Sphinx and Arden (WRRL)

Sphinx 5

The wet weather did not seem to put local athletes off competing in the Warwickshire Road Race League on Wednesday which saw the fourth race of the season take place in Memorial Park, Coventry. Leamington C&AC ladies remained in top form taking the team win with Natalie Bhangal finishing second lady in 31:12 closely followed by teammate Hannah Thorpe in 31:24. Jenny Jeeves was 11th lady across the line but took the winning prize for her age category in a time of 33:05 with Jade Holt just behind in 33:27. 16 Leamington C&AC athletes braved the conditions with Richard Hood finishing first for the club in 28:42, Iain Mclauglin pushing to the line to finish just 3 seconds behind. Marc Curtis and Paul Okey also battled it out for 60th place, Curtis crossing the line in 32:05 with Okey only 2 seconds behind. Other runners: Andrew Higgons (33:24); Christopher Hitchman (35:16); Graham Donoghue (36:25); Leonie Holt (36:43); Shamira Naidu-Young (38:44); Carol Blower (40:52); Graham Roberts (41:39). 

Arden 9


Rest from the Sphinx 5 was not an option with the fifth race, the Arden 9, taking place on Sunday, which saw the third race in one week for the more stoical racers. The weather was somewhat kinder for the 9 mile race around Hampton-in Arden and on occasions the runners found themselves running in sunshine. Natalie Bhangal ran another course best (having run course bests at the 2 Castles and Sphinx in the same week) crossing the line in 57:22 as second lady and first in her age category. Jenny Jeeves and Courtney Depala helped the ladies team come third overall on the day finishing in 1:01:54 and 1:10:46 respectively. Dominic Priest won his age category and was 6th to cross the line overall in a time of 51:50, whilst the second LCAC runner home was Vassilis Andreoulakis who was 17th in a time of 53:26 taking home first prize in his age category. Other runners: Gavin Fowler (56:22); Paul Rutter (58:51), Marc Curtis (59:35); Christopher Hitchman (1:04:19); Graham Donoghue (1:06:47); Alex Montgomery (1:11:06); Laura Gould (1:19:00) 

Two Castles

Leamington C&AC were out in force at the annual Two Castles Race on 9th June, taking home a number of prizes. The race, hosted by the Kenilworth Rotary Club and Leamington C&AC, has runners competing in a 10k course starting in the grounds of Warwick Castle and finishing in Kenilworth Castle. Despite the club hosting the event and providing officials and marshals, it still entered a total of 36 athletes to compete in the day.

Callum Hanlon brought himself, and the club, home to victory crossing the line in an impressive 32:55 with Kelly Edwards taking the ladies title finishing 34th overall in a time of 37:19.  Baljeev Kandola, gave it everything he had to finish 8th in a time of 34:50 and taking the title of first junior male of the day. Kandola was shortly followed by team mate Dominic Priest, just 3 seconds later, who finished 9th taking second junior male.

Rosie Cale, who took time out from revising for her GCSE’s, finished first junior female in 47:33.

In addition to all the individual achievements, Leamington C&AC won the ladies’ team prize, supporting Edwards was Natalie Bhangal running a personal best time of 39:00, finishing third lady overall and Hannah Thorne coming in only 10 seconds later to finish 5th lady. The men finished second on the day with Richard Hood (36:28) joining Hanlon, Kandola and Priest to make the scoring 4. 

Hannah Thorne, Kelly Edwards and Natalie Bhangal


Other runners: Iain McLaughlin (36:44); Vassilis Andreoulakis (37:00); Tom Foulerton (37:16); Dean Mawby (37:42); Jason Hill (38:00); Josh Hough (39:11); Megan McDonald (39:27); Andrew Cooknell (41:12); Jade Holt (42:43); Simon Perkin (42:31); Andy Higgins (42:51); Christopher Hitchman (44:01); Steven Roberts (44:45); Caroline Coward (45:13); Shamira Naidu-Young (47:02); Wes Stanton (36:14); Leonie Holt (47:17); Courtney Depala (47:49); Alex Montgomery (47:57); Peter Stockbridge (48:22); Mark Marsh (51:36); Roger Fagge (51:33); Carol Blower (52:34); Graham Donoghue (53:08); Judith Hanlon (52:25); Tara Fagge (54:22); Stephen Hundal (52:52); Danny Winston (57:52)

Warwickshire Schools Champs

Warwickshire School Championship were held in Nuneaton this year on Saturday 8th June. The conditions were not ideal for a championships events for our Leamington C&AC youngster. We start with the track results. 

100m Matthew Ashbourne was 6th in a time of 12.6s

Rhy Bennett won his 300m in a time of 40.1s And Holly Pater also won her 300 in 45.5s

Rome Vople (54.8s)and Jack Bower (57.2s) both ran in the 400m coming 5th and 6th

Jai Sispal won his 800m by 16seconds in a time of 2.01.0, already gaining English school standard in the week at the Warwickshire open meeting of 1:55.96 PB. Rosie Cale has fab race winning the 800m in PB time of 2.22.9, knocking 2seconds off. Molly Minshull came 5th in the same race also running a PB of 2.31.6.

Emma Dabson came 3rd the 1500m running a PB in 5,11,2 and Melanie Gould was 6th in 5.18.1

Ella Bower was 2nd in the 75m hurdles (13.6s) Jai Sispal again PB in the 100m hurdles coming 2nd 14.2s.

Emily Lovett won the 1500m steeple case in 5.58.7.

Jai and Matthew were both part of the Central 4x100m relay team who won in 45.8s

Moving to the field events Freya Dalrymple was 2nd in the high jump jumping 1.35m

Lauren Healy was 3rd the long jump with a jump of 4.09m

Jack Bower was 2nd I the triple jump with 11.54 and Rhys Bennet won his Triple jump with a PB of 11.67. Rosie Cale was 3rd I her triple jump, jumping 9.52 after running her 800m. 

Ardal Yallop was 2nd in the Shot putt with a throw of 10.40. Sophie Hurt won her shot putt with a throw of 9.65m 

Alys Clarke also won with a throw 9.77m and threw the discus coming 2nd with a PB of 17.22m.

Ardal Yallop won his hammer throw with aPB of 29.98m, Sophie also won with a throw of 33.42 and lily Clark broke the 30m barrier with a B of 30.54.

Matthew Ashbourne was 5th in the Javelin with 34.73. Lauren won her Javelin with 31.69m and Lydia Mitchell also won the Javelin with 30,26m.Megan Marsh (22.98m) and Freya Dalrymple  (PB 20.84m) came 4th and 5th in their Javelin. 

Lastly the Pole Vault competition was cancelled due to the weather, Cameron Willson-Stein has also got the English School Standard of 4.20. 

All athlete who came 1st and 2nd go though to the Mason Trophy this weekend in Birmingham, with a few still looking for the English School standard for the National Championships.