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 had two age group category winners at Trent Meadows with Paul Butcher finishing 4th overall and first over 50 and Nigel Watkin continuing his great form over the winter to place 48th man and first in the over 55 category. Phil Shaw completed the top three places for the men placing 29th in the race and 3rd in the over 50.

Gary Morley continued his fine winter form finishing in 40th position followed by the much improved Martin Fickling 53rd, Craig Linacre 65th, Garry Hodgkins 73rd, Alan Kemp 76th, Graeme Baguley 160th, Dave Robertson 163rd and Tim Richardson closed the men home placing 192nd.

First back for the Mansfield’s ladies was the super consistent Bev Armstrong coming home in 20th position. Evergreen Maddy Collinge followed in 53rd place and was 2nd over 55 lady. Fast improving Karen Kowalski was close behind in 54th place then came Jackie Duers 57th, Esther Sinclair 64th, Angela Purdue 69th, Sarah Bradbury 79th, Michelle Baxter 92nd, Tina Copcutt 93rd and Theresa Copcutt 107th.

In the team events the mace home 7th the ladies 8th and combined closed in at 7th position. With one event to go the men are placed 9th the ladies 5th and combined in 6th place. These team placings are a huge improvement from last year and a very positive sign of the club’s changing fortunes.

Picture below of Nigel Watkins.