Race 2

The first of December saw Leamington C&AC runners take on their second race of the cross country league season. The club sent 28 men to Warley Woods, Birmingham, to take part in the Birmingham league in what was a twisting course. Despite numbers growing in the club, the team were missing some of their faster runners and are dangerously close to the relegation zone after the second fixture. Paul Andrew was first home for the club in a respectable 52nd position, with Phil Gould managing to stay in double figures this time round finishing 81st. Greg West and Dominic Priest finished 102nd and 122nd respectively with Iain McLaughlin (124th) and Vassilis Andreoulakis (129th) making up the a team. Gavin Fowler (169th); Charlie Staveley (173rd); Jason Hill (182nd); Dean Mawby (185th); Jeremy Coward (197th) and Richard Merrell (206th) scored for the B team results putting them in 12th out of 13th.

Leamington C&AC ladies were closer to home at the Welcombe Hills outside Stratford-upon-Avon. A “proper cross country course” saw a 2 lap course with 3 steep climbs per lap and even the flat bits could be considered undulating. Kelly Edwards was on usual fine form, finishing 8th overall and taking first place for the masters team. Like their male counter-parts, they were missing a number of stronger runners but this did not seem to defeat the team with Jenny Jeeves coming in 31st position and also counting towards the masters points. Zara Blower, was third home for the club with Saffia Del Torre coming in final counter for the overall team prize and for the masters team which left the ladies 7th overall and maintaining first position in the masters league.

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