Inter Counties and West mids action

Leamington C&AC young athletes had a busy weekend this weekend with some of the squad competing on both Saturday and Sunday. 
Saturday saw the Inter Counties School Cross Country Championships in which 6 of the club’s athletes had qualified to represent Warwickshire. The recent rains had made the course, in Winsford, Cheshire, slightly boggy and with driving ran for most of the day the athletes were certainly put through their paces, the rain easing and a rainbow appearing after they had all finished running. Jai Sispal represented the Intermediate Boys and came 38th overall with Mel Gould representing the Junior Girls, finishing 66th. The Intermediate girls had club mates Emily and Ana Lovett, Molly Minshull and Rosie Cale in the team, with each girl battling it out between themselves. Emily finished first out of the group in 34th place with Molly close behind in 38th. Ana crossed the line in 51st position and Rose Cale in 62nd. 
Sunday saw a rematch between the girls at the West Midlands Young Athletes Cross Country at Perry Park, Birmingham. The Lovett twins, Molly Minshull and Mel Gould, who all train together at Leamington C&AC have a friendly rivalry which saw the 4 girls pushing each other around the two lap course, in the shadow of Alexander Stadium. Minshull, had a point to prove and came home first for the girls team in 22nd position with Ana Lovett close behind on 29th. Sister Emily was 4 places back in 33rd place and Mel 37th. Saffia Chiba made up the team finishing in 49th. 
The Under 17 women’s race started the day in Birmingham with Rosie Cale having a strong run, despite running for her county the day before. Cale finished 19th with Georgina Hurt in 29th and Rositsa Gugutkova in 31st. 
The under 11 boys saw healthy competition between club mates James Gould and Louis Proctor, Proctor sat on Gould’s tail around the one lap course and Gould had to work hard to keep him off. Gould finished 18th after a strong uphill finish with Proctor coming in 29th. Ishan Carson also ran and finished 59th. 
Other runners: U11girls: Caitlin French (19); Madeleine Lim (58); Chloe Lovett (103). U15boys; Ruairc Winston (57). U13girls: Mariele Proctor (59); Alice Lim (59); Megan Marsh (105). U13boys: Diarmuid Winston (69) 

Senior Cross Country

Race 2

The first of December saw Leamington C&AC runners take on their second race of the cross country league season. The club sent 28 men to Warley Woods, Birmingham, to take part in the Birmingham league in what was a twisting course. Despite numbers growing in the club, the team were missing some of their faster runners and are dangerously close to the relegation zone after the second fixture. Paul Andrew was first home for the club in a respectable 52nd position, with Phil Gould managing to stay in double figures this time round finishing 81st. Greg West and Dominic Priest finished 102nd and 122nd respectively with Iain McLaughlin (124th) and Vassilis Andreoulakis (129th) making up the a team. Gavin Fowler (169th); Charlie Staveley (173rd); Jason Hill (182nd); Dean Mawby (185th); Jeremy Coward (197th) and Richard Merrell (206th) scored for the B team results putting them in 12th out of 13th.

Leamington C&AC ladies were closer to home at the Welcombe Hills outside Stratford-upon-Avon. A “proper cross country course” saw a 2 lap course with 3 steep climbs per lap and even the flat bits could be considered undulating. Kelly Edwards was on usual fine form, finishing 8th overall and taking first place for the masters team. Like their male counter-parts, they were missing a number of stronger runners but this did not seem to defeat the team with Jenny Jeeves coming in 31st position and also counting towards the masters points. Zara Blower, was third home for the club with Saffia Del Torre coming in final counter for the overall team prize and for the masters team which left the ladies 7th overall and maintaining first position in the masters league.