Kenilworth Half and Stratford 10km

Kenilworth Half

LC&AC had a strong contingent out amongst the 1310 or so starters in today’s Kenilworth Half-Marathon.

Excellent weather greeted the runners for this annual race, held on a new two-lap course starting near the clock tower and looping through the grounds of the castle before heading out to Leek Wootton.

With just two more races left in the Warwickshire Road Race League, places meant points towards the end of the season count up when individual, age group and team trophies will be decided.

Once again Kelly Edwards led the club home, winning the ladies race in a sharp 82.17 and 36th overall. Natalie Bhangal was delighted with her third place in the ladies race and 60th overall in 86.35.

The first three LC&AC men home had followed the “90 minute pace runner” and all finished within that time. Stephen Hundal finished 104th in 89.20 one place in front of Josh Hough, both being given the same time. Marc Curtis was a few places back in 108th with 89.43. Running strongly Chris Hitchman was 123rd in 91.13. With several recent interruptions to his training Brian Miller was happy with 6th M.55 and 140th in 92.30.

Third lady finisher for the club was Jenny Jeeves who was 16th in the ladies race in 95.13, and 3rd W.45. A solid 96.24 saw Andrew Higgins in 192nd and Steve Roberts was 224th in 98.11. Paul Caruana was another athlete getting back into training after an enforced layoff and he was satisfied with a faster second half finishing 323rd in ‪1.40.43‬. Fourth lady finisher was Jade Holt whose ‪1.43.07‬ saw her 34th lady and the important 4th scorer for the team.

New club member, Mariana Lobatto, who is training for the New York Marathon, ran a pb 10k and 10 mile on her way to 398th and a new half marathon pb in ‪1.44.40‬. Consistent Shamira Naidu-Young was 582nd in ‪1.53.01‬ with Graham Roberts 675th and 7th M65 in ‪1.57.25‬. Completing the team was Tejay de Kretser who was 1126th in 2.21.39.

Stratford 10km

More fab C&AC performances at today’s Stratford ‘Big’ 10k, with PBs galore!

Perfect running conditions greeted the runners as they lined up for the start on the Shipston Road, with the course then taking the runners out through Milcote and Clifford Chambers before returning along ‘The Greenway’. The final kilometre took the runners past Holy Trinity Church and the Shakespeare Theatre to run through the Bancroft Gardens and across the Tramway Bridge to finish in the Recreation Park.

The race was one identified by the England Masters Athletic Association as one of five events over the year that they would use when selecting the England Cross Country Team for the Home Countries Cross Country International in November at Southport. As a result the race attracted several top English masters athletes, all seeking to catch the selectors’ eye.

Running hard from the gun Kelly Edwards again found herself near the front of the ladies race, eventually finishing 3rd lady and 29th overall. Kelly was amazed at her time of 37.01 which was a new personal best by 9 seconds.

Having a strong run behind Kelly was Natalie Bhangal who also managed a new personal best finishing in 38.32 for 6th lady and 49th overall. Chasing Natalie all the way, Megan Rothman was delighted to finish four places and four seconds behind her in 53rd place and 8th in the ladies race. She was the third athlete to claim a new pb with 38.36. 

With three ladies in the top eight it came as no surprise when the C & AC trio easily won the ladies team race.

Continuing the personal best theme, Paul Rutter ran a well judged race to finish 68th and 4th M55 in a huge best time of 39.26. He was closely followed home by Marc Curtis who continued a long series of sub 40 runs recording 39.41 for 78th place.

After completing his university course Ray Charlton is back in Club colours and he was the 5th team member to claim a new pb and he was delighted with 96th place in 40.36. After a troublesome period with injury and minimal training, Monica Williamson decided to ‘give it a go’ in the hope of showing the Masters Team selectors that she is a still a force to be contended with. She fully justified the decision to race when she easily won the W55 ladies race to finish 18th lady and 101st overall in a superb 40.36. After a couple of disappointing races, Jenny Jeeves once again proved she is a true racer as she finished 20th lady and 126th in 41.35 and 3rd in the W50 age group.

Brilliant running everyone 👏

Race the Train

The Gould family, who all run for Leamington C&AC, competed in their 10th Race the Train at the weekend with three of them taking first place prizes. The race, held along  the Tallyllyn Steam Railway in Tywyn, Wales, sees runners racing the steam train in a festival of running.

Phil Gould decided to try the 5.5 mile Dolgoch challenge this year, this being the only race he had yet to compete in. Gould did not disappoint, crossing the finish line in first place in a time of 31:50.

Melanie and James Gould ran the 3 mile Tynllwynhen challenge, James came second overall in a time of 19:17 but claiming first prize in the age category with sister Mel winning first in her age category in 21:23.

Laura Gould ran in the 14 mile Rotary challenge with friend Claire Goult (Kenilworth Runners), both ladies crossed the line in 2:27:23. Another LCAC family were also present, returning for their third time.

Howard Roden who had yet to beat the train, returned to run the 14 mile race which sees runners run 7 miles up the valley before returning along more trickier terrain. Roden was successful in his quest and beat the train by approximately 5 minutes finishing in 1:43:25. Roden managed to make it down onto the platform to meet his family who had been watching from the train, having run in the 3 mile event earlier that day.

Archie had run a strong race finishing 5th overall in a time of 20:01, whilst Isla finished in 23:25 and in 23rd position. Mum, Kate, crossed the line in 27:25.

 Leonie Holt, also of LCAC, had entered the 14 mile Rotary Challenge, finishing in a time of 2:21:47. 

British Masters Championships

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. 

Summer 6

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)