Spectacular Scenery & Spectacular Racing

November 12, 2016

Brecon may be the furthest place to host a Gwent Cross Country league fixture but it is probably the most picturesque. However, for the 40 North Somerset AC athletes who made the journey to Brecon last weekend it was the racing not the scenery that was spectacular!

The races started with the U11 boys and the team had 4 debutants. Sam Holloway looking very strong in his first cross country was first boy home in 40th. The next three runners were very close with Elliot Jeston 62nd, Kian Newman 65th and Noah Newman 70th. The team was completed by Jacob Forsbrook who finished in 79th beating his position from last month.

Kiera Devereux had a very strong run to cross the line in 26th place in a large field of U11 girls. Poppy Adams consolidated her great start to cross country finishing 50th, with another debutant Emma O’Connor having a super run right behind her in 51st

Louie Brunsdon’s recent improvement has been spectacular and he put in a fantastic effort to lead home the U13 boys in 19th place, a massive improvement from his 62nd place last month. Will Maine, Guy Owen and Emile Swanson claimed 30th, 32nd and 33rd less than 20 seconds later. Cameron Barker-Perry put in a strong run to finish 43rd and debutant runners Ollie Andrews and Lewis Lazenby had very promising starts to running cross country with 46th and 51st place respectively.

By now the course was becoming increasingly muddy but this didn’t stop Ruby Owen leading the U13 girls home with a confident run finishing 13th overall. Stephanie Brooks, Connie Ballentine and Holly Avery followed in 31st, 34th and 59th respectively.

Sam Gentry battled with his fierce rival from Westbury Harriers up at the front from start to finish of the U15 boys race and they crossed the line together in joint first with the decision going to his rival by a head. Ollie Lock finished 15th, 22 places higher than last month, with Kes Pitchers, Jacob Faulkner, Will Cheek and Alex Collins all improving on their positions from Bridgend in finishing 32nd, 36th, 46th and 55th places respectively.

Megan McCrum continued her good form and also improved on the last race by leading the U15 girls home in 18th place. Ruth Day was the second North Somerset girl finishing in 41st followed by strong efforts from Maisie Squire and Isobel Grey in 52nd and 56th.

The combined U17/U20 race had some very strong runners which produced a fast race. Joe Gentry had a terrific run and was 2nd overall and 1st in the U20 category to give the club its sole victory. Callum Smith had another super run and led the U17 team challenge to finish in 5th place overall with strong finishes from Luca Murray (14th) and David Hazon (34th).

Celine Swanson ran her first Gwent League race in the senior ladies having and enjoyable but tough run and finishing 172nd in a field of nearly 300 runners.

James Rodgers followed up his fantastic PB of 31m.16secs at the Leeds Dash 10k just the previous Sunday by leading the senior men home with a 20th place finish. Josh Davis was not too far behind in 38th whilst David Warnes had a great run in his first ever senior mens race crossing the line a very respectable 69th place. Steve Hollier was the sole V65 and finished in 202nd with Andy Devereux (V40) completing the teams scores in 287th.

 

Ruth & Maisie

X-country relays

Saturday saw North Somerset AC hold their annual cross country relays at Clevedon SChool. Over sixty children from school years 2 to 8 competed with many in fancy dress. The event is aimed at giving the children an introduction into this discipline of athletics.

The first race was the Year 7 and 8 race, comprising of 6 teams, 2 girls and 4 mixed/boys. This was a terrific race with the lead changing over the four legs with the team of Emile, Bailey, Darwin and Will F finally crossing the line first, just over 30 seconds clear of the second place team. The girls race was comfortably won by the team of Steph, Abbie, Holly and Connie. The fastest legs were run by Will Maine and Connie Ballentine.

The year 5 and 6 race saw 8 and a half teams taking part and the closeness caused some headaches with the officials. First past the pose was Connor, Cadon, Elliott and Will D. The first girl team was Emma, Rosa, Jessica and Kiera. The fastest legs were delivered by Elliot Jeston and Poppy Adams.

