The weekend saw one of the last major track meetings of the season, the UK Schools Games at Loughborough, a team event consisting of England, North, England Midlands, England South, Scotland and Northern Ireland. One athlete is selected for each team per event and is aimed at last school years 10 and 11. Mansfield Harriers had two athletes selected to compete for the North Luke Duffy in the 1500 metres and Anna Smith in the 800 metres.

Duffy was pitted against The English, Scottish and Irish Schools champions and after 800 metres in a slow 2.12 he looked like he was feeling the effects of a long season of competition. The English Champion Yusef Bizimana kicked with 200 metres to go and Duffy struggled to stay with the pace and coming into the home straight was about two metres behind his rival however digging deep he found one last effort and passed the opponent with about 20 metres to go to take the gold medal and complete an incredible season. Even more impressive was his 55 second last lap which showed he still had blistering speed left. 

Smith returning to racing after a recent holiday went into the race looking to win and not looking for a fast time. The race itself was quite slow and the Mansfield athlete got into a perfect position with 100 metres to go. however, the Scottish Athlete was a 400 metre specialist who came 6th in the Commonwealth Games and in the charge for the line her superior speed of a slow first lap just held sway as the Mansfield Athlete took the silver medal.

The superb performances of both athletes helped the North of England take the team title.

Jonny Lowe continues to enjoy a superb summer season coming away from the Northern Masters Championships with two victories. Racing in the Masters 50 category he recorded a new Personal Best in the 400 with 59.25 and went on to run 2.15.52 for the 800 metres. Unfortunately for Lowe he is registered as a Midland athlete so had to race as a guest and therefore missed out on the regional titles.

The Wilne 10K is a popular local road race on the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire border run over two flat laps and the course has good potential for a personal best time. Twelve Mansfield athletes competed in the event and first in was Neil Cope who took advantages of the conditions to improve his best to 36.05. Second in for the club was Supervet Andy Wetherill in 37.42 and came second in his age group. Also under the magical 40 minute barrier was Martin Fickling who also improved his best to 39.09 which improves his time by 30 seconds.

Gary Towle continues to improve recording 43.45 an improvement of nearly two minutes from his previous personal best. Maddy Collinge recorded 50.25, Tim Richardson 52.33, Ester Sinclair ran a new best time of 53.39, Tina Copcutt 57.39, Jim Breider 58.14, Julie Winter 59.53, Jess Breider ran a new best time of 61.51 and Carol Fickling completed the team with a time of 62.01.

Young Nathan Ellis travelled to the Leicester 10K where he put in a superb performance to knock 3.30 minutes of his best time to run 49.28. Ellis only joined the club in the Spring and the structured training he now enjoys has seen his 10K time come down by 14 minutes with the potential of much more development.