The last in the series of the Nottinghamshire Summer League took place last week starting and running around the Teversal Trails covering close to six miles. Just like the rest of the season a huge field assembled with 289 men and 188 women finishing and much like the previous events Mansfield Harriers had a massive turnout with 24 men and 14 ladies finishing.

The series is run by Nottinghamshire AAA and with that County Championship medals were up for grabs for teams and individuals who have completed the series. Leading the way for Mansfield was supervet Maddy Collinge who took the gold medal in the over 65 age group after a superbly consistent series. Andy Wetherill continued his fine form with a silver medal in the Over 50 category even better by the fact he is giving nearly 10 years to some of his rivals.  Also, very close to medals in 4th position after the completion of the series was Karen Waterhouse and Tina Copcutt in the 45 and 55 age groups respectively. In the team events, the very powerful Mansfield masters team retained the title they had won the previous year and the ladies masters team just missed with an excellent 4th place.

Recent recruit to the club Dan Hardy was first back for Mansfield showing what an asset he will be by placing 5th on the night with then a close 4 way battle between Andy Wetherill 24th, Neil Cope 27th Paul Butcher 29th and Chris Allcock who placed a superb 31st inspite of twinging his hamstring about two thirds through the race. With top 100 placings for Phil Shaw 41st, Jonny Lowe 55th, Gary Morley 66th, Martin Fickling 74th, jack Cooke 77th, Sam Bradley 79th, Nigel Watkin 81st and Stuart Whysall 97th the Harriers are also now building strength in depth.

In his last race before relocating Garry Hodgkin placed 105th followed by Alan Kemp 129th, Gary Towle 139th, Colin Fell 172nd, Trevor Hiscox 174th, Julian Wood 191st, Graeme Baguley 202nd, Peter Copcutt 224th, Mark Burr 237th, Peter Frith 245th and Tim Richardson 246th. The men’s team placed 4th at Teversal out of 22 teams and 7th throughout the campaign and the masters also placed 10th and 24th.

For the ladies the much improved Helen Pritchett had a superb run placing 25th closely followed by Bev Armstrong in 33rd and Alice Mortiboy in 34th. Like the men the strength in depth is now showing with Karen Waterhouse 53rd, Sarah Bradbury 63rd, Jackie Duers 76th, Natasha Carver 79th, Maddy Collinge 82nd Christine Fell 96th, and Ester Sinclair 99th all making the top 100.  Diane Stewart placed 108th, Mel Ceney 113th, Tina Copcutt 143rd and Claire Booth 144th to complete the ladies team. As well as 4th overall the masters were 4th on the night with further teams in 12th and 17th out of 31 complete teams and the senior ladies 13th and 10th overall.

The same week also saw the Newstead Abbey Dash a deceptively tough 5K around the grounds of the Abbey and the event also doubled up as the County Championship road 5K.  Maddy Collinge once again took a County title winning the 65 age group in 25.22 and Jade Bacon became Under 20 Champion in 23.01. Andy Wetherill continues to collect medals taking the silver in the mens 55 category in a rapid 17.35

The club had another big turnout with Jack Cooke recording 19.05, Graeme Baguley 23,24, Roy Smith 24.04, Pete Copcutt 24.52 and for the ladies Kahli Johnson 21.03, Bev Armstrong 22.24, Sarah Bradbury 24.03, Angela Purdue 24.16, Jackie Duers 24.35, Karen Kowalski 25.53, Michelle Baxter 28.17, Tina Copcutt 28.30, Claire Booth 29.19, Jess Brieder 29.30 and Theresa Copcutt 31.40.

The third County Championship in two weeks was the Castle Rock 10k in Nottingham raced two days after the Summer league. Most of the Harriers chose not to race again however a small group ran with the highlight being Tina Copcutt winning a bronze medal in the Ladies 55 category. First in for Mansfield was Pete Copcut with 52.17, Angela Purdue ran a new best time of 52.44, and Karen Kowalski in 57.08.

The club has not seen much track action recently however two athletes have put in superb performances in Open competition. Travelling to Oxford to race over 600 metres at the famous Iffley Road stadium Chris Monk showed he is right back in form with a superb 1.21.3 which would indicate a time of close to 1.50 for 800 metres is on the cards. New recruit to the club Ben Smith showed that he is going to be fantastic athlete for Mansfield as he travelled to the Watford open meeting and recorded 4.22.51 a superb time for an Under 15 boy.

Report by Richard Massey, Coach and Press Officer.

Picture below of Maddy Collinge.