Young Athletes news

Venue for Junior Sessions:

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

The latest junior newsletter can be downloaded here. (March 2017) 

Spring / Summer sessions including competitive opportunities can be downloaded here.


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 Athlete League – Match 1 – Sunday 9th April – Southampton


Report from Emma, Jenny & Keith – Junior team Managers:

The Wessex league season kicked off with a beautifully sunny day in Southampton on Sunday. The team were out force with good numbers in all age groups – the under 11 quad kids girls team was full with a reserve list waiting for call up.  Out of the 10 under 11 girls 5 were competing in the league for the first time (Charlotte Darbyshire, Sophie Filsell, Katya Burgess, Isla Menzies and Lola Thorne) and out of the team of 5 boys, 3 of were first timers (Ewan Dunbar, George Down and Faron Cole). They were all keen to make an impression on what was the hottest day of the year so far.


Well done to everyone who took part and also to the parent helpers who took the u11s to their events and our club officials who gave up their Sunday  to help with the league fixture, It was a great day filled with sunshine fun and great team spirit!

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Junior sponsored relays and cake sale

Participants before the start of the relays

Fifty of our club juniors took part in our sponsored relays and cake sale held during the normal junior session at St Barts school in aid of fundraising for our new club building at Fifth Road.

Seven teams ran continuous relays for 30 minutes with helpers logging both individual and team totals and covered an amazing 852 laps of the main school hall!

The club also held a coffee and cake sale. Total monies raised so far are £597.85 with more sponsorship due in over the next few weeks. The grand total will be announced as soon as we have it!

Well done to all the juniors involved and very many thanks to the coaches and helpers this evening without whose effort this could not have taken place!

Junior – sports hall decathlon results

On Thursday evening we presented 53 of our juniors with their certificates for taking part in the recent Indoor Sportshall Decathlon event.  46 juniors recieved their awards for receiving steps 6-10 in the ladder of success, with 6 receiving certificates and badges for achieving primary bronze award. These were Archie Matthews, Sofia Hickmore, Miriam Cooper, Amelie Lafford, Phoebe Ryder and Hannah Cox with Secondary Silver awards going to Charlie Shakespeare and Lawrence Baker. 

Well done to all our juniors and many thanks to the Ollie Johnson Fund for purchasing the certificates and badges for our juniors.

Thursday Road-Running Session

Road Schedule for next few weeks:

17th November – Route 1: Essex Street-Valley Road-clocktower (main split between long and short groups)-Old Bath Road-Grove Road-Love Lane-Cock Inn-Kiln Road-Fir Tree Lane-Hambridge Road-Racecourse-Greenham Church-Pinchington Lane-Rugby Club.

24th November – Route 2: Conifer Cres -Water Tower- Valley Road-clocktower (main split between long and short groups)-Old Bath Road-Grove Road-Love Lane-Cock Inn-Victoria Park-St John’s Roundabout-[either Newtown road or Andover Road]-Rugby Club.

1st December -Route 3: Retail Park-Pinchington Lane – Greenham Road (main split)-Pidgeon’s Farm-Racecourse-Hambridge Road-Fir Tree Lane-Cock Inn-Victoria Park-St John’s Roundabout-[either Newtown road or Andover Road]-Rugby Club.

8th December – Route 1; 15th December – Route 2; 22nd December – Route 3.

We regret that the road run is not suitable for juniors under the age of 16. We have long-felt that running long distances on the road is not beneficial for the physical development of young athletes. Alongside this, we have had concerns over the safety of juniors running the road run. Any juniors who have been attending this session are very welcome to join the middle distance interval session held on the rugby pitches, under flood lights, where we think they will gain more benefit.

Weekend round up – October 22nd – 23rd


Senior Ladies Teams

The cross country season got off to a good start at the South of England cross country relays, held at Wormwood Scrubs, London on Saturday. Sophie Crumly made a dream start on the opening leg for the Senior ladies A team (running the 3rd fastest time of the day); after sharing the lead early on she made her move to pull out a notable lead to hand over to Emily Marshall on the second leg. Emily battled well to keep the team in the top ten, and Jessica Franklin ran the 10th best time of the day to just edge ahead of Reading A.C in the last 300m and bring the team home in 5th place. The Senior Women’s B team of Chloe Blair, Sophie Fowler and Becky Elsmere also ran well to finish 19th out of the 30 teams.

Under 17 Izzy Fry was in good form in the Under 17/20 combined race where she clocked 8mins24secs for 2.5km, the 3rd quickest time out of the two age groups.


U13’s Oliver, Josh & George

The under 13 Boys team finished just two places down on last season in 17th place, with George Ferguson, Oliver Brashaw & Josh Hatton. Despite strong opposition from the London clubs this year, the Senior Men’s team only slipped one place from last season to finish 16th, and were 2 minutes quicker. Our runners were James Craggs, Steve Barnes, Andrew Ind and Phil Marshall.

Three members completed the Abingdon Marathon on Sunday: Martin Walker ran 3:02.49; Wayne Lillis 3:12.47 and Christina Pugsley 3:40.26.

Meanwhile at the Great South Run Mike Sheridan led the Newbury contingent home in this 10 mile race in an incredible 62:53 to take 1st place in the 65-69 category by some 7 minutes. He was followed by Andy Varney in 1:06:49; Jill Mowat 1:31:34; Simon & Elizabeth Bowden 1:32:18 & Mick Cornwall 1:46:31.

Weekend Round-up 27th-29thAugust

England U15/U17 National Championships – Bedford


Charlotte Payne became the National U15 Discus champion on Sunday with a pb of 36.77m. This followed a 5th place in the Hammer on Saturday with 50.84m. U17 Oliver Hewitt took 3rd place in the Hammer with 61.81m – a new pb and club record.

Reading AC Bank Holiday Mile Festival

Mike Robbins ran 4:47.54 and Sophie Crumly won the Senior Women’s County Championship race in a time of 5:01.21 in this inaugural mile festival on Monday.

On Sunday at the Englefield 10k Julian Tulk was 15th overall in 42:42 and Christina Pugsley 2nd lady in 46:04. The mostly off-road Appleshaw 10K near Andover on Monday saw Dave Wright finish 5th (1st M50) in 45:26 and Christina Pugsley (racing again!) 10th in 47:05 (4th lady).