The English Schools Athletics Championships took place over the weekend at Alexander Stadium in Birmingham and the athletes and spectators were greeted with glorious weather throughout the superb competition. The Mansfield Harriers competing scorched around the Track and Field with 4 of the 5 performing coming away with National Standard performances.

Leading the way for Mansfield was the amazing Kelsey Pearce in the Junior Girls Shot competition taking an outstanding bronze medal. Going into the competition with a best of 11.66 metres Pearce had a superb series of throws to smash her best several times peaking with a massive distance of 12.18 metres to make the podium position.

Jess Lake performed superbly in the Long Jump with a performance of 5.07 metres finishing 13th from all the competitors and agonisingly finishing one place outside the final 12 knowing a leap around her personal best would have comfortably got her through. Her consolation was her best leap was good enough to get her the National Standard. The third field eventer to compete was Chloe Allcock who cleared 1.54 metres in the Inter Girls High Jump.

On the track Bethany Williams finished 6th in a high quality senior girls 800 metres where the winner broke the championship best. Williams qualified comfortably through the heat on Friday in 2.11 and came back to record 2.10 on Saturday which again was a National Standard time.

Libby Coleman ran in the Inter Girls 3000 metres and in another high class competition finished 11th in 10.04. Coleman had a choice of going with the leaders or hanging of the pace and just running for a time, being a championship race she decided on the former and hung in throughout most of the race. Her time was also good enough to achieve the National Standard award.

Several of the club’s road runners have been in action locally on the roads over the last week. The Notfast 10K race took place on Sunday in very hot conditions starting at Newark Rugby Club and running around some of the villages near Newark. Nigel Watson in his first race as an over 60 put in a phenomenal run to record 41.16 for 13th place. Steve Davies was close behind in 25th with a time of 42,54 and Tim Richardson completed the Mansfield line up finishing in a very respectable 54.08.

10 year old Jake Orr once again showed what potential he has got by claiming the age 10 Mansfield parkrun record with a superb time of 20.46.  Even younger Freya Longmead recorded 24.32 for 3rd lady home and the race was won by Jonny Lowe in 17.43. At Sherwood Pines the ever improving Sarah Bradbury smashed her best time to record her first ever sub 24 run completing the course in 23.57.

The Colwick Park 5 mile event is part of the Holme Pierrepont Grand Prix and is run around the park and Nottingham Racecourse. Maddy Collinge completed the race in 41.50 closely followed by Mark Burr in 42.23 and Ester Sinclair 43.52. Pete and Tina Copcutt raced at the Maltby Abbey Dash over 6.8k mainly around the Abbey grounds with Pete recording 40.15 and Tina 49.50

Mansfield’s pocket rocket Andy Wetherill travelled to Shropshire to run the Much Wenlock 7 mile race. On an underlating course in very hot conditions Wetherill performed admirably to record 43.53 which placed him 7th overall and 1st over 50. 

Picture of Kelsey Pearce with her Bronze medal.