Two of Mansfield Harriers young track stars travelled south last week to compete in the Watford Open and BMC meeting. Like Trafford in the North the Watford meetings are the premier endurance fixtures in the south. Racing again in cold and windy conditions Luke Duffy and Archie Rayner put in two more sensational performances.

 Rayner fresh from his first attempt at the 3000 metres last week chose to run the distance again as he looks to step up in distance. With the meeting running late it was after 10.00pm before he raced and he showed no sign of nerves as he recorded a phenomenal time of 8.15.83.  1500 metres splits of 4.08 and 4.07 showed how well he paced the race and improved his best performance by a huge 14 seconds. This time also ranks him number 1 in the UK for 3000 metres this year for Under 20 men.

In the BMC 800 metres race Duffy continued his superb early season form racing to a new personal best time of 1.54.9 to knock 2.4 seconds of his best. This is another outstanding time for the Under 17 athlete who now is now ranked 4th in the UK at 800 as well as number 1 for his preferred distance the 1500 metres

Athletes were in action for Mansfield at several road or trail events over the weekend. New recruit to Mansfield Dylan George showed what an asset he will be by winning the Awsworth 5K in a time of 17.42, an improvement of just over a minute from last years’ time.

Competing at the Chatsworth trail 10K Michelle Baxter recorded 61.19 and Claire Booth 61.42. Racing at the last of the series of three Dark and White Trail races over 16K Maddy Collinge recorded 1.54.10, Ester Sinclair 1.55.32 and Jess Brieder 1.57.07. For good measure Collinge had already competed midweek in the Totley AC fell race with 200 metres of climb running the 9k in 57 minutes.

Several athletes competed in one of the best local events on Sunday the Welbeck 10K run around the Welbeck estate. Highlight of the Harrier’s performances was Sarah Bradbury running a huge new best time of 49.02. Gary Towle was first athlete in with 44.42 followed by Pete Copcutt 50.46, Heather Shone 55.28, Julie Winter and Clare Brizzolara in 56 minutes. Therese Copcutt continues her return from recent injury clocking 72.51. Pete Weldon also completed the event.

Picture below of Archie Rayner.

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