Mansfield Harriers have been out racing across the UK over the last two weekends with the familiar blue and green vests seen from Sutton Coldfield to Edinburgh. Championship racing took place at Sutton Coldfield which was the venue for the National Masters road relays where Mansfield had one men’s team and two ladies compete.

The ever improving ladies team placed 7th in the Over 55 event. Christine Fell was first out running 24.48 followed by Tina Copcutt 26.32 and Maddy Collinge with 24.01 Not to be outdone the Over 35 team placed 16th in a very strong field. Bev Armstrong opened with 21.19, supported by Angela Purdue 23.17, Amanda Shaw 26.01 and a superb last leg of 20.13 from Kahli Johnson. The men also competed in the highly competitive Over 35 event placing 17th. Mark Johnson ran the fast first leg recording a very sharp 16.00, with Andy Wetherill 17.19, Chris Allcock 17.08, Gary Morley 18.16, Phil Shaw 18.17 and Garry Hodgkins 19.02.

Four Mansfield athletes ran at the Nottingham 10k with Martin Fickling running a superb new best of 39.39 and breaking the 40 minute barrier for the first time. New bests also for Claire Booth 58.55, Jess Brieder 62.38 and Jim Brieder 62.50. Sarah Scott ran the Liverpool Half Marathon in 2.07 and Graeme Baguley, Jackie Duers and Angela Purdue raced the Long Eaton Trent 5.

Over the Bank Holiday weekend the club showed that as well as being competitive the club is developing a great social side as 9 athletes went to the Edinburgh Festival of running. In the Marathon only a month after running the London, Mansfield’s iron man Matt Bradbury put in a fantastic performance for 3.41 and inside the top 1000 of over 6000 finishers. Ten years on from her last marathon Jemma Arbon recorded 5.30. Caroline Rye and Lyndsey Stevenson have made an epic journey in training and have come so far over the last few months to both record 5.35 and complete their first Marathon.

In the Edinburgh Half Marathon evergreen Maddy Collinge continues her age group dominance recording 1.49 and winning the Over 65 category. Sarah Bradbury had been on fire in the last few weeks improving her best at 10K, 5 miles and 5k and this weekend broke her 2 hour target to run a massive new best of 1.57 although taking a bad fall in the first mile. Pete Copcutt had a superb race to run 2.30, Michelle Baxter ran 2.22 and Tina Copcutt 2.27.

On the track four Mansfield athletes competed in the second of the BMC Grand Prix meetings at Sportscity Manchester. Held in far from ideal conditions with the wind very strong all put in great performces. Archie Rayner continues to confirm his status as one of the best in the UK clocking another 3.48 for 1500 metres with Alex Rieley running another PB with 3.52, Luke Duffy 3.53 and in the 800 metres Beth Williams ran a sharp 2.12.

Pictures below of the Ladies and Men's road relay teams.