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Awards Evening Round Up

Saturday night saw us deliver our 14th annual Awards Evening, and what a night it was!!

We began with a video round up of the year:

Before beginning our presentations with a message from Richard Whitehead MBE, NSAC Club President:


And welcoming our special guest for the evening, GB International Sprinter Chris Stone.



NSAC Around the World (Sponsored by Peaks): Ewan D

Endurance Development Award: Ben H

Coaches Endurance Award: Alfie H

Endurance Athlete of the Year: Keira D

U11 Male Athlete of the Year: Gabriel G

U11 Female Athlete of the Year: Olivia S

U13 Male Athlete of the Year: Sam H

U13 Female Athlete of the Year: Rosa F

U15 Male Athlete of the Year: Louie B

U15 Female Athlete of the Year: Steph B

U17 Male Athlete of the Year: Ollie L

U17 Female Athlete of the Year: Chrissie B

U20/Senior Male Athlete of the Year: Rich B

U20/Senior Female Athlete of the Year: Pip M

WSM Achievement Award: Mary H

WSM Athlete of the Year: Bonita W

Nailsea Athlete of the Year: Alex L

Clevedon Achievement Award: Ellie M

Clevedon Athlete of the Year: Ella Y

Throws Athlete of the Year: Issy H

Horizontal Jumps Athlete of the Year: Emma B

Vertical Jumps Athlete of the Year: Nyree P

Hurdles Athlete of the Year: Hannah B

Speed Development Athlete Award: Conor H

Speed Athlete of the Year: Charlie B

Ambassador of the Year: Ollie D

A special trophy was awarded to Pip, to celebrate her first international call-up, representing England in the World Cerebral Palsy Games, where she placed 4th and 5th in the 100m & 200m. Full details of how she got on can be found here.




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Children’s Hospice South West Christmas Time Events

As we hope you are aware, we work with our chosen charity, Children’s Hospice south West on multiple fronts. We donated some of the money raised by our Grand Pier relay to the hospice,and we also promote their events. Please see below for the Christmas-time events for the Hospice, please get involved if you can, this is an amazing cause.

Words and Music Concert 2018 – Saturday 24th November

A night of festive cheer in Weston-Super-Mare, raising money for CHSW.

Santa’s On Bikes – Saturday 1st December

Join us as we support the Santa’s on Bikes, hundreds of motorbike riders, dressed up, travelling to Charlton Farm with presents for the children.


Santa’s On The Run – Sunday 9th December

A fun run in Bristol, entry fees include a Santa Suit to run in. We will have marshalls around the course, come and see us!

Festive Fashion Friday – Friday 14th December

Wear something festive and raise some money!!

Charlton Farm Open Day – Monday 17th December

Have a tour round the Hospice, hearing about the wonderful work being done here. Guaranteed to inspire!


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.

General Training Safety Notice

A note from the Club Welfare Officer:

I am the North Somerset Athletic Club Welfare Officer and have
been looking at our Safeguarding practices. One area that needs
addressing is arrival and departure from training sessions. All
athletes are required to register their attendance and report to
the Coach in charge. It is expected that all under 16s should be
delivered to training by a parent, or responsible adult, who will
hand over to the Coach.
At the end of the session a responsible adult should collect
athletes from the Coach or helper. I am sure you will understand
that the safety of our young members is paramount and this is one
way in which we can all contribute to this.
There may be situations where a young athlete makes their own way
to training. We would appreciate confirmation that this is with
permission of the parent or responsible adult: please send an
email or letter to explain.
If you have any concerns or queries I would be keen to hear from

Penny Mannings

We need YOU!

North Somerset Athletic Club are going from strength to strength, England Athletics South West Athletics or Running Club of the Year, winners of the Avon League 2018, high performances year-on-year in cross country and road running… This doesn’t help without the support of our wonderful volunteers.

To support a successful Athletic club requires a large variety of skills (you don’t have to be coaching to be helpful!) and it also does not require hours and hours of your week every week.

We want to give you a flavour of what it takes to be a successful athletic club, and help you see if you have a skill you could potentially help the club with.

Come along to our session on  OCTOBER 13TH to find out more about being a part of our success story, and see if you can offer anything, no matter how small, to our wonderful club!


Details can be found here

Celebration Evening 2018

It’s that time of year again! We are holding our annual Awards/Celebration evening this year on Saturday 17th November, from 7pm-11pm. This will be at Princes Hall, Princes Road, Clevedon, BS21 7SZ.

