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U17 Boys 2018

High Standards at SW XC Champs

30 North Somerset AC athletes attended a very competitive South West Cross Country Championships at Alden Hill in Yeovil last weekend.

Although conditions were ideal for championship racing, athletes had to contend with bitter cold winds and a killer hill before the home straight.

Millie Redman was the pick of the clubs U11’s on show with another terrific run to finish 6th place. Mia Darlington, Willow Preen, Rowan Preen and Jacob Forsbrook all ran well in their non-championship races.

Ollie Campbell was amongst the leaders at the halfway stage of the U13 boys race, before acute cramp saw him drop out. Charles Broadhurst, Louie Brunsdon Sam Holloway, William Sandiford, Sam Hemings and Oliver Haley completed the team.

Keira Devereux was the top club performer of the day finishing 4th place and just 1 second behind the third placed bronze individual medalist and only 5 seconds behind silver. Quite a feat for a bottom age athlete and a deserving bronze medal was her reward for leading the U13 Avon County girls team to 3rd place in the team competition.

Blythe Jones was next to finish of the North Somerset AC girls with Daisy Manners-Lolley, Grace Metcalfe, Poppy Adams, Mary Hemmings and Simone Manners-Lolley completing the team.

In the U15girls race Steph Brooke’s in 44th place led home her team mates Ella Johnston and Poppy Burton- Dickie from a high class field. The U15 boys race was no less competitive with Ollie Lock finishing 32nd in front of debutant Theo Edwards, Ben Hamblin and Alfie Hocking.

U17 Megan McCrum and U20 Alys Withers both ran well in their respective races with Meg finishing 15th and Alys 10th.

Callum Smith continued his recent fine run of form in the U17 men’s race. He finished a superb 6th place and at the same time secured an silver medal for his efforts leading Avon to 2nd place in the team competition.

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CHRISTMAS ENDURANCE TRAINING

*Please note that  the Dec 26th and Wednesday 27th endurance sessions are cancelled, as is the Sun morning 24th Dec recovery run*

SESSION CHANGES IN GREEN

  • Saturday 23rd DecMOVED TO ASHTON COURT – MEET MANSION HOUSE CAR PARK for 9.30am to 11am (Xmas Hats & Hot Chocy in Cafe afterwards!)
  • Tuesday 26th DecNO TRAININGClevedon AC’s Boxing Day Road Race and junior races before main event for those interested – enter on the day
  • Wed 27th Dec – NO TRAINING
  • Thursday 28th DecFilton Track Closed – BUT MOVED TO CLEVEDON SCHOOL for 6.45pm to 8.15pm
  • Saturday 30th Dec – Clevedon School for 9.30am to 10.45am – ON AS USUAL
  • Tuesday 2nd Jan – Clevedon School for 6.45pm to 8.15pm – ON AS USUAL
  • Wed 3rd Jan – Seafront for 6.30pm – ON AS USUAL
  • Thursday 4th Jan – Filton Track ON AS USUAL – for 6.45pm to 8.15pm
  • Saturday 6th Jan – Clevedon School for 9.30am to 10.45am – ON AS USUAL

Sunday morning recovery run on 24th December is CANCELLED, but ON AS USUAL New Years Eve!

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BONE CHILLING AT TRI-COUNTY XC CHAMPS

20 North Somerset AC youngsters braved the icy cold conditions at Bath University where heavy snow fell during the races.

U11 Millie Redman had an outstanding race and fell just 3 seconds short of overall victory, but well clear of the chasing group her 2nd place was enough to take Avon Gold. Lyla Briffitt was the only other NS athlete on show in this race finishing 9th overall.

The snow was falling heavily by the time bottom age athletes Harry Shallcross and Max Weatherley took their places on the starting line up. Harry ran superbly for 9th overall and 2nd placed Avon athlete for a well deserved silver medal, whilst Max battled bravely for his more than respectable 17th place.

Ollie Campbell had his 2nd race in successive weekends, and once again ran with the leaders holding fantastic form throughout. Another fantastic 3rd place overall saw him take the Avon Silver. Charles Broadhurst is another newcomer going from strength to strength and his 14th from a field of 44 is an excellent result from a youngster that looks at ease whilst racing.

