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Return To Training – Priory

We hope you have had a nice summer and are looking forward to some sort of normality!  Please read this email carefully as it has important information relating to return to training.

Our aim is to return to training at Priory school on Wednesday 9thSeptember, we are waiting for final confirmation from Priory School.  If we are unable to start on this date we will let you know.

Please ensure you arrive at least 10 minutes before the  propsed session start time and parents must bring the athletes to the Red gra – if you park in the gravel car park and use the wooden gate towards the Red gra and hockey pitch we will be there for registration.  Each athlete will need to sign in and use the hand sanitiser before starting their session.  We would like to give a quick talk to both athletes and parents so please don’t just drop your athlete in the car park.  For the senior session – please keep away from the junior athletes, the sessions must be kept separate.  Please remember there are no toilet facilities available on site for us to use.

As we do not have any access to the buildings please ensure that your athlete is wearing clothing appropriate for the weather and that they have a drink container – with a drink in it.  If they have a yoga mat, or similar, please bring this along, when we do cool down it will be far nicer if they have something to lie on rather than just the grass (wet) or Red gra.  Ideally drinks etc should be brought in a bag so athletes are not picking up each other’s belongings.  If your athlete has a fluorescent running bib please could this be brought along as well?  We are waiting for our order to arrive and in the present situation we cannot let more than one athlete use a bib.  For the first session we will be remaining on site for the whole time – this will give us chance to see how everyone is getting on and for the athletes who wish to train on endurance the chance for us to see which groups that they would need to be in for the forthcoming weeks.

Please can you log into your Club Buzz record and check that your address and contact details are correct – these must be accurate in case we need to update track and trace.  By attending training you are giving us permission to provide the details to the relevant parties, should it become necessary.  This is the link to the log on screen: https://nsac.clubbuzz.co.uk/login/

These are the details for our current practises for return to training, should guidance be updated we will review the practises and let you know of any changes:

1) Do not attend if you/household member has (including within the past 14 days) any of the symptoms of coronavirus, as set out on the NHS Websitehttps://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/, from time to time,  including without limitation a high temperature, a new continuous cough or a loss or change to sense of smell or taste.  If anyone in your household is self-isolating please do not attend any sessions within North Somerset Athletic Club.

2) Athletes to report to ‘registration team’ on arrival, where they will be checked in. Athletes must sanitise their hands prior to entering training area. Please aim to arrive 5-10 minutes before session start time so we can get this organised efficiently.
3) Anyone not on the session register (not received ‘request’ from parents) will not be allowed to train. We need to have ‘perfect’ admin around training ‘just in case’.
4) Social distancing whenever possible (2m). Coaches will oversee this, but athletes also need to be aware/independently supporting.
5) We will have wipes, sanitiser and sprays available for use whenever we/athletes feel it is needed during the session.
6) We will not be using equipment that may be shared/passed (throws, batons, etc).
7) We will not be carrying out ‘tag-like’ games.
8) Athletes not to touch anything that does not belong to them (eg drinks bottles).
9) Athletes not to touch equipment (hurdles, cones, fence, walls etc), and if they do then spray and wipe area/sanitise hands before continuing.
10) Maximum numbers at each session to be 20/40. We CANNOT accept any more than this at a single session due to current restrictions.
11) Athletes to sign out with ‘registration team’ where they will once again be given a squirt of sanitiser.
12) Anyone not adhering to these guidelines will be removed from training, if it continues we will have to review training for the athlete/s concerned.

It has also been brought to our attention that dogs are not allowed to be brought onto the school site, this does include the Red gra and field area, please could you ensure that this does not happen.

We want everyone to be able to enjoy the return to training, things will be different and we ask you to bear with us as we adapt our usual training sessions to accommodate the current situation.

Return to Training – Clevedon

We hope you have had a nice summer and are looking forward to some sort of normality!  Please read carefully as this contains important information relating to return to training.

We will return to training at Clevedon school on Saturday 5th September. 

Please aim to arrive minimum 10 minutes before each session.  Parents will need to bring athletes to the track area. Each athlete will need to sign in and use the hand sanitiser before starting their session.

As we do not have any access to the buildings (except one-way toilet area), so please ensure that your athlete is wearing clothing appropriate for the weather and that they bring a drink.  If they have a yoga mat, or similar, please bring this along, when we do cool down it will be far nicer if they have something to lie on rather than just the grass (wet) or track. Ideally drinks etc should be brought in a bag so athletes are not picking up each other’s belongings.

We are always looking for parental support, and hope to have additional Coach/Ambassador support. Contact us if you are able to offer any help. We need as much support as possible in the current challenging environment.

Please can you log into your Club Buzz record and check that your address and contact details are correct – these must be accurate in case we need to update track and trace.  By attending training you are giving us permission to provide the details to the relevant parties, should it become necessary.  This is the link to the log on screen: https://nsac.clubbuzz.co.uk/login/

These are the details for our current practises for return to training. Should guidance be updated we will review the practises and let you know of any changes:

1) Do not attend if you/household member has (including within the past 14 days) any of the symptoms of coronavirus, as set out on the NHS Website https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/, from time to time,  including without limitation a high temperature, a new continuous cough or a loss or change to sense of smell or taste.  If anyone in your household is self-isolating please do not attend any sessions within North Somerset Athletic Club.

2) Athletes to report to ‘registration team’ on arrival, where they will be checked in. Athletes must sanitise their hands prior to entering training area. Please aim to arrive 10 minutes before session start time so we can get this organised efficiently.

3) Anyone not on the session register (not received ‘request’ from parents) will not be allowed to train. We need to have ‘perfect’ admin around training ‘just in case’.

4) Social distancing whenever possible (2m). Coaches will oversee this, but athletes also need to be aware/independently supporting. We will try to keep this as relaxed as possible

5) We will have wipes, sanitiser and sprays available for use whenever we/athletes feel it is needed during the session.

6) We will not be using equipment that may be shared/passed (throws, batons, etc).

7) We will not be carrying out ‘tag-like’ games.

8) Athletes not to touch anything that does not belong to them (eg drinks bottles).

9) Athletes not to touch equipment (hurdles, cones, fence, walls etc), and if they do then spray and wipe area/sanitise hands before continuing.

