A skeleton NFJ and Bournemouth team finished second in the final YDL Lower match of the season to take the Southern Division 3A crown. Chichester Runners finished first on the day but NFJ's second place finish was enough to preserve their lead at the top of the league table and secure promotion for next season.
Well done to all athletes who have participated in the YDL this season and made the longer journeys that are required in the fixtures in this league.
Elsa Norris took a further nine seconds off her own U13G 1500m club record with a new best of 5:12.17 at Watford Open.
Well done Elsa.
Six NFJAC athletes were representing the New Forest district at the Hampshire Year 7 & 8 schools championship having been selected based on their performances at the New Forest Championship earlier in the season.
There were gold medals for Clover Smith in Year 7 discus, Elsa Norris in Year 7 600m and Alexis Seymour in Year 8 70m hurdles. Clover extended her own club record in the process and Elsa's winning time was also a new club record. Jack Presley took silver in the Year 7 1000m, Chloe Johnson finished 4th in the Year 8 200m and Ewan Gwyer came 6th in the Year 8 800m.
Alexis and Chloe also made up half of the team that won the 4 x 100m relay.
Overall, New Forest finished in third place in the Year 7 girls and Year 8 boys competitions, and took fourth place in the Year 7 boys and Year 8 girls.
Congratulations to all of our athletes who were selected to represented the district.
Lily Smith ran the anchor leg as Hampshire finished third in the U17 women's 4 x 100m relay at the English Schools championships.
Congratulations, Lily. A medal at English Schools is a brilliant achievement.
A small but effective team of New Forest and Bournemouth athletes made the journey to Kingston on a roasting hot day for the latest YDL lower match. Team manager Anna Raynsford worked her magic to fill as many events as possible on the team sheet and the young athletes all did their best and came home with a win that leaves the combined New Forest and Bournemouth team well placed to secure first place in the league at the final match in Crawley later this month.
Congratulations to Daisy Johnson whose performance in the Hampshire Schools pentathlon championship has earned her a call up to represent Hampshire in the English Schools pentathlon championships in September.
Well done, Daisy. Great achievement.
Elsa Norris broke the club's U13G 1500m record with a time of 5:21.82 in the latest Watford Open, taking 10 seconds off the previous best.
Well done, Elsa.
NFJAC's four U13 county champions have earned call ups to the Hampshire team for the upcoming Derek Crookes South East inter-counties competition at Kingston on 24th July.
Clover Smith: DIscus
Elsa Norris: 800m
Jack Presley: 1500m
Max Pinckney: Shot putt
Congratulations to all of them on this great achievement.
Two new NFJAC club records were set at Match 3 of the YDL Upper at Harrow.
In the U17W 4 x 300m relay, Skye Johnson, Amy Gwyer, Leah Johnson and Florry Siderin set a new NFJAC all time best of 3:01.9. And then we fielded a team for what is believed to be the first time ever in the U20W 4 x 400m relay, with Anise Mellodey, Millie Siderfin, Annabel White and Lilly Jones creating a new record.
Congratulations to all of them.
Lily Smith has been selected to represent Hampshire in the English Schools championsip for the second year running. Lily will complete in the 100m.
Selection for English schools is just about the highest recognition that school age athletes can achieve, because selection is achieved not just by being the best in your county but also requires attainment of a qualification time, distance or height.
NFJAC came within 21 points of beating all conquering Winchester in the third match of the Wessex League. As ever, our young athletes willingly filled gaps in the team sheet to maximise our points haul and we came up just short of what would have been a stunning victory. Nonetheless, another second place finish took NFJAC to 17 points and, albeit possibly only temporarily, first place in the league.
Congratulations to Lily Smith (100m), Luke Dacey (100m), Alexis Seymour (75mH) and Chloe Johnson (300m) who have all been selected to represent Hampshire Schools in the forthcoming South East Schools inter-county championship. Good luck to all of them.
There were five new club records on 29th May.
Anise Mellodey (U20W) broke her own 100m record with a time of 13.0 seconds, and also broke the 200m record with 27.5 seconds. It was a bad day for former NFJAC athlete Ellie Gennings, who lost her 200m record to Anise and also her U20W 800m record to Lilly Jones who recorded a time of 2:26.3 running as a non-scorer in the Wessex Young Athletes match. Lilly also created a new U20W record for javelin with a throw of 22.45m.
