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!”

NSAC & NSAA 24-HOUR WSM GRAND PIER RELAY 2018

NORTH SOMERSET ATHLETIC CLUB AND ACADEMY 24-HOUR WSM GRAND PIER RELAY – EVENT REPORT

What a day! Nearly 300 runners contributed to the challenge of keeping a mock Olympic torch moving around the beautiful 700m structure for the full 24 hours (running, skipping, three-legged, piggy back, conga!) The theme of ‘Commonwealth Games’ (or as bright as possible) added to the enjoyment of the event. Apart from a couple of hours of drizzle and high winds, the weather was very kind, allowing this to be fun, rather than an exercise in survival!
The charity challenge will raise at least £10,000 for development of Athletics facility, equipment, and Childrens Hospice South West.

The day started at 12 noon with the wonderful rhythm from North Somerset Samba Band, accompanying the athletes on their way. Visits from England Athletics representatives and Kylie from CHSW helped inspire the athletes. The day saw wave after wave of young Athletes arrive, collect their event t-shirts, and get stuck into their hour shifts. Many returned for a second stint once they realised how much fun it was. The night-time is always the tough time with just 12 hardy older teenage athletes and senior coaches tasked with continuing the movement. Midnight saw Isabella & Izzy help with the load. Poppy arrived shortly afterwards, complete with headtorch (good idea!) and dug deep to support the flagging group (many of whom were asleep, ha ha!) At 2am Paul & Ellie arrived back from a day in London to keep the torch mobile.  4am saw Eloise, Alistair and Harry taking the burden on. Cold, windy, and eerie in the dark, the flame continued on its way until the wonderful sight of daylight, (hot breakfast!) and the next wave of young athletes arrive. Sunshine bathed the Pier during the morning, what a beautiful feeling…The final hour is always special, and a fanfare of cheers and applause from spectators brought this amazing event to a close. Some of the athletes managed an absurd number of laps, 10-year-olds running half-marathons, an 8-year-old managing 17 miles, full marathons (and more) from some of the older teenagers and seniors. Individual fundraising efforts were also extraordinary, many raising several hundred pounds (including a local school organising a non-uniform day!)
A massive ‘thank you’ to all who supported the event, and especially to everyone at WSM Grand Pier who allow us to use this iconic facility. We wouldn’t want to do this anywhere else!

To donate to this event https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/northsomersetathleticclub/nsac2018relay

 

Some stories to read, and be inspired by…

 

JOSEPH aged 10

Joseph has epilepsy. He was diagnosed aged 4 with a meninangioma brain tumour and has had some tough years following diagnosis. We nearly lost him due to a 7-hour seizure in. He has since had brain surgery (feb 2014) and thankfully has grown stronger and stronger. He still has side effects and struggles in school etc and life isn’t easy for him but my goodness we are immensely proud of him, to see him on Saturday representing NSAC was an emotional and uplifting experience and shows just how far he has come. He ran 12 laps of the pier at 12pm-1pm and he was inspirational. He loved every moment and so did we!

 

Owen aged 11
He’s in Y6 and ran a half marathon on Saturday evening with a beautiful sunset in the background. He had warmed up with 20 miles on his road bike that morning, had a relaxing bath then set his mind on the important job of raising money by running. Owen was spurred on by his running partner Henry who also ran a half marathon and also Chris & Chris who were a huge inspiration to him when the going got tough. Owen returned the next morning, determined to add his support at the end of the relay and enjoy the final lap

 

POPPY aged 14
On saturday morning she completed in the South West Championships Duathlon, then she ran non-stop between 1-2am on the pier (she was a bit scared of the dark and noise of the waves and wore a headlight), was back between 9-10am and again ran non-stop,  finally came back for the last 15minutes of the relay.  In total she did 40 laps, so around 28k and she ran every step of it

MOLLY aged 9

Molly set herself the goal of running 7 laps over her two sessions having not done anything like this before. During her 4pm hour Saturday stint Molly had run/walked 10 laps already – even some with the teddy (NSAA mascot Milly)

Molly was back again early morning at 8am on Sunday to help out the night shift volunteers and then stayed until the final lap as she wanted to support the other runners and her determination kicked in and she decided she wanted to complete 30 laps before the end. By 11am she had run,walked and even three legged race with her mum her 30 laps. With an hour to go Molly decided to go for 40 laps!

With tired legs, and still determined to carry the teddy at times!, she kept going with support from families and other runners. It took a sprint on lap 39 to get back in time to join the other runners for the final lap – which was taken at slightly slower pace

So overall Molly ran, walked, skipped and three legged walked the pier for 40 laps which we worked out to be about 17 miles!  Super proud of her achievement – and determination!

 

SAM aged 8
Sam loved taking part and I thought that his achievement of running for the full hour without stopping and completing a distance of 6.3 miles, is worth a mention. He has never run that far before

BEN aged 10
Reached his goal of running 10k at the relay on Saturday

HARRIET aged 12
Harriet really enjoyed the Pier relay and ran 22 laps which I’ve worked out as 9.56 miles

 

OLIVER aged 10

He still ran despite having had tonsillitis and a perforated ear drum

TOM aged 10
Tom really enjoyed it, despite not feeling that confident about distance running beforehand.  He enjoys sprinting, so didn’t expect to run a distance well, but once he did one lap he started to really enjoy it.  He had set himself a target of 5 laps, then after a few laps said he wanted to do 10, then kept going and managed 12.  Thanks for introducing him to the idea that he can do it and enjoy it!

