Tough Competition at MK Cross Challenge

Three of the clubs leading athletes ‘Sam Gentry, Callum Smith and Ollie Lock’ made the long trip to Milton Keynes for the 2nd event of the 5 race British Cross Challenge series. These races attract the top dozen or so athletes in the UK at every age category and Ollie continued his good run of run form to finish 20th in the U15 race, whilst Callum also ran well for 27th place in the U17 race. Sam was not at his best in 57th place in the same race, but his focus for the season will be the English Schools and if he can peak at the right time and run to his potential, there is every chance of an England vest for the talented young athlete.

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Athletes Out In Force At Brecon XC

Despite a number of last minute withdrawals a full coach made the journey to Brecon for the 2nd Gwent League meeting of the season, and in the shadows of the Brecon Beacons a total of 50 athletes made it a successful day for North Somerset AC.

First up were the U11 Boys who were led by the talented Elliot Jeston, whom having found himself hemmed in at the start, worked impressively through the field for a very promising 9th place. Backing him up were Zeki Harston and Jacob Forsbrook who both ran very well for 20th and 33rd, whilst bottom age youngsters Max Weatherly and Rowan Preen should be chuffed to bits with their 47th and 55th places respectively from a 115 strong field.

The U11 Girls team were without North Somerset Schools champion Millie Redman, but six girls lined up at the start in determined fashion.  Leading the group, Mia Darlington and Lyla Briffitt worked tremendously together in their first cross country race for superb 30th and 31st places respectively and they’ll no doubt be relishing the next opportunity to race. Rosa Ford was net to finish in 55th place, closely followed by Ellie Seigle 60th, Xara McKinnen 64th and Willow Preen 68th with only 9 seconds separating the 4 girls in another huge field of 121 runners.

The U13 Boys were lying in 2nd place after the first fixture, and first home for the team in 6th place (and top club performer of the day) was Ollie Campbell to consolidate his own top 10 position in the league standings. Ollie’s competitive edge took him to the front early doors, whilst more experienced athletes sat in behind content to save themselves for the later stages. But he’ll learn very quickly I’m sure, as great things lie ahead for this young athlete.

Newcomer ‘Charles Broadhurst’ looks full of promise too and an impressive 17th place saw him finish just a few seconds ahead of Louie Brunsdon who also ran very well in 20th. Ever-present Will Maine, handicapped by a heavy cold, battled bravely throughout, with excellent support from team mates Sam Holloway, Herbie Alexander and Will Sandiford seeing just 14 seconds separate the four from 40th to 51st place. Bottom age youngster Oliver Haley completed the team scores in his first ever race finishing 81st.

The action continued in the U13 Girls race with the ever improving Keira Devereux running amongst the leading group throughout and securing a superb 9th place finish, whist Daisy Manners-Lolley was another to impress, finishing very strongly in 34th place. Working well together Poppy Adams and Abigail Taylor finished 46th and 47th respectively, as did Bella Clark and Blythe Jones in 55th and 51st. Simone Manners-Lolley completed the team scores with her 58th place finish.

With leading U15 Boy Ollie Lock missing, 12 U15 Boys rose to the occasion with a great team effort to make up for the loss of their team mate. Leading the team home in 14th position, Alfie Hocking continues to show huge improvement and he thoroughly deserved his best finish in the country to date. Close behind and working well together were equally impressive newcomers to the country discipline, William Scott and Ben Hamblin in 19th and 22nd respectively. Max Davies has also made huge strides and his 42nd place was a major improvement on his 70th place in Cardiff. Callum Day was another big improver in 47th whilst debutant Alistair Sinclair looked a very able runner in 52nd place. Emile Swanson finished in 54th and was followed in by the younger Sinclair ‘Harry’ who also looked very comfortable in 59th.

Cameron Baker-Perry was next through in 61st with Jamie Va-de-Velde in 62nd making a vast improvement from his first race in Cardiff. Jamie Pass and Louis Carr completed the team scores in 64th and 68th respectively.

It was a team full of bottom age U15 Girls that lined up at the start and despite losing momentum after a very heavy fall at the half way stage, Steph Brookes recovered well to grind out a solid 33rd place finish. Holly Avery has made great strides this year and was 2nd of our girls to finish strongly in 40th. Ella Johnston and Alysha Forsbrook worked together well throughout and a fine sprint finish from the pair up the home straight took them past rival athletes to finish in 46th and 51st respectively just 6 seconds apart. Connie Ballentine completed the teams scores in 60thplace.

