Nineteen athletes from North Somerset travelled down to Millfield for this friendly event. Some great results and plenty of pbs!
A list of this year’s Club fixtures along with some local Open events and Championship meetings can be found here – 2015 Competition Dates
More information about each event can be found on the Calendar.
Sixteen North Somerset Athletes made the trek up to Blackburn to take part in this high quality Competition, more than in any previous year. All the best athletes from across the Country are involved in this, and the conditions were gruelling.
Results as follows;
JUNIOR BOYS – 341 ENTRIES – WINNING TIME 11;39 MINUTES
124th Sam Gentry 13;09 minutes – 2nd Avon athlete
245th Jack Wilkinson 13;37 minutes – 5th Avon athlete
263rd Callum Smith 13;43 minutes – 6th Avon athlete
299th Jaylan Bacon 14;00 minutes – 7th Avon athlete
AVON TEAM FINISHED 29TH OUT OF 45
INTER BOYS – 335 ENTRIES – WINNING TIME 17;43 MINUTES
91st Joe Gentry 19;40 minutes – 1st Avon athlete
212nd David Warnes 20;31 minutes – 3rd Avon athlete
AVON TEAM FINISHED 32ND OUT OF 45
SENIOR BOYS – 300 ENTRIES – WINNING TIME 24;15 MINUTES
169th Mike Profitt 28;14 minutes – 1st Avon athlete
300th Zack Holdaway 36;27 minutes – 5th Avon athlete
AVON TEAM FINISHED 45TH OUT OF 45
JUNIOR GIRLS – 345 ENTRIES – WINNING TIME 11;03 MINUTES
115th Harriet Emery 12;41 minutes – 3rd Avon athlete
118th Olivia Burton 12;42 minutes – 4th Avon athlete
237th Rosie Whitehead 13;19 minutes – 5th Avon athlete
286th Lizzie Plews 13;36 minutes – 7th Avon athlete
AVON TEAM FINISHED 20TH OUT OF 45
INTER GIRLS – 339 ENTRIES – WINNING TIME 12;39 MINUTES
196th Sara Flower 14;50 minutes – 5th Avon athlete
224th Alys Withers 15;03 minutes – 6th Avon athlete
AVON TEAM FINISHED 17TH OUT OF 45
SENIOR GIRLS – 300 ENTRIES – WINING TIME 15;49 MINUTES
94th Cecilie Andersen 18;10 minutes – 1st Avon athlete
100th Katie Grinyer 18;17 minutes – 2nd Avon athlete
AVON TEAM FINISHED 33RD OUT OF 45
Top performer was Portishead’s Combined eventer Ada’ora Chigbo. Victories in both the u17 women’s shot put (14.25m personal best) and soared to a high jump of 1.78m. These performances mean she will compete for England in both events this weekend in a junior international. It is the second time that she has met the high jump qualifying standard for the World Junior Championships in July, with her pb of 1.81m from a few weeks ago being the top performance across the UK. Hopefully a seat on the plane has now been guaranteed. Ada’ora was said to be disappointed with her long jump of 5.18m. A terrific jump, and good enough for 12th place in a high quality competition
Another fantastic medal was achieved by Backwell’s Emma Bakare in the under-15 girls high jump. A personal best performance of 1.59m and the narrowest of misses at 1.62m the reward for months of hard work. This was backed up with a 5th place in the shot put, another personal best of 10.71m. Emma’s main event, the long jump, was hampered as it was timetabled too close to the high jump. Fatigue saw her finish 18th with a leap of 4.36m.
Flax Bourton’s Caroline Walder narrowly missed out on a medal in the u15 girls pole vault, but deserves the plaudits for even making the start line. Landing awkwardly on the pole vault bed two weeks earlier, and twisting an ankle, Cally was forced to withdraw from last week’s Avon Sportshall team. Despite vaulting the same height, 2.90m, as the bronze medallist she missed out on countback as she had knocked an earlier bar off.
On the track, Flax’s Sophie Parker continued the excellence with a 7th place finish in the u15 girls 60m hurdles final, a time of 9.42 seconds close to her pb.