Tickets are £2.50 per person, plus a plate of food for our buffet.


We begin the evening by giving an overview of the year, lovely to revisit if you were a part of it, or great to hear about all the different opportunities you/your child can get involved with, if they so wish. This year has been a particularly successful one so memory lane will be very pleasant!

Then we go onto Awards presentations, from training venue awards to specialist event group awards, we recognise the success and/or contribution of individual athletes, of all ages.

We will also look at our NSAC Around The World gallery, and select our winning photograph (there’s still time to submit your photos if you haven’t already!)


There will be a cash bar open all evening, a raffle, and we finish the night off with a disco. It is a wonderful opportunity to get your glad rags on, and celebrate the successful club that you are a part of… South West Athletics or Running Club of the Year, there is much to celebrate!


You can purchase tickets from the Lead Coach at your session (Martin, Sam, Chris) so don’t delay, we do have maximum attendance numbers!

North Somersets Golden Night!

After a stunning year for North Somerset Athletic Club, a night at England Athletics Regional Volunteer Awards saw it return with two prestigious Awards. Held at Exeter Golf and Country Club, and hosted by five-time Olympian Jo Pavey, the occasion saw Awards for Athletes and Volunteers from across the South West alike. The winner for each trophy has the opportunity of winning the National Award at the Annual ‘Hall of Fame’ evening in Coventry. The first award was the ‘Athletics or Running Club of the Year’ award, and NSAC beat some highly-considered clubs to take the trophy. With some wonderful words from the South West Regional Council, who decide the winners, NSAC is a well-respected club with plenty of admirers in the Region. This year has seen NSAC return to the top of the pile, winning the local track & field league, sustaining the 400+ young athletes at the club, constructing the latest phase of its training venue, and continuing its unique ethos.

Coach of the Year was awarded to Head Coach Chris Millard. Founder of NSAC in 2004, Chris has been the driving force behind every development of the Club, steering it to its current high.

“These are exciting times, with much more to come. Our endurance squad will do some damage this winter in the cross-country and on the roads, we hope to retain our Track & Field title, we are entering into a new league for our older athletes, developing young (and old) leaders/coaches, and commencing a huge fundraising push to enable us to finish our training facility. We continue to push on. A heart-felt ‘thank you’ to everyone who has supported the Club over the years. Success comes through support of the Club, which is recognized and appreciated”

NSAC would love to hear from anyone who feels they may have skills that could be helpful. Support at sessions, fundraising experience, help with officiating, and many other roles. Email 


Head Coach Chris, and Nailsea Lead Coach Sam collect the award for Athletics or Running Club of the Year

Head Coach Chris collects his hard-earned accolade!

English Schools Championships 2018

The highlight of most young athletes’ fledgling careers is to qualify, and then be selected to represent your County at the prestigious English Schools Championships. This year’s event was held at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham and featured five NSAC athletes.

The Junior event (Year 8-9) we were represented by two athletes;
Stephanie B ran a pb of 42.74 secs in the 300m to finish 7th in her heat
Tilly S jumped 4.72m in the long jump to finish 14th in her qualifying pool

Sam G was our sole Year 10-11 representative. He fractionally missed out on the final of the 1500m with a personal best of 4;06.39 minutes, closing in on the sub-4 club!

The Senior event saw two NSAC qualify, and one compete.
Emma B has changed her focus from Combined Events to Triple Jump. Her first major competition saw a 10th place finish in the final with 11.10m

Sadly although Esther L qualified on the pole vault, an injury stopped her from taking her place on the ‘start line’

NSAC very proud of these five, a fantastic achievement

Another Golden Day for Pip!

Following her massive success at the World Cerebral Palsy Games in Barcelona this summer (read more here), Pip finished off her Para-Athletics season at the Cerebral Palsy National Championships in Doncaster.

She fought off the challenge from a World Games Medallist to claim the Gold Medal in the 100m, and then competed in the category above in the 200m, where she was awarded the Gold medal for being the best in her category.

A wonderfully successful season, Pip, showing what hard work can do for you.

NSAC top the table!

A fantastic summer culminated with North Somerset Athletic Club deservedly being crowned Champions of the Avon Track & Field League. After a 4-year gap where the title was swapped between Team Bath and Yate, NSAC officials, team managers and athletes came together to create a strong team and win a thrilling final fixture. Events at Yate, Filton and two at Gloucester across the full range of events, and age categories (Athletes age 9-57 competed for NSAC this year!)

