Reading AC Athletes Feature at Green Park Challenge Awards' Evening

Back in March many Reading AC athletes competed in the annual 3k Green Park Challenge race which takes place on the morning of the Reading Half Marathon and it’s fair to say Reading AC athletes performed brilliantly. The top 3 girls and top 3 boys were all from Reading AC

1st female - Evie Elson

2nd female- Ella Newman 

3rd female - Holly Haldane 

1st male -Matthew Raynor

2nd male-Laurie Baker

3rd male - Aryan Gupta

Monday 29 April saw John Madejski present awards to the athletes at the awards’ evening where Reading AC athletes were well represented in the schools’ challenge too , particularly in the U11 boys where Tommy Elson, Laurence Hahn and Josh Smith scooped up the award for fastest team representing Caversham Primary.  Other athletes picking up awards for their part in schools teams included Billy Newman, Jemima Crocker, Grace Haldane, Aidan Marshall, Camila Linton, Caitlin Havisham, Georgina Langdon. 

Well done to everyone who took part. 

Berkshire Championships Entry Deadline: 29 April

Club members are reminded that the closing date for entry to the Berkshire County Championships is 29 April.

The championships are being held at Palmer Park on Sunday 12 May and are for all ages from U15 and above as well as a Quadrathlon for U13 athletes. The the main U13 championships are being held on the evening of Wednesday 10 July at Bracknell.

Entry details to both events including eligibility criteria and a provisional timetable can be found below or by clicking the image above.:

Club Champs Update

Club Champs High jump, Pole Vault and Javelin will take place on Easter Sunday starting at 10am. If you haven’t entered already, you can enter on the day.

The Club Champs 75m/100m and 1200m/1500m races have been rescheduled for Tuesday 28th May, during normal training times. Entries will open again soon online.

Alder Valley Girls Season Opening Win for Reading AC

It was a great start to the season for Reading ACs U11/U13/U15 and U17 female athletes in their Alder Valley match at Eton on Sunday 14 April. The U13 and U17 athletes won their age group competitions and the U15s were 2nd by just 3 points. The U11 competition is non-scoring and reflects the development aspect of the competition.

Reading ACs combined total gave the team victory overall in this round of the competition.

Well done to all those who competed, and many thanks to all those who judged and supported during the day.

The next round in the Alder Valley Girls will be Sunday 2nd June at Aldershot

More photos can be found at Dropbox on this link

Reading AC U13 Girls at Sportshall UK Final

Congratulations to Reading AC athletes Tomi Adejuwon, Charlotte Ashby, Charlotte Bigmore, Annie Jonkers and Kaya Slater who were part of the Berkshire Sportshall team that finished second at the National Sportshall Final at Sportscity in Manchester on Saturday 13th April. The team, made up of athletes from across Berkshire and managed by Slough’s Conrad Rowland managed to secure gold medals in five of the twelve events and one silver medal.

Norfolk were overall competition winners beating the Berkshire team by a slender seven points.

Congratulations also to the Berkshire U15 Boys who won their UK Final on Sunday 14 April.

Club Champs Alterations

The Club Champs on Sunday 21 April will now only be for field events and can be entered on the day. Members who have already paid via WebCollect are still entered for their field events.

Otherwise you can just enter on the day £3 per event

The events are:

10:00 - High Jump (PB less than 1.40m)

10:00 - Pole vault

11:00 - Javelin

12:00 - High Jump (PB 1.40m or greater)

Reading AC Club Championships open to all Reading AC members. 

Reading AC Teams Perform Solidly at the SEAA Road Relays

Reading AC’s ladies joined the men’s team at Milton Keynes for the SEAA Road Relay Championships on Sunday 24 March.  The ladies’ race is a 6-stage relay, comprising four ‘short’ stages of 5.05 km (stages 1, 3, 5 and 6), and two long stages of 7.66 km (stages 2 and 4).  Each stage started and finished on the athletics track, taking a surprisingly undulating route via tarmac paths around the edge of woods and housing estates.

