Young Athletes Cross Country
The Fourth round of the West Midlands Young Athletes Cross Country League took place on Sunday. A new venue, running around the outside of the Pingles Athletics Track in Nuneaton, the course made the most of what was available and did not seem to disappoint. With mini inclines and lots of mud, the course was certainly a lot tougher than it first looked.
Leamington C&AC U17 girls started the day off in their usual fashion, fielding 7 runners to finish 4th overall. Molly Minshull was first home in 16th place, one place ahead of team mate Ana Lovett. Sister Emily Lovett crossed the line in 25th place with Rose Cale in 31st to complete the scoring team. Lucy Green was 33rd followed by Rositsa Gugutkova (36) and Saffie Chiba (39).
The only other complete team was the U15 girls who finished the day off with Emma Dobson coming 16th. Mel Gould finished 49th with Eva Fitzpatrick (60) and Megan Marsh (75) helping the team come 13th overall.
The U11 girls showed promise with Rosa Wetherall finishing 11th and Caitlin French in 14th, the girls were however lacking further team members to qualify for a team position. Brothers Ishan and Nimal Carson ran in the U11 boys race finishing 24th and 43rd respectively.
Ruairc Winston was 57th in the U15 boys race with Harry Bailey not far behind in 62nd. Oliver Wetherall finished 41st in the U13 boys race ahead of James Gould in 72nd whilst Kimmy Burton found herself running solo in the U13 girls race, finishing in 84th. The young team now face the last round on 9 February.
Women’s Cross Country
Hannah Thorne of Leamington C&AC finished 10th in the Midland Women’s Cross Country League at the weekend, finishing the hilly 4.4 mile course in an impressive time of 28:01. Thorne has only recently joined the club and Saturday was only her third cross country race.
Thorne was joined by another 8 Leamington C&AC ladies who made the 1 and a half hour drive North to ParkHall Country Park near Stoke-on-Trent. Zara Hadfield finished 33rd, with Jenny Jeeves in 52nd place and Courtney Depala in 87th to make the scoring team. The ladies finished 9th on the day and sit in 6th place overall with one race to go.
The masters team were lacking the normal scoring team with only Jenny Jeeves a regular scorer on Saturday. Courtney Depala and Judith Hanlon (109) helped the masters team finish in 8th place after the third round. Other runners were: Emily Wilson (101); Laura Gould (114); Carol Blower (119) and Louise Marsh (128)
Men’s Cross Country
Despite holidays and illness, Leamington Cycling & Athletic Club mens squad proved that they are in a very health overall condition in fielding 27 runners at the third race of this seasons Birmingham XC League (Div 1).
Sitting in 13th of 16 clubs and the bottom three being relegated Team Manager, Alex Montgomery rallied the troops to edge further to safety with a strong performance of 12th on the day and 12th overall with the final race being at “home” on Newbold Comyn in 4 weeks time.
Dom Priest and Andy Savery making their first appearance this season set the A team up with 49th (35.04) and 73rd (36.29) over the 10 kilometre undulating course at Abington Park in Northampton. Isaac Rothman gave it all for 87th (36.55) chased by Henry Morton 94th (37.16) and Captain Phil Gould 99th (37.35). With six to score for the team it required someone to step up on the day and Jack Savage running one of his best races for some time closed the team with 120th in 38.26. This gave a total points of 522 and the finishing position was down to how the rest of the squad ran in pushing other teams runners back in the field.
Luckily, LCAC has great strength in depth and the B team (7-12 finishers) closed within 40 places led by Frazer Knowles 129th (39.00), debutant Chris Rawcliffe was pleased with his 131st just 6 seconds adrift. Dean Mawby 142nd (39.25) Scott Thomas 148th (39.44), Ray Charlton 161st (40.21) and Steve Hundal chasing them down with 169th in 40.49. This gave the B team a score of 880 pts for 8th on the day but has moved them up to 5th for the season.
A further 15 runners ran in the Red white and blue. Well Done All!