The fifth record to fall on the same day was the U13G 1200m which went to Elsa Norris, taking over six seconds of the previous club best and squeezing inside four minutes in the process.
Congratulations to all of the new record holders.
NFJAC went to the top of the Wessex Young Athletes League, albeit having competed in one match more than Winchester and Basingstoke at this stage, with an excellent victory at Salisbury. Opponents included hosts Salisbury, Swindon and Bournemouth so this was no walk in the park but, as ever, the team management did a great job of filling the team sheets with points scorers in as many events as possible, and our athletes put team before themselves to take part in events that they might not be entirely comfortable in. As a result, we picked up points in almost all events across all age groups.
NFJAC amassed 506 points on the day, 90 more than nearest rivals, Salisbury. It really can't be over-stated what a difference it makes to the team points tally when you get competitors into some of the less popular events. Even if the javelin only goes 10 metres or the discus just gets out of the cage, it will always be good enough for points.
A large number of NFJAC athletes were representing their various schools in competitions in the final week of May.
The New Forest Track and Field Championship for secondary schools took place at Kings Park Stadium, Bournemouth on Tuesday 24th May. A lot of our athletes were in action and they turned in many good performances and first place finishes, too many to list them all. However, a couple of performances are worthy of a mention, with two of our U13 girls breaking championship records. Clover Smith (Noadswood School) broke the U13G discus record with a throw of over 28 metres, whilst Elsa Norris (Hounsdown School) broke the 600m record, running under 1:47. Times are not official at this level of competition but, nonetheless, it's an excellent achievement to break records in this long running competition.
Later in the same week, Daisy Johnson (Priestlands School) and Alexis Seymour (Testwood School) took part in the Hampshire Schools combined events championship at Andover. Daisy took the bronze medal home with her, followed closely by Alexis in fourth place with a new PB of 2243 points. Great performances from both of them.
Well done to all of our athletes who represented their schools and congratulations to all of our winners. Selection to represent New Forest Schools in the Hampshire Schools Championships will follow for a number of them.
The Hampshire track & field county championship took place over the weekend with an incredible contrast in weather and conditions between Saturday and Sunday. The glorious sunshine on Saturday made way for torrential rain on Sunday but NFJAC athletes turned in some outstanding performances on both days and, up against the county’s powerhouse clubs, returned an impressive medals haul and eight county champions.
The gold rush started on Saturday with Daisy Johnson winning the U15G high jump with a new personal best of 1.50 and Ollie Miell taking gold in the U17M long jump. Shenique Xavier then took gold in the U15G 100m, improving her PB to 12.76. Despite the appalling conditions, there were more gold medals on Sunday. In the field Max Pinckney took gold in the U13B shot putt and Clover Smith won the U13G discus, bettering her own club record in the process and, most notably, going over 1.5m clear at the top of the UK rankings for U13G discus. The runners then got in on the act, with Luke Dacey taking the gold in the U15B 100m, and as the weekend drew to a close with the middle distance finals there was gold for Jack Presley (U13B 1500m), running under five minutes for the first time, and Elsa Norris (U13G 800m), improving her PB to 2:28.1.
As well as our new county champions, there were plenty of other medals throughout the weekend.
Ashley Williams – Bronze: U20M 100m
Luke Dacey – Silver: U15B 200m
Ewan Gwyer – Silver: U15B Triple jump
Max Pinckney – Bronze: U13B discus
Keira Everett – Silver: U17W 1500m steeplechase
Abi Blake – Bronze: U17W discus
Shenique Xavier – Bronze: U15G 200m
Chloe Johnson – Silver: U15G 300m
Daisy Johnson – Bronze: U15G Long jump
Clover Smith – Bronze: U13G shot
Congratulations to all of our medallists and well done to everybody who took part and to all the coaches, parents and supporters who help to make this happen and who stood in the pouring rain on Sunday supporting our athletes.
Whilst most of our athletes were competing in the Hampshire county championships, our Wiltshire based contingent headed to Swindon on Saturday for their own county championship.
Between them they achieved an impressive haul of medals. The stand out performance was Florry Siderfin (U17W) who won two gold medals, doing the double of 300m and 800m. Anise Mellodey (U20W) also had a great day, with three medals and two club records. Anise won silver in the U20W 200m and bronze in both the 100m and 100mH. She set a new club record in the 100mH and broke her own record in the 100m.
Lauren Blackwell (U15G) also took two medals home with her, winning bronze in both shot putt and high jump. Neve Mellodey (U15G) took silver in the javelin and Tommy Budworth (U15B) won silver in shot putt.
