Mansfield Harriers had four athletes competing in the UK cross country challenge event at Sefton Park Liverpool at the weekend. The competition was also the qualifying event for the Great Britain team for the European Cross Country Championships in December and the fields were probably the strongest assembled in the UK this year.

The club have been awarded one place for the Virgin Money London Marathon taking place on Sunday 23rd April 2017, club members that were unsuccessful in the main ballot are invited to apply for the club ballot, the ballot will close on Friday 25th November and the draw will take place on Tuesday 29th November at WNC Sports hall.

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.

Mansfield Harriers had a huge turnout at the Worksop Half marathon with 21 athletes completing the course.  In great conditions for racing the Harriers athletes put in superb performances with several achieving personal, year or course best times.

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 junior athletes recently competed in the second of the indoor Sportshall meetings at the Oaktree Leisure Centre Mansfield. The club continues to improve at a rapid rate finishing 4th on the day and now are in 4th place out of the seven clubs after two fixtures. 

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 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 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.

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.