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London Marathon 2018

North Somerset AC are entitled to a club entry to next years London Marathon  (22 April 2018) and the committee have agreed for this place to be allocated using the following steps.

Any interested  athlete/coach/official or volunteer for the club need to contact the Club Secretary, Andy Ballentine, on aballentine74@googlemail.com to register their interest by 5pm on Friday 17 November.

If more than one interested person comes forward the place will be allocated in the following order:

  • priority will be given to all people that have NOT completed the London Marathon before.
  • if there is more than one person that fits this criteria, then their names will be added to a draw that will take place at one of the training sessions on Saturday 18 November.
  • Failing to receive interest from any of those that have not competed before; all individuals that have previously competed at the event and register their interest will be added to the draw.

Championship places will also enter in November if you have completed a marathon (or half marathon) in the same time, or faster than the times listed below – these are the official championship qualifying performance times. Your qualifying time must be achieved after 1 January 2016 in order to make an application for one of these places:

Men Time Women Time
Full marathon Sub 2:45 Full marathon Sub 3:15
Half marathon Sub 1:15 Half marathon Sub 1:30

2017 AGM Agenda

All members, parents of members, coaches, volunteers or interested parties are invited to attend the 2017 AGM.
As part of the clubs constitution we are required to hold an annual general meeting to keep all members informed of the running of the club.  The agenda for the AGM is detailed below, all are welcome, please just turn up.  If you have any questions regarding this meeting then please speak to your lead coach.
Date: 7 November 2017
Venue: Clevedon Sailing Club, The Beach, Clevedon, BS21 7QU
Time: 7pm
1.  Welcome
2.  Officers Reports
   a) Finance Report
   b) Secretary Report
   c) Welfare Officer Report
3.  Election of Officers
   a) Chairperson – vacant
   b) Secretary – Andrew Ballentine
   c) Treasurer – Miriam Payne
   d) Welfare Officer – Penny Mannings
   e) Membership Officer – Shane Cox
   f) Any other officer places required – vacant
4.  Amendments to Constitution
5.  Any other business

Changes to Priory Training Times

Please find below details of amendments to the training at Priory over the coming four weeks, all children have been given these amendments at recent training sessions:

Junior Training (up to and including school year 6)

Saturday 14 October – ON

Wednesday 18 October – ON

Saturday 21 October – ON

Wednesday 25 October – OFF

Saturday 28 October – OFF

Wednesday 1 November – ON

Saturday 4 November – OFF  due to NSAC cross country relays at Celevedon School

 

Senior Training (school year 7+)

Saturday 14 October – OFF Gwent x-country league

Wednesday 18 October – ON

Saturday 21 October – OFF

Wednesday 25 October – ON  meet at the Tropicana

Saturday 28 October – ON

Wednesday 1 November – ON

Saturday 4 November – OFF  due to NSAC cross country relays at Celevedon School

Notice of 2017 AGM

Please note that the 2017 Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 7th November 2017 at 7pm.  The venue needs to be agreed but is likely to be at Clevedon Sailing Club.  This will be confirmed as soon as possible.

If there is anything that you would like to raise at the AGM could you please contact Andy Ballentine the Club Secretary using aballentine74@googlemail.com or please hand in any items to your lead coach and they can forward this to him.

An agenda will also be posted shortly.

North Somerset AC Shine in Newport

Competing in one of the hottest June days North Somerset AC knew that they had to defeat Rhymney Valley AC in this fixture to secure a place in the promotion play off match in the middle of July.

It was clear from the first event that the top three teams in this division where up for the challenge with Team Bath AC hoping to secure first place.  However after the first ten of the 57 events it was North Somerset AC with a slight lead over their main rivals.  This lead was maintained for most of the afternoon, it wasn’t until the last few events that Team Bath AC overtook North Somerset AC and then it was a battle to see who would finish second in this division.

The club had a few debutantes in this fixture and they performed heroically alongside regular competitors to try and push the club into that second place.  During the course of the day the club had 40 PB’s evenly split across the team.  Not one athlete deserves to be highlighted as all of the team competed in not just their own preferred event but also stepping into unfamiliar territory to gain those much needed points as well as becoming cheer leaders whilst not competing.

With just the relays remaining North Somerset knew that they needed to get the baton round in the final five events to qualify for the play off final which they did in spectacular style with two wins, two second places and a third.  This left the club just 36.5 points clear of Rhymney Valley AC in second place to secure those all important league points to finish in second place in the division behind Team Bath AC.

With all the results compiled the play off final will be in Swindon on the 15 July and North Somerset AC will be competing against South Wales, Bristol and West/Mendip AC, Team Bath AC, Swindon Harriers AC, Cardiff AAC and Cheltenham and County Harriers in what could be described as a true M4 derby to try and gain promotion for the 2018 season into the Midland South/West Premier League.

