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North Somerset AC had the best turn out in several years with 57 runners representing the club at the recent Gwent Cross Country League in Cardiff.  The quality of the fields in each race was high with the race being combined with the National Cross Challenge series of races.

First up were the under 11 boys and girls, with most of the NSAC athletes making their debut for the club. Each and every one gave it their all and did the club proud in races with over 100 competitors.  In the girls race Millie Redman was the outstanding performer running superbly to make the top ten.  Rowan Preen ran a great race to lead the boys team home with Ben Kelly close behind. A big well done to all the u11s, Peter, Zach, Jacob, Zeki, Ben, Isaac, Rowan, Dawid, Romany, Rosa, Lavanna, Leah, Willow, Mille, Ellie and Esther.

The under 13s took on the undulating 1.75 mile course with 14 competing from the club. The girls race saw good packing with Keira Devereux leading the team home closely followed by Daisy, Abigail and Grace. They were backed up with good runs from Poppy, Isabella, Simone and Abigail. The boys race saw one of the clubs highlights of the day. Ollie Campbell, who only began running for the club in August, and running his first individual race for the club, showing no fear Ollie set off in the lead and held this for some time. Despite not being able to hold the lead he still managed to finish an impressive 8th place through great competitive attitude and sheer determination.  Ollie was backed up by the rest of the team with strong runs from Reuben, Will, Louie, Alexander and Sam.

The under15s also had a good turnout with 16 club runners across the two races. A big mention has to go to the under 15 boys for having our highest number of competitors across the age groups, with 10. They were led home by the experienced and every dependable Ollie Lock who ran a fine race. The many debutantes in this age group was pleasing to see and this bodes well for the rest of the season.

Well done to Cameron, Louis, Max, Callum,  Alfie, Jamie P,  Will, Emile and Jamie V.  In the girls under 15’s Steph Brooks ran hard from the gun and was first in for the club closely followed by Ella Johnston who ran her race with great maturity moving through the field as her competitors tired.  There was good running from all the girls,  Alysha, Ellie and Holly but special mention goes to Victoria making her cross country debut for the club and ran a great race.

The under 17 & under 20 races saw 7 members of the club compete, well done to Will, Callum, Isobel, Megan, Alys and Joe who all ran hard in races run at a pulsating pace due to the high standard of the fields.

The senior team of Katie Hooper, James Adams and Andrew Devereux completed the days races and all did really well over tough 7k and 10k courses respectively.

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2016 Pier Run


Today is the formal launch date for the 2016 ’24 hour WSM Grand Pier Relay’, our fourth running.

For anyone who is new to NSAA/NSAC, we ran one in 2011 to raise money towards the facility (Phase 1 was completed at Clevedon School last summer). It proved so popular we returned in 2012, and again in 2014. Rather than organise lots of smaller fundraising events, we have decided to organise this ‘unique’ event every second year!

I have been in athletics for 25 years, and it is the best thing I have been involved in. All details are attached. Any queries, please speak to me or email me. Only too happy to fill in any gaps/concerns you may have to enable us to get as many athletes/families on the Pier as possible.

As the weeks go by we will drip feed more info (hopefully some GB athletes will attend, television etc), but for now all you need to do is;

  1. Decide you want to do it (why wouldn’t you?!)
  2. Speak to friends at NSAA/NSAC to organise a team. Any numbers you wish. If you can’t find anyone who wishes to attend, then let me know and we can sort it!
  3. Agree the time you would like to attend – An hour, or more if you wish!
  4. Once sorted, please email me with this information. This will enable me to piece the jigsaw together, and add your name to the official t-shirts – By 21st February
  5. Raise as much money as possible! £10 is minimum per athlete, £30 gets you the event t-shirt with all competitors names on etc

* Last time we had over 220 athletes take part over the 24 hours, would be great to get to 300. Only NSAA & NSAC Athletes please!



Sponsorship information for athletes

All athletes information for the 2016 Pier Run

Blaise Castle U13 Girls

Gwent Cross Country League at Blaise Castle (December)

North Somerset AC took 35 junior athletes, of whom only 10 were competing at the top of their age group, and 5 senior men to the 3rd Gwent Cross Country League fixture at a very windy Blaise Castle in Bristol.

U15 Megan McCrum, in only her 2nd race in two years, looked very comfortable to finish a commendable 24th, 18 places higher than her 1st runout in Cardiff last month. Bethany Routley, in her first ever cross country, showed great promise to finish 31st from a field of 58 runners, whilst Issy Gall did well to finish 36th after feeing unwell throughout the race.

Battling a strong headwind on a notoriously tough Blaise track, in form U11’s Guy Owen and William Maine showed great teamwork pushing each other through the field to register fantastic 5th and 6th places respectively. Louise Brunsdon was another feeling under par, but he too battled well to finish 46th, whilst bottom age twins Brodie and Louis Raymond enjoyed their first cross country experience in 57th and 61st respectively from a 77 strong field.

Bottom age Clara Finch in her first race had a terrific run to finish 16th in comfortable fashion from a field of 69 and will definitely be one to watch for the future. Next home was another bottom age athlete ‘Kiera Devereux’ hindered by an ankle injury, but still finished 42nd. Ever-present Tilly Ballantine finished close behind in 47thwith another newcomer Celia Galan next to cross the line in 53rd.

