Mansfield Harriers senior athletes turned out in force at the local Dukeries 10 mile race an event that starts and finishes at Walesby. The circular course measuring 10.8 miles took place over trails, ploughed fields and unremitting mud. Most Mansfield athletes taking part were graduates from the Run England groups Mansfield Runners and Fit to Run Mansfield.

First two home for Mansfield after a closely fought battle throughout were the fast-improving pair of Graeme Baguley and Shaun Arrowsmith in 1.31.19 and 1.32.54. Angela Purdue has shown massive improvement in recent months and put in another superb run to be first Mansfield lady home in 1.45.32.

Closely behind Purdue, Tim Richardson recorded 1.46.07, with evergreen Maddy Collinge and Mel Ceney chasing Richardson home in 1.46.23 and 1.46.24 respectively. Also under two hours were Esther Sinclair 1.48.09, Claire Booth 1.48.45 and Jess Brieder 1.57.58. Tina Copcutt clocked 2.04.33, Michelle Baxter 2.06.39 and completing the team Vicki Faulkner with 2.06.40.

Last weekend saw two Harriers running a cold and windy Keyworth Turkey Trot Half Marathon, first home was Gary Morley in 30th with a time of 1.26.12 and closely followed by new member Clive Buck 41st in 1.27.55.

The final race of the Booth Cross Country League also took place last week at Holmebrook Valley Park in Chesterfield. The course has a reputation for being a bit of a mud bath and this year certainly was no exception as seven men and 4 women from Mansfield battled the testing conditions.

Neil Cope was first Mansfield athlete home having a superb run for 8th place on the day. Phil Shaw continued his strong series placing 32nd closely followed by Martin Fickling in 39th.  Stuart Whysall put in another good race for 67th and Alan Kemp in the middle of his London marathon preparation just sneaked inside the top 100 in 98th place. Graeme Baguley continues his fine form with 147th and Pete Weldon placed 194th.

Ladies team manager Beverley Armstrong had an excellent series finishing 119th on the day with Karen Kowalski 208th, Maddy Collinge 219th and Tina Copcutt 229th.

Overall the men finished 9th in the league, the ladies 10th and a combined placing of 9th. Individually Mansfield took three awards with Phil Shaw 2nd in the over 50 male category, Bev Armstrong 3rd in the over 40 ladies and Maddy Collinge 2nd in the ladies over 65 age group.

Report by Richard Massey, Coach and Press Officer.

Picture below is the Dukeries team.