Leamington youth double up to represent county and club.
It was a busy weekend for some of Leamington C&AC’s younger members as 7 club-mates raced on both days to ensure loyalty to their club and their county. Saturday saw the Schools Inter Area final at Lilleshall National Sports Centre. The wet wet weather led to a water logged course which saw children crossing the finish line covered in mud. Ila Lane and James Gould debuted for their county running in the minor races with Jai Sispal representing Warwickshire in the Intermediate Boys race. Prestige for the club had to go to the intermediate girls however which placed 5 runners in the county team of 12. A common sight at cross country events, Mel Gould, Ana Lovett, Emily Lovett and Molly Minshull pushed each other round the 2 lap course whilst Emma Dobson raced off in front. Final positions were still awaited at the time of going to press.
The girls were back on Sunday at Warley Woods for the West Midlands Young Athletes Cross country League, this time separated due to different age categories. The Lovett sisters and Minshull teamed up with Rosie Cale, Lucy Green and Rositsa Gugutkova to put the team in a formidable 5th in the U17 girls race. The trio kept the usual pack mentality with Emily finishing 22nd, Ana 23rd and Molly 24th, Rosie followed in 32nd, shortly followed by Lucy (34) and Rositsa (42). Dobson and Gould, still within the U15 category, finished 17th and 43rd respectively, teaming up with Eva Fitzpatrick (72nd) and Megan Marsh (82) to place the team 10th overall. The best placed LCAC member of the day was Caitlin French, running in the U11 race finishing in a fantastic 5th place, supported by Rosa Wetherall (25) and Madeline Lim (28), the girls came 12th overall. One ranked place in front of the girls were the U11 boys team with fine performances from Archie Lane (12), Louis Proctor (21) and Ishan Carson. The U13 teams were slightly sparse with only Ila Lane (50) and Kimmy Burton (61) running for the girls and Oliver Wetherall (46) and James Gould (48) for the boys and Harry Bailey ran solo for the club in the under 15 boys event (54)