Sam Selected for South West Team

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U15 Sam Gentry has been rewarded for his successes this winter with selection to compete for the South West region at the London Mini Marathon later this month. All the top junior endurance athletes throughout the UK will be competing against each other in this high profile annual prelude race to the London Marathon.

Sam has had a remarkable winter season in the Country, culminating in a fantastic 22nd place in the English Schools Cross Country Championships Inter Boys race a couple weeks ago. Competing as a bottom age athlete at this event, he’ll have another crack in the same age group next year and who knows where he’ll finish!

A week prior to wrapping up the Individual U15 Boys title in the Gwent Cross Country League, Sam also appeared (along with many others representing the club) at England’s premier Club National Championship event in Nottingham. Finishing just 2 seconds shy of the 3rd placed athlete and a podium finish, his superb 5th place was a sure sign that Sam is a top athlete to be reckoned with in the Country discipline.

We all wish him well for London, and look forward with relish to watching Sam repeat his winter feats on the track this summer!

Top 10 for James at Cardiff 10K

James Rodgers finished as top local runner at the Cardiff 10K on Sunday with a superb 6th place. James fell short of his PB by just 6 seconds in a  time of 31mins 22secs.

Training is going well for road specialist James and he’ll no doubt be looking forward to the Bristol 10K early next month. The club should have a fair few men running the race this year and it’ll be interesting to see how we fare in the team event.

 

Triple Success in Gwent League

Boys with Medals Mar 2017

The final fixture of the 2016-17 Gwent League was hosted in the fantastic location of Pembury Country Park.  The course had something for everyone including long fast straights, sand dunes, hills and of course the wind and rain to contend with.  Going into the last fixture North Somerset AC had a number of individuals and teams that were in medal contention after the previous four rounds.  The breadth of clubs within this league is demonstrated by the number of miles the club have travelled to compete this year totalling nearly 600 miles from Bridgend to Brecon to Bristol to Newport and then finally Carmenthenshire.

The success of the club this year was led by the boys with three individual league winners in Joe Gentry in the under 20’s, Callum Smith in the under 17’s and Sam Gentry in the under 15’s.  Joe also led the under 20’s to a second place in the team competition.  There was disappointment for both the under 17 boys and under 13 girls who lost out to a bronze medal both finishing in fourth place.

19 athletes made the near five hour round trip with many having their best runs of the season,  In the under 11 boys race Sam Holloway (43rd), Jacob Forsbrook (54) and Elliott Jeston (58) raced well in a very fast paced race.  In the girls race Keira Devereux maintained her performances from throughout the season to finish in 8th which left her in the top ten individuals over the season,  She led home Poppy Adams (25) with the potential for more from all five of these under 11’s.

Just one under 13 boy made the trek with Louis Brunsdon finishing in 35th.  In the girls race six athletes girls made the journey with Ella Johnston leading them home in 13th followed by Steph Brooks (19), Holly Avery (36), Alysha Forsbrook (37), Isabella Clark (40) and Connie Ballentine (41).

Sam Gentry maintained his recent excellent performance with a victory, which left him level on points with his rival from Westbury Harriers for the individual competition with the result being based on their positions in this race gave Same the title, with Jack Wilkinson running well to finish in 7th.  Just two girls also competed with Meg McCrum finishing in 7 leaving her in the same position in the individual competition, Ruth Day followed her home in 14th.

Callum Smith finished in 7th position in the under 17’s but this was good enough to give him the overall title.   Just two under 20 men made the journey with Dave Warnes finishing in 3rd place enough to leave in the 6th individual for the season just beating Joe Gentry who did enough to secure the title.

No senior men competed in this fixture but the club had enough points secured from the previous four fixtures and maintained their second place which should secure them promotion to Division 2 for next season.

With just the Inter-counties and English Schools to be completed in this has been a successful season for the cross country teams and it is exciting to see what these performances can be transferred onto the track during the 2017 season.

 

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National Cross Country Championships

U13 Girls at Nationals 2017

North Somerset Athletics Club were well represented at the highlight of the cross country calendar, the English National Champs at Nottingham. With huge entries exceeding 600 in most age groups reaching the top 100 is a hard task. The course had everything from mud, hills and stream crossings.  Star of the day was under 15 Sam Gentry who continued his excellent season showing his class on the national stage by finishing a tremendous 5th place and just 2 seconds off a podium finish.  Will Cheek continued his good form coming in 290th from 379 finishers.  Joe Gentry was the clubs sole entrant in the Junior men’s race finishing 129th from 211 finishers and Ruth Day was the clubs only entrant in the U15 Girls race finishing 243rd from 426 finishers.  In the under 17 boys race Callum Smith ran a superb race finishing 83rd backed up well by multi eventer Jaylan Bacon (185th) and Luca Murray (213th) from the 302 finishers in this race.

The under 13 boys and girls had full teams in their races all of whom were experiencing running at a national level for the first time.  As ever the boys quartet of Guy Owen (299th), Louie Brunsdon (318th), Will Maine (364th) and Emile Swanson (386th) all ran well and packed well together and were 47th in the team competition. The girls had a squad of 8 under 13s led home Daisy Manners-Lolley who battled on bravely despite losing both shoes in the deep mud with a third of the race remaining, coming home in a pleasing 236th. She was followed closely by team mates Ruby Owen (269th), Stephanie Brooks (293rd), Ella Johnston (360th), Connie Ballentine (382nd), Holly Avery (394th), Alysha Forsbrook (409th) and Isabella Clark (who was making her debut for the club in (429th) from 467 finishers.  The team also came 47th in the team competition.

 

Recent Results

ADA’ORA AT BRITISH TEAM TRIALS
It was great to see North Somerset represented at the British trials in
Sheffield. Ada’ora Chigbo finished 7th with a 1.73m leap in the event, that was
won jointly by Morgan Lake and Bethan Partridge

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WESTON PROM RUN
For this month’s results, please visit
http://www.westonac.co.uk/PromRun/

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BIRMINGHAM GAMES
Its always fun to compete on the tracks that the Internationals grace. This
event is 24 hours after the biggest Indoor event of the year, at Birmingham’s
National Indoor Arena. NSAA/
NSAC were represented by four athletes.

U15 GIRLS 60M ROSIE HALL 1ST 8.23 SECS
U15 GIRLS 200M ROSIE HALL 3RD 26.87 SECS
U15 BOYS 60M LEWIS HEMBROW-MCKINLEY 6TH 8.04 SECS
U15 BOYS HIGH JUMP LEWIS HEMBROW-MCKINLEY 1ST 1.57M
U15 BOYS 60M JAMES GENTILE 8TH 8.42 SECS
U20 WOMEN 200M ABIGAIL ROACH 5TH 27.55 SECS

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.

 

 

13 CLUB ATHLETES MAKE AVON XC TEAM

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

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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.