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CROSS-COUNTRY RELAY 2017

A beautiful crisp winter morning met the runners for this year’s event. As always, plenty of fancy dress, smiles and enjoyment throughout. More than 70 competitors, 3 races, medals, trophies, and great support from all spectators allowed the event to remain what it was set up for in 2005, an enjoyable introduction to cross-country.

A massive thank you to volunteers, without whom the event can not go ahead. More help always needed for future events!

Also, our thanks to Brackenwood Garden Centre, The Club @ Cadbury House, Peak Promotions, and Childrens Hospice South West for providing goodie bags to hand to Fastest Leg runners, Fancy Dress team (Unstoppable Unicorns) and Wackiest Team name (One Man Down)

We await photographs from the event, and will add once received.

Full results can be found on: file:///C:/Users/Chris%20Millard/Dropbox/XC%20RELAY/XC%20RELAY%20RESULTS%202017.pdf

 

NSAC TRAINING 4TH NOVEMBER 2017

As we will be running our Cross-Country Relay at Clevedon School (see http://www.nsac.org.uk/cross-country-relay-challenge-2017/  for full details) most training sessions will be cancelled (EXCEPT ENDURANCE YEAR 9+). See below;

SATURDAY 8.30AM -10.30AM @ CLEVEDON SCHOOL CANCELLED

SATURDAY 9.30AM – 11.00AM @ CLEVEDON SCHOOL * ENDURANCE FOR YEAR 9+ ONLY * IS STILL ON

SATURDAY 10.30AM – 12.00PM @ CLEVEDON SCHOOL CANCELLED

SATURDAY 10.30AM – 12.00PM @ PRIORY SCHOOL, WSM CANCELLED

We have plenty of space for anyone still wanting to be involved, especially anyone from school years 7-8, or school years 2-4 (Happy to accept slightly younger than year 2 if parents feel children are up to it!) At present 66 athletes pencilled in, would love to get close to the 100 mark. A FUN event, nothing serious!!!

Anyone Year 9+ we are still wanting help. A free hot drink and bar of chocolate for all helpers!!!

 

VOLUNTARY ROLES AVAILABLE AT NSAC

NSAC are looking to improve its provision throughout the Club, To enable us to do this we are seeking individuals who are willing to support the Club in a number of ways. If you have an hour or two a week, the relevant skills, and a desire to help us ‘evolve’, then please contact chrisbtg@blueyonder.co.uk

SOCIAL SECRETARY
 
1.   CREATE AND MANAGE A RANGE OF SOCIAL ACTIVITIES FOR NSAC, POSSIBLY FOR TEENAGERS, TO ENCOURAGE AN ‘NSAC FAMILY’ TO BE CREATED

2.   AT THIS STAGE, LOOKING AT 2-4 EVENTS PER YEAR

3.   LIAISE WITH TEENAGE MEMBERS OF CLUB, TO SEE WHAT THEY WANT, THEN ORGANISE

 

 

WEBSITE MANAGER
 
1.   UPDATES AREAS OF WEBSITE REGULARLY

2.   RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY CHANGES TO STRUCTURE

3.   LIAISES WITH VARIOUS PEOPLE FOR RESULTS, PHOTOS, FIXTURES

 

 

 

 

MEDIA OFFICER
 
1.   REPORTS TO LOCAL PRESS

2.   OVERSEES TWITTER, AND AIMS TO INCREASE FOLLOWING AND USAGE

3.   LIAISES WITH VARIOUS PEOPLE FOR RESULTS, PHOTOS, FIXTURES

 

 

VOLUNTEER CO-ORDINATOR – OFFICIAL EVENTS
 
1.   ENSURES NSAC HAVE ENOUGH SUPPORT AT EVENTS (EG TEAM MANAGERS, OFFICIALS ETC)

2.   LIAISES WITH TEAM MANAGERS, PARENTS ETC

 

 

VOLUNTEER CO-ORDINATOR – IN-HOUSE EVENTS (XC RELAY PLUS T&F SPORTS DAY)
 
1.   ENSURES NSAC HAVE ENOUGH HELP AT IN-HOUSE EVENTS (MERCHANDISE SELLING, TIMEKEEPING, REGISTRATION, FIELD EVENTS, REFRESHMENTS ETC)

 

FUNDRAISING MANAGER
 
1.   SOURCING GRANTS/FUNDING, AND ARRANGING COMPLETION OF FORMS

2.   DRIVING/SUPPORTING SPONSORSHIP EVENTS

3.   SEEKING CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP, INCLUDING CREATION OF PORTFOLIO

 

