Mansfield Harriers rising star Bethany Williams produced her best race of the season at the British Milers Club Academy event at Milton Keynes. The fixture one of only two Junior specific events put on by the BMC saw over 500 entries from across the U.K.   The highly talented teenager who is soon to embark on a four year scholarship to the USA produced a superb new best 800 metres time of 2.10.13 which is agonisingly close to her long term target of running sub 2.10. Williams was boxed in at the start as the event started on the first curve instead of the normal lane start and running two of the bends in lane two to overtake are the narrow margins now to achieve this target. This time ranks her number one in her own school year for 800 metres so far this season.  Also running at Milton Keynes was May Roberts in her first track outing for nearly a year. Roberts looked great for 1200 of the 1500 metres of her race and the lack of racing showed only in the last 300 metres and as she tired and produced a time of just outside 5 minutes.

Several of the club’s athletes competed during the week at the Charnwood AC open at Loughborough. Jessica Lake continues to impress and show her versatility this time leaping to a massive 5.21 metres in the Long Jump, a jump that puts her into the top 20 currently in her age group and managed 10.16 metres in the Triple Jump. Sophie Brown recorded a new best of 21.64 metres in the discus and produced 7.90 metres in the Shot. Kelsey Pearce had another solid Shot competition reaching out to 10.24 metres.

Bryony Evans had a great night winning her heat of the 100 metres in a new best of 14.10, also recorded a new best in the Shot of 8.06 metres and ran 29.78 in the 200 metres. Katie Kemp had a busy night recording 13.76 in the 100, 28.71 in the 200 and 7.99 metres in the Shot. Sophia Stewart showed she is returning to form with a season best of 12.82 in the 100 metres and Chris Ashmore crossed the line in 26.55 for a season best in the 200 metres.

Beth Hamilton had a fantastic run in the 1500 metres. The highly talented junior took a hugh 9 seconds of her 1500 metres best time to cross the line in 5.22.05. In the 800 metres, we saw a battle between ladies team manager Bev Armstrong and another of the clubs exciting juniors Alex Foster.  On this occasion experience won the day with both recording new personal bests with Armstrong 2.41.73 to Foster’s 2.44.11.

As most weekends now the club had athletes competing in open road races with this weekend being no exception with representation at the Woodhall Spa 10K and the Derby Ramathon Half Marathon. Maddy Collinge was first Harrier home at the 10K event with the evergreen Collinge crossing the line in an amazing time for an over 65 of 49.47. The three others all ran new best times and broke the 60 minute mark as well with Ester Sinclair racing to 55.18, Michelle Baxter 57.33 and Julie Winter 59.22

Racing at the Ramathon Martin Fickling is fast becoming Mansfield’s Mr PB after several recent superb runs and he continued with a new best for the distance by over a minute to record 1.32.11 and place 195th. Bret Podgorzec finished with a time of 1.38.02 for 341st, Jackie Duers 1.58.06 for 1232nd, Natasha Carver 1.58.31 for 1374th and Tim Richardson who was using the event as a recovery race after a recent Ultra event clocking 2.06.34 for 1653rd.

Pictures below of Bethany Willams and Jess Lake.