All posts by Sophie Millard

Recent Competition Results

South West Schools Combined Events @ Yeovil
Four NSAC Athletes won two bronze medals and shared 17 personal bests between them at the presitgous Combined Events competition.

In the Junior Girls pentathlon competition, Rosa F produced 4 personal bests, the pick being a first 5m+ long jump (5.08m), to win a bronze medal in the event. Rosa will be representing Avon at the English Schools event in July (Long Jump)

Ruby D produced possibly the performance of the day, adding 9cm to her high jump personal best, and narrowly missing the NSAC High Jump record set by GB International Ada’ora C. Ruby now ranks 8th in the UK, and finished an amazing 6th on the day with 4 personal bests of her own on the day. She will also represent Avon at the English Schools Championships

In the Junior Boys pentathlon competition, Conor H also won a bronze medal. His 800m run dragging him from 5th to 3rd, and one of 4 personal bests on the day

In the senior girls heptathlon, Phoebe G finished an impressive 7th, with 5 personal bests, and a long jump of 4.87m. 5m just around the corner for Phoebe

YDL UAG @ Yate
Another great day with NSAC taking on Team Avon, and East Wales Conglomerate teams at a cold and windy Yate Outdoor Sports Complex. A third place finish on the day, meaning NSAC remain second in the League was reward for the team’s efforts. Fourteen personal bests, and two NSAC Club records, both involving Jamie VDV. He beat his own 3000m record with 8;57.71 minutes, then linked with Will C, Ben H and Callum D to break the 4x400m record 3;53.07 minutes

Matt Howard Qualifies for Junior European Triathlon Championship

Matt Howard, endurance runner for the club, has qualified to represent GB at the Junior European Triathlon Championships in Kitzbuhel, Austria on the 18-20th of June.  After finishing third at the European qualification race on the 16th of May at Llanelli, in South Wales, Matt secured automatic selection for the event, and has his eyes set on a strong performance.

Talk us through your race

“Had a good swim for me, got clear water from the start and managed to find some good feet. Just missed the front group on the bike, with there being 5 people up ahead. My bike group worked well together and we managed to reduce the gap to around 10 seconds after the 20KM bike. Out of transition, I quickly caught up with the front group and managed to catch the third place runner with around a km to go. I then made my attack with around 600 metres to go to secure third place. I had the second fastest run of the day with a time of 15:42.”

How long have you been involved with NSAC, and how did you get started?

“I got involved with NSAC when I met Julian at the gym in around year 8 of secondary school. Since then I have consistently trained with the club and seen it grow from just a core group of around 8 to what it is today. There is no doubt that running with all the club dramatically improved my running and played a major reason in improving my running.”

What made you get involved in triathlon? Were you involved in athletics first?

“I got involved in triathlon through my dad, and quickly fell in love with the sport. This was around the same time that I had started running at school with my sister suggesting that I should go to a running club on a Friday lunch. Since then, I quickly fell in love with running and triathlon, winning multiple county championships in cross country and track and going to nationals most years.”

What are your goals for this season?

“Since going to Loughborough I have definitely improved in all disciplines of triathlon. With racing still limited because of the covid situation my goal is to do as much racing as possible! I have Europeans in a few weeks where I want to come top 20, then I also have a few European cups in Hungary and Lithuania and some British SuperSeries races.  Lastly, I want to also get a new 5K PB of sub 15 minutes.” 

The club wishes Matt the best of luck in his race, and we look forward to hearing of his successes in future events.

Overview of Recent Competition Results

In spite of torrential rain at Exeter, a total of five personal bests a great return.

In the under-15 event Rosa F impressed with a long jump of 4.68m, closing in on the big 5m milestone that decent conditions will surely bring. This was backed up with a pb of 13.81 seconds over 100m
Ruby D improved her long jump pb to 4.28m and also her 100m pb to 14.14 seconds. Capping a busy day, the high jump saw a jump of 1.35m

In the under-17 event, Keira D came close to her pb and club record with 2;20.82 minutes over 800m. Hannah W also improved her pb with 2;50.03 minutes. George I improved his 100m pb with 12.44 seconds, and a solid 16.06 seconds in the 100m hurdles

Running in the senior event, Charlie B clocked 11.81 seconds in the 100m and 24.67 seconds in the 200m in his first outing of the year.

On the same day, Stephanie B competed at the Gloucester County Championships. She continues to nip away at the 100m Hurdles Club record, lowering it to 17.6 seconds. Backed up with a shot put of 7.87m

Previously at Swindon.

