Weekly Round Up 23/09

Midland Road Relays 

Leamington C&AC fielded 4 teams at the Midland Road Relay events at the weekend. A prestigious event on the racing calendar, runners face a fast and challenging route around Sutton Park. The unusually hot conditions meant runners were grateful for the shady parts of the course with the men facing 5.88km each in teams of 6. The A team comprising of debutante Henry Morton, Iain McLaughlin, Charlie Staveley, Jamie Langley, Phil Gould and Isacc Rothman finished a fine 36th place in a combined time of 2:06:36. Whilst the B team settled for 58th in a time of 2:15:46 with Dean Mawby leading the way, followed by Dave Potter, Vassilis Andreoulakis, Jordan king, Pierre Lemarquer and Mat Holt. The ladies needed 4 runners per team and faced a shorter course to their male counterparts at a distance of 4.33km. The A team saw Megan Rothman set the pace with Zara Hadfield on second leg. Jade Holt and Monica Williamson made up the team who finished 24th overall in a combined time of 1:11:50. The B team settled for 66th place in a time of 1:22:10 comprising of Sarah Price, Eve Walpole, Carol Blower and Laura Gould. 

Balsall Common 10km 

Another fantastic run by LCAC’s Kelly Edwards as she made it a superb six wins out of six races in this years Warwickshire Road Race League. The tenth of the eleven races in the 2019 series was today’s Balsall Common 10km and Kelly crossed the finish line in 37.54, with just 12 men in front of her. As athletes count their best six race scores towards an overall League Champion Title, with just the Rugby 10 left to be run, Kelly has the maximum 1800 points from 1800 and cannot be beaten.

Equally impressive was Natalie Bhangal who came home in a strong third place in the ladies race and 24th overall. Her 39.28 continued a fine series of performances which will undoubtedly see her finish second overall in the League at the end of the season.

Completing the ladies team was Jade Holt who was 14th lady and 73rd overall in 44.37 and Carol Blower, who is another who should figure well in the end of season standings, as her 53.21 for 49th lady and 167 overall saw her claim another win in the W55 age category.

Dean Mawby was the first LC&AC man home finishing one place in front of Kelly in 12th place in 37.18. Paul Rutter was again the best of the Club’s mens Masters runners, with a strong run for 30th in 40.23. Chris Hitchman was pleased with 35th in 41.04. Recovering from a heavy cold, Paul Okey in 44th was satisfied with 41.48 in front of another positive run from Andrew Higgins in 51st clocking 42.35. Completing the team with his 8th League race of the year in the M65 age group was Graham Roberts who was 185th of the 246 finishers in 55.25.

English Schools Combined Events 

Well done to Jai who has had a great season in combined events ending today with a superb 5th place finish in the English Schools National finals held in Exeter over the weekend with some very changeable weather.

Jai was competing in the U17 men’s Octathlon and he achieved PBS in long jump 6.0m discus 28.86m, Javelin (massive PB of 39.0m, ), 400m 50.61s and 1500m 4:10.94. What away to end a fabulous season!! 

Kenilworth Half and Stratford 10km

Kenilworth Half

LC&AC had a strong contingent out amongst the 1310 or so starters in today’s Kenilworth Half-Marathon.

Excellent weather greeted the runners for this annual race, held on a new two-lap course starting near the clock tower and looping through the grounds of the castle before heading out to Leek Wootton.

With just two more races left in the Warwickshire Road Race League, places meant points towards the end of the season count up when individual, age group and team trophies will be decided.

Once again Kelly Edwards led the club home, winning the ladies race in a sharp 82.17 and 36th overall. Natalie Bhangal was delighted with her third place in the ladies race and 60th overall in 86.35.

The first three LC&AC men home had followed the “90 minute pace runner” and all finished within that time. Stephen Hundal finished 104th in 89.20 one place in front of Josh Hough, both being given the same time. Marc Curtis was a few places back in 108th with 89.43. Running strongly Chris Hitchman was 123rd in 91.13. With several recent interruptions to his training Brian Miller was happy with 6th M.55 and 140th in 92.30.

