Warwickshire Schools Athletes
The “Beast from the East” did it’s best to ruin a lot of runners’ ambitions this week, with numerous races being cancelled. It did not manage to put off the young athletes who had qualified for the New Balance English Schools Cross Country Championships. A total of 8 Leamington C&AC runners headed up the M1 to Temple Newsam Park in Leeds. They were met with a tough muddy course which was nothing compared to the biting winds that blew from the East. With the occasional snow flurry to contend with and a very exposed course, the runners showed true grit, determination and resilience as they battled the “beast”, and each other, around the grounds of the historic estate.
The junior boys race had the club full of excitement with Jai Sispal returning to cross country after suffering a broken arm earlier in the season. Sispal began the race in a high position that showed that time out for injury had not affected his standard. However, disappointment followed, with Sispal suffering an injury to his ankle which meant he had to be carried off the course. Team mate Ruben Siemon Kleba was left to represent the local club on his own finishing in 16:38 over the 4.1km course.
The junior girls race had two Leamington C&AC athletes running the 3.1km course. Some confusion at the start meant the girls did not get off to the best start. However Molly Minshull ran a strong race to finish in 13:19. Mel Gould was not far behind in a time of 14:00.
The Intermediate boys race saw although two LCAC athletes complete. Cian McKearney ran a good race over the 5.2km course finishing in 19:49. Cameron William-Stein crossed the line in 21:34.
In a race that saw only 4 out of the 8 Warwickshire runners compete, Leamington C&AC fielded 3 runners in the senior boys’ race. Running a total of almost 7km Keiran Chahal showed he was a force to be reckoned with. He finished in 83rd place in a time of 25:00. Teammates Greg West and Alex Ibbs followed in a time of 26:16 and 30:17 respectfully.