Jai Sispal stepped up to his first Under 17 track race at the at the City of Birmingham Games & Midland Counties Championships on Sunday 17th February at the Arena Birmingham with a superb run to to take the Under 17 800m title. Running only his second race on a 200m indoor track and with a strong field of 11 runners Sispal ran a controlled first three laps tucking in behind Dylan King from Birchfield and Dylan Bowley from Kettering, both 1:58 runners. Running a consistent pace, 59 sec at 400m and 1:28 at 600m he was in medal contention. With 100m to the finish Sispal showed his strength and sprinting speed by going wide on the last bend to power past King who finished 3rd and Bowley 2nd to take Gold with a new PB in 1:59.28.
Cameron Williams-Stein showed consistency in the pole vault jumping 3.90m then went straight into the triple jump with a best of 12.49m.
Leamington C&AC siblings Mel and James Gould headed to Stourport on Saturday for the qualifying race for the West Midlands selection for the Virgin Mini Marathon in April. Mel, who qualified last year, experienced a tough race running in a new category where she found herself battling it out with two other girls for a place. She narrrowly missed out on a reserve place being beaten to the line. Brother James, at age 11, experienced his debut. Happier with longer distances, James held his own despite a remarkable age and, in some cases, size difference with his fellow competitors. He ran a respectable 19:14 over the 3 mile course to finish 7th making him a non-travelling reserve for the main event which occurs during the main London Marathon on 28 April.
The last West Midlands Young Athletes Cross Country League race of the season took place at Aldersley Stadium on Sunday 10th February. Leamington C & AC can be proud of the Under 17 Team of three girls who have completed all 5 league races. Running with their usual determination over the 4000m course Rosie Cale was first in for 19th in 16:48, followed by Rositsa Gugutkova 32nd in 17:38 and Georgia Hurt 36th in 18:00 for a team position of 7th.
The Under 11 Boys ran the 1600m course. A brilliant run from Archie Lane, 10th in 5:31 was well supported by James Gould 23rd in 5:43, Louis Proctor 25th in 5:44 and Ishan Carson 53rd in 6:02. Although a very young team and missing a 5th runner the team still achieved an encouraging 8th place.In the Under 11 Girls a strong run from Caitlin French led them in with 22nd in 6:12 followed by Issy Goold 42nd in 6:33 and Chloe Lovett 98th in 7:23.
Jai Sispal went out to challenge Josh Robbins the dominant Birchfield runner in the Under 15 Boys race over the 3200m course. Feeling the pace towards the end of the second lap Sispal was caught by the chasing group and finished 5th in 10:34. However, a 4th place in the overall standings earned him the 4th individual league medal. Ruairc Winston continues to improve his speed and produced his best run of the series for 49th in 12:28.
The Under 13 Girls and Boys who were running 2500m were down in numbers. In the girls race Marielle Proctor was 82nd in 12:54 and Megan marsh was 99th in 12:487 and in the boys race Diarmuid Winston was 72nd in 10:32.The last race of the day was the Under 15 Girls. Another reliable and consistent performance produced a creditable 6th place in the League table. Molly Minshull ran her best race of the season to finish in 18th place in 12:26. Ana Lovett also produced her best, 24th in 12:40, Emily Lovett was 32nd in 12:55, Mel Gould 44th in 13:15 and a good run from Eva Fitzpatrick coming back from injury was 55th in 14:03 to complete the team.
Away from the cross country the indoor track and field season has started, with the club Pole Vaults took a trip up the M6 to Manchester.
An exciting start to the day for Lauren u15 and Alys u17 both breaking club record and getting PBs.
Turning 11 in the week Finn established a new u13 pole vault record, which would have been higher record and PB if the pole hadn’t knocked off the bar off, oops. His brother Camron also had a great season opener, jumping his second highest ever vault at 3.86m.
Coach Katharine comments, ‘A strong start to the season all round. They’ll all worked really hard over the winter ,so good to see it paying off ‘
Also up the M6 but this time in Birmingham, LCAC throws made a good start to 2019 at the 2nd MCAA Indoor Open. New member Archie Small, U17m threw 31.42m in hammer at his very first competition. Great start with lots more to come.
In javelin Robin Greenwood threw 27.5m for the U15g with Lauren getting 33.98m in the U20w. Matthew Ashbourne got a throw of 31.78m in the U17m javelin competition. Conditions were a lot better than this time last year.
Coach David also pleased with winter training so far 🙂 Roll on the Summer.