10) Maximum numbers at each session. We CANNOT accept any more than this at a single session due to current restrictions.

11) Athletes to sign out with ‘registration team’ where they will once again be given a squirt of sanitiser.

12) Anyone not adhering to these guidelines will be removed from training, if it continues we will have to review training for the athlete/s concerned.

We want everyone to be able to enjoy the return to training, things will be different and we ask you to bear with us as we adapt our usual training sessions to accommodate the current situation.

We have bought a large tub of sanitiser and each athlete must use this before and after the session – and during if necessary.  Please can we ask the coaches and ambassadors to set the example so it all the athletes get into good habits.

Please let us know if you have any concerns or queries and look forward to seeing you in the next few days.

NSAC 24 Hour Pier Relay

   

OVERALL

Young athletes from North Somerset Athletic Club and Academy successfully transported a mock Olympic flame around the spectacular WSM Grand Pier for a full 24 hours non-stop. The sixth running of this event saw the athletes and their families working as part of a team to ensure success. Over 150 under-18s took part, along with a similar number of supporting family members. Nine athletes, including 6 aged 13-15, stayed for the whole event, the ’24-hour heroes’. Money raised will be used for facility development at Clevedon School, and equipment at NSAC, and a substantial donation to the Childrens Hospice South West. Massive thank you to some amazing individual fundraising efforts, many well in excess of £100 (see below)

For the best part of the weekend, the weather was very kind (especially compared to previous weekends!) but the night time shift was a very different proposition! Extremely strong winds and torrential rain made things uncomfortable, but also runners ‘enjoyed’ the extra challenge.

Thank you to Weston-super-Mare Grand Pier for allowing us access to this wonderful structure. Also, to Pro Peaks for once again producing amazing t-shirts. Thank you to all athletes and families for being an important part of this quirky event!

 

24-HOUR HEROES

What an amazing achievement for the 9 athletes who committed to the whole 24-hours. Supporting the young athletes, braving the ‘grim nightshift’ on the cold, dark, and extremely wet and windy night, and clocking up some serious mileage.

The team comprised Herbie A, Will S, Mary H, Stan H, Conor H, Charlie H, Bonita W, Sophie M & Chris M. A massive thank you to those who turned up to help during the night shift (Eloise S, Tony B, Ian W, and Adele S)

   

FUNDRAISING STARS

As well as a great team-building exercise, and awareness of athletics in North Somerset, the event serves as a fundraiser for NSAC and the Childrens Hospice South West. The previous five events (2011, 2012, 2014, 2016 & 2018) have seen upward of £40,000 raised, and has supported the building of training facilities at Clevedon School, as well as equipment purchase (not to mention £5000+ raised for CHSW). This year’s event saw a total in excess of £10,000+, and a cheque for £1500 has been sent to the Hospice with an official handover to be organised when safe to do so (to add to the £200+ collected in buckets over the weekend). The following raised in excess of £150 each for their efforts on the Pier and will receive commemorative trophies, an invite to the handover, and free vouchers for NSAC Fundays; Samuel B, Bonita W, Zac B, Issy H, Elijah L-H, Toby A, William B-W, Hannah B, Joe B, Serena B, Molly C, Tom C, Ewan D, Zoe E, Emily F, Jeremy K, Pip M, Sophie M, Chris M, Amy T, & Georgia W. Amazing effort everyone!

STORIES & ACHIEVEMENTS

We encourage individuals and families to share their stories with us. Achievements, funny stories, anything they want us to hear. Below is just some!

 

“I hoped to do 50 laps at the NSAC pier relay. On Saturday I did 31, half marathon length which was great. I came back on Sunday now wanting to go for full marathon length so really pushed myself, even if had to walk some, and I got the 61 laps – 26.3miles!   I was really happy and enjoyed running the relay with everyone.” Molly aged 11

Conor enjoyed being one of the 24-hour heroes, clocking up an impressive 43.2 kms, with the help of some night time pizza, chips and snacks. Despite the rain, wind, and stiff legs the following day, he hopes to do it again in 2022 and raise more money for children’s hospice south west

11 yr old Joe B ran 10miles, (24 laps) the farthest he’s ever run.

Olivia C, age 10 ran 5miles

Jessica-Mai, aged 10, ran her first ever 10k and raised an amazing amount of sponsorship in doing so. We are so proud of her achievement and for raising money for a club she has been warmly welcomed into and a wonderful charity.

    

Leo E (age 12) ran 10 miles in 2 hours, from 6-8 am. Leo enjoyed the event so much that he now wants to run a half marathon

 

We clocked up 35km between us over our hour stint between 7&8pm
Zachary (aged 10) – 10.5km
Ranolph (aged 10) – 8.5km
Dad (Tat) – 8km
Mum (Catherine) – 8km

Tom B ran 10.5km, or 15 laps

Isla B ran 4.9k, or 7 laps

Tony B decided to help with the wet and windy night shift and ran about 21k between 12.45am and 3.15am.  He says he definitely witnessed Chris carrying the teddy bear on several night shift laps!

Thank you Chris and team for organising such a fantastic event

 

Max W, 11 years old, ran 9km. Josh W, 8 years old, ran nearly 7km

 

Will S – marathon over 24 hours.

Joe S – half marathon over the 3 legs he ran.

Andrew S (parent) – 8 miles over the 4am-6am period.

Funny moments – Will woke up in the night to see a McDonalds had been left for him – he thought he was still dreaming!

 

Joseph F, age 10, ran non-stop and completed 15k, while his brother, Oliver, age 7, completed 10k. an awesome achievement by both of them. They were both very proud to take part and take their turn to hold the torch.

 

Zac B set himself a 5k distance challenge on Sunday and we were absolutely amazed that he managed just over 9k – running for the entire hour! His little brother Ruben, ran with us in support and made it to 3.5k, his furthest distance yet.

We’re both incredibly proud of them and that they had the opportunity to be involved and raise money for such worthy causes.

 

Emily F (13 years) would like to be included in the report.  She ran 15 laps on the Saturday – the furthest she had ever run I one go.  She then returned on the Sunday and completed a further 16 full laps plus a small lap – so about 11.5kms making a total half marathon across the weekend.  She is super proud of herself (though a bit achy today)!