In the u-17 men event, George I continued to threaten the NSAC club record with a rapid 15.88 seconds over the 100m hurdles.
In the u-20 women Steph B, running the same event, ran a 17.78 second time

League events commence in 2 weeks’ time. Will be an unusual season, but hopefully a positive one for NSAC.

For more info, visit www.nsac.org/uk and/or contact@nsac.org.uk

Yeovil Open 8th May 2021 – Round Up

16 North Somerset AC athletes took on the strong wind down at Yeovil for the track day of middle distance races.


The 1500m saw every runner recording a PB whilst others making stunning debuts. The highlight was a fabulous run by Heidi M, who as a first year under 13 ran 5.17. In addition their were great debuts by Ben C and Logan H who showed great maturity against quality opposition.


Heidi M – 5.17.92
Jimmy B – 5.26.98
Joe S – 5.14.39
Kyle B – 5.13.31
Jacob F  5.04.11
Will L – 5.16.17
Jude W –  5.10.03
Paddy H -5.01.78
Will S — 4.53.38
Elliot J – 4.46.84
Logan H  – 4.43.53
Ben C – 4.42.80


The 800m races saw Keira D go close to a PB with 2.20.68 and multi eventer Steph B recording 2.38.15 this after a 3rd place in the long jump of 4.80.
Two under 20s competed in the 3k. Again both ran well in difficult conditions smashing their PBs.

Ollie L 9.10

Jamie VDV 9.04.


There were a few field events taking place and in the triple jump North Somerset AC were represented by George I who recorded 11.43 just short of his PB.

Bill Whistlecroft Spring Series Event at Yeovil – Round Up

Competitions start to arrive thick and fast, returning again to Yeovil for the Bill Whistlecroft Spring Series. A windy, and at times wet venue, made for difficult conditions

Seven NSAC Athletes attended, and came away with six personal bests and two Club records.

In the under-15 boys, George L demonstrated his potential with a massive 13.53 personal best and club record in the shot. Coach Bruce adamant that 14m is achievable this year

In the under-17 mens George I improved his 100m Hurdles personal best to 15.61 seconds, closing in on the long-standing Club record of 15.49 seconds from Henry C.

Also in the under-17 mens, Sam H improved his personal best significantly with a 2;02.74. A sub-2 minute run surely only months away with the right conditions

In the under-17 ladies 800m, Keira D posted an excellent 2;19.83 minutes, again confident this time will drop as the season unfolds.

In the under-20 ladies, Steph B broke the Club 400m hurdles record with a personal best of 68.26 seconds. She also broke her personal best in the shot with a 8.59m put

Jame V broke 2 minutes for the first time over 800m, with an impressive 1;58.72 minutes

Finally, Pip M, competing for the first time in over 18 months, ran a time of 19.79 seconds

Fantastic results from those wanting to return to competition after what has been a tough year for all!

RETURN TO TRAINING

 

Can all parents and athletes be aware of their individual and collective responsibility around NSAC training. Please take this seriously for the foreseeable future, and we can all come out of this ‘unscathed’. This may be different from other clubs and schools, so please stick to this when training with NSAC.

GENERAL

No hanging around before or after training. Aim to arrive on time, drop athletes, then leave site and return in time for pick-up (unless helping at session)
Athletes to sanitise their hands as they arrive, and registers will be taken
No parents hanging around at training. If you aren’t helping out, then unfortunately we cannot have you in the area at the moment
Athletes to stay 2m apart. No wrestling, fighting, leaning etc. Maintain your distance!
You MUST listen to Coaches at all time. This should happen anyway, but even more important at the moment!
England Athletics info on covid-security can be found on https://www.englandathletics.org/athletics-and-running/news/guidance-update-2021/ and https://england-athletics-prod-assets-bucket.s3.amazonaws.com/2021/02/EA-Covid-Operations-Guide-for-Training.pdf

Please do not train if you have/may have/have been close to anyone who has COVID. Advise us if you are being asked to isolate etc so we can decide on how to proceed

NSAC Cross Country Awards

Development Award

Without doubt Ben C was the clubs most improved runner. After placing in the top 30 as an U11 Ben then burst onto the scene in the U13 age group with 3 Top 10 finishes in the Gwent League ( 9,7,5 ). Ben ran a superb race at the high standard South West Champs placing 14th,  and ensuring the club secured a team Bronze and team Gold in the Gwent league. This was all achieved as a first year in the age group. In addition Ben also qualified through the schools races finishing 2nd at the County Schools and representing Avon at the South West School’s Champs where a knee injury frustratingly ended his season early. Ben has always been a regular at training eager to learn to become a better athlete.

