Leamington C&AC’s Megan Rothman finished in a spectacular 20th position at the Midland Counties Cross Country Championships at the weekend. Fighting through the muddy course around the grounds of Prestwold Hall in Loughborough, Rothman made easy work of the 8km course to cross the line in a time of 32:52.

The Leamington C&AC ladies fielded 8 runners on the day, sadly Megan McDonald had to pull out after a fall in the wooded section caused her to suffer an injury to her ankle. Zara Hadfield finished in 40th place with Monica Williamson closely behind in 43rd. Jenny Jeeves finished in 53rd with Laura Gould (158); Carol Blower (179) and Louise Marsh (196) also running. 

Dom Preist had a fantastic run finishing 8th in the U20 race. Despite it being a depleted field of just 27 runners, Priest held his own in a competitive finish. 

The Senior men faced a gruelling 3 lap, 12k course which had been made even more muddy and challenging by being the last race of the day. John Muddeman (second claim for LCAC) finished in 53rd with Phil Gould in 80th. Raymond Charlton and Josh Hough had a battle throughout the race, with Charlton just coming out stronger on the day finishing in 150th place, 10 places ahead of Hough. Craig Bower finished in 193rd with Marc Curtis in 202nd. Steve Howes (also second claim) finished in 222nd with Paul Caruana (261); Steven Roberts (288) and Mark Marsh (345) also running. 

A number of the youth section made the trip out to Loughborough with the usual stoical U17 girls fielding the most runners. Ana Lovett was first over the line this time in 40th place with sister Emily only 3 places behind. Rosie Cale finished in 45th with Lucy Green in 57th. Emily Wilson, faced a shorter course than she is used to, having been able to compete in the senior womens league races this season.

Wilson crossed the line in 65th place. Sam Morrey was ecstatic after his run, in fact the only runner for the club that seemed to be smiling at the finish. Morrey has had a difficult season and was not expecting much from himself on Saturday but surprised himself and ran well to finish in 114th just behind team mate Harry Bailey (98th) Oliver Wetherall finished 56th in the U13 boys race with James Gould in 100th place.

In the U15 girls race Mel Gould was first hime in 73rd with Eva Fitzpatrick (91) and Megan Marsh (105) also completing the 4km course. 

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