Congratulations to all of our medallists and well done to everybody who took part.
The first month of the season has seen a steady flow of PBs from our athletes. We have also seen a number of new club records. Well done to all of the following who have set new club best performances so far this season:
Clover Smith: U13G shot putt and discus club records broken multiple times already this season. The current best is 8.34m for shot and 23.87m for discus. Clover is currently ranked number 2 in the entire UK for U13G discus.
Abbie Blake. U17W hammer: 20.42m
Florry Siderfin: U17W 400m: 1:02.00
Skye Johnson: U17W 1000m: 3:27.03
Jake Clark: U17M 400m: 53:30
Elsa Norris: U13G Mile: 5:43.7
Leah Johnson: U17W Mile: 5:44.2
Erin Ingram: U15G 3000m: 13:16.0
Daisy Johnson, Emma Doman, Alexis Seymour, Chloe Johnson: U15G 4 x 300m: 3:00.10
Well done to all of our record breakers.
New Forest Juniors and Bournemouth's combined team achieved an emphatic victory in the first fixture of the season in Youth Development League Division 3A
The composite team scored an outstanding points tally of 559 to finish over 150 points clear of second placed Woking.
There were some outstanding performances on the day, more PBs and notably a new club record for the U15G 4 x 300m, with Daisy Johnson, Emma Doman, Alexis Seymour and Chloe Johnson recording 3:00.10. Well done, girls and also to everyone who took part and contributed to this excellent victory. Below is the link to the full results.
Bank Holiday Monday 2nd May saw the county championships taking place at Portsmouth for multi-events and Quadkids, as well as the "May Day Miles" and 3000m events. It was a successful day for NFJAC athletes.
Congratulations to Daisy Johnson who took silver in the U15G pentathlon, coming through strongly in the final two events; high jump and 800m. In the U13G pentathlon, Clover Smith won bronze. Well done to Daisy and Clover.
There was even more success in Quadkids, with Lottie Osman and Ivy Osman taking gold and silver respectively. Brilliant effort, girls. Well done.
NFJAC was also represented in the mile and 3000m races. Elsa Norris finished second in the combined U13/ U15 race, setting a new club record in the process. In the second race for U17 age groups upwards, Skye and Leah Johnson went against each other, with Leah just pulling away from her sister in the home straight, also setting a new club record for the mile. In the 3000m, Erin Ingram also grabbed herself a club record.
Well done to everyone.
Sunday saw the return of league action with the first Wessex Young Athletes fixture taking place at Southampton. With all age groups involved and a strong turnout of NFJAC athletes and families, plus a little more sunshine than was forecast, it turned into a great day out for the club, as well as a successful day of track and field resulting in an emphatic victory for NFJAC, winning all age groups plus Quadkids, against opposition that included Southampton and Aldershot.
Too many excellent performances to list them all but results are available using the link below. One performance that does merit a specific mention was Clover Smith breaking her own discus record for the third time already this season, throwing over 23 metres for the first time in competition.
A number of our athletes will return to Southampton on Easter Saturday for the Southampton Open. Next league action is 24th April for upper age groups in the YDL, and lower age groups on 8th May.
Results: Wessex Young Athletes League - Southampton, Sunday 10th Aprill
The early season opens continued with NFJAC athletes taking part at the Portsmouth and Winchester opens. Conditions weren't quite as favourable as the previous weekend but there were still some strong performances and more PBs ahead of the return to league action in the Wessex Young Athletes league next Saturday at Southampton.
Results from Winchester are available using the link below. For results from Portsmouth, it's Power of 10 only.
Winchester Open results - 3rd April 2022
NFJAC returned to track and field action in glorious March sunshine with the SETAFA open at Portsmouth on Saturday and the Bournemouth open on Sunday.
There were a number of impressive performances to start the season and a number of PBs. Most notably, Anise Mellodey took the U20W club record for the 100m, improving the record to 13.2 seconds, and Clover Smith stretched her own U13G discus record to 22.66m.
Well done to everybody. It's good to have track and field back.
NFJAC had two representatives turning out for Hampshire in the South East Schools Year 7 Inter-Counties cross country, hosted by Essex this year at Writtle College, Chelmsford.
Elsa Norris was in Hampshire's Year 7 girls team but unfortunately dropped out the race after about 1km, having turned her ankle.
