Athletes impress in cross-country event

PUBLISHED: 14:25 18 January 2012

Athletic winners.

Athletic winners.

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North Somerset Athletic Club’s junior members enjoyed great success at he South West Cross-Country Championships at Bicton College in Devon.

A SUPERB set of results were achieved by North Somerset Athletic Club’s junior athletes at the South West Cross-Country Championships at Bicton College in Devon recently.

Athletes competed from all over the south west of England for their respective counties and clubs in the annual combined event.

The powerful Under-13 girls’ squad further enhanced their growing reputation by taking the team gold medal for the club in style. Ellie Wallace led the field, but could not shake off a Dorset athlete and on the notorious hilly course she was pipped to the line in a sprint finish to settle for individual silver.

Sarah Flower continues to impress and clearly enjoyed the hills with her most impressive run of the season. She finished an outstanding sixth in the race and with another year to run in the Under-13 category, she will clearly be one to watch at this event next season.

Jasmine Emery (18th), Alys Withers (31st) and Sofie Andersen (45th) ensured that the team finished well clear of its rivals. All five athletes also ran for the county to help Avon to the team gold medal.

The Under-13 boy’s team also had a good day with some spirited running to secure the team bronze.

David Warnes went with the front runners and gave it everything in his quest for an individual medal and though he finished just outside the medal positions for a fantastic fifth place, Warnes said that he was over the moon that he managed to split the highly regarded Team Bath twins for the first time ever.

Team-mates Sam Dangerfield (28th), Ben Cureton (32nd) and Luke Wheeler (40th) all supported superbly to thoroughly deserve their team bronze medal.

In the Under-15 races and at the bottom of their respective age groups, Cecillie Andersen (24th) and Angharad Flower (31st), as well as Will Binnington (41st) and Ben Greenslade (47th), all competed well in tough fields.

Under-17 Cameron Coetzee took part in the most exiting race of the day and secured a bronze medal for his efforts. He and three others broke away from a 45 strong field and were cat and mouse all the way until the last hill when Coetzee was just a metre away from securing silver on the finish line.

His coach Steve Hollier said that he was really pleased with the way in which Coetzee ran his race and feels that he is coming good at just the right time of the season after the injury problems he encountered in early season.

NSAC’s Ben Maliphant had a cracking run in the Under-20s event, where he helped the Avon county team to a bronze medal. Maliphant finished 51st in a 91 strong field, which was no mean feat after winning a 10k orienteering race just the day before.

For more information on North Somerset AC’s activities and how to get involved visit www.nsac.org.uk


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