HARRIET EMERY CARDIFF

North Somerset Cross Country Trio Star in Cardiff

Sunday 18th January 2015

The British Athletics Cross Challenge – Cardiff results

The Avon Schools Cross Country Championships were cancelled last Saturday so three of the clubs leading young athletes negotiated last minute entries for the Cardiff fixture of the highly acclaimed British Cross Challenge series of races.

Despite glorious sunshine bathing athletes and supporters alike, it was a bitterly cold day and the athletes had to navigate very heavy conditions underfoot. First of the clubs trio to race was U13 girl Rosie Whitehead who ran superbly to finish a highly respectable 8th place against some of the country’s leading girls in very large field of 105 runners.

Sam Gentry, who having had a superb season to date went with the early pace in the U13 boys’ race. However, the fast running took its toll with Gentry fading towards the end of the race, but still he finished a superb 8th place in field of 75 runners.

U15 girl Harriet Emery was the last of the trio to race and after a great start she maintained her position with the leading pack throughout from a field of 82. Racing intelligently, Emery saved enough to utilise her speed over the later stages for a very strong finish that took her past several girls to a superb 5th place. Against high class opposition from as far afield as Scotland, her confidence will have taken a huge boost, especially with another year to look forward to in this age group.

Full Power of 10 Results here.

CHRIS MILLARD WELSH 2015 200M

South West England U20 / Senior Championships – Another good day out at Cardiff

Cardiff Met Grand Prix (Inc South West England U20 / Senior Championships)

Combined eventer Frankie Allen had another good day as she climbed onto the podium to collect a bronze medal for the 60m in the South West Championships. Her time of 8.40 seconds was her second fastest ever, and to be on a podium with Internationals Emily Wright and Bethan Wakefield must bring a smile to the face. This now takes the South West medals won in 2015 to a nice round 9 golds, 9 silvers and 9 bronzes!

Chris Millard started his comeback with another gold medal, in the Welsh Masters Championships, a win by more than 5 seconds over his nearest rival over 200m a statement of intent for the coming months.

Full results here.

THE SQUAD S WEST 2015

South West England U13/U15/U17 Championships Results

East & South Wales / South West England U13/U15/U17 Championships

An excellent day for North Somerset Athletes at the superb facility at Cardiff Met. A host of medals were won, the biggest haul ever, by our Athletes.

SARAH SMITH S WEST 2015
DECLAN WALTERS S WEST 2015

Medallists as follows

GOLD (9)

Olly Cunningham – u15 boys 1500m
Jack Priestley – u15 boys 60m
Harriet Emery – u15 girls 800m
Sophie Parker – u15 girls hurdles
Caroline Walder – u15 girls pole vault
Declan Walters – u17 boys 60m
Declan Walters – u17 boys shot
Abigail Roach – u17 girls 200m
Sarah Smith – u17 girls 60m

SILVER (9)

Ollie Lock – u13 boys 800m
Tilly Smale – u13 girls long jump
Isobel Armitage – u13 girls shot
Charlie Bates – u15 boys 60m
Henry Cox – u15 boys hurdles
Ellie Shail – u15 girls 60m
Caroline Walder – u15 girls hurdles
Jake Middleton – u17 boys long jump
Esther Leong – u17 girls high jump

BRONZE (9)

Cameron Baker-Perry – u13 boys 1500m
Harrison Garland – u13 boys 800m
Nattie Statham – u13 girls high jump
Nattie Statham – u13 girls shot
Isobel Armitage – u13 girls 200m
Charlie Bates – u15 boys 200m
Georgia Houston – u15 girls pole vault
Esther Leong – u17 girls shot
Frankie Allen – u20 girls 60m

FULL RESULTS

 

