As the temperatures soared over the last week Mansfield Harriers athletes put in some scorching performances on Track, Road and Trails.

Competing at the Charnwood Open Meeting Under 13 Jake Orr produced the race of his young life as he breezed around the Loughborough track running an amazing tactical race for a massive new best time of 5.23.45.  Jordan Boam recorded 4.35 in his heat and another of the clubs highly talented junior endurance runners Beth Hamilton clocked 5.32. Jonny Lowe opened his outdoor season with a swift 2.17 for 800 and will look to further improve with this race under his belt.

In the sprints Ben Madeley put in two fantastic performances winning his heat of the 100 metres in 13.1 and 200 28.22.  Junior coach Chris Ashmore continues to run superbly racing to 12.94 and 26.83 respectively narrowly pipping Sophia Stewart who recorded 12.95 but in a different heat although a heat between the two would be a very close run thing. Bryony Evans recorded 14.5 for the 100 and 6.72 metres in the shot. In the field events Jess Lake had another awesome Long Jump recording 5.00 metres and Chloe Allcock cleared 1.55 metres in the High ump

The Harriers Juniors competed in league action at the second of the Nottinghamshire Mini League series at Bingham. Highlight of the meeting was the performance of Matt Young and Serenity Joynt in the Howler Javelin both taking both male and female field athlete of the match launching the Javelin to 38.47 and 27.10 metres respectively.  Young’s amazing performance was also a league record. Both the Under 11 and Under 15 girls currently lie second overall in age group categories.

In the Under 11 Girls age group as well as taking the Javelin Serenity Joynt also placed 3rd in the 80 metres and performed well in the Long Jump. Zoe Spencer had a fantastic day placing 3rd in the 600 metres, second in the Long Jump and had a strong performance in the Javelin. Martha Yanney was 3rd in the 150 metres and ran well in both the 80 and 600 metres. Freya Longmead and Isabel Westwood also competed strongly in the three track events the 60, 150 and 600 metres.  The relay team placed 4th.  Matt Young placed 5th in the Under 11 boys 600 metres as well as his league record in the Javelin. Finlay Wallace was 6th in the 80 metres and raced well in the 600 metres and had a very good Javelin. Ellis Blake continues to improve racing in the 600 and 80 metres and was another who did well in the Javelin. Jake Milner also competed in the Howler Javelin.

In the Under 13 age group Tammy Smith had a very busy day scoring 5th in the 70 metre Hurdles, 4th in the Long Jump and guesting in the High Jump.  Beth Hamilton continued her good run of form placing 3rd in the 800 metres followed by Alex Foster and Ava Blake in her debut over the distance. Tia Jones scored well for the team with 4th place in both the Shot and High Jump. Maddy Boffin scored in both the 100 and 200 metres placing 6th in each event. The girls team were completed by Lucy Sissons and Sophie Ashton who both ran the 100, 200 and the Long Jump. In the boy’s event Jake Orr placed 4th in the 800 metres and 5th in the Long Jump. Alistair Homewood continues to improve at 75 metre Hurdles placing 4th and racing the 800 metres. Michael Manning was 5th in the 100 metres and performed well in the Long Jump as did Harry Wilkinson who competed in the `100, 200 and 800 metres. The team was made up with Harry Bolam’s 5th in the 200. The boys relay team finished 5th and the girls 6th.

The only Under 15 boy competing was Sam Bentley who ran a very good 2.40 in the 800 metres. The club had many Under 15 girls with some exceptional performances. The outstanding Kelsey Pearce and Jess Lake continue to put in amazing performances this time Pearce winning the Shot and Lake taking 1st in the Long Jump and 75 hurdles and 3rd in the 200 metres. The improving Katie Kemp was 3rd in the 100 metres and did well in the 200 and Shot. Kelly Seaman has recently moved to the 800 metres and gets better with every race placing 5th and performing well in the `100 and Long Jump. Holly-May Spencer placed 6th in the High Jump and placed well in both the 800 metres and Long Jump. Sophie Brown performed well in the shot as did Bryony Evans who also ran the 100 metres. Ellie Sheppard returning from injury had a strong run in the 100 metres and had a solid Shot competition. Megan Dillon ran well in both the 75 metre Hurdles and 100 metres and the team was completed by Saffron Milner who raced the 100 metres. A very strong relay team placed 2nd. In the non scoring events Sophia Stewart ran a very good 100 metres and Long Jump at Under 17 and Under 9 Emmie Blake competed in the 50 metres.

On the roads seniors were in action again over the region racing in very hot conditions which is far from ideal for distance racing. The highlight of the week was the Notts AC 10 mile race which also includes the County 10 mile championship. This is a classic race on the local calendar with the race first run in 1972.  Andy Wetherill continued his wonderful run of form placing 33rd in a time of 62.47 which was also good enough to take the Masters 50 County Championship. Chris Allcock was first home for the Harriers with 60.57 for 29th place with Martin Fickling 80th in 68.40, Stuart Whysall 143rd in 75.24, Jackie Duers 231st in 90.00, Angela Purdue 246th 93.17 and Ester Sinclair 279th in 101.26.

Wetherill continued his inspirational run on Sunday coming 3rd overall and first over 55 in the Ripley 10K in a time of 38.01. The race run in extremely hot conditions included a mainly uphill last 3K. Steve Davies finished 23rd overall in 43.01 which was good enough for 2nd over 55. On Thursday Jess Breider completed the tough Grindleford Fell Race over 4.8 mile in 62 mins and at the weekend ran the 12K Dark and White Peak Trail race in 98 minutes with Ben Wootton.  New club member Vicki Faulkner travelled to the East Coast to run the Hull 10k again in very difficult conditions completing in 86 minutes.

Picture below of Jake Orr.