3rd Midland Indoor Open & Throws

Leamington C&AC 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.

Leamington C&AC Throwing Group is now training three times per week.  Times can be found here.

U17/U20 Athletes New Sessions

Leamington Youth Athletes get new training sessions

With a new group of U17 athletes this season the club has created some new training sessions and opportunites for our athletes.  Starting from the 20th March we now have a dedicated throws and jumps group in addition to the existing sprint and endurance groups.
Athletes are not restricted to one group and can do two groups in an evening and up to 3 days a week if they wish. Please register your interest with the relevant contact below.

Please find below the training groups available:

Sprint Group

Coached by fully qualified UKA sprint coach with over 20 years experience. Ex GB athletes as coaching assistant, specialist 400-800m coach, specialist strength and conditioning coaching assistant.
Sessions Tuesday 7.00-8.00pm (6.30 warm up if not coming from another group), Thursday 7.00-8.00pm, Sunday 10.30am-12.00pm
All abilities welcome. Athletes must commit to a minimum 2 sessions per week.
Main contact Lin McGreavy

Endurance Group

Sessions Tuesday 7.00-8.00pm (6.40pm warm up if not coming from another group) and Thursday 6.40-8.00pm (7.00pm start if coming from another session).
All abilities welcome.
Main contact Chris Jackson

Throws Group

Sessions Tuesday 7.00-8.15pm (6.30 warm up if not coming from another group), Thursday 6.15-8.00pm and Sunday 10.00am-12.30pm.
All abilities welcome and all throws covered.
Main contact Dave Ashbourne

Jumps Group

Tuesday 6.00-7.00pm
Sessions will cover either horizontal jumps (long jump and triple jump) or high jump depending on the week.
All abilities welcome
Main contact Katharine Stein

Hurdles Group

Ex GB hurdler as coaching assistant
Sessions Sunday 10.30am-12.30pm ad hoc by arrangement based on age group/gender
Please contact Katharine Stein to register interest in attending.

Pole Vault Group

Sessions Sunday 10.30am-12.30pm ad hoc by arrangement and weather dependent
Session planned for 6.00-8.00pm on Tuesday 3rd, Thursday 4th, Tuesday 10th and Thursday 12th April weather permitting.
Please contact Dave Ashbourne or Katharine Stein to register interest in attending

Steeplechase Group

England athletics have introduced 1500m steeplechase for U15 boys and girls in addition to events for U17/U20s. Taster sessions and training dates/times to follow.
Please contact Chris Jackson if you are interested in trying this challenging event.

If you are interested in attending a session that you are not currently attending please email or speak to the main contact for the group.  If you have any queries or are unsure of which group would work best for you please feel free to contact the coaches and they will give you suitable advice.  The timetable can be found here.  Plans are available on request to the coaches.

Here’s looking forward to an exciting year ahead.

English Schools XC

Warwickshire Schools Athletes

The “Beast from the East” did it’s best to ruin a lot of runners’ ambitions this week, with numerous races being cancelled.   It did not manage to put off the young athletes who had qualified for the New Balance English Schools Cross Country Championships. A total of 8 Leamington C&AC runners headed up the M1 to Temple Newsam Park in Leeds.  They were met with a tough muddy course which was nothing compared to the biting winds that blew from the East. With the occasional snow flurry to contend with and a very exposed course, the runners showed true grit, determination and resilience as they battled the “beast”, and each other, around the grounds of the historic estate.

Boys Race

The junior boys race had the club full of excitement with Jai Sispal returning to cross country after suffering a broken arm earlier in the season.  Sispal began the race in a high position that showed that time out for injury had not affected his standard. However, disappointment followed, with Sispal suffering an injury to his ankle which meant he had to be carried off the course. Team mate Ruben Siemon Kleba was left to represent the local club on his own finishing in 16:38 over the 4.1km course.

Girls Race

The junior girls race had two Leamington C&AC athletes running the 3.1km course.  Some confusion at the start meant the girls did not get off to the best start.  However Molly Minshull ran a strong race to finish in 13:19. Mel Gould was not far behind in a time of 14:00.

The Intermediate boys race saw although two LCAC athletes complete. Cian McKearney ran a good race over the 5.2km course finishing in 19:49.  Cameron William-Stein crossed the line in 21:34.

In a race that saw only 4 out of the 8 Warwickshire runners compete, Leamington C&AC fielded 3 runners in the senior boys’ race. Running a total of almost 7km Keiran Chahal showed he was a force to be reckoned with.  He finished in 83rd place in a time of 25:00. Teammates Greg West and Alex Ibbs followed in a time of 26:16 and 30:17 respectfully.