Young Athletes news

Venue for Junior Sessions:

The location of & directions to our main training sites can be downloaded here: NAC Training Locations


The junior session takes place on Thursday evenings between 6pm and 7.15pm for 9-14yr olds (juniors to sign in from 5.50pm).  In the summer it is held at at Brown’s Meadow, Fifth Road with one session a month held at CCAT (dates are listed below and on the newsletters).  During the winter months, usually beginning of November to the middle of March, it is held inside St. Bart’s sportshall.

The outdoor sessions cover all the main track and field including sprints, middle distance, vortex throw, javelin, shot putt and discus as well as hurdles and long jump (high jump is covered at the CCAT sessions when we go up there weather permitted).

The indoor sessions cover the events held in the sportshall competitions including sprints, foam hurdles, indoor throws, standing long and triple jump as well as vertical jump, speed bounce and the hi-stepper. We also alternate this with indoor circuit sessions for core strength over the winter.

There is also the chance of a run out each week for those who enjoy a longer run especially for the middle distance on the track and the cross country over the winter.

We have also seen the introduction of log books for all our juniors which we encourage athletes to fill in each month in our time trials as well as their competitions.  These are also collected in twice a year for us to look at progress throughout the year.

Wessex Young Athletes League – Basingstoke July 1st

The 3rd Wessex Young Athlete’s match took place on a scorching hot 1st July at Basingstoke.

It was a very competitive U11 quad kids event. Most of the six teams managed to field a high number of athletes. Newbury had 8 girls and 9 boys (out of a maximum allowed of 10) this time and they all worked tremendously hard in the heat. Yet again our lead girl scorer was Anna Delavere. She is on an amazing streak this year and finished an excellent 4th girl overall. Our highest finishing boy was Harry Billet and he was 11th overall. The boys finished 5th and the girls 3rd (out of 6) and their joint result was 5th, but only a few points away from 3rd.

U13-U17 Boys: U13 Finley Hanham Shot Put A string 1st place, Grade4 PB of 7.91m. Also 2nd place Grade 3 in Discus with 21.5m and a Javelin PB of 22.01m. U13 75m Hurdles, Archie Matthews took 2nd in 16.7s. U13 High Jump, Ollie Lloyd Hole 1st place with a PB of 1.25m.Drew Radbourne also high jumped a PB of 1.15m followed by 7s off his 800m PB with 2:49.7. U15 800m Callum Potts A string, 3rd place 2:18.8 and High Jump 2nd place with 1.45m. Similarly U15 800m Nathan Delevere B string 3rd place with 2:40.1 followed by a PB of 1.25m for B string 3rd place in High Jump. U17 Lawrence Baker Won the Long Jump by 2cm with a PB Grade 4 jump of 5.79m followed by a PB Grade 4 100m in 11.8s. Reugen Langdon won the B string Long Jump also with a PB of 5.57m followed by a Grade 4 High Jump PB of 1.70m for 2nd place along with a 2nd in the Javelin. Ellis Russell ran a 26.8s PB in the 200m then joined Lawrence, Callum and Reuben for a scorching 4x100m relay in 48.0s for 2nd place.

U13 to U17 girls:

1st places:  Sophie Bhatt B string U15 1500m 5:33 & Bo Stewart U17 Long Jump 4.68m

2nd places: Thea Osborne U13 100m 14.8s; Phoebe Ryder U13 long jump 4.36m; Scarlett O’Connor U15 shot 7.64m 

AAA Grade performances : Grade 2: Phoebe Ryder U13 Long Jump 4.36m; Phoebe Ryder U13 200m 28.5s

Grade 3: Clementine Barry U13 800m 2:53

Grade 4: Thea Osborne U13 200m 30.6s; Heidi Loxton U15 75m Hurdles 13.2s; Bo Stewart U17 80m Hurdles 13.1s

Unfortunately we were 6th overall against some very large strong teams, but had a number of excellent individual performances. We look forward to the final match at Swindon on 1st July.


Track & Field round up

Report from Mike Robbins:

Three Newbury athletes were in action at the second Oxford Open match of the season on Wednesday. Josie Robertson tackled the 1500m for the first time, and immediately broke the long-standing U13 girls club record by over 10 seconds with her time of 4:57.91. This ranks Josie 3rd in the UK in her age group. Jess Franklin narrowly missed out on her PB with a time of 5:03.33, while Oliver Hewitt comfortably recorded the longest throw of the day in the hammer, reaching 55.63m with his 6kg weight.

