Midland Road Relays
Leamington C&AC fielded 4 teams at the Midland Road Relay events at the weekend. A prestigious event on the racing calendar, runners face a fast and challenging route around Sutton Park. The unusually hot conditions meant runners were grateful for the shady parts of the course with the men facing 5.88km each in teams of 6. The A team comprising of debutante Henry Morton, Iain McLaughlin, Charlie Staveley, Jamie Langley, Phil Gould and Isacc Rothman finished a fine 36th place in a combined time of 2:06:36. Whilst the B team settled for 58th in a time of 2:15:46 with Dean Mawby leading the way, followed by Dave Potter, Vassilis Andreoulakis, Jordan king, Pierre Lemarquer and Mat Holt. The ladies needed 4 runners per team and faced a shorter course to their male counterparts at a distance of 4.33km. The A team saw Megan Rothman set the pace with Zara Hadfield on second leg. Jade Holt and Monica Williamson made up the team who finished 24th overall in a combined time of 1:11:50. The B team settled for 66th place in a time of 1:22:10 comprising of Sarah Price, Eve Walpole, Carol Blower and Laura Gould.
Balsall Common 10km
Another fantastic run by LCAC’s Kelly Edwards as she made it a superb six wins out of six races in this years Warwickshire Road Race League. The tenth of the eleven races in the 2019 series was today’s Balsall Common 10km and Kelly crossed the finish line in 37.54, with just 12 men in front of her. As athletes count their best six race scores towards an overall League Champion Title, with just the Rugby 10 left to be run, Kelly has the maximum 1800 points from 1800 and cannot be beaten.
Equally impressive was Natalie Bhangal who came home in a strong third place in the ladies race and 24th overall. Her 39.28 continued a fine series of performances which will undoubtedly see her finish second overall in the League at the end of the season.
Completing the ladies team was Jade Holt who was 14th lady and 73rd overall in 44.37 and Carol Blower, who is another who should figure well in the end of season standings, as her 53.21 for 49th lady and 167 overall saw her claim another win in the W55 age category.
Dean Mawby was the first LC&AC man home finishing one place in front of Kelly in 12th place in 37.18. Paul Rutter was again the best of the Club’s mens Masters runners, with a strong run for 30th in 40.23. Chris Hitchman was pleased with 35th in 41.04. Recovering from a heavy cold, Paul Okey in 44th was satisfied with 41.48 in front of another positive run from Andrew Higgins in 51st clocking 42.35. Completing the team with his 8th League race of the year in the M65 age group was Graham Roberts who was 185th of the 246 finishers in 55.25.
English Schools Combined Events
Well done to Jai who has had a great season in combined events ending today with a superb 5th place finish in the English Schools National finals held in Exeter over the weekend with some very changeable weather.
Jai was competing in the U17 men’s Octathlon and he achieved PBS in long jump 6.0m discus 28.86m, Javelin (massive PB of 39.0m, ), 400m 50.61s and 1500m 4:10.94. What away to end a fabulous season!!