Competing in the second of the series of five, Mansfield Harriers once again had huge numbers turn out at the Nottinghamshire summer league at Holme Pierrepont in Nottingham. Run over a very flat 5 mile course Mansfield had 39 finish which is a record number of finishers for the club in this league.

First home for the ladies was Jackie Massey in 25th position out of 261 finishers, this was Massey’s first club competition for several years after stepping down from competitive racing and with a few more races under her belt she will be looking for significant improvement. Bev Armstrong closely followed in 36th, Kahli Johnson 40th Karen Waterhouse 67th and Jackie Duers 99th also all made the top 100.

Angela Purdue was 113th outsprinting Maddy Collinge to the line who was 114th with Christine Fell 118th, Natasha Carver 121st, Sarah Sinclair 141st, Esther Sinclair 150th, Sue Pepperday 161st, Jemma Arbon 170th, Heather Shone 174th, Claire Booth 181st, Michelle Baxter 182nd and Tina Copcutt 186th. On the night the senior ladies teams placed 16th and 24th and lie in 12th position after 2 events and the veterans placed 5th and 18th and lie a superb 4th after the two events.

The men were lead home by England International Mark Johnson who struggled with illness during the race but showed real team spirit to finish and place 22nd out of 411 men finishers, with Chris Allcock chasing hard to place 26th. Also making the top 100 were Andy Wetherill 29th, Dylan George 33rd, Sam Bradley 41st, Phil Shaw 57th and Chris Monk 91st.

Close behind was marathon men Gary Morley 105th and Martin Fickling 117th. Garry Hodgkins continues to improve placing 130th. Jack Cooke placed 146th followed by Tim Raynor 170th, Stuart Whysall 204th, Colin Fell 232nd, Pete Weldon 246th, Dave Robertson 260th, Trevor Hiscox 285th, Mark Burr 289th, Shaun Middleton 293rd, Pete Copcutt 335th, Graeme Baguley 366th and Gary Towle who suffered injury during the race 404th. The mens team placed 12th and 23rd on the day and are in 8th place overall and the veteran men 2nd and 24th on the night and a magnificent 2nd overall after the two races.

At the weekend Maddy Collinge and Sarah Bradbury competed in the tough 25K White Trail race in 2 hours 51 and 2.56 respectively with latia Renshaw, Sally Wilson and Jess Breider running the 11k event.

On the track Mansfield athletes had a successful County Track and Field Championships held at Moorways Stadium Derby. Highlight for the club was the superb performance of Jessica Lake in the Under 15 girls.. Taking gold in the Triple Jump with a championship best performance 10.32 metres. 75 metre Hurdles in 11.9 and an English Schools qualification leap of 5.12 metres to take silver in the Long Jump. At the same age group Kelsey Pearce took gold in the shot with 11.05 and Sophie Brown took bronze with 8.15 metres, Brown also took silver in the discus with 20.16 metres.

At under 17 Sophia Stewart had a brilliant sprint double taking the gold in the 100 running 13.03 and 200 metre 26.52. Bev Armstrong’s renaissance on the track gathers momentum winning the senior 800 metres and taking silver in the masters 400. Not to be out done Andy Wetherill continues to claim medals at these events taking gold in the senior 5000 metres in 17.33 and the masters 3000 metres in 10.09. Steff Wilcockson had a Hurdles double taking gold in both the 110 and 400 metre events. Dylan George was 6th in the final of the Under 17 mens 800 recording 2.14.

At Under 13 Jake Orr took bronze medals in both the long jump and 800 metres and Alistair Homewood was close to medals in his events. Olivia Barrett took silver in the girls 800 in a thrilling race just pipping team mate Beth Hamilton who earned the bronze Both girls ran new best times of 2.36.24 and 2.38.02 with third team member Alex Foster narrowly missing the final but running a new best of 2.44. Tammy Smith took silver in the shot and performed well in the 100 metres and Grace Manson was close to medals in the High Jump, Long Jump and Hurdles.

Under 11 Matthew Young competed in the quadrathon which consisted of 75 metre, Long Jump, Howler Javelin and 600 metre. Young was always in contention for a medal and a superb last event of 600 metres in 1.59 confirmed a bronze.

Mansfield Harriers star Archie Rayner celebrated his first Great Britain call up at the weekend.  After a string of impressive early season performances Rayner the current number one ranked Under 20 3000 metre athlete in the UK earned his selection for the Loughborough International. The GB Junior team compete against senior England, Wales, Scotland teams plus a Loughborough University and the British Universities team and very good guest seniors.

In only his third race at the distance Rayner was giving away age and experience to all the other athletes in the field. The race was quite a tactical affair with several surges of pace and he held his nerve throughout to run a well controlled race finishing close to where he would expect to be in the large field with an excellent time of 8.25 minutes.

Rayner already an England Cross Country International will be looking to use this race as a springboard to further success this year and in the future.

Pictures below of Jackie Massey, Jess Lake and Archie Rayner.