Athletes end the season in style

PUBLISHED: 12:31 12 September 2012

North Somerset Athletics Club.

North Somerset Athletics Club.


North Somerset Athletic Club gained promotion, aided by several league records and the third longest javelin throw in the UK this year.

PROMOTION, league records and the third longest javelin throw in the UK this year – it was all in a day’s work for the young athletes of North Somerset Athletic Club (NSAC) who marked the end of the season in spectacular style.

With a strong army of supporters, NSAC travelled to Yeovil for the final meet of the season and despite the overcast weather the youngsters performances lit up the track.

Amassing more than 1,400 points, the club finished joint top of South West League Division 2, alongside Wimborne, which finished second on the day.

The outstanding performance of the day came from 12-year-old Adam Milward in the Under-13 javelin, who threw a whopping 37.51m - a league record which places him third in the UK.

Another league record was broken by the club’s senior men’s 4x100m relay team (Ben Coghlan, Ashley Pierson, Alistair Abrams and Dean Pierson), who carried the baton round the track in a lightning 45.42 seconds.

This is nearly half a second less than the previous record. There were other relay wins for the Under-15 girls and Under-13 boys.

Other notable performances included some thrilling races in the girls’ Under-13 and Under-15 800m races. Harriet Emery and Alys Withers narrowly lost out in exciting finishes and another club record in the girls’ Under-15 3000m was broken by Cecilie Anderson with a time of 11.16.83.

Sophie Thomas completed a sprint double in the Under-15 girls, followed by Sarah Smith, Pippa Reilly and Catlin Harrold in the 100m and Laura Stratham in the 200m.

Ada’ora Chigbo won the shot put with a grade four 8.39m throw and in the same age category, Brioney Cox threw a personal best of 21.33m in the discus, also a club record.

The Under-17 girls team of Hannah Grimes, Olivia Withers, Frankie Allen and Hannah Godfrey showed their all-round talent to ensure all potential points were achieved.

In the 100m sprint for Under-13 boys, North Somerset athletes made up seven of the first eight positions over two heats with Ben Lewis leading the field in 13.26 seconds.

Ben who also completed a sprint double winning the 200m, was supported by Lucas Mortimer, Adam Milward, Sam Elrick, Henry Cox, Simone Elrick and Patrick Haskins.

In the same age group, Ben Cureton had a great day winning the 800m in a grade three time of 2.25.28.

In the high jump, Jonny Savill broke the club’s Under-15 high jump record with a leap of 1.55m and in the Under-17s, Kody Mortimer and Joe Cooke both equalled the club record with 1.60m.

Tom Clarke ran a strong fourth in a race in which the top five all reached at least grade four. The North Somerset stars were also in dominant form in the Under-15 boy’s triple jump with a one, two and three of Ryan Fowler, Jonny Savill and Alfie Light, who also claimed a close second in the javelin with a 31m throw.

Joe Cooke won the Under-17 long jump with a 5.90m jump and in the Under-20s age group, Ashley Pierson and Jo Withers won the 100m and 200m respectively.

Head coach Chris Millard said: “This was a wonderful end to the season and I would like to congratulate everyone that took part and made the club and our supporters proud.

“As well as our promotion, we have had season category winners in both boys and girls categories which is a great achievement. There is no doubt the young athletes have been inspired by the Olympics and we are now close to 400 young members.

“We train every night of the week across the county and there really is something for everyone. Anyone interested in getting involved with the club as an athlete or volunteer should visit our website at”

For more information, please contact NSAC communications manager Cath Foster on 07796 808583.

The attached pictures show the team doing the MOBOT, Adam Milward in the javelin and Hannah Godfrey in the long jump.

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