Bottom age Sam Holloway gets stronger with every race that passes and he should be very pleased with his 21st. Louie Brunsden was another the suffered from the icy conditions and he too battled bravely for his 23rd, whilst young Kyle Burford finished strongly for 36th in only his 2nd race in the country.

Bottom age U13 Keira Devereux ran well considering the conditions to take 6th place overall and bronze medal in the Avon competition. Team mate Poppy Adams was the only other finisher in this age group in 25th place.

Steph Brooks and Ella Johnston were the only U15 club athletes that fancied this one and both gave good accounts of themselves in 20th and 22nd respectively.

Ollie Lock was just outside the medal positions in his race amongst a strong field of athletes. He finished 9th overall with bottom age newcomer William Scott having a fine run to finish 17th from a field of 41.

U20 Alys Withers has not missed a cross country season since she started running for the club 10 years ago and her strength of character and positivity sets a fine example that all young athlete would do well to follow. As she gets older she seems to grow stronger and nobody looked more comfortable in the conditions than Alys, as she held her position throughout against some top quality athletes to finish superbly in 4th place overall and adding an Avon Silver to add to the many she has collected over the years.

The U20/17 mens race was the last up with Callum Smith and Sam Gentry waving the club after 4 withdrawals before the race. Callum appeared to cope better during worsening conditions to finish strongly for his 11th place, whilst Sam was clearly uncomfortable in the snow and will put this one firmly behind him and move on to the important races that lie ahead for him.

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Fast XC track at Pembrey Park for 3rd Gwent League

A fantastic turn out of 48 North Somerset AC athletes enjoyed a superb coastal course (golfers equivalent of a Linx!) at the Pembrey Country Park near Swansea for the 3rd Gwent Cross Country fixture of the season.

Elliot Jeston once again led the U11 boys with an excellent 8th place and the fast improving Zeki Harston supporting him superbly just 6 seconds behind in 13th. Jacob Forsbrook also had a cracking run for his highest place so far in 20th with excellent running from bottom age athletes and newcomers Joseph Sandiford, Rowan Preen, Ben Kelly and Jacob Veale in 32nd, 34th, 39th and 75th respectively.

After being boxed in at the start, Millie Redman worked her way steadily through the field to finish a superb 6th in the U11 girls race. Willow Preen continued her improvement in the country with her best place of the season in 35th, whilst Celia Becerril-Galan finished close behind in 42nd in her first race. Bottom age Bonnie Mills and Lavanna Madge both ran well in their race to finish 58th and 63rd respectively.

U13 Ollie Campbell is learning very quickly and ran this one to perfection. He sat behind two very good athletes throughout and although too far off the race winner, he was only 5 seconds behind the 2nd placed runner for a superb 3rd.  Another newcomer this season, Charles Broadhurst continued his progress with an excellent14th place finish, whilst Louie Brunsdon and the fast improving Sam Holloway finished 24th and 28th. William Sandiford also impressed in 30th closely followed by Will Maine and Ollie Andrews in 33rd and 34th.  Stan Hemmings and Alex Davies completed the team scores in 58th and 61st.

Bottom age U13 Keira Devereux had a terrific race to finish 4th in a very good quality field, whilst team mates Grace Metcalf in 29th, Abigail Taylor 33rd, Mary Hemmings 34th and Poppy Adams 36th packed together well in a show of good team running.

U15 Steph Brooks recorded her best Gwent League finish this season in 18th after running with the leading girls in the early stages. Poppy Burton-Dickie looked very comfortable following Steph throughout in her first ever cross country race for a terrific 19th place. Holly Avery had another good run in 24th leading  her team mates Ellie Redman, Ruth Day, Ella Johnston, Alysha Forsbrook and Victoria Pearson in 30th,34th,41st,42nd and 50th respectively.

Ben Hamblin continues to improve in his first season in the country and a 20th place was an excellent result against some very good opposition. Without Alfie Hocking, Will Scott and Ollie Lock, Callum Day had his best run to date in 40th with debtant Marco Becerril-Galan and Louis Carr in 45th and 49th respectively completing the U15 boys scores.

Matt Howard and Jaylan Bacon had their first run outs of the season in the combined U17/20 race and both can be pleased with their category 7th and 14th places respectively.

Club coach Julian Emery had his first XC race in a good while and ran brightly throughout for 56th overall and 4th in his age category, whilst Russ Forsbrook looked really comfortable in 79th place, clearly enjoying the superb track. Steve Parker 188th, Andrew Sandiford 257th, Kevin Davis 290th and Andy Devereux 314th  completed the team scores. Lucy Avery was our sole lady competing and clearly enjoyed the course with her 153rd place finish from a field of 263.

Results Link: http://www.gwent-league.org.uk/2017/res173.htm

Tough Competition at MK Cross Challenge

Three of the clubs leading athletes ‘Sam Gentry, Callum Smith and Ollie Lock’ made the long trip to Milton Keynes for the 2nd event of the 5 race British Cross Challenge series. These races attract the top dozen or so athletes in the UK at every age category and Ollie continued his good run of run form to finish 20th in the U15 race, whilst Callum also ran well for 27th place in the U17 race. Sam was not at his best in 57th place in the same race, but his focus for the season will be the English Schools and if he can peak at the right time and run to his potential, there is every chance of an England vest for the talented young athlete.

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Athletes Out In Force At Brecon XC

Despite a number of last minute withdrawals a full coach made the journey to Brecon for the 2nd Gwent League meeting of the season, and in the shadows of the Brecon Beacons a total of 50 athletes made it a successful day for North Somerset AC.

First up were the U11 Boys who were led by the talented Elliot Jeston, whom having found himself hemmed in at the start, worked impressively through the field for a very promising 9th place. Backing him up were Zeki Harston and Jacob Forsbrook who both ran very well for 20th and 33rd, whilst bottom age youngsters Max Weatherly and Rowan Preen should be chuffed to bits with their 47th and 55th places respectively from a 115 strong field.

The U11 Girls team were without North Somerset Schools champion Millie Redman, but six girls lined up at the start in determined fashion.  Leading the group, Mia Darlington and Lyla Briffitt worked tremendously together in their first cross country race for superb 30th and 31st places respectively and they’ll no doubt be relishing the next opportunity to race. Rosa Ford was net to finish in 55th place, closely followed by Ellie Seigle 60th, Xara McKinnen 64th and Willow Preen 68th with only 9 seconds separating the 4 girls in another huge field of 121 runners.

The U13 Boys were lying in 2nd place after the first fixture, and first home for the team in 6th place (and top club performer of the day) was Ollie Campbell to consolidate his own top 10 position in the league standings. Ollie’s competitive edge took him to the front early doors, whilst more experienced athletes sat in behind content to save themselves for the later stages. But he’ll learn very quickly I’m sure, as great things lie ahead for this young athlete.

Newcomer ‘Charles Broadhurst’ looks full of promise too and an impressive 17th place saw him finish just a few seconds ahead of Louie Brunsdon who also ran very well in 20th. Ever-present Will Maine, handicapped by a heavy cold, battled bravely throughout, with excellent support from team mates Sam Holloway, Herbie Alexander and Will Sandiford seeing just 14 seconds separate the four from 40th to 51st place. Bottom age youngster Oliver Haley completed the team scores in his first ever race finishing 81st.

The action continued in the U13 Girls race with the ever improving Keira Devereux running amongst the leading group throughout and securing a superb 9th place finish, whist Daisy Manners-Lolley was another to impress, finishing very strongly in 34th place. Working well together Poppy Adams and Abigail Taylor finished 46th and 47th respectively, as did Bella Clark and Blythe Jones in 55th and 51st. Simone Manners-Lolley completed the team scores with her 58th place finish.

With leading U15 Boy Ollie Lock missing, 12 U15 Boys rose to the occasion with a great team effort to make up for the loss of their team mate. Leading the team home in 14th position, Alfie Hocking continues to show huge improvement and he thoroughly deserved his best finish in the country to date. Close behind and working well together were equally impressive newcomers to the country discipline, William Scott and Ben Hamblin in 19th and 22nd respectively. Max Davies has also made huge strides and his 42nd place was a major improvement on his 70th place in Cardiff. Callum Day was another big improver in 47th whilst debutant Alistair Sinclair looked a very able runner in 52nd place. Emile Swanson finished in 54th and was followed in by the younger Sinclair ‘Harry’ who also looked very comfortable in 59th.

