March Round up

English Schools Cross Country

6 of Leamington Cycling and Athletics Club’s rising stars represented Warwickshire in the English Schools Cross Country Championships at the weekend. The 6 athletes had all competed to gain a place to represent their county and were therefore pitched against the cream of English runners. The race was held at Temple Newsam in Leeds which saw runners face blustery and wet conditions, although keeping the athletes from walking the course beforehand, did mean that the spectators faced more mud than the runners.

Jai Sispal, on arrival, realised he had mistakenly packed his football boots rather than his running spikes and after a last minute panic ended up running in borrowed shoes a size or two too small. Despite the pinching footwear he finished 184th in his race and second home for Warwickshire. Emily and Ana Lovett battled round the course with team-mate Rosie Cale in a tightly run race. Emily finished 298th with Ana and Rosie crossing the line one after the other in 309th and 310th respectively. Mel Gould ran in the junior girls race finishing 324th whilst Georgina Hurt finished 301st in the senior girls race. 
Leamington C&AC athletes Christian Ibbs travelled to Milton Keynes for his first attempt at at half marathon on Sunday. The half marathon was part of a Festival of Running. Ibbs was pleased with his time of 2:03:28. Meanwhile, Craig Bower, Jeremy Coward and Graham Donoghue all opted for the 20 mile course, Coward finishing in 2:12:30, Bower in 2:16:09 and Donoghue in 2:56:07. Greg West ran the Bath half marathon and managed to beat his personal best time for that distance by 7 minutes. Finishing 52nd in a time of 74:15 meant that he also gained qualified for a “good for age” place at the London Marathon although the athletes is considering deferring the entry whilst he continues with his university studies.

Primary School Cross country

The primary school cross country regional qualifying round took place at Moreton Morrell on Saturday which saw a one lap course with two hill climbs. Despite children running for their schools in this race, the dominance of Leamington Cycling and Athletics Club was still obvious with Archie Lane winning the boys race in a comfortable position. The race saw year 5 and 6 pupils competing together and, despite Lane being in the younger year group, his training and determination shone through as he crossed the line well ahead of second place.  Fellow team-mate James Gould, running from St Nicholas School, Kenilworth, finished 5th. Both boys now go on to compete for Central Warwickshire in the final competition on 23rd March. The girls of LCAC had an even stronger contingent with Ila lane, Esme du Bois and Isabella Goold all finishing in the top 18 on the day to qualify for the finals. 

The primary school cross country regional qualifying round took place at Moreton Morrell on Saturday which saw a one lap course with two hill climbs. Despite children running for their schools in this race, the dominance of Leamington Cycling and Athletics Club was still obvious with Archie Lane winning the boys race in a comfortable position. The race saw year 5 and 6 pupils competing together and, despite Lane being in the younger year group, his training and determination shone through as he crossed the line well ahead of second place.  Fellow team-mate James Gould, running from St Nicholas School, Kenilworth, finished 5th. Both boys now go on to compete for Central Warwickshire in the final competition on 23rd March. The girls of LCAC had an even stronger contingent with Ila lane, Esme du Bois and Isabella Goold all finishing in the top 18 on the day to qualify for the finals. 

Inter County Cross country

Saturday saw the inter county cross country race, which was held at Prestwold Hall near Loughborough. Athletes had had to qualify to represent their counties and Leamington C&AC were proud to field 3 athletes to represent Warwickshire. Jai Sispal came 25th in the Under 15 boys race whilst Greg West was 68th in the under 20 mens event. Kelly Edwards who was battling with illness, was proud to wear her Warwickshire vest on what she described as a “brutal” 10.8km course. She was happy to finish 64th.Leamington C&AC athlete Jenny Jeeves ran her first road race of the season on Sunday in the Chester 10km. Jeeves, who has run solidly over the past months at cross country found that her return to road was not ideal, with blustery conditions and a tough uphill last mile. Despite this, she completed the course in a personal best of 40:23 and is hopeful that it may be enough for an England call up. Marc Curtis and Caroline Coward  also ran.