There were only 3 teams in the year 2 to 4 race so all 12 atheltes deserve a huge well done!! The boys team of Jack, Ben, Reuben and Zach were first home, with the girls race won by Lily, Eden, Amelie and Millie. Zach Cunningham and Amelie Dorrington had the fastest legs in this race.

Year 2 to 4
Girls
1st Millie Stokes 3 mins 53
Eden Magnell 3 mins 54
Amelie Dorrington 3 mins 07
Lily Chase-Mapp Mins 26

2nd Yasmin Neill 3 mins 28
Sophia Milnor 3 mins 34
Olivia O’Connor 4 mins 49
April Kelly 3 mins 08

Boys
1st Zach Cunningham 3 mins 02
Jack North 3 mins 24
Reuben Ballentine 3 mins 17
Ben Kelly 3 mins 07

Year 5 – 6
Girls
1st Emma O’Connor 4 mins 42
Rosa Ford 4 mins 32
Jessica Chapman 4 mins 56
Keira Devareux 4 mins 17

2nd Blythe Jones 4 mins 23
Halina H-Williams 5 mins 06
Ana Farnell 5 mins 08
Femi H-Williams 5 mins 00

3rd Mia Darlington 4 mins 37
Ana Eistentrager 4 mins 55
Jemma Evans 4 mins 52
Juliette Coe 5 mins 14

4th Helene Cook 4 mins 52
Mikita Heele 5 mins 50
Keira Duncan 4 mins 47
Tilly Ballentine 4 mins 34

5th Amy Chasercap 4 mins 52
Nyah Mills 4 mins 50
Poppy Maule 5 mins 37
Ella Griffin 4mins 56

6th Eliana Straws 5 mins 43
Rosie Gabbon 5 mins 09
Amelia James 5 mins 39
Poppy Adams 3 mins 53

Boys
1st Connor Howitt 4 mins 24
Cadon Best 4 mins 37
Elliott Jeston 4 mins 16
Will Davies 4 mins 23

2nd Jake Chapman 4 mins 53
Felix Milnor 5 mins 30
Lily Kelly 5 mins 19
Ben Warren 4 mins 47

3rd Harry England 5 mins 03
Sammy Nurminom 5 mins 10

Year 7 – 8
Girls
1st Steph Brooks 5 mins 19
Abbie Taylor 5 mins 29
Holly Avery 5 mins 57
Connie Ballentine 5 mins 10

2nd Ella Johnstone 5 mins 54
Izzy L-Tarr 6 mins 24
Phoebe Gooch 6 mins 44
Hannah Mougeot 5 mins 48

Boys
1st Emilie Swanson 4 mins 56
Bailey Saviour 5 mins 36
Darwin Maute 5 mins 19
Will Finch 5 mins 23

2nd Yannis Richards 5 mins 43
Ben Hartigan 5 mins 12
Sam Holloway 5 mins 33
Yannis/Sam 5 mins 17

3rd Will Maine 4 mins 54
Sam Marnock 5 mins 30
Ted Deakin 6 mins 48
Louie Brunsden 5 mins 07

4th William Sandiford 5 mins 30
Caitlin Keyte 6 mins 34
Mary Hemming 5 mins 54
Herby Alexander 5 mins 34

CLUB MAKE SOLID START TO XC SEASON 

43 athletes competed for the club at the 1st Gwent Cross Country fixture of the season last weekend. The Bridgend meet always produces huge fields of runners and this event proved no different with some very high calibre races taking place.

The U11 boys kicked off proceedings with twins Bodie and Louis Raymond finished 37th and 38th respectively, just 50 seconds behind the race winner. Bottom age athlete Jacob Forsbrook finished 71st with Toby Smith completing the scores in 80th place, just 10 seconds behind Jacob from a field of 113 runners.

Kiera Devereux had a terrific run to finish in 16th place from another large field of 97 U11 runners, whilst debutant Poppy Adams looked a very promising athlete in finishing 49th.

