Leamington C&AC claimed victory
The Massey Tractor 10k on Easter Sunday saw athletes Callum Hanlon striding into first place and Natalie Bhangal crossing the line as first lady. In a race that also saw club members Tom Foulerton
take third prize, Greg West take first U20 man and Jenny Jeeves winning her age category. The club showed a dominance despite the club not being as large as some of its rivals and puts them in a good position at the start of the Warwickshire Road Race League.
The 10k course, saw Hanlon lead from the start to retain his winning title in the second year of the newly formed race. Striding out in front, Hanlon beat his time from last year and won comfortably with a 54 second lead on second place, finishing in a time of 32:28. Teammate Tom Foulerton pushed round to secure thi
rd place in a time of 34:18. Greg West, U20 winner, finished in 13th position overall in a time of 36:05. Charlie Staveley in 15th place (36:47). Jason Hill (37:20) was followed over the line by Dean Mawby (37:30) in 23rd and 24th place respectively.
Bhangal had been unable to train all week due to illness she finishing in an impressive time of 38:46 (35th place overall) and knocking 2 minutes off her personal best. The female contingent of the club is clearly made of strong stuff, as club mate Shamira Naidu-Young had battled with illness. Despite being under the weather, Naidu-Young finished in 49:03 and claimed that she felt better for competing. Jenny Jeeves, taking her age category win, was the 5th lady to cross the line in a time of 42:02. Saffia del Torre not far behind in 42:20 (PB).
Marc Curtis (39:01). James Joyce (40:24). Peter Stockbridge (40:27). Brain Miller (40:51). Paul Caruana (41:47). Andrew Higgins (42:10). Stephen Hundal (42:24). Wes Stanton (45:44). Alex Montgomery (46:33). Roger Fagge (49:37). Carol Blower (50:27). Tara Fagge (52:35). Graham Roberts (52:38). Laura Gould (52:39). Helen West (55:43).
Throwers in Action
After the second day of the 3rd Midlands Indoor Open was cancelled due to adverse weather, the rescheduled event took place on Sunday 25th March. This also meant that the javelin throwers from Leamington C&AC did not miss out on the early season field competition. In a complete change to previous meetings the weather was sunny with a hint of spring finally upon us.
First to throw for the U13g was Megan Marsh. She was looking to beat her last season PB of 15.33m. It was a shaky start for Marsh with the first attempt being a no throw due to a foot fault. However this was soon behind her when next three throws all landed well. She came away with a new PB of 16.10m and there should be more to come later this season.
Lauren Ashbourne was throwing in the U20w category. Still getting used to the new weight category for this age group she started with a throw of 29.79m. Experimenting with her run up she couldn’t better her first throw and had to settle for a best of 29.79m. No PB this time but again lots of potential for the 2018 season.
Two Leamington C&AC youngsters were chosen to represent Warwickshire at the Year 7 cross country championships on Saturday. Held at Prestwold Hall, near Loughborough, Harry Bailey and Diarmuid Winston donned the gold and black vests to represent their county. Bailey got off to a bad start tripping over and sustaining an injury from another runner’s spiked shoe, but the athlete carried on and finished in 150th position in a time of 12:26. Winston was not far behind in a time of 13:17 to finish 165th overall.