As the track season gets into full swing two of Mansfield Harriers highly talented Under 13 girls Beth Hamilton and Alex Foster hit the road to test themselves the week before the county championships and both put in sensational new best times.

Mansfield Harrier’s Amber Scott travelled the short distance to Leicester at the weekend to compete in Steeplefest an event specifically for the Steeplechase with the aim of giving athletes who compete in the event an opportunity to race fast against likeminded competitors.

The Nottinghamshire Schools Cross Country Championships were held at a wet Wollaton Park Nottingham over the weekend and with Mansfield Harriers having good numbers competing hopes were high that some of the athletes would earn selection into the county team for the National Championships. The Mansfield athletes responded in superb style showing all the hard training over the winter has gone well as a phenomenal sixteen made it into the county teams and many of the others having superb run.

The second Charnwood Athletic Club Open Meeting saw another set of superb performances from the Mansfield Harriers who travelled to Loughborough for the competition. The popular Wednesday night meeting was held in far from ideal conditions for fast running as strong winds and unseasonably cold weather prevailed.

Last weekend saw the first regional championship of the year, the Midland Counties Cross Country Championship take place at a wet, and in at places muddy Wollaton Park in Nottingham. The event saw top class athletes in all the fields and for many of the younger Mansfield Harriers athletes one of the strongest fields they will have competed in to date.

The London Marathon and mini marathon is arguably the major road racing event of the year in the UK and this year in searing heat Mansfield Harriers had 3 complete the mini marathon representing the East Midlands and 10 complete the marathon.

Mansfield Harriers senior athletes competed on the roads at the Bolsover 10K on Sunday 14th January with an impressive sixteen making the start line.  The race hosted by North Derbyshire Running Club is a firm favourite on the local road running scene and had been put back from December due to the inclement weather at the time.

The first of the summer league races took place last week, the Booth event which was held around a 4.6 mile course on the trails of Teversal. Continuing the clubs recent upturn in fortunes Mansfield Harriers put out an amazing 48 athletes within the 418 strong field. The Ladies were superb winning the team race with the men 7th and combined the team placed 3rd.

The first Cross Country Championship of the year took place at the weekend with the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire County combined event being held at Shipley Country Park at Heanor, and Mansfield Harriers had over 50 athletes finish, complemented by some fantastic individual and team performances. The course was as difficult as they come with it mainly covered in very thick mud throughout the day.

Mansfield Harriers senior athletes turned out in force at the local Dukeries 10 mile race an event that starts and finishes at Walesby. The circular course measuring 10.8 miles took place over trails, ploughed fields and unremitting mud. Most Mansfield athletes taking part were graduates from the Run England groups Mansfield Runners and Fit to Run Mansfield.