Two Reading AC Golds and a Bronze at South of England Combined Events Champs

Reading ACs U20 Jasmine McCallum and U15 Sammy Ball secured gold medals at the South of England Combined Events Championships at Horspath, Oxford on 8 July 2018.  Sammy Ball also attained a new club record for U15 Pentathlon with 2,889 points.  Joe Frew secured a bronze medal also in the U15 event with Matt Kirk missing out on a podium position as a result of difficulties in his shot put.  The athletes were further inspired through discussions with decathlon legend Daley Thompson.

Reading Athletes to compete at Olympic Stadium

Five Reading AC relay squads have again been selected to compete at the prestigious Club:Connect relays at the Olympic Stadium on Sunday 22 July 2018.  The squads selected are U13 Boys, U13 Girls, U15 Boys, U15 Girls and U17 Men and they are all busy practising their baton handovers.  The relays immediately precede the Mueller Anniversary Games which is a Diamond League fixture.

If you are interested in coming along and supporting the squads, the link below takes you to the main event website.

The links below with take you to the British Athletics TV YouTube Channel of last year's relays.

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Reading Athletes Through to National Schools Pentathlon Final

Three Reading U15 Boys were in the quartet which won the regional schools pentathlon competition in Ashford, Kent on 23 June 2018.

Reading's Sammy Ball, Reuben Henry-Daire and Matthew Kirk were joined by their Team Kennet colleague Harry Booker and led the competition from start to finish against Kent, Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire, London, Middlesex and Hertfordshire.

Attaining 2,803 points and finishing in second place, Sammy Ball managed to surpass the previous club record by 175 points in his first ever full pentathlon in the U15 age group.  Reuben finished in fourth place in his first ever pentathlon with 2,486 points and Matthew Kirk came thirteenth out of twenty-eight with 2,323 points.

The team now progress as of right to the national finals in Bedford in mid-September.


Match Reports & Photos

Any match reports written by team managers and any photos of the event are posted in the event page itself.  These can be accessed by the "Competition" tab on the top line of the web page.  Then navigate to the "Fixtures/Results List" to find the event.  Links to the Power of Ten website results are also provided where possible.

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Reading AC Athletes Feature at Berkshire Schools Combined Events Champs

A number of Reading AC athletes competed for their schools at the Berkshire Schools Combined Events Championships on Friday 27 April 2018 at Palmer Park.

Each age group will take four athletes to the Regional Schools Championships at the end of June and a further two athletes in reserve.

Despite a rained-off high jump in the junior boys competition, Reading AC athletes secured first, third fourth and sixth places.

In the junior girls competition Reading AC athletes managed to secure third, fifth, sixth and seventh places.

Full results are on power of 10 and can be viewed by clicking the results button below.


Reading V45 Women Finish Sixth in British Masters Road Relay Champs

Reading Athletic Club fielded a ladies team in the 45–54 age category of the British Masters Road Relay Championships on a cold and wet day at Sutton Park, Birmingham, finishing in an excellent 6th place out of 20 teams. The three-stage relay took place on a challenging undulating 5K course and, with two long hills to climb, sensible pacing was key. With more teams entered this year, it was always going to be a tough job to beat the 4th place finish they achieved in 2017.

The team was led off on stage 1 by Sue Francis, who ran strongly and raced well against those around her to clock a pleasing 21:13 to hand over in 8th position. But such was the strength of the field, that the leading three teams had already opened a large gap on the chasing teams. Sarah Urwin-Mann made a welcome return to the team after a long recovery from injury, to take on stage 2. This was her first race for 6 months, but she clearly relished the return to competition and showed great form, gaining three places and recording 20:33 to hand over to Julie Rayfield for the final stage. Julie set a strong and consistent pace, holding her place well and setting a lap time of 21:58, to bring the team home in 6th place, in a total time of 1:03:44. The individual lap times of Reading’s three ladies were all within the fastest 20 of the 60 runners on the day.

The race was won by Winchester & District AC (1:00:28) ahead of Tonbridge AC (1:00:35). Reading’s ladies can be very proud of their performance in such a strong and competitive field.