Cross country season kick off in style

PUBLISHED: 12:43 31 October 2017 | UPDATED: 12:43 31 October 2017

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Fifty-seven North Somerset Athletic Club members took part in the Gwent Cross Country League in Cardiff.

North Somerset Athletic Club had the best turnoout in several years with 57 runners representing the club at the recent Gwent Cross Country League in Cardiff.

First up were the Under-11 boys and girls, with most of the NSAC athletes making their debut for the club. Each and every one gave it their all and did the club proud in races with more than 100 competitors.

In the girls’ race, Millie Redman was the outstanding performer running superbly to make the top 10. Rowan Preen ran a great race to lead the boy’s team home with Ben Kelly close behind.

Congratulations to all the runners: Peter, Zach, Jacob, Zeki, Ben, Isaac, Rowan, Dawid, Romany, Rosa, Lavanna, Leah, Willow, Mille, Ellie and Esther.

The Under-13s took on the undulating 1.75 mile course with 14 competing from the club. The girls’ race saw good packing with Keira Devereux leading the team home, closely followed by Daisy, Abigail and Grace. They were backed up with good runs from Poppy, Isabella, Simone and Abigail.

The boy’s race saw one of the club’s highlights of the day. Ollie Campbell, who only began running for the club in August and running his first individual race for the club, set off in the lead and held this for some time.

Despite not being able to hold the lead he still managed to finish an impressive eighth place. Ollie was backed up by the rest of the team with strong runs from Reuben, Will, Louie, Alexander and Sam.

The Under-15s also had a good turnout with 16 club runners across the two races.

A big mention has to go to the boys for having the highest number of competitors across the age groups, with 10.

They were led home by the experienced and dependable Ollie Lock, who ran a fine race. The many debutantes in this age group were pleasing to see and this bodes well for the rest of the season.

Well done to Cameron, Louis, Max, Callum, Alfie, Jamie P, Will, Emile and Jamie V.

In the girls’ Under-15s, Steph Brooks ran hard from the gun and was first in for the club closely followed by Ella Johnston. There was good running from all the girls - Alysha, Ellie and Holly, but special mention goes to Victoria making her cross country debut for the club and ran a great race.

The Under-17 and 20 races saw seven members of the club compete, well done to Will, Callum, Isobel, Megan, Alys and Joe, who all ran hard in races run at a pulsating pace due to the high standard of the fields.

The senior team of Katie Hooper, James Adams and Andrew Devereux completed the day’s races and all did really well over tough 7k and 10k courses respectively.

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