In the Year 7 boys race, Jack Presley finished in 72nd place.
Well done to both of them for making the Hampshire Schools team and making the journey to Chelmsford.
Good luck to the NFJAC athletes who will be travelling to Loughborough this weekend to represent Wiltshire in the UK Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships on Saturday:
U15G: Emma Packman, Florry Siderfin
U15B: Ruben Williams, William Sanderson (reserve)
U17L: Lilly Jones, Annabel White
U20L: Millie Siderfin
What a great achievement to represent their county at this level.
A number of NFJAC athletes were in action representing New Forest Schools in the Hampshire Schools Cross Country Championship at Down Grange, Basingstoke.
Our youngsters contributed to some excellent team results for New Forest Schools:
Year 6 Girls: First place
Year 6 Boys: Fourth place
Year 7 Girls: Second place
Year 7 Boys: Seventh place
Year 8 Girls: Fourth place
Year 8 Boys: Third place
Notable individual performances were Elyan Smith (10th) and Max Davis (18th) in Y6 boys, Elsa Norris (5th) in Y7 girls and Jack Presley (12th) in the Y7 boys race. Elsa and Jack have now been selected to represent Hampshire Schools in the inter-counties match in Essex on 26th March. Congratulations to Jack and Elsa and well done to all who represented New Forest Schools.
It was another successful Sportshall fixture for NFJAC as the third and final match of the season took place at Aldershot. Alexis Seymour (U13G) completed a clean sweep of first place finishes for the season to take the gold medal. The U13G team also won their third successive match to take the team gold.
Other notable performances on the day were Amy Gwyer with third place in U15G, and Chloe Johnson (4th), Clover Smith (5th) and Elsa Norris (7th) in U13G; Ewan Gwyer, not to be out done by his sister, also took third place in the U13B, with Toby Morely finishing sixth on his Sportshall debut for the club, and Jack Green in seventh place.
In U11G, Zoe Godrey followed up her first place finishes in the previous two fixtures with third place to take gold for the season, followed by Lottie Osman (12th) and Ivy Osman (21st). For the boys, Paddy Butler was the highest finisher for NFJAC in sixth place, followed by Hugo Reddick (8th), Tyler Shaw (15th), Henry Green (26th) and Charlie Keen (31st), with the boys team finishing in fourth place on the day.
Congratulations to the winners and well done to all who took part in Sportshall this year.
The English National Cross Country Championships took place at Parliament Hill on Saturday 26th, with thousands of runners taking on the hills and mud of Hampstead Heath.
NFJACs sole representative was Elsa Norris in the U13G race, finishing in 155th place out of 393 finishers.
NFJAC athletes made up a significant part of the Hampshire teams as the U11 and U13 South East Regional Sportshall final took place in Burgess Hill in Sussex.
Competing against Surrey, Sussex, Kent, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, the following athletes took part for the Hampshire teams.
U11G: Zoe Godfrey, Lottie Osman
U13G: Lily Godfrey, Alexis Seymour, Chloe Johnson, Elsa Norris, Clover Smith
U13B: Leon Duell, Ewan Gwyer, Jack Green
Our athletes helped the U11G and U13G to both finish in fifth place, with the U11B and U13B teams finishing in sixth place.
With the fixture at Sparshott College, Winchester having been cancelled, the final Hampshire League cross-country fixture took place at Popham Airfield, Basingstoke on 19th February. There were no U11 races and just four NFJAC athletes made the journey to race in what turned out to be very wet conditions.
In the U17W race, Lily Jones finished in an impressive 7th place, with Annabel White coming home in 14th. In a few weeks time they will be heading to Loughborough to represent Wiltshire in the National Inter-Counties.
In the boys races, NFJAC had representation in only the U13 race, with Jack Presley finishing 31st and Jonas Josiah 37th.
Lily T broke her own club record three times in one day with some outstanding performances in the U17W 60m at the National Indoor Championships in Sheffield.
Lily was in explosive form out of the starting blocks in all three races, as she breezed through her heat and semi-final. In the final, she just missed out on a medal in a very tight finish but set a new PB and club record of 7.59 seconds.
Congratulations, Lily. Amazing performances.
Congratulations to the following NFJAC athletes who have achieved the huge honour of being selected to represent their county in the UK Inter-Counties XC Championships at Loughborough on 12th March:
U15 Girls: Florry Siderfin
U15 Boys: Ruben Williams and William Sanderson (reserves)
U17 Ladies: Lilly Jones and Annabel White
U20 Ladies: Millie Siderfin
Well done to all of them and good luck on 12th March.
