North Somerset athletes shine in Newport

PUBLISHED: 16:13 11 July 2017 | UPDATED: 16:13 11 July 2017

North Somerset Athletic Club members dug deep to help the club reach the play-off final in Swindon.

Competing on one of the hottest June days, North Somerset Athletic Club knew they had to defeat Rhymney Valley in this fixture to secure a place in the promotion play-off match in the middle of July.

It was clear from the first event the top three teams in this division were up for the challenge with Team Bath hoping to secure first place. However, after the first 10 of the 57 events, it was North Somerset with a slight lead over their main rivals.

This lead was maintained for most of the afternoon, it was not until the last few events that Team Bath overtook North Somerset and then it was a battle to see who would finish second in this division.

The club had a few debutantes in this fixture and they performed heroically alongside regular competitors to try and push the club into that second place. During the course of the day the club had 40 PBs evenly split across the team.

Not one athlete deserves to be highlighted as all of the team competed in not just their own preferred event, but also stepping into unfamiliar territory to gain much-needed points, as well as becoming cheer leaders while not competing.

With just the relays remaining, North Somerset knew they needed to get the baton round in the final five events to qualify for the play-off final, which they did in spectacular style with two wins, two second places and a third.

This left the club just 36.5 points clear of Rhymney Valley in second place to secure those all-important league points to finish in second place in the division behind Team Bath.

With all the results compiled, the play-off final will be in Swindon on July 15 and North Somerset will be competing against South Wales, Bristol and West/Mendip, Team Bath, Swindon Harriers, Cardiff and Cheltenham and County Harriers in what could be described as a true M4 derby to try and gain promotion into the Midland South/West Premier League.

Many congratulations to all the team: James, Harrison, Sam P, Christian, Cameron, Lewis, Ashya, Henry, Rosie, Hannah, Stella, Stephanie, Chelsea, Connie, Alysha, Ruth, Holly A, Phoebe, Chrissie, Oliver C, Yannis, Myles, Nathan, William, Oliver H, Louie, Sam H, Ben, Mary, Olivia Y, Holly G, Keira Du, Lily, Daisy, Abigail, Keira De, Poppy and Bonita.

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