The U13 boys were led home with a fine run from Emile Swanson in 30th place and bottom age athletes Guy Owen and William Maine close behind in 35th and 38th respectively. Adam Smith, Cameron Baker-Perry and Louie Brunsdon completed the team scores in finishing 48th, 56th and 62nd respectively from a field of 85.

U13 girls lead runners Ruby Owen and Connie Ballantine started the season well and ran their race true to form finishing 20th and 21st respectively. Steph Brooks looked strong in 43rd place whilst debutant Daisy Manners-Lolley had an excellent race to cross the line in 50th. Jasmine Mcardle 62nd, Brooke Stirrup 77th and Alysha Forsbrook 78th completed the team scores from another large field of 93 runners.

The highly fancied U15 boy’s team had to contend this one without Matt Howard, but the team performed well in a very strong field. Sam Gentry continued his great early season form having led the team to victory in the recent Midland Road Relay Championships. His 3rd place finish ranked as one of the days highlights, but Jack Wilkinson also had a fine run finishing 13th whilst Ollie Lock 37th, Kes Pitchers 40th, Jacob Faulkner 41st and Alex Collins 65th completed the team scores.

Megan Mcrum led the U15 girls challenge with a fine run in 21st place and is starting to show the potential we all know she has. Ruth Day looked very comfortable in 35th whilst Lucy Maine also ran well to finish 47th. Maisie Squire 52nd had a solid run, with debutant Beth Eastwood-Dewing 59th and Issy Gall 60th completing the team scores.

Callum Smith led an injury hit U17 team and the bottom age athlete ran a terrific race for a 7th place finish. David Hazen in his first ever cross country ran comfortably to finish 30th but Adam Major had to pull up half way through the race with a knee injury.

Joe Gentry was the clubs sole U20 man following David Warnes late withdrawal and he ran superbly to a 3rd place finish. Likewise Alys Withers had a solid run to finish 5th in the U20 Ladies race.

Rachel Foyle was the sole senior lady and had a very good run to finish 86th in a field of 305 with Steve Hollier finishing as top V65 man in the same race.

James Rodgers led the senior men home and will be very pleased with his 12th place in a very high caliber race at the front. Josh Davis, with very little training under his belt will be more than pleased with his 19th place, just over half a minute behind James. Alan Baker had a good run in 116th place whilst Bradley Upcott-Fowler 287th and Andy Devereux in 393rd completed the team scoring in a very large field of 468 runners.

Cameron Coetzee was unable to make the Gwent fixture so made the trip to the Gloucester League fixture on the Saturday where he had a terrific run to finish 9th from a field of 240 in the senior men’s race. U13’s Guy Owen and Ruby also made the trip and they too ran very well to finish 13th and 5th in their respective races.

OCTOBER HALF TERM TRAINING

Monday October 24th 2016 – Nailsea Training – OFF

Tuesday October 25th 2016 – Clevedon Training – ON

Wednesday October 26th 2016 – Clevedon Training – ON

Wednesday October 26th 2016 – Priory Training 6-7 SESSION- OFF

Wednesday October 26th 2016 – Priory Training 7-8 SESSION-                 ON (meet at the Tropicana 6.50pm)

Thursday October 27th 2016 – Churchill Training – OFF

Thursday October 27th 2016 – Filton Training – ON

Saturday October 29th 2016 – Clevedon Training – ON

Saturday October 29th 2016 – Priory Training – OFF

All training returns to normal from Monday 31st October 2016

New Date for Cross Country Relays – November 5th 2016

WHAT IS THE CROSS-COUNTRY RELAY CHALLENGE?
Teams of four are required to complete a lap each of the course in a relay style. Ideally Athletes to be same-sex, same-age, but happy to accommodate mixed ages/teams to ensure everyone gets a run! This will be the 14th running of the event, and has proved extremely popular. Fancy dress, whilst not compulsory, is definitely expected!

For those of you that had already put your name down for the original date then please email chrisbtg@blueyonder.co.uk if you are still able to take part.

