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.

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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.

Southern Athletic League – Perivale – 17th June

The club continued their best ever start to life in Division 2 West of the Southern Athletics League with another resounding win, this time at Perivale, West London. It now reads two wins and a 2nd place from the opening three fixtures, and 3rd place in the League behind Reading A.C and the Windsor, Slough, Eton and Hounslow club. It was another joint effort across the disciplines, but Sam Plumb could not have made a more impressive return to League action, He received the Man of the Match award for winning the 400m Hurdles in 53.18, the 110m Hurdles in 15.58, the 100m with 11.23, and anchoring the successful 4x 400m team with youngsters Rhys Ainsworth, George Biggs and Vlad Tsagov.
The team never looked back from an outstanding start in the 12.00pm events, which saw Wayne Lillis follow up

Sam’s win in the 400m Hurdles by taking the B string, Bob Broadbridge finished 2nd in the shot A, with Jamie Kuehnel winning the B string, Helen Broadbridge throwing 52m.85 for 2nd in the Hammer, with Under 17 Charlotte Payne sealing the B string win with 51m94, and Daniel Tuttle 6cm clear of his rivals in the High Jump with 1m76. The throwers were in fine form all day with Helen Broadbridge setting a new Senior club record of 43m84 to win the Discus, & Charlotte Payne winning the B with 36m90, both recorded Personal best distances with the 4km Shot Putt, with 11m.03 & 10m52. Rosie Stanton threw over 30m for 2nd A in the Javelin, with Helen only just shy of that mark winning the B string. Jamie Kuehnel and Ian Payne took maximum points in the Hammer, while Jamie and Bob Broadbridge were just 1 point adrift of that feat in the Discus. Mother and Daughter paring of Jenny and Trinity O’Connor came tantalizingly close to recording double victories in both the High Jump and the Pole Vault, with under 17 Trinity’s Vault of 2m70 winning the A string, Jenny cleared 2m10 to win the B, Trinity finished 2nd in the High Jump on count back, while Jenny won the B string on count back. There were other wins on the day from Rosie Stanton in the A string 100m Hurdles, Jemma Colbourne in the B Triple Jump, Phil Marshall in the B 5000m & Graham Stent in the 2000m steeplechase.

The victorious 4 * 400m relay team

A big thank you to everyone who travelled to Perivale to make it such a successful day. Under 17 Lilly Gohara made her SAL debut, Lilly ran 13.82 in the 100m, and recorded 4m37 in the Long Jump. Sarah Fowler knocked 3 seconds off the over 60 200m club record, with 36.35, and Sara Rudd, Emma Downie, Becky Elsmere, Emily Craggs, Reuben Langdon, Mike Robbins, Peter Crisp, Matt Green, Steve Elsmere, Phillip Carter, Alexander Taylor all gained valuable points for the club.
Provisional Match score :-
1 Newbury A.C 214
=2 Radley A.C 185
=2 Kingston & Polytechnic Harriers 185
4 Ealing, Southall & Middlesex 137

Recent Results round-up

On Saturday 10th June a number of our athletes competed very successfully for West Berkshire schools in the Berkshire schools championships held at Palmer Park Reading. On the track Kitty Shepherd-Cross was 1st in the Intermediate 1500m in 4:44.8 and Emma Downie recorded 2:35 in the intermediate 800m.  Amber White  ran 13.9m in the 100m Intermediate race whilst Hugh Beattie recorded 5:53.2 in the 1500m Junior race and Lawrence Baker took 1st place in the Junior boys 80mH. Ella Houston took 1st place in the Senior High Jump with 1.60m, whilst Trinity O’Connor recorded an pb and 1st place in the Intermediate Pole Vault with 2.80m. Josh Douglas also took 1st place and a pb in the Intermediate Triple Jump wth 12.28m. In the field Charlotte Payne was 1st in the Intermediate discus with 41.19 as was Oliver Hewitt in the Senior Hammer with a throw of 56.41m. Abi Livingstone was 5th in the Junior javelin with 27.05m.

As a result of their efforts Charlotte Payne, Oliver Hewitt, Kitty Shepherd-Cross and Izzy Fry have been selected to represent Berkshire Schools at the ESAA Track & Field Championships in July. We wish them every success.

At the Wargrave 10k on Sunday 11th Stephanie Smallman recorded a pb of 51.16, Sheila Marshall was 1st Masters 60+ in 51.43 and Emily Craggs also ran.

At the Watford open graded meeting on Wednesday 14th in the 8-00m races Mike Robbins ran a PB of 2:03.03 and Wayne Lillis lowered his own V50 club record to 2:11.06.

Wessex Young Athletes League – Match 2 – 4th June Bournemouth

Report from Emma Guilfoyle:

The second of the club’s Wessex League fixtures was full of personal bests for the youngest of the junior section.  The boys kicked off with the vortex throw with a great start for Oliver Taylor with 21.25m, the girls started with the long jump with personal bests for Zoe Gray and Lola Thorne.  The 75m also had personal bests for both Oliver and Freddie Wilson with both also improving on their long jump by huge margins and Oliver also improving on his 600m.  The girls team saw Anna Delavere and Sophie Livingstone competing for the first time in the league and personal bests in 2 events for Clementine Barry, 3 events for Thea Osbourne and all 4 events for Zoe Gray and Lola Thorne. Overall the U11s finished in 6th place.

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SAL – Match 2 – Andover – 21st May – Win for Newbury!

On a beautiful sunny day, Newbury AC’s senior team made the short trip to their (almost) home fixture at Andover. On paper the team looked strong, but even in the most optimistic minds nobody was quite expecting what was to come. The home team dominated the day, finishing with their highest ever division 2 score of 242 points – a total which has only been beaten twice in the last four seasons, both times by the eventual league champions. Newbury finished the day streets ahead of the competition – early season league leaders Yeovil Olympiads (177 points), and London clubs Hillingdon AC (173) and Herne Hill Harriers (105).

