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SUMMER TRAINING 2018

NSAC SUMMER TRAINING 2018

NAILSEA TRAINING SESSIONS – MONDAYS – 6.00PM – 7.30PM
Training session Monday July 16th 2018 is ON
All training during the summer holidays is OFF, until
First training session in September is Monday September 10th 2018

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CLEVEDON TRAINING SESSIONS – MONDAYS 5.30PM – 7.30PM & 7.45PM – 9.00PM
Training session Monday July 16th 2018 is ON
All training during the summer holidays is OFF, until
First training session in September is Monday September 10th 2018

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CLEVEDON ENDURANCE SESSIONS – TUESDAYS 6.45PM – 8.15PM
All sessions are ON during the Summer holidays. No change to venues or times

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CLEVEDON TRAINING SESSIONS – WEDNESDAYS 6.30PM – 8.30PM
All sessions are ON during the Summer holidays. No change to venues or times

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CLEVEDON TRAINING SESSIONS – THURSDAYS 5.30PM – 7.00PM & 6.45PM – 8.30PM
Training session Thursday July 19th 2018 is ON
All training during the summer holidays is OFF, until
First training session in September is Thursday September 6th 2018

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FILTON ENDURANCE SESSIONS – THURSDAYS 7.00PM – 8.00PM
All sessions are ON during the Summer holidays. No change to venues or times

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CLEVEDON TRAINING SESSIONS – SATURDAYS 8.30AM – 10.30AM & 10.30AM – 12.00PM
All sessions are ON during the Summer holidays. No change to venues

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PRIORY TRAINING SESSIONS – WENESDAYS & SATURDAYS

 DATE DAY TIME SESSION ON/OFF VENUE
           
21/07/2018 SAT 10.30-12.00 JUNIORS ON PRIORY
21/07/2018 SAT 10.30-12.00 SENIORS ON PRIORY
25/07/2018 WED 18.00-19.00 JUNIORS OFF  
25/07/2018 WED 18.00-19.00 SENIORS ON ASHCOMBE PARK
28/07/2018 SAT 10.30-12.00 JUNIORS OFF  
28/07/2018 SAT 10.30-12.00 SENIORS ON PRIORY
01/08/2018 WED 18.00-19.00 JUNIORS OFF  
01/08/2018 WED 18.00-19.00 SENIORS ON ROYAL SANDS
04/08/2018 SAT 10.30-12.00 JUNIORS OFF  
04/08/2018 SAT 10.30-12.00 SENIORS ON PRIORY
08/08/2018 WED 18.00-19.00 JUNIORS OFF  
08/08/2018 WED 18.00-19.00 SENIORS ON SAND BAY
11/08/2018 SAT 10.30-12.00 JUNIORS OFF  
11/08/2018 SAT 10.30-12.00 SENIORS ON PRIORY
15/08/2018 WED 18.00-19.00 JUNIORS OFF  
15/08/2018 WED 18.00-19.00 SENIORS ON UPHILL BOAT YARD
18/08/2018 SAT 10.30-12.00 JUNIORS OFF  
18/08/2018 SAT 10.30-12.00 SENIORS ON PRIORY
22/08/2018 WED 18.00-19.00 JUNIORS OFF  
22/08/2018 WED 18.00-19.00 SENIORS ON ASHCOMBE PARK
25/08/2018 SAT 10.30-12.00 JUNIORS OFF  
25/08/2018 SAT 10.30-12.00 SENIORS OFF  
29/08/2018 WED 18.00-19.00 JUNIORS OFF  
29/08/2018 WED 18.00-19.00 SENIORS ON ROYAL SANDS
01/09/2018 SAT 10.30-12.00 JUNIORS OFF  
01/09/2018 SAT 10.30-12.00 SENIORS ON PRIORY
           
05/09/2018 WED 18.00-19.00 JUNIORS ON PRIORY
05/09/2018 WED 18.00-19.00 SENIORS ON PRIORY
08/09/2018 SAT 10.30-12.00 JUNIORS ON PRIORY
08/09/2018 SAT 10.30-12.00 SENIORS ON PRIORY

TRAINING WEDNESDAY 11TH JULY 2018

ENGLAND WORLD CUP SEMI-FINAL STARTS AT 7PM, SO WE HAVE HAD TO MAKE A FEW AMENDMENTS TO TRAINING…

PRIORY SESSION
NO CHANGE – SAME AS NORMAL

CLEVEDON SCHOOL IS CLOSED, SO WE HAVE AMENDED TRAINING AS FOLLOWS;

