Mansfield Harriers had a busy weekend of cross country action with the Junior Mini League on Sunday and the North Midlands Cross Country league on Saturday. Newark was the venue for the Mini League event and the club had an impressive 28 athletes finish and 9 competing in both the Under 11 and Under 13 girls events.

Saturday saw the first of the Nottinghamshire Schools Cross Country League series held at Berry Hill Park Mansfield. Held in superb conditions for cross country Mansfield Harriers had an excellent turnout for the event.

The weekend saw one of the last major track meetings of the season, the UK Schools Games at Loughborough, a team event consisting of England, North, England Midlands, England South, Scotland and Northern Ireland. One athlete is selected for each team per event and is aimed at last school years 10 and 11. Mansfield Harriers had two athletes selected to compete for the North Luke Duffy in the 1500 metres and Anna Smith in the 800 metres.

Shipley Park in Heanor was the venue for the first outing of the Cross Country season for the Mansfield Harriers senior team. Competing in the first in the series of 5 Booth League fixtures the Mansfield club had 22 athletes compete in what was very difficult conditions due to the muddy and wet nature of the course.

August Bank Holiday weekend is the traditional date for the last of the major Track and Field Championships with the Under17/15 Nationals being held at the International Stadium at Bedford. Mansfield Harriers had three athletes competing at the prestigious event with Luke Duffy in the Under 17 1500 metres, Ben Smith in the Under 15 1500 metres and Kelsey Pearce in the Under 15 Shot.

Making the move from Ollerton to Orlando has not slowed down Mansfield Harriers starlet Bethany Williams as she made a superb star to her athletics career in the USA. Williams competing for the University of Central Florida opened her Cross Country season with a 9th place and leading her team to 3rd at the FAU invitational.

Mansfield Harriers had two athletes compete at this year’s Midland Under 15 and 17 championships held at the Pingles Stadium in Nuneaton. The competition held in warm but windy conditions saw both Mansfield athletes put in stellar performances.

Mansfield Harriers had a large turnout and a successful day at the Mansfield 5K and 10K event with several athletes recording new best times and four taking podium places.

The Track and Field season is now entering its final month for 2017 and last Wednesday 12 Mansfield Harrier’s took the opportunity to race at the Charnwood Open Meeting which was held at the Paula Radcliffe Stadium in Loughborough. The previous days rain cleared and by the time the event started the competitors were greeted with warmer weather and a very slight wind.

The Nottinghamshire Athletic Network have come up with a new imitative, Track races for road runners and four Mansfield Harriers took up the challenge last week at the Rushcliffe track in Bingham. The races were over either 1 mile of 5000 metres and proved to be an enormous success for the athletes taking part.