The last West Midlands Young Athletes Cross Country League race of the season took place at Aldersley Stadium on Sunday 10th February. Leamington C & AC can be proud of the Under 17 Team of three girls who have completed all 5 league races. Running with their usual determination over the 4000m course Rosie Cale was first in for 19th in 16:48, followed by Rositsa Gugutkova 32nd in 17:38 and Georgia Hurt 36th in 18:00 for a team position of 7th.
The Under 11 Boys ran the 1600m course. A brilliant run from Archie Lane, 10th in 5:31 was well supported by James Gould 23rd in 5:43, Louis Proctor 25th in 5:44 and Ishan Carson 53rd in 6:02. Although a very young team and missing a 5th runner the team still achieved an encouraging 8th place.In the Under 11 Girls a strong run from Caitlin French led them in with 22nd in 6:12 followed by Issy Goold 42nd in 6:33 and Chloe Lovett 98th in 7:23.
Jai Sispal went out to challenge Josh Robbins the dominant Birchfield runner in the Under 15 Boys race over the 3200m course. Feeling the pace towards the end of the second lap Sispal was caught by the chasing group and finished 5th in 10:34. However, a 4th place in the overall standings earned him the 4th individual league medal. Ruairc Winston continues to improve his speed and produced his best run of the series for 49th in 12:28.
The Under 13 Girls and Boys who were running 2500m were down in numbers. In the girls race Marielle Proctor was 82nd in 12:54 and Megan marsh was 99th in 12:487 and in the boys race Diarmuid Winston was 72nd in 10:32.The last race of the day was the Under 15 Girls. Another reliable and consistent performance produced a creditable 6th place in the League table. Molly Minshull ran her best race of the season to finish in 18th place in 12:26. Ana Lovett also produced her best, 24th in 12:40, Emily Lovett was 32nd in 12:55, Mel Gould 44th in 13:15 and a good run from Eva Fitzpatrick coming back from injury was 55th in 14:03 to complete the team.
Away from the cross country the indoor track and field season has started, with the club Pole Vaults took a trip up the M6 to Manchester.
An exciting start to the day for Lauren u15 and Alys u17 both breaking club record and getting PBs.
Turning 11 in the week Finn established a new u13 pole vault record, which would have been higher record and PB if the pole hadn’t knocked off the bar off, oops. His brother Camron also had a great season opener, jumping his second highest ever vault at 3.86m.
Coach Katharine comments, ‘A strong start to the season all round. They’ll all worked really hard over the winter ,so good to see it paying off ‘
Also up the M6 but this time in Birmingham, LCAC throws made a good start to 2019 at the 2nd MCAA Indoor Open. New member Archie Small, U17m threw 31.42m in hammer at his very first competition. Great start with lots more to come.
In javelin Robin Greenwood threw 27.5m for the U15g with Lauren getting 33.98m in the U20w. Matthew Ashbourne got a throw of 31.78m in the U17m javelin competition. Conditions were a lot better than this time last year.
Coach David also pleased with winter training so far 🙂 Roll on the Summer.
Leamington C&AC Ladies showed their strength at the Midland Cross Country Championships at the weekend, finishing second overall and claiming the silver medal. The ladies, who have seen some brilliant results in recent months, fielded a strong team with Kelly Edwards holding her own finishing 8th on the new course at Newbold Comyn. Megan McDonald crossed the line in 17th place with Natalie Bhangal in 30th despite the fact that she ran in road shoes. The slippery course, with two sharp inclines and a stream crossing per lap was tough for athletes donning cross country spikes but Bhangal took her lack of appropriate footwear in her stride to finish just in front of fellow team mate Zara Blower (31st).
The new course, hosted by Leamington C&AC, seemed to be a success to most although Phil Gould, who had been at the venue at the crack of dawn to set the course up, found himself busy throughout the day and was understandably tired by his race at 2.30pm. Despite the fatigue he had a strong race finishing 59th overall. Lacking some of his stronger team-mates, the men finished 9th on the day with Richard Hood second counter in 85th place and John Knibb in 98th. Dean Mawby placed 119th, Joshua Hough on 177th and Marc Curtis 18th.
The younger club athletes also had the opportunity to compete against the midland clubs with a good turnout in most races. Jai Sispal was the higest scorer of the day in the under 15 boys race, finishing 8th with Ruben Siemon-Kelba in 51st and Ruairc Wintston in 76th. The U15 girls were unusually separated in their race with Emily Lovett having another strong run finishing 39th with Mel Gould chasing her down to finish 10 places behind her. Ana Lovett crossed the line on 62nd and Eva Fitzpatrick who has struggled with injury in recent months, was glad to be back, and finished in a respectable 83rd.
The first race of the day saw the under 13 girls run a 3km course which missed out the steeper of the two hills on offer but nevertheless saw them face a long climb and the infamous ditch crossing. To most, it was their first experience of a truly muddy course. Marielle Proctor finished 82nd with Ila Lane close behind in 87th place. Ilsabelle Goold was 104th with Megan Marsh in 120th place. James Gould had a strong race in his debut in the Midlands event finishing 59th and was joined by team mates Harry Bailey (91st), Johnathon Ingram (98th), Diarmuid Winston (106th) and Finnley Newey (107th). The under 17 girls saw a strong race by Rosie Cale finishing in 39th place with Rositsa Gugutkova in 43rd and Georgina Hurt in 48th.