Winter Season Opener

Away from the cross country the indoor track and field season has started, with the club Pole Vaults took a trip up the M6 to Manchester.

An exciting start to the day for Lauren u15 and Alys u17 both breaking club record and getting PBs.

Turning 11 in the week Finn established a new u13 pole vault record, which would have been higher record and PB if the pole hadn’t knocked off the bar off, oops. His brother Camron also had a great season opener, jumping his second highest ever vault at 3.86m.

Coach Katharine comments, ‘A strong start to the season all round. They’ll all worked really hard over the winter ,so good to see it paying off ‘

Also up the M6 but this time in Birmingham, LCAC throws made a good start to 2019  at the 2nd MCAA Indoor Open. New member Archie Small, U17m threw 31.42m in hammer at his very first competition. Great start with lots more to come. 

In javelin Robin Greenwood threw 27.5m for the U15g with Lauren getting 33.98m in the U20w. Matthew Ashbourne got a throw of 31.78m in the U17m javelin competition. Conditions were a lot better than this time last year.

Coach David also pleased with winter training so far 🙂 Roll on the Summer.

Senior Ladies Dazzle

Leamington C&AC Ladies showed their strength at the Midland Cross Country Championships at the weekend, finishing second overall and claiming the silver medal. The ladies, who have seen some brilliant results in recent months, fielded a strong team with Kelly Edwards holding her own finishing 8th on the new course at Newbold Comyn. Megan McDonald crossed the line in 17th place with Natalie Bhangal in 30th despite the fact that she ran in road shoes. The slippery course, with two sharp inclines and a stream crossing per lap was tough for athletes donning cross country spikes but Bhangal took her lack of appropriate footwear in her stride to finish just in front of fellow team mate Zara Blower (31st).

Zara, Natalie, Jenny, Kelly, Megan

The new course, hosted by Leamington C&AC, seemed to be a success to most although Phil Gould, who had been at the venue at the crack of dawn to set the course up, found himself busy throughout the day and was understandably tired by his race at 2.30pm. Despite the fatigue he had a strong race finishing 59th overall. Lacking some of his stronger team-mates, the men finished 9th on the day with Richard Hood second counter in 85th place and John Knibb in 98th. Dean Mawby placed 119th, Joshua Hough on 177th and Marc Curtis 18th. 

The younger club athletes also had the opportunity to compete against the midland clubs with a good turnout in most races. Jai Sispal was the higest scorer of the day in the under 15 boys race, finishing 8th with Ruben Siemon-Kelba in 51st and Ruairc Wintston in 76th. The U15 girls were unusually separated in their race with Emily Lovett having another strong run finishing 39th with Mel Gould chasing her down to finish 10 places behind her. Ana Lovett crossed the line on 62nd and Eva Fitzpatrick who has struggled with injury in recent months, was glad to be back, and finished in a respectable 83rd. 

The first race of the day saw the under 13 girls run a 3km course which missed out the steeper of the two hills on offer but nevertheless saw them face a long climb and the infamous ditch crossing. To most, it was their first experience of a truly muddy course. Marielle Proctor finished 82nd with Ila Lane close behind in 87th place. Ilsabelle Goold was 104th with Megan Marsh in 120th place. James Gould had a strong race in his debut in the Midlands event finishing 59th and was joined by team mates Harry Bailey (91st), Johnathon Ingram (98th), Diarmuid Winston (106th) and Finnley Newey (107th). The under 17 girls saw a strong race by Rosie Cale finishing in 39th place with Rositsa Gugutkova in 43rd and Georgina Hurt in 48th.

Leamington athletes impress at school level

A number of Leamington C&AC young athletes attended the Warwickshire Schools Cross Country Championships at the weekend. The event, held at Moreton Morrell College, saw athletes compete in the hope that they would be selected to represent Warwickshire at the English Schools Championship which will be held in Leeds in March.As athletes were competing in school colours the club members found themselves competing against their team-mates, despite this the Intermediate girls race saw the usual close race between Molly Minshull, Emily and Ana Lovett who fought for their places all the way round the course. Emily had a stronger race on the day and finished 5th, with sister Ana in 6th and Minshull in 7th position. Team-mates Rosie Cale and Rositsa Gugutkova, found themselves joining the trio, finishing in 9th and 10th place respectively. Georgina Hurt, running as a senior girl, ran in the same race as the intermediate girls placing 8th on the day. Jai Sispal,  despite being in the younger year of his age group, maintained his fine form, finishing 2nd in the intermediate boys race, whilst brothers Ruairc and Diarmuid Winston found themselves up against each other in the junior boys race finishing 15th and 34th. Harry Bailey joined them on the start line, but sustained injury in the tussle as the gun went off and limped off the course half way round, whilst Sam Morrey who had only just returned from injury was happy with a 40th place position. Mel Gould ran her strongest race of the season finishing 7th in the junior girls race with Eva Fitzpatrick finishing in 23rd place and Megan Marsh in 38th. All athletes finishing in the top 8 of their races are now waiting to hear if they have done enough to qualify for the prestigious English Schools Event in March.