Winners on the day;
Nyree                    U13 Girls Long Jump 4.40m & Discus 17.04m
Issy                         U17 Girls Discus 26.66m
Hannah                U17 girls 100m 13.20 seconds
Mel                        Vet Women 100m 18.30 seconds
Alys                       Senior Women 800m 2;28.30 minutes
Steph                    U17 Women 300m hurdles 50.80 seconds
Tim                        U17 Men 400m 56.50 seconds
Ollie                     U17 Men 1500m 4;24.80 minutes
Russ                     Vet Men 1500m 4;41.30 minutes
Lewis                  U17 Men High Jump 1.70m

In an extremely competitive under-11 Quadkids event (School year 4 and 5), NSAC finished a brilliant 2nd to a strong Bristol & West team. Again, a great effort by all athletes;

Leo                      206 points
Gabriel             216 points
Joel                    213 points
Harry                182 points

Holly                 189 points
Nancy              142 points
Chloe               163 points
Eloise              167 points
Livi                    227 points

Head Chris Millard commented “A terrific effort by all to secure the win. We are known for our great team ethos, and this year it has really shown. Athletes performing well at their chosen events, and then pitching in to score points in less familiar ones. Also, many athletes stepping up age groups just to ensure we have well balanced teams. We are looking forward to a strong Cross-Country showing in the winter, and then building on this year’s success”

As always, new members always welcome and we are ESPECIALLY keen to hear from anyone who would like to join our amazing team of volunteers (Coaching, Officiating, help of any sort!)

Successful Start to Prom Run Series

It was a good night to start the Prom run season, a bit windy but the rain held off for all the runners to complete the 1 mile course.
Ollie C led the race well and finished first with a time of 5.29 with Charles B and Louie B coming in quickly behind.  Stephanie B finished first for the girls with a time of 5.54 and Keira D nipping at her heels with 5.56, Poppy B finished the top three girls with a time of 6.19.
Overall NSAC had 10 runners in the top 11 finishers.  Lovely to see our athletes out competing having fun, look forward to seeing even more of you at the next one on Thursday 25 October.  Sign up in the Tropicana from 6pm onwards and don’t forget to say you are a member of NSAC.

Nyree soars to new heights!

Sunday 23rd September saw a highly successful day at the Jim Day Memorial Pole Vault Event 2018, including a new personal best for Under-13 Athlete Nyree.


Nyree cleared 2.91m easily to score a new personal best, before clearing 3.01m (which would make her only the 4th British Girl aged 12 to clear 3.00m in the Pole Vault) until her pole came back and knocked the bar off! Incredibly unlucky, but that 3m is inevitable. Incredible.


A very big thank you to event organiser Allan Williams, and all the people, parents, officials and otherwise who gave up their time on the day to make it a successful event!

AGM Notification

Would be great to see loads of you turn up for the Annual General Meeting.

Tuesday September 25th 2018
Clevedon Sailing Club BS21 7QU
Coffee, tea (and maybe biscuits!) will be provided!

Agenda to follow

Pip Raises the Bar in Barcelona!

The 6th-12th August saw Sant Cugat, Spain, hosting the Cerebral Palsy World Games and presenting a National representation opportunity for North Somerset Athletic Club’s Pip Mannings. This unique multi-sport competition has been taking place since 1989, and this year saw 800 competitors from 24 countries come together to compete on the outskirts of Barcelona!
Pip, born very prematurely in 1993, has Cerebral Palsy and a Learning Disability, but after spectating the Paralympics in London 2012, she was inspired to try Athletics and joined North Somerset Athletic Club. Under the watchful eye of Club Head Coach Chris Millard, she has demonstrated impressive progression to take her place in England’s Para Athletics & Race Running team, contending in the T35 100m and 200m on consecutive days. In her first International competition, Pip was cheered on by family and friends as she battled her way to 4th (100m) & 5th (200m), narrowly missing out on those podium places. And the excitement didn’t stop there… Off the track, a great team spirit and friendly atmosphere saw Pip making friends with other athletes, supporters and officials from as far afield as Singapore and USA! A wonderful experience at a fantastic competition.
North Somerset AC would like to add how incredibly proud we are of Pip; she has worked hard for 6 years to earn this well-deserved call up and is much loved within the club.
Watch below to see Pip take second place in her heat on the line!
Pip fighting off the competition to earn her place in the final of the 200m!

Best in the West!

The results are in and it’s official … North Somerset Athletic Club have won the award for Athletics or Running Club of the Year in the South West Region!

