Athletes keep up the pressure

PUBLISHED: 15:00 15 December 2010

North Somerset athletes

North Somerset athletes


IN the third meeting of four in the Gloucester Cross Country League, North Somerset juniors maintained the pressure on their rivals at Blackridge on Saturday.

IN the third meeting of four in the Gloucester Cross Country League, North Somerset juniors maintained the pressure on their rivals at Blackridge on Saturday.

The Under-11 girls wrapped up first place in the team event with Harriet Emery coming home in second, Sara Flower third and Sophie Parker in 13th. Sisters Kate and Holly Gilbert also finished well up the field. Luke Wheeler finished a creditable ninth in the boys.

The Under-13 section is truly hotting up with the girls in another close fight with Worcester AC, although coming a close second in the team event, North Somerset B also gained a fifth in the team tally showing the strength in depth at the club. Angharad Flower came in a close second, Ellie Wallace fourth, Ellie Parker sixth, Alys Withers ninth, Jasmine Emery 10th, Chloe Buck 14th and Phoebe Sherbourne well up the field.

The boys, who are going from strength to strength, went one better claiming first in the team section. Corey Williams was first through for North Somerset in third closely followed by Davis Warnes in fourth, Ben Greenslade in sixth and Will Binnington in 10th.

There were good individual runs from Cecelia Bradley and Katie Constable in the Under-15s and Catherine Hughes and Cameron Coetzee (third) in the Under-17s.

It’s sure to be a competitive final fixture in the fourth round match at Plock Court, Gloucester, on February 5.

On Sunday at Bath University and despite the previous day efforts, there were some excellent performances with North Somerset athletes claiming several medals.

In the Under-11s, Emma Mantzos gave a brave performance to come in fourth and second for Avon. In the boys section, Ben Cureton claimed second place in Avon, fourth overall, followed in by Ewan Campbell, who was fifth overall and Luke Wheeler eighth.

Corey Williams, who had run magnificently the previous day, went even better coming fifth and taking silver in the Avon championships. Another strong performance, backing up Corey, was Will Binnington, who took the fourth Avon position.

Angarad Flower’s growing reputation was further enhanced during an exciting race to the end. Angharad overtook a Swindon athlete to go into first place on the final straight to claim gold and become Avon Under-13 girls’ champion.

There were other excellent performances in the same race with fast improving Alys Withers coming in 10th, just missing out on the Avon medals, Cecelia Anderson was 15th and Abbie Ball 16th.

Team pride of place went to the girls Under-15s, who took the Avon gold, silver and bronze positions with Katie Grinyer coming in seventh, Estella Lextundi-Willis 11th and Rosie Parsons 12th.

Club endurance coach Steve Hollier also featured both days, winning the M60 category and coming 41st overall out of 160 athletes on Saturday and winning gold in the M60 class on the Sunday.

These are exciting times for North Somerset Athletic Club, particularly following the successful summer track and field season.

Anyone who wishes to get involved in athletics, either in endurance or track and field, please see the club website. for more information.

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