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


60 years of Competing


Dai Vaughan competed in the 100m event at the Midlands Vets Track and Field League event on Wednesday making it the 60thyear he has competed and scored points for Leamington C&AC in track and field events. Dai,

(Dai’s 60th year)

now 76, started competing when he was just 16 and is regularly seen at Leamington C&AC’s home of Edmondscote track giving advice to fellow athletes as well as training himself. His 60-year reign has not been without difficulty with Dai facing illnesses in recent years and in the earlier years taking time out from building his own bungalow to make sure he competed for his beloved club.


Pete Soley debued in the triple jump, jumping 9.83m to come fourth. Emma Greenwood and Tara Bartley tried out the 100m and 200m relay respectively. Saffia del Torre competed in the high jump and 1500m coming third in both events. Emma Matthews saw a coming of age this year and now 35, can compete in the vets’ league in addition to the seniors. Emma had a good run at the 400m coming third. Monica Williamson was the ladies’ highest scorer of the evening coming 2ndin the 1500m.

Nick Tawney won the 2km walking, showing them how it was done, completing the event in a time of 12:35:9. Paul Andrew and Tom Foulterton showed dominance in the race with Andrew crossing the line first and Foulterton closely behind to take victory for the M40 category. There were close seconds for Mark McAlleenan and Andy Cooknell in the 100m and for Phil Gould in the 400m.

The relays saw a change to the set up this year with mixed teams competing in the 4x200m. The teams consisted of Louise Marsh, Andrew Cooknell, Emma Matthews and Phil Gould for the O35 team who came third and Tara Fagge, Dom Browne, Carol Blower and Craig Bower for the O50 race who came second. The points scored were split between the men and ladies’ teams.

The men now sit in a comfortable second place just 3.5 points behind leaders Rugby and Northampton. The ladies are currently in fourth place with 3 matches left.

Start them young


In other news



The Sara, Jimmy and TJ Atkins had their inaugural family race on Sunday 29th April.  Jimmy and TJ ran as team with the aid of a running buggy and completed the 4 mile course.  Sara ran the 7K course.  Both routes were very picturesque and hilly!  TJ did brilliantly just beating his Dad, and both coming in 6th overall in their race. All had a fantastic race experience!


Monty 5

Warwickshire Road Race League – Race 2

The warm still conditions also greeted 236 runners for the third Annual Monty 5k race held at Leamington Spa last Sunday. Organised by the local Leamington Cycling and Athletic Club saw athletes from clubs mainly in the Warwickshire Road Race League compete in this “multi – terrain” event taking in the local Victoria Park, trail paths, grass and the all-weather track itself.

LCAC responded with volunteers around the course and still managed to field 19 men and 9 women to take three of the four team accolades. Leading from the gun, Callum Hanlon continued his great form to cross the line first in a time of 15:55 and with 5 others in red white and blue in the top 10 secured the team award. Paul Andrew not feeling 100% entered the track second but was beaten by Ben Taylor (Kenilworth) to the line with Andrew’s 16:43. Greg West fourth and first M20 in 17:08, Dean Mawby’s 17:37 (7th) Bal Kandola 17:57 (9th) and first masters M50 John Knibb in 18:00 for 10th.

Leamington also took the individual honours for the ladies with Laura Fuller’s 19:47 (50th overall) just holding off a fast finishing Monica Williamson 19:51 (53rdand first F55). The team was supported by Saffia Del Torre 20:46 (77th) and Elaine Sherwin 20:50 (79th, first F45).






Others running were Jason Hill 18:24 (18th), Jack Savage 18:28 (22nd), Gavin Fowler 18:35 (24th), Simon Perkin 19:58 (56th), Andrew Higgins 20:18 (64th), Paolo Foglino 20:40 (74th) Kevin Walpole 20:46 (78th), Rob Wilson 20:53 (80th), Simon West 22:11 (108th), Wes Stanton 22:15 (111th), Paul Okey 22:36 (119th), Shamira Naidu-Young 22:38 (121st), Juzar Kandola 23:31 (146th), Carol Blower 24:58 (171st), Sara Atkins 25:06 (172nd), Graham Roberts 25:40 (185th), Helen West 26:40 (198th) and Louise Marsh 26:40 (199th).




A special thanks to all helpers from the club both young and old with a special mention for George Phipps at aged 92 not only marshalling but cycling to and from home in Warwick showing that local athletics is for all ages from aged 6 upwards and all abilities.