Mansfield Harriers were in cross country action over the weekend in the first of the North Midlands Cross Country series at Markeaton Park Derby. The league has teams from several counties and is one of the most challenging in the country. Once again the Harriers had fantastic numbers turn out in the senior events and individually the performance of the two Beth’s Hamilton and Williams were outstanding in debut performances.
Mansfield Harriers competed in the second on the Nottinghamshire mini league cross country events on Sunday at King George Park Mansfield. The club was rewarded with a fantastic nineteen athletes competing, the best number for several years and again a clear indication of the clubs improving fortunes across all age groups.
Mansfield Harrier’s rising middle distance star Luke Duffy put in another superb performance last week to finish his season in style. Being selected to run for the Midlands team in the UK school games at the Paula Radcliffe Stadium Loughborough he came away with the gold medal in the 1500 metres after a superb last lap.
Sunday saw Mansfield Harriers opening race in the Booth Cross Country series at Shipley Park Heanor. With a change in league rules the club had to field 10 male and 5 female athletes to complete a team. The club responded in a tremendous way with 24 athletes finishing.
The weekend saw one of the highlights of the Track and Field season the National under 17 and 15 championships held at the Bedford International Stadium. Mansfield Harrier Luke Duffy competed in the under 17 1500 metres and came away with a superb silver medal.
The weekend saw one of the major road relay championships take place, the Midland men’s 6 stage and ladies 4 stage events. Competition is always fierce and Mansfield Harriers entered one men’s and two ladies teams with the reward for a top 25 placing being entry into the national championships.
Mansfield Harriers have a magnificent seven athletes representing the county at the Junior Inter Counties event at the Pingles Stadium Nuneaton on Saturday the 10th of September. The competition against seven other counties is one the highlights of the track season for Under 13 and 15 athletes and selection is earned through excellent performances during the four Nottinghamshire mini league events.
Mansfield Harriers had its opening cross country event of the season at the weekend with the first of the Nottinghamshire Mini League events at Kings Park Retford. The club have struggled for numbers in recent years at these events and on this occasion had a very promising 10 athletes compete and managed to close in two teams.
Mansfield Harriers had seven athletes compete on Saturday for Nottinghamshire in the six county inter counties fixture at the Pingles Stadium Nuneaton. A headwind in the home straight and rain for the majority of the day meant personal best performances were unlikely and team points became the main focus for the day.