Leamington C&AC youth team struggled for numbers at the latest round of the West Midlands Young Athletes Cross Country League only fielding full teams for 3 full teams in the 8 races held at Abington Park in Northampton. A gruelling course saw the youngsters tackle a long uphill drag as part of the course which caught some off guard. Despite the reduction in number, the athletes had some good results with the under 15 girls fairing best on the day finishing 5th overall. The team was strong, with 7 girls competing for the club, Molly Minshull coming home first in 20th place. (Emily Lovett (35), Saffie Chiba (36) and Ana Lovett (42) showed good packing to bring home the scores for the girls. Rosie Cale (48); Lucy Green (49) and Rositsa Gugutkova (51) made up the squad. The U13 category was also strong with both girls and boys entering full teams. Mel Gould had a strong run to finish 14th overall and was first back for the girls with Hannah Cooper (47) and Eva Fitzpatrick (56) also making the team. Megan Marsh’s enthusiasm for the sport paid off with her finishing 106th. Marsh was extremely happy with her position which showed that determination does pay off. The girls finished 11th overall. The U13 boys saw Harry Bailey first home in 53rd position with Finnley Newey (62), Diarmuid Winston (69) and Sam Morrey (77) completing the team that finished 10th overall. Jai Sispal had the best finish of the day, finishing 8th in the U15 race, with Cameron Williams-Stein in 26th. Sam Lubrano ran solo in the U17 race finishing 46th, whilst fellow U17 athlete Georgina Hurt, ran her race alone to finish 21st. The U11 boys were also missing a few usual team mates with just James Gould and Finn Williams-Stein competing. Gould had a good race finishing in 28th place, Williams-Stein unfortunately lost his shoe in the boggier part of the course and found himself in last place by the time he had replaced it. Not giving up, he ran hard and managed to catch a few runners despite the setback, finishing 99th out of 116 boys.
NOT THE ROMAN iX
Leamington C&AC dominated the awards podium on Sunday despite only a few athletes entering the race known as Not the Roman ix. A 12km race around the village lanes just outside Stratford saw 5 Leamington athletes compete with 3 taking home first prizes. Natalie Bhangal was the first female to cross the line with a 12km PB of 47:42, also managing to run the first 10k in a personal best for that distance. Jenny Jeeves, who had competed in the cross-country event the day before) was 6th female but first in her age group finishing in 50:53 and June Johnson won the FM70+ category in 1:09:40. Marc Curtis, who was also running on tired legs from a hard cross country course the day before, finished in 47:32 and was fourth in his age group. Duncan Loveday also competed and finished in 57:55.