Many congratulations to all the team James, Harrison, Sam P, Christian, Cameron, Lewis, Ashya, Henry, Rosie, Hannah, Stella, Stephanie, Chelsea, Connie, Alysha, Ruth, Holly A, Phoebe, Chrissie, Oliver C, Yannis, Myles, Nathan, William, Oliver H, Louie, Sam H, Ben, Mary, Olivia Y, Holly G, Keira Du, Lily, Daisy, Abigail, Keira De, Poppy and Bonita.

A huge thank you to all those that volunteered not just as officials (which did give us another 55 valuable points) but also team managers in organising their teams superbly but also to all the parents and siblings that came to support the team, with this support we wouldn’t have done so well.

If anyone has any photos from the event that they are willing to share with the club then please use our Twitter feed of @NorthSomersetAC.  Looking forward to the final in Swindon, but before then is the first Avon League fixture on 9 July which could give us a first indication of the true strength of Bristol and West and Team Bath.

 

North Somerset AC Keep Pressure on Rhymney Valley AC

In difficult conditions for the second YDL fixture in Hereford on Saturday, North Somerset knew that they had to finish in the top two to keep alive their hopes of making the promotion play off final.  There was a great team spirit around the track as there was early successes to put the pressure on the other teams.

During the day there was an impressive 12 individual winners these being James Gentile (100m A String), Christian Albon (200m B String), Sam Payne (80m Hurdles B String), Lewis Hembrow-McKinkey (Shot A String), Rosie Hall (200m A String), Tilly Smale (200m B String), Phoebe Gooch (High Jump B String), Chrissie Becker (Discus A String), Oliver Chilman (Long Jump A String), Mary Loughlin (75m A String), Poppy Adams (1200m B String) and Keira Devereux (Long Jump B String).  There was also 2 wins in the Under 15 Boys and Under 13 Girls 4 x 100m relay.

Wherever you looked around the venue PB’s were being set with a total of 44 being set during the day with another 2 being equalled.  The following athletes posted PB’s James Gentile, Christian Albon, Ollie Lock, Lewis Hembrow-McKinley, Harrison Garland, Tilly Smale, Steph Brooks, Chelsea Kenn, Holly Avery, Ella Johnstone, Alysha Forsbrook, Phoebe Gooch, Stella Rhodes (equalled), Oliver Chilman, Myles Taylor, Louie Brunsdon, Will Maine (equalled), Sam Holloway, Nathan Rhodes, Mary Loughlin, Lily Whaley, Keira Duncan, Keira Devereux, Maisie Speakman, Mary Hemmings and Poppy Adams.

Throughout the afternoon the updated scores were close between Forest of Dean AC, Team Bath AC, North Somerset AC and Rhymney Valley AC and it came down to the final few events and number of officials that each club had to decide the overall match score.

With Team Bath AC eventually winning the second match they look like certainties to make the play off final, however a strong second place for North Somerset AC now leaves us on level league points with Rhymney Valley AC but slightly behind on match scores.  The final fixture is on Sunday 18 June and North Somerset AC just need to beat Rhymney Valley AC to qualify for the play off final.

Records Tumble at County Championships

North Somerset AC had a successful day at this years County Championships last weekend at Yate.  In difficult weather conditions for all athletes the club came away with 1 championship record, 6 club records, 49 medals (14 gold, 21 silver and 14 bronze) and numerous personal bests.

Ada’ora Chigbo broke the championships record by clearing 1.75 metres and winning the Under 20 event.  Club records were broken by Esther Leong (Long Jump – Senior Women, 5.08 metres), Alys Withers (400m – Senior Women, 66.98 secs), Emma Bakara (Javelin – Under 17 Women, 34.78 metres), Natasha Statham (Javelin – Under 15 Girls, 24.63 metres),  Sam Gentry (800m – Under 17 Men, 2.02.64) and Henry Cox (Javelin – Under 17 Men, 38.63 metres).

Congratulations to the following Gold Medalists:

Keira Deveraux (U13, 1500m), Rosie Hall (U15, 100m), Tilly Smale (U15, 200m and Long Jump), Isabell Hellings (U15, Discus), Caroline Walder (U17, Pole Vault), Emma Bakare (U17, Javelin), Esther Leong (U20, Pole Vault and Long Jump), Ada’ora Chigbo (U20, High Jump), Sam Payne (U15, 80m hurdles), Lewis Hembrow-McKinley (U15, Long Jump), Tim Leong (U17, 400m) and Henry Cox (U17, Javelin).

A full list of results can be found at avon-aa.org.uk.

 

Training on Saturday 13 May

Due to the Avon Track and Field Championships being held this Saturday training will be as below:
Clevedon Session 8.30am – 10.30am – Cancelled
Clevedon Session 10.30am – 12.00pm – Cancelled
Priory Session 10.30am – 12.00pm (Primary Group) – STILL ON
Priory Session 10.30am – 12.00pm (Secondary Group) – Cancelled