Wednesday saw the second open track event at Coventry Godiva’s home ground, which saw an exciting 800m for Leamington C&AC. A number of highly talented athletes were in attendance and U15 athlete Jai Sispal saw himself in the fastest race of the heats. Sispal has gone from strength to strength this season and was set out to break his PB with an aim of running 2:04. Sispal started towards the back of the pack of which he has not been accustomed in recent months, however the athlete showed incredible persistence and kicked with 200m to go to overtake most of his competitors to come third in a time of 2:02:07, smashing his PB. Mother and daughter, Emma and Robin Greenwood achieved PBs in their sprint and discus respectively.
There was more success on the track on Saturday with Leamington C&AC young athletes taking part in the Warwickshire School Championships. Sispal again was running the 800m and managed to run an even faster time of 2:01.2 breaking the school record. This time currently ranks him 5thin the UK for his age category. Rosie Cale ran a personal best in her 800m and with her coach, Chris Jackson positioned to encourage her on the track, Cale managed to push into second place with a time of 2:25.
Under the coaching of Dave Ashbourne and new jumps coach Katharine Stein, Alys Clarke and Lauren Healy equalled their PBs in the pole vault with Clarke taking the school record with a jump height of 2.20. Cameron Williams-Stein equalled his PB and carried on in height to reach a new PB of 3.70m and a new school record. In the throws, Matthew Ashbourne won his discus throw with 11.37m which was a personal best and sister Lauren achieved school records and PBs in javelin and discus.
On Friday, the younger athletes competed in the second round of Quadkids at Stratford. James Gould, who shows dominance in the 600m, did not disappoint finishing an easy first although he was somewhat more surprised with his win in the 75m sprint with a new PB of 12.1.
Ben Hawkes and Phil Gould represented Leamington C&AC at the Midland County Championships on Sunday. Hawkes came third in the 400m with a new personal best of 49 seconds and breaking his own club record by .38 of a second. Gould was frustrated with his time of 10:39:59 in the 3000m steeplechase event which was 9 seconds off his PB. Gould had hoped to better his time but a pulled hamstring during his warm up meant he was unable to run the race as planned.
Callum Hanlon lead the Leamington mens team home to finish 2nd overall in 32.55, Richard Merrell was not far be hide in 19th in 35.56, Vasslils Andreoulakis (37.27), and Dean Mawby (37.34) completed the Mens team who came 3rd.
Greg West was 4th Junior Man home with a time of 40.33.
Other Leamington Man were Jason Hill 37.55, Charlie Staveley 38.06, Marc Curtis 39.58, Stephen Hundal 40.14, Andrew Cooknell ran a personal best 40.34, Craig Bower 41.06, Brian Miller 42.04, Paolo Foglingo 42.20, Anderw Higgins 42.16, Chirs Hitchman 43.11, Peter Stockbridge 44.34, Phillp Pavey 44.50, Simon West 46.35, Alex Montgomery 47.11, Simon Perkin 44.01, Wes Stanton 48.36, Seb Jones 49.01
Kelly Edwards was 61 overall and 3rd Lady in a time of 38.58. Not far be hide was Natalie Bhangal who was 76 overall and was the 5th Lady home 39.58. Completing the Leamington Ladies team was Wendy Daniels (41.09) and Jenny Jeeves (42.39), they went on the win the Ladies Team prize.
Other Leamington Ladies were Saffia Del Torre 46.35, Courtney Thornberry 47.02, Shamira Naidu-Young ran a Personal Best time 47.22, Tara Fagge 52.34, Carcol Blower 52.42, Helen West 52.55, Mary Donaldson ran personal Best time 57.49.
Our Junior Women were on fine form after both competed at the Warwick Schools Track and Field Champs the day before. Rosie Cale won the junior girls prize in 46.08 and Rositsa Gugutkova was the third junior lady home with a time of 48.39, not to mention she run a fab 3k the day before!!