Yatton’s Declan Walters smashed his personal best in the 60m sprint, making the semi final in a time of 7.21 seconds.
Nailsea’s Charlie Bates also reached the semi final, in the u15 boys 60m, taking a chunk off his pb with 7.79 seconds.
Flax’s Ellie Shail finished 7th in her u15 girls 60m heat with8.48 seconds, and Portishead’s Sarah Smith finished 5th in the u17 womens 60m with 8.28 seconds.
In the penultimate fixture of the five-race Gwent League series, North Somerset AC once again turned out in great numbers for the Blaise Castle estate fixture in Bristol. Despite 14 of the clubs athletes competing just the day before at the South West Schools cross country championships, each of the clubs young athletes stepped up to the challenge and performed superbly to maintain medal winning positions for 6 of the clubs teams.
U11 Harrison Garland in only his 2nd race for the club impressed with a fine 4th place, finishing just behind three experienced Welsh athletes, and will surely relish racing against them again at the final fixture. Sam Smart in his very first race at this level finished a fantastic 13th place with young Guy Owen just one place behind in 14th. Will Maine had his best run of the season as the teams 4th scorer with a fine 37th place, and debutant Emile Swanson looked very comfortable in finishing 41st. Adam Smith and ever-present Louie Brunsdon who took a heavy fall in the wooded section, finished 54th and 59th respectively to complete the team.
The U11 girls have been consistent throughout the season with 5 girls sharing the honours in each race. Ruby Owen was the leader this time to finish a very impressive 6th place, with Connie Ballentine and Grace Ashurst battling it out for 10th and 11th respectively. Charlotte Sidwell carrying an ankle injury continued the race bravely to finish in 21st place with Alice Bridger-Morales close behind in 25th. Libby Bayliss in her first race of the season ran well for a 32nd place finish with Stephanie Brooks having a seasons best of 43rd. Debutant Alysha Forsbrook looked comfortable in finishing 53rd with year 4 Matilda Ballantine just behind her in 58th. The girls were just 8 points off the leaders before this one and are hoping their performances have closed that gap going into the last race.
The U13 boys were depleted having lost Sam Gentry and Alex Collins to injury, which left Jamie Carroll and Ollie Lock to lead the team for this one. They both rose to the occasion with Carroll having his best race of the season in 8th place and Lock supporting superbly close behind in 10th. Debutant Kes Pitchers impressed in 23rd with Ryan Burton and Jonah Murray completing the team scores in 26th and 28th respectively. They’ll be hoping they may have done enough to lift them into the 2nd place overall.
The U13 girls have improved with every race and will have enhanced their medal prospects with a superb team performance. Rosie Whitehead led the race with her two Welsh individual title rivals, and despite her exertions at the schools champs the previous day, she showed great finishing power to pull away for a comfortable victory that takes her to top of the leader board outright. Lucy Maine and Nelly Bridger-Morales worked together superbly with Maine reaching the line in 5th place and Bridger-Morales immediately behind in 6th. Debutant Ruth Day ran very well to finish in 36th place with Isobel Gall close behind in 39th. Maddy and Ruby Soper in 43rd and 48th followed by year 7’s Kerrin Smith, Ellie Maul and Natasha Statham in 49th, 52nd and 53rd respectively completed the team scores.
The strong U15 girls team led their category before this fixture and despite all running the day before, they were determined to consolidate top spot. Alice Davies also held the position of individual leader and had no intention of losing her place before the last fixture. She led from the off, running in her usual aggressive fashion to leave her title contenders trailing. Her race victory along with superb team running from Lauren Ashurst, Sara Flower and Olivia Burton finishing in a remarkable 3rd, 6th and 7th positions respectively that should make the team title a formality at the final fixture.
The U15 boys were down to the bare bones for this one, but Jaylan Bacon, Luca Murray, Callum Smith and Euan Campbell packed well together as a team to finish in excellent positions of 5th, 7th, 8th and 12th respectively. This performance should be enough to keep them in the team medal position.