On Tuesday, Callum O’Neill ran in the BMC regional races at Tipton, winning the B race with a time of 4:14.64. In a very successful week for Callum, he went on to run a PB of 15:13.35 in the 5000m B race at the Watford BMC Grand Prix on Saturday. Here he was joined by Harry Russell with another fast 800m, clocking of 1:53.22 in the men’s E race.

And on Sunday, Yaz Ryder stepped off the track onto the road for the Vitality Westminster mile. A very strong second half of the race saw Yaz finish runner-up in the U20 ladies race with a PB of 5:07, picking up a well-deserved silver medal against some strong opposition.

Sam Plumb made the trip over to Belgium to compete against international athletes in the IFAM meet, and was rewarded with two season’s bests – 55.65s in the 400m hurdles, and 22.53s in the 200m.

Meanwhile, Charlotte Payne continues to amaze, winning the 3kg hammer at the prestigious BIG Jumps and Throws Fest in Bedford on Monday with a huge throw of 63.89m, moving her up to second on the UK all time U17 list.  Helen Broadbridge once again produced excellent performances in Hammer and Discus, with throws of 51m91 and 41m45 respectively, both close to her best performances of the season.

Charlotte breaks British Under 17 Hammer record!!

Charlotte Payne’s 56m08 throw with the 4kg Hammer on Sunday in the Southern League meeting at Bournemouth was further than she could possibly have expected. 

Almost 4 metres further than she had previously thrown, this was the longest throw ever by a British Under 17 athlete using the 4kg implement – further even than Sophie Hitchon threw at the same age!

At the age of 16, Charlotte is now ranked in the top 20 Senior Women in the UK in 2018. 

Sunday’s competition must have been one of the best ever in the League, with Charlotte, Helen Broadbridge and Bournemouth’s Danielle Broom all in the UK top 25 in both Hammer and Discus. And what a difference it made to have such great competition!!

SAL – Bournemouth Sunday May 20th

Report from Mike Robbins:

There were smiles all round as Newbury AC travelled back up the A34 following a fantastic team performance in their latest Southern Athletics League match at Bournemouth on Sunday. Newbury finished in second place with 182 points, behind the host club (237), but narrowly ahead of Hillingdon AC (180) and City of Plymouth, Erme Valley & Tavistock (172) in a hard fought contest. With exam season wiping out a significant number of athletes, those who could make it were stretched to their absolute limits, so it really was a great team effort to squeeze out every point possible to take the runner up spot.

As we’ve become accustomed to recently, the female throwers achieved the most success on the day. Charlotte Payne continued her fine early season form in the hammer to smash the senior club record with a mighty throw of 56.08m, which incredibly, was only good enough for second place in the A string competition. Helen Broadbridge wasn’t ready to let her club record go without a fight though, throwing just 2cm shy of her previous best to comfortably win the B string. Charlotte and Helen went on to take three more wins and a second place between them in the shot put and discus.

Newbury also had a strong day in the pole vault. Dan Tuttle cleared 3m for the first time in his career to win the men’s A string, while Jenny O’Connor also increased her PB to 2.25m to win the ladies equivalent.

Inspired by his daughter, Ian Payne achieved two new PBs with 8.07m in the shot put and 26.46m in the discus, while Lilly Gohara did the same in the 100m and 100m hurdles with times of 13.8s and 18.4s. Callum O’Neill made a great debut in the blue vest of Newbury, finishing strongly in the 3000m to dip under nine minutes (beating a Commonwealth Games athlete in the process), before picking up vital team points with second place in the steeplechase. Another debutant in the senior team was V55 Anne Stewart-Power, showing it’s never too late to get into track racing with a 20:19 5000m clocking.

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Berkshire County T&F championships – TVAC, Eton 13th May

Report from Bob Broadbridge:

The Berkshire County Athletics championships at Eton on Sunday saw 12 Newbury AC athletes in action, and they delivered some quite outstanding performances.

The throwers led the way re-writing the record books, with 3 and very nearly 4 all-time Championship Best Performances.

