Two of Mansfield Harrier’s Under 20 stars competed at The Midland Senior and Under 20 Track and Field Championship over the weekend at the Pingles Stadium Nuneaton. Racing in very difficult conditions both Alex Rieley and Bethany Williams performed superbly taking a championship win and second place respectively.

Winning the race has given Rieley the opportunity to win his first England vest when he will race for an England team at the Welsh Games in July. This is the fifth England Junior International vest for a Mansfield Harrier in the last 16 months, an amazing achievement for the club. He controlled the Under 20 1500 metres race leading from the start running laps of 64 and 64 before breaking the field with a very sharp third lap allowing him to cruise around the last 300 metres taking the championship in a time of 3.58.16.

Williams narrowly missed out on gold only being out strengthed in a sprint finish over the last 100 metres in the Under 20 800 metres. On times the first two were significantly faster than the rest of a field and the race became a tactical affair with a very slow first 600 metres and a frenetic sprint over the last 200 metres with the Halesowen athlete just holding a gap as the two crossed the line.

Away from the track four athletes competed at the Heanor Summer Running Festival 10K on Saturday and the Clumber 10K trail race on Sunday. Both races were held in very windy conditions which would make fast times difficult to obtain.

At the Clumber event Maddy Colling continued her winning ways by taking the Over 65 category in a fast 51.04. Michelle Baxter finished in 58.12 and the quartet was completed by Trevor Hiscox and Dan Hardy. Stuart Whysall was first back for Mansfield at Heanor recording 43.23 with Maddy Collinge taking 9th overall lady in 52.53, Diane Stewart clocking 54.46 and Ester Sinclair 57.54.

Picture below of Alex Rieley.