Third lady finisher for the club was Jenny Jeeves who was 16th in the ladies race in 95.13, and 3rd W.45. A solid 96.24 saw Andrew Higgins in 192nd and Steve Roberts was 224th in 98.11. Paul Caruana was another athlete getting back into training after an enforced layoff and he was satisfied with a faster second half finishing 323rd in ‪1.40.43‬. Fourth lady finisher was Jade Holt whose ‪1.43.07‬ saw her 34th lady and the important 4th scorer for the team.

New club member, Mariana Lobatto, who is training for the New York Marathon, ran a pb 10k and 10 mile on her way to 398th and a new half marathon pb in ‪1.44.40‬. Consistent Shamira Naidu-Young was 582nd in ‪1.53.01‬ with Graham Roberts 675th and 7th M65 in ‪1.57.25‬. Completing the team was Tejay de Kretser who was 1126th in 2.21.39.

Stratford 10km

More fab C&AC performances at today’s Stratford ‘Big’ 10k, with PBs galore!

Perfect running conditions greeted the runners as they lined up for the start on the Shipston Road, with the course then taking the runners out through Milcote and Clifford Chambers before returning along ‘The Greenway’. The final kilometre took the runners past Holy Trinity Church and the Shakespeare Theatre to run through the Bancroft Gardens and across the Tramway Bridge to finish in the Recreation Park.

The race was one identified by the England Masters Athletic Association as one of five events over the year that they would use when selecting the England Cross Country Team for the Home Countries Cross Country International in November at Southport. As a result the race attracted several top English masters athletes, all seeking to catch the selectors’ eye.

Running hard from the gun Kelly Edwards again found herself near the front of the ladies race, eventually finishing 3rd lady and 29th overall. Kelly was amazed at her time of 37.01 which was a new personal best by 9 seconds.

Having a strong run behind Kelly was Natalie Bhangal who also managed a new personal best finishing in 38.32 for 6th lady and 49th overall. Chasing Natalie all the way, Megan Rothman was delighted to finish four places and four seconds behind her in 53rd place and 8th in the ladies race. She was the third athlete to claim a new pb with 38.36. 

With three ladies in the top eight it came as no surprise when the C & AC trio easily won the ladies team race.

Continuing the personal best theme, Paul Rutter ran a well judged race to finish 68th and 4th M55 in a huge best time of 39.26. He was closely followed home by Marc Curtis who continued a long series of sub 40 runs recording 39.41 for 78th place.

After completing his university course Ray Charlton is back in Club colours and he was the 5th team member to claim a new pb and he was delighted with 96th place in 40.36. After a troublesome period with injury and minimal training, Monica Williamson decided to ‘give it a go’ in the hope of showing the Masters Team selectors that she is a still a force to be contended with. She fully justified the decision to race when she easily won the W55 ladies race to finish 18th lady and 101st overall in a superb 40.36. After a couple of disappointing races, Jenny Jeeves once again proved she is a true racer as she finished 20th lady and 126th in 41.35 and 3rd in the W50 age group.

Brilliant running everyone ?

Race the Train

The Gould family, who all run for Leamington C&AC, competed in their 10th Race the Train at the weekend with three of them taking first place prizes. The race, held along  the Tallyllyn Steam Railway in Tywyn, Wales, sees runners racing the steam train in a festival of running.

Phil Gould decided to try the 5.5 mile Dolgoch challenge this year, this being the only race he had yet to compete in. Gould did not disappoint, crossing the finish line in first place in a time of 31:50.

Melanie and James Gould ran the 3 mile Tynllwynhen challenge, James came second overall in a time of 19:17 but claiming first prize in the age category with sister Mel winning first in her age category in 21:23.

Laura Gould ran in the 14 mile Rotary challenge with friend Claire Goult (Kenilworth Runners), both ladies crossed the line in 2:27:23. Another LCAC family were also present, returning for their third time.

Howard Roden who had yet to beat the train, returned to run the 14 mile race which sees runners run 7 miles up the valley before returning along more trickier terrain. Roden was successful in his quest and beat the train by approximately 5 minutes finishing in 1:43:25. Roden managed to make it down onto the platform to meet his family who had been watching from the train, having run in the 3 mile event earlier that day.

Archie had run a strong race finishing 5th overall in a time of 20:01, whilst Isla finished in 23:25 and in 23rd position. Mum, Kate, crossed the line in 27:25.

 Leonie Holt, also of LCAC, had entered the 14 mile Rotary Challenge, finishing in a time of 2:21:47.