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Winning Streak Continues For James


James Rodgers winning streak continues following another race victory, this time in the Chew Valley Hilly 10k where he completed the course in 33.20. Team mate Josh Davis will be pleased to be getting back to somewhere near his best again and finished 2nd behind James to record 34.11, just 5 seconds in front of Clevedon AC’s Alex Crossland whom he seems to be locking horns with on a regular basis just recently!

Josh appears to be hooked on the Half Marathon event following his successful experiment with the distance, and he finished a superb 3rd place in the Torbay Half last Sunday, recording 1.12.00.

Busy Week For North Somerset Athletes

Wet and windy conditions put paid to any really fast times, but the Aztec West Fast 5k produced some highly competitive racing on Tuesday evening. Our very own James Rodgers won the race in 15:29, beating the highly fancied Cheltenham Harriers of Alex Lee and Ben Price into 2nd and 3rd places. This was James’ fourth win at the event taking him clear of the previous record holder as the most prolific race winner of the event since inception in September 2014.

Josh Davis was involved in a close contest with Clevedon AC’s Alex Crossland, but managed to get himself over the line just in front for a 5th place finish with both recording 15.50. Alan Baker was the next club athlete to finish in a time of 17.11 for 25th place whilst junior U15 Jack Wilkinson recording a terrific time of 17.42 to finish 42nd overall and 4th U17M.

Katie Grinyer continues to improve and was happy with her time of 18.54 which carried her to 67th place and 4th Lady on the night. Jacob Faulkner finished 72nd in 19.03, Katie Hooper was 128th in 20.37 whilst club juniors Ollie Lock and Alys Withers finished close together in 139th and 141st respectively with times of  21.18 and 21.23.

On the same evening the Gentry Brothers entered the Milers Club event at Exeter and the trip down the M5 turned out to be well worth the effort with both recording big PB’s. Sam ran the 800m ‘B’ race in a time of 2.08 whilst Joe ran the 1500m ‘B’ race  in 4.14, both knocking nearly 3 seconds off previous bests.  Parent and V40 athlete Russ Forsbrook was a sub 4 minute 1500m runner in his hey day and he finished 2nd recording a time of 4.38 in the ‘C’ race.

On the previous Sunday four of the clubs boys competed for the Avon Team at the YDL U17/20 Midland Premier South League meeting in Carmarthen. Mike Proffitt finished 2nd in the ‘A’ race of the U20 800m with a time of 2.06, whilst David Warnes finished 2nd in the ‘A’ race of the U20 1500m in 4.14.  Callum smith won the ‘B’ race of the U17 1500m in 4.32, whilst Luca Murray PB’d in a very tight ‘A’ race of the U17 3000m finishing 5th.

Matt Howard came 2nd in his category at the Eton Dorney High Performance Triathlon on the same Sunday and now goes on to the Nationals that take place in Scotland later this summer.

Young Athletes Selected for English Schools

Congratulations to all athletes selected to compete for the Avon Schools Team at the prestigious English Schools Athletics Championships taking place at Gateshead on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th July.

We all wish you good luck and hope its a memorable occasion for all of you.

Junior Boys

Sam Gentry    1500 metres

Matt Howard    1500 metres

Intermediate Girls

Sophie Parker    80 metres Hurdles

Esther Leong    Pole Vault

Caroline Walder    Pole Vault

Emma Bakare    Shot Put

Senior Girls

Ellie Wallace    3000 metres

Ada’ora Chigbo     High Jump

Senior Men Retain Clevedon 10k Title

Ten athletes and a couple of parents ran the Clevedon Summer 10k last night where the senior mens team retained their title in style.

Race favorites James Rodgers and Josh Davis took to the front early doors and were inseparable until James used all his experience to break clear in the later stages taking 1st place in a time of 32.01 Josh recorded 32.44 for 2nd place with another local athlete (Alex Crossland from Clevedon AC) taking 3rd.

Alan Baker ran well to finish 15th in 35.22 with fourth and final scorer Luca Murray running a tremendous debut 10k to take 19th place in a time of 36.22.  Jaylan Bacon also ran the distance for the first time and he too was well pleased with his effort in recording 36.56 for a fantastic 29th place in a field of 535.

