The Nottinghamshire Athletic Network have come up with a new imitative, Track races for road runners and four Mansfield Harriers took up the challenge last week at the Rushcliffe track in Bingham. The races were over either 1 mile of 5000 metres and proved to be an enormous success for the athletes taking part.

The weekend saw one of the last major track meetings of the season, the UK Schools Games at Loughborough, a team event consisting of England, North, England Midlands, England South, Scotland and Northern Ireland. One athlete is selected for each team per event and is aimed at last school years 10 and 11. Mansfield Harriers had two athletes selected to compete for the North Luke Duffy in the 1500 metres and Anna Smith in the 800 metres.

Mansfield Harriers Juniors competed in the last of the Nottinghamshire Mini League fixtures at the Harvey Hadden Stadium Nottingham last week and once again huge numbers turned out for the club with 40 on the day and 63 different athletes throughout the season.

August Bank Holiday weekend is the traditional date for the last of the major Track and Field Championships with the Under17/15 Nationals being held at the International Stadium at Bedford. Mansfield Harriers had three athletes competing at the prestigious event with Luke Duffy in the Under 17 1500 metres, Ben Smith in the Under 15 1500 metres and Kelsey Pearce in the Under 15 Shot.

Mansfield Harriers saw success last week on a global scale as one of the club’s rising stars Luke Duffy claimed a bronze medal at the 2017 Youth Commonwealth Games held at the Thomas A Robinson National Stadium in the Bahamas. Combined with Anna Smith placing a superb 4th at the same competition the Mansfield club can look back with great pride at a very successful fixture. It had been a very tense day as lightening had called a halt to proceedings for about one hour but both athletes remained calm during the delays and came out ready to race hard.

Mansfield Harriers had two athletes compete at this year’s Midland Under 15 and 17 championships held at the Pingles Stadium in Nuneaton. The competition held in warm but windy conditions saw both Mansfield athletes put in stellar performances.

Another of Mansfield Harriers rising stars Alex Rieley made his England debut last week competing for an England representative team at the Wales Under 20 International at Cardiff. It’s been a difficult few weeks for Rieley since qualifying for the event as he picked up mumps about a month ago and it’s been a race against time to get him ready for the event. In a tactical race, he placed 4th   in the 1500 metres overall after very steady first 700 metres in 2.00 followed by second 800 metres in around 2.02 as the pace quickened only missing a podium pace is the last 20 metres as the lack of training finally took its toll.

The Track and Field season is now entering its final month for 2017 and last Wednesday 12 Mansfield Harrier’s took the opportunity to race at the Charnwood Open Meeting which was held at the Paula Radcliffe Stadium in Loughborough. The previous days rain cleared and by the time the event started the competitors were greeted with warmer weather and a very slight wind.

The English Schools Athletics Championships took place over the weekend at Alexander Stadium in Birmingham and the athletes and spectators were greeted with glorious weather throughout the superb competition. The Mansfield Harriers competing scorched around the Track and Field with 4 of the 5 performing coming away with National Standard performances.

The last in the series of the Nottinghamshire Summer League took place last week starting and running around the Teversal Trails covering close to six miles. Just like the rest of the season a huge field assembled with 289 men and 188 women finishing and much like the previous events Mansfield Harriers had a massive turnout with 24 men and 14 ladies finishing.