As the track season draws ever closer Mansfield Harriers star junior hurdler Jessica Lake put in a superb performance at the Midland Counties indoor Open Meeting at Birmingham on Sunday.

Mansfield Harriers were out in force over the weekend on both road and cross county, with the marathon men putting in superb performances. Leading the way at the Retford Half Marathon Gary Morley put in a fantastic run coming home in a new personal best of 1 hour 23.32 to finish 22nd.

After a superb start to 2016 winning both the County and Midland under 20 ladies cross country championship Mansfield Harriers Ella Hughes has been selected to run for England this weekend.

Another busy and successful weekend for Mansfield Harriers as club athletes competed in various events across the region. The premier event of the weekend was the English Schools Cross Country Championships held at Wollaton Park in Nottingham which is the highlight of the schools cross country calendar. On the day Mansfield had five athletes competing for Nottinghamshire and one for Derbyshire.

Mansfield Harriers competed in one of the major cross country championships last Saturday at The Midland Counties Championship event at Prestwold Hall Loughborough and came away with fantastic success as both Archie Rayner and Ella Hughes became Midland cross country champions

Mansfield Harriers were in action at the weekend at the National Cross Country Championships at Castle Donnington held on a tough undulating course that became very heavy throughout the day. The event was put on by an organising committee including Mansfield’s Pat Carlan and on the day the club had more volunteers on duty than any other club and combined with a sickness bug that seems to be sweeping around the team the actual numbers competing was probably smaller than could normally be expected.

The final race of the North Midlands Cross Country League series took place at Wollaton Park last Saturday with both team and individual medals up for grabs.

As we move into the last month of winter several Mansfield Harriers are undergoing the winter slog in preparation for Spring Marathons with athletes competing in the London, Manchester and Shakespeare events. Months of increased mileage and carefully structured training plans will be put to the test at these major events. As part of the build up to the main event the Harriers will be competing in several long distance races in the next few weeks to gauge fitness and how the training is going.

Mansfield Harriers had 30 athletes complete the course in the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire County Cross Country Championships last Saturday at an extremely muddy Shipley Park Heanor and came away with 4 individual gold medals, 3 silver and 1 bronze and in the team events 1 gold and 2 silver medals in another superb day of success for the club.

Mansfield Harriers Ella Hughes put in an outstanding performance on her England debut in the Under 20 race at the Lotto Cup event in Rotselaar Belgium. Racing over 4200 and nearly 4 laps the course was like nothing Ella had raced on before with numerous tight turns, two hurdles a stretch of heavy mud, another of firm ground and long stretch of manmade beach.