Warwickshire Champs

Congratulations to all our athlete who competed at the Warwickshire Track and field Championships 


Saturday start with a bang! The pole vault team gave some massive performances with Alys Clarke U17W jumping for a silver medal. Ella Bower u15G gaining bronze, Skyler u13G our new county champion along with u13b Finn Williams-Stein Both Fin and Skyler jumped club and county records to take their titles!  Cameron Williams-Stein became u17m champion and Rebecca Kitching senior women’s champion 2.60m (club record V35). 

Our 2 Discus throwers Lauren Ashbourne won with a throw of 29.38m  and Robin Greenwood just outside the medals in the U15g age group. Else were in the throws u17w Lily Clarke took Bronze in the Hammer throw. Long Jump U13g Esme du Bois 5th and Nathalie GreenWood 24th.

U17m Jai Sispal won 2 silver medals in the 100mh and 1500m. In the 70m Hurdles U13g Nathalie Greenwood bronze This is her first season hurdling and she slashed 0.7 seconds off her PB and  u15g 75mH Robin GreenWood was 7th. 

800m u17w Rosie Cale ran a good race to finish 6th. Training partners took to the 3000m with Melanine Gould 4th and Emma Dobson 5th in the u15g race. In the u17g race Emily Lovett took Gold from her sister Anna Lovet who took Bronze and Rositsa Gugutkova came 4th. 

The Sprint group had a positive day with Matthew Johnson 4th in u15b 100m, and u17m Matthew Ashbourne was 5th in his heat. Hannah Cooper took Bronze in the 13g 200m final after a good race in her heat. Ben Hawkes made the 400m an easy win in 49.03s beating the seniors in the race.  Father and Son, Phill and James Gould both ran the 1500m coming 6th and 5th in there age group races. 


Sunday saw the sun shine and C&AC shine more! Starting with the steeplechase  Emily Lovett had a brilliant race to claim her 2nd Gold of the champs in a time of 5.56.54mins and Rositsa Gugutkova in Silver medal position. This was Emilys first ever steeplechase race!

Next up were the 100m sprints with Emma duBois coming 3rd in her u13g heat along with Nathalie GreenWood in 6th (pb). In her u15g race Robin Greenwood was 5th. Senior women Louise Corcoran missed out on a medal by 0.03 of a second finishing 4th. 

Moving onto a history making race. Jai Sispal ran an amazing race to take gold and a New county record of 1.57.74 along with a PB. This record was perviously 1:57.8 and jointly held by 3 Leamington C & AC runners: Eddie Bowen in ‘92, Jean Francois Lignier in ‘05 and Charlie Eastaugh in ‘07. Charlie who runs for Hercules Wimbledon as a senior also won this weekend’s 1500m and 800m. He was delighted that Jai broke his record.

Back to the sprinters with Matthew Johnson picking up sliver in the u15b 200m final and Ben Hawkes doing the double and winner the u20m 200m in 22.12secs . Holly Pater moved up to the long sprint of 300m coming 4th in the u17w race. 

Emma Dobson and Melanie Gould run in the u15g 1500m final coming 7th and 10th. 

C&AC javelin throwers took all the female county titles from u15 – Senior women. Starting with Robin Greenwood with a PB and winner throw of 31.30. Megan Marsh also had a solid competition coming 5th. Lydia Mitchell won the u17w with a throw of 34.54m. Lauren Ashbourne (u20w)won  with a new PB 36.49m. Mary Carter (senior) won with a throw of 28.59, Emma Greenwood also took silver.

The first field event on the day was hotly contested with Jack Bower jumping a PB jump of 11.58m to come 3rd in the u17m triple Jump. Matthew Ashbourne was 5th in the u17m Javelin competition and took silver in the shot putt. 


James Gould, of Leamington Cycling and Athletics Club, finished his cross country season off in style earlier this week with two consecutive days of racing. On Monday, he competed for his school, St Nicholas Primary, Kenilworth in the May Day schools challenge, held at Abbey Fields in Kenilworth and despite tough competition managed a sprint finish to take first place. On Tuesday, he returned to Abbey Fields to compete in the local schools cross country race and had an easier victory to take first place for the second year running. 

James Gould

The May Day running festival also saw athletes from LCAC compete in the 10k event earlier on Bank Holiday Monday with a strong 2nd, 3rd and 4th place finish from Phil Gould (37:10), Vassilis Andreoulakis (37:39)  and Iain McLaughlin (28.02). Unfortunately for the club there was no team prize on offer but the men showed fine form in their red, white and blue kit. The tough, hilly, 3 lap-course is not for the faint hearted but Paul Okey and Carol Blower, also of LCAC, were up for the challenge finishing in 43:07 and 58:21 respectively. The event, also gives the option of a relay race, with three runners taking one lap each. Leamington C&AC under 15/17 trio Mel Gould, Molly Minshull and Rositsa Gugutkova returned for a second year and ran an impressive 46:55 finishing 6th relay team overall. 

