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 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.

The weekend coming sees one of the biggest events of the Athletics Calendar the English Schools Athletics Championships at the Alexander Stadium Birmingham. The event is the fourth biggest Athletic event in the world and is held annually.

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.

Competing in the third and final Youth Development League fixture at the Moorways Stadium Derby Mansfield Harriers Juniors put in some outstanding performance. For the third year in a row the clubs very strong girls team managed to score most points in that section over the season.

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.

As the temperatures soared over the last week Mansfield Harriers athletes put in some scorching performances on Track, Road and Trails.

Competing at the Charnwood Open Meeting Under 13 Jake Orr produced the race of his young life as he breezed around the Loughborough track running an amazing tactical race for a massive new best time of 5.23.45. 

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.

Two of Mansfield Harrier’s Under 20 stars competed at The Midland Senior and Under 20 Track and Field Championship over the weekend at the Pingles Stadium Nuneaton. Racing in very difficult conditions both Alex Rieley and Bethany Williams performed superbly taking a championship win and second place respectively.

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.