NAME CATEGORY EVENT PERFORMANCE POSITION
CAMERON BAKER-PERRY U13 BOYS 200M 33.62 SECS 4TH
. . 1500M 6;09.37 MINS BRONZE
OLLIE LOCK U13 BOYS 200M 34.60 SECS 5TH
. . 800M 2;37.90 MINS SILVER
. . HIGH JUMP 1.12 M 5TH
. . LONG JUMP 3.37 M 7TH
NOAH MCENTEE-SMITH U13 BOYS 200M 35.22 SECS 6TH
. . 800M 3;00.31 MINS 7TH
MICKY POWER U13 BOYS 60M 8.98 SECS 5TH
HARRISON GARLAND U13 BOYS 800M 2;40.50 MINS BRONZE
TILLY SMALE U13 GIRLS 60M 9.33 SECS 4TH
. . 60M HURDLES 12.80 SECS 8TH
. . LONG JUMP 3.88 M SILVER
NATTIE STATHAM U13 GIRLS HIGH JUMP 1.15 M BRONZE
. . LONG JUMP 3.59 M 5TH
. . SHOT PUT 6.01 M BRONZE
LOTTIE MILNES U13 GIRLS 200M 33.34 SECS 11TH
. . HIGH JUMP 1.10M 6TH
. . LONG JUMP 3.32 M 13TH
ISOBEL ARMITAGE U13 GIRLS 60M 9.43 M 7TH
. . 200M 31.11 SECS BRONZE
. . SHOT PUT 6.51 M SILVER
JESSICA WINDSOR U13 GIRLS 60M 9.35 SECS 5TH
. . HIGH JUMP 1.10 M 6TH
. . LONG JUMP 3.39 M 9TH
OLLY CUNNINGHAM U15 BOYS 1500M 5;20.51 MINS GOLD
ISAAC BARR U15 BOYS 60M 8.00 SECS 5TH
. . 200M 26.37 SECS 5TH
CHARLIE BATES U15 BOYS 60M 7.87 SECS SILVER
. . 200M 25.95 SECS BRONZE
JACK PRIESTLEY U15 BOYS 60M 7.75 SECS GOLD
. . 200M 26.03 SECS 4TH
HENRY COX U15 BOYS 200M 27.49 SECS 7TH
. . 300M 45.57 SECS 7TH
. . 60M HURDLES 9.99 SECS SILVER
ROSY OWENS U15 GIRLS 200M ? ?
ZOE SEWELL U15 GIRLS 60M 9.05 SECS 12TH
. . LONG JUMP 3.94 M 7TH
CATHERINE WESBROOM-WARR U15 GIRLS HIGH JUMP 1.35M 6TH
JESSICA WILLMOTT U15 GIRLS 60M 9.19 SECS 13TH
. . 200M 31.26 SECS 10TH
ELLIE SHAIL U15 GIRLS 60M 8.45 SECONDS SILVER
. . SHOT PUT 9.40 M SILVER
. . LONG JUMP 4.17 M 5TH
GEORGIA HOUSTON U15 GIRLS POLE VAULT 2.00 M BRONZE
HARRIET EMERY U15 GIRLS 800M 2;24.06 MINS GOLD
SOPHIE PARKER U15 GIRLS 60M HURDLES 9.51 SECS GOLD
. . HIGH JUMP 1.35 M 6TH
ISOBEL WADE U15 GIRLS 60M HURDLES 11.43 SECS 6TH
CAROLINE WALDER U15 GIRLS 60M HURDLES 9.61 SECS SILVER
. . POLE VAULT 2.70 M GOLD
JAKE MIDDLETON U17 BOYS 60M 7.89 SECS 8TH
. . 200M 24.95 SECS 6TH
. . LONG JUMP 5.55 M SILVER
JACOB BURGESS U17 BOYS 60M 7.73 SECS 7TH
DECLAN WALTERS U17 BOYS 60M 7.38 SECS GOLD
. . 200M 24.45 SECS 4TH
. . SHOT 10.21 M GOLD
ABIGAIL ROACH U17 GIRLS 60M 8.48 SECS 6TH
. . 200M 27.46 SECS GOLD
. . 300M 44.64 SECS 6TH
SARAH SMITH U17 GIRLS 60M 8.09 SECS 1ST
. . 200M 27.84 SECS 5TH
KATIE PARKER U17 GIRLS SHOT PUT 7.66 M 4TH
ESTHER LEONG U17 GIRLS HIGH JUMP 1.40M SILVER
. . LONG JUMP 5.03 M 4TH
. . SHOT PUT 8.75 M BRONZE
MOLLIE CHAPMAN U17 GIRLS HIGH JUMP 1.35 M 4TH
. . 60M 8.47 SECS 5TH
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Record-breaking year-end for Ada’ora

