Mansfield Harriers Juniors competed in the last of the Nottinghamshire Mini League fixtures at the Harvey Hadden Stadium Nottingham last week and once again huge numbers turned out for the club with 40 on the day and 63 different athletes throughout the season.

In near perfect conditions, the Mansfield athletes went about the competition with vigour and determination to score every point possible for the team and achieve new personal bests. Leading the way for Mansfield was Alex Foster in the Under 13 Girls 800 metres who put in a stunning run to lead from gun to tape and win by a huge margin in a new 5 second best time of 2.39.4.

Picture of Alex Foster in the 800 metres.

The Under 15 girls had a very depleted squad however they put in a phenomenal team effort and came away winning the section on the day. Bryony Evans put in another big throw in the Javelin winning the event with 28.72 metres and raced to 14.40 in the 100. Kelly Seaman is currently going from strength to strength improving with every competition putting in three new best performances coming 3rd in both the Long Jump 4.50 metres, 200, 28.80 and racing the 800 metres an event she has took up this season in 2.44.5. Holly Spencer continues to be a fantastic all-rounder for the team scoring 5th in the 800 with 2.40.8 and leaping to 4.24 metres in the long jump and 12.72 in the Javelin. Ellie Sheppard continues to salvage a season wrecked by injury placing 4th at 100 in a new best of 13.90 in the 100 metres and went on to record 18.44 metres in the Discus.

The four girls teamed up to put in a magnificent 4 x 200 metres relay to win in a time of 1.55 only 1 second outside the league record. Also competing at Under 15 Megan Dillon placed 3rd in the hurdles with 17.90, leaped to 3.37 metres in the Long Jump and 17.30 in the 100 metres. Sophie Brown travelled for one event and was rewarded with a 2nd in the Discus with 19.97 metres and Lucy Johnson crossed the line in 42.70 at 200 and threw the Javelin to 4.92 metres.

The Under 11 girls had another great day with a fantastic turnout and performances. Serenity Joynt continues to impress winning both the Howler Javelin in 28.65 and the Long Jump in 3.45 metres. Martha Yanney impresses in the sprints placing 5th in the 80 with 13.40, 4th in the 150 25.4 and went on to record 2.18.3 in the 600 metres. Jemina Waller had a breakthrough run in the 600 metres racing to a massive new best time of 2.03.2 to place 2nd and running the sprint double in 14.5 and 27.4. Zoe Spencer performed well in the 150 where she raced to 25.9, the Long Jump 3.23 and Howler 15.72. Jessica Dillion and Ellie Jones also raced the sprint double and the Long Jump with Dillon recording 13.90, 26.2 and 3.00 metres and Jones 13.80, 26.0 and 2.60 metres. Spencer, Yanney, Dillon and Jones teamed up for the relay to place 3rd.

Also at Under 11 Freya Longmead recorded 14.4, 29.1 and 2.22.4 for the 80, 150 and 600 respectively, and Isabel Westwood 15.2, 29.4 and 2.23.2 for the same events. Ella Kennedy ran a strong 600 in 2.14.7, 26.3 for the 150 and 16.25 for the Howler. Mathilda Evans ran 27.8 for the 150, 2.58 for the Long Jump and 11.27 for the Howler. Mathilda Bullough raced the 600 metres in a very fast 2.08.3 and Summer Reeves recorded 15.7 for the 100, 14.61 the Howler and 2.18 metres for the Long Jump.

Tammy Smith continues to lead the Under 13’s by example scoring in the 100 15.10 Javelin 12.19 and her best event of the day the Shot where she placed 3rd with 6.25 metres. Maddie Boffin scored in the 200 metres with 33.50 and raced the 100 in 15.50. Tia Jones cleared 1.15 metres in the High Jump for 5th and ran 15.60 for the 100 and 5.93 metres in the shot. The ever improving Ruby Milnes scored in the Hurdles with 15.10 and recorded 3.02.7 in the 800 metres. Beth Hamilton raced in the 800 metres and ran 2.40.3 in a competitive race. The relay team Jones, Milnes, Hamilton and Smith placed 6th.

Amelia Shackleford raced the sprint double recording 17.20 and 35.40, as did Hannah Brereton with 17.20 and 35.60. Sophie Ashton competed in the High Jump as well as the sprint double clearing 1.05 in the jump and 17.4 and 37.5 in the sprints. Lucy Sissons ran 17.90 in the 100 and cleared 1 metre in the jump and Amelia Brown clocked 15.70 in the 100 metres.

Four Under 11 boys raced with Edward Sankey having a fantastic day scoring in the 80, 150 and 600 metres with times of 13.20, 24.90 and 2.03.7. Conor Shackleford raced to 13.6,27.2 in the sprints and 5th in the Howler with 26.46. Joel Brereton and Willian Sankey also completed the same treble as Shackleton with Brereton recording 13.90, 26.4 and 18.82 metres and Sankey 13.9, 28.0 and 17.81 metres. The four later placed 4th in the relay.

A small but spirited Under 13 boys team scored well throughout with the marvellous Jake Orr leading the way scoring with a PB in the 800 2.40.5 and the 200 metres 32.60. Harley Martin scored in the High Jump with 1.05 metres also ran 15.70 for 100 and 7.44 metres for the Javelin. Harry Bolam scored in both the 100 15.5 and Javelin also 15.50. Cole Beck recorded an impressive 1.36 metres in the High Jump and 2.56.1 in the 800 metres. The four teamed for 4th place in the relay. At Under 15 the club had only two competitors both racing the 100 metres with Josh Housley crossing the line in 12.60 and Mikey Hopkins 13.20.

Three Mansfield Harriers made the trip to Grimsby to race the Great Grimsby 10K with over 2300 others. On a deceptively tough and windy course all three put in superb runs with. The Mansfield men put on a stellar performance with Garry Hodgkins first back in a time of 41.30 for 129th place, Alan Kemp 43.38 for 231st and Shaun Middleton 47.15 for 408th.

Report by Richard Massey, Coach and Press Officer.