Charlotte Payne won the Under 17 Hammer with 62m53 for a Championship Record. The throw is several metres clear as the UK number 1 in 2018, and exceeds the qualifying standard for this year’s European Youth Championships. Charlotte followed this up with another Championship record in the Under 17 Discus with 41m76 – Charlotte also leads the UK rankings in the Discus in 2018.

Helen Broadbridge broke the Championship record in the Women’s Hammer, taking the gold medal with a throw of 51m10. Helen also picked up Silvers in the Women’s Discus and Shot, losing only to GB International throwers in each of these events.

In the Under 20 Men’s throws, Oliver Hewitt won Discus with 45m52, just 48cm short of the Championship record. He also came 2nd in the Hammer with 61m57, losing out to the current UK number 1. He also came 3rd in the Shot.

Maisie Jeger was a double gold medallist in the Under 15 girls. Maisie won the shot with a throw of 11m11 and the Long Jump with 5m16 – both distances exceed the English Schools qualifying standards. Further demonstrating her multi events talent, Maisie took bronze in the 75m Hurdles in 12.42 seconds.   

Newbury had 3 more County Champions, with Trinity O’Connor winning the Under 17  girls Pole Vault with 2m50, Jess Franklin winning the women’s 1500m in 5m02s, and Mike Robbins winning the 800m in 2m04s. Mike also took silver in the 1500m.

Two more silvers came from Scarlett O’Connor in the Under 15 girls High Jump, and Kitty Mainwaring in the Under 13 Quadrathlon – producing excellent performances in Shot, Long Jump, 75m and 600m. 

Three more bronzes came from Ben Wickens in the Men’s 800m, plus Phil Marshall and Rebecca Downie in Men’s and Women’s 1500m respectively. Emma Downie put up a great fight in a hard fought Under 17 1500, but had to settle for 5th.

Two other members of the Newbury throws squad also set new Championship records in the Wiltshire County Championships. Hammer throwing brothers Josh and Harry Ricketts broke the records in the Under 20 and Under 15 Hammer with throws of 47m27 and 43m97 respectively, making a total of 5 new County Championship records on the day for the throws group.


Wessex Young Athletes T&F League – Horspath, Oxford 22nd April

Report from E-J,Jenny & Keith:

The first Wessex League meeting for Newbury AC Juniors and intermediates took place on Sunday at Horspath, Oxford. Both the girls and boys finished 3rd in their respective groups and a fantastic third place overall. There was a great team spirit and all athletes (even if not mentioned below!)  did themselves and the club proud. We look forward to the next three matches.

For many athletes the U11 Quadkids was their first time competing in track and field events. We had the full contingent of 10 girls and 4 boys this time. Anna Delavare was 2nd girl over all and Ethan Robertson 2nd boy overall – both fantastic achievements.

The older Newbury AC girls had a number of top results with Trinity O’Connor winning the U17G high jump with 1.55m (grade 3), U13G 70m hurdles was won by Mimi Jensen on her debut for Newbury AC in 12.6s (grade 4) and there was more 1st place finishes for Lily Gohara in 80m hurdles A string in 12.6s (grade 4) and Trinity O’Connor in B string. Emma Downie won the U17G 1500m in 5:14. Abi Livingstone secured a PB and 1st position in the A string javelin with 28.67m and Maddy Mitton was also 1st B string 18.59m.

U13G Josie Robertson continued her success from a stellar cross country season onto the track by winning the 1200m in a very impressive 3m56s (grade 2) with her sister Luci also winning in the U15G 1500m recording 5m19s. Other good performances included Amelie Roumignac getting a 200m PB in 29.4s and impressive 800m runs from U13Girls Phoebe Ryder in 2m40s (grade 4) when finishing 2nd & Clementine Barry in 2m54s , as well as newcomer Georgia Carwardine winning the U15G discus with a throw of 19.96m (grade 4).

For the older boys, the best results of the day were the middle distance races, despite increasingly blustery condition on the exposed track. In the 800m Aston Howse ran the fastest 800m for U11B in 2m55.5s; in U13B Oliver Taylor took 3rd in the A string and Drew Radbourne ran hard for second in the B string. Josh Hatton set a good time of 2m42.7s in the U15B and U17 Ellis Russell 2m34.9s, both finishing in 4th.

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