Thank you all for putting on such an amazing event.  It has been a fantastic opportunity for Emily to challenge herself and achieve so much

Isobel O age 8 took part in the pier run with the support of her brother Max age 10.

Isobel set herself a target of 12 laps before the race. After 1 lap she said she was giving up!! But with encouragement she did complete 12 laps in her hour. Very proud.

 

Max beat his target of 12 & completed 16 laps. They were joined by their 3-year-old cousin Hugo who came along to cheer them along & joined them for 3 laps as well!

Afterwards we admired the length of the walkway from the balcony & cheered on some runners for the next shift

 

William B-W aged 9 ran 15 laps of the Pier. His twin brother Edward, ran 14 laps of the Pier. They buddied up with a new friend they made, Jeremy. They all managed to run with the Olympic torch and the teddy bear made it round with them for a few laps

 

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Jeremy K is super proud to have run the equivalent of a half marathon during the event – spread over two one-hour stints. Most of it was at sprint pace and fuelled by chocolate! A big personal achievement for little legs! He more than earned his sponsorship.

Chris R did 10k and Millie R 9.5k

Ben H – 6.2 Mile Henry H – 6.2 Miles

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­My 11-year-old son, Bertie, loved taking part. He ran in the 09:00 Sunday leg when the early morning sun was shining and Weston Bay looked stunning.  He managed 10k non stop. This was only the second time he’d done that distance. He had to dig deep towards the end but showed great determination. He is already talking about doing the full 24-hours when he’s older! Thanks for arranging this. It really inspired Bertie

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­James H ran for the whole hour completing 12 laps at the age of 8

Elwood ran 13 laps on the Saturday and 7 on the Sunday – unsure of mileage but think Saturday would have been almost 6 miles. His aim was to run 5 laps so he well surpassed that! Really proud of him – he is also proud of himself. I don’t think he thought he could run that far – achy legs on Sunday though! You all did so well – It’s a great event, well done.

Ewan D (age 11) completed 18 Laps
Adam D ran further than he has before at 10k

 

 

Our Clevedon to Tokyo Challenge!!

We are launching our next challenge for you, and we are hopeful that this is one the whole family can get involved with!

As a Club, we want to cover the distance from Clevedon, to the venue of 2021 Olympics … Tokyo.

We challenge you and your family to join us as we attempt to cover the 6,004 miles between these two locations.

Want to join in?

More details of this endeavour, including recommended distances for age and details of how to keep us in the loop on the mileage you’ve covered can be found  here.

Go for a walk as a family? Amazing, if four of you go for a two mile walk, that’s eight miles covered! Take photos, walk/run interesting routes, draw pictures with the paths you take, share with us everything you’re getting up to.

We want to cover the distance as quickly as possible , can you help?

Message From England Athletics CEO Chris Jones

Message from our CEO Chris Jones

19 March 2020

In these uncertain times I wanted to reach out to you personally as a member of the England Athletics family to ensure you that we will be doing all we can to support you during the coming days and weeks.

As deflating and disruptive as the decision to suspend all activity until the end of April will have been, I have no doubt that it was the right decision to make as we play our own part as an athletics and running family in helping to prevent the spread of this awful virus. We do however know this is a hugely difficult time for our members, clubs and organisations and we’re continuing to talk to as many of you as possible to get a fuller picture about the impact coronavirus (COVID-19) is having.

Athletics and Running play a vitally important role in our society and positively impacts the lives of many people. We know that it brings people together, forging lifelong friendships and companionships and in providing a place of belonging and learning for many thousands of participants, whatever their background, ability, age, gender or aspiration.

I know how important my local club was for me as I grew up and developed into adulthood and I know those same personal experiences will harbour in the soul of many club members across the land. It is a feeling that compels you to want to inspire and create experiences for others to feel the same and it is why our great sport continues to offer so much to so many. I have witnessed this spirit in hundreds of athletics and running clubs and groups across England during the last decade. Our network of great clubs and running groups has continued to grow in recent times because of the inspirational work of so many selfless volunteers who give so much for others and whose great energy has fostered an unbreakable spirit of togetherness. It is this same spirit that will see us through these troubling times.

Inevitably we will all need to adapt and change our approach to ensure that we maintain all that is good about our sport. Despite the suddenness of change, I am already aware that a number of forward thinking clubs and groups are already adapting and are thinking creatively about how they maintain connectivity with their members during this fallow period, utilising digital tools and systems such as webinars and other forms to coordinate and convey information, advice and guidance to best support the physical and mental health and wellbeing of their members. As an organisation we will be doing the same and will be working to do all we can to provide support to our member clubs and organisations in this respect. We will all need to think differently about how we operate as we work together through this period.

Over the coming weeks we are committed to:

  • Supporting the Athletics & Running family in England to ensure that we come through this period together in as strong a position as possible.
  • Working with you, our members, to understand what specific support is required across our clubs to sustain our sport in the short and the long term.
  • Changing the way in which we communicate and provide our services so that we are doing everything we can to encourage people to stay active, wherever possible, which we think is now more important than ever.
  • Rescheduling specific activities and programmes for our members and participants.

Please continue to visit our website and social media channels for information and advice: www.englandathletics.org/coronavirus.

Owing to the unprecedented and uncertain times we find ourselves in as a sport and wider community, we do understand that clubs and other Athletics & Running bodies will be experiencing some unforeseen pressures in the immediate term. We are aware that many of our member clubs will be struggling to coordinate themselves as they would normally do during this period of suspension and with this in mind we are reviewing a number of areas as an organisation as we approach what is traditionally the outdoor spring and summer season and for many the beginning of another membership year.

We will need some time to do this robustly and with the right information at our disposal. We will do all we can to listen, and to be flexible in our actions during this period.

Over the next 24 hours some our systems including the MyAthletics portal, licence checkers and Athletics Hub will be temporarily unavailable. This is to conduct critical maintenance to our IT infrastructure so that over the coming weeks and months our digital systems, that help clubs communicate and provide access to helpful resources, are not disrupted. Please note that this will not affect our website, where we will continue to provide regular updates, or your ability to contact our Membership Services Team. We are acting immediately before any further restrictions impact our staff and partners required to undertake the work. Please bear with us.

