Top honours for North Somerset athletes
PUBLISHED: 09:00 20 September 2013 | UPDATED: 09:00 20 September 2013
North Somerset Athletic Club members took the top honours at the annual mile races around College Green in Bristol
NORTH Somerset Athletic Club turned out in their usual high numbers for the annual mile races around College Green in Bristol and once again took top honours.
The Under-13 girls’ kicked off proceedings and Harriet Emery led from the off in a competitive race between the front runners. She saw off the challenge of a spirited run from the lead Westbury Harrier girl to pull clear for victory in the final lap.
Lauren Ashurst ran strongly to take the bronze medal, with Olivia Burton also running well in fourth place. Lucy Maine finished a commendable fifth to lead the clubs younger runner’s home, with Rosie Whitehead finishing just behind her. Lizzie Plews, Megan McCrum and Isobel Gall all ran well in a 16-strong field.
The Under-13 boy’s were next off and talented Sam Gentry followed up his victory in this event last year with another race win. As one of the younger athletes in this age group, victory was all the more impressive and he will gain great confidence for the new season to come.
Luca Murray had a fine race to finish just outside the medal positions in fifth with teammate and newcomer Luke Garner-Greene in his first outing for the club just behind him in sixth from a field of 15.
The Under-15 girls’ race provided another club victor with Ellie Wallace winning by a distance from the chasing pack. Alice Davies ran with a stitch throughout and finished fourth. Jasmin Emery ran comfortably to finish sixth, with Sara Flower taking eighth spot.
Oliver Lock ran impressively in the Under-11 race and broke the field early on to finish well clear of the 16-strong field in taking gold. Youngsters William Wade and Will Maine ran well and can look forward to the cross-country season with confidence.
The Under-11 girls’ race saw Charlotte Sidwell running well in her first race to finish sixth. She was followed in by Grace Ashurst, Alice Bridger-Morales, Emily Chaffe and Charlotte Ross, who all ran well.
The much improved Joe Gentry with Matt Hogg and Euan Campbell all ran well in a tough Under-15 boy’s race, finishing fourth, fifth and eighth respectively.
In a poorly attended combined race of senior ladies, Under-20s and Under-17s, Angharad Flower and Lizzie Warnes both ran solidly and deserved their respective top podium positions.
Next weekend sees the club sending three strong teams of athletes to the Midland Road Relays and are confident of achieving podium finishes.
More information on the clubs activities can be found at www.nsac.org.uk