Category Archives: Club news

CROSS COUNTRY KICKS OFF IN STYLE

Cardiff’s Llandaff Fields was the setting for the opening Gwent Cross Country League fixture of the season, also being held in conjunction with the first race of the five race British Cross Challenge series. 

 On a balmy but very windy day North Somerset AC took just under 70 young athletes, with many enjoying the opportunity to pitcc themselves against some of the leading athletes in the UK. 

 The U11’s kicked things off and Harry Shallcross had a terrific race to finish 12th in a field of 96, with Alex Liddell, Ben Kelly and William Taylor-Jones supporting well to complete the A team scores in 38th, 39th and 51st respectively and finish 6th team overall on the day. 

 Zachary Yeung, Rowan Preen, Luke Carratt, Ranolph Yeung, Reuben Ballentine and Joe Blackmore-Squires all ran well to complete the team scores. 

 Lower age athlete ‘Sophie Carratt’ is certainly one to watch for future races. She made her superb 5th place look effortless and finished just 11 seconds behind the girls race winner. Esther Wring, Lottie Riordan and Bonnie Mills in 30th, 43rd and 68th respectively supported Sophie for the A team to 8th place, with Femke Lucking 72nd and Mia Haslett 85th completing the team from a 105 strong field. 

 Sam Holloway led the U13 boys with a fine 12th place ahead of team mates Herbie Cooksley 32nd, Elliot Jeston 36th and Kyle Burford 52nd to finish 6th team. Jacob Forsbrook, Joseph Sandiford, Zeki Harston and Conor Hewitt all packed well together to finish 53rd, 55th, 56th and 58th respectively in a field of 82. 

 The clubs top individual performance of the day came in the U13 girls race where Keira Devereux showed her pedigree. Running with the race leaders throughout, she narrowly missed a Cross Challenge podium finish being pipped on the line to finish 4th overall. Her consolation however was 1st place of the Gwent League entrants.

 Bottom age Millie Redman continues to impress and 8th place was deserved reward for the talented youngster. Good team running from Blythe Jones and Olivia Maidment in 29th and 30th took the A team to 2nd on the day. Harriet Brown, Lyla Briffitt, Hannah Wilson, Celia Becerril-Galan, Emily Freeman, Mitu Panicucci and Willow Preen in that order from 48th to 70th completed the team scores. 

 Will Scott led the U15 boys home with a very good 13th place, with Adam Ray, Louie Brunsdon and Charles Broadhurst finishing 38th, 40th and 41st respectively for 7th place team. Oliver Andrews 47th, Cameron Perry 61st and Marcos Becceril-Galan 68th completed the team. 

 It was great to see the Bridger-Morales girls back wearing North Somerset vests, and as expected U15 Alice led the girls home with a fine top 10 finish. Steph Brooks, Abigail Taylor, Ella Johnston, Constance Rawlings and Alysha Forsbrook in 33rd, 42nd, 48th, 49th and 57th respectively completed the team. 

 With Sam Gentry and Matt Howard missing the U17 men did well to take the team to 4th on the day and are well placed to challenge for honors after this one. Bottom age athletes Ollie Lock and Alfie Hocking displayed superb team running, with the pair locked together throughout and finishing 17th and 18th. 

Ben Hamblin continues his return to fitness and should be well pleased with his 23rd place, whilst Jack Wilkinson suffered a stitch throughout to finish well below his capability in 37th to complete the A team score. 

 Max Davies and Will Cheek worked well together with Max just taking the honours in 40th and Will just one place behind. Jamie Van-de-Velde, Calum Day, Jamie Pass, Alex Collins, Louis Carr and debutant Flynn Pankow completed the team. 

 Megan McCrum led the U17 ladies home in 32nd with Nelly Bridger-Morales 34th, Ellie Redman 36th, Ellie Maule 38th, Maisie Squire 41st and Victòria Pearson 43rd completing the team scores. 

 Calum Smith was the clubs sole U20 race entry in a top class field of runners, where he ran strongly to finish 15th from the 24 Gwent League runners. U20 qualifying athlete Joe Gentry entered the men’s race for the first time and finished a superb 65th from a field of 437 with an impressive time of 35.38 over the 9.6k course.

MIDLAND ROAD RELAYS SUCCESS

Our 17 men’s squad covered themselves in glory at the Midland Counties Road Relay Championships.

The team of Oliver Lock, Matthew Howard and Alfie Hocking won a superb silver behind Charnwood as they sought to emulate their U15 title success in this one two years ago.

Ollie got the team off to a solid start finishing seventh on stage one (12mins 42secs) putting Matt in the perfect position to carve through his rivals with a superb run to move up to third with a sizzling 12:19, the fifth fastest time of the day.