If you haven’t already been in touch, please complete the feedback form on our website. We do want to hear from you so let us know:

  • How coronavirus is impacting you or your club or organisation?
  • The type of help you think would be most beneficial.

Above all else we hope you; your family and your friends remain safe and healthy. Take care and give care to each other. We will get through this.

Best wishes,
Chris Jones

Indoor Combined Events Championships

Stephanie B made the long trip to Sheffield at the weekend to compete in the U17 Womens Indoor Combined Events Championships on the 14th March.

The indoor pentathlon consists of 60m hurdles, followed by High Jump, Shot Putt, Long jump and 800m.  In combined events you are awarded points for each of your performances which then lead to a seeding for the final event so you are competing against those athletes around you for the overall position.

In her first event Stephanie completed the race in a time of 9.90s just outside her best but scoring 731 points putting her in 32nd place.  The next event is the high jump where Stephanie achieved an Indoor PB of 1.45m scoring 566 points moving her up to 27th position.  Shot putt is traditionally one of Stephanie’s weaker events but she had a brilliant shot competition setting a massive new PB of 10.18m and increase of 1.33m on her old PB.  This scored her 541 points moving her up to 22nd place overall.   She had a solid long jump of 4.69m in the second round scoring 477 points and gaining 21st position ready for the 800m.  She was in race 4 of 6 and right from the gun took control of the race finishing in first place in a time of 2:28.80 scoring 708 points which meant that she broke through the 3000 point barrier for the first time with 3023 points.

This moved her up to 18th in the competition out of 46 starters.  A fantastic achievement for Stephanie.

English Schools Cross Country

We had 10 athletes selected for the English Schools in Liverpool at Sefton Park which is the most we have ever had selected. The athletes went on the team bus on Friday afternoon and stayed over night prior to the event.

First race of the day was the Inter Girls and we had Alice BM  who finished a very respectable 126th out of 340 .

Next up were the Junior Boys: we had Sam H running in his first English schools Cross Country. He finished well in 164th out of 340.

Following this were the Junior Girls. Millie R in her first ever English Schools Championships finished a fantastic 116th as bottom age athlete. Keira D went with the fast pace early on and gave it a good go but unfortunately ran out of steam and dropped back to finish 117th with exact same time as Millie.

Then we had the Inter Boys. Will S ran strong throughout after being spiked and finished an amazing 220th out of 330.

The last race was the Senior Boys and first in was Matt H running for Somerset in a fantastic 51st place.  Ollie L finished 105th in a gutsy run, 3 seconds ahead of Sam G in 111th. Next up was Ben H in 156th and the ever improving Will C in 194th out of 325.

A great experience for all involved, some incredible running and amazing finishes from a very strong group of Athletes. Ever improving!

Another National Champion!!

North Somerset Athletics Club has another National Champion!
Nyree Perry travelled to Sheffield in the Half Term to Compete in the England Athletics National Championships in the Pole Vault Category for Under 15 Girls.

Nyree has been training hard throughout the Winter Season for this key event in the Athletics Calendar. She vaulted effortlessly in the competition keeping calm and focused throughout, to win Gold at a height of 3.30m. The National Championships has enabled

Nyree to keep her ranking of Number 1 in the UK.

North Somerset Athletics Club is very proud of Nyree placing 1st in this National Competition. The Pole Vault bed in Clevedon has enabled the Club to offer this discipline in the last year. Chris Millard (Head Coach) of North Somerset Athletics Club is alway looking for young athletes who want to come and try the various Athletic discipline’s the Club has to offer.

There’s no resting for Nyree after this major achievement. She will now continue her training to prepare her for the Summer Athletics Season ahead.

Steph B also produced a personal best in the 60m of 8.18 seconds to finish 6th in her heat. In the 300m her time of 43.68 seconds saw her finishing 5th in her heat

George I competed in the 60m hurdles, finishing 5th in his heat with a personal best of 9.55 seconds

Well done to all athletes, and their coaches

Coronavirus

The below statement is an excerpt from the England Athletics website. We are checking this advice regularly and will be in contact if the advice changes:

 

“The UK government has advised that everyone in the UK should now avoid ‘non-essential’ travel and contact with others to fight coronavirus. Whilst it has not issued any ban on public gatherings of any size either indoors or outdoors at this stage, the advice is to avoid non-essential contact with others, including going to sporting events, pubs, clubs, theatres and social venues.

 

As a result, England Athletics advises that all face-to-face activity such as club training sessions, events, competitions, club committee and face-to-face meetings, athlete camps, running groups and social events should be suspended until at least the end of April.

 

Therefore, there will be NO training for the club, for ANY group at ANY training venue as per these guidelines for the time being. You are encouraged to keep fit by yourselves (we can help you with session plans if you like, email us!) until these guidelines change. 

 

https://www.englandathletics.org/athletics-and-running/news/coronavirus-statement/

South West Schools Cross Country

The club had its highest ever representation at the South West School Cross Country Champs with Avon having its most successful champs for many a year. On the same day as the Gwent League fixture the Senior Boys took gold with 5 of 10 man of the team coming from North Somerset.

Alfie H with a fantastic 7th, Ben H 17th, Sam G 19th, Ollie L 31st and Will C 43rd made up the 10 man team. Matt H was the clubs leading athlete finishing an amazing 4th place whilst representing Somerset Schools in the same age group race


Kiera D with a superb 7th and Millie R in an equally impressive 18th as a bottom age athlete formed part of the gold medal winning Junior Girls team.

Alice B-M in 38th was another gold medal winner in the Intermediate girls competition.

Fast improving Joel M had a great race to finish 16th in the Silver winning Minors boys team with club team mates Seb L 21st and the unfortunate Ben C pulling up injured forming part of the Avon team.

Sam H in 19th was the 2nd Avon runner in the Junior boys race with Will S also having a good race for 22nd in the Intermediate boys race.

Gwent League at Chepstow – Another Strong Performance

North Somerset AC’s young athletes put themselves in a fantastic position  for Gwent League Cross Country honours after the penultimate fixture at Chepstow.

