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.

Club bobble hats

The custom made NAC bobble hats have now arrived. They will be available to purchase at the next cross country league race at a heavily subsidised cost of £5 thanks to the generosity of Tailormade Building Solutions Ltd (family business of club member Jessica Franklin) and a contribution from the club. One size fits all so perfect for seniors and juniors.

Oxford mail XC round 3 race report

Results for the Round 3 of the Oxfordshire Cross Country League fixture are now available via the link below:

Senior results

The Senior Men once again were out in force and finished the fixture as runners up to Swindon AC. James Craggs was first athlete home in 8th with Mike Wheeler 15th and Mike Robbins 17th. Continue reading

Berkshire Schools cross country championship – marshals required

The Berkshire Schools cross country championship will be held at Newbury Showground on Saturday 18th January 2020, first race 12.45pm.

Jill Wright and her team are always great at organising the Officials for the event, Newbury A.C have been excellent at giving our support to the event by marking out the course and marshalling the event.

We already have a good team ready to mark out the course on Saturday morning but we would welcome five or six more marshals please. If you could help out could you please get in touch with Andy Tuttle.

It would be from 12.00pm to 3.20pm.

Winter training program

  • Thursday 19th December – Christmas light road run & last training session of 2019
  • Saturday 21st December. Entry deadline for Boxing Day handicap. Please let Irwin know if you wish to enter. Entries are free for all.
  • Sunday 22nd December – 9:30am Hill training at Northcroft
  • Thursday 26th December – 10:15am (1st runner 10:30) – Boxing Day handicap at Northcroft
  • Saturday 28th December – 7pm – Road/Track & Field Presentation Evening at Frank Hutchings Community Hall, Thatcham, RG18 4QH
  • Sunday 29th December – 10:30am – Dave Wrights Annual Combe Run starting at the Jubilee Centre, Kintbury
  • Thursday 2nd January – Return to normal training – TBC, please confirm with your regular coach

Berkshire XC championships

Newbury Athletic Club enjoyed medal success at the Berkshire County Cross Country Championship this weekend at a very wet and muddy course in Woodley.

The club’s Senior Men won a team bronze medal with Sam Hart (5th) and Callum O’Neill (6th), who both received an invitation to represent the county in the Inter-Counties Championship early next year, joined by Cameron Craik, Mike Wheeler, Marcin Malolepszy and Mike Robbins. Continue reading

XC overview – 7th/8th December

European XC championships

Izzy Fry produced a fantastic race performance representing GB in the U20 Women’s European Cross Country Championship in Lisbon, Portugal to finish in 6th position.

Izzy was the 1st finisher of the 6 Great Britain athletes in a field comprising of around 100 of the best cross country runners across Europe and as a result earned a team Gold medal!

Congratulations Izzy, everyone at Newbury AC are so proud!

South of England masters XC championship

Congratulations to Jessica Franklin who was crowned South of England V40 Masters Cross Country Champion on Saturday over the women’s 6km course at Horspath, Oxford.

The Men had 8 athletes racing the 10km course:

  • Andrew Ind was 5th V45
  • Phil Marshall was 11th V40
  • Martin Walker was 18th V45
  • Irwin Fairclough was 9th V60
  • Nige Popplewell was 21st V50
  • Wayne Lillis was 22nd V50
  • Andrew Russell was 31st V40
  • Geoff Anderson was 11th V65

Tadley XC

Six Newbury AC runners took on the Tadley Xmas XC race on Sunday with good success. Rachel Allen, Laura Buchanan and Steve Ferriday won the team prize, with Rachel 2nd female and Laura 3rd female overall. Philippa Cass returned to racing to pick up the first V35 women trophy and was joined by Julie Kaesser who was 3rd V45 and Chris Hobson.

Oxford mail XC – Round 2 – Cirencester – 1st December 2019

Senior results

Newbury AC’s Senior Mens Team continued to show great strength in depth with all 7 of their scoring team runners finishing in the Top 30 in a field of over 300 athletes to finish second behind Swindon AC with James Craggs first club member home in 7th position, James Knight was 3rd in the V1 category, David Weeks had an especially impressive debut, Ben Wickens ran his best cross country race to date and Graham Stent had a very strong run after a lengthy absence from the cross country scene.

Jess Franklin finished 4th in the Senior Women’s and first veteran as she continues her impressive improvement with every race this season and she was joined by Rachel Allen and Alexandra Bettley finishing 4th team. Rachel Allen and Jenny Eaton were both 2nd in the V2 and V3 categories respectively.

A full results list can be found on the league website. Continue reading

Kintbury 5 mile – 7th June 2020

In 2020 the Ollie Johnson memorial Kintbury 5 Mile will no longer be called the Ollie Johnson memorial race.

Kintbury St. Marys School will be the main organiser and Dave Wright will help them during the first year, before stepping down after organising the race for 20 years. The race will still be part of the Run West Berks series and will be renamed the Kintbury 5 Mile Run.

The Ollie Johnson trust will continue to help the clubs young athletes and be administered by Ian and Lorriane Johnson.

Dave Wright has been most grateful to everyone from Newbury AC who have helped with the race in the past and it would be much appreciated for this next “transition” year if anyone could help again.

As the race will still be the second counter in the Run West Berks series, he hopes to see lots of red/white/blue vests running again including himself!