Congratulations to the group of NFJAC athletes who have been selected to represent Hampshire in the Sportshall South East Regional competition at Burgess Hill on 19th February:
Under 11 Girls: Zoe Godfrey and Lottie Osman
U13 Girls: Alexis Seymour, Chloe Johnson, Elsa Norris and Lily Godfrey
U13 Boys: Leon Duell, Ewan Gwyer and Jack Green
Well done to all of them and good luck on 19th Feb.
Lily Thurbon-Smith and Rebekah Smith both won medals in the SEAA Indoor Championships at Lee Valley on Saturday.
Lily won bronze in the U17 60m, equalling her own club record of 7.71 seconds. Congratulations, Lily.
Rebekah won silver in U15 60m hurdles in a time of 9.39 seconds, and followed up with a fourth place finish in the long jump, achieving a new club record of 4.93 metres. Congratulations, Rebekah.
Well done to both on these brilliant achievements.
The second Sportshall fixture of the winter took place at Eastleigh on Sunday 16th January, with another good turnout from NFJAC.
Zoe Godfrey followed up her win at Portsmouth by doing the same again to reaffirm her status as the leading U11 girl in Hampshire Sportshall. Lottie Tindell (13th), Lottie Osman (17th) and Ivy Osman (31st) made up the team and secured third place on the day for NFJAC. For the U11 boys Max Davis was the best finisher in 10th place, followed by Elwood Thomas (29th), Ezra Ejebu (30th) and Charlie Keen (42nd).
The U13 girls team repeated their first place finish from the first fixture, with NFJAC athletes finishing 1st (Alexis Seymour), 2nd (Chloe Johnson) and 4th (Elsa Norris), backed up by Lily Godfrey in 8th place. The U13 boys also turned in good individual performances with Leon Duell finishing joint 2nd place, Ewan Gwyer 5th and Jack Green 10th.
Amy Gwyer was the only NFJAC representative in the U15 competitions, finishing in 3rd place in the U15 girls.
A small number of NFJAC athletes made it to Prospect Park in Reading for the third Hampshire League XC fixture.
In the U13 races, Elsa Norris finished in 22nd place for the girls, and in the boys race, Jack Presley finished 28th. The only other NFJAC runners were Annabel White who finished 13th in the U17 women race and Aidan Dure-Smith finishing 18th in the U20 men race.
Well done to the four of them for making the journey to Reading. Following the cancellation of the Winchester fixture, there is now just one Hampshire League fixture remaining, taking place at Basingstoke on 19th February.
The 2022 Hampshire XC County Championships took place at Fairthorne Manor in atrocious conditions on Saturday 8th January. With the course already boggy following heavy rain on Friday, the incessant rain throughout race day made for some of the most challenging conditions that many of the young athletes have encountered. Nonetheless, a number of NFJAC athletes turned out and gave their best.
In the first race of the day, five of our U11 boys turned out to make this the only race in which we placed as a team, finishing sixth in the team standings. Colm Robertson (5th), Max Davis (16th), Paddy Butler (37th), Ezra Ejebu (42nd), Elwood Thomas (43rd) and Henry Green (46th) were the NFJAC runners.
In the U13 boys race, Ewan Gwyer finished in 30th place, with Joshua Cotroneo in 39th. For the girls, Elsa Norris managed 18th place, with Sophie Cotroneo in 30th.
In the U15 races, Jack Everett (36th U15B) and Erin Ingram (46th U15G) were the only NFJAC representatives but there was a stronger turnout in the U17 women's race with Leah Johnson, Kiera Everett and Skye Johnson all running. Unfortunately, Skye pulled up with an injury but Leah ran well, leading in the very early stages and finishing 12th, with Kiera also going well to finish in 16th place.
Aidan Dure-Smith completed the NFJAC representation, running 8.1km in the men's U20 race and coming home in 8th place.
Well done to everybody who took part.
Slightly under the radar in the middle of XC season, Rebekah Smith had a great result in the South of England Indoor Combined Events Championships at Lee Valley on 19th December. Rebekah finish in second place with 2900 points, finishing just 59 point off the gold medal.
Well done, Rebekah. An excellent performance.
There was success for NFJAC athletes in the Wiltshire XC County Championships on 19th December. Lilly Jones (U17G) and Florry Siderfin (U15G) both took bronze medals. Congratulations, girls.
