The Indoor National athletics championships for junior athletes took place at EIS Sheffield on 23rd and 24th February. Leamington cycling and athletics club athlete Cameron Williams-Stein was first into action in the u17 men’s 60m achieving a new personal best of 7.49. Later in the day Williams-Stein also competed in the pole vault, jumping a significant personal best of 4.10m (a new men’s club record) and narrowly missing out on a medal based on count back finishing in 4th place. Jai Sispal (also Leamington c&ac) made it comfortably through Saturday’s heats to Sunday’s 800m u17m final. New to the age group this year, Sispal ran well in a strong field to finish in 4th position with a time of 1.59.58.
The English National Cross Country event took place at the weekend, with athletes being rather confused about the soaring temperatures and the dry conditions underfoot. Nevertheless, a total of 13 Leamington C&AC athletes ventured to the new venue at Harewood Hall, near Leeds, for the event which saw an uphill start and undulating terrain with a mix of courses to accommodate the different race distances. The under 17 girls kicked the competition off with 3 girls running for the Leamington-based club. A two lap course saw Rosie Cale first home for the club in 168th position with Rositsa Gugutkova in 194th and Lucy Green in 210th place. Megan Marsh ran in the under 13 race finishing in 415th place, Megan then stayed for the duration of the event to cheer on her mum and dad who, making it a family occasion, were racing later in the day. The Gould family were also racing with James competing in his first national event in the under 13 event. Running a hard race, he finished in 272nd position. Sister, Mel, raced in the Under 15 race which saw an extension to the lapped course with a hill which was later described as “not as small as it looks”. A long drawn out hill was, at least, rewarded with a fast downhill finish and Mel ran well to finish 223rd with team-mate Eva Fitzpatrick also having a good run to finish 309th. Laura Gould, competing in the senior ladies event, found the undulating terrain a disadvantage as she fell within the first part of the race, managing to get up and carry on she finished in 827th position. Team-mate Louise Marsh also fell over sustaining injury to her ankle but persevered to finish 897th. Team-mate Carol Blower had a strong run and finished well-ahead of her fellow club runners in 781st place. The last race of the day were the senior men, who, with a distance of 12km, saw an extended climb plus an added hill. A two lap course saw Phil Gould first home for LCAC in 430th, with Steve Roberts 1,435th and Mark Marsh In 1,883rd. Over 2,000 men competed this year.