southern Athletics League (SAL) is for all senior athletes (U17 upwards), and consists of five matches over the season, each with the full range of track and field disciplines. Newbury AC are currently in Division 2 West. Team managers are Mike Robbins (men) and Caroline Tuttle/Ros Pearson (ladies).
  • The Southern Counties Veterans League is for all athletes over the age of 35. There are four fixtures over the season, all fairly local and usually take place on Monday evenings. Team manager is James Craggs.
  • The Wessex Young Athletes League is for juniors up to U20. See the Young Athletes section for details.

2019 was one of the most successful track and field seasons in Newbury AC’s history.

For the first time ever, the club had two representatives in the same GB junior team. Both Charlotte Payne (hammer) and Izzy Fry (5000m) were selected by Team GB to travel to Boras, Sweden for the U20 European champs. Both performed superbly, with Charlotte qualifying for the final, and Izzy narrowly missing out on a medal in 4th.

After a consistent season of jumping, Craig Beecham was deservedly crowned European V45 long jump champion. Not content with just one title, Craig also helped the 4x100m relay squad claim the gold medals for Great Britain at the European Masters in Turin.

Both Sam Plumb (400mH) and Harry Russell (800m) had great success domestically, culminating in them proudly wearing the Newbury vest at the British Championships in Birmingham.

Once again, Newbury’s young athletes had good representation at English Schools. Reuben Langdon, Bo Stewart and Trinity O’Connor all qualified for the combined events finals, while Charlotte Payne retained her senior girls hammer title.

Closer to home, the club had another strong season in the Southern Athletics League, finishing in 7th place in Division 2 West and picking up two “athlete of the match” awards through Helen Broadbridge and Sam Plumb.

Six senior club records were broken in 2019 – Sam Plumb (200m), Oliver Hewitt (Hammer), Mike Robbins (2000m steeplechase), Izzy Fry (5000m), Trinity O’Connor (Pole Vault) and Charlotte Payne (Hammer) all set best ever performances by a Newbury AC athlete.