North Somerset Athletic Club Combined events athlete Ada’ora Chigbo from Sheepway completed a stunning breakthrough year by earning her first ADA'ORA_ENGLAND_KITrepresentative vest for England, and producing one of the performances of the season. The 4-nation Combined Events International was staged in the Emirates Arena Glasgow and saw the top 4 girls from each of the Home nations going head-to-head in an Indoor Pentathlon. The ex-High Down pupil was competing in the under-18 category as a 15-year.

A series of fantastic performances saw her stun even her most optimistic supporters! Her first event, the shot put saw the Bristol Grammar School pupil produce a personal best of 13.96 metres to take the lead. Her second event, the 60m hurdles produced another personal best performance, a 9.45 seconADA'ORA_PODIUM_TEAMd run to keep her in the hunt for medals. Yet another personal best of 5.26 metres in the long jump was followed by a huge high jump of 1.77 metres (her fourth personal best of the day). A gutsy 800m run in 2:32.28 minutes confirmed an astonishing individual silver medal. This also saw her as the top England scorer, leading them to team gold on the day.

The performance has become even more impressive since the realisation hit home that she smashed the UK under-17 record with a score of 3846 points (the previous best of 3599 was set in 2004).

Ada’ora has been coached since 2008 by Chris Millard at North Somerset AC, and her support team now consists of Bath University-Ada'ora flagbased Coaches Ken Holmes and Paul Weston. Millard said “Ada’ora has trained with us for around 6 years. She is not only talented, but is a fantastic role model for others with her attitude and approach in all areas of life. This is one of the best days I have been involved in with Athletics. No-one deserves this more than Ada’ora. I am confident we will see her at the World Youth Games in the not-too-distant future. She is a star in the making.”

 

 

 

Gentry Boys Strike Gold at Tri-Counties Championships

The cross country season reached its half way point on Sunday 14th December when athletes from the counties of Avon, Somerset and Wiltshire came together at Bath University to contest the Tri Counties Championships. North Somerset AC were well represented with 25 athletes competing from U11 to U20 age groups amassing a record 13 individual medals (4 Gold, 6 Silver and 3 Bronze) as well as 3 team Gold medals.

First to face the starter were the U11 Girls and at the end of a fast run race Grace Ashurst was 2nd home (Silver medal) for Somerset and 12th overall. Close behind, Alice Bridger-Morales was 3rd home (Bronze medal) for Avon and 14th overall. Stephanie Brooks, with a battling run, was the 10th Avon athlete to finish and 35th overall.

Louie Brunsdon was the sole North Somerset AC athlete in the U11 Boys race and ran in determined fashion to finish as the 9th Somerset athlete and 23rd overall.

Next up were the U13 Girls, and representing Somerset, Lucy Maine ran a fine race to finish 2nd athlete home (Silver medal) and 4th overall. Running a tremendous race and just a few seconds behind Maine, the fast improving Nelly Bridger-Morales finished 2nd Avon athlete (Silver medal) and 5th overall. Completing the North Somerset AC team Ruby and Madeleine Soper finished in the same time as 9th and 10th Avon athletes respectively and 27th and 28th overall.