 

KIT/MERCHANDISE PURCHASER
 
1.   PURCHASING KIT FROM PRO PEAKS

2.   LIAISING WITH VARIOUS PEOPLE REGARDING WHAT IS NEEDED

3.   ENSURING STOCK LEVELS ARE MAINTAINED

 

 

 

 

TRACK & FIELD CO-ORDINATOR/EVENT MANAGER
 
1.   LOCATING DETAILS & CREATING SPREADSHEET OF NSAC OFFICIAL EVENTS (AVON LEAGUE, YDL, CHAMPIONSHIPS ETC

2.   LOCATING DETAILS & CREATING SPREADSHEET OF OPEN EVENTS ACROSS THE REGION, TO GIVE ALL ATHLETES THE OPPORTUNITY OF COMPETITION

3.   LIAISING WITH TEAM MANAGERS TO ENSURE TEAMS ARE FULL AND ORGANISED

4.   LIAISING WITH LEAGUES (EG YDL) TO ENSURE TEAMS ARE REGISTERED

5.   RESPONSIBLE FOR ENSURING NUMBERS, VESTS, PINS, FLAG, TENT ETC ARE AT VENUE

6.   ASSISTS WITH CHANGES ON THE DAY, PLUS ANY PROBLEMS THAT MAY ARISE (EG ATHLETES NOT TURNING UP, REPLACING ATHLETES AT SHORT NOTICE DUE TO INJURY ETC)

7.   ARRANGING PHOTOGRAPHS TO BE TAKEN, FOR USE ON WEBSITE/MEDIA/AWARDS EVENING

 

 

 

 

SUPPORT COACHES – TRACK & FIELD SESSIONS
 
1.   SUPPORTING LEAD COACH

2.   ACTIVELY LOOKING TO IMPROVE THEIR COACHING SKILLS, EITHER BY READING, ATTENDING WORKSHOPS, COURSES OR COMBINATION OF THE ABOVE

3.   HAVE UP-TO-DATE DBS (& IDEALLY FIRST AID)

 

SUPPORT COACHES – ROAD RUNNING SESSIONS
 
1.   SUPPORTING LEAD COACHES BY RUNNING WITH THE GROUP, ADVISING AND ENCOURAGING ATHLETES AS NECESSARY

2.   HAVE UP-TO-DATE DBS (& IDEALLY FIRST AID – BUT NOT COMPULSORY!)

 

OFFICIALS CO-ORDINATOR
 
1.   APPROACHING POTENTIAL OFFICIAL HELPERS

2.   RUNNING BASIC OFFICIATING COURSES FOR POTENTIAL HELPERS

3.   LOCATING AND ENTERING POTENTIAL OFFICIALS ON RELEVANT COURSES

4.   SUPPORT FOR THE OFFICIALS THROUGHOUT THEIR EDUCATION

5.   ENSURING NSAC HAVE RELEVANT OFFICIALS FOR ALL T&F EVENTS

 

 

 

 

OFFICIALS
VARIOUS
1.   ATTENDING IN-HOUSE OFFICIALS COURSE

2.   ATTENDING RELEVANT EA COURSE, IF RELEVANT

NSAC AWARDS EVENING 2017

PRINCES HALL CLEVEDON WAS THE VENUE FOR THE 14TH ANNUAL AWARDS EVENING. THE FIRST WAS HELD BACK IN 2004 AT CLEVEDON SAILING CLUB, HOSTING LESS THAN 30 PEOPLE, WITH JUST 3 TROPHIES, WHILST 2017 SAW OVER 150 ATTEND AND 27 AWARDS PRESENTED.

NSAC’S PRIMARY SPONSORS, JOHN & JENNY MAYCOCK FROM BRACKENWOOD WERE PRESENT, AND PRESENTED YET ANOTHER CHEQUE TO SUPPORT OUR EFFORTS. A MASSIVE ‘THANK YOU’ AGAIN FROM ALL AT NSAC. THIS ALLOWS US TO CONTINUE MOVING THINGS FORWARDS.

GB UNDER-23 INTERNATIONAL CHRIS STONE WAS OUR VIP GUEST, AND HE CLEARLY ENJOYED THE EVENING, HELPING WITH PRESENTATIONS AND RAFFLE, AND BEING ‘MOBBED’ AT TIMES FOR PHOTOS ETC.

