NSAC Senior endurance athlete James Rodgers can now claim to be one of the top athletes in the area thanks to a third County title. His victory by over a minute over his nearest rival was very impressive. He added the 10 mile title to his 10km win and cross-country title earlier in the year. This adds to a whole list of local 10k and 5k victories. James will be running as part of a formidable senior section during the winter at cross-country. It is hoped that NSAC will be challenging Bristol & West and Westbury Harriers for team honours this season. For result on James’ latest victory, please visit


No medals but a host of impressive individual performances that should boost the athletes confidence for the XC season.

Figures after names are their times, figures in brackets are their times at the Midland Relays 2 weeks ago.
12 out of 16 improved their times.
11 out of 16 finished in the top half of their age group
4 athletes, Lucy, Sam, Alice and Lauren finished in the top 40 in their age groups

We are starting to get quality strength in depth, we entered more teams than Bristol, Bath, Taunton, Wells and Stroud

U13G 20th out of 49 teams and 158 athletes

Lucy 15.21 (16.03) 35th overall
Rosie 15.43 (15.51) 53rd overall
Maisie Squire 16.63 =102nd overall

Great performances from everyone especially Lucy (44 secs quicker than at Midlands Relays) and Maisie Squire

U13B 6th out of 46 teams and 155 athletes

Sam 14.05 (14.14) 12th overall
Alex Collins 14.23 (14.54) =24th overall
Ollie 15.01 (15.36) =59th overall

Everyone ran out of their skin.

U15G 17th out of 66 teams and 220 athletes

Alice 14.22 (14.36) 21st overall
Sara 15.17 (15.00) 78th overall
Hattie 15.02 (15.01) 62nd overall

A very tough age group

Lauren 14.37 (15.03) =35th
Lizzie 16.00 (16.04) =128th

Lauren produced an unbelievable run

U15B 31st out of 55 teams and 182 athletes

Matt 13.35 (13.41) 71st overall
Callum 14.12 (14.43) 123rd overall
Jaylan 14.07 (14.16) 114th overall

Probably the toughest age group, some of the leading boys looked like men! Solid performances all round.

U17B 25th out of 49 teams and 171 athletes

Joe 13.01 (12.57) =72th overall
David 13.17 (13.07) = 96th overall
Mike Proffitt 13.16 (13.39) 95th overall


Quadkid Success & PBs

The Brewer Games at Cheltenham saw a number of PBs for North Somerset athletes, as well as Quadkids success for U11 athlete Annabel Cunningham.

Abigail Roach led the way improving her 100m time to 13.18s and setting new PBs for the 200m (27.26s) and Long Jump (4.42m). Similarly, Esther Leong improved her Long Jump best to 4.77m and improved on her 75m Hurdles time. In the same event, Sophie Parker set a new club record of 12.02s

In the Pole Vault event Georgia Houston set a new PB of 2.00m but was pipped by Caroline Walder clearing 2.20m.

Katie Parker narrowly missed her own Discus club record by just 2cm, but had a good day throwing consistently in both Hammer and Shot Put.

It was also good to see Ellie Wallace making a winning return to competition after injury in the 800m.

The star performer of the day though was Annabel Cunningham. In just her second Quadkids competition, Annabel performance well in all four disciplines and claimed second place overall. Annabel was pushed and supported all the way by team mate Alysha Forsbrook, but by finishing second in the 600m and winning her 75m Annabel did enough to claim the silver medal.

Winners of the Best Fancy Dress award

Cross Country Relay

The ‘Weather Gods’ were not smiling us on, unfortunately. With it raining for just two hours during the whole day, extremely frustrating that it chose one of those hours as the time of the Relays!

The year 7-8 race in particular was met with heavy rainsand wind. Parents and spectators huddled against the Science Block at Clevedon School or under the tent whilst the athletes and officials got stuck in! Over 100 children, dressed in fancy dress or not, enjoyed the event, despite the conditions. Terrific effort by everyone, and a nice end to the Cross-Country season.