Hopes were high for the three U13 Boys and they did not disappoint, with all three finishing in the first 7 overall. A dominant Sam Gentry led from gun to tape and finished as 1st Avon athleteDouble Gold (GOLD medal) and overall race winner. Max Powell, home from Dubai to compete at this one, finished a close up 3rd Avon athlete (Bronze medal) and 3rd overall, and in only his second race for the club Jack Wilkinson had a fantastic run to finish 5th Avon athlete and 7th overall. These performances were further rewarded when it was announced that the boy’s had secured the Avon Club Team GOLD medal.

The U15 Girls age group is particularly strong in the South West and many of the top ranked girls from the region competed in this race. Always in the leading group and taking to the front at half way, Alice Davies continued her recent run of fine form to finish 1st Somerset athlete (GOLD medal) and overall race winner. Finishing strongly and clearly back to full fitness, Olivia Burton came in as 3rd placed Avon athlete (Bronze medal) and 7th overall. Fine packing saw Lauren Ashurst finish as 7th placed Somerset athlete and 12th overall, Sara Flower as 6th placed Avon athlete and 14th overall with Lizzie Plews placed 7th Avon athlete and 15th overall.

Jaylan Bacon was the club’s sole representative in the U15 Boys race and in his first year in this age group finished a creditable 6th placed Somerset athlete and 12th overall.

The club was well represented in the U17 Women’s race, fielding three athletes, Cecilie Andersen, Alys Withers and Angharad Flower, the first time all three have raced together this season. At the end of a tough 4.7k, British Orienteering Age Group Champion Cecilie Andersen was the 1st placed Avon athlete (GOLD medal) and 5th overall, with Alys Withers close behind as the 2nd placed Avon athlete (Silver medal) and 6th overall. A season’s best performance to date from Angharad Flower, finishing just outside the medal positions as 4th Avon athlete and 9th overall, will have encouraged her for the 2nd half of the season. Further good news arrived when it was confirmed that the girl’s performances had been rewarded with the Avon Club Team GOLD medal.

The club displayed great strength in the U17 Men’s race fielding three very capable athletes. Up with the leaders throughout, the fast improving Joe Gentry finished as 1st placed Avon athlete (GOLD medal) and 3rd overall. Back to form David Warnes was close behind as 2nd placed Avon athlete (Silver medal) and 6th overall, with Mike Proffitt returning after a month long virus absence, battling his way round to finish 6th placed Avon athlete and 18th overall. The exhaustion from navigating the 5.7k course was alleviated by the news that the boys had secured the club’s third Avon Club Team Gold medal.

In the U20 Men’s event GB Triathlete Zack Holdaway ran solidly to secure the silver medal as 2nd Avon finisher and 27th overall while former club athlete Cameron Coetzee ran a well-judged race to finish as 1st placed Avon athlete and 3rd overall.

To round off a memorable championship it was later confirmed that Lucy Maine, Sam Gentry, Max Powell, Alice Davies, Cecilie Andersen, Alys Withers, Joe Gentry and Cameron Coetzee had all gained automatic selection for the joint Avon & Somerset Team that will compete at the prestigious Inter Counties Champions held in Birmingham next March. This is a record number of club athletes to automatically qualify.

North Somerset Athletes Shine at Brecon Cross Country

Gwent_3_(31_of_34)Despite a number of last minute withdrawals a full coach made the journey to Brecon for the 3rd Gwent League meeting of the season. On a bright, cold, but thankfully dry day in the shadows of the Brecon Beacons, a total of 39 athletes made it another memorable day for North Somerset AC.

First up were the U11 Boys led by newcomer Harrison Garland, who despite leading the field for two thirds of the race, had to settle for a still very promising 7th place after taking a very heavy fall in the later stages. Backing him up were bottom age group Guy Owen who finished in a solid 24th place and Louie Brunsden, who finished 34th for his best placing to date.