Alfie then kept his cool to move up another place on the final stage with a time of 12:51 for a great team achievement.

For our under 13 girls it was a frustrating case of what might have been.

Keira Devereux gave us a blistering start clocking a time of 14mins 45secs – the second fastest of the day – to bring the team home in first place.

Lower age Millie Redman in her first road relay, ran a superb 2nd leg in 15:30 (10th fastest of the day from the 84 competitors) losing just one place, but sadly the girls didn’t make the podium as we didn’t have a third runner.

The club took 10 teams on the day with all our athletes giving a good account of themselves.

Another Successful Endurance Camp 

The club managed another great weekend training camp for the endurance squad, but this time on the banks of the River Wye. The 40 young athletes that attended trained hard throughout the two day camp, with Riverside runs, Hill loops and core strength session on the menu.

Plenty of fun was had in between, but behavior was impeccable once again and all were a credit to the club and their parents.

Hopefully they are now fully charged for the new Cross Country season with record numbers again expected to compete.  So please respond to Deb with your commitment to attend as each events approaches.

Thinking caps are now on for next years camp!

 

 

AVON COUNTY TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Over 40 NSAC athletes attended this year’s County Championships at Yate, yielding a total of 38 medals.

Gold medals for Steph Brooks (u15 300m & 800m), Keira Devereux (u13 1500m & 800m), Nyree Perry (u13 high jump and pole vault), Caroline Walder (u17 pole vault), Harrison Garland (u15 long jump), Issy Hillary-Gosling (u15 discus) & Jacob Simpson (u15 hammer)

Full results on  https://www.thepowerof10.info/results/results.aspx?meetingid=233142

TESCO BAGS OF HELP FOR NSAC

From Thursday 1 March to Monday 30 April anyone shopping at Tesco Clevedon (store 2288) and Congresbury Express (store 6340) will be given a token that they can use to vote for North Somerset Athletic Club. If you are not given a token when making a purchase please ask for one – every vote that is made will count!
If you are an online shopper please take your Customer Delivery
Notice into one of the stores above and ask for you token. The
voting for North Somerset Athletic Club is only available at
these two stores.
At the end of May Tesco will get in touch and let us know what
amount we will receive – the more votes the more money we could receive. The top voted project will received up to £4,000, the second up to £2000 and the third up to £1000. If we were luck enough to receive the top grant we would be well on our way to getting a new high jump bed. Hop to it and vote your tokens for North Somerset Athletic Club

Brilliant Day For Club At National XC Champs

North Somerset  AC took full teams in the U13, U15 and U17 age groups to the biggest race of the year, the English National Cross Country Championship. 53 runners set off early on Saturday morning to compete at the prestigious Parliament Hill course. With fields in each age group of over 500 runners, the start is fast and furious followed by a huge hill climb and then an undulating muddy course with ditch crossings along the route.

The U17 boys produced the best team result of the day finishing 20th team thanks to fine runs by Sam Gentry, Callum Smith, Jack Wilkinson and Luca Murray. Sam also produced the clubs highest individual finish with a superb 41st place. In the girls age group race Megan McCrum was our sole representative and used all her experience to finish just outside the top 200.

The best female performance of the day went to U13 Keira Devereux. You have to be on top form and have natural ability in this race to finish inside the top 100, and Keira achieved this with a hard fought 90th place finish backed up by a great Nationals debut from Blythe Jones in 212th.

The U13 boys had 14 club runners, the majority making their Nationals debut. With 575 finishers this was the biggest age group field of the day. The club were led home by Ollie Campbell who competed well for 137th place, and was closely followed by Louie Brunsdon and Charles Broadhurst. Special mention goes to Herbie Cooksley, who in virtually his debut for the club was our 4th scorer despite being only 11 years old, a real talent for the future.

The U15 boys have performed well as a team unit all season and today they again raced in big numbers, with 14 setting off. Alfie Hocking ( 104 ), Ollie Lock (145 ) and Ben Hamblin ( 174 ) were the top performers over the 4.5k course, with Will Scott completing the scoring 4 and giving the team a creditable 27th place finish.

Poppy Burton-Dickie’s strength from her triathlon background helped throughout this demanding course as she was the clubs top U15G performer finishing 207th. Steph Brooks and Holly Avery were close behind with Ruth Day and Alysha Forsbrook  and bravely battling through the course despite foot injuries.

Joe Gentry was the sole Junior Mens race entry and he ran fantastically well to record 38m 28secs over the gruelling 9k course. It was his first attempt at the top event in the UK and his 131st place was only one minute off the first three athletes, all internationals.

