Mansfield Harriers had a large turnout and a successful day at the Mansfield 5K and 10K event with several athletes recording new best times and four taking podium places.

Leading the way for the Mansfield based club was Under 17 Jessie Crawshaw who placed 2nd in the 10K. Crawshaw signed up to the club at the start of the summer and since then has seen her times tumble taking over another minute of her best time recording 42.42. In the 5K event Kahli Johnson had a superb 2nd place with 19.54 and Bev Armstrong was 3rd in 20.35. Mark Johnson also placed 3rd in the men’s 5K as he starts to get over the hamstring injury that has plagued him for nearly a year. Martin Fickling with a new best of 17.55 and Eva Williams 22.35 were the only other Harriers in the 5K.

Jordan Boam was first man home for the club in the 10K recording 38.34 for a superb 8th place. Boam was followed by the fast improving Jack Cooke in 41.01, Stef Wilcockson 43.12, Andrew Longmead 46.00, Colin Fell 46.50, Shaun Middleton 49.00, Martin White 49.09, David Robertson 49.45, Pete Copcutt 50.13, Tim Richardson 53.01 and James Breider 60.27.  Following Crawshaw in the lady’s race Christine Fell recorded 51.40, Angela Purdue 52.19, Sarah Bradbury buggy running recorded a new best of 54.20, Tina Copcutt 57.43, Julie Winter 59.35, Sue Pepperday 59.35 and Vicki Faulkner 67.08.

Maddy Collinge travelled to Copenhagen to compete in the half marathon which was a major event with 22,000 competitors. Collinge finished 1.50.20 which was good enough for 3rd in the over 65 race. Michelle Baxter travelled to Calke Abbey to race a very tough 10k where she recorded a time of 62.26

The first cross country event took place at the weekend with the Mansfield Juniors competing in the first in a series of five Nottinghamshire Mini League events at Kings Park Retford. At the same event, last year eight athletes made the start line however the work that has been put in to develop the juniors is now starting to show great rewards as 26 athletes competed for the green and blue army.

In the Under 11 girls event the team put in a remarkable performance of team packing with Zoe Spencer first home in 6th place closely followed by Freya Longmead 9th, Jemima Waller 10th, Ella Kennedy 11th, Isabel Westwood 12th, Ellie Jones 13th, and Amelia Arnold 28th. For most of the girls this was the first taste of club cross country and as they get stronger and more experienced they are bound to show big improvements.

The Under 11 boys were lead home by Matt Young who placed 7th and continues to show his fine form of last winter. Edward Sankey had a superb debut cross country race for 12th, Ellis Blake was 17th, Joel Brierton 21st and William Sankey 26th.

The biggest team of the day was in the Under 13 girls who are becoming a very strong team with most of the athletes at the bottom of the two year age group. Beth Hamilton continued where she left off last year placing 7th closely followed by Alex Foster in 9th and the fast improving Ruby Milnes in 18th. In her first race for the club Sophie Toyn showed great promise to record 32nd, Ava Blake placed 35th, Amelia Shackleford 39th, Elizabeth Sinclair 44th and Emma Greasby 45th.

Jake Orr had a magnificent run to come home 7th in the Under 13 boys race with three cross country debutants behind him racing superbly, Cole Beck 15th, Harry Wilkinson 18th and Carter Gidley 22nd. Holly Spencer was the only under 15 girl to run finishing a superb 9th to confirm the recent excellent training she has achieved and in the Under 15 boys the diminutive Sam Bentley continues to improve with every race crossing the line in 7th position.

Picture below of Kahli Johnson 2nd 5k, Jessie Crawshaw 2nd 10k, Bev Armstrong 3rd 5k.