The second round of the veterans track and field league took place on Wednesday evening at the Pingles, Nuneaton. Leamington C&AC saw some strong performances during the evening with wins for Saffia Del Torre and Craig Bower in the 800m and Paul Andrew and Tom Foulerton maintaining their presence with wins in the 3000m. Nick Tawney had an easy win in the 2000m walk in a time of 11:57:3. In the field events, Tony Foster was surprised with his javelin event, coming first with a throw of 30.62 whilst Christine Taylor took first place in the long jump with a distance of 3.32. The night also saw Caroline Coward debut for the club on the track. Coward stepped in at the last minute to run both the 800m and 3000m taking third place in both events. Louise Marsh stepped in to replace Taylor in the 4x400m relay and brought the baton home for third (with Carol Blower, Saffia Del Torre and Emma Matthews making up the ladies team). The main excitement of the evening was left until the last race of the event in the 4x400m men’s relay. Dominated by Leamington C&AC last season, the team looked strong and Andrew Cooknell put them in a good position on the first leg. Craig Bower shot off to put the club in an impressive lead on second passing the baton to Paul Andrew with an almost 100m lead on the opposition. Notts AC however had their secret weapon on third and in what seemed like superhuman speed Notts caught Andrew and past him in what was an extremely fast 400m. Phil Gould took the baton for the last leg and managed to gain some distance but the men had to settle for second place. The men have dropped to third place with the ladies remaining in fourth place with everything to play for.
YDL – AN EXAMPLE OF TRUE TEAM SPIRIT
A very hot Saturday saw the second round of the lower Youth Development League at The Pingles, Nuneaton. Leamington C&AC youngsters were in fine form showing true team spirit with many of them volunteering to enter events that were not within their fields of expertise. Pole vaulter Lauren Healey and middle distance and cross country runners Mel Gould and Reuben Siemon Kleba found themselves throwing the hammer to score vital points for their club. Between them they managed legal throws and due to a lack of entrants in this event, Gould and Kleba ended up in second place with Healy taking first for the B team. Healy threw what was probably the best throw of the day but it was declared a no throw after she accidently stepped out of the circle. Healy was frustrated but has perhaps found a talent she did not think she had. Gould also tried out the discus and despite a lack of technique looked comfortable in the cage and was pleased with her throw of 12.24. Molly Minshull (also a middle distance and cross country runner) ended up giving the shot a go and was pleased with her throw of 5.24. However the prize for team spirit would surely have to go to Ella Bower who turned up with no voice and suspected tonsillitis. Team managers Louise Morrey and Louise Marsh expertly managed to fill some of Bowers’ events with other athletes however, despite feeling awful, Bower stepped up to the line to race the 75m and finished in an impressive 11.3 seconds earning her first place for the club’s B team and an accredited 3 AAA achievement. She went on to compete in the 80m hurdles coming third and earning herself another AAA award. There were also debuts for Niamh Bennett in the 1200m; Charlotte Ahoghogbe in the 800m and James Eatough débuted in 200m, 800m and the long jump. Matthew Johnson was asked to run the 4x100m relay and was slightly nervous at his first outing, however teamed with Jai Sispal, Matthew Ashbourne and Jack Bower, Eatough’s debut was impressive and the team went on to take first place in the event. On more familiar territory, Matthew Ashbourne achieved a Grade 4 AAA rating for his shot of 10.84 also giving him first place and Jai Sispal was his usual dominant self winning the 800m and coming second in the 80m hurdles achieving an AAA grade along with another grade award in the high jump. Freya Delrymple was pleased with an AAA grade for her shot and a personal best in her high jump and Megan Marsh continued her success in the javelin throwing 20.49 to earn a grade 3 AAA standard.
Elsewhere, Vassilis Andreoulakis competed in Nottingham’s half ironman, the half outlaw. Consisting of a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile cycle ride and 13.1 mile run, Andreoulakis was aiming to complete the event in under 5 hours and was not disappointed crossing the finish line in a time of 4:58:43.
Natalie Bhangal was true to form running a personal best over 10k on Tuesday in Leamington C&AC’s club competition. Bhangal went on to obtain a personal best in the Draycote half marathon at the weekend in a time of 86:14 crossing the line as first female.