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.