GENERAL DETAILS
Clevedon Secondary School – Saturday November 5th 201610.00am – 12.00pm Cost £4 per athlete – Discounted price of £3 per athlete for current NSAC/NSAA Members

PROVISIONAL TIMETABLE
•Registration – 9.00am – 9.45am – Registration closes at 9.45am (No more
entries)
•School Years 7-8 – 10.00am – 1200m each  – 2 large laps of field (boys and
girls race together)
•School Years 5-6 – 10.30am – 800m each – 1 large lap and 1 small lap of field
(Separate boys and girls race if more than 10 teams enter)
•School Years 2-4 – 11.30am – 600m each  – 1 large lap of field (Separate boys
and girls race if more than 10 teams enter)
•Presentations – 12.00pm

PRIZES
Trophy for winning team in each category, medals for first three teams in each category, prize for fastest leg Athlete in each race, a prize for best fancy dress team and a prize for best team names

WHAT NEXT? (TEAMS)
Organise your team. Agree a team name, discuss fancy dress possibilities. Email your full team to chrisbtg@blueyonder.co.uk no later than Thursday October 27th 2016. If you cannot do so, then just turn up on the day and we can sort then!

WHAT NEXT? (INDIVIDUALS)
At least half the athletes competing will not have full teams, and we will need to organise this for them. Many of these win medals, so definitely worth emailing for us to sort out a team for you (even if it’s on the day!) chrisbtg@blueyonder.co.uk

WHO CAN COMPETE?
Anyone from school year 2 -8 is welcome. Why not speak to friends in school, or from other sporting teams you are part of?

COMMENT
Whilst there will be some fantastic Athletes on show, this is designed as a fun event, and an introduction to Cross-Country for many. It is not meant to be a serious Championship event, so we request that all Athletes are supported ‘equally’. Walking, for some, will be inevitable. This is not an event to be worried about. Come along, smile and enjoy!

ASSISTANCE
We are always looking for help, either registration, marshalling, or time keeping. If you can help, then please make us aware so that we can plan!

TEAS/COFFEES ETC
There will be a full range of teas, coffees, cakes and Club merchandise for sale. Please use this. All profits will go towards the Childrens Hospice South West.

WHAT NEXT?
Please complete following form for full teams, or email to let us know you wish to compete but are unable to organise a team (we will sort teams for you)

www.nsac.org.uk
www.nsaa.me.uk

NSAC/NSAA CROSS-COUNTRY RELAY 2016
TEAM CONFIRMATION

We have confirmation of our team, members are listed below.

TEAM NAME____________________________________________________

AGE CATEGORY__________________________________________________

ATHLETE 1 ______________________________________________________

ATHLETE 2 ______________________________________________________

ATHLETE 3 ______________________________________________________

ATHLETE 4 ______________________________________________________

Please sign below to confirm you are happy for your children to take part. The course will be set up with full risk assessments, but we cannot take responsibility for any injuries that may occur along the way (due to the nature of a cross-country competition)

Signed ………………………………………………………………………

X-country Relays Postponed

Unfortunately, due to the weather forecast showing potential thundery showers on Saturday morning, the X-country relays has been postponed.

We are looking at a new date for this event and we will publish this once it has been agreed.

Please accept our apologies for all of you that had planned on attending this event.

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Success at Midland Road Relays

A record 9 teams from North Somerset Athletics Club competed in the Midland Road Relays on Saturday 24 September in Sutton Park , Sutton Coldfield.  The day was dry but windy as the junior athletes took to the line.  Pride of place for North Somerset AC must go to the under 15 boys ‘A’ team in winning the championship, 13 seconds clear of their nearest rivals from Charnwood AC (Loughborough) an nearly 2 minutes in front of the 3rd place team from Westbury Harriers.