Coaches Cross Country Award

Elliot J is the winner of the Coaches Award. An outstanding season starting with a strong leg at the National Road Relays where the team finished top 20. Elliot was an ever present at the Gwent Leagues ( 12,9,6,2, ) a Team Managers dream, the highlight was his second place finish at Blaise Castle just a few seconds from the victory he craved. A fine team player, Elliot led the team home in 12th place at the South West Champs to for the eventual team Bronze. Another top performance came at the National Cross Country at Nottingham, this is a race where a placing in the top 100 requires quality running, Elliot delivered yet again for his 79th place finish. Elliot showed great consistency throughout the long season and deserved his selection for Avon to compete at the prestigious inter counties cross country in Loughborough.

Endurance Cross Country Award

Our Endurance Cross Country athlete of the year goes to Herbie C. Helping the team to a decent finish at the National Road Relays, Herbie’s fitness and confidence improved as the season went on with a breakthrough 3rd place Gwent League finish at Pembrey Park. Qualifying for Avon selection following his performance at the County Champs the seasoned continued to go from strength to strength. A crucial run in the final Gwent league at Chepstow where a 5th place including a dip on the line to take the Carmarthen athlete gave NSAC the critical point to beat Carmarthen in the overall team award for Gold. The final race of the season saw Herbie relish the mud and hills of the National Cross Country finishing an outstanding 57th in a quality field, leading the team home to a top 10 finish.

Lights Go Up At Clevedon Track!

We have light!

Thanks to a massive behind the scenes effort from Matt, and the amazing support of Prolectric, we have now installed lights down the length of the track at Clevedon School.

The difference this makes to the light levels on the track at night is tangible, and marks the start of a new era at the Club; the possibilities on this track are so much better now we will have light throughout the year.

We are very much looking forward to returning to training and making the most of these!

Lockdown 3.0

Further to the Prime Minister’s address last night, 4th January 2021, ALL Club activity is suspended until further notice.

Please continue to follow Government Guidance regarding exercising safely during this time. As of 5th January, the Government recommend one form of exercise daily , which can be taken outside in a public space with one other individual outside of your household, at a 2m social distance.

Please see our Corona Fitness page for training support, including plans you can follow, tips and tricks for effective training, and ‘How To’ videos for common exercises to ensure you carry them out effectively. Alternatively, we are happy to help you with your training, contact us at contact@nsac org.uk for further support.

We will update our guidance regarding a safe return to training at the appropriate time.

Christmas Break


Its been a tough year for all, and its time to spend some quality Christmas time with family. For the first time ever we are unable to hand out sweets (nervous about ‘touch points’) or have our traditional ‘Christmas games day’ (dressing up, Christmas music, dodgeball, grabball, crab football etc). Once we start to return to normal, we will make up for this with ‘Christmas fun sessions’ with extra sweets etc! 

Our Christmas training as follows (Updated 5th January 2021)

CLEVEDON
Final session of 2020 will be Saturday December 19th 2020
Return to Training 2021 -further to government guidance, all training is suspended. Please see our Coronavirus update for further information.

NAILSEA
No training at Nailsea for the remainder of 2020, but welcome at Clevedon on Monday December 14th if able
Return to Training 2021 -further to government guidance, all training is suspended. Please see our Coronavirus update for further information.

PRIORY
Final session of 2020 was Wednesday December 9th 
Return to Training 2021 – Further to government guidance, all training is suspended, please see our Coronavirus update for further information

JULIAN ENDURANCE
Final session of 2020 will be Tuesday December 22nd
Return to Training 2021 – further to government guidance, all training is suspended, please see our Coronavirus update for further information

Emails will be sent out reminding you of the above, with any changes to 2020 scheduling that may happen. Please contact us at contact@nsac.org.uk if you have not received an email communication from us regarding the return to training.

We apologise for the ongoing confusion, and we hope everyone realises we are operating in unprecedented times, having to juggle (very often contrasting and constantly changing) guidelines from schools, National Governing Bodies and Government. We will continue to provide updates as and when they are available.

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Debbie Wins South West Volunteer of the Year Award

NSAC, along with its volunteers and helpers, is no stranger to the England Athletics National Volunteer Awards, having scooped up a large number of awards in the last couple of years, including South West Club & Coach (Chris Millard) of the Year 2018 , & Official (Martin Fisher) & Young Volunteer (Sophie Millard) of the Year 2019, as well as coming in Runners Up in the Inclusion Award Category 2019.

