Leamington C&AC celebrated a number of successes at the Warwickshire cross country county championships on Saturday with 3 gold team prizes, an individual gold, 2 silvers and a bronze, with a total of 57 runners representing the Leamington based club. Runners experienced a new venue at HMP Newbold Revel, a relatively flat course with a mixture of grass, wooded areas and fields with a hill of note for some of the older runners. As in previous years runners were pitched alongside the Worcestershire Championships.
The first event of the day was the Under 13 Boys race. The team finished 7th with steady running from all runners. James Gould, an U11 in league races, was first home with a good run in 18th well supported by Harry Bailey 24th, Jonathan Ingram 32nd, Diarmuid Winston 35th and Finnley Newey 36th. The U13 Girls team finished in a creditable 5th place with Ila Lane and Isabelle Goold, two more U11’s just old enough to run in the U13 race, running together for 24th and 25th with Megan Marsh in 40th. In the Under 15 Boys Jai Sispal produced the only junior medal of the day with a strong run for Silver. Ruaric Winston was 29th. The Under 15 Girls were missing several runners but strong running from Melanie Gould 13th, Molly Minshull 18th and Saffie Chibba 20th produced a pleasing team 6th place.
The under 20 men’s team dominated their 6k race with Baljeev Kandola finishing in 3rd position and gaining an individual bronze award. Greg West was not far behind in 5th position and Dominic Priest was 7th. Alex Ibbs took 14th place with Niall Salmon in 20th. With Kandola, West and Priest scoring for the club, the young men took an easy victory and claimed the gold team award.
13 Ladies ran for the local club with Natalie Bhangal back first in 15th position (12th for Warwickshire). Jenny Jeeves was 19th, and more worthy of note was second master runner gaining her a silver medal. Zara Blower was 26th with Wendy Daniels just behind in 27th (5th masters) and Sue Harrison in 33rd (8th master). Saffia del Torre finished 38th pushing the masters’ ladies team into first place with Jeeves, Daniels, Harrison and del Torre all scoring. With such a strong masters team, it was left to Courtney Depala to finish off the senior ladies team coming in in 61st place to leave the senior team in 5th place.
The masters men also claimed victory in the race with Paul Andrew also taking individual gold in the category. Andrew finished 21st overall with Phil Gould taking the 6th place in the masters’ league. Iain McLaughlin and Vassilis Andreoulakis finishing one behind the other to make up the winning masters team. Callum Hanlon was first home for the club, running a strong race and finishing 5th for the county, with Rich Hood in 24th and Dean Mawby (29th) and Joshua Hough (41st) putting the seniors team in 4th place.