LEAMINGTON’S senior athletics team not only gained a long-awaited promotion to Division Four of the Midland League, but actually won the Division Five title.
The Spa team won two out of the four meetings and finished second in the other two to beat rivals Solihull into second place.
The first match was at the beginning of May in Sutton-in-Ashfield in Nottinghamshire and was a close-run affair which Leamington won, one point ahead of Solihull.
June then brought a home match at Edmondscote, but unfortunately this was the day before the Two Castles event so the club’s distance runners could only cover one event each.
However, they still filled their quota and finished second in an event in which Solihull fielded a very strong ladies’ team. This left Leamington sitting second overall behind Solihull.
The third match was in July at Burton-on-Trent and, with most events covered again, Leamington won the match whilst Solihull could only finish fifth.
The last match on August 2 took place in Telford but the Leamington ladies fielded a very depleted team, having to cover as many events as possible with even the team managers taking part.
All Leamington required was a top four finish to win the league, but they clinched second spot.
The men’s team did manage to win all four matches and this is mainly due to athletes volunteering to cover additional spots.
The team managers would like to thank all and are very proud of all the athletes who competed this year. Those who competed in all four matches are Callum and Rory Sinnott, Callum Hanlon, Gabe Higgins, Richard Stevens, Charlie Davies, Josh Guest, Lucy Miszkowska and Shelley Went. Also a big thank you to all officials who helped over the season.
Marion Childs did a wonderful job running the ladies’ team and organising the officials for each match, whilst men’s team manager Christine Taylor and retiring men’s team stalwart Glen Woodward were again key parts in the success.
Leamington Athletic Club welcome people of all ages into their fold. Anyone who would like to join as an athlete or even a coach, team manager or an official should get in touch.