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.
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.
A beautiful crisp winter morning met the runners for this year’s event. As always, plenty of fancy dress, smiles and enjoyment throughout. More than 70 competitors, 3 races, medals, trophies, and great support from all spectators allowed the event to remain what it was set up for in 2005, an enjoyable introduction to cross-country.
A massive thank you to volunteers, without whom the event can not go ahead. More help always needed for future events!
Also, our thanks to Brackenwood Garden Centre, The Club @ Cadbury House, Peak Promotions, and Childrens Hospice South West for providing goodie bags to hand to Fastest Leg runners, Fancy Dress team (Unstoppable Unicorns) and Wackiest Team name (One Man Down)
We await photographs from the event, and will add once received.
Full results can be found on: file:///C:/Users/Chris%20Millard/Dropbox/XC%20RELAY/XC%20RELAY%20RESULTS%202017.pdf
North Somerset AC had the best turn out in several years with 57 runners representing the club at the recent Gwent Cross Country League in Cardiff. The quality of the fields in each race was high with the race being combined with the National Cross Challenge series of races.
First up were the under 11 boys and girls, with most of the NSAC athletes making their debut for the club. Each and every one gave it their all and did the club proud in races with over 100 competitors. In the girls race Millie Redman was the outstanding performer running superbly to make the top ten. Rowan Preen ran a great race to lead the boys team home with Ben Kelly close behind. A big well done to all the u11s, Peter, Zach, Jacob, Zeki, Ben, Isaac, Rowan, Dawid, Romany, Rosa, Lavanna, Leah, Willow, Mille, Ellie and Esther.
The under 13s took on the undulating 1.75 mile course with 14 competing from the club. The girls race saw good packing with Keira Devereux leading the team home closely followed by Daisy, Abigail and Grace. They were backed up with good runs from Poppy, Isabella, Simone and Abigail. The boys race saw one of the clubs highlights of the day. Ollie Campbell, who only began running for the club in August, and running his first individual race for the club, showing no fear Ollie set off in the lead and held this for some time. Despite not being able to hold the lead he still managed to finish an impressive 8th place through great competitive attitude and sheer determination. Ollie was backed up by the rest of the team with strong runs from Reuben, Will, Louie, Alexander and Sam.
The under15s also had a good turnout with 16 club runners across the two races. A big mention has to go to the under 15 boys for having our highest number of competitors across the age groups, with 10. They were led home by the experienced and every dependable Ollie Lock who ran a fine race. The many debutantes in this age group was pleasing to see and this bodes well for the rest of the season.
Well done to Cameron, Louis, Max, Callum, Alfie, Jamie P, Will, Emile and Jamie V. In the girls under 15’s Steph Brooks ran hard from the gun and was first in for the club closely followed by Ella Johnston who ran her race with great maturity moving through the field as her competitors tired. There was good running from all the girls, Alysha, Ellie and Holly but special mention goes to Victoria making her cross country debut for the club and ran a great race.
The under 17 & under 20 races saw 7 members of the club compete, well done to Will, Callum, Isobel, Megan, Alys and Joe who all ran hard in races run at a pulsating pace due to the high standard of the fields.
The senior team of Katie Hooper, James Adams and Andrew Devereux completed the days races and all did really well over tough 7k and 10k courses respectively.
See Gallery for photos
See link for results http://www.gwent-league.org.uk/2017/res171.htm
Please find below details of amendments to the training at Priory over the coming four weeks, all children have been given these amendments at recent training sessions:
Junior Training (up to and including school year 6)
Saturday 14 October – ON
Wednesday 18 October – ON
Saturday 21 October – ON
Wednesday 25 October – OFF
Saturday 28 October – OFF
Wednesday 1 November – ON
Saturday 4 November – OFF due to NSAC cross country relays at Celevedon School
Senior Training (school year 7+)
Saturday 14 October – OFF Gwent x-country league
Wednesday 18 October – ON
Saturday 21 October – OFF
Wednesday 25 October – ON meet at the Tropicana
Saturday 28 October – ON
Wednesday 1 November – ON
Saturday 4 November – OFF due to NSAC cross country relays at Celevedon School
Please note that the 2017 Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 7th November 2017 at 7pm. The venue needs to be agreed but is likely to be at Clevedon Sailing Club. This will be confirmed as soon as possible.
If there is anything that you would like to raise at the AGM could you please contact Andy Ballentine the Club Secretary using firstname.lastname@example.org or please hand in any items to your lead coach and they can forward this to him.
An agenda will also be posted shortly.
We have just been notified (last minute) that Clevedon School is closed tomorrow evening (Thursday 5th October) and will not be allowing any training sessions etc to take part on its grounds…
Apologies for this, it affects the following;
5.30pm – 7.00pm Year 6-9 session
6.45pm – 8.30pm Year 10+ invite session
All back to normal the following week…
WHAT IS THE CROSS-COUNTRY RELAY CHALLENGE?
Teams of four are required to complete a lap each of the course in a relay style. Ideally Athletes to be same-sex, same-age, but happy to accommodate mixed ages/teams to ensure everyone gets a run! This will be the 15th running of the event, and has proved extremely popular. Fancy dress, whilst not compulsory, is definitely welcomed!
Clevedon Secondary School – Saturday November 4th 2017 – 10.00am – 12.00pm
Cost £3.50 per athlete (£12.00 per full team of 4) PAYABLE TO NSAC
PROVISIONAL TIMETABLE (EXACT ONE WILL BE CONFIRMED 48 HOURS BEFORE)
- Registration – 9.00am – 9.45am – Registration closes at 9.45am (No more entries)
- School Years 7-8 – 10.00am – 1200m each – 2 large laps of field (boys and girls race together)
- School Years 5-6 – 10.30am – 800m each – 1 large lap and 1 small lap of field (Separate boys and girls race if more than 10 teams enter)
- School Years 2-4 – 11.30am – 600m each – 1 large lap of field (Separate boys and girls race if more than 10 teams enter)
- Presentations – 12.00am
Trophy for winning team in each category
Medals for first three teams in each category
Prize for fastest leg Athlete in each race
Prize for best fancy dress team
Prize for best team names
WHAT NEXT? (TEAMS)
Organise your team. Agree a team name, discuss fancy dress possibilities. Email your full team to email@example.com no later than Thursday November 2nd 2017. If you cannot do so, then just turn up on the day and we can sort then!
WHAT NEXT? (INDIVIDUALS)
At least half the athletes competing will not have full teams, and we will need to organise this for them. Many of these win medals, and have a great time, so definitely worth emailing for us to sort out a team for you (even if it’s on the day!) firstname.lastname@example.org
WHO CAN COMPETE?
Anyone from school year 2 -8 is welcome. Why not speak to friends in school, or from other sporting teams you are part of? THIS IS DESIGNED FOR EVERYONE, NOT JUST ENDURANCE ATHLETES. IT IS MEANT TO BE A ‘FUN RUN’ SO PLEASE GET STUCK IN AND INVITE FRIENDS FROM SCHOOL/OTHER CLUBS ETC
Whilst there will be some fantastic Athletes on show, this is designed as a fun event, and an introduction to Cross-Country for many. It is not meant to be a serious Championship event, so we request that all Athletes are supported ‘equally’. Walking, for some, will be inevitable. This is not an event to be worried about. Come along, smile and enjoy!
We are always looking for help, either registration, marshalling, or time keeping. If you can help, then please make us aware so that we can plan!
There will be a full range of teas, coffees, cakes and Club merchandise for sale.
Please email email@example.com for an entry form/to confirm your interest