 

The under 11 girls were the first race on an undulating and open Chepstow Racecourse. With over 100 finishers in this race Phoebe C led the team home in style finishing 23rd with Sophie C close behind in 40th. The girls then packed well, Olive L (52), Isobel J (59), Gabriella S (56), Lois P (61), Mia D (79) and Eva C (109) all gaining valuable race experience.

The under 11 boys had their best performance of the season with the team finishing 2nd on the day. Led home by the talented duo of Felix A (12) and Joseph F ( 14 ) they were backed up well with debutante James B ( 27) and Euan M ( 32 ). The boys showed good strength in depth with Alfie F (39), Elijah LH (41), Gene R (69), Luke C (73), Zach Y (76), Finn MS (83), Jacob T (84).

The Under 13 girls were led home by the ever consistent Lyla B in 25th, then there was a close battle for the next few places, Millie R improving with every race finished 32nd, Mia D (36), Eva G (38), Jasmine W (41) and Harriet B (50).

The Under 13 Boys again ran well as a team and take a 2 point lead into the final match. Thriving on the tough terrain Herbie C came home an excellent 5th place, Elliot J battled hard for 12th with Patrick H and Jude W both having their best runs of the season in 15th and 21st. Jacob F was 29th while James T in only his second appearance moved through well for 34th. The team were completed with fine runs from Joseph S (51), Will L (52), Krisham TP (53), Stan B (59), Zeki H (61).

In the under 15 boys team all ran amazingly.  Louie B nearly back to full fitness put in a strong performance coming in 13th just in front of Charles B with his best performance in the Gwent League coming in 14th.  Ollie C had to pull out injured during the race but a solid run as always from Will S who is getting better with every race came through in 18th.  The 4th scorer was Ollie A (30th) and deserves a special mention after not long coming back from a skiing trip.

Also top performances from Alexander B (35th), Ben M (39th) and Kyle B(51st) completed what was great runs by all.   The team are now holding a top 3 finish with one race to go.

The U17 boys team were hugely depleted due to 5 of the boys selection for Avon at the South West Schools Cross Country Champs in Bournemouth on the same weekend. However the remaining team members all ran their hearts out with all 4 scoring athletes having their best races of the season to keep the team in pole position before the final fixture at Swansea next weekend.

Max D found himself in unfamiliar territory up with the leaders from the off, and despite dropping a couple of places mid race he finished our lead runner for a brilliant 13th. Harry S was another to excel for a seasons best 19th with Callum D and Alistair S ensuring all four finished inside the top 30 in 21st and 23rd respectively.  Flyn P, Theo E and Max S completed the team in 30th, 32nd and 34th respectively.

Sole U20 Alex C was another to secure valuable points In 10th place going into the final fixture with Sam G, Will C and Matt H also absent due to South West Schools selection.

Olivia M was another sole club runner in the U15 girls race and ran strongly for a creditable 28th place.  Ever present Victòria P finished the tough course in style finishing 21st in the girls U17 race.

South West U20/Senior Indoor Championships Results

NIAC once again held host to the South West Indoor Championships, this time for the U20 and Senior Athletes. Results from the day as follows;

Charlie B      U20 Men                60m        4th in heat      7.52secs
James G        U20 Men                60m        7th in heat      7.66 secs
James G        U20 Men               200m      3rd in heat      25.89 secs
Steph B         U20 Women        200m      1st in heat      27.15secs  Bronze
Steph B         U20 Women        400m       2nd in heat     63.56 secs
Steph B         U20 Women        800m                                   2;31.17 minutes
Laura S          Senior Women   Long Jump                         4.62m  Silver

Day 2 of the Cardiff Indoor Championships

Day two of the Indoor Champs again saw some polished performances from all at NSAC across the full range of events. Eighteen athletes attended, and twelve medals were won, including two golds. A total of 31 medals were amassed across Day 1 and Day 2 of the event, a record for NSAC.

Medals aside, it was felt that both Days 1 & 2 were a perfect showcase of the hard work and listening we are seeing in training. There is a huge amount of pride from your coaches when looking back at the performances of these two days, whether they delivered a medal or not…

Under-13 girls
Hebe H                                      60m hurdles 5th 11.23 seconds                                                                                   Shot Putt BRONZE 4.56m                                                                                                 60m 5th 9.17 seconds

Amberley R                             800m BRONZE 3;04.1 minutes                                                                                     60m 9th 9.85 seconds

Under-15 girls
Lyla B                                          Shot 4th 5.70m                                                                                                                       800m 5th 2;42.41 minutes
Ruby D                                      60m hurdles 4th 11.25 seconds                                                                                   60m 6th 8.77 seconds
Rosa F                                        60m hurdles 5th 11.56 seconds                                                                                   60m 10th 9.18 seconds
Naomi H                                   60m SILVER 8.44 seconds

Nyree P –                                 Pole Vault GOLD 3.25m

Ellie S                                          60m 9th 9.14 seconds

Under-17 women
Steph B                                     60m hurdles 5th 9.77 seconds                                                                                      Long Jump 7th 4.71m                                                                                                          60m 6th 8.27 seconds
Phoebe G                                Long Jump 8th 4.45m                                                                                                        60m 10th 8.75 seconds

Under-13 boys
Tom B                                       Long Jump 4th 3.52m                                                                                                        60m SILVER 9.04 seconds

Adam D                                      Long Jump SILVER 3.93m                                                                                                  60m BRONZE 9.05 seconds

Reuben W                                Long Jump 5th 3.45m                                                                                                          800m GOLD 2;43.44 minutes                                                                                        60m 4th 9.39 seconds

Under-15 boys
Conor H                                    Long Jump 8th                                                                                                                        60m 8th 8.86 seconds
Sam H                                        800m SILVER 2;13.32 minutes

George I                                  60m hurdles SILVER 9.78 seconds                                                                               Long Jump 4th

Under-17 men
Harrison G                              60m BRONZE 7.42 seconds                                                                                             Long Jump SILVER 5.72m

   

Ben H                                           60m 8th 8.61 seconds                                                                                                         Long Jump 4th 4.50m

NSAC Boys Teams Dominate At Gwent League XC

The 3rd Gwent League meeting of the season attracted 85 of the clubs junior athletes for the most local of winter cross country fixtures.