CLEVEDON ENDURANCE SESSION
CANCELLED

CLEVEDON SPRINT SESSION WILL NOW MEET AT CLEVEDON SEAFRONT (WISHING WELL BY THE SALTHOUSE PUB) AND THE SESSION WILL RUN FROM 5PM – 6.30PM. IF YOU CANNOT GET THERE AT 5PM, ARRIVE ASAP AND WE WILL FEED YOU INTO THE SESSION

QUADKIDS SUCCESS AT AVON LEAGUE

A great first event for the next generation of NSAC Athletes at Yate. A team 2nd, reward for a great team effort.  A really close competition, with 5 clubs all fielding strong squads of athletes, makes for an exciting competition

Individual scores
Leo 185
Gabriel 207
Krishnan 160
Reuben 210
Max 209

Livi H 148
Chloe 172
Eloise 155
Leah 154
Livi S 206

14th Annual ‘Primary Age’ Competition at Whitehall

Saturday 7th July sees the 14th ‘Primary Age’ Competition taking place at Whitehall, Bristol, in partnership with Bristol and West AC. This is a lovely fun event for primary age participants, and has seen much NSAC success in the past; we would thoroughly recommend!

 

Please see the below document for more information about the event and how to get involved!

 

14th ‘Primary Age’ Athletics Medal Competitionv2

MAY OPEN RESULTS

North Somerset Athletes were competing far and wide during the month of May, in open meetings all across the region. Check out the results below.

 

MENDIP OPEN @ MILLFIELD, MAY 3RD 2018

www.thepowerof10.info/results/results.aspx?meetingid=232313

 

BREWERS GAMES @ CHELTENHAM MAY 7TH 2018

https://www.thepowerof10.info/results/results.aspx?meetingid=238554&pagenum=1

 

BRISTOL OPEN @ YATE MAY 23RD 2018

https://www.thepowerof10.info/results/results.aspx?meetingid=233107&pagenum=1

 

MENDIP OPEN @ MILLFIELD MAY 24TH 2018

https://www.thepowerof10.info/results/results.aspx?meetingid=232314

 

EXETER OPEN @ EXETER MAY 29TH 2018

https://www.thepowerof10.info/results/results.aspx?meetingid=233116&pagenum=1

 

BMC REGIONAL RACES @ EXETER MAY 29TH 2018

https://www.thepowerof10.info/results/results.aspx?meetingid=237165

NSAC TRAINING SATURDAY 12TH MAY 2018

With the County Championships at Yate tomorrow, the training has been affected as follows;

CLEVEDON SESSION 8.30AM – 10.30AM – OFF
(sprints, hurdles, long jump, throws – Chris, Graham, Charlie, Sophie – year 6+)

CLEVEDON SESSION 9.30AM – 10.30AM – OFF
(Endurance – Julian – Year 6+)

CLEVEDON SESSION 10.30AM – 12.00PM – ON
(Various activities – Chris, Graham, Charlie, Sophie – Year 3-6)

PRIORY SESSION 10.30AM – 12.00PM – ON
(Various activities – Lee – Year 3 – 6)

PRIORY SESSION 10.30AM – 12.00PM – OFF
(Various activities – Martin – Year 7+)

RECENT RESULTS

The start of the Track & Field season sees an avalanche of Open events spread across the Region.  Athletes from NSAC can be seen at all of these, competing in a variety of events.  Links to some of the most recent as follows;

KEN TRICKEY OPEN  EXETER 8TH APRIL 2018
http://www.thepowerof10.info/results/results.aspx?meetingid=233109

TEAM BATH FIELD FEST 15TH APRIL 2018
http://www.thepowerof10.info/results/resultslookup.aspx?datefrom=15-Apr-2018&dateto=15-Apr-2018&terraintypecodes=TIDEX

YATE SPRINTS & HURDLES 15TH APRIL 2018
http://www.thepowerof10.info/results/results.aspx?meetingid=232157

EXETER OPEN 24TH APRIL 2018
http://www.thepowerof10.info/results/results.aspx?meetingid=233115

YATE OPEN 25TH APRIL 2018
http://www.thepowerof10.info/results/resultslookup.aspx?datefrom=1-Apr-2018&dateto=30-Apr-2018&terraintypecodes=TIDEX&venue=YATE

 

Head Coach Chris makes return to International Athletics

North Somerset Athletic Club Head Coach Chris Millard returned to competition following a 2-year gap caused by injury, with a bang. Four races, four National titles and another National record later confirmed what a good decision it was to return, rather than the very real alternative of retirement after a 24-year career of high-level sprinting.

The first event took part at the amazing Cardiff Met Indoor facility. Running in the difficult outside lane, in the 200m Chris led from gun to tape, comfortably winning his 38th National Title. Number 39 came in the 60m. Chris’s time of 7.61 seconds was a National M50 record, and again the victory was never in doubt after a blistering start.

