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Leamington Athletics Masters team crowned region champions

Leamington Editorial 2nd Sep, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

IT HAS been a year to remember for Leamington Athletics Masters team after they enjoyed their best season ever by winning the UK Athletics Midlands Masters League for the first time in its 35 year history.

The Men’s 2015 squad, which is made up of athletes over the age of 35, has dominated the track events all season and have been overall winners in every relay race.

They won their league by two points over the much bigger Northampton and Rugby Athletics Club.

The male and female teams are mainly made up of local mums, dads and grandparents, many of whom haven’t had any experience of athletics since their school days.

Although small in comparison to the other seven clubs in the Midlands league, both the men’s and women’s squads have enjoyed great success over the years.

Both were runners-up four times and finished third seven times, but winning the league this year has made club history.

The club’s youngest and most successful athlete is Phil Gould, who is aged 36 while the eldest member is Dai Vaughan still competes regularly at the age of 75.

In congratulating the team, chairman of Warwick District Council, Michael Doody commented: “I am extremely proud of the success of our local Masters athletics club, in particular because it is made up of athletes of all ages and abilities, proving that anyone can come along and have a go, even later in life.”

The club meets on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6.30pm at Edmondscote Athletics Track and warmly welcomes anyone interested in becoming a member to come along and meet the team.

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