Season Openers

Good show at the Rugby Spring Open  and Charnwood open for LC&AC.

An early start for the throwers with javelin being at 9.30am! Lydia Mitchell, U17W – 35.57m. Matthew Ashbourne, U17M – 36.18m (new PB). Lauren Ashbourne, U20W – 35.80m (new PB), Mary Carter SW – 26.70m. Tony Foster, M60 – 27.64m

The Sprint group showed good form with India Phillips gaining 3 PBS and Ben Hawkes running a club record. Running the 100m Matthew Johnson, U15B, 12.6s (PB). Matthew Ashbourne, U17M  12.0s (PB).  James McNally, SenM – 11.9s. Chloe Browilow SW 13.2 (new PB), India Phillips SW 13.2 (new PB). In the 100m Hurdles India Phillips 17.5 (new PB)

Ben Hawkes lead the way in the 200ms in 21.9secs with a New Club u20 record and equals club senior and overall record. Matthew Johnson U17 25.4, India Phillips SW 27.3s  (new PB), Hannah Cooper U15 27.8secs, Holly Pater  U1529.2 (new PB)

400m Running his first 400m Remo Volpe U17 56.2. All running in the same race lead by Ben Hawkes U20 50.1 , Nathan Moore M 59.4, Dom Brown M 68.2, Tony Foster M 68.4. Nick Tawney ran a good 800m in 2.38min. 

At Loughborough a new pb for Finn of 2.20m in the Pole-vault. Cameron Williams-stein and Jai Sispal ran in the 100m hurdles both running PBs of 15.45s and 15.47s. Jai later went on to run in the 1500m also running a PB of 4.12.49. 

March Round up

English Schools Cross Country

6 of Leamington Cycling and Athletics Club’s rising stars represented Warwickshire in the English Schools Cross Country Championships at the weekend. The 6 athletes had all competed to gain a place to represent their county and were therefore pitched against the cream of English runners. The race was held at Temple Newsam in Leeds which saw runners face blustery and wet conditions, although keeping the athletes from walking the course beforehand, did mean that the spectators faced more mud than the runners.

Jai Sispal, on arrival, realised he had mistakenly packed his football boots rather than his running spikes and after a last minute panic ended up running in borrowed shoes a size or two too small. Despite the pinching footwear he finished 184th in his race and second home for Warwickshire. Emily and Ana Lovett battled round the course with team-mate Rosie Cale in a tightly run race. Emily finished 298th with Ana and Rosie crossing the line one after the other in 309th and 310th respectively. Mel Gould ran in the junior girls race finishing 324th whilst Georgina Hurt finished 301st in the senior girls race. 
Leamington C&AC athletes Christian Ibbs travelled to Milton Keynes for his first attempt at at half marathon on Sunday. The half marathon was part of a Festival of Running. Ibbs was pleased with his time of 2:03:28. Meanwhile, Craig Bower, Jeremy Coward and Graham Donoghue all opted for the 20 mile course, Coward finishing in 2:12:30, Bower in 2:16:09 and Donoghue in 2:56:07. Greg West ran the Bath half marathon and managed to beat his personal best time for that distance by 7 minutes. Finishing 52nd in a time of 74:15 meant that he also gained qualified for a “good for age” place at the London Marathon although the athletes is considering deferring the entry whilst he continues with his university studies.

Primary School Cross country

The primary school cross country regional qualifying round took place at Moreton Morrell on Saturday which saw a one lap course with two hill climbs. Despite children running for their schools in this race, the dominance of Leamington Cycling and Athletics Club was still obvious with Archie Lane winning the boys race in a comfortable position. The race saw year 5 and 6 pupils competing together and, despite Lane being in the younger year group, his training and determination shone through as he crossed the line well ahead of second place.  Fellow team-mate James Gould, running from St Nicholas School, Kenilworth, finished 5th. Both boys now go on to compete for Central Warwickshire in the final competition on 23rd March. The girls of LCAC had an even stronger contingent with Ila lane, Esme du Bois and Isabella Goold all finishing in the top 18 on the day to qualify for the finals. 