This award forms part of the England Athletics Annual Volunteer Awards and was decided by the South West Regional Council. Thank you to the council for making this decision, we’re ecstatic!

And the excitement doesn’t stop here … who else is being crowned Coach of the Year 2018 in the South West region but our very own Chris! I’m sure I speak for all of NSAC when I say ‘well-deserved’!


On behalf of the North Somerset Athletic Club committee, I want to thank every single person who gets involved, in whatever capacity. Whether you are an Athlete, Coach, Official, Committee Member, Team Manager or general helper, you are the reason we have won this award. Combine this with the imminent completion of Phase 2 of the training facility, and I don’t think you can deny, we are flying! Keep your eyes peeled as we invite you to take on a larger role in our continuing success story … coming soon!

The 401 Festival of Running – PORTISHEAD

Many of you may have heard of the story of Ben Smith (go and read Ben’s story if you haven’t yet!) and his 401 Marathons in 401 days.

Now, local guy Ben runs the 401 foundation, there to raise money and to help others who have struggled with bullying and been left feeling down in the dumps. Their focus is how running, and generally leading a healthy lifestyle can pick you up when you’re feeling down and help you achieve things you never thought possible!


On the 25th & 26th August, the 401 foundation are hosting the Festival of Running – a collective of fun races to help raise some money and awareness of the cause. The best news? It’s taking place in PORTISHEAD!!


Pop down to take a look; find more information here

Athletes Unite to Continue Successful Streak in Avon League 2018

The third round of the Avon Track & Field League played out against a backdrop of ominous clouds that whilst threatening torrential rain, never actually materialised! Going into the fixture at Gloucester North Somerset Athletic Club were hanging onto the top spot, with both Bath & Yate breathing down the necks. Traditionally the August fixture affects NSAC more than others, with holidays leaving the Club short of athletes. This time was no different, but with Team Managers working minor miracles with selections, and a massive effort by all Athletes NSAC were able to finish an excellent third on the day, and somehow maintaining our grip on top spot. As always a massive thank you to all athletes, officials, team managers and supporters. Winners on the day;

NYREE                              U13 GIRLS 75M 10.80 SECONDS
NYREE                              U13 GIRLS 70M HURDLES 12.90 SECONDS
STEPH                               U15 GIRLS 300M 45.50 SECONDS
STEPH                               U15 GIRLS TRIPLE JUMP 9.92M
LOTTIE                             U17 WOMENS HIGH JUMP 1.20M
CALLIE                             SENIOR WOMENS POLE VAULT 3.10M
CHRISSIE                       U17 WOMENS HAMMER 30.03M
BEN                                   U17 MENS 800M 2;09.10 MINS
TIMOTHY                      U17 MENS LONG JUMP 5.25M
GRAHAM                      SENIOR MENS SHOT 9.58M

The U11 Quadkids teams continue to be  competitive, currently second in the League, individual scores as follows;

GABRIEL                      212 POINTS
BEN                                 157 POINTS
ALEX                              180 POINTS
JOEL                               210 POINTS
HARRY                         183 POINTS

NANCY                        145 POINTS
ELOISE                         162 POINTS
LIVI                                189 POINTS


Our Senior Men Relay Team!

Our U13 Boys Relay Team!

Our U17 Men Relay Team!

Cross Country – Register your interest!

We are starting to get our next season of cross country organised
for the Club and our first event is on Saturday 13 October in

We also take part in the road relays and the first date for those
is Saturday 22 September at Sutton Park, Birmingham.

If you/your athlete are interested in taking part in this years
cross country season and have not received an email this
week please get in touch asap so I can contact you nearer each

We always have a lot of fun competing at various venues from
September to March and the team spirit is all the better for
having lots of supporters with us.

You have to be 9 years old on the day of the event to compete in
the cross country and in school year (from September 2018) 7 and
above for the road relays.  If your athlete hasn’t reached age 9
by the first event they are more than welcome to join in later on
in the season once they reach the required age.

Please get in touch if you would like to compete or have any


Primary School Competition at Whitehall -Results

The annual Primary School medal competition at Whitehall saw NSAC top the medals table again.

With just 12 athletes from NSAc competing, a total of 11 medals were collected, as follows;

Conor – Long Jump
Livi – 75m sprint
Rosa – Long Jump
Rosa – Standing Triple Jump
Rosa, Livi, Eleanor, Eloise – Girls Relay


Conor – Standing Triple Jump
Rosa – 75m sprint
Amberly – Long Jump


Gabriel – 75m sprint
Livi – 600m
Eleanor – Speed Bounce