Club Success at Track & Field Champs

NSAC produced an excellent set of results at this year’s Avon County Track & Field Championships. A total of 48 medals (22 gold, 15 silver and 11 bronze) were achieved with a further 5 or 6 from ex-club athletes setting some high standards for the coming season. With the 800m races still to come at the end of May, another 8-10 medals are anticipated.

The under-13s are looking like a squad who can take on the best in the region. Tilly Smale winning all three of her events (100m – 13.79, 200m – 28.06 and long jump 4.76m) with the 200m beating the previous championship best performance). Holly Davies and Sam Payne both won their respective sprint hurdles events (with Sam also winning the high jump with a pb of 1.37m). Ben Clarke was dominant in the long jump with a pb of 4.44m, with Sam just behind in silver medal position. Issy Hellings (20.39m) and Charlie Fowler (11.86m) both won their discus competitions. Phoebe Gooch was victorious in the high jump with 1.20m, and Stephanie Brooks coming in a close second. Alysa Forsbrook also won bronze in the hurdles

The under-15 team also has a strong look to it. Highlight was a 1-2-3 for the NSAC sprinters in the 200m (James Collins 25.41 seconds, Adam Routley 26.12 seconds and Christian Albion 26.69 seconds) securing a clean sweep. Christian took home a full set of medals after securing gold in the high jump at 1.35m and silver in the long jump at 4.17m. Adam backed his potential with a 100m bronze in 12.82 seconds). Winner of both the long (4.57m) and triple jump (10.50m) was Timothy Leong. Ollie Davies improved his pole vault with a 2.20m effort. He was one of three NSAC winners in this event with Coach Doug Minter securing the senior men’s title (3.00m), and Caroline Walder improving her pb to 3.10m in the u17 event. In the same event Esther Leong also vaulted superbly to finish second with 3.00m. Caroline looked majestic once again over the hurdles, winning a gold medal comfortably.

U15 Natasha Statham walked away with two medals, gold in the javelin with a throw of 22.93m, and silver in the discus with 17.45m. Chrissie Becker also won two medals with a shotput of 7.35m and discus throw of 16.03m. A silver and bronze for the club in the long jump (Ella Tanner 4.50m and Amelie Parsons 4.30m).

The medals continued to roll in at the upper end also. Fred North winning the long jump in the under 17s with 5.28m and Isaac Barr with a bronze  at 4.91m. Frankie Allen won gold in the senior women’s long jump (4.67m) and silver in the senior women’s triple jump (9.61m).
Henry Cox flew to a silver medal in the 200m (24.26 seconds), and then underlined his Combined Events potential with a silver medal winning 34.46m javelin throw, and a third silver in the hurdles.

The endurance events also provided some very strong performances. U20 David Warnes continued his best start to a season for a long while with an outstanding 1500m run in a time of 4.07.77 to take Gold in convincing fashion, whilst Mike Proffitt came through for a Bronze in the same race in 4.23.36.

After running the Bristol 10k just the previous day, only the toughest would contemplate racing the following day. Club stalwart and U20 Alys Withers fits that mold, and she took on arguably the toughest track event (400m) to earn a well deserved Bronze medal in a time of 67.55.  Club trained U20 Ellie Wallace was in a class of her own over the 1500m as she ran away from the field to take Gold in a time of 4.39.58.

Just outside the medal positions U17’s Callum Smith and Luca Murray had a battle royal in their 1500m crossing the line in 4.29.62 and 4.30.01 respectively. Multi-talented U17 Jaylan Bacon picked up two Bronze medals within the first hour of the Championships! He recorded 1.60m in the high jump before taking immediately to the track to record 2.03.68 in the 800m. Then after hanging around for several hours he picked up a Silver medal in the tough 400m event to complete his haul. Another club trained athlete U17 Harriet Emery ran a terrific 300m storming to Gold in a superb time of 42.70.

An incident packed U15 1500m saw Sam Gentry run away from the field with his rival from Yate before Sam took an unfortunate tumble, but he recovered well to finish and secure a silver medal in 4.35.78. Kes Pitchers in only his second ever 1500m showed true potential as he ran superbly to record a fantastic 4.45.66 for 4th place. Bottom age Ollie Lock also ran well, though just outside his best to record 4.55.60, whilst Alex Collins and Will Cheek can be pleased with their first appearances to finish in 5.10.52 and 5.21.88 respectively.

