Mansfield Harriers have seen early season Track and Field action this weekend with athletes competing at the Spring Spruce event at Harvey Haddon stadium in Nottingham. In glorious but windy conditions the Harriers athletes all showed they had wintered well.

Highlight of the competition was the performance of Under 15 Kelsey Pearce who had another amazing shot competition launching the implement out to 11.57 metres for a new outdoor best and a distance that now puts her amongst the best in the country.
Also at Under 15
Jessica Lakecontinued herbright start to the summer winning her best event the 75 metre hurdles in 12.23, her 100 metre heat in 13.64, also completing in the high jump with 1.40 metres and 4.51 metres for the long jump. Katie Kemp ran two good PB's into a strong headwind winning her 200 in 28.68 and clocking 14.09 for the 100 plus 8.04 for the shot. Bryony Evans also  clocked PB's in the sprints recording 29.24 and 14.70 again into a strong head wind.
Ben Madeley performed well in the Under 15 long jump with 4.72 metres and 13.49 for the 100.
In the Under 11 boys Quadrathlon Matthew Young put in a fantastic series to come second overall with new bests in the howler javelin, long jump and a huge 6 seconds in the 600 to record 1.57.
Alex Foster in her first race over 800 metres as she has moved up age groups won her first race in Mansfield colours recording 2.45.72. Not to be outdone her training and racing partner Beth Hamilton in her first 1200 put in a tactical race beyond her young years to finish 2nd in 4.10.87 having already run 23.92 in the 150.
Also at Under 13 Tia Jones ran 24.62 in the 150, was third in the 75 metres and 1.15 for the high jump. Ruby Milnes ran 3.05.76 for the 800 metres and recorded 1.05 for the High jump.
In the Under 13 boy’s competition Alistair Homewood ran a PB in the 800 of 2.47 and then had the misfortune in the 100 metres to have someone run out of lane and knock him out of the 100.

Bev Armstrong ran her first track race in 23 years competing in the senior 800 metres and rolling back the years had a great run to record 2.42. In the men’s 1500 metre race evergreen Andy Wetherill had another superb run to cross the line in 4.46.

On the roads this weekend Mansfield’s athletes have been competing at the Belvoir Half Marathon and the Birmingham 10K. At the Belvoir event Maddy Colllinge again won her age category recording 1.53 and Jackie Duers clocked 2 hours. Running in Birmingham Steve Davies used the race as a sharpener for the London Marathon running a pleasing 41.42 and Helen Pritchett completed the course in 46.02.

The weekend before saw Mansfield athletes competing in Lincolnshire at the Lincoln 10k and the Grantham Cup. First back at Lincoln for the club was Antony Robinson running a very respectable sub 40 clocking to cross the line in a time of 39.41. Next in was Pete Copcutt who has been suffering from recent injury but now getting back to form to record 53.43. Third man home on the day was Trevor Hiscox in a time of 56.08. Two Mansfield women competed with Jemma Arbon recording a chip time of 57.51 and Tina Copcutt a superb new PB with a chip time of 56.06. At Grantham, also over 10k Graeme Baguley clocked 53.53 and Jackie Duers 60.42.

Picture below of Kelsey Pearce.