Athletes on form in county championships

NORTH Somerset Athletic Club advanced considerably from not only performing well at the Avon League but to securing 62 medal positions at the County Championships held at Yate.

NORTH Somerset Athletic Club advanced considerably from not only performing well at the Avon League but to securing 62 medal positions at the County Championships held at Yate.

This staggering performance for a relatively new club has firmly stamped North Somerset Athletic Club on the map.

Although due to weather conditions it was not a day for personal bests the successes were seen across the board in particular in the Under-13 and Under-15 categories where the club dominated.

In the Under-13 girls Sophie Thomas led the way as a triple gold winner, in the 100m, 200m and high jump and there was double championship joy for Angharad Flower in the 1500m and 800m and for Adoro'a Chigbo in the 70m hurdles and long jump.

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They were joined on the podium by Chloe Buck who secured gold in the discus and two silvers in the 800m and long jump. There were two seconds for Briony Cox in the discus and shot putt and two bronze awards for Pippa Reilly in the 200m and long jump.

There were also third places for Ellie Parker, Lauren Meredith Ellie Bray and Sarah Page in the 1500m, 70m hurdles, discuss and shot putt respectively.

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In the Under-15 girls there was no let-up with Katie Grinyer taking a gold and silver in the 200m and 800m. Anicia Skeates also taking gold and silver in the high jump and 75m hurdles, followed in third place by Hannah Godfrey.

In the javelin, first and second went to North Somerset with Cecelia Bradley and Emily Knox-Clifton. Rosie Parsons, off the back of a good cross-country season and sports-hall success, also took two medals with a second and third in the 200m close behind Katie Grinyer and in the long jump.

If that was not enough, in the Under-13 boys there were one, two, threes in the 800m, the high jump and discus. In the 800m it was Kyle Egan followed by Luke Osgood then Josh Gentry. In the high jump it was Liam Watson, followed by Declan Waters and Karl Egan and in the discus Lewis Cheetham followed by Liam Watson and Josh Gentry.

David Page had a stunning day in the throws, winning all three events, discus, shot putt and hammer. There were first and second places in the long jump with Sam Aizlewood and Ryan Fowler, who then continued his work by winning the 100 and 200m followed closely by Declan Waters and Aiden Paul in the 100m and Aidan in the 200m. James Lawrence showed his clear potential with two comfortable golds in the 100 and 200 metres. William Binnington took a creditable third in the 1500m.

Kody Mortimer branched out from his normal endurance events with two golds in the 400m hurdles and high jump together with silver in the long jump. Josh Bray also achieved multiple successes with a first second and a third in the triple jump, 400m and 800m respectively. In the same 800m Callum Hannay took silver.

In the Under-17 men, there was no let up with the fast improving Jake Fisher taking three golds in the 400m, 400m hurdles and long jump.

Other emerging athletes Ashley Pierson and Cameron Coetzee came second and third respectively in the 100 and 1500 metres. Jordan Allen added to the tally with a bronze in the shot putt.

There were many other athletes that competed and gave creditable performances and this depth in talent bodes well for the future of the club and athletics in the county.

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