Promising young athlete Katie Phipps was clearly not feeling 100% on the day and was disappointed with her run, especially after running so well in her last race. Yet another debutant and bottom age athlete Maria Murray was next home in 56th, but unfortunately poor marshalling resulted in Keona Scrace and Freya Fitton-White being sent the wrong way, which was not great for their first cross country experience.

The U13 boys were led superbly by yet another bottom age athlete in Harrison Garland who had a fantastic run to finish 9th, 5 places higher than in the previous fixture at Cardiff. Emile Swanson looks another promising athlete and should be well pleased with his 36th place, as will Marcos Galan on his debut run in 42nd. Cameron Baker-Perry was next home in 54th with further bottom age debutants William Finch and Dylon Forbes enjoying the experience to finish 61st and 63rdrespectively.

The ever reliable Alice Bridger-Morales once again led her team around the course and will be pleased with her 13th place in such tough company. Ruby Owen supported her well and finished 19th with Connie Ballantine in 37th, Stephanie Brooks 40th and another debutant Alysha Forsbrook in 59th.

Luca Murray looks stronger with each race and his 13th place is proof that he is starting to fulfil his potential. Jaylan Bacon also had a good run to finish 22nd, and in his first race this season following a series of injuries Sam Cocker registered a very good 27th place. Kes Pitchers finished 33rd after cycling 30 miles in the morning and he was followed in by Alex Collins and Ryan Burton in 43rd and 47th respectively.

Orienteering International Cecilie Andersen had a rare outing in the U20 race and showed her endurance strength in the tough conditions for a fine 9th place.

The senior men were looking to reclaim top spot in their division and did so in fine fashion. Josh Davis hit the front from the off and stayed with the leaders throughout to register his highest Gwent League finish to date in 3rd place. James Rodgers got stuck in the pack at the start and it was always going to be a struggle to catch the leaders, but he worked his way well through the field and under the circumstances should be more than pleased with his 7th place. Alan Baker in his first cross country of the season ran extremely well for an excellent 62nd place with Dan Beazley also racing for the first time this season running solidly to finish 108th. Jonathan Flower completed the team scores with a very good 165th from a large field of over 350 runners.

Cross Challenge – Liverpook (November)

Five athletes from North Somerset travelled to Liverpool for the next leg of the UK Cross Challenge.

In the under-15 boys event, rapidly improving Callum Smith produced a gutsy performance to finish 26th of the 135 competitors. His time of 10;26 compares favourably with the winner’s 9;35.
There were two NSAC competitors in the under-15 girls. In a field of 95 athletes, Olivia Burton was 23rd in a time of 11;38, with Rosie Whitehead just behind in 35th. Her time of 11;54 just a minute behind the winner’s time of 10;47.
The under-17 boys saw 129 athletes line up. Joe Gentry’s finish position of 70th in a time of 19;37 commendable, with the winner crossing the finish line in 17;28 minutes
Mike Proffitt, in his first year at under-20, is working hard against athletes two years older. His finisih position of 112nd out of 121 and his time 24;49 with the winner in 20;44 shows promise as he works his way up the age group.



Download the entry here.


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 13th running of the event, and has proved extremely popular. Fancy dress, whilst not compulsory, is definitely expected!


Clevedon Secondary School – Saturday September 26th 2015 – 10.00am – 12.00pm

Cost £4 per athlete – Discounted price of £2 per athlete for current NSAC/NSAA Members


  • 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


  • Trophy for winning team in each category
  • Medals for first three teams in each category
  • Prize for fastest leg Athlete in each team
  • Prize for best fancy dress team
  • Prize for best team name


Organise your team. Agree a team name, discuss fancy dress possibilities. Email your full team to no later than Thursday September 24th 2015.


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!)


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!


There will be a full range of teas, coffees, cakes and Club merchandise for sale. Please use this. All monies raised will go towards the ‘Back the Track’ appeal


Download the entry here 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)

Down load the application form here.


North Somerset Athletics Facility Open for Business (July 2015)

After five years of plotting and scheming, North Somerset now have a specialist athletics facility on which to train.

The story began in May 2010 when the NSAC committee sat down to discuss the possibility of this happening. After three Pier relays, a promises auction, a 10k any way, a training session on Beacons Batch (We will train anywhere, but why should we have to ?), bag packing, raffles, visits to fairs and individual fundraising efforts, the finances were raised.
With the support of Clevedon School, Sport England were approached and a grant was given to support. An 80m x 6 lane track is now in place with long jump pit, pole vault trough, discus cage and shot put gravel area. All areas are designed to be disability friendly, so hopefully will see this area grow also.


Nailbiting is the only way to describe the qualifying rounds of the women’s high jump! Ada’ora jumped magnificently to qualify for the final, but not without some heart-stopping moments along the way!, a 1.75m clearance enough to get through.
A terrific achievement. Ranked 10th, and the youngest in the final, only the most wildly optimistic of supporters would have predicted a medal. Three first-time clearances at  1.65m, 1.70m and 1.75m saw her tied for first place with 6 other athletes and definitely in with a chance. Sadly 3 failures at 1.79m saw the end of her competition, and a 6th place finish. A fantastic effort.
With the winner Michaela Hruba from the Czech republic leaping a massive 1.85m to win, Ada’ora should be proud of her efforts and looks forward to a long career representing GB.
Next stop Samoa in the Commonwealth Youth Games in September..