Senior League 16th June

Senior league Match 2 at Loughborough. With a few more athletes than the 1st match the team came 6th. 

Starting with the track events and shortest first. In the 100m James McNally run a Pb in 11.5 to come 6th in the A race and Matthew Ashbourne also coming 6th in 12.1 in the B race. Louise Corcoran and India Phillips both ran solid perforce to come 5th and 4th retrospectively in their A and B races. 

Ben Hawkes ran a great race to win and run a Pb of 21.9s in the 200m and James McNally was 5ht in 24.2s. Stephanie Child was 4th in her 200m  race and Rebecca Kitching was 5th with a PB time of 29.6s.

Nathan Moore was 6th in his 400m race with Remo Volpe making his Senior debut to be 5th in the B race. Stephanie Childs was 7th in the A race and India Phillips who is proving to have a fab season already won the B race with a Pb time of 64.5s.

With only the men having athlete in 800m plus race they got valuable points for the team. Phil Gould and Paul Andrew ran brilliant 800m in the pouring ran. With Paul running a PB of 2.21.8. Phil Gould and Alex Ibbs proved to have strong races in the 1500m, and Paul Andrew and Charlie Staveley running SBs in the 3000ms.

India Phillis won both the 100mh and 400mh missing out on a PB in the 100mh by 0.2s and running a Pb in the 400hm. WOW!

We fielded 3 out of the 4 relays teams, 4×1 men were 4th, 4×1 women were 3rd and 4×4 men were 5th.

Moving to the Field. 

Drew Sinnott was 2nd in the High Jump, jumping a PB of 1.65m. He later went onto winning the Long jump and James McNelly was 3rd in the B field. 

Rebecca Kitching won the Women Pole vault with a PB of 2.60.  Louise Corcoran and Stephanie Child were both 2nd in the Women Long jump A&B fields.  No men fancied the Triple jump, with Rebecca Kitching 3rd (A) and Stephine Childs 1st (B).

Drew Sinnott proved a natural in the shot putt coming 5th with a PB of 9.87m and Matthew Ashbourne moving up a weight to compete came 3rd in the B also with a PB, 8.89m. Sophie Hunt and Mary Carter both threw well coming 2nd (A) and 1st (B) retrospectively. 

James Sinnott and David Ashbourne were keep the double act both competing in the Hammer and Discus. Both coming 6th in Discus (A&B), and 5th and 6th retrospectively in the Hammer. Lauren Ashbourne and Sophie both had solid performance in the Discus. Lauren 4th (A) and Sophie 1st (B). Sophie and Mary both throwing in pouring rain to compete in the hammer kept cool head to get a good throw in to come 4th (A) and 2nd (B).

Drew Sinnott again picking up full points in the Javelin and Matthew Ashbourne (again moving up the weight) also picking up full points. Lauren Ashbourne couldn’t quite come away with the win to come 2nd in the A and Mary Carter throwing well enough for 1st in the B. 

With plenty of space left on the team. The team travel back to Burton on the 6th July, hoping to get out of the relegation zone. 

Sphinx and Arden (WRRL)

Sphinx 5

The wet weather did not seem to put local athletes off competing in the Warwickshire Road Race League on Wednesday which saw the fourth race of the season take place in Memorial Park, Coventry. Leamington C&AC ladies remained in top form taking the team win with Natalie Bhangal finishing second lady in 31:12 closely followed by teammate Hannah Thorpe in 31:24. Jenny Jeeves was 11th lady across the line but took the winning prize for her age category in a time of 33:05 with Jade Holt just behind in 33:27. 16 Leamington C&AC athletes braved the conditions with Richard Hood finishing first for the club in 28:42, Iain Mclauglin pushing to the line to finish just 3 seconds behind. Marc Curtis and Paul Okey also battled it out for 60th place, Curtis crossing the line in 32:05 with Okey only 2 seconds behind. Other runners: Andrew Higgons (33:24); Christopher Hitchman (35:16); Graham Donoghue (36:25); Leonie Holt (36:43); Shamira Naidu-Young (38:44); Carol Blower (40:52); Graham Roberts (41:39). 

Arden 9


Rest from the Sphinx 5 was not an option with the fifth race, the Arden 9, taking place on Sunday, which saw the third race in one week for the more stoical racers. The weather was somewhat kinder for the 9 mile race around Hampton-in Arden and on occasions the runners found themselves running in sunshine. Natalie Bhangal ran another course best (having run course bests at the 2 Castles and Sphinx in the same week) crossing the line in 57:22 as second lady and first in her age category. Jenny Jeeves and Courtney Depala helped the ladies team come third overall on the day finishing in 1:01:54 and 1:10:46 respectively. Dominic Priest won his age category and was 6th to cross the line overall in a time of 51:50, whilst the second LCAC runner home was Vassilis Andreoulakis who was 17th in a time of 53:26 taking home first prize in his age category. Other runners: Gavin Fowler (56:22); Paul Rutter (58:51), Marc Curtis (59:35); Christopher Hitchman (1:04:19); Graham Donoghue (1:06:47); Alex Montgomery (1:11:06); Laura Gould (1:19:00) 

Two Castles

Leamington C&AC were out in force at the annual Two Castles Race on 9th June, taking home a number of prizes. The race, hosted by the Kenilworth Rotary Club and Leamington C&AC, has runners competing in a 10k course starting in the grounds of Warwick Castle and finishing in Kenilworth Castle. Despite the club hosting the event and providing officials and marshals, it still entered a total of 36 athletes to compete in the day.

Callum Hanlon brought himself, and the club, home to victory crossing the line in an impressive 32:55 with Kelly Edwards taking the ladies title finishing 34th overall in a time of 37:19.  Baljeev Kandola, gave it everything he had to finish 8th in a time of 34:50 and taking the title of first junior male of the day. Kandola was shortly followed by team mate Dominic Priest, just 3 seconds later, who finished 9th taking second junior male.

Rosie Cale, who took time out from revising for her GCSE’s, finished first junior female in 47:33.

In addition to all the individual achievements, Leamington C&AC won the ladies’ team prize, supporting Edwards was Natalie Bhangal running a personal best time of 39:00, finishing third lady overall and Hannah Thorne coming in only 10 seconds later to finish 5th lady. The men finished second on the day with Richard Hood (36:28) joining Hanlon, Kandola and Priest to make the scoring 4. 

Hannah Thorne, Kelly Edwards and Natalie Bhangal


Other runners: Iain McLaughlin (36:44); Vassilis Andreoulakis (37:00); Tom Foulerton (37:16); Dean Mawby (37:42); Jason Hill (38:00); Josh Hough (39:11); Megan McDonald (39:27); Andrew Cooknell (41:12); Jade Holt (42:43); Simon Perkin (42:31); Andy Higgins (42:51); Christopher Hitchman (44:01); Steven Roberts (44:45); Caroline Coward (45:13); Shamira Naidu-Young (47:02); Wes Stanton (36:14); Leonie Holt (47:17); Courtney Depala (47:49); Alex Montgomery (47:57); Peter Stockbridge (48:22); Mark Marsh (51:36); Roger Fagge (51:33); Carol Blower (52:34); Graham Donoghue (53:08); Judith Hanlon (52:25); Tara Fagge (54:22); Stephen Hundal (52:52); Danny Winston (57:52)