The U11 Girls were lying in 2nd place in the Team competition going into this race and six girls lined up at the start determined to close the gap on league leaders and local rivals from Westbury Harriers. Up with the leading group from the start, Charlotte Sidwell brought the team home in 8th position. She was closely followed by Alice Bridger-Morales, who recorded her highest placing to date in 13th place and Connie Ballentine in 16th. Strong support was provided by Ruby Owen in 35th place with Stephanie Brooks and Matilda Ballentine who finished in their bests positions to date, 39th and 49th respectively.

The U13 Boys were lying a close up 3rd in the Team competition going into this race, and first home in 3rd place was fit again Sam Gentry who ran with the leaders throughout the race. Superb packing saw the next three athletes all finish in the top 20. Alex Collings in 16th, Ollie Lock, 17th and Jamie Carroll in 19th place with a real breakthrough performance, should ensure the team remains in the medal positions. Providing great backup in his first Gwent League race, Tom Phipps finished 32nd and not to be outdone Ryan Burton recorded his best finish to date in 50th position.

The action continued with the U13 Girls race and Rosie Whitehead, the league leader after the first two races, was in the front three throughout. After a long battle with a Swansea athlete Rosie finished a very creditable 3rd place, which should be enough to maintain her leading position. Superb support was provided by her team mates with Nelly Bridger-Morales in 19th (making it a family double with another breakthrough performance), Maisie Squire 33rd, Isobel Gall 46th, Madeleine Soper 59th, Kerrin Smith 60th, Ellie Maule 70th, Ruby Soper 71st, and Lauren Smith 76th all recording their best finishes of the season to date.

With leading U15 Boy Matt Hogg still missing through injury, five of the U15 Boys rose to the occasion with a season’s best performance from all of them. Leading the team home in 13th position, Jaylan Bacon finished the width of a vest in front of Callum Smith who recorded his first top 20 finish with a 14th place. Close behind and packing well together were Adam Major 17th, Luca Murray 24th and Jack Major 34th which should ensure the team remain in the medal positions. Sam Cocker, after starting very promisingly, sadly pulled up with a hamstring tear midway through the race.

It was a depleted U15 Girls team that lined up at the start. However, short of regulars Lauren Ashurst and Sara Flower, good strength in depth exists in this group and they were determined to remain in top spot for the team competition. Individual League leader Alice Davies led the field from the off, but right on her shoulder throughout were two Cardiff athletes who had just piped her at the British Cross Challenge in Liverpool the previous week. Despite constant pressure from the duo working together, Davies showed her strength and class to pull away in the final 200 meters and recorded an outstanding race victory. Harriet Emery and Olivia Burton competed with the leading group throughout and a fine sprint finish from the pair up the home straight took them past rival athletes to finish in 11th and 12th respectively. Ever improving Lizzie Plews ran in her usual determined fashion to complete the team scoring in 24th place, which may just be enough keep the girl’s top of the leader board.

In the combined U17/U20 race the U17 Boys team were missing Mike Proffitt to illness, but Joe Gentry and a resurgent David Warnes had their best races of the season to finish 5th and 6th respectively. With both lads being first year U17’s, these were tremendous results. Not to be outdone, Alys Withers made her seasonal debut in the Gwent League and as another first year U17 she finished an extremely creditable 4th position in the combined U17/U20 Girls race.

Finally, in increasingly muddy conditions and with the temperature falling, James Rodgers, despite being thrown from his stride when taking a tumble, finished in a fine 9th place to round off a successful and enjoyable day for North Somerset AC athletes. We await publication of the full results to confirm team positions but after 3 meetings the club is in a strong position overall going into the New Year.

Tough Competition at Cardiff Cross Country

Gwent_2_below_1mb_(6_of_24)North Somerset AC athletes had to be at their very best to compete at a highly competitive 2nd Gwent Cross Country League fixture in Cardiff on Sunday, which was combined with the South Wales XC Championships.   This they achieved and they’ll now have to wait the customary 2 to 3 weeks for official results to surface, but they’ll be hoping to have done enough to retain their teams’ lofty positions after the 1st fixture in Bridgend last month.

