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.

Fun Club Championships – CCAT – September 6th 2018

Report from Bob Broadbridge:

We celebrated the end of the track and field season with our first Fun Club Championships bringing together almost 100 athletes from all groups across our club.

This year we had Sprint Relays, a longer Elimination Relay and four field events – Shot, Vortex, Standing Long Jump and Standing Triple Jump.

All of the events had some sort of handicapping aimed at giving everyone a chance to win, and in the end 35 different athletes won medals.

Some of my favourite moments came in the Elimination race as our fastest runners fought tooth and nail to avoid being eliminated by being at the back of the field at the end of each lap. 

Our Champions this year are:-

Field Events – Juniors – These medals will be presented on Thursday.

Standing Long Jump        Nathan Salter – 2m03                    and        Josephine Winchester – 1m97

Standing Triple Jump      Ollie Lloyd-Hole – 6m35                 and        Thea Osborne               –  5m05

Shot                                    Saul Martinez  – 7m67                   and        Francesca Bailey         – 5m04

Vortex                                 Ethan Robertson  – 28m              and        Josie Robertson                – 30m

Field Events – ‘Seniors’

Jumps –    Reuben Langdon – 2.65m / 8m      and     Lilly Gohara  – 2.14m / 5.97m.

Throws –  (There were more competitors in the throws, so more medals)

Gold                       Will Morris – 8.2m / 49 m             and        Luci Robertson – 6.87m / 43m

Silver                     Ryan Hill – 8.1m / 41m                   and        Katie Glare – 5.14m / 19m

Bronze                  Phil Marshall 6.9m / 42m               and        Sarah Fowler – 5.57m / 14m

Elimination Relay

Gold – Ben Wickens and Mike Sheridan

Silver – Emma Donnie and Ollie Bradshaw

Bronze – Simon Kirby and Josie Robertson

Sprint Relays

Sixteen individuals won gold medals, from the four winning teams:-

–          Team Lane

–          Team 1123

–          The Blue Team

–          The Runners

Congratulations to all of the above medal winners. And congratulations also to everyone else who took part – and in so many cases came very close to being one of the medallists.

Finally, a huge thankyou to everyone who helped with the organisation and execution of the evening, with a special mention to E-J Bailey, Gemma Livingstone and Chloe Blair who managed the most difficult parts of the evening so well.

Thursday 6th September – evening session with a difference

Message from Chairman – Bob Broadbridge:

Come and join us on Thursday for some fun events – all of the events are designed with a twist, to give everyone a chance to win.

 At 6pm the sprint relays start

          Everyone is invited to take part – teams will be selected on the night.

          Be there in time to get warmed up.

 At 6.45pm the long relay (with a difference!) starts

          This is designed for middle and long distance runners – again teams selected on the night.

          Runners will need to be warmed up ready to run at 6.45.

          IT WOULD HELP A LOT IF ADULT RUNNERS COULD PARK AT GREENHAM COMMON TO RELIEVE CONGESTION AT CCAT. (Maybe warm up running to the track?)

 Field events will start after the sprint relays

          Juniors first so they can leave on time.

          Long relay runners and anyone else – after the long relay. 

Just to remind everyone, this event replaces normal training sessions for everyone this Thursday. There will be no run or Junior session from Fifth Road.

Come and have some fun – and meet people from all across the club.

See you there.

Bob

Weekend results – 1st / 2nd September

Charlotte Payne (Kennet school & NAC) was selected to represent England South in the prestigious UK School Games held at Loughborough University against 4 other National teams including Scotland and Northern Ireland. She was also chosen as England South’s Team Captain which is a huge achievement and privilege at such an esteemed event.  Charlotte led the hammer competition right from the very first round by over 2 metres despite being against the very top athletes from around the country. Her furthest – and the winning – throw of 62.79m was less than 30cm from breaking the Championship record which has stood for a number of years. Charlotte walked away with the Gold medal rounding off a fantastic season for her. Her team then went on to win the whole Athletics Event in which Charlotte received the trophy for her work as captain.

This fantastic achievement ends her successful 2018 athletics season as she prepares to move into the Under 20 age category next year.

The 2018 School Games National Finals, supported by Sport England and the Youth Sport Trust, is a major multi-sport event for the most talented young athletes across the UK. Between Thursday 30th August and Sunday 2nd September, more than 1,400 young athletes competed across 11 sports at venues across Loughborough University Campus. Experiencing a Celebration Ceremony, staying in team accommodation for 3 days and facing competitors from around the UK, the young athletes selected for the School Games are immersed in a mini-Olympic style event, hosted by the world’s top sporting University, Loughborough University.

Two club members represented the Berkshire team at this season’s SEAA Inter Counties U15 & U20 Championships held at Horspath, Oxford on Saturday. Maisie Jeger competed in three Under 15 events finishing 9th in the Shot Putt with 9.86m, threw a new PB of 27.19m in the Javelin, and dipped under 28 seconds in the 200m, Berkshire Under 15 Girls team came 5th. Izzy Fry ran in the Under 20 1500m. After a fast first lap the pace dropped so Izzy took it on, heading the 15 strong field in to the home straight to finish in 2nd place in 4.43m. The under 20 Women’s team came 3rd.

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.