Victory At Last As Ellie Shines In Belfast

Ellie Wallace At Antrim 2

Ellie  Wallace had arguably the best win of her young career as she stormed to victory at last weekends British Athletics Cross Challenge fixture in Antrim, Northern Ireland.

Wallace won the high profile junior women’s race finishing six seconds clear of Birtley junior international Sophie Burnett with Stockport’s Katy Whiteoak a further 10 seconds adrift in third. Both athletes representing the North of England squad.

This victory followed her convincing race win in the Tri-Counties Championships at Bath University just before Christmas, and represents a terrific result for the Steve Hollier coached North Somerset based athlete.

Coach Julian Emery said ‘Ellie has worked extremely hard over the last 12 months and it came as no surprise that she finally secured her first victory at this level after  near misses in previous years’.  ‘We have worked tirelessly with Ellie in training, and she’s been looking very strong for the last few months now’ continued Emery.

With the finale of the cross country season now approaching, Ellie will surely look forward with relish to the big races coming her way.

South West Under 20 & Senior Indoor Championships

Three of North Somerset’s top athletes travelled across the bridge to compete in these Championships.  In an event that regularly sees Internationals compete, this years’ pair was Dwayne Chambers and David Omeregie.
Ada’ora Chigbo won her shot put with a close-to-pb 12.27m, showing good form on her way to Prague.
Charlie Bates produced two personal bests, winning the Open 60m with 7.66 seconds, then smashing his indoor pb over 200m with a rapid 24.47 second clocking.
Esther Leong made up the trio with a solid 3.25m pole vault clearance to set up what should be an excellent indoor season.

Regional title for Jack

Jack Priestley took pride of place on day 2 of the South West Indoor Championships.  Jack won the under 17 mens 60m title adding to the under 15 title he won two years ago.

This success for NSAC was one of four further medals at this years championships with under13 boy Ben Hartigan winning silver medal in the long jump.  Bronze medals were won by Mary Loughlin,  under 13 girls 60m and Fred North, under 17 mens long jump.

Full results can be found at http://www.welshathletics.org/media/1129885/2017-welsh-athletics-junior-open-grand-prix-day-2-results_opt.pdf

The championships will be completed with the 800m and 1500m this coming weekend.

GB Selection For Ada’ora

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ADA’ORA TO REPRESENT GREAT BRITAIN AGAIN
After her silver medal performance at the English Champs, Ada’ora Chigbo has been selected to represent Great Britain at Under-20 level in an International Event in Prague, Czech Republic. She has competed in Samoa, Colombia and Gerogia at High Jump, but this is the first time at Combined Events. We will be supporting her throughout the event, and once we have event info will distribute to all. Ada’ora has been with North Somerset since the age of nine, and has represented us fantastically for around 9 years now.

Standard High At SW XC Champs

For those that traveled to the South West XC Championships at Exeter racecourse last weekend the competition was tough! The switch from the events traditional home of Bicton College resulted in a big increase in the entries, and at the same time raising the standard to a level not seen for a few years.

As a result successes were few and far between with only Sam Gentry and Josh Davis managing to stay with the front-runners in their respective races. Sam was not quite at his best and had to settle for 5th place in the U15 boys race where Jack Wilkinson finished a minute behind Sam in 23rd. Ollie Lock, Jacob Faulkner and Will Cheek completed the teams scores in 42nd, 46th & 51st place respectively.  The team finished 4th in the club competition, but Sam and Jack were among the first 4 Avon athletes that claimed the County Team Bronze medal.

Josh’s 11th place is a sure sign of his return to full fitness as he finished 3rd of the 6 scoring Avon athletes that formed the County Gold medal winning team. In the same senior mens race, 1st year U20’s David Warnes and Joe Gentry both ran solidly over the longer distance to finish 42nd and 55th from the 129 finishers.

Callum Smith ran strongly in the U17 boys race and should be very pleased with his 12th place finish as a bottom age athlete in a very strong field of 44 runners.

The U11 girls were well represented with Keira Devereux leading the group in 16th place, very closely followed by Poppy Adams, young Rosa Ford and Emma O’connor who were all well packed together in 17th, 18th & 22nd respectively. Elliot Jeston was the sole U11 boy and as a bottom age group athlete at this level he should be well pleased with his 36th place from the 50 finishers.

Louie Brunsdon and Guy Owen enjoyed the experience of running together at this level for the first time as lower age athletes. They finished 50th and 51st respectively from the field of 66 athletes with Guy forming part of the Gold medal winning Somerset Team.

Ruby Owen, Stephanie Brooks and Ella Johnston finished 49th, 54th & 56th respectively from a 70 strong field, whilst in the same race ex club athletes Grace Ashurst and Alice Bridger-Morales both ran well finishing 14th and 17th respectively with only 4 seconds between them.

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Josh Davis                                             Steph Brooks & Ella Johnston

Club Awards Evening

Tickets are now available from all coaches for the North Somerset AC annual awards evening and disco.  Looking back at an incredible year for the club from the snows of Brecon to sunbathing at Yate and everything in between.

Tickets cost £2 with the event taking place at Princes Hall, 2 Princes Road, Clevedon, BS21 7SZ on Saturday 14 January from 7pm till 11pm.

If you are unable to get to any training sessions before the event then tickets will be available on the evening.

Closing dates coming up

South West Cross Country Championships

Just a reminder that the South West Cross Country Championships which are taking place at Exeter Race Course on Sunday January 8th online entry will be closing on Wednesday 21st December.

You can enter the event through the below website link,

http://swic.athletics-uk.org

South West Indoor Track/Field Championships
Part 2 of the SW Junior Indoor T&F Championships: Welsh Athletics seem to have changed their on-line entries provider in mid-stream. The current link is http://welsh.athletics-uk.org/  : if your athlete submitted their entry via the previous system, it might be best to check that the entry appears on the new system. Entries (rather thin, so far) close on Thursday 22nd December at noon.
North Somerset AC came away six medals from day 1 of these championships, not bad for nine athletes.

Christmas Training

Please see an update on the available training over the Christmas holiday period, if you have any queries then please speak to your coach in the first instance.

All training is as normal until Sunday 18 December then the following training times are the only ones taking place :

Tuesday 20 December Endurance at Clevedon

Wednesday 21 December Clevedon Seafront

Wednesday 21 December Priory – (7-8pm session only)  to meet at Tropicana at 7pm

Thursday 22 December Filton Endurance moved to Clevedon at 6:45pm until 8:15pm

Saturday 24 December Endurance on but moved to Ashton Court 9.30 am until 10.30am

Wednesday 28 December Endurance on at Clevedon Seafront (Tuesday group to also attend) NOW CANCELLED, HOWEVER ENDURANCE TRAINING WILL CONTINUE WITH THE TUESDAY GROUP ALSO ATTENDING.

Friday 30 December NEW Endurance session at Ashton Court (bottom car park) 10am until 11am

WEDNESDAY 4th JAN 6-7pm – NO TRAINING AT PRIORY

WEDNESDAY 4th JAN 7-8pm – MEET AT THE TROPICANA

All session to return to normal from Tuesday 3 January except for the Priory (7-8pm session only) on Wednesday 4 January which will meet at the Tropicana at 7pm

Wishing you all a very happy Christmas and prosperous New Year.