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.
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.
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
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 C&AC junior team in windswept YDL action
Saturday 27th April saw the U13 & U15 athletes from Leamington C&AC taking part in the first Youth Development League match for 2019. Conditions were fairly tough with Storm Hannah sending strong winds across the field. The knock on from this was the cancellation of the pole vault event in which the club has some strong contenders. This still didn’t stop the team performing very well including the new members of the squad taking part in their first competition.
Storm Hannah had also threatened to cancel the hurdles, but the decision was finally made to continue with this event. As it was, the club showed good form in this event with Robin Greenwood and Finn Williams-Stein both winning their races in the U15 and U13 races respectively. New to track and field competition, Esme Du Bois, shocked herself as well as her teammates by winning her 70m hurdle race, as well as her 75m sprint and taking first place in the A stream long jump with a jump of 3.73m with fellow teammate and newcomer Skyler Davies coming third in the B stream jumping 3.14m.
For the U15 boys, Sam Morrey was in action in shot and discus. He managed a throw of 5.66m in shot and took third place and then threw 12.75m in discus to take second place.
The larger contingent was in the U15 girls group. Lauren Healey and Charlotte Aghoghogbe performed in the long jump competition scoring 3.80m and 3.17m respectively. In the throws events there were high placings across three of the four events. Freya Dalrymple threw 8.22m in shot put and came second in the A stream while Megan Marsh threw 6.37m and came first in the B stream. PBs for both girls and a grade 4 triple A standard for Freya. In discus there were wins for both girls with Robin Greenwood getting 16.05m and Megan Marsh achieving 12.76m. Both first place in the A and B stream. Finally both Greenwood and Marsh took part in the javelin competition and once again gained first place for both A and B stream. Greenwood gained a new PB throwing 29.11m with Marsh throwing 21.84m, also a PB. Matthew Johnson had to fight for position in his 100m sprint, crossing the line at the same time as his competitor but just beating him to first place. Emma Dobson, also new to competition, won her 1500m A race comfortably with Mel Gould taking first place in the B race. Both girls had run a 300m race a few minutes before but ran solidly in the longer distance.
Stratford half/full Marathons
Whilst many were pounding the streets of London, five LCAC athletes took on the more local Shakespeare Marathon and Half-Marathon in Stratford-upon-Avon. In the half-marathon Natalie Bhangal finished 3rd female in a new PB 84:07. She was followed by Sue Harrison who was 5th female and 1st W45 (88:13) and Aneta Radaczewska, 17th female (99:06).
In the full marathon Courtney Depala was 79th female (4:27:14) and Tejay De Kretser 126th female (4:55:58).
Massive congratulations to LCAC’s four athletes in this year’s London Marathon.
They were led home by Craig Bower in a new PB of 2:57:33. Next home was Jeremy Coward, narrowly missing the 3-hour barrier with 3:03:37. He was followed by Shamira Naidu-Young who also ran a brilliant PB of 3:49:25, and Graham Donoghue with yet another PB 4:01:50.