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.

Newbury AC had a wide range of track and field successes in 2018:

Both Oliver Hewitt and Charlotte Payne were crowned English Schools Champions in hammer. Oliver followed this up with a bronze medal in the SEAA U20s, while Charlotte took silver in the England U17s and from this earned her first national vest, competing for England in the SIAB international meet in Grangemouth.

Jess Franklin took two national titles in the British Masters, winning both the 1500m and the 3000m in the V35 category.

Alex Hanson won the Southland Conference 800m title competing for Central Arkansas University, taking 3 seconds off the club 800m record in the process.

Bob Broadbridge, Simon Barrett and Craig Beecham all represented Great Britain at the World Masters Championships in Malaga, while Izzy Fry and Lily Goharajoined Oliver and Charlotte in qualifying for the English Schools Finals.

Helen Broadbridge (hammer), Trinity O’Connor (pole vault) and Oliver Hewitt (discus) all set new senior club records, with Helen taking the club’s sole “Athlete of the match” award in the SAL.