Sam Gentry lead the team off on the 1st leg and bought the team through the 1st changeover in 4th place within touching distance of the leaders.  Matt Howard powered his way around the 3.88km challenging course, setting the 3rd fastest individual leg time and handing over to Jack Wilkinson in 1st place with only 34 seconds covering the top three.  Jack managed to keep his composure and bring the team home to a magnificent achievement for these young athletes.  To top off the success of winning the championships all three boys finished in the top 10 individual leg times.
The strength in depth of the under 15 boys age group, with North Somerset AC having two further teams finishing in 21st (Jacob Faulkner, Kes Pitchers and Jamie Carroll) and 27th (Ollie Lock, Will Cheek and Alex Collins) looks promising for the forthcoming cross country season.
The event started with three inexperienced under 13 teams competing with only 1 of the 9 athletes having completed this race previously.  The under 13 boys finished a magnificent 15th (Will Maine, Louie Brunsdon and Cameron Baker-Perry).  The under 13 girls showed they have strength in depth, however both teams found the going harder but still managed 27th (Ruby Owen, Connie Ballentine and Ella Johnston) and 32nd (Steph Brooks, Holly Avery and Sophia Murray).
Next to race were the under 15 girls, and once again only 1 of these athletes had raced this course previously, but the girls fought hard across all three laps and finished in 21st place (Lucy Maine, Meg McCrum and Eleanor Redman).  With just 20 seconds covering all three athletes it looks like there could be exciting racing over the coming winter months.
The under 17 boys of Callum Smith, Luca Murray and Jaylan Bacon battled throughout this very competitive race to finish in 13th place, missing out on a top 10 finish by 20 seconds.
For the first time ever North Somerset AC were ale to enter a Senior Mens team in the 6 stage relay.  The team were hoping to finish in the top 25 finishes to qualify for the National Road Relays.  Unfortunately the team finished agonisingly short even with Josh Davies passing 12 athletes on the last lap.  With three of the team being under 20 years old, this was a massive stepping stone in their running careers and the team of David Warnes, Cameron Coetzee, Joe Gentry, Mike Proffitt, Julian Emery and Josh Daveis can look forward to the winter races and the potential to qualify in 2017.

NORTH SOMERSET ATHLETIC CLUB AND ACADEMY CROSS- COUNTRY RELAY CHALLENGE 2016

WHAT IS THE CROSS-COUNTRY RELAY CHALLENGE?
Teams of four are required to complete a lap each of the course in a relay style. Ideally Athletes to be same-sex, same-age, but happy to accommodate mixed ages/teams to ensure everyone gets a run! This will be the 14th running of the event, and has proved extremely popular. Fancy dress, whilst not compulsory, is definitely expected!

GENERAL DETAILS
Clevedon Secondary School – Saturday October 1st 201610.00am – 12.00pm Cost £4 per athlete – Discounted price of £3 per athlete for current NSAC/NSAA Members

PROVISIONAL TIMETABLE
•Registration – 9.00am – 9.45am – Registration closes at 9.45am (No more
entries)
•School Years 7-8 – 10.00am – 1200m each  – 2 large laps of field (boys and
girls race together)
•School Years 5-6 – 10.30am – 800m each – 1 large lap and 1 small lap of field
(Separate boys and girls race if more than 10 teams enter)
•School Years 2-4 – 11.30am – 600m each  – 1 large lap of field (Separate boys
and girls race if more than 10 teams enter)
•Presentations – 12.00pm

PRIZES
Trophy for winning team in each category Medals for first three teams in each category Prize for fastest leg Athlete in each race Prize for best fancy dress team Prize for best team names

WHAT NEXT? (TEAMS)
Organise your team. Agree a team name, discuss fancy dress possibilities. Email your full team to chrisbtg@blueyonder.co.uk no later than Thursday September 29th 2015. If you cannot do so, then just turn up on the day and we can sort then!

WHAT NEXT? (INDIVIDUALS)
At least half the athletes competing will not have full teams, and we will need to organise this for them. Many of these win medals, so definitely worth emailing for us to sort out a team for you (even if it’s on the day!) chrisbtg@blueyonder.co.uk

WHO CAN COMPETE?
Anyone from school year 2 -8 is welcome. Why not speak to friends in school, or from other sporting teams you are part of?