Conditions were good for racing; dry and sunny with a light breeze.  The team was ably led off on the first short stage by Hayleigh Wood, who paced herself well to clock 21:01, handing over in 24th place to Sophie Crumly for stage 2.  Sophie put in a very solid performance on this long stage, recording a time of 29:16 and gaining 3 places to hand over in 21st place to Sue Francis for stage 3.  Sue had three runners to chase, and had a pleasing run, gaining two places and clocking 20:48 as she handed over in 19th place to Sarah Urwin-Mann for stage 4.  Sarah gave a strong and determined effort on this long stage, recording 30:57 as she passed over in 20th place to Lucy Daniells for the penultimate short stage.  Lucy had one of her best runs of the winter season, chasing hard and putting in her trademark sprint finish to clock 21:22 and maintain the team’s 20th position.  Claire Mills, taking part in this event for the first time, had the honour of running the final stage.  Working hard and holding her form well on this short stage, Claire recorded 22:52 and kept the team in 20th place as she crossed the finish line in a total team time of 2:26:16, a very pleasing team effort. Women’s Report by Sue Francis

Reading AC Senior and Junior Men made a welcome return, after an absence of ten years, to take part in the South of England 12 stage Road Relay Champs at Milton Keynes. The race is run over 12 stages alternating between long and short stages.

Running the first leg for us was Rory Domville who got the team off to a good start finishing 18th (24.27). This is always a hotly contested leg as a lot of teams put their best runners on first. On the second leg Ryan Faulkner, who came in to the team on Friday morning to make sure we finished a team, was 23rd in 17.01. Junior Alex Sutton was on the 3rd leg and once again was up against some good runners when finishing 24th (25.29). Mark Booth then moved the team up to 20th on the 4th leg in 16.10. Jonny Davies who has been out injured and was having his first race since October last year moved the team up 6 more places to 14th (24.02). Junior Matt Rawlings was on the 6th leg and improved the teams position to 13th with our fastest short stage (16.06). Our next Junior was Isaac Farnworth who continued improving the teams position to 11th (25.12). Peter Cook another Junior in the team moved the team up to 9th on the 8th leg (16.09). Ed Stockdale ran the Reading Half the week so was not at his best on the 9th leg finishing 13th (26.24). Our final Junior in the team Mikey Lennon who held on to that position on the 10th leg (17.26). Running the 11th leg was Rob Tan who also ran in the Reading Half the week before so was not quite at his best but still managed to hold on only dropping one place (27.26). On the 12th and final leg Arturo Martinez De Murguia had a good run to bring the team home in 14th (17.25).

The performance of the team was excellent and gave us selection to the National Road Relays at Sutton Park on 6th April. Men’s Report by Ray Stevens

Photos by Malcolm Francis

Reading AC Athletes Retain Green Park Challenge

Mattie Raynor retains Green Park Challenge title in Reading 1-2-3.

Reading's young athletes were again well to the fore in the Green Park Challenge on Sunday morning, filling the first three places, with U17 runner Mattie Raynor winning for the second year in succession in racing to a convincing victory ahead of Laurie Baker and Aryan Gupta.

On a cold morning Mattie set a scorching pace from the start, as he opened a significant gap on the chasing group, and had gained a 30 metre lead within the first kilometre. Up the hill and into the stadium he increased his advantage further to win decisively in a time of 9.25 for the 2.8km course. Laurie and Aryan both ran strongly before Laurie eventually moved ahead in the final stages to finish second in 9.34, with Aryan third in 9.39. Olly Moor was also in contention for the medals for much of the race, but unfortunately was forced to retire with a recurrence of the hip problem which has prevented him racing since before Christmas. The fourth Reading AC athlete to finish was U15 Oli Snoxall in an excellent seventh place, recording 9.55, and not far behind were Edward Lewis (11th in 10.15), Ben McCabe (12th in 10.21) and Aidan Marshall (15th in 10.28).

Next to finish, in 19th place, was Luke Ashby (10.44), although he was just beaten on chip time by young Josh Smith who finished in a fine 23rd position (10.43) after being made to start with in the second wave of runners together with our other 10-year-olds. Then came Nick Haldane in 22nd with 10.54, Jacob Sheikh in 28th with 11.15 (11.11 chip time), Laurence Hahn 34th in 11.24 (11.07), Tommy Elson 37th in 11.24 (11.08), Elio Babb 43rd in 11.34, Billy Newman 49th in 11.43 (11.26), and Louie Bellanti 57th in 11.55.

This impressive set of results gives good encouragement for the coming track season, when there may well be some fierce competition for places in the representative teams.

Report by Keith Whyte

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