Lucy Maine ran solidly in the U15 300m for a time of 47.65, whilst Connie Ballantine, Will Maine, Louis Brunsdon and Lewis Lazenby all showed promise in the U13 1500m in times of 5.33.14, 5.23.90, 5.41.05 and 6.06.07 respectively.

At the Somerset County Track & Field Champs, U15 Matt Howard competed in the 3000m. Having  recently returned to training the relative newcomer to athletics ran a time 9.50.54 to take the Gold medal.

A Hot Bristol 10k

Blue skies welcomed the 9,700 plus finishers in this years Bristol 10k, though times were down on last years event as a result of the course being changed.

North Somerset AC’s 10k road specialist James Rodgers clearly enjoyed the conditions and continued his fine run of recent form with one of his best ever results. Great support around the course and a desire to compete with the best saw James record a fantastic 4th place finish in a time of 32:02, just 8 seconds in front of ex-North Somerset AC athlete Josh Dixon, now running for Stroud AC.

Another local athlete ‘Clevedon AC’s Alex Crossland’ also had a superb run to finish an excellent 14th place with a time of 33:21. And just 4 places behind Alex our own Josh Davis finished with a time of 33:52 in 18th place.

Newcomer Bradley Upcott-Fowler has only just returned to training following his time at college and the 22 year old will be well pleased with his time of 36:31 in his first competitive run for over 4 years. Just 4 places and a few seconds behind Brad, 17 year old Joe Gentry had an excellent debut run in this event with a time of 36:38 for a very accomplished 79th place.

16 year old Alys Withers also ran the course in a time of 50:29 and was followed in by club coaches Mel Callas in 51:08 and Della Hudson 58:14.

Josh and James at Millennium Square

Josh and James at Millennium Square

 

Rodgers In Fine Form

James Rodgers raced to a crushing victory in the Glastonbury 10k road race last week. He finished 59 seconds clear of his nearest challenger as he clocked 33mins 40secs in windy conditions.

A couple of weeks rest following a niggling knee injury has clearly paid off for James who has stared his summer season with a bang after his victory the previous week in the Pensford 10k.

Club Senior Lady Katie Hooper also won the ladies race at the Pensford event.

James winning Glastonbury 10k James with Mayor Glastonbury 10k

PB’s Galore In Early Season Track Success

Some of our junior endurance athletes have made an encouraging start to the summer season with some good times to boot. U15 Sam Gentry ran a superb 1500m in a time of 4.22.33 at the Millfield BMC meet on 3rd May. A time that currently ranks him 2nd in the SW and 9th in UK on Power of 10. Jack Wiltshire also ran very well with a time of 4.38.78 in the same race, as did bottom age athlete Ollie Lock with a huge PB of 4.50.75 when knocking 9 seconds off his 4.59.49 at Filton 2 weeks prior. Jack also recorded 2.17.77 in an 800m race at Filton on 19th April.

U17 Callum Smith has also hit the ground running with a 3000m time of 9.42.57 at the BMC meet, after recording a very good 2.10.63 800m at Filton 2 weeks earlier. Joe Gentry (U20) recorded 2.04.03 in an 800m at Exeter on 26th April, which followed a 4.18.96 1500m a week earlier at Filton. Mike Proffitt (also U20) finished just 1 second behind Joe in the same Filton race and then followed that superbly to go under 2 minutes for the first time in an 800m with 1.58.61 at the BMC meet on 3rd May.

Another of the clubs U20 athletes David Warnes ran 1500m in a time of 4.13.14 at Exeter on 26th April. He followed this with an impressive 3000m at the BMC meet on 3rd May in 9.06.21, a time that ranks him 3rd in the SW and 43rd in UK on Power of 10.

U20 Alys Withers had her first race of the season at the same BMC event and recorded a time of 2.36.22 in the 800m, whilst U15 Lucy Maine raced for the first time at Filton to finish in creditable 2.42.49 in her 800m race.

Mike’s 800m and David’s 3000m times at the BMC meet now rank as North Somerset AC club records.

