Reading Athletes Race at Müller Indoor Games

The Reading AC U13 and U15 relay teams were in action in the Club Connect 4x 200m relays at the Indoor Grand Prix at Birmingham yesterday.

The relays took place just before the international athletes took to the arena to compete in a great afternoon of athletics that included an indoor world record in the men's 1,500m and an indoor British record in the mile for Laura Muir.

A number of Rading ACs athletes had never before run on an indoor track Indoor track and so were starting their indoor careers in style. £250 was awarded to each race winner so there was an added incentive to do well.

It's fair to say that the there were some exciting moments in all the races. We were pipped into 2nd place in the U13 girls race despite being awarded the same time as the winners. The U13 boys and U15 boys also placed 2nd in their races, whilst the U15 girls unfortunately dropped the baton but continued to finish the race in 6th.

A few photos appear below and also here is a link to even more. Thank you to Rupert Ashby for taking and making these photos available:

Game Changers 2019

If you are aged 14-24 and interested in becoming a Game Changer, come along to a brief meeting after training on Tuesday 8 Jan in the club house to find out more.

Game changers are young volunteers who can learn how to become coaches, officials or take on other roles in the club, and earn free gifts such as water bottles and backpacks for hours spent volunteering. It’s also rewarding, enjoyable and a way to give back to the sport.

If you can’t make next Tuesday then let me or Charlotte Webb know that you are interested at training or via email.

Julie Rayfield

Medal Hanger Seasonal Gift Idea

Ideal Christmas presents for your favourite athletes!

Each hanger can hold up to 40 medals – simply screw the hanger to the wall and slide your medal ribbons onto the arms of the hanger.  Adjust the length of the ribbons to make maximum use of the space.  Alternative wording to ‘Athletics’ can be specified.

The hangers can be bought by cash or cheque (made payable to Reading AC) from Bob Allden in the Club Office at the top of the stands behind the announcer’s box on any Tuesday or Thursday evening during training sessions.

Price: £20 (25% goes to Reading Athletic Club)

For any queries or multiple orders contact Sarah Ball on

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Athletes wanted for Radio 5 Live interviews

BBC Radio 5 Live is looking for athletes to interview for a prerecorded broadcast which will air on Sunday 9th December.

They are looking for a few athletes to interview to talk about their understanding of nutrition, the issues associated with under fueling and awareness of Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S)

If you are interested and available at training on Thursday 6th December, then please contact Anna Boniface-

Club Kit Sales

Our club kit suppliers will be at training on Tuesday with plenty of samples to help you pick the correct size for Xmas presents.

We also have a limited stock of old style club hoodies for sale from the office at a discount price of £10 each, sizes from Medium to XL.

And don’t forget when you are Xmas shopping online that you can raise money for the club by shopping through

Track Closure Dates (during Nov 2018 - Jan 2019)

This is to let you know of a few dates that the track will not be available for training.  Please check with your coach if they will be making alternative arrangements for these dates if they affect you.

The track is not available on Sunday 11 Nov and over the Christmas period it is not available Friday 21 Dec and closed Christmas Day, Thurs 27 Dec and 1 Jan.  It is open as usual on Sunday 30 Dec.

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A Good Day's Cross Country at Wormwood Scrubs

Saturday 20 October 2018.

Another fantastic day’s racing at the Wormwood Scrubs relays from all of the girls
First up were the under 17 women Hermione Walker was first off coming in 8th position in 8.37 Renee Whalley next home in 9th 8.41 and Abi Hancock 9th with 8.54 the team were 9th position.  The B team had Alannah Chadwick in 9.01 Oonagh O 'Driscoll 9.36 and Georgia Whalley in 8.40 and what a cracking run from them all Georgia was 2nd fastest of the six girls and with more positive thoughts shows just how good she is well done girls the B team were placed 15th. The under 13 girls were next up the A team were still on a roll from last week finishing in 4th place Evie Elson ran a good leg in 7.54 then Holly Haldane one second quicker in 7.53 and once again Ella Newman excelled in a time of 7.45. The B team had Lydia Godfrey timed at 8.13 next in was Charlotte Ashby 8.35 then Lola Batt in 8.28 much improved runs from them all. The C team were 25th team once again all of the girls fought hard Emma Yeadon 8.56 Lizzie Ryan ran 8.42 and to bring the team home Zoe Rennie ran 8.44 the girls times were very tight with very little difference in all team race once again well done girl
The under 15 girls A team were 18th Katie Barnes came home in 27th the Talia Painting in 22nd and Scarlet Taplin in 18th position we didn't have times for the under 15 girls as they weren't up but it will be interesting to see who ran fastest when the results are published. The B team had Mia Waldmann running a , brilliant leg on her first race for the club coming home in 18th position, next Hollie Cramner in 34th and then Georgina Ashby in 28th. A massive thank you to Hollie and Georgina for turning out to fill the team once again. It was a lovely day with great races well done every one and to parents for there support

More photos can be found for boys and girls races at the following link: