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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.



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With exactly one month to go I am increasing my fundraising efforts in an attempt to raise the £1,500 that I pledged to charity. I would therefore be extremely grateful to accept any support you can offer, whether corporate or personal.

The Charity and donation page if you would like to sponsor me is:

I will also have sponsor forms with me at all coaching sessions, if you would prefer to donate this way. So please just ask me, and I will be happy to hand one over!

I am riding with a team of 36 from London to Paris, covering a distance of over 500km/300 miles with 4 days to complete the task. We have targeted a minimum amount to be raised of £50,000 for our selected charities, and we are currently standing at £43,000.

For those who do not know me…I was/am (depending on injury!) an International Sprinter, both as a senior athlete for Wales, and as a Master (35+) for Great Britain. I have won plenty of medals etc at this level, and in 2004 I decided to set up our own Athletic Club (North Somerset Athletic Club) that now boasts a membership of around 400. A year later I created North Somerset Athletics Academy (210 athletes) and have been Head Coach of both ever since.

My training, since 1993, has been based on improving my explosive ability (weights, sprints, plyos etc), so this bike ride has been a massive personal challenge due to it being ‘the exact opposite’ of the training I’ve been used to the last 24 years! I purchased a road bike for the first time since I was 14, and after my initial struggle I have managed to ‘be-friend’ it and hit some decent mileage in the last few weeks (over 100 miles a couple of weekends ago). Trying to squeeze training into a manic work schedule has been among the most difficult areas for me (6am starts some days), with the summer being ‘key athletic season’. The ride remains a massive challenge, and will test my mental and physical ability. Day One of the ride will be on my birthday… What a way to spend your big day!

So please sponsor me if you can! If you have already, then many thanks for your support, it’s very much appreciated…


Chris Millard

A Tale of 3 Cities in One Weekend

Last weekend saw the club represented in three cities in three very different events and competitions.

On Saturday it was the opening fixture of the Lower Age Group (U13’s and U15’s) YDL.  After the disappointment of relegation the club are looking to bounce back with promotion to the Midland Premier South/West League at the first time of asking.  With the top three of our league facing the bottom two clubs after three fixtures in a final winner takes all in Swindon in July, it was imperative that NSAC got off to a flying start.  All the teams were depleted, due to a number of other commitments, however the athletes who turned up did themselves and the club proud with their achievements.  For some it was also their first event on an athletics track and provides the team managers with difficult selections in the remaining fixtures.  The provisional results have NSAC third on 402 points.

The club finished with over 40 top three finishes and 14 first places from Mary Loughlin (75m), Olivia Young (75m and 150m), Rosie Hall (150m), Will Maine (200m), Harrison Garland (800m), Poppy Adams (1200m), U13 Girls 4x100m relay (Olivia Young, Daisy Manners-Lolley, Kiera Duncan and Mary Loughlin), Yannis Richards (Long Jump), Lottie Milnes (Long Jump), Daisy Manners-Lolley (Long Jump), Hannah Bolt (Shot), Isobel Hellings (Discus) and Bonita Williams (Shot).

Thanks to all parents for their support, but special thanks to the team managers of Mel Callas and Rich Brunsdon and Martin Fisher (Lead Official) for their efforts on the day.

Also on Saturday saw the first day of competition in the National Sportshall Athletics UK finals in Manchester.  Tim Leong, Lewis Hembrow-McKinley and Christian Albon were part of the seven strong Avon U15 Boys team that finished an agonising 17 points short of third place but can all be proud of their achievements at such a high quality event.

On Sunday it was the turn of the Under 13’s with the club represented by five athletes.  Sam Payne led the way for the club by securing 2nd place in the Speed Bounce which helped Avon to 2nd place in the team competition just behind Berkshire.  In the girls competition Tilly Smale came 3rd in the Standing Long Jump and with the support of Steph Brooks, Phoebe Gooch and Millie Rosenior helped Avon to 6th place overall.

From the speed and explosive nature of sportshall athletics to the other end of the spectrum and the club had four athletes representing them at this years London Marathon.  First to cross the finish lane was Sam Gentry, who was competing for the South West U15 boys team in the British Athletics Road Championships which is raced over the last 5km’s of the marathon course.

In the main event NSAC had three competitors, first to finish was Josh Davis in a time of 2:36:41, he has also won the admiration and demonstrates the spirit of the club by helping a fellow athlete across the line (I am waiting for permission to use a photo to attach to this report).  Second to finish was Abbi White in 3:23:01 while Club Secretary Andrew Ballentine finished in 4:04:23 raising over £500 for Children’s Hospice South West.

If any athlete, parent , carer has any pictures it would be great to share these on the clubs Twitter pages, please use @NorthSomersetAC.

Triple Success in Gwent League

Boys with Medals Mar 2017

The final fixture of the 2016-17 Gwent League was hosted in the fantastic location of Pembury Country Park.  The course had something for everyone including long fast straights, sand dunes, hills and of course the wind and rain to contend with.  Going into the last fixture North Somerset AC had a number of individuals and teams that were in medal contention after the previous four rounds.  The breadth of clubs within this league is demonstrated by the number of miles the club have travelled to compete this year totalling nearly 600 miles from Bridgend to Brecon to Bristol to Newport and then finally Carmenthenshire.

The success of the club this year was led by the boys with three individual league winners in Joe Gentry in the under 20’s, Callum Smith in the under 17’s and Sam Gentry in the under 15’s.  Joe also led the under 20’s to a second place in the team competition.  There was disappointment for both the under 17 boys and under 13 girls who lost out to a bronze medal both finishing in fourth place.

19 athletes made the near five hour round trip with many having their best runs of the season,  In the under 11 boys race Sam Holloway (43rd), Jacob Forsbrook (54) and Elliott Jeston (58) raced well in a very fast paced race.  In the girls race Keira Devereux maintained her performances from throughout the season to finish in 8th which left her in the top ten individuals over the season,  She led home Poppy Adams (25) with the potential for more from all five of these under 11’s.

Just one under 13 boy made the trek with Louis Brunsdon finishing in 35th.  In the girls race six athletes girls made the journey with Ella Johnston leading them home in 13th followed by Steph Brooks (19), Holly Avery (36), Alysha Forsbrook (37), Isabella Clark (40) and Connie Ballentine (41).

Sam Gentry maintained his recent excellent performance with a victory, which left him level on points with his rival from Westbury Harriers for the individual competition with the result being based on their positions in this race gave Same the title, with Jack Wilkinson running well to finish in 7th.  Just two girls also competed with Meg McCrum finishing in 7 leaving her in the same position in the individual competition, Ruth Day followed her home in 14th.

Callum Smith finished in 7th position in the under 17’s but this was good enough to give him the overall title.   Just two under 20 men made the journey with Dave Warnes finishing in 3rd place enough to leave in the 6th individual for the season just beating Joe Gentry who did enough to secure the title.

No senior men competed in this fixture but the club had enough points secured from the previous four fixtures and maintained their second place which should secure them promotion to Division 2 for next season.

With just the Inter-counties and English Schools to be completed in this has been a successful season for the cross country teams and it is exciting to see what these performances can be transferred onto the track during the 2017 season.



National Cross Country Championships

U13 Girls at Nationals 2017

North Somerset Athletics Club were well represented at the highlight of the cross country calendar, the English National Champs at Nottingham. With huge entries exceeding 600 in most age groups reaching the top 100 is a hard task. The course had everything from mud, hills and stream crossings.  Star of the day was under 15 Sam Gentry who continued his excellent season showing his class on the national stage by finishing a tremendous 5th place and just 2 seconds off a podium finish.  Will Cheek continued his good form coming in 290th from 379 finishers.  Joe Gentry was the clubs sole entrant in the Junior men’s race finishing 129th from 211 finishers and Ruth Day was the clubs only entrant in the U15 Girls race finishing 243rd from 426 finishers.  In the under 17 boys race Callum Smith ran a superb race finishing 83rd backed up well by multi eventer Jaylan Bacon (185th) and Luca Murray (213th) from the 302 finishers in this race.

The under 13 boys and girls had full teams in their races all of whom were experiencing running at a national level for the first time.  As ever the boys quartet of Guy Owen (299th), Louie Brunsdon (318th), Will Maine (364th) and Emile Swanson (386th) all ran well and packed well together and were 47th in the team competition. The girls had a squad of 8 under 13s led home Daisy Manners-Lolley who battled on bravely despite losing both shoes in the deep mud with a third of the race remaining, coming home in a pleasing 236th. She was followed closely by team mates Ruby Owen (269th), Stephanie Brooks (293rd), Ella Johnston (360th), Connie Ballentine (382nd), Holly Avery (394th), Alysha Forsbrook (409th) and Isabella Clark (who was making her debut for the club in (429th) from 467 finishers.  The team also came 47th in the team competition.


NSAC athlete breaks the World Record

Stuart Laney’s attempt at the fastest 50km ran on  a treadmill has been successful.  Stuart completed the task in 2 hours 59 mins and 39 seconds, breaking the world record by nearly 10 mins.

Stuart will have to have the run ratified to become a registered world record, and we will keep you informed once this has been received.

Many congratulations from all at the club, Stuart has currently raised over £2,500 for the Teenage Cancer Trust charity.


NSAC Athlete aims for a world record!!

Stuart Leaney a NSAC athlete is attempting to break the world record for completing 50 km on a treadmill this week on 9 December.  Stuart who this year has already won the Chelmsford marathon this autumn and the Bath Two Tunnels 50 km in September.  At this years London Marathon Stuart came 176.

Stuart aims to break the world record on 9 December at 10am in Newminster House on 27-29 Baldwin Street. The current official Guinness World Record is 3 hours 9 minutes and 8 seconds. Unofficially (not ratified by Guinness) the record currently stands at 2 hours 59 minutes and 49 secs, that’s running 5mins 47 secs per mile for 31 miles.

Stuart is attempting this challenge and raising funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust and you can support him in this through the link below.

Support Stuart on JustGiving


Good luck from all at North Somerset AC and we hope that you manage to achieve the world record.


Success at Midland Road Relays

A record 9 teams from North Somerset Athletics Club competed in the Midland Road Relays on Saturday 24 September in Sutton Park , Sutton Coldfield.  The day was dry but windy as the junior athletes took to the line.  Pride of place for North Somerset AC must go to the under 15 boys ‘A’ team in winning the championship, 13 seconds clear of their nearest rivals from Charnwood AC (Loughborough) an nearly 2 minutes in front of the 3rd place team from Westbury Harriers.

Sam Gentry lead the team off on the 1st leg and bought the team through the 1st changeover in 4th place within touching distance of the leaders.  Matt Howard powered his way around the 3.88km challenging course, setting the 3rd fastest individual leg time and handing over to Jack Wilkinson in 1st place with only 34 seconds covering the top three.  Jack managed to keep his composure and bring the team home to a magnificent achievement for these young athletes.  To top off the success of winning the championships all three boys finished in the top 10 individual leg times.
The strength in depth of the under 15 boys age group, with North Somerset AC having two further teams finishing in 21st (Jacob Faulkner, Kes Pitchers and Jamie Carroll) and 27th (Ollie Lock, Will Cheek and Alex Collins) looks promising for the forthcoming cross country season.
The event started with three inexperienced under 13 teams competing with only 1 of the 9 athletes having completed this race previously.  The under 13 boys finished a magnificent 15th (Will Maine, Louie Brunsdon and Cameron Baker-Perry).  The under 13 girls showed they have strength in depth, however both teams found the going harder but still managed 27th (Ruby Owen, Connie Ballentine and Ella Johnston) and 32nd (Steph Brooks, Holly Avery and Sophia Murray).
Next to race were the under 15 girls, and once again only 1 of these athletes had raced this course previously, but the girls fought hard across all three laps and finished in 21st place (Lucy Maine, Meg McCrum and Eleanor Redman).  With just 20 seconds covering all three athletes it looks like there could be exciting racing over the coming winter months.
The under 17 boys of Callum Smith, Luca Murray and Jaylan Bacon battled throughout this very competitive race to finish in 13th place, missing out on a top 10 finish by 20 seconds.
For the first time ever North Somerset AC were ale to enter a Senior Mens team in the 6 stage relay.  The team were hoping to finish in the top 25 finishes to qualify for the National Road Relays.  Unfortunately the team finished agonisingly short even with Josh Davies passing 12 athletes on the last lap.  With three of the team being under 20 years old, this was a massive stepping stone in their running careers and the team of David Warnes, Cameron Coetzee, Joe Gentry, Mike Proffitt, Julian Emery and Josh Daveis can look forward to the winter races and the potential to qualify in 2017.
James Rodgers leading Severn Bridge Half Marathon

James Robbed of Half Marathon Victory

James Rodgers was left feeling deflated after being led off course during the later stages of last weekends Severn Bridge Half Marathon.

He led the race with his closest rival from the ‘Micky Morris Racing Team’ when the lead cyclist made a blunder and took them off course with just a few miles remaining. The third placed athlete was baffled at taking the tape then watching James and his rival cross the finish line together shortly after.

After his initial disappointment James remarked “It would of been a great last few miles, as I felt really strong and had enjoyed the course and event up until then.  Although I’m feeling gutted right now, this does gives me confidence that I’m in good shape with the Bristol Half fast approaching”.

James added “The final result was to give the three of us 1st place, as myself and the guy from MMRT agreed to finish together when realising we’d been taken off course”.

The three athletes also made a decision to share the prize winnings and were all given the same time of 1:14:42 by the rather embarrassed race organisers!

James Rodgers leading Severn Bridge Half Marathon

James Leading the 2000+ runners over the Severn Crossing




As the school holidays near their completion, we confirm the following regarding training sessions with NSAC;

Mondays @ Nailsea School 6pm – 7.30pm (School Years 4-7) – Return to training Monday September 5th

Mondays @ Clevedon School 5.30pm – 7.30pm (School Years 6-9 invite only) – Return to training Monday September 5th

Mondays @ Clevedon School 7.45pm – 9.00pm (School Years 8+) – Return to training Monday September 5th

Tuesdays @ Clevedon School 6.45pm – 8.15pm – Continued throughout summer

Wednesdays @ Priory 6pm – 7.00pm (School Years 4-6) – Return to training Wednesday September 7th

Wednesdays @ Priory 7pm – 8.00pm (School Years 7+) – Return to training Wednesday September 7th

Wednesdays @ Clevedon Seafront 6.30pm – 8.30pm (School Years 7+) – Meet at seafront from Wednesday September 7th

Thursdays @ Churchill School 5pm – 6.15pm (School Years 4-7) – Return to training Thursday September 8th

Thursdays @ Churchill School 6.15pm – 7.30pm (School Years 7+) Return to training Thursday September 8th

Thursdays @ Filton WISE Campus 6.45pm – 8.15pm – Continued throughout summer

Saturdays @ Priory 10.30am – 12pm (School Years 4-11) – Return to training Saturday September 10th

Saturdays @ Clevedon School 8.30am – 10.30am – Continued throughout summer

Saturdays @ Clevedon School 10.30am – 12pm – Continued throughout summer

For athletes who have not paid the year’s training fees, this term will be due by the middle of September please. £40.00 per athlete, either by cheque to NSAC or by BACS. For more info, please contact