Weekly Round


The second round of the veterans track and field league took place on Wednesday evening at the Pingles, Nuneaton. Leamington C&AC saw some strong performances during the evening with wins for Saffia Del Torre and Craig Bower in the 800m and Paul Andrew and Tom Foulerton maintaining their presence with wins in the 3000m. Nick Tawney had an easy win in the 2000m walk in a time of 11:57:3. In the field events, Tony Foster was surprised with his javelin event, coming first with a throw of 30.62 whilst Christine Taylor took first place in the long jump with a distance of 3.32. The night also saw Caroline Coward debut for the club on the track. Coward stepped in at the last minute to run both the 800m and 3000m taking third place in both events. Louise Marsh stepped in to replace Taylor in the 4x400m relay and brought the baton home for third (with Carol Blower, Saffia Del Torre and Emma Matthews making up the ladies team). The main excitement of the evening was left until the last race of the event in the 4x400m men’s relay. Dominated by Leamington C&AC last season, the team looked strong and Andrew Cooknell put them in a good position on the first leg. Craig Bower shot off to put the club in an impressive lead on second passing the baton to Paul Andrew with an almost 100m lead on the opposition. Notts AC however had their secret weapon on third and in what seemed like superhuman speed Notts caught Andrew and past him in what was an extremely fast 400m. Phil Gould took the baton for the last leg and managed to gain some distance but the men had to settle for second place. The men have dropped to third place with the ladies remaining in fourth place with everything to play for.



A very hot Saturday saw the second round of the lower Youth Development League at The Pingles, Nuneaton. Leamington C&AC youngsters were in fine form showing true team spirit with many of them volunteering to enter events that were not within their fields of expertise. Pole vaulter Lauren Healey and middle distance and cross country runners Mel Gould and Reuben Siemon Kleba found themselves throwing the hammer to score vital points for their club. Between them they managed legal throws and due to a lack of entrants in this event, Gould and Kleba ended up in second place with Healy taking first for the B team.  Healy threw what was probably the best throw of the day but it was declared a no throw after she accidently stepped out of the circle. Healy was frustrated but has perhaps found a talent she did not think she had. Gould also tried out the discus and despite a lack of technique looked comfortable in the cage and was pleased with her throw of 12.24. Molly Minshull (also a middle distance and cross country runner) ended up giving the shot a go and was pleased with her throw of 5.24. However the prize for team spirit would surely have to go to Ella Bower who turned up with no voice and suspected tonsillitis. Team managers Louise Morrey and Louise Marsh expertly managed to fill some of Bowers’ events with other athletes however, despite feeling awful, Bower stepped up to the line to race the 75m and finished in an impressive 11.3 seconds earning her first place for the club’s B team and an accredited 3  AAA achievement. She went on to compete in the 80m hurdles coming third and earning herself another AAA award. There were also debuts for Niamh Bennett in the 1200m; Charlotte Ahoghogbe in the 800m and James Eatough débuted in 200m, 800m and the long jump. Matthew Johnson was asked to run the 4x100m relay and was slightly nervous at his first outing, however teamed with Jai Sispal, Matthew Ashbourne and Jack Bower, Eatough’s debut was impressive and the team went on to take first place in the event. On more familiar territory, Matthew Ashbourne achieved a Grade 4 AAA rating for his shot of 10.84 also giving him first place and Jai Sispal was his usual dominant self winning the 800m and coming second in the 80m hurdles achieving an AAA grade along with another grade award in the high jump. Freya Delrymple was pleased with an AAA grade for her shot and a personal best in her high jump and Megan Marsh continued her success in the javelin throwing 20.49 to earn a grade 3 AAA standard.



Elsewhere, Vassilis Andreoulakis competed in Nottingham’s half ironman, the half outlaw. Consisting of a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile cycle ride and 13.1 mile run, Andreoulakis was aiming to complete the event in under 5 hours and was not disappointed crossing the finish line in a time of 4:58:43.

Natalie Bhangal was true to form running a personal best over 10k on Tuesday in Leamington C&AC’s club competition. Bhangal went on to obtain a personal best in the Draycote half marathon at the weekend in a time of 86:14 crossing the line as first female.




In almost perfect weather conditions, the Warwickshire County Track and Field Championships, held at the Pingles Athletics Track in Nuneaton took place at the weekend. Leamington C&AC saw a succession of medal positions over the two-day event along with a number of their own club records being broken. Jai Sispal came first in the heats for the U15 80m hurdles and then went on to take silver in the finals in new personal best of 11:97. Sispal had a great weekend also winning the 1500m in a new PB of 4:32:18 and taking gold in the 800m in a time of 2:09:57 which was also a personal best.

Charlie Eastaugh took the silver medal in the senior men’s 1500m and was happy to finish in a personal best of 4:03:89. Melanie Gould competed in the 3000m event for the first time and took the lead with three laps to go. She finished first in 11:32:57. Gould returned the next day to race the 1500m and was happy with a 5thplaced position and a PB of 5:16:48. Paul Andrew showed his usual fine form to finish first in the senior 3000m and Alex Ibbs managed a seasons best and a win in the U20 800m in a time of 2:03:56. Phil Gould took first place in the senior men’s 3000m steeplechase. Hannah Cooper finished second in the U13 girls 200m sprint.

Sam Morrey was happy with a personal best in his 200m and qualified for the final of the 200m. Robin Greenwood also achieved personal best times in the 75m hurdles and the 200m.

Ben Hawkes had ran a fast 400m to take gold in a time of 49:38. Hawkes’ time also saw the first club record over the weekend, a record that had stood since 1990.