The wins earned Chris selection for Wales at the GB Inter-Area event at Lee Valley in North London. The lanes, results and performances almost identical to the earlier events in Cardiff a very pleasing return

“Its been a great start to the year. I was anticipating easing my way back in, but these results have catapulted me back into the spotlight. Its always great to pull the red vest of Wales on, I never tire of it, its an honour. As always, thank you to The Club at Cadbury House for their continued support”

As for Millard’s plans going forward in his 25th year of competition “Obviously I would love to get to 50 National Titles, I now believe that is doable, hopefully in the next couple of years (injuries permitting). I have three other goals, but for now I will keep those to myself, as these will take some seriously perfect training to become realistic!”

Tough Course At Pontypool

The penultimate fixture of this seasons Gwent Cross Country League in Pontypool produced by far the toughest track of the five race series. Another 50 pus turn out of club juniors had to contend with a near vertical climb that appeared to have no end!

Millie Redman was the top club performer of the day with an impressive 3rd place and just five seconds off the winner. Mia Darlington, Lyla Briffitt and debutant Harriet Brown worked well as team with just 8 seconds between them in 22nd, 25th and 28th respectively, ensuring the team finished third on the day.  Ellie Seagle 38th, Willow Preen 60th and Livi Sherlock 61st completed the team scores from a field of 93 runners.

The Novice boys were also 3rd on the day and led superbly once again by the ever-present pair of Elliot Jeston and Zeki Harston in 15th and 16th. Newcomers Conor Hewitt and Harry Shallcross worked brilliantly together for very impressive debut races, finishing just 10 seconds further back in 29th and 30th place respectively. Jacob Forsbrook was next home for the team in 55th with Rowan Preen 65th, Joseph Sandiford 73rd, Alex Liddell 75th, Ben Kelly 78th, Zachary Yeung 82nd, Oliver Krestovnickoff 98th, Ranolph Yeung 107th and Peter Briffitt 113th.

Miss consistent ‘Keira Devereux’ finished 5th in the U13s race with Grace Metcalfe and Mary Hemmings both having their best races to date in 32nd and 34th. Blythe Jones was next home in 38th place followed by Abigail Taylor 42nd and Abigail Briffitt 52nd.

Ollie Campbell made a welcome return to form with a hard fought 5th place, which took him to 3rd place overall in the individual league standings. Charles Broadhurst continues to improve with every race and his 17th place was his highest placement so far. Ollie Andrews was another to impress, showing lots of potential as he finished 20th with Will Sandiford 24th  to  ensure the boys finished 1st on the day, and consolidating their 2nd place overall with one race to go. Will Maine looked strong again as he finished 27th followed by Reuben Dean in 28th, Louie Brunsdon 30th and Sam Holloway 35th. Stan Hemmings continues to improve with a good run in 46th and Oliver Haley completed the team scores in 65th.

Poppy Burton Dickie had a super run in the U15 race. In her strongest performance to date, the newcomer showed great strength and looked totally at home over the testing course to record a fine 12th place. Steph Brooks finished very strongly over the final 400 metres passing several athletes to record an 18th place with Ellie Redman making a welcome return to form close behind in 20th. Alysha Forsbrook and Victoria Pearson completed the team in 32nd and 38th places respectively.

Alfie Hocking and Ben Hamblin worked brilliantly together during the U15 boys race and were rewarded with their highest placing by a distance at this level, with superb 6th and 7th places respectively. Newcomer Theo Edwards didn’t enjoy the hills quite as much as his team mates, but there’s plenty to come from this hard-working youngster and 22nd is still a very decent position at this level.

Callum Day ran well for his highest place to date in 35th to ensure the boys were 2nd team on the day and now sit just 4 points off third place in the league standing with one race to go. Debutant Adam Ray ran in trainers up the muddy hills for a very creditable 36th place, so  more to come for sure from the newcomer who was followed home by Max Davies in 41st and Jamie Pass 48th.

However, it was Jamie Van-de-Velde who took the plaudits as he showed amazing strength of character after suffering an Asthma Attack almost as soon as the race started. Others would have pulled out after such a set back, but not Jamie! After recovering he set off and ran his race gaining many admirers around the course.

It was good to see U17 Jack Wilkinson back running again after an extended period of injury. He partnered ever present Will Cheek in the  U17 race and coped extremely well over 2 laps of the super hilly course. Jack finished an excellent 13th place with Will 23th from a 42 strong field.

Next weekend sees the club taking another 50 plus athletes to the biggest event of the season ‘The National Cross Champs’ in London.

