Making the move from Ollerton to Orlando has not slowed down Mansfield Harriers starlet Bethany Williams as she made a superb star to her athletics career in the USA. Williams competing for the University of Central Florida opened her Cross Country season with a 9th place and leading her team to 3rd at the FAU invitational.

To confirm her form this weekend she raced at the Mountain Dew Invitational at Gainesville and 18 year old Williams put in a stellar performance recording a time of 18.42.1 for 21st on the 5K course leading her team to 6th out of the 32 teams.

Picture below of Bethany and the UCF team.

Mansfield’s senior athletes travelled to one of the seasons classic events on Saturday, the Midland Ladies 4 stage and Men’s 6 stage road relays held at Sutton Park in Sutton Coldfield.

The event sees the best teams throughout the Midland area compete and the Mansfield Ladies A team came away with a superb 28th position out of the 99 teams that took part and it was particularly good to see May Roberts one of the clubs talented junior athletes compete in her first senior competition. Roberts went out steadily on the 4.33 kilometre route and finished strongly to bring the team home in 42nd place in 18.05. Bev Armstrong recorded 19.06 on leg 2 to bring the team back in 42nd, Helen Pritchett 18.58 moving the ladies to 37th and a superb last leg of 18.04 by Kahli Johnson completed the team. The second team finished in 80th position, Sarah Bradbury was first out and recorded a very positive 20.48, followed by Sharon Armitage 21.22, Maddy Collinge 22.54 and Tina Copcutt 24.11

The men’s race of 6 legs of 5.88 kilometres saw Mansfield place 47th out of the 101 finishing teams. Mark Johnson lead the team out recording 20.02 which placed the team in 53rd, followed by Jack Cooke 23.27 to come in 54th, Martin Fickling 22.56, 60th, Chris Monk 21.10 53rd, Steve Capewell 22.00, 50th and the anchor leg was run by Andy Wetherill with a time of 21.48 for the final placing.

Ten Mansfield athletes competed the Robin Hood Half Marathon on Sunday. First home for the club was Gary Morley in a chip time of 1.29.15 closely followed by the fast improving Martin Fickling in 1.29.24. This run is a significant breakthrough for Fickling being both a new best time and first time under the 90 minute barrier. Jonathan Hardy recorded 1.49.54 and Maddy Collinge continues her winning ways taking the Female 65 category in 1.51.34.  Sprinter Martin White doing an over distance run recorded 1.55.33 and Natasha Carver had a great run just edging under 2 hours with 1.59.17. Samantha Bullough recorded 2.19.38, Jess Breider 2.25.33, Claire Booth 2.32.02 and Theresa Copcutt 3.10.29.

Report by Richard Massey, Coach and Press Officer.

Picture below of Maddy, Martin, Jonathan, Vikram and Gary at the Nottingham Half Marathon.