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.