And that winning streak has been continued in the 2020 Volunteer Awards, as Debbie Brooks has won the title of South West Volunteer of the Year 2020! In a slightly different Awards Ceremony to previous years, Debbie was announced as the winner by means of a video presentation (full video of the awards ceremony can be found here)

As in previous year’s, South West Award Winners are put forward for the opportunity to win the National Award, which of course we wish Debbie all the luck in the world for!

Debbie’s Winning Nomination

“The Volunteer of the Year award for the South West winner for 2020 is Debbie Brooks of North Somerset Athletics Club. She is very passionate about athletics and cross country and shows it on a regular basis. As one of the ‘front of house’ contacts for the club, Debbie is the smiling face at training and competitions: new recruits are told to ‘look for Debbie’ at meetings! She will have pins, numbers, information, vests, timetables and enthusiasm to ensure nervous athletes are relaxed. The club as a whole feels fortunate to have such a dedicated, enthusiastic volunteer giving her time freely at all times of the year to help everyone succeed. Debbie has been volunteering with the club for four years and from being asked to assist a team manager, she has stepped into many roles: track and field team manager, cross country camp coordinator, athlete recruitment for cross country, committee member and assisting the membership secretary. This year she has used her expertise to support the track and field team managers offering help and guidance following her successful recruitment of new team managers. She takes on her volunteering roles with an overwhelmingly positive attitude, infecting those around her with her enthusiasm.”

Please click here for a full round up of the South West Volunteer Awards 2020

Coronavirus Update

Further to the Prime Minister’s address on Saturday 31st October, and subsequent guidance provided to us by our National Governing Body, England Athletics (which can be found here), there will be no club training during second National Lockdown, taking place from 5th November 2020 until 2nd December 2020.

How we return to club training after this date is dependent upon further guidance from England Athletics. We will keep you updated via this webpage/twitter/email regarding the return to training.

We are absolutely gutted that the Club must stop again, after what has been a fantastic few months with our Athletes. You have listened well, and followed the guidance to keep yourselves and your coaches safe following the return, and we know you will do the same again when we are able to open our doors once again.

In the meantime, please keep safe and well, and try to stay busy. We have a large number of resources to keep you busy during this lockdown, which can be found here , or alternatively, you can email us if you would like any more help regarding training programmes.

We hope to see you again in a few weeks!

Upcoming AGM

Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) is due to be held on 10th November 2020 (either at Clevedon Sailing Club or, more likely, online, depending on the restrictions in place).

Now, more than ever, it is important that you get involved with some of the decisions that are going to impact your child’s experiences in our club.  With all of the events of the past 12 months, we need you to come along, listen and share your thoughts.

The AGM is an opportunity for the committee to share their reflections on the last 12 months, for nominations for individuals to fill any vacant committee positions, and for general discussion between parents, helpers and committee members on key issues and observations.

Even if you are unable to commit to attending, we welcome your thoughts on any key topics. Please email contact@nsac.org.uk if you wish to invite a discussion topic.

Further clarity on ‘where’ this meeting will take place will follow in due course.

The minutes from last year’s AGM can be found here. 

 

 

 

September Competition Results

A strange year has seen very few athletics events. September saw the soft return to competitions with some of our athletes getting stuck in, and many being rewarded with personal bests (PB).

Swindon

Steph B         400m                               60.86 PB

High Jump                     1.48m

Tom C            800m                              2;20 mins PB

High Jump                     1.60m PB

Long Jump                   5.06m PB

George I     Triple Jump                 11.60m

 

Yate

George I         High Jump               1.58m PB

Long Jump                 4.93m PB

 

Yeovil

Steph B          200m                          26.68 secs

300m Hurdles      47.76 secs

Sam H             800m                          2;05.29 mins PB

Keira D           800m                        2;19.15mins PB

 

Yate

George I       100m                          12.60secs PB

80m Hurdles             12.7secs PB

Triple Jump                11.71m PB

Steph B        100m                           13.16 secs

80m Hurdles           13.1 secs

 

Whitehall

Nyree P        100m                        14.1 secs PB

 

Yate – Throws

George L       Shot                           12.19m PB

Maisie J         Shot                            10.99m

Chrissie B     Hammer                   30.15m PB

 

Don’t forget to let us know if you are competing, we are only too happy to add your results to our listings!

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.