Shipley Park in Heanor was the venue for the first outing of the Cross Country season for the Mansfield Harriers senior team. Competing in the first in the series of 5 Booth League fixtures the Mansfield club had 22 athletes compete in what was very difficult conditions due to the muddy and wet nature of the course.

Leading the nine Mansfield Ladies home in a combined place of 154th was Bev Armstrong who made light of the conditions to have a fantastic run. Evergreen Maddy Collinge was the second Harrier home placing 254th closely followed by Jackie Duers in 262nd. Diane Stewart led another cluster of Mansfield ladies home in 293rd, followed by Claire Booth 295h, Michelle Baxter 297th, Tina Copcutt 300th, Julie Winter 301st and Jemma Arbon in 309th.

First home for the men was Steve Capewell who showed a welcome return to form placing 26th, closely followed by Neil Cope in 35th and Phil Shaw 37th. Martin Fickling continues to show rapid improvement placing 59th, as does Jack Cooke who was close behind in 69th. Gary Morley placed 72nd, followed by Alan Kemp 118th, Stuart Whysall 137th, Graeme Baguley 182nd, Dave Robertson 225th, Pete Copcutt 234th, Mark Burr 250th and Gary Towle 296th.

Competing in the first of the Junior indoor Sportshall events Mansfield took a small but multi talented team who placed 4th out of the 7 competing clubs. Mansfield also provided the boy and girl athlete of the match with Under 11 girl Serenity Joynt taking the Chest Push league record with a distance of 8.00 metres, breaking the record that has stood for 10 years also winning the Vertical High Jump with 44 centimetres and 2nd. in the Standing Long Jump with 1.80 metres.  Ben Madeley won the boys man of the match with a record equalling 75 centimetres in the Vertical High jump, a record that has stood since 1986, also winning the Standing Long Jump with 2.60 metres and placed 3rd in the two lap race.

In the Under 13 girls age group Tammy Smith was 1st in the 4 Lap race in 53.8 seconds, 1st in the Standing Long Jump equalling her PB with 2.15 metres and 2nd in the 2 Lap in 24.8. Tia Jones placed 2nd in Vertical High Jump with 47 centimetres and 3rd in the shot with 6.56 metres. Amelia Shacklock performed well in her 2  Lap with 26.9 but even better in the 4 Lap with a time of 56.9 seconds.

Zoe Spencer also scored well in the Under 11 girls events with 3rd  in the 1 Lap in 13.3 only 0.3 of a second behind the winner, also competed in the Vertical High Jump with 28 centimetres and 5.25 metres in the  Chest Push.  Although bottom of the two year age group rising star Ellie Jones ran 13.5 in the 1 Lap, 5.50 metres in the Chest Push and a massive leap of 1.75 metres in the Standing Long Jump.

The three Under 15 Girls performed admirably with Ellie Sheppard placing 4th in the 2 Lap with 24.2 an unexpected 2nd in the Vertical High Jump with 48 centimetres and a fantastic 2nd in the Shot with a massive PB of 8.68 metres. Sophie Brown performed well in the Standing Long Jump with a leap of 1.99 metres for 4th place, Brown also did a 43 centimetre Vertical High Jump and 7.83 metres in the Shot. Bryony Evans having rushed over after playing Football in the morning ran a brilliant 4 Lap in 56.5 seconds an event outside her comfort zone and cleared 41 centimetres in the Vertical High Jump.

For the Under 13 boys Harley -Jay Martin had a good day placing 3rd in the Standing Long Jump with 1.89 metres, 4th in the Vertical High Jump with 41 centimetres and he also ran a creditable 25.9 seconds in the 2 Lap. Michael Manning performed well in the 2 Lap with 25.3 seconds to place  4th  also competing in the Standing Long Jump with 1.86 metres and recording 38 centimetres in the  Vertical High Jump. In the Under 11 age group  Joel Brereton competed well running 13.2 in the 1 Lap, 33 centimetres in the  Vertical High Jump and 1.74 metres in the  Standing Long Jump. Lucas Macaskill competed in the Under 9 age group 1 lap race having a superb run for 3rd in 15.6.

Marathon Man Matt Bradbury competed in one of his toughest events to date the Limestone Way Ultra Trail Run through the Peak District National Park.  In what can only be described as horrendous conditions Bradbury completed the 43 mile race in 9 hours and 39 minutes. Jess Brieder entered the Limestone Way Half which was a distance of 27.5 kilometres and completed the course in 4 hours 34 minutes.

Report by Richard Massey, Coach and Press Officer.

Picture below of Beverley Armstrong.