31 Leamington C&AC men returned to Warley Woods on Saturday to take part in the third round of the Birmingham cross country league, some of them having only raced there the week before for the Warwickshire County Championships. A different course to the preceding week, left some of the runners slightly confused with a twisting, turning course, which made the most out of the hills. Callum Hanlon was first home in 31:58 followed by Phil Gould, who had a strong race, in 33.39. Tom Foulerton (34:09); Keiran Chahal (34:17), Greg West (34:39) and Vassilis Andreoulakis (35:49) made up the A team which finished 8th overall despite missing a few of their usual top 6 scoring runners. The B team benefited from some good packing with Charlie Staveley (37:26); Gavin Fowler (37:31) and Jack Savage (37:36) crossing the finish line within seconds of each other and completing the team which was started with Dean Mawby (36:09); Richard Merrell (36:39) and Jason Hill (37:12). Leamington C&AC have benefited from an increased team this year and have performed consistently over the three races so far despite some members missing. The A team remain in 7th place with the B team increasing to 5th place after Saturday’s event. Other runners: Marc Curtis (38:01); Ben Rajaan (38:41); Craig Bower (39:19); Simon Perkins (39:39); Alex Ibbs (40:03); James Joyce (30:04); Steve Hundal (40:20); Robert Wilson (40:36); George Loveday (40:48); Nick Tawney (42:18); Peter Stockbridge (42:19); Brian Miller (42:31); Andrew Higgins (42:54); Steve Roberts (43:52); Paul Caruana (44:16); Philip Pavey (44:50); Rupe Chahal (47:57); Sagar Depala (48:39); Alex Montgomery (49:20).
Leamington C&AC ladies tookpart in the third round of the Midland Ladies Cross Country League at Cofton Park, Birmingham with a slightly reduced number than they have had of late. 16 ladies completed the race which saw two laps of the park with a fast downhill finish. Kelly Edwards ran well to finish second lady in a time of 25:51. Monica Williamson was second home in 27:08 with Megan McDonald (27:19) and Jenny Jeeves (27:52) not far behind. Despite their packing, they finished 6th overall. The strength in the team is surely in the age of their runners however with three of the top four scorers also scoring for the master’s team. With Wendy Daniels (28:55) their fifth runner home, she also made up the fourth scorer for the master’s team making their position at top of the master’s league ever more secure. Elaine Sherwin had a strong run,finishing just behind Daniels in a time of 28:57 despite her being more accustomed to running with her dog in international cani-cross events. Other runners: Courtney Thornberry (30:30); Caroline Coward (30:51); Shamira Naidu-Young (31:12); Faye Barr (31:44); Charlie Mitchell (32:06); Judith Hanlon (34:21); Laura Gould (34:58); Mary Donaldson (37:56); Louise Marsh (38:38); Delia Caruana (38:43).