Track & Field League Updates

Youth Development League Upper Age Group – 27th May 2018

Leamington C&ACs squad of U17 & and U27 athletes competed at the second YDL match on Sunday 27th May.  While the team was low on numbers the performances were excellent with a large number of PBs achieved.


On the track for the U20M saw Ben Hawkes and Alexander Ibbs.  Hawkes ran in the 200m and 400m, easily winning both races with 22.28s and 49.50s respectively.  Ibbs came in second in the 800m with a time of 2:04:30min.  Not normally seen in the field, he also took part in the mens long jump with a best jump of 4.82m.

The only U20 male field athlete was Luke Manning, he competed in the javelin and discus events.  He won the javelin competition with a throw of 34.93m.  For the discus event he achieved a throw of 17.57m and placing 3rd overall.

For the U20W the only athletes to compete were Lauren Ashbourne and Sophie Hunt.  Both girls were competing in the four throwing events.  In the hammer event Hunt came second in the A stream with throw of 32.56m while Ashbourne was third in the B stream, throwing 18.60m.  Next up was shot put.  Again Hunt came in second in the A stream with a throw of 10.16m.  Ashbourne took first place in the B stream with a throw of 7.82, a personal best with a 4Kg shot.

After lunch the girls next event was javelin.  Ashbourne managed a throw of 33.75m and taking second place in the A stream.  Hunt threw 20.41m in the B stream and placed second.  Discus was the last event of the day.  Ashbourne threw a winning throw of 30.46m which was also a new PB.  Hunt was first in the B stream throwing 28.93m.


In the U17 age group the three male athletes were Drew Sinnott, Cameron Williams-Stein and Jacob Watson.  Sinnott was first up in the field with the mens long jump event.  After four jumps he’d equalled his PB with a distance of 6.05m, this won the event.  The next event for Sinnott was shot put, another event he won with a throw of 11.73m.  In the javelin competiton, his strongest event, he gained an new PB with a massive throw of 53.32m also placing first overall.

Williams-Stein competed in both track and field events with his first one being the 400m.  He came in second place with a time of 55.12s.  Next up for him was high jump, an event he has been strong at previously.  He placed first with a jump of 1.75m and set himself a new PB.  His final event for the day wsa pole vault.  While he won the event his best jump was 3.10m was fell short of his PB of 3.42m.

Jacob Watson was in action on the track and took part in the 800m and 1500m, later completing the day in the field in discus.  His time for the 800m was 2.29.90min which placed him third.  For the 1500m he ran a time of 5.01.83min again placing third overall.  Throwing the in discus competition he managed a throw of 12.53m gaining third place in the A stream.

For the U17W three athletes competed, Lydia Mitchell, Lily Clarke and Rositsa Gugutkova.  Clarke was the first to compete in the hammer competiton.  Having made good progress during training she placed third in the competition with a distance of 21.60m.  In shot put later she achieved a throw of 6.31m coming third again.

Mitchell was next on the track competing in the 100m sprint.  Not normally a track athlete she ran a time of 15.18s placing fourth.  Her strongest event was next, javelin.  Throwing consistently well throughout, her final throw was the most powerful.  The winning throw was 34.04m which also set her a new PB.  Her last event for the day was the discus throw.  She came second overall with a throw of 15.94m.

Gugutkova started her day on the track with the 3000m.  Her finishing time was 12:52.53min.  Her other event on the day was in the long jump.  She placed fourth with a jump of 3.52m

Weekly Round


The second round of the veterans track and field league took place on Wednesday evening at the Pingles, Nuneaton. Leamington C&AC saw some strong performances during the evening with wins for Saffia Del Torre and Craig Bower in the 800m and Paul Andrew and Tom Foulerton maintaining their presence with wins in the 3000m. Nick Tawney had an easy win in the 2000m walk in a time of 11:57:3. In the field events, Tony Foster was surprised with his javelin event, coming first with a throw of 30.62 whilst Christine Taylor took first place in the long jump with a distance of 3.32. The night also saw Caroline Coward debut for the club on the track. Coward stepped in at the last minute to run both the 800m and 3000m taking third place in both events. Louise Marsh stepped in to replace Taylor in the 4x400m relay and brought the baton home for third (with Carol Blower, Saffia Del Torre and Emma Matthews making up the ladies team). The main excitement of the evening was left until the last race of the event in the 4x400m men’s relay. Dominated by Leamington C&AC last season, the team looked strong and Andrew Cooknell put them in a good position on the first leg. Craig Bower shot off to put the club in an impressive lead on second passing the baton to Paul Andrew with an almost 100m lead on the opposition. Notts AC however had their secret weapon on third and in what seemed like superhuman speed Notts caught Andrew and past him in what was an extremely fast 400m. Phil Gould took the baton for the last leg and managed to gain some distance but the men had to settle for second place. The men have dropped to third place with the ladies remaining in fourth place with everything to play for.



