Saturday saw the first of the Nottinghamshire Schools Cross Country League series held at Berry Hill Park Mansfield. Held in superb conditions for cross country Mansfield Harriers had an excellent turnout for the event.

Highlight of the day for the Mansfield club was the performance of the girls in the year 7 age group. Last years Under 11 star Beth Hamilton continued where she finished last season as she ran a controlled race beyond her years to pull away from the field in the last 500 metres to take the victory. Breakthrough run of the day came in the same race as Ruby Milnes ran the race of her life as she chased Hamilton all the way for a phenomenal 2nd place way beyond anything she has produced previously. Alex Foster would also have been looking for a top 3 spot but battled hard for 9th as she struggled throughout with her sugar levels. Ava Blake and Emma Greasby have made excellent progress in the last 6 months and were both rewarded with high placings with Blake 13th and Greasby 41st. Hannah Brereton completed the line up in the age group.

Picture below of Beth Hamilton.

Not to be outdone by the girls, Mansfield’s year 7 boys were also out in force with the magnificent Jake Orr going from strength to strength and after a tactical battle with another Mansfield athlete Oliver Bullough. Orr’s strength told on the second lap as he crossed the line in 2nd against with Bullough a superb 3rd. Harry Wilkinson had another good run to place 17th and the team was completed by Harley Martin.

Mansfield had 7 athletes running in the year 5 and 6 girls race with Matilda Bullough coming out on top for the club with a pleasing 3rd place. The fast improving Jemima Waller chased her all the way for 5th place, Freya Longmead placed 10th, Zoe Spencer 12th, Ellie Jones 28th, Amelia Arnold 56th and the team completed by Ebony Parkes and Lauren Gascoigne.

In the Year 8 and 9 boys the third of the Bulloughs to run Henry, also had a very good race to place 3rd like his brother and sister, and Cole Beck was a promising 35th in his first run over a 4K distance. In the girls race Amelia Shackleford continues to show good form placing 21st.  James Flint ran well in the year 5 and 6 boys race to place 7th with Matthew Young fighting back after recent injury coming home 11th. This team was completed by Joel Brereton. Sam Bentley continues to be one of the most consistent athletes at the club having another strong run to place 6th in the year 10 and 11 boys race with Jonah Goodfellow-Beeton placing 30th.

Four Mansfield athletes ran the Tissington Trail Half Marathon over a weekend a flat off road course with a cross wind for most of the way. Once again Mansfield supervet Maddy Collinge dominated the Lady 65 category winning in a time of 1.50.34. Sarah Scott was second back returning to form with a much improved time of 2.03.31 and was followed by Mel Ceney and Claire Booth who both recorded new best times with 2.03.37 and 2.04.59 respectively.

Report by Richard Massey, Coach and Press Officer.