Mansfield Harriers had a huge turnout at the Worksop Half marathon with 21 athletes completing the course. In great conditions for racing the Harriers athletes put in superb performances with several achieving personal, year or course best times.
None more so than Alan Kemp who has improved rapidly in the last year feeling the benefits of group running and structured training as he smashed his previous best time to record 1 hour 32.08 for the 13.1 miles to beat his previous best by a massive 6 minutes finishing 220th out of nearly 2500 competitors.
First home for the club after a three-way battle was James Mee in a time of 1.21.47 to finish 33rd in the huge field, recovering well from his first full marathon last month Mee will now look to improve performances throughout the winter. Close behind in 34th was Chris Allcock in a time of 1.21.54 and in 35th Phil Shaw who recorded 1.22.03.
Gary Morley was next Harrier home in a personal course record of 1.25.57 for 76th position, followed by Tony Gelsthorpe in 253rd with a time of 1.33.24. Mansfield’s next two athletes and recording new personal best times were Jack Cooke in 1.35.11 for 292nd and Bret Podgorzec in 1.36.23 for 322nd. After these came Jon Hardy in 511th with 1.42.13, Shaun Middleton in 687th with 1.46.05, Trevor Hiscox 744th 1.47.40, Craig Linacre who suffered an injury halfway round in 769th with 1.48.57, Peter Copcutt with his first sub 2 hour half marathon 1270th in 1.57.11 and Tim Richardson 2012th in 2.19.10
For the ladies first home was Helen Jones who had a superb run to finish 456th in a time of 1.39.53, followed by Maddy Collinge 813th for 1.49.28 and Karen Kowalski who recorded her best time for several years to finish 1081st in 1.54.18. New recruit Esther Sinclair was next home in 1580th 2.04.41 followed by Sarah Sinclair 1602nd 2.06.09, Amanda Shaw 1699th 2.09.01 and Theresa Copcutt who showed real courage to finish due to illness coming on during the race to place 2345th in a time of 2 44.27.
Picture below of Alan Kemp in recent action.