The U11 boys kicked things off and Felix A showed what a fantastic prospect he is to finish a superb 7th in his first cross country race for the club. He was supported by fellow scorers Euan M in 25th, Elijah L-H and Alfie F finishing together in 41st and 42nd respectively from a field of 89. The team were 4th on the day.

Heidi M continues to impress and moved into 7th overall for the season after a great run in finishing 5th in the U11 girls race. Phoebe C looked very good in her first race to finish 20th, with Sophie C and Isobel J in 29th and 33rd ensuring the girls finished 3rd team on the day.

Performance of the day undoubtedly came from the clubs strong U13 boys squad who blitzed all teams around them to take over top spot after the first three fixtures. Elliot J and Ben C set the pace by leading the field from the gun with the two working superbly together throughout. Elliot came within a whisker of his first race victory to finish just 2 seconds behind the winning Cardiff AC athlete with Ben only 4 seconds further back for a tremendous seasons best 5th place. Herbie C finished  strongly to take 8th place and all three athletes now find themselves comfortably within the top ten after the three races.  Seb L with his 19th place secured the team result after being pressed by the fast improving Jacob F who finished just one place behind.

Consistent Millie R continued her good run of form in what was another competitive race at the front. A solid 4th place kept her in the medal places and she remains 3rd overall for the season thus far. Lyla B and Harriet B were next home in 24th and 28th respectively whilst Pippa H had by far her best race of the season in 36th to carry the girls to 4th on the day.

The U15 girls also finished 4th on the day with Kiera D leading the team home in 7th place. Olivia M continues to improve with every race and once again looked comfortable in 17th place, whilst Blythe J and Mary H displayed great team running to finish 31st and 32nd respectively.

Ollie C led the U15 boys home with a solid 14th place finish with Sam H just 10 seconds behind in 20th.  Will M in 21st and the ever-present Ollie A in 25th ensured the boys hold on to 2nd spot overall after the three races.

Not to be outdone by the clubs younger boys, the U17 men also dominated the opposition on the day to take over top spot from Cardiff after the first three fixtures. Alfie H is improving with every race and his superb 4th place takes him into the bronze medal position. Ollie L also ran impressively to finish 8th with Ben H (suffering a heavy cold) digging deep to secure 13th. Bottom age Will S also ran impressively to complete the team scores with all four finishing inside the top 16.

Despite missing the talented Sam G the U20 men ran superbly as a team to finish 2nd on the day behind Cardiff AC and move into 3rd place after the three fixtures. Matt H in his first race for the club this season ran impressively from the off. He went with the leading group and maintained his form throughout to record a fantastic 2nd place. Jack W, Will C and Alex C gave great support in finishing 10th, 12th and 18th respectively.

It was good to see Luke H running again and he was really pleased with the way thing went. ‘The ankle felt good and it was nice to get out there again after such a long lay off’ remarked Luke after the race. Joe G had a solid run wearing his Swansea University vest for a change and should be pleased with his 52nd place from a field of 458.

Full results are available with the following link.

http://www.gwent-league.org.uk/2019/res193.htm

SOUTH WEST INDOOR T&F CHAMPS – DAY 1

A record-breaking day’s Athletics at Cardiff Mets’ amazing indoor arena for North Somerset AC’s young athletes on Day 1 of the South West Indoor T&F Championships.

Twenty two athletes attended, many for their first taste of serious competition, and returned with nineteen medals. Highlight may well have been the full podium for the under-13 boys 200m, and shortly afterwards the High Jump!

There were gold medals for:

Steph B           U17 Women 300m
Alfie L              U13 Boys High Jump
Reuben W     U13 Boys 200m

Full results;

Under-13 Boys
Alfie L               High Jump Gold 1.30m          200m Bronze 31.31 secs
Reuben W      200m Gold 29.36 secs           High Jump Silver 1.25m                                         Shot Silver 6.60m
Adam D           200m Silver 29.54 secs          High Jump Bronze 1.25m                                   Shot Bronze 5.39m

Under-13 Girls
Amelie T         200m Silver 31.04 secs          Long Jump Silver 3.84m                                      High Jump Silver 1.30m
Eva G               200m 4th 31.51 secs                Long Jump 9th 3.19m
Jasmine W    200m 5th 32.03 secs               Long Jump 10th 3.07m
Chloe LC        200m 6th 32.66 secs                Long Jump 7th 3.31m
Pippa H           Long Jump 8th 3.19m

Under-15 Boys
George I       High Jump Silver 1.50m          Shot 4th 7.15m                                                        200m 6th 27.87 secs
Tom C            Shot Silver 8.15m                   High Jump Bronze 1.45m
Conor H       Shot Bronze 5.66m                 300m 4th 46.73 secs                                              High Jump 6th 1.35m

Under-15 Girls
Rosa F           Long Jump 7th 4.16m             300m 11th 54.61 secs
Ruby D         High Jump 4th 1.40m              Long Jump 8th 4.08m
Ellie S            Long Jump 10th 3.84m          200m 12th 30.68 secs
Chelsea H    High Jump 7th 1.25m            200m 9th 29.94 secs                                              Long Jump 11th 3.80m
Issy T            High jump 8th 1.20m             300m 8th 49.33 secs                                                200m 13th 20.75 secs

Under-17 Men
Harrison G     200m Silver 24.00 secs          High jump Bronze 1.60m
Adam R             200m 5th 24.98 secs
Sam P                 200m 6th 25.14 secs

Under-17 Women
Steph B             300m Gold 43.16 secs          Triple Jump Bronze 10.50m                                200m 4th 27.20 secs
Millie R              High Jump 5th 1.40m
Phoebe G          High Jump 4th 1.50m          Triple Jump 5th 9.90m

Day 2 of the event will be just after Christmas, details to follow.

Success at the Tri-Counties!