In the combined U17/U20 race the large contingent of U17 Boys available at the club were largely missing. Only Will Cheek and Jacob Faulkner were present to score team points, with both showing great strength of character in worsening conditions underfoot. Will in fact had his best race to date and will no doubt be extremely happy with his 30th place finish. Jacob braved the conditions despite very little training of late and he should take heart for digging deep to finish 36th from a field of 47 runners.

Megan McCrum and Issy Gall likewise were the clubs only U17 girls in the combined U17/U20 Ladies race with Megan finishing 12th in her category and Issy looking very comfortable amongst all around her in 18th from a field of 24.

CROSS-COUNTRY RELAY 2017

A beautiful crisp winter morning met the runners for this year’s event. As always, plenty of fancy dress, smiles and enjoyment throughout. More than 70 competitors, 3 races, medals, trophies, and great support from all spectators allowed the event to remain what it was set up for in 2005, an enjoyable introduction to cross-country.

A massive thank you to volunteers, without whom the event can not go ahead. More help always needed for future events!

Also, our thanks to Brackenwood Garden Centre, The Club @ Cadbury House, Peak Promotions, and Childrens Hospice South West for providing goodie bags to hand to Fastest Leg runners, Fancy Dress team (Unstoppable Unicorns) and Wackiest Team name (One Man Down)

We await photographs from the event, and will add once received.

Full results can be found on: file:///C:/Users/Chris%20Millard/Dropbox/XC%20RELAY/XC%20RELAY%20RESULTS%202017.pdf

 

NSAC TRAINING 4TH NOVEMBER 2017

As we will be running our Cross-Country Relay at Clevedon School (see http://www.nsac.org.uk/cross-country-relay-challenge-2017/  for full details) most training sessions will be cancelled (EXCEPT ENDURANCE YEAR 9+). See below;

SATURDAY 8.30AM -10.30AM @ CLEVEDON SCHOOL CANCELLED

SATURDAY 9.30AM – 11.00AM @ CLEVEDON SCHOOL * ENDURANCE FOR YEAR 9+ ONLY * IS STILL ON

SATURDAY 10.30AM – 12.00PM @ CLEVEDON SCHOOL CANCELLED

SATURDAY 10.30AM – 12.00PM @ PRIORY SCHOOL, WSM CANCELLED

We have plenty of space for anyone still wanting to be involved, especially anyone from school years 7-8, or school years 2-4 (Happy to accept slightly younger than year 2 if parents feel children are up to it!) At present 66 athletes pencilled in, would love to get close to the 100 mark. A FUN event, nothing serious!!!

Anyone Year 9+ we are still wanting help. A free hot drink and bar of chocolate for all helpers!!!

 

London Marathon 2018

North Somerset AC are entitled to a club entry to next years London Marathon  (22 April 2018) and the committee have agreed for this place to be allocated using the following steps.

Any interested  athlete/coach/official or volunteer for the club need to contact the Club Secretary, Andy Ballentine, on aballentine74@googlemail.com to register their interest by 5pm on Friday 17 November.

If more than one interested person comes forward the place will be allocated in the following order:

  • priority will be given to all people that have NOT completed the London Marathon before.
  • if there is more than one person that fits this criteria, then their names will be added to a draw that will take place at one of the training sessions on Saturday 18 November.
  • Failing to receive interest from any of those that have not competed before; all individuals that have previously competed at the event and register their interest will be added to the draw.

Championship places will also enter in November if you have completed a marathon (or half marathon) in the same time, or faster than the times listed below – these are the official championship qualifying performance times. Your qualifying time must be achieved after 1 January 2016 in order to make an application for one of these places:

Men Time Women Time
Full marathon Sub 2:45 Full marathon Sub 3:15
Half marathon Sub 1:15 Half marathon Sub 1:30

