Last weekend saw the first regional championship of the year, the Midland Counties Cross Country Championship take place at a wet, and in at places muddy Wollaton Park in Nottingham. The event saw top class athletes in all the fields and for many of the younger Mansfield Harriers athletes one of the strongest fields they will have competed in to date.

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.

One of the highlights of the Cross Country season took place over the weekend, the British Athletics Cross Challenge event at Sefton Park in Liverpool incorporating the European Cross Country Championship trials. High quality fields from across the UK assemble for each race and Mansfield Harriers had a superb eight athletes compete on the national stage in the high class competition on an extremely muddy course.

The first Cross Country Championship of the year took place at the weekend with the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire County combined event being held at Shipley Country Park at Heanor, and Mansfield Harriers had over 50 athletes finish, complemented by some fantastic individual and team performances. The course was as difficult as they come with it mainly covered in very thick mud throughout the day.

The first National Cross Country Championship of the winter the relays came back to Berry Hill Park Mansfield at the weekend with clubs from across the country competing at all age groups from Under 13 to senior. The competition was fierce and at times brutal as the clubs battled for glory. Mansfield Harriers managed to get its best entries for years with 6 senior and 8 age group teams competing also gaining glory in the Under 17 ladies event as they took a phenomenal bronze medal.

Three of Mansfield Harriers track stars travelled to the English Institute of Sport to compete in the Run, Jump, Throw and British Milers Club meeting at Sheffield last Wednesday night.

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.

Mansfield Harriers ever improving juniors have seen tremendous success during the last week competing in two school events, these being the last of the County Schools league fixtures on Saturday at Berry Hill Park and the district school championships last Wednesday at Sherwood Pines.

Mansfield Harriers had a busy weekend of cross country action with the Junior Mini League on Sunday and the North Midlands Cross Country league on Saturday. Newark was the venue for the Mini League event and the club had an impressive 28 athletes finish and 9 competing in both the Under 11 and Under 13 girls events.

Mansfield Harriers returned to cross country league action over the weekend with the third in the series of four North Midland League races at Shipley Park in Heanor. The course can only be described as proper cross country with mud, hills, standing water and anything else that makes cross country the challenge it is.