Academy edged into third spot

PUBLISHED: 14:36 08 June 2011

Hannah Grimes.

Hannah Grimes.


North Somerset Athletics Academy edged into third place at Exeter.

NORTH Somerset Athletic Club (NSAC) competed in the second meeting of the season in the South West Track and Field League at Exeter arena.

Following the first meeting of the season in April, NSAC won some age categories, but were last overall. This time however, they challenged Exeter Harriers all day for second place.

NSAC were just pipped towards the end and had to settle for a creditable third, moving them up the league. Cornwall AC ran out clear winners on the day.

Again the club’s strength in depth showed in the Under-13 and Under-15 girls where North Somerset headed the field and their Under-17 comrades coming a narrow second. The Under-13 and 15 boys came a close second overall in both categories.

There were many notable performances and personal bests to name a few. Declan Walters set a PB and club record in the Under-13 boy’s 100m with a rapid 13.40. In the same age category, Liam Watson jumped 1.40m in the high jump and Will Binnington ran a club record of 11.32.3 in the 3000m.

Aiden Paul took two seconds in the 100m and 200m with 13.40 and 28.50 respectively. In the Under-13 girls’, Ada’ora Chigbo also PB’d whilst winning the shot with an 8.58m throw. Fast improving Ellie Wallace won the 800m in 2.34.20.

She followed this up by another super time of 5.10.95 also in the Under-13 girls’ 1500m with a club record. Alys Withers gave a typically gritty performance in the 800m with a time of 2.38.20. Sarah Smith clocked a creditable 13.70 in the Under-13 girls’ 100m.

The Under-15 girls’ also gave some fine performances with Anicia Skeates winning the long jump with a PB and club record of 4.74m, Sophie Thomas likewise in the 200m with a sharp 26.9 (PB and club record). Newcomer to the track, Caitlin Harrold also showed potential with a 13.40 in the 100m.

In the Under-17 women, Rosie Parsons also ran a club record in the 800m of 2.36.1. Francesca Allen won the Under-17 women’s hammer (15.18m) and was second in both the discus and 100m. In the senior women, Sophie Millard took part in five events amassing a total of 44 point for the team.

In the 4x100m relays, North Somerset showed off its strength in depth with wins in the Under-13 and Under-15 girls, for whom Hannah Grimes, Hannah Godfrey, Katie Grinyer and Sophie Thomas set a club record time of 53.50. Another club record was set by the senior men with a winning time of 44.6.

Another impressive performance by a North Somerset club member in the same week came from Nick Marsh. Nick a T38 disability athlete set an Under-18 national record at the CP Grand Prix at Greenford in London, where in the 1500m he set a cracking time of 5.40.4. This was well-deserved for the popular athlete, who never misses training and works extremely hard.

Head coach Chris Millard said: “This is a wonderful day for the club and shows what can be achieved through hard work”

The club next competes as a team in the Avon League at Yate on Sunday with high hopes of challenging for first place, following a couple of seasons being second to the host club.

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