The Midland Women’s Cross Country League was held at Burton Dassett Hills at the weekend. The weeks of rain had soaked the ground nicely leading to some slippy conditions for the ladies who were also faced with rain and cold temperatures for their event.
Despite the conditions, 13 Leamington C&AC ladies donned their race vests and stood on the start line, willing the gun to fire if only so that, by running, they would warm up. A 2 lapped course with barely any flat surface followed, with Kelly Edwards leading the team home in 10th place in a fantastic time of 28:28. New comer to cross country, Hannah Thorne, was clearly not put off by the harsh conditions finishing in 19th place (29:35) with Natalie Bhangal finishing in 24th (30:07). Zara Hadfield finished the scoring team in 37th position (31:05) taking the team to what appears to be 5th position, although this was not confirmed at time of going to press.
Emily Wilson who, having turned 17 in September, only just qualified to race with the senior ladies and was, understandably, concerned about running the 6.5km distance in such bad conditions. Wilson need not have worried however, running strongly throughout and finishing in a time of 39:11.
Other runners: Saffia Del Torre (35:05); Courtney Depala (36:35); Sarah Price (36:45); Sara Atkins (37:41); Shamira Naidu-Young (37:53); Judith Hanlon (38:29); Laura Gould (38:44); Louise Marsh (45:01)
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. https://www.englandathletics.org/athletics-and-running/news/yorkshire-marathon-report/
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.
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.
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.