Avon, Somerset and Wiltshire came together for this annual event at the hilly and awkward course at Bath University. NSAC were represented by 11 athletes, winning 6 individual medals. There was a team victory in the under-13 boys with Elliot J, Seb L and Herbie C beating some strong local opposition

Under-11 Boys
Felix A 10th overall (5th Avon)
Euan M 18th overall (11th Avon)

Under-13 girls
Millie R 3rd overall (3rd Avon)

Under-13 boys * TEAM WINNERS *
Elliot J 8th overall (2nd Avon)
Seb L 17th overall (6th Avon)
Herbie C 18th overall (7th Avon)

Under-15 girls
Keira D 4th overall (3rd Avon)
Jo H 23rd overall (11th Avon)

Under-15 boys
Ollie C 8th overall (2nd Avon)

Under-17 men
Ollie L 6th overall (3rd Avon)

Under-20 men
Jack W 6th overall (2nd Avon)

     

Christmas Training

FESTIVE PERIOD TRAINING DETAILS

 

PRIORY SCHOOL

DATE TIME DESCRIPTION ON/OFF
SATURDAY 14TH DECEMBER 2019 10.30AM – 12.00PM JUNIOR ON
SATURDAY 14TH DECEMBER 2019 10.30AM – 12.00PM SENIOR ON
WEDNESDAY 18TH DECEMBER 2019 6.00PM – 7.00PM JUNIOR ON
WEDNESDAY 18TH DECEMBER 2019 7.00PM – 8.00PM SENIOR ON
SATURDAY 21ST DECEMBER 2019 10.30AM – 12.00PM JUNIOR ON
SATURDAY 21ST DECEMBER 2019 10.30AM – 12.00PM SENIOR ON
WEDNESDAY 25TH DECEMBER 2019 6.00PM – 7.00PM JUNIOR OFF
WEDNESDAY 25TH DECEMBER 2019 7.00PM – 8.00PM SENIOR OFF
SATURDAY 28TH DECEMBER 2019 10.30AM – 12.00PM JUNIOR OFF
SATURDAY 28TH DECEMBER 2019 10.30AM – 12.00PM SENIOR OFF
WEDNESDAY 1ST JANUARY 2019 6.00PM – 7.00PM JUNIOR OFF
WEDNESDAY 1ST JANUARY 2019 7.00PM – 8.00PM SENIOR OFF
SATURDAY 4TH JANUARY 2019 10.30AM – 12.00PM JUNIOR OFF
SATURDAY 4TH JANUARY 2019 10.30AM – 12.00PM SENIOR OFF
PRIORY SESSIONS START BACK ON WEDNESDAY 8TH JANUARY 2020

 

NAILSEA SCHOOL

DATE TIME DESCRIPTION ON/OFF
MONDAY 16TH DECEMBER 2019 6.00PM – 7.30PM JUNIOR ON
MONDAY 23RD DECEMBER 2019 6.00PM – 7.30PM JUNIOR OFF
MONDAY 30TH DECEMBER 2019 6.00PM – 7.30PM JUNIOR OFF
NAILSEA SESSIONS START BACK ON MONDAY 6TH JANUARY 2020

 

CLEVEDON SCHOOL/SEAFRONT

DATE TIME DESCRIPTION ON/OFF
SATURDAY 14TH DECEMBER 2019 8.30AM – 10.30AM YEAR 7+ SPRINTS, HURDLES, THROWS ON
SATURDAY 14TH DECEMBER 2019 10.30AM – 12.00PM YEAR 4-7 ALL EVENTS ON
MONDAY 16TH DECEMBER 2019 5.30PM – 7.30PM YEAR 6-8 ALL EVENTS ON
MONDAY 16TH DECEMBER 2019 7.15PM – 9.00PM YEAR 7+ SPEED DEVELOPMENT ON
WEDNESDAY 18TH DECEMBER 2019 6.30PM – 8.30PM YEAR 7+ SPRINTS/ENDURANCE ON
THURSDAY 19TH DECEMBER 2019 5.30PM – 7.00PM YEAR 4-7 ALL EVENTS ON
THURSDAY 19TH DECEMBER 2019 6.45PM – 8.30PM YEAR 7+ SPEED DEVELOPMENT ON
SATURDAY 21ST DECEMBER 2019 8.30AM – 10.30AM YEAR 7+ SPRINTS, HURDLES, THROWS OFF
SATURDAY 21ST DECEMBER 2019 10.30AM – 12.00PM YEAR 4-7 ALL EVENTS OFF
MONDAY 23RD DECEMBER 2019 5.30PM – 7.30PM YEAR 6-8 ALL EVENTS OFF
MONDAY 23RD DECEMBER 2019 7.15PM – 9.00PM YEAR 7+ SPEED DEVELOPMENT OFF
WEDNESDAY 25TH DECEMBER 2019 6.30PM – 8.30PM YEAR 7+ SPRINTS/ENDURANCE OFF
THURSDAY 26TH DECEMBER 2019 5.30PM – 7.00PM YEAR 4-7 ALL EVENTS OFF
THURSDAY 26TH DECEMBER 2019 6.45PM – 8.30PM YEAR 7+ SPEED DEVELOPMENT OFF
SATURDAY 28TH DECEMBER 2019 8.30AM – 10.30AM YEAR 7+ SPRINTS, HURDLES, THROWS OFF
SATURDAY 28TH DECEMBER 2019 10.30AM – 12.00PM YEAR 4-7 ALL EVENTS OFF
MONDAY 30TH DECEMBER 2019 5.30PM – 7.30PM YEAR 6-8 ALL EVENTS OFF
MONDAY 30TH DECEMBER 2019 7.15PM – 9.00PM YEAR 7+ SPEED DEVELOPMENT OFF
WEDNESDAY 1ST JANUARY 2020 6.30PM – 8.30PM YEAR 7+ SPRINTS/ENDURANCE OFF
THURSDAY 2ND JANUARY 2020 5.30PM – 7.00PM YEAR 4-7 ALL EVENTS OFF
THURSDAY 2ND JANUARY 2020 6.45PM – 8.30PM YEAR 7+ SPEED DEVELOPMENT OFF
SATURDAY 4TH JANUARY 2020 8.30AM – 10.30AM YEAR 7+ SPRINTS, HURDLES, THROWS ON
SATURDAY 4TH JANUARY 2020 10.30AM – 12.00PM YEAR 4-7 ALL EVENTS ON
CLEVEDON SESSIONS START BACK ON SATURDAY 4TH JANUARY 2020

 