Emma Packman finished in 5th place in the U15G. Ruben Williams was 9th and William Sanderson 11th in the U15B race. In the U17G race Annabel White finished in 7th place.
Well done to everyone who took part.
On Saturday 11th December, Elsa Norris represented Hampshire in the South East Inter-Counties U13 cross country at Lloyd Park in Croydon. In her first call up for the county, Elsa finished in 93rd place. Ahead of her, Hampshire's first four finishers secured the bronze medal for the team.
Only a small group of NFJAC athletes made the journey to Aldershot for the second fixture of the Hampshire League. They were rewarded for their effort with a still, bright morning and great running conditions.
In the U11s races, NFJAC didn’t have any representation in the girls race but Henry Green took part in the boys race, finishing in 37th place. In the girls U13 race, Elsa Norris was the first NFJAC athlete home in 12th place, with Lauren Blackwell-Jackson (42nd) the only other NFJAC runner. In the U13 boys race, Jack Presley led the NFJAC runners, finishing 20th, followed by William Farthing (32nd) and a courageous run from Jack Green (51st) who returned from illness and without having trained for over two weeks. Well done, Jack.
There were no NFJAC athletes in the boys U15 or U17 races, whilst in the girls races Erin Ingram (U15 – 39th) and Annabel White (U17 – 20th) were the sole representatives. Aidan Dure-Smith ran in the men’s race, finishing as the 25th U20.
Elsewhere, Lilly Jones and Millie Siderfin took part in the English Schools Cross Country final at Newquay, Cornwall. Their school, South Wiltshire Grammar School, finished an admirable seventh place. What a great achievement for these NFJAC athletes to finish seventh in the final of this national competition. Congratulations.
A number of NFJ athletes were in action last week in the New Forest District schools XC race for school years 7 – 11. Representing various schools from around the New Forest were Molly Layland, Sophie Cotroneo, Elsa Norris, Jack Presley, William Farthing, Josh Cotroneo, Dan Conti, Ewan Gwyer, Samuel Aidoo, Jacob Tasker, Chloe Johnson, Alexis Seymour, Clemmie Studdert-Kennedy, Erin Ingram, Daisy Johnson, Amy Gwyer, Leah Johnson, Keira Everett, Skye Johnson and Thomas Evans.
Kiera Everett (2nd place Year 11), Leah Johnson (3rd place Year 11), Chloe Johnson (3rd place Year 8), Jack Presley (3rd place Year 7) and Elsa Norris (2nd place Year 7) all achieved top three finishes and a number of NFJAC athletes can expect to be called up to represent New Forest District in the Hampshire Schools Championship in the new year. Well done to everyone.
We also wish the very best of luck to Lilly Jones and Millie Siderfin who will travel to Newquay as part of the South Wiltshire Grammar School team taking part in the national schools XC final this week. Good luck.
And away from schools competition, the Hampshire League continues this weekend with the second fixture taking place at Wellesley Wood, Aldershot. Good luck to all who are taking part.
There was success for NFJAC athletes in the English Schools Cross Country Cup South West Regional Final. Lilly Jones and Millie Siderfin were part of the South Wiltshire Grammar School team who were victorious in the South West final, with Lilly finishing an impressive fourth place individually. The team will now travel to Newquay on Saturday 4th December to take part in the national final. Congratulations, Lilly and Millie, and good luck in the final.
Elsewhere, a number of NFJAC athletes will be running for their schools in the New Forest District Schools XC races. Good luck to everybody taking part.
NFJAC athletes were in action indoors and outdoors over the weekend, with the first Hampshire League cross-country race of the winter, followed by the return of Sportshall for the first time since March 2020.
Hampshire Cross Country League Race 1 was hosted by Bournemouth AC at Kings Park with a strong turnout. In the U11 girls race, Lottie Tindall (13th) and Ella Lamb (20th) turned in good performances for NFJ, whilst in the boys race, Tom Mylius finished in an impressive 12th place in a field of sixty-eight runners, closely follow by Ashley Maslen (14th), Eli Lamb (38th), Ollie Maslen (48th) and Edward King (50th).
