Sunday the 6thMay saw the 2018 Midland athletics senior league kick off. Leamington, hosting a league match for the first time in a number of years, was basked in sun as it welcomed Gloucester, Coventry Godiva, Worcester, Tipton & Telford to Warwickshire for the division 3 meeting.
Louise Corcoran winning the women’s long jump A event with a P.B of 4.64m, closely followed by fellow Leamingtonian Steph Child’s, who won the B event with a jump of 4.53m. Mary Donaldson, fresh from her Marathon exploits, also won the women’s triple jump B event. The women’s impressive performances in the jumps didn’t stop there. A win for Saffia Del Torre in the high jump A event (1.42m).
Sophie Hunt grabbed a 2nd in the women’s A shotput with a distance of 10.16m. In the discus, Lauren Ashbourne 3rd in the discus for the women’s A’s with a throw of 26.91m, while Sophie Hunt took the win in the B’s event with a throw of 26.63m. Sophie’s winning streak didn’t stop there, she then took the A’s hammer crown with a huge 35m throw. In the javelin, Lauren Ashbourne took 3rdin the women’s A’s, while Mary Donaldson threw 27.76m to win the women’s B crown.
It was very much the Sinnott family affair, with father James, & brother’s Drew and Callum doing a fantastic job representing the club across multiple events. Particular highlights include a 2ndplace in the men’s A shot putt for Drew, 2ndplace for Callum in the Discuss A – with father James picking up 3rdplace in the men’s B discuss.
On the track
A particular highlight was the performance of India Phillips in the 100m hurdles. Having only practiced in training a few weeks prior to the race, India took 2ndplace in the A event. Her fledgling hurdles career also saw her take the win in the 400m hurdles A event. A very promising start to the 2018 outdoor season. Saffia Del Torre also took the win in the 100m hurdles B event. Moving up the distances and Zara Blower took a brilliant 2ndplace in the 3000m A event, with a time of 11 minutes, 14.5 seconds. Zara wasn’t finished there though, with only half an hours rest she then came 3rdin the 1500m A race – a brilliant effort particularly in mid-20 degree temperatures.
Ben Hawkes picked up where he left off after an impressive 2017. The young Leamington sprinter came 2ndin the men’s A 200m event, but this was only a warm up for his preferred distance, taking the win in the men’s A 400m event in 50.1 seconds – despite being briefly pulled back by the 2ndplace runner from Tipton. Relative newcomer to the sprint distance Dean Mawby also ran a great 400m in the men’s B event, coming 2ndin a time of 54.0 seconds.
Moving up the distances, & in the men’s 5000m Paul Andrew just missed out on third in the men’s A event, with a time of 16mins & 17.8 seconds, while Phil Gould took silver in the B race with a time of 17 minutes & 22.6 seconds. In the 2000m steeplechase A event, Phil came 3rd, while the B event was won by Leamington youngster Jack Savage in a time of 6 minutes & 53.2 seconds.
Sadly a lack of numbers meant there was no men’s 4x100m representation for Leamington, while in the women’s 4x100m a very strong short sprint field saw the women take 6th. In the 4x400m the women went one better, taking 5thplace, while in the men’s a great performance from a very youthful contingent (bar Phil Gould) saw the men take 2ndin a time of 3 minutes 37.3 seconds.
A special thankyou to Mary Hodges, Shelley Went & all the officials and helpers involved in the running of the event. It really was a great day, with great weather & a brilliant atmosphere. Not even blocked toilets could spoil it!
WEDNESDAY OPEN EVENT
Wednesday was the first open of the summer season, held at it’s new venue, home to Coventry Godiva. Leamington C&AC dominated the throws events which is new for this season entering 6 javelin throwers in the event. Lauren Ashbourne came second with Lydia Mitchell, Mary Donaldson, Robin Greenwood, Megan Marsh and Emma Greenwood making up the team. The strong team ethic worked with Robin and mum Emma, along with Megan Marsh all thr
owing personal bests. Matthew Ashbourne won the shot event throwing a distance of 10.54m making it a personal best for him. The Greenwoods both raced in the 100m, with Robin running 14:26PB and Emma running 15:77PB. Jack Bower, back from injury was happy with a time of 12:81 fir his 100m. Baljeev Kandola won his 400m race in a time of 1:02:40 and Mel Gould, running in the 1500m, in 5:19:12 which was a PB. Phil Gould ran the 3,000m race, eventually finishing in fourth place in a time of 9.40:84.