Archie Rayner, Ella Hughes and Kelsey Pearce shine for Mansfield Harriers

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Mansfield Harriers young athletes were once again superb this weekend at both the English Schools Track and Field Championships and the Notts’ Mini League on Sunday.

The English Schools is one of the highlights of the athletic calendar with more than 1,600 athletes competing from 40 counties.

At the English Schools event the club had seven athletes representing the 35 strong county team, with four of the seven reaching finals.

Highlight of the weekend was Archie Rayner’s performance in the Inter Boys 1500 to earn a bronze medal.

Archie had to run a strong race on Friday to qualify for the final, which turned out to be a tactical race.

After a steady first 700 metre a fierce pace was run for the last 800 metres.

Archie was in a great position with 200m to go. However a 1.59 last half mile was not quite fast enough to take the title on the day as the three medallists fought out a thrilling battle down the final straight.

Ella Hughes showed a welcome return to top form with a huge four second personal best in the 1500m Senior Girls running 4.31.

Ella was in contention for medals throughout the race but just missed out losing the battle for the bronze in the home straight and finished fourth.

Luke Duffy had a great run in the Junior Boys 1500 metre, finishing ninth in a close run final after running a new personal best in the heats of 4.15.02. Luke was only four seconds off the winner in the final and would have been very close to medals had he not had to miss several training sessions in the last few weeks due to a broken toe.

Alex Rieley was the fourth of the 1500 metre finalists finishing 10th in the Senior Boys 1500 metre.

At the Mini League on Sunday the club saw its biggest turnout of the summer with 21 athletes competing for the club, with the team highlight being the magnificent U13 girls, who continued their dominance of this division and winning the age group for the season.

The outstanding Kelsey Pearce once again showed what an amazing talent she is as she launched the shot 9.63 metres and in doing so broke both the club and league record and currently puts her number 1 in the UK rankings.

Other notable performances on the day were from Holly-May Spencer winning the long jump in 3.99 metre a new PB, Tania Smith winning the hurdles in her debut performance with a time of 13.8, and third in the 100 metre in 14.7 and Courtney Spencer recording a PB of 2.29.6 in the U13 800 metre.

The U13 relay also won for the first time this year and in doing so beat a very strong Notts AC team.