Thank you to ‘The Club at Cadbury House’ and ‘Promotional Peaks’ for supplying goodie bags and pennants for the fastest leg Athletes. As always, much appreciated!

The full results can be seen here and Fastest Leg runners as follows;

Year 2-4 Boys – Guy Owen 2;58

Year 2-4 Girls – Naomi Holt 3;19

Year 5-6 Boys – Oliver Lock 4;25

Year 5-6 Girls – Ellie Redman 4;56

Year 7-8 Boys – Adam Major 5;27

Year 7-8 Girls – Lucy Maine 5;42

The best fancy dress prize went to the ‘Pretty Incredibles’. A photo is in the Gallery section!

The wackiest name prize was given to ‘Queen Bees in Onesies’

Another successful event, thanks to all helpers, athletes and supporters!

Sports hall

Sportshall under-13 girls medal in Manchester

Avon Girls team produced their best ever effort finishing second in a close battle with Surrey in the National Sportshall finals in Manchester.

NSAC members made up 5 of 12 strong team, with each of them returning with a medal.  The Under-13 Girls team managed by Susan Jones excelled with four UK titles in the Field events.

Avon U13 Girls

The Obstacle Relay team of Harriet Emery (Backwell), Sophie Parker (Backwell) combined with Caroline Walder and Holly Jones (Backwell) to take a magnificent second place

Nina Nemi (Colston Girls) took the Vertical jump with 66 centimetres. The versatile Anna Loughlin (Colston Girls) won the Shot with 10m 43 with Ellie Shale (Backwell) third with 9 metres 64 centimetres. Her school mate Caroline Walder broke the Ulster and Welsh records with 90 speed bounces and the impressive Emma Bakare (Backwell) won the Triple Jump with a massive 7metres 66 centimetres which also would have been a record in Ulster and Wales. Emma also took third place in the 2 Lap race with 21.4 seconds.

Harriet finished eighth in the 6 lap just ahead of Lottie Rudd (Bristol Grammar School) in eleventh place of the 22 starters. Lottie combined with Nina Nemi in the paarlauf for fourth place.

Charlotte Roberts (Colston Girls) took fourth place in the Triple Jump with a great 6metres 86 centimetres. Tia Jackson (Downend) was a wonderful 11th in the long jump with 2 metres 22 centimetres and Sadie Thomson Quance (Redland Green School) took ninth place in 21.9 in the 2lap race.

Labelle Davila (Writhlington() produced a 48 centimetre vertical jump, Nia Thomas White (RGS) jumped 2metres 21 centimetres in the Long jump and Lucy Oliver threw a fine 8 metres 84 centimetres in the Shot.

The 4×1 lap relay team finished fourth with the 4 x 2 lap relay fifth to leave Avon’s girls second by 50 points.

Fred North & Henry Cox win gold.

U13 boysAvon Under-13 Boys team including Fred North and Henry Cox won their event and have now won a record breaking seven United Kingdom titles since 1994: The greatest number in Sportshall history.



1. AVON 1340

2. SURREY 1210




2. AVON 1208



Chris Millard

Millard wins South West Coach of the Year Award

Congratulations are now in order for NSAC/AA Head Coach who has deservedly been selected by the South West Regional Council as the winner of the 2013 Development Coach of the Year award for the South West as part of the England Athletics National Awards and Hall of Fame programme.

The recognition from England Athletics is long overdue and for all Chris’s achievements with North Somerset Athletics Club and Academy. The Club which Chris started in 2004 with 4 athletes now spans the whole county at 7 venues and 15 training events a week. The club now has over 600 members and successfully competing in regional and national leagues.

Chris will receive his award at a Ceremony at the Mercure Hotel, Exeter on Thursday 5th December 2013.

CEO of England Athletics, Chris Jones will be attending the evening to present awards to the winners.