A VISUAL REVIEW OF THE YEAR OPENED THE EVENING. THIS CAN BE FOUND ON  https://youtu.be/LTU4dnxw65k
FOLLOWED BY A BRIEF REVIEW OF THE YEAR, TROPHY PRESENTATIONS, AND PHOTOGRAPHS. THE NEW NSAC KIT WAS LAUNCHED, AND THE DATE FOR OUR 5TH 24 HOUR WSM GRAND PIER RELAY CONFIRMED… STEVE HOLLIER BECAME THE SECOND INDUCTEE TO BE ADDED TO THE NSAC HALL OF FAME, A TRIBUTE TO THE HUGE IMPACT HE HAS MADE ON THE ENDURANCE SECTION IN HIS 10 YEARS AT THE CLUB

A BUSY NIGHT!

IT WAS GREAT TO SEE SUCH A FANTASTIC ATMOSPHERE, WITH ATHLETES DANCING LATE INTO THE NIGHT, CELEBRATING OUR FRIENDLY AND UNIQUE CLUB

PHOTOS TO FOLLOW SHORTLY

A MASSIVE THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED MAKE THE EVENING AWARDS WINNERS AS FOLLOWS;

TROPHY NAME WINNER
THROWS ATHLETE OF THE YEAR CHRISTIAN ALBON
HORIZONTAL JUMPS ATHLETE OF THE YEAR TILLY SMALE
VERTICAL JUMPS ATHLETE OF THE YEAR STELLA RHODES
SPEED ATHLETE OF THE YEAR PIPPA MANNINGS
SPEED ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT AWARD MARY LOUGHLIN
HURDLES ATHLETE OF THE YEAR HANNAH BOLT
ENDURANCE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR OLLIE LOCK
COACH’S ENDURANCE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR MATT HOWARD
ENDURANCE DEVELOPMENT AWARD STEPHANIE BROOKS
MULTI-EVENT ATHLETE OF THE YEAR LEWIS HEMBROW-MCKINLEY
AMBASSADOR OF THE YEAR CHRISSIE BECKER
NAILSEA TRAINING GROUP ATHLETE OF THE YEAR AYLA SHARROCK
WESTON-SUPER-MARE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR OLIVIA YOUNG
WSM ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WILLOW PREEN
CLEVEDON ATHLETE OF THE YEAR BEN HARTIGAN
CLEVEDON ACHIEVEMENT AWARD ROSA FORD
UNDER-11 FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR OLIVIA SHERLOCK
UNDER-11 MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR JACOB FORSBROOK
UNDER-13 FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR POPPY ADAMS
UNDER-13 MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR OLIVER HALEY
UNDER-15 FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR HOLLY AVERY
UNDER-15 MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR JAMES GENTILE
UNDER-17 FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR CAROLINE WALDER
UNDER-17 MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR SAM GENTRY
SENIOR FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR ESTHER LEONG
SENIOR ATHLETE OF THE YEAR – MALE JAMES RODGERS
NORTH SOMERSET AC HALL OF FAME STEVE HOLLIER

NSAC KIT LAUNCH

NSAC LAUNCHED THE NEW RANGE OF KIT AT THIS YEAR’S AWARDS CEREMONY.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL ATHLETES WHO ARE CURRENTLY MEMBERS CAN ORDER THE ‘PERFORMANCE T-SHIRT’ FOR £10 (NORMALLY £20/£23) UNTIL END DECEMBER 2017.

TO ORDER KIT, DOWNLOAD FORMS AS SHOWN BELOW,  AND HAND WITH PAYMENT TO COACH/ARRANGE BANK TRANSFER,

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/4uhfz1cn2y5r3rq/AAA2PS15huPC3pPEFj55O6kPa?dl=0

PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE KIT WILL BE AVAILABLE SHORTLY

 

CLEVEDON SESSION CANCELLED

We have just been notified (last minute) that Clevedon School is closed tomorrow evening (Thursday 5th October) and will not be allowing any training sessions etc to take part on its grounds…

Apologies for this, it affects the following;

5.30pm – 7.00pm Year 6-9 session
6.45pm – 8.30pm Year 10+ invite session

All back to normal the following week…

CROSS-COUNTRY RELAY CHALLENGE 2017

 

WHAT IS THE CROSS-COUNTRY RELAY CHALLENGE?

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 15th running of the event, and has proved extremely popular. Fancy dress, whilst not compulsory, is definitely welcomed!

