Leamington C&AC junior team in windswept YDL action
Saturday 27th April saw the U13 & U15 athletes from Leamington C&AC taking part in the first Youth Development League match for 2019. Conditions were fairly tough with Storm Hannah sending strong winds across the field. The knock on from this was the cancellation of the pole vault event in which the club has some strong contenders. This still didn’t stop the team performing very well including the new members of the squad taking part in their first competition.
Storm Hannah had also threatened to cancel the hurdles, but the decision was finally made to continue with this event. As it was, the club showed good form in this event with Robin Greenwood and Finn Williams-Stein both winning their races in the U15 and U13 races respectively. New to track and field competition, Esme Du Bois, shocked herself as well as her teammates by winning her 70m hurdle race, as well as her 75m sprint and taking first place in the A stream long jump with a jump of 3.73m with fellow teammate and newcomer Skyler Davies coming third in the B stream jumping 3.14m.
For the U15 boys, Sam Morrey was in action in shot and discus. He managed a throw of 5.66m in shot and took third place and then threw 12.75m in discus to take second place.
The larger contingent was in the U15 girls group. Lauren Healey and Charlotte Aghoghogbe performed in the long jump competition scoring 3.80m and 3.17m respectively. In the throws events there were high placings across three of the four events. Freya Dalrymple threw 8.22m in shot put and came second in the A stream while Megan Marsh threw 6.37m and came first in the B stream. PBs for both girls and a grade 4 triple A standard for Freya. In discus there were wins for both girls with Robin Greenwood getting 16.05m and Megan Marsh achieving 12.76m. Both first place in the A and B stream. Finally both Greenwood and Marsh took part in the javelin competition and once again gained first place for both A and B stream. Greenwood gained a new PB throwing 29.11m with Marsh throwing 21.84m, also a PB. Matthew Johnson had to fight for position in his 100m sprint, crossing the line at the same time as his competitor but just beating him to first place. Emma Dobson, also new to competition, won her 1500m A race comfortably with Mel Gould taking first place in the B race. Both girls had run a 300m race a few minutes before but ran solidly in the longer distance.
Stratford half/full Marathons
Whilst many were pounding the streets of London, five LCAC athletes took on the more local Shakespeare Marathon and Half-Marathon in Stratford-upon-Avon. In the half-marathon Natalie Bhangal finished 3rd female in a new PB 84:07. She was followed by Sue Harrison who was 5th female and 1st W45 (88:13) and Aneta Radaczewska, 17th female (99:06).
In the full marathon Courtney Depala was 79th female (4:27:14) and Tejay De Kretser 126th female (4:55:58).
Massive congratulations to LCAC’s four athletes in this year’s London Marathon.
They were led home by Craig Bower in a new PB of 2:57:33. Next home was Jeremy Coward, narrowly missing the 3-hour barrier with 3:03:37. He was followed by Shamira Naidu-Young who also ran a brilliant PB of 3:49:25, and Graham Donoghue with yet another PB 4:01:50.