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.


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.


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!

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

•Registration – 9.00am – 9.45am – Registration closes at 9.45am (No more
•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

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

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!

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

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

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!

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!

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.

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)



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.


Pain etched in Matt’s face during run!


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

Sam Gentry at Gateshead

Gentry Having Track Season To Remember

Sam Gentry’s season on the track just gets better and better. The North Somerset AC youngster appears to be well over a year that saw injury put paid to any consistency with his running.  A rich vein of recent form has seen him breaking two club records as well as recording PB after PB.

His latest success was smashing his 800m PB by nearly three seconds at the Exeter BMC meet on Tuesday night where he won the ‘C Race’ in a time of 2.04.83. This followed a first appearance at the prestigious English Schools Championships held at Gateshead International Arena, where as a bottom age group athlete he qualified for the final of the 1500m by finishing 4th in the heats. A place among the leading dozen athletes in the country is no mean fete and the future certainly bodes well for Sam.

Not to be outdone, older brother Joe is also having a super season on the track and he too achieved a new PB in the 800m ‘A Race’ with a time of 2.01.48. Eleven year old Will Maine having his first BMC outing ran superbly to record 2.32.99 to set himself a decent benchmark for future events and it was good to see his sister Lucy running a very respectable and seasons best  time of 2.38.54 over the same distance.

Mike Proffitt and Jack Wilkinson from the club were also competing at the same event, but this time over the 1500m distance with both running well in recording times of 4.30.13 and 4.39.80 respectively.

Ellie Wallace was pleased to get back to somewhere near her best when recording a seasons best in winning the 1500m ‘A’ race. She finished a full 7 seconds ahead of the highly regarded Cornish Athlete Yoyo Barnsley when recording 4.38.25.

Other local athletes Nelly and Alice Bridger Morales continue to impress and both will be very happy with new PB’s set in the 1500m at the same Exeter event. Nelly breached the 5 minute barrier for the first time to record 4.59.74, whilst younger sister Alice finished the same race in a time of 5.14. It was also good to see Lauren Ashurst making continued progress following a torrid run of injuries and a time of 5.05.12 is a sure sign that she is now well on the road to recovery.

Sam Gentry at Gateshead

Sam & Matt at Gateshead

Sam Gentry at English Schools In Gateshead

Road Relays Fast Approaching

We are a month or two away, but the Midland entries have just opened and we want to get you thinking about the annual Road Relay events and check on availability nice and early.  For all of you that have taken part before you’ll know that both the Midland and National Road Relays (both held in Birmingham’s beautiful Sutton Park) are superb not to miss events for any athlete’s diary.  They are a fantastic prelude to the winter season and help to get the team spirit going before the cross country starts in earnest.

 Midland Road Relays Sat 24th Sept

We have had a great deal of success at this event for several years now, so we hope that this year will prove to be no different and just as successful for us. For the U13,U15 & U17 age groups; it’s team of three running 3.8k legs with no restriction on number of teams (i.e. A, B and C teams allowed). For the first time ever we now have enough athletes to make a men’s team as well (6 required for 5.8k legs) – and a strong team at that!  So please make this event your priority as we would love to stay for whole day this year!

 National Road Relays Sun 9th Oct

This takes place just a couple weeks later and encompass all clubs from the 3 regional events. It also follows exactly the same format as the Midland event and once again we can take as many junior teams as we like – though the seniors need to qualify by competing well at the regionals.

 Avon 5K Road Relays Sun 26th August

This takes place on Sun 28th August and will be third consecutive year that the event is held in our very own back yard at Cleeve Cricket Club. This is a well organised event run on quiet country lanes and footpaths. It is primarily a senior men’s and ladies event (teams of 4 for men and 3 for ladies – all 5k legs) with no limit on numbers of teams. We can enter some of our juniors that are deemed able and responsible enough, but they have specified that athletes should be at least 15 (aside from the odd exception). 

 Please email Steve at  towerhouse51@gmail.com  to confirm your commitment and for further info. 



During the summer holidays NSAC only train in certain venues and
on specific days. If you wish to continue involvement during the
summer holidays, we run the following sessions;

Saturdays @ Clevedon School 8.30am – 10.30am – Secondary School
age – Sprints, endurance, throws, fortnightly hurdles, pole vault
and long/triple jump

Saturdays @ Clevedon School 10.30am – 12.00pm – Primary School
age – All Athletic activities

Tuesdays @ Clevedon School 6.45pm – 8.15pm – Secondary School age – Endurance

Wednesdays @ Clevedon School 6.30pm – 8.30pm – Secondary School
age – Sprints, endurance, fortnightly hurdles

Wednesdays @ Weston (Various locations around the local area)
7.00pm – 8.00pm – Secondary School age – Sprints, endurance,.

Thursdays @ Filton College – 6.45pm – 8.15pm – Endurance –
Elite/Intermediate level athletes