Schools Cross country
Leamington C&AC girls dominated the year 6 primary schools cross country on Saturday. The second fixture in the league saw the pupils running back at Hatton but the tough course was no match for Ila Lane who finished first claiming her second win of the series. Leamington C&AC team members Izzy Goold and Esme DuBois finished just behind in 2nd and 3rd highlighting the talent that is at the Leamington based club. Fellow team-mate Chloe Lovett also ran finishing 29th. The club had had more success earlier in the day with Archie Lane having a clear win in the Year 5 boys race and Louis Proctor taking third position. James Gould struggled with a pulled calf for the duration of the course settling for 5th place in a tight finish.
The secondary schools’ inter area competition also took place on Saturday at Stratford High School where LCAC also showed off their talents. Representing their schools, Harry Bailey came 13th in the junior boys race, with Sam Morrey 26th and Diarmuid Winston 34th. Mel Gould finished 6th in the junior girls race followed by Hannah Cooper (13th) and Eva Fitzpatrick (18th). Jai Sispal was the highest scoring LCAC athlete of the day finishing second in the inter boys race. The inter girls race was awash with Leamington C&AC athletes as the girls, who usually race together, found themselves battling it out for position. Rosie Cale was 4th with Molly Minshull and Ana Lovett close behind taking the 4th and 5th spots. Emily Lovett finished 13th with Rositsa Gugutkova crossing the line in 14th.
The Gould family, who all run for Leamington C&AC, dominated the Thoresby 10 event on Sunday. The event sees a number of races set in the beautiful grounds of Thoresby Hall near Nottingham with runners choosing a 5k, 10k or 10 mile route through the estate. The sun was shining, highlighting the beautiful autumnal colours which have become an emblem of the race. The 10 mile race started first with the 10k starting 20 minutes later. Despite the different start times, Phil Gould found himself catching the back of the 10 mile runners quickly and had the extra challenge of weaving in and out of them all for a large chunk of the race. Overtaking his wife Laura (who was in the 10 mile race) he raced on with a comfortable lead to finish first in a time of 36:56. As Phil was finishing his race, James and Mel Gould were lining up to take on the 5k event. Both children having raced the day before, they had not set out to race hard but soon found themselves out near for the front of the pack where their race determination kicked in. James overtook the lead runner with his sister shortly doing the same so that they came in first and second, James in a time of 20:29 and Mel 21:01. Laura Gould finished her 10 mile in 1:42:07.
Paul Andrew of Leamington C&AC, claimed victory at the first race in the Tempo Winter Series on Sunday. The first of 5 in the series, runners face a 6.3 mile race with a climb up the notorious Ilmington Hill. Despite Andrew claiming it was a “nice stretch of the legs …to round off (his) first week of marathon training” he crossed the line in 37:22, over a minute and a half ahead of second. Simon West of LCAC also won his age category finishing in 17th place overall in a time of 43:16.