Former Leamington C &AC member, Para-Olympic multi gold medalist and World Record Holder, Bob Matthews has sadly passed away at the age of 56.
R.I.P Bob, a truly inspirational athlete
Full report found here http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/disability-sport/43731207
BHF Warwick Half Marathon
Originally scheduled for the beginning of March, the Warwick Half Marathon was cancelled due to heavy snow. Almost 1000 runners were met with almost ideal running conditions for the 13.1 mile course. The course went from the Racecourse out to Leek Wootton, Beausale, Hatton and Hampton on the Hill before the fast last mile to the finish at the Racecourse.
Leamington Cycling and Athletic Club had a mix of experience and debutants running. Tom Foulerton looking at ease in his first ever half marathon finishing second just 5 seconds behind the winner, Dominic James’s time of 1.14:19.
Dom Hull came in next for LCAC in 1.22:18 (12th) followed by Brian Miller’s 1.28:02 (37th). Our first lady (9th lady), Jade Holt came in 1.32:42 (71st). Followed by a satisfied Andrew Higgins 1.34:07 (93rd) debutant for the club Wes Stanton 1.41:34 (184th). The more experienced or old stager Alex Montgomery ran in 1.43:11 (222nd and 2nd M60). Chasing him close to the line was Anouk Molliex just 36 seconds back in 236th.
Finally, Mary Donaldson who has taken a break from track and field to run her first Marathon in London in 2 weeks time. This was her first ever road race on home soil. Set a target time of 2hours 24mins by her coach, she smashed that by running 2hours 16:52, leaving her confident of achieving her London target of a sub 5 hour mark.
Easter Monday Race
Held every Easter Monday, this year’s Tewkesbury RC Bushley Mile saw competitors from ten Midlands clubs and some travelling from even further afield. Owing to poor weather conditions throughout the weekend and water-logged local roads, turnout was disappointingly lower than the race’s 150-capacity. Nonetheless eighteen runners broke the six minute barrier, with two dipping under five minutes.
The race was won by Leamington C&AC’s Charlie Eastaugh – who now trains with Hercules Wimbledon AC – setting a time of 4:39. Eastaugh’s strong finish sliced four seconds from the previous Course Record, posted in 2009, and added another crown to C&AC’s successful season.
William Mckerney of Bournville Harriers came home in second place with 4:57, with Mark James from Cheltenham Harriers following him in third (5:02). Kiya Dee of Highworth RC took the women’s title in 5:35, a stellar performance in the wet conditions and with a steep, uphill finish. Dee’s twin sister Taya carried home the bronze medal (5:48), separated by Cheltenham’s silver-winning Sarah Sheppard (5:47).