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.

Newbury AC’s Sports Personality of the Year 2019

It’s that time of year again, Newbury AC’s Sports Personality of the Year will return at the presentation evening on Saturday 28th December.

In a similar format to last year, the winner of this award is entirely decided by club members, so we’re looking for your nominations of someone who’s been inspirational, motivational or just damn impressive in what they do – whether in track, field, cross country, road running or everyday club life. Any club member is eligible – old, young, fast or slow. A shortlist will be selected from your nominations, and the winner chosen on the night in a public vote.

Please email your nomination(s) to with a brief description of why you think they deserve the award by 30th November.

There’s no limit to the number of nominations (but you can’t vote for yourself!), so if you think someone is a worthy contender, don’t assume that someone else will do the honours!

Last year’s winner was Josie Robertson – can she make it two in a row, or will someone else claim the beautiful trophy?

Oxford mail XC – Round 1 – Bicester – 3rd November 2019

Newbury Athletic Club kicked off their Oxfordshire Cross Country League season with some impressive results at the new course in Bicester on Sunday 3rd November. Full results can be found here.

The Senior Men finished second behind Swindon AC with all 7 team scorers in the top 40 positions, James Craggs was the best placed team member in 6th and James Knight was 13th and 3rd Veteran in a field of 345 athletes.

The Senior Women came 3rd, narrowly losing out to White Horse Harriers and Eynsham Roadrunners. Jess Franklin was first Newbury AC runner in 7th and 2nd veteran, with Emma Downie 4th U20, Rachel Allen 4th V2 and Jenny Eaton 2nd V3.

In the Junior races Luci Robertson claimed victory in the U17 girls race, with her sister Josie Robertson 3rd in U15 girls. Josh Norton was 6th in U11 boys and Isabel Moore 9th in U13 girls.

Senior athletes of the round

As Cross Country Team Captain, this year Phil Marshall will be picking a Senior Men’s and Senior Women’s athlete of the round.

We had some superb candidates in both races with James Craggs and Jess Franklin both having great races to finish first NAC runner home respectively.

Richard Kennedy and Rebecca Downie both had their best races to date and I’m sure there’s more to come from both. Emma Downie finished as 4th U20 in her first Senior Women’s race which is a big step up in distance and there was very impressive cross country debuts from Bernie Gerrard, Dean Horton, Alexandra Bettley and Julie Kaesser.

The athletes of Round 1 are:

  • Mike Wheeler who made a huge improvement from previous cross country outings finishing in 18th position overall and 3rd NAC athlete
  • Laura Buchanan who had a brilliant cross country debut to finish in the Top 3 NAC finishers and therefore the Women’s A Team

Well done to both and every athlete that competed this weekend.

November XC fixtures

Message from Phil Marshall:

Reminder to everyone that our cross country league season starts next weekend (Sunday 3rd November) in Bicester. It would be great to have a big Newbury AC turnout!!

Don’t forget there will be issues with the A34 so please leave enough time for any diversion and it always a good idea to lift share where possible as there is a car parking charge.

Fixture details here:

Please also note the Berks, Bucks & Oxon (BBO) Cross Country Championship is on Sunday 17th November at Prospect Park in Reading. I need to enter athletes that wish to run by the end of next weekend, so please let me know if you would like me to enter you (no charge for anyone wishing to enter).

Let me know if you have any questions.

Junior session spike & kit sale

At tomorrows junior training session we will have the second hand spikes out ready for the coming XC season. We just ask for a £5 donation per pair.

Also, all athletes competing need to wear a NAC T-shirt (U9 and U11 races) or a Vest (U13 and up races). Cath will be sorting this for E-J, so please see her to collect yours. You get your first one free but if anyone needs a new one, or a bigger one, you will need to buy it. T-shirts are £10 and vests are £18.

SEAA XC Championships – 19th October 2019

Sophie, Miriam & Maddy

The South of England Cross Country Relay Championship took place at Wormwood Scrubs on Saturday 19th October.

The mens A Team (James Craggs, James Knight, Tobias Allen Steve Barnes) finished a fantastic 10th, which equals the club’s best ever performance achieved in 2017.

The mens B Team (Phil Marshall, Ben Wickens, Harry Russell Will Tyson) finished in 22th place, which was the 5th fastest B team.

The quickest times over the 2.8 mile course were achieved by James Knight 14:43, James Craggs 14:48 and Tobias Allen 15:07.

The club also took an inexperienced U15 girls team of Miriam Cooper, Sophie Bhatt and Maddy Leek who finished in 23rd position and gained valuable championship race exposure.

Oxford mail XC league round 1 – 3rd November – Confirmed

The Oxford mail XC league has confirmed that round 1 will take place on the 3rd November. Please note dogs are not permitted on site.

Details about the fixture can be found here.

Maps of the course routes for the various races can be found here.

Some important info regarding road closures can be found here, please plan and allow extra time for travel to/from the venue.