Mansfield Harriers were well represented at the Retford Half Marathon on Sunday one of the biggest local road races in the county calendar. The club had a superb 19 athletes complete the race which also doubled up this year as the County Championship for the half marathon and the club came away with individual glory with three athletes taking county honours.
Mansfield Harriers senior athletes competed at the penultimate event of the Booth cross country league over the weekend. The race was held at Trent Meadows Long Eaton over a testing course and just over 5 miles in distance. As what seems the norm now Mansfield turned out in force with big numbers and on the day with 11 men and 10 women completing the course.
Mansfield Harriers rising star Luke Duffy earned his first England call up last week after his stunning win at the National Indoor Championships. Running at the Wales National Indoor Arena in Cardiff for England Under 18’s over 1500 metres against England Under 20’s, Wales Under 18’s and Wales Under 20’s Duffy put in a superb run to place second on the day.
The final event of the four fixture North Midlands Cross Country league took place over the weekend at Wollaton Park Nottingham. Once again Mansfield Harriers had good senior representation but after the County Championships the weekend before and the Midland Championship race in a fortnight most of the juniors took a well deserved break. Mansfield’s recent success continued as the club had seven podium places.
Running at the National Athletics Indoor Age Group Championships at the English Institute of Sport Mansfield Harriers Under 17 star Luke Duffy tasted national glory for the first time. Racing in the 1500 metres Duffy went in as pre race favourite and handled the pressure superbly as he took the title in a time of 4.03.42.
Mansfield Harriers competed at the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire combined County Cross County Championships at the weekend held at Wollaton Park Nottingham. The club had a superb 44 athletes complete which is the club’s biggest number for years. Mansfield came away with four individual County Champions, four third places and in the team events the club had one win, one second and one third.
Mansfield Harriers rising star Archie Rayner put in a stunning performance on his England Athletics cross country debut Competing at the IAAF permit meeting in Caceres Spain in the Under 20 race Rayner had one of the best runs of his career taking second place overall and in so doing turned the tables on the athlete who had placed first in the Midland championships two weeks earlier.
Prestwold Hall just outside Loughborough was the venue for the Midlands Cross Country championship on the 28th January and Mansfield Harriers took a small team to the event and were rewarded with two championship medals. The course was a true test of cross country after a downpour the night before with mud and heavy patches throughout.