As the summer season comes into full swing Mansfield Harriers have had some great results on both Track and Field and the roads. Continuing the recent upturn of the clubs fortunes the trend of increasing numbers competing for the club continues to gather pace.
The Virgin London Marathon was the place to be last weekend and Mansfield Harriers had a superb eight athletes complete the race. Leading the way for Mansfield was Gary Morley who cracked the magical 3 hour barrier coming home in a time of 2.59.34, a personal best time by a huge distance running over 6 minutes faster than ever before.
Mansfield Harriers had three club events over the last week, the first of the Booths Road Race series at Teversal, the Notts AAA’s road race league at Hexgrave Park the day after, and at the weekend the juniors were competing at the first of the Nottinghamshire Mini League events at Ashfield School.
The Nottinghamshire Track and Field Championships took place at Harvey Hadden Stadium Nottingham on the weekend of the 14th and 15th of May and Mansfield Harriers came away with a magnificent 31 medals after two days of hard fought competition, a number that would have been even higher but for several potential medal winners competing elsewhere.
The first of Mansfield Harriers marathon men Martin Fickling competed today at the Manchester event one of nearly 10,000 to finish crossing the line in 3 hours 45 minutes and 41 seconds to place 2961st in the race. In warm and windy conditions Martin went through 10k in 48.38, 21k in 1.43.16 and 30k in 2.28.13 on his way to complete his debut marathon.
Four Mansfield athletes competed in the British Milers Club Grand Prix event on Saturday night at Sportcity Manchester and all were rewarded with superb performances. First out was Cameron Walker who competed in the 800 metres and was rewarded with an amazing new best of 1.55.92.