There was also a good turnout in the U13 girls race with 51 runners taking part. Elsa Norris came home in 21st place followed by Sophie Cotroneo (30th), Constance King (41st) and Clemmie Studdert-Kennedy (42nd), meaning that NFJAC finished seventh in the team positions out of fifteen teams who had runners in the race. The U13 boys also turned in a good performance to achieve eighth place out of twenty-two teams in the race. Jack Presley (20th) led the way, followed by William Farthing (36th), Josh Cotroneo (38th), Daniel Hillman (40th) Joe Mylius (51st) and Jack Green (57th).
Erin Ingram was the sole representative for NFJAC in the U15 girls race, finishing in 38th place, with William Sanderson (49th) and Jack Everett (54th) the only NFJs in the boys race. Annabel White was also flying solo for NFJAC in the U17 women’s race, finishing in 18th place, whilst in the men’s race, Cody Mitch and Thomas Evans finished in 21st and 22nd places respectively.
On Sunday the focus turned to Sportshall, with the first Hampshire event for twenty-one months and it was a successful return for the NFJAC team. Zoe Godfrey, making her Sportshall debut, scored a sensational 8 points to win the U11 girls, winning three events outright, finishing joint first in two others and second in the sixth event. Lottie Osman (7th), Ivy Osman (15th), Sophie Blackwell (31st) and Ella Lamb (33rd) all did themselves proud in their first Sportshall events and helped the team to finish in third place. For the boys, Hugo Reddick won the standing long-jump on his way to finishing in eighth place overall. Eli Lamb finished in 15th place, with Henry Green in 27th.
A very strong performance from NFJAC’s U13 girls saw them beat Winchester to first place with Alexis Seymour the outright winner and finishing in first place in three of the six events, including a eye-blurring 78 in speed-bounce. Chloe Johnson (4th) wasn’t far behind, followed by Elsa Norris (6th) and Lauren Blackwell (12th). A special mention must go to Clover Smith who withdrew with illness half way through the competition but despite only completing three of the six events she still finished in 14th place. In the U13 boys, Ewan Gwyer and Jack Green were the NFJAC representatives, finishing sixth and eleventh respectively but managing first and second place in speed bounce.
The only NFJAC athlete participating in the U15 competition was Amy Gwyer who took third place in the girls competition.
Click here for full results from all of the weekend's competitions on the Hampshire Athletics website.
New Forest Juniors return to Sportshall action for the first time since March 2020 this weekend, with the first of three planned fixtures taking place at the Mountbatten Centre in Portsmouth.
Results will follow after the event.
Our club founder Tim Wilding was remembered with a minute's silence ahead of a good turnout and some impressive results by New Forest Juniors in the second race of the Wessex XC League.
The Under 11s got things underway with Holly Grimsdell the first home for NFJ, finishing in 15th place. Holly was followed by Lottie Osman (18th), Lizzie Reid (21st), Ella Lamb (30th) and Ivy Osman (33rd). In the boys race, Colm Robertston finished an impressive second place in a tight finish. Max Davis (5th) was the next NFJ athlete across the finish line, followed by James Capstick (10th), Eli Lamb (19th), Hugo Reddick (21st), Elwood Thomas (26th), Ezra Ejebu (28th), Edward King (30th) and Elliot Stevens (33rd).
In the Under 13 girls, Elsa Norris was the first NFJ finisher, coming home in 7th place, followed by Sophie Cotroneo (12th), Chloe Johnson (14th), Lauren Blackwell (15th), Constance King (16th) and Clemmie Studdert-Kennedy (22nd). In the boys race, Joe Mylius (7th) just held off Ewan Gwyer (8th) to lead the team home. Hot on their heels were Josh Cotroneo (10th), William Farthing (11th), Luke Wale (14th), Daniel Hillman (16th), Dan Conti (17th), Jonas Josiah (23rd) and Jack Green (24th).
In the U15 races, Florrie Siderfin was first finisher out of our girls, finising 14th place in the race and followed by Emma Packman (18th), Erin Ingram (20th) and Amber Williams (23rd). For our boys, Charlie Coles led the NFJ athletes, finishing in 9th place, with William Sanderson (19th) and Jack Everett (20th).
The U17s races saw Lilly Jones add a second place to her first place in Race 1 and there were also strong performances from Milly Raynor (4th), Annabel White (5th) Leah Johnson (7th) and Kiera Everett (8th). For the boys, Cody Mitch and Thomas Evans finished alongside each other in 5th and 6th place respectively.
NFJ had just one athlete in each of the U20 races, with Aidan Dure-Smith finishing 6th in the mens race, and Mel Creber taking 3rd in the women's race.
Well done to all of our NFJ athletes.
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