Mansfield Harriers had two athletes compete at this year’s Midland Under 15 and 17 championships held at the Pingles Stadium in Nuneaton. The competition held in warm but windy conditions saw both Mansfield athletes put in stellar performances.

New recruit to the club Ben Smith was competing in a blue and green vest for the first time and made an immediate impact showing he will be a force for Mansfield in the future. Smith placed 4th in the Under 15 boys 1500 metres narrowly missing out on a medal in a sprint for the line. His time of 4.25 was remarkable given he had just come back from a fortnights holiday and the strength of the wind.

Kelsey Pearce continues to dominate Under 15 girls Shot Put becoming the Midland Champion with a Put of 11.10 metres. Pearce has also just come back from holiday and was slightly down on her immaculate best but will be looking to get that right in time for the National Championships and was a comfortable winner of this Championship.

Competing in the final British Athletics League fixture of the year Chris Monk was one of several Mansfield athletes who put in a superb shift. Monk raced to season best times in the 800 metres 1.55.8, an hour later the 400 in 50.8 and then a leg in the 4 x 400 metres relay with another 50.8.

On the roads Mansfield Supervet Maddy Collinge ran in the Erewash Half Marathon a race that consisted of 10 miles along the Erewash Canal and the last three being the Erewash Parkrun course. The course proved to be flat and into a headwind for most of the way and Collinge came away with a time of 1.57.24 which was good enough to take the Lady Masters 60 prize.

Mansfield’s younger athletes are continuing to impress in local Parkruns. Racing at Sherwood Pines Jessie Crawshaw showed the benefit of recently teaming up with the club by racing to a superb new best time of 21.21 a massive personal best by nearly a minute. Under 11 Jemina Waller in her second ever Parkrun improved her best time to 25.57 and the youngest of the three Amelia Arbon travelled to the Belton House Parkrun and was rewarded with a new best time of 27.53.

Report by Richard Massey, Coach and Press Officer.

Picture below of Ben Smith