It was a great day for everyone involved, all 53 runners deserve credit for acquitting themselves well on this daunting occasion, with all runners completing the course and gaining valuable experience for future championship races.

Avon Schools XC Champs Results

Qualifying for the Avon Schools Cross Country squad is no easy feat, and  standards at the Avon Schools Championships on Saturday was very high indeed.

However eight of the clubs athletes did just that and will now travel to Devon on February 3rd to represent Avon in the South West Schools Championships.

It was the final race of the day that provided the best finish with Sam Gentry making a welcome return to form in the Intermediate boys race. After an uncharacteristic run of poor results, Sam went with his great Westbury rival from the gun with the pair breaking clear from the leading group at the midway stage before Sam timed his sprint finish to perfection to take the boys title.

Keira Devereux was the only other club medalist on the day. Running sensibly throughout, Keira worked her way through the field effortlessly before closing in on the leader, but she left just a little too much to do in her quest for gold. A silver medal however is just reward for the talented Minor girls athlete.

Other  top ten performances to secure Avon qualification came from Callum Smith (Senior boys); Ollie Lock (Intermediate boys); Harrison Garland and Will Scott (Junior boys); Blythe Jones (Minor girls); and Megan McCrum (Intermediate girls).

Ernie Cooksley, Jack Wilkinson, Ellie Maule and Josephine Hallet finished in the top twelve and make the reserve list.

In the Somerset Schools equivalent, Matt Howard put in a terrific performance to win the Intermediate boys title. It was only his 2nd cross country race this season, but the GB Triathlete had too much for his rivals finishing 12 seconds clear of his nearest challenger.
AvonSchoolsXC_2018_AllResults

AROUND THE WORLD COMPETITION!

During 2012 we ran a fun competition which was very popular, but for some unknown reason never repeated! We have resurrected it for 2018, and want EVERYONE to get involved!

SIMPLY…
Have your photograph taken wearing NSAC kit, somewhere special, or with a ‘star’. Skiing during February, on a beach in August, or even in your local Coffee shop (!) We created a wonderful photo album, including historical buildings, beautiful views, and even one with Liam Gallagher at an airport, plus some daft ones locally!

We will build a gallery on the website, and at the Awards evening (24th November!) we will show them all as part of our presentation

The best photo (s), as judged by our ‘panel’ (!) will win a bag of goodies (NSAC kit, vouchers etc)

So who will be first to send over their photo?
Pack a piece of NSAC kit in your suitcase when you go on holiday, and get the best photo you can.

Looking forward to seeing your efforts!!!

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!!!

 

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

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

 

GOWER TRAINING CAMP 2017

The clubs Endurance Squad recently returned from a training camp at Port Eynon on the Gower coast. This  was a first for the club and proved to be a  fantastic success, with every aspect of our weekend away far exceeding expectations.

Huge thanks to the coaches and helpers whose efforts ensured everything ran smoothly without any hitches. However a special mention must go to Luke and Ellie Murray who fed all 35 of us with amazing fare, and Luke in particular must have been exhausted after the weekend. When he wasn’t coaching the athletes he was either in the kitchen or putting extra miles in along the coast paths in preparation for the Manchester Marathon.

The athletes were a credit to themselves, you as parents and the name of our club. Everyone took part in all 5 training sessions and although they must have been shattered when they arrived home their commitment was second to none.  They all had down time for rest and play and their behavior in and outside of the accommodation was exemplary.

I asked the athletes to send me their favourite memory/aspect of the weekend, so here are a few:

“I absolutely loved the weekend and my favourite memory was the sand dunes, because running down them was so fast and fun. Also running on top of mountains on Saturday because it made me feel free” (Harrison)

“My favourite moment was when I was running as fast as I could down the massive sand dune. My legs took control and I was going so fast it felt like I was flying. It was incredible and good fun! I hope to be able to do it again!” (Emile)

“I had an amazing time and thank you very much for organising it. I would love to do it again next year! My favourite aspect was the sand dunes, it was so fun but also challenging and it was brilliant that we all worked together as a team never leaving a man behind and always encouraging each other to persevere. Thanks again I really had a wonderful time!” (Ellie)

 My favourite part of the training camp was the run up the huge hill on Saturday in a field with sheep, the view from the top of the hill was beautiful and the run was challenging, but I felt great when I got to the top”. (Steph)

Some great memories for all of us and I know they are all itching to do it all again next year!       (see gallery in ‘News’ tab above for photos)

IMG_0242IMG_0267IMG_0253

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.

 

LONDON TO PARIS CHARITY BIKE RIDE FOR HEAD COACH – JULY 19TH – 24TH 2017

photo 2

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:

https://www.action.org.uk/sponsor/chrismillard2017

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…

THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!!

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.