Cameron Coetzee having not trained since being knocked off his pushbike in March was pleased to finish just 3 places and 20 secs behind Jaylan in 37.16, whilst veteran Steve Parker went well under his 40 min target to record 38.18 in 47th place.

Katie Grinyer having only just returned to training after taking a year out travelling the world finished 4th Lady in 39.52, whilst Katie Hooper finished in a time of 41.38 to finish 9th Lady.

Young Will Cheek had no expectations having never ran this far before, but he showed plenty of stamina to get around the course in an excellent time of 43.29 to finish 144th. Jacob Faulkner was another youngster on show and the newcomer to club training showed plenty of promise in recording an impressive time of 40.11.

It was also good to see parents Paul Redman and Patricia Galean completing the course. Veteran Paul certainly raised a few eyebrows with his time of 40.20 in 84th place and will now suffer the wrath of me pestering him to run for the club come the Cross Country season!

See below link for full results:

Clevedon 10k Winners

Mens Winning Team of Josh Davis, Alan Baker, Luca Murray and James Rodgers

PB’s at Exeter BMC

David Warnes is clearly enjoying the track right now and another excellent display of front running, this time in the 800m, won him the ‘B’ race at last weeks Exeter BMC. He breached the 2 minute marker for the first time when recording a new PB of 1.59.98.  Callum Smith also PB’d in the same race with a time of 2.07.98.

Mike Proffitt took on the 1500m and came away with a seasons best of 4.17.7 just a tad off his own PB.  Sam Gentry (in the same race) seems to be consistently running well and another good time of 4.22.49 was less than half a second off his own best. Whilst Jack Wilkinson also appears to be on a roll and his time of 4.36.15 took him to a new PB over the same distance.

Sam also travelled to Milton Keynes on Saturday for another Milers Club event and this time smashed his PB in the 1500m with a fantastic time of 4.16 to easily take himself inside the English Schools qualifying time.

It was also good to see ex club athletes Nelly and Alice Bridger-Morales running well to record good times of 2.29.94 and 2.38.70 respectively in the 800m races. A seasons best for Nelly and a new PB for Alice was their reward for the trip down the M5.

James Rodgers travelled up the M4 to run the Vitality London 10k and was reasonably satisfied with his run. A time of 32.12  saw him finish 29th from the 2,500 strong field that was a Rio qualifier for Britians top middle distance runners.

Josh Davis instead chose the short hop to Bradley Stoke where he finished 6th in the Aztec Fast 5k with a time of 15.31.



Quick Times for Callum and Sam

Great team running from U15’s Sam Gentry and Callum Smith carried them through to PB’s in the 3000m event at a recent Filton Open Meeting with impressive times of 9.31.18 and 9.35.64 respectively.

In the 800m fast improving U13 Connie Ballantine had a terrific run to PB in a time of 2.35.84, whilst U11 (and younger sister Tilly) ran a debut 600m in 2.16.05. Multi event-er Stephanie Brookes  finished the same race as Connie in 2.44.45.

U17 Jaylan Bacon was little disapointed with his own 800m effort after recording 2.07.83, whilst U15’s Jack Wilkinson and Ollie Lock both ran well over the same distance with times of 2.17.48 and 2.26.23 respectively.


Club Success at Track & Field Champs

NSAC produced an excellent set of results at this year’s Avon County Track & Field Championships. A total of 48 medals (22 gold, 15 silver and 11 bronze) were achieved with a further 5 or 6 from ex-club athletes setting some high standards for the coming season. With the 800m races still to come at the end of May, another 8-10 medals are anticipated.

The under-13s are looking like a squad who can take on the best in the region. Tilly Smale winning all three of her events (100m – 13.79, 200m – 28.06 and long jump 4.76m) with the 200m beating the previous championship best performance). Holly Davies and Sam Payne both won their respective sprint hurdles events (with Sam also winning the high jump with a pb of 1.37m). Ben Clarke was dominant in the long jump with a pb of 4.44m, with Sam just behind in silver medal position. Issy Hellings (20.39m) and Charlie Fowler (11.86m) both won their discus competitions. Phoebe Gooch was victorious in the high jump with 1.20m, and Stephanie Brooks coming in a close second. Alysa Forsbrook also won bronze in the hurdles