 

Marathon Success For Club Quartet

Four of our Senior Athletes travelled to London to compete in the highly prestigious London Marathon event. The weather conditions were cold but perfect for fast times. Keeping an even pace throughout Josh Davies, running his first full Marathon distance, finished in a creditable 2 : 33 : 55 and was followed closely by team mate Stuart Leaney in 2 : 34 : 50. Dan Beazley–Long was not too far behind with a PB of 2 :48:22 and right on his predicted target, whilst Grand Master athlete Steve Hollier ran a surprising and happy 3:22:25 after slowing his pace in the last 10 km. Well done to all four athletes.’

Josh with ex Taunton team mate for company

Josh with a Taunton AC athlete for company

 

 

Sub 70 for Davis in Reading Half

Josh Davis broke 70mins for the first time at the Reading Half Marathon. A time of 69.52 also gave him a very impressive 20th place and a slot amongst the elite athletes for future events.

 Club coach Steve Hollier entered the Yeovil Easter Bunny and came away with a time of 42.36 whilst Steve Parker recorded a PB at the Manchester Marathon in a time of 3.7.42.

 Good luck to Josh and Steve Hollier who are both running the London Marathon.

ESTHER BREAKS 3 METRE BARRIER!

After pole vaulting for less than a year, talented Combined events athlete Esther Leong hit a milestone when she vaulted 3m in competition recently at Birmingham’s HIPAC centre. A fantastic effort from an athlete who has previously excelled in long jump, high jump and hurdles. She joins Caroline Walder in the upper echelons of this very difficult event, and is currently ranked 18th in the UK!

IMG_8532 Esther PV IMG_8530 (1) Esther PV

 

NSAC TRAINING – APRIL HOLIDAYS 2016

Saturday April 2nd 2016 – Clevedon Training – ON
Saturday April 2nd 2016 – Priory Training – ON

Monday April 4th 2016 – Nailsea Training – OFF
Monday April 4th 2016 – Nailsea Training – OFF
Tuesday April 5th 2016 – Clevedon Training – ON
Wednesday April 6th 2016 – Clevedon Training – ON
Wednesday April 6th 2016 – Priory Training – OFF
Thursday April 7th 2016 – Churchill Training – OFF
Thursday April 7th 2016 – Filton Training – ON
Saturday April 9th 2016 – Clevedon Training – ON
Saturday April 9th 2016 – Priory Training – OFF

Monday April 11th 2016 – Nailsea Training – OFF
Monday April 11th 2016 – Nailsea Training – OFF
Tuesday April 12th 2016 – Clevedon Training – ON
Wednesday April 13th 2016 – Clevedon Training – ON
Wednesday April 13th 2016 – Priory Training – OFF
Thursday April 14th 2016 – Churchill Training – OFF
Thursday April 14th 2016 – Filton Training – ON
Saturday April 16th 2016 – Clevedon Training – ON
Saturday April 16th 2016 – Priory Training – OFF