Lastly Charlie Mitchell of Leamington C&AC competed in the Winchombe 37 mile race on Bank Holiday Monday. A tough, hilly course, saw Mitchell head out as leading lady only to get overtaken at around the 27 mile mark. Never-the-less Mitchell enjoyed the route, which saw over a 600 foot climb in the first couple of miles, and was happy with second female overall. 

Weekly round up 6th May

Womens Masters League

With only 6 female athletes present on the night the Ladies of the LC&AC still provided an excellent performances in both track and field events.
Saffia Del Torre was on top form on the night competing in 5 events with 1st in the 1600m, 2nd in High Jump and 3rd in 100m and 400m, gaining the LC&AC 27 points, finishing a hard competitive night in the 4x200m relay.Christine Taylor ran a quality 100m coming 2nd, followed up with the shot and javelin, gaining the LC&AC 18 points, finishing the night with the 4x200m relay.Sara Atkins ran a good 400m gaining the LC&AC 3 points, finishing the night with the 4x200m relay.
Emma Matthews ran a strong 100m gaining the LC&AC 5 points, finishing the night with the 4x200m relay.
Carol Blower presented her regular strong performance in the 1600m with a close 3rd position and gaining the LC&AC 6 points for the team.   
Eve Walpole who stepped up at the very last minute ran and excellent 1600m gaining the LC&AC 4 points.
The Ladies Relay team gave an outstanding performance bringing the LC&AC in at a close 2nd place on the night.In general although a small and overloaded team of only 6 athletes the Ladies of the LC&AC were on great form all round and finished the night in 5th place  

Team Photo attached in order:Sara Atkins, Christine Taylor, Eve Walpole, Saffia Del Torre, Carol Blower, Me, Emma Matthews

Warwickshire Graded Meeting and Super 4

The track and field season has only just begun but the youngsters at Leamington C&AC are showing that winter training has paid off with a number of personal bests in the first few events of the season. James Gould, who competed in his first 1500m just 4 days previously, knocked a huge 22 seconds off his time on Wednesday night at the Warwickshire Open Event. Running solidly, despite a strong head wind down the home straight, Gould crossed the line in 5:13:56.

Gould competed again on Friday in the Super 4 event at Solihull, but despite a strong kick at the end did not manage to PB twice in the same week. However, despite a lack of PB in the track events, Gould managed to beat his long jump best by 15cm, jumping a distance of 3.48 and coming 5th.

Natalie Greenwood, knocked almost 3 seconds off her 150m event at the Super 4 with a new personal best of 25:7. Greenwood had also competed in the open event just 2 days before trying out the 100m for the first time. With improved technique she managed a time of 16:64. Sister, Robin Greenwood narrowly missed out on a PB this week returning from injury in the 200m but was still happy with a comfortable win at the Super 4. 

In the throws events, Megan Marsh was on fine form on Wednesday evening, throwing a PB in the javelin of 23m97 and 6m38 in the shot. Marsh, attended the Super 4 on Friday evening but the bitterly cold temperatures, rain and a long wait to throw meant she could not beat her Wednesday distances. Earlier in the evening Marsh had run the 100m event and knocked 1 second off her best time. The squad is looking promising for the track and field season. 

Senior athletes Mary Carter and Emma Greenwood also competed at the Open in Javelin, Mary throwing 25,50m and Emma 14,13m.

Leamington C&AC and Coventry Godiva combined team off to a winning start

On Sunday 5th May a combined team of 41 athletes from Leamington Cycling & Athletics Club and Coventry Godiva Harriers took part in the first match of the U17 and U20 youth development league at Stourport on Severn. The composite team finished the day in first position overall with 558 points beating off stiff competition from Nuneaton with 551.5 points and Marshall Milton Keynes on 551 points.

Individual wins on the day for Riordan Maye 400m hurdles, Oliver Sheehan 400m, Drew Sinnott long jump, Stephen Baffour 100m & 200m, Jai Sispal & Emily Reed 800m, Tom D’Souza hammer, Lauren Ashbourne javelin, Sophie Hunt shot, Amelia Starling 1500m, Jessica Starling 300m, Alicia Roberts 3000m, Cameron Williams-Stein long jump and pole vault.

There were also wins for the team in the relays – U17M 4 x 100m (Stephen Baffour, Corey Nealon, Matthew French, Sam Smith) and 4 x 400m (Cameron Williams-Stein, Jai Sispal, Liam Highes, Remo Volpe) and U17W 4 x 100m (Kamiya Smith, Shannel Luseya-Moseka, Georgia Williams, Catherine Kandola) and 4 x 300m (Nadine & Jessica Starling, Rosie Cale, Holly Pater).

Many athletes also achieved AAA standards on the day including Lydia Mitchell level 3 javelin, Lily Clarke level 4 hammer, Matthew Ashbourne level 4 shot, Jack Bower level 4 triple jump, Pierce Clisham level 4 800m.

Leamington and Coventry team