The under-15 team also has a strong look to it. Highlight was a 1-2-3 for the NSAC sprinters in the 200m (James Collins 25.41 seconds, Adam Routley 26.12 seconds and Christian Albion 26.69 seconds) securing a clean sweep. Christian took home a full set of medals after securing gold in the high jump at 1.35m and silver in the long jump at 4.17m. Adam backed his potential with a 100m bronze in 12.82 seconds). Winner of both the long (4.57m) and triple jump (10.50m) was Timothy Leong. Ollie Davies improved his pole vault with a 2.20m effort. He was one of three NSAC winners in this event with Coach Doug Minter securing the senior men’s title (3.00m), and Caroline Walder improving her pb to 3.10m in the u17 event. In the same event Esther Leong also vaulted superbly to finish second with 3.00m. Caroline looked majestic once again over the hurdles, winning a gold medal comfortably.

U15 Natasha Statham walked away with two medals, gold in the javelin with a throw of 22.93m, and silver in the discus with 17.45m. Chrissie Becker also won two medals with a shotput of 7.35m and discus throw of 16.03m. A silver and bronze for the club in the long jump (Ella Tanner 4.50m and Amelie Parsons 4.30m).

The medals continued to roll in at the upper end also. Fred North winning the long jump in the under 17s with 5.28m and Isaac Barr with a bronze  at 4.91m. Frankie Allen won gold in the senior women’s long jump (4.67m) and silver in the senior women’s triple jump (9.61m).
Henry Cox flew to a silver medal in the 200m (24.26 seconds), and then underlined his Combined Events potential with a silver medal winning 34.46m javelin throw, and a third silver in the hurdles.

The endurance events also provided some very strong performances. U20 David Warnes continued his best start to a season for a long while with an outstanding 1500m run in a time of 4.07.77 to take Gold in convincing fashion, whilst Mike Proffitt came through for a Bronze in the same race in 4.23.36.

After running the Bristol 10k just the previous day, only the toughest would contemplate racing the following day. Club stalwart and U20 Alys Withers fits that mold, and she took on arguably the toughest track event (400m) to earn a well deserved Bronze medal in a time of 67.55.  Club trained U20 Ellie Wallace was in a class of her own over the 1500m as she ran away from the field to take Gold in a time of 4.39.58.

Just outside the medal positions U17’s Callum Smith and Luca Murray had a battle royal in their 1500m crossing the line in 4.29.62 and 4.30.01 respectively. Multi-talented U17 Jaylan Bacon picked up two Bronze medals within the first hour of the Championships! He recorded 1.60m in the high jump before taking immediately to the track to record 2.03.68 in the 800m. Then after hanging around for several hours he picked up a Silver medal in the tough 400m event to complete his haul. Another club trained athlete U17 Harriet Emery ran a terrific 300m storming to Gold in a superb time of 42.70.

An incident packed U15 1500m saw Sam Gentry run away from the field with his rival from Yate before Sam took an unfortunate tumble, but he recovered well to finish and secure a silver medal in 4.35.78. Kes Pitchers in only his second ever 1500m showed true potential as he ran superbly to record a fantastic 4.45.66 for 4th place. Bottom age Ollie Lock also ran well, though just outside his best to record 4.55.60, whilst Alex Collins and Will Cheek can be pleased with their first appearances to finish in 5.10.52 and 5.21.88 respectively.

Lucy Maine ran solidly in the U15 300m for a time of 47.65, whilst Connie Ballantine, Will Maine, Louis Brunsdon and Lewis Lazenby all showed promise in the U13 1500m in times of 5.33.14, 5.23.90, 5.41.05 and 6.06.07 respectively.

At the Somerset County Track & Field Champs, U15 Matt Howard competed in the 3000m. Having  recently returned to training the relative newcomer to athletics ran a time 9.50.54 to take the Gold medal.

A Hot Bristol 10k

Blue skies welcomed the 9,700 plus finishers in this years Bristol 10k, though times were down on last years event as a result of the course being changed.

North Somerset AC’s 10k road specialist James Rodgers clearly enjoyed the conditions and continued his fine run of recent form with one of his best ever results. Great support around the course and a desire to compete with the best saw James record a fantastic 4th place finish in a time of 32:02, just 8 seconds in front of ex-North Somerset AC athlete Josh Dixon, now running for Stroud AC.

