Warwickshire Road Race League – Race 2
The warm still conditions also greeted 236 runners for the third Annual Monty 5k race held at Leamington Spa last Sunday. Organised by the local Leamington Cycling and Athletic Club saw athletes from clubs mainly in the Warwickshire Road Race League compete in this “multi – terrain” event taking in the local Victoria Park, trail paths, grass and the all-weather track itself.
LCAC responded with volunteers around the course and still managed to field 19 men and 9 women to take three of the four team accolades. Leading from the gun, Callum Hanlon continued his great form to cross the line first in a time of 15:55 and with 5 others in red white and blue in the top 10 secured the team award. Paul Andrew not feeling 100% entered the track second but was beaten by Ben Taylor (Kenilworth) to the line with Andrew’s 16:43. Greg West fourth and first M20 in 17:08, Dean Mawby’s 17:37 (7th) Bal Kandola 17:57 (9th) and first masters M50 John Knibb in 18:00 for 10th.
Leamington also took the individual honours for the ladies with Laura Fuller’s 19:47 (50th overall) just holding off a fast finishing Monica Williamson 19:51 (53rdand first F55). The team was supported by Saffia Del Torre 20:46 (77th) and Elaine Sherwin 20:50 (79th, first F45).
Others running were Jason Hill 18:24 (18th), Jack Savage 18:28 (22nd), Gavin Fowler 18:35 (24th), Simon Perkin 19:58 (56th), Andrew Higgins 20:18 (64th), Paolo Foglino 20:40 (74th) Kevin Walpole 20:46 (78th), Rob Wilson 20:53 (80th), Simon West 22:11 (108th), Wes Stanton 22:15 (111th), Paul Okey 22:36 (119th), Shamira Naidu-Young 22:38 (121st), Juzar Kandola 23:31 (146th), Carol Blower 24:58 (171st), Sara Atkins 25:06 (172nd), Graham Roberts 25:40 (185th), Helen West 26:40 (198th) and Louise Marsh 26:40 (199th).
A special thanks to all helpers from the club both young and old with a special mention for George Phipps at aged 92 not only marshalling but cycling to and from home in Warwick showing that local athletics is for all ages from aged 6 upwards and all abilities.