2017 AGM Agenda

All members, parents of members, coaches, volunteers or interested parties are invited to attend the 2017 AGM.
As part of the clubs constitution we are required to hold an annual general meeting to keep all members informed of the running of the club.  The agenda for the AGM is detailed below, all are welcome, please just turn up.  If you have any questions regarding this meeting then please speak to your lead coach.
Date: 7 November 2017
Venue: Clevedon Sailing Club, The Beach, Clevedon, BS21 7QU
Time: 7pm
1.  Welcome
2.  Officers Reports
   a) Finance Report
   b) Secretary Report
   c) Welfare Officer Report
3.  Election of Officers
   a) Chairperson – vacant
   b) Secretary – Andrew Ballentine
   c) Treasurer – Miriam Payne
   d) Welfare Officer – Penny Mannings
   e) Membership Officer – Shane Cox
   f) Any other officer places required – vacant
4.  Amendments to Constitution
5.  Any other business

CROSS COUNTRY SEASON KICKS OFF IN STYLE

North Somerset AC had the best turn out in several years with 57 runners representing the club at the recent Gwent Cross Country League in Cardiff.  The quality of the fields in each race was high with the race being combined with the National Cross Challenge series of races.

First up were the under 11 boys and girls, with most of the NSAC athletes making their debut for the club. Each and every one gave it their all and did the club proud in races with over 100 competitors.  In the girls race Millie Redman was the outstanding performer running superbly to make the top ten.  Rowan Preen ran a great race to lead the boys team home with Ben Kelly close behind. A big well done to all the u11s, Peter, Zach, Jacob, Zeki, Ben, Isaac, Rowan, Dawid, Romany, Rosa, Lavanna, Leah, Willow, Mille, Ellie and Esther.

The under 13s took on the undulating 1.75 mile course with 14 competing from the club. The girls race saw good packing with Keira Devereux leading the team home closely followed by Daisy, Abigail and Grace. They were backed up with good runs from Poppy, Isabella, Simone and Abigail. The boys race saw one of the clubs highlights of the day. Ollie Campbell, who only began running for the club in August, and running his first individual race for the club, showing no fear Ollie set off in the lead and held this for some time. Despite not being able to hold the lead he still managed to finish an impressive 8th place through great competitive attitude and sheer determination.  Ollie was backed up by the rest of the team with strong runs from Reuben, Will, Louie, Alexander and Sam.

The under15s also had a good turnout with 16 club runners across the two races. A big mention has to go to the under 15 boys for having our highest number of competitors across the age groups, with 10. They were led home by the experienced and every dependable Ollie Lock who ran a fine race. The many debutantes in this age group was pleasing to see and this bodes well for the rest of the season.

Well done to Cameron, Louis, Max, Callum,  Alfie, Jamie P,  Will, Emile and Jamie V.  In the girls under 15’s Steph Brooks ran hard from the gun and was first in for the club closely followed by Ella Johnston who ran her race with great maturity moving through the field as her competitors tired.  There was good running from all the girls,  Alysha, Ellie and Holly but special mention goes to Victoria making her cross country debut for the club and ran a great race.

The under 17 & under 20 races saw 7 members of the club compete, well done to Will, Callum, Isobel, Megan, Alys and Joe who all ran hard in races run at a pulsating pace due to the high standard of the fields.

The senior team of Katie Hooper, James Adams and Andrew Devereux completed the days races and all did really well over tough 7k and 10k courses respectively.

See Gallery for photos

See link for  results http://www.gwent-league.org.uk/2017/res171.htm

VOLUNTARY ROLES AVAILABLE AT NSAC

NSAC are looking to improve its provision throughout the Club, To enable us to do this we are seeking individuals who are willing to support the Club in a number of ways. If you have an hour or two a week, the relevant skills, and a desire to help us ‘evolve’, then please contact chrisbtg@blueyonder.co.uk

SOCIAL SECRETARY
 
1.   CREATE AND MANAGE A RANGE OF SOCIAL ACTIVITIES FOR NSAC, POSSIBLY FOR TEENAGERS, TO ENCOURAGE AN ‘NSAC FAMILY’ TO BE CREATED

2.   AT THIS STAGE, LOOKING AT 2-4 EVENTS PER YEAR

3.   LIAISE WITH TEENAGE MEMBERS OF CLUB, TO SEE WHAT THEY WANT, THEN ORGANISE

 

 

WEBSITE MANAGER
 
1.   UPDATES AREAS OF WEBSITE REGULARLY

2.   RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY CHANGES TO STRUCTURE

3.   LIAISES WITH VARIOUS PEOPLE FOR RESULTS, PHOTOS, FIXTURES

 

 

 

 

