All things Marathon

Yorkshire Marathon

Congrats to LC&AC veteran runner Dave Potter who ran the York Marathon in an incredible time of 3:11:40 at the weekend. This placed him first in his M65 category and third in the UK rankings for the M65 marathon.

Rugby Half Marathon

Sunshine replaced the rain of the previous few days as over 700 runners lined up in Rugby Town Centre for the annual half marathon.

Starting in the town centre the route took the athletes out through country lanes around Barby and in part along the former route of the Great Central Railway, now a country park, before finishing in the town. The race was won by local Rugby athlete Ben Musgrove in 74.24.

Recovering from a painful illness Leamington C & AC’s Natalie Bhangal decided to see if she was on the road to recovery was delighted with her performance. Starting hard and hoping to hold on for as long as possible,  Natalie was well up the field just behind the leading group of men. Eventually crossing the line in 30th place of the 724 finishers Natalie was delighted to have won the ladies race in 87.21, some 39 seconds in front of Wigston’s Louise Gibson in 88.00.

Frankfurt Marathon

A typical autumnal day greeted Chris Hitchman and fellow competitors in this years Frankfurt marathon.   This was the first marathon for Chris since his slightly disappointing run in the New York marathon in 2016.  An event free race was the aim for Chris, dry but cold weather turned to showers with a slight wind in the second half of the race.  The early above pace miles did not have too much of a negative effect in the later stages, with Chris finishing in 3:14:52.  Finishing off a road season which has seen a partial recovery in form for Chris.  Bekele Tefera won the Frankfurt in the slowest time in last ten year in 2:07:08.

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.