Mansfield Harriers senior athletes competed on the roads at the Bolsover 10K on Sunday 14th January with an impressive sixteen making the start line.  The race hosted by North Derbyshire Running Club is a firm favourite on the local road running scene and had been put back from December due to the inclement weather at the time. In good winter conditions for racing 671 athletes made the start line consisting of 354 men and 317 ladies with the race won by Heanor athlete Matt Bickerstaff in an impressive 31.56.

First home for the Mansfield club was Shaun Arrowsmith who put in a superb performance to record 46.55 for 161st place overall. Mansfield had three more men under the 50 minute barrier with club stalwart Dave Robertson recording 49.02 for 221st, new club member Shane Davis had an impressive debut with 49.26 for 224th and Pete Copcutt raced to 49.49 for 238th. Tim Richardson ran well to record 52.33 for 307th, Peter Frith 52.34 321st and Jim Breider 63.44 for 556th.

Helen Hardy was the first Mansfield lady home putting together a very impressive run to finish in 48.48 for 209th place overall. Angela Purdue was next home for the club running a huge best time of over a minute to record 50.37 for 268th with Mel Ceney also improving her best to 54.44 for 367th place. Heather Shone is preparing for the London marathon and will be pleased with how her training is going with her 55.17 for 376th place.

Tina Copcutt has been struggling with injury but still managed to get close to the hour mark with 60.17 for 484th place, Carol Fickling was close behind in 61.19 for 514th, Vicky Faulkner 62.42 539th, Jess Breider 63.10 for 547th and completing the team Caroline Frith 75.38 for 647th place.

Picture below, some of the athletes who ran the Bolsover 10k

Mansfield Harriers pocket rocket Andy Wetherill bounced back from missing his first County Cross Country Championship in 48 years due to illness at the final North Midland Cross Country fixture a week later at Wollaton Park Nottingham. Wetherill who has recently turned 60 continues to perform at an outstanding level placing 163rd on the day in a time of 45.28 which rewarded him with first place overall in the masters 55 category for the entire series.

Making a series double for the Mansfield club was Nigel Watkins in the masters 60 category. Watkins has been to the fore of the age group all series and with another superb run finishing 142nd in 44.25 confirmed his league win.

First man home on the day was Steve Capewell in 81st place with a time of 41.36 followed by Martin Fickling 109th 43.02, Adam Fairfield 141st 44.22, Jack Cooke 169th 45.41, Tim Raynor 210th 48.49, Graeme Baguley 251st 51.30, Spencer Goodall 263rd 52.05, Mark Burr 280th 54.06 and Gary Towle 303rd 62.41. The masters men’s team put in a fantastic overall team performance finishing 3rd.

In the Under 17 ladies race the Scott twins continue to put in superb performances on a consistent basis with this week Amber first to finish in 2nd place with Mollie close behind in 5th position. Joel Whittaker-Naylor ran in the Under 15 boys event recording 41st position.

Six Mansfield ladies also competed with first back being Kahli Johnson in 44th with a time of 26.15 closely followed by Bev Armstrong in 62nd with 27.09. Sarah Bradbury had a storming run coming home 98th in 30.03 with Karen Kowalski 110th 31.02, Angela Purdue 111th 31.23 and Maddy Collinge 120th 32.01.

Sunday saw the penultimate race in the Booth Winter League held at Trent Meadows in Long Eaton. The eleven Mansfield athletes who raced were greeted with snow and freezing conditions allied to a muddy course with several water features making it a stiff challenge throughout.

Neil Cope continues to shine placing 15th overall with Adam Fairfield close behind in 48th which was a superb run considering he is currently in the middle of a big marathon training plan. Stuart Whysall continues to show considerable improvement with 79th Graeme Baguley 124th, Pete Copcutt 193rd and Mark Burr 202nd.

Two athletes made league debuts for the club in the league with outstanding junior Jessie Crawshaw first team lady home in 127th which would have been much better but for losing a shoe several times and for the men Shaun Arrowsmith with 159th.

Bev Armstrong continues her fine form finishing just behind Crawshaw in 139th, Karen Kowalski ran well for 206th as did Tina Copcutt who completed the team in 269th.

On the roads Esther Sinclair and Maddy Collinge travelled to just outside Peterborough to race the Folksworth 15 a very popular pre marathon prep race of two laps each including three big hills. In challenging conditions with driving wind and snow throughout Sinclair put in a superb race to record 2 hours 25.  Unfortunately, Collinge had a return of an old injury and had to pull out at 8 miles which is her first DNF in a career spanning 40 years.

Report by Richard Massey, Coach and Press Officer.

Picture below of Andy Wetherill