The medals kept coming in the field events with Cameron Williams-Stein taking control of the pole vault to equal the club record that he holds himself with a jump of 3.20m. Megan Marsh was delighted to come second in the U13 javelin event throwing a distance of 21.36m which was almost 3 metres over her previous throws. Marsh also claimed the club record which had been held by Lauren Ashbourne since 2013 for that age category. Ashbourne herself achieved a silver medal in the U20 discus over the weekend with fellow club-mate Sophie Hunt taking gold with a throw of 28.82. Ella Bower jumped a height of 1.40m in the U13 girls high jump event taking a silver medal. Sam Morrey was pleased with a silver in the U13 boys shot achieving a personal best of 5.99.

Sunday saw the younger athletes competing in a Quadkids event with James Gould, Finn Williams-Stein and Ishan Carson. James ran an impressive race in the 600m to win in a time of 1:55:03 breaking the club record.


In other news

Shamira Naidu-Young managed to break the 4-hour barrier in the Stratford marathon on Sunday finishing in a time of 3:58:25.

Gavin Fowler took part in the Worcester Sprint Triathlon, consisting of 750m Swim, 30km Bike and 5km Run. Fowler finished third overall which was his first podium finish in the event. His overall time was 1:27:20.

A week of track and field Fun

Senior League

Sunday the 6thMay saw the 2018 Midland athletics senior league kick off. Leamington, hosting a league match for the first time in a number of years, was basked in sun as it welcomed Gloucester, Coventry Godiva, Worcester, Tipton & Telford to Warwickshire for the division 3 meeting.

Women’s field 

Louise Corcoran winning the women’s long jump A event with a P.B of 4.64m, closely followed by fellow Leamingtonian Steph Child’s, who won the B event with a jump of 4.53m. Mary Donaldson, fresh from her Marathon exploits, also won the women’s triple jump B event. The women’s impressive performances in the jumps didn’t stop there. A win for Saffia Del Torre in the high jump A event (1.42m).

Sophie Hunt grabbed a 2nd in the women’s A shotput with a distance of 10.16m. In the discus, Lauren Ashbourne 3rd in the discus for the women’s A’s with a throw of 26.91m, while Sophie Hunt took the win in the B’s event with a throw of 26.63m.  Sophie’s winning streak didn’t stop there, she then took the A’s hammer crown with a huge 35m throw. In the javelin, Lauren Ashbourne took 3rdin the women’s A’s, while Mary Donaldson threw 27.76m to win the women’s B crown.

Men’s field

It was very much the Sinnott family affair, with father James, & brother’s Drew and Callum doing a fantastic job representing the club across multiple events. Particular highlights include a 2ndplace in the men’s A shot putt for Drew, 2ndplace for Callum in the Discuss A – with father James picking up 3rdplace in the men’s B discuss.

On the track 

A particular highlight was the performance of India Phillips in the 100m hurdles. Having only practiced in training a few weeks prior to the race, India took 2ndplace in the A event. Her fledgling hurdles career also saw her take the win in the 400m hurdles A event. A very promising start to the 2018 outdoor season. Saffia Del Torre also took the win in the 100m hurdles B event. Moving up the distances and Zara Blower took a brilliant 2ndplace in the 3000m A event, with a time of 11 minutes, 14.5 seconds. Zara wasn’t finished there though, with only half an hours rest she then came 3rdin the 1500m A race – a brilliant effort particularly in mid-20 degree temperatures.

Ben Hawkes picked up where he left off after an impressive 2017. The young Leamington sprinter came 2ndin the men’s A 200m event, but this was only a warm up for his preferred distance, taking the win in the men’s A 400m event in 50.1 seconds – despite being briefly pulled back by the 2ndplace runner from Tipton. Relative newcomer to the sprint distance Dean Mawby also ran a great 400m in the men’s B event, coming 2ndin a time of 54.0 seconds.

Moving up the distances, & in the men’s 5000m Paul Andrew just missed out on third in the men’s A event, with a time of 16mins & 17.8 seconds, while Phil Gould took silver in the B race with a time of 17 minutes & 22.6 seconds. In the 2000m steeplechase A event, Phil came 3rd, while the B event was  won by Leamington youngster Jack Savage in a time of 6 minutes & 53.2 seconds.


Sadly a lack of numbers meant there was no men’s 4x100m representation for Leamington, while in the women’s 4x100m a very strong short sprint field saw the women take 6th. In the 4x400m the women went one better, taking 5thplace, while in the men’s a great performance from a very youthful contingent (bar Phil Gould) saw the men take 2ndin a time of 3 minutes 37.3 seconds.

A special thankyou to Mary Hodges, Shelley Went & all the officials and helpers involved in the running of the event. It really was a great day, with great weather & a brilliant atmosphere. Not even blocked toilets could spoil it!



Wednesday was the first open of the summer season, held at it’s new venue, home to Coventry Godiva. Leamington C&AC dominated the throws events which is new for this season entering 6 javelin throwers in the event. Lauren Ashbourne came second with Lydia Mitchell, Mary Donaldson, Robin Greenwood, Megan Marsh and Emma Greenwood making up the team. The strong team ethic worked with Robin and mum Emma, along with Megan Marsh all thr

owing personal bests. Matthew Ashbourne won the shot event throwing a distance of 10.54m making it a personal best for him. The Greenwoods both raced in the 100m, with Robin running 14:26PB and Emma running 15:77PB. Jack Bower, back from injury was happy with a time of 12:81 fir his 100m. Baljeev Kandola won his 400m race in a time of 1:02:40 and Mel Gould, running in the 1500m,  in 5:19:12 which was a PB. Phil Gould ran the 3,000m race, eventually finishing in fourth place in a time of 9.40:84.

6 of Leamingtons best Javelin throws