Sam’s the Man at South West Schools Champs

SamGentry 2017 SW Schools


Sam Gentry ran arguably his finest cross country race at Truro last weekend whilst representing the Avon schools team in the South West Schools Cross Country Championships. In a winter season that has seen Sam win many a race, an individual silver may not appear such a great fete for the talented North Somerset AC youngster.

However, this was a race of the highest calibre in which he separated two National standard athletes from Cornwall. Top age athlete ‘Finn Bernie’ was the race winner with Sam beating last year’s Junior Boys English Schools Cross Country Champion ‘Harris Mier’ into third place.

Sam will now look forward with relish to the big races approaching as we enter the finale of the winter season. Other club athletes Callum Smith 42nd, Jack Wilkinson 47th, Will Fuller 49th and Jaylan Bacon 62nd also formed part of the same Intermediate Boys team that took the team Silver medal for Avon.

David Warnes was another club athlete to have a great run. He produced a fine 6 th place finish in the Senior Boys race with team mate Joe Gentry also running well to take 16 th . Both athletes contributed to helping the Avon senior boys team to the team silver.

In challenging conditions for their first SW Schools event Daisy Manners-Lolley and Abi Taylor ran solidly in the Minor girls race for 39 th and 46 th respectively, whilst Megan Mcrum also ran well for the Intermediate girls in her debut at this event to finish 45 th .

Alys Withers showed great strength in worsening conditions when others faltered to beat some very good athletes for a fine 25 th place finish.

All the athletes selected now go forward to represent Avon at the English Schools Championships at Norwich in March for what is the climax of the cross country season. Good luck to you all.




Congratulations to 13 of our athletes who have gained selection to Avon Schools Cross Country teams that will be travelling the Cornwall for the South West Schools XC Championships this weekend.

Sam Gentry continued his fine form with an outstanding victory in the Inter boys race  at the Avon Schools Champs, and will be confident of making an impact at Truro, despite being a lower age group athlete.  Team mates Callum Smith was 3rd with Jack Wilkinson, Will Fuller and Jaylan Bacon all finishing in the top 10 places to also qualify.

Daisy Manners-Lolley, Millie Rosenior and Abi Taylor all qualified for the Minor Girls team with top 10 positions in the Bristol qualifiers, whilst Megan McCrum finished 5th in the Inter Girls race qualifying as the sole club athlete in this age group.

David Warnes and Joe Gentry take their places after 3rd and 4th place finishes respectively in the senior boys race, whilst senior girl Alys Withers ran very well to qualify in 9th place.

Ollie Lock was the sole junior boy to make the top 10 after running solidly to also qualify in 5th place.

Good luck to you all on Saturday!

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

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

GB Selection For Ada’ora


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

Medals A Plenty For North Somerset Athletes At Tri-XC Champs 

There were plenty of County medallist’s from North Somerset at the combined Avon, Somerset and Wiltshire County Cross Country Championships held at Bath University last weekend

Sam Gentry and Matt Howard took the U15 boys race by the scruff of the neck and ran away from the field with Sam taking the tape in his now customary sprint finish. The one two gave them each a county gold medal – Avon for Sam and Somerset for Matt. Jack Wilkinson also had a cracking run with a fine 4th place and with it an Avon silver medal.

In a very strong field of 37 runners Kes Pitchers 21st, Jacob Faulkner 23rd and Will Cheek in 24th place were separated by just 11 seconds to complete their teams score.

Bottom age group Ruth Day continues to improve with every race and her 10th place finish in the U15 girl’s race was just 6 seconds off a county medal.

Keira Devereux had another strong run in the U11 race and her 4th place finish was enough to secure an Avon silver medal whilst Poppy Adams continues to improve and will be pleased with her 13th place. In the boys race Herbie Cooksley in only his 2nd race secured a Somerset bronze medal with his 13th place finish, whilst Elliot Jeston finished just behind Herbie in 17th place.

Alice Bridger-Morales had a fine run to finish 4th in a very strong field of U13 girls and took the Avon bronze medal. Ruby Owen and Connie Ballentine battled hard for their respective 17th and 21st respectively whilst both were suffering the effects of heavy colds.

Louie Brunsdon and Guy Owen were both bottom age athletes in the U13 boys race and they worked well together to 27th and 28th in a field of 46, whilst Ben Hartigan in his first ever race should feel very pleased with his run in finishing 31st.

U20 David Warnes looks to be nearing his best again with a fine run to 3rd place overall in a very strong combined U17/U20 race, which was also good enough to give him the Avon county gold medal. Ultra-competitive U17 Callum Smith was a little disappointed with his run whilst not feeling 100% and his finish of 17th from a field of 28th was a below where he would normally have expected.

U20 Ellie Wallace looked a class apart in the combined U17/20 women’s race. She led the field from the off as she stormed to victory and Avon gold, with Alys Withers taking silver in 15th place overall. Alice Davies took Somerset gold in the U17 category with her 4th place overall followed by Olivia Burton in 7th and an Avon silver.

Jo Gallagher had another fine run to finish 8th place in a strong field of just 31 senior ladies, whilst Josh Davis led the senior mens race at one stage only to be undone in the final 1k, but his superb 3rd place finish from a field of 85 secured the Avon silver medal.

James Rodgers ran another high profile 10k at Telford on Sunday where he finished just 3 seconds off his PB in a time of 31.19. With training going well his coach Steve Hollier said he is confident that James can breach the elusive 31minute barrier in the new-year.


NSAC athlete breaks the World Record

Stuart Laney’s attempt at the fastest 50km ran on  a treadmill has been successful.  Stuart completed the task in 2 hours 59 mins and 39 seconds, breaking the world record by nearly 10 mins.

Stuart will have to have the run ratified to become a registered world record, and we will keep you informed once this has been received.

Many congratulations from all at the club, Stuart has currently raised over £2,500 for the Teenage Cancer Trust charity.