Young Athletes news

Venue for Junior Sessions:

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

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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.

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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Recent Track & Field results

The track & field season is getting underway with a number of open meetings having taken place over the last couple of weeks.

At the Bracknell AC Young athletes open on 31st March U13 Thea Osborne competed in the 150m and LJ returning results of 23.51s and 3.61m respectively. U15 Scarlett O’Connor recorded 3.71m in the LJ. Charlotte Payne (U17) took first place in the discus with a throw of 37.08m and was joined by Georgia Carwardine who threw 16.82m. Charlotte also came firs tin the hammer with 56.88m.

Izzy Fry opened up her track season in fine style, slicing close to ten seconds off her own Under 20 3000m club record when she clocked 9mins 57.96 at the first Watford Open Graded meeting of the season last Wednesday. It was all the more impressive because the entire race was run in torrential rain, the starter even warning them they might not hear the gun !

Charlotte Payne had a busy weekend competing both at the Basingstoke & Mid Hants open on Saturday 7th and the Reading AC championships at Palmer Park on Sunday 8th. It was at the former where she had her better results throwing a new U17 club record of 43.23m in the Discus and also competed in the Hammer (57.74m) & Shot (11.3m).

And finally, at Saturday’s Newbury park run, twelve year-old Josie Robertson knocked 40 secs off her previous best for a new PB of 18:47 – a time that puts her firmly on top of the club’s Age-Graded League table.

 

Easter Handicap: Sunday 1st April

Forty-four runners enjoyed the cool, bright and at times muddy conditions to post some excellent times at this the Easter Handicap. The first three places were taken by a very promising group of our junior girls: 1st Chloe Boud; 2nd Clementine Barry; 3rd Sophie Bhatt. Fastest time of the day was 9:34 was  by Phil Marshall with Mike Robbins (9:49) and Izzy Fry (9:58) also getting under 10 minutes.

Thanks to our time-keeper, Dave Mason and to everyone else who helped in the smooth running of the event.

Results are available here, ranked by both “course time” and “net time”.

General Junior Sessions – Thursday 6pm

Message from E-J Bailey:

This Thursday 22nd March is this last one indoors at St Bart’s sports hall. We will be running a traditional circuit to finish off our indoor training. The outdoor interval session will run as usual.

We then move outside on 29th March to Browns Meadow, Fifth Road.

There will be NO junior training sessions on Thursday 5th and Thursday 12th April as we close for the Easter holiday.

On 19th April all juniors will be invited up to the track at Cookham Common. More details to follow nearer the time.

English Schools’ Cross-country Championships: 17th March

Izzy on her way to 4th place (Photo by Adrian Royle)

Izzy Fry produced another excellent performance, finishing 4th in the Senior Girls’ race at Temple Newsom.. Izzy started out in the lead pack of 12 runners, she ran strongly the hills and worked up to the top 7  but she then had a slight blip running head on into a strong wind before moving back up to the leaders. On the second to last hill she moved into 3rd  but got stuck in the mud at the bottom of the final descent and lost 3rd place by a couple of seconds. She drove up the hill to the finish but could not quite close it back up. A superb 4th place, one second behind 3rd, 8 seconds behind the runner-up, Kirsty Walker of Reading, and 18 secs behind the winner Holly Page.

Luci Robertson was 8th out of the pen in the Junior Girls race, but worked through strongly to finish 222nd, and get the important final 6th place counter in the Berkshire team.

Oxford Mail League – Round 4 – Lawns Park, Swindon 4th February

Report from Phil Marshall:

Jess Franklin and Izzy Fry with a clear lead in the Women’s race

The club travelled to Lawns Park in Swindon to face the toughest cross country course so far this season in the Oxfordshire Cross Country League Round 4 fixture. However plenty of testing hills and shin deep mud on a technical course proved to the liking of some as we had a brilliant 1-2, with Jess Franklin winning her first ever Senior Women’s Oxfordshire League race ahead of Izzy Fry in 2nd. A fantastic season for the pair means that even with another fixture still to come Jess has now secured the Veteran 1 title, Izzy has claimed the U20 and Overall Women’s title, and with a huge lead in the team championship thanks also to a fantastic 4th place finish for Mireille Cook, Newbury AC are odds on to retain their title from last season.

The Men are also on track to claim back-to-back league championships with another

Alex Muir leading eventual winner Simon Fisher of OCAC

comprehensive team victory led by Alex Muir who was second to Oxford City AC’s Simon Fisher in a field of 219 finishers. Joining Alex in the successful scoring A team were Matt Green, Anthony Sudlow, Mike Robbins, Steve Barnes, Stephen Elsmere and Mike Wheeler, who all finished in the top 33 places.

In the Junior races we had to cope without our top ranked U13 girl, Josie Robertson, who was struck down with flu, but such is the strength of the squad that Sophie Bhatt (9th), Miriam Cooper (11th) and Phoebe Ryder (12th) were able to match their closest rivals Swindon AC, Highworth RC and Oxford City AC to ensure they still remained top of the table with one race remaining.
Ethan Robertson in the U9 boys had his best race of the season to finish 2nd and his big sister Luci Robertson also excelled in the tricky conditions finishing 4th U15 girl.
A big thank you to everyone that competed, every place really does count and the team spirit this year in all categories has been superb. Looking forward to another big turnout and successful final race on 4th March at Hill End Centre, Farmoor.
Photos courtesy of Barry Cornelius: http://www.oxonraces.com/photos/2018-02-04-swindon/

Quiz Evening – Friday 27th April – Date for your diaries

Back by Popular demand!

We will be holding a fund-raising Quiz on Friday 27th April.

Start time 7.30pm prompt.

Entry fee: £2 per person (to be collected on the evening) – teams of up to 6 people. Everyone welcome: members, their families, friends & acquaintances. Please spread the word and pre-register your interest with Bev.

Venue: the big function hall at Oakley Farm Caravan Park, Penwood Road, Wash Water, Newbury, RG20 0LP

Directions: From Newbury drive south along the A343 (Andover Road) for about 3 miles. Just after the hump back water bridge at Wash Water turn left into Penwood Road and Oakley Farm Caravan Park is about 500m on the left.

Food – buffet provided by people attending – as usual please bring a plateful or two to share.

N.B. There is no bar – please bring your own drinks