The Nottinghamshire Athletic Network have come up with a new imitative, Track races for road runners and four Mansfield Harriers took up the challenge last week at the Rushcliffe track in Bingham. The races were over either 1 mile of 5000 metres and proved to be an enormous success for the athletes taking part.

Highlight of the night for the Mansfield club was the performance of Sarah Bradbury in the over 20 minute 5K. Going into the event with a road best of 24.03 Bradbury paced her race to perfection and with a very strong last 600 metres managed to knock a substantial 29 seconds of her best to record 23.34 and will look to go faster as she embraces this form of racing. In the same race Steve Davies appeared to be over the foot problems that have blighted his summer crossing the line in a time of 20.47. Making his debut of the track for Mansfield, Matt Bradbury put himself forward for the fast 5K and after setting a ferocious pace for the first half he managed to hang on for the second half to manage a fantastic new best time of 19.25.

Bev Armstrong was the only Mansfield Harrier racing in the mile and was close to the front of her heat throughout. Armstrong put in fast first 800 metres and with a strong finish recorded a superb time of 6.12.

Two Mansfield athletes raced the Great North Run Half Marathon with first back Karen Kowalski in a seasons best time of 1.54.27 which is a really pleasing return to form after injury in the summer. Julie Winter was the second Mansfield athlete to finish recording 2.21.56 after a successful summer of training for the event.

Maddy Collinge took to the fells at the weekend racing the Longshaw 10K an event with over 300 metres of climb. In tricky conditions with parts of the race were covered in water or rocks Collinge came away with a time of 1 hour 29.

On the local Parkrun scene, several Harriers were looking for a PB or a training run.  At the Sherwood Pines event Stuart Whysall recorded a new PB of 20.41 as did Ellis Blake 24.47 and Martha Yanney 28.20. Jessie Crawshaw continues her good form racing to 21.41, with Heather Shone 29.05 and Emmie Blake 39.41.  Three youngsters ran at the Mansfield event with Jonah Goodfellow-Beeton running 27.12, Jemima Waller 27.24 and Isobel Westwood 29.52.

Martin Fickling was first back at Brierley Forest Parkrun which was also celebrating its first birthday in a new best of 19.25 with Gary Morley 19.56, Pete Copcutt 24.42, Freya Longmead 24.52, Andrew Longmead 24.52, Peter Frith 25.34, Sarah Bradbury recovery running after Wednesday’s track race 26.57, Tina Copcutt a new Brierley best of 28.16, Jim Brieder 30.33, Jess Brieder 35.58 and Natasha Carver supporting a junior family member in 44.10.

The Hucknall Junior Parkrun takes place every Sunday and is run over 2000 metres with four Mansfield juniors racing the event this week. Matthew Young had a superb run to place 3rd overall in a time of 8.53 and likewise Elizabeth Sinclair put in a superb run to finish 2nd girl in 10.04. Kiera Webb crossed the line in 11.42 and the team was made up by Josie Fickling in 14.33.

Picture below of Matt and Sarah Bradbury.