A very hot Saturday saw the second round of the lower Youth Development League at The Pingles, Nuneaton. Leamington C&AC youngsters were in fine form showing true team spirit with many of them volunteering to enter events that were not within their fields of expertise. Pole vaulter Lauren Healey and middle distance and cross country runners Mel Gould and Reuben Siemon Kleba found themselves throwing the hammer to score vital points for their club. Between them they managed legal throws and due to a lack of entrants in this event, Gould and Kleba ended up in second place with Healy taking first for the B team.  Healy threw what was probably the best throw of the day but it was declared a no throw after she accidently stepped out of the circle. Healy was frustrated but has perhaps found a talent she did not think she had. Gould also tried out the discus and despite a lack of technique looked comfortable in the cage and was pleased with her throw of 12.24. Molly Minshull (also a middle distance and cross country runner) ended up giving the shot a go and was pleased with her throw of 5.24. However the prize for team spirit would surely have to go to Ella Bower who turned up with no voice and suspected tonsillitis. Team managers Louise Morrey and Louise Marsh expertly managed to fill some of Bowers’ events with other athletes however, despite feeling awful, Bower stepped up to the line to race the 75m and finished in an impressive 11.3 seconds earning her first place for the club’s B team and an accredited 3  AAA achievement. She went on to compete in the 80m hurdles coming third and earning herself another AAA award. There were also debuts for Niamh Bennett in the 1200m; Charlotte Ahoghogbe in the 800m and James Eatough débuted in 200m, 800m and the long jump. Matthew Johnson was asked to run the 4x100m relay and was slightly nervous at his first outing, however teamed with Jai Sispal, Matthew Ashbourne and Jack Bower, Eatough’s debut was impressive and the team went on to take first place in the event. On more familiar territory, Matthew Ashbourne achieved a Grade 4 AAA rating for his shot of 10.84 also giving him first place and Jai Sispal was his usual dominant self winning the 800m and coming second in the 80m hurdles achieving an AAA grade along with another grade award in the high jump. Freya Delrymple was pleased with an AAA grade for her shot and a personal best in her high jump and Megan Marsh continued her success in the javelin throwing 20.49 to earn a grade 3 AAA standard.



Elsewhere, Vassilis Andreoulakis competed in Nottingham’s half ironman, the half outlaw. Consisting of a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile cycle ride and 13.1 mile run, Andreoulakis was aiming to complete the event in under 5 hours and was not disappointed crossing the finish line in a time of 4:58:43.

Natalie Bhangal was true to form running a personal best over 10k on Tuesday in Leamington C&AC’s club competition. Bhangal went on to obtain a personal best in the Draycote half marathon at the weekend in a time of 86:14 crossing the line as first female.




In almost perfect weather conditions, the Warwickshire County Track and Field Championships, held at the Pingles Athletics Track in Nuneaton took place at the weekend. Leamington C&AC saw a succession of medal positions over the two-day event along with a number of their own club records being broken. Jai Sispal came first in the heats for the U15 80m hurdles and then went on to take silver in the finals in new personal best of 11:97. Sispal had a great weekend also winning the 1500m in a new PB of 4:32:18 and taking gold in the 800m in a time of 2:09:57 which was also a personal best.

Charlie Eastaugh took the silver medal in the senior men’s 1500m and was happy to finish in a personal best of 4:03:89. Melanie Gould competed in the 3000m event for the first time and took the lead with three laps to go. She finished first in 11:32:57. Gould returned the next day to race the 1500m and was happy with a 5thplaced position and a PB of 5:16:48. Paul Andrew showed his usual fine form to finish first in the senior 3000m and Alex Ibbs managed a seasons best and a win in the U20 800m in a time of 2:03:56. Phil Gould took first place in the senior men’s 3000m steeplechase. Hannah Cooper finished second in the U13 girls 200m sprint.

Sam Morrey was happy with a personal best in his 200m and qualified for the final of the 200m. Robin Greenwood also achieved personal best times in the 75m hurdles and the 200m.

Ben Hawkes had ran a fast 400m to take gold in a time of 49:38. Hawkes’ time also saw the first club record over the weekend, a record that had stood since 1990.

The medals kept coming in the field events with Cameron Williams-Stein taking control of the pole vault to equal the club record that he holds himself with a jump of 3.20m. Megan Marsh was delighted to come second in the U13 javelin event throwing a distance of 21.36m which was almost 3 metres over her previous throws. Marsh also claimed the club record which had been held by Lauren Ashbourne since 2013 for that age category. Ashbourne herself achieved a silver medal in the U20 discus over the weekend with fellow club-mate Sophie Hunt taking gold with a throw of 28.82. Ella Bower jumped a height of 1.40m in the U13 girls high jump event taking a silver medal. Sam Morrey was pleased with a silver in the U13 boys shot achieving a personal best of 5.99.

Sunday saw the younger athletes competing in a Quadkids event with James Gould, Finn Williams-Stein and Ishan Carson. James ran an impressive race in the 600m to win in a time of 1:55:03 breaking the club record.


In other news

Shamira Naidu-Young managed to break the 4-hour barrier in the Stratford marathon on Sunday finishing in a time of 3:58:25.

Gavin Fowler took part in the Worcester Sprint Triathlon, consisting of 750m Swim, 30km Bike and 5km Run. Fowler finished third overall which was his first podium finish in the event. His overall time was 1:27:20.