Cameron Baker-Perry was next through in 61st with Jamie Va-de-Velde in 62nd making a vast improvement from his first race in Cardiff. Jamie Pass and Louis Carr completed the team scores in 64th and 68th respectively.

It was a team full of bottom age U15 Girls that lined up at the start and despite losing momentum after a very heavy fall at the half way stage, Steph Brookes recovered well to grind out a solid 33rd place finish. Holly Avery has made great strides this year and was 2nd of our girls to finish strongly in 40th. Ella Johnston and Alysha Forsbrook worked together well throughout and a fine sprint finish from the pair up the home straight took them past rival athletes to finish in 46th and 51st respectively just 6 seconds apart. Connie Ballentine completed the teams scores in 60thplace.

In the combined U17/U20 race the large contingent of U17 Boys available at the club were largely missing. Only Will Cheek and Jacob Faulkner were present to score team points, with both showing great strength of character in worsening conditions underfoot. Will in fact had his best race to date and will no doubt be extremely happy with his 30th place finish. Jacob braved the conditions despite very little training of late and he should take heart for digging deep to finish 36th from a field of 47 runners.

Megan McCrum and Issy Gall likewise were the clubs only U17 girls in the combined U17/U20 Ladies race with Megan finishing 12th in her category and Issy looking very comfortable amongst all around her in 18th from a field of 24.

WINTER SEASON STARTS IN STYLE AT MIDLAND ROAD RELAYS

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NSAC had a record 10 teams competing at the annual Midland Road Relay event held in Sutton Park Birmingham last weekend. In what is the annual curtain raiser to the forthcoming cross country season, the clubs athletes gave a very good account of themselves with many athletes having their first ever competition race.

The U13 boys opened proceedings, and Will Maine finished the first leg in 19th position. Louie Brunsden picked up 3 places in the 2nd leg before newcomer Ollie Campbell ran a storming final leg to bring the team home in 11th place overall in a time of 14:46, which was 16th fastest of the 104 runners….not bad for a first attempt!

The U15 Boys fielded two teams with 4 athletes competing for the first time. Ollie Lock led the teams to finish as leading scorer in a time of 13:21 as he finished the first leg in 8th place and was 9th quickest of the 127 runners. Alfie Hocking and Ben Hamblin recorded excellent times of 14:59 and 14:31 respectively to bring the A team home in 11th position. Max Davies 16:14, Louis Carr 16:44 and Cameron Baker-Perry 17:03 completed the B team scores and enjoyed their first taste of competitive racing.

The club put out three teams of U17 Men, a sure sign of the strength in depth of this age group. The A team of Sam Gentry, Callum Smith and Jaylan Bacon ran very well as a team, finishing 8th overall, with Sam completing 1st leg of the 3.8k course in 12:44, Callum 13:13 and Jaylan 13:12.

Kes Pitchers 14:21, Jacob Faulkner 15:16, Jamie Carroll 15:22, Will Cheek 15:27 and Jonah Murray 15:44 completed the teams scores

The U15 girls fielded three teams with Steph Brooks leading the scores in a 1st leg time of 16m dead with Holly Avery showing great recent improvement next quickest in 16:56. Ellie Redman was in good form prior to this race but she encountered a knee problem during her leg and bravely battled to finish in time of 17:25.

Ella Johnston 17:48, Ruth Day 17:58, Sophia Murray 18:08m, Ruby Murray 19:12, Connie Ballentine 19:15 (another victim of knee problems), and Alysha Forsbrook 19:19 completed the U15 scores.

Megan McCrum led the U17 Women with a time of 15:50 with Lucy Maine 16:51 and Maisie Squire in 18:55 bringing the team home.

The teams will now go forward to Nation Road Relays on 7th October before the Cross Country season kicks off just a week later in Cardiff for the opening Gwent League fixture.