Another local athlete ‘Clevedon AC’s Alex Crossland’ also had a superb run to finish an excellent 14th place with a time of 33:21. And just 4 places behind Alex our own Josh Davis finished with a time of 33:52 in 18th place.

Newcomer Bradley Upcott-Fowler has only just returned to training following his time at college and the 22 year old will be well pleased with his time of 36:31 in his first competitive run for over 4 years. Just 4 places and a few seconds behind Brad, 17 year old Joe Gentry had an excellent debut run in this event with a time of 36:38 for a very accomplished 79th place.

16 year old Alys Withers also ran the course in a time of 50:29 and was followed in by club coaches Mel Callas in 51:08 and Della Hudson 58:14.

Josh and James at Millennium Square
Josh and James at Millennium Square


Rodgers In Fine Form

James Rodgers raced to a crushing victory in the Glastonbury 10k road race last week. He finished 59 seconds clear of his nearest challenger as he clocked 33mins 40secs in windy conditions.

A couple of weeks rest following a niggling knee injury has clearly paid off for James who has stared his summer season with a bang after his victory the previous week in the Pensford 10k.

Club Senior Lady Katie Hooper also won the ladies race at the Pensford event.

James winning Glastonbury 10k James with Mayor Glastonbury 10k

PB’s Galore In Early Season Track Success

Some of our junior endurance athletes have made an encouraging start to the summer season with some good times to boot. U15 Sam Gentry ran a superb 1500m in a time of 4.22.33 at the Millfield BMC meet on 3rd May. A time that currently ranks him 2nd in the SW and 9th in UK on Power of 10. Jack Wiltshire also ran very well with a time of 4.38.78 in the same race, as did bottom age athlete Ollie Lock with a huge PB of 4.50.75 when knocking 9 seconds off his 4.59.49 at Filton 2 weeks prior. Jack also recorded 2.17.77 in an 800m race at Filton on 19th April.

U17 Callum Smith has also hit the ground running with a 3000m time of 9.42.57 at the BMC meet, after recording a very good 2.10.63 800m at Filton 2 weeks earlier. Joe Gentry (U20) recorded 2.04.03 in an 800m at Exeter on 26th April, which followed a 4.18.96 1500m a week earlier at Filton. Mike Proffitt (also U20) finished just 1 second behind Joe in the same Filton race and then followed that superbly to go under 2 minutes for the first time in an 800m with 1.58.61 at the BMC meet on 3rd May.

Another of the clubs U20 athletes David Warnes ran 1500m in a time of 4.13.14 at Exeter on 26th April. He followed this with an impressive 3000m at the BMC meet on 3rd May in 9.06.21, a time that ranks him 3rd in the SW and 43rd in UK on Power of 10.

U20 Alys Withers had her first race of the season at the same BMC event and recorded a time of 2.36.22 in the 800m, whilst U15 Lucy Maine raced for the first time at Filton to finish in creditable 2.42.49 in her 800m race.

Mike’s 800m and David’s 3000m times at the BMC meet now rank as North Somerset AC club records.


Marathon Success For Club Quartet

Four of our Senior Athletes travelled to London to compete in the highly prestigious London Marathon event. The weather conditions were cold but perfect for fast times. Keeping an even pace throughout Josh Davies, running his first full Marathon distance, finished in a creditable 2 : 33 : 55 and was followed closely by team mate Stuart Leaney in 2 : 34 : 50. Dan Beazley–Long was not too far behind with a PB of 2 :48:22 and right on his predicted target, whilst Grand Master athlete Steve Hollier ran a surprising and happy 3:22:25 after slowing his pace in the last 10 km. Well done to all four athletes.’

Josh with ex Taunton team mate for company
Josh with a Taunton AC athlete for company



Sub 70 for Davis in Reading Half

Josh Davis broke 70mins for the first time at the Reading Half Marathon. A time of 69.52 also gave him a very impressive 20th place and a slot amongst the elite athletes for future events.

 Club coach Steve Hollier entered the Yeovil Easter Bunny and came away with a time of 42.36 whilst Steve Parker recorded a PB at the Manchester Marathon in a time of 3.7.42.

 Good luck to Josh and Steve Hollier who are both running the London Marathon.