MEDIA OFFICER
 
1.   REPORTS TO LOCAL PRESS

2.   OVERSEES TWITTER, AND AIMS TO INCREASE FOLLOWING AND USAGE

3.   LIAISES WITH VARIOUS PEOPLE FOR RESULTS, PHOTOS, FIXTURES

 

 

VOLUNTEER CO-ORDINATOR – OFFICIAL EVENTS
 
1.   ENSURES NSAC HAVE ENOUGH SUPPORT AT EVENTS (EG TEAM MANAGERS, OFFICIALS ETC)

2.   LIAISES WITH TEAM MANAGERS, PARENTS ETC

 

 

VOLUNTEER CO-ORDINATOR – IN-HOUSE EVENTS (XC RELAY PLUS T&F SPORTS DAY)
 
1.   ENSURES NSAC HAVE ENOUGH HELP AT IN-HOUSE EVENTS (MERCHANDISE SELLING, TIMEKEEPING, REGISTRATION, FIELD EVENTS, REFRESHMENTS ETC)

 

FUNDRAISING MANAGER
 
1.   SOURCING GRANTS/FUNDING, AND ARRANGING COMPLETION OF FORMS

2.   DRIVING/SUPPORTING SPONSORSHIP EVENTS

3.   SEEKING CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP, INCLUDING CREATION OF PORTFOLIO

 

 

KIT/MERCHANDISE PURCHASER
 
1.   PURCHASING KIT FROM PRO PEAKS

2.   LIAISING WITH VARIOUS PEOPLE REGARDING WHAT IS NEEDED

3.   ENSURING STOCK LEVELS ARE MAINTAINED

 

 

 

 

TRACK & FIELD CO-ORDINATOR/EVENT MANAGER
 
1.   LOCATING DETAILS & CREATING SPREADSHEET OF NSAC OFFICIAL EVENTS (AVON LEAGUE, YDL, CHAMPIONSHIPS ETC

2.   LOCATING DETAILS & CREATING SPREADSHEET OF OPEN EVENTS ACROSS THE REGION, TO GIVE ALL ATHLETES THE OPPORTUNITY OF COMPETITION

3.   LIAISING WITH TEAM MANAGERS TO ENSURE TEAMS ARE FULL AND ORGANISED

4.   LIAISING WITH LEAGUES (EG YDL) TO ENSURE TEAMS ARE REGISTERED

5.   RESPONSIBLE FOR ENSURING NUMBERS, VESTS, PINS, FLAG, TENT ETC ARE AT VENUE

6.   ASSISTS WITH CHANGES ON THE DAY, PLUS ANY PROBLEMS THAT MAY ARISE (EG ATHLETES NOT TURNING UP, REPLACING ATHLETES AT SHORT NOTICE DUE TO INJURY ETC)

7.   ARRANGING PHOTOGRAPHS TO BE TAKEN, FOR USE ON WEBSITE/MEDIA/AWARDS EVENING

 

 

 

 

SUPPORT COACHES – TRACK & FIELD SESSIONS
 
1.   SUPPORTING LEAD COACH

2.   ACTIVELY LOOKING TO IMPROVE THEIR COACHING SKILLS, EITHER BY READING, ATTENDING WORKSHOPS, COURSES OR COMBINATION OF THE ABOVE

3.   HAVE UP-TO-DATE DBS (& IDEALLY FIRST AID)

 

SUPPORT COACHES – ROAD RUNNING SESSIONS
 
1.   SUPPORTING LEAD COACHES BY RUNNING WITH THE GROUP, ADVISING AND ENCOURAGING ATHLETES AS NECESSARY

2.   HAVE UP-TO-DATE DBS (& IDEALLY FIRST AID – BUT NOT COMPULSORY!)

 

OFFICIALS CO-ORDINATOR
 
1.   APPROACHING POTENTIAL OFFICIAL HELPERS

2.   RUNNING BASIC OFFICIATING COURSES FOR POTENTIAL HELPERS

3.   LOCATING AND ENTERING POTENTIAL OFFICIALS ON RELEVANT COURSES

4.   SUPPORT FOR THE OFFICIALS THROUGHOUT THEIR EDUCATION

5.   ENSURING NSAC HAVE RELEVANT OFFICIALS FOR ALL T&F EVENTS

 

 

 

 

OFFICIALS
VARIOUS
1.   ATTENDING IN-HOUSE OFFICIALS COURSE

2.   ATTENDING RELEVANT EA COURSE, IF RELEVANT