Dai Vaughan competed in the 100m event at the Midlands Vets Track and Field League event on Wednesday making it the 60thyear he has competed and scored points for Leamington C&AC in track and field events. Dai,
(Dai’s 60th year)
now 76, started competing when he was just 16 and is regularly seen at Leamington C&AC’s home of Edmondscote track giving advice to fellow athletes as well as training himself. His 60-year reign has not been without difficulty with Dai facing illnesses in recent years and in the earlier years taking time out from building his own bungalow to make sure he competed for his beloved club.
Pete Soley debued in the triple jump, jumping 9.83m to come fourth. Emma Greenwood and Tara Bartley tried out the 100m and 200m relay respectively. Saffia del Torre competed in the high jump and 1500m coming third in both events. Emma Matthews saw a coming of age this year and now 35, can compete in the vets’ league in addition to the seniors. Emma had a good run at the 400m coming third. Monica Williamson was the ladies’ highest scorer of the evening coming 2ndin the 1500m.
Nick Tawney won the 2km walking, showing them how it was done, completing the event in a time of 12:35:9. Paul Andrew and Tom Foulterton showed dominance in the race with Andrew crossing the line first and Foulterton closely behind to take victory for the M40 category. There were close seconds for Mark McAlleenan and Andy Cooknell in the 100m and for Phil Gould in the 400m.
The relays saw a change to the set up this year with mixed teams competing in the 4x200m. The teams consisted of Louise Marsh, Andrew Cooknell, Emma Matthews and Phil Gould for the O35 team who came third and Tara Fagge, Dom Browne, Carol Blower and Craig Bower for the O50 race who came second. The points scored were split between the men and ladies’ teams.
The men now sit in a comfortable second place just 3.5 points behind leaders Rugby and Northampton. The ladies are currently in fourth place with 3 matches left.
Start them young
In other news
The Sara, Jimmy and TJ Atkins had their inaugural family race on Sunday 29th April. Jimmy and TJ ran as team with the aid of a running buggy and completed the 4 mile course. Sara ran the 7K course. Both routes were very picturesque and hilly! TJ did brilliantly just beating his Dad, and both coming in 6th overall in their race. All had a fantastic race experience!
Warwickshire Road Race League – Race 2
The warm still conditions also greeted 236 runners for the third Annual Monty 5k race held at Leamington Spa last Sunday. Organised by the local Leamington Cycling and Athletic Club saw athletes from clubs mainly in the Warwickshire Road Race League compete in this “multi – terrain” event taking in the local Victoria Park, trail paths, grass and the all-weather track itself.
LCAC responded with volunteers around the course and still managed to field 19 men and 9 women to take three of the four team accolades. Leading from the gun, Callum Hanlon continued his great form to cross the line first in a time of 15:55 and with 5 others in red white and blue in the top 10 secured the team award. Paul Andrew not feeling 100% entered the track second but was beaten by Ben Taylor (Kenilworth) to the line with Andrew’s 16:43. Greg West fourth and first M20 in 17:08, Dean Mawby’s 17:37 (7th) Bal Kandola 17:57 (9th) and first masters M50 John Knibb in 18:00 for 10th.
Leamington also took the individual honours for the ladies with Laura Fuller’s 19:47 (50th overall) just holding off a fast finishing Monica Williamson 19:51 (53rdand first F55). The team was supported by Saffia Del Torre 20:46 (77th) and Elaine Sherwin 20:50 (79th, first F45).
Others running were Jason Hill 18:24 (18th), Jack Savage 18:28 (22nd), Gavin Fowler 18:35 (24th), Simon Perkin 19:58 (56th), Andrew Higgins 20:18 (64th), Paolo Foglino 20:40 (74th) Kevin Walpole 20:46 (78th), Rob Wilson 20:53 (80th), Simon West 22:11 (108th), Wes Stanton 22:15 (111th), Paul Okey 22:36 (119th), Shamira Naidu-Young 22:38 (121st), Juzar Kandola 23:31 (146th), Carol Blower 24:58 (171st), Sara Atkins 25:06 (172nd), Graham Roberts 25:40 (185th), Helen West 26:40 (198th) and Louise Marsh 26:40 (199th).
A special thanks to all helpers from the club both young and old with a special mention for George Phipps at aged 92 not only marshalling but cycling to and from home in Warwick showing that local athletics is for all ages from aged 6 upwards and all abilities.
Mel with her medal
Mel running along the themes
Leamington C&AC youngster, Melanie Gould, had a taste of the high life this weekend, being part of the West Midlands U13 team to run the Virgin London Mini Marathon. Having finished in a nail-biting sixth place to qualify for the prestigious place earlier in the year, Mel ventured off for an overnight stay at the Royal Holloway College with her fellow athletes before being taken into London on Sunday for the event. The mini marathon covers the last three miles of the marathon course which sees athletes aged 11-17 running past the London Eye, Big Ben and Buckingham Palace before crossing the marathon’s finish line. Mel ran well and completed the course in a strong position coming 67thout of 243 girls in a time of 19:58.
Whilst most of the country were enjoying the increased temperatures at the weekend, the heat was not welcomed by those taking part in the Virgin London Marathon on Sunday. With temperatures reaching 24oC, it has since been confirmed as the hottest London Marathon on record. Despite the weather, 7 Leamington C&AC athletes travelled down to London to take part although for many of them, the hard months of training for the new PB were not enough to cope with the heat. One athlete who did not appear to be affected was Richard Merrell who knocked 55 seconds off his personal best to finish in a time of 2:50:05 and crossing the line first for the local athletics club. Charlie Staveley came home in just over the three-hour mark in 3:04:32.
Mary with her medal
Natalie Bhangal who has returned to fine form since the birth of her son a year ago, was hoping to beat her PB of 3 hours 12 minutes, but the conditions meant that by half way she knew it was not going to happen. Not being phased, she decided to continue with a smile and soak up the atmosphere to finish in a very respectable 3:16:09. Wendy Daniels also had to deal with the realisation that the sun had put paid to the months of extensive training, with Daniels often running twice a day to get the miles in. Daniels finished in a time of 3:25:10. Courtney Thornberry, as seasoned runner over the 26.2 distance ran just under the 4 hours mark in 3:54:00, Anouk Molliex also finished under the 4 hours mark in 3:58:01.
Mary Donaldson, who is more accustomed to throwing the javelin, had decided at the end of 2017 that 2018 was the year to try a marathon. Not being used to any kind of endurance, Donaldson has been training steadily throughout the year so far to increase her mileage from short track distances. She faced hurdles in her training due to the bitterly cold weather and her first attempt at a half marathon was hindered due to the Warwick half being postponed due to the snow. She successfully completed her half marathon just two weeks before the London marathon. Donaldson, suffered with the heat on the course like others but also had to deal with the fact that many water stations had run out of water by the time she reached them. Nevertheless, she continued and finished her first marathon in a time of 5:21:40.