Results link: http://www.gwent-league.org.uk/2017/res174.htm

Club Athletes Run Well At SW Schools XC Champs

The Avon Schools Cross Country squad had a successful day at the South West Schools Champs last weekend with 6 of the 8 teams securing top three team finishes.

Sam Gentry and Keira Devereux once again ran superbly in the Inter Boys and Minor girls race for silver and bronze respectively. Sam raised the bar in very tough conditions underfoot for a tremendous 2nd place finish, whilst Keira maintained her incredibly consistent run of results throughout the season for a fine 3rd place.

Running for Somerset Schools, Matt Howard finished 18 seconds behind Sam for a fine 5th place in only his 3rd XC race his season.

Callum Smith was another club athlete to excel with a brilliant 7th place as a bottom age athlete in the Senior boys race. It was also great to see Harrison Garland making a rare cross country appearance. 25th place at such a high level was very good result indeed for somebody who doesn’t do cross country!  hopefully the penny will  now drop, as this talented young athlete can go far in this discipline if he wants to.

Blythe Jones continues to impress in her first XC season and 34th in the Minor girls race was evidence of the progress she’s made. Meg McCrum finished well in the Inter girls race for 47th with Ellie Maule also making the team finishing  59th. Bottom age Ollie Lock was not was not feeling at his best in the heavy conditions and did well to finish 50th in the Inter Boys race.

Congratulations go to Sam, Matt, Callum, Harrison and Meg who will all go on to compete at the prestigious English Schools XC Champs in March.

Results below:

SW XC Results 2018

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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

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.

SW2018Results

 

SOUTH WEST INDOOR TRACK & FIELD RESULTS

A team of 17 athletes travelled to the fantastic Cardiff Met University facility to compete in this year’s 2018 competition. A total of four medals were won, with golds being collected by Stephanie Brooks (800m) and Timothy Leong (Long Jump).

This adds to the 200m gold (27.06 seconds) and long jump bronze (4.87m) won by Tilly Smale, and high jump bronze (1.65m) by Lewis Hembrow-McKinley before Christmas. James Gentile ran a pb of 25.64 seconds in the 200m for 4th, Carlos Tailer finished 7th (26.62 seconds), Lewis also finished 5th in shot (9.22m), with Phoebe Gooch an excellent 4th in high jump (1.35m)

ADAM
ROUTLEY
U17 MEN 60M SILVER 7.54 SECS
ADAM
ROUTLEY
U17 MEN LONG JUMP 5TH 4.96M
JAMES
GENTILE
U17 MEN 60M 7TH 7.78 SECS
HARRISON GARLAND U15 BOYS 60M 7TH 8.18 SECS
HARRISON GARLAND U15 BOYS 800M 4TH 2;26.35 MINS
HANNAH
BOLT
U17 LADIES 60M 12TH 8.63 SECS
HANNAH
BOLT
U17 LADIES 60M HURDLES 8TH 10.54 SECS
STEPHANIE BROOKS U15 GIRLS 60M 5TH 8.52 SECS
STEPHANIE BROOKS U15 GIRLS 800M GOLD 2;28.98 MINS
OLIVIA
YOUNG
U15 GIRLS 60M 11TH 8.72 SECS
OLIVIA
YOUNG
U15 GIRLS 60M HURDLES 11TH 10.98 SECS
NAOMI
HOLT
U13 GIRLS 60M 4TH 9.01 SECS
NAOMI
HOLT
U13 GIRLS 800M 5TH 3;04.60 MINS
SAM HOLLOWAY U13 BOYS 800M 4TH 2;49.13 MINS
SIENNA TUTTIETT U13 GIRLS 800M 6TH 3;40.78 MINS
POPPY
ADAMS
U13 GIRLS 800M 4TH 3;04.30 MINS
KEIRA DEVEREUX U13 GIRLS 1500M SILVER 5;31.02 MINS
TIMOTHY LEONG U17 MEN LONG JUMP GOLD 5.25M

BOXING DAY ROAD RACE

Nearly 50 NSAC athletes and parents competed at this year’s event in Clevedon (Junior and Senior races)

In the junior event, top NSAC girl was Steph Brooks, who was the first girl home overall.
Top NSAC boy was Sam Holloway, who was roughly 10th boy home, and 12th overall. His result does not show on the Clevedon AC website, but we are confident this is about right!

In the senior event, first home was Sam Gentry in about 30th (23;00 ish) but no results appear on the website (again). A mention for both James Thie, ‘friend’ of NSAC, finishing 10th overall, and Coach Luke Murray, who crossed the line in 12th, and 2nd in category
Top NSAC female was Alys Withers, finishing 115th overall, and 8th in category

Full results on http://www.clevedonac.co.uk/races/2-boxing-day-race

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!

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.

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.

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.