Green Leek 10km and Oxford Half

Green Leek 10km

A wet and soggy Sunday morning saw runners turn out for the annual Green Leek multi terrain 10.5km race between Burton Green and Leek Wooten which is now in it’s 4th year. The course in parts resembled a cross country course, with lots of mud and surface water with the added extra of some parts being divided between easy options and “hardcore” routes.

Leamington C&AC athlete Callum Hanlon made the course look easy finishing in a time of 35:47, more than 2 minutes clear of second place Andy Crabtree. Vassilis Andreoulakis, also of LCAC, finished 4th in 39:54 with Jason Hill a few places behind in 9th place with a time of 41:22. James Joyce finished in 45:30, Simon West in 48:58, and Laura Gould in 54:19. 

Oxford Half

Some outstanding results from Sundays Oxford Half Marathon, which was run in torrential rain from start to finish. Isaac Rothman ran a strong race and just missed a new pb by 5 seconds as he finished 12th in 76.47. out of the 6839 finishers.

Kelly Edwards was once more in good form and she also was close to a pb, missing out by only 24 seconds with 81.28, as she took 4th place (2nd W40)in the ladies race and 61st overall. There were 3395 lady finishers
Megan Rothman ran a superb race and consistent form throughout saw her lower her pb from 89.53 to 86.58 to finish 12th lady and 149th overall.

Saffia del Torre put in another strong race to finish 128th lady and 920th overall in 1.41.42. Completing the club members was Tejay de Kretser with 2.19.49.

Road Relays and Road Race reports

Road Relays

The National Road Relays were held at Sutton Park at the weekend and whilst Leamington C&AC’s men’s team had failed to qualify, the club were represented by their youth squad and their senior ladies team. 

The under 13 boys kicked the day off with debuts from Jacob Ellis and Oliver Wetherall running with James Gould who was celebrating his 12th birthday. The boys were faced with some fast competitors and started off almost at the back of the pack but were able to claw some positions back to finish 40th out of 48 complete teams.

The Under 15 girls team, suffering from injury, had two runners pull out at the last minute meaning Emma Dobson and Melanie Gould did not have a complete team. The girls, in true spirit, ran anyway and despite the lack of a third member ran well.

The Under 17 girls showed their strength fielding two teams. Ana and Emily Lovett teamed up with Lucy Green to finish 26th overall, with Molly Minshull, Rositsa Gugutkov and Saffia Chiba finishing in 35th place. 

The senior ladies had Megan Rothman running the team’s first and fastest leg of the 4.33km course in 16:29. Mum, Monica went second, followed by debutante Aneta Radaczewska. Zara Blower made up the team running a time of 17:35 to bring the ladies home in 41st position. 

BMF Supernova 5k

Leamington C&AC’s Wendy Daniels had a comfortable win at the BMF Supernova 5k held in Bournemouth at the weekend. Her first race in a while, having struggled with an Achilles Injury, Daniels crossed the line in 19:31, over 30 seconds ahead of second place female Holly Wilkinson of City of Portsmouth AC. Daniels stated  “it was good to get out there and build my confidence back up for longer races”.      

Daniels in centre with Holly Wilkinson and third place Victoria Walla

MBNA Chester Marathon

On Sunday two C & AC ladies travelled north to compete in the MBNA Chester Marathon. First home of the duo was Marina Lobato who ran a consistent pace throughout and was rewarded with a massive 20 minute personal best of ‪3.40.29‬ to finish in 812th place and 94th lady out of the 4041 finishers. Also breaking the four hour mark was Courtney Depala who stopped the clock at ‪3.53.42‬ for 1150th overall and 168th lady to cross the line.

Weekly Round Up 23/09

Midland Road Relays 

Leamington C&AC fielded 4 teams at the Midland Road Relay events at the weekend. A prestigious event on the racing calendar, runners face a fast and challenging route around Sutton Park. The unusually hot conditions meant runners were grateful for the shady parts of the course with the men facing 5.88km each in teams of 6. The A team comprising of debutante Henry Morton, Iain McLaughlin, Charlie Staveley, Jamie Langley, Phil Gould and Isacc Rothman finished a fine 36th place in a combined time of 2:06:36. Whilst the B team settled for 58th in a time of 2:15:46 with Dean Mawby leading the way, followed by Dave Potter, Vassilis Andreoulakis, Jordan king, Pierre Lemarquer and Mat Holt. The ladies needed 4 runners per team and faced a shorter course to their male counterparts at a distance of 4.33km. The A team saw Megan Rothman set the pace with Zara Hadfield on second leg. Jade Holt and Monica Williamson made up the team who finished 24th overall in a combined time of 1:11:50. The B team settled for 66th place in a time of 1:22:10 comprising of Sarah Price, Eve Walpole, Carol Blower and Laura Gould. 

Balsall Common 10km 

Another fantastic run by LCAC’s Kelly Edwards as she made it a superb six wins out of six races in this years Warwickshire Road Race League. The tenth of the eleven races in the 2019 series was today’s Balsall Common 10km and Kelly crossed the finish line in 37.54, with just 12 men in front of her. As athletes count their best six race scores towards an overall League Champion Title, with just the Rugby 10 left to be run, Kelly has the maximum 1800 points from 1800 and cannot be beaten.

Equally impressive was Natalie Bhangal who came home in a strong third place in the ladies race and 24th overall. Her 39.28 continued a fine series of performances which will undoubtedly see her finish second overall in the League at the end of the season.

Completing the ladies team was Jade Holt who was 14th lady and 73rd overall in 44.37 and Carol Blower, who is another who should figure well in the end of season standings, as her 53.21 for 49th lady and 167 overall saw her claim another win in the W55 age category.

Dean Mawby was the first LC&AC man home finishing one place in front of Kelly in 12th place in 37.18. Paul Rutter was again the best of the Club’s mens Masters runners, with a strong run for 30th in 40.23. Chris Hitchman was pleased with 35th in 41.04. Recovering from a heavy cold, Paul Okey in 44th was satisfied with 41.48 in front of another positive run from Andrew Higgins in 51st clocking 42.35. Completing the team with his 8th League race of the year in the M65 age group was Graham Roberts who was 185th of the 246 finishers in 55.25.

English Schools Combined Events 

Well done to Jai who has had a great season in combined events ending today with a superb 5th place finish in the English Schools National finals held in Exeter over the weekend with some very changeable weather.

Jai was competing in the U17 men’s Octathlon and he achieved PBS in long jump 6.0m discus 28.86m, Javelin (massive PB of 39.0m, ), 400m 50.61s and 1500m 4:10.94. What away to end a fabulous season!!