The weekend coming sees one of the biggest events of the Athletics Calendar the English Schools Athletics Championships at the Alexander Stadium Birmingham. The event is the fourth biggest Athletic event in the world and is held annually. Four Mansfield Harriers have made the Nottinghamshire team this year and with inter and senior boy’s pre race 1500 metre medal prospects unavailable it will be some of the clubs next generation of stars who will be in the limelight.

Leading the way will be debutant Jessica Lake in the Junior Girl’s Long Jump. Lake has had a superb summer scoring huge points for the club in league fixtures throughout the year. She started the season primarily as a High Hurdler and however her Jump as improved so significantly this has become her premier event. She will be going into the event with a personal best and club record of 5.28 metres.

Kelsey Pearce is an outstanding field eventer specialising in the throws and another debutant at the event. Her specialist discipline is the Shot, competes is the Junior Girls competition and earlier in the year came away with a bronze medal at the indoor National Championships. Pearce has launched the shot out to 11.76 metres this year which is also a new club record.

Libby Coleman runs in the Inter Girls 3000 metre event on a rare appearance on the track. Coleman is an exceptional Triathlete who competes for GB in the European Championships later this month and who will be looking to use her undoubted strength to force a very high position in the race and improve her current best time of 9.58.01

The fourth Harrier in the team is Bethany Williams who competes in her last English Schools event before she takes up her scholarship in the USA. Williams will be running in the Senior Girls 800 metres and will be looking to qualify through the heats and then get very close to a podium position in the final.

Mansfield’s road and trail athletes have also had a busy week with representation in three local events.

On Wednesday night athletes competed at the Elmton Chase 5 mile event which was an off road event and run in very wet conditions. First home for the club in a superb 8th place was Gary Morley in 31.03 closely followed in 9th by Jack Cooke with a time of 31.50. Stuart Whysall recorded 36.07 for 30th place with Pete Copcutt 87th with 42.22, Tina Copcutt 138th 49.40 and Julie Winter 142nd recording 49.57.

On Thursday night the Holme Pierrepont 10K took place which was one of the 4 race grand prix series. Graeme Baguley continues to improve quickly with a great new personal best time of 48.52 closely followed by another fast improving athlete Mark Burr who recorded a new best of 49.04.  Jackie Duers was also very close to the 50 minute barrier with 50.22 with new member Peter Frith clocking 54.33 and Ester Sinclair 54.40.

Two athletes completed the Spire 10 mile event a tough hilly race around Chesterfield with Maddy Collinge recording 1.27.43 to take the Over 60 age group prize. Stuart Whysall continues to put in strong performances finishing the race in 1.11.33.

Picture below of Jess Lake.