All training returns to normal from Monday 18th April 2016

2016 TRACK & FIELD FIXTURES

2016 TRACK & FIELD COMPETITIONS      
DATE EVENT VENUE AGE GROUP TO FIND OUT MORE
SUN 10TH APRIL YATE SPRINTS & HURDLES YATE U13 TO SENIOR SEE YATE WEBSITE
SAT 16TH/SUN 17TH APRIL SPORTSHALL FINALS MANCHESTER U13 & U15 AVON TEAM SELECTED
SUN 17TH APRIL KEN TRICKEY OPEN EXETER U11 TO SENIOR SEE EXETER WEBSITE
SUN 17TH APRIL FIELD FEST BATH UNIVERSITY U11 TO SENIOR SEE B&W WEBSITE
TUE 19TH APRIL BRISTOL OPEN FILTON U11 TO SENIOR SEE B&W WEBSITE
SAT 23RD APRIL YDL LAG NEWPORT U13 & U15 TEAM TO BE SELECTED
SAT 23RD/SUN 24TH APRIL SOMERSET COMBINED EVENTS CHAMPS MILLFIELD U13 TO SENIOR SEE SOMERSET SCHOOLS WEBSITE
TUE 26TH APRIL EXETER OPEN EXETER U11 TO SENIOR SEE EXETER WEBSITE
SAT 30TH APRIL YEOVIL SPRING OPEN YEOVIL U11 TO SENIOR SEE YEOVIL WEBSITE
SUN 1ST MAY YLD UAG PLYMOUTH U17 & U20 TEAM TO BE SELECTED
MON 2ND MAY BREWER GAMES CHELTENHAM U11 TO SENIOR SEE CHELTENHAM WEBSITE
THUR 5TH MAY MENDIP OPEN MILLFIELD U11 TO SENIOR SEE MENDIP WEBSITE
SUN 15TH MAY COUNTY CHAMPS YATE U13 TO SENIOR SEE AVON AA WEBSITE
SAT 21ST MAY YDL LAG SWANSEA U13 & U15 TEAM TO BE SELECTED
SAT 21ST MAY BILL WHISTLECROFT HURDLES YEOVIL U11 TO SENIOR SEE YEOVIL WEBSITE
TUE 24TH MAY AVON AA OPEN FILTON U11 TO SENIOR SEE B&W WEBSITE
THUR 26TH MAY MENDIP OPEN MILLFIELD U11 TO SENIOR SEE MENDIP WEBSITE
SUN 29TH MAY YDL UAG NEWPORT U17 & U20 TEAM TO BE SELECTED
TUE 31ST MAY EXETER OPEN EXETER U11 TO SENIOR SEE EXETER WEBSITE
SAT 11TH JUNE AVON SCHOOLS T & F CHAMPS YATE U13, U15, U17 & U19 SPEAK TO SCHOOL
SAT 18TH JUNE SOUTH WEST T&F CHAMPS EXETER U13 TO SENIOR TEAM TO BE SELECTED
SUN 19TH JUNE YDL LAG SWANSEA U13 & U15 TEAM TO BE SELECTED
TUE 21ST JUNE BRISTOL OPEN FILTON U11 TO SENIOR SEE B&W WEBSITE
THU 23RD JUNE MENDIP OPEN MILLFIELD U11 TO SENIOR SEE MENDIP WEBSITE
SAT 25TH/SUN 26TH JUNE SOUTH WEST COMBINED EVENTS CHAMPS TEAM TO BE SELECTED
SUN 26TH JUNE YDL UAG CARMARTHEN U17 & U20 TEAM TO BE SELECTED
TUE 28TH JUNE EXETER OPEN EXETER U11 TO SENIOR SEE EXETER WEBSITE
WED 6TH JULY CHELTENHAM OPEN CHELTENHAM U11 TO SENIOR SEE CHELTENHAM WEBSITE
FRI 8TH/SAT 9TH JULY ENGLISH SCHOOLS CHAMPS GATESHEAD U15 TO U20 TEAM TO BE SELECTED
SUN 10TH JULY AVON LEAGUE YATE U11 TO SENIOR TEAM TO BE SELECTED
WED 13TH JULY CHELTENHAM OPEN CHELTENHAM U11 TO SENIOR SEE CHELTENHAM WEBSITE
SAT 16TH JULY YDL LAG CHELTENHAM U13 & U15 TEAM TO BE SELECTED
WED 20TH JULY CHELTENHAM OPEN CHELTENHAM U11 TO SENIOR SEE CHELTENHAM WEBSITE
SUN 24TH JULY YDL UAG YEOVIL U17 & U20 TEAM TO BE SELECTED
TUE 26TH JULY EXETER OPEN EXETER U11 TO SENIOR SEE EXETER WEBSITE
WED 27TH JULY CHELTENHAM OPEN CHELTENHAM U11 TO SENIOR SEE CHELTENHAM WEBSITE
SUN 31ST JULY AVON LEAGUE GLOUCESTER U11 TO SENIOR TEAM TO BE SELECTED
SUN 7TH AUGUST S W INTER COUNTIES T & F CHAMPS EXETER TEAM TO BE SELECTED
SUN 21ST AUGUST AVON LEAGUE YATE U11 TO SENIOR TEAM TO BE SELECTED
TUE 30TH AUGUST EXETER OPEN EXETER U11 TO SENIOR SEE EXETER WEBSITE
SUN 11TH SEPT YEOVIL GAMES YEOVIL U11 TO SENIOR SEE YEOVIL WEBSITE
SUN 11TH SEPT AVON LEAGUE YATE U11 TO SENIOR TEAM TO BE SELECTED
SAT 17TH/SUN 18TH SEPTEMBER ENGLISH SCHOOLS COMBINED EVENTS CHAMPS BOSTON U15 TO U20 TEAM TO BE SELECTED
TUE 27TH SEPTEMBER EXETER OPEN EXETER U11 TO SENIOR SEE EXETER WEBSITE