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U17/U20 Athletes New Sessions

Leamington Youth Athletes get new training sessions

With a new group of U17 athletes this season the club has created some new training sessions and opportunites for our athletes.  Starting from the 20th March we now have a dedicated throws and jumps group in addition to the existing sprint and endurance groups.
Athletes are not restricted to one group and can do two groups in an evening and up to 3 days a week if they wish. Please register your interest with the relevant contact below.

Please find below the training groups available:

Sprint Group

Coached by fully qualified UKA sprint coach with over 20 years experience. Ex GB athletes as coaching assistant, specialist 400-800m coach, specialist strength and conditioning coaching assistant.
Sessions Tuesday 7.00-8.00pm (6.30 warm up if not coming from another group), Thursday 7.00-8.00pm, Sunday 10.30am-12.00pm
All abilities welcome. Athletes must commit to a minimum 2 sessions per week.
Main contact Lin McGreavy

Endurance Group

Sessions Tuesday 7.00-8.00pm (6.40pm warm up if not coming from another group) and Thursday 6.40-8.00pm (7.00pm start if coming from another session).
All abilities welcome.
Main contact Chris Jackson

Throws Group

Sessions Tuesday 7.00-8.15pm (6.30 warm up if not coming from another group), Thursday 6.15-8.00pm and Sunday 10.00am-12.30pm.
All abilities welcome and all throws covered.
Main contact Dave Ashbourne

Jumps Group

Tuesday 6.00-7.00pm
Sessions will cover either horizontal jumps (long jump and triple jump) or high jump depending on the week.
All abilities welcome
Main contact Katharine Stein

Hurdles Group

Ex GB hurdler as coaching assistant
Sessions Sunday 10.30am-12.30pm ad hoc by arrangement based on age group/gender
Please contact Katharine Stein to register interest in attending.

Pole Vault Group

Sessions Sunday 10.30am-12.30pm ad hoc by arrangement and weather dependent
Session planned for 6.00-8.00pm on Tuesday 3rd, Thursday 4th, Tuesday 10th and Thursday 12th April weather permitting.
Please contact Dave Ashbourne or Katharine Stein to register interest in attending

Steeplechase Group

England athletics have introduced 1500m steeplechase for U15 boys and girls in addition to events for U17/U20s. Taster sessions and training dates/times to follow.
Please contact Chris Jackson if you are interested in trying this challenging event.

If you are interested in attending a session that you are not currently attending please email or speak to the main contact for the group.  If you have any queries or are unsure of which group would work best for you please feel free to contact the coaches and they will give you suitable advice.  The timetable can be found here.  Plans are available on request to the coaches.

Here’s looking forward to an exciting year ahead.

English Schools XC

Warwickshire Schools Athletes

Whilst the “Beast from the East” did it’s best to ruin a lot of runners’ ambitions this week, with numerous races being cancelled, it did not manage to put off the young athletes who had qualified for the New Balance English Schools Cross Country Championships. A total of 8 Leamington C&AC runners headed up the M1 to Temple Newsam Park in Leeds to be met with a tough muddy course which was nothing compared to the biting winds that blew from the East. With the occasional snow flurry to contend with and a very exposed course, the runners showed true grit, determination and resilience as they battled the “beast”, and each other, around the grounds of the historic estate.

The junior boys race had the club full of excitement with Jai Sispal returning to cross country after suffering a broken arm earlier in the season.  Sispal began the race in a high position that showed that time out for injury had not affected his standard. However, disappointment followed, with Sispal suffering an injury to his ankle which meant he had to be carried off the course. Team mate Ruben Siemon Kleba was left to represent the local club on his own finishing in 16:38 over the 4.1km course.

The junior girls race had two Leamington C&AC athletes running the 3.1km course.  Some confusion at the start meant the girls did not get off to the best start.  However Molly Minshull ran a strong race to finish in 13:19. Mel Gould was not far behind in a time of 14:00.

The Intermediate boys race saw although two LCAC athletes complete. Cian McKearney ran a good race over the 5.2km course finishing in 19:49.  Cameron William-Stein crossed the line in 21:34.

In a race that saw only 4 out of the 8 Warwickshire runners compete, Leamington C&AC fielded 3 runners in the senior boys’ race. Running a total of almost 7km Keiran Chahal showed he was a force to be reckoned with.  He finished in 83rd place in a time of 25:00. Teammates Greg West and Alex Ibbs followed in a time of 26:16 and 30:17 respectfully.

Senior Road Relays

Leamington Athletes battle the spring snow

An amber weather warning didn’t deter Leamington athletes taking part in the promotion of this years Midland Counties Spring Road Relay Championships at Sutton Park last Saturday.  Winter returned to much of the country with snow and freezing temperatures, and made worse with easterly winds.

The event was brought forward a week which affect the number of teams due to the spring marathon training but Leamington C & A C managed to confirm their growing strength in numbers to field both a mens 12 stage team and ladies 6 stage team.

Mens Team

Long stages

First off for the men, running a long stage of 5.38 miles was Paul Andrew.  This stage is where all the clubs put in their fastest runners.  Paul was always in contention bringing the team home in 29:06 for 11th place.  Continuing his recent improvements this Cross Country season, Callum Hanlon ran the 14th fastest long stage of the day.  Setting a time of 28:01 he moved the club up to 4th position.  Jamie Langley, who lives out of the region again showed that he can compete with the best.  He set a time of 31:12 (7th).  Finally Bill Andreoulakis completed the last long stage in 32:10 keeping the club high up in 11th.

Short stages

The top 25 clubs from this event qualify for the National Relays next month.  Team Manager Alex Montgomery was confident after this excellent start that this would not pose a problem.  The following 8 stages run over a shorter distance of 3.165 miles with the two Charlies next up. Charlie Eastaugh, who now lives in London made his comeback in the red white and blue.  He had the 19th fastest short stage time of 16:37.  This moved the team back into the top 10 with 9th place.  Charlie Staveley came next with 18:22 (8th) followed by a strong run from Dean Mawby 18:18 to maintain the high position.

Kevin Walpole made his first appearance for the club and should be satisfied with his 20:27 timing (12th).  Training partners Paolo Foglino 20:40 (13th) and Simon Perkin 20:21 (16th) both knocked off over half a minute from their best times.  The team finished with John Knibb’s 19:40 (16th) and Craig Bower 20:26 placing them in 18th postition.  The final team total ended in 4 hours 35:20.  The men’s event was won by Bristol & West AC IN 4.02:05.

Ladies Team

The ladies run 6 stages with the first and third being over the longer distance. Led off by International Masters Monica Williamson they produced the club best showing on the “longer” event by over 3 and half minutes with 2 hours 40:06. Monica judged her run to perfection with 35:04 in 9th place before handing over to Jade Holt to complete the shorter stage in 20:43 (10th). Club regular, despite having to drive nearly 2 hours to get to the venue, was Zara Blower with 36:28 (9th) handing to Eve Walpole’s 22:56 (9th), Saffia Del Torre making her first appearance at the relays ran strongly for 21:43 (9th) and the team brought home by marathoner Courtney Thornberry’s 23:12 for a final position of 8th.  Birchfield Harriers won the ladies race in 2.14:27.

Special thanks must go to the officials of the Midland Counties who stood out in extremely difficult conditions for over 6 hours including Leamington’s Mary Hodges, Alan Edwards and Chris Hitchman.

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