The men and women of Leamington C&AC competed in different locations this weekend in the first of their cross country league races. The club saw a number of new recruits make their cross country debut boosting numbers for the local club. The men raced in Pittville Park, Cheltenham which saw them face 3 laps of the park including a stream crossing on each lap. 24 runners represented the club with 5 new recruits and Baljeev Kandola making his senior debut having come through the club’s youth training programme. Callum Hanlon put in a solid performance to finish in 28th position with Paul Andrew second home for the club in 68th. Greg West (who is now in his second senior year) with Kandola showed that youth was on the club’s side, the young adults finishing in 71st and 99th overall. Phil Gould had to settle for 101st in what he described as a “race of incredible high standards this year” with new recruit Iain McLaughlin making up the scoring team in 149th. The men finished 10th overall.
The B team also finished 10th on the day with some close packing from Dom Priest (156th); Dean Mawby (176th); John Knibb (183rd); Charlie Stavely (189th); Jason Hill (195th); Marc Curtis (209th). With the pack of red, white and blue continuing behind Curtis, team members Craig Bower (210th); Craig Biggerstaff (212nd) and new recruit Jeremy Coward (213th) undoubtedly pushed their team-mates up the rankings and secured their 10th place position.
Other runners: Joshua Hough (238); Steve Hundal (239); Brian Miller (247); Nick Tawney (250); Marc Unzueta (281); Paolo Foglino (284); Steve Roberts (288); Alex Montgomery (293); Mark Marsh (294).
The Leamington Ladies were closer to home racing in Coundon, Coventry. Whilst the men had youth on their side, the ladies were blessed with the fact that 3 of their 4 scoring ladies were also over a certain age, shooting their masters team to first place. Kelly Edwards showed her usual fine performance finishing 11th (2nd master) with Jenny Jeeves pushing through the field to finish 37th (6th master) Laura Fuller, turning up with minutes to spare, ran a solid race to finish 41st with Saffia Del Torre coming in 50th (10th master) to put the ladies in 6th position overall.
Other runners: Zara Blower (54); Aneta Radaczewska (83); Shamira Naidu-Young (84); Charlie Mitchell (95); Caroline Coward (100); Eve Walpole (127); Malgorzata Chowaniec (156); Laura Gould (157); Louise Marsh (178), Mary Donaldson (182)
Schools Cross Country
The third race of the Mid-Warwickshire Primary School Cross Country took place on Saturday. Hosted by Priorsfield School, Kenilworth, the challenging course sees children face two hill climbs before a decent into what has become, to the children at least, an exciting stream crossing. With teaching staff standing in the stream to assist the children, the children show great delight in hitting the water, whilst the staff try in vain to remain dry. James Gould of Leamington C&AC, somewhat used to the terrain on offer despite being only 11, took the lead over the fields and hills but was unable to maintain it in the flat sprint finish where he was overtaken in the last few seconds of the race. He was accompanied in the top 20 by club mate Finn Williams-Stein who finished 17th overall. Ila Lane, who has finished first in the two previous races, had to work hard over the course with challenges from two other girls. Despite her best efforts Lane finished third on the day with Leamington team mate Esme Du Bois just behind in fourth place. Chloe Lovett, also from LCAC, finished 29th.
Saturday afternoon saw the regional round of the schools cup which, despite 4 LCAC having qualified via their school teams, saw only two of them run due to a lack of school mates to join them. Emily and Ana Lovett represented Southam College in the race in Newport, Shropshire and finished 15th and 20th respectively.