The primary school cross country regional qualifying round took place at Moreton Morrell on Saturday which saw a one lap course with two hill climbs. Despite children running for their schools in this race, the dominance of Leamington Cycling and Athletics Club was still obvious with Archie Lane winning the boys race in a comfortable position. The race saw year 5 and 6 pupils competing together and, despite Lane being in the younger year group, his training and determination shone through as he crossed the line well ahead of second place.  Fellow team-mate James Gould, running from St Nicholas School, Kenilworth, finished 5th. Both boys now go on to compete for Central Warwickshire in the final competition on 23rd March. The girls of LCAC had an even stronger contingent with Ila lane, Esme du Bois and Isabella Goold all finishing in the top 18 on the day to qualify for the finals. 

Inter County Cross country

Saturday saw the inter county cross country race, which was held at Prestwold Hall near Loughborough. Athletes had had to qualify to represent their counties and Leamington C&AC were proud to field 3 athletes to represent Warwickshire. Jai Sispal came 25th in the Under 15 boys race whilst Greg West was 68th in the under 20 mens event. Kelly Edwards who was battling with illness, was proud to wear her Warwickshire vest on what she described as a “brutal” 10.8km course. She was happy to finish 64th.Leamington C&AC athlete Jenny Jeeves ran her first road race of the season on Sunday in the Chester 10km. Jeeves, who has run solidly over the past months at cross country found that her return to road was not ideal, with blustery conditions and a tough uphill last mile. Despite this, she completed the course in a personal best of 40:23 and is hopeful that it may be enough for an England call up. Marc Curtis and Caroline Coward  also ran. 

Indoor and XC Nationals

Ladies Team

The Indoor National athletics championships for junior athletes took place at EIS Sheffield on 23rd and 24th February. Leamington cycling and athletics club athlete Cameron Williams-Stein was first into action in the u17 men’s 60m achieving a new personal best of 7.49. Later in the day Williams-Stein also competed in the pole vault, jumping a significant personal best of 4.10m (a new men’s club record) and narrowly missing out on a medal based on count back finishing in 4th place. Jai Sispal (also Leamington c&ac) made it comfortably through Saturday’s heats to Sunday’s 800m u17m final. New to the age group this year, Sispal ran well in a strong field to finish in 4th position with a time of 1.59.58. 

The English National Cross Country event took place at the weekend, with athletes being rather confused about the soaring temperatures and the dry conditions underfoot. Nevertheless, a total of 13 Leamington C&AC athletes ventured to the new venue at Harewood Hall, near Leeds, for the event which saw an uphill start and undulating terrain with a mix of courses to accommodate the different race distances. The under 17 girls kicked the competition off with 3 girls running for the Leamington-based club. A two lap course saw Rosie Cale first home for the club in 168th position with Rositsa Gugutkova in 194th and Lucy Green in 210th place. Megan Marsh ran in the under 13 race finishing in 415th place, Megan then stayed for the duration of the event to cheer on her mum and dad who, making it a family occasion, were racing later in the day. The Gould family were also racing with James competing in his first national event in the under 13 event. Running a hard race, he finished in 272nd position. Sister, Mel, raced in the Under 15 race which saw an extension to the lapped course with a hill which was later described as “not as small as it looks”. A long drawn out hill was, at least, rewarded with a fast downhill finish and Mel ran well to finish 223rd with team-mate Eva Fitzpatrick also having a good run to finish 309th. Laura Gould, competing in the senior ladies event, found the undulating terrain a disadvantage as she fell within the first part of the race, managing to get up and carry on she finished in 827th position. Team-mate Louise Marsh also fell over sustaining injury to her ankle but persevered to finish 897th. Team-mate Carol Blower had a strong run and finished well-ahead of her fellow club runners in 781st place. The last race of the day were the senior men, who, with a distance of 12km, saw an extended climb plus an added hill. A two lap course saw Phil Gould first home for LCAC in 430th, with Steve Roberts 1,435th and Mark Marsh In 1,883rd. Over 2,000 men competed this year.