The National Masters Cross Country Relays took place over the weekend at Long Eaton on a flat and fast course with Mansfield Harriers ladies team being part of the action. The Over 35 team finished a very creditable 15th place with Bev Armstrong taking the team out and running a time of 13.08 for 13th position. Wanda Curley ran a strong second leg to record 14.48 to come home in 15th and Helen Pritchett held the position with a superb clocking of 13.50. Tragedy struck in the Over 45 event with a late drop out due to injury which meant an incomplete team. Undaunted Sharon Armitage ran the first leg in 15.09 and Angela Purdue the second in a time of 15.16.

Competing in Philadelphia at the 2017 American Athletic Cross Country Championship over a very tough and hilly 6K distance Bethany Williams continues to show fine form by being one of three University of Central Florida runners in the top 75. Williams completed the course in 24.29 to help her team defeat the University of South Florida by two points in the war on i-4.

One of the highlights of the local racing scene the Worksop Half Marathon also took place over last weekend. First back for the Mansfield club was Phil Shaw in 1.23.36 closely followed by Gary Morley who clocked 1.26.36. Pete Copcutt had an excellent run for a new best time of 1.52.50 as did Vicki Faulkner and Jess Breider who ran new best times of 2.24.29 and 2.24.30 respectively. Karen Kowalski was also under the 2 hour barrier with 1.52.57 and she was followed by Jackie Duers 2.03.46, Esther Sinclair 2.04.31 and Tina Copcutt 2.12.37. Further afield Maddy Collinge ran in Dorset’s biggest fell race The Stickler a race of 10 miles with 600 metres of climb recording 1.47.15.

Under 17 Jessie Crawshaw raced the Clumber 10K the weekend before and the Under 17 continues to show rapid improvement with almost every race. Crawshaw ran a superb time of 41.34 to also take first lady in the event.

 Mansfield had 16 athletes compete at the Thoresby races also the weekend before with great success. Young Amelia Arbon recorded 28.14 to win the Junior category in the 5K race with Ruth Smith victorious in the masters 60 category with 40.32. Jemma Arbon was the third athlete to finish in 32.09.

First home in the 10K event was Catherine Hough in an impressive 52.57 followed by Tim Richardson 56.55 and Karen Kowalski also under the one hour barrier with 57.30. Carol Breider was 3rd in the masters 60 race with 63 minutes followed by Jim Breider 64.11, Vicki Faulkner 67.02 and Jess Breider recording 68.25

Roy Smith had great success in the masters 60 category 10 mile event taking first place in 79.24 with Angela Purdue first lady back for the club with 93.03 closely followed by Sarah Bradbury in 93.08. Esther Sinclair recorded 97.26, Diane Stewart 98.47 and the team completed by Michelle Baxter with 1.59.58.

Report by Richard Massey, Coach and Press Officer.

Picture below is five of the Ladies Masters that compted at Long Eaton.