Womens Masters League
With only 6 female athletes present on the night the Ladies of the LC&AC still provided an excellent performances in both track and field events.
Saffia Del Torre was on top form on the night competing in 5 events with 1st in the 1600m, 2nd in High Jump and 3rd in 100m and 400m, gaining the LC&AC 27 points, finishing a hard competitive night in the 4x200m relay.Christine Taylor ran a quality 100m coming 2nd, followed up with the shot and javelin, gaining the LC&AC 18 points, finishing the night with the 4x200m relay.Sara Atkins ran a good 400m gaining the LC&AC 3 points, finishing the night with the 4x200m relay.
Emma Matthews ran a strong 100m gaining the LC&AC 5 points, finishing the night with the 4x200m relay.
Carol Blower presented her regular strong performance in the 1600m with a close 3rd position and gaining the LC&AC 6 points for the team.
Eve Walpole who stepped up at the very last minute ran and excellent 1600m gaining the LC&AC 4 points.
The Ladies Relay team gave an outstanding performance bringing the LC&AC in at a close 2nd place on the night.In general although a small and overloaded team of only 6 athletes the Ladies of the LC&AC were on great form all round and finished the night in 5th place
Warwickshire Graded Meeting and Super 4
The track and field season has only just begun but the youngsters at Leamington C&AC are showing that winter training has paid off with a number of personal bests in the first few events of the season. James Gould, who competed in his first 1500m just 4 days previously, knocked a huge 22 seconds off his time on Wednesday night at the Warwickshire Open Event. Running solidly, despite a strong head wind down the home straight, Gould crossed the line in 5:13:56.
Gould competed again on Friday in the Super 4 event at Solihull, but despite a strong kick at the end did not manage to PB twice in the same week. However, despite a lack of PB in the track events, Gould managed to beat his long jump best by 15cm, jumping a distance of 3.48 and coming 5th.
Natalie Greenwood, knocked almost 3 seconds off her 150m event at the Super 4 with a new personal best of 25:7. Greenwood had also competed in the open event just 2 days before trying out the 100m for the first time. With improved technique she managed a time of 16:64. Sister, Robin Greenwood narrowly missed out on a PB this week returning from injury in the 200m but was still happy with a comfortable win at the Super 4.
In the throws events, Megan Marsh was on fine form on Wednesday evening, throwing a PB in the javelin of 23m97 and 6m38 in the shot. Marsh, attended the Super 4 on Friday evening but the bitterly cold temperatures, rain and a long wait to throw meant she could not beat her Wednesday distances. Earlier in the evening Marsh had run the 100m event and knocked 1 second off her best time. The squad is looking promising for the track and field season.
Senior athletes Mary Carter and Emma Greenwood also competed at the Open in Javelin, Mary throwing 25,50m and Emma 14,13m.
Leamington C&AC and Coventry Godiva combined team off to a winning start
On Sunday 5th May a combined team of 41 athletes from Leamington Cycling & Athletics Club and Coventry Godiva Harriers took part in the first match of the U17 and U20 youth development league at Stourport on Severn. The composite team finished the day in first position overall with 558 points beating off stiff competition from Nuneaton with 551.5 points and Marshall Milton Keynes on 551 points.
Individual wins on the day for Riordan Maye 400m hurdles, Oliver Sheehan 400m, Drew Sinnott long jump, Stephen Baffour 100m & 200m, Jai Sispal & Emily Reed 800m, Tom D’Souza hammer, Lauren Ashbourne javelin, Sophie Hunt shot, Amelia Starling 1500m, Jessica Starling 300m, Alicia Roberts 3000m, Cameron Williams-Stein long jump and pole vault.
There were also wins for the team in the relays – U17M 4 x 100m (Stephen Baffour, Corey Nealon, Matthew French, Sam Smith) and 4 x 400m (Cameron Williams-Stein, Jai Sispal, Liam Highes, Remo Volpe) and U17W 4 x 100m (Kamiya Smith, Shannel Luseya-Moseka, Georgia Williams, Catherine Kandola) and 4 x 300m (Nadine & Jessica Starling, Rosie Cale, Holly Pater).
Many athletes also achieved AAA standards on the day including Lydia Mitchell level 3 javelin, Lily Clarke level 4 hammer, Matthew Ashbourne level 4 shot, Jack Bower level 4 triple jump, Pierce Clisham level 4 800m.