Another of Mansfield Harriers rising stars Alex Rieley made his England debut last week competing for an England representative team at the Wales Under 20 International at Cardiff. It’s been a difficult few weeks for Rieley since qualifying for the event as he picked up mumps about a month ago and it’s been a race against time to get him ready for the event. In a tactical race, he placed 4th   in the 1500 metres overall after very steady first 700 metres in 2.00 followed by second 800 metres in around 2.02 as the pace quickened only missing a podium pace is the last 20 metres as the lack of training finally took its toll.

The club also had several athletes compete in the Charnwood Open Meeting at the Paula Radcliffe Stadium in Loughborough last week. Chris Monk dominated the A race 800 metres leading all the way to cross the line in 1.58 a time which would have been much faster if he had been pushed harder. Bethany Williams in her last race before flying to the USA to start her scholarship was comfortably the fastest lady and came out with a time of 2.12 although she took several bumps and a couple of spike marks. Chasing Williams home was Jonny Lowe who ran a very good 2.16. Under 13 Beth Hamilton continues her relentless improvement with another new best time of 2.37 with a tactical masterclass which showed maturity beyond her years. Bev Armstrong in her first summer on the track for over 20 years ran a very strong 2.42. In the 1500 metres Jake Orr is proving to be another Under 13 with continued progression knocking 3 seconds from his best to run 5.20

Over 100 metres Under 15 Ben Madeley recorded a new best time of 12.90 to win his heat of the 100 metres closely followed by Chris Ashmore who ran 13.08 an outstanding time for a Master 50. Ellie Sheppard fresh after recent injury recorded a PB of 13.96 and Tammy Smith 15.74.

Kelsey Pearce lead the field performance launching the shot out to a massive distance of 12.08 to confirm her superb form at the English Schools the week before. Ellie Sheppard managed a second new best on the night in the shot with 8.30 and Tammy Smith achieved a massive new best of 6.70 metres. Bryony Evans get better with the javelin in every competition this week getting a new personal best with 28.35. Coach Ashmore also performed superbly in the Javelin with a throw of 33.10 a distance that puts him in the top 20 ranked masters over 50.

The Crich Memorial Fell Race is run over 11k and with 260 metres of climb and is an event that is supported by the Harriers. This year the club had a very good turnout with eight athletes on the start line.  First home for the club was regular fell runner Phil Shaw in 11th place with a time of 48.08. Gary Morley was next home in 22nd place with 50.51 very closely followed by Martin Fickling in 50.56, Jack Cooke 33rd 53.13, Alan Kemp 66th 58.04, Stuart Whysall 68th 58.07 and Sue Pepperday 195th 82.27. Maddy Collinge continues to dominate in her age group winning the over 65 category in a time of 195th. The event was followed by the annual tug of war and Mansfield’s crack squad unfortunately showed they need more strength and conditioning training.

The Tara Kinder 10K is a trail race run around Elvaston Castle with first home being Angela Purdue in 52 minutes, Ester Sinclair recorded a personal best of 53.45 and Maddy Collinge had a rare off day but was still good enough to win another over 65 category race in 57.02. Roy Smith raced the Leeds 10K in 47.44 which placed him 3rd in the over 65 category.

Angela Purdue, Karen Kowalski and Diane Stewart raced the Holme Pierrepont Grand Prix a four race series run within two weeks. The races consisted of the Rushcliffe Country Park 4 miles, the HPP 10K, The Colwick Park 5 miles and Trent Embankment 5K. Purdue finished 3rd over 50 overall with a total time of 2.33.01, Stewart recorded 2.39.06 and Kowalski 2.42.39.

Picture of Alex Rieley on his England debut.