JULIAN’S ENDURANCE GROUP

DATE TIME DESCRIPTION ON/OFF
SATURDAY 21st DECEMBER 2019 9.30AM – 10.45AM CLEVEDON SCHOOL WOODLAND RUN ON
TUESDAY 24TH DECEMBER 2019 9.30AM – 11.00PM ASHTON COURT

MANSION HOUSE CAR PARK

ON
THURSDAY 26TH DECEMBER 2019 7.00PM – 8.00PM FILTON COLLEGE OFF
SATURDAY 28TH DECEMBER 2019 9.30AM – 10.45AM CLEVEDON SCHOOL WOODLAND RUN ON
TUESDAY 31ST DECEMBER 2019 9.30AM – 11.00AM ASHTON COURT

MANSION HOUSE CAR PARK

ON
THURSDAY 2ND JANUARY 2020 9.30AM – 11.00AM ASHTON COURT

MANSION HOUSE CAR PARK

ON
SATURDAY 4TH JANUARY 2020 9.30AM – 11.00AM CLEVEDON SCHOOL OFF
BACK TO NORMAL ON TUESDAY 7TH JANUARY 2020

 

National Road Relays

North Somerset AC were represented by 3 age group teams at the recent National Road Relays at Sutton Park

Each age group race involves teams of 3 completing the 3.8k undulating course around Sutton park.

The U13 Girls were led off by Millie R who produced the outstanding performance of the day. Staying in close contention with the lead pack, Millie finished her leg in 9th place (15.06) which was the 15th best time of the day. Lyla B (17.03) and Harriet B (17.37) both fought hard to give an impressive final team position of 23rd out of 70 starting teams.

The U13 Boys fielded two teams. The A team were led out by Elliot J who had a fine run to record 14.55 for 30th place. Herbie C (15.12) relished the challenge of the hilly course and moved the team up to 22nd place. Jacob F (15.43)  ran well against good opposition to bring the team home in an excellent 23rd place.

The strength in depth of this age group was shown as the B team also competed admirably to finish in 46th place. Jude W making his endurance debut for the club held his own on the tough first leg running a time on 15.58. Harry S (17.00) had a strong run on leg 2 and Joseph S (17.46) gave his all on the last leg to complete team.

The U15 Boys were hoping for a top 20 finish and came close to achieving this. Ollie C put the team in a good position after leg 1 with a time of 13.39 for 33rd place. Will M (13.20) stormed through the field to put the team 21st with just the final leg to come. Louie B (14.17) despite suffering from illness ran his hardest for the team but they fell just short of the top 20.

The Under 15s also had an incomplete team. Ollie A (15.12) and Alex B (15.56) both gaining valuable experience by competing at this national event. Ollie improving on his Midland relay time whilst Alex ran well over the hilly course in his first year in the age group.

A fine set of results by the athletes to set the teams up well for the upcoming cross country season.

Keira’s Experience at the Mini Marathon

As part of her outstanding season this year, Keira took part in the London Mini-Marathon, and was kind enough to take the time to share her experience with us. Congratulations and thank you Keira!

Being a part of the London Mini Marathon team for the South West was an amazing, unforgettable experience. I travelled on the team bus on the Saturday afternoon to Royal Holloway College in Surrey, where every athlete from all regions in the country stayed overnight.

Upon arrival we were handed our team kit, race numbers and timing chips, at this point we attached it all to our clothing ready for the race the following day.

The next morning we were up very early to travel into London to get ready for the race. We started at Billingsgate and ran from mile 23 to 26, passing landmarks like The Shard, London Eye and the final 1km run was around St James Park and the best part was The Mall past Buckingham Palace to the finish line.

Overall it was an amazing experience and great to get to know the girls I have competed against all season.

2nd Gwent Cross Country League at Llanelli

NSAC once again travelled in numbers for the 2nd Gwent Cross Country League  at Pembrey Park, near Llanelli.

The U11 girls kicked things off with Heidi M having a great run in 10th place and Gabrielle S finishing 61st from a field of well over 100. 

U11 boys fielded a bigger squad with Elijah LH leading the team in 17th place. Euan M 36th, Alfie F 57th, William TJ 67th, Somerset H 63rd and Louis C 92nd completed the team scores. 

Millie R ran with the front two throughout with a fantastic 3rd place finish in the U13 girls race with good support from Lyla B, Harriet B and Emily F

The U13 boys put on a show of superb team running with the talented Herbie C leading the way for his best ever finish taking 3rd place. Elliot J and Benjamin C had an outstanding battle between them to carry themselves through to 6th and 7th respectively. Bottom year Joel M was another to shine as the teams 4th scorer finishing 16th from a field of over 100. Other U13 boys were Patrick H 20th, Jacob F 28th, Jude W 29th, Joseph S 52nd, Zeki H 61st

Keira D in her first year at U15 once again ran intelligently for a fantastic 7th place, with Olivia M, Mary H, Hannah S and Hanna W completing the team scores.

Will M was a late withdrawal from the U15 boys squad, but the boys raised their game with a solid display of team running. Louie B ran a great race to record his highest 8th place finish to date with Samuel H and Ollie C also recording their highest placements so far in 9th and 12th respectively. Oliver A completes the A team scores with a decent run of his own in 26th. Other U15 boys were Ben M 39th, Stan H 41st, Alex B 45th, Joseph P 62nd, Kyle B 64th.

Holly A led the U17 girls home in 28th with an incredible sprint finish to just hold off her advancing teammate Stephanie B. Victoria P completed the team scores.

The club had 12 runners in the combined U17/20 race with Alfie H looking back to his best after a cruel run of injuries. The U17 athlete looked comfortable throughout and ran a strong last section of a superb cross county course to take 6th overall. U20 Sam G ran well despite recent illness and will be very happy with 9th overall, whilst  U17 Benjamin H also ran superbly to finish just one place behind Sam. U20 Will C was feeling under the weather pre-race but ran strongly to finish 29th with U17 Will S close behind in 31st and Max D completing the U17 A team scores for his highest place finish to. Other U17/20 Men’s were Will S 31st, Jamie VDV 45th, Harry S 48th, Callum D 54th, Flynn P 57th, Alistair S 59th, Alex C 62nd

A great day out and the club now look forward to their next Gwent League challenge on 7 December at Blaise Castle in Bristol where big numbers are expected.