The third round of the Midland Ladies Cross Country League saw Division 1 ladies facing the hills of Burton Dassett on Saturday. Hosted by Spa Striders, the new course was a 2 lapped “undulating course” which saw steep climbs, tricky descents and sharp cambers to test the strength of even the toughest athlete. Leamington C&AC ladies fielded 15 athletes with Kelly Edwards running a strong race, despite coming back from injury, to finish first for the club, 12th overall and taking master’s gold. Megan McDonald came 19th (28:46) with the ever-present Jenny Jeeves continuing her fine form in 26th (29:19) and taking third place in the master’s race. Zara Blower was 37th in a time of 30:19. Sue Harrison was 67th and third master home for the club putting them in first place for the third race in a row for the masters team. Courtney Depala (84th, 33:19) and Charlie Mitchell (86th, 33:26) made up the senior team which finished 6th overall. Other runners: Shamira Naidu-Young (34:15); Sarah Price (34:15); Judith Hanlon (35:42); Sara Atkins (35:56); Laura Gould (38:54); Carol Blower (39:00), Louise Marsh (40:01)
Leamington C&AC men travelled to Abington Park, Northampton for their third fixture which saw them facing four laps of a deceptively hilly course. Callum Hanlon finished in a strong position in 23rd place (32:25) with Paul Andrew in 58th place (33:41). Baljeev Kandola was third counter for the team in 81st place (34:57) with Phil Gould (96th, 34:57) Dominic Priest (117th, 35:50)) and isaac Rothman (119th, 36:00)) making up the A team which was placed 14th overall on the day. The team are currently 12th in the league with 1 race to go. The B team had a stronger finish, placing 8th on the day with Vassilis Andreoulakis (125th, 36:08); iain McLaughlin (127th, 36:12), John Knibb (136th, 36:55); Dean Mawby (148th, 37:20); Jason Hill (177th, 38:30) and Jeremy Coward (184th, 39:05) making up the scoring team. Other runners: Howard Roden (39:20); Joshua Hough (39:42); Craig Bower (39:52); Marc Curtis (40:09); Paul Okey (40:35); Robert Wilson (41:37); Simon West (41:38); Nick Tawney (41:54); Andrew Higgins (42:22); Paul Caruana (43:25); Graham Donoghue (43:45); Peter Stockbridge (44:29); Steven Roberts (44:40); Alex Montgomery (48:53); Mark Marsh (49:40)
The fourth round of the West Midlands Young Athlete Cross Country League was held at Abington Park, Northampton, on Sunday with Leamington C&AC fielding a total of 22 athletes over 8 events. First off was the under 17 girls with Rosie Cale first home for the club in 23rd place. Rositsa Gugutkova had a strong race finishing in 30th position with Georgina Hurt, not far behind in 33rd position. The under 11 boys saw a healthy competition between James Gould and Archie Lane, both boys pushing each other around the course. Gould was slightly ahead on the hill climb with Lane chasing him down in the sprint finish, Gould crossing the line just one second ahead of Lane in a nail-biting battle between the team-mates. Gould finishing in 22nd place in 7:54 and Lane in 7:55 (25th). Louis Proctor was not far behind in 8:06 and Ishan Carter in 53rd position. The under 11 girls saw a similar battle with Caitlin French (28th, 8:47) just beating Ila Lane (30th, 8:51) to the line,. Madeline Lim (67th, 9:33) and Chloe Lovett (86th, 10:00) also representing the club. Jai Sispal was the highest scorer for LCAC on the day, finishing 4th in the under 15 boys race with team mate Ruairc Winston finishing in 62nd place. Mariele Proctor and Megan Marsh competed in the under 13 girls race finishing 71st and 107th respectively, and Harry Bailey (38th) and Diarmuid Winston (60th) ran in the under 13 boys event. The only full team on the day was the ever present under 15 girls who showed their usual inter club team competitiveness. Molly Minshull had a strong start and maintained a good lead on her team mates to finish 30th overall (15:48). The girls maintained their tight packing with Emily Lovett in 33rd (15:52); Mel Gould in 37th (15:59); Ana Lovett in 40th (16:14) and Saffia Chiba in 45th (16:41). The girls, who train together, showed a healthy competitive streak that meant that they pushed each other around the challenging course.