The U11 boys were depleted by the absence of three of their leading athletes, but the three 1st year novice boys that did race can be proud of their efforts, all finishing higher up the field than in their first race. Louie Brunsdon led the trio to finish 42nd with Luke Ashurst and Ted Deakin in 54th and 82nd respectively from a field of over 100.

The U11 girls were just three points off the leaders before this race and although Ruby Owen was missing the team did benefit from the return of Grace Ashurst from injury. Packing well together Charlotte Sidwell brought the girls home in 9th place just in front of Connie Ballentine in 11th with Ashurst just two places back in 13th.  Alice Bridger-Morales ran very well to finish in 33rd with Emily Chaffe finishing 54th in her first race of the season. Stephanie Brooks and Matilda Ballentine finished strongly together in 64th and 65th from another 100 plus field.Gwent1_1MB_(2_of_9)

Sam Gentry, still feeling the effects of a Flu virus, didn’t want to waste the maximum points he gained from his 1st place at Bridgend so he raced and finished this one as high up as he could have expected with a hard fought 8th place. Alex Collins and Ollie Lock finished 17th and 19th respectively with Jamie Carroll 37th and Will Cheek in 64th completing the U13 boys team.

The U13 girls 11 strong team were led superbly by Rosie Whitehead who outsprinted three girls over the last 150 metres for her best finish to date to take 2nd place. Lucy Maine with her shoulder heavily strapped ran doggedly to finish 23rd and Nelly Bridger-Morales showed great promise with an excellent 35th place in only her 2nd cross country race.  Maisie Squire was next in finishing very comfortably in 46th with Ellie Atwell and Issy Gall having a battle to the line for 63rd and 64th respectively. Kerrin Smith showed huge improvement on her first race to finish 77th and will look to carry this into the next race. Ruby and Maddie Soper, Lauren Smith and debutant Ellie Maule all ran very well for the team in another 100 plus field.Gwent_2_below_1mb_(5_of_24)

The U15 boys lost lead runner Matt Hogg to injury, but a fine run by Callum Smith yielded an excellent 21st place for him to finish in front of Jaylan Bacon who in 27th narrowly held onto his place after seeing team mate Euan Campbell pass him with 100 metres to go. In a fantastic race to the line Bacon just managed to get his nose in front of Campbell at the death. Luca Murray will be pleased with his first race of the season to finish 37th place in front of another debutant Jack Major in 55th and Henry Cox in 59th who appeared to be struggling with a knee injury.

The U15 girls always pack well together as a team and this race was no exception. Alice Davies continued her recent fine form with another outstanding run in which she and her opponent from Wells led from the off. Davies was just out done in the final 200 metres, but will be happy with a fine 2nd place. Lauren Ashurst continues to improve finishing just one place outside the top 10, with Olivia Burton continuing her return to form in 16th after a long injury lay off. Harriet Emery in 20th, Sara Flower on 24th and Lizzie Plews in 26th completed the team scoring, which should be enough to retain their 2nd place overall.

The U17 boys maintained their consistency and once again should have done enough to maintain their 3rd place overall. In a combined race with the U20’s Joe Gentry finished a fine 15th place with a typically strong run and was followed in by David Warnes in 29th who was just two places in front of Michael Proffitt. The U17 girls sole runner Cecilie Andersen in her first race of the season can be very pleased with her 11th place in another combined race with the U20 girls.

Senior man James Rodgers made a last minute decision to run this one following his Weston Half Marathon victory just the previous weekend.  In a high quality race of just under 400 runners he showed no sign of heavy legs as he worked his way well through the field and even found a terrific sprint finish at the end to take a superb 6th place. This follows his 10th place in the first fixture and moves him up to 5th overall.