ELLIOT aged 11, Joe aged 8 (plus Florrie aged 5!)
Our children loved the event. Elliot was thrilled with his non stop 60 minute stint and managed over 12km. Elliot’s younger brother Joe has definitely now got the running bug. Even their little sister Florrie, who didn’t officially take part, was sprinting around the pier chasing her brothers… one for the future for sure!
ZEKI aged 11
I was amazed that Zeki ran 15kmish in the first hour of his first ever Pier Relay. He can’t wait to do it again & have a go at half marathon distance, at least, next time in two years time

 

LYLA aged 10
Lyla  ran 6 miles, the furthest she has ever ran

 

JOE aged 9

This is the first event Joe has taken part in for the club as he only joined in the new year and he was really excited about it, he set himself a target of running 7 laps (5k) as he’s never run this far before.

As the big day approached and the sponsorship kept rolling in (£250) Joe started to feel the weight of responsibility to all those who sponsored him and began worrying about letting them down if he couldn’t make his target.

On the day though he needn’t have worried, he smashed through his target of 7 laps and went on to do 11 (around 8k), we’re very proud of him and he’s gained a ton of confidence and proved to himself that he can achieve what he puts his mind to.

ELIZA aged 9
“Ran the legs off all of us at 9pm… phew!”

 

HENRY aged 10
Ran a ½ marathon, and had his shirt signed by Chris to confirm!

 

GABRIELLA  aged 10
Gabriella ran almost 5 miles, with her 8 year old brother supporting her

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.

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

SWSchools_XC_Feb2018

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

 

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!!!

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.

Fast XC track at Pembrey Park for 3rd Gwent League

A fantastic turn out of 48 North Somerset AC athletes enjoyed a superb coastal course (golfers equivalent of a Linx!) at the Pembrey Country Park near Swansea for the 3rd Gwent Cross Country fixture of the season.

Elliot Jeston once again led the U11 boys with an excellent 8th place and the fast improving Zeki Harston supporting him superbly just 6 seconds behind in 13th. Jacob Forsbrook also had a cracking run for his highest place so far in 20th with excellent running from bottom age athletes and newcomers Joseph Sandiford, Rowan Preen, Ben Kelly and Jacob Veale in 32nd, 34th, 39th and 75th respectively.

After being boxed in at the start, Millie Redman worked her way steadily through the field to finish a superb 6th in the U11 girls race. Willow Preen continued her improvement in the country with her best place of the season in 35th, whilst Celia Becerril-Galan finished close behind in 42nd in her first race. Bottom age Bonnie Mills and Lavanna Madge both ran well in their race to finish 58th and 63rd respectively.

U13 Ollie Campbell is learning very quickly and ran this one to perfection. He sat behind two very good athletes throughout and although too far off the race winner, he was only 5 seconds behind the 2nd placed runner for a superb 3rd.  Another newcomer this season, Charles Broadhurst continued his progress with an excellent14th place finish, whilst Louie Brunsdon and the fast improving Sam Holloway finished 24th and 28th. William Sandiford also impressed in 30th closely followed by Will Maine and Ollie Andrews in 33rd and 34th.  Stan Hemmings and Alex Davies completed the team scores in 58th and 61st.

Bottom age U13 Keira Devereux had a terrific race to finish 4th in a very good quality field, whilst team mates Grace Metcalf in 29th, Abigail Taylor 33rd, Mary Hemmings 34th and Poppy Adams 36th packed together well in a show of good team running.

U15 Steph Brooks recorded her best Gwent League finish this season in 18th after running with the leading girls in the early stages. Poppy Burton-Dickie looked very comfortable following Steph throughout in her first ever cross country race for a terrific 19th place. Holly Avery had another good run in 24th leading  her team mates Ellie Redman, Ruth Day, Ella Johnston, Alysha Forsbrook and Victoria Pearson in 30th,34th,41st,42nd and 50th respectively.

Ben Hamblin continues to improve in his first season in the country and a 20th place was an excellent result against some very good opposition. Without Alfie Hocking, Will Scott and Ollie Lock, Callum Day had his best run to date in 40th with debtant Marco Becerril-Galan and Louis Carr in 45th and 49th respectively completing the U15 boys scores.

Matt Howard and Jaylan Bacon had their first run outs of the season in the combined U17/20 race and both can be pleased with their category 7th and 14th places respectively.

Club coach Julian Emery had his first XC race in a good while and ran brightly throughout for 56th overall and 4th in his age category, whilst Russ Forsbrook looked really comfortable in 79th place, clearly enjoying the superb track. Steve Parker 188th, Andrew Sandiford 257th, Kevin Davis 290th and Andy Devereux 314th  completed the team scores. Lucy Avery was our sole lady competing and clearly enjoyed the course with her 153rd place finish from a field of 263.

Results Link: http://www.gwent-league.org.uk/2017/res173.htm

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.

CROSS-COUNTRY RELAY 2017

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

 

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!!!