Competing in the third and final Youth Development League fixture at the Moorways Stadium Derby Mansfield Harriers Juniors put in some outstanding performance. For the third year in a row the clubs very strong girls team managed to score most points in that section over the season.

Leading the way for the team Katie Kemp had a superb day breaking the Under 15 Girls Hammer club record with 25.56 metres and was 2nd in the 200 with 28.59. The fast improving Kelly Seaman came 1st in the B Long Jump with a PB of 4.40 metres 1st in the B 300 with a PB of 45.76 and close to her best in the 100 coming 2nd in 14.10. English Schools bound pair Jessica Lake and Kelsey Pearce both had a strong day with Lake 1st in the A Hurdles in 12.44, 2nd in the A 300 with 44.50secs a new PB and 3rd in the A Long Jump with 4.56 metres. Pearce remains unbeaten in local competitions with the Shot and didn't disappoint this time either and after twisting her ankle during the Javelin still launched it out to 10.97 metres, came 3rd in the Javelin with 28.03 metres and a good 2nd in the Discus with a PB of 21.10. Ellie Sheppard making her comeback after breaking her arm ran 3rd in the 100 in 14.44 a new PB and 2nd in the B 200 in 29.14. Holly-May Spencer scored good points for the team with a 5th in the A High Jump a season best in the 800 2.41.48 and an excellent 2nd in the Hurdles with 16.40.  Sophie Brown won the B Shot with 7.82 metres and Bryony Evans picked up the Hammer for the first time and send it out to 16.73 to win the B event and then won the B Javelin near her best with 26.46 metres. Kemp, Sheppard, Seaman and Lake dominated the relay to win in a swift 54.52

The U13 girls were headed by Tammy Smith coming 3rd in the B Hurdles with 14.92 3rd in the A Shot with 5.88 and a superb new PB of 3.89 in the A Long Jump.  Isabelle Burlington was very close behind in the Long Jump with a new best of 3.65 metres, and achieved a new best in the 75 metres coming 3rd in the A with 11.27. Olivia Barrett scored big points with a PB and 2nd in the Hurdles with 13.68, then ran the 150 in 23.43 and finished with a great run in the 800m coming home 3rd in 2.40.80.  Tia Jones came 2nd in the B Shot with 5.76, 2nd equal in the High Jump with 1.15m and 3rd in the B 75 recording 11.95.  Amelia Brown also scored well for the team and got PB's in both her events coming 4th in the 150 with 23.04 and 5th in the A Javelin with 8.09.Brown, Burlington, Jones and Smith finished the day with a fantastic win in the relay in 60.74

In the Under 13 boys Alistair Homewood had a great Hurdles competition coming 2nd in 16.18. The only other boy to compete was Jake Orr and he had a superb day with two new bests firstly in the Long Jump coming 2nd with 3.81 and 6th in the 100 with 15.44. Orr then went on to run a brilliant 1500 in the sweltering heat coming 2nd in 5.33.83.

Mansfield Harriers also saw action on the roads Friday night at the Summer Solstice 10K held at Long Bennington just outside Grantham. The race in its 8th year was run around the surrounding lanes of the village. Sarah Bradbury continues her massive improvement of recent months as she scorched around the course to a new personal best time of 50.42. This performance could have been so much better but for logistical issues that saw her only arrive at the event 10 minutes before the start.   Angela Purdue continues her recent good run of form recording a new best of 51,59 and to complete a hat trick of new best times Mel Ceney recorded 56.02.

First Mansfield athlete back in the race was Pete Weldon who ran an impressive time of 47.26 followed by Mark Burr who also dipped under the 50 minute barrier to run 49.34. The much improved Graeme Baguley clocked 50.12 and recent Ultra runner Tim Richardson showed he is recovering well with 50.26. Jackie Duers recorded 51.15 with Maddy Collinge close behind in 52.39 followed by Karen Kowalski and Diane Stewart who recorded 58.17. Julie Winter completed the Harriers in action racing to 61.17.

The Round Sheffield race was held at the weekend, a tough 13 mile off road run around the green space and parks of Sheffield. The race had 11 timed stages with recovery distances making a total of 15 miles to complete and the athletes had to endure 600 metres of climb. In her element Maddy Collinge showed what a strong athlete she is completing the race in 2 hours and 3 seconds, closely followed by Angela Purdue only 42 seconds behind, Sarah Bradbury in 2.03 and Diane Stewart in 2.09.47.

Back on the track at the Midland Schools Multi Event competition held at Milton Keynes Mansfield’s star junior Heptathlete Jess Lake was looking to put in a medal winning performance. A very strong 75 hurdles of 12.44 followed by three new personal bests of 8.70 metres in the Shot, 1.45 metres in the High Jump and a massive club record of 5.28 metres in the Long Jump saw her in second place with only the 800 to go. Unfortunately, Lake was disqualified in the last event for a lane infringement so was disqualified from the event and so missed out on a medal she so richly deserved in a regional competition.

Competing at the National Masters Championships at Birmingham both Jonny Lowe and Bev Armstrong put in fantastic performances in the finals of the 800 metres in very windy conditions. Lowe managed a superb 2,16 after a very tactical race for 6th and Armstrong also placed 6th in a time of 2.42.

Picture below of Katie Kemp.