GENERAL DETAILS

Clevedon Secondary School – Saturday November 4th 2017 – 10.00am – 12.00pm

Cost £3.50 per athlete (£12.00 per full team of 4) PAYABLE TO NSAC

PROVISIONAL TIMETABLE (EXACT ONE WILL BE CONFIRMED 48 HOURS BEFORE)

  • Registration – 9.00am – 9.45am – Registration closes at 9.45am (No more entries)
  • 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 – 12.00am

PRIZES

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

WHAT NEXT? (TEAMS)

Organise your team. Agree a team name, discuss fancy dress possibilities. Email your full team to chrisbtg@blueyonder.co.uk no later than Thursday November 2nd 2017. If you cannot do so, then just turn up on the day and we can sort then!

WHAT NEXT? (INDIVIDUALS)

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, and have a great time, so definitely worth emailing for us to sort out a team for you (even if it’s on the day!) chrisbtg@blueyonder.co.uk

WHO CAN COMPETE?

Anyone from school year 2 -8 is welcome. Why not speak to friends in school, or from other sporting teams you are part of? THIS IS DESIGNED FOR EVERYONE, NOT JUST ENDURANCE ATHLETES. IT IS MEANT TO BE A ‘FUN RUN’ SO PLEASE GET STUCK IN AND INVITE FRIENDS FROM SCHOOL/OTHER CLUBS ETC

COMMENT

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!

ASSISTANCE

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!

TEAS/COFFEES ETC

There will be a full range of teas, coffees, cakes and Club merchandise for sale.

WHAT NEXT?
Please email chrisbtg@blueyonder.co.uk for an entry  form/to confirm your interest

WEDNESDAY SESSION @ CLEVEDON NOW FULL

This session, once again, is FULL.

No more athletes will be accepted into this group (unless specifically invited by a Coach). We will operate a waiting list for this session (6.30pm – 7.30pm Clevedon Seafront) and assess regularly. Please do not invite any new athletes to join this session, as we will have to turn them away on the evening

Based on the above we are looking for support from parents,
specifically for the running/ endurance group. If your child
attends this session, and you enjoy running, then why not don
your trainers and join this fun group? This will enable us to
keep ratios sensible and will give additional support to the
athletes. You do not have to attend every week, just whenever
convenient!

PLEASE SUPPORT THIS POPULAR SESSION!

Email chrisbtg@blueyonder.co.uk if you are able to help

NSAC BIG NIGHT OUT

NSAC’s Big Night Out (Awards Evening) is fast approaching. Do you have your tickets yet?

Don’t miss out on this entertaining evening. We have a GB u23 International Sprinter confirmed as our VIP guest

Entertaining review of the Year, Awards, Music, Dancing, New NSAC kit launch, Buffet, raffle etc

SATURDAY OCTOBER 7TH 2017

PRINCES HALL, PRINCES ROAD, CLEVEDON, BS21 7SZ

7PM – 11PM

TICKETS £2.50 PER PERSON (AVAILABLE FROM LEAD COACH AT TRAINING SESSIONS, OR ON THE DOOR)

Don’t miss out, a great excuse to get dressed up and celebrate our superb Club!!!

ENGLISH SCHOOLS

ENGLISH SCHOOLS CHAMPIONSHIPS @ BIRMINGHAM
The goal of most ‘elite’ young athletes is to be selected for this prestigious event. Only about 30 are privileged from school years 8-13 per County, so great to have 8 athletes selected (and 7 competing). Congratulations at all who attended, very proud of your fine performances on such a high profile stage.

Ada’ora Chigbo continues to impress, winning a silver medal in the Senior Girls high Jump with a 1.72m clearance. This was the same height as the winner, with countback pushed her down into silver. Ada’ora travels to the USA in a few weeks’ time to start a sporrts scholarship, a great achievement, and an opportuntiy for this hugely talented young lady to fulfil the massive potential she undoubtedly has…

Esther Leong cleared a new outdoor pb in the senior girls pole vault (3.60m) to finish 6th (but same clearance as 4th, countback)

Ellie Wallace equipped herslef well, qualifying from her heats, and then finishing 9th in the senior girls final with 4;36.04 minutes. Ellie, too is off to the USA in September to start a sporting scholarship!

In the Inter girls pole vault, Caroline Walder maintained her consistency with a 7th place finish at 3.20m

Combined eventer Emma Bakare continued her march forwards with an 8th place finish in the Inter Girls Shot with 12.06m

Sam Gentry was the only male competitor from NSAC. He took on the Inter Boys 1500m, and narrowly failed to reach the final.
His time of 4;08.41 minutes a reward for hanging onto a fast paced race

The only Junior in attendance was Tilly Smale in the Long Jump. In her first year in the age group, she narrowly failed to make the final with a jump of 4.88m, but plenty more to come from her