Mansfield Harriers have just had one of the busiest weeks of the club’s  year with action on both Track and Road.   As the club’s resurgence continues large numbers of athletes competed in all events.

Four Mansfield athletes competed at the British Milers Club Grand Prix event at Solihull on Saturday and the highly talented teenagers go from strength to strength. Under 17 Luke Duffy raced to a 3 second new best to run 3.50.68 over 1500 which now makes him 10 seconds faster than anyone else in the UK this year at that age group and for good measure he is currently 15th on the all time list. Archie Rayner also continues his relentless push recording a new PB of 3.48.26 to put him to number 2 in the Under 20 rankings this year. Alex Rieley ran a 4 second best to record 3.53.48 and again go close to the top of the Under 20 rankings for 1500. After getting boxed in Bethany Williams narrowly missed out on her best time clocking 2.11.53 for 800 metres which again puts her towards the top in the UK currently.

The first of the Nottinghamshire mini league competitions saw 33 athletes competing at the event, the largest number for several years. Starting with the Under 11 Girls Mathilda Bullough won the 600 in fantastic style in a time of 2.10.4, Zoe Spencer was 3rd in 2.14.9 and 4th Ella Kennedy in 2.17.4. Spencer also won the Chest Push and scored in the 150 with Kennedy also 2nd this time in the High Jump. Mathilda Evans competed in the maximum of 3 events her best being in the Chest Push. Jemima Waller scored in the 80 metres clocking 14.1. Waller, Spencer, Kennedy and Bullough combined to take 2nd in the 4 x 100m relay. Isabel Westwood also did 3 events the best being 29.3secs in the 150 metres.
The Under 13 Girls performed well with Grace Manson first up and scoring in the 70 Hurdles and Long Jump. Tia Jones scored in the Shot Put and Ruby Milnes ran well in the Hurdles. in the 1200 metres Olivia Barrett just out strengthed Beth Hamilton in the battle for second with only 0.5 seconds separating the pair. Alex Foster ran in the second race and performed superbly again running a great tactical race. Tammy Smith performed well in the long jump with 3.37 and Ava Blake scored team points in the 200 metres. The relay of Foster, Barrett, Hamilton and Smith were very competitive throughout.  Ellie Jones and Emmie Blake competed in the Under 9 50 metres both running superbly.

Jessica Lake was superb in the Under 15 age group winning the Hurdles in 13.3 and scoring well in her other events.  Bryony Evans scored well in the field with 3rd in the Javelin and 2nd in the Shot Put. The fast improving Katie Kemp scored in the 100 recording 13.6 and Holly-May Spencer had a PB in the High Jump with 1.30 and ran 30.2 in the 200. The four girls combined in the relay for 2nd. At Under 17 Sophia Stewart ran 13.0s in the 100m and 26.7 in the 200m. Chloe Allcock cleared a superb 1.60 metres in the High Jump.
Under 15 boy Henry Bullough won the Long Jump with 4.75m and in the 1500 clocked 4.49.9 also in the same event the diminutive Sam Bentley clocked 5.19.

 At Under 13 Oliver Bullough ran well in three events with his best being the 100 metres Harry Bolam also performed well in the 100 metres and Jake Orr ran a great race in the 1500 to record 5.29.9. Alistair Homewood had a busy day competing in the 100, 200 and hurdles the best of which was the hurdles coming home in 16.1 Harry Wilkinson completed the boys squad again doing three events with his best being the 100 metres.

The three  Under 11 Boys were lead by Matthew Young who scored well in all his 3 events his best being in the 600m coming 2nd in 1.57.  Ellis Blake an well in the 80 and had a massive 17 seconds best at  600 to run 2.15.4 . Like many others Joel Brereton competed in 3 events  his best being in the 80. In the guest Under 9 50 metres Lucas Macaskill ran 10.3.

On the roads the club competed in the second of the five race Booth Summer League at Ilkeston with 16 men and 6 ladies completing the race. The men’s team placed 9th, the ladies 12th and combined Mansfield finished 9th.

The fast improving Sarah Bradbury was Mansfield’s first lady home finishing in 323rd overall closely followed by Angela Purdue 344th, and Maddy Collinge 366th. Jess Breider was next in placing 425th position after a race long battle with Carol Fickling in 427th and Vicki Faulkner 429th.

First man home was Sam Bradley who has fast become a big asset for Mansfield placing 26th, with Neil Cope very close in 37th and Phil Shaw 45th. London marathon men Martin Fickling was 72nd and Gary Morley 80th showing no signs of the recent efforts. Garry Hodgkins placed 88th and the scoring team closed in with Jack Cooke’s 113th place.

Stuart Whysall was next Mansfield man in recording 162nd, with Andrew Longmead 224th, Roy Smith 241st, Graeme Baguley 266th, Shaun Middleton 296th, Mark Burr 297th, Tim Richardson 330th, Jim Breider 428th and Gary Towle 430th.

Seven Harrier’s competed at the Holymoorside 10K a tough hilly race on the outskirts of Chesterfield. First in for Mansfield was Jack Cooke in 43.09, followed by Garry Hodgkins 44.41, Alan Kemp 46.09, Shaun Middleton 50.13, Michelle Baxter 60.48, Julie Winter 62.51 and Tina Copcutt 62.58. Tim Richardson and Jess Breider both successfully completed an Ultra event for the first time running at the Dukeries 30.

Picture below is Alex Rieley.