Hilly 100

Mens Race

After 100 miles and over 10 hours of running the first two teams in this years Cotswold Hilly 100 relay were separated by four minutes.

Starting at 07:00 at the Clock Tower in Stratford the Men’s race was always going to be a battle by the two strongest teams as they negotiated the varying terrain and individual distances (of approx. 10 miles) for each of the 10 team members. Starting off quite cool for this time of year the weather never got too hot and had a gentle breeze throughout.

Leamington Cycling & Athletic Club led from the start and opened up a time gap on Kenilworth Runners which stretched to over 16 minutes at one stage before coming down to just 90 seconds with five miles left to run.

Dominic Priest – first year senior and debut at race, Iain McLaughlin – debut at race, All others returning members

Captain Phil Gould had run the Warwickshire County Track 1500m the day before but had strength in final 5 miles to extend lead to finish in first a a time 10 hours, 16.43 (16 minutes quicker than 2018)

Warwickshire Champs

Congratulations to all our athlete who competed at the Warwickshire Track and field Championships 

Saturday

Saturday start with a bang! The pole vault team gave some massive performances with Alys Clarke U17W jumping for a silver medal. Ella Bower u15G gaining bronze, Skyler u13G our new county champion along with u13b Finn Williams-Stein Both Fin and Skyler jumped club and county records to take their titles!  Cameron Williams-Stein became u17m champion and Rebecca Kitching senior women’s champion 2.60m (club record V35). 

Our 2 Discus throwers Lauren Ashbourne won with a throw of 29.38m  and Robin Greenwood just outside the medals in the U15g age group. Else were in the throws u17w Lily Clarke took Bronze in the Hammer throw. Long Jump U13g Esme du Bois 5th and Nathalie GreenWood 24th.

U17m Jai Sispal won 2 silver medals in the 100mh and 1500m. In the 70m Hurdles U13g Nathalie Greenwood bronze This is her first season hurdling and she slashed 0.7 seconds off her PB and  u15g 75mH Robin GreenWood was 7th. 

800m u17w Rosie Cale ran a good race to finish 6th. Training partners took to the 3000m with Melanine Gould 4th and Emma Dobson 5th in the u15g race. In the u17g race Emily Lovett took Gold from her sister Anna Lovet who took Bronze and Rositsa Gugutkova came 4th. 

The Sprint group had a positive day with Matthew Johnson 4th in u15b 100m, and u17m Matthew Ashbourne was 5th in his heat. Hannah Cooper took Bronze in the 13g 200m final after a good race in her heat. Ben Hawkes made the 400m an easy win in 49.03s beating the seniors in the race.  Father and Son, Phill and James Gould both ran the 1500m coming 6th and 5th in there age group races. 

Sunday

Sunday saw the sun shine and C&AC shine more! Starting with the steeplechase  Emily Lovett had a brilliant race to claim her 2nd Gold of the champs in a time of 5.56.54mins and Rositsa Gugutkova in Silver medal position. This was Emilys first ever steeplechase race!

Next up were the 100m sprints with Emma duBois coming 3rd in her u13g heat along with Nathalie GreenWood in 6th (pb). In her u15g race Robin Greenwood was 5th. Senior women Louise Corcoran missed out on a medal by 0.03 of a second finishing 4th. 

Moving onto a history making race. Jai Sispal ran an amazing race to take gold and a New county record of 1.57.74 along with a PB. This record was perviously 1:57.8 and jointly held by 3 Leamington C & AC runners: Eddie Bowen in ‘92, Jean Francois Lignier in ‘05 and Charlie Eastaugh in ‘07. Charlie who runs for Hercules Wimbledon as a senior also won this weekend’s 1500m and 800m. He was delighted that Jai broke his record.

Back to the sprinters with Matthew Johnson picking up sliver in the u15b 200m final and Ben Hawkes doing the double and winner the u20m 200m in 22.12secs . Holly Pater moved up to the long sprint of 300m coming 4th in the u17w race. 

Emma Dobson and Melanie Gould run in the u15g 1500m final coming 7th and 10th. 

C&AC javelin throwers took all the female county titles from u15 – Senior women. Starting with Robin Greenwood with a PB and winner throw of 31.30. Megan Marsh also had a solid competition coming 5th. Lydia Mitchell won the u17w with a throw of 34.54m. Lauren Ashbourne (u20w)won  with a new PB 36.49m. Mary Carter (senior) won with a throw of 28.59, Emma Greenwood also took silver.

The first field event on the day was hotly contested with Jack Bower jumping a PB jump of 11.58m to come 3rd in the u17m triple Jump. Matthew Ashbourne was 5th in the u17m Javelin competition and took silver in the shot putt. 

GOULD WINS THE DOUBLE

 
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. 

James Gould


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.