COMMENT
Whilst there will be some fantastic Athletes on show, this is designed as a fun event, and an introduction to Cross-Country for many. It is not meant to be a serious Championship event, so we request that all Athletes are supported ‘equally’. Walking, for some, will be inevitable. This is not an event to be worried about. Come along, smile and enjoy!

ASSISTANCE
We are always looking for help, either registration, marshalling, or time keeping. If you can help, then please make us aware so that we can plan!

TEAS/COFFEES ETC
There will be a full range of teas, coffees, cakes and Club merchandise for sale. Please use this. All profits will go towards the Childrens Hospice South West.

WHAT NEXT?
Please complete following form for full teams, or email to let us know you wish to compete but are unable to organise a team (we will sort teams for you)

www.nsac.org.uk
www.nsaa.me.uk

NSAC/NSAA CROSS-COUNTRY RELAY 2016
TEAM CONFIRMATION

We have confirmation of our team, members are listed below.

TEAM NAME____________________________________________________

AGE CATEGORY__________________________________________________

ATHLETE 1 ______________________________________________________

ATHLETE 2 ______________________________________________________

ATHLETE 3 ______________________________________________________

ATHLETE 4 ______________________________________________________

Please sign below to confirm you are happy for your children to take part. The course will be set up with full risk assessments, but we cannot take responsibility for any injuries that may occur along the way (due to the nature of a cross-country competition)

Signed ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Matt Howard at British Triathlon Champs

Junior endurance athlete Matt Howard was left disappointed with his 8th place finish at the British Triathlon Championships held at Edinburgh last weekend.

A top 10 finish against the best 40 athletes in Britain would be a fantastic result for most, but not so for this highly competitive North Somerset AC youngster.

A strong swim saw him out of the water in 3rd place, which he held onto throughout the bike ride. With his sights set firmly on a podium finish he then suffered a serious stitch for the duration of his run and watched painfully as one by one his main competitors passed him by.

However, the South West region took the team title which provided some compensation for Matt, and the GB selectors will also have noted Matt’s efforts for sure.

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Pain etched in Matt’s face during run!

NEW TERM TRAINING – SEPTEMBER 2016

As the school holidays near their completion, we confirm the following regarding training sessions with NSAC;

Mondays @ Nailsea School 6pm – 7.30pm (School Years 4-7) – Return to training Monday September 5th

Mondays @ Clevedon School 5.30pm – 7.30pm (School Years 6-9 invite only) – Return to training Monday September 5th

Mondays @ Clevedon School 7.45pm – 9.00pm (School Years 8+) – Return to training Monday September 5th

Tuesdays @ Clevedon School 6.45pm – 8.15pm – Continued throughout summer

Wednesdays @ Priory 6pm – 7.00pm (School Years 4-6) – Return to training Wednesday September 7th

Wednesdays @ Priory 7pm – 8.00pm (School Years 7+) – Return to training Wednesday September 7th

Wednesdays @ Clevedon Seafront 6.30pm – 8.30pm (School Years 7+) – Meet at seafront from Wednesday September 7th

Thursdays @ Churchill School 5pm – 6.15pm (School Years 4-7) – Return to training Thursday September 8th

Thursdays @ Churchill School 6.15pm – 7.30pm (School Years 7+) Return to training Thursday September 8th

Thursdays @ Filton WISE Campus 6.45pm – 8.15pm – Continued throughout summer

Saturdays @ Priory 10.30am – 12pm (School Years 4-11) – Return to training Saturday September 10th

Saturdays @ Clevedon School 8.30am – 10.30am – Continued throughout summer

Saturdays @ Clevedon School 10.30am – 12pm – Continued throughout summer

For athletes who have not paid the year’s training fees, this term will be due by the middle of September please. £40.00 per athlete, either by cheque to NSAC or by BACS. For more info, please contact membership@nsac.org.uk