The wet weather this weekend caused problems with the 64th Dovedale Dash on Sunday. The race was postponed for an hour as runners attempted to drive through boggy conditions into the car park, with runners finding their warm up mixed with the odd pushing of vehicles out of the mud. 5 Leamington C&AC runners took part in the 4 ¾ mile event which sees runners racing down the steep slope of Thorpe Cloud in Derbyshire to cross the river at the famous “stepping stones”. Whilst some choose to balance across the stones, most runners choose the wetter option and run through the water. Phil Gould was first home for the club in 12th place in a time of 30:58. The race played to Gould’s strengths being particularly muddy with a one mile climb back up Thorpe Cloud to the finish. Gould’s son James, who just scraped the over 10 age restriction by a month, showed amazing resolve by finishing only 12 minutes after his dad in a time of 42:40. Mel Gould, who at 12 is already a seasoned cross country runner, showed her usual strength finishing in a time of 46:25 with her mum, Laura, settling for being last of the Gould family in a time of 51:13. Simon Perkin, who was a familiar face at this event, finished in a time of 38:56.
Saturday saw the second event of the Gloucester Cross Country League with 9 Leamington C&AC runners heading to Charlton Park. Paul Andrew ran a fine race, finishing 8th overall, in a time of 36:40. Marc Curtis (41:57); Steve Howes (42:54); Steve Roberts (48:52); Tony Foster (50:37) and Alex Montgomery (52:20) all raced. Jenny Jeeves showed her usual fine form in the ladies’ race, finishing 21st overall in a time of 30:14. New member Caroline Coward was the only other lady from the club who ran, finishing in 33:26. Graham Roberts ran the MV65 race and finished in a time of 36:31.
Chris Hitchman headed to New York to take part in the marathon this week finishing the race in 3:30:25
‘Now that’s what I call a stream crossing ? proper cross country running!!’ – Laura Gould from the Dovedale Dash
The weekend saw the start of the cross-country season for adults and youngsters alike.
7 Leamington C&AC athletes travelled to Gloucester to take part in the first race of the Gloucester Cross Country League. Marc Curtis was first home for the men’s team, finishing in 34:00 with Steve Howes coming in just 10 seconds behind. Steve Roberts finished in 38:21 with Alex Montgomery (41:06) making up the team which finished 9th overall. In the MV65 race Graham Roberts finished in 30:27 and Noel Butler in 33:59. Jenny Jeeves was the only lady to take part for LCAC finishing in 25:36.
The majority of LCAC’s cross country fans were saving themselves for a more light-hearted club race which was put on after the club hosted the first round of the West Midlands Youth Athletics Cross Country League at Hatton Country World. The day saw strong runs from a number of athletes with a number of them having competed in the primary school or secondary school races the day before.
Mel Gould had had a busy week competing on Monday in the School’s Cup qualifiers at Princethorpe College. An excellent run saw her win her race but unfortunately the team did not finish high enough to qualify for the National event. Saturday saw Gould coming a fine fourth in the County trials at Stratford School. Gould, who is in school year 8, competed against other year 8 and 9’s to run a competitive race, finishing 1st in her school year and making the county team. Taking it in her stride, Gould turned up to the WMYACCL race at Hatton to battle it out against three Rugby and Northampton runners in the U13 girls race, the toughest course of the week was no match for the girls who engaged in a sprint finish with Gould coming fourth overall.
Back on the road Leamington’s Vassilis Andreoulakis and Peter Stockbridge took part in the Simplyhealth Birmingham marathon, finishing in a time of 3:13:03 and 3:41:43 respectively.
Leamington C&AC’s Susie Tawney represented Great Britain in the European Canicross Championships in Italy at the weekend. Tawney, and pet dog, Rivelin, had their trip threatened due to illness and injury in the weeks up to the event but both managed to get back into full health in time to see their efforts rewarded with a silver medal in the competition.