The U17 boys trio of Joe Gentry, David Warnes and Mike Proffitt in 5th, 7th and 8th respectively will also have done their team medal aspirations no harm at all with this spirited showing in the combined U17 & U20 race. Gentry could also have improved upon his current individual 3rd place position and will anxiously await the official results.
Alys Withers continues to impress in the U17 girls category. Running with her usual strength and determination she stayed with the leaders throughout to record a superb 3rd place in the combined U17 & U20 race, finishing well clear of the main field. Angharad Flower, finally clear of injuries, is starting to reproduce some of the form that made her one of the clubs top endurance athletes in the South West 3-4 years ago, and her 12th place finish will surely have given her great confidence for the future.
The final fixture at Aberdare on 1st March will see no fewer six of the eight junior teams in the hunt for team medals, which would no doubt secure the accolade of top junior club for the 2014/2015 Gwent League season. With a handful of the clubs athletes also in medal winning positions the Aberdare trip is definitely one not to miss!
6 Athletes, 11 events, 10 personal bests, 2 event winners, 1 qualification for the World Youth games… All in all a positive day!!
Top performance came from Ada’ora Chigbo in the under-17 ladies high jump. A 1.81m personal best leap to comfortably win the event gives her the qualification standard for Colombia in July…fingers crossed!!!
Another victory in the under-15 girls 60m hurdles, for Sophie Parker. A personal best time of 9.44 seconds reward for her efforts during the winter.
Abigail Roach produced two personal bests, the first in the 200m. Second in her heat, and 7th overall, the time of 26.81 seconds chopping more than half a second off her previous best, and the promise of sub-26 seconds in the summer. Her 300m was similar, another chunk of her previous best, finishing 3rd in her heat and 8th overall in 43.71 seconds.
Charlie Bates looked comfortable in the under-15 200m, a Pb of 25.32 seconds placed him 5th in his heat, but 6th overall. He also finished 6th overall in the 60m with 7.94 seconds.
Jack Priestley found himself in the same heat as Charlie in the 60m. A muscular start saw him alongside the eventual winner until about 30m, and a Pb of 7.71 seconds for a second place finish in the heat and third overall. Another Pb in the 200m, 3rd in his heat and 10th overall with 25.81 seconds.
Jake Middleton continues to progress nicely. A 5th place in the Long jump, just 2 cm shy of a medal and 3cm short of silver, but another Pb with 5.70m an excellent effort. His 200m once again was strong. A 24.59s clocking a massive Pb, 4th in his heat, and 14th overall. The gap between Jake and the medals again agonisingly small. His least favoured event at present, the 60m, saw a 7.87 second Pb for 7th in his heat and 18th overall.
NSAC had four athletes competing in Cardiff, three in the South West under-20 event and one in the Welsh Masters. Frankie Allen, based at Cardiff Met, demonstrated the benefit of having training facilities at her disposal, picking up two medals. A 28.21s personal best in the 200m bagged her a bronze, and the same colour medal was collected in the shot, with an 8.08m put. Caitlin Harrold became South West Triple Jump champion with a leap of 9.54m; a reward after a torrid time during the summer with injuries. She backed this up with a 4.32m long jump, finishing 6th overall. Laura Statham also took home a medal, a bronze in the Triple Jump (8.44m), as well as finishing 5th in the Long Jump (4.38m) and 8th in the 200m (29.91seconds). The total for the South West Championships (under-13, 15, 17 and 20) now stands at: Golds x 10, Silvers x 9, Bronzes x 12 – Total 31 medals, smashing the previous best of 21 set in 2013. Chris Millard recorded a comfortable win in the Masters 60m with 7.61 seconds, another National Title to add to the collection.
A great day Vault Cardiff – one of 3 specialist indoor vaulting events in Cardiff, London and Manchester – saw Cally Walder set a new PB of 3.01m.
This will take her towards the top of the u15 girls Power of 10 rankings when they are refreshed with this weekend’s results.
This height also qualifies her for the England Athletics indoor age group championships on March 1st
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.