Records are vaulted at Cardiff

On 21st January I (Finn) took part in a pole vault competition in Cardiff with my brother (Cameron).

On my first jump I landed hard on the bar and thought I would no height but I pulled it back and cleared 1.22m. Then I cleared 1.37m, 1.52m and 1.67m all on the first try. It was my first ever competition and I was the only under 11 taking part. The oldest person in my group was 74 years old.

My older brother Cameron was competing as an under 17 and he jumped a pb of 3.42m. I now have the LCAC u11 club pole vault record and Cameron has the u17 club record too.

I really enjoyed my day in Cardiff.


(Thanks Finn for a great blog entry)

Warwickshire Schools Cross Country Championships

The Warwickshire Schools Cross Country Championships took place on Saturday at Kineton High School. Kieran Chahal and Jai Sispal dominated their races in the seniors (year 12/13) and juniors race (Year 8/9) respectively, both leading from the outset and gaining a substantial lead on their competitors to finish an easy first.

Chahal was supported over the 5km course by clubmate Greg West who finished second and with Dom Priest 4th, Alex Ibbs finishing 8th, and Toby Loveday finishing 9th, the athletics club’s high training standards were shown off in fine form.

Racing alongside the seniors, the intermediate boys (school years 10 and 11) also showed a strong Leamington C&AC presence with Cian Mckearney finishing 2th in the Yr 10/11 category and Cameron Williams-Stein 5h..

Sispal’s race, which was the last of the day, showed a fine form from Reuben Siemon Klebber, who, despite not owning a pair of cross-country spikes (thereby having to run in normal trainers) finished 5th. Ruairc Winston also ran finishing 27th.

The day started with the minors race (Year 7) which showed Hannah Cooper of LCAC showing her usual fine standard finishing in 5th place. The boys race saw a solid run from Harry Bailey to finish in 10th with fine packing from Diarmuid Winston (13th) Finley Newey (15th) and Sam Morrey(17th). The junior girls (year 8/9) showed a number of clubmates going head to head.

Leamington C&AC have a number of strong cross country runners in this age group and their training paid off with a strong run from Molly Minshull, who has shown great performance all season, finishing in 6th place, with Mel Gould not far behind to finish in 7th. Emily Lovett crossed the line next in 10th position with twin sister Ana not far behind in 13th. Eva Fitzpatrick showed true determination, taking a number of places in the last half lap of the course and with a sprint finish at the end to finish 23rd. Poppy Hilton came in just behind Fitzpatrick and Robin Greenwood, unaccustomed to cross country running, finished a fine 35th.

The intermediate girls saw Lucy Green finishing 10th, just ahead of teammates Rosie Cale (12th) and Alice Parsons (15th).

Confirmation has not been given as to who will be selected to represent Warwickshire in the English Schools Cross Country Championships which are to be held on 17 March in Leeds but it is thought a number of Leamington C&AC athletes will be chosen based on Saturday’s performances.

Elsewhere, Carol Blower took part in the Midlands Masters Cross Country Championships on Sunday. Hosted by Wolverhampton and Bilston Athletics Club, Blower battled the cold temperatures and falling snow to run a 6km course in a time of 36:34 finishing second in her age category.

(Jai coasting across the line and with his winners medal)


Racing – Sunday 14th

Leamington C&AC youth team struggled for numbers at the latest round of the West Midlands Young Athletes Cross Country League only fielding full teams for 3 full teams in the 8 races held at Abington Park in Northampton. A gruelling course saw the youngsters tackle a long uphill drag as part of the course which caught some off guard. Despite the reduction in number, the athletes had some good results with the under 15 girls fairing best on the day finishing 5th overall. The team was strong, with 7 girls competing for the club, Molly Minshull coming home first in 20th place. (Emily Lovett (35), Saffie Chiba (36) and Ana Lovett (42) showed good packing to bring home the scores for the girls. Rosie Cale (48); Lucy Green (49) and Rositsa Gugutkova (51) made up the squad. The U13 category was also strong with both girls and boys entering full teams. Mel Gould had a strong run to finish 14th overall and was first back for the girls with Hannah Cooper (47) and Eva Fitzpatrick (56) also making the team. Megan Marsh’s enthusiasm for the sport paid off with her finishing 106th. Marsh was extremely happy with her position which showed that determination does pay off. The girls finished 11th overall. The U13 boys saw Harry Bailey first home in 53rd position with Finnley Newey (62), Diarmuid Winston (69) and Sam Morrey (77) completing the team that finished 10th overall. Jai Sispal had the best finish of the day, finishing 8th in the U15 race, with Cameron Williams-Stein in 26th. Sam Lubrano ran solo in the U17 race finishing 46th, whilst fellow U17 athlete Georgina Hurt, ran her race alone to finish 21st. The U11 boys were also missing a few usual team mates with just James Gould and Finn Williams-Stein competing. Gould had a good race finishing in 28th place, Williams-Stein unfortunately lost his shoe in the boggier part of the course and found himself in last place by the time he had replaced it. Not giving up, he ran hard and managed to catch a few runners despite the setback, finishing 99th out of 116 boys.



Leamington C&AC dominated the awards podium on Sunday despite only a few athletes entering the race known as Not the Roman ix. A 12km race around the village lanes just outside Stratford saw 5 Leamington athletes compete with 3 taking home first prizes. Natalie Bhangal was the first female to cross the line with a 12km PB of 47:42, also managing to run the first 10k in a personal best for that distance. Jenny Jeeves, who had competed in the cross-country event the day before) was 6th female but first in her age group finishing in 50:53 and June Johnson won the FM70+ category in 1:09:40. Marc Curtis, who was also running on tired legs from a hard cross country course the day before, finished in 47:32 and was fourth in his age group. Duncan Loveday also competed and finished in 57:55.