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.
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.
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”.
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.