Phil Gould, of Leamington Cycling and Athletics Club, competed in the British Masters Athletics Championships at the weekend competing in the 1500m and 800m. Saturday saw a wet and windy 1500m which started out slow due to the weather. Gould finished 4th in a time of 4:26:06. Returning on Sunday for, what he felt was his stronger race, Gould set off in the 800m to settle in second place after the first lap. Fighting for his position with 250m to go he was overtaken on the final bend, however Gould kicked hard reclaiming second place and narrowly missing out on a win in a tight finish. He crossed the line in 2:04:71 a 10th of a second behind first place.
Saturday saw the 8th race in the Warwickshire Road Race League, a Summer’s evening 6 mile race hosted by Stratford Upon Avon Athletics Club. Leamington C&AC fielded 12 competitors with Kelly Edwards, on fine form, crossing the line as first lady in a time of 36:12. Dominic Priest had a fight on his hands at the finish to cross the line in third place (32:39) just 4 seconds behind Chris Sharp of Knowle and Dorridge. Zara Blower decided to run with her mum, Carol, in what was the last race before her marriage next weekend. Mother and Daughter crossed the line in 50:31. Zara’s husband-to-be, Martin Hadfield, also ran, finishing in 52:35. Other runners: Paul Andrew (34:34); Iain McLaughlin (34:56); Paul Okey (39:17); Christopher Hitchman (42:44); Shamira Naidu-Young (44:52); Alex Montgomery (46:17); Laura Gould (48:33); Graham Roberts (51:53)
A combined team of U20 and U17 athletes from Coventry Godiva and Leamington C&AC fought off stiff competition from 5 other teams to win the Midlands NE Promotion match and gain promotion to the Midlands North East Premier Division. To qualify for the promotion match the composite team won their league beating teams from Milton Keynes and Northampton amongst others. The match was contested between the winners of each league and the three existing Premier league teams facing relegation. Throughout it’s first year as a combined team Leamington C&AC and Coventry Godiva performed consistently well and finished the promotion match 81 points ahead of their nearest competitors Charnwood.
41 youngsters competed on the day with 19 athletes winning (often multiple) events and 6 winning relay teams providing an incredibly strong finish to the competition. Many also achieved standards recognised by the Amateur Athletics Association including Jai Sispal 100m hurdles, 400m hurdles & 2km steeplechase, Drew Sinnott long jump & javelin, Cameron Williams-Stein pole vault, high jump & discus, Stephen Baffour & Matthew French in both 100m & 200m, Jess Starling & Findlay Douglas 400m, Esther Adikpe 200m & 400m, Pierce Clisham 800m & 1500m, Matthew Ashbourne shot, Holly Bates 300m, Alys Clarke pole vault & shot, Freya Bennett 800m, Lydia Mitchell and Lauren Ashbourne in javelin. The team, co-managed by Katharine Stein (LCAC) & Sally Eldridge (Coventry Godiva), look forward to taking on the Midlands Premier League in 2020.
Leamington C&AC Masters athletes had a successful night on on Wednesday in the third round of the Masters Track and Field League and now sit second in the table.Rupa Morris set things off well with a win in the 100m in time of 15:7 seconds, followed by her second win of the night in the 400m in 72:5. Phil Gould stormed to victory in his 400m event, crossing the line in 55:6 whilst Paul Andrew took the win in the 1500m with a time of 4:32:6.
Rebecca Kitching was delighted to be able to compete in the pole vault which is normally not an option for ladies at this event. She impressed with a winning height of 2.50m and is hopeful that the pole vault will be a regular event at these meetings going forward. Kitching also took second place in the 100m with a time of 14s. There was a number of other second place victories on the night with Tony Foster coming second in the 2km walk whilst Tom Foulerton achieved second place in the 1500m despite having competed in the walking event moments before.
Laura Gould was happy with her throw in the hammer which earnt her second place whilst Emma Greenwood also came second in her discuss event. Saffia del Torre and Caroline Coward also placed second in the 400m and 1500m respectively. The men’s relay team had to settle for second place in the medley event whilst the ladies came third.