The day’s biggest successes came in the throws, but this time the ladies team marginally outshone the men’s team. Helen Broadbridge and Charlotte Payne were an unbeatable force, taking the double victory in all three heavy throws. For both, the highlight of the day was the hammer, where Helen added another half a metre to her own club record, throwing 53.67m, while Charlotte wasn’t far behind with 52.27m – a remarkable achievement given she was throwing two weights above her own category, and becoming the seventh furthest U17 athlete of all time. To complete the rout, Rosie Stanton (A) and Abigail Livingstone (B) added a second and first place respectively in the javelin to secure 31 out of a possible 32 points.

On the men’s side, Jamie Kuehnel and Oliver Hewitt were consistently scoring big points, taking four wins and three second places over the day between them. Once again, the hammer proved a double victory, while Oliver’s huge PB of 39.01m in the discus not only won the A string, but took him within a metre of his coach’s club record.

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Weekend Round up – Chieveley Chase & Park House Charity runs- 13th/14th May

There was a big club turn-out for the Chieveley Chase on Saturday, expertly directed by E-J Bailey, – the first of the Run West Berks series of events. Congratulations to the winners Matt Green & Philippa Cass. Full results can be seen here. All Newbury senior finishers as follows:

1. Matthew Green – 32:39; 3. Steve Barnes – 34:33 ;4. Phil Marshall – 34:47 ;7. Michal Szczepanczyk – 35:28 ;11. Conor McGrory – 36:33 ;12. Martin Walker – 36:40 ;13. Jeff Bird – 37:06;14. Mike Wheeler – 37:09;16. Nige Popplewell- 38:00;19. Andrew Russell – 39:06;20. Chris Pudney – 39:22;22. Dave Wright – 39:33;23. Mike Sheridan – 39:39;24. Joe Hoskins – 39:45;30. Steve Ferriday – 40:04;31. Philippa Cass – 40:06 (1ST FEMALE);32. Julian Tulk – 41:16;38. Edyta Wilk – 42:15 (3RD FEMALE);40. Catherine Tuttle – 42:35;42. Andy Tuttle – 42:46;71. Andrew Lees – 47:23 ;103. Sheila Marshall – 50:48 ;112. Stephanie Smallman – 51:37 ;113. Graham Stent – 51:38 ;117. Jill Mowat – 52:07 ;151. Liz Harkness – 59:27. 

Photos courtesy of Barry Cornelius can be seen here.

Oliver Hamlin (year 3/4) won the junior fun run and Francesca Bailey was 1st year 5/6 girl with Zoe Grey 2nd year 5/6.

Not content with his result on Saturday Matt Green also came first in the Park House Charity 10k run on Sunday almost 3 minutes ahead of the 2nd place runner with Stuart Bosley in 3rd place & Jeff Bird in 4th. Full 10k results can be seen here.  Ruaridh Livingstone was 4th home (1st U18) in the 5k event with Sophie Bhatt 9th (3rd U18) & Sam Cheney 11th (3rd U18). Full 5k results here. A number of our juniors also competed in the 2k fun run with Phoebe Ryder 3rd overall and 1st female. Full results of this race can be seen here.

Weekend round up – Berkshire County Championships – Sunday 4th – Bracknell

Berkshire County Championships – Sunday 4th – Bracknell

There were some amazing results and performances at Sunday’s Berkshire Athletics Track & Field Championships.

No less than eleven (11!) County Champions, loads of medals, PB’s, club records and championship records for Newbury AC athletes, very well done to all!

Please let me know if any missing or require updating from the unofficial list below:

Trinity O’Connor 1 – U17 Pole Vault – 2.70m 🥇 ( **NEW U17 CLUB RECORD** )

Charlotte Payne 1 – U17 Hammer – 51.xxm 🥇 ( **NEW CHAMPIONSHIP RECORD** ); 1 – U17 Discus – 40.79m ;3 – U17 Shot Putt – 11.48m 🥉

Oliver Hewitt 1 – U20 Shot Putt – 12.69m ( **NEW PB** );1 – U20 Discus – 43.81🥇 ( **NEW PB** ); 3 – U20 Hammer – 61.xxm 🥉 ( **NEW PB** )

Jamie Kuehnel 1 – Senior Shot Putt – 10.49m 🥇 ( **NEW U23 CLUB RECORD** );1 – Senior Hammer – 52.39m🥇 ( **NEW U23 CLUB RECORD** );1 – Senior Discus – 38.89m 🥇 ( **NEW PB** & U23 CLUB RECORD)

Helen Broadbridge 1 – Senior Hammer – 50.28m 🥇 ( **NEW CHAMPIONSHIP RECORD** ) ;2 – Senior Discus – 43.58m 🥈 ( **NEW PB** ); 2 – Senior Shot – 10.18m 🥈

Izzy Fry  1 – U20 1500m – 4:37.7 🥇 ( **NEW CHAMPIONSHIP RECORD** )

Yaz Ryder  1 – Senior 1500m – 4:38.15 🥇 ( **NEW PB** )

Peter Crisp 2 – Senior 400m – 55:00 🥈( **NEW PB** ) ;2 – Senior 800m – 2:03:15 🥈

Mike Robbins 3 – Senior 800m – 2:03:87 🥉

Wayne Lillis 3 – Senior 1500m – 4:32.x 🥉

George Ferguson 3 – U15 1500m – 4:42.22 🥉 ( **NEW PB** )

Hugh Beattie –4 – U15 1500m – 4:42:25 ( **NEW PB** )

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.